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Returning From Injury, Closer Concerns And Prospects To Keep An Eye On - 3/22/18

3/22/2018
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After suffering a broken wrist, should there be any concern about how Justin Turner will perform when he returns to the Dodgers? Is Zack Greinke back at full fantasy value despite his loss of velocity last season? MLB.com's Matthew Leach is joined by veterans of the Fantasy 411 podcast, Mike Siano and Cory Schwartz, to discuss their strategy with these tricky fantasy baseball moves. Later in the podcast, they talk about the confidence level for the closer situations with the Cardinals,...

Duration:00:36:17

Remaining Free Agents' Draft Stock and Top Shortstop Picks - 3/8/18

3/8/2018
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Will the cold offseason effect the remaining free agents' draft stock? Where does Syndergaard rank after a red hot start in spring? MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss how the cold stove this offseason could effect the remaining free agents like Lance Lynn, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb's draft stock. (1:45) Noah Syndergaard's draft stock up after strong Spring so far. (4:45) Luke Gregerson's injury cause for concern? (14:30) #Askthe411 Matthew and Fred answer fans...

Duration:00:55:59

Morrison, Duda have new homes. Cause for concern with Stroman, Gurriel? - 3/1/18

3/1/2018
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Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda have both found new homes with the Twins and Royals. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie examine how Morrison and Duda will rank in fantasy come draft time. All this, plus injury updates on Marcus Stroman and Yuli Gurriel on the Fantasy 411 podcast

Duration:00:33:13

F411 2/22/18: J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Second Base Rankings

2/22/2018
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J.D. Martinez could be playing his home games at Fenway Park next year. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie examine where Martinez will rank in fantasy drafts if he does land in Boston. Eduardo Nunez is returning to his former squad in Boston as well but how much playing time will he get this season? (4:55) Eric Hosmer is the new first baseman for the Padres, what is the ceiling for him in San Diego? (8:13) Jake Odorizzi was added to the Twins rotation, does this help...

Duration:01:09:49

Cubs sign Darvish, First Base Rankings - 2/15/18

2/15/2018
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Yu Darvish is officially a Chicago Cub. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie examine where Darvish ranks among his peers. (1:23) Arizona will store their baseballs in a humidor during the 2018 season. How will this affect their starting pitchers and power hitters? (5:34) If Charlie Blackmon slides out of the leadoff spot, will it hurt his fantasy value? (12:00) Will Jeurys Familia be the closer for the Mets all season? (16:17) Should you be afraid of drafting players that...

Duration:00:51:04

F411 2/8/18: MLB.com Fantasy Preview and Outfield Rankings

2/8/2018
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie unveil and break down the Top 15 players in MLB.com's Fantasy Preview. (1:38) How big of a gap is there between Paul Goldschmidt and Mookie Betts in terms of fantasy value? (9:38) Could you make an argument for drafting Clayton Kershaw in the top five picks? (16:08) Todd Frazier becomes the Mets new third baseman, how should he be looked at in fantasy drafts? (18:20) How does the injury to Ervin Santana impact where he should be...

Duration:00:46:10

F411 2/1/18: The New Brew Crew and Starting Pitcher Preview

2/1/2018
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The Milwaukee Brewers added two big outfielders to their lineup. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie break down how they expect these moves will affect Christian Yelich (:55), Lorenzo Cain (5:35) and the returning Brewers outfielders in 2018. (7:05) Now that the Marlins roster has been stripped down, where do Lewis Brinson (11:45), J.T. Realmuto (14:20), and Justin Bour (15:45) fit into the upcoming fantasy drafts? They also discuss the Mets re-signing Jose Reyes (16:50)...

Duration:00:43:03

Grichuk to Jays, Top Prospects and Rotation Sleeper Picks - 1/25/18

1/25/2018
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie break down where new Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk fits into Toronto's lineup and if this move raises his fantasy value. Now that Grichuk is out of St. Louis, who is in line for more playing time in the Cardinals outfield? (6:38) Austin Jackson joins the Giants outfield in San Francisco, will this increase his at-bats from last season? (8:44) Leach and Zinkie also discuss some top prospects that could find early playing time...

Duration:00:39:36

McCutchen, Cole Traded and Outfield Sleeper Picks - 1/18/18

1/18/2018
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Former National League MVP, Andrew McCutchen, is moving across the country to play right field in San Francisco. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss how this affects McCutchen's profile in 2018 drafts. Pittsburgh also shipped out Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros. Does Cole's move to the World Champs change his outlook for next year and how does this affect other potential starters in Houston? (9:12) Now that Addison Reed has landed in Minnesota does he record...

Duration:00:42:51

F411 1/11/18: Bruce Back to Mets and Infield Sleeper Picks

1/11/2018
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Jay Bruce is returning to his former team after signing a new three-year contract with the New York Mets. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss how Bruce's possible move to first base not only affects him, but teammates Dominic Smith and Michael Conforto as well. Toronto traded for infielder Yangervis Solarte, how will the team manage playing time between him, Troy Tulowitzki, Devon Travis? Will newly acquired Joakim Soria be the closer for the White Sox? Plus,...

