RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast
Jeff Erickson, Clay Link, James Anderson, Scott Jenstad, Todd Zola and Fred Zinkie cover fantasy baseball year round, including draft prep, strategy and much more!
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AFL Preview with Chris Welsh
James Anderson and Chris Welsh set expectations for the top prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
55 min
2
Dynasty Talk with Ian Kahn
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson is joined by The Athletic's Ian Kahn to catch up on some major shifts in dynasty valuations.
65 min
3
Putting a Bow on the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Season
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad wrap up the 2021 fantasy baseball season by discussing how their teams ended up finishing, talking about what they are working on for 2022 and previewing the upcoming MLB playoffs.
68 min
4
Finale w/ Guests Derek VanRiper and Ray Murphy!
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com are joined by Derek VanRiper of The Athletic and Ray Murphy from BaseballHQ as they put a bow on 2021 and look ahead to First Pitch Arizona and 2022.
55 min
5
The Greatest Fantasy Season Ever?
Phil Dussault is winning the NFBC Main Event (and also has the third place overall entry), the Auction Championship overall, and is third overall in the RotoWire Online Championship. How did he get there? What was his preparation like? Who is he sweating in this final week? All that and more in his conversation with Jeff Erickson.
53 min
6
Prospect Pod - 2021 FINALE!
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) preview James' next Top 400 update before selecting their final walk-up songs of the year.
55 min
7
Fred's 2022 First Round
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson riff on the remaining playoff races, both in their leagues and in the majors, and take a look at Fred's 2022 12-team first round.
67 min
8
Final Week Chatter
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk the final week of the fantasy baseball season, the last weekend of FAAB and discuss some highly drafted players who struggled in 2021.
68 min
9
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Sept. 27, 2021)
Clay Link is joined by special guest co-host Jason Collette! The two discuss potential pickups before grading the two-start options for the final week on a 0-5 scale.
57 min
10
Sox Cast!
Bennett Karroll from SiriusXM and Sox Machine joins Jeff Erickson to about the White Sox heading into the playoffs.
43 min
11
One Under-Discussed Prospect Per Team (NL)
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) shine the spotlight on one under-discussed prospect for each team in the National League.
54 min
12
Premium Catchers in 2022
Will you pay up for Sal Perez, JT Realmuto or Will Smith in 2022? What lessons did we learn from the catcher position this year? Fred and Jeff discuss that, Shane Baz, Jeff's lack of league wins this year, and appreciate Teoscar Hernandez and Joey Votto.
54 min
13
Talking the Final Two Weeks with a Bit of 2022
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk about the weekend in baseball, FAAB, off-season draft prep and anticipated 2022 prices on some 2021 breakouts.
76 min
14
Two Start Pitchers: Week of September 20
85 min
15
Geoff Pontes on H2H leagues and September Scouting
Geoff Pontes (@ProspectJesus) from @ProspectsLive joins Jeff Erickson and will be talking about his @ToutWars H2H semifinal battle with @Roto_Frank, scouting prospects in September and more!
61 min
16
One Under-Discussed Prospect Per Team (AL)
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) shine the spotlight on one under-discussed prospect for each team in the American League.
58 min
17
Fred's Tectonic Draft Strategy Shift
Fred Zinkie is committing right now, on September 14, 2021, to changing his entire first-round draft strategy, all because of one player. Who will it be?!? Tune in to find out!
47 min
18
Lessons from 2021 / Previewing the Final Three ...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad review all the action in FAAB this weekend, discuss the likely 2022 draft spot for some intriguing players and talk about some lessons they have learned from the 2021 season.
64 min
19
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Sept. 13, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com discuss potential free-agent pickups before grading all of next week's starters on a 0-5 scale.
62 min
20
Striking the Balance
Jen Piacenti swings by to talk about her new gig with Sports Illustrated, striking the balance between baseball and football in September, and the latest MLB news.
45 min
21
Recent Graduates: Buying or Selling for 2022?
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) ponder where some recent graduates will be going in 2022 drafts and whether or not they'll be in at cost.
65 min
22
Where Does Wander Go in 2022?
Wander Franco has a 36-game on-base streak and is hitting .290, but he is light on the roto counting stats so far in his career. Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson explore where they might rank him for 2022, and also try to project the pitchers that will go in the top two rounds in the NFBC Main Event next year.
59 min
23
Winning the Final Four Weeks of the Season
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad preview a busy upcoming week in fantasy baseball, dig into all the options in FAAB this week and hit all the news and injuries from over the weekend.
69 min
24
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Sept. 6, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com discuss some potential pickups over Labor Day weekend before grading all of next week's two-start pitchers on a 0-5 scale.
