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March 19, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the hitters who could outperform their PECOTA projections in RBI.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. For the earlier editions in this series, click below:

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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: First Basemen

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Craig Goldstein

Craig examines the strategies you should employ when filling this premium offensive position, and what it might look like down the road.

First base is always an interesting position, especially for those of us who are in dynasty leagues (or just into prospects) because it lacks the high-end prospects in the minors but manages to maintain a huge portion of value in fantasy. Because of the depth that the position picks up at the major-league level, thanks mainly to position changes, the strategy it sees can actually be similar to the one Bret mentioned in the State of the Position: Catchers writeup, in that many people will go into a draft planning on passing until the later rounds. With catchers, this can be because at some point, all that’s left are similarly (but poorly) skilled players, so it just doesn’t matter who you end up with. It’s different at first base in that, while there are elite talents at the top, the depth of the position provides some cushion for those who choose to draft/spend elsewhere early on.

That depth is the defining aspect to the position. While outfield may rival first base for its depth, it also has between 3-5 positions to fill, depending on the league, while first base only has the one (though CI is also filled by 1B-eligible players). The top of the depth chart at first base appears more muddled than ever, with Chris Davis the reigning king thanks to his power explosion in 2014. Still, Paul Goldschmidt might be the better investment thanks to a steadier track record and impressive versatility (he led all first baseman with 15 stolen bases). We’ve seen Eric Hosmer and Brandon Belt finally, hopefully, solidify themselves reliable first-base options with upside, adding talent to what has become a very robust middle tier.

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Ben and Sam discuss the Dodgers' outfield situation, then talk about the two trades made on Tuesday.

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Ben and Sam discuss Roy Halladay, Mark Prior, rumors from the Winter Meetings, and more.

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September 11, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Boston Gets Buchholz Back

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Daniel Rathman

A key piece of the Red Sox rotation comes back, Alfonso Soriano keeps slugging, Ricky Romero returns, and more.

The Tuesday Takeaway
More good news for the Red Sox.”


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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether the Marlins or Astros will win more games in 2013, who'll be the next retiring player to get the Chipper Jones treatment, when Yasmani Grandal will play for the Padres, and how the Angels should align their outfielders.

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether the Marlins or Astros will win more games in 2013, who'll be the next retiring player to get the Chipper Jones treatment, when Yasmani Grandal will play for the Padres, and how the Angels should align their outfielders.

Episode 83: "Astros vs. Marlins in 2013/The Next Farewell Tour/Yasmani Grandal's Suspension/Mark Trumbo, Center Fielder"

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September 17, 2012 10:11 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 17

2

Matthew Kory

Sometimes you're behind; sometimes you're ahead. The race is long and in the end it's only with yourself. (And the other teams in your league.)

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The Angels' outfielders had a very good series, according to Jim Leyland. To the tape!

"I don't think I've ever seen an outfield play a better series than they played against us," Leyland said. #Angels

— Tom DeCenso (@EnriquePollazzo) September 10, 2012

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Felix Hernandez is so young.

2005: Felix Hernandez debuts, pitches 84 innings, loses rookie eligiblity.

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Sam checks in on several of his articles from earlier this season to see whether what he wrote made sense.

July 18 is as good a time as any to go back and read old pieces to see whether they make a lick of sense in hindsight. It is as good a time as any because there is, from the writer’s perspective, no good time to do this without wondering why that thing was written in the first place. Baseball is really just a lifelong project to break down any sense of certainty you might have about cause and effect.

Nonetheless, let’s review a few of the conclusions I made in March, April, and May to see what new information tells us.

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June 26, 2012 9:44 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, June 26

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Matthew Kory

The Jamie Moyer revenge tour rolls on, adds new target for revenge.

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June 1, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Twitter, Mike Trout, and Mark Trumbo

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Sam Miller

Does anyone actually believe Albert Pujols isn't the Angels' best player?

I keep thinking about this tweet.

There’s so much in that tweet. Not capitalization. There is not capitalization, and there is not a named source, so those are things that are not in that tweet. But otherwise there is so much in that tweet. In that tweet, we learn that:

1. A general manager in the major leagues says that Mike Trout is better than Albert Pujols, right now. Not the more valuable property, or the guy with the brighter future, but is, right now, already better.

2. A general manager says that Mark Trumbo, a player whose flaws you are aware of, is roughly as good as Mike Trout.

3. A general manager says that Mark Trumbo, a player whose flaws you are aware of, is better than Albert Pujols. That the Angels just gave a 10-year contract to a first baseman who is, at best, his team’s second-best first baseman. That Mark Trumbo is better than Albert Pujols.

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