1. NFL Draft 2011: How the Lockout Will Affect Draft Day Trades

    The 2011 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but there's no end in sight for the current labor dispute. NFL fans will have to wait at least " a couple weeks " before anything is resolved, ...

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  2. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections: Buy or Sell White Sox Pitcher Edwin Jackson?

    Chicago White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson dominated the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk while fanning 13. After two starts this season, the 27-year-old is 2-0 with a 1...

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  3. Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Fliers: 3 Pitchers Who Possess Staying Power

    Waiver wire pickups can offer great reward (see Jose Bautista), yet they pose very little risk. In the grand scheme of things, what’s one week of a sub-...

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  4. Fantasy Baseball Closer's Corner: Angels' Fernando Rodney out, Jordan Walden in

    In Monday’s Closer’s Corner , I singled out the Angels bullpen and suggested Fernando Rodney ’s struggles could soon lead to a change...

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  5. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Closer's Corner, Week 1: John Axford, Sean Burnett & More

    Opening weekend of the 2011 baseball season certainly was an eventful one, especially in the late innings...

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  6. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections: How Good Is Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro?

    Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro is 8-for-13 (.615) with four runs and one RBI through three games this season, and already has the fantasy baseball community buzzing over his potential...

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  7. Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: Braves' Mike Minor Recalled to Start Wednesday

    The Atlanta Braves have placed Jair Jurrjens on the DL ( retroactive to March 25 ) with an oblique injury. The team is confident that he wont need more than a week to return to 100 percent...

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  8. 2011 MLB Fantasy Injury Report: How Long Will Rays' Evan Longoria Be Out?

    UPDATE : The Rays placed Longoria on the DL Sunday. He's expected to miss at least three weeks. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria expects to miss no more than a week after leaving Saturday’s game with a sore left oblique...

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  9. Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: Orioles' Zach Britton to Make MLB Debut Sunday

    According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Baltimore Orioles starter Brian Matusz will miss three to six weeks with a strained intercostal muscle...

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  10. Matt Holliday Out Indefinitely After Appendectomy: MLB Fantasy Baseball Impact

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is out indefinitely following an appendectomy on Friday. The team has not yet set a timetable for his return, but the St...

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  11. 2011 Closer's Corner: Panic Over John Axford's Opening Day Blown Save?

    You’ve worked hard all offseason taking note of player movement, and you’ve scouted spring games...

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  12. MLB Opening Day 2011: Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Fliers

    Opening Day has come and gone, but not without incident. Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez led off the Brewers’ season with back-to-back jacks, while John Axford blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning...

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  13. Fantasy Baseball 2011 Closer's Corner: Updating Team-by-Team Closer Situations

    Over the last three years, only five closers have recorded at least 30 saves each season (Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Cordero, Mariano Rivera, Joakim Soria and Brian Wilson )...

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  14. Fantasy Baseball 2011 All-Breakout Team: Each Position's Soon-To-Be Fantasy Star

    By now, you've already drafted your fantasy team(s) and have set your lineup(s) for Opening Day. Happy Opening Day, by the way! While some sites make lazy claims by promoting ...

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  15. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 30 Starting Pitchers

    There are many different effective strategies when it comes to drafting starting pitchers. Some will hoard the top talents in the year after the Year of the Pitcher, while others will rely on weekly spot starts...

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  16. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 30 Outfielders

    Unlike third base and shortstop this year, outfield is extremely deep. In 2010, the average top-40 fantasy outfielder hit 22 homers, stole 20 bases, scored 88 runs, knocked in 82 RBIs and hit ...

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  17. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: Giants' Brandon Belt Wins Starting Job

    According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle , the Giants are “leaning toward making ( Brandon Belt ) their starting first baseman.” An announcement is expected later today...

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  18. Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2011: The Top 10 Rookies

    While several young prospects are anxious to help your fantasy team this season, only a select few will begin the year on a big league roster. This makes this list difficult to project...

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  19. Fantasy Baseball Closer's Corner 2011: 16 MLB Teams Have a New Source for Saves

    Closers are the most overrated players in fantasy baseball. The good ones deliver strong contributions to one category, but generally pitch less than five innings per week. During drafts, I usually ignore the position until the late rounds...

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  20. Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2011: The Top 15 Shortstops

    Shortstop has become a very difficult position to fill. It offers very little power, made evident by the fact that only four shortstops hit 20 or more home runs last year. If you’re looking for steals, however, this is where you find them...

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  21. Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2011: The Top 15 Third Basemen

    Third base has become surprisingly thin in recent seasons. While the elite players (Wright, Longoria and perhaps even Rodriguez, Youkilis and Zimmerman) offer fantastic production, the rest of the group offers nothing but questions...

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  22. Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2011: The Top 15 Second Basemen

    Second basemen have been easier to come by in recent seasons, but very few have sustained consistent production...

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  23. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Big Board: In-Depth Ranking and Analysis of the Top 100

    Over the last four months, I’ve poured hundreds of hours into researching, ranking and re-ranking the top 100 players in fantasy baseball. This Big Board is much different than most, however...

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  24. 2011 MLB Predictions: 11 Pitchers 25-or-Younger Who May Regress This Season

    The Verducci Effect has become a popular phenomenon within baseball circles in recent seasons. While young hurlers such as Tim Lincecum and Felix Hernandez have bucked this trend ...

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  25. 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 15 First Basemen

    Just like years past, 2011 is loaded with All-Star first basemen to roster on your fantasy baseball team. Last season, 15 different first basemen hit 25 home runs...

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