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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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
102
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
103
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
104
Sox Cast!
Bennett Karroll from SiriusXM and Sox Machine joins Jeff Erickson to about the White Sox heading into the playoffs.
43 min
105
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
106
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
107
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
108
Two Start Pitchers: Week of September 20
85 min
109
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
110
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
111
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
112
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
113
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
114
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
115
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
116
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
117
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
118
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
119
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
120
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
121
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
122
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
123
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
124
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
125
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
126
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
127
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
128
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
129
Predicting AFL Rosters w/ Chris Welsh
83 min
130
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
131
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
132
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
133
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
134
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
135
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
136
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
137
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
138
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
139
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
140
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
141
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
142
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
143
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
144
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
145
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
146
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
147
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
148
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
149
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
150
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
151
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
152
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
153
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
154
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
155
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
156
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
157
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
158
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
159
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
160
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
161
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
162
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
163
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
164
Two Start Pitchers: Week of June 28
93 min
165
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
166
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
167
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
168
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
169
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
170
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
171
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
172
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
173
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
174
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
175
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
176
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
177
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
178
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
179
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
180
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
181
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
182
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
183
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
184
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
185
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
186
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
187
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
188
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
189
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
190
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
191
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
192
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
193
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
194
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
195
RotoWire Barometer & Phillies Talk With Erik Ha...
RotoWire's Erik Halterman joins Jeff Erickson to discuss his work on the RotoWire MLB Barometer, his video on how to use the MLB DFS Optimizer, Phillies talk and the latest MLB news.
59 min
196
Logan Gilbert on Kelenic's Heels?
RotoWire.com's Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link (@claywlink) discuss Jarred Kelenic's imminent arrival, Logan Gilbert's possible debut date, players James was too low on and more!
54 min
197
Kelenic Coming, deGrom Down
Jarred Kelenic appears to be getting the call on Thursday, so Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discussed that move and his potential trade cost/value, depending on which side of that coin you are on. We also discuss Jacob deGrom's trip to the IL, some closer talk, the A's stadium power play and more!
69 min
198
Week 7 Preview / FAAB Breakdown
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad wrap up all the action from the weekend of baseball, including a busy FAAB week, another slew of injuries and hot starts by Randal Grichuk, Matt Barnes and Alex Reyes; and much, much more!
83 min
199
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of May 10, 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
200
A BrocNessMonster Sighting
Broc Miller from FadeTheNoise jumps on with Jeff Erickson to talk about John Means, Albert Pujols, navigating this year's injury-rich environment both for season-long and DFS.
73 min