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01-30

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

01-30

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Player Profile: Adrian Beltre
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Jeff Quinton

01-30

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Player Profile: Chris Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-30

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part One (Hitters)
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Mike Gianella

01-29

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Maikel Franco vs. D.J. Peterson
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Ben Carsley

01-29

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-29

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BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-29

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-28

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Nick Shlain

01-28

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The Quinton: Third Base and Avoiding Result-Driven Strategy
by
Jeff Quinton

01-28

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The Adjuster: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

01-28

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 30 Third Basemen
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J.P. Breen

01-27

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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana
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Matt Collins

01-27

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Get to Know: Third-Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-27

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Fantasy Infographic: Third Base
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Mauricio Rubio

01-27

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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Craig Goldstein

01-27

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

01-26

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State of the Position: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-26

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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara
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Nick Shlain

01-23

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10

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Second Base
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-23

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Bonus Podcast: Mock Draft
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-23

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-22

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-22

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Second Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-22

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Franklin vs. Marcus Semien
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Craig Goldstein

01-22

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Player Profile: Aaron Hill
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J.P. Breen

01-21

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The Adjuster: Second Base
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Wilson Karaman

01-21

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Base
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Ben Carsley

01-21

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Fantasy Infographic: Second Base
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Mauricio Rubio

01-21

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen
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Nick Shlain

01-20

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Get to Know: Second Base Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

01-20

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Tale of the Tape: Brian Dozier vs. Ian Kinsler
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Matt Collins

01-20

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
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Mike Gianella

01-19

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The Quinton: Middle Infielders, Expectations, and Weaknesses
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Jeff Quinton

01-19

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Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-19

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State of the Position: Second Base
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J.P. Breen

01-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Stop Looking for Sleepers, Start Looking for Value
by
Mike Gianella

01-16

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Player Profile: Ike Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-16

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

01-16

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: First Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-15

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-15

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-15

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Brandon Belt vs. Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

01-14

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The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen
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Nick Shlain

01-14

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The Adjuster: First Basemen
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Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Basemen
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Craig Goldstein

01-14

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Player Profile: Mike Napoli
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Nick Shlain

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January 30, 2015 10:31 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Base

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

Sizing up the hot corner for Scoresheet leagues.

Both in real life and fantasy, it's a joy to watch the current crop of third basemen play. The position most neglected historically is having maybe its best era, with great peak talents, future Hall of Famers exiting their prime, and a few youngsters getting ready to approach greatness. What's more, this list doesn't even contain Kris Bryant yet.

As ever, our house rules for these rankings. The keeper rankings assume that your team is in a 10-team continuing league with 13 hard keepers, including up to two crossovers, operating under standard Scoresheet rules. The more your league differs from normal, the more your lists may vary.

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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Adrian Beltre

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Jeff Quinton

The Rangers' third baseman is getting up there in age, but he continues to produce at a high level.

Player Background

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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: Chris Davis

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Wilson Karaman

Come for the power, stay for the third-base eligibility... while it lasts.

Player Background

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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else pick these players in your drafts and auctions this spring.

Previous articles in this series:

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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part One (Hitters)

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Mike Gianella

Part one in a two-part series comparing the PFM's performance to those of owners in experts leagues.

Sometimes in these pieces, I delve into a long explanation of what I’m going to write and what I’m going to set out to prove. That’s not going to happen today. I’ve got a lot of tables to produce and a tight deadline so I’m just going to dive right into it. Today’s goal is to take a look at the PFM, take a look at expert prices, and determine whether or not I should be using the PFM more as a tool to devise my bid limits or if perhaps I should chuck my bid limits entirely. How’s that for a attention grabbing lead?

Baseball Prospectus fantasy writers get asked about PECOTA a lot. Some subscribers don’t understand why they should bother with my bid limits when the PFM serves the same purpose as my bid limits but with a more mathematical bent. Others find my bid limits interesting but think that the PFM should be featured more as we approach Draft Day.

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January 29, 2015 9:45 am

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Maikel Franco vs. D.J. Peterson

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Ben Carsley

Which of these two third basemen is likely to be more valuable over the long haul?

