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About Bret Thurman - RotoBaller

I'm a recovering lawyer and lifelong baseball fan. To me, the best thing about baseball is its timelessness: today's games are very much the same as when Jim Sundberg faced off against Goose Gossage or Christy Mathewson stared down Socks Seybold.

Bret Thurman - RotoBaller has written 15 articles so far, you can find them below.

Rougned Odor (2B, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Very Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Left handed hitting second baseman Rougned Odor is certainly no Hall of Famer, but there have been more than a few Wally Pipp and Lou Gherig comparisons drawn between him and the injured Jurickson Profar. Although it's anticipated that Profar should come off the DL in mid or late... Read More

6 years ago

Texas Rangers Mid-May Fantasy Update

  Fantasy News and Analysis for the Texas Rangers Mid-May is typically the time of year when division races start to take shape. Some teams establish themselves as contenders that are clearly better than the rest (such as Detroit), while others appear to be in for a long season (I'm looking at you, Houston). But,... Read More

6 years ago

Players Trending Up and Trending Down after One Month

This is the time of year that fantasy owners start to develop either buyer's or seller's remorse. That can't-miss starter may be winless with an ERA that resembles an AM radio station, or that breakout slugger might have more strikeouts than hits. Memorial Day, the traditional quarter-pole of baseball's regular season, is still about a... Read More

6 years ago

Martin Perez (SP, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues ANALYSIS: The Texas Rangers' number-two starter Martin Perez should avoid the dreaded sophomore slump this year, and should also be added off the waiver wire. He added a cut-fastball in the offseason, which both demonstrates his commitment to the game and also is the main reason he's  3-0 in... Read More

6 years ago

Kevin Kouzmanoff (3B, TEX) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues, AL-Only Leagues ANALYSIS: Kevin Kouzmanoff got his chance at third base when starter Adrian Beltre went on the DL, and he has made the most of the opportunity: 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 8 Runs and a .361 BA in only 13 games. This makes him an interesting waiver wire name to... Read More

6 years ago

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Texas Rangers Update for Week 3: Fantasy Baseball News

  Texas Rangers Update for Week 3: Fantasy Baseball News and Analysis The line score from three games at Globe Life Park this past week: two Ranger wins including one walkoff single, one free t-shirt, one free GrandSlam breakfast, three great pitching performances, a career-high seven hot dogs on Dollar Hot Dog Night and, most... Read More

6 years ago

Quick Hits: 6 Fantasy Baseball Players Whose Fortunes May Be Changing

Most all MLB teams will have played at least 12 games by the end of this weekend, which is almost 10% of the season. It's obviously way too soon to say "wait till next year," but we do have enough of a sample to engage in some semi-intelligent speculation. This week, we'll look at six... Read More

6 years ago

Texas Rangers Update for Week 2: Fantasy Baseball News

  Texas Rangers Update for Week 2: Fantasy Baseball News and Analysis Due in large part to injuries in the spring and the scheduling, the Texas Rangers have stumbled a bit out of the gate, dropping two of their first three series of the 2014 season. The schedule is now more favorable, as the team... Read More

6 years ago

Texas Rangers Update for Week 1: Fantasy Baseball News and Analysis

Texas Rangers Update for Week 1: Fantasy Baseball News and Analysis Earlier this week, the Texas Rangers announced that they would no longer be selling beer at Globe Life Park. They had lost their opener (cue rimshot). The big story with the Rangers so far has been their injuries. Currently, there is only one pitcher... Read More

6 years ago

Rougned Odor: Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper

  What's That Odor? If you were counting on Jurickson Profar to score 100 runs and be productive for the Texas Rangers in 2014, you should probably start perusing the waiver wire and crossing your fingers.  The starting second baseman injured his throwing shoulder and will be out at least 10-12 weeks. The Rangers had... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Texas Rangers Top Prospects: Fantasy Baseball Analysis

In recent years, the Texas Rangers have had one of the strongest farm systems in Major League Baseball. It is no coincidence that the team has won two AL pennants during that same stretch. The Rangers began building up their present farm system in August of 2007, when they traded Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves.... Read More

