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08-31

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The Buyer's Guide: Ian Desmond
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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

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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04-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
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04-13

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The Buyer's Guide: Shane Greene
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04-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Kevin Gausman
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03-30

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The Buyer's Guide: Adam Lind
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03-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Kyle Hendricks
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03-16

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The Buyer's Guide: Michael Pineda
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09-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Lance Lynn
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08-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
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08-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Jonathan Lucroy
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08-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison
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08-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Lucas Duda
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07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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07-21

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The Buyer's Guide: Jason Kipnis
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07-14

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The Buyer's Guide: Howie Kendrick
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07-07

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The Buyer's Guide: Michael Brantley
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07-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Jake Arrieta
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06-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Billy Butler
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06-16

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The Buyer's Guide: Michael Wacha
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06-09

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The Buyer's Guide: Pablo Sandoval
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06-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Homer Bailey
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August 31, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Ian Desmond

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J.P. Breen

Does the Nationals shortstop's recent hot streak mean he's back after a first-half slump?

Some players are notoriously slow starters, perennially spinning their wheels out of the gate, only to pick up steam in the second half. Savvy fantasy owners have long targeted these types of players after the first month or two of the season, capitalizing on their momentarily depressed value. I’m unsure if this is a statistically quantifiable phenomenon in baseball; however, it does seem to hold true for many players in the majors.

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August 27, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Wily Peralta

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Is there any reason to hope that the Brewers righty can regain his 2014 form?

The standard age-development curve for pitchers has traditionally held that hurlers enter their primes when they’re 26-28. Recently, some research suggests that the aging curve is transitioning slightly toward the younger side of the spectrum, but the overall statement is still that one’s prime as a pitcher comes sometime between ages 25-27.

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August 17, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Gonzalez

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J.P. Breen

Is the CarGo we know and love back for good?

First impressions rule the day, in life and in baseball. I wrote about this fact in a June article about Adam Eaton, explaining how fantasy owners had been slow to recognize his quality due to his horrendous start to the season. A couple of months later, Eaton is a top-40 fantasy outfielder and still has an ownership below 70 percent in ESPN leagues.

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August 10, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jose Quintana

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J.P. Breen

Chris Sale isn't the only starter in the South Side of Chicago who demands your attention.

The South Side is perennially overlooked in Chicago. That is true in politics, in the media, in infrastructure, and in baseball.

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Yoenis Cespedes

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J.P. Breen

A look at how the move to Queens impacts the Cuban outfielder's fantasy value.

After their attempt to acquire Carlos Gomez fell apart in spectacular fashion and their pursuit of Jay Bruce never resulted in anything concrete, the New York Mets upgraded their outfield by trading a pair of prospects for Yoenis Cespedes. The Cuban native is hitting .291/.323/.501 with 18 home runs and three stolen bases. For a Mets outfield that featured Curtis Granderson, a pair of injured regulars (Michael Cuddyer and Juan Lagares), and an untested rookie, Cespedes represented significant improvement at the trade deadline—more so than for any other major-league club, outside of perhaps Houston or Kansas City.

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July 29, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jose Reyes

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Is the move to Coors Field a boon for the shortstop's fantasy value?

In the aftermath of Troy Tulowitzki being traded to Toronto, many of the storylines focused on either the Blue Jays’ powerful offense or the Rockies’ unfortunate handling of the trade in relation to previous agreements made with Tulowitzki. Fantasy owners have flooded the Bat Signal with questions about Tulowitzki’s value in Toronto and whether it’s time to sell on right-hander Jeff Hoffman before he gets devoured by Coors Field.

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July 20, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Justin Upton

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Is it time to buy low on the Padres outfielder?

Over the All-Star break, I’ve been thinking a lot about my “go-to statistics” for identifying different skills for both hitters and pitchers. They’re different for everyone, as we all have different preferences in the types of pitchers we like to target for fantasy purposes, but I’ve also been thinking about false positives. That is to say, I’m intrigued by instances where a single statistic could conceivably put a player on a trade-target list but is negated by another statistic that erodes the meaning of the other.

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July 13, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Martinez

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J.P. Breen

Is the 23-year-old Cardinals righty worth a king's ransom in fantasy trades?

Baseball is about learning from one’s peers. I think that’s true for professional baseball players, as well as for baseball writers. Just as players talk shop in the bullpen or in the batting cages, my knowledge of the game and my writing abilities have both been augmented by the other writers at Baseball Prospectus, past and present. Despite the banter and jokes, we regularly come to one another for advice and to hash out new ideas.

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July 6, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Brett Anderson

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The takeaways from comparing the Dodgers lefty to a leading Cy Young Award contender.

In baseball, we’re often obsessed with player comps. I’ve long thought that relying on comps is a conceptual crutch, something that tends to do more harm than good, something that prevents one from treating a player as an individual talent. I do, though, believe player comps can be useful in fantasy baseball. It allows a fantasy owner to identify players who have similar production profiles, which ultimately aids in valuation. That is, if Player X is an established major-leaguer who has consistently been a top-10 performer at his position, it stands to reason that if Player Y has a similar statistical breakdown, he should be valued accordingly.

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June 29, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler

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J.P. Breen

As he returns from the DL, can the young Cub more closely resemble his 2014 form than his disappointing early-2015 version?

Almost exactly 10 months ago, the Chicago Cubs promoted Jorge Soler to the major leagues. I wrote the following:

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June 22, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Manny Machado

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J.P. Breen

Is there any reason to doubt the Orioles third baseman's future as a fantasy star?

Blossoming into a genuine superstar in baseball is insanely difficult. Becoming a superstar in one’s early 20s is even more difficult. Doing so in one’s early 20s without anyone taking real notice, however, is even harder still.

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June 15, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Billy Hamilton

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J.P. Breen

Is there reason to expect any offensive production besides steals from the Reds center fielder?

It’s an old adage in baseball that speed-centric players should keep the ball on the ground to best access the inherent advantage that speed provides a hitter. Plus-plus speed puts extreme pressure on the infield defense to quicken their fielding motions and their internal clocks, forcing miscues and free bases. Moreover, speed-centric players typically lack usable game power, so it’s a better strategy to put the baseball on the ground—either to find a hole or to leg-out an infield single—rather than hit a harmless flyball that completely negates the speed advantage.

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