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04-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 88: That's Just Kendall Graveman
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

04-26

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The Call-Up: Jose Berrios
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Will Haines and Mike Gianella

04-26

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Four
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Mike Gianella

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Steal
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Mike Gianella

04-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 87: An Article For Your Ears
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-21

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The Things We Believe: A Cy Young Repeat and a Sophomore Slump
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: It's Early, Calm Down
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Mike Gianella

04-13

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 86: The One About Puns
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Meg Rowley

04-12

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Two
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Mike Gianella

04-11

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The Call-Up: Mallex Smith
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

04-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Problem With the Rules in Standard Leagues
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Mike Gianella

04-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 85: Story Time
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week One
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Mike Gianella

04-01

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

03-31

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 84: The Model Portfolio
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

03-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Distributing Dollars
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Mike Gianella

03-25

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Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

03-23

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars NL-Only
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Mike Gianella

03-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 83: Tout Wars Recap
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-22

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars: General Impressions
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Mike Gianella

03-18

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fantasy Auction Values, Second Edition 2016
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Mike Gianella

03-17

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers
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Mike Gianella

03-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 81: Steve Gardner of USA TODAY
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

03-09

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Expert League Auction Recap: National League LABR
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Mike Gianella

03-08

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Expert League Auction Recap: American League LABR
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Mike Gianella

03-07

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State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
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Mike Gianella

03-02

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 80: Sonny Side Down
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

03-01

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

02-26

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
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Mike Gianella

02-25

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part One: 1-55
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Mike Gianella

02-24

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 79: Don't Besmirch Marcell Ozuna
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-24

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Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

02-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 78: LABR Mixed Draft Recap
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-19

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Expert League Draft Recap: LABR Mixed 2016
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-17

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Outfielders
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Mike Gianella

02-15

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State of the Position: Outfield
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Mike Gianella

02-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops
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Mike Gianella

02-12

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Baseball Prospectus Mock Draft
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Mike Gianella

02-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 77: Mock Draft Monday
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-09

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops
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Mike Gianella

02-05

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-03

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-02

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 76: Time Is Funny That Way
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-01

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State of the Position: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-29

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-27

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 75: Well-Balanced Breakfast
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

01-26

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
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Mike Gianella

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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and George Bissell take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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The cavalry has arrived for an ailing Twins staff...is it too late?

The Situation: With the wheels falling off the proverbial bus that is the Twins’ rotation, Minnesota has turned to their prized arm, Jose Berrios, to save the day. After a back issue derailed Ervin Santana, Tyler Duffey, called up to replace him, caught a comebacker on the shoulder and is day-to-day. The 21-year-old Berrios will likely slide into this spot in the rotation for now, but struggling pitchers Tommy Milone and Kyle Gibson appear to be the likely candidates to be bumped once Santana returns. Berrios’ call-up coincides nicely with a shuffle of young talent between Triple-A and the majors and the passing of his service-time issues, but there is apparent need for reinforcements as the Twins attempt to turn around their horrid start to the season.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

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April 22, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Steal

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Mike Gianella

Evidence that stolen bases are improperly valued in fantasy circles, and ideas on how to fix a steal-lacking squad via trade.

With the exception of saves, stolen bases are the category most likely to make people moan and groan in fantasy baseball. The value of the stolen base is disproportionate to what it is in real life, which generates a great deal of frustration when it comes to constructing teams in roto leagues. Some go as far to suggest that the solution is to play in a (shudder) points league.

Two common beliefs among fantasy players are that: 1) stolen bases are not all that valuable and 2) stolen bases can found easily on the free agent pool. In this article, I will examine both of these perceptions and see how well they hold up under scrutiny.

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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and George Bissell take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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April 21, 2016 6:00 am

The Things We Believe: A Cy Young Repeat and a Sophomore Slump

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret share their bold predictions for the 2016 season.

Forecasting the future is notoriously difficult. Just ask PECOTA. One of the most compelling reasons we watch baseball is that it serves as a daily reminder that reality is infinitely complex and nothing is ever certain. Mike Trout’s greatness is the lone constant in the baseball universe. This week at Baseball Prospectus, we're giving a new look and feel to the bold predictions pieces that generally are written in the second half of March. Yes, those are written to help you with drafts, but those drafts are ancient history at this point. What we're aiming at here is what we still believe to be true after two weeks of games are in the books. So, call them bold predictions if you will, but these are some things that we believe.

I Firmly Believe: Jake Arrieta will win the Cy Young Award again.
After a legendary season where he posted a ridiculous 1.77 ERA and an absurd 0.41 ERA in his last 12 regular season starts, the cries of regression were inevitable and understandable. A strand rate of 80 percent combined with a .246 BABIP did give the impression that there is some room for slippage in Arrieta’s overall numbers. No one sensible would dispute this idea. However, the pitcher that you are left with for 2016 is still pretty damn special.


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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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April 15, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: It's Early, Calm Down

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Mike Gianella

Advice on resisting the urge to overreact to results from the first week-and-change of the regular season.

After months of preparation and then putting your team (or teams) together in a draft or auction, it was finally here. Opening Day is arguably the most exciting day of the year for baseball fans. Spring training is not without its charms, particularly if you had the time and money to travel to Florida or Arizona, but while it is a wonderful harbinger of the baseball season, it is not quite the same as the real thing.

For fantasy baseball writers, this is an odd time of the season. For writers who cover major league teams or the sport on the whole, the transition from spring training to regular season games is a smooth one. Game write-ups take precedence, but features pertaining to what a manager or a player are thinking present natural opportunities for copy. In fantasy, most of the heavy lifting occurs between January and Opening Day. While the subject well doesn’t run entirely dry, there nearly isn’t as much for much for us to do.

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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and George Bissell take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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April 11, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Mallex Smith

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

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The Situation: The Braves will be without Ender Inciarte for a couple weeks due to a strained hamstring, and so they’ve called up speed demon Mallex Smith in his place.

Background: Smith was a fifth-round selection by the Padres in 2012 out of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida and, after stealing 152 combined bases in 2013-14, he was beginning to move up the San Diego prospect rankings. He was then shipped off to Atlanta in the deal that saw Justin Upton leave, and more success followed, as he hit a combined .303 with 56 stolen bases in stops at Mississippi and Gwinnett.

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April 8, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Problem With the Rules in Standard Leagues

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Mike Gianella

Mike identifies the flaws in the rules that typically govern basic fantasy formats.

No! Wait! Don’t leave! I know that the last thing anyone wants to talk about when it comes to fantasy baseball are rules. Many, many years ago, I was in a home league where at least half of the league was populated by attorneys, and we would spend at least an hour before each auction discussing the league’s constitution. This is as gut-wrenchingly awful as it sounds. There were a few years where we held our auctions in metropolitan high rises and I would keep wistfully looking at the window, wondering if there was any way at all to unbolt it and fly away to sweet, sweet freedom.

Now that I write for Baseball Prospectus, I play in many more expert leagues than I used to and have been exposed to more combinations of rules and formats than I would have ever imagined possible. Tout Wars, the expert league formed by Peter Kreutzer, Lawr Michaels, Ron Shandler, and Jeff Erickson in 1998, is particularly innovative, offering several twists on the “traditional” Rotisserie rulebook that in some cases have been adopted by the fantasy industry at large.

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