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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 ShowThe 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 HostPaul Berezetsky is a qigong practitioner, musician, and co-founder of EnterTalk Radio, a media/marketing company focusing on technological and business ...
 
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The 2020 MLB regular season is all but in the can, so Michael Beller and Nando Di Fino thought they'd take a look ahead to 2021 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Specifically, they consider where some of this season's most interesting players, for both good and bad reasons, will end up in 2021. Rundown 2:20 Fernando Tatis Jr…
 
The Dodgers, White Sox and Rays all clinched postseason berths on Thursday, and many teams will soon follow. As they do, fantasy mangers will be left in the lurch as real-life managers give their regulars some time off before the postseason begins. Al Melchior and Michael Beller explore that conundrum, and set up the final 10 days of the regular se…
 
Falcons-Cowboys dominates the Week 2 DFS slate, but there is plenty of goodness to be found outside that game. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston help you find it...while also talking plenty about that likely scoring bonanza. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur highlight their five favorite picks against the spread among the 15 remaining Week 2 games. Rundo…
 
Michael Beller and Brandon Funston get you ready for the weekend ahead on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. The guys discuss the possibility of Benny Snell stealing touches from a healthy James Conner, an unceasing string of receiver injuries, two big pass-catchers who could miss 49ers-Jets, A.J. Brown's troubling knee issue, Mike Evans' smas…
 
Nando, Jake and Moody had so much fun peering into the crystal ball last week that they decided to run it back for Week 2. Will Nyheim Hines or A.J. Green have more receptions? Will Adrian Peterson or James Robinson rack up more yards from scrimmage? Which former Iowa tight end will have more receiving yards this week: T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant? …
 
Al and DVR discuss an early exit for Jacob deGrom on Wednesday, a surprising three-homer game, Mickey Moniak's promotion, and an impressive pair of pitching performance in a matchup of intriguing rookies. Rundown 1:08 Jacob deGrom Leaves After Two Innings 2:06 Aaron Judge & Teoscar Hernandez Return; Ken Giles Out Again 4:47 Kyle Higashioka's Big Ni…
 
Week 2 kicks off on Thursday with the Bengals visiting the Browns. Beller and DVR kick off this episode of Fantasy Football in 15 looking at injuries on both teams that could affect the fantasy landscape. They also update all the big-name injuries at the wide receiver position and look ahead to the potential fantasy bonanza between the Falcons and …
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss new formats to consider for future fantasy baseball seasons after this year's 60-game sprint, the merits (and drawbacks) of daily roster moves, a UTR favorite's first opportunity in the big leagues, and more! Rundown 4:22 Playing More Short-Term Leagues in the Future? 10:09 Do You Prefer Daily Moves Going Forward? 18:06 D…
 
One week does not make a season, but it can alter our perception of players heading into Week 2. Is Drew Brees in trouble without Michael Thomas? Is J.K. Dobbins the lead back in Baltimore? Is Mike Williams the best fantasy receiver for the Chargers? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that, while also offering up opinions on nearly 50 players fo…
 
Al and DVR discuss a round of injury updates -- including a few players returning to the mix for the Yankees, a poor outing for Jack Flaherty against the Brewers, and questions about Mike Clevinger's overall body of work to this point in 2020. Rundown 1:05 Jack Flaherty Gets Hit in Milwaukee 2:13 Yankees Getting Healthy 3:21 Do You Trust Kevin Gaus…
 
The Monday night doubleheader gave us plenty of news that got lost in Tuesday's waiver wire shuffle. Beller and DVR check in on the backfields in Denver and Pittsburgh, and discuss Corey Davis, Darius Slayton, and the Steelers' trio of fantasy-relevant receivers on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. 1:33 Benny Snell Joins the Mix after James C…
 
Nando Di Fino and Emory Hunt get together on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast to discuss what was real and wasn't from Week 1. Were Saquon Barkley's struggles an anomaly? How are we feeling about Tom Brady and the Buccaneers? Where do the Colts' and Browns' backfields go from here? Nando and Emory ask and answer all those quest…
 
