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07-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-21

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 89
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-21

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The Stash List: 16th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

07-21

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

07-20

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TDGX Transactions: Let's Talk About Yulieski Gurriel
by
George Bissell

07-20

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The Quinton: Is There a Best Day (of the Week) to Trade?
by
Jeff Quinton

07-19

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Closer Report: Week 16
by
Matt Collins

07-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 16
by
Mike Gianella

07-18

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Deep League Report: Week 16
by
Scooter Hotz

07-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Wil Myers
by
J.P. Breen

07-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-15

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 15
by
Mike Gianella

07-14

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The Stash List: 15th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

07-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: First-Half Awards
by
J.P. Breen

07-12

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Closer Report: Week 15
by
Matt Collins

07-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Brandon Belt
by
J.P. Breen

07-11

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Deep League Report: Week 15
by
Scooter Hotz

07-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: First Half in Review
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Second-Half... Bounce Backs?
by
Mike Gianella

07-07

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Player Profile: Matt Kemp
by
Jeff Quinton

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Gimme Some of That Sweet Ratio Love
by
Wilson Karaman

07-07

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The Stash List: 14th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

07-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Game Preview: U.S. Team
by
Ben Carsley

07-06

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Deep League Report: Week 14
by
Scooter Hotz

07-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Futures Game Preview: World Team
by
J.P. Breen

07-05

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Closer Report: Week 14
by
Matt Collins

07-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 14
by
Mike Gianella

07-05

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The Buyer's Guide: Junior Guerra
by
J.P. Breen

07-01

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Deep League Report: Week 13
by
Scooter Hotz

07-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-01

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Second Edition, 2016
by
Mike Gianella

07-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14
by
Greg Wellemeyer

07-01

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 88
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-01

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The Quinton: Trading With or As the Leader
by
Jeff Quinton

06-30

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The Stash List: 13th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

06-29

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Position Players
by
J.P. Breen

06-28

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Closer Report: Week 13
by
Matt Collins

06-28

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 13
by
Mike Gianella

06-27

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The Buyer's Guide: Steven Wright
by
J.P. Breen

06-24

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Deep League Report: Week 12
by
Scooter Hotz

06-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
by
Greg Wellemeyer

06-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

06-24

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Player Profile: Zach Davies
by
Jeff Quinton

06-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition
by
Mike Gianella

06-23

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The Stash List: 12th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

06-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Six Dynasty Prospects to Stash or Flip
by
Ben Carsley

06-22

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TDGX Transactions: Throwing the Kitchen Sink
by
George Bissell

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July 22, 2016 10:56 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop

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Wilson Karaman

Pitchers have zoned in on the weaknesses in the Dodgers outfielder's swing, but can he adjust back?

On the heels of an injury-ridden 2015 that saw his numbers regress across the board, Yasiel Puig slipped from a borderline-top 20 guy on Mike Gianella’s Top 300 list a year ago to 77th on this year’s pre-season version. And after an awfully pedestrian first couple months of the season, in which he hit just .239 with nearly five whiffs for every walk, his value cratered all the way to 201st in Mike and Bret Sayre’s late-May update. Similarly, he slid from 46th on Bret’s pre-season Dynasty Top 500 into triple digits at 104 in the July update. It’s a freefall! Puig’s value is in freefall, I say!

So what are we supposed to do with him now? The good news is that he remains a physical specimen with an absurd arm, and if FRAA is to be believed, he’s been one of the best defensive right fielders in baseball this year in spite of a trip to the disabled list and periods of sporadic starting. All of those things are well and good, and the defensive value in particular is helpful fantasy-wise insofar as it keeps him in the regular lineup even when he’s struggling offensively. But offensive struggle has been the norm for Puig pretty much all season long. His below-average .255 TAv ranks 24th among right fielders with at least 250 plate appearances, just behind Pete Bourjos. Yes, the Peter Bourjos who was drafted 528th overall in leagues deep enough that people drafted Peter Bourjos. Puig’s return on investment has been… well, not good for fantasy players who drafted him in the fifth round this past spring. And it’s been an even worse development for those who are pot-committed in dynasty leagues. So let’s take a look at why his bat has been so lethargic this year, and whether there’s still hope for a sequel to his first impression.

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July 22, 2016 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 17

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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, they might be worth adding to your squad.

12-Team Mixed Leagues

Randal Grichuk, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (Ownership: 62 percent CBS, 49 percent ESPN, 46 percent Yahoo!)

