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Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide

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Despite what football and the World Series might have you believe, it’s almost time for basketball season!

 

Our senior fantasy basketball writer, Seth Klein has been hard at work and produced an EXCELLENT product to get you ready for your fantasy basketball drafts!

 

Included in this year’s Draft Guide:
 

  • Draft Day Tips/Strategies
  • Rankings
  • Sleepers & Busts
  • RookiesTo Watch For
  • Handcuffs to Target
  • Timeshares to Avoid
  • An Injury Report
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    The fee we are asking for the draft guide ($4.99) is a small price to pay for year-long bragging rights (and maybe some cash) in your personal leagues. To get a copy of the guide in PDF and iBook format, just donate $4.99 through the PayPal button below and we’ll get a copy to your inbox immediately after! We’ll also be offering a season-long membership + draft guide package (that includes the draft guide, daily fantasy basketball lineups, and email access for answers longer than 140 characters) so if you’d like the season-long daily fantasy basketball membership AND the draft guide, enter in $9.99 below. If you’re only looking for the draft guide by itself, that’s still just $4.99. And lastly, if you’d like to find out more about our combo membership packages (that include football and hockey), click here.
     

     

    Thanks everyone for your continued support and we hope you enjoy the draft guide (and membership!)

     

    The FantasyTrade411 Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide

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    The time has come!

     

    A process that has been in the works since early July has finally come to fruition, and the FT411 Hockey Draft Guide is finished and ready for your perusal.

     

    The process involved of getting this done has been lengthy at times. Something that is of this size requires hundreds of man-hours not only from myself, but from my editor Tony Mauriello and the owner of FT411, Nick Raducanu.

     

    While we are charging a modest fee for this year’s guide (last year’s was available for free, but we did accept donations), it is certainly money well spent on your part if I do say so myself.

     

    Included in this year’s Draft Guide:

    • Introduction To Fantasy Hockey – An explanation of different league set-ups, what statistics are commonly used, as well as a walk-through for first-time Commissioners to help set up their leagues.
    • My 10 Commandments For The 2013-2014 Season – General rules to follow for most of your leagues.
    • Draft Day Tips/Strategies – This overlaps with the Commandments a bit, but goes into a little more detail.
    • Auction Strategies – Values are not included, but strategies are.
    • Rookies/Sophomores To Watch For
    • Power Play Expectancy Rankings – A contribution from friend Neil Parker on quantifying expected power play points for/against.
    • Players Who Should Improve On A Down Year
    • Players Who Should Regress From A Career Year
    • Independent Defensive Position Hockey Leagues – A contribution from fellow FT411 writer Chris Wassel, who explains an interesting spin on normal fantasy hockey leagues.
    • Sleepers – These guys might return value from their draft day position, and vary from shallow leagues to the deepest of deep leagues.
    • Busts – Guys who will not return draft day value, again from varying depths of leagues.
    • Team-By-Team Previews – I take a look at all 30 NHL team’s 2013 season, look ahead to their 2013-2014 season, and go through who each team’s Fantasy MVP/Sleeper/Bust will (should/might) be.
    • Points-Only Rankings – This was by reader request. I have a list of my Top 200 points-only league players
    • Roto Rankings – I get more in-depth here than with my points-only rankings. I rank 350 players based on standard roto leagues (~200 forwards, 100 defensemen, 50 goalies).
    • Hockey Analytics – A lot of what I do is based off of statistics and analytics. The Draft Guide will contain about a 10,000 word treatise on what hockey analytics are and how they relate to fantasy hockey.

     

    I will also be posting updates on FT411 for rankings movements with regards to suspensions, injuries, line combinations or any other reason right up until the day the season starts.

     

    For those looking for Daily Fantasy Hockey tips, I omitted them from the Guide because I want to do something separate than lumping it in with a season-long guide. That will be on the website in the next couple of days.

     

    So dive in and enjoy over 150 pages of fantasy hockey goodness. Draft season is here, and the fee we are asking is a small price to pay for year-long bragging rights (and maybe some cash) in your personal leagues. To get a copy of the guide in PDF and iBook format, just donate $4.99 through the PayPal button below and we’ll get a copy to your inbox immediately after! We’ll also be offering a season-long membership + draft guide package (that includes the draft guide, daily fantasy hockey lineups, and email access for answers longer than 140 characters) so if you’d like the season-long daily fantasy hockey membership AND the draft guide, enter in $9.99 below. If you’re only looking for the draft guide by itself, that’s still just $4.99.
     

