RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast

Jeff Erickson, Chris Liss, Jake Letarski, Joe Bartel, John McKechnie, Mario Puig, Andrew Laird, Scott Jenstad and guests from around the industry discuss both season-long and DFS advice Monday through Friday throughout the season.

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Mixon Signs New Deal
Joe Bartel and Jake Letarski analyze the breaking-news Joe Mixon signing, discussing his hierarchy among the top fantasy backs in various scoring settings while also breaking down a number of mid-tier RB options and their respective values.
50 min
102
Kamara Holding Out?
Is Alvin Kamara holding out? How much does he fall on your draft board? Leonard Fournette is cut by the Jaguars, and we review Chris Liss's "Beat Chris Liss 2" draft.
54 min
103
Avoiding Mistakes in Daily Fantasy Football
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird break down some common mistakes people make when playing daily fantasy football and how to avoid making them in the future. They then talk about setting goals for the season, how they use tools like lineup optimizers and why projections shouldn't be used on face value alone.
60 min
104
RB Injuries and Inflation
John and Mario look at the injury situations with some prominent running backs such as Chicago's David Montgomery. The guys also lay out the case for fading Breshad Perriman at his current ADP and look at the current inflation at the running back position.
58 min
105
A Chat with the Fantasy Exec
Corey Parson, aka The Fantasy Exec, joins Jeff Erickson to hit on a number of topics, including a breakout, a bust, two sleepers and a comeback. You can catch Corey on Twitter @TheFantasyExec and online at SI.com.
40 min
106
A.J. Brown and Other "Can't Miss" Fantasy Options
Joe Bartel and Jake Letarski recap last week's interesting NFFC RotoWire Online Championship draft while also analyze their most-owned player shares, highlighting the likes of A.J. Brown, Ronald Jones, Mike Williams and Nick Chubb.
59 min
107
Training Camp News, RB Values
Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson discuss the latest news from training camp, including injuries to Kenyan Drake, Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams. They also talk about how the "tenure system" is harmful in professional sports, particularly at the RB position.
49 min
108
Daily Fantasy Football Showdown and Single Game...
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird break down showdown and single-game strategies for DraftKings and FanDuel, including why the most important thing may be lineup differentiation.
49 min
109
Washington and Philly backfield buzz plus late ...
John and Mario try to get a handle on the latest news out of Washington regarding Antonio Gibson and the rest of their running backs, and the guys also take a look at the backfield depth in Philadelphia. The guys also identify some running back targets going outside the Top 100 in drafts before rounding things out with a look at their respective teams from the RotoWire Steak League.
64 min
110
Jen Piacenti on Josh Jacobs, Miles Sanders and ...
Jen Piacenti from Fantasy Alarm joins Jeff Erickson on a news-heavy today to discuss balancing baseball & football coverage at the same time, her experience joining the fantasy sports community, and to break down the news of the day - including Miles Sanders, Davante Adams, Nick Chubb, and the restrictions facing NFL beat writers.
47 min
111
Steak League Recap
Joe Bartel and Jake Letarski break down their respective Steak League drafts while analyzing a number of different strategies respective draftees took during the live RotoWire auction draft.
67 min
112
Stacks and Pads
Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson discuss a few good stacks and what types of leagues to use them while breaking down the news from the first day of practice in pads for the NFL.
47 min
113
Stacking and Positional Prioritization in DFS F...
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird break down certain stacking techniques in daily fantasy football and then explain their methods for choosing quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses each week.
66 min
114
Kittle Contract, Gurley Update, and Steelers Of...
John and Mario examine the market-setting George Kittle deal before diving into some news and notes from around the league, including Todd Gurley's outlook in Atlanta. The guys also take a long look at the Pittsburgh backfield, examining each option behind James Conner.
63 min
115
News or Noise?
Chris Towers from CBS Sports joins Jeff Erickson and they cover a number of early training camp topics, including the Colts' RB job battle, Josh Jacobs, Ronald Jones and the Bucs' offense, plus Chris's approach to the wide receiver pool this season.
70 min
116
Finding Best Fantasy Draft Slot
Joe Bartel and Jake Letarski attempt to answer the age-old question, "which fantasy draft slot is better?" Using different ADPs, the guys break down their optimal lineups for each range of picks.
