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About Scott Slezak - RotoBaller

I have attended games at all 30 Major League stadiums. I split time between New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona, the center of the baseball universe - Spring Training, Arizona Fall League and home to many MLB players past and present. When pitchers and catchers report, I report. Baseball love transcends to rotisserie, Strat-o-Matic and Scoresheet. Invent a platform for a baseball game, and I'll play it. A source of roto information emanating from Cactus League Spring Training and beyond.

Scott Slezak - RotoBaller has written 47 articles so far, you can find them below.


Top 10 Redraft Pitching Prospects for 2015: Eye on the Minors

The Magical Top 10 Today we bring you the ten pitching prospects most likely to make a fantasy impact this season. Previously we covered 50-41, 41-30, 30-21, and 20-11. Keep in mind that there are plenty of stud future MLBers in the lower levels of the minors that won’t crack even the top 50 –... Read More

5 years ago

Eye on the Minors: Redraft Pitching Prospects #11-20

As the final week of Spring Training winds down, the series on top redraft pitchers continues with numbers 11 through 20. Previously we covered 50-41, 41-30, and 30-21. Jobs are being won, depth charts established, service time manipulated, and all that good preseason stuff. All the guys listed here (and in the next and final installment... Read More

5 years ago

Eye On The Minors: Top Redraft MLB Pitching Prospects (# 21-30)

Welcome to the third installment of “Top 50 Pitching Prospects for Redraft Leagues.” Last week we looked at 2015 fantasy baseball pitching prospects ranked 41-50 and ranked 31-40. The players on this week’s list, numbers 21-30, are rated for potential and opportunity. If we are talking about redraft leagues, the only value you’ll find is for guys who... Read More

5 years ago

Eye On The Minors: Top Redraft MLB Pitching Prospects (# 31-40)

Welcome to the second installment of “Top 50 Pitching Prospects for Redraft Leagues.” Last week we looked at 2015 fantasy baseball pitching prospects ranked 50-41. The players on this week’s list, numbers 31-40, are a step up from the last group. We have some guys who are considered top prospects and others who could have a chance to... Read More

5 years ago

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Eye On The Minors: Top Redraft MLB Pitching Prospects (# 41-50)

  Tasked with ranking the top 50 MLB starting pitching prospects for redraft leagues, I found out real fast that preseason prospect lists for fantasy baseball probably shouldn’t be this long. The fact of the matter is, there aren’t that many MLB rookie pitchers who make an impact in any given season, let alone an... Read More

5 years ago


FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 9/26

As we enter the final weekend of the regular season, it is getting increasingly difficult to form a FanDuel lineup. With most of the league eliminated from playoff contention and rosters expanding, teams are plugging in different players, using their benches and bullpens liberally, and basically becoming unpredictable. It is like playing fantasy football in... Read More

5 years ago

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 9/8

Happy Monday, FanDuel players. We have twelve games today, beginning with a few afternoon tilts that won’t factor in to the late-game contests. Nonetheless, I will make recommendations based on the complete slate of games, just in case you want to play some of the full-day contests. Today, we have one clear ace on the mound:... Read More

5 years ago

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 9/1

Happy Labor Day to all you DFS players out there. It is one of the best baseball days of the year with lots of afternoon games, rosters expanding and pennant races in full tilt. Hopefully you all have time to get a few Fanduel lineups into play today and earn some money while enjoying the... Read More

5 years ago

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 8/25

There are ten games this evening with a wide-open pitching field and some juicy stacks against vulnerable pitchers, so I'm going to suggest a few stacks to consider in addition to my typical position-by-position recommendations. With no extremely pricey pitchers on the slate today, everyone will have some extra bucks to build an offense. I will... Read More

5 years ago

Eye on the Minors: Prospects, Rookies and September Call-ups

  MLB Prospects & Call-Ups This week, I took to the phones and email to try to get a scoop on which prospects will get called up when rosters expand to 40 players on September 1. I put in some work trying to track down information on rookies and sleepers from all 30 major league teams, and though the... Read More

5 years ago


Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA - Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27)

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 8/18

Below are my picks for Monday 8/18's Fanduel contests. The afternoon game between the Mets and Cubs is not included in this analysis since it won’t factor into most of tonight’s entries. Keep in mind that these picks are based upon Fanduel’s dollar values and won’t necessarily be the best plays in other formats. For those who... Read More

5 years ago

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 8/11

Here are my top value plays for Fanduel today. I did not include the Mets-Phillies afternoon game which is not included on the Fanduel slate. There are a lot of awful matchups, pitching-wise, to take advantage of today. I would recommend a stack of Tampa lefties against Colby Lewis, Rangers righties against Drew Smyly, Twins... Read More

5 years ago

Eye On The Minors: Trade Deadline & MLB Prospects On The Move (Part 2)

This is the second installment of my Prospects On The Move, detailing a few of the minor leaguers and MLB prospects who recently changed teams at the trade deadline. You can see part 1 of the series here.   Chicago Cubs Trade Deadline Prospects The Chicago Cubs received Victor Caratini from the Atlanta Braves in exchange... Read More

5 years ago

Eye On The Minors: Trade Deadline & MLB Prospects On The Move

With the whirlwind of activity at the non-waiver trade deadline this past Thursday, we saw the big names like David Price, Jon Lester and Yoenis Cespedes change teams. But looking at the transaction wire, or hearing reports on TV, there are always the unnamed minor leaguers who come to teams as throw-ins or for organizational depth.... Read More

