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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Running the Gauntlet Again: Creating New Upside Scenarios as Underdog’s Playoff Contest Returns

Shawn Siegele breaks down results from the first round of the Underdog playoff tournaments and begins the strategy session for new versions of the Gauntlet and Mitten. The Underdog playoff contests are compulsively addictive six-person drafts. Each team selects a 10-player best ball lineup that starts 1-QB, 1-RB, 2-WR/TE, and 1-Flex in the battle to progress through each individual playoff round and win the big…...

Underdog Playoff Prices Are Changing Quickly: 5 Tactical Moves to Take Advantage (Updated)

Shawn Siegele examines the swiftly changing landscape of Underdog playoff contests and explains how to turn new prices to your advantage. Update: I’ve tweaked the Saturday version after the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Seahawks locked down their playoff spots.  Underdog playoff drafts are fast-paced, exciting, and addictive. The $25 Gauntlet contest is now 80% full. Update: The Gauntlet has filled and Gauntlet 2 is now open…...

After Pinpointing the Biggest Bust in 2021, the 2022 Playoff Best Ball Model is Fading a Superstar RB Once Again

As the fantasy football regular season wraps up this weekend, our attention turns to NFL Playoff Best Ball Tournaments. Underdog  has launched several playoff tournaments, including The Guantlet which has a $100,000 first-place prize. After fading the 2021 first-round pick Jonathan Taylor in 2021 playoff best ball drafts – who was the biggest bust after the Colts’ epic collapse and elimination from playoff contention –…...

A Contrarian Approach to Underdog Playoff Contests That Offers an Intoxicating Blend of Safety and Upside

Shawn Siegele explains his contrarian approach for the Underdog playoff tournaments. If you want to maximize your advance rates while building a potentially powerful Super Bowl squad, these reality underdogs could be the way to do it. Gauntlet and Mitten drafts are now live over at Underdog. The Mitten 1 filled, so we’re on to Mitten 2, which is currently at 40% and filling fast…....

How the Best Ball Tools Launched a Superflex Team to the FFPC Finals

In today’s free article, Shawn Siegele works through the player analysis and tactical decisions that led to a spot in the FFPC Superflex finals. As the best time in the fantasy calendar rolls around, we’ve been having a blast around RotoViz headquarters. While members of the staff get ready to compete for best ball tournament championships, we’ve also been inundated with messages from subscribers and…...

Running the Underdog Gauntlet: Draft Plans and Tactics for Taking Down the $100k

Gauntlet and Mitten drafts are now live over at Underdog. Madison Parkhill wrote a great strategy piece earlier this week, and it’ll help get you start attacking these fun playoff tournaments. The Gauntlet is a $25 playoff contest that features a $100,000 top prize and requires contestants to advance through each of the first three rounds and then win the tournament during the Super Bowl…....

How to Win Underdog’s Playoff Best Ball Tournaments

It’s one of my favorite times of the year – playoff best ball szn. As our season-long managed and best ball teams come to an end, playoff best ball comes to the rescue. While the optimization of our rosters is the same, the playoff format has some key differences. Let’s start with the basics. The Basics Each Underdog tournament has six drafters and 10 rounds,…...

Congratulations to the Underdog Regular Season Champion: An All-Time Great Roster Wins $1 Million

The regular season is over, and this week is early Christmas for best ball competitors as we sift through our portfolios, unwrapping those teams that advanced into the FFPC and Underdog tournaments. For one member of the RotoViz community, that present included a remarkable bonus of $1 million dollars, as King Kap took down the regular season crown. I have to admit I love this…...

The High Ceiling Potential Monsters to Draft if You Miss out on the Top Five

At this stage of the draft season, the first sweat after you join the draft lobby is all too familiar. Will Loki bless us with a draft slot that allows us to select a member of the Power 5? I don’t remember a time when the 1.01 tier stretched quite so deep. Unfortunately, when you miss out it can seem like you are starting from…...

