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08-20

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They Hold No Quarter: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-13

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They Hold No Quarter: First Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

07-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Midseason Keeper League FAAB Strategy
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Jeff Quinton

07-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Minor League Draft Pick Valuation
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Jeff Quinton

06-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects
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Mauricio Rubio

06-11

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7

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

06-11

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11

Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
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Bret Sayre

06-06

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Day One Draft Recap
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Bret Sayre

06-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper League Purgatory
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Jeff Quinton

05-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Middle of the Road
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Wilson Karaman

05-13

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29

Dynasty Dynamics: The U25 Top 150, Part One
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-22

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Dynasty Dynamics: AL Central U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-15

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Dynasty Dynamics: NL Central U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Leagues and Salary/Contract Dynamics
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Mike Gianella

03-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Two Deep-League Lessons From the Preseason
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Ben Carsley

03-05

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Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-04

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The Top 101 Fantasy Prospects of 2014
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Bret Sayre

03-03

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The Top 101 Fantasy Prospects of 2014
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Bret Sayre

02-27

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

02-27

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

02-26

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16

Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

02-20

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 120 Outfielders
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Bret Sayre

02-19

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Get to Know: Outfield Prospects
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Ben Carsley

02-19

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21

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Outfielders
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Craig Goldstein

02-14

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
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Bret Sayre

02-13

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Get to Know: Third Base Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

02-12

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Third Basemen
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Ben Carsley

02-06

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

02-05

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12

BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 8-10
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
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Craig Goldstein

01-31

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BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 5-7
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Baseball Prospectus

01-30

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Second Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-29

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen
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Ben Carsley

01-28

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BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4
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Bret Sayre

01-23

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-22

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BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2
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Bret Sayre

01-22

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: First Basemen
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Paul Sporer

09-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part One
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Mike Gianella

08-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Should I Play for "The Money"?
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Mike Gianella

08-19

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2014
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Craig Goldstein

06-18

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The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-13

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12

Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-11

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The Stash List: Wilpocalypse Now?
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Bret Sayre

06-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Is Dumping Early a Good Plan?
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Mike Gianella

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August 20, 2014 6:00 am

They Hold No Quarter: Second Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

Part two in the position-by-position look at players who might be worth stashing in keeper leagues.

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 and 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).

Arismendy Alcantara, Chicago Cubs
“It's been a debut befitting a hyped 22-year-old prospect for Alcantara, which is to say he's struggled mightily to adjust to big-league stuff. His .213/.280/.346 line and .240 TAv have barely produced value in even the deepest of leagues to date. But none of this should be of any concern to managers with an eye on 2015 and beyond. The pedigree is still that of a perennial top-10 second baseman, and his double-digit pop and 30-plus-steal potential has already flashed in the majors despite his overall struggles. While there is a possibility that the Cubs' surplus of organizational depth could land him in the outfield it's all but certain he'll be in Chicago's starting lineup on Opening Day next spring, and he'll be there with 2B eligibility. He's one of the best flyers around for a Rendon-esque leap in value in his first full season and he makes for a strong end-game waiver claim or FAAB target if he's available in your keeper league.” —Wilson Karaman


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August 13, 2014 6:00 am

They Hold No Quarter: First Base

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BP Fantasy Staff

In the first edition of a weekly series, the fantasy crew picks little-owned first baseman who might be worth grabbing for 2015 and beyond.

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. They’re 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).

Yonder Alonso, San Diego Padres
“There was a point, earlier this season, when Alonso was just about the worst player in baseball. It’s not that hard to pinpoint either. On May 8, Alonso went 0-for-4 against the Marlins to sink his batting line to a cringe-worthy .157/.183/.217. That’s terrible for the best fielding shortstop you’ve ever seen, and Alonso is certainly not that. However, what he’s done since will probably surprise you, since he’s been left for dead in just about all fantasy leagues (including Mike and my LABR team) for the last three-plus months. In the 48 games he’s played in since that fateful day that his OPS touched .400 (he was sidelined for over a month with a wrist injury, Alonso has been exactly the player the fantasy owners who drafted him in the pre-season had hoped—hitting .303/.353/.533 with seven homers, 20 extra-base hits and four steals in 152 at-bats. Project that out over the course of a full season, and you get a little tingly inside when you hit the “add” button in your deeper mixed league.” —Bret Sayre


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July 17, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Midseason Keeper League FAAB Strategy

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Jeff Quinton

A look at how you should spend your free agent budget in keeper leagues to maximize value.