54 min
117
Late Round Receivers
Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss discuss the wide receiver pool after the top 40 according to ADP are gone - what type of profile are we looking for, and choosing among players with like profiles and ADP's.
53 min
118
Importance of DFS Contest Selection
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird discuss the importance of contest selection in daily fantasy sports, including how to attack GPPs with different payout structures and why you should prioritize opponent diversification in cash games.
57 min
119
Ruggs' Role and News From Around The League
John and Mario break down the Raiders' new plan to use rookie Henry Ruggs in the slot and what that means for the rest of their pass-catchers. The guys also make sense of Bruce Arians' quotes from early in the week about his running backs and also take a look at the Miami offense. Rounding things out, the guys lay out the case for Austin Hooper's value at current ADP.
49 min
120
Auction Leagues, the WR pool and the FLEX Exper...
Jake Ciely from The Athletic joins Jeff Erickson and they cover a number of topics, including the Dolphins' receivers and how DeVante Parker ranks in the deep wide receiver pool, auction tips, and a discussion of the FLEX Expert Leagues.
51 min
121
Structuring Your Fantasy League for COVID-19
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) give a comprehensive rundown of how to plan your fantasy football leagues in preparation for a COVID-19 season.
48 min
122
Recent Ranking Movers
Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson discuss the latest news on the opt-out, COVID-19 and injury front, and break down the players that have moved up or down in Chris Liss's rankings after being 'battle-tested' in early drafts.
50 min
123
The Basics of Daily Fantasy Football
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird discuss the basics of daily fantasy football, including which types of contests certain people are best suited for, how some season-long research helps with DFS, and what tools people may be using incorrectly as part of their research process.
48 min
124
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Helium
John and Mario digest the news that changed the fantasy landscape earlier in the week with Damien Williams' decision to opt out of the season elevating rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire into a first-round pick in drafts. Are the guys buying in at his new price?
56 min
125
Talking with Tom Kessenich
Tom Kessenich of the NFFC joins Jeff Erickson, and they discuss the Packers' receiving options in light of Devin Funchess opting out, why he thinks Cooper Kupp is drafted too high and Bob Woods too low, Tyler Lockett vs. DK Metcalf, and a whole lot more.
67 min
126
Beginner Dynasty Strategy and Tips
Joe Bartel and Jake Letarski give a beginner's guide to NFL Dynasty leagues, and also hit on a few general players and strategies to prepare for ahead of your dynasty draft.
59 min
127
Getting Started for the 2020 Season
Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson discuss what they do when they start to prepare for an upcoming fantasy football season. What comes first - projections or rankings? And what factors go into both projections and rankings?
48 min
128
Running Back News Ahead of Training Camp
With camp approaching and the news cycle heating up, John and Mario dove into some of the most pressing fantasy storylines of the week, such as the backfield situations for the Bucs and Rams. Then the guys take a deep dive into the Kansas City pass catchers beyond Hill and Kelce.
58 min
129
Finding the Optimal NFFC Best Ball Strategy
67 min
130
Mostert, Fish Bowl, and Job Battles
John and Mario break down the Raheem Mostert contract situation in San Francisco before taking a look at Mario's #SFBX draft through 13 rounds. The guys also take a look at the Tampa Bay backfield and the New England receiving corps.
58 min
131
Looking Ahead: Wide Receivers for the 2021 Draft
The guys shift gears this week and preview the 2021 receiver class, which may rival the 2020 class as the most loaded in recent memory. From Ja'Marr Chase to Rondale Moore and everywhere in between, the guys have you covered with in-depth breakdowns of over 10 of next year's top receiving prospects.
66 min
132
NFFC Best Ball Draft and FSGA Futures and Props...
John and Mario look at Mario's recent 35-Round Best Ball draft on the NFFC, focusing on roster construction in that unique format and identifying some risers and fallers. The guys then wrap up the show with a look at the FSGA Futures and Props Draft that was the first of its kind in the industry.
67 min
133
Deebo News and Draft Strategy
John and Mario break down the impact of the Deebo Samuel injury before diving into different strategies based on draft slot. What do you do if you can't get one of the elite running backs? How do you attack the middle rounds? The guys answer all that and more.
52 min
134
Sell Candidates in Dynasty Leagues
John and Mario dive into the Dalvin Cook holdout situation (00:30-18:30) and before looking at Mario's latest article that identifies six players that you should be looking to sell in your dynasty leagues.
