MLB Barometer: Breaking the Bubble
MLB Barometer: Breaking the Bubble

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

Lately, I have realized that I view, write and talk about fantasy sports in a bubble. I'm not the most successful or experienced player, but like anybody who has ever had a team of their own, I am myopic. My focus is centered on leagues and formats that are most important to me – the NFBC, Tout Wars, LABR – and that is simply too narrow.

Drawing from the experiences in those leagues is often valuable, and perhaps it's OK to have a 15-team mixed league as the baseline for analysis, but it's easy to lose sight of the large volume of leagues that have fewer teams, and fewer starting roster spots. Even the rotisserie-centric nature of my analysis might skew away from a large portion of the audience.

To be clear, this isn't a call for anybody to "dumb down the analysis" or to only focus on smaller player pools. It's merely an acknowledgment that there is still plenty of work to be done in helping a greater number of readers and listeners win their leagues.

This season, members of the RotoWire staff have been joining the Fantasy Baseball community on Reddit each Tuesday to host regular AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions.

Taking the time to do that has been beneficial for me as it's helped me get a better pulse of what other players, in a wider variety of league formats, are thinking about doing with their rosters – this can be done with the RotoWire Ask An

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Derek VanRiper
Derek is the Director of Media 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's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).
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