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Mike Gianella and Zach Steinhorn take a look at a few players who have been inconsistent throughout the season—Amed Rosario (2:45), Hunter Renfroe (6:52), Luis Castillo (13:13), and Matthew Boyd (19:43)—and also give their thoughts on top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (24:34), Victor Robles (34:34), Eloy Jiménez (40:50), and Fernando Tatís Jr. (44:48) and how these prospects might fare in fantasy basebal.

Mike Gianella and Zach Steinhorn take a quick look at recent waver wire moves (1:34) before delving deep into injuries to Buster Posey (2:38), Charlie Morton (7:16), and Josh Donaldson (11:11); struggling hitters including Kyle Seager (15:52), Greg Bird (19:16), and Dee Gordon (23:47); and struggling pitchers like Gio Gonzalez (34:09), Kyle Gibson (38:28), and Junior Guerra (43:45).

Mike Gianella and Zach Steinhorn discuss hot second half hitters such as Ronald Acuña, Rougned Odor, and Kole Calhoun (2:20), Robinson Canó’s return and other assorted Mariners things of note (14:20), closer turnover (23:15), and noteable callups of late (35:00).

Mike Gianella and Zach Steinhorn tackle the trade deadline, but not before talking about the trades that happened before the deadline and its impact in fantasy (4:45). On the deadline day moves, Mike and Zach discuss Brian Dozier going to the Dodgers (9:30), Tommy Pham to the Rays (16:10), Chris Archer to the Pirates (27:05), Austin Meadows also to the Rays (36:10), Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers (38:45) and Jonathan Villar going to the Orioles in that trade (45:00), the Blue Jays swapping Roberto Osuna to the Astros for Ken Giles (48:40), the Orioles trading Kevin Gausman to the Braves (56:00), and finally, Wilson Ramos going to the Phillies (1:01:10).

Mike Gianella and Zach Steinhorn with the lightning round episode, providing insight on some recent DL stints for Gary Sanchez (3:00) and Yoenis Céspedes (8:50); Delino DeShields being sent down (16:00); Jeurys Familia, Zach Britton, and closers (23:00); what’s up with the Cubs rotation (30:00); and the tear that Matt Carpenter has been on (38:30).

Mike Gianella and Zach Steinhorn break down the Manny Machado trade (2:40), the Brad Hand trade (10:20), and dump trades (30:20)

Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus banter about recent developments in their expert leagues (4:00) and discuss how they approach and execute mid-season trades (30:00).

Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus break down the freshly updated BP Top 300 fantasy rankings.

 

George Bissell, Mark Barry, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus return from an extended break to host a special edition NFL Draft-style podcast in which they select the most compelling storylines in fantasy baseball over the remainder of the season.

Ronald Acuna (4:30)

Josh Hader (11:00)

Kyle Schwarber (18:30)

Ozzie Albies (25:00)

Xander Bogaerts (34:00)

Byron Buxton (37:30)

Christian Villanueva (41:30)

Gerrit Cole (47:00)

Charlie Morton (50:00)

Luis Castillo & Jon Gray (52:00)

Mike Trout & Mookie Betts (1:00:00)

Ian Desmond (1:04:30)

Aaron Judge (1:07:00)

Javier Baez (1:11:00)

Sean Manaea (1:12:30)

Franchy Cordero & Mac Williamson (1:13:00)

Audio Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist”

Audio Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus discuss the importance of avoiding confirmation bias, overreacting to small samples or drawing significant conclusions from early season results (5:00), a trio of players they’ve been targeting in Hunter Strickland (15:00), Jordan Hicks (18:00) and Matt Moore (21:00), and finally banter about several situations they’re monitoring including Kenley Jansen (24:00), Kevin Gausman (31:00), Rhys Hoskins (38:30), Justin Smoak (40:00), Gerrit Cole (42:00), Chris Davis (44:30) and Blake Snell (47:00).

