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Pull Hitter aims to provide all levels of fantasy players with insight and advice. Content will range from high stake leagues on NFBC to dynasty leagues, keeper leagues, auction redraft/keeper leagues, best ball and point formats. Pull Hitter aims to be a way of life and a way of playing fantasy sports by identifying what you do well and excelling at it. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rob-d5/support
 
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The First Week Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Glenn Colton Intro Biggest regret of the draft season Strategy Section How long into the season should you still use pre-season projections? Trading early in the season Fernando Tatis Jr. Injury Update What discount would you be willing to…
 
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…
 
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…
 
I am joined by Todd Whitestone (@telestar7, writer at spstreamer.com) as we go over the FAAB run on 4/4/21 for the 43 NFBC Main Event leagues. most picked up players max bids, average winning bids, average backup bids highest priced pick-ups most dropped players, and notable drops player analysis for the adds/drops Main Event Overall leaders/standi…
 
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 …
 
The Bold Predictions Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Scott Pianowski Strategy Section 2021 Draft Trends Starters pushed up Reliever pricing Prospects Adalberto Mondesi Injury Update The case for drafting him The case against drafting him Discussion of Risk and Risk-Adjusted Pricing Com…
 
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…
 
Alrighty men and women, opening day is here!! This pod breaks down whats in store for the season on the pod as well as a recap of the main Event and TGFBI FAAB from 3/28. -i go through my player shares for the season as well! ENJOY Follow on Twitter @pullhitterpod @deadpullhitter Email : pullhitterpodcast@gmail.com Encouraging feedback and comments…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
The Pre-Season Recap Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. The focus of this podcast is on fantasy baseball strategy. Today, we look back at the topics and highlights of our pre-season coverage. We give a preview of what you can look forward to on the show in the coming months. Follow us on Twitter…
 
on this episode i chat with Rob Silver (@RobSilver) of the Launch Angle Podcast and the 2016 Main Event overall winner. We discuss: handling your nerves in the Main Event draft room ways to improve your game as a fantasy baseball player the "information age" and how to use new metrics and information in player evaluations Projections- how to use th…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss a few players that the projections disagree about, how they prefer to mix and match players across multiple rosters, 2021 pitcher management, expectations for Joc Pederson in Chicago, and more. Rundown 2:35 Disassembling the Cushbot to Understand Christian Walker 8:40 Players that Projection Systems Disagree About 16:39 A…
 
The Spring Training Injury Update Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Spring Training Injury Updates Batters Alex Bregman Xander Bogaerts J.T. Realmuto Trent Grisham Rhys Hoskins Nick Madrigal Brandon Belt Ji-Man Choi Adam Haseley Lorenzo Cain Kole Calhoun Evan Longoria Miguel Andujar Brendan Rod…
 
The Mock Draft Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Ray Murphy Strategy Section Snake Draft General Strategy & Method Strategy differences between shallow & deeper formats Early observations of 2021 drafts RotoBaller Mock Draft Setting the statge – Rules & Format Live Draft !!! Draft Board:…
 
DVR is joined by Clay Link, Senior MLB Editor at RotoWire to discuss his expectations for Vlad Jr., faith in productive 2021 debuts from Wander Franco and Jarred Kelenic, balancing skills vs. job security with closers, pitching targets outside the Top 200, and more. Rundown 2:11 Vlad Jr. Expectations in Year 3 9:16 Wander Franco & Jarred Kelenic Ar…
 
Phil Dussault (@PhilDussault27) & Toby (@batflipcrazy) join the pod to talk about the NFBC Main Event. Phil and Toby have had an impressive recent run of success in the format and discuss ways they hope to remain successful. We cover: how to remain successful by identifying weaknesses and refining your process how to utilize your strengths and weak…
 
Nando, Ian & DVR discuss several under the radar players this draft season -- including Amed Rosario, Amir Garrett, Archie Bradley, Nomar Mazara, and Tigers Rule 5 pick Akil Baddoo -- before diving into Ian's strategy in AL LABR. Rundown 2:34 Interest in Amed Rosario as a Late Target? 10:00 Amir Garrett vs. Archie Bradley 14:38 Jake Bauers? Nope. 1…
 
