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The Breakfast Table Fantasy Sports Podcast

Podcast by Mike Salfino

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Uncut Gems Review (w/Geoff Foster) March 31, 2020

Warning: Spoilers abound. Scott and Mike are joined by Geoff Foster of Jordan Peele's Monkey Paw Productions to review "Uncut Gems" starring Adam Sandler. Geoff also was Mike's sports editor at The Wall Street Journal and FiveThirtyEight. Why is this movie like Leaving Las Vegas, Goodfellas, The Parallax View (super spoiler), Fargo and Midnight Cowboy? How is the sports gambling handled? Is the Diamond District portrayal legit? Comedians as actors. Athletes as actors. Sports superstition. Tip-off parlays. Mob rules. 1970s throwbacks. All this and more.

37mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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John Cusack Top Five (with Cara Salfino) 3/26/20

Mike and Scott and joined by special guest Cara Salfino, follow up on their Eight Men Out review (a film starring Cusack). Cara pulls a Rob Gordon and lists Cusack's Top 5 films, in reverse order. And Scott and Mike weigh in. In Breakfast Table fashion, detours abound (Cameron Crowe movies, movies that everyone loves that Scott hates, great bad movies, Tom Cruise, time travel, Scott's movie take that he says everyone disagrees with and Scott and Mike hating on something everyone else seems to love). A must listen for film buffs/Cusack fans.

51mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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North Dallas Forty with Cara Salfino (July 21, 2019)

Cara Salfino lends her non-football, non-sports-fan perspective to a forgotten classic, North Dallas Forty. Is it a football movie, body horror movie, film noir, counterculture, iconoclastic classic or... just a movie about football? And can you ever watch football the same way again? The movie the NFL never wanted you to see, 40 years later. Spoilers aplenty so watch it first. This podcast is made possible by the support of our Patreon members: https://www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 20mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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The Natural Review (5-28-19) - 5:28:19, 1.20 AM

Mike and Scott channel Siskel and Ebert both figuratively and quite literally in reviewing The Natural -- overwrought caricature or emotionally-rewarding fairy tale? We go through all the performances, plot points, characters, dramatic devices, baseball hyper-realism, cinematic qualities and more. Which of us agrees with Siskel and which with Ebert, nearly 35 years later? What would the back of the Roy Hobbs basically card have said and what would the stats have been for his epic season? Do we both want a New York Knights uniform? Does Redford pass the eyeball test? Would the book ending have been better than the movie's, or vice versa? Hobbs had 80 tools across the board but what would his scouting grade have been in picking women? Should this movie have been about the Arnold Rothstein character or the serial killer of athletes? Spoilers aplenty. This special edition is available to the public, courtesy of our Patreon members.

1hr 40mins

28 May 2019

Rank #4

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Football projections and analytics with special Guest Josh Hermsmeyer of FiveThirtyEight

Scott is on vacation so Josh Hermsmeyer (@friscojosh) of FiveThirtyEight joins Mike to talk about projections and the state of fantasy and real football as it relates to maximizing win probability. Is there true skill level among NFL players or are they merely creatures of their environments and usage? Why and to what extent are zeroRB concepts useful in gaining a competitive edge in drafting? How much of offensive vs. defense outcomes are generally driven by the offense? How often should teams pass and how should they run? Are the under 25 QBs ready to propel the NFL into the next generation of play or is Josh bearish on their prospects? Analysis on players including Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Travis Kelce.

51mins

22 May 2019

Rank #5

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Breakfast Table 2018 Podcast Announcement (7/31/2018)

A major announcement on the 2018 Fantasy Football Podcast and where to find it for the upcoming season: https://www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

9mins

31 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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Steve Moyer Memorial Fantasy Baseball Podcast (March 8, 2018)

Mike and Scott mourn the passing of their mutual friend and fantasy baseball pioneer/esteemed baseball professional Steve Moyer. Baseball topics include the decline in starting pitching, the amorphous nature of baseball where leagues and divisions are hard to delineate, the most volatile players based on NFBC drafts and who we are in and out on, Benintendi vs. Yelich and Betts vs. Harper, the humidor and wall-scraping homers and much more. This podcast has been made public so that everyone can share in our memories of Steve but is typically available weekly only to Patreon $7 members. https://www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 11mins

