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04-22

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

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: The Rare "Spend More on Offense" Strategy
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Ben Carsley

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: Hopefully, No Scrubs
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Jeff Quinton

03-19

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The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-17

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The Darkhorses: Batting Average
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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Tale of the Tape: Freddie Freeman vs. Eric Hosmer
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Wilson Karaman

01-23

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Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-21

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

11-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chicago Firepower
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Daniel Rathman

05-29

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Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer
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Sam Miller

05-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Lineup Movers
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Paul Singman

04-10

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chat Accountability 2013
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Jason Parks

10-22

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Ones We Got Right
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Derek Carty

05-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, AL Edition
by
Jay Jaffe

04-11

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The Lineup Card: 10 Players Who Should Receive Extensions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 9
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Matthew Kory

03-09

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Everyone's Perfect: The Relativity of Value
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Eriq Gardner

03-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Days 8 and 9
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Jason Parks

09-30

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Regular-Season Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

05-12

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Future Shock: Second Thoughts on Hosmer
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-01

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Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-12

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Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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April 22, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: AL Central U25 Lists

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Chris Sale, Byron Buxton, and Eric Hosmer lead the way, but Ben and Craig diverge after the top three.

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: The Rare "Spend More on Offense" Strategy

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Ben Carsley

Ben devotes more than 70 percent of his $260 budget to bats.

On Friday, March 21, Mike Gianella released Version Four of his mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Hopefully, No Scrubs

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Jeff Quinton

Jeff's Roto dream team features a balanced offense and a pitching staff headlined by Chris Sale and Jordan Zimmermann

Position Players:

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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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In the debut edition of this series, the fantasy team looks at players who could outperform their PECOTA projections in batting average.

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 finish at the top of one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall just shy of the top 10 (in the 11 to 25 range) and one longer shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. To kick things off here is a bounty of hidden treasure in the batting average department:

OUTSIDE THE TOP 10

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Freddie Freeman vs. Eric Hosmer

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Wilson Karaman

Two emerging, 24-year-old, left-handed sluggers square off in this week's installment.

Today we’re going to take a look at a pair of emerging 24-year-old sluggers, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer. Freeman put together a breakout campaign in 2013, posting the third-best season of all first baseman, and, after a slow start, Hosmer rebounded with a scorching final four months of the season to finish eighth at the position in standard 5x5 leagues. When you look at the future of the first-base position these are two of the premier young players in the game, and Mike Gianella has listed them back-to-back as four-star options for 2014. Mike’s list gives a slight nod to Hosmer as the preferred option, but it’s clearly a pretty tight battle. Let’s take a look under the hood and see what these two look like mano-a-mano.

Batting Average
If you look only at the surface stats you’d be tempted to give Freeman the nod. He posted a better average last season (.319 to Hosmer’s .305) and owns a better career mark (.285 to .277) over a comparable number of plate appearances. But a “not so fast!” caveat is all kinds of warranted here. Freeman’s 2013 campaign was fueled by a very high (and very likely unsustainable) .371 BABIP, and his 11.6 career SwStr% is almost three points higher than Hosmer’s. Freeman chases about 2.5 percent more balls out of the zone than Hosmer, and he makes contact with pitches in the zone almost seven percent less often. Hosmer’s disastrous sophomore campaign in 2012, meanwhile, was fueled in part by a dismal .255 BABIP—a number that carried over into the first two months of 2013 as well. Assuming the flowers and heartfelt apology Hosmer gave to Lady Luck last June keep him out of the doghouse, he’s the better bet to produce a higher average going forward.


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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our fantasy crew's favorite value picks at a spot where elite production is critical.

First base is a position that harbors many good fantasy players. These are some the aforementioned good players who we feel are comparatively more good than their peers.

Brandon Belt, Giants
Heading into 2013 there were legitimate concerns about Belt’s power and by extension his viability as an everyday major-league 1B. Belt answered those concerns with a strong season, complete with 60 extra-base hits, a solid walk percentage (9.1) and a pretty damn good 139 wRC+. Belt plays in extreme parks the majority of the season—AT&T and PETCO strongly favor pitchers, Coors and Chase Fields both favor hitters, and LA falls somewhere in the middle, depending on what time the game starts. He hit well on the road in 2013 and his production didn’t nosedive at home. Belt will be undervalued this year, and while he isn’t an elite-level 1B, he provides enough production to warrant being a starter in standard fantasy formats. —Mauricio Rubio


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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Davis lead the way, but there are plenty of power bats in the middle and lower tiers.

