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About Riley Mrack - RotoBaller

@FantasyOnTheFli Canadian-born and raised, I'm an avid sports fan and fantasy expert on baseball and football.

Riley Mrack - RotoBaller has written 105 articles so far, you can find them below.


Platoon Watch: Part-Time Infielders Worth Rostering

It seems that platooning in major league baseball has become increasingly popular every year. This strategy benefits teams by protecting aging veterans from injury and by getting the most advantageous lineup versus a specifically-handed pitcher. While platooning is smart for major league clubs, it gives us fantasy managers headaches when our player rides the pine... Read More

4 hours ago

Ken Giles Works Perfect Inning In Spring Debut

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Ken Giles worked a quick one-two-three inning in the team's Grapefruit League contest versus the Braves on Monday. He recorded one strikeout in the stress-free frame for his first spring tune-up this year. Giles is locked in as the closer for the Jays this season after an impressive 2019 campaign that... Read More

15 hours ago

Shun Yamaguchi Struggles In Spring Debut

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Shun Yamaguchi had a tough debut versus the Braves in his first taste of Grapefruit League action. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch against mostly projected bench players. His command notably struggled, but he showed a promising curveball that... Read More

20 hours ago

Nate Pearson Has Realistic Chance To Impact Club In 2020

Toronto Blue Jays top pitching prospect Nate Pearson has been raising eyebrows so far at his first big league camp, leading general manager Ross Atkins to believe he can impact the club at some point during the 2020 season. With only 18.0 innings pitched at Triple-A, the flame-throwing right-hander will undoubtedly have more conditioning to... Read More

23 hours ago

Ryan Borucki No Longer In Competition For Rotation

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki played catch on Monday after experiencing discomfort in his elbow last week. He felt good after the session, but manager Charlie Montoyo has ruled him out of contention for making the starting rotation since he's too far behind schedule. This narrows the candidates for the fifth spot down to... Read More

1 day ago


ADP Cost Analysis - Luis Robert vs Kyle Tucker

With spring training games officially underway, excitement around the fantasy baseball season simultaneously hits a new peak. As batting orders begin to map out and pitching rotations start to take shape, a lot of movement happens on ADP lists. Prospects tend to gain the most helium around this time of year because we have a... Read More

1 day ago

Ryan Borucki To Play Catch Monday

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki (elbow) is set to resume throwing on Monday after getting shut down for precautionary measures earlier this week. The southpaw was limited to just under 25.0 IP combined last season after dealing with his injured elbow, which eventually led to surgery in August to remove bone spurs. The Jays... Read More

4 days ago

Lourdes Gurriel, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Hit 3-4 For Jays

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo expressed on Thursday that outfielder Lourdes Gurriel and third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will hit third and fourth in the lineup for the club this season. Guerrero mentioned he likes batting behind Gurriel since pitchers attack both of them similarly. These bats will be in a prime position to... Read More

5 days ago

Lourdes Gurriel Could See Reps At First Base

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo stated Wednesday that outfielder Lourdes Gurriel may get some reps at first base this season versus left-handed pitchers. Travis Shaw will be the primary first baseman but has notably struggled versus these hurlers with a .225 career batting average. The Jays have plenty of outfield depth, so it would... Read More

6 days ago

Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio Expected To Hit Atop Jays Lineup

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo gave some insight on the team's potential batting order, stating that he expects shortstop Bo Bichette to hit leadoff, followed by second baseman Cavan Biggio. "Biggio was so good at the top of the lineup last year; he got on base all the time — second half, August and... Read More

1 week ago


2020 Relief Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Often regarded as an inferior fantasy baseball format, points leagues offer a different style of boasting over your friends or coworkers similar to that of fantasy football. These setups are typically head-to-head formats for a one-week stretch where the player with the most points gets a win. Easy right? While it's true that roster construction... Read More

1 week ago

2020 First Base Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Often regarded as an inferior fantasy baseball format, points leagues offer a different style of boasting over your friends or coworkers similar to that of fantasy football. These setups are typically head-to-head formats for a one-week stretch where the player with the most points gets a win. Easy right? While it's true that roster construction... Read More

2 weeks ago

Analyzing Fly Ball Metrics: 2020 Negative Regression Candidates

Last week, I uncovered a few pitching casualties from the record-setting 2019 season, which saw an unprecedented amount of home runs hit and a "juiced" ball theory come into light. While the use of the defensive shift has caused more players to change their swing into a fly ball-oriented approach, this monumental increase in dingers... Read More

3 weeks ago

Analyzing Fly Ball Metrics: 2020 Positive Regression Candidates

A once intermittent and revered event, the home run ball has now engulfed baseball to extraordinary levels, which has theorists convinced that the ball is tampered with or "juiced." For a good reason, as last year we saw four teams shatter the single-season home run record previously held by the 2018 Yankees, with the Minnesota... Read More

3 weeks ago

Randy Dobnak - 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

When searching for a potential fantasy baseball pitching breakout or sleeper, we generally look at top prospects or players that were high picks in their draft year. Usually, these are high-velocity arms who have dominated opponents since high school or international sensations that have been under tutelage from a major-league club since getting signed as... Read More

4 weeks ago


J.D. Davis - 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper

It's that time of year again to start touting this year's fantasy baseball draft sleepers for the upcoming 2020 season. While the term "sleeper" is generally overused, it's the simplest way for us analysts to tell you which players are a sneaky option to return value at their current draft-day price tags. With that said,... Read More

4 weeks ago

Will There Be Fantasy Fallout for the Astros?

