Cort Smith

Featured Writer, RotoViz. Founder, Bet the Prop. Traveler, musician, recovering journalist.

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2 Deep Sleepers: New York Jets

The bulk of fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have a prompt impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft. Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we…...

2 Deep Sleepers: New England Patriots

The bulk of fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have a prompt impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft. Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we…...

Why Buy Dante Pettis When This WR is Cheaper?

I’m a dented can kind of man — if I can get the same product for cheaper and spend the savings elsewhere, I’m in. That’s the concept behind our “Why Buy?” series, which is inspired by Fantasy Douche’s Getting Something for Nothing article penned back in 2013. Whatever you want to call it — arbitrage, discount shopping, or simply fading overpriced players — there’s no…...

Remember the Titan: Don’t Forget Marcus Mariota

There are certain people who, when they tweet something, it should be noted well. Jeremy Hardt, the former host of the RotoViz Mailbag show, is in my honest opinion, one such person. It was a tweet about his erstwhile show that caught my eye this week. If I were to write a puff piece, it’d be all about the Tenn Titans despite the slow historical…...

2 Mid-Round Tight Ends That Will Supercharge Your Best Ball Teams

It’s here. Dread it. Run from it. It still arrives. Of course, I am talking about the Tight End Renaissance (as some have called it). For years, the tight end position has been dominated by one or two names at the top. Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, the like. That changed last year. George Kittle broke the wall, finishing as the TE3 in PPR…...

Mind the Gap: 10 Committee RBs to Target

There’s EV to be gained by reading between the ADPs in fantasy football. Last week, we used a gap methodology created by Charlie Kleinheksel to identify some of the best running back values for 2019. Check out my most recent piece for a look at the RB buckets generated from using that methodology in 2019. The takeaway is that we want to be targeting S2…...

BestBall Workshop No. 13 – What’s the Best Time of the Year for Zero RB?

To this point in the Best Ball Workshop, we’ve broken down the key tactics at every position, looked at the player selections that best fit dominant strategies, and synthesized our analysis with 7 Hacks to Win Your BestBall10s. Today, we dive into the calendar and look at whether some approaches work better at different times of the year. One of the many terrific features of…...

Ito Smith is a Perfect Zero RB Target

If you’re a long-time reader of RotoViz, you’re very familiar with the Zero-running-back draft strategy. In short, finding high upside RBs at a low price while stockpiling proven receivers in the early rounds is the main goal. And with his position on the depth chart and a late-round average draft position, Ito Smith is a great target. As a Prospect Several Rotoviz writers identified Smith…...

The Roster Construction You Can Use In Every DRAFT Best Ball Championship Entry

We previously found that it may be best to wait until August to enter the NFL DRAFT Best Ball Championship, but there are some benefits to drafting at the beginning of the offseason. Teams that draft in August tend to post higher average scores. However, teams that draft earlier in the offseason can take advantage of facing opponents with lower scores, which may help you get…...

Mind the Gap: RBs to Target and Fade Using ADP Disparity

There’s EV to be gained by reading between the ADPs in fantasy football. In this piece, I’ll be following up on some work done by RotoViz O.G. Charlie Kleinheksel in recent years which uses gaps in same-team RBs to identify both expensive fades and late-round buys at the position. He first explored the idea of using ADP to sort RBs into four types back in…...

7 Best Ball Hacks From The Roster Construction Explorer That Will Boost Your Win Rate

Over the course of 11 lessons in the Best Ball Workshop, we examined the key tactics at every position and used the Fanball Roster Construction Explorer to locate exploitable opportunities in all areas of your draft. Today, we’ll look at seven of the most important takeaways from the workshops. For readers who have scoured the lessons in detail, this blueprint will help you synthesize those…...

