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Get the award-winning strategies, insight and analysis you need to win your league, every week. The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast has you covered with the analysis of Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston, Michael Beller, Nando Di Fino, Chris Vaccaro, Brandon Marianne Lee, and Derek VanRiper.

Episode Date
An early look at the waiver wire for Week 4
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Beller and Funston start your Week 4 before Week 3 is even over, taking an early look at the players you should be targeting on the waiver wire. Chuba Hubbard leads the way, and behind him is a parade of receivers that includes Emmanuel Sanders, Curtis Samuel, Tim Patrick, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2021
Do King Henry or passing games reign supreme in Week 3 DFS contests?
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Beller and DVR take a look at the Week 3 DFS main slate, focusing on one question in particular: Do you want to pay up for Derrick Henry, or do you want to focus on passing games from, say, Seattle, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, all of which are playing in what are expected to be high-scoring games? Your answer to that question could very well determine how you build your DFS rosters this week. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2021
Chargers +6.5, Bengals-Steelers under, and other Week 3 best bets
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Beller, Vic and Zac take a look at the 15 remaining games on the Week 3 slate, supplying a pick for every single one of them. Among their Five Faves are the Chargers getting 6.5 points in Kansas City, the Bengals and Steelers to stay under 44 points, and the Vikings to put up plenty of points and yards against the Seahawks. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Justin Fields, Deebo Samuel and the rest of the Week 3 fantasy football rankings
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Week 3 is one of a handful of moving weeks in the fantasy world. We've got desperate 0-2 teams, some of which will be even more desperate by the end of Monday night. We've got 2-0 teams riding high, some of which will move to 3-0 and feel they're unstoppable. Every team, no matter where they are in the standings, can use a win this week. And that's where Beller, Jake and Funston start when they discuss the Week 3 rankings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Justin Fields is getting his first career start. Should he start for you? Just how good is Deebo Samuel going to be this season? You're starting Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Ezekiel Elliott, but how worried should you be about them? Which WR3s should be in your lineup, and which should be on the bench? The guys answer all those questions, plus go head-to-head on a few players where they differ, make cases for backs outside the top 24 and top 30, and generally ignore the tight end position. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nwscA18q7Ro Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Week 3 Survivor Picks
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After everyone survived THE EASIEST SURVIVOR WEEK EVER™, a more challenging slate confronts us in Week 3. The Broncos are the big favorite laying 10.5 at home against the seemingly hapless Jets. Three other big favorites—the Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals—are on the road. The Browns are laying a touchdown at home against the Bears, but do you trust them with all those injuries against a team now led by Justin Fields? The Chiefs are 6.5-point favorites at home, but do you want to fade the Chargers that aggressively? Beller and DVR help you navigate the survivor pool waters on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZuB_WAJgB9o Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Sitting CEH, buying into Tony Pollard, and the return of Courtland Sutton
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Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss the Ravens’ offense through two weeks, the sluggish start from Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ezekiel Elliott’s floor amidst the rise from Tony Pollard, the general disappointment around several early-round running backs, more uncertainty in the San Francisco backfield. Plus, the massive breakout from Mike Williams in Joe Lombardi’s offense, the return of Courtland Sutton, and more.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Joe Mixon's workload, Brandon Aiyuk's status, Mike Williams' breakout, and more from The Athletic NFL beat writers
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It's beat writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Bengals reporter Jay Morrison, 49ers reporter Matt Barrows, and Chargers reporter Daniel Popper join Beller and DVR to discuss the latest on their teams from a fantasy perspective. First, the guys get into Joe Burrow's volume concerns and Joe Mixon's workload with Morrison. Then Barrows jumps on the show to talk about the new backfield hierarchy in San Francisco, and Brandon Aiyuk's disappearance over the first two weeks. Popper rounds it out, taking questions on Mike Williams' breakout, the Chargers fluky red-zone struggles, Austin Ekeler's increasing role, and more. Finally, Beller and DVR wrap the show by giving you 10 good minutes on Week 3 waivers. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Follow Matt (49ers) on Twitter: @mattbarrows Follow Daniel (Chargers) on Twitter: @danielrpopper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Waivers, Trade Talks, and PANIC TIME..the Week 2 Review is Here
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When is the right time to smash the panic button in a fantasy football league? If you're staring down an 0-2 start, it might feel like now is that right time. In many instances, that won't necessarily be the case. In others, however, panic just might be the appropriate reaction. Beller, Jake and Funston break out the panic meter on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is now the time to sound the alarm bells on Clyde Edwards-Helaire? What about Allen Robinson and Robert Woods? Or even—gasp!—Ezekiel Elliott? The guys also take a full look back at Week 2 Sunday breaking down the biggest news, including Derek Carr's rise, the ridiculously entertaining late slate of games, and the rash of injuries that started right off the jump. They also break down an interesting group of waiver players that doesn't include a slam dunk top option, but certainly presents a number of paths fantasy managers can pursue over the next couple days. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Y0J6aX78XC0 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
An interesting group for early Week 3 waivers
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Beller and DVR take an early look at the players that will likely be among the most popular players on the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Shallow league managers should be taking a look at Michael Carter, Zack Moss and Darnell Mooney, while deep leaguers will be more focused on the likes of Henry Ruggs and DeVante Parker. Could Parker also have value in shallower leagues? And could everyone take a look at Justin Fields? The guys discuss it all. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Breaking down the Week 2 DFS slate
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Beller and DVR take a look at the Week 2 DFS main slate, focusing first on the highest totals on the board. Do you have to find exposure to Cowboys-Chargers? Are there better angles to play in Vikings-Cardinals or Titans-Seahawks? The guys also look beyond those high totals for games they want to target, including Saints-Panthers. They also discuss where they're going to splurge this week, and where they prefer to find savings to facilitate that splurging. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Titans over Seahawks, Panthers over Saints, and other Week 2 best bets
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Beller, Vic and Zac run through the Week 2 slate, with all three of them offering up their favorite plays for each of this week's remaining 15 games. Within those 15 picks apiece, the guys all highlight five favorites. Among their favorites: Panthers +3.5 over Saints (Zac), Titans on the moneyline at +190 (Vic) and Jonathan Taylor to go over 15.5 receiving yards (Beller). We'll give you those in the show description. For the rest, you'll have to listen to this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Elijah Mitchell, Jameis Winston, and Week 1's Standouts in the Week 2 Rankings
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Elijah Mitchell, Jameis Winston and Christian Kirk were among the surprise standout players in Week 1. But that was last week. Where do they rank in Week 2? And who will join them in the 2021 Surprise Standout Club this week? Beller, Jake and Funston dig into those questions on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Among the 30-plus players the guys discuss are Teddy Bridgewater, Joe Burrow, Mike Davis, Ty'Son Williams, Ja'Marr Chase, Jarvis Landry and Robby Anderson. Plus, we've got a few surprises should keep our favorite rankings analysts on their toes. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YYYb-gFByLo Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
Week 2 Survivor Picks
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Week 1 was a relatively quiet one on the Survivor front, with the Jaguars the only semi-popular pick that went down. Week 2 looks like it could be a comfortable one, too, with three double-digit favorites on the board, all of whom happen to be considered Super Bowl contenders (even though one of them struggled mightily in Week 1). Beller and DVR say there's no reason to get cute and not pick one of those teams in Week 2, but they'll debate which of the three is the best play in Survivor pools. They'll also give you teams to avoid and off-the-radar picks if you dare save all three of this weeks big favorites. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8XadcNN4X2o Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Reactions—including overreactions!—to Week 1
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Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss the approach to Elijah Mitchell as a Week 1 standout commanding large bids and top waiver-wire priority, how they are reacting (and overreacting) to Week 1 — including the role of Corey Davis with the Jets, regrets in the Elijah Moore v. Mike Williams decision, the strong showing of several rookies in their debuts, and concerns on the heels of the Packers’ Week 1 debacle against the Saints. They also take a look at the most dropped players coming out of the first week of the season. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Cause for concern in Buffalo, Tennessee or Green Bay? We check in with their beat writers to find out
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Every Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we'll check in with a handful of our beat writers around the country to get the latest on-the-ground knowledge from teams making news in the fantasy world. We kick it off by touching base with three teams that struggled mightily in Week 1: the Bills, Titans and Packers. Is there legitimate cause for concern for the fantasy-relevant players on these three teams, or was this just one bad game in a long season? What can we take away from Week 1 that is actionable in the fantasy world. Joe Buscaglia (Bills), Matt Schneidman (Packers) and Joe Rexrode (Titans) help us sort it all out. Plus, Beller and DVR take one last look at waivers for Week 2. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Joe B. (Bills) on Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia Follow Matt (Packers) on Twitter: @mattschneidman Follow Joe R. (Titans) on Twitter: @joerexrode Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Week 1 Fantasy Takeaways and Week 2 Waivers
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Week 1 is just about in the books, with the Monday night game between the Ravens and Raiders the only one left on the slate. We've got a lot to look back at and forward to, and that's exactly what Beller, Jake and Funston do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How triumphant should the Ja'Marr Chase victory lap be? Are we worried at all about the Packers or Titans? Are there any big prizes on the waiver wire going into Week 2? The guys get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/w9xvJivAxmI Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Mark Ingram, Christian Kirk and the Early Week 2 Waiver Wire
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The first Sunday of the season is in the books, which means it's just about time to turn our full attention to Week 2. Beller and DVR start turning that page by taking an early look at the waiver wire, where they find Mark Ingram and Christian Kirk among the players that should be the top targets in leagues of all sizes. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-NZKh0l6leE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Week 1 DFS: Games to target; where to spend; where to save
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Every Friday, Beller and DVR will give you the nuts and bolts they're using to build their DFS lineups. The guys will highlight the games they want to target, discuss the players and positions on which they want to spend major resources, and the areas in which they'll be finding savings. In Week 1, DVR has his eye on the elite running backs, while Beller finds comfort in spending up for a reliable quarterback. They both, however, want to find savings at receiver and tight end. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
15 games, 45 bets, Week 1 is here!
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Week 1 has arrived, and we're celebrating with the new-look gambling edition of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Every Friday, Beller, Vic and Zac will run through all the remaining games on the slate, with each of them picking one play from every matchup. It could be a side, total, player prop or game prop, providing you with a full menu of betting options to kick off your weekend. The guys will be sure to highlight the picks they're betting themselves, and those they're discussing simply for entertainment and conversational purposes. On this episode, Beller makes a strong case for laying the points with the Broncos against the Giants, Vic gets on board with Aaron Rodgers' quiet revenge, and Zac finds plenty of value in the Raiders catching four at home against the Ravens. And those are just three of the 45 bets mentioned! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
We made it! It's the Week 1 Rankings episode!!
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The NFL season kicks off on Thursday with an expected doozy between the Cowboys and Buccaneers, and the first full Sunday of the season follows just a few days later. Our friends...we did it. It won't be hard to figure out your starters from the Cowboys-Buccaneers game. But the rest of the slate? That's a different story. Beller, Jake and Funston help you lock in your lineups on the Week 1 Rankings episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss upwards of 30 players, including Trevor Lawrence, Myles Gaskin, Damien Harris, DeVonta Smith and Ja'Marr Chase. Plus, they give you surprise players to start at every position. Let's do this! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/izLMWY0A4R4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Week 1 Survivor Strategy: Picks to Make, Teams to Avoid
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Every Wednesday evening, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper will bring you strategies to help you survive and advance in your survivor pools. Things are pretty straightforward in Week 1, with all 32 teams available to everyone. It's a challenging Week 1 slate, however, with no real slam-dunk pick on the board. Should you go 49ers over Lions? Rams over Bears? Buccaneers over Cowboys? Or should you already be zigging where others are zagging. Beller and DVR break it all down. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Our Heavily Rostered Players and Surprising Late Draft-Season Values
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Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss their varying opinions about Mike Davis as the lead back in Atlanta, Ryan Tannehill as an undervalued QB, Nando’s unusual interest in Tyrod Taylor, value in the Colts’ receivers, Melvin Gordon’s role in tempering a Javonte Williams breakout, and the draft market’s failure to adjust to D.J. Chark.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Celebrating the Start of the NFL Season by Revealing 'Our Guys'
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Everyone's got their Guys. The ones they went after in every single draft this season. You may share some of your Guys with other people, but it's likely that no one has the exact same list as you. Those Guys are Your Guys. These Guys our Our Guys. Individually, we refer to them as My Guys. Some of the Guys who made our My Guys lists: Kyle Pitts, Courtland Sutton and Mike Davis. Aaron Jones, Robert Woods and Curtis Samuel. Tua Tagovailoa, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Rondale Moore. Come join us on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast as we talk about Our Guys. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oaa_G0K1Ud8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Bills Super Bowl, Browns AFC North, Niners NFC West, and Our Other Favorite Team Futures
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Beller, Zac and Vic dig into the team-based futures market, finding more than a few bets they want to make before this season begins. The guys discuss Super Bowl picks (Bills and Chiefs), division winners (Browns and 49ers) and fun playoff bets (hello, Cardinals and Panthers). They also get into win total over/unders, find some places to go negative (do we really trust the Colts?) and get into a handful of exotic wagers. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Bold (Predictions) as Love
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The NFL season begins one week from today. That means there's really only one thing to do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast: make some bold predictions. Beller, Jake and Funston come in hot with five bold predictions apiece. Some are positive (Jalen Hurts is a top-five QB!), some are negative (Derrick Henry is NOT a top-five RB!), all are bold. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tYaUgIzv1ig Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Late Risers, Fallers, and Twitter Hype
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Nando, Brandon and Chris discuss last-minute risers and fallers now that the calendar has flipped to September. How will the Ravens utilize Gus Edwards and the rest of their running backs following J.K. Dobbins’ injury, Sony Michel’s opportunity in Los Angeles, their expectations for Marquez Callaway, and changes in New England with the Patriots decision to roll with Mac Jones as their starting quarterback.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
The J.K. Dobbins Injury and all the Rest from the Third Week of Preseason Games
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The biggest piece of news emanating from Week 3 of the preseason is also the worst. J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL and will miss the 2021 NFL season. That makes three exciting young backs we won't see this year, with Dobbins joining Cam Akers and Travis Etienne. Beller, Jake and Funston have the icky, yet necessary, fantasy takeaways for you on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss how far up your rankings you should move Gus Edwards, and where they'd be comfortable taking him. They also get into the rest of the news from the third week of the preseason, including T.Y. Hilton's disk issue, Gardner Minshew heading to Philly, good looks from Courtland Sutton, Chris Godwin and Laviska Shenault, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QKaK1Vu8U1I Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
The Gambling Edition Returns with Yardage Leaders, MVP Bets and Player Props
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The gambling edition of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is back for another season. Every Friday, Michael Beller, Vic Tafur and Zac Jackson will discuss their favorite bets from every game on the slate. Sides, totals, player props and team props are all fair game, and the guys will likely throw in a parlay or two along the way, as well. Before the season, however, is futures time. On this episode, the guys highlight their favorite player futures for the season. They give out their top plays to lead the league in passing, rushing and receiving yards, as well as passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns. They also lay down some MVP bets, and discuss a handful of player props. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
RB Shuffle, Settling of QB Battle Dust, and Bounceback Players
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It's not often that a trade happens, and the player who's on the move is the least interesting player involved in the deal. So hey, Sony Michel is an outlier! What does the Michel trade mean for Darrell Henderson and Damien Harris? What does Travis Etienne's injury mean for James Robinson and the Jags receivers? Is it time to back off D'Andre Swift? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys also discuss the QB battle won by Teddy Bridgewater, those seemingly won by Jameis Winston and Jimmy Garoppolo, and Mac Jones increasing chances of starting Week 1. They wrap up the episode by naming their favorite bounceback players at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IoU2mauQXrk Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Building Your Bench: Zero RB, Floor-Ceiling Balance & QB strategy
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Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss the strategies they employ while building out the bottom half of their rosters including how to execute Zero RB, waiting on a quarterback, and balancing ‘boring’ veterans with upside selections. Plus, the impact of Sony Michel in the Rams’ backfield, Damien Harris’ rising stock in New England, and the overlooked Zach Wilson.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Zach Wilson and Corey Davis Shine, Mecole and Rondale Ascend, and More from Preseason Week 2
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The second week of the preseason is in the books, and it was just as eventful as the first from a fantasy football perspective. Beller, Jake and Funston dive into the fantasy takeaways on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The fantasy community has clearly been too low on Corey Davis all summer, but what about Zach Wilson? Is it time to get worried about Michael Carter and/or Javonte Williams? Will the Mecole Hardman and Rondale Moore hype stop? More importantly, should it? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tobkomNauZA Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
A snapshot of the fantasy zeitgeist from three recent drafts
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Our guy Jake Ciely's baby, the fantasy football FLEX Leagues, recently conducted all of its drafts. Jake, Beller and Funston participated in three different drafts, giving us a great snapshot of how the fantasy football landscape is shaping up with three weekends left in draft season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we look at the decisions our trio made in their respective drafts, and discuss the players they targeted and faded. There's one player who all three drafted, and if you've been following along with us all summer, his identity will not come as a surprise... Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Brandon's Draft: https://www78.myfantasyleague.com/2021/options?L=65388&O=113&CMD=GRID&DISPLAY=LEAGUE&ARCHIVE=* Jake's Draft: https://www70.myfantasyleague.com/2021/options?L=71571&O=113&CMD=GRID&DISPLAY=LEAGUE&ARCHIVE=* Beller's Draft: https://www78.myfantasyleague.com/2021/options?L=19353&O=113&CMD=GRID&DISPLAY=LEAGUE&ARCHIVE=* Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/s5bgQvNf6Xk Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
Battling groupthink atop the draft board
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Nando, Brandon and Chris discuss whether you should consider veering away from Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook with the first two picks on draft day, where they’re willing to draft Saquon Barkley, their thoughts on Jonathan Taylor, Austin Ekeler’s case to be a first-round pick, the Antonio Gibson ‘CMC Dream’, executing a zero-RB build, the early slide of DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Brown’s move up the board, and expectations for J.K. Dobbins.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
Myles Gaskin's slide, rookie QB heroics, and other fantasy football takeaways from preseason Week 1
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The first week of the NFL preseason is in the books, and while no one wants to overreact to anything we saw this past weekend, there are still things we can properly react to. How worried should we be about Myles Gaskin? How excited should we be about Justin Fields and Trey Lance? Is there cause for concern with Michael Carter? Beller, Jake and Funston answer all those questions, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, they just might indulge in an overreaction or two. Because this is supposed to be fun! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LJgHeyH5r0E Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
Dak's Shoulder, Gibson vs. Najee, and Overvalued Players to Avoid
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The training camp news spigot is turned all the way up this week. Dak Prescott is going for another MRI on his throwing shoulder. Carson Wentz might be ready for Week 1. Curtis Samuel is on the PUP list, and things don't look great. Rashod Bateman will miss multiple weeks, a huge blow for a rookie in the summer. Beller, Jake and Funston get into the fantasy takeaways for all that news on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. After that, Brandon and Jake engage in their first ADP Battle of the summer. In one corner is Brandon and Antonio Gibson. In the other is Jake and Najee Harris. If you can only draft one, who should it be and why? Finally, all three of our hosts name one of their most overvalued players at every position. Listen to the arguments for fading Justin Herbert, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Adam Thielen and Mark Andrews. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VKTXyJFEuko Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
How to Approach Tight Ends in 2021 (Chris Vaccaro’s Tight End Show)
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Nando, Brandon and Chris discuss their approach to the tight end position this season — including their willingness to build around Travis Kelce in Round 1, shared love for Darren Waller, a possible rebound from George Kittle, expectations for Kyle Pitts in Year 1, undervalued players at the position, late darts, Vaccaro’s favorite option among the Top-12 tight ends, and how to adjust your roster build around the decision to draft a tight end early on.   Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
