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06-30

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6

Closer Report: Week 14
by
Matt Collins

06-30

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Player Profile: Jaime Garcia
by
Nick Shlain

06-29

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3

The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler
by
J.P. Breen

06-26

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 61
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

06-26

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4

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
by
Wilson Karaman

06-26

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1

Free Agent Watch: Week 13
by
Keith Cromer and Greg Wellemeyer

06-25

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4

Five to Watch: Your High-A All Stars
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-25

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19

The Stash List: 11th Edition, 2015
by
J.J. Jansons

06-24

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1

Player Profile: Yasiel Puig
by
Nick Shlain

06-24

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The Quinton: Improving Trade Routes
by
Jeff Quinton

06-24

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Deep League Report: Week 12
by
Keith Cromer

06-24

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8

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

06-24

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11

Fantasy Freestyle: The Injured Starter Market
by
J.P. Breen

06-23

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: What Can We Learn From Mookie Betts Exit Velocity?
by
George Bissell

06-23

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12

The Top 40 Dynasty League Prospects
by
Bret Sayre

06-23

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1

Closer Report: Week 13
by
Matt Collins

06-22

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5

The Buyer's Guide: Manny Machado
by
J.P. Breen

06-19

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3

Free Agent Watch: Week 12
by
Keith Cromer and Jeff Quinton

06-19

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2

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12
by
Wilson Karaman

06-19

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3

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 60
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

06-18

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: Desert Ray
by
George Bissell

06-18

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7

The Stash List: 10th Edition, 2015
by
J.J. Jansons

06-18

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3

Five to Watch: 3-2-1 Contact!, Pitcher Edition
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-17

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Player Profile: Ian Desmond
by
Nick Shlain

06-17

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6

The Quinton: Trade Season: What Matters?
by
Jeff Quinton

06-17

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Deep League Report: Week 11
by
Keith Cromer

06-16

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting Buy-Low and Sell-High Pitchers by cFIP and DRA-
by
Wilson Karaman

06-16

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4

Closer Report: Week 12
by
Matt Collins

06-15

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2

The Buyer's Guide: Billy Hamilton
by
J.P. Breen

06-12

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Dynasty League Risers: Pitchers
by
J.J. Jansons

06-12

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17

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11
by
Wilson Karaman

06-12

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4

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 59
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

06-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
by
Keith Cromer and J.J. Jansons

06-11

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4

Five to Watch: 3, 2, 1, Contact!
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-11

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11

The Stash List: Ninth Edition, 2015
by
J.J. Jansons

06-11

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Player Profile: Yasmany Tomas
by
Nick Shlain

06-10

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The Quinton: Intuition and Decisions About the Future
by
Jeff Quinton

06-10

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Deep League Report: Week 10
by
Keith Cromer

06-10

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10

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

06-10

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: May/June Leaders
by
J.P. Breen

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jesse Chavez Is Better Than You Think
by
George Bissell

06-09

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4

Closer Report: Week 11
by
Matt Collins

06-08

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

06-05

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4

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10
by
Wilson Karaman

06-05

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5

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 58
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

06-05

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: Hello Vickrey, My (Now) Old Friend
by
Mike Gianella

06-05

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3

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

06-04

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Five to Watch: Midwest League Hitters
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-04

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10

Fantasy Freestyle: Dynasty League Risers: Hitters
by
J.J. Jansons

06-04

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24

The Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

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June 24, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Injured Starter Market

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J.P. Breen

Sizing up the arms getting ready to return from the DL.

As we approach the dog days of the baseball season, fantasy owners nearing contention will be seeking to improve their rosters, just like real-life organizations. However, the former have the added benefit of a waiver wire that’s often chock full of injured players who have been neglected or forgotten. Acquiring a key starter almost ready to return from the DL can often upgrade one’s roster nearly as much as a midseason trade, and it doesn’t cost anything but a roster spot.

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June 23, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: What Can We Learn From Mookie Betts Exit Velocity?

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George Bissell

How Statcast exit velocity impacts the future of fantasy baseball analysis.

When MLB Advanced Media installed its brand-new Statcast tracking system in all 30 stadiums this spring, mainstream baseball fans (and fantasy owners alike) were exposed to a rapidly approaching new era of advanced statistics.

MLB front offices have had access to HITf/x data since 2008, but Statcast's release marked the first time that batted ball data was made available to the public. It's already had a profound impact on how mainstream writers analyze the game, however it's use as an analytical tool hasn't quite carried over into the fantasy baseball universe just yet.

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June 23, 2015 6:00 am

The Top 40 Dynasty League Prospects

12

Bret Sayre

One last time for the fantasy crowd, until the next time.

There’s been so much talk over the past few months about how down this draft class is, and it certainly has held true. The pitchers all got hurt, which is always a fun surprise. It feels like most of the interesting college position players are just barely on the wrong side of being able to play an up-the-middle position. But from a fantasy standpoint, the first round of dynasty drafts this year will not be any weaker than the first round was in the prior year. In fact, you could make the argument that it’s a touch stronger. It becomes far more important to hit on your first pick though, as the draft falls off pretty rapidly.

