Rotowire Fantasy Football Podcast



John Halpin talks strategy with the award-winning RotoWire staff and the top fantasy football minds around the industry. In season, John will be joined by Derek VanRiper, Jake Letarski, Tim Heaney, and other special guests!


  • Best Ball Recap and Early WR Strategy

    27/05/2021 Duration: 54min

    John McKechnie (@johns_tailgate) and Mario Puig (@rotowiremario) dive into several topics in this week's episode ranging from the drama in Atlanta and Green Bay to Mario's Best Ball Draft Strategy, along with a look at how the early round ADPs are shaping up for wide receivers. 00:00-2:00 Intro 2:00-5:00 AJ Brown's Recruiting Efforts of Julio Jones5:00-13:00 The Latest with Aaron Rodgers and The Packers13:00 Mario's Strategy with Underdog Best Ball18:30 Roster construction 22:00 Austin Ekeler25:00 Targeting Justin HerbertEarly WR Strategy 30:0032:30:: DJ Moore slot/scheme fit35:00 Allen Robinson and Terry McLaurin as Draft Targets40:00Michael Thomas 45:00-49:00 Keenan Allen 49:00-End: Justin Herbert and Regression Narrative

  • PPR Mock Draft Recap + Early Running Back Draft Strategy

    20/05/2021 Duration: 56min

    John McKechnie (@johns_tailgate) and Mario Puig (@rotowiremario) dive into a variety of topics in this week's podcast, including the Julio Jones trade rumors along with a breakdown of the RotoWire PPR Mock Draft and a look at early running back strategy. 00:00-1:30 Intro1:30-7:00 Julio Jones Trade Rumors and Atlanta's Plans8:30-34:00 RotoWire PPR Mock Draft Recap9:00-15:00 John's Team: Darren Waller as TE2 and a first-round pick; Austin Ekeler next pick18:00- 26:00 David Montgomery & Cooper Kupp & Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Herbert26:00 Zack Moss 30:00 Hunter Henry/ NE Tight Ends; RB Tiers 35:00 -End 35:30-43:00  Alvin Kamara vs. Saquon Barkley vs. Jonathan Taylor43:30-48:00 Ezekiel Elliott Bounce Back48:00-53:00 Aaron Jones vs. J.K. Dobbins53:00-end Joe Mixon vs. Antonio Gibson

  • RotoWire Staff Dynasty Draft Recap + Falcons Deep Dive

    14/05/2021 Duration: 56min

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig give a rundown of the notable picks from RotoWire's Staff Dynasty Draft with analysis on DeVonta Smith, Trey Lance, and a trio of rookie receivers who went back-to-back-to-back in this league. The guys spend the second half of the show breaking down Atlanta's new offense under Arthur Smith, who previously deployed a run-heavy scheme in Tennessee. How will he adjust to the Falcons' personnel when he doesn't have a Derrick Henry type but does have a combination of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and Matt Ryan? 00:00-1:25: Opening1:25-2:00: Ja'Marr Chase goes 1.12:00-5:00: QB Strategy in a 14-Teamer5:45-10:00: DeVonta Smith goes 3rd overall/Philly Offense10:00-15:25: Jalen Hurts Dynasty Trade/Kyler Murray Discussion16:00-18:50: Javonte Williams Outlook18:50-24:30: Trey Sermon25:00-38:00: Terrace Marshall vs. Rashod Bateman vs. Rondale Moore in Dynasty43:20-57:55: Atlanta Offense Deep Dive   

  • NFL Draft Recap Episode

    06/05/2021 Duration: 01h12min

    John and Mario examine the full fallout from the NFL Draft, discussing the best and worst picks and team drafts from around the league. The guys spend the second half of the show breaking down the 2021 values for the rookie running backs like Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams, as well as the rookie quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence, Trey Lance and Justin Fields. Opening-11:30 -- Surprising picks from the first round11:30-25:00: Best picks from the first round (Travis Etienne)25-30:00 Rashod Bateman's fit with the Ravens30:47: Rookie Redraft Rankings31:00-42:00 Najee Harris and the Pittsburgh Offense44:00-49:00 Javonte Williams in Denver49:00-54:00- Trey Sermon in San Francisco54:00-59:00-Kenny Gainwell in Philly58:00 Kyle Pitts and the Atlanta Offense1:02: Trevor Lawrence is a QB1 for Fantasy This Year1:05-end: Justin Fields, Trey Lance

  • NFL Draft First Round Predictions and Bets

    28/04/2021 Duration: 55min

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig get you set for the first round of the NFL Draft with a look at how all 32 picks could shake out Thursday night. The guys get into needs, fits and predictions for each team and each draft slot while also identifying some teams that could trade up or down. The guys round out the show by looking at the betting market for the draft and identifying some wagers with value.