The RB Dead Zone Draft
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By now, you've likely heard the spooky tales of the RB Dead Zone, a Bermuda Triangle type area that hangs over the third through sixth rounds of 12-team drafts. Some say that fantasy drafters wander into the Dead Zone dazed, unsure of themselves and their surroundings. Others say that drafters go into the Dead Zone confidently, sure that the backs they select anywhere between pick 25 and 72 overall will at least meet, and potentially exceed, expectations. Of course, we know that backs in this range often fail, especially when compared against the receivers taken in the same neighborhood. We also know, however, that there are multiple success stories every season, from David Montgomery (RB4) in 2020 to Aaron Jones (RB2) in 2019, and that someone in every league will be brave enough to draft these backs in the Dead Zone. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Beller, Jake and Funston brave the wilds with an RB Dead Zone Draft. The guys have devised a scoring system that rewards upside AND bust avoidance, helping you find the right RB selections to make when the Dead Zone descends upon your draft. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kk4RefEegDQ Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
Wentz falls, Montgomery rises, Hopkins vs. Metcalf, and a spotlight on Kareem Hunt
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We wrap up this week on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast with an episode jam-packed with legitimate training camp news. How strong should we be fading the Colts' skill position players, most notably Jonathan Taylor, in the wake of Carson Wentz's foot surgery? With Tarik Cohen likely to miss regular season games, is it time to push David Montgomery up the rankings. What does DeVonta Smith's knee sprain mean in the fantasy world? Beller and Funston answer all those questions on this episode. They also go toe to toe on DeAndre Hopkins vs. D.K. Metcalf, shine a spotlight on Kareem Hunt, and discuss quarterback touchdown props. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
The Saquon scaries, the post-Gase bounce, and the new-look Jaguars
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Say hello to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast's new Wednesday crew: Nando Di Fino, Brandon Marianne Lee and Chris Vaccaro. The trio will be coming to you every Wednesday through the end of the regular season, bringing The Athletic's fantasy football written word to the airwaves. On their debut episode, the gang discusses this summer's Saquon scaries, Sam Darnold getting out from under Adam Gase's thumb, the composition of the Jaguars, Nando's Daniel Jones obsession, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
The 'no #1s allowed' fantasy football draft
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It's another offbeat draft Monday here on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. This week, Beller, Jake and Funston build fantasy teams made up of two QBs, two RBs, three WRs, one TE and two flex players. The catch? Anyone who has been a QB1, RB1, WR1 or TE1 in either of the last two seasons is not in the eligible player pool. In other words, the guys are trying to help you target and prioritize potential breakout players in 2021 in this draft. The top players in the pool include Joe Mixon (just barely), Antonio Gibson, Najee Harris, Terry McLaurin, CeeDee Lamb, Robert Woods, Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Matthew Stafford, Kyle Pitts and Noah Fant. Upside is king in the No #1s Allowed Draft, although there's plenty of floor to be found, as well. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rrFMVaj5mmw Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: NFC West
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We've reached the end of the beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, and we wrap things up with what just might be the best division in football: the NFC West. Any chance Russ gets to cook all season in Seattle? What does Matthew Stafford bring to the table for Sean McVay that Jared Goff didn't? How will the Raheem Mostert/Trey Sermon pairing shake out in San Francisco? And can Kyler Murray make another leap this year? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Michael (Seahawks) on Twitter: @MikeDugar Follow Jourdan (Rams) on Twitter: @JourdanRodrigue Follow Matt (49ers) on Twitter: @mattbarrows Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
The end of the Packers discount, the beginning of training camp news, and the middle of Sleeper SZN
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Beller and Jake welcome training camp—and all the craziness that comes with it—with open arms. The guys discuss Aaron Rodgers' return, Dak Prescott's shoulder injury, and the sudden change in Michael Thomas' outlook on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. From there, the guys get into their favorite sleepers at every position. They also launch two new segments that will be staples for the rest of draft season here at TAFFP: ADP Battle and Player Spotlight. The former pits Raheem Mostert against Javonte Williams, while the latter shines on Matthew Stafford. And of course, they play another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rgZjfGInW2s Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: AFC South
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We've reached the AFC South edition of the beat writer roundtable on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. This division underwent plenty of meaningful fantasy football change, with Trevor Lawrence, Julio Jones and Carson Wentz finding their way to one of the four teams during the offseason. How do the Titans balance Julio and A.J. Brown? Is Jonathan Taylor set to become a true workhorse? What does Lawrence have in store for his rookie season? Is there anything of fantasy substance in Houston. Our AFC South beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Joe (Titans) on Twitter: @joerexrode Follow Zak (Colts) on Twitter: @zkeefer Follow Andy (Jaguars) on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aaron (Texans) on Twitter: @aaronjreiss Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: AFC North
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The beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast moves on to the AFC North, which sent three teams to the playoffs last season. It also sends a number of stars to the fantasy football world, chief among them Lamar Jackson and Nick Chubb. Is J.K. Dobbins about to make the leap? Can Odell Beckham rebound in 2021? Is Najee Harris the next great workhorse back in Pittsburgh? Will Joe Burrow lead the league in pass attempts? Our AFC North beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jeff (Ravens) on Twitter: @jeffzrebiec Follow Zac (Browns) on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Mark (Steelers) on Twitter: @MarkKaboly Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: NFC North
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Our beat writer roundtable series moves to the NFC North, where Aaron Rodgers will still be playing his football in the 2021 season. So too will Justin Fields and Jared Goff, while the Vikings return with some of the most continuity in the league, especially at the positions we care about in the fantasy football world. Can a second receiver finally emerge alongside Davante Adams in Green Bay? Is the Vikings' usage tree as reliably narrow as it was last year? How long will we have to play the waiting game with Fields in Chicago? And what do we make of all the turnover in Detroit? Our NFC North beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Matt (Packers) on Twitter: @mattschneidman Follow Arif (Vikings) on Twitter: @ArifHasanNFL Follow Kevin (Bears) on Twitter: @kfishbain Follow Chris (Lions) on Twitter: @ChrisBurkeNFL Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
The potential fantasy football needle movers at AFC training camps
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After running through the NFC last week, Beller and Jake turn their attention to AFC training camps on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Forget about the coachspeak and proclamations of "Best Shape of His Life." We're looking for the developments that could change the way we think about players in a substantive way before we all sit down to draft over the next six weeks. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UJVWVQhIs7Q Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: AFC West
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Next up on our beat writer roundtable series is the AFC West. The Chiefs have won this division five years in a row and enter this season as massive favorites. Top to bottom, however, there's a lot to like from a fantasy perspective. Can Clyde Edwards-Helaire have the season this year so many expected last year? Is Austin Ekeler the new Alvin Kamara? Assuming Aaron Rodgers remains in Green Bay, who wins the Broncos' quarterback battle between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater? How do the Raiders balance Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake? Nate Taylor (Chiefs), Daniel Popper (Chargers), Nick Kosmider (Broncos) and Vic Tafur (Raiders) answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Nate (Chiefs) on Twitter: @ByNateTaylor Follow Daniel (Chargers) on Twitter: @danielrpopper Follow Nick (Broncos) on Twitter: @NickKosmider Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: AFC East
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Next up on our beat writer roundtable series is the AFC East. The Bills now lord over the division once dominated by a Bill, but there's reason to believe the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets all could be better this season. And hey, there's quite a bit of fantasy goodness to be found on at least three of these teams. Who—if anyone—wins out in the Bills backfield? Can Tua take full advantage of all the weapons at his disposal? What does Zach Wilson have in store in his rookie year? Can the Patriots bring any speed or athleticism to the table this season? Tim Graham (Bills), Robert Mays (Dolphins), Connor Hughes (Jets) and Sean Leahy (Patriots) answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Tim (Bills) on Twitter: @ByTimGraham Follow Robert (Dolphins) on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Connor (Jets) on Twitter: @Connor_J_Hughes Follow Sean (Patriots) on Twitter: @leahysean Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
The fantasy football stuff that matters at NFC training camps
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A handful of teams are already in training camp, and every camp will be underway within the next week. We're going to hear a lot of talk coming out of camp, and most of it won't matter in the fantasy world. But some of it will. Beller, Jake and Brandon help you anticipate the latter on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys will split their look at all 32 camps across two episodes. First up is the NFC. The guys run through all 16 NFC teams, highlighting what they'll be watching for at their respective camps over the next month. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yjegsDd7JG4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: NFC South
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Next up in the beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is the NFC South. The division features the defending champion Buccaneers, and a powerhouse in transition down in New Orleans—not to mention the consensus first overall pick in fantasy drafts. And also the Falcons. But we love Calvin Ridley! Can the Bucs feed all their receivers adequately again this year? Will Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill take over for Drew Brees? Is this the year D.J. Moore finds the end zone more than four times? And what do the Falcons look like in a post-Julio world? Our beats get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Greg (Buccaneers) on Twitter: @gregauman Follow Tori (Falcons) on Twitter: @tori_mcelhaney Follow Kat (Saints) on Twitter: @Kat_Terrell Follow Joe (Panthers) on Twitter: @josephperson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
Beat writer roundtable: NFC East
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The beat writer roundtable returns to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. With training camps set to open later this week, we'll check in with all of our beat writers to get the on-the-ground knowledge about their teams as the sprint to the start of the season begins. First up: the NFC East. How will the Cowboys divvy up all those targets from Dak Prescott? Is Antonio Gibson ready to take the next step? Can Miles Sanders rebound? When will it be time to get worried about Saquon Barkley's ACL recovery. Our beat writers answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jon (Cowboys) on Twitter: @jonmachota Follow Zach (Eagles) on Twitter: @ZBerm Follow Ben (Washington) on Twitter: @BenStandig Follow Dan (Giants) on Twitter: @DDuggan21 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
TAFFP's first annual WR3 draft
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Last year, Stefon Diggs (WR3), Brandin Cooks (WR15), Diontae Johnson (WR21) and CeeDee Lamb were all drafted as WR3s (WR24). But so were T.Y, Hilton (WR43), Marquise Brown (WR34), DeVante Parker (WR41) and A.J. Green (WR68). In 2019, Allen Robinson (WR10), Jarvis Landry (WR13) and D.J. Moore (WR16) were WR3s by ADP. But so were Alshon Jeffery (WR59), Robby Anderson (WR39), Christian Kirk (WR40) and Dede Westbrook (WR48). Nailing a WR pick in this range can be huge for a fantasy team. Beller, Jake and Funston will try to help you get ready to do that with The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast's inaugural WR3 draft! Plus, the guys play another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6mTvz7MWtY4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Fun with fantasy football ADPs, part 2
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Beller, Jake and Funston keep the ADP fun rolling on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys dig a little deeper this time around, wrapping up the top 100 and stretching into what will be the nether regions of most fantasy football drafts. Is Juju being disrespected? Is Laviska Shenault sneakily the receiver in Jacksonville to target? Is Irv Smith Jr. a no-brainer at his price? The guys also get into some ADP showdowns—hello, Javonte Williams vs. Travis Etienne—and play another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3lb43hOFpQU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
Fun with fantasy football top 100 ADPs
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It's Draft Kit Launch Week at The Athletic, and Beller and Jake are ready to celebrate. What better way than by setting the draft day stage with a look at players being selected inside the top 100 in fantasy drafts this summer? It's probably no surprise that, say, Christian McCaffrey is the consensus first overall pick, Kyler Murray is a top-three quarterback, or Tee Higgins is a rising receiver who hears his name called among the first 80 players in typical drafts. But would you believe that Cam Akers has made himself an easy top-20 pick? That Justin Jefferson is an easy top-10 receiver? That Miles Sanders could slip out of the first three rounds? That's where the guys focus their ADP energies on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, we've got another round of Guess That Player! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/M2aD9c0p1Zs Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Celebrating Scott Fish Bowl and addressing potential WR draft-day dilemmas
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The 11th annual Scott Fish Bowl kicked off on Monday, and all three of our hosts are participating. Beller, Jake and Funston discuss the players they've drafted thus far, as well as other general SFB11 tomfoolery, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Then, the guys get into some common draft-day dilemmas fantasy managers will face at the wide receiver position. Should you take Michael Thomas or Keenan Allen? Allen Robinson or Terry McLaurin? Deebo Samuel or Will Fuller? The guys break down those three battles, and three others, too. And of course, we've got another round of Guess That Player! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5K4F38-uFE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
New-look backfields, and new looks for your fantasy league
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Beller, Jake and Funston turn their attention to the backfield on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys take a look at new-look backfield groupings to uncover where the value lies in each situation. Should you be targeting Josh Jacobs or Kenyan Drake in Vegas? What about Melvin Gordon or Javonte Williams in Denver. And is there any value to be found in Houston, where David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay lead a backfield that could have four players getting touches? The guys answer those questions, and more. The trio also discusses players they say are riskier than is being assumed, and their favorite fantasy rule tweaks. Plus, they've got another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U-hHZwk5JU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
Deciphering the high-risk/high-reward passing attacks for the fantasy game
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Beller, Jake and Brandon turn their attention to the air on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. From Jacksonville to Denver, New York to Arizona, there are more than a few teams with passing attacks that are both exciting and hard to decipher. The guys will dive into nine such offenses on this episode. They'll also play another round of Guess That Player and give away a spot to Scott Fish Bowl 11! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FaDOUp0nrw Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
A new OC for the Steelers, a new QB competition in New England, and early injury concerns for Amari Cooper and Saquon Barkley
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Another 18 teams hold mandatory minicamps this week, running the number of teams that have gotten together in a meaningful way to 28. Beller, Jake and Funston focus on a handful of those teams on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Where do we stand on Odell Beckham? What should we expect from the Steelers offense under Matt Canada? Is Cam Newton vs. Mac Jones a legitimate camp battle? Did Jamison Crowder and the Jets just throw a whole bunch of cold water on Elijah Moore? Should we already be worried about Amari Cooper and/or Saquon Barkley? The guys answer that, play another round of Guess the Mystery Player, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOYIlAYvJt8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Julio trade fallout, breakout receivers, and our first installment of Guess The Mystery Player
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Beller, Jake and Funston cover the Julio trade fallout from every angle on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Who's a fantasy winner (hello, Ryan Tannehill and Kyle Pitts), and who's a fantasy loser (sorry, Matt Ryan and Josh Reynolds) with Julio now on the Titans? What happens to A.J. Brown's stock? How far up do Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus climb? Are the Titans worth a bet to win the AFC South, or even the entire conference? We've got it all covered for you here. The guys also take a look at three second-year receivers that Jake has among his top-10 breakout candidates at the position. Plus, our first installment of Guess The Mystery Player, and a few impromptu sidebets. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly2OmzowQnw Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Saquon and Burrow taking it slow, favorite MVP bets, and a case for Latavius Murray
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Beller and Funston get together for this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, starting with a look at the twin ACL recoveries of Saquon Barkley and Joe Burrow. Should talk of Barkley easing into the season and limited mobility for Burrow push down their draft stock? Then, the guys talk about MVP bets, and find that there isn't much sense in betting anyone outside the top-eight QBs. A look into New Orleans reveals an undervalued Latavius Murray, and do we care about Zach Ertz or the Texans? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
Julio mania, Swift facing a modest proposal, and 'now or never' for Chase Edmonds
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This has been quite the newsworthy fantasy football week for late May, led by the Julio Jones trade speculation fueled by none other than the receiver himself. What's the best trade destination for Julio? And what becomes of the Atlanta offense without him? Beller, Jake and Brandon dive into that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. After that, the guys discuss Anthony Lynn's comments on Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift, Miles Sanders "love" for Nick Sirianni's offense, Chase Edmonds' "now-or-never" season, and Jake's breakout QB candidates. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Travis Etienne, Justin Fields, rookie WRs, and over/under fun with Brad Evans
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Brad Evans of Fade the Noise joins Jake and Brandon to focus on rookies on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss Travis Etienne as a wide receiver, Justin Fields as a QB1, and Najee Harris' shot at immense volume. They also get into players being over and undervalued in early drafts, and the idea of drafting two receivers from the same team. Plus, some fun with rookie production over/unders. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Brad on Twitter: @NoisyHuevos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
The return of Tebow, Mixon's massive workload, Julio rumors, and mailbag questions
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Jake and Brandon discuss the return of Tim Tebow, Joe Mixon's path to an an extremely heavy workload, Julio Jones rumors, and several mailbag questions.  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2021
Winners and losers from the NFL draft with Graham Barfield
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Jake, Funston, and special guest Graham Barfield, from Fantasy Points, break down winners and losers from the NFL draft, Rookie sleepers + Star Wars trivia fun! Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Graham on Twitter: @GrahamBarfield Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2021
Recapping Round 1 and looking ahead to the rest of the NFL Draft
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Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston share their thoughts on Round 1 of the NFL Draft and look ahead to day two and three. Which first round picks are in great situations to shine as rookies and which players should you avoid looking ahead to your own fantasy draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
Breaking down the 2021 rookie quarterbacks with Marcas Grant
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Jake, Funston, and special guest Marcas Grant from the NFL Network break down the 2021 rookie QB class.  Is Trevor Lawrence immediately a top 10 quarterback? Will Zach Wilson be relevant in redraft? What kind of upside will Justin Fields have as a potential QB1? Can Kyle Shanahan make Mac Jones into a QB1? Those answers and more on the final pre-draft episode. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Emory on Twitter: @MarcasG Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Breaking down the 2021 rookie receivers with Emory Hunt
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Jake, Funston, and special guest Emory Hunt, from CBS Sports HQ break down the 2021 Rookie WR class, including the big three WRs - Chase, Waddle, and Smith. The trio also talks about how they value size in receivers and some potential sleepers who could emerge as fantasy stars!  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid  Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
Breaking down the 2021 rookie running backs w/Scott Bogman
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Jake, Funston and special guest Scott Bogman, from In This League, discuss how they value this year's rookie running backs, and try to sort out potential landing spots. The trio also discusses which veteran running backs are at risk for losing significant value along with their favorite sleepers at the position in this year's draft.  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid  Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Scott on Twitter: @BogmanSports Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
The 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles shake up the draft, and fantasy football changes with a 17-game schedule
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The 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles shook up what's typically a ho-hum week on the NFL's offseason calendar, swinging a three-team trade that landed the 49ers in the third spot in the NFL Draft, the Dolphins at six, and the Eagles at 12. Beller, Jake and Funston get into the fantasy implications on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, the guys explore what sort of changes we should make in the fantasy world with the advent of a 17-game NFL schedule. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Please fill out our listener survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
But wait, there's more! Free agency fun, that is!
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The free agent fun didn't end when the new league year began. After a slow day or two, action picked back up on Thursday afternoon, with the likes of Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller and Kenyan Drake finding new homes, while Chris Carson and Juju Smith-Schuster ended up staying put. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Jake throws some shade at Jared Cook—again—and disagrees with Beller on DeSean Jackson. Plus, the guys get into what should be the proper pronunciation of Travis Etienne's last name. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Please fill out our listener survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Breaking down the latest in NFL free agency
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The new year has officially begun, and thankfully the league didn't use up all of its free agency juice during the legal tampering period. Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston get you caught up on everything that's happened in the new league year, putting a fantasy spin on the latest free agent signings. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Please fill out our listener survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
Don't you know anything about tampering?
