Fastball Fantasy Baseball
By Taylor Tarter
Fantasy baseball podcast from veteran fantasy players, championship winners, and lifelong baseball fans. This podcast will offer a detailed look at analytics and how to use data to draft and make smart decisions to help your fantasy baseball team win the gold.
Season Finale! Favorite Underrated 2021 Players!
Today we'll recap the end of our seasons. We'll also give some love to some players who were overlooked or who need some extra attention that they didn't get throughout the year.
October 7, 2021
The End is Near! Fantasy MVPs!
In this episode we cover some of the best players of the last week, streamers to target as you finish your fantasy playoffs, and which players we think should be the Fantasy Baseball MVPs this year.
September 29, 2021
Rookie Review! Problematic BoSox!
On today's episode we review how our playoff strategies are working for us, Covid updates, injury updates, and streamers. We also dig into rookies and prospects to get an idea of draft value for next season.
September 15, 2021
Who to Lose to Help You Win! Playoff Push!
Who are we adding to our rosters at the end of the season? And more importantly, who are we dropping?! Bellinger? Trout?! MOOKIE?! Plus we cover Covid and injury updates, the best players of the last week, and streamers for the week ahead.
September 1, 2021
Nationals Insider Interview! Mike Trout's 2022 Ranking!
Today we have a special guest with insider info helping us navigate the future of the Washington Nationals. What happened with Trea Turner? Is Davey Martinez’s job safe? Who are some interesting dynasty prospects in the Nats system? We also recap the last week in fantasy, injuries, and streamers for the week ahead.
August 25, 2021
Hot or Not! Sale Returns! Streamer Strategy!
In today's episode I provide a bunch of player analysis. I take an in depth look at players who have had some recent hot weeks and if we should trust their performances or not. Plus streamers, injuries, and more. Chris Bassitt update: fractured cheek and upper jawbones, surgery in 3-5 days, and vision is perfect
August 18, 2021
"Out of Nowhere" All Stars! Most Added/Dropped!
Today we discuss our "Out of Nowhere" All Stars for 2021. We review Covid and Injury updates, and look at trends in who is being added and dropped to see if we should follow suit.
August 11, 2021
Traded Players' Value Changes! Covid Breakouts! Tatis Injury!
On today's episode of the podcast, we discuss the fantasy baseball value of players who moved at the MLB trade deadline, streamers, injuries, and much more.
August 4, 2021
Trade Deadline Interviews! Reds, A's, Red Sox!
Today on the podcast we discuss the fantasy baseball impacts of MLB trade deadline deals, plus we have 3 MLB beat writers joining us to share their insights on the trade deadline. That and more on today's episode.
July 28, 2021
Trade Deadline Expectations! Second Half Boosts!
Which players will be on the move as we approach the MLB trade deadline? How will it affect their fantasy value? We cover all the moves we think will happen in the next week. We also cover some of the best players of the last week, Covid updates, MLB news, streamers, and much more.
July 21, 2021
Biggest ADP Risers! Ronald Acuna! Coronavirus!
This week we cover some major recent injuries and major player news, some of the best players of the last two weeks, and streamers for the week ahead. Plus we’ll look back at the first half of the season, which will help us look ahead to the rest of this year and next.
July 14, 2021
Keston Hiura! Drops and Adds! Interview with Diamondback's Beat Writer Nick Piecoro!
This week we have a special guest, an MLB beat reporter sharing his fantasy insight on the team he covers. I also have a guest host - one of my league mates, a championship winner, and fellow fantasy baseball aficionado Nick DeStefano. We cover some intriguing players on hot streaks, most added and dropped trends, and much more.
July 2, 2021
Draft Day Regrets! Wander Franco! Blisters?!
Ever wish you could re-do part of your draft halfway into the season? What are some decisions you wish you could change or mistakes you wish you could fix? You'll hear the picks we wish we could re-do along with the best week 11 performers, injuries, and streamers on today's episode.
June 23, 2021
Foreign Substances! Biggest Surprises! Tons of Streamers!
Today we'll cover the best performances of week 10, injury updates, and streaming options for the week ahead. We'll also get into which pitchers are likely to be most affected by MLB's crackdown on foreign substances, and which players are surprising us with their performances so far in 2021.
June 16, 2021
Underrated Players! Most Added/Dropped! More Injuries!
On today’s episode, we cover TONS of player analysis. We look into some of the best players of the last week, injuries and recoveries, the most added and dropped players, and some underrated and undervalued players from the best and worst MLB teams that should be on your radar.
June 2, 2021
Best of Week 7! Top Prospects and When to Expect Them!
