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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

05-30

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-29

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The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-28

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

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 20: The One That Isn't About Jesus Montero
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Closer Lost His Job and Now I Hate Everybody
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Mike Gianella

05-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-14

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 19: Sad Songs About Mourning And Loss
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert League Assessment: First Quarter
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Mike Gianella

05-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week Six
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-07

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 18: Dump Strategy
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Upside Fallacy
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Mike Gianella

05-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-29

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep 17: Pitcher Sadness
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-23

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 16
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Why 70/30?
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Mike Gianella

04-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-16

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 15
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Leagues and Salary/Contract Dynamics
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Mike Gianella

04-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week Two
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Mike Gianella

04-09

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 14: Liberal Swinger
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

04-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Home Cooking
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Mike Gianella

04-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: Now is the Season of My Discontent
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Mike Gianella

04-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 13
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

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May 30, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Nine

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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 in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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May 29, 2014 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella

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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Braves call up a hit-first second baseman whose performances have carried him up the ladder.

The Situation: The Braves incumbent second basemen, Dan Uggla (.177/.254/.257) and Tyler Pastornicky (.200/.317/.257), have struggled mightily so far this season, and as a result, the club is looking for a spark to help their offense. On the horizon, the Braves' no. 6 ranked prospect (by Baseball Prospectus) Tommy La Stella will get a chance to have an impact with the big-league club.

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May 28, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Success Stories in the Endgame, Part One

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Mike Gianella

In the first of a two-article series, Mike examines the returns that $1-2 hitters have provided to their owners.

After a very slow start, George Springer arrived with a vengeance this past weekend. His sizzling 1.091 OPS in May is seventh-best in the majors for the month and the buzz/wow factor or whatever the heck you want to call it is extremely high. For the purposes of comparison, Springer has a 268/348/500 slash line in his first 155 major league plate appearances. Mike Trout had a .220/.284/.376 slash over his first 155 plate appearances. It’s an apples-to-bananas comparison given that Springer is almost two years older than Trout is now, but it is nevertheless amazing how quickly Springer has broken through.

It is also an aberration.

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May 22, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Eight

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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 in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My Closer Lost His Job and Now I Hate Everybody

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Mike Gianella

How you should cope with a closer who loses his right to save chances depends on the format of your league.

Even if you play in only one fantasy baseball league, eventually you are going to suffer through a closer losing his job. Given the precious amount of capital we invest in closers, there is arguably nothing more frustrating than losing your closer to ineffectiveness.

We all share the same level of frustration when we lose a closer. However, there is always a temptation to rush into the breach and invest significant FAAB or a high-priority waiver claim on a closer. Is this the best course of action, or is it better to be more conservative and hope to get lucky?

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May 15, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Seven

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth considering, depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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

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May 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Expert League Assessment: First Quarter

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Mike Gianella

With nearly 25 percent of the season in the books, Mike reviews how his teams are doing.

It is difficult to believe, but we are nearly one-fourth of the way through the regular season. It’s that time in fantasy baseball that is early yet not early. If you’re in second or third place and have a slow starting player or two you might not think much of it, whereas if you’re in eleventh place now might be a good time to take a long, hard look at your roster and figure out what you can do to improve your team.

I participate in three expert leagues: LABR, Tout Wars, and CBS. LABR is a mixed league, while CBS and Tout Wars are NL-only. Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus and I share the LABR team, while I run the CBS and Tout Wars teams by myself.

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May 8, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Six

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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 in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

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

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May 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Upside Fallacy

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Mike Gianella

In shallow formats, potential alone isn't enough for a player to warrant a roster spot.

If you do something for long enough, you start to get complacent. As a fantasy baseball “expert,” for me this complacency came in the form of assuming that there are certain, self-evident truths that “everyone” who plays fantasy baseball simply knows and need no further discussion. However, the reality is that based on some of the questions I receive, this clearly isn’t the case.

One of the biggest misconceptions out there is something that I call The Upside Fallacy. Typically, the concept rears its head when I recommend a boring, stable, yet productive veteran over a rookie or second-year player. The younger player typically has a path to playing time, so to some it seems like the better play is to choose the player with the high ceiling over the player with a more narrow range of options.

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