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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 Sabathia...

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


Streaking Indians - 9/15/17

9/15/2017
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The Cleveland Indians have become the talk of baseball after reeling off 22 consecutive wins. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie break down how Cleveland's hot hitting duo of Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor should be used in the remaining weeks of this season as well as where they rank in 2018 fantasy drafts. The guys also discuss rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins' future home run potential (9:40), big name players that should be drop candidates (18:40), if Arizona's...

Duration: 00:46:15


J.D. Martinez Finds the Perfect Fit - 9/8/17

9/8/2017
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Arizona's J.D. Martinez became just the 18th player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a single game. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie explain why Martinez is a perfect player to hit in the confines of Chase Field and where he ranks on draft boards for 2018. (:44) Matt Olson and Jorge Polanco are riding hot streaks, should they be picked up in all leagues for the last few weeks of the season? (8:35) Ian Happ and Delino Deshields are a pair speedy players...

Duration: 00:47:26


Stream Worthy Lineups and September Callups - 9/1/17

9/1/2017
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie are back this week to discuss if picking up a versatile player like Kevin Kiermaier late in the year is better than hanging onto him throughout the season (:15), what lineups are good targets to stream your starting pitchers against (4:20), if Aaron Judge's sore shoulder is a major red flag (12:50), and the expectations for possible September call-ups Raul Acuna, Willie Calhoun and J.P. Crawford. (19:45) Need another starting pitcher...

Duration: 00:51:40


Power Hitting Third Basemen and Playoff Bullpens - 8/25/17

8/25/2017
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The Twins are still very alive in the playoff race and they also have some of the most interesting players when it comes to fantasy baseball. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie break down how you should play the power-hitting Miguel Sano and speedy outfielder Byron Buxton. Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson have rebounded from a couple of bad first halves, but where do they rank when thinking about the 2018 season? (5:05) Curtis Granderson has moved from the Mets to a...

Duration: 00:58:04


Should You Drop Bryce Harper? - 8/18/17

8/18/2017
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How do you handle an injured superstar? MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie weigh the pros and cons of dropping Bryce Harper now that he is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Giancarlo Stanton is on one of the biggest power surges of all-time, but where does he rank when thinking about drafting for 2018? Is it the right time to drop Miguel Cabrera and Dustin Pedroia after down years at the plate? Eddie Rosario is having a nice breakout season and could be picked up off...

Duration: 00:48:15


Bruce Moves to Cleveland, Top Prospects - 8/11/17

8/11/2017
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Where does Jay Bruce fit into the Indians' outfield? MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss if Bruce can continue his power hitting ways at Progressive Field and if he will stay in the lineup when others return from the disabled list. (:15) Should Mets' prospect Dominic Smith or Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins be added to your lineup over some struggling veteran first baseman? (2:00) Other prospects discussed that were promoted include Amed Rosario, Ozzie Albies...

Duration: 00:42:06


Trades and Promotions - 8/4/17

8/4/2017
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MLB fantasy expert Fred Zinkie is joined this week by FanRag Sports baseball fantasy writer Al Melchior as they discuss recent prospects promoted to the big leagues and players that were moved before the Trade Deadline. A pair of top middle infielders were called up this week as Amed Rosario joined the Mets and Ozzie Albies will now be playing with the Braves. (:35) Next, Zinkie and Melchior break down the players that were moved at the Deadline and how it should effect their status in...

Duration: 00:45:25


F411 7/28/17: Who plays third in Boston and is it time to trade Clayton Kershaw?

7/28/2017
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The Red Sox made a trade for Eduardo Nunez in an attempt to plug a hole at third base as they chase the AL pennant. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie take a closer look at Boston's hot corner options now that Nunez and top prospect Rafael Devers have been added to the team. (:40) Whit Merrifield seems to be an undervalued second baseman that is available in most leagues, should he be picked up over more established players? (11:54) What should you do with Clayton...

