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DVR and Al assess the waiver options for the coming weekend, starting with Braves prospect Vaughn Grissom. They also consider where fantasy managers should target Aledmys Díaz, Nick Gordon, Lars Nootbar and several other hitters. DVR and Al differ on the degree to which they will make adding Lance McCullers Jr. a priority, and they also discuss JP …
 
We all have players who confound us every year. Players we just can't figure out. Beller, Jake and Funston dig into six such players who fit that mold on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fan…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several second-half standouts that they are optimistic about beyond 2022, factors to consider when looking for deep pitching stashes late in the season, the possibility of two massive contracts for Juan Soto given his age, and whether it's time to shift more leagues to a combined 'Saves + Holds' stat to remedy closer inflation. …
 
DVR and Al spend this episode highlighting players who have performed in ways that are inconsistent with their track records in the second half so far. From Corey Seager's reduction in strikeouts to Ryan McMahon's stolen base binge to Reid Detmers' overall improvement, they look at players who are contributing in unexpected ways. They also discuss …
 
Ian and DVR discuss their approach to the final-third of the season, including players to pursue in long-term leagues on the waiver wire. Plus, the recent struggles of Josh Hader, playing for the future in trade, long term expectations for Alec Bohm, Nolan Jones and Luis García, Ian's lack of faith in Luis Robert, Austin Riley's rise in the third-b…
 
Alec Pierce the highest-scoring rookie receiver? Trey Lance a top-seven fantasy quarterback? That's right, we've got hot takes. Here they are in The Hot Take Episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fant…
 
DVR and Al follow up on some of the prospects dealt before last week's trade deadline, including C.J. Abrams, MacKenzie Gore, Robert Hassell III, Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Logan O'Hoppe. They also discuss some recently promoted prospects, such as Michael Massey and Peyton Burdick, and consider the possibility of Ryan Pepiot and Shea Langelie…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the value provided (or lack thereof) from the top-end closers in the pool so far this season, and whether that might lead to a less aggressive draft market toward the saves category in 2023. Plus, they consider what would go into a calculation that better quantifies risk, expectations for a few pitchers making late-season return…
 
DVR and Al sort through a potentially busy week of FAB bidding, as they look into recent callups, like Miguel Vargas, Michael Massey and Tommy Henry, as well as players such as Jose Siri, Donovan Solano and Tucker Davidson, who stand to gain more prominent roles in the aftermath of the trade deadline. They also look at several intriguing closer sit…
 
Eno and DVR discuss Trade Deadline takeaways, the frustration when teams try to 'thread the needle' in the wake of the Brewers' recent moves, the seemingly light activity of the Mets, a fascinating Brandon Marsh-Logan O'Hoppe trade, the absence of Ronald Acuña Jr.'s power (so far) this season coming off of a torn ACL, Walker Buehler's pre-injury st…
 
DVR and Al comb through several major league rosters, identifying which players stand to gain the most fantasy value by filling vacancies left by players dealt at the trade deadline. Among several situations, they look at how the Reds could fill the multiple holes left in their lineup and rotation, as well as the Angels' new-look rotation and the C…
 
Ah yes, the dreaded RB Dead Zone. Much discussed, explored at a fantasy manager's peril. Or so the conventional wisdom would have you believe. Beller and Jake wade into the RB Dead Zone on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFu…
 
Ian and DVR are joined by Patrick Davitt of Baseball HQ -- the voice of HQ Radio -- to discuss a very busy MLB Trade Deadline including the fallout from the blockbusters made by the Padres, the clear opportunity for a few young pitchers making the move to Oakland, a clear sense of direction from the Reds as they put a future core together, and the …
 
It's a prospects edition of the podcast, but with a trade deadline twist. DVR and Al discuss a number of the prospects on the move as a result of deals occurring just before the trade deadline, including Noelvi Marte, Esteury Ruiz, Emmanuel Valdez, Ken Waldichuk and Hayden Wesneski. They also talk about the Juan Soto deal in real time, just as deta…
 
In both of the last two seasons, the essential receiver—Stefon Diggs in 2020 and Cooper Kupp in 2021—had a mid-round ADP. Beller and Jake discuss a handful of guys from that group on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston …
 
Eno and DVR discuss the blockbuster trade that sent Luis Castillo to Seattle, big surprises in the latest update to Eno's Starting Pitcher Rankings, a breaking news(!) trade that sent Josh Hader to San Diego, and much more. Rundown -- Getting Luis Castillo Out of Great American Ballpark -- Cincinnati's Future Focus -- David Peralta to the Rays -- E…
 
