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01-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 39: This Is Another Tangent
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

01-20

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
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Mike Gianella

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Nationals Stare Into The Future
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Sam Miller and Mike Gianella

01-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Stop Looking for Sleepers, Start Looking for Value
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Mike Gianella

01-13

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 38: Reasonable Strategic Position
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

01-12

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State of the Position: First Base
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Mike Gianella

01-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 37: Don't Say It Like That, Mau
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

01-06

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
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Mike Gianella

12-30

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Fantasy Team Preview: Washington Nationals
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Mike Gianella

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief
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Matthew Trueblood, R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Mike Gianella, Jordan Gorosh and Chris Rodriguez

12-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers
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Mike Gianella

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: All the Fantasy Angles
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J.P. Breen, Mike Gianella, Wilson Karaman, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 36: The One About Valuations
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

12-08

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Fantasy Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies
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Mike Gianella

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Replacing a Legend
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein, Mike Gianella, Andrew Koo and Jordan Gorosh

12-04

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

12-02

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-20

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-18

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Retrospective Player Valuation: National League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-13

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-11

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Retrospective Player Valuation: American League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-05

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Transaction Analysis: Lind Blows Out of Toronto
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

10-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Mike Gianella

10-28

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 35: We Were Into It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

10-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 2 - National League
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Mike Gianella

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American League
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: Managing in a 'Must-Not-Lose': NLCS Game 2
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Mike Gianella

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Vogelsong Stymies, Williams Perplexes: NLDS Game Four
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Mike Gianella

10-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 34 Therapuetic Fantasy Baseball
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Zimmermann and Post-Zimmermann: The Two Games Within NLDS Game Two
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Mike Gianella

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Giants
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Mike Gianella and Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
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Mike Gianella

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
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Mike Gianella

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball
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Mike Gianella

09-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 33: Halfway House
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part Two: National League
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Mike Gianella

09-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week 24
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part One: American League
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Mike Gianella

09-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week 23
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-04

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 32: Just Turn My Mic Off
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

08-28

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Weak Links
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Mike Gianella

08-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 31: J.P.! You Made It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella, J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

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

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the position into value-based bins.

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January 20, 2015 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: The Nationals Stare Into The Future

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Sam Miller and Mike Gianella

Washington signs the top free agent on this year's market, Max Scherzer.

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January 16, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Stop Looking for Sleepers, Start Looking for Value

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Mike Gianella

Examining how to identify the right kinds of sleepers.

If it’s January, it must be time for fantasy analysts to come out of the woodwork and start identifying “sleepers.” This term is almost as old as fantasy baseball itself. While it is possible it was a useful exercise at one point, like a lot of other overused buzzwords the term sleeper has become completely arbitrary and therefore virtually worthless. So far this winter, I have seen the following players identified as sleepers:

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

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January 12, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: First Base

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Mike Gianella

Big power might suddenly be tough to come by at a position that had been well stocked before 2014.

If 2013 looked like the dawn of a grand new era at first base, in 2014 reality came crashing down on this supposed new paradigm. Ten first basemen earned $25 or more in mono formats in 2013; in 2014, only five first basemen managed to reach this vaunted plateau. It could be argued that first base has been impacted more by the limited offensive climate than any other position. The days of the 25-30 home run hitter aren’t dead and forgotten, but with fewer top shelf big boppers to go around, fantasy owners have to decide if they want to invest a high draft pick on a major power play or if they want to try and opt for cheaper production that is attached to more of an all-around player. James Loney’s 2014 line looks excruciatingly boring, but he was the 13th-best first baseman in fantasy in 2014. Unless your league is super shallow, what were once pedestrian-looking numbers are now a staple in some team’s lineup.

Despite the lack of top tier production in 2014, the top of the player pool still looks strong. Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Cabrera both look to bounce back from injuries and take their rightful place at the top of the heap in mono leagues. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Abreu offer strong power production and could easily fill the void if Cabrera’s injury recovery winds up being on the longer side. Immediately beneath this quartet of $30-plus potential earners is a trio of grizzled veterans—Adrian Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, and Albert Pujols—accompanied by last year’s big breakout player, Anthony Rizzo. Martinez produced at an elite level last year, but the fickle nature of V-Mart’s high batting average makes Rizzo the most likely to crack the top five this year assuming further growth.

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

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January 6, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the position into fantasy-value-based bins.

Today, we kick off our positional tier rankings. For the third year in a row, we have made this into a collaborative effort. Players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they will fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and they are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

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December 30, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Washington Nationals

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Mike Gianella

The Nats have been relatively quiet this offseason, but they're loaded with potential fantasy assets.

Unless you play in a dynasty or long-term keeper league and are already placing bets on the futures of Trea Turner and Joe Ross, the Nationals have had a very quiet offseason thus far. This is boring if you are an avid follower of the hot stove, but from a fantasy perspective boring can be good. Barring a late trade or free agent signing, the Nationals will be bringing most of the same core back for another run at a division title in 2015. The biggest loss for fantasy is Adam LaRoche, who the Nats allowed to leave so that Ryan Zimmerman could move to first base due to a chronic shoulder injury. The Nats are the kind of team that doesn’t seem to have any obvious superstars, but do have a number of reliable contributors who provide more fantasy value than you would expect at a glance. While this provides the potential for a few cornerstones, it does take away the odds of landing a sleeper; as a result, Washington does not have any sleepers identified for 2015.

[A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.]

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December 22, 2014 1:04 am

Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York

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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Yankees get a power arm and left-handed bat, the Marlins get scrappy, and the Pirates add a bat looking to bounce back.



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After trading away both of its catchers in separate deals, San Diego reloaded by acquiring one who can really hit.



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December 16, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers

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Mike Gianella

Why adhering to tiered rankings might be an impediment in auctions.

It is only a few players into your 2014 NL-only fantasy auction and you are already unhappy with how the auction has progressed. It isn’t because you panicked and overspent on a player or two early but rather because everyone else is buying players and you’re still sitting on the sidelines, waiting to hit your spot. The problem is that you’re reaching the point of the auction at which you have to fill your top offensive slot with a $30-plus player and they’re almost entirely gone. You don’t want to pay $35 for Hanley Ramirez, but the only alternative left is David Wright, and you have a bad feeling about him this year.

For some fantasy players, this scenario might not sound familiar. However, if you use a tiered approach to auctions, it is entirely possible that you can get trapped in a scenario where you feel like you have to overpay a player or two in order to fill out your “tiers” on offense.

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