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It's the most comprehensive Fantasy Baseball Podcast you'll find. We're dedicated to helping you win your league while keeping you entertained at the same time. Find out who to add, drop, start and sit while getting the best advice every day.
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Here we go! Tackling perhaps the most impactful and complicated position in Fantasy Baseball, let's get into SP! Actually, let's talk about Giancarlo Stanton and the LAD rotation first. Then let's get into SP (8:00)! How many aces are there and what is an "ace" (11:30)? How many Top 40 SPs do we want to draft (15:00)? ... More talk about overall strategy (24:40), some SPs we take often (34:10) and some we usually pass up (42:06). We debate Clayton Kershaw, Blake Snell, Shane Bieber, Patrick Corbin, Lucas Giolito, Sonny Gray and so many more ... Sleepers (54:15), breakouts (58:30) and busts (1:02:45). Are we worried about Justin Verlander's innings? How much does Madison Bumgarner have left in the tank? What is Zac Gallen's potential? ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fantasybaseballtoday For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Big show today with a lot of your emails! First we discuss Luis Severino's dynasty value. Who should you give up to acquire him? And what other Spring Training injuries are we concerned about right now (6:15)? ... Some theories about how the Astros will perform this season and what it means for Fantasy (10:00). Then we discuss outfielders you can draft after Round 15 (16:25). Who do we like in this range? Mark Canha, Nomar Mazara, Ryan Braun and more to put on your radar ... Emails (36:05)! We answer questions about what to do in Round 3, what to do in auctions, when to draft Nelson Cruz and much more. Then the Fantasy Regulators are back to solve your league disputes (55:40)! ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fantasybaseballtoday For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Let's talk about 50 OFs today, shall we? Starting with Juan Soto, J.D. Martinez, Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge (1:25). Is Soto really that much better than the rest of the group? How many of them can be elite? Next up: Starling Marte, Charlie Blackmon, George Springer and Yordan Alvarez (12:00). We cover when to take Alvarez if he is OF eligible and when to take him if he is only DH eligible. And is Springer as good as what we saw in 2019? ... Moving on to Austin Meadows, Kris Bryant and Giancarlo Stanton (20:00). Is Meadows legit? When is the right time to take Stanton? Then we've got our next group (27:30) which starts with Eloy Jimenez, ends with Jorge Soler and has some steals sources and some HR sources in between ... As we near pick 100 in ADP (33:45), we cover Marcell Ozuna, Ramon Laureano, Luis Robert and more. Then we wonder if Andrew Benintendi and Rhys Hoskins can bounce back (38:50) and we spend the rest of the show on OFs you can find from picks 120-180 (44:00) ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fantasybaseballtoday For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The top 5 picks in many drafts will be outfielders. How do we rank Ronald Acuna, Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger? How does that change in an OBP league? How does that change in a Points league? ... Overall OF strategy (15:15)! Is it a bad idea to fill the position too early? How much are we spending on certain outfielders in auctions (22:40)? What range of outfielder do we like to look at in drafts (23:30)? ... Sleepers (31:10), breakouts (38:10) and busts (42:42) at the position. Nick Castellanos could be in a for a boost this season. How do we feel about Luis Robert's ADP? Tommy Pham is always interesting and Oscar Mercado can give you some late steals. And we finish the show with a lengthy steals discussion centered around Starling Marte (50:00) ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We have to start with the news on Luis Severino and Carlos Carrasco, plus the appeal of Ian Happ in mixed leagues. Then we get into our Third Base Preview (5:00) discussing the depth of the position. Is the depth actually a little deceiving? Yes and no, but mostly no! How does the depth of the position affect how we draft? And do we have an overall strategy when it comes to this position (10:50)? ... Players we draft often (17:05) and players we avoid (21:45) at 3B. Which category do Rafael Devers and Kris Bryant fit into? We talk about Jose Ramirez (27:05), the elite 3B that is most likely to be a bust (29:15), the 2019 surprises who could repeat their performances in 2020 (31:40) and more ... Sleepers (37:05), breakouts (40:00) and busts (42:42). What happened to Matt Chapman in the second half last season? What do we think about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.? Are we buying the Miguel Sano hype? Is Josh Donaldson too risky? And we have a complete ADP review (48:00) ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Man, Shortstop is awesome this season! Should you take one in the first round or wait and grab Carlos Correa, Bo Bichette or Marcus Semien later? Or both!? We spend a lot of time on the first round guys (4:55). Is Alex Bregman better than Ronald Acuna in points leagues? Is Francisco Lindor worth the price if he only steals 25 bases? Is Trea Turner a good enough hitter to warrant a Top 6 pick? ... Shortstops we often draft (17:40) and those we avoid (22:55). We get into Fernando Tatis Jr. and Javier Baez here. Then we take a look at some players who could be