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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.


Jeff Heuerman Continues to Make His Case for Fantasy Relevance

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman caught two of three targets en route to 44 yards in the Broncos 24-17 victory over the Steelers. Heuerman has now seen 20 targets over Denver's last three games and it appears that quarterback Case Keenum is beginning to develop a decent amount of trust in the former Buckeye.... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton Pulls the Disappearing Act

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton caught just one of four targets for 14 yards in the Broncos 24-17 victory over the Steelers Sunday. Don't give up on Sutton just yet -- as the Broncos draw a pass-friendly matchup with the Bengals in Week 13 -- but it's beginning to look like the breakout many... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders Bounces Back

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders bounced back from three mediocre performances to the tune of seven receptions, 86 yards, and one touchdown in the Broncos 24-17 victory over the Steelers Sunday. The TD marked the first time Sanders has found the end zone since Week 7 and the 12 targets were good for the... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Missing in Action

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman received just six carries Sunday - resulting in a less than impressive 17 yards. Fellow RB-mate Phillip Lindsay is running away with this job like he stole it which has relegated Freeman to a touchdown-dependent, last resort, flex option at this point. But, on the bright side, Freeman and... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Continues Impressive Rookie Campaign

If not for Saquon Barkley, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay would easily be the favorite for Rookie Running Back of the Year (no that's not a thing). Lindsay continued his impressive rookie campaign by turning 14 carries into 110 yards and a TD against a Steelers defense which had held opposing RBs to a... Read More

1 year ago


Case Keenum Tosses Two TD Passes in Broncos Win

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum completed 15 of 28 pass attempts for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos 24-17 victory over the Steelers Sunday. Keenum's inefficient season continues -- he's now completed less than 65-percent of his pass attempts in nine of 11 games with the 197 passing yards marking the third time... Read More

1 year ago

Week 12 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

We haven't seen the Oilers in action since 1998, but they're still very alive in my heart. Warren Moon was one of my favorite players as a kid, and their uniforms/color combination might just be the most iconic to ever grace a football field. In case you're too young to remember, the Oilers played in... Read More

1 year ago

To Handcuff, or Not To Handcuff?

I've been handcuffed more times than I care to admit. Unfortunately, never for "pleasure" (I have only three shades of grey). Before you ask, I'm not some felonious degenerate (though I know a few, and may or may not be related to a few more), there was just a time in my life where I... Read More

1 year ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: The Circus Continues

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down operations in 2017 after 146 years, but the Washington Wizards have managed to keep the show on the road - they really should be forced to pay royalties at this point to be honest. Apparently, Otto Porter is the black sheep of the crew, there have... Read More

1 year ago

Thanksgiving Thursday DFS Lineup Picks: FanDuel, DraftKings Daily Fantasy Advice

Thanksgiving is a very dope holiday - food and football is an undefeated combination as far as I'm concerned. Questionable origins in the United States, but if we strip it down to the bare bones, it's a time to, well, give thanks. We're all blessed to be breathing, and even though life may sometimes feel... Read More

1 year ago


Week 11 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

¿Què pasa? Este juego ya no va estar en la ciudad de México -- porque la NFL tiene un complejo de superioridad -- pero pensé que una introducción en español sería divertido así que aquí estamos. Realmente no resultó ser tan divertido. Con suerte, puedes leer esto. Disappointed this game won't be coming to us from... Read More

1 year ago

Jeff Heuerman Returns to Earth

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman followed up his career day with a four-catch, 20-yard outing against the Chargers Sunday; a disappointing result for fantasy owners who streamed the TE this week. If there's a silver lining here, it's that Heuerman has now seen at least five targets in four of Denver's last five games... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton Leads Broncos Aerial Attack Sunday

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton brought in three of six targets for 78 yards in the Broncos 23-22 win over the Chargers Sunday. Sutton had a 30-yard catch-and-run late in the fourth quarter to set the Broncos up for a game-winning field goal (also saving the day for fantasy owners who had him in... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders Continues to Ascend the Worry Meter

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was one of the top fantasy WRs through the first seven weeks of the 2018 season -- averaging 86.1 yards per game while compiling three receiving touchdowns -- but has now managed just 53.3 receiving yards over the Broncos last three games following his four-catch, 56-yard performance on Sunday... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Misses Zero Beats

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman rushed seven times Sunday - picking up 23 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from the sprained ankle which forced him to miss the Broncos last two games. Freeman has now found the endzone in five of his last seven appearances, and his touchdown potential keeps... Read More

1 year ago


Phillip Lindsay Carries the Broncos to a W

The Denver Broncos scored three touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday. Running back Phillip Lindsay was responsible for two of them. Lindsay received just 11 carries with Royce Freeman back in action, but made the most of his touches averaging 7.2 yards per carry en route to 79 yards - he also brought in... Read More