Don’t Be Daniel Snyder – The Roster Construction Explorer Finds 5 Players to Win Your League, Not the Offseason

The fantasy football sphere offers a lot of excellent team evaluation tools. These applications do a good job at what they’re designed to do – tell you if you’ve addressed the various positions with players projected to score well by experts. This obviously has value. If you select expert-favored players at a value to ADP, your team is unlikely to finish at the bottom of…...

When Should You Enter Your DRAFT Best Ball Championship Teams? The Optimal Draft Month for Maximizing Points

Michael Dubner continues the DRAFT Best Ball article series where we will now focus our attention on the DRAFT Best Ball Championship and improve our chances of taking down the $1 Million first-place prize.  Since the NFL DRAFT Best Ball Championship opened this offseason, over 13,000 teams have already entered the contest, with some owners perhaps drafting over $1,000 worth of entries. This leads us…...

Price, Production & Profile: The 2019 Zero RB Sleeper You’re Missing Out On

What if I told you that one of 2019’s best Zero RB candidates is currently available in the 13th and 14th rounds of fantasy football drafts? He’s a player who racked up nearly 3,000 total yards over his final two years of college and now plays on a team that projects to be amongst the run-heaviest offenses in the league. All this while being second…...

High-Stakes Best-Ball ADP: 4 Teams With Volatile Movers and What To Do About Them

Throughout the offseason, RotoViz will take snapshots of high-stakes best-ball ADP using the FFPC Exposures and ADP app. Other entries in the series include a look at February ADP and movement after NFL free agency.  We’re now about halfway between the end of the NFL Draft and the start of training camps, when any bit of information – “Sony Michel isn’t practicing in May! Buy…...

The Dolphins Offense Is Mispriced In All Formats

It’s no secret the Miami Dolphins are a rebuilding franchise. They’re not coy about it, and everyone knows it. As such and evidenced by ADP, it would appear the community’s expected offensive output is exclusively draw plays and kneel downs, and for the team to concede each game before it’s played. Needless to say, there is exploitability here. I’m going to walk through the pricing…...

Is Jake Kumerow a Legit Fantasy Sleeper in 2019?

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sent waves of hope through the fantasy world this week when he spent a solid 60 seconds pumping the tires of sophomore wide receiver Jake Kumerow. Here’s the full clip. Aaron Rodgers really likes Jake Kumerow. via @packers pic.twitter.com/olk6QyaWD5 — Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) June 12, 2019 “He’s an extremely intelligent guy who’s in the right place at the right time,” fawned Rodgers…....

Just Pick Players: Win Your League With This Simple Onesie Selection Tactic – The Wrong Read, No. 56

Welcome to the 56th installment of The Wrong Read. Quarterback and tight end are the forgotten positions in fantasy, but they are probably more important than you think — you can win your best ball league simply by taking the right roster construction approach to these positions. At the end of the day though, you also have to pick players, and good process here can…...

2 Deep Sleepers: New York Jets

The bulk of fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have a prompt impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft. Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we…...

2 Deep Sleepers: New England Patriots

The bulk of fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have a prompt impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft. Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we…...

Why Buy Dante Pettis When This WR is Cheaper?

I’m a dented can kind of man — if I can get the same product for cheaper and spend the savings elsewhere, I’m in. That’s the concept behind our “Why Buy?” series, which is inspired by Fantasy Douche’s Getting Something for Nothing article penned back in 2013. Whatever you want to call it — arbitrage, discount shopping, or simply fading overpriced players — there’s no…...

Remember the Titan: Don’t Forget Marcus Mariota

There are certain people who, when they tweet something, it should be noted well. Jeremy Hardt, the former host of the RotoViz Mailbag show, is in my honest opinion, one such person. It was a tweet about his erstwhile show that caught my eye this week. If I were to write a puff piece, it’d be all about the Tenn Titans despite the slow historical…...

2 Mid-Round Tight Ends That Will Supercharge Your Best Ball Teams

It’s here. Dread it. Run from it. It still arrives. Of course, I am talking about the Tight End Renaissance (as some have called it). For years, the tight end position has been dominated by one or two names at the top. Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, the like. That changed last year. George Kittle broke the wall, finishing as the TE3 in PPR…...

