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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

05-16

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 7
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Mike Gianella

05-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 132: Risky Closers
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-09

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 6
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Fantasy Valuations
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Mike Gianella

05-02

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 5
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Mike Gianella

04-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous
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Mike Gianella

04-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 130: I Feel Like The Guy From The Mighty Ducks
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-26

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The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta
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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

04-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 4
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Mike Gianella

04-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 129: Grey Albright
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
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Mike Gianella

04-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 3
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Mike Gianella

04-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 128: The Colorado Attraction
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Greg Wellemeyer

04-11

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 2
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Mike Gianella

04-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 127: Treinen To Lose
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: The PFM and The Model Portfolio
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Mike Gianella

04-04

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 1
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Mike Gianella

04-01

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017 - Second Version
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-31

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fifth Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-30

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars General Impressions
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Mike Gianella

03-29

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 126: Tout Wars Recap
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-28

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars National League
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Mike Gianella

03-24

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-23

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Atlanta Braves
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Mike Gianella

03-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 125: The Auction Strategy Show
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Jeff Quinton

03-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Smaller Leagues
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Mike Gianella

03-17

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Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-15

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 123: NL LABR Recap with Steve Gardner
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

03-15

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017
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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

03-10

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Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-09

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Expert League Auction Recap: 2017 LABR Overview
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Mike Gianella

03-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 122: AL LABR Recap
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-07

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

03-07

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Expert League Auction Recap: American League LABR
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Mike Gianella

03-03

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

03-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: PECOTA, the PFM, My Bid Limits, and You
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Mike Gianella

03-03

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Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 121: Starting Pitcher Preview
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-24

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part II
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Mike Gianella

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

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Hooray for Hollywood! From Henry Rowengartner to Clu Haywood, how much would these well-known dramaticized ballplayers go for in the fantasy game?



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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Eric Roseberry discuss potential wavier wire targets including Ian Happ, Tommy Joseph, Justin Smoak, Alex Avila and Brad Peacock. Then, BP Toronto Co-Editor-in-Chief Joshua Howsam joins the show to analyze Marco Estrada’s strikeout surge, Jose Bautista’s struggles, and Marcus Stroman’s upside.

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Ian Happ finds playing time in Chicago. Bradley Zimmer is given a chance in Cleveland. Matt Adams finds a lifeline (for a while) Atlanta. Don't look now at Whit Merrifield. Just don't. His name is Rio and the bid is $82.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at free-agent 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 Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the fantasy impact of recent call-up’s Ian Happ and Bradley Zimmer. Then analyze a plethora of surprising early season performances including Freddie Freeman, Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel and more.

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A flurry of Eddie Butler activity, and another shot for Jose Berrios to stick.

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 Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the latest batch of FAAB acquisitions in Tout Wars and LABR, Trevor Cahill’s renaissance campaign, empty the Twitter mailbag, and breakdown BP’s in-season fantasy valuations (47:00).

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The Tigers are primed for a changing of the guard at closer. What do you stand to win by winning a bid for Marwin Gonzalez? What would Gregor Blanco be worth to you?

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at free-agent 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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May 5, 2017 7:40 am

Fantasy Valuations

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What are your favorite roto players on track to earn in 2017?

Welcome to the first installment of Baseball Prospectus’ in-season, rotisserie-style valuations for American League and National League-only formats for 2017.

In the linked document below, you will find values through games of Wednesday, May 6 for:

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Rookies Cody Bellinger and Christian Arroyo present two different kind of dilemmas for the FAAB bidder.

Welcome back to Expert FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at the bidding on free agents 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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April 27, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous

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Mike Gianella

It's no longer too early to worry—which is exactly why Mike is concerned.

Yes, I know: April isn’t even over—heck, we haven’t reached the 1/8th point of the season yet—but there are reasons why I’m nervous about my chances to win this year.

To start with, my competitors seem to have all the freaking luck. I know that Michael Conforto was supposed to be good, but a .365 batting average, four home runs, 15 RBIs, and 18 runs in 86 plate appearances? I thought he was going to provide a fourth outfielder’s production. I know Bryce Harper always gets off to a fast start, but nine home runs and five steals in 96 plate appearances? Boy, do I regret not going the extra dollar on him in Tout Wars. Even more annoying are the hitters who came out of nowhere. Colby Rasmus (7 HR, 19 RBIa, 95 PA) and Aledmys Diaz (4 HR, .423 AVG, 75 PA) are killing me. not only in my AL and NL leagues, but in my mixed leagues as well.

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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus discuss Eric Thames ridiculous hot streak, realistic expectations for Cody Bellinger and Dan Vogelbach, and analyze the latest FAAB acquisitions in the Tout Wars and LABR expert leagues.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta

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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

The return for Jonathan Papelbon, Pivetta has gotten off to a hot start this year.

The Situation: Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day DL as the result of a strained lower back. The Phillies were anticipating calling up 24-year old pitching prospect Nick Pivetta to start on Wednesday, but a rainout has pushed him back, potentially going on Sunday instead.

The Background: Pivetta was a 2013, fourth-round selection of the Washington Nationals out of New Mexico Junior College. He was then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in July, 2015 for Jonathan Papelbon. Added to the 40-man roster following the 2016 season, Pivetta is off to one of the hottest starts in MiLB, throwing 19 innings, allowing only 12 hits, two earned runs, two walks, against 24 strikeouts, with an 0.95 era with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His hot start combined with his scheduled turn in the rotation lines up perfectly for Pivetta as the logical choice to get this opportunity.

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