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05-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak
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Eric Roseberry

05-15

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The Buyer's Guide: Nate Karns
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Eric Roseberry

05-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Scott Schebler
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Eric Roseberry

05-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Talking yourself into Kevin Pillar
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Eric Roseberry

04-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson
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Eric Roseberry

04-17

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The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas
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Eric Roseberry

04-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Mark Reynolds
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Eric Roseberry

04-03

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The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler
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Eric Roseberry

09-19

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The Buyer's Guide: Ender Inciarte
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J.P. Breen

09-12

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The Buyer's Guide: Deep Minor-League Grabs
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08-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Hernan Perez and Friends
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08-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton
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J.P. Breen

08-15

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Turner
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08-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Daniel Murphy
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08-01

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The Buyer's Guide: J.A. Happ
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07-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Second-Half Additions
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J.P. Breen

07-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Wil Myers
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J.P. Breen

07-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brandon Belt
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07-05

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The Buyer's Guide: Junior Guerra
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06-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Steven Wright
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J.P. Breen

06-20

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The Buyer's Guide: DJ LeMahieu
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J.P. Breen

06-16

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The Buyer's Guide: Checking Progress
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06-13

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The Buyer's Guide: CC Sabathia
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06-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Minor-League Edition
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05-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Nick Castellanos
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05-09

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The Buyer's Guide: Stephen Strasburg
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05-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Patrick Corbin
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04-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Derek Norris
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04-18

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The Buyer's Guide: David Price
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J.P. Breen

04-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Jean Segura
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J.P. Breen

04-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Martin Perez
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11-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Rodriguez
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J.P. Breen

10-26

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The Buyer's Guide: Daniel Murphy
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10-19

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
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10-12

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The Buyer's Guide: Jacob deGrom
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10-05

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The Buyer's Guide: Marco Estrada
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09-28

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The Buyer's Guide: D.J. LeMahieu
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09-21

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The Buyer's Guide: Jeff Samardzija
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09-14

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The Buyer's Guide: Xander Bogaerts
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J.P. Breen

08-31

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The Buyer's Guide: Ian Desmond
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08-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Wily Peralta
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08-17

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Gonzalez
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08-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Jose Quintana
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J.P. Breen

08-03

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The Buyer's Guide: Yoenis Cespedes
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J.P. Breen

07-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Jose Reyes
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J.P. Breen

07-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Upton
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07-13

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Martinez
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07-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Brett Anderson
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J.P. Breen

06-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler
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06-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Manny Machado
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May 22, 2017 10:19 am

The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak

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Smoak is having his best season—but how much fire is behind his new success?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column will focus on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

It’s possible you’re in a position where you’re looking for a first baseman to plug into your fantasy lineup. Freddie Freeman owners are in that camp. There’s also a small list of players at the position who should either shortly return from injuries or are dealing with nagging aches and pains (Eric Thames, Greg Bird and Yonder Alonso). If you find yourself in the market for a first baseman, is Justin Smoak a player you should look to invest in?

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May 15, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Nate Karns

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Eric Roseberry

Karns is striking out more and walking fewer than ever for the Royals. Is it time to pick him up?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column focuses on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

Every fantasy roster could always use another quality starting pitcher. Injuries already have taken their toll on several starters, and the frequency with which teams are using the 10-day disabled list has left fantasy owners scrambling. As you look to fill out your rotation for the coming week, is it possible that Nate Karns is now worthy of your attention?

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May 8, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Scott Schebler

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Eric Roseberry

Scott Schebler offers power—but is that enough to make him valuable to fantasy owners?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column will focus on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

It’s always fun to get on leaderboards early in a season and see unexpected names at the top of a list. The current MLB home-run leaderboard offers plenty of surprises. Ryan Zimmerman is leading the league in home runs? That’s unexpected. Yonder Alonzo has hit eight homers? That’s already the second-highest total he’s hit in any major-league season.

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May 1, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Talking yourself into Kevin Pillar

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Eric Roseberry

He appears to have made adjustments at the plate, but will the effects be long lasting?

