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07-29

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Deep Impact: Week 17
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Ben Carsley

07-29

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The Stash List: 15th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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J.P. Breen

07-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts
by
Mike Gianella

07-28

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Interleague Report: Week 18
by
Jeff Quinton

07-28

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Closer to Me: Week 18
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
by
Wilson Karaman

07-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis
by
Jeff Quinton

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-23

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The Stash List: 14th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
by
J.P. Breen

07-22

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My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later
by
Bret Sayre

07-22

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Deep Impact: Week 16
by
Ben Carsley

07-21

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8

The Buyer's Guide: Jason Kipnis
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J.P. Breen

07-21

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Interleague Report: Week 17
by
Jeff Quinton

07-21

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16

Closer to Me: Week 17
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-21

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10

Fantasy Freestyle: The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers
by
Mike Gianella

07-18

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5

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
by
Wilson Karaman

07-18

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15

Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Chris Davis
by
Craig Goldstein

07-17

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: Midseason Keeper League FAAB Strategy
by
Jeff Quinton

07-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-17

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All-Star Week
by
Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-16

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12

Dynasty Dynamics: Top 50 Jumpers
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: 10 Crazy Predictions Fantasy Writers Should Have Made
by
Mike Gianella

07-15

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Deep Impact: Week 15
by
Ben Carsley

07-14

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Interleague Report: Week 16
by
Jeff Quinton

07-14

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Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
by
Bret Sayre

07-14

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Closer to Me: Week 16
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-14

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The Buyer's Guide: Howie Kendrick
by
J.P. Breen

07-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Charlie Morton
by
Wilson Karaman

07-11

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10

Fantasy Freestyle: What to Expect From Jimmy Nelson
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Craig Goldstein

07-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: League Norms and Trade Markets
by
Jeff Quinton

07-10

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Crossover Season Begins
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget About Me
by
J.P. Breen

07-09

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

07-08

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Deep Impact: Week 14
by
Ben Carsley

07-07

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The Buyer's Guide: Michael Brantley
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J.P. Breen

07-07

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Interleague Report: Week 15
by
Jeff Quinton

07-07

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Closer to Me: Week 15
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadline Edition, Sellers
by
Mike Gianella

07-03

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Maximizing Value in Midseason Trades
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-03

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11

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 15
by
Wilson Karaman

07-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rick Porcello: Buy or Sell?
by
Craig Goldstein

07-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Minor League Draft Pick Valuation
by
Jeff Quinton

07-02

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: World
by
Ben Carsley

07-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Jake Arrieta
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J.P. Breen

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers

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J.P. Breen

These bullpen arms might not rack up saves, but they can help you pad other categories in Roto leagues.

In non-dynasty leagues, quality relievers who do not rack up saves are often overlooked. If employed correctly, though, they can be pseudo-saviors for two main types of squads: (1) teams who have an underperforming pitching staff and are striving to recover in specific categories in the second half of the season, and (2) leagues that have strict “games started” limits in order to keep teams from simply streaming starters all season.

Teams who have fallen behind in pitching categories can try to cobble together a trade or two, hoping to bolster their pitching staff for a second-half run. However, trades aren’t always possible. And even in the meantime, it can be useful to target specific relievers who can help in desired categories. This article will outline a few relievers who could be useful waiver-wire pickups to aid in WHIP/ERA or in strikeouts. I’m not including pitcher wins because that seems like a crapshoot.

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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later

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Bret Sayre

Checking in on how the fantasy staff's ideal rosters have fared to date.

During the last week of March, the BP Fantasy team set out to complete a fun exercise that I set out for everyone. Using Mike Gianella’s pre-season bid limits from March 21, all nine members of the team at the time completed a 23-man roster for $260. It sounded like such a fun idea that soon-to-be Editor-in Chief Sam Miller and pitching mechanics guru Doug Thorburn decided to submit entries. And finally, I received a very well thought out e-mail from reader “Cronfordox” (otherwise known as Scott) with a team of his own, which I included to bring us to an even number of 12 entries. We understand 12-team leagues. It makes sense.

If you want to go and read the explanations of the teams we created at the time, here are all of the links in one place, but for this piece we’re going to concentrate on how our individual teams have fared. So you don’t have to start clicking around, here were the parameters:

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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 16

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Ben Carsley

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

Why you gotta be so cruel? Don't you write bad intros, too?

Ben Paulsen, 1B, Rockies
In a shocking twist of fate that few could've seen coming before the season began, Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list, this time with a neck injury. Morneau had been enjoying a very nice year in Colorado, but given his propensity for missing games, you should've been keeping stock of his replacements all along. Many assumed Kyle Parker would eventually get the call for one-half of the former "M&M boys," but instead it's the relatively unknown Paulsen who gets the nod.


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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jason Kipnis

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J.P. Breen

The Indians' second sacker hasn't lived up to expectations in 2014, but is a turnaround in store?

Prior to the season, the upper fantasy echelon of the second base position appeared to be a rather precarious investment. Robinson Cano inked a mega-contract with Seattle, which made many fantasy owners nervous that his power numbers would spiral down the drain. Dustin Pedroia saw his power production drop precipitously in 2013 and had finally found himself on the wrong side of 30. Ian Kinsler compiled rather pedestrian (for him) numbers a year ago and was transitioning that performance to a more pitcher-friendly environment in Detroit.

