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The Operating Room is a sports podcast hosted by RotoBaller's Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) that dives into various topics regarding the fantasy aspects of football, baseball and basketball, depending on the season. Weekly guests from across the realm of sports arrive to reinforce or counter popular narratives along with providing fresh takes on what is relevant. Take a seat in The Operating Room to gain a new perspective on the wide world of fantasy sports.
51 Episodes
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and Undroppables analyst Tommy Mo (@2on1FFB) cover notable fantasy football talking points after Week 1 of the NFL season.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and pro handicapper Joey Dimes (@Joey_Dimes1) discuss the Week 2 slate of NFL games for betting and DFS. Every game from Thursday-Monday is discussed with regards to the spread along with must-have DFS plays from certain matchups.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and RotoUnderworld lead analyst Jakob Sanderson (@FF_RTDB) dissect five confounding WR rooms across the NFL and discuss which player from each they are interested in for the sake of fantasy along with what to do with Michael Thomas.WR Rooms discussed: Bengals, Eagles, Colts, Jaguars, Steelers
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and John Laghezza (@MLBMovingAVG) break down the Week 1 NFL slate game-by-game and give you their favorite bets along with those to stay away from. Kev and John also suggest certain players to start or fade in DFS from each game.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) is joined by PFF Fantasy Analyst Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP) to discuss recent shake-ups in running back rooms across the NFL.Kev and Sosa break down the Rams, Patriots, and Jaguars backfields given the recent addition of Sony Michel to LA and injury to Travis Etienne. Also covered, free-agent RBs, future cut/trade candidates, and their potential impact across the league along with what to expect from the Rams' offense as a whole!
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and FTN Fantasy lead high-stakes analyst, Matthew Davis (@_MattyWood_) discuss picks made after the first 100 in fantasy football drafts that can help win your leagues. Kev and Matthew broke down QB, RB, WR, TE, and D/ST to find late-round gems at each spot to assist in your trek to a fantasy championship!
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) is joined by NFLFantasy/RotoBaller analyst, Michael F. Florio (@MichaelFFlorio) to discuss offenses Michael is buying or selling for the 2021 fantasy football season.Offenses discussed:-49ers-Buccaneers-Chargers-Jaguars-Titans-Patriots
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) is joined by FantasyPoints lead medical analyst, Edwin Porras, DPT (@FBInjuryDoc) to discuss injuries heading into the 2021 fantasy football season.Players discussed:-Michael Thomas-Carson Wentz-Will Fuller-Saquon Barkley-Courtland Sutton-Parris Campbell-Jaylen Waddle-Joe Burrow-Cam Akers
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) is joined by FantasyGuru writer and high-stakes fantasy aficionado, Vlad Sedler (@RotoGut). Kev seeks out some "Gut Calls" from Vlad to help break down some troubling backfields and quarterback rooms around the NFL.Vlad also provides his takes on which values he's targeting in drafts along with a breakout offense to load up on this season.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) is joined by FootballGuys' Dave Kluge (@DaveKluge) to discuss their bold predictions for the 2021 fantasy football season. Dave shared 5 while Kev only shared 4 because he is dumb and forgot to mention the 5th before signing off.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and DLF Football Senior Writer Peter Howard (@pahowdy) discuss wide receivers to target in 2021 fantasy football drafts. Peter specializes in dynasty football but has a depth of analytic knowledge and historical outcomes for wide receivers. He and Kev focus on good values in fantasy drafts relative to ADP while providing their reasoning why (or why not if countered). Peter also provides his process in drafting along with describing the myth of vacated targets.Players discussed: Corey Davis, DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, Rondale Moore, DJ Chark, Chase Claypool, Deebo Samuel, Jaylen Waddle, Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, and more!
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and CBS Fantasy's Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) break down how to approach fantasy football drafts in 2021.General topics discussed:-SFB11-Weighing 2020's COVID-skewed season-Buying low -Paying for last year's results-2020 Rookies vs 2021-Positional ADP groupings +their valuesPlayers mentioned: Carson Wentz, David Montgomery, Allen Robinson, Matthew Stafford, Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, Hollywood Brown, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Ja'Marr Chase, Rashod Bateman, and more!
