All About Reality Podcast

Hosted by Matt Goodwin and Luke Patrick O’Connell, the All About Reality Podcast is the only podcast with exclusive information for General Managers who play their fantasy football leagues on Reality Sports Online (“RSO”). Two veteran RSO GMs themselves, Matt and Luke are now in Season 3 of the podcast, having hosted an impressive number of famous folks from the fantasy community. A little more about our two hosts:

Matt Goodwin (aka Goody due to the plethora of Matt’s in the fantasy football community) is in his 8th season as a Reality Sports Online GM and third season as creator/co-host for All About Reality podcast for Reality Sports Online. Goody also contributed for numberFire for several years on the NFL and College Basketball writer, including writing game previews, player analysis, and deep-dive statistical analysis such as “Should I bench my fantasy starters on Thursday nights?” He is an avid sports fan from Cleveland, Ohio who would count a Cleveland Indians World Series victory a close second behind getting married to his wife Renee and the births of his children, Jory (10 year old son) and Lainie (5 year old daughter). Goody loves mid 90’s hip-hop (A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, De La Soul, and Nas still occupy top of rotation spots), playing pick-up hoops (he claims to still have three point range, but focuses on his mid-range game, cerebral passing, and rebounding exceedingly well for 5’9 Jewish guy while taking approximately 10 dribbles a calendar year), and traveling. Favorite players across sports include Francisco Lindor, Lebron James, Cooper Kupp and any Vikings WR or Chiefs RB (based on previous fantasy success). Favorite movies include Glengarry Glen Ross, Trading Places, Shawshank Redemption and anything with non-golf sports in them. Favorite TV shows include I’m Sorry, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Shark Tank. You’ll often find Goody referencing quotes or naming podcast episodes from pop culture, some more obscure than others. Goody works as a Corporate Finance Manager in Bellevue, WA. Along with co-host and now close friend Luke Patrick, one of his biggest fantasy accomplishments was going undefeated as a 15-0 champion in a 16 team RSO Superflex in the podcast league’s first year as well as all the listeners/Twitter followers who have benefitted from our advice.

Luke Patrick fell in love the Reality Sports Online after the requisite trash talk and provocations from some friends and frenemies in the “home league” and after two decades of playing fantasy football finds it to be the most splendid experience.   A sports fan of places as varied as his upbringing, he cheers for the Vikings, Jazz, Nationals, and as a proud #girldad is usually only fines victory in the sweet embrace of the USWNT.  Talking fantasy football with Goody is a source of great joy and levity after days teaching philosophy and theology to some of the nation’s best and brightest. After a one-week reign on top of #SFB8, Luke has taken to analysis and game theory on Reality Sports Online and Settlers of Catan.  Musings on sports and obscure Irish comedy can be found on twitter @fantasyDocOC.

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Season 3

Episode 19: Great Scott! Reeling in the big (Scott) Fish

Luke and Goody, in the midst of being entrenched in their Scott Fish Bowl X drafts talk to the man himself, the great Scott Fish about Fish Bowl, Reality Sports Online, what makes the best Fish Bowl candidate, and Goody shares his experience in being in a league with ESPN’s Matthew Berry.

Before that, Goody starts with an important message to our audience.

Episode 18: All In and All About Cerality with the Athletic’s Jake Ciely 

Jake Ciely of The Athletic joins Luke and Goody and breaks down a lot of players in terms of finding sleepers and value, most over-drafted players and his dynasty rankings, all in a Reality Sports Online lens. Then, the three talk a little bit of Scott Fish Bowl, how Jake got his start, and then Jake talks about one of his real passions: ranking cereal.

For those who haven’t subscribed to The Athletic yet, go to one of Jake’s articles for the 4th of July sale for 50% off and subscribe. This is the best deal around all year for The Athletic.

Episode 17: Announcing the pick – 2020 Rookie draft analysis with a bevy of RSO analsyts

Goody and Luke are back talking 2020 rookie drafts and analyzing what’s happened in the 2020 Writer’s League Rookie Draft and the Podcast League as well. RSO stalwarts Bob Cowper and Bernard Faller, who had several first rounders in the Writer’s League Rookie Draft, hop on to analyze and share strategy.

