To see our tiered staff rankings for relief pitchers, head over to our fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. And if you like this kind of stuff, be sure to also check out our 2016 fantasy football rankings for standard, PPR and dynasty leagues. It's loaded with lots of great analysis, positional rankings, tiers, ADPs, risers and more. Saves... Read More

Colorado Rockies closer John Axford has been removed from his role, according to The Denver Post. Axford, 32, has blown three straight, and four out of his last five, save opportunities. Two of those three opportunities actually resulted in a win, while the other two were for losses. The right-hander also suffered the loss in a... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Earlier today, closer Adam Ottavino was placed on the DL with an arm injury. There's no timetable yet on his return, and John Axford will most likely step in as the replacement closer. There's a chance the Rafael Betancourt could be in the... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Only 6% owned right now, Ottavino is someone to grab off the waiver wire if you're looking for saves. The Rockies former closer, 42-year-old Latroy Hawkins, looked awful in his three appearances, giving up seven hits and five runs in just 2.2 innings. Rockies fans were... Read More

On July 18th, 2013, I published a BOLD! A Second Half Predictions Thread for the MLB season.  With the regular season now complete, it’s time to go back and revisit my predictions to see how accurate I was.  You’ll notice that the predictions highlighted in green are the ones I got correct and the predictions highlighted in... Read More

The football season is upon us.  Do you know what time it is?  Yup, that’s right, it’s Madden time.  I purchased a copy of Madden 25 on the first day it was available, just like every year.  I am not a huge video game guyer but I do play Madden and The Show.  I was... Read More

Yeoman’s Work Jim Johnson:  Johnson has allowed four runs, 11 hits and two walks over his last 4.2 innings of work.  He continues to struggle and news out of Baltimore indicates it might be time for change in the “Charm City,” at least until Johnson gets back on track.  He will probably finish out the... Read More

RotoBaller writer Chris Lacey highlights a handful of players on most of your waiver wires to keep track of. You can find many of these players and recommendations, along with many more, in our Daily Updated Waiver Wire Pickups List.   STANDARD MIXED-LEAGUE VIABLE PICKUPS Brandon Belt - Belt is finally hitting up to the level of his former top-prospect... Read More

Face-Time On the same day, in two separate games, two players were struck in the face by a pitch. Atlanta's young talent Jason Heyward and Houston’s Max Stassi were both removed from their respective games after being struck in the face by pitches. Heyward was the recipient of a Jonathon Niese fastball to the right... Read More

Na Mean Okay so last week my article was sort of based around a Hip-Hop type theme, and I am going to expand on that just a little bit more in this week’s closers article.  In last week’s article I used the term na mean, which actually stands for: do you know what I mean.  I... Read More

UPDATED: July 29th Looks like Ryan Rufe hit the nail on the head with this one: "Albert Pujols will go under the knife in August and miss the remainder of the season"... And it seems like this is also coming to fruition: "A-Rod will do almost nothing of substance to help the Yankees."... Wow, I wonder what... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately. ANALYSIS: Rafael Betancourt was placed the DL today, retroactive to 7/15. It doesn't sound like he will miss much more time than needed, but Rex Brothers will serve as the fill-in closer until Betancourt is back. Brothers has put up elite numbers this year, with a 1.11 ERA / 1.16 WHIP... Read More

Mid-Summer Homerun Derby Before I get into my normal column about the soap opera of closers, I wanted to take a few moments to at least acknowledge the Classic Homerun Derby.  And I might be in the minority on the homerun derby, but I happen to enjoy watching this event. Every year we hear the... Read More

A Happy Hanley is a Hittin' Hanley Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Monday, extending his hitting streak to 20 games. After spending six-and-a-half years in an abysmal Florida Marlins organization which had a winning record only twice while Ramirez was there, he finally seems interested again. Hanley often was labeled as a... Read More

The first three months of the 2013 fantasy baseball season are in the books, and now we’re really starting to get a feel for the fantasy baseball landscape. RotoBaller will be updating our positional rankings over the next week. Today, we’re revisiting the relief pitcher rankings we initially published in April. All the ranks below are compared to the FantasyPros... Read More

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Week 8 Waiver Wire & FAAB Bids