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March 22, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops

17

Paul Singman

This position has an obvious one-two punch at the top, but there are plenty of counting-stat bargains available late in drafts.

Today we continue our positional tier rankings. Last offseason, Derek Carty tackled the tiers by himself; this spring, we've decided to attack them as a team. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by the number of stars.

Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be earl- round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late round sleepers and roster placeholders. As was the case with our positional rankings series, the positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of the projected PECOTA values.

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Ben and Sam talk about Brett Anderson's Tuesday return from Tommy John surgery and its impact on Oakland's potential playoff rotation, then discuss whether Stephen Drew would be wise to test the free-agent market this winter in light of the other shortstops available.

Ben and Sam talk about Brett Anderson's Tuesday return from Tommy John surgery and its impact on Oakland's potential playoff rotation, then discuss whether Stephen Drew would be wise to test the free-agent market this winter in light of the other shortstops available.

Effectively Wild Episode 26: "The Return of Brett Anderson, Oakland's Playoff Rotation, and the Financial Future of Stephen Drew"

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February 27, 2012 10:39 am

Fantasy Beat: The NL's Shallow First Base Pool

14

Jason Collette

A look at how the shallow the pool of National League first basemen has become and how to navigate those tricky NL-only waters in 2012

To say that the first base pool in NL-only leagues is thin these days would be a rather massive understatement.  Essentially, the league traded Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder and got only Michael Cuddyer and Adam Kennedy back, while also losing Ryan Howard for an undetermined part of the season due to his playoff-ending ankle injury. The offseason shuffling has made Joey Votto the best player at the position in the National League by a significant margin, on top of the honor of already being one of the three best fantasy options for National League players overall.

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November 2, 2011 10:17 am

Fantasy Beat: Positional Production

3

Jason Collette

A look at which positions produced the most valuable fantasy players in 2011

We know that at an auction table, there is a finite number of dollars that can be spent to acquire talent. What we do not know is how many players will go on to produce positive dollar values for our teams or how many players will have a chance to contribute. For any of us that have been playing this game for awhile, we know just how volatile each position can be from year to year. Yet, knowing what total or percentage of players at each position end up contributing can help you set your benchmarks for your cheatsheets at a draft. In a standard 15-team mixed league draft, you know that there will be 135 pitchers taken, and it is your job to either project which guys will be the ones you and your opponents will be purchasing as pitchers you feel will have positive value.

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August 18, 2010 3:33 pm

Fantasy Beat: Checking Positional TAv

4

Marc Normandin

A look to the past, using the present, to think about the future.

This baseball season has seemed odd in many ways, with the Reds and Padres making a charge at the playoffs, what feels like disappointing or surprising seasons for many a player, and, of course, the whole "year of the pitcher" meme that's espoused anytime someone tosses a few zeroes onto the scoreboard. The 2010 season still has a whole lot in common with last year's ball though, as we'll see today by taking a look at the True Average lines for each position.

True Average, or TAv, adjusts for league difficulty, parks, and even includes value for players that steal bases. It doesn't have a 1:1 relationship with fantasy production, given your fantasy team more than likely doesn't care about how difficult it is to hit in Petco or how easy it is to hit a mile above sea level, but it does give you a great sense of positional scarcity. The deeper a position's options, the higher the TAv, and vice versa. You can spot trends by looking at year-to-year TAv, and as stated before, 2010 is similar to 2009, something to keep in mind when thinking about who you should hold onto or target for your 2011 team.

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March 19, 2010 4:27 pm

Fantasy Beat: The Prodigal Oriole

2

Craig Brown

Miguel Tejada makes a return engagement in Baltimore.

When Miguel Tejada wrapped up his 2008 season with a slash line of .283/.314/.415, it marked the second consecutive year of declines across the board.  The shortstop seemed to be on the downward spiral, hastened by off the field issues including taking a plea agreement that he withheld information from Congress in their steroid hearings and the revelation he was playing under a false birth certificate.  The decline was steep.

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March 10, 2010 11:58 am

Fantasy Focus: Closers

28

Marc Normandin

Jonathans top our house expert's list of save-generating fantasy assets.

We're almost there! Today brings us the final batch of positional rankings, as we have ordered the primary closers (for all but one team, but we'll get to that currently developing story later) for your drafting convenience. You know the drill by now, so let's take a look.

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March 3, 2010 12:51 pm

Fantasy Focus: Right Fielder Rankings

13

Marc Normandin

Justin Upton is the class of this field, according to Baseball Prospectus' fantasy expert.

Right field isn't as deep as its corner counterpart, but it's still one of the more balanced positions out there, with lots of homers, steals and the like to go around. It is lacking in elite options-the one five-star player ranked does not have a long history of that level of success, but his ceiling is too high to ignore following last year's performance-but there is still plenty to choose from in the four- and three-star tiers.

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February 25, 2010 11:37 am

Fantasy Focus: Third Base Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Our fantasy expert looks at all the star power at the hot corner.

Earlier this week we introduced the first basemen and second basemen rankings using the new tiered system built on the recommendation of reader feedback from the past few months. I took a day off Wednesday in order to check out additional feedback and tweak the rankings more to your liking-generally, you are happy with the direction they have taken, and want me to stick with the tiers, but there is a portion of the audience that has made it clear they want to see players ordered within the tiers.

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February 12, 2010 11:54 am

Fantasy Focus: NL Experts Auction Draft

19

Marc Normandin

Our resident fantasy expert walks us through his first draft of the year.

Earlier this week, I took part in a National League-only auction league hosted by CBS Sports' Eric Mack. I know, "no one wants to hear about your fantasy team," but I'm going to do it anyway. This is a fantasy column, and given it was my first draft of the season, taking a look at what went right and what went wrong isn't a bad strategy. You can see the full draft breakdown through this link, but I'll go over the basics and then talk about how things went for me.

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December 8, 2009 10:40 am

Ahead in the Count: Shifting in the Third-Base Market

19

Matt Swartz

Does expanding the pool of candidates at a position create relative bargains?

The recent signings of Placido Polanco and Chone Figgins by the Phillies and Mariners came in at relatively inexpensive deals compared to what the recent value of their performances might suggest. Polanco certainly seems like at least an average hitter for a third baseman, and is likely to play at least average defense at third as well. As I'll get into, the typical market rate for a third baseman of Polanco's abilities as a 34-year-old would be for about $25 million for a three-year deal. However, Polanco signed for $18 million plus a mutual option.

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February 20, 2009 12:03 pm

Fantasy Beat: Shortstops

21

Marc Normandin

The position is populated with a few big fish surrounded by a swarm of waterbugs.

We're moving right along with the infield rankings, this time turning our attention to shortstop, a strange position that can be approached on draft day in much the same way as second base. The position is broken up into three separate tiers, with a few players who will likely be selected within the first two rounds, a handful of players with less value but who are still worthwhile investments, and then the second half of the list, which is mostly made up of very similar players that you can sit back and wait on.

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