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07-29

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2

Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-29

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The Quinton: Searching for Trade Deadline Targets
by
Jeff Quinton

07-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-27

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11

Fantasy Freestyle: Four Things I Believe
by
J.P. Breen

07-26

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Closer Report: Week 17
by
Matt Collins

07-26

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Fantasy Trade Targets
by
BP Fantasy Staff

07-25

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Deep League Report: Week 17
by
Scooter Hotz

07-25

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2

The Buyer's Guide: Second-Half Additions
by
J.P. Breen

07-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop
by
Wilson Karaman

07-22

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5

Free Agent Watch: Week 17
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-21

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8

The Stash List: 16th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

07-21

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3

Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers
by
J.P. Breen

07-20

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TDGX Transactions: Let's Talk About Yulieski Gurriel
by
George Bissell

07-20

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The Quinton: Is There a Best Day (of the Week) to Trade?
by
Jeff Quinton

07-19

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4

Closer Report: Week 16
by
Matt Collins

07-18

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Deep League Report: Week 16
by
Scooter Hotz

07-15

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2

Free Agent Watch: Week 16
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-14

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12

The Stash List: 15th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

07-13

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: First-Half Awards
by
J.P. Breen

07-12

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2

Closer Report: Week 15
by
Matt Collins

07-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brandon Belt
by
J.P. Breen

07-11

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Deep League Report: Week 15
by
Scooter Hotz

07-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: First Half in Review
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-08

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8

Fantasy Freestyle: Second-Half... Bounce Backs?
by
Mike Gianella

07-07

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Player Profile: Matt Kemp
by
Jeff Quinton

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Gimme Some of That Sweet Ratio Love
by
Wilson Karaman

07-07

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The Stash List: 14th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

07-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Game Preview: U.S. Team
by
Ben Carsley

07-06

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Deep League Report: Week 14
by
Scooter Hotz

07-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Game Preview: World Team
by
J.P. Breen

07-05

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7

Closer Report: Week 14
by
Matt Collins

07-05

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The Buyer's Guide: Junior Guerra
by
J.P. Breen

07-01

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Deep League Report: Week 13
by
Scooter Hotz

07-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-01

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Second Edition, 2016
by
Mike Gianella

07-01

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8

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-01

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 88
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-01

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The Quinton: Trading With or As the Leader
by
Jeff Quinton

06-30

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The Stash List: 13th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

06-30

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Dynasty Prospects: A Few of My Favorites
by
Wilson Karaman

06-29

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Position Players
by
J.P. Breen

06-28

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Closer Report: Week 13
by
Matt Collins

06-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Steven Wright
by
J.P. Breen

06-24

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Deep League Report: Week 12
by
Scooter Hotz

06-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-24

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Player Profile: Zach Davies
by
Jeff Quinton

06-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition
by
Mike Gianella

06-23

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The Stash List: 12th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

06-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Six Dynasty Prospects to Stash or Flip
by
Ben Carsley

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July 29, 2016 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 18

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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, you might want to grab them off the wire, depending on the format.

12-Team Mixed Leagues

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July 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Quinton: Searching for Trade Deadline Targets

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Jeff Quinton

How to identify the players you should seek in your upcoming fantasy barters.

Earlier this week our wonderful fantasy staff put together their Second-Half Buys. I, absent such fullness of wonder, did not participate, and for that, I apologize. To make up for this, my plan is to help us try to develop some tools for finding our own second-half buys, our own trade targets.

This skill, finding trade targets, is incredibly important, obviously, but it is likely even more important in today’s (fantasy baseball) game. Why is it more important today than it was ten years ago? Because, as we have said many times, the internet has made it difficult to differentiate via information asymmetry. Put differently, as soon as we posted our staff’s “second-half buys,” those players likely became more difficult to acquire—either their acquisition price in trade or FAAB went up or someone looked to scoop them from the free agent pool. This does not hold true for every player or recommendation (some fantasy baseball participants do not read fantasy analysis and some only read some sites), but it holds true for more players than you, or at least I, originally thought. Why? Because these recommendations are not random strokes of genius. We, as a fantasy baseball analysis community, largely follow the same twitter accounts, read the same articles, and are thus likely to write-up and analyze the same player because those players are most likely to be top of mind. This is not a criticism, it is just how our brains work, and I point it out in order to highlight the increased importance of finding trade targets outside of and in addition to recommendations from fantasy baseball experts. Moreover, the more players we can target, the more we can shop around for the best price. Lastly, not everyone wants to put in the effort, so those willing to do so can often get better than expected deals.

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July 29, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17

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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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July 27, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Four Things I Believe

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J.P. Breen

J.P. offers his thoughts on four hot fantasy topics.

(1) Leagues that use holds + saves, rather than just saves, must expand the number of required reliever roster spots.

