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About Kyle Braver - RotoBaller

I grew up in Southern California deep in Dodgers territory (though in the beach town I lived in, surfing was about as popular as football and baseball), but I didn't pay much attention to baseball at all until 2010 when I was in college up in Davis. I got caught up in the Giants playoff run, and much to my high school friends' dismay, SF Giants baseball has been in my blood ever since. Fantasy came hand in hand with this passion of mine and I learned to love the deeper connection and experience with the game of baseball fantasy affords its players. Although I'm a Giants fan, I've long admired the Houston Astros (I tell most people that they have the smartest front office in baseball and I mean it), and I look forward to the day (hopefully soon) that they're contenders again. I look forward to bringing all you guys the latest fantasy news and analysis from Houston. There are some fun seasons ahead.

Kyle Braver - RotoBaller has written 145 articles so far, you can find them below.


Hidden Starting Pitcher Draft Gems and ADP Value Picks

What’s up RotoBallers. I’m here today to try and unearth some starting pitchers that you can get later in your drafts, and will also provide similar value to other outfielders who are being drafted earlier on average. If you’re looking to make a splash on draft day, you should give RotoBaller’s ADP Draft Sleepers Tool a long, hard... Read More

5 years ago

Joey Votto (1B, CIN) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~8th Round ANALYSIS: In 2014, perennial All-Star Joey Votto watched his entire game sink to career lows as he battled through a left quadriceps strain, which would end up costing him 100 games. All reports out of Reds camp so far this spring suggest that the injury is behind the former MVP. “I’m... Read More

5 years ago

Hidden Outfield Draft Gems and ADP Value Picks

What’s up RotoBallers. I’m here today to try and unearth some outfielders that you can get later in your drafts, and will also provide similar value to other outfielders who are being drafted earlier on average. If you’re looking to make a splash on draft day, you should give RotoBaller’s ADP Draft Sleepers Tool a long, hard look.... Read More

5 years ago

Three First Basemen Who Will Outperform Their 2015 ADP

Bang For Your Draft Day Buck First base is a treasure trove for bargain hunters this year with three players in particular standing out. All three struggled in 2014 and have seen their draft day stock plummet as a result. Ready for some 2015 fantasy baseball bounceback candidates? Let's begin with Mr. Second Breakfast himself...  ... Read More

5 years ago

Hidden Shortstop Draft Gems and ADP Value Picks

  What's up RotoBallers. I'm here today to try and unearth some shortstops that you can get later in your drafts, and will also provide similar value to other shortstops who are being drafted earlier on average.   If you’re looking to make a splash on draft day, you should give RotoBaller’s ADP Draft Sleepers... Read More

5 years ago


Hidden Third Base Draft Gems and ADP Value Picks

If you're looking to make a splash on draft day, you should give RotoBaller's ADP Draft Sleepers Tool a long, hard look. The tool allows you to compare a player's expected production against his top comparables going later in the draft. Frankly, it's a great resource for identifying overvalued talents and hidden gems alike. To give you... Read More

5 years ago

Four Best Draft Strategies for Points Leagues

  Winning Points Leagues on Draft Day Most of the analysis you'll find in the fantasy community tends to be geared towards roto or 5x5 formats. This is done for two main reasons. First, category formats are easily the more popular of the two options. Analysts write to be read, so it makes sense to... Read More

5 years ago

Hidden First Base Draft Gems and ADP Value Picks

  If you're looking to make a splash on draft day, you should give RotoBaller's ADP Draft Sleepers Tool a long hard look. Part of our Premium Subscribers package, the Sleepers Tool allows you to compare a player's expected production against his top comparables going later in the draft.   Frankly, it's a great resource... Read More

5 years ago

Top Three Keeper Selection Strategies

“Who To Keep?” It's a question which agonizes fantasy owners each year. No matter how experienced you are, it's never an easy one. A sound keeper strategy is just as important to contending in your league as any first round pick. Moreover, making a mistake at this part of the game can set your team... Read More

5 years ago

Top 10 Batting Average Leaders for 2015

Time to Mash Let's start this article with a disclaimer: predicting batting average is something of a fool's errand. In a nutshell, the problem boils down to sample size. Barring injury, an everyday player will step up to the plate somewhere between 650 and 700 times over the course of a season. Between 60 and... Read More

5 years ago


The Value of Veterans: A Howie Kendrick Story

Veteran Value What is Howie Kendrick worth? It's hardly the most exciting question, but if you're in the business of winning, it's one you ought to consider. Veteran players like Kendrick offer fantasy owners two things which can be worth their weight in gold during a long season: playing time and stable production. If veterans... Read More

5 years ago

Kyle Hendricks (SP, CHC) - Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target Late in Deep Mixed and NL-Only Leagues ANALYSIS: Kyle Hendricks posted a 2.46 ERA in 80.1 innings with the Cubs last season, despite a fastball that averages 89.2 mph and a strikeout rate of 14.6%. Hendricks has always had outstanding control, decent ground ball numbers and a tendency to limit home runs,... Read More

5 years ago

Three First Basemen Who Will Underperform Their 2015 ADP

  The First Base Busts List There are few things that can derail a season faster than drafting a big name bust. You know that guy who took Albert Pujols during his first year with the Angels? No one wants to be that guy. Hopefully this article will help steer you in the right direction.... Read More

5 years ago

Three Outfielders Who Will Underperform Their 2015 ADP

  I'll Take A Pass Personally, I'm not a fan of a “Do Not Draft” list. Given a deep enough league and the right value, there's a point where even J.P. Arencibia can find a loving home. That said, every player comes with a price. Regardless of whether you measure that price in terms of draft... Read More

