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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

I hope you are enjoying the 45 prospects in 45 days series. Prospects are one thing that separates baseball from all of the other major sports. Even if we include hockey, professional baseball has the most intricate farm system in all of the major sports. Prospects represent hope and if

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

We continue our series of sleepers and rotters by reviewing the purpose of the series itself. Fantasy players in every sport are always in search of that elusive sleeper. Sometimes, finding the sleeper can be almost as rewarding as winning the championship. It means bragging rights at the next draft

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy BaseballTotal Run Index

Past is prologue. The past is the best predictor of the future, but there is no perfect predictor of the future. So, when I think about total run index (TRI) and its use in fantasy sports, I have to consider the limitations. For anyone that studies sabermetrics, there are two

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Last week we took a look at how Jesus Montero’s career has seemingly disintegrated before our very eyes. It’s a unique situation, but it isn’t completely unheard of. In fact, it happens more often you think. So, in a somewhat regular feature, I’ve decided to take a look at each

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

For those joining the game late, rotters vs. sleeper is a series I began last year at this time. The whole idea is that there are a collection of players that we find proverbially unconscious in the woods. Some of them just suffered from a bad season or two and

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy BaseballTotal Run Index

Last time we took a look at the substitution values for the catchers. But it couldn’t be more different than looking at first basemen. When you look at the median score for the first basemen, you see the highest median value of any position. This is particularly true when you

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy BaseballProspects

Reporting on prospects is a somewhat dicey proposition for a self-appointed sabermetrician. The big league game is dependent upon numbers while the prospect world is dependent on scouting reports and first person accounting. So, when I report on prospects I often report of what others have said about the player.

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Jack Zduriencik has been on the job in Seattle as their general manager since 2008. In that time, it is hard to pinpoint anything he has done well. Pouring through the multitude of moves to find his all-time worst is a bit of a struggle. However, you would be hard

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

Total run index actually began about five years ago when I began working on a metric I called the Hall of Fame Index. The idea was pretty simple. The idea was to use multiple statistical sources to get the consensus on a player. It culminated in a book I published

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2014 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Success in fantasy baseball (or sports in general) depends greatly on recognizing inefficiencies in the market and in managing risk. Every good fantasy owner takes some risks on draft day. The question is whether they are intelligent risks or foolish risks. The buzz word around all fantasy sports is in

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