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About Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller

Sports nut since day 1 on the planet. Don't talk much, but write a lot. A firm believer that James Harden is the real MVP.

Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller has written 3826 articles so far, you can find them below.

Oscar Klefbom Ends Goal Drought With Game-Winner

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored his first goal in three months on Monday, as he made it 4-3 in overtime against the Arizona Coyotes. While he's a not a regular goal threat, Klefbom scored a career-high 12 goals last year, and he's on pace to finish with just five this season. In total, the... Read More

2 years ago

Brendan Leipsic Leads Canucks Past The Isles

Vancouver Canucks left wing Brendan Leipsic put on a show on Monday, as he finished with two goals and three points in a 4-3 overtime win against the New York Islanders. Brock Boeser exited the game after an awkward fall, so the Canucks needed a new hero and Leipsic delivered. His goal sparked a comeback... Read More

2 years ago

Troy Brouwer Shows Signs Of Life

Calgary Flames right wing Troy Brouwer picked up two points on Monday against the Penguins, scoring the team's final goal in the 4-3 overtime loss and picking up an assist on Mark Giordano's tally that started the visitors' comeback from a two-goal deficit. As a former 40-point scorer, Brouwer has been awful this season, getting... Read More

2 years ago

Johnny Gaudreau Ends Four-Game Pointless Streak

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau picked up an assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh to end a season-high four-game pointless streak. Gaudreau, who had three shots on goal, picked up the helper on the team's third goal, which was scored by Troy Brouwer. He was on a superb run before the point... Read More

2 years ago

Kyle Anderson Matches Career High With Five Steals

San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson got busy on the defensive end in Monday's narrow win over Memphis, matching his career high with five steals. He logged a solid 26 minutes as a starter, finishing with 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting and dishing out four assists. Anderson is having a nice year with Kawhi Leonard... Read More

2 years ago

Davis Bertans Shines In Bench Role

San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans had a superb outing off the bench Monday against the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes and picking up four rebounds, three assists and a steal. The Latvian struggled with his three-ball, shooting 1-for-5 from deep, but did well overall, going 5-for-9 (55.6 percent) from the field. Rudy... Read More

2 years ago

LaMarcus Aldridge Struggles In Return From Injury

San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) was back at it on Monday after missing one game, but he didn't have a good performance against Memphis, finishing with a season-low seven points in 31 minutes. He shot 2-for-8 and also had eight rebounds. It was an awful performance, but the good news is that... Read More

2 years ago

Tony Parker Explodes Off The Bench With 23 Points

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker brought back memories of happier times for the fans on Monday, as he had a vintage performance with 23 points. Parker scored his season high with 26 minutes off the bench, shooting 10-for-14 from the floor. He also had four assists and a steal. Dejounte Murray, who has... Read More

2 years ago

Jacob Markstrom In Net For Canucks Versus Isles

Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom has been awful in recent outings, but he'll keep his place as a starter on Monday. He gave up three goals on five shots last Wednesday against the Rangers before getting pulled and allowed four goals on Friday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville. He won't have it easy... Read More

2 years ago

Antti Raanta Searching For Fourth Straight Win On Monday

Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta will guard the net once again on Monday in Edmonton, and he'll be searching for his fourth straight win. The 28-year-old Finn has been superb lately, losing just once since Feb. 12, and he has two shutouts in the last five starts. One of these came a couple of weeks... Read More

2 years ago

Cam Talbot Looks To End Losing Streak Versus Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot will be looking to end a three-game losing streak when the team hosts the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. He's given up a total of 11 goals in the losses with a .901 save percentage. Talbot has done well against Arizona this season, saving 92.4 percent of the shots faced and... Read More

2 years ago

Jon Gillies Starts For Flames In Pittsburgh

Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies will get his fifth start of the season on Monday when the team visits the Pittsburgh Penguins. He saved 24 of 27 shots (.889 save percentage) on Friday against the Rangers in what was his second straight loss. Getting a win in Pittsburgh won't be easy either, as the defending... Read More

2 years ago

Micheal Ferland Returns For Flames

Calgary Flames right wing Micheal Ferland will be back in the lineup on Monday when the team faces the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 25-year-old forward has been out with an undisclosed injury since Feb. 22. Ferland is having a career year this season, playing on the top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, as he's... Read More

2 years ago

Martin Jones Yanked In Loss To Columbus

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones had a nightmare on Sunday against Columbus, giving up three goals on 13 shots before being pulled early in the second period. His poor play turned out to be costly for the team, as the Jackets ran out 4-2 winners. Jones is having a down year this season, giving... Read More

2 years ago

Evander Kane Scores His First Goal In San Jose

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane kept racking up the points in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Columbus, getting his first goal for the team in the process. Kane, who picked up an assist on San Jose's first goal, made it 3-2 in the middle of the final frame. He now has five points in... Read More

2 years ago

David Perron Reaches New Career High In Points

Vegas Golden Knights left wing David Perron finished with a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-2 win over New Jersey to post a new career high in points. He now has 59 points to his name, which betters his 57 points achieved as an Oiler in 2013-14. Perron has registered 16 goals and is... Read More

2 years ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Ends Brief Losing Streak Against New Jersey

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury ended a brief losing streak on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils, finishing with 33 saves and a .943 save percentage in a 3-2 win. He had lost his previous two starts, and amazingly a two-game losing run is actually his longest of the season. The former Penguin has... Read More