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The start of the new league year is on the horizon, but that hasn't stopped nearly every team in the NFL from engaging in some good old fashioned legal tampering. The legal tampering period has delivered gems such as Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith to the Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick to D.C., Corey Davis to the Jets, and more. The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast returns to break it all down. Plus, Beller engages Jake and Funston in a fun round of "Is our fantasy community lexicon flawed?" Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, and the intensifying quarterback carousel
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Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff have already been traded this offseason. Could Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson soon be joining them? On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Beller, Jake and Funston consider just how real Wilson's, "I want to stay here, but..." posturing is. Beller, our resident Bears fan, fantasizes about a world in which Wilson finds himself playing home games in Chicago. The guys also discuss Wentz's fantasy value in Indianapolis, Ben Roethlisberger's presence in Pittsburgh, early Super Bowl LVI futures, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
We're back with a look at the loaded 2021 free agent class
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After a two-week break, The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is back! Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston return with the 2020 season behind us and the 2021 league year on the horizon. The guys celebrate by kicking off their 2021 with a deep dive into the loaded free agent class. There's no way Dak Prescott ends up anywhere but Dallas, right? Are Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin going to get tagged? Who stands the most to gain by finding a new home? Where do Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, Will Fuller, Kenny Golladay and James Conner end up? The guys get into all that and more. Listener Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
Super Bowl betting extravaganza, part 2
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Michael Beller and Vic Tafur are back to lock in their favorite bets for Super Bowl LV. Both of them like the Chiefs to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, but there's a difference of opinion on which side to back against the spread. The person who likes the Chiefs against the spread really likes them, making an argument to play them all the way up to -6 and -9. The guys also dive into the prop market, discussing, among other props, Patrick Mahomes passing yards, Leonard Fournette total yards, Travis Kelce's receiving yards, Chris Godwin receptions, total sacks in the game, and length of the shortest touchdown. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
Super Bowl LV betting angles, early 2021 RB and WR rankings, and Stafford-Goff trade fallout
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Super Bowl LV is now just days away, and while this may be a fantasy football podcast, the entire football world is captivated by the impending matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston hammer down their best bets for the big game, including props on Patrick Mahomes, Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette, Travis Kelce, and more. After that, the guys turn their attention to Jake's early 2021 rankings, taking a look at the running back and wide receiver positions. Which second-year backs make their way into Jake's top 10? Who could be next season's breakout receiver star? And who wins and loses as a result of the blockbuster quarterback trade between the Rams and Lions? The guys answer all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
Super Bowl betting extravaganza, part 1
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The Super Bowl is still more than a week away, but that doesn't mean we can't already start talking about our favorite ways to bet the game. Sure, we're going to be playing the line, be it on the Chiefs or the Buccaneers, but this is the Super Bowl. There are seemingly countless ways to get in on the action, and no time to waste. In the first part of our Super Bowl betting extravaganza, Michael Beller and Vic Tafur begin discussions on the wagers that have caught their eye this week. While they're not locking in all these plays just yet, they are the ones that the guys are, at the very least, zeroing in on as the big game draws nearer. Will Patrick Mahomes go over 329.5 passing yards? Does Beller have a sneaky angle on the first touchdown scorer? Is Vic crazy for wanting to trust the running backs in a game like this? We'll get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Early Super Bowl talk, Watson and Stafford landing spots, and 2021 QB and TE rankings
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The Super Bowl matchup is set, making this one of the final episodes of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast for the 2020 season. And don't get us started on that. Yes, it might be 2021, but this is still the 2020 season. On this episode, Michael Beller, Brandon Funston and Jake Ciely offer up their early thoughts on Super Bowl LV, with the Chiefs favored by a field goal. They also discuss their ideal landing spots for Deshaun Watson and Matthew Stafford, and take a look at some of the most interesting players in Jake's early 2021 rankings at quarterback and tight end. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2021
Conference Championship best bets and picks against the spread
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In the opinion of one of our two hosts, this is the best NFL weekend of the season. Championship weekend routinely brings together at least three of the four best teams in the league, if not all four, and this season is no exception. The Packers and Buccaneers get things going on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, and then the Chiefs and Bills cap off the night in the AFC Championship Game. Start your Championship Weekend prep with Michael Beller and Vic Tafur on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys offer up their picks for sides and totals in both games, highlighting their absolute favorite plays of the weekend. And hey, Beller found a fun prop he likes, while Vic came up with a new segment to put a bow on the episode. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Planting our first fantasy football flags for the 2021 season
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The 2021 fantasy football draft season is just about six months away. Crazy, right? Kidding aside, we in the fantasy football community are always ready to talk about the next season at this time of year, and that's exactly what Michael Beller and Jake Ciely do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How should fantasy managers treat the bevy of attractive second-year backs, from likely first rounders Jonathan Taylor and James Robinson, to the likes of Antonio Gibson and Clyde Edwards-Helaire? Is it time to rethink the strategy of waiting on the quarterback position? Is Davante Adams in a tier of one at wide receiver? The guys answer those questions and a whole lot more, plus take a look ahead to the conference championship games this weekend. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
Divisional Round best bets and picks against the spread
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The NFL is down to its final eight teams, which means we're running out of opportunities to bet on the league this season. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur have you covered on this week's precious few games with our latest episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Can the Rams keep rolling, or will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers cover the 6.5-point spread. Who comes away with the win and cover in Ravens-Bills? Can the Browns at least keep things close against the Chiefs? And can the Saints topple the Buccaneers for the third time this season, covering in the process? Or does Tom Brady have some more playoff magic in his arm? The guys answer all those questions, and offer up their favorite bets of the weekend. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
2020 fantasy football awards show
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No season is complete without handing out some awards. That's exactly what we do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Show, highlighting the best, brightest, and, in some instances, worst of the 2020 fantasy football season. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston hand out the hardware with a little twist. Jake's our resident video game guru, so instead of simply naming a fantasy MVP, or a waiver wire pickup of the year, we found video game inspirations for all of our awards. Who was this year's fantasy football Oddjob (cheat code)? Who was the Super Mario Bros. 2 (better than you think)? Who wins the Blow on Cartridge Award (should've been better)? And who, most simply, was On Fire? We hand out all those awards and more, and also take a look at this weekend's Divisional Round. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
Wild Card Weekend picks against the spread
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The most wonderful time of the year may be behind us, but the most wonderful time of the NFL season is just beginning. The playoffs are here, with Saturday kicking the first ever six-game Wild Card weekend. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur are back to dive into their top plays against the spread. The guys get into all six games this weekend, discussing leans for all six, while highlighting the ones on which they'll actually be placing wagers. They also discuss their favorite futures bets for the postseason. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
Playoff fantasy football rankings and a playoff fantasy draft
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The regular season is over, but the fantasy football season isn't. The NFL postseason provides the fantasy community with another opportunity to play fantasy football before closing the book on this season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston walk through the different ways to play playoff fantasy football with a focus on the most popular way, draft-and-hold. The guys give their playoff predictions, the foundation for any playoff fantasy draft strategy, and then conduct a six-team, six-round draft to illustrate how a draft-and-hold league could play out. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Draft Board Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2021
Looking ahead to 2021 with an early mock draft
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When is the right time to start thinking about the next fantasy football season? Right after the current one ends! That's what we're doing here at The Athletic, having already conducted one early mock fantasy football draft for the 2021 season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, the last in 2020, Nando Di Fino, Chris Vaccaro and Eric Moody break down that early mock draft. They consider whether running backs will once again dominate the top of the first round, who could be next year's big risers, price changes at the quarterback position, and a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2020
Week 17 fantasy football rankings and concerns
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Still playing fantasy football in Week 17? Good news! We're still here to help guide you through your overlooked championship week. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into the unique problems related to playing fantasy football in Week 17. Namely, what do you do if you've been riding Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce all season? What other teams should you be concerned about resting? What teams could pull the plug on their starters at some point during the game? The guys answer all those questions, plus take a look at Rams without Jared Goff, the resurgent Cowboys, and, once again, Mitch Trubisky. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2020
Week 16 picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Vic Tafur run through the Week 16 slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread.  Can the Cardinals move one step closer to a playoff berth and, more importantly, cover against the 49ers? Can the Browns get another double-digit win against a team from New York? Will the Steelers bounce back in a tough spot against the Colts? Who covers in the crucial NFC West battle between the Seahawks and Rams? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
Championship week fantasy football rankings
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It's Wednesday of Week 16, and that can only mean one thing for this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. It's time for championship week rankings. Michael Beller, Brandon Funston and Jake Ciely get you ready for your championship by discussing the most confounding players in Week 16. Can Baker Mayfield keep it rolling? Is Le'Veon Bell worth starting with Clyde Edwards-Helaire out? Can you count on a boom week from Tyler Lockett? The guys get into those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
Mixing championship week talk with a look ahead to 2021
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Fantasy football championship week is here, and so are Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro to take a look at Week 16. At the same time, 2021 is on the minds of many fantasy managers, including those who are playing for titles this week. Nando and Chris mix Week 16 with 2021 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss the players who have great matchups in Week 16, the offenses that could carry managers to fantasy titles, 2021 outlooks for the tight end position and a handful of intriguing teams, and much more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2020
Gearing up for fantasy football championship week
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Aaron Jones, Calvin Ridley, Dalvin Cook, Josh Allen, Kyler Murray and plenty of others helped send their fantasy football managers to championship games with their performances in Week 15. You already knew you could lean on those guys going into their matchups, however. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we're more interested in the surprise stars of Week 15 who could repeat in Week 16. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston probe that class of players, discussing, among others, Jalen Hurts, Le'Veon Bell, J.D. McKissic, Tony Pollard, Matt Ryan, Marvin Jones, Baker Mayfield, and many, many more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
Week 15 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 15 DFS slate. They discuss the high-priced players who should be at the center of your lineups, the abundance of $6,000ish receivers who look good this week, love for rookie running backs, and more. Later, Beller runs through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting his favorite picks against the spread. Can the Bills and Packers get off to good starts on Saturday? Can the Patriots bring the Dolphins back down to earth? Who wins and, more importantly, covers in the showdown between the Chiefs and Saints? We get into those games, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
The newly trustworthy players for the fantasy semifinals, and a game of either/or
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A few weeks ago, it would've sounded crazy to say that fantasy managers would be trusting Jeff Wilson, T.Y. Hilton and Mitch Trubisky in their semifinal matchups. Even though those three, and many others deemed newly worthy of our trust, will be in lineups, should we be thinking harder about how much we're willing to lean on them? Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody dive into the question of newfound trustworthiness on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They also play a fun game of either/or to help you with your toughest lineup decisions this week. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
Week 15 fantasy football rankings
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It's semifinal week in the fantasy football playoffs, and while we know almost everything we need to know about almost every player with fantasy relevance, there are still questions to be answered. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into the most vexing ones on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Among them: Can Baker Mayfield and Philip Rivers keep things rolling this week? What other quarterbacks would you have to have to sit Taysom Hill? Is there any universe in which James Conner or Ezekiel Elliott should be benched this week? Is Gus Edwards playable alongside J.K. Dobbins? Is D.J. Chark back in our good graces with Gardner Minshew starting once again? Should Cole Beasley and Tim Patrick be locked into starting lineups? The guys answer all of those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
Settling into the fantasy football semifinals after a wild Week 14 exclamation point
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Ravens-Browns wasn't just the game of the year. It also likely swung more than a few first-round matchups in the fantasy football playoffs with huge late touchdowns by Rashard Higgins, Baker Mayfield, Marquise Brown and Kareem Hunt, plus a lateral-fest safety on the last play of the game. Now that we've all settled down from that crazy end to Week 14, it's time to turn the page to Week 15 and the fantasy football semifinals. Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro do just that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Can late-season breakouts like Cam Akers and Jonathan Taylor carry fantasy managers to championships? Is Mitch Trubisky—Mitch Trubisky!—a must-start? Should we be even more worried than usual about bad teams mailing it in? The guys answer all those questions, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2020
Jalen Hurts, Mitch Trubisky and the quirkiness of the fantasy football playoffs
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One month ago, neither Jalen Hurts nor Mitch Trubisky were starting for their real-life teams. Now, they could both legitimately carry fantasy teams to championships. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston discuss Hurts and Trubisky, as well as the other big Week 14 storylines that could weigh heavily on the fantasy football playoffs. Among them: What's up with the Steelers' and Buccaneers' offenses? A positive week for D'Andre Swift. The return of T.Y. Hilton. Alvin Kamara finally getting the Alvin Kamara treatment again. The viability of Raheem Mostert and J.D. McKissic. And a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Week 14 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 14 DFS slate. They discuss an abundance of attractive players across the three major positions priced between two $7,000 and $7,700, Dalvin Cook vs. Derrick Henry vs. Davante Adams, the lack of cheap pivots at quarterback, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread. The guys are going head-to-head in three games, including marquee matchups between the Bills and Steelers, and Vikings and Buccaneers. They also dive into Packers-Lions, Saints-Eagles, Chiefs-Dolphins, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
It's all about trust in the fantasy football playoffs
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The fantasy football playoffs have arrived, and they have brought into focus the meaning of a certain fantasy buzzword: trust. A bad game from an individual player sprinkled here or there throughout the regular season isn't a big deal. One in the fantasy football playoffs, however, could send a fantasy manager home. And that's why we ask, "Who can you trust?" Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody get into the question of trust on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They do so by discussing Giovani Bernard, D'Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, T.Y. Hilton, Chase Claypool, Matthew Stafford, Jalen Hurts and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
Week 14 fantasy football rankings
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The fantasy football playoffs are here, with Week 14 kicking off a three-week sprint to championships all across the fantasy football world. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston are also here, helping you make the tough start/sit decisions with an in-depth look at the Week 14 rankings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys got into more than 30 of the most confounding players for Week 14, including Kirk Cousins, Jalen Hurts, J.K. Dobbins, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kareem Hunt, CeeDee Lamb, D.J. Chark, Juju Smith-Schuster, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
Applying Week 13's lessons to the fantasy football playoffs
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Week 13 was not kind to our friend Chris Vaccaro, but he's still here to dive into the week's biggest stories from a fantasy perspective, and break down how we can use what we learned in the fantasy football playoffs. Chris and Nando Di Fino discuss, among other topics, Cam Akers' usage, Washington's offense without Antonio Gibson, the Dolphins with Tua Tagovailoa back at the helm, Corey Davis fulfilling his draft-day promise, and a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
Cam Akers, Miles Sanders, and the dawning of the fantasy football playoffs
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Week 13 isn't quite over, but the fantasy football playoffs are upon us. Some berths will be earned on Monday and Tuesday, but most people who are headed to the playoffs have already punched their tickets. And yet, there are still many questions to be answered that could determine who raises the trophy in any fantasy league. Among them: Has Cam Akers' time finally arrived? Are Miles Sanders and Kyler Murray trustworthy? Is Jonathan Taylor set to become a playoff hero? Can you roll out Baker Mayfield with confidence, or should we be looking at the other side of Browns-Titans and attacking the latter's defense during the playoffs? Is Cam Newton a set-it-and-forget-it starter? Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston answer those questions, and more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Week 13 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 13 DFS slate. They discuss building lineups around an elite back or receiver, finally paying up for a quarterback, the desire to get invested in Browns-Titans, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread. Can the Raiders bounce back against the Jets? Will Taysom Hill hit his first speed bump as a starter in Atlanta? Can the Browns spring an upset on the Titans—or at least keep it within 5.5 points? Will the Packers run away from the Eagles? Can the Bills take care of business against the 49ers? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Turning the fantasy football calendar—finally—to Week 13
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Week 13 has arrived, and not a day too soon. Instead of Thursday and Monday night games this week, we're getting a Monday night doubleheader and Tuesday Night Football to wrap up the final week of the fantasy football regular season. The last part of that sentence is, of course, the operative part, with fantasy managers looking lock up regular season championships and playoff berths. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody discuss the Jets, Raiders and Cowboys, dive into the Browns-Titans and Rams-Cardinals games, try to figure out what's going on in Philadelphia, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
Week 13 fantasy football rankings
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It's the final week of the fantasy football regular season in most leagues, meaning that regular season championships will be won and playoff berths will be secured when this week comes to an end. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston help you get ready for it all with a deep dive into Week 13 rankings on this episode of Fantasy Football in 15. How much have our expectations for Deshaun Watson changed? Is Latavius Murray now on the RB2 radar? How do we make sense of the jumbled mess that is the WR3 class? Should Myles Gaskin and Jonathan Taylor go right back into fantasy lineups? The guys answer all those questions, plus a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
Crying over Will Fuller, celebrating Deebo Samuel, and considering Alvin Kamara vs. Austin Ekeler
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An unprecedented Week 12 is still rolling along, with Ravens-Steelers looming on Wednesday afternoon. We have plenty to break down after this wild week, however, and Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro dive into it all on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. What do you do without Will Fuller for the rest of the season? Can Deebo Samuel keep up his unconventional style of production? Is Austin Ekeler a better back to have right now than Alvin Kamara? Will we finally see an unleashed D'Andre Swift for the remainder of the season? The guys answer all those questions, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2020
Gearing up for the final week of the fantasy football regular season with Austin Ekeler, Alvin Kamara and...Kirk Cousins?
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Week 12 was one of the stranger NFL slates any of us has seen, from what happened during the week leading up to Sunday, to the historic performances and surprising duds turned in once the games started. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston are here to break it all down and look forward to Week 13 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How back are Austin Ekeler, Raheem Mostert and Deebo Samuel? Is it time to get worried about Alvin Kamara? Is it well past time to put some respect on Kirk Cousins' name? Should you be spending whatever remaining FAAB you have to get Devontae Booker? Can we finally trust Jonathan Taylor and Ronald Jones? The guys answer all those questions, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Week 12 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 12 DFS slate. They discuss Dalvin Cook chalk, a willingness to pass on high-priced receivers, the desire to get invested in Chargers-Bills and Chiefs-Buccaneers, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 30:35). Will Beller finally back off the Cardinals? Can the Browns cruise against the Jaguars? Can Taysom Hill and the Saints keep it rolling in Denver? Are the Giants worthy of laying nearly a touchdown against the shorthanded Bengals? Will the Chiefs hand the Buccaneers another loss and, more importantly, do so by more than 3.5 points? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2020
Week 12 fantasy football rankings
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Thanksgiving Week is here, and with it comes not only a full plate of food, but a full slate of NFL games. With all 32 teams in action, start/sit decisions could be a bit more taxing than they've been with fewer options in play. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston are here to help you make the right ones on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Can you trust Carson Wentz against the Seahawks? How much does the loss of Joe Burrow hurt Giovani Bernard, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins? Does Raheem Mostert go right back into your lineup if the 49ers activate him? Is D.J. Chark still startable with Mike Glennon getting the start for the Jaguars? The guys answer those questions, plus a whole lot more, and offer up some big predictions for Week 12. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Getting ready for a fantasy-football-filled Thanksgiving
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We know we'll have two games on Thanksgiving, and we could have a third, pending decisions that have to be made regarding the scheduled nightcap between the Ravens and Steelers. Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro look ahead to those games, and the 13 that follow them this weekend, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. What can we expect from the Lions' offense on Thursday? Could benching Duke Johnson make sense? Might Washington-Dallas be a good game, from both real-life and fantasy perspectives? Is Diontae Johnson already a fantasy star? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Plus, a fun series of Thanksgiving-themed rapid fire questions to wrap up the episode. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
A look back at Week 11, AKA, Taysom Hill week
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Was there any quarterback news in Week 11? Specifically, anything about a much-maligned, little-used pseudo-quarterback who made the most of his opportunity to start, proving once again that it is the man in the arena who counts? Ah yes, indeed there was. But there was more to Week 11 than Taysom Hill, and his effects on the Saints' offense and the fantasy football landscape. Joe Burrow tore his ACL. J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor saw some distance between themselves and their RB teammates. New England's defense got exposed...again. The Chargers' offense put up big numbers...again. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into all those stories, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Week 11 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 11 DFS slate. They discuss Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook reaching CMC territory, the Jameis Winston free space, Keenan Allen as the WR1, the lack of meaningful tight ends, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoing, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:42). Can the Titans bounce back in a tough spot against the Ravens? Can the Jaguars keep things respectable against the undefeated Steelers? Can Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins keep things rolling against the Broncos? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
32 NFL teams, 32 fantasy football questions, the redux edition
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With three weeks left in the typical fantasy football regular season, and the bye-week portion of the schedule nearly behind us, there's no better time to check in on all 32 teams in the league than the present. That's exactly what Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football podcast with another edition of 32 teams, 32 questions. Is there a clear leader in Buffalo's backfield? Who's the better player for the rest of the season, D'Andre Swift or James Conner? Is there a window to trade for Austin Ekeler right now? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Austin Ekeler joins Jake for 30 Questions
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Jake catches up with Chargers running back Austin Ekeler about his role as a team owner in Fan Controlled Football, Thanksgiving side dishes, video games, chaos in the Chargers' backfield while he's been sidelined, why fantasy players should trade for him now, and more. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Austin on Twitter: @AustinEkeler Check out Fan Controlled Football at www.fcf.io Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Week 11 fantasy football rankings
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Week 11 rankings day has arrived on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, and with it comes a whole host of start/sit questions. Jameis Winston is back in our lives. Should he be back in our lineups, too? Will Washington's pass rush wreck Cincinnati's offensive line, and thus Joe Burrow's fantasy day? Is Pittsburgh's offense trending away from James Conner in a dangerous way? Are both of Arizona's running backs startable? Is Michael Pittman Jr. the top dog in the Colts' passing game? If so, what does that mean? Which team has the better trio of fantasy receivers, the Buccaneers or Steelers? Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston answer those questions, and more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
Kyler Murray's greatness, Jameis Winston's return, and the fantasy football stretch run
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Go check the roster of the team at the top of your league's standings. Chances are good that it features Kyler Murray. The Arizona quarterback has been one of the biggest stories this football season, no matter if we're talking fantasy or the actual game. He's also Chris Vaccaro's favorite topic. Vaccaro and Nando Di Fino discuss Kyler, of course, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys also get into Jameis Winston, Ronald Jones, Michael Thomas, Lamar Jackson, the Patriots' defense, the Buccaneers' offense, the Cowboys coming off their bye, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
D'Andre Swift breaks out, Tampa Bay finds its footing, the Steelers get a makeover, and more from a wild Week 10
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Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins put the capstone on what was a crazy Week 10, but don't let the play of the cloud the rest of the big stories of the day, included but not limited to... D'Andre Swift's breakout; new-look offenses for the Buccaneers, Steelers and Patriots; real reasons to worry about the Ravens; the emergence of Michael Pittman Jr. and Salvon Ahmed; and Kenyan Drake's triumphant return. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston discuss all that, plus a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Week 10 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 10 DFS slate. They discuss Rams-Seahawks and Bills-Cardinals, the Mike Davis free space, a trio of attractive cheap quarterbacks, the diversity of high-priced receivers, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 10 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 30:45). Can the Buccaneers bounce back against the Panthers? Who wins the expected shootout in the desert between the Bills and Cardinals? What's the right side to be on in the showdown between Justin Herbert and the Chargers and Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
Fantasy football's best form of insurance: premium backup running backs
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Early in the season, conventional wisdom holds that fantasy managers don't need to worry about securing their starting running backs' real-life backups. You want to maximize every spot on your roster when so much is unknown. At this time of year, however, when the picture has come into focus, those real-life backups become must-have pieces to finish putting together a championship puzzle. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody take a look at backfields that are clearly dominated by one player, discussing which backups are must-have (hello Alexander Mattison and Giovani Bernard) and which are unlikely to inherit a significant workload should the starter go down with an injury. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Week 10 fantasy football rankings
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Week 10 could ease some running back concerns in the fantasy world, with Nick Chubb back, Joe Mixon likely back, and Miles Sanders potentially back. All three of them will be highly ranked, assuming they play, but that just scratches the surface of Week 10 rankings. Who wins the first NFL battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert? Can you trust their draft classmate Joe Burrow against the Steelers? Are we rethinking what we thought we knew about the backfields in Baltimore and Buffalo? Is Jerry Jeudy locked into starting lineups? Is D.J. Moore the WR3 on his own team? Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston answer those questions, and more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
Jerry Jeudy's breakout, Nick Chubb's return, and more to look forward to in Week 10
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Week 10 ushers in the final third of the fantasy football regular season, with the playoffs starting to come into focus. This year, it brings a number of fun developments that Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro dive into on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Jerry Jeudy's Week 9 breakout is a sign of things to come in Denver, right? How excited should we be about the return of nick Chubb this week? How much fun is Bills-Cardinals going to be? The guys answer all those questions, plus a whole lot more, including Nando taking a crack at songwriting! Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
Wrapping up fantasy football's biggest Week 9 stories
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From Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins upsetting Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, to heroics from many of the fantasy world's biggest stars (hello, Patrick Mahomes, Dalvin Cook and Josh Allen), Week 9 was one of the most exciting slates of the season. So exciting, in fact, that it was hard to keep track of it all in real time. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston are here to help you run it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is Tua now in the starting discussion every week? Is Chase Edmonds not who we wanted him to be? Is Tyler Lockett a boom-or-bust player? And what might be out there on the waiver wire heading into Week 10? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Week 9 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 9 DFS slate. They discuss Dalvin Cook chalk, the appeal of mid-tier backs and cheap receivers, a possible Lamar Jackson bargain, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 9 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 30:02). Who wins—or, more importantly, covers—the NFC South clash between the Saints and Buccaneers? Can the Ravens' offense get going in Indianapolis? Are the Dolphins a live dog again, this time against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Fun with rest-of-season rankings
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At this point of the season, we typically have to take players and teams at face value. With that in mind, fantasy values can still change on the margins, or in even bigger ways, and those changes could make the difference between winning a championship and getting booted in the first round of the playoffs. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody make their calls on rest-of-season rankings. Will J.K. Dobbins, D'Andre Swift or Jonathan Taylor be the better back? If you can trade Tyler Boyd or Adam Thielen for Allen Robinson, should you? And will Travis Fulgham keep up his WR1 pace? The guys answer all those questions, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Week 9 fantasy football rankings
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We are now into the final third of the typical fantasy football regular season, marking desperation time for some managers, and moving time for others. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston have you covered, no matter which group you're in, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss about 50 players from a rankings standpoint, breaking down the toughest start/sit decisions of the week. Can you play both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards? Is it safe to trust Jonathan Taylor? And what should we expect from Antonio Brown in his first game with the Buccaneers? Our trio of experts answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2020
The fantasy fortunes of 10 changing offenses
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Teams generally are what they are at the halfway point of the NFL season, but many are still undergoing change that will be felt in the fantasy football world. Whether due to a quarterback change, injuries, a new addition, or some other force, these teams could look different in the second half of the season than they did in the first. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Chris Vaccaro take an in-depth look at 10 such offenses. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
Five untrustworthy backfields, some love for the backs in Baltimore and Buffalo, and Week 9 waivers
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There are more than a few backfield headaches across the league that fantasy managers might be better off avoiding than trying to decipher. The Ravens and Bills may seem like they're in that group, but their approaches in Week 8, while diverse, actually bring some clarity to their respective pictures. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston discuss J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, the five untrustworthy backfields, Week 9 waivers, and a whole lot more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
Week 8 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 8 DFS slate. They discuss Alvin Kamara chalk, the appeal of Titans-Bengals, the enduring bargain on Keenan Allen, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 8 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:39). Can the Dolphins spring the upset on the Rams in Tua's first start—or at least stay within 3.5 points? Can the Seahawks bounce back against the 49ers? Can the Bills officially take the AFC East torch from the Patriots? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Plus, a difference of opinion on this week's marquee game between the Steelers and Ravens. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
It's the great fantasy football Halloween special, podcast listeners!
