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March 11, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Platoon Options

13

Bret Sayre

Identifying the best late-round options for mixing and matching in your fantasy lineup.

One of the first articles I wrote here at Baseball Prospectus was a detailed look at how platoon splits, when deployed tactically and objectively, can create a surplus of value by taking two roster spots and turning them into one “super position player.” And the great thing about this concept is that you can keep using it from year to year, just with different names. There are always going to be players with flaws available later in the draft, but there’s a competitive advantage to being able to use certainly players in a way that optimizes their strengths and negates their weaknesses. Here’s what the original experiment looked like:

The exercises below show the benefits of using one of your bench spots specifically to platoon one of your final offensive players, using the 2012 season as the example. The guidelines of the exercises are simple. For each scenario, I took two players who were drafted outside the top 200 last pre-season and set a fixed schedule of when one would be in the lineup over the other—leaving no room for subjectivity. The only exceptions to this were when one of the players was not in the starting lineup (out) or one of the players was participating in a doubleheader (in). Then, I went back through the 2012 game logs to determine the actual statistics and value earned out of this “alternative arrangement.” But before we dive in, we have to set a baseline of value for the roster spots.

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October 17, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Endgame Sleepers

2

Bret Sayre

Bret advised you to gamble on these players seven months ago; now it's time to look back and see how he did.

Welcome to the second installment of “Bret looks back on his favorite 2013 columns and grades himself.” Last week, I took a look at my 10 bold predictions based on April’s small samples, but today we’ll go even further back in the time machine.

My favorite column to write every year looks at my favorite endgame sleepers just as Spring Training is coming to a close. In the past I’ve stopped at 10, but this year I turned the dial all the way up to 20—putting the spotlight on players in leagues of varying depths.

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September 25, 2013 6:00 am

Sporer Report: Under the Radar

0

Paul Sporer

You might have missed these 10 players' fine fantasy campaigns, but don't let them sneak up on you in 2014.

Are you running out the clock on a title run? Fighting off a team or two nipping at your heels to hold onto said title? Are you the nipper? Perhaps your season was over in August when a rash of injuries made that comeback just too far-fetched.

I certainly hope the majority of you are taking part in one of the first three scenarios, but regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, you likely missed some nice seasons in 2013. I don’t just mean those by players who weren’t on your fantasy team. You may have missed them altogether, because they weren’t on a competitor’s team or playing a lot of games against your hometown team. Here is a closer look at 10 solid fantasy seasons from sub-.500 clubs, which may have missed your radar in 2013.

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January 30, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/30/13

3

Michael Street

Will Lind ever become Toronto’s hitman again? Will Plouffe’s 2012 season go poof? Will A-Gon’s value be all gone in Los Angeles? Michael answers these keeper questions in this week’s column.

Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays
Shallow (30 keepers):
No
Medium (60 keepers): No
Deep (90 keepers): No
AL-only (60 keepers): No
Super Deep (200 keepers): Yes

Adam Lind is fantasy’s version of Michael Corleone in Godfather Part III: just when you think he’s out, he pulls himself back in. Lind has bounced in and out of fantasy relevance—and the minor leagues—tantalizing with just enough (occasional) productivity to keep him in a big league uniform (well, that, and the misbegotten four-year, $18 million deal he signed after his breakout 2009 season). It would be easy to call BABIP his Joey Zasa, the nemesis who keeps him down, since Lind’s seasons since 2009 are paralleled by diminishing BABIP returns, but there’s more to the story than that:






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May 18, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Sunk in the Hudson

3

R.J. Anderson

Padres DFA their second basemen, and the Blue Jays send down Lind.

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May 10, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: Harping on Harper

9

John Perrotto

Though Bryce Harper's reputation leaves many questioning his maturity, his Nationals teammates have embraced him.

When Bryce Harper stepped into the batter's box for his first major-league plate appearance April 28 at Dodger Stadium, the usually laid-back LA crowed booed the Nationals rookie outfielder lustily.

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December 27, 2011 11:11 am

Fantasy Beat: Would the Real Adam Lind Please Stand Up?

3

Jason Collette

A look at Adam Lind's struggles and what to expect of him in 2012

Twice this month, I have mentioned Adam Lind in articles. He was first mentioned as someone who was a batting average bounce-back candidate based on the fact that players with low batting averages and low pitches per plate appearances in one season tend to rebound the following season. He was next mentioned this past week as someone who, in some incomplete sample sizes, has had issues against left-handed pitching. Now that we have the bookends for the Lind story, it is time to get into the actual story and see what kind of chapter 2012 could be for Lind after mostly mixed reviews of his previous work.

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February 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Platoon Animals

14

Jason Collette

Ken Phelps All-Stars can be problematic in roto.

If only.

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Trying to build a contender in this situation isn't the easiest task in baseball.

It's quite possibly as tough a time to be a contender in the AL East as it's ever been anywhere in recent baseball history, with the Yankees and Red Sox spending big dollars and the Rays reaping the benefits of the game's best talent pipeline. Even coming off their fourth winning season out of five, what's a fourth-place team like the Blue Jays to do? Stepping into the shoes of GM Alex Anthopolous isn't the most enviable task in the world at this point in time.

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March 22, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

18

Michael Street

Michael Street looks at the battles for DH in Toronto, 3B in Milwaukee, and 1B in San Francisco.

* = Range at primary fielding position

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Bio: I'm a sophomore at Tufts University. I write a weekly column for The Baseball Analysts and am an editor and columnist for the school daily newspaper. I'm the president of the Baseball Analysis at Tufts club and the Tufts Table Tennis club. Frankly, I don't really think I should win BP Idol. I know there are better writers out there who are submitting entries, and all I've got on them as that my love of baseball is at least equal to theirs. But I've got nothing to lose, so here goes.

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The Blue Jays' mess, plus some modest amounts of hope in Pittsburgh and D.C., as the Pirates and Nats make some changes.

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