6 years ago

Texas Rangers Pitching Analysis: 2014 Fantasy Baseball

And now for a sentence that may have never before appeared in print: The Texas Rangers finished last season near the top of the American League in several key pitching categories, including ERA (3.62-4th), shutouts (10-4th), opponent’s batting average (.248-2nd), strikeouts (1,309-2nd) and earned runs allowed (589-4th). However, even with all the good numbers, the Rangers... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep - Texas Rangers Hitters Preview

2014 Texas Rangers Preview - Who’s Who in Arlington Texas was one of six AL teams to finish with more than 90 wins in 2013; unfortunately, only five of those teams qualified for the postseason. Texas finished 91-72, 5.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics for the Western Division title and percentage points behind the Tampa Bay... Read More

6 years ago

MLB News and Analysis: What Derek Holland’s Injury Means for the Texas Rangers

The Snap Heard Round the World: What Derek Holland’s Injury Means Have you ever spent $3,000 upgrading your car’s transmission only to have the radiator overheat the very next month? Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels may have had a similar feeling as he announced that the Rangers’ number two starter, lefthander Derek Holland, may be out... Read More

6 years ago

Hot Stove Season: Texas Rangers News and Fantasy Analysis

2014 Rangers: The Return to Somewhere 2014 is a critical year for the Texas Rangers. Will the upcoming season be a return to the glory days of 2010 and 2011, or a return to the ignominious mediocrity of the previous 39 seasons? The preliminary returns are in, and the numbers are encouraging.   Offseason priorities... Read More

6 years ago

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Keep Stashing Running Backs the Right Way

Hells to the yeah, my fellow #AllBenchRB truthers. For those of you who don’t know what #AllBenchRB is, let me give you a short recap before I get to the goods. #AllBenchRB is a strategy I’ve coined where you fill your bench with, as the name implies, only RBs. Or at least as many running... Read More

Warning Signs: Saquon Barkley, David Johnson, Aaron Rodgers

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NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 11) - Targets and Avoids

Doomsday finally arrived. The Falcons' domination of the Saints eliminated the majority of remaining entrants in survivor pools. If you avoided the Saints, odds are you took the Colts in the late game. Of course, the Dolphins beat them as well. More upsets were found as the Titans beat the Chiefs, the Steelers manhandled the... Read More

Quarterback Leaderboards At Midseason - NFL Next Gen Stats

We've consumed our first "double-digit week" set of games. That means we've entered the final part of the season and, in fact, the fantasy football playoffs are closer than you may realize. There are just three more weeks to go until we hit Week 14 and celebrate our presence in the run for the chip,... Read More

Fantasy Football Disaster Recovery: Cooper Kupp

Welcome to Disaster Recovery, where each week I'll examine why your studs played like duds. This isn't a place to find out why you should have sat a player for somebody else on your bench. Disaster Recovery is here to examine the guys who you didn't think twice about starting and to help you decide if you should... Read More

The Tape Tells All - Christian Kirk Fantasy Analysis

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Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Darius Slayton, Christian Kirk, Kareem Hunt

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More

FAAB Bidding - Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

It's crunch time, with precious few games left before the fantasy regular season ends. There aren't many new names emerging on the waiver wire at this juncture but the RB situations in Atlanta and Detroit bear watching, while the Jets passing game has shown signs of life. No, really. Each week, we will advise you... Read More

Deeper League Free Agent Pickups for Week 11

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Week 11 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 11 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 11 of the NFL and fantasy football season. In case you missed it, this is our seventh year now writing this weekly column. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver... Read More

Week 11 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

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Week 10 Surprises? We Must Overreact Immediately!

In Week 10, Christian Kirk, Darius Slayton, Tyreek Hill, and Michael Thomas all had beatable cornerback matchups and finished as the top-four wide receivers in PPR scoring. At running back, Derrick Henry exploited a poor Chiefs run defense and rumbled for 188 yards and two touchdowns, finishing as the No. 1 running back on the week. Ronald... Read More

The Cut List - Players on the Chopping Block (Week 11)

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Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 11

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