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About Trevor Crippen - RotoBaller

I live in Boston, but grew up in Washington state, where I picked up bad habits like rooting for the Mariners. Since the Sonics left Seattle, I've been having open auditions for my new favorite NBA team. So far I haven't found a bandwagon that feels right, outside of "whoever is playing against those thieves in Oklahoma City."

Trevor Crippen - RotoBaller has written 158 articles so far, you can find them below.


How to Punt Categories in Fantasy Basketball

Welcome to fantasy draft season for the 2019-20 NBA season! It's time to start thinking about how you're going to win your league this year. RotoBaller will be here with rankings, sleepers, players to avoid, and much more including more articles about punting strategies. Before we dive too deep into individual players, though, let's take... Read More

3 months ago

NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 21 (Mar 4 - Mar 10)

It's the last week of the regular season in many default 12 teamers. Meanwhile the playoffs have already begun in many other leagues. It's time to dump anyone who's not producing right now. Use those spots for streaming, especially if you're in the midst of fighting for the postseason. If you have some dead weight... Read More

11 months ago

RotoBaller NBA Recap: Who Needs a Point Guard When Your Center Can Pass?

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap. In this feature, we will highlight three fantasy basketball takeaways from last night's slate of NBA games. Video game performances continue to abound in the NBA, with Kemba Walker dropping 43, Joel Embiid embarrassing Deandre Ayton as promised with 33 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scoring 29... Read More

1 year ago

The Drop List - Fantasy Basketball Cuts for Week 3

There are always lists upon lists of players to consider adding to your fantasy teams. If you had unlimited roster spots, you could add them all! You don't have unlimited roster spots, though. So if you just NEED to add stupid sexy Zach Collins, you'll need to drop someone -- and sometimes even someone you... Read More

1 year ago

The NBA Drop List for Week 2

There are always lists upon lists of players to consider adding to your fantasy teams. If you had unlimited roster spots, you could add them all! You don't have unlimited roster spots, though. So if you want to indulge in a wild fantasy that Derrick Rose has fully returned to MVP form, you'll need to... Read More

1 year ago


RotoBaller NBA Recap: Tatum Booms Opening Night

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA recap.  In this feature, we highlight three fantasy basketball takeaways from last night's slate of NBA games. On opening night, we saw two marquee matchups between playoff favorites. One was a surprisingly non-competitive between two ascendant rivals in Boston and Philadelphia, while the other was a surprisingly competitive game where... Read More

1 year ago

Punting Category Rankings: Fantasy Basketball Top 100

Welcome fellow RotoBallers. For those of you still drafting your fantasy basketball teams, Trevor Crippen and Kent Shen have quite a treat for you today! Below you'll find their top 100 overall fantasy basketball rankings for punting categories - a new and unique format for draft rankings that we have never released in previous years.... Read More

1 year ago

Top 150: Fantasy Basketball Roto Rankings for 2018-2019

Howdy fantasy basketball fans and fellow RotoBallers. Welcome back to another episode of our preseason rankings articles here at HQ. Below you'll find our top 150 overall player rankings for roto leagues. The NBA season is right around the corner, and RotoBaller continues to bring your our fantasy basketball rankings to help with your fantasy drafts.... Read More

1 year ago

Trevor Crippen's Must-Have Late Round Picks (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The old adage is that you don't win your leagues in the first few rounds, but you certainly can lose them. While I don't agree with that -- you can absolutely win a league with a first round pick who breaks out as big... Read More

PREMIUM 1 year ago

The RotoBaller Guide to Punting in Fantasy Basketball

The RotoBaller Guide to Punting in Fantasy Basketball will include pieces from experts Trevor Crippen and Kent Shen, who will be diving much deeper into strategies than we've gone with this guide in the past. This will be our most ambitious NBA project yet, a multi-part deep dive into every standard punt strategy in fantasy... Read More

1 year ago


NBA Punt Guide: How to Punt Categories

Welcome to fantasy draft season for the 2018-19 NBA season! It's time to start thinking about how you're going to win your league this year. RotoBaller will be here with rankings, sleepers, players to avoid, and much more. Before we dive too deep into individual players, though, let's take a step back and look at... Read More

1 year ago

Waiver Priority and FAAB in Fantasy Basketball

Donovan Mitchell went undrafted in the majority of fantasy basketball leagues last season, and finished the season as a top 50 player. How did Mitchell end up on his owner's team? Was he added using a waiver claim? Did the owner have to spend FAAB (free agent acquisition budget) dollars to acquire him? Or, as... Read More

1 year ago

Fantasy Basketball Draft Theory: Injured vs "Injury-Prone"

Right up through the end of the 2017-18 NBA draft season, fantasy owners were regularly taking Kawhi Leonard with a top 10 pick despite no assurances of when he'd return to the Spurs (his average ADP across ESPN, Yahoo, and CBS finished at 9.7, per FantasyPros). The thought process was that he had top 5... Read More

1 year ago

NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 23 (Mar 19 - Mar 25)

It's either the semi-finals or the finals in most fantasy hoops leagues. There's nothing left to hold back for now. If you've got a guy who's injured, no matter how good he is, it's time to cut bait and stream with that roster spot (assuming no available IR spot). So goodbye, Gary Harris. Adios, Kevin... Read More

