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07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-16

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12

Dynasty Dynamics: Top 50 Jumpers
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-14

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41

Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre

07-09

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7

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Two
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Minor League Draft Pick Valuation
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Jeff Quinton

06-25

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4

Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: USA
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Craig Goldstein

06-19

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-18

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: MLB Edition
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

06-11

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

06-11

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11

Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre

06-06

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Day One Draft Recap
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Bret Sayre

06-05

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper League Purgatory
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Jeff Quinton

06-03

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5

Dynasty Dynamics: Ideal Dynasty-Style Mock Draft
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Middle of the Road
by
Wilson Karaman

05-13

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29

Dynasty Dynamics: The U25 Top 150, Part One
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: AL East U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-22

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Dynasty Dynamics: AL Central U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-15

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Dynasty Dynamics: NL Central U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-01

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Dynasty Dynamics: NL West Under-25 Rankings
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

03-24

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22

Fantasy Freestyle: Two Deep-League Lessons From the Preseason
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Ben Carsley

03-05

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13

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-04

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25

The Top 101 Fantasy Prospects of 2014
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Bret Sayre

03-03

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33

The Top 101 Fantasy Prospects of 2014
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Bret Sayre

02-27

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34

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

02-27

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-26

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Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

02-20

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 120 Outfielders
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Bret Sayre

02-19

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Get to Know: Outfield Prospects
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Ben Carsley

02-19

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21

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Outfielders
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Craig Goldstein

02-14

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
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Bret Sayre

02-13

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Get to Know: Third Base Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

02-12

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Third Basemen
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Ben Carsley

02-06

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27

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

02-05

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12

BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 8-10
by
Bret Sayre

02-05

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
by
Craig Goldstein

01-31

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6

BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 5-7
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Baseball Prospectus

01-30

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14

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Second Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

01-29

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen
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Ben Carsley

01-28

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18

BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4
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Bret Sayre

01-23

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-22

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BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2
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Bret Sayre

01-22

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Basemen
by
Paul Sporer

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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12

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

01-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Top 50 2013 Signees for Dynasty Drafts
by
Bret Sayre

08-30

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Fantasy Fool's Gold: Catcher and First Base Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

08-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Should I Play for "The Money"?
by
Mike Gianella

08-19

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2014
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Craig Goldstein

07-01

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Minor League Update: Games of June 28-30
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Zach Mortimer

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Running down a half-dozen hitters and pitchers you might want to consider acquiring before your league's trading period ends.

The trade deadline happens soon. This means that if you’d like to change the personnel on your team without utilizing the waiver wire exclusively, you’ll need to make a deal before the deadline passes, in many leagues. Weird how that works, we know.

While the deadline is a crazy time in leagues of every composition, they’re especially hectic in dynasty formats. Good teams are often willing to go all-in, as winning a dynasty championship is a difficult feat to accomplish. Mediocre teams generally break one way or the other. And even teams who are out of it have every incentive to be quite active, as there’s always 2015 and beyond.

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July 16, 2014 11:04 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Top 50 Jumpers

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Breaking down minor leagues who could soar up the rankings into the top 50 fantasy prospects by season's end.

Bret Sayre’s midseason update of his Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects list is already 48 hours old, meaning it’s time to look ahead as to who may make the next rendition of the list.

Craig and I already namedropped a few prospects who we thought should’ve made this iteration of the rankings at the bottom of Bret’s piece, but we wanted to do something different here. Rather than argue for players who should’ve already received such an honor for Mr. Sayre, we want to help dynasty leaguers get ahead of the curve by calling attention to some prospects who could merit top-50 consideration by season's end.

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July 14, 2014 6:00 am

Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects

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Bret Sayre

Running down the top minor leaguers who might emerge as fantasy studs.

With the All-Star break upon us, the time has come for some reflection. It’s the time of year when we can stop checking our fantasy teams on a daily basis—trust me, those standings won’t change until the second half starts back up—and use that time in a more productive manner. Like mowing the lawn or giving your sister a call. Maybe you’ve been meaning to pick up a new book. Or, then again, maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to spend the beginning of his/her All-Star break reading way too many words about re-ranking the top 50 prospects in baseball from a fantasy angle. Sound good? Good.