It's a battle for the future of your CI spot today, as we're pitting Maikel Franco and D.J. Peterson against each other in this Tale of the Tape. Will Franco ever stop swinging at garbage? Will Peterson ever play third base? Will rhetorical questions as literary devices ever work? The Answers May Surprise You:

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January 29, 2015 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen

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Keith Cromer

This player pool might be deeper than you think.

At first glance, the NL third-base pool looks a little thin, primarily based on last year’s production. There are concerns about veterans coming off injury-plagued seasons (David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, and Aramis Ramirez) that leave us unsure if they will be able to return to fantasy star status, along with uncertainty about the roles and fantasy relevance of younger players like Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco, and Yasmany Tomas. Despite the question marks and lack of fantasy studs at the position, the hot corner in the NL is deeper than you might think. Based on how last year played out and the landscape of the position heading into 2015 drafts, this player pool has the potential to provide the biggest fantasy impact of all the NL infield positions from a value perspective.

We start at the top, and by far the fantasy standouts are Anthony Rendon and Todd Frazier. Not only did both surpass $30 in earnings a year ago in standard NL-Only 5x5 formats and utilize the power/speed combo we yearn for at the hot corner, they also qualify at two positions, which increases their value. Rendon’s 2B/3B and Frazier’s 3B/1B eligibility will allow for flexibility in constructing your rosters, which can prove to be critical when putting together a balanced offense. Both players will go for a premium, and deservedly so, and once they are off the table, it’ll be time to study those sheets you agonized over for months for your preferred targets. This decision could prove crucial, as the next tier of players is where the potential for value sits.

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From Jose Peraza to Trea Turner, picks 31-60 come off the board.

To see the previous rounds of this mock draft please click here: Rounds 1-2

In all of our responsibilities, we make decisions and come up with ideas that are not our finest moments. It’s human nature. It’s what drives us to do better. When I came up with the idea to create a mock prospect draft for dynasty leagues years ago, it was one that frankly I wasn’t sure would be super helpful or entertaining—but it has turned into one of my favorite exercises of the off-season. And it’s only become more fun as the participants have gotten stronger. This year we added names from CBS, BaseballHQ, and Rotoworld—along with many of our household-name-in-the-fantasy-community participants form last year.

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January 29, 2015 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen

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Bret Sayre

Taking the long view of the hot corner.

The Primer:

Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league-dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen

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Nick Shlain

Examining the junior-circuit options at the hot corner.

Depth at each position varies from year to year and making adjustments to your bid limits or rankings based on positional depth or lack thereof can be crucial in preparing for the upcoming draft season. How much more do you value getting a decent player at a shallow position? Are the elite players at the position worth the risk? How these questions are handled can go a long way toward deciding the makeup of your roster.

Despite Miguel Cabrera losing his third base eligibility this year, the American League still has a third basemen who stands above the rest of the competition. Josh Donaldson, who earned $25 in AL-only leagues last year as a member of the Athletics, should benefit quite a bit from being traded to Toronto this offseason. He hit 29 home runs last season while playing half of his games in one of the worst home run parks for right-handed hitters in the AL. Toronto’s Rogers Centre is one of the best parks in the AL for right-handed power hitters and the Jays’ lineup will offer Donaldson plenty of baserunners to drive in. The added boost from a friendly hitting environment should be enough to propel Donaldson to be the most valuable third basemen in fantasy this year.

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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

The Quinton: Third Base and Avoiding Result-Driven Strategy

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Jeff Quinton

Why tweaking a sound plan because of last year's outcomes could be problematic going forward.

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” –Woody Allen

Per Mr. Allen, God finds our ability (or lack of ability) to forecast an uncertain future hilarious or at least laughable. And while this God might be laughing on the outside, it is not unreasonable to assume that this God is probably sad on the inside because no one will play fantasy baseball with a precognizant being.

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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Third Base

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Wilson Karaman

A look at which hot-corner players move up or down if you play in OBP or points formats.

As Mike noted in his excellent State of the Position piece to kick off the week, there’s a sneaky amount of depth at third base this season. That depth is tested a bit more in OBP leagues than standard and points formats, particularly in the second tier of options. But there are still no shortage of guys capable of putting up above-average numbers. Given the higher floor, relative value is of critical importance.

In case you missed it, here are our Third-Base Tiers for standard leagues. Previous articles in this series: Catcher, First Base, Second Base.

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