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James Anderson is a University of Minnesota graduate, with allegiances to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks (sigh) and Gophers (double sigh). He is an editor and scribe at, primarily focused on basketball and baseball. In 2013 he was a FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year.

Fantasy sports articles written by James Anderson

The Prospect Post: What Could Go Wrong

RotoWire's resident rookie expert, James Anderson, breaks down our current expectations for the top rookies going in fantasy drafts.

Coaching Tiers 2014: Where Popovich Finishes Last

If minutes are the most important stat in fantasy, then it's important to know which coaches run the most fantasy-friendly rotations and whether last year's trends will continue.

Category Strategy: Great Production at a Discount

In his final Category Strategy of the season, RotoWire's James Anderson takes a look back on the season to appreciate those players who produced far beyond their draft-day price tag.

Category Strategy: Tracking Injuries

As we approach the end of the season, teams will be using injury replacements with abandon. It's important to track rotations to find new value.

Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Monopoly Money for Miggy

Adam Wolf (@WolfmanTweets) & James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) discuss the Tigers' long-term deal with Miguel Cabrera, second-base situations around the league, and more!

Category Strategy: While They're Looking the Other Way

Between fantasy baseball drafts and March Madness, there aren't a lot of people paying attention to the NBA this weekend.

Category Strategy: To The Point

RotoWire's James Anderson points out productive options, such as Darren Collison, that are available in numerous formats.

Category Strategy: The One

Andrew Wiggins went from the projected No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft to being merely a name in the discussion, but his recent play may have put him beyond his peers.

Category Strategy: Carmelo's Dilemma

Should he stay, or should he go?

Category Strategy: What Did/Didn't Happen

RotoWire's James Anderson hits on a few things about what happened/didn’t happen at the trade deadline and offers perspective on pickups.

Category Strategy: Dunk-a-Bomb

Although the conclusion of Saturday's Slam Dunk Contest left fans wanting more, one of the event's participants, Terrence Ross, continues to knock down an ample number of treys.

Category Strategy: Overdue

Jared Sullinger's recent production is legit. Pick him up or trade for him.

Category Strategy: Injuries and Opportunities

If you're looking for help in a specific category, RotoWire's James Anderson has some pickups to consider.

Category Strategy: Underappreciated

Players like Alec Burks and Andray Blatche have seen their value fluctuate this season, but they should be owned in most leagues.

Clowney Comeback: First Round Mock

Jadeveon Clowney was largely written off as a potential first overall pick after a disappointing junior year, but mounting questions on the QBs could push him back to the top

Category Strategy: Picking Through the Scraps

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson offers some options off the waiver wire.

Category Strategy: Shumpert Blooming

Iman Shumpert should have been doing a lot more this season based on the dearth of talent surrounding him in New York’s backcourt, and he may finally be ready to offer real fantasy value.

Category Strategy: Help on the Wire

There are several top-tier options on the waiver wire right now who can help in most categories. Stay active, and grab some of these recommendations.

Category Strategy: Getting Freaky

Should the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, be owned in all leagues?

Category Strategy: Farmar Flier

The Lakers have had their point guard corps so decimated that the injured Jordan Farmar could be a savvy pickup before he's actually healthy and playing.

Category Strategy: Fishing with Leuer

If you're lacking in production in any one category, James Anderson has some players to target on waivers who can help.

Category Strategy: Corbin's Jazz

Tyrone Corbin either needs to start playing his young players without restrictions, or the Jazz need to get someone in the coaching seat who will.

Category Strategy: Go Get Gordon

Gordon Hayward is by far the best option for you to get assists this week, and the alternatives after him aren't very pretty.

Category Strategy: Every Rose Has Its Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich should be a decent source of assists with Derrick Rose at risk of missing the rest of the season. Need help in another category? Read within to find great waiver targets.

Category Strategy: Love Outlet Passes

Are Kevin Love's outlet passes the best thing since sliced bread? Yes. Yes they are.

Category Strategy: Hot Waiver Targets

Need help in a specific category or just looking for some great waiver targets, read about all the players gaining value over the last few games.

Category Strategy: In Memorium SSOL

With Mike D'Antoni trying desperately to turn mediocre talent and over-the-hill veterans into a competitive team. That's not good for most fantasy teams.

Category Strategy: My Favors-ite Opportunity

Did you take Derrick Favors in your draft? He's poised for a big season, and RotoWire's James Anderson is loving Favors' value in drafts.