     

    Thanks everyone for your continued support, and let’s welcome back hockey!

     

    *note: There was one reference in the analytics section to Tyler Seguin’s 2011-2012 PDO. That was in reference to an article written by Cam Charron for The Score

    The FantasyTrade411 FantasyFootball Draft Guide

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    If you’re one of those smart people who hasn’t drafted yet, I’ve got some good news for you: the 2013 FantasyTrade411 Fantasy Football Draft Guide is ready!
     
    After getting such great feedback on the baseball draft guide, I took the same model and carried it over to our football draft guide. I called in some favors to some of my favorite experts from Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, Rotowire, RotoViz, and tons of other great sites that you check every day to give you guys over 125 pages of exclusive content that will help you prepare for your draft and put you on the right track for winning your league.
     
    In the 2013 FantasyTrade411 Fantasy Football Draft Guide, you’ll find rankings, draft strategies, auction strategies, expert mock drafts, how to get your wife or girlfriend into fantasy football, advanced statistics for dummies, Daily Gaming 101, team previews, sleepers & busts, bold predictions, injury risks, and more!
     
    How do you get your hands on it? We have a couple different options for you to purchase the draft guide:
     
    1. Daily Gaming Options
     
    We’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with our friends at DraftStreet to provide you with an exclusive offer that lets you draft a new team each week (and win some money) as part of DraftStreet’s daily gaming site AND get a free copy of the draft guide (NOTE: this offer is only for NEW DraftStreet customers). How do you do that?
     
    A. Deposit $10 into DraftStreet and get a free draft guide: $10
     
    B. Deposit $20 into DraftStreet and get a free draft guide & FantasyTrade411 membership* (details below): $25
     
    2. Non-Daily Gaming Options
     
    If you are already a DraftStreet customer and/or want to buy the guide as a stand-alone, there are two ways you can do so:
     
    A. Enter $10.00 into the PayPal link below and I’ll shoot you a copy of the draft guide.
     
    B. Enter $25.00 into the PayPal link below and you’ll get the draft guide AND access to an in-season membership* (details below)
     


     
    **What’s a FantasyTrade411 Membership? It gives you access to:
     

    • a private  Twitter account where you can get quick and prioritized answers
    • exclusive DraftStreet lineups we’ve put together for you
    • exclusive members-only games on DraftStreet where you can take me on for cash
    • members-only chats with me and other fantasy football analysts
    • access to an exclusive weekly podcast where you can call-in to get lineup advice from me and another analyst

     
    And if you’re still dubious about the membership, here’s a testimonial from one of last season’s members:

    My team was 2-6 and tied for last place in a high stakes league.  I knew changes needed to be made, but I was having a hard time getting trades done in my league. I play in a league in which just about every other team is run by guys who are delusional about their players’ trade value, and a few of them are pretty sneaky.  I regularly check rankings, but that doesn’t really help me evaluate trades.

     

    I noticed X was answering a ton of trade questions via twitter, and with nothing left to lose I became a Fantasy Trade 411 member.  X took a look at my roster and told me which moves to make and which trades to reject with extreme prejudice.  When you’re in a league with guys who try and hustle you, it always helps to get a second opinion on trades.  He took into account my league’s unique scoring system as well as the strengths and weaknesses of my team (something other rankings sites don’t do) and with his advice I revamped my roster.

     

    Since then I’ve won four straight and I’m guaranteed a playoff spot, even if I fall to 6-7.  A month ago I was in last.  X’s advice was a big factor in my success, and I’ll definitely renew my membership next year.  He offers a service no one else does, and he’s a proven authority.

    If you have any questions, you guys know where to find me.

     

    - Nick “Trader X”
     

    Draft Guide Preview: Fantasy Baseball Strategy

    As most of you have seen on Twitter, we released the 2013 FantasyTrade411 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide right before Valentine’s day. The positive response has been absolutely overwhelming (and humbling), but I’ve also had some folks understandably ask for a preview of the guide before they spend their well-earned $9.99. Don’t worry…I don’t blame you. I waffle before I make a purchase all the time.

     

    To help you make your decision (and hopefully sway you to the dark side), I’m going to start releasing a quick preview of each piece that we have in the draft guide over the next few weeks. We have a full list of what’s in the guide over on the site, but today’s preview is an awesome piece by our managing editor Tony Mauriello called, “How To Out-Wit and Out-Think in 2013″.

