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08-20

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Dynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 Talk
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-20

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They Hold No Quarter: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Being Wrong About Yovani Gallardo
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J.P. Breen

08-19

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Deep Impact: Week 20
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Ben Carsley

08-19

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The Stash List: 18th Edition: The Final Quest
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Bret Sayre

08-18

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Interleague Report: Week 21
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Jeff Quinton

08-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Jonathan Lucroy
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J.P. Breen

08-18

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Closer to Me: Week 21
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Mauricio Rubio

08-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Starling Marte and Being Wrong
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Craig Goldstein

08-14

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 31
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Setting Expectations on Superstars
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J.P. Breen

08-13

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Dynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-13

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They Hold No Quarter: First Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-12

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The Stash List: 17th Edition
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Bret Sayre

08-12

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Deep Impact: Week 19
by
Ben Carsley

08-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison
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J.P. Breen

08-11

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Closer to Me: Week 20
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-11

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9

Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms
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Mike Gianella

08-08

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Daily League Strategy: Riding Out Slumps
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Paul Sporer

08-08

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Wilson Karaman

08-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jeremy Hellickson
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Craig Goldstein

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Strategy Example From the Deadline
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Jeff Quinton

08-07

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trade Winds
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Post-Deadline Prospect Value
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-05

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Daily League Strategy: Everyone's Favorite Candy!
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Paul Sporer

08-05

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Deep Impact: Week 18
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Ben Carsley

08-05

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The Stash List: 16th Edition
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Bret Sayre

08-04

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Interleague Report: Week 19
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Jeff Quinton

08-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

08-04

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Closer to Me: Week 19
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Mauricio Rubio

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Leagues With In-Season Salary Caps
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Mike Gianella

08-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
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Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Daily League Strategy: Splurging on Bats
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Paul Sporer

07-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadlines and Systems of Thought
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Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-31

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trending Prospects and Big Leaguers
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-30

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Dynasty Dynamics: Who We're Selling at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-29

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Daily League Strategy: Stacking Lefties
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Paul Sporer

07-29

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Deep Impact: Week 17
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Ben Carsley

07-29

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The Stash List: 15th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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J.P. Breen

07-28

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Interleague Report: Week 18
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Jeff Quinton

07-28

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Closer to Me: Week 18
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Mauricio Rubio

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Daily League Strategy: (Alex) Wood is Good
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Paul Sporer

07-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis
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Jeff Quinton

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

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August 13, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

The DD duo unveils its current prospect rankings and takes a few jabs at each other about them.

When Bret isn’t busy ruining our lives by creating the Bat Signal, he’s busy ranking things. Like, everything. I mean, look at this.


meme courtesy of @EricNeville

He actually made that ranking. It stunk.

Anyway, the Appels didn’t fall far from the tree (name humor) in this family, and sometimes we get the urge to rank things ourselves. Okay, fine, Ben gets the urge and I get a nervous breakdown. Nonetheless, what follows is at top 50 fantasy prospect ranking from each of us, and then an ensuing squabble about who did what wrong.

Enjoy.

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August 12, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: 17th Edition

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Bret Sayre

With four graduates and seven departees, this week's top 20 has a host of newcomers.

The Graduates: Javier Baez (1), Wilmer Flores (10), Trevor May (12), Tommy Milone (15)
Considering it was a regular week, it was a pretty popular one to ascend from the Stash List. We all know how Baez has spent his first week in the majors, and it’s been almost exactly as we would have thought—three homers, 12 strikeouts, and no walks sounds pretty indicative of what to expect the rest of the way. If you need power, make sure he’s not available on the waiver wire.

Flores may only have a .557 OPS, but he’s certainly the best offensive option the Mets have at shortstop in the medium-term, and will now give him every chance to prove he’s as terrible at the position as his scouting report says.


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August 12, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 19

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Intro time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t. Stay. Here.

Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres
Liriano has long been a pet prospect of mine, and I was happy to allow confirmation bias to set in when I learned that Craig Goldstein loved Liriano, too. The talented outfielder destroyed High-A as a 21-year-old in 2012, and was productive in limited playing time in Double-A, too. Tommy John then deprived him of his 2013 campaign, but he hit .264/.335/.377 in 415 Double-A PA this season, hitting 14 homers and swiping 17 bags along the way. After a 16-game cameo in Triple-A, Liriano now finds himself in the majors, and he should see substantial playing time immediately.


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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison

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J.P. Breen

The Pirates utility man has outperformed expectations to date, but is there reason to believe he can stay hot?

As experienced fantasy owners, we’re all accustomed to surprise performers early in the season. We all react to differently. Some owners pepper the waiver wire with claims, hoping to ride the wave of success, while other owners wait for the wheat to separate from the chaff, if you will, before jumping on individual bandwagons.

Personally, I try to pick-and-choose my spots. I don’t prefer the claim-and-drop strategy that many owners employ, in which they claim hot-starters and quickly release them once their performance expectedly drops. I claim guys I plan to retain for a good portion of the season, investing in breakout performances I believe in. It perhaps takes a bit longer to make those decisions—and thus I can miss my chance to acquire those players—but it’s a bit more sustainable in the long term.

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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 20

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Detroit Tigers
The Detroit bullpen disease continues to find new victims as Joakim Soria (who was acquired for Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson) might be out until September with a strained oblique. It’s been a nightmare season for Detroit relievers, which is nothing new for the club. For all the good GM Dave Dombrowski has done, and he’s done a lot, the bullpen remains his Achilles heel. Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan are going to battle it out for saves down the stretch. Nathan refuses to die and Chamberlain has been bad in his brief tryouts for the job. Al Alburquerque is behind them and is a decent speculative play.

