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06-30

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30
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Daniel Rathman

03-13

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

01-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

12-09

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12

Transaction Analysis: The AL East Rearms
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Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

10-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Scary Shifts in First Base Positional Eligibility
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Recap: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3
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Sam Miller

03-04

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Painting the Black: The 2013 Free Agents and Hidden Rationality
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R.J. Anderson

02-07

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Out of Left Field: Shorting the Red Sox
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Matthew Kory

01-18

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Transaction Analysis: Something in the Way He Throws
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R.J. Anderson

01-02

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Boston, Napoli Married
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Resident Fantasy Genius: The Ones We Got Wrong
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Derek Carty

07-24

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 23
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Larry Granillo

06-25

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BP Unfiltered: Casey Kotchman and Mike Napoli Chase History
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R.J. Anderson

04-20

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Pebble Hunting: Lester's Long Inning
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Sam Miller

03-21

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Bates' Dugout Motel: CJ Wilson's Next 14 Tweets
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Michael Bates

12-16

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate
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Jonathan Bernhardt

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
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Jay Jaffe

06-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Can Baseball Expertise Be a Bad Thing?
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Sam Miller

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Napoli, oh Napoli
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Christina Kahrl

01-24

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Transaction of the Day: The Vernon Wells Trade
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Christina Kahrl

06-17

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Transaction Analysis: AL Quadrille
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Christina Kahrl

03-23

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

06-20

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Prospectus Game of the Week: San Diego Padres @ Anaheim Angels, 6/18/06
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Derek Jacques

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June 30, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30

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Daniel Rathman

The new Nate Freiman, the improved Clayton Kershaw, the red-hot Jose Altuve, and more from the weekend, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
When the A’s boarded their flight to New York last Sunday, they’d lost back-to-back games just once since the end of May. But after the Mets served them their second losing streak of the month with a 10-1 beating in the first contest of a nine-game road trip, it seemed that Bob Melvin’s squad might take a small stumble as it reached the halfway mark of the regular season on the Atlantic seaboard.


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March 13, 2014 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Hitters

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Wilson Karaman

Junior-circuit bats to keep an eye on during the second half of spring training.

Ah, spring training. That glorious time of year when we do things like get excited about Lonnie Chisenhall’s on-base percentage (he’s going to break out this year, I thought last year). But while paying attention to storylines related to health and position battles is important, it’s also important to use this time to start looking toward April.

The first couple of months of the regular season are an important time for building your second-half strategy. By now, most fantasy teams are being drafted, and once you’ve had a chance to evaluate how your draft went and determine what you expect the strengths and weaknesses of your squad will be, the next step in the dance is figuring out ways you might be able to leverage those strengths to address your weaknesses during the season. I like to use April and May as an open audition to figure out which players will make the most sense to try to acquire come summertime, and to that end, spring training can be a good time to start building a list of players to monitor. Here are five hitters that I’d just as soon hold off on drafting for the time being, but who may be worth a closer look out of the gate for targeted help as the season rolls on.

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January 6, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

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Ben Carsley

The defending World Series champions are low on elite fantasy talent, but have numerous useful assets.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. They did so thanks in large part to bounce-back campaigns from many of their pitchers, career (or near-career) years from the likes of Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, full seasons from Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz, and an out-of-nowhere dominant season from Koji Uehara.

Despite the deep and talented team in Boston, this roster isn’t quite the fantasy goldmine you might expect. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players here to be sure, but only a handful profiles as top-100 options heading into next season.

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December 9, 2013 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The AL East Rearms

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Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

The Yankees try to replace Robinson Cano's bat with Carlos Beltran's, and Boston brings back Mike Napoli.

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October 31, 2013 11:03 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Scary Shifts in First Base Positional Eligibility

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Ben Carsley

These players are valuable fantasy hitters, but their versatility will be diminished in 2014.

For fantasy owners, nothing is quite so scary as the prospect of a good player taking a huge hit to his value thanks to a loss of positional eligibility. It happens every year, but it’s always tough to see a productive catcher move off the position, a great shortstop transition to third base or a floundering middle infielder make a shift to the outfield.

We tend to think of first base, in particular, as a position meant for mashers and as a fantasy gold mine. This is true, of course, but it’s also true because first base is the “back up” position for so many good players. If your catcher is a key cog in your offense, you try to sneak him PA at first. If your third baseman or corner outfielder is aging, you might try to get him some rest on the right side of the infield.

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October 18, 2013 12:37 pm

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Recap: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3

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Sam Miller

Anibal Sanchez's one bad inning.

There are worse places to be than needing to win starts by Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. But, as they say, the Red Sox pitchers live in mansions, too.

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R.J. goes back over his free agent rankings to see what teams knew that he didn't.

Before the winter Ben Lindbergh asked me to create a list of the top-50 free agents. Today let's revisit that list with an eye toward improvement.

In dissecting the list we have to begin with the two unemployed players that were ranked: Kyle Lohse (ninth) and Jose Valverde (43rd). Two missteps on the list's part, or unfortunate victims of the marketplace? How about one apiece. Lohse has not signed because of the draft-pick compensation requirement rather than his talent (he's fine as a middle-of-the-rotation starter). Were I redoing the list, Lohse would remain at nine. The same is not true of Valverde. He would lose his spot to a more-deserving player. Perhaps Lance Berkman, who went unranked because of the trepidation surrounding his future. 

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February 7, 2013 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: Shorting the Red Sox

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Matthew Kory

After 2012, what should we unlearn about the Red Sox?

 

One of the difficult parts about fantasy baseball is dealing with perception. When a player hits a home run, it feels like that’s what they’ll always do. Put another way, do you take a guy who just homered out of your lineup? No, of course not. He just homered. Therefore he’ll continue to homer. That’s a good way to lose. I know because that’s what I do best in fantasy sports. The way to do it, so I’ve been told, is ignore that homer. Let your understanding of the player’s value over the course of the season dictate your decisions. A single event, in this case the homer, shouldn’t enter into it. Yet it always does and I always pay the price.

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Matt Harrison gets a big payday, the Red Sox and Mike Napoli reach a new agreeement, and Peter Moylan is a Dodger.

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January 2, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

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Ben Carsley

John Farrell's club is low on fantasy superstars, but it has plenty of useful assets on both sides of the ball.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. They did so thanks in large part to bounce-back campaigns from many of their pitchers, career (or near-career) years from the likes of Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, full seasons from Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz, and an out-of-nowhere dominant season from Koji Uehara.

Despite the deep and talented team in Boston, this roster isn’t quite the fantasy goldmine you might expect. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players here to be sure, but only a handful profile as top-100 options heading into next season.

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December 4, 2012 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Boston, Napoli Married

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Sam Miller

The Red Sox get the catcher they wanted two years ago, though he's likely not a catcher any more.

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October 29, 2012 5:32 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: The Ones We Got Wrong

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Derek Carty

Derek goes over his preseason predictions looking for mistakes.

Last week in this space I looked back on my best preseason predictions.  While I think my hits far outweighed my misses, it is important (and fair) to look back at the lesser advice I gave this year.  For each player, I’ve listed his mixed and AL/NL-only auction value in Tout Wars and LABR (only Tout has a mixed auction, but AL/NL-only values are an average of Tout and LABR) as well as his actual value for the 2012 season according to our Player Forecast Manager. Also take note that I’ve excluded most of the “value picks” from my preseason tier articles, as they’ll get their own review article.

Justin Upton
Mixed:
$40/$21
NL-only: $38/$27



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