Beat the Shift Podcast – Corner Infield Episode w/ Frank Stampfl

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

Guest: Frank Stampfl

Strategy Section

  • Personal goals for 2023
  • How the projections are handling the new rule changes
  • Stolen bases increase for 2023
  • Starting pitcher strategy for 2023
    • The 3 1A Strategy
  • Justin Verlander
  • Tyler Glasnow
  • Corner Infielders
    • Players who will gain value from switching teams / change of scenery
    • Definition of a “shallow” position
    • Third Base strategy for 2023
    • The corner infield conundrum

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

ATC Undervalued Players

Injury Update

Joey Votto

  • Hall of Fame candidacy

Ariel vs. Frank in tennis


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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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1 year ago

Great show! Always terrific when Frank joins. And super CONGRATS on your nominations. Well deserved, sir.

Would you mind some quick input on draft prep strategy for keeper / auction? I know price is a function of supply and demand, but is it important to adjust draft prices to account for keepers? Or should we maintain that a player’s value is a player’s value, regardless of the other draftable options?

One side of me thinks it’s obvious that less supply = higher price. But isn’t that mitigated by the fact that everyone has keepers…and I should consider the situation more like a mid-draft scenario? Wherein I wouldn’t “pay up” for a player and instead continually search for value. Like, instead of paying up for a relatively scarce position, should I stick to my draft values as if there were no keepers?

Thanks again for your excellent work, sir!