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About JB - RotoBaller

From the woods of GA. Bachelors in Finance from prestigious Kennesaw State University. Field Artillery Officer, US Army. Keeper Player Valuation Formula is my baby. MLB, NFL, a dab of NBA. @RowdyRotoJB

JB - RotoBaller has written 154 articles so far, you can find them below.


JB's 10 Bold Predictions for 2019

It is such an honor to have been selected to hit lead-off for the 2019 RotoBaller staff Bold Predictions. Sure, I asked for it due to time constraints but that's not how I will tell my story to the grand-kids. Bold predictions are everyone's favorite articles. They are fun, not always entirely plausible, while still... Read More

9 months ago

Andrew Heaney (SP, LAA) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 150 CURRENT ADP: ~165 overall ANALYSIS: The Angels have two promising southpaws in their rotation, but Heaney, in particular, is generating a lot of buzz for the 2019 fantasy baseball season. Andrew Heaney pitched 180 IP last season, posting a 4.15 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 180 SO. The numbers... Read More

10 months ago

Willians Astudillo (C, MIN) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 315 CURRENT ADP: ~340 overall ANALYSIS: Willians Astudillo just might be my favorite player in baseball. It's almost impossible to look at him, and his stats, and not immediately become a fan. First off, he's just 5'9" yet weighs 225 lbs, so seeing him field and run the bases is fun... Read More

10 months ago

Shortstop - Early Points League Rankings and Tiers

It’s never too early to start looking toward the fantasy baseball season, so I’m here to carry on RotoBaller’s position-by-position rankings analysis series for points league and head-to-head (H2H) formats with the stars of the infield, the shortstops. The position is star-studded, and in roto leagues, I think I'd be comfortable with any of the... Read More

10 months ago

Second Base - Early Points League Rankings and Tiers

It’s never too early to start looking toward the fantasy baseball season, so I’m here to carry on RotoBaller’s position-by-position rankings analysis series for points league and head-to-head (H2H) formats with the keystone position. Traditionally a scarce position in fantasy, second base has truly risen over the past few years, and truthfully I'd be happy... Read More

11 months ago


Andrew Heaney - 2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

While we not all define the term exactly the same, we're always searching for the coveted "sleeper." These are the players flying under the radar, presenting an opportunity for you to swoop in on draft day and pluck them from the player pool abyss, making you look like a genius at the end of the... Read More

11 months ago

2019 Third Basemen - Early Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings

We continue our fantasy baseball tiered rankings analysis with the third base position. Even though it is only January, RotoBaller writers Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Chris Zolli, and I have come up with our initial pre-draft rankings to give you a sense of player values as early as possible. As the offseason progresses, these rankings... Read More

11 months ago

Willians Astudillo - 2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

Sleepers. The most coveted search term during any sport's fantasy draft prep season. Which players are flying under the radar, presenting an opportunity for you to swoop in on draft day and pluck them from the player pool abyss, making you look like a genius at the end of the season when you post your... Read More

11 months ago

2019 First Basemen - Early Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings

We continue our fantasy baseball tiered rankings analysis with the first base position. Even though it is only January, RotoBaller writers Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Chris Zolli, and I have come up with our initial pre-draft rankings to give you a sense of player values as early as possible. As the offseason progresses, these rankings... Read More

11 months ago

RotoBaller Early Mock Draft Analysis (Rounds 3-10)

A group of 10 RotoBaller fantasy baseball experts recently came together to conduct a slow mock draft for the 2019 season. Was it way too early? That all depends on who is asking. But with it complete, we can start to look at where players ended up on the board. This is the first staff... Read More

1 year ago


2018 Pitching Leaders: Hard Hit Rate

What's up all you fellow sad Fantasy Baseball fans? Now that the 2018 MLB season is behind us, and we were blessed to witness the greatest baseball team to ever play on a diamond (yes I am a Sox, fight me), we are left to reflect on an incredible season with some incredible players. For... Read More

1 year ago

How To Use The DFS Lineup Optimizer - Featured Tool Overview

Daily Fantasy Sports is becoming more and more competitive every day with the big sharks heavily diluting the pools and elbowing out the casual players with thousands and thousands of entries featuring the same algorithm, computer-generated lineups. You may be a pen and paper kind of lineup generator like myself - but how many days... Read More

2 years ago

FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (4/1/18): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Happy Easter, RotoBallers and welcome to the first Sunday DFS slate of 2018. I am JB, and I will be your guide today. If you look out your window you will see a 12 game day, broken up on FanDuel into a Main (seven games) and an All Day slate. We are lacking a bonafide... Read More

2 years ago

JB's 10 Bold Predictions for 2018

Opening Day is rapidly approaching and our experienced writers will be offering their most daring predictions for the 2018 fantasy baseball season. Nick Mariano, Rick Lucks, Pierre Camus, and Kyle Bishop all have given it their best shot at being bold so far. But it's all been child's play up to this point. Many people don't... Read More

