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07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Trade from the Depths
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BP Staff, 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

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

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June 12, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 11

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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

Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
When Odor got called up, it was supposed to be a four-to-six week replacement for Jurickson Profar, but not only is Profar not coming back any time soon, but Odor looks to be more major league ready than initially expected. After starting off a bit slow, Odor is hitting .381 with six extra-base hits and 12 RBI in his last 14 games (arbitrary endpoints alert). There may not be a ton of opportunity for Odor to move up in the lineup too much (he currently has been hitting ninth), so over the long run his counting stats may suffer, but there’s enough here to warrant being a middle infield option in shallower leagues based on batting average potential alone. Owners who just lost Neil Walker for a couple of weeks should be considering the 20-year-old. —Bret Sayre


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

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June 9, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Perception and (Valuation) Reality

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Mike Gianella

Most buy-low and sell-high players are too obvious, but for some, groupthink can lead to gaps between real and perceived value.

For the most part, the idea of buying low and selling high is a waste of everybody’s time.

We all know that Mark Buehrle and Tim Hudson aren’t going to finish the season with earned run averages of 2.04 and 1.97, respectively. It is extremely unlikely that Nelson Cruz will finish the year with 60 home runs and 150 runs batted in. We even know that the superstars who are crushing it now are going to slip somewhat. If you were going to bet the over/under on Troy Tulowitzki hitting .360 or Giancarlo Stanton hitting 45 home runs, the safe bet on both would be the under.

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

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June 5, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 10

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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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June 3, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Success Stories in the Endgame, Part Two

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In the second part of a two-article series, Mike examines the returns that $1-3 pitchers could provide to owners who are dumping.

Last week, I looked at cheap “endgame” ($1-3) hitters in the American League and National League and concluded that there were some bargains to be found at the end of the auction that could help your team next year if you’re dumping.

This week, I will take a look at the cheap pitchers.

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Three members of our staff share different perspectives on the 15th edition of the popular baseball sim.

MAURICIO RUBIO

My experiences with Out Of The Park Baseball began early, as I was a young fan of baseball sims. I started with What If Sports and moved around to a few different ones before settling in for a long and meaningful relationship with OOTP. I have a long relationship with video games, as I grew up a child of the 90s; before baseball took a firm hold of my heart, Sega and PlayStation dominated my childhood. The transition to video games and baseball was a natural one for me, as I wanted to emulate the players I revered.

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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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