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05-23

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Bullpen Report: Introducing Tiers
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Mike Gianella

03-28

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: National League Starting Pitchers
by
Paul Sporer

03-28

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers
by
Paul Singman

03-26

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: American League Starting Pitchers
by
Paul Sporer

03-25

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: American League Outfielders
by
Mike Gianella

03-25

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: National League Outfielders
by
Mike Gianella

03-22

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17

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops
by
Paul Singman

03-21

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20

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Third Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

03-20

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31

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

03-19

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43

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Catchers
by
Josh Shepardson

03-22

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18

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: AL Outfielders
by
Derek Carty

03-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Third Basemen
by
Derek Carty

06-07

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31

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primary: Right-Handed Pitchers
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Jason Parks

03-04

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77

Fantasy Focus: A Tour of the 2011 Player Forecast Manager
by
Marc Normandin

02-28

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21

Fantasy Focus: NL Starting Pitcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-25

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Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-24

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29

Fantasy Focus: Right Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-23

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9

Fantasy Beat: (Update) Combined Outfielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-23

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32

Fantasy Focus: Center Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-22

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Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-21

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11

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-21

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21

Fantasy Focus: Closer Rankings
by
Mike Petriello

02-17

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11

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

01-26

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Center Field
by
Marc Normandin

01-04

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: First Base
by
Marc Normandin

03-10

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28

Fantasy Focus: Closers
by
Marc Normandin

03-09

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Fantasy Focus: NL Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

03-08

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39

Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

03-03

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13

Fantasy Focus: Right Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

03-02

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51

Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-28

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25

Fantasy Focus: Catcher rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-26

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40

Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-25

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43

Fantasy Focus: Third Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-23

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36

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-22

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Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

11-20

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Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings Review
by
Marc Normandin

03-26

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Fantasy Beat: Fantasy Draft Day
by
Marc Normandin

03-19

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Fantasy Beat: The Closers
by
Marc Normandin

03-12

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Fantasy Beat: Starting Pitchers
by
Marc Normandin

06-17

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College World Series
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Boyd Nation

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January 4, 2011 2:40 pm

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: First Base

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Marc Normandin

A review of Marc's 2010 fantasy rankings for first basemen.

Before the 2010 season, we introduced a few new looks for our fantasy content here at Baseball Prospectus. We shifted our numbered ranking system for fantasy rankings to a tiered model that grouped similarly producing players together rather than ordering them in a much more rigid—and not necessarily reflective—numerical format. We, in many cases, doubled the number of players we were ranking at each position, which (we hope) was more helpful to you, our readers. We also began to review the previous season's rankings, in order to see what lessons could be learned from what we thought we knew, to see if the processes for putting together the rankings were sound. We're bringing back the tiered format this season, but that will come later on—for now, we're diving into the review of the 2010 rankings.

First up is first base, which is where the rankings began. A few things to remember while analyzing my analysis of my analysis: these are not the 2011 rankings—they are just a reflection on the 2010 ones—and the focus here is not so much on whether or not the projections were correct, but whether or not the thinking and process that led me to do what I did was correct. For example, there is literally no way I could have foreseen Jose Bautista's 2010 campaign back in February, but I should have looked at his productive September of 2009 and dug deeper to see if he would be a better player over the old Bautista—as discussed in his Player Profile from September, there were some signs he could be better in the future. That doesn't mean I'm going to give extra credit to everyone who finished the year hot, but it does remind me that projection systems don't always know about certain changes in a player, and won't always reflect those changes. With that, let's check out what first base looked like back in February of 2010.

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March 10, 2010 11:58 am

Fantasy Focus: Closers

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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 9, 2010 11:53 am

Fantasy Focus: NL Starting Pitchers

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Marc Normandin

Swinging through the senior circuit, there are equal doses of depth and risk.

Picking up where we left off yesterday, it's time for the National League starting pitcher rankings.

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March 8, 2010 11:51 am

Fantasy Focus: AL Starting Pitchers

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Marc Normandin

The American League has a number of very good early-round options, but don't wait too long.

