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About Silent Investor - RotoBaller

I spend most of my time working at a mid-sized financial institution in Boston, following sports, spending time with family, and trying to think of excuses to regularly exercise.

Silent Investor - RotoBaller has written 25 articles so far, you can find them below.

Roto Never Sleeps - 15 Quick List

Here's a quick list of 15 players, some of whom are great sleeper candidates, while others were selected by readers like you that requested some analysis. As always, feel free to tweet me or email if you want us to take a look at anyone in particular!   There aren’t many hotter hitters than Carlos... Read More

4 years ago

Roto Never Sleeps: Week 10 Fantasy Baseball Recap Featuring Pence, Scherzer, Hamilton, Felix, and More

Here's your breakdown and around-the-league roundup from the past week... MLB & Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Player Recap Hunter Pence (SF – OF) hit the disabled list this week, frustrating weekly fantasy owners in the worst way possible after saying that a return on Tuesday was likely. Pence is finding himself on the DL for... Read More

5 years ago

Will Middlebrooks (3B, SD) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Will Middlebrooks makes a solid option going forward if you’re desperate for power at the corner infield spot as he’s owned in just 30% of CBS leagues. Middlebrooks has eight home runs on the season, and while his .244 average leaves a... Read More

5 years ago

Mitch Moreland (1B, TEX) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-only / 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Mitch Moreland has quietly tallied an impressive .881 OPS so far this season, which is pretty solid for a guy that’s owned in only 23% of CBS leagues. After a slow start in March/April, Moreland hit four round-trippers in... Read More

5 years ago

Roto Never Sleeps: Week 6 MLB Recap Featuring Harper, Gomez, Cano, Miller, Strasburg and More

Time to recap Week 6 of the fantasy season, or maybe we should just label it “Bryce Harper’s Week of Reckoning.”   MLB & Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Player Recap Bryce Harper (OF, WSH) absolutely put on a clinic last week. Twelve hits, three home runs, nine RBI, ten runs, nine walks and just one... Read More

5 years ago

Kelly Johnson (3B / OF, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Very Deep Leagues as a DL Stash OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Kelly Johnson is owned in just 19% of Yahoo leagues, but he’s putting together a solid first month and a half to the season now that he’s back in Atlanta. Maybe it’s the southern comfort that has afforded Johnson... Read More

5 years ago

Roto Never Sleeps: Week 5 MLB Recap Featuring Pineda, Hosmer, Pederson, Swihart, Kipnis and More

Time to recap our fifth week of major league baseball! Don’t look now folks, but we’re about 20% of the way through the season.   MLB & Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Player Recap Michael Pineda (SP, NYY) – Pineda should now be entrenched on everyone’s radar as a top 10 talent. He had a week... Read More

5 years ago

Ball Street: Roto Never Sleeps - MLB Recap Featuring Butler, Utley, Fiers, Machado, Betts, Travis and More

With week 3 coming to a close, let's recap some players whose stocks might be rising or falling. Now that we're almost through April, we're developing a decent sample size so we can start to see who might be for real and who we should cut. Stats current as of 9am, 4/24/2015     MLB... Read More

5 years ago

Ball Street: Roto Never Sleeps -- MLB Recap Featuring Lester, Harper, and More

Last week, we took a deep dive in our first edition of Ball Street. This week, we’re going to cover a few more players with a bit less detail as we head into the second week of the season.   It’s still waaayyy too early to draw conclusions, but we’re going to identify some guys... Read More

5 years ago

Ball Street: Roto Never Sleeps - MLB Recap Featuring AGonz, Tanaka, Hamilton and More

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Roto Never Sleeps, where I’ll take a brief look at a handful of players around the league to determine if their stock is going up or plummeting to the ground. I’m here to help you identify players to target or trade to get you the sweet, sweet feeling of... Read More

5 years ago

Jesse Hahn (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Draft Target in Later Rounds / Waiver Wire Pickup in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Projections for Jesse Hahn are all over the place, and some fantasy leagues are leaving him undrafted altogether. Hahn was traded from the Padres to the Athletics this off-season; normally leaving the friendly confines of San Diego is... Read More