In the first three-and-a-half months of the 2014 season, we’ve lost 14 of the top 50 fantasy prospects to the majors, including six of the first 16. So with talent lost comes talent found. There are 16 fresh faces in this hallowed space, and the charge is led by Rangers’ slugger Joey Gallo, who climbed 72 spots to nearly find a place in the top 10 overall. There are plenty of other big jumpers alongside the otherworldly power source, but why give the milk away for free when you could just read the list below.

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July 9, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Two

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Examining minor leaguers based on whether their fantasy arrows are pointing up, down, or sideways.

When you’ve done rankings and mock drafts for two straight months, you kind of wonder… why would anyone write about anything else? Sure there are draft grades, but those aren’t nearly as applicable to fantasy.

Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Something like a… a stock watch. No. Everyone does that. What if you just called it something else. Yes, now you’re cooking with gas. What about a Progress Report? Perfect.

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July 2, 2014 6:30 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Minor League Draft Pick Valuation

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Jeff Quinton

As the peak of trade season approaches, it's worth thinking about how much prospect selections are actually worth.

Many a keeper league has a minor league draft to supplement the major league draft or auction; the trading of minor league draft picks is fairly common practice in these leagues. Often serving as the final pieces to help balance a trade, the value of these picks can range from incredibly valuable to having almost no value depending on the structure and rules of the league. Proper valuation of minor league draft picks is thus critical when making a trade that includes these draft picks. Today we look at several key factors to take into account when trading away or trading for draft picks. By looking at these factors, I mean that there are typed words on them below:

Number of minor league slots in the league (Minor League Depth)
The more minor league keeper spots in a league, the less valuable the picks become. All other variables made equal, the minor league picks in a 16-team league with four minor leaguers per team are more valuable than the picks in a 16-team league with five minor leaguers per team. Why? Because, in theory, the top 64 (16x4) fantasy prospects would be owned in the first league, whereas the top 80 (16x5) prospects would be owned in the second league. Therefore, come next year’s minor league drafts, more top prospects would be available in the first league than the second league. Also, prospects that make significant improvements—the ones that jump up real and fantasy lists—are less likely to be owned in the first league than the second league. What are not different between the two leagues, generally, are the top prospects available from the most recent MLB minor league draft. Because prospects from the most recent MLB minor league draft are usually the best players for our fantasy minor league drafts (with the exception being the previously mentioned un-owned players that have made large strides), the first handful of picks in minor league drafts will be the same regardless of minor league depth. The true difference in value of minor league draft picks, as determined by minor league depth, is thus the value of the picks that follow these top picks from the MLB minor league draft. In leagues with shallow minor league depth, a bottom first round pick will probably be a top-50 fantasy prospect. In leagues with deep minor league depth, a bottom first round pick might not be a top 100 fantasy prospect.


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June 25, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: USA

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Craig Goldstein

In part one of a two-part series, Craig introduces the American-born prospects you might not know.

With the MLB Futures Game rosters being announced yesterday, Ben and I thought it would be informative to take a look at the rosters and provide some base-level information on some of the prospects you might not necessarily know. Given that this column is geared toward deep and dynasty leagues, many of these names will be familiar, but there are always noobs getting into dynasty leagues that are out of their depth and tired of being pwned or whatever. This one’s for them.

This week I’ll tackle the Team USA roster, with Ben following up next week with a look at the World roster. We’re happy for two straight weeks off from our bickering, too.

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June 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects

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Mauricio Rubio

Updating the fantasy stock of Chicago's best young hitting talents.

Kris Bryant was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, where he will likely play third base and hit in close proximity to the Cubs’ other talented and highly touted prospect Javier Baez.

Before the season started, the spring had created clever illusions about Baez, as Cubs fans and fantasy owners alike salivated at the possibility that each preseason laser beam to the outfield seats would draw him closer to major-league playing time in 2014. A deep slump to start the year popped those illusions, as those same fans and fantasy owners were left holding their heads in their hands and looking for a consolation that could only come after the high-risk proposition in Baez started solving the puzzle that is pitch sequencing.

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June 18, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: MLB Edition

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Examining notable big leaguers based on whether their value is moving up, down, or holding steady.

When you’ve done rankings and mock drafts for two straight months, you kind of wonder… why would anyone write about anything else? Sure there are draft grades, but those aren’t nearly as applicable to fantasy.

Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Something like a… a stock watch. No. Everyone does that. What if you just called it something else. Yes, now you’re cooking with gas. What about a Progress Report? Perfect.