On today’s episode, we cover a few Covid and injury updates because that’s just how the season is going. But most of our time today will be spent covering some of baseball’s top prospects, what to expect from them, and when to expect them in the majors.
May 26, 2021
Covid Craziness! Big Injuries! Prospect Call Ups!
On today’s episode, we are going to cover Covid craziness, some big injury news, the most added and dropped players of the last week, streamers for the week ahead, and 2 major recent call ups. That’s today on Fastball Fantasy Baseball.
May 19, 2021
Good Players, Bad Starts! Buy Low, Sell High Candidates!
On today’s episode we are going to take you through some of the best performances of the last week. We’ll cover some big injury news, what to do with top players off to terrible starts, streamers, and our favorite buy low and sell high players so far this season.
May 12, 2021
Best Week 5 Adds! Major Injuries! How To: Trade Talks!
On today's episode we review week 5 Covid and injury updates, including players to stash or ignore, the most dropped and added players of the week, weekly streamers, and how to initiate trade talks.
May 5, 2021
Injury Returns! Buy or Sell! Joey Votto?!
On today's episode I discuss how to prepare for injuries and Covid issues, the return of some major players, hot starts and whether to believe them, streamers, and what to do with Votto and Ohtani.
April 28, 2021
So Many Injuries! Waiver Adds! Prospects!
On today's episode we review Covid news and updates, injuries and how to cope with so many players out, the most added and dropped players of the week, which streaming pitchers to add, and which prospects we may see in the near future.
April 21, 2021
New Co-Host! Death of the Quality Start! Streamers!
Today on the podcast, I’m bringing on a new co-host, Matt Kirk. He’s as big of a stats and data nerd as me, so now you’ll get two baseball brains on the show. Today we’ll talk injuries and recoveries, most dropped, and added, streamers, and the death of the quality start. Follow me @fastballpod on Twitter and at Fastballfantasybaseball on IG.
April 14, 2021
First Week! Covid, Most Dropped/Added, Streamers, Oh My!
In this episode I discuss the Nationals' Covid outbreak and the fantasy impact of that. I review major injuries and recoveries. I talk hot/cold starts and the most dropped/added players to help you sift through what's legit and not. And I give you some streaming pitching options for the week ahead. Listen here and follow @taylortarter or @fastballpod on Twitter for more info.
April 7, 2021
One More Week! Injuries! ADP!
I cover some important pieces to help you prep for drafts and the start of the season. I review injuries and recoveries, hot/cold springs, and ADP risers/fallers. I also do a review of K/9 and how to use it to evaluate pitchers.
March 24, 2021
Spring Injuries! More Hot Springs! K and BB Rate!
On today’s episode we’ll look into injuries and recoveries, we’ll review more hot and cold spring training starts, plus a look into strikeout and walk rate.
March 17, 2021
Hot Springs! ADP Risers/Fallers! Plate Discipline!
On today’s episode, I review some spring signings, players off to hot and cold starts in Spring Training and what those starts mean, ADP risers and fallers, and a review of plate discipline metrics.
March 10, 2021
Spring Training! Do Not Draft List! Sabermetrics Review!
In this week’s episode, I review some things that I’m looking for in spring training that you can look for too to evaluate players, I go over my fantasy baseball do not draft list, and I review GB/FB and HR/FB rate and how they help with player evaluation.
March 3, 2021
Spring Training! Player News! Stats Reviews!
In this episode I review some player news going to spring training, and I do a review of some sabermetric stats that will help you prep for your drafts.
February 24, 2021
New Signings! Benintendi Trade! Interview with Reporter Nick Piecoro!
I review the fantasy baseball impact of the most recent MLB signings, and the Benintendi trade. Plus, I share my interview with Diamondbacks reporter Nick Piecoro.
February 17, 2021
Trevor Bauer Overrated! Sabermetrics Review! Another Trade!
In today’s episode I tell you why Trevor Bauer is the most overrated player in baseball. I cover the most recent major signings and another major trade. Plus I review two important sabermetric stats.
February 10, 2021
Arenado Trade! Signings! Draft Prep!
In this episode I review several important signings, the fantasy impact of the Arenado trade on him and some of the Rockies players he left behind, plus I review my draft prep strategies that keep me competitive every year.
February 3, 2021
Hot Stove! Yankees Trades! Padres reporter Kevin Acee!
On today’s episode I give my take on the fantasy impact of a multitude of players who have signed or re-signed in the last week. I also review two trades made by the Yankees. Plus I share my interview with Padres beat writer Kevin Acee.
January 27, 2021
Springer! Sleepers! Two More Interviews!
