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08-29

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6

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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Wilson Karaman

08-29

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Buy Corey Dickerson
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Craig Goldstein

08-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: Analyzing the Competitive Landscape
by
Jeff Quinton

08-28

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Checking in on a Scoresheet Rookie
by
Ben Murphy

08-27

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3

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Three
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-27

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3

They Hold No Quarter: Third Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

08-26

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8

Deep Impact: Week 21
by
Ben Carsley

08-25

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4

Interleague Report: Week 22
by
Jeff Quinton

08-25

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2

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
by
J.P. Breen

08-25

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Weak Links
by
Mike Gianella

08-25

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Closer to Me: Week 22
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-22

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12

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
by
Wilson Karaman

08-22

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Era
by
Craig Goldstein

08-21

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Information, Humans, and Errors in Valuation
by
Jeff Quinton

08-21

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Week 21
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-21

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4

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 32
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-20

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4

Dynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 Talk
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-20

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4

They Hold No Quarter: Second Basemen
by
BP Fantasy Staff

08-20

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1

Fantasy Freestyle: Being Wrong About Yovani Gallardo
by
J.P. Breen

08-19

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Deep Impact: Week 20
by
Ben Carsley

08-19

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14

The Stash List: 18th Edition: The Final Quest
by
Bret Sayre

08-18

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Interleague Report: Week 21
by
Jeff Quinton

08-18

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2

The Buyer's Guide: Jonathan Lucroy
by
J.P. Breen

08-18

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Closer to Me: Week 21
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-15

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Starling Marte and Being Wrong
by
Craig Goldstein

08-14

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 31
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-13

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Setting Expectations on Superstars
by
J.P. Breen

08-13

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27

Dynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-13

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7

They Hold No Quarter: First Base
by
BP Fantasy Staff

08-12

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14

The Stash List: 17th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

08-12

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5

Deep Impact: Week 19
by
Ben Carsley

08-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison
by
J.P. Breen

08-11

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2

Closer to Me: Week 20
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-11

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9

Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms
by
Mike Gianella

08-08

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11

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
by
Wilson Karaman

08-08

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Jeremy Hellickson
by
Craig Goldstein

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Strategy Example From the Deadline
by
Jeff Quinton

08-07

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trade Winds
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-06

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9

Dynasty Dynamics: Post-Deadline Prospect Value
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-05

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Deep Impact: Week 18
by
Ben Carsley

08-05

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The Stash List: 16th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

08-04

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Interleague Report: Week 19
by
Jeff Quinton

08-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

08-04

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4

Closer to Me: Week 19
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Leagues With In-Season Salary Caps
by
Mike Gianella

08-01

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7

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
by
Wilson Karaman

07-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadlines and Systems of Thought
by
Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-31

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trending Prospects and Big Leaguers
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23

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Wilson Karaman

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

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner! It’s that magical time of year when the calendar flips to September and the playoffs wander into town like a surly drunk in fantasy leagues near and far. There’s a decent crop of two-start options this week, as a handful of rainouts and wrap-around series have extended the options for some teams, while only the White Sox and Astros will be limited to five-game schedules. The Tigers still haven’t confirmed a starter for their Tuesday/Sunday slot in the wake of Anibal Sanchez’s setback, but given the collective performance of their no. 5 starters over the last few weeks (8.44 ERA over nine starts totaling just 37 1/3 innings), whoever it is will be unlikely to warrant consideration. As always feel free to use the comments section to request additional ramblings on a certain pitcher not covered in the write-ups below.

On to the nuts and bolts: Outside of the elites, two-start pitchers are often as much or more trouble than they’re worth. Rare is the week in which the stars align to offer your starters not just one but two consecutive tasty matchups. As a result you’ll notice that sometimes the better starters will find themselves in the “consider” category, because they might have one good matchup but a second tough one. And similarly, less-talented hurlers might just meander their way into “start” territory on account of a plum schedule. The pitchers will be split by league, and then by categories:

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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Buy Corey Dickerson

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Craig Goldstein

The Rockies outfielder is enjoying a breakout year, and Craig believes it's no fluke.

