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    Preseason Prep - February 25, 2016

    Tampa Bay Rays Storylines Moore or Less in 2016? - Matt Moore had a mixed bag of results in his return from Tommy John Surgery in 2015 going 3-and-4 over 12 starts with 63.0 IP. However, it was from September...

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    A Look at ADP by Kyle Elfrink

    Average Draft Position (ADP) should never be the end-all, be-all when it comes to mapping out your draft. Still, it serves as a top signifier of 'the way the wind is blowing,' as we get closer to Opening Day. Let's...

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    Preseason Prep- February 23, 2016

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues... With the Brewers in full rebuild mode there are several positions up for grabs that need to be followed over the course of Spring Training. The corner outfield slots, though, have firmed up....

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    Preseason Prep - February 22, 2016

    The Indians Outfield: From Bad to Worse With Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn and David Murphy no longer in the picture, the Indians outfield picture entering the season was basically Michael Brantley and two open doors. Being that Brantley is now...

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    Pitchers: Hard Hit Rate and the relationship to BABIP against

    It's widely accepted and understood that hitters do have control on their BABIP range. BABIP or Batting Average on Balls in Play is not a one size fits all indicator. Examples of this include quick runners who have a higher...

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    Welcome to Spring ... and, What's Left of Position Battles by Kyle Elfrink

    There used to be a time when spring battles were an on-going and ever-noteworthy part of the February and March conversation. But, on the surface, so many of those prospective disputes seem to have dissipated in recent seasons. Blame it...

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    Preseason Prep-Feb. 19, 2016

    Cincinnati Reds-News and Notes What can we expect from Devin Mesoraco this year? Is he fully healthy? Devin Mesoraco played in just 23 games a year ago and saw just 53 plate appearances. He had surgery on his left hip...

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    Preseason Prep - 2/18/16

    Lefty Blake Snell is going to be the biggest storyline in Rays camp this year as after his dominant 2015 over three minor league levels.

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    A Look at ADP by Kyle Elfrink

    Average Draft Position (ADP) should never be the end-all, be-all when it comes to mapping out your draft. Still, it serves as a top signifier of 'the way the wind is blowing,' as we get closer to Opening Day. Let's...

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    Preseason Pre- February 16, 2016

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Storylines: GP Are You With Me? Gregory Polanco is poised for a breakout season, and as the 96th player off the board on AVG in the NFBC so far, we see significant value here. His 2015 .256/.320/.381...

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    Preseason Prep - February 15, 2016

    A Change in Approach For Kole Calhoun Going into the 2015 season, Kole Calhoun was a fantasy darling, shooting up the fantasy draft boards. While he had a fine season, we saw an interesting shift in the type of hitter...

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    Preseason Prep - February 13, 2016

    Is Price Worth the Price for Boston? One of this off season's biggest moves was David Price signing a 7-year $217 million contract with the Red Sox. It's hard to believe this guy is now playing for his fifth team...

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    The Dying Days of the 5-Man Rotation? by Kyle Elfrink

    In a world of change, baseball's five-man pitching rotation has been a given. In fact, for those under 40, it has been that way, well, forever. For decades, we've had a few assumptions when it comes to a pitching staff....

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    2016 Shortstop Projection Sabermetric Notes

    Sabermetric analysis is and has been the foundation of our Fantasy Baseball player projections since 1999. This analysis along with our founding concept of position scarcity, has helped us achieve superior consistency in projections accuracy. All of which can...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 17, 2015

    Mike Wright Wright made his MLB debut on Sunday against the Angels and had an impressive debut to say the least. Wright went 7.1 innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts, no walks, and only four hits allowed. He got...

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    Preseason Prep - April 2nd

    Back to Their Old Ways? Edwin Jackson (SP-CHC) - Not to be a bully but Edwin Jackson is a fantasy disaster. As a Cub fan, I cringe every time Jackson takes the mound. Much to surprise, he has actually been...

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    Preseason Prep - April 1, 2015

    With opening night rapidly approaching, the pictures with positional battles and injury concerns are slowly but surely growing more lucid. Devon Travis (2B-TOR): The Blue Jays officially named Devon Travis as their starting 2B on Tuesday. And the crowd goes...

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    And, Now ... Predictions! By Kyle Elfrink

    It would be patently unfair for me to post all these columns over the previous two months without providing the lifeblood of preseason anticipation ... Predictions! I'll right that wrong today. With the 2015 season less than a week away,...

