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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.


Darius Slayton Off Fantasy Radar

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton is off the fantasy radar with Eli Manning back under center and Evan Engram (foot) and Golden Tate (concussion) back on the field. Slayton will now be the 4th option in the passing game (perhaps 5th behind Saquon Barkley) with a quarterback who hasn't played many games with... Read More

2 months ago

Sterling Shepard Loses Value With Teammates Back

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard will see a downtick in value with both Golden Tate (concussion) and Evan Engram (foot) returning on Monday night. Shepard will move to the boundary receiver role with Tate back, which is actually a boost to his value, but there just simply might not be enough targets to... Read More

2 months ago

Golden Tate Likely To Return on Monday

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) figures to be back in the lineup just in time for a juicy matchup against an Eagles secondary that has been susceptible to big plays to slot wide receivers. However, Tate has never played a game with Eli Manning under center since Manning was benched before Tate... Read More

2 months ago

Saquon Barkley Better With Eli Manning

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley figures to see a boost playing alongside former, and new, starter Eli Manning. It's not because Manning will make the Giants offense more effective, but because he's essentially a statue in the pocket. The Eagles run defense is 9th in PPR-points allowed to running backs, so Barkley isn't... Read More

2 months ago

Eli Manning Returns In Primetime Matchup

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will likely be under center when the Giants take on the Eagles on Monday night. Manning was not particularly good when he played early in the season and lacks Daniel Jones' mobility. He's also playing against an Eagles team looking to make up for an embarrassing loss to the... Read More

2 months ago


Daniel Jones No Longer In A Boot

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was seen at practice on Friday no longer wearing a boot on his injured ankle. However, he is still not participating but is on the bike and doing strength work. This provides even further confirmation that Eli Manning will likely be under center for the Giants this week. However,... Read More

2 months ago

Star Players Who Might Miss the Fantasy Playoffs

As we head into the playoff weeks of fantasy football, you'll hear many experts preach (correctly) the need to stash high-upside handcuffs or backups at quarterback or tight end. You'll inevitably hear about looking ahead three weeks for favorable playoff schedules and thinking less about what the player has done up until now or whether... Read More

2 months ago

Cleveland Rocks (Finally!) - What To Do With the Browns Offense

Sound the alarm. The Browns have won three in a row! After being invigorated last year by the insertion of Baker Mayfield into the starting quarterback spot, the Browns came into this season with oversized expectations. Despite starting the year 2-2, their second win was a 40-25 beatdown of the Ravens, which kept optimism alive.... Read More

3 months ago

Golden Tate Ruled Out For Sunday

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate didn't practice again on Friday after suffering a concussion last week and has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Packers. Tate has plus matchups the rest of the way against the Eagles, Dolphins, and Redskins, but his inability to practice all week raises some concerns about... Read More

3 months ago

Giants Defense Remains Off Fantasy Radar

The New York Giants Defense ranks 24th in fantasy points against and they are set to take on an 8-3 Packers team that averages 23.5 points and 361.4 yards per game. They should not be played in any fantasy format.

3 months ago


Sterling Shepard Back As Primary Slot Receiver

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard figures to assume his natural role as a slot receiver with Golden Tate (concussion) set to miss Sunday's contest. In his first game back from a concussion of his own, Shepard immediately resumed his role as the most-targeted Giants wide receiver, a role which he figures to maintain... Read More

3 months ago

Darius Slayton Back On Fantasy Radar

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton finds himself squarely back on the fantasy radar in 12-team leagues with Golden Tate (concussion) set to miss this weekend's game. Slayton will operate as the primary boundary receiver, a role that has enabled him to flourish as quarterback Daniel Jones' deep-ball target. The Packers have been limiting touchdowns... Read More

3 months ago

Saquon Barkley In Smash Spot On Sunday

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley gets a smash spot on Sunday against a Packers Defense that ranks 30th in points allowed to running backs in PPR leagues. So far this season, Barkley's upside has been limited by his surprising lack of usage in the passing game, but the Packers are getting burned routinely... Read More

3 months ago

Daniel Jones Only An Option in Two-QB Leagues

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is likely off the streamer radar with teams no longer taking bye weeks. The rookie quarterback has had an up and down season, flashing playmaking ability while also making head-scratching decisions that lead to turnovers. This Sunday he gets the 9th ranked fantasy defense against quarterbacks in the Packers.... Read More

