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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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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
Prospects Q&A!
Lead prospect writer James Anderson and Senior MLB Editor Clay Link answer your prospect questions.
52 min
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
Pickups/Two-Start Pitchers (Week of Aug. 24)
57 min
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
Two-Start Pitchers!
Todd Zola and Clay Link grade all of next week's two-start pitcher options.
42 min
48
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
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
53
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
54
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
55
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
56
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
57
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
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
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
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
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
91
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
92
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
93
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
94
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
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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