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Summary: Hot or not? Pitch or ditch? Deal or dump? The Fantasy 411 crew has the answer. Whether you play daily fantasy, rotisserie, head-to-head, league-specific or mixed, keeper or non-keeper, the MLB Fantasy crew has "been there, won that" and they'll help you win, too.

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 Returning From Injury, Closer Concerns And Prospects To Keep An Eye On - 3/22/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:17

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?'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, Mets, D-Backs and Cubs, as well as which prospects they're keeping an eye on in 2018 despite them probably spending time in the Minors to start the season.

 Remaining Free Agents' Draft Stock and Top Shortstop Picks - 3/8/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:59

Will the cold offseason affect the remaining free agents' draft stock? Where does Noah Syndergaard rank after a red-hot start in spring?'s Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie discuss how the cold stove this offseason could affect the remaining free agents like Lance Lynn, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb's draft stock. (1:45) Syndergaard's draft stock is up after strong spring so far. (4:45) Is Luke Gregerson's injury cause for concern? (14:30) #Askthe411 Matthew and Fred answer fans fantasy questions. (17:00) Fred and Scott Piankowski discuss their Yahoo friends and family draft and some of their favorite picks. (37:50)

 Morrison, Duda have new homes. Cause for concern with Stroman, Gurriel? - 3/1/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:13

Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda have both found new homes with the Twins and Royals.'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.

 J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Second-Base Rankings - 2/22/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:09:50

J.D. Martinez could be playing his home games at Fenway Park next year.'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 his 2018 outlook? (11:50) Who stands out from the Rays-Yankees-D-backs, three-team trade? (13:00) Who's a better pick between Cameron Maybin and Carlos Gomez? (17:50) Other topics include the Reds' outfield rotation (21:25) and where Jason Vargas ranks among Mets starters (24:30). The guys also run down their tier system for MLB second baseman. (31:00) Later, Yahoo Sports Fantasy writer, Scott Pianowski, joins Fred Zinkie to break down how Shohei Ohtani will be handled in Yahoo leagues (43:20), his strategy on steals (44:40), and compare his personal player rankings from that of MLB. (52:20)

 Cubs sign Darvish, First-Base Rankings - 2/15/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:05

Yu Darvish is officially a Chicago Cub.'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 have not found a home yet? (20:40) Why is Giancarlo Stanton ranked ahead of Kris Bryant? (27:27) They also spend time talking about the recent 2018 LABR Mixed draft (33:35) and break down the tier levels on their first-base rankings. (41:31) Fantasy Preview and Outfield Rankings - 2/8/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:10's Matthew Leach and fantasy expert Fred Zinkie unveil and break down the Top 15 players in'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 selected? (34:56) Plus, the guys rank their top fantasy outfielders entering the 2018 draft season.

 The New Brew Crew and Starting Pitcher Preview - 2/1/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:04

The Milwaukee Brewers added two big outfielders to their lineup.'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) and the team's unsettled closer situation (18:55), talk about Manny Machado moving from third base to shortstop (21:45), answer fans' Twitter questions (22:55) and begin to break down their tier system for the best starting pitchers at the top of draft wishlists. (27:20)

 Grichuk to Blue Jays, Top Prospects and Rotation Sleeper Picks - 1/25/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:37'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 (13:45) and sleeper draft picks from the starting rotation. (30:10)

 McCutchen, Cole Traded and Outfield Sleeper Picks - 1/18/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:52

Former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is moving across the country to play right field in San Francisco.'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 more saves than Fernando Rodney in 2018? (17:49) Other topics discussed this week include Curtis Granderson to the Blue Jays (20:30), Washington re-signing Howie Kendrick (22:44), Adrian Gonzalez heading to the Mets (27:42) and draft sleepers from the outfield and bullpen. (29:55)

 Bruce Back to Mets and Infield Sleeper Picks - 1/11/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:34

Jay Bruce is returning to his former team after signing a new three-year contract with the New York Mets.'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 and Devon Travis? Will newly acquired Joakim Soria be the closer for the White Sox? Plus, Leach and Zinkie also break down some of the league's biggest sleepers at catcher and the infield positions.

 Where does Wade Davis rank? - 1/4/18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:23'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 statistical analysis (25:05) and if the lack of big save and win totals from last season should change how people draft in their 2018 fantasy leagues. (37:40)

 Marcell Ozuna shipped to St. Louis - 12/21/17 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:59'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 Carlos Santana and Evan Longoria are moving to new teams, how will this affect their fantasy value? (15:10) Matt Kemp is a Dodger again. Will he play for them and does this open up a spot for top prospect, Ronald Acuna in Atlanta? (22:05) Other topics discussed this week include Stephen Piscotty in Oakland (27:45), Freddy Galvis moving to the Padres (29:10), Mitch Moreland back in Boston (31:30), the Indians grabbing Yonder Alonso to play first base (34:00), CC Sabathia returning to the Yankees (36:55), Zack Britton's achilles injury (39:20), and Fernando Rodney closing games for Minnesota. (41:25)

 Stanton and Ohtani make their choices - 12/11/17 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:16

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 fantasy writer Al Melchior break down where Stanton fits in the first round pecking order with all of the other MVP caliber position players (:45), analyze how it affects his new Yankee teammates (5:15) and examine the rest of the Miami lineup (11:20). They also discuss the unique Shohei Othani situation with the Angels (15:10), Dee Gordon's trade to the Mariners (23:20), Tyler Chatwood joining the Cubs rotation (27:50), along with the additions of Brandon Morrow to the Cubs, Luke Gregerson signing with the Cardinals and Chris Iannetta catching on with the Rockies. (31:25)

 Who Will Sign Ohtani? - 12/7/17 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:30

Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his list down to seven teams, but which destination would have the biggest impact on fantasy drafts?'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 Rangers' one-year deal with Doug Fister (17:55), the non-tender candidates that were not offered contracts by their former team (23:30), if the trade of Brad Boxberger to Arizona cements Alex Colome as the closer in Tampa Bay (27:55) and if Aledmys Diaz can find playing time in Toronto. (38:40)

 Possible Destinations for Giancarlo Stanton - 11/14/17 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:28

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,'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.


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