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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The Real Games Have Begun (and so have the big ...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss all the action from the first weekend of the 2021 baseball season, including the struggles of the A's, Red Sox and Braves and all the big FAAB buys in fantasy leagues.
72 min
2
Two-Start Pitchers (Week of April 5, 2021)
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap Opening Day before grading out all of the two-start pitching options for the week of April 5.
63 min
3
Mike the Mouth on RotoWire
Mike Massotto, a.k.a. "Mike the Mouth" joins Jeff Erickson to discuss a wide array of NFBC topics, including their Main Event against each other last week. We discuss why he's waiting on closers this year, and why he prefers to draft from the ends in snake drafts.
57 min
4
Opening Day Eve Top 400 Update
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the movers on James' latest update to the Top 400 prospect rankings.
61 min
5
Most Drafted, Most Missed
On another heavy news day, Fred & Jeff discuss the Cleveland closing job, Barnes vs. Ottavino, closers generally in the NFBC Main Event, Dustin May, and multiple Padres targets. Then we discuss our most-often drafted players, and those that we missed.
80 min
6
Week 1, Roster Decisions, FAAB & NFBC Main Even...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad break down the first run of FAAB, discuss a ton of roster news over the weekend, talk Week One and recap their NFBC Main Event drafts from Saturday.
103 min
7
The Ultimate 2021 Sleepers Show!
Todd Zola and Clay Link go over the recent news from around Major League Baseball before divulging their favorite sleepers for the 2021 season.
59 min
8
Bloom-Cast!
Ryan Bloomfield from Baseball HQ.com joins Jeff Erickson. They discuss his well-renowned "BloomBoards", the story about MLB cracking down on those who doctor the baseball, review ToutWars and cover the recent spate of injuries, including to Eloy Jimenez and Nick Anderson.
62 min
9
Main Event Prep + NL Central Prospects!
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss some strategy ahead of their Main Event draft Wednesday evening before diving into the farm systems of the NL Central.
66 min
10
Angst-cast
Kirby Yates is out for the year, Zac Gallen hurt his forearm and is seeking a second opinion, and then both Fernando Tatis and George Springer got hurt while Jeff Erickson and Fred Pinkie were still recording - hang on to the very end to hear about that! We also discuss our respective Tout Wars teams.
76 min
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2021 Draft Targets with Scott Pianowski
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad are joined by Scott Pianowski of Yahoo Sports. They go position by position and discuss a ton of players they are looking to select (and some they aren't) in their 2021 drafts.
100 min
12
Candidates to Lose HRs with the New Baseball
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss Tout Wars weekend and the RotoWire Staff Keeper League draft before diving into Todd's latest Z-Files column looking at potential losers in the home-run department.
53 min
13
Michael Salfino from The Athletic on using Stat...
Michael Salfino from The Athletic joined Jeff Erickson to discuss how he uses Statcast metrics in his fantasy research. We also reviewed the Yahoo Friends & Family draft that both of us were in, RazzSlam, and injury news on Carlos Carrasco, Framber Valdez and Mike Soroka.
60 min
14
Bobby Witt Jr. + NL East Prospects!
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss Bobby Witt Jr.'s chances of breaking camp on the big-league team before diving into the farm systems of the National League East.
54 min
15
AL East Preview
Fred and Jeffreview the AL East against NFBC ADP, discuss Bobby Witt Jr., the Reds moving Eugenio Suarez to SS, and Craig Kimbrel's struggles.
80 min
16
Talking All About Speed in 2021
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad hit on the news and notes from over the weekend and then take an in-depth look at the state of stolen bases in 2021, detailing players in all different parts of your draft.
63 min
17
Razzslam, AL LABR & More!
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss their roster builds in the Razzslam Best Ball league, their drafts in AL LABR, the Beat Todd Zola league and much more.
65 min
18
Talking NFBC With Vlad Sedler
Closers, Catchers and How to Deal With 2020 Stats
56 min
19
AL West Prospects (2021)
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link break down all the prospects you need to know in the American League West.
