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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: 15 players who may be earning bigger roles in Summer Camp

There may not be official stat lines and box scores, but players are nonetheless making an impression when they take the field for intrasquad games as MLB teams prepare for the start of the 2020 season. And of course, the unstable health conditions are creating new spots in the lineup every day, seemingly. I've been keeping track of everything you need in my regular camp notebook column, the latest of which focused on Dylan Carlson's chances of cracking the Cardinals everyday lineup.  Here are 15 players who have emerged as dark horse candidates in Summer Camp and who could be worthwhile late-round sleepers for your Fantasy team.Ryan Helsley, RP, CardinalsWith Giovanny Gallegos having yet to report to camp, Jordan...

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10 simple rules for fantasy football draft success

7:59 AM ETField YatesESPN Insider CloseField Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.Every so often you find yourself amongst a group of people talking about something that you know you should know all about, but -- without admitting it -- you don't. While seven of your best friends are discussing their thoughts on "Ozark," you're nodding or shaking your head while reacting to the respective thoughts shared, hoping no one engages you directly, as you haven't actually seen the show. We've all been there. That may be how you feel when or if someone asks you to join his or her fantasy football lea...

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Tracking COVID-19 opt-outs and positive tests, including Aroldis Chapman

Watch Now: MLB 60-Game Schedule Takeaways (4:46) In Fantasy, availability is paramount. Unfortunately, COVID-19, the same thing causing the shortened season for 2020 is also going to impact player availability — often suddenly and for an indefinite period of time. That's how this is going to work. Under MLB's testing protocol, any player who tests positive must consent to having his name released t...

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2020 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Rating older wide receivers who make trickier targets for draft managers

Getting better with age isn't an expression that generally applies to players in the NFL. Every position is different for when a breakdown starts to happen, and wide receivers might have the most shelf life among skill players. You can be successful into your early 30s. Or, if you're Jerry Rice, you can still make it to the Pro Bowl when you're 40. In 2002, Rice had 92 catches for 1,211 yards and seven touchdowns for the Raiders at 40, which is just amazing. Unfortunately, there aren't many players like Rice, which is why he's the GOAT at receiver -- and maybe any position. But there are receivers who have thrived in their 30s, and hopefully more will be successful this year. On Friday's Fantasy Football Today p...

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: 11 prospects who get called up from the taxi squad at some point

Watch Now: Fantasy Baseball Today: Top Prospects Having a Role In the 2020 MLB Season (2:40) <p>There is no precedent for the brand of baseball we're getting in 2020. We can all speculate how certain elements of it will play out — namely by considering what we, with our vague understanding of the rules, would do — but we'll all be wrong to some degree. How, we'll have just have to wait and see. So when I say that I don't expect to see many high-end prospects promoted midseason, I still want to safeguard against the possibility I'm wrong. Draft Prep True, the whole season is only about two months' time, and yes, those prospects will only be scrimmaging against each other and not playing actual competitive games. In...

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Every NL team’s DH situation in preparation for the universal DH

Watch Now: How Rule Changes and 60 Game Season Will Impact Fantasy Baseball (1:34) <p>Traditionalists, look away. The DH is coming to the NL in 2020. And beyond? Well, for now it's just a health and safety measure in a season defined by them, but it might it turn out to be like one of those pop-up tents: impossible to close once opened. Draft Prep We Fantasy Baseball players of course want to know who'll be filling those DH spots for each of the 15 NL teams and whether they're worth adding to our draft targets. It's important to remember, though, that few players even in the AL become fixtures in the DH spot. Most teams rotate players in and out of it, making the true beneficiary someone else entirely. For this e...

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Panel proposes new regulator for non-personal data: Draft report

NEW DELHI: India should set up a data regulator and require companies to disclose how they collect and store data devoid of personal details or which has been anonymised, a panel tasked to draw up such regulations has said in a draft report seen by Reuters. As India moves to tighten policies on its citizens' data held and processed by companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, it set up the panel last year to make recommendations on the regulation of "non-personal data". This is a term for data viewed as a critical resource by companies that analyse it to build their businesses and describes information that is independent of personal details such as names, or anonymised to protect people's identity. "There is a need to create a regulator or authority for data business, which p...

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: AL-only Rotisserie league for a 60-game season

AL-only leagues are indeed a thing, even in a 60-game season, and so it's worth sizing up the changes to that format along with all the others. I made sure there was one from the get-go. That's right: I'm officially fading Mike Trout in this pandemic-shortened season, instead opting for Yankees ace Gerrit Cole at No. 1 overall — and in a Roto league, no less. Trout, after all, is expected to leave the team at some point in August for the birth of his child. He would be gone for at least three days, but potentially more, and would then need at least a couple more days to go through intake to be cleared to play again. If we already have reason to believe he's missing a week of  a 9 1/2-week season, then we need to g...

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