Mind the Gap: 10 Committee RBs to Target

There’s EV to be gained by reading between the ADPs in fantasy football. Last week, we used a gap methodology created by Charlie Kleinheksel to identify some of the best running back values for 2019. Check out my most recent piece for a look at the RB buckets generated from using that methodology in 2019. The takeaway is that we want to be targeting S2…...

BestBall Workshop No. 13 – What’s the Best Time of the Year for Zero RB?

To this point in the Best Ball Workshop, we’ve broken down the key tactics at every position, looked at the player selections that best fit dominant strategies, and synthesized our analysis with 7 Hacks to Win Your BestBall10s. Today, we dive into the calendar and look at whether some approaches work better at different times of the year. One of the many terrific features of…...

Ito Smith is a Perfect Zero RB Target

If you’re a long-time reader of RotoViz, you’re very familiar with the Zero-running-back draft strategy. In short, finding high upside RBs at a low price while stockpiling proven receivers in the early rounds is the main goal. And with his position on the depth chart and a late-round average draft position, Ito Smith is a great target. As a Prospect Several Rotoviz writers identified Smith…...

The Roster Construction You Can Use In Every DRAFT Best Ball Championship Entry

We previously found that it may be best to wait until August to enter the NFL DRAFT Best Ball Championship, but there are some benefits to drafting at the beginning of the offseason. Teams that draft in August tend to post higher average scores. However, teams that draft earlier in the offseason can take advantage of facing opponents with lower scores, which may help you get…...

Mind the Gap: RBs to Target and Fade Using ADP Disparity

There’s EV to be gained by reading between the ADPs in fantasy football. In this piece, I’ll be following up on some work done by RotoViz O.G. Charlie Kleinheksel in recent years which uses gaps in same-team RBs to identify both expensive fades and late-round buys at the position. He first explored the idea of using ADP to sort RBs into four types back in…...

7 Best Ball Hacks From The Roster Construction Explorer That Will Boost Your Win Rate

Over the course of 11 lessons in the Best Ball Workshop, we examined the key tactics at every position and used the Fanball Roster Construction Explorer to locate exploitable opportunities in all areas of your draft. Today, we’ll look at seven of the most important takeaways from the workshops. For readers who have scoured the lessons in detail, this blueprint will help you synthesize those…...

Don’t Be Daniel Snyder – The Roster Construction Explorer Finds 5 Players to Win Your League, Not the Offseason

The fantasy football sphere offers a lot of excellent team evaluation tools. These applications do a good job at what they’re designed to do – tell you if you’ve addressed the various positions with players projected to score well by experts. This obviously has value. If you select expert-favored players at a value to ADP, your team is unlikely to finish at the bottom of…...

When Should You Enter Your DRAFT Best Ball Championship Teams? The Optimal Draft Month for Maximizing Points

Michael Dubner continues the DRAFT Best Ball article series where we will now focus our attention on the DRAFT Best Ball Championship and improve our chances of taking down the $1 Million first-place prize.  Since the NFL DRAFT Best Ball Championship opened this offseason, over 13,000 teams have already entered the contest, with some owners perhaps drafting over $1,000 worth of entries. This leads us…...

Price, Production & Profile: The 2019 Zero RB Sleeper You’re Missing Out On

What if I told you that one of 2019’s best Zero RB candidates is currently available in the 13th and 14th rounds of fantasy football drafts? He’s a player who racked up nearly 3,000 total yards over his final two years of college and now plays on a team that projects to be amongst the run-heaviest offenses in the league. All this while being second…...

High-Stakes Best-Ball ADP: 4 Teams With Volatile Movers and What To Do About Them

Throughout the offseason, RotoViz will take snapshots of high-stakes best-ball ADP using the FFPC Exposures and ADP app. Other entries in the series include a look at February ADP and movement after NFL free agency.  We’re now about halfway between the end of the NFL Draft and the start of training camps, when any bit of information – “Sony Michel isn’t practicing in May! Buy…...

