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04-05

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10

The Quinton: Keeper-League Auction Takeaways
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Jeff Quinton

04-01

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7

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

03-24

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Bargains
by
Scooter Hotz

03-22

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars: General Impressions
by
Mike Gianella

03-21

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6

Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars Mixed
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Bret Sayre

02-29

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1

The Quinton: Partaking in Both Auctions and Drafts
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Jeff Quinton

02-24

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53

Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2016
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Mike Gianella

01-05

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: Inflation 101
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Mike Gianella

12-22

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Different Types of Auctions
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Mike Gianella

04-15

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9

The Quinton: Three Auction Takeaways
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Jeff Quinton

04-02

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6

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

03-26

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4

Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars: General Impressions
by
Mike Gianella

03-26

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9

Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

03-26

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Endgame Picks
by
Nick Shlain

03-24

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9

Expert League Auction Recap: National League Tout Wars
by
Mike Gianella

03-19

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10

Fantasy Auction Values: Second Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

03-16

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13

Fantasy Freestyle: Case Studies of Two Auctions
by
Mike Gianella

03-11

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8

Expert League Auction Recap: LABR National League
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Mike Gianella

03-10

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Expert League Auction Recap: LABR American League
by
Mike Gianella

03-03

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5

Expert League Auction Recap: CBS NL-Only
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

03-02

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8

Expert League Auction Recap: CBS AL-Only
by
Keith Cromer

02-23

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50

Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2015
by
Mike Gianella

02-18

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4

The Quinton: The Players We Overlook and the Ambiguity Effect
by
Jeff Quinton

02-02

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5

The Quinton: Perceived Inflation and Nominating With Intention
by
Jeff Quinton

01-05

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1

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

12-16

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10

Fantasy Freestyle: The Trouble With Tiers
by
Mike Gianella

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Why 70/30?
by
Mike Gianella

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Leagues and Salary/Contract Dynamics
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Mike Gianella

04-02

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14

Fantasy Freestyle: Strategic Agility on Auction Day
by
Jeff Quinton

03-25

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17

Tout Wars Recap
by
Mike Gianella

03-21

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11

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition
by
Mike Gianella

03-18

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23

Fantasy Freestyle: The PFM, My Bid Limits, and You
by
Mike Gianella

03-14

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9

Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition
by
Mike Gianella

03-06

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11

Fantasy Freestyle: Prospect Theory on Draft Day
by
Jeff Quinton

02-26

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45

Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition
by
Mike Gianella

02-20

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13

Mock Auction Analysis
by
Mike Gianella

12-10

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19

Fantasy Freestyle: Mixed-League Hitter Valuation
by
Mike Gianella

06-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Data: Where the Bargains Fall
by
Mike Gianella

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April 5, 2016 6:00 am

The Quinton: Keeper-League Auction Takeaways

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Jeff Quinton

Jeff shares a couple of lessons learned over the weekend in his -only league auctions.

On Saturday, I participated in my NL-only keeper-league auction. On Sunday, I participated in my AL-only keeper-league auction. Below are some takeaways from these auctions.

Spending with the Market
One way discounts come to be in an auction is when the market overvalues a particular player or type of player (for example, pitching), which then leaves owners without enough money to pay market price for players elsewhere (for example, hitting). It can be tempting to “spend with the market,” especially when we are being shut out of a position (for example, closers) or when we are weak in a particular area. My advice, especially in a keeper league, would be to pass on overpriced players, take the values elsewhere, and then trade those values (likely keepers) for whatever was going at a premium in the auction. Depending on your league’s trade activity (or lack of activity), this may or may not be possible, but I am still inclined to pass on certain areas and potentially dominate other areas rather than overspend. For one, this allows us to hold advantages elsewhere, but this also helps us on the waiver wire. Owners who overpay for certain players are likely to hold on to them too long and are also more likely to throw back usable players to fill in the gaps created by overspending.


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April 1, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2016

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Mike Gianella

Mike updates his bid limits one final time, based on the latest news and happenings around the league.

Finally, at long last, Opening Day is right around the corner. Many of you have auctioned already, but for those of you with auctions this weekend, this update will hopefully help you with all of the last second tweaks based on job changes, injuries, or just a good or bad feeling that I have about a player. This is the most difficult update of all. Between today and Opening Day, there will be plenty of minor changes that may require you to make adjustments on the fly. But from this point forward, you are on your own.

Hopefully, you have been reading enough of my material over the last few weeks that you feel comfortable making your own bid adjustments. This is the final update; while some old school home leagues do auction the weekend after Opening Day, they are in the vast minority of fantasy leagues.

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March 24, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Bargains

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Scooter Hotz

After his first auction of the season, Scooter identifies his best buys and why he chose them.

On Sunday I participated in my first auction of the 2016 MLB season. For this week’s column, I decided to write about the five players I think were my biggest bargains in the auction. It’s a home league and the configuration is a little quirky compared to standard 5x5 roto, so don’t get too hung up on the actual prices. Focus on the reasons these players were available below par value and keep these two points in mind:

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Mike reviews his takeaways from the recent Tout Wars auction.