You may have noticed the absurd year that Corey Dickerson is putting up in Colorado, or you might not have. He’s having the year Charlie Blackmon was supposed to have after his incredible April, and he’s part of a plethora of outfielders the Rockies have that each have some value. Drew Stubbs is hitting .296 with a .195 ISO in partial playing time. Blackmon might be the worst offensive player of the bunch, given other options are Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. But back to Dickerson, who might be the best of the bunch, if we consider the existence of the tentacled fatty mass on CarGo’s finger his biggest contribution of the season.

Of his 378 plate-appearances, Dickerson has faced a right-handed pitcher 308 times, and has slashed .326/.377/.609 (!), against them. While you might think he’s just a strong-side platoon guy, Dickerson has managed a .281/.343/.469 slash line against southpaws, which might earn him a stretch of full-time play in the future. Given the 70 plate appearances that line came in, small sample size warnings do apply, but it’s worth noting he’s had some success against them in his career.

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August 28, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Analyzing the Competitive Landscape

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Jeff Quinton

Properly understanding the competitive landscape can be critical to your decision-making, especially in keeper leagues.

“Analyze process, not results.” With our most important strategic decisions behind us for this season, right now is a perfectly good time to take a look at our process. A part of “The Process” that often gets overlooked—that I know I have overlooked—is projecting the competitive landscape of our leagues. In a lot of articles, I discuss buyers and sellers, but in order to determine whether we are or will be a buyer or a seller, we first need to know where we currently and will stand. This seems pretty easy: take a look at the standings, see which teams have underperformed, overperformed, and performed as expected, take a guess at what they will do in the future, and there you have it. If it is a head to head league, you can take a look at future matchups, and if it is a rotisserie league you can take a look at the categories. Done and done.

The above was nearly my exact process for analyzing and projecting my leagues’ competitive landscapes. I would pay more attention to specific rankings if I was in the race for a title or playoff berth, but that was really it. As you guessed, this process did not work out very well. While it may seem harmless, the consequences of improperly projecting the competitive landscape can be very negative, especially in keeper leagues. This can cause us to sell when we actually had a chance to compete and buy when we really had no chances of winning. We know the consequences of poor projection, so let us take a look at the causes and what we can do to improve.

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August 28, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Checking in on a Scoresheet Rookie

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Ben Murphy

With two of the Outcomes off this week, Ben chats with Bret Sayre about his first season playing Scoresheet.

This week in the podcast:
Jared and Ian are off on their adventure through the southeast, so Ben is exposed as the weakest link. Fortunately, Bret Sayre stops by to bail us out and talk through his first Scoresheet season so far, his biggest draft regrets, thoughts on his team composition, and the stretch run as he pushes to make the playoffs. We go into detail on his rotation, bullpen, and lineup to give an example of the way you might approach the playoffs, if, you know, your team is actually that good. Take the good with the bad this week and know that next week, we should return to form.


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August 27, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Three

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Checking in on the fantasy stocks of some intriguing minor leaguers.

When you’ve done rankings and mock drafts for two straight months, you kind of wonder… why would anyone write about anything else? Sure there are draft grades, but those aren’t nearly as applicable to fantasy.

Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Something like a… a stock watch. No. Everyone does that. What if you just called it something else. Yes, now you’re cooking with gas. What about a Progress Report? Perfect.

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August 27, 2014 6:00 am

They Hold No Quarter: Third Basemen

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Baseball Prospectus

These hot-corner players aren't owned in many leagues, but they might hold keeper value for 2015 and beyond.

