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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
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Mike Gianella

02-03

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

01-27

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-20

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
by
Keith Cromer

01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Keith Cromer

12-16

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Expert League Auction Recap: CBS NL-Only: A Retrospective
by
Keith Cromer

11-12

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Retrospective Player Valuation: NL Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

11-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2015 Endgame and Waiver-Wire Recap: NL-Only Position Players Hitters
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Keith Cromer

10-05

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Expert League Recap
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Mike Gianella

09-23

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Deep League Report: Week 25
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Keith Cromer

09-16

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Deep League Report: Week 24
by
Keith Cromer

09-09

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Deep League Report: Week 23
by
Keith Cromer

08-26

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Deep League Report: Week 21
by
Keith Cromer

08-21

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
by
J.J. Jansons and Keith Cromer

08-12

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Deep League Report: Week 19
by
Keith Cromer

07-29

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Deep League Report: Week 17
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Keith Cromer

07-22

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Deep League Report: Week 16
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Keith Cromer

07-01

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Deep League Report: Week 13
by
Keith Cromer

06-17

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Deep League Report: Week 11
by
Keith Cromer

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
by
Keith Cromer and Jeff Quinton

06-03

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Deep League Report: Week Nine
by
Keith Cromer

05-29

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
by
Keith Cromer and Nick Shlain

05-27

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Deep League Report: Week Eight
by
Keith Cromer

05-22

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Deep League Report: Week Seven
by
Keith Cromer

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-15

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Deep League Report: Week Six
by
Keith Cromer

05-08

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Deep League Report: Week Five
by
Keith Cromer

05-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-01

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Deep League Report: Week Four
by
Keith Cromer

04-24

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Deep League Report: Week Three
by
Keith Cromer

04-17

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Deep League Report: Week Two
by
Keith Cromer

04-13

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Free Agent Watch: Week Two
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-10

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Deep League Report: Week One
by
Keith Cromer

04-06

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

03-17

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
by
Nick Shlain

03-11

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Expert League Auction Recap: LABR National League
by
Mike Gianella

03-10

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Prospects
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J.P. Breen

03-03

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Expert League Auction Recap: CBS NL-Only
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

01-29

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-22

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-15

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The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen
by
Keith Cromer

01-05

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State of the Position: Catchers
by
J.P. Breen

11-20

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

11-18

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Hitters
by
Mike Gianella

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
by
Mike Gianella

03-25

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Tout Wars Recap
by
Mike Gianella

03-04

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LABR Recap
by
Mike Gianella

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February 10, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops

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Scooter Hotz

Scouring the senior-circuit six-spot menu.

National League shortstop might be the most wide-open position group we’ll cover across the AL-only and NL-only landscapes here at Baseball Prospectus this year. The top earners in 2015 didn’t earn much compared to other positions. This year’s crop of NL-only shortstops looks similarly thin at the high end, with a lot of uncertainty throughout the ranks.

Three of the top 10 players in Mike Gianella’s bid limits going into the 2015 season have moved to the AL. Troy Tulowitzki was the top dog in the NL last year at shortstop, going into the season at $30, but he ended his year on the losing side of the American League Championship Series with Toronto. Starlin Castro had the third-highest bid limit ($21) at SS in the NL last spring but will be manning the keystone for the Yankees in the AL in 2016. Andrelton Simmons and his middling, will-he-or-won’t-he-hit-for-power profile had the seventh-highest bid limit at SS in the NL in 2015 ($12). He’ll be making GIF-able stops and insanely perfect throws in front of the rockpile in Anaheim in 2016.

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February 5, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Scanning the senior circuit's hot-corner menu.


American League third basemen had a big bounce-back season last year. The 10 best eligible players at the position earned $253 in 2015 compared to $204 the year before. This is somewhat misleading where future earnings are concerned, as Chris Davis, Xander Bogaerts, Alex Rodriguez, and Carlos Santana are no longer eligible at third heading into 2016. Despite this, most of the improvement at third base should hold in 2016, thanks to a relatively injury free season in 2015 as well as the emergence of a core of young studs centered around future superstar Manny Machado. Based on last year’s results, third base in the AL could be an even better place to go shopping at the top end of the player pool.

