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About Chris Mangano - RotoBaller

I'm a Southern California sports fan - Lakers, Ducks, Angels - and the Washington Redskins (long story) who used to record Barry Sanders games on VHS tapes. I developed a passion for fantasy football and decided to start blogging/writing about my findings. I started my own personal training business in 2011. When not spending hours researching for fantasy football I enjoy playing chess and visiting Disneyland with my wife.

Chris Mangano - RotoBaller has written 95 articles so far, you can find them below.


Week 16 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 16 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

10 months ago

Week 15 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 15 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

10 months ago

Week 14 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 14 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

11 months ago

Week 13 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 13 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

11 months ago

Week 12 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 12 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

11 months ago


Week 11 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 11 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

11 months ago

Week 10 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 10 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

12 months ago

Week 9 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 9 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

12 months ago

Week 8 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 8 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

12 months ago

Week 7 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 7 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

1 year ago


Week 6 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 6 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

1 year ago

Week 5 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 5 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

1 year ago

Week 4 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 4 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

1 year ago

Week 3 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 3 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning... Read More

1 year ago

Week 3 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 2)

Welcome to our Week 3 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. This article will cover the late slate of games, beginning... Read More

1 year ago


Week 2 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns

Welcome to our Week 2 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often. Getting off to a good start is imperative in the... Read More

1 year ago

Week 1 Matchups Analysis - Fantasy Football Advice

It's here, it's finally here! The 2018 NFL season is upon us and that means so is fantasy football. We all know how important start/sit decisions are in fantasy, and I'm here to help. Unlike other articles that cover just a few players at each position, I am analyzing every player, for every game either... Read More

1 year ago

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The Method to the Matchups Madness - An In-Depth Look

Last year was my first year writing the matchups column for RotoBaller, and let me tell you it was a bear. Covering 12-14 games every week, and having to write about every single relevant player from each team is a time-consuming task no one should have to embark on. So when I signed up to... Read More

1 year ago

PPR Targets - Undervalued Tight Ends

Drafting tight ends in fantasy is like eating your vegetables at dinner. You know you should, but you really don't want to. Only three tight ends in PPR leagues, Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, and Zach Ertz averaged over 12 points per game in 2017. On a points-per-game basis, the TE4 (Evan Engram) and TE20 (Vernon Davis)... Read More

1 year ago

Three Overvalued Running Backs - Potential ADP Busts

Running backs are the rocks of fantasy football teams, but they are not without risk. One of the most volatile positions due to injuries and teams using a committee approach, avoiding a bust at the position has become paramount to drafters. While you can't control your stud running back getting hurt, or getting benched for... Read More

1 year ago


Three Overvalued Quarterbacks - Potential ADP Busts

Quarterback is one of the most predictable and deepest positions in fantasy, so it is not a spot where you want to take risks. Sure, you could draft Aaron Rodgers early, or you could wait and get Philip Rivers really late. There are many ways to play the quarterback position, and the only thing that... Read More

1 year ago

NFL Preseason Week 3 Review - Fantasy Impact

Week 3 of the NFL preseason is typically a dress rehearsal for teams and we get the best idea yet of how players will be used. While some NFL teams still chose to rest their starters, many inexplicably didn't. Unfortunately, we also had a major injury with Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee going down for the... Read More

1 year ago

Updated Late-Round Running Back Targets For ZeroRB Drafters

Two weeks ago I brought you my first installment of late-round running backs to target if you choose to go ZeroRB in your drafts this year. With two preseason games in the books, and more information, things have changed in the running back landscape and I am giving my first update. This article will cover... Read More

1 year ago

Updated Mid-Round Running Backs To Target For ZeroRB Drafters

Two weeks ago I brought you my first installment of mid-round running backs to target if you choose to go ZeroRB in your drafts this year. With two preseason games in the books, and more information, things have changed in the running back landscape and I am giving my first update. This article will cover... Read More

1 year ago

NFL Preseason Week 2 Review - Fantasy Impact

As teams have now played two exhibition games, things are starting to get more clear. You'll hear a lot of overreaction from other sites, but we're here to tell you what really matters this early in the exhibition season. There are two things that really matter this early in the preseason: injuries and player roles.... Read More

