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About Eric Samulski - RotoBaller

NYC-based teacher, writer and filmmaker. Former collegiate and professional baseball player. Lifelong Bills fan.

Eric Samulski - RotoBaller has written 38 articles so far, you can find them below.


Using xwOBA to Identify Breakout Pitchers

Heading into a new baseball season, fantasy owners are looking for any leg up on our competition. We turn over stones looking for any stat or training report that might suggest a breakout that few others can see coming. I’m not here to promise some groundbreaking stat, but I do believe that Expected Weighted On-base Average... Read More

3 days ago

Jonnu Smith Not A Fantasy Option On Saturday

Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith will remain off the fantasy radar against a Ravens Defense that has ranked first in fantasy points allowed to tight ends since Week 10. Smith's success this season has been touchdown-dependent, only topping 70 yards once and hauling in more than five passes twice. More problematically, he saw two... Read More

1 week ago

A.J. Brown Will Be Fallback Option on Saturday

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown has enjoyed a breakout rookie season, but will likely be a secondary option on Saturday after the Titans only threw 15 passes in last week's win over the Patriots. In order for Brown to have fantasy value, the Titans will need to be trailing by enough to abandon the... Read More

1 week ago

Dion Lewis Unlikely To Be a Factor

Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis is nursing a sore shoulder, but will also have a much tougher task than his teammate Derrick Henry when they face the Ravens on Saturday. It may be possible to assume that the Ravens will build a lead, which will cause the Titans to play Lewis and their pass-first offense over... Read More

1 week ago

Derrick Henry Has Path To Success Versus Ravens

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry faces a stiff test on Saturday against a Ravens Defense that ranks first in the NFL in fantasy points against since Week 10. However, much of the Ravens' success comes from playing with a lead and limiting running back production through the air. The Ravens give up the fewest... Read More

1 week ago


Ryan Tannehill Likely To Take Back Seat Again

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is likely to take a back seat in the team's game plan for their Divisional showdown against the Baltimore Ravens. After only throwing 15 passes in last week's win over the Patriots, Tannehill will now face a Ravens secondary that has given up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks since... Read More

1 week ago

2019 Season in Review: Aristides Aquino

On August 1, 2019, Aristides Aquino was called up by the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly thereafter, bedlam broke out. He hit 11 home runs in his first 63 at-bats, drove in 22 runs, and caused the internet to flood with The Punisher GIFs and newly made t-shirts. When the month of August came to a close,... Read More

1 week ago

Jacob Hollister In Tough Matchup On Sunday

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister will face a stiffer-than-expected test on Sunday against an Eagles Defense that's fifth in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to tight ends on the season. When a tight end has seen seven or more targets against the Eagles, only one of them has failed to score double-digit points.... Read More

2 weeks ago

Travis Homer Could Have Sneaky Value

Seattle Seahawks running back Travis Homer could have sneaky value on Sunday versus a dominant Eagles run defense. Homer will share a backfield with newly-signed Marshawn Lynch, who figures to be used between the tackles while Homer operates as a pass-catching back. The rookie from Miami has pulled in 11 receptions over the last two... Read More

2 weeks ago

Marshawn Lynch Not A Recommended Option

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch returned last week to much fanfare. He even found his way into the end zone. But the veteran who was unsigned two weeks ago will now face an Eagles Defense that is 7th in the league in fantasy points allowed to running backs. What's worse for Lynch is that... Read More

2 weeks ago


Broken Hearts Club: Dealing With Underperforming Rookies in Dynasty

Every summer we become obsessed with rookies who are going to take the fantasy world by storm. We tune into preseason games or watch highlights and get excited by the Amir Abdullah big runs, the Mike Boone shiftiness, or the Deon Cain receptions. We all swear we see the rookie that is going to take... Read More

2 weeks ago

NCAA Prospects To Watch For Dynasty Leagues: Bowl Week Three

I hope everybody enjoyed the holidays. We're a day away from ending this decade and bringing in a new year. The NFL playoffs are set, the majority of the teams have turned their attention to the NFL Draft, and the bowl games are heating up. It's quite an exciting time of year. After two previous... Read More

3 weeks ago

Darius Slayton Ends Impressive Rookie Season on Flat Note

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton caught four passes for 50 yards in the season finale against the Eagles. The Auburn product saw the third-most targets on the team and remains Daniel Jones' preferred deep target, but his consistency has been hurt by his limited routes and the emergence of Kaden Smith. Slayton... Read More

3 weeks ago

Sterling Shepard Leads Team In Targets

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard led the team in targets, but he was only able to haul in three of his 11 passes for 39 yards. It was a disappointing output against an Eagles' depleted secondary, but Shepard has remained the Giants top target during all of his healthy games this season. The... Read More

3 weeks ago

Golden Tate Catches Giants Only Receiving Touchdown

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate hauled in the team's lone passing touchdown on Sunday, finishing with five catches for 68 yards. Tate saw fewer targets than the Giants' other wide receivers, but he has built up a good rapport with Daniel Jones and sees the higher percentage targets. The Giants will have a... Read More

