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John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since early 2014.

Fantasy sports articles written by John McKechnie

College Football Draft Kit: 2018 Running Back Preview

College Football Draft Kit: 2018 Running Back Preview

John McKechnie keeps the position-by-position breakdowns rolling with a look at the running backs. Will touchdown machine Devin Singletary lead the way again in 2018?

College Football Draft Kit: 2018 Quarterback Preview

College Football Draft Kit: 2018 Quarterback Preview

John McKechnie takes a look at the top quarterbacks in the NCAA landscape heading into 2018 with Arizona's Khalil Tate leading the way thanks to his explosive dual-threat capabilities.

2018 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch

2018 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch

John McKechnie breaks down the 2018 rookie class and looks at the players who could make a fantasy impact. How long until Barker Mayfield takes over in Cleveland?

Fantasy Football 2018: 10 Breakout Candidates

Fantasy Football 2018: 10 Breakout Candidates

RotoWire's John McKechnie takes a look at several players who figure to be on many championship rosters this year, including the first-year starting quarterback for the Chiefs, Pat Mahomes.

SXM Highlights: Dan Winkler To Get Saves?

SXM Highlights: Dan Winkler To Get Saves?

DVR & McKechs discuss the closer situation in Atlanta, with Dan Winkler and A.J. Minter in the mix for saves.

SXM Highlights: What To Expect From Dustin Fowler

SXM Highlights: What To Expect From Dustin Fowler

DVR & McKechs discuss what to expect from the call up of Dustin Fowler.

NFL Draft: Day 2 Fantasy Fallout

NFL Draft: Day 2 Fantasy Fallout

John McKechnie breaks down the skill position players taken in rounds two and three of the NFL Draft including USC's Ronald Jones, who lands in a favorable situation in Tampa Bay's backfield.

NFL Draft: Final First Round Mock

NFL Draft: Final First Round Mock

The rumor mill is in overdrive with the first round of this year's NFL Draft rapidly approaching. Is Baker Mayfield now the favorite to go No.1 overall to the Browns?

Pac-12 Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

Pac-12 Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

John McKechnie rounds out the Power Five series of quarterback outlooks with a breakdown of the Pac-12, where Arizona's Khalil Tate is ready to take over as the face of the conference.

SEC Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

SEC Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

John McKechnie continues our series of quarterback breakdowns with a look at an SEC landscape. What impact will Tua Tagovailoa's injury have on Alabama's quarterback plans this spring and beyond?

NFL Draft: First Round Mock

NFL Draft: First Round Mock

John McKechnie offers his first mock of the year on the heels of a trade that shook up the draft order. Will it be Josh Rosen to the Jets, or does Gang Green have its sights set on a different quarterback?

ACC Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

ACC Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

John McKechnie breaks down the quarterback landscape in the ACC heading into spring practice. Can Clemson's Kelly Bryant hold off a pair of former blue chip recruits to keep the starting job?

NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Rankings

NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Rankings

Calvin Ridley and James Washington are the consensus top WRs going into the Combine, but Christian Kirk is a threat to catch them.

Recruiting Wrap-up: National Signing Day

Recruiting Wrap-up: National Signing Day

John McKechnie takes a look at the latest crop of incoming freshmen from this year's recruiting cycle, including Penn State signee Justin Shorter, who could be an instant impact player at receiver for the Nittany Lions.

NFL Draft: Dynasty Rookie Mock

NFL Draft: Dynasty Rookie Mock

John McKechnie and Mario Puig conduct a simulated three-round rookie dynasty draft for a 12-team format. Where will the fascinating Jaylen Samuels play, let alone come off the board?

Bowl Season: Confidence Picks

Bowl Season: Confidence Picks

John McKechnie gives his breakdown of every bowl this season, ranking them from most confident to least confident from a straight-up perspective. Is Florida Atlantic the biggest lock on the board?

