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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller



Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller has written 778 articles so far, you can find them below.


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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 months ago


Hot September Hitters Ready to Break Out in 2019

September can be a weird month for fantasy baseball. More often than not there are only a handful of owners really fully focused at that stage. Unfortunately by that stage of the season no matter what your league rules at least a couple of owners will be out of contention and their focus will have... Read More

10 months ago

Air Yards Analysis - Using the Statistic to Find Value at WR

Air yards: a simple term in itself but for fantasy football what is the significance? In essence, air yards is a cumulative total of a player's depth of target. It only includes yards traveled from the time the QB releases it up to the moment the ball is either dropped or caught by the receiver.... Read More

10 months ago

Delino DeShields Back In Action Tuesday

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields (knee) was back in action on Tuesday for the Rangers. DeShields had missed a few days after injuring himself making a catch at the center field wall. It is positive to see DeShields back in the lineup, but any prospective fantasy owners still need to be wary. The main fantasy... Read More

11 months ago

Drew Smyly Strong In Latest Spring Outing

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Drew Smyly put together a strong outing against the Oakland Athletics this week. Smyly pitched more than one innings for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2017, and allowed just one walk in two innings. It may not have been the Athletics strongest lineup but the signs... Read More

11 months ago

Joey Gallo Prepared To Bunt In Spring

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo has demonstrated a willingness to use bunting in order to try and defeat the shift this spring training. Gallo was roundly criticized last season for his lack of willingness to bunt when teams used the four outfielder shift on him. However, twice this spring already Gallo has shown an indication... Read More

11 months ago


ADP Debate - Why You Should Draft Peter Alonso Over Josh Bell

First base figures to be one of the more frustrating positions for fantasy owners this draft season. Part of the frustrating is that this position used to be one of the pinnacles when it came to production and depth. However, many of the steadfast options have now gone beyond their prime or had their careers derailed... Read More

11 months ago

ADP Champ or Chump - Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara

This week, I am making the trip down to Texas, which has started to be treated like somewhat of a fantasy wasteland by some fantasy owners. However, despite the low expectations for team performance, there are some interesting names to be found in Arlington. The Rangers are in a self-confessed rebuild mode but they have... Read More

11 months ago

Stolen Base Risers - 2018 Season Review

Previously, we took a look at which MLB players saw the biggest decrease in their stolen base totals during the 2018 season. While stolen bases were down overall in 2018, that doesn't mean it resulted in lower totals for everyone. In fact, there were several players who saw significant jumps in steals last season. As... Read More

11 months ago

ADP Champ or Chump - Trey Mancini and Ryan Zimmerman

This week we are taking a trip to the DMV. Don't panic, not the Department of Motor Vehicles! We are going to compare two first basemen in very different parts of their career from the Baltimore/Washington area. With the loss of Manny Machado and the expected loss of Bryce Harper, the star power in the region... Read More

11 months ago

Mike Moustakas to the Brewers - Fantasy Impact

The rumor mill has been suggesting it for a while but on Sunday it became official that Mike Moustakas is back in Milwaukee. Moustakas returns to the Brew Crew on the back of a 54-game audition at the end of last season. While the numbers in that span looked somewhat disappointing compared to his 2017 numbers,... Read More

11 months ago


Steven Souza Jr. (OF, ARI) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 300 CURRENT ADP: ~345 overall ANALYSIS: Steven Souza Jr. is 29 years old but it feels like he has been around for years. In fact, he first debuted in the Washington Nationals minor league system all the way back in 2007. After coming off his 30 home run season for the... Read More

11 months ago

ADP Champ or Chump - Justin Turner and Max Muncy

We're heading to the sunny destination of Los Angeles. The Dodgers are coming off back-to-back World Series defeats and are not short of big names in their ranks. However, the success of their hitters is often overshadowed by their pitching. Last year the Dodgers went all-in and had a massive excess of hitting talent across... Read More

11 months ago

Biggest Breakouts of 2018 - Tight End

Tight end has a legitimate claim as the most volatile position in fantasy. You may want to give that award to running backs but tight ends will run them pretty close. Playing tight end is a complex business and it shows up in fantasy. It can easily be a case that a tight end is... Read More

11 months ago

Biggest Risers and Fallers of 2018 - Quarterbacks

The end of the 2018 fantasy season comes with mixed feelings. For one person in each league there is glory, but for everyone else, their eyes are already turned to 2019. One of the key parts of starting your 2019 season prep is to think about who performed above and below their expectations in the... Read More