If there’s anything we love more than baseball around here on the fantasy staff, it’s collaborating with each other. So, at the behest of myself, we’re going to be doing one final group series of the year to close out the last seven weeks of the season. For this series, we will each select one player who is below 25 percent owned in either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues who could be someone to consider grabbing before the end of the season with an eye toward a keeper spot. Now, given the depth we’re dealing with here, these recommendations are not for owners who can keep five or seven players from season-to-season—it’s more for those of you who play in leagues where keepers take up more than half of your roster (and possibly more, in the case of some recommendations contained within).

Garin Cecchini, Boston Red Sox
“Garin Cecchini has had a down year. His much-vaunted walk rate is down and his strikeout rate is up. Trading walks for strikeouts is not good. The good that might come of this is that his poor performance has potentially made him acquirable. We know that owners hate selling low, but if he has not been claimed or if he has been dropped, then I still think he is worth a shot. Since he’s still only 23 years old, 2014 might prove to be an adjustment year for Cecchini. Of course, it might not. But if it does, you are looking at a cheap third basemen that gives you a little bit of everything while playing half his games at Fenway. On top of that, opportunity is not unforeseeable as only Will Middlebrooks and Brock Holt stand in front of him on the depth chart. Cecchini could also very easily be traded, potentially in a package including Boston’s many outfielders and number five/six starters. The advantage here is that the acquiring team probably likes Cecchini, meaning playing time would be likely. It is not a sexy gamble, but it is a gamble that (depending on your league) might just be cheap enough to be worth the risk.” —Jeff Quinton


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August 26, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 21

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

That’s me in the intro. That’s me in the spotlight.

Rusney Castillo, OF, Red Sox
In last week’s Deep Impact, I talked up Mookie Betts, assuring owners that he’d see the majority of playing time in center field for the rest of the season now that Jackie Bradley Jr. has been relegated to the minor leagues. Whoops.


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August 25, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 22

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

Last Week

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August 25, 2014 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco

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J.P. Breen

The Indians righty caught J.P.'s attention last week, and now might be the time to pounce.

Spring training in Arizona is close to perfection for me. I adore the various unique ballparks that only fill to half of their capacity, the infectious optimism that surrounds every team, the pristine weather, and the opportunity to submerge myself in nothing but baseball. Most of all, I enjoy the action on the backfields. There’s something great about watching dozens of young players playing a wonderful game, wearing jerseys without their names on the backs, and honing their craft in relative obscurity.

The real thrill, though, comes when some no-name guy jacks one 450 feet to straightaway center. Or when a random pitcher catches your eye because he’s popping triple digits with ease. It’s that moment in which you mutter, “Wow. Who the f--- is this guy?” and quickly start scribbling notes.

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August 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Weak Links

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Mike Gianella

Signs of and advice on handling players who aren't up to par with the competition in your league.

If you are a veteran fantasy player like I am, chances are good that you participate in leagues with strong competition. I have played in “easy” leagues in the past, and while on some level it is fun to watch a powerhouse team roll over the competition, it isn’t very challenging and after a while becomes staid and boring. I’d rather beat strong players as opposed to simply rolling over a group of chumps that is already looking ahead to fantasy football in early August.

While playing against excellent competition is the fantasy baseball ideal, sometimes a “bad” player or two does slip through the cracks and make it into a competitive league. One bad apple won’t necessarily destroy a league, but can have anywhere from a mild to moderate impact on the quality of the league depending on the nature of why the player is weak.

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August 25, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 22

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the Ninth-Inning Situations Around the League

Oakland Athletics

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August 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22

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Wilson Karaman

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

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner!

A nice slate of options for the week, as only the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will be limited to five-game schedules. The American League is particularly stacked; while they lack an “auto-start” option from the top shelf of the league, there is a long and illustrious list of both “start” and strong “consider” options for fantasy managers to choose from. The Angels have still not announced a fill-in for Garrett Richards as of this writing. His gruesome injury is a huge blow for his real and fantasy teams alike. Whoever gets the nod will have a tough draw with the A’s on his card, and won’t be much more than an end-game “consider” at best.

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