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09-16

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Deep Impact: Week 25
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Ben Carsley

09-15

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Interleague Report: Week 25
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Jeff Quinton

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part Two: National League
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Mike Gianella

09-12

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Process of Analyzing Process: A Keeper League Example
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Jeff Quinton

09-11

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 34
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

09-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week 24
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-11

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Deep Impact: Week 23
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Ben Carsley

09-10

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report Food Comps
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Lance Lynn
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J.P. Breen

09-09

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Daily League Strategy: Kole Powered
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Paul Sporer

09-08

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Interleague Report: Week 24
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Jeff Quinton

09-08

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Closer to Me: Week 22: Looking Back, Looking Forward
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Mauricio Rubio

09-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part One: American League
by
Mike Gianella

09-05

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13

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
by
Wilson Karaman

09-05

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Daily League Strategy: The Shoe Fits
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Paul Sporer

09-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Behavioral Look at Lineup Setting
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Jeff Quinton

09-04

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5

Free Agent Watch: Week 23
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-03

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Deep Impact: Week 22
by
Ben Carsley

09-03

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2

They Hold No Quarter: Shortstops
by
BP Fantasy Staff

09-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Danny Duffy
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Craig Goldstein

09-02

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Daily League Strategy: A Pair of White Sox
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Paul Sporer

09-02

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Interleague Report: Week 23
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Jeff Quinton

08-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
by
Wilson Karaman

08-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Buy Corey Dickerson
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Craig Goldstein

08-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: Analyzing the Competitive Landscape
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Jeff Quinton

08-28

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-28

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Checking in on a Scoresheet Rookie
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Ben Murphy

08-27

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Three
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-27

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They Hold No Quarter: Third Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

08-26

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Daily League Strategy: Petco, it's Where Daily Leaguers Go
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Paul Sporer

08-26

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Deep Impact: Week 21
by
Ben Carsley

08-25

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Interleague Report: Week 22
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Jeff Quinton

08-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
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J.P. Breen

08-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Weak Links
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Mike Gianella

08-25

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Closer to Me: Week 22
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Mauricio Rubio

08-22

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Daily League Strategy: "Prado of the Yankees"
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Paul Sporer

08-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
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Wilson Karaman

08-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Era
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Craig Goldstein

08-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Information, Humans, and Errors in Valuation
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Jeff Quinton

08-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-21

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 32
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

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
by
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

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 22: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Mauricio Rubio

Mauricio evalutes his preseason closer strategy and reveals how he'll approach them in 2015.

This is my last Closer To Me article for 2014. Rather than run a vanilla update on what happened the last two weeks, let’s look back on the season as a whole and see how the highest ranked closers according to ADP and auction dollars according to Fantasy Pros.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part One: American League

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Mike Gianella

These players might not be the center of your fantasy attention, but some could have sneaky keeper value in AL-only leagues.

Last year, I introduced a piece I called “The Other Guys.” It received such a positive response that I decided to bring it back again this year.

In fantasy baseball, and particularly in keeper leagues, analysts typically take a look at the hot prospects down on the farm who are getting called up for the first time in September. This is useful from a knowledge perspective, but from a decision making standpoint often isn’t very helpful. Mookie Betts is a keep at $10 next year if he makes the Red Sox out of camp; even if he’s on the bench, it’s likely he’ll be kept for the anticipated rewards down the road.

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24

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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!

By now most head-to-head leagues are squarely into playoff territory, and that’s an unfortunate thing pitching-wise, because the pickin’s are slim this week for quality two-start options. Just three auto-starts and six straight “start” recommendations between both leagues, and the NL is particularly buried in difficult options. Even owners in shallower league are going to be forced to make tough choices this week, which will inject some unwanted indecision into the playoff picture. As far as standard abnormalities go, the White Sox have not announced a starter for Monday or Tuesday at this point, and both will be lined up for two-start status, albeit with tough draws at U.S. Cellular against the A’s and Twins. The Giants have also yet to announce who will take the slot most recently occupied by the MLB record-holder for most consecutive batters retired, and it is that slot that will line up for two starts next week. Whether it remains Yusmeiro Petit or defaults back to Tim Lincecum, it’ll be a start worth considering, as it’ll be a home-and-home set involving the hapless Diamondbacks. And finally, the Cubs will be switching to a six-man rotation down the stretch, as they work some of their young arms into September looks and play it safe with the workloads of others. It’s a strategy I wouldn’t be to see more from out-of-contention teams given that two-fold benefit.

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Angels righty Matt Shoemaker has been outstanding for more than two months, earning him a spot on Paul's pitcher list for today.

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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September 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A Behavioral Look at Lineup Setting

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Jeff Quinton

With the playoffs around the corner, Jeff looks at how to avoid biases when you decide who to start or sit.

In leagues where we set weekly lineups, we do so every week of the season, but the most important lineups we will set (and certainly the ones we will most agonize over) are our playoff lineups. While the technical aspect of setting a lineup (clicking a mouse, typing, using an app etc.) is pretty much behaviorally neutral, there are many cognitive biases that are quite possibly affecting our sit/start decisions. We will take a look at the potential impact of these biases on our decisions and how we can navigate these biases to improve our decisions.

The Biases

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September 4, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 23

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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.