Last Year’s Champion Lays Out the Blueprint for Winning the 2022 FFPC Best Ball Tournament

Originally published August 25, Conor O’Driscoll’s master class in FFPC Best Ball gives you all the inside tips from the drafter who took down the championship last season. The FFPC has tournament drafts throughout the holiday weekend. I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those…...

Best Ball Bible: The 8 Tactics That Will Make You A Best Ball Millionaire

Originally published August 17, the Best Ball Bible will help you win contests like the FFPC’s Best Ball Tournament and the Underdog Best Ball Mania 3. Both are fantastic formats with drafts going off constantly over the holiday weekend. In the Best Ball Bible, Michael Dubner shares the eight key tactics that will help you become a best ball millionaire. He breaks down each concept…...

The Most Fun Team You Can Draft and Why It May Also Be Your Best

Shawn Siegele melds key insights from the Best Ball Workshops with the immense upside from fun drafts in order to turn them into a tournament-winning masterpiece. As the next week’s Thursday night opener hurtles toward us, we’re about to embark on a drafting frenzy that puts every other part of the fantasy season to shame. The Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 contest is 83% full…...

Are These 2 Fantasy Playoff Heroes Still Good Picks at Elevated Prices?

Angad Uppal examines two wide receivers going in the middle rounds and asks whether their 2022 outlooks justify their rising prices. Players who perform well in a previous season often see their ADPs spike the next season. This is even more true for players who perform well at the end of the previous season, leading fantasy teams to championships during the crucial fantasy playoff weeks…....

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 Wide Receivers Who Are Overpriced in FFPC Drafts and 2 to Buy Instead

When sharp rankers, analysts, and fantasy players have players higher or lower in the RotoViz ranks, we should take notice. Last time, we looked at running backs that sat higher or lower on the RotoViz ranks versus FFPC ADP. We shouldn’t follow blindly, but it leads us to challenge or validate our thoughts and research. If anything, it’s a starting point to evaluate whether these players…...

2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Upside Plays in Round 16 and Beyond

Looking for juice at the end of your draft? Curtis Patrick shares targets who could be your late-round lifeline in 2022. Whether you consider yourself a calculating, structural drafting expert or a “play the best plays” chest-thumper, everyone can surely see the benefit in staying engaged through the final rounds of a fantasy football draft and selecting players with real upside. If you’ve started a…...

How to Win the FFPC Best Ball Tournament, Part 2

I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those tendencies using Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile. What’s strange is that I have written nothing about an overall approach to attacking the tournament I actually won last year in the FFPC Best Ball Tournament. Seems like…...

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 RBs to Avoid at Current Prices, and 2 to Buy at All Costs

We’re at the point where most know the sleepers, breakouts, and players to avoid. There’s nothing like the extra hype from preseason games for Isaiah Likely, Khalil Shakir, Romeo Doubs, or [insert player name here]. But how do we know whether the hype is getting out of control, or whether these young upstarts should replace an aging veteran in our draft plans? A good and…...

4 Structural Guidelines to Double Your Finals Advance Rate in Best Ball Mania III After a 2RB-2WR Start

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores how to turn the high floor, low ceiling 2RB-2WR start in Underdog best ball tournaments into a high floor and ceiling roster by following four structural guidelines. One thing that fascinates me is how much dedicated fantasy football players largely remain inside their own little bubble. RotoViz readers know about some of the proven but underutilized best ball roster builds — Zero RB,…...

The Broken Rules Underdog Draft: Can You Do Everything Wrong and Still Build a Monster?

Shawn Siegele analyzes an Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 entry that breaks all the rules. Can you ignore the advice in the Best Ball Workshop and still build a monster? Few article series have been as fun to write as the Underdog Dream Teams, and it’s been a great experience to interact RV writers, readers, and listeners on these topics. I’ve been blown away by…...

