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04-24

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11

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four
by
Wilson Karaman

04-24

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2

Deep League Report: Week Three
by
Keith Cromer

04-24

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3

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 52
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-23

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1

Fantasy Freestyle: Preaching Patience
by
Nick Shlain

04-23

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22

The Stash List: Third Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

04-22

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9

Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Stat Line Scouting
by
Wilson Karaman

04-21

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7

Closer Report: Fourth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-21

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: CC Sabathia's Early-Season Promise
by
Nick Shlain

04-20

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2

The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
by
J.P. Breen

04-20

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13

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

04-17

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12

Deep League Report: Week Two
by
Keith Cromer

04-17

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 51
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-17

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The Quinton: Early-Season Trades: Pros and Cons
by
Jeff Quinton

04-17

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5

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
by
Mike Gianella

04-16

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: New Managers and Stolen Bases
by
J.P. Breen

04-16

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21

The Stash List: Second Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

04-15

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9

The Quinton: Three Auction Takeaways
by
Jeff Quinton

04-15

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4

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

04-15

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Two-Start Pitchers
by
J.P. Breen

04-14

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns
by
Nick Shlain

04-14

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6

Closer Report: Third Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-13

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10

The Buyer's Guide: Shane Greene
by
J.P. Breen

04-13

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7

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

04-10

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15

Deep League Report: Week One
by
Keith Cromer

04-10

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 50
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-10

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7

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
by
Wilson Karaman

04-09

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24

The Stash List: First Edition
by
Bret Sayre

04-09

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: Is Now the Time for Zach McAllister?
by
Nick Shlain

04-08

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15

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Bold Predictions
by
Wilson Karaman

04-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Celebrating National Jump to Conclusions Day
by
Nick Shlain

04-07

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8

Closer Report: Second Edition
by
Matt Collins

04-06

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7

The Buyer's Guide: Kevin Gausman
by
J.P. Breen

04-06

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3

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

04-03

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4

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: The Outcomes Draft Live From the Murphy League
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-03

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My Model Portfolio: Seeking Balance and Value
by
Keith Cromer

04-03

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11

Fantasy Staff Predictions
by
BP Fantasy Staff

04-02

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My Model Portfolio: Find a Way to Get Trout
by
Bret Sayre

04-02

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6

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

04-02

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My Model Portfolio: Balance, Balance, Balance
by
Matt Collins

04-01

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2

My Model Portfolio: Trust Your Instincts
by
J.P. Breen

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Heavy is the Head That Wears the Crown
by
Wilson Karaman

04-01

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10

Fantasy Freestyle: Endgame Targets for 2015
by
Bret Sayre

04-01

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7

The Darkhorses: Runs and RBI
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-31

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4

My Model Portfolio: Stars, Scrubs, and High-End Starters
by
Nick Shlain

03-31

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7

Closer Report: Week One
by
Matt Collins

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Framing Decisions Around Value
by
Jeff Quinton

03-31

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5

Dynasty Dynamics: TINO Does Arizona, 2015
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

03-30

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Shadow Auctioneering
by
Mike Gianella

03-30

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7

The Darkhorses: Batting Average and Home Runs
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-30

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The Buyer's Guide: Adam Lind
by
J.P. Breen

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April 17, 2015 6:17 am

The Quinton: Early-Season Trades: Pros and Cons

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Jeff Quinton

Is it worth striking up negotiations less than two weeks into the 2015 campaign?

It is early in the 2015 baseball season. Any article about baseball at this time must at least try to mention this in good faith. We know the usual early-season fantasy baseball topics: small sample size, overreactions, regression, buying low, selling high, patience, it being cold outside, injuries, etc. We also know the usual, often good advice: Be patient, but not overly patient, check to see if skills have changed not just results, etc. Because trades happen infrequently in the beginning of the season, they are rarely discussed outside of the previously mentioned buy low, sell high framework. However, it probably behooves us to take a step back and view early season trades as they relate to strategy and human behavior in general. The interesting part of early season trades is that the influencing factors do not align; thus, we cannot responsibly advise that anyone seek or avoid early season trades without exception. Rather, it depends on the situation. We will now take a look at the reasons that make these trades potentially beneficial and those that make them potentially detrimental.

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April 17, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three

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Mike Gianella

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

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner! Normally, this is Wilson Karaman’s territory, but for this week only I’ll be running through next week’s two-start pitchers. You might say that I’m… spot starting for him.

(crickets chirping).

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April 16, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: New Managers and Stolen Bases

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J.P. Breen

A look at how the six new MLB skippers could impact players' fantasy values with their base-stealing philosophies.

A half-dozen teams have new managers in 2015. While that fact may have already crawled its way out of our collective consciousness in the first couple weeks of the year, new managers do have some impact on fantasy baseball production. Perhaps most directly, changes atop the totem pole in the dugout can lead to strategic differences on the base paths. In other words, the frequency with which a team runs on the basepaths can change with a new manager.

