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About Nick Mariano - RotoBaller

Just your run of the mill fantasy sports player who loves talking shop. Just kidding. I'm actually a slightly above average fantasy sports player who loves talking shop. I was ranked 2018's most-accurate fantasy baseball draft ranker, 2018's 11th-most accurate in-season fantasy football ranker (9th place in '17) per FantasyPros. NY born and raised, but now you can find me in Boston with my loving fiancee and more Red Sox fans than I ever thought I'd encounter. I run on trails and hike up mountains. Addicted to apples and peanut butter. I could read about cognitive biases forever. Yankees, NY Giants, NY Rangers. However, a decade of fantasy sports has really given me more of an appreciation for all teams. I also have a soft spot for the Buccaneers (it's a long story going back to Madden 2000). Feel free to reach out on Twitter, @NMariano53, I'll discuss just about anything.

Nick Mariano - RotoBaller has written 1524 articles so far, you can find them below.


FAAB Bidding - Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

5 days ago

Waiver Wire Express - Week 11 Lightning Round

With 10 weeks down and only a few more weeks of the fantasy regular season to go, your vision for the playoffs should be coming into focus. The Giants, Packers, Seahawks and Titans are on bye -- with the Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings in Week 12 to round out the weekly vacations. To help... Read More

5 days ago

FAAB Bidding - Week 10 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

2 weeks ago

Waiver Wire Express - Week 10 Lightning Round

We're onto double digits, as Week 10 approaches and with it, a whopping six teams hitting their bye. The Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars, Patriots, Redskins and Texans are kicking their feet up, meaning nearly all of you will need some replacement parts. To help you craft the best plan possible, here is the waiver wire lightning... Read More

2 weeks ago

FAAB Bidding - Week 9 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

3 weeks ago


Waiver Wire Express - Week 9 Lightning Round

With eight weeks gone, that means over 60% of the regular fantasy season is over. Are you still with us? 8-0 teams are looking ahead to playoff matchups while 2-6 teams are looking for the 7-6 Wild Card spot. The upcoming bye week means no Bengals, Falcons, Rams or Saints -- so many of you... Read More

3 weeks ago

FAAB Bidding - Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

3 weeks ago

Waiver Wire Express - Week 8 Lightning Round

The better part of seven weeks is in the fantasy football books, making those early trends very real -- for better or worse. One must still consider the matchups played thus far and those to come, but usage and volume are becoming reliable. Week 8 sees the Ravens and Cowboys hit their bye week. To... Read More

4 weeks ago

FAAB Bidding - Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

2 months ago

Waiver Wire Express - Week 4 Lightning Round

The better part of three weeks is in the fantasy football books, making those early trends very real -- for better or worse. One must still consider the matchups played thus far and those to come, but usage and volume are becoming reliable. Week 4 also brings the first bye week, with the Jets and... Read More

2 months ago


Week 26 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

Fantasy baseball's final week is here. That means chaotic pitching assignments as arms get shut down and playoff contenders shuffle their rotations for optimal postseason scheduling. This sheet will be updated on a daily basis, as we at RotoBaller bring you our analysis and dynamic pitching scores for each matchup to frame your start/sit decisions.... Read More

2 months ago

Nick Mariano's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. This is it, the final week of the (fantasy) baseball season. You can throw out much of what has happened thus far, with matchups ruling the day from here on out. That doesn't mean you sit your studs just because a warm body is... Read More

PREMIUM 2 months ago

FAAB Bidding - Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

2 months ago

Waiver Wire Express - Week 3 Lightning Round

Week 2 solidified some waiver-wire adds as more than flashes in the pan, while other Week 1 studs followed that up with a flop. Whether you're coasting towards an easy 2-0 start, in the thick of it at 1-1 or up against it with an 0-2 team, you never stop improving. Stay tuned as injury updates... Read More

2 months ago

Week 25 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

Fantasy baseball's finish line is in sight! The battle for streamers is an epic one in this final weeks of the season, so picking and prioritizing your spots is critical. We at RotoBaller are here to be an ally in the fight, bringing you our analysis and dynamic pitching scores for each matchup to frame... Read More

