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Flags Fly Forever: A Baseball Prospectus Fantasy Podcast

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Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella fulfill your fantasy baseball fantasies.

Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella fulfill your fantasy baseball fantasies.
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Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella fulfill your fantasy baseball fantasies.




Ep. 153: Shohei & Stanton

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Mark Barry discuss the fantasy implications of Shohei Ohtani signing with the Angels (5:00), Giancarlo Stanton traded to the Yankees (22:00) and Dee Gordon shipped to Seattle (40:00). Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist” Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

Duration: 01:01:09

Ep. 152: Impact Prospects

Rotowire lead prospect analyst James Anderson joins the pod to discuss a plethora of prospects fantasy owners need to have on their radar for the 2018 season and beyond. Ronald Acuna (4:00) Michael Kopech (11:00) Eloy Jimenez (14:00) Monte Harrison (17:00) Brent Honeywell (20:00) Taylor Trammell (22:00) Jon Duplantier (23:00) Leody Taveras (25:00) Bo Bichette (27:00) Michel Baez (30:00) Akill Baddoo (32:00) Nick Senzel (33:30) Victor Robles (36:00) Lewis Brinson (43:00) Alex Reyes (47:00)...

Duration: 01:13:43

Ep. 151: Wet Your Whistle

George Bissell, Mark Barry, and Mike Gianella take a stab at explaining the correct way to view (and practical applications) for BP’s retrospective player valuations (8:30), and analyze notable performances in the AL and NL-only landscapes including: Jose Altuve (14:00), Jose Ramirez (17:00), Elvis Andrus (20:00), Whit Merrifield (24:00), Corey Kluber (25:30), James Paxton (28:00), Chad Green (32:00), Joey Votto (34:00), Dee Gordon (36:00), Trea Turner (39:00), Tommy Pham (42:30), Javier...

Duration: 01:28:54

Ep. 150: Hot Take Machine

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre outline their strategic approaches to the fantasy playoffs including: relying on studs that got you there versus riding the hot hand (8:00) and several useful wavier wire targets in Luis Valbuena (14:30), Kyle Gibson (15:30), Nick Castellanos (17:00), Jeimer Candelario (19:00) and Nick Williams (20:00). They also banter about Rhys Hoskins insane hot streak (20:30), Victor Robles long-term potential (23:30), and some names to target in keeper and...

Duration: 00:51:37

Ep. 147: Free Agent Friday

George Bissell and Mark Barry banter about Rich Hill’s near no-hitter, the infamous Yankees and Tigers brawl, and discuss their picks for the latest BP Free Agent Watch including Matt Moore (9:00), Jerad Eickhoff (12:30), Rhys Hoskins (14:00), Byron Buxton (16:00), Blake Snell (20:00), R.A. Dickey (22:00), Kevin Kiermaier (24:30), Nicky Delmonico (26:30), Delino DeShields (31:00) and Tyler Glasnow (32:30).

Duration: 00:37:02

Ep. 145: Process vs. Results

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the promotion of Rhys Hoskins (2:00), the league-wide reduction in starting pitcher workloads (10:30), impressive second half surges from Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel (18:00), emergence of Luis Severino and Jimmy Nelson as elite fantasy starters (25:00), impact of the home run surge on draft strategy and roster construction (32:30), and finally dissect first basemen who got off to hot starts, but have faded down the stretch like...

Duration: 00:57:09

Ep. 144: Trade Deadline Smorgasbord

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the fantasy implications of every major trade deadline deal including Yu Darvish (5:00), Sonny Gray (9:30), Willie Calhoun (16:00), Jorge Mateo (19:00), Jonathan Lucroy (23:00), A.J. Ramos (30:00), Derek Fisher (31:30) and Shane Greene (33:30). Then, analyze Freddie Freeman’s 2018 value after falling just short of third base eligibility (35:00), potential impact of highly touted prospects Amed Rosario (40:00) and Ozzie Albies (44:00),...

Duration: 00:57:15

Ep. 143: Did You See The Maple Grove?

Rotoworld senior baseball writer DJ Short joins the pod to discuss the fantasy impact of Clayton Kershaw’s back injury (3:00), promotion of elite prospects Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers (7:00), his experience as a rookie in the Tout Wars Mixed expert league (16:00), the importance of staying vigilant on the waiver wire (25:00), AL/NL-only league FAAB strategies at the trade deadline (28:30), and finally speculate which players could be dealt this week including Sonny Gray, Yu Darvish,...

Duration: 01:09:29

Ep. 142: Celtics Fans Hate Me

Chris Towers of CBS Sports joins the pod to discuss the fantasy implications of the latest trade deadline moves including J.D. Martinez to Arizona (5:00), Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington (17:30), Jose Quintana to the Cubs (20:00), and Todd Frazier to the Yankees (23:00). He also discusses his affinity for Reds rookie starter Luis Castillo (28:00), TINSTAAPP (36:00), the key components and metrics he uses to evaluate young pitchers (38:00), the difference between command and...

Duration: 01:06:53

Ep. 141: Midseason Valuations

George, Bret and Mike deliberate several controversial rankings on the updated TDG Top 500 dynasty list including Aaron Judge (5:00), Miguel Cabrera (12:30) and Ronald Acuna (15:00). Then dive into BP’s midseason valuations update to discuss second-half expectations for Jose Ramirez (20:00), Carlos Correa (23:00), Manny Machado (29:00), Chris Sale (31:30), Corey Kluber (33:00), Jacob Faria vs. Alex Cobb (36:00), Justin Verlander (38:00), Travis Shaw (41:30), Joey Votto (44:00), Adam Duvall...