Dynasty Rankings: Top 2018 Talent

Dynasty Rankings: Top 2018 Talent

John McKechnie and Mario Puig list the top 30 NFL dynasty assets among college players eligible for the 2018 draft.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 13

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 13

John McKechnie analyzes the best plays for Week 13, and those to avoid, in his season finale. Is it safe to deploy FSU's Cam Akers against rival Florida this week?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 12

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 12

John McKechnie analyzes the best starts and sits for Week 12, but which way did he fall on Alabama's Jalen Hurts, who faces lowly Mercer this week?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 11

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 11

John McKechnie analyzes this week's matchups for the best starts and sits for Week 11. Is this the week to bench Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald against Alabama?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 10

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 10

John McKechnie analyzes this week's matchups to find worthy starters and players who should be benched. Is Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson matchup-proof?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 9

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 9

John McKechnie breaks down the players to start and those to sit this week as Greg Dortch looks to continue one of the best stories in the ACC this season.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 8

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 8

John McKechnie doesn't like the matchup at Notre Dame for USC's Sam Darnold this week. Find out who else to start and sit in Week 8 of the college football season.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 7

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 7

John McKechnie analyzes the best starts and sits for Week 7 as Florida State's Cam Akers looks like he is on the verge of a major breakout.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 6

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 6

John McKechnie has the lowdown on who makes for a good start this week and who doesn't. Can Southern Miss' Ito Smith be trusted against UTSA?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 5

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 5

John McKechnie analyzes the best starts and sits for the week as Ole Miss' Shea Patterson faces a tough Alabama defense. Should he sit this week?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 4

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 4

John McKechnie analyzes the Week 4 NCAA schedule to find players worth starting, and those you should sit. Is this the week to bench Nick Fitzgerald against a tough Georgia defense?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 3

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 3

John McKechnie picks starts and sits for every conference with the biggest question being whether this is the week to bench Lamar Jackson against a stout Clemson defense.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 2

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 2

John McKechnie delves into this week's loaded slate and gives his takes on some elite options facing tough matchups like Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 1

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 1

John McKechnie picks starts and sits for every conference, but why should Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien be left on the bench this week? Find out now.

Conference Preview: AAC: Ain't Worried About Sutton

Conference Preview: AAC: Ain't Worried About Sutton

John McKechnie takes a deep dive into arguably the best Group of Five conference, the AAC, where some of the nation's best receivers dominate the landscape.

Conference Preview: Pac-12: Year of the Quarterback: West Coast Edition

Conference Preview: Pac-12: Year of the Quarterback: West Coast Edition

The ACC's signal callers stole the show last year, but this season's crop of PAC-12 quarterbacks may be even better, writes John McKechnie

Stadium & RW Video: Impact of Watkins Trade

Stadium & RW Video: Impact of Watkins Trade

John joins 120 Sports to analyze the fantasy implications of Watkins being traded to the LA Rams.

Team Previews: Baltimore Ravens

Team Previews: Baltimore Ravens

John McKechnie peruses whether the Ravens can escape the injury bug that has befallen them in recent seasons

RB Rankings: Moore, Moore Moore,

RB Rankings: Moore, Moore Moore,

Mario Puig and John McKechnie break down the elite options at running back for the upcoming season, including Appalachian State's Jalin Moore

WR Rankings: Powered by Group of Five targets

WR Rankings: Powered by Group of Five targets

Mario Puig and John McKechnie dig into the wide receiver landscape for 2017, where some big name receivers -- like Texas A&M's Christian Kirk -- may not be as highly ranked as you might think

QB Rankings: Action Jackson Primed for Heisman Encore

QB Rankings: Action Jackson Primed for Heisman Encore

Mario Puig and John McKechnie believe that defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson has even more in store for 2017 in their breakdown of this year's top quarterbacks

Football Draft Kit: 2017 Rookies

Football Draft Kit: 2017 Rookies

John McKechnie analyzes the prospects of this year's top rookies, like Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette, who could be a fantasy factor by Week 1.

NFL Draft: Day 2 Fantasy Recap

NFL Draft: Day 2 Fantasy Recap

Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon fell to the second round of the 2017 draft, but both players are clearly the most talented running backs on their NFL teams.

