Longball Derby Top 5 Point Earners for July

Giancarlo Stanton
By d-deee (Giancarlo "Mike" Stanton (FLA) and Gerald Laird)

Giancarlo Stanton: 12 HR, 23 RBI, 24 K (59 points)
Injuries sidelined Stanton for an extended period of time in both 2015 and 2016, but the Marlins slugger has stayed healthy this season, which is good news for 25.3% of Longball Derby Challenge participants. Following his red-hot July, the 27-year-old heads into August as the NL leader in home runs (33) and should easily top his single-season high of 37 homers.

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Longball Derby Top 5 Point Earners for June

Matt Adams
Ken Lund

Matt Adams: 10 HR, 25 RBI, 21 K (54 points)
Acquired by the Braves in May to fill in at first base for the injured Freddie Freeman, Adams has more than held his own, batting .290 with 12 homers and 32 RBI through 40 games with Atlanta. Even with Freeman back, Adams should continue to receive regular at-bats, as Freeman has offered to play third base in order to keep Adams in the lineup. The five owners (1.4%) who selected Adams in the full-season Longball Derby Challenge are surely hoping that he produces enough to keep Freeman at the hot corner for the foreseeable future.

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Longball Derby Top 5 Point Earners for May

Justin Smoak
Keith Allison

Justin Bour: 11 HR, 21 RBI, 25 K (51 points)
After launching 23 home runs in 129 games back in 2015, Bour was limited to just 90 games last season due to an ankle injury, though he still tallied 15 homers, proving that his power is legit. So, it is not too surprising that 70 owners (19.0%) selected the Marlins first baseman in the Longball Derby Challenge. Until this week, Bour owners were feeling good, with their bargain pick ranking among the league leaders in both home runs and RBI. Unfortunately, a left ankle contusion suffered over the weekend has landed Bour on the 10-day DL. The good news is that he is not expected to miss an extended period of time. The bad news is that it was indeed an ankle injury that sidelined Bour for two months last season. His owners will be wishing for the best.

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Longball Derby Top 5 Point Earners for April

Ryan Zimmerman
Scott Ableman

Ryan Zimmerman: 11 HR, 29 RBI, 20 K (64 points)
Injuries limited Zimmerman to an average of 90 games played per season from 2014-2016, but the Nationals first baseman is now healthy and certainly making up for lost time. The 32-year-old's 29 RBI in April led the Majors, and he finished tied for the top spot in homers. The six owners (1.6%) who took a chance on Zimmerman in the Longball Derby Challenge are likely in the thick of prize contention and are surely hoping that he can stay off the DL this time around.

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TD Derby Top Performers - Week 15

LeSean McCoy
By Mr. Schultz

Devonta Freeman: 139 rushing yards, 3 TDs, 1 fumble (21 points)
After recording his worst stat line of the season (6 carries, 6 yards) in Week 14, Freeman bounced back in a big way on Sunday, running wild versus a porous 49ers defense. The 24-year-old has reached the end zone seven times in his last four games, and he's now posted back-to-back double-digit rushing touchdown seasons.

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TD Derby Top Performers - Week 13

Thomas Rawls
By Keith Allison

David Johnson: 84 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 91 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD (16 points)
What else is new? If the season ended today, Johnson would be the TD Derby MVP. The Cardinals running back has now registered three rushing touchdowns over his last four games while hauling in a receiving score in each of his last four contests. There's little reason not to expect continued dominance from here on out.

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TD Derby Top Performers - Week 11

Lamar Miller
By June Rivera

David Johnson: 103 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 57 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD (17 points)
At this point in the season, we really shouldn't be surprised that Johnson once again posted an elite TD Derby score in Week 11. The Cardinals running back has now amassed more than 100 total yards with one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown in each of his last two games. Johnson was among the most popular selections (21.0%) in the full-season Beat the Experts TD Derby, and for good reason.

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TD Derby Top Performers - Week 9

Julio Jones
By Phillip Hendon

Latavius Murray: 114 rushing yards, 3 TDs (23 points)
After taking advantage of a season-high 20 carries to deliver his first 100-yard game of the year to go along with three scores, Murray has reestablished himself as Oakland's clear-cut lead back. Despite some strong games, the 26-year-old has fallen short of expectations this season, but his Week 9 performance reminds us of his fantasy upside going forward.

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TD Derby Top Performers - Week 7

LeGarrette Blount
By Jack Newton

LeGarrette Blount: 127 rushing yards, 2 TDs (16 points)
Having scored at least one touchdown in six of his first seven games this season, Blount has been one of the most valuable players in the TD Derby contest. But the veteran running back's appeal this year extends beyond fantasy leagues with touchdown-heavy scoring formats, as he's also on pace to shatter his current single-season high of 1,007 rushing yards. As the clear-cut lead back on a team with an explosive offense, Blount should continue to produce at a consistently high level.

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TD Derby Top Performers - Week 5

Larry Fitzgerald
By FF Swami

David Johnson: 157 rushing yards, 2 TDs (17 points)
A popular choice for the top overall selection in fantasy drafts this year, Johnson is proving why he deserved that honor. Through five games, the Cardinals running back has amassed 457 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go along with 238 receiving yards. Expect Johnson to continue rewarding the 42 owners (21.0%) that selected him in the Beat The Experts TD Derby with elite-level production going forward.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - September 19-October 2

Robinson Cano
By Keith Allison

Robinson Cano: 6 HR, 16 RBI, 10 K (36 points)
Power decline? What power decline? After hitting a combined 35 homers over his first two seasons with the Mariners, Cano finished the 2016 campaign with a single-season high 39 home runs to go along with a .298 batting average and 103 RBIs. The Seattle second baseman remains one of the most reliable pure hitters in the game, but being that he posted just one 30-plus home run season prior to this year, a home run drop is likely for 2017. Playing half of his games in pitcher-friendly Safeco Field will not do him any favors.

