Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, 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.
April 16, 2014
DVR & Bernie discuss Jackie Robinson Day, the latest wrinkle in the Ryan Braun Problem, the importance of early-season velocity, and more!
April 9, 2014
DVR & Bernie discuss owners’ tendencies to panic, the latest pitching causalities, their failed attempt to work out a Ryan Braun-Yasiel Puig trade in the Steak League, and more!
April 4, 2014
Cliff Lee will try to get back on track Saturday after disappointing Opening Day start in Texas.
April 2, 2014
DVR & Bernie discuss their post-draft regrets, recap the injuries of the past week, and discuss their spring and early-season surprises.
March 27, 2014
With the pre-determined strategy of buying Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, did DVR find enough talent to fill out the bottom of the roster for his Tout Wars squad?
March 26, 2014
Clay Link (@ClayWLink) & Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) look back at the Steak League auction, discuss the Pirates' long-term extension with Starling Marte, and attempt to get a read on the health of Brewers shortstop Jean Segura.
March 26, 2014
Yu Darvish's neck injury is just the latest in a growing list of ailments that have depleted the Rangers' roster this spring.
March 25, 2014
Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) flies solo in this episode due to an outbreak of Roto Fever. Yu Darvish won't start Opening Day, Yasiel Puig's MRI results are in, and is it time to worry about the health of Jean Segura's shoulder?
March 24, 2014
The Steak League Auction is here! Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) and Adam Wolf (@WolfmanTweets) discuss the Rangers' 2B options, St. Louis' decision to use Carlos Martinez in relief, and DVR's Tout Wars squad.
March 19, 2014
DVR & Bernie get ready for the opening series in Australia, discuss the injury woes of the A's and Tigers, and break down the prospects they landed in the staff keeper auction.
March 18, 2014
Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) & Clay Link (@ClayWLink) take a look around the league in their final preparation before the Staff Keeper League 2.0 Auction.
March 17, 2014
Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper), Adam Wolf (@WolfmanTweets) & Clay Link (@ClayWLink) discuss a heavy supply of weekend injuries, consider last season's breakout players and their chances of repeating, and debate the merits of Guinness v. whiskey
March 14, 2014
Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) and Clay Link (@ClayWLink) consider the rotisserie value of Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez, recap Friday's injury news, and discuss several young prospects on the brink of making an impact in 2014.
March 13, 2014
Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper), Clay Link (@ClayWLink), and Adam Wolf (@WolfmanTweets) discuss several injury updates, unsettled closer situations around the league, and how to kill time at the airport.
March 12, 2014
DVR & Bernie recap the final week of Bernie's trip to Florida, share more sleepers, and talk about Yu Darvish's new approach.
March 10, 2014
The Braves have major injury issues in their rotation, Sergio Romo isn't throwing his slider this spring, the sophomore slump is bogus, and more
March 7, 2014
While there wasn't a $40 hitter in the National League pool during Sunday's LABR auction, Paul Goldschmidt might be a steal for DVR at $33.
March 7, 2014
Oscar Taveras gets on the field for his first game of the spring, Doug Fister has an MRI, and the Rangers still don't know who is going to close this season. Check out the first episode of the new RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast!
March 5, 2014
Zack Wheeler is hardly a secret, but why is he failing to crack the top-200 in NFBC ADP? DVR & Bernie discuss in the latest episode of Short Hops.
February 26, 2014
Christian Yelich has hit at every level as a pro, but he seems to be flying under the radar in many drafts this spring. DVR and Bernie begin to share their sleepers and undervalued targets in the latest episode of Short Hops.
February 20, 2014
In what will be the last ride for Derek Jeter, 2014 hopes to bring improvement following another big offseason spending spree by the Yankees. Will the depth hold up and the big acquisitions pay off for a return to the postseason?
February 19, 2014
After turning things around in Cleveland last season, Ubaldo Jimenez has landed with the Orioles. DVR & Bernie weigh in on the move in the latest episode of Short Hops.
