Articles by Jake Letarski

A listing of all the articles written by Jake Letarski for the RotoWire Blog.

“Beat a RotoWire Expert” on Fantrax: Draft Results

In an auction-heavy draft season for me, Tuesday evening marked my first snake draft that wasn’t of the slow draft, best ball variety (though I have two more on the way). I drew the eighth pick in a 12-team, PPR format, hosted on the newly redesigned Fantrax.com. I admittedly didn’t have much experience with the site, but was impressed with the functionality of the drafting software and overall layout. They host both free and paid contests with one of the most customizable setups on the market.

There are two more RotoWire Drafts on Fantrax: one scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 1 at 10:00 PM CDT, and another for Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8:00 PM CDT. It’s $50 to join, and the top three spots cash, with the winner receiving $360. As an added bonus, if you finish above your league’s RotoWire expert in the standings, you will win three free months of RotoWire access. Just click on this link to sign up.

What I Learned From My First Steak League Auction

It’s my inaugural year in the RotoWire Steak League, and let’s get one thing straight: the prize money at the end of the year is meaningless. What’s more important than anything is finishing in the top half of the points standings, which means getting treated to a full meal and drinks at the Tornado Steakhouse in Madison, WI. Finish in the bottom half, and you’ll have to pay up for your share and another “eater’s.” Finish dead last, and you’re paying three shares, which could easily run up a tab of $500+.

The original RotoWire Steak League was 16 teams, but in order to incorporate more of the crew from the Madison office, the Rules Committee (aka Peter Schoenke) decided to expand the league into two 14-team divisions. In the “old guy” side, it didn’t seem like they were quick to adapt to the inflation of the top players that this caused, leading to bargains on top players such as Antonio Brown ($50), David Johnson ($43), Allen Robinson ($42), and Lamar Miller ($39). All of those players went for at least $5 more (and sometimes $10+) on our side of the draft, emphasizing perfectly the necessity to be aggressive early in auction formats such as this.

RotoWire CBB Invitational: Putting Our DFS Skills to the Test

This Saturday was the first week of our college hoops expert contest, which stacks up several experts from RotoWire and other fantasy websites in one comprehensive competition. Several RotoWire beat writers are featured, as well as entries from websites such as RotoGrinders, Fantasy Insiders, Numberfire, Daily Fantasy Cafe and many more.

 

The challenge is an eight-week, “survivor” style contest held on FanDuel. We narrowed down the field to 27 total participants, and each individual was given 10 total entries in Round One. After the early slate on FanDuel was complete, 128 of those entries survived for the next round of competition. The field will be cut in half every week until the eight most consistent experts square off in one final battle on March 26th, 2016.

 

Training Camp Notes: Backup Bishop

  • The Titans’ first regular season depth chart was released Tuesday, and veteran Shonn Greene was listed as the team’s No. 1 running back. This clearly doesn’t meet the expectations of fantasy owners who drafted Sankey as their RB2, nor does it coincide with NFFC average draft position (Sankey 65, Greene 197). The good news is that is that the rookie has surpassed RB/WR Dexter McCluster on the depth chart, however the announcement still doesn’t bode well for his early-season prospects. Shonn Greene is still available in an astounding 71 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and is worth a look (or a few dollars of FAAB money) if you’re desperate for a temporary fill-in. We fully expect Sankey to take over a larger workload over the coming weeks, but for now, look for Greene to see more snaps and overall touches.

Training Camp Notes: Still Rolling With Blount (and Bell)

  • Both Le’Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount are expected to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Panthers, despite their recent run-ins with the law. In case you missed it, the teammates were both arrested for possession of marijuana last Wednesday, with Bell also facing DUI charges related to the incident. Neither player is expected to be officially punished by the league until next season, but the Steelers have indicated they may take a proactive approach in disciplining their top two running backs. The team has done this in the past, and it may be a solid strategy to ensure they have their top backs available later in the season for a potential playoff run. The real questions here involve both the length of the suspension, and whether or not they are handed down in the same week. Based on previous discipline issued in similar situations, it wouldn’t be irrational to assume an eventual one-game suspension for both players. However, is Pittsburgh confident enough to head into Week 1 against the division-rival Cleveland Browns without both players? That part remains to be seen. Either way, it would be unwise to let the looming suspensions drastically effect their fantasy outlooks for 2014.

Training Camp Notes: Still No Answer In Cleveland

  • As much as I was tempted to search for a stock photo of Johnny Manziel telling the Washington sideline that they were No. 1, I resisted and went with a slightly more conservative approach. Arguably more memorable than the gesture and his ensuing reaction was the fact that neither quarterback was truly able to stand out in Monday’s nationally televised showdown. No bad turnovers were committed, but both Manziel and incumbent Brian Hoyer missed open receivers, took sacks and were unable to lead a meaningful drive against the first-team defense. Simply put, this was the worst-case scenario for the Browns. Coach Mike Pettine and company had originally planned to sit down Tuesday and name their starter, but that has yet to happen, as neither option has taken the job that’s been dangling in front of them. Look for this battle to rage on at least a bit longer, and if/when both quarterbacks continue to scuffle, Hoyer wins by default.