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05-24

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Dynasty Dynamics: Checking on Some Prospect Sleepers
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Ben Carsley

05-24

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Deep League Report: Week 8
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Scooter Hotz

05-23

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Closer Report: Week 8
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Matt Collins

05-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 8
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Mike Gianella

05-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak
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Eric Roseberry

05-19

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TDGX Transactions: Week 7
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J.J. Jansons

05-19

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Player Profile: Joe Biagini
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Wilson Karaman

05-19

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 8
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Mark Barry

05-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 7
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George Bissell

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check
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Scooter Hotz

05-18

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The Stash List: Week 7
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-17

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The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer
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Erich Rothmann and George Bissell

05-17

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Deep League Report: Week 7
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Scooter Hotz

05-16

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Closer Report: Week 7
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Matt Collins

05-16

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 7
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Mike Gianella

05-15

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The Call-Up: Ian Happ
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Jarrett Seidler and Mark Barry

05-15

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The Buyer's Guide: Nate Karns
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Eric Roseberry

05-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 7
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Mark Barry

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Selling Low on Two Pitchers
by
Matt Collins

05-11

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Player Profile: Aaron Altherr
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Wilson Karaman

05-11

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Deep League Report: Week 6
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Scooter Hotz

05-10

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Dynasty Dynamics: What Goes Down Can Come Up
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Ben Carsley

05-10

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-09

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 6
by
Mike Gianella

05-09

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Closer Report: Week 6
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Matt Collins

05-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Scott Schebler
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Eric Roseberry

05-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 5
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George Bissell

05-05

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Fantasy Valuations
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 6
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Mark Barry

05-04

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TDGX Transactions: Week 6
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J.J. Jansons

05-04

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The Stash List: Fifth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-03

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Deep League Report: Week 5
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Scooter Hotz

05-02

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Closer Report: Week 5
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Matt Collins

05-02

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 5
by
Mike Gianella

05-01

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The Buyer's Guide: Talking yourself into Kevin Pillar
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Eric Roseberry

05-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Stash List Supplemental
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-28

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The Quinton: Early Misses, Future Misses and Analyzing our Process
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Jeff Quinton

04-28

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 5
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Mark Barry

04-28

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TDGX Transactions: Week 5
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J.J. Jansons

04-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: The All-April Team
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Matt Collins

04-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous
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Mike Gianella

04-27

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The Stash List: Fourth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-26

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Dynasty Dynamics: Should You (Try and) Trade (for) Starling Marte?
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Ben Carsley

04-26

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Deep League Report: Week 4
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Scooter Hotz

04-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 4
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Mike Gianella

04-24

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Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs
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Wilson Karaman

04-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson
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Eric Roseberry

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio—Minor Leaguers I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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Scooter Hotz

04-21

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Free Agent Watch: Week 3
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George Bissell

04-21

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 4
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Mark Barry

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Checking on Some Prospect Sleepers

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Ben Carsley

Bo Bichette continues to look like the real deal. Others, such as Yeyson Yrizarri, look to be in trouble.

Ah, late May, one of the more awkward times in the dynasty calendar. If your team is good, you’re likely trying to prey on would-be contenders who are realizing they need to pack it up. If your team is awful, you’re likely getting a head start on scouting the 2017 crop of prospects. If you’re stuck in the middle, well, you know you have about 6-8 weeks left to make some big decisions.

Because we’re sort of in no-man’s land, it is be a good time to look in on a few of my favorite dynasty sleepers from the “next 112” list I published in mid-March. Are the samples too small to draw super-meaningful conclusions? Of course. But since these guys were sort of on the periphery of fantasy relevance in most leagues anyway, we can be a little quicker to cut bait or invest than we would be with more-established names.

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 8

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Scooter Hotz

Anthony Alford gets a chance with the Jays and Jared Hoying gets one with the Rangers.

The over-under for the number of starting pitchers featured in the Deep League Report each week is 0.5. This week, we have 3.5. Hope you pounded the over. On the offensive side, we have a couple of players on opposite sides of the same platoon trying to take playing time from each other, and a veteran infielder with a good-glove, no-bat reputation tearing the cover off the ball. This game, it’ll make you cry. Seriously. There’s a link to some sincere tears in the NL-only section. Let’s get going.

AL-only position players

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May 23, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 8

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Matt Collins

Koda Glover has a firm grip on the Nationals closer job—for now. Keep your eyes on Brad Hand in San Diego in case Brandon Maurer falters. Be patient with Edwin Diaz in Seattle; he'll soon be closing again.

It was something of a quiet week in reliever land, which has been a rarity in 2017. There were still a few notable happenings, of course, and the quiet does give me a chance to highlight some situations that would otherwise be put on the back burner. Before we get to that, though, another reminder that you can keep up with bullpen changes at the Closer Grid. As always, recent changes are highlighted in yellow. Now, on to the fun stuff.

Koda Glover emerging in Washington

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Ian Happ finds playing time in Chicago. Bradley Zimmer is given a chance in Cleveland. Matt Adams finds a lifeline (for a while) Atlanta. Don't look now at Whit Merrifield. Just don't. His name is Rio and the bid is $82.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at free-agent bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free-agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday's games.

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May 22, 2017 10:19 am

The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak

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Eric Roseberry

Smoak is having his best season—but how much fire is behind his new success?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column will focus on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

It’s possible you’re in a position where you’re looking for a first baseman to plug into your fantasy lineup. Freddie Freeman owners are in that camp. There’s also a small list of players at the position who should either shortly return from injuries or are dealing with nagging aches and pains (Eric Thames, Greg Bird and Yonder Alonso). If you find yourself in the market for a first baseman, is Justin Smoak a player you should look to invest in?

