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Jake Ciely, Chris Meaney, and former big leaguer Brad Ziegler talk fantasy football strategy throughout the year, as they have no rivals in accuracy or entertaining their fans. New episodes arrive Mondays and Wednesdays. For 40% off a subscription, subscribe to The Athletic at theathletic.com/thethr…

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    The Booming Bengals, Lamar Being Lamar, and a Narrow Tree in Pittsburgh: Previewing the AFC North

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 65:11

    Our eighth and final division preview covers the AFC North. Could the Bengals be the best offense in football? What do we make of J.K. Dobbins? Is Nick Chubb the most predictable back in the league? Is there upward mobility for Diontae Johnson? Beller, Jake and Funston answer those questions, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Buying the Rams, Fading (Sorta) the Cardinals, and Considering QB Changes in San Francisco and Seattle...It's Our NFC West Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 62:14

    The guys are all-in on an Allen Robinson rebound, somewhat divided on Elijah Mitchell, throwing their hands up at the Seattle quarterback situation, and ready to believe in James Conner. Beller, Jake and Funston break down the NFC West on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Changes in Green Bay and Fun in Detroit (!!!): A Spotlight on the NFC North

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 62:31

    Davante Adams is gone, the song remains the same in Minnesota, and the Lions—yes, the Lions!—seem fun and interesting. Oh, and the Bears are here, too. Beller, Jake and Funston dive into the NFC North on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AFC South Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 55:21

    Can Derrick Henry keep things rolling in Tennessee? What's the Matt Ryan effect in Indy? We're all cool giving Trevor Lawrence a mulligan for last year, right? And does Houston have the most hilarious backfield in the league? Beller, Jake and Funston discuss all that, and a whole lot more, on the AFC South preview edition of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NFC East Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 52:38

    Our division-by-division preview series takes us this week to the NFC East, where the Cowboys and Eagles are pretty clearly battling for superiority. Beller, Jake and Brandon get into all the pertinent fantasy discussions in the division, including Dak's QB1 status, the Saquon question, the new-look Eagles, the Wentz Effect in DC, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NFC South Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 42:35

    Business as usual in Tampa? Making sense of the Saints. To CMC, nor not CMC. More than meets the eye in Atlanta? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AFC East Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 49:49

    Do the Dolphins have the widest range of fantasy outcomes in the league? Are the Patriots the most boring fantasy team in years? Is Josh Allen about to be QB1 for the third straight year? Are the Jets sneaky fun? Beller, Jake and Funston answer those questions and more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    AFC West Fantasy Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 47:02

    Targeting great teams and expected fertile offensive environments can often be a better approach than specific players in the fantasy world. To help you prepare in that way, we'll be taking a tour of every division on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. We kick things off in the AFC West. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    DeAndre Hopkins Gets Suspended, Breece Hall Steals Michael Carter's Mojo, and the Day 2 and 3 NFL Draft Picks Who Matter in Fantasy Leagues

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 47:43

    The second and third days of the NFL Draft saw a number of immediately fantasy-relevant players land with teams that could make them more intriguing than originally expected. Or less. It's hard to tell. Beller, Jake and Funston do what they can to make sense of it on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NFL Draft First Round Fantasy Reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 43:23

    Six rookie receivers found homes in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, as expected. None of them is in Green Bay, which is objectively hilarious. Oh, and A.J. Brown is an Eagle now. Beller, Jake and Funston break down the fantasy implications of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    It's Our 2022 NFL Draft Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 42:19

    There's really no better way to celebrate the draft than by making a draft game out of following the draft. That's exactly what Beller, Funston and Jake do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify 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 Best Settings, Parameters and Wrinkles for Your Fantasy Football League

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 36:07

    Setting up a new fantasy league? Itching to spice up your current one? This is the time of year you should be thinking about the setup and rules that can make a good fantasy league great. Beller and Funston share their dos and don'ts on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify 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 Fantasy Football Guide to the 2022 NFL Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 51:55

    The NFL Draft is just more than two weeks away, with the next class of fantasy superstars set to enter the NFL. Jake, Funston and Beller highlight what fantasy fanatics should be watching for in the draft on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify 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 Receivers and Tight Ends after the Offseason Frenzy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 45:13

