Hello, Grinders! We’re back with another month of blog awards, and just like last month, RG bloggers provided a wealth of content on a wide range of sports and topics. This month, RotoGrinders members published 121 blogs spanning the NBA, NHL, PGA, MLB, LoL, and MMA. What I’m most excited about, though, is the number of new bloggers that popped onto the scene. Big thanks to ricky123456, MattMann91, Malakes94, ogoryl15, DanBuilder494, evisaya, Spokes, rpak1, thekidjtaylor, sethfein, 4champion for publishing their first blogs. We definitely hope to see more from you all in the future.
Before jumping into the awards, I wanted to alert you guys to an article I recently published, Blogging Tips and Tricks. In the article, I break down how to get the most out of your blog, from trying out new headings, to including images and GIFs, to more nuts-and-bolts type tips, like how to make a player’s name possessive (which can be a little annoying in Textile). If you’re new to the blogging scene, or if you just want to try something new in your blog, I’d I’d encourage you to give it a read.
Once again, we’re really pumped to have FanDuel on board to sponsor the blog program. If you win an award this month, be sure your FanDuel username is displayed in your profile so we can make sure you receive your winnings as quickly as possible. Thanks for all the awesome content this month, guys!
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After posting seven blogs in January and winning the “Blog of the Month – Runner-Up” award, joeymc301 upped his game to another level this month, posting 15 blogs. “To Fade or Not to Fade” is Joe’s take on the always popular lineup review blogs. Reflecting on the process is a key component in improving one’s DFS game, and in “To Fade or Not to Fade,” joeymc301 honestly and openly discusses his successes and failures from the night before. But “To Fade or Not to Fade” isn’t limited to lineup reviews; joeymc301 has been branching out, and The Process, in which he details his daily research routine, is a must-read for new players and veterans alike. Besides having one of the best avatars in the business (brother!), joeymc301 always takes the time to interact with his readers in the comments section, which is huge. Every time I get a ping and see “To Fade Or Not to Fade” appear in my inbox, I give it a read, and you should, too.
Although joeycis wasn’t quite as prolific as he was in January, he continues to refine his blog series, “The Single Bullet,” and like “To Fade or Not to Fade,” I’m excited anytime I see that he’s published a new blog. This guy can write. In “The Single Bullet,” he focuses on his single-entry approach to constructing a lineup, outlining what he got right and what he got wrong. And he’s not afraid to poke a little fun at himself along the way, such as in the intro to his latest blog: “Welcome back to my sphere of influence, my blog, the place for my thoughts to be shared to the millions… errrr dozens…. errrr few… ummm, you clicked on this accidentally didn’t you? I am sorry. Well, while you are here you might as well read about Single Entry tournaments? Right?” Joey ponders questions we’ve all wondered about, like, “Is all value good value,” and, “How often can we just chalk up our results to variance and realize that winning a large field tournament truly does carry a ton of luck?” and he typically follows up his reflection with a few “studs and duds” for the next slate. I certainly hope “The Single Bullet” continues through the NBA season!
Personally, I’ve only tried MMA DFS a few times (although, weirdly, it was the first sport I ever played). jds86’s “Daily Fantasy Knockout” makes me want to play MMA DFS more often. “Daily Fantasy Knockout” is a clean, well-formatted blog with quality writing and perspective from a mind who clearly knows the sport. jds86 breaks down every fight on the card, from the main event down to the first prelim fight, in clear, easy-to-comprehend write-ups. It’s always cool to see writers covering some of the fringier DFS sports (as you’ll see in the next winner, as well), and jds86 is one of the best at covering MMA DFS.
I don’t pretend to know much about League of Legends DFS; however, I can appreciate when someone is making a compelling argument. And that’s exactly what Spokes does in his lone February blog, which was good enough to earn him the “Blog Post of the Month – Runner-Up” award. In his blog, he illustrates how League of Legends DFS could be the solution to anyone who’s been burned by late scratches (so, everyone), anyone who gets bored during the offseason (again, everyone), anyone who’s been tilted over a REF (of all people) costing you money in DFS (maybe not everyone, but a lot us). The crazy thing about this blog is that, even for someone who knows zilch about League of Legends, it was still an entertaining read because of the wit and humor Spokes brought to his subject. Here’s a representative sample:
“But sometimes football is over, hockey is on all-star break, basketball is an unappealing two-game slate, baseball hasn’t started yet, what in the world is there to do? MMA is only every other weekend, golf is sporadic, NASCAR is… still offered on Draftkings occasionally, I think? They keep changing the scoring rules.
Enter Esports. Or ‘eSports.’ Or ‘eSpoRtZ, sponsored by Mountain Dew and Doritos.’”
Good stuff, and I’d love to see more offerings from this new writer in the future.
This was by far the toughest award to give, as there were so many quality blogs from new writers. Mattmann91 gets the nod after churning out eight solid blogs despite starting blogging on February 13th. In his “Fire and Ice” series, he writes up a few NBA plays he projects to greatly exceed value and a few plays that he projects to fall short. Apart from being well written, his player write-ups go deep; it’s not uncommon to see Mattmann91 bust out CourtIQ numbers, team rotation data, Vegas lines, and more, all into a single player write-up. With a few blogs in March already, Mattmann is an exciting new voice in NBA DFS, and I personally can’t wait to see him evolve as a blogger.
I try to be as objective as possible when selecting Blog Award winners, but this was one of those blogs that I just read at exactly the right time, so I knew it had to win an award. The fact is that a good number of avid DFS players are parents, as well, and while it’s clear which one should take precedence (or if it’s not, I’ll tell you – it’s being a parent), it’s easy to let the grind of playing DFS every day obscure what’s important. fcurev brilliantly discusses this issue, which I think is one that many “DFS dads” (and moms) grapple with, and which is evidenced by the positive feedback this blog post received. One of the first DFS articles I ever read was a piece by JMToWin, and maybe that’s why I love articles and blogs that cover the “human side” of DFS. fcurev aptly does that in this blog, and in the end, he finds that “balance and moderation” is key. Great topic, great blog.
WhiteGronko pulled a George Costanza on this one, writing a killer blog, then bowing out for the rest of the month:
His PGA blog was phenomenal, with tons of insight and really fresh writing. It’s got one of the best openings that I’ve read in a DFS article in a while: “You ever have that one lineup that looks so juicy that you just start buying up all the single-entry tourneys you can find because, THIS.IS.THE.ONE. ‘I’m gonna crush everything I enter with this gem,’ you mumble as you deposit more money to cover your over-extended bankroll. The warm fuzzy feelings you get when you look at your favorite lineup radiate out of you like sunshine art. What could go wrong? You ask yourself, as you flash a permagrin in the bathroom mirror. Answer: Everything.” I hope that, unlike George Costanza, WhiteGronko doesn’t quit while he’s ahead, but comes back strong with more blogs in March.
Congrats to all the winners and keep grinding!