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06-05

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 Mock Draft, Version Three
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Perfect Game

06-03

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Dynasty Dynamics: Ideal Dynasty-Style Mock Draft
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-28

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 MLB Draft Rankings: Nos. 201-300
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Allan Simpson

05-27

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 MLB Mock Draft, Version Two
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David Rawnsley

02-20

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Mock Auction Analysis
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Mike Gianella

02-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: BP's Mixed LABR Draft
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Bret Sayre

02-10

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Fantasy Experts Mock Draft
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Paul Sporer

02-05

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

01-31

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

11-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: AFL First Pitch Forums Draft
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Paul Sporer

02-06

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Fantasy Beat: Comparing Mock-Draft Data
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Jason Collette

06-04

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Future Shock: 2012 Mock Draft
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Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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Fantasy Beat: Expert ADP Shifts
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Jason Collette

12-22

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Resident Fantasy Genius: I Cannot Tell a Lie
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Derek Carty

11-17

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Fantasy Beat: Wilson Betemit: Fantasy Sleeper
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Jason Collette

06-06

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29

Future Shock: The 2011 Mock Draft
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Kevin Goldstein

03-15

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44

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results
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Jason Collette

02-07

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Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

01-28

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Fantasy Beat: Reviewing the First Expert Draft
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Jason Collette

01-28

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Fantasy Beat: Keeping Scoresheet
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Rob McQuown

06-21

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Fantasy Beat: Scoresheet: Draft Prep 1
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Rob McQuown

06-10

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Future Shock: First-Round Recap
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Kevin Goldstein

06-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Tom Allison
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David Laurila

06-10

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Radcliff
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David Laurila

05-15

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Wait 'Til Next Year: The Scouting Directors, AL West
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Bryan Smith

04-11

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BP Kings Update
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Ben Murphy

01-05

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Fantasy Focus: Mocking My Draft
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Will Carroll

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January 24, 2012 11:02 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert ADP Shifts

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Jason Collette

A look at how Average Draft Positions are shifting among expert mock drafters

I have pointed out some of the early ADP returns from Mock Draft Central a few times this off-season,but have not really focused on the expert mock draft results. The main reason for that is that they’ve only recorded seven expert mock drafts, and it is a safe guess that all of those were done for the different magazines or ezines that are currently on shelves, as mock drafts are a staple of draft guides.

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December 22, 2011 11:53 pm

Resident Fantasy Genius: I Cannot Tell a Lie

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Derek Carty

Delving into the truthiness of mock drafts held early in the season, as well as how these drafts help determine real fantasy draft strategies.

Mock drafts represent a great source of joy for fantasy players, the first of which often symbolizes the start of preparations for a new season. However, for a fantasy baseball pundit, mock drafts present themselves as double-edged swords—especially when the results of the mock draft are to be made public. You see, for us pundits, we’ll usually be participating in these mock drafts with those who we’ll be playing in real expert and high-stakes leagues with. And even if one particular mock is low on experts you’re in line to play against for real, the results will be available for all to see.

The problem here is that, given our druthers, we don’t want to tip our hands on players we like during a draft that doesn’t count for anything. Of course, as fantasy pundits, it’s our responsibility to engage in these drafts to give readers a barometer for player value. We also have a responsibility to our readers to tell the truth about which players we like and don’t like—or at least be transparent about it if we’re not going to be completely truthful with our mock drafting. Three years ago, I actually gathered a group of fantasy pundits together to see how they felt about this dilemma, and some of the responses were quite interesting.

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November 17, 2011 3:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Wilson Betemit: Fantasy Sleeper

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Jason Collette

Why Wilson Betemit could be a fantasy steal in 2012

As long as I have played fantasy baseball, I have always felt it is not the stars that win leagues; it is the scrubs that become stars within a season.  After all, who had Melky Cabrera earning more fantasy dollars than Joey Votto or Prince Fielder in standard 15 team 5x5 leagues in 2011? In previous seasons, Andres Torres was a big surprise in 2010, Ben Zobrist shocked many in 2009, and Ryan Ludwick did the same in 2008.

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Kevin Goldstein, ear to the ground, tells you how he hears the draft will go down.

1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA. Upgrade this call from “lean” to “heavy lean.” It seems clear that Anthony Rendon is out of the picture, so it's between Cole and Danny Hultzen, who did himself few favors by throwing out a big bonus number over the weekend. With no inexpensive option to turn to, Cole is the guy. Last Mock: Gerrit Cole.

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results

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Jason Collette

Jason took part in a slow mock draft with other fantasy experts and is now here to share what he learned from the experience.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a slow—and I mean slow—mock draft over the past four weeks with a few of my friends and colleagues in the fantasy baseball industry. That group included most of the mlb.com folks, Fernando DiFino, and the legendary Joe Sheehan. The draft started on February 17 and survived a few lost weekends, DiFino’s nuptials (congrats!) and several copy and paste issues from some of us that are still using not-so-smartphones.

