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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Friday, April 12, 2013
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Two Weeks to Go!
Only Two weeks until the real NFL Draft takes place, and I look like an absolute fool for even trying to predict what actually happens. I am operating under the assumption that there will not be any trades. With that being said, I fully expect there to be a significant amount of movement, starting with the Cleveland Browns at pick #6. This draft isn't loaded with elite talent, but it is a very deep draft and there is a ton of quality that can be found in later rounds.
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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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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog
So, it appears that Miikka Kiprusoff won't be going to Toronto. Will the Leafs have enough to pry Roberto Luongo from the Canucks? What will be the most outrageous rumor to come out of Toronto today?
Chime in on all this and more here today!
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
NHL Trade Deadline Eve Live Blog
Usually for a particular sport's trade deadline we wait until the day of the deadline to run a live blog, but there's so much activity today that if we waited, we might get pre-empted. So I thought I'd fire up the blog now - what are your thoughts about the Stars' firesale? How about the Pens' trades from last week?
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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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Thursday, March 21, 2013
My NFBC Recap
I have never been one to hold up to peer pressure well. Since Peter, Jeff, and Chris did a NFBC challenge, I had to join the cool kids and do one too.
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Recent ADP Trends in the Top 100
Each day, as we inch closer and closer to Opening Night on March 31st
, the tension just gets thicker and thicker. Most leagues like to wait until the last minute to draft so if you’re in more than one league, this has to be a busy time for you. But it’s crunch time and you need to make sure your skills are sharp and you have as much information as you can.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Five Potential NCAA Tournament Games That Could Be Great
Perry Missner assumes the chalk is indelible ink and looks to intriguing games after the round of 64
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