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Every weekday morning, Al Melchior, Derek VanRiper and Michael Beller discuss everything you need to know in fantasy baseball, in about 15 minutes. New episodes are available by 6 a.m ET.

Latest Episodes

Bohm, Carlson Call Ups, We Get to Talk About Freddy Peralta (Yay!), Glasnow Mixed Bag & Stable Stats

Al and Derek discuss Alec Bohm's debut, and Dylan Carlson's upcoming first big league start and what it means for their respective clubs. The guys address a pair of Mets related items, and judge whether David Peterson will be good to go ahead of his favorable match up against Miami. Milwaukee optioned Eric Lauer; which presents the perfect excuse to discuss Freddy Peralta! Tyler Glasnow has been simultaneous impressive and unimpressive, which sends the guys on a quest to answer 'why'? Lastly, as unforeseeable as tomorrow is, a stat that we can, sort of, lean on is beginning to crystallize.

17 MIN19 h ago
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Bohm, Carlson Call Ups, We Get to Talk About Freddy Peralta (Yay!), Glasnow Mixed Bag & Stable Stats

Good News for David Fletcher, Bad News for Aaron Judge, and Injury News for the Astros

It was a busy Wednesday across MLB, with good news for David Fletcher, bad news for Aaron Judge, injury updates for the Astros and Red Sox, and more closer intrigue. Al Melchior and Michael Beller break it all down, plus dive into some of Wednesday's big performances, on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15.

16 MIN1 d ago
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Good News for David Fletcher, Bad News for Aaron Judge, and Injury News for the Astros

Tigers' Infield Adjustments, Possible Braves Bump in Playing Time, Winker Wows & More!

Al and Derek jump into Detroit's infield arrangement amid C.J. Cron's knee sprain. Willi Castro and Jeimer Candelario are bound to earn more playing time in his Cron's stead, but are either worth adding? Could Donovan Solano's surprisingly good 2020 carry over once he's back in the lineup after suffering an abdomen injury? The duo react to other injury news, including Ronald Acuna Jr.'s wrist. Could Adam Duvall and Ender Inciarte, among others, see an uptick in playing time? With Joe Musgrove hitting the IL, will Chad Kuhl have a concrete spot in the rotation? The duo applaud and further analyze Tuesday's standouts such as Jesse Winker and Kyle Freeland. Rundown: (1:00) Castro, Candelario Bump (5:15) Solan, Acuna & Musgrove Injuries (10:00) Tuesday's Standouts - Winker (13:00) Kyle Freeland Thoughts (15:15) Add Toussaint, Alexander? Featured Read: Where has all the offense gone? by Eno Sarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper

18 MIN2 d ago
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Tigers' Infield Adjustments, Possible Braves Bump in Playing Time, Winker Wows & More!

Rotation Changes for the Mets, Braves, Indians, Rays and Diamondbacks

Monday was a news-packed day for starting rotations. Marcus Stroman opted out. Steven Matz and Sean Newcomb got shelled. Mike Clevinger broke the rules. Charlie Morton and Madison Bumgarner went to the IL. Al Melchior and Michael Beller cover all that, and the fallout, on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15.

18 MIN3 d ago
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Rotation Changes for the Mets, Braves, Indians, Rays and Diamondbacks

Plesac Predicament, Mahle Moves, Sunday Standouts, Strasburg Sputters & Has Robles Returned to Form?

Al and Derek determine whether sitting White Sox hitters and pitchers is smart with their impeding series against St. Louis in possible jeopardy. Is Zach Plesac's violation of health protocols serious enough to warrant benching him? Where should you score Mike Ford and Tauchman while Stanton recovers from injury? Tyler Mahle's move to the bullpen could spell a piggyback role for the 25-year-old pitcher. What leagues is he worth starting in? Dinelson Lamet's and Justus Sheffield's no-hit bids were surely exquisite, but did this performance change DVR's opinion of the latter? Hansel Robles' velo flashed improvement versus the Rangers this weekend, is it safe to say he's returned to form? Lastly, how concerning is Strasburg's paltry outing against Baltimore, and how confident are we in James Paxton?