Depending on the size of your league, it can be difficult to find productive players to fill each outfield spot. Often, there are one or two spots where you’re left playing someone who’s going to get regular playing time, but ultimately could be a drain in several categories. Owners are always on the lookout for quality outfield options.

This is especially the case if you roster an outfielder who has suffered an injury or has been suspended. Adam Eaton and Starling Marte were starting outfielders who are missing a significant portion of the season (all of it, in Eaton’s case). Beyond that, there are several players currently suffering from injuries who find themselves out of action. This list includes players such as Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, Denard Span, Mitch Haniger, Yoenis Cespedes, David Dahl and J.D. Martinez.

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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson

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Eric Roseberry

He has posted a 1.13 ERA in four starts for the Brewers. Will this success sustain?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest on a given week. This column focuses on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

Since making his major-league debut in 2014, Chase Anderson has been a slightly below-average starting pitcher. So why is he the subject of this week’s “Buyer’s Guide?” Because Anderson is off to a surprisingly good start, and fantasy owners are beginning to take notice. Anderson saw the 10th-highest jump in ownership rate in ESPN leagues this week (from 5.6 percent to 35.3 percent). The increase was even greater in CBS leagues, which saw him go from 24 percent owned to 51 percent. In Yahoo’s latest “Transaction Trends,” Anderson was the ninth-most added pitcher to rosters.

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April 17, 2017 7:50 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas

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Eric Roseberry

Vargas is off to a hot start for the Royals and has become a wanted man in fantasy league. How much value might he sustain for fantasy owners?

By Eric Roseberry

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column will focus on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

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April 10, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Mark Reynolds

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Eric Roseberry

He's getting playing time with the Rockies because of Ian Desmond's injury, and some of the early statistical indicators are encouraging, but what should fantasy owners do in the short- and long-term regarding the free-swinging slugger?

Few players had a better opening week than Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds. He has started the season by going 9 for 22 with three home runs, four runs scored, and eight RBIs. His early production caught the eye of fantasy owners who made him one of the most-added players of the past week. Reynolds’ ownership percentage has gone from 4 percent to 41 percent in CBS leagues. He experienced a similar spike in ESPN leagues, where he went from 1.5 percent owned to 41.6 percent owned. Reynolds was the second-most added player on Yahoo this week, checking in behind only Kendall Graveman. In 60 percent of leagues, there’s still a chance you could add Reynolds to your roster. The obvious question is: Should you?

We’ll start by looking at the good and the bad when it comes to Reynolds. At the close of the article, a suggested decision will be offered (buy, sell or hold). Is Reynolds a viable fantasy option moving forward?

The Good

At this point owners, are only dealing with a week’s worth of data. It’s an incredibly small sample, and it’s impossible to spot any long-lasting trends yet. But if there is one positive sign to be optimistic about, it might be Reynolds’ strikeout rate.

For his career, Reynolds has a whiff rate of 31 percent. He’s never finished a season with a strikeout rate under 25 percent. However, he did take a positive step forward a season ago by dropping it to a career low 25.4 percent. So far in 2017, Reynolds’ whiff rate is 16.7 percent. If there was any real change to his approach this past season, it looks like those gains might hold this year.

Reynolds also has shown the ability in the past to provide major power production. From 2009-2012, he had three straight seasons hitting at least 32 homers, and he clubbed a career-high 44 in 2009. It’s been a number of years since he’s looked like that type of player, and it’s safe to assume that, at his current age, his power production will be diminished.

The move to Coors Field seemed to provide Reynolds with a bump in a couple of categories in which he’s typically struggled. His batting average was a career-high .282 a season ago, and his .356 OBP was noticeably higher than his .327 career mark. Somewhat surprisingly, he didn’t see much of a bump in power production at the same time.

The Bad

The obvious issue with Reynolds is that he could quickly be out of a job. Ian Desmond was supposed to be the starting first baseman in Colorado this season, but he’s been out since mid-March with a broken hand. Publicly, the team has said that Desmond should only be out four-to-six weeks, and it sounds as if he’s progressing on schedule. Desmond could be back in Colorado’s lineup in a matter of weeks. Even with a hot start, that would leave Reynolds without a regular spot in the Rockies lineup. The team has much more incentive to play Desmond, who they signed to a 5-year, $70 million deal this offseason, than Reynolds (1-year, $1.5 million). There really is nowhere else they can play Reynolds defensively (unless you wanted to put him in the outfield, but my guess is you don’t).

