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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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J.P. Breen

06-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Manny Machado
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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

06-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
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J.P. Breen

05-26

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Reddick
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J.P. Breen

05-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Christian Yelich
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J.P. Breen

05-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brian Dozier
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J.P. Breen

05-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez
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J.P. Breen

04-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Jimmy Nelson
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J.P. Breen

04-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
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J.P. Breen

04-13

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The Buyer's Guide: Shane Greene
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J.P. Breen

04-06

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The Buyer's Guide: Kevin Gausman
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J.P. Breen

03-30

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The Buyer's Guide: Adam Lind
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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

09-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Lance Lynn
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J.P. Breen

08-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
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J.P. Breen

08-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Jonathan Lucroy
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J.P. Breen

08-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison
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J.P. Breen

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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July 6, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Brett Anderson

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J.P. Breen

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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June 8, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Adam Eaton

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J.P. Breen

Is there reason to bother buying low on the White Sox outfielder?

First impressions drive many of our social interactions. Whether it’s the turbulent job market or the popular rapid-fire world of speed dating, research increasingly confirms that humans make split-second decisions about the personality of an individual. Some studies suggest we take a mere one-tenth of a second to judge someone as likable or not. Similar studies suggest we’re pretty good at it, too.

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June 1, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco

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J.P. Breen

Has the Indians righty actually ascended into the elite ranks?

In the baseball world, it’s admittedly difficult to stay current on the latest and greatest advanced statistics. Moreover, at least for me, many of the advanced statistics serve as sobering reminders of my limited intelligence, which instinctively causes me to shy away from them.

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May 26, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Josh Reddick

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J.P. Breen

Can the A's outfielder sustain his outstanding start?

Listen to a hitting coach or a television broadcast long enough, and the term “controlling the strike zone” is bound to surface. It has become synonymous with plate discipline or, even more simply, a batter’s “patience” at the dish.

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May 18, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Christian Yelich

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J.P. Breen

Can the Marlins outfielder right the ship after a dreadful, injury-marred start?

The phrase “I have faith in [Player X]” is often bandied about in fantasy baseball circles. It’s most often uttered about a player who has struggled mightily and people are panicked, wondering if they should be jumping ship. Fantasy experts on Twitter and across the internet attempt to assuage the restless owners, offering optimistic data and promising better things to come.

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May 11, 2015 10:40 am

The Buyer's Guide: Brian Dozier

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J.P. Breen

Does an extreme batted-ball distribution suggest it's time to bail on the Twins second sacker.

In March 1999, Ted Williams opined that strikeouts were killing baseball. Modern behemoths were muscling up, trying to hit the long ball, trading more whiffs for more power. In fact, Williams thought the problem was so severe that Major League Baseball needed to deaden the baseball or increase the height of the outfield fences to discourage hitters from selling out for power.

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez

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Has the Orioles righty reinvented himself as a ground-ball machine?

The Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1891 wrote, “inconsistency among baseball … is as natural as sunlight.”

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April 27, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jimmy Nelson

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J.P. Breen

Has a new curveball propelled the Brewers righty to new heights?

“Yo, Breen! You just got a new four-top!”

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April 20, 2015 6:54 am

The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas

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J.P. Breen

Is the Royals third baseman's hot start a sign of a breakout in progress?

Glowing scouting reports and minor-league numbers are no guarantees of major-league success. While both are intensely valuable and help us project future big-league stars far better than we otherwise could, there’s something special about the jump from Triple-A to the major leagues that proves too much for some top prospects.

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