Shawn Siegele

Author of the original Zero RB article and 2013 NFFC Primetime Grand Champion. 11-time main event league winner. 2015, 2017, 2018 titles in MFL10 of Death.

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2023 Zero RB Countdown: The Update – Risers/Fallers, Plus the 3 Who Made It and the 3 Who Fell Out

With new information after a week of cuts, injuries, and wild ADP developments, Shawn Siegele re-examines all 15 backs from the Zero RB Candidates Countdown. In the ever evolving world of fantasy pricing, three backs fall out, and three new players join the list.  The Update helps me work through the logic behind the RB selections ahead of my most important drafts and hopefully provide…...

The 2023 Josh Jacobs Isn’t Who You Think: A Deep-League Redraft Plan to Win $1 Million

We’ve arrived at the best week of the fantasy season. Redraft week. And the best mix of entry level ($350), field size, and grand prize ($1 million) comes in the FFPC FantasyPros tournament. Last week, I published my 2023 Home League Draft Plan and then complemented it a couple of days ago with the player-specific version, 39 Priority Targets and How to Play Them. Today,…...

The FFPC Superflex Tournament 2 Is Live (and Awesome) – This Is How You Win

Shawn Siegele finished No. 2 overall in the 2021 FFPC Best Ball Tournament and reached the finals of the 2022 FFPC Superflex Tournament (both with his Overtime co-host Colm Kelly). Now he looks at what the Roster Construction Explorer tells you about winning in 2023. The original FFPC Superflex tournament has filled, but not to worry. Superflex 2 offers a $10,000 grand prize in a…...

Shawn’s 2023 Draft Plan: 39 Priority Targets and How to Play Every Position in a Wild ADP Environment

Shawn Siegele breaks down his philosophy for 2023 drafts by position group and highlights his 39 priority targets. We had a lot of great content over the weekend, with Mat Irby providing his home league targets at RB and WR, Curtis Patrick detailing how to execute Hero RB and which players to select, and Bjorn Yang-Vaernet exploring the 5 Situations in Rounds 1 or 2…...

2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown: No. 5 to No. 1 – The Tournament Winners?

In Part 1 of the 2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown, Shawn Siegele profiled backs with the types of explosive physical profiles that could help you win even at bargain basement costs. In Part 2, he broke down the league’s most dangerous backups, players with standalone value and the talent upside to land in next year’s top-10 backs. Today, he unveils the top five. Welcome to the…...

2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown: No. 10 to No. 6 – Big-Time Talent, Standalone Value, and Top-10 Upside

In Part 1 of the 2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown, Shawn Siegele profiled backs with the types of explosive physical profiles that could help you win even at bargain basement costs. Today, he breaks down the league’s most dangerous backups, players with standalone value and the talent upside to land in next year’s top-10 backs. Welcome to the 2023 Zero RB target list, where we…...

The 4 Key Elements of Fantasy Football Home Leagues and a 3-Part Plan to Build a Bulletproof Draft

Shawn Siegele looks at four key elements of fantasy football home leagues and outlines the three planks of a bulletproof home-league draft plan. The biggest draft weekend of the 2023 fantasy season is on the horizon. That means it’s time to dust off your draft plan and prepare to do battle with your extended family, college friends, and long-time co-workers. Whether you’ve got a couple…...

4 Lessons from the Apex Experts League That Will Make You a Better Drafter Down the Stretch

Mike Braude’s fantasy platform provides an excellent window into the 2023 draft landscape and gives us insights into the player targets of top analysts. The Apex Experts League is one of my favorite drafts every year. It gives us a feel of how the best minds in the industry are playing it from both a tactical and player-specific perspective, and it offers a window into…...

Dynasty Startups Are All About Guts and Patience: 13 Trade Ideas to Navigate Any Draft Environment

Shawn Siegele explains the mechanism that makes trading down your dynasty startup superpower and details the types of trades you can and should make in real leagues. This weekend we posted Completely Revamp Your Startup Strategy With These 3 Key Insights, and in a year where I’ve had more fun writing than ever before, this was probably the piece that I enjoyed the most. If…...

A Couple of Stats That Might Change Your Mind About the Highest-Profile Running Back Committees

Shawn Siegele offers a couple of contrarian stats to help you process – or grieve – the Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott signings. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece arguing for Breece Hall as the most important player in fantasy. On Monday afternoon, Ben Gretch and I recorded our favorite podcast – the one where we give our first-round predictions for next year’s…...