     

    We get a lot of questions on Twitter about the differences between roto leagues vs. head-to-head leagues vs. points leagues and how to change strategies for those types of leagues. To help try and answer those types of questions in our draft guide, Tony put together a great piece that breaks down the differences between those types of leagues and how you should approach your draft in each.  Here’s a quick screenshot of  Tony’s ‘How To Out-Wit and Out-Think in 2013′ article (and there are three and a half more pages of this article to go along with the preview below):

     

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    I hope you enjoyed that quick preview, and again…there are three and a half more pages of that article in the draft guide, along with 137 more pages that you can read about here. And if you’ve ever wanted to try daily gaming, we’re also offering a special deal for first-time FanDuel customers that gives you $10 free on FanDuel along with the purchase of the draft guide!

     
     

    Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Preview: “10 Things We Can Learn From 2012″

    As most of you have seen on Twitter, we released the 2013 FantasyTrade411 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide right before Valentine’s day. The positive response has been absolutely overwhelming (and humbling), but I’ve also had some folks understandably ask for a preview of the guide before they spend their well-earned $9.99. Don’t worry…I don’t blame you. I waffle before I make a purchase all the time.

     

    To help you make your decision(and hopefully sway you to the dark side), I’m going to start releasing a quick preview of each piece that we have in the draft guide over the next few weeks. We have a full list of what’s in the guide over on the site, but today’s preview is an awesome piece by our own Joe Costello called, “10 Things We Can Learn From 2012″.

     

    It can be a painful, but looking back at my previous fantasy baseball season can be an extremely helpful exercise. I can always learn a few key lesson by looking back at the previous year’s trends as well as my successes and errors. To this end, Joe Costello was tasked with taking a look back at the fantasy baseball year that was 2012 and give us 10 lessons that we can use to inform our 2013. I’m obviously biased, but I think you’ll agree that Joe didn’t a fantastic job.  Here’s a quick screenshot of ‘What We Can Learn From 2012′ piece (and there are two and a half more pages of this article to go along with the preview below):

     

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    I hope you enjoyed that quick preview, and again…there are two and a half more pages of that article in the draft guide, along with 137 more pages that you can read about here. And if you’ve ever wanted to try daily gaming, we’re also offering a special deal for first-time FanDuel customers that gives you $10 free on FanDuel along with the purchase of the draft guide!

     

    Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Preview: “Freshman Orientation”

    As most of you have seen on Twitter, we released the 2013 FantasyTrade411 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide right before Valentine’s day. The positive response has been absolutely overwhelming (and humbling), but I’ve also had some folks understandably ask for a preview of the guide before they spend their well-earned $9.99. Don’t worry…I don’t blame you. I waffle before I make a purchase all the time.

     

    To help you make your decision(and hopefully sway you to the dark side), I’m going to start releasing a quick preview of each piece that we have in the draft guide over the next few weeks. We have a full list of what’s in the guide over on the site, but today’s preview is an awesome piece by our own Travis Rowe (also of GoProFantasySports) called, “Freshman Orientation”.

     

    I’ve had a lot of folks on Twitter tell me that they’re really interested in trying out fantasy baseball, but they feel like the learning curve is too steep. I don’t blame them for feeling like that (since fantasy baseball is a lot more daunting than fantasy football), but Travis Rowe had put together a GREAT article to get any fantasy baseball newbie into the game. Travis did a great job of outlining all the basics for you in a very engaging (and humorous) way and even gives you some great external sources for extra “suggested reading”. If you’ve ever wanted to try fantasy baseball but felt in over your head, this article is just for you! Here’s a quick screenshot of Travis’ Freshman Orientation piece and there is another page and a half more pages of this article that go along with the preview below:

     

    Freshman Orientation

     

    I hope you enjoyed that quick preview, and again…there are four and a half more pages of that article in the draft guide, along with 134 more pages that you can read about here. And if you’ve ever wanted to try daily gaming, we’re also offering a special deal for first-time FanDuel customers that gives you $10 free on FanDuel along with the purchase of the draft guide!
     

    Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Preview: “What the F#@K Are Sabermetrics?!”

