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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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    An Easy Fix to Balls & Strikes and Takeaways From a Very Early 2022 Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 54:17

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss an easy fix to issues with balls and strikes, and several takeaways from a very early 2022 draft that DVR was a part of in tandem with Todd Zola. Follow Nando on Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper E-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line ‘Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Yoo-Hoo Showers, High Fives, Settling Bets, and Closing the Book on the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 61:47

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the end of the 2021 fantasy baseball season and check in on a few old wagers from the past year, as they prepare to turn the page and begin the process of getting ready for 2022.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper E-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line ‘Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The final FAB: Pitchers and hitters who could make a difference in the last week

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 61:57

    DVR and Al go through the probable pitcher grid one last time to find starters who could make an impact for your fantasy teams' final push, including Brady Singer, Tanner Houck and Alex Cobb. They also highlight a few hitters to add and a widely-available closer who appears primed for a productive week. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Watch this episode on YouTube: bit.ly/LastFAB21 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Deep League Flyers & Overlooked Prospects w/Matt Eddy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 52:11

    DVR is joined by Matt Eddy of Baseball America to discuss several players getting late-season opportunities who may prove to be sneaky long-term adds in keeper and dynasty leagues, or undervalued targets to consider in deeper redraft leagues in 2022. Plus, Matt shares a few overlooked prospect risers worth adding in long-term formats, what he's learned from the 2021 season, and his ideas for making fantasy baseball better in the future.  Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattEddyBA Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Buy-Low Opportunity in Seattle & Buying High on Sal Perez in 2022?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 54:20

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss another season largely lost to injury for Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis, Anthony Gose's return to the big leagues as a reliever, varying levels of trust in Salvador Perez as a very early-round, big-bid catcher entering 2022, and more.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper E-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line ‘Under the Radar' Subscribe to The Athletic at 50% off for the first year: theathletic.com/fantasybaseballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The penultimate FAB preview, anticipating Shane Baz's debut and considering Jose Siri's appeal

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 61:06

    DVR and Al take a look across the grid of probable starters for the week starting September 20 to find streaming options, including Jon Lester, Jake Woodford and the debuting Shane Baz, They also look into a number of available hitters who could help during the season's final stretch. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Watch this episode on YouTube: bit.ly/Waivers919 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Second-Half Pitching Surprises w/Nick Pollack

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 85:41

    DVR is joined by Nick Pollack of Pitcher List to discuss the evolution of Freddy Peralta, second-half pitching surprises -- including Blake Snell, Nathan Eovaldi, Logan Webb, Robbie Ray and Triston McKenzie -- a way too early look at the top of the 2022 pitching ranks, and the need to turn more baseball fans into fantasy baseball players.  Follow Nick on Twitter: @PitcherList Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get 50% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/fantasybaseballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Late-season risers, fallers, and a modern day Nolan Ryan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 67:07

    DVR and Ian discuss late-season risers and fallers -- including Sandy Alcantara, Yu Darvish and Logan Webb -- Max Scherzer as a 2021 version of Nolan Ryan, how they're re-tracing their steps across various leagues and auctions to correct mistakes for the future, and 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

    Finding late-season pitching help, sharing the process, and no...it's not too early for Beer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 49:41

    DVR shares his weekly free-agent bidding process while looking for viable options on the wire with just three weeks remaining in the 2021 fantasy baseball season. Which pitchers are one-week streamers, and which fringe guys have appeal the rest of the way? Is Seth Beer primed to be one of the last remaining long-term impact bats getting the call this season? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/Waivers912 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Subscribe to The Athletic for 50% off: theathletic.com/fantasybaseballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Learning From 2021 Mistakes & Identifying 2022 First-Rounders w/Todd Zola

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 68:59

    DVR is joined by Todd Zola of Mastersball & RotoWire to discuss their missteps in the very early 2021 draft ('The Kenyon League') as they prepare to begin the 2022 draft in just a few weeks. Is Adalberto Mondesi still a viable early-round option after another injury plagued season? Who will move into the first-round for 2022 drafts? Which 2021 pitching risers will catch too much helium next season? And how valuable will Trevor Story be leaving Colorado this offseason? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Todd on Twitter: @ToddZola Subscribe to The Athletic for 50% off the regular price: theathletic.com/fantasybaseballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Love for A.J. Alexy, a new Trout v. Harper debate, and Robbie Ray's future value