60 min
135
Tampa's Plans on Offense plus Sleepers we Don't...
John and Mario unpack Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians' comments about running a two-tight end base offense and what that means for Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The guys then get into some sleepers who don't pass the smell test at their current ADP, including Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Diontae Johnson, and others.
64 min
136
Over-Priced ADPs
Joe Bartel and Mario Puig talk a handful of players who may be overpriced at their current ADPs, including a plethora of Steelers including Diontae Johnson.
76 min
137
Dynasty Winners and Losers
Joe Bartel joins Mario Puig as the two discuss a handful of names who have risen and fallen in the dynasty rankings.
54 min
138
Second-Year Receivers
John and Mario look at the receivers from the 2019 draft class and break down their trajectories in redraft and dynasty leagues. After breaking down the top tier, the guys took deep dives into the likes of Diontae Johnson, Mecole Hardman, Miles Boykin and more.
68 min
139
Win Totals, Rookie RBs, and Sleeper Second-Year...
John and Mario break down some win totals in advance of NFL schedules being released Thursday before diving into the rookie running back pool for redraft leagues. The guys round out the show identifying some second-year running backs who could be late-round steals in your drafts.
60 min
140
Draft Reactions Pt. 2
John and Mario break down the second batch of teams in their draft reaction series and react to how markets are shaping up for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Justin Jefferson and others.
85 min
141
Draft Reactions Pt. 1
John and Mario look at the movement around the league before diving into the the teams that drafted in the top half of the first round and grading out their selections.
67 min
142
The Draft Episode
John and Mario run through every team and every scenario as we get ready for the NFL Draft, including a pick-by-pick analysis of the first round.
89 min
143
First-Round Mock
John and Mario talk through Mario's most recent mock that accounts for the latest in the NFL rumor mill. The guys also round out the show with a look at the latest rumors when it comes to this year's receiver class.
50 min
144
Draft Rumors and Dynasty Startup
John and Mario look at some of the latest rumors with the draft just weeks away. The guys also offer some analysis on the early rounds of the RotoWire Staff Dynasty League startup draft.
55 min
145
Breaking Down The Browns
John and Mario take a close look at the Browns and Falcons offenses after both clubs underwent drastic personnel changes during the offseason.
43 min
146
Two-Round Mock
John and Mario run through Mario's newest two-round mock with a focus on the fantasy relevant players projected to come off the board in the first 64 picks. Where does Mario see the top receivers in the class landing? The order and the destinations may surprise you.
86 min
147
The Free Agency Episode
John and Mario are back on the mic and giving their opinions on every major move from the NFL's free agency period, including deep dives into the Tom Brady move to Tampa Bay and the blockbuster receiver trades.
88 min
148
Best Ball Market Update
John and Mario dive into the Best Ball market in the wake of the NFL Combine to look at the ADP movement among rookies.
49 min
149
Combine Instant Reactions
John and Mario sift through the fantasy fallout from the combine, looking through the biggest winners and losers from the workouts in Indianapolis.
55 min
150
2020 Combine Preview
John and Mario get you ready for the combine with a look at all the fantasy-impact rookies testing in Indianapolis this week. The guys discuss a potential shakeup at the top of the receiver board and look to Jonathan Taylor as the likely consensus RB1 once he finishes his testing. Plus player props and under-the-radar guys who could pop.
55 min
151
2020 NFL Draft: Running Backs
John and Mario keep their draft prep rolling with a look at this year's running back class. The guys parse out the top tier of Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins, and D'Andre Swift and break down several other notable backs with the combine looming.
53 min
152
2020 NFL Draft: Receivers Pt. 2
John and Mario round out their look at the receivers in the upcoming draft class with deep dives into KJ Hill, Brandon Aiyuk, Antonio Gandy-Golden, among several others. The guys also uncover one potential diamond in the rough who found himself on the combine invite list and could make a name for himself in Indy.
63 min
153
2020 NFL Draft: Receivers Pt. 1
John and Mario kick off their series of draft-focused podcasts as the offseason unfolds with a look at the top tiers of receivers in this year.
61 min
154
Super Bowl LIV DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's Super Bowl between the 49ers and Chiefs, including how DFS players should first think about lineup construction based on the type of contests they are entering, as well as their favorite prop bets.