Dynasty Workshop: Completely Revamp Your Superflex Startup Approach With 3 First-Round Insights

Shawn Siegele looks at the first round of his 2023 dynasty startup and helps you avoid the mistakes that effectively eliminate squads from both short- and long-term contention. Bjorn Yang-Vaernet and I are currently involved in a dynasty startup in the RV TriFlex format at the FFPC. Since this lineup and scoring format have become the default for new dynasty leagues across the industry, these…...

This Cheap Underdog Hack Allows You to Create a Dominant Advantage at All Positions

Shawn Siegele explores the evidence for a cheap Underdog hack that helps you dominate all positions and pushes your advance rates through the roof. When Colm Kelly and I draft our RotoViz Overtime squads, we tend to emphasize Zero RB constructions that include Elite TE builds. The WR-heavy approach dominated 2022, and top TEs often give you a trump card through the playoffs even when…...

5 Priority Wide Receiver Targets Who Are Also Dominating Early in Training Camp

Shawn Siegele explains why these five WRs have been the foundation of his summer draft plans and why training camp developments are making them even better picks for your big redraft leagues this August. One consistent and justified refrain from our subscribers is that you want my 2023 Draft Plan early enough for most drafters to use it on the big day. While I’ll still…...

We’re Starting to Get Serious Jamaal Charles Vibes From a Young Star in an Ascending Offense

Shawn Siegele looks at a young back who appears ready to make the leap to stardom, perhaps even infringing upon that rarefied air that’s usually saved for discussing Jamaal Charles. There’s never been a better season for buying superstar RBs at reasonable prices, and that includes the next wave of backs floundering in what used to be the Dead Zone. We’re only getting eight RBs…...

The Next Tony Pollard Has Less Backfield Competition and Is Already Blowing Up Camp

Shawn Siegele breaks down the thesis for one of his favorite undervalued RBs and explains why the early-camp star could be the 2023 Tony Pollard . . . but with even more ceiling. Last year, we had four backs absolutely crush formats from what is traditionally the RB Dead Zone. Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders were pure dead zoners, but two of their compatriots came…...

The Next Kittle Already Here? Plus, How Perpetual Reloading Put Us All-In on a Top Rookie Sleeper at WR

Shawn Siegele looks at two young stars already excelling in training camp and lays down the rationale for a Perpetual Reloading approach that starts right from the dynasty startup draft. Bjorn Yang-Vaernet and I are about to embark on an RV TriFlex startup over at the FFPC, and we’ll keep you posted on the developments. Bjorn recently wrote a great piece breaking down the mix…...

What’s the Possible Upside for Aggressive Javonte Williams Drafters?

Shawn Siegele looks at what it means for Javonte Williams to avoid PUP and what his trajectory will likely be if he stays healthy in 2023. Where should we be selecting him now in fantasy drafts? On a few podcasts last week, I mentioned that if the prices for Breece Hall and Williams were reversed, I’d still be trying to create at least some exposure…...

I’m Always Too High on Breece Hall, But Is That About to Pay Off?

Breece Hall may be the most controversial fantasy selection this summer. The second-year player for New York took the league by storm last season before suffering an ACL tear in Week 7. Will he be the second coming of Adrian Peterson, or will his trajectory follow the path taken by J.K. Dobbins a year ago? Hall was put on PUP to begin training camp, but…...

2023 Zero RB Countdown: The Update – Risers/Fallers, Plus the 3 Who Made It and the 3 Who Fell Out

With new information after a week of cuts, injuries, and wild ADP developments, Shawn Siegele re-examines all 15 backs from the Zero RB Candidates Countdown. In the ever evolving world of fantasy pricing, three backs fall out, and three new players join the list.  The Update helps me work through the logic behind the RB selections ahead of my most important drafts and hopefully provide…...

The 2023 Josh Jacobs Isn’t Who You Think: A Deep-League Redraft Plan to Win $1 Million

We’ve arrived at the best week of the fantasy season. Redraft week. And the best mix of entry level ($350), field size, and grand prize ($1 million) comes in the FFPC FantasyPros tournament. Last week, I published my 2023 Home League Draft Plan and then complemented it a couple of days ago with the player-specific version, 39 Priority Targets and How to Play Them. Today,…...

The FFPC Superflex Tournament 2 Is Live (and Awesome) – This Is How You Win

Shawn Siegele finished No. 2 overall in the 2021 FFPC Best Ball Tournament and reached the finals of the 2022 FFPC Superflex Tournament (both with his Overtime co-host Colm Kelly). Now he looks at what the Roster Construction Explorer tells you about winning in 2023. The original FFPC Superflex tournament has filled, but not to worry. Superflex 2 offers a $10,000 grand prize in a…...