The Dolphins Offense Is Mispriced In All Formats

It’s no secret the Miami Dolphins are a rebuilding franchise. They’re not coy about it, and everyone knows it. As such and evidenced by ADP, it would appear the community’s expected offensive output is exclusively draw plays and kneel downs, and for the team to concede each game before it’s played. Needless to say, there is exploitability here. I’m going to walk through the pricing…...

Is Jake Kumerow a Legit Fantasy Sleeper in 2019?

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sent waves of hope through the fantasy world this week when he spent a solid 60 seconds pumping the tires of sophomore wide receiver Jake Kumerow. Here’s the full clip. Aaron Rodgers really likes Jake Kumerow. via @packers pic.twitter.com/olk6QyaWD5 — Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) June 12, 2019 “He’s an extremely intelligent guy who’s in the right place at the right time,” fawned Rodgers…....

Just Pick Players: Win Your League With This Simple Onesie Selection Tactic – The Wrong Read, No. 56

Welcome to the 56th installment of The Wrong Read. Quarterback and tight end are the forgotten positions in fantasy, but they are probably more important than you think — you can win your best ball league simply by taking the right roster construction approach to these positions. At the end of the day though, you also have to pick players, and good process here can…...

2 Deep Sleepers: New York Jets

The bulk of fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have a prompt impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft. Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we…...

2 Deep Sleepers: New England Patriots

The bulk of fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have a prompt impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft. Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we…...

Why Buy Dante Pettis When This WR is Cheaper?

I’m a dented can kind of man — if I can get the same product for cheaper and spend the savings elsewhere, I’m in. That’s the concept behind our “Why Buy?” series, which is inspired by Fantasy Douche’s Getting Something for Nothing article penned back in 2013. Whatever you want to call it — arbitrage, discount shopping, or simply fading overpriced players — there’s no…...

Remember the Titan: Don’t Forget Marcus Mariota

There are certain people who, when they tweet something, it should be noted well. Jeremy Hardt, the former host of the RotoViz Mailbag show, is in my honest opinion, one such person. It was a tweet about his erstwhile show that caught my eye this week. If I were to write a puff piece, it’d be all about the Tenn Titans despite the slow historical…...

2 Mid-Round Tight Ends That Will Supercharge Your Best Ball Teams

It’s here. Dread it. Run from it. It still arrives. Of course, I am talking about the Tight End Renaissance (as some have called it). For years, the tight end position has been dominated by one or two names at the top. Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, the like. That changed last year. George Kittle broke the wall, finishing as the TE3 in PPR…...

Mind the Gap: 10 Committee RBs to Target

There’s EV to be gained by reading between the ADPs in fantasy football. Last week, we used a gap methodology created by Charlie Kleinheksel to identify some of the best running back values for 2019. Check out my most recent piece for a look at the RB buckets generated from using that methodology in 2019. The takeaway is that we want to be targeting S2…...

BestBall Workshop No. 13 – What’s the Best Time of the Year for Zero RB?

To this point in the Best Ball Workshop, we’ve broken down the key tactics at every position, looked at the player selections that best fit dominant strategies, and synthesized our analysis with 7 Hacks to Win Your BestBall10s. Today, we dive into the calendar and look at whether some approaches work better at different times of the year. One of the many terrific features of…...

Ito Smith is a Perfect Zero RB Target

If you’re a long-time reader of RotoViz, you’re very familiar with the Zero-running-back draft strategy. In short, finding high upside RBs at a low price while stockpiling proven receivers in the early rounds is the main goal. And with his position on the depth chart and a late-round average draft position, Ito Smith is a great target. As a Prospect Several Rotoviz writers identified Smith…...

