Interrogate The Industry No.8: Nick Raducanu

Jul 17

Interrogate The Industry No.8: Nick Raducanu

All Star week is nearly over and with it another Interrogate the Industry. This week I was able to get Nick Raducanu (@projectroto) to answer some questions. It is hard to believe that this is the eighth one already, but with so many fantastic options in the industry to interview there could be countless more. Having a week off from fantasy baseball matchups and being able to focus on the All Star festivities in Minneapolis, roster tweaking, and of course my latest addiction MFL10′s, it was very nice. Hopefully some of my injury plagued teams are getting back on track I am planning on having a special insider for the tenth one, so get ready, or feel free to guess away. I am asking more questions so I will keep the intro on the short side this week and get right to it. Enjoy! –  Chris Meyers   Interrogate the Industry No.8: Nick Raducanu 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. I never really started out with a master plan to become a fantasy analyst or anything like that. I had been playing (and relatively succeeding) in fantasy sports for a while and one day just decided I’d start a Twitter account to dish out advice to anyone who wanted it. I had just finished 17th on the ESPN fantasy leaderboard that year, so I figured that gave me some credibility and I started the whole “FantasyTrade411/TraderX” thing on Twitter. People seemed to get into it and I eventually decided I wanted to give advice in more than 140 characters, so I bought a web domain and started a (very shoddy) blog using GoDaddy. I won’t bore you with the details of the twists and turns along the way, but that was just over three years ago and my road has involved many hours of late-night writing and drawing the wrath of a wife who (rightfully) thought I was spending too much time writing about fantasy sports. Writing about fantasy sports is most definitely a labor of love sometimes, but it’s been a fun journey that I’m thankful I’ve been able to explore. There are way too many people...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 7: Renee Miller

Jul 02

Interrogate the Industry No. 7: Renee Miller

I am not going to lie, this week besides Interrogate the Industry (of course), I didn’t focus much on baseball. I guess I did slightly, as my oldest started her first season in T-Ball, but other than that my mind was on other things. Besides the entertainment of watching a mob of kids charge at a ball, or someone slug a ball off the tee and then proceed to sprint with a bat down third base, baseball was in the back of my mind. Fantasy Football season approaches, and with that Fantasy Football articles and preparation. I am doing most of my Fantasy Football work at Fakepigskin this season, and the 2014 draft guide will be out soon. I’ve completed my Football tasks so far with no issues, so I am back on the Fantasy Baseball kick, and will remain true to my favorite Fantasy sport the rest of the way. It has been a rough 1st half of the Fantasy Baseball season for myself and most of my squads. Between injuries and under-performing highly drafted players (Chris Davis, Jason Kipnis, and Justin Verlander are just a few) my teams have been fair to middlin’, or worse all season long. As for the Fantasy writing part of this season it has been awesome however. Being asked to be on podcasts, write for this site, join Fake Pigskin and perhaps even another big site if things go well, has left this season not feeling like a complete waste. There is still hope for some teams too. Hope all of your seasons continue strong, or to improve and see you next week!  I was excited to not only reach out to Renee Miller for this weeks post, but to get an exuberant “Yes” and willingness to participate was just as awesome. Interrogate the Industry: Renee Miller 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. I had been playing fantasy football for years before I considered joining the industry. I realized I might have something unique to contribute to the field one day when I was teaching a lab class on cognitive biases. The idea that our brains are basically designed in such a way...

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Interrogate the Industry No.6: Seth Klein

