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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.


RotoBaller NBA Recap: Blake Griffin is the GOAT

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap where we'll highlight three fantasy basketball takeaways from last night's three-game slate because a 1,000-word love letter to Blake Griffin would be frowned upon. (Although, merited to the utmost degree.) More on Blake in a bit, but while we're here, sign me up for a first-round, 4-seed/5-seed playoff matchup... Read More

11 months ago

Week 7 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

When I watch movies, I root for the bad guy. I always wanted the coyote to catch the roadrunner. An NFL team going after a defeated season is exponentially more intriguing to me than the pursuit of an undefeated one. I'm just that guy. So much so, that when I sat down to begin typing... Read More

11 months ago

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (10/18/18): NBA DFS Lineups

With the MLB postseason in full swing, the NFL season approaching its midway point, and more importantly, the NBA back in action, there is no better time of year to be a sports fan. (I've heard various arguments for other times of the year - they're all iniquitous and worthy of a boisterous Kawhi laugh.)... Read More

11 months ago

Jeff Heuerman Seeing Targets, Not Results

Many a gym-goer have experienced the frustration of putting in a ton of work without seeing any immediate results in the mirror. Should you fall in that boat, Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman feels your pain. Heuerman has seen 17 targets over the Broncos last three games (tied with Demaryius Thomas for the second-most... Read More

11 months ago

Demaryius Thomas Looks to Extend His TD Streak

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ranks 46th among WRs at 55 receiving yards per game. Unsurprisingly, all three of his double-digit fantasy point performances this season (standard scoring) have come in games where he was able to showcase his dancing ability. Thomas has found the end zone in two-straight games, and while I'd normally... Read More

11 months ago


Emmanuel Sanders' Floor is the Ceiling

Michael Jordan once told us that "The ceiling is the roof!" Well, the floor might be the ceiling this week for Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders has seen seven or more targets in five of six games -- catching at least five passes in all five -- so it's safe to assume he'll... Read More

11 months ago

Phillip Lindsay Cracks Top 20

Having put up at least 75 yards from scrimmage in four of his six games this season, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay quietly ranks among the top-20 RBs in terms of scrimmage yards per game (including the ejection-shortened Week 3). Meanwhile, the Cardinals have allowed opposing RBs to pick up 138.8 rushing yards per... Read More

11 months ago

Royce Freeman a Solid Bet to Find the End Zone

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman has been held out of the end zone in two straight games, but a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals could be just what he needs to bring the scoring drought to an end. No team has allowed more rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs than the eight allowed by... Read More

11 months ago

Case Keenum Draws Unfavorable Road Matchup

The boos were audible Sunday, but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. Unfortunately, the bad for Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum is that his back-to-back 300-plus yard, two touchdown passing performances have been overshadowed by Denver's four-game losing streak. It also doesn't help that this offense is averaging the seventh-fewest points... Read More

11 months ago

Demaryius Thomas is Going Streaking

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas brought in a one-yard touchdown pass with a little over a minute left in the Broncos 23-20 loss to the Rams Sunday - finishing the day with three receptions on four targets for 57 yards and one TD. The four targets were a season-low but Thomas has now found... Read More

11 months ago


Emmanuel Sanders Echoes Grumbles of Soft NFL

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders pointed in the face of Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill after bringing in a 43-yard pass in the first quarter of Sunday's loss, drawing a 15-yard taunting penalty that ultimately resulted in the offense settling for a field goal on the drive, which sparked the comment that many... Read More

11 months ago

Week 6 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

The San Francisco 49ers (1-4) have faced the Green Bay Packers (2-2-1) a total of 15 times over the past 20 seasons... They're 5-10 over those 15 games. Of those 15 matchups, eight were played at Lambeau Field... San Fran is 2-6 over those eight. Now I get it, this Monday Night Football matchup will... Read More

11 months ago

Phillip Lindsay Sees More Work In Passing Game

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay saw a career-high seven targets in the Broncos loss Sunday -- second on the team to Emmanuel Sanders' 10 -- bringing in six passes for 48 yards through the air. He also added 18 yards on the ground with his four carries. Not the biggest day from the fantasy... Read More

11 months ago

Royce Freeman Held in Check Sunday

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman contributed 22 yards on nine carries in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams. He was not targeted in the passing game. The good news here is that Freeman saw the bulk of the carries Sunday with his nine -- more than double of fellow RB Phillip Lindsay -- accounting... Read More

11 months ago

Demaryius Thomas Looks to Build on Positive Outing

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas put up his best numbers of 2018 in Week 5 -- six receptions, 105 yards, and one touchdown - - and will look to keep things rolling in Week 6 against a Los Angeles Rams secondary which hasn't played well since losing cornerback Aqib Talib. The Rams have allowed... Read More

