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05-26

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TDGX Transactions: Week 8
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J.J. Jansons

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: So About That Nick Castellanos Breakout
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Wilson Karaman

05-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 9
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Mark Barry

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Miggy's Decline?
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Matt Collins

05-26

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Free Agent Watch: Week 8
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George Bissell

05-26

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The Stash List: Eighth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-24

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Dynasty Dynamics: Checking on Some Prospect Sleepers
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Ben Carsley

05-24

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Deep League Report: Week 8
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Scooter Hotz

05-23

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Closer Report: Week 8
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Matt Collins

05-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak
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Eric Roseberry

05-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 98
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-19

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TDGX Transactions: Week 7
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J.J. Jansons

05-19

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Player Profile: Joe Biagini
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Wilson Karaman

05-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 8
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Mark Barry

05-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 7
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George Bissell

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check
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Scooter Hotz

05-18

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The Stash List: Week 7
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-17

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Deep League Report: Week 7
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Scooter Hotz

05-16

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Closer Report: Week 7
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Matt Collins

05-15

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The Buyer's Guide: Nate Karns
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Eric Roseberry

05-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 7
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Mark Barry

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Selling Low on Two Pitchers
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Matt Collins

05-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 6
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George Bissell

05-11

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Player Profile: Aaron Altherr
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Wilson Karaman

05-11

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Deep League Report: Week 6
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Scooter Hotz

05-10

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Dynasty Dynamics: What Goes Down Can Come Up
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Ben Carsley

05-10

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-09

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Closer Report: Week 6
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Matt Collins

05-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Scott Schebler
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Eric Roseberry

05-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 5
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George Bissell

05-05

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Fantasy Valuations
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 6
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Mark Barry

05-04

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TDGX Transactions: Week 6
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J.J. Jansons

05-04

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The Stash List: Fifth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-03

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Deep League Report: Week 5
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Scooter Hotz

05-02

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Closer Report: Week 5
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Matt Collins

05-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Talking yourself into Kevin Pillar
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Eric Roseberry

05-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Stash List Supplemental
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-28

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The Quinton: Early Misses, Future Misses and Analyzing our Process
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Jeff Quinton

04-28

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 5
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Mark Barry

04-28

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TDGX Transactions: Week 5
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J.J. Jansons

04-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: The All-April Team
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Matt Collins

04-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous
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Mike Gianella

04-27

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The Stash List: Fourth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-26

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Dynasty Dynamics: Should You (Try and) Trade (for) Starling Marte?
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Ben Carsley

04-26

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Deep League Report: Week 4
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Scooter Hotz

04-25

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Closer Report: Week 4
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Matt Collins

04-24

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Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs
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Wilson Karaman

04-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson
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Eric Roseberry

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio—Minor Leaguers I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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Scooter Hotz

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May 1, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Talking yourself into Kevin Pillar

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Eric Roseberry

He appears to have made adjustments at the plate, but will the effects be long lasting?

Depending on the size of your league, it can be difficult to find productive players to fill each outfield spot. Often, there are one or two spots where you’re left playing someone who’s going to get regular playing time, but ultimately could be a drain in several categories. Owners are always on the lookout for quality outfield options.

This is especially the case if you roster an outfielder who has suffered an injury or has been suspended. Adam Eaton and Starling Marte were starting outfielders who are missing a significant portion of the season (all of it, in Eaton’s case). Beyond that, there are several players currently suffering from injuries who find themselves out of action. This list includes players such as Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, Denard Span, Mitch Haniger, Yoenis Cespedes, David Dahl and J.D. Martinez.

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May 1, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Stash List Supplemental

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Greg Wellemeyer

These players also are worth watching.

Every Thursday I publish the Stash List, an ordering of the 25 players I think can come up and help fantasy baseballers in standard-depth mixed leagues. It’s fun to put together and I enjoy the ensuing conversation that typically takes place in the comments.

That said, I acknowledge the limited utility of telling you that Yoan Moncada is good. He’s certainly owned in any competitive league with conventional lineup settings. Additionally, for those of you in deep and mono formats, the standard weekly column can be a helpful thought exercise, but it isn’t always actionable. With that in mind, I’ll plan to use my space every other Monday to discuss some names that might actually be available in deeper player pools. These will be performers in the high minors, prospects without the kinds of ceilings we need for standard-depth usefulness, and speculation on who might fill roles for teams who’ll start stripping down come mid-summer. Unlike the Stash List proper, these aren’t necessarily the best deep-league stashes at any given time, just some players and situations I’m watching.

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April 28, 2017 6:00 am

The Quinton: Early Misses, Future Misses and Analyzing our Process

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Jeff Quinton

The easy thing to do is overreact if your team missed on adding Eric Thames and James Paxton on draft day. Don't compound the sense of loss by making mistakes in analysis.

Baseball Prospectus colleague George Bissell tweeted the following on 4/15/2017 regarding the high price of acquisition for James Paxton in drafts and auctions this year:

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April 28, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 5

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Mark Barry

Noah Syndergaard is an auto-start (unless he's not). So it's going to be one of those kind of weeks.