63 min
25
TGFBI-Cast
Justin Mason (Sleeper and the Bust, Friends With Fantasy Benefits and the host of TGFBI), Joe Lowry (Prospects Live) and Ariel Cohen (ATC Projections, Fangraphs, CBS) join Jeff Erickson to discuss their TGFBI league, September developments and tips for 2022.
50 min
26
9 Things to Watch for in September
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) discuss nine burning questions heading into September before choosing their walk-up songs for the week.
54 min
27
Fred's September Gems
This Tuesday's podcast is chock full of Fred's September gems, and reactions to the copious news items of the day.
62 min
28
FAAB Recap / Week 23 Preview
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk about all the baseball action over the weekend, recap all the FAAB bidding and discuss a couple of second half slumpers in Alex Reyes and Adolis Garcia.
76 min
29
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 30, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com discuss potential free-agent adds before grading all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
59 min
30
The Fast & Furious (Overlays)
Alex Fast from PitcherList, ESPN, and MLB joins us to talk Overlays, CSW%, pitcher usage down the stretch and tough decisions for 2022.
54 min
31
Top 400 Update! (August 2021)
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) dig in to James' comprehensive Top 400 prospects update.
61 min
32
LABR Trades and Bad Closers
Jeff and Fred both made trades in the LABR Mixed Draft league this weekend and discuss them. Also, if you were told Daniel Bard's numbers for this season, what sort of value would you give him? Finally, how are you handling closers next year?
63 min
33
Strategy Down the Stretch / FAAB Recap
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad recap a busy weekend of baseball, talk strategy tips for the home stretch of the season, review Sunday FAAB and discuss many players, including the disappointing seasons for Trevor Story and Yoan Moncada.
61 min
34
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 23, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com look at potential free-agent pickups before grading all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
58 min
35
Predicting AFL Rosters w/ Chris Welsh
83 min
36
Answering Your Twitter Questions (2021)
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) dig into the mailbag before selecting their latest walk-up songs.
64 min
37
Stretch Run Decisions
When Steven Brault is your best waiver wire starting pitcher option, what do you do to attack wins down the stretch? Those and other considerations were discussed by Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson in this episode.
52 min
38
FAAB Recap - Stolen Base Darts and Injured Pitc...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad preview the upcoming week in fantasy baseball and take a deep look at all the options in FAAB bidding this weekend.
78 min
39
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 16, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com look at potential pickups before grading all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
63 min
40
For Richer or Sporer
Paul Sporer from Fangraphs and the Sleeper & The Bust podcast drops by to talk NFBC, baseball, poker, First Pitch Arizona, dogs, and whatever else comes up.
51 min
41
Hard-Hit Data for Minor Leaguers
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) take a deep dive into James' latest article looking at minor-league batted-ball numbers.
66 min
42
Cutting Injured Stars
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss whether it's time to cut injured stars like Jacob deGrom, Byron Buxton, Clayton Kershaw and Adalberto Mondesi.
48 min
43
Week 20 FAAB Review
Scott Jenstad and Jeff Erickson discuss a very heavy news week, complimented by a lack of great inventory on the waiver wire.
70 min
44
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 9, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start pitchers on a 0-5 scale.
60 min
45
Chatting with Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff Zimmerman from Fangraphs, BaseballHQ.com and the Launch Angle Podcast joins Jeff Erickson. They discuss the difficult starting pitching environment, looking ahead to the early rounds in 2022, and despite that how to avoid recency bias.
52 min
46
Deadline Recap + Grades
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) review the prospect moves at the trade deadline before selecting their latest walk-up songs.
64 min
47
Gerrit Cole/Josh Hader out, Jo Adell up
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson cover the news of the day, including COVID IL trips for Gerrit Cole and Josh Hader, and Jo Adell's promotion by the Angels.
54 min
48
A Wild Trade Deadline leads to a Busy FAAB Weekend
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad preview the week in fantasy baseball and take a deep dive into a wild weekend of FAAB that resulted from an incredibly active trade deadline.
83 min
49
Two-Start Pitchers: Post-Deadline Edition
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com review the flurry of moves at the trade deadline before grading all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
69 min
50
More Trade Deadline Fallout
Frank Stampfl from CBS Fantasy and "Fantasy Baseball Today" joins Jeff Erickson to break down the big trades from the week, and to speculate on the big names still on the trade market.
53 min
51
Prospects on the Move (2021)
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) discuss prospects on the move ahead of the Trade Deadline and preview James' updated dynasty rankings.