    Beller and Jake wrap up TAFFP's first set of 2022 rankings with a look at receiver and tight end. Can Justin Jefferson unseat Cooper Kupp? How big are the second and third tiers of receivers? And a fond farewell to the first-round tight end. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Top-10 Fantasy Football Running Backs and Quarterbacks after Free Agent and Trading Frenzy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 49:08

    Well that was a fun couple of weeks. With the craziness of free agency and trading season behind us, Beller, Jake and Funston plant their first flags of the season by naming their top 10 fantasy football running backs and quarterbacks for 2022 as things stand right now. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Watson to Cleveland! Davante to Vegas! Another Crazy Week of Reshuffling in the NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 48:56

    We thought that the NFL offseason reshuffle had to peak a couple weeks ago with Russell Wilson getting traded to the Broncos and Tom Brady ending his hilariously short retirement. Then last week came in and gave us Deshaun Watson to the Browns and Davante Adams to the Raiders. As always, the NFL stays at the center of the sports conversation. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Russ to Denver! Mitch to Pittsburgh! Assessing Where the Fantasy Football Chips Have Fallen

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 54:48

    Perhaps you've heard that Russell Wilson got traded to the Broncos. Perhaps you've also heard that the Packers are running back. And maybe you've even heard to Tom Brady's retirement was one big fake. The guys sure did pick a good time to come back, didn't they? Beller, Jake and Funston assess all the moves we've seen over the last 10 days or so from a fantasy perspective on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Free Agency Through a Fantasy Football Lens

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 32:23

    NFL free agency is right around the corner, and there is no shortage of intrigue in the fantasy football world. From Chris Godwin to Arizona's backfield to Dalton Schultz and back around, the impending movement in March will have major effects when we all sit down to draft this summer. Beller and Funston take a first look at it all on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify 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 Super Bowl Party Sheet & Props Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 63:36

    Nando, Jake and Funston dig into Funston's Super Bowl Party Sheet and several props they're interested in for the Rams-Bengals matchup on Sunday! Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Early Super Bowl Matchup Thoughts & The Coaching Carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 59:23

    We have a Super Bowl matchup! Nando, Jake and Funston share their early thoughts on Rams-Bengals, before examining several coaching changes around the league involving the Giants, Raiders, Panthers, and Broncos (among others). Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Digging Deeper into Jake's 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 55:22

    Jake, Funston & Nando dig deeper into Jake's recently-released 2022 fantasy football rankings, and consider a few big shifts in value for dynasty leagues. Where is Gabriel Davis' value headed after his monster game in the Bills' season-ending loss to Kansas City? Is there a depth running back in KC worth stashing in dynasty leagues? And, should you consider placing kicker points into the D/ST slot for your league going forward? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Our First Look at Jake's 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 65:11

    DVR, Brandon and Jake discuss Jake's recently released 2022 fantasy football rankings. After two injury-plagued seasons, is Christian McCaffrey still an elite option in Round 1? How high should Jaylen Waddle go as the focal point of the Dolphins' offense? And, has Kyle Pitts joined the elite tier of tight ends? Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Recapping a Wild Week 18 & Preparing for Fantasy Football Playoff Pools

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 51:48

    A wild Week 18 is in the books! Nando, Jake, and Brandon are ready to take a look ahead to fantasy football playoff pools -- and they hold a quick three-person draft of their own. Beyond the favorites, which team(s) should you consider bankrolling in your playoff leagues? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast 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 Athletic's Week 18 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 61:25

    It's Week 18 -- our final regular season Rankings Show of the 2021 season -- whether you're playing an actual Fantasy Championship, battling for a total points crown, or enjoy a special edition of the show, fire away with your questions! Nando, Jake and Funston are here to help you make any final decisions you might have on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking Ahead to the 2022 First Round

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 64:42

    Nando, Brandon and Chris take an early look at their 2022 first-round candidates in their final episode together for the 2021 season.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chiefs-Bengals, Rams-Ravens and our Other Five Fave Bets for Week 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 28:44

