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Get the award-winning strategies, insight and analysis you need to win your league, every week. From high-stakes secrets to deep dynasty maneuvers, and everything in between, The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast has you covered with the analysis of Derek VanRiper, Nando Di Fino, Michael Beller, and Ian Kahn.

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    Putting a Bow on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 58:07


    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the end of a very successful 2022 fantasy baseball season, and a few takeaways from things that ultimately went right, before going on hiatus during the playoffs.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Late Loopholes, Navigating the Endgame & Staying Patient

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 53:10


    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss a variety of topics including a potential late-season loophole in keeper leagues, a pair of rapidly-rising pitchers in the minors, trying to navigate the final days of the season while chasing a championship, Josh Jung, and staying patient with CJ Abrams.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Takeaways From the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 57:40


    DVR and Al share their takeaways from the 2022 fantasy baseball season. The steady stream of prospect promotions was one of the distinguishing features of this season, and DVR and Al consider whether this is now a lasting part of baseball's landscape, and they focus on some surprisingly impactful rookies, including Vinnie Pasquantino and Spencer Strider. They also discuss how they view this season's scarcity of players with 20-plus saves and 20-plus homers, and how they plan to approach drafting for steals in 2023 drafts. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Final Waiver Wire Show for 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 51:57


    For the last time during the 2022 season, DVR and Al take a look at the waiver wire options for the coming weekend. They discuss how much recent callups Ezequiel Tovar and Jordan Diaz could help fantasy managers, and they consider the types of leagues where Harrison Bader, Carlos Santana, Taylor Ward and Nate Eaton are worth adding. Luis Ortiz, Drey Jameson, Hayden Wesneski and Cody Morris are among the starting pitchers discussed, and DVR and Al then consider whether there are still any relievers worth adding for the final scoring period. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Late-Season Surprises, Tipping the Cap, Eloy's Ceiling & Feats of Judge

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 51:30


    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss a few late-season surprises -- including Bubba Thompson's massive contributions as a source of stolen bases -- the incredible Adolis García follow-up, Eloy Jiménez's ceiling and 2023 appeal, gut reactions on 'liking v. not liking' a player, and Aaron Judge reaches the 60-homer milestone.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Making Sense of 2022's Hitter Barrel Rate Risers and Fallers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 68:14


    DVR and Al take a look at the hitters who had the largest year-to-year increases and decreases in their barrel rates. Among the top risers discussed are Aaron Judge, Yordan Alvarez, Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Christian Walker, while Ronald Acuña Jr., George Springer, Tyler O'Neill and Avisaíl García are some of the fallers considered. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 25

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 55:18


    DVR and Al break down the FAB options on this penultimate waiver wire episode. They discuss recent callups Josh Jung and Mark Vientos, as well as the Rockies' possible callup for Ezequiel Tovar. They also discuss Elvis Andrus' remarkable comeback and several outfielders and catchers who may still be free agents. Brayan Bello, Ryne Nelson and Drey Jameson are among the free agent pitching options, and DVR and Al also consider some starters in the Orioles' and Cubs' rotations. They finish up with an update on the Rays' and Marlins' closer situations. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The General Has Mark Kotsay's Back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 54:27


    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss rebelling relievers, George Washington taking the side of Mark Kotsay, growing excitement for the playoffs, Michael Harris II's soaring stock, tightly clustered wins, the growing case for working with a co-manager, and another gem from D-backs rookie Ryne Nelson.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Making Sense of 2022's Hitter Strikeout Rate Risers and Fallers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 66:22


    DVR and Al look into the hitters who saw the largest surges and drops in their strikeout rates from 2021, and they see if those changes could make any difference in their 2023 fantasy value. Among the strikeout rate fallers discussed are Taylor Trammell, Javier Báez, Alec Bohm and Josh Rojas, while Jo Adell, Trevor Story, Matt Olson and Byron Buxton are some of the strikeout risers considered. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 24

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 49:10


    DVR and Al discuss where fantasy managers should add a pair of Rangers callups -- top prospect Josh Jung and 24-year-old catcher Sam Huff. They also talk about Triston Casas' fantasy appeal, the chances for a rebound from Yoán Moncada and Mets hitters who could benefit from a favorable schedule. They consider the streaming and longer-term appeal of rookie pitchers Hunter Brown, Cody Morris and Ryne Nelson and how to approach Bailey Falter's upcoming two-start week. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lewis Brinson in San Francisco, a Late Push for Abrams & Avoiding the Top Prospect Chase

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 67:07


    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss Lewis Brinson's opportunity with the Giants, Felix Bautista's soaring long-term value, the benefits of the O's decision to move back the fences in left field, Juan Soto's missing power since being traded to San Diego, a case for CJ Abrams as a late-season pickup in redraft leagues, Aaron Judge v. Shohei Ohtani in the AL MVP battle, faint praise for Matt Manning, and Spencer Strider's ascent to ace status.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Recap of the 2022 Rookie Pitcher Class

