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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For October 1st

Hisashi Iwakuma gets the Angels on Tuesday, which could be a tough matchup, but the Angels could be eliminated by that game as well.

10/01/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For September 24th

There are two main reasons for optimism with Kyle Seager down the stretch. First, he’s regained his power stroke in September, with nine extra base hits (three homers) resulting in a .305/.345/.488 line.

09/24/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For September 17th

After 517 plate appearances, it seems safe to say Norichika Aoki is mostly for real. The 30-year-old Japanese import has a .289/.359/.430 line this season, including 68 runs and 26 stolen bases.

09/17/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For September 10th

Justin Morneau’s season has not come with much fanfare. It’s understandable – he’s a former MVP first baseman and he’s hitting just .277/.337/.473. But with today’s offensive environment, his 122 OPS+ is equal to his 2007 All-Star campaign.

09/10/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For September 3rd

Jurickson Profar got a spot start for Ian Kinsler and opened his career with a bang, homering and doubling in his first two at-bats, respectively.

09/03/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For August 27th

Tyler Skaggs, the 13th-best prospect in the game per Baseball America, will be one to watch Monday night as he makes his second major league start. The 20-year-old lefty is a must-add in available keeper leagues and should be a solid addition even in redraft formats.

08/27/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For August 20th

Ben Zobrist gained shortstop eligibility over the week, adding flexibility and the toughest non-catcher position to his name for the last month of the season. With the trading deadline past, that gives Zobrist about as big a spike in fantasy value as a player can get at this point in the season.

08/20/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For August 13th

Manny Machado has skyrocketed from 1% owned to 38% in the Yahoo! game since the Orioles called him up, and understandably so: the youngster has socked three home runs already in just sixteen at-bats, with six hits total.

08/13/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For August 6th

Players at premium positions (C, 2B, SS, 3B) in Colorado should always be watched; mediocre talent can become fantastic fantasy numbers, and great talent leads to such forces as Troy Tulowitzki.

08/06/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For July 30th

Typically, a move from the NL to the AL is a bad omen for pitchers. However, escaping homer-friendly Miller Park and the shoddy defense behind him in Milwaukee should be a boon for Zach Greinke.

07/30/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For July 23rd

With Ian Desmond dealing with an oblique injury, Danny Espinosa picked up his fifth game at shortstop, and with it, eligibility at the position in many leagues. He has a career high .244 batting average – nearly the league average this season – and adds decent power (eight homers) and great speed (14 steals).

07/23/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For July 16th

Jhonny Peralta is on fire over his last five games, batting 9-for-20 (.450) with two home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored. Particularly since June, Peralta has been rediscovering what made him so good last season.

07/16/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For July 9th

Francisco Liriano ( SP, MIN) has been fantastic since returning to the starting rotation. After tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just one run this week against the Rangers, Liriano has now allowed just 15 runs in his last 49.1 innings, striking out 52 against 24 walks.

07/09/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For July 2nd

Jim Thorne, Wilson Betemit, and Mike Fiers are just a few players featured on our “5 Up” list. See who else is trending upwards and which players you should steer clear of.

07/02/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For June 25th

Each week we’ll be providing you with insight into the best (and worst) baseball players to play in your fantasy baseball league.

06/25/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For June 18th

Players are dropping like flies this week. One of my teams lost Alex Avila, Drew Stubbs, Brandon Beachy and Brandon Morrow to injury. I’m going to stash all four of those players, but some won’t have the luxury to do so – here are some players worth an add if you need to fill in for an injury.

06/18/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For June 11th

The free agent wires get barer and barer as the season progresses. That makes every move at this point of the season more and more important. Make sure you’re the one grabbing the right guy off the scrap heap, not putting the big get back onto the waiver wire.

06/11/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For May 29th

By: Jack Moore Each week we’ll be providing you with insight into the best (and worst) baseball players to play in your fantasy baseball league. As I turn in this week’s column, I own a […]

05/29/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For May 21st

It’s a common truism in sports: you don’t win a game in the first quarter, but you can lose one. We’re almost at the end of the first quarter for the 2012 MLB season. Sitting in first place? Don’t get cocky. We’ve got a long way to go.

05/21/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For May 14th

So far so good for most of my teams – all but two of my nine money league teams sit in the top half of their leagues. The two that don’t? Albert Pujols was the first (or most expensive, in the auction) pick. For all you Pujols owners out there, I feel your pain.

05/14/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For May 7th

It was a big week in baseball, with injuries and closer drama abound. Chances are you’ll be needing to make some shuffles over the next few days, and here are some names to keep in mind as you wheel and deal.

05/07/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For April 30th

The early season dust is beginning to settle, as we’re now roughly one-eighth of the way through the season. Roles are stabilizing, teams are separating themselves. Still, 20 games can hold plenty of statistical anomalies, so we must remain discerning as the calendar flips to May. Here are five players heading into the season’s second month like lions.

04/30/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For April 23rd

Phil Humber had a perfect game this week and Curtis Granderson hit three home runs in a game. but you don’t need me to tell you they’re trending upwards. Here are five other players looking up after the second week of games…

04/23/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For April 16th

The first full week of the fantasy season is finished. Struggling early? Don’t overreact too quickly. Only 4.5% of the 2430-game MLB schedule has played. Still, everybody deals with injuries and players losing their roles, so here are some guys to take a look at if you need to make a roster move.

04/16/2012

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5 Up, 5 Down: Fantasy Baseball Advice For April 9th

One week of the MLB season is in the books. We’ve got some fantasy advice to share in this week’s “5 Up, 5 Down.” Whose stock is rising (and falling) with the early action?

04/09/2012

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