Articles by Derek VanRiper

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

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).

Re-Thinking The Price of Prince Fielder

It’s noise season.

Every day, through Opening Day in six weeks, will feature timelines loaded with poorly framed images and videos of players from all 30 teams.

Play-by-play tweets, live look-ins at Alex Rodriguez taking swings on a back field in Florida, and of course, the Best Shape of His Career (BSOHC) stories.

For every useful nugget of information that surfaces from columns, blogs, and tweets, there will be 49 useless ones.