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05-31

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Closer Report: Week Nine
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Matt Collins

05-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Batted-Ball Trajectory and BABIP Overachievers
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Wilson Karaman

05-27

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-27

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

05-27

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Updated Top 300
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-26

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The Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

05-26

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Deep League Report: Week Eight
by
Scooter Hotz

05-26

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The Fantasy Verdict: Gattis and Catcher Eligibility
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J.P. Breen

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

05-25

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TDGX Transactions: Hello Newman
by
George Bissell

05-24

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Five to Watch: Low-A Hitters
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-24

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Closer Report: Week Eight
by
Matt Collins

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Shortstops
by
Bret Sayre

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Outfielders
by
Bret Sayre

05-23

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The Quinton: Trades, Supply Chains, and Lead Times
by
Jeff Quinton

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: First Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

05-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Nick Castellanos
by
J.P. Breen

05-20

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

05-20

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-19

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The Stash List: Seventh Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

05-19

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Deep League Report: Week Seven
by
Scooter Hotz

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: New Managers and Stolen Bases
by
J.P. Breen

05-18

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Dynasty Dynamics: Rebuilding in TGDX, Part II
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Ben Carsley

05-17

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Closer Report: Week Seven
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Matt Collins

05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: What Happened to Last Year's Hot Starters
by
Mike Gianella

05-13

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Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

05-13

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 85: May's Trending Players
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-13

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-12

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

05-12

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Deep League Report: Week Six
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Scooter Hotz

05-12

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The Quinton: The Cost of a Trade
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Jeff Quinton

05-12

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The Fantasy Verdict: People Ain't Trustin' David Price
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J.P. Breen

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Tweet Bag
by
Wilson Karaman

05-11

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Five to Watch: High-A Hitters
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-10

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Closer Report: Week Six
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Matt Collins

05-09

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The Buyer's Guide: Stephen Strasburg
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J.P. Breen

05-06

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Free Agent Watch: Week Six
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

05-06

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: We're Doing it Wrong
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Ramblings
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Wilson Karaman

05-05

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The Stash List: Fifth Edition, 2016
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J.J. Jansons

05-05

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Deep League Report: Week Five
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Scooter Hotz

05-05

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The Fantasy Verdict: Kenta Maeda or Matt Moore
by
J.P. Breen

05-03

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Closer Report: Week Five
by
Matt Collins

05-02

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The Buyer's Guide: Patrick Corbin
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J.P. Breen

04-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
by
Greg Wellemeyer

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May 31, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week Nine

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Not a whole lot happened on the closer front this past week, but that doesn’t mean we have nothing to talk about. There’s a lot of uncertainty to be straightened out over the next couple of days, and it’s important to try to stay one step ahead of everyone in your league. It’s the welcome-back-from-the-DL version of the Closer Report. You can keep up with the changes with the closer grid, and as always the changes since last week are highlighted yellow.

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May 27, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Batted-Ball Trajectory and BABIP Overachievers

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Wilson Karaman

A look at several players who might be well equipped to sustain lofty batting averages on balls in play.

There’s a pretty well-established correlation between hitting the ball hard and successfully reaching base. Line drive performance tends to bear this out, insofar as batting average and slugging percentage on this kind of batted ball far outstrip the other two main batted ball types: fly and ground balls.

In the current era of advanced outfield positioning, flyballs have suffered the gravest of recessions recently. The number of fly-ball doubles and triples has declined over the past few years, driving an overall deterioration in fly-ball slugging percentage from .613 as recently as 2012 to its current .528 (which should be noted has rebounded significantly early on this year from two straight years of sub-.450 marks). Fly-ball batting average, meanwhile, remains buried well under the Mendoza line for a fourth consecutive season.