2 years ago

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2017 Breakouts Due for Regression - Relief Pitchers

2017 was a great season for those who follow the "Don't Pay for Saves" strategy. Actually, it's more than a strategy, it's a lifestyle. Corey Knebel blossomed into an elite closer, Fernando Rodney almost matched his age in saves, Brandon Kintzler/Sean Doolittle/Brandon Maurer/Felipe Rivero/Brad Hand all had over 20 saves, and even Bud Norris was... Read More

2 years ago


Reviewing JB's 2017 Bold Predictions

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. As Michael Scott once said, "It takes a big man to admit his mistakes, and I am that big man."    JB's Rowdy (Bold) Predictions for 2017 1. Buster Posey... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (10/1/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

I'm not crying, you're crying! Welcome to the last day of the 2017 MLB regular season. I have thoroughly enjoyed giving you sub-par DFS advice all season, and want more than anyone for you to hit the big money today in the season's finale. Today will be one of the strangest days of the entire... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (9/24/17): MLB Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome back to one of the last installments of Sunday Funday MLB DFS Advice with JB. It has been quite a journey we have endured together. Today may be a NFL Sunday, but it also has extreme importance in the fantasy baseball world with most leagues' championship match-ups concluding today. Since you are going to... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (9/10/17): MLB Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome to the toughest day of MLB DFS in the entire season, the first Sunday of NFL season. To all four of you troopers that are still rocking the MLB life, I salute you. I know it is going to be hard to focus on setting your MLB lineups while also prepping for kickoff, which... Read More

2 years ago

Five Wide Receiver Sleepers - 2017 Fantasy Football ADP Values

Legend has it that only true love's kiss can wake a sleeping beauty. I present to you five wide receivers that are in a deep comatose state buried on your draft board. Whether it was because of injuries, lack-luster offenses, or incapable quarterbacks, these five players are presenting you with the opportunity to be the hero... Read More

2 years ago


Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (9/3/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome back to another edition of Sunday morning DFS picks and advice. I am your host, JB, and today we have a weather concern-free Sunday main slate that consists of a weak nine games on FanDuel and 11 games on DraftKings. DK knows we all prefer bigger slates, while FanDuel just doesn't seem to care what... Read More

2 years ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers (Week 21): Head to Head Leagues

We are just weeks away from fantasy baseball playoffs and you are fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot. You look at your head-to-head match-up for next week, and you see you are going to be in a tough spot for pitching categories, because for some reason our opponents are never stricken by the injury bug... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (8/20/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome back to another edition of Sunday morning DFS picks and advice. I am your host, JB, and today we have a weather concern-free Sunday main slate that consists of 10 games on FanDuel and 12 games on DraftKings. DK knows we all prefer bigger slates, while FanDuel just doesn't seem to care what anyone... Read More

2 years ago

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (8/13/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome to another edition of Sunday MLB DFS Picks and Advice. I am your host, JB. Today we have yet another full plate of day baseball as we tie up our weekend. FanDuel features a nine game main slate, while DraftKings adds in a bonus HOU-TEX 2:05 ET game to make an even 10 on... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (8/6/17): MLB Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome back to another edition of Sunday DFS picks and advice. Today we have a gorgeous 11 game main slate on both sites, which is a rare occurrence these days. We have a number of upper-end pitchers to choose from today, as well as plenty of low-low-end guys to stack against, which means you better... Read More

2 years ago


Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (7/30/17): MLB Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome back to another Sunday Funday edition of MLB DFS picks and advice, RotoBallers. Today we have a 10 game Sunday day slate on FanDuel, and a bonus 11 game slate on DraftKings, who graciously added BAL at TEX into our selections. In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (7/23/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome back to another Sunday edition of MLB DFS picks and advice from your friendly neighborhood RotoBaller. We have ourselves a beautiful 10 game main slate in typical Sunday morning fashion today, and it is quite an ugly sight on the pitching side. Corey Kluber is facing the Blue Jays today and will be everyone's... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (7/16/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

MLB Sundays aren't quite NFL Sundays, but man are they still hard to beat. Brunch, early beer, and juicy-fat slates that start at 1 PM. Today is no exception, RotoBallers, as we have a 12 game main slate on both sites ripe for the picking. In this article, I will be providing you with my... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (7/9/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome to another baseball-filled Sunday, RotoBallers. There is nothing better than a beautiful 10 game day slate to cap off your weekend. Today's pitching match-ups are star-studded with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, Yu Darvish, Chris Archer, David Price, Masahiro Tanaka, and Jon Lester. The weather looks absolutely perfect across the board. It truly is... Read More

2 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (7/1/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

Welcome to the weekend, RotoBallers. Running a bit late here today thanks to the usual massive Oklahoma storm knocking out my power all night. We have 17 games of America's pastime to enjoy as we kick off our 4th of July weekend, as both CLE-DET and KC-MIN play doubleheaders. After all the storms last night,... Read More

2 years ago


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