59 min
20
NL West Review, TGFBI Thoughts
Fred and Jeff tackle the news (David Price, Alex Bregman, Jonathan Hernandez, Trevor Rosenthal and Lorenzo Cain); at 27:07 they review Jeff's TGFBI team and issues raised in the course of that draft; then at 44:14 they preview the NL West as opposed to ADP.
91 min
21
FAAB, In-Season Management and the 2021 Closer ...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss a lot of FAAB and in-season strategy, tips and tricks and then take a full dive into the difficult closer market in 2021 drafts.
90 min
22
Beat Clay Link Draft Review
Todd Zola and Clay Link use Thursday night's Beat Clay Link draft in the NFBC as a jumping-off point to discuss a number of fantasy baseball options.
51 min
23
Best Ball Tips
Mike Alexander joins Jeff Erickson to give us tips on how to do well in the four major Best Ball leagues.
58 min
24
TGFBI Update + AL Central Prospects!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link provide updates on their recent drafts before diving into the top prospects of the AL Central.
62 min
25
AL West Players vs. ADP
Fred and Jeff preview the AL West, by comparing their top players against February ADP, starting around the 30-minute mark. Prior to that, they discuss Aaron Hicks batting third, Jordan Hicks and the related closer market near him, and the start of the TGFBI draft, including two live picks!
80 min
26
Attacking Weak Categories After Pick 200
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad hit on the news from the start of Spring Training and then break down a number of players who can help you in your weaker categories as you progress through the back half of your fantasy drafts.
85 min
27
TGFBI, Jarred Kelenic and more!
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss their draft spots in the upcoming Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational before diving into Clay's showing in the FSGA Champions League.
55 min
28
Randy Wilkins on the Yankees, Filmaking and the...
Filmmaker and Yankees blogger/podcaster Randy Wilkins joins Jeff Erickson. They dig deep into the Yankees, the Kevin Mather story and his filmmaking career. For more on his take on the Mariners story, read his latest here: https://viewsfrom314ft.com/on-kevin-mather-a-matter-of-systems-and-institutions/
67 min
29
Dynasty Talk w/ Ian Kahn!
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link welcome Ian Kahn from The Athletic for a dynasty-focused discussion.
56 min
30
LABR Review With Defending Champ Fred Zinkie
Fred and Jeff discuss last week's LABR draft, including Fred's selection of two catchers in the first 10 rounds. We also discuss the Mariners' morass, an appreciation of Shin-Soo Choo, the Diamondbacks closer job and the viability of Tommy La Stella as a leadoff hitter.
66 min
31
2021 Draft Fades with Guest Vlad Sedler
Scott Jenstad welcomes special guest, Vlad Sedler, from FantasyGuru.com. They talk about the weekend and then detail some of their 2021 draft fades at each position.
78 min
32
Realmuto Injury, Dunedin and More
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss J.T. Realmuto's thumb injury, expectations for TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida and interesting late-round closer targets.
55 min
33
Vlad Sedler Talking Dodgers
Vlad Sedler from Fantasy Guru (@RotoGut) joins Jeff Erickson on a heavy news day, talking J.T. Realmuto, the A's bullpen, and Juan Soto. Then about 30 minutes in we discuss the Dodgers in depth, and then spend the last 10 minutes talking about his "Gut Calls."
73 min
34
AL East Farm Systems
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link take a spin around the AL East and talk top prospects, sleepers and best bets for 2021 for each team.
54 min
35
LABR Preview, Royals/Twins Dives
Did you know that defending LABR Mixed Draft League champ Fred Zinkie owns his own Zamboni (Zambaby!)? Fred and Jeff preview Tuesday night's LABR draft, discuss C.J. Cron and Kevin Pillar, and dive into the Royals and Twins.
110 min
36
Evaluating "Last Year's Bums" for 2021 Drafts
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss the MLB news over the weekend, talk the new dead ball and then dive into a batch of players who struggled mightily in 2020 to see how they may respond in 2021.
82 min
37
News + Best-Ball Strategy!
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap the recent news from around Major League Baseball before diving into Todd's latest article looking at best-ball leagues.
61 min
38
Sara Sanchez on the Cubs
Sara Sanchez from Bleedcubbieblue.com joins Jeff Erickson to discuss the Cubs in depth, changes to the baseball and MLB's motivations behind the story breaking that news.
