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05-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 20: The One That Isn't About Jesus Montero
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-14

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 19: Sad Songs About Mourning And Loss
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 9: You Sound How Jesus Montero Looks
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Bret Sayre, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

08-29

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The Call-Up: Taijuan Walker
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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

08-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Hanging in There
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Mike Gianella

06-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Is Dumping Early a Good Plan?
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Mike Gianella

05-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Ask the Experts
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Mike Gianella

04-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: My American League Portfolio
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Paul Sporer

03-30

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Fantasy Beat: My Razzball Expert League Team
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Paul Singman

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Use Your Disabled List
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Josh Shepardson

03-20

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BP Announcements: Starting Pitcher Guide Available Now
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Paul Sporer

03-07

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Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre and Josh Shepardson

02-18

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Baseball Prospectus News: The New Reality for BP Fantasy
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Joe Hamrahi

02-15

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BP Announcements: Scoresheet Draft Aid 2013
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Rob McQuown

01-28

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BP Announcements: 2013 Starting Pitcher Guide
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Paul Sporer

01-15

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/15/13
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Dan Mennella

01-04

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/4/13
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Paul Singman

10-22

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Ones We Got Right
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Derek Carty

09-17

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Where to Find Last-Minute Steals, Homers
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Derek Carty

09-10

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Using ISO to Legitimize High/Low BABIPs?
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Derek Carty

08-30

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Avoiding the Late-Season Ratio Trap
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Derek Carty

08-24

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Weekly Planner: Week 22
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Derek Carty

08-16

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Resident Fantasy Genius: A Summer Success Story
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Derek Carty

08-13

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Resident Fantasy Genius: How to Handle 'Dump Trades'
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Derek Carty

08-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Improving Your Team, or Butting In?
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Derek Carty

07-26

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Rating the Fantasy Impact of the Week's Trades
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Derek Carty

07-23

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Getting Aggressive With 10 Weeks To Go
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Derek Carty

07-19

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Time to Get Real Value
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Derek Carty

07-12

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Quit Wasting Your Depth
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Derek Carty

07-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Making the Most of Midseason Free Agents
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Derek Carty

06-26

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 6/26/12
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Michael Street

06-14

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Ignoring the Trend Line
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Derek Carty

06-11

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Speculating on Mid-Season League Switches
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Derek Carty

06-07

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Getting Into the Swingman
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Derek Carty

06-01

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Adding Injury to Injuries
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Derek Carty

05-24

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Is Scouting All Bad?
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Derek Carty

05-10

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Trades of Grey
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Derek Carty

04-30

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Make That Trade
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Derek Carty

04-17

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/16/12
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Michael Street

04-16

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Not Time to Panic Over Lincecum
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Derek Carty

04-12

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Using Enough Aggression
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Derek Carty

04-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Don't Hoard Your Free Agent Budget
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Derek Carty

03-26

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Tout Wars and LABR NL Drafts
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Derek Carty

03-22

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: AL Outfielders
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Derek Carty

03-20

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: NL Outfielders
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Derek Carty

03-14

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: AL Starting Pitchers
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Derek Carty

03-13

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: NL Starting Pitchers
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Derek Carty

03-12

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops
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Derek Carty

03-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Third Basemen
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Derek Carty

03-08

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen
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Derek Carty

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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There Is No Offseason is a podcast that focuses exclusively on dynasty and long-term keeper formats. We talk major leagues, minor leagues and we never miss an opportunity to take a jab at Craig.

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August 29, 2013 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Taijuan Walker

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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

Seattle summons one of baseball's top pitching prospects for a Friday start.

The Situation: After designating veteran righty Aaron Harang for assignment earlier this week, the Mariners will call up top prospect Taijuan Walker to start Friday’s game against the Houston Astros. Seattle will look to get Walker a taste of big-league competition while injecting some intrigue into a rotation that has been extremely shaky past the 1-2 punch of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. The other seven starting pitchers used by Seattle this season have a cumulative 5.55 ERA in 76 starts.

Walker, who ranked no. 9 on Baseball Prospectus’ mid-season top 50 prospects list, will likely make at least a couple big-league starts before season’s end. After logging 126 2/3 innings at Double-A last year, he joins the M’s with 141 1/3 frames under his belt in 2013. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle has reported that Walker’s ideal innings cap is approximately 160, leaving some wiggle room for September.

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August 26, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Hanging in There

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Mike Gianella

Why not all sixth-place teams are equally out of the race.

We’ve all been there. For all the best-laid plans, there are years where the team we drafted doesn’t look like it’s going to get there. I’m not talking about seasons where you’re in second or third, close all year long, but just miss. I’m talking about years where you’re languishing in the middle of the pack for most of the season and nowhere near first place. Your team isn’t bottom-of-the-barrel bad, but something’s missing from your squad.

A common mistake that a number of fantasy owners make is assuming that all sixth-place teams are created equal. There are some years when a middle-of-the-pack team is going to stay firmly entrenched in the middle, but other years where there is an opportunity to move up in the standings. Identifying the opportunities when they come is the key to determining whether you’re going to stay mired in the middle or turn the tide and win your league.

