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Eno and DVR discuss the disappearance of hitter's counts thanks to reduced fastball usage, hitters that are better equipped to take advantage of a more slider-heavy environment, struggling hitters that continue to lag in production as the end of May draws closer, and a few pitchers in need of adjustments due to poor fastballs. Eno's story about the…
 
John Laghezza joins Beller and Al to break down some of the most interesting movers over the first two months of the season, including Vlad Jr., Justin Verlander and Spencer Torkelson. Follow John on Twitter: @MLBMovingAvg Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our Y…
 
Nando and DVR are joined by Joel Piñeiro to discuss Tarik Skubal’s step forward, making changes to pitchers, Matt Manning’s early career struggles, how Joel builds a pitching staff, the early struggles of the 2022 rookie class, the benefits of winter ball, the new approach to managing pitcher workloads, the potential value of resetting as a hitter …
 
Business as usual in Tampa? Making sense of the Saints. To CMC, nor not CMC. More than meets the eye in Atlanta? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athleti…
 
DVR and Al run through a busy slate of news items on this week's Prospect Tuesday, as they discuss the recent promotions of Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore, Adley Rutschman and Roansy Contreras. They also anticipate when Edward Cabrera, Michael Busch and Miguel Vargas might make their major league debuts, and embark on their weekly level roundup, …
 
Eno and DVR discuss the ongoing challenge of finding common ground with in-season player valuations, the arrival of the annual 'Trade Itch', Tommy Edman's surprising start to 2022, the possibility of a summer home-run surge, and more. Rundown -- Finding Common Ground with In-Season Player Values -- Managing Ratios When Doing Well -- Dealing with Ro…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the promotion of Matthew Liberatore and Nolan Gorman, Shane McClanahan's rise to 'ace' status, a few potential breakouts in progress, the value of xStats as a comparative tool, and more. Rundown -- Steps Forward From Josh Naylor & Manuel Margot? -- Hard-Hit Rate Laggards -- Nolan Gorman & Matthew Liberatore: Short-Term Expectati…
 
DVR and Al look at what a pair of Cardinals call-ups -- Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore -- have to offer fantasy managers. They also consider some hitters besides Gorman to target in FAB, including MJ Melendez, Christian Walker and Christopher Morel. Tyler Anderson, Dane Dunning and Chris Archer are among the two-start pitchers discussed, and D…
 
Do the Dolphins have the widest range of fantasy outcomes in the league? Are the Patriots the most boring fantasy team in years? Is Josh Allen about to be QB1 for the third straight year? Are the Jets sneaky fun? Beller, Jake and Funston answer those questions and more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitt…
 
It's Beat Writer Thursday on The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. On this episode, Kaitlyn McGrath (Blue Jays), Will Sammon (Brewers) and Aaron Gleeman (Twins) join Michael Beller to give us on-the-ground expertise on their respective teams. Follow Kaitlyn (Blue Jays) on Twitter: @kaitlyncmcgrath Follow Will (Brewers) on Twitter: @WillSammon Foll…
 
Eno and DVR discuss ways to consider making adjustments for struggling teams now that the calendar has progressed to the second half of May. Plus, opportunities to find value with pitchers in unique roles, and reasons for optimism about Ke'Bryan Hayes' future power contributions. Rundown -- How to Fix a Struggling Squad -- Accepting a 'Sell Low' Si…
 
Nando, Ian & DVR discuss etiquette when injuries occur after a trade is made, hidden value for deep leagues, Yusei Kikuchi's recent success, the long wait for Jarren Duran's next opportunity, Spencer Torkelson's struggles, and new potential closers in the Bronx and in Detroit. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 F…
 
Targeting great teams and expected fertile offensive environments can often be a better approach than specific players in the fantasy world. To help you prepare in that way, we'll be taking a tour of every division on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. We kick things off in the AFC West. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter…
 
Beller joins Al on Prospect Tuesday for a discussion about the recent major league debuts of Chase Silseth, Alex Faedo, Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove, and the chances of a debut for Astros pitching prospect Hunter Brown. They also look at a Red Sox righty who is dominating Double-A, and a number of players making an impact in High-A, including Cesa…
 
DVR and Al assess this week's group of waiver wire targets, and while it's not creating much buzz, they look at the appeal offered by several hitters, including Luke Voit, Josh Naylor, Alek Thomas and Brandon Drury. They also consider some pitchers for the longer haul, like George Kirby, Kyle Bradish and Reid Detmers, and some streaming options, in…
 
