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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Top Earners Relative to Draft Spot
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss Todd's "Winning Tendencies Part 2" article in which he calculates the top earners from last season relative to their draft position.
46 min
102
KBO Talk with Alex Fast
Alex Fast from Pitcher List swings by to talk about KBO results so far, which players we've latched on to and the teams we may be rooting for. He also participated in the AL Triple Crown League along with Jeff Erickson, and they discuss the results from that auction.
56 min
103
RotoWire's New Amateur Board!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' amateur board that just went live -- RotoWire's first-ever amateur baseball board -- ahead of next month's first-year player draft.
46 min
104
Stolen Base Repeatability
Fred and Jeff cover a number of topics, including Fred's study on the sustainability of standout stolen base performers, the KBO, The Last Dance documentary and a 1990 retro draft.
85 min
105
Talking NFBC with Founder Greg Ambrosius
Scott Jenstad and Jeff Erickson are joined by guest, NFBC Founder Greg Ambrosius. They discuss Greg's career in fantasy sports and creating The NFBC, talk some ADP movers and conduct a draft of Favorite Wisconsin Athletes.
67 min
106
Clase Suspended + Much More!
Todd Zola and Clay Link touch on a number of player-news items before moving onto Todd's article about the new fantasy environment.
43 min
107
Bantering With Bubba
Brian Entrekin, better known as "Bubba" from the Benched With Bubba podcast joins Jeff Erickson this week. They discuss the latest MLB return to action plan, the Giants and Yasiel Puig, the KBO, and a whole lot more.
48 min
108
MLB Draft Talk!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson joins Senior MLB Editor Clay Link to give a preliminary overview of this year's first-year player draft pool!
39 min
109
Power Repeatability
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson cover Fred's study on the top power hitter seasons and how repeatable they might be. Hint: You may wish to downgrade Jorge Soler this year.
61 min
110
2020 Breakouts / 80's Movie Draft with Guest Br...
Jeff and Scott are joined by guest Brian Slack of Baseball HQ and they discuss playing fantasy baseball with a partner, 2020 breakout targets and finish up with a fun 1980's Movie Draft.
81 min
111
AL-only talk w/ Jason Collette!
Jason Collette returns! He joins Todd Zola and Clay Link to discuss this week's AL-only leg of the Triple Crown and more.
56 min
112
Intro to the KBO
Jeff Erickson spoke with Tim McLeod of Prospects 361 to discuss the basics of the KBO, and some of the players to watch from there. We also discuss the Red Sox investigation, and our XFL league.
49 min
113
'The Last Dance' + More!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the first two episodes of the "The Last Dance" and James' latest article before making their picks in the hip-hop draft.
46 min
114
1982 Draft, Interesting Pitching Stats
Fred and Jeff discuss Jeff's recently completed 1982 roto draft (1982 was the original rotisserie baseball season), some interesting pitching stats from 2019 and an update on a few Cleveland pitchers.
68 min
115
Draft Strategy and "Our Guys" with Guest Lindy ...
Two-time NFBC Main Event champion Lindy Hinkelman joins Jeff and Scott to talk draft strategy and prep, FAAB, favorite Pacific Northwest athletes and what it feels like to win more than $500,000 playing fantasy baseball
76 min
116
Mock Draft Decathlon
Todd Zola joins Clay Link to talk about his Mock Decathlon article from last week and the follow-up piece that just went live to ESPN+ today!
49 min
117
BatFlip Crazy Visits
BatFlip Crazy (Toby Guevin) joins Jeff Erickson, and they discuss "Pocket Aces," J.T. Realmuto, the challenge of playing in so many FAAB leagues and a lot more.
55 min
118
Ranking Dilemmas Part 4
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the latest installment in James' Ranking Dilemmas series before making their picks in the hip-hop draft!
51 min
119
Interesting Stats You May Not Know
Fred and Jeff talk about why certain White Sox players might not run as much as you might expect, break down some second-half and September anomalies, and Fred's challenges as a teacher during this pandemic.