  • Debunking Draft Rumors + New Best Ball Format and Strategy

    23/04/2021 Duration: 56min

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig sift through the latest rumors as the draft approaches. Is Mac Jones at risk of sliding out of the first round? How do we project DeVonta Smith in light of his latest weigh-in? Where does JaVonte Williams fit in the broader running back picture for fantasy drafts? All of that, plus a deep dive into John's strategy for a recent Best Ball Draft where the player pool is only Rookies and Second-Year players. Can you win without drafting quarterback early? The guys round it off with a look at a pair of playmaking receivers who could be steals in the upcoming draft in Nico Collins and Tamorrion Terry. 1:25 Is Mac Jones at risk of slipping in the draft?11:25 How do we evaluate an unprecedented case like DeVonta Smith?23:00 Where does JaVonte Williams fit in the broader running back picture for fantasy drafts?30:30 Is Zack Moss undervalued?35:40 Rookie and Second-Year Best Ball Draft Strategy48:50 Nico Collins and Tamorrion Terry vs. Michael Pittman and Denzel Mims 

  • Deep Dives on Denver and Carolina + Two-Round Rookie Draft

    15/04/2021 Duration: 01h36s

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig dive deep into two teams with plenty of question marks but plenty of intrigue as well, the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. The guys examine whether Denver's star-studded group of pass-catchers headlined by Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant can elevate Drew Lock's level of play and turn the Broncos into a fantasy goldmine. Carolina is next up as John and Mario discuss how the Panthers' offense can help Sam Darnold and help raise the passing game's floor from 2020. In the second half of the show, the guys run through a two-round rookie draft to help paint a picture of how home dynasty leagues should approach that part of their offseason.Previewing the Broncos 1:00Drew Lock Breakdown 2:30What will translate from 2020 to 2021 in Denver? 7:00Courtland Sutton return, Jerry Jeudy development, Tim Patrick's presenceJerry Jeudy Breakdown 11:00Denver Running Backs: Is Melvin Gordon a value at ADP? 16:55Previewing the Panthers 19:30Sam Darnold Breakdown 24:00Rookie Draf

  • Players to Fade in Best Ball Drafts

    08/04/2021 Duration: 01h11s

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig break down Mario's top players to fade at ADP in Best Ball Drafts, headlined by the perils of drafting Joe Burrow ahead of Trevor Lawrence and Derrick Henry over Saquon Barkley in PPR. The guys also dive into Diontae Johnson, Brandon Aiyuk, Logan Thomas and more.00:00-3:00 Why you should fade Joe Burrow at current ADP03:20 Daniel Jones is a better Best Ball option that Burrow at 4 rounds cheaper in terms of draft acquisition. 5:00 Trevor Lawrence should not be going later than Joe Burrow in drafts8:45 Derrick Henry is not a good pick at ADP (4.7) in PPR Formats11:29- Derrick Henry vs Saquon Barkley15:45: Diontae Johnson should not be drafted ahead of Julio Jones16:45: Why Brandon Aiyuk is being overvalued in Best Ball18:00: Tyler Lockett, Cooper Kupp and DJ Chark are better options than Aiyuk in same ADP Range28:00 Michael Pittman ADP Debate31:30 Are we paying for last year's production with Tonyan? Is he maxed out?39:30: Kyle PItts' ADP will only go up from here42:00 Logan Thoma

  • Mario's Mock Draft 2.0

    01/04/2021 Duration: 54min

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig run through Mario's most recent mock draft in light of the blockbuster trades that shook up the order for the first round of the upcoming draft. The guys lead things off with a recap of the trades that moved San Francisco up to the No.3 spot, Miami to the 12th spot and ultimately the 6th spot while Philadelphia dropped down to 12th (00:00-10:00) while weaving in analysis of how the Mac Jones/Justin Fields/Trey Lance tier of quarterbacks will shake out. Cincinnati's dilemma at tackle takes center stage next (16: with what to do if Oregon's Penei Sewell is there at No.5. Would adding Ja'Marr Chase make more sense? The guys then break down Kyle Pitts (22:30-31:00), the Alabama receivers (31:40-36:00) and Travis Etienne (36:00-39). Rounding it out, John and Mario identify some potential landing spots for the likes of Rondale Moore, Kadarius Toney, Terrace Marshall and Nico Collins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • DeVonta Smith, Rondale Moore and Pro Day Discussion

    25/03/2021 Duration: 56min

    John and Mario dive into the biggest pro days from around the football landscape and sift through the cases to be made for and against high-profile prospects like Alabama's DeVonta Smith and Purdue' Rondale Moore. The guys also get into some lesser-known prospects like Kylin Hill and Jaelon Darden before analyzing the fits for Kenny Golladay with the Giants and Will Fuller with the Dolphins.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Free Agent Frenzy Pt. 2

