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04-27

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous
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Mike Gianella

04-27

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8

The Stash List: Fourth Edition
by
Greg Wellemeyer

04-26

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10

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

04-26

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4

Deep League Report: Week 4
by
Scooter Hotz

04-25

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4

Closer Report: Week 4
by
Matt Collins

04-24

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Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs
by
Wilson Karaman

04-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson
by
Eric Roseberry

04-21

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

04-21

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2

Free Agent Watch: Week 3
by
George Bissell

04-21

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17

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 4
by
Mark Barry

04-20

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TDGX Transactions: Week 3
by
J.J. Jansons

04-20

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
by
Mike Gianella

04-20

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13

The Stash List: Third Edition
by
Greg Wellemeyer

04-19

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The Quinton: Where To Find the Trades
by
Jeff Quinton

04-19

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8

Deep League Report: Week 3
by
Scooter Hotz

04-18

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3

Closer Report: Week 3
by
Matt Collins

04-17

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The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas
by
Eric Roseberry

04-14

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4

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 3
by
Mark Barry

04-14

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Surprising Strikeout Surgers
by
Matt Collins

04-14

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2

Free Agent Watch: Week 2
by
George Bissell

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio: Major League Players I Own Across Multiple Leagues
by
Scooter Hotz

04-13

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10

The Stash List: 2017 Second Edition
by
Greg Wellemeyer

04-13

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Deep League Report: Week Two
by
Scooter Hotz

04-12

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Daily League Strategy: Week 2: Picking Pitchers
by
Tim Finnegan

04-11

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2

Closer Report: Week 2
by
Matt Collins

04-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Mark Reynolds
by
Eric Roseberry

04-07

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14

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 1
by
Mark Barry

04-07

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Free Agent Watch: Week 1
by
George Bissell

04-06

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: The PFM and The Model Portfolio
by
Mike Gianella

04-06

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30

The Stash List: 2017 First Edition
by
Greg Wellemeyer

04-06

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TDGX Transactions: First & Second FAAB plus first big trade
by
J.J. Jansons

04-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fixing What Broke in Francisco Liriano
by
Alex Chamberlain

04-05

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11

Dynasty Dynamics: Six (Slightly) Delayed Gratification Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

04-05

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2

Deep League Report: Week 1
by
Scooter Hotz

04-05

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4

TDGX Transactions: Amateur Draft
by
J.J. Jansons

04-04

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12

Closer Report: Week 1
by
Matt Collins

04-04

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2

The Quinton: Keeper League Auction Takeaways
by
Jeff Quinton

04-04

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2

Daily League Strategy: Week 1
by
Tim Finnegan

04-03

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The Buyer's Guide: Jorge Soler
by
Eric Roseberry

04-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises
by
Greg Wellemeyer

03-31

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8

Fantasy Auction Values: Fifth Edition, 2017
by
Mike Gianella

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Boom, Boom, and Hope the Rest Don't Bust
by
Wilson Karaman

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Betts, Old Bats, and Starting Pitching
by
Jeff Quinton

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: The Defending Champion
by
Scooter Hotz

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: All-In on the Astros Infield
by
Mark Barry

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: Defending a Participation Trophy
by
Bret Sayre

03-30

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3

Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars General Impressions
by
Mike Gianella

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Man vs. Self
by
Ben Carsley

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Give Me Your Tired
by
Eric Roseberry

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: New York State of Mind
by
Tim Finnegan

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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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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson

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Eric Roseberry

He has posted a 1.13 ERA in four starts for the Brewers. Will this success sustain?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest on a given week. This column focuses on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

Since making his major-league debut in 2014, Chase Anderson has been a slightly below-average starting pitcher. So why is he the subject of this week’s “Buyer’s Guide?” Because Anderson is off to a surprisingly good start, and fantasy owners are beginning to take notice. Anderson saw the 10th-highest jump in ownership rate in ESPN leagues this week (from 5.6 percent to 35.3 percent). The increase was even greater in CBS leagues, which saw him go from 24 percent owned to 51 percent. In Yahoo’s latest “Transaction Trends,” Anderson was the ninth-most added pitcher to rosters.

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If Franklin Barreto and Francisco Mejia blossom, Scooter will score big-time.

This past week, I went through my fantasy investment portfolio for major leaguers across my seven leagues. This week, I’m going to walk through the minor-league side of my fantasy investment portfolio across my five leagues that allow minor leaguers.

Here’s a high-level rundown of the configuration of those five leagues:

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April 21, 2017 6:59 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 3

2

George Bissell

Ryan Zimmerman is back—what are you waiting for?

12-Team Mixed Leagues (Must be available in at least 50 percent of ESPN, Yahoo, or CBS leagues)

Hitters

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April 21, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 4

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Mark Barry

Amir Garrett steps forward, Matt Cain moves back on the radar, and welcome back, Dallas Keuchel! (And maybe King Felix, too.)

Every Friday I’ll be previewing 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.

Here’s how this works. The pitchers will be split by league using these categories:

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April 20, 2017 11:06 am

TDGX Transactions: Week 3

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J.J. Jansons

King Felix and the Toddfather—unloaded! Jason Vargas—a $21 "zombie"? Taylor Motter—$15 for that gorgeous hair.

For those not already acquainted with The Dynasty Guru Experts League, it 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, right 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’s, as we will take a look at the TDGX free-agent acquisitions each week, 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 20, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets

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Mike Gianella

Early on, look less at the data while watching more baseball.

April is a rough time for baseball analysts, fantasy or otherwise. We’re so excited to finally write about real baseball games that many of us inevitably jump the gun and start trying to parse through miniscule amounts of data. My best advice during the first 2-3 weeks of the season is to watch as much baseball as you can while looking at as little data as possible. Yes, this includes looking at how your teams are doing in their fantasy leagues. This is particularly true if your team is off to a poor start. Spend enough time looking at poor results for a two-week period and you might find yourself believing that your team really is this bad.

However, while performances seldom impact a fantasy team’s overall fortunes, events frequently do. Injuries are the most dramatic performance-altering event, but lineup changes or mid-season minor-league promotions can have an impact as well, particularly in deeper leagues. But the in-season change I want to talk about today involves closers.

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