65 min
155
Conference Championships DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's two-game daily fantasy football slate, including how drastically roster constructions change based on whether or not to roster Titans running back Derrick Henry.
40 min
156
Divisional Round DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird break down this weekend's four divisional round games on DraftKings and FanDuel, including some lineup constructions for those who want to fade Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
51 min
157
Wild Card Weekend DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird break down this weekend's DFS football slate, including how highly owned they expected Devin Singletary to be on the road in Houston.
49 min
158
Week 17 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 15-game daily fantasy football slate, one that includes only a handful of teams needing wins to help their playoff hopes or positioning.
76 min
159
Week 17 Waiver Wire Targets + 2020 Mock Draft
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) round out a busy Week 17 by hitting a number of available free agents while also dishing out awards to the top fantasy pickups by position, and finish with an early 2020 first-round mock draft.
60 min
160
Week 17 Preview
John and Mario talk about the best season-long and DFS plays in Week 17 while accounting for the starters who might rest on playoffs teams.
90 min
161
Week 16 Recap
Joe Bartel and Jeff Erickson revel in successes, dwell on defeats and review some of the Week 16 calamities in Monday's edition.
49 min
162
Week 16 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 11-game daily fantasy football slate, including whether or not Michael Thomas is worth paying up for despite playing on the road against the Titans.
79 min
163
Breaking Down Week 16
John and Mario get you ready for Championship Week in the Fantasy Playoffs with a full breakdown of Week 16. Find out where the guys stand on Mike Boone, the Cowboys offense going on the road and much more.
82 min
164
Scott Fish Pod
Scott Fish joins Jeff Erickson to preview the #SFB9 Championship, Week 16, and Packers-Vikings.
49 min
165
Week 16 Waiver Wire Targets
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) get you set for championship weekend, discussing the merits of starting Ryan Fitzpatrick, Adrian Peterson or Breshad Perriman in your league's final week.
47 min
166
Week 15 Review
Chris and Jeff discuss the events of Week 15 and Monday's breaking news: Josh Gordon NFC Playoff Picture Panthers Talk Lamar Jackson Jameis Winston
44 min
167
Week 15 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 13-game daily fantasy football slate, including which low-cost wide receivers will make it easier to pay up for guys like Christian McCaffrey.
78 min
168
Gearing up for Week 15
John and Mario break down one of the most crucial weeks of the fantasy seasons as we enter the playoffs with injuries to several star players across the league. The guys break down the Mike Evans fallout in Tampa Bay and the Josh Jacobs situation in Oakland, among other items as they look at the entire Week 15 slate.
80 min
169
Week 15 Talk with Steve Kaplowitz
Steve Kaplowitz from ESPN 600 in El Paso joins Jeff Erickson to talk about the Week 15 slate, Guillotine Leagues, and his background in radio and fantasy sports.
48 min
170
Week 15 Waiver Wire Targets
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) commiserate about their dismal fantasy luck but still manage to highlight a number of intriguing options for the fortunate souls still in the championship, including DeAndre Washington, Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown and Zach Pascal.
47 min
171
Week 14 Recap
RotoWire's Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson recap Week 14 - the declining Pats, rising Titans, and the shootout between the Niners & Saints.
45 min
172
Week 14 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 13-game daily fantasy NFL slate, including whether they think the Saints are underpriced despite a tough matchup against the strong 49ers defense.
87 min
173
Previewing Week 14
John and Mario are back to break down Week 14 from every angle. The guys take a deep dive into the Patriots-Chiefs matchup and dish out some of their favorite fantasy plays from every game, such as Minnesota's Alexander Mattison going up against Detroit
77 min
174
Pentathlon, Packers and Playoffs
RotoWire alum Derek VanRiper, now with The Athletic, joins Jeff Erickson to discuss the Fantasy Pentathlon league, the Packers and the fantasy playoffs.
60 min
175
Week 14 Waiver Wire Targets
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) get you set for the fantasy playoffs, hitting a handful of key targets such as Alexander Mattison and Zach Pascal.
52 min
176
Recapping Week 13
Was Week 13 unlucky for you? Or did you clinch your playoff spot or seed? Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson break down the week that was.
50 min
177
Week 13 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 11-game daily fantasy football slate, including the viability of Lamar Jackson facing off against the elite 49ers defense.
