Beat the Shift Podcast – Mock Draft Episode w/ Chris Welsh

The Mock Draft Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Chris Welsh

Tout Wars Head to Head Recap

Strategy Section

  • General Draft Strategy
    • Push up saves/steals/starters? What is the right time to roster them?
  • KDS Selection for 2022
  • What is the best time to reach for your “favorites,” “targets” or “upside players?
  • Should you draft prospects in redraft leagues?

Mock Draft

  • Positions: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, U, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, B
  • Format: 12 teams, mixed league, rotisserie scoring
  • Categories: OBP, R, RBI, HR, SB, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP (standard 5×5 w/ OBP instead of BA)

Mock Draft Results

Team 1 – Ariel Cohen

Team 7 – Reuven Guy

Team 8 – Chris Welsh



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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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8 months ago

Hi Ariel…I have some drafts the weekend of April 2 and I’ve been holding off finalizing values to see if you’ll have another ATC update. Do you expect to do an update and, if so, do you know what day? Thank you.