Shawn’s 2023 Draft Plan: 39 Priority Targets and How to Play Every Position in a Wild ADP Environment

Shawn Siegele breaks down his philosophy for 2023 drafts by position group and highlights his 39 priority targets. We had a lot of great content over the weekend, with Mat Irby providing his home league targets at RB and WR, Curtis Patrick detailing how to execute Hero RB and which players to select, and Bjorn Yang-Vaernet exploring the 5 Situations in Rounds 1 or 2…...

2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown: No. 5 to No. 1 – The Tournament Winners?

In Part 1 of the 2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown, Shawn Siegele profiled backs with the types of explosive physical profiles that could help you win even at bargain basement costs. In Part 2, he broke down the league’s most dangerous backups, players with standalone value and the talent upside to land in next year’s top-10 backs. Today, he unveils the top five. Welcome to the…...

2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown: No. 10 to No. 6 – Big-Time Talent, Standalone Value, and Top-10 Upside

In Part 1 of the 2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown, Shawn Siegele profiled backs with the types of explosive physical profiles that could help you win even at bargain basement costs. Today, he breaks down the league’s most dangerous backups, players with standalone value and the talent upside to land in next year’s top-10 backs. Welcome to the 2023 Zero RB target list, where we…...

The 4 Key Elements of Fantasy Football Home Leagues and a 3-Part Plan to Build a Bulletproof Draft

Shawn Siegele looks at four key elements of fantasy football home leagues and outlines the three planks of a bulletproof home-league draft plan. The biggest draft weekend of the 2023 fantasy season is on the horizon. That means it’s time to dust off your draft plan and prepare to do battle with your extended family, college friends, and long-time co-workers. Whether you’ve got a couple…...

4 Lessons from the Apex Experts League That Will Make You a Better Drafter Down the Stretch

Mike Braude’s fantasy platform provides an excellent window into the 2023 draft landscape and gives us insights into the player targets of top analysts. The Apex Experts League is one of my favorite drafts every year. It gives us a feel of how the best minds in the industry are playing it from both a tactical and player-specific perspective, and it offers a window into…...

Dynasty Startups Are All About Guts and Patience: 13 Trade Ideas to Navigate Any Draft Environment

Shawn Siegele explains the mechanism that makes trading down your dynasty startup superpower and details the types of trades you can and should make in real leagues. This weekend we posted Completely Revamp Your Startup Strategy With These 3 Key Insights, and in a year where I’ve had more fun writing than ever before, this was probably the piece that I enjoyed the most. If…...

A Couple of Stats That Might Change Your Mind About the Highest-Profile Running Back Committees

Shawn Siegele offers a couple of contrarian stats to help you process – or grieve – the Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott signings. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece arguing for Breece Hall as the most important player in fantasy. On Monday afternoon, Ben Gretch and I recorded our favorite podcast – the one where we give our first-round predictions for next year’s…...

Dynasty Workshop: Completely Revamp Your Superflex Startup Approach With 3 First-Round Insights

Shawn Siegele looks at the first round of his 2023 dynasty startup and helps you avoid the mistakes that effectively eliminate squads from both short- and long-term contention. Bjorn Yang-Vaernet and I are currently involved in a dynasty startup in the RV TriFlex format at the FFPC. Since this lineup and scoring format have become the default for new dynasty leagues across the industry, these…...

This Cheap Underdog Hack Allows You to Create a Dominant Advantage at All Positions

Shawn Siegele explores the evidence for a cheap Underdog hack that helps you dominate all positions and pushes your advance rates through the roof. When Colm Kelly and I draft our RotoViz Overtime squads, we tend to emphasize Zero RB constructions that include Elite TE builds. The WR-heavy approach dominated 2022, and top TEs often give you a trump card through the playoffs even when…...

5 Priority Wide Receiver Targets Who Are Also Dominating Early in Training Camp

Shawn Siegele explains why these five WRs have been the foundation of his summer draft plans and why training camp developments are making them even better picks for your big redraft leagues this August. One consistent and justified refrain from our subscribers is that you want my 2023 Draft Plan early enough for most drafters to use it on the big day. While I’ll still…...

We’re Starting to Get Serious Jamaal Charles Vibes From a Young Star in an Ascending Offense

Shawn Siegele looks at a young back who appears ready to make the leap to stardom, perhaps even infringing upon that rarefied air that’s usually saved for discussing Jamaal Charles. There’s never been a better season for buying superstar RBs at reasonable prices, and that includes the next wave of backs floundering in what used to be the Dead Zone. We’re only getting eight RBs…...

