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01-19

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
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Scooter Hotz

01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Scooter Hotz

01-06

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: OBP
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Wilson Karaman

01-05

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: Wins
by
Scooter Hotz

09-30

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Expert League Recap
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Mike Gianella

09-26

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Deep League Report: Week 26
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Scooter Hotz

09-21

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Deep League Report: Week 25
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Scooter Hotz

09-12

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Deep League Report: Week 24
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Scooter Hotz

09-06

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Deep League Report: Week 23
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Scooter Hotz

08-29

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Deep League Report: Week 22
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Scooter Hotz

08-22

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Deep League Report: Week 21
by
Scooter Hotz

08-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

08-16

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Deep League Report: Week 20
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Scooter Hotz

08-09

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Deep League Report: Week 19
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Scooter Hotz

08-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

08-01

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Deep League Report: Week 18
by
Scooter Hotz

07-29

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-25

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Deep League Report: Week 17
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Scooter Hotz

07-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-18

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Deep League Report: Week 16
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Scooter Hotz

07-11

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Deep League Report: Week 15
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Scooter Hotz

07-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-06

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Deep League Report: Week 14
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Scooter Hotz

07-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

06-24

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Deep League Report: Week 12
by
Scooter Hotz

06-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

06-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week 12
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

06-16

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Deep League Report: Week 11
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Scooter Hotz

06-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

06-09

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Deep League Report: Week 10
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Scooter Hotz

06-02

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Deep League Report: Week Nine
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Scooter Hotz

05-27

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

05-26

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Deep League Report: Week Eight
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Scooter Hotz

05-19

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Deep League Report: Week Seven
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Scooter Hotz

05-12

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Deep League Report: Week Six
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Scooter Hotz

05-06

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Free Agent Watch: Week Six
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

05-05

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Deep League Report: Week Five
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Scooter Hotz

04-21

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Deep League Report: Week Three
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Scooter Hotz

04-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week Two
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

04-14

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Deep League Report: Week Two
by
Scooter Hotz

04-08

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Deep League Report: Week One
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Scooter Hotz

03-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Endgame Targets
by
Bret Sayre

03-23

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars NL-Only
by
Mike Gianella

03-09

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Expert League Auction Recap: National League LABR
by
Mike Gianella

02-25

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Starting Pitchers
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Scooter Hotz

02-19

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Outfielders, Part Two
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Scooter Hotz

02-18

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Outfielders, Part One
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Scooter Hotz

02-10

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops
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Scooter Hotz

02-05

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

02-03

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

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January 19, 2017 10:58 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen

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Scooter Hotz

A look at the menu of options at this position in the senior circuit.

The top end of the player pool at first base in the National League is deep, but things get dicey quickly after that. The quality drops off in a hurry before the player population abruptly ends. As my colleague Mike Gianella specifies in his Fantasy Tiered Rankings for First Basemen:

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January 13, 2017 10:50 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers

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Scooter Hotz

A look at the menu of backstop options in the senior circuit.

The top end of the NL-only catcher pool wasn’t nearly as thin as the top end of the AL-only catcher pool going into the 2016 season. As my colleague Mike Gianella noted in his AL-Only Landscape for catchers, in the AL, the most expensive catchers heading into Opening Day were Brian McCann and Salvador Perez at $16. In the NL, four catchers went for the same or more: Buster Posey at $29, Kyle Schwarber at $25, Jonathan Lucroy at $19 and Travis d’Arnaud at $16. Unlike the AL, owners concerned about positional scarcity had multiple legitimate options for spending their auction dollars.

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January 6, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: OBP

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Wilson Karaman

Examining a handful of players who could get on sack enough to help deep-league owners this season.

Earlier this week, George Bissell broke down the general OBP landscape, and then yesterday Greg Wellemeyer walked you through some over- and under-achievers in the category. Today we’ll travel a little further down into the weeds, with a look at some down-ticket guys who saw significant value fluctuations between their standard and OBP-league production last year.

