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03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Boom, Boom, and Hope the Rest Don't Bust
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Wilson Karaman

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Betts, Old Bats, and Starting Pitching
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Jeff Quinton

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: The Defending Champion
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Scooter Hotz

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: All-In on the Astros Infield
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Mark Barry

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: Defending a Participation Trophy
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Bret Sayre

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Man vs. Self
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Ben Carsley

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Give Me Your Tired
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Eric Roseberry

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: New York State of Mind
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Tim Finnegan

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: The Ricky Bobby Experiment
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George Bissell

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: Trying to Find a Balance
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Matt Collins

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: Not Cutting Corners
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Punting Saves
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Jeff Quinton

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: The Big Outfield
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George Bissell

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Spreading the Dollars and Mitigating Risk
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Scooter Hotz

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: Sweet Bryce, Do It for Me Twice
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Wilson Karaman

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: The 70/30 Split ... Almost
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Bret Sayre

03-30

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My Model Portfolio: Shooting for the Middle
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: Follow Your Heart
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J.P. Breen

03-29

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My Model Portfolio: $30-Plus Players Need Not Apply
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Matt Collins

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: Goldschmidt, Correa, Machado'What Could Go Wrong?
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J.J. Jansons

04-03

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My Model Portfolio: Seeking Balance and Value
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Keith Cromer

04-02

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My Model Portfolio: Find a Way to Get Trout
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Bret Sayre

04-02

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My Model Portfolio: Balance, Balance, Balance
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Matt Collins

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Trust Your Instincts
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J.P. Breen

04-01

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My Model Portfolio: Heavy is the Head That Wears the Crown
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Wilson Karaman

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Stars, Scrubs, and High-End Starters
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Nick Shlain

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Framing Decisions Around Value
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Jeff Quinton

07-22

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My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later
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Bret Sayre

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Yes, I Paid for Trout
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Wilson Karaman

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: Well Played, Mauer
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Bret Sayre

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: The Rare "Spend More on Offense" Strategy
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Ben Carsley

03-28

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My Model Portfolio: Stars and Scrubs
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Mike Gianella

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: Hopefully, No Scrubs
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Jeff Quinton

03-27

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My Model Portfolio: The Wright Guys
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Alex Kantecki

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: Clayton Kershaw Leads the Way
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Craig Goldstein

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: High Risk, High Reward
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Mauricio Rubio

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: A Loaded Outfield
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Paul Sporer

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March 31, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Boom, Boom, and Hope the Rest Don't Bust

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Wilson Karaman

Wilson sticks with the two-stud approach, betting big on a couple of $40+ bats.

In the “My Model Portfolio” series, the fantasy staff will create their own team within a $260 auction budget using Mike Gianella’s latest mixed league Bid Limits for 2017. The scoring is 5x5 standard roto. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, and 9 P.

The Process

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March 31, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Betts, Old Bats, and Starting Pitching

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Jeff Quinton

After faring poorly the past few years, Jeff revamps his strategy to form his ideal squad for 2017.

The Process

I have been incredibly bad at this exercise the past three seasons. In an attempt to improve this year, I took a look at my past strategies and processes to figure out what might be causing my teams’ poor performances. The biggest mistake that I think I have been making is anchoring on my experience in AL- and NL-only auction leagues (I do not participate in any mixed auction leagues) and not making the proper adjustments for mixed leagues. The result of this is that I would think every player below $25 was a great value, leading to teams without any elite talent. Elite talent is only valuable to a point, but if they are fairly priced, then they can often make up for a lot of things that will go wrong throughout the year. Consequently, I wanted take at least two elite hitters and one elite starter, making sure they were ones that I thought Mike was a little bit light on.

That said, there were some things that I did well during these exercises that I did want to run back. First, I had success always taking David Ortiz and other utility-only players because positional flexibility is not as big a constraint in this game. Second, I wanted to continue to take talented players coming off down years, older hitters, and players with slightly less certain roles because we (people) tend to overreact to negative fluctuations, risk, and uncertainty.