Running the Gauntlet Again: Creating New Upside Scenarios as Underdog’s Playoff Contest Returns

Shawn Siegele breaks down results from the first round of the Underdog playoff tournaments and begins the strategy session for new versions of the Gauntlet and Mitten. The Underdog playoff contests are compulsively addictive six-person drafts. Each team selects a 10-player best ball lineup that starts 1-QB, 1-RB, 2-WR/TE, and 1-Flex in the battle to progress through each individual playoff round and win the big…...

Underdog Playoff Prices Are Changing Quickly: 5 Tactical Moves to Take Advantage (Updated)

Shawn Siegele examines the swiftly changing landscape of Underdog playoff contests and explains how to turn new prices to your advantage. Update: I’ve tweaked the Saturday version after the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Seahawks locked down their playoff spots.  Underdog playoff drafts are fast-paced, exciting, and addictive. The $25 Gauntlet contest is now 80% full. Update: The Gauntlet has filled and Gauntlet 2 is now open…...

After Pinpointing the Biggest Bust in 2021, the 2022 Playoff Best Ball Model is Fading a Superstar RB Once Again

As the fantasy football regular season wraps up this weekend, our attention turns to NFL Playoff Best Ball Tournaments. Underdog  has launched several playoff tournaments, including The Guantlet which has a $100,000 first-place prize. After fading the 2021 first-round pick Jonathan Taylor in 2021 playoff best ball drafts – who was the biggest bust after the Colts’ epic collapse and elimination from playoff contention –…...

A Contrarian Approach to Underdog Playoff Contests That Offers an Intoxicating Blend of Safety and Upside

Shawn Siegele explains his contrarian approach for the Underdog playoff tournaments. If you want to maximize your advance rates while building a potentially powerful Super Bowl squad, these reality underdogs could be the way to do it. Gauntlet and Mitten drafts are now live over at Underdog. The Mitten 1 filled, so we’re on to Mitten 2, which is currently at 40% and filling fast…....

How the Best Ball Tools Launched a Superflex Team to the FFPC Finals

In today’s free article, Shawn Siegele works through the player analysis and tactical decisions that led to a spot in the FFPC Superflex finals. As the best time in the fantasy calendar rolls around, we’ve been having a blast around RotoViz headquarters. While members of the staff get ready to compete for best ball tournament championships, we’ve also been inundated with messages from subscribers and…...

Running the Underdog Gauntlet: Draft Plans and Tactics for Taking Down the $100k

Gauntlet and Mitten drafts are now live over at Underdog. Madison Parkhill wrote a great strategy piece earlier this week, and it’ll help get you start attacking these fun playoff tournaments. The Gauntlet is a $25 playoff contest that features a $100,000 top prize and requires contestants to advance through each of the first three rounds and then win the tournament during the Super Bowl…....

How to Win Underdog’s Playoff Best Ball Tournaments

It’s one of my favorite times of the year – playoff best ball szn. As our season-long managed and best ball teams come to an end, playoff best ball comes to the rescue. While the optimization of our rosters is the same, the playoff format has some key differences. Let’s start with the basics. The Basics Each Underdog tournament has six drafters and 10 rounds,…...

Congratulations to the Underdog Regular Season Champion: An All-Time Great Roster Wins $1 Million

The regular season is over, and this week is early Christmas for best ball competitors as we sift through our portfolios, unwrapping those teams that advanced into the FFPC and Underdog tournaments. For one member of the RotoViz community, that present included a remarkable bonus of $1 million dollars, as King Kap took down the regular season crown. I have to admit I love this…...

The High Ceiling Potential Monsters to Draft if You Miss out on the Top Five

At this stage of the draft season, the first sweat after you join the draft lobby is all too familiar. Will Loki bless us with a draft slot that allows us to select a member of the Power 5? I don’t remember a time when the 1.01 tier stretched quite so deep. Unfortunately, when you miss out it can seem like you are starting from…...

