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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Interrogate the Industry No. 2: Alex Kantecki, Chris McBrien

May 14

Interrogate the Industry No. 2: Alex Kantecki, Chris McBrien

We are back with another Interrogate the Industry. This week we’re joined by Alex (@rotodealer) and Chris (@cmcbrien). We may have just missed the Jose Fernandez news, however we have great questions and answers  this week irregardless. As always feel free to ask away on replacement ideas, or any questions to me on Twitter @fantsychillpony and I can assure you I will answer quickly, as well as covering Jose and more in the third installment. One of the questions I asked this week is one of my favorite things to ask others. If you had to choose one person to spend a night smoking and drinking with, who would it be? It is a fun way to see people’s personalities, interests ( among other things) as well as being profound or simple, depending who you ask. So, if I were to answer my one night of drinking and smoking question my answer right now would be Tom Waits. The legendary musician has seen everything, possibly done everything, and is a storyteller in reality and through music. Not only that, but he is funny as hell. Don’t believe me? Check him out on Letterman( Tom Waits-Letterman ’83). I too love to tell stories, but to simply be able to drink, listen to stories, go where the night takes us, and smoke (even though I don’t smoke), Waits is the one person who is on top of my list without a doubt.  Interrogate the Industry #2 Fantasy Contributor: Alex Kantecki Fake Teams (@rotodealer) 1. Which young pitcher is likely to have a better fantasy season the rest of the way? Sonny Gray or Yordano Ventura? I’m a huge Gray guy, so I’ll avoid building suspense and tell you right up front that I’m taking Oakland’s ace nine times out of ten. That’s not to take anything away from what Ventura has done or what he will do for the reminder of the season. Ventura is the definition of pitching porn, but Gray has been unbelievably consistent to date. In 17 big-league starts, the right-hander has 13 quality starts — including in all seven starts in 2014 — and a 107:36 K:BB ratio in 111 innings. His strikeouts are down, but he plays...

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Fantasy Baseball Week 6: 3 Up, 3 Down

May 11

Fantasy Baseball Week 6: 3 Up, 3 Down

Let’s just say there were plenty of distractions when writing this weeks 3 up, 3 down article. Work, family, garage sale, Wild Playoff Hockey, and a slight distraction with the 2014 NFL Draft. I love football as much as the next guy so needless to say it was very difficult to focus on baseball when the draft was here, and my favorite NFL team  the Vikings had significant needs to fill. Managing ten fantasy baseball teams this season is new for me, so needless to say extra distractions like the draft make it difficult to manage rosters, waiver wires, and even write. I would be lying if I said I like Fantasy Baseball less than Fantasy Football, it’s simply not true. I think Fantasy Baseball is the most challenging, rewarding, and fulfilling Fantasy sport. It takes time, patience and guts but it also relies less on random flukey performances, and to those who play it, they know winning a championship in Fantasy Baseball is far more difficult to do. I love Fantasy Football, and I love the NFL, but for me no matter what sort of distractions there may be baseball will always remain at the forefront of my sports loving and Fantasy heart. That being said, I watched some of the draft, and overall loved the direction my team took so far. As long as the Wild are alive in their quest for “The Cup” I will be pleasantly distracted by them as well. Good luck to everyone in week 7. All statistics provided by fangraphs.com Three Up These three items are trending upward and we should react accordingly.  3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Well, this guy can hit huh? Tulowitzki has been doing this all season long so far, and Week 6 just may have been his best week yet. No one can deny his talent, and the only knock on him throughout his career has been injuries. The crazy thing is Tulowitzki misses games, and chunks of seasons and still ends up in the top of his position. So f you own him, you should not be surprised, nor should you be thinking “Yeah, but when is he going to get hurt?”. I say take the optimistic...

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