5 years ago

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 8/4

Here are my top value plays for FanDuel and DFS leagues today. We have a short slate of just seven games today, and all starting pitchers are right-handed, which eliminates a lot of the typical platoon lefty-killers from consideration. Looking back at last week’s picks, I have to apologize for the Madison Bumgarner recommendation; he... Read More

5 years ago


Eye On The Minors: Cubs Prospects & Call-Ups Review

  A Pack of Cubs On The Farm The Cubs’ prospects situation has been one of the most interesting stories to follow this MLB season. While the Major League club lumbers through another losing season, the guys on the farm are beginning to offer a glimpse into what should be a bright future on the... Read More

5 years ago

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 7/28

Below are some of my DFS lineup picks and player recommendations for today's daily league games on FanDuel. Some of these players could be sleepers for your FanDuel DFS lineups based on their pricing, matchups and recent performances. As always, remember to check your players to make sure they are in their MLB starting lineups before lineups lock,... Read More

5 years ago

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 7/21

Below are some of my DFS lineup picks and player recommendations for today's daily league games on FanDuel. Some of these players could be sleepers for your FanDuel DFS lineups based on their pricing, matchups and recent performances. Good luck today RotoBallers. As always, remember to check your players to make sure they are in their MLB... Read More

5 years ago

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Eye On The Minors: Prospects On Their Way to Being Majors

Hello, RotoBallers. I am back after a few weeks off to update some MLB prospects, call-ups and hot minor leaguers. This week we saw the call-up of the first of the Cubs’ wave of prospects, infielder Arismendy Alcantara, and a rookie changing of the guard behind the plate in Boston. So without further ado .... Read More

5 years ago

Eye On The Minors: Andrew Heaney & Kyle Parker

The last of the big projected June prospect call-ups just debuted Thursday night as Andrew Heaney, the Marlins’ top prospect, made his Major League debut against the the Mets. The Marlins officially marked the beginning of their new regime this week, when they brought up Heaney and fellow rookie Anthony DeSclafani, while cutting bait on veterans Kevin... Read More

5 years ago


Eye On The Minors: Top 10 MLB Prospects Reviewed

With Gregory Polanco mercifully called up to the Pirates on Tuesday, there are probably not many players left in the high minors who will make a major impact for your fantasy baseball leagues this season. Sure, some big prospect names like  Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Archie Bradley may make it to the majors this summer, or... Read More

5 years ago

Eye on the Minors: June Call-Ups for Fantasy Baseball

  Recent MLB Prospect Call-Ups In the past week, we finally got some big name MLB prospects called up, headlined by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who homered in his second major league at bat Saturday. Not to be outdone, Houston 1B prospect Jonathan Singleton homered in his first major league game after getting the... Read More

6 years ago

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Eye on the Minors: Prospects Ready for a June Call-Up

  Recent Call-Ups It’s a busy time for prospects, as many exciting young players are near ready for a Major League call-up in mid-June or so. In the meantime, a few guys have received a taste over the past week: Jimmy Nelson, RHP, MIL The fact that Jimmy Nelson is ranked by some as the... Read More

6 years ago

Eye on the Minor Leagues: Super-Two Prospects Watch

Three young arms made their Major League debuts in the Yankees-Mets series last week. The former minor league top prospects all looked good, but each has question marks about his role with the team this season. Tread carefully in your fantasy leagues. The big super-two prospects will be coming up soon-- I'll review a few of them... Read More

6 years ago

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Eye on the Minors: May Call-Ups & More

  MLB Prospects Who Got The Call-Up We are getting to the point of the season where teams are calling up MLB prospects from the minors faster than I can include them in my weekly reports.  I’ll start this week with two prospects that are already seeing major league action now.   Kevin Gausman, (SP,... Read More

6 years ago


Eye On The Minor Leagues: Prospects Ready For June Call-ups

Prospect hunting in fantasy baseball can all come down to opportunity for playing time. No matter how much potential a young guy has, it can be hazardous to carry a guy on your roster if he isn’t getting a chance to compete. Today I’ll feature two players who may get a chance this season, mostly... Read More

6 years ago

Eye On The Minors: Top Prospects On The Horizon

With April over and teams jockeying for position in their divisions, it is nearing the time where teams will pull the trigger on some of their top prospects. While most teams will wait until June to ensure their players don’t get “Super Two” status, others may not have that luxury as the young guys are... Read More

6 years ago

Eye On The Minors: RotoBaller Prospects Road Trip!

This week, I am going to depart from my usual format and review the Minor League road trip I’ve been on for the past week. On Thursday, I left on a 2,500 mile drive from Scottsdale, Arizona to Andover, New Jersey. Normally, that drive can be done in two REALLY long days or three pretty... Read More

6 years ago

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MLB Prospects Update: NL Rookies to Get Called Up

Performing the art of adding MLB prospects to your fantasy baseball roster mid-season can take a delicate touch. If you have a league with plenty of bench or N/A spots (as Yahoo! leagues now offer), it doesn’t hurt to stash away some future stars and sleepers off the waiver wire. You have plenty of other... Read More

6 years ago

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Eye on the Minors: Update On Top 2014 NL Prospects

  2014 National League Prospects Update Today I take a look at a few starting pitchers who could have some fantasy value this year, along with a big-time 3B power prospect. I get a lot of questions about when guys will be called up and what type of impact they will have for fantasy owners.... Read More

6 years ago


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FAAB Bidding - Week 15 Waiver Wire Targets

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Week 15 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

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Week 15 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

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Monday Night Fantasy Football Starts/Sits - Week 14

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Week 14 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

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