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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Evaluating pitchers is easily the hardest thing to do in fantasy baseball. So much of what pitchers do is dependent on those around them. As researchers, scouts, and statisticians put their heads together, the more they realize how much fielding impacts pitching and pitchers’ numbers. Throw in the fantasy element

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

We come to the end of the PECOTA series for position players. Right field is likely the deepest position on the diamond in terms of fantasy production. That can be seen through the median numbers, but also through the number of players that come close to the median. For instance,

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

“Cause I’m here in right field just watching the dandelions grow.” — Peter, Paul, and Mary I spent many a game in right field in my youth. I could postulate that it was about my strong throwing arm, but it was really about the same thing as the song above.

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

A lot of platforms treat all outfielders the same. At first blush, center fielders would seem to be the cream of the crop based on their overall reputations. A lot of that comes from defensive value. Obviously, that has nothing to do with fantasy baseball. We will reveal the medians

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

“Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Look at me I can be center field.” — John Fogerty It would be an interesting battle between shortstop and center field as to which is the premier position on the diamond. Suffice it to say, the superior athletes are playing

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Left field is a deep position in fantasy baseball. The median certainly indicates that across the board, but the number of players that approach the median on the downside is another really good indication. That depth can help you on draft day. You can punt the position and plug in

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Outfield projections can be challenging. Some platforms treat them all the same while others separate them by position. We will treat left fielders as left fielders, but we will include all three medians just in case you want to cross-reference the player with the other outfield positions. Some players are

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Shortstop is a position that has a lot of good, young players. When that happens at a position you get a lot of uncertainty as to where the position is going to go. The law of averages indicates that some will make it and some won’t. Even in that situation,

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Shortstops are the quarterbacks of baseball. Whether you are playing Little League in the United States or playing on the sandlots of the Dominican Republic (or anywhere in between), the best players are always shortstops. The same thing normally happens in the minors. Teams prioritize players that start in the

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

As we saw in the last edition, third base could be the deepest fantasy position on the diamond. For those that want to have quality at as many positions as possible, that means you can punt third base and reasonably expect to have a quality bat there later in the

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