Articles by Vlad Sedler

Vlad Sedler covers baseball and football for RotoWire. He is a veteran NFBC player and CDM Hall of Famer, winning the Football Super Challenge in 2013. A native Angeleno, Vlad loves the Dodgers and Kings and is quite possibly the world's only Packers/Raiders fan. You can follow him @RotoGut.

Fantrax: Salary cap football fever

Fantasy football salary cap games date back almost as far as traditional drafts and auction leagues. Cap games served as the inspiration for DFS and are essentially the season-long version of daily fantasy. Veteran fantasy games provider Fantrax has been running their salary cap points challenge for almost a decade. Their popular budget option is the Bronze Points game, which costs just under 30 dollars to enter and offers league prizes (first place nets $100) in addition to an overall prize of $2,000.

The premise of Fantrax Bronze Points is simple: select a team of 34 players (22 starters, 12 bench players) and accumulate points from your starters each week all while staying under a $60,000 salary cap. That averages out to $2,700 per starting roster spot where the game’s most expensive player this year (Aaron Rodgers) is listed at $5,710 and the base price for players in this format comes in at $1,500. Salaries are preset and do not change week to week like in DFS. The goal is to identify and roster the best values at each position, building a roster that blends surefire fantasy studs with cheaper breakout players with upside.

Training Camp Notes: Waiting for Eifert

Harsh reality set in for folks who drafted Bengals’ tight end Tyler Eifert as a top 10 TE over the last couple of months. Last year’s touchdown leader among tight ends (13) has been on the mend since suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss most of the playoffs last season. Eifert had surgery in the offseason and only recently began jogging. Ian Rapoport of reports that the Bengals and Eifert are targeting a Week 4 return, though the delay could last until Week 6 or perhaps longer. Eifert’s ADP has ranged between the seventh and tenth rounds in most 12-team formats – an ADP that will will immediately take a deep dive into the late teen rounds.

Training Camp Notes: Gronk returns to practice

The world’s best tight end, Rob Gronkowski, returned to practice on Wednesday, according to NFL insider, Adam Schefter. Gronk rejoins teammates for the first time since August 15. He was sidelined with an undisclosed injury that was later declared to be a small bruise. Gronk may not see much preseason action as coach Bill Belichick will likely continue to play coy in all matters regarding his big man’s health. Gronkowski has been slipping into the middle and late parts of second rounds in MFL and NFFC drafts over the last week as drafters are wisely choosing healthier and safer options in that range.

Training Camp Notes: The Gift of Gabbert

With fellow quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the mend from a sore throwing shoulder, Blaine Gabbert is quickly emerging as the clear favorite to win the 49ers starting job, according Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. Coach Chip Kelly has yet to name a starting QB for the team’s first preseason game on Saturday, but it certainly looks like Gabbert will get the call with Kaepernick limited at Friday’s practice. Gabbert appeared in eight games last season, throwing for just over 2,000 yards (7.2 YPA) and a 10:7 touchdown-to=interception ratio. Even if Gabbert is named the team’s starter, he will likely continue to be drafted outside of the top 20 quarterbacks in all formats. Gabbert could provide value in deeper leagues with adequate weapons at his disposal in newcomer / vertical-threat Torrey Smith, the emerging Bruce Ellington and big-bodied target, Vance McDonald.

Training camp notes: Zeke Elliott temporarily hamstrung

Cowboys’ faithful received a scare Wednesday morning with the report that their prized fourth overall pick, Ezekiel Elliott, is expected to miss some time dealing with a hamstring issue. Overblown concern dominated fantasy Twitter when the news first broke this morning until the realization surfaced that Elliott’s injury is not that serious and that the Cowboys are simply being cautious with their rookie back. In the meanwhile, veteran Alfred Morris and Darius Jackson (their only two healthy backs) will receive more reps. Elliott is considered a sure fire first rounder in fantasy drafts this year, particularly in PPR formats, despite never playing an NFL snap. His draft stock should take a small dip into the second round (12-team formats) for the time being. Elliott is expected to rank among the league’s leaders in carries this season.

Training Camp Notes: Andre Johnson’s swan song?

On an otherwise uneventful news cycle on the first Friday of NFL training camp, it appears that the Titans have decided to add 35-year old wide receiver Andre Johnson into the fold. The veteran was ineffective in his only season with the Colts last year, securing just 41 of 77 targets for 503 yards and four touchdowns. He joins a bevy of options at quarterback Marcus Mariota’s disposal along with Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham, rookie Tajae Sharpe and free agent signing, Rishard Matthews. Johnson has yet to sign, but expects to do so early next week. An uptick on last season’s dismal numbers shouldn’t be shocking as he is expected to provide leadership to the Titans’ young corps of receivers.

The SFB480: Fantasy Football’s ultimate draft experience

Far and away, the most intriguing draft I’ve ever been a part of is the Scott Fish Bowl Invitational (#SFB480 in your Twitter search) — a colossal mega event featuring 480 teams. The leagues are divided into groups of 12 teams, with eight conferences of five leagues each.  Conferences are categorized by genres of famous Hollywood folk (Funny Men, Leading Women, Bad Ass Women). The contest is invite-only with a long waiting list and is about to embark upon its seventh season. It consists of 320 fantasy football writers represented across over 80 sites with the remaining 120 players known as “super fans”.