5 Dumb Things About FantasyRundown.com

Aug 24

5 Dumb Things About FantasyRundown.com

This is a new series I’ve decided to start writing because I’m a bitter, jealous man. I hate that these sites had owners that were much smarter than me. So I explain to readers why I’m so jealous of them! Makes sense! I plan to review websites, iPhone apps, draft tools and in-season tools. Essentially, if it’s something awesome that I didn’t create, I’m going to talk about how dumb I think it is because I’m a jerk. First up is checking out the Goose over at FantasyRundown.com, which happens to be a pretty damn loved by Fantasy users and Fantasy site owners alike. Goose checks out all of the articles on the web each day and he relays them to readers each morning, noon and night. He updates it often and proves to me each and every day why I’m such a lazy slob. 5 Dumb Things About FantasyRundown.com Or maybe I’m just bitter I didn’t think about them first. 1. Daily Links to Awesome Articles Every single morning of every single day, just as sure as the sun will come up, so will links to Goose’s favorite Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football articles for that day. Whether it’s Daily Fantasy articles, strategy pieces, updates to rankings, prospect news, popular series, etc., he’ll have a link and an explanation of what’s in it and why you should read it. I tried this once and I just couldn’t keep up. Goose even comes back during the day and updates it as more articles are published! 2. The Ultimate Spreadsheet Goose compiles the rankings, projections and auction values of many of the top Fantasy sources out there, and dumps them all into a spreadsheet. For a one-time purchase of $4.99, you get access to it – along with all future updates up until the season kicks off. It’s the ultimate spreadsheet! 3. Article Links are Carefully Selected, Not an RSS Feed There are plenty of link dump sites out there that basically just pull in an RSS feed and auto-linking to it. That’s useful like if you went to buy a steak and you were handed ground beef. It’s similar, but not even close to as good. Goose checks every...

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Fantasy Football: 2014 Positional Tiers

Aug 23

Fantasy Football: 2014 Positional Tiers

Without further ado I present to you my 2014 Positional Tiers. I know it has been a while since my last Draft Strategy posts which you really should read especially if you are participating with so many others in the National Draft Day Weekend! As I stressed in my Prepping for the Prep post, positional tiers are very valuable alongside rankings. rankings can be helpful, but in many ways useless if you don’t consider league parameters, roster requirements, or value of players in each position. Enter positional tiers. You may be looking at the number 51 player overall in the top 300 but he is a wide receiver. Your roster still needs a running back, but the next highest running back is 61 overall. Which one do you take? Well, let’s say that the 61st player overall falls in to the “Very Good” tier, and the receiver falls in to the “Good” tier. Now your decision is made easier. Rankings are not everything, and neither are tiers, however used together they can definitely help make a tough decision and roster need easier to find and make. I hope if you are drafting this weekend, or if you have any drafts in the future, you do well my strategies helped, and you continue to stay tuned to davidgonos.com for in season articles. My rankings can be found over on Fantasypros.com under the “Staff Rankings-David Gonos.com. Use them and follow along all season as I update them each week. Also if you haven’t already you really should check out one of the newest and best daily fantasy concepts and sites at SKYLLZONE.com. You can draft today in a snake draft, against 9 computers and finish for week 1 in five minutes, and if you win you can get cash, or more SKYLL points. Oh yeah, did I mention it is completely free! Be sure to use this link if you haven’t started yet  www.skyllzone.com/ref/chillpony   2014 Positional Tiers TIERRunning BacksWide ReceiversTight EndsQuarterbacks EliteLeSean McCoyCalvin JohnsonJimmy GrahamPeyton Manning Jamaal CharlesDemaryius ThomasRob GronkowskiAaron Rodgers Adrian PetersonDez BryantDrew Brees Matt ForteA.J. Green Near EliteEddie LacyJulio JonesJulius ThomasMatthew Stafford Marshawn LynchBrandon MarshallVernon DavisAndrew Luck DeMarco MurrayJordy NelsonJordan CameronCam Newton Antonio Brown Alshon Jeffery Very Very GoodMontee...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 11: Ryan Boser