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    Preseason Prep - March 31st

    Justin Verlander (SP-DET). Verlander is questionable both to make his next spring start and to be ready for his first start of the regular season after being lifted from his most recent start with soreness in his triceps. While this...

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    Preseason Prep - March 29th

    Chicago Cubs Jorge Soler - Lets talk about Soler power. No, not solar power, but (Jorge) Soler's power. Overshadowed by teammate and mega prospect, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler has quietly put together an impressive Spring Training. Through 15 games, the...

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    From Spring Bump, to Summer Jump?, (Part 2) By Kyle Elfrink

    (Note: This is a continuation from Part 1, which was published on 3-27-15) NL Outfielders Eric Young, Jr., Atlanta Young, Jr., is back on radars after appearing to win the early-season centerfield spot in Atlanta. His defense is spotty, his...

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    Preseason Prep - March 28th, 2015

    Twins Brian Dozier's Power/speed Combo Brian Dozier has been on the fantasy map for a couple seasons now, with an 18/14 HR/SB season in 2013 followed up with a 23/21 pairing in 2014. Now headed into 2015, Dozier is a...

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    Pre-Season Report- March 27, 2015

    New York Yankees Replacing Mariano- Not necessarily a one man job I know it's a year late on the "Replacing Rivera" storyline, but after almost two decades of being the most stable fantasy closer in baseball, the Yankees closer situation...

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    Preseason Prep-March 26, 2015

    Cincinnati Reds Has Johnny Cueto established himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball? Johnny Cueto was brilliant in 2014. Cueto went 20-9 and posted a 2.25 ERA over 243.2 IP. Cueto had been labeled as a health risk...

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    Preseason Prep- March 25, 2015

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues... Down the homestretch With less than two weeks to go until Opening Day, some positional battles are becoming clearer. For the Rangers the main unsettled spots are left field, left handed reliever, and...

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    Preseason Prep 3-24-15

    As we drive deeper into the Spring Training season, we will be looking at a few players from each of a trio of teams, the Padres, Cardinals and the Blue Jays. These 3 teams have the ability to be very...

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    The LACK of Pitching by Kyle Elfrink

    There are a pair of things that we can all agree on as we arrive on the doorstep of 2015 ... 1. Mike Trout is the unquestioned number-1 overall pick and, 2. There's a ton of pitching to be found...

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    Preseason Prep - March 23, 2015

    Bruce Rondon (RP-DET). Rondon's name is one to keep in mind as a possible closer-in-waiting. Despite missing the 2014 season due to TJ surgery, Rondon has hit 100 MPH with his fastball during spring training and posted solid numbers in...

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    Preseason Prep - March 22, 2015

    Archie Bradley and As The Diamonbacks' Rotation Turns A day after general manager Dave Stewart declared that Bradley wasn't "Major League Ready," the former top pitching prospect tossed 4 solid innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 5 hits while striking...

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    Preseason Prep - March 21st, 2015

    Minnesota Twins Twins' top power threat: Oswaldo Arcia The 23-year old Twins' outfielder has yet to go deep in Spring Training this season, but he has a pair of doubles, and is hitting for a good average (.364). Granted, Arcia...

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    Preseason Prep - March 20th, 2015

    Rene Rivera - I feel like I left a bit unsaid a few weeks ago regarding Rivera, whose 318 ABs last season were his highest total since 2007. Rivera was pushed to the majors (and into a backup role) right...

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    Preseason Prep - March 19th

    Rising Stars: Mookie Betts (BOS-CF) - Let's start things off with one of the hottest batters in spring training, Mookie Betts. In 29 at bats Betts already has 13 hits, seven of which have gone for extra bases. If the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 18th

    San Diego Padres: Kevin Quackenbush (RP - SD) - Going into the 2014 season as a relatively unknown commodity, Kevin Quackenbush proved his worth down the stretch and is now in the conversation to be the primary set-up man for...

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    Preseason Prep March 17th

    Andrelton Simmons - Simmons turned in a huge day at the plate Saturday launching his first homer of the spring while going 3-for-3 on the day. Simmons was terrible last year (worse than the player formerly known as BJ Upton...

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    ADP: The Head-to-Head Decisions by Kyle Elfrink

    Anyone who has even been in the same zip code of a fantasy baseball draft has heard of the 'Closer's Run.' It's the moment when someone decides to breach the dam, take that first closer of the draft, and, thus,...

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    Preseason Prep - March 16th, 2015

    Ian Desmond is definitely a position where you can get a leg up on your competition these days, because if you include Hanley Ramirez, there are still only 4 guys that clearly should be off the board in the first...