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03-19

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The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-17

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-17

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Catchers
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-16

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
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Paul Sporer

01-15

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Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
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Mike Gianella

01-14

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-13

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State of the Position: Catchers
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Bret Sayre

06-26

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Sporer Report: The 2014 First Round: A Look Ahead, Part One
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Paul Sporer

06-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Catcher Acquisition: A Mixed Bag
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Jason Collette

04-22

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BP Unfiltered: Two Barely Related Baseball GIFs
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Sam Miller

04-08

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Pebble Hunting: Shelby Miller Gets the Best of Buster Posey
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Sam Miller

04-01

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Transaction Analysis: NL West Extension Action
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

12-28

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In A Pickle: Slugger Off
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Jason Wojciechowski

11-14

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Internet Baseball Awards: National League
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Dave Pease

10-29

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12

Playoff Prospectus: World Series (and Postseason) Recap
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Sam Miller

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Recap: Giants Defeat the Reds
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Sam Miller

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: Differences in Mitt Placement
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R.J. Anderson

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Postseason Collateral Damage
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Corey Dawkins

09-17

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Pebble Hunting: Why We Shouldn't Be Shocked By Buster Posey
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Sam Miller

09-11

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The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, September 11
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Matthew Kory

06-25

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Pebble Hunting: Buster Posey and the Things Vin Scully Says
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Sam Miller

06-14

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Pebble Hunting: Matt Cain and Nerves
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Sam Miller

05-30

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Punk Hits: 2012 National League Upfronts
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Ian Miller

05-25

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BP Unfiltered: Buster Posey Was One Year Ago
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Sam Miller

05-18

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week
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Sam Miller

04-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 30
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Matthew Kory

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Friday, April 6
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Daniel Rathman

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March 19, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the hitters who could outperform their PECOTA projections in RBI.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. For the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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January 17, 2014 6:32 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Catchers

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Bret Sayre

From Buster Posey to Christian Bethancourt, this list is loaded with both big leaguers and high-upside prospects.

The Primer:
Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. Feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or league–only formats.

The catcher position is a tricky one, as there are a lot of players at or near the top of the list who may be playing another position in three or so years. That, plus with most leagues using one active catcher, prospects are featured a little more prominently due to both the major-league depth right now and the fact that there are diminishing returns to carrying too many backstops.


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In the debut edition of the Three True Outcomes podcast, our fantasy crew looks at catchers for Scoresheet leagues.

Welcome to BP’s take on Scoresheet fantasy baseball. Scoresheet, for those unfamiliar, is a type of fantasy baseball in which your drafted team plays simulated games each week against other teams in your league, with your players’ performance depending on how they played in real life that week—but not entirely, unlike in a roto or head-to-head league. Other differences from most roto leagues include the importance of real-life fielding ability and a tendency for rosters to be rather deep. While many Scoresheet leagues have their own unique quirky rules, most allow players to be kept for an indefinite number of years, and allow rookies to be kept very cheaply. For non-Scoresheet players in deep or dynasty leagues, we urge you to check out BP’s new TINO podcast, but after you listen to that, we think we will be able to provide some supplementary value as well. Or, better yet, sign up for a Scoresheet team to explore a whole new world of fantasy baseball.

We want to thank BP for this chance to contribute to their suite of fantasy baseball offerings. Our goal is for the weekly column and podcast to complement each other. Both will cover similar ground and maybe even the same jokes. But we believe reading the article will make the podcast more meaningful. And vice versa. In upcoming weeks we look forward to joining in the BP Fantasy fun by taking a position-by-position look at the upcoming season, starting with catcher this week. We’ve got lots more planned after that, but if there’s anything you’d like us to tackle, please feel free to contact us @TTOScoresheet on Twitter or at scoresheet@threetrueoutcomes.com

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January 16, 2014 6:10 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers

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Paul Sporer

A look at how catchers stack up for fantasy purposes between now and 2016.

Everyone in fantasy sports loves to look ahead. Even in the throes of a pennant race, you can fire up a conversation about next year’s first round and it will go on for an hour. With that in mind, the BP fantasy team will be taking a long-view look at every position this offseason with three-year rankings (composite value over the next three seasons). Since it is Catcher Week, the backstops will kick things off. Catchers are particularly difficult to project over a three-year period because you have guys that shift off of the position entirely while the learning curve for young guys is so sharp given all of their defensive duties.

