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About Andy Schmidt - RotoBaller

Andy is a baseball fanatic who has been playing fantasy sports for the last decade. He watches way too much baseball around the Midwest including the Cubs, Royals and Brewers. If there is a baseball game on, he is likely sitting in front of his computer or television watching or listening to it.

Andy Schmidt - RotoBaller has written 30 articles so far, you can find them below.


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Fantasy Baseball Lineup Advice: Start/Sit for 3/31

Today is most teams' Opening Day for the 2014 Major League Baseball season. In this space, I'm going to list for fantasy owners three players to start, and three you should consider sitting based on matchups.  Here are your top three Starts/Sits for March 31:   Start 'Em for Today Nelson Cruz, Orioles - Cruz... Read More

6 years ago

Khris Davis: Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper

Who is Khris Davis? The Milwaukee Brewers needed someone to take over in left field last season after Ryan Braun was suspended for the last 65 games of the season. That player turned out to be Khris Davis, and his 2013 output has allowed the Brewers to move Braun to right field this season. Davis has the... Read More

6 years ago

Mike Moustakas: Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper

Who is Mike Moustakas? The career of Mike Moustakas hasn’t exactly gone the way that he would have liked. The third baseman burst onto the scene in 2011 and was supposed to be the Kansas City Royals’ future at the position. After two full seasons that weren’t great, Moustakas came into spring training this season looking to... Read More

6 years ago

Kansas City Royals Storylines: The First Week of Spring Training

The first week of spring training has been an eventful one in two major ways for the Kansas City Royals. There is the story about Mike Moustakas and his hot start at the plate, and pitcher Luke Hochevar is out for the season after hurting his elbow and needing Tommy John surgery. Here are the... Read More

6 years ago

Milwaukee Brewers Storylines: The First Week of Spring Training

The first week of spring training games have come and gone. The Milwaukee Brewers are seeing a player with a chip on his shoulder in Ryan Braun, and a pitcher who has some work to do in Matt Garza. Here is a look at how those two stories impact fantasy owners right now, with three... Read More

6 years ago


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Billy Butler: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

The 2014 season is one in which the Kansas City Royals are going to be expected to produce. If that is going to happen, though, Billy Butler is going to need to have a big season. Butler had a breakout 2012 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI, but he took a huge step back... Read More

6 years ago

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Five Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies for Non-5x5 Leagues

  Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy for Non-5x5 Leagues The time of the year has come for fantasy baseball owners to get ready for the 2014 season. That means preparing for the many different kinds of drafts that are out there and that includes head-to-head or roto leagues that include more than just the standard 5x5... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Kansas City Royals Top Prospects: Fantasy Baseball Analysis

Every season begins the same for most prospects on major league rosters. It is all hoping for an eye-opening Spring Training performance so they can move up or finally make it to the big-league level. The Kansas City Royals have got a few players who are beginning to knock on the door, and some will... Read More

6 years ago

Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Preview: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Preview

While there is still a lot of snow on the ground in the Midwest, the time has come for spring training to begin. The Milwaukee Brewers have reported to Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, with pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 15 and position players reporting on Feb. 21 to begin preparing for the 2014... Read More

6 years ago

MLB Prospects for Fantasy Baseball: 2014 Milwaukee Brewers

There is no doubt that it was a lost season in 2013 for the Milwaukee Brewers, and things are going to have to change in one form or another sooner rather than later. That means getting some contributions of the minor league system. There are five players in particular that could make themselves known sooner... Read More

6 years ago


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Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Head-to-Head Leagues

The time to prepare for the 2014 fantasy baseball season is here, and that means getting ready for the draft. There are many different forms of drafts, from the traditional roto to points leagues and the increasingly popular head-to-head format. This article addresses getting ready for head-to-head leagues, which requires daily rosters transactions to ensure... Read More

6 years ago

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Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy for Roto Leagues

For more fantasy baseball strategy, check out RotoBaller's Draft Day Strategy and How to Use ADP articles.   Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy for Roto Leagues The 2014 fantasy baseball season is just around the corner and that means owners all over are preparing for their drafts. There are many different kinds of formats for fantasy baseball... Read More

6 years ago

Five Burning Questions for the Kansas City Royals in Spring Training

The 2013 season was one that the Kansas City Royals would love to improve on after winning 86 games. This week saw the beginning of spring training for the team in Surprise, AZ as pitchers and catchers reported on Feb. 14 and position players followed on Feb. 19. There are five burning questions that must... Read More

6 years ago

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Milwaukee Brewers Pitching Analysis: 2014 Fantasy Baseball

It was difficult for fantasy baseball owners to find solid pieces on the Milwaukee Brewers last year.  The 2014 will be a little better with the acquisition of Matt Garza, but the Brewers rotation is still nothing to write home about. Here is a look at the probable pitchers in Milwaukee this season and their... Read More

