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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

02-10

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops
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Mike Gianella

02-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 118: It's Just Stupid
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-07

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstop
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Mike Gianella

02-07

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Prospectus Feature: Using the PFM and BP's Fantasy Tools
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-03

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 117: A Game of Concern and Illusion
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-31

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-27

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 116: The Trea Turner Question
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-24

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
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Mike Gianella

01-20

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The -Only League Landscape: American League First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-18

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 115: Animal Crackers
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-17

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-11

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 114: There’s No Desperation In Susac
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

01-10

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
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Mike Gianella

01-03

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Fantasy Content Preview
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Mike Gianella

12-15

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 112: Mixed League Valuations
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

12-13

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Batting Average
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Mike Gianella

12-08

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Transaction Analysis: Adam Eaton, Underrated No More
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Jarrett Seidler, Adam McInturff, Mike Gianella and Matthew Trueblood

12-08

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

12-06

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Hitters
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Mike Gianella

12-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 110: Feeling Frosty
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

11-18

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Retrospective Player Valuation: NL Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

11-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 109: He's Still Mike Trout
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

11-16

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Retrospective Player Valuation: NL Hitters
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Mike Gianella

11-11

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Retrospective Player Valuation: AL Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

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March 3, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers

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Scanning the menu of fantasy rotation options in the junior circuit.

There are league differences between the NL and the AL at every position, but there is arguably no greater paradigm shift than there is among starting pitchers. Where the NL has had four $40+ earners since 2015, in the AL no starting pitcher earned more than $35 for the second season in a row. Some of this is due to a lack of dominance in the qualitative categories. Only four AL starters earned four dollars or more in each ERA and WHIP in 2016: Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Corey Kluber, and Masahiro Tanaka. Thus, elite performance is difficult to come by, and only six pitchers cracked the modest $25 threshold in AL-only. Not only is it difficult to find value, it is hard to predict who is going to maintain value from season to season.

Table 1: Fifteen Most Expensive AL Starting Pitchers, 2016

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A look at how to make the most of BP's offerings in tandem with Mike's bid limits.

This column is designed to address the questions I commonly get about my published bid limits here at Baseball Prospectus, how they’re different from the prices in our Player Forecast Manager (PFM), and most importantly why they are useful. It would be impossible to address every question our readers have had about my pricing modeling versus what the PFM is and what it does, so I’ll start with a few of the most common questions our readers have had about both.

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March 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2017

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Mike Gianella

Mike unveils his initial bid limits for fantasy auctions this spring.

Welcome to the first installment of Baseball Prospectus’ 2017 bid prices for “standard” Rotisserie-style formats.

In the tables below, you will find my recommended bid limits for AL-only, NL-only, and mixed leagues. For AL and NL-only, the bid limits are designed for 12 teams, $260 budgets per team, 14 hitters, and nine pitchers. For mixed leagues, the bid limits are for 15 teams, $260 budgets per team, 14 hitters, and nine pitchers. The bids are not predictions of what these players will do, but rather suggested prices. While most of what I expect these players to do is based on projected statistics and values, other factors play a role in the bid prices. These factors include:

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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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February 24, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part II

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Mike Gianella

Rounding out our rotation-arm rankings with the bottom two tiers.

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February 23, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part I

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Mike Gianella

Stacking up the rotation arms in the top three tiers of our rankings for 2017.

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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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February 20, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Outfielders

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Mike Gianella

Examining the menu of junior-circuit fantasy options at this position.

This will be the most in-depth article in this series of AL-only positional reviews, and with good reason. With a minimum of 60 American League outfielders populating rosters, and usually more when you factor in the DH slot, outfield is frequently where mono leagues are won or lost. There are only 45 AL starting outfielders, but unlike many other positions you can get solid production from outfield reserves or platoon players.

In 2016, four of the 10 most expensive AL-only hitters were outfielders. Three of the 10 highest earners in 2016 were outfielders. The three fantasy “expert” AL-only leagues (CBS, LABR, and Tout Wars) spent $814 on average in the outfield and picked up $790 worth of stats. This year, there was a significant drop in the CBS AL auction on money spent on outfielders, with only $696 allocated to the position. It is worth watching LABR AL next month to see if this is part of a trend or merely an anomaly.

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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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February 15, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part II

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Mike Gianella

Rounding out our rankings at this position with the three- thorugh one-star tiers.

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February 14, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part One

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Mike Gianella

Only the best earned a spot in the first segment of our fantasy rankings at this position.

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Scanning the menu of six-spot fantasy options in the junior circuit.

Once one of the weakest positions on the fantasy diamond, shortstop is becoming a viable place to spend your fantasy dollars in the American League. The 10 best AL shortstops in 2016 earned $224, which was $30 higher than in 2015 and $34 higher than in 2014. The earning potential at short looks even better in 2017, with a new class of young studs poised to redefine the position for years to come.

Based on position eligibility entering 2016, two of the Top 10 AL shortstops in 2016 are now in the National League while a third shortstop remains in the league but loses eligibility. Ian Desmond was the only shortstop-eligible player in the AL to earn $30 or more, but he’ll spend 2017 manning first base for the Colorado Rockies. Eduardo Nunez was an afterthought in AL-only auctions last year but still managed to earn $23 before being shipped to the Giants in late July. Jose Ramirez started 2016 with shortstop/second base eligibility. He ended it as a third baseman/outfielder, earning $29 on his way to a World Series appearance for Cleveland.

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