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03-09

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Tale of the Tape: Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias
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Mark Barry

03-02

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Tale of the Tape: Michael Fulmer vs. Aaron Nola
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Mark Barry

02-28

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Tale of the Tape: Danny Salazar vs. Vincent Velasquez
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Alex Chamberlain

02-16

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Tale of the Tape: Andrew Benintendi vs. Nomar Mazara
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Mark Barry

02-15

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Tale of the Tape: Jose Bautista vs. Michael Brantley
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Bryan Joiner

02-14

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Tale of the Tape: Khris Davis vs. Miguel Sano
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Alex Chamberlain

02-08

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Tale of the Tape: Elvis Andrus vs. Eduardo Nunez
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Bryan Joiner

02-07

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Tale of the Tape: Francisco Lindor vs. Jonathan Villar
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Alex Chamberlain

02-02

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Tale of the Tape: Joey Gallo vs. Jake Lamb
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Mark Barry

02-01

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Tale of the Tape: Adrian Beltre vs. Kyle Seager
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Bryan Joiner

01-31

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Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Kris Bryant
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Alex Chamberlain

01-26

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Tale of the Tape: Jonathan Schoop vs. Devon Travis
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Mark Barry

01-25

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Tale of the Tape: Starlin Castro vs. Neil Walker
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Bryan Joiner

01-24

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Tale of the Tape: Ian Kinsler vs. Jason Kipnis
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Alex Chamberlain

01-19

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Tale of the Tape: Brandon Belt vs. C.J. Cron
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Mark Barry

01-18

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Tale of the Tape: Tommy Joseph vs. Eric Thames
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Bryan Joiner

01-17

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Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Chamberlain

01-11

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Tale of the Tape: Welington Castillo vs. Brian McCann
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Alex Chamberlain

01-10

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Tale of the Tape: Russell Martin vs. Matt Wieters
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Bryan Joiner

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

12-31

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Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Kris Bryant
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Alex Chamberlain

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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias

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Mark Barry

Which of these two high-octane 'pen arms is a better fantasy bet this year?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A converted starter walks into a bar, and um, well I forget how it goes exactly, but the punchline is something about turning into an elite reliever. This week we’re looking at two guys that couldn’t stick in the rotation, and turned into dominant relievers. Imagine that. It’s the Tale of the Tape. It’s Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias. And it’s next.

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March 2, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Michael Fulmer vs. Aaron Nola

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Mark Barry

Which of these young right-handers is a better fantasy investment?

The American sage Kevin McCallister once spun a tale about the danger of holding something too dear. See, Kevin had a pair of rollerblades that were so nice, and he didn’t want to wreck them, so he kept them in the box. He was too cautious. Such is the plight of watching and valuing young starting pitchers. Often times it’s hard to enjoy watching young pitchers, expecting the eventual worst. We need to take young Kevin’s advice, hope for the best and try to savor the experience before the inevitable. Or something.

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February 28, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Danny Salazar vs. Vincent Velasquez

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Alex Chamberlain

Which of these electric right-handers is a better fantasy bet this year?

Mike Gianella released our starting pitcher rankings last week. With so many starting pitchers to rank and so few tiers, it's impossible not to be dissatisfied with how we ranked some starting pitchers. It's not a knock on Mike -- just a fact of life. While some of the most intriguing comparisons may exist between teammates -- Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, Aaron Nola and Jerad Eickhoff, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey, and Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly all reside within a handful of spots of each other, if not consecutively -- I'll focus my attention elsewhere to two consecutive high-upside, relatively high-volatility arms in the third tier: Vincent Velasquez and Danny Salazar.

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February 16, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Andrew Benintendi vs. Nomar Mazara

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Mark Barry

Which of these exciting young outfielders is a better fantasy investment?

This one is fun. Any franchise would love to have either one of these guys, and there’s no wrong answer when picking between 21-year-old Nomar Mazara and 22-year-old Andrew Benintendi. That said, it is time for another rousing rendition of Dynasty Tale of the Tape, and making the tough decisions is what we do. Let’s dive in.

