Vlad Sedler

MLB and NFL Analyst      

Vlad is one of the world's best high-stakes fantasy baseball and fantasy football players. A CDM Sports Hall of Famer, Vlad won the Football Super Challenge in 2013 and has won 17 of 38 high-stakes leagues he's entered since 2013. Nominated for the FSWA Football Writer of the Year award in 2015, Vlad has been writing about baseball and football for various outlets since 2010 and playing fantasy sports for over 20 years. Vlad qualified for the FanDuel baseball live final in 2016, finishing 10th out of 100, won the expert league Tout Wars H2H in his first year participating (2017) and is possibly the world's only Packers AND Raiders fan.

 Vlad's FAAB Values: Week 24
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 14:49

Just three weeks left and those still reading this column are either in their H2H playoffs, are trying to gain on league leaders in roto, or are like me, and are doing their best to hold on to their league leads. After a red-hot stretch of over a month, reality kicked in a bit as both Marcus Stroman and Michael Kopech damaged ratios harshly, while typically reliable early-rounders like Giancarlo Stanton (2-for-17 this week) and Jose Ramirez (3-for-16) have struggled. A bit of a statistical dip is par for the course when a team has been cruising for some time – you just don’t want it to happen down the stretch.

That’s why attention to detail is all the more important at this stage of the game. Reading all of the news you can is imperative to pick up on little things like who may get shut down soon (Strasburg?), who may not return (Manaea), which teams are running the Rays’ ‘opener’ strategy (A’s and Twins) and which pitchers (Royals SPs) may not get two-start weeks because their managers have decided to employ six-man rotations. The last straw, of course, is to be extremely careful with two-start pitchers who may entice us because we need some wins and strikeouts. Be sure you know how much you can possibly lose in ratio categories (ERA, WHIP) before locking in your decisions. There are certainly a few who can make or break our seasons this week.

 Week 1 WR Breakdown
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 04:00

Welcome to the Week 1 DFS Wide Receiver breakdown. Below is a first look and contains a list of players to consider at the position. Listed will be DraftKings and FanDuel prices and I’ll chime in a bit in terms of projected ownership, matchup and cash vs. tournament viability. Note that players listed aren’t just players I recommend – some of them are fades in tournaments. Only players from the 12-game main Sunday slate are listed. Without further ado…

 Vlad's FAAB Values: Week 23
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 16:59

When it comes to fantasy baseball, I'd like to think I have just the write blend of confidence and modesty, yet letting those who follow my work know, there are very few, if any, better than me at this. A bit of a dichotomous statement with a humblebrag built in, I know. But truth be told, I am going on my ninth consecutive baseball season of profiting considerably on what’s usually five to 10 high stakes teams (entries ranging from $350 to $8k). I don’t want to jinx my season at all (and I don’t really believe in jinxes but there is a part of me that is always careful), but 2018 should be another fine season. I'd happily go toe-to-toe against anyone, anytime. 

Though I never post how much I plan to bid on players, those who I play against in high stakes always get to see my hand – the players I’m bidding on are usually listed in my weekly column. Knowing that my competitors can be lurking and interested in bidding on the same players makes it even more fun and competitive for me. I'll slap that Queen-Ace on my forehead and will happily do battle.

I’d like to say that regression is way overdue and I’m bound for a rough season in 2019, but the fact of the matter is – dominating at fantasy baseball is my most perfected skill. It does not matter the season, or if my first and second round pick go down for the season in April – the season is long enough where there’s always a way to recover and compete if you grind and put in the time. Just a few weeks to go, but I appreciate all of you who have stuck with me week after week this season. Look forward to hearing about how gloriously you crushed your leagues in about four-week’s time.

 Transition: Season-long to DFS
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 11:45

DFS football is truly an experience of extreme highs and lows. One minute, you’re feeling good. The DraftKings app is flashing green as you’re up a thousand bucks on your $80 in entries. Without warning, a chalky A.J. Green catches a fifty-yard pass in the end zone. You didn’t play him that day, and all that green drops back down to zero. A good and profitable Sunday can kick-start your week with an extra pep in your step in the office on Monday. A less than stellar one makes you question your lineup decisions and all the hours of research you spent that week. With the highly volatile nature of football and DFS football in general, it’s important to make the right steps and build our own process if we’re making the transition from season-long fantasy football to DFS...

 MLB Minor League Breakdown: Week 23
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 14:30

Everyone loves a shiny new toy. In fantasy baseball terms, that means rookie hitters and pitchers that we fawn over and overspend for on the waiver wire.

Though some first-year hitters come out the gate red-hot, many of them inevitably hit major slumps that could negatively impact our fantasy rosters. Same goes for pitchers who step into the league with a never-before-seen arsenal, only to get exposed their second time around the big leagues. The term ‘hitting a rookie wall’ is a widely-used idiom for a reason.

This weekly offering will...