5 years ago

Draft Day Diary: Yahoo 5x5 Roto Results

It's Draft Time Last night, I participated in a 5x5 roto league on Yahoo. It was a standard roster re-draft league, so the results should be useful for most owners. While auction leagues keep getting bigger, I'm old school. I like them snake drafts. Let’s run through the draft and talk strategy. My overall approach... Read More

5 years ago

Chris Carter (1B, HOU) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Draft In the Early-to-Middle Rounds in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Chris Carter’s stock is on the rise! Spring training numbers never amount to much, but let’s note that Carter homered for the second straight day this past Sunday, finishing 3-for-3. Carter put himself on the map last year with 37 home runs in only 145 games;... Read More

5 years ago

Five MLB Trade Candidates to Monitor

The Landscape Trades: they're the worst nightmare of AL and NL-Only League owners. But even in standard leagues, a player’s value can drastically change depending on his location. Often, players are traded from a bad team to a good situation. Other times, productive players are put into less important roles – a fantasy killer! Let’s take... Read More

5 years ago

Four Stolen Base Surgers for 2015 Fantasy Baseball

Draft preparation 101: Billy Hamilton steals bases and Giancarlo Stanton hits home runs. Note: everyone knows that. If you want to win a fantasy baseball championship, you need to dig deeper to discover the unknowns that will either slip in drafts or should be highlighted on your draft day rankings. Luckily, I’m more than happy... Read More

5 years ago

Three Starting Pitchers Who Will Underperform Their 2015 ADP: Rankings Analysis

Below, you’ll find three starting pitchers that I’ve identified as potential underperformers based on ADP. As a frame of reference, I've provided the RotoBaller consensus ranking for each player as well. Keep in mind that this isn’t to say you should necessarily avoid drafting these three players. Rather, it's a warning to make sure that other... Read More

5 years ago

Top 10 Projected Home Run and Power Options for 2015 Fantasy Baseball

Now that we have entered the first full week of spring training games, I thought it would be fun to rank the top ten projected home run hitters for the 2015 fantasy baseball season. Power is a rarer commodity in baseball these days, so home run hitters are more important than ever in building a successful fantasy baseball team.... Read More

5 years ago

Justin Verlander: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Bust

  Time for an Oil Change? Over the last 15 years, baseball managers have kept a closer eye than ever on pitch counts. It makes sense, of course. We’re so trained on the importance of avoiding pitcher injuries that there’s a gasp every time someone exceeds 110 pitches. Spectators sit on the edge of their... Read More

5 years ago

A.J. Pollock (OF, ARI) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target as OF5 ANALYSIS: After a head injury in May of 2014, A.J. Pollock returned on September 2 and finished the season strong, tallying six stolen bases and 13 runs in his final 23 games. Not only does he provide stellar defense in center field, but he combines his strong contact rate (84.2%) with his speed... Read More

5 years ago

A.J. Pollock: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Outfield Sleeper

  A Late Season Bounceback Life is full of setbacks. How people respond to setbacks can define their character – it shows work ethic and pride. After taking a Johnny Cueto fastball to the hand in late May, no one would have batted an eye if A.J. Pollock chalked up 2014 as a lost season.... Read More

5 years ago

J.J. Hardy (SS, BAL) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target as SS2 or MI ANALYSIS: When identifying a fantasy baseball draft sleeper, I like the guy to be “under the radar,” but I also need there to be proof that there’s potential upside. J.J. Hardy is entering his age 32 season and his fifth with the Orioles, but is coming off a season in... Read More

5 years ago

J.J. Hardy: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Sleeper

Hardy's Track Record Makes Him a Late-Round Sleeper When identifying a fantasy baseball draft sleeper, I like the guy to fit a few different criteria. First among those is being “under the radar,” but also I need there to be some proof that there’s potential upside when looking beneath the surface. In our 2015 shortstop... Read More

