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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.

Robby Anderson (WR, NYJ) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~100 CURRENT ADP: ~105 ANALYSIS:  In his sophomore season, New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson made quite the leap. He saw 114 targets, had 63 receptions, 941 yards and seven touchdowns on his way to a WR18 finish. Now he is being drafted outside the top-40? Are drafters scared of his off-the-field issues?... Read More

1 year ago

Jordy Nelson (WR, OAK) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~105 CURRENT ADP: ~110 ANALYSIS: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson is another receiver that was crushed by poor quarterback play a year ago. Through the first four games, it was business as usual as he had 19 catches and six touchdowns. However, then Aaron Rodgers went down and the wheels fell off. Brett Hundley had trouble... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders (WR, DEN) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~70 CURRENT ADP: ~75 ANALYSIS: ADP: After three straight 1,000 yard seasons, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders fell off a cliff in 2017 along with the rest of the Broncos offense. With no real quarterback on the roster, the team struggled to a 5-11 season. The team addressed the quarterback issue in the offseason... Read More

1 year ago

Five Wide Receiver 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. Today, I present... Read More

1 year ago

NFL Preseason Week 1 Review - Fantasy Impact

The first week of preseason games are in the books, and while the games don't mean anything, there is still information we can glean from them. 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... Read More

1 year ago

Late-Round Running Backs To Target For ZeroRB Drafters

In part one, I identified mid-round values at the RB position. Now it's time to dig even deeper. With running backs flying off the board at an insane clip this year, typically 8-10 are taken in the first round alone, elite wide receivers are being drafted at a big discount. This is the exact type... Read More

1 year ago

Mid-Round Running Backs To Target For ZeroRB Drafters

With running backs flying off the board at an insane clip this year, typically 8-10 are taken in the first round alone, elite wide receivers are being drafted at a big discount. This is the exact type of “economy” a ZeroRB drafter thrives in. Grab elite WR1 and WR2 types in the early rounds while... Read More

1 year ago

Javorius Allen (RB, BAL) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210 CURRENT ADP: ~220 ANALYSIS: Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen is highly underrated coming into 2018. In fact, Allen was 2017’s PPR RB23 and is going in the 19th round on average. We really have no idea why Allen is not being drafted at all this year. The Ravens backfield is Alex Collins, Kenneth Dixon and... Read More

1 year ago

Spencer Ware (RB, KC) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~225 CURRENT ADP: ~230 ANALYSIS:  There is a lot of risk with Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware. Coming off a devastating knee injury, and now behind second year runner Kareem Hunt, Ware may never be the same. However, this time last year, he was the Chiefs number one runner and Hunt was a... Read More

1 year ago

T.J. Yeldon (RB, JAC) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~190 CURRENT ADP: ~200 ANALYSIS: When the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted running back Leonard Fournette with the number four overall pick of the 2017 draft, T.J. Yeldon became a forgotten man. However. with the departure of Chris Ivory, he now becomes one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy. In the three games Fournette missed last year,... Read More

1 year ago

Kalen Ballage (RB, MIA) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~200 CURRENT ADP: ~210 ANALYSIS: Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage joins a Miami backfield that should be led by Kenyan Drake with Frank Gore also mixing in. Ballage will likely offer little in the run game, but where he can really make his mark is in the passing game and return game. Ballage has the size to... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Breida (RB, SF) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~155 CURRENT ADP: ~165 ANALYSIS:  When Jerick McKinnon signed a four-year, 30 million dollar contract with the 49ers, the fantasy world lost their minds. This is for good reason, McKinnon is the perfect back for a Kyle Shanahan offense that continually produces high-end RB1s in fantasy. However, that does not mean we should just ignore the... Read More

1 year ago

Nyheim Hines (RB, IND) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~115 CURRENT ADP: ~125 ANALYSIS: Many are calling Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines this year’s Alvin Kamara, but that seems like a stretch. Still, Hines is the prototypical change of pace back for the NFL and could see a big role in the passing game similar to Chris Thompson a year ago. They are pretty... Read More

1 year ago

Kerryon Johnson (RB, DET) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~60 CURRENT ADP: ~70 ANALYSIS: When the Detroit Lions selected running back Kerryon Johnson with the 11th pick in the second round, most everyone was surprised. Johnson was the sixth running back selected in the draft, and went ahead of more highly touted backs such as Derrius Guice and Royce Freeman. The Lions have lacked a run... Read More

1 year ago

Dustin Johnson Misses Open Championship Cut

This year's Open Championship leaderboard had some of the sport's biggest names at the top, but the World No. 1 was not among them. Dustin Johnson could do no better than six-over par through his first two rounds, three shots outside the cut line. This is now his third missed cut in his last eight... Read More

2 years ago

Tommy Fleetwood No Longer Under The Radar

After a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open which included a final-round 63, Tommy Fleetwood is now considered a contender to take home the Open Championship at Carnoustie. It helps that the Englishman holds the course record here, also a 63 that he shot at the Dunhill Links Championship last year. However, Fleetwood says that... Read More

