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03-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Distributing Dollars
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Mike Gianella

03-23

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars NL-Only
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Mike Gianella

03-22

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

03-21

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Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars Mixed
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Bret Sayre

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
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Mike Gianella

09-22

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Tout Wars X
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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

05-04

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Tout Wars X
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Bret Sayre

03-26

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

03-24

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Expert League Auction Recap: National League Tout Wars
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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

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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Tout Wars Recap
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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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Fantasy Freestyle: Big Spending in FAAB Leagues
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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
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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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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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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 27, 2014 6:00 am

Tout Wars Recap

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Mike Gianella

After commenting on his NL-only squad on Tuesday, Mike shares others notes from the expert-league auction held last week.

On Tuesday, I wrote about how I did in my NL-only Tout Wars auction. While I know that many readers like to read about one expert’s auction strategy, tactics, and execution, studying the Tout Wars auctions from a broader perspective can also provide a great deal of help to any fantasy player.

Tout Wars is the third and final major expert-league auction; it is preceded by LABR in early March and CBS in late February. I wrote about LABR’s AL and NL auctions earlier this spring and identified a few possible auction trends. If those trends held in Tout Wars, it’s likely that you may see similar results in your home league auctions this coming weekend. If not, they might be insignificant blips on the radar.

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March 25, 2014 9:25 am

Tout Wars Recap

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Mike Gianella

Mike discusses his expectations going into the expert auction and how things played out.

There are a lot of different ways that fantasy players determine who is or isn’t an “expert,” but looking at who does or doesn’t win an expert league is our collective shorthand. On this count in Tout Wars, I have fallen short. I have now had four tries at winning a title (in the NL-only part of the league), and all four times I have fallen short.

Oh sure, I’ve had a couple of very good seasons. I finished tied for third in my rookie year in 2010 and came in second last year. But as any fantasy player—expert or not—will tell you, winning is the only goal that matters. I’m not exactly disappointed in my lack of a title thus far (how disappointed can you get when you’re losing to Nate Ravitz, Steve Gardner, and Tristan Cockcroft?), but like everyone else who plays competitive fantasy sports, I want to win.

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March 13, 2014 6:00 am

Sporer Report: My Tout Wars Team, Part One

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Paul Sporer

Paul had the 14th pick in this year's mixed-league Tout Wars auction; read about his strategy and see how he did in the first seven rounds.

Last year was my first experience in one of the big industry leagues, as I participated with Jason Collette in the LABR mixed-league draft—a league I’m in again this year with him. This year, I have the distinct honor of pulling a two-fer in the big industry leagues, adding a Tout Wars invitation to the docket, as well. Like LABR, it’s a 15-team mixed-league draft. And just as in LABR, I was given the 14th pick in the draft. How crazy is that? I’m sure someone here at BP, probably Russell Carleton, can calculate the odds of me getting a pair of 14th picks in two different drafts! One major difference here was that OBP would be used in place of AVG, which definitely changes the dynamic for a handful of players.

The rather brisk draft took place on Tuesday night with the following draft order of industry titans (and me):

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April 17, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Big Spending in FAAB Leagues

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Mike Gianella

After watching a Tout Wars owner break the bank early on two young pitchers, Mike wondered whether spending in April is a sound strategy.

Over the last three weeks in Tout Wars NL-only, Chris Liss has made quite a splash on the free-agent market. Out of a  $100 budget, Liss has already spent $83. While he has made a few one-dollar bids, $74 of those $83 were invested in two young pitchers: Jose Fernandez was purchased for $22 on March 31, and Tony Cingrani went for a whopping $52 this past Sunday, April 14.

While there is no question regarding Fernandez or Cingrani’s prospect pedigrees, Liss’s wild, early spending did make me wonder whether or not blowing the bulk of your FAAB by mid-April is the right play.

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Mike looks back on the team he bought in last week's Tout Wars auction, and explains how he will gauge his success.

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of participating in my fourth Tout Wars NL-only expert league auction, which was my first Tout Wars auction representing Baseball Prospectus. As always, it was an honor simply to be included among so many great fantasy players and baseball minds, and to rub elbows with experts whose work I’ve been reading for the last 15-20 years. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over sitting in a room with Ron Shandler, Lawr Michaels, and Peter Kreutzer and talking baseball with them.

For those of you that followed over me here from my old blog Roto Think Tank, the words I’m about to write already ring like a familiar mantra in your ears. For my new readers that only know me from Baseball Prospectus, my strategy in Rotisserie-style auctions is always the same:

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March 27, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Expert-League Auction Comparison

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Jason Collette

With Tout Wars now in the books, Jason looks at the similarities and differences between that auction, CBS, and LABR.

This past weekend, I participated in the American League Tout Wars draft in New York City. If you missed my team review from earlier this week on the Unfiltered blog, you can find it by clicking here.  Once the expert auctions are done, I like to compare the results from the three industry auction drafts—LABR, CBS, and Tout Wars—to look for similarities and differences.  The three auctions take place at different times, with CBS coming in late February, LABR in early March, and Tout Wars in late March, so it allows us to see how hot or cold spring trainings as well as injuries affect experts’ evaluations and strategies. For example, Mark Teixeira went for $24 in the CBS auction, but after getting injured during the WBC schedule, his value fell to $6 in Tout Wars. Rick Porcello went undrafted in the CBS auction, but a hot spring has propelled his value to $4 in LABR and $5 in Tout Wars over the past weekend.

Despite the different personalities that make up the ownership rosters of each of the three expert leagues, the spending habits are rather similar on a macro level. The talent pool does not change that much over the course of the four weeks, between the CBS auction and the Tout Wars auction, so differences come down to strategy and any major injuries.

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March 26, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Sixth Edition, March 26

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Mike Gianella

Mike adjusts his bid limits based on the latest injury news and the players' Tout Wars price tags.

Between some of my reactions to the prices at Tout Wars and a long list of injury news, it was an incredibly busy week for pricing updates. Below is a list of the most significant changes made this week.

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