NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Lift and separate. Divide and conquer. Milan Lucic just has a way of saluting an opponent's manhood, doesn't he? And we think Maxim Lapierre, Matt Cooke and even his teammate Brad Marchand are dirty. Pavel Datsyuk. "Datsyuked." I'm going to just leave it at that. Wow. The window has already closed for...
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NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Welcome to Broadway, Martin St. Louis -- you successfully elicited the patented stink eye and verbal abuse from Henrik Lundqvist after the errant tip of Andrew MacDonald's point shot. He's been doing it for years, only to apparently express some kind of remorse the next day. At some point, you have to think that wears guys a little...
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NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Six-foot-six isn't tall if you're always on your knees. Stand up, Anders Lindback -- STAND UP! They already know about that glove hand of yours. Don't give them anything else! Sidney Crosby has discovered it's tick season. Brandon Dubinsky just latches on between the shoulder blades and drains the energy right out...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

World Fantasy Baseball Championships

World Fantasy Baseball Championships - $5,000,000+ Guaranteed Are you ready for the new gold standard for Fantasy sports? FanDuel has unleashed the World Fantasy Baseball Championship; a week-long, $5,000,000 celebration of Fantasy Baseball in Las Vegas! The WFBC has something for everyone, from the $250,000 single-entry championship, to the live $3,000,000 DFBC Final in...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mock-It-Yourself: The Cowboys

Thanks to one of the writers at, I found a nifty site that allows you to select an NFL team and do a mock draft for them. The site doesn't allow you to trade picks, which is a problem for the 'Boys since they have about 87 seventh round picks at the moment, but I figure since I have to know at least as much as Jerry...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

My NFBC Main Event Team

I drafted this it in Vegas Saturday morning. It's a standard 15-team NFBC format with prizes for winning your league and a big ($125 K) overall prize. Here are the results: 1.1 Mike Trout - Don't think I have to explain this one. 2.15 Giancarlo Stanton - I'd been agonizing over what to do at the turn ever since I found out my draft slot last week...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

My Rotowire/NFBC Online Championship Team

If you would like to see the complete draft results, in order, click here. My roster: C - Buster Posey (4.10) C - Alex Avila (27.3) 1B - Jose Abreu (7.3) 3B - Evan Longoria (2.10) CI - Kyle Seager (11.3) 2B - Martin Prado (12.10) SS - Jonathan Villar (16.10) MI - Brad Miller (17.3) OF - Andrew McCutchen (1.3) OF - Carlos Gomez (3.3) OF - Desmond Jennings (8.10) OF...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Favorite Mid-Round Bargains With Stable ADP Trends

With the season going into full-swing as of Sunday night, this will be the last look at some of the recent and relevant ADP trends for those of you who still need to draft. Earlier in the week, we looked at some nice late-round bargains and then Friday we took a final look at how the top-50 overall were shaping up, so it’s only fitting that we wrap things up with a look at the...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

A Last-Minute Look at ADP Trends in the Top 50

With the real Opening Day…er….I mean….Night…..coming on Sunday, any leagues that haven’t drafted yet are cramming them in over the next three days. So this figures to be a big weekend for many of us in the fantasy baseball community. If you’re still waiting to draft, then the ADP trends that we have been witnessing over the last month are going to be important for you...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Huge Deposit Bonus on FanDuel for RotoWire Readers

BASEBALL IS BACK - 100% Deposit Bonus for RotoWire readers MLB Opening day is just around the corner - and that means fantasy baseball season on FanDuel starts now! FanDuel has the biggest one-day fantasy leagues for Opening Day, with over $286,000 in guaranteed prizes. Check out the $100,000 MLB Strikeout, FanDuel's first marquee baseball league of the season. The league...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

My Favorite Bargains Based on ADP Trends

As spring training winds down, we’re in crunch time for drafts. With the exception of a few position battles that may or may not be even be decided until the season actually opens, you’ve probably got all the information you’re going to get. You know who’s doing what this spring and what the expectations are heading into the season. In addition to that, you’ve hopefully...
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My Portfolio

Here's my portfolio of players after completing seven of eight drafts: League FSTA NFBC-Online AL-LABR Home Staff YF&F AL-Tout NFBC Main Date 15-Jan 28-Feb 1-Mar 9-Mar 17-Mar 18-Mar 23-Mar 29-Mar Format Draft Draft Auction Draft Auction Draft ...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Unwanted: Top-10 ADP Fallers

