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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701
September Surprises
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Todd (@toddzola) discuss September surprises -- including Trea Turner and Kendrys Morales -- and share some big news for the upcoming offseason.
48 min
702
Giant Meltdown
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss MadBum's costly meltdown and other top headlines from around the league including a likely season-ending injury for Alex Bregman.
44 min
703
Overvalued 2017 Studs
Jeff (@jeff_erickson) and Scott (@scottjenstad) take a tough look at some great players to determine if they might end up being over-drafted in 2017.
46 min
704
Stealing a Title
Paul and Todd are back for the 2nd time this week and they're talking a little bit of news on Giancarlo Stanton, Wei-Yin Chen, Jacob deGrom, and Keon Broxton before diving into the latest Z-Files that analyzes the remaining schedule for a stolen bases ...
34 min
705
Concern for Cole
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Todd (@toddzola) discuss their shared concern for Gerrit Cole, the season-long struggle of Jason Heyward, and much more!
52 min
706
Looking at 2016 Busts
Todd is back on a Tuesday and he joins Paul to discuss the 2016 busts and how they're outlook has changed (if at all) for 2017.
52 min
707
Targeting 2017
Jeff (@jeff_erickson) and Scott (@scottjenstad) take a detailed look at a number of players that could be undervalued heading into 2017 drafts.
60 min
708
It's Kershaw Day... Sorta
Paul and Todd briefly discuss Kershaw's return and then dive in on some of the big breakthroughs at each position and their 2017 outlook.
71 min
709
MiLB Pitcher Awards
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link dish out awards to pitchers at every level of the minor leagues and grade out Jay-Z on the 20-80 scouting scale.
53 min
710
Is He Fixed?
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Todd (@toddzola) take a look around the league for important news and notes, discuss whether Chris Archer has been fixed over the course of the second half, and much more!
50 min
711
Pleasant Surprises: Hitters
In an episode inspired by Brian Dozier, DVR (@derekvanriper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss pleasantly surprising hitters on all 30 teams, and open up the mailbag.
63 min
712
Down The Stretch They Come
Jeff (@jeff_erickson) and Scott (@scottjenstad) discuss the fantasy impact of some of the September First call-ups and also talk about Rougned Odor, Jean Segura, Jose Abreu as well as the injury news from over the weekend.
57 min
713
The Category Math
Paul and Todd start off with a few news tidbits before a deep-dive in this week's Z-Files covering category math. It's a dose of reality needed when trying to map out the numbers you'll need to capture that title you're chasing down.
48 min
714
MiLB Hitter Awards
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link dish out awards to hitters at every level of the minor leagues and grade Ja Rule on the 20-80 scouting scale.
47 min
715
The Jerk Store Called
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss roster negligence with Jedd Gyorko, another year of DVR donning the Cone of Shame in the NFBC, Rick Porcello's outstanding 2016 campaign, and much more!
47 min
716
Past Year Review: Surprising SPs
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Paul (@sporer) assess the performance of several starting pitchers over the past year including Gerrit Cole, J.A. Happ, Robbie Ray, Adam Wainwright, and many others!
59 min
717
The Gary Sanchez Era
Jeff (@jeff_erickson) and Scott (@scottjenstad) discuss some lessons they have learned so far this season, recap the many impressive middle infield performances in 2015 and try and rank Gary Sanchez among catchers heading into next year.
73 min
718
Opportunity, Opportunity, Opportunity!
Paul and Todd discuss some injury news on Jacob deGrom, Steven Wright, AJ Pollock and then dive in on this week's Z-Files which covers opportunity down the stretch.
42 min
719
September Call-up Candidates
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link run down the top candidates for September call-ups and grade Eazy-E on the 20-80 scouting scale.
54 min
720
Power Surges
Todd (@ToddZola) and DVR (@DerekVanRiper) assess the top of the home-run leaderboard for the past calendar year and try to determine the future value of Wil Myers, Evan Longoria, Todd Frazier, and many others!