A special announcement takes place via #AnnounceThePick as we introduce Ryan Krauchick, an RSO GM behind the campaign, who hopped on the panel to discuss how this charitable movement came about and what organizations are involved as well as his rookie strategy.

Episode 16: Six Underground with RotoWorld’s Matt Kelley

In an episode named as an ode to an amazing Sneaker Pimps song, Matt Kelley, aka “The Podfather” from RotoUnderworld joins Goody and Luke to answer some of the toughest Reality Sports Online decision points. Should you pick up a $20MM 5th year rookie extension on Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, and Joe Mixon? What are Matt’s RSO building blocks? Russ on a veteran deal or Kyler on a rookie deal? Who would he actually trade Christian McCaffrey for?

Check out many of these topics and more on a jam-packed and high energy episode of All About Reality.

Episode 15: Upside, Upside and Away with Fantasy Points’ Graham Barfield and Scott Barrett

 Goody and Luke are back with their most power-packed episode to date. Graham Barfield and Scott Barrett, co-owners and heavy analysis hitters from the newly created website Fantasy Points (Graham formerly of Fantasy Guru, NFL, Rotoworld, and Scott formerly of PFF) come on the podcast to talk about some of their latest work. The four talk about how upside wins championships, Graham’s Yards Created, Sophomore breakouts at the WR position and Strength of Schedule analysis between 2020 and 2019 after reminiscing a bit about their numberFire days with Goody.

Episode 14: The Superflex Edition of The Grocery List (Evergreen): 

Luke and Goody had so much fun doing the single QB version of the start-up auction they decided to pivot to Superflex as well in their next episode based on listener feedback. How does replacing a flex position with a Superflex position change strategies and valuations? How does their inclusion alter some of the other roster moves at the skill positions? Check it out and also get some Dalvin Cook thoughts here too.

Episode 13: Fantasy Love is Blind: The Grocery List Start-Up Episode (Evergreen): 

Luke and Goody, after a brief and measured hiatus, return to do something on air they’ve never done before. The two, using RSO recommended contract values as a guidepost along with dynasty rankings from Fantasy Points, Fantasy Pros and DLF, pick their ideal startup teams and hand out contracts. They reveal their teams and contracts to each other blindly on the air which leads to some fun and real reactions for their fictional 12 team, 20 player rosters in a PPR league with the following lineup configuration and contracts:

  • QB,RB,RB,WR,WR,TE,FLEX,FLEX
  • 4 year-  1
  • 3 year – 2
  • 2 year – 3
  • Post auction minimum extension 1

 

Episode 12Breaking Bread and Breaking T’s, Hoodies & Masks with Breaking T President Jamie Mottram: Taking a different direction, the boys interview Jamie Mottram, President of Breaking T, a sports apparel company that takes sports headlines/moments and makes apparel from them. Mottram, who has a long history of working in sports including creating USA Today’s For the Win also talks about his sports interests and explains how he broke into Breaking T and how Breaking T has transitioned somewhat during this pandemic.

Also, through June 30th at Breaking T, if you want to #WearTheMoment, use promo code “REALITY15” to get a 15% discount on Breaking T t-shirts, hoodies, and now masks!

Episode 11 – Luke and Goody are back, and one day post his birthday, a wiser Luke decides to follow the German custom of entertaining others on (or near) his birthday. The two co-hosts welcome, the best Samuel to come around since Samuel L. Jackson (sorry Curtis Samuel) in Rotoviz’s Samuel Wallace. Wallace, who has cranked around 25 articles since the beginning of the year talks specifically about some post-draft veterans of interest, which players he wants to sell, and how he’d build his foundational pieces for a startup Reality Sports Online league.

Episode 10 – Foot clan, assemble! Luke and Goody continue their torrid post-draft momentum bringing in Mike Wright from the Fantasy Footballers. Mixing in the perfect amount of fantasy vs. reality, the guys talk about Mike’s experiences as well as sing the praises out of Rookie RB landing spots.

Episode 9 – Brad Evans is Hall of Fame in our book (and in that of the FSWA as well!). The award-winning writer and host joined Goody and Luke to discuss The Future of Fantasy Football, Huevos Style! What does he see as where content is heading, analysis, etc? What are some crazy stories Brad has had happen to him over the years? Who does he like in the 2020 draft (including prop advice)?