Jun 25

It has been an insane week in personal life and of course my fantasy life, but never too  busy for another Interrogate the Industry article. I had to take a week off last week, due to deadlines of Fantasy Football guides, T-Ball games, work and more, well….life stuff I suppose. Either way it is great to be back, and to have had the pleasure to interview Seth this week.  I have admired his work and Fantasy knowledge, as with all my interviewees, but it is also great to have interviewed him the week he got a promotion at Fake Pigskin, the site I will be also contributing to as well this Fantasy Football season. It will be great working with him, and the whole staff there. I have more interviews lined up going forward so thanks again for reading, continuing to read and be sure to keep checking in to davidgonos.com for my work, and especially David’s awesome posts concerning Fantasy Football as well. I will be doing my Fantasy Football contributions at Fake Pigskin as mentioned earlier. So without further ado, let’s get to know Seth a bit more shall we?? Interrogate the Industry: Seth Klein Be sure to follow Seth on Twitter @sethdasportsman 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. My start in fantasy sports began about 17 years ago, when leagues still required you to fax in your lineups. But my start in the fantasy industry itself began on Twitter in 2012, and interestingly enough, it was all the doing of my annoyed girlfriend at the time (now my fiancee). Tired of my constant New York sports team posts on Facebook — she’s a Chargers fan so the Eli Manning ones irked her the most — I was told (ordered) to find another outlet. So I decided to try out Twitter, where I began to get followers who were asking for fantasy sports advice. This eventually led to some podcasts and ultimately gigs at BucketsOverBroadway.com and FantasyTrade411.com (now ProjectRoto). After some time there, I moved on to become lead editor at FantasyCPR.com, where I honed my editorial and leadership skills. Eventually this would give me the...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 5: Craig Goldstein

Jun 12

Interrogate the Industry No. 5: Craig Goldstein

As the Interrogate the Industry series has developed I have received many comments saying it is a fun read, cool concept, and to keep it going through the football season. Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback, yes I will continue on with the Football season, although I am not sure if I will intertwine the sports, or have separate posts. I also received some constructive criticism, which I value, and everyone else  in the industry should value as well. It seems that many readers favorite questions involved the non-fantasy related topics. Obviously, that will continue. However, another good point from a few others was to focus more on the industry insider being interviewed and their history, personal interests and so forth. Thanks for reading, commenting, and please continue to do so. This is still a new concept for me as it is evolving and will continue to evolve. Look for more great interrogations to come. This week I snagged some of Craig Goldstein’s time so please enjoy and good luck this week in your leagues. Interrogate the Industry: Craig Goldstein Follow Craig on Twitter @cdgoldstein You can also find his work and contributions at Baseball Prospectus and SB Nation and MLB Draft insider and The Dynasty Guru Also, be sure to tune in to the podcast TINO (There is no offseason) which focuses on keeper/Dynasty League formats.    1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. If possible include ups and downs, others in the industry who helped? I got my start writing a fanshot after Fake Teams (SB Nation’s fantasy blog) made a post saying they were looking for writers. I had no intention of actually doing this until my best friend convinced me (and it did take some convincing). I followed up my post with an email to Ray Guilfoyle (who still runs Fake Teams) to let him know I had done so. As far as I know he liked my post, but we also found out that we were both Dodgers fans living on the east coast and bonded a bit over that. He brought me on and I wrote there for about six months – three...

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Homers and Whiffs: A 2014 Fantasy Baseball Update

Jun 05

Homers and Whiffs: A 2014 Fantasy Baseball Update

The season is a third of the way complete, and as I like to do every season it is also a great time to look at my preseason rankings to find my Homers and Whiffs so far in 2014. Finding the players I hit out of the ballpark, and of course, those I swung and missed on. I will list three of each for this particular article, and will likely update again at the 3/4 point of the Fantasy Season. Every Fantasy owner knows the Baseball season can be long and grueling. Players have hot and cold streaks and there are owners who drop players too soon, or possibly hold on to for too long. I am as guilty as most, and this will hopefully remind everyone that things change quick, you shouldn’t get attached to some players, and most importantly…have fun! If you really like a player and have blind faith he will turn his season around then stash him on your bench. If you have a player you drafted simply because of ranking and they stink?? Well you may need to cut bait if you haven’t already, or if they have name value try shopping them. I have never had problems making bold claims, or hold unrealistic expectations when it comes to Fantasy Sports, but I also know when I miss and am always willing to eat my words. That doesn’t also mean that I can’t celebrate the calls that are close, or dead on throughout the season. That is part of the fun of rankings, writing, and playing the game we all love. Enjoy the post, and feel free to leave some of your Homers and Whiffs as well in the comments section. All statistics provided by fangraphs.com Whiffs 3. Brad Miller My goodness the high hopes for Miller myself and so many had after his first season in 2013. I had him ranked as 12th Second Baseman and 13th Shortstop. I drafted him in a majority of my leagues, and let’s just say I am nauseated looking at his year to date numbers. Even a fantastic turn around will be too late, and in anything besides Dynasty formats I have dropped him. Total bummer. Hitting...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 4 : Jake Ciely