Audio Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist”

Audio Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

George Bissell and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus discuss critical spring training takeaways and developments including Dan Vogelbach (8:00), Scott Kingery (11:00) and Ryan McMahon (17:00), a league-wide shift in closer and elite multi-inning reliever usage (22:00), the value of newly-minted closers Brad Boxberger (28:00), Dominic Leone (32:00), Blake Parker (35:00), Jeurys Familia (37:00), and unsettled situations in Chicago, San Francisco and Texas (38:00), the impact of injuries to Salvador Perez (40:30), Madison Bumgarner (43:00), Greg Bird and Dinelson Lamet (47:00), and finally close out by highlighting notable spring training performances from Byron Buxton (48:00), Billy Hamilton (50:30), Amed Rosario (54:00), Luke Weaver and Jack Flaherty (57:00), Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber (59:00), Yonder Alonso (1:00:00), Delino DeShields and Joey Gallo (1:01:00), Tyler Glasnow (1:03:00) and Yonny Chirinos (1:05:00).

Audio Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist”
Audio Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

Justin Mason of FanGraphs and Fantasy Alarm joins George Bissell and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus to discuss the fantasy fallout from Justin Turner’s fractured wrist (8:30), the recent signings of free agent pitchers Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn (15:00), the demotion of top prospect Ronald Acuna (21:00), spring training storylines including Zack Greinke, Madison Bumgarner, Lucas Giolito and Dan Vogelbach (23:30), and finally recap their Tout Wars Head-to-Head (31:00) and Tout Wars National League (50:00) auctions from New York City last weekend.

Link to Tout Wars Draft Grids

Audio Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist”

Audio Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus host their annual auction strategy podcast. They discuss the importance of establishing bid limits (4:00), being aware of league-specific contextual factors (8:00), focusing exclusively on value and extracting as much as possible (11:30), category scarcity and being prepared to make sacrifices (16:00), how to approach power and starting pitching in the current fantasy landscape (19:00), being flexible and adapting to your environment on the fly (30:00), avoiding narratives and confirmation bias (37:00), knowing when to embrace risk with high-upside talent (43:00), building a roster beyond Opening Day (48:00) and forgetting about positions and focusing solely on talent (53:00).

Finally, they close out the show by breaking down each of their The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational snake drafts (55:00).

#TGFBI Draft Grids

Bret Sayre, League Eight

Mike Gianella, League Five

George Bissell, League Six

Audio Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist”

Audio Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

USA Today Sports Senior Fantasy Editor Steve Gardner joins George Bissell and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus for their annual recap of the LABR NL-Only (4:00) and AL-Only (30:00) auctions held in Arizona last weekend.

Audio Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist”

Audio Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

George Bissell and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus are joined by 2016 NFBC Main Event champion Rob Silver to discuss their strategic approach to constructing a fantasy rotation (5:00), how the league-wide decline in starter workloads has reshaped the landscape (12:00) and break down the following starting pitchers in-depth: Stephen Strasburg and Carlos Carrasco (15:00), Madison Bumgarner (24:00), Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom (27:00), Zack Greinke (30:00), Shohei Ohtani (34:00), James Paxton (36:00), Chris Archer, Yu Darvish and Carlos Martinez (39:00), Robbie Ray (41:00), Aaron Nola and Masahiro Tanaka (44:30), Jeff Samardzija (50:00), Charlie Morton (51:30), Jameson Taillon versus Alex Wood (53:00), Luis Castillo (55:00), Luke Weaver (1:01:00), Garrett Richards (1:06:00), Aaron Sanchez (1:11:30), J.A. Happ (1:13:00), Dinelson Lamet (1:15:00), Cole Hamels (1:17:00), Michael Fulmer (1:18:00), Marco Estrada (1:20:00), Rick Porcello (1:23:00), Tyler Glasnow (1:29:00), Seth Lugo and Matt Harvey (1:34:00). Finally, they banter about the viability of eschewing risky, late-round starters in favor of high-volume, high-strikeout middle relief pitchers (1:37:00).

Audio Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist”
Audio Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”

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