This series began last week with a look at the catchers. Today, our positional tier rankings series continues with a look at first base.

Players at each position are divided into five tiers, represented by a numerical star rating. Five-star players are the studs at their respective 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 early-round selections, and they are 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.

We retained last year's roster requirements for the positional tier series. Dollar values come from last year’s PFM using a 12-team, standard 5x5 scoring format, with 23-man rosters and the following positions: C (2) 1B (1) 2B (1) 3B (1) SS (1) CI (1) MI (1) OF (5) UT (1) P (9). The minimum bid for players is $1, and, as we did last year, we allocate $180 of a $260 budget to hitters. Players needed to play in 20 games at a position to qualify there. The PFM is customizable, so if your league uses a different format, you can adjust it to match your league settings and see how it impacts players’ dollar values.

Players with multi-position eligibility are listed at the position where it is most likely they would start in a standard fantasy league. Buster Posey and Carlos Santana both have eligibility at catcher and first base but are not included in this part of the series for this reason. While there are unique situations where a fantasy owner might start Posey or Santana at first, these situations are the exception and not the rule.

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November 25, 2013 6:07 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

Newcomer Jason Vargas is just "a guy" in fantasy leagues, but the Royals boast several returning players who are worthy of your attention.

One of the songs of summer, if not the song of summer was Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. The electronic music duo’s smash hit also serves as the overriding factor of what determines fantasy champions over the course of a grueling baseball season. Call it chance, call it fortune, call it what you want to call it (wait, that’s a different song), luck is unavoidable. Either good or bad rolls of the dice affect all of us as we try to navigate our way through the labyrinth that is living vicariously through the accomplishment of others. But, as summer gave way to fall and fantasy playoffs ended, Get Lucky has given way to another pop hit… Royals by Lorde.

And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule / Let me live that fantasy.

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July 10, 2013 7:51 am

What You Need to Know: Chicago Firepower

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Daniel Rathman

For one night, the White Sox look like the team to beat in the AL Central.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The White Sox entered last night’s matchup with Justin Verlander with a .237 team TAv, the second-worst mark in baseball. Only the Marlins, at .231, had been less potent at the plate as a group, and Mike Redmond’s bunch did not have the benefit of a designated hitter. Among junior-circuit clubs, the Yankees, 11 points ahead of the White Sox at .248, were the next-worst squad.

The American League’s least productive lineup, one with only two starters toting on-base percentages higher than .310, is not supposed to collect 23 hits in a game against Verlander. But on Tuesday, the White Sox did.


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May 29, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer

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Sam Miller

Is the Royals' first baseman coming out of his slump, or still struggling?

On Sunday, a baseball broadcaster informed me (and you and everyone we know) that a player on the Kansas City Royals entered the game 10 for his previous 28. “That’s a .357 average, so he’s coming,” I was told.

Eric Hosmer hasn’t done much this year, and his inability to take the great leap forward is a big reason why Kansas City’s go-for-it plan has disappointed thus far. But a .357 average, that’s pretty high, and if he’s coming, maybe the Royals would have something. It’s easy to buy into Eric Hosmer’s .357 average. It’s just easy to buy into Eric Hosmer, all the time, despite how long it’s been since he was good. He used to be so good, after all. And .357! Maybe that .357 means something.

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May 3, 2013 10:17 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Lineup Movers

2

Paul Singman

The fantasy implications of these manager decisions.

Evaluating players based on lineup position is a tricky science. On one hand, it can have a dramatic impact on a player’s value. Take a guy batting eighth in an NL lineup, move him second, and it can be as much as a $5 boost. On the other hand, batting lineups are fickle constructs, so sometimes it is best not to put too much stock in where a player is hitting at the moment and focus on skills instead.

Lineup position also has an obvious compounding effect—that is, players who are already hitting well tend to be the ones who benefit from moving up in the order, and vice versa. Still, whether through injury or merit, when a player has moved into a more (or less) favorable hitting position, it’s worth reviewing who has seen their value affected thus far in 2013. 

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