Robbie Grossman, OF, Minnesota Twins
Grossman seized on an opportunity for some extended playing time in Minnesota, and brought his carrying tool of strike-zone management to bear. The switch-hitter has always run a short-side split, hitting better against left-handed pitching, but that discrepency snowballed last year. His ISO is traditionally (and recently) much stronger against southpaws, but he also manages to get on base at a strong clip against righties, even while he struggles to drive the ball with nearly the same authority. His 16.5 percent walk rate against righties last year created opportunity for OBP leaguers in particular. He gained $3.60 in OBP leagues relative to standards, in a wee 332 part-time plate appearances. Eddie Rosario represents his biggest roadblock to increasing his at-bat allotment this year, and Rosario hasn't exactly set the world on fire though 800-plus big-league plate appearances to date, with a sub-.300 OBP and below-average .250 TAV (and negative defensive ratings in left last year, to boot). He’ll make for a solid OF4 target in most OBP leagues, especially in the kind of daily setting that better rewards part-time players.


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January 5, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: Wins

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Scooter Hotz

Eyeing a handful of hurlers who might help you compile Ws in deeper or mono formats.

Wins are hard to target in roto. They are awarded haphazardly, and they are driven as much by the performance of a pitcher’s teammates and by the timing of runs as they are by a pitcher’s own work. Wins still matter in most roto leagues, though, so you have to find them. In deep AL-only and NL-only leagues, I like to look for starters likely to throw 180+ innings who didn’t throw many innings last year due to innings limits, role changes or injury, depressing their innings and wins the prior season, thereby drawing little attention from fantasy players who give little more than a quick scan across the categories before their auctions. In pursuit of wins, I also look for pitchers likely to throw 180+ innings for good teams who don’t put up roto-friendly numbers in ERA, WHIP, or K, keeping their salaries low on auction day.

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September 30, 2016 10:57 am

Expert League Recap

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Mike Gianella

Mike reviews his attempt to go back-to-back in the senior-circuit edition of Tout Wars.

For those of you who don’t voraciously follow my exploits in all of my various fantasy leagues, Tout Wars is considered one of the two premier fantasy baseball “expert” leagues in existence (the other one is the League of Alternate Baseball Reality, or LABR). I have been in Tout Wars for seven years (in the NL only league) and last year I had the pleasure of winning my first title in Tout Wars. This year I was hoping to go back-to-back, joining a select group of fantasy experts who have done so.

But it was not to be.

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September 26, 2016 10:49 am

Deep League Report: Week 26

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

Lots of teams have clinched or are close to clinching, which means the backups on those teams will get more playing time than usual while the starters get some rest before the grind of the playoffs begins. Similarly, lots of teams have been eliminated from playoff contention or are close to it, which means that younger players will get a little more playing time as teams set their sights on 2017 and beyond. It’s the last week of the season. Let’s get this Deep League Report rolling.

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September 21, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 25

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

Forget about value at this point of the season. Take a long, hard look at your categories and figure out what you need to do to optimize them over the remaining few weeks. Time to get this week’s Deep League Report started.

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September 12, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 24

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

There are only a few weeks left in the season. For some roto owners, that means fine-tuning their roster to optimize their performance across their league’s categories. For others, it means acquiring assets at prices that make them profitable keepers for next year and beyond. This week’s Deep League Report splits its attention between players who can help you in the standings this year and players who might be a bargain for you next year. Here we go.

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September 6, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 23

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

I hope you like September call-ups, because this edition of the Deep League Report has a lot of them. Are any of them worth a bid? There’s only one way to find out.

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August 29, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 22

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

Most of the players in this week’s Deep League Report are worth single-digit FAAB bids, and some of them are barely worth that. One guy, though, is worth most if not all of your remaining budget. Can’t stand the suspense? Start reading.

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August 22, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 21

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

The Deep League Report featured a lot of big names over the last two weeks as high-end players switched leagues at the trade deadline. This week’s edition is a return to normal: minor leaguers who didn’t make any prospect lists prior to their promotions, middle relievers, and back-end starters. Let’s dive in.

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August 19, 2016 11:10 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 21

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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, you might want to grab them off the wire.

12-Team Mixed Leagues

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