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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller



Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller has written 192 articles so far, you can find them below.


Week 2 DFS Cash Game Value Plays For FanDuel And DraftKings

Week 1 was a lot of fun. Put quite simply win or lose it is just a great feeling to have football back. However, winning always helps make the return even better, so hopefully, you had some success with your DFS lineups last week. This week we have a monster 13 game main slate as... Read More

5 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 24 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 24! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

5 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/12/19): MLB DFS Lineups

For the first time in what feels like forever we have a completely split slate on a Thursday. In fact, the two slates are exactly even, with both having seven games on each slate and equal money to be found on both slates. However, as usual, our focus will be on the featured evening slate,... Read More

5 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/7/19): MLB DFS Lineups

As always we have a busy Saturday, with all 30 teams taking to the field. With playoff implications in full swing, it will be an intriguing day but for DFS purposes all our attention will be on the 11 game evening slate. Houston and Justin Verlander are by far the biggest favorites on this slate,... Read More

6 months ago

Week 1 DFS Cash Game Value Plays For FanDuel And DraftKings

Week 1 is finally here! After a long offseason without football, it has been a pleasure to be digging into the prices for this first slate of the regular season. I have been over the slate a few times and the changing landscape of the NFL has led to this column moving in a couple... Read More

6 months ago


Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 23 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 23! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/5/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Thursday once again brings us a bit split slate, with five games on the early slate and seven on the later slate. The later slate is where the money is slightly more slanted too, and therefore, that is where our attention will focus today. The late slate has two favorites who are below -200 in... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/31/19): MLB DFS Lineups

We have a loaded Saturday with 16 games in total thanks to a double-header in St. Louis. Those 16 games are split into seven afternoon and nine evening games. However, the way the afternoon slate falls means there are only five games on the afternoon slate, but nine in the evening, and therefore, that is... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/29/19): MLB DFS Lineups

A relatively quiet day is made even worse with a virtually even split in the slate on Thursday. There are four early games, leaving just six on the later "featured" slate that we will be focussing on. Things get worse when you see the caliber of pitchers on the mound in this slate. Out of... Read More

6 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 22 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 22! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

6 months ago


DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/24/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday sees a busy day, with all 30 teams in action. It is even more loaded into the evening, with 12 of the 15 games falling on the evening slate. Let's take a look at that loaded evening slate. The two biggest favorites on this slate in Cleveland and Minnesota, but the pitching situation with... Read More

6 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 21 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 21! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/22/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Thursday sees a reasonably busy day with 10 games taking place. Just one of those games is in the afternoon, between the Giants and Cubs, leaving nine of the games in the evening to make up the main slate. That slate will make up the featured one on DraftKings and is where our attentions on... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/17/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday sees another split slate with six games in the afternoon and nine in the evening. The evening slate is the featured one and that is where our attentions lie. The Red Sox are the favorites on this slate in a big way but Eduardo Rodriguez has a tendency to struggle negating his value. The... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/15/19): MLB DFS Lineups

A reasonably quiet Thursday greets us, with only 10 games in total. Two of those games fall in the afternoon with eight games making up a very interesting featured slate on DraftKings. Thre are no massive stand out favorites on the featured slate, with the Reds and Yankees the biggest favorite at -160. The totals... Read More

6 months ago


Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 20 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 20! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/10/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday is always a busy day in the majors with all of the teams taking to the field. This week five games make up the afternoon slate, before a 10-game featured slate in the evening, which is where our attention will lie. The Astros and Dodgers are by far the biggest favorites on this slate... Read More

6 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 19 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 19! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

7 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/8/19): MLB DFS Lineups

A quiet Thursday this week with just eight games and one slate for our entertainment. With most teams traveling Wednesday, there is no afternoon slate, and instead, all attentions will be focused on the evening. The Red Sox, Braves and Yankees are the biggest favorites on this slate, but their pitchers do not inspire confidence... Read More

7 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/3/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday sees an unusually unbalanced slate with just three games in the afternoon window. Instead, we see a whopping 13 slates in the evening slate, thanks to the Red Sox and Yankees playing out a double-header. Clearly, the evening slate will be the one we are focusing on. The biggest favorites on this slate are... Read More

7 months ago


DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/1/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Another split slate greets us this Thursday, with four games on the afternoon part of the slate before six games in the evening. There are some cracking matches today, with an especially good pitching duel to round out the day in Los Angeles. The Dodgers and Astros are the biggest favorites on the later slate,... Read More

7 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 18 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 18! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

7 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (7/27/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday brings us a fantastic day of baseball. In the early slate, we have a blockbuster matchup between the Red Sox and Yankees, as well as Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers against the Nationals. However, the evening slate should have some equally exciting games, and with the weather in America suiting hitting it could be... Read More

7 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (7/25/19): MLB DFS Lineups

A relatively quiet Thursday in major league baseball sees just nine games taking place and just six of those on the main slate. With three of those games taking place in the afternoon, we have a compressed featured slate with which to make our selections from. With two lines currently off the board, the biggest... Read More

7 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 17 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 17! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

7 months ago


DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (7/20/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday sees another split slate, but once again with a heavy lean towards the evening. The 10 game slate in the evening is the featured slate on DraftKings and s therefore where our attentions will fall. The Dodgers are absolutely massive favorites on this slate against the Marlins, but Clayton Kershaw is always an expensive... Read More

7 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 16 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 16! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Wednesday, we'll be looking at some players that have seen an increase in contact rate and some that have seen it decline. Contact rate can foretell a... Read More

7 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (7/18/19): MLB DFS Lineups

As always on a Thursday we have a split slate to give us a day loaded with baseball. However, this week sees just five games on the afternoon slate, with the remaining eight residing in the evening and on the "featured" slate for DFS players. Unsurprisingly, the Cleveland Indians behind Trevor Bauer are the biggest... Read More

7 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (7/13/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday does not often see a predominantly evening slate, but the first Saturday post-All-Star break is different. The double-header in Baltimore means we have five games in the afternoon, before a big 11-game slate in the evening. Boston is the biggest favorite on the slate, but the way Sale has been pitching it is hard... Read More

7 months ago

First Half Contact Rate Risers and Fallers

Well, the first half of the season has absolutely flown by! We have seen some great hitting and a lot of runs scored so far, and there promises to be just as much excitement in the second half of the season. Contact rate can foretell a player's batting average and general hitting statistics, and any... Read More

7 months ago


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