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Rotosauce Football - 115 - The Gridiron Throne (S8E1) with Jeff Dumont

Rotosauce Football - 115 - The Gridiron Throne (S8E1) with Jeff Dumont

April 17, 2019

Episode 117: Rotosauce Football - The Gridiron Throne (S8E1) with Jeff Dumont

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce)

Greg is joined by Jeff Dumont (@jeffd119) for the Gridiron Throne, a series in which your hosts will analyze fantasy football and the final season of Game of Thrones. The football discussion revolves around veteran players who could lose or gain value based on the results of the upcoming NFL draft. To bridge the conversation from pigskin to dragon scales, your hosts figure out how key players from Westeros would best translate to positions on a football team. Then the talk shifts fully to Thrones (23:56) with some hype for the new opening credits, major takeaways from Episode 1, a second round of next-character-to-die picks, Episode 2 predictions, and other theories for the endgame of the series (#ElephantsAreComing).

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Rotosauce Football - 116 - Required Reading with Kenneth Griggs

Rotosauce Football - 116 - Required Reading with Kenneth Griggs

April 16, 2019

Episode 116: Rotosauce Football - Required Reading with Kenneth Griggs

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce)

Greg is joined by Kenneth Griggs (@Dexters_Library) to start digging back into NFL offseason news. They talk about Baker Mayfield and the ascending Browns and the appeal of taking more risks in fantasy drafts. Later, they discuss Kenneth's resolution to read 52 books in 2019 (17:00). He explains how he's reshaped his routine to read more, then notes a few of his favorite novels so far. Your hosts wrap up the show with recommendations for books about sports and thoughts on what makes for the best fantasy writing (35:53).

Links

Vulture's Top 100 Books of the 21st Century (So Far)
2019 #FFFollows Top Twitter Follows by Ryan McDowell

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Rotosauce Football - 115 - The Gridiron Throne with Jeff Dumont

Rotosauce Football - 115 - The Gridiron Throne with Jeff Dumont

April 13, 2019

Episode 115: Rotosauce Football - The Gridiron Throne with Jeff Dumont

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce)

Greg is joined by Jeff Dumont (@jeffd119) for the Gridiron Throne, a series in which your hosts will discuss fantasy football and analyze the final season of Game of Thrones. In this inaugural installment before the show's premiere, football comes first, as your hosts evaluate Baker Mayfield's climbing ADP, try to contextualize Matt Ryan's late-bloomer profile, and sort through the rumored quarterback carousel of Kyler Murray, Josh Rosen, and Case Keenum. When the talk shifts to Thrones (26:29), the great houses of Westeros are compared to NFL franchises, first character to die draft picks are made, then Greg and Jeff wind down with other predictions and theories for the endgame of the show.

Links

NFFC ADP
FantasyPros Consensus QB Rankings

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Rotosauce Baseball - 114 - Outfield, Pitcher, & Catcher Ranks with Toby Guevin

Rotosauce Baseball - 114 - Outfield, Pitcher, & Catcher Ranks with Toby Guevin

March 14, 2019

Episode 114: Rotosauce Baseball - Outfield, Pitcher, & Catcher Ranks with Toby Guevin

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce)

Greg is joined by Toby Guevin (@BatFlipCrazy) to finish up the fantasy baseball rankings comparison they initiated in Episode 113. This second installment begins with outfield discussion (1:17), including why your hosts aren't drafting Nick Castellanos, Toby’s bold projection for Yasiel Puig, other key rankings discrepancies, an attempt to sort out the Padres outfielder, and how to prioritize certain stat-producing archetypes of players in the draft. Starting pitcher is next (57:04), with talk of how and when to chase wins based on quality of players’ teams, why Michael Wacha is off Toby’s board, Stephen Strasburg vs. James Paxton, the relative cost differences between Colorado's starters, the bounce-back potential for Matt Harvey, and other late-round hurlers to target. The show's relief pitcher evaluations (1:39:31) touch on Toby’s reasons to fade Aroldis Chapman, the sneaky value of Trevor May, key closer committee battles, the best reliever values, and a brief check-in on how to approach holds leagues. Things wind down with the catcher position (2:06:39), as Greg and Toby give general strategy for one-catcher versus two-catcher leagues (with targets for both types of league) and sort through a few intriguing catcher platoons. Tune in and taste the Rotosauce.