Episode 8 – In a quick turnaround, Luke and Goody welcome BBQ enthusiast and entertainer Ray Garvin on the podcast to talk the 2020 rookie draft as well as the 2021 and 2022 classes. Ray, from Destination Devy, offers up some saucy advice on players he likes from grinding and watching tape and does it in a fun way.

Episode 7 – In an episode that goes through the developmental process of identifying rookie draft prospects as far back as high school, Devy Report’s Nick Whalen joins Luke and Goody to talk about the 2020 class and even delves into 2021 and 2022. What’s this class best known for? Should you be going gangbusters for 2021 picks? We cover it all on this fun and informative episode.

Episode 6 – Luke and Goody are back with a very special guest as they delve into the NFL draft for the first time in depth this offseason. They talk strategy as always, and how to differentiate standard vs. Superflex leagues and where to slot high draft capital across the RB, WR, and QB positions.

Episode 5 – Fresh off free agency and right before their upcoming Women+Wine+Football podcast marathon, The BallBlast Podcast’s Kate and Michelle Magdziuk join Luke and Goody to talk NFL free agency-moves they like, dislike and all things in between.

Episode 4 – In this difficult time in the world, Luke and Goody vow to podcast more if there’s content to share. With that in mind, podcast league champ Tim Aylesworth again joins the pod, following his one-loss run to the ‘ship. The three discuss their rosters, key moves made along the way and share some RSO strategies on salary cap based trades, how to “average” contract assets for effective dealing, and the real value of making a cap-based deal, even if it involves dealing a player like Julio Jones.

The three then finish with a strategic decision on draft pick compensation ideas for dual-threat Superflex QBs which highlights that RSO in that vein may not be much different than dynasty leagues, if our founder Matt Papson’s thinking is widely applied.

Episode 3 – Luke and Goody celebrate their 50th overall episode in style with a very special guest. The NFL’s Game Theory, NFL Gameday, and Analytics Expert, Cynthia Frelund joins the All About Reality Podcast to discuss all things data science, modeling, and player evaluation in one of the best episodes recorded to date.

The three find instant chemistry in talking about NFL Free Agency, the NFL combine and how Cynthia would tackle the beast that is Reality Sports Online leagues. Cynthia also dishes advice on how her analytical approach works best for her strategies. A Must Listen!

Episode 2 – The boys are back and raising the bar in Season 3! Specifically, Rich Hribar from Sharp Football and formerly of Rotoworld joins Luke and Goody to dive into analytical approaches based on Reality Sports Online projected 2020 cap and tiers of players.

They also discuss what types of godfather offers players like Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey require to move them based on high salaries and where you are in your contention window.

Lastly, the two announce a huge guest for overall Episode 50. Enjoy!

Episode 1 – We’re BACK! Luke and Goody jump straight into the 2020 offseason with the newly minted rolled over website to discuss Reality Sports Online Free Agents with the highest percentage of being available across all leagues and what to do with those players. They also tackle some news & notes and some franchise tag/extension strategy. Look for the promo code in the podcast to save a little money on league website fees as well!

Season 2

Episode 20 – Goody and Luke are back post trade deadline with an evergreen episode on how to view trading etiquette through the Reality Sports Online lens. Like Fight Club, the first rule is not to talk about RSO trading! Even founders Matt Papson and Stephen Wendell are put on notice in this no holds barred episode about the rules for trading in RSO leagues.

Episode 19 – Goody and Luke sit down on the holiest day of the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur, the day of atonement to record a podcast on players they are atoning for advocating to their listeners. Goody remains chipper on the podcast in spite of not having eaten for 23 hours and the two podcast until the sun goes down out West and Goody can eat.

Episode 18 – After a long hiatus, Luke and Goody return to talk about what is real after three weeks of play. They tackle Melvin Gordon’s return and what it means for Austin Ekeler, the ramifications of Saquon Barkley’s injury, and how a new tier of TEs have emerged. Oh, and they finally concede that the Vikings offense revolves around Dalvin Cook.

Episode 17 – Goody and Luke are back with an Evergreen series episode all about league settings, roster configurations, and contract settings. The two share their best tips about establishing talent/price tiers, contract valuation and all the game theory that comes with it. Enjoy!