1 year ago


Five Mid-Round Must Have Players

With just two weeks left in preseason, the NFL regular season is right around the corner. That means fantasy drafts are ramping up everywhere. In every draft, I have players that I consider "must-haves," players I will reach a round or two early on to secure them on my roster. Here are five of my... Read More

1 year ago

George Kittle (TE, SF) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~105 CURRENT ADP: ~115 ANALYSIS: ADP:  With Evan Engram having such a good rookie season, another rookie tight end, George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers, kind of got forgotten. However, Kittle himself had quite a first year, with 43 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns. He did this while playing less than 60% of the team’s snaps... Read More

1 year ago

Jared Cook (TE, OAK) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170 CURRENT ADP: ~180 ANALYSIS: ADP:  Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook had a bit of a breakout season in 2017, with 54 catches and 688 yards on his way to a TE12 finish. Playing his first year for the Oakland Raiders, he was targeted 86 times, second-most of his career. Michael Crabtree was cut in... Read More

1 year ago

Charles Clay (TE, BUF) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170 CURRENT ADP: ~180 ANALYSIS: Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay was off to a good start in 2017 before suffering an injury in Week 5. In his first four healthy games, he had 18 receptions, 227 yards, and two touchdowns. That would be a 72/908/8 pace over a full 16 game season. The Bills... Read More

1 year ago

Five Tight End ADP Draft Values

As the NFL season approaches, and leagues begin to host their fantasy drafts, we have a pretty good idea of where most players will be drafted. While the early rounds are chock full of studs and obvious picks, it's the middle and late rounds that will truly make or break your draft. We already looked... Read More

1 year ago


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Deeper League Free Agent Pickups for Week 8

We're past the halfway point of the regular fantasy football season, which means you'd better start making some serious moves if you have any weaknesses in your roster. Unfortunately, this is also the time of the year when the waiver wire is at its most desolate. But that's why I'm here. To navigate you through... Read More


We Must Overreact Immediately! Week 7 Outliers

Week 7 seemed extremely fluky for fantasy football purposes. Devonta Freeman was ejected, and players like Will Fuller, Adam Thielen and Kerryon Johnson were both forced from their games very early on which hurt a lot of fantasy owners. The Rams wide receivers were supposed to light the world on fire against a Falcons secondary that... Read More


The Cut List - Players on the Chopping Block (Week 8)

This is your weekly list of players to drop. I will do my best to limit this list to injured players and players you might consider holding. If you roster pure handcuffs or backups, obviously you can let them go at any time. The players on this list will, ideally, be guys that aren't clearly... Read More


Week 8 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

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Week 7 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Even if this doesn’t turn out to be great MNF game, at least it's a divisional game with some importance. This is what Jets fans need to tell themselves heading into their second Monday Night Football game of the season. With the New England Patriots coming to town off their annual semi-bye in which they... Read More


Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

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Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 8

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered planning for Week 8. Some of you are ecstatic with the level of production that has been delivered by your running backs. But many of you have been contending with unwanted developments at this position including injuries, inconsistent usage, and... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 8

We're heading into Week 8 of the NFL season. By now, some of y'all are getting a good sense of where you're at fantasy-wise, if you're heading to the postseason or playing for fun or, in a dynasty league, building for the future. This look at wide receivers is for all of you. As we... Read More


Week 8 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

A two-team bye week is a lot easier for fantasy football players to navigate than a four-team bye week. Fantasy owners are going to have to live without Dallas’ Jason Witten and Baltimore’s Mark Andrews in Week 8. If you have one of the those players as your starting tight end, the problem is that... Read More


Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 8

Tragedy struck a few top quarterbacks this week, as both Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan left games with injuries. We already know Mahomes will miss 3-6 weeks, while more will be revealed about Ryan's status later today. Either way, owners of these quarterbacks will need a backup plan in place, and this week the waiver... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 8 Lightning Round

The better part of seven weeks is in the fantasy football books, making those early trends very real -- for better or worse. One must still consider the matchups played thus far and those to come, but usage and volume are becoming reliable. Week 8 sees the Ravens and Cowboys hit their bye week. To... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 7 Will Fuller (hamstring) is expected to miss several weeks. Matt Ryan is out for the game with an... Read More


Week 7 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

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