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09-19

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The Buyer's Guide: Ender Inciarte
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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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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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07-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Wil Myers
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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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06-20

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The Buyer's Guide: DJ LeMahieu
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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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04-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Jean Segura
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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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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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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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08-03

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The Buyer's Guide: Yoenis Cespedes
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07-29

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The Buyer's Guide: Jose Reyes
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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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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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06-15

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The Buyer's Guide: Billy Hamilton
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06-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Adam Eaton
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06-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
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05-26

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Reddick
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05-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Christian Yelich
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05-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brian Dozier
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05-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez
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04-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Jimmy Nelson
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September 19, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Ender Inciarte

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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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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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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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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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August 15, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Justin Turner

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The Dodgers third baseman has been sizzling at the plate after rediscovering his pull-side pop.

Despite the $250 million Opening Day payroll, it’s weird to assert that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ best hitter (in the non-Corey-Seager division) is a 31-year-old journeyman who was non-tendered by the Mets just three years ago.

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August 8, 2016 11:11 am

The Buyer's Guide: Daniel Murphy

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Is there reason to believe that the Nats second sacker's offensive breakout might soon slow?

It’s impossible to watch enough baseball to be intimately familiar with all major-league hitters or major-league pitchers. Most of us have specific teams that we follow or players who we try to watch most nights, but Major League Baseball has umpteen dozen players with whom we’re familiar only through their stat line.

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August 1, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: J.A. Happ

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Can the Jays lefty remain a valuable fantasy starter down the stretch, or is it time to jump ship?

It’s been almost 12 months to the day since J.A. Happ joined the Pittsburgh Pirates and genuflected at the feet of pitching coach Ray Searage. The mythology surrounding Searage conveniently ignores the hurlers who weren’t fixed—or, perhaps, were too far gone—but it’s undeniable that Searage has worked a few miracles in his professional career.

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July 25, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Second-Half Additions

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J.P. recommends a handful of widely available players who could help your fantasy squad down the stretch.

Here at The Buyer’s Guide, we routinely talk about established players, their fantasy trade value, and whether owners should buy, sell, or hold. As in-season trades die down in late July and early August, it’s perhaps more helpful to scour the waiver wire for help.

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Very few players make the sort of progress that this Padre has at his age, but does that mean you shouldn't buy into his breakout?

The world had forgotten about Wil Myers because patience is notoriously non-existent in fantasy baseball. Owners throw away historically consistent producers for flash-in-the-pan hot streaks every year. I join a random ESPN public league each year—I also enjoy flipping the difficulty mode on FIFA16 from professional to beginner from time to time so I can win by a dozen-plus goals—and someone dropped David Price after his early struggles. That’s obviously an extreme example of what I’m talking about; however, any serious fantasy player will be well acquainted with the impulse to make knee-jerk decisions based solely upon hot streaks.

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July 11, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Brandon Belt

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The Giants first baseman does something less often than every qualified hitter, and it might help him sustain his first-half success.

Brandon Belt has been a fantasy darling for years, ever since he hit .289/.360/.481 with 17 homers for the San Francisco Giants in 2013. Injuries and a lack of premium power, perhaps due to his home park, have kept him from being a top-end fantasy first baseman. That’s even true this season—Belt is only the 16th-ranked first baseman in ESPN leagues—but it’s impossible to ignore his impressive .301/.406/.523 slash line and wonder if his true fantasy value exceeds what the normal algorithms indicate.

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July 5, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Junior Guerra

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Is it time to sell high on the 31-year-old rookie righty, or is it actually time to buy?

What does one do with a 31-year-old rookie hurler who boasts a 2.93 ERA over the course of 76 2/3 innings?

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June 27, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Steven Wright

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Knuckleballers are a fickle breed, but is there reason to believe Steven Wright can sustain his success?

Knuckleballers confuse the hell out of me. As far as I’m concerned, they may as well have strolled right out of Area 51 and onto the pitcher’s mound because I don’t know what to do with them. My strategy in the past—and by the past, I mean, when it has come to R.A. Dickey—has been to simply avoid knuckleballers because I don’t believe projection systems handle them very well.

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