Episode 16 – In one of the most fun episodes yet of the All About Reality Podcast, Luke gets to meet one of his real life heroes from the fake pigskin, Denny Carter of Living the Stream & Draft Day Consultants. Denny, Luke and Goody discuss Denny’s SFB9 zero-RB team and provide insight on RSO contracts based on that team and discuss a myriad of topics before deciding to own the squibs..Kickers that is in never before footage discussing the kicker position on All About Reality. Hop on board!

Episode 15 – Bob Lung, creator of the FSWA award-winning Fantasy Consistency Guide joins Luke and Goody to discuss consistency, the upcoming Midwest Fantasy Football Expo on Sunday Aug 18th in Canton, Ohio and how consistency impacts Reality Sports Online.

Episode 14 – Kyle English breaks news to describe the new Practice Squad feature and how it works with Luke and Goody. Yes, we’re talking about practice! For all those in search of the next Phillip Lindsay, here’s your way. There’s also practice squad poaching, kind of similar to the steal in The Voice. Enjoy, folks!

Episode 13 – It’s summertime and everything is awesome! Luke and Goody bring on their biggest guest to date and Goody’s former editor at numberFire JJ Zachariason. The three talk about the Fantasy Football Industry, deflecting Twitter trolls and then talk Scott Fish Bowl #Toad division to kickoff the fantasy season. JJ then delves into his well-thought out process for evaluating player acquisition/value in auctions and rookie drafts.

Episode 12 – In Reality Sports Online, sometimes an effective strategy is to “Press It”, Nick Papagiorgio from Vegas Vacation style. Kyle Senra from Full Press Coverage joins Luke and Goody for a strategy session before July 4th. Check it out!

Episode 11 – Pre some summer travel, Luke and Goody get together to dive deep into some RSO roster construction and positional decisions against average salaries.  We answer some Twitter listener questions and then go off on a pop culture tangent thanks to Goody. Check it out!

Episode 10 – Luke and Goody are back with another installment of All About Reality and are joined by one of the best professionals in the industry in Football Guys’ Sigmund Bloom. The three dive deep into why Travis Kelce is a difference maker, foundational RSO pieces and allocation of cap space and then talk about how to find upside and high variance in rookie drafts.

Episode 9 – My Detroit Players! Matt & Luke start things off with a look at players who should be climbing up the draft boards in rookie drafts, pay homage to the great and now retired Doug Baldwin in Segment One. In segment two,  Locked on Lions Podcast Host and famed Detroit radio personality Matt Dery joins the All About Reality Podcast to talk about the T.J. Hockenson pick and which Lions offensive players he’s buying as dynasty assets at RSO prices.

Episode 8 – Fresh off the rookies being input and some slick new features being rolled out by CTO extraordinaire Kyle English, including a live rookie slow draft with trading players and picks, Luke and Goody grab a few friends to join and do a 3 round, 10 team, 1 QB Mock draft. Bob Cowper, rookie and draft guru, as well as writers Nick Andrews and Bernard Faller join Luke and Goody and add color along the way documenting their assumptions and thought process in picking players in the spots they did, as well as contextualizing Superflex leagues for our listeners.

Episode 7 – Matt Waldman returns as the first two time All About Reality Podcast guest as the NFL Draft nears. Luke, Goody, and Matt deep dive on the rookie class at various positions and compare recently evaluated prior year players like Derrius Guice, Corey Davis, Royce Freeman and Josh Rosen to see where they’d stand according to Matt in this year’s rookie class. Matt discusses his evaluation process used for the Rookie Scouting Portfolio.

Episode 6 – Mike Tagliere, FantasyPros’ podcast frontman and expert ranker joins Luke and Goody to discuss his revolutionary Dynasty Value Trade Chart in the context of Reality Sports Online and multi-year contracts and rookie draft picks. Mike also dives deep into explaining his Rookie Scouting Report series which is currently on RBs as well as some draft prospects. Finally, Mike discusses the cumbersome challenge of being a fantasy analyst vs. a fantasy player.

