The Fantasy Football Beat

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Get caught up on all the latest football news and analysis with the Fantasy Football Beat, the podcast that will never let your fantasy football team die in darkness. Hosted by Mike Hume, Des Bieler and Jeff Dooley, the Beat is devoted to uncovering the top tips to help you draft and manage a winning fantasy team. [This podcast is no longer releasing new episodes.]

Episode Date
What our Big Ideas mean for 2018 and where we screwed up - 2017 Season Finale
It's breakdown day at The Beat, as Mike and Jeff re-examine some of the biggest tips The Beat touted in 2017, and hold themselves accountable for their misses.
Jan 04, 2018
The fantasy MVPs of 2017 and the biggest busts at each position
Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume discuss Todd Gurley's historic, league-winning run, while lamenting the likes of Jay Ajayi, DeMarco Murray and Amari Cooper, who turned out to be high-priced anchors around fantasy owners' necks.
Dec 27, 2017
Players under the spotlight in Week 16
Fantasy analyst Brandon Marianne Lee joins Des Bieler and Jeff Dooley to go over some players of interest in fantasy's most important week, including wide receivers for the Steelers and Jaguars.
Dec 20, 2017
NFL Week 15: Todd Gurley shreds Seattle, Antonio Brown exits early and more
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a week in which the Eagles' offense managed just fine with Nick Foles filling in for Carson Wentz.
Dec 18, 2017
Who to start and sit in Week 15
With so much at stake, which big names are looking like shaky starts, and who could become unheralded heroes? Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume answer those questions, and they also offer some Carson Wentz replacements.
Dec 13, 2017
NFL Week 14: Carson Wentz goes down, Jonathan Stewart shines and more
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a week in which the Eagles QB and MVP candidate left a win over the Rams with a knee injury.
Dec 11, 2017
Is it crazy to bench Russell Wilson in Week 14?
Just when the fantasy playoffs are starting in most leagues, the top-scoring player in fantasy has the roughest of matchups -- a visit to Jacksonville. Scott Allen, Des Bieler and Mike Hume debate his prospects and other tricky Week 14 lineup decisions.
Dec 06, 2017
NFL week 13: Browns' Josh Gordon returns, Gronk loses his cool and more
Key observations and waiver wire from a week in which the Chiefs’ offense awakened and Alvin Kamara continued to do Alvin Kamara things.
Dec 04, 2017
Don't be afraid to bench Kareem Hunt and other studs in Week 13
It's do-or-die-time in many fantasy leagues, when the phrase "You don't sit your studs" tends to apply more than ever, but Hunt is among a few players who have lost the benefit of the doubt.
Nov 29, 2017
NFL Week 12: Julio Jones reminds his fantasy owners why they drafted him
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a week in which Alvin Kamara continued to dominate, fellow rookie Joe Mixon finally broke through and T.Y. Hilton was a non-factor once again.
Nov 27, 2017
Post-bye week strategies to maximize your roster
Scott Allen, Des Bieler and Mike Hume discuss better uses for your roster than holding onto fringe players, now that we're through the bye weeks. Plus, they go over some players with rising and falling values, look ahead to the Thanksgiving slate and more
Nov 22, 2017
NFL Week 11: NFL Week 11: Adam Thielen stays hot, Keenan Allen says hello and more
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a week that Nathan Peterman and Adrian Peterson would probably like to forget.
Nov 20, 2017
Buy low on Melvin Gordon, and other RB thoughts from Chris Harris
Speaking with Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and guest host Scott Allen, Chris Harris of Harris Football says he likes what he has been seeing from the Chargers RB, despite some unsettling performances of late and the emergence of Austin Ekeler.
Nov 15, 2017
NFL Week 10: Mark Ingram runs wild, the Rams roll and the Cowboys struggle without Ezekiel Elliott
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a weird week in which Austin Ekeler outperformed Melvin Gordon, Leonard Fournette struggled and Case Keenum had a career day.
Nov 13, 2017
Rest-of-season MVPs and other reassessments
Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume are joined by Rotoworld's Pat Daugherty to speculate on which players will stand out in the second half and how to refocus on some players who haven't matched early-season expectations.
Nov 08, 2017
NFL Week 9: Jared Goff and Dak Prescott go off, while Jay Ajayi flies high in his Eagles debut
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a wild week in the NFL, which saw A.J. Green and Mike Evans lose their cool.
Nov 06, 2017
How to capitalize on NFL trade deadline fallout
Des Bieler, Mike Hume and special guest Neil Greenberg discuss the spate of deals that shook the fantasy world, including changes of scenery for Jay Ajayi, Kelvin Benjamin and Jimmy Garoppolo, as well as the Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott-less backfield.
Nov 01, 2017
NFL Week 8: Russell Wilson outduels Deshaun Watson, LeSean McCoy stays hot and more
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a rain-soaked week that saw Ezekiel Elliott run all over the Redskins and Jameis Winston flounder.
Oct 30, 2017
You should panic over Packers WRs. And they're not the only ones.
Des Bieler, Mike Hume and special guest Neil Greenberg raise the red flags over Green Bay's pass-catchers and discuss worrisome situations in Arizona, Denver and Washington as well. Plus, key players to add, avoid and monitor in Week 8.
Oct 25, 2017
NFL Week 7: Ezekiel Elliott's huge day, Carson Palmer's injury and more
Key observations and waiver wire advice from a shutout-heavy week.
