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About JB Branson - 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 Branson - RotoBaller has written 158 articles so far, you can find them below.


MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Patrol: Pitchers for FanDuel, DraftKings (5/22/16)

Welcome, RotoBallers. We have have the usual full Sunday slate today, with plenty of intriguing pitching options, including a mythological norse god. The weather looks safe across the board, save one game. For the brave few who were looking at using pitchers from the PIT vs. COL game, keep an eye on the possible thunderstorms in... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Hitter Cheat Sheet (5/21/16): Daily Fantasy Baeball Value Picks

Welcome to the weekend, RotoBallers. While I enjoy celebrating my fifth anniversary with my lovely wife today, you all will be enjoying a full slate of Saturday baseball. You will also be raking in the dough on DFS, assuming you read this article of course. Since I want everyone to celebrate with me on this... Read More

4 years ago

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (5/18/16): MLB DFS Advice

Mike, Mike, Mike, guess what day it is! Welcome back, RotoBallers, to our Wednesday edition of rowdy FanDuel picks. MLB has a full 16 game slate today (doubleheader), but in typical hump day fashion, starting times are slightly split throughout the day. Since this is FanDuel, which does not allow the "late swap" option, be very... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Hitter Cheat Sheet (5/15/16): Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Picks

What better way to start off the work week tomorrow than by waking up to a bunch of moolah in your DFS accounts. Step one to achieving this spiritual peace is to continue reading this article. Remember, these picks are not the absolute best plays of the day, but rather the best possible return on your investment... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Hitter Cheat Sheet (5/14/16): Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Picks

Welcome to the weekend, RotoBallers. You've worked hard all week at your jobs to make your money, so now its time to sit back and relax and watch baseball players do it for you on DFS. We have 16 games today, thanks to a double header in Washington with the Marlins. The early slate includes... Read More

4 years ago


Julian Edelman undergoes successful surgery on foot, all systems go for 2016

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman underwent a second surgery on his foot which was broken back in Week 10 of the 2015 season. He has been seen wearing a protective boot, but the team fully expects Edelman to be recovered in time for training camp. This is great news for a Patriots team that expects... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Patrol: Pitchers for FanDuel, DraftKings (5/8/16)

Welcome RotoBallers, and happy Mothers' Day to all the incredible moms out there! Like most Sundays, today we have a full slate that includes 11 early games, three afternoon games, and is capped off by a Red Sox-Yankees classic rivalry game on prime-time. I have come in as long relief for Max the legend, but fear... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Hitter Cheat Sheet (5/8/16): Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Picks

A dictionary will define value as: the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for-which it can beexchanged or in terms of some medium of exchange. On the streets we call that getting the most bang out of your buck. I am not here to insult your intelligence and recommend you put... Read More

4 years ago

MLB Hitter Cheat Sheet (5/7/16): Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Picks

A dictionary will define value as: the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for-which it can be exchanged or in terms of some medium of exchange. On the streets we call that getting the most bang out of your buck. I am not here to insult your intelligence and recommend you... Read More

4 years ago

Fernando Rodney (RP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 61% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: When the San Diego Padres signed Fernando Rodney this off-season, expectations were not high after he posted a 4.74 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 2015. But after the first month of the season, he has been a pleasant surprise. He is off to... Read More

4 years ago


Chris Carter (1B, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: A change of scenery seems to have been exactly what the doctor ordered for Chris Carter. After his 2 HR day Sunday, Carter now has seven long balls, 15 R, and 18 RBI to go along with a healthy .278/.355/.671 line after the first... Read More

4 years ago

Travis Shaw (1B/3B, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Travis Shaw cranked his third long ball of the season during Sunday's victory over the Yankees. He continues to make John Farrell look like a genius after the Red Sox manager surprised many by naming Shaw the starting third baseman over Pablo Sandoval,... Read More

4 years ago

Domingo Santana (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Domingo Santana led off Sunday's game with a solo shot off Tom Koehler, his third HR of the season. He later hit an RBI single, bringing his season line to a respectable .259/.344/.447 with 11 R and 11 RBI. He seems to have solidified... Read More

4 years ago

Christian Vazquez (BOS, C) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in two catcher leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After missing all of 2015 due to Tommy John Surgery, Christian Vazquez has now been back on the Red Sox active roster for two weeks. Since his promotion, and coinciding demotion of prospect Blake Swihart, the Puerto Rican product has caught 10 games for the... Read More

4 years ago

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (5/4/16): MLB DFS Advice

It's finally hump day. That means its time to get rowdy on FanDuel. My goal is simple: every RotoBaller faithful being in the money when the night is over. The first and most important step to reaching this goal is diving into this article. So let us begin. Full disclaimer, I love me some BvP statistics. Being... Read More

4 years ago


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Turning Two: Mookie Betts versus A.J. Pollock

Welcome back to episode nine of Turning Two. Here's a recap of the topics discussed to this point: who will hit 50 HR, who will win 20 games, who can put up a 20/20 season, who can hit .350, who can reach 50 saves, and who will post a sub-2.00 ERA. We shifted to player-specific material, such as breakout candidates and busts for 2016. Now... Read More

