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Hosted by Van Lee (@ManlyVanLee) and featuring industry titans Jeff Zimmerman (@jeffwzimmerman) and Rob Silver (@RobSilver), the Launch Angle Podcast (@LaunchAnglePod) takes a look at the world of fantasy baseball and offers up advice on draft strategies, player evaluation, ownership trends, player call-ups, and everything in between! So if you're looking for the podcast that will help you win your fantasy league then look no further.
 
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Rob, Jeff, and Van get together to discuss the leaguewide offensive outage, discussing the dead ball (and its new name!), less fastballs being thrown, and more potential causes. The guys also talk about whether you should be looking at the standings and reacting yet, as well as talk some hot players and whether or not they buy the new performances…
 
With a week’s worth of games on the books Van, Jeff, and Rob dissect early performances both good and bad and determine what is noise and what is real! The guys talk the wonder that is Steven Kwan, Alex Cobb’s big velocity gain, Jazz Chisholm batting 9th, Shane Bieber’s concerning velocity, and plenty more. The guys also give you a couple of scenar…
 
In a seemingly unprecedented move, several top prospects have officially made their teams' opening day rosters! Van, Brian, and Ron discuss these guys and what they think their seasons might look like. They also take a look into the minor league systems of both the Mets and Dodgers, and discuss their thoughts on Miguel Vargas, Ronny Mauricio, Bobby…
 
Opening day is finally here! In honor of this grand occasion Van, Brian, and Ron give out their award picks for the season and tell you who they think will win the Cy Young Award, MVP Award, and more! They also continue their usual tradition of giving out bold predictions (which may or may not include Tony La Russa again), and of course run down a …
 
With some Main Event drafts under their belts Jeff and Rob are ready to talk how they went plus their time in Vegas. Van questions them about some interesting strategies including going Josh Hader-Liam Hendricks back to back. They also discuss some recent news including Julio Rodriguez and Bobby Witt Jr making the Major League Roster…
 
This week is a double dose of fantasy baseball advice on the Nasty Cast as Van and Brian return to discuss pitchers who throw more than an inning at a time! The guys run down the ADP for starting pitcher and tell you whether they like that cost or not. They also discuss their strategy for drafting starters as a whole, and then give you their favori…
 
With the CBA signed teams have gone absolutely bonkers with the final big free agents finding homes and some crazy trades going down. Van, Brian, and Ron decide to go over all the big transactions and tell you exactly what that means for your fantasy draft. So find out what they think of Tatis missing a few months, Josh Donaldson with the Yankees, …
 
Our Canadian friends north of the border are half of the topic on today's show as Van, Brian, and Ron discuss just how good the Toronto Blue Jays prospects (and poutine) are! The guys also tackle the team which is most north of the earth (that's an elevation joke) and talk Rockies prospects and how boring they are! Tune in to hear about Gabriel Mor…
 
Another slew of free agent signings and trades are in the books and the ever changing fantasy landscape is taking shape. With NFBC Main Events coming up this weekend Rob, Jeff, and Van try to make heads or tails of playing time for teams as well as determine new values for players with new homes. There's Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, Seiya Suzuki,…
 
Since the CBA dropped late last week there has been an absolute torrent of signings, trades, and injury updates so Rob, Jeff, and Van are here to recap some of the fantasy relevant changes going down. The guys talk Zack Wheeler's shoulder, Fernando Tatis' wrist, Nelson Cruz's new home, Josh Donaldson in a Yankees jersey and tons more!…
 
We were prepared to sulk and take this week off due to depression but on the 11th hour the MLBPA and MLB agreed to a deal and it's official, we're going to have baseball in less than a month! Van, Rob, and Jeff discuss some of the details in the new CBA that could impact fantasy leagues and they wrap up the year's ADP analysis with a few picks arou…
 
In a flurry of activity the MLBPA and MLB finally agreed to a new CBA and folks, we officially will have baseball for the 2022 season. This relieves some of the bitterness that Van, Brian, and Ron were feeling so they decided to wrap up their episodes on outfielders! The boys talk players outside the top 20 and determine who they like best. They ch…
 
Baseball is back! Fresh on the heels of the new CBA being agreed upon Van, Brian, and Ron excitedly take a moment to chat about their favorite team's prospects: The Kansas City Royals! There's a lot to like here even outside super prospect Bobby Witt Jr. including MJ Melendez coming off a monster season, Asa Lacy coming off of a bad season, Nick Pr…
 
