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July 29, 2014 10:48 am

Deep Impact: Week 17

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Ben Carsley

Breaking down a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

I’m too sad thinking about Jon Lester to write a real intro.

Chris Capuano, LHP, Yankees
Capuano seems to have more lives than a cat, which, proverbially speaking, has nine lives. He was brilliant as a reliever with the Red Sox in the early days of 2014, but was then decidedly less brilliant as the season went on, leading to his release in June. Capuano then signed a minor league deal with the Rockies and was acquired by the Yankees late last week. Yes, Capuano has called Fenway Park and Yankees Stadium home this season, and could potentially have called Coors Field home, too. Capuano does not give a damn about your fantasy league.


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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 16

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Why you gotta be so cruel? Don't you write bad intros, too?

Ben Paulsen, 1B, Rockies
In a shocking twist of fate that few could've seen coming before the season began, Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list, this time with a neck injury. Morneau had been enjoying a very nice year in Colorado, but given his propensity for missing games, you should've been keeping stock of his replacements all along. Many assumed Kyle Parker would eventually get the call for one-half of the former "M&M boys," but instead it's the relatively unknown Paulsen who gets the nod.


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July 15, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 15

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

I would be the Yoenis Cespedes of the Lazy Intro Derby.

Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
Remember when Trevor Cahill was good? It wasn’t so long ago as it may feel, as the sinker-baller served as a capable mid-rotation starter as recently as 2012 and was passable in the rotation last year. He’s never really been a terrific fantasy asset because of the limited strikeouts he induces, but it’s hard to imagine just how far he’s fallen over the past season. Cahill looked like one of the more promising young starters in the game post-2012. This year, he lost starts to Mike Bolsinger.


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July 8, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 14

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

There are two types of people in this world: those who write intros, those who don’t, and those who can count.

Brandon McCarthy, RHP, Yankees
I generally write about players you want to target in Deep Impact, but here I want to warn you against giving up anything of much worth of McCarthy. Yes, he’s going to a better situation in terms of win totals in New York. And yes, some of his performance this season can be attributed to poor luck. But those who are simply looking at McCarthy’s BABIP and expecting a major turnaround are going to be disappointed.


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July 1, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 13

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Now is the intro of our discontent.

Nick Ahmed, INF, Diamondbacks
Ahmed is so gritty and such A Baseball Player (TM), Kevin Towers is probably mad he can’t trade for him again. After battling a “utility infielder” stigma for most of his professional career, Ahmed blew up in Triple-A this season, hitting .324/.390/.431 in 336 games. Sure, that line is bolstered by a .371 BABIP, but Ahmed doesn’t strike out much, will take a walk and can steal some bases, too. In other words, the average is a mirage, but he’s not a player without any offensive skills.


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June 18, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A Deeper Look at FAAB in Deeper Leagues

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Mike Gianella

Mike examines whether clinging to FAAB dollars or trading for more to use deep into the season is a good idea.

Last week in Tout Wars (NL-only) I made a trade, flipping hot prospect Kris Bryant (yes, it is a non-keeper league, why do you ask?) for Tony Cruz and $50 in free agent acquisition budget (FAAB). I needed space on my reserve list and wasn’t going to deal Bryant (I had planned on cutting John Mayberry or a middle reliever) but the $50 FAAB was too good to pass up so I made the deal.

The trade left me with the most FAAB to spend by far; I had $141 compared to the next-highest team’s $96. I wasn’t going to cut Bryant, so I can’t quite look at the trade like it was something for nothing, but with Bryant’s ETA an open question I didn’t have a big problem making the move. The gamble is that 1) Bryant won’t be up until at least August, and 2) the best free agent who comes over from the American League is better than Bryant.

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June 17, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 11

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Ben Carsley

Breaking down a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Who can say where the day flows? Why I write intros? Only time.

Andrew Heaney, SP, MIA
Randy Wolf, we hardly knew ye. After four starts and 25 2/3 innings of uninspiring ball, the Marlins have elected to opt for a youngster with just a touch more upside in Heaney, who’s shot through their MiLB system since being drafted ninth overall in 2012. After dominating in Double-A for 53 2/3 innings earlier this season, Heaney posted a 2.74 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 23 innings at Triple-A. Maybe you prefer your prospects to log more innings in the upper minors, but Heaney has passed every test he’s faced with flying colors thus far.


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June 10, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 10

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Ben Carsley

Examining a few players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

What an intro what an intro what an intro what a mighty good intro.

Jeff Locke, SP, Pirates
Gerrit Cole is on the disabled list, which makes me very sad. Locke is replacing him for the time being, which should make deep league owners somewhere in between very sad and mildly interested. Last year, Locke was able to post an ERA of 3.52 in 166 1/3 innings in the majors, grabbing 10 wins and 125 strikeouts. However, Locke’s walk rate helped to send him back down to the minor leagues this year, and the left-hander was knocked around pretty good in Triple-A.


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June 4, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week Nine

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

You only get one chance to make an introduction. Unless you write a weekly column.

Eddie Butler, SP, Rockies
News broke fairly late last night that Butler will replace Franklin Morales in the Rockies rotation in short order, and this is a very good thing for fantasy owners. Butler will already be owned in dynasty leagues, of course, but in deep leagues with shallow rosters or no minor league rosters, there’s a decent chance he’s unowned. Despite the fact that Butler is a pitcher who will call Coors Field home, that should change immediately.


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May 28, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week Eight

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Ben Carsley

Breaking down a few players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Don’t go chasing long intros, just stick to the players and the predictions you’re used to.

Kyle Blanks, 1B/OF, Athletics
Of course the A’s acquired Kyle Blanks. It’s just too perfect. Oakland is doing all it can to utilize all the platoons ever this year. Blanks is a career .238/.336/.404 hitter against left-handed pitching. And this is an organization that’s taken plenty of chances on big-power prospects who’ve busted in recent years. Blanks is a natural fit, and he should eat away at the playing time of Josh Reddick (against lefties) and Alberto Callaspo (in general), neither of which are bad things for Oakland.


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May 21, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week Seven

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Ben Carsley

Examining a few players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Allow me to reintroduce this column: it’s about deep leagues.

Ronald Belisario, RP, White Sox
I’m not going to beat around the bush here—we’re only talking about Belisario and his league-leading #FACE because the White Sox bullpen is, to put it lightly, a flaming pile of poop. With Actual Real Life 2014 Closer Matt Lindstrom on the DL, it’s likely to fall to Belisario or Daniel Webb for saves among this ragtag group. Given Belisario’s veteran status, I like his odds of getting a shot first.


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May 7, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week Five

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Introductions are for strangers. Let’s get right to it.

Trevor Bauer, SP, Indians
In last week’s Deep Impact, I was all like, “guys, you should totally pick up Marcus Stroman because he’s going to get the call soon.” Then he did. This week, I implore you to totally go pick up Bauer, because it’s going to be his turn in very short order. Yes, the Indians have turned to Josh Tomlin over Bauer in the interim, but the odds of Tomlin pitching well enough to stay in the rotation long-term aren’t great. Add in that the Tribe could look to replace Danny Salazar soon, and there should be plenty of opportunity for Bauer in the majors moving forward.


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