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Common Sense Fantasy Baseball

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Ep 43: Greg Jewett -- closers to draft, RPs to stash
Greg (@gjewett9) helps me size up EVERY team once again, as I do last minute cramming for my Main Event draft tomorrow. 2:05 Baltimore Orioles 3:20 Boston Red Sox 5:25 Chicago White Sox 5:50 Cleveland 9:45 Detroit Tigers 10:45 Houston Astros 12:20 KC Royals 13:50 LA Angels 15:10 Minnesota Twins 16:30 NY Yankees 17:10 Oakland A's 18:15 Seattle Mariners 19:55 Tampa Rays 25:35 Texas Rangers 26:55 Toronto Blue Jays 27:40 Arizona Diamondbacks 29:20 Atlanta Braves 30:25 Chicago Cubs 31:40 Cincinnati Reds 33:40 Colorado Rockies 35:20 LA Dodgers 36:25 Miami Marlins 37:20 Milwaukee Brewers 38:35 NY Mets 39:15 Philadelphia Phillies 41:10 Pittsburgh Pirates 44:10 San Diego Padres 46:25 SF Giants 48:30 St Louis Cardinals 50:10 Washington Nationals 51:55 Speculative pick ups, stashes, and late round darts Find us on Twitter!  He's @gjewett9, and I'm @commonsensefbb.
01:01:36
March 30, 2021
Ep 42: Rob DiPietro the DC Champ!
Rob and I talk about his podcast and his leagues, and how we're building our teams in DC leagues and FAAB leagues. 06:20 Differences in drafting strategies for Draft and Hold (Draft Champions) leagues vs FAAB leagues 11:00 Catchers 16:45 Closers 22:45 Stolen Bases 31:25 Luis Robert 37:55 Keston Hiura and Javy Baez (and other swing and miss guys) 44:25 Tim Anderson 51:10 Prospects 58:00 Pitchers (Means, Urquidy, Yarbrough, Minor) 1:12:00 Late DC picks He's @deadpullhitter, I'm @commonsensefbb -- find us on Twitter!
01:25:06
March 2, 2021
Ep 41: Dave McDonald - Less Than Risky
Dave (@RunDMcD) shares what he's learned through years of experience, about how to assess players' risks in fantasy baseball. 1:45 Verlander, going into 2020 6:00 How to think about taking a guy off your board completely 9:35 Sale, Syndergaard, and Severino (don't draft guys who won't be playing) 11:45 Taillon (it can take a while to get back your skills) 18:10 deGrom (we can disagree on how much risk there is, but don't ignore it as a part of the assessment) 27:40 Scherzer (we all see the risks, but we don't seem to know how to price them in) 31:40 Strasburg (fear of the unknown plus the price...plus the fact that he's had injury issues all through the years) 34:10 Lamet (he's injured now...plus, PRP means TJ a lot of the time) 37:20 Carrasco (the risk/reward is a value at the price) 40:30 Musgrove (going late enough to take a risk) 43:35 Canning (after pick 300, go for upside) 46:25 Stanton vs Buxton (price matters, many paths to value, UT downgrade, career IL days, paying for a career year, volume of injuries vs the type of injury -- both matter) He's @RunDMcD, I'm @commonsensefbb -- find us on Twitter!
01:02:45
December 21, 2020
Ep 40: Matt Wi77iams returns to talk early ADP
@MattWi77iams and I discuss some players we think are going too early: 3:40 Jose Abreu around pick 30 and Luke Voit around pick 60 - Matt 8:25 Pablo Lopez around pick 100 - Drew 15:45 Walker Buehler around pick 20 - Matt 20:30 Kyle Lewis around pick 75 (but even at pick 100-120) - Drew 26:05 Randy Arozarena around pick 60 - Matt -- 32:20 an aside on Mondesi -- Then we discuss some players we think are going too late: 38:00 Austin Meadows and Yoan Moncada (around pick 85) - Matt 41:45 Matt Chapman around pick 120 - Drew 45:50 Rafael Devers around pick 50 - Matt 48:00 Zack Greinke around pick 100 - Drew 54:00 Bryan Reynolds around pick 325 - Drew He's @MattWi77iams, I'm @commonsensefbb -- find us on Twitter!
