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  1. What to do if you own Josh Hamilton

    Eric Karabell

    Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia certainly raised eyebrows this past weekend when he said outfielder Josh Hamilton, now in his second season with the club, is not the same player he was previously with the Texas Rangers. Perhaps it's a motiva...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  2. What to do with struggling James Shields

    Eric Karabell

    Kansas City Royals right-hander James Shields is putting his fantasy owners in quite a spot, as Tuesday evening was the sixth time in eight outings the top-20 starting pitcher from draft day and long-time reliable had permitted four or more runs in g...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  3. Who's on pace for 20/20 seasons?

    Eric Karabell

    It's not easy as it used to be to finish a baseball season with more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Nine players achieved the feat last season, 10 the year before and 12 in 2011. Basically, the trend of five-category fantasy options continues...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  4. Fantasy impact of position changes

    Eric Karabell

    Most times that I've talked to a baseball player about the potential effects a position change will have -- or is having -- on them at the plate, they've looked at me like I was an alien from outer space. In other words, although these guys are human...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  5. Fantasy value of former No. 1 overall picks

    Eric Karabell

    High school pitcher Brady Aiken was the lucky first overall selection in the MLB 2014 Rule 4 draft Thursday night, and if history is our guide, there's a pretty good chance he'll end up in the major leagues someday, but no guarantees of success. Aike...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  6. Nick Castellanos nearing eligibility at 3B

    Eric Karabell

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos isn't quite a third baseman in ESPN standard fantasy formats yet, but it should happen soon. For those who keep wondering about the ESPN rules of eligibility, it takes 10 games in-season to add it, 20 fro...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  7. Top-50 fantasy prospects breakdown

    Eric Karabell

    Wait, so there's an actual top prospects list without the great Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton at the top of it? How could that be! Well, before you get upset while examining the official ESPN Fantasy top-50 prospects list for 2014, note ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  8. Spring storylines: American League

    Eric Karabell

    As I prepare to see spring training games in person this weekend, let's continue our team-by-team look at the storylines to watch this spring by focusing on the American League. I examined the spring storylines for each National League team on Thursd...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  9. Bits: Butler continues tear; Jeter returns

    Eric Karabell

    It's possible that no matter how Kansas City Royals designated hitter and occasional first baseman Billy Butler performs the rest of this somewhat disappointing season, most fantasy owners will be avoiding him in the first 10 rounds of 2014 drafts. A...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  10. Bits: Kelly Johnson, Blue Jays hitters

    Eric Karabell

    Two Tampa Bay Rays hitters are featured among the top 10 hitters on ESPN's most added list, but only one of them is intriguing. That's second baseman/outfielder Kelly Johnson, who has fit in well in the team's No. 2 lineup slot while playing mainly l...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  11. Carlos Ruiz set to return to Philadelphia Phillies; top-20 catche...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell lays out his 2013 expectations for Carlos Ruiz, who is expected to return Sunday, and updates his top-20 catcher rankings.

    Blog | Conversation | April 25, 2013
  12. Justin Upton, Zack Greinke ranked favorably in Eric Karabell's to...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell lays out his top 100 fantasy options for 2013, taking into account upside, position scarcity, the depth of starting pitching and more.

    Blog | Conversation | February 13, 2013
  13. Justin Upton, Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper check in as second-...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell lays out his fantasy baseball rankings Nos. 11-20 overall for 2013, and 20-year-old phenom Bryce Harper is among them.

    Blog | Conversation | January 24, 2013
  14. Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, Edwin Encarnacion among tops on Player...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell looks at each American League team to find the top offensive player on the Player Rater as well as potential guys to pick up down the stretch.

    Blog | Conversation | September 20, 2012
  15. Brandon Belt, Zach Britton settling in at the big league level

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell looks at the fantasy-noteworthy performances from Tuesday's games, including fine performances from Brandon Belt, Zach Britton and Ryan Lavarnway.

    Blog | Conversation | September 05, 2012
  16. Yoenis Cespedes has 25-homer power, but his batting average will ...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell looks at 13 players he feels will hit 25 home runs but also bat below .250, including rookie Yoenis Cespedes.

    Blog | Conversation | April 10, 2012