The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast

The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast

By The Athletic

Get the award-winning strategies, insight and analysis you need to win your league, every week. The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast has you covered with the analysis of Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston, Chris Welsh, Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro.

Episodes

Week 18 Fantasy Football Ranks

Jake Ciely, Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown the crazy week 18 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/01/2443m 40s

Week 17 Fantasy Football Ranks

Jake Ciely, Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown championship week ranks and news. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/12/2345m 16s

Week 16 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 16 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 16 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/2336m 31s

Week 16 Waivers

Jake and Welsh talk playoff waivers. Noah Brown, Ty Chandler and many players that "could" be very interesting pending missing players. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/2334m 0s

Week 15 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 15 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 15 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/12/2339m 18s

Week 15 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely talk Ty Chandler, Kareem Hunt, Noah Brown and more of the top players to pickup for week 15. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/2338m 27s

Week 14 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 14 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 14 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/12/2339m 19s

Week 14 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely talk Trevor Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott, Noah Brown and all the players you need to look at in your week 14 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/2338m 12s

Week 13 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 13 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 13 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/2343m 47s

Week 13 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely get the breaking news of a possible Jonathan Taylor injury, which vaults Zack Moss to the top of waivers and everything else you need to prep for pickups in week 13. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/2339m 41s

Week 12 Fantasy Football Ranks

The boys are back as Jake, Brandon and Welsh talk Week 12 ranks on this Thanksgiving week. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/2345m 47s

Week 11 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 11 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 11 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/11/2338m 10s

Week 11 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely discuss Devin Singletary, Keaton Mitchell, Noah Brown, streamers and more Week 11 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/2342m 24s

Week 10 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 10 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 10 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/2338m 31s

Week 10 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely discuss Kahlil Herbert's return, Keaton Mitchell's upside in Baltimore, Tank Dell and more Week 10 waiver options. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/2339m 25s

Week 9 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 9 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 9 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/2344m 0s

Week 9 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely debate Chubba Hubbard vs Tank Dell a top the waivers! Is Jahan Dotson back? Jake called Dobbs to Minn and more Week 9 waiver talk. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/2345m 4s

Week 8 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 8 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 8 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/10/2340m 38s

Week 8 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely wonder if Darrell Henderson can be the top dog in LA? Josh Downs and Joshua Palmer lead the way for wide outs and more Week 8 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/10/2343m 10s

Week 7 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 6 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 7 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/2342m 16s

Week 7 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely are talking CMC replacements, Eli Mitchell or Jordan Mason? Zach Evans to start in LA, why is Joshua Palmer still available and more Week 7 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/2343m 1s

Week 6 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 6 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 6 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/2342m 34s

Week 6 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely are talking Justin Jefferson, De'Vone Achane and James Conner to the IR and week 6 top waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/2344m 8s

Week 5 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 5 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 5 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/10/2345m 39s

Week 5 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely talk through Jaleel Mclaughlin, Romeo Doubs and the top week 5 waivers and streamers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/2342m 5s

Week 4 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 4 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 4 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/09/2343m 51s

Week 4 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely talk through De'Von Achane, Tank Dell, Joshua Palmer and the top week 4 waivers and streamers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/2351m 51s

Week 3 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 3 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 3 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/2346m 19s

Week 3 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely talk through Nick Chubb, Jerome Ford, Saquon Barkley, week 3 top waiver wire options and streaming quarterbacks and tight ends. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/2350m 16s

Week 2 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston breakdown their top week 2 ranks vs Jake Ciely's week 2 ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/09/2346m 47s

Week 2 Waivers and Streamers

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely talk through Week 2 top waiver wire options and streaming quarterbacks and tight ends. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/2349m 12s

Week 1 Fantasy Football Ranks

Brandon Funston and Chris Welsh look at their Week 1 rank standouts, how their compare to Jake Ciely and the latest on Cooper Kupp, the Packers wide out core and more. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/2353m 37s

Week 1 Waivers and Streamers

Jake Ciely and Chris Welsh talk about the top RB and WR waiver wire adds for week 1, plus QB and TE streaming options to consider. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/09/2346m 5s

The Perfect Draft

Jake, Brandon and Welsh put together what could be their perfect draft and at different spots of the draft order. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/2354m 12s

Must Have Players

Who are the players you MUST have? Chris Welsh is putting Jake Ciely and Brandon Funstonto the test with the QB, RB's, WR's and TE that they need in every draft. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/2348m 37s

Sleepers and Busts

Who are this years Sleepers? Who are this years Busts? Welsh is grilling Jake and Brandon to find out who you need to put on your draft list, and take off completly. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/2355m 40s

Division Previews - AFC and NFC South

Brandon and Welsh are talking about some of the biggest fantasy questions surrounding the teams in the AFC and NFC South. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/2352m 23s

Division Previews - AFC and NFC North

Jake, Brandon and Welsh are talking about some of the biggest fantasy questions surrounding the teams in the AFC and NFC north. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/2350m 29s

Division Previews - AFC and NFC West

Jake, Brandon and Welsh are talking about some of the biggest fantasy questions surrounding the teams in the AFC and NFC west. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/2349m 33s

Division Previews - AFC and NFC East

Jake Ciely and Chris Welsh are breaking down the biggest fantasy football questions in the east divisions, both AFC and NFC. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/2347m 23s

Fantasy Football Draft Strategies

Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston and Chris Welsh are looking at draft strategies like "0-RB," "WR/WR," late vs early QB" and more. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/2341m 26s

Top-10 Positional Primer

Welsh is putting Jake and Brandon to the task of compiling their top-10 at each position. Which rank do they hate of each others? Who just missed the cut? Ranks and more on the latest TAFFP. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/07/2351m 9s

Early Consensus Rank Overview

Jake, Brandon and Welsh are back to dig into Fantasy Football Draft season. The boys kick off the season with a consensus rank overview and the big major changes year-over-year. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/2351m 14s

NFL Draft Recap with Scott Bogman of In This League

The NFL Draft is over, and the Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is back! Welsh and Brandon welcome Scott Bogman of In This League on to break down the top prospects from the NFL Draft from a fantasy perspective as Jake Ciely recovers from surgery. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Bogman on Twitter: @BogmanSports Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/2355m 27s

Super Bowl Props and The Top-5 Biggest Potential Off-Season Moves

Welsh, Brandon and Jake are back! We're looking at some of our favorite props for the Super Bowl, as well as Jake's hated novelty props. We than turn the corner and talk about the five of the biggest potential off-season moves and how to react for fantasy. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/2350m 30s

Early 2023 First Round Preview

Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston and Chris Welsh breakdown all the potential players for the 2023 first round, and have a agreement-draft for the first 12 players. 11:52 - Start of the agreement Draft. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/2347m 59s

Week 18 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely breakdown everything you need to know for week 18. Updates on Damar Hamlin, how to approach the end of your fantasy season and the crazy plays to look out for in the final week of the season. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/01/2347m 43s

NFL Week 17 Recap

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston discuss the devastating situation surround Damar Hamlin and breakdown some of the key performers from Sunay. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/01/2350m 48s

Week 17 Fantasy Football Ranks

Chris Welsh and Jake Ciely breakdown everything you need to know for week 17. The Raiders worry with Carr out, do you pivot to Haskins with Henry out, Cam Akers, Brock Purdy and more ranks for week 17. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/2244m 45s

NFL Week 16 Recap and Week 17 Waivers

Chris Welsh and Brandon Funston break down all the week 16 action around the NFL. Cam Akers goes off, Diggs and Adams hardly even go and which players to pick up for week 17 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/12/2245m 51s

Week 16 Fantasy Football Ranks

Welsh, Jake and Brandon breakdown everything you need to know for week 16. The Arctic Blast is taking over the fantasy playoffs, top plays for week 16 and the NFL's new deal with YouTube. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/2243m 17s

The Second Chris Vaccaro Holiday Special

In this week's episode, Chris gets very defensive about JuJu Smith-Schuster, he admits his bar doesn't have enough toilets...and more! -Chris has been eliminated in all his home leagues -Trevor Lawrnece vs. Deshaun Watson vs. Gardner Minshew is a closer question than it first appears -THE WEATHER -Jets/Jacksonville stacks getting ruined by the forecast -Saints/Browns game -"go get another pillow" -what happened to Tyler Huntley and the Ravens? -Nando thinks Sam Darnold is going to be in the Pro Bowl skills competition -Chris continues his season-long obsession with NFL scheduling minutiae  -Tyreek Hill is on a lot of playoff teams -Godwin/Goodwin confusion -JuJu Smith-Schuster rips apart this friendship and destroys the fun holiday vibes -Geno Smith is QB___ in NFFC leagues? -Is Trevor Lawrence elite? -...Chris quickly squashes that despite kind of suggesting it moments earlier -Malik Willis in Week 16 -a crazy Derrick Henry stat -Saquon Barkley in 2023 -Is Travis Etienne a first-rounder in 2023? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/221h 16m

NFL Week 15 Recap and Week 16 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 15 action around the NFL. Jonathan Taylor out for the year and all the last minute moves for your fantasy playoff run. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/2249m 2s

The Chris Vaccaro holiday special!

On today's show, Chris sets records for the earliest mention of "high stakes" in a podcast and for "time talking." PLUS: 1. We get into Cole Beasley and Chris gives actual analysis before realizing we're leading off the show with Cole Beasley 2. The QB mess 3. Consolation brackets 4. The Desmond Ridder effect 5. Deshaun Watson's startability (and bonus Aaron Rodgers' startability) 6. Dolphins/Bills 7. WR injuries 8. Mike Williams -- ROS stud? 9. Stacking Chargers 10. RB injuries 11. Are there any true RB1s left? 12. THE PILLOW 13. Vaccaro waxes poetic about the NFL scheduler 14. Chris tells a heartwarming Brock Purdy story Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/2256m 26s

Week 15 Fantasy Football Ranks

Welsh, Jake and Brandon breakdown everything you need to know for week 15. Bad beats, injuries galore and the top ranks for week 15. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/2246m 16s

NFL Week 14 Recap and Week 15 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 14 action around the NFL. Deebo is down, but Brock Purdy props the Niners up. Bam Knight a top 20 RB for the playoffs, Mostert over Swift and Week 15 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/2252m 31s

Week 14 Fantasy Football Ranks

Welsh, Jake and Brandon breakdown everything you need to know for week 14. What time of magic was cooked up at the zoom Christmas party? Mariota out, Ridder in and the top plays for week 14. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/12/2250m 44s

Chris Vaccaro took a sick day

Not even the flu can stop Chris Vaccaro from mentioning high stakes leagues this week. It can only delay him a day. Plus...  -adding DSTs for the playoffs -the D'Andre Swift renaissance -the Lamar Jackson conundrum -the Deshaun Watson letdown -a trip down Justin Fields' memory lane -do you start Deshaun or Geno Smith? -Brock Purdy vs. Sam Darnold -knocking the 49ers down a peg -the Rams -Chris refuses to reveal his FAAB winning bids live on the show for some weird reason that is typically Chris and makes him such an intriguing character in this world of fantasy prognostication -tight end segment -Chris skipped the holiday party -we had a magician -- shoutout Magical Katrina -The Bucs -Bench Alvin Kamara... -...but not for Jaylen Warren -where will Amon-Ra St. Brown be drafted next year? -the Bills mirage -...and more! On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/12/221h 10m

NFL Week 13 Recap and Week 14 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 13 action around the NFL. Jimmy Garoppolo's season is over, but which Niners does this hurt? Potential missed time for Ken Walker and Lamar Jackson, leave major fantasy questions, plus a preview of Week 14 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/2248m 39s

Week 13 Fantasy Football Ranks

Welsh, Jake and Brandon breakdown everything you need to know for week 13. Lamar's injury worry, James Robinson vs Bam Knight in the Jets backfield and top plays for week 13. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/12/2245m 13s

Week 13 and this is crunch time

In today's show, we stay on track because it's Week 13 and this is crunch time. We cut our palms with pocketknives and make a vow to go back off track in Week 15 when nobody cares. PLUS: -Elijah Moore a big under the radar add -Chris gives playoff roster building tips like adding injured guys now and picking up a second DST -The Rams -What's happening to Dameon Pierce an what should we do with him against the Browns this week? -Will Deshaun Watson transform the receiving corps? -Chris loves Kevin Stefanski -Melvin Gordon on KC -Going over the Chargers' roster -Chris starting Mack Hollins -We don't talk about the Eagles on this show. You're about to understand why.  -big under the radar pickup for Vaccaro: Juio Jones -Chris refuses to talk about Darrynton Evans again -Prepping for the Week 14 byes -Any value on the Bears? -...and more! On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/221h 5m

NFL Week 12 Recap and Week 13 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 12 action around the NFL. Is there a QB controversy brewing in Green Bay? Josh Jacobs goes for over 300 total yards! Has Mike White fixed the jets position players in fantasy? Week 13 waivers and more! Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/2250m 24s

Week 12 Fantasy Football Ranks

Welsh, Jake and Brandon breakdown everything you need to know for week 12. Justin Fields playing in Week 12? the Rams backfield usable? Plus we've got the latest news and ranks for the up coming week. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/11/2244m 28s

The Chris Vaccaro Holiday and Holiday Weekend Spectacular

This episode is brought to you by the Greenwich Street Tavern, which Chris owns and refuses to set up Christmas karaoke despite all data saying it'll do well. Also, this show is super long because Chris doesn't have a column and has a lot to get off his chest.  In this episode! -Chris mentions a tweet he sent in record time -We start with Elijah Moore because why not -Thanksgiving games preview! (like every other podcast out there) -Josh Allen/Stefon Diggs without fear for Chris. Nando worries about Allen's elbow a little -James Cook -This weird Rams situation -- Stafford, the RBs, etc -"He got his Kenny Golladay reference in!" -Chris gives a gambling tip -Russell Wilson talk -Chris goes way off the rails for about 5 minutes, after going off the rails initially. It's like Inception, but without a handsome man in a vest.  -Chris talks about soccer -Chris complains about soccer -Chris doesn't realize this is how everyone complains about soccer -Kadarius Toney busts -Joe Burrow is top 3 -Chris acts confused at another very straightforward question -Rhamondre Stevenson, Dak Prescott, Odell -"I feel like every week Daniel Jones outscores Lamar Jackson" -Lamar Jackson as a backup? -"The Kyle PItts nightmare is finally over" -Chris was texting with his high stakes friends -Sam Darnold! -Chris pretends to rudely snore through some very good Sam Darnold stats from Aaron Reiss -Antonio Gibson vs. Kenyan Drake -Weathering the Kyle PItts storm with Tre McBride, Logan Thomas -What can you give up for George Kittle? -FFPC scoring -Donovan People-Jones finishes the BINGO card -Happy Thanksgiving to all! On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/11/221h 46m

NFL Week 11 Recap and Week 12 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 11 action around the NFL. Samaje Perine's big game is another reminder to pick him up now. We're worried about Justin Fields injury, Kyle Pitts and Wan'Dale Robinson are out for the season, and we fight about Cam Akers and what Welsh is allowed to even ask. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/11/2245m 19s

Week 11 Fantasy Football Ranks

Welsh, Jake and Brandon breakdown everything you need to know for week 11. What to do in Buffalo with 3-6 FEET of snow? Pacheco over Swift? Can DJ Moore produce under Baker? Will a Rams WR step up? Check it out this and more on the latest episode Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/11/2244m 34s

Chris has to leave early for a more important podcast

In this week's episode Chris refuses to answer a question but then inadvertently answers it seven times throughout the rest of the show. Strap in! -Why didn't Chris pay more for Maniscaclo seats in AC? -Michael Pittman -Nando brings up the tight end position for a change -But first, Chris segues into Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson -Two Vaccaro targets: Tre McBride and Foster Moreau -"Bring the sad trombone" -Nando refuses to beat that dead horse -How to cope with Cooper Kupp -No wait, nevermind, Chris has decided to take a stand and not answer a very simple and straightforward Cooper Kupp replacement question that would've show off his strategic mind  -Shoutout to the GOAT District podcast -"You love young coaches" -49ers are bad for fantasy Eli Mitchell, though -- a flex/RB2 -Kansas City -- who do we want there? -Elijah Moore may come back to haunt Chris this weekend -Chris shares an amazing stat on Donovan Peoples-Jones -"Make sure this is on your stupid-ass rundown that you put out every week on Twitter" -Chris gets REALLY upset abut a Jacoby Brissett hypothetical -Chris picked up Christan Watson LAST week -Nando compares Chris' performance this show to a MAD magazine fold-in Vaccaro victory lap -Guess that player...but only with hints that pertain to Chris' feelings on him -Tristan Ebner a pickup? -We end the show so Chris can go be on the GOAT District pod On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/11/221h 12m

NFL Week 10 Recap and Week 11 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 10 action around the NFL. Cooper Kupp avoids serious injury, but might still miss time, the crazy Bills/Vikings game, Christian Watson's breakout and a preview to Week 11 waivers. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/2243m 55s

Week 10 Fantasy Football Ranks

Welsh, Jake and Brandon breakdown everything you need to know for week 10. You can't trust twitter anymore for takes, so we've got them! Jaylen over Najee? Jake and Brandon work a trade out on-air, positional dart throws and tons more for week 10 prep! Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/2243m 55s

The Chrissy V. Hour

Chris has dictated another rundown via a series of one-line text messages, but takes himself off the rails several times. It's still a fantastic show, packed with advice from the high stakes world's lovable Hall of Famer. This week we talk: -Bears/Miami game takeaways. (actual text from Chris) -Chris gushes over Justin Fields -Chris bring up another Tweet he made this week -Lamar Jackson's slump -"and this has to do with fantasy... how?" -Jeff WIlson vs. Raheem Mostert -Stacking Dolphins -We talk Titans for 14 seconds -Chris sweats Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs -ranking the Top 5 QBs ROS -this week's waiver wire is the worst of the season -speculating on Odell -proper FAAB management -the Chris Vaccaro sad trombone makes its debut -how bad is the Colts offense? -Chris draws the line at looking up Greg Popovich's wikipedia page -Michael Pittman's trade value -Chargers injury recap -Top 5 RB rankings ROS -THe Browns -Going over the first round -- was there only one bust?? -3rd round WR busts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/221h 10m

NFL Week 9 Recap and Week 10 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 9 action around the NFL. Joe Mixon's five touchdown performance top 10 all-time, Justin Fields the most regular season rushing yards by a QB in a game and a Week 10 waivers preview. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/2247m 51s

Week 9 Fantasy Football Ranks

Just like we all expected, massive trades at the deadline and DEON JACKSON comes out on top. Jake, Brandon and Welsh talk Week 9 ranks and why Swifties have us thinking twice. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/2239m 46s