Lastly, I wanted to spend more than I usually do on pitching. In most of my leagues, I usually spend very little on pitching as I find my opponents tend to overvalue pitchers. This exercise, though, is different because my competition is fully aware to not overrate pitching. I am therefore going to try and pick up some points by zagging when the rest of the market is zigging (mostly in wins and strikeouts, but also possibly in pitching ratios).

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March 30, 2017 10:40 am

My Model Portfolio: The Defending Champion

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Scooter Hotz

The pressure is on, as Scooter reveals the squad that will try to deliver back-to-back titles.

In the “My Model Portfolio” series, the fantasy staff will create their own team within a $260 auction budget using Mike Gianella’s latest mixed league Bid Limits for 2017. The scoring is 5x5 standard roto. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, and 9 P.

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March 30, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: All-In on the Astros Infield

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Mark Barry

Mark bets big on Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa to anchor his ideal fantasy squad for 2017.

The Process

Heading into my rookie Model Portfolio, I had one clear goal: Don’t be embarrassing.

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March 30, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Defending a Participation Trophy

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Bret Sayre

After finishing fourth in this exercise a year ago, Bret looks to Mookie Betts, Yulieski Gurriel, and Co. to fare better in 2017.

As we’ve been doing for the last couple of seasons, this last week before the regular season begins, we are taking Mike Gianella’s bids and constructing as ideal of a fantasy lineup as possible. This is one of my favorite exercises of the year. You’ve seen a bunch of our writers build their own teams so far this week, and now I get to follow suit. According to Greg’s article last week, I finished fourth last year so I have a participation trophy to defend.

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March 29, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Man vs. Self

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Ben Carsley

Ben's ideal fantasy squad for the coming season, subject to the $260 constraint.

In the “My Model Portfolio” series, the fantasy staff will create their own team within a $260 auction budget using Mike Gianella’s latest mixed league Bid Limits for 2017. The scoring is 5x5 standard roto. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, and 9 P.

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March 29, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Give Me Your Tired

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Eric Roseberry

In building his ideal fantasy squad for 2017, Eric finds value in players who are on the wrong side of 30.

In the “My Model Portfolio” series, the fantasy staff will create their own team within a $260 auction budget using Mike Gianella’s latest Fantasy Auction Values. The scoring is 5x5 standard roto. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, and 9 P.

The Process

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March 28, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: New York State of Mind

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Tim Finnegan

Tim anchors his pitching staff with a pair of Mets, and aims to find bang for the buck at every spot on his roster.

In the “My Model Portfolio” series, the fantasy staff will create their own team within a $260 auction budget using Mike Gianella’s latest mixed league Bid Limits for 2017. The scoring is 5x5 standard roto. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, and 9 P.

The Process

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March 28, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: The Ricky Bobby Experiment

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George Bissell

The result of George's bottom-up style of roster building, identifying bargains first before diving into the pool of higher-priced players.

Here are the rules for the annual BP fantasy staff Model Portfolio challenge established by our fantasy overlord, Bret Sayre:

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March 27, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Trying to Find a Balance

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Matt Collins

Matt builds his ideal fantasy squad for 2017, subject to the $260 constraint.

The Process

Every year, I think this project is going to be so much easier than it actually is. You would think I’d have learned by now, but I have not because I’m an idiot. That happened again this year, although it was a little easier because I didn’t pin myself to such specific dollar splits between hitting and pitching. Ideally, I wanted a 180/80 split, but if I went over in either direction I wasn’t too concerned.

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March 27, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Not Cutting Corners

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Greg Wellemeyer

After saving at some other positions, Greg anchors his ideal squad with Joey Votto and Josh Donaldson at the infield corners.

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April 1, 2016 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: The Big Outfield

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George Bissell

Mookie Betts leads George's loaded group out on the pasture, while Carlos Carrasco and Adam Wainwright anchor his pitching staff.

Mike Gianella recently released his latest mixed league Bid Limits for 2016, which reignited an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget.

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