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Al & DVR discuss another key fantasy contributor heading to the IL, encouraging news on Zac Gallen, a setback for George Springer, two streaming options for Friday, and a few options to consider as waiver-wire pickups as the weekend approaches. Rundown 0:48 Ketel Marte Placed on IL 2:00 E-Rod’s Strong 2021 Debut 3:05 Encouraging News on Zac Gallen'…
 
Grabbing potential breakouts off of the waiver wire is extremely important in fantasy baseball. Michael Simione and Doug Ishikawa talk about some starting pitchers who you might what to stream and hold on to. Or if you happen to have them on your team already, it could be time to celebrate! **Please rate and review our podcast and don't forget to c…
 
Welcome to the new-look Thursday edition of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. This season, we'll be bringing on our The Athletic beat writers as part of our Thursday episode to give us an on-the-ground look at some of the biggest stories in the fantasy game. After that, Beller and DVR will cover the rest of what's now in fantasy baseball. This…
 
Al and Beller dive into the litany of injuries across the league, including updates on George Springer and Mike Soroka, and new maladies for Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger. They also take a look at Oakland's bullpen, consider pitchers to stream on Thursday, and take a look at some risers and fallers in the stock watch. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelc…
 
Britt and DVR discuss the Fernando Tatís Jr. injury, two small early-season trades, an extension for Ross Atkins in Toronto, James Paxton's early exit, a sluggish start for the A's, and a few first-week surprises including Akil Baddoo and Mark Melancon's emergence as the Padres' closer. Rundown 2:37 A Tatís Injury Update 9:58 Rougned Odor Goes to t…
 
Al and DVR discuss the prognosis for Fernando Tatís Jr, concern about the health of Trevor Rosenthal, and a pair of early-season trades before looking at deep-league streamers for Wednesday, and sharing their expectations for MacKenzie Gore and Luis Patiño in redraft leagues. Rundown 0:44 Fernando Tatís Jr. Injury Update 3:16 Trevor Rosenthal Visit…
 
Ian & DVR give Nando a victor lap on Yermín Mercedes and audibly laugh out loud as his next pick (Stephen Gonsalves) to find a meaningful big-league role, before discussing Jared Walsh's continuation of a 2020 breakout, and the possibility of a stronger Billy Hamilton. Rundown 5:29 Stephen Gonsalves: “The Next Big Thing” 11:54 Avoiding Matchups Aga…
 
Al and DVR discuss Fernando Tatís Jr.'s early exit from Monday's game due to an apparent arm injury, a few surprising pitching performances to begin the week, and the value of max exit velocity in the early days of the season. Topics 0:44 Fernando Tatís Jr. Leaves Early with an Apparent Arm Injury 2:46 Potential Tatís Replacements 4:01 Austin Hays …
 
Britt & DVR discuss an exciting Opening Weekend of baseball including the theatrics of Shohei Ohtani in his 2021 season debut, the emergence of Yermín Mercedes, flaring tempers between the Cardinals and Reds, and more. Rundown 1:07 Shohei Ohtani is Amazing 5:17 Yermín Mercedes Goes 8-for-8 to Open 2021 10:07 Benches Clear in Cincinnati; Is It a Bra…
 
Al and Beller start the first full week of the season on Fantasy Baseball in 15. The guys discuss injuries for Tim Anderson and Ke'Bryan Hayes, hot starts for Yermín Mercedes and Julian Merryweather, further delays for the Nations, the week ahead, and more. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Learn more about your…
 
DVR and Beller dig into the best available waiver-wire options as the first weekend of the fantasy baseball season rolls along. How should you prioritize the top prospects that found their way onto Opening Day rosters? Is Nando right about Yermín Mercedes? Are there are any useful streamers or two-start pitchers to pick up? What should you do with …
 
Eno and DVR discuss a busy Opening Day and dig through the box scores while attempting to sift through the noise to find meaningful indicators as the 2021 season gets underway. How concerned should we be with batting orders, early velocity readings, and reliever usage from the jump? Rundown 6:15 Gregory Soto’s Bumpy Save 10:29 Does Lineup Position …
 
Al and DVR discuss a busy Opening Day filled with late-game heroics injuries, and unexpected role changes before taking an early look at weekend waiver-wire targets. Rundown 0:53 Nats-Mets Opening Day Postponement 1:59 Josh Donaldson, Nick Senzel & Hunter Dozier Leave Early 3:30 Sixto Sánchez Experiencing Shoulder Discomfort 5:02 The Closer Carouse…
 
It's Opening Day! What better way to celebrate than with some bold predictions? Beller and DVR offer up their bold predictions for the 2021 season, with big takes on Victor Robles (obviously), Ketel Marte, Yoán Moncada, Tyler Glasnow, Ian Anderson, Joey Gallo, Randy Arozarena, and more! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @Der…
 
