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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
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07-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
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06-26

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
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06-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 12
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 10
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-30

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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05-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week Six
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week Two
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Mike Gianella

04-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-26

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Free Agent Watch: Looking Ahead to 2014
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Bret Sayre

09-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 23
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-29

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Free Agent Watch: Week 22
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Mike Gianella and Craig Goldstein

08-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-25

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-27

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
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06-20

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Free Agent Watch: Week 12
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-13

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-06

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week 10
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Paul Singman

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week 10
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Josh Shepardson

05-30

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Nine
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Paul Singman

05-29

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Nine
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Josh Shepardson

05-23

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Eight
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Paul Singman

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
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Josh Shepardson

05-16

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Seven
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Josh Shepardson

05-14

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Seven
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Paul Singman

05-09

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Six
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Paul Singman

05-07

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Six
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Josh Shepardson

05-01

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Five
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Josh Shepardson

04-30

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Five
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Paul Singman

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Four
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Josh Shepardson

04-23

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Four
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Paul Singman

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Three
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Paul Singman

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Three
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Josh Shepardson

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Two
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Paul Singman

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May 8, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Six

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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May 1, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Five

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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April 24, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Four

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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April 17, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Three

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Mike Gianella

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

12-Team Mixed Hitter
Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins

A return to the Twin Cities seems to have done Kubel a world of good, and injuries to Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia have converted Kubel from a platoon player into a full-timer. The fun isn’t going to last forever, but as long as Kubel is swinging a hot bat he is fine as a mixed league play in the outfield. Your best bet is to try to make sure that the Twins are facing a right-handed heavy group of pitchers before setting your line-up for the week; losing Kubel two or more times a week or having Ron Gardenhire stick Kubel in there against a lefty isn’t the best use of a roster spot in mixed.


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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Two

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Mike Gianella

If these players are sitting on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.

AL-ONLY

Hitter: David Ross, C, Boston Red Sox
Suffer an early catching injury? Wondering if you just simply leave a dead slot on your team or try to make a shrewd free agent pick up? Look no further than David Ross. He doesn’t offer much, but a handful of home runs without enough at bats to destroy your batting average is good enough in an AL-only league. Ross should be good for 5-7 home runs assuming he has no lingering concussion effects this year.


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April 3, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week One

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a single hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth picking up, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-Team Mixed

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September 26, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Looking Ahead to 2014

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Bret Sayre

Fast forward to April, and these players might tempt you if they're sitting on your league's waiver wire.

With only four days left in the regular season, I’m going to do a slightly different take on our usual Free Agent Watch column before we morph into off-season mode. But speaking of off-season mode, I know even the most loyal BP readers are used to the fantasy section taking a couple of months off when the season ends. So my deepest apologies to those of you who were looking forward to time away from us—under my reign of terror as Fantasy Content Manager, you will be subjected to year-round fantasy analysis. And that includes some new things that I am very excited about.

But back to the task at hand, we are going around the diamond to spot players who are worthy of picking up in dynasty and high-volume keeper leagues with an eye squarely on 2014. And if the names I’m highlighting aren’t deep enough for some of you, I’ll be including a deep sleeper at each position as well (and if those aren’t deep enough for you, then you’re just going to have to be OK with that). In the words of future Poet Laureate Mike Skinner, let’s…push…things…forward.

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September 19, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 25

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

A look at four hitters and four pitchers who could be available to bolster your fantasy team, depending on the format in which you play.

12-TEAM MIXED

Jon Jay, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
In -only leagues, you have to take whatever measly at-bats you can get. If playing time opens up and you have a dead spot, it is a knee-jerk response to grab a player and worry about performance later. Mixed leagues offer more choices, and owners have the luxury of zeroing in on certain categories at the end of the season. A case in point is Jon Jay. Jay’s .272 batting average is barely worth considering, but over the last 15 days he has been putting up crooked numbers in runs and stolen bases for a recently red-hot Cardinals offense (admittedly, Coors has helped somewhat). If you need power, leave Jay in the free agent pool. On the other hand, if you are set in home runs and RBI but need a boost in runs or stolen bases, Jay might be your guy. Elliot Johnson has stolen five bases in the last 15 days, but the Cardinals are jockeying for playoff position while the Cardinals are not. Jay is likely to play regularly over the last 11 days of the regular season or until the Cards clinch a division title/avoid that dreaded wild card play-in game. —Mike Gianella


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September 12, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 25

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

A look at some players who might be available to provide a late-season boost to your fantasy team, depending on the format in which you play.

12-TEAM MIXED

Nick Franklin, SS, Seattle Mariners
You’re forgiven if you bailed on Franklin in standard mixed. A prolonged slump pushed Franklin’s slash down to 220/291/395. The power has been terrific, but everything else in Franklin’s game has been terrible. His strikeout rate skyrocketed, suggesting that Franklin was overmatched after the pitchers adjusted to him. Franklin seems to talented not to improve, but the Mariners don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to guys like Franklin. If you really need the power jolt, stick Franklin in your line-up, but I’d stay away from him in mixed unless it’s a keeper. –Mike Gianella


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September 5, 2013 6:30 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 23

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

It's a special, September call-up edition of the Watch, with eight players who could offer a boost to your fantasy roster this month or in 2014.

Welcome to a special September call-up edition of the Free Agent Watch. Rather than focus on players for specific formats, this week Bret and I thought we would take a look at eight recent call-ups who might or might not help your fantasy squads down the stretch… or possibly next year.

Jemile Weeks, 2B/SS/OF, Oakland Athletics
In 2011, Weeks was a fantasy force, particularly in deep leagues. He stole 22 bases and hit .303 in a mere 97 games. While Weeks’ game was one-dimensional, that dimension (stolen bases) made him fantasy viable. The cracks showed in 2012. Weeks’ batting average dropped to .221, and while his walk rate improved considerably, a .305 on-base percentage doesn’t cut it for a speedster, even if that speedster plays second base. The A’s decided to send Weeks back to Triple-A this year and turn him into a utility player. The good news was that Weeks got on base at an even more prodigious rate; the bad news is that what little power he had disappeared, and he didn’t run as much as he did in 2011. Weeks is a stretch of a pick-up in start-over leagues. He could be one of those players who steal a bunch of bases in September, but with the Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, he might simply get buried. Weeks could be a useful SB asset in deeper mixed leagues if he got an opportunity, but at the moment it looks like he needs a trade. —Mike Gianella


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August 29, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 22

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Mike Gianella and Craig Goldstein

A look at some players who could bolster your fantasy team off the waiver wire, depending on the format of the league in which you play.

12-TEAM MIXED

Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
Cozart is a subpar offensive option in real life but a solid option in fantasy leagues. Among shortstops, he is ninth in HR, eighth in RBI, and fifth in runs. Dusty Baker finally gave up on the idea of batting Cozart and his lousy .276 on-base percentage second, so Cozart takes a bit of a hit, but if you’re not particularly concerned about batting average, Cozart is a better play down the stretch than a number of mixed-league shortstops/middle infielders currently on active rosters. —Mike Gianella


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August 22, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 21

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Bret and Mike suggest players who could bolster your fantasy team down the stretch, depending on the format of your league.

12-Team Mixed

Mark Reynolds, 3B/1B, New York Yankees

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