70 min
39
New Top 400 Dynasty Rankings!
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link dive into the updated Top 400 Dynasty Rankings that were just published to RotoWire.com on Wednesday.
57 min
40
Changes to the Ball, Cardinals & Pirates Dives
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss the recent news that MLB is going to deaden the baseball some, and take extended looks at the Cardinals and Pirates.
92 min
41
Dodgers Rotation / Diving Into Some Players Dra...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss the Trevor Bauer signing and how it affects the Dodgers Rotation, break down the A's / Rangers Trade and take a deep dive into a number players drafted after pick 300.
75 min
42
Bauer to the Dodgers
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss Trevor Bauer's surprise move to the Dodgers, Kolten Wong to the Brewers and much more!
57 min
43
Patrick Davitt from BaseballHQ.com
Patrick Davitt from BaseballHQ.com joins Jeff Erickson, and they have a wide-ranging conversation. Topics include his process in hosting podcasts of his own, Nelson Cruz signing with the Twins, how to handle pure DH's in our fantasy leagues, and learning from our Tout Wars performances.
69 min
44
Prospect Mailbag! (2021)
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link answer your prospect questions!
47 min
45
Seeing Reds
Jeff and Fred dive in on the Reds, excoriating them for a dormant offseason while trying to figure out where their principal players should be drafted in fantasy leagues. We also break down the ramifications of the Nolan Arenado trade now that it's complete.
85 min
46
Arenado Traded / Intriguing Players in the Midd...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk about the big Nolan Arenado trade over the weekend and then delve into a number of intriguing players drafted between Pick 200 and 300.
78 min
47
Signings, Picks and More
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap the week's signings, review their picks in the Arizona Fall League speakers draft and discuss Todd's latest Z-Files!
52 min
48
ATC, Shortstops, Mets and Secret Weapons
Ariel Cohen joins Jeff Erickson to discuss the shortstop free agent market, his Francisco Lindor ranking, the ATC projections, the Mets, and his secret weapon at the auction table.
55 min
49
First Prospect Pod of 2021!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link return with a review of James' updated top 400!
47 min
50
Realmuto Signs, Jays Breakdown
NL Tout Wars and LABR Mixed League Champ Fred Zinkie joins Jeff Erickson to record the first RotoWire Tuesday MLB pod of 2021. We talk about the J.T. Realmuto signing, and whether we're willing to go early on catchers in our snake drafts. Plus we do a relatively deep dive on the Blue Jays.
78 min
51
We Are Back! Talking the 2021 Draft Season / Of...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad return for their first episode of the 2021 season. They talk some general strategy for 2021 drafts and then discuss all the major off-season moves and how they affect each player's fantasy outlook.
72 min
52
Magazine Mock Draft - Take 2!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the results from Monday's RotoWire magazine mock draft.
53 min
53
Ian Kahn Discusses His Dynasty Rankings!
Ian Kahn of RotoWire and The Athletic joins James Anderson and Clay Link to break down his updated Top 400 Dynasty Rankings which were published last week.
68 min
54
The Prospect Podcast is Back!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link return with a discussion on early prospect ADP.
66 min
55
Wrapping up 2020 / 2021 First Round
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss lessons learned from the 2020 season, talk about the upcoming playoffs and break down what the they think the 2021 first round looks like in fantasy drafts.
72 min
56
2020 Finale!
Todd Zola and Clay Link talk about some of the biggest stories of the sprint season and look ahead to 2021 on the last regularly-scheduled RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast of the year!
48 min
57
Lessons Learned from the Sprint Season
Dave McDonald from the High Stakes Heat podcast joins Jeff Erickson to discuss lessons learned from the 2020 Sprint Season, with an emphasis on NFBC play. We also discuss the Cleveland Indians pitching staff, focusing on Zack Please for next season.
61 min
58
In or Out for Next Season?
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss this year's most prominent disappointments and whether or not they will be in at their draft costs in 2021.