59:19
November 18, 2020
Ep 39: Closers for EVERY team with Greg Jewett
Greg (@gjewett9) and I look at every MLB team and discuss the closer situation, as best we can tell in November. AMERICAN LEAGUE 1:30 Baltimore Orioles 3:40 Boston Red Sox 6:20 Chicago White Sox 8:25 Cleveland Indians 11:10 Detroit Tigers 13:50 Houston Astros 15:50 Kansas City Royals 18:10 Los Angeles Angels 20:10 Minnesota Twins 21:30 New York Yankees 23:50 Oakland Athletics 26:20 Seattle Mariners 27:35 Tampa Bay Rays 29:10 Texas Rangers 31:45 Toronto Blue Jays NATIONAL LEAGUE 33:55 Arizona Diamondbacks 36:15 Atlanta Braves 38:30 Chicago Cubs 41:05 Cincinnati Reds 43:40 Colorado Rockies 45:35 Los Angeles Dodgers 47:45 Miami Marlins 50:25 Milwaukee Brewers 54:10 New York Mets 57:05 Philadelphia Phillies 59:15 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:02:05 San Diego Padres 1:04:45 San Francisco Giants 1:06:15 St Louis Cardinals 1:07:15 Washington Nationals 1:08:10 BONUS - Greg's Hader-type breakout formula He's @gjewett9, I'm @commonsensefbb -- find us on Twitter!
01:15:05
November 3, 2020
Ep 38: Zack is back! Early ADP targets and avoids!
Zack and I take a look at early ADP from Justin Mason's "2 Early Mock Drafts" and Zack's draft and hold leagues that are drafting for real already. 4:10 We gently poke fun at mock drafts and point out some shortcomings Then we discuss players we think are going too early (AVOIDS): 7:10 Mike Clevinger at ADP 61 (Zack) 19:40 Pete Alonso at ADP 53 (Drew) 25:55 Sixto Sanchez at ADP 80 (Zack) 34:00 Gleyber Torres at ADP 63 (Drew...Zack disagrees) 40:05 Gary Sanchez at ADP 169 (Zack) 45:35 Joey Gallo at ADP 127 (Drew) Next we move on to players we think are going too late (TARGETS): 50:35 Gio Urshela at ADP 158 (Drew) ...take him instead of Vlad! 56:40 Zach Plesac at ADP 80 (Zack) 1:04:25 Tommy Edman at ADP 179 (Drew) 1:10:30 Dansby Swanson at ADP 106 (Zack) 1:18:07 Triston McKensie at ADP 208 (Drew) 1:27:30 Michael Pineda at ADP 275 (Zack) Connect with me on Twitter @commonsensefbb!
01:37:21
October 16, 2020
Ep 37: A BatFlip crazy 2020 season
Toby returns to talk about some up and coming players! 1:10 the keys to Toby's success in 2020 4:45 Off season prep begins!  We start by discussing some lessons learned. Then we discuss some breakout players: 16:10 Corey Seager 27:40 Luke Voit 34:45 Teoscar Hernandez 42:05 Kyle Lewis 49:20 Dominic Smith 56:00 An aside about Stolen Bases 1:00:50 Austin Nola 1:05:40 Some other guys (Slater, Santander, Cronenworth, Arozarena, Walsh, Happ, Moore) 1:21:40 Who could be the Corbin Burnes or Dylan Bundy of 2021? Connect with me on Twitter @commonsensefbb!
01:37:06
October 1, 2020
Ep 36: Striking out
Some thoughts on strike out rate, BABIP, and what they mean for batting average. Connect with me on Twitter @commonsensefbb!
06:05
September 3, 2020
Baseball. Is. Back!!!!
Connect with me on Twitter @commonsensefbb!
02:09
July 23, 2020
Ep 34: Greg Jewett returns! Baseball will too.
Opening day didn't happen...yet.  But @gjewett9 and I discuss baseball anyway! 2:00 Greg's current project 6:05 Bo Bichette - SS 20:35 Isiah Kiner-Falefa - C 25:35 Josh Bell - 1B (and a great call out by Greg, CJ Cron) 30:30 Jeff McNeil - 2B (with Cesar Hernandez call out by Greg) 35:35 Yandy Diaz - 3B 39:00 OFs (Judge, Eloy, Stanton, Soler, Franimal, Schwarber) 45:00 Luzardo and Urias - SPs (Greg's call out: Rich Hill) 48:35 RPs 56:15 Rougned Odor 59:05 Ian Happ (or Dansby Swanson one pick later!)