6 years ago

Kansas City Royals Pitching Analysis: 2014 Fantasy Baseball

There are many strengths on the Kansas City Royals, and one of those would be the pitching staff. It appears that the Royals have a young and solid bullpen to go along with a starting rotation that could be a surprise, depending on the efforts put forth by the team’s No. 4 and 5 starters.... Read More

6 years ago


Milwaukee Brewers Lineup Analysis: 2014 Fantasy Baseball

The Milwaukee Brewers are not one of those teams where fantasy owners will look at the roster and see a ton of players worth drafting. However, there are certainly some players that owners should not look past, and others who likely should not be rated as highly as others seem to be doing. Here is... Read More

6 years ago

Having the No. 2 Pick: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy

Last week we looked at who to draft in the #1 spot of your 2014 fantasy baseball draft. This week we look at the #2 spot. Warmer weather will be here soon, and that means getting ready for the 2014 fantasy baseball season. Every owner needs to have a plan going into the season to... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Fantasy Baseball Impact Prospects: Shortstop

  Top Five 2014 Fantasy Baseball Impact Prospects: Shortstop The shortstop position has a lot of great prospects to look at. There are a few however, that should have more of an impact in 2014 fantasy baseball than others.  The five shortstops listed here are either going to be there on Opening Day or by... Read More

6 years ago

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Impact Prospects: Catcher

  There are some positions that fantasy owners ignore too often because of the lack of production that the position generally brings. The catcher spot in lineups can turn into a source of pain and suffering if an owner can’t secure one of the top five or six at the position, especially in leagues with... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Fantasy Baseball Impact Prospects: Starting Pitchers

  As fantasy owners get ready for the 2014 season, there are always thoughts about starting pitching and at which draft stages you should be targeting certain pitchers. There are the usual suspects who will get picked in the first few rounds, but there are some starters that owners shouldn't forget about in the process.... Read More

6 years ago


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5 Pitchers With Value To Gain: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

There are around two months to go until the 2014 fantasy baseball season gets underway. There are pitchers all around MLB that have decided on their new homes for the upcoming season, as well. In the end, good choices and bad choices were made as far as fantasy baseball managers are concerned.  There are five... Read More

6 years ago

Who To Draft 1st Overall: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy

  The start of the 2014 fantasy baseball season is getting closer and closer which means figuring out plans for your draft. Each individual plan is different, and perhaps the most important factor in developing a clear strategy is what draft pick an owner has. That’s why it is best to plan for every possible... Read More

6 years ago

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Impact Prospects: Second Base

When draft day 2014 comes around for fantasy baseball owners, there are going to be a lot of decisions to be made at second base. Many owners will want to get someone like Robinson Cano or Dustin Pedroia early in the draft because the position can be very thin at times. But this could be... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Fantasy Baseball Impact Prospects: Third Base

Third base is going to be a hot position for fantasy baseball owners as preparation continues for the 2014 season. While many owners want to get a big name to fill the position on a daily basis, there are a few players who are worth taking a look at who could make a major impact... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: 5 Free Agent Hitters With the Most to Gain

Many of the top MLB free agents this winter have signed with new teams, and that means we should also be looking at which players made the right decisions and will be helping their fantasy values in 2014. There are some players who decided on the right team this off season, and while there is... Read More

6 years ago


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2014 Kansas City Royals Hot Stove - Hitters Preview

  2014 Kansas City Royals - Hitters Preview As the 2014 season approaches, the time has come to look at the hitters on the Kansas City Royals roster and what fantasy baseball owners should do about each of them. Here is a breakdown of the team’s starters and potential bench players and their impact for... Read More

6 years ago

Milwaukee Brewers Hot Stove: MLB News & Fantasy Baseball Analysis

  Milwaukee Brewers 2014 Preview - State of the Team The 2013 season for the Milwaukee Brewers was one full of turmoil and bad play as the team finished in fourth place in the National League Central with a 74-88 record. The page has turned to the 2014 season however and there have been some changes... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Pitchers With The Most To Lose

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Free Agent Pitchers With the Most to Lose

Fantasy baseball owners all over are starting to prepare for the 2014 MLB season, and trying to figure out which pitchers they should take and at what point. There were many pitchers that changed teams this winter - some made decisions that fantasy owners are happy about, while others will be making owners miserable all... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: 5 Free Agent Hitters With the Most to Lose

The 2013-14 MLB offseason is drawing to its close and with that, many of the top free agents have made their decisions on where they are going to play. From a fantasy baseball perspective, there are some players who got it "right", and there are a few who fantasy owners must be screaming about considering... Read More

6 years ago

MLB News & Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Kansas City Royals Hot Stove

Big Moves & Expectations from the Royals The 2013 season was a very exciting one for the Kansas City Royals and for fantasy baseball players who owned members of the Royals. Kansas City finished with an 86-76 record while scoring 648 runs or exactly four runs a game. As the 2014 season gets closer and... Read More

6 years ago


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