Butterfingers are disgusting

Chris Vaccaro continues to lament this odd season as his players' uneven performances are causing havoc in his leagues. In this episode: -we do a trade deadline review, but come to the conclusion that not much of it matters -tight end landscape update -how many eggs does Chris have in his home? -the merits of Isaiah Likely -Chris tells us about a tweet he sent -Foster Moreau...sleeper? -Raiders are a mess either way -Chris makes us talk about Halloween candy for 5 minutes -Is Brandon Bolden an important handcuff? -did you know Elijah Mitchell is coming back? -who was that guy with a bunch of points at the end of the season for KC a few years ago? -Chris gets sad about his teams -Chris embraces the Panthers -Jake Ciely texts us the name of the guy who scored all those points: Damien Williams. This will be important later -Chris claims to love the Browns -who wins the NFC South? -Chris absentmindedly mentions Damien Williams when talking about the Falcons and doesn't realize it -texting with Adam Ronis -"ooooo team 4" -"I guess you're right..." -...and much more! On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/221h 12m

NFL Week 8 Recap and Week 9 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 8 action. Run CMC with the touchdown Triple-Crown, trade targets for Tuesday's trade deadline, some week 9 waivers and much more. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/2247m 55s

Week 8 Fantasy Football Ranks

What's the weirdest thing you've done on a plane? Broncos country, let's ride! If we have no zeke, what does that make Pollard this week? QB confirmations, trade rumors and our start and darts at each position for week 8. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Bogman on Twitter: @BogmanSports Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/10/2246m 18s

Justin Fields, return of the studs and the Boy Who Knows All the Bye Weeks

Chris and Nando have patched things up after last week's Justin Fields disagreement. But the Pax Vaccaro cannot last forever. So what does this week hold? -breaking down the Jets backfield -Justin Fields vs. Daniel Jones -a little bit of injury talk -Marquise Goodwin's upside -"open the show with the CMC trade" -will McCaffrey be a bell-cow? -the return of the studs in Week 8 -have we made it past bye week hell? -Chris is a little too into knowing teams' bye weeks -Chris already won a survivor league -Chris tells a long story about his other survivor pool  -Carolina addition by subtraction? -Gus Edwards and Ravens update -go get Harrison Bryant -Chris now loves Donovan Peoples-Jones but we remember the mocking from preseason -Kareem Hunt to the Chiefs? Chris makes up imaginary landing spots for players when we should be giving advice -Chris is into Daniel Jones now ...and more! On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/221h 14m

NFL Week 7 Recap and Week 8 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 7 action. Breece Hall's "serious" knee injury, McCaffrey's 49er debut, Week 8 waivers and more. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/10/2249m 49s

Week 7 Fantasy Football Ranks

Week 7 Fantasy Football ranks with a surprise guest, Scott Bogman of In This League. Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers trade reaction, TNF breakdown and our Week 7 starts and darts of the week. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Bogman on Twitter: @BogmanSports Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/2247m 55s

Chris Vaccaro's no good, very bad fantasy season (so far)

Nando and Chris Vaccaro with everything you need to know for week 7. -bench strategy for bye weeks -Chris is not having a great season -Vaccaro is drinking espresso, Nando has a glass of whisky -Kyren Williams and Gus Edwards -Week 6 = the Undertake gif -Nando's washing machine will ruin this show -Justin Fields will end this friendship -Fields vs. Rodgers -Vaccaro is down on Kyler Murray -Zach WIlson to Corey Davis connection -Vaccaro doesn't know what Rick and Morty was -Denver's offensive woes -We spend five minutes of DSTs and Chris is worried people will hate it -Games of the week -TIght end waiver wire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/221h 14m

NFL Week 6 Recap and Week 7 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 6 action. Deon Jackson the surprise RB1 of the week, but could he more than a one-ff? Two potential RB trades, solid performances from lost fantasy players and more! Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/2247m 33s

Week 6 Fantasy Football Ranks

Eno Benjamin over Najee Harris? Mike Boone over Zeke? It's Week 6 Fantasy Football ranks with Jake Ceily, Brandon Funston and Chris Welsh. We've got all your fantasy starts, dart throws and more! Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/10/2246m 46s

Making moves to adjust for the busts

Nando and Chris Vaccaro are back with a show they just can't end, full of ALL the information you need going into Week 6. -offering a lot for Ken Walker -"I have a lot of shares of Jeff Wilson" -How much Matt Breida can one man handle? -"who pooh-poohed?" -Chris mentions a high stakes friend named Glenn Lowy -N'Keal Harry has been activated -time to grab D'Onta Foreman? -"Chris Vacaro's Big 6" -Russell WIlson pessimism -The Browns -Njoku vs. Pitts -Looking at the Bengals' Mike Thomas -AJ Dillon issues -J-E-T-S -please end the show so we can go to bed On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/221h 16m

NFL Week 5 Recap and Week 6 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 5 action. Is Ken Walker a top 15 RB moving forward? Should you consider Taysum Hill a Tight End 1? Plus we're previewing week 6 waivers and more! Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/2245m 45s

Week 5 Fantasy Football Ranks

Week 5 fantasy football ranks with Welsh, Ciely and Funston. How high is Jamaal with Swift out? Will we get Kamara'd again and Week 5 starts and darts from Jake and Brandon Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/2246m 45s

Week 5 Good times had by all

Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro like you love them... "Can we get back to fantasy please?" -The Alvin Kamara alarm clock -Allen Robinson and Kyle Pitts -Chris sweats high stakes players and Twitter -the gross Rams offense -Nick Chubb stud -J-E-T-S -Chris talks about his Aaron Rodgers jersey -Colts are trash -PJ alker -- better than you remember? -Austin Ekeler is back! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/10/221h 9m

NFL Week 4 Breakdown and Week 5 Waivers

Welsh, Ciely and Funston break down all the week 4 action. The Jonathan Taylor and Javonte Williams injuries, the Kamara surprise inactive while you slept and much more! Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/2248m 23s

Week 4 Fantasy Football Ranks

Week 4 fantasy football ranks with Welsh, Ciely and Funston. We're talking about players we like more than anyone else, can we trust the "injured" players upon their return and more Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 4:18 - Can we trust these injured players? 9:31 - QB's we like more than anyone else for Week 4 12:23 - RB's we like more than anyone else for Week 4 25:35 - WR's we like more than anyone else for Week 4 33:17 - Players that are making you think twice 38:35 - How tight can you make that end? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/2247m 12s

The bugaboos

Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro are back talking week 4 and the fantasy football implications of week 3. The Episode Playbook Any value on the Giants? Please stop talking about the Giants Can you drop Allen Robinson? Frustrating RBs Waiting for someone to make that really bad drop Vaccaro's cobra Kai story Getting elite QBs How Nando got us a one star review On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/09/221h 2m

NFL Week 3 Breakdown and Week 4 Waivers

Week 3 recap with Jake, Brandon and Welsh. Big disappointment from the games in week 3, some bigger injuries and even bigger week 4 waiver wire options. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/2245m 44s

Week 3 Fantasy Football Ranks

Week 3 fantasy football ranks with Welsh, Ciely and Funston. We're talking about players we like more than anyone else, injured players and how to value them, plus a rank debate between Jake and Brandon. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 2:57 - Injuries 12:06 - QB's we like more than anyone else 16:01 - RB's we like more than anyone else 23:25 - WR's we like more than anyone else 29:28 - Players Making You Think Twice 37:13 - How Tight Is Your End? 38:46 - Michael Carter vs Breece Hall Debate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/2248m 7s

Vaccaro Takes a Bunch of Ls

Nando and Vaccaro are back to look at the fallout of week 2 and how we attack week 3. The Episode Playbook -the TE mess and how to handle it -Is Tua Top 7? -digging into the Eagles offense (Vaccaro says shitshow around 30:20) -which Giants can you start in a 12-team league? -Raheem Mostert -- did we all collectively whiff on him? ...and more! On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/221h 6m

NFL Week 2 Breakdown and Week 3 Waivers

Trey Lance out for the year, Mike Evans suspended and Garrett Wilson the number one claim? Chris Welsh, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston are breaking down all of Week 2 in the NFL, plus a preview of week 3 waivers Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 5:59 - Mike Evans Suspension 11:12 - Trey Lance Injury 15:42 - Jeff Wilson Jr 19:29 - Garrett Wilson 23:56 - Chris Olave 27:55 - Cam Akers vs Darrell Henderson 32:02 - Are The Colts Broken? 33:35 - Name a Bear That You Can Start? 34:58 - Week 3 Waiver Wire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/2245m 18s

Week 2 Fantasy Football Ranks

Week 2 fantasy football ranks with Welsh, Ciely and Funston. We're talking about players we like more than anyone else, Cam Akers, rank accuracy and more. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 4:40 - Cam Akers 13:16 - QB's we like more than anyone else 17:13 - RB's we like more than anyone else 28:31 - WR's we like more than anyone else 37:27 - How Tight Is Your End? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/09/2246m 37s

Chris Vaccaro and Nando Di Fino's Big Post Week 1 Fantasy Breakdown

It's the Chris Vaccaro show...err...the BIG post week 1 fantasy breakdown with Vaccaro and Nando. Here's what to expect... An ugly September for AZ The tight end position is garbage "I always was a Hayden Hurst guy" Add Trey Lance? Elite WR production The NFL Network/Nicole Kidman/Eyes Wide Shut metaphor Late RBs shine in Week 1 On Twitter: @NandoDiFino @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/09/221h 4m

NFL Week 1 Breakdown and Week 2 Waivers

Welsh and Brandon are without Jake this week, but we will still #BanKickers and praise Saquon without him.. We're breaking down some of the biggest storylines and performances from Week 1. Brandon breaks down his top waiver priorities for Week 2. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 2:43 - Dak Prescott Injury 12:52 - Biggest week 1 performances 21:29 - Week 1 Storylines 37:01 - Week 2 Waivers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/2247m 46s

Week 1 Fantasy Football Ranks

Week 1 fantasy football rankings talk. We're talking about some of our standout ranks for week 1. Welsh finishes the show with a battle of Jake vs Brandon ranks. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 13:30 - Week 1 rank standouts 34:09 - Rank Debates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/2250m 4s

The final draft season recap

Why look ahead when we can look back? Chris Vaccaro goes over his team builds in his high-stakes drafts and spins it out into what to expect this season from his most-rosterd players. Including: --the surprise RB he is all in on this season --his wacky tight end pairing --a vague QB strategy --and how to properly back up a strong WR start to a draft Plus, Chris and his high stakes buddies made fun of Nando's deep WR sleepers Curtis Samuel and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Time will tell if it was justified.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/221h 2m

Week 1 waivers and the players we didn't get enough shares of

We put a lot of focus on players that we get shares of, but how about the players that we missed out on. Welsh, Ciely and Funston look at missed player shares, week 1 waivers and some bold predictions to kick the season of. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 4:47 - Week 1 Waivers 13:32 - Players we didn't get enough shares of 23:31 - Top Share Player 27:34 - Bold Predictions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/2244m 19s

The All-Used-To-Have-Value Teams

Welsh tasks Ciely and Funston to put together a team of players that had tremendous value earlier in the year, and now don't. We follow this up with the players you can pivot to if you are looking for value. We've also got a look at some of the player movement since final cuts were finalized. Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Time Codes 3:02 - Brian Robinson 6:56 - Jimmy G / Trey Lance 10:56 - AD BREAK 11 Sony Michel 13:09 - Kenyan Drake 14:33 - Jalen Reagor  16:06 - Marlon Mack and Trey Sermon 19:08 AD Break 19:08 - Jake and Brandon draft the All-Used-To-Have-Value teams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/09/2239m 34s

Last minute draft prep with Chris Vaccaro

Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro do final draft prep just one week before the start of the season. Which players are falling and rising as high stakes drafts ramp up close to kickoff. The guys give you inside information and insight on the best pre-draft strategy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/09/2252m 52s

Final Preseason Takeaways

New host Chris Welsh joins the show! Jake, Brandon and Welsh prepare for the final draft weekend by picking one topic from the end of preseason to keep your eye on. Plus, the biggest news from the final preseason weekend. Time codes: Brian Robinson/Antonio Gibson - 5:38 JK Dobbins - 11:44 Geno Smith/Tyler Lockett/DK Metcalf - 15:36 Najee Harris - 20:46 Jake on Rookie RB's - 25:36 Breece Hall/Michael Carter - 28:01 Trey Lance - 33:16 Denzel Mims - 37:30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/08/2247m 10s

Busting the "Running Back dead zone" myth

High stakes Hall of Famer Chris Vaccaro and Fantasy Managing Editor Nando Di Fino try to put this ridiculous "RB dead zone" buzz to rest. They investigate the RBs in that 5th-to-8th round ADP range and analyze several backs with upside who shouldn't be overlooked. Players discussed this episode include JK Dobbins, Antonio Gibson, Elijah Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson, Devin Singletary and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/2253m 51s

In, Out, or No Doubt!: Beat Writer Hype Edition

The Athletic NFL beat writers have spent the last month at training camp. In other words, you aren't going to find many people who know their teams better than they do. We picked out five guys getting hyped up by our beat writers, and then debated them from a fantasy perspective on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, a TAFFP stalwart says goodbye... Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/2239m 24s

Alvin Kamara, CeeDee Lamb on In, Out, or No Doubt!

Every summer right around this time, you realize that there are a handful of players you haven't talked about much for one reason or another. Welp, we're going to rectify that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast with another round of In, Out, or No Doubt! Beller, Jake and Funston discuss Alvin Kamara, CeeDee Lamb and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/2235m 39s

The Training Camp Hype Episode

The hype machine always gets pumping in training camp. Some players justify the hype in the regular season, while others prove to be nothing more than a summer mirage. Beller, Jake and Funston discuss six of this summer's hype-machine darlings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/08/2228m 45s

Fantasy Football Does This Matter?

Does this or that development matter? It's the key question of training camp, at least from a fantasy football perspective. Beller, Jake and Funston take a look at five situations where the question applies on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/2233m 33s

What the Hell are You?

We all have players who confound us every year. Players we just can't figure out. Beller, Jake and Funston dig into six such players who fit that mold on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/08/2234m 16s

The Hot Take Episode

Alec Pierce the highest-scoring rookie receiver? Trey Lance a top-seven fantasy quarterback? That's right, we've got hot takes. Here they are in The Hot Take Episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/08/2238m 43s

In, Out, or No Doubt!: RB Dead Zone

Ah yes, the dreaded RB Dead Zone. Much discussed, explored at a fantasy manager's peril. Or so the conventional wisdom would have you believe. Beller and Jake wade into the RB Dead Zone on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/08/2233m 12s

In, Out, or No Doubt!: Mid-Round WRs

In both of the last two seasons, the essential receiver—Stefon Diggs in 2020 and Cooper Kupp in 2021—had a mid-round ADP. Beller and Jake discuss a handful of guys from that group on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/2231m 4s

Dalvin vs. Saquon; Elijah Moore vs. DeVonta Smith; Lance vs. Carr...It's Another Round of Fantasy Football Debates

Beller, Jake and Funston hit on quarterback, running back and wide receiver in this round of debates, helping you focus on what matters and filter out what doesn't on draft day. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/07/2233m 51s

In, Out, or No Doubt!: Real-Life RB2s

Beller, Jake and Funston get back to In, Out, or No Doubt! on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss real-life RB2s, kicking around the fantasy football merits of Tony Pollard, A.J. Dillon, Rhamondre Stevenson, and the like. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/07/2232m 4s

Fantasy Football Debates, Round 2: Conner vs. Fournette; Gabe Davis vs. Sutton; DK vs. Cooks

Beller, Jake and Funston are back on the TAFFP debate stage, throwing down over the following decisions fantasy managers may be faced with on draft day... James Conner vs. Leonard Fournette Gabriel Davis vs. Courtland Sutton DK Metcalf vs. Brandin Cooks Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/2236m 43s

In, Out, or No Doubt!: Last Year's Bums

It's time for another round of In, Out, or No Doubt! on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. This time around, Beller, Jake and Funston discuss some of last year's bums and whether they believe a rebound season is in the cards. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/2243m 22s

It's Fantasy Debate Time! Rodgers vs. Dak; Henry vs. Mixon; Waddle vs. McLaurin

Rarely in a fantasy football draft is there an obvious right or an obvious wrong. Picking the correct direction, then, could make all the difference in your season. Beller, Jake and Funston engage in a little debate club action on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, taking opposite sides of decisions that many fantasy managers could face on Draft Day. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/07/2236m 7s

In, Out, or No Doubt!: Old Faces, New Places

It's Tuesday, which means it's In, Out or No Doubt! Day on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. On this episode, Beller, Jake and Funston consider old faces in new places, including Russell Wilson, Amari Cooper and Juju Smith-Schuster. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/2236m 4s

Who Am I?: A Fantasy Football Trivia Game

Fun facts are more than just fun. They can also help us get to the bottom of what a player's fantasy value should be. That's exactly what Beller, Funston and Jake do with five mystery (not for long) players on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/07/2248m 37s

In, Out, or No Doubt!: Potential New Stars Edition

Welcome to the first installment of In, Out, or No Doubt!, where we get player-agnostic and price-obsessed. If you're "In," you want the player at ADP. If you're "Out," you don't. If you're "No Doubt!," you not only want him, but will be willing to reach for him. On this episode, Beller, Jake and Funston discuss this season's potential new stars, including Javonte Williams, Kyle Pitts and Michael Pittman. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/2237m 5s

The Booming Bengals, Lamar Being Lamar, and a Narrow Tree in Pittsburgh: Previewing the AFC North

Our eighth and final division preview covers the AFC North. Could the Bengals be the best offense in football? What do we make of J.K. Dobbins? Is Nick Chubb the most predictable back in the league? Is there upward mobility for Diontae Johnson? Beller, Jake and Funston answer those questions, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/221h 5m

Buying the Rams, Fading (Sorta) the Cardinals, and Considering QB Changes in San Francisco and Seattle...It's Our NFC West Preview

The guys are all-in on an Allen Robinson rebound, somewhat divided on Elijah Mitchell, throwing their hands up at the Seattle quarterback situation, and ready to believe in James Conner. Beller, Jake and Funston break down the NFC West on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/221h 2m

Changes in Green Bay and Fun in Detroit (!!!): A Spotlight on the NFC North

Davante Adams is gone, the song remains the same in Minnesota, and the Lions—yes, the Lions!—seem fun and interesting. Oh, and the Bears are here, too. Beller, Jake and Funston dive into the NFC North on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/221h 2m

AFC South Fantasy Football Preview

Can Derrick Henry keep things rolling in Tennessee? What's the Matt Ryan effect in Indy? We're all cool giving Trevor Lawrence a mulligan for last year, right? And does Houston have the most hilarious backfield in the league? Beller, Jake and Funston discuss all that, and a whole lot more, on the AFC South preview edition of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/2255m 21s

NFC East Fantasy Football Preview

Our division-by-division preview series takes us this week to the NFC East, where the Cowboys and Eagles are pretty clearly battling for superiority. Beller, Jake and Brandon get into all the pertinent fantasy discussions in the division, including Dak's QB1 status, the Saquon question, the new-look Eagles, the Wentz Effect in DC, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/2252m 38s

