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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2020 WR Prospect Lab Scores – Several Big Surprises in the Updated Rankings After 6 Receivers Go on Day 1

Day 1 always has a big impact on rookie drafts. How should it change your plans? Shawn Siegele explores the updated WR Prospect Lab Scores for the six first-round selections at wide receiver. The WR run started a little later than expected but was on in full force by the end of the night. CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, the top receivers in our dynasty rankings and the RotoViz Scouting Index, were overshadowed by Henry Ruggs. It’s more proof the NFL worships athleticism. With height-weight-speed profiles that gave them mediocre Freak Scores of 52, Lamb and Jeudy slipped. WR-needy teams…...

A Trio of Day 3 Prospects Who Could Be the Next Stefon Diggs or Aaron Jones

Shawn Siegele looks at his favorite deep sleepers in the 2020 NFL draft, picking a running back, wide receiver, and tight end who could each emerge from deep in Day 3. Locating sleepers is among the most fun elements of fantasy football. When you hit on players like Aaron Jones or Stefon Diggs, it completely revitalizes your dynasty team at a fraction of the normal cost. But we enjoy sleepers not just for what they do for us as fantasy owners. We love to root for underdog stories. It gratifies a deep-seated need to give credit to those who have…...

2020 WR Prospect Lab Rankings – 3 Stars, 2 Big-Time Sleepers, and Trio of Red Flags

Shawn Siegele examines the 2020 NFL draft’s top-20 wide receivers in the WR Prospect Lab. How does this storied class look under the microscope? Mike Beers just put the finishing touches on the WR Prospect Lab. The sister tool to our RB Prospect Lab allows you to explore the raw and advanced stats relevant to receiver performance. You can build your own model or use the presets that we’ve included for you. * For an extended how-to, check out Dave Caban’s breakdown of the tool’s features. One of my favorite parts of the WR Prospect Lab is the ability to…...

6 Exciting RBs Who Could Be Hurt By the Draft – What You Should Pay After Playing Out the Scenarios

Every year the NFL draft offers depth-chart surprises at running back. Veterans dodge the rookie bullet and suddenly have new life. Solid starters find themselves in a battle with young upstarts. Even rising stars get more committee help than they really wanted. Nine runners are going in the first round of FFPC and Fanball best-ball leagues, and all of them offer workloads that appear immune to draft shenanigans. Once we move into the second round, the situation changes in a hurry. We immediately run into a group of RBs who could be hurt by the draft, in some cases catastrophically…....

RB Prospect Lab Rankings: 2 Small-School Stars Score with Edwards-Helaire

Shawn Siegele examines a couple of small-school stars in the RB Prospect Lab and updates his rankings to highlight these sleepers.  After the NFL combine, I updated our RB Prospect Lab rankings to include many of the high-profile prospects for the 2020 class. Two of my favorite sleepers were not involved in that update, and it’s time we dive into their projections. Both of these runners appear in the mocks for the Dynasty Command Center Rookie Guide. They’re also climbing for the scouts with top-15 rankings in the RotoViz Scouting Index. But are they still undervalued? Last weekend I broke…...

2 RB Prospects Look Like the Next Aaron Jones, But They Come at Very Different Costs

Shawn Siegele looks at two running back prospects who will battle to be the next Aaron Jones. One enters the NFL as a trendy pick who looks overrated by the RB Prospect Lab. The other has more production but will have to craft his own underdog story. Jones entered the league as the 182nd pick in the 2017 draft. Despite one of the most explosive 2,000-yard campaigns in college football history, he wasn’t even the first RB selected by the Packers. While Jamaal Williams has also gone on to a solid career, Jones’ ascent made him one of the best…...

If You’re Nailing Your High-Profile Picks In Best Ball and Still Not Getting Results, This May Be the Solution

In Lesson 5 of the 2020 Best Ball Workshop, Shawn Siegele looks at how to combine your tactics at the onesie positions. Conserving roster spots at quarterback, tight end, and defense can play an important role, but recent results suggest owners may give it too much emphasis. With the help of the Roster Construction Explorer, Shawn explains what you should do instead.  In best ball leagues, every position matters. In fact, QB, TE, and DEF offer a straightforward path to success, and yet they remain overlooked. If you’re consistently making strong selections at running back and wide receiver but still…...

Best Ball Workshop: Owners Are Always Getting Better at Fantasy, But There’s One Weird Area Where They’ve Gotten Worse … A Lot Worse

In Lesson 4 of the 2020 Best Ball Workshop, Shawn Siegele uses the Roster Construction Explorer to highlight Team Defense. The message is clear: fantasy owners are destroying their win rates by ignoring key insights at this underappreciated position. In the first two lessons of the series, we looked at the quarterback and tight end positions. Readers who followed the tactics from the 2019 Workshop saw 9.3% win rates at QB and 11.4% win rates at TE. The results were also impressive for our DEF lesson: Best Ball Owners Are Abandoning the Best Approach to DEF and They’re Doing It…...

