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05-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
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Paul Sporer

05-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Hot Starts, Part III
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Rany Jazayerli

04-12

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14

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
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Paul Sporer

04-05

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two
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Paul Sporer

09-21

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Weekly Planner: Week 26
by
Paul Sporer

09-11

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/11/12
by
Michael Street

08-31

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Weekly Planner: Week 23
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Paul Sporer

07-27

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Weekly Planner: Week 18
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Paul Sporer

07-24

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/24/12
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Michael Street

07-18

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BP Unfiltered: Never Underestimate the Value of a Hot Start
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Bradley Ankrom

08-12

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Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 8/12/11
by
Bill Baer

08-05

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Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 8/5/11
by
Bill Baer

07-19

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31

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 18
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-31

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Prospectus Hit List: NL: The Valdez Non-Disaster
by
Jay Jaffe

05-13

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7

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #7
by
Craig Brown

04-22

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #4
by
Craig Brown

04-12

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3

Prospectus Hit List: Get Your Phils
by
Tommy Bennett

04-12

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11

Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars FAAB Update
by
Jason Collette

04-11

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2

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Early Returns
by
Larry Granillo

10-05

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19

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
by
Jay Jaffe

08-20

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #21
by
Craig Brown

07-21

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38

Transaction Action: ALtruisms
by
Christina Kahrl

07-12

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6

Transaction Action: Shuffling Seniors
by
Christina Kahrl

06-28

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5

Transaction Action: Blast, or Blasted?
by
Christina Kahrl

06-17

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9

Prospectus Hit List: Turnover Time
by
Jay Jaffe

06-11

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9

Prospectus Hit List: Beasts of the East
by
Jay Jaffe

05-11

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9

Prospectus Hit and Run: Night of The Living Dodgers
by
Jay Jaffe

05-07

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Seidnotes: Livan La Vida Loca
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Eric Seidman

04-16

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17

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #3
by
Craig Brown

10-07

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5

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cardinals LDS
by
Jay Jaffe

09-25

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19

Prospectus Hit List: Nearly All Wrapped Up
by
Jay Jaffe

08-28

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14

Prospectus Hit List: Breaking in and Breaking Down
by
Jay Jaffe

07-10

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Prospectus Hit List: Back in the Saddle Again
by
Jay Jaffe

07-03

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24

Prospectus Hit List: Beating the Holiday Traffic
by
Jay Jaffe

06-18

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5

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

06-05

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15

Prospectus Hit List: The Rising
by
Jay Jaffe

05-15

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Prospectus Hit List: Mid-May Madness
by
Jay Jaffe

01-19

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18

Transaction Analysis: Cubby Quartet
by
Christina Kahrl

09-19

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Prospectus Hit List: Nearing the Finish Line
by
Jay Jaffe

09-14

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Transaction Analysis: West by Central
by
Christina Kahrl

09-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Top to Bottom
by
Jay Jaffe

09-06

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Transaction Analysis: NL Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

08-14

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Transaction Analysis: AL Moves
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Christina Kahrl

08-11

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Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central Moves and Issues
by
Christina Kahrl

06-06

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Prospectus Hit List: Slinking, Streaking, and Slump-Busting
by
Jay Jaffe

05-30

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Prospectus Hit List: Look for Lofton
by
Jay Jaffe

04-18

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Prospectus Hit List: Welcome Back
by
Jay Jaffe

04-17

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Prospectus Preview: Thursday's Games to Watch
by
Caleb Peiffer

09-07

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Prospectus Hit List: September Song
by
Jay Jaffe

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May 24, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

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Paul Sporer

Rough matchups could leave AL-only leaguers scrambling this week, but the NL has a deeper slate of usable starters.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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When do hot starts become significant?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

The Royals are off to a fast start this season. How much does that mean? Their early success a decade ago prompted Rany to assess the predictiveness of hot starts in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Doctoring the Numbers" column on May 6, 2003.
 


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April 12, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three

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Paul Sporer

Which starters should you plan on using in your fantasy leagues next week?

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week I will cover the pitchers are who slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes guys will be in the “consider” where they might have one good start, but a second tough one and then your league settings might determine whether or not you should go forward with him. The pitchers will be split by league then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or high dollar auction bid so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many – if any – notes associated with these groupings each week. We are starting them automatically so why do I need to expound on how awesome they are and will be in the coming week?

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April 5, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Two

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Paul Sporer

Strong matchups warrant gambles on Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum this week, even in the wake of their shaky debuts.

Welcome to the 2013 debut of the Weekly Pitching Planner. Each week, I will cover the pitchers who are slated to make two starts and help you decide who you should start and who you should sit. Sometimes, such as when a pitcher has have one good matchup and one difficult assignment, pitchers will be in the “consider” category; your league settings might then determine whether or not that pitcher should find a spot in your lineup. The pitchers will be split by league, and then by categories:

Auto-Starts – These are your surefire fantasy aces. You paid a handsome sum for them either with an early draft pick or a high-dollar auction bid, so you’re starting them anywhere, anytime. Guys can emerge onto or fall off of this list as the season evolves. There won’t be many—if any—notes associated with these groupings each week. They are, as the name says, automatic starts.