DVR and Al look into players who could benefit from player movement at the trade deadline and discuss whether fantasy managers should speculate on Corbin Carroll and Shea Langeliers, even with the uncertainty around their potential promotions. They also look at the recent improvements made by Jeimer Candelario and Bryson Stott and consider the fant…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston hit on quarterback, running back and wide receiver in this round of debates, helping you focus on what matters and filter out what doesn't on draft day. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple:…
 
Eno and DVR comb through several rosters ahead of the Trade Deadline in search of current backups and upper level minor leaguers with paths to more playing time in the near future. Plus, they consider the implications of Mike Trout's injury on the Angels in the future, and the importance of the A's hitting on the likely trades of Frankie Montas, Se…
 
The trade deadline is upon us, and what's more fun than speculation on moves that might be made? Speculating on that speculation! Let Al and Beller explain on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube ch…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston get back to In, Out, or No Doubt! on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss real-life RB2s, kicking around the fantasy football merits of Tony Pollard, A.J. Dillon, Rhamondre Stevenson, and the like. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitt…
 
Ian and DVR take a quick trip back to 2018 and consider how quickly pitchers can fade. Will Blake Snell ever recapture his Cy Young level form? Are there any older pitchers that could have a surprising late-career renaissance. Is there a brief window to stash Germán Márquez now in case he's among the group of pitchers traded at the deadline. Plus, …
 
DVR and Al consider the fantasy relevance of JJ Bleday, Nick Pratto and Ethan Small, all of whom recently got the call to the majors. They also discuss whether Edward Cabrera and Triston Casas should be on the radar of redraft league managers once they return from their respective injuries, and they wrap up with an overview of some Triple-A standou…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the early applications of Statcast Bat Tracking data, as well as what they hope to learn as the dataset grows in the future before examining several struggling starting pitchers, and a few Pitching Model v. Results disagreements. Rundown -- Statcast Bat Tracking -- Max Swing Speed & Max EV for Power, Barrel Precision for Hit Too…
 
Beller and DVR discuss a few intriguing waiver-wire considerations for the weekend and including the once-again healthy Evan Longoria, who continues to post a career-high barrel rate, glimmers of hope for Joey Bart, Trayce Thompson's intriguing underlying numbers, a chance for Josh Lowe to play more in Tampa Bay, Nick Pratto's promotion to the Roya…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several hitters with the potential to rebound in the second half -- with the emphasis on players whose value has fallen since the start of the season -- the potential impact of the "Pie Slice" Rule on current big leaguers, and the Marlins' offensive slide with Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jon Berti on the IL. Rundown -- DVR Makes Anoth…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several pitchers facing potential workload limitations in the second half -- including a large group of rookie pitchers, and a few veterans who have lost time in recent years due to significant injuries. Plus, they attempt to find a few solutions via trade and waivers to help remedy an expected shortcoming of innings during the …
 
Relievers are always hot commodities at the trade deadline. Who will be on the move this season? And, more importantly in the fantasy world, who will scoop up the saves those traded players leave behind? Greg Jewett joins Al and Beller to break it down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Follow Greg on Twitter: @gjewett9 Follo…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston are back on the TAFFP debate stage, throwing down over the following decisions fantasy managers may be faced with on draft day... James Conner vs. Leonard Fournette Gabriel Davis vs. Courtland Sutton DK Metcalf vs. Brandin Cooks Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: …
 
Ian and DVR are joined by Ariel Cohen (the real Ariel, not Ian playing the role of Ariel) to discuss when first-year player draft players should become available in keeper/dynasty leagues, why multi-year leagues always have an expiration date, the parallels between Juan Soto being available to MLB teams via trade and the rare instances of young sta…
 
It's time for another round of In, Out, or No Doubt! on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. This time around, Beller, Jake and Funston discuss some of last year's bums and whether they believe a rebound season is in the cards. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscrib…
 
DVR and Al review Max Meyer's debut for the Marlins and find some positives in a mixed outing. They also consider the short- and long-term fantasy appeal of Freddy Tarnok and Taj Bradley, given their recent promotions to Triple-A. DVR and Al also discuss some standouts from the recent Futures Game, including Masyn Winn, Jasson Dominguez, Bobby Mill…
 
DVR and Al have some mixed feelings about how aggressively to pursue Esteury Ruiz in FAB bidding, and they also consider their level of interest in Matt Carpenter, Jose Miranda and Akil Baddoo. Max Meyer headlines this week's pitching options, but DVR and Al also discuss the fantasy appeal of Marcus Stroman, Luis Patiño and Max Castillo. They also …
 
The looming All-Star Break provides a nice opportunity to look back at the first half of the season. Al and Beller do just that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast by building their fantasy All-Star Teams. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to o…
 
Rarely in a fantasy football draft is there an obvious right or an obvious wrong. Picking the correct direction, then, could make all the difference in your season. Beller, Jake and Funston engage in a little debate club action on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, taking opposite sides of decisions that many fantasy managers co…
 
