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Eno, Britt & DVR discuss Nelson Cruz to the Rays before an attempt to play matchmaker ahead of next week's trade deadline. Plus, the Dodgers' increasing list of needs in the wake of a big series loss to the Giants, and welcoming the Cleveland Guardians into the world. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow …
 
Al and DVR discuss the trade that sent Nelson Cruz from the Twins to the Rays, the recent struggles fo Kenley Jansen and Cody Bellinger, a gem from Sean Manaea, streamers to consider for Friday, and a few potential weekend waiver-wire targets. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube page: h…
 
Next up on our beat writer roundtable series is the AFC East. The Bills now lord over the division once dominated by a Bill, but there's reason to believe the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets all could be better this season. And hey, there's quite a bit of fantasy goodness to be found on at least three of these teams. Who—if anyone—wins out in the Bills…
 
A handful of teams are already in training camp, and every camp will be underway within the next week. We're going to hear a lot of talk coming out of camp, and most of it won't matter in the fantasy world. But some of it will. Beller, Jake and Brandon help you anticipate the latter on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys…
 
Beller and Al cover Wednesday's action and look ahead to Thursday on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. The guys discuss performances by Marcus Stroman, Chris Paddack, Gleyber Torres, Eric Lauer and Brad Keller on Wednesday, then run through the best streamers on Thursday's slate. They also consider four players making moves in the Stock Watch…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the White Sox's extension with Lance Lynn, the debuts of Brandon Marsh and Josiah Gray, expectations for Touki Toussaint, Brandon Lowe's erratic splits against lefties, and finding a balance between rostering depth and trading a surplus in keeper leagues. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-…
 
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 …
 
Beller and Al look back at Tuesday night and ahead to Wednesday's action on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. The guys consider replacements for Danny Duffy and Zach Eflin, who hit the IL, discuss John Means' return to the mound, dive into Tuesday's best performances, and run through Wednesday's top streaming pitchers. Follow Beller on Twitte…
 
Next up in the beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is the NFC South. The division features the defending champion Buccaneers, and a powerhouse in transition down in New Orleans—not to mention the consensus first overall pick in fantasy drafts. And also the Falcons. But we love Calvin Ridley! Can the Bucs feed all …
 
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…
 
Hitters dominated the MLB action on Monday, highlighted by Juan Soto, Michael Conforto and Kiké Hernández all enjoying two-homer nights. Beller and Al talk about all three of those guys on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. They also run down all of Monday's relevant injury news, touch on Spenser Watkins and Cole Irvin being among the pitchers…
 
The beat writer roundtable returns to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. With training camps set to open later this week, we'll check in with all of our beat writers to get the on-the-ground knowledge about their teams as the sprint to the start of the season begins. First up: the NFC East. How will the Cowboys divvy up all those targets from D…
 
Eno and DVR discuss what they're looking for in pitchers while trying to find future value, Max Scherzer's shifting Stuff+ and continued elite status in his age-36 season, and expectations for Chris Sale coming back from Tommy John surgery. Plus, a simple question: "How good is J.D. Davis?" Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @…
 
Last year, Stefon Diggs (WR3), Brandin Cooks (WR15), Diontae Johnson (WR21) and CeeDee Lamb were all drafted as WR3s (WR24). But so were T.Y, Hilton (WR43), Marquise Brown (WR34), DeVante Parker (WR41) and A.J. Green (WR68). In 2019, Allen Robinson (WR10), Jarvis Landry (WR13) and D.J. Moore (WR16) were WR3s by ADP. But so were Alshon Jeffery (WR59…
 
Beller and Al set the table for the week to come on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. The guys discuss the debuts of Jarren Duran and Brandon Marsh, the potential playing time bump for Derek Hill, and the suddenly fantasy-relevant Wily Peralta. They also get into Monday's streamers, and consider whether certain players with short-term injury …
 
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: …
 
Eno and DVR discuss the Joc Pederson trade, the Twins' attempt to sign Byron Buxton, and their plan to trade him without an agreement, Eno's new preferred mode of transportation, Tyler Mahle and similarly undervalued pitchers, and our collective miss on Nomar Mazara. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ra…
 
Al and DVR discuss the promotion of Jarren Duran, the return of Jarred Kelenic, the flurry of post-break news around the league -- including the trade of Joc Pederson to Atlanta -- a very limited number of streaming options for Friday, and a few more options to consider this weekend as additions from the waiver wire. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchi…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston keep the ADP fun rolling on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys dig a little deeper this time around, wrapping up the top 100 and stretching into what will be the nether regions of most fantasy football drafts. Is Juju being disrespected? Is Laviska Shenault sneakily the receiver in Jacksonville …
 
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 clos…
 
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: @nandodifi…
 
Eno, Britt & DVR discuss Pete Alonso's second Home Run Derby crown, commissioner Rob Manfred's media session from All-Star week, and their expectations for each division and Wild Card race for the second half of the season. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesa…
 
Beller and Al put a bow on the first half of the season at Fantasy Baseball in 15 by looking at a group of unlikely All-Stars—hello, Cedric Mullins and Adam Frazier—and considering their prospects for the second half. They also revel in the greatness of Pete Alonso and the 2021 Home Run Derby. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Al on Twitter…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the surprises from Day 1 of the MLB Draft, a few observations from the Futures Game, the puzzling case of Chris Paddack, and if Statcast has stolen some of the magic out of fantasy baseball. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Ba…
 
