On Monday morning we drafted the RotoWire Vegas League, a 14-team, non-PPR draft with the RotoWire staff. I drew pick six. Here are the results:
In a rare All-Star break blockbuster, Manny Machado has officially been dealt to the Dodgers, in exchange for Yusniel Diaz, Rylan Bannon, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera. My first reaction to the deal was that the Orioles didn’t get enough for Machado … though frequently that’s my reaction when the player dealt is a rent-a-player such as Machado. My cynicism was further fueled because it’s the Orioles, and I’m predisposed to slag any move that they make. Moreover, they didn’t send over any money to help the Dodgers save salary, or more importantly for the Dodgers, luxury tax relief, which strikes me as standard operating procedure for Peter Angelos and the Dodgers.
Tonight was the first “Beat Chris Liss” draft, a 12-team NFFC Online Championship with the standard rules: 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-FLX, 1-TE, 1-K and 1-D. It’s full PPR and with 10 bench spots. I drew the eighth pick (with third-round reversal.)
Here are the results:
Two weeks ago, I was in Minneapolis for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association conference, and a big topic on the agenda was the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the federal ban on sports betting. I listened as the panelists – one of which was ESPN gambling reporter David Purdum, another of which was RotoWire’s Peter Schoenke – explained how each state would have to come up with its own regulations and how those regulations might take shape.
The Reds have a Billy Hamilton problem. They have many, many problems, actually, but this one is more of a conundrum than a problem. They have four outfielders and only three spots to play them, all with their own set of flaws. Hamilton’s flaw is not a minor one – he cannot hit. In fact, he’s gotten worse this year, hitting just .210/.297/.300 going into Thursday night’s game against the Brewers. But, he’s also the team’s only real center fielder, and is a plus-defender for the position to boot. Can the Reds afford to play him? Can they afford not to play him? How should we value him in our fantasy game?