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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 287 articles so far, you can find them below.

Daniel Jones Named Giants Starting Quarterback

That inevitable moment has finally arrived. Head coach Pat Shurmur has named Daniel Jones the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. While many Giants fans will rightfully be excited by the move, it's important to temper expectations early on. Jones is going to be throwing to one of the league's worst collection of wide... Read More

5 months ago

Drew Brees To Undergo Surgery on Thumb

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will get surgery as early as Monday on his injured thumb and could miss up to six weeks. This is obviously a crushing blow for the veteran signal-caller's fantasy value and a massive blow to the Saints offense in general. Teddy Bridgewater was serviceable in a tough spot on... Read More

5 months ago

Giants Defense Makes Improvements In Week 2

The New York Giants Defense looked better in Week 2 despite letting up 388 yards and 28 points to the Buffalo Bills. A controversial penalty extended a Bills drive, which resulted in a Frank Gore touchdown, so the final score could have easily been 24-10. The Giants were also able to sack Josh Allen three... Read More

5 months ago

Aldrick Rosas Misses Lone Field Goal Attempt For Giants

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas missed a 48-yard field goal attempt in Sunday's loss to the Bills. The Pro Bowler wasn't asked to do much during the game, knocking in both his extra points, but his lone field-goal attempt sailed wide left. The Giants figure to do more scoring next week against the Bucs,... Read More

5 months ago

T.J. Jones Effective In First Game With Giants

New York Giants wide receiver T.J. Jones made a good impression after being signed earlier this week. With Sterling Shepard inactive due to a concussion and starting wide receiver Cody Latimer leaving the game early with a concussion of his own, Jones was forced into the lineup and delivered three catches for 38 yards and... Read More

5 months ago

Bennie Fowler Emerges As Leading Receiver For Giants

New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler led the team in receiving yards on Sunday, finishing with five catches for 51 yards on a team-leading 10 targets. As expected, the slot receiver was able to take advantage of the Bills being without nickel cornerback Taron Johnson, but he also left yards on the field with... Read More

5 months ago

Evan Engram Quiet Against Bills

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram was held to 48 yards on six catches in Week 2 against the Bills. With Sterling Shepard out with a concussion, the Bills Defense was able to key on Engram in the passing game. He was often shadowed by linebacker Tremaine Edmunds or safety Micah Hyde, which gave... Read More

5 months ago

Eli Manning Ineffective Versus Bills

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning struggled against the Bills on Sunday, finishing with 250 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions. Manning threw a handful of beautiful passes, including the touchdown to T.J. Jones, but he also made some awful throws and was unable to move the offense consistently. The veteran quarterback might be... Read More

5 months ago

Saquon Barkley Effective But Misses Out On Big Day

For the second week in a row, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley seemed on his way to a huge day after the first drive. The second-year back piled up 55 yards on the ground and a TD as he thrashed the Bills. However, the Giants Defense would allow the Bills to respond quickly,... Read More

5 months ago

T.J. Jones Re-Signed By The Giants

The New York Giants brought back wide receiver T.J. Jones, who was one of the final cuts at the end of the preseason. While the addition of Jones himself isn't noteworthy for fantasy purposes, his presence might be a sign that the Giants don't expect Sterling Shepard to clear the concussion protocol before Sunday's game.... Read More

6 months ago

Giants Defense Gets Good Matchup In Week 2

The New York Giants Defense will be in a good matchup on Sunday against the Bills, who committed four turnovers last week against the New York Jets. The Giants weren’t able to get any pressure on Dak Prescott, so their sack totals might be low against an elusive Josh Allen. However, Allen is prone to... Read More

6 months ago

Bennie Fowler Could Feature In Good Matchup

New York Giants slot receiver Bennie Fowler could have sneaky value on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Bills nickel cornerback Taron Johnson hurt his hamstring during last week’s game, and Jamison Crowder went wild, catching 17 passes in the slot -- 10 of them after Johnson exited the game. If Johnson isn’t able to go... Read More

6 months ago

Cody Latimer Likely To Start on Sunday

New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer may be elevated to the team’s top receiver on Sunday if Sterling Shepard is unable to recover from his concussion in time. However, that may not be great news, as the Buffalo Bills would likely cover him with top cornerback Tre'Davious White, who held Robby Anderson to three... Read More

6 months ago

Saquon Barkley Gets Another Challenge on Sunday

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is in for another stiff test against the Buffalo Bills run defense that held Le'Veon Bell and the Jets to 68 rushing yards on 3.2 yards per carry. However, Barkley will clearly be a fixture in the Giants offense, as evidenced by his 119 rushing yards against a... Read More

6 months ago

Eli Manning In Another Tough Spot In Week 2

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is in for a tough day against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after the Bills held Jets quarterback Sam Darnold to 175 yards passing on only 4.3 yards per completion. It’s hard to expect much better from Manning, especially if his top wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, is unable to... Read More

