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  1. Matthew Berry

    Matthew Berry



    Bio | Chats | E-mail | Fantasy Focus | Fantasy and Games

    • Senior Fantasy analyst for ESPN
    • Member, FSWA and FSTA Halls of Fame
    • Best-selling author of "Fantasy Life"

  2. Why Josh Harrison is worth considering

    Eric Karabell

    A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Josh Harrison was one of the rare hitters chosen as an All-Star that fantasy owners could still find in free agency in many leagues. Harrison remains available in roughly half of ESPN's standard leag...

    Blog | July 28, 2014
  3. Contact rate hints at fantasy value

    Eric Karabell

    Many fantasy owners pay attention only to the offensive statistics that directly affect them, from home runs to stolen bases, but analytical folks look at far more items that matter, one of them being contact rate. When a hitter makes contact, good t...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  4. What to expect from Headley in pinstripes

    Eric Karabell

    Fantasy owners seem awfully excited about Chase Headley being traded from the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees on Tuesday, as he vaulted onto the most-added list in hours. While it does free up a potentially valuable player to provide fantasy...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  5. Talking baseball with NL All-Stars

    Eric Karabell

    MINNEAPOLIS -- What a week it's been for Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier! What a season, really. Let's just say few would have guessed that if the Reds were going to have an offensive breakout performer this season, that Frazier, who enter...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  6. Midseason rankings reactions

    Eric Karabell

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could all redraft our fantasy baseball teams today, knowing what we know now? Perhaps the first-place teams would stick with what they've got, but then again, some of those ladies and gents might have used a first-round pick...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  7. Future value of Final Vote candidates

    Eric Karabell

    Final fan voting ends Thursday afternoon, as MLB will announce the last player -- at least for now, before replacements -- for each squad in the All-Star Game. In theory, there's nothing wrong with this idea of choosing one last performer for the gam...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  8. Will Jason Kipnis turn his season around?

    Eric Karabell

    The fourth middle infielder chosen in ESPN average live drafts entered Tuesday as the No. 43 middle infielder on the Player Rater. Yes, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has certainly been a disappointment, perhaps a bit overrated as well...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  9. Encarnacion, Votto hurt; trade roundup

    Eric Karabell

    Fantasy owners had a legitimate -- in theory -- decision to make a few months ago if looking at drafting first basemen in the second round. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Davis were off the board, leaving, essentially, Edwin Encarnacion, Prince Fielder a...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  10. Pitchers to start at home, but not away

    Eric Karabell

    The excellent and somewhat expected performances by San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross and Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler on Wednesday got me thinking about other hurlers who fantasy owners might rarely think about, but should because h...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Surprising end-of-season predictions

    Eric Karabell

    Welcome to Friday the 13th, the only one of this entire calendar year, and one can be sure if there's an impactful baseball injury on this day many a fantasy owner will blame it on bad luck because of the number 13. Without getting into how ridiculou...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  14. Can Jimmy Rollins keep rolling?

    Eric Karabell

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins singled and stole two bases in Wednesday's win over the San Diego Padres, and it quietly moved the fellow about to become the franchise's all-time hit leader into the No. 15 spot among middle infielders o...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  15. Assessing Manny Machado's value

    Eric Karabell

    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, once lauded for his maturity and ability to handle pressure at such a young age, now can't stay out of the news due to his childish and potentially dangerous behavior this past weekend against the Oaklan...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  16. Sell high on Lonnie Chisenhall

    Eric Karabell

    Entering Monday night, the main knocks that a reasonable person -- or a fantasy analyst -- would make on Cleveland Indians corner infielder Lonnie Chisenhall were a lack of actual home run power and a bloated BABIP of .411. After all, Chisenhall neve...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  17. What impact will Kendrys Morales have?

    Eric Karabell

    The Minnesota Twins were the surprise franchise that ended up with noted free-agent slugger Kendrys Morales this weekend on a one-year contract. Morales, who hit 45 home runs the past two seasons for the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels and sh...

    Blog | June 09, 2014