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03-09

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Expert League Auction Recap: 2017 LABR Overview
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Mike Gianella

02-14

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Expert League Draft Recap: 2017 LABR Mixed
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Bret Sayre

03-08

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Expert League Auction Recap: American League LABR
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Mike Gianella

02-19

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Expert League Draft Recap: LABR Mixed 2016
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-07

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 14
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Mike Gianella

06-30

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 13
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Mike Gianella

06-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

03-16

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Fantasy Freestyle: Case Studies of Two Auctions
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Mike Gianella

03-11

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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
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Mike Gianella

02-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: LABR Mixed Recap
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Mike Gianella

02-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part Two (Pitchers)
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Mike Gianella

01-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part One (Hitters)
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Mike Gianella

10-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American League
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Mike Gianella

05-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 20: The One That Isn't About Jesus Montero
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert League Assessment: First Quarter
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Mike Gianella

03-04

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LABR Recap
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Mike Gianella

03-03

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LABR Recap
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Mike Gianella

02-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: BP's Mixed LABR Draft
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Bret Sayre

10-11

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 58 is Live!
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

08-27

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 55 is Live
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

08-19

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 54: Where Are You?
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Jason Collette

06-20

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 49 is Live
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Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

05-19

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BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 45: You Spin Me Round
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Jason Collette

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert-League Auction Comparison
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Jason Collette

04-02

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Common Players on my 2012 Fantasy Teams
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Derek Carty

03-27

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Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars and LABR AL Drafts
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Jason Collette

03-05

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Fantasy Beat: LABR Draft Fallout
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Jason Collette

02-08

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Fantasy Beat: Ruminations on My LABR Invitation
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Jason Collette

03-14

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LABR of Love
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Jonah Keri

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A closer look at the results of this year's League of Alternative Baseball Reality AL- and NL-only auctions.

This past weekend, some of the best and brightest minds in the fantasy baseball universe did battle in the League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR) AL- and NL-only auctions in Phoenix, Arizona. I participated in the LABR AL-only auction for the first time. If you missed the recap of my auction, you can read it here.

The idea behind today’s article is not to oooooh and aaaaah over every individual pick but rather to look at the auction from a broader perspective to try and help you in your upcoming auctions. This is an imperfect exercise, because new information will alter more than a few individual player prices over the next few weeks. However, the overall trends often do help in planning and preparation for your leagues.

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Bret reviews his squad coming out of this year's League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR) draft.

Bret Sayre participated in the Mixed LABR (League of Alternative Baseball) draft on Monday night. It’s a 15-team, standard 5x5 rotisserie league, and he won this league with Mike Gianella in 2015. This year is his first year flying solo.

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Recapping the 2016 junior-circuit League of Alternative Baseball Reality auction.

2016 marks the 23rd year of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality. Commonly known as LABR for short, this is the longest-running and best-known fantasy expert league in the game. Bret Sayre and I had the privilege of participating in the mixed-league draft last month. This past weekend in Arizona, it was the AL- and NL-only leagues’ turn. Today, I will take a look at the American League results. On Wednesday, I will look at the NL-only results.

If you want to see how the entire auction shook out, the results can be found here. My analysis is focused on auction trends that will hopefully help you in your own auctions this year. While it is fun to ooooh and aaaah over certain individual picks, it is far more useful to see if there are any significant shifts in expert spending. In my experience, what happens in LABR does have an influence in home league auction(s).

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Defending LABR champions Bret and Mike review their 2016 squad.

On Tuesday, February 16, Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella participated in the League of Alternate Baseball Reality (LABR) Mixed Draft. This is Bret and Mike’s third year in LABR Mixed. After a debut season that saw them finish 14th out of 15 teams, Bret and Mike won the league last year after holding off a late charge by MLB.com’s Fred Zinkie. Below, Bret and Mike discuss their draft.

Mike: Pre-season projected standings are nonsense. Unless they project your team as the winner. Then they’re great!



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

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I will provide insights behind the reasoning on some the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey Auction system. A basic description of the Vickrey bidding system can be found here.