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February 15, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Jose Bautista vs. Michael Brantley

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Bryan Joiner

Which of these players should you choose for your fantasy outfield in drafts and auctions this spring?

Styles make fights, and Michael Brantley and Jose Bautista play the game in *extremely* different ways, making them a perfect Tale of the Tape matchup. If you were choosing between these guys in a vacuum, would you go with the fragile all-around stud in his prime, or the reliable, almost universally despised aging moonshot specialist? It’s not so easy to pick, but I’m here to help, should you need it.

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February 14, 2017 10:39 am

Tale of the Tape: Khris Davis vs. Miguel Sano

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Alex Chamberlain

Which of these sluggers is a better fantasy bet in 2017?

Bret shirked his duties of feeding me an angle for this because he was drafting in mixed-league LABR or some inexcusable nonsense like that. I took off my own training wheels and immediately noticed an interesting contrast between back-to-back outfield picks who could not be more similar: Khris Davis and Miguel Sano. At 24th and 25th among outfielders, respectively, and just outside the overall top 100 with about a 10-pick cushion between them, the two are virtually perfect substitutes in terms of price and skill set. In the tale of the tape, however, one must prevail. I always head into these things with a preconceived notion, but I try not to let it color my bias. I'll be fighting it strongly this time.

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Which of these player is a better fantasy bet at shortstop this season?

Start with a noodle-scratcher: Elvis Andrus (28) is younger than Eduardo Nunez (29)! Both of them had career years in 2016, but Andrus has four times the number of Major League Baseball plate appearances as has Núñez. Prior to now, they have lived peacefully, independent of one another. Such times are gone. These are dark days. In this week’s Tale of the Tape, Andrus and Núñez fight to the fantasy death. Pray for them.

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Which of these shortstops is a better second-round bet to anchor your fantasy team this year?

Since 2012, the fantasy community had never drafted more than three shortstops in the first two rounds (of 15-team drafts), per NFBC ADP data. This year? Six. The position appears top-heavy, but making the optimal selection early on can make or break your draft. Possible selections include Francisco Lindor and Jonathan Villar, both nested comfortably into the second round—and neither quite as safe nor risky as one might expect.

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February 2, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Joey Gallo vs. Jake Lamb

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Mark Barry

This hot-corner battle might come down to one question: Are you feeling lucky?

Sometimes in dynasty leagues, it’s all about rolling the dice. Play it safe or take a chance? That’s the big question for this week’s Tale of the Tape pitting 26-year-old Jake Lamb, a current big-leaguer with some upside, against Joey Gallo, a 23-year-old power behemoth with enormous swing-and-miss concerns. You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?”

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February 1, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Adrian Beltre vs. Kyle Seager

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Bryan Joiner

It's an AL West showdown at the hot corner.

Here’s a fun one. In one corner of this AL West hot corner showdown, we have Kyle Seager, Seattle’s wonderful 29-year old third baseman. In the other we have Adrián Beltré, himself once Seattle’s wonderful 29-year-old third baseman and now a living legend in the fields of comedy, fielding, and comedy in the field, to name a few. Will the Beltré prevail, or will the brash young upstart take his spot? Let’s find out!

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January 31, 2017 5:09 pm

Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Kris Bryant

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Alex Chamberlain

Which of these studs is likely to be the better fantasy bet in 2017?

I've been tasked with a doozy this week: choose between Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado. Both are sure-fire first-round picks, and for both you could make a valid argument to draft either one as high as no. 3 overall. Alas, it seems as if I may be splitting the finest of hairs by engaging in this exercise. Yet Bryant's and Arenado's similar profiles have produced markedly different results -- different enough that a deep dive might unearth a market inefficiency to which the fantasy community has turned a blind eye.

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January 26, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Jonathan Schoop vs. Devon Travis

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Mark Barry

Helping you decide between these two 25-year-old, AL East-based keystoners in drafts and auctions this spring.

We’re back with another exciting installment of America’s favorite game, “Pick a 25-year-old Second Baseman from the AL East”! This week: Jonathan Schoop vs. Devon Travis. Let’s do this.

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