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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…


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.


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Multiple teams have reached out to the Eagles regarding a trade for tight end Zach Ertz and a deal could be made in the “coming days,” according to a report from NFL Network’s Mike Silver. The Eagles have been working to trim salary in recent days by restructuring contracts and releasing players, and Ertz and the team have been unable to agree to an extension since before the 2020 season started.

Ertz wants a raise, and the Eagles are hard up against the salary cap in 2021 because of the influence the pandemic has had on the NFL salary cap…


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Fantasy sports keep growing in popularity, and we continue to see fantasy leagues expanding into different formats. While fantasy baseball leagues were dominated by your standard redraft rotisserie format years ago, there are now many different formats with an endless amount of scoring settings. And in addition to how we are scoring and scheduling these leagues, fantasy sports enthusiasts are also changing the way in which the teams themselves are drafted or created.

I grew up with standard formats, but I have fallen in love with other formats in recent years. One of my favorites is the Auction Draft because…


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It’s mock draft season, which means we are going to see tons of predictions from NFL Draft analysts over the next couple of months. Some will be from reporters who are attempting to piece together what they are hearing from teams and agents. Others will be from random jabronis on the internet trying to post a bunch of wild predictions in hopes of getting a few right. Most will be somewhere in between, with draft analysts and beat writers making educated guesses.

On Monday, a CBS Sports analyst made some waves on Eagles Twitter when they predicted that the Eagles…


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Spring Training is underway, and drafts everywhere are either starting or being scheduled. March is draft month, and don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. I usually make the mistake of going on vacation in March, usually something like a cruise where I don’t have access to the internet for a week right before I draft multiple leagues. Due to COVID, that isn’t the case this year.

Which brings us to Mock Draft SZN. TGFBI kicked off their slow drafts today, and I have been simulating countless mock drafts while I wait using the FantasyPros Draft Wizard to try…


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Multiple reports on Monday morning confirmed that the Eagles had tendered contracts to their three exclusive rights free agents: linebacker Alex Singleton, wide receiver Greg Ward, and running back Boston Scott. Those three players can now only negotiate with the Eagles and will only become free agents if the Eagles release them. Mike Kaye of NJ.com confirmed the news on Twitter.

As for what an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA) actually is, here is a breakdown from Jason Fitzgerald over at OverTheCap.com:

“This is usually the tender that is most active in late February or early March. The ERFA…


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Predicting win totals for the 2021 MLB season is an interesting exercise after 2020. Last season was so strange that we essentially have to throw most of it out when attempting to project wins for 2021. A 60 game sample is practically a third of a season, and things started up before getting shut down for multiple months. Once baseball was up and running, it was a mess. Players had to miss games, entire teams were shut down for weeks at a time, and the game felt like a shell of its usual self.

COVID is still here, but MLB…


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Multi-position players allow for roster and lineup flexibility in fantasy baseball, and they give fantasy managers more options when evaluating the waiver wire and trade market, as well. In 2021, the multi-position player landscape may look very different, depending on your league. 2020 was a mess. And that goes for fantasy baseball and pretty much everything else. The year itself is one many won’t miss.

When it comes to positional eligibility, it’s going to vary from league to league in 2021. NFBC is using seven games. Other sites are using five, eight, 10, or 20 games from the 2020 season…

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