Eno and RotoWire's James Anderson to discuss when to decide to sell in dynasty leagues, which prospects will be big movers on his prospect list next week, what his ranking process is like, how organizational context matters for prospects, and end with a would you rather between two veteran pitchers who have been pitching well. Rundown -Deciding whe…
 
Al and Nando consider whether the early rebounds from Christian Yelich, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu are sustainable, and they discuss their level of interest in Dodgers righty Ryan Pepiot in light of his Wednesday debut. They also determine which slow-starting players are worth dropping, including Trevor Story, Justin Turner, Charlie Morton and …
 
Nando, Ian & DVR discuss Jo Adell’s future, Paul DeJong’s demotion and the expected opportunity for Nolan Gorman — the tough adjustment period for several rookies earlier this season — a new ‘Nando Guy’ in the Bronx, Leody Taveras’ path back to Texas, a reminder of how humbling fantasy baseball can be on a day-to-day basis, the Dodgers winning by t…
 
DVR and Al revisit the debuts of George Kirby and Alek Thomas and look at an increasingly crowded Tigers rotation with the emergence of Alex Faedo and Joey Wentz. They also discuss the increasingly prominent fantasy profiles of Robert Hassell III and Michael Harris II. DVR and Al wind up with their weekly minor league level roundup, this time focus…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the impressive debut of George Kirby, several prospects emerging to find playing time at the big-league level, players exceeding their scouting grades and expected production, bat humidors, Justin Verlander's post-surgery arsenal, and more. Rundown - George Kirby's Debut; Future Expectations - Interest in Josh Winder? - Royce Le…
 
DVR and Al break down a particularly busy week for sorting out waiver wire options, which features a number of recent and potential prospect call-ups, including Jose Miranda, Royce Lewis, MJ Melendez and George Kirby. They looked at the shallow-league appeal of Jameson Taillon and Glenn Otto, and considered some deeper-league hitting and pitching o…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the value of not swinging the bat, and why that might be a big problem for baseball to solve. Plus, they examine several slow-starting pitchers in search of underlying problems that could persist, and potential trade targets. Rundown - Swinging Is Bad, Mmmm K? - Is Something Wrong With Freddy Peralta? - José Berríos' Slow Start …
 
It's another beat writer day here on The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. On this episode, we discuss Mariners with Corey Brock, Astros with Jake Kaplan, and White Sox with James Fegan. Follow Corey (Mariners) on Twitter: @CoreyBrockMLB Follow Jake (Astros) on Twitter: @jakemkaplan Follow James (White Sox) on Twitter: @JRFegan Follow Al on Twitte…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss a few names emerging on the dynasty league radar, Joey Votto v. Nelson Cruz as rebound candidates, sticking with highly-regarded prospects long after they have debuted, Jo Adell as a buy-low trade target, Jose Miranda's famous cousin, and if the Yankees' pitching staff has improved with Gary Sánchez in Minnesota. Follow N…
 
The second and third days of the NFL Draft saw a number of immediately fantasy-relevant players land with teams that could make them more intriguing than originally expected. Or less. It's hard to tell. Beller, Jake and Funston do what they can to make sense of it on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @…
 
DVR and Al look into the fantasy relevance of several prospect call-ups, including the Twins' Jose Miranda and Josh Winder, and they discuss prospects with rising roster rates, led by Nolan Gorman and Corbin Carroll. The week's prospect roundup focuses on Triple-A standouts, including Royce Lewis, Vinnie Pasquantino and Matthew Liberatore. Follow D…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several slow-starting bats and try to determine where there are opportunities to make viable trades, and where the early downturn in performance might be a warning sign of a disappointing 2022 season. Plus, they discuss some of the fallout from rosters shrinking, and Joe Ryan's success despite underwhelming pitching model number…
 
DVR and Al consider whether Taylor Ward, Brandon Marsh and Andrew Vaughn are worth adding in the shallowest of leagues and where more highly-available hitters like Joey Wendle and Santiago Espinal should be rostered. They also discuss the latest prospect call-up, Orioles righty Kyle Bradish, and other pitchers who could be added, such as Glenn Otto…
 
Eno and DVR discuss a the idea of streaming stolen bases, Adalberto Mondesi's ACL injury, early fallers and subsequent shallow-league drop considerations, stabilization points, and the potential value of foul balls, and more. Rundown Streaming Steals in Daily Leagues? Adalberto Mondesi Suffers a Torn ACL When Can You Determine a Player is Droppable…
 