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Top 3 TD Derby Point Earners - Weeks 1-2

DeAngelo Williams
By Keith Allison

DeAngelo Williams: 237 rushing yards, 66 receiving yards, 3 TDs (26 points)
With Le'Veon Bell currently serving a three-game suspension, Williams is certainly making the most of his time as Pittsburgh's every-down running back. The 33-year-old has been a steady force in both the running game and the passing game (1 receiving TD), and this versatility only adds to his TD Derby value. Unfortunately for Williams owners, his role will be significantly diminished upon Bell's return in Week 4. Barring a Bell injury, Williams will no longer be a reliable fantasy option.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - September 5-September 18

Hanley Ramirez
By Keith Allison

Hanley Ramirez: 8 HR, 18 RBI, 10 K (48 points)
Following a disappointing first full season in Beantown, Ramirez has bounced back in a big way this year, easing concerns that his days of high-end production were well behind him. With two weeks still to play, Hanley has already matched his previous single-season high of 106 RBI and his 28 home runs represent his highest home run total since 2008. And he's saved his best for September. Through 16 games this month, the Red Sox first baseman is batting .381 with nine homers and 22 RBI.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - August 22-September 4

Jose Abreu
By Robert Rescot

Jose Abreu: 6 HR, 19 RBI, 9 K (40 points)
After batting .272 with a disappointing 11 home runs in the first half of the season, Abreu has already launched 11 homers in the second half with one month still to play. Although the White Sox first baseman is unlikely to record his third straight 30 HR/100 RBI season, he is certainly doing his best to reward the patient 125 owners (11.1%) that selected him in the $16K Longball Derby contest.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - August 8-August 21

Charlie Blackmon
By Keith Allison

Charlie Blackmon: 8 HR, 10 RBI, 6 K (44 points)
After failing to hit a home run in July while recording only two RBI, Blackmon's bat has caught fire in August. The Rockies outfielder has already launched nine homers to go along with 16 RBI and a .408 AVG through 17 games this month. On pace for his first career 25-plus home run campaign, Blackmon, who is known more for his speed than for his power, has now established himself as one of the game's elite across-the-board producers.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - July 25-August 7

Miguel Cabrera
By Keith Allison

Miguel Cabrera: 6 HR, 17 RBI, 7 K (40 points)
Although Cabrera's days of 40-plus home run seasons might be in the rearview mirror, the 33-year-old is still one of the best pure hitters in the game. The former MVP is in the midst of a strong rebound campaign after injuries limited him to just 119 games last season, and his red-hot two-week stretch now has him on pace to finish 2016 with 36 homers and 108 RBI. Cabrera was the second most popular pick in the $16K full-season Longball derby contest (69.2%), and he's certainly proving that he deserved the attention.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - July 11-July 24

Justin Turner
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Justin Turner: 5 HR, 14 RBI, 5 K (34 points)
For the second time in the last three two-week periods, Turner finds himself atop the Longball Derby leaderboard. The veteran infielder had never recorded more than seven homers in a season prior to last year. But after hitting 16 home runs with 60 RBI in 2015, he's already launched 18 longballs while tallying 58 RBI this season. By now, it has become clear that his power surge is for real, and the 23 owners (2.0%) that took a chance on him in the $16K Longball Derby contest are reaping the rewards.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - June 27-July 10

Josh Donaldson
Keith Allison

C.J. Cron: 5 HR, 18 RBI, 5 K (38 points)
The good news for Cron is that his red-hot two-week stretch raised his 2016 home run count to 11 and placed him just one RBI shy of matching last season's total of 51. The bad news is that he is now on the DL, expected to miss at least a month due to a broken hand. So, the 21 owners (1.9%) who selected him in the $16K full-season Longball Derby contest are simply out of luck for the time being. Still, the Angels first baseman has proven that he can be a valuable fantasy asset when he returns.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - June 13-June 26

Justin Turner
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Justin Turner: 6 HR, 16 RBI, 6 K (40 points)
The Longball Derby leaderboard is unfamiliar territory for Turner, who should not be mistaken for a power hitter. That said, the Dodgers third baseman did manage to slug 16 home runs last season. After getting off to a slow start in 2016, Turner's eight home runs and 21 RBI so far in June have put him on pace to finish the year with single-season career highs in both categories.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - May 30-June 12

Adam Jones
Keith Allison

Adam Jones: 6 HR, 14 RBI, 10 K (34 points)
One of the game's most consistent run producers over the past several seasons, Jones got off to a rough start this year, managing only one home run and seven RBI in April. Since then, however, the Orioles centerfielder has been swinging a hot bat, especially in June, with six homers and 12 RBI through 12 games this month. The 131 owners (11.7%) who selected Jones in the $16K Longball Derby contest can now breathe a sigh of relief.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - May 16-May 29

Jose Bautista
Keith Allison

Jose Bautista: 5 HR, 12 RBI, 5 K (32 points)
Coming off two straight seasons of at least 35 home runs and 103 RBI, Bautista once again ranks among the league leaders in both categories this year. The veteran outfielder has established himself as one of the most reliable sluggers in the game, and fantasy owners have no reason to expect a decline in production going forward.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - May 2-May 15

Ben Zobrist
Keith Allison

Ben Zobrist: 4 HR, 18 RBI, 5 K (33 points)
Although most of Zobrist's Longball Derby contributions over the past two weeks have come via the RBI department, his five total home runs this season have him on pace to post his first 20-plus home run campaign since 2012. Add in Zobrist's 28 RBI and .317 batting average and the Cubs are surely pleased with their free agent investment. So are the 53 owners who selected him in the full-season $16K Longball Derby contest.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - April 18-May 1

Neil Walker
Arturo Pardavila III

Neil Walker: 6 HR, 11 RBI, 6 K (35 points)
Despite Daniel Murphy's early-season success, it looks like the Amazins made a wise decision in letting him go over the winter and trading for Walker. Through 23 games, the new Mets second baseman is tied for 3rd in the NL in homers (9) and 10th in RBI (19). Although Walker will not continue to slug home runs at anywhere near this rate, he did launch a single-season high 23 longballs back in 2014. Walker is well on his way towards topping that total in 2016.