3 weeks ago


Kaden Smith Leads Giants In Receiving

New York Giants' first-year tight end Kaden Smith caught eight of his team-leading 11 targets for a game-high 98 yards in Sunday's loss. Claimed off waivers from the 49ers, Smith has been a revelation for the Giants and has likely played his way into the team's future plans at the expense of Rhett Ellison, who... Read More

3 weeks ago

Saquon Barkley Ends Season On a High Note

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley continued his hot streak on Sunday, rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. 68 of those yards came on his one touchdown run, but the game-breaking ability has been lacking for much of this season so it was good to see it back. Barkley remains... Read More

3 weeks ago

Daniel Jones Inconsistent In Loss

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had an up-and-down game in Sunday's season-finale loss to the Eagles. The rookie threw for 301 yards on 28 of 47 passing while throwing one touchdown and one interception. He also took four sacks and fumbled the ball twice, losing one of them. Jones has had some moments of... Read More

3 weeks ago

Tommy Sweeney Leads Bills Tight Ends

Buffalo Bills tight end Tommy Sweeney was the Bills' most effective tight end on Sunday, catching all five of his targets for 76 yards. Sweeney showed good hands and solid athleticism but did make a critical rookie mistake by failing to go out of bounds on his reception late in the fourth quarter with the... Read More

3 weeks ago

Isaiah McKenzie Shows Typical Versatility

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was active for the Bills on Sunday, securing two of his five targets for five yards and rushing for 30 yards on two carries. McKenzie filled the Cole Beasley role in the offense, but the rain kept him from securing a few of his extra targets. He will remain... Read More

3 weeks ago


Duke Williams Leads Bills In Receiving

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Duke Williams led the team in receiving, catching six passes for 108 yards. The former CFL standout and fan favorite dropped a few passes, but he showed his typical strength and physicality after the catch and helped the Bills move the chains on a few drives. He’s still too inconsistent to... Read More

3 weeks ago

T.J. Yeldon Carries The Load For Bills In Second Half

Buffalo Bills running back T.J. Yeldon ran well in relief of Frank Gore, frequently having to dodge and leap over defenders in the backfield behind the Bills' back-up offensive line. His final stat line was seven carries for 18 yards with three catches for 24 yards, but the stats don’t do justice to the juice... Read More

3 weeks ago

Frank Gore Only Plays One Half

Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore played the first half on Sunday, carrying the ball six times for 26 yards and surprisingly catching three passes for 16 yards. Gore ran hard, as is typical, and was more effective than he’d been in weeks. He should remain the Bills short-yardage and change-of-pace back behind rookie Devin... Read More

3 weeks ago

Matt Barkley Struggles In Relief

Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley struggled in relief of Josh Allen on Sunday, completing 18 of 35 passes for 232 yards and two interceptions in a 13-6 loss to the Jets. Barkley announced himself to Bills fans last year by trouncing the Jets when Allen was out with an injury. He didn’t make the same... Read More

3 weeks ago

Josh Allen Plays Two Drives

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen played only two series on Sunday, completing three of five passes for five yards. Sean McDermott said all week that he wanted Josh Allen to go through a normal week of preparation and routine as the second-year player gets ready for his first playoff game. Nothing to see here.

3 weeks ago


Darius Slayton Healthy For Sunday

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton is back to full strength and ready to go for Sunday's showdown against the Eagles. Slayton appears to be in a strong spot as the Giants' top deep threat against an Eagles Defense that has been torched through the air; however, he does come with some risk. The... Read More

3 weeks ago

Sterling Shepard Gets Good Matchup On Sunday

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard gets a good matchup on Sunday against an Eagles Defense that ranks 28th in the league in points allowed to wide receivers over the last six weeks. Shepard has seen a minimum of six targets in each of his last five games, which is a safe floor in... Read More

3 weeks ago

Kaden Smith Gets Another Start on Sunday

New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith will get another start on Sunday with Rhett Ellison (concussion) being ruled out. The Eagles pose a difficult match-up as they're the 4th best team in PPR points allowed to tight ends over the last six weeks. However, the game should be a shootout, so Smith could find... Read More

3 weeks ago

Golden Tate In Prime Spot On Sunday

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate appears to be in a potential blow-up spot on Sunday against an Eagles Defense that ranks 28th in PPR points allowed to wide receivers over the last six weeks. Tate benefited from the return of Daniel Jones last week, leading the team with 11 targets. The slot receiver... Read More

3 weeks ago

Saquon Barkley In Tough Spot On Sunday

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley might see his streak of strong games come to an end on Sunday when the Giants take on the Eagles. Philadelphia's defense ranks 7th in PPR points allowed to the running backs over the last six weeks, and Barkley only saw four targets last week in Daniel Jones'... Read More

3 weeks ago


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