Duration: 00:56:44


The MLB Trade Season is Here - 7/21/17

7/21/2017
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The second half of the 2017 MLB season is underway and teams have wasted little time trying to improve through the trade market. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie take a look at some big boppers that have changed teams. The Yankees have brought in Todd Frazier to man the hot corner hoping he can take advantage of the dimensions at Yankee Stadium (:45). J.D. Martinez moves from Detroit to the National League as the D-backs try to infuse more right-handed power into...

Duration: 00:50:39


The return of Kyle Schwarber and the rise of Jose Ramirez

7/7/2017
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Kyle Schwarber is making his way back to the big leagues after tearing the cover off the ball during a brief stint in the Minors. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie break down Schwarber's potential as an outfielder versus a catcher in fantasy leagues (:37), how to replace Trea Turner's numbers while he misses time with a wrist injury (3:00), the emergence of Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (5:33) and prospects that can make an impact during the second half of the...

Duration: 00:36:23


Acquiring Available Talent - 6/30/17

6/30/2017
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie start the show by discussing players that are still available in some leagues that have enough talent and skill to help your lineup. Oakland's top prospect Franklin Barreto has been called up to the Majors but what is he worth hitting low in the batting order? (:25) Michael Taylor, Ian Happ, Scooter Gennett are players that are playing well enough that they can add value to almost any lineup. (2:10) Leach and Zinkie break down the...

Duration: 01:00:13


Who's the better power hitter? Bellinger or Judge - 6/23/17

6/23/2017
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Cody Bellinger has become one of the young breakout stars of 2017. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss Bellinger's incredible accomplishments through his first few months in the Majors and how he compares to Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. (:15) Guys heading in seemingly two different directions so far this season are Mike Zunino and Michael Brantley. Zunino has been a good hitter so far in a shallow catcher's market whereas Michael Brantley has struggled after...

Duration: 00:41:31


Speedster Mallex Smith and Slugger Gary Sanchez - 6/16/17

6/16/2017
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Fantasy expert Fred Zinkie and MLB.com's Matthew Leach begin the show by taking a closer look at Rays speedster Mallex Smith and how he compares to Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. (:27) They also break down what to do with outfielders Jose Pirela, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Hicks. (3:50) Gary Sanchez has returned to last year's form and now should be the No. 1 catcher in fantasy baseball over Buster Posey. (10:18) Lewis Brinson is an intriguing prospect that could add value if he receives...

Duration: 00:47:35


Can Aaron Judge and Elvis Andrus continue their success? - 6/9/17

6/9/2017
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie take an in-depth look at the numbers being put up by Elvis Andrus this season and how it compares to some of the other shortstops in the league. (:34) Next, they review the guys that are playing well at first and discuss if they are worth playing over some more established stars. (5:38) Reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant is not putting up the fantastic numbers he did last season but is he a buy-low candidate right now? (13:55)...

Duration: 00:40:13


How reigning MVP Mike Trout's injury affects baseball - 6/2/17

6/2/2017
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss Mike Trout being forced out of action with a torn ligament in his left thumb, what it means to fantasy owners and how it affects the rest of the Angels lineup. Former MVP Dustin Pedroia is back on the disabled list, is he a guy that could be dropped in some leagues? (9:39) Rough starts from Todd Frazier, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber have been a cause for concern to many owners and they have been dropped in smaller...

Duration: 00:42:48


Slumping superstars and Zack Greinke's return to ace status - 5/26/17

5/26/2017
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MLB.com's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie begin this week by taking a closer look at the rough starts from Miguel Cabrera (:40) and Manny Machado this season. (3:10) On the other end of the spectrum, guys like Corey Dickerson (6:20) and Jake Lamb (10:35) are off to great starts. Should owners sell high on these outfielders? Devon Travis has been on a bit of a hot streak lately, is he someone that should be picked up? (12:00) Along the same lines Dansby Swanson has also been...

Duration: 00:55:53

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