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09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Few of My Favorite Dynasty League Targets
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Wilson Karaman

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Out-of-Nowhere Power-Hitting Rookie
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Matt Collins

09-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Late-Season Keeper-League Pickups
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Scooter Hotz

09-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rules of the Road
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Mike Gianella

09-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Luis Severino's Giant Leap
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Matt Collins

08-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: How I Might Win My Deep AL-Only Fantasy League
by
Scooter Hotz

08-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Find Your Process
by
Mike Gianella

08-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Quietly Valuable Lorenzo Cain
by
Matt Collins

08-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Homer Happy
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Mike Gianella

08-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Re-Calibrating Danny Salazar
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Mark Barry

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Closers of 2018
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Matt Collins

08-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Trade Deadline
by
Wilson Karaman

08-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Valuations: 2017 Fourth Edition
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: On Sustainability
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Scooter Hotz

07-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Getting Ready for the Trade Deadline
by
Mike Gianella

07-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Paying for Utilities
by
Mark Barry

07-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Salvador Perez: The Most Valuable Catcher in Fantasy Baseball?
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Eric Roseberry

07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Anthony Rendon's Leap to Superstardom
by
Matt Collins

07-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Players Switching Leagues in Deep AL-Only and NL-Only Leagues
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Scooter Hotz

07-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Catching Up With The Touts
by
Mike Gianella

07-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: The 10-Day DL and Six Degrees of the Dodgers Rotation
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Mark Barry

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Midseason Trade Targets
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Matt Collins

07-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Let’s Talk About Travis Shaw
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Eric Roseberry

06-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Be True To Your League
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Scooter Hotz

06-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Self Assessing at the (almost) Halfway Point
by
Mike Gianella

06-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: What is up with Zack Godley
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Mark Barry

06-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sticking It Out With Avisail Garcia
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Matt Collins

06-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Deal: Transforming a No into a Yes
by
Mike Gianella

06-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Alex Wood: Elite Fantasy Performer?
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Eric Roseberry

06-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Evolution and Decline of Francisco Lindor
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George Bissell

06-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fighting The Last War
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Scooter Hotz

06-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Pitching Landscape Has Changed
by
Mike Gianella

06-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Stash List Supplemental
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: David Price: Checking In
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Mark Barry

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Next Five Relievers
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Matt Collins

06-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: I Believe In Andrelton Simmons
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Eric Roseberry

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: So About That Nick Castellanos Breakout
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Wilson Karaman

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Miggy's Decline?
by
Matt Collins

05-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Draft Rankings for Imaginary Players
by
Mike Gianella

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check
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Scooter Hotz

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Selling Low on Two Pitchers
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Matt Collins

05-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Stash List Supplemental
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: The All-April Team
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Matt Collins

04-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous
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Mike Gianella

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio—Minor Leaguers I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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Scooter Hotz

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
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Mike Gianella

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Surprising Strikeout Surgers
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Matt Collins

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio: Major League Players I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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Scooter Hotz

04-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: The PFM and The Model Portfolio
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Mike Gianella

04-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fixing What Broke in Francisco Liriano
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Alex Chamberlain

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June 29, 2017 6:10 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Self Assessing at the (almost) Halfway Point

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Mike Gianella

Looking back and projections for Justin Bour, Mike Moustakas, Kevin Kiermaier, Daniel Norris, Yadier Molina, Daniel Murphy, Aledmys Diaz, Aaron Judge.

It is difficult to believe, but we are almost halfway through the 2017 season. While a lot will change in the second half, enough of the season has been played so that some assessment can be offered of how well (or poorly) some of our preseason predictions have played out. While it is easy to make preseason calls and never bring them up again, it always is worth looking back at what we got right—and what we got wrong, and why.

I’ll start with the players I told fantasy players to target, and then finish with the players I advised fantasy managers to avoid.

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June 28, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: What is up with Zack Godley

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Mark Barry

There's another Zack G. in the D-backs rotation, and while he's not an ace like Zack Greinke his teammate, Zack Godley has been quite a welcome addition.

It took 118 years before the first “Zack G.” graced Major League Baseball. We all know about Zack Greinke. He’s good at pitching, and has admirably represented Zack G.’s everywhere. However, now there’s a new Zack G. stealing some shine, and he just so happens to share a rotation with Greinke. If getting ground balls is divine, Zack Godley has been downright heavenly this season and has emerged as a key member of the Diamondbacks rotation. While the start has certainly been impressive, his intervention has been anything but expected.

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June 23, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Sticking It Out With Avisail Garcia

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Matt Collins

Garcia continues to produce well beyond his career norms at the plate. What should you do with him? Maybe just sit tight.

Even for a sport that revolves around unpredictability, this has been a weird fantasy baseball season. There have been complete collapses from fantasy mainstays, unfathomable performances from rookies, and breakouts from players we’d written off years ago. One member of the latter group is Avisail Garcia.

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June 22, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Deal: Transforming a No into a Yes

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Mike Gianella

A Kafkaesque look at how to approach the trading season in fantasy baseball.

It’s that time of year: time for the fantasy scribes to put together their annual trading columns. More so than with auctioning, drafting or player analysis, trading is a difficult topic because there is so much variability from league to league and even from fantasy manager to fantasy manager. What works in my 12-team AL-only keeper league probably will not work in your 15-team mixed redraft league.

