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 Freak Scores: Henry Ruggs Blazes But a Sleeper Posts a Truly Epic Score

Freak Score is our scaled metric that uses height, weight, and speed to project the TD-scoring potential for NFL prospects. Unlike many other measures for an NFL prospect’s size/athleticism profile, the Freak Score gives us a measure that directly relates to an important element of fantasy scoring. If you aren’t adjusting for the importance of height, then you’re missing the critical element. The Freak Score also helps us differentiate between the truly freakish players and those who are “just” professional athletes. The Freak Score is scaled 1 to 100, and the incomparable Calvin Johnson sets our scale at 100. Megatron ran…...

Ready to Run? Checking in on Rookie Best Ball ADP Before a Potential Combine Bounce

Combine testing begins today and runs through the weekend. With the 2020 class loaded at both running back and wide receiver, just how expensive are these prospects in early best ball drafts?  Using the FFPC Dashboard, we can track the progress of tomorrow’s stars. The Player Win Rate tool helps us put these ADPs in perspective and look at how they compare to the draft slots and win rates from the 2019 rookies. Running Back Tier 1 Runners grabbed the top three spots in our first edition of the Dynasty Command Center Rookie Guide. D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, and J.K…....

2020 Wide Receiver Combine Preview: Top Comps, Dominator Ratings, Freak Scores, and More

As wide receivers take the field for testing and drills on Thursday, it’s time for the 2020 NFL Combine preview. Shawn Siegele uses the RotoViz tools to help you locate the top comps, Dominator Ratings, and Freak Scores for a loaded rookie class. We’ll be awash in information over the next several days. To help make sense of the beautiful madness, I’ve put together a combine preview that provides: A range of Freak Score results. Career Dominator Ratings. The top player comp from the Box Score Scout. Freak Score You’ll be inundated with metrics this weekend, but the Freak Score…...

2020 Best Ball Workshop – George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Why Unpopular TE Tactics Are the Key to Success

Thanks to the tools of best-ball guru Mike Beers, the 2019 Best Ball Workshop returned impressive win rates at every position. As we move into Lesson 2 of the 2020 Workshop, Shawn Siegele uses the Roster Construction Explorer to help you dominate your league again at the TE position.  In Lesson 1, we examined the QB position and located a key hack that provided owners with a win rate above 10% from 2015 to 2018. It paid off for subscribers in a big way as the numbers were even better in 2019. Today we jump into the TE position where…...

2020 Dynasty Top 150 – Superflex Options and A Big Surprise in the First 3 Tiers

With startup drafts in full swing and the NFL combine right around the corner, there’s no better time for a 2020 dynasty top 150. Shawn Siegele breaks his rankings into tiers and provides insight into superflex tactics and early rookie picks. As we head toward the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, I’ll be counting up my dynasty rankings from 1 to 150. Rookies make their debut. As Colm and I discussed on RotoViz Overtime, I love startups that occur before the NFL draft and include rookies in the pool. Featuring the prospects in my current rankings provides a baseline to evaluate…...

Go From Novice to Expert With the Best Ball Workshop – Lesson 1 Shows How to Boost Your Win Rate With a Rare QB Hack

The RotoViz Best Ball Workshop uses intelligence from the Roster Construction Explorer to beat your competitors at every position. Did the lessons lead to success last year? Why are drafters still not utilizing one of the three key pillars to QB selection? Just how much can you boost your win rate with a counterintuitive hack? Shawn Siegele has the answers in the debut of the 2020 workshop. The Roster Construction Explorer is nothing short of revelatory. Every time I open Mike Beers’ signature creation, I lose hours out of my day. From a fantasy perspective, those have been some of…...

RB Prospect Lab Rankings: Superstars, Big Time Sleepers, and A Potential Bust Highlight the Top 10

Shawn Siegele looks at the RB Prospect Lab rankings for the top-10 backs from the first edition of the Dynasty Command Center 2020 Rookie Guide. Long-time readers know the RB Prospect Lab has always been one of my favorite apps. The updated tool from Mike Beers was re-released this week with a ton of new features. First, you can build your own model and test its accuracy. You can do this with three different target variables: total points, points per game (min. 16 games), or best season. In each case, the Lab is focusing on a player’s first three seasons…...

