RotoWire Fantasy Basketball Podcast
Listen to Nick Whalen, James Anderson, Shannon McKeown, Ken Crites, Alex Barutha and NBA team beat writers from around the league talk fantasy basketball throughout the season.
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Week 15 Waivers, Bulls + Pacers Banged Up
Shannon and Alex discuss DeMarcus Cousins signing a 10-day deal, the Bulls and Pacers being banged up, and Russell Westbrook's fourth-quarter benching. Then, they move into waiver wire suggestions and DFS options before Alex's Young Man Rant about digital jersey cards.
43 min
2
Best NBA Futures Values + Knicks Talk with Kenn...
Nick Whalen and Kenny Ducey talk about the NBA.
75 min
3
NBA Loosens Protocols, Week 14 Waivers
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the news before diving into waiver wire suggestions and DFS options.
49 min
4
The Westbrook Debacle + Good and Bad Surprises ...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
63 min
5
Grizzlies' Ceiling + MVP, COY, NBA Title Odds C...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
61 min
6
Week 13 Waivers, Protocols Easing Up
46 min
7
Hawks Concerns, Lillard's Injury, Kyrie Expecta...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
42 min
8
Ranking the Top 25 Players Under 25 with James ...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
68 min
9
James Anderson on All-Star Picks + How Many Tea...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
42 min
10
Week 12 Waivers, Ken's Celtics Meltdown
Shannon and Alex sit in terror as Ken has a LIVE meltdown about the Celtics' poor play, highlighted by Jaylen Brown taking 36 shots with no assists. The amigos also discuss waiver options and DFS.
50 min
11
Playoff Projections, LeBron's Surge, Kyrie Near...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
52 min
12
COVID Continues, Week 11 Waivers
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the continued COVID absences before diving into waiver options and DFS.
44 min
13
Non-COVID Storylines + All-Star Predictions
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
48 min
14
Endless COVID Absences, Week 10 Waivers
49 min
15
Preseason Takes Revisited
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
67 min
16
Playoff Odds, Another COVID Season + 2022 NBA D...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
66 min
17
COVID is BACK, Week 9 Waivers
Ken, Shannon and Alex highlight COVID-19 running wild throughout the NBA again this season and touch on other news before diving into waiver wire suggestions.
50 min
18
Fake Trades Bonanza + Pacers Blowing It Up?
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
68 min
19
Blazers Future, Streaking Rockets + Picking the...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
59 min
20
Dedmon, Memphis Guards Highlight Week 8 Waivers
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest news, then dive into waiver wire options before finishing with DFS talk.
47 min
21
Big-Name Injuries, CP3's Stealth MVP Case + Who...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
54 min
22
Weekend News + MVP and NBA Title Odds Draft
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
74 min
23
Talking MVP, Rookie of the Year, Title Odds and...
Nick Whalen and Joe Fann of WynnBet talk NBA futures bets.
45 min
24
LeBron Near Return, Week 6 Waivers
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest news before diving into waiver wire suggestions and Friday DFS.
41 min
25
News Catch-Up + Who Would You Rather Roster the...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
58 min
26
Sell-High Options, Week 5 Waivers
54 min
27
Jokic Suspended + Six Most Interesting Teams So...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
51 min
28
Weekend Recap, 2020 Re-Draft + Ranking This Yea...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
52 min
29
Week 4 Waivers (2021-22)
Ken and Alex discuss waiver wire adds ahead of Week 4.
52 min
30
Which Hot Starts Are For Real? + Celtics Drama,...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
50 min
31
Zion's Future, Slow Starts, Best Bad Teams + Ea...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
58 min
32
Waivers for Week 3 of the 2021-22 Season
Shannon and Alex are joined by 4th Man of the Year, Mike Barner, who is subbing in for Ken. The crew discuss various options on the waiver wire ahead of Week 3.
42 min
33
Chicago's Hot Start, Updated Futures Bets + Fan...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
58 min
34
Can the Timberwolves Run the Table? + Week 1 Ta...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
57 min
35
Duarte, Bledsoe, Barton Headline Early Waivers
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss early-season waiver options heading into Week 2. Potential adds include Will Barton, Desmond Bane, Eric Bledsoe, Tyrese Maxey, Evan Mobley, Cam Reddish, Chris Duarte, Devin Vassell and Chuma Okeke.