Every Friday we preview the hurlers scheduled for two starts in the upcoming week. Hopefully that will give enough insight to make educated lineup moves and FAAB decisions over the weekend. As the old wrestling promoters would always say “Card Subject to Change," because lots can happen between the time this goes up and first pitch. Unfortunately, weather, injuries, and tinkering managers make this less than a science. I’ll do my best, though, and should new information present itself after this posts, we can go over it in the comments. We’ll crowdsource this as well, so if you hear anything, feel free to comment and we all can offer our takes, hot or not.

The pitchers are split by league using these categories:

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April 28, 2017 6:00 am

TDGX Transactions: Week 5

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J.J. Jansons

Injuries can pinch available slots for minor-league prospects, presenting owners with a dilemma.

The Dynasty Guru Experts League is a 20-team (40-man roster) 5x5 rotisserie dynasty league founded by BP managing editor Bret Sayre in 2014. It is intended to satisfy the deep-league needs of all, down to just the right amount of Alexi Amarista. We roster 23 starters (C/1B/2B/3B/SS/MI/CI, along with two additional utility hitters, five outfielders and nine pitchers). We also roster seven bench slots and have 10 spots designated for minor leaguers, although a quick scan of the league finds that most teams utilize a majority of their bench spots for additional prospects. That means that there are an additional 100-120 prospects that are rostered above the 200 spots reserved for them.

These write-ups are intended to pair nicely with Mike Gianella’s Expert FAAB Review, as we will look at each week’s TDGX free-agent acquisitions, as well as include thoughts on every major trade that occurs during the season. The yearly budget for free-agent transactions is $100, with $0 bids allowed for major leaguers and prospects.

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April 28, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The All-April Team

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Matt Collins

Eric Thames (probably) won't keep up this home-run pace, but he still might be among the elite fantasy first basemen. It's harder to see Chris Owings and Jett Bandy continuing their respective paces, however.

On Thursday, Mike Gianella reminded all of us that it is far-too early to be worried about our rosters. April stretches obviously get us more worried than any other poor month-long periods, simply because there is no encouraging stretch of time beforehand to alleviate our concerns. To put it another way: The current sample is too small to inform any sweeping evaluations. With that being said, April performances sometimes do last all season, and identifying the sustainable early trends can catapult you to a championship. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at the best players at each position on ESPN’s Player Rater and see if they can remain fantasy assets throughout the season, or if they simply are mirages we’ll look back at a year from now and laugh about.

(Note: These rankings are through action Wednesday.)

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April 27, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous

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Mike Gianella

It's no longer too early to worry—which is exactly why Mike is concerned.

Yes, I know: April isn’t even over—heck, we haven’t reached the 1/8th point of the season yet—but there are reasons why I’m nervous about my chances to win this year.

To start with, my competitors seem to have all the freaking luck. I know that Michael Conforto was supposed to be good, but a .365 batting average, four home runs, 15 RBIs, and 18 runs in 86 plate appearances? I thought he was going to provide a fourth outfielder’s production. I know Bryce Harper always gets off to a fast start, but nine home runs and five steals in 96 plate appearances? Boy, do I regret not going the extra dollar on him in Tout Wars. Even more annoying are the hitters who came out of nowhere. Colby Rasmus (7 HR, 19 RBIa, 95 PA) and Aledmys Diaz (4 HR, .423 AVG, 75 PA) are killing me. not only in my AL and NL leagues, but in my mixed leagues as well.

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April 27, 2017 1:36 am

The Stash List: Fourth Edition

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Greg Wellemeyer

White Sox prodigy Yoan Moncada takes over the top spot.

Some weeks the Stash List is a re-shuffle of the previous version, a low-key graduation or two. This is not one of those weeks.

The Graduates: Julio Urias (Previous Rank: 1), Michael Conforto (4), Devin Mesoraco (9), Cody Bellinger (14), Aaron Altherr (17), Dan Vogelbach (19), Kennys Vargas (21)

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Should You (Try and) Trade (for) Starling Marte?

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Ben Carsley

Making the most of Marte, who has been suspended for 80 games because of PEDs.

Starling Marte is suspended. From baseball. For 80 games. He did the steroids.

If you own Marte in redraft leagues, this is extremely bad. Odds are he was your second- or third-round pick. At best, he’ll probably end up playing in about 60 games this season. And you can’t even stash him on the DL. You are, to use an industry term, screwed.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 4

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Scooter Hotz

Big names from the prospect world enter the morass of utility players and middle relievers.

A couple of notable call-ups are mixed in with the usual cast of utility players and middle relievers in today’s column. Hang the garland, pop the champagne and fire up the band—it’s a banner week here at the Deep League Report.

AL-only position players

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April 25, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 4

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Matt Collins

Closing situations in Washington and Anaheim remain fluid. Also: Is it time to worry about Francisco Rodriguez?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. There were multiple changes in the reliever world over the weekend, and some messes yet to be cleaned up. Just a quick reminder that you can keep up with all of the changes at the Closer Grid. As always, the sections that are highlighted represent changes since the last iteration of this column.

Another injury in the Angels bullpen

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April 24, 2017 9:01 am

Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs

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Wilson Karaman

Early data (and it's still so early) suggests that Skaggs is starting to get long-awaited results. But keep watching him closely.

Player Background

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