In this episode I review several of the biggest signings in the last week, another major trade involving the Padres. Plus I share my interviews with Reds reporter Bobby Nightengale and Brewers reporter Will Sammon.
January 20, 2021
Lindor! Interviews with Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Nationals reporters!
In this epic episode I give my two cents on the effect the recent trade has on Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. PLUS I share my interviews with Red Sox beat writer Jen McCaffrey, Blue Jays beat writer Laura Armstrong, and Nationals beat writer Jesse Dougherty.
January 13, 2021
Padres Trades! Rumors! Interview with Mariners writer Ryan Divish!
In this episode I discuss the latest signings, trades, and rumors. Plus I interview Seattle Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish about the Mariners’ 2020, and the team’s outlook for 2021. (Recorded prior to Treinen signing w/Dodgers - I think the Dodgers are loading up on bullpen arms anticipating trading some of them by the deadline).
January 6, 2021
Giants! Rumors! Interview with White Sox reporter Scott Merkin!
In this episode I suggest a place to look for pitching that will fly under a lot of people’s radars. I review signings, free agents, news, and rumors. Plus I share my interview with Scott Merkin, who covers the White Sox for mlb.com
December 23, 2020
News and Updates! Plus Interviews with reporters Patrick Saunders and Maria Torres!
In this episode I provide fantasy baseball analysis on the most recent signings, trades, news, and rumors in the MLB. Plus I interview reporter Patrick Saunders about the Rockies and reporter Maria Torres about the Angels.
December 16, 2020
I’m Back! Offseason News! Rumors!
First, this was recorded pre-Carlos Santana signing with KC, just FYI. In this episode I review player signings, trades, best available MLB free agents, and speculate where they might land, all while providing the fantasy outlook of those players using sabermetrics and analytic data.
December 9, 2020
End of Season! Research! Pneumonia!...Pneumonia?
I give you a few pieces of advice to consider in the offseason to help you prepare for next year, including important offseason dates.
October 22, 2020
DFS Week 3! Splits! Best Buys!
In today’s episode, I introduce batting splits and how to use them to help set your daily fantasy lineup. I offer up some of the best bats and arms of the postseason. Plus, I break down some of the best options of batters to use based on their splits. As usual, I offer my best plays for today.
October 14, 2020
Mini Episode! DFS! Stacking!
In this short episode I go over another DFS strategy called stacking, and I list several players at each position you could put into your lineups for today.
October 7, 2020
New Show Format! Daily Fantasy! First Place!
Today I review key focal points for setting a daily fantasy lineup, what daily fantasy baseball looks like, some basic strategies and stats to use to create your lineup, and a few players you can use in your lineups.
September 30, 2020
The Last Week! Emergency Adds! Big Announcement!
In this episode I talk about major player news, the MLB playoff picture, Covid and injury news, players to add and players to avoid. I go over streaming options for both hitters and pitchers, and I make an important announcement at the end of the episode.
September 23, 2020
Week 8! Streaming batters! Double headers!
In this episode I cover some bad news, some good news, and a multitude of injury updates. I also offer a strategy for streaming batters playing in double headers through the last week and a half of the season. I give lots of names of who to pick up and who to avoid, plus I offer pitchers to stream and relievers to pick up down the stretch.
September 16, 2020
Week 7! Tons of Injuries! Trade Options!
In this episode I review a ton of injuries and what to do to replace those injured players. I go over some of the hottest players of the week and who’s worth rostering and who to ignore. I talk drop/adds and how to find players falling through the cracks. Plus I cover pitchers to stream and relievers to add.
September 9, 2020
Week 6! Trade Deadline Moves! Prospects Galore!
In today’s episode, I address player news, covid updates, and injury news. I discuss which players to add and who is worth dropping. I give options for which hot hitters and pitchers you should pick up and which you should ignore. I cover streaming options and which closers you should be adding. Finally, after the mlb trade deadline day, I offer some insight into who benefits most from all the moves and review the fantasy baseball impact of real baseball roster moves.
September 2, 2020
Week 5 Updates! Clevinger Returns! Injury Replacements!
Check out this episode where I cover week 5 player news, injury updates, and Covid updates. I talk about what to do with so many players out and offer a lot of ideas of players you can find who can add value to your team. I review hot hitters and pitchers, plus a reliever roundup.
August 26, 2020
Baseball Week 4! Lots of Updates!
I review a BUNCH of player news including what you should do with the Detroit pitching prospects. I cover Covid, injuries, and help you sort through players you should drop and add, and whether you should trust players who’ve been heating up lately. Streaming and reliever roundup in the second section of the episode.