Trevor Bauer had another dominant outing on Monday, and he could be among the biggest risers from 2020 to 2021. Kwang-hyun Kim has the right schedule to be a fantasy baseball hero over the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton could be getting back into the Yankees' lineup just in time to make one final push for their fantasy…
 
From Michael Thomas to Le'Veon Bell, there were too many injuries in Week 1. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper discuss the immediate fantasy fallout from those injuries on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. They also fly in the face of conventional fantasy wisdom, sharing with you the Week 1 development that calls for overreaction. Rundown 1:4…
 
The NFL is back and it did not disappoint in Week 1. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into the biggest Week 1 fantasy football stories on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Will Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Taylor retain major roles in the passing game? How big a problem is Joshua Kelley for Austin Ekeler? Is J.K.…
 
Al and DVR discuss Alec Mills' no-hitter, Brad Keller's impressive Sunday outing, a rash of injuries -- including a season-ending hip ailment for Matt Chapman -- and difficult start-sit dilemmas for the upcoming week. Rundown 1:00 Trust Level Following Alec Mills’ No-Hitter & Brad Keller’s Shutout 4:13 Injuries to Matt Chapman & Nolan Arenado 6:47 …
 
Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper discuss Joshua Kelley's role in the Chargers' offense, Jonathan Taylor's targets, Cleveland's backfield, and the best bets on the Week 2 waiver wire on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. 1:59 Time to Take Joshua Kelley Seriously 3:28 Jonathan Taylor Catches Six Passes 5:21 Kareem Hunt Gets More Carries Than Ni…
 
There may be just two weeks left in the MLB season, but this is shaping up to be a busy waiver run in fantasy baseball leagues. Derek VanRiper and Michael Beller discuss 25 players who could be added, and five who can be dropped, in their penultimate waiver episode of the season. Rundown 0:46 José Urquidy 2:17 Ljay Newsome 4:37 Brett Anderson 5:21 …
 
DVR and Ian discuss what they look for in long-term pickup targets, the rise of Sixto Sánchez, the slide of Forrest Whitley, and more. Rundown 2:12 What Are You Looking for Long-Term Buy Lows & Pickups? 9:40 Who Are You Seeking Out in Future Trades? 17:21 Targeting Dylan Carlson in 2021? 24:39 Buying High on Jesús Luzardo and Sixto Sánchez? 33:24 A…
 
Week 1 is here, and the first full Sunday of NFL action can't arrive soon enough. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper get you ready for the DFS weekend ahead with their favorite plays at every position, and various lineup-building strategies. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur make their five favorite picks against the spread for the week. They also both giv…
 
Al Melchior and Michael Beller catch you up on the news from across the MLB on Thursday on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. The guys discuss injuries to Chris Paddack and Giovanny Gallegos, Brady Singer's flirtation with a no-hitter, Mookie Betts getting a start at second base, and more. Rundown 1:23 Chris Paddack Exits after Two Innings 2:5…
 
One NFL game is in the books, and our first full Sunday of the season is just around the corner. Beller and DVR help you get your lineups set by running through way too many wide receiver injuries for anyone's comfort on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. Rundown 1:51 Courtland Sutton Dealing with a Shoulder Injury 4:28 Start Jerry Jeudy? 5:47…
 
Nando Di Fino brings a crystal ball to this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, asking Jake Ciely and Eric Moody to peer into it and share what they see for Week 1. Will Dwayne Haskins throw for more than 275.5 yards? Can Tom Brady toss three touchdowns in his Buccaneers' debut? And who will lead the Lions in rushing? The guys share t…
 
Al Melchior and Derek VanRiper discuss the progress of Justin Verlander toward a return to the Astros' rotation, Daz Cameron's big-league debut, and Corbin Burnes' 2020 breakout. Rundown 2:19 Justin Verlander Progressing Toward a Return 4:32 Daz Cameron's Debut & Future Outlook 7:25 Corbin Burnes Continues His 2020 Breakout 8:42 Matthew Boyd's Stru…
 