I was originally going to write this article on the impact of the winner’s curse on FAAB bidding, but in Google-checking my ideas before beginning to write them up, I came across this Erik Siegrist article. Am I the biggest fan of the name Eric(k) ending with a K? No. Is the article excellent and a must-read for those in keeper leagues? Absolutely. Does the article’s excellence make me feel self-conscious as a fantasy baseball writer? Yup (he pretty much wrote the article I wanted to write and wrote it better than I imagined I would). Anyhow, go read it.

The part I wish to expand on is midseason strategy. Come midseason, the FAAB market in keeper leagues tends to be markedly different than the market in the beginning of the season. Players who can help teams in the hunt almost always go above “keeper” value, leaving only players who will be of seemingly no use this year to potentially go at value or at a bargain. We have seen before that at this time of the year, when the goals of owners in keeper leagues diverge, discussion of strategy is important. Consequently, we will briefly discuss the winner’s curse and how that should impact the decision-making of owners depending on their competitive position.

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July 2, 2014 6:30 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Minor League Draft Pick Valuation

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Jeff Quinton

As the peak of trade season approaches, it's worth thinking about how much prospect selections are actually worth.

Many a keeper league has a minor league draft to supplement the major league draft or auction; the trading of minor league draft picks is fairly common practice in these leagues. Often serving as the final pieces to help balance a trade, the value of these picks can range from incredibly valuable to having almost no value depending on the structure and rules of the league. Proper valuation of minor league draft picks is thus critical when making a trade that includes these draft picks. Today we look at several key factors to take into account when trading away or trading for draft picks. By looking at these factors, I mean that there are typed words on them below:

Number of minor league slots in the league (Minor League Depth)
The more minor league keeper spots in a league, the less valuable the picks become. All other variables made equal, the minor league picks in a 16-team league with four minor leaguers per team are more valuable than the picks in a 16-team league with five minor leaguers per team. Why? Because, in theory, the top 64 (16x4) fantasy prospects would be owned in the first league, whereas the top 80 (16x5) prospects would be owned in the second league. Therefore, come next year’s minor league drafts, more top prospects would be available in the first league than the second league. Also, prospects that make significant improvements—the ones that jump up real and fantasy lists—are less likely to be owned in the first league than the second league. What are not different between the two leagues, generally, are the top prospects available from the most recent MLB minor league draft. Because prospects from the most recent MLB minor league draft are usually the best players for our fantasy minor league drafts (with the exception being the previously mentioned un-owned players that have made large strides), the first handful of picks in minor league drafts will be the same regardless of minor league depth. The true difference in value of minor league draft picks, as determined by minor league depth, is thus the value of the picks that follow these top picks from the MLB minor league draft. In leagues with shallow minor league depth, a bottom first round pick will probably be a top-50 fantasy prospect. In leagues with deep minor league depth, a bottom first round pick might not be a top 100 fantasy prospect.


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June 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects

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Mauricio Rubio

Updating the fantasy stock of Chicago's best young hitting talents.

Kris Bryant was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, where he will likely play third base and hit in close proximity to the Cubs’ other talented and highly touted prospect Javier Baez.

Before the season started, the spring had created clever illusions about Baez, as Cubs fans and fantasy owners alike salivated at the possibility that each preseason laser beam to the outfield seats would draw him closer to major-league playing time in 2014. A deep slump to start the year popped those illusions, as those same fans and fantasy owners were left holding their heads in their hands and looking for a consolation that could only come after the high-risk proposition in Baez started solving the puzzle that is pitch sequencing.

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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Examining notable prospects based on whether they are moving up, moving down, or holding steady.

When you’ve done rankings and mock drafts for two straight months, you kind of wonder… why would anyone write about anything else? Sure there are draft grades, but those aren’t nearly as applicable to fantasy.

Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. Something like a… a stock watch. No. Everyone does that. What if you just called it something else. Yes, now you’re cooking with gas. What about a Progress Report? Perfect.

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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects

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Bret Sayre

Running down the recent draftees who could have the greatest fantasy impact.

In some ways, it’s a chicken or the egg argument as to whether the growing popularity of the MLB draft is leading to the boom in dynasty leagues, or whether the boom in dynasty leagues is leading to increased interest in the draft. Either way, it is much more common today for fantasy owners to pay attention on draft day, to get a glimpse of the players they are either going to be drafting later this month, this off season or throwing out at auctions in three-to-five years.

There has been much talk over the last year or so about the quality of this draft class, and while it certainly is great for major league organizations, it’s not ideal for those fantasy owners picking at the top of dynasty drafts. What this class makes up for in incredible depth, it lacks in potentially elite fantasy talent at the top. This means that instead of 2014 being a great year to be picking at the top of draft (sorry, those of you who were tanking to get Rodon last year), it is a great year to have multiple selections. Last year, Kris Bryant was the slam-dunk no. 1 option among Rule 4 draftees, but this year offers no such clarity. It also didn’t help that a few choice players in the top-10 went to organizations that are big detractors from their fantasy value. Just taking two examples, if Alex Jackson had gone to Colorado and Kyle Freeland to Seattle, there would be more net fantasy value in the draft. However, the opposite happened and we are now left in the balance by a combination of those rough home parks and the organizations’ abilities to develop those types of players in recent history.

