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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 176 articles so far, you can find them below.


Phillip Lindsay Returning to Earth

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay turned 14 carries into 24 yards while picking up an additional 20 yards through the air on four receptions in the Broncos 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns Saturday night. Lindsay was bottled up all evening with his 44 scrimmage yards marking his lowest total in a game this... Read More

12 months ago

Case Keenum Continues to Underwhelm

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum completed 31 of 48 passes for 257 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions Saturday night in the Broncos 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Keenum ended his three-game, sub-200 passing yard streak, but once again his Broncos offense struggled to get going as his underwhelming play continues to be a... Read More

12 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (12/13/18): NBA DFS Lineups

Finding value among tonight's four-game DraftKings slate is about as difficult as going an entire week without a phone or WiFi. Why you would want to do any of these things is the real question. It takes a strong 275 DraftKings fantasy points to even think about getting a foot in the door on an... Read More

12 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: Is It Time to Trade Chris Paul?

Imagine being so great at doing something that you could take away the main element which has led to your greatness and still be better than almost everyone else at doing whatever your great thing is. Example: Back in 1986, the Boston Celtics played a game against the Portland Trailblazers. In Portland. Larry Bird --... Read More

12 months ago

Matt LaCosse a Non-Factor in Loss

Denver Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse caught his one target for three yards in the Broncos 20-14 loss to the 49ers Sunday. LaCosse has now received just one target in back-to-back games following an impressive three-catch, 34-yard, one-touchdown performance in spell of the injured Jeff Heuerman in Week 12, and does not appear to have... Read More

1 year ago


Tim Patrick Emerges to Pace Broncos Receiving Corps

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick led the team in targets (10), receptions (seven) and yards (85) in the Broncos 20-14 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Patrick came into this game with just four receptions on the season -- and had not recorded a catch since Week 9 -- so I wouldn't overreact just... Read More

1 year ago

DaeSean Hamilton Scores First Career TD

Denver Broncos wide receiver Daesean Hamilton caught seven of nine targets for 47 yards in the Broncos 20-14 loss to the 49ers Sunday. Hamilton caught a one-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter providing not only his first-career TD reception, but a bow for the day which saw him set new career-highs in both... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton Puts up Depressing Stat Line

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton saw six targets in the Broncos first game without Emmanuel Sanders, turning in two catches for 14 yards and proving that it's still too early to trust the young, promising wideout. Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has put a hard cap on the appeal of this passing game, and Sutton... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Effective in Limited Action

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman picked up six yards per carry in the Broncos 20-14 loss to the 49ers Sunday. Only one problem, he received just six carries. With Phillip Lindsay taking over the No. 1 spot in this backfield, Freeman's fantasy value is all but vanquished as he receives minimal work in the... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Quiet in Loss

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay picked up 30 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while adding another 21 yards on four receptions in the Broncos 20-14 loss to the 49ers. The Broncos offensive unit continues to underperform as a whole, but Lindsay came into this game as one of the hottest RBs in... Read More

1 year ago


Case Keenum's Disappointing 2018 Campaign Continues

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum completed 24 of 42 pass attempts for 186 yards with one touchdown in the Broncos 20-14 loss to the 49ers. Keenum added a season-high 24 yards on the ground -- providing a slight boost to his fantasy numbers -- but he's now thrown for less than 200 yards in three-straight... Read More

1 year ago

Week 14 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

The Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1) head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks Monday night while still possessing a very legitimate shot at their second-straight NFC North championship. It would take time travel, combined with several injuries or random kidnappings, for the Seattle Seahawks (7-5) to prevent the Los Angeles Rams from claiming the second-straight NFC... Read More

1 year ago

Broncos Defense Looks to Continue Strong Play

The Denver Broncos defense/special teams unit has held their last four opponents to an average of 17 points while compiling 13 sacks, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Considering three of those four games came against some of the league's top offenses -- Texans, Chargers, and Steelers -- a matchup with a 49ers team which... Read More

1 year ago

DaeSean Hamilton A Solid Sleeper Option in Week 14

We haven't seen much of Denver Broncos wide receiver Daesean Hamilton this season, but with Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) done for the year, that's likely to change. Beginning this week. Hamilton is set to take over the primary slot duties in this offense, and after seeing just seven targets in three appearances this season -- catching... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton Now the Man in Denver

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton has seen his fortunes drastically change over the past few weeks. In a little over a month's time, Sutton has gone from third-option, to the man in Denver following the trade of Demaryius Thomas, and now, the loss of Emmanuel Sanders to a season-ending Achilles tear. Sutton had a... Read More

