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Barely Athletic is a growing year-round fantasy football podcast that specializes in player and team analysis. We will give you expert advice on drafts, trades, waiver pickups, and more to help you succeed in your fantasy league. We keep it fun and light-hearted with banter, games, and comparisons. Make this your go-to re-draft and dynasty fantasy football podcast.
 
Nando Di Fino visits with The Athletic's team beat writers and fantasy staffers to bring you the in-depth information, sleepers, and strategies you need to win your league this season! New episodes are released each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the start of training camp through the end of the fantasy football season in December. For 40% off a subscription, subscribe to The Athletic at theathletic.com/pbc.
 
The Athletic's Michael Beller and Emory Hunt bring stats and scouting together with a singular goal: winning fantasy football championships. Stats do a great job of telling us the what, but not always the why. Emory, founder of Football Gameplan and a former running back at the University of Louisiana, will provide us with the why and, more importantly, if we should believe in it. Get ready to step up your fantasy football game with the Advanced Route. For 40% off a subscription, subscribe t ...
 
The Athletic's Jake Ciely, Brandon Funston and Michael Beller help you get your fantasy lineups set with The Fantasy Football Rankings Show. Rankings gurus Jake and Brandon will run down their rankings at every position, interpreting the key news of the week and how it affects the fantasy landscape. The guys will go toe to toe where they differ in their rankings, and likely find some agreement, as well. Most importantly, they’ll give you the well reasoned, in-depth analysis you need to make ...
 
Every fantasy player knows that the draft is just the start of the season. In fact, most leagues aren’t won on draft day, but rather with moves made during the season. Every Monday, Michael Beller and Brandon Funston of The Athletic will take a deep dive into the waiver wire on Wire to Wire. They’ll break down the players you should be targeting, helping you prioritize your waiver claims and get your FAAB bids in order. They’ll take a look at the week that was to discern which Sunday breakou ...
 
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After running through the NFC last week, Beller and Jake turn their attention to AFC training camps on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Forget about the coachspeak and proclamations of "Best Shape of His Life." We're looking for the developments that could change the way we think about players in a substantive way before we al…
 
We continue our Cage Matches with WRs. Hear Andrew and Bryant battle out their differences with an appearance from Brendan for a match tie-breaker. This episode was recorded on July 21, 2021. There is some outdated information (Michael Thomas.) This is our 150th episode. Thank you all for joining us on this journey. Here is to another 150! Episode …
 
Next up on our beat writer roundtable series is the AFC West. The Chiefs have won this division five years in a row and enter this season as massive favorites. Top to bottom, however, there's a lot to like from a fantasy perspective. Can Clyde Edwards-Helaire have the season this year so many expected last year? Is Austin Ekeler the new Alvin Kamar…
 
This episode was recorded on July 14, 2021. There is some outdated information (Cam Akers.) Our Cage Matches continue, this time with the juiciest position, RBs. Hear what Andrew and Bryant have to say about the differences in their rankings. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 02:33 - Cam Akers (RIP) 13:35 - Najee Harris 19:35 - J.K. Dobbins 26:12 -…
 
Next up on our beat writer roundtable series is the AFC East. The Bills now lord over the division once dominated by a Bill, but there's reason to believe the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets all could be better this season. And hey, there's quite a bit of fantasy goodness to be found on at least three of these teams. Who—if anyone—wins out in the Bills…
 
A handful of teams are already in training camp, and every camp will be underway within the next week. We're going to hear a lot of talk coming out of camp, and most of it won't matter in the fantasy world. But some of it will. Beller, Jake and Brandon help you anticipate the latter on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys…
 
Next up in the beat writer roundtable series on The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast is the NFC South. The division features the defending champion Buccaneers, and a powerhouse in transition down in New Orleans—not to mention the consensus first overall pick in fantasy drafts. And also the Falcons. But we love Calvin Ridley! Can the Bucs feed all …
 
The beat writer roundtable returns to The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. With training camps set to open later this week, we'll check in with all of our beat writers to get the on-the-ground knowledge about their teams as the sprint to the start of the season begins. First up: the NFC East. How will the Cowboys divvy up all those targets from D…
 
We are kicking off our Cage Match series, where Andrew and Bryant battle it out on the biggest differences in their rankings. Stay tuned for the RBs, WRs, and TEs. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 02:08 - Matt Ryan 08:01 - Lamar Jackson 15:04 - Kirk Cousins 20:55 - Aaron Rodgers 28:05 - Taysom Hill 35:12 - Outro Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podca…
 
