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

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

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

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

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

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

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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107 - Week 17 Preview of DFS QBs with Josh ADHD

December 28, 2018

Episode 107: Week 17 Preview of DFS QBs with Josh ADHD

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Greg is joined by Josh ADHD (@FantasyADHD) of FantasyInsiders and RotoGrinders to analyze the quarterback position for Week 17's main slate at DraftKings. They begin by briefly discussing how NFL playoff implications could affect player usage for key teams, then identify some general attributes to look for when choosing QBs in DFS. The Week 17 preview kicks into high gear after that (10:20), as Greg and Josh review all quarterback options at all price points. Are Patrick Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger worth their premium salaries? Who are the best plays from the middle tiers? Do we dare start Teddy Bridgewater, Cooper Rush, or Kyle Allen? How are we supposed to stack with some teams resting players, a.k.a. where have all the Cowboys gone? All these questions and more will be answered, then your hosts close out the show (1:06:52) with a few non-quarterback DFS recommendations, a look ahead to 2019 best ball drafts, and their early Super Bowl picks.

Links

FantasyADHD.com
Josh ADHD's Archives at RotoGrinders.com
NFL Playoff Scenarios by Adam Levitan
Week 17 Rankings & Game Flowbotics by Greg Smith

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106 - Week 15 Recap and Week 16 Preview

December 18, 2018

Episode 106: Week 15 Recap and Week 16 Preview

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Greg is podcasting solo yet again, and he kicks off the show by looking back at his own teams' performances so far in the fantasy playoffs. There are a few whiny gripes about matchups gone wrong, but his main focus is evaluating the process that went into his lineup decisions across multiple leagues, in an effort to illustrate the nebulous concept of "process over results." After that, Greg dives into the show's traditional Week 15 recap (13:01), with some noteworthy news tidbits plus awards for quarterback boom and bust of the week. In the Week 16 preview (22:04), Greg reviews most of the slate's QB matchups and makes picks for streamer of the week and clipboard holder of the week. And the show wraps up with Greg answering a handful of listener questions (37:57), including some big-picture takeaways for evaluating matchups in-season, as well as draft strategy.

Links

Week 15 Game Flowbotics A-to-Z by Greg Smith
Week 15 On The Couch podcast with Sigmund Bloom and Paul Charchian

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105 - Week 14 Recap and Week 15 Preview with Brian Malone

December 11, 2018

Episode 105: Week 14 Recap and Week 15 Preview with Brian Malone

Hosted by Greg Smith (@gregsauce).

Greg is joined by Brian Malone (@BrianMaloneFF) of the Dynasty Command Center. To start the show, they talk about broad takeaways from the 2018 fantasy season, particularly for dynasty formats. Then your hosts dive into the Week 14 recap (6:21), discussing the unforgiving nature of so many vultured touchdowns, some impressive defensive performances, the depth of quarterback production, Josh Johnson's viability as a waiver wire add in 2QB/Superflex, and their booms/busts of the week at quarterback. In the Week 15 preview (22:16), Greg & Brian offer up some general strategy for the fantasy playoffs, surprisingly cut-worthy signal callers, QB2 streaming options, candidates for clipboard holder of the week, and a couple bold predictions.

Links

Dynasty Command Center

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