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July is always a solid month. It kicks off with the Fourth of July and then what follows is a few weeks of peak summer. Here at RotoGrinders, we celebrated July by heading out on some pontoons a few Saturdays back. We grilled out and hit the water slide, and it was an awesome time getting out of the office and hanging out with the incredible staff.
From a sports perspective, however, July can be a little slow. The MLB takes a week off for the All Star Break, the NFL is still a little far away to get too excited about it, and the NBA is just a mess of more gossip than a high school hallway.
What is nice about July, however, is the variety of sports available. While MLB is the only major sport in play, July features PGA and NASCAR, in addition to the more niche offerings of Canadian football, the WNBA, eSports, MMA, and a variety of soccer leagues.
Fittingly, the blogs that were written this month were very well dispersed, covering all of these sports and proving that there is room for so much in DFS.
As always, all of the bloggers were tremendous throughout July, but a few stood out thanks to their consistency, originality, and writing prowess. Here are the award winners for the month of July!
“joeflacco05” might not be the Baltimore Ravens quarterback, but I’d bet a handsome sum that he’s a much better writer than the former Delaware Blue Hen. He’s one of our most consistent bloggers, and he’s more than deserving of blogger of the month honors.
“joeflacco05’s” writing style is very professional and well-organized, and his articles are always perfectly formatted and easy to read. This is huge tip to all aspiring bloggers and writers: FORMATTING MATTERS! It’s so much more enjoyable to read a piece that is concise and broken down by section than it is to read long paragraphs.
Bravo “joeflacco05,” and please keep it up!
Check out all his posts here!
Our runner-up for Blogger of the Month this June goes to “yoteach”, who you’ll recognize from his “Man vs. THE BAT” series!
Sometimes we don’t fully appreciate the consistent players, both in sports, in our lives, or in this case, on the RotoGrinders blogging circuit. “yoteach” represents one of our most consistent bloggers, and while his pieces are always super popular, I don’t think he always gets the credit he deserves for just how GREAT his writing is.
Man vs. THE BAT, is a ridiculously detailed series where “yoteach” compares how lineups made with his own projections and intuitions do versus those made with Derek Carty’s THE BAT projection system. Reading through is really the only way to appreciate it, and it’ll undoubtedly teach you a ton about game theory and roster construction.
“An Undervalued Blake Bortles is Going to Have a Breakout Season”
What a title for a blog post. And you know what? It caught my eye.
Once my attention was had, I continued reading “mattmann91’s” piece and realized that it was unique, data-packed, and supported it’s thesis statement with strong evidence.
The topic of this piece is obviously quite specific, but the content within is an excellent example of what makes a blog post great.
There was something very unique and poetic about “sochoice’s” first ever blogpost for RotoGrinders, entilted Clicking on Kelly Kraft.
Like “mattmann91’s” Blake Bortles piece, this piece had a title and topic that was quite specific, and thereby, quite random. What got me about this piece was the writer’s voice, which read unlike any other blog post I’ve ever encountered on here.
It’s sort of a stream-of-conscious look at why “sochoice” selected a seemingly random golfer in his DFS lineup. I kind of feel like a lot of us think the way “sochoice” writes. Give it a read.
“Jedi_Pred” takes home the “Most Interesting/Entertaining Blog” honors this month, for his piece entitled Fade the magazines… Thoughts on Dan and Kelly Grogan.
This piece is a trip down memory lane, to the days before the Internet, when the arrival of fantasy football magazines hitting the newsstands in early August was a huge deal. I remember making my parents take me to Barnes & Noble for this very reason, as well as being excited when USA TODAY would publish their fantasy football preview.
Homage is also paid in this piece to Dan and Kelly Grogan, brothers who published the first widely distributed fantasy football magazine in 1986. The game was more niche than niche back then, but the Grogan’s were clearly ahead of their time.
From all of us in the DFS community, thank you Dan and Kelly, and thanks to “Jedi_Pred” for this awesome, nostalgic, and unique piece!