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June 23, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 13

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Hector Rondon back as closer?

Joe Maddon continues his maddening pattern of not locking down a consistent closer in his bullpen. It’s a good strategy on the real-life baseball side of things, of course, but it’s frustrating for fantasy owners. The Cubs only earned themselves one save opportunity over the last week, and it went to Rondon, though it should be mentioned that it was an extra-inning game in which both Pedro Strop and Jason Motte had already appeared. With that being said, Rondon appears to have earned his way back into the conversation. Last week, I suggested Strop is the man to own in this bullpen, and while he still won’t hurt you, I’d probably just try to avoid all of these guys for the time being. The three I mentioned above have all pitched well, and will likely split the save opportunities until one clearly separates himself. On top of that, Neil Ramirez will be coming back soon, and the newly signed Rafael Soriano will be up in the majors before too long as well. That’s a lot of names who have a chance of saving games, meaning each individual will provide minimal value in roto.

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June 22, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Manny Machado

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J.P. Breen

Is there any reason to doubt the Orioles third baseman's future as a fantasy star?

Blossoming into a genuine superstar in baseball is insanely difficult. Becoming a superstar in one’s early 20s is even more difficult. Doing so in one’s early 20s without anyone taking real notice, however, is even harder still.

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June 19, 2015 10:28 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 12

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Keith Cromer and Jeff Quinton

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

MIXED

Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals

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June 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 12

2

Wilson Karaman

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

Ahhhh, that’s more like it. A week after the two-start apocalypse, we’re back down to the low end of the normal range for options this week. The NL will feature a nice roster of strong plays at the top, while AL-only managers will be knee-deep in quality options for consideration. Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six deep for the time being.

Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six-deep for the time being. We’re also waiting on word from the Indians about who will replace Shaun Marcum in the rotation after the veteran was summarily DFA’d yesterday following an ugly pasting at the hands of the Cubs. There’s some early indication it may be prospect Cody Anderson getting the call, and he’d be an interesting name. He’s made significant strides in honing his pesky command and missing more bats at Double-A and Triple-A this summer, and he works off a promising low-90s sinker. He won’t be a season-saver, but if he is the guy, his debut will be worth keeping an eye on in AL-only formats.

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June 19, 2015 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 60

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes share their round 40 Scoresheet draft rankings.

Welcome, friends, to the most exciting week of the Scoresheet summer calendar! Yes, even after Christopher Crawford has recovered from his draft-induced PTSD, and the remains of Studio 42 have been mothballed in Secaucus’s most beautiful closet for another year, Scoresheet owners remain in the grip of draft fever. Round 40 is when most top draft picks are selected, and teams who have been out of it for most or all of the year have one brief moment of joy before going back to figuring out where to set the hook on Jerome Williams.

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June 18, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Desert Ray

2

George Bissell

Arizona's Robbie Ray is quietly putting together an impressive breakout campaign.

Ever since his arrival in the desert, Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray has morphed into a flamethrower, with a propensity to pepper the outer edges of the strike zone, virtually overnight. It may have something to do with his Grizzly Adams-style beard, but it has a lot more to do with a staggering increase in fastball velocity, which has propelled him from a fringe fantasy prospect into one of the more intriguing young southpaws in the game today.

Through four starts as a member of the Diamondbacks rotation, Ray owns a stellar 1.09 ERA and 0.97 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts and just seven walks over 24 2/3 innings of work. According to Baseball Prospectus’ revolutionary new metric for evaluating past pitcher performance, Deserved Run Average (DRA), the only starting pitchers who have posted a lower DRA than Ray (1.82 DRA) this season are Eduardo Rodriguez, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Chris Young (who I wrote about a few weeks ago), Sonny Gray, and Dallas Keuchel. While we may be dealing with too small of a sample size to draw any significant conclusions from just yet, the results we have seen so far aren’t insignificant, and they speak to just how well he has pitched since arriving in Arizona.

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June 18, 2015 6:00 am

The Stash List: 10th Edition, 2015

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J.J. Jansons

J.J. bids adieu to an elite group of graduates, but Hector Olivera retains the top spot.

At this rate, there might not be any prospects on this list by the start of July. Ten top prospects featured on Bret’s first Stash List of the season have already seen the majors, and most of them were up before the Super Two cutoff.

With so many teams hanging around the fringes of contention and a weak trade market developing, many organizations are finding that their best chance to upgrade the roster is looking within.

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June 18, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: 3-2-1 Contact!, Pitcher Edition

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Greg Wellemeyer

A handful of pitchers whose values have changed because of rises or falls in opponents' contact rates.

Last week I profiled five hitters whose early-season changes in contact rate are changing their fantasy value. This week, it’s the hurlers’ turn.

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June 17, 2015 10:27 am

Player Profile: Ian Desmond

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Nick Shlain

Can the Nationals shortstop turn his season around?

Player Background

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