Beat the Shift Podcast – Catcher Episode w/ Vlad Sedler

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

Guest: Vlad Sedler


  • VDP Projections
  • ATC Projections

Strategy Section

  • Risk
    • How to price players with risk
    • Is there a limit to the amount of risk you can assemble on one fantay roster?
  • Closers
    • The arguments for and against drafting a super elite closer in the 2nd round
  • Catchers
    • General assesment of the catcher player pool
    • General strategy for drafting catchers in 2023

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

ATC Undervalued Players


Injury Update

Matt Mervis 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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7 days ago

If it weren’t for actual work, I’d be knee deep in ATC projections, interSD, intrawhatwhoseits, etc…is there anything better than ATC release day?! Ok sure, maybe lots of things, but I enjoy it thoroughly. And a day early this year! Good lord.

Ariel, I continue to be very appreciative of your work. Listening to you break down player valuations and draft strategy is my piece of heaven. Thank you, sir!