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Profile: jtopper

  • Login Count: 2008
  • Join Date: 5/27/2009 10:43:00 AM
  • Last on: 4/17/2014 9:07:00 AM

Recent Blog Posts

1/15/2013 7:25:00 PMFantasy Hockey Thoughts To Think About
7/26/2012 9:34:00 AM"Word Up." Starling Marte Gets the Call to the Big Leagues
2/10/2012 3:48:00 PMThe Pro's & Con's of Acquiring A.J. Burnett
1/12/2012 12:45:00 PMNHL Power Rankings
12/28/2011 2:10:00 PMJaromir Jagr Leaves a Mark (Again)
12/19/2011 8:28:00 AMNHL Power Rankings
12/10/2011 7:45:00 AMWhat to do with Sidney Crosby?
12/5/2011 8:10:00 AMTop Rank NHL Power Rankings
10/28/2011 4:38:00 PM2011 World Series Cards-Rangers Game 7 Live Blog
4/15/2010 2:55:00 PMBalancing Atop the Steel Beam
4/2/2010 1:21:00 PMISWWPs (In-Season Waiver Wire Pickups)
1/25/2010 2:43:00 PMHockey Notes
12/29/2009 5:53:00 PMNew Year Thoughts
9/10/2009 5:04:00 PMTitans at Steelers Opening Night Blog
6/6/2009 10:19:00 AMLive Blogging Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals

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Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?
Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined:

Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports.

Is he right?

RotoWire's AL LABR Squad
The 2014 AL LABR auction went down at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix Saturday night. It's a 12-team, 5 x 5, AL-only league with 2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B. 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 U and 9 pitchers. Everyone has $260 to spend.
The Problem With Drafting Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton went for $28 in the NL LABR auction this past weekend. I discussed this with a fellow writer who participates in Tout Wars with me later this month and we discussed the problem with investing heavily into Hamilton.
Payne's Daily Fantasy Basketball Experiment
Let's see if I can make any money doing daily fantasy hoops.
My 12-Team NFBC RotoWire Online Championship Team
I drafted out of the 11-hole for the "Beat Chris Liss" league. I had done a fair amount of research on optimal roster construction from that slot, and I decided I'd go hitter in the first round, three pitchers in 2-4 and then hitting for the next 10 rounds or so before filling in with upside pitchers late. Of course, few battle plans survive the actual war. Here are the results:

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