NFC South Fantasy Football Preview

Business as usual in Tampa? Making sense of the Saints. To CMC, nor not CMC. More than meets the eye in Atlanta? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/05/2242m 35s

AFC East Fantasy Football Preview

Do the Dolphins have the widest range of fantasy outcomes in the league? Are the Patriots the most boring fantasy team in years? Is Josh Allen about to be QB1 for the third straight year? Are the Jets sneaky fun? Beller, Jake and Funston answer those questions and more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/05/2249m 49s

AFC West Fantasy Football Preview

Targeting great teams and expected fertile offensive environments can often be a better approach than specific players in the fantasy world. To help you prepare in that way, we'll be taking a tour of every division on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. We kick things off in the AFC West. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/2247m 2s

DeAndre Hopkins Gets Suspended, Breece Hall Steals Michael Carter's Mojo, and the Day 2 and 3 NFL Draft Picks Who Matter in Fantasy Leagues

The second and third days of the NFL Draft saw a number of immediately fantasy-relevant players land with teams that could make them more intriguing than originally expected. Or less. It's hard to tell. Beller, Jake and Funston do what they can to make sense of it on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/2247m 43s

2022 NFL Draft First Round Fantasy Reactions

Six rookie receivers found homes in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, as expected. None of them is in Green Bay, which is objectively hilarious. Oh, and A.J. Brown is an Eagle now. Beller, Jake and Funston break down the fantasy implications of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/04/2243m 23s

It's Our 2022 NFL Draft Draft

There's really no better way to celebrate the draft than by making a draft game out of following the draft. That's exactly what Beller, Funston and Jake do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/2242m 19s

The Best Settings, Parameters and Wrinkles for Your Fantasy Football League

Setting up a new fantasy league? Itching to spice up your current one? This is the time of year you should be thinking about the setup and rules that can make a good fantasy league great. Beller and Funston share their dos and don'ts on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/2236m 7s

The Fantasy Football Guide to the 2022 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is just more than two weeks away, with the next class of fantasy superstars set to enter the NFL. Jake, Funston and Beller highlight what fantasy fanatics should be watching for in the draft on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/2251m 55s

Ranking Receivers and Tight Ends after the Offseason Frenzy

Beller and Jake wrap up TAFFP's first set of 2022 rankings with a look at receiver and tight end. Can Justin Jefferson unseat Cooper Kupp? How big are the second and third tiers of receivers? And a fond farewell to the first-round tight end. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/04/2245m 13s

Top-10 Fantasy Football Running Backs and Quarterbacks after Free Agent and Trading Frenzy

Well that was a fun couple of weeks. With the craziness of free agency and trading season behind us, Beller, Jake and Funston plant their first flags of the season by naming their top 10 fantasy football running backs and quarterbacks for 2022 as things stand right now. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/2249m 8s

Watson to Cleveland! Davante to Vegas! Another Crazy Week of Reshuffling in the NFL

We thought that the NFL offseason reshuffle had to peak a couple weeks ago with Russell Wilson getting traded to the Broncos and Tom Brady ending his hilariously short retirement. Then last week came in and gave us Deshaun Watson to the Browns and Davante Adams to the Raiders. As always, the NFL stays at the center of the sports conversation. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/2248m 56s

Russ to Denver! Mitch to Pittsburgh! Assessing Where the Fantasy Football Chips Have Fallen

Perhaps you've heard that Russell Wilson got traded to the Broncos. Perhaps you've also heard that the Packers are running back. And maybe you've even heard to Tom Brady's retirement was one big fake. The guys sure did pick a good time to come back, didn't they? Beller, Jake and Funston assess all the moves we've seen over the last 10 days or so from a fantasy perspective on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/03/2254m 48s

Free Agency Through a Fantasy Football Lens

NFL free agency is right around the corner, and there is no shortage of intrigue in the fantasy football world. From Chris Godwin to Arizona's backfield to Dalton Schultz and back around, the impending movement in March will have major effects when we all sit down to draft this summer. Beller and Funston take a first look at it all on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/2232m 23s

The Super Bowl Party Sheet & Props Episode

Nando, Jake and Funston dig into Funston's Super Bowl Party Sheet and several props they're interested in for the Rams-Bengals matchup on Sunday! Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast... Apple: https://bit.ly/TAFFPapple Spotify: https://bit.ly/TAFFPspotify Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/221h 3m

Early Super Bowl Matchup Thoughts & The Coaching Carousel

We have a Super Bowl matchup! Nando, Jake and Funston share their early thoughts on Rams-Bengals, before examining several coaching changes around the league involving the Giants, Raiders, Panthers, and Broncos (among others). Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/2259m 23s

Digging Deeper into Jake's 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

Jake, Funston & Nando dig deeper into Jake's recently-released 2022 fantasy football rankings, and consider a few big shifts in value for dynasty leagues. Where is Gabriel Davis' value headed after his monster game in the Bills' season-ending loss to Kansas City? Is there a depth running back in KC worth stashing in dynasty leagues? And, should you consider placing kicker points into the D/ST slot for your league going forward? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/2255m 22s

Our First Look at Jake's 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

DVR, Brandon and Jake discuss Jake's recently released 2022 fantasy football rankings. After two injury-plagued seasons, is Christian McCaffrey still an elite option in Round 1? How high should Jaylen Waddle go as the focal point of the Dolphins' offense? And, has Kyle Pitts joined the elite tier of tight ends? Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/01/221h 5m

Recapping a Wild Week 18 & Preparing for Fantasy Football Playoff Pools

A wild Week 18 is in the books! Nando, Jake, and Brandon are ready to take a look ahead to fantasy football playoff pools -- and they hold a quick three-person draft of their own. Beyond the favorites, which team(s) should you consider bankrolling in your playoff leagues? Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Get 33% off a subscription to The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpodcast Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/2251m 48s

The Athletic's Week 18 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

It's Week 18 -- our final regular season Rankings Show of the 2021 season -- whether you're playing an actual Fantasy Championship, battling for a total points crown, or enjoy a special edition of the show, fire away with your questions! Nando, Jake and Funston are here to help you make any final decisions you might have on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/01/221h 1m

Looking Ahead to the 2022 First Round

Nando, Brandon and Chris take an early look at their 2022 first-round candidates in their final episode together for the 2021 season.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/01/221h 4m

Chiefs-Bengals, Rams-Ravens and our Other Five Fave Bets for Week 17

Beller and Zac put a bow on Five Faves for the 2021 season, with a profitable season within reach for both of them. The guys dig into Chiefs (-5) at Bengals (51), Rams (-4.5) at Ravens (46.5), Cowboys (-6) vs. Cardinals (51.5) and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/12/2128m 44s

Fantasy Football Championship Week is Here!

The week every fantasy manager hopes to play in has arrived. All that prep beginning in June; all those best ball drafts in July; all the pods and articles consumed in August; all that excitement in draft season; all the grinding through waivers on Tuesday nights; it all pointed to this. Week 17. Fantasy Football Championship Week. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you make any final decisions you might have on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/m8ZO69GVPP8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/12/211h

Devin Singletary, Boston Scott, and the Rest of Championship Week's Misfit Starters

Congratulations, you've made it to your fantasy football league's championship game. Chances are that way back in August, you drew part of it up like this. You targeted Jonathan Taylor in the first round. You ranked Davante Adams as the #1 receiver. You struck for players like Cooper Kupp, Deebo Samuel and Javonte Williams in the middle rounds. You had a good feeling that if you were in this spot, they'd be the ones to carry you. But let's be honest. Part of it you didn't plan. Devin Singletary? Boston Scott? Ronald Jones? Dare Ogunbowale? All of those guys can be trusted to varying degrees in Week 17. Beller, Chris and Brandon discuss that, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast.  Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/2155m 56s

Taking the Fantasy Football Pulse of the Eagles, Bengals and Chargers

It's the final Beat Writer Tuesday of the season on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Bo Wulf (Eagles), Jay Morrison (Bengals) and Daniel Popper (Chargers) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. With Miles Sanders (hand) out again, what's the look of the Eagles' backfield for Week 17? Can Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense carry over their Week 16 explosion into this week's matchup with the Chiefs? Has Justin Jackson played well enough to carve out a meaningful role for himself alongside a healthy Austin Ekeler? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Bo (Eagles) on Twitter: @Bo_Wulf Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Follow Daniel (Chargers) on Twitter: @danielrpopper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/12/2133m 56s

You're in the Fantasy Football Championship. Can you Keep Dancing with Who Brought You?

We know that there are some championship berths hanging in the balance, but let's be honest. Saints-Dolphins is about as inconsequential as a Monday night game could be for fantasy purposes. The vast majority of fantasy managers heading to their league's championship already know that they're on their way. Some surprise players might have helped them there. Guys like Joe Burrow and Justin Jackson and Amon-Ra St. Brown. On the other hand, they may have advanced despite Week 16 duds from Tom Brady or Saquon Barkley or Keenan Allen. Can they count on the Week 16 ponies to keep rolling? Can they rely on the Week 16 phonies to bounce back? Beller, Jake and Funston dig into that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yyy9gGi4Rtk Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/12/2158m 6s

Bills-Patriots, Rams-Vikings & more Week 16 Five Faves

Zac Jackson and Vic Tafur run through their week 16 Five Faves, including a pair of key divisional games in Bills-Patriots and Ravens-Bengals. Plus, a look at Steelers-Chiefs, Rams-Vikings, and more! Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/12/2119m 39s

Justin Jackson, Ronald Jones, Starts, Sits in The Athletic's Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

We’re full steam into the fantasy football playoffs! But there are still tons of questions heading into Week 16. Jake and Funston are here to help you answer those questions. Is Ronald Jones an automatic start? What should we expect from Tyler Huntley? Devin Singletary or Joe Mixon? Is Justin Jackson an RB2? The guys get into all that and a whole lot more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/2150m 20s

The most insane week of fantasy football in 20 years. What now?

Nando, Chris and Brandon recap a maddening Week 15 for fantasy owners on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Chris says it was the most insane week of fantasy football in his 20 years in the business. Sunday featured a record low amount of touchdowns scored. The trio touch on top performers, underperformers and how to navigate your fantasy roster for the rest of the playoffs. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/2156m 27s

Taking the Fantasy Football Pulse of the Buccaneers, Lions and Cowboys

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Greg Auman (Buccaneers), Nick Baumgardner (Lions) and Jon Machota (Cowboys) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. Is Antonio Brown a 1-for-1 replacement for Chris Godwin? How has Amon-Ra St. Brown turned into a must-start fantasy player? What's wrong with Dak Prescott and the Dallas passing game? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Greg (Buccaneers) on Twitter: @gregauman Follow Nick (Lions) on Twitter: @nickbaumgardner Follow Jon (Cowboys) on Twitter: @jonmachota Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/2130m 37s

Week 15 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

Turns out that a lot of fantasy managers were able to advance out of the first round of their playoffs simply by being less bad than their opponents this season. That was a brutal Week 15 summed up by this one simple fact: With four games remaining, the QB1 class includes four players who scored fewer than 16 points. Why was Week 15 so bad in the fantasy world? Was it a fluke, or could it tell us something about where the rest of the playoffs are headed? Beller, Jake and Funston discuss those two questions and dig into the full Week 15 slate on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZzvBdpo0aOU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/2156m 16s

First Look | Week 16 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper take their first look at the Week 16 waiver wire. Opportunities may be available for running backs in Cincinnati, Miami and Detroit as the fantasy playoffs continue, but could Amon-Ra St. Brown and Gabriel Davis end up serving as viable options to help you win a fantasy football championship in the coming weeks? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/2117m 25s

Week 15 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR try to weed through a rapidly-changing Week 15 main slate from a DFS perspective. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/2118m 51s

Colts-Patriots, Bengals-Broncos, and our Other Week 15 Five Faves

Beller, Vic and Zac have just a few more weeks of Five Faves to go, as the guys look to fight their way to profitable records on the season. Their 15 combined picks cover 11 of the 15 remaining games in Week 15, and they find a ton of agreement along the way. Beller and Vic both like the Steelers catching 2.5 points in Denver, while Beller and Zac are both on the Steelers as 1-point underdogs at home against the Titans. You can get those picks from the show description. For the rest, you'll have to listen. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/2130m 11s

Lamar Jackson, Eli Mitchell, and The Athletic's Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

The fantasy football playoffs are here, and with them come a host of questions for managers trying to navigate the murky waters of Week 15. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you answer those questions. Can you wait it out for Lamar Jackson? How high up the ranks does A.J. Green rise? Who can help surprise and help you advance to your league's semifinals? The guys get into all that and a whole lot more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2nl1tog2EeU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/2159m 40s

Dolphins over Jets, Cowboys over Giants, and other Week 15 Survivor Picks

Beller and DVR are back on the Survivor pool circuit, breaking down the slate for Week 15. The top pick of the week looks like Cardinals over Lions, but it's likely that many, if not most, people still alive at this point of Survivor pools used the Cardinals to get here. If that's you, Beller and DVR offer up plenty of pivots, including Dolphins over Jets, Cowboys over Giants and 49ers over Falcons. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/2122m 19s

Have a Holly, Jolly Fantasy Football Playoffs

It's the best time of the year. For those of us in the playoffs, of course. Nando, Chris and Brandon get into all the Week 15 craziness on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They discuss the covid situations affecting the Browns and Rams, Lamar Jackson's injury and downturn, newfound WR3s for the playoffs, Rashaad Penny's breakout, Chase Edmonds' return, and more. And, of course, Nando figures out a somewhat relevant way to discuss D'Onta Foreman and Mike Davis. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/211h 1m

Taking the fantasy pulse in Buffalo, San Francisco and Seattle, and opening up our mailbag

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Joe Buscaglia (Bills), Matt Barrows (49ers) and Michael-Shawn Dugar (Seahawks) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. Will Josh Allen be able to give it a go this week? What about Eli Mitchell? Has Rashaad Penny's breakout finally arrived? Is Russell Wilson back to full health? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Funston joins Beller to open up our Athletic Fantasy Sports mailbag. The guys discuss quarterbacks and defenses to stream in the playoffs, the RB2 landscape heading into the fantasy playoffs, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Joe (Bills) on Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia Follow Matt (49ers) on Twitter: @mattbarrows Follow Michael-Shawn (Seahawks) on Twitter: @MikeDugar Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/12/2151m 31s

Week 14 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

With the Rams and Cardinals set to get together on Monday night, it's a guarantee that more than a few playoff berths and regular season championships hang in the balance. All we can say to those of you involved is good luck. The rest of us have to turn our attention to Week 15 and the start of the 2021 fantasy football playoffs. That's exactly what Beller, Jake and Brandon do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is Rashaad Penny about to become a fantasy playoff hero? Is Taysom Hill right there with him? On the other side of the coin, is it time to be worried about Dak Prescott? The guys answer all of those questions, and get into a whole lot more as they put a bow on Week 14 and the fantasy football regular season. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/COQznjxLlvE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/211h 4m

First Look | Week 15 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper take their first look at the Week 15 waiver wire. Where should you turn at quarterback if Lamar Jackson is forced to miss time after leaving with an injury in Week 14? Is Rashaad Penny finally taking over the Seattle backfield? Is Rashod Bateman primed to take a big step forward in the fantasy playoffs? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/2120m 15s

Week 14 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 14 slate from the DFS perspective. Which game has the greatest stack appeal this Sunday? Is there a must-play option in cash games in the Bucs-Bills matchup? Can you trust Cam Newton and the Carolina offense in a great spot against Atlanta's porous defense? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/2119m 47s

Week 14 Five Fave Bets

Beller, Zac and Vic are back for another round of Five Faves, with their 15 combined picks covering 11 of the remaining Week 14 games. Among their favorites, you'll find... Vic and Beller finding agreement on the Browns (-2.5) vs. the Ravens. Beller and Zac doing something similar in the Monday night showdown between the Cardinals (-2.5, 51.5) and Ravens. Vic and Zac both backing big underdogs. And plenty more... Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/2129m 20s

The Athletic's Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

It's the final week of the fantasy football regular season. Playoff berths will be secured. Playoff hopes will be dashed. Regular season titles will be secured, along with the precious byes that typically accompany them. It's the biggest week of the fantasy season to date. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Are Buccaneers-Bills and Cardinals-Rams going to be as exciting as they appear on paper. Can you trust running backs like Chuba Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman? Who could go belly up at precisely the wrong time? The guys get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6Qv1Uryy-ps Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/2159m 54s

Week 14 Survivor Picks

The Packers and Chargers are both double-digit favorites in Week 14 against also-rans, the Bears and Giants, respectively. Unsurprisingly, they're two of the most popular selections in Survivor pools this week. Beller and DVR break down the Survivor landscape on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. One of the two is making one of those big favorites his One True Pick, even after breaking news that dropped near the end of the show. The other is taking one of the three other comfortable favorites this week. When in doubt, you can almost always fade the Texans, Jaguars and Jets. Almost always. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/2122m 56s

Annoying Byes, Titans RBs and Taysom: Week 14 is Here

A Week 14 regular season finale is new to most of us. New to all of us, and far more annoying is Week 14 byes. Plenty of fantasy managers will be looking to lock up playoff byes and playoff berths without Jonathan Taylor, and that's just one of the subplots of Week 14. Beller, Vaccaro and Brandon get into all of those subplots on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They discuss the Titans and 49ers backfields, injuries for Joe Burrow and Taysom Hill, the utility of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and K.J. Osborn, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/12/211h

Taking the fantasy pulse in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Minnesota, and opening up our mailbag

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Jeff Zrebiec (Ravens), Jay Morrison (Bengals) and Arif Hasan (Vikings) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. What's up with Lamar Jackson? Has Devonta Freeman discovered the fountain of youth? How's Joe Burrow's finger? Is Ja'Marr Chase hitting a rookie wall? How does the Vikings offense change without Adam Thielen? Our beat writers answer all those questions, and plenty more. After that, Funston joins Beller to open up our Athletic Fantasy Sports mailbag. The guys tackle some real-world Week 14 issues, then get into fantasy theory with a discussion whether points scored should determine any playoff spots. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Jeff (Ravens) on Twitter: @jeffzrebiec Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Follow Arif (Vikings) on Twitter: @ArifHasanNFL Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/12/2153m 27s

Week 13 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

Now that's more like it. Week 13 reminded us why we love this sport and game so much, with great games and standout individual performances from start to finish, making for one of the most exciting fantasy weeks of the season. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is RB1 Javonte here to stay? What was that egg from Patrick Mahomes? Are the Rams back? Is all well for the Chargers after the latest installment in their season-long Jekyll and Hyde act? The guys answer those questions, name Week 13 winners and losers, and do a whole lot more over this hour. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gUFLSBojVKE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/211h 1m