The 2020 NFL season begins tonight, and Beller and DVR are here to help you start setting your fantasy lineups. The guys cover all the key Week 1 injuries, from Brandin Cooks on Thursday night, to Mike Evans, David Montgomery and Miles Sanders on Sunday. The guys also consider what a running back committee in Washington could mean for Antonio Gibso…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss ugly closer situation, considerations to make when dropping players, growing love for the Tigers, and Ian's rivalry with Jason Sudeikis. Rundown 3:26 The Sprint to the Finish 7:11 Ugly Closer Situations 17:08 How to Choose a Drop 25:44 Why Your Team Might Be Low in Batting Average 32:08 Growing Love for the Tigers 36:01 I…
 
The NFL is back, Week 1 is here, and it's time to rank some players. Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston and Michael Beller dive into the Week 1 fantasy football rankings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Are you starting both Colts running backs? What are you doing with Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones? Is DeSean Jackson set for …
 
The NFL season begins on Thursday, and that means we've had fun with unofficial depth charts all week. Beller and DVR explain why you shouldn't pay too much attention to them—except where you should?—on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. The guys also discuss Tuesday's spate of contract extensions, news for the Thursday night game between the …
 
Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper discuss another round of injuries -- including Max Fried's move to the IL -- a new possible closer in Toronto, Victor Robles' move to the top of the order, and another gem from Sixto Sánchez. Rundown 2:10 Max Fried to the IL; Atlanta’s Depth Starters 4:50 Jorge Soler Goes Down with Oblique Injury 6:16 Eric Hosmer F…
 
High-stakes guru Chris Vaccaro joins Nando and Emory for a running-back-focused episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The trio discusses Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams, Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette vs. Adrian Peterson, Christian McCaffrey, Nyheim Hines, and more. Rundow…
 
Monday was another injury-filled day across MLB, with José Ramírez's thumb injury taking center stage. Al and Beller discuss that on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. They also get into Derek Fisher's value with Teoscar Hernandez out, Brandon Kintzler's recent struggles, Rowdy Tellez's stubbornly low roster rate, and more. Rundown 1:21 José R…
 
It's our first ever regular season episode of Fantasy Football in 15, and we're talking—what else?—running backs. Beller and DVR discuss James Robinson and Alvin Kamara, plus the backfield situations in Indianapolis and New England, as Week 1 looms right around the corner. Rundown 2:08 Willing to Start James Robinson in Week 1? 5:55 Marlon Mack Lis…
 
You're darn right we're throwing an exclamation point on this episode. It's the Week 1 waiver wire! Beller, Jake and Brandon break down all the players you should be chasing before the season begins, including James Robinson, Nyheim Hines, Bryan Edwards, Steven Sims, and many, many more. Rundown 2:52 Time to Invest in James Robinson? 7:48 Any Inter…
 
Al and DVR discuss another injury to a member of the Houston rotation, corner-infield help as Matt Chapman is scheduled for an MRI, and another rough start from Patrick Corbin. Rundown 1:52 Lance McCullers to the IL; Luis Garcia as a Replacement? 3:38 Dallas Keuchel's Quietly Strong Season on the South Side 5:35 Carlos Martinez Moves Back Into St. …
 
Derek VanRiper is joined by Al Melchior to discuss best available players on the waiver wire following Monday's trade deadline. Rundown 1:54 Is Ty France the Best Available Hitter This Week? 4:12 Interest in Josh Naylor with the Move to Cleveland 6:47 Ke’Bryan Hayes in Mixed Leagues? 9:24 Yairo Muñoz’s Opportunity in Boston 11:30 Daulton Varsho is …
 
It's the debut episode of the joint effort between The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and The Athletic Football Show. Every Friday, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper will round up the fantasy news of the week and look ahead to Sunday with last-minute tips and DFS picks. After that, Beller and Vic Tafur will walk you through their favorite bets o…
 
DVR is joined by Todd Zola of Mastersball & RotoWire to discuss how we should weight 2020 performances in 2021 projections, confusion about the stabilization of stats, park factors from a shortened season, and more. Rundown 1:57 How Projections Are Built 10:14 Is It Wrong to Combine 2019 and 2020 to Evaluate Performance? 13:03 The Difference Betwee…
 