Chicago White Sox
Matt Lindstrom is coming back on Tuesday to hopefully stabilize what has been an absolute train wreck of a unit. The White Sox have run a parade of arms to handle the ninth inning with bad results. Lindstrom wasn’t missing bats when he was healthy this year, and his command was erratic. His past profile paints the picture of a ground-ball pitcher who strikes out 17-20 percent of batters faced. If he gets back to that, he might get a look at closing should Jake Petricka falter. It’s a long shot since Petricka has been very effective this season. Still, it’s worth it to claim him and hope Petricka goes the way of every other White Sox closer this season.



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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms

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Mike Gianella

Looking at the pros and cons of various methods to curb or prevent "dump" trades.

Last week, I talked about salary caps in auction-style leagues and how they can still allow non-contending teams to rebuild without destroying the integrity of your league. As many of my readers have pointed out, there are several other methods you can use to either curb dump trades or prevent them entirely if you so desire. Over the years, I have used some of these methods in my carryover leagues. Others I have not used but have heard about through either reader feedback or from other fantasy baseball analysts who also play in keeper leagues. The list below is not intended to be comprehensive but offers a guide to different ways you can navigate this issue in your league or leagues.

Salary Floor
A salary cap addresses how much salary a contender may put on his or her roster, but does little if anything to discourage a team at the bottom of the pack from simply vacating its roster and shipping everyone away to another squad. An alternative suggested by many of my readers is a salary floor. Putting a minimum required salary on a team still allows teams to play for next year but prevents teams from simply jettisoning everyone off of their rosters and potentially disrupting the competitive balance of the league.


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Brandon Moss' price has come down due to a recent rough spell, enough for Paul to overlook the skid and play him this weekend.

With DraftKings’ acquisition of DraftStreet, I will now be using that site’s dollar values to select my players of the day.

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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20

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Wilson Karaman

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

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner! A moderate haul of 39 two-start candidates this week, as the White Sox, Indians, Angels, and Giants will be playing only five games this week, so there are no two-start options coming out of those teams.

On to the nuts and bolts: Outside of the elites, two-start pitchers are often as much or more trouble than they’re worth. Rare is the week in which the stars align to offer your starters not just one but two consecutive tasty matchups. As a result you’ll notice that sometimes the better starters will find themselves in the “consider” category, because they might have one good matchup but a second tough one. And similarly, less-talented hurlers might just meander their way into “start” territory on account of a plum schedule. The pitchers will be split by league, and then by categories:

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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Jeremy Hellickson

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Craig Goldstein

The Rays righty is back on the mound, but is he ready to help you in fantasy leagues?

Stop getting excited about Jeremy Hellickson. All four of you. If we haven’t learned that we shouldn’t judge anything based off of four starts or 20-plus innings, we sure as hell should have. So let’s not declare him “back to the old Hellickson,” or make any other bold proclamations here. Let’s just take a look at what he’s done over 20 brief innings, and see if he’s doing anything different. If he is, perhaps you can get in on the ground floor of his value, after a rough 2013.

With his strikeout and walk rates in the same vicinity of his career totals, let’s start with his velocity, per Brooks Baseball:

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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 19

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-TEAM MIXED

Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros
There’s definitely some weirdness to Singleton’s numbers so far this season. The biggest, by far, is that he’s handling lefties extremely well, despite having that knock against him in the minor leagues. I mean, 59 plate appearances is nothing to draw vast conclusions from, but his .264/.322/.566 line against southpaws at least hints at an ability that many thought he’d struggle with. Recently, it hasn’t mattered who Singleton has faced, the power stroke has been out in full force. If the performance against left-handers is even slightly real, that will fill out Singleton’s fantasy value even more than we had initially thought—potentially raising his future batting average and power output (assuming full playing time). After all, Singleton is not going to keep producing like a below replacement-level infielder against right-handers (.589 OPS in 141 at bats). If you just lost Paul Goldschmidt in a shallow league and are looking to at least replace his power, Singleton has a chance to give you some similar output in that arena—albeit, at a price. —Bret Sayre


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August 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A Strategy Example From the Deadline

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Jeff Quinton

Examining how the concepts about which Jeff writes can be applied to a real fantasy league scenario.

Less specifically, I type words. More specifically, I type words about the theories and concepts that surround fantasy baseball strategy. Every once in a while, it is worthwhile to zoom in a little, to take a look at an actual fantasy baseball example because it allows us to see how these concepts and theories can play out in our leagues. Consequently, I bring you a case study from my NL only keeper league (which also happens to be my favorite league). The trades and non-trades made by the top three teams in my league provide excellent studies on strategy, owner tendencies, competitive response, and trade markets as well as the interactions of all these concepts. Let us get cracking.

The League:
11 team, NL only, 5x5 roto, 15 major league keeper max, 4 minor league keeper max, 12 hitters/9 pitchers/1 utility slot.


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August 7, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trade Winds

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes suggest some players to trade for and trade away in advance of the Scoresheet deadline.

With the MLB trade deadline behind us and the Scoresheet trade deadline fast approaching, now’s a good time to talk trades. Well, any time is a good time good to talk trades, but that’s particularly the case now. Below we list some trade targets and players to move, along with our reasoning. Keep in mind the quirks of the Scoresheet playoffs: you are looking for players who will get playing time in September, but performance to date is banked value.

Players to Consider Trading For:

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