The latest episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Anthony Bass, Relief Pitcher on the Miami Marlins Interview The 2020 season experience The current offseason Differences in pitching philosophies between ball clubs Pitching in Japan Learning the split finger from teammate Shohei Ohtani Prepar…
 
The Relief Pitcher Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Alex Fast LABR Recap Reactions to the LABR Mixed Auction League Draft Strategy Section Closers How should we draft closers in 2021? What closer tiers are the best return on investments? Is it better to pick a named closer on a bad team…
 
Rudy Gamble (@rudygamble), co founder of Razzball.com joins the show to talk about: -the Player Rater -projections and how to use them -how to establish injury risk into a projection -how can we get better at projecting going forward -roster construction -TGFBI/LABR -and much more! Follow on Twitter @pullhitterpod @deadpullhitter Email : pullhitter…
 
Ottoneu creator Niv Shah joins DVR and Beller on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast, and given the style of play in Ottoneu leagues, it's no surprise that the guys are focused on youngsters. Specifically, they discuss the young hitters and pitchers they're targeting in keeper and dynasty leagues. In addition to talking about play…
 
I sit down to talk everything NFBC with 2 extremely successful players in Mark Srebro- who is an NFBC Hall of Famer, and Matt Modica, who is on the path to similar status. We go over : why NFBC? how to gain and edge on your competitors and remain at the top of the leaderboards, stay successful, as well as profit identifying weaknesses in your game …
 
On this episode of the pod i sat down to chat fantasy baseball with two very successful NFBC players in John Pausma (2018 Main Event Overall Winner) and Douglas Gruber, newly crowned football online championship overall winner. how to valuate players? how to evaluate players? Metrics- how much is enough? what really moves the statistical needle, an…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR dig into a few sleepers from The Athletic's team beat writers and discuss the chaos of juggling multiple drafts simultaneously as draft season heats up, their search for saves in Atlanta, and a candidate to fill the shoes of Jedd Gyorko in Nando's heart. Rundown 1:55 Drafts Are in Full Swing 8:58 Making Nando’s Tout Wars Decision…
 
The Injury Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Stephania Bell of ESPN Tommy John Surgery Timelines ** New TJS Procedure: Internal Brace Updates on returning TJS pitchers Noah Syndergaard Chris Sale Luis Severino Updates on players with prior TJS Jordan Hicks Michael Kopech How to manage pi…
 
This may be just one person's point of view (the person writing this show description), but this is going to be one of the most fun-filled years to draft pitchers in a long time. From pocket aces, to the increasing price of pitching, to the likelihood that at least 30 starters will be off the board within the first 100 picks of most drafts, the pos…
 
The Pull Hitter Rob DiPietro chats with a data monster- Paul Mammino (@pmamminofantasy) of Rotofanatic.com. We talk about playing in the NFBC first Main Event in 2021 Paul talks about his path in developing metrics to better help evaluate hitters and pitchers on a more granular level. how whiff rates and chase rates for batters only tell a small pi…
 
The Catcher & Utility-Only Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Ryan Bloomfield Strategy Section Catchers How to account for Positional Scarcity with Catchers Differences between 1-Catcher Leagues and 2-Catcher Leagues Streaming Catchers Is J.T. Realmuto worth his current draft price? Utili…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the opportunities for several young players in Seattle, potential rebounds from Yoán Moncada and Ketel Marte, Ian's new approach for dynasty rankings, and more! Rundown 2:14 Baseball Pods Bracket 7:24 Opportunities for Young Players in Seattle 17:15 Interested in Discounted Yoán Moncada? 27:29 Banking on a Rebound From Ke…
 
The NFBC & Outfielder Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Matt Modica Strategy Section NFBC Differences between NFBC (High stakes) vs. Home Leagues Standalone Leagues vs. Leagues with an Overall Prize NFBC Specific Rules Limited Bench No Injured List No Trading Semi-Weekly Lineups for Hitt…
 
The Auction Strategy Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Derek VanRiper Strategy Section Auction Strategy How Snake Drafts & Auctions differ in preparation. Constructing Auction Values Should you strictly hold to values? What to use as a Hitter/Pitcher % split? Generating Market Values Nom…
 
USA Today's Steve Gardner joins Derek VanRiper and Michael Beller on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast to break down the Mixed LABR draft, which took place on February 16. The guys look at the draft through the lens of Steve's team. which he selected from the 12 spot in a 15-team league. The guys get into why it makes sense to b…
 