01:04:54
March 26, 2020
Ep 33: Zack Waxman takes us through ADP 300!
Welcome back @zackroto! We start off talking some strategy: 1:40 Top SPs - Aces, Pocket Aces and how we draft them 5:10 The case for an Ace 10:50 Draft Champions vs FAAB leagues -- the point in the draft where strategy changes Then we discuss rounds 19 and 20: 18:05 Avoid AJ Pollock at 272 19:45 Avoid Joey Votto at 271 20:55 Buster Posey or Danny Jansen? 23:35 Gregory Polanco and his risks vs Solak, Wil Myers, or others and their risks 26:35 What if Solak wasn't UT only? 27:45 Players that drop and players to reach on 29:50 Domingo Santana's path to playing time 31:50 SPs I'm not really looking at here (largely because of innings concerns and other PT risks) 34:25 Not so into Myers or Kieboom for 2020 35:20 Josh James or Mackenzie Gore rather than lower-upside options 38:30 Catchers without much upside, and closers that might not be closers 39:20 Target Dylan Carlson at 295!  (instead of Kyle Tucker way earlier...or maybe at all) 43:40 More pitchers I'm just not drafting 44:45 Target Domingo Santana at 292 46:20 Avoid Austin Riley for 2020 (at pick 294) 48:00 Corey Dickerson - kinda boring and inconsistent 48:50 Kyle Seager and Willy Adames 51:30 My weird take on Travis Shaw And we even give some bonus picks (after 300): 57:20 Zack advises me against Kevin Pillar at pick 307 59:40 Target Evan White at 349 1:00:15 Target Matt Magill at 333 1:01:00 Matt Carpenter -- what do you think, Zack? 1:02:05 Target Robinson Cano at 336 1:04:45 What's a good floor player after pick 300? Thanks for listening!  Find me on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
01:14:43
March 3, 2020
Ep 32: John (@MLBMovingAVG) and rounds 17 - 18
Please welcome John (@MLBMovingAVG) as we discuss our draft process and talk some ADP. 1:15 It's all about PRICE.  As John says, "You can't force your will on the market." 2:25 Drafting in reverse 7:15 Take the value (when you have players whose skills are close, going far apart) 10:50 Jim Cramer show up briefly 13:30 AJ Puk aka Axl Rose Then we get into round 17 and 18... 15:35 Adrian Houser (ADP 248) and his pitch-mix changes (sinkers for GBs, curveballs for Ks) 34:10 Shin-Soo Choo (ADP 241) vs Austin Hays (ADP 251) ...unabashed age-ism 42:20 Mark Canha (ADP 257) and his crazy OBP-league value 47:25 Starling Castro (ADP 261) and his late-2019 push 49:30 Aaron Civale (ADP 269) is impossible to barrel, and team context is fantastic 51:45 Chris Archer (ADP 268) is K machine, but not the best for ratios, and team context is pretty meh 57:40 Yandy Diaz (ADP 258) and Renato Nunez (ADP 256) and Joey Votto (ADP 270) -- maybe find a 1B before this 1:06:10 Emilio Pagan (ADP 259), Brandon Kintzler (266), Scott Oberg (260), Wade Davis (265) -- not a good spot for RPs 1:17:20 Sam Hilliard (ADP 267) and the crowded Rockies OF (a team built for platoons) 1:21:55 Trent Grisham (ADP 286) vs all these other OF guys 1:37:30 Cesar Hernandez (ADP 264) at a position that's harder to fill 1:41:35 Positions available here and what to do with them Thanks for listening!  Find me on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
02:06:08
February 24, 2020
Ep 31: Colin Weatherwax Returns!