54 min
721
Looking Ahead: The Top-Tier SPs
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the new crop of concerns with the top-tier starting pitcher options heading into 2017.
63 min
722
Danny Valencia and Billy Butler Battle It Out!
With Jeff (@jeff_erickson) on vacation, Scott (@scottjenstad) rides solo discussing, among other things, Matz and Strasburg to the DL, Josh Reddick's struggles in LA and the resurgence of Big Erv.
44 min
723
Moving in the Ratio Categories
Paul and Todd discuss a few news bits including John Lackey's injury and Jeff Hoffman's call-up and then dive into this week's Z-Files which covers ratios and how points are still very attainable despite the conventional wisdom.
38 min
724
Carolina League Roundup
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link take a spin around the Carolina League and grade out Snoop Dogg on the 20-80 scouting scale.
46 min
725
More Young Talent Arrives
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Todd (@toddzola) cover the top news from around the league, including promotions for Dansby Swanson, Chad Pinder, and Mitch Haniger.
50 min
726
Contemplating Fulmer
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the latest injury to Shin-Soo Choo, Billy Hamilton's collision with the outfield wall, the 2017 value of Michael Fulmer, and much more!
64 min
727
Yankee Youth Movement
Jeff (@jeff_erickson) and Scott (@scottjenstad) discuss all the baseball action over the weekend including the Yankees' rookie promotions, the incredible season of Mookie Betts and the resurgence of both Ian Kinsler and Evan Longoria.
64 min
728
Looking at 2017
Paul and Todd discuss some news surrounding Justin Bour, the Mets, and Carlos Gomez before diving into this week's Z-Files covering some interesting topics on the 2017 such as the Red Sox and then a couple of spike year players who might not carry it o...
46 min
729
2014 Draft Do-Over
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link take a quick spin around the Cal League, redo the top 30 picks from the 2014 draft, and grade Twista on the 20-80 scouting scale.
51 min
730
The Cards Call In Reinforcements
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Todd (@toddzola) discuss the Cards' decision to bring up Alex Reyes and Luke Weaver, Raisel Iglesias picking up a save for the Reds, Andrew Benintendi's fast start in Boston, Jharel Cotton's brush with perfection at Triple-A, a...
54 min
731
The End for Prince?
DVR (@derekvanriper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss Prince Fielder's expected retirement, Billy Hamilton's recent stolen-base binge, another setback for Michael Brantley, and much more!
62 min
732
Free Agent Frenzy
Jeff (@Jeff_Erickson) and Scott (@ScottJenstad) break down another wild free agency period of rookie call-ups and new closers and discuss numerous other items, including how the 2017 closer rankings may look.
62 min
733
Trade Deadline FAAB Strategy Deep-Dive
Paul and Todd open with some pitching news including a potential call-up and a returning stud before diving in on Todd's latest Z-Files covering FAAB Strategies after an active trade deadline.
38 min
734
Top Prospects On The Move
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the top 10 prospects moved at the trade deadline and grade out Nate Dogg on the 20-80 scouting scale.
42 min
735
Good Story, Tough Ending
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the likely season-ending thumb injury for Trevor Story, a possible adjustment to Yoan Moncada's arrival to Boston, and another new closer emerging for the Angels.
65 min
736
Benintendi and Arcia Get the Call
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the promotions of Andrew Benintendi and Orlando Arcia, Edwin Diaz getting the nod to take over as the closer in Seattle, and much more in the wake of Monday's MLB trade deadline.
63 min
737
The Trade Extravaganza!!
Paul and Todd breakdown the impact from the bevy of trades that took place over the weekend and during Monday's deadline.
67 min
738
Trade Deadline Upon Us
Jeff (@Jeff_Erickson) and Scott (@ScottJenstad) discuss a wild weekend of free agency bidding across all fantasy leagues and break down the trades that have already happened as well as the ones that might come at the deadline.
60 min
739
Nunez & Cashner Dealt
Paul and Todd discuss the recent trades and dive into this week's Z-Files including how you can still move your ratios with more ease than you might think.
