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Week 6 NFL preview with Tim Heaney

Rotowire's Tim Heaney reunites with host Steve Gardner to discuss the hot topics in fantasy football, including the fallout of Adrian Peterson's trade to the Arizona Cardinals, and a bunch of new running backs who could be worth starting in Week 6. They also take a closer look at this week's fantasy rankings and offer up some of their favorite daily fantasy picks.


Week 5 NFL preview with Joe Pisapia

Is it panic time for fantasy football owners? The author of the best-selling Fantasy Black Book, Joe Pisapia, joins host Steve Gardner to discuss the latest NFL injuries and their impact on daily and season-long fantasy lineups. They also go through the top players at each skill position and which ones have the potential to blast off or flame out.


NFL Week 4 preview with Corey Parson

"The Fantasy Executive," Corey Parson of the Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY) and Sports Illustrated, joins host Steve Gardner to discuss the evolving Dallas Cowboys offense, the struggling Cam Newton, some puzzling running back committees and the fallout from last week's protests during the national anthem. They'll also take a look at some of the best and worst fantasy matchups for Week 4 and offer some of their favorite sleeper picks.


NFL Week 3 preview with Scott Pianowski

Yahoo Sports' Scott Pianowski joins host Steve Gardner on the podcast this week to discuss whether or not Odell Beckham Jr. will torment fantasy football owners all season long, why so many NFL offenses are struggling early and why it's not so easy to buy low and sell high in fantasy. In addition, they take a look at the top players in Week 3 and offer up their favorite (and least favorite) matchups.


Week 1 fantasy football preview

Everything you need to get ready for the opening week of fantasy football action. Host Steve Gardner discusses the impact of Hurricane Irma, Ezekiel Elliott's appeal and Odell Beckham's problematic ankle. He also goes through this week's top-rated players at every skill position and highlights which ones to start, sit or plug in as sleepers because of their matchups.


MLB roster expansion, NFL season preview

Special guest Howard Bender of Fantasy Alarm and SiriusXM joins host Steve Gardner to discuss September call-ups and the stretch run in fantasy baseball, as well as the biggest question marks in fantasy football (Ezekiel Elliott, Andrew Luck and more) as Week 1 rapidly approaches. They also share some behind-the-scenes stories about their participation in the Jam On Fantasy Football League -- a joint venture between SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports channel and its station devoted to jam bands...


MLB trade deadline, NFL training camp preview

Jake Ciely of RotoExperts and the Fantasy Sports Network joins host Steve Gardner to look at the fantasy implications of the upcoming MLB trade deadline. They also discuss some significant injuries that could impact fantasy owners down the stretch. And because it's never too early for fantasy football talk, Jake and Steve hit some of the highs and lows of the just-completed USA TODAY Sports Weekly mock draft. How important is it to draft running backs early? Which rookies will make the...


Futures Game recap, Brendan Rodgers interview

Colorado Rockies shortstop prospect Brendan Rodgers, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft joins host Steve Gardner to discuss his hot start and recent move to Class AA Hartford (Conn.). Rodgers, 20, hit .400/.419/.700 at High-A Lancaster (Calif.) before his June 21 promotion. Steve also chats with Brent Hershey and Chris Blessing of about the highlights from this year's All-Star Futures Game in Miami. Which of the players featured in the game could soon see the major...


Juiced baseball theory, Cubs' rookie Ian Happ

Two new studies have centered on differences in the baseball as the primary factor in MLB's dramatic rise in home runs over the past two seasons. Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark addresses some of the issues from a pitcher's perspective. In addition, host Steve Gardner touches on some of the latest injury news affecting fantasy owners, featuring comments from Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant on his sprained ankle. Finally, Steve talks to Cubs rookie 2B/OF Ian Happ on...


FSTA football draft recap, MLB eligibility oddities

Host Steve Gardner is joined by The Huddle's Cory Bonini and Ryan Bonini to discuss the results, strategy, sleepers and surprises from the recent Fantasy Sports Trade Association football experts draft. Also, we can't forget about baseball as Steve touches on this week's hot topics involving Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and Freddie Freeman.


Call-ups aplenty with Braves' Sean Newcomb

Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb was one of several top prospects to get the call to the majors in the past week. He joins host Steve Gardner to discuss the thrill of being promoted and how he's adjusting to life in the big leagues. In addition, Steve looks at some other intriguing call-ups and the impact of several recent injuries.


Closers on hot seat, AL West notes with Jock Thompson

More writer Jock Thompson joins host Steve Gardner to discuss the unsettled bullpens in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Anaheim. They also analyze some of the game's hottest hitters and take an in-depth look at what's going on in the AL West.


Fact or fluke pitchers with Brent Hershey

More co-GM Brent Hershey joins host Steve Gardner to discuss the loss of Mike Trout, the return of David Price and some intriguing pitching performances over the past month. Plus, they'll take a closer look at some young hitters on the edge of stardom and how can give fantasy owners an extra edge. Sign up for the free Baseball HQ Friday newsletter at


Davey Lopes discusses baserunning

Washington Nationals coach and former MLB All-Star Davey Lopes sits down with host Steve Gardner to talk about what makes a good baserunner, how this Nationals team stacks up on the bases, some of his favorite players to watch and more. Steve also hits some of the hot topics in fantasy, including this week's top call-up and a couple closer changes.


Ron Shandler on surprising pitchers, Freeman, DFS

Hall of Famer Ron Shandler joins host Steve Gardner to analyze some of this season's unexpectedly strong pitching performances, the fantasy impact of Freddie Freeman's broken wrist, two potential impact call-ups and his latest innovation, the BABS system. They also wade into controversial waters in discussing the differences between season-long and daily fantasy sports.


Cody Bellinger interview, Jake Ciely analysis

The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation chats with host Steve Gardner about his journey from an MLB player's kid to an important piece of a storied franchise's future. Plus, Jake Ciely of RotoExperts and the Fantasy Sports Network stops by to discuss Bellinger's impact, injury concerns, the art of fantasy deal-making and some early fantasy football developments.


D'backs, prospects with Jessica Kleinschmidt

Multi-site baseball writer Jessica Kleinschmidt joins host Steve Gardner to discuss the impact of injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Adam Eaton, and the return of Ian Desmond. Plus, they take a closer look at several players she's seen covering the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class AAA affiliate in Reno, Nev., and how some of those players have contributed to the D'backs' fast start.


April surprises, disappointments with Joe Sheehan

Baseball writer extraordinaire Joe Sheehan joins host Steve Gardner to discuss whether it's too soon for MLB and fantasy teams to panic. They also take a look at the state of the game, from PED suspensions to pace-of-play issues. And they go back in time to the founding of Baseball Prospectus, the evolution of stats and their shared affinity for Strat-O-Matic baseball.


Thames, Marte and more with Mike Gianella

Baseball Prospectus Senior Fantasy Writer Mike Gianella joins host Steve Gardner to discuss some highs and lows of the young MLB season, including the 80-game suspension for Pirates outfielder Starling Marte, the sizzling start from Milwaukee Brewers slugger Eric Thames and several shaky closer situations. They'll also touch on some players off to unexpectedly hot or cold starts, and offer thoughts on their LABR and Tout Wars squads.


Rash of early injuries, simulation baseball fun

Mike Cieslinski, designer of the Dynasty League Baseball simulation game joins host Steve Gardner to discuss how fantasy owners can expand their knowledge by playing in sim leagues. Plus, Steve runs down some of the major injuries to hit in 2017 along with some possible waiver-wire replacements.


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