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01-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Twenty Questions For 2017
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Using Statcast Analytics for Fantasy Decisions
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Tim Finnegan

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: An Avoid Retrospective
by
Wilson Karaman

10-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Target Retrospective
by
Wilson Karaman

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Short-Season Hitters to Watch
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Wilson Karaman

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: What I Learned This Year
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Wilson Karaman

09-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Positioning Your Team for Success
by
Mike Gianella

09-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Thoughts About 2016
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J.P. Breen

09-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2016 In-Season Valuations: Third Edition
by
Mike Gianella

09-01

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Low-Minors Prospects I Like
by
Wilson Karaman

08-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Worrying About Innings Limits
by
J.P. Breen

08-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders
by
Wilson Karaman

08-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution
by
Wilson Karaman

08-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Recent Top Performers: Pitchers and Outfielders
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J.P. Breen

08-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadline Post-Mortem
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J.P. Breen

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns on the 2016 Draft Class
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Wilson Karaman

07-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Four Things I Believe
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J.P. Breen

07-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop
by
Wilson Karaman

07-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: First-Half Awards
by
J.P. Breen

07-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Second-Half... Bounce Backs?
by
Mike Gianella

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Gimme Some of That Sweet Ratio Love
by
Wilson Karaman

06-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dynasty Prospects: A Few of My Favorites
by
Wilson Karaman

06-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition
by
Mike Gianella

06-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: So What's Going on with Jose Abreu, Anyway?
by
Wilson Karaman

06-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: On Average, We'd Rather Not
by
Mike Gianella

06-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper-League Trading: A Primer
by
Mike Gianella

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Evaluating the California League All-Stars
by
Wilson Karaman

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Building a Contender in TGDX
by
J.P. Breen

06-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Mark Trumbo and Being Wrong
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Jeff Quinton

06-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yes, You Can Stream Jeff Locke, Except You Can't
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Wilson Karaman

05-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Batted-Ball Trajectory and BABIP Overachievers
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Wilson Karaman

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: New Managers and Stolen Bases
by
J.P. Breen

05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: What Happened to Last Year's Hot Starters
by
Mike Gianella

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Tweet Bag
by
Wilson Karaman

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: We're Doing it Wrong
by
Mike Gianella

05-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Ramblings
by
Wilson Karaman

04-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Best Fastballs of the First Few Weeks
by
Wilson Karaman

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Steal
by
Mike Gianella

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Batted-Ball Profile and Team Defensive Context, Part 2
by
Wilson Karaman

04-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: It's Early, Calm Down
by
Mike Gianella

04-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Batted Balls and Team Defensive Context
by
Wilson Karaman

04-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio
by
Scooter Hotz

04-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Problem With the Rules in Standard Leagues
by
Mike Gianella

04-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Bold Predictions for 2016
by
Wilson Karaman

04-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Spring Training Risers
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J.J. Jansons

03-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Juan Nicasio: Is it Too Soon to Buy in?
by
George Bissell

03-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Distributing Dollars
by
Mike Gianella

03-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: The BP Local Fantasy Baseball Guide
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Baseball Prospectus

03-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Bargains
by
Scooter Hotz

03-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Endgame Targets
by
Bret Sayre

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You asked, we answered.

Monday is the start of our positional series at Baseball Prospectus, and we’re going to give you a lot of information, opinions and strategy tips. In fact, we laid it all out for you here. But before we get into the nitty gritty, we thought we’d have a little fun with some quick-hit questions that we answered as a team. Some of these were questions we got from you, the readers. Some were just interesting discussion points. But here are 14 opinions on 20 questions:

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January 4, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Using Statcast Analytics for Fantasy Decisions

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Tim Finnegan

How exit velocity, spin rate, and other new metrics can help guide your player choices this season.

As a fantasy owner, I like to look at what the progressive front offices inside the game are doing in their player evaluation. What are the brightest minds in baseball doing to pick players? I often find concepts and ideas that I carry over to my player evaluation in my leagues to help me construct my fantasy rosters.

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October 17, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: An Avoid Retrospective

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Wilson Karaman

Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin.

Last week I covered the players I had recommended you go out and get in our pre-season Target/Avoid series, and this week we turn to the players where I advocated steering clear.

Starting Pitcher to Avoid: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

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October 10, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A Target Retrospective

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Wilson Karaman

Looking back on three targets from the pre-season. Wistfully.

One of our annual traditions I most look forward to here at BP is the Target/Avoid series we run as part of our pre-season positional coverage, as it allows us to get a little more in-depth with player recommendations and strategic examples that we feel particularly passionate about. The way the cards were dealt this year I ended up mildly unbalanced in my assignments, so we’ll start today with a look back at my “target” selections and then work our way through the “avoid” guys next week.