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

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I will provide insights behind the reasoning on some the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey Auction system. A basic description of the Vickrey bidding system can be found here.

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

Depending on how long you have been a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, welcome or welcome back to the Expert FAAB Review. Every week, I’m going to take a look at the players and the process behind the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I will provide insights behind the reasoning on some the bids. Budgets in all three leagues start at $100 at the beginning of the season.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey Auction system. A basic description of the Vickrey bidding system can be found here.

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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Case Studies of Two Auctions

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Mike Gianella

Mike examines the rosters purchased by a couple of experts in AL- and NL-only auctions.

On March 7 and 8, LABR held their AL and NL-only auctions in Phoenix, Arizona. Last week, I recapped both auctions for Baseball Prospectus (links for the American League and National League). Today, I thought I’d take a deeper look at some of the auction strategies for two participants: Chris Liss of Rotowire in the American League and Doug Dennis of Baseball HQ in the American League.

I didn’t randomly select their auctions out of a hat for review. Liss and Dennis both had very strong auctions, even though they have completely different approaches and philosophies regarding auction management and roster philosophy. By analyzing what they did and how they performed, I hope to provide assistance to Baseball Prospectus readers preparing for their own auctions later this month and in early April.

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Mike recaps the trends that emerged in the senior-circuit LABR auction, including a big one on the pitching side.

2015 marks the 22nd year of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality. Commonly known as LABR for short, this is the longest running and best-known of fantasy expert league in the game. Bret Sayre and I had the privilege of participating in the mixed league draft last month. This past weekend in Arizona, it was the AL and NL-only leagues’ turn. Yesterday, I took a look at the American League results. Today, I will look at the NL-only results. As a reminder, I’m less concerned about individual picks and more looking at the auction

If you want to see how the entire auction shook out, the results can be found here. My analysis is focused on auction trends that will hopefully help you in your own auctions this year. While it is fun to ooooh and aaaah over certain individual picks, it is far more useful to see if there are any significant shifts in expert spending. In my experience, what happens in LABR does have an influence in home league auction(s).

Read the full article...

Mike recaps his performance and the trends that emerged during the auction.

2015 marks the 22nd year of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality. Commonly known as LABR for short, this is the longest-running and best-known of fantasy expert league in the game. Bret Sayre and I had the privilege of participating in the mixed-league draft last month. This past weekend in Arizona, it was the AL and NL-only leagues’ turn. Today, I will take a look at the American League results. On Wednesday, I will look at the NL-only results.

If you want to see how the entire auction shook out, the results can be found here. My analysis is focused on auction trends that will hopefully help you in your own auctions this year. While it is fun to ooooh and aaaah over certain individual picks, it is far more useful to see if there are any significant shifts in expert spending. In my experience, what happens in LABR does have an influence in home league auction(s).

Read the full article...

Mike shares and explains his picks from the recent experts draft.

As they like to say in high society, let’s dispense with the damn pleasantries. This is Bret Sayre and my second year in LABR mixed, what an honor it is to be invited, this is a tough draft room of experts, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. If you’re reading a fantasy article at Baseball Prospectus you know what LABR is. Let’s dive right in.

Last year, Bret and I finished 14th out of 15 teams. Some of this was due to an unfortunate, never-ending run of pitching injuries and some of this was due to a series of Hail Mary passes we started throwing in June, with the mindset that it is better to shoot for first than hit the ball down the middle of the fairway, play for seventh or eighth, and mix your sports metaphors. These are also excuses, which I hate almost as much as I hate losing.

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Part two in a two-part series comparing the PFM's performance to those of owners in experts leagues.

Last week, I took a look at how Baseball Prospectus’s PFM did against the CBS, LABR, and Tout Wars expert leagues. Today, I will shift over to the pitchers.

Last week, I concluded that the expert leagues pay too much for the top hitters while the PFM pays too much for the guys at the bottom of the pile. I thought that if you are going to redistribute your money, the best way to do this would be to redistribute it toward the middle, not at the top. I was amazed at how reliable the PFM was at “predicting” the earnings curve for hitters and wondered if the same thing would apply for the pitchers.

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