Last year, Stefon Diggs (WR3), Brandin Cooks (WR15), Diontae Johnson (WR21) and CeeDee Lamb were all drafted as WR3s (WR24). But so were T.Y, Hilton (WR43), Marquise Brown (WR34), DeVante Parker (WR41) and A.J. Green (WR68). In 2019, Allen Robinson (WR10), Jarvis Landry (WR13) and D.J. Moore (WR16) were WR3s by ADP. But so were Alshon Jeffery (WR59…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston keep the ADP fun rolling on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys dig a little deeper this time around, wrapping up the top 100 and stretching into what will be the nether regions of most fantasy football drafts. Is Juju being disrespected? Is Laviska Shenault sneakily the receiver in Jacksonville …
 
It's Draft Kit Launch Week at The Athletic, and Beller and Jake are ready to celebrate. What better way than by setting the draft day stage with a look at players being selected inside the top 100 in fantasy drafts this summer? It's probably no surprise that, say, Christian McCaffrey is the consensus first overall pick, Kyler Murray is a top-three …
 
The 11th annual Scott Fish Bowl kicked off on Monday, and all three of our hosts are participating. Beller, Jake and Funston discuss the players they've drafted thus far, as well as other general SFB11 tomfoolery, on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Then, the guys get into some common draft-day dilemmas fantasy managers will f…
 
Here we go again! Our Comparisons are back once again. We hope you all enjoy your 4th of July weekend and we will be back, once again, later this week! Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:16 - Diggs, 1st WR drafted? 04:40 - Will there be a 1k Rec, 1k Rush RB? 07:10 - 2 Top 10 WRs on 1 Team? 09:45 - Tyler Lockett 11:02 - Robby Anderson 13:05 - Kyle…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston turn their attention to the backfield on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys take a look at new-look backfield groupings to uncover where the value lies in each situation. Should you be targeting Josh Jacobs or Kenyan Drake in Vegas? What about Melvin Gordon or Javonte Williams in Denver. And is …
 
We are approaching the Fantasy Football Draft Season and we wanted to give you guys our Must Draft & Must Avoid players! Enjoy! Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 04:25 - Joe Mixon (Draft) 07:35 - Mike Evans 11:16 - Deebo Samuel 14:40 - Courtland Sutton 17:43 - Gerald Everett 19:36 - Antonio Brown 23:10 - Michael Carter 26:30 - Darnell Mooney 29:21 …
 
Our "Comparisons" segment is back! This time with a summer theme. We kick off the episode with some thought-provoking keep, trade, cuts then we move into our favorite segment. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do! Stay tuned for more episodes as we get closer to the season! Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 02:09 - Henry, Chubb, Taylor 07:30…
 
Beller, Jake and Brandon turn their attention to the air on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. From Jacksonville to Denver, New York to Arizona, there are more than a few teams with passing attacks that are both exciting and hard to decipher. The guys will dive into nine such offenses on this episode. They'll also play another r…
 
In this episode, Andrew breaks down the fantasy implications of the Julio Jones trade. We also go over some "This or That" situations based on players' ADP. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:25 - Julio Jones Trade 08:27 - Kittle or Swift 11:31 - Gibson or Thomas 16:12 - Chase or Golladay 20:32 - Murray or Lamb 27:14 - Outro Be sure to subscribe …
 
Another 18 teams hold mandatory minicamps this week, running the number of teams that have gotten together in a meaningful way to 28. Beller, Jake and Funston focus on a handful of those teams on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Where do we stand on Odell Beckham? What should we expect from the Steelers offense under Matt Cana…
 
Make it or Break it players for the 2021 season. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 02:58 - Henry Ruggs 11:50 - Carson Wentz 18:22 - Sam Darnold 24:17 - Miles Sanders 29:27 - Ezekiel Elliot 34:48 - Kenny Golladay 42:50 - Outro Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. For more information including our rankings be sure to…
 
Beller, Jake and Funston cover the Julio trade fallout from every angle on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. Who's a fantasy winner (hello, Ryan Tannehill and Kyle Pitts), and who's a fantasy loser (sorry, Matt Ryan and Josh Reynolds) with Julio now on the Titans? What happens to A.J. Brown's stock? How far up do Russell Gage a…
 
