U Down With OBP? Fantasy BaseballAug 03, 2023
Win Your League with These Trade Targets and Pickups
9:00- Francisco Alvarez
11:10- Triston Casas
17:20- Chris Sale
20:50- Garrett Whitlock
23:00- Jarren Duran
28:30- Gunnar Henderson
34:00- Yainer Diaz
44:10- The guys' elevator pitch for the rest of the season
The Blueprint for a PERFECT Draft - Roto 5x5 Mock Draft
Mock draft episode!
0:00- March Madness Bantz
4:00- Julio Rodriguez, Kyle Tucker, and OF Scarcity
7:45- Manny Machado at shallow 3B and a discussion of how to attack SP
11:00- Fernardo Tatis Jr. risk/reward, Spencer Strider upside, and not sacrificing output because of scarcity (2B)
14:30- Ozzie Albies and the 2B cliff after Jose Altuve injury
18:00- Devin Williams, WBC talk, and lots of SP in a similar tier
24:30- Rule change discussion regarding stolen bases, shift ban, and who benefits
28:00- Luis Castillo, potential AL Cy Young? And getting on starting pitching after the tier has thinned
29:55- Salvador Perez, the last catcher before a huge dropoff in ZAR (z-score above replacement value)
31:15- Corbin Carroll, his zinc-based sunscreen, and his 20/20 potential
33:50- Kenley Jansen will get the ball in the 9th for the Red Sox (closer job security discussion) and waiting on deep 1B position
38:00- George Kirby breakout and STILL waiting on 1B
40:00- Giancarlo Stanton and solidifying our well-rounded five category team with DINGERZ
41:15- Hunter Greene has already broken out, Joe Ryan Fan Club, and David Bednar the last of a tier at closer
44:05- Rowdy Tellez, Sacramento native and Team Mexico star, is a steal this late
45:00- Recapping the team as it stands, the embers of James's Joey Gallo love still burn, and Jose Miranda's versatility
49:00- Jonathan India bounceback? Nico Freakos? Horny for Hoerner?
50:10- Lars Nootbaar and buying the improvements
51:35- Ramon Laureano showcase SZN?
52:55- JD Martinez in the heart of Dodgers' lineup
53:40- Jose Berrios flyer
55:10- Summarizing the draft and signing off
Risers and Surprisers
Waiver Wire, Breakouts, Buy Lows, and Batting AVG Helpers
3:15- Why is hitting down across the league?
6:55- George Kirby
14:40- Ramon Laureano
19:22- Royce Lewis
22:17- Jorge Mateo and Robbie Grossman
26:30- Jorge Lopez, Anthony Bender
29:00- Manuel Margot (Now on the IL)
31:45- Jeremy Pena
36:20- Garrett Whitlock, Ryan Helsley, Jhoan Duran
46:30- Marcus Semien
50:19- Justin Turner
52:40- Rhys Hoskins (He’s turned it around since the pod!)
55:30- Joey Gallo (Is James finally done with him?!)
BATTING AVERAGE HELPERS
1:00:30- Trey “Boom Boom” Mancini
1:02:30- Andrew Benintendi
1:06:00- Steven Kwan, Jeff McNeil
5x5 12 Team Mock Draft
The @udownwithobp gang is back as James (@JMurder187) and Mick (@mickeybell3) dive into a mock draft and discuss Ronald Acuna, Robbie Ray, Jose Berrios, Joey Gallo (of course), Justin Verlander, Willy Adames, Marcus Stroman, closers, steals, and much more!
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Widely Available Category Boosters + Trade Deadline Risers/Fallers
James & Mick are back to discuss those players that can give you a boost in specific roto categories (BA, R, RBI, HR, and SB), all of whom are rostered in 50% of leagues or less. They also discuss whose stock rose or fell at the trade deadline. Find us at @udownwithobp on Twitter and at our website: www.udownwithobp.com.
Trade Deadline Risers
3:37- CJ Cron
7:58- Cesar Hernandez
10:46- Abraham Toro
14:30- Patrick Wisdom
15:40- Ian Kennedy
17:30- Chris Sale tangent
20:25- Joey Gallo tangent
Trade Deadline Fallers
24:26- Jon Gray/German Marquez
26:07- Jarren Duran
27:50- Max Stassi
30:06- Lorenzo Cain
32:40- Brandon Nimmo
33:40- Lewis Brinson
36:00- Rowdy Tellez
37:55- Evan Longoria
39:50- Yonny Hernandez
42:00- Myles Straw
Waivers, Saves, & Ohtani: Crossover Episode with Matt Goodwin & Alexander Chase of Dugout Study Hall
We had so much fun with Matt (@TheCorkedMatt) and Alexander (@chase_rate) of the Dugout Study Hall podcast on the Pitcher List network. We discussed saves, our waiver wire approaches, outlier players like Shohei Ohtani, and of course Joey Gallo!
