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09-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 150: Hot Take Machine
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 25
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Mike Gianella

09-12

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BP En Espanol: Analisis del experto en FAAB
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Mike Gianella

09-12

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 24
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Mike Gianella

09-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rules of the Road
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Mike Gianella

09-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 23
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Mike Gianella

08-29

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 22
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Mike Gianella

08-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Find Your Process
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Mike Gianella

08-23

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 146: Let’s Talk About Byron Buxton
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

08-22

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

08-11

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 145: Process vs. Results
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Homer Happy
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Mike Gianella

08-08

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 19
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Mike Gianella

08-07

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The Call-Up: Max Fried
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David Lee and Mike Gianella

08-03

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 144: Trade Deadline Smorgasbord
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Valuations: 2017 Fourth Edition
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Mike Gianella

08-01

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 18
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Mike Gianella

07-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Getting Ready for the Trade Deadline
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Mike Gianella

07-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 143: Did You See The Maple Grove?
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

07-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 17
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Mike Gianella

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: First We Take Manhattan
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Bryan Grosnick, Greg Goldstein, Steve Givarz, Ryan Schultz, Mike Gianella and George Bissell

07-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 142: Celtics Fans Hate Me
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

07-19

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Deep League Report: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Catching Up With The Touts
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Mike Gianella

07-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 141: Midseason Valuations
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-11

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 15
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Mike Gianella

07-06

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Third Edition—2017
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Mike Gianella

07-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 14
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Mike Gianella

06-29

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The Call-Up: Dustin Fowler
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Jarrett Seidler and Mike Gianella

06-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Self Assessing at the (almost) Halfway Point
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Mike Gianella

06-28

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 139: Enjoy The Fireworks
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-27

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 13
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Mike Gianella

06-26

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The Call-Up: Franklin Barreto
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

06-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Deal: Transforming a No into a Yes
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Mike Gianella

06-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 138: Not That Derek Fisher
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

06-20

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

06-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Pitching Landscape Has Changed
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Mike Gianella

06-14

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 137: All Rise
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Stacey Gotsulias

06-13

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The Call-Up: Lewis Brinson
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Kate Morrison and Mike Gianella

06-13

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 11
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Mike Gianella

06-12

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Second Edition—2017
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Mike Gianella

06-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 136: They're Completely Chill
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-06

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 10
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Mike Gianella

06-02

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Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitcher
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Mike Gianella

06-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 135: Rankings Redux
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-30

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 9
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Mike Gianella

05-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Draft Rankings for Imaginary Players
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Mike Gianella

05-24

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 134: Getting Recognized
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella, Eric Roseberry and Joshua Howsam

05-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 8
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Mike Gianella

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Give 'em the stink eye with a $0 FAAB bid!

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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August 7, 2017 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Max Fried

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The 2012 first-round pick has finally reached the majors.

The Situation: It seems like forever ago when Fried was traded to the Atlanta Braves as the prospect centerpiece in the Justin Upton deal with the San Diego Padres. It was 2015, Fried was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and in the midst of a long, rough journey back to pitching. He's now getting his first major league call, something that was far from a guarantee during those rehab days.

The Background: High school teammates with Lucas Giolito at Harvard-Westlake, Fried was popped nine picks earlier at seventh-overall in 2012. He's struggled with control throughout his time in the minors, a matter that wasn't helped when he missed the first three months of the 2014 season with left forearm soreness, making five starts before requiring Tommy John surgery in August. He was traded to Atlanta in the offseason while still recovering from surgery, as part of the package that sent Justin Upton to San Diego. Fried missed the entirety of the 2015 season before making 20 starts last season. He's missed bats whenever he's been on the mound, but he's continued to miss the zone as well.

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the fantasy implications of every major trade deadline deal including Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray, Willie Calhoun, Jorge Mateo, Jonathan Lucroy, A.J. Ramos, Derek Fisher and Shane Greene.

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August 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Valuations: 2017 Fourth Edition

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So what are the top fantasy earners worth now?

“It is difficult to believe the 2017 Major League Baseball season is past the 100 game mark,” is the kind of thing people like to say in early August, even though time moves forward in the same way every year. Let’s move past this terrible segue and look at fantasy baseball valuation!

In the linked document, you will find values through games of Aug. 1 for:

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Puns are strong this week.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Getting Ready for the Trade Deadline

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Mike Gianella

A few simple but important steps you can make, regardless of overall strategy, as we hit the stretch run.

In one of the first fantasy leagues I ever joined, for years the trade deadline was Aug. 1. This is an AL-only league, so the Aug. 1 date gave fantasy managers 24 hours to try and fill any holes created by trades to the National League. This gives away how old the league is. -Only leagues are becoming a thing of the past, and the ones that do exist have mostly switched to permitting players traded to the “other” league to remain on a team’s roster until the end of the regular season.

Most of the leagues I play in now have a trade deadline in late August or early September. In a typical keeper league, nearly everyone already has decided if they are in or out for 2017. But unless your season is going perfectly, you probably are going to need to make some free-agent pickups or trades down the stretch in order to win. This advice is not limited to teams in contention. If you have already given up on your season the last thing you want to do is let your team lie fallow and miss potential keepers for 2018 and beyond.

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Rotoworld senior baseball writer DJ Short joins the pod to discuss the fantasy impact of Clayton Kershaw’s back injury, the promotion of elite prospects Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers and more.

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J.D. Martinez's arrival in the National League opens up the auction floodgates.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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New York adds a third baseman and two high-end bullpen arms, and limits Boston's options in the process.

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Chris Towers of CBS Sports joins the pod to discuss the latest trade deadline moves, his affinity for Reds rookie Luis Castillo and much more.

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July 19, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 16

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Mike Gianella

The Nationals revamped bullpen offers a pair of high-end bidding opportunities.

Welcome back to The Deep League Report, the article that profiles the backup catchers, fourth outfielders, and middle relievers the other websites don’t have the guts to discuss. Scooter Hotz is on vacation this week. I’ll be filling his rather big shoes with knowledge…but also with love. Wow. This got really weird really fast. (All statistics in this article are through Monday night’s games)

AL-only position players

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Zack Granite—real person, or Flintstones character?

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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