One constant that does exist across leagues is that you will have to interact with other people. “To write prescriptions is easy, but to come to an understanding with people is hard.” Franz Kafka wrote in A Country Doctor. Kafka died 56 years before Daniel Okrent’s fantasy baseball league had its initial auction at La Rotisserie Francaise in Manhattan in 1980, so we may never know what Kafka would have thought of fantasy baseball, but I suspect that he would have found the frustration with the difficulty of trading extremely relatable.

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June 21, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Alex Wood: Elite Fantasy Performer?

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Eric Roseberry

Alex Wood has been an All-Star caliber performer for the Dodgers, putting it all together at age 26. Will he sustain his terrific start to 2017?

Just over a week ago, Mike Gianella released his updated In-Season Fantasy Valuations. There weren’t a ton of surprises in terms of who was providing the most fantasy value. However, on his National League starting pitcher list there was a name that stood out. Situated in eighth, behind fantasy stalwarts like Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, and Stephen Strasburg, was Alex Wood.

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June 19, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Evolution and Decline of Francisco Lindor

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George Bissell

His home runs are up, but what about his batting average and stolen bases? Lindor hasn't been nearly as valuable as in recent seasons, and it seems to stem from an early season power surge.

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June 16, 2017 8:29 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Fighting The Last War

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Scooter Hotz

In a new season, don't be haunted by old ghosts. Try fresh tactics.

There’s an old saying that “generals always fight the last war.” The origin of the saying is unclear, but the idea behind it is not. During their current engagements, people tend to do the things that has worked well and avoid the things that didn’t work well during their previous engagement, rather than choose their course of action based on the current circumstances. And it’s not limited to war—a variation on the statement insists that “economists always fight the last depression.”

In my deep AL-only league keeper league, I’ve had the same issue the past few times I’ve had a contending team. I didn’t trade away my prospects and/or cheep keepers to the teams that dumped early because I didn’t like the prices I was paying. Each time, I felt like the contenders who made those deals overpaid and that I would overtake them when I made subsequent deals at better exchange rates. Each time, I was wrong.

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June 15, 2017 1:53 pm

Fantasy Freestyle: The Pitching Landscape Has Changed

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Mike Gianella

Middle relievers with big strikeout totals are gaining in value, which has fundamental implications for how fantasy baseball should be played.

A large portion of the conversation in fantasy circles has revolved around how the spike in home runs has altered the landscape—and with good reason. Home runs have increased from 4,186 in 2014 to 4,909 in 2015 to 5,610 in 2016. Entering action Wednesday, major-league hitters were on pace to hit 6,133 home runs in 2017. It is with good reason this has been analyzed ad infinitum. But since this fertile soil has been properly tilled, we can look at a different trend that is slipping under the radar somewhat.

Table 1: Major League Baseball Starting Pitchers, 2013-2017

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June 14, 2017 8:07 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Stash List Supplemental

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Greg Wellemeyer

Going deep, deep, deep undercover to find prospects (or non-prospects) for your deepest of leagues. Bring your diving bell!

Do you play in a deeper or mono league and wish the Stash List had some names that weren’t already owned in your league? You’ve come to the right spot. Last time I did this, I gave you Dinelson Lamet and Eric Skoglund, both of whom are in the majors and have flashed a little something. On the other hand, I also gave you Ryan O’Hearn, a first base prospect who’s hitting .214/.308/.317 in the month-plus since that piece ran. Such is the nature of deep speculation. I’m not deterred. Let’s do some more.

Colin Moran (3B)—Houston Astros

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June 12, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: David Price: Checking In

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Mark Barry

Is the Price all right?

If you rely on sports radio or shouty talking heads, David Price’s first year in Boston was an unmitigated disaster. Another playoff struggle led to so many fun, informative, well-reasoned, inspired...oops sorry, blacked out for a second...I meant mind-numbing rants about clutchness and #thewilltowin. However, if you dug a little deeper and rely on the numbers, he was, well, very David Price.

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June 9, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Next Five Relievers

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Matt Collins

Felipe Rivero, Archie Bradley, Joe Smith, David Phelps and Will Harris deserve your attention.

Last week, our fantasy team handled the task of re-ranking every position for fantasy for the rest of the season. I handled the reliever rankings, which can be found here. In them, I ranked the top-40 relievers, which gives a good base of all of the closers around the league with a few primary setup men thrown in there. That covers most fantasy leagues, but a few of the deeper leagues could be looking for more names. So with that in mind, and with another week of baseball in the books, let’s look at the top five relievers for fantasy purposes who did not make last week’s list.

Felipe Rivero—Pirates

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June 7, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: I Believe In Andrelton Simmons

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Eric Roseberry

Andrelton Simmons has been getting results—and showing other signs—that he's having a career season in fantasy.

For years, baseball fans have been in awe of Andrelton Simmons’ defensive ability at shortstop. However, for fantasy purposes, there never were many reasons to pay attention to him given his production at the plate. Hardly anyone came into this season expecting Simmons to be an option for their fantasy roster. Baseball Prospectus didn't even list Simmons on its initial “Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstop,” and he went undrafted in most leagues.

As we sit here in the first week of June, something interesting has been happening with Simmons. He’s been a fringe top-15 shortstop, and he’s slowly raising his fantasy profile. Simmons is providing owners with positive value, if minimal, in every standard fantasy category.

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