40 min
740
Lower-Level Arms On The Rise
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link look at some intriguing arms on the rise at the lower levels of the minors and grade out Ma$e on the 20-80 scouting scale.
53 min
741
NFBC 5, DVR 0
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the holding pattern of Clayton Kershaw, the return of Joey Gallo, the complications of contenders and non-contenders making trades, and DVR's fifth annual NFBC Main Event failure!
64 min
742
Two Deals Down, Many More to Come
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss Melvin Upton Jr. to Toronto, Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, the struggles of Ryan Madson, the promotions of David Dahl and Alex Bregman, and much more!
48 min
743
Chris Sale Wins the Weekend
Jeff (@Jeff_Erickson) and Scott (@ScottJenstad) discuss the utter craziness of the Chris Sale suspension, the Astros call-up of Alex Bregman and chat about a number of veterans who have returned to past form in 2016.
56 min
744
Are In-Season Park Factors Useful?
Paul and Todd dive into some news including Dylan Bundy as a starter and the White Sox in the trade market. Then, they discuss Todd's latest piece on in-season park factors.
50 min
745
Rookie League Risers
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link look at several rookie-level hitters on the rise and grade out Ghostface Killah on the 20-80 scouting scale.
53 min
746
Turn Off the Injuries, Please
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the rash of bad injury updates from around the league — including a possible setback for Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu’s return to the DL, another shoulder exam for Michael Brantley — and the pending ca...
61 min
747
The Deadline Approaches
With the non-waiver trade deadline on the horizon, DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss a few possibilities, including the White Sox's plans for closer David Robertson, and much more!
60 min
748
Second Half Breakouts
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad dig deep to try and find some under the radar guys who may help you out for the second half and also recap all the injuries from over the weekend.
47 min
749
Kicking Off the 2nd Half!
Paul and Todd open the second half with a rundown of the news and notes from the break including several moves for Boston, a couple sizable demotions, and multiple injury tidbits - both comings and goings.
57 min
750
Merit-Based Futures Game Rosters
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link offer up their merit-based Futures Game rosters and grade out Cam'ron on the 20-80 scouting scale.
46 min
751
Hostile Todd
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and a hostile Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the promotion of Tyler Glasnow, and hash out some of the biggest differences in their latest Top 350 rankings.
62 min
752
Rotation Woes in Detroit
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the latest pitching woes in Detroit, Carson Cistulli's amazing call on Junior Guerra, and much more!
56 min
753
Looking Forward to the Second Half
Jeff and Scott break down some surprising first half players, try and discover a couple of sneaky potential closers in waiting and discuss their free agent pickups over the weekend.
45 min
754
Forecasting First-Half Standouts
Paul and Todd dive in on eight first-half surprising standouts to determine how valuable they might be in the second half. Names include Mark Trumbo, Josh Tomlin, and Michael Saunders.
52 min
755
Southern League Hitters Roundup
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link take a spin around the Southern League and grade out Big Pun on the 20-80 scouting scale.
47 min
756
Midseason Tough Ranks, pt. 1
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss some of their tough ranks as the July 1 update of the RotoWire Roundtable Rankings approaches, Lucas Giolito's big league debut, Brock Stewart(!) and more.
66 min
757
Aces, Hipsters, and Cuban Frenchy?
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the recent FanGraphs piece highlighting the similarities between Yasiel Puig and Jeff Francoeur, arm trouble for the Mets, and much more!
54 min
758
Fernandez and Altuve, Good At Baseball
Jeff and Scott discuss yet another Jose Fernandez gem, talk about where Jose Altuve would slot right now near the top of a draft and recap all the action and injuries from the baseball weekend.
56 min
759
BSH with Struggling Arms
Paul & Todd play a round of buy-sell-hold with seven arms who have fallen on hard times in recent weeks including Aaron Nola, Kevin Gausman, and Jeff Samardzija.
49 min
760
SP Prospect Mock Draft
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link go back and forth in a pitching prospect mock draft, and grade out Jadakiss on the 20-80 scouting scale.