The Roster Construction You Can Use In Every DRAFT Best Ball Championship Entry

We previously found that it may be best to wait until August to enter the NFL DRAFT Best Ball Championship, but there are some benefits to drafting at the beginning of the offseason. Teams that draft in August tend to post higher average scores. However, teams that draft earlier in the offseason can take advantage of facing opponents with lower scores, which may help you get…...

Mind the Gap: RBs to Target and Fade Using ADP Disparity

There’s EV to be gained by reading between the ADPs in fantasy football. In this piece, I’ll be following up on some work done by RotoViz O.G. Charlie Kleinheksel in recent years which uses gaps in same-team RBs to identify both expensive fades and late-round buys at the position. He first explored the idea of using ADP to sort RBs into four types back in…...

7 Best Ball Hacks From The Roster Construction Explorer That Will Boost Your Win Rate

Over the course of 11 lessons in the Best Ball Workshop, we examined the key tactics at every position and used the Fanball Roster Construction Explorer to locate exploitable opportunities in all areas of your draft. Today, we’ll look at seven of the most important takeaways from the workshops. For readers who have scoured the lessons in detail, this blueprint will help you synthesize those…...

Don’t Be Daniel Snyder – The Roster Construction Explorer Finds 5 Players to Win Your League, Not the Offseason

The fantasy football sphere offers a lot of excellent team evaluation tools. These applications do a good job at what they’re designed to do – tell you if you’ve addressed the various positions with players projected to score well by experts. This obviously has value. If you select expert-favored players at a value to ADP, your team is unlikely to finish at the bottom of…...

When Should You Enter Your DRAFT Best Ball Championship Teams? The Optimal Draft Month for Maximizing Points

Michael Dubner continues the DRAFT Best Ball article series where we will now focus our attention on the DRAFT Best Ball Championship and improve our chances of taking down the $1 Million first-place prize.  Since the NFL DRAFT Best Ball Championship opened this offseason, over 13,000 teams have already entered the contest, with some owners perhaps drafting over $1,000 worth of entries. This leads us…...

Price, Production & Profile: The 2019 Zero RB Sleeper You’re Missing Out On

What if I told you that one of 2019’s best Zero RB candidates is currently available in the 13th and 14th rounds of fantasy football drafts? He’s a player who racked up nearly 3,000 total yards over his final two years of college and now plays on a team that projects to be amongst the run-heaviest offenses in the league. All this while being second…...

High-Stakes Best-Ball ADP: 4 Teams With Volatile Movers and What To Do About Them

Throughout the offseason, RotoViz will take snapshots of high-stakes best-ball ADP using the FFPC Exposures and ADP app. Other entries in the series include a look at February ADP and movement after NFL free agency.  We’re now about halfway between the end of the NFL Draft and the start of training camps, when any bit of information – “Sony Michel isn’t practicing in May! Buy…...

The Dolphins Offense Is Mispriced In All Formats

It’s no secret the Miami Dolphins are a rebuilding franchise. They’re not coy about it, and everyone knows it. As such and evidenced by ADP, it would appear the community’s expected offensive output is exclusively draw plays and kneel downs, and for the team to concede each game before it’s played. Needless to say, there is exploitability here. I’m going to walk through the pricing…...

Is Jake Kumerow a Legit Fantasy Sleeper in 2019?

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sent waves of hope through the fantasy world this week when he spent a solid 60 seconds pumping the tires of sophomore wide receiver Jake Kumerow. Here’s the full clip. Aaron Rodgers really likes Jake Kumerow. via @packers pic.twitter.com/olk6QyaWD5 — Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) June 12, 2019 “He’s an extremely intelligent guy who’s in the right place at the right time,” fawned Rodgers…....

Just Pick Players: Win Your League With This Simple Onesie Selection Tactic – The Wrong Read, No. 56

Welcome to the 56th installment of The Wrong Read. Quarterback and tight end are the forgotten positions in fantasy, but they are probably more important than you think — you can win your best ball league simply by taking the right roster construction approach to these positions. At the end of the day though, you also have to pick players, and good process here can…...

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