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Brad Evans and Brandon Funston sprint through various fantasy football topics covering waivers, trade targets, sleepers, busts and more. Each show features the "Fantasy Five," a confidence countdown designed to rate their opinions and race you toward that first-place medal. Brisk. Energetic. Informative. Get in and get out with viewpoints from a pair of industry Hall of Famers. Available multiple times per week on your favorite podcast app.
 
The Athletic's Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston and Michael Beller help you get your fantasy lineups set with The Fantasy Football Rankings Show. Rankings gurus Jake and Brandon will run down their rankings at every position, interpreting the key news of the week and how it affects the fantasy landscape. The guys will go toe to toe where they differ in their rankings, and likely find some agreement, as well. Most importantly, they’ll give you the well reasoned, in-depth analysis you need to make ...
 
Every fantasy player knows that the draft is just the start of the season. In fact, most leagues aren’t won on draft day, but rather with moves made during the season. Every Monday, Michael Beller and Brandon Funston of The Athletic will take a deep dive into the waiver wire on Wire to Wire. They’ll break down the players you should be targeting, helping you prioritize your waiver claims and get your FAAB bids in order. They’ll take a look at the week that was to discern which Sunday breakou ...
 
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It's beat writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Bengals reporter Jay Morrison, 49ers reporter Matt Barrows, and Chargers reporter Daniel Popper join Beller and DVR to discuss the latest on their teams from a fantasy perspective. First, the guys get into Joe Burrow's volume concerns and Joe Mixon's workload with Morrison. Then Bar…
 
On this reflective episode, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston talk about their most concrete fantasy football takeaways from NFL Week 2. From there, the guys rummage through various waiver wire options, including Jalen Reagor, Cordarrelle Patterson, Zach Pascal, Michael Carter and desert dynamo Rondale Moore. Finally, they offer rapid fire thoughts on…
 
When is the right time to smash the panic button in a fantasy football league? If you're staring down an 0-2 start, it might feel like now is that right time. In many instances, that won't necessarily be the case. In others, however, panic just might be the appropriate reaction. Beller, Jake and Funston break out the panic meter on this episode of …
 
Beller and DVR take an early look at the players that will likely be among the most popular players on the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Shallow league managers should be taking a look at Michael Carter, Zack Moss and Darnell Mooney, while deep leaguers will be more focused on the likes of Henry Ruggs and DeVante Parker. Could Parker also have v…
 
Beller and DVR take a look at the Week 2 DFS main slate, focusing first on the highest totals on the board. Do you have to find exposure to Cowboys-Chargers? Are there better angles to play in Vikings-Cardinals or Titans-Seahawks? The guys also look beyond those high totals for games they want to target, including Saints-Panthers. They also discuss…
 
On this rapid fire edition, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston boldly state their claims on a couple of deeper players ahead of the fantasy football main slate in Week 2. From there, the guys pick their poison across positions on players you may be straddling the fence over. Will rookie DeVonta Smith continue his sizzling start against San Francisco? C…
 
Beller, Vic and Zac run through the Week 2 slate, with all three of them offering up their favorite plays for each of this week's remaining 15 games. Within those 15 picks apiece, the guys all highlight five favorites. Among their favorites: Panthers +3.5 over Saints (Zac), Titans on the moneyline at +190 (Vic) and Jonathan Taylor to go over 15.5 r…
 
Elijah Mitchell, Jameis Winston and Christian Kirk were among the surprise standout players in Week 1. But that was last week. Where do they rank in Week 2? And who will join them in the 2021 Surprise Standout Club this week? Beller, Jake and Funston dig into those questions on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Among the 30-plu…
 
Week 1 was a relatively quiet one on the Survivor front, with the Jaguars the only semi-popular pick that went down. Week 2 looks like it could be a comfortable one, too, with three double-digit favorites on the board, all of whom happen to be considered Super Bowl contenders (even though one of them struggled mightily in Week 1). Beller and DVR sa…
 
On this insightful episode, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston march to Washington and preview the Giants/Fightin' Footballs battle on Thursday Night Football. Our dynamic duo disagree on the spread and total before sprinting through the 'Fantasy Five.' Via a game of over/under and head-to-head, the guys decide on the fantasy values of Taylor Heinicke,…
 
Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss the approach to Elijah Mitchell as a Week 1 standout commanding large bids and top waiver-wire priority, how they are reacting (and overreacting) to Week 1 — including the role of Corey Davis with the Jets, regrets in the Elijah Moore v. Mike Williams decision, the strong showing of several rookies in their debuts, …
 
Every Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we'll check in with a handful of our beat writers around the country to get the latest on-the-ground knowledge from teams making news in the fantasy world. We kick it off by touching base with three teams that struggled mightily in Week 1: the Bills, Titans and Packers. Is there legitimate cau…
 
