Tuesday, December 3, 2013
MLB Hot Stove: On Fire!
Lots of action in the Hot Stove today...
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Market Watch: Justin Verlander
Remember the mechanical tweaks that Justin Verlander made to begin August?
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Monday, November 18, 2013
Market Watch: Jose Dariel Abreu
The White Sox's six-year, $68 million deal with Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu is larger than the contracts that Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig received for their respective big league clubs. As unknown rotisserie commodities, Cespedes and Puig turned out to be huge bargains. Will Abreu's draft-day cost this spring follow suit?
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Game 3: Gloves Off The Bench
The difference in tonight's super-tight Game 3 was clear: gloves off the bench. The Cards' new defender did well. The Sox's gloves off the bench showed rust.
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Rotowire/FanDuel $1500 Week 5 Contest
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
How To End A Fantasy Season
Come watch me agonize over every pitch on the craziest final day of a fantasy season that I've ever been part of.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Why Pujols Won't Sue Jack Clark"Mrs. Pujols, isn't it true that Albert's testicles have gotten smaller over the years?" It sounds like an absurd question, but it's an example of the intrusive and ball-busting (pun intended) yet totally legitimate discovery that Jack Clark could initiate against Pujols if he filed suit.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 1
In the debut episode of Short Hops, Derek VanRiper and Bernie Pleskoff review the non-waiver trade deadline and assess the remaining needs of contending clubs during the final two months of the season.
Listen to the first episode here.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Trade Deadline Live Blog
So we saw the Jake Peavy trade last night, perhaps facilitated some by the latest wave of Biogenesis
suspension rumors. Are there any more relatively big names to be dealt? Who got the better package for their ace - the Cubs with Matt Garza, or the White Sox with Peavy?
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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Show Notes: 7/20
A quick summary of Saturday's edition of RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today
with Derek VanRiper and Jason Thornbury.
Matt Holliday's production has gradually declined in recent years with the Cardinals, and it seems like there is a good chance that fantasy owners will downgrade him too much because of his age and susceptibility to injury. If that happens, he could shape up to be a valuable target in 2014. Holliday landed on the disabled list Saturday (retroactive to July 12) with a right hamstring strain.
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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Show Notes: 7/13
Jose Altuve signed a long-term contract with the Astros (four-year deal through 2017 with club options in 2018 and 2019), which marks the first big signing under the ownership group as the franchise continues its rebuilding process.
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Monday, July 8, 2013
The Draft I Wish I Had
I'm in seven leagues
, and rather than root for and against the entire player pool, I tried to create as much overlap as possible. As a result, I have Giancarlo Stanton in five, Justin Morneau and Bryce Harper in four and many other players in three and two leagues. Because the players on whom I went big aren't doing too well, most of my teams aren't either. Knowing then what I know now, I would have done a few things differently.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Show Notes: 6/22
Here's a recap of Saturday's edition of RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today hosted by Derek VanRiper and Shannon McKeown.
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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Show Notes: 6/1
Stephen Strasburg owners shouldn't be too worried about his injury as far as panicking and selling low. Further, the oblique injury has nothing to do with him being shut down by the Nats last season.
Accounting for the likelihood of a couple missed starts, Strasburg now falls just behind Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Adam Wainwright (sixth among starting pitchers) for the rest of the season.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Building the Perfect Beast
Like everyone else, I'm looking for that edge in my leagues to skew the odds in my favor. Many fantasy players traditionally load up on the stud hitters and stream pitchers at the end of their staff to pick up those counting stats without killing the ratios. I'm one of those people, however, my pitching stream has been as weak as a 70 year old with a bad prostate.
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
15 Reasons Why You Never Draft Pitching Early
Revisionist history is fun, right? Hind sight is always 20-20. But this theory is neither revisionist nor hind sight. Not drafting pitchers early in fantasy baseball drafts is not new. The following is a fifteen-pitcher starting pitching staff (fourteen of them not named Matt Harvey) with an ADP of 200 or higher (as of 4/4/13) on Mock Draft Central. It will make you feel kind of silly for drafting David Price, Cole Hamels, Gio Gonzalez, or others of their ilk.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A Little Knowledge is Dangerous: Overreacting to Velocity Readings Early On
In years past, I would have offered the panicked Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay owners 50 or 60 cents on their draft-day dollars for their struggling former stars. But even though I intended to offer Hyun-Jin Ryu for Halladay in NL Tout after two starts, I didn't because Halladay's velocity was down. From 92 mph in 2011, to 90.6 last year to 89.7 in four starts this season.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Can You Beat The Rotowire Experts?
