FantasyPros Baseball Podcast
Bobby Sylvester hosts a lively discussion with our network of 100+ experts that will keep you both informed and entertained. Find out which hidden gems to pick up before your league-mates while receiving analysis of the latest news from around the diamond. We’ll also share DFS picks for the upcoming slate of games.
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Ep. 31: MLB Prospect Watch in 2017
Who doesn’t love to talk about fantasy baseball prospects? In this episode, Bobby Sylvester is joined by Mike Rosenbaum of MLB Pipeline to discuss all up and comers for the season. Starting with a few impact bats, they’re looking at the fantasy value of Andrew Benintendi (2:03), Dansby Swanson (3:06), Yoan Moncada (6:13), Yulieski Gurriel (7:07), Aaron Judge (10:40), Manuel Margot (11:58), Ozzie Albies (12:18) and a couple power hitters in Dan Vogelbach (13:35) and Peter O’Brien (15:03). There are plenty more names including the likes of Franklin Barreto (15:31) and Austin Meadows (17:00) before switching over to the pitching prospects. It wouldn’t be a discussion if the future aces weren’t talked about – Alex Reyes (25:00), Tyler Glasnow (26:52), Jose De Leon (28:49) and Lucas Giolito (30:02). Like the hitters, there are no shortage of pitchers that are covered with Brent Honeywell leading the conversation (35:14), followed by Robert Stephenson (36:18), and Josh Hader (37:51). Be sure to listen all the way through as Bobby and Mike discuss a few names that are a ways off, but could develop into top 5 prospects down the line.
Ep. 30: 2nd Year Breakouts & Busts
Host Bobby Sylvester is back and is joined by none other than the founder of Baseball HQ, Ron Shandler. They’re looking at the sophomore class heading into 2017 and open the show discussing players who blew away expectations last season (2:10) beginning with Trea Turner (3:17), David Dahl (4:53) and Gary Sanchez (5:08). Before switching over to pitchers, they converse on other names that shouldn’t be lost on anyone’s radar – Tyler Naquin (6:18), Nomar Mazara (7:02), Byron Buxton (7:43), Tim Anderson (8:35), Jose Peraza (8:35), Corey Seager (9:11), Yulieski Gurriel (10:36) and Aledmys Diaz (11:54). They also dive into a three players for deeper leagues (14:03) before switching to pitchers starting with Michael Fulmer (14:03), Kyle Barraclough, and Hector Neris (19:18). The episode is packed full of discussion on upside pitchers (20:32) before closing out the show with how to use Ron’s Broad Assessment Balance Sheet (BABS) to help you in fantasy.
Ep. 29: Recent Signings & Middle Infield Rankings
In the third offseason episode, Jim Sannes of numberFire and host, Bobby Sylvester discuss the latest offseason news including the deal for Adam Eaton (1:32), Dexter Fowler’s new home with St. Louis (5:41) and what Aroldis Chapman’s signing means for Dellin Betances and the Yankees’ bullpen (9:31). There are still a few big name free agents that have yet to sign and they’re breaking down what Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion’s value may look like should they move (13:49). After covering the news, they break down the shortstop position beginning with Trevor Story (16:59), Xander Boegarts (20:05), Carlos Correa (21:07), Corey Seager (23:07), and Jean Segura (25:26). They then look at some players at the position who could be picked up a bit later in Troy Tulowitzki (27:55), Addison Russell (30:02), Aledmys Diaz (32:16), Dansby Swanson (33:54), and Brad Miller (35:59). Before they cover second base, they name their sleepers at the position (38:28) and two overpriced players (40:51). The discussion of second basemen begins with Robinson Cano (44:43), Rougned Odor (45:25), Dee Gordon (46:46), and Matt Carpenter (48:08). The show wraps up with a look at the second tier of players at the position – D.J. LeMahieu (52:31), and Javier Baez (53:43), before closing with Bobby and Jim’s sleepers (54:49).