What do you get when you mix statistical stabilization points with the end of the first month of the baseball season. A mAprilstrom, of course. Nick Groke joins Beller and Al on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast to discuss which hot starts we can take at face value, and which ones we should look at dubiously. Follow Nick on Twit…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the early-season value of long relievers like Keegan Thompson, why they may become less interesting as rosters shrink, Nando's fast start in the "Nap League", Nolan Gorman v. Jo Adell in long-term leagues, patience with Spencer Howard, and whether it's a good idea to target a few bats in Oakland for improved power product…
 
Six rookie receivers found homes in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, as expected. None of them is in Green Bay, which is objectively hilarious. Oh, and A.J. Brown is an Eagle now. Beller, Jake and Funston break down the fantasy implications of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Foll…
 
There's really no better way to celebrate the draft than by making a draft game out of following the draft. That's exactly what Beller, Funston and Jake do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athleti…
 
On this Prospect Tuesday edition of the show, DVR and Al consider Adley Rutschman's value for single-catcher redraft leagues, while also looking at the longer-term appeal of recently-demoted Bryson Stott and recently-promoted Richie Palacios. They peruse the Z-Contact% leaderboard for rookie pitchers, assess whether to stash Triston Casas, Nolan Go…
 
Eno and DVR discuss their weekend roster churn -- including another low-cost closer dart in the wake of a poor outing Sunday -- early hard-hit rate surprises, another major injury for Eloy Jiménez, whether the ball has historically been in a state of flux, and more. Rundown - Taking a Chance on Tanner Scott in the Face of a Sunday Meltdown - Cristi…
 
DVR and Al explain whether it makes sense to pursue Jurickson Profar in FAB after his hot start, and they also look into other hitters on waivers, including Aaron Hicks, Taylor Ward, Tyler Wade and Cristian Pache., They also consider Paul Blackburn's surprising start, as well as the fantasy appeal of Tyler Anderson, Ross Stripling and two-start pit…
 
Eno and DVR discuss their ongoing search for quality innings, how to adjust if you're already looking to make up ground in pitching categories, a new early-season hitting metric to consider, reaching maximum velocities on a situational basis, and more. Rundown - Finding Starting Pitchers Early in the Season - Beyond the Streamers - Regrets About an…
 
It's our first beat writer episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast this season, with Katie Woo checking in from St. Louis, and Steve Berman giving us the latest on the A's. Beller and Al wrap up the episode with a buy-sell-hold-based look at players who have gotten off to surprisingly strong starts over the first few weeks of the year. Fol…
 
Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the league-wide drop in offensive output and try to parse blame between a new baseball, the shortened spring training, and other factors. Plus, Mookie Betts' quiet start, Gerrit Cole, Luke Voit & Tyler Stephenson, Jameson Taillon's early value jump, and a big milestone for Ian. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow…
 
DVR and Al zero in on the major league debuts of three pitchers -- MacKenzie Gore, Nick Lodolo and Bryce Elder -- on Prospect Tuesday, and they consider the redraft league appeal of Grayson Rodriguez and Max Meyer. They also gauge their level of concern regarding Kevin Smith, Bobby Witt Jr.., Bryson Stott and other rookies who have possibly been a …
 
Setting up a new fantasy league? Itching to spice up your current one? This is the time of year you should be thinking about the setup and rules that can make a good fantasy league great. Beller and Funston share their dos and don'ts on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitt…
 
Eno and DVR discuss early worry, weekend drops, fast-rising starting pitchers, Jacob deGrom's long-term approach with velocity, Alex Verdugo's impressive start to the season, and Jarren Duran's eventual path back to a prominent role in Boston. Rundown When to Worry: Early Slump v. Problematic Underlying Numbers Healthy Drops From Week 12 Is Owen Mi…
 
DVR and Al consider whether the rush to add Steven Kwan from waivers has run its course, and they look at other possible hitters to add, including Connor Joe, Anthony Santander, Oscar Mercado and Owen Miller. They discuss how aggressively fantasy managers should bid on MacKenzie Gore and Kyle Wright, and sort out a number of bullpen options, such a…
 
Reliever guru Greg Jewett joins Beller and Al to discuss Ryan Pressly, Craig Kimbrel, HLRs, FAAB strategy and more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball podcast. Follow Greg on Twitter: @gjewett9 Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: …
 
Eno and DVR discuss Clayton Kershaw's gem in Minnesota, playing the long game with his health, changes made by Jesús Luzardo in Miami, a new Stuff+ Leader, making early drop decisions, and more. Rundown Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
On this prospects edition of the show, DVR and Al consider the redraft league appeal of Matt Brash, Heliot Ramos and C.J. Abrams and discuss several trending players, including Steven Kwan, Kyle Wright, Jhoan Duran and Triston Casas. They also take a look at a number of intriguing players who are starting the season at Double-A, including this week…
 
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