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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

08-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-14

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-13

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 30: Responsible Adults
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Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

08-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms
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Mike Gianella

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 29: It's Not Realistic And You Shouldn't Expect It
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Leagues With In-Season Salary Caps
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Mike Gianella

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Denorfia is in the News!
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Mike Gianella and Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Trade from the Depths
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Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella and Jason Parks

07-31

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-29

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 28: Trade Deadline Preview
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-28

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The HOF Rule Change
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-25

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 27: Closers On The 60 Day DL
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Headley Chased
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Sam Miller, Mike Gianella and Jeff Moore

07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers
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Mike Gianella

07-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 26: Second Half Preview
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: 10 Crazy Predictions Fantasy Writers Should Have Made
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Mike Gianella

07-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 25: TINO-esque
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Mike Gianella, Nick J. Faleris and Mauricio Rubio

07-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadline Edition, Sellers
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Mike Gianella

07-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 24: No Pun Intended
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

07-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking at Values, Part 2: Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

06-26

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking at Values, Part 1: Hitters
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Mike Gianella

06-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: EP 23: Lyle Overbay, Still Alive
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

06-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 12
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Deeper Look at FAAB in Deeper Leagues
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Mike Gianella

06-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 22: I Don't Get Junior Lake
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

06-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Perception and (Valuation) Reality
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Mike Gianella

06-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep 21: Way Too Much Brian Dozier
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 10
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Success Stories in the Endgame, Part Two
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Mike Gianella

06-02

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Out of the Park (OOTP) Baseball 15
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Mike Gianella, Rob McQuown and Mauricio Rubio

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August 14, 2014 9:28 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 20

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If these players are on your waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-Team Mixed

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins
With Arcia having played the 162nd game of his young career, his overall fantasy line— .241 average, 24 homers, 72 RBI and 61 runs scored—doesn’t exactly scream mixed league stalwart. Sure, the power is nice, but he’s also racked up 196 strikeouts over that timeframe—good for a 30.7 percent rate. That’s not going to help him improve on that batting average. However, Arcia’s track record in the minor leagues suggests that he’s not this type of player, and he seems to be heating up of late. While he’s been particularly hot in August, his turnaround has been happening for longer than that. On June 22nd, he was sitting on a 29 at-bat hitless streak and a .638 OPS for the season, but after getting a few days off, Arcia got out from underneath that boulder and has proceeded to hit .260/.350/.463 with six homers in 36 games since. That would be good enough to be relevant in most mixed leagues that start five outfielders, but Arcia’s upside exceeds what he’s done at the major league level thus far. After all, he was a career .314 hitter in the minor leagues (over 434 games). —Bret Sayre


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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms

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Mike Gianella

Looking at the pros and cons of various methods to curb or prevent "dump" trades.

Last week, I talked about salary caps in auction-style leagues and how they can still allow non-contending teams to rebuild without destroying the integrity of your league. As many of my readers have pointed out, there are several other methods you can use to either curb dump trades or prevent them entirely if you so desire. Over the years, I have used some of these methods in my carryover leagues. Others I have not used but have heard about through either reader feedback or from other fantasy baseball analysts who also play in keeper leagues. The list below is not intended to be comprehensive but offers a guide to different ways you can navigate this issue in your league or leagues.

Salary Floor
A salary cap addresses how much salary a contender may put on his or her roster, but does little if anything to discourage a team at the bottom of the pack from simply vacating its roster and shipping everyone away to another squad. An alternative suggested by many of my readers is a salary floor. Putting a minimum required salary on a team still allows teams to play for next year but prevents teams from simply jettisoning everyone off of their rosters and potentially disrupting the competitive balance of the league.


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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 19

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-TEAM MIXED

Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros
There’s definitely some weirdness to Singleton’s numbers so far this season. The biggest, by far, is that he’s handling lefties extremely well, despite having that knock against him in the minor leagues. I mean, 59 plate appearances is nothing to draw vast conclusions from, but his .264/.322/.566 line against southpaws at least hints at an ability that many thought he’d struggle with. Recently, it hasn’t mattered who Singleton has faced, the power stroke has been out in full force. If the performance against left-handers is even slightly real, that will fill out Singleton’s fantasy value even more than we had initially thought—potentially raising his future batting average and power output (assuming full playing time). After all, Singleton is not going to keep producing like a below replacement-level infielder against right-handers (.589 OPS in 141 at bats). If you just lost Paul Goldschmidt in a shallow league and are looking to at least replace his power, Singleton has a chance to give you some similar output in that arena—albeit, at a price. —Bret Sayre


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August 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Leagues With In-Season Salary Caps

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Mike Gianella

In-season salary caps can restrict unwanted trade activity, but they might also alter your preferred strategy.

One of the most common complaints from fantasy baseball players revolves around trades with disparate value. While this complaint exists in non-carryover leagues, it is a far more common issue in keeper leagues, where there is always room for debate about what constitutes fair value. Depending upon what your league is like, a cost-controlled Byron Buxton for Miguel Cabrera and Felix Hernandez trade either sounds eminently fair or like a complete and utter sham.

One conundrum in auction-style Roto leagues is that depending upon the league’s contract, salary, and freeze limit rules the market price for Buxton might very well be much higher than it is for Cabrera and Hernandez. There are several reasons that this phenomenon might occur, and to catalogue all of them is well beyond the intended scope of this article. In some leagues, though, it isn’t uncommon to see trades where three, four, or even five major league players are swapped for a cost-controlled Buxton.

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July 31, 2014 3:18 pm

Transaction Analysis: Chris Denorfia is in the News!

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Mike Gianella and Jeff Quinton

Seattle gets a spare outfielder, gives up future spare outfielder.

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St. Louis acquires John Lackey and a prospect for what amounted to spare parts in their deep-as-heck organization.

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July 31, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 18

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of the league.

12-TEAM MIXED

Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox
It’s pretty incredible that Eaton is still owned in fewer than half of Yahoo leagues and barely more than that in ESPN formats. Eaton returned from the All-Star Break with a vengeance, and he’s been taking it out on opposing pitchers to the tune of a .413/.471/.478 line with seven runs and two steals (along with five walks and five strikeouts). Sure you’d like to see him hit for a little more power, even if it’s not the over-the-fence variety, but if he keeps getting on base at the top of the White Sox lineup, he’s going to score a lot of runs the rest of the way. Additionally, the power (which there is enough of here to make him a double-digit homer guy over a full season) that hasn’t shown up lately will push him toward being an outfielder who needs to be owned in all leagues in August and September. —Bret Sayre


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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

The HOF Rule Change

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Mike Gianella

How many players will be negatively affected by a change in voting rules?

On Saturday, the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame made its most significant rule change to Hall of Fame voting rules in nearly 30 years, reducing the amount of time a candidate can spend on the ballot from 15 years to 10.

How would this change have impacted earlier Hall of Fame candidates? Would reducing the eligibility requirement from 15 years to 10 years have eliminated worthy candidates for the Hall? Is this change relevant to the Hall of Fame landscape now?

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts

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Mike Gianella

Mike digs into some league-mates' strategies when bidding on NL-only imports Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Every decision influences the next set of decisions that we make. Like a pebble in a pond, what we do today has a definitive impact on what we do tomorrow.

In fantasy baseball, this is true in every facet of the game. The auction or draft we have impacts what kind of trades or free agent moves we make during the season. The trades we make impact whether or not we make additional trades. The free agent pickups we make impact future free agent pickups and future trades. This series of actions and subsequent actions goes on until the season is over. In keeper leagues it goes on until you leave the league or the mortal coil.

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