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Top 3 Longball Derby Point Earners - April 3-17

Nolan Arenado
Keith Allison

Nolan Arenado: 6 HR, 16 RBI, 3 K (43 points)
Coming off a 42-homer breakout campaign in 2015, Arenado has picked up right where he left off, with six homers, including two multi-home run games, over his first 12 contests. Continue to expect elite-level production from the Rockies third baseman and you won't be disappointed.

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April Powers

Adrian Gonzalez
Keith Allison

The full-season Longball Derby contest has its advantages. Set your lineup once and your managing duties are done. All that's left is to track your squad throughout the season and hope that you made enough wise choices to earn a prize, or two, or three. But if you like action and have some time to create new rosters, then their Monthly Derbies may be right for you! So, in addition to the season-long Derby, they will also be offering month-long derbies this season. For April, there will be two different month-long derbies to choose from, the Double Up or Front Loader Derby. And the strategy for winning these is very different from winning a season-long Derby. So, how can you go about preparing for the April month-long derbies? Well, one way is to study previous seasons in an attempt to identify certain players who have a history of fast starts in April. And this is exactly what I did. Here are a few players who have ranked among the league leaders in April home runs multiple times over the past few seasons.

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$16K Longball Derby Hidden Gems

Miguel Cabrera
Keith Allison

With a new season of Longball Derby just a few weeks away, it's time to hit the books. Well, there really aren't any books involved here, but you get the idea. After all, you don't want to be sitting by your computer on the evening of Saturday, April 2nd scrambling through statistics, completely unprepared to assemble your roster. And this especially applies to those of you competing in the season-long $16K Longball Derby contest, because once the clock strikes 11 PM ET, that's it. Your roster will be locked for the entire season.

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Welcome to the Inaugural RotoDerby 3-point Derby!

Intro to 3pt Derby

Based on your feedback the Rotoderby team has been busy replicating the success of our Baseball format into an equally enjoyable format for Basketball and ta-da we are pleased to introduce our monthly 3-Point Derby contest. Our team decided to go with a monthly contest for the remainder of the basketball season since our development took a bit longer that we had hoped and we wanted to ensure the best user experience. We understand we are launching 40% into the regular season and didn’t seem that a season long Derby would be appropriate (of course, we always appreciate your feedback if you feel otherwise).

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - September 28-October 4

Manny Machado
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Manny Machado: 5 HR, 8 RBI, 5 K (28 points)
Machado capped off his 2015 breakout campaign in fitting fashion. The Orioles third baseman launched five home runs over his final five games, bringing his season total to 35, this after managing just 33 homers combined over his first three big league seasons. The scouts said the power would come, and they were right. The 23-year-old, who also chipped in 102 runs and 20 steals, should remain a fantasy force in 2016 and beyond.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - September 14-27

Lucas Duda
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Lucas Duda: 4 HR, 13 RBI, 3 K (30 points)
A frequent member of the Longball Derby Top 5 Point Earners list this year, Duda is in the midst of a strong month of September that has included four homers, 14 RBI and a .978 OPS heading into the final week of the season. The Mets first baseman is a very streaky hitter, which has undoubtedly frustrated the 10 owners who selected him in the $15K Longball Derby contest. But despite missing some time due to injury, Duda has already secured his second straight 25-plus home run season, and the fact that he’s finishing 2015 on a high note bodes well for his 2016 outlook.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - August 31-September 13

Nolan Arenado
Keith Allison

Nolan Arenado: 8 HR, 17 RBI, 11 K (46 points)
In batting .287 with 18 homers and 61 RBI over 111 games last year, Arenado showed us glimpses of his high-end potential. He’s managed to put it all together this season, heading into Monday atop the NL leaderboard in both home runs (38) and RBI (110). The Rockies third baseman was the 10th most popular selection (464 teams) in the $15K Longball Derby contest, and despite the increased cost, there’s a good chance that the 24-year-old will be just as popular in 2016.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - August 17-30

Edwin Encarnacion
Keith Allison

Edwin Encarnacion: 9 HR, 26 RBI, 6 K (65 points)
No hitter is hotter this month than Encarnacion, who is batting .402 with 11 homers and 35 RBI with one day remaining in August. Oh yeah, and he’s also fresh off setting a new Longball Derby high in bi-weekly points for this season. Unfortunately for Encarnacion owners in the $15K Full Season contest, he was the fifth-most popular pick (595 teams), so the advantage of owning him was limited. But then again, those who didn’t own him were surely regretting it.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - August 3-16

Chris Davis
Keith Allison

Chris Davis: 8 HR, 17 RBI, 17 K (40 points)
For the second straight two-week period, Davis finds himself on the Top 5 leaderboard, this time in the #1 spot. One of the more streaky hitters in the game, the Orioles slugger has already tallied 15 homers to go along with 37 RBI in 28 games since the All-Star break. Davis’ high strikeout rate remains his main weakness when it comes to the Longball Derby contest, but as long as he continues to rack up home runs at anything close to his current rate, his owners will not mind.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - July 20-August 2

Lucas Duda
Keith Allison

Lucas Duda: 9 HR, 12 RBI, 13 K (44 points)
I think it’s safe to say that Duda has rediscovered his power stroke. After hitting only one home run during a 35-game stretch spanning from late-May until Mid-July, Duda enters this week with nine homers in his last eight games. The downside with Duda is that he does strike out quite a bit, and that hurts his Longball Derby value. But as long as he continues to hit the ball out of the park on a regular basis, his owners will accept the whiffs. With 21 home runs through 102 games this season, the Mets first baseman is back on pace to at least match last season’s 30 homers.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - July 6-19