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September 21, 2012 9:54 pm

Weekly Planner: Week 26

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Paul Sporer

Paul wraps up Weekly Planner as we approach the season's final full week.

And down the stretch they come… it’s the final week of two-start pitchers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Auto-Starts:
Cole Hamels and Matt Cain


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September 11, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/11/12

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Michael Street

Lacking significant September corner infield call-ups, Michael still fields a strong Value Picks lineup, joined by Josh Donaldson and Matt Dominguez this week.

The Value Picks crew had a fine week, hitting five homers, scoring 10 runs, and driving in 15 more. That’s a good thing, since the latest round of call-ups only brought one corner infielder likely to deliver fantasy value. That, however, doesn’t mean there’s nobody to be found on your waiver wire: almost all of my VPs are available in 80 percent of fantasy leagues.

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August 31, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 23

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Paul Sporer

Paul returns to this week to help you decide which two-start pitchers are worth your time.

Back at it again, but a big thanks is in order to Derek Carty for filling in on both of my columns last week.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Auto-Starts:
CC Sabathia and James Shields


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July 27, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 18

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Paul Sporer

This week finds tons of two-start pitchers worth using, so have at it.

Despite actually posting better peripherals than last year, Ian Kennedy’s ERA and WHIP have lagged this year, but he appears to be getting back on track with back-to-back gems and a chance for a third straight and second in a week when he faces the Mets on Saturday. He is still toting a 4.20 ERA, though, so there may still be time to buy at a discount. Anyone paying attention isn’t just going to give him away, but it’s worth a shot. Frankly, I’d buy at market value, so any discount would be icing.

It was supposed to be a star-studded week in the NL with six auto-starters going, but Clayton Kershaw, R.A. Dickey, and Roy Halladay have all been smacked around in their initial start of the week. At least Zack Greinke, Gio Gonzalez, and Josh Johnson have held up their end. Of the three duds, I’m not at all worried about Kershaw, am slightly concerned about Dickey’s horrid July, and am legitimately worried that Halladay simply isn’t 100 percent yet.

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July 24, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/24/12

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Michael Street

Paring his VP list down to five, Michael looks at Arizona’s new third baseman and some overperforming infielders in Playing Pepper.

We try to have at least five players on our VP lists, though at times I’ve had as many as seven. Things are a bit leaner now, so I’m cutting back to five again, but there are plenty of gambles to be found in Playing Pepper for owners more desperate for an immediate fix. If you want to talk about some of these players, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Asian players (all specialties of mine), or really anything fantasy-related, be sure to come to my first BP chat this Thursday at 2 PM EST (11 AM PT).

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Since May Day, Bryan LaHair and Casey Kotchman have been virtually the same player.

As the calendar flipped from April to May, two 29-year-old first basemen in America's Heartland were off to very different starts. In Chicago, minor-league veteran Bryan LaHair was the feel-good story of the season's first month, hitting .390/.471/.780 for the otherwise-moribund Cubs. A few hundred miles to the east, Casey Kotchman and the Indians were the subject of plenty of "I told you so"s when, to the surprise of few, Kotchman failed to sustain his surprising 2011 production, carrying a .149/.240/.254 slash line into May.

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August 12, 2011 11:32 pm

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 8/12/11

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Bill Baer

The D-Train makes an appearance on BP in addition to a Seattle starter you probably hadn't heard of before a few months ago.

Newcomers
Dontrelle Willis, Cincinnati Reds (Yahoo! 4%, ESPN 3%, CBS 20%)
The fantasy baseball world has been rocked with two great redemption stories this season: one by Ryan Vogelsong and another by the D-Train himself. After a blazing-hot start to his career in 2003, which included winning the NL Rookie of the Year award and a World Series ring, his last three seasons have been a trainwreck. From 2008-10, the lefty has logged only 123.1 innings with a K/9 below 6.0 and a BB/9 approaching 8.7. No, that’s not a typo: 8.7.



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August 5, 2011 11:50 pm

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 8/5/11

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Bill Baer

Bill welcomes a couple of unspectacular but solid options to VP this week while saying goodbye to a hard-throwing youngster undergoing TJS.

Newcomers
Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays (15% Yahoo!, 14% ESPN, 27% CBS)
In his first three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in late June, Cecil looked shaky, allowing 10 runs in 20 and one-third innings. In his three starts since, he has allowed four runs in 22 innings while striking out 17 and walking six. Those most recent three starts were against the Texas Rangers twice (AL's third-best offense) and the Rays—certainly high-quality competition. Cecil plays best in AL-only leagues but could be worth the risk depending on your place in the standings and the categories you need in deep mixed leagues.



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