Reynolds’ track record should also give fantasy owners plenty of caution when assessing this recent outburst. He hasn’t hit 20 home runs since 2014, and the highest batting average he tallied since 2010 was .230 before last season’s .282 mark. PECOTA projected Reynolds to finish this year with a .237 BA and 12 home runs. Those numbers are much closer to what owners should expect than something like .260 with 20+ long balls. At 33 years old, it’s more than likely that Reynolds’ best days are behind him.

Buyer’s Guide: Sell (unless he’s simply a short-term CI option).

The playing-time concerns hang over Reynolds’ hot start like a dark cloud. Unless Desmond experiences a setback, there’s just not any realistic way Reynolds will see regular playing time this season. You might hang on to Reynolds through the first few weeks of Desmond’s return to ensure the injury doesn’t flare up but, beyond that, there’s not much season-long value here.

The one exception to selling on Reynolds is if you simply need a short-term stopgap at a corner-infield spot. He’s going to be the everyday first baseman until Desmond returns, and he’s likely to return more value at this point than any other option readily available in the free-agent pool. If you’re heavily relying on Reynolds for the rest of the season, something could have gone wrong on draft night.

If you own Reynolds, now is the time to try and deal him for whatever you can get. Maybe there’s an owner in your league struggling at 1B/3B. Reynolds could be an attractive option to them given the production they’re looking at after a week’s worth of games. If you can get an owner to bite and return anything of value, now is the time to do it.

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April 3, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler

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Eric Roseberry

Is the power potential enough to overcome injuries and some obvious flaws?

In the first few editions of this season’s Buyers Guide, we’ll focus on players who were typically drafted outside of the top 300. Fantasy leagues can be won by investing early in players poised to have breakout performances. The Buyer’s Guide is our attempt to help you have a gauge on those lesser-owned players who could make a significant impact during the course of the fantasy season.

The first Buyer’s Guide of 2017 will focus on Jorge Soler, who has long tantalized owners (real and fantasy) with his raw power. In a 2014 Scouting Report, Soler was praised for his “impact power potential” and was given “high” overall future potential. However, the warning signs were already there in terms of Soler’s durability and hit tool, and those concerns are still nagging him three years later.

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September 19, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Ender Inciarte

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J.P. Breen

A closer look at one of the heroes of the fantasy stretch run.

The Shelby Miller trade will forever be mocked as the Arizona Folly that sent potential superstar Dansby Swanson (and his beautiful hair) to Atlanta; however, the Braves somehow grabbed a controllable center fielder who has been worth 8.5 WARP in the exact same deal.

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September 12, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Deep Minor-League Grabs

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J.P. Breen

These prospects might be worth adding to your squad now in anticipation of big payoffs to come.

With the season drawing to a close, it’s not too helpful to place buy/sell tags on big leaguers at this point. The trade deadline has passed and, at least in most leagues, the amount of movement in the standings will be minimal. Sure, it’s worth scouring the waiver wire for a late-season gem. For dynasty league owners, though, the final few weeks serve as an underutilized opportunity to snap up a prospect keeper.

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August 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Hernan Perez and Friends

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J.P. Breen

A look at whether four players with big-time helium can keep on soaring, or if they're balloons waiting to pop.

Normally, in this space, I explore one hitter or one pitcher in a more longform fashion. This week, though, I wanted to profile four specific players who have gotten a lot of helium in the second half. I’ll present my thoughts on each player and offer a buy/hold/sell recommendation on each, per usual.

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton

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J.P. Breen

The Brewers outfielder has a 1.132 OPS since the All-Star break, but how much of that surge can he sustain?

Rebuilding teams are too often overlooked in fantasy leagues. Their competitive situation brings about inherent obstacles—such as low win totals for starting pitchers or lower-than-expected RBI totals—but their ineptitude also affords them the freedom to experiment with fringe players in hopes of uncovering an unexpected contributor for the following campaign.

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