Links

Greg & Toby's Rankings Comparison (3/10/2019)
BatFlip Crazy Podcast
@SmartFantasyBB - Tanner Bell on Twitter
xStats.org
Baseball Savant Expected Stats

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Rotosauce Baseball - 113 - Infield Rankings with Toby Guevin

Rotosauce Baseball - 113 - Infield Rankings with Toby Guevin

March 11, 2019

Episode 113: Rotosauce Baseball - Infield Rankings with Toby Guevin

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce)

Greg is joined by Toby Guevin (@BatFlipCrazy) to compare and analyze the similarities and differences between their fantasy baseball rankings for 2019. The positions will be split up across two shows. In this first installment, the discussion begins with some rankings philosophy (2:30) and a couple disclaimers. Next, overall top-30s are compared (9:46), noting differing views on how early to draft pitchers, Jose Altuve, and Bryce Harper. Then it's on to positional rankings, leading off with first base (35:00), featuring a Luke Voit deep dive. Third base follows (1:03:46), with your hosts forecasting Vladamir Guerrero Jr.'s arrival and what it might mean for Toronto's other hitters. Daydreams of Doziers come next, as Toby takes an optimistic look at Hunter Dozier to close out the third base segment before moving on to second base (1:38:50), believing in a Brian Dozier bounce-back. The middle infield overview continues with a look at Jeff McNeil's promising hit tool, and the show winds down with shortstop (1:48:38). How can drafters see through New York bias to properly value Gleyber Torres? What's the ETA and projected ROI for FTJ (Fernando Tatis Jr.)? Tune in and taste the Rotosauce for answers those questions and more rankings reflections. Then come back for next week's episode (114) covering outfield, catcher, starting pitcher, and relief pitcher.

Links

Greg & Toby's Rankings Comparison (3/10/2019)
BatFlip Crazy Podcast
@SmartFantasyBB - Tanner Bell on Twitter
xStats.org
Baseball Savant Expected Stats

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Rotosauce Baseball - 112 - TGFBI Draft Report

Rotosauce Baseball - 112 - TGFBI Draft Report

March 4, 2019

Episode 112: Rotosauce Baseball - TGFBI Draft Report

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Greg's draft in League 2 of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational (@TGFBI) is complete. Trying to win the overall prize is the ultimate goal, of course, and Greg explains how his baseline draft strategy had to shift to attack the Invitational's multi-league tournament setting. But as your host recounts his navigation through the league's 30-round draft, there's still plenty of analysis to share for standalone leagues. How can one starting pitcher make or break a team? What's the right approach to backstops in a two-catcher league? What is the outfielder equivalent to a hot fudge sundae? Which risky pitchers are worth late-round dart throws? Why can't Greg quit Anthony Swarzak? You'll find out all of this and more as he reports back on each of his picks. Tune in and taste the Rotosauce.

Links

The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational
TGFBI League 2 Draft Board
TGFBI Projections by @smada_bb

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Rotosauce Baseball - 111 - TGFBI Reactions and RP Talk with Mike Alexander

Rotosauce Baseball - 111 - TGFBI Reactions and RP Talk with Mike Alexander

February 25, 2019

Episode 111: Rotosauce Baseball - TGFBI Reactions and RP Talk with Mike Alexander

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Greg welcomes Mike Alexander (@Roto_Wan) back to the show to talk about their experiences in the early rounds of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. They discuss jockeying for preferred draft slots via the NFBC's Kentucky Derby System (KDS), how the overall competition changes draft strategy, plus other surprises and notes from the first two days of picks. Later, your hosts dive into the relief pitcher position. How does the evolution of MLB pitching philosophies impact our fantasy relievers? When should we target closers in drafts? Can we do better than Saves and/or Holds as stat categories? Which setup men and long relievers are worth fantasy consideration? How should we sort though 2019's abundance of closer battles and committees? Greg and Mike touch on all these topics and more. Tune in and taste the Rotosauce.

