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About Jon Denzler - RotoBaller

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH and now living in Denver, CO Jon developed a love of baseball from his first games at Jacobs Field (always the Jake) to playoff runs in the 90s, rebuilds in the 00s, and heartbreak by way of the Cubs. Jon mostly plays in deep dynasty and keeper fantasy formats but is always willing to talk streaming pitchers, prospects, and other fantasy baseball nuggets. Jon currently works as a college debate coach and professor, mixing in baseball where he can.

Jon Denzler - RotoBaller has written 207 articles so far, you can find them below.


Deeper NL-Only Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

10 months ago

Deeper AL-Only Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

10 months ago

Prospect Stock Watch with Fantasy Implications - Week 2

Well, the Major League season is already 6% of the way done. Some owners think that they are on their way to victory while others are patiently waiting for things to turn around. Still, while all the victory laps are being taken, the smart owner is looking forward to the rest of the year and... Read More

10 months ago

Finding the Next Josh Hader - Undervalued Relievers with Legit Upside

As the reliever game in the Majors has changed over the past few years, so must the fantasy community. With the growth of players like Josh Hader, Andrew Miller, and Ryan Pressly, the number of fastball-slider relievers, who can pitch multiple-innings, offer new chances to rack up Ks and holds. While not off to a... Read More

10 months ago

AL-Only Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

10 months ago


NL-Only Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

10 months ago

AL-Only Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 1

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

11 months ago

Prospects Stock Watch for Week 1 of Fantasy Baseball

The first week of baseball has seen disappointments and surprises abound, but none more than looking to early rookie performances. From players not expected to make the team playing key roles, to players not being held down due to service time, this is a great time to jump into the waiver wire to grab those... Read More

11 months ago

NL-Only Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 1

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

11 months ago

Ian Kinsler (2B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 1

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Leagues ANALYSIS: When Ian Kinsler signed with San Diego, there were questions on where, and if, he would play. With Luis Urias not making the club to start the year, Kinsler looks to be the starting option moving forward at the keystone, making him an... Read More

11 months ago


Brandon Woodruff (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 1

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After throwing 42.1 innings down the stretch for the Brew Crew last year, Brandon Woodruff looks set to build upon a strong rookie campaign after earning a starting spot coming out of the spring. There were questions that he might slot into the bullpen,... Read More

11 months ago

Austin Barnes (C/2B, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 1

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After all the hype leading into 2018 drafts, Austin Barnes was one of the main disappointments of the campaign. And yet, with news emerging that he was dealing with elbow issues most of the year, there is a real reason to doubt what the... Read More

11 months ago

Sleeper Prospects to Target Late in Deep Redrafts

As fantasy season approaches, and drafts are in full swing, owners are looking for any unturned rock that might add some late round value. As the Rotoballer team releases an updated prospect list, now is the time to see what players are on the cusp of making the majors, but would be worth the stash... Read More

11 months ago

Starting Pitcher Busts Due to Bounce Back In 2019

Every fantasy team needs starting pitching to compete, and this year’s crop offers an exciting mix. There is a clear top-three in a tier alone, with 12-15 more names claiming to be “fantasy aces.” Past the top few tiers, the pitching pool turns into a mixture of similar options, with small differences that could amount... Read More

11 months ago

Jon Denzler's 10 Bold Predictions for 2019

With official regular season games on the horizon, there is one last tradition to the fantasy offseason: bold predictions. Those articles that will populate our sites, and others, with the predictions of what might happen during the upcoming campaign. And yet, it is baseball, and as the Moneyball quote says, “You still have to play... Read More

11 months ago


Dynasty Buy or Sell - Catchers, First Base, Second Base

As the season continues to drag closer, fantasy baseball owners are waiting, or willing, to make that first move of the year. For dynasty owners, this means trading talent for future assets or plugging those gaps that currently exist on teams hoping to compete. And yet, the other concern for owners is what players are... Read More

11 months ago

Spring Training Notes from the Field - Early Reactions

Finally, baseball is back. There might be no better feeling than being able to turn on the television and see a live game, even if it does not count for anything in the win column. While some of the players are new to fans, and some players even lack names on their jerseys, the energy... Read More

12 months ago

Top 10 Starting Pitching Prospects - 2019 Fantasy Baseball Redraft Rankings

"There is no such thing as a pitching prospect." For fantasy owners who have lived and died by this mantra, this article might be a bit of a jinx. Often when the fantasy community gets in on a player, they break, or roles change. Some of this is the odds with pitching, but otherwise, the... Read More

