Beat the Shift Podcast – NL West Episode w/ Derek Van Riper

The NL West Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Derek Van Riper

All-Star Game Thoughts

Strategy Section

  • What are you doing from a fantasy standpoint with your time at the all-star break?
  • Using Rest of Season Projections
    • ATC Rest of Season Projections
    • Auction Calculator
    • When do you stop using pre-season projections?
  • Looking at recent performance
    • What is the proper time frame to use for a recent player snapshot?
  • How to tell the difference between underperformance and injury?

NL West

  • Diamondbacks
    • Corbin Carroll
      • When will he come up to the majors?
      • The strategy of picking him up in 2022 on fantasy rosters.
      • Will he be valued properly in 2023 drafts?
    • Alek Thomas
      • Can he continue this level of production?
      • Sophomore slumps?
    • Trade candidates prior to the trading deadline
  • Giants
    • Joey Bart
    • Using Giants hitters who are often platooned in fantasy
    • Will the Giants hold onto a playoff spot?
    • What will the Giants do at the trade deadline?
  • Padres
    • Is Juan Soto a possible fit for the Padres / Is San Diego a good potential trading partner with Washington?
      • Is a player’s trade value typically higher in the offseason or just prior to the mid-season trade deadline?
    • Fernando Tatis Jr.
      • Injury status and timetable
      • What would a fantasy trade involving Tatis look like?
  • Rockies
    • Connor Joe
    • The fantasy value of the Rockies catchers
      • Can you stream them into your lineups for their home games?
    • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
    • Colorado Rockies starters
      • When to pitch them in fantasy
  • Dodgers
    • Walker Buehler
      • Injury status and timetable
      • What to do with him in fantasy
    • Tony Gonsolin
      • Rest of season expectaions and beyond
      • Innings concern

NL West Predictions

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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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