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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

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

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Tyler Austin is back on the radar. Should we just ignore him? Also, what does the future of Stephen Vogt hold in Milwaukee? And while it's true that Flags Fly Forever, is the same true for Cameron Perkins?

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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Can the A's top prospect make regretting the Josh Donaldson trade a thing of the past?

The Situation: As infielder Chad Pinder heads to the disabled list with a hamstring strain, the A’s turn to their top prospect to help fill the void. Just days after calling up Matt Chapman, and as the team looks to retool in the second half of the season, Barreto has an opportunity to make an impression and stick around despite struggling at Triple-A so far this season.

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June 22, 2017 6:00 am

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

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Mike Gianella

A Kafkaesque look at how to approach the trading season in fantasy baseball.

It’s that time of year: time for the fantasy scribes to put together their annual trading columns. More so than with auctioning, drafting or player analysis, trading is a difficult topic because there is so much variability from league to league and even from fantasy manager to fantasy manager. What works in my 12-team AL-only keeper league probably will not work in your 15-team mixed redraft league.

One constant that does exist across leagues is that you will have to interact with other people. “To write prescriptions is easy, but to come to an understanding with people is hard.” Franz Kafka wrote in A Country Doctor. Kafka died 56 years before Daniel Okrent’s fantasy baseball league had its initial auction at La Rotisserie Francaise in Manhattan in 1980, so we may never know what Kafka would have thought of fantasy baseball, but I suspect that he would have found the frustration with the difficulty of trading extremely relatable.

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George Bissell and Mike Gianella discuss changes in the pitching landscape, Francisco Lindor’s batted ball profile, hot prospects Jacob Faria and Derek Fisher, and finally answer a wide variety of listener questions.



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Derek Fisher was sent down, but he'll be back, and was worth bidding on.

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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June 15, 2017 1:53 pm

Fantasy Freestyle: The Pitching Landscape Has Changed

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Mike Gianella

Middle relievers with big strikeout totals are gaining in value, which has fundamental implications for how fantasy baseball should be played.

A large portion of the conversation in fantasy circles has revolved around how the spike in home runs has altered the landscape—and with good reason. Home runs have increased from 4,186 in 2014 to 4,909 in 2015 to 5,610 in 2016. Entering action Wednesday, major-league hitters were on pace to hit 6,133 home runs in 2017. It is with good reason this has been analyzed ad infinitum. But since this fertile soil has been properly tilled, we can look at a different trend that is slipping under the radar somewhat.

Table 1: Major League Baseball Starting Pitchers, 2013-2017

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George Bissell and Mike Gianella are joined by Stacey Gotsulias to discuss the meteoric rise of Aaron Judge and a myriad of Yankees related fantasy topics.

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June 13, 2017 11:36 am

The Call-Up: Lewis Brinson

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Kate Morrison and Mike Gianella

Hey look, another top prospect headed to Milwaukee.

The Situation: Though they entered the year with inscrutable expectations, the Brewers find themselves on top of the heap that is the NL Central. Recently, however, they’ve had several of their key hitters go down with injury (Ryan Braun, Jonathan Villar) leading to the promotion of one of their top prospects, Lewis Brinson. Luckily for the Brewers, Villar’s injury came right after the projected Super 2 deadline, meaning they’ll get to pay Brinson less when it comes to arbitration.

The Background: The Brewers acquired Brinson in 2016 from the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade, alongside pitcher Luis Ortiz and, later, outfielder Ryan Cordell. The Rangers drafted Brinson in their loaded 2012 class out of Coral Springs high school in Florida, taking the lanky outfielder with their first-round pick, 29th overall.

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Come for the Mallex Smith analysis, but stay for the tale of the Curse of the Washington Nationals Bullpen. And have some iced tea. Have some!

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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June 12, 2017 6:00 am

In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Second Edition—2017

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Mike Gianella

AL-only and NL-only leagues hitters and pitchers.

Welcome to the second edition of Baseball Prospectus’ in-season valuations for AL-only and NL-only hitters and pitchers. In the linked document, you will find values through games of Saturday for:

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus debate BP’s in-season fantasy rankings updates at shortstop, second base, third base, first base and catcher).

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Eric Young Jr. will haunt your dreams after Mike's mini-biography.

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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