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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

05-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 133: It's Happening
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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George, Bret and Mike discuss the updated TDG 500 dynasty list and BP's midseason fantasy valuations.

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July 11, 2017 6:00 am

Expert FAAB Review: Week 15

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Mike Gianella

LABR intensive.

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 6, 2017 6:00 am

In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Third Edition—2017

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Mike Gianella

How are the preseason fantasy valuations stacking up at the midpoint of 2017?

We are slightly past the halfway point of the season (in terms of games played, not the All-Star break), so it is time to look at fantasy valuation yet again.

In the linked document, you will find values through games of July 4 for:

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Wrote a big check for Sam Dyson. Also: Are we sure that Paul Blackburn isn't Nick Blackburn trying to sneak back in?

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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June 29, 2017 1:37 pm

The Call-Up: Dustin Fowler

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Jarrett Seidler and Mike Gianella

The Yankees will have an entirely new team of players by next week, all named Tyler or Dustin or Blake or something.

The Situation: The Yankees are muddling through a cold streak during a season of unexpected contention. With the Super-2 window having passed and injuries creating needs all over the diamond, they’re calling up much of their vaunted upper-level prospect depth. Today’s newest Baby Bomber is versatile and toolsy outfielder Dustin Fowler.

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June 29, 2017 6:10 am

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

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Mike Gianella

Looking back and projections for Justin Bour, Mike Moustakas, Kevin Kiermaier, Daniel Norris, Yadier Molina, Daniel Murphy, Aledmys Diaz, Aaron Judge.

It is difficult to believe, but we are almost halfway through the 2017 season. While a lot will change in the second half, enough of the season has been played so that some assessment can be offered of how well (or poorly) some of our preseason predictions have played out. While it is easy to make preseason calls and never bring them up again, it always is worth looking back at what we got right—and what we got wrong, and why.

I’ll start with the players I told fantasy players to target, and then finish with the players I advised fantasy managers to avoid.

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George, Mike and Bret discuss the recent promotion of Franklin Barreto and the five players they’re each keeping an eye on over the remainder of the season: George Springer, Hanley Ramirez, Alex Wood, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Gary Sanchez, Josh Harrison, Odubel Herrera, Robbie Ray, Luis Severino, Andrew Miller, Aaron Nola, Carlos Santana, Cameron Maybin and Chris Taylor.

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Tyler Austin is back on the radar. Should we just ignore him? Also, what does the future of Stephen Vogt hold in Milwaukee? And while it's true that Flags Fly Forever, is the same true for Cameron Perkins?

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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Can the A's top prospect make regretting the Josh Donaldson trade a thing of the past?

The Situation: As infielder Chad Pinder heads to the disabled list with a hamstring strain, the A’s turn to their top prospect to help fill the void. Just days after calling up Matt Chapman, and as the team looks to retool in the second half of the season, Barreto has an opportunity to make an impression and stick around despite struggling at Triple-A so far this season.

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June 22, 2017 6:00 am

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

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Mike Gianella

A Kafkaesque look at how to approach the trading season in fantasy baseball.

It’s that time of year: time for the fantasy scribes to put together their annual trading columns. More so than with auctioning, drafting or player analysis, trading is a difficult topic because there is so much variability from league to league and even from fantasy manager to fantasy manager. What works in my 12-team AL-only keeper league probably will not work in your 15-team mixed redraft league.

One constant that does exist across leagues is that you will have to interact with other people. “To write prescriptions is easy, but to come to an understanding with people is hard.” Franz Kafka wrote in A Country Doctor. Kafka died 56 years before Daniel Okrent’s fantasy baseball league had its initial auction at La Rotisserie Francaise in Manhattan in 1980, so we may never know what Kafka would have thought of fantasy baseball, but I suspect that he would have found the frustration with the difficulty of trading extremely relatable.

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George Bissell and Mike Gianella discuss changes in the pitching landscape, Francisco Lindor’s batted ball profile, hot prospects Jacob Faria and Derek Fisher, and finally answer a wide variety of listener questions.



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Derek Fisher was sent down, but he'll be back, and was worth bidding on.

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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