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Halloween is Saturday, sandwiched in between the beginning and end of Week 8. What better way to celebrate than with a graveyard smashup of fantasy football and our spookiest holiday? Are Darrell Henderson and Baker Mayfield great pumpkins? Is Daniel Jones destined to send you to a nightmare on fantasy football street? Do JaMycal Hasty and DeeJay Dallas have your roster looking like Frankenstein's Monster? Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody bring you treats, without the tricks, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Week 8 fantasy football rankings
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Week 8 brings four more teams—the Cardinals, Texans, Jaguars and Washington—going on bye and more injuries than we've dealt with at any point of the season. That's going to create complicated start/sit decisions, as well as some opportunities for some players who typically find themselves on fantasy benches to step up. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into those tough decisions with a look at Week 8 fantasy football rankings. Can Baker Mayfield get back into lineups after his five-TD game? How do fantasy managers handle the Seahawks', 49ers' and Chargers' backfields? Where do rookies Brandon Aiyuk and CeeDee Lamb stand this week? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
The top 13 fantasy football players for the rest of the season
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We're now more than halfway through the standard fantasy football regular season, and have been disabused of some of the notions we held back in draft season. The great, the good and the bad have been separated from one another, but what happens from this point forward will determine who wins fantasy championships. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro name their top 13 fantasy football players for the rest of the season. Is Alvin Kamara or Derrick Henry No. 1? Where does the soon-to-be-back Christian McCaffrey rank? Has James Robinson put himself in the group> How many of the top 13 are receivers? And is Ezekiel Elliott still here? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
Chase Edmonds arrives, Justin Herbert rises, and Week 8 waivers
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Week 7 was inarguably one of the best of the season, highlighted by the Seahawks-Cardinals shootout on Sunday night. That game almost made it easy to forget that we had a number of other wild finishes, from Steelers-Titans to Browns-Bengals to Lions-Falcons. Oh, and we also had monster games from a couple of rookie quarterbacks, one of whom has turned himself into a QB1, one receiver who surpassed 200 yards and another who came close, and an undrafted running back vaulting into the top three at his position in fantasy scoring. How do you make sense of a week that packed with fantasy goodness? You turn to Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Week 7 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 7 DFS slate. They discuss ideal running back pairs, which typically include two high-priced backs, the abundance of attractive, mid-priced receivers, and budget savers at quarterback. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 7 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 31:01). Can the Cardinals keep it close with the Seahawks? Can the Patriots bounce back against the 49ers? And who wins the clash of 5-0 teams between the Steelers and Titans in Nashville? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Peering into the crystal ball for Week 7
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Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody go back to the vault, peering into the crystal ball to make predictions for Week 7, and then securing them behind lock and key, only to bring them back after this week's action takes place. Who catches more passes: Ezekiel Elliott or A.J. Green? Who scores more fantasy points: Andy Dalton or Drew Lock? Who totals more yards from scrimmage in Week 7: James Robinson or Kenyan Drake? The guys answer those questions, plus a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Week 7 fantasy football rankings
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Week 7 marks the unofficial halfway point of the standard fantasy football regular season, which means it's moving time in fantasy leagues. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston do what they can to help you move in the right direction on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys dive into Week 7 rankings, discussing more than 50 players you could be thinking about starting, sitting or trading. Should you start Ryan Tannehill in a tough matchup with the Steelers? Are you trusting Jerick McKinnon with Raheem Mostert out? Is it time to worry about the Cowboys' receivers after what we saw in Andy Dalton's first start? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2020
Andy Dalton struggles, Kenyan Drake pushes back, and CEH makes his case
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A Monday night doubleheader featuring four teams loaded with fantasy-relevant players gives us the perfect jumping-off point for this Tuesday episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro discuss the first start of the Andy Dalton era in Dallas, Kenyan Drake pushing back against the Chase Edmonds hype, Clyde Edwards-Helaire making the most of his last game without Le'Veon Bell, and a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
Emerging RBs, concerning WRs, and Week 7 waivers
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Week 6 gave us more than its fair share of storylines at the running back position, and most of them were good! Is D'Andre Swift breaking out in Detroit? Is Darrell Henderson officially in control of the Rams' backfield? Can we finally trust Bruce Arians when it comes to Ronald Jones? Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into those questions on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, the guys discuss how worried you should be about Mike Evans, Juju Smith-Schuster and Cam Newton, and take a look at Week 7 waivers. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Week 6 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 6 DFS slate. They discuss ideal running back pairs, a desire to pay up at receiver, and attractive mid-priced quarterbacks. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 6 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:23). Can the Buccaneers possibly slow down the Packers' offense? Can the 49ers get on track against the Rams? Should the Cowboys really be home dogs in Andy Dalton's first start with the team? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2020
32 teams, 32 fantasy football questions
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We're just about one-third of the way through the NFL season, and every team in the league, even the undefeated ones, have questions that need to be answered. That's what we're going to try to do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Nando Di Fino raises a fantasy question for all 32 teams, and Jake Ciely and Eric Moody answer them. Included: Is Kenyan Drake sneakily underrated? Can James Robinson hold up? Better back for the rest of the season: Chris Carson or Miles Sanders? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Week 6 fantasy football rankings
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If it seems like we just put a bow on Week 5, that's only because we did. And yet, Week 6 is already upon us. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston help you get your fantasy lineups in order by running through more than 50 players from a rankings point of view on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
Justin Herbert arrives, Zach Ertz fades, and Mike Davis confounds
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Week 5 is just about in the books, with the Bills and Titans set to put a bow on the week on Tuesday night. Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro take a look back at the week that was on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is Justin Herbert a better fantasy quarterback than Drew Brees and Matt Ryan? Is Zach Ertz's fantasy stock plummeting. Is there any role for Mike Davis in a world where Christian McCaffrey is healthy? The guys get into those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2020
Dak's injury, D.K.'s emergence, and a look at the Week 6 waiver wire
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Two big upsets dominated the headlines early, but it was Dak Prescott's season-ending ankle injury that ultimately turned into the biggest news in Week 5. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston discuss how Andy Dalton changes the Cowboys' offense, and the best replacements for Prescott available on the waiver wire. Then, the guys get into Dalvin Cook's groin injury, breakout games for Chase Claypool and Travis Fulgham, David Montgomery's evolving role in Chicago, D.K. Metcalf as a top-five receiver, the Week 6 waiver wire, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Week 5 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 5 DFS slate. They discuss a lack of high-priced options at running back and receiver, and what that means for the slate as a whole. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every remaining Week 5 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:19). Can the Browns pull a mini-upset on the Colts? Can the Falcons finally get their first win of the season? Are the Chiefs going to run away and hide from the Colts? And can the Vikings keep pace with the Seahawks? We have answers to those questions, and plenty more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
It's a Week 5 mini-game bonanza
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Week 5 begins on Thursday with the Buccaneers and Bears, but the games have already begun on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Mini-games, that is. What five words describe David Montgomery's ranking this week? How about five words for Devonta Freeman for the rest of the season? Who wins a theoretical Joe Mixon/Derrick Henry trade? Or one involving Adam Thielen and Miles Sanders? Nando Di Fino poses the questions, while Jake Ciely and Eric Moody answer them, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Week 5 fantasy football rankings
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Believe it or not, we're one-third of the way through the typical fantasy football regular season. Week 5 brings the first planned bye weeks of the year (Packers and Lions), and another slew of challenging start/sit decisions for fantasy managers. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston help you get your lineups right by discussing more than 50 players in a Week 5 rankings context on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
Does this matter?: The Week 5 fantasy football edition
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Brandon Funston play a little game of Does This Matter? Bill O'Brien got fired. D.K. Metcalf ranks 33rd in targets per game. Zach Ertz has fewer than 20 yards in two of four games. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been entirely dependent on volume this season. Does any of that matter? The guys answer those four questions, and six more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2020
Chubb and Ekeler injuries, Sean McVay shenanigans, and Week 5 waivers
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Week 5 is shaping up to be the lightest waiver wire week of the season, but there's still a whole lot to discuss coming out of Week 4. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston get into the injuries to Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler, Sean McVay's backfield shenanigans, Kirk Cousins vs. Baker Mayfield, the abundance of intriguing receivers available on the waiver wire, and more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Week 4 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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The weekend has arrived, bringing with it 14 more Week 4 games. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 4 DFS slate. They discuss how a flat pricing week creates to a diversity of team-building options...but still find themselves targeting some expensive backs. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:33). Are the Bears a good bet in Nick Foles' first start with the team? Can the Saints and Cardinals bounce back? Who finally gets their first win when the Texans and Vikings get together? We have opinions on that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2020
Fantasy football trade talk heading into Week 4
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Three weeks of the NFL season are behind us, and if your fantasy league is like many others, it's likely trade discussions are starting to pick up steam. Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody discuss some of the most interesting potential trade targets, including Joe Mixon, Odell Beckham and Allen Robinson, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Rundown 1:38 Best practices for Steelers-Titans 4:26 Trade buzz and questions 5:58 Joe Mixon's trade prospects 14:42 Odell Beckham's place in the trade market 23:57 A surprising dearth of Allen Robinson trades 30:26 Buying low on David Johnson? 35:12 Ranking the trade targets we've discussed 36:54 Where is A.J. Brown in all of this? 41:28 A.J Green's trade value 47:05 Cole Beasley and Hunter Renfrow 51:11 Mike Davis, Darrell Henderson and Devonta Freeman Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Week 4 fantasy football rankings
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Week 4 is here, which means we are about to be one-third of the way through a typical fantasy football regular season. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston discuss more than 50 players in a Week 4 rankings context to help you get your lineups right on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Rundown 3:08 Do we still trust Drew Brees? 6:35 A quick Titans-Steelers update 8:51 Recalibrating expectations for Matthew Stafford? 11:17 Difference of opinion on Joe Burrow 13:56 A rebound week for Gardner Minshew 18:05 Not seeing eye to eye on Cam Newton 20:51 QB lightning round 23:40 Is Myles Gaskin locked in as an RB2? 26:07 Tempering expectations for Rex Burkhead 28:37 Is Philadelphia's offense a problem for Miles Sanders? 31:49 What does a Mike Davis trade look like? 34:44 Where does Carlos Hyde fit into the RB picture? 38:39 Is this a sell-high moment for Darrell Henderson? 41:48 RB lightning round 44:19 Cognitive dissonance on Julian Edelman 46:05 Can Allen Lazard be a consistent fantasy starter? 48:31 No love for Justin Jefferson 51:15 Auto-starting all Dallas receivers 53:18 Is it over for A.J. Green? 57:19 WR lightning round 59:25 How aggressive would you be in a Chris Godwin trade? 61:41 D.J. Chark is back at practice! 62:06 A little tight end talk Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
Sizing up backfield changes and their effects on the fantasy football landscape
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It wasn't even a month ago when Jordan Howard and Matt Breida were forming a sneaky fun backfield in Miami, Cam Akers was poised to take ownership of the Rams' backfield, and Saquon Barkley was challenging Christian McCaffrey for alpha status in the fantasy football world. Now, Myles Gaskin is in control of Miami's backfield, Darrell Henderson looks like a breakout star, and Devonta Freeman and Dion Lewis have replaced the injured Barkley. Nando Di Fino and Emory Hunt dive into all the backfield changes across the league on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Rundown 3:30 Chicago's backfield after Tarik Cohen's injury 8:26 Myles Gaskin takes over in Miami 10:20 Sizing up the Rams' backfield when everyone is healthy 15:01 Why Emory has to watch all 60 minutes 17:20 Nando's and Emory's obligatory Dwayne Haskins segment 28:15 A matter of time before Devonta Freeman takes over? 32:41 What's up with the turf at the Meadowlands? 33:50 Making sense of the Lions' backfield 36:13 Potential practice squad gems 39:24 Who's the Chargers' starting QB when Tyrod Taylor is healthy Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2020
Week 4 fantasy football waiver wire
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Week 3 was thankfully a relatively quiet one on the injury front, but there are still a handful of standout players to target on the waiver wire. From Rex Burkhead and Myles Gaskin, to Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston break down the Week 4 wire on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Rundown 1:46 Russell Wilson's greatness 4:58 Rex Burkhead and the Patriots' backfield 7:52 Myles Gaskin takes over in Miami 10:18 Jeff Wilson on the radar 12:20 Seattle's backfield after Chris Carson's mild ankle injury 15:13 Cordarrelle Patterson's role with Tarik Cohen (torn ACL) out 17:50 Detroit's annoying backfield 21:12 Any interest in La'Mical Perine? 25:24 Justin Jefferson breaks out 27:59 Brandon Aiyuk takes advantage 32:10 Can Allen Lazard keep it up when Davante Adams returns? 35:00 A Nick Foles bump for Anthony Miller? 38:58 Enough targets in Tampa to make Scotty Miller interesting? 41:15 K.J. Hamler and Tim Patrick 43:55 Buying into Andy Isabella's two-TD game? 45:57 Hunter Renfrow's opportunity in Vegas 49:08 Buffalo's WR depth chart if John Brown (calf) misses time 50:55 Tee Higgins shows up 53:55 Ignore Philadelphia's receivers 56:02 Blowing past the tight end position 58:59 Quarterbacks to stream in Week 4 61:02 Defenses to stream in Week 4 Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Week 3 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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There are a few monster totals on the board in Week 3 (55.5 in Lions-Cardinals and Cowboys-Seahawks), and that always makes for interesting DFS and gambling weeks. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the DFS slate, then Beller welcomes on Vic Tafur to discuss their favorite picks against the spread, on this hybrid episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and The Athletic Football Show. Rundown 1:20 Games to target for DFS in Week 3 3:47 Quarterback targets in Week 3 7:55 No shortage of ways to attack the running back position 15:17 Stars and scrubs at wide receiver 24:14 Finding bargains at tight end 26:14 No obvious options at defense 29:47 Week 3 picks against the spread 30:18 Week 2 audit 31:57 Patriots (-6.5) vs. Raiders 33:23 Bills (-2.5) vs. Rams 34:30 Steelers (-4) vs. Texans 36:41 49ers (-4) at Giants 38:51 Titans (-2.5) at Vikings 40:26 Browns (-7) vs. Washington 42:14 Eagles (-4.5) vs. Bengals 44:24 Falcons (-3) vs. Bears 46:10 Colts (-11.5) vs. Jets 47:18 Chargers (-6.5) vs. Panthers 49:03 Cardinals (-5.5) vs. Lions 51:08 Buccaneers (-6) at Broncos 53:02 Seahawks (-5) vs. Cowboys 54:37 Saints (-3) vs. Packers 55:38 Ravens (-3.5) vs. Chiefs 56:58 Recapping our Week 3 picks 58:01 Week 3 survivor picks Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
James Robinson, Leonard Fournette and a game of Agree/Disagree
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The third week of the NFL season is upon us, and as we start to figure out some situations, other questions arise. Is Jacksonville's new starting running back, James Robinson, better than their old one, Leonard Fournette? Did people just waste a whole bunch of FAB money on Nyheim Hines? Can Jerry Jeudy be a WR3 for the rest of the year? Nando Di Fino poses the questions, and Jake Ciely and Eric Moody answer them, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Rundown 2:48 Today's topics 4:28 Fill in the blanks on James Robinson 8:11 James Robinson vs. Leonard Fournette 10:28 What happened to Matt Breida? 14:05 Reason to believe in Brandon Aiyuk? 17:23 Nyheim Hines vs. Jordan Howard 20:10 Cutting your FAB losses 22:09 Emmanuel Sanders vs. Sony Michel 31:21 Is Jerry Jeudy a top-36 WR this week? 32:27 Is Jerry Jeudy at top-36 WR for the season? 33:06 A K.J. Hamler tangent 37:33 Is Russell Gage a top-50 WR this season? 39:18 Will A.J. Green top 850 receiving yards? 40:12 Will Devonta Freeman hit 1,100 total yards? 40:55 Mike Davis vs. Jeff Driskel in PPR Superflex leagues Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Moody on Twitter: @EricNMoody Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings
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Week 3 has arrived, and with it a new batch of rankings questions. What's your concern level on Drew Brees, Carson Wentz and Tom Brady? Are all of this week's waiver-wire RB darlings must-starts? Is CeeDee Lamb going to be in the top two on the Cowboys in targets? Has any tight end made the "if-you've-got-him-you-start-him" leap? Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston answer those questions, and more, all while discussing the Week 3 prospects for more than 50 players or so on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown1:26 The Consensus Start-Every-Week QBs4:48 Concern Level for Drew Brees?8:04 Concern Level for Carson Wentz?10:39 Concern Level for Tom Brady?13:35 A Regular QB Starter You'd Sit This Week14:30 A Fringe QB You'd Start This Week17:28 Are We Auto-Starting the New Starting RBs?19:49 Can Darrell Henderson Run Away with the Rams' Job?22:07 Has Leonard Fournette Taken Over Tampa Bay's Backfield?24:31 Is James Robinson Locked Into RB2 Territory?26:39 The Mess in Baltimore29:06 Antonio Gibson Expectations31:19 A Regular Starting RB You'd Bench This Week32:47 A Fringe RB You'd Start This Week35:12 Players to BUY HIGH or SELL LOW38:00 Is CeeDee Lamb a Must-Start Receiver?41:03 Jerry Jeudy's Standing for the Rest of the Season44:00 Tre'Quan Smith's Role for the Saints46:47 Forcing Robby Anderson and Corey Davis Into Lineups This Week?52:39 A Regular Starting WR You'd Bench This Week54:20 A Fringe WR You'd Start This Week56:08 Have Any Tight Ends Made the Leap This Year?57:05 Noah Fant vs. Dallas Goedert59:22 A Fringe TE You'd Start This WeekFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2020
The Uncovered Fantasy Football Stories from Week 2
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Injuries were the main story of Week 2, but there were plenty of side plots that will roll on as we turn the calendar to Week 3. Nando Di Fino and Emory Hunt dive into some of those—including Washington's offense, Nyehim Hines' usage, and old quarterbacks throwing the deep ball—on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown5:30 What's up with Mitch Trubisky?7:10 The Giants' (Unfortunate) New-Look Backfield11:43 How Does a Back Fix a Fumbling Problem?18:31 Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Offense23:39 Checking in on Antonio Gibson32:43 Nyheim Hines' Week 2 Usage35:52 The Cowboys' Decision to Go for Two38:51 Tampa Bay's Backfield40:05 Tom Brady's and Drew Brees' Arm Strength40:53 Curtis Samuel's Role Without Christian McCaffrey42:08 No Time to Fade Austin Hooper44:15 Buying Washington's Pass RushFollow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2020
Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets after a Particularly Brutal Week 2
