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Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

I have never cashed in the NFBC Main Event.

Itís something that stings every summer when I realize that there is simply too much ground for my team to make up to land in the top three.

Experience in the format helps, as the importance of a balanced roster is a costly lesson to learn when you fall short in saves or steals because you failed to invest enough in players capable of reliably delivering in those categories (remember, no trades). There is also an aspect of FAAB management that is unique to the NFBC, and roster construction -- thanks to twice-weekly adjustments for hitters -- is slightly different than the other leagues I play in.

One thing Iíve always liked about the NFBC is the Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) draft slot selection. Itís the best way to handle snake draft orders, since it allows owners to plan for a roster foundation they like a bit more in one spot v. others.

There was an emphasis on early-middle draft positions over

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