The studs here were Machado and Josh Donaldson, and both return for another blockbuster engagement. Donaldson ($37) and Machado ($35) were the second- and third-best hitters in AL-only 5x5 leagues. Machado was one of two players in Major League Baseball to put up a 30/20 season (Paul Goldschmidt was the other) and what Donaldson didn’t provide with this legs he more than made up for with his thunderous bat, becoming only the second third baseman in history to reach or eclipse 40 home runs, 120 runs, and 120 RBI in a single season (Rodriguez was the other one, accomplishing the feat in 2005 and 2007). You’re going to have to pay at least $30 to get either one of these studs, and it is possible that one or both of them crack the $35 barrier.


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February 3, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Sizing up the senior-circuit crop at the hot corner.

As noted in last week’s NL-only write up, the idea of position scarcity in fantasy leagues is mostly a myth, and third base is no different than almost every other position in the National League. Last year in 5x5, the top 10 NL third basemen earned $209, or only slightly less than the top 10 NL first basemen ($216) and the second basemen ($212) did. This calculation assumes that players with dual eligibility at 2B/3B are all used at second, so you could make the case that at the top third base was the strongest infield position in the NL last year.

Todd Frazier departed for the American League this winter, but the NL still has two third basemen who are absolute studs. Kris Bryant beat out Nolan Arenado in real life (with a .317 TAv to Arenado’s .299), but since fantasy leagues don’t adjust for Coors-aided numbers, Nolan Arenado was the man in NL-only. He was the only NL third baseman who earned $30 or more in 2015, but these numbers may not be repeatable as even in Coors it is extremely difficult to assume that Arenado is going to drive in 130 runs again this year. Thirty to 35 home runs are a realistic expectation given the venue, but a mild drop in home runs could happen too. Arenado should still be a top-20 player, but some slippage is possible.

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January 27, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Examining the senior-circuit's keystone menu.

One of the reasons I focus on player valuation as much as I do is because it is a good way to separate myths and facts. The mythology in fantasy baseball is that “position scarcity makes it harder to find a good second baseman.” The reality is that in NL-only leagues the top 10 second basemen earned nearly as much ($212) as the top 10 first basemen did ($216) in 2015.

Some of this misperception comes from how misunderstood stolen-base value is, specifically when it comes to the best player at the position. Dee Gordon earned $41 in NL-only 5x5 last year, or two cents fewer than what Paul Goldschmidt did. Gordon could slip somewhat if his batting average drops as expected, but even if he had “only” hit .289 in 2015, he would have earned $34, or good for fifth overall in the National League. In mixed leagues you might be able to discount speed, but in -only leagues you do so at your own peril.

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January 20, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League First Basemen

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Keith Cromer

An senior-circuit overview of the position, and some value plays for deeper formats.

Following a 2014 season that did not see a single first baseman crack $30 in earnings in standard NL-Only 5x5 scoring formats, 2015 saw the return of a few elite fantasy performances at the position. Paul Goldschmidt ($41 earned) and Joey Votto ($32) returned to the $30 club, and Anthony Rizzo, who led all NL first basemen with $28 earned in 2014, proved that his breakout season was no fluke as the left-handed slugger launched 31 home runs with 101 RBI and 17 steals on his way to $32 in fantasy earnings. However, heading into 2016 drafts, only three other first-base qualifiers cracked $20 in earnings, and one of those players was Buster Posey, whose 46 games played at first base this past season will qualify the backstop at this position for the fourth consecutive year.

As we look forward to the upcoming baseball season, similar to last year, based on the current NL first-base landscape, you will certainly want to grab yourself a top first baseman. Below is a chart reflecting the top 10 most expensive NL-only first sackers in terms of salary in 2015. Please note the “Price” column is the average cost of that player in the CBS, LABR, and Tout Wars expert leagues, as prepared by our own Mike Gianella:

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January 13, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers

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Keith Cromer

An in-depth look at the senior-circuit backstop menu.