5 years ago

Three Outfielders Who Will Outperform Their 2015 ADPs

  Bang For Your Draft Day Bucks Fantasy owners, websites, and opinion peddlers discuss player values all preseason, but it all comes down to one thing - how do you get the most bang for your buck? It always feels good to snag that fifth rounder who plays like a top 20 pick all year. What's more,... Read More

5 years ago


Josh Tomlin (SP, CLE) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target Late in Very Deep Leagues ANALYSIS:  Through 447.2 IP, Josh Tomlin owns a career 4.89 ERA and a 4.44 FIP, as well as a strikeout rate of 15.1%. Underneath the hood, however, Tomlin’s game has been evolving. His career walk rate is an incredibly impressive 4.2%. To put that in context, Greg... Read More

5 years ago

Yasmani Grandal (C, LAD) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target as High-End CA2 ANALYSIS:  Despite the pedigree of a top prospect and nearly 90 games of experience at the major league level, Yasmani Grandal disappointed in 2014, batting an anemic .225/.327/.401 with 49 RBI and 47 runs scored through 128 games. Some have written him off as a bust, but Grandal’s rare combination... Read More

5 years ago

Josh Tomlin: Analyzing His Starting Pitcher Sleeper Potential

  With More Playing Time, Tomlin Could  Be A Fantasy Asset Josh Tomlin isn't a sexy pick. Frankly, putting his name in a 2015 sleeper column seems rather like going to a wine and cheese night with a packet of American singles and a bottle Two-Buck Chuck. It'll get the job done, but people are going to... Read More

5 years ago

Yasmani Grandal: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Sleeper

  Grandal's Potential Makes Him a Sleeper Candidate Yasmani Grandal was largely a disappointment in 2014. Despite the pedigree of a top prospect and nearly 90 games of experience at the major league level, he batted an anemic .225/.327/.401 with 49 RBIs and 47 runs scored through 128 games. After that campaign, some have written... Read More

5 years ago

T.J. House (SP, CLE) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target in Very Late Rounds ANALYSIS: T.J. House was one of two pitchers with at least 100 IP to post a ground ball rate over 60% in 2014. Yet somehow, he managed a .332 BABIP, well above the league average of .296. The Indians allowed the sixth highest BABIP of any team in baseball last... Read More

5 years ago


Yusmeiro Petit (SP/RP, SF) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target in Late Rounds if Given A Rotation Spot ANALYSIS: As a spot starter and long reliever, Yusmeiro Petit logged 117 innings with a 3.69 ERA in 2014, setting an MLB record for consecutive batters retired in the process. As a result, his name has rightly been tossed around in sleeper conversations. Petit's... Read More

5 years ago

Yusmeiro Petit: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Sleeper

Yusmeiro Petit: Sleeper Or Illusion? Yusmeiro Petit shined for the Giants in 2014. As a spot starter and long reliever, he logged 117 innings with a 3.69 ERA, setting a new MLB record for most consecutive batters retired in the process. With Bruce Bochy apparently open to the idea of Petit wrestling a rotation spot... Read More

5 years ago

T.J. House: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Sleeper

  T.J. House is a Break Candidate for the Late Rounds in 2015 Of all pitchers who threw at least 100 innings in 2014, only two possessed ground ball rates above 60%. One was Dallas Keuchel, Houston's young ace who took the league by storm last year, throwing 200 innings with a 2.93 ERA. The other... Read More

5 years ago

Jedd Gyorko (2B, SDP) - 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target in Late Rounds ANALYSIS: Jedd Gyorko was a popular sleeper candidate for 2014, but a .210/.280/.333 slash line with only 10 HR doesn’t cut it in fantasy. After last year, Gyorko's 2015 draft value has been questioned. 2013 wasn’t a fluke, though. Power has always been a part of Gyorko’s game, extending well into his... Read More

5 years ago

Jedd Gyorko: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Sleeper

Jedd Gyorko was a popular sleeper candidate coming into 2014. Having just hit .249/.301/.444 with 23 home runs in 2013, it wasn't hard to see him as reminiscent of Dan Uggla. Sadly, Gyorko's sophomore season was more 2014 Uggla than the 2010 version. A .210/.280/.333 line with only 10 home runs just doesn't cut it in... Read More

5 years ago


Allen Craig: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Bust

Allen Craig: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Bust What are we to make of Allen Craig? The former MVP candidate posted career lows last season, slashing .215/.279/.315 while hitting eight home runs through 505 plate appearances with the Cardinals and Red Sox. Despite the free fall, Craig has steadfastly denied his decline in production is injury related. Granted,... Read More

5 years ago

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Kyle Hendricks: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

  Kyle Hendricks: 2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper You'd be forgiven for not having known Kyle Hendricks' name before his call up in 2014. An 8th round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2011, the closest he ever came to prospect status was a #11 ranking by Baseball America. Yet this same pitcher posted a 2.46... Read More

5 years ago

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Top 5 Hitter Streamers: Waiver Wire Targets For Week 25

I'm sad to say it, but this week will be this year's final installment of my weekly streamers article. I hope that you all have enjoyed these pieces and that I've been able to help at least a few of you make up ground in your leagues and weekly matchups. For now though we still... Read More

5 years ago

Top 5 Hitter Streamers: Waiver Wire Targets For Week 24

It's hard to believe that baseball season is almost over. Between the start of the NFL season and the home stretch of the MLB season, I know that we've all got a lot on our plates right now, so I'll keep this introduction short and sweet. Just like always, I've presented five sleepers of varying... Read More

5 years ago

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Top 5 Hitter Streamers & Waiver Wire Targets For Week 23

If you play in head-to-head leagues and are still reading these columns, chances are you made it into the fantasy baseball playoffs. Congratulations! This is the point that you've been working toward all season, but there's still plenty to be done. There are lineups to set, match-ups to win, and most relevantly for this column,... Read More

5 years ago


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