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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 51 articles so far, you can find them below.


NCAA Prospects To Watch For Dynasty Leagues: Bowl Week One

A few weeks ago we began looking at different fantasy positions each edition and highlighting some of the key future fantasy stars to watch on that specific Saturday. With the bowl games now all that's left, we're not going to take it week by week, but I'll separate this into three sections: Before Christmas, Before... Read More

2 months ago

Benching Star Players? Don't Dance With Who Brung Ya

The common adage is to "start your studs" or, in more folksy terms, "dance with the one who brung ya." The common thought between it all is simply that certain guys on your team have been solid for you all year and gotten you into the finals or 3rd place game, where you're playing for... Read More

2 months ago

Evan Engram Sent To IR

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram's season has come to an end after the team sent him to the IR with a foot sprain. It's a crushing blow as injuries have continued to plague the talented tight end. After playing in 15 games his rookie year, he missed five games last year and will... Read More

2 months ago

Aldrick Rosas Has Another Game Without a Field Goal

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas was quiet again on Sunday despite the Giants scoring 36 points. The former Pro Bowler connected on four of his five extra points and didn't attempt a field goal. He's off the streaming radar next week.

2 months ago

Giants Defense Solid In Win Over Dolphins

The New York Giants Defense held the Dolphins to 20 points on Sunday, notched three sacks, recovered a fumble and recorded a safety. They were also unable to intercept Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had thrown an interception in three straight games and four of his last five. It was a solid day overall, but the Giants... Read More

2 months ago


Kaden Smith Minimally Involved on Sunday

New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith drew another start on Sunday and finished with three catches for 38 yards. As long as Evan Engram (foot) is out, Smith will continue to see nearly all of the snaps at tight end for the Giants. However, he remains a touchdown-dependent option that isn't safe enough for... Read More

2 months ago

Darius Slayton Finds End Zone To Save Day

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton hauled in a second-half touchdown to salvage his day on Sunday. A week after manhandling the Eagles, many people expected big things for the rookie, but it's important to keep in mind that a few of his big catches last week came on busted coverages. Against the Dolphins... Read More

2 months ago

Golden Tate Has One Big Play Versus Dolphins

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate made his impact felt on one play on Sunday. The veteran slot receiver hauled in a 51-yard touchdown from Eli Manning for his only catch of the day on four targets. He's certainly taken a backseat to Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton and will be hard to trust... Read More

2 months ago

Sterling Shepard Leads Giants In Receiving

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was the star receiver for the team a week after Darius Slayton exploded on primetime against the Eagles. Shepard was second on the team in targets last week, so his role in the offense was never in doubt. This week, he led the team with 11 targets, finishing... Read More

2 months ago

Javorius Allen Works As Saquon Barkley's Back-up

New York Giants running back Javorius Allen saw his first real action of the year, collecting 28 yards and a touchdown in relief of Saquon Barkley. Almost all of Allen's work came on a late fourth-quarter drive when the Giants were up comfortably and rested Barkley, so there's not much stand-alone value in future weeks.... Read More

2 months ago


Saquon Barkley Finally Has Big Game

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley took advantage of his prime matchup on Sunday and finally had his first big game since coming back from his ankle injury. The second-year star abused the Dolphins Defense for 112 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while catching four passes for another 31 yards. He gave... Read More

2 months ago

Eli Manning Has Ugly But Productive Day

It wasn't pretty, but New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning helped his team, and fantasy teams, on Sunday in a win over the Dolphins. The veteran completed 20 of 28 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, but he did also throw three interceptions. Bottom line is that he took advantage of the opportunities that... Read More

2 months ago

Tyler Boyd A Volatile Option On Sunday

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd is a risky option on Sunday when he takes on the Patriots top-ranked pass defense, which is allowing only 25 PPR points a game to receivers. Boyd usually sees the lions share of the Bengals' targets; however, he was out-targeted by Alex Erickson last week, and the two were... Read More

3 months ago

Andy Dalton Off Streaming Radar

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton finds himself in a matchup to avoid on Sunday against the Patriots' league-best passing defense. New England has allowed only 15.4 points a game to opposing quarterbacks, and Dalton hasn't topped 262 yards through the air in his two games since being back under center. He should see a fair... Read More

3 months ago

Joe Mixon In For Long Game on Sunday

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will get a stern test on Sunday against the New England Patriots. The Patriots are tops in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to running backs, only giving up 16 PPR points a game to the position. While Mixon has been trending up of late, he did only see... Read More