First Look | Week 14 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper take their first look at the Week 14 waiver wire. Another injury in Minnesota has opened the door for two new pass-catching options on the wire in many leagues, the Eagles' backfield might be in flux again with Miles Sanders' early exit in Week 13, plus Jamison Crowder might have a path back to relevance with the Jets following Corey Davis' injury on Sunday.  Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/2114m 30s

Week 13 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 13 slate from the DFS perspective. Which game has the greatest stack appeal this Sunday? Which value plays should you target to create opportunities to spend up elsewhere in your builds? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/12/2121m 28s

Week 13 Five Fave Bets

Beller, Zac and Vic are back for another round of Five Faves, with their 15 combined picks covering 10 of the remaining Week 13 games. Among their favorites, you'll find... Vic and Zac going head to head on the Vikings (-7) at Lions... But then finding agreement on Bears (+7.5) vs. Cardinals. Beller and Vic joining forces for Dolphins (-4) vs. Giants. And plenty more... Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/12/2125m 8s

The Athletic's Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

There are just two weeks remaining in the typical fantasy football regular season. Playoff berths will be locked up this week. Playoff dreams will be dashed this week. It all makes Week 13 one of the most consequential weeks of the season, even if it doesn't carry the gravitas it did in our previous 16-game, 17-week world. Beller and Jake break down all 14 games on the Week 13 slate from a fantasy perspective on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is the 50.5 total on Chargers-Bengals oddly high? Is it time to give up on the Seahawks? Could the marquee game of the week, Patriots-Bills, be a snoozer of a fantasy matchup? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QrpviBaoRP0 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/12/2153m 38s

Week 13 Survivor Picks

We've finally lost one of our two competitors in this two-strike Survivor pool. DVR went down with the Eagles last week, surviving an impressive 12 weeks before succumbing to one of the pool world's most challenging beasts. Beller, meanwhile, remained perfect behind the Patriots' 36-13 win over the Titans. The guys discuss Week 13 Survivor picks on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Do you go with the Vikings in Detroit to get some leverage, or trust the Rams at home against the Jaguars if you have them? Cardinals over Bears in Chicago? Buccaneers over Falcons in Atlanta? Where can we get a little crazy this week? The guys touch on all that, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/12/2118m 40s

Vent, Lament, Repent: The Fantasy Football Stretch Run

There are two weeks left in the fantasy football regular season, and the running back position is a total mess. That's where Nando, Chris and Brandon focus their attention on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football podcast. They also discuss OBJ and Jaylen Waddle, late-season surges for Antonio Gibson and Alexander Mattison, Eli Mitchell's league-winning bona fides, and, for some reason, Mike Davis. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/12/2154m 9s

Taking the fantasy pulse in New England and Dallas, and opening up our mailbag

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Matthew Fairburn (Patriots) and Jon Machota (Cowboys) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. What's been the spark behind the Patriots' surge to the top of the AFC East? Is the division of labor between Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson here to stay? What's the status of Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper ahead of Thursday night's game in New Orleans? Our beat writers answer those questions, and plenty more. After that, Funston joins Beller to open up our Athletic Fantasy Sports mailbag. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Matthew (Patriots) on Twitter: @MatthewFairburn Follow Jon (Cowboys) on Twitter: @jonmachota Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/2138m 41s

Week 12 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

At the time this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast goes to air, there will still be one game remaining in Week 12. However, with most fantasy matchups already decided, the final two weeks of the typical fantasy season rest heavy on everyone's mind. Beller, Jake and Funston take what we saw in Week 12 and apply it to these next two weeks on this episode. It's a surprisingly robust waiver wire heading into Week 13, although for unfortunate reasons. How should managers prioritize the available backs in their leagues? Is it time to worry a little about Tom Brady? Is A.J. Dillon a worthy starter alongside a healthy Aaron Jones? Is Tony Pollard a better player than Ezekiel Elliott? Are there any lingering rookie-wall concerns for Najee Harris or Ja'Marr Chase? The guys get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UmBvXRdZl5c Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/11/2155m 6s

First Look | Week 13 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 13 waiver wire. An unfortunate week of injuries at the running back position has opened up a few intriguing options to pick up as late-season additions including Alexander Mattison (in shallow leagues), two backs in Tennessee, and a few volume options on bad teams that could help you through the final bye week of 2021. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/11/2118m 49s

Buccaneers/Colts, Vikings/49ers, and Our Other Week 12 Five Faves

Beller, Zac and Vic are back for another round of Five Faves, with their 15 combined picks covering nine of the remaining Week 12 games. Among their favorites, you'll find... Vic and Zac going head to head on the Panthers (-1.5) at Dolphins. Zac and Beller finding agreement on Vikings (+3) at 49ers Beller and Vic doing the same on Steelers (+4.5) at Bengals And plenty more... Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/11/2130m 21s

Week 12 Survivor Picks

Beller and DVR get together on the day before Thanksgiving to give thanks that they're still alive in this Survivor pool, and to find picks for Week 12. Beller's lucky to have the Patriots available, and he zeroed in on them quickly. DVR, meanwhile, had to get a bit more creative with his pick. The guys discuss the top plays, secondary picks, teams to avoid, and more, as well. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/11/2120m 48s

The Athletic's Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

Happy Thanksgiving to all our loyal listeners and viewers. To show our appreciation, we present you with a fantasy feast on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. This is shaping up to be a fun week in the NFL, with Rams-Packers, Vikings-49ers, Colts-Buccaneers, and Bengals-Steelers among the games with serious implications in the standings. Many of those games will weigh heavily in the fantasy world, as well, with just three weeks remaining in the typical fantasy football regular season. Beller and Funston break down all 15 games on the Week 12 slate from the fantasy perspective. The guys also share their favorite Thanksgiving Day football memories. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vel8ksvHPBU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/11/2156m 6s

A Fantasy Feast with Thanksgiving Day games, Cam Newton, and the Greatness of Jonathan Taylor

Nando and Vaccaro talk turkey on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Literally and figuratively! On the figurative side, the guys discuss the Thanksgiving Day games, why Vaccaro hates watching the Saints and Giants, the greatness of Jonathan Taylor and Justin Jefferson, and why it's time to worry about Russell Wilson. On the literal side, the guys have some fun with their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/11/2152m 21s

Week 11 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

We're rounding third and heading for home in the 2021 fantasy football regular season. Most leagues have just three weeks remaining before the playoffs, making any lessons we can draw from Week 11 potentially crucial for keeping championship hopes alive. So, what are those lessons? Well, it's time to totally recalibrate what we think about Seattle's offense. Is the same true of the Bills' group? Can we buy what we saw from Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter on Sunday night? Is Rhamondre Stevenson stealing thunder from Damien Harris? How much fun are the fully healthy 49ers? Are playoff bids from the Vikings and Eagles meaningful in the fantasy world? Beller, Jake and Funston tackle all that, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pmIu8FKkP_w Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/2156m 46s

First Look | Week 12 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 12 waiver wire. As the Dallas receiving corps gets hampered by injuries, is Cedric Wilson a viable option for the upcoming week? How much interest should you have in Van Jefferson down the stretch? And, are there any waiver-wire running backs worth considering? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/2117m 41s

Week 11 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 11 slate from the DFS perspective. Cam Newton is back! Is he a viable cheap option at quarterback this week? Which top-end RB is Beller building around? How much exposure should you seek in the Dallas-Kansas City matchup? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/11/2122m 35s

Packers/Vikings, Cowboys/Chiefs, and Our Other Week 11 Five Faves

Beller, Zac and Vic are back for another round of Five Faves, with their 15 combined picks covering 10 of the remaining Week 11 games. Among their favorites, you'll find... Beller and Vic going head to head on the Packers (-1.5) and Vikings. Vic and Zac finding a form of agreement on Lions/Browns. Zac and Beller doing the same in Cowboys/Chiefs. And plenty more... Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/11/2129m 42s

The Athletic's Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

Week 10 was another celebration of the backup running back, with the likes of Rhamondre Stevenson, Mark Ingram and D'Ernest Johnson coming through for fantasy owners. They all find themselves in different circumstances this week, which is just one of the many storylines coming our way in Week 11. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Are Stevenson, Ingram and Johnson still playable with their starters expected to return? How good can A.J. Dillon be with Aaron Jones out of the lineup? How much fun are we going to have watching Cowboys-Chiefs? Mix in a couple of head-to-head receiver battles, and we've got one heck of a stew going for the Week 11 Rankings Show. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zcKvb_rBWT8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/11/211h 2m

Week 11 Survivor Picks

It was another ghastly week in Survivor pools in Week 10, with results like Washington over Buccaneers, Panthers over Cardinals and the Steelers-Lions tie taking out huge numbers. For those that survived (thank you, Cowboys) it's on to Week 11. Beller and DVR make their Survivor picks for Week 11 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Can you trust the two most popular plays, Browns over Lions and Titans over Texans? Is now the time to burn the Buccaneers for those who saved them to this point? Who should we avoid? Who can we get a little bit crazy with, if that time is right? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/11/2126m 55s

Where Have All the Fantasy Points Gone?

Is there a dearth of fantasy scoring this season, or is it just us? Seems like it's not just us. Nando, Chris and Brandon dive into the reasons why this has been one of the lowest-scoring fantasy seasons in recent memory. Their discussion leads them to actionable Week 11 topics, such as the utility of Wayne Gallman and D'Onta Foreman, quarterbacks to stream, Cam Newton's rest-of-season outlook, Kenny Golladay's bounceback chances, and a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/11/2152m 7s

Taking the fantasy pulse of the Jets, Steelers and Chargers, and opening up our mailbag

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Connor Hughes (Jets), Mark Kaboly (Steelers) and Daniel Popper (Chargers) join Beller to discuss their teams from a fantasy perspective. Is the Elijah Moore emergence here to stay? Is there any risk of the Steelers pulling back on the Najee Harris throttle? What's wrong with Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense? Our beats provide their on-the-ground expertise on those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Funston joins Beller to open up our Athletic Fantasy Sports mailbag. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Connor (Jets) on Twitter: @Connor_J_Hughes Follow Mark (Steelers) on Twitter: @MarkKaboly Follow Daniel (Chargers) on Twitter: @danielrpopper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/11/2154m 51s

Week 10 Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

After a wacky Week 9, Week 10 was a refreshing return to normalcy in the fantasy football world. The week had its quirkiness, to be sure—what the hell was that, Buccaneers?—but it was a relief to see a huge chunk of our game mostly return to form. We can safely breathe some signs of relief for the Cowboys, Bills and Chiefs. Aaron Rodgers returned not with a bang, but certainly with a win. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, came back with a resounding thud. And is it time to worry about Justin Herbert? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that and a whole lot more on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/t4K2TSRhhI4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/2159m 19s

First Look | Week 11 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 11 waiver wire. How should you expect Rhamondre Stevenson in league's where he's available? Is Cam Newton back? Is Cam bringing Robby Anderson back to fantasy relevance with him? And can you please just pick up Dan Arnold so we can talk about someone else at the tight end position on this show? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/2119m 19s

Week 10 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 10 slate from the DFS perspective. If Nick Chubb doesn't go, should you plan on building around D'Ernest Johnson? Is paying up at quarterback easier than usual this week? With many top tight ends unavailable, which discounted options should you focus on? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/2122m 1s

Chiefs/Raiders, Browns/Patriots, Rams/Niners and our Week 10 Five Faves

Beller, Zac and Vic are back for another round of Five Faves, with their 15 combined picks covering nine of the remaining Week 10 games. Among their favorites, you'll find... Beller and Vic going head to head on the Broncos (-3) and Eagles. Vic and Zac finding a form of agreement on Chiefs/Raiders. Zac and Beller doing the same in Browns/Patriots. And plenty more... Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/2129m 20s

The Athletic's Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

After a bizarre Week 9, we'd all appreciate a little normalcy in the fantasy football world. And hey, if that came with some high scores, we'd appreciate that, too. We could get it, with six of the 14 games featuring totals of at least 49.5 points. Beller, Jake and Funston break down Week 10 and everything coming our way on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Will the offenses that struggled last week bounce back? Can Mike Williams finally get going again? Can Brandon Aiyuk keep it going? Who are this week's surprises waiting to happen? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8ZpFRh4DEUQ Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/2158m 49s

Week 10 Survivor Picks

Beller and DVR break down the Survivor Pool landscape for Week 10. Before they get into their picks, they discuss the idea of building a roadmap for the remaining weeks at this time of year. Smart, or is it still a little early and/or presumptuous to do that? After that bit of 30,000-foot talk, the guys get into their picks for Week 10. Is it as easy as locking in the Steelers over the Lions or the Ravens over the Dolphins? Should pot odds and leverage drive you to Colts over Jaguars or Cardinals over Panthers? The guys discuss that, plus give you some teams to avoid and some risky picks if you're ready to Get Crazy. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/2123m 53s

Did That Matter or Nah?: The Story of Week 9

We've touched on the weirdness of Week 9 on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast this week, but now we're going to distill it into what really matters. Which is, did any of it matter? Beller, Vaccaro and Brandon consider that in both team and player contexts on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Are we worried about the Cowboys, Chiefs or Bills after dud performances in Week 9? What about the Bengals and Rams? Did Justin Fields turn a corner? Are Mark Ingram and Brandon Aiyuk suddenly fantasy viable? Is Courtland Sutton in trouble? The trio answers all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/211h

Taking the fantasy pulse in Washington, New Orleans and Las Vegas, and opening up our mailbag

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, with Ben Standing (Washington), Kat Terrell (Saints) and Vic Tafur (Raiders) joining Beller to give us an update on their teams. Could Antonio Gibson get shut down? Is Taysom Hill ready to take over as the starter in New Orleans? Are the changes in Vegas under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia here to stay? Our beats answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Brandon Funston joins the show to open up the TA Fantasy mailbag with Beller. The guys discuss James Conner as an RB1, rest-of-season rankings for some high-end receivers, the best landing spots for Odell Beckham, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Ben (Washington) on Twitter: @BenStandig Follow Kat (Saints) on Twitter: @Kat_Terrell Follow Vic (Raiders) on Twitter: @VicTafur Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/2147m 13s

Fantasy Football Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers from a Weird Week 9

Sooooo, that was a strange week, huh? The Cowboys got run out of their own stadium by the Broncos? The Titans went into L.A. and knocked off the Rams in their first game without Derrick Henry?! The Bills scored six points in a loss to the Jaguars?!?!?! Yeah, this is shaping up to be one of the more unpredictable editions of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast's WiLoTaWai of the season. Beller, Jake and Funston get into this wacky week's Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. What was the weirdest part of the week? Is Elijah Moore becoming a thing? Is Devonta Freeman? Could James Conner find a new level for the rest of the season? Just how big are the problems in Kansas City? Could the Falcons have possible scored more annoying touchdowns? The guys answer all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oRJbGc0RVOU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/211h

First Look | Week 10 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 10 waiver wire. How much can you trust emerging options in the Jets' offense? What will it take for you to pick up Dan Arnold where available? And, how interested should you be in Donovan Peoples-Jones now that OBJ is out of the mix Cleveland? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/2117m 54s

Week 9 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 9 slate from a DFS perspective. Are Jordan Love and Tyrod Taylor viable cash-game quarterbacks? Is there a particular game to target among the highest totals on the board? Are we back to high-priced running backs on an oddly settled weekend at the position? The guys get into that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/2123m 10s

Week 9 Five Faves

Alright, enough messing around. After a rough Week 8, Beller, Vic and Zac are done looking at the entire slate, making a pick for every game before zeroing in on their Five Faves. From now on, it's Five Faves and Five Faves only. Among this week's Faves we find a consensus pick in Chargers -1.5 at Eagles, a showdown between Vic and Zac in Cardinals -1 at 49ers, and three unders against just one over. Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/2129m 15s

The Athletic's Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

Sooooo, this has been a week in the fantasy football world, huh? No Derrick Henry. No Aaron Rodgers. No Odell Beckham. In some instances, that's going to make it easier to set fantasy lineups. In many, many others, however, it will make it harder. Much, much harder. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you with those decisions on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How does Rodgers' absence trickle down to the rest of the Packers offense? Is Taysom Hill an easy fantasy starter right off the bat? Is Jeremy McNichols a starter this week? Is Adrian Peterson? Are both? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KCNWhXLJjno Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/11/211h 1m

Week 9 Survivor Picks

DVR begins his 'Never Cincinnati' movement as he and Beller reveal their Week 9 Survivor picks on this episode. Will the Jets ruin more pools this week, or are the Colts a strong option at home Thursday night? Which secondary options should you consider in the weeks ahead, and how much do you trust the Saints with Taysom Hill likely back at quarterback? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/2119m 46s

From Derrick Henry to Aaron Rodgers, it's a weird week for fantasy football

OK, so Derrick Henry is likely out for the rest of the season. And Michael Thomas is out for the rest of the season. Oh yeah, and Aaron Rodgers will miss this week's game against the Chiefs, and potentially next week's game against the Seahawks, after testing positive for covid-19. Any other news to cram in here, NFL? Nando, Chris and Brandon get into all of that, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/2159m 6s

Taking the fantasy pulse in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, and opening up our mailbag

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, with Zach Berman (Eagles) and Zak (Keefer) joining Beller to give us an update on their teams. Is Boston Scott the man in the Eagles backfield while Miles Sanders is out? Could Jalen Hurts get replaced down the stretch if the Eagles totally fall out of contention? Is there anyone in Indy worth caring about outside of Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman? Our beats answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Brandon Funston joins the show to open up the TA Fantasy mailbag with Beller. The guys discuss Adrian Peterson vs. Jeremy McNichols, Terry McLaurin's rest-of-season value, Michael Carter's takeoff, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Zach (Eagles) on Twitter: @ZBerm Follow Zak (Colts) on Twitter: @zkeefer Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/2134m 29s

Fantasy Football Week 8 Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers

The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast's Week 8 WiLoTaWai is here. That's short for Winners, Losers, Takeaways and Waivers. That's right. We're trying to make WiLoTaWai (pronounced Wih-LO-tuh-way) happen. Join us for the ride. What are we doing about the huge Derrick Henry news that broke on Monday morning? Who won Week 8? Who lost it? Does Zack Moss have a meaningful passing game role? Did we just see some signs of life from Brandon Aiyuk? How good is Michael Carter going to be the rest of the season? Do we have any creeping worries for the Chargers? The guys answer all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N_1r6jMtSlQ Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/2159m 42s

First Look | Week 9 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 9 waiver wire. With the surprise twist in the Philadelphia backfield during the Eagles' win over the Lions on Sunday, is Boston Scott a priority add? Should you chase Carlos Hyde with a possible opening for an increased role in Jacksonville? How much interest should you have in the Jets' pass-catchers on the heels of their upset win over the Bengals? Is Dan Arnold an upgrade for those who have been streaming tight ends this season? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/2120m 11s

Week 8 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 8 slate from a DFS perspective. Is there enough value to comfortable build lineups around Derrick Henry? How much of a priority should you place on having at least some exposure to the Colts-Titans matchup? Is Kenneth Gainwell a 'good chalk' building block at $5,000 on DraftKings? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/10/2122m 45s

