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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.

William Karlsson Records Game-Winner On Sunday

Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, who led the team with 43 goals during the regular season, potted his first goal of the postseason on Sunday, recording the game-winning goal in a 3-2 result against the Kings in Game 3. Vegas' top line had been kept in check up to that point, as Karlsson didn't... Read More

2 years ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Leads Knights To Third Victory

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was named the first star in Game 3 after he made 37 saves in a 3-2 win to push the Kings on the brink of elimination. Vegas now has a 3-0 lead in the series, and teams that take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series hold an all-time... Read More

2 years ago

Kevin Love Narrowly Misses a Double-Double In Game 1

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love did some massive work on the glass in Game 1 against Indiana, recording 17 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to post a double-double. He was sharp from downtown, sinking three of six triples, but these ended up being his only points in the game. Love missed his only attempt from... Read More

2 years ago

LeBron James Starts The Playoffs With a Triple-Double

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James made a slow start to Game 1 against the Pacers, registering his first field goal attempt with less than two minutes to go in the opening quarter, but he still put together a very strong fantasy line with his 20th career postseason triple-double. He went 7-for-17 from the floor... Read More

2 years ago

Bojan Bogdanovic Logs Team-High 39 Minutes In Game 1

Indiana Pacers guard/forward Bojan Bogdanovic didn't do well on Sunday in Game 1 versus Cleveland, shooting only 5-for-17 from the floor to record 15 points, but head coach Nate McMillan didn't have any complaints as the 28-year-old Croat ended up playing a team-high 39 minutes. Bogdanovic, a 40 percent shooter from outside, finished only 1-for-6... Read More

2 years ago

Myles Turner Comes To Life In Win Over Cavs

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner finally broke out of a slump in the team's playoff opener against the Cavs, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds with one block. Turner had scored in double figures only once in the previous 10 outings, averaging just 3.5 rebounds this month. He and Thaddeus Young are the only... Read More

2 years ago

Victor Oladipo Leads Pacers To Game 1 Victory Over Cavs

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo proved on Sunday that he can handle the pressure of being the first option in the playoffs, scoring 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting in a 98-80 road win against the Cavs. He was great on both sides of the court, finishing with a plus-21 rating after recording six rebounds, four... Read More

2 years ago

Eric Bledsoe Struggles In Game 1

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe had a nightmare on Sunday in Game 1 against Boston, logging only 33 minutes before fouling out and finishing with only nine points. He shot 4-for-12 from the field, ending up with a team-high five turnovers as well. Bledsoe surprisingly spent a big part of the third sitting, as... Read More

2 years ago

Malcolm Brogdon Explodes After Halftime In Game 1

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was supposed to have a minutes limit in Game 1 against Boston, but he ended up logging 32 minutes, scoring all of his 16 points after halftime. He went 6-for-13 from the floor, including 2-for-6 from outside, recording four rebounds, three assists and one steal as well. Brogdon provided a... Read More

2 years ago

Khris Middleton Plays Very Well In Playoff Opener

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Khris Middleton didn't do much wrong on Sunday in the team's playoff opener against Boston, scoring 21 points on 12-for-20 shooting, making five of seven treys. He also notched eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block, leading the team with a plus-11 rating. Middleton's buzzer beater from the parking... Read More

2 years ago

Giannis Antetokounmpo Scores Game-High 35 Points In Sunday's Loss

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo started the playoffs with a bang on Sunday, scoring 35 points with 13 rebounds and seven assists, but it wasn't enough for the Bucks to shock Boston in Game 1. He shot 11-for-21 from the field and 13-for-16 from the line before fouling out in overtime. Giannis also managed... Read More

2 years ago

Marcus Morris Provides 21 Points Off The Bench

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris scored 21 of the team's 26 bench points in a Game 1 win over Milwaukee, shooting 8-for-20 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from outside. He also managed to grab seven rebounds. Morris has quietly done some great work lately. He was sitting a lot near the end of the regular... Read More

2 years ago

Jaylen Brown Logs 46 Minutes In Game 1

Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown did some very serious work on Sunday in Game 1 versus Milwaukee, logging a team-high 46 minutes. He also led the team with a plus-18 rating, scoring 20 points on 9-for-19 shooting, going 2-for-5 from deep. Brown added four rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal to his... Read More

2 years ago

Jayson Tatum Records a Double-Double In Playoffs Debut

Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum finished his NBA playoffs debut with a double-double on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 113-107 win over Milwaukee. He had a third of the team's 15 turnovers but made up for it with four assists, three steals, and one block. Tatum... Read More

2 years ago

Al Horford Scores Team-High 24 Points in Game 1

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford has a great matchup in the opening round of the playoffs against Milwaukee, as the Bucks have struggled against bigs all season, and he fully took advantage of that in Game 1, scoring a team-high 24 points with 12 rebounds. Horford did some great work from the charity stripe, going... Read More

2 years ago

Terry Rozier Leads Boston Home In Game 1

Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier looked set to disappoint fantasy owners once more in the playoff opener against Milwaukee, as he was quiet most of the game, but he ended up playing a key role in a 113-107 win, scoring 13 of the team's last 27 points, including eight of 14 in overtime. Rozier... Read More

2 years ago

Hampus Lindholm Records Two Points In Losing Effort

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm played a part in both of the team's goals in Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose, assisting Jakob Silfverberg on the opening goal with less than a minute played and scoring the second himself on a power play in the second period, with Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler getting the... Read More