It's Opening Day, and Fantasy Baseball in 15 is pumped! Al and Beller discuss the injuries to George Springer and Adalberto Mondesi, and the players who could step up while they're on the IL. They also get into Hector Neris being named the Phillies closer, and players who already have rising or falling fantasy value, including Logan Webb, Andrew Va…
 
Eno, Britt and DVR make their predictions for the 2021 season including division winners, playoff matchups, World Series Champions -- plus, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP selections -- and the teams they're most excited to watch this season. Rundown 1:22 NL West Predictions 8:02 AL West Predictions 17:32 NL Central Predictions 27:23 AL Centra…
 
Al & DVR discuss their plans for George Springer to begin the season, Franchy Cordero’s role in Boston, Tanner Houck’s early opportunity to step in for E-Rod, Jarren Duran’s path to 2021 playing time, and mid-week pickup targets to consider. Rundown 0:44 Dustin May Gets the Dodgers’ Fifth Starter Job 1:18 George Springer Update 2:40 Sit Walker Bueh…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR submit their considerations for the 2021 Under the Radar team. Rundown 4:29 Stashing Tanner Houck? 7:27 Nando's Under the Radar Team Selections 27:54 DVR’s UTR Selections 44:37 Ian’s UTR Selections 55:45 DVR Stops Throwing Putters (and Explains Cristian Pache) Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4…
 
The 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles shook up what's typically a ho-hum week on the NFL's offseason calendar, swinging a three-team trade that landed the 49ers in the third spot in the NFL Draft, the Dolphins at six, and the Eagles at 12. Beller, Jake and Funston get into the fantasy implications on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. …
 
With Opening Day now in sight, Al and Beller discuss rotation news out of Miami, Los Angeles and Detroit. They also consider the potential for Yoshi Tsutsugo to stick atop the Rays lineup for the balance of the season, Plus, the debut of betting Tuesdays! Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Please fill out our lis…
 
Eno & DVR discuss the fallout from the final round of roster cuts -- including Jazz Chisholm, Taylor Trammell, Alejandro Kirk and Logan Allen earning roster spots -- plus the balancing immediate needs against long-term value, drawing a draft-day road map, co-closers, and more. Rundown 5:26 Jazz Chisholm Wins a Job! 12:43 Taylor Trammell’s Opportuni…
 
Al and DVR discuss a flurry of late-spring roster decisions, closer roles that remain in flux, and a few wrinkles from the shortened schedule for the first week of the 2021 fantasy baseball season. Rundown 1:30 Catching Up on Late Spring News 6:34 Closer Situations in Flux in Arizona & Boston 8:13 Examining Matchups for Opening Week 11:54 Looking a…
 
This is the final Sunday before Opening Day, so you know what that means: It's time for the return of the weekly FAB and Waivers Show on The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. DVR and Beller are here to walk you through the first FAB period of the season. Which available starting pitchers have appealing two-start weeks? Which potential closers are …
 
Eno, Britt & DVR discuss a difficult week of spring training injuries, including Eloy Jiménez, Zac Gallen, Kirby Yates, and Nick Anderson, the new deal for Lance McCullers Jr. in Houston, some of the biggest misses, and more. Rundown 4:17 The White Sox Lose Eloy Jiménez For 5-6 Months 13:13 Zac Gallen’s Unusual Stress Fracture; Our Plea for Univers…
 
Eloy Jiménez will miss at least five months after suffering a ruptured pectoral muscle during a spring training game. Al & DVR discuss the White Sox's current options to take his place, before discussing a few of their draft season targets. Rundown 0:58 Eloy Jiménez Injury Update 2:38 Replacement Options to Consider 5:49 Al’s Guys: Josh Lindblom 8:…
 
Jake Ciely joins DVR and Beller on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast, turning the My Guys column into a show. The trio highlights the players they like comfortably better than the consensus. Players discussed include Victor Robles, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Julio Urías, Charlie Morton, Alex Bregman, Starling Mate and more. Follo…
 
Finding values in drafts is extremely important, as well as pointing out players who seem to be overvalued. We bring on all of the SP Streamer writers to do! Michael Simione brings in a guest host in Rob DiPietro to discuss players with Peyton Skinner, Ryan Levis, Art Tornabene, Victor Akintola, Josh St. Marie, and Todd Whitestone.…
 
It appears Fernando Tatís Jr. has avoided serious injury, but Zac Gallen might not be so lucky. Al and Beller discuss how to treat the two of them in remaining drafts. They also discuss the MLB cracking down on the use of foreign substances on the mound, and the pitchers who could be most affected by the change. Plus, a look at Daulton Jefferies an…
 