Ep. 28: Latest News & Corner Infield Rankings
We’re joined by FantasyPros Correspondent Dan Marcus this week to recap the latest movement happening during the Winter Meetings starting with four big names in Chris Sale (0:55), Mark Melancon (5:07), Matt Holiday (6:43), and Carlos Beltran (7:34). Bobby discusses how potent the Astros lineup is with the trade, and gives possibly his biggest hot take of the year (8:28). We take a look at third base beginning with the top targets at the position (10:21) followed by some players Bobby and Dan expect to disappoint such as Jonathan Villar (12:42), Ryan Healy (14:42), Todd Frazier (16:51), and Miguel Sano (18:30). We then shift the focus to Jung-ho Kang (20:16), Matt Carpenter (20:46), and Nick Castellanos (23:19) who could have a solid 2017. Before getting into the first basemen, Bobby and Dan discuss a few infield prospects they’re high on — Joey Gallo (24:56), Javier Baez (28:25), and Jake Lamb (30:00). Changing over the the other side of the infield, first basemen had a down fantasy year in 2016 (30:55) and we’re discussing how valuable Freddie Freeman is (31:25), how the studs at the position should bounce-back (33:05), we’re naming some buy-low candidates (35:05) as well as some players who could be in store for a down year (39:55).
Ep. 27: Trade Updates & Outfielder Rankings with Al Melchior
We’re joined by baseball writer and guru, Al Melchior (@almelchiorBB), as we dive into the offseason happenings and our first consensus rankings of the year. Bobby and Al start with discussing the recent trade of Jean Segura and Taijuan Walker (1:16), other potential trade candidates in Michael Wacha and Andrew McCutchen (6:20), before they begin getting into what to expect from the top OFs from 2016 (9:13). They break down Bryce Harper’s prospects (9:59) and what kind of potential J.D. Martinez could bring to the table (10:49), followed by discussing guy’s who had breakout years in Mark Trumbo, George Springer, Jackie Bradley, and Ian Desmond (14:08). Keeping the outfield discussion going, questions about Miguel Sano, Justin Upton, Yasiel Puig, A.J. Pollock and Michael Brantley (19:09) carry the episode up until Bobby and Al discuss why Joc Pederson and Nomar Mazara should be on your radar. They don’t miss a thing as they also answer the question of whether you should believe in prospects Andrew Benintendi and Byron Buxton (26:46) before dissecting the rankings with their thoughts on Trea Turner, Starling Marte and Ryan Braun. Don’t skip a minute in this episode as Bobby and Al give a hot take on one player they both would prefer keeping to themselves.
Ep. 26: Playoff Recap, Free Agency & Trade Scenarios
In our first offseason episode, our good friend and FantasyPros correspondent, Dan Harris, joins Bobby Sylvester to recap the postseason run of the Cubs (0:33), the impressive play of the Indians (5:33), and what the Cubs need to do to make another World Series run (11:41). Then we switch gears and start looking into free agency starting with the big name bat, Yoenis Cespedes (17:17). We then look into the closer market and chat about Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon and Greg Holland (21:25) before we start diving into the mid-tier free agents such as Carlos Gomez, Jeremy Hellickson, Ian Desmond, and Sean Rodriguez (28:23). To close out our discussion, we dive into the potential trades that could take place this offseason that could very well include big name pitchers such as Chris Sale, Sonny Gray, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Leake and Zack Greinke (35:05), as well as a few big name hitters including A.J. Pollock, J.D. Martinez, Andrew McCutchen, and Ryan Braun (42:21).
Ep. 25: MLB Awards & Offseason Predictions
The last regular season episode of the season features guest, Jared Kwart of FantasyCrunchers joining Bobby Sylvester to discuss the life and career of Jose Fernandez (0:55), hand out MLB awards (6:07), fantasy awards (26:01), make some playoff predictions (34:03), and look into the off-season with some bold predictions (45:58) including Chris Sale being traded, the biggest and best off-season contracts and 2017 World Series predictions.
Ep. 24: Fantasy Playoffs & Listener Mailbag
FantasyPros correspondent Dan Harris joins us to answer questions from the listener mailbag about the playoffs (8:54), which rookies have the brightest future (23:06) and some fantasy playoff strategy (18:10). We chat about Bryce Harper’s potential shoulder injury (5:20) and Ender Inciarte’s spectacular game winning catch (0:33). We also break down a few of the top waiver wire pickups for the week (29:18): Sean Rodriguez, Ryon Healy, Ariel Miranda and Taijuan Walker.