2020 Dynasty Top 150 – The Key Tier to Target When Supercharging Your Rebuild

Shawn Siegele continues to unveil his 2020 Dynasty Top 150 and breaks down the key tier for supercharging your rebuild. This deep tier is loaded with the young wide receiver firepower necessary to build a true dynasty. The top tiers in my Superflex/TE Premium rankings were comprised mostly of running backs and quarterbacks, a mild surprise when we consider that dynasty is the receiver’s province. Tier 4 shifted to wide receivers, but mostly receivers who are already 27 years of age. After the epic 2014 WR draft, three disappointing receiver classes failed to restock the shelves. Everything changed with a…...

BestBall10s: 7 Must-Own Players Based on Intel from the First 2 Workshop Lessons

Based on intel from the first two lessons of the 2020 Best Ball Workshop, Shawn Siegele recommends seven players as the foundation of your BestBall10s lineup. The RotoViz Best Ball Workshop uses intelligence from Mike Beers’ Roster Construction Explorer to help you put together a team that has an edge on your opponents at every position. Last year, our individual lessons helped you to a win rate that blew away the average across the board. In Lesson 1 from the 2020 Workshop, I checked to see how this translated to overall results. When I entered all of our lessons into…...

2020 WR Prospect Lab Scores – Several Big Surprises in the Updated Rankings After 6 Receivers Go on Day 1

Day 1 always has a big impact on rookie drafts. How should it change your plans? Shawn Siegele explores the updated WR Prospect Lab Scores for the six first-round selections at wide receiver. The WR run started a little later than expected but was on in full force by the end of the night. CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, the top receivers in our dynasty rankings and the RotoViz Scouting Index, were overshadowed by Henry Ruggs. It’s more proof the NFL worships athleticism. With height-weight-speed profiles that gave them mediocre Freak Scores of 52, Lamb and Jeudy slipped. WR-needy teams…...

A Trio of Day 3 Prospects Who Could Be the Next Stefon Diggs or Aaron Jones

Shawn Siegele looks at his favorite deep sleepers in the 2020 NFL draft, picking a running back, wide receiver, and tight end who could each emerge from deep in Day 3. Locating sleepers is among the most fun elements of fantasy football. When you hit on players like Aaron Jones or Stefon Diggs, it completely revitalizes your dynasty team at a fraction of the normal cost. But we enjoy sleepers not just for what they do for us as fantasy owners. We love to root for underdog stories. It gratifies a deep-seated need to give credit to those who have…...

2020 WR Prospect Lab Rankings – 3 Stars, 2 Big-Time Sleepers, and Trio of Red Flags

Shawn Siegele examines the 2020 NFL draft’s top-20 wide receivers in the WR Prospect Lab. How does this storied class look under the microscope? Mike Beers just put the finishing touches on the WR Prospect Lab. The sister tool to our RB Prospect Lab allows you to explore the raw and advanced stats relevant to receiver performance. You can build your own model or use the presets that we’ve included for you. * For an extended how-to, check out Dave Caban’s breakdown of the tool’s features. One of my favorite parts of the WR Prospect Lab is the ability to…...

6 Exciting RBs Who Could Be Hurt By the Draft – What You Should Pay After Playing Out the Scenarios

Every year the NFL draft offers depth-chart surprises at running back. Veterans dodge the rookie bullet and suddenly have new life. Solid starters find themselves in a battle with young upstarts. Even rising stars get more committee help than they really wanted. Nine runners are going in the first round of FFPC and Fanball best-ball leagues, and all of them offer workloads that appear immune to draft shenanigans. Once we move into the second round, the situation changes in a hurry. We immediately run into a group of RBs who could be hurt by the draft, in some cases catastrophically…....

RB Prospect Lab Rankings: 2 Small-School Stars Score with Edwards-Helaire

Shawn Siegele examines a couple of small-school stars in the RB Prospect Lab and updates his rankings to highlight these sleepers.  After the NFL combine, I updated our RB Prospect Lab rankings to include many of the high-profile prospects for the 2020 class. Two of my favorite sleepers were not involved in that update, and it’s time we dive into their projections. Both of these runners appear in the mocks for the Dynasty Command Center Rookie Guide. They’re also climbing for the scouts with top-15 rankings in the RotoViz Scouting Index. But are they still undervalued? Last weekend I broke…...

