The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast

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Human sports encyclopedia Scott Pianowski is joined friends, pundits and Yahoo Sports' cast of experts for a lively, informative and not-too-serious weekly discussion on fantasy strategy and the major happenings in the world of baseball. The award-winning Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast drops every Monday throughout the baseball season.

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Last updated on July 05, 2020, 5:31 pm

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A universal DH, the Rockies outside Coors, and fav fantasy strategies

May 05, 2020 • 63m

Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski chats with Elite Fantasy’s Vlad Sedler about the growing optimism around a 2020 MLB season, how rumors of a universal DH could impact the fantasy landscape, and some of the big picture fantasy baseball strategies they’ve relied on over the years.Leading off, Scott and Vlad look at some of the players they might bump up their draft boards if the National League adopts a designated hitter — either for the 2020 season or permanently. (01:17)If baseball adopts a one, two, or three-state plan moving all games to Arizona, Texas, and/or Florida, that means a lot of players who deal with the extreme ends of park effects are going to have their values change. We’ll look at some of the players who usually play in Coors Field in Colorado and San Francisco’s AT&T Park that’ll be moving up and down our draft boards. (09:12)Some fantasy mangers are trade tacticians, others scour the waiver wire for break out players. Scott and Vlad discuss some of their fantasy adages, like the importance of FAAB management, why it’s okay to make a mistake and the usefulness of an official co-manager. (13:53)We’ll take a look at Vlad’s cheat sheet while he tells us the guys he likes and doesn’t like in fantasy drafts, including the Dodgers’ Gavin Lux (like!), and the Twins’ Jose Berrios (don’t like!). (25:03)And we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our all-time favorite Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, formerly knows as the Anaheim Angels, formerly known as the California Angels. A quick spoiler, this was one draft where Mike Trout did not go #1 overall. (48:48)Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family athttps://apple.co/2Abi8jkor atyahoosports.com/podcasts 
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Bryce Harper a Phillie, what to do with Vlad, Jr. and exploring closers and stolen bases

March 04, 2019 • 54m

The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast is finally here and Bryce Harper is finally a Phillie. The 2019 MLB season may now commence.Scott Pianowski is joined by Yahoo Sports' Andy Behrens to discuss what the Philadelphia lineup might look like with the addition of Harper and where he should be drafted now that the uncertainty of where he might play has disappeared (1:50).The guys talk about Blue Jays 3B Vlad Guerrero, Jr., when fantasy owners should draft the prospect and compare him to a young Kris Bryant (8:30).Next, Scott and Andy dissect a pair of fringe players in the Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton and Miguel Sanó and their overall strategies on drafting high ceiling/no floor players (15:40).They chat about the Royals' Aldaberto Mondesí, the Orioles' Jonathan Villar and finding stolen bases in a league where steals are on the decline (19:25). Also, as teams move further away from a designated closer role, Scott and Andy strategize about whether to spend high draft capital on the likes of Kenley Jansen, David Robertson, Blake Treinen or Kirby Yates (27:20).Finally, they wrap up the show with the first of many drafts. Some weeks, Scott and his guest will be drafting people or things sports-related. Many other weeks, they will not. This week, they draft players, uniforms, announcers and all things related to baseball in the city of Chicago: early Sammy Sosa, alcohol and avery NSFW rantfrom Cubs manager Lee Elia.We’ll be here every Monday through the baseball season, so please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@scott_pianowskiFollow Andy@andybehrens For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#5

Recapping the trade deadline, plus boons and banes from both leagues

August 05, 2019 • 63m

With the trade deadline in the rear view mirror, fantasy owners can focus on their own league trade deadlines (if they haven't passed already) and settle in for the home stretch of the season.Patrick Davittof BaseballHQ joinsScott Pianowskithis week to discuss how the majors reshuffled last week and then gives some hitters and pitchers from both leagues that could be a boon or a bane this upcoming week.Before they dive into the players who actually moved this year, Scott and Patrick chat about how they feel the deadline went this year after the MLB removed the second trade deadline from the calendar (11:00)Later, the guys talk about some of the major moves from last week, specifically how the Houston Astros added Zack Greinke and Aaron Sanchez to bolster their pitching staff (14:10).Next, they discuss some relievers who moved at the deadline as well as some general strategy on how to pick up saves from your non-closer relievers (19:40).After that, Patrick picks his patented "Boons & Banes" for the week. In the boons category, Willie Calhoun and Dustin May, just to name a few (27:40), and for the banes, Patrick discusses a pair of Yankees he's pessimistic about: Aaron Judge and Adam Ottavino (38:00).To wrap up the show, the guys draft their favorite underrated things (49:30).Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#6

