Fantasy football at an elite level. Host Ian Hartitz breaks down all of the latest NFL news and gives you the analysis and unique insights you need to dominate your season-long fantasy football leagues and DFS contests. With cutting-edge stats and information from Pro Football Focus, get ready to take your game to another level. If you want to be the BEST, this fantasy football podcast is a must.
10 questions with Matthew Freedman
Host Ian Hartitz welcomes on Action Network and FantasyLabs analyst Matthew Freedman to go over 10 questions related to some of the league's top storylines as well as the AFC and NFC Championship matchups. The guys start off by looking at the 2020 rookie RBs and projecting who is currently the dynasty RB1 of the group. Next is a game of fantasy matchmaker for 2021 free agents including Allen Robinson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Curtis Samuel and more. Ian and Matt agree Lamar Jackson is still a top-five dyansty QB, while the guys have different thoughts on who holds the best betting value to be the Colts' 2021 Week 1 starting QB. Conversation continues with a hat tip to A.J. Brown playing through the pain and where he ranks in the 2021 WR landscape before the guys debate whether Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill would be the better fantasy option as the Saints' 2021 starting QB. Things wrap up with DFS, on-field strategy and more general thoughts on the AFC and NFC Championship matchups.
NFC and AFC Championship breakdown
Host Ian Hartitz welcomes on PFF analyst Andrew Erickson to break down the Buccaneers-Packers and Bills-Chiefs conference championship matchups. The guys start off by questioning whether or not the Bucs will rely on Tom Brady's arm against the Packers' absolutely brutal run defense. Playoff Lenny figures to have his way on the ground, but will his hot stretch be enough to earn another contract from Tampa Bay? The guys agree that Chris Godwin is set up best against this Jaire Alexander-led secondary, while Ian debuts a "candle bet" that Rob Gronkowski finds his way into the end zone. Conversation continues with a look at what went wrong for Aaron Rodgers and company in their first matchup against the Bucs before the guys discuss what 2021 destination might be best for Aaron Jones from a fantasy perspective. The Bills-Chiefs matchup brings on discussion regarding whether Josh Allen can bounce back from last week's middling performance, where Stefon Diggs ranks in the 2021 fantasy WR ranks, and which complementary Bills pass-catcher might have the biggest afternoon. The guys wrap things up with a look at Patrick Mahomes and whether or not we should expect the Chiefs to again utilize a run-heavy approach against the Bills among other final topics.
0:00 Intro 2:10 Buccaneers Preview 19:10 Packers Preview 37:36 Bills Preview 50:46 Chiefs Preview
10 questions with Michael Fabiano
Host Ian Hartitz welcomes on Sports Illustrated senior fantasy analyst Michael Fabiano to discuss recent NFL developments as well as the Divisional Round. The guys start things off by going over which landing spot would lead to the most 2021 fantasy value for free agent Allen Robinson. Ian and Michael agree that Diontae Johnson should be treated as a legit top-20 WR in 2021 fantasy drafts, but keep an eye on the potential for an unnecessarily large ADP disparity between him and Chase Claypool. Conversation continues with a look at 2021 expectations for Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars, what to expect from the Seahawks without OC Brian Schottenheimer, and where Joe Burrow stacks up in the dynasty QB ranks. The guys next get into the divisional round. Both Ian and Michael think the Browns have a good chance of covering and we shouldn't discount Baker Mayfield and company in DFS either. Things might not be easy for Aaron Rodgers and company, but it's going to be tough for Jared Goff to keep pace. Conversation winds down with more analysis on the Saints-Buccaneers and Ravens-Bills matchups before the guys finish things off by pondering which team would an alien be best off following and becoming a fan of for the next five years.
2:13 Dream landing spot for Allen Robinson II?
5:07 How will Diontae Johnson/Chase Claypool fare in 2021?
8:27 Year 1 expectations for Meyer/Lawrence in JAX?
12:25 Concerned about Seahawks’ offense in 2021?
15:33 How many QBs would you take ahead of Burrow?
17:36 Do the Browns have a shot at beating the Chiefs?
21:18 Can the Rams great defense stop the Packers great offense?
26:04 Will the Buccaneers finally beat the Saints?
31:40 Prediction for Baltimore/Buffalo news headlines?
