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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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Quarterback VOS (Values Over Starter): 2019 Season In Context

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Can a New Coach Fix Baker Mayfield in 2020?

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Wide Receiver VOS (Values Over Starter): 2019 Season In Context

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The King's Keeper Corner: NFL Postseason Impacts on Player Outlooks

With a break in the postseason NFL action, it is time to reflect on what we have seen in the playoffs so far and how certain performances will affect fantasy football outlooks in keeper and dynasty formats. How players respond and what they deliver at the most intense and critical times of the season can... Read More

Introducing Value Over Starter Football Metrics

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Biggest Breakouts of 2019: Quarterback

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Goodbye Runners, Hello Pass-Catching RBs: 2019 Season Trends

As the 2019 summer kept going we all had two things in our minds with regard to September's fantasy drafts and both of them were related to running backs: Where in the world are Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon and when will they be back? It made sense back then (and it still does now,... Read More

Where Does 2019 Rank Historically Among ADP Movers?

I have worked on a season-review series of articles in which I have analyzed the biggest winners and losers in terms of ADP entering draft season compared to the end of the year final results. It was plenty of fun looking back at the gambles most of us took which ultimately paid off, but also... Read More

Biggest Busts of 2019: Tight End

2019 was not the record-breaking season for tight ends 2018 was. San Francisco’s George Kittle (most receiving yards for a TE in a season) and Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz (most receptions for a TE in a season) did not break the records they set last season, although both were fine for fantasy players. Kansas City’s Travis... Read More

Rushing Quarterbacks Are Becoming Necessary

The 2019 fantasy season is over. We are all thinking about what to do come 2020 draft day. So let me ask you something. What if I offer you the chance of drafting a quarterback who is a lock to finish the season with 270 fantasy points? Would you take him and make him your... Read More

Biggest Breakouts Of 2019: Wide Receivers

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Tight End ADP Winners and Losers: 2019 Season Review

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