Early 2019 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Rounds 1 & 2

On the latest RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Derek VanRiper and I completed the first two rounds of an Early 15-team 2019 Mock Draft.

Really. Early.

Being the generous host he is, DVR let me draft eight teams (including the No. 1 pick), while he handled the other seven.

Who went No. 1? (Jose Ramirez?) Which pair is your favorite? Which team messed up?

Take a look at the draft board image below or the public Google Doc. We’ll be finishing up with Rounds 3 and 4 next Tuesday to wrap up the regular season.

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Week 2 Observations

Week 2 wasn’t as bad as Week 1 – you can only die in Survivor once, and at least I had already priced in the Leonard Fournette/Le’Veon Bell absences. Of course, that doesn’t make it good. I dropped D.J. Moore to make room for Dante Pettis in the 14-team, QB-flex Stopa (Loan Pickle) League where I have Marquise Goodwin. It’s the same league where I bought Jameis Winston at a “discount” and opted for $2 Sam Bradford as my three-week fill-in instead of $1 Ryan Fitzpatrick. It seemed like a small, almost irrelevant decision at the time – in fact, Fitzpatrick faced a tough Saints D in Week 1, while Bradford had a home game against the Redskins, and it seemed there was a better chance Bradford would keep the job most of the year, giving me a valuable third QB in the QB-flex format.

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The Vampire (Football) Diaries: Count Chocula Eats!

Count Chocula eats Ezekiel Elliott for breakfast!

There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

Seriously though. I didn’t think I’d say it because in my wildest dreams I didn’t think I’d slay a team whose first three draft picks were Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Jordan Howard with an undrafted squad I built from the scrap heap. And starting a Saints defense that gave me negative four points no less. (Also, it’s not a sentence you’d expect to say because the breakfast part is confusing. Obviously Count Chocula is a breakfast guy, but in general I think most vampires prefer to dine in the dark, spooky hours of the morning).

If this all sounds a little confusing, perhaps it’s because you don’t know what a Vampire league is and need to first consult the Week 1 edition of The Vampire (Football) Diaries before plowing ahead.

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2018 Rotowire FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 2

Welcome to the second week of the NFL season and the RotoWire Football Championship hosted by FanDuel.

I’m happy that the first week of the NFL season is behind us. I hate the first week when it comes to picking players for fantasy football and that was indicative on how well I did, as I finished a robust 51st of the 55 contestants.

The RotoWire Football Championship is straight forward. We’re running a $10 contest in each of the first 10 weeks of the season, where the top 150 users double their cash. You’ll compete against fellow RotoWire readers as well as three experts: Kevin Payne, Jeff Erickson and Derek Van Riper. Beat all three experts in one week and you’ll earn entry to Week 11’s Free Play championship round. The top 120 players in that round will win a prize, with the first-place contestant coming home with $1,000 and a two-year subscription to RotoWire. You can sign up for this week’s competition here.

Meanwhile, the rest of the experts here at RotoWire will be competing in a parallel contest. Last year, Mike Doria claimed the title, with Tate McIntyre grabbing the silver and Hunter Van Asten coming home with the bronze.
And last week Payne came out on top with 194.04 FanDuel points as Kevin really collected off of the Chiefs-Chargers game where 89.04 points came out of it and you add Saints’ Alvin Kamara (38.6) and James Conner (31.7) equals winning the week.

You can check out the full expert leader board here, but here’s the current top 10:

1. Kevin Payne (kevinccp) 194.04
2. Darin Brown (dabsabre) 182.66
3. Shawn Cwalinski (cwalinski) 181.26
4. Davis Mattek (DavisMattek) 176.14
5. Joe Bartel (alphacool) 176.02
6. Michael Rathburn (burnnotice) 175.52
7. Joel Bartilotta (joelbartilotta) 170.76
8. Michael Gay (phislamajama10) 167.54
9. Jake Letarski (rotojakeski) 166.36
10. Scott Jenstad (oaktownsj) 165.96

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: TNF Preview Edition

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

With Thursday Night Football about to kick off Week 2, this edition of our weekly O-line analysis piece takes a look at how the Bengals and Ravens will match up. Without further ado, let’s check in on who’s trending up or down with a week of NFL football under our belt:

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