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About Harris Yudin - RotoBaller

Harris Yudin - RotoBaller Harris Yudin is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a degree in journalism. He is a writer and editor, covering fantasy baseball, football and basketball. He is a fan of the Packers, Mets, Rangers, Knicks and North Carolina Tar Heels. Harris can be found on Twitter @hayudi18.

Harris Yudin - RotoBaller has written 378 articles so far, you can find them below.


With the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft in the books, it’s time to begin to look at the players who could make a fantasy impact sooner rather than later. Since 2010, only Chris Sale and Brandon Finnegan debuted in the same year in which they were drafted, but plenty of players have made the jump the... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Pat Neshek locked down his first save of the season — and eighth of his career — on June 6 against the Braves. He has spun two scoreless innings since, and now owns a 0.75 ERA on the year to go a... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-only, Deep Mixed Leagues OWNED IN: 12% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: After spending the better part of the last two months in Triple-A Durham, Mallex Smith rejoined the Rays on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored, two runs batted in and three stolen bases against the Athletics. The 24-year-old... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 53% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Chase Anderson has spun three consecutive gems, tossing 21.2 scoreless innings with 22 strikeouts over that span. He is inducing weaker contact than ever before, and has posted a 21.8 percent strikeout rate and a 6.4 HR/FB— both career highs. The 29-year-old... Read More

Over the first eight weeks of the 2017 season, 14 teams underwent a change in the closer’s role, whether as a result of injury or ineffectiveness. Two of those teams, the Nationals and the Phillies, are on their third arm. Some of these clubs have since turned back to their original ninth-inning man, but the... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Finally an everyday player, Jarrod Dyson has yet to take his offensive game to the next level. The 32-year-old speedster is slashing just .206/.308/.301 through his first 43 games played, with two homers, 24 runs scored and 11 RBI. However, his .228... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Zack Wheeler took a two-season hiatus following 2015 Tommy John surgery, but is finally back on the mound for the Mets, and has actually been one of their more reliable starters. Through eight starts, the 26-year-old righty owns a 3.74 ERA, a... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: After an injury-riddled 2016 campaign, David Peralta has returned to form in the early stages of 2017. Through 36 games played, the 29-year-old has slashed .319/.367/.489 with four homers and four steals. He is cemented into the two-hole of a Diamondbacks lineup... Read More

Edwin Diaz looked like the best young closer in baseball down the stretch last season, mowing down opposing hitters to the tune of a 2.79 ERA and 5.87 K/BB. However, he has struggled to command his pitches in 2017, leading to a 5.28 ERA and just 2.00 K/BB. The Mariners finally made a change on... Read More

Eric Thames has been, undeniably, the hottest hitter on the planet over the first month of the season. Fresh off a three-year stint in the Korean Baseball Organization, the 30-year-old has shown off his new swing and approach, smashing 11 homers to go along with 27 runs, 19 runs batted in and a remarkable .370... Read More

Dodgers top prospect Cody Bellinger has finally gotten the call, and will suit up for his new club Tuesday night against Ty Blach and the Giants. Don Mattingly’s outfielders— Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, Scott Van Slyke, Kike Hernandez, Brett Eibner, Franklin Gutierrez and Trayce Thompson — are a combined 56-for-253 (.221) with 10... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 60% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Chris Devenski burst onto the scene last season as a 26-year-old right-hander split between the starting rotation and the bullpen. He posted a 2.16 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 5.20 K/BB rate that was fourth in all of baseball (min. 100... Read More

As mentioned here, it can be quite easy to overreact to a player’s early season production— or lack thereof. While some players take time to adjust to the new season, others explode out of the starting gate, only to fade away as time passes. These five players often play their best baseball in April, and... Read More