February 18, 2014
The addition of Mark Trumbo provides more pop in the D-Backs' lineup, but can Paul Goldschmidt and company chase down the Dodgers in the NL West?
February 12, 2014
DVR & Bernie finish up their positional rankings and take a look at relievers, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of spring training in Arizona vs. Florida, and run through a number of toss-up scenarios.
February 8, 2014
Can Max Scherzer maintain the gains that made him an elite starter in 2013? DVR looks around the league in the first edition of the Wheelhouse of 2014.
February 5, 2014
DVR & Bernie share their catcher rankings, discuss the Dodgers' lineup construction, consider the most impactful young players in the game and more.
January 29, 2014
Jedd Gyorko was a very pleasant surprise in his rookie campaign, but where does he fall on DVR and Bernie's second base rankings?
January 22, 2014
Carlos Gomez was a huge profit-maker for his fantasy owners in 2013. What can we learn from his breakout, and who is this year's version? Derek VanRiper breaks down Gomez and other outliers from 2013.
January 22, 2014
Masahiro Tanaka lands with the Yankees and Clayton Kershaw gets a contract extension with the Dodgers. Plus, DVR & Bernie share their starting pitcher rankings, consider Carlos Santana at third base, and discuss the Brewers' plans at first base.
January 14, 2014
DVR & Bernie discuss the injuries to CarGo, Verlander and Derek Holland, share their top-20 (actually, 21) outfielders, and consider the distribution of auction dollars between hitters and pitchers.
January 8, 2014
DVR & Bernie share their Hall of Fame ballots, set the table with their corner-infield rankings, and discuss where owners should be comfortable selecting Ryan Braun on draft day.
January 3, 2014
In the first episode of 2014, DVR & Bernie discuss the make-up of Yasiel Puig, consider the idea of Chris Davis as an early first-round pick, dive into the top-10 shortstop rankings and much more!
December 27, 2013
DVR & Bernie discuss Shin-Soo Choo landing in Texas, the impending arrival of Masahiro Tanaka, the Reds' plans for Billy Hamilton and more!
December 18, 2013
DVR & Bernie break down the White Sox-Diamondbacks trade, recap the recent signings around the league, and consider potential landing places for some of the top remaining free agents.
December 11, 2013
It's Winter Meetings time in Orlando! Bernie and DVR catch up on the biggest signings and trades that have made this offseason one of the most fast-paced winters in recent memory.
November 27, 2013
The past week has brought a smorgasbord of moves including blockbuster trades and big free agent signings, but there are plenty of chips still to fall. Put on your Thanksgiving sweatpants!
November 26, 2013
Calvin Johnson missed the Lions' first meeting with the Packers this season, but will he feast on the Green Bay secondary on Thursday?
November 20, 2013
DVR & Bernie discuss The Hot Stove, whether Paul Goldschmidt should have won the NL MVP award, Bernie reconsiders Yasiel Puig at No. 1 overall in 2014, and shares his best from the Arizona Fall League.
November 13, 2013
Now coming through the left and right speaker simultaneously, DVR and Bernie discuss the Rookie of the Year results, whether the Tigers should move a starting pitcher this winter, free agent catchers and more!
November 8, 2013
Ilya Bryzgalov played just two seasons in Philadelphia after signing a nine-year, $51 million deal with the Flyers. Can he resurrect his career in Edmonton on a one-year deal?
November 6, 2013
Now that David Ortiz and the Red Sox are World Series Champions again, DVR and Bernie are starting to look ahead to 2014 in the latest episode of Short Hops.
November 2, 2013
It's hard to believe that Trent Richardson was a consensus first-round pick on draft day. DVR and Andrew Martinez discuss big changes so far, and surprises that may be on the horizon.
November 1, 2013
Claude Giroux still appears to be working his way back from a wrist injury, creating yet another problem for the Flyers. How did they handle it against the Caps on Friday night?
