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About Craig Rondinone - RotoBaller



Craig Rondinone - RotoBaller has written 381 articles so far, you can find them below.


Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers – Week 7

Another week, another four teams on bye in the NFL. Fantasy football players are going to have to make due this week without Carolina’s Greg Olsen, Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard and Pittsburgh’s Vance McDonald, not to mention Seattle’s Will Dissly, who was injured this past Sunday. It could be a worse week for fantasy players... Read More

1 day ago

Fantasy Football Booms, Busts: Week 6 Lineups

Week 6 will be a test for fantasy football players and owners. This the NFL’s first bye week of the season where more than two teams are off. The good news for fantasy players is that the four teams on bye – Chicago, Indianapolis, Buffalo and Oakland – are not exactly loaded with explosive offenses... Read More

4 days ago

Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers – Week 6

If you have Oakland’s Darren Waller as the top tight end on your fantasy football team, then you are going to need a replacement this week. This is the first four-team bye week of the season, so not only will fantasy owners be without Waller, they will also have to go in other directions if... Read More

1 week ago

Under-The-Radar Booms/Busts: Week 5

One month of the NFL regular season is in the books! I hope for your sake you have been using more booms than busts in your fantasy football lineups. The best news for fantasy players this week is that the lowly Miami Dolphins are on bye. If you have been using Josh Rosen, Kenyan Drake,... Read More

2 weeks ago

Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 5

There will not be a stampede of fantasy players searching for tight ends this week. The Week 5 bye teams will not really kill any fantasy owners at the tight end position, as Detroit’s injured / inconsistent rookie T.J. Hockenson and Miami’s underwhelming Mike Gesicki are the two starting tight ends off. That does not... Read More

2 weeks ago


Under-The-Radar Booms and Busts: Week 4

There are going to be a few familiar fantasy football faces missing this week, and not because of injuries. The first week of byes are upon us, fantasy folks! If you own any New York Jets (if so, I feel sorry for you) or San Francisco 49ers, you will need to find other alternatives to... Read More

3 weeks ago

Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 4

There are millions of fantasy football owners who probably need a tight end this week, one that can somehow replace one of the best tight ends in the NFL. The first bye week is upon us, and many fantasy owners will take a J.J. Watt-like hit at the tight end position because San Francisco’s George... Read More

3 weeks ago

Under-The-Radar Booms and Busts: Week 3

Now that every quarterback in the NFL is now injured, sick, retired or benched, finding the right booms and busts might be the only way some fantasy players can win this week. If things are not difficult enough for fantasy players, this is the last week before teams starting taking time off for the dreaded... Read More

4 weeks ago

Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 3

There is no need to panic if you are a fantasy football owner and you are not happy with the tight ends on your fantasy roster. There is no shortage of available tight ends on free agent lists and waiver wires in fantasy leagues this early in the season. Since no teams have gone on... Read More

4 weeks ago

Under-The-Radar Booms and Busts: Week 2

One week down, 16 more to go! I am currently basking in the glow of my under-the-radar boom picks of New England’s Phillip Dorsett and Buffalo’s John Brown from last week’s column, while trying to forget that I also told the world that New York Jets receiver/ghost Quincy Enunwa would go bonkers against the Bills.... Read More

1 month ago


Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 2

If you drafted the wrong tight end in your fantasy football league, you came to the right place! Now that every league’s draft/auction has been conducted and we are through the first week of NFL action, the tight end free-agent pool is now officially open for business. If it has taken you just one week... Read More

1 month ago

Under-The-Radar Booms/Busts: Week 1 Lineups

The NFL season is here, which means the fantasy football season is here, too! One of the key ways to winning championships in fantasy football leagues and money in one-day fantasy contests is by finding under-the-radar players who have big weeks. Another way to win is to avoid the under-the-radar players who look like they... Read More

1 month ago

Week 1 Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

Most fantasy football drafts are in the books, but that does not mean everyone has their Week 1 tight end on their roster. Were you the one wishing Baltimore’s Mark Andrews would fall to you and instead you got stuck with Detroit’s Jesse James? Did you pat yourself on the back when you drafted New... Read More

1 month ago

Craig Rondinone's Bold Predictions - 2019 Fantasy Football

Go bold or finish in last place in your fantasy football league. That’s what I always say. The crystal ball has been dusted off, the tarot cards have been shuffled and the spirits of fantasy football seasons past have been summoned to clue me in on what’s in store for the 2019 NFL campaign. There... Read More

1 month ago

Dynasty Showdown: Evan Engram vs Dallas Goedert

Is New York’s Evan Engram going to be more valuable than Philadelphia’s Dallas Goedert this year and in the coming years in dynasty fantasy football leagues? This intriguing question will be about as easy to answer as why we park in driveways and drive on parkways. Engram is coming off an injury-plagued season where he... Read More

2 months ago


Target Regression Candidates - Tight End

Fantasy Football Rule No. 271: A pass-catcher cannot catch passes unless he is targeted. The “target” was not a stat I remember fantasy football players worrying about in the 1990s or early 2000s, though. It was not a stat on a tight end’s line when you checked his numbers in the box score or on... Read More