12 months ago

Top 10 Outfield Prospects - 2019 Redraft Rankings

We're back with another list of 2019 impact prospects. Today the focus is on the outfield. With a whole host of candidates ready to make the jump to regular roles, this might be the deepest prospect position heading into 2019. With the growth of five-outfielder leagues as well, the need to know who will be... Read More

12 months ago

Jake Bauers (1B/OF, CLE) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 215 CURRENT ADP: ~231 overall ANALYSIS: Jake Bauers exploded onto the fantasy landscape last summer only to fall off late in the season. Primarily a first baseman, Bauers also has shown the ability to play a decent outfield spot and should bounce between the two in Cleveland with a line-up still in... Read More

12 months ago


Kevin Gausman (SP, ATL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 165 CURRENT ADP: ~190 overall ANALYSIS: No pitcher benefited from a mid-season trade more than Kevin Gausman in 2018. During his time in Baltimore, Gausman had posted a 4.43 ERA, five wins, and a 1.52 HR/9. Following his move to Atlanta, those numbers changed to an ERA of 2.87, five wins,... Read More

12 months ago

Daniel Palka (OF,CWS) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 300 CURRENT ADP: ~310 overall ANALYSIS: Not many caught onto Daniel Palka last year, making him a solid OF3 in most leagues without any acquisition cost. More specifically, in 2018 Palka slashed .240/.294/.484 with 27 homers and two steals. No threat of speed here and Palka is a power-first player, making... Read More

12 months ago

NFBC Draft and Hold Strategy - Pitching Category Boosters (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. There is no such thing as a can't-miss pitching prospect. Pitchers never stay healthy. Relievers are volatile. All of these are sayings that diehard fantasy baseball players are familiar with, and to some extent, live by during the fantasy season. Developing a pitching strategy... Read More

PREMIUM 12 months ago

Keon Broxton (OF,NYM) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 400 CURRENT ADP: ~510 overall ANALYSIS: A fantasy darling for a few seasons, Keon Broxton owners are still waiting for that breakout campaign. A move to New York might be the key to playing time, and the right opportunity to flaunt his stuff in the Bigs. No longer is he blocked... Read More

12 months ago

Top 10 Second Base Prospects - 2019 Redraft Rankings

Continuing our 2019 prospect preview series, the stop today is at the keystone - second base. As noted in the other pieces so far on the position, second base offers a ton of variety in terms of the player profiles, future roles, and proximity to the Majors. In general, though, the players on this list... Read More

12 months ago


Three Up, Three Down for Prospects - Outfielder

The outfield is one of the deepest spots right now in fantasy baseball with names like Ronald Acuna Jr., Victor Robles, and Juan Soto dominating early draft boards for 2019. The minors remain stocked with exciting players, and new talent is still on its way to the Major Leagues, just in time for dynasty and... Read More

12 months ago

Top 10 Catcher Prospects - 2019 Redraft Rankings

Catching as a position has gotten the brunt of fantasy angst over the past few seasons, with wRC+ rates well below league average. And yet, this is precisely the reason that owners should be looking to add the young talent that will be taking these spots in the Majors sooner rather than later. Owning talent... Read More

1 year ago

NFBC Draft and Hold Strategy - Late-Round Offensive Category Targets (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. With the growing interest in draft-and-hold formats, new draft strategy prep is critical for full season runs at the title. For those who are new to the format, typically teams draft 27 starters in a live draft, with 27 players joining the team in... Read More

PREMIUM 1 year ago

Top 10 Dynasty Starting Pitchers - Fantasy Baseball Prospects

There is no such thing as a pitching prospect, well, except in dynasty baseball. As much as pitching prospects offer headaches to any team, real or fantasy, pitching is still a necessary addition to most rosters. Adding top names offers protections for those busts, but also gives owners the tools to go out and make... Read More

1 year ago

Three Up, Three Down for Prospects - Second Base

Continuing the RotoBaller dynasty preview series, this article shifts the attention to second base prospects that owners should target in dynasty leagues and drafts. The keystone is one of this writer's favorite spots, as it offers the most comprehensive mix of player types. For as fun as the outfield is to rank, there are basically two... Read More

1 year ago


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