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04-16

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Fighting Early-Season Confirmation Bias
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Jeff Quinton

04-16

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7

Deep Impact: Week Two
by
Ben Carsley

04-15

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7

Closer to Me: Week Three
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-15

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20

Dynasty Dynamics: NL Central U25 Lists
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Leagues and Salary/Contract Dynamics
by
Mike Gianella

04-14

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Interleague Report: Week Three
by
Jeff Quinton

04-11

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9

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
by
Wilson Karaman

04-11

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Three Heads Are (Usually) Better Than One
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-10

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5

Free Agent Watch: Week Two
by
Mike Gianella

04-09

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: Buying Low, Letting Go, and the Disposition Effect
by
Jeff Quinton

04-09

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: Small-Sample Numbers That Matter
by
Craig Goldstein

04-08

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14

Dynasty Dynamics: AL West U25 Lists
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-08

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13

Closer to Me: Attrition
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-07

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2

Interleague Report: Week Two
by
Jeff Quinton

04-07

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22

Fantasy Freestyle: Home Cooking
by
Mike Gianella

04-04

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16

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
by
Wilson Karaman

04-04

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2

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 12: Brandon "Sweet Talkin'" Guyer
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-03

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2

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

04-02

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14

Fantasy Freestyle: Strategic Agility on Auction Day
by
Jeff Quinton

04-02

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11

Fantasy Freestyle: Now is the Season of My Discontent
by
Mike Gianella

04-02

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30

Deep Impact: Introduction
by
Ben Carsley

04-01

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22

Closer to Me: Week One
by
Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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15

Dynasty Dynamics: NL West Under-25 Rankings
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-01

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45

The Stash List: Week One
by
Bret Sayre

03-31

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2

My Model Portfolio: Yes, I Paid for Trout
by
Wilson Karaman

03-31

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5

Interleague Report: Week One
by
Jeff Quinton

03-31

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2

My Model Portfolio: Two Aces
by
Doug Thorburn

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: Well Played, Mauer
by
Bret Sayre

03-28

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10

The Darkhorses: Saves
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-28

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3

Daily League Strategy: Managing Your Bankroll
by
Paul Sporer

03-28

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3

My Model Portfolio: The Rare "Spend More on Offense" Strategy
by
Ben Carsley

03-28

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9

My Model Portfolio: Stars and Scrubs
by
Mike Gianella

03-28

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18

Fantasy Auction Values: Fifth Edition
by
Mike Gianella

03-28

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22

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 11: Filling Out Your Lineup Card
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

03-27

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4

My Model Portfolio: Hopefully, No Scrubs
by
Jeff Quinton

03-27

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2

My Model Portfolio: The Wright Guys
by
Alex Kantecki

03-27

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4

The Darkhorses: Strikeouts
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-27

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations
by
Mauricio Rubio

03-27

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Tout Wars Recap
by
Mike Gianella

03-26

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15

Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Endgame Targets
by
Bret Sayre

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: Clayton Kershaw Leads the Way
by
Craig Goldstein

03-26

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3

My Model Portfolio: High Risk, High Reward
by
Mauricio Rubio

03-26

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18

The Darkhorses: WHIP
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-26

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8

My Model Portfolio: A Loaded Outfield
by
Paul Sporer

03-25

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The Darkhorses: ERA
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-25

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6

Daily League Strategy: Introduction
by
Paul Sporer

03-24

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: Is it Really All Currency?
by
Jeff Quinton

03-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Strategic Decisions
by
Wilson Karaman

03-24

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11

The Darkhorses: Wins
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-24

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22

Fantasy Freestyle: Two Deep-League Lessons From the Preseason
by
Ben Carsley

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Yes, I Paid for Trout

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Wilson Karaman

See how Wilson built his team after shelling out $46 for the best player in the game.

Mike Gianella recently released his latest mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week One

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Jeff Quinton

In the debut edition, Jeff looks at the DH options of the NL clubs who will visit AL parks and the lineup changes for AL clubs losing the DH.

I am excited to introduce our weekly fantasy baseball Interleague Report. With interleague play now being year-round, we can benefit from keeping tabs on teams that have played or will be playing games in opposing leagues. The plan is to give you helpful info whether it relates to daily or weekly lineups, waiver or FAAB pickups, or changes in positional eligibility. The Interleague Report will cover last week, this week, and the following week.