October 23, 2013
In the latest episode of Short Hops, DVR and Bernie preview the World Series, talk about a few players that have caught Bernie's eye in the Arizona Fall League, share their top-five closers for 2014, and more.
October 16, 2013
In addition to checking in on the four League Championship Series matchups, DVR & Bernie discuss the merits of Javier Baez against Carlos Correa in the latest episode of Short Hops.
October 9, 2013
DVR & Bernie discuss the decisive Game 5's on tap, and begin to place Jose Fernandez on the draft board for 2014 in the latest edition of Short Hops.
October 2, 2013
If Justin Upton gets hot, can the Braves find a way to knock out the Dodgers the NLDS?
September 25, 2013
In this week's episode, DVR and Bernie discuss Manny Machado's injury, the AL Wild Card race, Andy Pettitte's case for a place in the Hall of Fame, and more.
September 17, 2013
How much will a lost 2013 season lower Matt Kemp's stock? In the latest episode of Short Hops, DVR and Bernie discuss the Rangers' slide, Todd Helton's case for the Hall of Fame, and more players that have surprised and disappointed them this season.
September 16, 2013
The Chiefs kept DeMarco Murray quiet on the ground in Week 2, but is he primed for big things in the coming weeks? Derek VanRiper takes a look around the league as Week 2 comes to a close.
September 16, 2013
With new ownership, a 15-year lease to stay in Glendale, and a talented young blueliner in Oliver Ekman-Larsson locked up with a long-term deal, the future is bright in Phoenix.
September 11, 2013
Starlin Castro made Bernie and DVR's lists as one of the biggest disappointments in 2013.
September 10, 2013
Entering his second season in Minnesota, Zach Parise and the Wild offense could be primed for a big leap forward.
September 9, 2013
Shane Vereen's wrist surgery is a bad break following an impressive Week 1 performance.
September 6, 2013
Now that he's closing in on 1,500 big league plate appearances, is it time to give up on Mike Moustakas?
September 4, 2013
What should the Tigers do with Miguel Cabrera battling injury and chasing a Triple Crown down the stretch? Which managers are on the hot seat? DVR & Bernie discuss those topics and more in the latest episode of Short Hops.
August 31, 2013
With Miguel Cabera and Mike Trout likely to occupy the first two spots on most 2014 boards, does Bryce Harper enter the conversation at No. 3 overall?
August 29, 2013
Despite the Mets' efforts with a closely monitored workload, Matt Harvey has suffered a partially torn UCL. DVR & Bernie discuss that and more in the latest episode of Short Hops.
August 22, 2013
Do the Dodgers have the best rotation in baseball? Bernie and DVR discuss that and a number of other topics in the latest episode of Short Hops.
August 17, 2013
Stephen Strasburg's unusual ejection left his fantasy owners in a tough spot Saturday.
August 16, 2013
With approximately six weeks left in the season, Derek VanRiper takes a final crack at the Top 200 overall with the removal of Nelson Cruz and others suspended for their connection to Biogenesis.
August 15, 2013
How much will the addition of Alex Rios help the Rangers? DVR and Bernie discuss that, and much more in the latest episode of Short Hops.
August 9, 2013
By a wide margin, Mike Trout has the best WAR in all of baseball over the past calendar year. Is he the consensus No. 1 overall pick for those looking ahead to 2014?
August 8, 2013
In the second episode of Short Hops, DVR and Bernie talk about the impact of the Biogenesis suspensions on the contenders, weigh the Indians' chances of competing with the Tigers down the stretch, and sort out where Javier Baez will eventually fit into th
August 3, 2013
After criticizing Royals general manager Dayton Moore's only trade at Wednesday's non-waiver deadline, Derek VanRiper retraces his steps over the past 18 months and questions some of his own decisions.
July 27, 2013
The Rangers are once again going all in while making a World Series push, and perhaps another move or two will follow the addition of Matt Garza. Derek VanRiper takes a look around the American League heading into the non-waiver trade deadline.
