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About Uncle Leo - RotoBaller

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Uncle Leo - RotoBaller has written 308 articles so far, you can find them below.


Zac Stacy (RB, STL) – Waiver Wire Pickup

Baller Move:  Add in All Leagues Analysis:  Zac Stacy isn’t necessarily a deep league pickup, because he should simply be owned in ALL leagues including shallow ones.  How is this guy only owned in 40% of Yahoo leagues?  That’s just crazy.  Although he hasn’t really been tearing up the stat sheets, Stacy has emerged as the lead... Read More

6 years ago

Week 7 Waiver Wire Running Backs - Deep Leagues

We already gave you our week 7 running back waiver wire pickups for standard leagues.  But in this space we will highlight some more NFL running backs that need to be considered on the week 7 waiver wire for deeper leagues, or running backs that are still just being overlooked in fantasy leagues.  For those who play... Read More

6 years ago

Will Middlebrooks (3B, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Middlebrooks has been hitting much better since being recalled from the minors. And now he seems to really be heating up. Last night he went 3-for-5 with a home run, 4 RBIs and 2 Runs. Today he's back at it, already 2-for-2 with a home run, 1 RBI,... Read More

6 years ago

Ricky Nolasco (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Somehow Ricky Nolasco is still available in many many Yahoo leagues, and that's just mind boggling. For the year, he's rocking a 3.26 ERA / 1.16 WHIP with 12 wins and decent Ks. Over the last 30 days, Nolasco is sizzling hot - with a minuscule 1.37 ERA / 0.89... Read More

6 years ago

Matt Adams (1B, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Allen Craig twisted his ankle last night, and is going for an MRI today. Enter Matt Adams, who hit 2 home runs last night filling in for the injured Craig. Adams should see regular playing time at 1B for as long as Craig is out, and holds deep... Read More

6 years ago


Jonathon Niese (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Jonathon Niese has been a bright spot for the Mets recently, dominating team after team since returning from his DL stint. Over his last 4 games, Niese has given up only 4 ERs over 27 2/3 IPs, while racking up an impressive 27 Ks. And over the last 30 days,... Read More

6 years ago

Brandon Moss (1B, OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Brandon Moss is still only owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues, and that number is just way too low. Moss has been ON FIRE for weeks now, and needs to be owned in all leagues, at least until he cools down. Over the past 30 days, Moss is batting .312... Read More

6 years ago

Taijuan Walker (SP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE:  Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker has been called up by the Mariners, and he will make his major league debut tomorrow against the lowly Astros. Walker pitches in a great pitchers park, and his been filthy this year in the minors with a 2.93 ERA and 160 Ks... Read More

6 years ago

2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide Receivers (WRs)

In this article, we look around the NFL and provide analysis on the best 2013 fantasy football sleeper wide receivers.    2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Wide Receivers Following the first three weeks of NFL preseason play, here are three solid wide receiver sleepers to consider on fantasy football draft day.  We’ve put these WRs in order of... Read More

6 years ago

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Somehow Zack Wheeler is still only owned in 49% of Yahoo leagues, and that's just unacceptable. The young Mets phenom has been dominant recently, throwing quality start after quality start. His latest gem tonight was awesome, as he gave up only 2 ER over 6 2/3 IP, with only 6... Read More

6 years ago


2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Running Backs (RBs)

This article is a continuation of RotoBaller’s 2013 fantasy football running backs series.  Today we’ll be taking a look around the NFL at some sleeper running backs (RB) on draft day, and give you our fantasy analysis. If you like this article, check out the rest of our fantasy football analysis: rankings, sleepers, running backs, wide receivers,  quarterbacks and of course our live... Read More

6 years ago

Jedd Gyorko (2B, 3B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Gyorko is really mashing right now, and has been on a power binge recently. Over the past two weeks, Gyorko is rocking a .306 batting average, to go along with 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, and 7 Runs. And over the last 30 days, he's ripped 8 home runs. Not too... Read More

6 years ago

Will Venable (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately Update 8/18:  Venable hit ANOTHER bomb today, and is going absolutely bonkers.  He needs to be added in all leagues immediately.  Over his last 14 days, Venable has 5 HRs, 5 Steals, 12 Runs and 9 RBIs, while hitting close to .400.  And he's ranked as a top-5 player in Yahoo... Read More

6 years ago

Sonny Gray (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Sonny Gray was a highly touted A's prospect, and has done nothing but impress during his time in the majors. Sporting a filthy arsenal, and nasty curveball, Gray has racked up 20 Ks versus just 5 BBs over 18 IP - to go along with a pristine 1.00 ERA and... Read More

6 years ago

Josh Reddick (OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Reddick is officially on fire. He hit 2 HRs today, after hitting 3 HRs yesterday. Just to be clear, that's 5 HRs in the last 2 days! Wow. Reddick has had a pretty bad year overall in 2013, but that doesn't mean he can't hold fantasy value down... Read More