3 months ago

NCAA Prospects To Watch: Week 14: Second Receiver Edition

A few weeks ago we began looking at a different fantasy position and highlighting some of the key future fantasy stars to watch on Saturday. In order to give dynasty owners and owners in larger leagues a leg up, we’re not solely focusing on the likely first-round picks but also players who could be drafted... Read More

3 months ago


Aldrick Rosas Was Brutal on Sunday

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas missed both field goals on Sunday in a game that was only decided by five points. The former Pro Bowler has been a shell of himself this season. Perhaps the Giants poor offense has something to do about it, as Rosas has had far fewer opportunities this year than... Read More

3 months ago

Giants Are Latest Defense To Take Advantage Of Trubisky

The New York Giants Defense capitalized on the poor play of Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday, sacking the North Carolina product twice and intercepting two more passes. The Giants defensive line got pressure often, and the secondary actually made a few nice plays on the ball, but this is really more about how poorly Trubisky has... Read More

3 months ago

Kaden Smith Catches Touchdown

New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith caught a touchdown that likely helped zero fantasy teams on Sunday. The Giants' fourth-string tight end was thrust into action with injuries to Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), but he was up to the task, finishing with five catches for 17 yards and a touchdown. With... Read More

3 months ago

Sterling Shepard Leads Team In Targets In Return

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned from his concussion and immediately led the team with nine targets. Shepard's final stat line wasn't impressive, with five catches for 15 yards, but seeing him return to such a heavy workload is a good sign. He seems to have jumped Darius Slayton and Golden Tate in... Read More

3 months ago

Golden Tate Catches Touchdown In Loss

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. He secured a nice contested catch in the back of the end zone and saw seven targets overall, but Sterling Shepard's return cut into Tate's target share. With Evan Engram (foot) also likely to return soon, the... Read More

3 months ago


Darius Slayton Remains Effective With Shepard Back

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton remained a large part of the Giants offense even with Sterling Shepard (concussion) back. Slayton was tied for second on the team with seven targets, catching four of them for 67 yards. The eventual return of Evan Engram will likely take another chunk out of Slayton's targets, but... Read More

3 months ago

Saquon Barkley With Another Disappointing Outing

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley had another disappointing outing against the Bears on Sunday, totaling 59 yards on 17 carries. The fact that he wasn't able to take advantage of a Bears run defense that had been hemorrhaging yards on the ground is not a good sign, but even more troubling is that... Read More

3 months ago

Daniel Jones Serviceable In Loss to Bears

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was fine in the Giants' loss on Sunday. The rookie went up against a tough Bears Defense and completed 21 of 36 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He added 27 yards on two carries. It wasn't a banner fantasy day, but Jones didn't make any bad decisions... Read More

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

NCAA Prospects To Watch: Week 13: Wide Receiver Edition

Now that we’re into the final few weeks of the college football regular season, we changed the format of this piece. We began looking at a different fantasy position and highlighting some of the key future fantasy stars to watch on Saturday. In order to give dynasty owners and owners in larger leagues a leg... Read More

3 months ago


Aldrick Rosas Remains Unplayable on Sunday

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas hasn't been much of a fantasy option all year, but he's certainly not going to be one against the Bears. Chicago has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing kickers, and the short-handed Giants offense will likely find it hard to move the ball against the Bears... Read More

3 months ago

Darius Slayton In Tough Spot Even With Injuries

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton finds himself in a tough spot on Sunday, even with injuries to Evan Engram (foot) and Sterling Shepard (concussion). The rookie wide receiver has been a revelation as Daniel Jones' deep-ball option, but the Bears are the fourth-best defense in the NFL against the pass and have only... Read More

3 months ago

Golden Tate Gets Tough Matchup

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate will be a risky play on Sunday, even with Evan Engram (foot) and Sterling Shepard (concussion) possibly out. The Bears Defense has been 12th in the NFL in points allowed to slot receivers over the last four weeks, giving up only 39 yards per game and no touchdowns... Read More

3 months ago

Saquon Barkley Gets Sneaky Upside Game

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley gets a surprisingly strong matchup on Sunday against the Bears. Despite the widely-held belief that the Bears are an elite defense, they actually rank 23rd in PPR fantasy points allowed to running backs at 25.7 points per game. They gave up 29.8 points to Todd Gurley and a... Read More

3 months ago

Daniel Jones Not a Recommended Streamer

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is down his top receiving target and facing a top-five defense against the pass this week. That's all you need to know if you're thinking about playing Jones in fantasy. With Evan Engram (foot) out and Sterling Shepard (concussion) still not cleared to play, the rookie quarterback will be... Read More

3 months ago


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