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About Jeff Kahntroff - RotoBaller

Jeff Kahntroff - RotoBaller Favorite Teams - Orioles, Ravens, Wizards, Terps, STL Cardinals Favorite Players - Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Manny Machado

Jeff Kahntroff - RotoBaller has written 66 articles so far, you can find them below.


Just like second base, shortstop is a deep position this year. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the tiers. As before, this round of rankings features picks from Kyle Bishop, Nick Mariano, Bill Dubiel, Brad Johnson, Harris Yudin and myself. Check out all of our updated rankings. Adjust your league size, and export your rankings. Tiers,... Read More

For standard, one catcher leagues, I either want one of the top four catchers (where Schwarber qualifies at catcher), or I want one of the last catchers. The top four catchers seem to be valued properly, but if one slips, go for it. While any individual taken fifth through eleventh in the catcher world could... Read More

The positions that are usually thought of as thin are unusually deep this year, with second base being no exception. Unlike years past, you won’t be forced to have a poor first base option if you don’t take one early. Nonetheless, we need to examine each tier to see where the best values lie. Here,... Read More

Yesterday, I covered the AL’s overvalued and undervalued pitchers according to ADP. Today it's time to tackle the National League starters - players that I think can be SP draft values or busts based on their current draft day prices. To switch things up, in this piece we will start with the overvalued pitchers. This isn't... Read More

In my pitching strategy article, I laid out my case for drafting three high-floor, high-ceiling starters and then waiting until late for lottery ticket pitchers. I also advised against paying for the pitchers in between, who either lack the ceiling or the floor to justify the price. In this piece, I'll lay out some top end... Read More

For many, a draft is all about finding sleepers, predicting who the busts and breakouts are, and deciding who to pick with the first pick or who to allocate the most money to in an auction draft. While finding the right players is certainly a necessary element of a successful fantasy draft, it is not... Read More

For many, a draft is all about finding sleepers, predicting who the busts and breakouts are, and deciding who to pick with the first pick or who to allocate the most money to in an auction draft. While finding the right players is certainly a necessary element of a successful fantasy draft, it is not... Read More

When many think of sleepers, they think of young players who may break out, players who switched to a more favorable team, or players who underperformed according to sabermetric indicators (e.g. BABIP, Statcast data, HR/FB%, etc). They may even look for anecdotal evidence of a breakout, such as someone who changed his swing. But those... Read More

Kendrys Morales signed a three year, $33 million pact with the Blue Jays early this offseason. Many criticized the signing then, and have criticized it even further after Encarnacion’s and the rest of the 1B/DH market did not develop as anticipated. Nonetheless, Morales is leaving for a better fantasy situation. Could he break out in... Read More

It's the fantasy baseball draft season. To us baseball nerds, few things are more exciting than arguing about player rankings. Today, we'll discuss and compare Kenta Maeda's RotoBaller staff rankings. He was ranked No. 183 overall by Jeff Kahntroff, and No. 96 by Kyle Bishop. Throughout this series, we'll be using our February Staff Rankings to debate... Read More

Last year we heard rumblings of players and fans alike thinking the ball was juiced, as homers skyrocketed. We have also begun to hear teams mention over the years that outs on the basepaths might not be worth the risk of a stolen base. Then again, maybe it’s just my bias as an Orioles’ fan... Read More

Yesterday, my colleague Kyle Bishop reviewed the meat of the outfield market. Today, we sort through the mid-tier guys and the scraps (tier six and below) with a keen eye for hidden treasures that could win you your league. Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded up... Read More

Welcome to our 2017 fantasy baseball first base rankings for February. Even though first basemen and designated hitter types have faced a tough free agent market this offseason, don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re not valuable fantasy baseball commodities. This round of rankings features picks from Kyle Bishop, Nick Mariano, Bill Dubiel, Brad Johnson,... Read More

Very few fantasy baseballers have Clayton Kershaw ranked as the top player on their board. But should they? This article will examine just that topic using z-score rankings based on Steamer projections. Editor's note: for even more draft prep, visit our awesome 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It has lots of in-depth staff rankings and draft strategy columns. You will... Read More