DeGrom vs. Cole, Yankees lineup uncertainty & Dodgers' dual closers

March 03, 2020 • 53m

Fantasy Baseball draft season continues and Scott Pianowski is joined this week by Rotoworld's D.J. Shortto talk about a conundrum many fantasy owners are facing in the first round of their drafts: should Jacob DeGrom or Gerrit Cole be the first starting pitcher off the board?The guys discuss the case for each of the two New York pitchers and the other starters you may consider in the first round (1:45). The conversation naturally turns to the other star Mets pitcher, Noah Syndergaard. What do you do with Thor when he hasn't been able to make up for the Mets' offensive and defensive shortcomings in the same way DeGrom has? (7:20)Arizona's Ketel Marte had a breakout season in 2019, earning his first All-Star appearance and coming in 4th in the NL MVP race. Can he repeat the outstanding numbers he dropped last year or is he destined for a bit of a correction? (11:10)Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow threw great stuff last year when he wasn't dealing with injuries. The guys discuss his top 10 starter upside for 2020. (16:20)Moving back to New York for a bit, they guys discuss Gary Sanchez and a Yankee lineup that's already facing some injury uncertainty and what fantasy owners should do if their league requires rostering two catchers. (19:30)Scott & D.J. talk about the Dodgers' plan with Kenley Jansen and Blake Trienen and how fantasy owners should navigate the closer market in general. (28:00)Fantasy owners can expect the unexpected with the Texas Rangers moving into a new stadium this year. The guys talk about Rangers SS Elvis Andrus and how owners can adjust to the unknown park effects resulting from the Rangers transitioning out of the offense-friendly Globe Life Park to the unproven Globe Life Field (32:30).Wrapping up the fantasy portion of the show, the guys discuss the Pirates' Kevin Newman, (35:10) as well as the Astros' Jose Urquidy and Josh James (37:20).The guys close out the show drafting their 5 favorite baseball movies. (41:15)Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#10

Closing out the season, playoffs preview and top 10 Yankees

September 30, 2019 • 60m

162 games for each team are in the books and most fantasy trophies have been handed out; the only suspense left in the 2019 season is who will take the World Series?Joe Sheehanof Sports Illustrated joinsScott Pianowskifor a final debrief of the 2019 season. They begin by questioning the shape of the game in 2019 as well as the shape of the baseball (1:25). Is the juiced-ball era a blip on the radar or an evolution towards something different?Moving from real-life baseball to fantasy baseball, the guys recap their thoughts on the 2019 season in fantasy and where they went right and wrong (13:30).The Houston Astros stellar pitching staff was a topic of conversation all year. Scott & Joe talk about why they were so successful and if Justin Verlander, who will be 37 at the start of next season, should still be drafted as a top pitcher (18:30).Moving onto 2020, the guys discuss who would be their number one pick in a fantasy draft next year (22:00), how they try to find steals in the current era (24:30) and if they buy the big September showings from guys like Garrett Hampson and Tommy Edman (33:20).They briefly preview the 2019 playoffs (38:45), then talk about what went wrong with the Chicago Cubs (42:00)Closing out the show for the year, Scott & Joe draft their 10 favorite Yankees players (43:50).Thanks for listening, Scott and the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast will return in the spring with more strategy, analysis and random drafts.Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#11

