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Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella fulfill your fantasy baseball fantasies.

Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella fulfill your fantasy baseball fantasies.
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Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella fulfill your fantasy baseball fantasies.




Episode 173: Winding Down the Season

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


Episode 170: Trade Season

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


Ep. 168: The Top 300

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


Ep. 165: Opening Day Developments

George Bissell and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus discuss critical spring training takeaways and developments including Dan Vogelbach (8:00), Scott Kingery (11:00) and Ryan McMahon (17:00), a league-wide shift in closer and elite multi-inning reliever usage (22:00), the value of newly-minted closers Brad Boxberger (28:00), Dominic Leone (32:00), Blake Parker (35:00), Jeurys Familia (37:00), and unsettled situations in Chicago, San Francisco and Texas (38:00), the impact of injuries...


Ep. 164: Tout Wars Recap

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


Ep. 159: LABR Recap

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus recap the 2018 LABR Mixed draft (2:00). They discuss Bret’s selection of Bryce Harper in the first round (22:00), Francisco Lindor and Alex Bregman in the second and third rounds (28:30), Billy Hamilton in the fourth round and the increased value of stolen bases in fantasy (36:00), Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Gray, Felix Hernandez and Bret’s general pitching strategy (41:00), Andrew McCutchen and Chris Taylor in the...


Ep. 158: Shortstop Preview

George Bissell, Mike Gianella, Bret Sayre and Zach Steinhorn of Baseball Prospectus break down the fantasy landscape at shortstop. They discuss the newfound depth at the position and its impact on their strategic approaches on draft day (3:00) before analyzing the following hitters in-depth: Trea Turner (7:00), Carlos Correa (10:30), Francisco Lindor (13:00), Alex Bregman (17:30), Corey Seager (27:00), Jean Segura and Elvis Andrus (33:00), Xander Bogaerts (37:00), Zack Cozart (39:00), Tim...


Ep. 157: Third Base Preview

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus break down the fantasy landscape at third base. They discuss the gap between the handful of upper-echelon performers and the glut of power-oriented lower-tier options at the hot corner (5:00) and analyze the following players in-depth: Kris Bryant (11:00), Josh Donaldson (13:00), Anthony Rendon (15:00), Justin Turner (18:30), Manny Machado (20:00), Miguel Sano, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas (26:00), Rafael Devers (29:00),...


Ep. 156: Second Base Preview

Rudy Gamble of Razzball joins George Bissell and Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus to survey the fantasy landscape at second base. They divulge their strategic approaches at the keystone (8:00) and discuss the following players in-depth: Jose Altuve (15:00), Dee Gordon (22:00), Jose Ramirez (28:00), Brian Dozier and Daniel Murphy (31:00), Whit Merrifield and Chris Taylor (34:00), Rougned Odor (48:30), DJ LeMahieu (53:00), Robinson Cano (54:30), Yoan Moncada (59:00), Ozzie Albies...


Ep. 153: Shohei & Stanton

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Mark Barry discuss the fantasy implications of Shohei Ohtani signing with the Angels (5:00), Giancarlo Stanton traded to the Yankees (22:00) and Dee Gordon shipped to Seattle (40:00). Intro: That Fleeting World, “The Alchemist” Outro: Silent Partner, “Chances”


Ep. 152: Impact Prospects

Rotowire lead prospect analyst James Anderson joins the pod to discuss a plethora of prospects fantasy owners need to have on their radar for the 2018 season and beyond. Ronald Acuna (4:00) Michael Kopech (11:00) Eloy Jimenez (14:00) Monte Harrison (17:00) Brent Honeywell (20:00) Taylor Trammell (22:00) Jon Duplantier (23:00) Leody Taveras (25:00) Bo Bichette (27:00) Michel Baez (30:00) Akill Baddoo (32:00) Nick Senzel (33:30) Victor Robles (36:00) Lewis Brinson (43:00) Alex Reyes (47:00)...


Ep. 151: Wet Your Whistle

George Bissell, Mark Barry, and Mike Gianella take a stab at explaining the correct way to view (and practical applications) for BP’s retrospective player valuations (8:30), and analyze notable performances in the AL and NL-only landscapes including: Jose Altuve (14:00), Jose Ramirez (17:00), Elvis Andrus (20:00), Whit Merrifield (24:00), Corey Kluber (25:30), James Paxton (28:00), Chad Green (32:00), Joey Votto (34:00), Dee Gordon (36:00), Trea Turner (39:00), Tommy Pham (42:30), Javier...