Ep. 23: Listener Mailbag & News
Today, host Bobby Sylvester chats with FantasyPros Corespondent, Dan Marcus about News of the Week (0:34), questions from the Listener Mailbag (6:18), Waiver Wire pickups (26:05) and players for Friday’s DFS slate (31:13). In the news section, Bobby and Dan talk about Jose Ramirez (0:35), Jose Altuve (1:14), the AL playoff race, and the NL playoff race. Then in the Listener Mailbag, the duo touches on 2017’s home run leaders (6:25) where they discuss Nolan Arenado, Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes among some others. Next, they dive into some underrated players for dynasty leagues (9:59), which include Bryce Harper, Byron Buxton and a few others. They close out the section by talking about 2017 and 2018 free agent classes (17:24) and fantasy playoff strategy (23:26). The Waiver Wire section discusses Yulieski Gurriel (26:08), Terance Gore (27:37), Clayton Richard and Jharel Cotton (28:26). Their DFS plays of the day (31:13) are Max Scherzer, Chris Archer, Nolan Arenado and Joey Votto.
Ep. 22: News, Mailbag & Waiver Wire
We welcome Jared Kwart (@jaredsgotmoxy) of moxyball.com to the pod to discuss news of the week, hot waiver wire pickups, and DFS plays for Friday night’s slate. We begin with an attempt to put Brian Dozier’s incredible second half in perspective (1:49), Tim Tebow signing with the Mets (5:41) and Stephen Strasburg’s latest injury (8:10). We move on to the listener mailbag and answer questions about Rich Hill’s success in 2016 (9:10), Albert Pujols’ historic career (13:37), and which New York team has a better chance of making the playoffs (17:08). Next we take a look at the waiver wire and talk about whether you should pick up Byron Buxton (21:31), Yasiel Puig (23:19) and Jose De Leon (24:30). We finish by looking at Friday night’s DFS slate and Jared gives us his favorite GPP pitchers (26.49), favorite value plays (30:52) and hitters worth their high price tag (32:04).
Ep. 21: Fantasy Playoff Advice, News & DFS Picks
Justin MacMahan (@JustinMacMahan) of Daily Fantasy Insider joins us to discuss some news of the week, DFS plays for Friday, and advice for those of you in the fantasy playoffs. We begin by covering Neil Walker’s season ending injury (4:07), Gary Sanchez’s hot start (6:11), Dustin Pedroia’s recent explosion at the plate (10:05), and the Cubs continued dominance over the National League (12:07). Moving on, Justin gives us his best daily fantasy plays for Friday, including his top cash game pitcher (13:41), his top GPP pitcher (15:31), why he likes Phillies hitters at their current price (16:35), his favorite middle tier bats (21:26), and position players worth paying a high price on Friday night (22:01). We continue by answering listener mailbag questions that include inquiries on how to manage a head to head pitching staff in the playoffs (24:36), how Corey Seager’s hot start compares to other elite young talent (26:51), is Joey Votto the best hitter in baseball (28:54), and if there are any September call-ups worth adding to your roster for the fantasy playoffs (31:02). We take a look a some players worth grabbing off the waiver wire, including Yoan Moncada (32:52), Corey Dickerson (34:59), Ivan Nova (35:59), and Luke Weaver (37:06). Our discussion is wrapped up by a quick fantasy football digression where Justin gives us two sleepers he likes for the upcoming fantasy football season (40:30).
Ep. 20: Late Season Predictions & Listener Mailbag
We’re joined by Dan Harris to discuss the latest in MLB news and help fantasy owners with their teams down the stretch. We begin by diving into the latest news, with discussion of injuries that includes Giancarlo Stanton(4:30), Michael Brantley (6:12) and Matt Holliday (8:40). Rounding out recent news, we discuss Jonathan Papelbon’s release from the Nationals (11:15), and Dansby Swanson’s major league promotion in Atlanta (12:16). We continue our discussion with MLB final stretch predictions including American League playoff hopefuls (18:00), the National League races (21:30), AL and NL MVPs (27:17), CY young award contenders (33:03) and our Rookie of the Year picks (40:51). We answer some mailbag questions about Aaron Judge(41:34), hot takes (43:58) and which current players could challenge for 3000 hits or 500 home runs in their career (48:19). We finish with a look at possible waiver wire additions like Yasiel Puig (54:09), Sandy Leon (55:53), Dan Strailey (1:02:01), Blake Snell (1:02:51) and Keon Broxton (1:07:18).
