• mewhitenoise

    RG Contributor

    • Blogger of the Month

    Hello, Grinders! I’m really excited to be able to announce monthly blog award winners moving forward. As someone who started out writing blogs for RG, I understand what a big deal it is to be recognized for your contributions to the site, and it’s cool to be able to play a part in that.

    It was really tough to narrow down the field this month, partially because I’m new at this, but mostly because of the quality and range of the content provided by our bloggers. January saw 127 total blogs posted, and these blogs covered the NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, MMA…there was even an MLB one thrown in (come back baseball…you are missed). Topics discussed ranged from winning lineup reviews, slump busting, and risk tolerance in DFS to the dangers in relying too heavily on big-name players, trusting the process, and increasing your bankroll on a college budget. There was also some quality pro wrestling discussion – never a bad thing. All in all, RG bloggers just keep producing quality, original content, and I think it’s safe to say the blog program is stronger than ever. And if you don’t believe me, just read the comments section of our blogs, where the writers are all supporting each other and reading each others’ stuff; that’s always cool to see.

    We’re excited to announce that starting in January, FanDuel will be sponsoring our blog program. If you win an award this month, be sure your FanDuel username is displayed in your profile; they’ll pay out your winnings directly. Big thanks to FanDuel for coming on as the new sponsor! And for everyone else, thanks for the awesome content, and keep blogging!

    Interested in blogging? Check out the blog program details here.


    Blogger of the Month ($150)


    As single-entry tournaments gain popularity across the industry, joeycis writes about his approach to taking them down. Personally, I always struggle with knowing how far to veer from my “optimal” cash lineup in single-entry GPPs, and I’m sure I’m not alone. In “The Single Bullet,” joeycis discusses the challenge of building an optimal lineup while also factoring the game theory angle, reviewing his lineup from the previous night, as well as providing a few “studs” and a few “duds” for that night’s slate. He’s been insanely prolific, posting 16 blogs between January 12th and the end of the month, and if we’re lucky, there will be more to come. With a clean format, quality writing, and insightful commentary, “The Single Bullet” has earned joeycis January’s Blogger of the Month award.


    Blogger of the Month – Runner Up ($75)


    “Fading the Chalk” is a blog that I read every day as I gear up for the following night’s slate. Why? Because I have kids, and (like Dan Back) I often find myself “sweating while I’m asleep” (which is one of those phrases that sounds a lot more weird if you say it outside of DFS circles).There’s no better way to review your hits and misses from the night before than taking a look at how some of the best pros in the industry have constructed their lineups, then trying to deconstruct their thought processes. AndyBowsers does this work for us, then presents it in a clean, easy-to-read format, while also providing some insights to consider while building lineups in the future (how to handle late swap news, how it’s possible to make money even if you fade the slate’s highest scorer). AndyBowsers has developed quite a following, as evidenced by the staggering 268 likes he received for his 19 blogs this month. “Fading the Chalk” isn’t hard to find, as it’s regularly featured on RG’s home page, but if you’ve somehow missed it, I urge you to make reading this a part of your research routine.


    Blog of the Month ($75)


    COAST-2-COAST,” YUUNGMOOLAHH’s blog series, may only come out twice per week, but make no mistake – there’s plenty to chew on each time he writes up a slate, as his blogs regularly crush RotoGrinders’ 600-word minimum for blog posts (his final January blog checked in at nearly 4,000 words). Writing in a style that is truly all his own, YUUNGMOOLAH has been consistently providing quality content since September of last year, and he continued that into January. His love for hoops comes across clearly, and he not only provides solid picks in each column, but he gives us general insights that apply to both newcomers and veterans of DFS. If you haven’t been reading “COAST-2-COAST,” you’re missing out. It’s well deserving of January’s “Blog of the Month” award.


    Blog of the Month – Runner Up – ($50)

    “To Fade or Not to Fade” by joeymc301

    @joeymc301 started this series late in the month (January 22nd), but he’s making it count, posting seven blogs between then and the end of the month. In “To Fade or Not to Fade,” joeymc301 details his thoughts on the previous night’s slate and identifies strengths and weaknesses in his own routine. He provides us with relatable lessons he’s learned, things like “If you don’t have time for your process, don’t play the slate,” and, “Every now and then, refresh yourself on the basics.” The post titled Busy Times, in particular, spoke to me as a fellow teacher, but I’m sure anyone who’s tried juggling DFS with their work life can appreciate the perspective he brings to the topic. Joe really seemed to hit his stride late in the month, and personally, I’m excited to read whatever this new voice in DFS posts moving forward.


