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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller



Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller has written 162 articles so far, you can find them below.


Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 5 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 4! 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 (5/2/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Another small slate on a Thursday as we see just eight total games, with six of them on the early slate. Therefore, the featured slate kicks off at the early time of 12:05 pm, compared to a usual 7:05 pm start. These small slates are interesting as they present interesting possible combinations. On deeper slates... Read More

5 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 4 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 4! 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 (4/25/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Thursday sees a significantly smaller slate that we have seen in previous weeks. Today we have just eight games, with only five of them falling on the main slate, starting at 7:05 pm. Fortunately, we have some fascinating names pitching on the slate, meaning the options we have are pretty varied. The Phillies and the... Read More

5 months ago

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 3 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 3! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Thursday, 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


The Mystery of Aaron Nola's 2019 Campaign

As we creep towards the end of the first month of the season, questions are starting to arise for fantasy baseball owners. Hitters are getting closer to having 100 plate appearances, and pitchers are now making their fourth starts of the season. We now have enough data where we can start looking for signs of... Read More

5 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (4/13/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday sees all 30 teams in action and brings us another split slate. This time we have 14 of the 15 games being covered with two even seven game slates. The first slate kicks off at 1:05 pm, running through to the 4:05 pm start between the Rockies and Giants. The second slate then commences... Read More

5 months ago

Contact Rate Risers & Fallers for Week 2 - Buy or Sell?

Welcome to Contact Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 2! Our premium tools allow us to get out ahead of trends in player performance, including contact rate. Every Thursday, 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 (4/11/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Another Thursday split slate for us to break down here in this article. The opening slate kicks off at 12:35 with the Athletics @ Orioles, before handing over to the late at 7:10 pm when the Blue Jays and Red Sox face off. Oakland is the biggest favorites on the early slate but there are... Read More

5 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (4/6/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday brings us a strange day for DFS. There are really no stand out pitchers on either of the two main slates. Yes there are good pitchers but their matchups mean that there is no must use option. That presents some interesting strategies for GPP, as we could see a lot of the big bats... Read More

5 months ago


Isiah Kiner-Falefa Seeing Extended Time At Catcher

Texas Rangers utility infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa started Thursday's game behind the plate against the Los Angeles Angels. That was just his third start of the season, having started one game in each of the first two series. However, the Rangers are planning to have Kiner-Falefa start two more games this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). It... Read More

6 months ago

Lance Lynn An Interesting Option Friday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn could be an interesting cheap DFS option on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. Lynn struggled in his first outing, surrendering seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs. He did manage to strike out five hitters in those innings, meaning there is... Read More

6 months ago

Joey Gallo Hits Second Home Run of 2019

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo hit his second home run of the 2019 season on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels. Gallo took Angels starter Matt Harvey deep for a three-run home run in the first inning. That was Gallo's only hit of the game, leaving him with a .227 batting average on the season. For... Read More

6 months ago

Edinson Volquez Unimpressive In Second 2019 Start

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Edinson Volquez struggled against the Los Angeles Angels in his second start of the 2019 season. Volquez gave up four walks and four hits in 3 2/3 innings of work on Thursday. He only surrendered two earned runs but racked up 83 pitches for just 11 outs. This outing follows a... Read More

6 months ago

Digging Up Fantasy Value in Baltimore

In every season there are teams who initially appear so bad that we give up all hope of fantasy value. In 2019 one of those teams was the Baltimore Orioles, who had a very different lineup to last year. 2018 saw the Orioles move on from Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, and Adam Jones followed... Read More

6 months ago


Asdrubal Cabrera Hits Third Home Run Of 2019

Texas Rangers infielder Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the third time in four days as the Texas Rangers came out on top of the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Cabrera has enjoyed an extremely strong start to the season, returning a .333 batting average and seven RBI to go with his three home runs. The Rangers utility... Read More

6 months ago

Mike Minor A Risky Start Wednesday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor makes for an extremely risky fantasy option on Wednesday against Houston. Minor struggled in his first outing, allowing six earned runs on five hits and two walks across 4 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs. The Astros offense has struggled out of the gate, ranking 19th in the majors... Read More

