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12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers
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Mike Gianella

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: All the Fantasy Angles
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J.P. Breen, Mike Gianella, Wilson Karaman, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 36: The One About Valuations
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

12-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies
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Mike Gianella

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing a Legend
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein, Mike Gianella, Andrew Koo and Jordan Gorosh

12-04

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

12-02

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-20

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-18

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-13

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-11

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-05

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Transaction Analysis: Lind Blows Out of Toronto
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

10-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Mike Gianella

10-28

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 35: We Were Into It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

10-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 2 - National League
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Mike Gianella

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American League
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Managing in a 'Must-Not-Lose': NLCS Game 2
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Mike Gianella

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Vogelsong Stymies, Williams Perplexes: NLDS Game Four
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Mike Gianella

10-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 34 Therapuetic Fantasy Baseball
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Zimmermann and Post-Zimmermann: The Two Games Within NLDS Game Two
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Mike Gianella

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Giants
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Mike Gianella and Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
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Mike Gianella

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
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Mike Gianella

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball
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Mike Gianella

09-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 33: Halfway House
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part Two: National League
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Mike Gianella

09-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week 24
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part One: American League
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Mike Gianella

09-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week 23
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-04

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 32: Just Turn My Mic Off
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

08-28

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Weak Links
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Mike Gianella

08-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 31: J.P.! You Made It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella, J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-14

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-13

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 30: Responsible Adults
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Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

08-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms
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Mike Gianella

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 29: It's Not Realistic And You Shouldn't Expect It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Leagues With In-Season Salary Caps
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Mike Gianella

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Denorfia is in the News!
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Mike Gianella and Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Trade from the Depths
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Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella and Jason Parks

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December 22, 2014 1:04 am

Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York

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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Yankees get a power arm and left-handed bat, the Marlins get scrappy, and the Pirates add a bat looking to bounce back.



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After trading away both of its catchers in separate deals, San Diego reloaded by acquiring one who can really hit.



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December 16, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers

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Mike Gianella

Why adhering to tiered rankings might be an impediment in auctions.

It is only a few players into your 2014 NL-only fantasy auction and you are already unhappy with how the auction has progressed. It isn’t because you panicked and overspent on a player or two early but rather because everyone else is buying players and you’re still sitting on the sidelines, waiting to hit your spot. The problem is that you’re reaching the point of the auction at which you have to fill your top offensive slot with a $30-plus player and they’re almost entirely gone. You don’t want to pay $35 for Hanley Ramirez, but the only alternative left is David Wright, and you have a bad feeling about him this year.

For some fantasy players, this scenario might not sound familiar. However, if you use a tiered approach to auctions, it is entirely possible that you can get trapped in a scenario where you feel like you have to overpay a player or two in order to fill out your “tiers” on offense.

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Bret and Mike take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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December 8, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

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Mike Gianella

The team is heading downhill, but there's still a handful of fantasy assets to keep in mind.

“The darkest hour is just before the dawn.” – Thomas Fuller (attributed)

After a 2014 season during which it sometimes seemed like the Phillies were floundering without any kind of cohesive plan, interim CEO Pat Gillick laid out a blueprint for contention in 2017, at the earliest. While ownership transparency is refreshing if you are a fan, a full tear down is challenging from a fantasy perspective, particularly at the early stages. The Phillies haven’t shipped anyone out of town yet, and it is impossible to predict when this will happen. Even if the current roster composition holds, the fantasy landscape looks thin. Only eight Phillies were worth owning in standard mixed leagues last year. Even in NL-only formats, the picture wasn’t particularly rosy. There are some opportunities to be had, but most of them come in the form of undervalued veterans, not rookies with upside and the ability to burst on the scene as potential game changers.

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The Yankees get someone to man Derek Jeter's now-vacated spot, the Tigers move another piece from their Doug Fister return, and new GM Dave Stewart continues to reshape the Diamondbacks.



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December 4, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at pitchers' returns on fantasy investments in mixed formats during the past season.

This is the final installment in a six-part series on player valuation. The first five parts of the series covered AL and NL-only league valuation for hitters and pitchers, and mixed-league valuation for hitters. This article concludes the series with a look back at pitchers.

As with the mixed league hitters, there are no plans to reinvent the wheel and run through the painstaking steps that got me to my mixed league valuations. There is a significant change on the pitching side of the ledger that will be addressed within the body of the article. A full look at the methodology behind the valuations can be found here.

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December 2, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Hitters

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at hitters' returns on fantasy investments during the past season.

Welcome to the fifth in a series of six articles on retrospective player valuation. I have already covered a vast amount of ground in the last four articles for mono-league hitters and pitchers. Today’s article will take a look at mixed-league hitter valuation; on Thursday I will conclude the series with a look at mixed league pitchers.

For those of you interested in following along at home, you can find all of the AL and NL values here, along with the mixed hitter valuations. Mixed pitcher valuations will be available later this week.

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November 20, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at senior-circuit arms' fantasy performance during the past year.

This is the fourth part of a six-part series looking back at valuation in 2014. Today, I look at what pitchers earned in the National League.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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November 18, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Hitters

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at senior-circuit bats' fantasy performance during the past year.

Welcome, to my second annual look at retrospective player valuation here at Baseball Prospectus. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts examining how players performed from a fantasy perspective in 2014. This is the third post in a series of six. The first two posts in the series focused on AL-only leagues. This post looks at last year’s National League hitters.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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November 13, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at junior-circuit arms' fantasy performance during the past year.

On Tuesday, I took a look back at American League hitters from a Rotisserie valuation standpoint. Today, I’ll tackle the pitchers in the junior circuit.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below.

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