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Dave McDonald and Jake Halusker are consistently successful high stakes players in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship, and they share with listeners their strategies and experiences of competing in the highest levels of fantasy baseball. Listen to the guys who have done it before to learn how to win your leagues! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/high-stakes-heat/support
 
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In the thirty-ninth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob discuss the conclusion of The Mandalorian season 2. Show Notes: The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (Trailer) | LEGO on YouTube Jake’s ‘Making of Alien’ list | Letterboxd Animated Duel of the Fates | Mr. Sunday on YouTube Being Boba Fett: Temuera Morrison Discusses ‘The Mandalorian’ | NYT …
 
Back in the saddle! *The Browns are the greatest team in football *Nickelodeon shows that didn't suck (except for the ones Dave likes) *Lindor and Carrasco to the Big Apple *Hendriks, Schwarber sign *Sticky situation in LA *Closers whom you might feel totally comfortable drafting, but you probably shouldn't *Certain players that we will be watching…
 
In the thirty-eighth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike Jacob, and special guest Bobby Darling discuss the deluge of announcements from Disney Investor Day 2020. Show Notes: Future Lucasfilm Projects Revealed | StarWars.com Disney announces 10 Star Wars series for Disney+ List of Upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows we know about Some fake Kenobi tra…
 
--INITIATE SHOW NOTE TRANSMISSION-- The Robot's infamous System has seized control of High Stakes Heat! Phil Dussault (@PhilDussault27) has written our entire script for us and is forcing us to execute his fantasy baseball wishes. Tune in for a wide variety of heinous topics that the Robot has prepared for us! *Landing spots for Bauer and Lindor *C…
 
In the thirty-seventh episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob watch The Mandalorian, chapters 12-14. Show Notes: The Mandalorian on Disney+ IMDb Wikipedia The Mandalorian Has Raised Some New Questions About Its Star Wars Timeline | io9 The Mandalorian: Rosario Dawson (and Dave Filoni) Tell All About Ahsoka Tano | Vanity Fair Mandalorian Character …
 
In the thirty-sixth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob read and compare writer/director Colin Trevorrow's unused script for Duel of the Fates with 2019's film Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Show Notes: Colin Trevorrow fired from Episode 9 Duel of the Fates script leaks | Esquire Colin Trevorrow | IMDb Derek Connolly | IMDb Rob…
 
Happy December! Only the best and bravest are diving into their analysis at this point, and we have you covered as you foray deep into your prep for 2021. Topics covered include: *Analyzing the non-tenders of note *Urshela elbow surgery, Wander Franco biceps injury *Concerns with Tyler Glasnow *Why all the hate for Dylan Moore? *Dave rantin' on Sta…
 
In the thirty-fifth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob follow along with The Mandalorian season 2, episodes 1-3 (chapters 9-11). Show Notes: The origins of the Episode IV Krayt Dragon skeleton Useless machines in action The Razorcrest's commode Notice the handrails and stirrups. The Mandalorian's latest episode recasts Star Wars’ heroes in ne…
 
It's time to turn the page to 2021! Well, at least in terms of fantasy baseball anyway...still gotta get through 6 more weeks of this garbage in real life. Dave and Jake are back and they're ready to move forward with draft prep for the new season. Let's start getting ready to dominate! *Why the Dolans are horrible *Smyly gets $11mil? *Clevinger ge…
 
The second half of our season retrospective closely examines the pitching hits and misses from the less than optimal year 2020. Dave, Tony (@Spectre14), and Jake blaze through a vast number of starters and relievers...would they do it all again the same way? Listen in to find out! ****************************************** Dave McDonald and Jake Ha…
 
The band gets back together to closely examine the offensive hits and misses from the 2020 season. Dave, Tony, and Jake recap their fantasy seasons and lay it all out there for you all to absorb and grow your own game. Part 2 will cover pitching, due sometime next week. ****************************************** Dave McDonald and Jake Halusker are …
 
Dave and Jake work to carry you to the finish line in today's episode, both helping you to set that final weekend offensive lineup in NFBC and looking ahead to a number of topics that will dominate our thoughts heading into 2021. Best of luck to all our listeners as they close out their championships! *Injuries and players returning that could affe…
 
The boys are again joined by their close friend and another member of The Consortium, Tony DiVincenzo (@Spectre14), and together they tackle what everyone should be looking at heading into the final week of baseball. There's a ton of great strategy points in here, and they also have an opportunity at the end to give some advice on targets for your …
 
Dave and Jake are excited to welcome another incredible NFBC stalwart to the pod in RotoWire's Scott Jenstad (@ScottJenstad)! The gentlemen hit on tons of ever-in-flux closer situations, some injury and promotion news, plenty of in-season management strategy topics, and a number of great listener questions. Scott is an exemplary guest, and it was a…
 