Aug 19

Interrogate the Industry No. 11: Ryan Boser

Woooeee it has been a busy week, and as most of you likely know it will be a busy month, but never too busy for Interrogate the Industry. In fact, now is the best time to get some interviews out there. Between working on rankings over on FantasyPros, writing my Round by Round Draft Strategy series on Davidgonos.com, and contributing to Fakepigskin and SKYLLZONE I have never been more in the fantasy zone since I started writing in the industry. Oh, and I forgot to mention the actual Fantasy Drafts too. I know I am not alone, so to everyone out there working on fantasy contributions this month Godspeed to you all. To those who are drafting, best of luck, be sure to check out my Draft Strategy articles prior to your draft, and utilize fantasyrundown.com and fantasypros.com for all of your draft needs. This week was fun especially because Ryan shares a Minnesota connection with myself, and as most in the industry (especially in Minnesota) we both admire Paul Charchian. Ryan actually works with him! With that let’s get in to the interview shall we? Interrogate the Industry #11: Ryan Boser 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? It was December of 2009. I was sitting in the waiting area at Midas in Burnsville, MN, munching on stale popcorn, when I got a Facebook message from Paul Charchian. Time stopped. This was before Twitter was a thing… before fantasy’s “Big Bang.” In December of 2009, being a fantasy football writer was still an extremely rare privilege. Charchian was a fellow Minnesotan, and a founding father of the fantasy industry. Ever heard of Fanball? That was his baby. Ever heard of LeagueSafe? That’s his other baby. Ever heard of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association? He’s the president. For the prior decade, I’d been gobbling up his Fantasy Football Weekly magazines, worshiping his radio program on KFAN, and attending his annual Fantasy Football Training Camps. I also routinely engaged in fantasy debates with fellow fanatics on his Facebook page, and apparently I had caught his eye.   He...

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Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 5-12

Aug 17

Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 5-12

The draft continues, and this will be part two of the Draft Strategy series. In case you missed the first two parts of the series check them out here: Prepping for the prep and Draft Strategy Part 1. This time we will be plowing through the fifth to twelfth rounds. These rounds are more of the needs based rounds while juggling value, breakout players, and roster needs. If you have followed my strategy you are likely without a quarterback or a tight end. You will also be balanced with a few running backs and wide receivers accordingly. Don’t worry about kickers or defenses yet, we will begin filling those needs in the final four to five rounds of your draft. We had sample draft in rounds 1-4 and we will continue on with that and keep building a roster that will make you competitive and championship bound. These are the rounds where you will find aging veterans, over-hyped pre-season talents, and plenty of other third tier or lower running backs and wide receivers. There are rounds aplenty to cover so we will get in to it. Draft Strategy Round By Round Round 5 It may be safe to assume the top three quarterbacks have been taken by round four. If not they simply have to be considered here. If they have been taken I would still hold tight for at least one more round. Same thing goes for tight ends. This is a very big round for young, and potential breakout receivers. Receivers like Michael Floyd, Cordarrelle Patterson, and DeSean Jackson who is coming off a huge 2013 on a new team are around based on ADP’s, however I have seen Cordarrelle and Floyd going as early as late round 3 or four. If they are still available here it would be hard to pass up.   Pick 2 overall: Michael Floyd– doubtful he is available here much longer, but for ADP sake he is here) Reality pick: Percy Harvin Pick 7 Overall: Shane Vereen– New England backfield is usually a messy question mark, but Vereen is a solidified pass catching and third down back. Plenty of upside and talent. Pick 11 Overall: Torrey Smith– Gets plenty of targets, and...

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Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 1-4

Aug 17

Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 1-4

Well hopefully you are here after reading my last piece Prepping for the Prep, but even if not welcome and get ready to discuss some round by round Fantasy Football draft strategy. Now that you have a game-plan and some tools to use during your draft we can try and devise a strategy for each round and how it should vary depending where you are picking in the draft. This year more than ever the tide may be changing from your staple “First two rounds take running backs”  strategy. There are some newer strategies taking hold like the “Zero Running Back”, the more classic “Late Round Quarterback” or the “Go against the flow” style of drafting. I won’t really stand behind any of these strategies one-hundred percent, but will  likely go with a more hybrid strategy this season. There are serious advantages to all of the above methods, so why not try and use them all? Last year I was all in on the Running Back-Running Back draft and it did not go as planned. There were more top 30 picks at that position who finished well below their average draft position at the end of the season then most seasons. Doug Martin, David Wilson, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson……The list goes on. What I am saying is I think I learned my lesson, and unless  I am getting proven talent like the big four backs (I will get in to that) or value at running back, I am looking elsewhere in the first two rounds. Be sure to utilize mine (Staff Rankings-davidgonos.com) and so many other experts in the industries rankings on fantasypros.com . I also primarily utilized their ADP for this article, and majority of my own draft prep.   Round 1: Picks One Through Four Go Running Back This will likely be the easiest section of them all. Because, when it comes to the top four there are only four guys I would consider, (possibly one other player on the edge, but he falls into the picks five through nine range). These picks should be te universal top 4 running backs. I would not complain if I had any of them, so choose who you like the most....