NCAA Championship Preview: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina

NCAA Championship Preview: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina

Potentially the most outstanding player in this year's tournament, Nigel Williams-Goss will look to lead the Bulldogs against an experienced and talent-rich Tar Heels unit led by Justin Jackson.

Final Four Preview: North Carolina vs. Oregon

Final Four Preview: North Carolina vs. Oregon

For the second straight year, Justin Jackson and the Tar Heels are in the Final Four. Do they have what it takes to stop the surging Ducks?

Sweet 16 Preview: South Region

Sweet 16 Preview: South Region

How will Kentucky slow down UCLA's fast and balanced attack in Friday's highly anticipated rematch? John McKechnie breaks down this matchup between blue blood programs and offers his insights into North Carolina's showdown with a scrappy Butler squad.

NCAA Tournament Preview: South Region

NCAA Tournament Preview: South Region

Justin Jackson leads the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels in a loaded South Region that has plausible upsets to go along with some of the most talent-rich teams in the NCAA.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 13

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 13

John McKechnie analyzes who makes for a good play in this the last weekend of regular-season games. Is it time to bench Ohio State's J.T. Barrett against Michigan?

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 12

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 12

Samaje Perine is healthy again, but is he your best bet against a tough West Virginia defense? This week's Start vs. Sit from RotoWire's John McKechnie has the answer.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 11

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 11

Once upon a time, Georgia's Nick Chubb was an automatic start, but no more, according to RotoWire's John McKechnie. That and more in this week's Start vs. Sit.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 10

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 10

RotoWire's John McKechnie likes USC's Sam Darnold to keep rolling against the Ducks this week, but is this the week to finally bench LSU's Leonard Fournette? Find out in this week's Start vs. Sit.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 9

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 9

John McKechnie's weekly look at who to start and sit begins with Cincinnati's Gunner Kiel, whose roller-coaster career appears to be on the upswing again.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 8

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 8

Terrell Newby and the Cornhuskers are rolling and have a nice matchup with Purdue in Lincoln. RotoWire's John McKechnie is here to remind you to start him in this week's Start vs. Sit.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 7

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 7

Wisconsin may have a strong defense, but J.T. Barrett is matchup-proof. RotoWire's John McKechnie reminds you to keep him in your lineup in this week's Start vs. Sit.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 6

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 6

Is RotoWire's John McKechnie really advocating benching Dalvin Cook? Read about that and more in this week's Start vs. Sit

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 5

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 5

Last week RotoWire's John McKechnie said to start Michigan's De'Veon Smith. What about this week? That and more in Week 5 of Start vs. Sit.

Start vs. Sit: Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 4

Start vs. Sit: Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 4

De'Veon Smith and the Wolverines may run all over the Nittany Lions, but who else should you start and sit? RotoWire's John McKechnie has all the answers.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 3

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 3

Would you start Baker Mayfield against Ohio State? John McKechnie rolls through each conference to let you know who's worth playing and who's worth benching in Week 3.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 2

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 2

John McKechnie rolls through each conference to let you know who's worth playing and who's worth benching in Week 2, including Illinois' Wes Lunt.

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 1

Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 1

John McKechnie rolls each conference to let you know who's worth playing and who's worth benching in Week 1, including Ohio State's J.T. Barrett.

Big Ten Preview: Ground game emphasis

Big Ten Preview: Ground game emphasis

The Big Ten is predictably loaded with rushing output, as Corey Clement, Saquon Barkley and Mike Weber all rank in our top-20 at running back, but only three Big Ten wideouts place in our top 50 receivers.

NFL Draft: Day 3 Sleepers

NFL Draft: Day 3 Sleepers

John McKechnie looks at sleepers from the NFL Draft like running back Kenneth Dixon, who hopes to crave out a niche with the Ravens.

NFL Draft: Day 2 Skill Players

NFL Draft: Day 2 Skill Players

John McKechnie breaks down the skill players selected in the second round of the NFL Draft and what it means for fantasy owners. Can Derrick Henry make an immediate impact?