It’s easy to pass judgment on a player based on his production in April, but it’s important not to overreact to a small sample size in the season’s opening month— especially when that player has a tendency to crawl out of gate as if he had been napping all offseason. These six players all have... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed and AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 51% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Kendall Graveman enjoyed a solid sophomore season in 2016, posting a 4.11 ERA across 186 innings, but he has made some offseason adjustments. The 26-year-old has essentially eliminated all off-speed pitches from his repertoire — 99 percent of his pitches this year... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cameron Maybin enjoyed some of his best baseball in 2016, slashing .315/.383/.418 with four homers and 15 steals across 391 plate appearances. His walk rate (9.2 percent) was the highest of his career, while his strikeout rate (17.6 percent) was the lowest.... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 9% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Joey Gallo— the one true king of the three true outcomes. The 23-year-old has homered, walked or struck out in 113 of his 165 career plate appearances (68.5 percent) to date. So far this year, he is 2-for-10 with one long ball... Read More

The NBA season is winding down, and several teams on Thursday’s six-game slate are fighting for playoff position. Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler all sit right around $10k, serving as the headliners for the night. In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 1% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Andrew Bailey will work in tandem with Cam Bedrosian in the Angels’ closer role to start the season, according to manager Mike Scioscia. Bailey, 32, totaled 75 saves across his first three big league seasons with the Athletics, but has struggled to... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~280 CURRENT ADP: 319 ANALYSIS: Brandon Moss was already expected to receive a solid number of at-bats, but with Jorge Soler battling an oblique injury and Lorenzo Cain banged up, the 33-year-old slugger figures to play a large role in Kansas City’s offense. Even with both of those guys healthy, he could... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~400 CURRENT ADP: 460 ANALYSIS: Delino DeShields’ strong spring has put him firmly in the conversation for the Rangers’ starting left field job, with Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua as his main competition. There’s even been talk of sliding him into the leadoff role. The 24-year-old speedster slashed just .209/.275/.313 across 203... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 397 ANALYSIS: It’s been a long, arduous journey back to the mound for the former sixth overall pick, but Zack Wheeler is finally ready to once again take the ball for the Mets. The 26-year-old hasn’t competed in a Major League game since 2014, when he compiled 185.1 innings... Read More

As the playoffs approach, some teams have shut down their star players, while others are fighting for their postseason lives. Thursday's five-game slate features several matchups between one playoff team and one rebuilding team. Beyond James Harden, who sits firmly in the $12k range, there is a decent amount of cheaper value to be had across... Read More

We rolled out our final update on 2017 rankings this past weekend. While there haven’t been seismic shifts, some players have naturally seen their stocks rise or fall since our initial valuations were made in December. We’re gathered here today to look at relief pitcher rankings, tiers, and auction values, which have seen a bit of movement. As... Read More

Over the final two weeks leading up to Opening Day, our writers will be offering their most audacious projections for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. This is my second year contributing to this bold predictions series. Last season, I hit on a couple of predictions (Jake Arrieta’s fall from grace, Christian Yelich’s breakout, Roberto Osuna... Read More

We rolled out our final update of 2017 rankings this past weekend. While there haven’t been seismic shifts, some players have naturally seen their stocks rise or fall since our initial valuations were made in December. All week long, we’re looking at the biggest movers and shakers at each position. we’ll present our updated catcher... Read More

It's the fantasy baseball draft season. To us baseball nerds, few things are more exciting than arguing about player rankings. Today, we'll discuss and compare Danny Duffy's RotoBaller staff rankings. He was ranked No. 98 overall by Harris Yudin and No. 164 by Brad Johnson. Throughout this series, we'll be using our February Staff Rankings to debate where to... Read More

Thursday’s six-game slate has everything. A showdown between two anemic New York teams, Cleveland’s dynamic offense against Utah’s stout defense, even a Serge Ibaka revenge game. Golden State’s healthy big three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all strong options against a weak Magic team, but the chance of a blowout is certainly... Read More

Five games occupy Thursday’s slate, with all eyes on a showdown between Kawhi Leonard’s Spurs and Russell Westbrook’s Thunder— a possible playoff preview. However, the highest-scoring game of the night is likely to be the not-so-marquee matchup between the Lakers and the Suns— both teams allow more than 110 points per game. Only Westbrook and... Read More

Russell Westbrook is priced at $13,300. That’s insane. He needs 80 points to hit value in tournament play, and even if he does reach 5x for cash games, he takes up so much salary that you’ll have to find several very cheap players who will also produce. No, thank you. With Kevin Durant out with... Read More

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