Beat the Shift Podcast – Draft & Auction Recap Episode w/ Justin Mason

The Draft & Auction Recap episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Justin Mason

Strategy Section

    • What is TGFBI?
    • KDS Selections
    • Draft plan & execution
    • Freddie Freeman as a 1st rounder
    • Nico Hoerner as a draft linchpin
    • Relief Pitcher darts at the end of drafts
    • How much risk to take on, and when?
    • TGFBI Average Draft Position trends
  • Auctions
    • Differences between snake drafts and auctions
    • What is it like to draft against?
      • Ariel Cohen
      • Justin Mason
    • Adjusting draft strategy based on other owners’ tendencies
    • Coming to auction tables with market values
    • Hitter / Pitcher % Split
    • How to handle Ronald Acuna Jr. in auctions?
    • Online vs. in-person auctions
    • 12-team vs. 15-team auctions
  • LABR Mixed Auction Recap
    • Justin
      • Stars & Scrubs hitting
      • Low cost pitching
      • Late game / low valued injury darts
      • 3 Closers
    • Ariel
      • Big catcher spending
      • High value starting pitching
      • How to make up for the loss of Devin Williams
    • Trading leagues vs. non-trading leagues
  • Tout Mixed Auction Recap
  • Drafting as a proxy for a team’s owner
  • Tout Head to Head Recap
    • Do you need to follow the market’s Hitter / Pitcher % split in points leagues?
    • Nominating catchers early on
    • Salvador Perez’s value
    • Factoring in the HTH playoff format into player valuation


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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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