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Fantasy football for the common man. On The Rant, host Jeff Ratcliffe gives his unique insights and analysis to help you crush your fantasy football leagues and DFS contests, along with breaking down all of the sharp betting angles. Jeff blends advanced stats with common sense and a hint of humor to give you a premium listening experience. This fantasy football podcast is on every winning lineup.

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    • Oct 15, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Latest episodes from The Rant with Jeff Ratcliffe

    Week 6 Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 18:58

    Jeff Ratcliffe dives into a game-by-game preview of the Week 6 slate with notes on the key matchup stats to know along with his thoughts on who is worth playing from every team still to play this week.

    WR CB Matchups Week 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 15:17

    Jeff Ratcliffe gives you his biggest upgrades based on WR/CB matchups. Jeff then breaks down his downgrades and also discusses other potential shadow situations.

    Week 6 Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 18:18

    Jeff Ratcliffe goes position-by-position and breaks down his fantasy football rankings for Week 6 of the NFL season including starters, streams, flex options, and the biggest injury situations of the week.

    Week 6 Waiver Wire Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 18:18

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his fantasy football waiver wire rankings for Week 6 with insights, analysis, and FAAB recommendations. Jeff then gives you his hold list, his cut list, and four defenses to stream this week.

    Week 5 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 21:58

    Jeff Ratcliffe recaps all of the Week 5 games for fantasy football purposes including the biggest injuries and his key fantasy football takeaways from each contest.

    Week 5 Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 21:58

    Jeff Ratcliffe dives into a game-by-game preview of the Week 5 slate with notes on the key matchup stats to know along with his thoughts on who is worth playing from every team still to play this week.

    WR CB Matchups Week 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 11:52

    Jeff Ratcliffe gives you his biggest upgrades based on WR/CB matchups. Jeff then breaks down his downgrades and also discusses other potential shadow situations.

    Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 17:20

    Jeff Ratcliffe goes position-by-position and breaks down his fantasy football rankings for Week 5 of the NFL season including starters, streams, flex options, and the biggest injury situations of the week.

    Waiver Wire Rankings Week 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 14:29

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his fantasy football waiver wire rankings for Week 4 with insights, analysis, and FAAB recommendations. Jeff then gives you his hold list, his cut list, and three defenses to stream this week.

    Week 4 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 21:57

    Jeff Ratcliffe recaps all of the Week 4 games for fantasy football purposes including the biggest injuries and his key fantasy football takeaways from each contest.

    Week 4 Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 15:36

    Jeff Ratcliffe dives into a game-by-game preview of the Week 4 slate with notes on the key matchup stats to know along with his thoughts on who is worth playing from every team still to play this week.

    WR CB Matchups Week 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 12:47

    Jeff Ratcliffe gives you his biggest upgrades based on WR/CB matchups. Jeff then breaks down his downgrades and also discusses other potential shadow situations.

    Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 16:53

    Jeff Ratcliffe goes position-by-position and breaks down his fantasy football rankings for Week 4 of the NFL season including starters, streams, flex options, and the biggest injury situations of the week.

    Waiver Wire Rankings for Week 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 16:53

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his fantasy football waiver wire rankings for Week 4 with insights, analysis, and FAAB recommendations. Jeff then gives you his hold list, his cut list, and four defenses to stream this week.

    Week 3 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 23:18

    Jeff Ratcliffe recaps all of the Week 3 games for fantasy football purposes including the biggest injuries and his key fantasy football takeaways from each contest.

    WR CB Matchups Week 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 14:41

    Jeff Ratcliffe gives you his biggest upgrades based on WR/CB matchups. Jeff then breaks down his downgrades and also discusses other potential shadow situations.

    Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 17:28

    Jeff Ratcliffe goes position-by-position and breaks down his fantasy football rankings for Week 3 of the NFL season including starters, streams, flex options, and the biggest injury situations of the week.

    Waiver Wire Rankings for Week 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 17:28

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his fantasy football waiver wire rankings for Week 3 with insights, analysis, and FAAB recommendations. Jeff then gives you his hold list, his cut list, and four defenses to stream this week.

    Week 2 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 22:14

    Jeff Ratcliffe recaps all of the Week 2  games for fantasy football purposes including the biggest injuries and his key fantasy football takeaways from each contest.

    Week 2 Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 22:14

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with a few words of wisdom for you as you make start/sit decisions on your fantasy rosters. He then dives into a game-by-game preview of the Week 2 slate with notes on the key matchup stats to know along with his thoughts on who is worth playing from every team still to play this week.

    WR CB Matchups Week 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 15:38

    Jeff Ratcliffe gives you his biggest upgrades based on WR/CB matchups. Jeff then breaks down his downgrades and also discusses other potential shadow situations. 

    Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 17:11

    Jeff Ratcliffe goes position-by-position and breaks down his fantasy football rankings for Week 2 of the NFL season including starters, streams, flex options, and the biggest injury situations of the week.

    Waiver Wire Rankings for Week 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 17:10

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with a few tips for the first major waiver wire run of 2021. He then breaks down his fantasy football waiver wire rankings for Week 2 with insights, analysis, and FAAB recommendations. Jeff then gives you his hold list, his cut list, and three defenses to stream this week.

    Week 1 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 22:52

    Jeff Ratcliffe recaps all of the Week 1  games for fantasy football purposes including the biggest injuries and his key fantasy football takeaways from each contest.

    Week 1 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with a few words of wisdom for you as you make start/sit decisions on your fantasy rosters. He then dives into a game-by-game preview of the Week 1 slate with notes on the key matchup stats to know along with his thoughts on who is worth playing from every team still to play this week.

    WR CB Matchups Week 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with some quick thoughts on player props he likes for season-opener on Thursday night. Jeff then gives you his biggest upgrades based on WR/CB matchups. Jeff then breaks down his downgrades and also discusses other potential shadow situations. 

    Week 1 Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his fantasy football rankings for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. He goes position-by-position and tells you who to start this week along with some words of wisdom on how to set your lineups. 

    Week 1 Waiver Wire

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down some potential adds off the waiver wire in advance of Week 1 of the NFL season. Jeff kicks things off with how to effectively manage your quarterbacks depending on who you drafted and how many bench spots you have. He then gives some tips on what type of running backs you should have on your bench and gives some recommendations. Jeff then breaks down all of the upside at wide receiver that might still be available in your leagues. He wraps things up with some desperation tight ends to pick up.

    RB Signings + Player Props

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with his thoughts on Wayne Gallman's impact in the Falcons' backfield and what we should think about Royce Freeman's signing in Carolina. He then gives you three fantasy football draft mantras to embrace for your final weekend of fantasy drafts. Jeff wraps the show up with several player prop futures bets that he likes right now.

    The Handcuff List

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with his thoughts on whether or not you should handcuff in your fantasy football drafts. He then breaks down his handcuff list by grouping off players into ultra-premium, premium, late-round, watch list, and question marks.

    Roster Cut Downs + Michael Thomas on the PUP

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 16:30


    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with the latest fantasy football news from around the NFL, including Deshaun Watson rumors, where Cam Newton might land, Chris Herndon being traded to the Vikings, and more. He then breaks down all of the key roster cuts from around the NFL. He wraps things up with his thoughts on Michael Thomas landing on the reserve/PUP list.


    Mac Jones! Who? Mac Jones!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the fantasy football fallout from the New England Patriots cutting Cam Newton. Jeff breaks down where he's ranking Mac Jones, what this does for Damien Harris, and how to value both Jakobi Meyers and Jonnu Smith. He also checks on on Trey Lance's injury and the latest on DeShaun Watson.

    Preseason Week 3 Takeaways

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his biggest fantasy football takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason. Topics include: how to rank Gus Edwards following JK Dobbins' season-ending injury, what to do about Irv Smith and TY Hilton, what to make of the 49ers QB rotation, how to value Justin Fields heading out of the preseason, Laviska Shenault and Trevor Lawrence trending up, and much more.

    Preseason Week 3 Takeaways

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his biggest fantasy football takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason. Topics include: how to rank Gus Edwards following JK Dobbins' season-ending injury, what to do about Irv Smith and TY Hilton, what to make of the 49ers QB rotation, how to value Justin Fields heading out of the preseason, Laviska Shenault and Trevor Lawrence trending up, and much more.

    How to Dominate Your Fantasy Football Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with his thoughts on Jameis Winston as the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and how we should value him in fantasy football drafts. Jeff then breaks down exactly what you need to do to dominate your drafts including a round-by-round strategy.

    Two Mistakes You're Making in Fantasy Drafts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with some quick thoughts on the recent quarterback news from the NFL, including the Teddy Bridgewater being name the starter in Denver, Trevor Lawrence getting the nod in Jacksonville, Kyle Shanahan refusing to publicly name his starter, and Mac Jones making things interesting in New England. Jeff then breaks down two mistakes you're likely making in your fantasy football drafts and how to correct them.

    Sony Michel Trade & Travis Etienne Injury Fantasy Impact

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 16:30

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the fantasy football fallout from Travis Etienne's season-ending injury, and unpacks what it all means for James Robinson's fantasy value. Jeff then dives into the Sony Michel trade and discusses where he's going to rank Michel, Darrell Henderson, and Damien Harris heading into this weekend's fantasy drafts.

    Marquez Callaway On the Rise + Players to Avoid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 16:28

    Jeff Ratcliffe gives his key takeaways from the Saints/Jaguars game including how to value Marquez Callaway and Jameis Winston and what to do about Travis Etienne and James Robinson. He then gives you 10 players to avoid at ADP, including  one early-round running back and several name-brand older players.