3 months ago


Aldrick Rosas Deep League Option

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas is a streaming option in deep leagues in his matchup this week against the Dolphins. Even with Eli Manning under center, the Giants should be able to move the ball against a Dolphins Defense that gives up more fantasy points to kickers than any other defense in the NFL.... Read More

3 months ago

Giants Defense Not On Streaming Radar Without Jenkins

The New York Giants Defense looked like a possible streaming option for a second against pass-happy Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins. Then they released Janoris Jenkins on Friday after he got into an online spat with a fan. Without their top corner, the Giants passing defense will be extremely inexperienced and could be exposed against... Read More

3 months ago

Golden Tate Too Risky on Sunday

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is too risky an option for fantasy playoffs this week. The slot receiver came back last week and saw 88% of the team's snaps, which is in line with his usual output. However, in his first game ever with Eli Manning, he saw only 17% of targets, the... Read More

3 months ago

Kaden Smith Gets Another Start For Giants

New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith will get another start with both Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) out for the third straight week. Smith did little against the Eagles last week; however, he did see 17% of the Giants' targets. This Sunday, in a game in which the Giants figure to be... Read More

3 months ago

Darius Slayton Has Boom Potential But More Risk

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton has become a fantasy darling after his explosion against the Eagles on Monday night. He gets another enticing matchup against a porous Dolphins secondary, but he's not as much of a sure thing as many are indicating. With Golden Tate back, Slayton's snap share drop from 94% to... Read More

3 months ago


Sterling Shepard Being Unfairly Overlooked

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is being unfairly overlooked due to Darius Slayton's big game last weekend. Slayton did hit a few big plays, but Shepard still saw 24% of the Giants' targets (to Slayton's 27%) and played 92% of snaps (to Slayton's 81%). If Shepard is on the field more and seeing... Read More

3 months ago

Saquon Barkley Finally Set To Explode

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is in a prime spot to explode for fantasy owners on Sunday versus the Dolphins. With Eli Manning under center, Saquon Barkley saw 20 touches on 49 total snaps. The Eagles Defense kept him in check, but if Barkley is going to see touches on over 40% of... Read More

3 months ago

Eli Manning A Deep League Streamer This Week

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will get one more chance to prove his value on Sunday. Daniel Jones (ankle) is not expected to play, which means Manning gets a prime matchup against a Dolphins Defense that ranks 27th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Manning didn't look great on Monday; he remains relatively immobile... Read More

3 months ago

Show Me The Money! Stashes That Could Win Your League

Success in the fantasy playoffs is all about planning ahead. Your bench is no longer a safe space for high floor players without much of a ceiling; they won't win you the big game. You need to look ahead and stash players with exploitable matchups in the weeks to come so that you don't get... Read More

3 months ago

Aldrick Rosas Perfect In Another Low Scoring Effort

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas made both of his extra points and his only field goal attempt in Monday's loss to the Eagles. As with most games this season, Rosas' fantasy value is limited by his mediocre offense. The Giants simply don't get the ball into scoring position enough for him to be a... Read More

3 months ago


Giants Defense Tires As Offense Can't Produce

Early on, the New York Giants Defense did a solid job against a banged-up Eagles offense. They took advantage of an Eagles offense without Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Howard, and Lane Johnson, getting pressure on Carson Wentz, forcing errant throws and sacking him three times. However, they were never able to get any turnovers... Read More

3 months ago

Kaden Smith Has Clock Strike Midnight On Fairytale

New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith was a no show on Monday night. He saw five targets from Eli Manning but was only able to catch two of them for nine yards. Smith was a nice story after solid production last week, but he was never likely to have sustained value. With it probable... Read More

3 months ago

Sterling Shepard Involved But Fails to Produce

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was second on the team in targets with seven but only hauled in four passes for 28 yards. Whenever he is on the field, Shepard is a magnet for targets, regardless of who is under center. His consistently high volume means that he could be an intriguing, albeit... Read More

3 months ago

Golden Tate An Afterthought In Giants Loss

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate was an afterthought in his first game with Eli Manning under center. The first-year Giant caught only one of his five targets for 11 yards. With Darius Slayton emerging and Evan Engram possibly returning next week, Tate is falling down the receiving pecking order and could be just... Read More

3 months ago

Saquon Barkley Has Another Quiet Game In Loss

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was bottled up in Monday’s loss to the Eagles. The Eagles run defense is among the league’s best, so Barkley rushing 17 times for 66 yards was not a surprise. However, in a rainy game with Eli Manning back under center, it was honestly shocking that Barkley was... Read More

3 months ago


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