    Best Post from a New Blogger ($50)

    The Grind is Real: Fighting Through an ICE COLD Streak, by fcurev

    We’ve all been there. You’re taking in a ton of information, putting hours of thought into your lineups, and feeling good about your process, but you just can’t seem to catch a break. Newcomer @fcurev walks us through how best to respond when nothing is clicking. I love honesty when I’m reading DFS content; everybody has cold streaks, and too often, reading DFS content can make you feel like you’re the ONLY one who is struggling through the daily grind. fcurev acknowledges the inconsistency that comes with playing this game (even calling himself “the Elfrid Payton of DFS” – that’s honesty). And hey, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, as his next blog discussed how to handle being on a heater. Great stuff by fcurev, and I hope to see more from this new blogger.


    Most Interesting/Entertaining Blog ($50)

    Dartboard Challenge! NBA Edition, by jimmyquinella

    When the great STLCards is actively campaigning for a blog in the RotoGrinders Slack channel, you take notice. After he praised the blog, I signed on, read this blog, and laughed the entire time. The “Dartboard Challenge” (sponsored by Los Pollos Hermanos) examines the idea that “anyone could throw a dart at random players and win” by…throwing a dart at random players and trying to win. How’d it go? I won’t spoil it; all I’ll say that one of the darts (the Bottelsen Hammer Head Gorilla Grip 234GGBK Tough Koat 23 Gram Dart, of course) hit Kris Humphries, and that the lineup had $11,900 of salary left over. It’s important to remember that DFS is supposed to be fun, and this is one of the most entertaining pieces of DFS content I’ve read in quite some time. Definitely give it a read if you haven’t already.


    Wild Card Award ($50)


    BigWilburStyle’s “Getting Jiggy Wit’ DFS” series has been around since last August, and with 10 more blogs in January, he just keeps churning out quality content. His blogs are super in depth, with deep dives of each game on a given slate, covering everything from Vegas totals, players’ recent performances, defense versus position numbers, advanced stats, and more. BigWilburStyle does an excellent job of breaking down the games from all angles, making his blog a sort of “Grind Down Lite” that is a must-read, and earning him his second straight blog award.


    Congrats to all the winners and keep grinding!

  • hambazaza

    RG Blog Program Manager, 2014 RG Party Beer Pong Champion

    • Blogger of the Month

    • Beer Pong Champion

    Excellent work everybody! Keep up the good work!


    • Blogger of the Month

    Thanks to the RG staff and all members for the Coast-2-Coast blog love! Many great blogs continue to roll out here on RG, I like and appreciate all of them. To all of the bloggers and content providers, keep bangin’ the keyboards!

  • joeycis

    • Blogger of the Month

    Very humbled and very grateful. Thanks very much and look forward to picking back up in February and into baseball.

  • AndyBowsers

    • Blogger of the Month

    Thanks for the kind words, @mewhitenoise!

    And congrats to @joeycis!

    Same goes to YungMoolah, Joeymc, and Wilbur! Funny how I’ve made friends with so many of these guys over the past few months.

    Also great news for everyone that FanDuel is the new sponsor!!!

  • joeycis

    • Blogger of the Month

    @AndyBowsers said...

    Also great news for everyone that FanDuel is the new sponsor!!!

    You can say that again!

  • kevdog

    Congrats to the winners!

  • fcurev

    • Blogger of the Month

    This made my day. Congrats to the other winners and I thank you very much for the recognition. I cannot wait to write another blog tomorrow!

    Keep grinding and good luck tonight ladies and germs.

  • joeymc301

    • Blogger of the Month

    Thank you RotoGrinders. I’m incredibly grateful and honored. Congrats to the other winners. It was a nice surprise today to go into FanDuel and see a nice boost in the dollar department.

  • jimmyquinella

    • Blogger of the Month


    Thank you to the Rotogrinders crew! (And STLCards for mentioning my blog)

    Grats to everyone!

  • BigWilburStyle

    • Blogger of the Month

    Thanks everyone, this really is a great feeling and much appreciated. Congrats to everyone else too.

  • shockermandan

    • Moderator

    Congrats to all the winners!

  • Cameron

    RG Co-Founder

    • 981

      RG Overall Ranking

    • 2014 FanDuel NFL Survivor Champion

    • 2016 RG Season Long Champion: NFL

    Congrats guys! Excellent month, top to bottom.

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