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 59:11

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss their interest in several late-season contributors -- including Rangers starter A.J. Alexy -- a looming Trout v. Harper debate in the early stages of 2022 drafts, and their future expectations for Robbie 'The Grunt' Ray in the wake of his career year in 2021. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper E-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line ‘Under the Radar'  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Emptying FAB for closers and hitters and navigating a difficult week for streaming starting pitchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 35:44

    Beller and Al look into the FAB and waiver options for Sept. 5, covering the week from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12. They consider how much to prioritize hitters like Keibert Ruiz, Bobby Dalbec and Josh Harrison and discuss the appeal of adding Giovanny Gallegos, Adam Ottavino and Carlos Estévez to your fantasy bullpen. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The never-ending quest for value, Joe Ryan's arrival, and long-term outlooks for Adalberto Mondesi and Cody Bellinger

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 62:55

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the return of Khris Davis to the A's, expectations for Joe Ryan, stashing Derek Hill and DJ Peters, the future outlooks of Cody Bellinger and Adalberto Mondesi, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper E-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line ‘Under the Radar'  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A look back at how 2020 breakouts have fared in 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 47:41

    DVR and Al examine several 2020 breakouts -- including Randy Arozarena, Teoscar Hernández, and Luke Voit -- and attempt to set expectations for 2022 and beyond. Plus, they take an early look at how the fantasy community might approach Matt Olson, and Christian Yelich entering next season.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fantasy Baseball FAB and Waivers for August 29

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 47:07

    DVR and Beller take a look at the fantasy baseball FAB and waiver landscape for August 29, covering the week of August 30-September 5. Finding production on the waiver wire for the final month of the season can propel you to a fantasy baseball championship this season! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oqOiXKRbrr0 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Adjusting expectations for young players w/Sara Sanchez

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 70:45

    DVR is joined by Sara Sanchez of FanGraphs and Bleed Cubbie Blue to discuss the Rookie of the Year race in both leagues, their adjusted expectations for several young players looking ahead to 2022, and finding reasons to be excited about a team playing out the string in the final two months of the season.  Follow Sara on Twitter: @BCB_Sara Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Trusting Triston McKenzie & Frankie Montas, eating pellets, and running away from ghosts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 64:14

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss the second-half success of Triston McKenzie, Frankie Montas' return to 2019 levels, a surprising Nestor Cortes v. Jesus Luzardo revelation, and more. Plus, General Washington has another chat with friend of the show, Ariel Cohen.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dynasty Rankings Update & Late-Season Observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 68:18

    DVR and Ian discuss a few challenges from Ian's most recent update of Dynasty League rankings -- including the difficulty of ranking Dylan Carlson and Gavin Lux, among others -- and importance of continuing to work the waiver wire and to make late-season trades regardless of standings position. Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Making a case for Carlos Hernández and Erick Fedde and a scarcity of hitting options in FAB

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 50:35

    DVR and Al consider a lopsided field of FAB options for the week starting August 23, which is replete with viable pitching options but short on reliable hitters. They consider the merits of adding Elieser Hernandez, Tylor Megill, Carlos Hernández and Erick Fedde, while poring over a cohort of hitters that includes Frank Schwindel, Derek Hill and Jorge Mateo. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3B0vxb0 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Giants' offensive surge and a look back at the past calendar year

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 56:40

    DVR and Al discuss Al's recent story about the Giants' offensive production since the sticky-substance crackdown in June, before combing through the past calendar year leaderboards for hitters in an attempt to reduce recency bias in the wake of great (and poor) 2021 performances. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Better later than never, learning from opponents, & Brittney Palmer joins the show!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 73:42

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss a potential turnaround for Hunter Dozier, Willy Adames' ascent in the latest round of dynasty rankings, expectations for Reid Detmers, the unusual season for rookies, and more.  Plus, artist Brittney Palmer joins Nando and DVR to discuss her cards for Topps Project 70! Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Brittney on Twitter: @BrittneyPalmer e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fantasy Baseball FAB and Waivers for August 15