10 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Breakfast Table Fantasy Baseball Podcast: LABR Mixed-League Draft

And the first of our 2018 Fantasy Baseball podcasts, which are posted here weekly for $7 Patreon members. Here we talk about the LABR mixed league draft put together by Sports Weekly. Scott Pianowski participated. Mike Salfino opines. Broadly applicable strategy, overvalued, undervalued, sleepers and busts are all discussed in this extensive podcast. Mike will eat a bug if you don't find this extremely useful. Here is a link to the draft discussed. If you enjoy this, please supporting our content and get complete baseball and football coverage all spring and summer, accessible here: https://www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 26mins

2 Mar 2018

Rank #8

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Super Bowl Breakfast (January 31, 2018)

(NOTE: This podcast was recorded first for members prior to Gronkowski clearing protocol.) After a classic rock intro, Mike and Scott discuss the keys to the big game and pick the winner and the score. Is the Nick Foles we saw versus the Vikings, a much better defense than the Patriots, fact or fluke? Do the Patriots even have to be chameleons in this matchup? Yards per point. Concussion protocols. Deep passing stats. Some Girls vs. Beggar's Banquet. Was David Bowie correct that Jimmy Page should be feared? The odds of a Belichick or Brady retirement. Various prop bets and the one probable loser that nonetheless pays the best odds. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast)

1hr 3mins

2 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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The Breakfast Table Fantasy Football Podcast: Breakfast of Champions (1/18/18)

Mike and Scott preview the AFC and NFC championship games. Is the Jaguars defense for real? Are they too scheme specific? What is likely to be the Patriots strategy? Who covers Gronk? Can Bortles win a game at this level like Sanchez once did vs. Brady with a similar defense? With the NFC, is Case Keenum a product of super-elite WR play? Is Nick Foles good enough or just too ponderous? Is this Keenum vs. Foles or are the Vikings better almost everywhere? Which of the big losers in the division round is most likely to appear soon in the Super Bowls: the Saints or the Steelers? And of course, we pick both the games, along with some fantasy sleepers. Breakfast of Champions is served. (Patreon members get this episode like all episodes a day early. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast)

52mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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Divisional Breakfast (January 11, 2018)

Mike and Scott go over all the games with an eye toward who will star and slump. Which teams will survive and advance? Is Nick Foles capable of leading an Eagles offense that typically struggles on early downs? Is the Falcons defense stout or did they get lucky in silencing the Rams? Is the circus leaving town for Tom Brady? Marcus Mariota: Clutch or lucky? Can Leonard Fournette beast or is he badly overrated? Jacksonville D: All-time or a product of a soft schedule? Why the Saints are the NFL's best and most versatile offense. Is Case Keenum ready for his closeup? All this plus a Bird vs. Dr. J debate over the 1980-81 NBA MVP. Thanks for supporting the pod. Patreon members get this episode like all episodes a day early. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 27mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #11

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Wild Card Breakfast (January 4, 2018)

Mike and Scott review all the games from both a playoff draft and daily fantasy perspective. They also predict all the games and focus on the key player matchups that should shape the outcomes. Special focus is given to the Chiefs skill players, the surprisingly successful playoff history of bad teams measured by point differential, the real red zone problem with the Falcons offense, Brees's role in keeping the Saints running downhill, Cam Newton's surprisingly consistent awfulness, the lasting relevance of NFL Films archives on YouTube and the content in the Sports Illustrated Vault, where innovation comes from in coaching, what makes a Hall of Famer and much more. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast (CORRECTION: The Falcons are only middle of the pack in red zone possession per game at home, not overall.)

