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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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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
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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
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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
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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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
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Prospect Mailbag! (2021)
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link answer your prospect questions!
47 min
18
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
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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
20
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
21
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
22
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
23
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
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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
25
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
26
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
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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
28
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
29
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
30
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
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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
32
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
33
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
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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
35
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
36
Prospects Q&A!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link answer your prospect questions.
52 min
37
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
38
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
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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
40
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
41
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
42
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
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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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
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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
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
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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
54
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 24)
57 min
55
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
56
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
57
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
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
Two-Start Pitchers!
Todd Zola and Clay Link grade all of next week's two-start pitcher options.
42 min
75
Chatting with Rudy Gamble
Rudy Gamble from Razzball.com joins Jeff Erickson on the eve of Opening Day during a busy news cycle. They discuss Juan Soto, Mike Trout, expanding the playoffs, and adjusting to the pitcher runs in the NFBC drafts among many other topics.
74 min
76
On the Eve of Opening Day
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss Gavin Lux, A.J. Puk, their recent drafts and much more!
52 min
77
Gavin Lux, Cardinals Closers, Blue Jays Home an...
With the start of the season imminent, important news is hitting our leagues left and right. Fred Zinkie and Jeff Erickson break it all down for you, including the Gavin Lux demotion, the Cardinals closer role getting some surprising definition, the Blue Jays still not having a place to play, and a whole lot more.
73 min
78
Welcome to Opening Week!
Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad talk about all the excitement of week one of the baseball season finally being upon us, including this week's FAAB pickups, injury notes, Jeff's NFBC Main Event Draft and some matchups to exploit for Week One.
77 min
79
More Uncertainty in the Closer Pool
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss the latest news surrounding Roberto Osuna and Keone Kela, the Beat Todd Zola draft, FAAB pickups and more!
44 min
80
Mining the News With Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff Zimmerman joins Jeff Erickson and they discuss a number of topics on a news-heavy day, among those including: Justin Verlander Jacob deGrom Walker Buehler Texas Rangers (IKF, Willie Calhoun, Nick Solak) Aaron Judge Streaming the Draft Valuing Multi-Position Players
68 min
81
Main Event Prep
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link discuss general strategy and some of the prospects they may target in their upcoming Main Event draft.
54 min
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
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
91
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
92
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
93
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
94
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
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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