Ep. 19: Hot Takes & Listener Mailbag
We’re joined by FantasyPros correspondents Dan Marcus and Dan Harris. We begin by discussing the latest MLB news from the week including Alex Rodriguez’s retirement (1:58), Prince Fielder’s retirement (5:12), Tim Tebow (7:26), and Ichiro’s milestone achievement (11:07). We move on to our “Hot Takes” segment which includes discussion of Brad Miller (13:11), position scarcity at first base (15:55), Yu Darvish (19:04), Billy Hamilton (20:38), Ervin Santana (22:35), Jose Ramirez (27:50), Yulieski Gourriel (31:00), Rick Porcello (33:10) and Miguel Sano (35:33). We answer listener mailbag questions that feature Ken Giles (38:06), David Dahl (41:49), next year’s rookie hitters (45:55), Justin Verlander (48:50), and who we would bat 1-4 in our dream lineup of current hitters (50:50).
Dan Harris joins us at (53:44) to talk about waiver wire options including Travis Jankowski, Mike Zunino (56:23), Joe Musgrove (59:05), Alex Reyes (1:02:47), and Luis Severino (1:05:36). We finish with some trivia questions (1:10:45).
Ep. 18: Listener Mailbag & Waiver Wire with Derek Carty
Is Trevor Story having the best rookie season ever for a shortstop and should the White Sox deal James Shields? Guest, Jared Kwart, co-founder of Derek Carty of ESPN and Rotogrinders joins us to discuss the MLB trade deadline (2:22) and Yasiel Puig’s demotion (7:07). He also helps out with the listener mailbag where we discuss the world of closers and how bullpens are shaking out after all of the trades (9:40), historic center fielders (13:09), whether Jose Altuve is the best player in baseball (14:35), and if Max Kepler is a better dynasty option than Twins teammate Byron Buxton (15:26). Derek helps us with some waiver wire decisions on players that could provide a boost down the stretch like Andrew Benintendi, Orlando Arcia, Dylan Bundy and James Paxton (18:14). Derek sticks around for a quick round of trivia (21:50) before we move on to Thursday’s DFS slate with producer JP Gale (25:12).
Ep. 17: Trade Deadline & Mailbag
Is Trevor Story having the best rookie season ever for a shortstop and should the White Sox deal James Shields? Guest, Jared Kwart, co-founder of Moxyball.com joins host, Bobby Sylvester to discuss that and more. The pair open with a big segment on the trade deadline (3:54), then move on to the Listener Mailbag (13:10), Waiver Wire pickups (27:02) and Friday night’s DFS slate (34:44).
Ep. 16: MLB Trade Deadline & Waiver Wire
Which three players would you build a franchise around, and who is the best living hitter? Host, Bobby Sylvester is joined by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish and Matt Van Every, The Unknown Fantasy Dude to discuss these questions and key in listeners on the upcoming trade deadline, this week’s waiver wire pickups and tonight’s DFS slate.
Ep. 15: Listener Mailbag & Fantasy All-Stars
Could Mike Trout end up the best player of all-time and should you pick up Alex Bregman? Host, Bobby Sylvester chats with FantasyPros Corespondent, Dan Marcus about these questions and more in this week’s podcast. The pair covers News of the Week (2:27), Waiver Wire (15:05), First Half Fantasy All-Stars (24:08) and answers questions from our Listener Mailbag (33:19).
Ep. 14: Listener Mailbag & Waiver Wire Advice
Should you pick up Tyler Glasnow and do the Marlins have the best offense in the NL? Daily Fantasy Insider, Justin Macmahan and host, Bobby Sylvester answer those questions and more as they cover News of the Week (2:49), DFS Advice (11:56), Waiver Wire (18:59) and our Listener Mailbag (29:17).
Ep. 13: Moxyball’s Jared Kwart (Week 14 Advice)
Should you pick up Lucas Giolito, and will Jose Fernandez still be held to an innings limit? Jared Kwart of Moxyball.com joins host, Bobby Sylvester, to answer these questions and many more. You can find News of the Week at 3:22, Waiver Wire Advice at 19:00, Listener Mailbag at 33:04 and DFS Advice at 56:43.
Ep. 12: Fangraphs’ Paul Sporer
Are Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller really going to be traded? Who should you pick up on this week’s waiver wire? Paul Sporer, FanGraphs.com’s podcast host, joins Bobby Sylvester to answer these questions and many others. News of the Week can be found at 4:15, the Waiver Wire discussion at 25:36 and Listener Mailbag at 39:31.