73 min
120
Draft Recap / Favorite Sports Uniforms and Anno...
Jeff and Scott recap Scott's recent NFBC Online draft, talk mixed auction strategy and also discuss this favorite and least favorite sports uniforms and announcers.
61 min
121
Special Guest Jason Collette!
Todd Zola and Clay Link are joined by Jason Collette! The three discuss the proposed Florida-Arizona plan, rule changes they'd like to see in MLB and much more.
43 min
122
Vlad-Cast!
Vlad Sedler of Elite Fantasy Sports joins Jeff Erickson, and they discuss Vlad's picks and pans, his CDM & NFBC history, his reaction to the Arizona Plan, and what he's been doing to get through the shutdown.
68 min
123
Ranking Dilemmas Part 3
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' latest Farm Futures article before making their selections in the hip-hop draft.
44 min
124
NL Endgame Players
Who are we looking at in the NL around pick 400 or later in the NFBC? Fred and Jeff cover a slew of players on each team, plus MLB's all-Arizona proposal, and Shohei Ohtani's throwing progress report.
71 min
125
Weekend Draft Talk / Sports Plays We'd Reverse
Jeff and Scott discuss their weekend NFBC drafts, talk late stolen base gems and reveal what plays in sports history they would love the chance to reverse.
62 min
126
RazzSlam/Best Ball Discussion
Todd Zola and Clay Link look back at their drafts in the RazzSlam contest and discuss general best ball strategy.
42 min
127
Dodger Talk With Dave Regan
RotoWire's David Regan (@rotoregan) joins Jeff Erickson to talk Dodgers, the RotoWire Staff Keeper League and the latest Regan's Rumblings.
53 min
128
Ranking Dilemmas Part 2
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss how James' thinking on certain players changed over the winter and whether or not he is too high or too low on others.
51 min
129
Post-400 AL Options
Fred and Jeff cover AL players drafted outside the top-400 for the moth of March in the NFBC, Alex Verdugo, why Fred is favoring younger players in his remaining drafts, and the Phillies' bullpen.
66 min
130
Interview with udownwithobp
RotoWire has been paired up against udownwithOBP in Baseball Pods' podcast bracket. Jeff Erickson sat down with Mickey Bell and James Hare to get to know each other a little, discuss positional scarcity and how we're getting through this break in action.
24 min
131
Just Need Playing Time Guys / Stadium & TV Talk
Jeff and Scott discuss some players who have playing time issues that could fall into a big boost in value, then talk their favorite (and least favorite) stadiums and top TV shows.
76 min
132
Fantasy Baseball Potpourri
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss a variety of fantasy-baseball-related topics in lieu of two-start pitcher grades!
38 min
133
Getting Your Ottoneu Fix
Alan Harrison joins Jeff Erickson, and they discuss their recent Ottoneu Experts League and Ottoneu as a whole.
55 min
134
Ranking Dilemmas Part 1
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' latest Farm Futures article and uncertain bullpen situations around baseball before getting into the hip-hop portion of the show.
52 min
135
FOMO-cast
Fred & Jeff share their FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) players, talk about the Noah Syndergaard news as it broke, and updates from the Rays.
73 min
136
Tough Player Decisions, Favorite All-Time Teams...
Jeff and Scott break down a number of tough decisions at multiple positions, then talk about their favorite all-time teams, concerts and movies and least favorite athletes.
79 min
137
Tout Wars Review
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss the new reality, their respective auctions in Tout Wars (NL-only and H2H Points) plus much more!
50 min
138
Stolen Base Strategies
Fred Zinkie discusses his stolen base strategy that he's used in three drafts so far, including NL Tout Wars and Yahoo Friends & Family. He and Jeff Erickson also talk about Justin Verlander's updated value, and how to handle other injured players.
56 min
139
Main Event Strategy
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link reveal their plan going into last weekend for the Main Event draft, which was ultimately postponed.