Ep. 147: Free Agent Friday

George Bissell and Mark Barry banter about Rich Hill’s near no-hitter, the infamous Yankees and Tigers brawl, and discuss their picks for the latest BP Free Agent Watch including Matt Moore (9:00), Jerad Eickhoff (12:30), Rhys Hoskins (14:00), Byron Buxton (16:00), Blake Snell (20:00), R.A. Dickey (22:00), Kevin Kiermaier (24:30), Nicky Delmonico (26:30), Delino DeShields (31:00) and Tyler Glasnow (32:30).


Ep. 145: Process vs. Results

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the promotion of Rhys Hoskins (2:00), the league-wide reduction in starting pitcher workloads (10:30), impressive second half surges from Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel (18:00), emergence of Luis Severino and Jimmy Nelson as elite fantasy starters (25:00), impact of the home run surge on draft strategy and roster construction (32:30), and finally dissect first basemen who got off to hot starts, but have faded down the stretch like...


Ep. 144: Trade Deadline Smorgasbord

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre discuss the fantasy implications of every major trade deadline deal including Yu Darvish (5:00), Sonny Gray (9:30), Willie Calhoun (16:00), Jorge Mateo (19:00), Jonathan Lucroy (23:00), A.J. Ramos (30:00), Derek Fisher (31:30) and Shane Greene (33:30). Then, analyze Freddie Freeman’s 2018 value after falling just short of third base eligibility (35:00), potential impact of highly touted prospects Amed Rosario (40:00) and Ozzie Albies (44:00),...


Ep. 143: Did You See The Maple Grove?

Rotoworld senior baseball writer DJ Short joins the pod to discuss the fantasy impact of Clayton Kershaw’s back injury (3:00), promotion of elite prospects Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers (7:00), his experience as a rookie in the Tout Wars Mixed expert league (16:00), the importance of staying vigilant on the waiver wire (25:00), AL/NL-only league FAAB strategies at the trade deadline (28:30), and finally speculate which players could be dealt this week including Sonny Gray, Yu Darvish,...


Ep. 142: Celtics Fans Hate Me

Chris Towers of CBS Sports joins the pod to discuss the fantasy implications of the latest trade deadline moves including J.D. Martinez to Arizona (5:00), Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington (17:30), Jose Quintana to the Cubs (20:00), and Todd Frazier to the Yankees (23:00). He also discusses his affinity for Reds rookie starter Luis Castillo (28:00), TINSTAAPP (36:00), the key components and metrics he uses to evaluate young pitchers (38:00), the difference between command and...


Ep. 141: Midseason Valuations

George, Bret and Mike deliberate several controversial rankings on the updated TDG Top 500 dynasty list including Aaron Judge (5:00), Miguel Cabrera (12:30) and Ronald Acuna (15:00). Then dive into BP’s midseason valuations update to discuss second-half expectations for Jose Ramirez (20:00), Carlos Correa (23:00), Manny Machado (29:00), Chris Sale (31:30), Corey Kluber (33:00), Jacob Faria vs. Alex Cobb (36:00), Justin Verlander (38:00), Travis Shaw (41:30), Joey Votto (44:00), Adam Duvall...


Ep. 140: Midseason Top 50 Prospects & Second-Half Fantasy Storylines

George Bissell brings on Jeffrey Paternostro, BP’s senior prospect writer, to discuss the BP Midseason Top 50 prospects list including the meteoric rise of Sixto Sanchez (8:00), challenges associated with ranking pitching prospects (12:00), Walker Buehler’s prodigious stuff and future role (14:00), Brendan Rodgers absurd first half performance (16:00), potential fantasy superstars Ronald Acuna and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (18:30), the offensive upside and lingering questions with Bo Bichette...


Ep. 139: Enjoy The Fireworks

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus discuss the recent promotion of Franklin Barreto (4:32) and the five players they’re each keeping an eye on over the remainder of the season: George Springer (11:00), Hanley Ramirez (18:30), Alex Wood (25:30), Anthony Rendon (30:00), Ryan Zimmerman (34:30), Gary Sanchez (40:00), Josh Harrison (44:00), Odubel Herrera (48:00), Robbie Ray (52:00), Luis Severino & Andrew Miller (56:00), Aaron Nola & Carlos Santana (1:00:00),...