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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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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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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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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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June 20, 2016 11:02 am

The Buyer's Guide: DJ LeMahieu

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Are the Rockies second baseman's drastic home-road splits cause to move on from him in fantasy?

Fantasy owners are used to playing matchups, whether they be based on platoon numbers or individual pitcher-types. It’s all about lineup optimization and accumulating every little advantage that’s possible. However, it’s also about recognizing which “matchups” are actually noteworthy enough to factor into fantasy decisions.

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June 16, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Checking Progress

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J.P. evaluates his recommendations to date.

It’s always good to check oneself when prognosticating about things and offering advice. That’s what I’m hoping to do in this space, to check how my recommendations in “The Buyer’s Guide” have checked out over the last three months.

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June 13, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: CC Sabathia

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Can the Yankees' lefty sustain his apparent renaissance?

Professional baseball is a game of adjustments. Of adjusting to life on the road. Of adjusting to no longer being the alpha dog on the field. Of adjusting to the adjustments that teams make once they have a reliable scouting report. Of adjusting to one’s body over the course of a long career.

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June 6, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Minor-League Edition

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A look at whether now's the time to buy or sell four notable prospects.

Normally, I focus on the majors in this space and try to offer some thoughts as to why fantasy owners should buy/sell different players. With dynasty leagues getting ever more popular, though, it’s seems valuable to cast our gaze to the young ‘uns and place “buy” or “sell” tags on them, too—as the savvy dynasty owners are focusing just as much on their minor-league rosters as on their major-league ones.

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May 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Nick Castellanos

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Is it time to sell high on the Tigers third baseman?

Nick Castellanos began the year being drafted outside the top-15 third baseman, behind guys like Danny Valencia. Almost two months into the season, though, the Tigers’ third baseman is hitting .340/.366/.582 with eight homers and 30 RBI. He’s a top-five fantasy third baseman, according to ESPN’s Player Rater.

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May 9, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Stephen Strasburg

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Just one thing stands between the Nationals ace and extraordinary dominance.

When he pitched for San Diego State, the media hyped Stephen Strasburg as a potential superstar, largely on the strength of his awe-inspiring triple-digit fastball as a starter. He was drafted a year before Aroldis Chapman came to the United States and started making triple-digit fastballs seem routine. His major-league debut in 2010 was must-watch television, much in the same way that Noah Syndergaard demands national attention when he takes the bump for the Mets.

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May 2, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Patrick Corbin

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The D'backs lefty has been hit hard in the early going, but is there reason to hope he might bounce back going forward?

I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, which has an interesting dynamic of simultaneously being urban and rural. It’s the state capitol and stereotyped to be overwhelmingly liberal, yet the landscape is peppered with farm after farm no more than five minutes outside the city’s borders. You’ll find so-called hippies hanging out on State Street, playing guitar and singing for peace, and tractors blocking an entire lane of a highway just a mile or two apart from each other.

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