If this is your first season playing fantasy baseball and not sure who to take at #1, this is the podcast for you. If you want deeper league knowledge- keep scrolling
Eric Karabell and Tristen Cockcroft are always there to mix in the laughs with top notch fantasy baseball news.
Why has this podcast been gone for so long? It is the best Baseball podcast out there. I listen to at least 10 and this by far is the best. Eric and Tristan use to be on every day then they got reduced to twice last season which is ridiculous. Bring them back full time so we can appreciate them more. What is with you guys at ESPN? You are not utilizing them properly. They are legends in the industry. Thank you Julian Prusak a loyal fan for many years
Both guys seem bored with the show, TC obviously knows his stuff , but his singing and and non baseball antics make me think roto guys are all nerds , come back next year improved and not the same old stuff .
This was amazing for so long just perfect, I got so worried when it flip flopped and we lost Everyone at once. But then shining light Eric and Tristan were actually also funny and intelligent, but with time everything fades. The clear unenthusiastic nature of the show, oh I donât mean not lively. You want an hour of food jokes and funny voices, heeeerre you go. But the effort is just zero for baseball, the obvious analysis half the time shows the effort being put into it. I do not blame hosts more ESPN, itâs a clear push for ESPN to only care about fantasy football and the $$$ in that market. It is swaying the hosts perspective, itâs just 40 min of nothing really rarely consistent. It has made me so sad, cause just the show with Eric and Tristan three years ago to now is so night and day and for the worse
Improving, but still a little slow paced and too much droning on about meaningless platoon situations. And donât even bother checking out the articles or rankings they mention unless you are an âInsiderâ. Stick with CBS, they cover much more, with better analysis.
Why so much time on Tebow? Double a player not a prospect. Not fantasy worthy if called up. Sorry but Iâll listen to another show. I could understand if this was a newyork podcast. But itâs national. Itâs a waste of time on now multiple episodes.
Iâve been listening for a while, and it has helped my fantasy baseball soooo much. The hosts are dorks but I love it.
You would think ESPN, run by a bunch of rich liberals, would fix the audio quality. Tristan Cockroft is way too annoying for me, sorry. Fix his sibilance
This is a fantastic show. I listen to every episode! Very helpful information especially for in season roster moves. The guys are great and they watch a lot of baseball which I think has become more important these days. Bring back the lady from emphysema permanently!!
With all of the talent out there this is the best you can come up with? Go out and hire one of the guys from fangraphs or fantasypros. Im deleting this podcast immediately after I hit the send button on this review..
Pretty informative but it seems to come out the day after they record. A few segments have music playing (at a low volume) but it distracts you from the info. Maybe with football you can get away with two shows a week but with baseball itâs tough to keep up with. CBS has a great, Mon-Fri podcast that helps keep you on top of stuff and usually releases hours after they record, always on the same day.
Iâve been listening since the Matthew days, and was disappointed when he left. However, I am so glad Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft have a platform because they are superb! Even if you just like baseball, listen to this. I highly recommend it and wish ESPN would make it at least 3 or 4 days a week. ð¤ð Always great producers and researches, currently Kyle Soppe providing great insight as well.
Been listening to this podcast for years and love it. I think they are informative and entertaining. But their schedule of twice a week is brutal. The schedule makes it difficult to get the most out of their takes going around the league.
Eric jokes about being a company man but makes sarcastic jokes about ESPN. This being a negative tone to the show. I donât think he studies as much as Tristan.
I used to like this podcast, but there are way better options out there for fantasy baseball. Karabell and Cockcroft are way to reactionary and their advice rarely goes in depth with statistical backing. They focus more on their own leagues sometimes than analysis of players.On top of that they clearly are sick of each other and dislike working together. This comes across in the show which often has a hostile overtone with the hosts getting short with one another.Top that off with the fact that this is an ESPN podcast and the market for fantasy advice is flooded right now and I see no reason to support this one over the little guys who have better content. If you like this podcast my advice is to try one of the fangraphs ones. My guess is you wonât come back to this.
That you guys are finally going away. Not entertaining at all and itâll be nice to see the entire network fail. Stick to writing guys.