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 60:43

    DVR and Beller take a look at the fantasy baseball FAB and waiver landscape for August 15, covering the week of August 16-22. Lewis Brinson and Daulton Varsho are mashing, and several good veteran bats have returned from the IL recently. Chris Sale is back! Plus, a look at this week's two-start pitchers, and a spin through the bullpens across the league. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dA1z2tPL2NE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Finding late-season value, two more hits for Nando, and Ian's waiver target in KC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 69:27

    Nando, Ian and DVR are back to discuss the success of Nestor Cortes, Mychal Givens' chance to close in Cincinnati, Justin Steele and the number of open jobs on the north side of Chicago, and the importance of continuing to work the waiver aggressively during the stretch run of the fantasy baseball season.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Expectations for Jo Adell, Luis Gil and Nestor Cortes and relievers to target in FAB bidding

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 50:06

    DVR and Al look into whether Jo Adell is worth the remainder of your FAB budget as well as some hitters having a surprising run in recent weeks. They also consider some of the top two-start wavier options as well as a handful of one-start streamers to consider. Are Tyler Clippard and Giovanny Gallegos worth adding and is there anyone in the current Royals, Yankees or Reds closer mix worth pursuing? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Post-trade deadline reactions with Joe Sheehan and Gene McCaffrey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 59:05

    With DVR and Ian away, Nando goes to the bullpen for a pair of ace relievers. Joe Sheehan and Gene McCaffrey join the show to help pick up the pieces after a crazy trade deadline. Is Nestor Cortes being stretched out? With Tatis Jr., out is Ha-Seong Kim now relevant for fantasy owners? What is Abraham Toro's long-term value in Seattle? How does Luzardo fit with Marlins? All that and much more on an exciting episode of Under The Radar! Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Joe on Twitter: @joe_sheehan Follow Gene on Twitter: Gene left Twitter e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Post-trade deadline impacts on playing time, under-rostered Rockies and closer situations now in flux

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 53:52

    Beller and Al look at how sell-offs have created opportunities for numerous players, particularly on the Cubs and Nationals. They also consider the increasing FAB appeal of pitchers like Triston McKenzie, Zach Thompson and recent callup Reid Detmers and some relievers who are now candidates for saves. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Opportunities from the trade deadline, changes atop dynasty rankings, and steeper penalties for bad teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 76:10

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss a few pre-deadline deals, and the resulting opportunities for players that were previously without opportunities for regular roles, tweaks atop Ian's upcoming Dynasty Rankings update, and Yermín Mercedes' post-retirement production at Triple-A Charlotte. Plus, they discuss a more steep pay structure for long-term leagues as an anti-tanking measure.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Brandon Marsh, Daulton Varsho, closers-in-waiting and others on the FAB/waiver radar

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 53:40

    Beller and Al run through FAB and waiver claims for the week of July 26 through August 1 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. How interested should you be in Brandon Marsh? Is Daulton Varsho worth adding across the board, especially with trades likely on the horizon for the Diamondbacks? Who are the best closers-in-waiting to go after heading into the trade deadline? Beller and Al tackle all of those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fun with fantasy baseball rest-of-season projections

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 49:18

    We're now a week into the second half of the MLB season, and there's a good chance you've already made the most important moves you can make for your fantasy baseball team. At this point, you may just need to sit back and trust the players who have gotten you to this point. So, who can you trust? Who might be playing a little over his head? Beller and DVR try to determine that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. The guys do that by checking out rest-of-season projections from The BAT X and discussing whether or not they expect the players to hit or fall short of their numbers. Can Bryan Reynolds keep this up? Can Jake Cronenworth providing five-category value? Is Harrison Bader set to be a sneaky power/speed guy the rest of the way? The guys get into those three, and plenty more. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tCqKgFRPV_4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ranking the top of the 2021 draft class, Duran v. other young players, and making sense of Gavin Lux