Week 8 Rapid Fire Best Bets

Beller, Zac and Vic are back to tackle the remainder of the Week 8 slate, with one pick apiece for each of the 14 games. Their strongest takes come on Colts -1.5 vs. Titans, Browns -3.5 vs. Steelers, Bills -14 vs. Dolphins, and the scoring bonanza expected in Cowboys/Vikings. Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/10/2137m 34s

The Athletic's Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

The best part of the NFL's new 18-week, 17-game regular season? We now have an exact halfway point in the fantasy regular season, and friends, we have passed it. The second half of the fantasy regular season officially begins when the Packers and Cardinals get together on Thursday Night Football. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you navigate the first week of the second half, otherwise known as Week 8, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys run through all 15 games on the slate, discussing sleepers, storylines, and everything else that will determine who wins and who loses in the fantasy world in Week 8. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WxWsNURFah4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/10/211h

Week 8 Survivor Picks

Beller decided to tempt fate right off the jump of this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, calling this season "the easiest Survivor pool season since I've been doing Survivor pools." Uh oh, right? Beller and DVR give out their Week 8 Survivor picks on this episode. They also consider some potential traps and secondary picks, as well as some spots where some of the riskier folks out there might want to take a shot. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/10/2121m 7s

Trade Talk, 49ers and Packers Issues, and D'Ernest Sticks Around

Nando, Vaccaro and Brandon turn the calendar to Week 8 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They discuss the dearth of trades across the fantasy world, the case for a Michael Carter second-half surge, D'Ernest Johnson's utility with Nick Chubb back, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/10/2156m 44s

Taking the fantasy pulse in New England, Dallas and Minnesota, and opening up our mailbag

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, with Matthew Fairburn (Patriots), Jon Machota (Cowboys) and Arif Hasan (Vikings) joining Beller to give us an update on their teams. What's the driving force behind Mac Jones' performance the last two weeks? How will Michael Gallup's impending return affect the Cowboys' passing game? Is there any chance that the Vikings might lessen Dalvin Cook's load? Our beats answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Brandon Funston joins the show to open up the TA Fantasy mailbag with Beller. The guys discuss Allen Robinson's trade value, quarterbacks to stream in Week 8, Kenneth Gainwell vs. Boston Scott, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Matthew (Patriots) on Twitter: @MatthewFairburn Follow Jon (Cowboys) on Twitter: @jonmachota Follow Arif (Vikings) on Twitter: @ArifHasanNFL Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/2149m 14s

Fantasy Football Week 7 Takeaways, Winners, Losers and Waivers

Week 7 was filled with blowouts, with just two games decided by one possession, and an average margin of victory that nearly reached three touchdowns. Despite the lack of real-life drama, the slate still produced plenty of fantasy football intrigue. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Who won Week 7? Who lost it? Who are the best waiver targets going into Week 8? Where is the buy/sell divide on receivers like Marquise Brown, Julio Jones and D.J. Moore? How concerned should we be about Antonio Gibson? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pGzkrer9SOA Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/2159m 24s

First Look | Week 8 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 8 waiver wire. With the Ravens on bye, is it worth adding and stashing Rashod Bateman? Which running back are you targeting in leagues where Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Gainwell are available? Is there reason to chase another running back in Vegas with Josh Jacobs' Week 7 injury? And how much should you trust Darius Slayton's performance against Carolina? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/2118m 28s

Week 7 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 7 Main Slate from a DFS perspective. With plenty of value at running back and wide receiver, how should you spend up on this slate? Which mid-range running backs are most appealing this week, and how much are you willing to trust Jalen Hurts on the heels of consecutive games with a pair of rushing TDs? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/10/2122m 57s

Week 7 Rapid Fire Best Bets

Beller, Zac and Vic are back to tackle the remainder of the Week 7 slate, with one pick apiece for each of the 12 games. Their strongest takes come on Giants +3 vs. Panthers, Rams -15.5 vs. Lions, Chiefs -5.5 vs. Titans, and Colts +4 at 49ers. Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/10/2135m 36s

The Athletic's Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

By now, you know just how brutal Week 7 is for byes. It's not just that there are six teams on bye. It's the quality of the offenses, and the depth of their fantasy options, that are taking a seat. The Cowboys, Chargers, Bills, Vikings, Jaguars and Steelers are on bye this week. Those teams contribute three no-doubt starters at quarterback (to say nothing of Trevor Lawrence and Kirk Cousins), five at running back, all of whom regularly sit in the top 10, and 11 at receiver, at least eight of whom are easily top 20 at their position. In other words, starting lineups across the fantasy football universe are going to look a bit wonky this week. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you sort it all out on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OJr_Ibnv-RI Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/2156m 33s

Week 7 Survivor Picks

Beller and DVR get together to discuss their favorite Survivor plays for Week 7. If you've used the heavily-favored teams on this slate, which team(s) should you turn to? Is this a good time to use the Packers with a home matchup against WFT? Can you get away with rolling out the Patriots against the Jets? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/2120m 45s

Happy D'Ernest Johnson Week to those who celebrate (Nando)

It's hard to pinpoint when our guy Nando began his infatuation with backup players, but we know that D'Ernest Johnson was an important part of it in 2020. Well, Johnson is back in a starting role in what happens to be one of the worst bye weeks in recent fantasy memory. So did Nando get the last laugh? Definitely maybe, if you're into being generous. Nando, Chris and Brandon get into a whole lot beyond the depleted Browns on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They discuss the Eagles woes, the problem with Seattle's offense, next-man-up RBs to chase now, Derrick Henry's greatness, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/10/2155m 50s

Taking the fantasy pulse in Kansas City, Baltimore and Atlanta, plus Week 7 Waivers

It's Beat Writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, with Nate Taylor (Chiefs), Jeff Zrebiec (Ravens) and Josh Kendall (Falcons) joining Beller to give us an update on their teams. Can Darrel Williams carve out a role for himself that remains when Clyde Edwards-Helaire returns from IR? Is the Ravens backfield worth trying to figure out? Is there any explanation for Calvin Ridley's slow start beyond general unpredictability? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Brandon Funston joins the show to break down the Week 7 waiver wire. The guys discuss D'Ernest Johnson, T.Y. Hilton and the rest of the players fantasy managers should be targeting on waivers. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Nate (Chiefs) on Twitter: @ByNateTaylor Follow Jeff (Ravens) on Twitter: @jeffzrebiec Follow Josh (Falcons) on Twitter: @JoshTheAthletic Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/2144m 25s

Week 6 Fantasy Football Takeaways, Winners, Losers, and Waivers

Week 6 was the week of the next-man-up back, with Chuba Hubbard, Khalil Herbert, Alex Collins, Darrel Williams and Latavius Murray all finding the end zone. Zero-RBers, rejoice! Can these guys keep it going? That's just one topic Beller, Funston and Jake get into on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys dive into all the big takeaways from Week 6, with looks at the Chargers offense, Ravens backfield, Bears defense and Jaylen Waddle. They take a look at a handful of players who could reasonably fall on either side of the buy/sell divide, fill in the blank on some confounding players, and break down the waiver wire in advance of Week 7. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oqlB_psdfPo Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/2156m 50s

Rashod Bateman Leads a Paltry Waiver Wire

The Week 7 waiver wire is shaping up to be the thinnest of the 2021 season. Still, there are a handful of players worthy of the fantasy community's attention. Beller and Funston discuss those players, led by Ravens receiver Rashod Bateman. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/2118m 37s

Week 6 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 6 Main Slate from a DFS perspective. With injuries piling up, how much value can you pile up at the running back position? With the extra savings at that position, where should you spend up this week? Is it time to pay the premium for Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, should you pivot Packers builds from Davante Adams to Aaron Jones? Are there any large underdogs primed to come through from a fantasy perspective? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/10/2120m 46s

Week 6 Rapid Fire Best Bets

Beller, Zac and Vic are back to tackle the remainder of the Week 6 slate, with one pick apiece for each of the 13 games. The guys are loving Chargers-Ravens and Cardinals-Browns, with all three of them finding one of their five favorite plays in those two games. They also have strong takes among them on Dolphins (-3) vs. Jaguars, Bills (-5.5) at Titans, the Vikings/Panthers total (45) and more. Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/10/2138m 5s

The Athletic's Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings Show

Week 6 is here, and so is another round of putting the pieces together to build the best possible fantasy football lineup. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to help you do that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Week 6 forces fantasy managers to deal with bye weeks for the first time all season, with the Jets, Falcons, Saints and 49ers taking a seat this week. Is Taylor Heinicke a start against the Chiefs? Could you squeeze in a trade before Sunday? Should Darrel Williams go right into fantasy starting lineups? Does Russell Wilson's injury make Tyler Lockett benchable? The guys answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/GmDgQg8xID0 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/10/2157m 19s

Week 6 Survivor picks

Beller and DVR get together to discuss their favorite Survivor plays for Week 6. The Rams and Colts are the two most popular selections on the board. Will the guys go with either of those, or do they see an argument for going off-script? They also discuss secondary picks, teams to avoid, and selections if you want to get a little weird this week. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/10/2121m 17s

Pittsburgh's malaise, Geno Time in Seattle and Kadarius Toney's weekly viability

Nando, Chris and Brandon get together for another round of fantasy talk on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The trio discusses the issues with Pittsburgh's offense, the affect of Geno Time in Seattle, and Kadarius Toney's rest-of-season value. Chris makes a compelling argument for Diontae Johnson as a borderline WR1, despite the struggles of the offense as a whole, while Brandon says now is the time to see if you can still get dollar-for-dollar value on D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Plus, Nando forces another round of Would You Trade This Guy for This Guy talk. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/10/2152m 12s

Taking the fantasy pulse in Cleveland, Denver and Seattle, plus Week 6 Waivers

Tuesday is Beat Writer Day on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, and we've got three good ones for you on this episode. Zac Jackson joins us from Cleveland, Nick Kosmider hops on from Denver, and Michael-Shawn Dugar rounds it out in Seattle. Can Kareem Hunt keep up this pace? Will Javonte Williams ever pull away from Melvin Gordon? What's the outlook for the Seahawks with Geno Smith at the helm? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. After that, Beller and Funston cap off the episode by taking a look at their top targets on the Week 6 Waiver Wire. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Zac (Browns) on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Nick (Broncos) on Twitter: @NickKosmider Follow Michael-Shawn (Seahawks) on Twitter: @MikeDugar Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/2149m 41s

Week 5 Fantasy Football Takeaways, Week 6 Waivers, and Buys and Sells

Chargers 47, Browns 42. Bills 38, Chiefs 20. Five straight missed field goals in Packers-Bengals. Two more teams putting up 40+ points. And there's still one game left on the slate! Week 5 was, by far, the craziest week of the 2021 NFL season to date. Beller, Jake and Funston are here to break down all that craziness on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss the Seahawks offense without Russell Wilson, Adam Thielen's touchdown dependence, trustworthiness for Leonard Fournette and Damien Harris, and the continued headache that is the 49ers backfield. They also dig into the Week 6 waiver wire, and consider the trade prospects for a handful of intriguing players, all of whom could reasonably be on either side of the buy/sell divide. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tM0wozrzV-g Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/2155m 31s

First Look | Week 6 Waiver Wire

Michael Beller joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 6 waiver wire. Will the injury to Saquon Barkley open up big bids for DeVontae Booker? Are the Giants going to prioritize Kadarius Toney in their offense even as their other receivers get healthy? Will Marquez Callaway build off of a season-high eight targets in Week 5 after the Saints' Week 6 bye? Can Alex Collins take control of the Seattle backfield? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/2116m 57s

Week 5 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

Beller and DVR discuss the Week 5 Main Slate from a DFS perspective. Is it worth paying top dollar to build around Derrick Henry against the Jags? How should you approach the chalky plays in the Cowboys-Giants matchup. Will Packers-Bengals go well above the elevated over/under total and provide plenty of fantasy goodness? Should you lean into the underpriced tight ends available on the board this week? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/10/2123m 37s

Chargers (-2.5) over Browns, Dolphins (+10) over Buccaneers, and other Week 5 best bets

Beller, Vic and Zac are back with their Five Faves in Week 5 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Among their 15 combined favorite plays are Chargers -2.5 over Browns, Vikings -9.5 over Lions, Cardinals -5 over 49ers, Bills +3 over Chiefs and Dolphins +10 over Buccaneers. Get the reasoning behind those five plays, and the guys 10 other favorites, before placing your own bets. Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/10/2146m 4s

Trey Lance, Damien Williams, and the Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings

Is Sam Darnold a QB1 this week? Wait, better question: Is Sam Darnold a QB1 for the rest of the season? Is Daniel Jones? How good do we feel about Damien Williams, starting RB? Is this finally the week Robert Woods gets going? Beller, Jake and Funston dig into all that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. That's right, we've reached the rankings portion of the week once again. In addition to the players above, the guys discuss Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Miles Sanders, Kareem Hunt, Alex Collins, Michael Carter, Odell Beckham, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Corey Davis. Plus, a trio of tight ends who might actually matter! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/muAaC-ZaLlo Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/10/211h 1m

Buccaneers, Ravens lead Week 5 Survivor picks

Beller and DVR have both made it to Week 5 of Survivor with relative ease, and now this sentence feels like a jinx for at least one of them this week. The Cowboys and Buccaneers look like the two most popular picks this week, with home games against the Giants and Dolphins, respectively. Will the guys lean on those heavy favorites? Will they go in another direction? And who are they absolutely avoiding this week? Get the answers to those questions on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/2121m 47s

The emergence of Cordarrelle Patterson and Sam Darnold, the re-emergence of James Robinson, and reasons for patience with Kyle Pitts

Nando and Vaccaro dig into the standouts and trends from Week 4, applying them to moves we can make for Week 5 and beyond. The guys get into the Jaguars' offense, Cordarrelle Patterson's staying power, and Sam Darnold as a QB1. They discuss the Baltimore backfield, Jamison Crowder's return, and reasons for patience with Kyle Pitts. Plus, Nando asks a billion questions about Mike Davis, and Vaccaro highlights some under-the-radar players he likes a lot for the rest of the season. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/2159m 13s

A closer look at the Bears, Giants and Panthers | Final Week 5 waiver wire thoughts

It's beat writer Tuesday here on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Beller is joined by Kevin Fishbain (Bears), Dan Duggan (Giants) and Joe Person (Panthers) to dive into three teams that have all made fantasy headlines over the last 48 hours. Can Justin Fields finally put to bed the "Andy Dalton's our starter when he's healthy" nonsense this week? Is Saquon Barkley all the way back? Can Sam Darnold and D.J. Moore keep this rolling. Our beat writers answer all those questions, and more. Then, Beller and Brandon Funston take one last look at the Week 5 waiver wire, highlighted by Damien Williams. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Kevin (Bears) on Twitter: @kfishbain Follow Dan (Giants) on Twitter: @DDuggan21 Follow Joe (Panthers) on Twitter: @josephperson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/10/2154m 22s

Takeaways From Week 4: Alvin Kamara usage, a chance for Trey Lance, and reshuffling the Baltimore backfield

Jake and Brandon discuss the unusual shape of Alvin Kamara’s early-season workload and Week 4 usage, continued frustration with Miles Sanders, Cordarrelle Patterson’s steady role in the Falcons’ offense, Trey Lance time in San Francisco, dropping Brandon Aiyuk, changes in the Baltimore backfield, Kyle Pitts v. T.J. Hockenson for the rest of 2021, and more. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/10/211h 3m

First Look | Week 5 Waiver Wire

Brandon Funston joins Derek VanRiper to take the first look at the Week 5 waiver wire. Is Damien Williams a priority add in the wake of David Montgomery's injury? Who should you choose if Darnell Mooney and Jamison Crowder are both available in your league? Will any of the Week 4 surprises at tight end emerge to be steady weekly contributors? And, in what types of leagues should you be interested in Trey Lance? Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/10/2118m 10s

Week 4 DFS Main Slate Breakdown

DVR takes a look at the Week 4 DFS main slate, focusing on build options from the highest-scoring games on the slate, as well as a few cheaper players to consider for salary relief. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/10/2122m 9s

Cowboys -4.5, Seattle +3, and our other favorite Week 4 bets

DVR, Vic and Zac take a look at the 15 remaining games on the Week 4 slate, supplying a pick for every single one of them. Among their Five Faves are the Bears and Lions topping 42.5 points, Seattle getting three points on the road at San Francisco, and Rob Gronkowski going over 39.5 yards in his return to New England. Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/10/2140m 17s

Chuba Hubbard, Rising Raiders, and the Rest of the Week 4 Rankings

It's Week 4 of the Fantasy Football season and Jake and Funston discuss their rankings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How much are the Raiders creeping up in the weekly rankings? Is it time to target Kyle Pitts in trades? How far does Allen Robinson fall in Chicago’s woeful offense. Where does Chuba Hubbard land in the rankings this week? Did Week 3 provide a clear opportunity to deal Clyde Edwards-Helaire?  Which RB3s and WR3s should be in your lineup, and which should be on the bench? The guys answer all those questions, plus go head-to-head on a few players where they differ, make cases for backs outside the top 24 and top 30, and more.  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSbXJ0rG20I Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/09/211h 7m

Week 4 Survivor Picks

It's been a very comfortable first three weeks in most Survivor pools, but will a big favorite fall unexpectedly in Week 4? Brandon Funston joins DVR to discuss the Bills, Titans and Bengals as popular selections this week, their preferred options, concerns about the Saints against the 0-3 Giants, and a case to take advantage of a banged-up Steelers team on the road in Green Bay. Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SvWk4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/2119m 53s

Early risers and fallers, buying a Robby Anderson rebound, and concerns in Pittsburgh

Nando and Chris discuss the surprising Week 3 performance of Peyton Barber, Nando’s unsurprising interest in the Lions’ offense and the long-term viability of D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, the quick early-season turnaround of Zack Moss in the Buffalo backfield, Robby Anderson’s quiet September, Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s turnaround against the Chargers, the weird shape of Najee Harris’ production and the overall woes of the Pittsburgh offense. Plus, disappointment in Atlanta, Collin Johnson’s contributions in the Giants’ passing game, and frustration with A.J. Brown.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/211h 7m

A closer look at the Rams and Bucs w/Jourdan Rodrigue and Greg Auman | Final Week 4 waiver wire thoughts w/John McKechnie

DVR is joined by The Athletic’s Rams beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue to discuss Matthew Stafford’s excellent start through the first three games, Cooper Kupp’s bid to be considered an elite fantasy wide receiver, the slow start of Robert Woods, and expectations for the backfield in the wake of Sony Michel’s 20-carry game against Tampa Bay.  Then, The Athletic’s Bucs writer Greg Auman joins DVR to discuss Tom Brady’s pace to break his own previous-high in passing TDs, the struggles of the Tampa Bay ground game, a potential deep-league stash at wide receiver in the Bucs’ offense, and reasons to be optimistic about the team’s defense in the coming weeks.  Finally, DVR is joined by RotoWire’s John McKechnie to break down the waiver-wire cases for Chuba Hubbard, Peyton Barber, Curtis Samuel, Tim Patrick, James Washington, and several others before FAB and claims are processed for Week 4.  Follow Jourdan on Twitter: @JourdanRodrigue Follow Greg on Twitter: @gregauman Follow John on Twitter: @johns_tailgate Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/09/2156m 13s

Takeaways from Week 3, waiver wire targets, and trade considerations

Jake and Brandon discuss the disappointing showing of Justin Fields in his first NFL start, Odell Beckham’s form in his first game back from a torn ACL, Saquon Barkley’s return to top-end RB status, and the Falcons’ offensive woes.  Plus, they take look at pickups to consider on the waiver wire, including Chuba Hubbard, Collin Johnson and Zack Moss (among others), and discuss their level of concern about T.J. Hockenson and Ty’Son Williams, and the difficulty of starting WR1s in a true game-time decision situation.  Has Mike Williams overtaken Keenan Allen as the Chargers’ No. 1 receiver? Is it time to panic about Jonathan Taylor’s TD drought? Can the Steelers’ offense bounce back with the current version of Ben Roethlisberger? Are we back to ‘Start Joe Burrow!’?  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/211h 1m

An early look at the waiver wire for Week 4

Beller and Funston start your Week 4 before Week 3 is even over, taking an early look at the players you should be targeting on the waiver wire. Chuba Hubbard leads the way, and behind him is a parade of receivers that includes Emmanuel Sanders, Curtis Samuel, Tim Patrick, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/2123m 19s

Do King Henry or passing games reign supreme in Week 3 DFS contests?

