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About Chris Zolli - RotoBaller

You will get a little bit of everything here. Some baseball, some football, some snark, all good times. The Yankees have my heart, Liverpool FC has my soul, and fantasy sports are my vice.

Chris Zolli - RotoBaller has written 238 articles so far, you can find them below.


BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger is the closer for the Twins and, that alone, makes him a fantasy asset. There are a lot of things not to like about Hildy, the 4.55 FIP and 8.37 strikeouts per nine are a good start,... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk has rebounded after a terrible start to the 2018 season. He hit just .106 in April after being acquired from the Cardinals and then missed the entire month of May due to injury. Since the All-Star break, though, Grichuk... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has a hit in six of the last seven games, keeping his fantasy stock at its seasonal highest. While his lack of power was a downside over the last few weeks, Polanco does have four extra base hits in five... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last three starts and has allowed two or fewer in five of his last six starts as well. While a 4 1/3 inning, like his last... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, pitching into the seventh inning in three of those six starts. Matz has a 4.03 ERA this season, which is not supported... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was a sleeper slugger who has made an instant impact for Kansas City with his power. After hitting 11 home runs in 100 Triple-A games this season, O'Hearn has matched that total in 38 games... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis has allowed five home runs in his last two starts (11 innings), but his second half form has made him a waiver wire darling. A tough outing in his last start against the Twins aside, where he allowed... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays utility man Joey Wendle has a .302/.354/.439 slash line this season, coming out of nowhere to be a vital piece of the Rays and fantasy lineups. Wendle not only has a current five game hitting streak, but also has... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames has a seven game hitting and has produced a .320/.399/.491 line with seven homers, five steals, and 49 R+BI since the beginning of August. Of his 12 extra-base hits in that time period, three have come... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Mychal Givens has been getting the saves in Baltimore of late, making him a vital piece of a fantasy roster. Since the dealing of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day, Givens has a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings and has saved... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is only slashing .222/.287/.380 over 358 plate appearances this season, but he has turned it on as of late. After posting a .276/.338/.450 slash line last season, he has a .255/.310/.457 slash line in the second half, including four... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS:  Cleveland Indians infielder/outfielder Jason Kipnis is having a rough 2018 overall, but he has been an offensively powerful player of late. While he only has 12 hits in September (.222 batting average), six of those hits have been extra base hits. Kipnis also has... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor earned a no-decision in his last start against the Padres, but has now lost just three games since the beginning of June. He is 12-7 this season with a 4.14 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 152 2/3... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe should be bought for his power, but he also has a hit in four of the last five gamesl. Roping a double and two home runs this week, Renfroe has a .221/.254/.559 slash line this month. Renfroe has continued his... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano has three consecutive multi-hit games and is now hitting .297 in 146 MLB plate attempts. Getting some opportunities at the top of the lineup, Laureano has 16 extra-base hits in his young MLB career and has seven R+BI over... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton most recently fired off a brilliant complete-game shutout against the Rockies (in San Fran, not at Coors) with seven strikeouts. He scattered two hits and two walks throughout the affair and has now tossed four... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen looks like one of the more impressive midseason bounce backs of the 2018 season. After an ugly 16 starts through the months of May, June, and July in which he produced a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado should be owned in more leagues based on his 2.14 ERA alone, but, here we are, with him free in more than 70% of leagues. Yes, he has walked 4.12 batters per nine on the season,... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit may not be hitting a home run every other night like he was a week ago, but is still a great addition for the fantasy stretch run. Posting a .265/.359/.559 slash since the beginning of September, Voit... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor has now won six of his seven starts, is up to 12-7 on the season, and had struck out seven batters in his previous two starts. Since the All-Star break, Minor has a 2.70 ERA (but a 4.08... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger is the closer for the Twins and, that alone, makes him a fantasy asset. There are a lot of things not to like about Hildy, the 4.45 FIP and 8.26 strikeouts per nine are a good start,... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is only slashing .225/.285/.386 over 328 plate appearances this season, but that does not speak to the player that Kiermaier is. After posting a .276/.338/.450 slash line last season, he has a .266/.312/.481 slash line in the second half,... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has shown why the Mets hold him in such high regard, posting a .277 batting average and 12 stolen bases since the All-Star break. While he has been caught stealing five times, and only has a .312... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes has a current six-game hitting streak, seeing his batting average rise to .315 since the beginning of the second half. Reyes also has nine home runs in the second half, hitting four in a five game period at... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland has a 7-8 record and 3.46 ERA this season, striking out more than a batter per inning (159 in 158 2/3 innings). He has also struck out seven batters or more in each of his last two starts.... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is part of a resurgent Mets lineup and has eight home runs and four stolen bases in the second half. Posting a .474 slugging percentage since August 2, Frazier had two home runs last week and has... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis may only be 8-12 with a 4.28 ERA this season (and a 4.65 FIP), but he could make the difference in a fantasy championship this week. Since the All-Star break, Junis is only 3-2, but is striking out... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals infielder Adalberto Mondesi has a hit in each of the last four games and in seven of the last eight games. Known mostly for his speed, Mondesi is hitting .286 this season, posting a .333 batting average in September. He has... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe should be bought for his power, but he also has a hit in five of the last six games, including two multi-hit games as well. Roping a double and two home runs this week, Renfroe has a .275/.293/.675 slash line... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer is not the type of player that you think that you would find on the waiver wire in September. It has been a rough few outings for Fulmer recently and his ownership levels have tanked. He... Read More

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