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Human sports encyclopedia Scott Pianowski is joined friends, pundits and Yahoo Sports' cast of experts for a lively, informative and not-too-serious weekly discussion on fantasy strategy and the major happenings in the world of baseball. The award-winning Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast drops every Monday throughout the baseball season.

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    • 4.6, 92 Ratings

Human sports encyclopedia Scott Pianowski is joined friends, pundits and Yahoo Sports' cast of experts for a lively, informative and not-too-serious weekly discussion on fantasy strategy and the major happenings in the world of baseball. The award-winning Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast drops every Monday throughout the baseball season.

    Dissecting Moneyball's legacy and the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies

    Dissecting Moneyball's legacy and the best Philip Seymour Hoffman movies

    As Major League Baseball inches closer to a return to the field, we're taking a quick break from our usual focus on fantasy baseball for a class on sports films and baseball history.

    Yahoo's Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens recently watched Moneyball, the Michael Lewis book turned Aaron Sorkin film about the 2002 Oakland Athletics and its General Manager, Billy Beane. It's worth your time if you haven't seen it, but there is a lot the book and film get wrong about the team and the time in baseball. (05:03)

    Though the season that inspired the book is nearly 20 years old, its legacy can still be seen in current-day baseball, with every shift of the infield, the depreciating value of relievers, and reliance on empirical data to evaluate players. (31:37)

    And in honor of Moneyball and Art Howe (hope you're feeling better Skip) who gets portrayed unfairly in the film, we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft of our favorite films starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. (45:53)

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    • 56 min
    The 'Greatest League' and the less great siblings

    The 'Greatest League' and the less great siblings

    We got a bit of a throwback episode for you baseball history buffs, Yahoo’s Andy Behrens joins Scott Pianowski to talk about their draft with our friends over at Rotoworld for ‘The Greatest League.’

    If you haven’t heard about the concept already, the basic idea is that you can draft the best individual seasons of any baseball player since 1980. Any player, any season, but a player can only be drafted once. Once rosters are set, Rotoworld plans on simulating an entire season on WhatIfSports. (02:12)

    Scott and Andy break down their first round picks, 1994 Frank Thomas and Dwight Gooden from 1985 (03:37), why the shortened seasons of yesteryear provided some of the best seasons in history, and if we can look forward to big stat lines during a potential 80-game season (16:18)

    And we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft our favorite, let’s say, less famous siblings of some of the best athletes in history. Ozzie Canseco, this is your time to shine. (45:53)

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    A universal DH, the Rockies outside Coors, and fav fantasy strategies

    A universal DH, the Rockies outside Coors, and fav fantasy strategies

    Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski chats with Elite Fantasy’s Vlad Sedler about the growing optimism around a 2020 MLB season, how rumors of a universal DH could impact the fantasy landscape, and some of the big picture fantasy baseball strategies they’ve relied on over the years.

    Leading off, Scott and Vlad look at some of the players they might bump up their draft boards if the National League adopts a designated hitter — either for the 2020 season or permanently. (01:17)

    If baseball adopts a one, two, or three-state plan moving all games to Arizona, Texas, and/or Florida, that means a lot of players who deal with the extreme ends of park effects are going to have their values change. We’ll look at some of the players who usually play in Coors Field in Colorado and San Francisco’s AT&T Park that’ll be moving up and down our draft boards. (09:12)

    Some fantasy mangers are trade tacticians, others scour the waiver wire for break out players. Scott and Vlad discuss some of their fantasy adages, like the importance of FAAB management, why it’s okay to make a mistake and the usefulness of an official co-manager. (13:53)

    We’ll take a look at Vlad’s cheat sheet while he tells us the guys he likes and doesn’t like in fantasy drafts, including the Dodgers’ Gavin Lux (like!), and the Twins’ Jose Berrios (don’t like!). (25:03)

    And we’ll wrap up the show with a draft of our all-time favorite Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, formerly knows as the Anaheim Angels, formerly known as the California Angels. A quick spoiler, this was one draft where Mike Trout did not go #1 overall. (48:48)

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    Guys I like and don't like with Rotowire's Scott Jenstad

    Guys I like and don't like with Rotowire's Scott Jenstad

    Rotowire's Scott Jenstad joins Scott Pianowski to talk over how a baseball season in flux is changing his draft rankings, some of the guys he likes and doesn't like at their current price tags, and debates who are the best coaches in sports since 1990 — apologies to Red Auerbach fans.

    Scott's standouts include a trifecta of mid-tier third basemen: Matt Chapman, Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas (8:00), podcast fav Cavan Biggio (13:10), former fantasy first-rounder Javier Baez (27:39), and of the newest members of the Philadelphia Phillies, Zach Wheeler (25:05).

    Scott also shares some of the players he won't be targeting in fantasy drafts anytime soon, like Anthony Rizzo (26:48), Adalberto Mondesi (29:22), and Victor Robles (31:17).

    And we wrap up the show with a friendly snake draft of the best coaches in professional and collegiate sports since 1990. Bobby Valentine, sadly, did not make our draft board (35:09).

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    • 59 min
    20 players to target in your fantasy drafts

    20 players to target in your fantasy drafts

    Last week, we told you about the players to eschew at each position in your upcoming baseball drafts. This week, Yahoo's Scott Pianowski and Fangraphs Editor (+ avid Twitch streamer) Paul Sporer discuss the best values on the draft board at each position. We know we don't need to tell you that Mike Trout is worth drafting, this episode is all about the mid-to-late round guys that have a chance to provide a healthy ROI on your draft pick.

    First Basemen (04:47)

    Second Basemen (09:20)

    Shortstops (18:00)

    Third Basemen (19:30)

    Outfielders (26:40)

    Catchers (34:29

    Starting Pitchers (36:00)

    Closers (40:53)

    The guys close out the show by drafting their favorite logos in sports. On a related note, please sign our petition to bring back New England's Pat Patriot (47:45)


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    20 players to avoid in your fantasy drafts

    20 players to avoid in your fantasy drafts

    Scott Pianowski is joined this week by Yahoo's fantasy expert (and resident TV and film critic) Dalton Del Don to talk about players at every position you should consider not drafting at their current ADPs in fantasy drafts. Apologies in advance to Houston Astros fans.

    Starting Pitchers (02:55)

    First Basemen (11:31)

    Second Basemen (15:18)

    Shortstops (18:36)

    Third Basemen (20:56)

    Catchers (25:10)

    Closers (28:47)

    Outfield (33:57)

    The guys close out the show by drafting their favorite endings to five movies. Mild spoilers abound if you haven't seen movies like Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather. (40:00)

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Champ $tyle ,

Here’s to Rory

I got your subtle jab right here, tubby.

Estone2112 ,

Fun and smart

Scott offers intelligent insight without the goofiness, sound effects, hot takes and dumb gags like other fantasy podcasts.

“The draft” is typically fun and a nice way to end the episode.

I recommend for anyone interested in smart conversation.

UPDATE: “degenerate” jokes aside, I’m not loving that they’re making this a sports gambling podcast. Hoping it’s only a one-off episode.

Ben Sarfaty ,

Informative and Fun

Scott does a fantastic job of covering as many angles as possible for a weekly baseball pod. His guests are always knowledgeable and his chemistry with them is always strong. The last stanza is fun and serves as a great cool-down. Highly Recommend!

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