Ep. 11: Mailbag & Waiver Wire
Matt Lutovsky of the Sporting News, and DailyFantasyInsider.com’s co-founder and FanDuel Baseball Champion, Justin MacMahan, join Bobby Sylvester to discuss news of the week (1:05), hot waiver wire pickups (8:01), our Listener Mailbag (17:28), Justin’s championship experience (41:42) and his picks for Friday’s DFS slate (51:34)
Ep. 10: Waiver Wire & MLB Award Predictions
On this week’s show, Matt Van Every, the Unknown Fantasy Dude, joins host Bobby Sylvester for some fun baseball chat about waiver wire pickups (2:24), MLB Predictions for the rest of the season (5:25) and advice for Friday night’s DFS lineup (32:57).
Ep. 9: Ron Shandler & Jared Kwart (Week 9 Advice)
Ron Shandler, lifetime achievement award winner from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association answers questions about roster construction strategy and gives his opinions on hot waiver wire pickups, then Jared Kwart (Moxyball) stops by to answer questions from our listener mailbag, talk about trades and help prepare you for Friday night’s DFS slate.
Ep. 8: Waiver Wire, Mailbag & Week 8 Preview
Jeff Zimmerman of FanGraphs.com, Greg Jewett and Justin MacMahan join host, Bobby Sylvester, to discuss hot waiver wire pickups, the MLB Draft, players to buy low on and sell high, and strategy for Friday night’s DFS slate.
Ep. 7: Waiver Wire, Mailbag & Week 7 Preview
In this week’s show Bobby Sylvester is joined by Adam Sutton of DraftStars.net, Matt Van Every, otherwise known as the Unknown Fantasy Dude and FantasyPros’ correspondent JP Gale to discuss top news (1:15), week 7’s preview (9:24), waiver wire pickups (12:56), fantasy players on the fence (33:12), answer questions from the listener mailbag (19:27), and prepare you for Friday night’s DFS slate (41:20).
Ep. 6: Waiver Wire, Mailbag & Week 6 Preview
In this week’s podcast, we welcome ESPN’s Derek Carty and the Co-Founder of Moxyball.com, Jared Kwart to talk baseball with FantasyPros’ host, Bobby Sylvester. Derek answers listener questions and sheds some light on DFS strategy, while Jared paints a picture of the top waiver wire pickups of the week and discusses top prospects.
Carty (0:50), News (2:36), Listener Mailbag (7:15), DFS Strategy (14:10) – Kwart (18:19), Waiver Wire (18:58), Prospects (35;16), Week 6 Preview (43:24).
Ep. 5: Week 5 Preview & April Awards
FantasyPros’ Correspondents Kyle Borgogoni and Dan Marcus join host, Bobby Sylvester, to talk about the top news of the week (1:53), waiver wire pickups (10:46), hand out fantasy baseball awards for April (14:55), take listener questions (26:28), offer a Week 5 Preview (35:30) and prepare listeners for the big Friday night DFS slate (39:40).
Ep. 4: Waiver Wire & Week 4 Preview
This week we welcome guests Jamie Calandro of FantasyTeamAdvice.com and correspondent, Matt Terelle. Host Bobby Sylvester discusses the big news of the week (0:44), then talks with the guests about key waiver wire pickups (3:17), listener questions (12:01), who to hit the panic button on (26:11), our Week 4 Preview (30:58), and Friday night’s big DFS slate (33:42).
Ep. 3: Buy Low, Sell High & Week 3 Preview
We chat with Moxyball Co-Founder, Jared Kwart and FantasyPros correspondents Kyle Borgognoni and JP Gale to discuss buy low, sell high options, waiver wire pickups, and DFS advice for Friday’s evening slate.
Ep. 2: Waiver Wire & Week 2 Preview
On this week’s podcast, host Bobby Sylvester is joined by FantasyPros’ Correspondents, JP Gale, (2:16) to discuss top waiver wire pickups, and Dan Marcus (22:08), to run through which fringe players you should start and sit for the upcoming week. If you weren’t able to catch the major baseball news for the week, we offer a rundown at the start of each show.
Ep. 1: Opening Week Preview, Bold Predictions & DFS Advice
The first episode of the podcast runs through news leading up to Opening Day (1:40), a start/sit and pressing fantasy questions discussion with JP Gale (6:00), a series of bold predictions for fantasy players with Gavin Tramps (22:10), and DFS advice for Monday’s big opening day slate with Adam Sutton of Draftstars.net (39:30).