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 61:50


    DVR and Al look back (and a little bit ahead) on the 2022 seasons produced by rookie pitchers. They focus on Spencer Strider, George Kirby and Shane Baz as starters who could be fantasy aces in the near future, and they also look at some rookie starters who made strong cases for their fantasy draft status in 2023, including Reid Detmers and Nick Lodolo. DVR and Al also try to make sense of mixed seasons from McKenzie Gore, Aaron Ashby and others, and they discuss rookie relievers, such as Félix Bautista, Jhoan Duran and Andres Muñoz, who could make an even bigger impact next season. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 23

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 55:11


    Are there waiver options to target beyond Corbin Carroll and Gunnar Henderson? DVR and Al discuss the bevy of players who are worth pursuing in the coming weekend's FAB bidding, and they also talk about whether Carroll or Henderson would be their highest priority, Included in the discussion are September additions Oswald Peraza, Spencer Steer, Ken Waldichuk, Cody Morris and Hunter Brown, and they also talk about which Cardinals hitters to target, given their favorable upcoming schedule. Also, is Jimmy Herget the best waiver wire reliever for saves right now? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Recap of the 2022 Rookie Hitter Class

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 61:17


    DVR and Al take a look at this season's still-evolving class of rookie hitters. They consider the case to be made for Julio Rodríguez and Bobby Witt Jr. as 2023 first-round picks and look into the future fantasy value of several other rookies, including Adley Rutschman, Jose Miranda, Nolan Gorman, Riley Greene and Oneil Cruz. They also discuss several rookie hitters who may deserve more attention, including Nolan Jones, Christopher Morel and Joey Bart. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Back at Full Strength (That's Debatable!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 55:56


    Nando is back with Ian and DVR to discuss Hunter Brown's late-season opportunity with the Astros, a thinning pool at second base -- differing expectations for Nolan Gorman in Year 2 -- premiums for positional scarcity, and the best owner in baseball preparing to walk away.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Corbin Carroll's Debut and A Final Prospect Roundup for 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 63:35


    DVR and Al discuss the major league debuts of Corbin Carroll, Garrett Mitchell and Cade Cavalli and assess their fantasy appeal for the remainder of this season and for the longer term. They also take their final look at prospects whose status has risen in 2022, including Jackson Chourio, Kyle Manzardo and Tanner Bibee. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 22

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 49:32


    DVR and Al consider whether it's worth stashing Orioles infield prospect Gunnar Henderson, now that it's anticipated that he will make his debut sometime this season, and they discuss whether it's still worth adding Manuel Margot, Lars Nootbaar, Albert Pujols and Keston Hiura. They also talk about where to add Nationals pitching prospect Cade Cavalli, as well as two-start pitchers like Matt Manning and Spenser Watkins. DVR and Al wrap up with a discussion of the closer situations for the Padres, Cubs, Astros and Rays. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lessons Learned With Drafting Saves and Steals

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 66:33


    DVR and Al revisit their strategies for drafting saves heading into the 2022 season and ask whether targeting elite closers like Josh Hader and Liam Hendriks was worth it. They also consider some emerging candidates for saves for 2023. DVR and Al also discuss how they went about addressing the stolen base category this season and look at the future fantasy viability of players like Thairo Estrada, Nico Hoerner and Cody Bellinger. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Choosing Luxury in Roster Construction, Story's Slide & Tough In-Season Pitching Decisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 72:36


    Ian and DVR discuss choosing a luxury -- elite catchers v. elite closers -- in the roster construction process, disagreement about the 2023 expectations for Trevor Story, a big step forward from Jordan Montgomery to begin his time in St. Louis, and the various factors they consider when facing difficult in-season pitching matchup decisions.  Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Gunnar Henderson's Promotion Chances Plus Double-A Standouts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 47:39


    DVR and Al consider whether Gunnar Henderson and Josh Jung are likely to join Corbin Carroll as top prospects who could be due to make a major league debut late this season. They also discuss the recent promotions of Brett Baty, Oswaldo Cabrera, Estevan Florial, Drew Waters and Javier Assad, and they look at Cody Morris' encouraging performance in Triple-A. Finally, they focus on players who have performed well at Double-A in this week's level roundup. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 21

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 59:19


    Al and Eno react to the report that Corbin Carroll is expected to get called up this season and discuss the fantasy appeal of some recently promoted prospects, including Brett Baty, Estevan Florial and Oswaldo Cabrera. They also consider who might benefit from the Phillies' and Mariners' favorable hitting matchups. Al and Eno also talk about the return of Dustin May and several streaming options, such as Michael Wacha, Ross Stripling, Drew Smyly and Justin Steele. Finally, they determine who might be worth targeting in the Yankees', Rays' and Marlins' bullpens., Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Players We've Largely Ignored in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 53:56