breakouts in the middle of your draft (30:23). We love Corey Seager. How are feeling about Tim Anderson? Amed Rosario? We also discuss Adalberto Mondesi (37:15) and Bichette (38:30) as they are tough calls on Draft Day ... Sleepers (40:00), breakouts (41:50) and busts (43:50) and ADP review (49:00) ... Emails us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gleyber Torres or Jose Altuve (0:40)? The Fantasy community may disagree on this one! We start the preview with that debate and discuss if this position is actually shallow. What is our 2B strategy (6:55)? Which players do we draft often (11:15) and which players do we avoid (17:50)? How do we balance out SP vs. 2B? And who could become elite this season (26:33)? Gleyber Torres? Keseton Hiura? Mike Moustakas? How about someone like Cavan Biggio? ... This position may have some late-round sources for batting average and steals (31:26). We need to expand on Ketel Marte (36:05) and Keston Hiura (38:30). And we'll give sleepers (41:25), breakouts (44:22) and busts (47:25) ... We finish with a thorough ADP review (52:00) ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com 'Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Finally some good hitters to talk about! Moving on from Catcher to First Base, we've got a lot of sluggers to discuss. Which 1B do we draft often (1:40)? Which ones do we avoid (8:55)? Freddie Freeman is actually underrated, Josh Bell is going too late and Anthony Rizzo is kind of boring but is he a good value in drafts? ... Overall strategy (16:16) and more 1B questions (22:04) including how strategy changes in different formats, which players are OBP standouts, how much to spend in auctions and how to sort out the Josh Bell/Jose Abreu/Paul Goldschmidt/Matt Olson tier ... Sleepers (30:05) including Yandy Diaz, breakouts (33:35) including Luke Voit and busts (38:40) including Rhys Hoskins. Also, could Cody Bellinger be a bust at #4 overall (43:35)? Then we go through ADP (49:05) and get into the deep league guys you need to know (55:00) ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com 'Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We start this Valentine's Day episode with players we love! A couple of young SPs and an OF who kinda came out of nowhere in 2019 and will be even better in 2020. Then we cover the big news (10:30) with Mike Clevinger's injury and Mike Trout potentially hitting leadoff. What would that mean for his steals? Plus Alex Verdugo is hurt and Mitch Haniger's timeline has been pushed back ... Interesting Fantasy Things (19:35)! Edwin Encarnacion was better than you may have realized. And Lance Lynn and Mike Minor are very interesting ... We address MLB rules changes (30:50) and then read your questions about managerial tendencies (33:00), SPs we may have ranked too low (36:50), saves+holds (39:00), closers who could get traded (41:00) and strategy in Two-Catcher leagues (42:40) ... Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fantasy managers are not reaching for catchers, so you can get a great one at a relative discount. We start with an overview of the position and talk about the values of Gary Sanchez and J.T. Realmuto (3:00). Is Catcher deeper than it used to be (5:30)? Who is our #1 player at the position (10:40) and how much of a dropoff is there with the next tier (14:00)? ... Getting into some draft strategy (16:00) and debating the value of getting an elite catcher (19:30). You can have a huge edge at the position, but waiting isn't a bad idea either. Which strategy do we prefer? Also, are there are any prospects worth stashing (22:40)? ... Sleepers (25:18) including a couple of guys named Murphy and even Buster Posey, breakouts (30:50) including Francisco Mejia and Carson Kelly and busts (37:24) including potentially the guy being drafted sixth overall at the position. We also go through ADP (46:35) and talk about a bunch of players like Willson Contreras, Salvador Perez, Christian Vazquez, Omar Narvaez, Yadier Molina and more ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If you're short on time, feel free to skip ahead to our ADP discussion (50:30) which somewhat summarizes the first 50 minutes of the show. But if you want the full breakdown of RP, you've got it! We start with some strategy talk (2:00), a debate about Edwin Diaz and Craig Kimbrel (3:45) and a look at the Closer situations for all 30 MLB teams (9:15) ... More draft strategy is discussed (16:35). How many of his Top 10 RPs does Scott want to draft? Who are the SPs with RP eligibility (we call them SPARPS) and when should they be drafted (27:25)? And how does your strategy change in different formats (33:00) including Points, Roto, H2H Categories and Saves+Holds leagues? ... Sleepers (40:40), breakouts (43:25) and busts (46:26) and an ADP review (50:30). We talk Josh Hader, Kirby Yates, Sean Doolittle, Aroldis Chapman, Hector Neris, Kenley Jansen, Nick Anderson and so many more ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We welcome back former cast member Al Melchior! Our first topic is how to draft steals in a H2H Categories league (3:50). Can you punt steals in that format? ... Let's give Al some tough questions to answer. Is he downgrading the Astros (12:00)? Is he downgrading Mookie Betts (15:00)? Also find out what he thinks about Cody Bellinger this year. And who is he taking #1 overall (17:05)? ... News and notes (21:40) as COL makes a surprise bullpen announcement, we have a Shohei Ohtani timeline and we talk about the new TEX ballpark. Then Al gives us five players he likes in 2020. A bounceback OF (30:50), Mark Canha (34:05), Starlin Castro (37:50), a young stud SP (40:00) and an old stud SP (43:30) ... Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Busy show! We begin with the revised Mookie Betts trade and tell you why Ross Stripling is currently a loser and Gavin Lux might be as well. Then we talk about the Emilio Pagan trade (6:35) and who is TB's closer, plus a new proposal to change the MLB playoff format (9:30). How are we feeling about it? ... Wondering how many HRs and RBIs you need to win a Roto category? We'll tell you what to target in each category (14:55). Then we've got some random Fantasy questions (28:50) about Carlos Santana, Jack Flaherty, Yoan Moncada and Juan Soto ... Our favorite late-round picks (45:42) including a couple of suspended SPs, a couple of overlooked closers, a late steals source and a bounceback candidate ... Email us at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Fantasy Baseball Today' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our FBT team on Twitter: @CBSFantasyBB, @AdamAizer, @CTowersCBS, @CBSScottWhite For more fantasy baseball coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We've got some players who are being drafted too late like Josh Bell (4:40), Corey Seager (8:40), Nelson Cruz (13:35) and a young SP coming off a disappointing MLB debut (15:15) ... Which players are being drafted too early? We've got a stolen base machine (18:30) and a HR machine (25:05) who are being overdrafted. Then we've got the latest news on James Paxton (29:15), Julio Urias (32:00), Ross Stripling (35:50) and more. And Adam suggests a late round sleeper (41:30) ... Plenty of your emails (44:22) as we answer questions about Tommy Edman, Shohei Ohtani and more. Also, find out about the most disgusting insect on earth and we debate J.T. Realmuto vs. Gary Sanchez (57:30) ... Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last season, Heath drafted a SP with each of his first four picks. How did that work out? Can you win with that strategy? We also answer a quick question about Jo Adell (8:00) before getting into the mock draft ... So, how much should we be valuing SPs in this format (12:00)? Lucas Giolito went ahead of Jose Altuve for crying out loud! Should Gerrit Cole be drafted second overall (23:05)? Was George Springer a reach at 17th overall (25:43)? Was Fernando Tatis a steal in Round 5 (28:00)? Can you win if you draft mostly hitters early (31:00)? And how should you value Shohei Ohtani (32:55)? ... We go through the first five rounds with our commentary (35:00) ... Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All angles of the Mookie Betts trade. Biggest Fantasy winner (2:40), if Betts should move down at all in the rankings (6:08), biggest Fantasy loser (12:00), the impact on Kenta Maeda (17:25) and Brusdar Graterol (22:22) ... Let's talk steals (26:00)! A listener proposes a different way to draft steals and we tell you how we feel about it. Then Scott gets philosophical about stolen bases and gets into how his strategy is evolving (34:30) ... Scott explains his Eloy Jimenez ranking (37:50) and we wonder if Manny Machado can return to greatness (42:42) ... Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Which once great players can get back to the Fantasy elite? We'll discuss some names, but first let's get into the news (3:00) as a Mookie Betts trade could be close and Trevor Story got a new contract. Will he run less now that he got paid? ... Who can return to greatness? We make cases for and against a number of players, beginning with Andrew Benintendi (11:30), Wil Myers (15:35) and Paul Goldschmidt (17:40). Then we've got a couple of closers (21:25) and a couple of guys named Carlos (32:00) ... Can Corey Kluber be an ace again (39:00)? Will Travis Shaw rebound (46:40)? What about a former ace looking to put a lousy 2019 behind him (49:03) and a former MVP looking to stay on the field (53:15)? ... Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Scott White and Chris Towers break down Scott's first edition of Sleepers, Breakouts, and Busts for the 2020 season. But first, they discuss prospects-only drafts (1:15) and then the history of players coming back from PED suspensions (5:05). ... Then we run through Scott's sleepers (17:10), breakouts (29:40), and busts (39:40). ... your emails at FantasyBaseball@CBSi.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Scott White and Chris Towers do their first mock draft review of the year, focusing on the first 12 rounds of a recent industry experts Roto mock draft. How should you handle the 12th pick in a 12 -team draft — should you go hitter/hitter, hitter/pitcher, or pitcher/pitcher? (2:15) ... Then Scott and Chris break down their teams’ strengths and weaknesses (17:50) ... And give their thoughts on the first dozen rounds of the draft, focusing on their favorite and least favorite picks. (30:30) Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BIG episode! Scott White and Chris Towers give their initial thoughts on Outfield and Starting Pitcher as we close up our run through the tiers for each position and catch up on the latest news. Eugenio Suarez underwent shoulder surgery and the Reds signed Nick Castellanos, so we break down what it all means for the Reds (3:50) ... Then we break down the outfield tiers, beginning with the Big Five at the top of everybody's draft board (15:20) ... After that, we move on to the starting pitcher tiers, where Scott and Chris disagree on how many pitchers you need from the top of the list (43:00) ... Your emails at fantasybaseball@cbsi.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (20)

