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Fantasy Focus: Down on the Farm Friday With John Sickels
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 2/21/2008 10:32:00 PM
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John Sickels is still hosting every Friday. His guests for this week are:

(All times Eastern):

12:05 p.m.

Guest: Scott Servais, Director, Player Development, Texas Rnagers (Direct)

12:25 p.m.

Guest: Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager, Washington Nationals (Direct)


I saw the podcasts on the site from Chris Liss' XM 144 Rotowire Fantasy Show. I thought he was off the air?

What time and days of the week is Chris' show on?

P.S. I enjoy Jeff's show on XM 175 and John is not bad on Friday's as well...

I think the Nats did real well getting Mike Rizzo from the D-Backs...
Posted by mpdclarke1444 at 2/22/2008 11:40:00 AM
Jeff- I wish you still had your show 5 days a week. I remember when John Sickels was simply a regular guest and not the host of an entire show. I think he knows his stuff and it is interesting to listen to for the most part. I just feel like his show is not providing us fantasy baseball players all that much of a service since he is analyzing players who are relevant in only the deepest of leagues.

To me, "Down on the Farm Friday," means I record one fantasy show on my XM radio (along with Liss) instead of two. I think he would be much more valuable as he used to appear, that as a guest along with Will Carroll, Joe Sheehan, and others. Then he could focus on talking about players in the minors who may actually make an impact for your fantasy team in the near future instead of 3 years down the line.

Sorry Jeff, but I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. The vast majority of your listening audience (I have listened to your show almost every day since you came on the air) can not apply much of what John discusses on Fridays in the formats they play.

P.S. If it is simply that you just like having Fridays off then disregard this post.
Posted by bwitt at 2/22/2008 1:17:00 PM
I agree with bwitt wholeheartedly. Having John as a guest once in a while was fine, but I don't even listen to the show on Fridays oftentimes as the information presented doesn't help me in any of my leagues. I also agree that if its to give you Fridays off, thats a different matter altogether. Maybe John could go back to being a guest and someone else could host the regular show on Fridays if the day off is the issue.
Posted by thepearl-673 at 2/22/2008 1:40:00 PM
I play in some pretty deep leagues, so I find John's show helpful and interesting. That's just me though. I do know that more Jeff Erickson is never a bad thing (even if he does look a bit like Ben Affleck), but I like the current format.
Posted by vtadave at 2/22/2008 3:14:00 PM
I'm still on the air - just moved the times around probably until summer when we're doing football every day... 11 PM ET Mon and Tues, also noon ET and 7 PM ET Saturday, and 1 PM ET Sunday. Erickson has Fridays off, so John hosts the show that day. Glad to hear that people are still tuning in and taping it - we're working to get some station-wide promos up giving the new times, but for some reason those have been slow to air - should be up next week. By the way, Mon and Tues are live shows, so free free to call in. The weekend shows are taped on Friday.
Posted by cliss at 2/22/2008 3:30:00 PM
Ahh, so Jeff DOES have off on Fridays. It makes more sense now, even though I still don't think "Down on the Farm Fridays" should be touted as a source for fantasy news and analysis.

Chris- You are not returning to your 2:00pm time slot until summer? Was this the case last year? Are you talking mostly hoops on your show right now? Those times you listed are all over the place.
Posted by bwitt at 2/22/2008 5:16:00 PM
Last year we pretty much stayed at 2 PM ET all year. The plan is to move me back to 2 PM every day for football starting in the spring/summer, but there's a merger afoot, so we'll see how it all shakes out.

Right now, we're talking baseball, pro hoops and college hoops in that order, the latter mostly to get me ready for my tournament pool entries, since I know almost nothing about college hoop (except that I've won several tournament pools due to my good advisors in my lifetime).

But during the spring it will be almost all baseball, and a little NFL draft.

Posted by cliss at 2/22/2008 11:24:00 PM
Thanks Chris. I really enjoy your show. More guests and less callers is a good thing if you ask me. I get tired of the calls that sound something like this:

"I am in a 10 team mixed league and was offered Pujols, Utley, and Peavy for A Rod, Rollins, and Santana. What do you think?"

"I can protect two from the following, Ryan Braun, Pat Burrell, and John Maine. I am leaning toward Ryan Braun as my first keeper..."

"I have a quick question. We had our draft last night and I have solid pitching Brandon Webb, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Dustin McGowan, Ted Lilly, and Jon Garland. My relievers are Putz and Rivera. I also have a deep outfield with Carlos Lee, Rios, Markakis, and Abreu. I am set at catcher with Johjima, at first I am fine with Konerko, I got Atkins at third, and I am happy with JJ Hardy for my SS. The problem is I need a second basemen. What are some good sleepers out there I can grab off the waiver wire before the season starts?"

Posted by bwitt at 2/23/2008 8:28:00 AM
I'm in a dynasty league with a 35 man roster. In our drafts one has to focus on the prospects because all of the good major leaguers are already taken. So one has to pick off the top talents before they ever get to AAA. I listened to John's show on Friday, Feb. 22, and it was perfect for my needs. I had passing knowledge of every prospect that was discussed, and the discussion added to my knowledge with insights from John and the team representatives. It spurred my interest enough to call in with a question. In my opinion John Sickels is an elite talent in discussing prospects, and having one day out of the week is the least you can do for those of us who need the help in that area. Frankly, it is much more relevant to me than listening to people ask about their fantasy trades and who is getting the better deal. I make it a point to listen on Fridays.

Posted by brettig at 2/23/2008 8:32:00 AM
brettig- I know there are some out there that play in deep leagues like yours, I was just referring to the vast majority of the listeners. I think your league sounds cool. To me, it is just more of a baseball show than a fantasy show, that's all. Just like when Jeff is done at 1:00pm I will stay tuned and listen to The Beat and pick up some tidbits on that non fantasy show.
Posted by bwitt at 2/23/2008 9:28:00 AM
What about Jose Lopez - he'll be 24 this year - still plenty of room for growth. And thanks for the nice words about the show.
Posted by cliss at 2/23/2008 9:38:00 AM
I am new to Xm and also ROTO wire. Was wondering if there are podcast of jeffs show each day , IF so where can i download them.

Posted by dyerstars at 2/26/2008 10:32:00 AM

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