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03-24

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-24

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2017
by
Mike Gianella

03-24

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Player Profile: Carlos Santana
by
Scooter Hotz

03-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 97
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

03-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Prep: Auction Podcast Takeaways
by
Jeff Quinton

03-23

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Player Profile: Marcell Ozuna
by
Mark Barry

03-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reviewing the 2016 Model Portfolios
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-22

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Player Profile: Lorenzo Cain
by
Eric Roseberry

03-22

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Five to Watch: American League Post-Hype Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

03-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My First Draft of 2017
by
Scooter Hotz

03-21

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Five to Watch: National League Prospects
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-21

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Player Profile: Alex Bregman
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Tim Finnegan

03-20

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Five to Watch: American League Prospects
by
George Bissell

03-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Smaller Leagues
by
Mike Gianella

03-17

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The Quinton: Selecting Relievers and Anticipated Discounts vs. Realized Discounts
by
Jeff Quinton

03-17

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Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2017
by
Mike Gianella

03-17

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Position Battles: American League East
by
Matt Collins

03-16

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
by
Wilson Karaman

03-16

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Position Battles: American League West
by
Mark Barry

03-16

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Position Battles: National League West
by
George Bissell

03-15

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-15

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
by
Scooter Hotz

03-15

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Position Battles: National League Central
by
Eric Roseberry

03-15

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26

Dynasty Dynamics: The Next 112
by
Ben Carsley

03-14

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Position Battles: National League East
by
Tim Finnegan

03-14

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: An All-Post-Hype Team
by
Matt Collins

03-13

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Five to Watch: National League Pitchers
by
George Bissell

03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers
by
Scooter Hotz

03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers
by
Mike Gianella

03-10

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
by
Alex Chamberlain

03-10

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Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2017
by
Mike Gianella

03-09

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11

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 75 Relievers
by
Bret Sayre

03-09

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Tale of the Tape: Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias
by
Mark Barry

03-09

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Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

03-09

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Relief Pitchers on the Ocean Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

03-08

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-08

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The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers
by
Eric Roseberry

03-07

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Player Profile: Shawn Kelley
by
Scooter Hotz

03-07

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

03-07

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State of the Position: Relief Pitchers
by
George Bissell

03-06

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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-06

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Player Profile: Addison Reed
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Tim Finnegan

03-06

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Early ADP Analysis: Relief Pitchers
by
Matt Collins

03-03

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-03

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Long-Term Starting Pitchers
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Baseball Prospectus

03-03

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

03-03

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Player Profile: Jerad Eickhoff
by
Matt Collins

03-03

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Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2017
by
Mike Gianella

03-02

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Starting Pitchers on the Ocean Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

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March 14, 2017 11:11 am

Position Battles: National League East

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Tim Finnegan

A look at the spots up for grabs in this division and the potential fantasy impacts of their winners.

New York Mets

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March 14, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers

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Greg Wellemeyer

Highlighting a handful of junior-circuit hurlers who are worthy of your attention.

George Bissell covered five National League starters he’s eyeballing this draft season yesterday and today I’m coming at you with five from the junior circuit for whom the draft day value proposition is enticing. Well, technically I’ve coming at you with four and George is dropping in for the fifth.

Jharel Cotton, Oakland Athletics

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March 13, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: An All-Post-Hype Team

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Matt Collins

The shine may have worn off of these once highly regarded young players, but they could still provide fantasy value in 2017.

We all have our favorite types of players to draft every spring. Some of us like dependable veterans, while others like unproven rookies. Some of us like the high floors, while others drool for the high ceilings. Of the many cookie-cutter groups of players that emerge in every form of fantasy baseball previews each and every spring, my favorite is the post-hype sleepers. This, of course, refers to players who came up with high expectations, but haven’t quite gotten there yet.

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March 13, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Pitchers

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George Bissell

Highlighting a handful of senior-circuit hurlers who demand your attention.

“There is a very, very good chance that our understanding of gravity will not be the same in five hundred years. In fact, that’s the one arena where I would think that most of our contemporary evidence is circumstantial, and that the way we think about gravity will be very different.”

