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Fantasy Baseball

Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA projections always come at a time of year where it is a good idea to reboot the rankings. The first round of rankings are based largely on past performance in the various formats. Past performance can be valuable, but sometimes it is inappropriate for the future. So,

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Fantasy Baseball

We usually reboot the rankings every year when the Baseball Prospectus Annual comes out. It’s a good time for any number of reasons. For one, player movement usually has begun to slow down (this year being a notable exception). Secondly, it allows us to shift our thinking from what has

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Fantasy Baseball

The number one position player available on the offseason market just went off the board. It may have come a little late, but it was little surprise when the Red Sox agreed to sign J.D. Martinez for five years and 110 million dollars. Scott Boras has been in a staring

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Fantasy Baseball

The rankings this year and every year usually take a beating. They are based on a combination of past performance and future projections. They also cut across multiple platforms as we are expected to look at basic 5×5, six category, and total points universes. We have revisited rankings before, but

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Fantasy Baseball

The long tortured wait is over. At least’s it’s over for Eric Hosmer. Hosmer and his agent, Scott Boras, apparently won the Mexican standoff with the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals and got him his guaranteed eighth season. In this case, the Padres gave him 100 million over

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Fantasy Baseball

We have finally come to the end of the starting pitching overview. Of course, if every team employs five starters, there are 150 total pitchers that serve as starters at any one time. So, you could probably rank through 100 and still have some decent pitchers to show for it.

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Fantasy Baseball

The Cubs pulled off the most significant free agent signing of the offseason when they signed the number one starting pitcher on the market, Yu Darvish, to a six year, 126 million dollar deal (can reach 150 million if he meets certain incentives). It has been a very slow offseason

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Fantasy Baseball

It’s been the slowest offseason in history as most of the top ten free agents are still on the board. The Super Bowl has passed and pitchers and catchers report in a week. That leaves us with our rankings. The rankings have taken a beating this offseason. I welcome the

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Fantasy Baseball

Continuing through the starting pitcher universe becomes increasingly tricky. We use five-year averages to get as much data as we can, but sometimes that hamstrings us. Some pitchers suddenly emerge and some suddenly regress. So, the rankings represents our best guessing game when we match up their total point data,

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Fantasy Baseball

Ranking pitchers is the most difficult task for any fantasy player. You have to juggle multiple platforms, past performance, future expectations, and the quality of the fielding, run support, and bullpen around the starting pitcher. What comes is our best guess as to the group of pitchers that would be

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