The Next Tony Pollard Has Less Backfield Competition and Is Already Blowing Up Camp

Shawn Siegele breaks down the thesis for one of his favorite undervalued RBs and explains why the early-camp star could be the 2023 Tony Pollard . . . but with even more ceiling. Last year, we had four backs absolutely crush formats from what is traditionally the RB Dead Zone. Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders were pure dead zoners, but two of their compatriots came…...

The Next Kittle Already Here? Plus, How Perpetual Reloading Put Us All-In on a Top Rookie Sleeper at WR

Shawn Siegele looks at two young stars already excelling in training camp and lays down the rationale for a Perpetual Reloading approach that starts right from the dynasty startup draft. Bjorn Yang-Vaernet and I are about to embark on an RV TriFlex startup over at the FFPC, and we’ll keep you posted on the developments. Bjorn recently wrote a great piece breaking down the mix…...

What’s the Possible Upside for Aggressive Javonte Williams Drafters?

Shawn Siegele looks at what it means for Javonte Williams to avoid PUP and what his trajectory will likely be if he stays healthy in 2023. Where should we be selecting him now in fantasy drafts? On a few podcasts last week, I mentioned that if the prices for Breece Hall and Williams were reversed, I’d still be trying to create at least some exposure…...

I’m Always Too High on Breece Hall, But Is That About to Pay Off?

Breece Hall may be the most controversial fantasy selection this summer. The second-year player for New York took the league by storm last season before suffering an ACL tear in Week 7. Will he be the second coming of Adrian Peterson, or will his trajectory follow the path taken by J.K. Dobbins a year ago? Hall was put on PUP to begin training camp, but…...

2023 Zero RB Countdown: The Update – Risers/Fallers, Plus the 3 Who Made It and the 3 Who Fell Out

With new information after a week of cuts, injuries, and wild ADP developments, Shawn Siegele re-examines all 15 backs from the Zero RB Candidates Countdown. In the ever evolving world of fantasy pricing, three backs fall out, and three new players join the list.  The Update helps me work through the logic behind the RB selections ahead of my most important drafts and hopefully provide…...

The 2023 Josh Jacobs Isn’t Who You Think: A Deep-League Redraft Plan to Win $1 Million

We’ve arrived at the best week of the fantasy season. Redraft week. And the best mix of entry level ($350), field size, and grand prize ($1 million) comes in the FFPC FantasyPros tournament. Last week, I published my 2023 Home League Draft Plan and then complemented it a couple of days ago with the player-specific version, 39 Priority Targets and How to Play Them. Today,…...

The FFPC Superflex Tournament 2 Is Live (and Awesome) – This Is How You Win

Shawn Siegele finished No. 2 overall in the 2021 FFPC Best Ball Tournament and reached the finals of the 2022 FFPC Superflex Tournament (both with his Overtime co-host Colm Kelly). Now he looks at what the Roster Construction Explorer tells you about winning in 2023. The original FFPC Superflex tournament has filled, but not to worry. Superflex 2 offers a $10,000 grand prize in a…...

Shawn’s 2023 Draft Plan: 39 Priority Targets and How to Play Every Position in a Wild ADP Environment

Shawn Siegele breaks down his philosophy for 2023 drafts by position group and highlights his 39 priority targets. We had a lot of great content over the weekend, with Mat Irby providing his home league targets at RB and WR, Curtis Patrick detailing how to execute Hero RB and which players to select, and Bjorn Yang-Vaernet exploring the 5 Situations in Rounds 1 or 2…...

2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown: No. 5 to No. 1 – The Tournament Winners?

In Part 1 of the 2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown, Shawn Siegele profiled backs with the types of explosive physical profiles that could help you win even at bargain basement costs. In Part 2, he broke down the league’s most dangerous backups, players with standalone value and the talent upside to land in next year’s top-10 backs. Today, he unveils the top five. Welcome to the…...

2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown: No. 10 to No. 6 – Big-Time Talent, Standalone Value, and Top-10 Upside

In Part 1 of the 2023 Zero RB Candidates Countdown, Shawn Siegele profiled backs with the types of explosive physical profiles that could help you win even at bargain basement costs. Today, he breaks down the league’s most dangerous backups, players with standalone value and the talent upside to land in next year’s top-10 backs. Welcome to the 2023 Zero RB target list, where we…...

The 4 Key Elements of Fantasy Football Home Leagues and a 3-Part Plan to Build a Bulletproof Draft

Shawn Siegele looks at four key elements of fantasy football home leagues and outlines the three planks of a bulletproof home-league draft plan. The biggest draft weekend of the 2023 fantasy season is on the horizon. That means it’s time to dust off your draft plan and prepare to do battle with your extended family, college friends, and long-time co-workers. Whether you’ve got a couple…...