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May 27, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

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Greg Wellemeyer

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Welcome to the starting pitcher planner, where every Friday I’ll be taking a look at the pitchers slated for two turns in the upcoming week. The hope is that the planner can help guide lineup and FAAB decisions that need to be made over the weekend. Of course, my information isn’t perfect and I don’t have a crystal ball. Rain, injuries, and teams reshuffling between when I write and Monday’s first pitch will definitely happen. If new information comes to light after we publish, I’ll try to tackle it in the comments. Feel free to beat me to it if you have any info, and I’ll be glad to offer my opinion there if you want it.

Let’s get some ground rules out the way before getting started. The pitchers will be split by league and then by category. Here are some general thoughts about the categories:

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May 27, 2016 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Nine

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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, they might be worth a look, depending on the format.

12-Team Mixed Leagues

Cameron Maybin, OF, Detroit Tigers (Ownership: 58 percent CBS, 51 percent ESPN, 58 percent Yahoo!)

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May 27, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Updated Top 300

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret revise their preseason rankings, incorporating early-season performance.

This is an updated list of the Top 300 players as ranked by Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella. This list is a consolidated ranking of the positional rankings from earlier this week, and assumes the same eligibility requirements as those articles.

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May 26, 2016 11:29 am

The Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2016

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J.J. Jansons

Trea Turner is still in the minors and still atop this list.

For a refresher on the four types of players that are eligible for inclusion on this list, please see the first edition of the year to find out why players like Carlos Carrasco, A.J. Pollock, Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo, Yu Darvish, and Raisel Iglesias are not listed below.


Last week’s Stash List can be found here.


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May 26, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week Eight

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Welcome to the Deep League Report, where each week you can find out which pedestrian starting pitchers are scheduled to face the Braves, A’s, or Twins and which reserve players on bad teams have been hot enough to grab a share of a starting role, if only for a few weeks. Given the fact that we’re in the last week of May, your might be focusing more on potential trades than you are on the free agent pool. That would be a mistake—there’s still a lot of value out there. Let’s get started.

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May 26, 2016 6:00 am

The Fantasy Verdict: Gattis and Catcher Eligibility

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J.P. Breen

Court is in session as J.P. evaluates a star-studded blockbuster and two other trades involving Sonny Gray and Evan Gattis.

TRADE NUMBER ONE

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May 25, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitchers

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Bret Sayre

Reranking the closers, factoring in their early-season performances.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

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May 25, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

It's been a rough start to the season for many of the top-50 starters, driving some changes in this midyear rerank.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

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May 25, 2016 6:00 am

TDGX Transactions: Hello Newman

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George Bissell

Recapping the moves made by the experts in the TGDX experts dynasty leagues this week.

Welcome to another installment of TDGX Transactions, BP’s weekly series providing fantasy owners with an inside look at The Dynasty Guru Experts League (TDGX), a 20-team (40-man roster) 5x5 rotisserie dynasty league. It is the literal embodiment of the phrase “deep dynasty.” It’s also populated by some of the most talented fantasy baseball analysts and competitors on the planet. In addition to taking an in-depth look at each week’s TDGX free agent acquisitions ($100 FAAB budget per team with zero dollar bids allowed) we will also break down every major trade, with perspectives from both sides of the deal.

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May 24, 2016 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Low-A Hitters

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Greg Wellemeyer

These young bats might be years away from the majors, but they're worthy of your dynasty-league attention.

Around this time last year, I started taking a look at prospects whose early-season performance had their dynasty stocks on the rise. While it’s awfully early to be diving into minor league stat lines, it’s not an exercise completely devoid of merit. You may well miss more than you hit, but last year’s early-June leaderboard mining revealed prospects such as Jacob Nottingham, Trey Mancini, and Cody Reed as prospects whose value was changing dramatically.

I hope it goes without saying that you should always try to pair stat line scouting with actual reports if you can find the information. To that end, you should definitely be reading the amazing work done by our prospect team: daily minor league updates, Monday morning ten packs, eyewitness accounts, notes from the field, chats, mailbag Q&A’s. It’s quite staggering how prolific they are as a unit, and how much my dynasty game has improved by soaking it all in.

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