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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Examining notable prospects based on whether they are moving up, moving down, or holding steady.

When you’ve done rankings and mock drafts for two straight months, you kind of wonder… why would anyone write about anything else? Sure there are draft grades, but those aren’t nearly as applicable to fantasy.

Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Something like a… a stock watch. No. Everyone does that. What if you just called it something else. Yes, now you’re cooking with gas. What about a Progress Report? Perfect.

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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects

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Bret Sayre

Running down the recent draftees who could have the greatest fantasy impact.

In some ways, it’s a chicken or the egg argument as to whether the growing popularity of the MLB draft is leading to the boom in dynasty leagues, or whether the boom in dynasty leagues is leading to increased interest in the draft. Either way, it is much more common today for fantasy owners to pay attention on draft day, to get a glimpse of the players they are either going to be drafting later this month, this off season or throwing out at auctions in three-to-five years.

There has been much talk over the last year or so about the quality of this draft class, and while it certainly is great for major league organizations, it’s not ideal for those fantasy owners picking at the top of dynasty drafts. What this class makes up for in incredible depth, it lacks in potentially elite fantasy talent at the top. This means that instead of 2014 being a great year to be picking at the top of draft (sorry, those of you who were tanking to get Rodon last year), it is a great year to have multiple selections. Last year, Kris Bryant was the slam-dunk no. 1 option among Rule 4 draftees, but this year offers no such clarity. It also didn’t help that a few choice players in the top-10 went to organizations that are big detractors from their fantasy value. Just taking two examples, if Alex Jackson had gone to Colorado and Kyle Freeland to Seattle, there would be more net fantasy value in the draft. However, the opposite happened and we are now left in the balance by a combination of those rough home parks and the organizations’ abilities to develop those types of players in recent history.

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June 6, 2014 6:00 am

Day One Draft Recap

6

Bret Sayre

Breaking down the players who could most benefit their future fantasy owners in the 5x5 categories.

If you’ve been hanging around Baseball Prospectus over the past few weeks, you’ve certainly noticed the heavy draft content that we’ve had, driven by our draft guru Nick Faleris. Just about all of that information has been from a real-life baseball perspective, so now that these players have teams (and contracts hopefully soon), we can finally start digging into them from a fantasy perspective. Next week, I’m going to be releasing a top 50 list of 2014 draftees from a dynasty league perspective, but for now, we’re going to do something a little more high-level and fun.

With the first round now in the books (and analyzed by Faleris), it’s time to take a fun look at the players who are most likely to make a fantasy impact in each of the ten standard categories. We’re obviously a long way from knowing what these players are going to be (especially the ones at the prep ranks), but based on what we know now, here’s a quick run through out where some of the standout categorical contributions could come from this very deep draft class:

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June 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper League Purgatory

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Jeff Quinton

Advice for owners who feel like they're stuck in no-man's land between contention and dumping.

After taking the last week off, it is good to be back. Today we are talking in-season keeper league strategy (we will get #behavioral next week). More specifically, we will be talking about being in the curious position of being neither a buyer nor a seller—of being in keeper league purgatory. This position does not occur in each league every year. In leagues where half the teams have a shot at a title and the other half clearly do not, every owner is either a buyer or a seller. We have not gathered here today to talk about those leagues because those leagues have no purgatory. No, we are here in this very moment to talk about leagues where first place and, potentially, other top finishes have seemingly been decided, leaving the teams battling for lesser payouts and higher minor league draft picks (or some other similar payout/finish structure) disincentivized to be buyers.

First question of the article: why are these teams disincentivized to be buyers? They are disincentivized because no matter what they buy they are unlikely to meaningfully improve their position. Second question: what do I mean by meaningfully improve their position? Almost a fortnight of Sundays ago I wrote about the fantasy win curve, which denotes the value of an increase in the standings. If the value difference between, let us say, third and seventh is not meaningful, and first and second place are not attainable, then teams likely to finish in the 3-7 range will not be incentivized to sell long term assets for assets that will help them win this year. On top of that, if third-to-seventh-place finishes hold monetary (cash) or long-term (higher picks) value, then these teams will not be incentivize to sell short term assets for long term assets either. Essentially, these teams are incentivized to do nothing; they are in keeper league purgatory.

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