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Hey Grinders! My name is Joe Rapolla Jr., @joerapjr here on RotoGrinders and on Twitter, and I’ve just joined the team as the new Community Manager! I’m psyched to be here, and more importantly, I can’t wait to get to know all of you in the RotoGrinders Community better. I’ll post a little bit more about myself and my role in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, let’s get to the blogging awards and give some well deserved recognition for some seriously good writing!
One blogger truly went above and beyond this month, creating a series that was both unique and engaging. This man is none other than @kieff5280, and he is, ladies and gentleman, your April Blogger of the Month!
Unlike many of today’s NBA superstars, kieff5280 didn’t take any night’s off in April. He posted his blog Why Am I Not A Shark? 20 times! This consistency is unheard of, so a huge round of applause for @kieff5280 for his tenacity.
What I love about “Why Am I Not A Shark?” is that it takes a slow and steady approach to improving at DFS. While many rookie DFSers are hunting for their first big win, @kieff5280 has set boundaries for himself and is really looking at the finer details of the DFS process, from lineup construction to site selection, as well as bankroll management and knowing when not to play.
This series is a must read for all DFS players, and just so you know to “Trust the Process” with @kieff5280, he won a GPP this past month in episode 11 of his series!
April was a month where we truly had two bloggers that stood out, creating a real Russell Westbrook and James Harden situation. darkknight007 blogged 19 times, and like @kieff5280, was a true model of consistency.
darkknight007’s MLB Grind features him reviewing the previous slate before previewing the day’s slate. It’s as solid of an informational read as there is out there, and it’s consistently a great place to look for a quick-yet-solid overview of the day’s action!
The winner of this month’s post of the month is a newcomer to the RotoGrinders’ blogging circuit, which makes this award even more respectable and noteworthy.
@chrischeung28’s piece, titled League of Legends or Laugh out Loud? was unique for a number of reasons. First off, it’s en eSports piece, which is a niche DFS sport. That said, those that play eSports are passionate about it, and quality eSports content is always fantastic to see.
Secondly, @chrischeung28 touched heavily on what he has observed from grinding countless LOL slates, and he avoided the tendency that many bloggers have of making “picks.” This piece provides the tools, yet the reader/player can deduce what they want from the information. This is a truly fantastic blog post that caught our eyes for many reasons.
@smadog wrote a really great, straightforward piece this month about building a successful MLB model for DFS. For anyone who has ever tried to build a projection model before, you know that this is no small undertaking! It’s a long and arduous process of trial and error, and there is often a lot of error when first starting off!
While the technical information included was fantastic, what made @smadog’s piece even better was that he provided some backstory about himself, complete with photos of him from live finals that he has qualified for.
This is hugely important to remember for aspiring DFS bloggers: be a personality! It’s great to read picks and thoughts on strategy, but many readers are looking for pieces that are funny, witty, and insightful. Don’t be afraid to be more than a screen name!
It’s rare that we award double awards, but we felt that this month it was warranted. Not only did @chrischeung28 write the “Blog Post of the Month,” he was also the best new blogger.
He is a clearly a special talent, as very few inaugural blogs read as well as his. We hope to see more posts from @chrischeung28 in the future, as it’s without question that he’d be a valuable asset to the RG Community!
This month’s winner for the most interesting/entertaining blog post is last month’s “Best New Blogger” winner @anirudh. What made this blog so interesting and entertaining was the same thing that makes many things in life so great… SWEET VICTORY!
In this post, @anirudh documented how he took down his 1st GPP, on a 3-game NBA playoff slate. He broke down his thought process, including his decision to fade a very expensive Russell Westbrook and his decision to play Ryan Anderson. He noticed that Anderson was getting all the minutes and shots that he needed to yield a big game, yet the shots just weren’t falling. He determined that it was just a matter of time, and sure enough, Ryno found his stroke in that game!
Congrats to @anirudh on the win and a thank you for sharing your path to victory with us!
Last but not least, April’s Wild Card Award goes to @fcurev for his piece on DFS NBA strategies particularly geared towards the playoffs. This piece was great because it seems that many DFS players go right to MLB once the NBA regular season ends, yet there is undoubtedly an edge to be had playing the NBA playoffs.
@fcurev talked about how it often makes sense in the playoffs to take an extreme stars and scrubs approach, since the starters often log 36+ minutes and take 20+ shots. As a result, DraftKings, and sometimes FanDuel, price down roleplayers, sometimes to only $1,500. At these prices, a mere 12 fantasy points is an 8x return on value!
Thanks to @fcurev for reminding us why it’s sometimes imperative to think outside the box, and thanks to all the bloggers this month for your hard work and dedication to the RotoGrinders Community!
I am beyond excited to be taking over, and I look forward to getting to know all of you better and rolling out some exciting, new features!