2 RB Prospects Look Like the Next Aaron Jones, But They Come at Very Different Costs

Shawn Siegele looks at two running back prospects who will battle to be the next Aaron Jones. One enters the NFL as a trendy pick who looks overrated by the RB Prospect Lab. The other has more production but will have to craft his own underdog story. Jones entered the league as the 182nd pick in the 2017 draft. Despite one of the most explosive 2,000-yard campaigns in college football history, he wasn’t even the first RB selected by the Packers. While Jamaal Williams has also gone on to a solid career, Jones’ ascent made him one of the best…...

If You’re Nailing Your High-Profile Picks In Best Ball and Still Not Getting Results, This May Be the Solution

In Lesson 5 of the 2020 Best Ball Workshop, Shawn Siegele looks at how to combine your tactics at the onesie positions. Conserving roster spots at quarterback, tight end, and defense can play an important role, but recent results suggest owners may give it too much emphasis. With the help of the Roster Construction Explorer, Shawn explains what you should do instead.  In best ball leagues, every position matters. In fact, QB, TE, and DEF offer a straightforward path to success, and yet they remain overlooked. If you’re consistently making strong selections at running back and wide receiver but still…...

Best Ball Workshop: Owners Are Always Getting Better at Fantasy, But There’s One Weird Area Where They’ve Gotten Worse … A Lot Worse

In Lesson 4 of the 2020 Best Ball Workshop, Shawn Siegele uses the Roster Construction Explorer to highlight Team Defense. The message is clear: fantasy owners are destroying their win rates by ignoring key insights at this underappreciated position. In the first two lessons of the series, we looked at the quarterback and tight end positions. Readers who followed the tactics from the 2019 Workshop saw 9.3% win rates at QB and 11.4% win rates at TE. The results were also impressive for our DEF lesson: Best Ball Owners Are Abandoning the Best Approach to DEF and They’re Doing It…...

2020 Dynasty Top 150 – The Key Tier to Target When Supercharging Your Rebuild

Shawn Siegele continues to unveil his 2020 Dynasty Top 150 and breaks down the key tier for supercharging your rebuild. This deep tier is loaded with the young wide receiver firepower necessary to build a true dynasty. The top tiers in my Superflex/TE Premium rankings were comprised mostly of running backs and quarterbacks, a mild surprise when we consider that dynasty is the receiver’s province. Tier 4 shifted to wide receivers, but mostly receivers who are already 27 years of age. After the epic 2014 WR draft, three disappointing receiver classes failed to restock the shelves. Everything changed with a…...

BestBall10s: 7 Must-Own Players Based on Intel from the First 2 Workshop Lessons

Based on intel from the first two lessons of the 2020 Best Ball Workshop, Shawn Siegele recommends seven players as the foundation of your BestBall10s lineup. The RotoViz Best Ball Workshop uses intelligence from Mike Beers’ Roster Construction Explorer to help you put together a team that has an edge on your opponents at every position. Last year, our individual lessons helped you to a win rate that blew away the average across the board. In Lesson 1 from the 2020 Workshop, I checked to see how this translated to overall results. When I entered all of our lessons into…...

A Trio of Day 3 Prospects Who Could Be the Next Stefon Diggs or Aaron Jones

Shawn Siegele looks at his favorite deep sleepers in the 2020 NFL draft, picking a running back, wide receiver, and tight end who could each emerge from deep in Day 3. Locating sleepers is among the most fun elements of fantasy football. When you hit on players like Aaron Jones…...

RB Prospect Lab Rankings: 2 Small-School Stars Score with Edwards-Helaire

Shawn Siegele examines a couple of small-school stars in the RB Prospect Lab and updates his rankings to highlight these sleepers.  After the NFL combine, I updated our RB Prospect Lab rankings to include many of the high-profile prospects for the 2020 class. Two of my favorite sleepers were not…...

2020 Dynasty Top 150 – The Key Tier to Target When Supercharging Your Rebuild

Shawn Siegele continues to unveil his 2020 Dynasty Top 150 and breaks down the key tier for supercharging your rebuild. This deep tier is loaded with the young wide receiver firepower necessary to build a true dynasty. The top tiers in my Superflex/TE Premium rankings were comprised mostly of running…...

BestBall10s: 7 Must-Own Players Based on Intel from the First 2 Workshop Lessons

Based on intel from the first two lessons of the 2020 Best Ball Workshop, Shawn Siegele recommends seven players as the foundation of your BestBall10s lineup. The RotoViz Best Ball Workshop uses intelligence from Mike Beers’ Roster Construction Explorer to help you put together a team that has an edge…...

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