I didn’t participate in Tout Wars AL. However, looking at what happens in an expert league can provide us with solid baseline of what will happen in our home league auctions. Today, I will take a broader look at what happened in both of the mono leagues.

Before I get started, it is worth sharing a few caveats. The goal of this article is not to delve into individual team strategies or examine each and every purchase in depth. This is difficult to do, particularly since the timing of when a player comes up in an auction can often skew his value. Still, it is worth noting a few trends in the hopes that it can help you with your auctions in the next few weekends.

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Bret reviews his squad after the recent Tout Wars experts auction.

“Twenty.”

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February 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Quinton: Partaking in Both Auctions and Drafts

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Jeff Quinton

How playing in leagues with different player-selection formats can make you a better overall fantasy player.

We have auctions and we have drafts. Some of you all might only do drafts and some of you all might only do auctions, while some do both. Of those of us who do both, most have a preference for a certain format. When I write here about fantasy baseball (which is almost always), I will sometimes write about a particular format and I will sometimes write about an idea that can or may be applied to drafts, auctions, keeper leagues, dynasty leagues, redrafts, etc.

Partaking in multiple formats can be a lot of work, but there are also benefits. Today we will discuss some of the benefits of preparing for both auctions and drafts. Mostly, it allows for a very nice sanity check.

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February 24, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2016

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Mike Gianella

Mike debuts his bid limits for auctions this spring.

Welcome to the first installment of Baseball Prospectus’ 2016 bid prices for “standard” Rotisserie-style formats.

In the tables below, you will find my recommended bid limits for AL-only, NL-only, and mixed leagues. For AL and NL-only, the bid limits are designed for 12 teams, $260 budgets per team, 14 hitters, and nine pitchers. For mixed leagues, the bid limits are for 15 teams, $260 budgets per team, 14 hitters, and nine pitchers. The bids are not predictions of what these players will do, but rather suggested prices. While most of what I expect these players to do is based on projected statistics and values, other factors play a role in the bid prices. These factors include:

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January 5, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Inflation 101

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Mike Gianella

Examining a few items to consider in keeper leagues where there's more money to spend than the available players are worth.

If you play fantasy baseball in an auction league, one of the additional wrinkles that you have to navigate is freezes and calculating player inflation in the auction. On one level, this is a simple mathematical exercise. However, in order to master keeper-league auctions it isn’t enough to simply perform a rough mathematical calculation and walk away. There are other aspects that may have to be factored in depending upon your league, which players are frozen, and how other fantasy managers behave.

At the most basic level, calculating inflation is a simple matter of dividing the amount of money left to spend in your auction by the amount of value available in the auction. As an example, if your league has $1,400 to spend on $1,200 worth of talent, your league’s inflation rate is 16.7 percent. If you would have paid $40 for Mike Trout in a non-keeper auction, you would pay $47 for him in an auction with 16.7 percent inflation. This concept is rudimentary, and if this were all there was to it, everyone would be playing on a fairly level playing field, and there would not be much of a tactical advantage to gain. Beyond simple math, below are a few other factors to consider when it comes to inflation if you play in a keeper league.

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December 22, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Different Types of Auctions

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Mike Gianella

How to tweak your strategy based on those of your opponents.

One challenge with dispensing advice is that one size seldom if ever fits all. It is a tired bromide but one of the most significant challenges any fantasy analyst has is attempting to guide readers in their drafts or auctions when every league is different. They’re not quite like snowflakes (today is cliché day, I’m afraid) but depending on a variety of factors, how you should prepare for your league and how you should behave during your draft or auction can differ dramatically.

The examples below are not meant to be all inclusive. Rather, they are designed to give the reader a glimpse into my thought process and how I leverage my knowledge to create a successful experience when your draft or auction doesn’t follow a “standard” path.

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April 15, 2015 6:00 am

The Quinton: Three Auction Takeaways

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Jeff Quinton

A few lessons Jeff learned from his auctions this spring.

Having completed an AL only auction last Saturday and an NL only auction two Saturdays ago, I have three takeaways/learnings to discuss to help us (read: me) in future auctions. They are not big enough to be their own article, but their weak connection is strong enough to form an article. Please find these three takeaways below:

1. Don’t fear the endgame

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April 2, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, 2015

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Mike Gianella

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

Finally, after months of arguing about awards, arguing about Hall of Famers, watching the football playoffs out of sheer boredom, watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament out of sheer boredom, and arguing about Kris Bryant’s service time, we’re almost there. Three days from now, the Cardinals and Cubs will kick off the regular season in Sunday night primetime, and once again all will be right with the world.

We are close enough to the start of the season that most of the adjustments in this update are on the bottom end guys. For home leagues that are more traditional and auction this weekend (or next weekend), this is the list I want to be able to use with confidence. I’m not looking to make significant changes, so there are only going to be a few players listed below who are above the $10 bid threshold who I will actually write a little blurb about below.

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March 26, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Endgame Picks

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Nick Shlain

A few possible bargains with which to round out your auctions.

Much of my writing for Baseball Prospectus so far has been about AL-only deep league targets, but even though the following players each reside in the AL, for the purposes of this article these recommendations are intended to be for the endgame in mixed leagues.

Daniel NorrisToronto Blue Jays

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