Launch Angle

Launch Angle

Hosted by Van Lee (@ManlyVanLee) and featuring industry titans Jeff Zimmerman (@jeffwzimmerman) and Rob Silver (@RobSilver), the Launch Angle Podcast (@LaunchAnglePod) takes a look at the world of fantasy baseball and offers up advice on draft strategies, player evaluation, ownership trends, player call-ups, and everything in between! So if you're looking for the podcast that will help you win your fantasy league then look no further.

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May 20, 2022 63 min
Sure it's Summer in the US but that isn't stopping snow from interrupting the baseball season! Van, Jeff, and Rob get together to discuss how to handle those snow outs as well as Reds players heading to Toronto and not being able to play, some Cardinals prospects making their debut, and whether Royce Lewis is a stash or not. The show rounds out with some discussion on players rostered in roughly 50% of leagues and what the ...
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Rob, Jeff, and Van get together to discuss the leaguewide offensive outage, discussing the dead ball (and its new name!), less fastballs being thrown, and more potential causes. The guys also talk about whether you should be looking at the standings and reacting yet, as well as talk some hot players and whether or not they buy the new performances
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April 14, 2022 68 min
With a week’s worth of games on the books Van, Jeff, and Rob dissect early performances both good and bad and determine what is noise and what is real! The guys talk the wonder that is Steven Kwan, Alex Cobb’s big velocity gain, Jazz Chisholm batting 9th, Shane Bieber’s concerning velocity, and plenty more. The guys also give you a couple of scenarios to keep an eye on going into the weekend before setting your FAAB Sunday night
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With some Main Event drafts under their belts Jeff and Rob are ready to talk how they went plus their time in Vegas. Van questions them about some interesting strategies including going Josh Hader-Liam Hendricks back to back. They also discuss some recent news including Julio Rodriguez and Bobby Witt Jr making the Major League Roster
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Another slew of free agent signings and trades are in the books and the ever changing fantasy landscape is taking shape. With NFBC Main Events coming up this weekend Rob, Jeff, and Van try to make heads or tails of playing time for teams as well as determine new values for players with new homes. There's Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, Seiya Suzuki, and tons more
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Since the CBA dropped late last week there has been an absolute torrent of signings, trades, and injury updates so Rob, Jeff, and Van are here to recap some of the fantasy relevant changes going down. The guys talk Zack Wheeler's shoulder, Fernando Tatis' wrist, Nelson Cruz's new home, Josh Donaldson in a Yankees jersey and tons more!
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March 11, 2022 63 min
We were prepared to sulk and take this week off due to depression but on the 11th hour the MLBPA and MLB agreed to a deal and it's official, we're going to have baseball in less than a month! Van, Rob, and Jeff discuss some of the details in the new CBA that could impact fantasy leagues and they wrap up the year's ADP analysis with a few picks around pick 300 including Jameson Taillon, Tylor Megill, Joey Bart, and Steph...
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Jeff released a new Mining the News article so Van and Rob ask him about some of the prominent topics including Giovanny Gallegos being out as the Cardinals closer, Garrett Whitlock coming into camp as a starter for the Red Sox, and of course ADP!
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The guys return with news that hell has frozen over and Rob Silver is undergoing an actual fantasy baseball draft in February! Jeff and Van quiz Rob about his draft and the guys discuss some interesting notes about Jose Altuve and power hitting first baseman slipping. They of course also talk ADP and discuss names like Gary Sanchez, Max Kepler, Casey Mize, Alec Bohm, and plenty more
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February 10, 2022 58 min
Jason Martinez of Roster Resourse/Depth Charts joins Jeff, Rob, and Van on the show as the four discuss what goes into setting up playing time, platoons, closers, and more on Jason's site. The guys get an inside look at how it all works and how you should appropriate use Roster Resource as a resource. The guys also talk a couple of pitchers being drafted back to back to back and tell you which one they like most out of Cal Quan...
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Rob, Jeff, and Van continue digging deep down the list of ADP and on today's show they encounter a couple of Rays relievers and tell you what they think of that bullpen and how to draft it. Of course there are plenty of other players to discuss including Michael Brantley, Wil Myers, German Marquez, and more
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February 4, 2022 61 min
Jared Cross, aka the creator of the Steamer projection system joins Jeff, Rob, and Van and the guys discuss what goes into the system including ways they've adjusted and adapted it over the years. Jared shares what he thinks Steamer does right and wrong, and the future of the system as well. They finish up the show with a bit of ADP analysis and take the time to ask the man himself about specific player projections
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We've got more player analysis as Van, Rob, and Jeff dive into the mid-200s of NFBC ADP! They talk Brandon Belt's phenomenal partial season last year and whether they trust it, Bobby Dalbec's leash with the Red Sox, whether or not Charlie Blackmon has anything left in the tank, Ken Giles' potential closer role, and plenty more

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Jeff, Rob, and Van welcome special guest host James Anderson of Rotowire fame to the show today to talk prospects in high-stakes leagues. They discuss whether or not they think "prospect people" are causing rookies to be over drafted, how to appropriately value them in redraft leagues, and of course discuss individual rookies as well. There's also time for some ADP analysis and the four talk Josh Rojas, Jo Adell, and co...
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Greg Ambrosius joins the boys to talk the NFBC and more importantly the recently departed Meat Loaf (RIP). Van, Rob, and Jeff get the scoop right from Greg for a bit and then the trio discusses Fangraphs' decision to implement a universal DH in their STEAMER projections. They also talk shifting in the middle of a draft when it gets crazy, and talk Eugenio Suarez, AJ Pollock, Frank Schwindel and more in the ADP segment
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Today's show has Van, Rob, and Jeff answering a listener's question about automating the fantasy baseball process and maybe some things you can do to make your life easier as fantasy players. The guys also go down the list of ADP looking at some standout performers in the early 200s, and some maybe not so standout performers (looking at you Lucas Sims!)
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January 13, 2022 57 min
Rob's out but Dan is in this week as Jeff and Van talk to the creator of ZiPS about his projection system, what goes into it, and why we should trust it. The guys also talk some players in ADP including Brandon Crawford, Mitch Garver, Patrick Sandoval, and more!
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January 10, 2022 60 min
Rob and Jeff wanted to find out what you've got on your minds so Van put out a call to the listeners and they answered! Fans of the show sent in their fantasy baseball questions asking things about weighing injury versus platoon roles in projections, closer drafting strategies, and even starting pitchers INSIDE of the top 20
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It's a new year and the gentlemen of the Launch Angle Podcast are back and stronger than ever! Rob, Jeff, and Van continue discussing ADP into the 180s with a good discussion about a potentially underrated Kolten Wong, Joey Gallo and whether he's worthy of this pick, and of course our very favorite 40 year old masher Nelson Cruz and whether or not this is a risky pick for the masher without a team
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Jeff's internet is out thanks to recent storms but fret not because Derek Rhoads (@drhoa3) is here to fill the void! Rob and Van welcome Derek to the show and they discuss Derek's hard work including his tireless effort documenting player injuries. They then continue into the 170s in ADP and look at players like Nicky Lopez, Ryan McMahon, Blake Treinen, Ian Happ, and more

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