Category Strategy: Points League Strategy

Though often overlooked by fantasy experts, points leagues demand some strategy discussion. James Anderson points out some points leagues values and players to avoid.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Points League Strategy and the Weekend's News

Monday's Fantasy Basketball Podcast from RotoWire. Kyle McKeown and James Anderson take a look at Points League Strategy and the weekend's news.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Tuesday

Tuesday's Fantasy Basketball Podcast from RotoWire. Kyle McKeown and James Anderson take a look at Monday's news.<

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Preseason Opening Weekend

The first weekend of preseason action is over and Kyle McKeown and James Anderson have the breakdown on all the important news.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Media Day Notes

In Tuesday's podcast, James and Kyle discuss the biggest stories coming out of the team media days and talk a little H-2-H playoffs schedule strategy.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Wednesday's News and Notes

Kyle McKeown (@RotoWireKyleNBA) and James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) break down Tuesday's training camp news.

NBA Draft Kit: Head-to-Head Team Playoff Rankings

Plan ahead. We've ranked all 30 teams based on their fantasy basketball playoff schedule. Use this to dominate your draft.

NBA Draft Kit: Coaching Tiers

If minutes are the most important stat in fantasy, than it's important to know which coaches run the most fantasy-friendly rotations and whether last year's trends will continue.

Category Strategy: Replacement's Value

James Anders (@RealJRAnderson) says Wilson Chandler is the guy who can help win a championship this week. Go grab him.

Category Strategy: Injuries Open Opportunities

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) points out some under-owned players who could help your team in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Play Through

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) is annoyed with coaches' management of players in foul trouble and has some pickups in mind to help in the playoffs.

Category Strategy: Player B

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) reminds us that fantasy is supposed to be fun, but he still wants to win. So, Reggie Evans.

Category Strategy: Weekly Schedules

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) helps you set your lineup for the playoffs and points out players to target in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Obvious MVP

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) gives his two cents on the MVP race and offers up category-specific advice.

Category Strategy: Post-Deadline Pickups

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) discusses some players to consider following the trade deadline.

Category Strategy: Trade Deadline Targets

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) offers some players to target in trades before the deadline.

Category Strategy: Reserve Bledsoe

James Anderson (@realjranderson) believes Eric Bledsoe's recent play has been equivalent to that of Russell Westbrook's.

Category Strategy: Motown Calderon

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) gives his perspective on the Rudy Gay trade and points out some category-specific waiver adds.

Category Strategy: Category All-Stars

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) runs down his fantasy Category All-Stars for the first half.

Category Strategy: Interim Coaching Tiers

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) revisits his coaching tiers to examine the new interim coaches and breaks down some good roto pickups.

Category Strategy: Value Carousel

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) features players who are under owned and points out guys to help close the distance in roto.

Category Strategy: Not Always Fun, But Functional

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) offers up players who are available in most leagues but can be of help in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Amar'e Off the Bench

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) wonders if Amar'e can be of use as a seventh man, and he points out some good waiver grabs.

Category Strategy: The Trade Scene

James Anderson (@RealJrAnderson) talks the trade scene and breaks down some players to target on waivers.

Category Strategy: Scoring Rookie

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) details why you should have traded Jeremy Lin this week and points out some great buys on the wire.

Category Strategy: A Plan for Pau Gasol

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) says Pau Gasol is buy-low candidate at the right price. Need help in specific categories? Look no further. The answer to your need is within.

Category Strategy: When Minutes Aren't Everything

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) thinks Russell Westbrook should be targeted in trades and breaks down category specific help.

Category Strategy: Assists are Hard to Find

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) points out some under-owned players who could help your team in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Under-Owned Players

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) features players who are under owned and points out guys to help close the distance in roto.

Category Strategy: Parsons Family Time

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) talks trade targets and points out players who can help in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Wizards Hit A Wall

James Anderson breaks down Tuesday's games.

Category Strategy: Early-Round Complements

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) talks up complementary players to pair with first-round picks.

NBA Mock Draft: RotoWire Staff Mock Draft

James Anderson breaks down a recent mock draft with the RotoWire NBA experts.

Category Strategy: The All-Drainer Team

Players getting drafted in most leagues who are a drain to certain stat categories.

NBA Team Previews: Los Angeles Lakers 2012-13

Category Strategy: Bobcats' Biyombo Becoming Blocking Beast

Struggling in a specific scoring category? Check out some of these players.

Category Strategy: Coaching Tiers

Which coaches have the best rotations for fantasy? RotoWire's James Anderson breaks it down.

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