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07-09

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Fantasy Focus: Visual Depth Charts
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Rob McQuown

08-29

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5

Fantasy Focus: Bourjos is Gorgeous Lately
by
Jason Collette

05-26

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Fantasy Focus: Checking the Leaderboards
by
Marc Normandin

05-18

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Fantasy Focus: Danny Duffy No Longer Dithering
by
Marc Normandin

05-16

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7

Fantasy Focus: Hurlers on the Verge
by
Marc Normandin

05-09

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Fantasy Focus: Kansas City, Here They Come
by
Marc Normandin

05-04

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Fantasy Focus: Back in the Saddle Again
by
Marc Normandin

05-02

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Fantasy Focus: Reinforcements on the Way
by
Marc Normandin

04-25

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Fantasy Focus: Waiting in the Wings
by
Marc Normandin

04-18

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9

Fantasy Focus: The Road to Hellickson Is Paved With Good Intentions
by
Marc Normandin

04-11

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Fantasy Focus: The NL's Rookie Outage
by
Marc Normandin

04-08

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14

Fantasy Focus: Don't Believe the Hype, 4/8
by
Marc Normandin

04-06

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4

Fantasy Focus: Clash of the First-Timers
by
Marc Normandin

04-04

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13

Fantasy Focus: Don't Believe the Hype, 4/4
by
Marc Normandin

03-30

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Fantasy Focus: Down the Rabbit Hole
by
Marc Normandin

03-17

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40

Fantasy Focus: Pre-season Fantasy Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-16

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16

Fantasy Focus: NL-only Draft Results
by
Marc Normandin

03-09

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15

Fantasy Focus: My Beef With Andre
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Marc Normandin

03-04

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77

Fantasy Focus: A Tour of the 2011 Player Forecast Manager
by
Marc Normandin

02-28

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21

Fantasy Focus: NL Starting Pitcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-25

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12

Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-24

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29

Fantasy Focus: Right Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-23

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32

Fantasy Focus: Center Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-22

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Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-21

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11

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-21

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21

Fantasy Focus: Closer Rankings
by
Mike Petriello

02-18

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14

Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-18

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32

Fantasy Focus: Third Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-17

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Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-17

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38

Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-15

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Fantasy Focus: AL Rookie Hurlers to Watch
by
Marc Normandin

02-10

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Fantasy Focus: AL Rookies to Watch
by
Marc Normandin

02-09

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Fantasy Focus: Love Is All Around
by
Marc Normandin

02-03

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Fantasy Focus: Shooting Blanks
by
Marc Normandin

02-01

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Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings Review
by
Marc Normandin

04-09

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Fantasy Focus: Stolen-base Redux
by
Marc Normandin

04-04

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9

Fantasy Focus: Pre-season Fantasy Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-21

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13

Fantasy Focus: Depth Chart/PFM Update, Part 2
by
Clay Davenport

03-10

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28

Fantasy Focus: Closers
by
Marc Normandin

03-09

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23

Fantasy Focus: NL Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

03-08

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39

Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

03-05

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31

Fantasy Focus: Draft Exercise
by
Craig Brown

03-04

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27

Fantasy Focus: Center Fielders
by
Marc Normandin

03-03

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13

Fantasy Focus: Right Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

03-02

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51

Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-28

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Fantasy Focus: Catcher rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-26

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40

Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-25

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43

Fantasy Focus: Third Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-23

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Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-22

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Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

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April 6, 2011 11:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Clash of the First-Timers

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Marc Normandin

Mariner rookie Michael Pineda and brand-new Rangers starter Alexi Ogando faced off Tuesday night. How do the newbies stack up?

It was a night for debuts Tuesday evening, as rookie Michael Pineda of the Seattle Mariners faced off against converted reliever Alexi Ogando in the first start either pitcher had made in the major leagues. Pineda was the main event—the reason that people tuned in on mlb.tv—but Ogando put on an intriguing show during his own six innings.

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April 4, 2011 10:25 am

Fantasy Focus: Don't Believe the Hype, 4/4

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Marc Normandin

Going gaga over Guthrie and Gordon.

