For a deeper understanding of fantasy baseball players and how to survive in the many types of fantasy baseball leagues, look no further than "Tumbling Dice," KFFL's exclusive column from Mastersball writer Lawr Michaels. The Tout Wars and LABR vet pursues knowledge that will affect your fantasy baseball team, whether you play in a rotisserie, head-to-head or simulation game like Strat-O-Matic or Scoresheet.
The Zen Master stays with the theme of his Monday Mastersball column to give rotisserie baseball players some smart picks for next season.
The Zen Master's rebuilt head-to-head team catches him off-guard, prompting him to ponder the reasons for its resurgence.
Having too many keeper prospects isn't always the best course of rebuilding action, says Lawr.
The Zen Master observes: There are still good stretches in a rebuilding year. Thinking about how good your team will be next season is even more fun.
The Zen Master reflects on his season and wonders whether the problem had more to do with his plans or just their outcomes.
The Zen Master examines how simple it can be to build a rotisserie league contender. Don't forget to bring a difference-maker, though.
The Zen Master meditates on the FAAB prices of the AL's big recent additions, Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano.
Even if you're far behind in your standings, don't deviate from your efforts to improve. Lawr reminds us that anything can happen.
The Zen Master examines several players from Sunday's MLB All-Star Futures Game who will be roto producers within a couple of years.
The Orioles' acquisition of Scott Feldman provided fantasy owners with a starting point of this year's FAAB festivities.
What might've been? The Zen Master has a good idea, based on what is ... the difference between Chris Davis and Ike Davis.
Justin Verlander has been, relatively, JV material -- NOT what the Zen Master had in mind. For studs like the Tigers' ace, now what?
Fantasy baseball drafters fixate on certain players. And just when we give up, those players go off. Danny Valencia is the latest member of Lawr's list.
The Zen Master is fond of top pick Mark Appel, but he keeps rotisserie owners in check by recounting top-10 draft picks from recent years and how they've fared.
Lawr looks back on auction prices from NL LABR and AL Tout Wars as he tries to glean lessons from purchasing patterns.
Time to dump those slow starters yet? Some deserve more of a chance than others. What about B.J. Upton?
Lawr's industry-league performance has been hot out of the gate, but his continuing, painstaking rebuilding efforts have been less enjoyable.
The Zen Master's teams are doing well, but he's not sure whether they'll keep it up. He shares how he combats that uncertainty by analyzing a pitching staff headed by Justin Verlander.
The Zen Master, Lawr Michaels, has 5 general principles for making trades in redraft rotisserie leagues, and he hopes they're of help to you.
Lawr Michaels talks about ditching an irritating practice, in fantasy baseball and life. A recent crossroad, however, brings back a painful roto memory.
Sometimes rebuilding takes longer than expected. Lawr may have to take a step back and recycle his plan in one league thanks to a heap of injuries.
The Giants' No. 5 starter is far from exciting in rotisserie or head-to-head baseball, but he -- like a number of unsung "heroes" -- is valuable nonetheless.
Lawr had to grin and bear Matt Cain's epic disaster Sunday. Early in the MLB season, fantasy owners have to absorb such pain.
The Zen Master contemplates some playing-time situations that are far from resolved, and he does well to predict the winners of the ABs, in the long run.
Want Ryan Braun? Go get him. The Zen Master likes to play in different formats, but he enjoys his auctions - and has several superb tips for them.
Plenty of players qualify at multiple positions, but what's that worth? The Zen Master has some favorite roto Swiss Army knives.
The Zen Master shares the empirical benefits of playing in different fantasy baseball formats.
How do rotisserie and head-to-head baseball players approach risk management? The Zen Master uses Adam Eaton and an alternative so that we keep the zero-sum game in mind.
The New York Yankees' Tyler Austin is among 8 prospects the Zen Master says to keep in mind, despite their lack of pomp.
Jose Fernandez appears on Mastersball's Top 250 prospects list, but deeper options should catch your eye because of their skills.
The Zen Master has found that a rebuilding effort in one league doesn't necessarily provide a blueprint for such a challenge in another.
Building your core in keepers is fun. However, Lawr reminds us that in order to follow the rules, sometimes you need to visit the Island of Misfit Fantasy Baseball Toys.
Welcome back, Lawr Michaels! The first Tumbling Dice of 2013 brings football lessons over to baseball: Know your settings.
The XFL has Lawr on the edge of his seat with his freeze list. In his last Dice of the season, he reflects on what he - and hopefully the readers - learned from strategy pieces.
Lawr is starting to think about his 2013 freeze lists. In one of his leagues, he has a decent infield, but for the rest of the squad, he's facing a daunting task.
