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About Leonard Francis II - RotoBaller

Former slightly above average athlete who now types words chronicling the things others do while playing sports. I pledge allegiance to the Giants, Yankees, & Knicks... Part-time husband, and father.

Leonard Francis II - RotoBaller has written 70 articles so far, you can find them below.

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (3/21/19): NBA DFS Lineups

Let's be real with ourselves for a second, almost all of our brackets will be busted by the time the NBA's six-game slate kicks off tonight. Acceptance is the first step to recovery, so just let it go and allow yourself to make some money on DraftKings instead. Not that assembling the perfect DK lineup... Read More

9 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (3/7/19): NBA DFS Lineups

I was once told never to settle, and if you've yet to receive this advice, take this as a life lesson. Aim high, and never look down. Shoot for the moon, if you miss you'll still land among the stars. *Insert whatever other corny cliché you'd like from those "motivational" posters here* The reality is,... Read More

9 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: Playoffs?!?!!

Paul George's return from a three-game absence wasn't enough to put an end to the Thunder's recent struggles - they've now lost five of six with their lone win coming at the hands of the woeful Grizzlies. The Celtics -- winners of just two games since the All-Star Break -- changed their recent misfortunes with... Read More

9 months ago

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/28/19): NBA DFS Lineups

I think people have the tendency to put too much weight on the impact of back-to-backs in the NBA. However, a bit of logic -- and data -- suggest the obvious... Despite being the greatest of the great, most physically gifted athletes the world has to offer whose entire lives are devoted to training and... Read More

9 months ago

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RotoBaller NBA Recap: Block Party Next Door

Most things in life come with their fair share of both good and bad. Light nights in the NBA are no different. One of the good things about a three-game slate? You get to watch three games -- well, two-and-a-half -- instead of wasting countless time buffering as you aimlessly flip between an overwhelming number... Read More

9 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/21/19): NBA DFS Lineups

I won't pretend as if I found no pleasure in All-Star Weekend. It was fun. The dunk contest, while anticlimactic, did provide me with the Oscar-worthy, short film comedy that was the John Collins air plane dunk. Hamidou Diallo Vince Carter-ing over Shaq was impressive. And, while Dennis Smith Jr. missed eleventy attempts, he had... Read More

10 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/14/19): NBA DFS Lineups

Most people view Valentine's Day as a day for the lovers - filled with over-priced flowers that die in three days, ridiculously large teddy bears, and boxes of chocolate that go largely uneaten... Most people are wrong. The true meaning of Valentine's Day extends well beyond cupid, corny movies, or even romance to a degree.... Read More

10 months ago

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RotoBaller NBA Recap: Wait, What?!

LeBron James' 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 16 assists weren't enough to prevent the Lakers from taking a L at the hands of the 19-38 Hawks. The Celtics two-game losing streak came to an end in Philadelphia; without Kyrie Irving. And, the Pelicans lost at home, by 30, to the 26-32 Magic in a game... Read More

10 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (2/7/19): NBA DFS Lineups

The NBA trade deadline may have come and gone by the time you read this, but at the time of this writing, 3:00 PM EST has not yet struck. That said, there's a greater than a zero-percent chance that some of the following players might not play tonight. They could also see their fortunes change... Read More

10 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: More Injuries, More Rumors

Eight games went into the books Tuesday night, but as the league's trade deadline quickly approaches (tomorrow at 3 P.M. EST), the events that took place off the hardwood were the ones that dominated the NBA airwaves on this particular day and night. And, of course, there were more injuries because this season wouldn't be... Read More

10 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/31/19): NBA DFS Lineups

Six games, two-and-a-half intriguing matchups, and plenty of value to be found in our DraftKings lineups on this Thursday, January 31st. No need to fire up the League Pass app tonight as TNT brings us a doubleheader featuring a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview between the Bucks and Raptors, followed by a potential Finals showdown... Read More

10 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: The G.O.A.T. Heir

Very rarely do I dream. I mean, I zone out throughout the day and drift into a land far removed from my current situation quite often. But, head to the pillow in my ThunderCats jammies and REM cycle activated? Blank space... Last night was different. As I laid in a restful slumber, thoughts of Victor Oladipo putting... Read More

10 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/24/19): NBA DFS Lineups

The NBA schedule-makers spoiled us with 25 games over the past three days. It was a rather glorious three days, too. However, the day is now Thursday, which means it's back to reality. Back to the grind. Back to the tough, "Am I really considering Josh Okogie?!" decisions provided to us at the hands of... Read More

11 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: The Forgotten Heroes

Tuesday night saw the Kawhi Leonard-less Toronto Raptors pick up their league-leading 36th W of the season, while the Deandre Ayton-less Phoenix Suns added their Western Conference-leading 38th L. Neither of these games were particularly entertaining -- the night also saw the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks each grind out tough, intra-conference victories --... Read More

11 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/17/19): NBA DFS Lineups

What is this?! A five-game slate on a Thursday? Technically six, but the Knicks and Wizards are in London for a game which tips off at 3:00 PM EST and isn't on the slate. But, still... Five games?! My excitement over finally having options is likely to result in failure, but do pardon me for... Read More

11 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: Uhhhh Defense? Anyone?

