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11-21

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Wilson Karaman

11-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Offseason Trades and the Default Effect
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Jeff Quinton

11-20

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-19

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Ben Carsley

11-18

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy Busts
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J.P. Breen

11-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
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Keith Cromer

11-14

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Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle Mariners
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Nick Shlain

11-13

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy MVPs of 2014
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J.P. Breen

11-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Matt Collins

11-12

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Five to Watch: More Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Ben Carsley

11-11

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Yankees
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Bret Sayre

11-11

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Hitters
by
Mike Gianella

11-10

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Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays
by
Wilson Karaman

11-07

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Fantasy Team Preview: Tampa Bay Rays
by
Jeff Quinton

11-06

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Craig Goldstein

11-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: What to Make of Odrisamer Despaigne
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Keith Cromer

11-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Curb Your Pitching Enthusiasm
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Nick Shlain

11-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago White Sox
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J.P. Breen

11-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Players Looking for Bounce-Back Power
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Matt Collins

11-03

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-31

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
by
Keith Cromer

10-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 2 - National League
by
Mike Gianella

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Joe Panik
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Ben Carsley

10-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jon Jay
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Jeff Quinton

10-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Lorenzo Cain
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J.P. Breen

10-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Prospect Predictions
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Craig Goldstein

10-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American League
by
Mike Gianella

10-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Shelby Miller
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Wilson Karaman

10-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back at Super Subs
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Paul Sporer

10-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: My Favorite Endgame Targets of 2014
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Bret Sayre

10-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Sergio Romo
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J.P. Breen

10-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Denard Span
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Wilson Karaman

10-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trades and the Importance of Hustle
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Jeff Quinton

10-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Edinson Volquez
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Craig Goldstein

10-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Are Elite Pitchers Becoming More Numerous?
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J.P. Breen

10-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Josh Donaldson
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Paul Sporer

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
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Mike Gianella

09-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Rankings Review
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Craig Goldstein

09-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Using FIP to Find Value
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Wilson Karaman

09-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Theory-Driven Versus Context-Driven Strategy
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Jeff Quinton

09-25

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They Hold No Quarter: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

09-24

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Dynasty Dynamics: Jumping Ship
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

09-22

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Interleague Report: Week 26
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Jeff Quinton

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball
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Mike Gianella

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Circling Back to The Holy Trinity
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J.P. Breen

09-19

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Daily League Strategy: Coors, Coors, Coors
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Paul Sporer

09-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage
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Craig Goldstein

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November 21, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Wilson Karaman

Two words: Mike Trout.

The Angels rolled their way to the best record in baseball last season on the strength of one of the best offensive units in the league. With a lineup featuring the current best player in the game as well as one of the greatest right-handed hitters in its history, they paced MLB with 773 runs scored and a collective .277 TAv. Pitching wasn’t quite as pretty, as the Halos’ 3.58 team ERA ranked just a middle-of-the-pack 15th even though they call one of the more pitcher-friendly parks in baseball home. Despite the overall mediocrity of the staff, there were several standout arms for fantasy purposes, with guys like Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker coming out of nowhere to produce strong returns on FAAB investments.

Despite the regular season success the Orange Countians were quickly dispatched from the playoffs by the Tasmanian Devil that was your October 2014 Kansas City Royals. But with only Jason Grilli headed from a contributing role into free agency this offseason they’ll head into 2015 as the early favorites to repeat as Western Division champions, and they currently project to feature pretty much the exact same cast of fantasy-relevant characters. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.

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November 20, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Offseason Trades and the Default Effect

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Jeff Quinton

Logic dictates that offseason trade activity should be virtually endless, so why doesn't this happen?

While no Major League Baseball games are currently being played, the offseason maintains a tight hold on our attention. The offseason brings every team back to 0-0 (for both major-league and fantasy baseball), and we are captivated by the hope of the new season and intrigued by the strategy each team will deploy.

Whereas in-season trades and moves tend to be limited by the competitive landscape, the offseason tends to be less limited, because more uncertainty exists about the upcoming season. In fantasy baseball, potential moves and strategies are even less limited in the sense that all teams have closer to equal resources because of parity-promoting rules and constructs such as salary caps, keeper limits, auction dollars, and draft rounds. Given all of this to go along with person-to-person inconsistency in valuing uncertain future assets (baseball players), one could assume that the offseason would be a time of torrent trade activity. In theory, each owner would continue to trade until he or she possesses each asset that he or she most values among his or her peers (obviously this depends on the value of the assets one originally owns, but you get the point). Put differently, because every owner would rank the top 300 players (or top 300 values in leagues with contracts) differently, one could assume that there would be trade after trade after trade until every discrepancy in valuation has been corrected.

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November 20, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at senior-circuit arms' fantasy performance during the past year.

This is the fourth part of a six-part series looking back at valuation in 2014. Today, I look at what pitchers earned in the National League.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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November 19, 2014 10:08 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

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Ben Carsley

The Royals don't have a ton of fantasy awesomeness. There's always Jeremy Guthrie!

