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03-08

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Tale of the Tape: Cody Allen vs. Ken Giles
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Matt Collins

02-25

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Tale of the Tape: Garrett Richards vs. Michael Wacha
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Matt Collins

02-16

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Tale of the Tape: Carlos Gomez vs. Justin Upton
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Matt Collins

02-09

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Tale of the Tape: Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford
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Matt Collins

02-02

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Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Manny Machado
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Matt Collins

01-26

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Tale of the Tape: Ian Kinsler vs. Jason Kipnis
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Matt Collins

01-19

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Tale of the Tape: Jose Abreu vs. Edwin Encarnacion
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Matt Collins

01-12

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Tale of the Tape: Travis d'Arnaud vs. Jonathan Lucroy
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Matt Collins

03-03

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Tale of the Tape: Fernando Rodney vs. Huston Street
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Matt Collins

02-20

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Tale of the Tape: Drew Hutchison vs. Brandon McCarthy
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Nick Shlain

02-19

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Tale of the Tape: Jeff Samardzija vs. James Shields
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Matt Collins

02-11

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Tale of the Tape: A.J. Pollock vs. Alex Rios
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Matt Collins

02-10

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Tale of the Tape: Shin-Soo Choo vs. Yoenis Cespedes
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Ben Carsley

02-03

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Tale of the Tape: Starlin Castro vs. Alexei Ramirez
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Matt Collins

01-27

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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana
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Matt Collins

01-20

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Tale of the Tape: Brian Dozier vs. Ian Kinsler
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Matt Collins

01-13

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Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Anthony Rizzo
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Matt Collins

01-06

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Tale of the Tape: Russell Martin vs. Salvador Perez
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Matt Collins

03-06

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Tale of the Tape: Joe Nathan vs. Sergio Romo
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Wilson Karaman

02-27

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Tale of the Tape: Matt Cain vs. Zack Greinke
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Alex Kantecki

02-20

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Tale of the Tape: Yoenis Cespedes vs. Wil Myers
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Wilson Karaman

02-13

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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. David Wright
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Alex Kantecki

02-06

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Tale of the Tape: J.J. Hardy vs. Xander Bogaerts
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Wilson Karaman

01-30

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Tale of the Tape: Jurickson Profar vs. Anthony Rendon
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Alex Kantecki

01-23

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Tale of the Tape: Freddie Freeman vs. Eric Hosmer
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Wilson Karaman

01-16

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Tale of the Tape: Jonathan Lucroy vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Kantecki

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Is the Indians or the Astros ninth-inning man a better bet to anchor your fantasy relief corps?

One of the most difficult decisions in any draft or auction is to decide how hard to push for a closer. Do you try to push for one of the top-tier guys, or wait and hope you can find value with a late-round or low-dollar player. Personally, I try to find my top closer towards the bottom of the top 10, splitting the difference between the two strategies. That is where both of today’s subjects find themselves. We’ll be looking at two former top prospects—or, as much of a top prospect as a reliever can be—who have lived up to their promise for the early parts of their careers. It’s Cody Allen vs. Ken Giles.

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Which of these two right-handers is the better bet to help your fantasy rotation this year?

As pitchers begin to become more and more of a dominant force in the real world, the fantasy world is starting to change their valuations of the position. While many used to wait on the position, building their stable of hitters in the first few rounds before targeting pitchers, drafts and auctions are now seeing more valuable resources going towards a legitimate SP1. That means there is less of an advantage of having one of the top-tier arms, making a strong SP2 and SP3 even more important. That brings us to today’s matchup, with a couple of right-handers in their 20’s who are being taken as secondary arms. It’s Garrett Richards vs. Michael Wacha.

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Richards 2015: 3.65
Wacha 2015: 3.38



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February 16, 2016 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Carlos Gomez vs. Justin Upton

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Matt Collins

Both players have changed uniforms since the trade deadline, but which is the better fantasy bet in 2016?

It’s outfield time for the fantasy team, and this year’s field is an interesting group. There is a lot of talent at the position this year, as with almost every year, but a clear drop off comes after the top twenty or so. In today’s edition of the Tale of the Tape, we’ll be looking at a couple of in-their-prime outfielders who will be in their first spring training with their respective clubs. Neither are the cream of the crop at their position, but they’re very solid and are being drafted as high-end OF2s. It’s Justin Upton vs. Carlos Gomez.

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February 9, 2016 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford

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Matt Collins

Is the Ranger or the Giant a better fantasy bet for 2016?

Welcome to shortstop week. Usually, this is sort of a depressing week, as the position in typically filled with glove-first players who are unexciting in the fantasy world. With the recent infusion of elite young talent, however, shortstops are as exciting as ever. Unfortunately, many of us won’t end up with one of the top-five guys, and will have to look for some flawed players later in drafts. This week, we’ll be looking at a couple of veterans that are still in their 20s with very different skill sets who are going within a round or two of each other in early drafts. It’s Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford.