    Beller and Zac put a bow on Five Faves for the 2021 season, with a profitable season within reach for both of them. The guys dig into Chiefs (-5) at Bengals (51), Rams (-4.5) at Ravens (46.5), Cowboys (-6) vs. Cardinals (51.5) and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fantasy Football Championship Week is Here!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 60:33

    The week every fantasy manager hopes to play in has arrived. All that prep beginning in June; all those best ball drafts in July; all the pods and articles consumed in August; all that excitement in draft season; all the grinding through waivers on Tuesday nights; it all pointed to this. Week 17. Fantasy Football Championship Week. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you make any final decisions you might have on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/m8ZO69GVPP8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Devin Singletary, Boston Scott, and the Rest of Championship Week's Misfit Starters

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 55:56

    Congratulations, you've made it to your fantasy football league's championship game. Chances are that way back in August, you drew part of it up like this. You targeted Jonathan Taylor in the first round. You ranked Davante Adams as the #1 receiver. You struck for players like Cooper Kupp, Deebo Samuel and Javonte Williams in the middle rounds. You had a good feeling that if you were in this spot, they'd be the ones to carry you. But let's be honest. Part of it you didn't plan. Devin Singletary? Boston Scott? Ronald Jones? Dare Ogunbowale? All of those guys can be trusted to varying degrees in Week 17. Beller, Chris and Brandon discuss that, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.  Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Taking the Fantasy Football Pulse of the Eagles, Bengals and Chargers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 33:56

    It's the final Beat Writer Tuesday of the season on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Bo Wulf (Eagles), Jay Morrison (Bengals) and Daniel Popper (Chargers) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. With Miles Sanders (hand) out again, what's the look of the Eagles' backfield for Week 17? Can Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense carry over their Week 16 explosion into this week's matchup with the Chiefs? Has Justin Jackson played well enough to carve out a meaningful role for himself alongside a healthy Austin Ekeler? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Bo (Eagles) on Twitter: @Bo_Wulf Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Follow Daniel (Chargers) on Twitter: @danielrpopper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    You're in the Fantasy Football Championship. Can you Keep Dancing with Who Brought You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 58:06

    We know that there are some championship berths hanging in the balance, but let's be honest. Saints-Dolphins is about as inconsequential as a Monday night game could be for fantasy purposes. The vast majority of fantasy managers heading to their league's championship already know that they're on their way. Some surprise players might have helped them there. Guys like Joe Burrow and Justin Jackson and Amon-Ra St. Brown. On the other hand, they may have advanced despite Week 16 duds from Tom Brady or Saquon Barkley or Keenan Allen. Can they count on the Week 16 ponies to keep rolling? Can they rely on the Week 16 phonies to bounce back? Beller, Jake and Funston dig into that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yyy9gGi4Rtk Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bills-Patriots, Rams-Vikings & more Week 16 Five Faves

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 19:39

    Zac Jackson and Vic Tafur run through their week 16 Five Faves, including a pair of key divisional games in Bills-Patriots and Ravens-Bengals. Plus, a look at Steelers-Chiefs, Rams-Vikings, and more! Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Justin Jackson, Ronald Jones, Starts, Sits in The Athletic's Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 50:20

    We're full steam into the fantasy football playoffs! But there are still tons of questions heading into Week 16. Jake and Funston are here to help you answer those questions. Is Ronald Jones an automatic start? What should we expect from Tyler Huntley? Devin Singletary or Joe Mixon? Is Justin Jackson an RB2? The guys get into all that and a whole lot more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston 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 most insane week of fantasy football in 20 years. What now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 56:27

    Nando, Chris and Brandon recap a maddening Week 15 for fantasy owners on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Chris says it was the most insane week of fantasy football in his 20 years in the business. Sunday featured a record low amount of touchdowns scored. The trio touch on top performers, underperformers and how to navigate your fantasy roster for the rest of the playoffs. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Taking the Fantasy Football Pulse of the Buccaneers, Lions and Cowboys

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 30:37

    It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Greg Auman (Buccaneers), Nick Baumgardner (Lions) and Jon Machota (Cowboys) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. Is Antonio Brown a 1-for-1 replacement for Chris Godwin? How has Amon-Ra St. Brown turned into a must-start fantasy player? What's wrong with Dak Prescott and the Dallas passing game? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Greg (Buccaneers) on Twitter: @gregauman Follow Nick (Lions) on Twitter: @nickbaumgardner Follow Jon (Cowboys) on Twitter: @jonmachota Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Week 15 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 56:16