6 months ago

Shelby Miller Struggles In Season Debut

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Shelby Miller struggled in his Rangers debut against the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Taking the mound for the first time in the 2019 regular season, Miller was only able to get through 3 2/3 innings before being pulled from the game. Miller was fortunate to only give up two earned runs,... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (4/4/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Thursday, April 4th brings us yet another completely split featured slate with two sets of four games. The first slate kicks of at 1:05 pm with the second slate starting at 6:10 pm. The second slate is officially denoted as the “main” slate, but as both are considered featured you will find picks from both... Read More

6 months ago

Shelby Miller A Risky Option Tuesday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Shelby Miller is a risky option for fantasy owners on Tuesday. Miller will take the mound for the first time as a Ranger in a major league game. Last season after returning from Tommy John surgery Miller threw 16 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks, striking out 19. Unfortunately, he also surrendered... Read More

6 months ago


Adrian Sampson Goes Six Innings Monday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Adrian Sampson put up some good numbers against the Houston Astros on Monday. Sampson came in as relief for starter Drew Smyly in the fourth innings and pitched the rest of the game. After being called up from Triple-A earlier in the day Sampson's performance, giving up just one run in... Read More

6 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (3/30/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Saturday brings about a split slate for DFS players, giving everyone double the fun and double the chances to win. The first six will make up the games starting between 1:05 pm and 2:07 pm, and the second six stretch from the 3:05 pm starts through to the 7:40 pm starts. This article will touch... Read More

6 months ago

Hunter Pence Hits Fifth In Season Opener

Texas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence occupied the fifth spot in the lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day. Pence lined up in the designated hitter spot, which belonged to Shin-Soo Choo for much of last season. This lineup would indicate that Pence and Choo could be in a straight platoon for the DH spot... Read More

6 months ago

Nomar Mazara Marks Opening Day With A Home Run

Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara kicked off his 2019 season with a monster home run against the Chicago Cubs. Mazara's home run was the longest of opening day at 482 feet, and demonstrates just how much underlying power the still young outfielder has. Mazara hit 13 of his 20 home runs last season in the... Read More

6 months ago

Updated Catcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

As we enter the final stretch for drafting it is time to take a look at the latest iteration of points leagues rankings from our amazing hard working rankings staff. Few things in fantasy baseball are more miserable for many than discussing catchers, with perhaps just injuries and suspensions taking the crown. However, getting the... Read More

6 months ago


DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (3/28/19): MLB DFS Lineups

Opening Day is finally here! The baseball season officially got underway last week in Japan but for all intents and purposes this is Opening Day for most fans. Of course that also means the return of daily fantasy baseball. The Opening Day main slate kicks off at 3pm ET with the Houston @ Tampa Bay... Read More

6 months ago

Finding Under and Overvalued 3B Using Expected Draft Values

We've been rolling out our Expected Draft Values series, starting with Nick Mariano's look into some undervalued players and overvalued players. Today, we're going to give you some undervalued and overvalued players who qualify at third base. As a quick primer, Expected Draft Value is the value you would historically expect, on average, from a given draft slot. In... Read More

6 months ago

Updated Outfield Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

As we enter the final stretch for drafting it is time to take a look at the latest iteration of points leagues rankings from our amazing hard working rankings staff. Starting with the outfield is always fun because there is so much depth at the position, especially if you only require three of them, as... Read More

6 months ago

Finding Under and Overvalued 2B Using Expected Draft Values

We've been rolling out our series on Expected Draft Values, an innovative new way to find under and overvalued players. Yesterday, we started with Nick Mariano's look into some undervalued players, we followed it up this morning with Nick's look at overvalued players and then Connelly Doan's look at some under and overvalued first basemen.  This evening, we're... Read More

6 months ago

Infielders Who'll Continue to Break Out In 2019

2018 was a fantastic year for a number of MLB players. Breaking out and either surprising people or reaching your true potential must be a fantastic feeling for players who have put in years of work to get to where they are. Those breakout players are also a lot of fun for fantasy baseball owners.... Read More

6 months ago


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