NFL Draft: Combine/Pro Day Progress Report

NFL Draft: Combine/Pro Day Progress Report

The Combine and pro day workouts have predictably shaken up the rankings, and Washington State's Dom Williams is one of the pro day winners through March's halfway point.

Dynasty Rankings: Top-20 Pre-Combine Rookie QBs

Dynasty Rankings: Top-20 Pre-Combine Rookie QBs

Cardale Jones might have made a mistake in returning to Ohio State in 2015, but he still has the tools to push for the second round.

CFB Waiver Wire: Players to Pick Up Week 2

CFB Waiver Wire: Players to Pick Up Week 2

John McKechnie surveys the fallout from the opening week, which gives fantasy owners plenty of waiver-wire options for Week 2, including UCLA true freshman Josh Rosen.

Conference Preview: Mountain West Preview

Conference Preview: Mountain West Preview

John McKechnie runs through the Mountain West where the only question on prolific quarterback Chuck Keaton this season is health.

Conference Preview: Chubb-Thumping

Conference Preview: Chubb-Thumping

John McKechnie breaks down the SEC where Nick Chubb hopes to make fans forget about Todd Gurley at Georgia.

Conference Preview: Big 12 Breakdown

Conference Preview: Big 12 Breakdown

Trevone Boykin is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this year, but Baylor's Seth Russell seems overlooked.

Conference Preview: Big Ten Breakdown

Conference Preview: Big Ten Breakdown

All eyes are on the Ohio State quarterback competition between Braxton Miller (pictured), J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones

FanDuel NBA: Monday-Tuesday Contests Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday-Tuesday Contests Value Plays

FanDuel is hosting Monday-Tuesday two-day contests combining the single games on Monday and Tuesday. RotoWire's John McKechnie has his favorite picks.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday-Friday Contest Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday-Friday Contest Value Plays

FanDuel is hosting Thursday-Friday two-day contests combining the single games on Thursday and Friday. RotoWire's John McKechnie has his favorite picks.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With just two games on the slate Monday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

A number of big names are out for Monday's two-game slate, opening up a few value plays on FanDuel.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Tuesday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Tuesday Value Plays

With just two games on the slate Tuesday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With just three games on the slate Monday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With just three games on the slate Thursday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With just two games on the slate Monday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With 12 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on FanDuel.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With just three games on the slate Thursday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With seven games on the slate, there should be a good mix of low, mid, and high-tier salaries to create interesting lineups with high potential Monday.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With six games on the slate, there should be a good mix of low, mid, and high-tier salaries to create interesting lineups with high potential Monday.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With four games on the slate, finding the right mix may be hard Thursday, but John McKechnie has a few suggested plays.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With 10 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on FanDuel.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With five games on the slate, there aren't many value plays, making choosing the right high-salaried and mid-tier players key on Thursday.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Tuesday

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Tuesday

With the point guard crop a little light on Tuesday, Kyrie Irving may be the best upside play at the position.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With eight games on the schedule Monday, there are plenty of options for all salary tiers when constructing lineups.

FanDuel NBA: Thusday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thusday Value Plays

With just two games on the slate Thurday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With five games on the slate, there aren't many value plays, making choosing the right high-salaried and mid-tier players key on Monday.

FanDuel NBA: Saturday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Saturday Value Plays

With seven games on the slate, there should be a good mix of low, mid, and high-tier salaries to create interesting lineups with high potential Saturday.

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

With only a couple games on the schedule Thursday, you may be forced into a stars and scrubs lineup.

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With eight games on the schedule Monday, there are plenty of options for all salary tiers when constructing lineups.

Padres Team Preview: Out Of Left Field

Padres Team Preview: Out Of Left Field

GM A.J. Preller put his stamp on the franchise, trading for Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, and signing James Shields in an unprecedented flurry of offseason moves. But do the Padres have enough to compete with the Dodgers and Giants in the West?

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

With nine games on the slate Monday, finding the right lineup is going to take getting the right mix of high-salaried and low-salaried players.

FanDuel NBA: Friday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Friday Value Plays

With 12 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on FanDuel.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 11 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Wednesday

With 12 games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players is going to be key to winning contests on DraftKings.