There is a narrative that Adam Jones is in decline. But is that true? First, let’s distinguish real-life decline from fantasy baseball decline. Many of the “Jones is in decline” crowd point to his defense, which is not relevant to fantasy baseball. Jones posted -10 Defensive Runs Saved last year, but Jones had positive grades... Read More

Welcome back, RotoBallers, to our ongoing series on MLB player outlooks and free agent signings. In case you missed them, you can see our earlier columns on various 2017 player outlooks including those who changed teams. On December 5, the Blue Jays signed one of my favorite Orioles, Steve Pearce, to a two-year deal despite his ongoing recovery... Read More

Dylan Bundy has a prospect pedigree as good as anyone in baseball. He was previously Baseball America’s and MLB.com’s number two prospect. In 2012, his first year out of high school, he made it to the majors. In my March 2014 Orioles’ prospect rankings, I had Bundy as a 9.5/10 talent; I would not lower... Read More

Kevin Gausman improved his 5x5 stats immensely in the second half of 2016. However, a player’s stat line for the year as a whole trumps a strong second half unless there is a clear reason otherwise. Two possibilities include overcoming an injury or a more favorable second half schedule. This article will explore (1) whether Gausman’s... Read More

On December 7, the Nationals acquired Adam Eaton for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning. Opinions of the trade differed based on projections of Giolito (who some remember as the game’s former top pitching prospect, and others think has lost a lot of his prospect shine) and Eaton’s center field defense (which metrics do not... Read More

Back in March, RotoBaller staff writers (including yours truly) published a series of bold predictions for the 2016 fantasy baseball season. Now that the year is in the books, it's time to look back at how we all did. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium... Read More

I may not be right, but I'll be bold. And if I shoot for the moon, maybe I'll hit the stars. That being said, let's dive right in. Editor's note: Be sure to check out our fantasy baseball rankings assistant. We recently launched this handy new rankings tool - you can easily filter, sort, and export all sorts of... Read More

It's only fitting that we close out the March rankings with the closers. Because these "firemen" are often on the hot seat, the value of a closer can change more quickly than any other position. While it is beyond the scope of this article, it is important to monitor the closer handcuffs as the season... Read More

Smoothly transitioning from yesterday's top four tiers to today's best of the rest, let's start my overvalued/undervalued list with a player who recently snuck up from tier 5 to tier 4 and thus snuck his way into this column. Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2016 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded up... Read More

This is the fourth and final update to our outfield staff rankings. Once again, I was joined by colleagues Kyle Bishop, Bill Dubiel, Brad Johnson, Nick Mariano, Max Petrie, and Harris Yudin. In case you missed them, you can see our updated March tiered rankings and analysis breaking down our thoughts for catcher, first base,... Read More

Yesterday's starting pitcher rankings involved a tier-by-tier analysis of mostly higher-floor pitchers in the top five tiers. Today, we review the upside players later in the draft - the ADP values. These are the pitchers you can hopefully brag about at the end of the year for getting in the later rounds - the guys we like... Read More

Our starting pitching rankings will be split into two parts. Today's edition will examine only the top five tiers of starters, as determined by our staff's composite rankings (which differ a bit from my own evaluations where noted). Using the composite rankings to guide discussion helps to highlight personal preferences while also providing a more balanced view of... Read More

As pitchers and catchers report, I too am here to report with another round of catcher rankings analysis. The analysis focuses on one-catcher standard leagues. In deeper and two-catcher leagues, you will want to prioritize the safer options. You'll also want to drop the higher-risk/higher-reward options lower in your rankings, as the waiver wire will... Read More

Welcome to the second installment of our January ranking breakdowns! If you’re like us here at RotoBaller, you’ve been huddled around the stove awaiting that precious heat for a while now. While there are still some free agent dominoes yet to fall, we've seen quite the flurry of moves. This round of rankings features seven of our experts.... Read More

Below are my top MLB hitter streamer options for Week 25 of fantasy baseball. All players listed here are 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues and play seven games this week. Playoffs are underway in the fantasy baseball season and these players can all help you get a leg up on the competition this... Read More

Below are my top MLB hitter streamer options for Week 24 of fantasy baseball. All players listed here are 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues and play seven games this week. Playoffs are underway in the fantasy baseball season and these players can all help you get a leg up on the competition this week.... Read More

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