    Turns out that a lot of fantasy managers were able to advance out of the first round of their playoffs simply by being less bad than their opponents this season. That was a brutal Week 15 summed up by this one simple fact: With four games remaining, the QB1 class includes four players who scored fewer than 16 points. Why was Week 15 so bad in the fantasy world? Was it a fluke, or could it tell us something about where the rest of the playoffs are headed? Beller, Jake and Funston discuss those two questions and dig into the full Week 15 slate on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZzvBdpo0aOU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    First Look | Week 16 Waiver Wire

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 17:25

    Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper take their first look at the Week 16 waiver wire. Opportunities may be available for running backs in Cincinnati, Miami and Detroit as the fantasy playoffs continue, but could Amon-Ra St. Brown and Gabriel Davis end up serving as viable options to help you win a fantasy football championship in the coming weeks? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Week 15 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 18:51

    Beller and DVR try to weed through a rapidly-changing Week 15 main slate from a DFS perspective. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Colts-Patriots, Bengals-Broncos, and our Other Week 15 Five Faves

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 30:11

    Beller, Vic and Zac have just a few more weeks of Five Faves to go, as the guys look to fight their way to profitable records on the season. Their 15 combined picks cover 11 of the 15 remaining games in Week 15, and they find a ton of agreement along the way. Beller and Vic both like the Steelers catching 2.5 points in Denver, while Beller and Zac are both on the Steelers as 1-point underdogs at home against the Titans. You can get those picks from the show description. For the rest, you'll have to listen. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lamar Jackson, Eli Mitchell, and The Athletic's Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 59:40

    The fantasy football playoffs are here, and with them come a host of questions for managers trying to navigate the murky waters of Week 15. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you answer those questions. Can you wait it out for Lamar Jackson? How high up the ranks does A.J. Green rise? Who can help surprise and help you advance to your league's semifinals? The guys get into all that and a whole lot more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2nl1tog2EeU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dolphins over Jets, Cowboys over Giants, and other Week 15 Survivor Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 22:19

    Beller and DVR are back on the Survivor pool circuit, breaking down the slate for Week 15. The top pick of the week looks like Cardinals over Lions, but it's likely that many, if not most, people still alive at this point of Survivor pools used the Cardinals to get here. If that's you, Beller and DVR offer up plenty of pivots, including Dolphins over Jets, Cowboys over Giants and 49ers over Falcons. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Have a Holly, Jolly Fantasy Football Playoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 61:11

    It's the best time of the year. For those of us in the playoffs, of course. Nando, Chris and Brandon get into all the Week 15 craziness on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They discuss the covid situations affecting the Browns and Rams, Lamar Jackson's injury and downturn, newfound WR3s for the playoffs, Rashaad Penny's breakout, Chase Edmonds' return, and more. And, of course, Nando figures out a somewhat relevant way to discuss D'Onta Foreman and Mike Davis. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Taking the fantasy pulse in Buffalo, San Francisco and Seattle, and opening up our mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 51:31

    It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Joe Buscaglia (Bills), Matt Barrows (49ers) and Michael-Shawn Dugar (Seahawks) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. Will Josh Allen be able to give it a go this week? What about Eli Mitchell? Has Rashaad Penny's breakout finally arrived? Is Russell Wilson back to full health? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Funston joins Beller to open up our Athletic Fantasy Sports mailbag. The guys discuss quarterbacks and defenses to stream in the playoffs, the RB2 landscape heading into the fantasy playoffs, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Joe (Bills) on Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia Follow Matt (49ers) on Twitter: @mattbarrows Follow Michael-Shawn (Seahawks) on Twitter: @MikeDugar Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Week 14 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 64:30

    With the Rams and Cardinals set to get together on Monday night, it's a guarantee that more than a few playoff berths and regular season championships hang in the balance. All we can say to those of you involved is good luck. The rest of us have to turn our attention to Week 15 and the start of the 2021 fantasy football playoffs. That's exactly what Beller, Jake and Brandon do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is Rashaad Penny about to become a fantasy playoff hero? Is Taysom Hill right there with him? On the other side of the coin, is it time to be worried about Dak Prescott? The guys answer all of those questions, and get into a whole lot more as they put a bow on Week 14 and the fantasy football regular season. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/COQznjxLlvE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    First Look | Week 15 Waiver Wire