68 min
52
Anticipating the Trade Deadline
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson take a look at what each contender might do in advance of Saturday's trade deadline.
61 min
53
Trade Deadline Talk / FAAB Recap
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad wrap up a busy weekend of baseball, discuss some possible fantasy implications of the trade deadline and break down all the FAAB action across fantasy leagues.
78 min
54
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of July 26, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
56 min
55
Man on the Scene
RotoWire's Man on the Scene, former Major League Baseball scout for the Astros and the Mariners, joins Jeff Erickson for a fun conversation about his career, what he'd do to fix the Diamondbacks, and the news of the day.
52 min
56
Post-Draft Top 400 Update!
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) review James' latest Top 400 update, which includes this year's draftees.
56 min
57
Second Half Streaming Pitcher Targets
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson help identify teams to stream starting pitchers against as injuries and trades start to change the strength of lineups.
57 min
58
Second Half Strategy / Weekly FAAB Review
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss how the first half of the season went in fantasy leagues, preview the second half and then recap all the free agent bidding and baseball news from over the weekend.
77 min
59
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of July 19, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start pitchers on a 0-5 scale.
51 min
60
In Lieu of Two-Start Pitchers...
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss Steak League pickups and relief options to consider in the short week in lieu of two-start pitcher grades.
56 min
61
Leading the NFBC RotoWire Online Championship
Griffin Benger is leading the NFBC's RotoWire Online Championship, and he's also made the final table of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. He joins RotoWire's Jeff Erickson to talk about that overlap, the secrets of his success and the news of the day.
47 min
62
Brujan Day!
Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) discuss Vidal Brujan's debut and three minor-league risers before previewing the top of this year's draft class.
55 min
63
Fred Loses in Man vs. Machine
Thanks to Bailey Ober, Fred Zinkie lost in a battle of Man vs. Machine. He explains that and why he hates Jeff Erickson's Reds in Tuesday's RotoWire MLB Podcast.
66 min
64
FAAB, Fireworks and Frustrating Aces
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk about a number of possible closers in FAAB, discuss the frustrating Sundays for Gerrit Cole and Lucas Giolito and look ahead to Week 15; plus a whole lot more.
67 min
65
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of July 5, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start pitchers on a 0-5 scale.
57 min
66
Talking With Rob DiPietro (@deadpullhitter)
Rob DiPietro, the 2020 NFBC Draft Champions Overall Winner and host of the Pull Hitter Podcast, joins RotoWire's Jeff Erickson to discuss the news of the day, midseason strategy considerations, and his background getting into fantasy.
65 min
67
Prospect Mailbag (June 2021)
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson joins Senior MLB Editor Clay Link to answer prospect-related questions from the Twitterverse.
56 min
68
The Hiura We All Need
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson break down Monday night's highlights (Keston Hiura, Kyle Schwarber) and lowlights (Matt Manning, Dylan Bundy, Rhys Hoskins).
62 min
69
FAAB Recap and Talking Giants, Cubs and Closers
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss another busy week of FAAB bidding; then discuss injuries, elite closers, Giants / A's, Jake Cronenworth and much more.
85 min
70
Two Start Pitchers: Week of June 28
93 min
71
Visiting With Simon Dice
Simon Dice (@HonRonBaseball) joins RotoWire's Jeff Erickson to talk about points leagues (RazzSlam), card collecting on MLB The Show, and the news of the day.
37 min
72
On Wander Franco's Heels...
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) discuss Wander Franco's debut, others on the way, the top names in the upcoming first-year player draft and more.
43 min
73
Buxton Hurt Again, Dodgers-Padres Renew Hostili...
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson break down the latest setbacks for Byron Buxton and Corey Seager, and the start of the Dodgers-Padres series.
60 min
74
Week 13 FAAB / Wander Gets the Call
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss the Wander Franco call-up, all the FAAB action and wrap up a busy weekend of baseball including Kyle Schwarber going nuts against the Mets.
66 min
75
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of June 21, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
56 min
76
Joe Sheehan & Jeff Erickson Talking Baseball
Joe Sheehan joins the RotoWire podcast and discusses Jacob deGrom's injury, MLB's crackdown on pitchers using grip-enhancing substances, and many of the other top news items of the day.
59 min
77
Deepest, Weakest Farm Systems
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) take another public 'L' on Hunter Greene before moving on to the deepest and weakest farm systems and ultimately to James' Joe Gray All-Stars.
59 min
78
Cracking Down on Podcast Enhancing Substances
Major League Baseball officially announced their crackdown on pitchers using illegal substances on the ball on Tuesday morning. Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss that ruling and the fantasy ramifications of it. Also, starting pitching injuries are on the climb, with big news on Tyler Glasnow, Shane Bieber and Max Scherzer.
