Hard as it may be to believe, the calendar has flipped to September. Before you know it, football and pumpkin spice [insert product that probably does not need pumpkin spice] will be dominating the zeitgeist. More importantly, of course, it’s the final stretch of another fantasy baseball season. Whether you’re entering the playoffs in a head-to-head league or clawing for every last point in a rotisserie or points format, keep these tips in mind as you go for the gold.
Last week, we took a look at some of the most widely added players across the major fantasy platforms. As we enter the stretch run, however, it may be even more important to know when to cut the cord on a struggling player – and when to hold tight. If you do decide to part ways with any of the players we’ll cover today (or any others dragging you down) , be sure to check out RotoBaller’s waiver wire pickups list for advice on the best replacement options.
With the default trade deadline having passed on all of the major platforms, fantasy owners’ sole recourse to improve their rosters down the stretch is our old friend, the waiver wire. It can be instructive to consult recent transaction trends, but sometimes it’s better not to follow the wisdom of the crowds. Today, we’ll discuss a few of the most popular pickups and whether or not you should be adding them to your roster.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".