July 24, 2013
Miami's Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick are among the recent promotions to target in FanDuel contests.
July 20, 2013
Ike Davis lived through a few weeks in Las Vegas, but could you last 30 straight days without leaving the Strip? DVR ponders that and takes a look around the National League coming out of the All-Star break.
July 1, 2013
Since the Royals brought in George Brett as their hitting coach, Eric Hosmer has been hitting the way many expected him to in his sophomore campaign. Should he have made DVR's Top 200?
June 28, 2013
Opportunity may have knocked sooner than expected for Yasiel Puig this season. Where did he rank on Derek VanRiper's midseason Top-200 List?
June 21, 2013
Now that Papa Grande is Papa Cocida, the Tigers will finally look elsewhere for a closer. Derek VanRiper takes a look around the league as the end of June draws closer.
June 14, 2013
The value of Carlos Gomez is one of many topics that came up at the FSTA Conference. Derek VanRiper takes a closer look.
May 29, 2013
The Astros maxed out their value in the first 10 rounds by taking Carlos Correa first overall ahead of Byron Buxton last June, but Buxton has been the most impressive first-rounder in the 2012 draft class thus far.
May 26, 2013
Jeff Erickson and Derek VanRiper pick a number of items from the buffet this week, including Kevin Gausman's debut for the Orioles.
May 24, 2013
Why doesn't Shelby Miller get as much attention as Matt Harvey? Derek VanRiper takes a look around the league closing in on Memorial Day.
May 18, 2013
Ike Davis' slow start has left many owners concerned about a possible demotion. Is it time to jump ship?
May 16, 2013
Jean Segura has been a top-five offensive fantasy player this season. Has he broken the needle? How do we value him going forward? (WITH VIDEO)
May 10, 2013
For years, Ricky Nolasco has teased owners with an ERA well above his xFIP. Is his fast start in 2013 a sign of things to come?
May 3, 2013
Should Jarrod Parker be downgraded from his preseason projection after a poor April? If so, by how much? Derek VanRiper takes a look.
April 26, 2013
Could Dexter Fowler reach new heights in Colorado with his power production this season?
April 26, 2013
Rays lefty Matt Moore looks to improve to 5-0 with a road start against the White Sox on Saturday.
April 19, 2013
Robinson Cano is one of many Yankees with an impressive career mark against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
April 12, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is one of many aces taking the mound in Saturday's matchups.
April 5, 2013
Ryan Braun owners are crossing their fingers after neck spasms kept him out of the lineup Friday night.
April 4, 2013
Derek VanRiper recaps the NFBC Main Event after taking Troy Tulowitzki ninth overall in Saturday's draft.
March 25, 2013
In a league that switched from batting average to on-base percentage, Derek VanRiper made Giancarlo Stanton the anchor of his Tout Wars offense.
March 11, 2013
Austin Jackson leads all qualified hitters with a .370 BABIP over the last three seasons. Is he bound for regression? Derek VanRiper takes a closer look.
March 1, 2013
With a heavy workload during the first week of spring training, Jose Bautista gets a slight bump up the board.
February 22, 2013
Infield flyballs are just as costly to a hitter as strikeouts. Dan Uggla generated plenty of both last season. Should you write off a rebound? Derek VanRiper takes a closer look at hitters wasting opportunities.
February 18, 2013
Edwin Encarnacion broke out in 2012 - what will he do for an encore?
February 15, 2013
Is the market failing to account for Joey Votto's extremely low infield flyball rate? Derek VanRiper takes a closer look.
February 7, 2013
The Angels added Josh Hamilton to an already strong lineup following Mike Trout's 2012 breakout. Are the Halos poised to make a deep postseason run?
February 7, 2013
The future is bright in San Diego, but competing in a tough division likely will keep the Padres out of playoff contention.
February 5, 2013
The Diamondbacks drastically changed the core of their lineup this offseason, trading away Justin Upton and Chris Young.
