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

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

Guest: Ian Kahn

Most memorable moments of the baseball season

Strategy Section

  • Which is more important at the draft – Having better knowledge of the players, or better valuation & auction/drafting skills?
  • Which is more true?
    • Leagues are won on draft day vs.
    • Leagues are won with great in-season moves & pickups
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • Do you have to walk away with speed in the first few rounds?
  • The Case for An Ace – Do you need to walk away with an ace (or two aces) in the first few rounds?
  • Is it worth paying up for a super elite catcher (Salvador Perez / JT Realmuto)?
  • Is it worth paying up for closers?
  • Can you wait on corner infielders?
    • Should you disregard positions in the first few rounds?

Our successes and failures in 2021

Sandy Alcantara – Is he a top 10 pitcher for 2022?

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Final Week Decisions Episode

The Final Week Decisions Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

League Updates

Strategy Section

  • Final Week Strategies & Decisions
    • No fear of droping players
    • Categories categories categories
    • Players in a pennant race
    • Younger players
    • Hot hand
    • Projections vs. final month stats
    • Roster flexibility in the final week
    • Go with your gut
    • Rotation schedules revamped for playoff bound teams

Injry Guru’s Trivia of the Week

Waiver Wire

Pitcher Preview

Injury Update – Reuven gives us the injury updates.

Housekeeping

  • Upcoming Episode Schedule
  • Thank you for listening !!!

 

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Mid-September Episode

The Mid-September Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Strategy Section

  • Last 2 weeks of the season
    • No more fear of droping players
    • Specific team schedules in the penultimate week, and lineup decisions
    • Contending teams and playing time

Waiver Wire

Pitcher Preview

Injury Update – Reuven gives us the injury updates.

Live show announcement!

 

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Early September Episode

The Early September Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Waiver Wire

Pitcher Preview

Injury Update – Reuven gives us the injury updates.

League Updates

Strategy Section

  • Frequency of success vs. Magnitude of success
  • Avoid same team stacking in fantasy baseball?

9/11

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Closer Episode w/ Greg Jewett

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

Guest: Greg Jewett

Strategy Section

Closers

  • How to form a closer hierarchy
    • Pre-season
    • Mid-season
    • Closer by committee
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • What is the optimal closer strategy for drafts?
    • Bank an elite closer?
    • Is drafting two top closers a viable strategy?
  • Using FAAB resources on closers
    • How much is too much?
  • Non-elite closers that may experience a saves surge in September
  • What to observe in September to assist us in prep for the 2022 season
  • Kenley Jansen
  • Organizational & manegerial philosophy

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Beat the Shift Podcast – September Prospects Episode w/ James Anderson

The September Prospects Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: James Anderson

Strategy Section

Prospects

  • Guaging which teams will showcase prospects
  • Positions and service time manipulation
  • The affect of COVID in 2020 on prospects in 2021
  • Will there be another Randy Arozarena in 2021?
  • Impact prospects for 2022

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

Prospect Discussion

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Late August Episode

The Late August Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Waiver Wire

Pitcher Preview

Injury Update – Reuven gives us the injury updates.

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Self-Evaluation Episode w/ Nicklaus Gaut

The Self-Evaluation Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Nicklaus Gaut

Field of Dreams

Strategy Section

Self-Evaluation

  • For teams in contention
    • Looking at categories to make gains
  • For teams not in contention
    • Evaluating what went wrong
    • Following player hot streaks in August/September
    • Trying different strategies

Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week

  • Most innings pitched in 2021

Starting Pitchers who could be limited

Final Month Fades

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Engagement Episode w/ Patrick Davitt

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

Guest: Patrick Davitt

Strategy Section

FAAB / Waiver Wire / Roster Churn

  • Distribution of FAAB dollars throughout the season
    • Does current standing matter?
  • Does player aquisition strategy alter in the month of August?
  • Injury rates 2021 vs. 2020 vs. 2019
  • Sholud we churn our rosters more or less in the final two months of the season?
  • How to decide when to cut a player in the final two months

Category Movement

  • Categories that are more volatile late in the season (more movement) & categories that are less volatile
    • Why ratio categories are highly volatile

Engagement

  • Can you win a league if you are towards the bottom in August?
  • Do you have a moral / ethical obligation to play hard until the very end in fatnasy baseball?
    • What if you play in many leagues?
  • Is it right to divert time spent away from leagues that you cannot win?
  • Is there an ethical difference between neglecting to set a valid lineup vs. foregoing waiver wire pickups?
  • Is there an obligation to ensure that your fantasy team reaches the minimum inning requirements?
    • How should a league commissioner interviene if teams are not on pace to reach the IP threshold?
  • Creating incentives to increase league engagement down the stretch

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Sabermetrics Episode w/ Bill James

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

Guest: Bill James

Personal History

Sabermetrics Section

  • How has sabermetrics changed over the years?
  • What metric is Bill James most proud of creating?
    • Bring your dog to the park day
  • Ariel’s suggestion for Bill James’ Runs Created formula
  • Undervalued statistics in today’s game
  • The best defensive metrics to use
  • Closer by Committee in baseball today
  • Beating the Shift
  • Similarity Scores

Injury Guru Trivia of the Week

  • Career batting averages – Ariel vs. Bill

Baseball Across the Decades

  • Greatest Players of all time
    • Hitter – Babe Ruth
    • Pitcher – Roger Clemens
  • How would Babe Ruth & past baseball players stack up against 2021’s major leaguers?
  • Expansion in Baseball

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