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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

Fantasy baseball fans look forward to the preseason rankings as much as any fantasy player in any sport. There is a whole cottage industry surrounding ranking players for fantasy sports and there is as much science involved as Astrology. So, a second cottage industry has emerged and that is the

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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

2015 Quick Overview The Chicago White Sox have perpetually been in the middle of the pack since they won the World Series in 2005. Last year, they finished with a lackluster 76-86 record despite some aggressive moves made in the offseason. They remain a franchise that isn’t sure whether it’s

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 12: Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
2016 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The last of the big name pitchers went off the board when the Baltimore Orioles agreed to sign Yovani Gallardo to a three-year contract. Gallardo had been waiting because the Texas Rangers gave him a qualifying offer. Under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Orioles will have to

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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

Rating position players was relatively easy. Runs above replacement tends to work pretty well and you only needed 20 players at each position. Grading out pitchers is considerably more difficult. Additionally, most teams carry at least five starters, and when you add in the standard 12-team league then you have yourself 60

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 4: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 4, 2015 in Arlington, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

2015 Quick Overview The Texas Rangers surprised everyone when they went from last place in 2014 to edge the Houston Astros by two games in the 2015 standings. Despite a seemingly mediocre 88-74 record, the Rangers came within one game of advancing to the ALCS. They took a two games

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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

Rating the other positions was relatively easy. Runs above replacement tends to work pretty well and you only needed 20 players at each position. Grading out pitchers is considerably more difficult. Additionally, most teams carry at least five starters, and when you add in the standard 12- team league you

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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy BaseballProspects

The Houston Astros had a huge image to overcome in the 2015 draft. In 2014, they drafted Brady Aiken first overall and failed to sign him. Something came up during his physical and they pulled their offer off the table. Ironically, he ended up having Tommy John surgery during the

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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

I will be the first to admit that grading out relievers is not my forte. Unfortunately, there is a huge disconnect between traditional baseball value and fantasy value. Fantasy value is dependent upon saves (and holds to a lesser extent). Saves and holds are essentially opportunity statistics. They have something

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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

There are many ways to rank players. I don’t claim to have a monopoly on the truth, but I hope my methods balance analytics with common sense. The analytics part is probably the most involved. We take runs above replacement from the past three seasons according to three different sources

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2016 Fantasy Baseball2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideFantasy Baseball

There are many ways to rank players. I don’t claim to have a monopoly on the truth, but I hope my methods balance analytics with common sense. The analytics part is probably the most involved. We take runs above replacement from the past three seasons according to three different sources

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