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July 22, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16

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Greg Wellemeyer

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

Welcome to the starting pitcher planner, where every Friday I’ll be taking a look at the pitchers slated for two turns in the upcoming week. The hope is that the planner can help guide lineup and FAAB decisions that need to be made over the weekend. Of course, my information isn’t perfect and I don’t have a crystal ball. Rain, injuries, and teams reshuffling between when I write and Monday’s first pitch will definitely happen. If new information comes to light after we publish, I’ll try to tackle it in the comments. Feel free to beat me to it if you have any info, and I’ll be glad to offer my opinion there if you want it.

Let’s get some ground rules out the way before getting started. The pitchers will be split by league and then by category. Here are some general thoughts about the categories:

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July 21, 2016 3:20 pm

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 89

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes discuss the ideal baseball simulation, take reader Scoresheet questions, and more.

This Week’s Podcast

This week, the Three True Outcomes continue our discussion of the ideal baseball simulation. We take reader questions about players, trades and simulations and we go even deeper into the nuances of random, stochastic and deterministic. We also talk about the futures game--well, Ian does--and of course the best things we saw this week.

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July 21, 2016 11:01 am

The Stash List: 16th Edition, 2016

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J.J. Jansons

It's an all-Astros top two, with another pair of newcomers entering the top five this week.

For a refresher on the four types of players that are eligible for inclusion on this list, please see the first edition of the year to find out why players like A.J. Pollock, Michael Brantley, Yu Darvish, and Zack Greinke are not listed below.

Last week’s Stash List can be found here.

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July 21, 2016 6:00 am

Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers

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J.P. Breen

A look at several young arms who could be knocking on the big-league door and ready to help your fantasy squad.

Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
(Strikeouts, ERA, Wins)


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July 20, 2016 6:00 am

TDGX Transactions: Let's Talk About Yulieski Gurriel

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George Bissell

A look at the moves made by the experts in the TDGX dynasty league this week.

Welcome back to the latest installment of TDGX Transactions, BP’s weekly series providing fantasy owners with an inside look at The Dynasty Guru Experts League (TDGX), a 20-team (40-man roster) 5x5 rotisserie dynasty league. It is the literal embodiment of the phrase “deep dynasty.” It’s also populated by some of the most talented fantasy baseball analysts and competitors on the planet. In addition to taking an in-depth look at each week’s TDGX free agent acquisitions ($100 FAAB budget per team with zero dollar bids allowed) we will also break down every major trade, with perspectives from both sides of the deal.

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July 20, 2016 6:00 am

The Quinton: Is There a Best Day (of the Week) to Trade?

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Jeff Quinton

Why most barters occur on the day weekly transactions are processed, and how to take advantage of such trends.

Fantasy baseball trades, as we have discussed previously, tend to happen at certain times. They happen after the last of the big free agents sign in the offseason, right before the keeper deadline, and right before the league’s trading deadline. More than anything though, at least in the leagues in which I participate, trades happen on the day of weekly transaction. For many leagues, this day is Sunday. These days, especially at this time of the year in leagues with active trade markets, are fun days. If we’re lucky, the messages, emails, and texts are flying as we see what is out there and try to improve our team.

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July 19, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 16

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

We’re coming off a three-day week in the baseball world, but there was still plenty of closer news to unwrap. As always, you can keep up with the changes in real time with the closer grid. The recent changes are highlighted in yellow. Now, on to the news.

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

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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July 18, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 16

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

After a slow week due to the All-Star break, it’s a big week here at the Deep League Report thanks to a big move from the NL to the AL, a couple of notable call-ups, and a Cuban signee expected to be in the big leagues a few weeks from now. You can’t take those FAAB dollars with you if you have any left at the end of the season. It’s time to put them to work for your team.

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Very few players make the sort of progress that this Padre has at his age, but does that mean you shouldn't buy into his breakout?

The world had forgotten about Wil Myers because patience is notoriously non-existent in fantasy baseball. Owners throw away historically consistent producers for flash-in-the-pan hot streaks every year. I join a random ESPN public league each year—I also enjoy flipping the difficulty mode on FIFA16 from professional to beginner from time to time so I can win by a dozen-plus goals—and someone dropped David Price after his early struggles. That’s obviously an extreme example of what I’m talking about; however, any serious fantasy player will be well acquainted with the impulse to make knee-jerk decisions based solely upon hot streaks.

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