2 years ago

NBA Waiver Wire Rankings for Week 20

Welcome to our Week 20 waiver wire rankings for all of you fantasy basketball owners. There's always an opportunity on the waiver wire for your fantasy basketball teams. Consider this your weekly quick-hit list of 8-to-10 players to consider off the waiver wire. Keep an eye out for more in-depth waiver wire analysis and columns coming... Read More

2 years ago


NBA Waiver Wire Rankings - Trade Deadline Edition

Welcome to our post trade deadline waiver wire rankings for all of you fantasy basketball owners. There's always an opportunity on the waiver wire for your fantasy basketball teams. Consider this your weekly quick-hit list of 8-to-10 players to consider off the waiver wire. Keep an eye out for more in-depth waiver wire analysis and columns... Read More

2 years ago

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Fantasy Basketball Hype Train: New Teams, New Games for Four Point Guards

In the midst of all the superstars changing teams this offseason, there was an interesting game of point guard musical chairs that took place with four mid-tier point guards and four small market teams. The Minnesota Timberwolves gave up on Ricky Rubio as a shooter just when he was starting to shoot, and shipped him... Read More

2 years ago

NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 3 (10/30-11/5)

This year we'll take more of a holistic approach to streaming, by providing a weekly overview of which teams to look at based on their schedules and what players to consider targeting in advance to maximize the bang for the buck you get out of limited weekly transactions. Streaming is just about maximizing a roster... Read More

2 years ago

NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 2 (10/23-10/29)

We've tried a lot of weekly streamer pieces over the years at RotoBaller. Who's a good add for this category, who's a good add for this weekend, you know the drill. But these posts have tended to be a bit repetitive and never quite as helpful as we wanted them to be. This year we'll... Read More

2 years ago

Fantasy Basketball Hype Train: Isn't the NFL Supposed to be the Brutal Sport?

It's been a rough start to the 2017-18 NBA season. It was a bad omen in the preseason when likable players started going down with injuries to start a season where they were looking at big opportunities to break out -- including Seth Curry, Dante Exum, and Slam Dunk Contest winner Glenn Robinson III. Then... Read More

2 years ago


Fantasy Basketball Storylines to Watch on NBA Opening Night

The NBA season opener is finally here, and it strangely feels like a lull in the action after a wild offseason hallmarked by massive trades, big free agent moves, and a wildly hyped incoming class of rookies. It's like we're trading an epic soap opera for a relative lack of drama in the regular season... Read More

2 years ago

How To Punt Categories in Fantasy Basketball (2017 Edition)

Welcome to fantasy draft season for the 2017-18 NBA season! It's time to start thinking about how you're going to win your league this year. RotoBaller will be here with rankings, sleepers, players to avoid, and much more. Before we dive too deep into individual players, though, let's take a step back and look at... Read More

2 years ago

Fantasy Basketball Hype Train: 15 Minutes in Heaven with Joel Embiid

CHOO CHOO! The Fantasy Basketball Hype Train is a season-long fantasy basketball feature where I can just have fun and write about the players me, you, and everyone else already wants to talk about. Are you ready for a ride on the fantasy basketball hype train? There's no kind of hype like 76ers hype, and... Read More

2 years ago

Fantasy Basketball Hype Train: Florida Man Shoots, Blocks, and Steals

CHOO CHOO! This is a new season-long fantasy basketball feature where I can just have fun and write about the players me, you, and everyone else already wants to talk about. Are you ready for a ride on the fantasy basketball hype train? There's something about a "1/1/1" guy -- a player who can post... Read More

2 years ago

Fantasy Basketball Hype Train: Preseason Fun with Simmons and Kuzma

CHOO CHOO! I'm rolling out a new season-long fantasy basketball feature where I can just have fun and write about the players me, you, and everyone else already wants to talk about. Are you ready for a ride on the fantasy basketball hype train? Comfortable enough squeezed in your hype seat with all the other... Read More

2 years ago


Trevor Crippen's NBA Late-Round Must Owns (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The old adage is that you don't win your leagues in the first few rounds, but you certainly can lose them. While I don't agree with that -- you can absolutely win a league with a first round pick as dominant as Harden or... Read More

PREMIUM 2 years ago

Why Your Fantasy NBA Rankings Are Wrong: Scoring Systems

It's just under two months away from the start of the NBA season, and RotoBaller's full Fantasy basketball coverage will be returning some time in late September. However, with both ESPN and Yahoo leagues already open for sign-ups, I know some of you early birds are out there already drafting. This was the first year... Read More

2 years ago

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RotoBaller NBA Big Board Preview: Top 25 (H2H)

It's the deadest part of the offseason, and RotoBaller's full fantasy basketball draft season coverage won't be starting for another month or so.  However, I know some of you fantasy hoops junkies out there are desperately craving a fix.  Allow me to deal you a sneak peak of the current status of my big board... Read More

2 years ago

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NBA Waiver Wire Guards (PG, SG, PG/SG) for Week 23

In this post, we are looking into some potential Week 23 waiver wire pickups for guards.  It's the playoffs in many leagues.  That means it's time to stop messing around and take whatever value you can get in the short term, so I'll be focused on guards with good matchups and games on off-days where you're more... Read More

3 years ago

NBA Injuries & Who Can Benefit for Week 22

RotoBaller has assembled NBA injury updates for Week 22, and lineups advice on various injury situations throughout the NBA to understand who stands to benefit instead. We're here to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy league (DFS) lineups. Understanding the injury landscape, including who's out and who could benefit is a key... Read More

3 years ago


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