Beller and Funston get together for this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, starting with a look at the twin ACL recoveries of Saquon Barkley and Joe Burrow. Should talk of Barkley easing into the season and limited mobility for Burrow push down their draft stock? Then, the guys talk about MVP bets, and find that there isn't much sen…
 
Let's talk about some Julio Jones news, possible landing spots, and what that means for his fantasy value. We have some fun with some buy or sells about some popular players and rookies. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:00 - Julio Jones News 11:13 - Irv Smith Top 10? 13:30 - Cam Akers Top 10? 19:10 - Lamar Jackson Top 10? 24:26 - 2 Top 15 rooki…
 
This has been quite the newsworthy fantasy football week for late May, led by the Julio Jones trade speculation fueled by none other than the receiver himself. What's the best trade destination for Julio? And what becomes of the Atlanta offense without him? Beller, Jake and Brandon dive into that on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Pod…
 
The games are back. Andrew brings you some Start, Trade, Drops, and some Underrated and Overrated Players. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:28 - Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence 04:48 - Najee Harris, JK Dobbins, David Montgomery 10:38 - DJ Moore, Robert Woods, Amari Cooper 16:28 - Odell Beckham Jr. 18:32 - Lamar Jackson 21:23 - Cam Aker…
 
Brad Evans of Fade the Noise joins Jake and Brandon to focus on rookies on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. The guys discuss Travis Etienne as a wide receiver, Justin Fields as a QB1, and Najee Harris' shot at immense volume. They also get into players being over and undervalued in early drafts, and the idea of drafting two re…
 
Looking for some hidden gems? Andrew has got your back. Here is Andrew's top sleepers from the 2021 NFL Draft. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:45 - Davis Mills 03:12 - Rhamondre Stevenson 04:36 - Chuba Hubbard 06:17 - Kenneth Gainwell 07:08 - Larry Rountree 07:59 - Chris Evans 09:21 - Javian Hawkins 11:30 - Terrace Marshall Jr. 13:24 - Amon-Ra…
 
We've got a long one here for ya. Andrew and Bryant go over some players that they love and hate for the 2021 Season. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro Love 01:53 - Joe Mixon 05:30 - Aaron Rodgers 07:42 - Courtland Sutton & Noah Fant 11:16 - Dallas Goedert 14:41 - Cam Akers 21:51 - Jaguars Skill Players 25:05 - Terry McLaurin 29:10 - Matthew Staffo…
 
Jake and Brandon discuss the return of Tim Tebow, Joe Mixon's path to an an extremely heavy workload, Julio Jones rumors, and several mailbag questions. Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDoor The Athletic
 
In this episode, Andrew and Bryant break down the fantasy relevance of this year's NFL Draft. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:30 - News 05:41 - QBs 30:13 - RBs 47:35 - WRs 01:06:32 - TEs 01:10:52 - Outro Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. For more information including our rankings be sure to visit our websit…
 
Jake, Funston, and special guest Graham Barfield, from Fantasy Points, break down winners and losers from the NFL draft, Rookie sleepers + Star Wars trivia fun! Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Follow Graham on Twitter: @GrahamBarfield Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Jake Ciely and Brandon Funston share their thoughts on Round 1 of the NFL Draft and look ahead to day two and three. Which first round picks are in great situations to shine as rookies and which players should you avoid looking ahead to your own fantasy draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft has come to a close. With some exciting picks in this round, we are in for a treat. Here is Andrew's instant reaction to this year's first-round picks. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:45 - Trevor Lawrence 01:35 - Zach Wilson 03:14 - Trey Lance 06:13 - Kyle Pitts 08:12 - Jamaar Chase 10:26 - Jaylen Waddle 1…
 
The day is finally here, the 2021 NFL Draft has arrived. This is Andrew's 2nd and final mock draft for this year. Which players are you most excited about? Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:48 - News 03:01 - 1.01 Jaguars 03:31 - 1.02 Jets 04:35 - 1.03 49ers 08:12 - 1.04 Falcons 10:17 - 1.05 Bengals 11:59 - 1.06 Dolphins 13:06 - 1.07 Lions 14:44 …
 
This episode marks the end of the Team Grades series for 2020-2021. We break down our grades for each team in the division as a recap for this last season. Stay tuned for all of our content Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:24 - Seattle Seahawks 06:20 - Los Angeles Rams 12:33 - Arizona Cardinals 20:28 - San Francisco 49ers 28:08 - Outro Be sure …
 