As we did last year, we will begin the 2016 installment of this preseason series by looking at the senior circuit’s backstops, hoping to provide insight at the position from a fantasy perspective for those who participate in standard NL-only 4x4 and 5x5 scoring formats. Looking back, when we were preparing for upcoming drafts last year, the NL-only catching pool looked very deep, and the position scarcity we had seen in previous years was no longer driving up the bids for the upper-tier NL catchers. We began to see these top-tier backstops go for prices closer to market level, and that held true to form throughout last year’s drafts. Looking ahead to this year, there is much more uncertainly regarding the upper-tier in the NL catching realm, as injuries, underperformance, and position battles raise some doubt about the members of this group.

Heading into 2015, the previous three years had produced multiple productive catcher options for NL-only fantasy owners to choose from. During those three seasons there had been 12 $20 fantasy-earning seasons posted by NL catchers in NL-only leagues, and six more $15 seasons. In 2014 alone, 12 of the 15 regular NL catchers cracked double digits in home runs, and 10 surpassed $10 in total fantasy earnings. As such, with the minimal relative drop-off in value between the elite catchers to the next 10 NL options, in 2015 drafts there were only two catchers with an average salary of $20 or more (derived from the prices in CBS, LABR, and Tout Wars, as prepared by Mike Gianella): Buster Posey ($27) and Jonathan Lucroy ($20). The next eight NL-only catchers in terms of salary went for an average salary of $14, further illustrating the depth at the position.

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December 16, 2015 6:00 am

Expert League Auction Recap: CBS NL-Only: A Retrospective

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Keith Cromer

Keith looks back on the makings of his top-three finish.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the approach we have taken this offseason from a fantasy perspective, focusing on recapping the past year and having BP staff writers take a retrospective look at their 2015 preseason articles and predictions, for better or worse. In keeping with this theme, I have boldly chosen to throw my hat into this arena by dissecting my NL-Only CBS Expert League auction from this past February.

Coming off a 2014 season in which I was fortunate enough to finish in a first-place tie in this league, I felt extra pressure to follow up that campaign with another title in 2015, because back-to-back championships are, well, pretty neat. While I fell short of a repeat, I was able to squeeze enough out of my squad to put up an 86-point team and secure a third-place finish. Oddly enough, I felt pitching would be my Achilles heel after the auction, but my staff kept me in the race until the last month of the season, as my 54 pitching points were the most in the league and seven above the eventual champ, Scott White of CBSSports.com.

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November 12, 2015 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: NL Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

Mike looks back at his preseason price tags for senior-circuit hurlers.

Welcome to my third annual look at retrospective player valuation here at Baseball Prospectus. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts examining how players performed from a fantasy perspective in 2015. This is the first post in a series of six. The first two posts in the series will focus on NL-only leagues, the next two will shift their focus to AL-only, and the final two posts examine the more difficult terrain (from a valuation perspective) of mixed leagues.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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The senior circuit's best fantasy bargain bats from the past season.

My last two articles profiled AL-only position players and pitchers who were hovering near the bottom of our preseason sheet prices or were off our draft-day radars entirely, but proved to be fantasy assets in deep formats. This week we’ll turn our attention to the senior circuit to recognize endgame and FAAB position-player finds that provided substantial dividends for their owners despite accounting for a fraction of auction salary dollars and FAAB budgets.

Matt Duffy, IF, San Francisco Giants

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October 5, 2015 6:00 am

Expert League Recap

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Mike Gianella

Mike reflects on his title and dethroning ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft.

There are lies we “experts” tell when it comes to expert leagues. One of these lies is that while we want to win an expert league, it’s okay not to do so, since expert leagues are tougher than “home” leagues. While the competition definitely is tougher, it doesn’t quell the desire to win. We all say genteel things about our opponents when we lose and offer our congratulations to the victor, but we all want to win.

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September 23, 2015 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 25

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Keith Cromer

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

As a friendly reminder, the Free Agent Watch article, which appears every Friday, will cover any midweek transactions that might impact your interest in available players in -only leagues. With that said, here’s what we have to pique our interest on the fantasy free-agent market to this point in week 25.

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September 16, 2015 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 24

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Keith Cromer

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

As a friendly reminder, the Free Agent Watch article, which appears every Friday, will cover any midweek transactions that might impact your interest in available players in -only leagues. With all that said, here’s what we have to pique our free-agent interests thus far in week 24.

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