Mike Trout
Keith Allison

Mike Trout: 6 HR, 11 RBI, 6 K (35 points)
The consensus top overall pick in fantasy drafts this spring, Trout is certainly living up to his lofty price tag. As of Monday, following his recent power surge, the Angels centerfielder leads the AL in home runs (27) while ranking in the top-10 in the Junior Circuit in RBI (56) and hits (102). But Longball Derby participants care most about the homers, and if Trout continues to leave the yard at his current rate, he will surpass last season’s career-best 36 home runs well before the end of August.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - June 22-July 5

Nolan Arenado
Keith Allison

Nolan Arenado: 7 HR, 14 RBI, 4 K (45 points)
Even the most optimistic of Arenado supporters could not have predicted that with one week to go before the All-Star break, the Rockies third baseman would lead the Majors in RBI (68) and rank 5th in homers (24). And that’s not all. The fact that 15 of his 24 home runs have come on the road proves that Arenado’s power production isn’t simply a product of Coors Field. Still just 24 years of age, he could get even better. And that’s a scary thought.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - June 8-21

Albert Pujols
Keith Allison

Albert Pujols: 6 HR, 15 RBI, 2 K (43 points)
For the second straight two-week period, Pujols finds himself atop the Longball Derby Point Earners list, and the honor is well deserved. It has been quite a month of June for the former MVP, who has already tallied ten homers to go along with 21 RBI and a .338 batting average through 19 games. For the season, Pujols leads the AL in homers (21) and even more importantly for Longball Derby purposes, his 27 total strikeouts are the second-fewest among all players with at least ten home runs.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - May 25-June 7

Albert Pujols
Keith Allison

Albert Pujols: 7 HR, 13 RBI, 4 K (44 points)
The month of April was not kind to Pujols, as he batted a meager .208 to go along with a modest three home runs and disappointing nine RBI. Since the start of May, however, the former MVP has been on quite a run, posting a .288 average to go along with a combined 12 homers and 20 RBI. No, he might not be the Albert Pujols of five years ago, but even at 35, the veteran first baseman remains a very productive big league hitter capable of enjoying elite-level hot streaks.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - May 11-24

Edwin Encarnacion
Keith Allison

Edwin Encarnacion: 7 HR, 14 RBI, 13 K (36 points)
By now, it’s easy to forget that Encarnacion struggled throughout April, batting just .205 while registering a .610 OPS. Since the calendar turned to May, it’s been a different story, as the Blue Jays first baseman boasts a .282 average to go along with eight homers, 22 RBI and a 1.048 OPS. Fantasy owners who spent a first or second round pick on him this spring can now relax.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - April 27-May 10

Bryce Harper
Scott Ableman

Bryce Harper: 6 HR, 17 RBI, 13 K (34 points)
From a run production standpoint, no hitter in baseball is hotter right now than Harper, who has followed up a strong April (5 HR, 15 RBI) with an even better May, tallying six homers and 13 RBI over his first nine games this month, including a three-home run game on May 6th. With 11 home runs through 32 games this year, Harper is on pace to shatter his single-season home run high of 22. And the scary thing is that he’s still just 22 years of age.

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - April 13-26

Mark Teixeira
Keith Allison

Nelson Cruz: 7 HR, 16 RBI, 12 K (39 points)
Well, I guess last season was no fluke after all. Those who passed on drafting Cruz this year due to concerns about the change of scenery from home run-friendly Camden Yards to spacious Safeco Field probably wish they could have a mulligan. Heading into Monday, the Mariners left fielder leads the Majors in both home runs (9) and RBI (20).

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Top 5 Longball Derby Point Earners - April 5-12

Adrian Gonzalez
Keith Allison

Adrian Gonzalez: 5 HR, 7 RBI, 3 K (29 points)
Concerns regarding Gonzalez’s declining power were eased a bit last season when he finished off the year with 27 homers, this after averaging just 20 longballs per season from 2012-2013. If the opening week of the 2015 campaign is any indication (5 HR, 7 RBI), it might be time for us to completely forget about those concerns. Maybe Adrian won't match the 40 homers he posted in 2009, but at the very least, a repeat of last season's total seems likely.

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Almost Here!

David Robertson
Not That Bob James

Not only is time running out to sign up for the 2015 edition of Longball Derby, but time is also running out to finalize your rosters. By Sunday night, your teams will be locked for the season, and there will be nothing else left to do but sit and relax. Or sit and panic if your squad underachieves in April (but remember, the standings reset each month). So, as you put the finishing touches on your rosters, what are some of the important points to keep in mind?

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What About Us?

David Robertson
Keith Allison

While everyone is making such a big fuss over the Cubs, their promising young talent and the near certainty that the Curse of the Billy Goat will be broken soon, it’s easy to overlook the other team in Chicago, a club that finished in fourth place in the AL Central last season at 73-89. Not only will the White Sox significantly improve upon that record in 2015, but don’t be surprised if they are very much in the postseason picture deep into September. Here are a few reasons why.

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Buyer Beware

Lucas Duda
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Those who chose 2013 home run champ Chris Davis for their Longball Derby squad last year at the 53-HR cost lived to regret it. Not only did Davis continue to strike out at an astronomical rate, but he hit less than half as many home runs and missed the final two and a half weeks of the season due to suspension. If you earned any cash despite having Davis in your lineup, congratulations, but seasons can be ruined by drafting a high-priced player who fails to duplicate what they did the previous season. On that note, let’s take a look at three players who I think will disappoint Longball Derby owners relative to their 2015 price, which is in parenthesis.

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April Fooling?

