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On The Wire - Adam Howe (@EightyGrade) and Kevin Hasting (@HastingKevin) are joined by Ariel Cohen (@ATCNY) to discuss his 2022 ATC player projections. Ariel can be heard regularly hosting the Beat The Shift Podcast (@beat_shift_pod) presented by RotoFanatic as well as writing regularly for Rotographs, Rotoballer, and CBS Fantasy. Welcome Ariel (3:…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several 'forgotten' players -- including Angels starter Griffin Canning -- plus their 2022 expectations for Josh Donaldson and Dylan Cease, leadoff hitters in danger of taking a tumble down the batting order, and more. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com…
 
Jake, Funston & Nando dig deeper into Jake's recently-released 2022 fantasy football rankings, and consider a few big shifts in value for dynasty leagues. Where is Gabriel Davis' value headed after his monster game in the Bills' season-ending loss to Kansas City? Is there a depth running back in KC worth stashing in dynasty leagues? And, should you…
 
Nando, Ian & DVR discuss a few of their late-round darts from a recent draft-and-hold league, the risk v. reward of targeting Stephen Strasburg now compared to waiting until a potentially healthy spring training, and becoming more excited about Orioles pitchers with the adjustments that are being made to Camden Yards. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nand…
 
Eno, Britt and DVR discuss the current state of the MLB lockout, Rachel Balkovec’s move into the manager position for the Yankees’ Low-A Tampa affiliate, changes at Camden Yards, and the non-playoff teams of 2021 that they see as playoff teams in 2022. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: …
 
On The Wire - Adam Howe (@EightyGrade) is joined by Nick Pollack (@pitcherlist) in an impromptu discussion that ultimately revolves around the draft results of one of the On The Wire Listener Leagues (to join a future OTW League draft, shoot us a DM on Twitter (@OnTheWirePod). 12 team, 30 rounds, NFBC format, weekly FAAB. No time stamps needed for …
 
Eno and DVR discuss how leagues can consider making structural changes to account for the 2021 rise in time lost to injuries, using BABIP as a launching point to dig deeper on a player's batted-ball profile (and the viability of xBA as a BABIP alternative), and taking an appropriate amount of injury risk in lieu of high-risk, high-reward prospects …
 
DVR, Brandon and Jake discuss Jake's recently released 2022 fantasy football rankings. After two injury-plagued seasons, is Christian McCaffrey still an elite option in Round 1? How high should Jaylen Waddle go as the focal point of the Dolphins' offense? And, has Kyle Pitts joined the elite tier of tight ends? Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Fol…
 
Nando, Ian & DVR recently joined a 12-team, 50-round draft-and-hold league with a slow draft (it's still going on). Using that framework, they outline the strategies they used for their roster foundations and some of their thought process as the draft played out with several round-by-round decisions. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian…
 
Eno and DVR discuss players with multi-position eligibility, and the necessity of finding at least a few players with that flexibility to fit on draft-and-hold rosters. Plus, they examine Brandon Lowe's 2021, and answer questions about dollar values, limitations of WAR in a small sample, and the types of leagues to consider for those seeking a grea…
 
A wild Week 18 is in the books! Nando, Jake, and Brandon are ready to take a look ahead to fantasy football playoff pools -- and they hold a quick three-person draft of their own. Beyond the favorites, which team(s) should you consider bankrolling in your playoff leagues? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follo…
 
Eno, Britt & DVR, inspired by Andy McCullough, share their New Year’s Resolutions and set a few for teams with varying levels of expected success in 2022. Along the way, they attempt to make a few blockbuster trades as the A's prepare to shake things up after the lockout. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Fol…
 
On The Wire - Adam Howe (@EightyGrade) and Kevin Hasting (@HastingKevin) are joined by Michael Govier (@mjgovier) to discuss common strategic draft practices and viabilities of each going into the 2022 season. Michael can be heard regularly on the Hey! It's Enrico Pallazzo! Fantasy Baseball Podcast (@PallazoPodcast) presented by RotoFanatic (@Roto_…
 
It's Week 18 -- our final regular season Rankings Show of the 2021 season -- whether you're playing an actual Fantasy Championship, battling for a total points crown, or enjoy a special edition of the show, fire away with your questions! Nando, Jake and Funston are here to help you make any final decisions you might have on this episode of The Athl…
 
Eno and DVR begin the 'On the Clock' phase of the year as another batch of slow drafts gets underway. They discuss how Draft & Hold formats modify their roster builds -- including a willingness to pay premiums for closers -- along with their thoughts about several early-rounders. Plus, they weigh the possibility of a step forward from Jazz Chisholm…
 
Nando, Brandon and Chris take an early look at their 2022 first-round candidates in their final episode together for the 2021 season. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmai…
 