Please welcome Colin back to the podcast!  He's on Twitter at @CWeatherwax13. We discuss some pitcher risers https://twitter.com/RyanBHQ/status/1229121960308690945 2:05 Elite SPs moving up 3:20 Jose Berrios up from ADP 95 (Nov) to 79 (Feb) 5:10 Edwin Diaz up from 140 to 116 8:30 Doolittle and Nick Anderson moving up Then we turn to some hitter risers https://twitter.com/RyanBHQ/status/1229218664160931840 13:50 Luis Robert up from 106 (Nov) to 77 (Feb) 15:45 Bo Bichette up from 79 to 64 25:10 Brian Anderson up from 261 to 233 And then some hitter fallers https://twitter.com/RyanBHQ/status/1229539025003962372/photo/1 29:05 Anthony Rizzo down from 60 (Nov) to 74 (Feb) 31:20 Yasiel Puig down from 107 to 127 35:10 Willie Calhoun down from 150 to 174 40:30 Jeff McNeil down from 85 to 99 42:25 We talk team construction (especially pitcher strategy in 15-teamers) And lastly, we cover round 16 ADP -- a great round! 1:00:15 Target Mitch Keller at 227, Caleb Smith at 228, Griffin Canning at 229, and Masahiro Tanaka at 231 1:03:45 Target Sean Murphy at 233 and Dansby Swanson at 234 1:06:50 Colin likes Luis Arraez at 235 if you need AVG 1:07:50 Target Gio Urshela at 239 1:09:20 Target Yadier Molina at 237 ...we also like CJ Cron and Brian Anderson ...and are kind of avoiding Francisco Mejia and Dustin May, because look at the other options here! Thanks for listening!  Find me on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
01:14:37
February 18, 2020
Ep 30: Max Freeze - Earned HRs, Oscar Mercado, and Rd 15
Please welcome Max!  He's @FreezeStats on Twitter.  We talk about: 0:40 Max's blog and research 4:40 Players who earned more HR than they achieved 9:15 We consider what Dodger Stadium could do for Mookie Betts 14:50 "Not all barrels are created equal" (Launch angle and pulling the ball matter a ton) 20:25 Ozuna - example of a pull hitter who "earned" more than he achieved 22:35 Adding in Alex Chamberlain's "Deserved Barrels" 25:00 We move on to a player debate on Oscar Mercado Then we discuss rd 15... 38:05 Probably avoid Jo Adell at 210 40:20 Target Justin Upton at 220 41:10 Target Avisail Garcia at 224 (and hope he plays every day!) 42:20 Throw back to "Not all barrels are created equal" -- Max's next research project 43:25 Target Rougned Odor at 217 45:25 Target Jose Urquidy 47:45 Avoid Kolten Wong at 216 48:55 Discussion on Narvaez and other catchers in this range 51:00 One last exhortation to avoid risky closers...although Nick Anderson might be a value even without 20+ saves. Thanks for listening!  Find me on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
54:43
February 15, 2020
Ep 29: Rounds 13 and 14 with Mike (SP Streamer)
Please welcome Mike! Twitter: @SPStreamer First we take a quick look back at earlier rounds and some guys Mike targets and avoids: 1:40 Target Sonny Gray at 98 8:20 Target Carlos Santana at 144 10:35 Avoid Chris Paddack at 51 13:45 Avoid Keston Hiura at 42 Then we get into rounds 13 and 14:  19:00 Target Kenta Maeda (currently 184) 25:00 Target Hunter Dozier (186) 27:35 Bryan Reynolds / PIT discussion 30:45 Carlos Martinez discussion 33:15 Avoid Lance McCullers (194) 34:40 Luke Weaver discussion 36:15 Avoid Sean Doolittle (185) and Giovanny Gallegos (196) and Nick Anderson any presumptive closer where there is role-risk or committee risk 40:55 Target Luke Voit (200) 44:00 Avoid Didi Gregorius (201) 47:50 Quick thoughts on Joe Mugrove and Brandon Lowe 48:45 Target Christian Walker (202) 51:30 Heaney and Folty discussion 53:50 Senzel and McCutchen discussion 56:35 Target Christian Vazquez (210) Thanks for listening!  Find me on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
01:02:10
February 11, 2020
Ep 28: Matt Wi77iams and our targets in rounds 11 and 12