5 years ago

Chase Utley (2B, PHI) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target in Late Rounds as Low End 2B1 ANALYSIS: Many experts preach targeting high-upside players, so it’s become the norm to take a chance on a younger guy rather than a wily veteran. So there’s value in drafting a guy like Chase Utley, who has a lower ceiling but a higher floor than most... Read More

5 years ago

Chase Utley: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Sleeper

  Chase Utley's First Half of 2014 Makes Him a 2015 Sleeper Candidate There’s something inherently flawed with how we rank fantasy baseball players. For fantasy amateurs, draft day is simply going through a top 250 player ranking and drafting the next best available player based on need. But once you’ve been around the block... Read More

5 years ago

2015 Fantasy Baseball Strategy: Sell High on Madison Bumgarner

  Stop the Madness: Now is the Time to Deal Madison Bumgarner Buy low and sell high. It’s a simple motto to understand, but nearly impossible to live by. The challenge is recognizing what’s the peak and what’s the valley. Back in 2011, I tried to use this strategy on the stock market. (Uh-oh.) I just... Read More

5 years ago

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Wide Receiver VOS (Values Over Starter): 2019 Season In Context

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Introducing Value Over Starter Football Metrics

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Biggest Breakouts of 2019: Quarterback

2019 was a very interesting season of fantasy football, to say the least. It's safe to say no one was banking on the season that we saw from Lamar Jackson but he wasn't the only one to stand out. At the quarterback position, we saw some really exciting players start to shine and some older... Read More

Goodbye Runners, Hello Pass-Catching RBs: 2019 Season Trends

As the 2019 summer kept going we all had two things in our minds with regard to September's fantasy drafts and both of them were related to running backs: Where in the world are Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon and when will they be back? It made sense back then (and it still does now,... Read More

Where Does 2019 Rank Historically Among ADP Movers?

I have worked on a season-review series of articles in which I have analyzed the biggest winners and losers in terms of ADP entering draft season compared to the end of the year final results. It was plenty of fun looking back at the gambles most of us took which ultimately paid off, but also... Read More

Biggest Busts of 2019: Tight End

2019 was not the record-breaking season for tight ends 2018 was. San Francisco’s George Kittle (most receiving yards for a TE in a season) and Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz (most receptions for a TE in a season) did not break the records they set last season, although both were fine for fantasy players. Kansas City’s Travis... Read More

Rushing Quarterbacks Are Becoming Necessary

The 2019 fantasy season is over. We are all thinking about what to do come 2020 draft day. So let me ask you something. What if I offer you the chance of drafting a quarterback who is a lock to finish the season with 270 fantasy points? Would you take him and make him your... Read More

Biggest Breakouts Of 2019: Wide Receivers

As we enter the initial phase of offseason activities you have recently completed a painstaking process of creating and managing rosters, with the goal of winning fantasy championships in 2019. Now, many of you have already shifted your focus toward planning your drafts in Best Ball and redraft leagues, while others are contemplating how you... Read More

Tight End ADP Winners and Losers: 2019 Season Review

I've always believed that it is easier to lose a fantasy championship than to win it on draft day. It makes sense, as sure-fire players are expected to reward their owners with a lower risk-factor than the other way around and thus they're always drafter earlier. If they put up a season-long dud, though, you'll... Read More

Running Back ADP Winners and Losers: 2019 Season Review

I've always believed that it is easier to lose a fantasy championship than to win it on draft day. It makes sense, a sure-fire player is expected to reward his owners with a lower risk-factor than the other way around and thus they're always drafter earlier. If they end up as a season-long dud, though,... Read More

Biggest Surprises of 2019: Tight End

The 2019 NFL season was anything but predictable. I mean, the Tennessee Titans made the AFC title game! Andrew Luck retired right before the season! [Insert one of many, many other things here, because all lists need three items but I couldn't decide between all the possible third options.] One position where things at the... Read More

Wide Receiver Risers and Fallers: 2019 Season Review

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Wide Receiver ADP Winners and Losers: 2019 Season Review

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