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02-24

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

02-16

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Outfielders
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Scooter Hotz

02-09

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops
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Scooter Hotz

02-02

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

01-26

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bret Sayre

03-23

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

03-09

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Expert League Auction Recap: National League LABR
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Mike Gianella

02-25

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

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February 24, 2017 10:51 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Starting Pitchers

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Scooter Hotz

Scanning the menu of senior-circuit fantasy rotation arms.

Ah, starting pitching. Poker players have their bad beat stories, fantasy baseball players have their stories about the aces they bought who failed spectacularly. Roto players who go cheap on pitching habitually are usually fighting the previous war, trying to avoid buying a big-ticket starter because they bought one at some point in the past, only to see that purchase sink their season.

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February 16, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Outfielders

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Scooter Hotz

Examining the senior-circuit menu of fantasy options at this position.

You’re going to spend a lot of money in the outfield. Granted, a lot of that is because standard leagues have more outfielders than any other positions. That’s not the only reason, though. The defensive requirements are a little more flexible than they are in the infield, so the player pool is more diverse, including players as different as Billy Hamilton and Kyle Schwarber.

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Scanning the menu of six-spot fantasy options in the senior circuit.

Shortstop is supposed to be a shallow position in roto, especially in AL-only and NL-only leagues. You know, the kind of position where a couple of teams in your league have a really good player, a few more teams have someone halfway decent and the rest of the league has slick fielders who get the bat knocked out of their hands regularly.

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February 2, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen

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Scooter Hotz

Scanning the menu of hot-corner fantasy options in the senior circuit.

Third base was a pretty good place to spend your auction dollars in 2016. The two guys who went for $30+ earned $30+, and most of the rest of the ten most expensive players at the hot corner earned roughly as much as their price tag suggested they would.

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January 26, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen

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Scooter Hotz

Scanning the menu of keystone options in the senior circuit.

Strange things are afoot at the keystone. As my colleague George Bissell noted in his State of the Position article for second base, “…second basemen posted a .771 OPS last year. That’s a higher mark than nearly every other position, with the exception of first base, third base and designated hitter.” That’s a pretty significant reconfiguration of the defensive spectrum, a world in which the guys manning the keystone outhit the outfielders. The position’s numbers weren’t just the product of one or two extreme outliers last year, either – the production increase at second base was widespread. The NL list is a little thinner at the top than the AL list, though, which includes stars including Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano, Brian Dozier, Rougned Odor, and Ian Kinsler.

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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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