Troy Tulowitzki
Nicole

In honor of this week’s launch of the 2015 version of Longball Derby, let’s take a trip back to 2014, and since Longball Derby awards prizes for every individual month, let’s focus on April of 2014. Yeah, you will have six chances to win, but it sure is nice to win something right away. Who were the top-3 Longball Derby point earners for April 2014? I’ll go out on a limb and say that a large percentage of owners who rostered all three of these guys came away with some cash.

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Home Run Revival?

Chris Davis
Keith Allison

Just to emphasize how much baseball has changed since what we now refer to as “The Steroid Era”, consider this. In 2014, only 27 players reached the 25-home run plateau while a mere 11 players managed at least 30 longballs. In 2000, those numbers were 67 and 47 respectively. For fantasy purposes, this is significant, as it's getting harder and harder to find reliable power sources. Studying the previous season’s home run leaderboard might seem like the best way to predict the home run leaders for the upcoming campaign, but don’t forget to go back an additional year, or maybe even two. Here’s a look at a few notable players who experienced a drastic drop in their home run total from 2013 to 2014. Can they bounce back? Note that I’m not including players like Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo who were injured for a good portion of the 2014 campaign.

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Mind Games

Reggie Jackson
Keith Allison

A well-known baseball player once said that 90% of the game is half mental. And this can easily be applied to all sports, including basketball. Talent isn’t the only factor that determines a player’s performance level. Sometimes, a change of scenery can be just as important. With the NBA trade deadline now behind us, here’s a look at three recently traded players who stand to benefit from getting a fresh start.

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Risky Business

Ryan Braun
Jib

Some owners prefer to go the safe route with their first few picks in a fantasy baseball draft, and their rationale does make a lot of sense. Multiple mistakes in the early rounds could ruin a season, so the best way to stay competitive from April through September is to minimize risk, at least until the middle rounds. You might find guys like Adam Jones, Robinson Cano or Adrian Beltre on these rosters. But there is another type of owner. He’s the owner that follows the “win or go home” philosophy. This owner isn’t afraid to take chances early, as long as the upside is significant. The sole purpose of this owner is to win the league, and a mid-pack finish simply isn’t good enough. In fact, this owner would rather finish in last place than in the middle of the standings.

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Swing and a Miss

Ryan Howard
Matthew Straubmuller

An overlooked yet important component of the Longball Derby game is the one point penalty for every strikeout. And since many home run hitters tend to whiff often, the challenge becomes to find the ones who make consistent contact. But that search will have to wait. For now, let’s take a look at the top-3 strikeout leaders from 2014. The 84 combined home runs were nice. The 559 strikeouts? Not so much.

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Power Up?

Michael Brantley
Keith Allison

One way to identify players who might be in store for a home run boost is to look at the previous season’s Doubles leaders. Even if your fantasy league doesn’t use Doubles as a category, it is a statistic that warrants attention, as a significant percentage of Doubles are hard-hit balls that fall just short of clearing the fence.

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The Underachievers

Tony Parker
Matthew D. Britt

In a previous post, I discussed the biggest surprises of the fantasy basketball season, so with the 2014-2015 campaign more than halfway complete, it’s only fitting that we now turn our attention to the biggest disappointments. In fact, I’ve assembled a full starting lineup, and congrats to those of you who are doing well in your league despite owning one or more of these guys.

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Happy Endings

Jose Bautista
Keith Allison

Far too many fantasy baseball owners have short memories. Ask them to name three players who finished in the top-5 in home runs in the first half of last season and most would be stumped. But ask them to name three players who finished in the top-5 in home runs following the All-Star break and they just might be able to do it.

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Pleasant Surprises

Tristan Thompson
Erik Drost

For fantasy sports addicts, the most depressing part of the year has officially begun, with football and baseball, by far the two most popular sports, on hiatus. But all is not lost! Fantasy Basketball can be fun too, and it’s hard to believe that we are already inching towards the halfway mark of the NBA season. In other words, we are at the point where the sample size is large enough to make accurate judgments as to which players deserve recognition for giving their teams, both real and fantasy, the most bang for the buck. Here are some of the mid to late round fantasy draft selections that rank near the top on various category leaderboards. Stats are as of Wednesday, January 7th.

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Profit Picks

Ben Roethlisberger
Erik Drost

Fantasy titles are not won in the early rounds of drafts. In some cases, they are won in the middle to late rounds. In others, savvy waiver wire additions prove to be the deciding factor that separates good teams from championship teams.

With the 2014 Fantasy Football season in the books, let’s take a look at a team of players who rewarded their owners with a significant return on their investment. Call it the All-Value Team.

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The Replacements

Mason Plumlee
Keith Allison

No, the vast majority of fantasy basketball leagues do not use Minutes as a category, but that doesn’t mean the stat should be ignored. In fact, playing time is arguably the most important factor to consider when making lineup decisions and waiver wire additions. On that note, let’s take a look at a few players who opened the season riding the pine but either have or will be seeing increased playing time due to an injury to a starter or a trade.

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Wil Myers Be Worth It?

Wil Myers
Pasco County Schools

If you managed to win a fantasy baseball title last season, chances are you drafted at least one post-hype sleeper, a breakout performer who had previously fallen short of meeting high expectations. Anthony Rizzo and Dee Gordon are two players who come to mind. Looking ahead to 2015, one player who comes to mind is a player who was traded from the Rays to the Padres this week.

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Category Hunting

Timofey Mozgov
Matthew D. Britt

With one-quarter of the NBA season complete, fantasy owners should now have a pretty good idea as to their team’s strengths and weaknesses. Sure, you can try to work a trade to address certain categories, but why give up an asset when you can take the less costly route of heading to the waiver wire? Here are a few players worth considering.