    As most of you have seen on Twitter, we released the 2013 FantasyTrade411 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide right before Valentine’s day. The positive response has been absolutely overwhelming (and humbling), but I’ve also had some folks understandably ask for a preview of the guide before they spend their well-earned $9.99. Don’t worry…I don’t blame you. I waffle before I make a purchase all the time.

     

    To help you make your decision(and hopefully sway you to the dark side), I’m going to start releasing a quick preview of each piece that we have in the draft guide over the next few weeks. We have a full list of what’s in the guide over on the site, but today’s preview is an awesome piece by Moe Koltun of RotoAnalysis called, “What the F#@K Are Sabermtrics?!”.

     

    If you’ve ever found yourself listening to a fantasy baseball podcasting wondering what xFIP was or what BABIP stood for, this article is right up your alley. Moe does a great job of explaining some of the typical sabermetrics stats you’ll hear (BABIP, FIP, xFIP, ISO and HR/FB ratio) and what they mean for your fantasy team. I always hate when analysts just throw out sabermetrics and don’t actually apply them to a fantasy context, but Moe goes the extra step and identifies some players who may be affected by some of the stats he throws out. If you’ve always felt like sabermetrics sounded like a different language, there are four and a half more pages of this article that go along with the preview below:

     

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    I hope you enjoyed that quick preview, and again…there are four and a half more pages of that article in the draft guide, along with 134 more pages that you can read about here. And if you’ve ever wanted to try daily gaming, we’re also offering a special deal for first-time FanDuel customers that gives you $10 free on FanDuel along with the purchase of the draft guide!

     
     

    2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Download

    Cover (1)Thanks for your interest in the draft guide!

     

    All you need to do now is click the TinyPass link below and enter your payment information. You’ll then be pushed behind the paywall where you can click the link provided to download the PDF of the Draft Guide using your credit card or PayPal ($9.99).

    You are now behind the TinyPass Paywall…congratulations and thanks for purchasing the draft guide! Click here and the guide will be all yours!

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com

    Fantasy Baseball: The Draft Guide Is Almost Here!

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    We’ve reached epic Jessie Spano-style levels of excitement, here!

    A couple weeks ago, I tweeted out that we’d have a big post-Super Bowl Announcement.

     

    Well, last I checked it is now “post-Super Bowl” and if nothing else…I’m a man of my word (sort of).

     

    I’m not going to spill the beans entirely just yet, but our 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide will be published early next week and we’ve partnered up with FanDuel to distribute the guide!

     

    I’ll provide more details on the FanDuel partnership (and what it means to you) over the next few days, but in the meantime, I wanted to give you all a sneak-peak of what’s to come in the draft guide later this week.

     

    You’ve seen our full list of (amazing) contributors for the team-by-team preview section of the draft guide, but here’s a list of what else we’ll have in the draft guide:

     

    • My Fantasy Baseball Commandments (by Nick Raducanu, aka “TraderX”)
    • Top 300 Rankings and Draft Cheatsheet (by Nick Raducanu)
    • Positional Tiers and Breakdowns (by Nick Raducanu)
    • 300 Player Projections (by Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus)
    • Draft Strategies for Snake, Auction, H2H, Roto, and Points Leagues (by our managing editor, Tony M)
    • Auction Values (by Tony M)
    • Expert Mock Draft (features Andy Behrens of Yahoo, Nando di Fino of CBS, Davis Gonos of Sports Illustrated, Dr. Roto of RotoExperts, Matt Deutsch of SiriusXM Fantasy, Jason Collette of Baseball Prospectus, Dalton Del Don of Yahoo and Rotowire, Jake Ciely of RotoExperts, Drew Dinkmeyer of Fantistics, Paul Sporer of Baseball Prospectus, Reggie Yinger of Baseball Press)
    • Is the Term “Injury Prone” a Myth? (by Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report)
    • Daily Gaming 101 (by Ethan Haskell of RotoGrinders)
    • Sabermetrics 101 (by Moe Koltun of RotoAnalysis)
    • Fantasy Baseball Freshman Orientation (by Travis Rowe of FT411 and GoProFantasySports)
    • Trade Strategies and Etiquette (by Kyle Soppe of FT411)
    • Closer Report (by Nick Raducanu)
    • Sleepers and Busts (by Michael Clifford of FT411)
    • Who is the next Mike Trout? A Minor League Analysis (by Davis Mattek of SportsWunderkind)
    • What We Can Learn From 2012 (by Joe Costello of FT411)
    • Why Fantasy Footballers Should Play Fantasy Baseball (by Rob Pallazola of FT411)
    • 30 Team-by-Team Previews

     

    If you’re interested in a sneak-peek at on of the team previews that will give you a good idea of what the guide is going to look like, please take a moment to fill-out the form below and I’ll be happy to send it your way:

     

     

    We have all the content submitted to the guide (and I’m neck-deep in formatting  it all right now), so we’ll have this available for purchase early next week! In the meantime…I hope you enjoy the sneak-peek!

