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It's time for another edition of the beat writer roundup on The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. First, Aaron Gleeman joins Beller and DVR from the Twins beat. Is the Byron Buxton breakout season upon us? Can the team find consistent ABs for Luis Arraez and Willians Astudillo? Aaron answers those questions, and more. Then Tigers reporter Cody Sta…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss Logan Allen's early-season success, Roman Quinn's path to cheap stolen bases, taking a wait-and-see approach with early pickups, Rougned Odor as a Yankee, and the potential long-term issues with Fernando Tatis Jr.'s shoulder. Rundown 5:27 Ian Gets Pulled Into the Baseball Card Game 8:42 Avoiding Chris Flexen, Even as a St…
 
Sunday is waiver day in the fantasy baseball world, so DVR and Beller are back to break down the fantasy baseball waiver and FAB landscape. Should you buy hot starts from Tyler Naquin and Akil Baddoo? Is Tim Locastro the top target on the wire this weekend? Is Zach McKinstry getting enough playing time with the Dodgers to earn fantasy notice? How m…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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. …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
After a two-week break, The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is back! Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston return with the 2020 season behind us and the 2021 league year on the horizon. The guys celebrate by kicking off their 2021 with a deep dive into the loaded free agent class. There's no way Dak Prescott ends up anywhere but Dallas, …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Michael Beller and Vic Tafur are back to lock in their favorite bets for Super Bowl LV. Both of them like the Chiefs to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, but there's a difference of opinion on which side to back against the spread. The person who likes the Chiefs against the spread really likes them, making an argument to play them all the way up to …
 
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 …
 
Super Bowl LV is now just days away, and while this may be a fantasy football podcast, the entire football world is captivated by the impending matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston hammer down their best bets for the big game, including pr…
 
The Super Bowl is still more than a week away, but that doesn't mean we can't already start talking about our favorite ways to bet the game. Sure, we're going to be playing the line, be it on the Chiefs or the Buccaneers, but this is the Super Bowl. There are seemingly countless ways to get in on the action, and no time to waste. In the first part …
 
Nando, Ian & DVR discuss Jameson Taillon as a Yankee, Ian's attempt to influence Steve Cohen, and DVR's disappointment in fourth-and-goal field goals before discussing deep dynasty league draft picks considerations, how they each begin their prep for a new season, Rundown 3:31 Predicting Ian’s Feelings About the Jameson Taillon Deal 6:15 Bringing t…
 
The Super Bowl matchup is set, making this one of the final episodes of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast for the 2020 season. And don't get us started on that. Yes, it might be 2021, but this is still the 2020 season. On this episode, Michael Beller, Brandon Funston and Jake Ciely offer up their early thoughts on Super Bowl LV, with the Chiefs…
 
In the opinion of one of our two hosts, this is the best NFL weekend of the season. Championship weekend routinely brings together at least three of the four best teams in the league, if not all four, and this season is no exception. The Packers and Buccaneers get things going on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, and then the Chiefs and Bills ca…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss several late-round considerations for deep leagues in the wake of DVR's first draft-and-hold league, plus the Cleveland offense after the Francisco Lindor trade, Masahiro Tanaka's falling price, and concerns about Dinelson Lamet's health in the wake of the Padres' trade for Joe Musgrove. Rundown 3:39 DVR’s First Draft And…
 
The 2021 fantasy football draft season is just about six months away. Crazy, right? Kidding aside, we in the fantasy football community are always ready to talk about the next season at this time of year, and that's exactly what Michael Beller and Jake Ciely do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How should fantasy managers tr…
 
The NFL is down to its final eight teams, which means we're running out of opportunities to bet on the league this season. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur have you covered on this week's precious few games with our latest episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Can the Rams keep rolling, or will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers cover the 6.5-po…
 
No season is complete without handing out some awards. That's exactly what we do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Show, highlighting the best, brightest, and, in some instances, worst of the 2020 fantasy football season. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston hand out the hardware with a little twist. Jake's our resident vid…
 
The most wonderful time of the year may be behind us, but the most wonderful time of the NFL season is just beginning. The playoffs are here, with Saturday kicking the first ever six-game Wild Card weekend. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur are back to dive into their top plays against the spread. The guys get into all six games this weekend, discussing…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the intriguing and undervalued group of utility-only hitters in the 2021 player pool, the importance of DJ LeMahieu staying in the Bronx, and a Nando's foray deeper into the eBay abyss. Rundown 6:43 Comfortable with DJ LeMahieu in the Early Rounds? 9:09 The UT-only Players Are Undervalued (Again) 21:13 Tommy Edman, Leodys…
 
The regular season is over, but the fantasy football season isn't. The NFL postseason provides the fantasy community with another opportunity to play fantasy football before closing the book on this season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston walk through the different ways to pla…
 
When is the right time to start thinking about the next fantasy football season? Right after the current one ends! That's what we're doing here at The Athletic, having already conducted one early mock fantasy football draft for the 2021 season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, the last in 2020, Nando Di Fino, Chris Vaccaro …
 
Still playing fantasy football in Week 17? Good news! We're still here to help guide you through your overlooked championship week. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into the unique problems related to playing fantasy football in Week 17. Namely, what do you do if you've be…
 
On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Vic Tafur run through the Week 16 slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread. Can the Cardinals move one step closer to a playoff berth and, more importantly, cover against the 49ers? Can the Browns get another double-digit win a…
 
It's Wednesday of Week 16, and that can only mean one thing for this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. It's time for championship week rankings. Michael Beller, Brandon Funston and Jake Ciely get you ready for your championship by discussing the most confounding players in Week 16. Can Baker Mayfield keep it rolling? Is Le'Veon Bell…
 
Fantasy football championship week is here, and so are Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro to take a look at Week 16. At the same time, 2021 is on the minds of many fantasy managers, including those who are playing for titles this week. Nando and Chris mix Week 16 with 2021 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss the …
 
Aaron Jones, Calvin Ridley, Dalvin Cook, Josh Allen, Kyler Murray and plenty of others helped send their fantasy football managers to championship games with their performances in Week 15. You already knew you could lean on those guys going into their matchups, however. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we're more interested…
 
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