Big thanks to Matt (@MattWi77iams) for joining me to discuss a couple very full rounds of ADP! We discuss a few of Matt's #2020PlayerBreakdowns: 4:45 Lourdes Gurriel 11:30 Jeff McNeil 12:50 Projecting growth 15:50 Garrett Hampson 19:30 Max Kepler Then we look at players going in the 11th and 12th rounds (ADP 151 -  180). 30:15 Target: Corey Seager at ADP 156 33:55 Target: Scott Kingery at 159 39:00 Potential Target: Gavin Lux at 161 41:25 Avoid: Emilio Pagan at 151 42:25 Target: Kyle Hendricks at 154 45:55 Target: Jorge Polanco at 157 47:10 Avoid: Byron Buxton at 164 49:00 Random Trea Turner discussion 52:05 Potential Target: Julio Urias at 165 55:45 Target: Salvador Perez at 168 58:30 Target: Edwin Encarnacion at 170 1:00:30 Avoid: Aristides Aquino at at 173 1:02:40 Target: JD Davis at 180 1:09:40 Avoid: Sean Manaea at 172 1:12:00 Bonus Target: Khris Davis at 181 Thanks for listening!  Find me on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
01:15:10
February 9, 2020
Ep 27: The need for speed
I talk speed vs power. Let me know what you think on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
07:16
February 6, 2020
Ep 26: Player values with Brian Rudd
Please welcome Brian (@RuddHQ on Twitter) and enjoy our discussions about the following players! 1:25 Tyler Glasnow at ADP ~68 (4:35 vs Paxton or Woodruff) 6:50 Hector Neris at ~140 (10:25 vs Iglesias, Kimbrel, Jansen, and Diaz) 13:50 Yasiel Puig at ~115 (19:15 vs Benintendi, Mercado, and Luis Robert) 25:25 Rhys Hoskins at ~116 (33:05 vs Carlos Santana or Edwin Encarnacion) 39:10 Adalberto Mondesi at ~35 (50:30 vs Villar or Robles) 57:35 What do you do later with SBs if you take Mondesi? 1:00:25 Danny Santana at ~125 (1:05:30 vs Kingery or Goodrum) Thanks for listening!  I'd love it if you write a review on iTunes, and please find me on Twitter @commonsensefbb.
01:12:09
February 3, 2020
Ep 25: Ranking Closers with Greg Jewett
Please welcome Greg (https://twitter.com/gjewett9) and enjoy our conversation on all things Closers (and other RPs).  Here's a link to his closer charts: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YQLeAKTjBGGerTdKUMQHYhxfVHi73Y9eJcEGlFh7Lr0/edit#gid=2012002294 3:45 Josh Hader, Aroldis Chapman, Kirby Yates, Roberto Osuna -- The closest you can get to actual safety you can find at the closer position. Already things start to get riskier... 8:40 Edwin Diaz 13:50 Taylor Rogers (with Sergio Romo shout out) 15:20 Liam Hendricks 16:05 Brad Hand 17:50 Ken Giles 19:40 Kenley Jansen (with Blake Treinen shout out) 22:20 Raisel Iglesias (with Robert Stephenson shout out) 25:05 Emilio Pagan -- MOVING DOWN!  (likely committee with Anderson, Castillo, Alvarado, and others)  https://www.tampabay.com/sports/rays/2020/01/28/its-the-ninth-inning-who-do-you-want-protecting-the-rays-lead/ 27:35 Brandon Workman (with Darwinzon Hernandez shout out) 30:05 Kind of skipped Hansel Robles and moved on to Archie Bradley (with Kevin Ginkel shout out) 32:30 Sean Doolittle (with Will Harris and Daniel Hudson discussion) 37:30 Oberg, Neris, Kimbrel, Kennedy, Colome, Jimenez, Leclerc  (shout outs to Joely Rodriguez, Rowan Wick, Jeremy Jeffress) 44:50 Will Smith and Mark Melancon -- HERE ARE TWO MORE GUYS GOING WAY TOO EARLY.  Get a guy with the job. 47:05 Matt Magill (ADP > 350!!!) (with Austin Adams shout out) -- VALUE 54:40 Pirates - Keone Kela (maybe Crick after he gets traded?) Spare yourself the headache 57:20 Orioles - Mychal Givens  (and maybe Hunter Harvey...but beware: probably not many save opportunities for any Oriole) 59:30 Marlins - Brandon Kintzler maybe...Strop could sign, Stanek still maybe...just stay away 1:00:30 Giants - Greg: "I don't know." 1:02:35 Cardinals - Greg: "I have no idea."  1:05:15 Alex Reyes??? Value dart-throws: 50:40 Drew Pomeranz 1:07:25 Rowan Wick, Robert Stephenson, etc 1:10:05 Kevin Gausman ...Sergio Romo, Seth Lugo, and others in Greg's great article: https://www.fantasyalarm.com/articles/gjewett/76866/mlb-advanced-analytics-reliever-efficiency-rate-season-review/ I'd love it if you would write a kind review on iTunes, and let me know what you think on Twitter.  I'm at https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb.
