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05-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Wilson Karaman

05-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Table-Setting Thieves
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J.J. Jansons

05-29

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 57
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-29

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
by
Keith Cromer and Nick Shlain

05-28

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13

The Stash List: Seventh Edition
by
Bret Sayre

05-28

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Five to Watch: South Atlantic League Hitters
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-27

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Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: American League Central
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-27

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Deep League Report: Week Eight
by
Keith Cromer

05-27

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The Quinton: What Buyers Sell in Keeper Leagues
by
Jeff Quinton

05-26

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Reddick
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J.P. Breen

05-26

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Closer Report: Ninth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Two American League Outfielders of Interest
by
Nick Shlain

05-22

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Deep League Report: Week Seven
by
Keith Cromer

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: 10 Players to Pick in May Supplemental Drafts
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
by
Wilson Karaman

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rebuilding = Opportunity
by
J.J. Jansons

05-21

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Revisiting the AL-Only Reliever Landscape
by
Nick Shlain

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts
by
Wilson Karaman

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Fluctuations
by
Jeff Quinton

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Evolution of Lucas Duda
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: AL-Only Adds, Part Two
by
Nick Shlain

05-19

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Closer Report: Eighth Edition
by
Matt Collins

05-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: In Search of the Next Joc Pederson
by
J.J. Jansons

05-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Christian Yelich
by
J.P. Breen

05-18

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 55
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-15

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The Quinton: Strategy and Process: A Pseudo Mailbag
by
Jeff Quinton

05-15

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
by
Wilson Karaman

05-15

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Deep League Report: Week Six
by
Keith Cromer

05-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Danny Salazar: On the Cusp of Stardom?
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-14

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The Stash List: Fifth Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

05-13

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The Quinton: Please Spend Your FAAB
by
Jeff Quinton

05-13

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Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: National League Central
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-12

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Closer Report: Seventh Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Finesse the Pitching
by
Nick Shlain

05-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brian Dozier
by
J.P. Breen

05-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week Six
by
Keith Cromer and Jeff Quinton

05-08

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 54
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
by
Wilson Karaman

05-08

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Deep League Report: Week Five
by
Keith Cromer

05-08

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Rotisserie-Style In-Season Valuations
by
Mike Gianella

05-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Changed Expectations
by
Nick Shlain

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Hey, So What Happened to Jason Heyward?
by
Wilson Karaman

05-05

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Closer Report: Sixth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Junior Circuit Players to Monitor
by
Nick Shlain

05-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez
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J.P. Breen

05-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
by
Wilson Karaman

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Oh, to be young and the owner of a National League ace this week. Chances are, if you’ve got one, he’s going twice in Week Nine. Between the true aces and the near ones, NL-only leaguers will have a full nine glorious, “safe” options at their disposal, while junior circuit riders will once again be left weighing options from a lengthy “consider” column.

Uncertainty persists as of press time in Oakland, where Scott Kazmir’s MRI yesterday will likely reveal a delayed next turn at the least and put the Oakland rotation slot @DET and @BOS into someone else’s hands. That’s not a great lineup, and with neither Gray nor Hahn—the two other guys in Oakland’s rotation I’d consider running here—anywhere near on turn, it’s unlikely this slot will yield much interest even in AL-only formats. It’s also unclear who will take the injury-ravaged Marlins’ two-start slot. I’m not sure that one much matters either, however, as we’re down to about the eighth or ninth guy on the Miami depth chart at this point, and a trip to Coors Field looms for whoever ends up stepping into the fire.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Table-Setting Thieves

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J.J. Jansons

Dynasty league owners should be taking notice of these leadoff hitters for their future stolen-base potential.

As power numbers have dwindled in recent years, dynasty owners have been focused on adding speed to their rosters in any way possible. Billy Hamilton stole 56 stolen bases in 2014 and finished as a top-50 contributor in virtually all formats, despite hitting .250 and compiling a sub-.300 on-base percentage. Hamilton’s 72 runs scored were not good enough to rank him in the top 60 hitters overall, so the vast majority of his value was tied to one category. Fantasy overlord Bret Sayre ranked Hamilton the 16th-best outfield dynasty commodity this winter, outlining the value that a top-flight base-stealer can add to a dynasty league roster.

As a dynasty owner, finding speed in the minors is often a tricky proposition. A prospect like Garin Cecchini can swipe 51 bases in Low-A ball in 2012 but fail to surpass 15 steals in a season as he’s moved up the latter due to the more advanced ability of pitchers and catchers to control the running game. That’s why it’s always important to listen to the great BP Prospect team to have them tell you who has elite speed and who is feasting on poor battery combinations in the lower minors.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 57

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

Digging through the reader mailbag, and much more.

