Beat the Shift Podcast – 2024 Predictions Episode w/ Scott Pianowski

The 2024 Predictions episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Scott Pianowski

Strategy Section

  • Draft Recap
    • Drafting early vs. drafting late
    • The influence of projections
    • Helium players
      • What causes them?
    • Closer trends
  • Discussion about Average Draft Position (ADP)
  • Our most drafted players
  • FAAB in the first few weeks of the season
    • Importance
    • Opportunity Cost
    • How much to spend?
    • Tying in draft / roster construction

Bold Predictions

  • Hitter predictions
  • Pitcher predictions
  • Team predictions

Awards Predictions

  • MVP
  • Cy Young
  • Rookie of the Year

World Series Predictions

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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