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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The Blue Jays have dominated the AL East over the past couple of seasons and most people attribute it to their great offense. Why not? They had Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, and Troy Tulowitzki. What’s more, they still have most of those guys this season. You

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

It’s fascinating watching low budget teams get around their lack of funds. Watching the big spenders is boring. They simply buy players whenever they need it. The low budget teams must pick and choose what they want to prioritize and what they have to let go of. The Rays and

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The Moneyball movie renewed some interest in Billy Beane and the Athletics. The movie caused some cognitive dissonance due to the dated material in the book. They seemed to eschew fielding and therefore some fans were confused. The truth is that the A’s (along with other teams) have altered their

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The initial edition of the Fielding Bible chronicled the difference between Adam Everett and Derek Jeter. One was the best shortstop in the business and one was the worst. By now, it isn’t all that controversial to consider Jeter to be an awful defensive shortstop. Didi Gregorius took his slot

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

We tend to focus on the little things when teams are successful, but when teams are wildly unsuccessful we tend to focus on the big things. Surely, the Twins were unsuccessful largely because their pitching staff has been a dumpster fire, but there are many reasons why pitchers can look

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Fantasy baseball and real baseball often don’t intersect. One of the areas where they don’t intersect is in the area of fielding. The Angels made a deal in the winter of 2015 that shifted their fortunes a ton on the field. Occasionally, a transcendent fielder comes along that changes the

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Fans and teams alike are learning more and more about fielding every year. Teams use fielding numbers to decide who to play and to decide what types of pitchers to add to their team. Fantasy fans use fielding numbers also to determine which pitchers to add to their fantasy rosters.

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Fielding is becoming more and more important as we gain more information about it. Advanced fielding numbers are increasingly more accurate and therefore more relevant. It has a profound effect on pitching and so more teams are considering fielding when they fill out their lineups on a daily basis. A

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Chris Sale Fantasy Baseball
2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The most common question at this point is why we are reading about fielding on a fantasy baseball site. Simply put, fielding interacts with pitching more than we can comment. This makes perfect sense. Out of 27 outs, 10 of them might come via strikeout. So, fielders are responsible for

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

There are a number of different elements to fantasy baseball and fielding seems like it should be the last one. However, fielding impacts more parts of the game then you might think. It definitely impacts pitchers and their numbers, but it also impacts the players themselves. Some players seem to

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