Episode 9 of the pod features the incredibly successful high stakes redraft and DFS player Vlad Sedler (@RotoGut) of Guru Elite fame! This is an absolutely jam-packed show, full of insights into who Vlad is and what makes him a winner, plenty of player analysis and news, and short season adjustments. More specifically, we will cover: *Vlad's beginn…
 
The boys return with special guest Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB), the busiest analyst in fantasy baseball and an all-around great guy. He is nothing but candid with us about his process, experience, and life in general; plenty to take out of this episode! Among the topics covered: *Justin and his career *FWFB, TGFBI, and the Mason Face *Cleveland…
 
Dave and Jake are joined by the Robot himself, Phil Dussault (@PhilDussault27)! Phil has only played in the NFBC for four seasons, but he brings a wealth of successful experience and heavy analysis to the pod. Together they cover a plethora of topics: -The wackiest NFBC Sunday FAAB we've ever seen -Tons and tons of closing situations in flux -A ret…
 
The boys are back after their long drafting hiatus, and they brought in their long-time friend and Dave's Main Event partner, Tony DiVincenzo (@Spectre14)! The three review their strategies for drafting their four total $1200 NFBC Sprint Main Event leagues, as they highlight their primary points of focus in building their teams facing the Covid nig…
 
The summer rolls on, and your intrepid NFBCers fill you in on the news, some of which can be found at the Covid Watch. The Main Event drafts started on Sunday, but there's not enough ADP data yet for solid analysis; however, there is more than enough July Online Championship data to get a good feel for where we are. Dave and Jake also take a look a…
 
Dave and Jake return to bring you some summer updates and direct you to RotoSaurus's Covid Watch. The boys touch on setting your KDS (Kentucky Derby Style) order for your drafts, some rarer resources to be targeting, and many of their DOs and DON'Ts for drafting in roto leagues. They may even debut a new segment! They then close by evaluating how t…
 
Dave and Jake wrangle all of the news from the beginning of the 'Summer Training' period (You like that, Jon Heyman?) for you: Covid diagnoses, opt-outs, new births, managerial comments...all to help you organize everything as you prep for more drafts. Dave warns you again about drafting Josh Hader as your first closer, when you should be drafting …
 
In round 2 of High Stakes Heat, the boys touch on the news of the day, with players opting out and even *gasp* a trade! Dave breaks down spring training stats for starters that could be indicators of future performance, and then he highlights specific performances of pitchers from Spring 2020 whose 'summer training' we should be keeping an eye on. …
 
Welcome to the highly-anticipated RotoSaurus High Stakes Heat podcast! The boys banter about their childhoods, origins in fantasy baseball, NFBC experience, and... oh yea! Baseball is coming! They give a flyover of things to expect in a 60-game, travel-reduced season. We'll keep pumping out the episodes; thanks so much for listening! Dave McDonald …
 
In the thirty-third episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob embark on their final examination of the Skywalker saga. Show Notes: The Rise Of Skywalker How The Rise Of Skywalker Failed Rose Tico | Nerdist An Oral History of Carrie Fisher in TROS | Vanity Fair The Rise of Skywalker and the Sidelining of Finn | SW Rep Matters Follow the show! iTunes …
 
Podchasm's format is getting squished and the people of New York City could be too. Mike visits his wonderfully pedantic audiologist. Do you recall when The Man would weaponize frequencies to disperse loitering teens. Links: How worried should New Yorkers be about falling window A/C units? Tinnitus | Mayo Clinic Tinnitus frequency matching Jacob's …
 
Mike takes us behind the scenes of a musical performance on Conan. This leads to a discussion of the poor preservation of late night TV. The guys see drastically different concerts and discuss glow-ups from their local music scenes. Links: Mike's appearance on Conan with Julia Nunes The Whip Cracker teaches Conan how to do it Julia Michaels Live Pe…
 
Two pop-punk kids reminisce about seminal groups, both hard and soft. Times have changed since the year of Farley's death and Dude Ranch, surely for the benefit of Pete Davidson if not for the fans of Tom DeLonge. If you don't get the grade you deserve, but instead get a better one, Is that okay? There's a lesson in objectivity vs subjectivity here…
 
NPR messed up big time. Game Of Thrones is hard to watch. Jacob brought back Fall Out Boy. The guys promise this is only an Alien podcast for one more week. Links: NPR presses the wrong button Bantha Fodder look-book Nick Quah's thread on his parody account going too far Fall Out Boy on Wikipedia The Cure To Growing Older, Jacob's 2012 essay about …
 