Episode 5 – Luke and an effervescent Goody discuss the breaking news that broke Twitter on Tuesday night–OBJ to the Browns. What does it mean in Reality Sports Online for Baker Mayfield’s stock? For Jarvis Landry? For the Giants? Luke and Goody go in depth on this as well as discussing other big moves in NFL free agency in an impromptu podcast.

Episode 4 – Goody brings on an old friend and former colleague in numberFire Sr. Editor and Analyst Brandon Gdula to join him and Luke to discuss numberFire metrics such as Net Expected Points. Brandon then discusses recent articles on NFL Draft prospects at the WR position based on Dominator rating and Kareem Hunt’s Cleveland landing spot before discussing RSO trades and strategy and signing off.

Episode 3 – Luke and Goody dive into some NFL News & Notes and ascertain RSO values for a few players in the news. Then, Goody and Luke do a debrief from the dispersal draft from a week ago and share key strategies and disclose trades that have happened since. Lastly, RSO league trades that have happened since site rollover are discussed.

Episode 2 – We get by with a little help from our friends as Luke, Goody, and newcomers to the All About Reality Podcast league (but not to Reality Sports Online) Jenna Davis, Ashley Bowling and Sam Melchior join for a 5 team, 16 round dispersal draft. Find out which players were taken from existing teams, which players/contracts were viewed as most attractive, and which draft picks went as well. Also find out who sadly didn’t get picked in this kickball game.

Episode 1 – In the first episode of the 2019 season and 28th overall, Goody and Luke reminisce over a perfect 15-0 season in the podcast league while announcing a significant shake-up to that league as well. The two then discuss Baker Mayfield’s dynasty value and about which players appeared on the most Reality Sports Online championship rosters, while talking some buy/sell candidates for 2019 as well.

Season 1

Episode 27 – Luke and Goody talk about “the process” and the internal debates of how they are going for a perfect 15-0 season with some patchwork Superflex and flex options. They also talk about some cool opportunities for our listeners for free tickets on the East & West Coast and close with New Year’s resolutions for being better fantasy managers into 2019.

Episode 26 – Jeff LJ Lloyd from the Locked On Browns Podcast joins Goody and Luke to talk about Goody’s favorite team and why folks are starting to believe in this team on the real and fake gridiron. With some help from NFL Next Gen Stats, the crew dives deep on Baker Mayfield’s long-term outlook and what makes Nick Chubb the perfect RB for the Browns system. Also coaching fits are discussed and how well the Browns offense has performed since the coaching change. Lastly, some key RSO playoff decisions were briefly discussed.

Episode 25 – While Luke and Goody continue to brag about being 13-0 in the All About Reality Podcast league, Michael Salfino from FiveThirtyEight, The Athletic & The Wall Street Journal Sports joins the podcast. They lead off advocating for fantasy playoff wildcards based on total points scored and not record, and then meander through Salfino’s recent articles including how Aaron Rodgers takes too many sacks. The three then talk about playoff lineup decisions and what they’d pay for Phillip Lindsay going forward.

Episode 24 – Luke and Goody highlight some RSO teams who are currently undefeated before delving into Week 13 extension decisions for players like Philip Lindsay, Marlon Mack, and others in a deep-dive on extension strategy. Lastly, the two answer questions from Twitter.

Episode 23 – Luke and Goody talk trade deadlines in most leagues and are joined by author and lyrical poet Bobby Hoyt from the All About Podcast Listener’s League.

Episode 22 – Dave Sanders makes his long awaited All About Reality Podcast debut with Luke & Goody. The guys stage a 12 pick redux of the 2018 Rookie Draft for both traditional and superflex formats and discuss Dave’s new podcast venture, Evolution Sports Podcast, focusing on the social media elements of sporting events.

Episode 21 – Ryan McDowell, one of the foremost leaders in Dynasty football with contributions at Dynasty League Football, Rotoworld, Dynasty Command Center and DynoBlueprint Podcast and avid movie watcher (bonus points for anyone who understands the episode title) joins Luke and Goody to talk about in season contract extensions. Other topics include players he’s buying and selling in dynasty and offenses to hop on/avoid.

Episode 20 – Luke and Goody discuss Cognitive Bias, Valuation, and Game Theory, among other biases with Dr. Renee Miller, Professor of Neuroscience at University of Rochester and Contributor to The Athletic. While getting scientific, Luke poses a question for the ages as well.

