CHOP: The Guillotine League Podcast

CHOP: The Guillotine League Podcast

CHOP is the original guillotine league podcast, hosted by Paul Charchian, the fantasy football HOFer who popularized guillotine leagues. It provides advice for drafting, waiver wire, roster composition, and analyzes the big NFL stories from a guillotine perspective.

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April 2, 2021 28 min

Charch and Brian break down the 10 most impactful free agent moves from a guillotine league perspective. 

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Welcome to a new season of CHOP!  We start 2021 by looking back at the lessons learned from a full year of running thousands of guillotine leagues. Charch and Brian discuss the five key takeaways every guillotine league player needs to consider. 

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December 22, 2020 10 min

It's championship week in your guillotine league! Congratulations to everyone who has gotten this far. Now, you need to keep your head intact for one...more....week.  The CHOP podcast is here to help! We've identified seven players who have tricky matchups that could put you on the chopping block. 

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December 15, 2020 10 min

Welcome to the semi-finals!  If you're still alive in your guillotine league, you're probably one of three remaining teams, and that's a tremendous accomplishment.  On this week's episode we highlight eight players with particularly tricky matchups. These are players upon whom you'll want to give extra thought before putting in your starting lineup. 

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December 8, 2020 16 min

Do you start Dalvin Cook against the best run defense in the NFL? With rosters locked in many guillotine leagues, we turn our attention to players who you normally, automatically start, but need to reconsider this week.  At this stage of the season, your roster is replete with great players, so before you "set it and forget it", we'll give you reasons to consider your backups.

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December 1, 2020 13 min

It's the final week of bidding in many guillotine leagues! Which strategies should you employ when emptying your wallet?  Paul Charchian covers the right way to deploy your final funds, including identifying some dangerous players who can torpedo your championship run.

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November 24, 2020 21 min

After a multifaceted failure last Sunday, many Atlanta players hit the waiver wire this week.  How much should you bid on Falcons like Julio Jones, Todd Gurley, Hayden Hurst and Matt Ryan? And of course, beyond Atlanta, there are several other big name players that deserve your FAAB dollars. With only a couple weeks of bidding left, we'll help you figure out which players are worthy of "all in" bids. 

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November 17, 2020 32 min

For the first time all season, a combination of Seahawks players have found their way to the waiver wire.  Normally bulletproof (bladeproof?), Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Chris Carson were all choppable this week.  Charch and Brian offer advice about how to proceed with your waiver wire bidding for the Seahawks and many of the other commonly-chopped players.

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November 10, 2020 34 min

For the first time, guillotine leaguers need to make hard decisions about whether to go "all in" on some of the big name players who hit the waiver wire this week.  Can you survive with zero dollars left? Plus, Charch and Brian Johnson offer bidding guidance on the "regular" free agents worthy of a roster spot.

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November 3, 2020 37 min

It's a great week to mine wide receivers from your guillotine league's waiver wire. In most leagues, a couple big name receivers just got chopped and we'll help you navigate your bidding.  Guest Mat Harrison joins Charch and Brian in the great outdoors on a blissful 70-degree day in November in Minnesota. 

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October 27, 2020 36 min

No longer are you bidding in a vacuum. We've reached a point in the season when savvy fantasy managers start paying attention to the other remaining teams. Now, it's practical to start analyzing the needs and budgets of the other teams will significantly improve your chances of landing your bids (or at least not overpaying).  And as always, Charch and Brian offer bidding guidance on some of the biggest free agent names. 

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October 20, 2020 26 min

Admit it, you were rooting for that awesome team to get chopped....and it happened! For many guillotine leagues, this is the first week where really good teams got cut.  Charch and Brian Johnson will steer you to the right bidding strategies for those brand-name players on the waiver wire.

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October 13, 2020 23 min

This week's waiver wire is filled with big name players and emerging stars like Chase Claypool. How aggressively should you be bidding at this stage of the season and specifically on Claypool?  Plus Charch provides bidding strategies for the 10 players most likely to hit free agency in your guillotine league.

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October 6, 2020 31 min

For the first time, we're starting to advocate a strategy of loosening your purse strings...for some of you.  Find out if you're a candidate for some heavier bidding.  Also, learn about the one position that you shouldn't be bidding upon.  

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September 29, 2020 30 min

The waiver wire is already a challenging display of strategy for guillotine league players. Add in the threat of cancelled games, and it becomes even more difficult. Charch and Brian help guide you to the right answers in this tricky week of bidding.

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September 22, 2020 30 min

A dozen notable fantasy players went down with injuries last week, making this an incredibly important week on the waiver wire. Paul Charchian and Brian Johnson offer advice for every league, including specific dollar amount recommendations for key free agents. 

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September 15, 2020 31 min

It's your first week of bidding on free agents in a guillotine league... and OMG awesome players are available!  This never happens in a regular fantasy league! Do you push in all your chips or save ammo for later in the year?  Get advice from guillotine veterans Paul Charchian and Brian Johnson for making the right calls with your waiver wire bidding.

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September 2, 2020 21 min

The guillotine league season is looming and suddenly there's massive drama surrounding some of the highest-ranked running backs. Can you trust Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, and/or Leonard Fournette?  Is Joe Mixon significantly safer now than he was last week? 

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In a standard league, drafting a bust is a minor inconvenience. In a guillotine league, every bust can end your season.  Paul Charchian and Brian Johnson identify the eight guys who are uniquely dangerous in a guillotine format. 

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August 19, 2020 19 min

At this time of year, every fantasy football podcast is touting sleepers. But at CHOP, we give you *guillotine-specific* sleepers who you can find in the mid-to-late rounds of your draft. 

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