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The good news? The waiver wire is filled with intriguing players ahead of Week 3. The bad news? It's only because so many players suffered injuries in Week 2. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown1:16 Josh Allen is Taking Off5:02 Justin Herbert Makes a Successful Debut7:01 Another Curveball from Sean McVay in the Backfield11:13 Christian McCaffrey out 4-to-6 Weeks15:02 The Giants' Backfield Without Saquon Barkley17:58 Raheem Mostert Has a Sprained MCL20:04 Myles Gaskin Drawing Our Attention21:54 Ranking the Waiver Wire RBs28:43 Courtland Sutton Out for the Season32:07 Another Big Game for Robby Anderson34:28 Russell Gage Proving Himself Viable37:33 Time to Buy Corey Davis41:05 Sterling Shepard's Injury Opens the Door for Golden Tate44:04 Any Interest in Allen Lazard or Marquez Valdes-Scantling?49:04 Keelan Cole Shows up Again for the Jaguars52:39 Jordan Reed Delivers in George Kittle's Absence53:57 Time to Drop Rob Gronkowski55:15 Tight Ends to Stream in Week 356:36 Quarterbacks to Stream in Week 358:25 Defenses to Stream in Week 3Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Week 2 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread
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Falcons-Cowboys dominates the Week 2 DFS slate, but there is plenty of goodness to be found outside that game. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston help you find it...while also talking plenty about that likely scoring bonanza. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur highlight their five favorite picks against the spread among the 15 remaining Week 2 games.Rundown1:34 Games to Target in DFS Contests3:21 Dak Prescott Tops the QB List4:59 A Case for Kyler Murray6:42 Going Cheap at QB with Mitch Trubisky and Kirk Cousins8:27 Jonathan Taylor a DFS Free Space10:09 The RBs to Back if You Spend Big at the Position12:09 The Ronald Jones Argument13:41 Believing in Miles Sanders Right from the Jump16:35 Playing all the Falcons' and Cowboys' Receivers19:01 Emmanuel Sanders Climbs the Ranks20:46 Tampa Bay's Receivers with Chris Godwin (Concussion) Likely Out22:16 A Bounceback for Tyler Higbee24:06 Brandon Beats the Drum for Jared Cook25:21 Defense/Special Teams Plays29:52 Week 2 Picks Against the Spread32:03 Rams-Eagles33:15 Panthers-Buccaneers34:25 Broncos-Steelers36:10 Falcons-Cowboys37:55 49ers-Jets39:29 Bills-Dolphins41:13 Vikings-Colts42:36 Lions-Packers43:49 Giants-Bears45:45 Jaguars-Titans47:42 Washington-Cardinals49:51 Ravens-Texans50:58 Chiefs-Chargers53:06 Patriots-Seahawks54:41 Saints-Raiders57:23 Recapping our Picks, Plus a Look at Survivor Vic's Week 2 Picks Column Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunstonFollow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
Opening up the Vault and Looking Into the Week 2 Crystal Ball
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Nando, Jake and Moody had so much fun peering into the crystal ball last week that they decided to run it back for Week 2. Will Nyheim Hines or A.J. Green have more receptions? Will Adrian Peterson or James Robinson rack up more yards from scrimmage? Which former Iowa tight end will have more receiving yards this week: T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant? Jake and Moody answer all those questions, and more. Plus, Nando wraps up the show with a screwball game of Would You Rather?Rundown3:18 Tiki Barber on Saquon Barkley7:35 Saquon Barkley vs. Jonathan Taylor8:31 More Receptions: Nyheim Hines or A.J. Green?13:03 More Total Yards: Adrian Peterson or James Robinson?16:24 Starting in a Superflex: Baker Mayfield or Melvin Gordon?19:50 More Passing Yards: Tom Brady or Joe Burrow?25:43 David Johnson Over/Under 88.5 Yards From Scrimmage27:20 Frank Gore Over/Under 10.5 Non-PPR Fantasy Points30:06 Washington's Leading Rusher in Week 2...32:56 More Receiving Yards: T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant?34:35 More Receiving Yards: Tre'Quan Smith or Christian Kirk?37:04 Difficult Decisions, or Would You Rather?37:40 Start Frank Gore; Start Rex Burkhead; Congestion Issues?39:07 Start 120th Player at Flex; Start 30th QB; Not Enough Sugar?41:32 Start Three Jets; Start Three Patriots; No More Eggs?43:00 Lineup Locks on Wednesday with All Questionable Players; Lineup Made up Entirely of Rookies; Every Checkout Person Thinks You're 'Super Creepy'?45:24 No. 1 QB Accuracy, but Bad Everywhere Else; Discover a Formula to Perfectly Predict Kicker Performance; Every Fantasy Question Has a Follow-Up?Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Moody on Twitter: @EricNMoodyFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings
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One week does not make a season, but it can alter our perception of players heading into Week 2. Is Drew Brees in trouble without Michael Thomas? Is J.K. Dobbins the lead back in Baltimore? Is Mike Williams the best fantasy receiver for the Chargers? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that, while also offering up opinions on nearly 50 players for Week 2, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown1:51 The Game of the Week for Week 23:41 A Tepid Start for Tom Brady7:12 Drew Brees Without Michael Thomas9:15 Can Carson Wentz Rebound in Week 2?11:44 Quarterback Lightning Round, Featuring Jimmy Garoppolo, Gardnew Minshew and Cam Newton16:27 What Do You Need to See from the Browns on Thursday?20:07 Ronald Jones is Jake's RB22?!?22:05 Any Clarity on Buffalo's Backfield?24:00 Is J.K. Dobbins the Man in Baltimore's Backfield?27:06 The Week 1 RB Surprises Who Need to Be in Your Lineups This Week29:30 Running Back Lightning Round, Featuring Austin Ekeler, Benny Snell and D'Andre Swift34:59 Emmanuel Sanders is a Play, but We Have a Difference of Opinion on Tre'Quan Smith39:00 Enough Space for CeeDee Lamb to Get Going This Week?42:13 Trusting Marvin Jones Against the Packers?44:25 Implications of Week 1 Usage for Mike Williams, Diontae Johnson and Anthony Miller47:52 Wide Receiver Lightning Round, Featuring Jalen Reagor, Mike Evans and DeVante Parker52:31 Should T.J. Hockenson Be Locked Into Fantasy Lineups?54:07 Should Dallas Goedert Be Locked Into Fantasy Lineups?57:28 Should Noah Fant Be Locked Into Fantasy Lineups?59:15 Trust Level in Evan Engram61:20 Tight End Lightning Round, Featuring Tyler Higbee, Hayden Hurst and Logan ThomasFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
Fantasy Football Fact Check after Week 1
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Nando Di Fino and Emory Hunt get together on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast to discuss what was real and wasn't from Week 1. Were Saquon Barkley's struggles an anomaly? How are we feeling about Tom Brady and the Buccaneers? Where do the Colts' and Browns' backfields go from here? Nando and Emory ask and answer all those questions, and more.Rundown1:33 A Résumé-Based Week 1 Victory Lap7:16 Saquon's Anomaly13:41 The Colts' Backfield Without Marlon Mack17:46 Is Jacksonville's Week 1 Performance for Real?26:07 Time to Panic about Baker Mayfield?30:55 Checking in on Nick Chubb, Mark Ingram and Nyheim Hines34:31 An Appropriate Spot to Overreact37:49 Tom Brady and the Buccaneers' Offense39:17 Ugh, Jets41:21 Auditing the New Head Coaches42:45 Still Buying Pat Shurmur and the Broncos45:12 The Ageless Adrian PetersonFollow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2020
Week 1 Reactions and the Week 2 Waiver Wire
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The NFL is back and it did not disappoint in Week 1. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into the biggest Week 1 fantasy football stories on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Will Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Taylor retain major roles in the passing game? How big a problem is Joshua Kelley for Austin Ekeler? Is J.K. Dobbins already pushing Mark Ingram aside? The guys answer those questions, plus take a comprehensive look at the Week 2 waiver wire.Rundown3:04 Josh Jacobs', Jonathan Taylor's, and Austin Ekeler's Activity in the Passing Game7:44 J.K. Dobbins Pushing Mark Ingram Aside?12:24 Concerns for Austin Hooper?14:37 The Seahawks' Offense Delivers19:43 How Aggressive Should You Be on Joshua Kelley?21:53 Buying Malcolm Brown in a Big Way25:54 Is Nyheim Hines Lesser Austin Ekeler or Better James White?28:17 Adrian Peterson Keeps on Ticking30:00 Don't Fall for Peyton Barber31:34 Where Does Myles Gaskin Fall?34:14 Parris Campbell Looks the Part35:49 Russell Gage Goes Off in Week 137:33 Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling Deliver40:34 Week 1 Sammy Watkins Rides Again42:42 Robby Anderson Shines in Carolina Debut43:59 Ranking the Waiver Wire Receivers46:58 Is Dallas Goedert a TE1?49:21 Logan Thomas Puts Himself on the Radar51:15 Quarterbacks to Stream in Week 252:37 Defenses to Stream in Week 2Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Week 1 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread
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Week 1 is here, and the first full Sunday of NFL action can't arrive soon enough. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper get you ready for the DFS weekend ahead with their favorite plays at every position, and various lineup-building strategies. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur make their five favorite picks against the spread for the week. They also both give an upset special, and weigh in on survivor pools, where there aren't a lot of attractive picks in Week 1.Rundown2:38 The Latest on Injuries to Courtland Sutton, Kenny Golladay and Mike Evans6:34 Games to Target in DFS Contests8:55 Quarterbacks to Play in Week 111:09 A Bears Stack Led By Mitch Trubisky?14:41 The Difficulty of Working Christian McCaffrey Into Lineups16:59 Lots of Love for Josh Jacobs and Joe Mixon19:11 Targeting the Mid-Level Wide Receivers23:31 Paying the Premium for George Kittle?27:05 Trusting Washington's Defense Against the Eagles?31:16 Let's Make Some Picks Against the Spread32:05 Dolphins-Patriots33:58 Browns-Ravens35:59 Jets-Bills38:25 Raiders-Panthers40:02 Bears-Lions41:16 Colts-Jaguars42:59 Chargers-Bengals46:36 Cardinals-49ers49:10 Buccaneers-Saints51:43 Cowboys-Rams53:28 Steelers-Giants55:47 Picks Recap and Upset Specials58:32 Backing the Bills in Survivor Pools Vic's Picks Column Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiperFollow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
The Fantasy Football Week 1 Crystal Ball
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Nando Di Fino brings a crystal ball to this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, asking Jake Ciely and Eric Moody to peer into it and share what they see for Week 1. Will Dwayne Haskins throw for more than 275.5 yards? Can Tom Brady toss three touchdowns in his Buccaneers' debut? And who will lead the Lions in rushing? The guys share their thoughts on those questions, and a whole lot more.Rundown3:33 Dwayne Haskins Over/Under 275.5 Passing Yards6:43 Bryce Love Over/Under 45.5 Total Yards12:32 A.J. Green Over/Under 62.5 Receiving Yards13:52 Tom Brady Over/Under 2.5 Passing Touchdowns15:12 O.J. Howard Over/Under 23.5 Receiving Yards18:36 Who Leads Jacksonville in Rushing?20:40 Who Leads Detroit in Rushing?25:45 Who Leads Tampa Bay in Rushing?31:36 Who Leads New England in Rushing?34:00 CeeDee Over/Under 62.5 Receiving Yards?36:14 Melvin Gordon Over/Under 15.5 PPR Points?39:16 More Total Yards: Todd Gurley or Cam Akers?45:01 Week 1 Quick HitsFollow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Moody on Twitter: @EricNMoodyFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
Week 1 Rankings are Live
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The NFL is back, Week 1 is here, and it's time to rank some players. Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston and Michael Beller dive into the Week 1 fantasy football rankings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Are you starting both Colts running backs? What are you doing with Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones? Is DeSean Jackson set for more Week 1 heroics? What's the game of the week? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more.Rundown2:38 The Game of the Week5:43 The Mid-Tier QBs You're Trusting and Fading in Week 111:55 Victory Lap Off-the-Radar QB13:00 Is There a Regular Starter at QB Who Should Be Benched?15:10 Watch Darrel Williams Closely on Thursday Night16:40 If You Have a Colts RB, Are You Starting Him?19:33 Start Both Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay?21:28 What Do We Make of Titans-Broncos?23:36 Throwing Antonio Gibson Right Into the Fire?27:45 Stay Away from Tampa Bay's RBs29:08 Victory Lap Off-the-Radar RBs31:10 Regular Starting RBs Who Could Be on Your Bench35:38 DeSean Jackson Crushes Week 137:33 Odell Beckham and the Browns Draw a Tough Week 1 Matchup39:31 Sterling Shepard and the Giants' Receivers41:37 Riding with the Raiders' Receivers44:18 Victory Lap Off-the-Radar WRs46:07 Regular Starting WRs Who Could Be on Your Bench47:58 Trusting Rob Gronkowski Right out of the Gate?49:57 Sneaky Value in Eric Ebron54:00 Not Worried About Mike Gescki's Depth Chart Standing55:41 Victory Lap Off-the-Radar Tight Ends57:08 Regular Starting TEs Who Could Be on Your BenchFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Letting the Running Backs Run It Back
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High-stakes guru Chris Vaccaro joins Nando and Emory for a running-back-focused episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The trio discusses Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams, Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette vs. Adrian Peterson, Christian McCaffrey, Nyheim Hines, and more.Rundown3:17 Kansas City's Backfield Mix13:13 Can Zack Moss Outscore Devin Singletary?18:49 Will Leonard Fournette Make Ronald Jones Obsolete?26:50 Leonard Fournette vs. Adrian Peterson29:15 The Case for Olamide Zaccheaus in Atlanta34:06 Saquon Barkley over Christian McCaffrey?45:46 Nando Keeps Beating the Drum for Nyheim Hines50:42 Sleeping on Derek Carr?51:21 A Couple of Week 1 Upset PicksFollow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplanFollow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Get 40% off your first-year subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
Week 1 Waiver Wire!
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You're darn right we're throwing an exclamation point on this episode. It's the Week 1 waiver wire! Beller, Jake and Brandon break down all the players you should be chasing before the season begins, including James Robinson, Nyheim Hines, Bryan Edwards, Steven Sims, and many, many more.Rundown2:52 Time to Invest in James Robinson?7:48 Any Interest in Adrian Peterson?11:14 Malcolm Brown a Player to Watch13:11 Where's the Love for Nyheim Hines?16:39 Joshua Kelley in the Melvin Gordon Role?20:31 Go Get Bryan Edwards24:20 Go Get Steven Sims26:55 Allen Lazard Continues the No. 2 WR Parade31:24 Cordarrelle Patterson with Some Short-Term Value33:49 N'Keal Harry and New England's Need for Athleticism34:45 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Parris Campbell and Miles Boykin40:22 James Washington's Opportunity to Be Mike Wallace43:31 Week 1 Hopes for Laviska Shenault44:18 Don't Overthink Randall Cobb46:23 Can This Be the Year for Robby Anderson?49:05 Week 1 Hopes for Brandon Aiyuk Jake's Week 1 Waiver Wire Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a free 7-day trial to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Washington's Backfield, Quarterbacks and Tight Ends to Target, and our Favorite Futures Bets
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It's the debut episode of the joint effort between The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and The Athletic Football Show. Every Friday, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper will round up the fantasy news of the week and look ahead to Sunday with last-minute tips and DFS picks. After that, Beller and Vic Tafur will walk you through their favorite bets of the week. On the debut episode, Beller and DVR discuss Washington's backfield and the quarterback and tight end positions for fantasy, while Beller and Tafur highlight some of their favorite future bets for the 2020 season.Rundown1:35 Introducing the Friday Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and Athletic Football Show Partnership2:33 Antonio Gibson's Stock on a Rocketship7:55 Quarterbacks We're Targeting at ADP13:29 Quarterbacks We're Avoiding at ADP17:39 Quarterbacks Outside the Top 15 We Think Can Finish in the Top 1022:25 Tight Ends We're Targeting at ADP25:35 Tight Ends We're Avoiding at ADP28:33 Tight Ends Outside the Top 15 We Think Can Finish in the Top 1033:22 Welcome to the Gambling Portion34:08 Super Bowl Futures Bets38:08 Our Favorite Division Winner Bets43:53 Win Totals!50:08 Make or Miss the Playoffs Wagers55:07 MVP Futures We're Backing60:16 Not Loving the Rookie of the Year OddsFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiperFollow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Get a free 7-day trial to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Crazy, A Little Crazy, or Not Crazy?: A Fantasy Football Exercise
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Nando, Jake and Moody play a little game of Crazy, A Little Crazy, or Not Crazy. Nando makes declarative, predictive statements about the 2020 season, and Jake and Moody determine whether that statement is Crazy, A Little Crazy, or Not Crazy. Topics include...Dwayne Haskins is a Top-12 quarterback; Austin Hooper is a Top-5 Tight End; Henry Ruggs goes over 1,100 yards; and more!Rundown2:33 Dwayne Haskins is a Top-12 Quarterback6:22 Henry Ruggs Tops 1,100 Receiving Yards10:33 Cam Akers Gets 1,000 Total Yards14:04 Austin Ekeler Doesn't Surpass 2019 Totals22:01 Leonard Fournette Gets 1,000 Total Yards26:32 Austin Hooper Is a Top-Five Tight End29:46 Odell Beckham Is Picked in the First Two Rounds in 202133:05 No Jaguar Skill Player Tops 1,000 Yards36:30 Dion Lewis Has More Yards Than Jonathan Taylor41:16 Melvin Gordon Is a Top-10 Running Back45:57 Evan Engram Is a Top-Three Tight End50:05 Adrian Peterson Is a Top-20 Running BackFollow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Moody on Twitter: @EricNMoodyFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Get a free 7-day trial to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
The Fantasy Football Outlook in the AFC South and NFC North
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Beller, Jake and Brandon wrap up their division-by-division fantasy football breakdowns with the AFC South and NFC North. Is A.J. Brown the league's next great receiver? What's left in David Johnson's tank? Is Aaron Rodgers being disrespected? Does it matter who wins the Bears' QB competition? Do the Lions have one of the best offenses from a fantasy perspective? The guys answer all those questions—and a whole lot more.Rundown3:11 Welcome to the AFC South3:48 The Philip Rivers/Frank Reich Pairing6:33 T.Y. Hilton: Undervalued, Overvalued or Properly Valued?8:55 Any Other Colts Pass-Catcher to Target?10:21 Is A.J. Brown the NFL's Next Big WR Star?13:15 Ryan Tannehill's Tennessee Encore17:51 Life Without DeAndre Hopkins for Deshaun Watson21:34 When You Draft David Johnson, You're Telling Yourself...?25:22 An All You Can Eat Target Buffet for D.J. Chark27:37 The Late-Round Case For and Against Laviska Shenault31:08 AFC South Lightning Round39:58 Welcome to the NFC North40:28 Any Fantasy Intrigue in Minnesota?43:07 Jake Makes the Case for Dalvin Cook over Ezekiel Elliott45:07 Is Aaron Rodgers Being Disrespected?48:52 Beller and Jake Disagree on Aaron Jones54:26 Does Mitch Trubisky vs. Nick Foles Matter?56:44 How to Treat the Bears' Backfield after David Montgomery's Groin Injury60:59 Everyone Loves Matthew Stafford64:59 Get the Icing, Not the Cake66:51 The D'Andre Swift/Kerryon Johnson Backfield68:17 NFC North Lightning RoundFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a free 7-day trial to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2020
Leonard Fournette Landing Spots, Rookie Hype, and Some 'Would You Rather?' Bets
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Nando and Emory play some games on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Who's the pass-catcher to roster in Miami? Does A.J. Green or Will Fuller have a better shot at 1,000 yards? Are the Bears or Lions a better bet to make the playoffs? And can Emory match each Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to its weapon and color scheme? Answers to all those questions, plus a deep dive on Leonard Fournette and the new-look Jacksonville backfield.Rundown3:50 Why Did the Jaguars Waive Leonard Fournette?9:09 Possible Landing Spots for Fournette11:28 The Obligatory Dwayne Haskins Tangent17:11 Who Takes Over in Jacksonville?22:46 Who Leads Miami in Receiving Yards?25:54 A.J. Green 1,000 Yards, Will Fuller 1,000 Yards, or Mohamed Sanu Eight Touchdowns?30:18 Jaguars Over 4.5 Wins, Bears Win the NFC North, Bears Make Playoffs, or Lions Make Playoffs?36:56 Can Emory Match the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Their Weapons and Color Scheme?39:15 Rookie Hype for Cam Akers, Jerry Jeudy and Van Jefferson42:39 Emory is Buying the BroncosFollow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Get 40% off your first-year subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Leonard Fournette Released; AFC West and NFC East Breakdowns
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The Jaguars interrupted everyone's Monday morning, most notably Leonard Fournette's, when they surprisingly released the running back. Beller, Jake and Brandon start this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast there, discussing where the Jaguars and Fournette go from here. Then, they move on to their previously scheduled program, breaking down the AFC West and NFC East.Rundown1:25 The Fallout of Leonard Fournette's Release10:30 Welcome to the AFC West11:20 Where Are You Drafting Clyde Edwards-Helaire?15:28 Targeting Any of the Non-Star Chiefs?18:33 Tyrod Taylor's Offense in Los Angeles20:09 A Difference of Opinion on Keenan Allen21:36 Is Tyrod a Significant Downgrade for Austin Ekeler?24:30 Can We Trust Drew Lock to be the Key in Denver?27:21 Making Sense of the Melvin Gordon/Phillip Lindsay ADPs30:22 Can Josh Jacobs Catch More Passes This Season?34:44 AFC West Lightning Round39:09 Welcome to the NFC East39:36 The Move to Mike McCarthy from Jason Garrett in Dallas42:29 When is the Right Time to Draft Dak Prescott?45:24 Carson Wentz and the Eagles' Injury Issues48:21 Is Zach Ertz Undervalued?52:08 Jason Garrett's Influence on the Giants56:09 Daniel Jones in Year Two58:47 The Obligatory Antonio Gibson Discussion62:29 Buying Another Big Year from Terry McLaurin65:57 NFC East Lightning RoundFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a free 7-day trial to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Fun with Average Auction Values