58 min
36
Final Draft Trends + Nets-Bucks and Warriors-La...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
49 min
37
Late-Round Targets
Ken and Alex discuss players to consider drafting with one of your last picks.
41 min
38
Awards, All-Stars, Playoff Teams and NBA Finals...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
76 min
39
RotoWire Salary Cap Draft Recap + Lakers Concerns
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
49 min
40
Overrated Fantasy Players with ESPN's Andre Sne...
Ken and Alex are joined by former RotoWire scribe and current ESPN Fantasy Expert, Andre Snellings. The crew discuss players that are being drafted too early in fantasy,
35 min
41
Preseason Observations + Composite Rankings
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
56 min
42
Overvalued and Undervalued Players + Futures Be...
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
67 min
43
Fantasy Sleepers 2021
Shannon, Alex and Mike Barner discuss sleepers for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
45 min
44
Vaccine Concerns, Simmons Saga, Analyzing Early...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
56 min
45
New Faces, New Places
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss what players who changed teams are in better or worse situations.
42 min
46
Simmons, Zion Drama + Who Would You Draft? (wit...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
57 min
47
Win Total Over/Unders, Part 2: Western Conference
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
86 min
48
ESPN vs. RotoWire Rankings
Ken flies all the way from Vermont just to do an in-person podcast with Alex. The two amigos analyze the differences in ESPN's preseason NBA rankings and RotoWire's preseason NBA rankings. Ken and Alex also demand more Aleksej Pokusevski offseason coverage.
56 min
49
Win Total Over/Unders, Part 1: Eastern Conference
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
81 min
50
Which Player Would You Draft? (with Alex Barutha)
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
72 min
51
How Many Teams Can Actually Win the Title?
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
69 min
52
Favorite NBA Futures, Stat Projections, First C...
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to dive into his favorite NBA futures bets, including NBA title, conference winners and team win totals.
78 min
53
Player Rankings + Projections Dilemmas with Ale...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
79 min
54
Summer League Standouts, Schedule Release + Mos...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
52 min
55
NBA Draft Musings + New-Look Lakers + Bulls wit...
James Anderson drops by to join Nick Whalen in reviewing the best, worst and most impactful picks from the 2021 NBA Draft.
62 min
56
Free Agency Deep Dive: Breaking Down Every Mean...
Alex Barutha joins Nick Whalen to recap all of the action from the first 24 hours of the NBA's free agency window. The guys hit on all of the major signings, trades, sign-and-trades and extensions before going rapid-fire through some of the under-the-radar additions that could have implications for the 2021-22 season.
79 min
57
2021 NBA Draft Final Thoughts with James Anderson
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
64 min
58
NBA Futures Deep Dive + Team USA Dilemma
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
59 min
59
Wrapping Up the Finals + 2021-22 NBA Futures Wi...
Nick Whalen and Kenny Ducey talk about the NBA.
47 min
60
Milwaukee's Big Chance + 2021 NBA Draft Chatter
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA playoffs.
57 min
61
Suns Take Game 1, Giannis Returns + 2021-22 MVP...
Nick Whalen and Kenny Ducey talk about the NBA playoffs.
49 min
62
NBA Finals + Fantasy Risers and Fallers in the ...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
47 min
63
Emergency Giannis Episode: Bucks May Not Be Dea...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
30 min
64
Fake Lillard Trades, Bucks-Hawks + The Unlikely...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
64 min
65
Listen up, Basketballs! It's Storytime.
1 min
66
Hawks Steal Game 1, Chris Paul's Moment, Finals...
Nick Whalen and Kenny Ducey talk about the NBA playoffs.
59 min
67
Bucks-Hawks, Suns' Title Chances, Simmons Trade...