Duration: 01:12:40

Ep. 140: Midseason Top 50 Prospects & Second-Half Fantasy Storylines

George Bissell brings on Jeffrey Paternostro, BP’s senior prospect writer, to discuss the BP Midseason Top 50 prospects list including the meteoric rise of Sixto Sanchez (8:00), challenges associated with ranking pitching prospects (12:00), Walker Buehler’s prodigious stuff and future role (14:00), Brendan Rodgers absurd first half performance (16:00), potential fantasy superstars Ronald Acuna and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (18:30), the offensive upside and lingering questions with Bo Bichette...

Duration: 01:26:02

Ep. 139: Enjoy The Fireworks

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus discuss the recent promotion of Franklin Barreto (4:32) and the five players they’re each keeping an eye on over the remainder of the season: George Springer (11:00), Hanley Ramirez (18:30), Alex Wood (25:30), Anthony Rendon (30:00), Ryan Zimmerman (34:30), Gary Sanchez (40:00), Josh Harrison (44:00), Odubel Herrera (48:00), Robbie Ray (52:00), Luis Severino & Andrew Miller (56:00), Aaron Nola & Carlos Santana (1:00:00),...

Duration: 01:25:33

Ep. 138: Not That Derek Fisher

George Bissell and Mike Gianella discuss the fantasy impact of the league-wide home run surge on the pitching landscape (5:00), how a dramatic shift in Francisco Lindor’s batted ball profile could diminish his fantasy value (17:00), realistic expectations for hot prospects Jacob Faria (23:00), Francis Martes (27:00) and Derek Fisher (45:00), and finally answer a wide variety of listener questions regarding Addison Russell (53:00), Gregory Polanco (59:00), Mike Zunino (1:05:30) and Yasiel...

Duration: 01:23:41

Ep. 137: All Rise

George Bissell and Mike Gianella are joined by Stacey Gotsulias to discuss the meteoric rise of Aaron Judge (5:00), whether he can sustain this level of elite production and his long-term outlook (10:00), the impact of a healthy Gary Sanchez (15:00), the sudden emergence of Aaron Hicks (18:00), renaissance campaigns from veterans Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday (21:30), the underrated contributions of Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius (24:30), early impressions of Jordan Montgomery and...

Duration: 01:00:01

Ep. 136: They're Completely Chill

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus debate BP’s in-season fantasy rankings updates at shortstop (3:00), second base (23:00), third base (34:00), first base (43:00) and catcher (53:00). Rankings Redux Part II Lineup Francisco Lindor (4:00) Xander Bogaerts (8:00) Jonathan Villar (11:30) Trevor Story (14:00) Zack Cozart (18:00) Dee Gordon (25:00) Rougned Odor (28:00) Chris Taylor (31:30) Jake Lamb (35:00) Justin Turner (37:00) Alex Bregman (38:30) Nicholas...

Duration: 01:08:29

Ep. 135: Rankings Redux

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus banter about the brawl in San Francisco, Mike Trout’s injury, and discuss BP’s in-season fantasy rankings updates at starting pitcher (6:00), outfield (21:00), and relief pitcher (44:00).

Duration: 01:02:06

Ep. 134: Getting Recognized

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Eric Roseberry of Baseball Prospectus discuss potential wavier wire targets including Ian Happ (7:00), Tommy Joseph (10:00), Justin Smoak (13:00), Alex Avila (18:00), and Brad Peacock (23:00). They also recap the latest FAAB acquisitions in Tout Wars and LABR (27:30), and share their biggest surprises of the 2017 campaign including Jason Vargas, Yasmani Grandal, Alex Wood and Corey Dickerson (43:00). Finally, BP Toronto Co-Editor-in-Chief Joshua Howsam...

Duration: 01:17:04

Ep. 133: It's Happening

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus discuss the fantasy impact of recent call-up’s Ian Happ (4:00) and Bradley Zimmer (8:30). Then analyze a plethora of surprising early season performances including Freddie Freeman (14:00), Jake Arrieta (21:00), Dallas Keuchel (26:00), Elvis Andrus (30:00), Miguel Sano (33:00), Aaron Altherr (33:00), Kyle Schwarber (39:00) and Keon Broxton (40:00). Finally, they break down the latest expert FAAB acquisitions including Jose...

Duration: 01:04:51

Ep. 132: Risky Closers

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus discuss the latest batch of FAAB acquisitions in Tout Wars and LABR (5:00), Trevor Cahill’s renaissance campaign (26:00), empty the Twitter mailbag featuring questions regarding Kyle Schwarber, Robert Gsellman, Joey Gallo, Eddie Butler and more (36:00), and finally discuss BP’s in-season fantasy valuations (47:00).

Duration: 01:11:08

Ep. 131: Big Maple

George Bissell is joined by Ryan Bloomfield of BaseballHQ to discuss James Paxton’s meteoric rise (3:30), Chris Devenski’s realistic upside (15:00) and deliver a “Fact or Fluke?” verdict regarding Ryan Zimmerman, Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo, Ervin Santana, Miguel Sano, Kyle Schwarber and more (24:00). Then, Jarrett Seidler of Baseball Prospectus and BP Mets stops by to break down the impact of Noah Syndergaard’s injury (58:00), Robert Gsellman’s disappointing first month (1:04), and Amed...

Duration: 01:29:04

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