On this enthusiastic edition, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston reflect on Week 1 of the NFL season offering their biggest fantasy takeaways. From there, the guys organize their waiver priorities, deciding how much FAAB cash they're willing to shell out on upstarts Taylor Heinicke, Juwan Johnson, KJ Hamler/Tim Patrick, Mark Ingram and, sought after Go…
 
Week 1 is just about in the books, with the Monday night game between the Ravens and Raiders the only one left on the slate. We've got a lot to look back at and forward to, and that's exactly what Beller, Jake and Funston do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How triumphant should the Ja'Marr Chase victory lap be? Are we worr…
 
The first Sunday of the season is in the books, which means it's just about time to turn our full attention to Week 2. Beller and DVR start turning that page by taking an early look at the waiver wire, where they find Mark Ingram and Christian Kirk among the players that should be the top targets in leagues of all sizes. Follow Beller on Twitter: @…
 
Every Friday, Beller and DVR will give you the nuts and bolts they're using to build their DFS lineups. The guys will highlight the games they want to target, discuss the players and positions on which they want to spend major resources, and the areas in which they'll be finding savings. In Week 1, DVR has his eye on the elite running backs, while …
 
On this fast-paced show, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston put their HUEVOS on the line and offer their BOLDEST predictions for the full slate of Sunday games. From there, they attempt to push those straddling the fence on similarly ranked players. What do you do with Saquon? Will DeVonta Smith make a cannonball splash in his regular season debut? Wil…
 
Week 1 has arrived, and we're celebrating with the new-look gambling edition of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Every Friday, Beller, Vic and Zac will run through all the remaining games on the slate, with each of them picking one play from every matchup. It could be a side, total, player prop or game prop, providing you with a full menu of …
 
The NFL season kicks off on Thursday with an expected doozy between the Cowboys and Buccaneers, and the first full Sunday of the season follows just a few days later. Our friends...we did it. It won't be hard to figure out your starters from the Cowboys-Buccaneers game. But the rest of the slate? That's a different story. Beller, Jake and Funston h…
 
Every Wednesday evening, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper will bring you strategies to help you survive and advance in your survivor pools. Things are pretty straightforward in Week 1, with all 32 teams available to everyone. It's a challenging Week 1 slate, however, with no real slam-dunk pick on the board. Should you go 49ers over Lions? Rams ov…
 
Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss their varying opinions about Mike Davis as the lead back in Atlanta, Ryan Tannehill as an undervalued QB, Nando’s unusual interest in Tyrod Taylor, value in the Colts’ receivers, Melvin Gordon’s role in tempering a Javonte Williams breakout, and the draft market’s failure to adjust to D.J. Chark. Follow Nando on Twi…
 
Everyone's got their Guys. The ones they went after in every single draft this season. You may share some of your Guys with other people, but it's likely that no one has the exact same list as you. Those Guys are Your Guys. These Guys our Our Guys. Individually, we refer to them as My Guys. Some of the Guys who made our My Guys lists: Kyle Pitts, C…
 
On this dice rolling episode, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston feebly attempt to boost their bank accounts by firing off on their favorite NFL player props. The guys first address which ones just missed the cut, including a spicy UNDER on Mac Jones. From there, they toss greenbacks at lines tied to Najee Harris, Amari Cooper, Terry McLaurin, Alvin Ka…
 
Beller, Zac and Vic dig into the team-based futures market, finding more than a few bets they want to make before this season begins. The guys discuss Super Bowl picks (Bills and Chiefs), division winners (Browns and 49ers) and fun playoff bets (hello, Cardinals and Panthers). They also get into win total over/unders, find some places to go negativ…
 
The NFL season begins one week from today. That means there's really only one thing to do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast: make some bold predictions. Beller, Jake and Funston come in hot with five bold predictions apiece. Some are positive (Jalen Hurts is a top-five QB!), some are negative (Derrick Henry is NOT a top-five …
 
Nando, Brandon and Chris discuss last-minute risers and fallers now that the calendar has flipped to September. How will the Ravens utilize Gus Edwards and the rest of their running backs following J.K. Dobbins’ injury, Sony Michel’s opportunity in Los Angeles, their expectations for Marquez Callaway, and changes in New England with the Patriots de…
 
On this brisk-paced edition, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston react to the Cam Newton cut news. They dissect the revised fantasy values of Mac Jones, Jakobi Meyers, Jonnu Smith, Damien Harris, James White and Rhamondre Stevenson. From there, they speed through the Fantasy Five detailing players who could storm out of the regular season gates, includi…
 
The biggest piece of news emanating from Week 3 of the preseason is also the worst. J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL and will miss the 2021 NFL season. That makes three exciting young backs we won't see this year, with Dobbins joining Cam Akers and Travis Etienne. Beller, Jake and Funston have the icky, yet necessary, fantasy takeaways for you on this epi…
 
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