On this special episode of the podcast i had a chance to talk to Ron Shandler (@RonShandler), Ray Murphy (@RayHQ) and Brent Hershey (@BrentHQ) about: the birth of baseballhq.com Baseball Forecaster the creation of Ron Shandler's BABS origin of Tout Wars auction strategy how to read the room in drafts past, present and future of Roto Fantasy basebal…
 
Nando and DVR are joined by Mike 'The Mouth' Massotto to discuss draft-and-hold leagues, trusting Randy Arozarena and Framber Valdez, Nando's "bike spoke players", and an opportunity to take his money in the 2021 NFBC Main Event. Rundown 4:30 As a High Stakes Player, Why Talk During Draft Season? 9:21 Why Go High Stakes in the Draft-and-Hold Format…
 
Rotowire's Jeff Erickson ( @Jeff_Erickson) & Scott Jenstad ( @ScottJenstad) join me to talk about: the birth of Rotowire how to handle starting pitching innings pitched projections and the push of starting pitching to the forefront of drafts how to transition from 12 team to 15 team leagues NFBC Strategy: Main Event, Draft Champions, Online Champio…
 
NFBC veteran Curtis Jones joins me on the show to discuss the NFBC Bestball Cutline format. This format is a 10 team, 42 man roster, optimal scoring format that has 2 FAAB periods, and a 9 week playoff format to crown the overall champion. We go over: overview of the Cutline format batter/hitter splits draft tendencies player profiles to target and…
 
The Starting Pitcher Episode (Part II) of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Nick Pollack Strategy Section Simple analytics vs. advanced analytics. Offseason information – what is noise, what is real? Blind spots of projections for pitchers. 2021 Season 6-man roations Starting pitcher inning limits …
 
Derek Carty of ESPN and RotoGrinders joins Derek VanRiper and Michael Beller on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. The guys dive into Derek's new projection system THE BAT X, and its differences from its predecessor, THE BAT. The guys then use those projections to discuss players such as Vlad Guerrero Jr., Justin Turner, Wander …
 
Clay Link and James Anderson from Rotowire join me to talk about: how to co-manage teams effectively transitioning from 12 team leagues to 15 team leagues scarce positions./categories Main Event Draft Champions ADP would you rathers 4 round mini draft for homers + steals only with players after 400 ADP Follow on Twitter @pullhitterpod @deadpullhitt…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the under the radar winners from the Elvis Andrus-Khris Davis deal, their interest in Forrest Whitley following two disappointing seasons, Keston Hiura's long-term value with the move to first base, their approach toward closers in 2021, and more. Rundown 2:48 The Catchers Win in A’s-Rangers Swap 8:31 Interest in Forrest …
 
Vlad Sedler (@RotoGut on Twitter) joins the show to talk about the various formats on the NFBC and how to approach them in terms of game theory, roster construction and player evaluation. how to be successful doing FAAB and become a FAAB "Whisperer" understanding how to transition from 12 team leagues to 15 team leagues Online Championship (OC) Mai…
 
The Middle Infield Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players. Guest: Rick Wolf Strategy Section Fantasy Baseball Partners Advantages & Disadvantages What makes a good partnership? How to divide up tasks & responsibilities. Overall Middle Infield Player Pool Remarks ATC Player Discussion Xander Bogaerts …
 
It all starts at the top, even for a couple of fantasy baseball industry veterans who are already immersed in draft prep. Derek VanRiper and Michael Beller focus their attention on the top of the draft on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. This season features the deepest pool of realistic 1.1 candidates in a long time. So, if y…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the Angels' rotation in search of pitching values, possible playing time routes for Jared Walsh and Franklin Barreto, trading tips from Ian, and projections for roles in the Colorado infield sans Nolan Arenado. Rundown 4:34 Assessing The Angels’ Rotation 10:13 Finding Time for Jared Walsh 13:48 Does Franklin Barreto Have …
 
Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB), co-owner of Friends With Fantasy Benefits, owner and creator of TGFBI, writer/podcaster for Fangraphs and FSWA award winner joins me in discussing: life in the fantasy baseball industry the 2021 FWFB draft guide we review 2 recently completed NFBC 15 team Draft Champions leagues, as well as an NFBC 12 team 50 league…
 
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