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About Richie Smith - RotoBaller

I am a consultant by day and a baseball scout and fantasy writer by night. I am from San Diego originally, so I always root for my hometown Padres (unless they are playing the DBacks, which is the organization I scout for) and Chargers, as difficult as that is most of the time. Needless to say, I'm a huge sports nut and an avid fantasy baseball and football player. I'm always on Twitter so feel free to follow and interact with me @rsmith9.

Richie Smith - RotoBaller has written 50 articles so far, you can find them below.


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5 Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers for Week 13

This weekly piece focuses on the best two-start pitchers and streamer waiver wire pickups for the upcoming week of fantasy baseball. These under-the-radar, two-start pitchers can be sleepers off the waiver wire depending on your league format, including NL-Only and AL-Only formats, and you can consider adding them to your head-to-head and daily-league lineups. These pitchers are near... Read More

5 years ago

Top 5 Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers for Week 12

Week 12 Lineup Tools: Two Start Streaming Options This weekly piece focuses on the best two-start pitchers and streamer waiver wire pickups for the upcoming week of fantasy baseball. These under-the-radar, two-start pitchers can be sleepers off the waiver wire depending on your league format, including NL-Only and AL-Only formats, and you can consider adding them to your head-to-head... Read More

5 years ago

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Top 5 Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers for Week 11

This weekly piece focuses on the best two-start pitchers and streamers for the following week of fantasy baseball. These under-the-radar, two-start pitchers can be sleepers off the waiver wire depending on your league format, including NL-Only and AL-Only formats, and you can consider adding them to your head-to-head and daily-league lineups.  I’ll give you a mix of starting... Read More

5 years ago

Top 5 Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers for Week 10

Week 10 Two-Start Streamers This weekly piece focuses on the best two-start pitchers and streamers for the following week of fantasy baseball. These under-the-radar, two-start pitchers can be sleepers off the waiver wire depending on your league format, and you can consider adding them to your head-to-head and daily-league lineups. I’ll give you a mix of starting pitcher options... Read More

5 years ago

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Top 5 Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers for Week 9

  Week 9 Two-Start Streamers This will be a season-long, weekly piece on the best two-start pitchers and streamers for the following week of fantasy baseball. These under-the-radar, two-start pitchers can be sleepers off the waiver wire depending on your league format, and you can consider for your head-to-head and daily lineups. I’ll give you a mix of... Read More

5 years ago


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Top 5 Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers: Week 8 Waiver Wire

This will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers whom you should consider picking up for the following week of play.  I’ll give you a mix of starting pitcher options, some ideal for shallow leagues, some ideal for deep leagues.  This post will always be published well enough in advance of next week... Read More

6 years ago

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Top 5 Two-Start (SP) Streamers: Week 7 Waiver Wire

  Five Starting Pitcher Streamers For Week 7 This will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers whom you should consider picking up for the following week of play.  I’ll give you a mix of starting pitcher options, some ideal for shallow leagues, some ideal for deep leagues.  This post will always be... Read More

6 years ago

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Top 5 Two-Start (SP) Streamers: Week 6 Waiver Wire

  Starting Pitcher Streamers for Week 6 This will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers whom you should consider picking up for the following week of play.  I'll give you a mix of starting pitcher options, some ideal for shallow leagues, some ideal for deep leagues.  This post will always be published... Read More

6 years ago

Top 4 Two-Start (SP) Streaming Options: Week 5 Waiver Wire

This will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers whom you should consider picking up for the following week of play.  In weekly leagues, we know your attention turns to the next week as soon as lineups lock on Monday – this post will always be published well enough in advance to give you... Read More

6 years ago

Top 5 Two-Start Streaming Options (SP) for Week 4

  Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers for Week 4 This will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers whom you should consider picking up for the following week of play.  In weekly leagues, we know your attention turns to the next week as soon as lineups lock on Monday – this post will always be... Read More

6 years ago


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Top 5 Two-Start Streaming Options (SP) for Week 3

  Two-Start Starting Pitcher Streamers (4/14-4/20) This will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers who you should consider picking up for the following week of play.  In weekly leagues, we know your attention turns to the next week as soon as lineups lock on Monday – this post will always be published on... Read More

6 years ago

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Two-Start Streaming Options at Starting Pitcher for Week 2

Your draft is over. You’re pretty excited about your team. And Week 1 is officially underway. Now the fun part of managing your fantasy team really begins—pursuing the waiver wire and free agent pool like there’s no tomorrow. This is the first article of what will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers... Read More

6 years ago

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Draft Strategy: Mock Draft Analysis Rounds 11-15

On Sunday, we discussed Rounds 1-5, and on Tuesday we looked at Roounds 6-10. So for the final part of my three-part mock draft series, we will take a look at how Rounds 11-15 of my first mock draft of the fantasy baseball season went. If you haven't done so already, I recommend going back and... Read More

