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08-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

08-23

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The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

08-17

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 101: You Know It When You See It
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-16

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 20
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Mike Gianella

08-15

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The Call-Up: Aaron Judge
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Steve Givarz and Mike Gianella

08-08

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 100: 30 Teams in 60 Minutes
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-02

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 18
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 99: We Don't Know
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Aroldis Chapman Takes The 105 To Wrigley
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Christopher Crawford, Mike Gianella, Rian Watt, Adam McInturff and Nicolas Stellini

07-26

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 17
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Mike Gianella

07-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 98: The Dan Vogelbach One
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-15

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 15
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Mike Gianella

07-08

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The Call-Up: Josh Bell
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

07-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Second-Half... Bounce Backs?
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Mike Gianella

07-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 97: Briefly
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-05

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 14
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Mike Gianella

07-01

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: Second Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

06-28

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 13
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Mike Gianella

06-27

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The Call-Up: A.J. Reed
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition
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Mike Gianella

06-23

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 96: I Want To Say Schrimpf
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-21

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

06-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: On Average, We'd Rather Not
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Mike Gianella

06-16

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 95: Rudy Gamble's Expert Secrets
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

06-14

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 11
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Mike Gianella

06-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Keeper-League Trading: A Primer
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Mike Gianella

06-07

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 10
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Mike Gianella

06-03

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In-Season Fantasy Valuations: First Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

06-02

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 93: The Wright Answer
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

05-31

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Nine
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Mike Gianella

05-27

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Updated Top 300
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

05-24

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Eight
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: Catchers
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

05-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 91: Enjoy Every Moment With Rich Hill
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-17

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella

05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: What Happened to Last Year's Hot Starters
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Mike Gianella

05-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 90: J.J. Jansons
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and J.J. Jansons

05-10

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Six
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Mike Gianella

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: We're Doing it Wrong
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Mike Gianella

05-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 89: Well Said
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-03

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Five
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Mike Gianella

04-26

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 88: That's Just Kendall Graveman
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George Bissell and Mike Gianella

04-26

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The Call-Up: Jose Berrios
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Will Haines and Mike Gianella

04-26

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Four
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Mike Gianella

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of the Steal
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Mike Gianella

04-21

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 87: An Article For Your Ears
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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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May 23, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Robbie Cano returns to the keystone's elite ranks, among other changes in this mid-season reranking.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will provide first or second round draft value and will be worth $30 or more in auction formats. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will earn more than $20 in auction formats. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are the types of players who provide back end roster value. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of what has happened year-to-date but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen the rest of 2016.

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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May 13, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: What Happened to Last Year's Hot Starters

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Mike Gianella

A look back at how the stars of April and May 2015 performed the rest of the way.

On average, we are now a little over 34 games into the regular season. Another way of phrasing this is a little over one-fifth of the season is behind us. We are at the stage of the season where we stop talking about small sample size flukes and start talking about sustainable performances.

The question is should we? A better way of phrasing this question is how much emphasis should we place on year-to-date performance?

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George Bissell, Mike Gianella and special guest J.J. Jansons take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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May 6, 2016 8:49 am

Fantasy Freestyle: We're Doing it Wrong

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Mike Gianella

The perils of using small-sample data and what it means to be a baseball data scientist.

The genesis of this article was a simple reader question, the kind of question that fantasy writers get almost every day and answer by rote.

What’s wrong with Adam Wainwright?

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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and George Bissell take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and George Bissell take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

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The cavalry has arrived for an ailing Twins staff...is it too late?

The Situation: With the wheels falling off the proverbial bus that is the Twins’ rotation, Minnesota has turned to their prized arm, Jose Berrios, to save the day. After a back issue derailed Ervin Santana, Tyler Duffey, called up to replace him, caught a comebacker on the shoulder and is day-to-day. The 21-year-old Berrios will likely slide into this spot in the rotation for now, but struggling pitchers Tommy Milone and Kyle Gibson appear to be the likely candidates to be bumped once Santana returns. Berrios’ call-up coincides nicely with a shuffle of young talent between Triple-A and the majors and the passing of his service-time issues, but there is apparent need for reinforcements as the Twins attempt to turn around their horrid start to the season.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

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