Beller and DVR take a look at the Week 3 DFS main slate, focusing on one question in particular: Do you want to pay up for Derrick Henry, or do you want to focus on passing games from, say, Seattle, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, all of which are playing in what are expected to be high-scoring games? Your answer to that question could very well determine how you build your DFS rosters this week. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/09/2124m 58s

Chargers +6.5, Bengals-Steelers under, and other Week 3 best bets

Beller, Vic and Zac take a look at the 15 remaining games on the Week 3 slate, supplying a pick for every single one of them. Among their Five Faves are the Chargers getting 6.5 points in Kansas City, the Bengals and Steelers to stay under 44 points, and the Vikings to put up plenty of points and yards against the Seahawks. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/09/2144m 13s

Justin Fields, Deebo Samuel and the rest of the Week 3 fantasy football rankings

Week 3 is one of a handful of moving weeks in the fantasy world. We've got desperate 0-2 teams, some of which will be even more desperate by the end of Monday night. We've got 2-0 teams riding high, some of which will move to 3-0 and feel they're unstoppable. Every team, no matter where they are in the standings, can use a win this week. And that's where Beller, Jake and Funston start when they discuss the Week 3 rankings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Justin Fields is getting his first career start. Should he start for you? Just how good is Deebo Samuel going to be this season? You're starting Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Ezekiel Elliott, but how worried should you be about them? Which WR3s should be in your lineup, and which should be on the bench? The guys answer all those questions, plus go head-to-head on a few players where they differ, make cases for backs outside the top 24 and top 30, and generally ignore the tight end position. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nwscA18q7Ro Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/09/2159m 2s

Week 3 Survivor Picks

After everyone survived THE EASIEST SURVIVOR WEEK EVER™, a more challenging slate confronts us in Week 3. The Broncos are the big favorite laying 10.5 at home against the seemingly hapless Jets. Three other big favorites—the Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals—are on the road. The Browns are laying a touchdown at home against the Bears, but do you trust them with all those injuries against a team now led by Justin Fields? The Chiefs are 6.5-point favorites at home, but do you want to fade the Chargers that aggressively? Beller and DVR help you navigate the survivor pool waters on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZuB_WAJgB9o Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/2121m 6s

Sitting CEH, buying into Tony Pollard, and the return of Courtland Sutton

Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss the Ravens’ offense through two weeks, the sluggish start from Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ezekiel Elliott’s floor amidst the rise from Tony Pollard, the general disappointment around several early-round running backs, more uncertainty in the San Francisco backfield. Plus, the massive breakout from Mike Williams in Joe Lombardi’s offense, the return of Courtland Sutton, and more.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/2159m 45s

Joe Mixon's workload, Brandon Aiyuk's status, Mike Williams' breakout, and more from The Athletic NFL beat writers

It's beat writer Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Bengals reporter Jay Morrison, 49ers reporter Matt Barrows, and Chargers reporter Daniel Popper join Beller and DVR to discuss the latest on their teams from a fantasy perspective. First, the guys get into Joe Burrow's volume concerns and Joe Mixon's workload with Morrison. Then Barrows jumps on the show to talk about the new backfield hierarchy in San Francisco, and Brandon Aiyuk's disappearance over the first two weeks. Popper rounds it out, taking questions on Mike Williams' breakout, the Chargers fluky red-zone struggles, Austin Ekeler's increasing role, and more. Finally, Beller and DVR wrap the show by giving you 10 good minutes on Week 3 waivers. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Follow Matt (49ers) on Twitter: @mattbarrows Follow Daniel (Chargers) on Twitter: @danielrpopper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/2150m 44s

Waivers, Trade Talks, and PANIC TIME..the Week 2 Review is Here

When is the right time to smash the panic button in a fantasy football league? If you're staring down an 0-2 start, it might feel like now is that right time. In many instances, that won't necessarily be the case. In others, however, panic just might be the appropriate reaction. Beller, Jake and Funston break out the panic meter on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Is now the time to sound the alarm bells on Clyde Edwards-Helaire? What about Allen Robinson and Robert Woods? Or even—gasp!—Ezekiel Elliott? The guys also take a full look back at Week 2 Sunday breaking down the biggest news, including Derek Carr's rise, the ridiculously entertaining late slate of games, and the rash of injuries that started right off the jump. They also break down an interesting group of waiver players that doesn't include a slam dunk top option, but certainly presents a number of paths fantasy managers can pursue over the next couple days. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Y0J6aX78XC0 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/2158m 29s

An interesting group for early Week 3 waivers

Beller and DVR take an early look at the players that will likely be among the most popular players on the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Shallow league managers should be taking a look at Michael Carter, Zack Moss and Darnell Mooney, while deep leaguers will be more focused on the likes of Henry Ruggs and DeVante Parker. Could Parker also have value in shallower leagues? And could everyone take a look at Justin Fields? The guys discuss it all. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/2121m 0s

Breaking down the Week 2 DFS slate

Beller and DVR take a look at the Week 2 DFS main slate, focusing first on the highest totals on the board. Do you have to find exposure to Cowboys-Chargers? Are there better angles to play in Vikings-Cardinals or Titans-Seahawks? The guys also look beyond those high totals for games they want to target, including Saints-Panthers. They also discuss where they're going to splurge this week, and where they prefer to find savings to facilitate that splurging. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/09/2126m 52s

Titans over Seahawks, Panthers over Saints, and other Week 2 best bets

Beller, Vic and Zac run through the Week 2 slate, with all three of them offering up their favorite plays for each of this week's remaining 15 games. Within those 15 picks apiece, the guys all highlight five favorites. Among their favorites: Panthers +3.5 over Saints (Zac), Titans on the moneyline at +190 (Vic) and Jonathan Taylor to go over 15.5 receiving yards (Beller). We'll give you those in the show description. For the rest, you'll have to listen to this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/09/2145m 5s

Elijah Mitchell, Jameis Winston, and Week 1's Standouts in the Week 2 Rankings

Elijah Mitchell, Jameis Winston and Christian Kirk were among the surprise standout players in Week 1. But that was last week. Where do they rank in Week 2? And who will join them in the 2021 Surprise Standout Club this week? Beller, Jake and Funston dig into those questions on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Among the 30-plus players the guys discuss are Teddy Bridgewater, Joe Burrow, Mike Davis, Ty'Son Williams, Ja'Marr Chase, Jarvis Landry and Robby Anderson. Plus, we've got a few surprises should keep our favorite rankings analysts on their toes. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YYYb-gFByLo Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/09/2158m 20s

Week 2 Survivor Picks

Week 1 was a relatively quiet one on the Survivor front, with the Jaguars the only semi-popular pick that went down. Week 2 looks like it could be a comfortable one, too, with three double-digit favorites on the board, all of whom happen to be considered Super Bowl contenders (even though one of them struggled mightily in Week 1). Beller and DVR say there's no reason to get cute and not pick one of those teams in Week 2, but they'll debate which of the three is the best play in Survivor pools. They'll also give you teams to avoid and off-the-radar picks if you dare save all three of this weeks big favorites. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8XadcNN4X2o Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/09/2118m 51s

Reactions—including overreactions!—to Week 1

Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss the approach to Elijah Mitchell as a Week 1 standout commanding large bids and top waiver-wire priority, how they are reacting (and overreacting) to Week 1 — including the role of Corey Davis with the Jets, regrets in the Elijah Moore v. Mike Williams decision, the strong showing of several rookies in their debuts, and concerns on the heels of the Packers’ Week 1 debacle against the Saints. They also take a look at the most dropped players coming out of the first week of the season. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/09/211h 2m

Cause for concern in Buffalo, Tennessee or Green Bay? We check in with their beat writers to find out

Every Tuesday on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we'll check in with a handful of our beat writers around the country to get the latest on-the-ground knowledge from teams making news in the fantasy world. We kick it off by touching base with three teams that struggled mightily in Week 1: the Bills, Titans and Packers. Is there legitimate cause for concern for the fantasy-relevant players on these three teams, or was this just one bad game in a long season? What can we take away from Week 1 that is actionable in the fantasy world. Joe Buscaglia (Bills), Matt Schneidman (Packers) and Joe Rexrode (Titans) help us sort it all out. Plus, Beller and DVR take one last look at waivers for Week 2. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Joe B. (Bills) on Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia Follow Matt (Packers) on Twitter: @mattschneidman Follow Joe R. (Titans) on Twitter: @joerexrode Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/09/2150m 25s

Week 1 Fantasy Takeaways and Week 2 Waivers

Week 1 is just about in the books, with the Monday night game between the Ravens and Raiders the only one left on the slate. We've got a lot to look back at and forward to, and that's exactly what Beller, Jake and Funston do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How triumphant should the Ja'Marr Chase victory lap be? Are we worried at all about the Packers or Titans? Are there any big prizes on the waiver wire going into Week 2? The guys get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/w9xvJivAxmI Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/09/211h

Mark Ingram, Christian Kirk and the Early Week 2 Waiver Wire

The first Sunday of the season is in the books, which means it's just about time to turn our full attention to Week 2. Beller and DVR start turning that page by taking an early look at the waiver wire, where they find Mark Ingram and Christian Kirk among the players that should be the top targets in leagues of all sizes. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-NZKh0l6leE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/09/2118m 51s

Week 1 DFS: Games to target; where to spend; where to save

Every Friday, Beller and DVR will give you the nuts and bolts they're using to build their DFS lineups. The guys will highlight the games they want to target, discuss the players and positions on which they want to spend major resources, and the areas in which they'll be finding savings. In Week 1, DVR has his eye on the elite running backs, while Beller finds comfort in spending up for a reliable quarterback. They both, however, want to find savings at receiver and tight end. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/09/2119m 21s

15 games, 45 bets, Week 1 is here!

Week 1 has arrived, and we're celebrating with the new-look gambling edition of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Every Friday, Beller, Vic and Zac will run through all the remaining games on the slate, with each of them picking one play from every matchup. It could be a side, total, player prop or game prop, providing you with a full menu of betting options to kick off your weekend. The guys will be sure to highlight the picks they're betting themselves, and those they're discussing simply for entertainment and conversational purposes. On this episode, Beller makes a strong case for laying the points with the Broncos against the Giants, Vic gets on board with Aaron Rodgers' quiet revenge, and Zac finds plenty of value in the Raiders catching four at home against the Ravens. And those are just three of the 45 bets mentioned! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/09/2147m 16s

We made it! It's the Week 1 Rankings episode!!

The NFL season kicks off on Thursday with an expected doozy between the Cowboys and Buccaneers, and the first full Sunday of the season follows just a few days later. Our friends...we did it. It won't be hard to figure out your starters from the Cowboys-Buccaneers game. But the rest of the slate? That's a different story. Beller, Jake and Funston help you lock in your lineups on the Week 1 Rankings episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss upwards of 30 players, including Trevor Lawrence, Myles Gaskin, Damien Harris, DeVonta Smith and Ja'Marr Chase. Plus, they give you surprise players to start at every position. Let's do this! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/izLMWY0A4R4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/09/211h 1m

Week 1 Survivor Strategy: Picks to Make, Teams to Avoid

Every Wednesday evening, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper will bring you strategies to help you survive and advance in your survivor pools. Things are pretty straightforward in Week 1, with all 32 teams available to everyone. It's a challenging Week 1 slate, however, with no real slam-dunk pick on the board. Should you go 49ers over Lions? Rams over Bears? Buccaneers over Cowboys? Or should you already be zigging where others are zagging. Beller and DVR break it all down. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/2122m 13s

Our Heavily Rostered Players and Surprising Late Draft-Season Values

Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss their varying opinions about Mike Davis as the lead back in Atlanta, Ryan Tannehill as an undervalued QB, Nando’s unusual interest in Tyrod Taylor, value in the Colts’ receivers, Melvin Gordon’s role in tempering a Javonte Williams breakout, and the draft market’s failure to adjust to D.J. Chark.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/2158m 24s

Celebrating the Start of the NFL Season by Revealing 'Our Guys'

Everyone's got their Guys. The ones they went after in every single draft this season. You may share some of your Guys with other people, but it's likely that no one has the exact same list as you. Those Guys are Your Guys. These Guys our Our Guys. Individually, we refer to them as My Guys. Some of the Guys who made our My Guys lists: Kyle Pitts, Courtland Sutton and Mike Davis. Aaron Jones, Robert Woods and Curtis Samuel. Tua Tagovailoa, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Rondale Moore. Come join us on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast as we talk about Our Guys. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oaa_G0K1Ud8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/2151m 16s

Bills Super Bowl, Browns AFC North, Niners NFC West, and Our Other Favorite Team Futures

Beller, Zac and Vic dig into the team-based futures market, finding more than a few bets they want to make before this season begins. The guys discuss Super Bowl picks (Bills and Chiefs), division winners (Browns and 49ers) and fun playoff bets (hello, Cardinals and Panthers). They also get into win total over/unders, find some places to go negative (do we really trust the Colts?) and get into a handful of exotic wagers. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/09/2141m 35s

Bold (Predictions) as Love

The NFL season begins one week from today. That means there's really only one thing to do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast: make some bold predictions. Beller, Jake and Funston come in hot with five bold predictions apiece. Some are positive (Jalen Hurts is a top-five QB!), some are negative (Derrick Henry is NOT a top-five RB!), all are bold. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tYaUgIzv1ig Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/09/2152m 32s

Late Risers, Fallers, and Twitter Hype

Nando, Brandon and Chris discuss last-minute risers and fallers now that the calendar has flipped to September. How will the Ravens utilize Gus Edwards and the rest of their running backs following J.K. Dobbins’ injury, Sony Michel’s opportunity in Los Angeles, their expectations for Marquez Callaway, and changes in New England with the Patriots decision to roll with Mac Jones as their starting quarterback.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/09/211h 1m

The J.K. Dobbins Injury and all the Rest from the Third Week of Preseason Games

The biggest piece of news emanating from Week 3 of the preseason is also the worst. J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL and will miss the 2021 NFL season. That makes three exciting young backs we won't see this year, with Dobbins joining Cam Akers and Travis Etienne. Beller, Jake and Funston have the icky, yet necessary, fantasy takeaways for you on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss how far up your rankings you should move Gus Edwards, and where they'd be comfortable taking him. They also get into the rest of the news from the third week of the preseason, including T.Y. Hilton's disk issue, Gardner Minshew heading to Philly, good looks from Courtland Sutton, Chris Godwin and Laviska Shenault, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QKaK1Vu8U1I Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/2147m 37s

The Gambling Edition Returns with Yardage Leaders, MVP Bets and Player Props

The gambling edition of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is back for another season. Every Friday, Michael Beller, Vic Tafur and Zac Jackson will discuss their favorite bets from every game on the slate. Sides, totals, player props and team props are all fair game, and the guys will likely throw in a parlay or two along the way, as well. Before the season, however, is futures time. On this episode, the guys highlight their favorite player futures for the season. They give out their top plays to lead the league in passing, rushing and receiving yards, as well as passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns. They also lay down some MVP bets, and discuss a handful of player props. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Follow Zac on Twitter: @AkronJackson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/08/2148m 43s

RB Shuffle, Settling of QB Battle Dust, and Bounceback Players

It's not often that a trade happens, and the player who's on the move is the least interesting player involved in the deal. So hey, Sony Michel is an outlier! What does the Michel trade mean for Darrell Henderson and Damien Harris? What does Travis Etienne's injury mean for James Robinson and the Jags receivers? Is it time to back off D'Andre Swift? Beller, Jake and Funston get into all that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys also discuss the QB battle won by Teddy Bridgewater, those seemingly won by Jameis Winston and Jimmy Garoppolo, and Mac Jones increasing chances of starting Week 1. They wrap up the episode by naming their favorite bounceback players at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IoU2mauQXrk Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/08/2159m 59s

Building Your Bench: Zero RB, Floor-Ceiling Balance & QB strategy

Nando, Chris and Brandon discuss the strategies they employ while building out the bottom half of their rosters including how to execute Zero RB, waiting on a quarterback, and balancing ‘boring’ veterans with upside selections. Plus, the impact of Sony Michel in the Rams’ backfield, Damien Harris’ rising stock in New England, and the overlooked Zach Wilson.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/2157m 58s

Zach Wilson and Corey Davis Shine, Mecole and Rondale Ascend, and More from Preseason Week 2

The second week of the preseason is in the books, and it was just as eventful as the first from a fantasy football perspective. Beller, Jake and Funston dive into the fantasy takeaways on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The fantasy community has clearly been too low on Corey Davis all summer, but what about Zach Wilson? Is it time to get worried about Michael Carter and/or Javonte Williams? Will the Mecole Hardman and Rondale Moore hype stop? More importantly, should it? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tobkomNauZA Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/211h