With Joe Mauer done at the position after this year, he’s not going to rank on the list, as even a first-place finish this year wouldn’t be enough. Meanwhile there is some projection to be done with guys who could move off the position so you will see some of those guys much lower than you might anticipate since I have them delivering zero value at the position in year three.

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January 15, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants

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Mike Gianella

The pitchers are the headliners on Bruce Bochy's club, but there are several valuable bats in the lineup, too.

It was an odd-numbered year, so it only stands to reason that the San Francisco Giants didn’t win the World Series (like they did in 2010 and 2012). Instead, the Giants put up an underwhelming 76-86 record, good for a third-place tie in the NL West with the San Diego Padres. Michael Morse and Tim Hudson were brought in via free agency, but for the most part San Francisco is relying on a return to form and good health by a cast of steady and reliable veterans.

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Buster Posey and Joe Mauer headline a large group of high-end backstops, followed by thinner groupings below.

Today we kick off our positional tier rankings. For the second year in a row, we have made this into a collaborative effort. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by the number of stars.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be earl- round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

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January 13, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: Catchers

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Bret Sayre

A fantasy-oriented look at the present and future behind the dish.

The beginning of each week of pre-season positional coverage here at BP is going to kick off with a high-level view of that position before we start diving too deeply into rankings, individual players and the like. And as a reminder, here is what the rest of the week’s schedule will look like:

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June 26, 2013 5:00 am

Sporer Report: The 2014 First Round: A Look Ahead, Part One

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Paul Sporer

Next year's draft season is still nine months away, but the lessons we've already learned this year could carry over.

We’re taking a break from my series on streaming hitters with sharp splits to discuss the future a bit. There is nothing in particular about this point in time that makes it worth discussing 2014 now. Most teams have played about 75 games, but I didn’t even know that before I planned this; again, the point in the season is irrelevant. It’s just something I like to do around the start of summer as the first check-in point.

As much as I love to enjoy the here and now of the season we’re in the throes of, I also like to look forward and see how the current season might be affecting the following spring’s drafts. We are about nine months from the 2014 draft season so a whole lot will change from now until then, but I guarantee that some of what we’ve seen thus far will stick and have a lasting impact on 2014. In fact, in part one of a two-part look at what we’ve learned (or think we’ve learned) thus far, we start with something that I’m certain will be true in March 2014.

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June 12, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Catcher Acquisition: A Mixed Bag

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Jason Collette

Both owners who splured on their fantasy backstops and those who went bargain hunting have seen mixed results so far this year.

Drafting catchers in fantasy baseball is treated like drafting kickers in fantasy football. A few owners recognize the value of having the best at the position and will spend money to acquire them. Some owners treat catchers like kickers and draft them in the final rounds. Some leagues have gone so far as to eliminate the second catcher on standard fantasy rosters and made the position a second utility player, an extra pitcher, or a flex position, allowing owners to juggle the spot on a weekly basis.

Personally, I do a mixture of the first two strategies, as I tend to draft one of the better catchers and then pair him with a $1 mate. Two seasons ago, I drafted Joe Mauer at $23 and Adam Moore for $1 in AL Tout Wars, and neither worked out. Last season, I went back to the Mauer well at $20 and paired him with a $2 Ryan Lavarnway. This season, determined not to spend $20 on a catcher, I saved money and spent $18 on Jesus Montero and $1 on Carlos Corporan. It took three seasons, but I finally made a great catcher selection—with my second catcher.

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April 8, 2013 5:07 am

Pebble Hunting: Shelby Miller Gets the Best of Buster Posey

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Sam Miller

How did the Cardinals' young starter approach the Giants' young catcher?

On Saturday, one of the most electric young arms in baseball faced one of the best in-his-prime hitters in baseball. Shelby Miller's Cardinals came out of it with a win over Buster Posey's Giants, but the matchups between Posey and Miller were more interesting than just an outcome. 

Pre-existing narratives
Posey, the 2012 MVP, received his award before the game Saturday. Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Jeff Kent, and Kevin Mitchell were in attendance to take part in the ceremony. Posey’s 172 OPS+ led the NL in 2012, and is the second-highest ever for a catcher.


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The Giants lock up Buster Posey for almost a decade, and the Diamondbacks give Paul Goldschmidt five more years.



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