18 MIN4 d ago
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Plesac Predicament, Mahle Moves, Sunday Standouts, Strasburg Sputters & Has Robles Returned to Form?

Astros Awful Week, Braves/Twins Pen Considerations, Drop Decisions & Spencer Howard Headed to Big Leagues?

The former *cyber* manager for the Houston Astros is cringing at this week's rash of injuries. Coach Al and Derek discuss the long and short-term implications of George Springer's injury, Yordan Alvarez's improving health, and the 'Stros stumbling bullpen amid Roberto Osuna's absence. Atlanta activated Will Smith while the Twins' Taylor Rogers blew a save chance against Pittsburgh. Is either event worth considering a move? Joe Girardi's veiled comments about a potential Spencer Howard debut ignites questions about Philadelphia's rotation and Howard's staying power. What, if any, concerns loom over St. Louis in their first action since their positive Covid tests, and will Jack Flaherty be ready? The guys list their Thursday standouts, and before clocking out, chat about possible drops.

18 MIN1 w ago
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Astros Awful Week, Braves/Twins Pen Considerations, Drop Decisions & Spencer Howard Headed to Big Leagues?

Scherzer & Albies Injuries, St. Louis Closer Options, and Another Interesting Starter in Houston

Al and DVR discuss another round of injuries, the change taking place in the St. Louis bullpen, a quick removal from the rotation for Josh James, and Wednesday standout performances.

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Scherzer & Albies Injuries, St. Louis Closer Options, and Another Interesting Starter in Houston

Roberto Osuna Replacement Options, Kaprelian, Patiño Promoted & Tuesday's Top Performers

Al returns to the Astros (virtual) dugout to provide insight into Roberto Osuna's injury that reportedly will require Tommy John surgery. The cyber skipper and Derek list off possible replacements for Houston's all-star hurler. Luis Patiño and James Kaprelian were promoted to their respective clubs and each figure to work out of the pen. Are either/both/neither worth adding? The Angels have committed to Jo Adell in right field, in the opposite field, the club is leaning on a platoon headlined Brian Goodwin, who is also slated to bat clean up. Is he a must add? The guys provide an update on the Cardinals/Marlins Covid situation before highlighting their top performers from Tuesday.

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Roberto Osuna Replacement Options, Kaprelian, Patiño Promoted & Tuesday's Top Performers

Mike Soroka's Season-Ending Injury, Jo Adell's Promotion, and Nomar Mazara's Activation

Monday was a light day on the MLB schedule, but a heavy one in the news department. Most notably, Mike Soroka suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, and Jo Adell got the call to the bigs. Michael Beller and Al Melchior take a look at the day's news through a fantasy lens on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15.

16 MIN1 w ago
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Mike Soroka's Season-Ending Injury, Jo Adell's Promotion, and Nomar Mazara's Activation

Fallout From Cespedes & Cain Opt Outs, Chatwood Commands Consideration & Closer Targets

Remember when concern over Aaron Judge's health was relevant? Pepper Ridge Farms, Al and Derek remember. The latter two of the aforementioned applaud Judge's dazzling early season display, and then spring into the impact of the recent pair of opt outs by Lorenzo Cain and Yeonis Cespedes.. Milwaukees' depth has taken a sudden turn for the worse between Cain's decision and Ryan Braun's injury, so who will rise to the occasion during this challenging time? Dominic Smith will, presumably, start in place of Cespedes, but what can we expect from the 25-year-old? Tim Anderson hits the IL, so which replacement options might be most effective? Tyler Chatwood has pieced together a pair of quality starts and has climbed his way atop the strikeouts leader board, so is he worth stashing, and if so, what role should he assume? The guys glance at a pair of surprisingly strong pitching appearances, and then swiftly tackle recent closer developments. Lastly, who's a safer option to start, Soto or Meadows?

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Fallout From Cespedes & Cain Opt Outs, Chatwood Commands Consideration & Closer Targets

Latest Episodes

Bohm, Carlson Call Ups, We Get to Talk About Freddy Peralta (Yay!), Glasnow Mixed Bag & Stable Stats

Al and Derek discuss Alec Bohm's debut, and Dylan Carlson's upcoming first big league start and what it means for their respective clubs. The guys address a pair of Mets related items, and judge whether David Peterson will be good to go ahead of his favorable match up against Miami. Milwaukee optioned Eric Lauer; which presents the perfect excuse to discuss Freddy Peralta! Tyler Glasnow has been simultaneous impressive and unimpressive, which sends the guys on a quest to answer 'why'? Lastly, as unforeseeable as tomorrow is, a stat that we can, sort of, lean on is beginning to crystallize.

17 MIN19 h ago
Comments
Bohm, Carlson Call Ups, We Get to Talk About Freddy Peralta (Yay!), Glasnow Mixed Bag & Stable Stats

Good News for David Fletcher, Bad News for Aaron Judge, and Injury News for the Astros

It was a busy Wednesday across MLB, with good news for David Fletcher, bad news for Aaron Judge, injury updates for the Astros and Red Sox, and more closer intrigue. Al Melchior and Michael Beller break it all down, plus dive into some of Wednesday's big performances, on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15.

16 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Good News for David Fletcher, Bad News for Aaron Judge, and Injury News for the Astros

Tigers' Infield Adjustments, Possible Braves Bump in Playing Time, Winker Wows & More!

Al and Derek jump into Detroit's infield arrangement amid C.J. Cron's knee sprain. Willi Castro and Jeimer Candelario are bound to earn more playing time in his Cron's stead, but are either worth adding? Could Donovan Solano's surprisingly good 2020 carry over once he's back in the lineup after suffering an abdomen injury? The duo react to other injury news, including Ronald Acuna Jr.'s wrist. Could Adam Duvall and Ender Inciarte, among others, see an uptick in playing time? With Joe Musgrove hitting the IL, will Chad Kuhl have a concrete spot in the rotation? The duo applaud and further analyze Tuesday's standouts such as Jesse Winker and Kyle Freeland. Rundown: (1:00) Castro, Candelario Bump (5:15) Solan, Acuna & Musgrove Injuries (10:00) Tuesday's Standouts - Winker (13:00) Kyle Freeland Thoughts (15:15) Add Toussaint, Alexander? Featured Read: Where has all the offense gone? by Eno Sarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper

18 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Tigers' Infield Adjustments, Possible Braves Bump in Playing Time, Winker Wows & More!

Rotation Changes for the Mets, Braves, Indians, Rays and Diamondbacks

Monday was a news-packed day for starting rotations. Marcus Stroman opted out. Steven Matz and Sean Newcomb got shelled. Mike Clevinger broke the rules. Charlie Morton and Madison Bumgarner went to the IL. Al Melchior and Michael Beller cover all that, and the fallout, on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15.

18 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Rotation Changes for the Mets, Braves, Indians, Rays and Diamondbacks

Plesac Predicament, Mahle Moves, Sunday Standouts, Strasburg Sputters & Has Robles Returned to Form?

Al and Derek determine whether sitting White Sox hitters and pitchers is smart with their impeding series against St. Louis in possible jeopardy. Is Zach Plesac's violation of health protocols serious enough to warrant benching him? Where should you score Mike Ford and Tauchman while Stanton recovers from injury? Tyler Mahle's move to the bullpen could spell a piggyback role for the 25-year-old pitcher. What leagues is he worth starting in? Dinelson Lamet's and Justus Sheffield's no-hit bids were surely exquisite, but did this performance change DVR's opinion of the latter? Hansel Robles' velo flashed improvement versus the Rangers this weekend, is it safe to say he's returned to form? Lastly, how concerning is Strasburg's paltry outing against Baltimore, and how confident are we in James Paxton?