2 months ago


Nick Mariano's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The middle of September really shortens the season and narrows our scope. When looking at waiver-wire adds, we are playing the matchups rather than simply targeting skills. This hurts a little deep down, I won't lie, but business is business. You don't win prizes... Read More

PREMIUM 2 months ago

FAAB Bidding - Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

2 months ago

Waiver Wire Express - Week 2 Lightning Round

Football Sundays bring excellent food, nonstop RedZone action, loads of smack talk and, of course, the thrilling game itself. The whirlwind of emotions leading to fist-pumping highs, as well as great defeats marked by injuries and others vulturing your points. In the interest of getting you the most timely information for your title matchups, consider... Read More

2 months ago

Week 24 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

September brings beautiful baseball weather, championship fantasy weeks and a plethora of fantasy players distracted by fantasy football. I understand playing both games, so how about you let us lighten the baseball load for you? For your consideration, we here at RotoBaller bring you our analysis and dynamic pitching scores for each matchup to frame... Read More

2 months ago

Nick Mariano's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. September's here, and with it come expanded rosters and tantalizing upside. Be wary of playing time variance for all as managers have deeper benches to fiddle with matchups -- don't be surprised by those red "X" marks piling up as fringe players rest more.... Read More

PREMIUM 2 months ago


Week 23 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

There's no running from the endgame now -- it's September, baby. The month where fantasy baseball dreams are made and broken. Bidding wars for streamers and two-start arms intensify as each matchup inches you closer to glory with that finish line in sight, so it's paramount you look at least two steps ahead. To assist... Read More

3 months ago

Nick Mariano's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. Tomorrow brings September, the final month of the fantasy baseball season. The abbreviated timeframe means hot and cold streaks need to be treated with more respect and that matchups will trump outright talent. If you haven't been reading streamer articles and tracking pitcher schedules,... Read More

PREMIUM 3 months ago

Nick Mariano's Early-Round Overvalued List (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. Everyone loves to talk about sleepers and which late-round fliers are going to deliver them to the promised land, but those picks can only blossom when overvalued landmines are left for others to step on. Here we'll be looking at two players per position... Read More

PREMIUM 3 months ago

Nick Mariano's 2019 Late-Round Fliers (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. We’re intentionally sidestepping the term “sleeper" because I don’t want to get wrapped up in debates over these guys not being “under the radar” enough. I may still throw it into the SEO field, though...no regrets. Instead, let’s discuss some late-round fliers that are... Read More

PREMIUM 3 months ago

Week 22 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

With September on the horizon, we're officially nearing fantasy baseball's home stretch. Scout your playoff opponents in head-to-head leagues for weak spots and know exactly what categories are close in rotisserie leagues. To help you towards the mountaintop, we here at RotoBaller offer our analysis and dynamic pitching scores for each matchup to frame your... Read More

3 months ago


Nick Mariano's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. With September in sight, that means most of you need to take this season one week at a time. What are the matchups right in front of your nose? Using roster spots for stashing becomes increasingly harmful to your streaming flexibility, so be sure... Read More

PREMIUM 3 months ago

Week 21 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

We're on the back nine of August, meaning your path to the championship should be getting clear. Target your needs, whether that be wins, quality starts, ratios or strikeouts, and attack them. To assist your quest for gold, we here at RotoBaller offer our analysis and dynamic pitching scores for each matchup to frame your... Read More

3 months ago

Nick Mariano's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The middle of August means the light at the end of the fantasy baseball's season tunnel is coming into view. A lot can change over the final month-plus, but you should have a concrete idea of how you're either staving off the competition or... Read More

PREMIUM 3 months ago

Week 20 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups

You better not be tiring yet, August means we're nearing those pennant weeks. Make sure you stay aware of your weekly inning minimums and seasonal inning maximums. To usher you towards the championship, we here at RotoBaller offer our analysis and dynamic pitching scores for each matchup to frame your start/sit decisions. In case you... Read More

3 months ago

Quarterback Tiered Rankings for Fantasy Football Drafts

August is here and that means preseason football and fantasy football draft season is upon us. We here at RotoBaller have compiled our fantasy football staff rankings for 2019 and it's time to look at our quarterbacks. We're in quite the era for passing thanks to the league's rules and current talent, yet most drafts still see... Read More

3 months ago


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