11 months ago


Royce Freeman Looks to Bounce Back After Disappointing Week 5

After finding the end zone in three straight games, Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman managed just 31 yards on five carries in the Broncos Week 5 loss to the New York Jets. The five carries were a season-low for Freeman -- as he fell victim to game script with the Broncos facing a two-score... Read More

11 months ago

Phillip Lindsay Seeking Fourth Double-Digit Fantasy Performance

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says the Rams run defense has been "Terrible, without question..." That is great news for Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay, as Denver's backs have attempted the eighth most rushing attempts, with his 5.75 yards per carry being good for 10th among RBs this season. Fellow RB mate... Read More

11 months ago

Emmanuel Sanders Could be in For a Huge Game

At 17.8 fantasy points per game, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sits 19th among WRs this season in PPR scoring despite the deplorable play of his quarterback Case Keenum. Averaging seven receptions (on nine targets) and 77.2 yards per game, Sanders has been one of the more consistent receiving options to be had in... Read More

11 months ago

Case Keenum Looks to Keep Things Rolling

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has yet to finish a game this season without throwing an interception. However, he'll be taking on a Los Angeles Rams team in Week 6 which hasn't intercepted an opposing QB since Week 2 while allowing eight passing touchdowns and an average of 22.9 fantasy points per game to the... Read More

11 months ago

Broncos DST Disappointing in Loss

The Denver Broncos defense/special teams unit put up negative-two fantasy points in what appeared to be a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 5 - their second-straight negative fantasy performance. The Broncos did force two turnovers on the day -- intercepting their first pass since Week 1 -- but Denver's revered pass... Read More

12 months ago


Brandon McManus Still Perfect

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus connected on a 30-yard field goal Sunday against the Jets, making him a perfect 8-for-8 on the season. The field goal marked the 100th make of his five-year career. McManus fell victim to the Broncos offensive struggles, however, finishing the day with just the one field goal while also going... Read More

12 months ago

Courtland Sutton Scores First NFL Touchdown

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton got Denver on the board early in the first quarter Sunday against the Jets with an eight-yard receiving touchdown - the first of his NFL career. Sutton appeared to be in line for a nice day but went on to finish the game with just two catches, 18 yards,... Read More

12 months ago

Emmanuel Sanders Has a Solid Afternoon in Loss

Like the rest of the offense, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was quiet for most of the afternoon in the Broncos 34-16 loss to the New York Jets. However, Sanders was able to salvage his day late as Denver faced a large second half deficit - forcing quarterback Case Keenum to attempt 51 passes... Read More

12 months ago

Demaryius Thomas Goes Over 100 Yards Sunday

For the first time in nearly a full calendar year, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas topped 100 yards receiving Sunday in the Broncos Week 5 loss to the New York Jets. Thomas brought in five of six targets on the day for 105 yards and even added a late 42-yard touchdown for good measure.... Read More

12 months ago

Phillip Lindsay Remains Productive in Week 5

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay rushed 12 times for 61 yards while adding three catches for 20 yards in the Broncos 34-16 loss to the Jets Sunday. A touchdown would have been nice but Lindsay has now put up at least 75 yards from scrimmage in every game this season (excluding his ejection-shortened Week... Read More

12 months ago


Royce Freeman Efficient but Limited in Broncos Loss

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman averaged 6.2 yards per carry Sunday afternoon against the New York Jets. Problem is, Denver trailed 21-10 at halftime and Freeman saw just one carry in the second half - finishing the day with five carries for 31 yards and adding three receptions for 16. The lack of touches... Read More

12 months ago

Case Keenum Almost Ends Interception Streak

The final pass of the day from Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum was deflected into the welcoming arms of Jets safety Marcus Maye, extending Keenum's interception streak to five games. In completing 35 of 51 attempts for 377 yards and two touchdowns, Keenum ended the afternoon with solid numbers for fantasy owners courageous enough to... Read More

12 months ago

Week 5 Start/Sit - Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

Not all sleeps are created equal. There's the "I had six too many adult beverages" sleep, the "I don't have a thing to do tomorrow so I'm turning off any and everything that could possibly wake me up unnaturally" sleep, the "If I lay down now, I'll get... one.. two.. three... hours of sleep" sleep...... Read More

12 months ago

Broncos Defense Re-Enters the Top 10

All things considered, the Denver Broncos defense/special teams unit (mainly the defensive portion) held up well in a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night. They'll head to East Rutherford this week to take on the Jets in what should result in a much better performance for fantasy owners. After a six-sack performance... Read More

12 months ago

Jeff Heuerman Not Likely to Repeat in Week 5

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman had his best game of the season last week against the Kansas City Chiefs -- picking up 57 yards on four receptions -- and is in line to be the Broncos primary TE moving forward with Jake Butt out for the season. A repeat of last week's production is... Read More

12 months ago


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