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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

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
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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

04-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 4
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Mike Gianella

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Paul DeJong, Alec Asher and one of the Daniel Robertson receive attention by the big boys.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that helps you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball free-agent 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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Hooray for Hollywood! From Henry Rowengartner to Clu Haywood, how much would these well-known dramaticized ballplayers go for in the fantasy game?



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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Eric Roseberry discuss potential wavier wire targets including Ian Happ, Tommy Joseph, Justin Smoak, Alex Avila and Brad Peacock. Then, BP Toronto Co-Editor-in-Chief Joshua Howsam joins the show to analyze Marco Estrada’s strikeout surge, Jose Bautista’s struggles, and Marcus Stroman’s upside.

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Ian Happ finds playing time in Chicago. Bradley Zimmer is given a chance in Cleveland. Matt Adams finds a lifeline (for a while) Atlanta. Don't look now at Whit Merrifield. Just don't. His name is Rio and the bid is $82.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at free-agent 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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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the fantasy impact of recent call-up’s Ian Happ and Bradley Zimmer. Then analyze a plethora of surprising early season performances including Freddie Freeman, Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel and more.

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A flurry of Eddie Butler activity, and another shot for Jose Berrios to stick.

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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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the latest batch of FAAB acquisitions in Tout Wars and LABR, Trevor Cahill’s renaissance campaign, empty the Twitter mailbag, and breakdown BP’s in-season fantasy valuations (47:00).

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The Tigers are primed for a changing of the guard at closer. What do you stand to win by winning a bid for Marwin Gonzalez? What would Gregor Blanco be worth to you?

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at free-agent 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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May 5, 2017 7:40 am

Fantasy Valuations

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Mike Gianella

What are your favorite roto players on track to earn in 2017?

Welcome to the first installment of Baseball Prospectus’ in-season, rotisserie-style valuations for American League and National League-only formats for 2017.

In the linked document below, you will find values through games of Wednesday, May 6 for:

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Rookies Cody Bellinger and Christian Arroyo present two different kind of dilemmas for the FAAB bidder.

Welcome back to Expert FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at the bidding on free agents 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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April 27, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: I’m Very Nervous

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Mike Gianella

It's no longer too early to worry—which is exactly why Mike is concerned.

Yes, I know: April isn’t even over—heck, we haven’t reached the 1/8th point of the season yet—but there are reasons why I’m nervous about my chances to win this year.

To start with, my competitors seem to have all the freaking luck. I know that Michael Conforto was supposed to be good, but a .365 batting average, four home runs, 15 RBIs, and 18 runs in 86 plate appearances? I thought he was going to provide a fourth outfielder’s production. I know Bryce Harper always gets off to a fast start, but nine home runs and five steals in 96 plate appearances? Boy, do I regret not going the extra dollar on him in Tout Wars. Even more annoying are the hitters who came out of nowhere. Colby Rasmus (7 HR, 19 RBIa, 95 PA) and Aledmys Diaz (4 HR, .423 AVG, 75 PA) are killing me. not only in my AL and NL leagues, but in my mixed leagues as well.

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George Bissell, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus discuss Eric Thames ridiculous hot streak, realistic expectations for Cody Bellinger and Dan Vogelbach, and analyze the latest FAAB acquisitions in the Tout Wars and LABR expert leagues.

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