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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 am the worst passenger to have in your car. (Adult division.)

For every 100 places I go, I drive myself -- or the group I am with -- to 99 of them.

In those few instances when Iím not behind the wheel, Iím often useless to everybody else in the car.

I will punch the address of the destination in to Waze, but zone out while it runs in the background as I check my lineups or scan Twitter for any news I might have missed from the past few hours.

Sometimes Iím like an old man on a park bench and I just nod off to sleep.


This weekend was no exception. En route to a belated Motherís Day brunch with my wifeís family, I was hacking away on my phone after Tout Wars FAAB ran Sunday morning, looking to find a significant upgrade to a gaping hole on my roster at second base.

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