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May 15, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Seven

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth considering, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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A look at several pitchers who could rise in the rankings and provide late-round values in your drafts next spring.

There is a subset of the fantasy baseball community that is entirely reticent about drafting a starting pitcher early. Early is obviously a subjective measure, but I fall into the camp that all but refuses to take one in the first two rounds. It isn’t just the extra injury risk that is associated with pitchers—though that is definitely a large component—but it is also the fact that quality pitching is more widely available both later in the draft and as the season goes along.

You will have the Matt Carpenter and Josh Donaldson type breakouts in a given year on the hitting side (and mind you, those weren’t the only two), but those are rare and even rarer is the guy who comes along in the middle of the season to put up beastly offensive numbers. The AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers, didn’t come up until June 18th and he raked, but he was drafted onto a roster in just about every league back in March anyway, so it’s not like you could have picked him up.

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August 30, 2013 7:41 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23

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Paul Sporer

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

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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Harry draws on a conversation with former big-leaguer Brian Bannister to extend his PITCHf/x research on changeups from earlier in the year.

A few months ago, I started a series on changeups focused on figuring out the qualities that make a good one. Click the following links to read part one and part two.

If there was a noteworthy finding in the early stages, it was that pitchers who succeed at coaxing ground balls with their changeups generally looked dissimilar from those who missed bats with theirs. The pitchers who can do both are the best. Stephen Strasburg topped that list, so the first waft of the sniff test was passed.

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May 31, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10

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Paul Sporer

Paul helps you decide which two-start pitchers are worth using this week and which ones you should avoid.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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December 10, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Phillies Get Young, Old

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R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks sign Brandon McCarthy, the Dodgers ink Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Rangers unload Michael Young and Ryan Ludwick re-ups with the Reds.

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August 24, 2012 11:27 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 24

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Matthew Kory

It raises a good question, though. *Has* a team tried to score 14 runs every game and go 124-1?

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Ben and Sam talk about Brett Anderson's Tuesday return from Tommy John surgery and its impact on Oakland's potential playoff rotation, then discuss whether Stephen Drew would be wise to test the free-agent market this winter in light of the other shortstops available.

Ben and Sam talk about Brett Anderson's Tuesday return from Tommy John surgery and its impact on Oakland's potential playoff rotation, then discuss whether Stephen Drew would be wise to test the free-agent market this winter in light of the other shortstops available.

Effectively Wild Episode 26: "The Return of Brett Anderson, Oakland's Playoff Rotation, and the Financial Future of Stephen Drew"

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April 13, 2012 8:29 am

The Prospectus Hit List: April 13, 2012

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Matthew Kory

Unsurprisingly, the team that has played the Pirates and Padres has the best record in baseball.

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March 29, 2012 5:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 3/29/12

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Mike Petriello

Luebke, Bedard, and McCarthy join VP this week.

For the most part, I love the Japanese games that kick off the season. (To be fair, I’m not a fan of Oakland or Seattle, and it’s not my team that’s playing in the middle of the night.) It’s fun to get a sneak preview of real baseball and even more fun to have a game that comes on when you wake up in the morning, right? Yet it’s also somewhat disconcerting, because after you’ve seen the real thing and had stats that count appear in your fantasy lineup, we now have to go back and sit through another week of exhibition games before we can get down to business.

If you haven’t yet drafted or are still making decisions, here are three starting pitchers to keep an eye on.

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Kenny Williams loves it when a plan comes together, Bud Selig is immortalized as the Street and Smith's Executive of the Year, and the Giles brothers are back together.

"Baseball under Bud Selig's leadership has done in one calendar year what for most people would be a great career."
--Fox Sports president Ed Goren, on Bud Selig.

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