May 28

Interrogate the Industry No. 4 : Jake Ciely

Another week down the drain, and we’re back once again with another Interrogate the Industry. This week Jake Ciely joins us for some Fantasy Baseball questions and opinions on pop culture. I may disagree with him slightly on the Game of Thrones comment, but we will save that for another day.  Week 8 had another typical set of ups and downs primarily wrapping up with a No-Hitter being  thrown by Josh Beckett.  While players like Edwin Encarnacion, and Nelson Cruz kept their power surge going, some other players showed signs of life this week too, namely Chris Davis and Justin Upton. Now that the Holiday weekend is over, and some of the craziness of life settles down, I will be able to write more and continue on with my other series “3 up, 3 down” as well as some Fantasy Football over at fakepigskin.com so keep your eyes peeled, have a great week 9, and keep those questions coming! Remember you all are fueling these articles in many ways and thanks again for reading. Oh Yeah…if you missed it, or feel like listening to me on a podcast be sure to check it out here The Fantasy Forecaster.  Interrogate the Industry #4 Fantasy Contributor: Jake Ciely @allinkid Sr. Editor at football.com contributor at RotoExperts 1. Are there any Starting Pitchers you are on the edge about, or considering dropping even though they were initially ranked somewhat high. (Liriano or Masterson for example)? Jake Peavy should be long gone at this point. Most were higher on Peavy for 2014 than I was, and he was a serviceable back-end SP last year given the wins and WHIP. Those aren’t helping this year, and in fact, the WHIP is hurting. Peavy has an ERA well over four and a WHIP around 1.50. Give me the barf bag now. The main problem is his career worst SwStr% of 7.8, and there is no reason for optimism. At best, we’ll get a low-4.00 ERA with a 1.30-1.40 WHIP and a mediocre strikeout total. You can find better. 2. Would you pick up Oscar Taveras now if he is available on the waiver wire? Not to quantify it, but it depends on the league. In a 10-teamer, no. Let’s say...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 3: Dennis Esser, Ricky Sanders

May 21

Interrogate the Industry No. 3: Dennis Esser, Ricky Sanders

As I write this weeks Interrogate the Industry there is news of even more pitching injuries. This season has been disastrous for many teams, and Fantasy owners. On the bright side, there is always a bright side with me, several pitchers are coming back too, or coming back in to form such as Cole Hamels, Alex Cobb, Anibal Sanchez, Tony Cingrani, and HOPEFULLY Chris Sale. Keep tabs on waiver wires, ask questions and consult rankings on fantasypros to keep tabs on solid replacements. Worst case there is always a trade, but if you are in a situation as I am in one particular league there isn’t much else to do. I have five starters out for the year, possibly another with the potentially terrible Cliff Lee news tonight. Also, if you enjoy podcasts, I will be a guest on The Fantasy Forecaster this week with @tking978 and @rickygangster. Keep an eye out for links, or listen in live here The Fantasy Forecaster 5-22! That’s it for now, as there is plenty to cover with this weeks contributors.   Interrogate the Industry #3 Fantasy Contributor: Dennis Esser www.coachesser.com Itunes link to The Fantasy Coach Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fantasy-coach-podcast/id877693921 Stitcher Radio link to The Fantasy Coach Podcast http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=48991&refid=stpr @Coachesser on Twitter https://twitter.com/coachesser 1. Jose Fernandez is out for the season. Owners are panicking and rightly so, are there any pitchers you’d be targeting on the waiver wire after this week(end)? With all of the starting pitcher injuries (including Andrew Cashner and Gio Gonzalez this past weekend) the Starting Pitcher waiver wire looks a bit picked dry. The good thing is arms are always coming up to take the place of struggling pitchers and injured starters. Believe it or not Garret Richards was available is some 10 team leagues just a week ago. The first name that jumps out is Trevor Bauer who gets two tough opponents on his return to the big leagues this week. I think the Indians will give him an extended run and even if he struggles this week you should stick with his talent. The rest are streaming options that may catch on for at least a short while. Rafael Montero of the Mets, Drew Pomeranz of the Oakland A’s, and Danny Duffy...

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