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Nando Di Fino and Eric Moody put on their fantasy football auction caps on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Every auction is its own unique experience, but knowing average values can help from the foundation of your strategy. Nando and Eric dove into average values, debating combinations of players who add up to the same total. Would you rather have Davante Adams and Calvin Ridley, or Mike Evans and Kenny Golladay, two pairs that run, on average, $62? That's where our conversation goes on this episode.Rundown2:23 Introducing Average Auction Values3:58 Davante Adams and Calvin Ridley vs. Mike Evans and Kenny Golladay10:16 Contingency Planning in Auctions14:28 Christian McCaffrey and Le'Veon Bell vs. Aaron Jones and Joe Mixon17:22 Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown vs. Tom Brady and Mike Evans26:10 Mark Ingram vs. Cam Akers30:28 Pick Three: Jordan Howard, Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, Marlon Mack, Mecole Hardman38:34 Jerick McKinnon vs. Antonio Brown42:30 Recent Risers in Average Auction Value49:46 Why is Darren Waller Falling?Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Diving into the Deep Fantasy Football Waters of the AFC North and NFC South
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Beller, Jake and Brandon continue their division-by-division breakdown through a fantasy football lens, turning their attention to two of the richest divisions in the league on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The AFC North and NFC South contribute 29 of the top-100 players by ADP, including 16 of the top 50. The guys discuss the key fantasy storylines from these eight teams in depth.Rundown1:18 Welcome to the AFC North2:02 Lamar Jackson's Encore7:16 Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins10:49 Can Juju Be a Legit No. 1?15:28 Diontae Johnson and James Washington18:08 Can 2020 Be for the Browns What 2019 Was Supposed to Be?21:23 The Nick Chubb/Kareem Hunt Pairing25:50 Joe Burrow in His Rookie Year29:11 A.J. Green vs. Tyler Boyd30:32 AFC North Lightning Round35:56 Hello, NFC South36:25 Can Emmanuel Sanders Turn his WR2 Standing in New Orleans into Fantasy Gold?39:53 Alvin Kamara "Bounceback"46:31 Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, and the Buccaneers' Passing Attack50:10 The Unpredictable Tampa Bay Backfield52:54 Todd Gurley's Volume55:56 Buying Hayden Hurst56:59 The Teaming up of Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Rhule and Joe Brady59:15 Valuing the Panthers' Receivers60:35 NFC South Lightning RoundFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
Examining the New Offensive Coordinators for Fantasy Football Takeaways
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There was no shortage of head coach and offensive coordinator movement this offseason, and the affects of those changes are always felt in the fantasy football world. Nando Di Fino and Emory Hunt take a look at the new regimes for the Cowboys, Giants, Jaguars and Panthers, and what they could mean for the fantasy bottom lines for the players on those teams, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown3:26 Topics for Today's Show5:45 Anything to Glean from Training Camp?10:36 The Mike McCarthy/Kellen Moore Pairing in Dallas17:33 Joe Judge and Jason Garrett in New York26:03 Jay Gruden's Philosophy in Jacksonville33:34 Matt Rhule, Joe Brady and a New Era in Carolina40:01 Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton Props42:58 Emory Drops a Deep Sleeper48:29 Who's Back in the NFL First: Antonio Brown or Dez Bryant?Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Get 40% off your first-year subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020
Breaking Down the AFC East and NFC West
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Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston have just four more opportunities to get into your ears before Week 1 arrives. What better way to use those opportunities than by breaking down all eight divisions from a fantasy perspective? They kick that off on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, taking deep dives into the AFC East and NFC West. Does Cam Newton still got it? How much fun is Arizona's offense? Is Le'Veon Bell a sneaky bargain? Who's the better fantasy receiver in Seattle? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more.Rundown2:02 Is the AFC East the Worst Division in Football?5:08 The Devin Singletary/Zack Moss Pairing9:07 What Does a Step Forward for Josh Allen Look Like?12:04 Can Cam Newton Still Be a QB1?15:42 Buying Damien Harris?19:01 Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa21:21 Jordan Howard and Matt Breida24:30 The Tricky Case of Le'Veon Bell28:29 Any Belief in Breshad Perriman or Denzel Mims?29:59 AFC East Lightning Round!33:51 Hello, NFC West35:12 Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk40:03 Raheem Mostert and Shanahanigans44:05 Will the Seahawks Let Russ Cook?49:38 Tyler Lockett vs. D.K. Metcalf52:21 The Door is Open for Cam Akers56:36 Is Jared Goff Quietly Undervalued?60:02 Is Kenyan Drake a Top-15 Pick?63:45 Any Concern with DeAndre Hopkins Joining a New Team?65:36 No Margin for Error with Kyler Murray69:18 NFC West Lightning RoundFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get a free 7-day trial to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
Draft Day Choose Your Own Adventure, Part 1
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Nando Di Fino and Eric Moody choose their own adventure in the early rounds of a draft filled with several unusual twists and turns. Enjoy! Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
Fantasy Draft Strategy at the Wide Receiver Position
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An ever-deepening wide receiver pool is a fact of life in the fantasy football world. With winning options at every price point, there is no shortage of ways to successfully attack the position. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston take a wide-ranging look at wide receiver on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown2:08 Wide Receiver is Deeeeeeeep6:57 Any Scenario Where You'd Go WR-WR to Start a Draft?10:59 How Does WR Depth Influence Overall Team-Building Strategy?14:34 Quick RB Aside: When Did D'Andre Swift's Stock Start Exploding?18:08 I Like This Receiver, But...24:21 Stacking Tampa Bay or Atlanta Receivers32:00 Properly Valued Receivers We're Targeting Aggressively36:33 An Extended Conversation on Tyler Lockett41:38 Draft Him, Not Him42:26 Tyreek Hill/Marquise Brown43:32 Amari Cooper/Many Receivers (Jake, Obviously)45:51 Robert Woods/Tyler Boyd48:07 John Brown/Mike Williams, with an Extended Conversation on Mike Williams50:59 Breaking News on Miles SandersFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
Digging for Deep Sleepers & Trying to Stump the Czar
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Nando and Emory discuss the Chiefs’ backfield — Can Clyde Edwards-Helaire be a bust? — the Jets’ wide receivers, Austin Ekeler’s expected usage, and more. Rundown6:03 Fitting Into Anthony Lynn’s System8:49 Elijah McGuire: Deep Sleeper in KC?12:00 Can Clyde Edwards-Helaire Be a Bust?17:08 What Are You Looking For Without Preseason Games?21:48 Tajae Sharpe’s Opportunity in Minnesota26:06 Sorting Out the Jets’ Wide Receivers39:39 Can Bryce Love Be a Viable NFL Starting Running Back?44:17 Will Austin Ekeler Continue to Get Goal-Line Carries?48:34 Julio Jones vs. Chris Godwin as a Keeper Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGamePlan Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
Overvalued and Undervalued Tight Ends
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Beller, Jake and Brandon wrap up their run through overvalued and undervalued players at every position with a look at tight ends on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Jake still hates Jared Cook. Brandon makes the argument against Tyler Higbee. Is Beller an idiot when it comes to Austin Hooper? Should fantasy owners just pass on the back end of the projected TE1 class in general? The guys get into all those questions, offer up some of their favorite values, and get into the weeds with deep targets.Rundown3:42 The Greatest Fantasy Football Rivalry: Jake vs. Jared Cook7:15 The Tyler Higbee Discussion12:13 Why Beller is Avoiding Evan Engram15:02 Expectations for Rob Gronkowski's Return21:08 Jake and Beller Differ on Austin Hooper25:44 Brandon Makes the Case for Jonnu Smith and Stumbles into a Sidebet with Jake30:40 Jake's Triple H Tight End Trio: Hooper, Hurst and Hockenson34:54 Mike Gesicki on the Rise37:33 Recency Bias and Chris Herndon40:49 The Best-Case Scenario for Will Dissly44:20 Ian Thomas Takes Over in Carolina46:53 Can Jace Sternberger Make Tight End Matter in Green Bay?Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Breaking Down the 'Zero WR' Strategy
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Nando and Eric discuss the ‘Zero WR’ or ‘Robust RB’ strategy, Stefon Diggs’ value in Buffalo, the possibility of an A.J. Green bounce back, and more. Rundown4:30 Dissecting ‘Zero WR’ (Robust RB) As a Strategy13:22 Dede Westbrook: Post-Hype Sleeper?16:02 The Case for Stefon Diggs19:55 Buying Growth From Josh Allen?26:45 Is This a ‘Prove It’ Year for OBJ?31:47 Optimal RB Roster Foundations for ‘Zero WR’38:27 Value WR Target: A.J. Green42:29 A Five Running Back Base?46:40 Curtis Samuel & Mohamed Sanu Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Overvalued and Undervalued Wide Receivers
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The wide receiver position is as deep as ever, but some of the same issues that plague drafters year after year still pervade the position. Namely, the fantasy community is too high on some guys, and too low on others. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into both groups, and don't necessarily agree on every single receiver, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.Rundown1:51 Overvalued and Undervalued Receivers3:17 Amari Cooper Kicks off Our Discussion on Overvalued WRs7:21 Is Cooper Kupp Going Too Early?13:45 Jake and Brandon Think Beller is Crazy, re: Courtland Sutton18:07 Josh Allen's Effect on Stefon Diggs20:50 Deebo Samuel's Foot Injury Complicates His Draft Status22:27 Why is Will Fuller Being Drafted Ahead of Brandin Cooks?29:53 Is Juju Smith-Schuster the Most Clearly Undervalued WR?33:48 Where's the Love for D.J. Chark?37:00 Henry Ruggs and the (Seemingly) Obvious Value in No. 1 WRs43:22 Robert Woods and Positive TD Regression44:39 The Perennially Undervalued Jarvis Landry45:50 Buying Miami's Offense47:47 Trusting Aaron Rodgers and, By Extension, Allen LazardFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2020
Mecole Hardman, Tua & Greek Mythology
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Nando and Emory discuss the possibility of Mecole Hardman becoming more than a deep threat in the Chiefs’ offense, big changes taking place in Miami, the impact of the pandemic on the 2021 draft class, and more. Rundown6:42 Mecole Hardman: More Than a Deep Threat?11:09 Chase Edmonds: A Nando Guy & An Emory Guy20:15 Jordan Howard and Analysts & Fanalysts24:47 Is Pass-Catching a Learned Skill for Running Backs?31:49 How Much Will Tua Play in Year 1?37:03 Intrigued by Jason Garrett with Giants’ Offense?40:41 Will There Be Harmony in Saints’ Locker Room?46:52 Impact of Pandemic on 2020 & 2021 Draft Classes56:55 Nyheim Hines’ Role in the Colts’ Backfield Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGamePlan Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2020
Washington's Backfield and SuperFlex League Strategy
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We're approaching the beginning of the heart of draft season, and we've covered snake draft and auction strategy on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. On this episode, we add SuperFlex league strategy to our plate. Michael Beller and Jake Ciely get into the intricacies of SuperFlex drafts, namely how your approach at the quarterback position must change. The guys also discuss Washington's backfield after the release of Derrius Guice.FLEX Leagues SuperFlex One Draft BoardFLEX Leagues SuperFlex Deux Draft BoardRundown1:07 Revisiting Washington's Backfield Without Derrius Guice3:18 Some Love for Bryce4:29 Putting a Draft-Day Price Tag on Adrian Peterson, Antonio Gibson and Love12:00 The top of the Quarterback Position in SuperFlex Leagues16:10 When to Dive in on the Position's Third Tier (Josh Allen, Matt Ryan, etc.)20:06 The Viability of Starting Your SuperFlex Draft with Two QBs26:36 The Danger of Waiting on QBs30:19 Targeting Two Top-16 Quarterbacks34:54 Picking Quarterbacks on the Turn40:15 The Necessity of a QB3 in SuperFlex LeaguesFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Building a Better Sleeper
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Nando Di Fino and Eric Moody begin to build a better sleeper in fantasy football in their first episode of 2020. They discuss David Montgomery, Terry McLaurin, Henry Ruggs, their level of concern about rookies this year, and more! Rundown2:53 Get to Know Eric Moody6:24 Buying In For a David Montgomery Breakout?12:36 Is Terry McLaurin Underrated?14:50 Explaining True Catch Rate & Cushion22:00 The Case for Henry Ruggs in Year 128:01 College Dominator Scores32:57 Concerns About Rookies in 2020?
40:38 Using Stats to Fit Narrative46:10 Do You Believe in the Matt Nagy Offense? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: http://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
Playing an Auction Room, the Chris Carson Bargain, and Keenan Allen's New World
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Beller, Jake and Brandon are still on FLEX Leagues duty, taking a look at Jake's performance in the 12-team auction. Early buys of Michael Thomas and Travis Kelce sent Jake off his pregame plan, which leads to a discussion on auction best practices. Where's the love for Chris Carson? Should we be afraid of Tyrod Taylor, as it relates to Keenan Allen? Is there any sense in paying up for the elite quarterbacks? The guys get into all that, and a whole lot more.FLEX auction boardRundown2:37 Michael Thomas at $484:16 Pre-Determined Auction Values as a 'Speed Limit'6:28 Where's the Love for Chris Carson10:00 Travis Kelce at $2611:56 Why You Should Track Prices and Think Like a Snake Drafter During the Auction15:44 The Danger of Being at the End of a Tier, Through the Lens of a $29 D.K. Metcalf18:23 The Virtues of a Balanced Team Build23:53 Can You Justify Paying for an Elite QB?27:27 The Utility of $2 Bids29:56 Kenny Golladay and the Third Tier of WRs34:21 Stars and Scrubs Lite Builds37:49 Jake and Brandon Butt Heads over Keenan Allen43:43 Non-Jake Teams We LikeFollow Michael on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
Reintroducing Emory Hunt, Lynn Bowden's Fit in Las Vegas, Buying In on Dwayne Haskins
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Nando Di Fino and Emory Hunt kick off their first episode together in 2020 and discuss an overlooked rookie in Las Vegas, a deeper sleeper in New Orleans, and why Emory is all-in for a Dwayne Haskins breakout this season. Rundown1:05 Reintroducing Emory Hunt10:11 An Argument for Lynn Bowden in Las Vegas15:56 Searching for Sleepers in New Orleans21:02 Unique Considerations for 202024:52 Love for Bryce Love29:09 Breakout Time for Dwayne Haskins?37:29 Any Concerns About Haskins' Supporting Cast?43:40 Seeing Positives: 'Starters in Waiting' Instead of 'Backups' Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifinoFollow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2020
Julio over CEH, the Mark Ingram Bargain, and Hockenson vs. Gesicki on the New-Look Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast
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Welcome to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. It's all the fantasy football podcasts you've come to know and love at The Athletic, under the same umbrella. On our first episode, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston look back at Brandon's participation in this weekend's FLEX Leagues snake draft, using that to discuss the following topics: Is the Clyde Edwards-Helaire hype out of control? Is Mark Ingram's this year's biggest bargain? What's the deal with Devin Singletary's ADP? T.J. Hockenson or Mike Gesicki? Who's the best target in the second quarterback tier? And a whole lot more! FLEX snake draft resultsRundown2:33 Jake's Suite of FLEX Leagues Drafts and Auctions3:43 Brandon Goes Julio over CEH; Is the CEH Hype Out of Control?7:02 Get Ready to Pay up for Workhorse RBs10:17 Buying an Odell Beckham Bounceback13:29 What Do We Make of Raheem Mostert?18:36 Not Enough Love for Mark Ingram; Too Much Love for Devin Singletary24:07 Matthew Stafford vs. Tom Brady26:11 Daniel Jones is This Year's Jameis Winston28:45 T.J. Hockenson vs. Mike Gesicki33:53 When to Pull the Trigger on Mahomes and Lamar37:07 Pricing the Tier-Two Quarterbacks40:50 Values and Reaches42:42 Breaking Down the Colts' BackfieldFollow Michael on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 40% off the first year of your subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
League Adjustments for 2020, Early Opt Outs, and Cook vs. Kamara
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Rundown1:13 Unique 2020 Fantasy League Adjustments8:04 Opt-Outs; Changes in Green Bay WR Corps Without Funchess?11:40 James Conner Is Playing in 202015:50 Alshon Jeffery to PUP List22:31 Tua Without Limitations & Miami’s ‘Open’ QB Competition28:05 Elway Tempering Expectations for Denver’s Offense?32:56 Dalvin Cook vs. Alvin Kamara as No. 4 RB39:17 Jake’s Case Against Tight End Premium Scoring48:28 Thank You Brad! Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler Get 30% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/thethrowback Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2020
No Preseason, Changes in Houston, and Running Back ADP
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Rundown1:06 The Effects of a Canceled Preseason4:04 Outsize Impact on the Giants and Panthers11:00 Sean McVay and "That RB Committee Thing"14:48 Is T.Y. Hilton Undervalued?17:55 What's Going on in Houston?21:29 How Many QBs Go Before Deshaun Watson?23:56 Jake Illustrates Why Everyone Should Play Superflex27:09 RB ADP: Who's Too High?37:37 Who's Too Low?43:25 Interesting HandcuffsFollow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler Get 40% off a subscription: theathletic.com/thethrowback Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2020
Twitter Influence, Mostert's Situation & Early QB Observations
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Rundown1:02 Brad's Increasing Twitter Influence6:25 Raheem Mostert's Situation in San Francisco11:37 Kelvin Harmon Tears ACL; WR Depth in Washington16:12 Scott Fish Bowl Takeaways; Corey Davis & Devin Funchess26:25 Jalen Reagor & Eagles Wide Receivers30:39 Empty Stadiums & Fake Crowd Noise36:16 Highest Bust Potential Among Top-12 Quarterbacks41:58 Most Upside Outside Top-12 Quarterbacks Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler Get 30% off a subscription: theathletic.com/thethrowback Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2020
Scott Fish Talks SFBX and Patrick Mahomes Gets Paid!
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Rundown1:24 SFBX Details & Fantasy Cares5:24 How Big Did Scott Expect This To Become?6:30 This Year's Unique Scoring System9:12 Strategy For a League This Size13:11 The Difficulty of Predicting Runs & Reading the Room18:45 Adjusting Wide Receivers in SFBX22:38 Mahomes' New Megadeal26:20 Impact on Other KC Players in Dynasty Leagues33:12 A Big Jump Coming From Damien Williams?40:28 David Njoku Headed Out of Cleveland?44:09 Antonio Brown & The Seahawks? Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottFish24Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2020
Cam Goes to New England
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Rundown1:06 Will We See Opt-Outs From NFL Players?7:18 Cam Newton Signs with the Patriots11:32 Concerns About New England's Offensive Weapons18:17 QB Toss-Ups; Ranking Cam22:34 Jordan Howard's Goal-Line Role in Miami28:04 Hollywood Brown Entering Year 234:38 In or Out on Evan Engram?36:30 The New Bengals Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler Get 30% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/thethrowback Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2020
Bold Predictions & Deebo's Foot Injury
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Rundown1:55 Deebo Samuel's Foot Injury7:41 Will Jalen Hurd's Opportunity Make Him a Top-25 WR?14:39 A Not Bold Prediction For Jalen Reagor19:05 Dak Prescott Signs Franchise Tender26:18 Teddy Bridgewater as a Top-10 QB?32:52 Will Phillip Lindsay Outscore Melvin Gordon?36:04 Derrick Henry's Chances for 20+ Rushing TDs38:45 Adam Thielen as a Top-5 WR? Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2020
Rankings Release, Kupp Concerns & Backfield Battles
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Rundown1:08 Early Pushback From Brad on Jake's Rankings7:17 Top WR in Seattle: Tyler Lockett vs. D.K. Metcalf11:25 Terry McLaurin Helium15:04 Are People Forgetting About Preston Williams?18:24 Concerns About Cooper Kupp22:51 The Rams' Crowded Backfield25:35 Joshua Kelley vs. Justin Jackson32:26 Impact of Brandon Brooks' Injury on the Philly Running Game36:31 Year 2 Expectations for David Montgomery Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2020
Early Buzz Players
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Rundown1:23 We Still Love Chris Meaney2:55 Buying Todd Gurley in Redraft Leagues?7:08 Gardner Minshew's Impact Leonard Fournette's Role11:47 Is Hayden Hurst a Top-10 Tight End?18:44 Making Sense of the Patriots25:50 Is Philip Rivers an Upgrade in Indy?31:12 Can Jack Doyle Recapture His 2017 Form?35:44 Expectations for Raheem Mostert41:58 Why Is Chris Carson at RB20? Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkidFollow Brad on Twitter: @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2020
Breakout WR's, Miles Sanders, Chris Carson & J.K. Dobbins
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2:10 MLB rants!24:30 Breakout wide receivers: Terry McLaurin32:50 Will Antonio Gibson have any redraft value this season?37:00 DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery & Jalen Reagor40:00 In or out on Miles Sanders?43:40 First six rounds of the NFFC Online Championship Draft: Reaches, steals and strategy52:00 Does Devonta Freeman have anything left?56:25 Carlos Hyde joins the Seahawks; Does this hurt or help Chris Carson?60:00 Dynasty RB's: Dobbins vs CEH, Taylor & Swift1:05:00 The Rams have "three really good running backs"1:10:00 Nick Foles vs. Mitch Trubisky1:11:00 Get in on Parris Campbell now!Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler TheAthletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2020
Strength of schedule, rookie ADP's & wideout values
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2:00 NFL schedule release; How much stock can you put in the strength of schedule?8:25 Games we have circled on our calendars14:30 Week 1 lines18:50 MLB proposal to the MLBPA; Is this a glimpse into what the NFL could face?31:56 Joe Judge plans to run Jason Garrett's Cowboys offense with the Giants35:30 Colts call Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor a "1-1 punch" - Buy or Sell?44:15 Jake loves this rookie class! How many rookies are too many?48:10 Derrius Guice, Phillip Lindsay & Melvin Gordon53:05 Frank Gore signs with the Jets; Carlos Hyde potentially with the Eagles; Le'Veon Bell & Miles Sanders59:35 Someone Brad won't draft in best ball1:01:40 Will Fuller compared to other wideouts drafted in the 6th, 7th and 8th roundFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler TheAthletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2020
NFL Draft Round 3-7 Recap; Vaughn, Kelley, Moss & more!