February 4, 2013
If the initial rankings are any indication, DVR won't own Mike Trout in his one-year leagues in 2013.
November 27, 2012
The Broncos surprised many by leaning heavily on Knowshon Moreno in Week 12 while getting used to life without Willis McGahee.
November 20, 2012
Don't have Tony Romo on your roster(s) this season? You may want make things interesting Thursday and target him late in Thanksgiving Day drafts...
November 14, 2012
The Chiefs may turn to Brady Quinn again once he's healthy, leaving Dwayne Bowe owners to plan accordingly.
November 9, 2012
November 7, 2012
Prior to his 80-yard score in garbage time Sunday, Chris Johnson had 14 carries for 54 yards against the Bears. Is it time to cash him in?
October 31, 2012
Kenny Britt has been unable to match his previously elite YPA marks this season. Is he on the verge of a turnaround?
October 25, 2012
Since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 3, Reggie Bush has struggled. Is he primed to return to his early-season form coming out of the Dolphins' bye week?
October 18, 2012
If A.J. Green can play at the elite level of Calvin Johnson, could Andy Dalton be this year's Matthew Stafford?
October 11, 2012
Jamaal Charles' return to elite status has been one of the few bright spots for the Chiefs this season.
October 4, 2012
Despite similar numbers, the value of Demaryius Thomas seems to have risen much more quickly than that of teammate Eric Decker.
September 27, 2012
With an impressive showing in Week 3 and an eight-week absence for Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams has a clear path to a larger workload in Arizona.
September 20, 2012
Currently on pace for 600 attempts this season, Matt Cassel's value is rising thanks to a porous Kansas City defense.
September 14, 2012
September 12, 2012
If the Colts' defensive struggles in Week 1 are any indication, Reggie Wayne will be a target monster as Andrew Luck and company play catch-up each week.
September 6, 2012
Although concern about a suspension has faded, Marshawn Lynch's bout with back spasms could be problematic.
August 30, 2012
Is former first-round pick Mark Ingram destined to disappoint fantasy owners again in 2012?
August 23, 2012
Sidney Rice was a top-10 receiver with the Vikings in 2009 before injuries limited him in each of the last two seasons. Can he stay healthy and deliver profit from his current ADP?
August 16, 2012
Adrian Peterson's removal from the PUP list this week is another step toward getting on the field in Week 1 against Jacksonville.
August 9, 2012
How much should rookie running back Trent Richardson fall after Thursday's arthroscopic knee surgery?
August 3, 2012
Hanley Ramirez gets a fresh start in Los Angeles, but will he ever return to his pre-2010 peak levels?
August 2, 2012
Can Steven Jackson parlay his opportunity for a heavy workload into one more big season for the Rams?
July 26, 2012
Jamaal Charles is set to open camp with his teammates after missing most of last season with a knee injury. A healthy Charles could be primed for a big bounceback season in 2012.
July 20, 2012
July 19, 2012
Marshawn Lynch's weekend arrest may lead to disciplinary action from the NFL. How far should he fall as a result of a potential suspension?
July 6, 2012
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June 29, 2012
Examining how adjustments, injuries and age can impact a players' performance
June 22, 2012
Chris Sale's move to the rotation has paid off in a very big way for the White Sox thus far.
June 15, 2012
Is there anybody out there still willing to trust Francisco Liriano?
June 8, 2012
Giancarlo Stanton has rebounded from a slow start after missing time during spring training with a knee injury. Is he worth a top-five overall pick?
June 8, 2012
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April 30, 2012
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April 5, 2012
With a home matchup against soft-tosser Mark Buehrle, Joey Votto is well worth the price in daily salary cap games Thursday.
February 8, 2012
The Rockies' series of moves in the last nine months seem to conflict with each other.
February 7, 2012
Nearly everything went right for the Diamondbacks in 2011. Can they repeat this year?