50 min
140
Poker and Fantasy Baseball
Scott Pianowski joins Jeff Erickson, and they talk about the intersection of poker and fantasy baseball, the Yahoo Friends & Family draft, Tout Wars and Tom Brady.
77 min
141
AL Tout Auction / Talking Sports
Jeff and Scott discuss Jeff's AL Tout Wars auction and their Yahoo Friends and Family Draft and then spend the back half talking about their love of sports, including favorite athletes, teams and games they have attended.
67 min
142
Season Delayed
Chris Liss Fills In For the Missing Link
56 min
143
Man on the Scene
Major League Baseball Scout Bernie Pleskoff joins Jeff Erickson to share his observations from his scouting trip in Florida.
58 min
144
Anticipating Callup Dates (2020)
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link talk about their upcoming NFBC Main Event draft before looking at James' article predicting callup dates for top prospects.
48 min
145
Do We Overreact to Injuries?
Fred and Jeff discuss our reactions to spring training injuries, in light of the recent Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer news. How do you handle starting pitching this weekend? Plus, Fred's Fades!
68 min
146
Category Helpers in the Back Half of Drafts
Jeff and Scott break down a slew of injury news over the weekend and then discuss some players who can help you address weak categories in the back half of your drafts.
80 min
147
LABR, Staff Keeper League and More!
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap their AL LABR and Staff Keeper League auctions before moving on to the RotoWire Roundtable Rankings!
67 min
148
The Cardinal Way
Brian Walton of TheCardinalNation.com joins Jeff Erickson to talk Dylan Carlson, Carlos Martinez, Jack Flaherty and more. We also hit up the news on Hunter Harvey, Miguel Cabrera and Chris Sale. Finally, we preview Tout Wars weekend and the XFL Supplemental draft - the fantasy baseball draft centered around First Pitch Arizona, not the minor league football league.
61 min
149
Ranking the Rookies 2020
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' essential "Ranking the Rookies" article from the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide.
53 min
150
Fred Zinkie's Aggressive Pounce
Fred & Jeff on a news heavy day discuss: Chris Sale Aaron Judge Blake Snell Yordan Alvarez Zac Gallen's ADP vs. other pitchers in his area What to do if you're shut out of the top SP tier
74 min
151
Players After Pick 300 / General FAAB Process &...
Jeff and Scott discuss a number of players currently going after Pock 300 in drafts and then discuss their strategy and process for weekly FAAB bidding.
74 min
152
All Fade Teams
Scott Jenstad and guest Brian Slack take an in-depth look at players at each position that they are fading at their current price in drafts, including Danny Santana, Garrett Hampson and Josh Hader.
96 min
153
Pitcher List - Drafting and Streaming Pitchers
Nick Pollack, the owner and founder of Pitcher List, joins Jeff Erickson. He discusses his pitcher drafting strategy, how to stream pitchers and what are some of the indicators and red flags that he looks at.
60 min
154
TGFBI + AL West Prospects!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link recap their starts in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational before diving into the farm systems of the American League West.
55 min
155
Stashes and Spring Training Stats
Jeff Erickson and Fred Zinkie discuss stashing injured players, prospects and closers in waiting, with an emphasis on leagues that have limited or no IL spots. They also cover which spring training stats to follow, and some of Fred's favorite late-round relievers.
56 min
156
Pitchers of Interest
Jeff and Scott break down a number of starting pitchers across all tiers who are both polarizing and intriguing this draft season, including Aaron Nola, Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber.
79 min
157
Severino News + AL/NL-Only Auction Strategy
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss the latest on Luis Severino, the possibility of Trea Turner batting third and the differences in strategy between mixed formats and AL/NL-only auctions.
54 min
158
Best Ball Tips
Mike Alexander (@Roto_Wan) joins Jeff Erickson to discuss Best Ball leagues, with tips on the three major platforms (BB10's, RTS and Fantrax). We also discuss the latest on Luis Severino, Carlos Carrasco and Aaron Judge.