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May 19, 2017 12:41 pm

TDGX Transactions: Week 7

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J.J. Jansons

Tommy Pham has legs. Do you know Yanio Perez? What's Max Scherzer's trade value?

The Dynasty Guru Experts League is a 20-team (40-man roster) 5x5 rotisserie dynasty league founded by BP managing editor Bret Sayre in 2014. It is intended to satisfy the deep-league needs of all, down to just the right amount of Alexi Amarista. We roster 23 starters (C/1B/2B/3B/SS/MI/CI, along with two additional utility hitters, five outfielders and nine pitchers). We also roster seven bench slots and have 10 spots designated for minor leaguers, although a quick scan of the league finds that most teams utilize most of their bench spots for additional prospects. That means that there are an additional 100-120 prospects that are rostered above the 200 spots reserved for them.

These write-ups are intended to pair nicely with Mike Gianella’s Expert FAAB Review, as we will look at each week’s TDGX free-agent acquisitions, as well as include thoughts on every major trade that occurs during the season. The yearly budget for free-agent transactions is $100, with $0 bids allowed for major leaguers and prospects.

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Joe Biagini

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Wilson Karaman

Improvement on his fastball and curveball, and excellent location spotting no matter the type of pitch, put Biagini in position to succeed. The Jays have given him an opportunity to start and he's running with it.

Joe Biagini put on a couple of clinics the other night, first in how to let it snowball right quick, and then another in how to regain control of a lost cause. After ceding six runs without the benefit of an out—and, we must mind for context, unleashing the most fantastical of crescendos in the form of a three-run shot by Kurt Suzuki—he quietly proceeded to send 12 straight back to the pine and grind out four tidy innings that the bullpen didn’t have to.

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 8

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Mark Barry

In the NL, Gerrit Cole gets the band back together, and Jon Lester remains steady if less spectacular than the 2016 version. In the junior circuit, Carlos Carrasco and Dallas Keuchel are must-plays.

Every Friday we preview the hurlers scheduled for two starts in the upcoming week. Hopefully that will give enough insight to make educated lineup moves and FAAB decisions over the weekend. As the old wrestling promoters would always say, “Card Subject to Change," because lots can happen between the time this goes up and first pitch. Unfortunately: weather, injuries, and tinkering managers make this less than a science. I’ll do my best, though, and should new information present itself, we can go over it in the comments. We’ll crowdsource this as well, so if you hear anything, feel free to comment and we all can offer our takes, hot or not.

Here’s how this works. The pitchers will be split by league using these categories:

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 7

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George Bissell

Ian is here and he is hitting. Be a part of the Happening.

12-team mixed leagues (Must be available in at least 50 percent of ESPN, Yahoo, or CBS leagues)

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May 19, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Home League Temperature Check

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Scooter Hotz

Aaron Judge is turning out better than expectations, while Robert Gsellman is not.

My weekly column, the Deep League Report, focuses on deep AL-only leagues and deep NL-only leagues. I play in a deep AL-only keeper league myself with my BP colleague Mike Gianella, and I play in a deep NL-only keeper league, too, where eight of the 12 owners also belong to the AL-only league. I use these leagues to help inform my weekly column, seeing which players are available on the waiver wire or in free agency, which players are being dropped or reserved, which players are being picked up and how much FAAB is being spent on each player. Today I’ll take a look at how each of my teams are doing in these leagues.

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May 18, 2017 6:00 am

The Stash List: Week 7

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Greg Wellemeyer

Blake Snell, Amed Rosario, Jharel Cotton, Dan Vogelbach, Jose De Leon, Sean Newcomb and Harrison Bader are among the biggest movers up the list. Jose Berrios and Bradley Zimmer aren't on the list anymore—but it's OK, because they got promoted.

The Graduates: Bradley Zimmer (Previous Rank: 2), Jose Berrios (5), Welington Castillo (6), Lucas Duda (14), Amir Garrett (23), Raimel Tapia (24)

Zimmer made his major-league debut Tuesday and struck out three times in three plate appearances. He’s gonna have more games like that. He’ll also chip in some power and speed, and should hold down at least the strong side of a platoon for the duration.

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May 17, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer

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Erich Rothmann and George Bissell

A top prospect, Zimmer has a power-speed combo that has become increasingly rare in fantasy, and because of Cleveland's injury troubles in the outfield, is getting a chance to contribute now. What can we expect?

The Situation: The Indians outfield is in dire need of help due to the injuries to Abraham Almonte, Brandon Guyer and Austin Jackson. Also, while Michael Brantley has hit fairly well so far, his playing time is being managed cautiously given his recent injury history. They have addressed this situation by calling up Zimmer, one of their top prospects (No. 3 in our 2017 Indians organizational ranking).

Background: Cleveland selected Zimmer 21st overall in the 2014 amateur draft, and the start of his first full pro season could not have gone much better. After he slashed .308/.403/.493, hit 10 homers, and stole 32 bases in 335 plate appearances for High-A Lynchburg, he was named to the Carolina League All-Star team and participated in the Futures Game. However, he struggled with Double-A Akron in the second half of the season, in large part because he tried to play with a hairline fracture in his right foot. The 24-year-old’s stock fell in 2016 after striking out 115 times in just 407 plate appearances with Akron, and 56 times in 150 plate appearances for Triple-A Columbus. Zimmer got off to a better start with Columbus before his promotion, as he slashed .294/.371/.532, along with five homers, nine stolen bases, and “only” 43 strikeouts through 144 plate appearances.

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