The Zen Master became a seller at the deadline, but his team's performance since prompted him to question the decision, initially.
Rotisserie baseball players can learn a thing or three from how the Red Sox, Dodgers and Athletics have handled their business.
Lawr questioned his moral fantasy fiber and then sought - and made - a deal that wouldn't weigh on his roto conscience.
The motives for making fantasy baseball trades always make sense when those swaps are made. Looking back on them, however, can often show disastrous results, as it did for Lawr and two other squads in AL Tout Wars.
Lawr needs a vacation from his vacation, during which his Tout and LABR teams also decided to take theirs.
Sometimes, you need to tell yourself you're in too many leagues. Todd Zola confronts his workload and decides how to handle it.
The Phillies weren't the only ones selling Shane Victorino. Lawr's rebuilding effort is bringing him some sadistic humor, inspired by his German roots.
Zach experiences firsthand the negative impacts of correction, changing leagues and how physique can impact a player's movement.
Sometimes, being NEAR the top is just as comfortable as being at the apex this late in the year. Lawr knows he has room to move up in AL Tout Wars.
Before his trade deadline, the Zen Master shopped the Phillies' returning ace, with an eye toward the future. Any takers?
The futures of many heralded prospects are still bright, even if rotisserie baseball players can barely see their lights.
The Midsummer Classic is right around the corner. Time to be honest with yourself: Are you ready to move on, or are you all-in?
The Zen Master examines how meaningful first-round picks have been in a couple of his big-time mixed leagues. Do those picks matter?
Lawr stands among the many fantasy baseball players ravaged by starting pitcher injuries. How's he coping? In fact, is he?
Joey Votto, the perfect ... leadoff hitter? Rotisserie players can take a lot away from the lessons that other games teach.
The Zen Master discusses the rewards of putting together teams that may contend for years and wonders if there's an ulterior motive.
Pitching wins, and Lawr's arm depth is keeping his LABR and Tout Wars squads afloat.
Sometimes fantasy baseball players forget the cost of the pursuit of victory, but the Zen Master parts with a possible future hot cornerstone to remind us.
Lawr reflects on what an important source told him about his fantasy baseball strategy, and how it has applied in 2012
It may be tempting to take a decent package for the Angels' struggling superstar and a host of others off to slow starts. Don't.
Lawr can rebuild. He has the technology ... and the know-how. Balancing salaries, age and talent, he navigates the long-term XFL market.
The Zen Master acknowledges the stage but asserts that it's not too soon to begin planning ascension in your fantasy baseball league's standings.
Lawr Michaels reflects on past successes and analyzes his future chances of getting back on track in this week's Tumbling Dice.
Even the Zen Master can't resist tracking his fantasy baseball teams' stats daily, but his ability to maintain perspective is what keeps him in it six months from now.
Lesson from the Zen Master: If you aren't willing to try something new, you probably aren't willing to do what it takes to win your fantasy baseball league.
The Zen Master wonders why studs in mixed fantasy baseball leagues cost less than they do in AL or NL rotisserie leagues, like they did in Tout Wars.
Lawr tries to explain how to skin a cat - err, find more than one way to win a fantasy baseball league, using one of his deep keeper leagues as an example.
In deep fantasy baseball leagues, it's not often that you strike gold, but, as the Zen Master relates, we consider it a worthwhile venture to seek it nonetheless.
The Zen Master shares his wisdom regarding early nominations - and reminds rotisserie baseball players not to forget about their own teams when playing that game.
Slow fantasy baseball drafts reveal biases and bargains. Lawr takes notice of the cheap but intriguing fliers in his latest.
Is there a benefit to using the data that average draft position provides? What is it, then?
The Zen Master doesn't mind a trumpet like Cory Luebke - come again? - but he had his heart set on a beautiful six-string.
It's freeze time for the Zen Master in a couple of leagues. He finds himself in two drastically different positions and uncertain if he'll be able to benefit from either of them. But Alex Gordon is a keeper.
Look at ALL ... THAT ... PITCHING. The Zen Master combs through a couple of slow mock drafts to reveal a couple of maxims that fantasy baseball players can't forget.
In his latest draft, the Zen Master opts for the "sure thing" instead of Troy Tulowitzki, a player he took in a similar position only a few years ago.
The results of the first official fantasy baseball draft of 2012 - yep, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association's premier roto league has already begun, and it counts - are in. The Zen Master, as always, has some astute observations, and they'll certainly be of help to the rest of us.
Lawr Michaels imagines the draft and roster possibilities resulting from one of Tout Wars' recent rule changes.
KFFL welcomes back Mastersball for the 2012 season. Lawr Michaels kicks things off with his meditation on a rule change and high hopes for his disappointing 2011 core.
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