The 2020 Dynasty Workshop: How to Create a Permanent Championship Window

Shawn Siegele is most associated with his high stakes victories in redraft and incredible luck in the MFL10 of Death, but dynasty is the format where his strategic insights can yield the greatest dividends over time. In this introduction to the Dynasty Workshop, he’ll preview the series and explain how you can create a permanent championship window. With the Super Bowl this Sunday, we’ve officially reached the best time of the fantasy year: dynasty season. As a companion to all of the great work from our dynasty team, I’m going to be writing the Dynasty Workshop, a series of 15…...

Game Splits: How Have the Conference Title Contenders Fared Against Similar Defenses?

The Green Packers and San Francisco 49ers square off in the NFC Championship Game as the Tennessee Titans try to spring another Arrowhead upset and knock off Kansas City in the AFC. Shawn Siegele uses the Team Splits app to examine the defensive matchups. Last week we used two of our most popular tools to dive into some crazy splits for playoff teams. Today we use the Team and Game Splits apps to break down how the four remaining contenders have fared against the types of defenses they’ll face on Sunday. NFC Green Bay Packers The 49ers fielded the NFL’s premier defense…...

What If the 2019 Rookie Draft Happened Today: Round 2

Last week we examined what the first round of the 2019 rookie draft would look like if we made the selections now. Big risers like A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, and Deebo Samuel shook up the top of the draft. Meanwhile, one high-profile running back fell into Round 2. In today’s exercise, we learn just how far he falls after a miserable rookie season. After some clear choices at the top, the second round becomes more controversial. The 2019 Rookie Draft If It Happened Today – Round 2 Dynasty ADP taken from the Dynasty ADP tool where you can explore the trajectories of…...

2020 Freak Scores: Henry Ruggs Blazes But a Sleeper Posts a Truly Epic Score

Freak Score is our scaled metric that uses height, weight, and speed to project the TD-scoring potential for NFL prospects. Unlike many other measures for an NFL prospect’s size/athleticism profile, the Freak Score gives us a measure that directly relates to an important element of fantasy scoring. If you aren’t adjusting for the importance of height, then you’re missing the critical element. The Freak Score also helps us differentiate between the truly freakish players and those who are “just” professional athletes. The Freak Score is scaled 1 to 100, and the incomparable Calvin Johnson sets our scale at 100. Megatron ran…...

Ready to Run? Checking in on Rookie Best Ball ADP Before a Potential Combine Bounce

Combine testing begins today and runs through the weekend. With the 2020 class loaded at both running back and wide receiver, just how expensive are these prospects in early best ball drafts?  Using the FFPC Dashboard, we can track the progress of tomorrow’s stars. The Player Win Rate tool helps us put these ADPs in perspective and look at how they compare to the draft slots and win rates from the 2019 rookies. Running Back Tier 1 Runners grabbed the top three spots in our first edition of the Dynasty Command Center Rookie Guide. D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, and J.K…....

2020 Wide Receiver Combine Preview: Top Comps, Dominator Ratings, Freak Scores, and More

As wide receivers take the field for testing and drills on Thursday, it’s time for the 2020 NFL Combine preview. Shawn Siegele uses the RotoViz tools to help you locate the top comps, Dominator Ratings, and Freak Scores for a loaded rookie class. We’ll be awash in information over the next several days. To help make sense of the beautiful madness, I’ve put together a combine preview that provides: A range of Freak Score results. Career Dominator Ratings. The top player comp from the Box Score Scout. Freak Score You’ll be inundated with metrics this weekend, but the Freak Score…...

2020 Best Ball Workshop – George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Why Unpopular TE Tactics Are the Key to Success

Thanks to the tools of best-ball guru Mike Beers, the 2019 Best Ball Workshop returned impressive win rates at every position. As we move into Lesson 2 of the 2020 Workshop, Shawn Siegele uses the Roster Construction Explorer to help you dominate your league again at the TE position.  In Lesson 1, we examined the QB position and located a key hack that provided owners with a win rate above 10% from 2015 to 2018. It paid off for subscribers in a big way as the numbers were even better in 2019. Today we jump into the TE position where…...