Andrew Smith

good episode. 3b seems deep

Feb 25th
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Andrew Smith

2B doesn't seem super deep

Feb 20th
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Andrew Smith

bummer about clevingers knee

Feb 15th
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Andrew Smith

really enjoyed this one

Feb 12th
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Andrew Smith

aizer is annoying with some of his comments towards Scott's team

Feb 9th
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Andrew Smith

meh

Feb 6th
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Andrew Smith

sorry Aizer, but Arenado is going to be great wherever he goes

Jan 30th
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Andrew Smith

always great to have Heath on

Jan 29th
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Andrew Smith

aizer has the worst takes

Jan 24th
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Andrew Smith

really enjoyed this ep

Jan 18th
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Aaron Beaugrand

Did not expect to hear Bill Halls name today. The Brewer fan in me is pleased

Aug 15th
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Samfia Dringus

Good podcast, but the intro music is sooo corny

Apr 20th
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Brandon Bartels

The discussion on the Brewers hot corner needed to continue not get cut off.

Feb 26th
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Luke Norris

Anyone else here someone talking in background?

Feb 11th
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Brian Lawlor

just be pi havep

Aug 18th
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Aaron Beaugrand

brewers bullpen is frustrating fantasy wise but what Counsell has done with taking out the traditional closer role is very smart. play matchups and let guys go 2 innings if they can.

May 14th
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Joe McGrath

all day for that trade

May 13th
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Shane Bechtel

Hey ohtani for albies and moncada? thoughts anyone?

Feb 27th
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Matt Asbury

I love the podcast guys, you all do a GREAT job and I get a lot of fantasy info that I use on a daily basis from you all. However, I think that you are out of your mind when talking about Joey Votto's fantasy value (which I know is different than real value). He is certainly worth a 1st round pick. Age is not an issue with this guy and I can see another "career year" from Votto! off soap box now...keep up the good work!!!

Feb 6th
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