As someone who listens to a ton of podcasts about fantasy baseball, comedy, sports, entertainment, news, history, and pop culture, I have come to realize one thing. I will never ever use stamps.com, buy from flowers.com, or as great as they sound, eat Shari’s Berries.
If you listen to podcasts in any of the categories I mentioned, you to are probably sick and tired of hearing the same ad copy being read over and over again. Seriously guys, mix it up a little.
Okay, now that I have got my I hate advertising rant out of the way, lets focus on the best fantasy baseball podcasts.
Being an insomniac, I probably spend more hours of the day listening to podcasts than sleeping. There is some fantastic fantasy baseball pods out there, but there is a ton of it, so here’s your guide on who to listen to and what to expect from each show.
ESPN’s Fantasy Focus is the five-time winner of the best fantasy podcast, and you will have the show’s producer Jay Soderberg known as PodVader reminding you during the show’s opening theme song.
If you are like me, and enjoy a fantasy baseball show with a little nonsense and humor, you will love Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz, with the weekly visit from the Stephana Bell. Just keep your fingers crossed that Bell hasn’t recently interviewed one of your players, as she seems to have some kind of magical voodoo curse that lands players on the disabled list.
The Fantasy Focus Baseball podcast gives you just the right amount of news updates, analysis, projections, and listeners emails. Since they have thankfully nixed Mattie’s Dating Advice, the show will provide you with the perfect amount of fantasy baseball information and humor, plus even with the occasional appearance by the oh so annoying Italian characterization of Pedro Alvarez.
CBS Sports Fantasy Baseball podcast is hosted by Adam Aizer and is another excellent show with plenty of break downs, projections, and listener emails. Aizer does a fantastic job of keeping the show on point with Scott White, Al Melchiior, and Nando Di Fino.
This show also mixes in a decent amount of humor, but the guys might have a gambling problem as they seem to be constantly placing bets on everything. My only complaint about the show is Aizer’s taste in movies. At this writing I’m not sure of the latest status, but the guy seems to know more about The Little Mermaid than Goodfellas. Seriously, Adam?
The MLB’s Fantasy 411 podcast is hosted by Cory Schwartz and Mike Siano, with the Goose Zach Simon, and other fantasy experts contributing. Unlike the other shows mentioned, they don’t pull any punches, they cut right to the meat with fantasy news, analysis, projections, and listener questions.
Fangraphs provides a quality podcast with much analysis that goes right over my head. I was never much of a math guy, so sabermetrics is lost on me. My apologies to Mr. Bill James. Sorry guys I don’t get all these new stats, and I’m not sure how much WAR helps with fantasy baseball. Still, this show is a great listen for those of you looking to learn more about the game from a different view.
Baseball HQ Radio is hosted by Patrick Davitt, features columnists for both AL and NL, and prospects, and a weekly appearance from fantasy guru Joe Sheean. This no-nonsense show is a weekly look into the going on’s of baseball and also has a saber metric slant, but won’t kill you with the math. They provide excellent analysis and break downs, and will keep you informed of up-and-coming prospects.
And should you still be awake after listening to all these great shows, here are a few more to listen to Box Score Baseball, The Razzball Podcast, Fantasy Source from The Sporting News, Towers of Power Fantasy Hour, Rotogrinders Daily Fantasy Fix, and The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable.
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