     

     

    Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide

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    We still have one more week of football left, but me and the guys here at FantasyTrade411.com have been champing at the bit to get started on our upcoming Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide since Rex Ryan started contemplating keeping Tim Tebow on the bench all season (so basically since August).

     

    We’re already underway with our rankings, player previews, articles, mock draft preparations (and everything else the draft guide will entail), but I wanted to give you guys a sneak-peak at something I’m really excited about — and potentially give you a chance to participate in the draft guide.

     

    Just like a lot of draft guides do, we’ll be putting team-by-team previews together, but we’re going to do something a little different and have those team previews written by a fan of that team (a few of these fans are some of your favorite fantasy writers and a few of these fans are going to be some of you!). We’re shooting to have our draft guide ready by the beginning of February and I’ll be releasing the writer of one team preview each day up until the release of our draft guide (see below).

     

    I’ll let you guys know how you’ll be able to pre-order your copy soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this living-breathing list  and keep back checking daily to see who’s been added to it.

     

    Red SoxTony M (managing editor here at FantasyTrade411)

    Devil RaysDavid Gonos (contributor to SportsIllustrated.com and owner of DavidGonos.com)

    Blue JaysMichael Clifford (writer and head Canadian here at FantasyTrade411)

    Yankees – Glenn Colton (co-host of SiriusXM Fantasy’s “Colton and the Wolfman”)

    Orioles – Albert Lang (Podcaster extraordinaire and writer at FantasyPros911 and TheFantasyFix)

     

    Tigers – Ryan Carey (writer at Mastersball.com)

    Twins – Clave Jones (co-founder of (FantasyBaseballCrackerJacks)

    Kansas City Royals – Davis Mattek (founder of SportsWunderkind)

    Indians – Russ Shaffer (FT411 follower and lifelong Indians fan)

    White Sox – Jim McGrew (FT411 follower and big Chicago sports fan)

     

    A’s – Vincent Frank (writer at BleacherReport and Edraft)

    Astros – Chuck Licata (writer here at FantasyTrade411)

    Rangers – Brett Talley (managing editor and head podcaster at TheFantasyFix.com)

    Angels – Josh Pacheco (founder of NewSportsGuru and co-host of SportsCast)

    Mariners – Chad Scott (writer at FFOasis and Dynasty League Football)

    Braves – Chuck Licata (writer here at FantasyTrade411)

    Mets – Matt Schwimmer (co-founder of RotoAnalysis)

    Nationals – Tom Murphy (FT411 follower and huge Nationals fan)

    Marlins – Travis Rowe (writer at FantasyTrade411.com and founder of GoProFantasySports.com)

    Phillies – Nicholas Minnix (fantasy baseball editor at KFFL.com)

     

    Cubs – Mark Kaplan (producer at 730 Yahoo Sports and host of All Things Fantasy)

    Reds – T  aka WHUDEY (writer and podcaster here at FantasyTrade411)

    Brewers – Ryan Forbes (co-founder of 2 Mugs Fantasy Football)

    Pirates – Dan Domenick (FT411 and Pennsylvania sports fan)

    Cardinals – @HeHaithMe (one of the best sports handicappers around and co-founder of 3030sports.com)

     

    Giants – Brian Forrester (FantasyTrade411 Insider Member and HUGE Giants fan)

    Dodgers – Aaron Roberts (founder of Bertsball and long-time Dodgers fan)

    Rockies – Nick Lauzon (FT411 follower and Rockies fan)

    Diamondbacks – Will Carroll (contributor to SportsIllustrated.com and BleacherReport)

    Padres – Sean P. Galvin (FT411 follower and Reality Television Producer)

     

    Again, if you’re interested in writing a preview for your favorite team (and it’s still available), shoot me an email at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com. And if you have any specific topics you want us to cover in the Draft Guide, please feel free to email me or leave a comment below.