01:15:13
January 30, 2020
Ep 24: Mike Kurland and Rounds 8 - 10
Please welcome Mike! (https://twitter.com/Mike_Kurland) Mike and I discuss players we're avoiding or targeting at their current price in rounds 8 - 10  (in 15-team 5x5 roto). Targeting 8:50 Yasiel Puig at 110 - Both Mike and Drew targeting 9:25 Nicholas Castellanos at 113 - Both 10:20 Trey Mancini at 108 - Both 23:05 Lance Lynn at 128 - Mike (with bonus Ryu discussion) 27:10 Amed Rosario at 125 - Drew 38:35 Soler and Moncada bonus talk! 39:30 Cavan Biggio at 136 - Both (more on Biggio at 44:00) 40:20 Michael Brantley at 132 - Mike 40:40 Miguel Sano at 131 - Mike 50:00 Kyle Schwarber at 148 and Franmil Reyes at 149 - Both (especially Schwarber) 57:00 Max Fried at 138 - Mike Split or unsure 28:00 Danny Santana at 127 - Drew targeting and Mike not on board 46:40 Tommy Edman at 137 - Both interested but unsure 1:09:55 Kyle Tucker at 144 - Both unsure (Avoiding in Draft and Hold) Avoiding 16:25 Shohei Ohtani at 111 - Both Mike and Drew avoiding 20:20 Rhys Hoskins at 118 - Drew 21:15 Yuli Gurriel at 120 - Both (also we have an exclusive trashcan-banging podcast debut) 41:35 Eduardo Escobar at 134 - Both 1:06:25 Will Smith (the pitcher) at 142 - Both 1:07:55 Mallex Smith at 146 - Both Enjoy!  And let me know what you think on Twitter.  I'm at https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb.
01:14:28
January 28, 2020
Ep 23: Colin Weatherwax and rounds 5 - 7
Please welcome Colin! (https://twitter.com/CWeatherwax13) Colin and I discuss players we're avoiding or targeting at their current price in rounds 5 - 7  (in 15-team 5x5 roto). Avoiding 2:10 Victor Robles at ADP 57 -- both Colin and Drew avoiding at this price 7:50 Luis Severino at ADP 59 -- Colin 11:45 Kris Bryant at 61 -- both 16:00 Josh Hader at 64 (and any RP this early) -- both 17:20 Manny Machado at 65 -- both 57:40 Gary Sanchez at 89 -- both 1:03:55 Corey Kluber at 100 -- both Targeting 6:10 Yu Darvish at ADP 58 -- Colin (Drew unsure at 4th rd price) 13:25 Eugenio Suarez at 62 -- Colin 19:25 Zack Greinke at 63 -- both 22:15 Noah Syndergaard at 68 -- Colin 34:55 Jose Abreu at 78 -- both 39:10 Ramon Laureano at 75 -- Drew 53:10 Jose Berrios at 83 -- both 55:30 Marcus Semien at 84 -- Colin 1:07:40 Roberto Osuna at 94 -- Colin 1:11:15 Nelson Cruz at 93 -- both 1:12:25 Marcell Ozuna at 102 -- both 1:14:50 Mike Moustakas at 105 -- Colin 1:16:55 Josh Donaldson at 106 -- both Split 23:40 Yoan Moncada at ADP 67 -- Drew targeting, Colin avoiding 44:05 Jorge Soler at 82 -- Drew targeting, Colin avoiding Enjoy!  And let me know what you think on Twitter.  I'm at https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb.