    Preseason Week 2 Takeways

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 20:16

    Jeff Ratcliffe gives you one key fantasy football takeaway from every Week 2 preseason contest. Topics include: Trey Lance making progress, Xavier Jones falling off the fantasy radar, why you should target Jerry Jeudy, avoid Texans running backs, Myles Gaskin remains in a committee, reason for pessimism with JK Dobbins, Corey Davis on the rise, Ja'Marr Chase's drops, and much more.

    TE Rankings + How to Exploit Site ADP

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 17:01

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the latest update to his tight end fantasy football rankings and tells you how he's attacking the position in fantasy football drafts. Jeff then dives into  how you can exploit commissioner site ADP and points out several players who are buried in ESPN's ADP. 

    WR Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 18:03

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the latest updates to his wide receiver rankings to get you set up for your fantasy football drafts this weekend. He kicks things off with a look at the top of the board and what you can do if you draft in the back, middle, or front of your drafts. Jeff then dives into WR2s to target, who to go after in the middle rounds, why you should leave low-upside guys for your opponents, who to grab late and much more.

    RB Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 20:48

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his updated running back fantasy football rankings to get you ready for your upcoming fantasy football drafts. He kicks things off with the 14 RBs worth drafting in the first two rounds of your drafts. Jeff then discusses the RB dead zone, who to target if you punt your second starting RB spot, why Myles Gaskin has dropped in rankings, handcuffs to grab, and why certainly deeper names offer very little fantasy appeal.

    QB Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 16:16

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down his quarterback rankings for 2021 fantasy football drafts. He kicks things off with a refresher on his draft strategy and then dives into his rankings. Jeff breaks down the top options, tells you why Jalen Hurts is intriguing, gives you some late-round safe options, tells you the rookies he's targeting, and much more.

    Preseason Week 1 Takeaways

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 16:18

    Jeff Ratcliffe goes through every game in Week 1 of the NFL preseason gives you his biggest takeaway from each contest. Topics include: Terrace Marshall and Bryan Edwards on the rise, Trey Lance's debut,  David Johnson's value continues to plummet, backfields to avoid, the Broncos fielding some firepower, Quez Watkins' outlook and much more.

    QB Draft Strategy + How to Pick Your Keepers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 16:18

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with some thoughts on how to pick keepers in fantasy football leagues including how to use his Keeper Value Chart. He then answers a listener question on leagues enacting rules to limit skill. Jeff wraps things up with his draft strategies at quarterback in 2021 fantasy football drafts in both 1QB and 2QB/Superflex leagues.

    Middle & Late Round WR Targets

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 16:18


    Jeff Ratcliffe turns his attention to wide receivers in today's podcast and breaks down his targets in the middle and late rounds of your drafts. He tells you why upside is important, but why you also shouldn't pass up value on a high-floor player. Jeff also tells you how he's handling Michael Thomas in 2021 drafts.


    Middle Round RBs to Draft + Hard Knocks Intel

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 16:18

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with his fantasy football intel from the first episode of Hard Knocks and gives you his thoughts on Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Jeff then dives into the middle round running backs he's targeting in 2021 fantasy football drafts, including four upside rookies and a couple committee backs he's taking a stand on.

    10 Things to Accomplish on Draft Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 16:18

    Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the 10 things he wants to accomplish on draft day, his draft day checklist. Jeff tells you how to navigate the early rounds of your draft to maximize value and minimize risk. He also discusses what types of players to target in the middle and late rounds, when to draft quarterbacks and tight ends, and why it might make sense to not draft a defense or kicker.

    Michael Thomas Drama + Superflex Strategy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 19:27


    Jeff Ratcliffe checks in on the latest news out of New Orleans following a cryptic social media post from Michael Thomas and tells you how to handle Thomas in fantasy drafts. Jeff then uses his latest fantasy football draft to break down key strategy points for superflex leagues and also tells you his optimal quarterback lineup requirement settings for fantasy football leagues of various sizes.


    Hall of Fame Game Takeaways + Auction Draft Tips

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 16:01

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with his biggest take aways from the Hall of Fame game including Najee Harris' debut, Chase Claypool making big plays, why Michael Gallup's usage is encouraging for CeeDee Lamb, and a rookie wideout to monitor. Jeff then gives you tips and strategy for auction drafts along with telling you how the some of the same tips can apply to your snake draft leagues as well.

    Deshaun Watson Trade Rumors + NFC Breakouts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 17:07

    Jeff Ratcliffe kicks off today's show with his thoughts on the Deshaun Watson to the Eagles trade rumors and tells you why he thinks it isn't going to happen. Jeff then breaks down one breakout candidate from all 16 NFC teams and discusses where each player should be drafted along with their dynasty value.

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