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Playoff Posturing

Jordan Reed
Wikicommons

This week marks the start of the playoffs in the vast majority of fantasy football leagues. There is no longer any margin for error, which means that every decision you make from now on could be a decision that you will land up regretting for months, that is until the summer, when you draft a whole new team. This is why I generally shy away from tinkering with my roster too much during the fantasy playoff weeks. I’d rather lose with the guys that got me to this point than lose because I opted to start a hot pickup instead of a steady producer who has been in my active lineup all season. But whether it be due to a recent injury or inconsistency from their regular starter, some owners have no choice but to scour the waiver wire for alternatives. Although finding impact players on the wire is more difficult now than it was in September, it’s still possible! Here are a few names worth considering.

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Early Splurging

Pablo Sandoval
SD Dirk

Last place in the AL East to World Series champs to last place in the AL East. That sums up the past three seasons for the Red Sox, and after committing nearly 200 million bucks to a pair of free agents this week, the franchise is clearly going all out to accomplish yet another worst to first turnaround.

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Best Buys

Jeremy Lin
The Daily Sports Herald

The fantasy basketball season is less than one month old, but it’s never too early to start exploring trade options, particularly when it comes to underachieving players who you might be able to acquire at a steep discount. Let’s take a look at a few guys who fit this description.

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A Tale of Two Vikings

Adrian Peterson
Joe Bielawa

Yeah, Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph both play for the Vikings. They share something else in common, however. For the vast majority of the season, both players have been irrelevant in fantasy leagues, for two very different reasons, of course. Coming off a 75-yard performance in Week 1, Peterson was placed on paid leave by the NFL in light of child abuse charges. Rudolph has been sidelined since late-September after undergoing sports-hernia surgery. But as we head into Week 11, it is safe to say that both players are no longer irrelevant.

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Longball Derby Already On My Mind

Jay Bruce
Shawna Pairan

When it comes to fantasy sports, last year’s biggest disappointments are often this year’s most appealing bargains. After all, in order to be a disappointment, a player needs to have a track record of success that made them desirable in the first place, and players with track records of success are generally good bets to bounce back. Just like in the traditional fantasy baseball game, in the Longball Derby contest, which uses a cap based on home run totals from the previous season, the key to winning is to correctly identify undervalued players. Here are a few candidates for 2015. Note that I’m only discussing guys who were included in the 2014 game and are expected to be in the 2015 pool.

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Passer Pointers

Ben Roethlisberger
Alex Abboud

As we head into the second half of the fantasy football regular season and with the trade deadline fast approaching in many leagues, now is the time for owners who are battling for a playoff spot to start thinking about key changes they can make to improve their roster, whether it be via the trade market or the waiver wire. One potential change that could have an immediate impact is a change at the quarterback position, and the fact that Quarterback is the most prominent position in the game means that owners can overreact, either in a positive or negative way, based on recent developments.

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Catch This

Buster Posey
phoca2004

In honor of the World Series, I figured I’d give this blog post a Giants-Royals feel and talk about this season’s top Rotoderby point earners for each Fall Classic participant.

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When Opportunity Knocks

Lamar Miller
June Rivera

Six weeks into the 2014 fantasy football season, it is safe to say that this year has not been the year of the running back. The off-field issues surrounding Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice along with slower than expected starts from LeSean McCoy, Eddie Lacy and others have forced owners to at least think about selling low on their underachieving stars or, in the case of Peterson and Rice (especially Peterson), explore trade options to acquire significant help at the position.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 9/22

Adrian Gonzalez
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Mark Trumbo (14 points)
Trumbo, who was coming off a three-year stretch during which he averaged 32 homers and 94 RBI per season, was limited to just 88 games this year due to a foot injury. That said, the Diamondbacks slugger made the most of his shortened season, finishing with 14 home runs and 61 RBI, including his three homers and eight RBI from last week. He did whiff nine times, however, and strikeouts will continue to be a weakness for him. But better luck in the health department could result in a 40-plus home run campaign next year, making Trumbo an intriguing high-upside Rotoderby pick for 2015.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 9/15

Wilin Rosario
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Michael Cuddyer (22 points)
Cuddyer’s 2014 season has been a disappointing one, with injuries largely to blame. Last week, however, was far from disappointing, as the veteran outfielder proved that when healthy, he can still produce at a high level, launching three homers to go along with ten RBI. Hopefully, he will have better luck on the health front in 2015.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 9/8

Adam Lind
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Brian McCann (16 points)
Although McCann’s first year in pinstripes has been somewhat disappointing, as he sports career lows in both OBP and OPS, his three homers last week clinched his seventh straight 20-plus home run season. The Yankee backstop has raised his slugging percentage by nearly 30 points since the All-Star break and will look to close out the season on a high note as hopes for better overall results in 2015.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 9/1

Miguel Cabrera
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Miguel Cabrera (28 points)
For most players, a .310-22-100 line with three weeks to go in the season would be viewed with admiration. But Cabrera plays on a different planet than most players, so for him, 2014 has been a disappointment. That said, last week was no disappointment, as the two-time reigning AL MVP belted five homers to go along with nine RBI. Don’t be surprised if he rides this hot streak through the end of the season.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 8/25

Jose Bautista
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Jose Bautista (29 points)
For the first time since 2011, Bautista is enjoying a fully healthy season, and the Blue Jays slugger is putting up the kind of numbers we have come to expect. Joey Bats has been especially hot since the All-Star break, as his 12 home runs in the second half, including five last week, rank 2nd in the AL.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 8/18

Lucas Duda
By slgckgc

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Lucas Duda (33 points)
Duda made multiple appearances on the Rotoderby Top 3 leaderboard last month but he went ice cold soon after, managing just two home runs and five RBI over his first 17 games in August. By now, I think it’s safe to say that he’s recovered from that slump. Fresh off a 5 HR, 11 RBI performance last week, the Mets first baseman will look to finish strong in what has been a true breakout season.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 8/11