"Selective aggression" and how to play fantasy baseball like a poker pro

July 29, 2019 • 62m

Despite the fact that the 2019 MLB trade deadline is a mere days away, the teams have been suspiciously quiet on the transaction market. With far too few trades to report on, today's episode is devoted to the game theory aspect of fantasy baseball.Scott Pianowskiis joined bySammy Reidof RotoGrinders to talk about his experiences playing poker full-time and how all fantasy owners can apply poker strategy and game theory to their seasonal leagues (2:15).Next, Scott and Sammy talk about fantasy football's "zero RB" strategy and how it relates to the supply and demand of starting pitchers in fantasy baseball (19:50). Sammy offers some advice as to where a lot of owners go wrong when drafting pitchers and offers some ways to out-game your competitors when it comes to finding pitching.Scott later asks Sammy how he feels about a pair of Texas Rangers in Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo (30:20).Later, the guys wrap up the show discussing the strategic differences between DFS and seasonal fantasy leagues (35:10) and close out the podcast drafting their favorite things from the movieRounders(38:50).Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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Trading season is upon us and solving the anomaly of starting pitching in the juiced ball era

July 15, 2019 • 85m

The 2019 All-Star break is over, commemorating baseball's unofficial mid-way point and that means one thing for fantasy owners and real GMs alike: it's trading season.Scott Pianowski invites Yahoo Sports' very own lead NFL connoisseur Frank Schwab to shed the pigskin for the day and talk some fantasy baseball before the football season kicks into full gear. They start the conversation with the major strategic differences between fantasy baseball and football and why baseball tends to reward more skilled owners (8:00).Diving into the 2019 MLB season, Scott and Frank discuss their strategies at starting pitcher and how they've attempted to solve the position in this era of home run or bust (17:20).Later, they try to find the upside in the roster of the recently flagging Milwaukee Brewers (24:55) and then discuss how they can better evaluate rookies who seem to be blowing up and becoming fantasy relevant at an alarming rate (27:45). They close out the baseball portion of the show breaking down the aforementioned trading season and what they're seeing in both the majors and in fantasy leagues (34:05).To wrap up the show, Scott and Frank draft their favorite installments of30 for 30(45:05).Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family athttps://apple.co/2Abi8jkor atyahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#14

Verlander's no-hitter and projecting next year's best pitchers

September 02, 2019 • 66m

In a crazy holiday weekend across sports as pro and college football began their autumn grasp of the American sports fan's psyche, the performance of the weekend was on the mound. Scott Pianowski is joined by Paul Sporer of Fangraphs to discuss Justin Verlander's no-hitter on Sunday in Toronto (0:50).The pitcher talk continues as Scott asks Paul to run through his preliminary top 30 pitchers list for 2020 and in addition to Verlander, the guys discuss Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, Noah Syndergaard and Shane Bieber (5:10).The curious case of Trevor Bauer continues as Scott asks Paul to comment on the recently-traded pitcher who has seen his stats plummet since moving to the Reds (23:30).Taking a brief break from pitching, the guys move out west and talk Shohei Ohtani... as a hitter (28:00).Scott & Paul discuss Frankie Montas and Matthew Boyd (30:50), then close out the baseball portion of the podcast discussing a way-too-early 2020 fantasy draft Paul took part in over the weekend (38:40).Closing out the podcast, Scott & Paul pick their top 5 famous movies they haven't seen (42:15).Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy. Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#15

How to juggle sanity, strategy and FAAB half-way through the season, also lots of Dodger talk

June 24, 2019 • 58m

Baseball teams will play their 81st games this week as the majors hit their official half-way point. As the All-Star break and the dog days of summer approach quickly,Vlad Sedlerof Elite Fantasy joins Scott Pianowski on the the pod to talk about how to juggle sanity and strategy at this point in the season, especially when you're in multiple leagues and best ball leagues (1:30).Scott then asks Vlad to talk specifically about FAAB bidding strategy for mid-June (14:25) and what under-the-radar pickups fantasy owners should be targeting (19:35).Moving out west, Scott & Vlad wonder if the Los Angeles Dodgers are peaking too early in a division that looks all-but clinched in mid-June (22:55). They chat about the curious case of Chris Taylor and if Hyun-Jin Ryu's comet of a season will ever come back down to earth. Later, they stay in the NL West to fit in some San Diego Padres talk (28:40).Scott & Vlad also talk about which advanced stats they pay attention to and which they ignore (32:00) and the nice little season Eric Sogard is having with the Toronto Blue Jays (35:30).They wrap up the show drafting all things related to the Los Angeles Dodgers includingthis excellent pictureof Tommy Lasorda and Frank Sinatra (38:45).Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family athttps://apple.co/2Abi8jkor atyahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#16

Spring training fantasy questions: avoiding the Astros & Nolan Arenado?