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Rotosauce Football - 110 - Macro & Micro Tiers of QB Rankings

Rotosauce Football - 110 - Macro & Micro Tiers of QB Rankings

February 18, 2019

Episode 110: Rotosauce Football - Macro & Micro Tiers of QB Rankings

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Programming Note: Going forward, the 2QB Experience podcast feed is being updated to include some non-football content. Greg explained the change at the beginning of Episode 109, but please stay subscribed because this episode and many more to come will still feature in-depth discussion of fantasy football.

On this quick-hit installment of the show, Greg throws his redraft quarterback rankings for 2019 into the Rotosauce pan and boils down large macro tiers of players into smaller micro tiers. From large-scale "Starters vs. Backups" distinctions to subtle differentiations between similarly-valued players in the "QB Middle Class," this episode lays out Greg's process for tiering signal callers. Where will your preferred quarterback targets land in the tiers below? Tune in and find out!

QB Tiers Outline
  • Starters/Presumed Starters

    • Roster-worthy

      • Difference Makers
      • QB Middle Class
        • Management
        • White Collar
        • Blue Collar
        • Interns
    • Undesirables
      • Optimistic Situation
      • Pessimistic Situation
  • Backups
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Rotosauce Baseball - 109 - BARF Draft Recap with Sammy Reid

Rotosauce Baseball - 109 - BARF Draft Recap with Sammy Reid

February 12, 2019

Episode 109: Rotosauce Baseball - BARF Draft Recap with Sammy Reid

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Programming Note: Going forward, the 2QB Experience podcast feed is being updated to include some non-football content. Greg explains the forthcoming change at the beginning of this episode, but please stay subscribed because proper 2QBXP episodes will return with more football talk before you know it.

After all that programming housekeeping is out of the way, Greg welcomes Sammy Reid (@SammyReidFI) to the show to recap and analyze this past weekend’s Bay Area Roto Fantasy (BARF) baseball draft. They begin with some general discussion of the league’s scoring settings, weighing the merits of on-base percentage (OBP) versus batting average (AVG), plus the seemingly waning relevance of quality starts (QS). The conversation then turns to specific picks and strategies from the draft:

  • Where should the injured Francisco Lindor be drafted?
  • How should elite pitchers slot between elite hitters at the beginning of the draft?
  • What were the most surprising picks in the early rounds?
  • Has Clayton Kershaw fallen too far in ADP?
  • How should drafters approach the middle rounds when it’s tough to find players without warts?
  • Who’s happier than a dog with two dicks?
  • What’s the story with Jeff McNeil? How about Yusei Kikuchi?
  • What happens when Luis Castillo is your fantasy SP2?
  • Is the fantasy hive mind sleeping on Jorge Polanco?
  • Is drafting backstops in a 14-team, 2-catcher league the worst or the absolute worst?

Your hosts (attempt to) answer all these questions and more on this inaugural baseball episode of the freshly renamed Rotosauce podcast.

Links

2019 BARF League Draft Results
The Wreck Room SF
Rotogrinders
Baseballholics Podcast
BatFlipCrazy Podcast

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108 - The Analytics of Dynasty with Jordan McNamara

108 - The Analytics of Dynasty with Jordan McNamara

January 22, 2019

Episode 108: The Analytics of Dynasty with Jordan McNamara

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Greg is joined by Jordan McNamara (@McNamaraDynasty) of UTH Dynasty, and they discuss Jordan's new book, The Analytics of Dynasty, including its applications for two-quarterback dynasty leagues. From the inception of the book to how the data was gathered and applied, the conversation dives deep into strategy for dynasty fantasy football. How should owners balance running back and wide receiver roster spots? Is scoring consistency more important game-to-game or season-to-season? How are league size and value over replacement related? What can age tell us about a quarterback's value? What are the pros and cons of hoarding quarterbacks in 2QB and Superflex dynasty? Which incoming rookies should we start paying attention to? Your hosts cover all those topics and more in this episode before wrapping up with brief Super Bowl Picks.

Links

The Analytics of Dynasty by Jordan McNamara
Under The Helmet Dynasty

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