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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.


Tom Murphy (C, COL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy is about to get more playing time at Coors, considering the struggles of Chris Ianetta. A post-hype player who most owners will know, but few will own based on the past seasons. This year at Triple-A, Murphy... Read More

1 year ago

Max Stassi (C, HOU) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi burst into the fantasy scene earlier this season and has since cooled off since as evident by his low ownership rate. So far he has almost split the playing time with Brian McCann, so the usual risks... Read More

1 year ago

Kevan Smith (C, CHW) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith has been recently recalled to Chicago and getting a run of games.  Still, Smith is relatively under-owned and looks to have a key spot on this team. In all fairness, Smith might not be a top... Read More

1 year ago

Andrew Knizner (C, STL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner has had his best season to date with a slash of .333/.400/.444 at Triple-A after a strong showing to start the season at Double-A. In Springfield, he hit .305/.376/.424 with two homers in 31 games. While... Read More

1 year ago

Catching Heat - What To Do With Fantasy Catchers

To be blunt, catchers in fantasy baseball have been a huge disappointment this year.  The lack of production from the position is leaving massive holes in some lineups and leaving owners scrambling to make up the difference. At the same time, there is not much owners can do when the position as a whole is... Read More

1 year ago


NL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 11

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

2 years ago

AL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 11

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

2 years ago

Hurry Up and Wait - Fantasy Prospects in the 2018 MLB Draft

Every year the baseball community gets together to draft high school and college players who will not see the majors, at best, for three or four years. And yet, if a team fails to make an impact at this meeting, the ramifications can be felt for years. The list of failed picks or sleepers who... Read More

2 years ago

NL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 10

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

2 years ago

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AL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 10

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

2 years ago


Max Muncy (1B/3B/OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Dodgers are starting to pick up steam, and most of that momentum has to do with bench bats playing above expectations. Max Muncy is one of those players, and to be honest, has forced himself into a starting job until he... Read More

2 years ago

Yairo Munoz (SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Yairo Munoz surprised most by making the Cardinals rosters out of Spring Training, and did nothing through the first few games to keep himself in the bigs. This time around the production is a bit different. In his last 12 games, Munoz is... Read More

2 years ago

Alen Hanson (2B/OF, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: A former top Pittsburgh prospect, Alen Hanson seemed to have found himself a role with the Giants before injury struck. While starting the season on the bench Hanson played every game from April 25th to May 12th, and in the process performed... Read More

2 years ago

NL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 9

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

2 years ago

AL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 9

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

2 years ago


First Base Prospect Rankings (May) - 2018 Impact Rookies

Well, fantasy owners it is that time of the year again.  A quarter of the season is done, and sample size is no longer an excuse for players and performance.  Time to ask who is off to a good start, and who has fallen behind the pack?  Today the focus is on first base prospects that... Read More

2 years ago

James McCann (C, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS:  The state of the catcher’s union is not strong this year, as Gary Sanchez is the class of the position with a .228 batting average. All that is to say, with this position, an owner can get value from many places, and... Read More

2 years ago

NL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 8

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

2 years ago

AL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week: MLB Week 8

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

2 years ago

Franchy Cordero (SD, OF) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: With injuries to Wil Myers and a struggling Manuel Margot, expect Franchy Cordero to be with the big league club a lot this season. All of a sudden he has moved from a bench player with some power and speed upside to a... Read More

2 years ago


Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: The definition of a buy-low candidate, Yonder Alonso has not had the start to the season he and the Cleveland front office expected. While the rest of the offense has taken off, Alonso is stuck in neutral with a measly .218 AVG and 88 wRC+... Read More

2 years ago

Kyle Gibson (SP, MIN) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kyle Gibson splits opinions on his performance, not only in the fantasy community but also with Twins fans in general. The former top prospect has never reached the heights expected, but still might offer a nice floor play in fantasy play. So far... Read More

2 years ago

Fish Out of Water - The Curious Case of Marcell Ozuna

When he was dealt to St. Louis, Marcell Ozuna’s deal perhaps received the most support from the public of all of Derek Jeter’s early moves. At the very least, the deal was less disappointing than the Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon moves, which netted little to no organizational talent on the cusp of helping the... Read More

2 years ago

AL-Only Waiver Team of the Week - MLB Week 7

Every week a significant player will hit the disabled list, start a slump, or a get traded out the division. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long terms standings of a team, but failing to take advantage of... Read More

2 years ago

NL-Only Waiver Team of the Week: MLB Week 7

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

2 years ago


A Tale of Two Pitching Prospects - Bieber and Plutko

There has not been much for Cleveland fans to celebrate so far this year, which means most of the short-term attention has shifted to the minors and the next wave of prospects.  This article will look to feature two of the more exciting names: Adam Plutko and Shane Bieber. Changes are coming to the Cleveland... Read More

2 years ago

AL-Only Waiver Wire Team of the Week for Week 6

Every week a significant player will hit the disabled list, start a slump, or a get traded out the division. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long terms standings of a team, but failing to take advantage of... Read More

2 years ago

Jurickson Profar (SS/OF, TEX) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Most owners have that experience of drafting a minor leaguer, stashing that player, and then ultimately be disappointed with the production when they do emerge. Jurickson Profar is that player for many teams. So before jumping into the analysis, make sure not to... Read More

2 years ago

Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Mitch Moreland has been off to an exciting start to a season where he was expected to play mostly off the bench and receive limited chances at the plate. So far, he has played in 22 games, posting a slash of .323/.384/.600 carrying over... Read More

2 years ago

Zach Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Zach Wheeler owners have a bit of regret if they added him last week and watched him struggle against the Rockies on Friday. Up to this start, Wheeler has been reasonably useful for a player who did not make the team out of... Read More

2 years ago


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