2 years ago

Sergio Garcia Carrying Momentum Into Open Championship

After a brutal stretch of golf that saw him miss five cuts in six events, Sergio Garcia headed to Europe to prepare for the Open Championship and found his game. First came a T12 at the BMW International Open, that was followed by a T8 at the Open de France. Now Garcia heads to Carnoustie,... Read More

2 years ago

Rory McIlroy Looking For First Major In Four Years

It's hard to believe it's been four years since Rory McIlroy last won a major. After winning the Open Championship and PGA Championship to close out 2014, it seemed as if McIlroy would be winning one a year, if not more. Yet four years later and he's still stuck on four career majors. In the... Read More

2 years ago

Justin Rose In Top Form Entering Open Championship

At the age of 37, Justin Rose may be playing the best golf of his career. Since last years FedEx Cup Playoffs, Rose has four wins and 17 top-10 finishes in 22 worldwide starts, and has vaulted all the way up to No. 3 in the World Golf Rankings. Rose has had mixed results at the... Read More

2 years ago

Jon Rahm To Use Driver Plenty at Carnoustie

Jon Rahm is one of the hottest golfers in the world with three top-five finishes in his last four starts, including two in a row at the French and Irish Opens that he used to prepare for this week's Open Championship at Carnoustie. After playing a couple of practice rounds Rahm has confirmed he will... Read More

2 years ago

Dustin Johnson The Betting Favorite To Win Open Championship

Despite having not played since finishing third at the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson opened as the 12/1 betting favorite, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Johnson has yet to win the Open Championship, but does have three top-10 finishes including a second in 2011 at Royal St. George. This is Johnson's first trip to... Read More

2 years ago

Tyrrell Hatton Playing Open Championship Tune-Up

Like he did last year, Tyrrell Hatton will play in the Open Championship tune-up at the Aberdeen Scottish Open. Unlike last year, however, Hatton is not playing for a spot in the Open Championship. In the 2016 Scottish Open, Hatton came through under pressure with a second-place finish to secure a spot in the years... Read More

2 years ago

Rory McIlroy Never Threatens At Irish Open

Playing in the biggest tournament for his home country, Irishman Rory McIlroy couldn't get much going at the Irish Open, shooting a two-under total for an eventual T28 finish. McIlroy was unable to break 70 in any of the four rounds and was never really a threat. After winning this event in 2016, McIlroy has... Read More

2 years ago

Jon Rahm Has Strong Irish Open Finish

Jon Rahm used a Sunday 66 to charge up the leaderboard at the Irish Open, and it could have been even better. He triple bogeyed the par-four 12th, then reeled off six birdies and an eagle over his next 15 holes. On the par-four 18th, he had a short approach for eagle that hit the... Read More

2 years ago

Tommy Fleetwood Misses Open de France Cut

After coming within one shot of a playoff at the U.S. Open and a major championship record score of 62, Tommy Fleetwood has struggled a bit. Whether it is fatigue or a letdown after that U.S. Open performance, his form has not been what we are used to seeing. First it was a T59 at... Read More

2 years ago

Sergio Garcia Continues To Play Well In Europe

After struggling on the PGA Tour with five missed cuts in his last six events, Sergio Garcia has looked more like his old self since returning to Europe. First came a T12 finish at the BMW International Open two weeks ago. He followed that up with a T8 finish at the HNA Open de France... Read More

2 years ago

Rory McIlroy Looking For Another Irish Open Title

Rory McIlroy is set to play the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week at Ballyliffin Golf Club, a links-style course that will help prepare him for Carnoustie in two weeks. This a special event for McIlroy, who is the host and whose foundation sponsors the event. McIlroy won in 2016 and will look to... Read More

2 years ago

Jon Rahm Finishes T3 at HNA Open de France

Jon Rahm had a strong start to his European Tour swing with a T3 finish at the HNA Open de France. Rahm, who will play in Europe again this week at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, is preparing for the Open Championship at Carnoustie in two weeks. Rahm is one of only eight golfers... Read More

2 years ago

Pat Perez Misses Fourth Cut at Travelers Championship

Pat Perez opened with a relatively solid 69 at the Travelers Championship, but a Friday 71 dropped him one shot outside the cut line. Perez now has four missed cuts on the year and hasn't finished inside the top 20 since the Mexico Championship in early March. Perez is not playing at the Quicken Loans... Read More

2 years ago

Paul Casey Blows Four-Shot Lead at Travelers Championship

After a Saturday 62, Paul Casey entered Sunday's final round at the Travelers Championship with a four-shot lead. But a stiff neck and a two-over par 72 did him in as he settled for a tie for second place. A day after hitting all 18 greens, Casey could hit only 10 on Sunday and just... Read More

2 years ago

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