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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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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).

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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).

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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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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

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

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Mike Gianella

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

Sometimes in these pieces, I delve into a long explanation of what I’m going to write and what I’m going to set out to prove. That’s not going to happen today. I’ve got a lot of tables to produce and a tight deadline so I’m just going to dive right into it. Today’s goal is to take a look at the PFM, take a look at expert prices, and determine whether or not I should be using the PFM more as a tool to devise my bid limits or if perhaps I should chuck my bid limits entirely. How’s that for a attention grabbing lead?

Baseball Prospectus fantasy writers get asked about PECOTA a lot. Some subscribers don’t understand why they should bother with my bid limits when the PFM serves the same purpose as my bid limits but with a more mathematical bent. Others find my bid limits interesting but think that the PFM should be featured more as we approach Draft Day.

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October 13, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Mike Gianella

In the first of a two-part series, Mike reviews how his junior-circuit bid value recommendations fared.

If you have read my work for any appreciable amount of time (either here at Baseball Prospectus or previously at my blog), you know that I am a significant believer in accountability. Many of us post our predictions in the spring. In turn, many of you rely on these predictions to construct your fantasy teams. Unfortunately, few fantasy writers revisit their work after the season and offer an honest assessment of how well or poorly they did. There are many reasons for this, and I could write an entire piece simply discussing why we as an “industry” are not very good at self-auditing. The short answer is that while it is human nature to pat ourselves on the back for our successes, we don’t really like to call attention to our failures.

I was guilty of this last year as well. After posting bids at BP for the first time in 2013, I wrote absolutely nothing about how I did (which kind of stinks, because I actually had a pretty good year). It is easy to criticize others for not auditing their work, but at a minimum I have to hold myself up to my own standard.

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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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May 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Expert League Assessment: First Quarter

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Mike Gianella

With nearly 25 percent of the season in the books, Mike reviews how his teams are doing.

It is difficult to believe, but we are nearly one-fourth of the way through the regular season. It’s that time in fantasy baseball that is early yet not early. If you’re in second or third place and have a slow starting player or two you might not think much of it, whereas if you’re in eleventh place now might be a good time to take a long, hard look at your roster and figure out what you can do to improve your team.

I participate in three expert leagues: LABR, Tout Wars, and CBS. LABR is a mixed league, while CBS and Tout Wars are NL-only. Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus and I share the LABR team, while I run the CBS and Tout Wars teams by myself.

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March 4, 2014 6:00 am

LABR Recap

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Mike Gianella

Recapping the senior-circuit experts auction held in Arizona last weekend.

This past weekend, 24 of fantasy baseball’s sharpest minds gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, for the 21st annual League of Alternative Baseball Reality fantasy baseball auctions. That’s known as LABR to you and me, and it’s exciting because LABR unofficially kicks off that exciting time when the season feels like it’s just around the corner. On Monday, I covered the AL-only auction. Today, I will take a look at the action in the NL (complete results can be found here).

Prior to the LABR NL auction, the expert league auctions that had been held to date had been relatively predictable. The CBS expert league auctions—held on February 18 (AL) and February 20 (NL)—showcased a few spending trends that I anticipated holding for the LABR auctions this past weekend. The experts on the American League side of LABR obliged. The National League experts threw everyone watching on Twitter or listening on Sirius XM a curveball.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

LABR Recap

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Mike Gianella

Recapping the junior-circuit experts auction held in Arizona last weekend.

This past weekend, 24 of fantasy baseball’s sharpest minds gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, for the 21st annual League of Alternative Baseball Reality fantasy baseball auctions. That’s known as LABR to you and me, and it’s exciting because LABR unofficially kicks off that exciting time when the season feels like it’s just around the corner. Today, I’ll cover the AL-only auction. Later this week, I will take a look at the action in the NL.

If you are interested in every pick from Mike Trout down to the last $1 player, the results can be found here. Dissecting every player purchased and every team’s roster is beyond the intended scope of this article. Rather, I’ll take a look at a few spending trends, both on a handful of individual players as well as on types of purchases the experts made on Saturday night.

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Bret recaps the selections that he and Mike Gianella made in a mock draft held last week.

Last Tuesday night, Mike Gianella and I participated in the first prominent experts league draft of the season, the LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality) mixed league. For background, this is a 15-team snake draft and a standard 5x5 rotisserie format with two catchers and the standard roster designations everywhere else. Mike and I had many conversations about this draft leading up to Tuesday night, and what made this both comforting and easy was that we were very much in sync with our strategy and a lot of our valuations—making for a stress-free (at least between each other) evening.

If you want to see the full draft board for all participants, that is available here. We had the seventh pick in the draft, which had its benefits and its issues. In the first round, we did not think it was optimal, as there was a pretty clear top four and the next 10 picks or so really came down to preference. However, my view is that it’s always beneficial to be in the middle of the round so you don’t have to wait so long between picks in case the draft shifts on you quickly. There were a couple of times at which we may have been out of luck if we were positioned on an end (especially in the early going with starting pitching and the middle rounds with closers), but we used the spot to our advantage.

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