Beller and Zac put a bow on Five Faves for the 2021 season, with a profitable season within reach for both of them. The guys dig into Chiefs (-5) at Bengals (51), Rams (-4.5) at Ravens (46.5), Cowboys (-6) vs. Cardinals (51.5) and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Subscrib…
 
The week every fantasy manager hopes to play in has arrived. All that prep beginning in June; all those best ball drafts in July; all the pods and articles consumed in August; all that excitement in draft season; all the grinding through waivers on Tuesday nights; it all pointed to this. Week 17. Fantasy Football Championship Week. Beller, Jake and…
 
Congratulations, you've made it to your fantasy football league's championship game. Chances are that way back in August, you drew part of it up like this. You targeted Jonathan Taylor in the first round. You ranked Davante Adams as the #1 receiver. You struck for players like Cooper Kupp, Deebo Samuel and Javonte Williams in the middle rounds. You…
 
It's the final Beat Writer Tuesday of the season on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Bo Wulf (Eagles), Jay Morrison (Bengals) and Daniel Popper (Chargers) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. With Miles Sanders (hand) out again, what's the look of the Eagles' backfield for Week 17? Can Joe Burrow and the Bengals offe…
 
We know that there are some championship berths hanging in the balance, but let's be honest. Saints-Dolphins is about as inconsequential as a Monday night game could be for fantasy purposes. The vast majority of fantasy managers heading to their league's championship already know that they're on their way. Some surprise players might have helped th…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several pitchers who underperformed expectations in 2021, but are primed for a big rebound in 2022. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choi…
 
On The Wire - Adam Howe (@EightyGrade) and Kevin Hasting (@HastingKevin) are joined by Jeff Zimmerman (@jeffwzimmerman) and Tanner Bell (@smartfantasybb) to discuss their book The Process, projection analysis, and Mining the News. Jeff can be heard regularly on the Launch Angle Podcast (@LaunchAnglePod) and can be seen contributing to Rotographs, R…
 
Zac Jackson and Vic Tafur run through their week 16 Five Faves, including a pair of key divisional games in Bills-Patriots and Ravens-Bengals. Plus, a look at Steelers-Chiefs, Rams-Vikings, and more! Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafant…
 
We’re full steam into the fantasy football playoffs! But there are still tons of questions heading into Week 16. Jake and Funston are here to help you answer those questions. Is Ronald Jones an automatic start? What should we expect from Tyler Huntley? Devin Singletary or Joe Mixon? Is Justin Jackson an RB2? The guys get into all that and a whole l…
 
Nando, Chris and Brandon recap a maddening Week 15 for fantasy owners on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Chris says it was the most insane week of fantasy football in his 20 years in the business. Sunday featured a record low amount of touchdowns scored. The trio touch on top performers, underperformers and how to navigate yo…
 
It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Greg Auman (Buccaneers), Nick Baumgardner (Lions) and Jon Machota (Cowboys) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. Is Antonio Brown a 1-for-1 replacement for Chris Godwin? How has Amon-Ra St. Brown turned into a must-start fantasy player? What's wrong with Da…
 
Turns out that a lot of fantasy managers were able to advance out of the first round of their playoffs simply by being less bad than their opponents this season. That was a brutal Week 15 summed up by this one simple fact: With four games remaining, the QB1 class includes four players who scored fewer than 16 points. Why was Week 15 so bad in the f…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several hitters who underperformed expectations in 2021, but are primed for a big rebound in 2022. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choic…
 
Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper take their first look at the Week 16 waiver wire. Opportunities may be available for running backs in Cincinnati, Miami and Detroit as the fantasy playoffs continue, but could Amon-Ra St. Brown and Gabriel Davis end up serving as viable options to help you win a fantasy football championship in the coming weeks? Fo…
 
Beller and DVR try to weed through a rapidly-changing Week 15 main slate from a DFS perspective. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Beller, Vic and Zac have just a few more weeks of Five Faves to go, as the guys look to fight their way to profitable records on the season. Their 15 combined picks cover 11 of the 15 remaining games in Week 15, and they find a ton of agreement along the way. Beller and Vic both like the Steelers catching 2.5 points in Denver, while Beller and Zac …
 
The fantasy football playoffs are here, and with them come a host of questions for managers trying to navigate the murky waters of Week 15. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you answer those questions. Can you wait it out for Lamar Jackson? How high up the ranks does A.J. Green rise? Who can help surprise and help you advance to your league…
 
Beller and DVR are back on the Survivor pool circuit, breaking down the slate for Week 15. The top pick of the week looks like Cardinals over Lions, but it's likely that many, if not most, people still alive at this point of Survivor pools used the Cardinals to get here. If that's you, Beller and DVR offer up plenty of pivots, including Dolphins ov…
 
