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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

8:00-9:15 AM: Fact or Fluke? The Batting Surprises of 2017
   JEFF ERICKSON, RotoWire.com
   ERIC KARABELL, ESPN.com

   TODD ZOLA, ESPN.com and RotoWire.com
   RAY MURPHY, BaseballHQ.com

   MODERATOR: STEVE GARDNER, USA TODAY
Always lively and entertaining, our expert panel goes head-to-head on the surprise performances of this season with one question in mind: Was a player's 2017 a fact—or a fluke? 

9:15-10:30 AM: Fact or Fluke? The Pitching Surprises of 2017
   JASON COLLETTE, RotoWire.com   
   PAUL SPORER, FanGraphs.com
   DEREK VAN RIPER, RotoWire.com
   DOUG DENNIS, BaseballHQ.com

   MODERATOR: STEVE GARDNER, USA TODAY
Same format, but with pitchers: Our experts analyze the top pitching surprises and aberrations, and pass judgment on whether the performance changes are sustainable for 2108.

10:45 AM: Blisterama: Injury Management in the 10-Day DL Era 
The advent of the new 10-day DL changed how many MLB clubs approached the disabled list in 2017. Not surprisingly, a record number of players were tired— um ... I mean, hurt. After one full season of this new reality, what are implications for managing one's fantasy roster? Are there rule changes that fantasy leagues should consider to reflect this shift? What entails injury risk at the draft table, and how does one adjust their roster construction? Get ready for a lively panel session on one of the most pertinent and timely topics of 2017.
   RON SHANDLER, RonShandler.com
   JEFF ZIMMERMAN, FanGraphs.com
   MATT CEDERHOLM, BaseballHQ.com
   TRISTAN COCKCROFT, ESPN.com
  
MODERATOR: RAY MURPHY, BASEBALLHQ.COM

12:00-1:00 PM: Buffet Lunch

1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Breakout sessions 
Choose from a number of smaller breakout sesssions; one in each of three 45-minute blocks. In the past, topics have included DFS, draft strategy, keeper leagues, player evaluation, injuries—there's something for everyone! See last year's final program for a sample; though this year's topics will be new, and we will update the list here as the sessions are confirmed. 

 

5:08 PM: *Fall Stars Game (AFL All Star Game) 
at Salt River Fields 

* Symposium attendee game

 

NOTE: SCHEDULE IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.