Starting drafts RB heavy is in vogue this year, which means there's going to be a lot of competition for the receivers coming off the board between picks 31 and 70 in fantasy draft. In fact, 22 of those 40 picks are receivers in a typical draft, according to ADP data since September 1. Beller and DVR highlight their favorite receivers in three sepa…
 
Al and DVR discuss Jose Altuve's knee injury, the state of the second base position and another strong outing from Martín Pérez, before Al is joined by Kavitha Davidson and Jessica Luther, co-authors of 'Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back' to discuss inspiration for their book, how they find enjoyment in sports despite internal conflict, e…
 
On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Nando, Jake and Moody play a little game of Crazy, A Little Crazy, or Not Crazy. Nando makes declarative, predictive statements about the 2020 season, and Jake and Moody determine whether that statement is Crazy, A Little Crazy, or Not Crazy. Topics include...Dwayne Haskins is a Top-12 quart…
 
Leonard Fournette and the Buccaneers agreed to a deal on Wednesday night, landing the back in potentially the best fantasy football spot he's ever been in his career. Beller and DVR discuss Fournette's new-found fantasy fortune, and good news regarding Alvin Kamara, on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. Rundown 1:52 Leonard Fournette to the Bu…
 
Aroldis Chapman faces a three-game suspension for throwing at Mike Brousseau, Wil Myers and José Quintana are on the IL, and Cody Bellinger, Jorge Soler and Max Kepler are all dealing with nagging injuries. Derek VanRiper and Michael Beller discuss all the fantasy fallout, plus look at some in-zone contact laggards they'd bet on improving, on this …
 
Beller, Jake and Brandon wrap up their division-by-division fantasy football breakdowns with the AFC South and NFC North. Is A.J. Brown the league's next great receiver? What's left in David Johnson's tank? Is Aaron Rodgers being disrespected? Does it matter who wins the Bears' QB competition? Do the Lions have one of the best offenses from a fanta…
 
Nando, Ian, and DVR discuss the trade deadline, Deivi Garcia's arrival to the Bronx, deep league pickup targets, Nando's love for Mychal Givens, and more! Rundown 3:13 Did We Underestimate Austin Nola? 9:24 Impressed by Deivi Garcia 13:39 Ian Keeps Dealing 16:41 Nando Is All In on Mychal Givens 22:16 Cal Quantrill in Cleveland 24:54 Under the Radar…
 
Another day, another series of Alvin Kamara rumors. If you're drafting today, where are you comfortable taking him? Beller and DVR get into that on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. They also discuss Joe Mixon's contract extension and standing in the fantasy football world, and the state of the Raiders' pass-catchers with Tyrell Williams out …
 
Al Melchior and Derek VanRiper discuss the arrival of another top prospect in Miami, Michael Pineda's impressive 2020 debut, Nate Lowe's return to the big leagues, Z-Contact% for starting pitchers, and Tuesday's standout performers. Rundown 1:48 Marlins Promote Jazz Chisholm; Jon Berti Impact? 4:23 Interest in Michael Pineda 6:11 Will Nate Lowe Fin…
 
Nando and Emory play some games on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Who's the pass-catcher to roster in Miami? Does A.J. Green or Will Fuller have a better shot at 1,000 yards? Are the Bears or Lions a better bet to make the playoffs? And can Emory match each Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to its weapon and color scheme? Answers …
 
Alvin Kamara threw a potential wrench into the first-round plans of many fantasy managers with the possibility that he's holding out for a new contract less than two weeks before the season begins. Beller and DVR focus on that on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. They also discuss Jacksonville's backfield in light of the Leonard Fournette rel…
 
The Padres made the biggest splash on a busy trade deadline day, landing Mike Clevinger from the Indians, but they were far from the only active team. Al Melchior and Michael Beller break down a hectic day on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. Rundown 1:38 Fantasy Fallout of the Mike Clevinger Trade 4:09 Yoshihisa Hirano Taking Over as Seattle…
 
The Jaguars interrupted everyone's Monday morning, most notably Leonard Fournette's, when they surprisingly released the running back. Beller, Jake and Brandon start this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast there, discussing where the Jaguars and Fournette go from here. Then, they move on to their previously scheduled program, breaking…
 
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