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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Byron Buxton is Hurt (not a recording, but actu...
In a heavy news-and-notes cycle, Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss the latest Byron Buxton injury, Christian Walker news, Tyler Glasnow's reporting and subsequent outing Tuesday, how to handle closers in this ever-shifting news cycle and a whole lot more.
76 min
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ADP Movers in the Short Season Drafts
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad break down the first two NFBC Main Event drafts, talk some weekend news / notes and discuss a number of players who have seen their ADP move in the most recent set of drafts.
69 min
3
News & Notes w/ Jason Collette
Jason Collette joins Clay Link and Todd Zola to discuss opt outs, new closer candidates, an interesting new outfield dart in Miami and much more!
55 min
4
Prepping for the Main with Matty Wood
Matthew Davis (@_mattywood_) from Fade The Noise drops by to chat about prepping for the rebooted NFBC Main Event. He and Jeff Erickson discuss adjusting players for COVID-19 tests, downgrading NL starting pitchers, and what to do with Astros players, along with a slew of Twitter questions.
84 min
5
Ranking the Rookies 3.0
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' latest article in which he ranks the top prospects for 2020 redraft leagues.
54 min
6
MLB Schedule Observations
The Blue Jays have a brutal schedule, the Reds have a pretty friendly schedule, and plenty more observations from Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson.
71 min
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Talking Drafts, Tough Ranks and a Ton of Player...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk about all the player news coming out of Summer Camp, break down Jeff's NFBC 12-team draft and discuss some players Scott is having trouble ranking.
82 min
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The Mike Trout Situation
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss how they're handling Mike Trout, who is next in line for saves in Philadelphia, burning questions in the American League and much more!
50 min
9
Phillies Notes, NFBC Satellite Drafts, TGFBI
Justin Mason joins Jeff Erickson on a busy news and draft day to discuss the news on Hector Neris and Scott Kingery, break down an early NFBC-qualifier draft, and discuss multiple aspects of TGFBI.
60 min
10
60-game Smorgasbord
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link touch on a variety of topics relating to the 60-game MLB season.
52 min
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Opt-Outs, 60-man Decisions
The decisions by Ian Desmond, Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross to opt out of the 2020 season created quite a ripple in the fantasy world, and there's likely more to come. Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss that, decisions by teams on their 60-man rosters and some health updates as we approach the summer training reporting deadline.
67 min
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And Here We Go!
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk about some of the news starting to come from teams and with a set schedule finally in place, they jump into actionable strategies and discuss players they are attacking and fading with the 60 Game Season in mind.
85 min
13
Where is the Player News?
Jason Collette joins Clay Link and Todd Zola to discuss the (relatively few) news items from around baseball, how they are playing the short season and much more!
45 min
14
Faith and Fantasy
Milaan Starks Powell of NewLifeFantasy (https://www.newlifefantasy.com) joins Jeff Erickson to celebrate the return of Major League Baseball, discuss the intersection of faith and fantasy, and break down Aaron Judge, Zack Wheeler and Tommy Edman.
55 min
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Dynasty Mock w/ Ian Kahn and Eddy Almaguer!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link are joined by Ian Kahn (RotoWire, The Athletic) and Eddy Almaguer (ProspectsLive) to recap their four-round dynasty startup mock draft.
60 min
16
Baseball is ... Back? Maybe?
Fred and Jeff discuss whether we're finally done with the drawn out process of baseball negotiations, some ramifications of what will result, including where the Blue Jays play and should we discount Mike Trout.
64 min
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Evaluating Vets in Short Season / Jersey Draft ...
Scott Jenstad is joined by Brian Slack of Baseball HQ. They talk about a number of "old boring vets" and how they are valuing them in a shortened season and then do a very fun draft of the most iconic jersey numbers across multiple sports.
78 min
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Jason Collette Returns
Jason Collette joins Todd Zola and Clay Link to wrap up the week. They lament the current state of MLB and touch on a variety of other baseball-related topics.
34 min
19
First and Second Year Players in a Shortened Se...
Scott Jenstad is joined by Ryan Bloomfield of Baseball HQ. They discuss how the Baseball HQ Forecaster comes together, break down a number of rookies and second year players with a short season dynamic and draft the most exciting college athletes of the last 20 years.
79 min
20
Fringe Prospects
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss some players barely holding onto their spots on the top 400 before moving on to a little more MLB draft talk.
44 min
21
Top 150 Movers in a Short Season with Vlad Sedler
Scott Jenstad is joined by Vlad Sedler of FantasyGuru.com. They talk about Vlad's enjoyment of the KBO, break down some Top 150 players in a short season and draft their favorite 1990's Movie & TV characters.
68 min
22
Winning Tendencies 6
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss the latest proposal from MLB to the MLBPA, the final installment of Winning Tendencies and more!
35 min
23
MLB Draft - Night 1 Recap!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link review the first round of the 2020 MLB first-year player draft.