On the Podcast:

This week we dig through the mailbag and answer some listener questions—thanks for sending them in, keep it up! We talked about banked stats, projection systems, online data resources, and some pointers on how to handle trade negotiations. We also discuss potential buy and sell trade candidates in both leagues, with each of us highlighting a couple players of each kind in each league.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Nine

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Keith Cromer and Nick Shlain

If these players are available, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-Team Mixed

Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers

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May 28, 2015 7:28 am

The Stash List: Seventh Edition

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Bret Sayre

A new number one, yet again.

I went to a cobbler to fix a hole in my shoe. He took one look at my face and I’ve got some guys to stash for you.

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May 28, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: South Atlantic League Hitters

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Greg Wellemeyer

A handful of Low-A bats who are worthy of your attention.

If you read my first couple of articles here, you might think I’m a guy who spends way too much poring over the leaderboards and trying to spot trends using Pitchf/x data. And you’d be right. Having grown up in a city with a Carolina League team, I’m also someone who enjoys minor-league baseball immensely. Like many of you, I play in all manner of dynasty leagues and enjoy prospecting as much or more than I enjoy digging through major-league data. Today I’m going to get back to my roots and cover a few youngsters.

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May 27, 2015 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: American League Central

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Byron Buxton and Eric Hosmer lead the way.

Previous entries in this series:

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May 27, 2015 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week Eight

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Keith Cromer

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

As Mike Gianella and I mentioned on Friday, we are making a change going forward and the Deep League Report article will now appear on Wednesdays. This is the debut of the midweek edition. As a friendly reminder, the Free Agent Watch article will take the place of this series on Fridays and will cover any midweek transactions that might impact your interest in available players.

With all that said, here’s what we have to pique our collective interests from a free agent perspective as we head into week eight of the fantasy season.

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May 27, 2015 6:00 am

The Quinton: What Buyers Sell in Keeper Leagues

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Jeff Quinton

Examining buyers' trade decision-making through a behavioral economics lens.

While we usually think of teams playing for a championship this season as buyers and teams playing for the future as sellers, the obvious truth is that both teams are selling something. One of my favorite parts about keeper leagues (at least the ones in which I participate) is that there are different types of assets to trade. Teams can trade major leaguers, minor leaguers, and future minor-league draft picks. For sellers, anything that does not have future value, such as players on expiring or overly expensive contracts, will be on the trade block so long as the return is worth the cost (whatever that might be). Sellers might also try to trade assets with future value for assets with more future value. This part is pretty straightforward.

The more interesting part is probably what buyers choose to and do sell. Everyone tries to hold onto their top prospects, while selling more marginal pieces. Then, when buyers are up against the trade deadline, they might sell their more valuable pieces to take a shot at a championship. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of preempting the normal trade cycle here, so it now behooves us to take a look at the decision-making factors that come into play when trading each of the previously mentioned assets as buyers.

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May 26, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Josh Reddick

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J.P. Breen

Can the A's outfielder sustain his outstanding start?

Listen to a hitting coach or a television broadcast long enough, and the term “controlling the strike zone” is bound to surface. It has become synonymous with plate discipline or, even more simply, a batter’s “patience” at the dish.

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May 26, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Ninth Edition, 2015

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Hector Rondon Is Not Having a Good Time

The Cubs are living up to some of the hype they had coming into the season, but they’re doing it in spite of their bullpen. A big part of those issues has been their closer, Hector Rondon. While his overall numbers aren’t too bad, he’s struggled this month and is performing worse in just about every category compared to last season. He's been giving up much more hard contact this season, including just about a home run per nine innings, a 34 percent line drive rate as well as a .333 BABIP. With all of that being said, his job as the team’s closer still looks safe, just not as safe as it was a couple of weeks ago. He’s certainly not someone I would look to drop, and I wouldn’t go dropping a valuable setup man to chase saves here outside of the deepest of leagues. If you do decide to go that route Pedro Strop would be the man to target, with Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm and Jason Motte being other possibilities. The other name to watch is Rafael Soriano. Although nothing seems imminent, the Cubs were connected to the free agent reliever last week.

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May 26, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Two American League Outfielders of Interest

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Nick Shlain

A pair of West-division bats who could help your AL-only squads.

Before the season, I went through the American League landscape position by position. In the AL outfield landscape, I identified Jake Marisnick as a deep target, but he’s struggled lately after a scorching start to the season. Here, I’ll examine one of Marisnick’s new teammates, who’s already cutting into his playing time a little bit, and another outfielder who has caught my eye.

Preston TuckerHouston Astros

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