February 24, 2020 • 52m

Spring training play has begun in Florida and Arizona and Scott Pianowski is joined by Fred Zinkie to kick off fantasy baseball season by checking in on a disastrous offseason for the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball.Before they dive into the 2020 season in earnest, Scott & Fred discuss a change in the winds of fantasy baseball: how more and more leagues are ditching the classic rotisserie scoring and adopting head-to-head rules. Should you give a head-to-head league a try? (1:20)The guys kick off player talk by discussing Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado. Fred explains why the projected first-rounder may be over-valued. (10:15)Moving to the off-season'sbiggest story, the Houston Astros, Scott asks Fred if he's de-valuing any of the Astros hitters as the baseball world is still a bit blind to how these players may perform long-term without the nefarious help they've been using these last few seasons. (19:15)[Batter up: Join or create a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league for free today]Looking at spring training in general, Scott & Fred discuss what to look for in box scores and storylines from pre-season play. Is there anything to glean from spring training that may help you draft or are most players locked into their roles at this point? (23:50)Closing out the baseball portion of the episode, Scott & Fred discuss whether new Astros manager Dusty Baker may direct the team to attempt more steals (31:05) and how fantasy owners should grade injured pitchers like Luis Severino, Mike Clevinger and Eugenio Suarez (36:00).Finally, the guys end the show drafting their favorite sports villains from real life and fiction (40:30).Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasyFollow Scott@Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#18

How to manage in the era of surging home runs and strikeouts (with SI's Joe Sheehan)

April 08, 2019 • 57m

One of the most dominant trends in the last few years of baseball has been the giant surge in both home runs and strikeouts. As both hitters and pitchers have become more effective at what they do, a sort of boom-or-bust game has emerged.Scott Pianowskiis joined by SI'sJoe Sheehanto talk about the surge in slugging, expanding rotations and how to manage your fantasy team in this new era (0:55).Later, as the league hits the roughly 10-game mark, Joe talks about this rule of three starts and why you should take a pitcher's first three outings seriously as a sample size (10:55)One sample size worth questioning after eleven games is the Seattle Mariners' red hot 9-2 start. Scott and Joe discuss whether or not the Mariners are for real and if their powerful offense will come back to earth(13:40).Also on the show, Scott talks about some popular fantasy pickups including Kolten Wong, Jason Heyward, Willians Astudillo and Ketel Marte (20:05).Joe talks about his preseason pick to win the NL East, the Atlanta Braves, and how they could repeat as champs in a morecompetitivedivision (30:30) and Scott talks about the Chicago Cubs series against the Milwaukee Brewers from over the weekend (33:50).The guys wrap up the show drafting their favorite MLB ballparks, past and present (37:05).Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter@YahooFantasy.Follow Scott@Scott_Pianowski For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#20

Punting saves, SS saviors, and Toronto's Youth Movement

April 06, 2020 • 59m

Scott Pianowski is joined this week by friend of the pod Fred Zinkie to talk about shifting strategy in a likely shortened baseball season, a quandry most fantasy owners are facing, and Fred's recent Tout Wars and Yahoo Friends and Family drafts.The guys discuss how a shorter season could put pressure on older players who might get off to a slow start. (2:30)Fred recently wrapped up an NL-only auction draft for Tout Wars and went heavy on shortstops, drafting Trevor Story, Fernando Tatis, Jr., and Dansby Swanson. He explains why he's targeting the deep SS pool and expects Swanson to turn a solid profit. (11:30)Scott and Fred then discuss the value of punting saves, when a shorter season makes the closer landscape even more difficult to traverse this year.(14:00)Fred looks at what to expect from Arizona Diamondback Madison Bumgarner, a veteran pitcher that he thinks is being a bit overlooked in drafts. (20:15)Since Fred is based in Canada, we asked him to take a look at Toronto's youth movement, headlined by Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., and Cavan Biggio. (28:41)The guys close out the show drafting the five rule changes they'd most like to see in sports, including how to fix tanking for a better draft pick in both professional sports and keeper fantasy leagues. (37:40)Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on your podcast provider of choice and send us your questions for future episodes on Twitter @YahooFantasy.Follow Scott @Scott_PianowskiCheck out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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