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 69:10

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss their preferences atop the first-year player draft ranks for keeper/dynasty leagues coming out of the 2021 MLB Draft, a deep sleeper for the Yankees, Ian's continued faith in Wily Peralta, Jarren Duran v. Gleyber Torres in a dynasty league, and whether now is the time to target Gavin Lux in long-term leagues.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jarren Duran, Josiah Gray and other intriguing waiver-wire pickups to consider

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 60:22

    DVR and Beller sift through the waiver-wire before first full week of second-half games. Jarren Duran's promotion opens up at least one big-bid player in many redraft leagues, while a few bats back from injury, and a pitching prospect in Los Angeles are also on the radar this weekend.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Watch this episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/Waivers718 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    10 players to watch in fantasy baseball leagues as the second half begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 53:07

    Wednesday is the one day between Opening Day and the final day of the season that doesn't feature any MLB action whatsoever, but never fear! Beller and DVR are here to fill the void with this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. The guys take a look ahead to the second half of the season, considering 10 players they'll be watching closely coming out of the break. Can Christian Yelich and Lucas Giolito get it going? Did Luis Castillo figure something out over the last month? Is Carlos Correa finally having the season that was promised? The answers to those questions could be crucial in fantasy leagues for the rest of the season. Plus, Beller throws a random quiz at DVR. It's like high school all over again! Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hADv1blKO1k Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Over the Radar: We're Back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 59:19

    Nando, Ian and DVR discuss Pete Alonso's Home Run Derby greatness, Yermin Mercedes' need for a trade to a less crowded depth chart, Chris Flexen's surprisingly strong first half, Nando's inability to trade away V*ctor R*bles, and their picks for most impactful Futures Game player in the second half of the season.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo: theathletic.com/fantasybaseballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fantasy baseball waiver-wire adds for All-Star Break week

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 55:07

    DVR and Beller sift through the best options available with the All-Star Break getting underway and examine some of the league's worst offenses as continually reliable streaming targets going forward. Players discussed include Eloy Jiménez, Vidal Bruján, Zach Davies, Alex Cobb and Cristian Javier. As for the worst offenses in the league, the guys wonder whether we'll be able to keep streaming against the Rockies, Pirates, Diamondbacks (yes), Marlins, Cardinals, Royals, Brewers, Cubs and others with confidence. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sZ7cBnH8Q8s Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Checking in on the Yankees and Cardinals, and naming the ROI All-Star Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 62:00

    It's the final beat writer Thursday before the All-Star Break, and we celebrate by welcoming on two writers who are close to two of the most disappointing teams of the first half: Lindsey Adler, who covers the Yankees, and Katie Woo, who covers the Cardinals. After talking with Lindsey and Katie, Beller and DVR bring the show home by naming the Return-on-Investment All-Star Team, and consider whether the players on it can carry things over in to the second half of the season. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Lindsey on Twitter: @lindseyadler Follow Katie on Twitter: @katiejwoo Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The ethics of player drops, and assessing future roles for Yermín Mercedes and Jake Burger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 55:00

    Nando welcomes Al to the show, and Al tries to keep Nando from repeating his mistakes in dynasty leagues, while they also consider what the second half could bring for Yermín Mercedes, Jake Burger, Victor Robles, Charlie Blackmon, Ramón Urías and a couple of Tigers minor leaguers. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Email: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line ‘Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fantasy baseball waiver adds sure to provide the fireworks this weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 48:23

    DVR and Beller take a look at the fantasy baseball FAB and waiver landscape for July 4, covering the week of July 5-July 11. Is Daulton Varsho up for good? If you miss out on Luis Patiño, which pitchers should you try to stream?  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE8qLk4OAPQ Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo: theathletic.com/fantasybaseballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Touching base with Cleveland and Philly, and a look at our Waiver Wire All-Star Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 67:17

    Beller and DVR welcome Cleveland beat writer Zack Meisel and Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb to this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Zack discusses Amed Rosario's midseason turnaround, the injury outlook for Shane Bieber, Bobby Bradley's status as an everyday player, and more. The guys then turn their attention to Philly, where Gelb gets into Zack Wheeler's standout season, the topsy-turvy bullpen, Alec Bohm's disappointing first half, and more. Finally, Beller and DVR wrap up the show by naming the fantasy baseball Waiver Wire All-Star Teams for both shallow and deep leagues. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Zack on Twitter: @ZackMeisel Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattGelb Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MYmkywxGaw Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Overlooked players and categories, and projections system agreement w/Ariel Cohen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 73:33

