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Product Review: RotoDerby Offers a New Spin on Fantasy Baseball

March 12, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Edwin_Encarnacion had another monster year for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Edwin Encarnacion is a perfect RotoDerby asset: lots of homers and RBI, not many Ks. (Breakingblue.ca)

RotoDerby has taken the standard Fantasy baseball game and put a whole new spin on it, with what it’s calling a “Longball Derby.”

There’s a very good reason it’s using this term, as the stats are heavily weighted towards home runs.

You pick a 10-player starting roster (six infielders and four outfielders) with a home run cap (which varies annually), and compete against the rest of the pack to achieve the highest fantasy points for the season based on three stats: home runs (five points), runs batted in (one point) and strikeouts (minus one point).

Simple, right?

It gets better: once you pick your team, it’s locked in for the entire season once the Derby begins, requiring a lot less of your time.

This twist not only simplifies the game by taking the headache of day-to-day maintenance out of your hands (thereby appealing to the neophyte or time-strapped Fantasy owner), but brings in new and interesting strategies. We know that homer hitters are the most valuable players here, but because you are unable to replace an injured player, durability becomes nearly as key a factor when choosing players.

Another interesting way RotoDerby levels the playing field — and helps address the injury situation — is by resetting the standings every month.

So, if your team suffered an injury or stunk it up in April, don’t sweat it, you start all over again in May with another opportunity to win the hefty monthly prizes.

And speaking of prizes, the money being offered is pretty sweet compared to the entry fees.

There are three tiers of Longball Derby:

  • 60K Longball Derby: US$99 entry fee; US$5,000 monthly first place prize (with the top five finishers each getting a prize); US$6,000 for the top overall team for the season (top 10 earn prizes).
  • 15K Longball Derby: US$29 entry fee; US$1,250 monthly first place prize (top five earn prizes); US$1,500 first place prize for the season (top 10 earn prizes).
  • Longball Derby Challenge — Beat the Experts (Ray Flowers and Jeff Mans from the Fantasy Alarm): Entry is free; US$50 monthly first place prize (top three earn prizes); US$250 first place prize for the season (top five earn prizes).

So for less than US$100, you’ll get six cracks at the monthly prize of US$5K, not to mention the season-long prize. Typically, derbies are capped at 1,000 teams, so the odds are pretty solid given the investment.

RotoRob MLB Writer Josh Johnson will be taking RotoDerby for a test drive, drafting teams in all three tiers, and filing monthly reports about how he approached his drafts from a strategy perspective with updates on how his teams are doing. Come play for free and see if you can beat Josh in the Longball Derby Challenge — Beat the experts.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what you think of this new Fantasy offering.

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RotoRob’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast

Crave more in-depth Fantasy analysis? Then join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST for RotoRob’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast on Blogtalkradio as we entertain and edify you for a half hour or more each week. This week, Bob Raymond again joins RotoRob, and John Rotondo, CEO of RotoDerby, will join us to tell our listeners more about his new game. Tune in here.

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Fantasy Football Draft Report

September 7, 2013 | by Josh Johnson | Comments Comments Off
Like all Fantasy experts, I have a long-standing home league that is essentially my baby. We drafted Tuesday evening, and going that late before the season starts rules — it is definitely preferred over drafting early.
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NBA Freeroll: Win $150 from BuzzDraft

February 15, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
As mentioned, this is an NBA freeroll similar to the one BuzzDraft runs on their site daily, except this one is for a $150 prize pool. One you’ve signed up for your account and clicked on the freeroll link, you’ll draft a Fantasy team of 10 players using a $100,000 salary cap. Then you can watch your team scores update in realtime as the NBA games progress on Friday in the My Challenges section of the website.
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The Wire Troll: Nick Foligno is on Fire

December 11, 2011 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
The toughest time of year comes in about a one month span from now until around the All-Star break. Why? Simple: Weeks 10-to-14 are a test of wills especially for those who are middling around in their leagues. The frustration level can hit a fever pitch. The difference between a playoff and non-playoff team is so razor thin that a person’s head could spin. One move — just one simple move — can really make that playoff goal attainable.
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MLB Today: Last Chance to Enter RotoRob-DraftStreet Freeroll

July 22, 2011 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
However, Paulie has suddenly gone hitless in his last nine at-bats, taking his second half BA down to .182. Combine that with the fact that he has just one extra-base hit in five games against the Indians this season and you might be better off going with a cheaper option at first base in the freeroll.
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