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  3:30 The Athletic Mock Draft5:30 Antonio Gibson, Lynn Bowden & Bryan Edwards14:45 The best case scenario for Devin Duvernay18:00 Antonio Gandy-Golden's ideal landing spot; Is it time to buy Washington's offense?27:15 Ronald Jones' timeline leading up to Tampa Bay selecting Ke’Shawn Vaughn; Is Jones' job safe and what's Vaughn's ceiling with Tom Brady?33:00 Zack Moss vs. Devin Singletary38:40 Darrynton Evans, Anthony McFarland & La'Mical Perine43:45 Is Joshua Kelley getting disrespected? Austin Ekeler's ranking heading into 202048:20 Tyler Johnson & Isaiah Coulter53:15 Eno Benjamin's fall to the seventh roundFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler TheAthletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2020
NFL Draft Round 2 Recap
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7:00 Does Tee Higgins have any redraft appeal?9:20 The Colts add Michael Pittman & Jonathan Taylor14:30 The WR position is as deep this season as ever16:30 Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire still pick 1.01 in dynasty leagues?20:00 Can Laviska Shenault be the No. 2 in Jacksonville this season?23:20 Drew Lock has no excuses; Noah Fant & Courtland Sutton's value28:30 Chase Claypool, Van Jefferson & Denzel Mims33:55 James Conner vs. Anthony McFarland35:30 DeAndre Swift vs. Kerryon Johnson40:00 Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins & A.J. Dillon; Darrell Henderson, Mark Ingram and Aaron Jones; Dynatsy strategy48:45 The Eagles shock the world by taking Jalen Hurts in the second round; Meaney tries to defend it...58:25 Chicago lands another tight end in Cole Kmet1:01:30 The Saints really like Adam Trautman; Future outlookFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler TheAthletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2020
NFL Draft Round 1 Recap: CEH's value in KC & WR rookie rankings
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1:50 Clyde Edwards-Helaire's outlook with the Kansas City Chiefs11:00 Where does CEH rank among running backs in 2020 redraft leagues?15:00 Projected touches for Edwards-Helaire16:40 CEH's value in a dynasty league; 1.01? What's the asking price?21:00 Can Henry Ruggs be a fringe WR1 or will he be too boom or bust in 2020? What does the addition do for Josh Jacobs?31:15 Jalen Reagor vs. Justin Jefferson; Redraft value38:30 How much does Jerry Jeudy's stock depend on Drew Lock?43:30 Shocker: CeeDee Lamb to the Cowboys; What does it do for everyone in their offense?49:00 Can we get excited about Brandon Aiyuk in San Francisco?52:45 How upset is Aaron Rodgers today with the Jordan Love pick?59:30 Miami big day 1 winners; Over/Under 8.5 games started from Tua Tagovailoa in 20201:04:20 Justin Herbert vs. Tyrod Taylor; Chargers' weapons1:09:00 Looking ahead to rounds 2 and 3 Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler TheAthletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
Gronk's value, rookie sleepers & NFL draft props
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4:00 Rob Gronkowski's value in Tampa Bay; Where does he rank among tight ends?11:00 What does the Gronk trade do for Mike Evans and Chris Godwin?12:00 Will Gronk be worth a middle-round pick?13:45 Dynasty leagues; Should you be allowed to draft Gronkowski in a current slow draft or should he be placed in the rookie draft?21:00 Are Buccaneers legit Super Bowl contenders? What do they need?30:20 Ideal landing spots for O.J. Howard35:13 RB & WR rookie sleepers56:00 NFL draft propsFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2020
2020 NFL Draft: Rookie Quarterback & Tight End Preview
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5:50 How fantasy relevant will Joe Burrow be in year 1?15:30 Does Tua Tagovailoa have a higher ceiling than Burrow and should we have concerns about his hip?22:00 Should Justin Herbert be the second QB taken off the draft board or is he being overrated?28:10 Plenty of love for Jalen Hurts35:45 Jordan Love's downfall40:25 Can Jake Fromm be a starting QB in the NFL?45:25 Jacob Eason, Jake Luton & Anthony Gordon49:00 Tight End class: Will any get drafted in the first three rounds and will any have fantasy appeal in redraft leagues?Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/free90days  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2020
2020 NFL Draft: Rookie Wide Receiver Preview
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1:20 Virtual NFL draft: A how-to-draft-from-home guide for NFL GM's7:30 Highest ceiling and No. 1 WR in a rookie draft: CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy? Does Henry Ruggs belong in Tier 1?23:30 Over/Under 5.5 WR's taken in the first round; Who should be the fourth wideout taken off the board?25:30 Brad's love for Bryan Edwards, the sudden rise of Chase Claypool and potential change to TE34:30 Justin Jefferson's outlook39:00 How much of a concern is K.J. Hamler's size?42:10 NFL comp for Tee Higgins46:30 Potential concerns in Jalen Reagor's game and why Brad isn't worried about them51:00 Will Brandon Aiyuk have any redraft appeal?55:10 Michael Pittman & Laviska Shenault1:01:30 Does Antonio Gandy-Golden have any dynasty appeal?Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/free90days  https://theathletic.com/1709517/2020/03/31/2020-nfl-draft-rankings-top-88-players-for-fantasy-football/   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2020
2020 NFL Draft: Rookie Running Back Preview
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6:30 D'Andre Swift: Does it matter which team he lands on?11:30 Jonathan Taylor: Dynasty value16:30 J.K Dobbins: Could Dobbins be the best rookie RB in fantasy in 2020?22:10 Cam Akers: Does he belong in tier 1?27:50 Clyde Edwards-Helaire; Is size a concern?34:00 A.J. Dillon: Player comp36:30 Zack Moss: Does Moss have RB1 potential?41:00 Anthony McFarland: Is his landing spot crucial for his fantasy value?43:30 Eno Benjamin: Can he be more than a third-down back / special teams player?46:50 Binge watchingFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/free90days  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2020
Carolina's offense, FA WR's & Cam Newton's outlook
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2:25 Is Cam Newton still a QB 1, wherever he lands?10:25 Emmanuel Sanders' value with the Saints14:25 Carolina's offense; What does the Robby Anderson signing do to Curtis Samuel and Ian Thomas?20:25 "He's going to be a top 20 TE"23:10 Breshad Perriman's outlook with the Jets26:45 Listener questions: Miles Sanders, Devin Singletary, Deebo Samuel, Marquise Brown, auction strategy and more!Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/free90days  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2020
QB outlooks: Brady, Foles, Minshew, Taylor & more
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00:50 Tweet us, grab a free trial!1:50 Can Tom Brady tarnish his legacy with the Buccaneers?13:40 Fantasy spin: Brady, Chris Godwin & Mike Evans20:00 Can Brady make O.J. Howard effective?22:14 How high would you draft Melvin Gordon if he landed on TB?25:40 Where is Jameis Winston going and what will the Patriots do at QB?34:45 Nick Foles vs. Mitch Trubisky; Chicago's weapons39:00 Are we buying Gardner Minshew?44:15 Crowded backfield in SF46:00 Antonio Brown & Josh Gordon best ball prices49:30 Washington's backfield51:00 Tyrod Taylor: Fantasy vs. Reality; Chargers' weaponsFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/free90days  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Free Agency: Hopkins, Diggs, Hooper, Drake, Bridgewater & more!
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3:45 Ryan Tannehill & Derrick Henry back with the Titans; What can we expect from them in 2020? Is Henry a for sure top 10 RB?9:40 Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper back together again; 2020 draft day price14:15 Is Hunter Henry at least a top 10 TE, no matter who the QB is?15:40 A.J. Green's price in 202019:50 Is Kenyan Drake an RB1? Drake or...30:30 Teddy Bridgewater to Carolina; What's his outlook and what does it mean for DJ Moore or Curtis Samuel?38:50 Indianapolis' offense with Philip Rivers44:00 DeAndre Hopkins & David Johnson trade; Is Hopkins still a top 3 WR? Christian Kirk's outlook and Texans' wideouts1:01:30 Austin Hooper & Hayden Hurst1:05:00 Is Buffalo a bad landing spot for Stefon Diggs?Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
Winston, Green, Guice, Cooks & predicting FA landing spots
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4:10 Where is Jameis Winston going and if he leaves who should the Buccaneers replace him with? Can Mike Evans and Chris Godwin still be WR1's without Winston?11:00 Does Dak Prescott need Amari Cooper to be a Top 10 QB? Where does Cooper need to fall in order to draft him?17:30 Washington's backfield; Buy or sell Derrius Guice? What's a fair redraft price in 2020?24:10 In or out on Brandin Cooks?28:00 A.J. Green's 2020 draft price33:30 Does it matter who the QB is in Tennessee?36:00 Good and bad fits alongside Phillip Lindsay40:30 Free agent predictions: Brady, Tannehill, Rivers, Gordon, Drake, Howard, Anderson, Perriman, Hooper and othersFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
Live from the NFL Combine: Drake, Ekeler, Howard, Winston, Taylor & more
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2:30 Joe Burrow has small hands...do we care?7:00 Tua Tagovailoa receives positive news on hip10:50 Brad's pre-combine Top 10 RB rankings14:15 Which RB would be a good fit with the Tampa Buccaneers? Bruce Arians on O.J. Howard and Jameis Winston18:00 Brad's pre-combine Top 10 WR rankings; Who lands with the Raiders?26:00 In or out on Cam Newton?27:40 Jake joins live from the NFL Combine to talk about Dave Gettleman, Daniel Jones, Andy Reid, Sammy Watkins, Kenyan Drake, Austin Ekeler, Bruce Arians, O.J. Howard, Jameis Winston and more42:40 Austin Hooper done with the Falcons44:30 Over/under on touches for Todd Gurley in 2020Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
Predicting free agent RB fantasy values & Olsen's TE rank in Seattle
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4:00 Greg Olsen joins the Seattle Seahawks; Can he be a TE1? What does this do for Will Dissly's value in dynasty leagues?7:30 Where does Olson rank among tight ends in 2020?17:45 Is Derrick Henry a Top 5 RB if he stays in Tennessee? Should you have concerns with his usage over the last two years?22:14 Can Melvin Gordon rebound to RB1 status in 2020?24:50 Sell-high on Austin Ekeler?29:25 Making sense of the Arizona backfield; Is Kenyan Drake talented enough to be an RB2 outside of Arizona? Where should he go in drafts if Arizona signs him?33:30 If the Browns re-sign Kareem Hunt, what would it do to Nick Chubb's outlook?38:00 The other guys...Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2020
Predicting free agent QB fantasy values; Chargers without Rivers
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1:30 Philip Rivers-less Chargers; Buy-low opportunity for Mike Williams, Keenan Allen or Hunter Henry?10:00 What are the chances Tom Brady plays on another team?18:00 Taysom Hill wants to be a full-time QB; Is he good enough?24:15 Drew Brees' value on another team27:35 Dak Prescott's next contract and his fantasy value if he left the Cowboys; Dallas' weapons without Prescott34:30 Jameis Winston without Mike Evans and Chris Godwin...38:20 Can Ryan Tannehill replicate his touchdown ratio from last season? Does he need Derrick Henry to be succesful? Henry vs. Melvin Gordon46:00 Can Marcus Mariota or Teddy Bridgewater be a starter elsewhere?Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
2020 outlooks: McLaurin, Kirk, Brown, Andrews & next breakout TE
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1:45 Can Terry McLaurin take a leap forward into the WR2 range in 2020?6:10 Were we a year too early on Christian Kirk?10:15 Is Marquise Brown always going to be boom or bust?20:00 Can Anthony Miller show consistency in the Chicago offense? Is he at least locked into the No. 2 role?24:40 Has Mark Andrews moved into the top TE tier?30:30 Do not draft this TE in 2020!34:45 Should you buy into Tyler Higbee's second half from last season?39:30 Rank Noah Fant, Mike Gesicki & T.J. Hockenson in redraft and dynastyFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
Super Bowl breakdown, 2020 outlook on the Chiefs and 49ers
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00:40 Super Bowl breakdown; What happened to Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers?18:00 2020 outlook in San Francisco; Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Deebo Samuel; What's a fair price for Samuel in 2020?30:50 2020 outlook in Kansas City; Patrick Mahomes, Damien Williams, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce; Where should Kelce go in drafts next season?Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
Super Bowl picks, props, trivia, 2020 outlook on Sutton, Hilton & Ridley
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2:20 T.Y. Hilton's 2020 outlook; In or out?9:30 Is Courtland Sutton a WR1 in 2020?16:40 Calvin Ridley vs. Julio Jones20:00 Super Bowl predictions26:30 Super Bowl props35:15 Super Bowl triviaFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
Eli Manning HOF? 2020 outlook on OBJ, JuJu, Devin Singletary and others
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5:00 Should Eli Manning be inducted into the Hall of Fame?11:00 What to make of the New York Giants' offense in 202015:50 Should you be in or out on Mark Ingram next season?20:55 Does Marlon Mack make for a solid RB2 in 2020?23:50 How many touches will Devin Singletary get in his sophomore season? Singletary or...33:20 Does Odell Beckham Jr. deserve to be drafted among the Top 10 wideouts in redraft leagues next season? Is he a deserving buy-low candidate in dynasty leagues?39:35 Where will JuJu Smith-Schuster go in drafts next season? Should we expect a bounceback assuming Big Ben is healthy? What's his asking price in a dynasty league?48:00 Remembering Kobe BryantFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
Potential bounce back candidates: Baker, Bell, Montgomery & more
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3:15 Antonio Brown's value in a dynasty league6:30 Freddie Kitchens reportedly joining the New York Giants10:00 What to do with these players for next season: Baker Mayfield - sidebar Philip Rivers15:30 Ben Roethlisberger19:00 Should you pay the QB1 price for Josh Allen in 2020?21:00 Can Jameis Winston finish as a Top 5 QB again?25:00 Should Saquon Barkley be the second RB off the board in 2020?31:45 Is a fourth round pick for Le'Veon Bell good value? Bell or...39:00 Can David Montgomery improve on his RB24 finish as a rookie?Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2020
Super Bowl LIV set, 2020 outlook for Packers and Titans
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1:40 FSGA: Gambling & DFS21:00 2020 Packers: In or out on Aaron Rodgers?28:00 Aaron Jones' value next season32:00 2020 Titans: In our out on Derrick Henry?39:00 A.J. Brown's value next season43:00 Corey Davis and Jonnu SmithFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2020
Championship week, dynasty targets and Joe Burrow's outlook
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2:00 Joe Burrow's outlook in the NFL; How productive can he be in year one with the Cincinnati Bengals? What should the asking price be to trade him?8:15 Larry Fitzgerald returning for a 17th season11:00 Luke Kuechly retires15:00 TEN @ KC24:45 GB @ SF29:45 Buy-lows and sell-highs in dynasty formats41:20 Was the punishment to the Houston Astros fair?Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
Divisional Round wrap-up & early Conference Championship preview
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Chris Meaney and Brad Ziegler recap the Divisional Round in the NFL and they look ahead to the Conference Championship games. The duo discuss the crazy comeback in Kansas City, the let down in Baltimore and next year's fantasy stock when it comes to Derrick Henry and Davante Adams.Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2020
Divisional picks, 2019 surprises and who to avoid in 2020
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2:20 Coaching changes: Joe Judge and Matt Rhule9:30 Surprising performances in 2019 at each position29:30 Worst place at each position: Players Jake, Chris and Brad are avoiding in 202052:00 Divisional round picks and one-and-done strategyFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2020
WC Wrap-Up: 2020 Saints, Eagles, Bills & Cowboys with Mike McCarthy
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7:00 Should you pass on Derrick Henry in the first round next season?20:00 Mike McCarthy lands head coaching job in Dallas; Good for offense?28:00 Will Drew Brees be a QB1 next season? Alvin Kamara RB1?44:00 Buffalo's offense in 202050:00 Miles Sanders and rest of Eagles' offense next seasonFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2020
Season Wrap-Up: MVP's, busts, surprises & playoff brackets
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Jake Ciely, Chris Meaney and Brad Ziegler talk about the season that was in fantasy football. They give their MVP's and busts at each position, share a few surprises throughout the season, and they tell you who they think will win the Super Bowl.Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic.       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2019
NFL playoff picture; Who can you trust in Week 17?
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3:05 NFL playoff picture; Who plays and who rests?4:45 Week 17 running backs to play and to avoid; Also, don't play WK 1710:50 Is DJ Moore worth a start this weekend?12:50 Greg Ward or...19:50 Which QB's are in play this week? RG3?24:10 Kansas City running backs30:20 Arizona running backs32:20 Can you trust Kerryon Johnson?34:50 Wide receivers to play and to avoid in Week 1736:50 What's up with Seattle?40:50 Who can you play from Dallas?45:00 Can you play JuJu Smith-Schuster and T.Y. Hilton?45:40 Darren Waller or...   Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
Week 16 Starts, Sits and Sleepers
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3:30 HOU @ TB9:35 BUF @ NE14:45 LAR @ SF20:00 JAC @ BAL24:00 BAL @ CLE26:00 NO @ TEN33:00 CAR @ IND36:00 CIN @ MIA41:00 PIT @ NYJ44:00 DET @ DEN50:00 OAK @ LAC55:00 DAL @ PHI58:00 ARI @ SEA59:50 KC @ CHI1:02:00 GB @ MINFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
Week 15 recap, injuries, waivers and championship preview
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Dalvin Cook injuryChris Godwin injuryChampionship Week trust factors- Breshad Perriman- Tyler Lockett- Terry McLaurin- Adrian Peterson- Chris ConleyPatriots offensive woes Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
Week 15 Starts, Sits and Sleepers
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7:10 NYJ @ BAL13:15 Should you play Tyler Lockett, OBJ or JuJu Smith-Schuster?21:10 NE @ CIN27:10 TB @ DET31:40 CHI @ GB34:30 HOU @ TEN36:05 We made a list!41:40 DEN @ KC43:00 MIA @ NYG51:20 PHI @ MIA54:50 ATL @ SF57:40 JAX @ OAK1:02:25 MIN @ LAC1:05:10 Raheem Mostert1:05:40 BUF @ PIT1:08:40 IND @ NOFollow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2019
Injury impact, biggest RB bust and dynasty buy-lows
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5:20 Week 14 injuries6:20 Jamies Winston: Real life vs fantasy; His future10:50 Who steps up for Mike Evans?17:05 Drew Brees QB1 for the week22:35 Is Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers offense legit? Backfield going forward?27:20 Are the Patriots actually done? What's up with the offense?35:50 DeAndre Washington fantasy playoff MVP?39:05 Derrius Guice's long-term out look; Buy-low in dynasty leagues?43:50 Adrian Peterson vs PHI or?46:20 KC running backs...48:50 Biggest running back bust of the season55:50 Odell Beckham Jr. & potential offseason surgery58:50 Drew Lock impresses; Are the Texans in trouble?Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
Week 14 Starts, Sits and Sleepers
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5:00 DAL @ CHI7:00 CAR @ ATL11:30 BAL @ BUF15:00 CIN @ CLE18:30 Derrius Guice or...23:00 IND @ TB27:00 WAS @ GB32:30 DET @ MIN38:30 SF @ NO42:40 DEN @ HOU48:00 LAC @ JAC54:00 TEN @ OAK58:45 KC @ NE1:02:30 PIT @ ARI1:07:30 SEA @ LAR1:13:30 NYG @ PHI   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic.Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
Play your studs, frustrating backfields, playoff picture and more
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2:00 Disappointing QB performances; Play your studs8:00 Kenny Golladay & Marvin Jones with David Blough13:15 Nick Foles and Jacksonville's offense15:20 Playoff picture25:50 Running backs you can and can't trust during the playoffs47:50 Top tight end performances52:50 Wide receivers to target on the wire59:00 Are the Titans for real? Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2019
Week 13 Starts, Sits and Sleepers
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2:30 CHI @ DET5:50 BUF @ DAL11:50 NO @ ATL17:00 NYJ @ CIN26:30 NE @ HOU36:45 TEN @ IND39:30 PHI @ MIA44:30 GB @ NYG46:30 CLE @ PIT48:50 WSH @ CAR50:50 TB @ JAC51:50 SF @ BAL52:45 LAR @ ARI54:45 LAC @ DEN55:15 OAK @ KC1:00:10 NE offense   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2019
Saquon Barkley, Carson Wentz, Rashaad Penny, Benny Snell and more
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5:30 49ers roll Packers; Jimmy Garoppolo vs Aaron Rodgers11:00 What's happened to the Saints defense?13:00 How good are the Raiders?18:30 How good are the Cowboys?22:45 Carson Wentz vs Miami; Turnaround on defense27:00 Who gets the final Wild Card spot in the AFC?30:00 Jonathan Williams moving forward; Jack Doyle without Eric Ebron34:30 Giants' wideouts36:50 Should you start Terry McLaurin even with poor QB play?38:00 Chris Carson vs Rashaad Penny46:00 Is David Montgomery a must start vs Detroit?47:15 Is Saquon Barkley a Top 10 RB ROS?52:00 KC running backs55:20 Benny Snell; Volume vs efficiency1:01:30 David Njoku ROS Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
Week 12 Starts, Sits and Sleepers
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7:00 IND @ HOU14:00 PIT @ CIN21:00 TB @ ATL27:00 DEN @ BUF31:00 NYG @ CHI35:00 MIA @ CLE38:00 CAR @ NO45:00 OAK @ NYJ51:00 SEA @ PHI55:00 DET @ WAS60:00 JAC @ TEN1:04:00 DAL @ NE1:11:00 GB @ SF1:14:00 BAL @ LAR Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkidFollow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaneyFollow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2019
Josh Allen, Carson Wentz, Tevin Coleman, Jonathan Williams & more from Week 11
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1:35 That TD helped nobody!6:35 Brian Hill let down8:50 Kyle Allen and the Panthers12:50 Atlanta defense15:50 Rams vs Bears23:50 Ravens vs Texans; How to treat Marquise Brown in dynasty leagues31:20 Tevin Coleman disappoints36:20 Josh Allen & John Brown going forward40:10 Is Carson Wentz still a buy-low candidate?44:10 Tom Brady & NE offense non-existent in Philadelphia48:20 Marlon Mack out, Jonathan Williams in51:35 Bo Scarbrough shows up57:35 Washington backfield1:02:20 Injuries in Pittsburgh1:05:20 Nick Foles and the Jaguars1:07:50 O.J. Howard benched Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
Week 11 Starts, Sits and Sleepers
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7:00 PIT @ CLE14:00 DAL @ DET21:00 NYJ @ WAS23:00 JAC @ IND28:00 BUF @ MIA33:00 DEN @ MIN38:00 NO @ TB47:00 ATL @ CAR53:00 HOU @ BAL58:00 ARI @ SF1:06:00 CIN @ OAK1:11:00 NE @ PHI1:15:00 CHI @ LAR1:18:00 KC @ LAC Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
