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06-25

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The Call-Up: A.J. Reed
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition
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Mike Gianella

06-23

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 96: I Want To Say Schrimpf
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-21

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

06-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: On Average, We'd Rather Not
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Mike Gianella

06-16

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 95: Rudy Gamble's Expert Secrets
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

06-14

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 11
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Mike Gianella

06-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper-League Trading: A Primer
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Mike Gianella

06-07

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 10
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Mike Gianella

06-03

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: First Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

06-02

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 93: The Wright Answer
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

05-31

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Nine
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Mike Gianella

05-27

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

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

05-24

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Eight
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: Catchers
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

05-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 91: Enjoy Every Moment With Rich Hill
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-17

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella

05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: What Happened to Last Year's Hot Starters
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Mike Gianella

05-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 90: J.J. Jansons
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and J.J. Jansons

05-10

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Six
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Mike Gianella

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: We're Doing it Wrong
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 89: Well Said
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-03

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Five
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Mike Gianella

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

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June 25, 2016 12:00 pm

The Call-Up: A.J. Reed

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

After burning through first baseman of the future in Jon Singleton and Tyler White, the Astros turn to A.J. Reed.

The Situation: The Astros are white-hot, taking over second place in the AL West over the freezer-burn cold Mariners and positioning themselves for another run at the wild-card. To help with that pennant push, they’ll call on one of their best offensive prospects in the system: First-baseman A.J. Reed.

Background: It may seem hard to believe now, but at one point Reed was one of the best two-way prospects in college baseball while at the University of Kentucky. After a dominant junior year, most believed that his future was with the bat, and that included the Astros who took him with the 42nd pick of the 2014 MLB Draft. To say that his stock shot up upon entering the Houston system would be the understatement of this and many other articles. After posting an impressive .289/.375/.522 line in stops at both Tri-City and Quad Cities (note: That’s a lot of cities), Reed was dominant in 2015, recording a backyard baseball-like .340/.432/.612 with 34 homers and 86 walks for Lancaster and Corpus Christi. He got off to a slow start with ridiculously high expectations, but he’s hit .282/.333/.576 in June, and Houston believes he’s ready to contribute to the big-league club.

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June 24, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition

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Mike Gianella

Examining the players who've earned their fantasy pay to this point in the season and those who haven't.

We are about 72 games into the season and closing in on the true halfway mark. So it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the hitters and pitchers who have delivered for their fantasy teams so far and the ones who have not.

Table 1: Top 10 Salaries, 2016 AL Pitchers Through June 22

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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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June 21, 2016 6:00 am

Expert FAAB Review: Week 12

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Mike Gianella

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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June 17, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: On Average, We'd Rather Not

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Mike Gianella

Why high-average hitters might be undervalued commodities in fantasy formats.

In response to one of my FAAB Reviews, a reader wanted to know why John Jaso was treated like such a fungible commodity in LABR Mixed:

I'm a little perplexed how John Jaso was available for such a low bid, he's a high OBP guy on the strong side of a platoon batting lead off in a top-5 offense. Even in my home league, a deep mixer that counts OBP, he went undrafted and has been picked up and dropped to waivers twice. Maybe he's one of those players who is more valuable in real life than fantasy?

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and special guest Rudy Gamble of Razzball 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 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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June 10, 2016 10:49 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper-League Trading: A Primer

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Mike Gianella

Helping you get the most out of your swaps this summer.

Flags Fly Forever. Hey, that’s the name of the podcast I co-host weekly with Bret Sayre and producer George Bissell. So I know a thing or two about going for it at all costs, decimating my team’s future in pursuit of a title, and sacrificing the potential plum of back-to-back championships in favor of a “certain” win this year. As a rule of thumb, this is sage advice. If you are on the fence about a trade in a keeper or dynasty league because you are worried you are giving up too much value, odds are good that you should make the trade immediately and worry about 2017 and beyond later.

Yet there are cases where you can go too far and sacrifice too much future in exchange for the present. This seems to fly in the face of the advice that every fantasy expert has ever dispensed. But there are cases where it can happen.

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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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June 3, 2016 6:00 am

In-Season Fantasy Valuations: First Edition, 2016

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Mike Gianella

A look at the fantasy dollar values returned by players in AL- and NL-only formats to date.

Last year, I released a handful of in-season valuation articles for my readers who play in AL- and NL-only leagues. Due to limited feedback, I decided not to publish them this year. Of course, you know how this works. People wanted to know why the in-season valuation updates weren’t coming out this year, and an impassioned email-writing campaign was followed in turn by an angry swarm of readers screaming “give me valuations” outside of Baseball Prospectus’ downtown Manhattan offices. In the end dear readers, we decided that your voices mattered. What you see below is the product not just of my efforts but of what your emails, tweets, and in-person protests were telling us. You spoke… and we listened.1

In the linked document, you will find values through games of Wednesday, June 1st for:

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George Bissell and Mike Gianella 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 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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