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and PlayerProfiler's Analytics Director, Josh Larky (@JLarkyTweets) team up to discuss breakouts for fantasy football in 2021. Kev and Josh break down 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, and 1 TE each to target in drafts and provide their thoughts on best ball along with other redraft formats. The criteria for each breakout is simply someone who is not a bounce-back candidate, rather, a player who has yet to provide significant fantasy value.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and fellow RotoBaller analyst Frank Ammirante (@FAmmiranteTFJ) dive into early draft season ADPs for fantasy football they like/dislike along with one player each that Kev and Frank view as a trap. some players mentioned include:-Kareem Hunt-Mike Davis-Noah Fant-Mark Andrews-Brandon Aiyuk-Juju Smith-Schuster-DJ Moore-Zack Mossand more!
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) is joined by RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst and Assistant Baseball Editor, James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) to break down rookies and prospects for fantasy baseball in 2021 (and beyond). The most important topic of the prospect and fantasy baseball world--Wander Franco--is, of course, discussed along with when to expect his call along with Vidal Brujan's. James also gives his take on the Rays' near-future plans.General topics discussed:•Rookie Hits: Logan Gilbert, James Kaprielian, Alek Manoah•Rookie Blues: Alec Bohm, Taylor Trammell, Andrew Vaughn•Rookie "Mediocrity": Shane McLanahan, Dane Dunning, Bobby Dalbec•One unheralded potential call-up James would jump on this year•One lowkey prospect to secure in 2022 fantasy draftsJames also discusses start in the baseball prospect industrial complex along with some insight into how he composes his Top-400 rankings for RotoWire.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and host of the Pallazzo Podcast/Founder of RotoFanatic, Michael Govier (@MjGovier) discuss MLB Trade Deadline deals that they can envision and the subsequent effect it would have on the fantasy baseball landscape. Kev and Michael start off the pod discussing FAAB bids and Jarred Kelenic's demotion along with their expectations for Adolis Garcia.Potential trade candidates mentioned:-Matthew Boyd-Trevor Story-Joey Gallo-Nelson Cruz-Adam Frazier
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and PitcherList analyst Michael Ajeto (@dysthymikey) cover a list of starting pitchers that have either bounced back or potentially could due on their track record. Bounce-Backs: Can they keep it up/improve?-Kyle Hendricks-Ross Stripling-Kyle Gibson-Alex CobbHope or Drop? Can they figure it out??-Blake Snell-Luis Castillo-Chris Paddack-Dylan Bundy-Kenta Maeda-Patrick CorbinKev and Michael also discuss Olivia Rodrigo's new album SOUR because why not.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and NBCSportsEdge/Fantrax writer Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) discuss injured fantasy baseball players and what to expect from them going forward.Kev and Jorge begin the episode by breaking down the broken New York Mets and what to make of their injury situation for the present and future. After, they move onto several prominent names across the league dealing with various ailments.Primary players discussed:-Christian Yelich-George Springer-Cody Bellinger-Corey Seager-Mike Trout-Byron Buxton-Sixto Sanchez-Zac Gallen-Jesus Luzardo
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and FTNFantasy MLB writer Broc Miller (@BrocNessMonster) focus on hitters to buy or sell in fantasy baseball redraft leagues for 2021.Hitters discussed:-Shohei Ohtani-Adolis Garcia-Marcus Semien-Victor Robles-Dansby Swanson-Brandon Lowealso: different bats Broc is higher/lower on ROSKev and Broc also discuss their NFBC teams along with their favorite real-life team: the Dodgers.
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and Razzball writer, Steve Paulo (@StevePaulo) discuss Steve's fantasy baseball projections via STOMPER, his unique model which has had success with several players for the 2021 season.Kev and Steve discuss various aspects of projections and some specific players throughout the podcast.Topics include:-Factors more heavily weighed in projections-Whether breakouts or decline are easier to nail down-Rookies and how random they can be
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