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    Prospect Central 2017 - Edition 1

    Welcome to the first Prospect Central of the year! Each week we profile prospects that are expected to have an impact on the fantasy landscape with industry leading depth and insight: Amir Garrett, LHP, Reds Amir Garrett's MLB debut on...

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    Preseason Prep - March 18, 2017

    Dodgers Rotation Current projection: Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Brandon McCarthy Other possibilities: Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood, Ross Stripling, Julio Urias (May/June) Things are starting to sort themselves out. Right now, the Opening Day rotation projects...

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    May Pitcher Rankings

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. The past has shown us that pitchers have a more difficult time reverting to their historical mean. Especially...

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    NL Roundup: April 27th, 2013

    NL Player Roundup for April 27th, 2013 including Anthony Rizzo's power surge, Kyle Kendrick's rise to prominence and Homer Bailey's wasted gem.

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    NL Roundup: April 26th, 2013

    National League roundup for all the action on April 26th, 2013. Three closers job security, Ryan Howard's reemergence and a rookie pitcher's memorable performance in the Big Apple.

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    NL Roundup: April 20th, 2013

    National League review for April 20, 2013. Commentary on Matt Harvey, Ike Davis, Pedro Alvarez, Roy Halladay and Wandy Rodriguez.

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    NL Roundup: April 13th

    National League fantasy strategy, player commentary and research for April 13th, 2013.

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    Updated Pitcher Rankings

    Updated Pitcher Rankings

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    Singles Percentage & The New Citi Field Fences

    One of my favorite indicators is our BHIP or Singles Average calculation. Singles Average (BHIPx%) - defined as the success percentage of batted balls hit into play (Singles/(AB-K-2B-3B-HR)).  The typical percentage for singles is around .250. Every year there are...

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    Fantasy Baseball: Is a Stolen Base more valuable than a Home Run?

    Lets face it, it's a dilemma that many Fantasy GMs face on draft day: How valuable is speed in relation to power. Let's start by examining how Rotisserie values a Stolen Base verses a Home Run:

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    May Rankings - Under/Over Performing Pitchers

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. The past has shown us that pitchers have a more difficult time reverting to their historical mean....

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    May Rankings - Under/Over Performing Batters

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    The Inconsistent Player

    The Inconsistent Player Several years ago we introduced Consistency Factor and it's implications to both Head to Head leagues as well as all Fantasy leagues regardless of their scoring setup. We run and update this piece every season because...

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    2011: Here comes the Small Ball Part 2

    Last week we discussed the shift we've seen from pitchers in this post PEDs era. Today we're going to look at what's happening on the offensive side. Like Yin and Yang, what happens on one side must also affect...

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    June 2010 Pitcher Rankings

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, the latest edition of Strategy Manager + highlights the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production this season. The under and over producers are listed according to their projected rankings through...

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    Premier Starting Pitching at Walmart Prices

    UMA - Undervalued Mound Aces.  A situation predicated by a market condition in the fantasy community where: TOP TIER PITCHERS are discounted beyond reasonable ration.  Yes pitchers are more injury prone thus offering less predictability, however they are being...

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    New Stadium Park Factors / Player Notes 2/18/2010

    Hi Folks, The first spring training sites have officially opened! Most importantly player news is starting to trickle in (down below). Before we get to it, lets visit a topic which is possibly related to the decline in offensive production:...

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    2009 Second Half Rankings - Pitchers Edition

    Hi folks, as we all know the second portion of the season is pivotal in our quest to have an admirable finish. I always say that you need two things to win a fantasy championship: Skill & the absence...

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    2009 Second Half Rankings - Hitters Edition

    With the half way point here, it's time to look at the production (rankings) we expect from the top 300 position players in the second half of 2009. Subscribing to the regression to the mean concept (the statistical term referring...

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    June Rankings - Under/Over Performers

    In our continuing series on the the "Over" and "Under" producers, presented is the June Hitter's edition. As we mentioned in the last report, all Major League Players hit hot and cold stretches during the season....and since our first report...

