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04-27

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7

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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5

Expert FAAB Review: Week Three
by
Mike Gianella

04-20

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13

Free Agent Watch: Week Three
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-17

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5

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Three
by
Mike Gianella

04-15

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

04-14

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Two
by
Mike Gianella

04-13

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7

Free Agent Watch: Week Two
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-07

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

04-07

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8

Expert FAAB Review: Week One
by
Mike Gianella

04-06

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3

Free Agent Watch: Week One
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-02

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6

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

04-01

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

03-30

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Shadow Auctioneering
by
Mike Gianella

03-26

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4

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

03-26

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9

Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

03-25

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

03-24

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9

Expert League Auction Recap: National League Tout Wars
by
Mike Gianella

03-20

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36

Fantasy Draft Rankings
by
Mike Gianella

03-19

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10

Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

03-16

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13

Fantasy Freestyle: Case Studies of Two Auctions
by
Mike Gianella

03-11

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8

Expert League Auction Recap: LABR National League
by
Mike Gianella

03-10

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

03-10

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Expert League Auction Recap: LABR American League
by
Mike Gianella

03-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 45: Wearing Down Mike Gianella
by
Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

03-03

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5

Expert League Auction Recap: CBS NL-Only
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

03-03

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8

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

02-24

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 44: Crash And Burn
by
Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-23

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Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

02-19

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17

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part One
by
Mike Gianella

02-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 43: LABR Party
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: LABR Mixed Recap
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Mike Gianella

02-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 42: Are You Betting On Ryan Braun's Thumb?
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-09

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13

State of the Position: Outfield
by
Mike Gianella

02-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part Two (Pitchers)
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Mike Gianella

02-04

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 41: The One About Javy Baez
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

02-03

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12

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops
by
Mike Gianella

01-30

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15

Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part One (Hitters)
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Mike Gianella

01-29

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Prospectus Feature: The PECOTA Release
by
Mike Gianella and Rob McQuown

01-27

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 40: Weathermen
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

01-26

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State of the Position: Third Base
by
Mike Gianella

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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16

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-20

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

01-16

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22

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
by
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

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Mike and Bret take a deep dive into today's fantasy baseball topics.

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March 30, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Shadow Auctioneering

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Mike Gianella

Mike uses a few examples to show why PFM values aren't the end all, be all heading into an auction.

A popular question I get around this time of year is along these lines:

The PFM ranks Steven Souza much higher than your bid limits/draft rankings do. I don’t understand. Why is it so different? What’s the deal? Huh, huh, huh, Huh, Huh, HUH?!?!?!?!?!?”

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March 26, 2015 6:00 am

Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars: General Impressions

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Mike Gianella

Mike compares the AL and NL LABR and Tout Wars auctions.

On Tuesday, I wrote about how I did in my NL-only Tout Wars auction. Today, I will take a broader look at what happened in both of the mono leagues.

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March 26, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2015

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Mike Gianella

Mike updates his recommended bid limits based on the latest news.

The third update of my fantasy auction values brings another set of dollar values to look at, this time from the expert Tout Wars auctions, which were held this past weekend in New York City. Having a troika of expert auctions to look at gives us even more expert opinions to look at, and gives me yet another opportunity to move my prices up or down based on events at the auctions.

This isn’t the only reason I move my prices up or down, of course. Breaking news can also influence my bid limits for better or worse. This isn’t an exercise in being reactive to every little tidbit of news coming out of Florida or Arizona but rather an opportunity to adjust prices based on larger scale news.

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

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Clayton Kershaw heads up Mike's Tout squad.

If I manage to win Tout Wars this year, I owe my colleague Jeff Quinton an adult beverage. Or perhaps a tasty submarine sandwich from his favorite convenience store food chain.

If you don’t read Quinton’s work here at Baseball Prospectus (and if you don’t, you’re doing yourself a great disservice), he talks at great length about allowing past results to create the framework for bad decision-making. And while I liked to think I wasn’t doing this when it comes to Tout Wars this is exactly what I have been doing up until this year.

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March 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Draft Rankings

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Mike Gianella

Get prepared for your upcoming draft.

As promised, here are Baseball Prospectus’ rankings for players who play in draft leagues.

This is a list of the top 300 players as ranked by Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella. This list assumes standard 23-man rosters with two catchers, which is why the list is so catcher-heavy at the bottom. If you play in a league with one catcher, adjust accordingly.

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March 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2015

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Mike Gianella

Mike updates his recommended bids based on expert auctions and recent news.

Below is the second update of my fantasy bid limits for AL-only, NL-only, and mixed leagues for auction formats. Listed below are the players whose prices have been shifted by two dollars or more in either direction. In most cases, I moved my prices up or down based on the results from the CBS and LABR NL and AL-only auctions in late February and early March. I may be all hot and bothered by Anthony Gose, but if his price is sitting in the mid-single digits in AL-only, there is little if any reason that I should be pushing him to $13. On the other hand, the purpose of this exercise isn’t solely to adjust bid limits based on what players went for in LABR. I want to express a preference, not merely follow the herd.

Adjustments below are for AL and NL only in the case of significant players whose value moved up or down by two dollars or more in either direction. Appropriate mixed bid adjustments will be reflected in the table at the bottom of this article.

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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Case Studies of Two Auctions

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Mike Gianella

Mike examines the rosters purchased by a couple of experts in AL- and NL-only auctions.

On March 7 and 8, LABR held their AL and NL-only auctions in Phoenix, Arizona. Last week, I recapped both auctions for Baseball Prospectus (links for the American League and National League). Today, I thought I’d take a deeper look at some of the auction strategies for two participants: Chris Liss of Rotowire in the American League and Doug Dennis of Baseball HQ in the American League.

I didn’t randomly select their auctions out of a hat for review. Liss and Dennis both had very strong auctions, even though they have completely different approaches and philosophies regarding auction management and roster philosophy. By analyzing what they did and how they performed, I hope to provide assistance to Baseball Prospectus readers preparing for their own auctions later this month and in early April.

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Mike recaps the trends that emerged in the senior-circuit LABR auction, including a big one on the pitching side.

2015 marks the 22nd year of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality. Commonly known as LABR for short, this is the longest running and best-known of fantasy expert league in the game. Bret Sayre and I had the privilege of participating in the mixed league draft last month. This past weekend in Arizona, it was the AL and NL-only leagues’ turn. Yesterday, I took a look at the American League results. Today, I will look at the NL-only results. As a reminder, I’m less concerned about individual picks and more looking at the auction

If you want to see how the entire auction shook out, the results can be found here. My analysis is focused on auction trends that will hopefully help you in your own auctions this year. While it is fun to ooooh and aaaah over certain individual picks, it is far more useful to see if there are any significant shifts in expert spending. In my experience, what happens in LABR does have an influence in home league auction(s).

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

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Mike recaps his performance and the trends that emerged during the auction.

2015 marks the 22nd year of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality. Commonly known as LABR for short, this is the longest-running and best-known of fantasy expert league in the game. Bret Sayre and I had the privilege of participating in the mixed-league draft last month. This past weekend in Arizona, it was the AL and NL-only leagues’ turn. Today, I will take a look at the American League results. On Wednesday, I will look at the NL-only results.

If you want to see how the entire auction shook out, the results can be found here. My analysis is focused on auction trends that will hopefully help you in your own auctions this year. While it is fun to ooooh and aaaah over certain individual picks, it is far more useful to see if there are any significant shifts in expert spending. In my experience, what happens in LABR does have an influence in home league auction(s).

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