We have once again partnered with DailyJoust.com to give our users an opportunity to compete against Rotowire experts in Daily Fantasy games this baseball season. This promotion is exclusive to Rotowire referrals only.
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
More Marlins Mayhem
There are no words left to describe how badly the Marlins franchise is run.
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Long Game Extra: Live-tweeting the Auction
Yes, it's that blog you've all been dreading... the one all about someone else's team.
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More Late Spring ADP Risers and Fallers
With the season opening on Sunday night, it’s time for our last look at some of the risers and fallers in the recent ADP rankings. Again, since we’re just looking to identify simple trends we’re going to stick with the trend report on Mock Draft Central
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Having finished NL Tout Wars in NY, I'm done with all seven of my drafts (not counting a Scoresheet League I co-own with Jeff Erickson.) I like to double down on as many players as possible as diversification leads to lukewarm rooting interests in virtually half the league. Here are the results:
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Last Minute ADP Risers and Fallers
As we start to wrap up spring training and head into the gloriousness that is the 2013 MLB season, fantasy baseball drafts are nearly finished. Sure, there are a few that may trickle into the first few days of next week, but for the most part, draft season will be completed by Sunday.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Interesting Spring Performances, Part Two: The AL
More spring mirages of dubious validity to make you do silly things at your draft table. Huzzah!
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My NL Tout Team
I rarely go into an auction with a plan and to the extent I do, it's always pretty loose, something along the lines of: "Make sure to get two decent catchers who won't hurt your batting average." But this year - after observing the NL player pool and broadcasting the NL LABR auction - it was different. I was going to buy Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Stephen Strasburg hopefully for about $100 (but more if necessary), get at least one more star hitter - likely Troy Tulowitzki (whom Stephania Bell assures me is healthy) or Justin Upton and then target some lottery tickets like Billy Hamilton and other top prospects like Shelby Miller and Oscar Taveras. Here are the results:
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More ADP Analysis From the Mock Draft Army -- Part 2
It’s time to take a look at the rest of the most recent Mock Draft Army ADP taken from a draft done in the middle of last week. There have actually been a few changes since this draft was completed, such as
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Interesting Spring Performances, Part One: The NL
As spring training ambles nonchalantly towards the finish line, it's always fun to take a look at spring stats to see who really jumps off the page and might be making some kind of statement or other...
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My AL Tout Wars team
We did the AL Tout Wars draft Saturday morning, once again in "The Bubble" at the Sirius/XM studios. It was a different Tout experience than my usual drafts at Tout - lately I haven't paid for closers there, or spent much on my outfielders. But I'm also one to take the values where they fall. So to that end, here's my squad:
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Saturday, March 23, 2013
More ADP Analysis From the Mock Draft Army
A couple of weeks ago, we introduced a little project we were working on called the Mock Draft Army. In a nutshell, the Army is a rotating group of fantasy baseball writers from a variety of web sites who gathered and put together a series of mock drafts to help give you a better idea of what the ADP trends looked like in action. The drafts were made up of about half writers and half readers committed to doing the draft in its entirety, hoping to replicate what you’ll actually see on draft day. To keep it fresh, the writers were told to mix up their strategies to provide both a diverse and, hopefully, more realistic looking draft.
We brought you a look at the first Mock Draft Army draft here and compared some of the ADP trends between it and the ADP data from the NFBC. That first draft, however, was just 12 teams. With more NFBC drafts happening this weekend and next, the Army has been doing more 15-teamers lately and we thought now to be a good time to bring you another draft ADP analysis. We’ll take a look at it in the same way we did before. We’ll do two parts over this weekend and bring you a pair of four-round sections from our latest go-around. You’ll get a look at the sixty picks per section and we’ll highlight both the reaches and those who dropped further down the draft board in comparison.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
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