Duration:00:35:33

Where does Wade Davis rank? - 1/4/18

1/4/2018
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie start off by discussing Wade Davis and where he ranks among other closers around the league. Where does Japanese import, Yoshihisa Hirano, fit into the Arizona bullpen? (9:30) Jhoulys Chacin has been added to the Milwaukee rotation, what can we expect from him in 2018? (12:55) They also discuss the hitters that could be drafted in the first round (19:55), break down if leagues should change some of the ways that they look at their...

Duration:00:45:23

F411 12/21/17: Marcell Ozuna shipped to St. Louis

12/21/2017
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie are back to break down the latest trades and transactions that have occurred since the beginning of the Winter Meetings. Can Marcell Ozuna continue his breakout performance in St. Louis? (:30) Where do the rest of the Marlins fit in now that their big stars are gone? (5:10) The Angels have a totally revamped their lineup. Where do recent acquisitions Zack Cozart and Ian Kinsler fit into this new powerful offense? (10:15) Sluggers...

Duration:00:45:59

Stanton and Ohtani make their choices - 12/11/17

12/11/2017
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Now that Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani have decided where they are going to play in 2018, it's time to find out how their decisions will affect next year's draft. Fantasy expert Fred Zinkie and FanRag Fantasy Baseball's Al Melchior break down where Stanton fits in the first round pecking order with all of the other MVP caliber position players, analyze how it affects his new Yankee teammates and examine the rest of the Miami lineup. They also discuss the unique Shohei Othani...

Duration:00:39:15

Who Will Sign Ohtani? - 12/7/17

12/7/2017
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Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his list down to seven teams, but which destination would have the biggest impact on fantasy drafts? MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie break down where they would like to see Ohtani land and if he will produce more as a pitcher or a hitter. They also discuss the recent transactions around the league including Welington Castillo to the White Sox (5:55), Mike Minor's deal with the Rangers (8:20), the Cardinals signing Miles Mikolas (12:00), the...

Duration:00:40:29

F411 11/14/17: Possible Destinations for Giancarlo Stanton

11/14/2017
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Where could superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton land this offseason? Will Shohei Ohtani blow up next year's draft? On this episode of the Fantasy 411 podcast, MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie pay tribute to the late great Roy Halladay, break down the possible destinations for Stanton (4:10), discuss how Shohei Ohtani will affect fantasy leagues as a pitcher that could also bat in everyday lineups (8:30), and analyze which players are likely to repeat their 2017 success.

Duration:00:37:28

World Series MVP to First Round Pick in 2018? - 11/2/17

11/2/2017
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George Springer took home the World Series MVP award after slugging five home runs, including four in the last four games but where does he stack up against the competition in 2018 fantasy drafts? On this episode of the Fantasy 411 podcast, MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss how to value the standouts from the World Series and project where they should be taken in 2018 drafts. Listen as the duo breaks down the performances of Springer (:35), Yu Darvish (4:30),...

Duration:00:36:58

Ranking the Postseason Stars - 10/19/17

10/19/2017
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Major League Baseball's best and brightest have been producing in big spots so far this postseason. Fantasy expert Fred Zinkie and FanRag fantasy baseball writer Al Melchior explain how a big postseason from a star player can affect where they are drafted the following year. Position players discussed this week are Jose Altuve (2:35), Aaron Judge (7:30), Marwin Gonzalez (12:33), Greg Bird (16:18), and Yasiel Puig. (18:45) They also break down postseason pitchers Jon Gray (23:30), CC...

Duration:00:46:02

Looking Forward to 2018 - 10/6/17

10/6/2017
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Baseball may have just wrapped up the 2017 regular season but it's never too early to start looking toward next year's fantasy drafts. MLB.com's fantasy expert Fred Zinkie and FanRag fantasy baseball writer Al Melchior begin to break down how players like Xander Bogaerts (2:25), Yu Darvish (3:40), and Sonny Gray (5:30) can improve their draft stock for 2018 with a good postseason performance. Should Mike Trout be the first pick in every draft? (8:55) Are Francisco Lindor and J.D. Martinez...

Duration:00:36:31

McCutchen and Verlander 2018 Draft Stock - 9/28/17

9/28/2017
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie examine Andrew McCutchen's up and down season and explain why his numbers may not warrant a high draft pick in 2018. Leach and Zinkie also spend time wrapping up the season of the surprising American League steals leader, debating if Justin Verlander should be drafted ahead of Madison Bumgarner next season, and discussing if Mike Minor is ready to be a closer. Later in the show, Fred is joined by Yahoo fantasy writer Scott Pianowski to...

Duration:01:01:47

Finish the Season Strong - 9/22/17

9/21/2017
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With the regular season winding down to just a few games remaining on the schedule, MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie take a look at a list of hitters, including a former MVP and a power hitting rookie, (11:07) that could help teams close out this final week along with a prediction at what type of numbers these players could produce in 2018. Leach and Zinkie also discuss if Corey Kluber has pitched his way into the 1st round of fantasy drafts (25:42), Marco Estrada...

Duration:00:43:15