Jake, Funston, and special guest Marcas Grant from the NFL Network break down the 2021 rookie QB class. Is Trevor Lawrence immediately a top 10 quarterback? Will Zach Wilson be relevant in redraft? What kind of upside will Justin Fields have as a potential QB1? Can Kyle Shanahan make Mac Jones into a QB1? Those answers and more on the final pre-dra…
 
Our Team Grades episodes continue with the NFC South. We break down our grades for each team in the division as a recap for this last season. Every team in every division will be covered so stay tuned. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:16 - New Orleans Saints 07:04 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13:57 - Carolina Panthers 19:52 - Atlanta Falcons 26:48 - …
 
Our Team Grades episodes continue with the NFC East. We break down our grades for each team in the division as a recap for this last season. Every team in every division will be covered so stay tuned. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:22 - Washington Football Team 07:30 - New York Giants 12:50 - Dallas Cowboys 19:03 - Philadelphia Eagles 26:37 -…
 
Jake, Funston, and special guest Emory Hunt, from CBS Sports HQ break down the 2021 Rookie WR class, including the big three WRs - Chase, Waddle, and Smith. The trio also talks about how they value size in receivers and some potential sleepers who could emerge as fantasy stars! Follow Jake on Twitter: @allinkid Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFu…
 
Jake, Funston and special guest Scott Bogman, from In This League, discuss how they value this year's rookie running backs, and try to sort out potential landing spots. The trio also discusses which veteran running backs are at risk for losing significant value along with their favorite sleepers at the position in this year's draft. Follow Jake on …
 
Our Team Grades episodes continue with the NFC North. We break down our grades for each team in the division as a recap for this last season. Every team in every division will be covered so stay tuned. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 02:20 - Green Bay Packers 08:04 - Chicago Bears 13:41 - Minnesota Vikings 18:57 - Detriot Lions 25:32 - Outro Be s…
 
We are rapidly approaching the 2021 NFL Draft time which means that it is Mock Draft time! Andrew breaks down his mock draft for each pick in the 1st round. Do you agree or disagree with his picks? Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:09 - 1.01 Jaguars 01:45 - 1.02 Jets 02:27 - 1.03 49ers 04:05 - 1.04 Broncos via Falcons 05:58 - 1.05 Bengals 06:45 …
 
Today, we bring you some big news about Sam Darnold, play Start-Trade-Drop, and compare this year's QB class to the QB class of 2018. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:22 - Sam Darnold 04:28 - Start, Trade, Drop 42:02 - QB Class Comparison 51:24 - Outro Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. For more information in…
 
Our Team Grades episodes continue with the AFC West. We break down our grades for each team in the division as a recap for this last season. Every team in every division will be covered so stay tuned. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 01:25 - Kansas City Chiefs 06:13 - Las Vegas Raiders 13:19 - Los Angeles Chargers 18:04 - Denver Broncos 23:49 - Ou…
 
After most of the big signings out of the way in episode 1, episode 2 covers just about the rest of them. However, it isn't over yet. Keep an eye out for the rest of the free-agent signings. Tune in next time for our continuation of the Team Grades series. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:50 - DeSean Jackson 02:44 - Mike Davis 05:38 - James Whi…
 
The 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles shook up what's typically a ho-hum week on the NFL's offseason calendar, swinging a three-team trade that landed the 49ers in the third spot in the NFL Draft, the Dolphins at six, and the Eagles at 12. Beller, Jake and Funston get into the fantasy implications on this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast. …
 
Our Team Grades episodes continue with the AFC East. We break down our grades for each team in the division as a recap for this last season. Every team in every division will be covered so stay tuned. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 02:21 - Tennesse Titans 07:50 - Indianapolis Colts 14:52 - Houston Texans 21:00 - Jacksonville Jaguars 28:53 - Divi…
 
The free agent fun didn't end when the new league year began. After a slow day or two, action picked back up on Thursday afternoon, with the likes of Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller and Kenyan Drake finding new homes, while Chris Carson and Juju Smith-Schuster ended up staying put. Beller, Jake and Funston break it all down on this episode of The Athle…
 
Free Agency is in full swing, we've got you covered with all of the free-agent moves so far as a recap of the first week of free agency. Tune in later this week for our continuation of the Team Grades series. Episode Timestamps: 00:00 - Intro 00:46 - Bills 01:55 - Dolphins 03:43 - Patriots 07:09 - Jets 09:02 - Ravens 09:27 - Bengals 09:36 - Browns …
 
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