33:48 Team to root for over the next 5 years?
Divisional Round breakdown
Host Ian Hartitz welcomes on PFF analyst Andrew Erickson to talk through all four Divisional Round matchups. The guys start off by debating whether or not we'll see the good version of Jared Goff this week before pondering if this elite Rams defense is capable of making Aaron Rodgers look even somewhat mortal. Ian breaks down why he believes Lamar Jackson is already the best rushing QB of all time before Andrew goes over the negative (fantasy) impact that dual-threat QBs have on their offense's running backs. Neither Ian nor Andrew believe Josh Allen will stop balling in this tough matchup, and the guys also believe Stefon Diggs is more than worthy of top-three WR treatment across the league based on his marvelous 2020 campaign. Additional topics include: whether or not to eat the Devin Singletary chalk in DFS, if Baker can keep on cooking, where does Nick Chubb stack up among the league's very best backs, what to expect from Patrick Mahomes and company in their first competitive game since Week 16, whether or not TB12 can turn things around in his third try against the Saints, if Michael Thomas can pop off for his first huge game of the season, and much more.
0:08 Intro 1:22 Rams @ Packers 27:29 Ravens @ Bills 51:53 Browns @ Chiefs 1:10:24 Buccaneers @ Saints
10 questions with Danny Kelly
Host Ian Hartitz welcomes The Ringer NFL writer Danny Kelly to talk through 10 questions ahead of Super Wild Card weekend. Danny believes the Bills are in fact the top challenger to the Chiefs' AFC throne, and Ian argues their perceived weaknesses aren't even that big of a deal in the year 2021. The guys discuss whether or not the Colts (+6.5) deserve to be the AFC's biggest round one underdog before gushing over what Brandon Staley has done with this Rams defense. Discussion continues with a look at whether or not Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense can turn the ship around. Danny believes the Ravens should be able to take down the Titans, but the guys both agree this Titans offense is truly a force to be reckoned with. Additional topics include: how deadly this Ravens offense would be with a legit No. 1 WR, which playoff RB would "matter" the most in a neutral situation, what are Mitch Trubisky and company's chances of shocking the Saints, who might be the most-dangerous Wild Card playoff team in NEXT year's playoffs, and much more.\
0:05 Intro 1:24 Is BUF the biggest challenge to KC in the AFC? 4:47 Do the Colts deserve a +6.5 spread against the Bills? 8:56 Which defense in the playoffs can carry their team? 12:34 Can the Seahawks bounce back in the playoffs? 18:20 How good could the Ravens be with a top WR? 23:14 Pick one: Ravens or Titans? 26:17 Which playoff RB would you want on your roster? 28:57 How confident are you in the Bears? 32:40 Which playoff team will be in the best position in 2021? 35:45 Best non-QB between Chiefs and Packers?
Wild Card breakdown
Host Ian Hartitz is joined by PFF and Establish The Run analyst Dwain McFarland to break down all six Wild Card matchups. The guys start off by complimenting Josh Allen on his fantastic season, although Dwain points out that things haven't gone as smooth vs. zone-heavy defenses like the Colts. Ian is confident that Indy should be able to move the ball with decent success through the air or on the ground; just realize the Bills aren't as bad at stopping the run as some numbers indicate. Ian and Dwain think the Rams are better off with Jared Goff (thumb) vs. John Wolford under center, particularly against a Seahawks defense that has struggled to stop the deep ball all season. Discussion continues with neither guy being confident in the Buccaneers or the Football Team's ability to put up points. The opposite is true for the the Ravens' matchup against the Titans, while Dwain cautions in counting out Mitch Trubisky and the Bears against the Saints. Finally the guys wrap it up by taking a closer look at Baker Mayfield's chances of pulling off the upset in Pittsburgh. Additional topics include: can Russell Wilson overcome this terrifying Rams defense, will the decent version of the Steelers defense please stand up, is it Terry McLaurin week, are the Titans the Ravens' kryptonite, and much more.
0:05 Intro 0:49 Colts @ Bills 14:09 Rams @ Seahawks 31:39 Buccaneers @ Football Team 45:07 Ravens @ Titans 58:39 Bears @ Saints 1:13:52 Browns @ Steelers