6 months ago

Evan Engram Figures To Be Giants Top Option In Week 2

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram is in for another heavy workload as the Giants face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Engram was in on 76% of the Giants offensive snaps, ran routes on 82% of quarterback Eli Manning's dropbacks and saw 29% of the team's targets, the highest on the team by far.... Read More

6 months ago

Jared Cook In Good Spot For First Game As A Saint

New Orleans Saints new tight end Jared Cook couldn't ask for a much better opening test as a member of the Saints. After catching 68 passes for 896 yards and six TDs in Oakland last year, many people expect Cook to regress this year while splitting opportunities in a more dynamic Saints offense. That may... Read More

6 months ago

Alvin Kamara Faces Stiff Test In Week 1

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara faces a tough test against the Houston Texans on Monday night. The Saints Pro Bowler figures to be a key part of the offense, especially with Mark Ingram now off to Baltimore. However, the Texans were the third best run defense last year and allowed only 3.4 yards... Read More

6 months ago

Drew Brees Primed for Solid Night on Monday Night Football

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees starts the season with a good matchup Monday night against the Houston Texans. While the Saints certainly like to run the ball, Brees still threw for just under 4,000 yards and 32 TDs last year, a nine-TD jump from the year before. With Mark Ingram gone, we don't know... Read More

6 months ago

Giants Defense Gashed By Cowboys

The New York Giants Defense looked like the same mediocre unit we saw for much of last year in their 35-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. With the Cowboys still easing running back Ezekiel Elliott back into action, they turned to quarterback Dak Prescott, who responded by throwing for 405 yards and four TDs against the... Read More

6 months ago

Aldrick Rosas Makes Only Field Goal

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas wasn’t asked to do much on Sunday, but he did everything that was asked of him. He drilled his only attempt from 28 yards away and made both extra points. The Giants aren’t a dynamic offense, but they may score a lot of garbage-time points, as they figure to... Read More

6 months ago

Cody Latimer Heavily Involved in Giants Loss

New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer was the team's second leading receiver in the 35-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. While he only caught three passes for 72 yards, he was targeted eight times, which was second on the team behind tight end Evan Engram. More importantly, quarterback Eli Manning looked to Latimer when he... Read More

6 months ago

Daniel Jones Fumbles In First NFL Game

New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones came on for the final drive in relief of Eli Manning, completing three of his four passes before fumbling. Jones is not known for being a dynamic runner and was diving for the first down when the ball was jarred loose, so you have to give him points... Read More

6 months ago

Sterling Shepard Disappoints Against Cowboys

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard caught six passes against the Cowboys on Sunday but didn’t do much of fantasy relevance with them. He finished the day with 42 yards receiving, which would have been OK in PPR leagues, but he was targeted less than Cody Latimer, and the lack of downfield passes thrown... Read More

6 months ago

Evan Engram Impresses in Giants Blowout Loss

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram was a man on a mission Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, catching 11 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. What’s more impressive is that it came against a young and athletic Cowboys linebacker corps. Engram showed great hands and good run-after-the-catch ability, which is exactly why people... Read More

6 months ago

Saquon Barkley Can’t Carry Giants

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked great on Sunday, totaling 139 yards against a strong Cowboys Defense. Barkley ripped off large chunks of yardage and made defenders miss throughout the game. Unfortunately, there were defenders around him all the time. What’s more concerning is that Barkley only caught four passes for 19 yards... Read More

6 months ago

Eli Manning Fantasy Relevant in Loss

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had an uninspiring day on the field but a solid one in fantasy leagues in Week 1 against the Cowboys. With the Giants down for most of the game, Manning put up 44 passing attempts, completing 30 of them for 306 yards and a TD. He took what the... Read More

6 months ago

Phillip Lindsay Possibly Hurt By Antonio Brown Release

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay may have been hurt by the Oakland Raiders decision to release Antonio Brown on Saturday. Heading into the season, the Broncos coaching staff has been adamant that there would be more of a timeshare between Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Lindsay averaged 5.4 yards per carry last year and figured... Read More

6 months ago

Mark Andrews A Risky Roll Of The Dice Against Miami

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was a trendy sleeper coming into the summer, but the hype died down a little when it became clear that the Ravens will operate with a rotating group at the position. Andrews has clear talent, but the timeshare situation and matchup are not beneficial this week. The Dolphins are... Read More

6 months ago

NCAA Prospects to Watch: Week 2

The football world is working itself into a frenzy as the NFL season finally began Thursday with the Packers and the Bears. However, football fans don’t have to wait until Sunday for more action. This series will cover NCAA football players featured in nationally-televised games who could likely emerge as fantasy assets after next year’s... Read More

6 months ago

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Statcast is a valuable tool for fantasy analysis, and it can be easy to look at a stat called "Expected Batting Average" and blindly use it as your projection moving forward. Of course, proper use of these metrics is a little bit more nuanced than that. First, a disclaimer: This article is about the "Expected... Read More

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Josh Lindblom

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