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05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: We're Doing it Wrong
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 89: Well Said
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-03

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Five
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Mike Gianella

04-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 88: That's Just Kendall Graveman
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

04-26

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The Call-Up: Jose Berrios
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Will Haines and Mike Gianella

04-26

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Four
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Mike Gianella

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Steal
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Mike Gianella

04-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 87: An Article For Your Ears
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-21

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The Things We Believe: A Cy Young Repeat and a Sophomore Slump
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: It's Early, Calm Down
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Mike Gianella

04-13

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 86: The One About Puns
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Meg Rowley

04-12

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Two
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Mike Gianella

04-11

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The Call-Up: Mallex Smith
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

04-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Problem With the Rules in Standard Leagues
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Mike Gianella

04-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 85: Story Time
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week One
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Mike Gianella

04-01

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

03-31

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 84: The Model Portfolio
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

03-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Distributing Dollars
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Mike Gianella

03-25

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Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

03-23

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars NL-Only
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Mike Gianella

03-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 83: Tout Wars Recap
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-22

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

03-18

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fantasy Auction Values, Second Edition 2016
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Mike Gianella

03-17

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300
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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

03-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 81: Steve Gardner of USA TODAY
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

03-09

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Expert League Auction Recap: National League LABR
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Mike Gianella

03-08

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Expert League Auction Recap: American League LABR
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Mike Gianella

03-07

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State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
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Mike Gianella

03-02

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 80: Sonny Side Down
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

03-01

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

02-26

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
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Mike Gianella

02-25

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part One: 1-55
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Mike Gianella

02-24

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 79: Don't Besmirch Marcell Ozuna
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-24

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Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

02-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 78: LABR Mixed Draft Recap
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-19

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Expert League Draft Recap: LABR Mixed 2016
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

02-17

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Outfielders
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Mike Gianella

02-15

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State of the Position: Outfield
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Mike Gianella

02-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops
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Mike Gianella

02-12

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Baseball Prospectus Mock Draft
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Mike Gianella

02-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 77: Mock Draft Monday
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-09

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops
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Mike Gianella

02-05

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

02-03

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

02-02

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 76: Time Is Funny That Way
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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella

02-01

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State of the Position: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-29

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

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March 18, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Fantasy Auction Values, Second Edition 2016

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Mike Gianella

Mike updates his bid limits based on the latest news and happenings around the league.

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 might be in love with Lorenzo Cain this year, but if his average salary is $25, there is no reason to put a bid limit on him over $30. 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. Corresponding mixed bid adjustments will be reflected in the table at the bottom of this article.

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March 17, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret unveil their top 300 overall players for this year's draft.

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.

ADP is from NFBC ADP, and is updated as of yesterday’s posted rankings on Stats Inc.’s website.

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March 10, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers

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Mike Gianella

A look at the menu of bullpen options in the junior circuit.

After weeks of a position-by-position look at AL-only options, we have finally reached the end of the road… and what better place to end than with the players who often close out the actual game that we love? Last year’s format was so successful and generated so much discussion that we decided to revitalize it for 2016 and take a look at each team’s bullpen instead of having a narrower discussion about 15 closers. Reliever valuation in mono league formats is well understood, so there isn’t a great need to dive into a discussion about what closers earned last year and what their earning potential is this year. Only-leagues are the one place where non-closers have value not only for the saves they might provide later, but also for the quality ERA/WHIP they will provide over the pedestrian fourth and fifth starters at the back end of your typical major league rotation.

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Recapping the experts' spending in the senior-circuit League of Alternative Baseball Reality auction.

2016 marks the 23rd 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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Recapping the 2016 junior-circuit League of Alternative Baseball Reality auction.

2016 marks the 23rd year of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality. Commonly known as LABR for short, this is the longest-running and best-known 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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March 7, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher

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Mike Gianella

The 30,000-foot-high view of the bullpen landscape for the 2016 fantasy season.

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March 1, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Starting Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

Scanning the rotation menu for the junior circuit

He wasn’t the best pitcher in the AL-only fantasy leagues in 2015, but Chris Sale is the primary AL starting pitcher target thus far in 2016. As the 26th-overall pick in NFBC drafts (as of Monday, February 29), Sale is nowhere near Clayton Kershaw (fourth overall), but will likely be the only pitcher in the AL who could cost $30 or more this year in mono formats with $260 budgets. Sale was one of only three AL-only pitchers to crack our five-star tier this year, while seven out of the 13 pitchers in the four-star tier came from the American League. Simply put, the AL doesn’t have the quantity of horses at the top of the heap that the NL does. After the top three pitchers, the drop off to the next tier is precipitous, particularly if you don’t believe that Dallas Keuchel’s 2015 is repeatable and that Felix Hernandez is going to bounce back and like The South shall rise again. Imports from the NL aren’t plentiful this year either. If there is going to be a thick top tier in AL-only, it will have to come from an emergent pitching class, led by young arms like Carlos Carrasco, Sonny Gray, and Chris Archer. While the recommended pitching budget in an only league typically comes in around $80 per team or so, AL-only players can be forgiven if they shift an additional dollar or two of their budgets toward hitting or relief pitchers. Given the lack of dominant arms, stretching your budget for starting pitching makes little sense.

Since 2012, no AL pitcher has earned $35 multiple times. Going backwards, the $35+ earners since 2015 have been Keuchel ($35 in 2015), Hernandez ($39, 2014), Corey Kluber ($35, 2014), Max Scherzer ($35, 2013), Justin Verlander ($39, 2012), and David Price ($36, 2012). Keuchel’s masterful season added a Cy Young Award to his trophy case, and with an average salary of $11 in expert leagues undoubtedly propelled many fantasy teams to a title. While Keuchel is a legitimate ace, it will be difficult for him to duplicate or surpass last year’s effort. Price was the last AL pitcher to crack $35 without striking out more than a batter an inning; a $25-30 season might be a more reasonable expectation for Keuchel. This isn’t a knock on Keuchel—an extremely talented pitcher—but rather an indication of how much strikeouts have an impact on the fantasy side.

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February 26, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part Two

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the remaining rotation options into fantasy-value-based bins.

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February 25, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part One: 1-55

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Mike Gianella

From Clayton Kershaw to Luis Severino, the top three tiers of our rotation-arm rankings.

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