    18/03/2021 Duration: 53min

    John and Mario attack the rest of the fantasy-relevant signings from the early window of NFL Free Agency with looks at Curtis Samuel's fit in Washington (1:00-10:00), the overall Football Team offense (10:00-18:00), and A.J. Green's fit in Arizona (19:00-28:00). The guys also dive into some breaking news during the show with Jared Cook signing with the Chargers (29:00-34:00). Deep dives into Emmanuel Sanders, Rashard Higgins, Kenny Golladay and JuJu Smith-Schuster as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Free Agent Frenzy Pt.1

    17/03/2021 Duration: 52min

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig take a look at the biggest developments from the early part of NFL Free Agency. The guys begin with a look at the lack of movement in the receiver market with Kenny Golladay, Juju Smith-Schuster and others awaiting new contracts (2:30-5:00). Then, John and Mario break down the big signings in New England, such as Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry and Nelson Agholor (5:00-24:00). The guys then move onto the Corey Davis signing with the Jets (24:00-28:00), along with the Ryan Fitzpatrick(31:45-38:30) and Andy Dalton signings (38:35-42:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Rookie RBs, TE Market Shift and Mid-round Receiver Targets

    04/03/2021 Duration: 55min

    The guys take a look at some of the early offseason moves with Jared Cook and Golden Tate being released from their respective teams this week. The guys discuss whether Adam Trautman (2:15-10:00) can be the next man up at tight end in New Orleans and examine the Tyrell Williams signing in Detroit (14:50-17:30) as well before delving into the current evaluations on rookie running backs Travis Etienne, Najee Harris (17:30-29:00) and Kylin Hill (29:30-40:30) . The guys round out the show with a look at mid-round receivers in redraft formats, including Will Fuller (41:00) , Robby Anderson (45:00) and Courtland Sutton (50:10) .  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Russ Rumors, Roethlisberger's Return, and Mario's SuperFlex Draft

    25/02/2021 Duration: 58min

    John McKechnie (@johns_tailgate) and Mario Puig (@rotowiremario) get into the latest rumors around the NFL, including the potential rift growing between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' organization. The guys also break down expected Ben Roethlisberger return to Pittsburgh and the fantasy fallout from there, as well as what the quarterback rankings look like now that the dust has settled on the Carson Wentz trade and Jalen Hurts appears to be The Guy in Philly. In the second half of the show, John and Mario unpack Mario's recent best ball draft that has a unique format that includes SuperFlex and Premium Scoring for Tight Ends. How does Mario feel about starting out with Darren Waller in the first round? Tune in for all of that and more in this week's edition of the RotoWire NFL Podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Quarterback Rumor Mill + Early Best Ball Recap and Strategy

    17/02/2021 Duration: 50min

    John and Mario opine on the latest developments with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh and Carson Wentz in Philadelphia before diving into John's first Best Ball Draft of the year. The guys dive into early-round strategy, the rookie running back market, and Trevor Lawrence as a viable QB1 in fantasy in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft + Coaching Carousel

    11/02/2021 Duration: 01h39min

    John and Mario unpack some of the coaching moves from around the league now that the season is over before jumping into a two-round rookie mock draft through a dynasty lens. Where do the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Ja'Marr Chase, and Najee Harris rank in the eyes of our experts? Only one way to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Super Bowl LV DFS and Prop Bet Strategies

    05/02/2021 Duration: 57min

    Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird break down their Super Bowl LV DFS strategies, including the differences in building lineups for large-field GPPs versus beating your group of friends, and which prop bets are their favorites. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Super Bowl LV Preview

    04/02/2021 Duration: 01h23min

    John McKechnie and Mario Puig get you ready for Super Bowl 55 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The guys break down the game from every angle, including spread, over/under, and prop bets. Discussions on the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade and the Carson Wentz situation round out the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Senior Bowl Preview

    28/01/2021 Duration: 01h07min

    John and Mario shift the focus to the draft and the Senior Bowl in this episode as they dive in on some of the top prospects participating in Mobile this week. The guys take a look at the players generating buzz like Western Michigan's D'Wayne Eskridge, Clemson's Amari Rodgers, and UCLA's Demetric Felton, along with sleepers like Oklahoma's Rhamondre Stevenson and Virginia's Tony Poljan. #NFLDraft #SeniorBowl Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Conference Championship Weekend DFS Strategies

    22/01/2021 Duration: 56min

    Scott Jenstad and Andrew Laird break down Sunday's two-game daily fantasy football slate on DraftKings and FanDuel, including which paths fantasy players will take if they decide to pay up for Travis Kelce. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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