2 years ago

Jakob Silfverberg Scores Anaheim's First Postseason Goal

Anaheim Ducks left wing Jakob Silfverberg scored the team's first postseason goal of the year in Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose. The Ducks were shutout in Game 1, but Silfverberg ensured quickly that the same wouldn't happen in Game 2, opening the scoring with only 40 seconds played. He also shared the team-lead with... Read More

2 years ago

Brenden Dillon Gets Another Point In Saturday's Win

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon is continuing his late-season offensive surge in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More known for his hard-hitting defensive game, Dillon recorded 11 of his 22 regular season points in the last 18 games. He's now also got two in two games in the playoffs, recording assists in both games against... Read More

2 years ago

Evander Kane Keeps Firing In Game 2

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane, who had two goals and six shots on goal in Game 1 against Anaheim, didn't hold anything back in the second meeting either, recording a game-high seven shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 win. He failed to find the net, but it was still another strong outing, especially... Read More

2 years ago

Logan Couture Records Two Points In San Jose's Second Win

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture, who had a league-leading 30 points during postseason play two seasons ago, grabbed his first two this year in Saturday's 3-2 win over Anaheim in Game 2. He scored the team's second goal on a power play and recorded an assist on Tomas Hertl's game-winning goal early in the... Read More

2 years ago

James Neal Goes Berserk With 11 Shots On Goal

Vegas Golden Knights winger James Neal might still be searching for his first postseason goal in 2018, but you can't say that he isn't trying hard to find it. Neal recorded a game-high 11 shots on goal Friday night against the Kings in a 2-1 overtime win. Jonathan Marchessault was next in line with seven,... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Tuch Nets Power-Play Goal In Game 2 Versus Kings

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored his first career playoff goal on Friday against the Kings, netting the opener of Game 2 on a power play with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith picking up the assists. David Perron (undisclosed) is on the verge of a return, so this was likely Tuch's final chance... Read More

2 years ago

Paul LaDue Puts Kings On The Board Versus Vegas

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Paul LaDue became an unlikely goalscorer on Friday in Game 2 against Vegas, netting the team's first goal of the series on a power play near the end of the second period. Dion Phaneuf and Michael Amadio picked up the helpers on what's LaDue's first career playoff goal. He had four... Read More

2 years ago

Erik Haula Scores Game-Winner In Game 2 Versus Kings

Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula helped the team become the fifth franchise in NHL history to win each of their first 2+ playoff games on Friday against the Kings, netting his seventh career playoff goal deep in the second overtime, making it 2-1. Haula logged 26:16 -- the fourth-highest minutes among the team's forwards... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Quick Makes 54 Saves In Losing Effort

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was amazing again Friday night in Game 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights, but his heroics didn't lead to a victory for the team this time either. Quick had 54 saves in a double overtime loss, stopping 22 pucks after regulation before Erik Haula ended the game with 4:37... Read More

2 years ago

Jabari Parker's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks power forward Jabari Parker could be an overlooked DFS option during the first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics. He'll be coming off the bench, but his minutes have been steadily on the rise since a return from a second knee injury. Parker has even been getting 30-plus minutes regularly this month, recording his... Read More

2 years ago

Eric Bledsoe's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe seems to be heading towards the playoffs in great form. He had only a six-point outing in the final regular season game of the year, but that was due to his minutes being extremely limited. Bledsoe had just posted his first triple-double of the season in the game before... Read More

2 years ago

Khris Middleton's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Khris Middleton will be looking to continue his career-year in the playoffs. He averaged 20.1 points per game during the regular season with 5.2 rebounds and four assists. The matchup against the Celtics in the opening round seems favorable for him, as he only recently had one of his best games... Read More

2 years ago

Giannis Antetokounmpo's First-Round DFS Preview

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will be expected to carry the team past the Boston Celtics by those, who believe that Joe Prunty's team can provide a first-round shock. Boston are one of the best defensive teams in the league, but they had no answer to Giannis during the regular season, as he averaged... 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

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Spin Rate

Spin rate has become one of the most recognizable Statcast metrics, with supporters of a given pitcher highlighting his spin rates to make their case. Unfortunately, the baseball world has done a lousy job conveying what spin rate really means. The result has been a ton of owners who know that spin rate exists, but... Read More

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 Staff Rankings

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Jose Urquidy

It's been a tumultuous winter for the Houston Astros. Not only were they embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal (which has, naturally, progressed apace to unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about ever more sophisticated methods of cheating), but they watched staff ace Gerrit Cole sign a mammoth free-agent deal with the Yankees. Plenty of virtual ink has been... Read More

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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ADP Cost Analysis – Robbie Ray vs Trevor Bauer

With fantasy baseball draft season in full swing, those of us who partake in this joyous game are now looking through as much draft data as possible in a bid to find players we love who have lower average draft positions (ADP) than we believe they should. All this to eke out as much draft... Read More

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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The second half of the season is always put under a microscope for starting pitchers. Fantasy players have a love for the second half of the season, as the belief is that pitchers who take a step forward could carry over that success the next season and perhaps even build upon it. But, as we... Read More

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NFL Draft Combine Preview: Quarterbacks

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RB Opportunity Share and Impact (AFC South & West): 2019 Review

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