3 Great Finds at the Super Bowl 50 Live Auction

Feb 05

3 Great Finds at the Super Bowl 50 Live Auction

This auction, Super Bowl 50 Live, starts at 5 PM PST on February 5th and at 12 PM PST the following day and will feature 965 exceptional lots. This two day auction has a range of items from model jerseys from the 1950’s, jerseys worn by Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and many other items.

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2015-2016 Fantasy Basketball Rookies Preview

Sep 19

2015-2016 Fantasy Basketball Rookies Preview

This year’s draft class of rookies is loaded full of NBA talent and every one is excited to get in on the action in Fantasy Basketball. The analysts (read fortune tellers) at FiveThirtyEight had this to say about his year’s group: “While there figure to be fewer future superstars available this year than in 2014’s rookie crop, it might be a banner year for solid, above-average players. Even taking into account the superior star power of a year ago, the model projects this year’s class to contain about 10 percent more players who grade out as a future NBA starter or better.” Even so, drafting rookies in fantasy basketball redraft leagues has always been a dangerous proposition. Consider the output of last year’s rookie class as provided by Fasketball.com, which was actually extremely productive: Only Nerlens Noel managed to crack the top 100 in standard leagues, even though Wiggins played all 82 at a staggering 36.2 minutes per game. The issue is not that these players won’t ever be great, it’s that making it big as rookie requires more stars to align than there are cards in an astrology tarot deck. Opportunity, luck, physique, and timing all play a factor however most rookies will still be wildly inefficient and turnover prone, destroying any value they do create. Check out Fasketball.com’s Fantasy Basketball tools, like their real-time injury updates, customizable, projections, and their Head-to-Head schedule grid.   2015-2016 Fantasy Basketball Rookies So who should you draft and when? Here is our advice on how to handle these young prospects this season and into the future.   Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves The thing that makes KAT a future fantasy basketball stud is his lack of weaknesses. He blocks shots, he shoots, he is efficient, and he is already an exceptional passer for a big man. The biggest limiting factor for him will be the log jam in the Timberwolves front court as he will be competing for minutes with NBA players Gorgui Dieng, Nikola Pekovic, and Kevin Garnett. And that’s not even mentioning young prospects Adreian Payne and Anthony Bennett. Given what he showed in summer league and the fact he was a number 1 overall pick, he should still be extremely productive even in around 25 minutes per game. Don’t reach too early but if...

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Top 10 Fantasy Golfers for DFS Value in 2015

Jul 31

Top 10 Fantasy Golfers for DFS Value in 2015

If you look at the rankings for the 2015 top 10 golfers on the PGA Tour right now, you probably won’t see many surprises. It’s all based upon performance, which is public knowledge and it’s even ranked in the form of the FedEx Cup rankings. When it comes to Daily Fantasy Golf, though, your approach needs to be much different than just looking at the top 10. Not only because you can’t realistically draft many of these golfers at once because of the salary cap, but because the prices of many of these golfers is too high in comparison to what they will contribute in fantasy points. In this regard, let’s look at the Top 10 Fantasy golfers in the FedEx Cup rankings, and then show what you should be looking for when drafting your roster. Remember, you have 6 golfers to choose from, and there’s no way that you can choose 6 from the top 10 list because of price. Still, get a good start, and the rest of your roster will take care of itself if you haven’t spent too much to secure high scorers for yourself. Top 10 Fantasy Golfers in DFS Value   1. Jordan Spieth When you’re the No. 1 ranked golfer, everyone wants you on their roster. That doesn’t help you at all when you’re trying to get the top guy at a good price. Spieth is a great golfer for sure, but he has so-so value in daily leagues. He’s too expensive, and while he will give you good results, drafting him will hurt the rest of your lineup. Spieth has cost about $12,000 in tournaments, and that’s almost a quarter of your salary right there. If he can contribute more than 25 percent of your points, though, he can become a good buy. Take him on a case by case basis, but don’t count on him being worth the price often. 2. Bubba Watson Watson has played in 13 tournaments this year, and has finished in the top 10 in 6 of them. In 5, he’s finished in the top 3. Watson has great value in this respect as top 5 finishes in daily golf leagues have huge value. If you...