1hr 34mins

5 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 17 NFL Fantasy Preview (12/27/17)

Happy New Year! The Members-Only Breakfast Table Fantasy Playoff League is announced. Then, some DFS discussion plus lots of sidebars, including: Is Mixon a Gurley in waiting, will Jeff Fisher definitely coach in 2018, has Ebron already broken out, is Two-TE the strategy for 2018, was Matt Ryan bad or unlucky with TDs, who is the NFL MVP, Bigger Disappointment: Dak vs. Derek, Russell Wilson's Tebowing, do the 49ers have the NFL's most enviable QB situation...? Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 25mins

29 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 15 NFL Fantasy Preview (12/13/17)

Scott and Mike look at all the week's games -- Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday -- to get you ready for the fantasy football semifinals. What to do with the Eagles without Wentz and the Packers with Rodgers. Are Bell and Brown the best RB/WR tandem ever? Is Gurley in Bell's class? Did we catch a glimpse on Monday night of Tom Brady's football mortality? Is Cam Newton Joe Flacco with wheels? All the games are analyzed, complete with recommendations on who to play and who to avoid with all the chips on the table. Patreon members get the podcast Wednesday overnight. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 34mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #14

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 14 NFL Fantasy Preview (12/06/17)

Mike and Scott break down the fantasy implications for all the Week 14 games. Bench Cam for Jimmy G? Is Chris Hogan an automatic starter if active? What do we make of Josh Gordon now? Which injuries are creating the greatest potential opportunity to sneak league-winning value? All this and much more. Patreon members get the podcast Wednesday overnight. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month.

1hr 21mins

7 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 12 NFL Fantasy Preview (11/22/17)

All the Thanksgiving and Week 12 games are broken down and analyzed. Should we care about projecting players who are being played anyway? That's Scott's debate with Kareem Hunt and Adam Thielen, who are projected by Mike. We also get into play action passing with the Rams, Scott rejects Mike's Brees victory lap before he can even take it, goal-line expected touchdowns are put under the analytics microscope and so much more. Happy Thanksgiving! Patreon members get the podcast Wednesday overnight. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 32mins

23 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 10 NFL Fantasy Preview (11/8/17)

With Ezekiel Elliott/Alfred Morris update. Mike and Scott talk all the games from a fantasy perspective and specifically discuss the difficulty with the WR pool this year and how to manage it and which players who are starter worthy should be either elevated from reserves or picked up. Is zeroRB dead? Are too many teams now zeroBadQB for it to even matter? Patreon members get the podcast Wednesday overnight. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 20mins

10 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 9 NFL Fantasy Preview (11/1/17)

Mike and Scott go over all the games and talk about our appearance on Sunday at Giants Stadium to answer your Week 9 fantasy questions live and in person, with our good friend and Yahoo colleague Dalton Del Don. All the major decisions flowing off of this heavy bye week are covered with a lot of fantasy trade deadline advice and ranking debate for hard-to-peg players addressed in sufficient detail. Thanks so much for your support! Hope to see some of you Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Details to come via Twitter and Verizon, as well as Yahoo Fantasy. Patreon members get the podcast Wednesday overnight. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 27mins

2 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 8 NFL Fantasy Preview (10/25/17)

Mike and Scott talk all the matchups and decide who the Vikings back to own is, whether to cut Martavis Bryant and Terrelle Pryor, whether to sell Jordan Howard, assess the odds of a Amari repeat, pick a Browns QB and much more. All the games and matchups analyzed. Patreon members get the podcast Wednesday overnight. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward for as little as $1 per month. www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast

1hr 13mins

26 Oct 2017

Rank #19

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The Breakfast Table Podcast: Week 4 NFL Fantasy Preview (9/27/17)

Mike and Scott go over all the games argue about Travis Benjamin of all people, debate what to do with Terrelle Pryor, rank Goff vs. Watson, fade Road Ben, question the leverage of Julio targets, grade Urination Celebration, plus so much more. Please visit Patreon to support this content going forward with bonus podcasts provided to Patrons depending on their level of support: www.patreon.com/BreakfastTablePodcast CORRECTION FOR POD: Jamaal Charles did not have more touches than C.J. Anderson last week, as Mike said, just more carries. Apologies.

1hr 30mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #20