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05-05

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Closer Report: Sixth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

05-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Five
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Junior Circuit Players to Monitor
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Nick Shlain

05-04

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Fantasy Rounders: Surveying the Landscape
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez
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J.P. Breen

05-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-04

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Tout Wars X
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Bret Sayre

05-01

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Fantasy Rounders: Yard Sale
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Doug Thorburn

05-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five
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Wilson Karaman

05-01

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Deep League Report: Week Four
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Keith Cromer

05-01

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The Quinton: The In-Season Advocacy Effect and Managing Multiple Leagues
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Jeff Quinton

04-30

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Fantasy Rounders: Under Construction
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Doug Thorburn

04-30

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The Stash List: Fourth Edition, 2015
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Bret Sayre

04-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Checking in on April Leaders
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J.P. Breen

04-29

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Fantasy Rounders: Scooby Doo Gets #Weird
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Doug Thorburn

04-29

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Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: American League East
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Daily Leagues and Strikeouts
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J.P. Breen

04-28

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Fantasy Rounders: Two Sides of the Schwartz
by
Doug Thorburn

04-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: AL-Only Adds
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Nick Shlain

04-28

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Closer Report: Fifth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

04-28

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Four
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Mike Gianella

04-27

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Fantasy Rounders: Don't Rain on My Paredes
by
Doug Thorburn

04-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Jimmy Nelson
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J.P. Breen

04-27

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-24

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Fantasy Rounders: Go Big or Go Home
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four
by
Wilson Karaman

04-24

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Deep League Report: Week Three
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Keith Cromer

04-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 52
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-23

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Fantasy Rounders: The Thin Red Line
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Doug Thorburn

04-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Preaching Patience
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Nick Shlain

04-23

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The Stash List: Third Edition, 2015
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Bret Sayre

04-22

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Fantasy Rounders: Take Five
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Doug Thorburn

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Stat Line Scouting
by
Wilson Karaman

04-21

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Closer Report: Fourth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: CC Sabathia's Early-Season Promise
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Nick Shlain

04-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
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J.P. Breen

04-20

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Free Agent Watch: Week Three
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-17

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Deep League Report: Week Two
by
Keith Cromer

04-17

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 51
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-17

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The Quinton: Early-Season Trades: Pros and Cons
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Jeff Quinton

04-17

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
by
Mike Gianella

04-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: New Managers and Stolen Bases
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J.P. Breen

04-16

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The Stash List: Second Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

04-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Left In
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Doug Thorburn

04-15

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The Quinton: Three Auction Takeaways
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Jeff Quinton

04-15

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Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: National League East
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Two-Start Pitchers
by
J.P. Breen

04-14

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Fantasy Rounders: Another One Bites the Dust
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Doug Thorburn

04-14

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Two
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Mike Gianella

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns
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Nick Shlain

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May 5, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Sixth Edition, 2015

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Matt Collins

Keeping tabs on the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Blue Jays Change Closers Again

Shortly after we spoke last week, the Blue Jays yanked rookie Miguel Castro from the closer role and handed it back to Brett Cecil. Castro has been extremely inconsistent this year, flashing dominant stuff at times and looking like the 20-year-old he is at other times. Things got even worse for the youngster over the weekend as he was optioned back to Triple-A. Toronto sure is yanking around their young arm, moving him in and out of the closer role at random and now moving him off the roster entirely. Barring injury, he’ll certainly be back in the majors at some point and it wouldn’t surprise me if it came soon. As for Cecil, he’s clearly a must-own as the closer on a talented roster. He’s still striking out opponents at a nice rate, but the hard contact has been discouraging. Since he’s better than his competition, I would like to say his job should be safe for now, but the Blue Jays have been too quick with their decisions in this bullpen to be overly confident in them staying with the status quo for any period of time.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insights behind the reasoning on the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

LABR Mixed

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May 5, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Junior Circuit Players to Monitor

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Nick Shlain

Two bats and an arm who might be of service to your AL-only squad.

While it’s still early in the season, owners need to be constantly evaluating their rosters. If your team is in need of reinforcements, there’s still obviously plenty of season remaining and time to make changes. If you’re dealing with injuries or players struggling in an AL-only league, here are three names that could help you out this season.

Chris TaylorSeattle Mariners

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Can we learn anything from the first month?

With one full month in the books, we are starting to get a better feel for the landscape of the 2015 baseball season. We have reached a point where we might be unwilling to roster the player who is still slumping, or when we start to believe (at least in the short-term) those players that are playing above expectation. That said, we are early enough that a good weekend can still add 130 points of OPS to a stat line (just ask Charlie Blackmon).

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Ubaldo Jimenez

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J.P. Breen

Has the Orioles righty reinvented himself as a ground-ball machine?

The Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1891 wrote, “inconsistency among baseball … is as natural as sunlight.”

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Five

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

Examining players who are likely to be available in your leagues and might pique your interest in the right formats.

Welcome to Week Five of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent answer to Dear Abby. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process.

Mike will be tackling all the mixed league formats, while Keith will be handling the only-league duties.

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

Tout Wars X

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Bret Sayre

Bret selects his roster for May.

Six weeks removed from that fun and chaotic April draft in New York City, I think I have a better idea of how to approach this monthly format. I wrote in great detail about how that afternoon went, and what I was hoping to get out of that initial team. In the end, what it turned out that I got from that initial team was a lot of points—which is much to my delight.

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A look at some of the bargains and the traps of today's DFS slate

Yesterday's bludgeoning of Chris Sale caught the fantasy community off-guard, as he seemed primed for a big start against a weak-hitting Minnesota ballclub that crawled out of the gate and had particular issues battling left-handed pitchers. Instead, he surrendered nine runs before he could generate that many outs, and the Twins broke out of their early-season funk with a 12-spot against the White Sox. The good news is that Sale was so heavily rostered (48.1 percent in the 21k-entry Moonshot) that he took down a lot of teams, plus it was a very light day from a points perspective, so it was possible to recuperate some investment even if a roster had a Sale-sized anchor attached to it. We'll go into the nuts and bolts of the Vulture's blow-up in Raising Aces next Monday.

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May 1, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Five

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

For the second week in a row, the American League crop features a whole bunch of question marks and difficult decisions for –only managers. I rate a full 17 of the 21 AL two-start options as no better than an option to consider this week, though as I note below a handful of the top “consider” guys are there for schedule-related reasons.

The Mets are the only team who will play just five games and intends to keep their full rotation on schedule, so they’ll be without a two-start option next week. Arizona has not yet named a replacement for Archie Bradley in their rotation, but whoever it is will inherit a @COL, SDG schedule and subsequently won’t present much of a viable streaming option. The Cardinals have also not formally announced a fill-in for Adam Wainwright’s slot, though Mozeliak has indicated it’s likely to be either Tim Cooney, who pitched yesterday, or Tyler Lyons. Neither will make for a particularly intriguing two-start option, though draws against the Cubs and Pirates aren’t disqualifying from consideration in their own right.

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May 1, 2015 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week Four

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Keith Cromer

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

While it’s an unfortunate part of the game we love, injuries happen often in baseball, and when they do fantasy owners need to be ready to pounce on that next player who can amass some AB’s for a short period of time, or a spot starter who might be able to parlay a good outing into an extended look in a team’s rotation. Based on the recent slew of DL stints across MLB, week four’s waiver wire has its share of injury replacements looking to make the most of their respective playing opportunities.

One of the decisions we are forced to make in deep -only leagues is how to manage our FAAB when looking to fill dead spots on offense. In general, and even more so in 5x5 leagues, it’s always better to have a player who will get at-bats in any given week than to stick with a dead spot. That said, while getting no production from a position player for a week is not the preferred option, you also do not want to spend too much of your free agent budget on a MI who is going to put up an 0-for-7 with zero RBI during that weekly scoring period. As such, I only include players in this weekly piece who should provide some value, and not just warm bodies to occupy holes.

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How your decisions in one league might suboptimally impact your moves in another.

Many of us play in multiple fantasy baseball leagues. I am sure some of you play in strange, interconnected leagues, but 99.9% of leagues are wholly independent of one another. Consequently, any decision made should be made without consideration of any other leagues. This is all fine and dandy in theory, but as we have seen time and time again, this does not hold in practice. Because we are more concerned with the latter (practice) than the former (theory), we will now take a look at the factors that can lead us astray when managing multiple leagues and then take a look at how we can guard against those factors. More specifically, we will look at why we often end up with the same players on multiple teams, why that is an issue, and what we can do to avoid that fate going forward.

Advocacy Effect

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Reflecting on various strategies for building a DFS roster

We all know that drafting is the best part of fantasy sports. It's why we spend months poring over statistics and scouting reports in preparation for the Christmas-like atmosphere of draft day. The beauty of DFS is the ability to draft a new lineup every day, fueled by the same competitive edge that motivates off-season research yet triggered toward the changing tides of in-season performance.

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