51 min
24
Countering ADP
ADP lists from the NFBC are stronger than ever. What can we do to counter them? What league adjustments would you make to lessen their impact? Fred and Jeff discuss that and the latest in MLB Labor talks in this edition.
59 min
25
2020 Season Status Chat / Late Round Values wit...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad are joined by Brian Entrekin of the Benched with Bubba Podcast. They talk the current state of the 2020 season, discuss a number of late round draft values and conduct a Favorite Bay Area Athletes draft.
82 min
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Chris Archer, Roster Construction & More
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss the ongoing labor disputes in Major League Baseball, Chris Archer's future, the learning curve when it comes to roster construction and much more.
48 min
27
Bogman on Archer, Diamondbacks and MLB Labor Talks
Scott Bogman (@BogmanSports) joins Jeff Erickson to discuss the Chris Archer news, a breakdown of the MLB Labor Talks, and a breakdown of select Diamondbacks players.
67 min
28
Dynasty Rankings for Rebuilders
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' Dynasty Rankings for Rebuilders, the top prep hitters in this year's draft class and much more!
50 min
29
Sprint Season
What happens if we get a 50-60 game season? Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson discuss that possibility, along with the results from their 1986 Retro Draft.
64 min
30
Outfielder Talk / Favorite Sports Moments of t...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad are joined by Scott Pianowski of Yahoo Sports. They talk about PitchCon, discuss a number of outfielders for 2020 and hold a fun draft for their favorite sports moments of the 2000's.
101 min
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An Ode to Foley's NY
Todd Zola and Clay Link reflect on some of their times at Foley's in New York City before discussing Todd's latest article.
41 min
32
Dynasty League Talk with Shelly Verougstraete
Shelly Verougstraete drops by to preview her two panels on Pitch Con, talk dynasty leagues with Jeff Erickson and discuss the current state of MLB Labor talks.
48 min
33
Dynasty Rankings for Contenders
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' set of Dynasty Rankings for contending teams, college bats in this year's draft class and much more!
50 min
34
Universal DH
Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson speculate which players will benefit from a universal DH in 2020, preview their upcoming 1986 retro draft, and discuss whether they can take off their analysts hats when attending a live ballgame.
76 min
35
Shortened Season Draft Strategies & Middle Infi...
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad are joined by Rob Silver, 2016 NFBC Main Event Champion. They talk draft strategies for a shortened season, break down a number of middle infielders and finish up with a draft of Canadian athletes.
84 min
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News, Notes and More Winning Tendencies!
Clay Link and Todd Zola recap the biggest news of the week before diving into the latest entry in Todd's Winning Tendencies series.
46 min
37
Cheese is Good
Dave Potts, an NFBC Main Event champion and a two-time winner of million-dollar DFS contests and now a writer at RotoGrinders, joins Jeff Erickson to talk KBO and the NFBC.
55 min
38
More Ranking Dilemmas & Draft Talk!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' latest article, prospects from the upcoming draft class and more.
38 min
39
1999 Retro Draft, Alternate Draft Strategies
Jeff and Fred discuss the 1999 Retro draft that Fred won and Jeff finished a distant second in, and Fred's alternate draft strategies article on Yahoo.
63 min
40
Talking Pitching with Matt Modica
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad are joined by guest, Matt Modica from The Athletic. They discuss a number of starting pitchers, focusing on some that are interesting with a short season in mind and then finish up with a draft of their favorite New York athletes.
75 min
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1999 Retro Draft
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss the first 1999 retro draft that took place earlier this week and look at the top picks and winning strategies.
36 min
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Special Double Feature
Jeff Erickson hosts not one but two amazing guests! First Ron Shandler drops by, and they discuss Wednesday night's 1999 Retro draft, some of the history of the fantasy industry and the potential for MLB's return to action. Then, around the 35-minute mark, Dan Kurtz, who runs MyKBO.net, joined us and talked all things KBO and how his fandom developed, how he's handled his instant notoriety, and whether his kids have joined in on the fun.
75 min
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More Ranking Dilemmas!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss James' latest Farm Futures article, notable college arms from this year's draft class and more.
47 min
44
Finding Safe Haven for Saves
Fred and Jeff talk about good metrics for finding "safe" closers, preparations for our 1999 Retro draft, and reaction to the owners' proposal to open baseball back up this season.
66 min
45
Talking Corners / Best 90's Athlete Draft with DVR
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad are joined by Derek VanRiper of The Athletic. They talk about the Triple Crown auctions they were in together, break down a number of corner infielders and compete in a Best Athletes of the 1990's Draft.
85 min
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
53
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
54
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
55
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
56
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
57
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
58
'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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
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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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
Getting Your Ottoneu Fix
Alan Harrison joins Jeff Erickson, and they discuss their recent Ottoneu Experts League and Ottoneu as a whole.
55 min
79
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
80
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
81
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
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
Season Delayed
Chris Liss Fills In For the Missing Link
56 min
88
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
89
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
90
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
91
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
92
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
93
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
94
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
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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