August 19, 2020
Week 3 Updates + Interview w/The Athletic reporter Jen McCaffrey
Week 3 player news and updates. Covering coronavirus, injuries, drop/adds, streaming options, whether to trust hot starts, and the reliever roundup. Plus, an in depth interview with reporter for the Athletic Boston, Jen McCaffrey covering all things Red Sox.
August 12, 2020
Baseball Week 2! Updates Aplenty!
This episode contains week 2 updates including injuries, coronavirus, and player news. I offer some drop/add suggestions, review best available players, use analytics to help make decisions on players who are off to hot and cold starts, and I do a reliever roundup.
August 5, 2020
Baseball Is Back! Week 1 Updates
I give some podcast updates, plus MLB updates on injuries, the coronavirus, and fantasy baseball strategy.
July 29, 2020
Intro to Statcast: Exit Velocity - Plus Cubs Pitcher Alec Mills Interview
In this episode I review exit velocity, and offer some player analysis. I also spent time talking to Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills.
July 15, 2020
SIERA? Who is that?
I go over one of the most important sabermetric stats for you to understand and have in your arsenal of analyses: SIERA. Player analysis and recommendations included in this episode. Plus, I break down the impact of who is sitting out this year and what domino affects will happen within their teams’ lineups.
July 9, 2020
In today’s episode I go over the pitching version of BABIP. I offer plenty of player examples and a detailed analysis of how to use BABIP as an evaluation tool. In the second segment I review some of the changes to this season and how those changes will affect Fantasy Baseball .
June 24, 2020
Your New Favorite Stat - xFIP, Plus DH Talk
I spend time in this episode exploring the stat xFIP and its usefulness. In the second segment, I talk about the impending addition of the DH to the National League and the impact it will have for fantasy.
June 10, 2020
Sneaky Stat Alert! HR/FB
Today I go over the homerun to fly ball rate statistic, what it is, why it’s important, how to analyze it, and who to target. I also give my two cents on the situation between the owners and players and how it is impacting a group of people that you might not think are being affected.
May 29, 2020
I’m FIPpin’ Out, Man
On today’s podcast, I go over the pitching stat FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching). I talk about what it is, how to find it and analyze it, and how it fits in to the pitching analysis puzzle. In the second half of the show, I go position by position to help you find value late in drafts or on your waiver wire.
May 13, 2020
K/9 - Not What You Think
On today’s podcast I review the pitching stat K/9. I talk about what it is, why it’s important, how to find it, and how to use it. I also discuss two totally different, but successful draft strategies with two recent league champs.
May 6, 2020
Draft Analysis and Strategy Discussion
I analyze my league’s draft by discussing strategy, and offer player analysis. I also interview and league champion to discuss his perspective on the draft, and his strategy for drafting.
April 29, 2020
Walk Rate, Strikeout Rate, and Trading Etiquette
I go over walk rate and strikeout rate, why they are important and how to find them, plus I offer multiple player analyses based on those statistics. I also spend time going over trade etiquette, and give tips on how to get deals done.
April 24, 2020
Chase Rate and Trade Talk
I discuss plate discipline statistics and how to find them. I also provide directions on how to use those stats to analyze players for your benefit. There are several practical examples of player analysis in this episode. And I discuss different perspectives on trading with 2 guests.
April 19, 2020
Home runs! Fly balls! Ground balls! Oh my!
I do a deep dive on HR/FB rate and GB/FB rate, some player comparisons, and answer a question about how the upcoming season will affect platoon players.
April 13, 2020
Learning about Line Drive/Ground Ball/Fly Ball numbers, plus modified draft strategy
I do a deep dive on line drive/ground ball/flyball data, including examples of players to give practical examples for how to analyze the data. I also talk about modified draft strategy, and how the coronavirus is impacting how we draft.
April 2, 2020
BABIP and Draft/Cut/Keep
Talking about BABIP, the “luck” statistic and answering questions about who you should draft, cut, or keep.
March 27, 2020
Hard Contact and Mock Draft 3
I dig into hard contact - what it is, how to find it, why it’s important, and how to use it. I talk to two guests and we discuss top and bottom 10 players in hard contact, some of their top targets, and then I review my third mock draft.
March 19, 2020
Do Not Draft List and Mock Draft 2
I give a list of players at each position that I do not want to draft this year and will avoid at all costs, as well as some alternative players to draft that are undervalued. I also review my second mock draft, and look ahead to my next steps.
March 11, 2020
Fantasy baseball draft prep
I’m covering draft prep, players to target, players to avoid, and draft strategy.
March 4, 2020