2 months ago

Dynasty Stock Watch for 2019 - Wide Receivers (Part 2)

The fantasy football stock market for wide receivers has no offseason. There were so many wide receivers to talk about whose fantasy stock in dynasty leagues has either skyrocketed or plummeted this offseason that I had to split it into two columns. This is what happens in the pass-happy NFL these days. Whether it is... Read More

3 months ago

Dynasty Stock Watch - Wide Receivers (Part 1)

The stock market in fantasy football is always turbulent, especially during the offseason when draft choices, free-agent signings, blockbuster trades, coaching changes and off-the-field soap operas can change a player’s fantasy value instantaneously. The NFL has the longest offseason of the four major American sports, which means there are more months for a player’s fantasy... Read More

3 months ago

Dynasty Stock Watch - Tight Ends

The New York Stock Exchange is not the only place where people care a lot about whose stock is skyrocketing and whose is plummeting. The fantasy values of many tight ends have gone up and gone down during this interesting offseason. While nobody’s fantasy stock plunged more than Rob Gronkowski’s after he retired following winning... Read More

5 months ago

Late-Round Rookie RBs to Target in Dynasty Drafts

The 2019 NFL Draft is over, and the preparation for your fantasy football league’s upcoming season should be starting now, not in late August. In standard year-to-year fantasy leagues or keeper leagues where you can only hold onto a minimal amount of players, you are not going to find many late-round rookie running backs on... Read More

5 months ago


Veteran Running Backs Set to Lose Touches in 2019

Running backs these days have a shelf life about as long as raw chicken. Once running backs play several seasons in the NFL, the wear and tear of having linemen, linebackers and strong safeties tackling them bruises their bodies and slows their speed. That is why later in their careers they go from being fantasy... Read More

5 months ago

Just a Sophomore Slump - Third-Year Players Who Will Rebound in 2019

There were more sophomore successes in the NFL in 2018 than sophomore slumps. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes threw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns, Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey ran for 1,000 yards and added 867 receiving yards, and both Pittsburgh’s James Conner and Seattle’s Chris Carson had breakout rushing seasons after doing little during their rookie... Read More

5 months ago

Dynasty Breakouts for 2019 – Quarterback

Quarterbacks are always the talk of the NFL Draft, although this year's crop pales in comparison to last year. Some may become long-term assets in dynasty, but for a true breakout QB you are better off looking at the existing field. Whether you are in a one-QB or two-QB dynasty fantasy football league, the bottom... Read More

6 months ago

Early 2019 Breakout Candidates - Running Back

The NFL might be a pass-first, quarterback-driven league, but running backs still rule the roost in fantasy football. Finding the right running back to hang your helmet on in fantasy leagues is crapshoot. This is why it is NEVER too early to pinpoint the players you want to go after in your next fantasy football... Read More

6 months ago

Dynasty Breakouts for 2019 – Running Back

Fantasy football players should never give up on running backs, especially if those backs did not amount to much during their rookie campaigns the year prior. 2018 was the coming out party for three running backs --- Pittsburgh’s James Conner, Seattle’s Chris Carson and Indianapolis’ Marlon Mack. All three were drafted in 2017 but did... Read More

6 months ago


Dynasty Breakouts for 2019 – Wide Receiver

If you want to rule the roost in your dynasty fantasy football league this season and for the next several seasons, building your receiving corps around young game breakers with plenty of upside is one of the quickest ways to do it. The NFL is a pass-first league and will continue to be that way... Read More

6 months ago

Dynasty Breakouts for 2019 - Tight End

You do not have to look too hard to find last season’s breakout performer at the tight end position. The biggest dynasty breakout at tight end for 2018 was undoubtedly San Francisco’s George Kittle. He was a fifth-round rookie in 2017 who caught a respectable 43 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns. He was... Read More

7 months ago

Early 2019 Breakout Candidates - Quarterback

As soon as Maroon 5 ended its lame halftime show, millions of fantasy football players started thinking about the 2019 NFL season. For some of us, it happened even sooner. At this time last year, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes was thought of as an early breakout nominee for the 2018 campaign. Not only did he... Read More

7 months ago

Dynasty Sell-High Candidates for 2019 - Tight Ends

The tight end position in dynasty fantasy football leagues has never been as important as the running back, quarterback or wide receiver positions, but it is gaining ground. New records were set for most receptions in a season for a tight end (Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz) and most receiving yards in a season for a tight... Read More

7 months ago

Tight End Dynasty Rankings - Tiers and Analysis

2018 was probably the best year for tight ends in the history of fantasy football. Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz set the NFL single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 116, while San Francisco’s George Kittle set the single-season record for receiving yards for a tight end with 1,377. What’s crazy is that neither of... Read More

7 months ago


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We weren't really surprised by the top-scoring fantasy wide receivers from Week 6. Out of the top-20 receivers, only Jamison Crowder, Auden Tate and Jaron Brown were less than 50% owned. Jaron Brown (0% owned) was only targeted five times but he scored two touchdowns off of those five targets. Auden Tate (23% owned) hauled... Read More