Articles by Derek VanRiper

A listing of all the articles written by Derek VanRiper for the RotoWire Blog.

NFFC Primetime Chicago Recap

I like a good challenge.

Every NFBC and NFFC league that I’ve played in over the past five years has brought that, with players who gladly set fire to ADP reports, in addition to being accustomed to playing in the NFBC/NFFC format.

The wrinkles for football are as follows:

  • Passing TDs are worth six points
  • Receptions are worth one point
  • No trading is allowed (sorry, Fred Zinkie)
  • Draft slots are determined by Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) rankings
  • Third-round reversal draft order
  • Lineups include: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 K, 1 D
  • Benches are 10 players deep

Of the unique aspects of these leagues, the deep bench might be the most difficult to handle for a first-time NFFC player, since many leagues will only draft five or six bench players. This leads to a thinner waiver wire — even in a 12-team league — and with the FAAB system utilized for acquiring available talent, getting impact players in-season requires a high level of bidding acumen.

Defending the Crown: Tout Wars Mixed Auction Recap

In a strange way, I didn’t really believe that I won the league last year until this past weekend when the 2015 Auctions (and the new Tout Wars X league) took place. Seeing my mug on Foley’s bucks along with “VanRiper’s Shepherd’s Pie” on the menu Saturday night, and getting the in-person acknowledgement from many league mates and colleagues affirmed that the October Yoo-Hoo Shower was deserved, and not a momentary lapse of sanity.

The Spring Movers

This weekend, we will be publishing an updated version of the RotoWire Roundtable Rankings (Top 350 Overall) on the site.

Our first installment for 2015 was published on Valentine’s Day, just over one month ago, and there have been several significant developments during that time.

Here’s a quick preview of some of the changes I accounted for this spring.

Waiting on Catchers

I don’t care about positional scarcity.

As a result, my teams are often built with a pair of low-end catchers at the end of a draft or auction.

Practice makes perfect, at least, that’s what I have always been told, so Jeff Erickson and I hosted a 15-team mixed league mock draft during the SXM show on Tuesday (the results can be viewed in full here).