A snapshot of the fantasy zeitgeist from three recent drafts

Our guy Jake Ciely's baby, the fantasy football FLEX Leagues, recently conducted all of its drafts. Jake, Beller and Funston participated in three different drafts, giving us a great snapshot of how the fantasy football landscape is shaping up with three weekends left in draft season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we look at the decisions our trio made in their respective drafts, and discuss the players they targeted and faded. There's one player who all three drafted, and if you've been following along with us all summer, his identity will not come as a surprise... Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Brandon's Draft: https://www78.myfantasyleague.com/2021/options?L=65388&O=113&CMD=GRID&DISPLAY=LEAGUE&ARCHIVE=* Jake's Draft: https://www70.myfantasyleague.com/2021/options?L=71571&O=113&CMD=GRID&DISPLAY=LEAGUE&ARCHIVE=* Beller's Draft: https://www78.myfantasyleague.com/2021/options?L=19353&O=113&CMD=GRID&DISPLAY=LEAGUE&ARCHIVE=* Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/s5bgQvNf6Xk Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/08/2147m 59s

Battling groupthink atop the draft board

Nando, Brandon and Chris discuss whether you should consider veering away from Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook with the first two picks on draft day, where they’re willing to draft Saquon Barkley, their thoughts on Jonathan Taylor, Austin Ekeler’s case to be a first-round pick, the Antonio Gibson ‘CMC Dream’, executing a zero-RB build, the early slide of DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Brown’s move up the board, and expectations for J.K. Dobbins.  Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/08/2155m 10s

Myles Gaskin's slide, rookie QB heroics, and other fantasy football takeaways from preseason Week 1

The first week of the NFL preseason is in the books, and while no one wants to overreact to anything we saw this past weekend, there are still things we can properly react to. How worried should we be about Myles Gaskin? How excited should we be about Justin Fields and Trey Lance? Is there cause for concern with Michael Carter? Beller, Jake and Funston answer all those questions, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, they just might indulge in an overreaction or two. Because this is supposed to be fun! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LJgHeyH5r0E Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/2157m 55s

Dak's Shoulder, Gibson vs. Najee, and Overvalued Players to Avoid

The training camp news spigot is turned all the way up this week. Dak Prescott is going for another MRI on his throwing shoulder. Carson Wentz might be ready for Week 1. Curtis Samuel is on the PUP list, and things don't look great. Rashod Bateman will miss multiple weeks, a huge blow for a rookie in the summer. Beller, Jake and Funston get into the fantasy takeaways for all that news on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. After that, Brandon and Jake engage in their first ADP Battle of the summer. In one corner is Brandon and Antonio Gibson. In the other is Jake and Najee Harris. If you can only draft one, who should it be and why? Finally, all three of our hosts name one of their most overvalued players at every position. Listen to the arguments for fading Justin Herbert, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Adam Thielen and Mark Andrews. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VKTXyJFEuko Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/08/2159m 45s

How to Approach Tight Ends in 2021 (Chris Vaccaro’s Tight End Show)

Nando, Brandon and Chris discuss their approach to the tight end position this season — including their willingness to build around Travis Kelce in Round 1, shared love for Darren Waller, a possible rebound from George Kittle, expectations for Kyle Pitts in Year 1, undervalued players at the position, late darts, Vaccaro’s favorite option among the Top-12 tight ends, and how to adjust your roster build around the decision to draft a tight end early on.   Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/08/211h 2m

The RB Dead Zone Draft

By now, you've likely heard the spooky tales of the RB Dead Zone, a Bermuda Triangle type area that hangs over the third through sixth rounds of 12-team drafts. Some say that fantasy drafters wander into the Dead Zone dazed, unsure of themselves and their surroundings. Others say that drafters go into the Dead Zone confidently, sure that the backs they select anywhere between pick 25 and 72 overall will at least meet, and potentially exceed, expectations. Of course, we know that backs in this range often fail, especially when compared against the receivers taken in the same neighborhood. We also know, however, that there are multiple success stories every season, from David Montgomery (RB4) in 2020 to Aaron Jones (RB2) in 2019, and that someone in every league will be brave enough to draft these backs in the Dead Zone. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Beller, Jake and Funston brave the wilds with an RB Dead Zone Draft. The guys have devised a scoring system that rewards upside AND bust avoidance, helping you find the right RB selections to make when the Dead Zone descends upon your draft. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kk4RefEegDQ Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/2156m 12s

Wentz falls, Montgomery rises, Hopkins vs. Metcalf, and a spotlight on Kareem Hunt

We wrap up this week on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast with an episode jam-packed with legitimate training camp news. How strong should we be fading the Colts' skill position players, most notably Jonathan Taylor, in the wake of Carson Wentz's foot surgery? With Tarik Cohen likely to miss regular season games, is it time to push David Montgomery up the rankings. What does DeVonta Smith's knee sprain mean in the fantasy world? Beller and Funston answer all those questions on this episode. They also go toe to toe on DeAndre Hopkins vs. D.K. Metcalf, shine a spotlight on Kareem Hunt, and discuss quarterback touchdown props. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/08/2157m 10s

The Saquon scaries, the post-Gase bounce, and the new-look Jaguars

Say hello to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast's new Wednesday crew: Nando Di Fino, Brandon Marianne Lee and Chris Vaccaro. The trio will be coming to you every Wednesday through the end of the regular season, bringing The Athletic's fantasy football written word to the airwaves. On their debut episode, the gang discusses this summer's Saquon scaries, Sam Darnold getting out from under Adam Gase's thumb, the composition of the Jaguars, Nando's Daniel Jones obsession, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonHerFFB Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/08/2151m 4s

The 'no #1s allowed' fantasy football draft

It's another offbeat draft Monday here on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. This week, Beller, Jake and Funston build fantasy teams made up of two QBs, two RBs, three WRs, one TE and two flex players. The catch? Anyone who has been a QB1, RB1, WR1 or TE1 in either of the last two seasons is not in the eligible player pool. In other words, the guys are trying to help you target and prioritize potential breakout players in 2021 in this draft. The top players in the pool include Joe Mixon (just barely), Antonio Gibson, Najee Harris, Terry McLaurin, CeeDee Lamb, Robert Woods, Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Matthew Stafford, Kyle Pitts and Noah Fant. Upside is king in the No #1s Allowed Draft, although there's plenty of floor to be found, as well. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rrFMVaj5mmw Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/2159m 3s

Beat writer roundtable: NFC West

We've reached the end of the beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, and we wrap things up with what just might be the best division in football: the NFC West. Any chance Russ gets to cook all season in Seattle? What does Matthew Stafford bring to the table for Sean McVay that Jared Goff didn't? How will the Raheem Mostert/Trey Sermon pairing shake out in San Francisco? And can Kyler Murray make another leap this year? Our beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Michael (Seahawks) on Twitter: @MikeDugar Follow Jourdan (Rams) on Twitter: @JourdanRodrigue Follow Matt (49ers) on Twitter: @mattbarrows Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/07/211h 7m

The end of the Packers discount, the beginning of training camp news, and the middle of Sleeper SZN

Beller and Jake welcome training camp—and all the craziness that comes with it—with open arms. The guys discuss Aaron Rodgers' return, Dak Prescott's shoulder injury, and the sudden change in Michael Thomas' outlook on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. From there, the guys get into their favorite sleepers at every position. They also launch two new segments that will be staples for the rest of draft season here at TAFFP: ADP Battle and Player Spotlight. The former pits Raheem Mostert against Javonte Williams, while the latter shines on Matthew Stafford. And of course, they play another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rgZjfGInW2s Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/07/2158m 3s

Beat writer roundtable: AFC South

We've reached the AFC South edition of the beat writer roundtable on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. This division underwent plenty of meaningful fantasy football change, with Trevor Lawrence, Julio Jones and Carson Wentz finding their way to one of the four teams during the offseason. How do the Titans balance Julio and A.J. Brown? Is Jonathan Taylor set to become a true workhorse? What does Lawrence have in store for his rookie season? Is there anything of fantasy substance in Houston. Our AFC South beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Joe (Titans) on Twitter: @joerexrode Follow Zak (Colts) on Twitter: @zkeefer Follow Andy (Jaguars) on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aaron (Texans) on Twitter: @aaronjreiss Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/07/211h

Beat writer roundtable: AFC North

The beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast moves on to the AFC North, which sent three teams to the playoffs last season. It also sends a number of stars to the fantasy football world, chief among them Lamar Jackson and Nick Chubb. Is J.K. Dobbins about to make the leap? Can Odell Beckham rebound in 2021? Is Najee Harris the next great workhorse back in Pittsburgh? Will Joe Burrow lead the league in pass attempts? Our AFC North beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jeff (Ravens) on Twitter: @jeffzrebiec Follow Zac (Browns) on Twitter: @AkronJackson Follow Mark (Steelers) on Twitter: @MarkKaboly Follow Jay (Bengals) on Twitter: @JayMorrisonATH Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/07/211h 2m

Beat writer roundtable: NFC North

Our beat writer roundtable series moves to the NFC North, where Aaron Rodgers will still be playing his football in the 2021 season. So too will Justin Fields and Jared Goff, while the Vikings return with some of the most continuity in the league, especially at the positions we care about in the fantasy football world. Can a second receiver finally emerge alongside Davante Adams in Green Bay? Is the Vikings' usage tree as reliably narrow as it was last year? How long will we have to play the waiting game with Fields in Chicago? And what do we make of all the turnover in Detroit? Our NFC North beat writers answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Matt (Packers) on Twitter: @mattschneidman Follow Arif (Vikings) on Twitter: @ArifHasanNFL Follow Kevin (Bears) on Twitter: @kfishbain Follow Chris (Lions) on Twitter: @ChrisBurkeNFL Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/07/211h 2m

The potential fantasy football needle movers at AFC training camps

After running through the NFC last week, Beller and Jake turn their attention to AFC training camps on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Forget about the coachspeak and proclamations of "Best Shape of His Life." We're looking for the developments that could change the way we think about players in a substantive way before we all sit down to draft over the next six weeks. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UJVWVQhIs7Q Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/211h 7m

Beat writer roundtable: AFC West

Next up on our beat writer roundtable series is the AFC West. The Chiefs have won this division five years in a row and enter this season as massive favorites. Top to bottom, however, there's a lot to like from a fantasy perspective. Can Clyde Edwards-Helaire have the season this year so many expected last year? Is Austin Ekeler the new Alvin Kamara? Assuming Aaron Rodgers remains in Green Bay, who wins the Broncos' quarterback battle between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater? How do the Raiders balance Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake? Nate Taylor (Chiefs), Daniel Popper (Chargers), Nick Kosmider (Broncos) and Vic Tafur (Raiders) answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Nate (Chiefs) on Twitter: @ByNateTaylor Follow Daniel (Chargers) on Twitter: @danielrpopper Follow Nick (Broncos) on Twitter: @NickKosmider Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/211h 2m

Beat writer roundtable: AFC East

Next up on our beat writer roundtable series is the AFC East. The Bills now lord over the division once dominated by a Bill, but there's reason to believe the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets all could be better this season. And hey, there's quite a bit of fantasy goodness to be found on at least three of these teams. Who—if anyone—wins out in the Bills backfield? Can Tua take full advantage of all the weapons at his disposal? What does Zach Wilson have in store in his rookie year? Can the Patriots bring any speed or athleticism to the table this season? Tim Graham (Bills), Robert Mays (Dolphins), Connor Hughes (Jets) and Sean Leahy (Patriots) answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Tim (Bills) on Twitter: @ByTimGraham Follow Robert (Dolphins) on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Connor (Jets) on Twitter: @Connor_J_Hughes Follow Sean (Patriots) on Twitter: @leahysean Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/07/2157m 3s

The fantasy football stuff that matters at NFC training camps

A handful of teams are already in training camp, and every camp will be underway within the next week. We're going to hear a lot of talk coming out of camp, and most of it won't matter in the fantasy world. But some of it will. Beller, Jake and Brandon help you anticipate the latter on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys will split their look at all 32 camps across two episodes. First up is the NFC. The guys run through all 16 NFC teams, highlighting what they'll be watching for at their respective camps over the next month. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yjegsDd7JG4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/07/211h 2m

Beat writer roundtable: NFC South

Next up in the beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is the NFC South. The division features the defending champion Buccaneers, and a powerhouse in transition down in New Orleans—not to mention the consensus first overall pick in fantasy drafts. And also the Falcons. But we love Calvin Ridley! Can the Bucs feed all their receivers adequately again this year? Will Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill take over for Drew Brees? Is this the year D.J. Moore finds the end zone more than four times? And what do the Falcons look like in a post-Julio world? Our beats get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Greg (Buccaneers) on Twitter: @gregauman Follow Tori (Falcons) on Twitter: @tori_mcelhaney Follow Kat (Saints) on Twitter: @Kat_Terrell Follow Joe (Panthers) on Twitter: @josephperson Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/2155m 20s

Beat writer roundtable: NFC East

The beat writer roundtable returns to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. With training camps set to open later this week, we'll check in with all of our beat writers to get the on-the-ground knowledge about their teams as the sprint to the start of the season begins. First up: the NFC East. How will the Cowboys divvy up all those targets from Dak Prescott? Is Antonio Gibson ready to take the next step? Can Miles Sanders rebound? When will it be time to get worried about Saquon Barkley's ACL recovery. Our beat writers answer all those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jon (Cowboys) on Twitter: @jonmachota Follow Zach (Eagles) on Twitter: @ZBerm Follow Ben (Washington) on Twitter: @BenStandig Follow Dan (Giants) on Twitter: @DDuggan21 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/07/211h 1m

TAFFP's first annual WR3 draft

Last year, Stefon Diggs (WR3), Brandin Cooks (WR15), Diontae Johnson (WR21) and CeeDee Lamb were all drafted as WR3s (WR24). But so were T.Y, Hilton (WR43), Marquise Brown (WR34), DeVante Parker (WR41) and A.J. Green (WR68). In 2019, Allen Robinson (WR10), Jarvis Landry (WR13) and D.J. Moore (WR16) were WR3s by ADP. But so were Alshon Jeffery (WR59), Robby Anderson (WR39), Christian Kirk (WR40) and Dede Westbrook (WR48). Nailing a WR pick in this range can be huge for a fantasy team. Beller, Jake and Funston will try to help you get ready to do that with The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast's inaugural WR3 draft! Plus, the guys play another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6mTvz7MWtY4 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/2158m 4s

Fun with fantasy football ADPs, part 2

Beller, Jake and Funston keep the ADP fun rolling on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys dig a little deeper this time around, wrapping up the top 100 and stretching into what will be the nether regions of most fantasy football drafts. Is Juju being disrespected? Is Laviska Shenault sneakily the receiver in Jacksonville to target? Is Irv Smith Jr. a no-brainer at his price? The guys also get into some ADP showdowns—hello, Javonte Williams vs. Travis Etienne—and play another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3lb43hOFpQU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/07/2157m 37s

Fun with fantasy football top 100 ADPs

It's Draft Kit Launch Week at The Athletic, and Beller and Jake are ready to celebrate. What better way than by setting the draft day stage with a look at players being selected inside the top 100 in fantasy drafts this summer? It's probably no surprise that, say, Christian McCaffrey is the consensus first overall pick, Kyler Murray is a top-three quarterback, or Tee Higgins is a rising receiver who hears his name called among the first 80 players in typical drafts. But would you believe that Cam Akers has made himself an easy top-20 pick? That Justin Jefferson is an easy top-10 receiver? That Miles Sanders could slip out of the first three rounds? That's where the guys focus their ADP energies on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, we've got another round of Guess That Player! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/M2aD9c0p1Zs Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/2157m 58s

Celebrating Scott Fish Bowl and addressing potential WR draft-day dilemmas

The 11th annual Scott Fish Bowl kicked off on Monday, and all three of our hosts are participating. Beller, Jake and Funston discuss the players they've drafted thus far, as well as other general SFB11 tomfoolery, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Then, the guys get into some common draft-day dilemmas fantasy managers will face at the wide receiver position. Should you take Michael Thomas or Keenan Allen? Allen Robinson or Terry McLaurin? Deebo Samuel or Will Fuller? The guys break down those three battles, and three others, too. And of course, we've got another round of Guess That Player! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5K4F38-uFE Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/07/2159m 1s

New-look backfields, and new looks for your fantasy league

Beller, Jake and Funston turn their attention to the backfield on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys take a look at new-look backfield groupings to uncover where the value lies in each situation. Should you be targeting Josh Jacobs or Kenyan Drake in Vegas? What about Melvin Gordon or Javonte Williams in Denver. And is there any value to be found in Houston, where David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay lead a backfield that could have four players getting touches? The guys answer those questions, and more. The trio also discusses players they say are riskier than is being assumed, and their favorite fantasy rule tweaks. Plus, they've got another round of Guess That Player. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U-hHZwk5JU Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/06/211h 4m

Deciphering the high-risk/high-reward passing attacks for the fantasy game

Beller, Jake and Brandon turn their attention to the air on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. From Jacksonville to Denver, New York to Arizona, there are more than a few teams with passing attacks that are both exciting and hard to decipher. The guys will dive into nine such offenses on this episode. They'll also play another round of Guess That Player and give away a spot to Scott Fish Bowl 11! Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FaDOUp0nrw Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/211h 9m

A new OC for the Steelers, a new QB competition in New England, and early injury concerns for Amari Cooper and Saquon Barkley

Another 18 teams hold mandatory minicamps this week, running the number of teams that have gotten together in a meaningful way to 28. Beller, Jake and Funston focus on a handful of those teams on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Where do we stand on Odell Beckham? What should we expect from the Steelers offense under Matt Canada? Is Cam Newton vs. Mac Jones a legitimate camp battle? Did Jamison Crowder and the Jets just throw a whole bunch of cold water on Elijah Moore? Should we already be worried about Amari Cooper and/or Saquon Barkley? The guys answer that, play another round of Guess the Mystery Player, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOYIlAYvJt8 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/211h 2m

Julio trade fallout, breakout receivers, and our first installment of Guess The Mystery Player

Beller, Jake and Funston cover the Julio trade fallout from every angle on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Who's a fantasy winner (hello, Ryan Tannehill and Kyle Pitts), and who's a fantasy loser (sorry, Matt Ryan and Josh Reynolds) with Julio now on the Titans? What happens to A.J. Brown's stock? How far up do Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus climb? Are the Titans worth a bet to win the AFC South, or even the entire conference? We've got it all covered for you here. The guys also take a look at three second-year receivers that Jake has among his top-10 breakout candidates at the position. Plus, our first installment of Guess The Mystery Player, and a few impromptu sidebets. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly2OmzowQnw Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AthleticFantasy Email us: tafantasysports@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/211h 3m

Saquon and Burrow taking it slow, favorite MVP bets, and a case for Latavius Murray

Beller and Funston get together for this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, starting with a look at the twin ACL recoveries of Saquon Barkley and Joe Burrow. Should talk of Barkley easing into the season and limited mobility for Burrow push down their draft stock? Then, the guys talk about MVP bets, and find that there isn't much sense in betting anyone outside the top-eight QBs. A look into New Orleans reveals an undervalued Latavius Murray, and do we care about Zach Ertz or the Texans? Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/2145m 50s

Julio mania, Swift facing a modest proposal, and 'now or never' for Chase Edmonds

