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The Wheelhouse: 30/30 - Pitching

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Fourth place.

In monetary terms, it's nothing more than the first loser in NFBC Main Event leagues.

The final deficit from finishing in the money was 6.5 points a margin that can be quickly accounted for by looking back at the draft board. Digging deeper, there could be a discovery that includes incorrect FAAB bids, valuable players that were missed entirely, or $1 players prioritized in the incorrect order.

Every decision matters. Each and every one of the $1,000 in the FAAB budget are crucial.

You might think that your early-round toss-ups are such that you "can't really go wrong either way," but one path will certainly prove to be more beneficial than the other. Well reasoned analysis isn't infallible - injuries and suspensions wreaked havoc on owners last season - but making a decision with little more than coin-flip logic or a whim will be far more regrettable than having a clear plan.

A certain level of indifference bet

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