The Houston Astros have landed in hot water this offseason after receiving sign-stealing allegations against them dating back to their World Series championship season of 2017. A long and thorough investigation by MLB has confirmed that the elaborate scheme to notify batters of specific pitches was indeed true, and the organization is now facing the... Read More

1 month ago

Hunter Renfrow's Late TD Not Enough In Raiders Finale

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow caught six of his nine targets for 102 yards and a touchdown as the team fell 16-15 to the Broncos in their season finale. Renfrow played hero with seven seconds left, catching a three-yard TD pass to put the Raiders within a point, but they failed the two-point try... Read More

2 months ago

Darren Waller Caps Breakout Year With 107-Yard Performance

Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller had a strong finish to his breakout campaign in the team's 16-15 loss to the Broncos on Sunday. He caught six of his team-high 10 targets for 107 scoreless yards, easily finishing the year as the team's top pass-catcher. Waller ended the campaign second at the position in receiving... Read More

2 months ago

Deandre Washington Picks Up 132 Yards In Finale

Oakland Raiders running back Deandre Washington capped his 2019 season with a solid showing versus the Broncos on Sunday. He rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries and picked up another 55 yards on eight receptions, filling in nicely for the injured Josh Jacobs. Washington became a fantasy darling in the late weeks of the... Read More

2 months ago


Derek Carr Throws For Season-High Yardage In Loss

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 29 of 46 passes for 391 yards as the team fell to the Broncos 16-15 in their season finale. The veteran connected with Hunter Renfrow with seven seconds left for their only score of the game, but disappointingly missed the two-point attempt to seal the victory. Carr wrapped up... Read More

2 months ago

2020 Offseason Outfield Rankings (Part 1) - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues

It's never too early to start looking ahead to the next baseball season, so here we deliver our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to those of you looking to scratch your fantasy itch. Whether you're already eliminated from fantasy football contention, or you're getting a head start on next year's keeper selections, RotoBaller has got you... Read More

2 months ago

2020 Offseason Shortstop Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues

It's never too early to start looking ahead to the next baseball season, so here we deliver our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to those of you looking to scratch your fantasy itch. Whether you're already eliminated from fantasy football contention, or you're getting a head start on next year's keeper selections, RotoBaller has got you... Read More

2 months ago

Darren Waller A TE1 Versus Broncos

Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller has a good matchup versus the Broncos this Sunday to close out his 2019 breakout campaign. The 27-year-old put up a sterling 7/70/0 line versus Denver in Week 1, and should see the majority of the team's passing volume once again in this road contest. Waller has led the... Read More

2 months ago

Derek Carr A Risky Week 17 Option

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has posted two 20-point fantasy performances over his last three weeks, but will face a tougher test this Sunday versus the Broncos. The Denver defense has surrendered the sixth-fewest passing yards in the league (215.3 YPG), and the seventh-fewest fantasy points to the position this season (14.7 FPPG). They've also... Read More

2 months ago


Josh Jacobs Had Surprise Surgery Wednesday

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs posted videos of himself online Wednesday night after undergoing what he deemed the "fastest surgery ever." The rookie has missed two of the last three games with a shoulder injury, but the image shows his lower left leg in bandages. It's unclear exactly what caused the unexpected procedure to... Read More

2 months ago

2020 Offseason Catcher Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues

It's never too early to start looking ahead to the next baseball season, so here we deliver our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to those of you looking to scratch your fantasy itch. Whether you're already eliminated from fantasy football contention, or you're getting a head start on next year's keeper selections, RotoBaller has got you... Read More

2 months ago

Tyrell Williams A WR4 Versus Chargers

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams ended his touchdown slump last weekend with a 40-yard score, but it's hard to trust the veteran for championship weekend. He's seen his overall production significantly drop off over the last four weeks, averaging just two catches and 27 yards a game in this span. It won't help his... Read More

2 months ago

DeAndre Washington In The RB2 Mix For Championship Weekend

Oakland Raiders running back Deandre Washington will handle the bulk of backfield touches this weekend with rookie Josh Jacobs ruled out with a shoulder injury. When Washington took over as the starter in Week 14, he went on to receive 20 touches for 96 total yards and a touchdown as the clear-cut No. 1 option... Read More

2 months ago

Darren Waller A Midrange TE1 For Week 16

Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller will look to extend his hot streak this Sunday in a road matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. The 26-year-old has seen a heavy dosage of volume over the last three weeks, catching 21 of 25 passes for 294 yards, becoming the second tight end to eclipse 1,000 yards... Read More

2 months ago


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