61 min
79
FAAB and NFBC Strategy with BatFlip Crazy
Scott Jenstad and guest, Toby G. from BatFlip Crazy, talk some NFBC mid-season strategy and break down a busy weekend in baseball, including all the FAAB bidding and a number of intriguing players heading into the summer.
81 min
80
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of June 14, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start pitchers on a 0-5 scale.
51 min
81
Talking Baseball with Michael Govier
Scott Jenstad is joined by guest, Michael Govier of RotoFanatic and the Pallazzo Podcast, and they discuss some confusing bullpens and also break down a number of intriguing players two months into the season including Sean Manaea, Brandon Crawford and Robbie Ray; plus much, much more.
87 min
82
Witt, Rutschman, Shallow Dynasty League Adds & ...
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss notable minor-league performers before making their latest selections in the walk-up song draft.
49 min
83
The Z Team
Todd Zola pinch-hits for Jeff Erickson and joins regular Tuesday co-host Fred Zinkie. The Z-Team discusses the struggle incurred by many rookies, the wisdom of acquiring Patrick Wisdom and Adolis Garcia. Todd and Fred also opine on some underperformers as well as the Red Sox pitching staff.
71 min
84
FAAB Review with Vlad Sedler
Scott Jenstad welcomes special guest, Vlad Sedler of FantasyGuru.com, and they break down the week in FAAB, preview Week 11 and talk about many notable players, including Cedric Mullins, Ian Happ, DJ Lemahieu and many more.
80 min
85
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of June 7, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
54 min
86
Seige The Day
CJ Kaltenbach (aka @TheSeigeDFS) from Elite Fantasy Sports joins Jeff Erickson. They discuss the news of the day, Cardinals-Reds, and his takes from the 2021 season.
65 min
87
Dynasty Debates With Ian Kahn
James Anderson and Ian Kahn discuss their recently updated fantasy baseball dynasty rankings. James explains why he is so high on CJ Abrams and Brennen Davis, Ian shares some regret regarding his ranking of Vlad Jr. and the guys pinpoint a couple young injured hitters that rebuilding clubs should attempt to acquire.
56 min
88
What's Right With the Cubs?
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss the starts of Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, Fred's acquisition of Alek Manoah and post Second Chance Draft reflections.
59 min
89
Manoah Madness!
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss all the wild Alek Manoah bids in FAAB this week (and talk all the other players added too!), wrap up the weekend of baseball and take a look ahead at Week 10.
85 min
90
Two-start Pitchers (Week of May 31, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
61 min
91
Benched With Bubba-Cast
Brian Entrek (aka Bubba) from Benched With Bubba joins Jeff Erickson to discuss the Giants, how to cope with the copious injury news every single day, how to react to Giovany Gallegos getting his hat confiscated Wednesday against the White Sox, and how he's attacking DFS this year.
60 min
92
Alek Manoah, Dynasty Ranks Preview & More!
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) discuss expectations for Alek Manoah before previewing James' updated Dynasty rankings.
76 min
93
Rookie Call-Ups, Rookie Struggles
On the eve of Alek Manoah's debut, Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss his potential, the struggles of a few other highly touted rookies so far, and what's wrong with Blake Snell.
68 min
94
FAAB, Injuries and a Week 9 Preview
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad wrap up another great weekend of baseball, talking all the FAAB bidding, injuries and some great and poor performances.
85 min
95
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of May 24, 2021)
Todd Zola (@ToddZola) and Clay Link (@claywlink) of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
66 min
96
Send Me An Angel
Jock Thompson from BaseballHQ.com joins Jeff Erickson to discuss all things Angels, plus ho-hum another no-hitter, this time by Corey Kluber.
56 min
97
Luis Barrera Gets Call, Others Deserving
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) discuss Luis Barrera and players who could be on his heels, including Wander Franco, Vidal Brujan, Jarren Duran and Jackson Kowar.
53 min
98
Preparing for Monday Surprises
After Monday's slew of injury news before games last night, do we need to restructure our rosters to better prepare for bad news? Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson explore that issue and more this week.
58 min
99
Week 8 Preview / Talking FAAB & Struggling Star...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss all the baseball action over the weekend, focusing on some struggling starting pitchers, and also break down another week in the FAAB market.
85 min
100
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of May 17, 2021)
Todd Zola (@ToddZola) and Clay Link (@claywlink) of RotoWire.com grade all of next week's two-start options on a 0-5 scale.
64 min