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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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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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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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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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J.P. Breen

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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J.P. Breen

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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April 25, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Derek Norris

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The Padres catcher is off to a dismal start, but is there reason to hope he might reemerge as a useful fantasy backstop?

One year does not make a trend. Performance ebbs and flows in baseball—more for some players than others, to be sure—so it’s always smart to be skeptical of significant single-season variances.

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April 18, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: David Price

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J.P. Breen

Is now the right time to try to snatch the Red Sox lefty from a fretting fantasy owner?

Fantasy baseball is designed to mirror real-life baseball. It allows the average fan to “play GM,” and it’s one of the main reasons why dynasty leagues, especially deep dynasty leagues, are skyrocketing in popularity. We all want to build rosters, identify talent, and see how we stack up to our buddies.

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April 11, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jean Segura

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The D'backs infielder is off to a hot start in the desert, but can he sustain it?

We often hear about second-half players, guys who traditionally struggle early in the season and pick it up once the weather heats up. Aramis Ramirez and Adam LaRoche are two oft-cited examples of this archetype, with Ian Desmond being a more current reference point. As fantasy owners, we focus on these types of players because they’re “buy-low” candidates every summer.

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April 4, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Martin Perez

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Can the Rangers lefty boost his strikeout rate and take the next step?

At the back end of fantasy drafts, or on the waiver wire, we’re always trying to identify under-the-radar talents who could blossom into legitimate assets. We’ve often targeted guys like Jerad Eickhoff or Matt Shoemaker in recent years—guys with attractive stat lines who have traditionally been overlooked due to their lack of prospect pedigree. That’s the core precept of the sabermetric movement, too, right? Use numbers to identify diamonds in the rough, to cut through the narrative and profit.

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