Last Year’s Champion Lays Out the Blueprint for Winning the 2022 FFPC Best Ball Tournament

Originally published August 25, Conor O’Driscoll’s master class in FFPC Best Ball gives you all the inside tips from the drafter who took down the championship last season. The FFPC has tournament drafts throughout the holiday weekend. I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those…...

Best Ball Bible: The 8 Tactics That Will Make You A Best Ball Millionaire

Originally published August 17, the Best Ball Bible will help you win contests like the FFPC’s Best Ball Tournament and the Underdog Best Ball Mania 3. Both are fantastic formats with drafts going off constantly over the holiday weekend. In the Best Ball Bible, Michael Dubner shares the eight key tactics that will help you become a best ball millionaire. He breaks down each concept…...

The Most Fun Team You Can Draft and Why It May Also Be Your Best

Shawn Siegele melds key insights from the Best Ball Workshops with the immense upside from fun drafts in order to turn them into a tournament-winning masterpiece. As the next week’s Thursday night opener hurtles toward us, we’re about to embark on a drafting frenzy that puts every other part of the fantasy season to shame. The Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 contest is 83% full…...

Are These 2 Fantasy Playoff Heroes Still Good Picks at Elevated Prices?

Angad Uppal examines two wide receivers going in the middle rounds and asks whether their 2022 outlooks justify their rising prices. Players who perform well in a previous season often see their ADPs spike the next season. This is even more true for players who perform well at the end of the previous season, leading fantasy teams to championships during the crucial fantasy playoff weeks…....

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 Wide Receivers Who Are Overpriced in FFPC Drafts and 2 to Buy Instead

When sharp rankers, analysts, and fantasy players have players higher or lower in the RotoViz ranks, we should take notice. Last time, we looked at running backs that sat higher or lower on the RotoViz ranks versus FFPC ADP. We shouldn’t follow blindly, but it leads us to challenge or validate our thoughts and research. If anything, it’s a starting point to evaluate whether these players…...

2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Upside Plays in Round 16 and Beyond

Looking for juice at the end of your draft? Curtis Patrick shares targets who could be your late-round lifeline in 2022. Whether you consider yourself a calculating, structural drafting expert or a “play the best plays” chest-thumper, everyone can surely see the benefit in staying engaged through the final rounds of a fantasy football draft and selecting players with real upside. If you’ve started a…...

How to Win the FFPC Best Ball Tournament, Part 2

I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those tendencies using Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile. What’s strange is that I have written nothing about an overall approach to attacking the tournament I actually won last year in the FFPC Best Ball Tournament. Seems like…...

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 RBs to Avoid at Current Prices, and 2 to Buy at All Costs

We’re at the point where most know the sleepers, breakouts, and players to avoid. There’s nothing like the extra hype from preseason games for Isaiah Likely, Khalil Shakir, Romeo Doubs, or [insert player name here]. But how do we know whether the hype is getting out of control, or whether these young upstarts should replace an aging veteran in our draft plans? A good and…...

4 Structural Guidelines to Double Your Finals Advance Rate in Best Ball Mania III After a 2RB-2WR Start

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores how to turn the high floor, low ceiling 2RB-2WR start in Underdog best ball tournaments into a high floor and ceiling roster by following four structural guidelines. One thing that fascinates me is how much dedicated fantasy football players largely remain inside their own little bubble. RotoViz readers know about some of the proven but underutilized best ball roster builds — Zero RB,…...

The Broken Rules Underdog Draft: Can You Do Everything Wrong and Still Build a Monster?

Shawn Siegele analyzes an Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 entry that breaks all the rules. Can you ignore the advice in the Best Ball Workshop and still build a monster? Few article series have been as fun to write as the Underdog Dream Teams, and it’s been a great experience to interact RV writers, readers, and listeners on these topics. I’ve been blown away by…...