Eno and DVR discuss why Esteury Ruiz might have a difficult time becoming Jon Berti 2.0 despite blazing speed and a growing path to playing time with the Padres, before examining several young hitters whose underlying skills point to future success, and why the stabilization point of a hitter's barrel rate still messes with our minds. Rundown -- It…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss another intriguing prospect on the rise in San Diego, whether it's time to target Spencer Torkelson, their interest in Nolan Jones, Leody Taveras and Josh Smith, the triumphant return of Reid Detmers to the Angels' rotation, the difficulty of chasing volume with two-start pitchers throughout the second half of the season,…
 
It's Tuesday, which means it's In, Out or No Doubt! Day on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. On this episode, Beller, Jake and Funston consider old faces in new places, including Russell Wilson, Amari Cooper and Juju Smith-Schuster. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston …
 
DVR and Al consider the takeaways from Brayan Bello's and Nolan Jones' major league debuts, and they check in on a few prospects who are trending in fantasy leagues, including Shea Langeliers and Jackson Chourio. They also take a look at a few of the first-half standouts who will be playing in the Futures Game, such as Zac Veen and Hunter Brown. Fo…
 
Eno and DVR discuss a few different midseason problems and try to determine which is the easiest to solve in the second half, plus they examine several young pitchers that might be worth acquiring via trade or pickup for the long-term future before attempting to make sense of Byron Buxton's unusual 2022 season (so far). Rundown -- Midseason Roster …
 
DVR and Al discuss whether Nathaniel Lowe's rising roster rate needs to climb even higher, and they consider where Guardians outfield prospect Nolan Jones should be added, now that he has been called up for his major league debut. Nick Lodolo, Brayan Bello and Reid Detmers are among the starting pitchers discussed, and DVR and Al look for saves tar…
 
Eno and DVR discuss Luis Castillo's case for 'ace' status and the possibility that he's the best pitcher moved at the August trade deadline before examining other Stuff+ risers from June to July, and a few big movers on the pitching front from the first half of the season. Rundown -- It Starts (Intro Music) -- Luis Castillo's Recent Changes -- Cast…
 
It's a Beat Writer Day on The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Levi Weaver (Rangers), Zach Buchanan (Diamondbacks) and Zack Meisel (Guardians) join Beller and Al to break down their teams from a fantasy perspective. Follow Levi (Rangers) on Twitter: @ThreeTwoEephus Follow Zach (Diamondbacks) on Twitter: @ZHBuchanan Follow Zack (Guardians) on Twit…
 
Fun facts are more than just fun. They can also help us get to the bottom of what a player's fantasy value should be. That's exactly what Beller, Funston and Jake do with five mystery (not for long) players on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston o…
 
Ian and DVR discuss potential sources of stolen bases currently waiting for an opportunity in the upper levels of the minors, Nomar Mazara’s encouraging turnaround with the Padres, Jose Trevino’s case to remain the Yankees’ primary catcher (and path to steady fantasy value in the second half), Amed Rosario’s quietly solid campaign, the long-term di…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the increasing likelihood of Julio Rodríguez becoming 2023 first-round pick, other movers into the early rounds, recent barrel rate surgers -- including Ryan Mountcastle and Dylan Carlson -- the unique challenge of trading for currently injured players, and a handful of mailbag questions. Rundown -- Maybe the Pitch Clock Will Re…
 
Welcome to the first installment of In, Out, or No Doubt!, where we get player-agnostic and price-obsessed. If you're "In," you want the player at ADP. If you're "Out," you don't. If you're "No Doubt!," you not only want him, but will be willing to reach for him. On this episode, Beller, Jake and Funston discuss this season's potential new stars, i…
 
DVR and Al consider where to roster some of the latest prospect callups, including Brayan Bello, Darick Hall, David Villar and Garrett Hill. They also ponder whether to drop Josh Lowe and Vidal Bruján and if they should speculate on Miguel Vargas and Esteury Ruiz. This week's level roundup focuses on Double-A, and Jordan Walker and Eury Pérez are a…
 
Vinnie Pasquantino has finally arrived for the Royals, and DVR and Al discuss how much fantasy managers should be prepared to bid to add him this weekend. They also talk about other hitters to add, including Isaac Paredes, Darick Hall and Andrew McCutchen, and pitchers worth picking up, with Mitch White and Dean Kremer among them. DVR and Al also c…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several struggling players who may open up opportunities for significant role changes during the second half of the season. Plus, the latest installment of Prospect of the Week & Beer of the Month! Rundown -- Opportunities in the Cards' Rotation? -- Brad Keller as a Reliever Would Be Interesting -- Concerns About Cal Quantrill, …
 
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