Nick Whalen, James Anderson and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
74 min
68
A Wild NBA News Day + Bucks-Nets with Ben Zweim...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
73 min
69
Bucks-Nets, Clips Roar Back, Suns' Future + Bes...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
52 min
70
Top-150 Chatter, Suns Rolling, Bucks-Nets Game 3
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
63 min
71
Bucks in a Hole, Suns Take Game 1, Lillard as T...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
64 min
72
Lakers, Blazers Eliminated + Round 2 Previews
Ken and Alex discuss the Lakers and Trail Blazers being eliminated from the playoffs and how the two franchises might move forward. After that, the two amigos preview the known Round 2 matchups.
44 min
73
Celtics Shake-up, Embiid's knee, Dame Goes Off ...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha break down the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
46 min
74
Clippers-Mavs, Bucks-Nets, Lakers Thoughts + Mo...
Nick Whalen is joined by both Alex Barutha and James Anderson to break down the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
77 min
75
Bucks vs. Nets Inevitable, Lakers & Nuggets up 2-1
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest playoff news before going over some strategy for Friday's DFS slate.
43 min
76
Clippers in BIG Trouble, Lakers Pull Even
Alex Barutha joins Nick Whalen to recap Tuesday night's Lakers-Suns and Mavericks-Clippers game, as well preview Wednesday's three-game playoff slate.
51 min
77
Bucks and Nets on a Collision Course in Round 2
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to recap all of the action in the NBA Playoffs.
67 min
78
Wizards Make the Playoffs + Fantasy Postseason ...
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the Wizards making the playoffs and the Warriors vs. Grizzlies game going down Friday night. After that, the three talk about the fantasy postseason draft they recently took part in. Finally, DFS suggestions for Friday and Saturday.
50 min
79
Fantasy Postseason Discussion + Rookie Card Values
Shannon and Alex navigate a slow news day by discussing the value of various NBA rookie cards due to the unprecedented boom in the market. What's worth more: a Killian Hayes or Isaiah Stewart card? How much does an autographed Giannis card go for? After that, some too-early fantasy postseason talk followed by DFS.
39 min
80
Round 1 Matchups, Playoff Plotlines + Lottery S...
Nick Whalen talks with James Anderson about the upcoming NBA Playoffs, including the most appealing first-round matchups, the wildcard Lakers, teams with the most on the line, and whether this is Chris Paul's best and final chance to win a title. Then, the guys discuss the heap of teams vying for draft position and debate which lottery outcomes would be the most and least fun.
57 min
81
Play-In Scenarios + Should the Lakers want the ...
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the play-in scenarios as the regular season comes to a close. Should the Lakers intentionally try to get the eighth seed in hopes of matching up with Utah and avoiding the Clippers? The guys also discuss Kristaps Porzingis' mounting injury concerns, the Celtics' suddenly shaky future and which of Portland, Dallas and Denver could make the most noise in the postseason. Finally, Nick and Alex discuss the conversation around James Wiseman and where he fits if the 2020 rookie class were re-drafted today.
44 min
82
Most Disappointing Players, Lessons Learned
Shannon and Alex discuss postseason chances of the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks before diving into the most disappointing players of this season, plus some lessons the two learned throughout the year. Then, waiver wire options and DFS talk.
43 min
83
Play-In & Lottery Scenarios + What is Russell W...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss what LeBron's ankle means for the Lakers' playoff path before debating how another monster statistical season impacts Russell Westbrook's legacy. Then, the guys talk about the teams most likely to fall into the play-in tournament before discussing the most intriguing draft lottery scenarios.
50 min
84
James Harden Who? Kevin Porter Posts 50 and 10
Ken and Alex are joined by a special guest: RotoWire contributor and Bulls fanatic Mike Barner. If you read RotoWire's Yahoo NBA DFS articles Monday-Friday, you're familiar with Mike's work. The trio discuss the latest news in the Association, including Kevin Porter Jr. becoming the youngest player ever to post 50 points and 10 assists. After news, there's waiver wire discussion and DFS suggestions for Friday's slate. Ken and Alex also learn the correct pronunciation of Alize Johnson's first name, and Mike has an Old Man Rant of his own.
43 min
85
Timberwolves, Bulls... What's the Plan?