Looking at ADP risers and fallers in the NFBC is a great way to look at some of the trends from your more hardcore fantasy players, but it doesn’t always prepare you for some of those more-casual leagues where reaches tend to be a lot greater. Hardcore fantasy players usually have the good sense to not overreact to spring numbers or rumors and/or news coming out of either Florida...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Popular Kids: Top-10 ADP Risers

Remember back in high school when your class elections were going down? People weren’t necessarily voting for the person whom they thought would do the best job. They were voting for the person they liked the most. It was a popularity contest, not a political election. Well, sometimes when assessing your fantasy baseball draft plan, you need to look at players much in the same...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Do You Have To Spend It All?

This was the email I received today from a friend. He and I have played in home leagues together for quite some time now, and I've always found him a challenge to draft against because he is tough to read. He also ends up taking a lot my reserve targets in that part of the draft each year! He had a question for me about spending in a keeper auction: Everything I read says...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

ADP Trends of 2014's Trendiest Picks

The old adage is, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, it’s no different in the fantasy baseball community. Each and every year, there is always one group of players whom the fantasy writers latch onto and write about and those players, subsequently become the hottest commodities of the draft season. The names are always different, but the buzz about...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

My $75K Winning RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Online Championship Draft

Last Thursday (Mar. 13) I had the privilege of drafting with 11 other owners in a RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Online Championship League that we're running in conjunction with our friends at the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. You can win a $75,000 overall prize along with winning a $1,400 league prize. For this league it's also a “beat the RotoWire expert” league...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

FSWA Draft Review

Mock draft season is over, real drafts are in full swing, and I couldn't be more excited for this. Last Monday night, I participated in the R.J. White Fantasy Sports Writers Association league. It's a 12-team, 5x5 mixer with quality starts in place of wins and on-base percentage and slugging percentage in place of average and homers. The format is unique, but my goals heading...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Recent Starting Pitcher ADP Trends

It’s time to talk a little starting pitcher ADP right now which seems appropriate considering the debates we’ve been hearing lately with regard to when you start drafting starters. You’ve got those you firmly stand by using higher picks to grab elite hurlers as they are supposed to be the most consistent/predictable, while the other side of the coin, which tends to be where...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

My FSWA team

Monday night, I participated in a FSWA draft named after me, which they do for their annual award winners. That was not the coolest part of the draft as the best part was the league format. The rules drop batting average, home runs, and wins and replace them with on base percentage, slugging percentage, and quality starts. I love the format and wish it were more mainstream. In reviewing...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Recent Outfield ADP Trends and Observations

We’ve gone through the recent ADP trends in the infield, so it’s time to head on out to the grass and check in with the trends we’ve recently seen in the outfield. I have to say, this position is one of the trickier ones to draft well if you don’t act quickly. That’s not to say that the position isn’t deep and rich with talent, because it is, but as I’ve seen with the...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Exception to the Rule: How to Profit in Fantasy Sports

While as a rule pitchers might be less reliable than hitters and should be discounted on that basis, what if there were a certain class of pitchers for whom that was not the case? While everyone was discounting all pitchers, you might buy the exceptional ones at a significant profit. If everyone believes pitchers will low BABIPs in a given year will regress to roughly the...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

My NFBC RotoWire Online Championship Team

Andrew Martinez here... Drafting from the 6th spot, my plan was to get Clayton Kershaw in the first round, Giancarlo Stanton in the 2nd, Yu Darvish/Stephen Strasburg/Adam Wainwright (in that order of preference) in the 3rd, and Billy Hamilton in 4th to set a base of pitching, HRs, and SBs. That plan went to crap when Kershaw went 5th overall and Darvish/Strasburg/Wainwright were...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Recent Third Base ADP Trends in the NFBC

When I was growing up and playing baseball, I lived behind the plate. While the guys on the mound and the ones who played the infield got most of the attention, there was nothing I loved more than being the unassuming presence behind the mask. Sure, some of the kids poked fun and said that I was back there because I had the speed of a three-legged turtle, but the coaches always made...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Payne's Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup

Last night was an absolute disaster as both Chris Paul and LeBron James didn't come close to the expectations I had for them. Common sense should have told me a rested Rockets team at home against a tired LBJ wasn't a good matchup for him. My punt options - Steven Adams and MarShon Brooks were terrible. So, again another losing night. I honestly am still up in the 2014 calendar...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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