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From survivor, to pickem pools, to simply picking games against the spread, there's no shortage of ways to find action on any and every NFL game. But which ones should you highlight, and which side should you back? Chris Meaney and Michael Beller will help you make those decisions in Best on the Board. They'll go over their favorite picks for survivor and plays against the spread, providing reasoned analysis for every selection they make. They participate in these pools, too, so you can be s ...
 
The Athletic's Michael Beller and Emory Hunt bring stats and scouting together with a singular goal: winning fantasy football championships. Stats do a great job of telling us the what, but not always the why. Emory, founder of Football Gameplan and a former running back at the University of Louisiana, will provide us with the why and, more importantly, if we should believe in it. Get ready to step up your fantasy football game with the Advanced Route. For 40% off a subscription, subscribe t ...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
About The Show The Light Warrior Podcast explores spiritual and energetic practices of Qigong and Neigong, healing using Qi energy, as well as topics related to Taoism, shamanism, plant medicine, alternative health, bodywork techniques, Traditional Chinese Medicine, martial arts, psychedelics, the nature of consciousness and more. About the Host Paul Berezetsky is a qigong practitioner, musician, and co-founder of EnterTalk Radio, a media/marketing company focusing on technological and busin ...
 
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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'…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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: …
 
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…
 
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…
 
The start of the new league year is on the horizon, but that hasn't stopped nearly every team in the NFL from engaging in some good old fashioned legal tampering. The legal tampering period has delivered gems such as Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith to the Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick to D.C., Corey Davis to the Jets, and more. The Athletic Fantasy Footb…
 
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…
 
Austin Riley looks set to be the Braves' primary third baseman, while Maikel Franco is bound for Baltimore. Both provide late, cheap power at third base, but can either be more than just a power hitter? Al and Beller answer that question on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. The guys also discuss Jorge Alfaro's place in the catcher hierarchy, …
 
Al and DVR discuss the impact of recent injury news about Sonny Gray and Stephen Strasburg, the Astros’ search for a new leadoff hitter, Austin Nola’s finger injury and the catcher depth in San Diego, and lessons learned in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. Rundown 1:30 Adjusting Rankings for Sonny Gray & Stephen Strasburg Injuries? 5:19 Who…
 
We've reached the end of the team preview series on Fantasy Baseball in 15, putting a bow on it all with the Oakland A's. A's beat writer Alex Coffey joins Al and Beller to break it all down. Will the A's have a dedicated leadoff man? If so, who will it be? If not, who are the candidates? Can Jesús Luzardo take the next step this season? Is Trevor …
 
Al and DVR are joined by Yankees beat writer Lindsey Adler to discuss Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge's bid to stay healthy, a potential bounce back from Gleyber Torres, bullpen plans in front of Aroldis Chapman, and how Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt will be utilized in 2021. 1:18 Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and the Bid to Stay Healthy 2:35 …
 
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…
 
The Cardinals could have one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, but the rotation leaves quite a bit to be desired beyond Jack Flaherty. Al and Beller get into all that on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. Is Nolan Arenado now underrated by the fantasy community? Could Tommy Edman or Dylan Carlson take off this year? Where does Jack…
 
Al and DVR are joined by Tigers beat writer Cody Stavenhagen to discuss how the pieces fit in the Detroit outfield, where Isaac Paredes will play in 2021, Matthew Boyd's bounce back bid, candidates to close, and the plans for the young starting pitchers, and No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson. 1:26 Victor Reyes’ Role w/Nomar Mazara & Robbie Gross…
 
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 Padres broke out in 2020, then won the offseason by trading for Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, and signing Fernando Tatís Jr. to a 14-year deal. Now among the World Series favorites, the Padres are one of the most interesting teams in the league from a fantasy perspective, as well. Padres beat writer Dennis Lin joins Al and Beller on this episode …
 
Maria Torres joins Al and DVR to discuss the Nationals! Can Victor Robles return to his 2019 form? How will playing time shake out at second and third base? Is Stephen Strasburg completely healthy? Can we expect a rebound from Patrick Corbin? 1:32 Victor Robles’ Offseason Adjustments 3:15 The Nats’ Infield Logjam 4:41 Stephen Strasburg’s Progress F…
 
The Astros squeaked into the 2020 Postseason and nearly made a run to the World Series. Astros beat writer Jake Kaplan joins Al and DVR to discuss the recent finger injury for Framber Valdez, Jose Altuve's chances of a rebound, and how playing time in center field might shake out following the offseason departure of George Springer. 1:41 Will Myles…
 
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…
 
It's been a contentious offseason on the North Side of Chicago, but the Cubs still have a dangerous offense featuring a number of fantasy mainstays, many of whom are looking for a rebound season in 2021. Cubs beat writer Sahadev Sharma joins Al and Beller on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15 to consider whether Kris Bryant, Javier Báez and Ant…
 
Twins beat writer Dan Hayes joins Al and DVR on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15, breaking down a team that should once again contend in the AL Central. Dan discuss the battle for playing time behind the plate, expectations for Byron Buxton following his 2020 power surge, the back of the Twins' rotation and closer situation, and Alex Kirillof…
 
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…
 
Orioles beat writer Dan Connolly joins Al and Beller on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15, breaking down a team that may not have legitimate playoff aspirations, but does have some fantasy goodness. Dan details Trey Mancini's return to the field, D.J. Stewart's and Ryan Mountcastle's places in the everyday lineup, the rotation beyond John Mean…
 
Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff have already been traded this offseason. Could Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson soon be joining them? On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Beller, Jake and Funston consider just how real Wilson's, "I want to stay here, but..." posturing is. Beller, our resident Bears fan, fantasize…
 
Next up in our fantasy baseball team preview series is the Red Sox, a team with a lot of fantasy goodness trying to rebound from an ugly 2020. Red Sox beat reporter Jen McCaffrey joins Al and Beller on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15 to discuss J.D. Martinez's potential rebound, Christian Vazquez's playing time, the returns of Chris Sale and…
 
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