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08-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Bradley Zimmer
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Eric Roseberry

07-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Gerardo Parra
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Eric Roseberry

07-17

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The Buyer's Guide: Jhoulys Chacin
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Eric Roseberry

07-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Orlando Arcia
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Eric Roseberry

07-03

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The Buyer's Guide: Michael A. Taylor
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06-26

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Montgomery
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Eric Roseberry

06-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Mallex Smith
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Eric Roseberry

06-12

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The Buyer's Guide: Rockies righty Jeff Hoffman
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Eric Roseberry

06-05

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The Buyer's Guide: Steven Souza
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Eric Roseberry

05-31

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The Buyer's Guide: Dinelson Lamet
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Tim Finnegan

05-30

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The Buyer's Guide: Jed Lowrie
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Eric Roseberry

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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04-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Mark Reynolds
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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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J.P. Breen

08-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Hernan Perez and Friends
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J.P. Breen

08-23

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

06-13

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The Buyer's Guide: CC Sabathia
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J.P. Breen

06-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Minor-League Edition
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J.P. Breen

05-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Nick Castellanos
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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

04-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Derek Norris
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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

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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August 2, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Bradley Zimmer

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Eric Roseberry

Zimmer has been getting on base and running for the Indians, and fantasy owners are starting to notice.

Bradley Zimmer was called up by the Cleveland Indians in May to help solidify their outfield. He was one of the top prospects in Cleveland’s system. Baseball Prospectus had him ranked as the Indians third-best prospect this season. Zimmer brought impressive speed to Cleveland, but also concerns about his ability to handle major-league pitching. These worries made fantasy owners timid to heavily invest in Zimmer early in the year.

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July 24, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Gerardo Parra

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Eric Roseberry

Parra is hotter than Georgia asphalt (only in Colorado) right now. But how long will it last, and what will he offer the fantasy player from here to October?

Over the course of his nine-year career, Gerardo Parra hasn’t really been a hot commodity for fantasy purposes. He was unable to provide at least league-average production in six of his eight previous seasons. Before this year, there were questions whether Parra would be able to find regular playing time given the shape of Colorado’s roster.

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July 17, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jhoulys Chacin

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Eric Roseberry

Since the start of June, Chacin has been a valuable commodity—but will it continue

Jhoulys Chacin did not have the best start to the 2017 season. In his first start of the year, he gave up nine earned runs against the Dodgers. Chacin gave up another seven runs four starts later at the hands of the Diamondbacks. By the time the baseball season reached the end of April, Chacin was 3-3 with a 5.82 ERA. The threat of him imploding on any given night made him a player to avoid for fantasy purposes.

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July 10, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Orlando Arcia

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Eric Roseberry

Does a recently high batting average bode well for Arcia's immediate fantasy future?

Orlando Arcia made his major-league debut in 2016. Initially, his fantasy value was thought to be limited because his defense was his most valuable asset. Over the course of those 55 games, Arcia hit .219/.273/.358 with four home runs, 21 runs scored, 17 RBIs and eight stolen bases. His fantasy stock wasn’t high coming into 2017. Arcia did rate as a two-star player in Mike Gianella’s initial shortstop rankings, but Mike admitted this was “a speculative pick based on stats from a year ago.”

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July 3, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Michael A. Taylor

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Eric Roseberry

He's running with an opportunity to play—but how long can Taylor keep up this kind of production?

Michael Taylor entered the season with limited fantasy value. The addition of Adam Eaton made Taylor the odd-man out in Washington’s outfield. However, injuries to several players (Eaton and Jayson Werth) have made playing time available. The 26-year-old is running with the opportunity, and he started to draw serious interest from fantasy owners.

Taylor saw the biggest change in ownership rate at CBS (19 percent to 48 percent) over the past week. Similarly, he saw the largest increase at ESPN (4.5 percent to 39.3 percent). In Yahoo’s latest “Transaction Trends,” Taylor was a top-10 addition in the outfield. He’s currently a top-50 outfielder by ESPN’s player rater, and he’s been providing owners with positive values in every standard fantasy category.