57 min
59
Down the Stretch They Come
Fred and Jeff rap about the playoff races and the stretch runs in fantasy leagues in our final Tuesday episode of the season. Where do you draft Adalberto Mondesi next season? What about Jared Walsh? How much are you discounting Christian Yelich, Javier Baez and Keston Hiura?
79 min
60
One More Week!
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss the final week of the 2020 baseball season, including FAAB pickups and all the pertinent injury news. Also, they take a look at a number of struggling players this year and how they feel about drafting them in 2021.
78 min
61
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Sept. 21)
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss some of the staff league pickups before grading out all of next week's two-start options!
55 min
62
Derek Carty & The Bat in 2020
Derek Carty from RotoGrinders joins Jeff Erickson to discuss how difficult it's been to program The Bat in 2020, and the challenges that lie ahead.
52 min
63
Prospects Q&A!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link answer your prospect questions.
52 min
64
MLB's Playoff Plan, Trevor Bauer in 2021
Fred and Jeff cover a number of topics, including what to do with Trevor Bauer next season, a first look at MLB's playoff plan, and Yankee injuries.
67 min
65
FAAB'ing for the Final Two Weeks & 2020 Breakouts
Scott Jenstad and guest Brian Slack talk about free agent pickups that can help you for the final two weeks, wrap up the weekend in baseball and talk about some surprising 2020 breakouts as we head into 2021 drafts.
80 min
66
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Sept. 14)
Todd Zola and Clay Link review some of the pickups from the staff leagues before grading out all of next week's two-start options.
49 min
67
Mike Gianella on Breakout Pitchers
Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus joins Jeff Erickson as they discuss breakout pitchers, AL Tout Wars, and the state of the Mets.
51 min
68
A New No. 1 Pitching Prospect
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss Sixto Sanchez's unbelievable start, Gavin Lux's two-homer game, Randy Arozarena's emergence and much more!
51 min
69
Never-Ending Story
Fred and Jeff spending a good amount of time praising Trevor Story and contemplating his 2021 value in this news-heavy edition of the MLB Podcast. We also delve int four positive surprise hitters, and disappointing Cubs hitters.
69 min
70
FAAB Recap & Projecting 2021
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad wrap up another great weekend of baseball, talking about all the FAAB pickups and another rash of injuries. They also take a look at a few strugglers and breakouts from the shortened season and how they may be drafted in 2021.
67 min
71
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Sept. 4)
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss some of the staff league pickups before grading out all the two-start options for next week.
49 min
72
Yankees & Tout Wars Talk
Glenn Colton from Fantasy Alarm swings by to discuss the latest on the Yankees, Astros, trade deadline results, and AL Tout Wars.
54 min
73
New Arrivals, Prospects on the Move
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss their Main Event team, review the trade deadline and talk about some of the new arrivals to the big leagues.
53 min
74
Trade Deadline Review
It was a surprisingly busy trade deadline, so Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson had plenty to discuss. A result of the trades is that many bullpens are in a fantasy state of flux. Plus, Jazz Chisholm gets the call from the Marlins.
84 min
75
Trade Deadline Chatter & FAAB Round-Up
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad cover the entire weekend in fantasy baseball including injuries, strong performances and all the pickups across the FAAB landscape. They also discuss what could be a fascinating trade deadline from a fantasy angle.
67 min
76
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 31)
Todd Zola and Clay Link review some of the Thursday pickups from the staff leagues before grading out all of next week's two-start options.
47 min
77
Building a Dynasty Champion with Doug Dennis
Doug Dennis from BaseballHQ.com joins Jeff Erickson to discuss how he's been able to build a championship team in the XFL, a 15-team league that's a hybrid between a dynasty and keeper league. We also discuss the aberrantly-high strikeout rates of relievers, and mix in a little Reds talk.
49 min
78
Dynasty Ranks w/ Ian Kahn!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link are joined by Ian Kahn to discuss Ian's new Top 400 dynasty rankings just published to RotoWire.
48 min
79
Halfway Through the Season
Even though we're mostly 30 games into the season, we're also halfway completed with just a month left, so it's never too soon for Fred and Jeff to take a furtive look at the first round of 2021. That, and we take mini-dives into the Astros and Angels.