56 min
159
AL Central Prospects (2020)
48 min
160
Category Targets, Safety in the First
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson talk about the value of setting category targets and how to go about doing so. They also discuss Fred's Yahoo article about finding safety in the first round.
69 min
161
The 2020 Closer Market
Jeff and Scott hit the weekend news and notes from around baseball and then take a full dive into the intriguing 2020 closer market.
80 min
162
Clevinger News + NFBC Draft Results
Clay Link and Todd Zola discuss the injury to Mike Clevinger, Chris Jericho's finishing move, the Astros' scandal and the results from Wednesday's "Beat Clay Link" NFBC Online Championship draft.
58 min
163
Dynasty League Talk with Ian Kahn
Ian Kahn joins Jeff Erickson to talk about dynasty leagues - his preferences in startup leagues, his trading prowess in those leagues, and which types of players he avoids.
58 min
164
AL East Prospects!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the latest on Wander Franco before doing a deep dive into the farm systems of the American League East.
54 min
165
We're No Angels, and Neither is Joc Pederson
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson on a jam-packed podcast discuss: Shohei Ohtani's delayed return to the mound Nick Anderson vs. Craig Kimbrel (& friends) Fred's LABR team What has Arte Moreno wrought? Risky Speed
61 min
166
Intriguing Players Outside the Top 150
Jeff and Scott discuss the many fantasy implications of the Padres - Rays trade and then break down a number of interesting players drafted outside the Top 150.
70 min
167
Betts Trade in Limbo
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap a fairly busy news week, discuss Todd's research into component Average Exit Velocity and throw out some of their endgame picks in the ongoing First Pitch Arizona Speakers draft!
64 min
168
LABR of Love
Steve Gardner of USAToday.com, the defending champ of the LABR Mixed Online league, joins Jeff Erickson to break down his draft, the Mookie Betts trade and James Paxton's injury.
62 min
169
Mookie Betts Trade + NL West Prospects
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the fantasy implications of the Mookie Betts trade and dive deep into the five farm systems of the National League West.
50 min
170
LABR Prep-cast
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson prepare to do battle against each other in the Mixed Online LABR draft, and discuss their draft slots and preferences in how to draft.
58 min
171
Early Top 150 ADP Observations
Jeff and Scott talk Mookie Betts rumors and then delve into a number of interesting names in the Top 150 of ADP, including Adalberto Mondesi, Matt Olson and Kyle Tucker.
61 min
172
Best Ball Strategy
Clay Link and Todd Zola discuss some recent news items and go over some of their recent draft picks in the First Pitch Speakers league before diving in on Best Ball strategy.
60 min
173
Chris Towers Power Hour
Chris Towers of CBS Sports joins Jeff Erickson, and they discuss the latest on Mookie Betts, why he isn't afraid of drafting Astros this year, and the latest from the FSGA Draft.
60 min
174
NL Central Prospects + 1B Tiers
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the NL Central prospects you need to know for 2020 and beyond and look at James' tiers at a suddenly thin first base position.
54 min
175
NL Central Moves
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss the Starling Marte trade, Nick Castellanos's signing with the Reds, Dusty Baker managing the Astros and all the late offseason trade rumors.
56 min
176
Off-season Moves - Reactions and Fantasy Impact
We are back! Jeff and Scott discuss a number of the major off-season moves across baseball and how they impact not only those players and their new location, but also for the teams that these players left behind.
71 min
177
The Prospect Podcast Returns!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link bring you the first Prospect Podcast of 2020. They discuss relevant prospects moved in trades this offseason, pitching tiers, NL East prospects, catcher tiers and much more!
71 min
178
Offseason Bonus Podcast with Scott & Jeff!
Scott Jenstad and Jeff Erickson break down some early offseason moves, early 2020 ADP's and discuss the need for speed.
69 min
179
Live From First Pitch Arizona!
