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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller

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

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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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

11 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

11 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

11 months 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

11 months 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

11 months 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

11 months ago

Luke Voit - 2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

One of my biggest misses over the last few years has been my refusal to move on from Greg Bird at the first base position for the New York Yankees. Year after year I have continued to draft Bird and make excuses why this year will be the year. Part of the reason is that... Read More

11 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Picks (Wild Card Weekend): NFL DFS Lineups

Wildcard Weekend is finally here! These next two weekends are always a lot of fun with games on both Saturday and Sunday. However, the downside is some very minimal slates for DFS players. This week is worse than ever with a lot of good defenses on the field, while the offensive juggernauts are on a... Read More

11 months ago

Atlanta Falcons Defense Has Poor Day

The Atlanta Falcons defense/special teams had a poor day in Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They did manage to sack Winston three times and forced an interception but that was the extent of the highlights. Winston was able to move the ball at will at times and the Buccaneers were able to score... Read More

11 months ago

Matt Bryant Perfect To End The Season

Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant ended the season six of six against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Bryant had four extra points and two field goals, with a long of 49 yards. The veteran kicker has been impressive again this year and remains an interesting fantasy option as long as he is still playing... Read More

11 months ago

Jeremy Langford Rushes For 25 Yards

Atlanta Falcons running back Jeremy Langford had just 25 yards rushing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17. Langford filled the role of third running back for the Falcons and will be pleased to have received nine carries. However, a rushing average of less than three yards per carry is unlikely to have convinced... Read More

11 months ago

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Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 15

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Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 15

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Week 15 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

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Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 15

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Waiver Wire Express - Week 15 Lightning Round

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Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

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Monday Night Fantasy Football Starts/Sits - Week 14

Finally, we had a good fantasy matchup last week. And now, as punishment, we get this. The Eagles against the Giants is a good rivalry game. But for fantasy? Not so much. Even key players Saquon Barkley and Carson Wentz have been severely disappointing in 2019. The game is not going to be something to... Read More

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