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About Chris Hawkins - RotoBaller

Baseball enthusiast and sabermetric accountant....here to help answer your fantasy baseball questions and entertain.

Chris Hawkins - RotoBaller has written 15 articles so far, you can find them below.


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Is Matt Away On Holiday? Fantasy Baseball Analysis

  Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Matt Holliday For the past 6 seasons, Matt Holliday has been as consistent a power hitter as there is in the game averaging 25 long balls a year. Unfortunately, for the Cardinals and fantasy players alike he hasn’t demonstrated this power in 2014 and is on pace to hit fewer than... Read More

6 years ago

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Early Season Waiver Wire and Trade Targets: Players to Pickup & Ignore

  Early Season Fast Starts: Who's For Real? It’s always a fun exercise to extrapolate 5 or 6 games of stats across 162: I loved Trumbo coming into the season, but 80 homers seems a little aggressive, and fresh off a season in Japan, I’ll take the under on 270 RBI from Casey McGehee. The... Read More

6 years ago

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Fantasy Baseball Strategy: Make Smarter Moves and Maximize your Value

As the calendar gets ready to turn to August, the stretch run is coming into sight.  Rotisserie fantasy owners must look at where they'll be able to pick up ground in their leagues and where they have room to give. The concept is simple but very often overlooked. Not all fantasy stats (HR, R, K,... Read More

6 years ago

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Pitchers You Want in the Second Half: Underperformers, Waiver and Trade Targets

The All-Star Break presents fantasy owners with an opportunity to catch their breath after a crazy first few months of baseball; the truly savvy owners, on the other hand, will use the break as a chance to evaluate their lineups, assess areas where they can make up ground and identify potential pickups to prime their squads... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Digging Deep into Rookie Pitchers

Gerrit Cole - It appears the word is out on Gerrit Cole (28%) who’s been added in over 33,000+ Yahoo leagues in the past 48 hours, but he’s still unowned in 80% of leagues. For those of you who haven’t heard, Wandy Rodriguez’s next start has been pushed back, and the Pirates are expected to bring... Read More

7 years ago


Fantasy Baseball Advice: Digging Deeper into Fringe Options across the NL

Let's take a quick trip around the Senior Circuit and look at some guys who have been making a splash in the last few weeks. Michael Wacha  Growing up, I enjoyed the Muppets (yes, this probably dates me). One of my all-time favorites was Fozzie Bear and his tag line, “Wacka Wacka Wacka!” It’s been... Read More

7 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: NL West Closer Situations in Flux

A couple of closers hit the shelf Saturday night in what shouldn't be considered shocking news. But what is somewhat surprising is that we haven't yet seen significant transaction trends to add their replacements.  Regardless of the cause for this delayed reaction, an opportunity exists for alert fantasy owners to capitalize in 75-80% of leagues.... Read More

7 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Digging Deeper into Fringe Catchers

It's about that time of the season when fantasy managers will start to cut bait on underperforming catchers and look to the waiver wire for some replacements.  Whether you're in a shallower single-catcher league seeking a short-term upgrade, or a two-catcher league looking to replace a guy like Jesus Montero, RotoBaller has got you covered... Read More

7 years ago

Who to Trade, Who to Acquire? Baltimore O-verachievers & Other Surprising Studs

If you haven’t checked out our Three Up Three Down series, I strongly encourage you to do so. In addition to this week’s featured players, I took a look at some other hitters I’d think hard about moving or trying to acquire. The basis for my sample was the most surprising names in the top... Read More

7 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Digging Deeper into Hitters - Chavez, Grandal, Profar, Gordon and more

3B - Eric Chavez – When I pulled up Chavez’s 2013 numbers, I thought the cursor may have accidentally been set to 2004 when he posted a career best wOBA of .384. But no, here we are in 2013 and after going an impressive 9 for 16 over his last 5 games, the 35 year-old... Read More

7 years ago


Fantasy Baseball Advice: Same Same, but Different

Living in Asia, I’ve come across many entertaining phrases but one of my favorites is the Tinglish, “Same same but different.” The meaning is just what you think and pretty straightforward, but the contexts in which people use  (especially with Westerners) are endless. For example: Chris asking about a Rolex at a street market: “Is... Read More

7 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Digging Deeper into Fringe Pitchers - Hughes and a Few Fish

My NY wife loves the Yanks, and so I've adopted them as my AL team, but I had to let her know it was likely going to be a tough year for both her team and the rival Red Sox. In fact, I almost tried to wager the farm on the under 87.5 preseason win... Read More

7 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Digging Deeper into Fringe Outfield Options, an Underowned Closer

As a rule of thumb, if you’re able to stock your team with 20/20 candidates, things will usually work out. That said, finding 20/20 calibre players on your waiver wire is oftentimes easier said than done, although earlier this week I tweet-predicted (@roto_hawk) a combined 35 SB/HRs ROS for Seattle's Michael Saunders who just returned... Read More

7 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Fringe Pitchers - "Cash"ner and Prizes

Andrew Cashner At home against the Giants last Friday night, Andrew Cashner put together a quality outing (6 IP, W, 5K, 1 ER and 1.00 WHIP), but fantasy owners shouldn't wait to see how his next two scheduled starts (extremely favorable @ Cubs and vs. Miami) go before picking him up. Drafted 19th overall in 2008 by... Read More

7 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Digging Deeper into Fringe Outfield Options

If you want this article and other high-end fantasy baseball analysis delivered to you on a daily basis, sign up for our daily newsletter. Justin Ruggiano (OF, MIA) - Despite the fact they are on pace for only 40 wins this year, the Marlins actually do have an under-the-radar option in the outfield. And no, we... Read More

7 years ago


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