1 year ago

Case Keenum Invisibly Visible in Broncos Win

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum completed 19 of 32 passes for 205 yards in the Broncos 23-22 win over the Chargers Sunday. Keenum led the Broncos on a game-winning, 76-yard drive -- which ended with a 34-yard Brandon McManus field goal -- but was largely ineffective for the rest of the afternoon having amassed just... Read More

1 year ago

Broncos DST Not the Greatest of Week 11 Options

Sure, the Denver Broncos defense has performed much better in recent weeks -- specifically against the run -- and quietly, the 6.9 fantasy points they've put up per game are good for seventh-most in the league (though skewed by their 33 point performance in Week 7). However, opposing DSTs have averaged just 2.9 fantasy points... Read More

1 year ago

Jeff Heuerman Primed for an Encore

The last time we saw Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman in action (Week 9) he was having himself quite the day. Possibly the best game he'll ever play over the course of his NFL career. Heuerman brought in 10 of 11 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown, and while I don't believe this... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders Looking to Bounce Back

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is coming off two of his lowest yardage totals of the 2018 season -- 57 in Week 8, 47 in Week 9 -- and will have his work cut out for him in Week 11 against a respectable Chargers defense. However, he's seen at least seven targets in seven... Read More

1 year ago


Courtland Sutton Breakout on the Horizon

We may have to wait another week to see Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton realize his post-Demaryius Thomas breakout as his squad faces a respectable Week 11 foe in the Los Angeles Chargers. Truth be told, this Chargers defense has benefited from facing some not exactly prolific passing offenses -- Buffalo, San Francisco, Oakland... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Draws a Tough Hand in Week 11

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay capitalized on the absence of teammate Royce Freeman in Weeks 8 and 9 -- rushing for 155 yards and a touchdown while catching five passes for 41 -- but Freeman was a full-participant in Thursday's practice - signaling the end of Lindsay's run as the man. Lindsay averaged 10.5... Read More

1 year ago

Case Keenum Set to Come Out Firing

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum averaged 16.1 fantasy points over his last five games before the team's Week 10 bye. But, more importantly, he went into the bye on the heels of his first interception-free game of the season. Keenum told the media, "It’s fire-all-the-bullets-in-the-chamber...” time for this offense, but unfortunately, he'll draw a Chargers... Read More

1 year ago

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (11/15/18): NBA DFS Lineups

These mini-slates are always unique. Fewer options, less separation and all that. However, this one is uniquely unique in that we'll see three of the league's fastest teams (Hawks, Clippers, and Warriors) matched up with three of the league's slowest (Nuggets, Spurs, and Rockets) in a battle of opposing styles -- kinda like when Bruce... Read More

1 year ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: Addition By Subtraction

We've all heard the phrase, "addition by subtraction" - a phrase which, by definition, is impossible to comprehend. I mean, how can you complete the process of adding something to something else while taking one number or amount away from another? It makes no sense. Unless, of course, you're the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, or Golden State... Read More

1 year ago


Week 10 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

For some, it's birth. Other's may come in the form of an experience. There are even those few (my aunt) who fall in that weird, I just like their colors category. But, every sports fan has that defining moment which determines "their team". Mine came January 27, 1991 - the infamous Scott Norwood, "wide right"... Read More

1 year ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (11/8/18): NBA DFS Lineups

Only four games on tap in the association tonight, but there is still plenty of value to be had as these eight teams combine to provide 29 different players who've averaged at least 25 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season. (Yes, this includes Carmelo Anthony; I probably need to set the bar a bit... Read More

1 year ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: The Youth Movement is Real

There were about four minutes left in the first quarter of Tuesday night's commencement between the Hawks and Hornets. A 41-year old Vince Carter had Jeremy Lamb in the post before spinning baseline and elevating for a one-handed, "Statue of Liberty"-esque dunk. I use "elevating" lightly. I mean, it was far from a struggle dunk,... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton Sees a Slight Uptick in Production

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton's game was supposed to be elevated to new heights following the Broncos decision to trade away Demaryius Thomas, and while that may wind up being the case, Game 1 didn't produce much elevation. Sutton came into this Week 9 matchup against the Texans averaging 4.6 targets, 2.1 receptions, and... Read More

1 year ago

Devontae Booker Records First Touchdown of the Season

Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker saw just three carries on Sunday, one of which resulted in a 14-yard stroll into the end zone -- his first touchdown of the season. Booker went on to finish the day with 15 yards on the ground while adding just nine through the air (two receptions) which is... Read More

1 year ago


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Finally, we had a good fantasy matchup last week. And now, as punishment, we get this. The Eagles against the Giants is a good rivalry game. But for fantasy? Not so much. Even key players Saquon Barkley and Carson Wentz have been severely disappointing in 2019. The game is not going to be something to... Read More


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