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
38 min
86
Anthony Davis returns, Trae Young sidelined
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest NBA news, including Anthony Davis' return and Trae Young's injury. Then, the Three Amigos discuss fan questions before getting to waiver wire suggestions. Finally, some suggestions for Friday's seven-game DFS slate.
50 min
87
Under-the-Radar Fantasy Players for 2021-22 wit...
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to discuss some lower-level players who could be poised to break out next season.
46 min
88
All-NBA Debate + How Much Do Missed Games Matter?
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss James Harden's injury setback and LaMelo Ball's imminent return before debating this season's All-NBA teams.
49 min
89
AD's imminent return, LaVine out 10-14 days
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the news, including LaMarcus Aldridge's retirement, Anthony Davis nearing a return, Zach LaVine in COVID protocols, and James Wiseman's surgery. After that, Fan Feedback and Waiver Wire suggestions like Tomas Satoransky, Nerlens Noel and Hassan Whiteside . Finally, the three amigos wrap up with DFS advice, Ken's Old Man Rant and mispronounced names, featuring Malachi Flynn.
45 min
90
Aldridge Retires + Preseason Over/Unders Revisited
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha reflect on LaMarcus Aldridge's career before discussing preseason win percentage over/unders.
34 min
91
Nuggets Lose Murray + Previewing the Play-In
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss Jamal Murray's season-ending injury before breaking down the teams most likely to compete in the play-in tournament for the 7th and 8th seeds.
39 min
92
Oladipo's Knee Injury, Waiver Targets
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest news, including the potential seriousness of Victor Oladipo's knee injury. Then, the crew answers a pair of fan questions before diving into waiver wire targets. Finally, Friday DFS advice, questions about the pronunciation of Kenrich, and Ken's Old Man Rant.
54 min
93
The 10 Worst Draft Picks of the Last Five Years...
James Anderson joins Nick Whalen to debate and discuss their individual lists of the 10 worst draft picks from the last five drafts.
69 min
94
Debating the Top 25 Players Under 25
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha run through some minor news items -- including the Pelicans signing Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins joining the Clippers -- before diving into ESPN's list of the top 25 NBA players under 25 years old.
62 min
95
Special Guest: ESPN's Andre Snellings
Ken and Alex welcome former RotoWire contributor and current ESPN Senior Writer Andre Snellings to the show. The trio discuss recent news items, waiver wire options and how the top players in fantasy might fare next season. You can find Andre on Twitter @ProfessorDrz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
47 min
96
Bulls' Future, Harden for MVP, KD's Elite Suppo...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss Nikola Vucevic's first two games in Chicago and what the Bulls need to do to take the next step. The guys also discuss Andre Drummond in Los Angeles, LaMarcus Aldridge in Brooklyn, James Harden's MVP case and the Coach of the Year race. Finally, it's time to answer the question: Has Kevin Durant had the most-talented supporting casts of any player in recent history? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
51 min
97
Trade Deadline Fantasy Implications
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the fantasy implications of every meaningful trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
62 min
98
Trade Deadline Special: Reacting to Every Deal
Shortly after the passing of the 2021 NBA trade deadline, Alex Barutha joins Nick Whalen to break down all of the relevant deals, including Victor Oladipo to Miami, George Hill to Philly, Delon Wright to Sacramento and the Orlando Magic's all-time fire sale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
43 min
99
Previewing the Trade Deadline
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the biggest-name players who could be on the move this week, including Lonzo Ball, Aaron Gordon, Andre Drummond and Victor Oladipo. Then, the guys go rogue to debate Allen Iverson vs. Kyrie Irving, as well as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander vs. Donovan Mitchell. They finish out with a breakdown of the updated MVP and Rookie of the Year odds following injuries to LaMelo Ball and LeBron James. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
66 min
100
Waiver Targets: Who is Moses Brown?
Ken, Shannon and Alex highlight waiver pickups including Moses Brown, Kelly Olynyk, Will Barton, Robert Williams and Matisse Thybulle. The three amigos also discuss recent news and, finally, get to Friday's loaded 10-game DFS slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
51 min