Beat the Shift Podcast – End of Season Wrap-Up Episode w/ Ian Kahn

The End of Season Wrap-Up Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Ian Kahn

Most memorable moment of the season

Fantasy MVPs

  • Drafted Hitters
  • Undrafted Hitters
  • Drafted Starting Pitchers
  • Undrafted Starting Pitchers
  • Relief Pitchers

Strategy Section

  • Which is more important – the draft, or in-season play?
  • Should we be avoiding risk more in drafts, particularly in the early rounds?
  • Lessons learned in 2022
    • What was the optimal closer strategy in 2022? Will it change in 2023?
    • What were some waiver wire strategy lessons learned from 2022?
    • Was the market premium for speed justified in 2022?
    • Were catchers worth taking early in drafts? Will they be worth taking early in 2023?
    • Was starting pitching worth buying early in drafts in 2022? Where should we look to purchase pitching in 2023?
  • Who are some potential “Spencer Strider” type candidtates for 2023?

Injury Update – Reuven gives us the injury updates.


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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

For shame, Reuven. Cut the ageist, sexist toss-off comments (dissing pickleball for playing with 70-year-old women). I’m a 76-year-old man, a former junior tennis champion and college player. Playing pickleball, I am routinely humbled by older women. It’s a great game in that it allows people of all ages and genders, people who did not have hours and hours of tennis lessons as kids, to compete successfully and to display their athleticism. May you attain a little humility as you grow older.