18 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Plesac Predicament, Mahle Moves, Sunday Standouts, Strasburg Sputters & Has Robles Returned to Form?

Astros Awful Week, Braves/Twins Pen Considerations, Drop Decisions & Spencer Howard Headed to Big Leagues?

The former *cyber* manager for the Houston Astros is cringing at this week's rash of injuries. Coach Al and Derek discuss the long and short-term implications of George Springer's injury, Yordan Alvarez's improving health, and the 'Stros stumbling bullpen amid Roberto Osuna's absence. Atlanta activated Will Smith while the Twins' Taylor Rogers blew a save chance against Pittsburgh. Is either event worth considering a move? Joe Girardi's veiled comments about a potential Spencer Howard debut ignites questions about Philadelphia's rotation and Howard's staying power. What, if any, concerns loom over St. Louis in their first action since their positive Covid tests, and will Jack Flaherty be ready? The guys list their Thursday standouts, and before clocking out, chat about possible drops.

18 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Astros Awful Week, Braves/Twins Pen Considerations, Drop Decisions & Spencer Howard Headed to Big Leagues?

Scherzer & Albies Injuries, St. Louis Closer Options, and Another Interesting Starter in Houston

Al and DVR discuss another round of injuries, the change taking place in the St. Louis bullpen, a quick removal from the rotation for Josh James, and Wednesday standout performances.

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Scherzer & Albies Injuries, St. Louis Closer Options, and Another Interesting Starter in Houston

Roberto Osuna Replacement Options, Kaprelian, Patiño Promoted & Tuesday's Top Performers

Al returns to the Astros (virtual) dugout to provide insight into Roberto Osuna's injury that reportedly will require Tommy John surgery. The cyber skipper and Derek list off possible replacements for Houston's all-star hurler. Luis Patiño and James Kaprelian were promoted to their respective clubs and each figure to work out of the pen. Are either/both/neither worth adding? The Angels have committed to Jo Adell in right field, in the opposite field, the club is leaning on a platoon headlined Brian Goodwin, who is also slated to bat clean up. Is he a must add? The guys provide an update on the Cardinals/Marlins Covid situation before highlighting their top performers from Tuesday.

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Roberto Osuna Replacement Options, Kaprelian, Patiño Promoted & Tuesday's Top Performers

Mike Soroka's Season-Ending Injury, Jo Adell's Promotion, and Nomar Mazara's Activation

Monday was a light day on the MLB schedule, but a heavy one in the news department. Most notably, Mike Soroka suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, and Jo Adell got the call to the bigs. Michael Beller and Al Melchior take a look at the day's news through a fantasy lens on this episode of Fantasy Baseball in 15.

16 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Mike Soroka's Season-Ending Injury, Jo Adell's Promotion, and Nomar Mazara's Activation

Fallout From Cespedes & Cain Opt Outs, Chatwood Commands Consideration & Closer Targets

Remember when concern over Aaron Judge's health was relevant? Pepper Ridge Farms, Al and Derek remember. The latter two of the aforementioned applaud Judge's dazzling early season display, and then spring into the impact of the recent pair of opt outs by Lorenzo Cain and Yeonis Cespedes.. Milwaukees' depth has taken a sudden turn for the worse between Cain's decision and Ryan Braun's injury, so who will rise to the occasion during this challenging time? Dominic Smith will, presumably, start in place of Cespedes, but what can we expect from the 25-year-old? Tim Anderson hits the IL, so which replacement options might be most effective? Tyler Chatwood has pieced together a pair of quality starts and has climbed his way atop the strikeouts leader board, so is he worth stashing, and if so, what role should he assume? The guys glance at a pair of surprisingly strong pitching appearances, and then swiftly tackle recent closer developments. Lastly, who's a safer option to start, Soto or Meadows?

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Fallout From Cespedes & Cain Opt Outs, Chatwood Commands Consideration & Closer Targets
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