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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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Beat the Shift Podcast – AL West Episode w/ Jennifer Piacenti

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

Guest: Jennifer Piacenti

Strategy Section

  • Head to Head Points leagues
    • Thoughts on the format
    • Are there ways to improve the format from a fairness perspective?
  • Other potential format improvements for leagues

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Call-Ups Episode w/ Pierre Camus

The Call-Ups Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Pierre Camus

Strategy Section

  • General strategy regarding June Call-Ups / mid-season prospects
  • Are hitter call-ups more or less valuable / reliable than pitcher call-ups?
  • Trading prospects in redraft leagues

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

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Beat the Shift Podcast – NL East Episode w/ Ellen Adair

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

Guest: Ellen Adair

Strategy Section

  • Do you ever root against your home team in favor of players on your fantasy team?
  • In depth knowledge of your home team and how it helps or hurts in playing fantasy baseball.

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

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Beat the Shift Podcast – AL East Episode w/ Jason Collette

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

Guest: Jason Collette

Strategy Section

  • Is it time yet to think about punting categories in roto leagues?
    • Punt speed? Punt saves?
    • Punt ERA?
  • How do you know when to use the waiver wire vs. resorting to a trade?

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Prospects Episode w/ Eric Cross

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

Guest: Eric Cross

Strategy Section

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Pitcher Preview Strategy Episode

The Pitcher Preview Strategy Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Strategy Section

  • Pitcher Preview
    • Tools to look at matchups
    • Analytics for deep dives
      • Walk and Stirkeout rates
      • ERA estimators
      • Luck checks
      • Statcast measures
      • Game logs
      • Upcoming matchups

Pitcher Preview

Waiver Wire

Injury Update – Reuven gives us the injury updates.

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Beat the Shift Podcast – NL Central Episode w/ Sara Sanchez

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

Guest: Sara Sanchez

Tout Wars Update

Strategy Section

  • 2022 Baseball Environment – How have player values changed for certain player types?
    • High contact / Low Power
    • Low BA / High Power
    • Stolen base players
    • Ace pitchers
    • Reliable closers

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Frustration Episode w/ Howard Bender

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

Guest: Howard Bender

TGFBI Update

Strategy Section

  • When do you look at where you are in the individual category standings?
  • When do you look at where you are in the overall standings?
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • Unorthodox Strategies
  • Is it too early now to punt categories?
  • Trading desperation
  • The risk of Byron Buxton
  • Frustrating fantasy baseball situations
    • Injured players
    • Overbidding / underbidding on FAAB
    • Sitting a player who has a good week
      • Shohei Ohtani’s excellent pitching performances in weekly leagues
    • Starting a player who has a bad week
  • Balancing being a fantasy expert and succeeding in fantasy leagues

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