Running the Gauntlet Again: Creating New Upside Scenarios as Underdog’s Playoff Contest Returns

Shawn Siegele breaks down results from the first round of the Underdog playoff tournaments and begins the strategy session for new versions of the Gauntlet and Mitten. The Underdog playoff contests are compulsively addictive six-person drafts. Each team selects a 10-player best ball lineup that starts 1-QB, 1-RB, 2-WR/TE, and 1-Flex in the battle to progress through each individual playoff round and win the big…...

Underdog Playoff Prices Are Changing Quickly: 5 Tactical Moves to Take Advantage (Updated)

Shawn Siegele examines the swiftly changing landscape of Underdog playoff contests and explains how to turn new prices to your advantage. Update: I’ve tweaked the Saturday version after the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Seahawks locked down their playoff spots.  Underdog playoff drafts are fast-paced, exciting, and addictive. The $25 Gauntlet contest is now 80% full. Update: The Gauntlet has filled and Gauntlet 2 is now open…...

After Pinpointing the Biggest Bust in 2021, the 2022 Playoff Best Ball Model is Fading a Superstar RB Once Again

As the fantasy football regular season wraps up this weekend, our attention turns to NFL Playoff Best Ball Tournaments. Underdog  has launched several playoff tournaments, including The Guantlet which has a $100,000 first-place prize. After fading the 2021 first-round pick Jonathan Taylor in 2021 playoff best ball drafts – who was the biggest bust after the Colts’ epic collapse and elimination from playoff contention –…...

A Contrarian Approach to Underdog Playoff Contests That Offers an Intoxicating Blend of Safety and Upside

Shawn Siegele explains his contrarian approach for the Underdog playoff tournaments. If you want to maximize your advance rates while building a potentially powerful Super Bowl squad, these reality underdogs could be the way to do it. Gauntlet and Mitten drafts are now live over at Underdog. The Mitten 1 filled, so we’re on to Mitten 2, which is currently at 40% and filling fast…....

How the Best Ball Tools Launched a Superflex Team to the FFPC Finals

In today’s free article, Shawn Siegele works through the player analysis and tactical decisions that led to a spot in the FFPC Superflex finals. As the best time in the fantasy calendar rolls around, we’ve been having a blast around RotoViz headquarters. While members of the staff get ready to compete for best ball tournament championships, we’ve also been inundated with messages from subscribers and…...

Running the Underdog Gauntlet: Draft Plans and Tactics for Taking Down the $100k

Gauntlet and Mitten drafts are now live over at Underdog. Madison Parkhill wrote a great strategy piece earlier this week, and it’ll help get you start attacking these fun playoff tournaments. The Gauntlet is a $25 playoff contest that features a $100,000 top prize and requires contestants to advance through each of the first three rounds and then win the tournament during the Super Bowl…....

How to Win Underdog’s Playoff Best Ball Tournaments

It’s one of my favorite times of the year – playoff best ball szn. As our season-long managed and best ball teams come to an end, playoff best ball comes to the rescue. While the optimization of our rosters is the same, the playoff format has some key differences. Let’s start with the basics. The Basics Each Underdog tournament has six drafters and 10 rounds,…...

Congratulations to the Underdog Regular Season Champion: An All-Time Great Roster Wins $1 Million

The regular season is over, and this week is early Christmas for best ball competitors as we sift through our portfolios, unwrapping those teams that advanced into the FFPC and Underdog tournaments. For one member of the RotoViz community, that present included a remarkable bonus of $1 million dollars, as King Kap took down the regular season crown. I have to admit I love this…...

The High Ceiling Potential Monsters to Draft if You Miss out on the Top Five

At this stage of the draft season, the first sweat after you join the draft lobby is all too familiar. Will Loki bless us with a draft slot that allows us to select a member of the Power 5? I don’t remember a time when the 1.01 tier stretched quite so deep. Unfortunately, when you miss out it can seem like you are starting from…...

Last Year’s Champion Lays Out the Blueprint for Winning the 2022 FFPC Best Ball Tournament

Originally published August 25, Conor O’Driscoll’s master class in FFPC Best Ball gives you all the inside tips from the drafter who took down the championship last season. The FFPC has tournament drafts throughout the holiday weekend. I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those…...

