Beat the Shift Podcast – Spring Training Episode w/ Matt Williams – Part II

The Spring Training Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Matt Williams

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

Strategy Section

  • What can we learn from this year’s Spring training?
    • How will 2022 be different?
  • How will the start of the 2022 season differ from a typical season?
  • Using middle relievers in fantasy baseball early on in the 2022 season.
  • The return of 9-inning doubleheaders.
  • Fantasy leagues – Drafting in 2022
    • Should we push off drafting our 2022 fantasy teams until after the season starts?
    • Drafting early in the morning.


  • Players with negative auction values – what does that mean?
  • Keeper league inflation
  • ATC Projections update
  • Catcher strategy in shallow 1-catcher leagues

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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