Episode 19 – Luke and Goody take on 5 players each for the season that they really like that are must gets in auctions for 2019. League life cycles are discussed as well. Good luck with your auctions this weekend, folks!

Episode 18 – Latest episode of All About Reality Presented by Reality Sports Online before Goody departs to the Hawaiian Islands.

Episode 17 – For the first time, Luke and Goody welcome Reality Sports Online the founders of Reality Sports Online, President Matt Papson and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Wendell. The podcast goes deep into the creation and process of Reality Sports Online, and delves into a little bit of football along the way, including a brief recap of the Reality Sports Online Writer’s League. Essential listening for aspiring entrepreneurs and RSO fans!

Episode 16 – Tim Aylesworth, one of the members of the All About Reality Podcast Listeners league and purveyor of almost double-digit fantasy leagues brings his strong winds and game from Calgary, Alberta. He talks about all things RSO and recaps the crazy 16-team Superflex auction with Luke and Goody.

Episode 15 – An uncut episode where special guest Bernard Faller provides color commentary while Luke and Goody try to co-manage an auction in a 16 team Superflex, PPR league with dynamic scoring. There are no edits on this podcast and the audio feed froze at the end, but this should give anyone playing in Startup Superflex Reality Sports Online leagues a real look at auction values, intense QB-bidding and the strategy owners took in building their teams for the first large group of key players.

Episode 14 – Goody and Luke are back and takingg strategy with USA Today Sports Media Group’s Ryan Bonini. Lots of under the hood analysis on this episode.

Episode 13 – The rough week for Goody continues as Lebron James bolts Cleveland for the Lakers and he is forced to relive his worst fantasy loss on air with guest, leaguemate and good friend Mark Pesavento. Mark discusses his “dream job” at the NFL as VP of Digital Content, what he’s up to and shares his league winning strategies (has won 3 titles in 5 years in a super competitive 12 team league). Luke stirs the pot throughout.

Episode 12 – Luke and Goody get down with a little IDP, some Superflex, and Reality Sports Online methodology with PFF Fantasy’s Tyler Buecher.

Episode 11 – Goody and Luke dive deep on Dynasty League Football rankings with DLF’s Jaron Foster and talk a bit about Writers League activities.

Episode 10 – Luke and Goody bring Reality Sports Online Chief Technology Officer Kyle English on to talk tech enhancements, updates, and what’s coming down the pike. Later on, the three discuss their recent Rookie Draft and draft related trades with each other in the Writers League.

Episode 9 – In the latest episode of All About Reality, Reception Perception creator and the NFL’s Matt Harmon talks Next Gen Stats, route trees, and all things WR while Luke has a double rainbow reaction to heaps of Stefon Diggs praise.

Episode 8 – Luke and Goody (collectively not to be confused with former Notre Dame basketball star Luke Harangody), react to landing spots following the NFL Draft.

Episode 7 – Luke and Matt welcome RSO Writer Nick Andrews, to talk about his recent data-driven article analyzing the value of rookie picks vs. veterans.

Episode 6 – In Episode 6 of All About Reality presented by Reality Sports Online, Luke Patrick and Matt Goodwin discuss rookie rankings with RSO rookie champion Bob Cowper. Bob goes in depth on players that he’s higher on than most and his process for evaluating college players.

Episode 5 – Luke and Goody discuss the 2018 NFL Draft’s best rookie RB prospects with Graham Barfield through Graham’s Yards Created model while also reminiscing about Goody and Barfield’s numberFire days.

Episode 4 – Luke and Goody dive deep into rookie strategy in the RSO format and scouting with their first guest, Rookie Scouting Portfolio creator and Football Guys writer Matt Waldman, a visionary in the field.

Episode 3 – Franchise tag strategy and 2018 locked tags to date metrics, the 5th year rookie contract option for a league Goody is in, NFL news on Brandin Cooks and Cam Meredith and Twitter mailbag Matt @mattgoody2 and Luke @FantasyDocOC

Episode 2 – In this episode of All About Reality, we dive into the most popular extensions utilized during the 2017 season.

Episode 1 – Inaugural episode of All About Reality, a podcast exclusively for current and future users of Reality Sports Online the only real NFL GM Experience in Fantasy Football.