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Rookie Scouting Portfolio author Matt Waldman is an NFL outsider, but his evaluation of skill prospects has earned the attention of NFL insiders. The RSP Cast shares Matt's process and analysis of the NFL, NFL Draft prospects, and the craft of evaluating talent.

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Rookie Scouting Portfolio author Matt Waldman is an NFL outsider, but his evaluation of skill prospects has earned the attention of NFL insiders. The RSP Cast shares Matt's process and analysis of the NFL, NFL Draft prospects, and the craft of evaluating talent.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Intriguing NFL Player-Team Scenarios This Summer

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Intriguing NFL Player-Team Scenarios This Summer

    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast continues the preseason watchlist conversation with the players and situations that Matt is most interested in monitoring during training camp.

    This week, we’re continuing the preseason watchlist conversation with the players and situations that I’m most interested in monitoring during training camp.



    Players and scenarios I discuss include:



    * Can Marquise Brown and/or Rondale Moore replace the qualities of DeAndre Hopkins' game that made Hopkins a receiving juggernaut?

    * Do the Ravens see Lamar Jackson for what he really is or are they itching to make him what he isn't?

    * Depending on the answer to the previous question, Devin Duvernay could become a significant offensive factor.

    * Who will be the third option in the Bears' receiving corps? Depending on the answer, that option could wind up the second-most productive player or an afterthought.

    * Green Bay's passing game has a vacuum to fill and there are a lot of potential outcomes that are reasonable to project this year. That said, the potential for a receiver to assume Davante Adams' production is likely limited to one candidate or bust. There is also potential to see the reemergence of a Randall Cobb role, but not with the guy named Randall Cobb.

    * The Travis Etienne hype could develop into something real, but the language of the report reveals a lack of substance at this point. I explain why.

    * Is there the potential for a hidden gem in the Raiders offense?

    * Why there's potential that any Pierre Strong buzz in June is putting the cart before the horse.

    * Tampa Bay's running back stable. How stable is it? Who could sneak his way into more touches?



    Of course, it is easy to monitor news about players in training camps. Discerning what is actionable information from that news is a different matter entirely. This is something I’m covering in the 2022 RSP Pre-Draft/Post-Draft Service’s June newsletter: A 10-point primer on putting training camp news in perspective—especially with regard to rookies, second-year players, and low-cost vets and journeymen.



    If you want to know about the rookies from this draft class, you will find the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), with the 2022 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95. 



    Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    Best yet, proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Rashod Bateman’s 2022 Outlook and Using Fantasy Projections

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Rashod Bateman’s 2022 Outlook and Using Fantasy Projections

    Matt Waldman's RSP Cast discusses his outlook for Baltimore Ravens receiver Rashod Bateman's 2022 campaign and shows you how to use fantasy football projections to understand the process behind the totals.

    "Why no love for Bateman?



    This is what Jacob, a long-time reader, and listener, asked me about Rashod Bateman on Twitter after seeing the June update for the RSP's 2022 Dynasty Rankings and Projections Package. He included Matt Harmon’s assessment of Bateman as a talent with a lot of qualities similar to Keenan Allen and Justin Jefferson.



    It's a great subject to discuss something many fantasy GMs and fans don't understand about assessing talent--especially in fantasy leagues: Talent is only part of the equation.



    Usage, the skills of the supporting talent (OL and QB for a WR), and the history of the offense – a scheme that isn’t expected to make a significant change—are all important factors.



    This week, I take you through the RSP's projection process to explain why Bateman qualifies as a breakout player with my data but with production that isn't on the level of Justin Jefferson, or even Keenan Allen's recent totals. I also share what to look for when examining projections so you know if the process behind the data is sound.



    And of course, if you want to know about the rookies from this draft class, you will find the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), with the 2022 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95. 



    Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    Best yet, proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: The All-22 Under The Radar Rookie Watchlist

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: The All-22 Under The Radar Rookie Watchlist

    Matt Waldman shares his All-22 Rookie Watchlist — below the radar players whose draft capital did not match their talent.

    This week, we’re talking preseason skill player watch lists—the All-22 rookie Team--below the radar players whose draft capital did not match their talent. The odds are against these players earning early opportunities to contribute in an NFL offense but if circumstances allow it, they have the skills to exceed current expectations and potential go from a roster hopeful to a meaningful part of the gameplan within 6-18 months.