Big fan of both these guys, have been listening consistently for about 4 years. A staple during the baseball season, I use to find myself getting creative with carving out 45 minutes a day to tune in. That motivation is starting to subside. Its obvious that Karabell isn't thrilled about the show being cut down to 2 days and I feel like that negativity is showing on the show while Tristain is doing all that he can to maintain a positive vibe. I feel like the show use to radiate positivitiy which rolled over to solid analysis and advice...now they seem to focus on the same topics every show and Eric spends the entire show justifying his points in what comes off as partly arrogance and stubborness. I wish this show would get bumped back up to 5 days again which would hopefully boost the spirits and bring back to goofy/positive vibes I use to love so much!! 5 stars if I was rating last year - all years previous but unfortunatly now were down to 3. Come on ESPN
Nice guys Iâm sure, but not very funny. Tristanâs stats are insightful but both he and Karabell have voices meant for print. ESPN is a sinking ship, better off spending your time FBB time listening to CBS.
Please donât advertise for VAPE on this Podcast. It has become an issue in our area with minors, and I wish you would not help enable the habit.
Seriously? Vape Ads? ESPN has no shame.
Five star for content, preparation and knowledge by the hosts. These guys are so much easier to listen to than the previous talking head who now only does FFB. No egos to get in the way here. Carabell and Cockcroft just deliver great info with great passion. Unfortunately, ESPN in itâs infinite wisdom, has cut this down to just 2 days a week.
Iâve listened to Eric and Tristan for years and really enjoy the podcast. I donât understand why ESPN has cut them back to two days a week as this should be a Monday-Friday show. But Iâll continue to listen to the shows they put out, very entertaining and insightful! Five stars!
This is absolutely the best FB podcast out there. ESPN execs: this show should never go away! If anything, should be on more days per week!
Not sure if you guys read the comments and answer them on the show. I have been listening for the last year and love it and take the advise for my team. My league is going to auction. Weâre a points league but Iâm curious on what I should do with my 300. Iâm thinking 198 towards batting and 102 for pitching. (8 SP 2RP). My question is do you break it down further than the 65/35 split. Ex. 1-SS 83, OF 83, bench 18, C and utility player 12? Iâve been doing mock draft and obviously the plan changes, because I get guys cheaper or a dollar more than I planned. Or should I just go I have 198 for batters take the best available. Thank you if you answer this on the pod Iâll be listening!
Tristan isnât funny. A lot of swings and misses. Good analysis. I love Karabell. Cockroft beyond a deal breaker. Just an absolute atrocity. I wouldnât even mind the humor if it was funny. The cbs guys arenât funny but way less attempts per episode. Heartbreaking.
Very disappointed that you are airing a vape commercial. I have canceled my subscriptions to both the baseball and football show.
Tristan and Eric are a solid blend of fantasy professionals and goofballs! Iâve been listening to the show since the Weasel/Berry era and have really enjoyed Tristan and Ericâs takeover. Things Iâd like to weigh in on:â¢ new #hashbrown music is a downgrade from the originalâ¢ although ESPN has transitioned to Points leagues being the standard, Iâd like to hear more fantasy commentary adapted to this scoring type. I feel like the show has more references to Auction drafts than even Points drafts. For example, total fantasy points versus points per game help me rank Catchers. â¢ the Name Game is by far the best segment in fantasy â¢ thank you for helping me win my H2H Points Keeper League last year!
Not an enjoyable or helpful listen, go to Fangraphs or others that provide real predictions and insight.
Go 5 days a week!
Oh man bunch of goobers who love ffbb....FYI the new hashbrown song is very much from the Wii main menu
Listen to this guys all the time throughout the baseball season. Give a different perspective on fantasy baseball and Tristan and Karabell give a lot of good advice for future moves and things to look for when evaluating a player. Have helped me a ton the last 3-4 years and have won a great deal of fantasy yahoo money leagues and friend league. High suggest listing too.
I stand with Jemele Hill! No ESPN on any platform for at least two weeks.
If you really want to win your fantasy baseball league, Eric and Tristan are the guys to listen to.