90 min
178
High Stakes Talk with Matt Modica
NFFC Classic leader Matt Modica joins Jeff Erickson to talk about his various NFFC teams, and helps preview the Week 13 slate.
43 min
179
Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) discuss the dominance of Lamar Jackson while also hitting on a couple of notable free-agent options including Darius Slayton, Jack Doyle, Bo Scarbrough and the Eagles' defense.
52 min
180
Week 12 Review
Chris Liss is coming off of a great Week 12, which we go into some depth discussing. Chris & Jeff discuss some NFL draft theory, which is relevant to their respective teams, and they review the rest of Week 12.
48 min
181
Week 12 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 11-game daily fantasy football slate, including whether or not fantasy players should fear the suddenly strong Falcons defense when considering quarterback Jameis Winston.
84 min
182
Week 12 Preview
John and Mario look at each game for the Week 12 slate where the Cowboys face a tough test at New England and the Eagles and Rams find themselves in must-win territory with tough matchups.
87 min
183
Tim Benz on the Steelers
Tim Benz from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Trib-Live Radio joins Jeff Erickson to talk Antonio Brown, Bengals-Steelers and the Week 12 slate.
38 min
184
Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) run through an uninspiring list of Week 12 waiver wire options while Joe revel's in his board-bet win.
54 min
185
Week 11 Recap
Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson break down Week 11, discussing the rise in Dak Prescott's production, who is on our top 5 for 2019, and the merits of Jonathan Williams and Bo Scarborough in advance of the early FAAB deadlines.
54 min
186
Week 11 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 11-game daily fantasy football slate, including whether Michael Thomas' price is too high despite his excellent matchup against Tampa Bay.
81 min
187
Week 11 Preview
John and Mario look at every matchup on the Week 11 slate with deep dives into how the Baltimore-Houston matchup will shake out and the chances of a Saints bounce-back in Tampa.
77 min
188
RazzBowl Reflections
Mike Alexander from Razzball drops by to preview Week 11, and cover the ongoing RazzBowl playoffs.
47 min
189
Week 10 Waiver Wire Targets
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) revel in the 49ers' misfortunes, and also discuss players to target like Brian Hill, Ross Dwelley and Dwayne Haskins.
54 min
190
Week 10 Recap
Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson recap Week 10, discussing the Survivor Chaos of the week, what should go into a coach search, and how the emphasis on refs and replays is ruining the presentation of the game.
51 min
191
Week 10 DFS Preview
Andrew Laird and Jerry Donebedian preview Sunday's 10-game daily fantasy football slate, including whether Christian McCaffrey is finally priced too high for cash games and GPPs.
69 min
192
Gearing up for Week 10
John and Mario navigate the Week 10 slate from every angle, including deep dives into what the Saints offense will look like at full strength and David Montgomery's chance of going off against the Lions.
76 min
193
Bender on Pie Bets and Jets
Howard Bender of Fantasy Alarm (and of course, formerly RotoWire) joins Jeff Erickson to talk Jets, Pie Bets and Freddie Kitchens.
52 min
194
Week 9 Waiver Wire Targets
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) run through a fairly substantial list of suitable free agent pickups ahead of a Week 10 with six teams on bye.
53 min
195
Recapping Week 9
Jeff & Chris recap Week 9, hit up the major injury notes of the week, and discuss the truly bad teams of this NFL season.
53 min
196
Week 9 DFS Preview
Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird preview Sunday's 10-game daily fantasy football slate, including how drastically lineup constructions change if fantasy players pay up for both Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook or fade them both.
73 min
197
Breaking Down Week 9
John and Mario take a look at every game on the Week 9 slate from every angle.
78 min
198
House of Payne
Kevin Payne joins Jeff Erickson to discuss free agents, DFS, U.S. Men's National Team Soccer and the Buffalo Bills.
59 min
199
Week 8 Waiver Wire + Trade Deadline
Joe Bartel (@JBFantasySports) and Jake Letarski (@RotoJake) vent about a relatively mundane trade deadline, and highlight an equally uninspiring crop of free agent targets.
49 min
200
The QB Trap
In light of another "Bad Jameis" game, one in which his draft counterpart Marcus Mariota was benched, Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson discuss the problems teams face when their first-round QB draft pick busts, as part of their Week 8 review.
56 min