    Ian and DVR are joined by Ariel Cohen to discuss his path into fantasy baseball, the incredible 2021 of Bryan Reynolds, runs as the most overlooked hitting category, Keston Hiura and projections system agreement, the hidden value of middle relievers, and more.  Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Ariel on Twitter: @ATCNY e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo to start: theathletic.com/fantasybaseballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Checking out a restocked fantasy baseball FAB and waivers cupboard

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 53:53

    DVR and Beller take a look at the fantasy baseball FAB and waiver landscape for June 27, covering the week of June 28-July 4. What should you do if Keston Hiura is available in your league? Who is Lars Nootbaar? Is it time to stash Luis Patiño, and how much should you bid if Jose Alvarado is available? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvAYtsF5k5Y Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Checking in with the Nationals and White Sox, and gaming the MLB trade deadline in fantasy leagues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 57:12

    It's beat writer Thursday on The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Beller and DVR are happy to welcome Nationals beat writer Maria Torres and White Sox beat writer James Fegan to the show. Maria discusses Juan Soto's increasing ground-ball rate, the look of a potential Max Scherzer trade, midseason turnarounds from Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell, and more. Then, James gets into White Sox trade targets (Adam Frazier and Eduardo Escobar), Yoán Moncada's power outage, Eloy Jiménez's injury status, Carlos Rodón's career year, and more. Finally, Beller and DVR wrap up the episode by discussing how fantasy managers can play the MLB trade deadline to their advantage. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Maria on Twitter: @maria_torres3 Follow James on Twitter: @JRFegan Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8YSYmRIluF8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Special Guest No. 3 joins the show to discuss Wander Franco, Abraham Toro, and Jesús Luzardo's demotion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 68:58

    Ian and DVR are joined by third special guest since Opening Day 2021 to discuss the short-term and long-term value of Wander Franco, the opportunity for Abraham Toro in Houston, lingering long-term interest in Jesús Luzardo, and much more.  Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A change in the Miami outfield, Matt Manning gets the call, and scary streamers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 52:24

    DVR and Beller take a look at the fantasy baseball FAB and waiver landscape for June 20, covering the week of June 21-27. Jesús Sánchez leads the way for a nice group of hitters, which also includes Abraham Toro and Taylor Ward, among others. Tigers rookie Matt Manning leads a group of pitchers that is largely comprised of risky streamers. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Zac Gallen's return, the mighty mighty Blue Jays, and a breakdown of the Thursday slate with Derek Carty

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 43:04

    Derek Carty, creator of The BAT X and EV Analytics guru, joins Beller and DVR to break down the Thursday, June 17 slate from both gambling and fantasy angles on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. Does it make sense to chase Zac Gallen in his return from the IL? How can we fade John Gant without paying the -190 price on the Braves moneyline? How did The BAT X get Vlad Jr. so right this season? The guys dive into all that, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekCarty Subscribe to our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    In-season tactics & re-thinking relievers w/Alex Cushing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 56:19

    Ian and DVR are joined by Alex Cushing (a.k.a The CushBot) to discuss the importance of managing the waiver wire in redraft and long-term leagues, the necessary discipline of managing a FAAB budget, reasons for optimism about Joey Gallo, reliever strategy, and how we could make saves less important in the future.  Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Alex on Twitter: @A_Cushing e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Outfield options, two-start pitchers, and second chance for a few SPs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 62:07

    DVR and Beller take a look at the fantasy baseball FAB and waiver landscape for June 13, covering the week of June 14-20. Is Miguel Andújar playing his way onto more rosters? Is Jake Bauers worth a look now that he's in Seattle? Should we already cut bait with Jackson Kowar? Plus, a look at this week's two-start pitchers, and a spin through the bullpens across the league. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2koVdMPc8g Subscribe to our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Checking in with the Cubs and Royals, and exploring possible fantasy angles that could stick if the substances don't