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 20:15

    Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper take their first look at the Week 15 waiver wire. Where should you turn at quarterback if Lamar Jackson is forced to miss time after leaving with an injury in Week 14? Is Rashaad Penny finally taking over the Seattle backfield? Is Rashod Bateman primed to take a big step forward in the fantasy playoffs? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Week 14 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 19:47

    Beller and DVR discuss the Week 14 slate from the DFS perspective. Which game has the greatest stack appeal this Sunday? Is there a must-play option in cash games in the Bucs-Bills matchup? Can you trust Cam Newton and the Carolina offense in a great spot against Atlanta's porous defense? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Week 14 Five Fave Bets

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 29:20

    Beller, Zac and Vic are back for another round of Five Faves, with their 15 combined picks covering 11 of the remaining Week 14 games. Among their favorites, you'll find... Vic and Beller finding agreement on the Browns (-2.5) vs. the Ravens. Beller and Zac doing something similar in the Monday night showdown between the Cardinals (-2.5, 51.5) and Ravens. Vic and Zac both backing big underdogs. And plenty more... Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson 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 Athletic's Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 59:54

    It's the final week of the fantasy football regular season. Playoff berths will be secured. Playoff hopes will be dashed. Regular season titles will be secured, along with the precious byes that typically accompany them. It's the biggest week of the fantasy season to date. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Are Buccaneers-Bills and Cardinals-Rams going to be as exciting as they appear on paper. Can you trust running backs like Chuba Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman? Who could go belly up at precisely the wrong time? The guys get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6Qv1Uryy-ps Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Week 14 Survivor Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 22:56

    The Packers and Chargers are both double-digit favorites in Week 14 against also-rans, the Bears and Giants, respectively. Unsurprisingly, they're two of the most popular selections in Survivor pools this week. Beller and DVR break down the Survivor landscape on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. One of the two is making one of those big favorites his One True Pick, even after breaking news that dropped near the end of the show. The other is taking one of the three other comfortable favorites this week. When in doubt, you can almost always fade the Texans, Jaguars and Jets. Almost always. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Annoying Byes, Titans RBs and Taysom: Week 14 is Here

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 60:13

    A Week 14 regular season finale is new to most of us. New to all of us, and far more annoying is Week 14 byes. Plenty of fantasy managers will be looking to lock up playoff byes and playoff berths without Jonathan Taylor, and that's just one of the subplots of Week 14. Beller, Vaccaro and Brandon get into all of those subplots on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They discuss the Titans and 49ers backfields, injuries for Joe Burrow and Taysom Hill, the utility of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and K.J. Osborn, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Taking the fantasy pulse in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Minnesota, and opening up our mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 53:27

    It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Jeff Zrebiec (Ravens), Jay Morrison (Bengals) and Arif Hasan (Vikings) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. What's up with Lamar Jackson? Has Devonta Freeman discovered the fountain of youth? How's Joe Burrow's finger? Is Ja'Marr Chase hitting a rookie wall? How does the Vikings offense change without Adam Thielen? Our beat writers answer all those questions, and plenty more. After that, Funston joins Beller to open up our Athletic Fantasy Sports mailbag. The guys tackle some real-world Week 14 issues, then get into fantasy theory with a discussion whether points scored should determine any playoff spots. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Jeff (Ravens) on Twitter: @jeffzrebiec Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Follow Arif (Vikings) on Twitter: @ArifHasanNFL Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Week 13 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 61:02

    Now that's more like it. Week 13 reminded us why we love this sport and game so much, with great games and standout individual performances from start to finish, making for one of the most exciting fantasy weeks of the season. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is RB1 Javonte here to stay? What was that egg from Patrick Mahomes? Are the Rams back? Is all well for the Chargers after the latest installment in their season-long Jekyll and Hyde act? The guys answer those questions, name Week 13 winners and losers, and do a whole lot more over this hour. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gUFLSBojVKE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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