Eno and DVR discuss MLB's latest plan to crack down on the use of foreign substances on the ball, Rundown 2:11 MLB’s Attempt to Crack Down on Foreign Substances 11:21 Fantasy Adjustments; Great Straight Changeups 21:13 Spring Velocity Risers 30:24 Pitching Management 36:28 Interest in Rich Hill? 45:20 Garrett Crochet as a Future Starter? 48:47 Non-…
 
Al and DVR discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.'s early exit from Tuesday's Cactus League game, George Springer's oblique injury, the Twins' decision to option Alex Kirilloff, and new potential closers taking over the ninth-inning role in Toronto and Cleveland. Rundown 0:55 Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Early Exit Tuesday 1:28 George Springer’s Oblique Injury 2:25 Al…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss Nando's growing love for Ronald Guzmán, the benefits of utilizing 2020 Postseason stats, and their takeaways from the weekend's Tout Wars festivities. Rundown 2:48 Ronald Guzmán’s Push Back Into the Lineup 8:26 Adding 2020 Postseason to 2020 Stats 17:49 A Fun Tout WARS Weekend 21:04 OBP vs. AVG as a Category 27:03 Auction…
 
The free agent fun didn't end when the new league year began. After a slow day or two, action picked back up on Thursday afternoon, with the likes of Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller and Kenyan Drake finding new homes, while Chris Carson and Juju Smith-Schuster ended up staying put. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athle…
 
Zac Gallen, Kirby Yates and José LeClerc are all dealing with injuries that could cost them meaningful time in the regular season. On this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15, Al and Beller discuss the downstream effects of all three of those injuries. Plus, the guys get into Jo Adell and Mike Trout, giving Beller one last opportunity to beat the dru…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the importance of bench construction in the late stages of drafts, messy closer situation as a result of injuries, potential changes to the Ohtani Rules, Zac Gallen's forearm injury, and some of the next players up as injuries thin out lineups between now and Opening Day. Rundown 2:09 The Importance of Bench Construction 9:59 Me…
 
We're now into the last full week of spring training, and the position battles that we've been watching over the last month are coming to an end. Beller and Al check in on a number of those in this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15, including those in the Cubs' rotation, Indians' and Orioles' outfields, and Reds' bullpen. Follow Beller on Twitter: …
 
Eno and DVR discuss the challenges of projecting MLB arrivals in the wake of a lost minor league season in 2020 before digging deep for some potential surprises additions to the 2021 player pool. Rundown 2:55 Impact Rookies: Retroactively Fitting 2020 Minor League Seasons 10:12 What If CJ Abrams Had a Clearer Path? 15:49 Prospects of the Month 22:4…
 
It's MLB win total over/under season, and we at The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast are celebrating by devoting an entire episode to our favorite overs and unders of the year. Senior editor for sports gambling Andrew DeWitt joins Beller and DVR for this episode. The guys have strong takes on, to name a few, the Braves, Nationals, Blue Jays, Yanke…
 
Al and DVR discuss a few recently announced Opening Day assignments, the rising stock of Marlins starter Trevor Rogers, their level of trust in Dominic Smith's 2020 skills growth, and another injury setback for Carlos Carrasco. Rundown 0:55 E-Rod Named the Red Sox's Opening Day Starter 3:12 More Strikeouts Coming For Sandy Alcantara? 4:55 Buying In…
 
The new year has officially begun, and thankfully the league didn't use up all of its free agency juice during the legal tampering period. Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston get you caught up on everything that's happened in the new league year, putting a fantasy spin on the latest free agent signings. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon o…
 
We've reached the point of spring where we can play everyone's favorite game: Does this matter? From Bobby Witt Jr.'s chances of making the Royals, to Bobby Dalbec's power, to Sam Hilliard's speed, Al and Beller discuss what matters and what doesn't among some of what we've seen this spring. Plus, the guys use Beller's Tout Wars roster to discuss J…
 
Eno and DVR looks at March ADP risers -- including Tejay Antone, Myles Straw and Bobby Witt Jr. -- and try to make sense of Cristian Pache's steals projection, the importance of lineup position in relation to stolen-base opportunities, 2021 bounce-back targets, and more. Rundown 3:14 March ADP Risers 8:46 A Promise DVR Can't Keep 11:47 Making Sense…
 
Velocity was all over the place in the 2020 season. The big question is whose velocity shift is real or fake? Michael Simione and Doug Ishikawa bring on Sam Chinitz to talk all things velocity, his TGFBI draft, and of course, we ask him some fun questions. Make sure to check us out on Twitter at @SPStreamer as well as our website SPStreamer.com.…
 
Al and DVR discuss the Reds’ scramble to find an infield defensive alignment that works, Jarred Kelenic’s push back from a spring knee injury, and how to handle situations when projection systems diverge about a player’s value. Rundown 1:03 Eugenio Suárez, At Shortstop? 3:15 Opportunity for Jonathan India at Second Base? 5:01 Nate Pearson's Groin I…
 
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