Last Week

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Two Aces

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Doug Thorburn

Doug's attachment to arms shines through as he nabs David Price and Felix Hernandez to anchor his dream Roto staff.

Process:
I tend to go with something resembling the stars-and-scrubs approach, mostly because I think that it's possible to identify “scrubs” who will be productive. It's no secret that I have an attachment to arms, and I always make a point to secure a pair of aces in my fantasy leagues, whether draft or auction.

The knock against pitchers is that they always get hurt, which tends to depress their value, and the injury-risk makes it all the more important to have two top-end guys at the top of my fantasy rotation—if one gets hurt then my season is not necessarily down the drain, because ace no. 2 can carry the weight. So my staff is top-heavy, after which it's time to go dumpster-diving, and I take great joy each fantasy season in identifying the cheap pitchers who will ascend to the next level. Oh, and sucks to closers—they are way too volatile to trust in a league where rosters are locked on Opening Day, so I'll just go ahead and aim for victories in the counting stats of Ks and Ws while sacrificing saves. My calculator says that two 15s and a 1 supersede the worth of a sixth-place finish in three categories, and the draft-and-lock setup changes the game in this case.


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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Well Played, Mauer

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Bret Sayre

Bret makes sure to get his top-ranked backstop to cement an offense led by Ryan Braun's power and Billy Hamilton's steals.

On Friday, March 21, Mike Gianella released Version Four of his mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Saves

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BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy crew runs down the relievers it expects to beat their PECOTA projections in saves.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’re taking a look at pitching this week, following our run on offense a week ago. To read the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

Daily League Strategy: Managing Your Bankroll

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Paul Sporer

Paul offers some tips on how to manage your funds over the course of the season so that you stay within your playing budget.

Earlier this week, I covered some of the basics of daily gaming—four of the first things I would tell anyone playing their first daily match. Let’s dive a little deeper and discuss bankroll management today. This is obviously a very important aspect of daily gaming, too; perhaps even more than stats you should look at when picking a roster. Heck, you’d be better off throwing darts for your player picks or sticking with only your favorite players than mismanaging your bankroll. Your bankroll should dictate the kinds of contests you’re entering on a nightly basis (or however frequently you decide to play).

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: The Rare "Spend More on Offense" Strategy

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Ben Carsley

Ben devotes more than 70 percent of his $260 budget to bats.

On Friday, March 21, Mike Gianella released Version Four of his mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Stars and Scrubs

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Mike Gianella

Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, and...

On Friday, March 21, Mike Gianella released Version Four of his mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Fifth Edition

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Mike Gianella

Mike makes some tweaks based on expert-league bids entering the final weekend of the offseason.

Last weekend, Tout Wars held their AL, NL, and mixed-league auctions. This was the final series of expert league auctions this year, and offered yet another set of price points to contemplate before we all head off to our own home league auctions this coming weekend. Listed below are the significant adjustments I made based on the prices in the Tout Wars auctions in the AL and NL-only formats.

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The Scoresheet gang helps you fill out your lineup card for Opening Day.

While participants in other types of fantasy baseball may cool their heels after the pre-season draft, Scoresheet players have one final task at hand before Opening Day: filling out the lineup card. Some find the lineup card a chore, but spending a few extra minutes on it is a must to wring every last win out of a Scoresheet team. The general key to filling out a lineup card is to think like a manager from the 1980s. A smart manager somewhat ahead of his or her time, sure. But trying to force the latest in sabermetric thinking onto the card will often just result in leaving wins on the table. Keep that in mind as we go through the main features of the lineup card.

Batting Order
Perhaps the most important advice we can give is to platoon everywhere. With some foresight in the draft, these platoons may be obvious. But check every single player’s splits, because surprisingly often, it will make sense to bench a star or semi-star half the time. Our lineups vs. RHP generally look completely different than our lineups vs. LHP.


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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Hopefully, No Scrubs

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Jeff Quinton

Jeff's Roto dream team features a balanced offense and a pitching staff headlined by Chris Sale and Jordan Zimmermann

Position Players:

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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: The Wright Guys

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Alex Kantecki

David Wright and Jay Bruce anchor Alex's ideal Roto offense, while Felix Hernandez and Madison Bumgarner do the heavy lifting on the mound.

On Friday, Mike Gianella released his latest mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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