Heading into Tuesday night's NBA action, the league average was 110.3 points per game... The Thunder put up 126 against the Hawks Tuesday night, and lost. The 76ers produced the most points they've scored in nearly 30 years. The Warriors set a new NBA record with 51 first quarter points. Seven Pacers scored in double... Read More

11 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/10/19): NBA DFS Lineups

Matchups matter, and the Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the league. Boston is also playing their third game in four nights which comes on the second-half of a back-to-back. They're 2-4 this season with no rest. (Although, they did wax the Pacers last night enabling them to rest their starters for... Read More

11 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: The Return of the Saunders Era

Flip Saunders is the greatest coach in Timberwolves history. He led the franchise to their first playoff berth in his first full season as head coach -- Kevin Garnett, Tom Gugliotta, and Stephon Marbury also helped -- brought them their first winning season, has the highest winning percentage among any Wolves head coach during their... Read More

11 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/3/19): NBA DFS Lineups

Another three-game slate on tap in the NBA tonight which means finding value on DraftKings is a bit like Sandra Bullock blindfoldedly navigating the rapids in Bird Box. She made it, though. Hopefully, we do too. Kings/Nuggets has the highest implied point total of the night at 227 with the Rockets/Warriors coming in second at... Read More

11 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: All Hail Jusuf Nurkic

When the Blazers and Kings took the floor Tuesday night, no player in the history of the NBA had ever recorded a 2o-plus point, 20-plus rebound, five-assist, five-steal, five-block game. 24 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and five blocks later, one of the most unlikely of candidates to accomplish this mystifying feat had... Read More

11 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (12/27/18): NBA DFS Lineups

Happy Holidays! Nine of the league's top teams -- and the Knicks -- are in action tonight in what makes for an intriguing five-game slate. If you haven't heard, LeBron James (groin) is set to miss his first game as a Laker meaning Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram should see a boost in production. Thing is,... Read More

12 months ago

Week 16 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

The (6-8) Denver Broncos and (3-11) Oakland Raiders have combined for fewer wins this season than 20-percent of the remaining teams in the NFL; individually. If we were somehow able to fuse quarterbacks Case Keenum and Derek Carr, the resulting Casrek Kerrum would have the same amount of touchdown passes as Andrew Luck and 11... Read More

12 months ago

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RotoBaller NBA Recap: Buy-Low/Sell-High Season

Vince Carter knocked down two three-pointers in the Hawks 118-110 victory over the Wizards Tuesday night, and in doing so passed Paul Pierce to become No. 7 on the NBA's all-time three-pointers made list. Currently in his 21st season, the timeless Carter has one obvious advantage over many NBA players - longevity. In fact, when... Read More

12 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (12/20/18): NBA DFS Lineups

Clippers, Heat, Mavericks, Rockets. That's all we get tonight in the NBA. And with no NFL action on tap, most sports fans' eyes will be glued to TNT for this sneakily intriguing doubleheader. Unfortunately, the two-game slate means less sources of value for us DFS fans, but with James Harden being the only player priced... Read More

12 months ago

Matt LaCosse Bounces Back in Loss

Denver Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse saw just two targets over the last two weeks combined - bringing in one pass for three yards. LaCosse bounced back Saturday night against the Browns with five receptions for 43 yards, and looks to have regained his streaming intrigue heading into Week 16 as the Broncos draw a... Read More

12 months ago

Courtland Sutton Continues to Disappoint

The hype surrounding Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton continues to dissipate following his five-catch, 42-yard performance Saturday night. Sutton has somehow managed to remain the team's third receiving option despite the losses of Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas and should be considered nothing more than a flex option heading into Denver's Week 16 matchup... Read More

12 months ago

DaeSean Hamilton Continues to Provide PPR Value

Denver Broncos wide receiver Daesean Hamilton saw 12 targets head his way Saturday night as the Broncos fell to the Browns - bringing his target total to 21 over the team's last two games. Hamilton brought in seven of these 12 targets for 46 yards, and looks to be a viable PPR option for fantasy... Read More

12 months ago

Tim Patrick Leads Broncos Receivers for Second-Straight Week

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick caught five of eight targets for 65 yards in the Broncos 17-16 loss to the Browns Saturday. Patrick has led the team in receiving yards in consecutive weeks while seeing 18 targets head his way over this two-game stretch. Given the lackluster play of quarterback Case Keenum, this passing... Read More

12 months ago

Royce Freeman Receives Just Five Touches

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman picked up eight yards on five touches -- four carries for seven yards and one reception for one yard -- in the Broncos 17-16 loss to the Browns Saturday night. Freeman has now received single-digit touches in four of five games since returning from his ankle injury and should... Read More

12 months ago

Week 15 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

The Carolina Panthers (6-7) looked like a lock to make their second-straight postseason appearance a little over a month ago, but have since lost five-straight games and now find themselves outside of the club arguing with the bouncer over how they belong on the guest list. But, aren't. Conversely, the New Orleans Saints (11-2) have... Read More

12 months ago

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