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    Early Season Under / Over Performing Pitchers

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. I want to start this year's Pitcher segment by saying: historically pitchers have a much more difficult...

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    Sabermetric Tuesday: Getting Defensive about Being Lucky!

    In today’s belated edition of Sabermetric Tuesday we’re going to talk about the most unheralded aspect of Fantasy Baseball: Defense. In traditional or “real” sports the cliché “Defense wins Championships” is one of the most commonly used phrases throughout the...

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    2008 Second Half Rankings - Pitchers Edition

    Second Half Rankings Pitchers Edition (Posted 7/02/08)Every season we come across players who unexplainably perform at higher or lower levels during certain periods of the season.  One possible explanation behind the phenomena: second half "positive trends" are due to...

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    2008 Second Half Rankings - Hitters Edition

    With the half way point officially upon us, it's a good time to look at the production (rankings) we expect from the top 300 position players in the second half of 2008. Subscribing to the regression to the mean...

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    Sabermetric Tuesday: Re-visiting the Disaster Start

    At the end of April we introduced the concept of the Disaster Start and took a look back at the 2007 data in hopes of highlighting some “safer” spot-start or back-end options for your fantasy team. So today we’re going...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays: Examining Runners Stranded Percentage

    In this week’s edition of Sabermetric Tuesdays we’re going to take a look at one of my favorite indicators for Pitchers: the Runners Stranded Percentage. The Runners Stranded Percentage is a pretty simple statistics to understand, it’s simply measuring the...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays - Powering the Strike Zone

    Good morning everyone, and welcome to Sabermetric Tuesday – Week 10 style. Today I’d like to try and see if we can find some solid evidence pointing toward sustained breakouts on the offensive side of the ball, and perhaps unearth...

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    First Pitch: Splitsville Part II

    First Pitch: Splitsville Part II As promised earlier in the week, we’re back with the second edition of “Splitsville”. After taking a look at Team Batting Splits, which should aid in making pitching decisions for your fantasy team, we’ll take...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays: Splitsville

    Hopefully everyone is well rested after the long and well deserved holiday weekend! Before we get into our usual Sabermetric Tuesday column, let’s take a moment out to recognize and appreciate all those who have made it possible for all...

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    ERA vs. XERA

    Big variances between a pitcher’s ERA and XERA can help identify buy low and sell high targets. A low XERA and a high ERA usually means good skills but some bad luck in the form of low strand rate and/or...

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    Under/Over Performing Pitchers May 2008

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. Please refer to the Batters article for an explanation of the terms used such as FPI (FPI^ =...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays: The Disaster Start

    Before we get to this week’s edition of Sabermetric Tuesday, I’d be remiss if I didn’t correct a mistake in my player blurbs earlier this week. Amidst a long-winded rant about my beloved Bears not turning in a draft card...

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    Sabermetric Report - April 15, 2008

    According to research by Fantistics.com only 10% of batters have a favorable control of balls hit into play. Such a low number means that many of the leaders in BHIP% (and thus batting average) are there only due to good...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays: Analyzing Splits Ground Balls vs. Fly Balls

    New Page 1 Sabermetric Tuesdays: Analyzing Splits Ground Balls vs. Fly Balls   It’s Sabermetric Tuesday here at Fantistics! Each Tuesday we’ll dive into some of the deeper statistics we use to forecast and analyze the game of baseball....

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    Deserved Wins - Quality Starts Need Support

    Deserved Wins:  We define Deserved Wins as Quality Starts *  .74.  Typically a pitcher wins 74% of his Quality Starts (As a reminder, Quality Starts is defined by Bill James as a start where the pitcher has gone at...

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    First Pitch - September 26, 2007 - 2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars

    2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars   Good morning everybody. With the MLB season drawing to a close, today we will take a look at our own versions of All Star teams. As our measure we will use our...