Eno, Britt & DVR share their favorite baseball and non-baseball stories from 2021, as well as their top moments from the show this year, before proceeding to a five-round draft of movies that take place around the holidays. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesa…
 
It's the best time of the year. For those of us in the playoffs, of course. Nando, Chris and Brandon get into all the Week 15 craziness on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They discuss the covid situations affecting the Browns and Rams, Lamar Jackson's injury and downturn, newfound WR3s for the playoffs, Rashaad Penny's breako…
 
It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Joe Buscaglia (Bills), Matt Barrows (49ers) and Michael-Shawn Dugar (Seahawks) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. Will Josh Allen be able to give it a go this week? What about Eli Mitchell? Has Rashaad Penny's breakout finally arrived? Is Russell Wilson b…
 
Eno & DVR discuss the balance of trading pitching for hitting in real baseball -- and in long-term league formats -- before taking a closer look at a few pitchers of interest from the mailbag, a softening stance on Saves + Holds as a category thanks to Ron Shandler's article in the Baseball Forecaster, whether max Exit Velocity can help us see play…
 
With the Rams and Cardinals set to get together on Monday night, it's a guarantee that more than a few playoff berths and regular season championships hang in the balance. All we can say to those of you involved is good luck. The rest of us have to turn our attention to Week 15 and the start of the 2021 fantasy football playoffs. That's exactly wha…
 
Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper take their first look at the Week 15 waiver wire. Where should you turn at quarterback if Lamar Jackson is forced to miss time after leaving with an injury in Week 14? Is Rashaad Penny finally taking over the Seattle backfield? Is Rashod Bateman primed to take a big step forward in the fantasy playoffs? Follow Bell…
 
On The Wire - Adam Howe (@EightyGrade) and Kevin Hasting (@HastingKevin) are joined by Dave McDonald (@RunDMcD), cohost of the Friends with Fantasy Benefits fantasy baseball podcast (@FantasyBenefits) and the Rotosauraus High Stakes Heat podcast (@RotoSaurus) to discuss the world of high stakes fantasy baseball, his recent EARTH overall championshi…
 
Beller and DVR discuss the Week 14 slate from the DFS perspective. Which game has the greatest stack appeal this Sunday? Is there a must-play option in cash games in the Bucs-Bills matchup? Can you trust Cam Newton and the Carolina offense in a great spot against Atlanta's porous defense? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @D…
 
Beller, Zac and Vic are back for another round of Five Faves, with their 15 combined picks covering 11 of the remaining Week 14 games. Among their favorites, you'll find... Vic and Beller finding agreement on the Browns (-2.5) vs. the Ravens. Beller and Zac doing something similar in the Monday night showdown between the Cardinals (-2.5, 51.5) and …
 
It's the final week of the fantasy football regular season. Playoff berths will be secured. Playoff hopes will be dashed. Regular season titles will be secured, along with the precious byes that typically accompany them. It's the biggest week of the fantasy season to date. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to break it all down on this episode of Th…
 
The Packers and Chargers are both double-digit favorites in Week 14 against also-rans, the Bears and Giants, respectively. Unsurprisingly, they're two of the most popular selections in Survivor pools this week. Beller and DVR break down the Survivor landscape on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. One of the two is making one of …
 
Eno, Britt & DVR make an attempt to "solve" some of the issues pending in the ongoing negotiations toward a new CBA. Will the players' 'War Chest' help speed up the process of reaching an agreement? How likely is a significant bump to league minimum salaries? Can the players end up with a faster path to reach free agency? If the luxury tax threshol…
 
A Week 14 regular season finale is new to most of us. New to all of us, and far more annoying is Week 14 byes. Plenty of fantasy managers will be looking to lock up playoff byes and playoff berths without Jonathan Taylor, and that's just one of the subplots of Week 14. Beller, Vaccaro and Brandon get into all of those subplots on this episode of Th…
 
It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Jeff Zrebiec (Ravens), Jay Morrison (Bengals) and Arif Hasan (Vikings) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. What's up with Lamar Jackson? Has Devonta Freeman discovered the fountain of youth? How's Joe Burrow's finger? Is Ja'Marr Chase hitting a rookie wall…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss a few early draft season observations -- Ian's blockbuster trade thanks to a long car ride -- the XFL auction, pre-lockout activity including Thor in Anaheim, Andrew Heaney's fresh start with the Dodgers, and the Rangers' aggressive approach. Plus, Clint Frazier's move to Chicago, a divided group of hosts about Robbie Ray…
 
Eno & DVR discuss the latest issues with the supply of baseballs used during the 2021 season as first reported by Bradford William Davis, the potential implications of inconsistencies with the ball when reviewing home-run rates, plus Eno unveils as a ISO-Barrel Rate formula in attempt to find players who underperformed their barrel rates last seaso…
 
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