2014 was a disappointing year for the Royals, as they lost the Wil Myers trade once and for all.

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November 18, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Hitters

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at senior-circuit bats' fantasy performance during the past year.

Welcome, to my second annual look at retrospective player valuation here at Baseball Prospectus. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts examining how players performed from a fantasy perspective in 2014. This is the third post in a series of six. The first two posts in the series focused on AL-only leagues. This post looks at last year’s National League hitters.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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November 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy Busts

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J.P. Breen

Examining a handful of players who underperformed fantasy investments badly in 2014.

Last week, I identified a quintuplet of players who vastly outperformed their preseason fantasy valuation, making them five of the most valuable fantasy players of the 2014 season. We flip to the infuriating side of the coin: five players who perhaps disappointed more than anyone else in Major League Baseball. It should be noted that I didn’t include guys like Joey Votto, who lost significant value due to time on the disabled list. These are players who unexpectedly sucked in 2014, but they did so for an extended period of time. There was no respite. These guys started 30-plus games or logged 500-plus plate appearances, and they were likely in your starting lineup all year. Those are the true value killers.

Let’s commiserate together.

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November 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics

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Keith Cromer

The A's are low on studs but have plenty of potentially useful fantasy role players.

What started out as such a promising 2014 for the A’s, a season that saw Oakland sitting at 72-44 on August 9th, and four games up in the AL West, ended in disaster, as they lost 30 of their last 46 games and finished 10 games behind the Los Angeles Angels. The historic collapse culminated in a 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Royals in an epic AL wild card game—a game they lead 7-3 in the eighth inning with their ace, Jon Lester, on the bump.

After that disappointing end to the 2014 season behind them, the Oakland A’s are looking ahead to 2015, and certainly have several question marks heading into this offseason. he A’s will need to address their middle infield - Lowrie and Callaspo are free agents- and the void in left field after the departure of Yoenis Cespedes. The A’s will also need to find some stop-gaps early on in the back end of their starting rotation while A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker both continue to rehab from their respective Tommy John surgeries.

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November 14, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle Mariners

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Nick Shlain

Two studs on the mound, two more at the plate, and notes on the rest of the Emerald City players who could hold fantasy value next year.

Staring a fifth consecutive fourth-place finish in the American League West in the face, the Mariners went out last offseason and signed Robinson Cano to the fourth-largest contract in baseball history at the time. The addition of Cano, a bullpen resurgence, and outstanding pitching from Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma led Seattle to a 16-win improvement in 2014. Approaching the offseason from the other side of the win curve now, the Mariners could eschew a big splash signing to merely fill their holes—designated hitter, shortstop, first base—and make it to the postseason. Before they make their moves, though, let’s take a look at the relevant fantasy players currently under the Mariners’ control.

Studs

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November 13, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at junior-circuit arms' fantasy performance during the past year.

On Tuesday, I took a look back at American League hitters from a Rotisserie valuation standpoint. Today, I’ll tackle the pitchers in the junior circuit.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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November 13, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy MVPs of 2014

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J.P. Breen

These players vastly outperformed their draft position, making them the best fantasy values of the past season.

Trying to determine any Fantasy Baseball MVP is inherently difficult because the notion of what is the “most valuable” depends on the specific league settings, the makeup of individual teams, and even the type of draft. However, we can certainly highlight some of the players who carried significant surplus value by comparing the preseason average draft position (ADP) of a player and his end-of-season ranking. Those players, we can reasonably assume, impacted the overall success rate of fantasy teams more than other picks.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians

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Matt Collins

The Tribe boasts intriguing present and future options at a few of the shallowest fantasy positions.

All of a sudden, the AL Central looks like one of the more interesting divisions in all of baseball. The Tigers are still a star-studded team that is not afraid to spend. The Royals are coming off of an improbable World Series run and will bring back much of their core. Even the White Sox have some fun young pieces to go along with one of the best pitchers in the game. Then, there’s the Indians, who are often forgotten but remain a possible dark-horse team to make a playoff run in 2015.

While they likely don’t have the payroll flexibility to add many major pieces to their roster this winter, they already have a nice core in place. Their pitching staff is headed by a Cy Young candidate, and their lineup is built around one of the better catchers in baseball, a breakout star in left field and an OBP machine at first base. They’ll need some of their young players to take another step forward, but they should be a fun team to watch in the coming year.

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

Five to Watch: More Post-Hype Prospects for 2015

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Ben Carsley

Part two of a series on erstwhile prospects you shouldn't forget about heading into the coming year.

"There’s a theory I’m partial to that says we need 1,000-1,500 at-bats at the major-league level to know who a hitter really is. Given how early some prospects are being promoted these days, it’s possible we need to be even more lenient. That said, knowing when they’re going to be useful to you is as important as knowing if they’ll be useful. Below are five guys I’d work to keep, given the chance."

I had my people tell Craig Goldstein to write the introduction to this mini-series last week, and that's what he came up with. Unfortunately, it will have to serve. Send any and all complaints to Peter Gammons.

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