11 months ago

Joe Flacco Traded to Denver - Fantasy Impact

What a week it has been in the NFL! Between the Kyler Murray and Kareem Hunt news, there was already plenty more going on than you might expect for a random post-Super Bowl week in February. However, the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens grabbed some of the spotlight with a trade in principle to send... Read More

11 months ago


Luke Voit (1B, NYY) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 180 CURRENT ADP: ~200 overall ANALYSIS: A key part of Luke Voit's potential success in New York could likely come down to opportunity. There is not a huge amount of competition for the first base job in the organization and that should mean Voit is given every opportunity in 2019.... Read More

12 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Picks: Super Bowl DFS

The Super Bowl is finally here! For many this is a bittersweet day as it marks the end of the NFL season, and a long six months until we see it back on our screens. Therefore, we need to make the most of it and get one last fix of fantasy football before the long... Read More

12 months ago

Way Too Early Mock Draft - Rounds 2-3 Analysis

The NFL season isn't quite over, as the playoffs are just getting interesting. That hasn't stopped our expert staff from looking ahead to 2019 already. As Justin Carter discussed earlier this week, 12 of us at RotoBaller have undertaken a slow fantasy football mock draft to help us all deal with the fantasy football withdrawals... Read More

12 months ago

ADP Champ or Chump - J.T. Realmuto and Wilson Ramos

This week I am turning my attention to the position that gives most fantasy owners the biggest concerns, the catcher position. Every year there is at least one catcher who rises to the top of the position and ends up being drafted clearly ahead of the others. This season that catcher is J.T. Realmuto, who is... Read More

12 months ago

A.J. Pollock to the Dodgers - Fantasy Impact

The merry-go-round that is the Dodgers' offseason continued on Thursday, as it was announced that A.J. Pollock is signing in Los Angeles on a four-year $55-million dollar contract. It always seemed likely the Dodgers could add another outfielder, but the thought was that it was more likely to be Bryce Harper who signed in Los... Read More

12 months ago


ADP Champ or Chump - Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia

My main mantra when it comes to fantasy baseball is "value, value, value." I will often try and set myself up in the first two or three rounds in such a way that I have the flexibility to take advantage of value later in the draft. One of the best ways I have found to... Read More

12 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Picks (Conference Championships)

If the Divisional round was a mouth watering set of matches the Championship games may even take that one step further. Now we just have to hope that these two games do not disappoint as much as the first three did last week. In this round we get the top four offenses in the NFL... Read More

1 year ago

Steven Souza Jr. - 2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

Earlier this offseason, I wrote about the sleeper value of Luke Voit and how believing in him was a conscious decision to move on from a blind spot I had for Greg Bird for a couple of years. Well, in this article I am going to break down a player who I do not think... Read More

1 year ago

Yasmani Grandal to Brewers - Fantasy Impact

The news broke on Thursday that Yasmani Grandal is headed to the Milwaukee Brewers on a one-year, $18 million contract. This is evidence of yet another move from the Brewers to go all in on their current squad. This trade takes one of the Brewers' two weakest offensive positions and turns it into a legitimate strength... Read More

1 year ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Picks (Divisional Round): NFL DFS Lineups

The Divisional Round is upon us and it brings a fascinating week of matches with it. Last week was headlined by defense and offenses with major question marks. This week we have the return of four of the better offenses in the league, and we have lost three of the better defenses as well. Therefore, this... Read More

1 year ago


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Biggest Busts of 2019: Tight End

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Rushing Quarterbacks Are Becoming Necessary

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Biggest Breakouts Of 2019: Wide Receivers

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Running Back ADP Winners and Losers: 2019 Season Review

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Wide Receiver ADP Winners and Losers: 2019 Season Review

I've always believed that it is easier to lose a fantasy championship than to win it on draft day. It makes sense, as sure-fire players are expected to reward his owners with a lower risk-factor than the other way around and thus they're always drafter earlier. If they put up a season-long dud, though, you'll... Read More


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Four and Out: Fantasy Outlooks for Divisional Round Losers

For the four teams that were eliminated in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, the offseason has begun. For many fantasy football owners, the days have already started counting down to next season. Owners in dynasty leagues have started to mull over their decisions.  How some guys perform in the playoffs can certainly alter... Read More


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After a very interesting season of fantasy football action, many owners were left with a bitter taste in their mouth from a few of the “elite” NFL wide receivers. While Michael Thomas dominated and Julio Jones was his usual reliable self, not all was good if you played it safe by taking a receiver early.... Read More


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