    DVR and Al talk about several players who have come up infrequently on previous episodes this season. They kick off their discussion of pitchers by trying to solve a puzzle regarding Corbin Burnes' recent trends, and they move on to discuss Pablo López, Kevin Gausman, Lance Lynn and several others, Among hitters, they discuss Francisco Lindor, José Abreu, DJ LeMahieu and Ke'Bryan Hayes. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Long-Term Expectations with Short-Term Implications

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 61:31


    Ian and DVR discuss Ian's final Dynasty Rankings update for 2022 including Julio Rodríguez atop the list -- the implications of long-term shifts in value on the 2023 redraft landscape, how the Fernando Tatis Jr. suspension impacts his outlook, Michael Harris' ceiling, a case for Tyler O'Neill as a player to target now in short-term and long-term leagues, and much more.  Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Vaughn Grissom Gets The Call Plus A Low-A Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 55:02


    On this Prospect Tuesday episode, DVR and Al discuss whether they see CJ Abrams' move to the Nationals as a positive for him, and they also consider what Ryan Pepiot's role with the Dodgers will likely be over the remainder of the 2022 season. They also talk about recent callups Vaughn Grissom, Tyler Freeman and Tommy Henry and consider the likelihood of Brett Baty or Mark Vientos joining the Mets this season. This week's level roundup focuses on players performing well at Low-A. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 20

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 54:37


    DVR and Al assess the waiver options for the coming weekend, starting with Braves prospect Vaughn Grissom. They also consider where fantasy managers should target Aledmys Díaz, Nick Gordon, Lars Nootbar and several other hitters. DVR and Al differ on the degree to which they will make adding Lance McCullers Jr. a priority, and they also discuss JP Sears, José Quintana and Kris Bubic as streaming options. Finally, they consider whether Rowan Wick is the only reliever worth pursuing for saves. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Players With Surprising Second-Half Trends

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 51:50


    DVR and Al spend this episode highlighting players who have performed in ways that are inconsistent with their track records in the second half so far. From Corey Seager's reduction in strikeouts to Ryan McMahon's stolen base binge to Reid Detmers' overall improvement, they look at players who are contributing in unexpected ways. They also discuss players like Jake Cronenworth, Jeremy Peña and Sean Manaea who have not recently produced as much as expected. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Approaching the Final Third of the Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 61:59


    Ian and DVR discuss their approach to the final-third of the season, including players to pursue in long-term leagues on the waiver wire. Plus, the recent struggles of Josh Hader, playing for the future in trade, long term expectations for Alec Bohm, Nolan Jones and Luis García, Ian's lack of faith in Luis Robert, Austin Riley's rise in the third-base ranks, and much more.  Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Trade Deadline Follow-Up and a High-A Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 49:53


    DVR and Al follow up on some of the prospects dealt before last week's trade deadline, including C.J. Abrams, MacKenzie Gore, Robert Hassell III, Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Logan O'Hoppe. They also discuss some recently promoted prospects, such as Michael Massey and Peyton Burdick, and consider the possibility of Ryan Pepiot and Shea Langeliers getting promoted soon. They wind up with a roundup of High-A standouts, highlighted by Rays first baseman Kyle Manzardo. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 19

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 56:37


    DVR and Al sort through a potentially busy week of FAB bidding, as they look into recent callups, like Miguel Vargas, Michael Massey and Tommy Henry, as well as players such as Jose Siri, Donovan Solano and Tucker Davidson, who stand to gain more prominent roles in the aftermath of the trade deadline. They also look at several intriguing closer situations, including the Rangers', Orioles', Angels' and Athletics'. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Post-Trade Deadline Depth Chart Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 44:38


    DVR and Al comb through several major league rosters, identifying which players stand to gain the most fantasy value by filling vacancies left by players dealt at the trade deadline. Among several situations, they look at how the Reds could fill the multiple holes left in their lineup and rotation, as well as the Angels' new-look rotation and the Cubs' suddenly-available closer job. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Reviewing a Very Busy Trade Deadline w/Patrick Davitt of Baseball HQ

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 60:46


    Ian and DVR are joined by Patrick Davitt of Baseball HQ -- the voice of HQ Radio -- to discuss a very busy MLB Trade Deadline including the fallout from the blockbusters made by the Padres, the clear opportunity for a few young pitchers making the move to Oakland, a clear sense of direction from the Reds as they put a future core together, and the long-term appeal of Mike Trout in the midst of his current back injury. Follow Patrick on Twitter: @PatrickDavitt Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Noelvi Marte and Other Prospects Who Moved In Deadline Deals