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Interrogate the Industry: Brandon Marianne Lee

Dec 27

Interrogate the Industry: Brandon Marianne Lee

It has felt like ages since my last Interrogate the Industry post. For that I apologize. I think due to the peak of the Fantasy Football season, the Holidays, illnesses things often get put on the back burner for everyone. I wasn’t ignoring the posts as much as not over concerning myself making sure folks responded, etc as I normally would. That being said, now that I am planning on bringing the series back in full force, especially for the Fantasy Baseball season, I wanted to come back strong. Why not snag one of the amazing sisters from the Her Fantasy Football podcast, and website herfantasyfootball.com? I had success, and not only that a kick ass response and I think built a friendly and future relationship with the ladies of this fantastic site/podcast. They are making waves in the industry and for good reason. They are women who really know their stuff. They research, they provide insight, they don’t rely on hunches, and most importantly, they actually interact with their followers. An extremely difficult and time-consuming task for anyone who continually develops a larger base of fans and followers. The Fantasy Football season may be over, but the questions are still fun and well answered. If anything it will give you a heads up onto a great follow and podcast for the next Fantasy Football season. Hope you enjoy the triumphant return, and continue to look forward to more great interrogation’s for the Fantasy Baseball season. Enjoy learning a tad more from one of the absolute best and sweetest in the industry! I also think we have plenty in common, besides Fantasy Sports. I hope most of you are basking in championship glory and winnings as you read this. Enjoy the Real NFL playoffs while I start getting lubed up for the MLB season to begin! Interrogate the Industry: Brandon Marianne Lee Brandon Marianne Lee (@BrandonHerFFB) is a co-founder of Her Fantasy Football (@herfantasyfb), recognized as the first all female fantasy football podcast. The podcast and site launched in August of 2013. She lives in New York but spent the majority of her life bopping between Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota. Brandon is a lifelong football fan, a four time...

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Fantasy Basketball Surprises So Far This Season

Dec 15

Fantasy Basketball Surprises So Far This Season

The NBA is rarely a league that is easy to predict. Fantasy Sports in general are much the same, so when you combine the two for Fantasy Basketball, you better be able to handle some serious ups and downs. If you’re in it for the long haul in season long leagues, the roller coaster highs and lows are somewhat easier to deal with, as everything tends to even out in the end. Daily Fantasy Basketball gamers can attest to the true grind, however, as they feel the pain of every inconsistency from every player on a nightly basis. They also get a true taste of Fantasy Basketball’s nicest surprises, often before anyone else does. Of course, those surprises have been both good and bad and gamers in both realms should see them by now. Let’s break down the top surprises in Fantasy Basketball so far for the 2014-15 NBA season, for better or worse. 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Surprises So Far Here are a few of the more surprising storylines of the young Fantasy Basketball season. Tony Wroten, Mr. Usage With Michael Carter-Williams starting the year off on the sidelines thanks to knee surgery, Wroten finally got to freely run as Philly’s star point guard. It went swimmingly, as Wroten surged to averages of nearly 20 points and seven assists per game. More importantly, Wroten was near the top of the league in usage rating. He was so high, in fact, that even with his usage now down dramatically, he still ranks at 10th overall on the season. MCW has returned and knocked Wroten down a peg or two, but he is still holding onto a solid line over the year with over 17 points, six assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Everyone knew he could play, but it was surprising to see just how much the offense ran through him initially. He’s no longer the stud Fantasy point guard he was earlier in the year, but even with MCW back he’s still a solid option on a nightly basis when healthy. The Indiana Pacers The Pacers stinking up the joint to any degree isn’t what is surprising. Few could fault them when they were forced to start the year without Paul...

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ESPN Suspending Bill Simmons is Their Own Fault

Sep 25

ESPN Suspending Bill Simmons is Their Own Fault

There’s a very thin line between entertainment and news — and a major network got burned by their own decisions, as ESPN suspending Bill Simmons for three weeks really just proves they want him to be honest, but not that honest. Most news organizations have to figure out that balance to make sure they are staying within the lines of journalistic standards, while also being provocative enough to keep readers interest piqued. ESPN got what they deserved when writer, podcaster and TV personality Bill Simmons called out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar on Monday’s podcast. They suspended him for making those statements on Wednesday, but let’s understand just exactly what happened. ESPN suspended Simmons for three weeks after he ripped into Goodell, calling him a liar and challenging his role as the head of the NFL. “I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell, because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. Thank you.” – Bill Simmons said on his podcast Monday. The worldwide leader hired Simmons in 2001, after he made a name for himself as a writer for his own website, BostonSportsGuy.com. He then became a writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2002, along with his duties at ESPN and ESPN The Magazine. Three years later, he left Kimmel’s crew, which included comedian Adam Carolla. Understand that Simmons is an entertainer more than he is a newsman. He’s not breaking stories. He’s not beating the bushes for information on players and coaches. He’s discussing the sports, analyzing the teams and players, and making it funny and palatable for his readers and listeners. But when Simmons says something purely editorial, like that he thinks Goodell is a liar, the company had to take a stand. But really, this is what happens when you pay a person to entertain even though you are a news organization. “Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent...

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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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