Please please please subscribe to the Dugout Study Hall podcast if you don't already!
Pitchers to Target (ADP: 250 or later)
James and Mick are back to discuss potential values at pitcher who are getting drafted around 250 or later.
0:00- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (and James) in #BestShapeofHisLife
1:28- Joakim Soria
6:05- Archie Bradley
8:15- Jordan Romano, Richard Rodriguez, and Greg Holland
9:32- Rangers bullpen injuries. Take a flyer on Ian Kennedy?
12:22- Giovanny Gallegos valuable even if he doesn't close?
17:12- Adam Wainwright
19:52- Zach Davies
21:21- Favorite Projection Systems?
29:00- Sale, Syndergaard, Severino: The Tommy John Gang
37:50- Elieser Hernandez
41:20- DYK "Macho Man" Randy Savage was a minor leaguer? And other wrestling musings.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft
James and Mick are back with a 5x5 roto mock draft episode! They discuss strategy and prep for the start of the season by testing their wits against the evil robots they draft against. Will they draft Joey Gallo and other pod favorites? Duh!
Tommy Heinsohn tribute at 2 min mark. The mock draft starts around the 7:30 mark.
Note: Sorry about some less than optimal sound quality. We recorded on Zoom. Never again.
Standouts and Surprises
James & Mick talk shop about who has stood out to them so far. This was recorded before Laureano's brawl and the Indians' pitchers COVID faux pas so we stick to their performances on the field.
2:00: Ramon Laureano
5:00: Trent Grisham
7:15: Sonny Gray
9:15: Renato Nunez
12:40: Trevor Bauer
16:45: Mike Yastrzemski
19:00: Dansby Swanson
26:30: Obligatory Joey Gallo and Franmil Reyes talk
34:40: Cleveland Indians discussion
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Talkin' (Korea) Baseball (Organization)
James and Mick talk KBO! James interviews Mick, who lived in South Korea for four years, about his experiences following the KBO. They talk gymnasts throwing first pitches, cheerleaders, foul ball batflips, 360 camera angles, chubby players, playing style, and what to eat at the ballpark (yum, silkworm larvae!). After James finds out about a player nicknamed the "Korean David Ortiz", he instantly has a new favorite team! Tune in to find out which team it is.
For links to the gymnast first pitch, the foul ball batflip, and the cool camera angles, check us out on Twitter: @udownwithobp
Stolen Base Discussion & Part 2 of Non-"Home Team" Favorites
James and Mick talk about stolen base options including Jonathan Villar (Marlins), Byron Buxton (Twins), and deep sleeper Jarrod Dyson (Pirates). Then they get into part 2 of their Non-”Home Team” favorites, picking players from their lifetime on any team other than the Red Sox and Phillies, respectively.
2:45- Stolen base conversation
16:25- Part 2 of our Non-”Home Team” Players starting from SS
Exit Velocity "Hulks", Retrospectives, and Part 1 of Non-"Home Team" Favorites
James and Mick start off covering a few of their favorite exit velocity darlings. Then they take a trip down memory lane looking at some of their player predictions at last year’s All Star Break and who they were right and wrong about. Last is part one of James (a Red Sox fan) and Mick (a Phillies fan) picking their favorite players from any team other than the Red Sox and Phillies, respectively.
2:25- Joey Gallo
8:50- Franmil Reyes
19:50- Gary Sanchez
22:45- Trey “Boom Boom” Mancini
25:00- Austin Riley
26:50- DJ LeMahieu
27:40- Cody Bellinger
29:00- Tim Anderson and a BABIP Discussion
34:10- James and Mick’s All-time Non-Home Team Lineups (PART ONE!)
Interview with RotoWire Senior Editor Jeff Erickson! (Yes, really.)
UDWOBP and RotoWire Senior Editor Jeff Erickson? What is this, a crossover episode?! Yes. Yes, it is.
A can't miss episode wherein three Goliaths of the fantasy baseball podcast world meet! James and Mick sat down with Jeff Erickson, host of RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius/XM radio and RotoWire Senior Editor, to talk position scarcity, how we are keeping busy without baseball, and more.
Thanks to Chris at @baseballpods on Twitter for setting up the March Madness-style bracket of fantasy baseball podcasts in which we matched up against RotoWire! And obviously, another big thanks to Jeff for reaching out to us and allowing us to put this on our feed!
Roto Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft
*Note: We recorded this episode before the MLB delayed the start of the 2020 season, but hopefully our mock draft episode will still be interesting/distracting as many of us are stuck at home with not much to do (and no sports!) Stay safe, everyone.
In the first episode of the 2020 season, James and Mick do a quick 5x5 roto mock draft on fantasypros.com to test out draft strategies and discuss the players they are high and low on.