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March 10, 2017 10:50 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers

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Scooter Hotz

Scanning the menu of senior-circuit options at this position.

Relievers: the most vexing part of just about any roto roster. They’re mostly on your roster to contribute in one category, and their ability to rack up stats in that category depend on a lot of luck as well as the whims of their manager. Talent and performance aren’t enough to get a guy the closer’s gig, either. These vagaries explain why saves are the most frequently punted category, and why many owners who don’t punt saves refuse to pay for them.

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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers

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Mike Gianella

Mapping out the late-inning bullpen depth charts across the junior circuit.

We conclude our mono league series this week with a look at relief pitchers. Since this is a deep league article, we’ll focus less on each team’s closer (yes, Aroldis Chapman is good, guys) and more about the set-ups who could either get saves or possibly take the job if the primary closer falters.

Baltimore Orioles
Closer:
Zach Britton
Set Ups: Brad Brach, Darren O’Day



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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers

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Alex Chamberlain

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these bullpenners in your leagues this spring.

Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
Craig Kimbrel is not a bad closer. He's a very good closer. Since 2011, he leads all relievers in saves by a mile, trails only Aroldis Chapman in strikeout rate (K%) and ranks third in ERA (although not behind anyone who has logged as many innings). That'll do. Last season didn't go so well, though. Don't blame the torn meniscus -- Kimbrel's ERA improved after he returned from surgery and rehab. But that ERA remained inflated all season, and potentially irreversible trends could be to blame.

Kimbrel walked more than five hitters per nine innings last year. Five! Maybe that one can be chalked up to his injury -- he walked almost seven hitters per nine upon returning -- but it had hovered above 4.0 BB/9 even prior to his stint on the disabled list. Ironically, Kimbrel threw more first-pitch strikes than ever before, and it's not even close; you'd think that'd portend better control. Yet he threw fewer pitches in the zone than ever before -- a stark contrast. Combine that with the fact he kept leaving pitches up in the zone, and it all may be enough evidence to suggest he's losing it a bit. His velocity dipped ever so slightly last year, making me wonder if he reached back a bit extra to maintain his velocity at the expense of control.


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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2017

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Mike Gianella

Mike updates his bid limits based on the latest news and happenings around the league.

Below is the second update of my fantasy bid limits for AL-only, NL-only, and mixed leagues for auction formats. Listed below are the players whose prices have been shifted by two dollars or more in either direction.

Most of this edition’s updates are based on what happened in the LABR NL and AL auctions this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been asked in the past how the expert auctions influence my prices. That’s a good question that also gives me an opportunity to explain how I construct my bids.

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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 75 Relievers

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Bret Sayre

Here come the closers to finish off the dynasty rankings. Stick around for the post-game fireworks.

We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about closers, potential closers and middlemen for a while now (three days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2016 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats.

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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias

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Mark Barry

Which of these two high-octane 'pen arms is a better fantasy bet this year?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A converted starter walks into a bar, and um, well I forget how it goes exactly, but the punchline is something about turning into an elite reliever. This week we’re looking at two guys that couldn’t stick in the rotation, and turned into dominant relievers. Imagine that. It’s the Tale of the Tape. It’s Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias. And it’s next.

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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects

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Ben Carsley

Identifying future fantasy bullpen contributors might be a fool's errand, but we made Ben do it anyway.

Previous entries in this series

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A deeper dive to find future fantasy assets at this position.

While actively refraining from dropping any Boyz II Men lyrics in here, I’ll instead note that we’ve come…a long way in our journey to the corners of organized baseball where the bright lights of Bret’s Top 50 Dynasty lists don’t shine. And for our trouble, we didn’t even get a lousy t-shirt, we got an article all about marginal and minor-league relievers. Weee! I tried to make what follows as helpful and potentially useful in some capacity as I could. And as always, if I didn’t mention one of the 8.6 million other relievers in the world that you happen to like, feel free to inquire within the comments. Bret’s Top 75 relievers can be found here, while previous pieces in this positional series can be found here:

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