James Anderson, Clay Link and Todd Zola record live from First Pitch Arizona 2019! They discuss a variety of topics including the Fall Stars Game, Julio Rodriguez, James' updated top 10 prospects, the postseason baseball and much more!
53 min
180
2019 Finale w/ Guest Ian Kahn!
On the final regularly-scheduled baseball podcast of 2019, Clay Link and Todd Zola are joined by Ian Kahn of RotoWire and The Athletic!
54 min
181
Targets for 2020
James Anderson and Jeff Erickson discuss a long list of players that you are targeting for 2020.
69 min
182
Rookie Pitcher Draft
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link go back and forth, drafting nine-man pitching staffs comprised entirely of 2019 rookies!
56 min
183
Hits and Misses
Tim Heaney and Jeff Erickson discuss our hits and misses for the season and review the Phillies Failure to make the playoffs.
70 min
184
One Final Hurrah
For the final time this season, Jeff and Scott break down the weekend in baseball, including free agents for the final week, injuries and many players, including Kenley Jansen, Miguel Sano and Brett Gardner.
59 min
185
Two-Start Pitchers - Week of Sept. 23
Todd Zola and Clay Link go over a few of the staff league pickups and grade the two-start options for the final week of the season!
44 min
186
Reds, Rockies, Relievers and Runners
Clay Link and Jeff Erickson discuss the state of the Reds, Tout Wars, and what to do with speed and saves next year.
54 min
187
Rookie Hitter Draft
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link go back and forth and each draft a 14-player offense consisting exclusively of 2019 rookies.
52 min
188
Mock 2!
Tim Heaney and Jeff Erickson discuss the Mock 2 Draft results and the news of the day.
63 min
189
Two Weeks To Go!
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk strategy and free agent pickups for the final two weeks and discuss a number of players, including Christian Vazquez, Matt Olson and Lorenzo Cain.
58 min
190
Two-Start Pitchers - Week of Sept. 16
Todd Zola and Clay Link go over the 30 pickups from the RotoWire Steak League and grade the two-start options for next week!
61 min
191
Rob Silver on the September Stretch Run
Rob Silver joins Jeff Erickson to discuss stretch run strategies, the Christian Yelich injury, and closer outlooks for 2020.
55 min
192
Hoerner Gets The Call
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss expectations for Nico Hoerner, Kyle Lewis and Jesus Luzardo, and touch on some of the under-the-radar strong finishes to the minor-league season.
45 min
193
First Mock Draft for 2020
Tim Heaney break down all the Cubs injuries and discuss the results of our first 2020 Mock Draft, a 15-team that went six rounds, using NFBC-style rules.
60 min
194
Free Agent Pickups for the Final Three Weeks
Jeff and Scott identify some free agents who can help you in the final three weeks of the season, discuss the weekend injuries and talk about breakout seasons for Eugenio Suarez and Austin Meadows.
58 min
195
Two-Start Pitchers - Week of Sept. 9
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss Rowan Wick, Tyler Mahle, Austin Pruitt and Ryan McBroom, and grade the two-start options for next week!
55 min
196
Tricky Ranks for 2020
Todd Zola and Jeff Erickson discuss George Springer, Kris Bryant, Ketel Marte, Mike Minor and Eduardo Escobar in some depth, among other tough players to rank for 2020.
64 min
197
Top 400 Prospects
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link go over the notable risers and fallers from James' latest Top 400 update!
53 min
198
Top August Performers
Tim Heaney & Jeff Erickson break down the news of the day and review whether some of the top August performers achieved a new level or were just on a hot streak.
53 min
199
Here Come the September Callups
Jeff and Scott discuss a number of young players, including Gavin Lux, who could help you down the stretch and also talk some big performances this weekend, including Noah Syndergaard, Juan Soto and Josh Donaldson.
62 min
200
Two-Start Pitchers - Week of Sept. 2
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss several staff-league pickups, including Sam Hilliard, Sheldon Neuse and Mike Ford, and grade the two-start pitching options for next week!
63 min