01:20:29
January 24, 2020
Ep 22: Zack and I discuss rounds 1 - 4
Please welcome Zack! (Twitter.com/zackroto and Twitter.com/draftchampagne) Zack and I discuss players we're avoiding at their current price... Both Zack and Drew avoiding... 13:45 Alex Bregman at ADP 10 ...and to some extent Arenado at ADP 14 and Freeman at ADP 15. 44:45 Pete Alonso at ADP 30 and (Drew) Gleyber Torres at ADP 29 55:00 Villar at ADP 36, and Mondesi at ADP 40 1:00:15 Yordan Alvarez at ADP 37 1:09:00 Whitt Merrifield at ADP 50 1:31:50 Giancarlo Stanton at ADP 57 Zack avoiding... 9:40 Trea Turner at ADP 9 19:25 Max Scherzer at ADP 18 36:00 Bryce Harper at ADP 25 51:45 Chris Sale at ADP 39 1:09:45 JT Realmuto at ADP 48 😢 Drew avoiding... 38:05 Flaherty at ADP 24 41:20 Bieber at ADP 26 1:17:30 Vlad Jr at ADP 52 and Kris Bryant at ADP 53 and Eloy at ADP 55 ...and we also examine some players we like throughout (like Jose Ramirez at ADP 19, Austin Meadows at ADP 33, and all 5 hitters at the end of the third round).  Enjoy! Also, find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb!
01:41:40
January 21, 2020
Ep 21: Roster Resource creator Jason Martinez!
Jason and I discuss his work with Roster Resource and FanGraphs: https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/offseason-tracker https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/free-agent-tracker ...and discuss some teams and players! https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/white-sox https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/mariners Enjoy the episode! Also, find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb!
01:32:17
January 7, 2020
Ep 20: Toby's Back!
Today I talked with Toby of BatFlip Crazy about draft strategy -- specifically in NFBC Draft Champions (Draft and Hold) leagues.  The format is 5x5 standard roto, 15 teams.  I hope you enjoy our discussion! Hit me up on Twitter at https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb!
01:17:22
December 27, 2019
Ep 19: Draft this guy, not that guy
:10 Thanks @yancyeaton! 2:05 Catcher (Realmuto or wait) 4:10 Clarification: This is 15 team, standard 5x5 Roto. 4:25 First Base (Alonso vs Olson, Abreu, Bell, Mancini) 6:30 Second Base (Torres vs Escobar) 8:20 Shortstop (Tatis -- I mean he had about 80 games, not 80 PA's -- vs Anderson or Rosario) 10:50 Third Base (Bregman, Arenado, Rendon, or Devers vs Turner or JD Davis) 14:05 Outfield (JD Martinez or Judge vs Soler or Mancini) 15:30 Starting Pitcher (Flaherty or Bieber vs Giolito) 16:20 Closer (Hader, Yates, Chapman, Osuna vs Rogers, Colome, Robles, Leclerc, Kennedy) Hit me up on Twitter at https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb!
20:35
December 9, 2019
Ep 18: Players to avoid in early rounds
0:00 Every major league baseball player is amazing.  They made it!  But in fantasy we have to value them vs each other.  In this episode I identify some players that may be getting drafted too early, and point out some other players who you might want to draft later instead. 9:40 Closer Update (thoughts on the Will Smith signing) Let me know what you think: https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb!
11:51
November 20, 2019
Ep 17: Closers for 2020
Closers I feel good about: https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb/status/1190047506689921026 Closer situations I'm avoiding: https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb/status/1190041723646480384 Let me know what you think!
11:29
October 31, 2019
Ep 16: First Pitch Arizona and Draft and Hold Strategy
I discuss my recent trip to AZ and the first 23 rounds of my first 2020 draft (draft and hold format)! Let me know what you think: https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb!
29:40
October 14, 2019
Ep 15: 2019 Lessons Learned
Lessons for 15-team roto!  (@theNFBC main event style) 1:30 Lesson 1: Pitching volume over upside 4:20 Lesson 2: You can pick up certain categories through FAAB, but others, not so much 9:00 Lesson 3: Balance.  Bully hitting, but also employ a "barbell" strategy with starting pitchers Let me know what you think: https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb!
13:35
October 4, 2019
Ep 14: Batflip Crazy
On this episode I am very excited to prevent Toby from Batflip Crazy!  We discuss: 1:45 Justin Mason's Too-Early Mock Drafts 4:15 Draft Strategy 29:20 Hitters going too early (?) in mock drafts 56:45 Hitters going too late (?) in mock drafts 1:16:30 Pitchers going too early (?) in mock drafts 1:20:00 Pitchers going too late (?) in mock drafts 1:28:25 Resources Toby uses Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb
01:33:57
September 15, 2019
Ep 13: Skills fluctuate
Just some quick thoughts on how we should update our beliefs about players: hint — buy the skills, but realize they’re never completely stable. Hit me up on Twitter @commonsensefbb!
