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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.


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Jaime Garcia (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues, NL-Only Leagues ANALYSIS: Jaime Garcia has pitched very well since coming off the DL, and is someone that should be considered off the waiver wire in most fantasy baseball leagues (except for shallow formats). It seems like this guy is always one of those post-hype sleepers, but now that he's back and... Read More

6 years ago

Josh Willingham (OF / DH, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues, All AL-Only Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Willingham has now hit home runs in  back to back games, so he immediately becomes a speculative waiver wire pickup, especially if your team is looking for power sleepers to help beef up your HR and RBI stats. Injured for most of the year, Willingham has been... Read More

6 years ago

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Week 9 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

This week there are some great two start pitchers going, and even some SP sleepers and streamers to consider off the waiver wire depending on your league format and player availability, including NL-Only and AL-Only leagues. As is the case in all weeks of the fantasy baseball season, it's important to analyze each starting pitcher matchup on your fantasy baseball team. This... Read More

6 years ago

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Week 8 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

As is the case for most weeks of fantasy baseball, there are some solid two start pitchers available and some starting pitcher sleepers and streamers to consider for Week 8. We believe that it's key to analyze every SP matchup each week, to help determine which pitchers to start/sit, and to hopefully find some hidden... Read More

6 years ago

Bryan Shaw (RP, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues (that value saves) ANALYSIS: Bryan Shaw, and not Cody Allen, may just be the new closer for the Indians, making him a waiver wire pickup to consider for leagues that value saves, and adding him to the list of recent saves sleepers. John Axford was removed from the role last week after struggling... Read More

6 years ago


Zach Britton (RP, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Zach Britton looks to be the new closer for the Orioles, making him an immediate waiver wire pickup and adding to the list of sleepers for leagues that value saves.  He picked up Baltimore's most recent save on Thursday evening with a scoreless inning, and has been filthy all season... Read More

6 years ago

Week 7 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

There are less MLB games than normal for Week 7, but there are still some solid two start pitchers and plenty of starting pitcher sleepers and streamers to consider. It's important to analyze the weekly SP matchups to determine who to start/sit, and hopefully even uncover some diamonds in the rough off the waiver wire.... Read More

6 years ago

Week 6 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

There are some great two start pitchers for Week 6 (Scherzer, Greinke, Ventura), and lots of other solid starting pitcher matchups as well.  As always, analyzing weekly matchups can help uncover SP sleepers off the waiver wire and some potential streamers for your fantasy baseball teams. Below we are taking a look at the entire... Read More

6 years ago

Matt Dominguez (3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Dominguez is one of those low risk / high reward waiver wire sleepers for you to consider if you're looking for some cheap power. Over the last 7 days, the young Houston 3B slugger has put up a respectable .292 BA to go along with 2 HR, 5 RBIs... Read More

6 years ago

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Week 5 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

There are not as many great two start pitchers for Week 5 as there have been in previous weeks, but there are still a lot of great SP matchups and even some sleepers to consider off the waiver wire for your fantasy teams. As the MLB season heads into its second month, we continue to... Read More

6 years ago


Jason Vargas (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues; Head-to-Head Leagues (2 Starts in Week 5) ANALYSIS: Jason Vargas has been pitching great to start the MLB season, and should be added off the waiver wire if you need pitching depth. He's one of the two-start pitchers next week, facing Toronto and then Detroit, both at home. Not the easiest... Read More

6 years ago

Jonathon Niese (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: Jon Niese has been pitching well since coming off the DL, and should be added off the waiver wire in deeper leagues where fantasy owners are looking for some SP sleepers depth.  Over 25 2/3 IP, Niese has racked up a very solid 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 19 Ks.... Read More

6 years ago

Mark Melancon (RP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Jason Grilli has be struggling this year, and hit the DL today after blowing a couple of saves. If you're looking for closers off the waiver wire, Mark Melancon may still be available in your league as he will be filling in as the Pirates closer and can be added... Read More

6 years ago

Joe Smith (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Mike Scioscia named Joe Smith the new Angels closer earlier today, making him an immediate waiver wire pickup and one of those short-term sleepers for leagues that value closers and saves. Ernesto Frieri has been removed from the role, after a few disastrous outings and blown saves. He may get... Read More

6 years ago

Mike Moustakas (3B, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: How is Mike Moustakas only owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues? We understand that he got off to a very slow start this year, but he is one of those post-hype sleepers that should be added off the waiver wire now. Today he went yard again, hitting his second HR... Read More