We've left the infield and find ourselves sitting in the grass tossing our glove in the air and singing about nothing as the guys of the Nasty Cast talk the top 20 outfielders! The position is so big (since there are, you know, three of them) we decided to cover them all across two episodes. We're talking elite bats, huge power hitters, and of cour…
 
The DBS boys decide it's time to combine another two systems this time with the bottom barrel White Sox and the much more intriguing Yankees prospects. You'll get to hear all about Jose Rodriguez, Colson Montgomery, and the deliciously named Jake Burger from the South Siders, and then shift right into the potential game changers on the Yankees incl…
 
The guys return with news that hell has frozen over and Rob Silver is undergoing an actual fantasy baseball draft in February! Jeff and Van quiz Rob about his draft and the guys discuss some interesting notes about Jose Altuve and power hitting first baseman slipping. They of course also talk ADP and discuss names like Gary Sanchez, Max Kepler, Cas…
 
Jason Martinez of Roster Resourse/Depth Charts joins Jeff, Rob, and Van on the show as the four discuss what goes into setting up playing time, platoons, closers, and more on Jason's site. The guys get an inside look at how it all works and how you should appropriate use Roster Resource as a resource. The guys also talk a couple of pitchers being d…
 
Rob, Jeff, and Van continue digging deep down the list of ADP and on today's show they encounter a couple of Rays relievers and tell you what they think of that bullpen and how to draft it. Of course there are plenty of other players to discuss including Michael Brantley, Wil Myers, German Marquez, and more…
 
Jared Cross, aka the creator of the Steamer projection system joins Jeff, Rob, and Van and the guys discuss what goes into the system including ways they've adjusted and adapted it over the years. Jared shares what he thinks Steamer does right and wrong, and the future of the system as well. They finish up the show with a bit of ADP analysis and ta…
 
Ron may have come down with a case of Ronitis, but Van and Brian soldier through what is probably the most star-studded position in fantasy baseball this year by tackling shortstops! The duo talk everyone from Fernando Tatis Jr and Trea Turner up top to (shudder) Gleyber Torres somewhere in the middle to deeper names like Jorge Mateo, Niko Goodrum,…
 
We're wrapping up covering our host's favorite teams by talking about Van's LA Angels, but since the team's minor league roster is not all that great, we've combined it with another team's mediocre prospects, the Houston Astros. Both squads have some interesting names up top but also some wild fluctuations in evaluation and scouting, so Ron, Brian,…
 
We've got more player analysis as Van, Rob, and Jeff dive into the mid-200s of NFBC ADP! They talk Brandon Belt's phenomenal partial season last year and whether they trust it, Bobby Dalbec's leash with the Red Sox, whether or not Charlie Blackmon has anything left in the tank, Ken Giles' potential closer role, and plenty more We read some reviews …
 
The Tampa Bay Rons have been covered so it's time to shift to the midwest and the St. Louis Brians! Mr. Vaughan's favorite team the Cardinals traditionally are a team with the most boring of prospects but that's a tad different now with some potential high impact players in the system. Van, Ron, and Brian delve into Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore…
 
We're almost home! Well, Ron, Van, and Brian ARE home, but this is an analogy and 'home' is home plate. But you likely knew that if you're listening to this show since we doubt people who know nothing of baseball listen to baseball podcasts, but who knows! Anyway the boys look deep into third base and talk all the hot players at the hot corner (and…
 
Jeff, Rob, and Van welcome special guest host James Anderson of Rotowire fame to the show today to talk prospects in high-stakes leagues. They discuss whether or not they think "prospect people" are causing rookies to be over drafted, how to appropriately value them in redraft leagues, and of course discuss individual rookies as well. There's also …
 
Greg Ambrosius joins the boys to talk the NFBC and more importantly the recently departed Meat Loaf (RIP). Van, Rob, and Jeff get the scoop right from Greg for a bit and then the trio discusses Fangraphs' decision to implement a universal DH in their STEAMER projections. They also talk shifting in the middle of a draft when it gets crazy, and talk …
 
The Keystone! Second base has baffled many an analyst but Van, Ron, and Brian are here to break it all down into simple terms that anyone can understand: don't draft Gleyber Torres. Well that and plenty more as the boys run down the list of second baseman determining who they like, who they really like, and who they don't care for…
 
We've shuttled into the lawless swamp land of Florida this week as Van, Brian, and Ron take a dive into the Miami Marlins top prospects! Though there is no elite, can't miss superstar in this system it is improved over recent years and has plenty of exciting options, particularly for starting pitchers. The guys talk Eury Perez, Max Mayer, Edward Ca…
 
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