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June 6, 2014 6:00 am

Day One Draft Recap

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Bret Sayre

Breaking down the players who could most benefit their future fantasy owners in the 5x5 categories.

If you’ve been hanging around Baseball Prospectus over the past few weeks, you’ve certainly noticed the heavy draft content that we’ve had, driven by our draft guru Nick Faleris. Just about all of that information has been from a real-life baseball perspective, so now that these players have teams (and contracts hopefully soon), we can finally start digging into them from a fantasy perspective. Next week, I’m going to be releasing a top 50 list of 2014 draftees from a dynasty league perspective, but for now, we’re going to do something a little more high-level and fun.

With the first round now in the books (and analyzed by Faleris), it’s time to take a fun look at the players who are most likely to make a fantasy impact in each of the ten standard categories. We’re obviously a long way from knowing what these players are going to be (especially the ones at the prep ranks), but based on what we know now, here’s a quick run through out where some of the standout categorical contributions could come from this very deep draft class:

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June 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper League Purgatory

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Jeff Quinton

Advice for owners who feel like they're stuck in no-man's land between contention and dumping.

After taking the last week off, it is good to be back. Today we are talking in-season keeper league strategy (we will get #behavioral next week). More specifically, we will be talking about being in the curious position of being neither a buyer nor a seller—of being in keeper league purgatory. This position does not occur in each league every year. In leagues where half the teams have a shot at a title and the other half clearly do not, every owner is either a buyer or a seller. We have not gathered here today to talk about those leagues because those leagues have no purgatory. No, we are here in this very moment to talk about leagues where first place and, potentially, other top finishes have seemingly been decided, leaving the teams battling for lesser payouts and higher minor league draft picks (or some other similar payout/finish structure) disincentivized to be buyers.

First question of the article: why are these teams disincentivized to be buyers? They are disincentivized because no matter what they buy they are unlikely to meaningfully improve their position. Second question: what do I mean by meaningfully improve their position? Almost a fortnight of Sundays ago I wrote about the fantasy win curve, which denotes the value of an increase in the standings. If the value difference between, let us say, third and seventh is not meaningful, and first and second place are not attainable, then teams likely to finish in the 3-7 range will not be incentivized to sell long term assets for assets that will help them win this year. On top of that, if third-to-seventh-place finishes hold monetary (cash) or long-term (higher picks) value, then these teams will not be incentivize to sell short term assets for long term assets either. Essentially, these teams are incentivized to do nothing; they are in keeper league purgatory.

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May 15, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Middle of the Road

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Wilson Karaman

Are you stuck between contending this year and playing for the future? If so, Wilson has some advice.

As a wise fellow named “Rowdy” Roddy Piper once said, the middle of the road’s the most dangerous place to drive. And this philosophical nugget is astute indeed when it comes to fantasy baseball, particularly for managers in keeper leagues. May is moving month. You’ve had some time now to see how your squad looks in uniform and analyze early returns, and you should have a decent handle by now on your strengths and weaknesses relative to the league. A picture is hopefully starting to emerge as to whether you’ve got the foundation in place to compete this year. And now is the time to take those next steps and craft your strategies to acquire the pieces you’ll need to push you over the top or set you on a course for contention next year.

…except what if a picture hasn’t started to emerge? What if you’re stuck in that grey area between contending and pretending? And worse yet, what if others in your league have already started wheeling and dealing to address their own needs? It’s a tough spot to find yourself in, and failing to handle the situation properly can have dire consequences that alter the trajectory of your franchise for several years to come. So for the sake of avoiding catastrophe, let’s take a deep breath together and break down what you should and should not do next.

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May 13, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: The U25 Top 150, Part One

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

In the first installment of this series, Ben and Craig take you from Domingo Santana to Jonathan Schoop.

We’ve done it, Internet. We’ve compiled a Big List of Players just for you.

Craig and I have spent the past six weeks breaking down each division, forming individual top-30 U25 dynasty rankings and comparing those lists with some witty (read: tired) commentary in each installment. We’ve also been debating each list on TINO, with the help of Dear Leader Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio, and have fielded many questions and concerns on Twitter and via the comments section, too.

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April 22, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: AL Central U25 Lists

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Chris Sale, Byron Buxton, and Eric Hosmer lead the way, but Ben and Craig diverge after the top three.

For the previous editions in this division-by-division series, click below:

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