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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

Strategy Section

  • General snake draft strategy
  • Early round pitcher strategy
  • Differences between various formats & depths
  • Tackling closers
  • Tackling catchers
  • KDS preferences
  • What is the most important statistic to focus on?
  • What is a category that you could get on the waiver wire?

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Starting Pitcher Preview Episode – Part II – w/ Paul Sporer

The Starting Pitcher Preview (Part II) episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Paul Sporer

Strategy Section

  • Relievers moving to the rotation
    • Good source to find fantasy players?
    • Candidates for 2024
  • San Francisco Giants plan for 2024
  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Spring Training
    • Red Flags
    • Green Flags
    • Injuries in Spring Training
    • Spring training stats on FanGraphs !!!
  • How to value older / aging pitchers
    • Survivor Bias
    • How cost plays in to the risk
  • Supermodels
  • How to value pitchers coming over from a foreign league
    • Foreign pitchers vs hitters
  • 9 Pitcher roto roster – how to split SP/MR/CL?

Starting Pitchers

  • General player pool observations
  • Lower tiered pitchers
    • What to look for?

ATC Undervalued Players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Auction Strategy Episode w/ Jeff Erickson

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

Guest: Jeff Erickson

Strategy Section – Auction Strategy

  • General Auction Strategy
    • Rules to live by
    • Differences to snake drafts
    • Online vs. in-person auctions
    • Time of day
    • Other players’ tendancies
    • Looking around at the auction table
    • Most important items to keep track of during an auction
  • Nomination Strategy
    • Have a purpose
    • Reasons for nominating who you are most interested in buying
    • Plan A / Plan B nomination
  • Market Values
    • Assessing the market
    • AAVs / ADP$
    • Hotspots
  • What to pay for players
    • Strike Prices
    • Paying more for players who fit your team’s build
  • Money plan
    • Hitter / Pitcher % Split
    • Stars & Scrubs vs. Spread the Risk
    • Unorthodox strategies
  • Money management
    • Pacing yourself in the auction
    • Buying out of “the break”
  • In-draft adjustments
    • Tracking scarcities
    • Tracking inflation
  • Bidding
    • General procedure
    • Starting bid
    • +2 bids
    • Bidding often
    • Timing of bids
    • Price enforcing
  • Other tidbits
    • Pay attention to the other bids
    • Clogging the DH spot
    • Shohei Ohtani is still pitcher eligible
    • Need to get bargains

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Starting Pitcher Preview Episode – Part I – w/ Nick Pollack

The Starting Pitcher Preview (Part I) episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Nick Pollack

What’s new at PitcherList?

  • PLV 2.0

Strategy Section

  • Pitch arsenal
    • Is it better to have one elite pitch, or a few good pitches?
    • Pitch mix changes
      • Blind spot of projections?
      • How to know when a pitcher will be more successful?
      • What to make of a pitcher throwing a new pitch?
  • Should we trust certain teams / organizations to improve pitchers?

Starting Pitchers

  • General player pool observations
  • 12-team vs. 15-team leagues
  • Which is more important – securing ratios or strikeouts?
  • Should you chase wins?
  • How much of a discount do you need for an injury concern pitcher?

ATC Undervalued Players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Middle Infield Preview Episode w/ Sara Sanchez

The Middle Infield Preview episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Sara Sanchez

Strategy Section

  • Risk
    • Should you minimize risk early on in drafts?
    • Should you increase risk late?
    • At what point in the draft do you worry less about risk?
    • How does league size / depth affect your risk propensity?
  • The value of player consistency
    • Head to Head formats
  • Pitchers with injury issues
    • Why do projections seem to overstate innings for risky starters?
    • Should you avoid injury risk pitchers all together?
    • Should you worry about your team’s aggregation of risky pitching?

Middle Infield

  • General player pool observations
  • Positing scarcity no longer exists
  • Which price points to play at in 2024?
  • What statistics should you get from the MI?
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

ATC Undervalued Players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Mets Episode w/ Keith Raad (New York Mets)

The Mets episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Keith Raad (New York Mets broadcaster)

Interview

  • Career path to the Mets
  • Transition from minor leagues to major leagues
  • Working with Howie Rose
  • Research prior to season
  • Incorporating analytics into the broadcast
  • Catch phrases
  • Philosophy of new manager and general manager
  • Brandon Nimmo’s role
  • How the Mets will handle third base
  • Will Edwin Diaz bounce back to elite form?
  • The most underrated player on the Mets
  • Free agent fits for the Mets
  • Prospects that could make an impact in 2024
  • The biggest influence on Keith’s career
  • Favorite moment as a broadcaster

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Outfield Part II Preview Episode w/ Ray Murphy

The Outfield Part II Preview episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Ray Murphy

First Pitch Florida

Strategy Section

  • Projections
    • The basics of what goes into generating player projections
    • How should you use projections?
    • Blind spots of projections
      • What does the human eye do better than the computer?
  • Pricing Players
    • SGP vs. Z-Scores vs. PVM
  • Outfield Player Pool
    • General observations
    • Are there specific stats that you need to get from the OF position?

ATC Undervalued Players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Outfield Part I & Utility Preview Episode w/ Brian Entrekin

The Outfield Part I & Utility Only Preview episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Brian Entrekin

Strategy Section

  • Snake Draft Strategy
    • General KDS Strategy
    • This year’s KDS Strategy
    • Mapping stats & positions in future rounds
  • Outfield Player Pool
    • General observations
    • 3 OF vs 5 OF leagues
    • OF Stars & Scrubs approach?
    • OF Waiver wire viaiblity
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • Are platoon players viable to roster?
    • In which formats?
  • Designated Hitter / Utility Only Players
    • Is it worth it to “clog” up your utlilty spot with a utility only player?

ATC Undervalued Players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Corner Infield Preview Episode w/ Mike Gianella

The Corner Infield Preview episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Mike Gianella

Strategy Section

  • What does it mean for a position to be shallow?
  • Strategy for shallow positions
  • Dual position eligibile players
    • Value and use
  • General corner infield player pool observations
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • What statistics do you need to accumulate from the corner infield position?
  • Get a reliable CI up top, or wait for bargains to unfold later on?

ATC Undervalued Players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Catcher Preview Episode w/ Justin Mason

The Catcher Preview episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Justin Mason

Strategy Section

  • Catcher player pool observations
  • Are catchers less valuable this year?
  • 1-Catcher vs. 2-Catcher leagues
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • Can you effectively stream catchers?
  • Can you / should you draft a catching pair from a single MLB team?
  • Catchers who might recieve extra playing time as the designated hitter

ATC Undervalued Players

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