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01-30

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Base
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-30

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Player Profile: Adrian Beltre
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Jeff Quinton

01-30

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Player Profile: Chris Davis
by
Wilson Karaman

01-30

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16

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-30

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12

Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part One (Hitters)
by
Mike Gianella

01-29

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Maikel Franco vs. D.J. Peterson
by
Ben Carsley

01-29

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
by
Keith Cromer

01-29

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15

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

01-28

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
by
Nick Shlain

01-28

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The Quinton: Third Base and Avoiding Result-Driven Strategy
by
Jeff Quinton

01-28

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The Adjuster: Third Base
by
Wilson Karaman

01-28

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16

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 30 Third Basemen
by
J.P. Breen

01-27

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4

Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana
by
Matt Collins

01-27

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13

Get to Know: Third-Base Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

01-27

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8

Fantasy Infographic: Third Base
by
Mauricio Rubio

01-27

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18

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
by
Craig Goldstein

01-26

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2

State of the Position: Third Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-26

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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara
by
Nick Shlain

01-23

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10

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Second Base
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-23

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Bonus Podcast: Mock Draft
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-23

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3

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-22

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
by
Keith Cromer

01-22

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Second Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

01-22

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Franklin vs. Marcus Semien
by
Craig Goldstein

01-22

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Player Profile: Aaron Hill
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J.P. Breen

01-21

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The Adjuster: Second Base
by
Wilson Karaman

01-21

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13

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Base
by
Ben Carsley

01-21

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5

Fantasy Infographic: Second Base
by
Mauricio Rubio

01-21

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen
by
Nick Shlain

01-20

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11

Get to Know: Second Base Prospects
by
Craig Goldstein

01-20

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Tale of the Tape: Brian Dozier vs. Ian Kinsler
by
Matt Collins

01-20

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16

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-19

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The Quinton: Middle Infielders, Expectations, and Weaknesses
by
Jeff Quinton

01-19

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10

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-19

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State of the Position: Second Base
by
J.P. Breen

01-16

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20

Fantasy Freestyle: Stop Looking for Sleepers, Start Looking for Value
by
Mike Gianella

01-16

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Player Profile: Ike Davis
by
Wilson Karaman

01-16

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: First Basemen
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-16

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-15

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-15

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 First Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

01-15

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17

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Brandon Belt vs. Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

01-14

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The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen
by
Nick Shlain

01-14

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The Adjuster: First Basemen
by
Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Basemen
by
Craig Goldstein

01-14

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Player Profile: Mike Napoli
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Nick Shlain

01-13

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Fantasy Infographic: First Basemen
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Mauricio Rubio

01-13

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Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Anthony Rizzo
by
Matt Collins

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January 22, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Franklin vs. Marcus Semien

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Craig Goldstein

The Ray takes on the A.

You know the drill by now. Two names that land back-to-back on Bret’s dynasty list for the position get thrown under the microscope—this time from a dynasty perspective. Today we’ll entertain quasi-starting options Marcus Semien and Nick Franklin. It’s worth noting that Semien will pick up shortstop eligibility relatively quickly, but for now he’s a second-sacker.

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January 22, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Aaron Hill

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J.P. Breen

Is there reason to hope that the Snakes' keystoner could bounce back?

Player Background

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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Second Base

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Wilson Karaman

Looking at keystoners who see value bumps and drops in OBP and points leagues.

High-contact guys who don’t strike out or walk much—that’s what you get when you look through the ranks of second basemen. There’s some limited upside for the position as a whole in points league play, where low whiff rates matter, but even there a lot of the added value is knocked right back down on account of slugging limitations. In OBP leagues the landscape is pretty ugly. And regardless of format it’s a sharp, quick drop from the top of the second base list to the middle tiers and beyond, with no more than a handful of strong options and a whole bunch of mediocrity below. Let’s sift through the rubble and see if we can’t identify some much-needed targets for draft day.

In case you missed it, here are the Second-Base Tiers. Previous articles in this series: Catcher, First Base.

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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Base

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Ben Carsley

Sizing up the position between now and the end of the 2017 season.

Previous articles in this series:

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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Infographic: Second Base

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual breakdown of the statistical categories in which keystoners might help or hurt your team.

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Second base is the first position we’ve covered that features variability in individual skill sets. There are some hitters who can hit 20-25 home runs, some players who can steal 30-plus bases, and some players who can provide a substantial amount of everything in standard 5x5 leagues. It creates for a variety of different shapes. Take these for example:

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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen

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Nick Shlain

A closer look at some keystoners available in the junior circuit.

While the depth at each position varies from year to year, second base has been one of the weaker positions in recent years. When preparing for the upcoming fantasy season, making adjustments based on positional depth or lack thereof can be crucial. How much more do you value getting a decent player at a shallow position? Are the elite players at the position worth the risk?

Let’s start with the “elites.” I’m sure you read the second-base tiers and noticed the absence of a five-star player. Jose Altuve, who earned $45 in AL-only last year, was the closest to five-star consideration and he’s the only one with a real argument. In terms of auction dollars, a five-star player is worth more than $30. While the tiered rankings are a collaborative effort around these parts, I’m of the opinion that Altuve is that kind of player, especially in “-only” leagues.

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Get to Know: Second Base Prospects

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Craig Goldstein

Looking into the pipeline for future contributors at the keystone.

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Brian Dozier vs. Ian Kinsler

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Matt Collins

Which of these AL Central second basemen should you choose for your fantasy squads in 2015?

Another week, another edition of Tale of the Tape. In the first two weeks, we saw Salvador Perez take down Russell Martin, followed by Anthony Rizzo defeating Victor Martinez. This time around, the matchup includes a couple of division rivals at the keystone position. It’s one player who is an established star at the position, and another who broke out in 2014, and is looking to catapult himself into the national conversation in 2015. It’s Ian Kinsler vs. Brian Dozier.

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the position into value-based bins.

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

The Quinton: Middle Infielders, Expectations, and Weaknesses

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Jeff Quinton

How to handle the reality that many second basemen (and shortstops) perform poorly in most fantasy categories.

Easily gleaned from the title is that while this is Second Base Week™ for the Baseball Prospectus fantasy squad, this article will pertain to both the keystone and shortstop position (one could argue that it will be even more relevant to the latter).

But enough with the qualifiers; let us get to it. Second basemen and shortstops do not compile as much, let us call them “fantasy stats,” as players at other offensive positions with the exception of catcher. Put differently, middle infielders hit fewer home runs, accumulate less total bases, walk less, score fewer runs, and drive in fewer runs than their counterparts. Sure they might hit for a better average and definitely steal more bases than the corner infielders, but all in all it is a less prolific package than the corner infielders and outfielders provide.

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to consider picking up these keystoners in your fantasy drafts and auctions this spring.

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Base

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J.P. Breen

The keystone might be deeper than you think.

Although the league-average second baseman only hit .250/.307/.364 in 2014, the position was rather deep. Seven second basemen finished the season as top-50 fantasy players in ESPN leagues, including a few breakout stars such as Josh Harrison, Dee Gordon, and Brian Dozier. Ultimately, it proved to be a crazy season in which cheap options on draft day provided some of the best value—as five of the top-10 second baseman were, on average, drafted outside the top 15.

Perhaps it’s a changing of the guard. Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, and Chase Utley continue to age and are no longer elite options. Guys like Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve now lead the charge. That doesn’t even include the massive number of second-base prospects who are poised to jump into the mix in 2015—such as Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Kolten Wong, and the forgotten Jurickson Profar, among others. The position has the potential to be crazy deep.

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