Shortstop to Target: Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays

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September 29, 2016 11:01 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Short-Season Hitters to Watch

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Wilson Karaman

These bats are years from the majors, but they might be worth the wait.

Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals (Gulf Coast League)

Jeffrey Paternostro recently fired the opening salvo in what is likely to be a winter of Juan Soto feting, so it’s just as well you start getting used to seeing his name on these pages. He was a big bonus baby in 2015, receiving $1.5 million as one of the top hitting prospects in the class. The Nats were rewarded for their aggressiveness in pushing him stateside at the tender age of 17, as all he did was take down the MVP award in the GCL on the back of a .361/.410/.550 line, while flashing potentially plus hit and power tools. The swing has the ingredients you look for, with balance and fluidity into the zone, and the frame oozes with projectable present strength. In leagues where you can still make last-minute claims, he’s a guy on whom to burn a good chunk of your remaining FAAB.

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September 15, 2016 11:04 am

Fantasy Freestyle: What I Learned This Year

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Wilson Karaman

As the fantasy season winds down, Wilson shares his takeaways.

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September 9, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Positioning Your Team for Success

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Mike Gianella

Examining player fantasy earnings by position to determine the optimal distribution for your team.

Last week, I put together my valuation update for AL- and NL-only leagues. A reader noticed that middle infielders seem to have earned more this year than they have in past seasons. With this in mind, I thought I would take a look at what players at each position have done the last three years and see if it is possible to glean any potential trends from these data (spoiler alert, it probably is not possible).

The values in these charts are from last week’s article for 2016 player valuations and from the season-end articles for 2014 and 2015. All values are for 5x5 mono leagues (NL or AL-only). Hitters are grouped in blocs of 12 since most standard mono leagues use 12 teams.

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September 7, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Thoughts About 2016

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J.P. Breen

J.P. shares his reflections on three notable players and their fantasy prospect for next season.

(1) Zack Greinke has pitched much better than his 4.54 ERA would otherwise suggest.

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September 2, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: 2016 In-Season Valuations: Third Edition

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Mike Gianella

With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, Mike looks at the players who've returned the most value this season.

There is only a month left in the season, but already many of you (well, a few of you) have been asking questions about player valuation for 2016. With this in mind, I thought I’d provide one final in-season valuation update before we close the door on this season.

In the linked document you will find values through games of Wednesday, August 31 for:

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September 1, 2016 11:06 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Low-Minors Prospects I Like

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Wilson Karaman

These young'uns are way down the farm chain, but they could pay off big if you're patient with them.

Isan Diaz, MI, Milwaukee Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin)

If it wasn’t clear from Mauricio Rubio’s piece earlier this week entitled “Isan Diaz Is A Monster,” we’re collectively kind of high on Diaz at this point. I will refer you to that article and Mau’s accompanying scouting report for the nuts and bolts, but the punchline is that this is a quality bat-first keystone prospect, and those don’t grow on trees. One bit of warning, Diaz has thieved 11 bags this year against low-minors pitching, but that should not equate to you expecting a power-speed combo here. His efficiency rates have been poor already as a professional, and he’s likely to settle in as a pretty firmly below-average runner as he matures physically. Still, beneficial AVG and HR totals (and the R and RBI they generate) from your second baseman is where it’s at. He’ll most certainly crack our Dynasty 101 this winter, so get him now while the getting’s good.

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August 31, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Worrying About Innings Limits

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J.P. Breen

Keeping an eye on a few pitchers who are just about ready to call it a year.

The September fantasy climate can be turbulent. Many owners have long stopped paying attention to their teams, September call-ups flood rosters with many more players to track, and innings limits can erode starting rotations.

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August 26, 2016 10:53 am

Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders

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Wilson Karaman

Our advanced pitching metric suggests brighter days ahead for some of these hurlers.

As we head into the homestretch of the season some of you are angling for a title run, or a challenge for the money, or waiting in vain for your one-category “Perfect Games” league to get more interesting. I, however, play in at least two full keeper leagues in which mine eyes are affixed squarely upon the great horizon beyond 2016. And that means using this time of the year to start searching for potentially undervalued acquisition targets, either for your end-of-year FAAB queue or your off-season trade list. So let’s start in a basic and logical place with some pitchers who have performed much worse than their underlying metrics suggest they should have performed to date. Below is a table of the hurlers with the biggest gaps between their DRA and ERA. I’ve isolated guys who have performed at least a run and a half worse by ERA than their DRA suggests. And for the sake of weeding out some additional riffraff I’ve limited the pool to those arms who have performed as at least a roughly league-average level.

So without further ado, here’s our list:

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