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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

05-16

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 7
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Mike Gianella

05-10

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 132: Risky Closers
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-09

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 6
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Fantasy Valuations
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Mike Gianella

05-02

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 5
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Mike Gianella

04-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous
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Mike Gianella

04-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 130: I Feel Like The Guy From The Mighty Ducks
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-26

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The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta
by
Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

04-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 4
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Mike Gianella

04-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 129: Grey Albright
by
George Bissell and Mike Gianella

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
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Mike Gianella

04-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 3
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Mike Gianella

04-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 128: The Colorado Attraction
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Greg Wellemeyer

04-11

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 2
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Mike Gianella

04-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 127: Treinen To Lose
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: The PFM and The Model Portfolio
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Mike Gianella

04-04

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 1
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Mike Gianella

04-01

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017 - Second Version
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-31

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fifth Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-30

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars General Impressions
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Mike Gianella

03-29

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 126: Tout Wars Recap
by
George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-28

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars National League
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Mike Gianella

03-24

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Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-23

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Atlanta Braves
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Mike Gianella

03-22

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 125: The Auction Strategy Show
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Jeff Quinton

03-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Smaller Leagues
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Mike Gianella

03-17

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Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-15

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 123: NL LABR Recap with Steve Gardner
by
George Bissell and Mike Gianella

03-15

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers
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Mike Gianella

03-10

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Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-09

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Expert League Auction Recap: 2017 LABR Overview
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Mike Gianella

03-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 122: AL LABR Recap
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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March 30, 2017 6:00 am

Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars General Impressions

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Mike Gianella

Mike shares his thoughts on the recently completed Tout Wars expert auctions.

Tout Wars Recap – General Impressions

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre recap the Tout Wars Mixed and NL-only auctions from New York City last weekend.

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Mike looks back on his buys and general thoughts on the recently completed experts league auction.

This past weekend, the fantasy baseball experts gathered in New York City for yet another year of (drumroll) Tout Wars. This competition pits some of the best and brightest people in the industry against one another in four separate auctions. The head-to-head league auctions Friday night, the AL-only and mixed league auctions are Saturday, and the NL-only league auction is Sunday. This recap focuses on my team and strategy in the NL-only league. Later this week, I will take a broader look at some of the trends in the AL and NL-only leagues.

2017 is the eighth year I have competed in Tout Wars, and I have been in the NL-only pool for the duration. I won once, in 2015. If one win out of seven sounds unimpressive, consider that only Tristan Cockcroft has more than one title in the NL since I joined. These people are sharks.

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March 24, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2017

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Mike Gianella

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

Below is my fourth bid limit update. As we get closer to Opening Day, the amount of individual bid updates will increase. This update is tied entirely to news and information about Spring Training. Next week’s update is the fifth and final bid limit update and will be chock full of changes based on breaking news as well as on what I saw at the Tout Wars expert auctions, which take place this coming weekend.

Changes of two dollars in either direction will be listed below for players with significant value. Mixed league bids will reflect the same valuation change unless otherwise noted.

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The cavalry is coming.

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Jeff Quinton of Baseball Prospectus take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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March 20, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Smaller Leagues

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains how to tweak his auction values when playing in leagues with fewer than 12 teams.

For those of you who use my bid limit articles, one of the most common requests I get is “how do I adjust these bid limits for smaller leagues?” This is a more common question for mono leagues, where even those souls brave enough to participate in AL or NL-only often play in eight or 10-team formats. My bid limits in mono leagues are designed for the old school, “traditional” 12-team mono leagues.

I used to play in a 10-team NL-only and came up with a rough but useful calculation to adjust my bids. I’ll use the hitter population as an example, but the same calculation can easily be used for pitchers as well. I’ll list the three steps below and explain each one in detail.

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March 17, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2017

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Mike Gianella

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

Below is my third bid limit update. There aren’t too many changes this week. Once again, any changes of two dollars in either direction will be listed below for players with significant value. Mixed league bids will reflect the same valuation change unless otherwise noted.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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George Bissell and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus bring on special guest Steve Gardner of USA Today to recap the action-packed NL LABR auction.

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March 15, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

The draft rankings you need for the upcoming fantasy season.

For those of you who do drafts instead of auctions, we’ve got you covered. Below you will find our Top 300 rankings. These rankings are for 15-team mixed leagues using standard Rotisserie scoring and rosters. This means two catcher rosters, so if you’re drafting in a one-catcher league, you will need to adjust accordingly. One change we have made this year is that we haven’t populated the table below with the “correct” number of catchers. A 15-team league has 345 active players, so many of the catchers who will be drafted fall below this 300 player threshold.

This is the first draft ranking of two that will be published this spring. The second update will be published shortly before Opening Day.

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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers

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Mike Gianella

Mapping out the late-inning bullpen depth charts across the junior circuit.

We conclude our mono league series this week with a look at relief pitchers. Since this is a deep league article, we’ll focus less on each team’s closer (yes, Aroldis Chapman is good, guys) and more about the set-ups who could either get saves or possibly take the job if the primary closer falters.

Baltimore Orioles
Closer:
Zach Britton
Set Ups: Brad Brach, Darren O’Day



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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2017

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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.

Most of this edition’s updates are based on what happened in the LABR NL and AL auctions this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been asked in the past how the expert auctions influence my prices. That’s a good question that also gives me an opportunity to explain how I construct my bids.

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