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Now that my contributions to the heavy lifting on Baseball Prospectus 2011 are (mostly) concluded, and the World Series is well behind us, we can all turn our attention back towards the things that really matter, like whether or not your fantasy team has enough production coming out of its third baseman. As you have probably noticed, our friends from Heater have restarted an offseason edition of the Hot Spots column in order to keep you appraised of player movement and the fantasy implications of those shifts. Rob McQuown is handling the Monday and Wednesday columns this time around, but Michael Jong, Mike Petriello and Bill Baer can all be found on their regularly scheduled days this winter. 

As for my own offseason fantasy content: very soon I will start going through my 2010 rankings to see how I held up, just like last year. The reason is so that I can see where my line of thinking went right or wrong–getting caught up in which specific players were hits or misses isn't as important as the process behind getting those rankings right. Since we changed over to the new tiered format this year, it will be interesting to see how well players fit into the tiers they were placed in. I haven't decided if I should do those all at once, as in, should all of the second baseman be covered in one piece, or should I stick with the Five, Four and Three star players in one, then the two and one star players in another piece. Splitting it up means I can probably go a little more in-depth within the piece, so mostly let's just gauge how much of a rush you are all in to see how 2010's thought process did. Just so everyone has something to point to when the inevitable comments come up: no, the reviews of the rankings are not my 2011 rankings, and yes, I will be doing a combined outfielder rankings piece as I always do, but not until after I do the three individual ones.

That is the main goal of the winter at this point, and after that, the actual rankings will be compiled. Last year we used a tiered system as I mentioned–for anyone who missed that, have a look at this piece to see what I mean–and that seemed to be enjoyed once some of the kinks were worked out. If you have any suggestions for the 2011 version though, please leave them in the comments, as I am always open to suggestions to improve your experience. 

As for 2011's content, we are going to be introducing a few new angles–some which you have asked for in the past, some of which you have not but we think you will dig–into our content stream. Feel free to reiterate your desires in the comments, as I have a running list on my desk I am currently looking at with my own plans for Fantasy Beat's 2011 season.

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JimmyJack
12/17
Hi Marc. Do you know when the PFM will be available?
JimmyJack
12/17
Also, what changes may be in store?
yankeehater32
12/17
I'll tell you all about the changes at the right time (which will be sooner than later, no worries). Just right now we're still putting some things together as to how we can best present them, and want to see what the readers have to say as well.
MichavdB
12/17
I really enjoyed the fantasy baseball articles. Looking forward to next year's.
yankeehater32
12/17
Glad to hear that. It was a much different approach than we have taken in the past, and we hope to keep adding to what you get for your subscription.
kringent
12/17
How about a fantasy chat to get us through the winter doldrums?
kringent
12/17
Whoops. Looks like I missed your last one. Let me re-phrase: how about another?
yankeehater32
12/18
Since I went earlier in the month, I'm sure I'll have another one pretty soon. Since I won't have the book to worry about by that time, I'll see about making sure it's a long one.
brianjamesoak
12/17
Marc, Give any thought to representing BP in the NFBC?
Bellis
12/17
Wasn't there talk of a BP sponsored/centered fantasy game?
sam19041
12/18
Marc, what about a comprehensive facts/flukes article? In other words, some players (Bautista comes to mind in the AL) radically outperformed or underperformed relative to expectations / projections. Which ones have truly reached a higher level of performance and which ones are Brady Anderson-level flukes? This might flow naturally out of your efforts to analyze your "process".
yankeehater32
12/18
That's a good idea. I'll keep tabs on the players who deserve more of an explanation as I go through the ranking's review, and then write up more detailed looks afterward.
batts40
12/18
Marc- Love the fantasy content on BP. Won a highly competitive NL-only league last year and BP was my only go-to resource. Thanks to you and the other guys for your hard work.
modofacid
12/19
I'd love to get a symbol or something like that for guys you are targeting or think will end up on your team often, and a symbol for guys that you are staying away from or probably won't end up on your team.
hessshaun
12/21
Like the content and really enjoy how you review your rankings from the prior year. Please keep the positions together in one article per..... Splitting of the OF per position is extremely helpful. To piggyback what a few other people said, if you are targeting certain players who may be a great value in the draft, can you please tell us how you are isolating those metrics? Do not draft, I know last year you hated Cueto, which I think is great and I stayed away from him. Other than burying those guys on the list, can you just provide us a list of who you are staying away from?