Was Fermi right? If Aliens are out there, should we have been visited already? If we were, what would that look like? Your hosts speed through some movies they can't totally agree on, then chat about—you guessed it—podcasts. Jacob has a busy podcasting schedule including a new show. Luminary has launched and there's a lot to discuss. What do you ca…
 
Jake bought some compact discs and comic books he'll never read. The Alien 40th Anniversary shorts have begun premiering. Mike has a bum knee and a haircut. The guys lament the "end" of their favorite podcast and the greater threat of locking down "podcasts" behind a paywalled platform. Ads are fine and often actually good. Links: Coldplay on Disco…
 
In the thirty-first episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob emerge for some post-panel exhilaration and discuss the teaser trailer we saw for Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker. Show Notes: The Rise Of Skywalker teaser trailer YouTube 13 Things We Learned From The Panel | starwars.com Celebration Massive Star Wars mural Disney+ Follow Mike, Jacob, …
 
It's early and Skype's thumb emoji is not the sort of aggression Jake wanted to wake up to today. In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the series, they finally talk about the Alien prequel films. Spoilers abound. Skip ahead to about 43 minutes if you don't want to hear about the genealogy of the Xenomorph. There is follow up on our security e…
 
Its inching closer and closer to Spring and that means getting more intimate with the music we crave. Talk of these springtime records brings on an impromptu discussion of digital music storage and Jake's archival obsession. Links: Swinsain Plex Winamp Apple Music is a nightmare and I'm done with it by Jim Dalrymple The Best External Optical Drives…
 
Your OpSec is probably worse than you think it is. The guys invite on a security expert to show them the ropes of password security and Jake's information is leaked on air. Links: Samuel Fox, our guest, is on Twitter. The xkcd method (and the counter-argument) xkcd on password reuse Chuck Johnson pooped on the floor and everyone knows it. The stori…
 
A bomb is dropped at the top of the show and one of your hosts gets a deep fake out. After 4 years, Jacob completes a video game while Mike has just begun one. The secrets of music supervisor roles are spoiled and Jacob has another new podcast, this time it's actually for work. Links: "Time Enough At Last" - The Twilight Zone Captain Disillusion Al…
 
Grab life by the big horned sheep. Adam Sandler monopolized 90s comedy. Who will rule the 20s? Following the birthday of one of your hosts, the pair waxes about age, expectation, "the track," and the inspirational transformation friends take as new parents. A mysteriously convenient package arrives at Mike's apartment and Jake gets a surprise of hi…
 
Bread, filling, bread. The subject of sandwiches make up the meat of this episode. Cabbage was bought and it was the liverwurst. The perfect bite is located and a business idea is born with waffle-cut fries on the side. There's also a game! Grab a fluffernutter, a bag of kettle-cooked chips, and salivate responsibly. Sandwich Shops: Primanti Brothe…
 
Mike is working through the tedium of his record release and binary options are a bother. Does negative feedback hose the customer service employee sipping chai lattes on the other end? Despite being the reigning NYC Battle Pod champion, his desire to play it cool is very powerful. Jacob has a very busy schedule prior to his work retreat, hence the…
 
The fellas get some life-changing listener mail and debate who they should call first with the news. There is apartment follow-up and an update on Jake's Twitter cleanup. Alien Isolation is a very good flawed game, as told by a flawed player. Mike's father narrowly avoids a disorderly arrest at a local football match with toasty hands, indeed. Do O…
 
The first winter storm of the season has hit the midwest and Jacob is making the most of it. Mike is applying protective wax to his pup's paws. There is follow-up on last week's podcasting conversation detailing how to keep yourself and your cohosts accountable for your show. Schedule aggressively. The big conversation this evening is scrubbing you…
 
He may not have the tools, but Jacob has big plans to build winter lodgings on public land. Mike resurrects a gaggle of log dead snow people and his father's ice phallus. Don't put clothes on the dog. There are a bunch of reasons to have someone take over your thing while you're gone. Share your audience and take a break every once in a while. Just…
 
Why not DiGiorno? Jacob's ratio has tanked and his hard drives are full of science fantasy content. This leads into some talk of The Franchise™. The lines between shows are blurring. Can customer entitlement be tied to social media? If so, can we challenge our patrons to the #BirdBoxChallenge? The guys talk about Bird Box and very old M. Night Shya…
 
Mike has a new song out called "Anna" and that feels good. We discuss the various podcast theme songs Mike has composed over the years as well. New year, new whatever. We've got some aspirations, but no rush. Divorced Christmas as adults is not what our elementary school classmates made it out to be. Windows Movie Maker is as bad as the impending c…
 
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