    These are players you should be considering for your expanded preseason rosters in dynasty leagues as well as have them on a running list for re-draft formats as preemptive additions. They have the talent and/or scheme fit to potentially do what James Robinson has done if given a true opportunity due to injury, suspension, an open-minded coach and staff, or some other exceptional circumstance.



    And of course, if you want to know about the rookies from this draft class, you will find the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), with the 2022 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95. 



    Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    Best yet, proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Managing Fantasy Lineups (Start/Sits)

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Managing Fantasy Lineups (Start/Sits)

    Matt Waldman shares his philosophies on managing fantasy lineups in this week’s RSP Cast. 

    Now that the dust has settled on the 2022 NFL Draft, let’s continue the fantasy conversation with setting lineups:



    * How should I use lineup effeciency as a guide?

    * Which league variables impact lineup efficiency?

    * How does one get better with start/sits?

    * What resources are out there?

    * What type of relationship should I develop with these resources to get better?

    * How do I manage weekly start/sits?

    * How does the draft, trades, and free agency factor into my lineup decisions?



    Tune in!



    And of course, if you want to know about the rookies from this draft class, you will find the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), with the 2022 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95. 



    Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    Best yet, proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse of children. 

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    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Building Dynasties

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast: Building Dynasties

    Matt Waldman shares his philosophies on building teams in dynasty leagues in this week's RSP Cast. 

    Now that the dust has settled on the 2022 NFL Draft, let's discuss dynasty team building:



    * Self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses as a manager.

    * Minimizing weaknesses and leverage strengths: What this actually means.

    * My approach to startup and rookie drafts and how stockpiling talent fits within the strategy.

    * Safe picks: The difference between aiming for the bull's eye and aiming for the bull's eye through a hole in an apple sitting atop the head of a man standing in front of the target.

    * Trades: When, why, and how.

    * Waivers: When and how I spend.



    And of course, if you want to know about the rookies from this draft class, you will find the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), with the 2022 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95. 



    Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  



    Best yet, proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

    • 35 min
    Matt Waldman’s RSP Data and Film Cast: 2022 WRs and RBs with PFF’s Dwain McFarland

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Data and Film Cast: 2022 WRs and RBs with PFF’s Dwain McFarland

    PFF Analyst Dwain McFarland returns to the RSP Cast for a reprised Data and Film show with a conversation about the wide receivers and running backs for the 2022 NFL Draft class. 

    It's always fun to catch up with Dwain, who spent about a year contributing at the Rookie Scouting Portfolio site before joining Pro Football Focus as a full-time analyst. Dwain and I reconvene to discuss the differences between the film and data of several key receiver and running back prospects in this 2022 NFL Draft Class:



    * Where the data and film's red flags intersect and diverge on Treylon Burks.

    * Why Justyn Ross and Khalil Shakir's data screams potential value.

    * Why 40 times and other combine metrics are overrated data points for modeling future success.

    * The potential reasons the film and data part company on Alec Pierce and Rachaad White.

    * The factors that could skyrocket David Bell's, Calvin Austin's, and Kennedy Brooks' potential.

    * Why do the same metrics mean very different things for backs like Brooks and Jerrion Ealy?



    Tune in below as a podcast or check out the YouTube video. Here are the charts Dwain provided for the podcast.



    https://youtu.be/kWDuHXNUBhI



     











    Also, John Hodgins' GoFundMe is nearing 90 percent of it's goal. Let's put him over his goal before the NFL Draft. Donate (or at least share his story) here.

    For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2022 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95. 

    Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95

    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  

    If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  

    Best yet, proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.

     

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

PhiltheEnforcer ,

Best information out there!

Love the podcast and everything in it. Matt knows his stuff and is very entertaining.

Only gripe is the audio at times. Matt needs a new mic or needs to talk closer to it!

Pierson69 ,

Just awesome.

Absolutely awesome in particular the episode with J Moyer….it was so so so valuable to be able to understand the RB position better. Great work. Great podcast.

Mathew Joseph, Nashville ,

I don’t like Mark Schofield

Matt Waldman is awesome. I would prefer if it was him and J Moyer all the time. Not trying to be mean, just my experience listening.

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