The traditional fantasy stalwarts at second base were vulnerable. It seemed a changing of the guard could occur and other guys could step into the limelight—and in some ways, that’s exactly what has happened with Dee Gordon, Jose Altuve, and Anthony Rendon asserting their fantasy dominance in the first half of the 2014 season. After the season, perhaps we must re-evaluate who can now be labeled as “elite” at the position.

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 17

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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 Dominic 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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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 17

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

I wrote about the fantasy angle on the Huston Street trade here. There are a few ancillary angles we can talk about regarding the Padres bullpen, however, as they are left with Joaquin Benoit, Dale Thayer, Kevin Quackenbush, and someone I figured would make a run at the job in Alex Torres. Thayer and Quackenbush are clearly in front of the erratic Torres. I’ve long thought Torres had closer stuff but not closer command. It’s holding true to this point.

San Francisco Giants

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers

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Mike Gianella

A look at the moves buyers might make and the fantasy impact they'd have.

Two weeks ago, I looked at the potential sellers at the major league trade deadline. Today, I will take a look at potential buyers.

The same caveats from my last article apply. What I have compiled for our readers is a helpful, at-a-glance look at the potential trade market this month, particularly from the vantage point of teams that might be adding players. It is not meant to be an all-encompassing guide; it is possible some rumored targets are not listed below. Since this is a fantasy article, I will focus on fantasy impact but if you are a non-fantasy player and a Baseball Prospectus reader I hope this article proves useful to you as well.

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July 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17

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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! The first full week of the second half is always a tough one for two-start pitching, as the abbreviated prior week coming off the All Star Break tends to manipulate the schedule in such a way as to leave bottom tier rotation options lined up for two-start status. Lo and behold, that’s exactly where we find ourselves this week. There’s a grand total of two auto-start options in the entirety of Major League Baseball, and only a handful of straight “start” recommendations on top of that. The good news is that the following week, Week Eighteen, we should be on track to boast a strong number of top shelf two-start options, and that’s always fun. Only two teams, the Rays and Cardinals, will play five-game schedules this week, so in terms of sheer volume of options there are plenty. But when the quality is this poor, sometimes the quantity just doesn’t matter all that much.

I’ll also note that as of press time a handful of teams (Cleveland, Atlanta, the Cubs, Miami, and Milwaukee) have yet to announce their full rotation plans beyond the weekend, so as those probable starters begin to post please feel free to request feedback on the match-ups in the comments section below.

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July 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Buy or Sell: Chris Davis

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Craig Goldstein

The O's slugger had a down first half, but is there reason to expect big things down the stretch?

Early in the season it’s easy to brush off a struggling start for one of your key players because hey, it’s early. By mid-July though (if not sooner), we need to decide whether we’re going to ship off said star for someone with less status, but potentially more production. Today, I want to look at Chris Davis and determine whether he’s due for some sort of bounce-back in the season’s final 70 or so games, or if you should dump him on someone who is willing to believe more than you.

The only time Davis hasn’t been hurting your team this season was his brief stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique at the end of April/beginning of May. Outside of that time of null production, Davis has recorded a cringe-worthy .199/.309/.391. The latter two figures are actually moderately impressive in light of the former, but it’s still been a rough ride on the whole. There aren’t a ton of anomalies in the overall profile. He’s walking more than ever before, and while his 32 percent strikeout rate is elevated compared to his recent run of success, it’s not staggeringly different from the rates he’s posted in years prior, and certainly not enough to explain the bizarre drop in production.

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July 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Midseason Keeper League FAAB Strategy

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Jeff Quinton

A look at how you should spend your free agent budget in keeper leagues to maximize value.

I was originally going to write this article on the impact of the winner’s curse on FAAB bidding, but in Google-checking my ideas before beginning to write them up, I came across this Erik Siegrist article. Am I the biggest fan of the name Eric(k) ending with a K? No. Is the article excellent and a must-read for those in keeper leagues? Absolutely. Does the article’s excellence make me feel self-conscious as a fantasy baseball writer? Yup (he pretty much wrote the article I wanted to write and wrote it better than I imagined I would). Anyhow, go read it.

The part I wish to expand on is midseason strategy. Come midseason, the FAAB market in keeper leagues tends to be markedly different than the market in the beginning of the season. Players who can help teams in the hunt almost always go above “keeper” value, leaving only players who will be of seemingly no use this year to potentially go at value or at a bargain. We have seen before that at this time of the year, when the goals of owners in keeper leagues diverge, discussion of strategy is important. Consequently, we will briefly discuss the winner’s curse and how that should impact the decision-making of owners depending on their competitive position.

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July 17, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 16

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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

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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July 17, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All-Star Week

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Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes discuss the Home Run Derby, answer reader questions, and chat about various Scoresheet topics.

In this week’s podcast:
In this week’s podcast, the Three True Outcomes are down to Two True Outcomes, and without Ian chaos reigns supreme. Reader questions are answered. Some of them even helpfully! We talk about trading pitching for hitting, catcher keepers in the NL, and the Scoresheet rules on rookie eligibility. Because everything is better in a draft, we draft the Home Run Derby contestants, which is only made more exciting by the fact that you know who won. You remember who won the Home Run Derby, right? Finally, after wading through some real life baseball topics, we end up talking a little bit more about Scoresheet trade ethics.

And we’d love to hear any good stories you have about horrible rebuilding teams, so send them our way.


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