UPDATED 9/29/17:Since I wrote the review below a year or two ago, things have gone downhill. First, they only do a few shows a week, which reduces the value to the listener by a significant margin. Perhaps what is more bothersome, though, is that Tristan Cockcroft has gotten prgressively more and more "zany" over the past few seasons. He is just over-the-top, laughing hysterically at almost everything. His analysis is still solid- that hasn't changed- but it hard to find it while sorting through all of the morning show-type schtick. I hate to admit it, but after being a daily listener to this show for years (since the early Matthew Berry days) I have switched over to CBS. They do daily shows, have three or more guys who know their stuff, and keep it entertaining without being goofy. I gave ESPN another try this morning, and it just reaffirmed my belief that CBS has taken the lead in the fantasy baseball podcast market. Earlier review:Iâve been listening for six or seven years now, and I think that this podcast is at or near the best it has been during that time. Eric and Tristan do a good job of offering useful advice without too much goofy, non-baseball stuff. They spend too much time talking about specifics of injuries with Stefania once a week. Itâs not that I donât want or like this info, I just think that when you spend six or seven minutes talking about the physiological details of one injured player, it is time that could be spent on more widely useful information. However, they have gotten a little better in this are, too.Iâd like to see Tristan take his energy down about ten notches, but his analysis is so solid and stat-backed that I can live with his goofy screaming into the mic once or twice every show.Iâve checked out CBS, Fangraphs, Razzball and ESPN, and this one is the best of the bunch.
Love this podcast! Started listening when I played fantasy, still listen even tho I'm not playing this year. Great info, and always funny
I used to love this podcast but Eric's negativity has become unbearable. Tristan does what he can to give solid fantasy analysis, but Eric's lackluster personality just drags this show down. After 6 years of downloading AND listening, I just unsubscribed. I don't feel great about it but I can't listen to Karabell anymore. I hope they find a replacement for him and pair Tristan up with someone who finds baseball fun.
Karabell and Cockcroft do a great job laying out the fantasy baseball landscape and really help point out up and coming young players from around the league to grab and stash
The best thing ESPN does is this podcast. If you play fantasy baseball this is a must listen.
Eric and Tristan are amazing! Thanks for the Bellinger tip that has helped me so much! Love the music especially the combo meals. Kyle is one hell of a researcher. Overall great Pod wish it was on more days of the week
Much like ESPN's fantasy baseball coverage as a whole, this podcast has deteriorated over the past couple years. They've moved to 2 shows/week which isn't very helpful compared to the other podcasts that churn out daily content. Listen to he CBS podcast instead.
I've been listening to Tristan and Eric for 3+ years and this is my favorite fantasy baseball podcast. Anyonr leaving less than 5 stars is being ungrateful for the help they give. If you're in an ESPN league, this is a must listen. I think the chemistry Eric and Tristan have is unbeatable. Kyle Soppe has been an invaluable add, and which ever producer is working on the show do great jobs, too. Ignore the haters and give them a listen. I've won my home league 3 out of the last 5 seasons, and I give a lot of credit to this podcast for helping me get a compettive edge.I just wish ESPN hadn't cut them back to twice a week. I know I listened EVERY day.
This show has no personality which makes sense considering the hosts don't either. The content is useful at times but more often than not its just a rehash of what happened the night before and is dry and not very entertaining. The show has been stripped to bare bones and there is a weekend preview that is done on Thursday for some reason. I don't see the correlation between hash browns and hash tags and the muzak played while reading these hash browns is lame at best. I've been a listener to the podcast since 2007 and it makes me sad that this is what it has come to. The producer of the show is obviously trying to get a come up by inserting his ignorant opinions but he is no podvader. Maybe just be quiet and do your usual bad job?If you enjoy it cool, but I've unsubscribed and won't be back until a format change and/or a host change occurs.
This show has declined over the years, but not because of the change in hosts. The show only runs three days a week during the baseball season and chose horrible days. Running on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday guarantees the show two Mondays each year that there won't be shows. And then this week, for no apparent reason, there wasn't a Thursday show. They should have Tuesday shows the week of holidays, and should move the Thursday show to Friday. That way some information is still more timely if it can't be listened to until the weekend.
This is a great podcast! For those of us who view our fantasy leagues as serious business, this podcast contains a lot of useful information. Eric and Tristan present the information in a fun way that makes the podcast both informative and entertaining. Off the subject of the podcast, the biggest reason I am an ESPN Insider is so I can read the premium content from Eric, Tristan, and the other ESPN fantasy writers. Disappointed the show is no longer daily.
Erik Karabell is so arrogant that this is unlistenable now. I recently unsubscribed from this and now listen to the Fangraphs Fantasy Baseball pod
You can't find two individuals who have more love for the game of baseball than Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockroft. Love their insight on the game of baseball and their fantasy takes. My only regret is that ESPN reduced their podcast from five days a week to a mere three. Really ESPN?
Huge fan of Tristan and Eric. Great dialogue, humor and information.
Wish they still did it 5 days a week.