@MikeMaher on Twitter & IG. Book publishing person. Editor: @PublishingWell, @InvisiblePillar, @TheBirdsBlitz, & @JuicedBallEra. News & Words: @FantasyPros.

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Last week, I announced that we were finally starting up a publication for Publishing Well. It was a long time coming, and I’m thrilled to finally get things started. I’ve been thinking about this for over a year, and I spent the last few weeks outlining my vision for the publication. Or at least what I thought my vision was.

To those who missed it, here is the original announcement:

I received some great feedback, both publicly and privately. To everyone who reached out, thank you very much. …


I’ve been on Medium since the beginning. Now, it’s time to get started.

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Technically, I’ve been on Medium since sometime in 2013. And while I published a few random posts over the last several years, I’ve never been a very active user. Sure, I’ve stumbled upon some stories and scrolled through a few feeds and related articles, but I’ve never been consistent.

I never really gave Medium a real chance after those first few weeks. Now, I’m going to change that. I spent the last few weeks doing some research and coming up with a plan for how I am going to get started on Medium. Again.

Medium has gone through a number of changes over the last few years. Recently, they adopted and updated the Medium Partner Program, which empowers writers. Sure, many publications have left Medium for a number of reasons. But some have started up, and more writers than ever are finding a home here. …


Roles at startups are often fluid. Without an established path to follow, you are free to carve your own path.

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When people hear the term “startup,” they tend to think of tech giants and social networks that began as an idea in a garage or a dorm room and turned into multi-billion dollar companies. While those are the dream success stories, the reality is that there are thousands of startups being created each year.

About 90% of them fail.

And while that number sounds ominous, only 10% fail within the first year. During that time, startups typically raise large sums of money, adapt and evolve multiple times, and look like a different company by the time they succeed or fail.

This doesn’t mean that many aren’t successful. …


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Originally published at The Birds Blitz on January 22, 2021.

The Eagles reportedly (the team has yet to announce the move) agreed to make Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni their next head coach. Sirianni was a late addition to what appeared to be a thorough coaching search, and he emerged as the favorite over the last 24 hours. He also reportedly received a strong endorsement from former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Unsurprisingly, there were many differing opinions on Sirianni and his candidacy.

To the links…

What the Nick Sirianni hire means for Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN, Tim McManus)

Philadelphia had an interview with Sirianni on Tuesday that reportedly spilled into the next day. Buzz began picking up soon thereafter that he was a front-runner for the job alongside McDaniels. He helped the Colts finish in the top 10 in offense two of the past three seasons despite a rotating cast at quarterback. He similarly got a lot out of the Chargers’ receivers when he was their position coach from 2016 to 2017. …


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There has arguably never been a more interesting time to place MLB futures bets than January 2021. Not only are we basing decisions on the strange and abbreviated 2020 season, but the MLB offseason is slugging along at an excruciatingly slow pace. The Los Angeles Dodgers are back as the favorites, do not have any glaring weaknesses, and could very well get even better over the next few weeks. The New York Yankees are healthy after dealing with injuries in 2020 and have a potent lineup, but questions remain about their pitching. …


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The offseason is the time for fantasy managers in dynasty leagues to regroup, retool, and assess how to continue building their roster for the short- and long-term. Identifying the right prospects at the right time is the best way to ensure continued success and avoid those awful rebuilding years. If you are going to build a balanced roster, regularly acquiring the right prospects is key.

But that doesn’t just mean identifying deep prospects at the lower levels of the minor leagues and waiting a few years for them to develop. Everyone can do that, but that can also clog your roster with prospects who won’t be ready to contribute at the MLB level for multiple years. This creates short-term problems for your roster, especially in leagues where roster space is limited. …


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The Eagles moved on from head coach Doug Pederson on Monday, and dozens of stories have already been written outlining the potential replacements. One of the most popular names has been Eric Bieniemy, who profiles as an ideal candidate for the Eagles for a number of reasons. He is from the same familiar Andy Reid coaching tree as Doug Pederson and has been with the Chiefs since 2013, which is when Reid got the head coaching job in Kansas City.

On paper, Bieniemy’s candidacy makes a ton of sense. The Chiefs are the envy of the NFL and have had the best offense in the league for a few years now. Bieniemy has been the offensive coordinator since 2018, which coincides with the incredible rise of Patrick Mahomes. Even with the caveat that he is just spinning the plates in Andy Reid’s offense, it’s hard to argue with the resume. …


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This MLB offseason has been one of the most sluggish ones in recent memory, which is likely due to the disaster that was 2020 and the uncertainty for 2021. Still, free agency is slowly moving along, and MLB futures odds are being updated regularly. In fact, just last week, the odds were drastically different. If you can get out ahead of some of these anticipated changes, you can get much better odds in January than you’ll see as we get closer to the start of the season.

Just a week ago, many of the MLB futures odds were drastically different. Now that we are getting closer to the season (pitchers and catchers report in approximately one month), the odds are starting to get a bit more focused. Some of the longer odds are being reduced, while the shorter odds at the top are becoming slightly more crowded. Look at how the odds at the bottom of the American League have changed in just the last week…


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2021 is going to be a wild fantasy baseball season. Think about the information we as fantasy managers are working with. We have an abbreviated and all-around strange 2020 season and statistics from a 2019 season that are somewhat unreliable because of juiced baseballs.

No one really knows what to expect in 2021, and we don’t even have a final decision on the universal DH. When it comes to evaluating the performances of players in the 2020 season, we must remember that we’re dealing with small sample sizes. Instead of the usual 162 games, we’re working with 60.

When we talk about players who go through slumps, 60 games can sometimes be the entire length of said slumps. So, in some ways, it’s possible that players who had down years in 2020 really just went through a lengthy slump without the opportunity to break out of it. We often talk about players who had great first halves but stumbled in the second half or vice versa, and a 60 game sample size is less than one of those halves. …


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Unlike redraft leagues, dynasty leagues require a strategy that focuses on both the short-term and the long haul. The correct strategy usually employs a mix of both, and the offseason is when many important decisions are made.

Is your team potentially a move or two away from competing for a championship this season? Are you in full rebuild mode and focusing on acquiring youth? Are you somewhere in the middle, hoping to hit on some short-term moves while continuing to build your foundation for the future?

Regardless of where you are in the process, here are a handful of players worth targeting in dynasty leagues this offseason. …

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