Articles by Chris Liss

Chris Liss is RotoWire's Managing Editor and Host of RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM radio.

How To Value Closers – Part 2

Valuing closers has always given me problems. Every year I run their Steamer projections through my formula, they always came out short of what they actually sell for in my various leagues. For example, in the article linked above, Kenley Jansen was the top closer at $14.37, assuming a 70/30 pitching split. But $14.37 equates to roughly pick No. 82 in the NFBC, and Jansen goes far higher than that in most leagues. (His NFBC ADP is 45.)

In the NFBC, closers are pushed up even more than usual because: (1) There’s no trading; and (2) Roughly half your entry fee goes toward the overall prizes, at which you have virtually no shot if you tank a category. For that reason you must get saves at your draft, i.e., ignoring the category leads to almost certain ruin, so you pay what it takes even if it’s far more than they’re worth.

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League of Leagues Draft

Two years ago, Dalton Del Don and I partnered for the original League of Leagues, a two-year, three-sport, six-season contest with 14 teams. The sports are NBA, NFL and MLB and the goal is both to win the individual seasons in each sport and also to have the highest average finish among all the seasons. For the first go-around, Dalton and I are either going to win the entire contest or finish second. We won last year’s NFL and NBA seasons, and we’re neck and neck in NBA for the stretch run this year. (If we win NBA, we win it all.)

But as the sixth and final sport from the first edition winds down, DDD flew out to Vegas this past weekend to represent us again for the second one. We drew the 12th pick.

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AL Tout Wars Team – How I Dominated Jeff Erickson and Everyone Else

On Saturday, we had our annual Tout Wars auction, this year in Rock & Reilly’s bar in midtown Manhattan. It’s a basic 12-team AL-only, 5 x 5 format with some odd  rule quirks. The main one is we use OBP instead of batting average, and the smaller one is instead of a fifth OF, there’s a second utility spot we call a “swing man,” and that swing player can be a hitter or a pitcher.

Here are the results:

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