Now that the regular season is upon us, we can debut one of our new fantasy features: each Monday during the regular season, I will examine the players that have been added the most and dropped the most in standard leagues over the past week. (I will be using CBS's transactions statistics, but you may see me reference ESPN's numbers as well.) The goal is to figure out which players you should follow the wisdom of the crowd on and chase/cut, and which players you are better off holding on to or steering clear of. Where Value Picks identifies under-owned players who can help your team, my goal is to figure out if you need to make a move in the first place.

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March 30, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Down the Rabbit Hole

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Marc Normandin

How do real-life teams match up in fantasy land?

You don't need me to tell you that real baseball and fantasy baseball, for all their similarities, are separate entities governed by completely different sets of rules. The things that make a real-life ballclub successful (a balance of pitching, defense, and hitting) are not the same things that help you win in fantasy (as many saves and steals as your roster can handle, and that fellow owner you always know you can swindle midseason when he's busy waiting for football to start).

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March 17, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Pre-season Fantasy Predictions

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Baseball Prospectus

Looking for our fantasy staff's collective 2011 sleepers, breakouts, disappointments, and more? You've come to the right place.

Since we're the fantasy crew here at Baseball Prospectus, we wanted to give you some more fantasy-focused predictions for the upcoming year. This is the perfect opportunity for us to claim that the things we predicted that came true make us brilliant, and also gives us adequate time to come up with excuses for the things that did not turn out the way we planned. It's a flawless plot, and we hope that you take part with your own predictions in the comments. Here we are, in alphabetical order, which means poor old Bill Baer will be the first to be christened a visionary or insane:

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March 16, 2011 6:00 am

Fantasy Focus: NL-only Draft Results

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Marc Normandin

What can we learn from Marc's second-year draft in CBS Fantasy Sports' NL experts league?

Yes, yes, I know: no one cares about my fantasy team. But since this is an NL-only experts league I participate in over at CBS Sports as a representative of Baseball Prospectus, it seems fitting that you get to read about it. Scott White, Al Melchior, Derek VanRiper, Erik Siegrist, and many others are in this 12-team league (the full auction results of which can be found here). In a nutshell, I’m pleased with how my team turned out in my second year in the league, but there are a few picks I made where I wish I had listened more to my own advice.

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March 9, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: My Beef With Andre

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Marc Normandin

Fantasy players who are drafting Andre Ethier early and often should be prepared for disappointment.

Andre Ethier is a fine player, one of the more productive outfielders in the game. But that's in the real world. 

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The PFM has gotten a serious overhaul. We tell you what's shiny, what's new, and why you should care.

Every spring since launching the Player Forecast Manager, we at Baseball Prospectus have tried to improve it to make it more useful for our subscribers. The PFM, for those who haven't tried it, is a tool that uses our Depth Chart projections to create player values for use in fantasy baseball drafts. It's popular among our users—enough that its use has occasionally bogged the entire site down in the past—but its potential has still not been fully realized.

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February 28, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: NL Starting Pitcher Rankings

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Marc Normandin

You know where Roy Halladay ranks, but what about the rest of the National League's hurlers?

These are the National League starting pitcher fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher, left fielder, center fielder, right fielder, closer, and AL starting pitcher installments.


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After the King, a deluge of middle-tier Junior Circuit starters.

These are the American League starting pitcher fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher, left fielder, center fielder, right fielder, and closer installments. NL starting pitcher will be published Monday.

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Marc's CarGo cult continues, but there are plenty of four-star options available as well.

These are the right fielder fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstopcatcher, left fielder, center fielder, and closer installments.

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February 23, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Center Fielder Rankings

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Marc Normandin

It's not top-heavy like its corner cousins, but center has plenty of depth.

These are the center fielder fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher, left fielder, and closer installments.

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February 22, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Some of your league's strongest offensive options may come out of left field.

These are the left fielder fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher, and closer installments.

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