Starting pitching is one of the key components of your fantasy team. Drafting the right pitchers consistently is a skill that helps separate league winners from the rest of the pack, but that's not the same as drafting the same pitchers to win all of the time. It's a volatile position with lots of turnover—it wasn't so long ago that Scott Kazmir was considered an ace in the making or a great source of strikeouts, and now he is neither of those things, and he's not even a Ray anymore. Everyone just knew that Cliff Lee couldn't repeat his 2008 campaign in 2009—unless you were paying attention to the things you needed to pay attention to. Many people thought Daisuke Matsuzaka was a shoo-in as an ace due to his win total and his ERA in 2008, Knowing when to pass or bid on these types of pitchers helps you make the informed decisions you need in order to build the perfect fantasy pitching staff.

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March 3, 2010 12:51 pm

Fantasy Focus: Right Fielder Rankings

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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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March 2, 2010 11:21 am

Fantasy Focus: Left Fielder Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Sorting out the premium producers at a premium offensive slot.

Left field is a very deep position-though there are just a few elite options, like any other position, the four- and three-star tiers are overflowing with quality, while the one-star tier has more to do with playing time constraints then a lack of ability. If most of those players had the plate appearances of a two- or three-star outfielder, they would most likely qualify as well. This list goes 57 deep As for the previous rankings in the series, check out first basemen, second basemen, third basemen, shortstops, and catchers. Now, here are the changes to this year's ranking system:

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February 28, 2010 10:45 am

Fantasy Focus: Catcher rankings

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Marc Normandin

There is Joe Mauer and then there is everyone else who squats behind the plate in the major leagues.

It's time to wrap up the infield by ranking the only position that rivals shortstop in terms of awfulness, and that's catcher. While the top of the pile is more encouraging than it has been in years thanks to a few talented sluggers, the fact that there are so many defensive-oriented backstops in the majors makes this position a chore to get through on draft day. It's even worse if you play in a league that requires two catchers in your everyday lineup, but hey, you could be in the setup I'm in that is NL-only with two starting catchers. Imagine that depressing scenario when you're having trouble picking just one catcher for your own team.

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February 26, 2010 10:49 am

Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Ramirez and Tulowitzki are the cream of this crop, according to our expert.

Moving through the infield, we will look at the shortstop rankings. Shortstop is easily the worst position-the number of one-star players is depressing-but there is plenty of production to be found if you are willing to select it early or spend the auction money on it. As for the previous rankings in the series, check out first basemen, second basemen and third basemen. Now, here are the changes to this year's ranking system:

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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 23, 2010 12:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Kinsler and Utley lead the way as our fantasy expert looks at players at the keystone.

Yesterday we introduced the first of our fantasy rankings for 2010, using the new tiered system built from reader feedback from the past few months. Given it is still early, there are some additions we could implement-I'll do my best to retroactively adjust the older rankings via Unfiltered to compensate for those changes. For now, continue to give me feedback and we'll work in what we can.

If you missed the first base rankings, you can find them here. Now, here are the changes to this year's ranking system:

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February 22, 2010 11:56 am

Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Our fantasy expert kicks off his position-by-position at players around the major leagues.

I asked you, and you told me what you wanted to see, and here it is: the first position in my revamped fantasy rankings. We will kick things off with first base soon enough, but I have some things I want to go over first.

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November 20, 2009 1:10 pm

Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings Review

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Marc Normandin

Looking back on the 2009 projections at first base, and seeing what takeaway lessons come of them.

We're handling the offseason's fantasy content a little differently this year, and with good reason. The plan is for me to go through all of the rankings I made in the preseason so that we can see what went right and what went wrong, and see what we, as a group, can learn about the process and how it should be improved for 2010's rankings. I think this kind of transparency will be healthy for the BP Fantasy Beat, as it will give me loads of time to think on my mistakes from 2009 and to judge them appropriately as legitimate errors in the process or see them for what they really were, which is something I, nor anyone else could not foresee-you know, the kind of stuff that happens in baseball hundreds of times a year, the kind of stuff that makes us love the game, but also screws up our fantasy teams.

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