Beat the Shift Podcast – 1st & 2nd Rounds Episode w/ Phil Dussalt

The 1st & 2nd Rounds episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Phil Dussault

Strategy Section

  • Draft Preparation
    • How to prepare for drafts
    • When to adjust projections
    • What news to look out for
    • Should you have a “do not draft” or “only draft from” list?
    • Should you plan draft picks for particular rounds?
      • Creating a map
      • Does it change depending upon your particular draft slot?
  • Risk
    • Should you stay away from injury prone players?
      • Should you especially stay away from risky pitchers?
    • How to discount players for risk
    • Should one be super conservative in the early rounds?
    • Are leagues won by taking risks early on, middle or late in drafts?
      • At what point in the draft should you start to switch from being more conservative to seeking out more risks?
    • Types of risk that often do / do not work out
    • Pricing starting pitchers returning from injury
  • FAAB
    • Which is more important – the draft or the weekly waiver wire grind?
    • How to know who to pick up each week
      • Identifying save candidates before they are closers
    • How to know who to drop each week
    • Learning from one league to the next
    • Learning fron friends
  • Multi-positional players
    • Value in various fantasy formats
    • How to utilize
  • Streaming pitchers
    • Should we be streaming pitchers in 2023?
    • How should one alter their draft to avoid streaming pitchers?

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

1st & 2nd Round

  • Overvalued Players
  • Undervalued Players
  • How to value Shohei Ohtani for 2023

Injury Update


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Ariel is the 2019 FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year. Ariel is also the winner of the 2020 FSWA Baseball Article of the Year award. He is the creator of the ATC (Average Total Cost) Projection System. Ariel was ranked by FantasyPros as the #1 fantasy baseball expert in 2019. His ATC Projections were ranked as the #1 most accurate projection system over the past three years (2019-2021). Ariel also writes for CBS Sports, SportsLine, RotoBaller, and is the host of the Beat the Shift Podcast (@Beat_Shift_Pod). Ariel is a member of the inaugural Tout Wars Draft & Hold league, a member of the inaugural Mixed LABR Auction league and plays high stakes contests in the NFBC. Ariel is the 2020 Tout Wars Head to Head League Champion. Ariel Cohen is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA). He is a Vice President of Risk Management for a large international insurance and reinsurance company. Follow Ariel on Twitter at @ATCNY.

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