Best Ball Bible: The 8 Tactics That Will Make You A Best Ball Millionaire

Originally published August 17, the Best Ball Bible will help you win contests like the FFPC’s Best Ball Tournament and the Underdog Best Ball Mania 3. Both are fantastic formats with drafts going off constantly over the holiday weekend. In the Best Ball Bible, Michael Dubner shares the eight key tactics that will help you become a best ball millionaire. He breaks down each concept…...

The Most Fun Team You Can Draft and Why It May Also Be Your Best

Shawn Siegele melds key insights from the Best Ball Workshops with the immense upside from fun drafts in order to turn them into a tournament-winning masterpiece. As the next week’s Thursday night opener hurtles toward us, we’re about to embark on a drafting frenzy that puts every other part of the fantasy season to shame. The Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 contest is 83% full…...

Are These 2 Fantasy Playoff Heroes Still Good Picks at Elevated Prices?

Angad Uppal examines two wide receivers going in the middle rounds and asks whether their 2022 outlooks justify their rising prices. Players who perform well in a previous season often see their ADPs spike the next season. This is even more true for players who perform well at the end of the previous season, leading fantasy teams to championships during the crucial fantasy playoff weeks…....

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 Wide Receivers Who Are Overpriced in FFPC Drafts and 2 to Buy Instead

When sharp rankers, analysts, and fantasy players have players higher or lower in the RotoViz ranks, we should take notice. Last time, we looked at running backs that sat higher or lower on the RotoViz ranks versus FFPC ADP. We shouldn’t follow blindly, but it leads us to challenge or validate our thoughts and research. If anything, it’s a starting point to evaluate whether these players…...

2022 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Upside Plays in Round 16 and Beyond

Looking for juice at the end of your draft? Curtis Patrick shares targets who could be your late-round lifeline in 2022. Whether you consider yourself a calculating, structural drafting expert or a “play the best plays” chest-thumper, everyone can surely see the benefit in staying engaged through the final rounds of a fantasy football draft and selecting players with real upside. If you’ve started a…...

How to Win the FFPC Best Ball Tournament, Part 2

I’ve written a lot about best ball and structure this summer. I thoroughly examined how the field built teams in Underdog’s BBMII and then how to exploit those tendencies using Zero RB, Anchor RB, and Hyperfragile. What’s strange is that I have written nothing about an overall approach to attacking the tournament I actually won last year in the FFPC Best Ball Tournament. Seems like…...

RotoViz Ranks Versus FFPC ADP: 2 RBs to Avoid at Current Prices, and 2 to Buy at All Costs

We’re at the point where most know the sleepers, breakouts, and players to avoid. There’s nothing like the extra hype from preseason games for Isaiah Likely, Khalil Shakir, Romeo Doubs, or [insert player name here]. But how do we know whether the hype is getting out of control, or whether these young upstarts should replace an aging veteran in our draft plans? A good and…...

4 Structural Guidelines to Double Your Finals Advance Rate in Best Ball Mania III After a 2RB-2WR Start

Bjorn Yang-Vaernet explores how to turn the high floor, low ceiling 2RB-2WR start in Underdog best ball tournaments into a high floor and ceiling roster by following four structural guidelines. One thing that fascinates me is how much dedicated fantasy football players largely remain inside their own little bubble. RotoViz readers know about some of the proven but underutilized best ball roster builds — Zero RB,…...

The Broken Rules Underdog Draft: Can You Do Everything Wrong and Still Build a Monster?

Shawn Siegele analyzes an Underdog Best Ball Mania 3 entry that breaks all the rules. Can you ignore the advice in the Best Ball Workshop and still build a monster? Few article series have been as fun to write as the Underdog Dream Teams, and it’s been a great experience to interact RV writers, readers, and listeners on these topics. I’ve been blown away by…...

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