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Fantasy Focus Wednesday: Joe Sheehan
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 2/26/2008 12:20:00 PM
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I hadn't blogged the last two shows, but we've had Will Carroll and Josh Levin (from on the last two days. Joe will be on to promote the release of Baseball Prospectus 2008, among other things.


I am new to Rotowire and xm radio, was wondering if there are downloadable pod cast for Fantasy Focus with Jeff Erickson. Last year I used BP and Listened to the show live becasue i was off all summer, took second in my league. I have BP and Rotowire and am not able to listen this year live. And I learn alot last year and would like to listen again for those advantage players and stats Thanks

Joel Henard
Posted by dyerstars at 2/26/2008 12:54:00 PM

I'm looking into the ability to create a podcast for it, but the channel has some restrictions that Chris' show doesn't, unfortunately. It has to do with the fact that its an official sponsor of MLB - not sure of all of the logistics. Some versions of the XM radios allow you to record the show, however - you might want to look into that.


Posted by Erickson at 2/26/2008 2:26:00 PM

Do you know if your show will be available online at all? I have XM. But listen to it online at work. Since my portable cant get a signal in my office all the time.

Posted by at 2/26/2008 2:31:00 PM
Jeff- I just got finished listening to your show from yesterday. I am stunned by one of the calls you took. Who does this 'Sean from Cape Cod' think he is? Do you know this guy?

For those who missed it, here are the highlights from his call:

-Said he plays in the NFBC and heard Jeff was going to play this year. He said he was anticipating Jeff drafting hitters heavy early because "it seems like a common thing for first year players to get the offense first."

-He tried to back his claim saying that Jeff would end up having to "settle" for the likes of Lincecum and Rich Hill when he should have picked a Bedard or a Beckett. He said Jeff would be much smarter by taking one of those guys and picking up a Jason Bay or Andrew Jones in the same area he would take Lincecum or Hill.

-Jeff's take on Andrew Jones was that he as a batting average killer who is going to a pitchers ballpark, basically telling the guy that Jones would be picked way ahead of where he values him anyway. The caller's take on Jones (after assuming he could hit .270, something he hasn't done since 2003 as Jeff pointed out) was that "it's not that difficult to draft a .300 average to offset Jones' .270."

-After Jeff told the caller that it was just a difference in philosophies between the two, the caller said, and (to quote the pyscho prison guy in Shawshank) this is the BEST PART:

"I'm actually trying to help you out and make you think about it cause I've played for a few years and have done OK..."

Following a mysterious statement telling Jeff that he konws who he is if he thought about it, he finished by saying, almost explaining how he knows more than Jeff because he had "more free time" to devote to it that Jeff.

I thought you were way too nice to this guy. His arrogant laugh at the end of his call just made it worst.

First of all, your philosophy is just fine. I draft the exact same way and it has won my one and only league the last two seasons.

Second, what makes this guy think there is some adjustment curve to playing in the NFBC? Is this some drastically different format that I am not aware of?

Jeff, contrary to what this guy was implying, you are the expert. He is a tool. Keep up the great analysis.

Posted by bwitt at 2/26/2008 2:52:00 PM
Unfortunately, we can't broadcast any of the shows on 175 online - I think it's because of the relationship with MLB, and the fact that MLBAM broadcasts online from

Bwitt- Thanks. Shawn actually does know his stuff - he was in the top 5 in the NFBC last year; I think we just had a healthy disagreement, perhaps maybe I would have chosen a different way to express it, though.
Posted by Erickson at 2/26/2008 3:10:00 PM
NFBC is a bit different in that no trading is allowed. That does alter draft strategy a bit (punting saves for example isn't a good idea).

Yeah I thought the call was "interesting" as well. Nice analysis there bwitt.
Posted by vtadave at 2/26/2008 3:27:00 PM
Jeff- It was just kind of a weird phone call. Maybe he should have been a guest if he is such an expert.

Oh well. Let him draft Bedard in the 3rd round and watch him get hurt in May. The guy has never topped 200 innings (I'm an O's fan and thrilled with the package we got). It's not just Bedard either, one of these top flight guys is going to either get hurt or get screwed with run support or BABIP or something else.

I love it when the stud pitchers get drafted early...more hitters for me. Not to mention that starting pitching is rather deep this year. Instead of going after his stud pitcher, he should pile up on outfielders. That is what I am doing. We start 4 which makes this the most scarce position of any if you ask me. Perception is that outfield is deep though which is a good thing. I will be exploiting it.

Like you said Jeff, there will be plenty of second tier pitchers to be had when we start pounding them in round 9 or 10.

PS You REALLY like Billingsley this year :)
Posted by bwitt at 2/26/2008 4:09:00 PM
Uh, Shawn wasn't just 3rd overall last year. He has finished in the top five overall in three out of four years of the NFBC and is the only 3 time league champion. He was being modest when he says "he's done OK". I'm not trying to say his opinions are right in this case, but he is one of the best (if not the best) fantasy baseball players in the world.
Posted by olson at 2/26/2008 9:08:00 PM
I don't think I was downplaying his credentials, or for that matter proclaiming he was wrong. He is very good - his track record is even better than I thought.

Anyhow, I don't want to make this out to be some sort of blood feud, because I've met him (at Ron Shandler's Arizona Fall League symposium) and found Shawn to be a nice guy. I think this was more of a strategy discussion that spun the wrong way; that's actually on me, as the host. I don't think he was intending to put me down, but rather to contemplate changing my strategy.
Posted by Erickson at 2/27/2008 12:50:00 AM
I wasn't trying to imply that you were downplaying him. It just sounded like some of the commenters thought he was some random quack.
Posted by olson at 2/27/2008 7:31:00 AM
Olson- That was the problem. As a listener, I had no clue who this guy was. He was just another caller as far as I could tell.

Now, if he was a guest on the show and introduced as an expert in the industry then maybe I look at it differently. I still wouldn't agree with his philosophy, but would not have found his remarks to be so off putting.
Posted by bwitt at 2/27/2008 8:29:00 AM

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