43 min
761
Klubot Strikes Again
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the idea of stashing Yuliesky Gurriel, Corey Kluber's gem from Tuesday night, and whether it's time to pump the breaks on previous Aaron Nola hype.
61 min
762
Injuries Begin to Mount
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the latest injury to Stephen Strasburg, the Rays' crumbling depth chart, and the Giants' increasing need to acquire a bat.
71 min
763
Fighting Through the Tech Woes
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Chris Smith (@TheFantasySmith) step in for Scott and Jeff to discuss this weekend's FAAB pick-ups and the rash of injuries league wide.
34 min
764
Surprising Arms
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss surprising arms of 2016, including Colby Lewis, John Lackey, and Steven Wright.
44 min
765
Updated Top 200 Prospects
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' updated prospect rankings and grade out E-40 on the 20-80 scouting scale.
57 min
766
Hey, Mr. Willson!
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the Cubs' promotion of Willson Contreras, Drew Smyly's big start from Wednesday night, another slew of mailbag questions, and much more!
55 min
767
Banged Up Bucs
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the setback for Yu Darvish, the Pirates' banged-up rotation, take on a heavy supply of mailbag questions, and more!
71 min
768
Here Come the Rookies
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad review an extremely active week of free agent bidding, discuss the newfound velocity of James Paxton and even weigh in on the Draymond Green suspension.
64 min
769
The Most Surprising Hitter
Paul & Todd discuss some call-up and injury news before diving into some key names on Todd's Top 10 Surprising Hitters list from this week's Z-Files.
42 min
770
MLB Draft Day 1 Recap
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link recap the first two rounds of the 2016 first-year player draft.
39 min
771
Is It Podcast or Toddcast?
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss another big start from Aaron Sanchez, Mark Trumbo reaching the 20-HR mark, and the WTF season lines of Eduardo Nunez, Odubel Herrera, and Jonathan Villar.
56 min
772
Avoiding The Herd
Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul Sporer (@Sporer) discuss Jurickson Profar sticking with the Rangers, along with their efforts to avoid the herd mentality when setting expectations for James Shields in Chicago, and in many other situations.
56 min
773
Corey Seager has Arrived!
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss all the weekend baseball action, including the barrage of homers from Corey Seager and Evan Longoria, the state of young shortstops in MLB and what the Rangers will do with Jurickson Profar.
71 min
774
Beyond the Top 20
Paul and Todd go beyond Todd's recent Top-20 to discuss five intriguing arms with a mix of young and old. Among the names are Steven Matz, Jake Odorizzi, and Justin Verlander (I know, huge surprise that Paul wanted to discuss Verlander, right?)
44 min
775
Top Hitters in MLB Draft
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss the top 12 hitters in this year's draft, and grade out Talib Kweli on the 20-80 scouting scale.
46 min
776
Adjusting Expectations
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss their updated rankings, including the increasing value of Jose Quintana, Johnny Cueto, and many more!
48 min
777
The Biggest Surprise Players
Paul & Todd dive in on eight of the biggest surprises so far this season and determine their value going forward. Names include Jackie Bradley Jr., Dexter Fowler, Rich Hill, and Marco Estrada!
67 min
778
Running with Villar and Marte
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss this week in free agents, talk about this season in stolen bases and recap all the news and injuries from a busy baseball weekend.
62 min
779
Top 20 Hitters Rest of Season
Paul & Todd break down Todd's top 20 hitters list from a couple weeks back and break down the process behind the rankings.
53 min
780
Southern League Pitchers
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link discuss several intriguing arms in the Southern League, and grade out Dr. Dre on the 20-80 scouting scale.
50 min
781
Another Clunker from Harvey
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss another disappointing start from Matt Harvey, Justin Verlander's recent surge, Adam Wainwright's demise, and much more.