2 years ago

Tomas Tatar Scores First Goal For The Knights

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Tatar scored his first goal for the team in Sunday's 3-2 win over New Jersey. His power-play strike near the end of the second period ended up being the game-winner as well. He's playing on the second power-play unit alongside Erik Haula and David Perron, who are also his... Read More

2 years ago

Cheick Diallo Picks Up Double-Double Off The Bench

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Cheick Diallo enjoyed an extended run on Sunday with Emeka Okafor (ankle) missing the game, logging 23 minutes off the bench and finishing with his second double-double of the season. Diallo scored a season-high 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds while also adding three steals as a... Read More

2 years ago

Nikola Mirotic Drops Six Treys On The Mavs

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Nikola Mirotic made his third start for the team in Sunday's 126-109 win over the Mavericks, logging 31 minutes and scoring 24 points. He did most of his damage from deep, going 6-for-11 with the three-ball. Mirotic shot 8-for-15 overall and added five rebounds and a block to his tally... Read More

2 years ago

Rajon Rondo Flirts With Triple-Double Against Dallas

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo enjoyed the boos on Sunday at the American Airlines Center, as he almost picked up a triple-double against his former team. Rondo played in Dallas only a few months in 2014-15, but the fans still haven't forgotten the turbulent times. He ended up stretching his streak with double-digit... Read More

2 years ago

Jrue Holiday Leads Pelicans In Scoring Versus Dallas

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday was basically unstoppable on Sunday, as he scored 30 points in 32 minutes to lead the team in scoring against the Mavs. He was perfect from the line with his four attempts and made 12 of his 19 field goals, going 2-for-3 from deep. Holiday also provided seven... Read More

2 years ago

Anthony Davis Picks Up Eighth Consecutive Double-Double

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis did a little bit of everything on Sunday against the Mavs, picking up his eighth consecutive double-double in the process. He had 23 points on 9-for-19 shooting and 13 rebounds. Davis polished off another great fantasy performance with three steals in 37 minutes on the court. Can anyone stop... Read More

2 years ago

John Gibson Records 37 Saves In Win

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson hasn't missed a beat following a stint on Injured Reserve, as he's won both of his starts since returning, making a total of 71 saves. Thirty seven of those came on Sunday in a 6-3 win over Chicago. It was the first game since Jan. 25 in which Gibson gave... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Getzlaf Collects Three Points On Sunday

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (illness) was back in the lineup on Sunday and ended up being involved in half of the team's six goals against Chicago, finishing with three assists. It's his second consecutive game with at least three points after finishing the last outing against the Oilers with a goal and three assists.... Read More

2 years ago

Corey Perry Has Two Goals Versus Chicago

Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry had his second two-goal game of the season on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring the team's second and final goal in a 6-3 win. The bad news for fantasy owners is the fact that Perry has been awful most of the season and is set to finish with... Read More

2 years ago

Jakob Silfverberg Scores Twice In Ducks Win

Anaheim Ducks left wing Jakob Silfverberg scored two goals on Sunday as Randy Carlyle's team easily took care of the Blackhawks 6-3. The 27-year-old Swede also had a team-high five shots on goal. Silfverberg has two consecutive 20-goal seasons to his name, but getting there this year has been really tough, as it's only the... Read More

2 years ago

Cam Talbot Picks Up Another Loss On Saturday

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot suffered his third consecutive loss on Saturday, giving up three goals on 34 shots (.912 save percentage) against the Rangers. He was on a good run of three wins in four starts before that, but the Oilers are having a down year and it's tough for a goalie to do... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Returns With a Goal

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (ribs) returned from injury on Saturday, scoring his 17th goal of the season against the New York Rangers. He logged 13:20 in his first game since Jan. 13, recording four shots on goal and a plus-1 rating, while also blocking three shots. The 24-year-old center is having a decent season... Read More

2 years ago

Connor McDavid Keeps Racking Up The Points

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games and grow his tally across the last four games to eight points. He became the first Oilers player since Ryan Smyth in 2005/06 and 2006/07 to record back-to-back 30-goal... Read More

2 years ago

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Every year, there are those rookies who we expect to make a splash right away. Think Kris Bryant, Ronald Acuna, Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge--those guys. Once we make it through all the service time manipulation shenanigans, there are always youngsters ready to snatch roster spots immediately, and 2020 is no exception. Below are nine of... Read More

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Khris Davis

The Oakland Athletics finished 2019 with a record of 97-65, which was good for a second-place finish in the AL West and a second-consecutive wildcard birth. They did this despite a statistically down season from their superstar, Khris Davis. Davis struggled mightily in 2019 by slashing .220/.293/.387 with 23 HR, 73 RBI, 61 R, and... Read More

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Jose Urquidy

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Mark Canha

Mark Canha had a solid 2019 campaign and is one player that probably deserves more attention heading into 2020 than he is currently receiving. He finished the season hitting .273/.396/.517 with 26 HR, 58 RBI, 80 R, and 67 BB in 410 at-bats. It was a very productive line for a guy that played in... Read More

Four Prospect Sleepers for 2020 Redraft Leagues

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2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Second Base

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – C.J. Cron

As another fantasy baseball season approaches, we once again have the chance to discuss C.J. Cron as a fantasy sleeper. Cron will be playing for his third team in three seasons. It is tough to wrap one's head around the idea that a player of Cron's talent continues to be undervalued by professional and fantasy... Read More

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