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Interrogate The Industry No. 10: JJ Zachariason

Aug 11

Interrogate The Industry No. 10: JJ Zachariason

It seems as if the closer and closer football season is getting, the more and more I want to Interrogate the Industry! “Everyone, I want to interview everyone” *Lets out an evil laugh*. Seriously though, the Baseball season still has my full attention ,but it is getting more and more difficult to stay focused, especially with the barrage of injuries this week to more big name players. What is going on this year? If you follow myself or David you have likely seen our latest infatuation, and what should be one of the most fun and challenging Daily Fantasy contests this NFL season. It is called Fan vs Machine on Skyllzone.com and you can read up more on it here : Gonos’ post and Chris’ post . I also want you all to keep an eye out for my continued Draft Strategy series on davidgonos.com and other Football related posts on fakepigskin.com. I am trying to stay busy, and also keep up, but will always try to answer any questions as soon as I can. Also, special thanks to FantasyRundown.com, a site everyone should utilize to find the best articles daily when it comes to fantasy sports. Of course, the player cards used below, and in every post now are provided by another favorite FantasyPros.com. Enough about me. Let’s get to JJ shall we? Interrogate the Industry #10: JJ Zachariason 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like.  When I first started doing all this, I was working as a project manager at a marketing agency. It was fine, but it wasn’t fulfilling. I opened up a Word document one day at work, and just started writing down everything I knew about fantasy football strategy. I have no idea what really prompted it, but day after day, month after month, I started putting concepts together that would become my first e-book  The Late Round Quarterback. (Chris: You really should check it out) I started blogging on LateRoundQB.com once the book launched, and didn’t turn down opportunities to write on other sites (DavidGonos.com being one of them). About six months after the book launch, I received a message from Evan Silva to do...

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Does Troy Tulowitzki suffer without Carlos Gonzalez?

Aug 10

Does Troy Tulowitzki suffer without Carlos Gonzalez?

Does Troy Tulowitzki suffer without Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup? Several weeks ago, in the same way my last article on rookie first and second half splits was inspired, my attention was alerted when a podcast personality contrived that Troy Tulowitzki, before his most recent bout with the injury bug, had preformed poorly because Carlos Gonzalez had been out of the lineup. The pundit grabbed the lowest handing fruit he could find in an effort to create a narrative, and a dogmatic one at that, as to why the Colorado Rockies slugger had not lived up to his pre All-Star break numbers. ******* *******’s (I’d prefer the article to be more about the subject of Tulowitzki and Gonzalez than the podcast member) argument was that without Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup, pitchers could approach Tulowitzki without fear, give him less strikes, and that is why his hitting has declined. While this pundit surmised that Troy Tulowitzki’s performance declines when Carlos Gonzalez is out of the lineup, the numbers tell a much different story. Click here to read more by articles by Devin Jordan. While we will look at the more direct numbers in a moment, the idea that Tulowitzki plays worse without Gonzalez is essentially the idea of lineup protection at a micro level. There have been countless instances that have debunked the idea of lineup protection, and, to my knowledge, none that have proved its existence.   The research looked at all games from 2010—Carlos Gonzalez’ first complete season—to today. The results paint a much lighter picture than the Guernica that ******* ******* painted. In games where Tulo has played without Cargo, he has had a higher AVG, OBP, OPS, and BB%. One might think that Tulowitzki would continue his normal performance without Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup, but, as this information suggests, it is hard to imagine that Tulo plays better because Carlos Gonzalez is not in the lineup, which leads me to believe what one would normally think about out of the ordinary performances in a small amount of at bats. The utility of these results should be used for descriptive, and not predictive, purposes. Troy Tulowitzki has only had 479 plate appearances without Carlos Gonzalez,...

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