10:11
September 3, 2019
Ep 12: Roto category management
In this episode I ramble for a few minutes about roto categories and how I’m managing them as we go into the last two months of the season.
05:21
August 6, 2019
Ep 11: Max Exit Velo
In this episode I describe why and how I use the statcast data on each player's Maximum Exit Velocity. I cover several players including Nolan Arenado, Jose Ramirez, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, and Bryce Harper. Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb  I'm always happy to answer baseball questions, and I love getting suggestions for future episodes.
10:20
June 20, 2019
Ep 10: Second Chance Leagues
A look at the NFBC second chance leagues and which players I think may be undervalued or overvalued. Check out the average draft pick in the NFBC drafts: https://nfc.shgn.com/adp/baseball (Instead of "All Drafts (Non-Auction" select "In Season") 2:30 First Base 5:30 Second Base 7:45 Shortstop 10:20 Third Base 13:30 Outfield 16:45 Pitcher  Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb  
21:54
June 12, 2019
Ep 9: 2019 draft day bargains and overpays
0:35 Top 4 Bargains 6:55 Top 4 Overpays Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb 
08:21
May 13, 2019
Ep 8: Launch Angle
 0:15 Random Thoughts (Tyler Glasnow, Julio Urias, Kyle Tucker) 4:35 Making me look Smart / Stupid (Jose Peraza, Kenta Maeda) 8:00 Launch Angle Savants 17:55 Player Analysis - Joey Gallo 20:35 Player Analysis - Tyler Skaggs Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb  
25:14
May 11, 2019
Ep 7: More Player Analysis!
0:40  Making me look smart / Making me look stupid (H Dozier and D Santana) Two players to consider selling 2:05 Jose Peraza 5:00 Kenta Maeda Pitchers who are turning my head 7:40 Chris Bassitt 10:30 Griffin Canning Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb  
12:36
May 2, 2019
Ep 6: Happy Vlad Jr Day!
0:45 You're making me look stupid/smart (Vogelbach, Bellinger, Cano, Votto) 4:20 Diving deeper into each batted ball with Statcast 5:40 Player analysis (Devers, Aguilar, Heyward, Chapman) 11:55 Pitching Thoughts  Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb  
15:15
April 26, 2019
Ep 5: Plate Discipline
0:00 Intro to predicting results from small samples 1:30 Jose Ramirez 6:20 Jose Peraza 9:20 Other players some of you were worried about (Shaw, Nimmo, Votto, Cano, Betts, Correa, Bryant, Marte, Carpenter) 14:15 A couple players to add: Brandon Lowe and Hunter Dozier Find me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb 
16:13
April 18, 2019
Ep 4: Unexpected Top 10 Hitters
0:00 Intro 1:30 Cody Bellinger 5:15 Domingo Santana (I said .335...he's actually hitting .345!) 8:00 Tim Beckham 10:05 Dan Vogelbach 13:00 Tim Anderson 14:45 Trey Mancini
17:34
April 10, 2019
Ep 3: NFBC Main Event Draft!
0:15 Rd 1 Yelich! 2:00 Rd 2 - Rd 5 Freeman / Bogaerts / G Sanchez / Robles 4:25 Rd 6 - Rd 12 J Turner / Pollock / A Rosario / Cano / Maeda -- SP1 in Round 10! / Strickland / Braun 7:00 Rd 13 - Rd 20 Urias / Burnes / Skaggs / McNeil / Soler / F Peralta / Chirinos / R Zimmerman 9:30 Rd 21 - 30 Caleb Smith / Whitley / Minor / Parker / B Lowe / Morales / D Castillo / Vargas / K Zimmer / T Rogers  Hit me up on Twitter with your feedback!  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb
12:02
March 26, 2019
Episode 2: Bully Hitting
0:00 Intro and NFBC 0:50 Reasons 1 - 5 2:35 Reasons 6 - 10 Hit me up on Twitter with your feedback!  https://twitter.com/commonsensefbb
05:21
March 21, 2019
Episode 1: Leagues and Resources
0:00 Intro 1:10 Competitive Leagues 9:45 Resources!  (Getting Baseball News) 12:30 Resources!  (General Fantasy Analysis) 15:35 Resources!  (Prospects) 18:25 Resources!  (Twitter) 20:30 Tweet at me!
21:31
March 15, 2019