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Mookie Betts, OF/SS/2B, Boston Red Sox
It’s been a roller-coaster season for the diminutive Red Sox rookie, as Betts tore through the upper minors during the first half of the year, and then was briefly shunned after struggling out of the gate at the major league level. The shock of a top prospect not being super awesome right away must have just paralyzed the organization and fan base. Lo and behold, after some experience and soul searching, Betts is doing pretty much was Betts was expected to do by those with unrealistic expectations. After being recalled on August 1st, Betts is just hitting .311/.400/.525 with three homers and three steals in 61 at-bats. In fact, he’s been hitting so well that his 132 OPS+ ranks second on the team, among players with 50 plate appearances or more. With the shallowness of middle infield (and the fact that he carries outfield eligibility to boot), there’s no reason he should be owned in only 26 percent of Yahoo leagues and 18 percent of ESPN leagues. —Bret Sayre


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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 22

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Ben Carsley

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

Out, out, brief intro!

Andrew Heaney, SP, Marlins
Remember Heaney? One of the better left-handed pitching prospects in the game, the 23-year-old had a rough introduction to life in the majors earlier this season. He allowed 15 earned runs across 20 2/3 innings and four starts and was relegated back to the minor leagues in early July. Heaney’s been decent if unspectacular in Triple-A ever since, and now finds himself back in the major leagues as rosters are expanding. With Henderson Alvarez possibly in line to miss some starts, that makes Heaney relevant for our purposes once again.


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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

They Hold No Quarter: Shortstops

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BP Fantasy Staff

These players aren't widely owned, but they might be useful fliers for keeper-league owners looking ahead to 2015.

If there’s anything we love more than baseball around here on the fantasy staff, it’s collaborating with each other. So, at the behest of myself, we’re going to be doing one final group series of the year to close out the last seven weeks of the season. For this series, we will each select one player who is below 25 percent owned in either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues who could be someone to consider grabbing before the end of the season with an eye toward a keeper spot. Now, given the depth we’re dealing with here, these recommendations are not for owners who can keep five or seven players from season-to-season—it’s more for those of you who play in leagues where keepers take up more than half of your roster (and possibly more, in the case of some recommendations contained within).

Wilmer Flores, New York Mets
“Flores is owned in a hearty 0.2 percent of ESPN leagues, and it's not terribly difficult to see why. The 23-year-old is hitting just .237/.271/.312 in 182 PA this season, knocking out just two homers and driving in only 16 runs in the process. Even for a player with shortstop eligibility that's pretty bad, but there's reason for optimism moving forward. Flores hit .323/.367/.568 in Triple-A this season after being similarly effective last year, and while Las Vegas is a hitter-friendly environment, some of the underlying skill here is real. The fear with Flores has long been that he'd be relegated to a position much lower on the positional value scale, but the Mets are still running him out at shortstop we're he'll be eligible in all formats at least for next year. Flores won't challenge for a top-10 fantasy SS finish by any means, but if he's given 500-plus PA next year it's not crazy to think he could hit .270 with 10-plus homers and around 60 runs and RBI apiece. That's starting to look like a pretty valuable player in deeper leagues, and I prefer him to the likes of a Yunel Escobar, Stephen Drew, or a Jordy Mercer, as uninspiring as those names may be.” —Ben Carsley


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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Danny Duffy

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Craig Goldstein

Did you see Danny Duffy posting a top-five ERA? Neither did Craig, who examines whether he can keep it up.

If someone had asked you back in April to guess the pitchers with the five best ERAs entering September, odds are you’d do pretty well. Clayton Kershaw is a given, as is Felix Hernandez. Chris Sale is as near a lock as there is, and Johnny Cueto wouldn’t have been too far down the list. You wouldn’t have been crazy to throw Yu Darvish or Adam Wainwright in there, but you would be wrong. No one would have foreseen Danny Duffy in the top five.

For good reason, too. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012, Duffy missed most of the following two seasons. He has totaled nearly double the innings in 2014 that he threw in 2012-13 combined, and he’s been far more effective in doing so. It’s not that Duffy was bad in that span, posting a 3.90 ERA (3.96 FIP) in 2012 and a 1.85 ERA (3.09 FIP) in 2013. Since returning though, he’s been a different pitcher. He’s striking out fewer batters and walking significantly fewer batters, and it’s set up a model of sustainable success for him, even if it’s robbed him of some of his fantasy ceiling.

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Paul likes Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton to take care of Twins lefty Tommy Milone, so they earn spots in his recommended lineup.

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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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 23

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

Last Week

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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23

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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! It’s that magical time of year when the calendar flips to September and the playoffs wander into town like a surly drunk in fantasy leagues near and far. There’s a decent crop of two-start options this week, as a handful of rainouts and wrap-around series have extended the options for some teams, while only the White Sox and Astros will be limited to five-game schedules. The Tigers still haven’t confirmed a starter for their Tuesday/Sunday slot in the wake of Anibal Sanchez’s setback, but given the collective performance of their no. 5 starters over the last few weeks (8.44 ERA over nine starts totaling just 37 1/3 innings), whoever it is will be unlikely to warrant consideration. As always feel free to use the comments section to request additional ramblings on a certain pitcher not covered in the write-ups below.

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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