2020 Dynasty Top 150 – Superflex Options and A Big Surprise in the First 3 Tiers

With startup drafts in full swing and the NFL combine right around the corner, there’s no better time for a 2020 dynasty top 150. Shawn Siegele breaks his rankings into tiers and provides insight into superflex tactics and early rookie picks. As we head toward the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, I’ll be counting up my dynasty rankings from 1 to 150. Rookies make their debut. As Colm and I discussed on RotoViz Overtime, I love startups that occur before the NFL draft and include rookies in the pool. Featuring the prospects in my current rankings provides a baseline to evaluate…...

Go From Novice to Expert With the Best Ball Workshop – Lesson 1 Shows How to Boost Your Win Rate With a Rare QB Hack

The RotoViz Best Ball Workshop uses intelligence from the Roster Construction Explorer to beat your competitors at every position. Did the lessons lead to success last year? Why are drafters still not utilizing one of the three key pillars to QB selection? Just how much can you boost your win rate with a counterintuitive hack? Shawn Siegele has the answers in the debut of the 2020 workshop. The Roster Construction Explorer is nothing short of revelatory. Every time I open Mike Beers’ signature creation, I lose hours out of my day. From a fantasy perspective, those have been some of…...

RB Prospect Lab Rankings: Superstars, Big Time Sleepers, and A Potential Bust Highlight the Top 10

Shawn Siegele looks at the RB Prospect Lab rankings for the top-10 backs from the first edition of the Dynasty Command Center 2020 Rookie Guide. Long-time readers know the RB Prospect Lab has always been one of my favorite apps. The updated tool from Mike Beers was re-released this week with a ton of new features. First, you can build your own model and test its accuracy. You can do this with three different target variables: total points, points per game (min. 16 games), or best season. In each case, the Lab is focusing on a player’s first three seasons…...

The 2020 Dynasty Workshop: How to Create a Permanent Championship Window

Shawn Siegele is most associated with his high stakes victories in redraft and incredible luck in the MFL10 of Death, but dynasty is the format where his strategic insights can yield the greatest dividends over time. In this introduction to the Dynasty Workshop, he’ll preview the series and explain how you can create a permanent championship window. With the Super Bowl this Sunday, we’ve officially reached the best time of the fantasy year: dynasty season. As a companion to all of the great work from our dynasty team, I’m going to be writing the Dynasty Workshop, a series of 15…...

Game Splits: How Have the Conference Title Contenders Fared Against Similar Defenses?

The Green Packers and San Francisco 49ers square off in the NFC Championship Game as the Tennessee Titans try to spring another Arrowhead upset and knock off Kansas City in the AFC. Shawn Siegele uses the Team Splits app to examine the defensive matchups. Last week we used two of our most popular tools to dive into some crazy splits for playoff teams. Today we use the Team and Game Splits apps to break down how the four remaining contenders have fared against the types of defenses they’ll face on Sunday. NFC Green Bay Packers The 49ers fielded the NFL’s premier defense…...

What If the 2019 Rookie Draft Happened Today: Round 2

Last week we examined what the first round of the 2019 rookie draft would look like if we made the selections now. Big risers like A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, and Deebo Samuel shook up the top of the draft. Meanwhile, one high-profile running back fell into Round 2. In today’s exercise, we learn just how far he falls after a miserable rookie season. After some clear choices at the top, the second round becomes more controversial. The 2019 Rookie Draft If It Happened Today – Round 2 Dynasty ADP taken from the Dynasty ADP tool where you can explore the trajectories of…...

2020 Freak Scores: Henry Ruggs Blazes But a Sleeper Posts a Truly Epic Score

Freak Score is our scaled metric that uses height, weight, and speed to project the TD-scoring potential for NFL prospects. Unlike many other measures for an NFL prospect’s size/athleticism profile, the Freak Score gives us a measure that directly relates to an important element of fantasy scoring. If you aren’t…...

The 2020 Dynasty Workshop: How to Create a Permanent Championship Window

Shawn Siegele is most associated with his high stakes victories in redraft and incredible luck in the MFL10 of Death, but dynasty is the format where his strategic insights can yield the greatest dividends over time. In this introduction to the Dynasty Workshop, he’ll preview the series and explain how…...

What If the 2019 Rookie Draft Happened Today: Round 2

Last week we examined what the first round of the 2019 rookie draft would look like if we made the selections now. Big risers like A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, and Deebo Samuel shook up the top of the draft. Meanwhile, one high-profile running back fell into Round 2. In today’s…...

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