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About Josh Bixler - RotoBaller

Your one stop for baseball news & fantasy advice. Bringing together the best fantasy baseball news, analysis and advice from around the web.

Josh Bixler - RotoBaller has written 25 articles so far, you can find them below.


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Closer City: Closers and Saves Update for Week 3 of Fantasy Baseball

  A Closer Tried Called Quest First off I would like to dedicate this article to one of most underrated rap groups ever, A Tribe Called Quest.  As a youngsta, wanting to be a gangsta, I used to listen to almost every gangsta rap cassette tape available.  Yeah, notice I said cassette tapes which means... Read More

6 years ago

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Fantasy Baseball Closers and Saves: Week 1 Updates

MLB Closers & Saves: Week 1 Updates Before the season gets into full swing on Monday, I’d like to briefly examine the updated closer news or perhaps give you a closer recap around the league.  There has been a decent amount of news, injuries and updates that need to be mentioned before the season gets... Read More

6 years ago

Top 40 Closers & Relief Pitchers - Rankings, Tiers and Projections

1. “Elite” Tier, aka the Kate Upton Tier Kate Upton embodies all that is amazing about everything. Like these closers, she is, quite simply, the best, in every way. Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen, Greg Holland, Aroldis Chapman, Joe Nathan In some cases but not all, size does matter and yes when I mean size I mean the large amount... Read More

6 years ago

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MLB Closers & Saves: NL Central - 2014 Fantasy Baseball

We've looked at all the other closers across baseball so far.  Now let's take a look at some NL Central closer situations.   National League Central Bullpens   St. Louis Cardinals If I had to choose one young slinger to become an elite closer in 2014, my choice would be Trevor Rosenthal.  The hard, snowball-throwing... Read More

6 years ago

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MLB Closers & Saves: NL West - 2014 Fantasy Baseball

Let's take a look at some NL West closer situations. National League West Bullpens and Closers   Los Angeles Dodgers This bullpen has a blizzard of closer options.  Kenley Jansen sits at the top as an elite closer with ice running through his veins.  Take a look at these numbers, they are nailz:  1.88 ERA,... Read More

6 years ago


MLB Closers & Saves: NL East - 2014 Fantasy Baseball

Snow City “Baby, it's cold outside!”  “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.  And since we’ve got no place to go, let it snow!”  UGH, someone please shoot me, this weather sucks!  This shout-out goes to everyone that lives in the better part of the world or country where it... Read More

6 years ago

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MLB Closers & Saves: AL West - 2014 Fantasy Baseball

Today let’s take a look at the possible closers in the American League West.  As of right now I do not see any sleepers or dark horse sleepers in these pens.  This can change over the course of the season and it will most likely happen but for now it’s just a waiting game.  Stay... Read More

6 years ago

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: MLB Closers & Saves (AL Central)

KaepSupernicking Hey Yo - how bout dem Niners! I will be Kaepernicking the whole way to a Super Bowl Victory ya’ll. I know, I know, I am supposed to be writing about fantasy baseball and closers or some shizz but I just can’t help myself, this is very exciting! As a Niners fan, the chance... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball 2014 Preview: MLB Closer City, American League East Edition

Closer City Hey, yo!  I’m back and hopefully better than ever!  Any of you guys remember back in the day when WWF didn't have a monopoly on terrible acting?  Well, unfortunately (and I really hate to admit this), I used to be an avid WCW fan until they were banished from this so-called sport forever.... Read More

6 years ago

Closer Carousels: MLB Closers & Saves Update (Week 22)

The football season is upon us.  Do you know what time it is?  Yup, that’s right, it’s Madden time.  I purchased a copy of Madden 25 on the first day it was available, just like every year.  I am not a huge video game guyer but I do play Madden and The Show.  I was... Read More

6 years ago


Fantasy Baseball Advice: Deep League Catchers

You’re My Boy, Blue This title has little to do with who I am going to write about, but he is on my team as my number two catcher and he deserves some respect.  And since he is on my fantasy baseball team, I feel as though I can name him however I want.  He... Read More

6 years ago

Closer Carousels: MLB Closers & Saves Update (Week 21)

Yeoman’s Work Jim Johnson:  Johnson has allowed four runs, 11 hits and two walks over his last 4.2 innings of work.  He continues to struggle and news out of Baltimore indicates it might be time for change in the “Charm City,” at least until Johnson gets back on track.  He will probably finish out the... Read More

6 years ago

Closer Carousels: MLB Closers & Saves Update (Week 20)

Na Mean Okay so last week my article was sort of based around a Hip-Hop type theme, and I am going to expand on that just a little bit more in this week’s closers article.  In last week’s article I used the term na mean, which actually stands for: do you know what I mean.  I... Read More

6 years ago

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Closer Carousels: MLB Closers & Saves Update (Week 19)

Ridin' Dirty I would like to first start off by apologizing for my last column, I am sorry if I offended anybody.  After days of hearing about nothing but the Alex Rodriguez saga, I just want PEDs banished forever - but unfortunately that is impossible.  There will always be a few players that will try and beat... Read More

6 years ago

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MLB Closers and Saves Update (Week 18)

Raged on Roids I want to start off by saying that what Ryan Braun did is wrong, especially the fact that he lied about using steroids, HGH or any PED.  The point of all of this is that I am completely exhausted with the media's constant obsession with the the latest PED news. Do we... Read More