Giancarlo Stanton
By Corn Farmer

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Chris Carter (24 points)
The majority of Carter owners probably lost patience with him a long time ago, as his woeful batting average easily overshadowed his home run production. But those who remained patient with the Astros slugger are now reaping the rewards. In addition to significantly raising his average (.303 AVG since the All-Star break), Carter’s power has soared to new heights, as he’s already launched ten second half homers, including four last week. He is very streaky, however, so be prepared for more ups and downs during the stretch run.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 8/4

Alex Gordon
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Alex Gordon (17 points)
After failing to collect any home runs in July, Gordon has clearly found his power stroke this month, having already launched three longballs, all of them coming last week. Now batting .279 with 12 homers and 53 RBI through 110 games, the former top prospect is putting together a solid season, though he will need to pick up the pace in order to match last season’s 20 home runs.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 7/28

Jedd Gyorko
By SD Dirk

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Jedd Gyorko (14 points)
Much was expected from Gyorko coming off a promising rookie campaign in which he slugged 23 homers. But 2014 has been a disaster for the Padres second baseman, both from a performance and health standpoint. At the time he hit the DL in early-June, Gyorko was batting a woeful .162 with five homers and 24 RBI on the season. He’s found his stroke since returning, however, going 8-for-23 (.348 AVG) with two home runs and seven RBI in seven games. Gyorko is well on his way towards rewarding his fantasy owners for their patience.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 7/21

Carlos Santana
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Carlos Santana (37 points)
At the beginning of June, Santana was batting a measly .159 to go along with six homers and 17 RBI. Since then, he’s hitting .311 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI. A good chunk of that production came last week in the form of six longballs and ten RBI. Now with 20 homers through 95 games this year, Santana is on pace to set a new single-season high. Quite a turnaround.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 7/14

Anthony Rizzo
By Guano

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Anthony Rizzo (18 points)
Having launched a combined three homers during the abbreviated three-game week, Rizzo enters play on Monday tied with Giancarlo Stanton for the NL home run lead. A former top prospect, the Cubs first baseman has already matched last season’s longball total of 23. At just 24 years of age, he will only get better.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 7/7

Albert Pujols
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Jayson Werth (23 points)
After managing a mere two home runs in May and June combined, Werth has clearly found his power stroke in July, with six homers and 19 RBI in just 11 games. Last week, I doubted his ability to match the 25 longballs he hit in 2013, but now with 12 homers through 90 games, it isn’t out of the question.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 6/30

Albert Pujols
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Albert Pujols (20 points)
Pujols got off to a hot start this year, slugging nine homers while racking up 22 RBI in April. He cooled down in May and June, however, collecting a combined seven home runs and 22 RBI. July has been a different story, as the Angels first baseman is coming off a 3 HR, 8 RBI week to open the new month. Despite his streakiness in the power department, Pujols, as of Monday, still ranks in the top-10 in the AL in both homers and RBI.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 6/23

Matt Adams
By Alex Lewis

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Adam LaRoche (17 points)
Very quietly, LaRoche has launched at least 20 homers in eight of his last nine seasons. After racking up three home runs last week, the veteran first baseman is on pace to make it nine of ten. The notoriously streaky slugger has actually been very consistent so far this year, recording at least three longballs in each of the season’s first three months.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 6/16

Edwin Encarnacion
By James G

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Edwin Encarnacion (24 points)
After a two-week absence from the Rotoderby Top 3 leaderboard, it was only a matter of time before Encarnacion reappeared. And sure enough, he delivered last week, with four home runs and nine RBI. Heading into Monday, he leads the Majors with 24 longballs and is well ahead of the field in the Rotoderby MVP race as we approach the halfway point of the season.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 6/9

Andrew McCutchen
By Jon Dawson

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Andrew McCutchen (26 points)
Aside from posting a strong batting average, McCutchen was a huge fantasy disappointment in May, as he failed to launch a single home run while collecting only six RBI. It’s been an entirely different story this month. Through 14 June games, the reigning NL MVP has already registered seven longballs to go along with 18 RBI, and most of that production came last week (4 HR, 13 RBI). Chances are this will not be the last time in 2014 that McCutchen appears on the Rotoderby Top 3 leaderboard.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 6/2

Adam Jones
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Adam Jones (22 points)
Jones kicked off the season by hitting only one home run in the entire month of April. Since then, however, he’s left the yard eight times, with three of those longballs coming last week. Throw in eight RBI and just one strikeout, and it was easily Jones’ most productive week to date. His slow start is now officially a distant memory.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 5/26

Edwin Encarnacion
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Edwin Encarnacion (30 points)
This is getting boring already! For the second straight week and third time in the last four weeks, Encarnacion found himself atop the Rotoderby leaderboard, swatting five longballs to go along with 10 RBI. The Blue Jays’ first baseman capped off the month of May with a whopping 16 home runs and has wasted little time in June, collecting yet another homer on Sunday.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 5/19

Edwin Encarnacion
By James G

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Edwin Encarnacion (32 points)
For the second time in the last three weeks, Encarnacion was the top Rotoderby performer, and his latest showing was even more impressive than his first one, as he clubbed five homers to go along with nine RBI and just two strikeouts. After launching only two home runs in April, the Blue Jays first baseman has tallied 12 longballs in May, and the month isn’t even over yet!

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 5/12

Yasiel Puig
By Not That Bob James

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Yasiel Puig (22 points)
I seem to remember choosing Puig as my player to watch last week. Sure enough, he delivered, taking full advantage of a favorable schedule in smacking three longballs and driving in ten. Like Moss, Puig can be a streaky hitter, but when he’s locked in like this, look out!

