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06-30

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 13
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Mike Gianella

06-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

06-18

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 58: The Velasquez One
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

06-16

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 11
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Mike Gianella

06-15

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The Call-Up: Byron Buxton
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-11

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 57: Is It Time To Make The Big Trade?
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

06-09

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The Call-Up: Vincent Velasquez
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

06-09

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 10
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Mike Gianella

06-08

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Rotisserie-Style In-Season Valuations
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Mike Gianella

06-08

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The Call-Up: Joe Ross
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Tucker Blair and Mike Gianella

06-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 56: Squeeze The Trade Orange
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

06-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Hello Vickrey, My (Now) Old Friend
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Mike Gianella

06-04

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Transaction Analysis: Collecting Brute and Flipping Beef
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-02

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Nine
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Mike Gianella

05-28

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 55: For The Love Of Duda
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

05-26

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Eight
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Mike Gianella

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella

05-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-12

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Six
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Mike Gianella

05-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 53: 32-Year-Olds Scare The Crap Out Of Me
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-08

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Rotisserie-Style In-Season Valuations
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Five
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Mike Gianella

05-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-29

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 52: The Nice Eyes
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-28

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Four
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Mike Gianella

04-27

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 51: I Wonder If People Know What We're Talking About
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-21

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-20

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Free Agent Watch: Week Three
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-17

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-15

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 50: Measured And Reasonable
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-14

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Two
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Mike Gianella

04-13

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Free Agent Watch: Week Two
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 49: Lonely
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-07

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Expert FAAB Review: Week One
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Mike Gianella

04-06

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-02

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2015
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Mike Gianella

04-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 48: As You Should
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Shadow Auctioneering
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Mike Gianella

03-26

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars: General Impressions
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Mike Gianella

03-26

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Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2015
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Mike Gianella

03-25

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 47: He Good, As People Say
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-24

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Expert League Auction Recap: National League Tout Wars
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Mike Gianella

03-20

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Fantasy Draft Rankings
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Mike Gianella

03-19

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Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2015
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Mike Gianella

03-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Case Studies of Two Auctions
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Mike Gianella

03-11

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Expert League Auction Recap: LABR National League
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Mike Gianella

03-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 46: What's A Sleeper?
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-10

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Expert League Auction Recap: LABR American League
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Mike Gianella

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I will provide insights behind the reasoning on some the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey Auction system. A basic description of the Vickrey bidding system can be found here.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I will provide insights behind the reasoning on some the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey Auction system. A basic description of the Vickrey bidding system can be found here.

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Mike Gianella and special guest Tim Heaney of USA Today Sports 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.

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I will provide insights behind the reasoning on some the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey Auction system. A basic description of the Vickrey bidding system can be found here.

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June 15, 2015 2:22 am

The Call-Up: Byron Buxton

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

The best prospect remaining in the minors will join the Twins on Sunday.

The situation: The surprising Minnesota Twins sit near the top of the American League Central despite a recent five-game losing streak and middling offensive production. What better remedy to cure those offensive woes then the best prospect in baseball, Sir Byron Buxton?

Background: Buxton wasn’t an unknown quantity by any stretch of the imagination, but the outfielder from Appling County, Georgia burst onto the scene with an outstanding performance at the East Coast Pro Showcase and Under-Armour All-American Game in Chicago in the summer of 2011. Some concerns over his performance against mediocre competition during his senior season, along with bonus demands and the emergence of Carlos Correa, dropped him to the second overall selection, though he was considered the consensus top talent on the board in 2012. That “drop” has been the Twins gain. Outside of an injury-marred 2014 campaign, Buxton has done nothing but impress; ranking at the top of not only the Twins’ top-ten list, but as the top prospect in baseball for the last two years running.

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

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June 9, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Vincent Velasquez

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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

Do the Astros even have any minor leaguers left at this point?

The Situation: Roberto Hernandez has been sent to the bullpen, opening up a rotation spot for Vincent Velasquez, as long as he’ll have it. While there is plenty of pressure there, the spotlight should be on fellow call up Carlos Correa. Of course, living up to the bar that Lance McCullers, Jr. has set, is another thing altogether.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I will provide insights behind the reasoning on some the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey Auction system. A basic description of the Vickrey bidding system can be found here.

Read the full article...

Mike rolls out the second installment of his in-season rotisserie earnings.

Welcome to the second installment of Baseball Prospectus’s in-season, Rotisserie-style valuations for American League and National League-only formats.

In the linked document below, you will find values through games of Friday, June 5 for:

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June 8, 2015 2:30 am

The Call-Up: Joe Ross

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Tucker Blair and Mike Gianella

The Nationals dig further into their starting pitching depth with the recently acquired right-hander.

The Situation: The Nationals need a fresh arm with Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister landing on the disabled list, and Ross' pitching schedule just happens to align with the Nationals' needs. Not only that, but Ross just happened to spin one of his best starts of the year, carving up the Bowie Baysox through seven strong innings.

Background: Selected as the 25th overall pick in a 2011 draft loaded with pitching, the younger brother of Padres' starting pitcher Tyson Ross has begun to grow into the durable innings-eater many envisioned four years ago. His professional career started out slowly, as a shoulder strain in 2012 limited him to just 54 2/3 innings, after making the jump straight to Low-A that April. It's been full steam ahead for the right-hander since then. Last off-season, he was acquired by the Nationals in the trade that sent Steven Souza to the Rays and Wil Myers to the Padres, and Ross continues to be one of the less publicized commodities in that mega deal.

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

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June 5, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Hello Vickrey, My (Now) Old Friend

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Mike Gianella

Mike takes an in-depth look at the player acquisition system used in Tout Wars.

In the process of doing a good thing for our readers, I simultaneously did them a disservice, and also did something that I hate seeing when other writers/websites do it.

This spring, Bret Sayre and I decided to reintroduce Baseball Prospectus’ Expert FAAB Review. This column analyzes not only the players purchased in the LABR and Tout Wars expert leagues, but also analyzes the rationale behind why certain experts made the bids that they made. There are some sad little attempts at humor on my part as well that go over like the proverbial lead balloon.

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