6 years ago


Jhoulys Chacin (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Jhoulys Chacin is only owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues right now, and that number is just too low. Chacin has been on a roll, and over the last 30 days has a 2.41 ERA / 1.15 WHIP with 26 K over 41 IP. Not too shabby. Over... Read More

6 years ago

Bruce Chen (SP / RP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: To day Bruce Chen has quietly put together a great year, with a 2.03 ERA / 1.09 and 45 K in 57 2/3 IP. He's mostly worked as a reliever for the Royals this year, but was recently added to the rotation. Since that time he's continued to... Read More

6 years ago

LaTroy Hawkins (RP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Bobby Parnell recently hit the DL, and LaTroy Hawkins has been filling in as the Mets closer. Yesterday Hawkins converted his 2nd save in 3 days, and will continue to see the save opportunities until Parnell is ready to return. Hawkins has solid numbers for the year, rocking... Read More

6 years ago

Stephen Drew (SS, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Many owners lost Everth Cabrera or Jhonny Peralta today due to the Biogenesis suspensions. Are you one of them? I know I am. Shortstop is a thin position this year, so these same owners may be scrambling to find a replacement. Drew has been hitting better of late,... Read More

6 years ago

Rajai Davis (OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Looking for some cheap steals? Well look no further than the SB specialist Rajai Davis. He swipes 3 bags last night in a single game, after swiping 4 bags against Houston just a few nights back. He now has 34 SBs in just 197 ABs! That's some serious... Read More

6 years ago


MLB Suspensions for PEDs (Biogenesis): Braun, A-Rod, Cruz & Others

Update - August 5th, 2013 (5:10 pm EST): A-Rod has officially been activated from the DL, and is batting cleanup tonight for the Yankees.  Just a little while ago the MLB players association also stated  that they don't expect a ruling on A-Rod's appeal until November or December.  This means A-Rod could potentially play out the remainder... Read More

6 years ago

Yoervis Medina (RP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues. ANALYSIS: On Friday, Seattle's manager said that Tom Wilhelmsen is out for now as the Mariner's closer. On Thursday, Wilhelmsen gave up 4 ER without getting an out - Oliver Perez then came into the game and gave up 2 ERs himself. It looks like Yoervis Medina is the... Read More

6 years ago

Cody Ross (OF, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE:  Add in Deep Leagues. ANALYSIS: Cody Ross has been on a roll recently, and that's grabbed my attention. He's a streaky hitter, and when he heats up he can hit HRs in bunches.  After a mediocre season, he may just be heating up now.  Last night Ross went 4-for-5 with a HR, 3... Read More

6 years ago

Dane De La Rosa (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues. ANALYSIS: Ernesto Frieri has had a rough stretch, with 2 losses and 3 blown saves since 7/19. He's also given up a ridiculous 7 ER in his last 2 2/3 IP. Earlier today manage Mike Scioscia said that he could use a closer-by-committee going forward, and "play the matchups".... Read More

6 years ago

Mark Melancon (RP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: In case you missed it, Pittsburgh's closer Jason Grilli left last night's game with a forearm injury. It didn't look good during the game, as he was in notiocable pain, and he didn't look happy at all after the game. Today he was placed in the DL, and it's being... Read More

6 years ago


Brad Ziegler (RP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately. ANALYSIS: Earlier in the week, we touted Ziegler as a deep league add. Today the Diamondbacks announced Brad Ziegler as the closer. If you're looking for saves, and he's still available in your league, pick him up immediately. Ziegler picked up his 4th save of the season last night, and is... Read More

6 years ago

Chris Archer (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Last week we recommended to add Chris Archer in deeper leagues based on his hot streak at the time. Today Archer threw another gem, against the potent Blue Jays lineup, giving up just 1 ER over 7 IP to get the win. His season ERA is now at 2.76, along... Read More

6 years ago

Rex Brothers (RP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately. ANALYSIS: Rafael Betancourt was placed the DL today, retroactive to 7/15. It doesn't sound like he will miss much more time than needed, but Rex Brothers will serve as the fill-in closer until Betancourt is back. Brothers has put up elite numbers this year, with a 1.11 ERA / 1.16 WHIP... Read More

6 years ago

Gordon Beckham (2B, CHW)

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues. ANALYSIS: Beckham was always considered a highly touted prospect, but has never really been able to put it all together. 2013 might be that year, as he's been consistently hitting when healthy. At this point, Beckham owns a solid .335/.357/.443 stat line for the year. And although his HR... Read More

6 years ago

Brad Ziegler (RP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues. ANALYSIS: The Diamondbacks bullpen situation is a mess right now, and the dreaded closer-by-committee is in place. Ziegler has been steady all year, rocking a stat line of 2.44 ERA / 1.04 WHIP and 24 Ks over 44 1/3 IPs. More importantly, Ziegler has been called upon to close... Read More

6 years ago


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