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01-17

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Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez
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Wilson Karaman

01-17

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-17

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Welcome to Splitsville: First Base
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Tim Finnegan

01-17

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Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Chamberlain

01-16

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State of the Position: First Base
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George Bissell

01-16

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Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-16

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Early ADP Analysis: First Base
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Matt Collins

01-16

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The Quinton: First Basemen, Roto Categories, and Total vs. Complementary Production
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Scooter Hotz

01-13

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-13

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Francisco Mejia vs. Chance Sisco
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-13

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
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Jeff Quinton

01-12

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Yan Gomes vs. Devin Mesoraco
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Mark Barry

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-11

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Tale of the Tape: Welington Castillo vs. Brian McCann
by
Alex Chamberlain

01-11

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The Adjuster: Catchers
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Eric Roseberry

01-11

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Get to Know: Catcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-11

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
by
Greg Wellemeyer

01-10

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-10

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Tale of the Tape: Russell Martin vs. Matt Wieters
by
Bryan Joiner

01-10

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Player Profile: Buster Posey
by
Scooter Hotz

01-10

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Welcome to Splitsville: Catchers
by
Tim Finnegan

01-09

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Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-09

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State of the Position: Catchers
by
George Bissell

01-09

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Early ADP Analysis: Catchers
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Matt Collins

01-09

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The Quinton: Catchers and Answers to Easier Questions
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Jeff Quinton

01-06

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: OBP
by
Wilson Karaman

01-05

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The Over/Underachievers: On-Base Percentage
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-05

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: Wins
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Scooter Hotz

01-04

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Wins
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Matt Collins

01-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Using Statcast Analytics for Fantasy Decisions
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Tim Finnegan

01-04

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: On-Base Percentage
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George Bissell

01-03

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Wins
by
George Bissell

12-23

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Drive: Runs/RBI
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Scooter Hotz

12-22

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: R/RBI
by
Greg Wellemeyer

12-19

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Runs/RBI
by
George Bissell

12-16

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: WHIP
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Scooter Hotz

12-15

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: WHIP
by
Wilson Karaman

12-15

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: WHIP
by
George Bissell

12-14

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Moving Forward: Batting Average
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Matt Collins

12-13

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Batting Average
by
Mike Gianella

12-12

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Batting Average: The Landscape
by
George Bissell

12-08

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

12-08

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive
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Scooter Hotz

12-07

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Strikeouts
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Matt Collins

12-06

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

12-06

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Strikeouts
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George Bissell

12-02

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: Stolen Bases
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Greg Wellemeyer

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January 17, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez

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Wilson Karaman

A midyear mechanical change produced outstanding results for the Red Sox first-sacker in 2016, but can you expect more of the same to come?

Player Background

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January 17, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Stacking up the players at this position by fantasy-value-based bins.

Welcome back to our fantasy positional ratings series at Baseball Prospectus. Things can only get better from here on out, as we move from the not-so-fun duties of ranking catchers to the much more fun assignment of ranking first basemen. Once again, I rated the players at the position and then received the feedback of our crack team of fantasy writers in order to bring you a mix of my ratings at the position along with a reality check from the rest of our staff if I was too low or high on a specific player. Let’s get right to it.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and will fetch mixed-league auction bids over $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year's values but rather offer insight into what we expect will happen in 2017.

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January 17, 2017 6:00 am

Welcome to Splitsville: First Base

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Tim Finnegan

A look at how first-sackers fare based on the handedness of the opposing pitcher and other contextual factors.

Last week, I introduced a few different splits fantasy owners can use in both seasonal and daily leagues, and focused on catchers. For more detail on those splits, see the link above. We transition to first base this week.

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January 17, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Victor Martinez vs. Carlos Santana

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Alex Chamberlain

Which of these two ex-catchers is a better investment in redraft leagues this spring?

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January 16, 2017 6:00 am

State of the Position: First Base

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George Bissell

The 30,000-foot-high view of the cold corner for fantasy purposes.

The Big Question: What does a replacement-level fantasy first baseman look like?

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January 16, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

The staff identifies possible value plays at this position for the coming season.

Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Maybe all those years of the Cincinnati front office and local media riding him for walking too much has seeped into the general fantasy-playing population at large after all, because Votto continues to be an underrated mixed-league target at the top of his position. In 2015, granted at 31 and coming off an injury season, he was taken 71st overall on average – around 12th among first basemen depending on who you count out of the position-eligible pool. He produced $30 in standard mixed-league value, good for the second-best return at the position. Last year he went off the board seventh among first basemen, 36th overall on average; he earned $29 mixed-league dollars, again the second-most of any first baseman. We’ve got him ranked second at the position this season in acknowledgement of recent evidence, and yet… he’s currently going off the board sixth among first basemen, around the 28th overall pick. Huh?

At 33 there are certainly age-related concerns to be peddled, particularly given the history with his legs. But he was thoroughly destructive in the second half last season, the ballpark remains a perfect fit for his batted ball distribution, and he managed a tick under 200 R+RBI last year in spite of a bottom-third supporting cast. And while his value increases exponentially in OBP leagues, he’s a career .313 hitter (.320 over the last two seasons). A whopping six first basemen managed to crack .290 last year, so the advantage of a locked-in asset in AVG shouldn’t be understated, either. At 28 overall, Votto has the look of an absolutely lethal snake-draft target for the turn in 14- to 16-team redrafts, or a lethal second pick for anyone stuck navigating the late first-round muddle in a straight draft. —Wilson Karaman


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January 16, 2017 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: First Base

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Matt Collins

A look at where the first-sackers have been selected in the first batch of drafts this year.

Welcome to first base week, where we’ll have everything you need to know about the position over the next five days. In this space, you can find the second edition of this year’s average ADP analysis series. As I explained in last week’s catcher edition, these ADP numbers come from the NFBC data, and the average round is assuming a 15-team league. Now, with all of that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

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Why the multitude of first-base options can result in suboptimal decisions, and how to avoid falling into the trap.

Good Monday and, more importantly, good Martin Luther King Day to everyone.

Unrelatedly, we go from the catcher position, the least productive offensive position (likely a result of all the ways catchers can impact the game defensively), to first base, one of the most productive offensive positions, likely a result of the limits on the way a first baseman can impact the game defensively. Talk about pointing out contrast because I didn’t know how to get rolling on this article.

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January 13, 2017 10:50 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers

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Scooter Hotz

A look at the menu of backstop options in the senior circuit.

The top end of the NL-only catcher pool wasn’t nearly as thin as the top end of the AL-only catcher pool going into the 2016 season. As my colleague Mike Gianella noted in his AL-Only Landscape for catchers, in the AL, the most expensive catchers heading into Opening Day were Brian McCann and Salvador Perez at $16. In the NL, four catchers went for the same or more: Buster Posey at $29, Kyle Schwarber at $25, Jonathan Lucroy at $19 and Travis d’Arnaud at $16. Unlike the AL, owners concerned about positional scarcity had multiple legitimate options for spending their auction dollars.

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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

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


Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina was panned in this space last year, and the market was down on him. We were out to lunch. In 15-team mixed leagues, Molina finished 108th overall per the PFM, beating his NFBC ADP of 258 by a fair amount. But last year isn’t this year, and many of the concerns that dogged Molina in 2016 carry over into this season. Much of Molina’s value is predicated on his batting average. While Molina certainly does have a history of .300+ seasons, 2016 was his first campaign over .300 since 2013. He hasn’t stolen more than three bases since 2012 and more importantly hasn’t had more than eight home runs since 2013. Batting average tends to fluctuate, and betting on another .300+ season from an older, slow-footed catcher is suboptimal.



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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Francisco Mejia vs. Chance Sisco

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Greg Wellemeyer

Is the future Oriole or the future Indian a better long-term bet to help your fantasy team in the squat?

We’ve mercifully reached the end of catchers week, during which the staff covered fantasy’s worst position from every angle. Most of our dynasty coverage rolled out yesterday and I’m here to close it out with Round 4 in our Tale of the Tape series. This one tackles the 17th and 22nd best options—fourth and fifth among prospects—according to Bret’s dynasty catcher rankings. As those ranks imply, there’s not much gap between Mejia and Sisco. Let’s see if we can find some separation.

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January 13, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy

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Jeff Quinton

After a change in his approach at the plate, what can we expect from the Brewer-turned-Ranger this season?

Player Background

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