This has been quite the newsworthy fantasy football week for late May, led by the Julio Jones trade speculation fueled by none other than the receiver himself. What's the best trade destination for Julio? And what becomes of the Atlanta offense without him? Beller, Jake and Brandon dive into that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. After that, the guys discuss Anthony Lynn's comments on Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift, Miles Sanders "love" for Nick Sirianni's offense, Chase Edmonds' "now-or-never" season, and Jake's breakout QB candidates. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/05/2152m 11s

Travis Etienne, Justin Fields, rookie WRs, and over/under fun with Brad Evans

Brad Evans of Fade the Noise joins Jake and Brandon to focus on rookies on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss Travis Etienne as a wide receiver, Justin Fields as a QB1, and Najee Harris' shot at immense volume. They also get into players being over and undervalued in early drafts, and the idea of drafting two receivers from the same team. Plus, some fun with rookie production over/unders. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Brad on Twitter: @NoisyHuevos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/2153m 7s

The return of Tebow, Mixon's massive workload, Julio rumors, and mailbag questions

Jake and Brandon discuss the return of Tim Tebow, Joe Mixon's path to an an extremely heavy workload, Julio Jones rumors, and several mailbag questions.  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/05/2158m 29s

Winners and losers from the NFL draft with Graham Barfield

Jake, Funston, and special guest Graham Barfield, from Fantasy Points, break down winners and losers from the NFL draft, Rookie sleepers + Star Wars trivia fun! Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Graham on Twitter: @GrahamBarfield Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/05/211h 6m

Recapping Round 1 and looking ahead to the rest of the NFL Draft

Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston share their thoughts on Round 1 of the NFL Draft and look ahead to day two and three. Which first round picks are in great situations to shine as rookies and which players should you avoid looking ahead to your own fantasy draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/04/2156m 50s

Breaking down the 2021 rookie quarterbacks with Marcas Grant

Jake, Funston, and special guest Marcas Grant from the NFL Network break down the 2021 rookie QB class.  Is Trevor Lawrence immediately a top 10 quarterback? Will Zach Wilson be relevant in redraft? What kind of upside will Justin Fields have as a potential QB1? Can Kyle Shanahan make Mac Jones into a QB1? Those answers and more on the final pre-draft episode. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Emory on Twitter: @MarcasG Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/04/2147m 27s

Breaking down the 2021 rookie receivers with Emory Hunt

Jake, Funston, and special guest Emory Hunt, from CBS Sports HQ break down the 2021 Rookie WR class, including the big three WRs - Chase, Waddle, and Smith. The trio also talks about how they value size in receivers and some potential sleepers who could emerge as fantasy stars!  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid  Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Emory on Twitter: @FBallGameplan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/2148m 54s

Breaking down the 2021 rookie running backs w/Scott Bogman

Jake, Funston and special guest Scott Bogman, from In This League, discuss how they value this year's rookie running backs, and try to sort out potential landing spots. The trio also discusses which veteran running backs are at risk for losing significant value along with their favorite sleepers at the position in this year's draft.  Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid  Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Scott on Twitter: @BogmanSports Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/04/2159m 33s

The 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles shake up the draft, and fantasy football changes with a 17-game schedule

The 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles shook up what's typically a ho-hum week on the NFL's offseason calendar, swinging a three-team trade that landed the 49ers in the third spot in the NFL Draft, the Dolphins at six, and the Eagles at 12. Beller, Jake and Funston get into the fantasy implications on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Plus, the guys explore what sort of changes we should make in the fantasy world with the advent of a 17-game NFL schedule. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Please fill out our listener survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/03/2143m 35s

But wait, there's more! Free agency fun, that is!

The free agent fun didn't end when the new league year began. After a slow day or two, action picked back up on Thursday afternoon, with the likes of Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller and Kenyan Drake finding new homes, while Chris Carson and Juju Smith-Schuster ended up staying put. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Jake throws some shade at Jared Cook—again—and disagrees with Beller on DeSean Jackson. Plus, the guys get into what should be the proper pronunciation of Travis Etienne's last name. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Please fill out our listener survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/03/2145m 17s

Breaking down the latest in NFL free agency

The new year has officially begun, and thankfully the league didn't use up all of its free agency juice during the legal tampering period. Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston get you caught up on everything that's happened in the new league year, putting a fantasy spin on the latest free agent signings. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Please fill out our listener survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/211h

Don't you know anything about tampering?

The start of the new league year is on the horizon, but that hasn't stopped nearly every team in the NFL from engaging in some good old fashioned legal tampering. The legal tampering period has delivered gems such as Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith to the Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick to D.C., Corey Davis to the Jets, and more. The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast returns to break it all down. Plus, Beller engages Jake and Funston in a fun round of "Is our fantasy community lexicon flawed?" Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/2143m 32s

Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, and the intensifying quarterback carousel

Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff have already been traded this offseason. Could Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson soon be joining them? On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Beller, Jake and Funston consider just how real Wilson's, "I want to stay here, but..." posturing is. Beller, our resident Bears fan, fantasizes about a world in which Wilson finds himself playing home games in Chicago. The guys also discuss Wentz's fantasy value in Indianapolis, Ben Roethlisberger's presence in Pittsburgh, early Super Bowl LVI futures, and more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/2151m 17s

We're back with a look at the loaded 2021 free agent class

After a two-week break, The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is back! Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston return with the 2020 season behind us and the 2021 league year on the horizon. The guys celebrate by kicking off their 2021 with a deep dive into the loaded free agent class. There's no way Dak Prescott ends up anywhere but Dallas, right? Are Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin going to get tagged? Who stands the most to gain by finding a new home? Where do Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, Will Fuller, Kenny Golladay and James Conner end up? The guys get into all that and more. Listener Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/athleticaudiosurvey Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/02/2154m 8s

Super Bowl betting extravaganza, part 2

Michael Beller and Vic Tafur are back to lock in their favorite bets for Super Bowl LV. Both of them like the Chiefs to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, but there's a difference of opinion on which side to back against the spread. The person who likes the Chiefs against the spread really likes them, making an argument to play them all the way up to -6 and -9. The guys also dive into the prop market, discussing, among other props, Patrick Mahomes passing yards, Leonard Fournette total yards, Travis Kelce's receiving yards, Chris Godwin receptions, total sacks in the game, and length of the shortest touchdown. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/02/2150m 58s

Super Bowl LV betting angles, early 2021 RB and WR rankings, and Stafford-Goff trade fallout

Super Bowl LV is now just days away, and while this may be a fantasy football podcast, the entire football world is captivated by the impending matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston hammer down their best bets for the big game, including props on Patrick Mahomes, Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette, Travis Kelce, and more. After that, the guys turn their attention to Jake's early 2021 rankings, taking a look at the running back and wide receiver positions. Which second-year backs make their way into Jake's top 10? Who could be next season's breakout receiver star? And who wins and loses as a result of the blockbuster quarterback trade between the Rams and Lions? The guys answer all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/2152m 15s

Super Bowl betting extravaganza, part 1

The Super Bowl is still more than a week away, but that doesn't mean we can't already start talking about our favorite ways to bet the game. Sure, we're going to be playing the line, be it on the Chiefs or the Buccaneers, but this is the Super Bowl. There are seemingly countless ways to get in on the action, and no time to waste. In the first part of our Super Bowl betting extravaganza, Michael Beller and Vic Tafur begin discussions on the wagers that have caught their eye this week. While they're not locking in all these plays just yet, they are the ones that the guys are, at the very least, zeroing in on as the big game draws nearer. Will Patrick Mahomes go over 329.5 passing yards? Does Beller have a sneaky angle on the first touchdown scorer? Is Vic crazy for wanting to trust the running backs in a game like this? We'll get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/2147m 13s

Early Super Bowl talk, Watson and Stafford landing spots, and 2021 QB and TE rankings

The Super Bowl matchup is set, making this one of the final episodes of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast for the 2020 season. And don't get us started on that. Yes, it might be 2021, but this is still the 2020 season. On this episode, Michael Beller, Brandon Funston and Jake Ciely offer up their early thoughts on Super Bowl LV, with the Chiefs favored by a field goal. They also discuss their ideal landing spots for Deshaun Watson and Matthew Stafford, and take a look at some of the most interesting players in Jake's early 2021 rankings at quarterback and tight end. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/211h 2m

Conference Championship best bets and picks against the spread

In the opinion of one of our two hosts, this is the best NFL weekend of the season. Championship weekend routinely brings together at least three of the four best teams in the league, if not all four, and this season is no exception. The Packers and Buccaneers get things going on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, and then the Chiefs and Bills cap off the night in the AFC Championship Game. Start your Championship Weekend prep with Michael Beller and Vic Tafur on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys offer up their picks for sides and totals in both games, highlighting their absolute favorite plays of the weekend. And hey, Beller found a fun prop he likes, while Vic came up with a new segment to put a bow on the episode. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/01/2135m 18s

Planting our first fantasy football flags for the 2021 season

The 2021 fantasy football draft season is just about six months away. Crazy, right? Kidding aside, we in the fantasy football community are always ready to talk about the next season at this time of year, and that's exactly what Michael Beller and Jake Ciely do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. How should fantasy managers treat the bevy of attractive second-year backs, from likely first rounders Jonathan Taylor and James Robinson, to the likes of Antonio Gibson and Clyde Edwards-Helaire? Is it time to rethink the strategy of waiting on the quarterback position? Is Davante Adams in a tier of one at wide receiver? The guys answer those questions and a whole lot more, plus take a look ahead to the conference championship games this weekend. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/211h 2m

Divisional Round best bets and picks against the spread

The NFL is down to its final eight teams, which means we're running out of opportunities to bet on the league this season. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur have you covered on this week's precious few games with our latest episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Can the Rams keep rolling, or will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers cover the 6.5-point spread. Who comes away with the win and cover in Ravens-Bills? Can the Browns at least keep things close against the Chiefs? And can the Saints topple the Buccaneers for the third time this season, covering in the process? Or does Tom Brady have some more playoff magic in his arm? The guys answer all those questions, and offer up their favorite bets of the weekend. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/01/2131m 47s

2020 fantasy football awards show

No season is complete without handing out some awards. That's exactly what we do on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Show, highlighting the best, brightest, and, in some instances, worst of the 2020 fantasy football season. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston hand out the hardware with a little twist. Jake's our resident video game guru, so instead of simply naming a fantasy MVP, or a waiver wire pickup of the year, we found video game inspirations for all of our awards. Who was this year's fantasy football Oddjob (cheat code)? Who was the Super Mario Bros. 2 (better than you think)? Who wins the Blow on Cartridge Award (should've been better)? And who, most simply, was On Fire? We hand out all those awards and more, and also take a look at this weekend's Divisional Round. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/01/2156m 38s

Wild Card Weekend picks against the spread

The most wonderful time of the year may be behind us, but the most wonderful time of the NFL season is just beginning. The playoffs are here, with Saturday kicking the first ever six-game Wild Card weekend. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur are back to dive into their top plays against the spread. The guys get into all six games this weekend, discussing leans for all six, while highlighting the ones on which they'll actually be placing wagers. They also discuss their favorite futures bets for the postseason. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/01/2134m 43s

Playoff fantasy football rankings and a playoff fantasy draft

The regular season is over, but the fantasy football season isn't. The NFL postseason provides the fantasy community with another opportunity to play fantasy football before closing the book on this season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston walk through the different ways to play playoff fantasy football with a focus on the most popular way, draft-and-hold. The guys give their playoff predictions, the foundation for any playoff fantasy draft strategy, and then conduct a six-team, six-round draft to illustrate how a draft-and-hold league could play out. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Draft Board Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/01/2158m 43s

Looking ahead to 2021 with an early mock draft

When is the right time to start thinking about the next fantasy football season? Right after the current one ends! That's what we're doing here at The Athletic, having already conducted one early mock fantasy football draft for the 2021 season. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, the last in 2020, Nando Di Fino, Chris Vaccaro and Eric Moody break down that early mock draft. They consider whether running backs will once again dominate the top of the first round, who could be next year's big risers, price changes at the quarterback position, and a whole lot more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/12/2058m 29s

Week 17 fantasy football rankings and concerns

Still playing fantasy football in Week 17? Good news! We're still here to help guide you through your overlooked championship week. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into the unique problems related to playing fantasy football in Week 17. Namely, what do you do if you've been riding Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce all season? What other teams should you be concerned about resting? What teams could pull the plug on their starters at some point during the game? The guys answer all those questions, plus take a look at Rams without Jared Goff, the resurgent Cowboys, and, once again, Mitch Trubisky. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/2051m 9s

Week 16 picks against the spread

On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Vic Tafur run through the Week 16 slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread.  Can the Cardinals move one step closer to a playoff berth and, more importantly, cover against the 49ers? Can the Browns get another double-digit win against a team from New York? Will the Steelers bounce back in a tough spot against the Colts? Who covers in the crucial NFC West battle between the Seahawks and Rams? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/12/2032m 50s

Championship week fantasy football rankings

It's Wednesday of Week 16, and that can only mean one thing for this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. It's time for championship week rankings. Michael Beller, Brandon Funston and Jake Ciely get you ready for your championship by discussing the most confounding players in Week 16. Can Baker Mayfield keep it rolling? Is Le'Veon Bell worth starting with Clyde Edwards-Helaire out? Can you count on a boom week from Tyler Lockett? The guys get into those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/2048m 16s

Mixing championship week talk with a look ahead to 2021

Fantasy football championship week is here, and so are Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro to take a look at Week 16. At the same time, 2021 is on the minds of many fantasy managers, including those who are playing for titles this week. Nando and Chris mix Week 16 with 2021 on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss the players who have great matchups in Week 16, the offenses that could carry managers to fantasy titles, 2021 outlooks for the tight end position and a handful of intriguing teams, and much more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/2054m 26s

Gearing up for fantasy football championship week

Aaron Jones, Calvin Ridley, Dalvin Cook, Josh Allen, Kyler Murray and plenty of others helped send their fantasy football managers to championship games with their performances in Week 15. You already knew you could lean on those guys going into their matchups, however. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, we're more interested in the surprise stars of Week 15 who could repeat in Week 16. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston probe that class of players, discussing, among others, Jalen Hurts, Le'Veon Bell, J.D. McKissic, Tony Pollard, Matt Ryan, Marvin Jones, Baker Mayfield, and many, many more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/2056m 9s

Week 15 DFS plays, and picks against the spread

On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 15 DFS slate. They discuss the high-priced players who should be at the center of your lineups, the abundance of $6,000ish receivers who look good this week, love for rookie running backs, and more. Later, Beller runs through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting his favorite picks against the spread. Can the Bills and Packers get off to good starts on Saturday? Can the Patriots bring the Dolphins back down to earth? Who wins and, more importantly, covers in the showdown between the Chiefs and Saints? We get into those games, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/2043m 15s

The newly trustworthy players for the fantasy semifinals, and a game of either/or

A few weeks ago, it would've sounded crazy to say that fantasy managers would be trusting Jeff Wilson, T.Y. Hilton and Mitch Trubisky in their semifinal matchups. Even though those three, and many others deemed newly worthy of our trust, will be in lineups, should we be thinking harder about how much we're willing to lean on them? Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody dive into the question of newfound trustworthiness on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They also play a fun game of either/or to help you with your toughest lineup decisions this week. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/2036m 39s

Week 15 fantasy football rankings

It's semifinal week in the fantasy football playoffs, and while we know almost everything we need to know about almost every player with fantasy relevance, there are still questions to be answered. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston dive into the most vexing ones on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Among them: Can Baker Mayfield and Philip Rivers keep things rolling this week? What other quarterbacks would you have to have to sit Taysom Hill? Is there any universe in which James Conner or Ezekiel Elliott should be benched this week? Is Gus Edwards playable alongside J.K. Dobbins? Is D.J. Chark back in our good graces with Gardner Minshew starting once again? Should Cole Beasley and Tim Patrick be locked into starting lineups? The guys answer all of those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/2057m 15s

Settling into the fantasy football semifinals after a wild Week 14 exclamation point

Ravens-Browns wasn't just the game of the year. It also likely swung more than a few first-round matchups in the fantasy football playoffs with huge late touchdowns by Rashard Higgins, Baker Mayfield, Marquise Brown and Kareem Hunt, plus a lateral-fest safety on the last play of the game. Now that we've all settled down from that crazy end to Week 14, it's time to turn the page to Week 15 and the fantasy football semifinals. Nando Di Fino and Chris Vaccaro do just that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Can late-season breakouts like Cam Akers and Jonathan Taylor carry fantasy managers to championships? Is Mitch Trubisky—Mitch Trubisky!—a must-start? Should we be even more worried than usual about bad teams mailing it in? The guys answer all those questions, and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVaccaroGST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/2053m 38s

Jalen Hurts, Mitch Trubisky and the quirkiness of the fantasy football playoffs

One month ago, neither Jalen Hurts nor Mitch Trubisky were starting for their real-life teams. Now, they could both legitimately carry fantasy teams to championships. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston discuss Hurts and Trubisky, as well as the other big Week 14 storylines that could weigh heavily on the fantasy football playoffs. Among them: What's up with the Steelers' and Buccaneers' offenses? A positive week for D'Andre Swift. The return of T.Y. Hilton. Alvin Kamara finally getting the Alvin Kamara treatment again. The viability of Raheem Mostert and J.D. McKissic. And a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/12/201h 1m

Week 14 DFS plays, and picks against the spread

On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 14 DFS slate. They discuss an abundance of attractive players across the three major positions priced between two $7,000 and $7,700, Dalvin Cook vs. Derrick Henry vs. Davante Adams, the lack of cheap pivots at quarterback, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread. The guys are going head-to-head in three games, including marquee matchups between the Bills and Steelers, and Vikings and Buccaneers. They also dive into Packers-Lions, Saints-Eagles, Chiefs-Dolphins, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/201h 1m

It's all about trust in the fantasy football playoffs

The fantasy football playoffs have arrived, and they have brought into focus the meaning of a certain fantasy buzzword: trust. A bad game from an individual player sprinkled here or there throughout the regular season isn't a big deal. One in the fantasy football playoffs, however, could send a fantasy manager home. And that's why we ask, "Who can you trust?" Nando Di Fino, Jake Ciely and Eric Moody get into the question of trust on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. They do so by discussing Giovani Bernard, D'Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, T.Y. Hilton, Chase Claypool, Matthew Stafford, Jalen Hurts and more. Follow Nando on Twitter: @nandodifino Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Eric on Twitter: @EricNMoody Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/2057m 2s

Week 14 fantasy football rankings

The fantasy football playoffs are here, with Week 14 kicking off a three-week sprint to championships all across the fantasy football world. Michael Beller, Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston are also here, helping you make the tough start/sit decisions with an in-depth look at the Week 14 rankings on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys got into more than 30 of the most confounding players for Week 14, including Kirk Cousins, Jalen Hurts, J.K. Dobbins, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kareem Hunt, CeeDee Lamb, D.J. Chark, Juju Smith-Schuster, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/2059m 2s