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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller

Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller has written 186 articles so far, you can find them below.

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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 months ago

First Basemen Set To Break Out in 2019

First base is no longer the premier position it once was for fantasy baseball. Aging sluggers have not been replaced by all-around talents for the large part and it has left a massive gulf in quality. Part of the decline in hitting has been due to the demand to get better fielders at first base,... Read More

9 months ago

Willie Calhoun Likely To Open Season in Triple-A

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun looks likely to open the season in Triple-A. The Rangers would ideally like to keep both Calhoun and fellow outfielder Hunter Pence around. However, to do that one will need to go to Triple-A, and Calhoun is the only one with options available. Calhoun has not helped himself by hitting... Read More

9 months ago

Question Marks Remain Over Ronald Guzman's Availability

Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman (knee) remains a question mark for Texas with Opening Day a little over a week away. However, there is optimism that Guzman could be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday, suggesting that without a set back he will be active come the start of the season. Guzman... Read More

9 months ago

Joey Gallo Confident of Making Opening Day

Texas Rangers first baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo (groin) is confident of being on the field on Opening Day. Gallo suffered a mild groin strain over the weekend, but has stated on numerous occasions since that if this was the regular season he would be out on the field for the Rangers. This spring Gallo has been... Read More

9 months ago

Isiah Kiner-Falefa Will Be One of Rangers Two Catchers

Texas Rangers catcher and utility infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa will remain with the Rangers once they head home following spring training. On Tuesday, fellow catchers Jet Bandy and Jose Trevino were optioned to minor league camp, leaving Kiner-Falefa as just one of two catchers remaining in big league camp. However, it looks as though initially Kiner-Falefa... Read More

9 months ago

More Hot September Hitters Ready to Break Out in 2019

We all want to find the next breakout player that can serve as that hidden gem in the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Sometimes a look at the second half of last season can provide us with valuable hints as to who is ready to take a big step forward. I already looked at three... Read More

9 months ago

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All-Day For the Win: Why Adrian Peterson Matters Again

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Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 15 (Top 100)

One of the great things about implementing IDP in fantasy football is that it balances out some of the insanity that the offensive players produce in some weeks. If you started a lineup with Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Boston Scott, A.J. Brown, Darius Slayton, and Noah Fant then you undoubtedly crushed your opponent while a... Read More

Thursday Night Football Matchups Analysis - Week 15

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Success in the fantasy playoffs is all about planning ahead. Your bench is no longer a safe space for high floor players without much of a ceiling; they won't win you the big game. You need to look ahead and stash players with exploitable matchups in the weeks to come so that you don't get... Read More

Wide Receiver Snap Counts and Target Trends - Week 14 Analysis

Wide receivers are essential components toward your ultimate goal of securing league championships. If you are preparing for Week 15 matchups, an expanding collection of tools are available that can provide you with an extensive level of knowledge. Those results provide the foundation for this weekly statistical breakdown of the wide receiver position, which is designed... Read More

The King's Week 15 Lineup Rankings and Analysis (Premium Content)

Welcome back, RotoBallers! Below you will find my Week 15 fantasy football lineup rankings for the second round of your playoffs. The ranks are available in PPR, Half PPR, and Standard formats. They will be updated as needed, so make sure to check back for the latest versions, especially on the weekends. Skill Position analysis versus... Read More

Week 15 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

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Fantasy Football Booms, Busts - Kenny Golladay, Kenyan Drake, James White

If there was ever a week to have more booms than busts in your fantasy football lineup, it’s this week. The playoffs are either underway or about to start in fantasy football leagues across the nation and around the world. If you are lucky enough to be the proud owner of a playoff team, then... Read More

Week 15 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

Now that the playoffs are in full swing in most leagues and the final march for a championship has begun, streaming becomes a  necessary strategy. Knowing who to add and when to start them could be the ultimate difference-maker in a weekly matchup. Making the right streaming decisions could easily be the difference in winning... Read More

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Fantasy Football Risers, Fallers - Zach Ertz, Emmanuel Sanders, Robert Woods

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Fantasy Football Disaster Recovery: Sit Your Studs?

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