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Fielkow's Law: A Guide Through The Legal World Of Sports With A Fantasy Spin

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight twice a month into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

In fantasy sports, the most successful owners are the ones who act instead of react. By this, I mean that instead of waiting for transactions to happen, the managers who are proactive are the ones who often end up with season-changing players in fantasy sports. For example, owners who foresaw the tanking Royals trading Jonathan Broxton before last season's trade deadline may also have been the same ones to snag Greg Holland before the transaction actually occurred. Their reward: 16 big, post-All-Star Game saves. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.

With the MLB trade deadline a mere three weeks away, July marks the month in which fantasy owners should be looking ahead. However, some of MLB's new rules regarding free agency may have some interesting effects on this year's trade market, making it more difficult than usual to predict some of the second half's breakout fantasy stars. A detailed analysis of most of the League's new free-agent compensation rules ca

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