January 31, 2012
Former Astro Michael Bourn is carrying a steep price tag on draft day. Could his replacement in Houston provide just as many steals at a fraction of the price in 2012?
January 13, 2012
Did you miss out on Curtis Granderson's monster 2011? It's time to learn from the mistake and profit elsewhere in 2012.
November 22, 2011
Need to make Thanksgiving Day more interesting? Have a one-day league using only the three games being played on the holiday.
September 2, 2011
An in-depth look at the Detroit Red Wings heading into the 2011-2012 season.
July 6, 2011
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April 27, 2011
April 25, 2011
Barry Zito started last season with a 1.53 ERA, but it didn't last. Which players hot this April are destined to cool off?
April 18, 2011
April 13, 2011
April 11, 2011
April 7, 2011
April 5, 2011
The Brewers are off to a slow start despite Ryan Braun's heroics, but there's still reasons for optimism over the long haul.
March 31, 2011
March 30, 2011
The nightcap Thursday features an excellent pitching matchup between Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw.
March 30, 2011
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March 22, 2011
Even with a low strikeout rate last season, could Trevor Cahill be undervalued in drafts this spring?
March 10, 2011
Derek VanRiper breaks down all the projected closers and tries to find values among their ADP's. Matt Thornton is one of his bargains.
February 19, 2011
February 16, 2011
You probably overpaid for roses on Valentine's Day, Don't make the same mistake during your draft.
January 31, 2011
Adrian Gonzalez's trade to Boston tops the list of players moving into the American League this season.
January 27, 2011
January 17, 2011
As the top-ranked second baseman on our cheat sheets, it should come as little surprise that Robinson Cano fetched $43 on auction day.
January 17, 2011
Cards starter Adam Wainwright may finally unseat Chris Carpenter as the first St. Louis pitcher off the board in 2011.
November 22, 2010
Drew Brees might be the first overall pick in Thanksgiving Day leagues with his matchup against a Dallas pass defense giving up 7.7 YPA this season.
October 29, 2010
October 22, 2010
Will Beanie Wells find it difficult to run against opposing defenses challenging Arizona rookie quarterback Max Hall?
October 15, 2010
The Bengals continue to give Cedric Benson a heavy workload and he could exceed his draft day price tag as a result.
September 24, 2010
Darren McFadden ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards after the first two weeks, but will his fantasy value drop with the likely return of Michael Bush in Week 3?
September 14, 2010
The Seahawks stunned the Niners in Week 1, but it wasn't because of Pete Carroll's use of Justin Forsett.
September 9, 2010
September 7, 2010
August 15, 2010
August 4, 2010
Could Manny Ramirez and others be moved after passing through waivers?
July 31, 2010
Lance Berkman will head to the American League and DH for the Yankees after being traded by the Astros on Saturday.
July 21, 2010
The 2009 season was unlike any other during the past decade for tight ends. There's more depth than ever for those who miss out on San Diego's Antonio Gates on draft day.
July 20, 2010
No NFL running back had a larger share of his team's carries than St. Louis' Steven Jackson (88.9%) last season.
July 17, 2010
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is progressing in his rehab and could return to the lineup in the next 10 days.
July 15, 2010
July 10, 2010
Zack Greinke is one of many starters on Sunday with a good track record against the lineup he'll be facing to close out the first half.
July 8, 2010
Derek VanRiper and Jeff Erickson talk about their busts. Adam Lind captains the outfielders.
July 1, 2010
The surprising San Diego Padres remain atop the NL West, and the NL generally. What moves should they make going forward?
June 22, 2010
Six running backs are coming off the board before you get to Texans receiver Andre Johnson in most drafts. Is he the top wideout on your cheat sheet?
June 17, 2010
Will Youngsters Step Up and Save Fox's Job?
June 16, 2010
Pirates top prospect Pedro Alvarez was called up for his big league debut on Wednesday night. Do Pirates fans now have more to be excited about than Primanti's?
June 3, 2010
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