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About Connor McEleney - RotoBaller

Journalism major at DePaul University. Ender Inciarte advocate. Unapologetic J.P. Crawford truther. Michael Pineda skeptic.

Connor McEleney - RotoBaller has written 42 articles so far, you can find them below.


The Cut List (Week 26): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 26 of the Cut List. This week I took a peek at the recent performances of Nomar Mazara, Travis Shaw, Adam Eaton, and Francisco Cervelli. Now is the time to really nail your free agent acquisitions. Each move has major implications in the final days of the season. Want some waiver wire... Read More

1 year ago

The Cut List (Week 25): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 25 of the Cut List. This week I’m taking a look at Adam Jones, Carlos Gonzalez, Odubel Herrera, and Starlin Castro. All four players should be cut in most standard shallow formats. We’re in the thick of the fantasy playoff season and we need to own players who are actually producing results.... Read More

1 year ago

The Cut List (Week 24): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 24 of the Cut List. This week I took a look at Brian Dozier, Dee Gordon, Billy Hamilton, and Matt Olson. All four players should be dropped in most standard formats as we head deeper into the fantasy playoffs. This is the most intense time of the fantasy season, so all you... Read More

1 year ago

The Cut List (Week 23): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 23 of the Cut List. Corey Dickerson, Michael Conforto, Maikel Franco, and Max Kepler should be cut in all standard league formats as we head into playoff time. You should be scouring the free agent list so you can put yourself in the best position to win each day. Believe me, the... Read More

1 year ago

The Cut List (Week 22): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 22 of the Cut List. This week I took a look at Marco Gonzales, Wil Myers, Brandon Belt, and Kyle Seager. As always, these suggestions apply to standard shallow league formats. You wouldn’t want to cut Wil Myers and Marco Gonzales in a deep league, would you? Want some waiver wire advice... Read More

1 year ago


The Cut List (Week 21): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 21 of the Cut List. Last week we saw Jon Lester and Jed Lowrie bounce back after enduring major slumps in July. Those weren’t the best calls I’ve made this year, to say the least. This week I’m taking a look at Brian Anderson, Kyle Schwarber, Sean Newcomb, and Chris Taylor. All... Read More

1 year ago

The Cut List (Week 20): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 20 of the Cut List. This week I’m taking a look at Starlin Castro, Jon Lester, Jed Lowrie, and Eric Thames. I explain why each player should be dropped in most standard shallow leagues. Last week’s cut candidates (Cesar Hernandez, Matt Kemp, Asdrubal Cabrera, Tim Anderson) went a combined 16-for-66 with seven... Read More

1 year ago

The Cut List (Week 19): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 19 of the Cut List. Special thanks to Kyle Bishop for filling in for me last week while I was out of town on vacation in northern Minnesota. His cut suggestions were pretty much fantastic. This week I’m taking a look at Cesar Hernandez, Matt Kemp, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Tim Anderson. All... Read More

1 year ago

The Cut List (Week 17): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 17 of the Cut List. This week I took a peek at Ender Inciarte, Jake Lamb, Carlos Santana, and Jurickson Profar. All four players should be cut in all shallow standard leagues. Each player listed in the “better options” section will serve you better in the long run, so don’t gloss over... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 16): Time to Move On?

Welcome to Week 16 of the Cut List. This week I’m taking a look at Eric Hosmer, Brandon Crawford, Marcell Ozuna, and Yangervis Solarte. All of these guys have been viable standard league options at one point or another this year, but have recently hit cold streaks that have hampered their fantasy value. Sure, Eric... Read More

2 years ago


The Cut List (Week 15): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 15 of the Cut List. Each week, I highlight players who you should consider letting go in your fantasy baseball leagues. Whether it's hyped prospects who hit a wall or veterans in extended slumps, sometimes it's best to know when to move on. This week I’m taking a look at Ian Kinsler,... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 14): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 14 of the Cut List. In this edition, I take a look at the recent performances of Joey Gallo, Tommy Pham, Travis Shaw, and Kyle Hendricks. Has Gallo underperformed expectations? Why is Pham hitting .246? Is Shaw not the bonafide slugger we thought he was? Is Hendricks viable in standard leagues? I... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 12): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 12 of the Cut List. This week I take a look at Jed Lowrie, Justin Smoak, Yoan Moncada, and Mitch Moreland. What’s the common denominator here? They’re barely standard league viable and they were all super hot at one point or another this season. Lowrie was arguably the fantasy MVP in April,... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 11): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 11 of the Cut List. This week I’m taking a look at four players who came into the season with huge expectations. All of these players were drafted in all standard formats. Jonathan Schoop is fresh off a 3.8 WAR, 32 HR season that propelled him to fantasy stardom, Billy Hamilton stole... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 10) Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 10 of the Cut List. My suggestions from last week were looking good until Eduardo Escobar hit three home runs between Thursday and Friday. That’ll happen occasionally, but I think my suggestions have been sound throughout the year. This week, I take a look at Kevin Pillar, Adam Duvall, Gregory Polanco, and... Read More