4 Lessons from the Apex Experts League That Will Make You a Better Drafter Down the Stretch

Mike Braude’s fantasy platform provides an excellent window into the 2023 draft landscape and gives us insights into the player targets of top analysts. The Apex Experts League is one of my favorite drafts every year. It gives us a feel of how the best minds in the industry are playing it from both a tactical and player-specific perspective, and it offers a window into…...

Dynasty Startups Are All About Guts and Patience: 13 Trade Ideas to Navigate Any Draft Environment

Shawn Siegele explains the mechanism that makes trading down your dynasty startup superpower and details the types of trades you can and should make in real leagues. This weekend we posted Completely Revamp Your Startup Strategy With These 3 Key Insights, and in a year where I’ve had more fun writing than ever before, this was probably the piece that I enjoyed the most. If…...

A Couple of Stats That Might Change Your Mind About the Highest-Profile Running Back Committees

Shawn Siegele offers a couple of contrarian stats to help you process – or grieve – the Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott signings. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece arguing for Breece Hall as the most important player in fantasy. On Monday afternoon, Ben Gretch and I recorded our favorite podcast – the one where we give our first-round predictions for next year’s…...

Dynasty Workshop: Completely Revamp Your Superflex Startup Approach With 3 First-Round Insights

Shawn Siegele looks at the first round of his 2023 dynasty startup and helps you avoid the mistakes that effectively eliminate squads from both short- and long-term contention. Bjorn Yang-Vaernet and I are currently involved in a dynasty startup in the RV TriFlex format at the FFPC. Since this lineup and scoring format have become the default for new dynasty leagues across the industry, these…...

This Cheap Underdog Hack Allows You to Create a Dominant Advantage at All Positions

Shawn Siegele explores the evidence for a cheap Underdog hack that helps you dominate all positions and pushes your advance rates through the roof. When Colm Kelly and I draft our RotoViz Overtime squads, we tend to emphasize Zero RB constructions that include Elite TE builds. The WR-heavy approach dominated 2022, and top TEs often give you a trump card through the playoffs even when…...

5 Priority Wide Receiver Targets Who Are Also Dominating Early in Training Camp

Shawn Siegele explains why these five WRs have been the foundation of his summer draft plans and why training camp developments are making them even better picks for your big redraft leagues this August. One consistent and justified refrain from our subscribers is that you want my 2023 Draft Plan early enough for most drafters to use it on the big day. While I’ll still…...

We’re Starting to Get Serious Jamaal Charles Vibes From a Young Star in an Ascending Offense

Shawn Siegele looks at a young back who appears ready to make the leap to stardom, perhaps even infringing upon that rarefied air that’s usually saved for discussing Jamaal Charles. There’s never been a better season for buying superstar RBs at reasonable prices, and that includes the next wave of backs floundering in what used to be the Dead Zone. We’re only getting eight RBs…...

The Next Tony Pollard Has Less Backfield Competition and Is Already Blowing Up Camp

Shawn Siegele breaks down the thesis for one of his favorite undervalued RBs and explains why the early-camp star could be the 2023 Tony Pollard . . . but with even more ceiling. Last year, we had four backs absolutely crush formats from what is traditionally the RB Dead Zone. Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders were pure dead zoners, but two of their compatriots came…...

The Next Kittle Already Here? Plus, How Perpetual Reloading Put Us All-In on a Top Rookie Sleeper at WR

Shawn Siegele looks at two young stars already excelling in training camp and lays down the rationale for a Perpetual Reloading approach that starts right from the dynasty startup draft. Bjorn Yang-Vaernet and I are about to embark on an RV TriFlex startup over at the FFPC, and we’ll keep you posted on the developments. Bjorn recently wrote a great piece breaking down the mix…...

What’s the Possible Upside for Aggressive Javonte Williams Drafters?

Shawn Siegele looks at what it means for Javonte Williams to avoid PUP and what his trajectory will likely be if he stays healthy in 2023. Where should we be selecting him now in fantasy drafts? On a few podcasts last week, I mentioned that if the prices for Breece Hall and Williams were reversed, I’d still be trying to create at least some exposure…...

I’m Always Too High on Breece Hall, But Is That About to Pay Off?

Breece Hall may be the most controversial fantasy selection this summer. The second-year player for New York took the league by storm last season before suffering an ACL tear in Week 7. Will he be the second coming of Adrian Peterson, or will his trajectory follow the path taken by J.K. Dobbins a year ago? Hall was put on PUP to begin training camp, but…...

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