61 min
782
Never Doubt Miggy
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss DVR's short-lived doubt of Miguel Cabrera as an elite hitter, the Mets' first base situation without Lucas Duda, the return of Joey Gallo to the big leagues, and much more!
69 min
783
Halfway to DiMaggio
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss Jackie Bradley's hitting streak, some struggling aces and update all the injury news from over the weekend.
49 min
784
Top 20 Pitchers Rest of Season
Paul (@sporer) and Todd (@toddzola) discuss Todd's top 20 pitchers for the rest of the season as well as hit on some notable omissions, some key guys on the rise, and how he values closers compared to the dollar values his calculations offer up for them.
69 min
785
Texas League Hitters Roundup
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link take a spin around the Texas League, and grade out Cappadonna on the 20-80 scouting scale.
48 min
786
The Aces Deliver
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the ace-heavy matchups from Tuesday, Dallas Keuchel's ongoing struggles, Todd's updated top-20 hitters, and several mailbag questions.
75 min
787
Surprising Standouts on the Mound
Paul (@sporer) and Todd (@toddzola) talk about some news of the day including Tim Lincecum, Jesse Hahn, and Colin Moran before diving into their main topic: surprising SPs. They discuss the future of Drew Pomeranz, Gio Gonzalez, Rich Hill, and Marco Es...
61 min
788
Getting Rough in Texas
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad discuss the big fight between the Blue Jays and Rangers, Danny Valencia, free agent pickups and all the injuries from over the weekend.
61 min
789
Contact Rate Buy & Sell - Take 2
PREVIOUS VERSION HAD MESSED UP. IT IS NOW FIXED. Paul Sporer (@sporer) and Todd Zola (@toddzola) discuss the Delino DeShields demotion, a handful of interesting call-ups, and then dive into Todd's latest Z Files on Contact Rate as a leading indicator...
58 min
790
Contact Rate Buy & Sell
Paul Sporer (@sporer) and Todd Zola (@toddzola) discuss the Delino DeShields demotion, a handful of interesting call-ups, and then dive into Todd's latest Z Files on Contact Rate as a leading indicator for who to buy and sell.
58 min
791
Eastern League Hitters
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link look at some notable hitters in the Eastern League, and grade out Future on the 20-80 scouting scale.
49 min
792
Pig Tiger Goes Yard Again
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss their increasing interest in Dae-ho Lee, the possibility of a bullpen role for Julio Urias, and a mailbag question examining early-season matchup data for pitchers.
58 min
793
Stras Gets Paid & Big Regrets
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss the Nats' long-term extension with Stephen Strasburg and their biggest draft-day regrets.
75 min
794
I Love It When You Call Me Big Papi
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad recap all the action and injuries from the baseball weekend and discuss a number of players including David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones and Ryan Braun.
60 min
795
May Closer Re-Ranks
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the line swap of Jacob deGrom and Colin Rea from Thursday night, Matt Cain's struggles, and a re-ranking of closers, including a big boost for Hector Rondon.
52 min
796
Scouting From South Bend
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and MLB Editor Clay Link recap their recent minor league trip to South Bend, Indiana, and grade out Kanye West on the 20-80 scouting scale.
65 min
797
N-O-L-A, Nola...
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Todd (@ToddZola) discuss the increased strikeout rate from Aaron Nola, the early turnaround from Shark, and some possibly incorrect preconceived notions about the bottom of the pitching pool.
56 min
798
Tough May Re-Ranks
DVR (@DerekVanRiper) and Paul (@sporer) discuss tough May re-ranks including Carlos Gomez, Aledmys Diaz, Yasmany Tomas, and others. Plus, it's the second installment of Takedown Tuesday!
68 min
799
Drop It Like It's Hot?
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad take a look at some struggling players entering May and determine whether they think it is time to cut bait on them and move on.
72 min
800
Replacing Dee Gordon
Todd and Paul discuss the Gordon suspension and who you might find on the wire as a replacement as well as some trade candidates who could fill the void. They also discuss some of the intriguing new call-ups, a couple of whom debut this weekend.
43 min