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Beat the Shift Podcast – 2022 Home Stretch Episode

The 2022 Home Stretch Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Baseball Section

Strategy Section

  • Last two weeks FAAB
    • Leagues restricting the picking up of already dropped players
  • Making sure your roster has backups at every position
  • 2022 differences
    • Ending the season mid-week
    • Smaller September rosters
    • Upcoming IL stints in the final week
  • Know your league settings

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Trading Ethics Episode

The Trading Ethics Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Strategy Section

  • The ethics of making late season trades
    • Trading in redraft leagues late in the season – trades between a top team to a middle/bottom team
  • What should a team well out of the money be compelled to do down the stretch, and what should they not be allowed to do (if any)?
  • The Mathematics of a Fair Fantasy Sports Trade (article linked)
    • Making a team “better” – is it a higher points total potential, or a higher probability of winning / cashing in a league?
  • Measures that we can take to prevent late season ethics issues, and still keep engagement
    • Changing trade rules
    • Adding engagement deterrents
    • Penalties for bottom finishers

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Reflection Episode w/ Patrick Davitt

The Reflection Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Patrick Davitt

Strategy Section

  • Successful fantasy strategies in 2022
    • Spread the risk at auctions
    • Not overpaying for stolen bases
    • Find the hotspots
    • Staying away from higher risk players at the top
    • The aggregation of small value gains
  • Kevin Gausman’s high BABIP
  • What was the ideal closer strategy in 2022?
  • Unsuccessful fantasy strategies in 2022
    • Pocket Aces
    • Taking on too much injury draft capital
  • What can we do better in 2023?
    • Not relying on closers from the waiver wire
    • More stars & scrubs in mixed leagues
    • Waiver Wire
      • Not bidding too high
      • Being more patient
  • How to handle starting pitchers late in season with poor upcoming matchups
  • Activating starting pitchers immediately upon return from injury

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Draft Strategy Look Back Episode w/ Justin Mason

The Draft Strategy Look Back Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Justin Mason

TGFBI Update

  • What we can learn from the top teams
  • Draft success versus superior in-season play

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Mets & LABR Update Episode w/ Adam Ronis

The Mets & LABR Update Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Adam Ronis

Softball Team

New York Mets

  • Thoughts on deadline acquisitions
  • Mets postseason bullpen
  • Mets consistency
  • Jacob deGrom rest of season
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • How many wins will the Mets accumulate in 2022?

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Trade Deadline Roundup Episode w/ Steve Gardner

The Trade Deadline Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Steve Gardner

MLB Trade Deadline

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Injury Returnee Episode

The Injury Returnee Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Strategy Section

  • Should you immediately insert injury returnees into your active fantasy lineups?
    • Hitters vs. Pitchers

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Beat the Shift Podcast – NL West Episode w/ Derek Van Riper

The NL West Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Derek Van Riper

All-Star Game Thoughts

Strategy Section

  • What are you doing from a fantasy standpoint with your time at the all-star break?
  • Using Rest of Season Projections
    • ATC Rest of Season Projections
    • Auction Calculator
    • When do you stop using pre-season projections?
  • Looking at recent performance
    • What is the proper time frame to use for a recent player snapshot?
  • How to tell the difference between underperformance and injury?

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Beat the Shift Podcast – AL Central Episode w/ Jeff Zimmerman

The AL Central Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Jeff Zimmerman

Strategy Section / Mailbag

  • What to look at / reasoning for setting weekly pitching lineups.
  • How to accumulate “risk” & other strategies if behind in the standings and trying to catch up.
  • How many points behind first place is it not too late to catch up to first?
  • Sell high on Julio Rodriguez?

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Beat the Shift Podcast – FAAB Episode w/ Scott Jenstad

The FAAB Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Scott Jenstad

Strategy Section

  • FAAB / Waiver Wire
    • How has the waiver wire changed over the past few seasons?
      • Is it more important or less important?
    • When to enter FAAB during the week.
    • Looking at “your” team.
    • How playing with a partner helps with waiver wire pickups.
    • What to look for when picking up players?
    • What to look for when dropping players?
    • How much FAAB should you have left over at the All-Star break?
    • Does prior league bidding affect your FAAB bids?
    • Does current team FAAB amounts affect your FAAB bids?

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