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Rob McQuown gives more keeper tips and dives into draft preparation notes.

With many leagues having keepers due today, I'll be around to offer any commentary on keepers. One last-minute tip is to not forget about defense. Be sure to check out these resources:

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Which players exceeded or fell short of their ADPs in the season's first expert draft?

Given the fact that my article from earlier this week was relevant for all of thirty minutes, I am not going to focus on any one particular player with this piece. This past Monday night, many fantasy notables—which included three of my AL Tout Wars competitors—gathered in Las Vegas to participate in the FSTA 13 team mixed league draft. As the first expert draft of the season, this draft gives us a peek at how the experts are viewing players, as opposed to those who are spending their time mock drafting over at mockdraftcentral.com.

I have normally been someone who has done only auction drafts, but having helped run the NFBC drafts these past two seasons, I have seen just how revered ADP is with players in those types of leagues. It is always helpful to see where the “experts” are tracking guys, because these are the same people who are producing the draft kits with which your own leaguemates are doing their draft prep. It also affects your own draft planning, because it helps you track which players the experts are going to start pushing up the charts these final few weeks, and which ones will start coming down, possibly causing you to re-think your own plans.

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January 28, 2011 9:03 am

Fantasy Beat: Keeping Scoresheet

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Rob McQuown

Rob McQuown kicks off the Scoresheet Baseball season with some basic tips and help with keeper decisions.

Welcome to the kickoff of BP Scoresheet! The “cuts” deadline for most leagues is coming up soon, and the Scoresheet forums are buzzing with titles including the words “protect” and “keeper” and “draft”. And with only 13 keepers available in most leagues, these are some tough decisions.

But first, what is Scoresheet Baseball, why is it included under “BP Fantasy”, and how can insights into Scoresheet help in other fantasy baseball contexts?

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June 21, 2010 2:00 pm

Fantasy Beat: Scoresheet: Draft Prep 1

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Rob McQuown

Rob McQuown's first installment of Scoresheet draft candidates for tomorrow's draft contains 20 names and some theory for smart drafting.

This author's introduction to Scoresheet baseball was charmed, taking over an abandoned team in the “NL 300” league last July which had the first pick in the June draft. For those who play Scoresheet, it's well-known that the draft which follows the MLB Rule 4 Draft is the strongest, as this is when the new talent is made available. Watching the league's first overall pick from last year, Stephen Strasburg, pitch, “charmed” may be understating things. For those unaccustomed to playing Scoresheet baseball, some background is required:

The aforementioned “NL 300” league purportedly contains only National League players (those players whose rights are owned by a National League MLB team). Scoresheet also offers AL and BL (both leagues) teams. The standard configuration is 12 teams in an NL league, which is what “NL 300” has. It's a strong league, having been around for many years, and the rules allow for 2 “crossover” players to be kept in addition to NL players. The standard configuration allows teams to keep many players from year-to-year, with no salary considerations. However, players with MLB experience (beyond “rookie” status) must be kept using one of the team's top 13 picks, while “rookies” can be safely protected using the latter picks. A hypothetical pre-2010 keeper list for a strong NL team might look like:

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Who went where, with a blow-by-blow as the action unfolded.

1. Washington Nationals
Pick: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
Kevin Goldstein Says:
"Congrats Nats fan, you just got a potential franchise-changing talent. Now the REAL fun begins with the negotiation. I really should start a pool on bonus and total package. I'm guessing $8-9 million dollar bonus and total package around $25 million"
Quotable: "The first thing I'd say is 'good luck.' Then I'd say sit on the fastball, because at least you know he's going to throw strikes. So just step in there and compete and try not to strike out on three pitches."-Texas Christian infielder Ben Carruthers, on how to hit Strasburg.
Read more about Strasburg here.





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Talking to the Snakes' scouting director in the wake of running his first draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks arguably had one of this year's best drafts, and it happened under the direction of first-year scouting director Tom Allison. Formerly a cross-checker for the Milwaukee Brewers, Allison replaced Mike Rizzo as the man making the picks for the Snakes after Rizzo moved on to become an assistant general manager for the Washington Nationals last season. Allison was with the Brewers for seven seasons, and prior to that spent five years as a scout with the New York Mets.

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June 10, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mike Radcliff

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David Laurila

Sitting down to talk to the Twins' scouting director after the draft to talk about his organization's picks and overarching organizational philosophy.

The Twins have one of the best farm systems in baseball, and Mike Radcliff is a big reason why. The longest-tenured--and arguably the most respected--scouting director in the game, Radcliff has a long track record of successful drafts. The core of the Minnesota lineup--Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, and Torii Hunter--are Radcliff picks, as are highly-touted pitching prospects Matt Garza, Glen Perkins, and Kevin Slowey. Radcliff joined the Twins organization in 1987, and has been the team's scouting director since 1994.

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