Oct 23, 2017
A risky, radical fix for replacing Aaron Rodgers
Des Bieler, MIke Hume and Jeff Dooley discuss the one QB who might be able to salvage a desperate situation for owners who lost Aaron Rodgers, plus other options on the waiver wire and trade markets.
Oct 18, 2017
NFL Week 6: Aaron Rodgers's injury, Adrian Peterson's revival and other key observations
How fantasy owners should react to the Packers' QB going down, plus waiver wire advice for the week ahead.
Oct 16, 2017
Trade fixes for fantasy -- and real -- football teams
With Adrian Peterson heading to Arizona, Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume craft a few deals that would solve headaches for fantasy owners and NFL teams alike. Plus, weekly value picks, bust candidates and more.
Oct 11, 2017
NFL Week 5: Odell Beckham Jr.'s injury, top waiver advice and key observations
Odell Beckham Jr.'s injury was the biggest news of Sunday's early games. How should owners respond? The Beat provides some early action items, while highlighting the key takeaways from NFL Week 5.
Oct 09, 2017
How to beat the waiver rush
After a huge week of waiver claims, Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume advise fantasy owners how to get ahead of the game when it comes to finding big value on the waiver wire.
Oct 04, 2017
NFL Week 4: Top fantasy performers, injuries and waiver targets
Scott Allen and Des Bieler discuss the biggest takeaways from Week 4, including a serious injury to Dalvin Cook and a breakout performance by Deshaun Watson.
Oct 02, 2017
Are Cam Newton and Adrian Peterson really waiver worthy?
Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume debate whether some former fantasy studs turned duds are worth keeping on your roster.
Sep 27, 2017
NFL Week 3: Top fantasy performers, injuries and waiver targets
Scott Allen and Des Bieler dissect the top takeaways from Week 3, including a big injury and a big disappointment for the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile the Kareem Hunt show continues in K.C.
Sep 25, 2017
2017’s early fantasy studs: Trust or bust?
Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume evaluate whether some of the surprising players atop the fantasy leaderboard can remain there all season long. Plus, Week 3 risers, fallers, value picks and red-flag players.
Sep 20, 2017
NFL Week 2: Top fantasy performers, injuries and waiver targets
Mike Hume and Scott Allen discuss the top takeaways from NFL Week 2, including injuries to Greg Olsen and Rob Kelley, and Carson Wentz's big game.
Sep 18, 2017
Week 2 Preview: Don't panic ... unless you own David Johnson
Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume advise owners to R-E-L-A-X if their early-round stars underperformed. But not David Johnson owners. You should totally panic -- and make these moves to replace your injured star.
Sep 13, 2017
NFL Week 1: Top fantasy performers, injuries and waiver targets
The Beat breaks down the top takeaways from NFL Week 1, including injuries to David Johnson and Danny Woodhead, and the players who should top your waiver claims after Week 1.
Sep 11, 2017
Week 1 tips: Waiver picks to snag right now
Des Bieler, Jeff Dooley and Mike Hume discuss players to add ahead of next week's waiver-wire rush, as well as the fallout from the postponement of Buccaneers-Dolphins, the latest developments with Ezekiel Elliott, and more!
Sep 06, 2017
Do not draft these players ...
The Beat breaks down the players you'll want to take a pass on when draft day rolls around, plus a Big Idea around fantasy football's most desirable rookie for 2017.
Aug 30, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden will be expensive -- and worth it
Guest host Scott Allen (D.C. Sports Bog) joins Des and Jeff to discuss how to approach the vexing draft issue of the Cowboys' suspended RB, who is out until Week 8, and his suddenly in-demand backup. Plus, what to watch for in Week 3 of the preseason.
Aug 23, 2017
Avoiding faulty fantasy draft logic
Christopher Harris joins The Beat to discuss "Crutch Arguments," faulty logic that can cost fantasy football owners dearly on draft day. Plus, some early player-rankings movement after Week 1 of the NFL preseason.
Aug 17, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott suspension fallout and the ultimate draft tips
Mike and Des make sense of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension news while Jeff suns himself in South Beach. Plus, Neil Greenberg details the fanciest fantasy football stat ever with a draft-centric Big Idea.
Aug 14, 2017
2017 Draft Guide: TE buyer-beware picks, bargains
The Post's fantasy football guys give you tips on tight ends you should target in drafts this year, along with players to avoid and some strategies for how to approach a position at which injuries are common.
Aug 07, 2017
2017 Draft Guide: WR strategies, sleepers and picks you should avoid
The Post's fantasy guys dish advice on the wide receivers you should target in your leagues this year, along with ones to avoid and some strategies that can help put you in championship contention.
Jul 31, 2017
2017 Draft Guide: How to win at running back
You can't win a fantasy football championship unless you get things right at the running back position. The Post's fantasy guys identify this year's blue-chip RBs, in addition to ones you should approach with caution or target as late values.
Jul 24, 2017
2017 Draft Guide: QBs to target, avoid or steal late
Prepping for your fantasy draft? Set your board with the help of the Post's fantasy guys, as they look at this year's top QBs and identify potential bargains and buyer-beware players at the position. (The best advice? Don't draft a QB until late.)
Jul 17, 2017
The Fantasy Football Beat: 2017 Season Preview
The Washington Post’s fantasy guys are back for another season of football news, friendly wagers and league-winning advice. Come see what’s in store for 2017, including new segments, new music, and a new co-host.
Jul 10, 2017