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11-26

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Fantasy Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles
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Craig Goldstein

11-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Christian Yelich is Poised to Break Out
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Matt Collins

11-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Offseason Trades and Responding to the Default Effect
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Jeff Quinton

11-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: 40-Man Additions to Know
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Craig Goldstein

11-24

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Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers
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Nick Shlain

11-21

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Fantasy Team Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Wilson Karaman

11-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Offseason Trades and the Default Effect
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Jeff Quinton

11-20

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-19

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Ben Carsley

11-18

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy Busts
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J.P. Breen

11-17

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
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Keith Cromer

11-14

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Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle Mariners
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Nick Shlain

11-13

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy MVPs of 2014
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J.P. Breen

11-12

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Matt Collins

11-12

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Five to Watch: More Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Ben Carsley

11-11

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Yankees
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Bret Sayre

11-11

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-10

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Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays
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Wilson Karaman

11-07

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Fantasy Team Preview: Tampa Bay Rays
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Jeff Quinton

11-06

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Craig Goldstein

11-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: What to Make of Odrisamer Despaigne
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Keith Cromer

11-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Curb Your Pitching Enthusiasm
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Nick Shlain

11-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago White Sox
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J.P. Breen

11-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Players Looking for Bounce-Back Power
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Matt Collins

11-03

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-31

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
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Keith Cromer

10-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Going All-In on Hyun-jin Ryu
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Matt Collins

10-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept that Justin Upton is Quite Good
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Wilson Karaman

10-29

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Baseball Therapy: The Problem With Lists
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Russell A. Carleton

10-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Mike Gianella

10-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Madison Bumgarner for Cy Young
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J.P. Breen

10-27

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Fantasy Team Preview: Texas Rangers
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Craig Goldstein

10-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Projection Season and the Recency Effect
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Jeff Quinton

10-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Brandon Belt
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Ben Carsley

10-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Alcides Escobar
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Wilson Karaman

10-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 2 - National League
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Mike Gianella

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Joe Panik
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Ben Carsley

10-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jon Jay
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Jeff Quinton

10-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Lorenzo Cain
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J.P. Breen

10-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Prospect Predictions
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Craig Goldstein

10-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American League
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Mike Gianella

10-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Shelby Miller
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Wilson Karaman

10-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back at Super Subs
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Paul Sporer

10-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: My Favorite Endgame Targets of 2014
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Bret Sayre

10-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Sergio Romo
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J.P. Breen

10-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Denard Span
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Wilson Karaman

10-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trades and the Importance of Hustle
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Jeff Quinton

10-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Edinson Volquez
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Craig Goldstein

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November 14, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Seattle Mariners

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Nick Shlain

Two studs on the mound, two more at the plate, and notes on the rest of the Emerald City players who could hold fantasy value next year.

Staring a fifth consecutive fourth-place finish in the American League West in the face, the Mariners went out last offseason and signed Robinson Cano to the fourth-largest contract in baseball history at the time. The addition of Cano, a bullpen resurgence, and outstanding pitching from Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma led Seattle to a 16-win improvement in 2014. Approaching the offseason from the other side of the win curve now, the Mariners could eschew a big splash signing to merely fill their holes—designated hitter, shortstop, first base—and make it to the postseason. Before they make their moves, though, let’s take a look at the relevant fantasy players currently under the Mariners’ control.

Studs

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November 13, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at junior-circuit arms' fantasy performance during the past year.

On Tuesday, I took a look back at American League hitters from a Rotisserie valuation standpoint. Today, I’ll tackle the pitchers in the junior circuit.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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November 13, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Fantasy MVPs of 2014

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J.P. Breen

These players vastly outperformed their draft position, making them the best fantasy values of the past season.

Trying to determine any Fantasy Baseball MVP is inherently difficult because the notion of what is the “most valuable” depends on the specific league settings, the makeup of individual teams, and even the type of draft. However, we can certainly highlight some of the players who carried significant surplus value by comparing the preseason average draft position (ADP) of a player and his end-of-season ranking. Those players, we can reasonably assume, impacted the overall success rate of fantasy teams more than other picks.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians

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Matt Collins

The Tribe boasts intriguing present and future options at a few of the shallowest fantasy positions.

All of a sudden, the AL Central looks like one of the more interesting divisions in all of baseball. The Tigers are still a star-studded team that is not afraid to spend. The Royals are coming off of an improbable World Series run and will bring back much of their core. Even the White Sox have some fun young pieces to go along with one of the best pitchers in the game. Then, there’s the Indians, who are often forgotten but remain a possible dark-horse team to make a playoff run in 2015.

While they likely don’t have the payroll flexibility to add many major pieces to their roster this winter, they already have a nice core in place. Their pitching staff is headed by a Cy Young candidate, and their lineup is built around one of the better catchers in baseball, a breakout star in left field and an OBP machine at first base. They’ll need some of their young players to take another step forward, but they should be a fun team to watch in the coming year.

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

Five to Watch: More Post-Hype Prospects for 2015

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Ben Carsley

Part two of a series on erstwhile prospects you shouldn't forget about heading into the coming year.

"There’s a theory I’m partial to that says we need 1,000-1,500 at-bats at the major-league level to know who a hitter really is. Given how early some prospects are being promoted these days, it’s possible we need to be even more lenient. That said, knowing when they’re going to be useful to you is as important as knowing if they’ll be useful. Below are five guys I’d work to keep, given the chance."

I had my people tell Craig Goldstein to write the introduction to this mini-series last week, and that's what he came up with. Unfortunately, it will have to serve. Send any and all complaints to Peter Gammons.