1 year ago


Royce Freeman A Risky Play In Week 14

Despite taking a back seat to Phillip Lindsay in this rushing attack, Denver Broncos rookie running back Royce Freeman received 12 carries in Week 13, and in picking up four yards per tote, he appears to be over the ankle injury that forced him to miss two games. The 49ers pose a stiffer challenge in... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Seeking Third Straight 100-Yard Rushing Day

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is seeking his third straight 100-plus yard rushing performance after amassing 267 rushing yards over the Broncos last two games. Lindsay has been one of the biggest surprises this season, and while the 49ers have allowed just one back to rush for more than 70 yards on the season... Read More

1 year ago

Case Keenum Offering Little Intrigue Despite Favorable Matchup

The time for Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum to reclaim any bit of fantasy football relevance has long passed, but there was a glimmer of hope in Week 13 as he drew a leaky Bengals secondary. Keenum responded by completing 12-of-21 pass attempts for 151 yards with one touchdown, and has now averaged just 184.3... Read More

1 year ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (12/6/18): NBA DFS Lineups

There used to be these DirecTV commercials of genius-level cleverness that would detail an unfortunate sequence of events a person would go through as a result of having cable. Each plot twist would build upon the prior, ultimately leading to some comedic, yet unpleasant, outcome for said individual. Like there was one where the narrator... Read More

1 year ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: #FreeNikolaVucevic

The Phoenix Suns were on pace for 36 points after one quarter in the desert last night. Yes, you read that right, Phoenix scored nine whole points in the first quarter against the defensive juggernaut that is the Sacramento Kings. In case you didn't catch the hyperbole, the Kings had allowed more points per game... Read More

1 year ago


Week 13 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

The Washington Redskins (6-5) head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (5-6) Monday night, and though the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles still appear hungover, while the Redskins optics went down the drain with Alex Smith, this game still provides a surprisingly ample level of intrigue. For starters, the result looms heavy over crowning... Read More

1 year ago

Broncos Defense a Low-Upside Option in Week 13

It's been an up-and-down season for the Denver Broncos defense, but they've produced four interceptions over their last two games with at least two sacks in each of their last six. The return of A.J. Green to this Bengals offense makes the matchup less appealing, but opposing DSTs have averaged 5.8 fantasy points against Cincinnati... Read More

1 year ago

Matt LaCosse Looks to Capitalize on Opportunity

Denver Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse has seen his fortunes change drastically as the result of Jeff Heuerman suffering a season-ending rib injury -- which also resulted in a bruised lung -- and this Week 13 matchup with the Bengals presents a perfect opportunity for him to capitalize. Cincinnati has allowed opposing TEs to pick... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton In Need Of Breakout Game

If Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton doesn't put up numbers against this Bengals secondary which has allowed opposing WRs to pick up the sixth-most receiving yards per game, we can all but end the talks of a breakout. Kinda. Sutton has seen an average of five targets since the Broncos traded Demaryius Thomas away,... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders a Solid Play Despite Injury

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been the most consistent receiving option in this Broncos passing attack and figures to be busy once again in Week 13 as the Broncos take on a Bengals team which has allowed opposing wide receivers their fair share of success this season. Sanders (heel) was limited in practice... Read More

1 year ago


Royce Freeman a Touchdown-Dependent Dice Roll

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman has seen just 13 carries since returning from a high ankle sprain in Week 11, and with Phillip Lindsay seemingly taking the starting job by the reigns, Freeman's fantasy value has become tied to his ability to find the end zone. Not recommended, but the Broncos face a Bengals... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Seeking Third Straight 100-Yard Performance

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay has compiled at least 100 yards from scrimmage in two straight games and three of his last four and draws a Cincinnati Bengals squad in Week 13 who have graciously allowed opposing RBs to pick up 172 scrimmage yards per game this season (third most). He should be in... Read More

1 year ago

Case Keenum Finds Himself in QB Heaven

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has become a forgotten man among fantasy owners. However, a matchup with a Bengals team which has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs should be more than enough to elicit a few memories, circa 2017. Keenum sits 29th at the position in fantasy points per game - while... Read More

1 year ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (11/29/18): NBA DFS Lineups

Maybe the NBA doesn't want to compete with the NFL on Thursday night. Maybe I just never paid attention. Either way you slice it, the barren Thursday night NBA schedule has made this weekly DraftKings lineup article more challenging than it may be otherwise (now that I think about it, Thursday has been rather light... Read More

1 year ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: Moment of Silence for Ayton's Ankles

First and foremost, I'd like to express my sincerest condolences to Deandre Ayton for the loss of his ankles... Sheesh. Praying he has a speedy recovery. (Also, the bench reaction was entirely too subdued and the Pacers have officially become my least favorite team due to their lameness.) Oh, and by the way, there were... Read More

1 year ago


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