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!

Sports
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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
102
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
103
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
104
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
105
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
106
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
107
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
108
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
109
Season Delayed
Chris Liss Fills In For the Missing Link
56 min
110
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
111
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
112
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
113
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
114
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
115
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
116
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
117
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
118
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
119
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
120
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
121
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
122
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
123
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
124
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
125
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
126
AL Central Prospects (2020)
48 min
127
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
128
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
129
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
130
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
131
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
132
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
133
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
134
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
135
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
136
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
137
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
138
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
139
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
140
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
141
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
142
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
143
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
144
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
145
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
146
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
147
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
148
Targets for 2020
James Anderson and Jeff Erickson discuss a long list of players that you are targeting for 2020.
69 min
149
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
150
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
151
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
152
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
153
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
154
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
155
Mock 2!
Tim Heaney and Jeff Erickson discuss the Mock 2 Draft results and the news of the day.
63 min
156
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
157
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
158
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
159
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
160
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
161
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
162
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
163
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
164
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
165
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
166
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
167
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
168
Chasing Wins, Rebuilding Jays
Fred Zinkie of Yahoo joins Jeff Erickson to discuss the Jays' rebuild and the misery of chasing wins.
59 min
169
Top 15 Pitchers Under 26
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' latest article in which he ranks the top 15 pitchers under the age of 26!
49 min
170
Stolen Bases Special
53 min
171
The Summer of J Ram Ends Early
Jeff and Scott talk about a number of free agents pickups for the final five weeks, the unfortunate Jose Ramirez injury and what it means for his ADP in 2020 and much more, including Sean Manaea, Trevor Bauer and bad uniforms.
69 min
172
Two-Start Pitchers - Week of Aug. 26
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss a number of free-agent pickups from the RotoWire staff leagues, including Jake Fraley, Nick Solak and Tony Gonsolin, and run through the two-starting pitching options for next week!
61 min
173
Liss's Lessons Learned
45 min
174
Top 15 Hitters Under 23
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' latest article in which he ranks the top 15 hitters under the age of 23 -- an insanely talented group of young players.
62 min
175
Closers for 2020
53 min
176
Six Weeks To Go!
Jeff and Scott discuss free agent pickups who can help you out for the final six weeks, break down a plethora of injuries and talk about big weekend performances from Rafael Devers, Griffin Canning and more.
70 min
177
Two-Start Pitcher Grades
Todd Zola joins Clay Link to discuss The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, Fernando Tatis Jr.'s injury, Aaron Judge's slump and two-start pitchers for the week of Aug. 19!
58 min
178
Advanced Fantasy Analytics
63 min
179
September Callup Candidates
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link look ahead to September! They discuss players likely to get the call up and those who seem unlikely but may have a chance to debut before the end of 2019.
51 min
180
A First Look at 2020
61 min
181
Working the Waiver Wire Down the Stretch
Jeff and Scott look at a bunch of free agent names that can help you down the stretch in your league and discuss many players, including Ronald Acuna's quest to be the top overall pick in 2020.
53 min
182
Aquino Makes a Statement
Todd Zola joins Clay Link to discuss Bo Bichette's history-making start, Aristides Aquino's 118-mph homer plus two-start pitchers for the week of Aug. 12!
58 min
183
Special Guest Brent Hershey!
Brent Hershey of BaseballHQ joins RotoWire MLB Editor Clay Link to talk First Pitch Arizona, the juiced ball, news and notes from around MLB and Brent's thoughts on some of the top prospects in the game.
49 min
184
Ranking the Farm Systems
Lead prospect writer James Anderson joins MLB Editor Clay Link to discuss his latest article in which he ranks all 30 farm systems in baseball!
65 min
185
Second Half Heroes
64 min
186
Bidding on Bichette, Closers and Multiple Rookies
Jeff and Scott talk through a very busy weekend of free agent bidding and also talk Shane Bieber, Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish and all the injuries from over the weekend.
75 min
187
Deadline Aftermath
Todd Zola joins Clay Link to discuss the ripple effects created by the trade deadline, potential free-agent adds and two-start pitchers for the week of Aug. 5!
58 min
188
Trade Deadline Review
58 min
189
Deadline Deals & Dynasty Risers
Lead prospect analyst James Anderson is joined by the great Ian Kahn to discuss the trade deadline and a few notable risers on Ian's top-400 dynasty rankings.
73 min
190
A Giant Mets Mess
54 min
191
The Trade Deadline Starts to Heat up
Scott and guest Brian Slack from BaseballHQ talk about the Marcus Stroman trade, break down an interesting week of free agency including multiple open closer spots and discuss a number of players including Masahiro Tanaka and Andrew Benintendi.
83 min
192
Break Glass In Case of Emergency
Todd Zola joins Clay Link to discuss the Dodgers' catching situation, the most recent wave of MLB callups and two-start pitchers for the week of July 29!
59 min
193
Snell, Gallo and Tons More w/ Jason Collette
Jason Collette of RotoWire and The Sleeper and the Bust co-hosts! Jason and Clay Link discuss Blake Snell, Joey Gallo, the return of Yasmany Tomas and the changing trade market ahead of next week's deadline.
51 min
194
Burning Prospect Questions
Lead prospect writer James Anderson joins MLB Editor Clay Link to touch on a number of prospect-related questions and discuss a couple of their favorite commercial hip-hop jams.
48 min
195
Mistakes Made in Trade Negotiations
Todd Zola and Tim Heaney discuss some third baseman, closer specs, possible August call-ups and fantasy trade negotiation mistakes.
64 min
196
The Gurriels Never Get Out
Jeff and Scott talk about all the popular FAAB pickups from the weekend and discuss a number of players including Shohei Ohtani, Ramon Laureano, Austin Riley and much more
70 min
197
An Unusual Friday
On their second attempt at recording, Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss Andres Munoz, the Giants' deadline plans, the state of the stolen base in today's game and two-start pitchers for the week of July 22!
57 min
198
The Pitching Nightmare Continues
62 min
199
Top 400 Risers & Fallers
Lead prospect writer James Anderson joins MLB Editor Clay Link to discuss Seth Beer, Trent Grisham, Matt Thaiss, Brendan Rodgers, Triston McKenzie and other notable risers and fallers from James' latest Top-400 update.
53 min
200
Second-Half X-Factors
68 min