Disappointing performances, surprise showings, sell-highs & buy-lows in dynasty
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3:10 Week 10 takeaways6:20 What will the Bengals do at 1?9:50 Do we care about Kalen Ballage's 20 carries?12:35 Joe Mixon moving forward14:35 Todd Gurley and the Rams17:50 Alvin Kamara and the Saints24:50 Should you buy Saquon Barkley?30:50 Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook; RB handcuffs35:50 Can you start David Johnson moving forward?39:35 Buy-lows in dynasty including Odell Beckham Jr. and Andy Isabella46:20 O.J. Howard & Ronald Jones51:50 Kareem Hunt & Nick Chubb56:50 Jaguars with Nick Foles58:50 Is Josh Jacobs a Top 5 RB ROS?1:04:20 Buying Melvin Gordon?1:05:00 KC running backs1:07:00 Is Darius Slayton a must-start?1:10:00 Lions' wideouts with Jeff Driskel Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2019
Week 10 Starts, Sits, Sleepers, Playoff Buy-lows and Sell-highs
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2:15 LAC @ OAK5:30 DET @ CHI10:45 BAL @ CIN15:45 BUF @ CLE20:40 KC @ TEN24:45 ATL @ NO27:46 NYG @ NYJ32:43 ARI @ TB36:40 MIA @ IND40:50 CAR @ GB43:45 LAR @ PIT52:48 MIN @ DAL53:40 Buy-lows1:07:40 Sell-highs Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2019
Josh Gordon, same old Browns, new look Chargers and Colts
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6:40 Josh Gordon signs with Seattle9:40 Kenyan Drake balls out in Arizona debut16:40 When will the 49ers lose? Evaluating Jimmy Garoppolo19:40 Patriots lose; Mohamed Sanu or Phillip Dorsett?27:40 All things Cleveland Browns including Kareem Hunt36:40 All things New York Jets40:40 Preston Williams vs DeVante Parker48:40 Brian Hoyer and IND offense without T.Y. Hilton51:40 New look Chargers55:40 Is Devin Singletary is here to stay?1:02:00 KC backfield taking shape Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2019
Week 9 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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2:00 SF @ ARI11:30 HOU @ JAC19:30 WAS @ BUF24:30 MIN @ KC30:30 NYJ @ MIA34:30 CHI @ PHI41:30 IND @ PIT44:30 TEN @ CAR46:30 DET @ OAK50:30 TB @ SEA55:30 CLE @ DEN102:30 GB @ LAC105:30 NE @ BAL Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
Kenyan Drake traded, rookie backs trending up, sell-highs and buy-lows
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2:20 Kenyan Drake traded to Arizona; Fantasy impact9:40 Mark Walton going forward13:40 Latavius Murray once Alvin Kamara returns17:40 Pour one out for...23:40 Tevin Coleman & the 49ers28:40 Time to sell David Montgomery?35:40 Should you still be looking to buy-low on the Jets?42:40 Should you be starting Miles Sanders?45:40 Detroit's backfield49:40 Did LeSean McCoy give Damien Williams life?58:10 Nick Chubb vs Kareem Hunt Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
Week 8 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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2:40 WAS @ MIN11:40 SEA @ ATL16:40 PHI @ BUF20:10 LAC @ CHI23:40 NYG @ DET34:40 TB @ TEN38:40 DEN @ IND46:10 NYJ @ JAC52:40 ARI @ NO54:40 CAR @ SF57:40 CLE @ NE1:00:40 OAK @ HOU1:02:40 GB @ KC Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2019
Chase Edmonds, Latavius Murray, KC without Patrick Mahomes, buy-lows & sell-highs
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1:50 Chase Edmonds & David Johnson10:30 League settings and rules; Stresses of being a commissioner31:30 Latavius Murray going forward35:30 Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears40:30 Kansas City without Patrick Mahomes47:30 Melvin Gordon and the Los Angeles Chargers50:30 What to do with Joe Mixon?53:30 Corey Davis is alive56:30 The Vikings without Adam Thielen58:30 The Lions without Kerryon Johnson1:03:30 NE @ NYJ Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2019
Week 7 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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3:00 Will DeAndre Hopkins finish as a Top 5 WR?9:00 KC @ DEN13:30 LAR @ ATL19:30 MIA @ BUF23:30 JAC @ CIN27:30 MIN @ DET32:30 OAK @ GB38:30 HOU @ IND44:30 ARI @ NYG50:30 SF @ WAS56:30 LAC @ TEN101:30 NO @ CHI103:30 BAL @ SEA105:30 PHI @ DAL Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
Jets with Sam Darnold, lack of run game in KC, buy-lows and sell-highs
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4:00 Chargers disappoint again; Melvin Gordon, Hunter Henry & Keenan Allen8:00 James Conner, Benny Snell & JuJu Smith-Schuster12:00 The tight end position14:45 Are the Rams in trouble?20:00 How good is the Patriots' offense and what can you get for their DEF?29:00 Jets offense with Sam Darnold36:00 Stefon Diggs & Devonta Freeman; Hold or sell?38:00 Kyler Murray and Chase Edmonds42:00 How bad are the Falcons?44:00 KC backfield52:00 Gardiner Minshew & DJ Chark53:00 Kyle Allen vs Cam Newton56:00 Can Ryan Tannehill make the Tennessee offense better?   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2019
Week 6 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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4:30 NYG @ NE8:30 SF @ LAR16:30 CAR @ TB29:00 PIT @ LAC35:00 TEN @ DEN38:00 DAL @ NYJ44:00 HOU @ KC48:00 WAS @ MIA53:00 PHI @ MIN58:00 NO @ JAC1:01:00 CIN @ BAL Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2019
Will Fuller's big game, problems in KC, buy-low and sell-high candidates
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4:00 Will Fuller13:00 Russell Wilson is doing it again15:30 Problems in Kansas City22:00 Is DJ Chark for real?26:00 Aaron Jones & Aaron Rodgers31:00 Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys34:00 Mike Evans & OJ Howard39:00 Wayne Gallman in concussion protocol on short week42:00 Melvin Gordon & Austin Ekeler46:00 David Montgomery & Tarik Cohen49:00 Josh Jacobs53:00 Kyler Murray and his lack of weapons58:00 Jay Gruden fired - who do the Redskins play at QB?   Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
Week 5 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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1:30 Check the rules!9:00 LAR @ SEA11:00 ARI @ CIN14:00 BUF @ TEN17:00 CHI @ OAK23:00 TB @ NO25:00 MIN @ NYG29:00 NYJ @ PHI34:00 BAL @ PIT47:00 NE @ WAS49:00 JAC @ CAR52:00 ATL @ HOU56:00 DEN @ LAC59:00 GB @ DAL1:04:00 IND @ KC   check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription.      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2019
Buy-low & sell-high candidates, plus struggling offenses in HOU, MIN & ATL
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1:45 Sell-high on Wayne Gallman? 7:00 Golden Tate set to return 9:00 KC running backs and wideouts when Tyreek Hill returns 16:00 Jared Goff & Todd Gurley; Time to sell? 19:00 Can we feel comfortable with Ronald Jones? 26:00 Did Chris Carson solidify his job in Seattle? 30:00 Melvin Gordon vs Austin Ekeler 32:00 The Bears without Mitch Trubisky; Is David Montgomery still a buy-low? 37:00 The Vikings offense; What to do with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs? 41:00 Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense; Calvin Ridley vs Mohamed Sanu 47:00 Deshaun Watson and the Texans 51:30 Green Bay without Davante Adams 55:30 Colts offense without T.Y. Hilton and potentially Marlon Mack 58:00 Has Baker Mayfield turned the corner? Check out theathletic.com/thethrowback for 40% off a subscription to The Athletic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2019
Week 4 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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2:00 Wayne Gallman's FAAB price. What should you spend? 11:00 PHI @ GB 15:00 TEN @ ATL 21:00 NE @ BUF 26:00 KC @ DET 31:00 OAK @ IND 32:00 LAC @ MIA 37:00 WAS @ NYG 41:00 CAR @ HOU 43:00 CLE @ BAL 45:00 TB @ LAR 52:00 SEA @ ARI 56:00 MIN @ CHI 102:00 Melvin Gordon reportedly close to reporting; Trade Austin Ekeler? 107:00 DAL @ NO 108:00 JAC @ DEN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2019
Daniel Jones excels, Baker Mayfield struggles, Saquon Barkley replacements & buy-lows
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2:20 Daniel Jones and the NYG offense moving forward 12:00 Saquon Barkley replacements; How much to spend on Wayne Gallman? 20:00 Is Carolina's offense better with Kyle Allen? 26:00 Is Baker Mayfield worth a start in 12 team leagues? 30:30 Saints and Steelers offense moving forward; Buy-low on James Conner? 37:00 Is Chris Carson's job safe? 40:00 Packers offense; Aaron Jones vs Jamaal Williams 44:00 Wait, who leads the league in red zone rushing attempts? 48:40 Should you buy-low on Josh Jacobs? 50:25 Top 5 tight ends rest of season 53:00 Should Todd Gurley owners be concerned? 56:00 KC running backs 59:00 What's up with Duke Johnson? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2019
Week 3 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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5:00 Daniel Jones time in New York. What does it do to the NYG weapons? 11:00 Mason Rudolph's connection with James Washington 18:00 Why isn't Kyler Murray running? 20:30 TEN @ JAC 22:00 CIN @ BUF -> Buy low on Joe Mixon? 27:00 MIA @ DAL -> Hold Kenyan Drake and hope he gets traded? 32:30 DEN @ GB 35:00 ATL @ IND -> What to do with Devonta Freeman? 39:00 BAL @ KC -> Demarcus Robinson or Mecole Hardman? 44:00 OAK @ MIN -> Buy low on Adam Thielen or Stefon Diggs? 47:50 NYJ @ NE -> Buy low on Sony Michel? 50:30 DET @ PHI 55:00 CAR @ ARI 59:30 HOU @ LAC 1:00:30 PIT @ SF 1:02:30 NO @ SEA -> Chris Carson concerns? 1:03:30 LAR @ CLE -> Can you start Jarvis Landry? Subscribe now to hear new episodes of The Lead each weekday morning: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lead/id1478448344 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2019
Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, crowded backfields, buy-lows and waivers
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1:45 What does the loss of Drew Brees do to the weapons in New Orleans? 8:00 What does the loss of Big Ben do to the weapon in Pittsburgh? RB outlook if James Conner misses time 16:40 Is Cam Newton done? 23:00 QB's available on the waiver wire 28:30 Is Patrick Mahomes worth an early round pick next season if he keeps this up? 33:00 KC RB's and WR's to own 39:50 Sell high on Antonio Brown? 42:00 Is OJ Howard worth a roster spot? 46:00 Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, SF RB's and other waiver wire adds 52:00 Should Phillip Lindsay owners be concerned? 57:00 Josh Jacobs' lack of work in the passing game Subscribe now to hear new episodes of The Lead each weekday morning: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lead/id1478448344 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2019
Week 2 Fantasy Football Preview; Starts and Sits, Sleepers and more!
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4:40 TB @ CAR9:00 SF @ CIN18:00 LAC @ DET24:45 MIN @ GB30:45 IND @ TEN35:45 NE @ MIA38:45 BUF @ NYG43:00 SEA @ PIT48:00 DAL @ WAS50:00 ARI @ BAL51:00 JAC @ HOU52:30 KC @ OAK55:00 CHI @ DEN56:20 NO @ LAR58:00 PHI @ ATL Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2019
Lamar Jackson, Todd Gurley, LeSean McCoy, buy-lows, sell highs and waivers
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1:40 Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense 13:00 Kyler Murray and the Cardinals 22:00 Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown 26:00 Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy 31:00 Ronald Jones, Jamies Winston and the Buccaneers 36:00 Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers 41:00 Nick Foles and the Jaguars 46:00 Antonio Brown joins the Patriots; What does it do for everyone else in offense 55:00 Buy low on Baker Mayfield? 58:00 Other buy-low, sell-high candidates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2019
Fantasy MVP's, busts, breakouts, win totals and Super Bowl picks
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4:00 Should you play Ezekiel Elliott Week 1? 10:00 Fantasy MVP's 20:00 Fantasy breakouts 29:00 Fantasy busts 35:00 Conference Championship & Super Bowl picks 40:30 Week 1 strategy 46:00 Is it necessary to carry 2 quarterbacks? 52:00 Win totals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2019
LeSean McCoy vs Damien Williams, projecting Duke Johnson's numbers and Tony Pollard's value
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5:00 LeSean McCoy's outlook in KC and what it does to Damien Williams 19:00 Ezekiel Elliott reportedly "not close"; Tony Pollard time? 25:00 Another red flag for Melvin Gordon; Austin Ekler's value 38:00 Carlos Hyde lands in Houston; Projecting Duke Johnson's numbers 55:00 Sell high candidates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2019
Andrew Luck, Texans Trade, NFC West and Player Prop Bets
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3:25 Andrew Luck and Colts 11:00 Are the Jaguars the AFC South favorites now? 15:45 NFL Trades! Texans looking for a RB? 24:40 Where Drafting Duke, Drake and Ballage with rumor? 28:10 DeSean Jackson broken finger and Eagles pass catchers 37:00 Seahawks Preview 45:00 49ers Preview 55:40 Rams Preview 61:05 Cardinals Preview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2019
Andrew Luck Retires, Lamar Miller Out, Derrius Guice Looks Good and 49ers Preview
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3:00 Andrew Luck Retires 7:00 Luck Fantasy Impact 15:30 Lamar Miller Out, Duke Johnson In 24:30 Derrius Guice 31:15 Kenny Stills on Trade Block? 36:00 Panthers Preview - Cam Health? 41:00 49ers - Coleman, Pettis, Everyone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2019
NFC South preview, Carlos Hyde, Jimmy Garoppolo & Emmanuel Sanders stock reports
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4:00 Antonio Brown update 4:40 Is Carlos Hyde's roster spot in jeopardy? Thoughts on Darwin Thompson 11:50 Ronald Jones dealing with knee injury; Peyton Barber = lacking backs 16:00 Should we be concerned with Jimmy Garoppolo and his weapons? 23:35 Demaryius Thomas activated; Where does he fit on the depth chart? 26:30 Emmanuel Sanders is a freak 29:30 Why overall rankings and tiers suck! 38:00 NFC South preview: Is Drew Brees still a QB1 in fantasy? 44:20 Any interest NO's weapons after Michael Thomas? 47:00 Buccaneers preview 51:00 Falcons preview Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2019
Bears & Vikings preview, Kyler Murray's draft stock and Josh Gordon's ADP
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1:20 Josh Gordon reinstated by the NFL 4:20 Who will play more games, Gordon or Antonio Brown? 6:30 Where to take Gordon in drafts? Where does he rank? 9:30 Mike Mayock calls out Brown 14:20 Should Le'Veon Bell skipping preseason concern you? 19:00 DK Metcalf unlikely for Week 1 due to knee surgery; Who steps up? 23:30 Marcus Mariota or Ryan Tannehill? 27:37 Kyler Murray's price just got cheaper; Concerns with poor preseason? 36:00 Will Andrew Luck be ready for Week 1? 40:00 Has Tony Pollard earned more touches when Zeke returns? 42:40 Bears & Vikings preview: Projecting David Montgomery & Dalvin Cook 45:00 WE MAKE A LIST! 53:40 Vikings and Bears WR's Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2019
Packers Preview, Andrew Luck, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott stock reports
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1:40 Here we go again with Andrew Luck; Where does he fall in the ranks? 7:40 Amari Cooper suffers foot injury 18:00 Antonio Brown ready come back; Still concerned? 22:00 Where should you draft Ezekiel Elliott today? 30:15 Ravens wideouts 34:00 Brad checks out KC camp; First look at Damien Williams 40:00 What to expect from Patrick Mahomes in year 2 46:40 Green Bay Packers preview; Where is Aaron Rodgers ranked? Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2019
Lions preview, more Antonio Brown drama and Damien Williams' stock report
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4:00 Trevor Lawrence to the XFL? Would that be a good move? 11:00 Pass interference review challenges 16:00 More Antonio Brown drama; Where should he go in drafts? 24:50 Are you buying this Damien Williams RB committee talk? 34:45 NFL injuries: Theo Riddick, Jermaine Kearse, Trent Taylor & Keke Coutee -> Fantasy impact 53:00 NFC North: Detroit Lions preview Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2019
Antonio Brown's stock, Seattle backfield and NFC East Preview: DAL, PHI & WAS
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3:00 Where does Antonio Brown rank now? Any concerns? 11:10 Chris Carson vs Rashaad Penny 16:40 ARI and Michael Crabtree fail to reach deal; Do the Cardinals feel good about their wideouts? 22:28 NFC East Preview; Cowboys - What to do with Ezekiel Elliott? 33:40 Who leads the backfield if Zeke sits out? 35:00 Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper & Jason Witten 37:40 Eagles; Should you take the risk with Carson Wentz? 41:33 Wentz's weapons 44:40 Do you want to any running backs from Philly? 46:30 Washington; What to expect from Derrius Guice Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2019
Antonio Brown's nasty feet, Damien Williams and Lamar Miller stock reports
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1:50 FLEX draft; Antonio Brown fair at $28? Where should he go in drafts? 11:00 Damien Williams remains sidelined; Should you be concerned? 17:20 D'Onta Foreman released; Lamar Miller's stock 28:30 Here we go again with Josh Gordon; Patriots' offense 34:00 What does Theo Riddick going to DEN do for their backs and DET backs? 43:15 New York Giants preview; Projecting Sterling Shepard 51:10 Should there be a mercy rule in baseball? Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2019
AFC West Fantasy Football Preview
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1:35 Is Maurice Harris worth your attention? 7:30 Ronald Jones vs Peyton Barber 3.0 10:50 Chiefs preview: Draft or pass on Sammy Watkins? 14:30 Where did Jake move A.J. Green in his rankings? 17:30 Is a second round pick too early for Melvin Gordon? 19:20 Can Mike Williams take another step forward? 27:30 Austin Ekler vs Justin Jackson 34:30 Phillip Lindsay vs Royce Freeman 39:53 "You're more of a pitcher than a quarterback right now" 47:15 Broncos wideouts 50:10 What's with all the Antonio Brown hate? 54:30 Two of the better targets near the end of drafts 57:40 Jake's go-to guy in the third round 60:00 Brad makes a case against Josh Jacobs 65:00 Reds/Pirates go at it again; Trevor Bauer & Yasiel Puig's fantasy stock after trade Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2019
A.J. Green, Derrick Henry and Sterling Shepard stock reports
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1:10 Audio fantasy football draft kit 4:10 How far should A.J. Green fall down draft boards with latest injury? 9:00 What does the Green injury do for Tyler Boyd? 10:50 Should you care about Joe Mixon potentially facing multiple stacked boxes? 14:25 Is Saquon Barkley still worth a first overall pick with injuries to NYG WR's? 20:40 Did Golden Tate deserve a four-game suspension? 26:20 Should you be concerned that Derrick Henry is in a walking boot? 29:45 Which training reports to take seriously 36:00 Mets add Marcus Stroman; Fantasy stock; What are the Mets doing? 42:30 Pros vs Joes; Where did Melvin Gordon go? 49:20 Draft strategy; Adapting to the draft Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2019
AFC South preview, and where to draft Melvin Gordon
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0:55 What to make of Melvin Gordon's holdout; Should you draft him? If so, when? 8:35 NFL free agency and draft backwards compared to other sports 13:20 What a Trent Williams holdout could mean for WSH backs; Derrius Guice stock 19:20 Lamar Miller vs Donta Foreman 24:45 Handcuffing running backs 29:14 Will Fuller vs Keke Coutee 38:15 Leonard Fournette and "Jake's guy" 44:25 Nick Foles and his passing weapons 48:00 Can Corey Davis live up to pre NFL draft hype? 55:15 Can you trust Derrick Henry? Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2019
Colts Preview, Eagles backs and Tyreek Hill's ADP
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10:00 Where should Tyreek Hill go in drafts and where is he ranked? 20:00 Phillip Lindsay vs Royce Freeman 23:00 Does Marlon Mack have RB1 upside? 33:00 Projecting Eric Ebron 37:00 Parris Campbell vs Devin Funchess 44:00 Eagles sign Darren Sproles; Is there a PHI back you want? 46:00 Sell high on Peter Alonso? Where does he go in drafts next season? 48:00 Breaking golf clubs and slow pace of play Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2019
AFC North Division Preview; Browns hype train and Lamar Jackson's projections
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1:15 Jake finally follows Chris and Brad on Twitter 4:15 The Dodgers are not our friends 6:15 Would Brad regret axing a trade to the Dodgers if they later won a World Series? 8:55 Scott Fish Bowl; Draft etiquette 20:07 AFC North tight ends; David Njoku, Mark Andrews or Tyler Eifert? 24:00 Browns preview; Odell Beckham Jr. & Jarvis Landry 29:30 The Athletic well represented in last season's accuracy rankings 33:15 Is Baker Mayfield worth a 6th round pick? 37:20 Can the Browns live up to expectations? 41:07 Most undervalued fantasy team in the NFL? 43:00 A.J. Green record setting pace last season 45:00 Lamar Jackson's projections and passing weapons 49:20 Is Mark Ingram a must own? 52:40 Madden ratings 55:00 Brooks Koepka is too good to practice with Tiger Woods 57:45 Starling Marte refuses to take first base after getting hit by a pitch Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2019
Pittsburgh Steelers preview, James Conner's projection and Robot Umpires
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2:37 Atlantic League player steals first base 6:50 For or against Robot Umpires? 12:50 Jake talks to Mike Tomlin 13:45 Who is the No. 2 WR in Pittsburgh? 17:54 What to expect from James Conner this season 20:10 Who should be the 5th RB off the draft board? 24:15 Projecting JuJu Smith-Schuster 32:00 Vance McDonald set to breakout? 33:00 Does Big Ben have another QB1 season in him? 39:30 Chris Herndon gets 4 game suspension; pass or take value? 40:25 Patrick Mahomes & OBJ can throw footballs really far! 41:30 Should the Finals format at Wimbledon be changed? 43:30 Russell Westbrook traded to the Rockets; clear favorites? 45:20 NBA to adopt coach's challenge 48:25 Should Andrew Cashner be picked up now that he's with Boston? Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2019
AFC East Division Preview
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1:52 Best HR Derby ever? 5:00 Patriots preview 7:15 Damien Harris vs Sony Michel 8:30 Projecting Julian Edelman's numbers 9:50 Is Rob Gronkowski really done? 14:50 Bills preview 17:10 Is Josh Allen a QB1? Jake, Chris and Brad 'Make a list!' 24:04 QB draft strategy 26:13 Brad: 'Kyler Murray will rush for...' 31:05 What to make of the Bills backfield 34:10 Is LeSean McCoy getting overlooked? What would a trade due for his value? 37:30 Is there anybody on the Dolphins you want to draft? 38:30 Is Mike Gesicki headed for breakout season? 40:40 Who starts more? Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen? 41:37 Jets preview 42:20 Love for Chris Herndon 45:58 Is Sam Darnold a good QB2 in Superflex leagues? 47:30 Is Le'Veon Bell still a top 5 pick? Jake shares his projections Follow Jake on Twitter @allinkid Follow Chris on Twitter @chrismeaney Follow Brad on Twitter @BradZiegler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2019