2 years ago


The Cut List (Week 9): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 9 of the Cut List. Last week’s cut suggestions were some of the best yet if you ask me. I suggested cutting Jay Bruce, Albert Pujols, Rougned Odor, and Rich Hill and they all continued their poor play. Bruce, Pujols, and Odor went a combined 13-for-64 (.203) and Hill was pulled from... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 8): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 8 of the Cut List. I’m continuing the standard league viable cut trend that I’ve been rolling with for a few weeks. I think my pitching cut suggestions have fared rather well over the past few weeks (Danny Duffy, Jeff Samardzija, Sonny Gray, Jacob Faria), but the hitters I’ve highlighted lately are... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 7): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 7 of the Cut List. As we get deeper into the season you’ll start seeing bigger names on this list. If a standard league viable player underperforms for a month straight, I have to consider including him on the list. Keep that in mind as the weeks go forward. I think we’re... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 6): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 6 of the Cut List. This week features standard league viable options who’ve been too cold for too long. All of these players are safe cuts in standard formats. Since I’m here to help, I want to introduce Baseball Savant’s hitting and expected stats leaderboards to those of you who haven’t seen... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 5): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to Week 5 of the Cut List. I think my suggestions have been pretty solid to start the year and I hope your teams are better off as a result. 2018 sample sizes are starting to legitimize and you’ll see more cut-worthy standard league-viable options on these lists as we get further into the... Read More

2 years ago


The Cut List (Week 4): Time to Let Go?

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Cut List! I hope my suggestions have helped everyone sort their rosters out over the past few weeks. We’re slowly reaching that point where we can start trusting sample sizes, but we’re not quite there yet. My goal with this weekly column is simple: I want to provide... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 3): Time to Let Go?

Well, we’re three weeks into the season and the picture is starting to clear up. Players who started off the year cold are heating up (Andrew Benintendi, Mike Moustakas, Steve Pearce) while guys like Josh Harrison and Nick Ahmed are slowly regressing to the mean. We can start confidently making add/drop decisions, but don’t expect... Read More

2 years ago

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The Cut List (Week 2): Time to Let Go?

You shouldn’t hesitate to drop the players I highlight below in standard 10 or 12 team leagues. Like I said last week, you shouldn’t hesitate dropping any of these guys for a player on a hot streak. There’s a strong chance all three of these players will continue to struggle for weeks. You can play... Read More

2 years ago

Cesar Hernandez (2B, PHI) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: I don’t know about the half of fantasy owners who've left Hernandez sitting on the waiver wire, but I like the idea of adding an everyday leadoff man who’s going to hit .290 and swipe 20 bases. Don’t worry about the Phillies’... Read More

2 years ago

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Andrelton Simmons finally got his bat rolling last season and the result was a 4.9 WAR, making him the 20th-best position player in the league (higher than Gary Sanchez, Marcell Ozuna, and George Springer, notably). To the surprise of no one, he’s carried... Read More

2 years ago


Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: First baseman Yonder Alonso, now with Cleveland, broke out in 2017 and came into 2018 as one of the top sleepers in the draft. It’s crazy how his draft stock failed to ascend after finally breaking out during his age-30 season, though. I... Read More

2 years ago

The Cut List (Week 1) - Time to Let Go?

I want to make this clear: you should be hesitant to cut any players you drafted at this point. I’m writing this on March 31st. You won’t see a ton of players on this list because it’s so damn early. The players on this list are guys you should strongly consider dropping soon. If you... Read More

2 years ago

Starting Pitchers Who Aren’t Improving in 2018

Opening Day is almost here and time is short, so let's cut to the chase. If you want to find great starting pitcher value in your draft, avoid these players. Cole Hamels and Felix Hernandez are aging arms heading into the final stages of their careers, and Jake Odorizzi’s arrow is pointing straight down. I... Read More

2 years ago

Connor McEleney’s 2018 Bold Predictions

Bold predictions aren't meant to be taken too seriously, but all of these are plausible in my mind. They’re bold and hot take-esque, but I really believe that all ten of these predictions could come true. Let's wrap up RotoBaller's bold predictions series for 2018 as we prepare for first pitches across the country.  ... Read More

2 years ago

Outfield Busts Who Won’t Improve in 2018

The list of outfielders who will bust again in 2018 is rather short. Most of the players who fell short of expectations last year are poised for a bounce back season. You can see it in their profiles. It’s a whole different story for these four guys, however. Their fantasy values are almost non-existent, but... Read More

2 years ago


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