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02-23

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part I
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Mike Gianella

02-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 120: Defending Andrew McCutchen
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-20

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Outfielders
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Mike Gianella

02-16

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 119: LABR Recap
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-15

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part II
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Mike Gianella

02-14

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part One
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Mike Gianella

02-10

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops
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Mike Gianella

02-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 118: It's Just Stupid
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-07

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstop
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Mike Gianella

02-07

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Prospectus Feature: Using the PFM and BP's Fantasy Tools
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-03

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

02-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 117: A Game of Concern and Illusion
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-31

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-27

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

01-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 116: The Trea Turner Question
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-24

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
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Mike Gianella

01-20

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

01-18

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 115: Animal Crackers
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-17

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-11

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 114: There’s No Desperation In Susac
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-10

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-03

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Fantasy Content Preview
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Mike Gianella

12-15

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 112: Mixed League Valuations
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

12-13

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Batting Average
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Mike Gianella

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Adam Eaton, Underrated No More
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Jarrett Seidler, Adam McInturff, Mike Gianella and Matthew Trueblood

12-08

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

12-06

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

12-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 110: Feeling Frosty
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

11-18

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Retrospective Player Valuation: NL Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 109: He's Still Mike Trout
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

11-16

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Retrospective Player Valuation: NL Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-11

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Retrospective Player Valuation: AL Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-09

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Retrospective Player Valuation: 2016 AL Hitters
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Mike Gianella

10-27

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 108: Expert League Recap
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 Preview
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Mike Gianella

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 1 Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game: Giants vs. Mets
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Mike Gianella

09-30

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Expert League Recap
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Mike Gianella

09-27

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 26
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Mike Gianella

09-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 104: The Trea Turner Zone
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-20

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 25
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Mike Gianella

09-13

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 24
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Mike Gianella

09-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Positioning Your Team for Success
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Mike Gianella

09-06

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 23
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Mike Gianella

09-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2016 In-Season Valuations: Third Edition
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Mike Gianella

08-31

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 102: The One About Gary Sanchez
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-30

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 22
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Mike Gianella

08-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

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February 23, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part I

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Mike Gianella

Stacking up the rotation arms in the top three tiers of our rankings for 2017.

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

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February 20, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Outfielders

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Mike Gianella

Examining the menu of junior-circuit fantasy options at this position.

This will be the most in-depth article in this series of AL-only positional reviews, and with good reason. With a minimum of 60 American League outfielders populating rosters, and usually more when you factor in the DH slot, outfield is frequently where mono leagues are won or lost. There are only 45 AL starting outfielders, but unlike many other positions you can get solid production from outfield reserves or platoon players.

In 2016, four of the 10 most expensive AL-only hitters were outfielders. Three of the 10 highest earners in 2016 were outfielders. The three fantasy “expert” AL-only leagues (CBS, LABR, and Tout Wars) spent $814 on average in the outfield and picked up $790 worth of stats. This year, there was a significant drop in the CBS AL auction on money spent on outfielders, with only $696 allocated to the position. It is worth watching LABR AL next month to see if this is part of a trend or merely an anomaly.

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

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February 15, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part II

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Mike Gianella

Rounding out our rankings at this position with the three- thorugh one-star tiers.

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February 14, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part One

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Mike Gianella

Only the best earned a spot in the first segment of our fantasy rankings at this position.

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Scanning the menu of six-spot fantasy options in the junior circuit.

Once one of the weakest positions on the fantasy diamond, shortstop is becoming a viable place to spend your fantasy dollars in the American League. The 10 best AL shortstops in 2016 earned $224, which was $30 higher than in 2015 and $34 higher than in 2014. The earning potential at short looks even better in 2017, with a new class of young studs poised to redefine the position for years to come.

Based on position eligibility entering 2016, two of the Top 10 AL shortstops in 2016 are now in the National League while a third shortstop remains in the league but loses eligibility. Ian Desmond was the only shortstop-eligible player in the AL to earn $30 or more, but he’ll spend 2017 manning first base for the Colorado Rockies. Eduardo Nunez was an afterthought in AL-only auctions last year but still managed to earn $23 before being shipped to the Giants in late July. Jose Ramirez started 2016 with shortstop/second base eligibility. He ended it as a third baseman/outfielder, earning $29 on his way to a World Series appearance for Cleveland.

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

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Breaking down the players at this position into fantasy-value-based bins.

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A primer on how the Player Forecast Manager and PECOTA projections can guide you before, during, and after drafts and auctions this spring.

Before the Auction

The advice below is designed primarily for mono league, auction formats. However, the same principles apply for mixed league formats as well.

For fantasy players, the unveiling of PECOTA means the simultaneous unveiling of the PFM, our Player Forecast Manager. One of the most versatile valuation tools in the industry, the PFM allows you to customize valuation based on your league’s format. This is particularly useful if you are not playing in a “standard” 5x5 Roto format, as most “expert” commentary (including mine) focuses almost entirely on 5x5, Rotisserie valuations.

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February 3, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Scanning the menu of hot-corner fantasy options in the junior circuit.

Entering 2017, the relative strength or weakness of third base in the AL depends on whether Manny Machado is used as a shortstop or as a third baseman. Including Machado, third base was the second-best position in the infield in 2016. If you exclude Machado, third base was the second worst position behind catcher. In 2016, Josh Donaldson and Jose Ramirez led third basemen in earnings at $29 apiece. Of the duo, Donaldson is more likely to maintain his value this year. Donaldson dropped from $37 in AL-only in 2015 but his real-life value is consistent. He is one of five players who has produced a TAv of .305 or higher every year since 2013; the other four are Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Miguel Cabrera. No matter what Donaldson’s fantasy stats look like, you’re locking yourself into a great player who will likely produce near $30 of stats at a minimum.

The battle for second best fantasy third baseman in the AL in 2017 is likely to be a three-way tussle among Evan Longoria, Kyle Seager, and Todd Frazier. After years of being overpriced, Longoria was finally a slight bargain, earning $22 to his average $18 salary in the expert mono leagues. Longoria’s ceiling is limited because of his lack of contributions in stolen bases and batting average. Despite offering vastly different earning profiles, Seager and Frazier are both likely to cost in the mid-$20s in AL-only. Frazier’s 40 home runs and 15 steals would have had his fantasy managers salivating if not for the terrible batting average. Seager is an amazing player in real life (his WARP was second best among AL hitters behind Mike Trout) but like Longoria is limited in fantasy because of the lack of steals and AVG.

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

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