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09-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 25
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Mike Gianella

09-12

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BP En Espanol: Analisis del experto en FAAB
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Mike Gianella

09-12

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 24
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Mike Gianella

09-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rules of the Road
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Mike Gianella

09-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 23
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Mike Gianella

08-29

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 22
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Mike Gianella

08-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Find Your Process
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Mike Gianella

08-23

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 146: Let’s Talk About Byron Buxton
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

08-22

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

08-11

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 145: Process vs. Results
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Homer Happy
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Mike Gianella

08-08

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 19
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Mike Gianella

08-07

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The Call-Up: Max Fried
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David Lee and Mike Gianella

08-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 144: Trade Deadline Smorgasbord
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Valuations: 2017 Fourth Edition
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Mike Gianella

08-01

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 18
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Mike Gianella

07-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Getting Ready for the Trade Deadline
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Mike Gianella

07-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 143: Did You See The Maple Grove?
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

07-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 17
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Mike Gianella

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: First We Take Manhattan
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Bryan Grosnick, Greg Goldstein, Steve Givarz, Ryan Schultz, Mike Gianella and George Bissell

07-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 142: Celtics Fans Hate Me
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

07-19

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Deep League Report: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Catching Up With The Touts
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Mike Gianella

07-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 141: Midseason Valuations
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-11

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 15
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Mike Gianella

07-06

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Third Edition—2017
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Mike Gianella

07-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 14
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Mike Gianella

06-29

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The Call-Up: Dustin Fowler
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Jarrett Seidler and Mike Gianella

06-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Self Assessing at the (almost) Halfway Point
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Mike Gianella

06-28

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 139: Enjoy The Fireworks
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-27

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 13
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Mike Gianella

06-26

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The Call-Up: Franklin Barreto
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

06-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Deal: Transforming a No into a Yes
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Mike Gianella

06-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 138: Not That Derek Fisher
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

06-20

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

06-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Pitching Landscape Has Changed
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Mike Gianella

06-14

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 137: All Rise
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Stacey Gotsulias

06-13

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The Call-Up: Lewis Brinson
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Kate Morrison and Mike Gianella

06-13

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 11
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Mike Gianella

06-12

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Second Edition—2017
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Mike Gianella

06-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 136: They're Completely Chill
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-06

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 10
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Mike Gianella

06-02

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Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitcher
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Mike Gianella

06-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 135: Rankings Redux
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-30

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 9
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Mike Gianella

05-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Draft Rankings for Imaginary Players
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Mike Gianella

05-24

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 134: Getting Recognized
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella, Eric Roseberry and Joshua Howsam

05-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 8
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Mike Gianella

05-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 133: It's Happening
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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September 19, 2017 6:00 am

Expert FAAB Review: Week 25

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You might save your FAAB money for necessary moves in the final transaction period.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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Semana 24.

(More information on BP En Espanol.)

Traducción por Carlos Saiz

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September 12, 2017 6:00 am

Expert FAAB Review: Week 24

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Mike Gianella

Dillon Peters vs. Ben Lively: Who you got?

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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September 7, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Rules of the Road

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Mike Gianella

The quality of your fantasy league is only as good as its set of rules—and the character of its players.

The League of Alternative Baseball Reality, more commonly known as LABR, came into being in 1994. It is universally considered the first “expert” league (some bristle at the idea of “expert” leagues, so I’ll use the term “analyst” going forward). Other analyst leagues have been created since that time, most notably Tout Wars, but also include CBS and Yahoo’s Friends & Family.

“Home” leagues predate expert leagues by at least 14 years, with the founding of the original Rotisserie Baseball League in 1980. I am in one of these home leagues that predates LABR. The Billy Almon Brown Graduate league was founded in 1987 by a group of Brown University students who named the league after Bill Almon because he is the only player from Brown since 1941 to play in the majors. If WAR had existed in 1987, it might be the Bump Hadley Brown Graduate or Fred Tenney Brown Graduate league instead, which both sound cooler.

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Jaimer Candelario and Brian Anderson are interesting third-base prospects who will play in September. Jack Flaherty and Dillon Peters are NL pitching prospects with sone upside.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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What to think about Jorge Polanco?

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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August 25, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Find Your Process

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Mike Gianella

And trust these words from Mike regarding how to construct your fantasy team.

I live in a Philadelphia suburb, so for years I have heard the words “trust the process” repeated ad infinitum. This pertains to

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George Bissell and Mike Gianella banter about Rhys Hoskins hot start, Kyrie Irving traded to Boston, the solar eclipse, an intense episode of Game of Thrones, and then traverse the entire American League from a fantasy perspective.

George Bissell and Mike Gianella banter about Rhys Hoskins hot start, Kyrie Irving traded to Boston, the solar eclipse, an intense episode of Game of Thrones, and then traverse the entire American League from a fantasy perspective.

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Can Luke Weaver become a fantasy dream weaver?

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free-agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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George, Mike and Bret discuss the promotion of Rhys Hoskins, the league-wide reduction in starting pitcher workloads, impressive second half surges from Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel, the emergence of Luis Severino and Jimmy Nelson as elite fantasy starters and more...

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August 11, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Homer Happy

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Mike Gianella

How has the big spike in home runs—which has been trending for more than 20 years—affects player values.

Earlier this year, I talked about how to adjust to starting pitchers not throwing nearly as many innings as they used to do. Today, I am going to look at the other change that has altered the fantasy landscape: the big spike in home runs.

All 2017 statistics in this article are for games played through Wednesday.

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Give 'em the stink eye with a $0 FAAB bid!

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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