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 59:30

    Beller and DVR welcome Cubs beat writer Sahadev Sharma and Royals beat writer Alec Lewis onto this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. First, Sahadev joins the show to take a look at the Cubs from a fantasy perspective. Where does Patrick Wisdom fit in when the Cubs get fully healthy? Are Javy Baez's strikeout rate and Anthony Rizzo's power outage cause for concerns. And can we finally put to bed Craig Kimbrel trade rumors? Then, Alec jumps on to discuss the Royals. Is Josh Staumont back in line for saves? Will the team be patient with Jackson Kowar at the big league level? Is Andrew Benintendi back to his 20/20 ways? Alec answers those questions, and more. Finally, Beller and DVR wrap up by trying to find a fantasy angle to the sticky substances story. Namely, if MLB does indeed crack down, is there any way in which fantasy managers can take action? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Sahadev on Twitter: @sahadevsharma Follow Alec on Twitter: @alec_lewis Subscribe to our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Get SMART w/Glenn Colton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 66:23

    Ian and DVR are joined by FSGA Hall of Famer Glenn Colton to discuss his start in fantasy baseball, the SMART system, building successful partnerships to share teams, the demotions of Jarred Kelenic and Keston Hiura, and more.  Rundown 2:15 How Did Glenn Colton Get Started in Fantasy Baseball? 4:36 What is the SMART System? 7:28 Tips for Sharing Teams 10:58 Cedric Mullins the Third 15:33 Buying Bradley Zimmer or Bobby Bradley? 21:55 New Positions as Difficult as New Teams w/Big Money? 26:41 Demotions of Jarred Kelenic & Keston Hiura 39:28 Concerns About Gerrit Cole, Others w/Crackdown on Sticky Stuff? 47:02 Yankees Fans Are Just Like the Rest of Us 57:45 Ross Stripling & Kringles? Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Glenn on Twitter: @glenncolton1 e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Sage advice for filling corner infield, middle infielders galore, a thin cohort of two-start streamers and closure at closer in Cincinnati?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 42:38

    After a season-long dearth of viable middle infield options on waivers, Beller and Al have several interesting players to consider for their upcoming FAB bidding. Also, they discuss a journeyman corner infielder who could be a target for wise fantasy GMs, a few underrated starters to add, a paper-thin array of reliable and available two-start pitchers for the coming week and some developing closer situations. 0:44 A wise choice for corner infield? 2:20 A couple of outfield-eligible options to consider 4:50 An embarrassment of middle infield riches, including Luis Urías, Cesar Hernandez and Jonathan India 17:33 Alex Cobb, Martín Pérez and Austin Gomber lead a list of starters deserving of more consideration 25:37 Are any of this week's two-start pitchers worth pursuing? 32:58 Is Lucas Sims the Reds' primary closer now? 34:00 Should we pursue a potential closer from the Orioles or Royals? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm5F6jXFm98 Subscribe to our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdNKO0g7XgDoAmjyEf05zXQ Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Talking Dodgers, Giants and potentially undervalued SPs to acquire right now

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 44:43

    Three guests, each with their own area of expertise, join Beller on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Baseball Podcast. First, Dodgers beat writer Fabian Ardaya jumps on the show to discuss Cody Bellinger's form, Tony Gonsolin's impending return, and Julio Urías' innings. Then we head up the coast to San Francisco where we find Giants beat writer Grant Brisbee. He shares with us intel on the team's closer situation, Buster Posey's fountain of youth, and the way the Giants will approach the trade deadline. Finally, Al Melchior joins the show to talk about five pitchers whose roles are changing, and could therefore be acquired at a significant discount right now. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Fabian on Twitter: @FabianArdaya Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Love for Freddy Galvis, Shohei Ohtani's class, and the fun in old ejection videos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 62:52

    With Nando and DVR out, Beller joins Ian on this episode of Under the Radar. The guys discuss a number of players who should be blinking on the fantasy community's shared radar, as well as the demoralizing effect of injuries. They also get into Shohei Ohtani's class, Liam Hendriks' confidence, Gavin Lux' newfound swag, and old ejection videos. Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanKahn4 Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller e-mail: fantasypods@theathletic.com, use subject line 'Under the Radar' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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