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03-28

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars National League
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Mike Gianella

03-24

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-15

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
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Scooter Hotz

03-13

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Five to Watch: National League Pitchers
by
George Bissell

03-10

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

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
by
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
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

08-16

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Deep League Report: Week 20
by
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

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Mike looks back on his buys and general thoughts on the recently completed experts league auction.

This past weekend, the fantasy baseball experts gathered in New York City for yet another year of (drumroll) Tout Wars. This competition pits some of the best and brightest people in the industry against one another in four separate auctions. The head-to-head league auctions Friday night, the AL-only and mixed league auctions are Saturday, and the NL-only league auction is Sunday. This recap focuses on my team and strategy in the NL-only league. Later this week, I will take a broader look at some of the trends in the AL and NL-only leagues.

2017 is the eighth year I have competed in Tout Wars, and I have been in the NL-only pool for the duration. I won once, in 2015. If one win out of seven sounds unimpressive, consider that only Tristan Cockcroft has more than one title in the NL since I joined. These people are sharks.

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March 24, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Pitchers

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Wilson Karaman

The prospect shine might've worn off these arms, but they're still worthy of your attention.

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Atlanta Braves (ADP: 85th SP, 312th Overall)

It might be a touch early to label Foltynewicz a post-hype guy, but the former 19th overall pick has logged nearly 230 innings across parts of the last three seasons in the big leagues with a 5.46 DRA, so I’m going to assume there are enough skeptics in the room to warrant some discussion here.

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March 15, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Hitters

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Scooter Hotz

A handful of senior-circuit bats who are worthy of your attention.

Earlier this week, George Bissell wrote about five NL starting pitchers to watch and Greg Wellemeyer wrote about five AL starting pitchers to watch. I’m going to perform the same trick for the NL hitter pool, picking five players who make interesting draft day value propositions.

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March 13, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Pitchers

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George Bissell

Highlighting a handful of senior-circuit hurlers who demand your attention.

“There is a very, very good chance that our understanding of gravity will not be the same in five hundred years. In fact, that’s the one arena where I would think that most of our contemporary evidence is circumstantial, and that the way we think about gravity will be very different.”

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March 10, 2017 10:50 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers

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Scooter Hotz

Scanning the menu of senior-circuit options at this position.

Relievers: the most vexing part of just about any roto roster. They’re mostly on your roster to contribute in one category, and their ability to rack up stats in that category depend on a lot of luck as well as the whims of their manager. Talent and performance aren’t enough to get a guy the closer’s gig, either. These vagaries explain why saves are the most frequently punted category, and why many owners who don’t punt saves refuse to pay for them.

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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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