6 years ago


Fantasy Baseball Advice: Week 16 Closer Update - All-Star Break Edition

All-Star Rants and Raves First rant: last week I mentioned that I enjoy watching the Home Run Derby, and in a way I still do, but Chris Berman is tired.  Am I in the minority on this topic?  I can’t stand this dude-- he sounds like he smokes two packs a day, and ESPN needs... Read More

6 years ago

MLB Closers and Saves Update (Week 15)

Mid-Summer Homerun Derby Before I get into my normal column about the soap opera of closers, I wanted to take a few moments to at least acknowledge the Classic Homerun Derby.  And I might be in the minority on the homerun derby, but I happen to enjoy watching this event. Every year we hear the... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Closers (July Update)

The first three months of the 2013 fantasy baseball season are in the books, and now we’re really starting to get a feel for the fantasy baseball landscape. RotoBaller will be updating our positional rankings over the next week. Today, we’re revisiting the relief pitcher rankings we initially published in April. All the ranks below are compared to the FantasyPros... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Week 13 Closer Update - Nailz

Yeoman’s Work Before I get into my normal article about the wonderful world of closers, I wanted to take a few moments to write about a pitcher that I am completely enamored with and that is the one and only Jose Fernandez.  I am in a 16-team, roto, auction-style keeper league and I was very... Read More

6 years ago

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Fantasy Baseball Advice: Week 12 Closer Update - Mark it Zero

Yeoman’s Work There are some fantasy draft experts that believe a good strategy for drafting closers is to pay very little on draft day, or even to completely abandon the idea of drafting closers altogether, in the hopes of picking a few up via free agency during the first weeks and months of the season.... Read More

6 years ago


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Fantasy Baseball Advice: Week 11 Closer Update - It's all Uphill from Here

Yeoman’s Work Dealing with closers can be very frustrating at times, especially if you're the owner of a closer that is about to lose his job.  What can be more frustrating is to trying to predict which closer is next to go, whether it is because of injury or pure ineffectiveness, but hey-- that's why... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Week 10 Closer Update

Yeoman’s Work In Week 10, I am going to take another trip around the MLB and dig deeper into some more bullpens and their so-called “closers.”  As savvy veteran fantasy owners, we get very upset when our closer (or any closer, really) blows a save.  How can a starting pitcher throw 7-8 scoreless innings only... Read More

6 years ago

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Fantasy Baseball Advice: Quarter-Pole Closer Updates

Rage against the Pitching Machine Today, I'm going to take a trip around the MLB to discuss closer carousels and potential implosions that could result in changes at the backend of some bullpens.  But first, I want to mention what Australian national Grant "Rage" Balfour is doing for the A’s.  On Monday, Balfour converted his... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Agree to Disagree Week 8

This article is designed to compare and contrast what the major roto sites advise readers to do. I will take a look at their player recommendations objectively and either agree or disagree with their tutelage. The majority of the players I discuss are deep-league relevant guys who could be completely irrelevant in shallower standard leagues.  By... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Agree to Disagree Week 7

This article is designed to compare and contrast what the major roto sites advise readers to do. I will take a look at their player recommendations objectively and either agree or disagree with their tutelage. The majority of the players I discuss are deep-league relevant guys who could be completely irrelevant in shallower standard leagues.  By... Read More

6 years ago


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Buys and Sells - The King's Trade Targets for Week 11

The fantasy football trade deadline is now imminent in most leagues. You must make your final trades either this week or next week in many leagues, whether they are private or public. The time to buy low and sell high is just about over in most cases. Now you must deal to either win this... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 11 Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) is still not practicing this week. Ty Johnson (concussion) resumed practicing on Thursday. George Kittle... Read More


Thursday Night Football Matchups Analysis - Week 11

Thursday Night Football came down to the wire in Week 10, with Melvin Gordon looking like his old self while rumbling for 108 rushing yards and a score on 22 carries. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Chargers, poor clock management from Philip Rivers stymied any hope of surmounting a late Oakland Raiders 18-yard rushing touchdown... Read More


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Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


Fantasy Football Booms, Busts - Philip Rivers, Devin Singletary, Alshon Jeffery

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Keep Stashing Running Backs the Right Way

Hells to the yeah, my fellow #AllBenchRB truthers. For those of you who don’t know what #AllBenchRB is, let me give you a short recap before I get to the goods. #AllBenchRB is a strategy I’ve coined where you fill your bench with, as the name implies, only RBs. Or at least as many running... Read More


Wide Receiver Snap Counts and Target Trends - Week 10 Analysis

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Week 11 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

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Running Back Start/Sit Advice - Week 11

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the running back position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit among those in RB3 or flex consideration. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest... Read More


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Tight End Start/Sit Advice - Week 11

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the tight end position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit in order to give you the best advantage to win your weekly matchup. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on... Read More


Quarterback Start/Sit Advice - Week 11

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the quarterback position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit in order to give you the best advantage to win your weekly matchup. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube... Read More


Wide Receiver Start/Sit Advice - Week 11

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the wide receiver position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit among those in WR3 or flex consideration. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest... Read More


Warning Signs: Saquon Barkley, David Johnson, Aaron Rodgers

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NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 11) - Targets and Avoids

Doomsday finally arrived. The Falcons' domination of the Saints eliminated the majority of remaining entrants in survivor pools. If you avoided the Saints, odds are you took the Colts in the late game. Of course, the Dolphins beat them as well. More upsets were found as the Titans beat the Chiefs, the Steelers manhandled the... Read More