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July 26, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 17

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

We are now just six days away from the trade deadline. Obviously, Brad Ziegler had already been dealt this month, and there was another major trade just yesterday, but there should be more to come between now and the next time we speak. As always, keep up to date with the moves with the closer grid, with the recent changes highlighted in yellow. Now, on to the news.

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July 26, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Trade Targets

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BP Fantasy Staff

Staff picks for players you might want to acquire in your fantasy deadline deals.

The members of fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus have each selected one player they have their eye on targeting for the second half in trades. Some are more expensive to acquire than others, but they are on this list because their current market value is lower than their expected value the remainder of the way. Here are those players, in alphabetical order:

Javier Baez, INF, Chicago Cubs
The return of Dexter Fowler has seemingly relegated Baez to a more traditional bench role. Baez started in only three of six contests over the past week, including just one of three since Fowler’s reinstatement. I can’t tell you when and where the at-bats are going to come from; with a full-time outfielder back in the fold, there will likely be fewer appearances on the grass for Bryant and Zobrist, and therefore less opportunity on the dirt for Baez. It’s that uncertainty that makes him a target, though, as it should drive his price down. When he’s gotten the chance, Baez has shown the kind of multi-dimensional skillset that will make him an early-round selection in the coming years. He’s on the verge of double digits in both home runs and swipes in 250 plate appearances. Most importantly, his average sits at an unexpectedly excellent .285, with PECOTA projecting a tolerable .244 the rest of the way. Improvement in his contact rate even as he’s gotten more aggressive have upgraded his outlook from the batting average sink I once thought he’d be. I find it hard to believe the Cubs will stagnate the 23-year-old’s development by making him a twice-a-week player going forward, especially as they sit on a comfortable lead in the Central. Invest if Baez’s current owner doesn’t have the patience to wait for the path to become clear. – Greg Wellemeyer


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July 25, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 17

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

This week’s Deep League Report features three repeat customers who have outperformed their projections since their first appearance. Also featured this week: a former MVP, two guys who are really fast, a pitcher who used to be a shortstop and a guy who’s striking out more than two batters per inning. It’s go time.

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July 25, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Second-Half Additions

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J.P. Breen

J.P. recommends a handful of widely available players who could help your fantasy squad down the stretch.

Here at The Buyer’s Guide, we routinely talk about established players, their fantasy trade value, and whether owners should buy, sell, or hold. As in-season trades die down in late July and early August, it’s perhaps more helpful to scour the waiver wire for help.

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July 22, 2016 10:56 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop

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Wilson Karaman

Pitchers have zoned in on the weaknesses in the Dodgers outfielder's swing, but can he adjust back?

On the heels of an injury-ridden 2015 that saw his numbers regress across the board, Yasiel Puig slipped from a borderline-top 20 guy on Mike Gianella’s Top 300 list a year ago to 77th on this year’s pre-season version. And after an awfully pedestrian first couple months of the season, in which he hit just .239 with nearly five whiffs for every walk, his value cratered all the way to 201st in Mike and Bret Sayre’s late-May update. Similarly, he slid from 46th on Bret’s pre-season Dynasty Top 500 into triple digits at 104 in the July update. It’s a freefall! Puig’s value is in freefall, I say!

So what are we supposed to do with him now? The good news is that he remains a physical specimen with an absurd arm, and if FRAA is to be believed, he’s been one of the best defensive right fielders in baseball this year in spite of a trip to the disabled list and periods of sporadic starting. All of those things are well and good, and the defensive value in particular is helpful fantasy-wise insofar as it keeps him in the regular lineup even when he’s struggling offensively. But offensive struggle has been the norm for Puig pretty much all season long. His below-average .255 TAv ranks 24th among right fielders with at least 250 plate appearances, just behind Pete Bourjos. Yes, the Peter Bourjos who was drafted 528th overall in leagues deep enough that people drafted Peter Bourjos. Puig’s return on investment has been… well, not good for fantasy players who drafted him in the fifth round this past spring. And it’s been an even worse development for those who are pot-committed in dynasty leagues. So let’s take a look at why his bat has been so lethargic this year, and whether there’s still hope for a sequel to his first impression.

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July 22, 2016 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 17

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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, they might be worth adding to your squad.

12-Team Mixed Leagues

Randal Grichuk, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (Ownership: 62 percent CBS, 49 percent ESPN, 46 percent Yahoo!)

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July 22, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16

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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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July 21, 2016 11:01 am

The Stash List: 16th Edition, 2016

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J.J. Jansons

It's an all-Astros top two, with another pair of newcomers entering the top five this week.

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 A.J. Pollock, Michael Brantley, Yu Darvish, and Zack Greinke are not listed below.

Last week’s Stash List can be found here.

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