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06-20

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

06-20

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Closer Report: Week 12
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Matt Collins

06-13

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Closer Report: Week 11
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Matt Collins

06-06

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Closer Report: Week 10
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Matt Collins

05-30

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Closer Report: Week 9
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Matt Collins

05-23

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Closer Report: Week 8
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Matt Collins

05-16

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Closer Report: Week 7
by
Matt Collins

05-09

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Closer Report: Week 6
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Matt Collins

05-02

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Closer Report: Week 5
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Matt Collins

04-25

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Closer Report: Week 4
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Matt Collins

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
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Mike Gianella

04-19

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Deep League Report: Week 3
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Scooter Hotz

04-18

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Closer Report: Week 3
by
Matt Collins

04-11

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Closer Report: Week 2
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Matt Collins

04-06

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The Stash List: 2017 First Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-05

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Deep League Report: Week 1
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Scooter Hotz

04-04

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Closer Report: Week 1
by
Matt Collins

03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers
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Mike Gianella

03-08

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-07

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Player Profile: Shawn Kelley
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Scooter Hotz

10-04

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Closer Report: It's Award Season!
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Matt Collins

09-27

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Closer Report: Week 26
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Matt Collins

09-20

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Closer Report: Week 25
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Matt Collins

09-13

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Closer Report: Week 24
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Matt Collins

09-06

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Closer Report: Week 23
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Matt Collins

08-30

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Closer Report: Week 22
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Matt Collins

08-23

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Closer Report: Week 21
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Matt Collins

08-16

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Closer Report: Week 20
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Matt Collins

08-09

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Closer Report: Week 19
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Matt Collins

08-02

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Closer Report: Week 18
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Matt Collins

07-26

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Closer Report: Week 17
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Matt Collins

07-19

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-12

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Closer Report: Week 15
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Matt Collins

07-05

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Closer Report: Week 14
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Matt Collins

06-28

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Closer Report: Week 13
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Matt Collins

06-21

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Closer Report: Week 12
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Matt Collins

06-14

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Closer Report: Week 11
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Matt Collins

06-07

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Closer Report: Week 10
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Matt Collins

05-31

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Closer Report: Week Nine
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Matt Collins

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

05-24

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Closer Report: Week Eight
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Matt Collins

05-17

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Closer Report: Week Seven
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Matt Collins

05-10

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Closer Report: Week Six
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Matt Collins

05-03

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Closer Report: Week Five
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Matt Collins

04-26

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Closer Report: Week Four
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Matt Collins

04-19

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Closer Report: Week Two
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Matt Collins

04-12

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Closer Report: Week Two
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Matt Collins

04-05

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Closer Report: Week One
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Matt Collins

03-09

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 40 Relief Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-09

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Early ADP Analysis: Relief Pitchers
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George Bissell

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Derek Fisher was sent down, but he'll be back, and was worth bidding on.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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June 20, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 12

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Matt Collins

Did you know the Nationals are still feeling around in the dark for a closer?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It wasn’t a busy week in Reliever Land but, despite that, there is still plenty to talk about with some strange performances, notable usage and returns from injury. Before we get into that, just a reminder that you can keep up with all changes during the week with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the goods.

Cam Bedrosian is back in Los Angeles; Huston Street close behind

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June 13, 2017 7:13 am

Closer Report: Week 11

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Matt Collins

You'll never guess what's going on with the Phillies bullpen. No, really, no one will ever guess in a million years, it's just awful.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. This past week was a little more eventful than the previous few, with a couple changes atop depth charts and some injuries further down. Before we jump into the movement, just a reminder you can keep up with the changes with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to some of that content.

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June 6, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 10

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Matt Collins

Koda Glover fumbles an opportunity, but it's not time for his owners to panic until the Nats get heavy into trade talks for a new closer. Sean Doolittle soon will be lurking again in the Oakland bullpen. Cam Bedrosian is back with the Angels, but does that mean Bud Norris loses his place in line?

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. It was another relatively quiet week in the land of relievers, and with it comes a shorter post than you might be used to, one which leans more on quick hits than longer profiles. Before we get into that, however, just a reminder that the Closer Grid is available to keep up with any changes in real time. Now, let’s get into the news.