It's Draft Kit Launch Week at The Athletic, and Beller and Jake are ready to celebrate. What better way than by setting the draft day stage with a look at players being selected inside the top 100 in fantasy drafts this summer? It's probably no surprise that, say, Christian McCaffrey is the consensus first overall pick, Kyler Murray is a top-three …
 
Al and DVR discuss the season-ending injury for Ronald Acuña Jr., the concerns about the health of Ian Anderson, Sunday’s standout performances, the slide of Kumar Rocker in Round 1 of the MLB Draft, and their picks for Monday’s Home Run Derby. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube page: …
 
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 w…
 
Eno, Britt & DVR discuss their picks for the Home Run Derby, the players they are most excited to see in Sunday's Futures Game, and their favorite storylines from the first half of the season. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subsc…
 
There's nothing like good news to start the weekend, and both fantasy managers and the White Sox got just that on Eloy Jiménez. Beller and Al kick off this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15 on the White Sox slugger, then discuss the rest of Thursday's news, standouts from the action on the diamond, Friday's streamers, and the weekend ahead on the w…
 
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 Ret…
 
It was a day for pitchers to make news across the MLB landscape, with Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu and Chad Green all finding their ways to prominent places on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. Beller and Al discuss those three pitchers, Wednesday's standouts, Thursday's streamers, a few players trending up and down, and more. Follow Al on T…
 
Eno and DVR discuss the Rays' promotion of Vidal Bruján, his chances of sticking on the crowded depth chart after Manuel Margot returns from injury, Rowdy Tellez as a Brewer, a lost season for Sixto Sánchez, and the White Sox's decision to part ways with Adam Eaton. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: rat…
 
The Rays dipped into their loaded farm system again, calling up Vidal Bruján for what looks like the long haul. Is he an immediate add in all fantasy leagues? Plus, who can Yasmani Grandal managers turn to with their catcher out for 4-6 weeks. Beller and Al answer on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. The guys also have their usual look at the…
 
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: @almelch…
 
The 11th annual Scott Fish Bowl kicked off on Monday, and all three of our hosts are participating. Beller, Jake and Funston discuss the players they've drafted thus far, as well as other general SFB11 tomfoolery, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Then, the guys get into some common draft-day dilemmas fantasy managers will f…
 
Al and Beller set the fantasy baseball scene in advance of Tuesday, with a look at Monday's injury news and standout players, and Tuesday's streamers. Then, Beller shines his gambling spotlight on a couple of games that stand out to him. Hint: He thinks a certain losing streak has yet to hit rock bottom. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow B…
 
Al and Beller kick off the mathematical second half of the season by looking back at a busy holiday weekend across MLB, including Gerrit Cole's struggles, Collin McHugh's new life as a reliever, and Akil Baddoo's stubborn insistence on remaining fantasy-relevant. Plus, the guys help you get ready for the week ahead, and consider some streamers for …
 
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.youtu…
 
Eno, Britt & DVR discuss the All-Star Game starters as voted by the fans, including their surprise that Adam Frazier earned a nod while Cedric Mullins did not. Plus, Vlad Jr.'s bid for the Triple Crown, Team USA Olympic Roster selections, and more. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @Der…
 
Al and DVR discuss injury news and notes including the latest updates on Trea Turner and Ronald Acuña Jr., Thursday standouts — including Brendan Rodgers— streamers to consider for Friday, and a few of their weekend waiver-wire targets. Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube page: http://b…
 
Eno and DVR discuss hitters and pitchers who have underperformed through the first half of 2021 with projections that point toward a bounce back during the second half. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube…
 
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 Gel…
 
It was a day for offense across MLB on Wednesday, with too many multi-homer games to fit into an episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. Al and Beller focus on the biggest ones, including those posted by Ozzie Albies, Luis Urías and Bobby Bradley. They also discuss Shohei Ohtani, Chris Sale, the Pirates closer situation, Jon Gray and more. Follow Al on …
 
Tuesday was one of those days that reminds us why we love fantasy baseball so much. From combo meals by Tommy Pham and Marcus Semien, to surprising pitching performances from Germán Márquez and Vince Velasquez, to the continued resurgences of Joey Gallo and Gary Sánchez, it was a jam-packed day. Al and Beller discuss as much as they can pack into 1…
 
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 Tw…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston turn their attention to the backfield on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys take a look at new-look backfield groupings to uncover where the value lies in each situation. Should you be targeting Josh Jacobs or Kenyan Drake in Vegas? What about Melvin Gordon or Javonte Williams in Denver. And is …
 
It seems more likely for Kyle Schwarber to have a two-homer game than a zero-homer game with the run he's on right now. Al and Beller marvel at the Nationals slugger on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15. They also discuss Nick Castellanos, Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Freeland, Paolo Espino, Tuesday's best pitching streamers, and the day's gambling sl…
 
Eno and DVR discuss several newish pitchers of some interest to fantasy managers, the possibility of velocity being overrated for pitchers, the lofty rest-of-season projection for C.J. Cron, the search for the "next" Jesse Winker, finding balance with trade rules in long-term leagues, and more. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitte…
 
Al and Beller take a look back at the weekend that was, focusing on a handful of standout performances that could change the way we look at a players who produced them for the rest of the season. Plus, there's more closer intrigue in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Detroit, and a busy week to plan for. Al and Beller cover all those bases on this episo…
 
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 B…
 
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