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November 11, 2014 9:50 am

Fantasy Team Preview: New York Yankees

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Bret Sayre

The Yankees still have holes to fill on their way back to contention, but they also have plenty of players who could be useful to your fantasy squad.

Coming off a disappointing 2013 season that saw them win just 85 games, the Yankees threw money around last offseason like it was about to hit its expiration date. Now, after another subpar campaign in 2014—winning one fewer game than the year prior—the question is will they or won’t they?

With no shortage of holes to fill (pretty much the whole infield and a few rotation spots) and very little coming by way of the farm system (we’ll get to that below), the Yankees may be forced to bring their payroll above any point in franchise history just to field a playoff-caliber roster. However, until that happens, we’re left examining a very expensive building with an unfinished façade.

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Hitters

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at junior-circuit bats' fantasy performance during the past year.

Welcome to my second annual look at retrospective player valuation here at Baseball Prospectus. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts examining how players performed from a fantasy perspective in 2014. This is the first post in a series of six. The first two posts in the series will focus on AL-only leagues, the next two will shift their focus to NL-only, and the final two posts examine the more difficult terrain (from a valuation perspective) of mixed leagues.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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November 10, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

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Wilson Karaman

The Jays have the longest active postseason drought in the majors, but they also have players that can help your fantasy team get there.

With the Royals’ magic carpet ride to Game Seven of the World Series in October, the dubious distinction for longest playoff drought in Major League Baseball now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, who haven’t played a meaningful game since Joe Carter touched ‘em all. But despite those real-world sorrows the Canadian club continues to produce valuable fantasy players year after year, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Rogers Center again played as one of the best ballparks in baseball to catch a souvenir in 2014, and the Blue Jays’ high octane offense checked in third in the Majors in both homeruns and team ISO, fifth in runs scored, and eighth in TAv. And for its part, the pitching staff, while overall poor and inconsistent, managed to produce some sneaky interesting performances. With a wave of young pitching talent set to break imminently, there is promise for more in the immediate future as well.

The Jays will enter this off-season set up for a relatively modest amount of turnover. Two of their starting outfielders from a year ago, Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus, will hit free agency, and while the club recently shipped Adam Lind to Milwaukee in order to clear some payroll, it appears unlikely either will be back with Toronto in 2015. Pitching-wise, the rotation cup is poised to runneth over. Last year’s starting five should all remain under club control, and while the club recently declined injury-riddled Brandon Morrow’s option several young MLB-ready prospects will be waiting in the wings for trial runs throughout the year. The departures of closer Casey Janssen and injured set-up man Sergio Santos will open up the back of the bullpen for a competition or free agent signings as well. Let’s take a look at how the roster is currently shaping up as we enter the offseason.

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November 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

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Jeff Quinton

With a new GM and without a skipper at the moment, the Rays' future, real and fantasy, is up in the air.

There has been a lot of Rays baseball activity already this offseason, but none has been player related. The general manager and manager (a title that somehow seems even more general than general manager) have left. Not much changes for us fantasy baseball folk besides potentially more day-to-day lineup consistency. Will these changes impact player performance? There is no way that we can tell; thus, there is nothing to additionally factor into our valuations.

As far as the roster, the Rays have again traded away an expiring, expensive-via-arbitration ace in David Price for cheaper, more controllable assets. The always cash strapped Rays could also be looking to trade Matt Joyce and Jeremy Hellickson for cheaper, more controllable assets this offseason.

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November 6, 2014 11:44 am

Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2015

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Craig Goldstein

The shine is off these young players, which means now might be the time for keeper league owners to invest.

Just over a year ago, I introduced myself to you by using the phrase “mound-dwelling tautonymic counterpart” in an attempt to dazzle and impress. Now you know the sandwich-loving truth, though, and despite the need to hate, you can’t help but love. I bring you back to that time in your life when things were better, before you knew me and what I’m about, only to say, I’m about to discuss the same topic.

Each offseason, keeper and dynasty owners have roster crunches to figure out. Ever the complicating factors are those players who once carried lofty ceilings but have yet to turn tools and talent into production. They’ve exceeded their rookie eligibility, meaning they can’t be stashed on a farm team, and it’s decision time. Generally, it is about weighing the option of carrying the high upside/high risk post-hype prospect, or someone with a lower ability to impact your rotation/lineup, but who is a surer thing to do so.

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November 6, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: What to Make of Odrisamer Despaigne

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Keith Cromer

Can the Cuban righty be a reliable fantasy option in 2015?

So, here is a scenario I am assuming a few of you fellow fantasy baseball brothers and sisters were faced with just two months into the baseball season….

It’s late May, and your pitching is scuffling a bit. Despite the shaky start, you have faith in your squad and know that just one or two waiver-wire pitching finds could turn your season around. You need to act fast, though, so as not to dig a hole in ERA and WHIP from which you might not recover. You play in competitive leagues, and there is not much pitching available on waivers. You see a note saying the Padres have just promoted a 27-year-old Cuban righty named Odrisamer Despaigne to Triple-A and that he could be called up to the majors soon.

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November 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Curb Your Pitching Enthusiasm

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Nick Shlain

Why blowing the bulk of your budget on pitchers might not be the way to go.

PSA: Throw on “If it Ain’t About The Money” as we’ll get into some pricing and I’m playing Young Thug to Mike Gianella’s T.I.

Fantasy baseball is one of my favorite things in the world, but one thing I truly hate about it is anytime I overpay for a pitcher. Generally, my strategy entering an auction is to spend much more on hitting than pitching. Sometimes this strategy yields a bargain-basement staff and bloated offense, but I’d honestly rather waste the money on my offense than not even try to build a winner throwing it away on arms.

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