4 years ago

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180 CURRENT ADP: 195.7 ANALYSIS: Once a 32nd round pick in the 2011 draft, Kevin Pillar has been continuously overlooked year after year, even after posting a career .841 OPS in the minors. He seized his opportunity to shine in 2015, hitting 12 HR while stealing 25 bases and sporting a cool... Read More

4 years ago

Randal Grichuk (OF, STL) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target ~160 CURRENT ADP: 172.7 ANALYSIS: In only 350 PA, Randal Grichuk hit 17 HR with a .272 ISO (ninth highest among players with 350 PA) and a .548 SLG (11th highest). His average fly ball distance was 302 feet, and posted a 36.9 Hard%. Grichuk's horrifying 31.4 K% means he will hurt your fantasy team's batting... Read More

4 years ago

Maikel Franco (3B, PHI) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target ~90 CURRENT ADP: 119.7 ANALYSIS: If Maikel Franco had not fractured his wrist and missed six weeks after being hit by a pitch, he probably wouldn't be considered a a breakout candidate, as he was well on his way to a breakout performance prior to the DL stint. In 335 PA, the... Read More

4 years ago

Turning Two: Matt Harvey versus Stephen Strasburg

Welcome back to episode nine of Turning Two. Here's a recap of the topics discussed to this point: who will hit 50 HR, who will win 20 games, who can put up a 20/20 season, who can hit .350, who can reach 50 saves, and who will post a sub-2.00 ERA. We shifted to player-specific material, such as breakout candidates and busts for 2016. Now... Read More

4 years ago


Top 100 Fantasy Baseball Keeper Values for 2016

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft round in order to keep a player into the up-coming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as: the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More

4 years ago

2016 Top Five Outfield Keeper Values

These rankings are derived from my 15 step formula. The Keeper Valuation Formula uses the players’ age, draft round, number of teams in the league, current stats, projected stats, games played percentage, positional value, and some secret squirrel statistical math. The product is a true Keeper Value for each player. Consider the derived Values the same... Read More

4 years ago

Turning Two: Who is Breaking Out in 2016?

Welcome back to episode seven of Turning Two. To this point we've focused on stat-based material: who will hit 50 HR, who will win 20 games, who can put up a 20/20, who can hit .350, who can reach 50 saves, and who will post a sub-2.00 ERA. Now we'll shift to a broader topic: breakout players for 2016. Finding the... Read More

4 years ago

Turning Two: Who Will Earn 50 Saves?

Turning Two: Who Will Save 50 Games? Welcome back to our fifth edition of Turning Two. We've now discussed who will hit 50 HR, who will win 20 games, who can put up a 20/20, and who can hit .350. This week's topic revolves around the back-end of games; who will reach 50 saves? Reaching 50 saves is an impressive,... Read More

4 years ago

Turning Two: Will Anyone Hit .350?

Turning Two: Can Anyone Hit .350?   Welcome back to our fourth edition of Turning Two. We've now discussed who will hit 50 HR, who will win 20 games, and who can put up a 20/20. Last week's topic was fairly common year over year, so let's tackle a real challenge: hitting .350. Hitting .350 is a daunting task.... Read More

4 years ago


2016 Shortstop Keeper Values: The Other Guys

These rankings are derived from my 15 step formula. The Keeper Valuation Formula uses the players’ age, draft round, number of teams in the league, current stats, projected stats, games played percentage, positional value, and some secret squirrel statistical math. The product is a TRUE Keeper Value for each player. Translation of Keeper Formula Values... Read More

4 years ago

2016 Top Five Shortstop Keeper Values

These rankings are derived from my 15 step formula. The Keeper Valuation Formula uses the players’ age, draft round, number of teams in the league, current stats, projected stats, games played percentage, positional value, and some secret squirrel statistical math. The product is a true Keeper Value for each player. Consider the derived Values the same... Read More

4 years ago

Turning Two: Who Will Join the 20/20 Club?

Turning Two: Who Will Pull a 20/20? Welcome back to our third edition of Turning Two. We've now discussed who will hit 50 HR and who will win 20 games in 2016. This week's topic is a bit easier but still a noteworthy accomplishment: pulling off a 20/20 campaign. For those that don't know, 20/20 means 20 home... Read More

4 years ago

2016 Third Basemen Keeper Values: The Other Guys

The Keeper Valuation Formula uses the players’ age, draft round, number of teams in the league, current stats, projected stats, games played percentage, positional value, and some secret squirrel statistical math. The product is a TRUE Keeper Value for each player. These players did not make it into my Top Five Third Basemen Keeper Values, but may... Read More

4 years ago

Turning Two: Which Pitchers Will Win 20 Games?

Turning Two: Will Any Pitcher Win 20 Games? Welcome back, Rotoballers! We are now on the second edition of Turning Two. If you missed our debut, we discussed who will hit 50 HR in the 2016 season. Our next topic flips to the second part of the diamond: the pitchers. Will any pitcher reach the 20... Read More

4 years ago


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