62 min
80
Surprising Stars / FAAB Prospects
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad detail all the FAAB bidding with a number of high-level prospects getting the call this week. They also cover all the injuries from the weekend and close by discussing a number of players who are producing at surprising levels.
69 min
81
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 24)
57 min
82
Astros News, Trade Deadline Approaching
The man in the Big Straw Hat, Bernie Pleskoff joins Jeff Erickson to discuss injuries to Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman, the latest Astros to go down, and they start to preview the trade deadline among a multitude of topics. Later, Jason Jaramillo from StatHero joins to talk about Survivor-style fantasy contests.
49 min
83
New Arrivals
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link preview Casey Mize's debut, discuss Alec Bohm's start and look ahead to other callups potentially on their way.
51 min
84
Fred Zinkie Swings 3-and-0
Fernando Tatis Jr. owner Fred Zinkie is running away with the Mixed LABR league right now, but it's not just because of Tatis. He and Jeff Erickson also talk Lance Lynn, Dylan Bundy, Merrill Kelly and Zac Gallen, and discuss Monday's happenings.
66 min
85
FAAB Review, Impactful Call-ups and Too Many In...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad break down another busy week in FAAB pickups and also hit on a number of big time injuries over the weekend and a bunch of highly drafted players struggling to begin the season.
83 min
86
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers for the Week of Aug. 17
Todd Zola and Clay Link review some of the pickups from the Steak League before grading out all of next week's two-start options.
66 min
87
Joe Sheehan and the surge in offense in baseball
Joe Sheehan drops by and he and Jeff Erickson break down the latest trends in the 2020 season, Fernando Tatis Jr's remarkable season, Bo Bichette, stolen base trends in the game and a ton of other topics.
64 min
88
Clarke Schmidt...Debuting Soon?
Lead prospect writer James Anderson discuss their Main Event team, prospects on the horizon, the Braves' rotation options and much more!
44 min
89
Crime and Punishment
Ramon Laureano's suspension, Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac on the restricted list for the Indians, and all the humidor-treated baseballs that got punished on Monday are discussed among a ton of other topics by Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson in this episode.
77 min
90
FAAB Review, Laureano and Slow Starters
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss Ramon Laureano's looming suspension, all the popular FAAB bids across fantasy leagues and some players who are off to especially slow starts.
75 min
91
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of 8/10)
Todd Zola and Clay Link go over some of the recent pickups from their leagues before diving into the two-start options for next week.
59 min
92
Lineup Notes with Mike Kurland
Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) drops by with Jeff Erickson and they discuss a number of topics, including how he breaks down daily lineups to help in DFS and daily moves leagues, the Max Scherzer injury, Lance McCullers's struggles, closer chaos and a lot more.
69 min
93
Top 400 Update (8/5)
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss Jo Adell's promotion, movers among the Top 400 and more!
45 min
94
Braves New World
Though Fred and Jeff bury the lede on the Mike Soroka news (around the 37 minute mark), they spend a good chunk of time looking at the Braves rotation, the proliferation of possible closers in FAAB, Roberto Osuna's season-ending injury and more.
68 min
95
FAAB Gone Wild
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss all the missed game issues across baseball, run down a ton of injury news and break down an incredibly active week in FAAB across all leagues.
88 min
96
FAAB Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers
Todd Zola and Clay Link review the pickups from the RotoWire Steak League before grading out the two-start options for the week of Aug. 3.
60 min
97
Pirates Talk, Initial Sprint Season Observations
RotoWire's John Toperzer joins Jeff Erickson as they train their focus on the NL Central, particularly on the Pirates.
55 min
98
Quick Hits & Overreactions
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss some takeaways from the first week of MLB action and look ahead to tonight's debuts of Nate Pearson and Cristian Javier.
45 min
99
COVID Cluster
Fred and Jeff track all the latest developments from the Marlins' COVID-19 cluster, including their 'pause' on the season which will last at least until Monday. We also discuss Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox's awful pitching staff and a lot of injury notes.
64 min
100
This Season is Wild Already!
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss the start of the 2020 season which has already seen a number of huge injuries to significant as well as a number of changes in the closer market. In addition they then break down the wild free agency bidding from Week 1 across fantasy leagues.
79 min