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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

12:35 PM: AFL ballgames
   Surprise at Mesa  (*ATTENDEE GAME; though free to choose either) 
   Salt River at Glendale

 

5:30 PM: Welcome Reception (in a suite at Scottsdale Stadium)
Our annual informal ice-breaker... For first-timers, a chance to meet the speakers and fellow attendees. For our returnees, your chance to reconnect with old friends over a selection of appetizers and a cash bar up through and including the game.

6:35 PM: AFL ballgame
   Peoria at Scottsdale (*ATTENDEE GAME)

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

8:00 AM:  Welcome and Announcements
     BRENT HERSHEY, RAY MURPHY; BaseballHQ.com

8:15 AM:  Kickoff presentation
    RON SHANDLER, author, Baseball Forecaster

9:00 AM: Arizona Fall League Scouting Report 
Find out about the players you need to watch at the parks this weekend, with insightful multimedia scouting reports. Identify the most upwardly mobile AFL prospects in this entertaining, rapid-fire panel session to kick things off.
     JONATHAN MAYO, MLBPipeline.com
     ERIC LONGENHAGEN, FanGraphs.com
     KIMBALL CROSSLEY, Scout, Toronto Blue Jays
     MODERATOR: Brent Hershey, BaseballHQ.com

10:30 AM: A Statcast Update for Fantasy Leaguers
The data that comes from MLB.com's Statcast can be both informative and overwhelming to a fantasy leaguer. In addition, the new jargon keeps on coming. Which stats are worth paying attention to? Eno Sarris (FanGraphs.com) walks us through all the changes and updates in the past 12 months, and suggests best ways of implementing them for fantasy success. 
     ENO SARRIS, FanGraphs.com

11:45 AM: Lunch (on your own)
Congregate with fellow attendees before the ballgame at a host of local eateries (list provided in the information packet).

12:35 PM: AFL afternoon ballgames 
     Mesa at Scottsdale (*ATTENDEE GAME; though free to choose any) 
     Glendale at Peoria 
     Salt River at Surprise

3:00 PM: DRAFT NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA!
Yes, we hold drafts in November! Our popular, real-league activity gets the jump on 2018, and this year, blown out our traditional Draft Night to include more options to be involved. Wanna get in on an 2018 NFBC league? Or a 12-team mixed auction? Or try your hand at Scoresheet? Or draft in a BABS-centric league? We have you covered! The first-place prize in each league: A one-year subscription to BaseballHQ.com! It's a great way to test out your latest draft strategy, and see what your competitors might have up their sleeves in 2018. Plus you get to know other attendees in the process. Warning: The competition is stiff!

3:00PM: 16th Annual Xperts Fantasy League (XFL) Draft
Jeff Winick, Brian Feldman, Trace Wood, Peter Kreutzer
Perry Van Hook, Gene McCaffrey, Jeff Erickson

Doug Dennis, Todd Zola, Brian Walton, Greg Ambrosius
Ron Shandler, Don Drooker, Steve Moyer, Lawr Michaels 
You're invited to observe the grandmasters of the fantasy baseball industry for the XFL's 16th annual keeper league auction. There's few interesting rules, and safe to say these 15 know each other. It's a unique experience; join us!

4:00 PM: Attendee Drafts 1
LEAGUE 1: NFBC (15 teams)
LEAGUE 2: Mixed Auction (12 teams)

7:30 PM: Attendee Drafts 2
LEAGUE 3: NFBC (15 teams)
LEAGUE 4: Scoresheet (up to 20 teams)
LEAGUE 5: Ron Shandler's BABS league (10 team mixed draft, 50-man rosters, draft and hold)

All Draft Night sign-ups will take place via email announcement beforehand, and on-site, until the drafts are full.

4:00 PM: Podcast Room
Running concurrently with Draft Night, the Podcast Room will host three popular fantasy baseball podcasts, straight from First Pitch Arizona! Each will have room for attendees to watch or be involved in interactive segments, plus special guests, lots of talk about the AFL, the on-going drafts from Draft Night, the upcoming 2018 season... you name it. Be a part of one or all! The schedule:

4-6 PM: BaseballHQ Radio, with Patrick Davitt
7-9 PM: RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast, with Derek Van Riper and RotoWire crew
9-11 PM: Sleeper and the Bust, with Paul Sporer and Jason Collette

 

NOTE: ENTIRE SCHEDULE IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.