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June 2, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Yes, You Can Stream Jeff Locke, Except You Can't


Wilson Karaman

Figuring out how to deploy the Pirates lefty in fantasy could be a dicey proposition.

9 IP, 3 H, K. Yep, that’s the line from Jeff Locke’s most recent start against a Marlins offense that ranks fifth in team TAv and sixth in VORP (no, Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t in the lineup, or Dee Gordon for that matter, but the Fish can still hit, somehow). Locke has actually been quite useful in the month of May as a streamer, with clunkers @CHC and home against the excellent D’backs—neither of which should’ve seen him in anyone’s active lineup anyway—mixed in among four quality starts in which he pitched to a 2.48 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP across 29 innings. Are those stats cherry-picked? Kind of. Not really. They’re the whole point of streaming, and Locke’s been a dandy of an option lately. And I suspect he’ll continue to be an option on most of your waiver wires over the next several weeks, as is his lot in mixed league fantasy baseball life. He’s currently the fifth-most added player in Sportsline leagues, however, so perhaps we should dive in a little bit and figure out what’s going on with his recent production. Most importantly, is he worth the add? Should we expect him to remain a viable option through his next few turns?

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October 17, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Endgame Sleepers


Bret Sayre

Bret advised you to gamble on these players seven months ago; now it's time to look back and see how he did.

Welcome to the second installment of “Bret looks back on his favorite 2013 columns and grades himself.” Last week, I took a look at my 10 bold predictions based on April’s small samples, but today we’ll go even further back in the time machine.

My favorite column to write every year looks at my favorite endgame sleepers just as Spring Training is coming to a close. In the past I’ve stopped at 10, but this year I turned the dial all the way up to 20—putting the spotlight on players in leagues of varying depths.

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August 28, 2013 6:58 am

What You Need to Know: August's Surprising Power Performances


Daniel Rathman

Dan debuts a new format with a look at the month's unlikely power hitters, Robinson Cano's injury scare, the Pirates' pitching, and the defensive plays of the night.

The Tuesday Takeaway
When the calendar flipped to August, Shane Victorino had five home runs and 29 RBI on the season. When he woke up yesterday morning, he had nine big flies and 41 runs driven in. When he went to bed, he had 11 and 48.

Victorino was no stranger to double-digit homer totals during his heyday with the Phillies, slugging 18 in 2010 and 17 in 2011, but his power output dropped to 11 in 2012, and it lagged badly for the first four months of this year. Now, he has equaled last year’s tally and appears poised to add to it over the remaining five weeks.

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August 2, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19


Paul Sporer

Paul helps you set your fantasy rotation with a look at next week's two-start pitchers.

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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