6 years ago


Wily Peralta (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Wily Peralta is still only owned in 36% of Yahoo leagues, which is just way too low. He's one of those waiver wire sleepers that not enough people are adding, maybe because they are afraid of his control issues from last year. But this is not last year, and he's... Read More

6 years ago

Jenrry Mejia (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: Jenrry Mejia pitched another solid game today for the Mets, and definitely still fits into the "sleepers" category as fantasy managers aren't giving him enough love off the waiver wire. Pitching against a tough Cardinals offense, Mejia impressed with 7 Ks over 6 1/3 IP to pickup the win, allowing 7... Read More

6 years ago

Tom Koehler (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Legues, Add in NL-Only Leagues ANALYSIS: Tom Koehler pitched very well today, racking up 8 K over 6 1/3 IP and allowing 7 base runners and 2 ER. He is one of those waiver wire sleepers that not many people are talking about yet, because he is young and unproven, and plays on... Read More

6 years ago

Michael Brantley (OF, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues Immediately ANALYSIS: Given that Michael Brantley is already 68% owned in Yahoo leagues, its a bit of a stretch to call him a waiver wire pickup. But he's still one of those non-brand name under the radar sleepers that should be owned in all leagues, and still isn't. If Brantley is still... Read More

6 years ago

Tyler Lyons (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: Tyler Lyons pitched well today against the Mets, filling in for an injured Joe Kelly. In 6 IP, he racked up 7 K with only 2 ER, but also had 4 BB. Lyons was pitching well in the minors before getting called up, and St. Louis always finds a way of producing... Read More

6 years ago


Mark Reynolds (1B / 3B, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues; Add for Cheap Power ANALYSIS: Mark Reynolds is one of those post-hype sleepers on the waiver wire, a forgotten player who used to hit tons of HRs for fantasy owners in previous years, and is now heating up on a new MLB team. He still has massive power, to go along with... Read More

6 years ago

Kyle Farnsworth (RP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Earlier today the Mets announced that Jose Valverde is being removed from the closers role, after a few brutal outings, and Kyle Farnsworth will be replacing him. This makes Farnsworth a waiver wire pickup, and one of those sleepers who can provide sneaky saves for your team. The Mets aren't as horrible (yet)... Read More

6 years ago

Jesse Chavez (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Jesse Chavez has become a starting pitcher revelation for both the Oakland As and fantasy baseball owners, as one of those relatively unknown sleepers to emerge off the waiver wire.  Injuries to both Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin left the door open for Chavez, who has done nothing but impress... Read More

6 years ago

Week 4 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

There are a lot of nice starting pitcher matchups and sleepers for Week 4 of MLB action, including some great two start pitchers to consider for your fantasy baseball lineups. Sometimes picking up a pitcher with a nice upcoming matchup off the waiver wire can help you get an edge for the week. Below are the... Read More

6 years ago

Kelly Johnson (1B / 2B / 3B / OF, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: Kelly Johnson has become the swiss army knife for the New York Yankees, and is one of those multi-position sleepers since he's eligible at 1B, 2B, 3B and OF in most fantasy baseball leagues. That alone provides value, and in real life the Yankees are fortunate to have him with recent... Read More

6 years ago


Joe Kelly (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: Joe Kelly is emerging as one of those post-hype sleepers, and a legitimate fantasy baseball starting pitcher who seems to be getting better with each start (and more consistent as well). He is still only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues, which is just too low. Here are a few things... Read More

6 years ago

Tyson Ross (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: If you are in a deeper league, or are struggling with your starting pitching and are looking for some pitching help, Tyson Ross is an option to consider off the waiver wire. After allowing only 1 ER over 7 IP with 7 K vs. 1 BB versus a potent Detroit lineup,... Read More

6 years ago

Week 3 Start/Sit: Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

  Week 3 Sit/Start – Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups Once again in Week 3 there are plenty of great starting pitcher matchups and sleepers, including two start pitchers to consider for your fantasy baseball lineups. Below we have provided the projected starting pitchers for Week 3, and are recommending our starts/sits for each SP matchup in... Read More

6 years ago

Luke Gregerson (RP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: The Athletics announced yesterday that Jim Johnson has been removed from the closers role, as his early season struggles have caused concern.  At this point Oakland is saying they will use a closer by committee to replace him, but we are here chasing saves so let's take a look at the... Read More

6 years ago

Shawn Kelley (RP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately in All Leagues ANALYSIS: The Yankees places their closer David Robertson on the DL today, and Shawn Kelley got the save against the Orioles. If Kelley is available in your league, he should be picked up off the waiver wire immediately. He looks to be the fill-in closer for the Yankees and will get the... Read More

6 years ago


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