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10-06

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Expert League Recap
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

10-05

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Expert League Recap
by
Mike Gianella

09-22

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Tout Wars X
by
Bret Sayre

07-07

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 14
by
Mike Gianella

06-30

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 13
by
Mike Gianella

06-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
by
Mike Gianella

05-04

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Tout Wars X
by
Bret Sayre

03-26

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

03-24

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Expert League Auction Recap: National League Tout Wars
by
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

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps
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Mike Gianella

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert League Assessment: First Quarter
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Mike Gianella

03-27

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Tout Wars Recap
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Mike Gianella

03-25

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17

Tout Wars Recap
by
Mike Gianella

03-13

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5

Sporer Report: My Tout Wars Team, Part One
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Paul Sporer

04-17

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: Big Spending in FAAB Leagues
by
Mike Gianella

03-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: NL Tout Wars Auction Review
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Mike Gianella

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Expert-League Auction Comparison
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Jason Collette

03-26

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Fantasy Auction Values: Sixth Edition, March 26
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Mike Gianella

08-16

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Resident Fantasy Genius: A Summer Success Story
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Derek Carty

06-07

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Getting Into the Swingman
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Derek Carty

04-02

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

03-26

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Tout Wars and LABR NL Drafts
by
Derek Carty

02-09

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Enter Swingman
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Derek Carty

01-03

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Fantasy Beat: Categories to Target on Draft Day
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Jason Collette

07-14

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Mixed-League Mayhem
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Derek Carty

07-01

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Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars Halfway Point Update
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Jason Collette

03-25

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Prospectus Toolbox: Tout Wars, Redux
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Derek Jacques

03-21

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BP Does Tout Wars
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Jonah Keri and Nate Silver

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October 6, 2015 6:00 am

Expert League Recap

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret recap their second year in the mixed format of this experts league.

In 2014, we (Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella) were invited to join the League of Alternative Baseball Reality, or LABR for short, on the mixed-league side. We were humbled, we were honored… and we got our asses kicked, finishing 14th out of 15 teams. We whined about it on Flags Fly Forever (oh boy did we whine), licked our wounds this offseason, and took close look at our approach in 2014 to see if there were any lessons we could carry over from 2014 into 2015.

The Draft

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October 5, 2015 6:00 am

Expert League Recap

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Mike Gianella

Mike reflects on his title and dethroning ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft.

There are lies we “experts” tell when it comes to expert leagues. One of these lies is that while we want to win an expert league, it’s okay not to do so, since expert leagues are tougher than “home” leagues. While the competition definitely is tougher, it doesn’t quell the desire to win. We all say genteel things about our opponents when we lose and offer our congratulations to the victor, but we all want to win.

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September 22, 2015 6:00 am

Tout Wars X

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Bret Sayre

Bret brings home a coveted title in his first Tout Wars competition.

The final day of the season in any league is always a stressful venture when you're both locked in a tight race and hopelessly obsessive about your teams in general. Of course, I believe the latter to be a feature, not a bug. Sunday was the last day of Tout Wars X, yet we had all been strangely prepared for the rush to the finish line, having experienced it five times already. As I wrote when I recapped the auction back in March, this was a series of six four-week contests that would be aggregated together for a final score. As these things tend to go, it ended up being an extraordinarily close race between myself and Patrick Mayo of RotoExperts, as I tried to hold on to a lead I had built over the first five months, and he tried to put the finishing touches on a month (and a comeback) for the ages.

If the entire final month left me seasick, the final weekend made me schizophrenic. In fact, it almost made me jealous of the fantasy writers who cover both baseball and football, as I would have had a healthy distraction. Almost. By the halfway point, Pat had taken the overall lead and I was staring down the barrel of what would easily have been my worst period of the entire contest. A week later, my luck had turned and my offense started hitting--pushing me to a 5.5-point lead overall and a little more comfort, which would hold until the final lineups were set on Friday. From that point on, my team's performance became irrelevant, as Pat's team was absolutely firing on all cylinders. My lead was down to one at the end of the day Friday and gone by the evening games on Saturday. The tenor of my texts to Mike Gianella had gone steadily downhill and reached a level that makes me hope in hindsight that no one from his family saw any of them. Pat's pitching staff had allowed a total of four earned runs in 34 1/3 innings, good for a 1.05 ERA once his pitchers in the 1 p.m. games (Kris Medlen, Stephen Strasburg, and Julio Teheran) were done for the day, prompting me to actually surface on Twitter and send this:

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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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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

Tout Wars X

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Bret Sayre

Bret selects his roster for May.

Six weeks removed from that fun and chaotic April draft in New York City, I think I have a better idea of how to approach this monthly format. I wrote in great detail about how that afternoon went, and what I was hoping to get out of that initial team. In the end, what it turned out that I got from that initial team was a lot of points—which is much to my delight.

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March 26, 2015 6:00 am

Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars: General Impressions

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Mike Gianella

Mike compares the AL and NL LABR and Tout Wars auctions.

On Tuesday, I wrote about how I did in my NL-only Tout Wars auction. Today, I will take a broader look at what happened in both of the mono leagues.

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Clayton Kershaw heads up Mike's Tout squad.

If I manage to win Tout Wars this year, I owe my colleague Jeff Quinton an adult beverage. Or perhaps a tasty submarine sandwich from his favorite convenience store food chain.

If you don’t read Quinton’s work here at Baseball Prospectus (and if you don’t, you’re doing yourself a great disservice), he talks at great length about allowing past results to create the framework for bad decision-making. And while I liked to think I wasn’t doing this when it comes to Tout Wars this is exactly what I have been doing up until this year.

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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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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: 2014 Expert-League Recaps

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Mike Gianella

Mike looks back at how he did in a couple of NL-only expert leagues.

You are a worthless scumbag if you talk about your fantasy team. While these words have (probably) never been uttered, the sentiment certainly exists. Talking at length about your fantasy team is a combination of egotistical and boring, and nobody cares but you and the 11 other nerds who are in your league.

The naysayers do have a point. The story of how you overcame that six-point deficit in the last three weeks is captivating if it is your league, and especially riveting if it happened to you. If it is someone else’s league, the tale loses its luster quickly. I love fantasy baseball, and even I don’t want to hear more than a 60-second recap of what happened in your league.

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