6 years ago

Draft Strategy: Mock Draft Analysis Rounds 6-10

  Mock Draft Analysis Rounds 6-10 On Sunday, I wrote about how rounds 1-5 of my mock draft went. Today, we’ll take a look at rounds 6-10 as my three-part mock draft series rolls on. If you haven't done so already, I recommend going back and reading the first part of the series to truly get a... Read More

6 years ago

Draft Strategy: Mock Draft Analysis Rounds 1-5

  Mock Draft Analysis Rounds 1-5 I recently completed my first mock draft of the season. I definitely recommend that everyone who plays fantasy baseball participate in at least one mock draft prior to their real draft, and if you can do a mock draft where you’re able to draft in the same slot as... Read More

6 years ago


2014 Fantasy Baseball Prediction: Top 10 for Runs

While pitching has seemingly dominated the past several seasons, there are still many players scoring a plethora of runs. Last year, there were nine players who scored more than 100 runs, and 22 who scored over 90. What follows is a forecast for how the runs leaderboard will look at the end of the upcoming... Read More

6 years ago

2014 Starting Pitcher Category Rankings: Top 10 for ERA

You could make the argument that a starting pitcher’s ERA is one of the most important statistical measurements when determining how consistent a pitcher is during the course of a season. It’s not a coincidence that the pitchers whom we consider to be the best in baseball tend to also have some of the best... Read More

6 years ago

Three Undervalued First Basemen: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Undervalued First Basemen: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Yesterday, I wrote about three first basemen that I thought most fantasy baseball experts were ranking too high, and thus could potentially disappoint compared to their preseason rank. Today, I’ll talk about three guys who I think are not ranked high enough, thus they are players you might... Read More

6 years ago

Three Overvalued First Basemen: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

I am excited to bring you the first part of my two day series examining first basemen that I think fantasy baseball analysts and experts are ranking either too high or too low. Today, we’ll discuss three guys at the position that I think are overrated and should not be drafted as high as they... Read More

6 years ago

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Five Draft Strategies for Fantasy Baseball Points Leagues

  Five Draft Strategies for Fantasy Points Leagues We are still several weeks away from spring training being in full swing, but don't let that make you put off your fantasy baseball draft strategy. It's never to early to start thinking about your fantasy baseball drafts. While your approach shouldn't be drastically different if you’re... Read More

6 years ago


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Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

Week 11 is behind us and we're getting closer and closer to the end of the fantasy regular season. For some of us, Week 12 represents the final chance to get into the postseason, while for others we have another week or two left. Here, to help you get ready for the playoffs, is a... Read More


Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 12

We saw some monster weeks at the quarterbacks position, with four quarterbacks topping 37 points, and ten scoring over 25 points. These weren't all big names putting up these points either, as low-owned quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and even Jeff Driskel had some big numbers in Week 11. That means we've got plenty... Read More


Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

This could be the most exciting installment of waiver wire adds in a while. Not that any of these choices are necessarily league-winners but at least we have a bunch of new names to ponder. Bye weeks are nearly over but this one will be particularly tough with the high-scoring Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, and Cardinals... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 12 Lightning Round

We're onto Week 12, which means the last of the bye weeks approaches. The Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings hit the hammocks as we can finally start to look at players without worrying about future offweeks. To help you look towards those precious playoff weeks, here is the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

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Week 11 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

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Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 11

Welcome to our Week 11 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Week 11 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Welcome back to Mexico City. Last season, the Chiefs were supposed to take on the Rams in this game before field conditions moved the game to Los Angeles. Even though the game was moved, the fantasy output was amazing as both teams scored over 50 points and there was not an unhappy fan among us.... Read More


Wide Receiver / Cornerback Matchups To Target in Week 11

In Week 10, the Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals in a game that featured a whopping 57 points scored between the two teams. Christian Kirk was expected to exploit the Buccaneers weak secondary, and he exceeded all expectations by catching three touchdowns, finishing as the No. 1 wide receiver on the week. On the other side... Read More


Holiday Shopping - Who To Buy For The Playoffs Run

As the fantasy football season nears the home stretch, most owners should begin turning their eyes towards the remaining six weeks of the fantasy schedule. Either you're comfortably in the playoffs and need to see who you should be rostering in order to get the best matchups or you need that extra boost to qualify... Read More


Updated Week 11 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 11 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 11 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Emmanuel Sanders is officially active. George Kittle (ankle, knee) has officially been ruled out. Matt Breida will not play in Week 11. Jay Ajayi was signed by the... Read More


The King's Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 11

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Woos and Boos - Starts and Sits for Week 11 Lineups

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Week 11 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

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Week 11 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

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