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 45:50


    It's a prospects edition of the podcast, but with a trade deadline twist. DVR and Al discuss a number of the prospects on the move as a result of deals occurring just before the trade deadline, including Noelvi Marte, Esteury Ruiz, Emmanuel Valdez, Ken Waldichuk and Hayden Wesneski. They also talk about the Juan Soto deal in real time, just as details were beginning to emerge. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 18

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 56:41


    DVR and Al look into players who could benefit from player movement at the trade deadline and discuss whether fantasy managers should speculate on Corbin Carroll and Shea Langeliers, even with the uncertainty around their potential promotions. They also look at the recent improvements made by Jeimer Candelario and Bryson Stott and consider the fantasy appeal of recently-promoted JJ Bleday. DVR and Al also discuss pitchers who may be worth streaming, including Jake Junis, Corbin Martin and Janson Junk, and relievers who could become closers after the trade deadline, particularly on the Cubs' and Orioles' rosters. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Speculating on Trade Deadline Speculation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 52:48


    The trade deadline is upon us, and what's more fun than speculation on moves that might be made? Speculating on that speculation! Let Al and Beller explain on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Pitchers Fade Fast, Moving for Márquez & Buying Tyler Glasnow for 2023?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 64:29


    Ian and DVR take a quick trip back to 2018 and consider how quickly pitchers can fade. Will Blake Snell ever recapture his Cy Young level form? Are there any older pitchers that could have a surprising late-career renaissance. Is there a brief window to stash Germán Márquez now in case he's among the group of pitchers traded at the deadline. Plus, Ian gets a look at the new and improved Reid Detmers.  Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    JJ Bleday and Nick Pratto Debut Plus a Triiple-A Roundup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 51:38


    DVR and Al consider the fantasy relevance of JJ Bleday, Nick Pratto and Ethan Small, all of whom recently got the call to the majors. They also discuss whether Edward Cabrera and Triston Casas should be on the radar of redraft league managers once they return from their respective injuries, and they wrap up with an overview of some Triple-A standouts, including Will Benson, Terrin Vavra and Kyle Muller. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Week 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 46:00


    Beller and DVR discuss a few intriguing waiver-wire considerations for the weekend and including the once-again healthy Evan Longoria, who continues to post a career-high barrel rate, glimmers of hope for Joey Bart, Trayce Thompson's intriguing underlying numbers, a chance for Josh Lowe to play more in Tampa Bay, Nick Pratto's promotion to the Royals, and a very thin group of pitchers as the weekend approaches.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    One Last Check on Closers Before the Trade Deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 37:52


    Relievers are always hot commodities at the trade deadline. Who will be on the move this season? And, more importantly in the fantasy world, who will scoop up the saves those traded players leave behind? Greg Jewett joins Al and Beller to break it down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Follow Greg on Twitter: @gjewett9 Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    New Prospects, Dynasty Expiration Dates, Juan Soto, New Fantasy Ohtani Rules and Xander Bogaerts' Missing Homers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 72:35


    Ian and DVR are joined by Ariel Cohen (the real Ariel, not Ian playing the role of Ariel) to discuss when first-year player draft players should become available in keeper/dynasty leagues, why multi-year leagues always have an expiration date, the parallels between Juan Soto being available to MLB teams via trade and the rare instances of young stars getting moved in long-term fantasy leagues. Plus, the optimal ways to handle Shohei Ohtani in future years, Xander Bogaerts' missing power, and the never-ending pursuit of value.  Follow Ariel on Twitter: @ATCNY Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Max Meyer's Arrival, Futures Game Standouts and a 2022 MLB Draft Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 44:08


    DVR and Al review Max Meyer's debut for the Marlins and find some positives in a mixed outing. They also consider the short- and long-term fantasy appeal of Freddy Tarnok and Taj Bradley, given their recent promotions to Triple-A. DVR and Al also discuss some standouts from the recent Futures Game, including Masyn Winn, Jasson Dominguez, Bobby Miller and Emerson Hancock. They wrap up with a summary of the 2022 MLB Draft and share how they prioritize college and high school players in fantasy drafts. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Waiver Wire Options for Fantasy Week 16

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 52:40


    DVR and Al have some mixed feelings about how aggressively to pursue Esteury Ruiz in FAB bidding, and they also consider their level of interest in Matt Carpenter, Jose Miranda and Akil Baddoo. Max Meyer headlines this week's pitching options, but DVR and Al also discuss the fantasy appeal of Marcus Stroman, Luis Patiño and Max Castillo. They also assess the staying power of a couple of newly-appointed closers in Brett Martin and Kyle Finnegan. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Wrapping up the First Half with our Fantasy All-Star Teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 45:46


    The looming All-Star Break provides a nice opportunity to look back at the first half of the season. Al and Beller do just that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast by building their fantasy All-Star Teams. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: fantasypods@theathletic.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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