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Last year was neck and neck in this category, with Andrus’ .258 mark just barely beating out Crawford’s .256. While they were very close in the end, the final numbers were polar opposites with respect to their career trajectories. Despite posting the higher overall mark, it was a career-low AVG for Andrus and a career-high for Crawford. Andrus has been trending down in this department in each of the last three seasons, and last season’s decline was mostly due to the first sub-.300 BABIP of his career. The good news is he cut his strikeout rate back down to 11 percent, and keeping that heading into 2016 will make it much more likely he can get back up to the .270 AVG he’s posted in the past. Crawford, meanwhile, posts solid-but-unspectacular BABIPs with roughly league-average strikeout rates. Andrus righted his ship in the second half, and if he can build off that he’ll win this easily. Even if he doesn’t quite reach that level, his advantage on balls in play as well as strikeout rate gives him the overall edge.
Advantage: Andrus



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Which one of these high-end third sackers is the better fantasy bet?

We’ve reached third-base week, which means we’re talking about the most top-heavy position on the fantasy slate for 2016. Looking at the NFBC ADP data, four third baseman are going in the top nine, and it is the most well-represented position in the first round of 12-team leagues. There is one particular pairing in this elite group that fascinates me more than any positional matchup in fantasy baseball this year, and they make up this week’s Tale of the Tape. It’s Manny Machado vs. Nolan Arenado.

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In this neck-and-neck fantasy showdown, context determines the winner.

The BP fantasy team is on to second-base week, and with that comes another Tale of the Tape. In the last two weeks, we’ve seen Jonathan Lucroy edge out Travis D’Arnaud behind the plate, and Jose Abreu overtaking Edwin Encarnacion in a close battle at first base. In this edition, we have a couple of AL Central foes taking each other on at the keystone position. They both find themselves in the four-star tier on the positional rankings, and have been mainstays at the position over the last couple of years. It’s Jason Kipnis vs. Ian Kinsler.

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Power is the name of the game at first base, and these two supply it in spades.

After starting off the Tale of the Tape series last week with Jonathan Lucroy edging out Travis d’Arnaud, we move on to a couple of star first basemen. We’re going a little more high-profile than the competition behind the plate, with a couple of top-25 players who are currently going back-to-back according to early ADP data. It’s Edwin Encarnacion vs. Jose Abreu.

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Is the Mets young'un or the Brewers vet the better choice to don the tools of ignorance for your fantasy squad this year?

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March 3, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Fernando Rodney vs. Huston Street

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Matt Collins

Which of these AL Central closers is a better bet for your fantasy squad in 2015?

We’ve finally gotten to the week where we cover everyone’s favorite position. Who doesn’t love projecting and just generally thinking about relief pitchers with all of their spare time? It can’t just be me, right? For this week’s Tale of the Tape, we’re pitting two veteran division rivals against each other, both of whom possess the all-important “established closer” tag. Although neither are to be considered top tier options, both will be owned in all leagues, and figure to play significant roles in their respective team’s playoff chances. It’s Fernando Rodney vs. Huston Street.

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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Drew Hutchison vs. Brandon McCarthy

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Nick Shlain

Should you go with the K-happy Jay or the new Dodger in your drafts and auctions this spring?

Matt Collins began the starting pitcher Tale of the Tape series yesterday, comparing Jeff Samardzija and James Shields, and today we turn our attention to the second half of those tiered rankings. I’ll be looking at a pair of right-handers in the two-star category, which projects players to earn single digits in mixed auctions, in Brandon McCarthy and Drew Hutchison. While McCarthy, 31, signed a free agent deal to pitch for the Dodgers this year, Hutchison is entering his second full season in the majors—he didn’t appear in the majors in 2013 as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. The duo sits side by side in the tiered rankings and in NFBC ADP as they rank 67th and 68th among starting pitchers, respectively with Hutchison slightly ahead, 262-265.

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February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Jeff Samardzija vs. James Shields

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Matt Collins

Deciding between the new South Sider and the new Padre.

For this week’s Tale of the Tape, we have two pitchers who were among the biggest acquisitions for a couple of the most active teams this winter. Jeff Samardzija joins a White Sox rotation that now has one of the better one-two punches in the game with him and Chris Sale. James Shields joins a Padres team that made a trade approximately every ten minutes this offseason. They placed 19th and 20th, respectively, in our rankings and will be a couple of the most intriguing pitchers in the league in 2015.

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February 11, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: A.J. Pollock vs. Alex Rios

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Matt Collins

The young Snake takes on the veteran first-year Royal.

After Ben Carsley kicked off the outfield Tale of the Tape series yesterday, I move on to the second part of the rankings, looking at a couple guys who will likely be deep league starters and standard league reserves. A.J. Pollock and Alex Rios are ranked 38 and 39, respectively, on our rankings. They are being taken in the high 100s or low 200s overall depending on your source of ADP. The former is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he only played half the year, and the latter is coming off one of the worst offensive years of his career. Feel the excitement.

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