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June 3, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Is Dumping Early a Good Plan?

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Mike Gianella

Your team may be tanking, and it may feel as though it's time to sell—but as Mike explains, you might actually be wise to wait.

If you are in a keeper league and your team is mired in the second division, you are at least considering packing it in and playing for 2014. However, depending on your league’s rules and the aggressiveness of your competitors, some of the teams in your league may have already thrown in the towel and begun to play for next year.

If this is the case, does this put your squad at a competitive disadvantage? Or is it possible to be patient, wait to cash in your chips, and wait as long as possible to play for next year?

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May 8, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Ask the Experts

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains how to utilize experts' advice to become the best fantasy player you can be.

In Kurt Vonnegut’s Hocus Pocus, Eugene Debs Hartke spends the latter half of the novel teaching inmates in a prison in upstate New York. While he was able to teach some of his students successfully, some were merely interested in using Hartke as a walking encyclopedia.

(some of the inmates) used me as an ambulatory Guinness Book of World Records, asking me who the oldest person in the world was, the richest one, the woman who had had the most babies, and so on.

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April 10, 2013 6:47 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My American League Portfolio

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Paul Sporer

Paul shares the team-by-team count of players on his AL-only and mixed-league teams, with the Royals leading the way.

I remember the days of being in just one fantasy baseball league. They were long ago; I was 12 years old and finally getting ready to take the reins of a team in the only fantasy league I ever knew: my mom and dad’s 10-team 4x4 AL Only league. It started in 1989 at my dad’s work with co-workers and a pair of wives (his and the commissioner’s… and don’t sleep on the ladies, they won five titles in the first decade of the league). The league has evolved since then, but it still exists, with me installed as commissioner and several of my friends filling out the remaining seven teams not already taken by me and my parents.

There was something kind of great about the one-league days. Having just the one team gives you a special connection to that roster of players, especially your keepers, if you have a base that was in place for several years. As I got older and realized how much I loved this game, I began to branch out. I don’t think I’ve been a one-league guy since age 16. Despite the charms of being in just one league, I take plenty of joy in participating across many leagues with their various formats, team counts, and player pools used.

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Paul recaps his draft.

This season I’m participating in three notable industry leagues. For the fifth time, I’ll be in the Yahoo Friends & Family League (previous finishes: fourth, fourth, 12th, and sixth) and for the second year I’ll be competing in the Tout Wars Mixed League (previous finish: T-fifth). This year I’ve added to that slate the Razzball Expert League, in its second year of existence.

It’s a relatively tame 12-team mixer with one catcher, five outfield slots, one CI, one MI, one UTIL, and nine pitchers. As a slight twist, there’s a 180 games started limit, but that has relatively little effect given I wouldn’t plan to roster more than six starters anyway. With just three bench slots and one DL, there isn’t much leeway to mess around waiting for the Mark Teixeiras and Brandon Beachys to return.

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March 27, 2013 5:22 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Use Your Disabled List

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Josh Shepardson

Although fantasy owners typically fill every position, they often leave their disabled-list spots vacant, so Josh profiles six players worth stashing.

Fantasy owners rarely draft a team and fail to fill a starting position. However, year after year I see owners fail to completely fill their rosters. Disabled list spots, in leagues that include them, are available like all other openings, and they should be utilized. There is value in stashing players, especially in head-to-head leagues.

Investing in injured players carries risk, and it is best to mitigate that risk by gambling on cheaper players that are on the mend. Below, I've highlighted a half-dozen injured players that are, on average, being selected after pick 300 in drafts.

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Paul Sporer & Doug Thorburn have released their 2013 SP Guide

Back in January, we made you aware of the Starting Pitcher Guide being put together by myself and Doug Thorburn. We could not be more proud of the resultant book that checked in at over 108,000 words of starting pitcher goodness. In the end, there were 436 pitchers analyzed across the 30 organizations along with a supplemental Excel file of colored tiers covering starters and bullpens, including potential closers in waiting and high-strikeout studs who could offer value in holds leagues or even as a dollar guy at the backend of your AL/NL only pitching staff.

Last time out, we whet your appetite with a one player sample that showed the analysis from both myself and Doug on A’s phenom Jarrod Parker. Today, we are offering a full team sample covering the Washington Nationals for you to peruse in order to get an idea of what you will be getting with the SP Guide. It is now available for just $12 via PayPal.  This weekend and next will be the two biggest fantasy draft weekends of the season so get yours now.

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Jurickson Profar and Oscar Taveras lead off the first half of Bret's and Josh's rankings.

Before we begin, let’s make one thing clear right up front: This is not Jason Parks’ list.

At Baseball Prospectus, we are fortunate to have an amazing prospect team that truly keeps its collective nose to the grindstone both on the diamond and within major-league organizations. We used the research and knowledge of our prospect team judiciously while putting together this feature. However, from there, we used our collective fantasy experience to formulate a list that requires no interpretation for the fantasy player. There’s no work necessary in setting a player’s defense aside in order to figure out his true fantasy value, since we don’t care about the distinction between the defensive skills of Francisco Lindor and Xander Bogaerts. We just care about the “SS” next to their names.

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