Cam Bedrosian is back in L.A.—is he going to close again, too?

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May 30, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 9

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Matt Collins

It's hard to say how tight of a grip Brad Hand has on the closer's job in San Diego, with Brandon Maurer still getting opportunities in the ninth inning for the Padres. Mr. Hand apparently has to share. Also: How about that Bud Norris?

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. We again are coming off a relatively quiet week on the closer front, which makes me afraid for the pile of news that will be released immediately after this publishes. As always, you can follow any such changes with the Closer Grid. Without further ado, let’s get on to the fun stuff.

Changes in San Diego

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May 23, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 8

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Matt Collins

Koda Glover has a firm grip on the Nationals closer job—for now. Keep your eyes on Brad Hand in San Diego in case Brandon Maurer falters. Be patient with Edwin Diaz in Seattle; he'll soon be closing again.

It was something of a quiet week in reliever land, which has been a rarity in 2017. There were still a few notable happenings, of course, and the quiet does give me a chance to highlight some situations that would otherwise be put on the back burner. Before we get to that, though, another reminder that you can keep up with bullpen changes at the Closer Grid. As always, recent changes are highlighted in yellow. Now, on to the fun stuff.

Koda Glover emerging in Washington

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May 16, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 7

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Matt Collins

Nationals bullpen returns to chaotic normalcy.

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. It was another busy week in reliever land, with injury after injury, after return from the disabled list, after injury. This might be (probably is) recency bias, but it seems as if there are more injuries to closers this year, a trend that likely is, at least partially, due to the new 10-day disabled list. Either way, you can keep up with all of these injuries and any other movement on the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the news.

Nationals Bullpen Back at Full Strength, As Confusing as Ever

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May 9, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 6

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Matt Collins

Matt Albers emerges from Nationals bullpen morass.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It was a busy week on the closer front, so we’ll get right into it. Before we do, just a reminder than you can keep up with changes with The Closer Grid, and the cells highlighted in yellow represent changes since the last column.

Francisco Rodriguez is almost certainly out in Detroit

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May 2, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 5

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Matt Collins

Taking a close look at the Arizona bullpen, and keeping an eye on Alex Colomé in Tampa Bay.

One month into the season, there hasn’t been a ton of clarity added to some of the more confusing closer situations around the league. Although there wasn’t a ton of movement up and down depth charts in the past week, it doesn’t mean we're lacking for discussion topics. As always, you can keep up with the latest changes around the league with my Closer Grid. With that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

Fernando Rodney is somehow still the closer in Arizona

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April 25, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 4

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Matt Collins

Closing situations in Washington and Anaheim remain fluid. Also: Is it time to worry about Francisco Rodriguez?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. There were multiple changes in the reliever world over the weekend, and some messes yet to be cleaned up. Just a quick reminder that you can keep up with all of the changes at the Closer Grid. As always, the sections that are highlighted represent changes since the last iteration of this column.

Another injury in the Angels bullpen

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April 20, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets

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Mike Gianella

Early on, look less at the data while watching more baseball.

April is a rough time for baseball analysts, fantasy or otherwise. We’re so excited to finally write about real baseball games that many of us inevitably jump the gun and start trying to parse through miniscule amounts of data. My best advice during the first 2-3 weeks of the season is to watch as much baseball as you can while looking at as little data as possible. Yes, this includes looking at how your teams are doing in their fantasy leagues. This is particularly true if your team is off to a poor start. Spend enough time looking at poor results for a two-week period and you might find yourself believing that your team really is this bad.

However, while performances seldom impact a fantasy team’s overall fortunes, events frequently do. Injuries are the most dramatic performance-altering event, but lineup changes or mid-season minor-league promotions can have an impact as well, particularly in deeper leagues. But the in-season change I want to talk about today involves closers.

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April 19, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 3

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Scooter Hotz

Jaff Decker, center fielder? Who'd a thunk it? The A's, of course. Where else might you find some value?

Hitters on the bad side of a platoon and lots of non-closing relievers—the Deep League Report has settled into midseason form a little earlier than expected.

AL-only position players

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