The Detroit Tigers are a prime example of this. In 2013 with Jim Leyland at the helm, the Tigers stole the fewest bases (35) in Major League Baseball. After Leyland retired and Brad Ausmus became skipper, the Tigers ran wild. Their 106 stolen bases a year ago ranked seventh in the league. Coming into Wednesday’s games, they had stolen the second-most bases in baseball. Different managers, different strategies.

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April 16, 2015 6:00 am

The Stash List: Second Edition, 2015

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Bret Sayre

The Windy City wunderkinds are still 1-2.

Small samples abound, so let’s freak out about them, shall we? Wait, did I say that out loud?

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

The Quinton: Three Auction Takeaways

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Jeff Quinton

A few lessons Jeff learned from his auctions this spring.

Having completed an AL only auction last Saturday and an NL only auction two Saturdays ago, I have three takeaways/learnings to discuss to help us (read: me) in future auctions. They are not big enough to be their own article, but their weak connection is strong enough to form an article. Please find these three takeaways below:

1. Don’t fear the endgame

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: National League East

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Sizing up the best young players in the division.

Remember this from last year? We do. That’s why we decided to do it again.

Here’s the intro from the 2014 round of U25 rankings:

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Two-Start Pitchers

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J.P. Breen

A few recommended pickups who are probably available in your league.

Confession: Outside of points leagues, I don’t understand the overwhelming tendency in fantasy baseball to stream starting pitchers from week-to-week.

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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns

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Nick Shlain

Examining the results to date from three players for whom Nick had high expectations entering the season.

While it’s hard to take a lot of meaning from the super early season results, today I’ll look at a couple of players and a pitcher that I was higher on than most people were entering the season and gauge their season outlook. We begin with two players who were integral to my strategy in the My Model Portfolio series: J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.

J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers

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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Third Edition, 2015

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Jenrry Mejia Suspended 80 Games
Continuing the trend of MLB players getting suspended for the throwback steroid Stanozolol, Mejia tested positive last week. He was already on the 15-day disabled list, which I wrote about last week, but this obviously pushes him back even further. It adds a little protection to Jeurys Familia’s job, but not much. As I said last week, Bobby Parnell is gearing up to start his rehab assignment, and should be back on the roster in a couple of weeks. Familia has almost certainly been picked up in your leagues by now, but if Parnell is still available and you can afford to stash him, he could pay off relatively soon.

Toronto Shakes Up Their Bullpen
Well, I’ve had my first way-off prediction of the year. When the Blue Jays named Brett Cecil their closer, I confidently stated he would hold on to the job for the majority of the year. So much for that. This past week, John Gibbons took Cecil out of the role and handed the job to 20-year-old Miguel Castro. He hadn’t pitched above High-A coming into this season, but he’s looked good in the early going this year. Gibbons did indicate that part of the reason for the move was to get Cecil back on track with his mechanics. That, combined with Castro’s inexperience, could mean another move could be made relatively quickly, so don’t go dropping Cecil just yet in deep leagues.



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April 13, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Shane Greene

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J.P. Breen

Does progress with his changeup portend sustained success for the Tigers righty?

We all have transitional moments in life, and in sports, all with different degrees of significance and magnitude. That moment when you recognize that you’re not good enough to play college ball and that you’re essentially done playing competitively. That moment when you realize that you’ve met the one you’re going to marry. That moment when you graduate from docile fan to obsessive fanatic of your favorite team. That moment when you moved from catcher to pitcher and it just clicked.

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April 13, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Two

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

Examining some players who might be available to help your teams, depending on the format of your league.

Welcome to Week Two of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent advice column. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process.

Mike is tackling all the mixed league formats, while Keith will be handling the only-league duties.

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April 10, 2015 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week One

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Keith Cromer

Examining players who might hold value in deeper -only formats.

If you have been reading our fantasy content since the beginning of the year, you have noticed articles focused on AL- and NL-only leagues, because we know many of BP’s loyal readers participate in these old school, deep-league formats. Nick Shlain and I began The Only League Landscape series back in January giving our weekly summaries at each position, as well as detailed player analysis, hoping to provide the grizzled veterans of these formats advice to prepare for their auctions/drafts.

Now that the season has begun (hallelujah!), we felt it was important to continue to provide in-season fantasy information to those who participate in -only leagues, and, as such, we will be bringing this article to you every Friday, offering up players who may not have relevance in mixed leagues, but could provide value in only formats. Ben Carsley had the courage to tackle this article for 25 weeks last year, and he has my devout admiration for writing weekly about the likes of Reed Johnson, Seth Maness, and Chris Capuano, and providing compelling reasons why they were worth rostering in deeper leagues. I certainly have some big shoes to fill taking this series over this year from Ben, but I am looking forward to writing this weekly piece over the course of the 2015 season.

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