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 5/5

Edwin Encarnacion
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Edwin Encarnacion (28 points)
After a slow start to the season (.230 AVG with no homers and five RBI on April 20th), Encarnacion is finally easing the fears of his panicked fantasy owners. Last week was his most productive one to date, as he slugged four homers while racking up ten RBI and striking out only twice. There’s little reason not to expect elite-level numbers the rest of the way.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 4/28

Anthony Rizzo
Ben Grey

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Anthony Rizzo (19 points)
Playing in just his second full big league season, Rizzo is proving exactly why he was such a highly touted prospect, batting .294 with six homers and 16 RBI through 29 games. Last week was particularly notable, as he slugged three home runs while driving in six and whiffing just twice.

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April 2014 Longball Derby Monthly Winners

Winners in April

Well the first month has come to a close in our inaugural Longball Derby Contests. While there have been many busts for the opening month of the 2014 MLB season, Encarnacion and Davis to name a few, one man stood out as nothing but extraordinary.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 4/21

Kyle Seager
By Malingering

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Kyle Seager (31 points)
Seager was ice cold to start the season, but coming off a week in which he batted .409 with five homers and 11 RBI, the 26-year-old third baseman is easily back on pace to reach the 20-home run plateau for the third straight season.

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Top 3 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 4/14

Neil Walker
By Keith Allison

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Justin Morneau (26 points)
Most of Morneau’s point production came over the weekend, when he slugged two home runs while driving in nine during Colorado’s three-game home series against the Phillies. The Rockies have to be plenty pleased with what they have gotten from their off-season acquisition so far, and the former MVP should continue to benefit from playing half of his games at Coors Field.

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Top 5 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 4/7

Albert Pujols
By Marianne O'Leary

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Adrian Gonzalez (27 points)
Power decline? What power decline? Once a 30-HR lock, Gonzalez has averaged just 20 homers per year over the past two seasons. Already with five homers through 13 games this year, a return to 30-plus longballs doesn’t seem far-fetched.

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Top 5 RotoDerby Point Earners for Week of 3/31

Giancarlo Stanton
By d-deee (Giancarlo "Mike" Stanton (FLA) and Gerald Laird)

Each Week Zach will summarize which sluggers delivered the goods for the prior week and looking forward who might have a good week ahead due to favorable ballpark or pitcher match-ups. For full disclosure, Zach is participating in the Mastersball/Fantasy Alarm Longball Derby and the 60K Longball Derby contests.

Mark Trumbo (24 points)
A popular pick to reach the 40-home run plateau this season now that he will be playing half of his games at hitter-friendly Chase Field, Trumbo has gotten off to a red-hot start. However, it must be noted that in addition to their series at home against the Giants, the Diamondbacks played at Coors Field last week, so the schedule was certainly in Trumbo’s favor.

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Fantasy Sports News

Fantasy Sports News

March was an interesting month for fantasy sports. First, Yahoo Fantasy Sports came under fire for no longer allowing players to log in with Google or Facebook; you have to use a Yahoo ID in order to log in and play Yahoo Fantasy Sports. That has quite a few players disgruntled, complaining about the security risk presented by having to use a Yahoo ID.

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Don’t Get Caught Looking... Or Swinging

Martin Prado
Aspen Photo / Shutterstock.com

As you begin the process of assembling your Longball Derby rosters, it’s easy to fixate on the home run category. But don’t underestimate the -1 point penalty for each strikeout. Adam Dunn has reached the 30-HR plateau in nine of his last ten seasons. The problem is that he’s also struck out at least 164 times in every one of those seasons, including a career-high 222 whiffs in 2012.

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Sluggers on the Mend

Ryan Howard
Aspen Photo / Shutterstock.com

In our last look at home run bounce back candidates, I purposely ignored players who were sidelined for a significant portion of the 2013 campaign. Now it’s time to pay attention to some of these guys because you will not want to forget about them come draft day.

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Are You a Fantasy Sports Addict?

Fantasy Sports Addict

Fantasy sports fans know that fantasy sports addiction can be a serious affliction, leading to a number of different problems, including the need for multiple cable subscriptions and the urge to purchase a variety of electronic devices. You may also run the risk of alienating your spouse, ultimately plunging your family life into turmoil.

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Longball Risers

Prince Fielder
Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock.com

Of all the standard hitting categories used in fantasy baseball, home runs is by far the most important. After all, one home run also gives you a run and at least one RBI. If you play in a league that uses slugging percentage or OPS, stacking your roster with true mashers becomes even more important. The problem is that the previous season's home run leaders often come with a high price tag the following year, so identifying a few players who can significantly raise their home run total is vital.

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Spring Training: Are You a Grapefruit or Cactus?

Baseball Spring Training

It is an annual tradition for die-hard baseball fans, especially those who are tired of the cold winters up North: a pilgrimage to Florida or Arizona to see their favorite MLB teams in spring training. It's also the perfect time for fantasy baseball fanatics to start scoping out the best home run hitters.

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Top Home Run Hitter Countdown Predictions for 2014

Chris Davis

Well folks, we are only a few weeks away from spring training and it's time to start predicting who will lead the league in Longballs this season. Here's my top 5 home run hitter predictions for the 2014 season.

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Fantasy Sports Evolving to Meet Players Needs...

Evolution of a Fantasy Sports Player

Taking a step back, its amazing to see the transformation of fantasy sports over the past decade. It wasn't that long ago when we needed pen and paper to play. Thanks to the internet, life got better for us fantasy sports fans and with the emergence of daily games you can get your fill anytime. But that's the key, time, who has time?

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The Best Home Run Parks for Left and Right Handed Hitters for 2014

Yankee Stadium

The last few seasons power numbers have been down. There are a number of reasons such as better PED (steroid) testing, more power pitching and even climate. It's a known fact the ball travels longer in hot weather then in the cold. So any advantage will help. Here is a look into the Top 5 HR stadiums for right and left handed hitters plus will go over the Top 5 overall HR spots.

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