Articles by Chris Benzine

A listing of all the articles written by Chris Benzine for the RotoWire Blog.

RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 4

On to Week 4 of the NFL Season. I’ve had some decent success in the first three weeks (hopefully the same applies to you) and am excited to keep things rolling as we begin hitting bye weeks (my Packers and the Eagles are the only teams off in Week 4).

It is also Week 4 of the RotoWire & FanDuel competition. Here are the rules to the contest for those who don’t know:

  • 10-week competition hosted on FanDuel
  • $10 entry (max five entries each week)
  • Compete against other users and three FanDuel experts (Jeff Erickson, Derek VanRiper, Kevin Payne
  • Finish above the experts, win an entry in the Week 11 Freeroll with over $5,000 in prizes and RotoWire subscriptions up for grabs
  • Each qualifying week acts as a double-up with the top 250 doubling up their cash
  • This is not a continuous competition, so you can enter every week, and you don’t have to have participated in Week 1 to enter this week’s competition
  • There is no limit on the amount of entries you can win for the championship round, so start racking them up this week if you haven’t already
  • You can sign up for this week’s competition here

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Special Week 1 Edition


Welcome to the RotoWire & FanDuel Championship, in a special Week 1 edition that is going live Tuesday. From now on, the posts will surface on Friday with a recap portion and a combination of value picks and high risk/reward plays for the upcoming week. This special Week 1 Tuesday version of the post will solely focus on the recap portion and go a little more in-depth with the DFS action from Week 1.

Week 1 Championship Recaps

Expert Competition

My strategy for the contest was to start by targeting a player I felt was undervalued for Week 1. In this case, that was Spencer Ware given the absence of Jamaal Charles (knee). I prefer to have a connection between my quarterback (Drew Brees topped my board) and a wide receiver and decided to save some money with Willie Snead instead of Brandin Cooks. The strategy worked out and I turned it into a fourth place finish in Week 1.

Led by a strong group of running backs (Spencer Ware and DeAngelo Williams), David Soda (sodes3434) managed to supplement them with the connection of Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks to take Week 1 of the competition by a hefty margin, finishing with 184.52 points on the week. Rounding out the top five were Andrew Fiorentino (akf1986) with 165.56, Joel Bartilotta (joelbartilotta) with 162.10, myself (crispy272001) with 161.32 and James Seltzer (schweppy23) with 156.40.

User Competition

Moving on to the user competition, doublee posted the top score in Week 1. Led by the exact same core group of Brees, Ware, Williams and Cooks, he managed to edge out the top expert score by 0.70 points, finishing with 185.22 in total. The top five was rounded out by bsoutlaw (177.20) sxm_gal (175.58) and bengalbuck (169.50), who utilized his five entries well, putting all five into a tie for fourth.

The highest RotoWire expert in the competition was Jeff Erickson (jefferickson), who finished the week with 141.22 points to place 85th among entrants. All 84 entries that scored above him will receive an entry into the Week 11 Free Play contest.

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Rotowire & Fanduel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Finals

RWBC Finals Recap

As a breaking news writer at RotoWire, I have the fortune to be around news all day. In fact, I often input many of the player notes and lineups readers rely on daily. You’d think this would assist when I play in daily contests (which I do pretty consistently), and it does to a certain extent. However, many unpredictable factors can contribute to the outcome of daily games, and that’s why many of us like to play. We’ve had the fortune of partnering with Fanduel for this competition, and it’s provided a great opportunity for RotoWire experts to interact and compete with the users of our site.

Following 13 weeks of qualifiers, the RotoWire Championship Finals presented by Fanduel have been completed. While our experts couldn’t earn entries into the $15,000 final available to other Fanduel users, the top five experts in the qualifiers each week and the overall top 10 received entries into an expert finals. Entering the last week of competition, I stood on the doorstep of at least two entries, sitting eighth in the standings and posting a strong enough performance in Week 5 to bag an entry. Unfortunately, my last qualifier went poorly, and I dropped to 14th overall out of the 50 experts who entered the competition, and took just one entry into the final.

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