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June 26, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Mike Montgomery

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Eric Roseberry

Mike Montgomery has been effective for the Cubs as a starting pitcher. But what does that have to do with the price of beans as it relates to your fantasy team?

The first two months of this season, Mike Montgomery was a solid option out of the bullpen for the Cubs. In those initial 36 2/3 innings, he held a 2.21 ERA and struck out 26 batters. While he was getting opportunities to pitch, he wasn’t going to get save chances. Thus, Montgomery wasn’t on the radar of many fantasy owners. Montgomery’s situation changed June 9.

The Cubs were looking for a pitcher to fill a spot in the starting rotation due to Kyle Hendricks' stint on the disabled list, and Montgomery ran with the opportunity. In his first start, he gave up two earned runs against the Rockies in four innings. He surrendered two earned runs in his next start. Montgomery hasn’t given up an earned run in his past two starts, and he’s struck out 10 over the course of those 12 innings. That’s the kind of production that will get the attention of fantasy owners.

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June 20, 2017 4:42 pm

The Buyer's Guide: Mallex Smith

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Eric Roseberry

With malace toward none but stolen bases toward many, here's Mallex Smith.

“It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.”

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June 12, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Rockies righty Jeff Hoffman

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Eric Roseberry

Jeff Hoffman has been a great help to the Colorado Rockies so far. But there are indicators that his dominating ride might be hitting turbulance soon.

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June 5, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Steven Souza

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Eric Roseberry

Steven Souza has been on the more productive outfielders in 2017, but will this trend continue—or should owners move him while his value is at its highest?

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.

Since May 24, Steven Souza has been one of the most productive outfielders in baseball. He’s hit .342/.444/.789 with five home runs, 10 RBIs, and nine runs scored over that stretch. That’s the kind of production any fantasy roster would be happy to have, and this recent run of success has raised Souza’s profile in the fantasy community.

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May 31, 2017 10:45 am

The Buyer's Guide: Dinelson Lamet

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Tim Finnegan

Dinelson Lamet might be gold! Always buy gold!

The Good

Through two starts in the big leagues, Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet is opening some eyes. On Tuesday night against the Cubs, Lamet generated an outstanding 17 swinging strikes over 93 pitches, including 10 with his slider. Lamet has generated 28 swinging strikes through 184 pitches in his two starts, a 15.2 percent rate, which is well above the major-league average of 9.6 percent for starting pitchers. He has struck out 16 of the 42 batters he has faced, a 38 percent rate, also well above the major-league average of 20.3 percent for starting pitchers. He’s kept free passes under control, walking three of the 42 batters he’s faced, a 7.1 percent rate, slightly better than the league average of 8.3 percent.

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May 30, 2017 10:15 pm

The Buyer's Guide: Jed Lowrie

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Eric Roseberry

What does dancing legend Mikhail Baryshnikov have to do with A's infielder Jed Lowrie? It is related to why you should trade Lowrie ASAP.

Jed Lowrie wasn’t on the radar of many fantasy owners at the start of the season. He didn’t crack Baseball Prospectus’ Top 300 for 2017, and unless you play in the deepest of leagues he simply wasn’t a target. However, Lowrie is off to one of the best starts of his career. By ESPN’s Player Rater, he’s been the 15th-most productive second baseman this season. That level of production has started to gain Lowrie more attention from the fantasy community.

Over the past week, Lowrie’s ownership rate jumped from 19.3 percent to 33.5 percent in ESPN leagues. That was the ninth-largest percentage increase. Over at CBS, Lowrie saw a spike in ownership from 21 percent to 38 percent. In Yahoo’s latest “Transaction Trends,” he was the fifth most-added second baseman. It’s clear that Lowrie has become a player worthy of a closer look.

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May 22, 2017 10:19 am

The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak

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Eric Roseberry

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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