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About Zach Hebert - RotoBaller

Displaced Seattlite going to grad school in Nashville, TN. I still won't miss an M's game, my love for the Emerald City won't be bound by time zones! After a string of disappointing years, I'm hoping King Felix and Robbie Cano will lead the Mariners to be the surprise of the MLB this season. Either way, these less than stellar seasons for the M's left me with plenty of time to focus on fantasy sports, and now I'm here to spread some of that wisdom. Hope you all enjoy, and don't forget the rally fries!

Zach Hebert - RotoBaller has written 4 articles so far, you can find them below.


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Brad Miller: Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper

The Seattle Mariners made a concerted effort to bolster their offense during this off-season, bringing several veteran bats into the organization.  Even with these high-profile outside signings, one of the more intriguing players in the Seattle lineup has been slowly making his way through their farm system.  Though seldom looked to for fantasy value, the... Read More

6 years ago

Seattle Mariners Starting Pitching Analysis: 2014 Fantasy Baseball

That other team in Seattle sure set a high bar for sports in the great Northwest this year.  Here’s to hoping this rotation filled with young arms can be more than just a filler for the city between Seahawks' seasons. Where the batters on Mariners’ squad might be underwhelming, the same simply cannot be said... Read More

6 years ago

Seattle Mariners Lineup Analysis: 2014 Fantasy Baseball

  Seattle Mariners Hitters Preview This coming season could potentially mark the turning the point for a young Mariners’ roster, maturing into their own and continuing their progression. At the very least, it’s hard to go anywhere but up from the dismal last few years. However, it’s going to be difficult to get an accurate... Read More

6 years ago

Seattle Mariners Hot Stove: MLB News & Fantasy Baseball Analysis

Seattle Mariners Overview - State of the Team Pessimism mixed with a healthy dose of cynicism seems to be the natural state of most baseball fans in the Pacific Northwest. This dreary outlook is not undeserved – the Mariners are coming off four straight seasons with total losses ranging between 87, at best, and 101, at... Read More

6 years ago

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Yandy Diaz

The Tampa Bay Rays took a chance when they traded for Yandy Diaz last year. He is a Cuban-born player that broke into the MLB in 2017 with the Cleveland Indians. After two years of developing with partial playing time, he was traded to Tampa Bay in a three-way package deal. Diaz will break camp as... Read More


Kings of Candy: Sweet-Spot Risers

Sweet spot percentage (SwSp%) is not the best-known Statcast measurement. It doesn't care how hard you hit the ball, just at what trajectory. Well, it doesn't care about that either, it's just a statistic, it has no capacity to care about anything. But what it measures is the number of times a hitter's contact is between... Read More


When and How Do You Target Sleepers on Draft Day?

A popular buzzword this time of year is "sleeper." Every fantasy baseball writer, podcaster, and radio analyst wants you to know why their sleeper is the one you should be targeting on draft day. Conversely, your league mates hope you've never even heard of their sleeper. As I prepared to write this article, I found... Read More


Mike Soroka Will Not Live Up to Draft Price Expectations

Every year there are polarizing players in fantasy baseball. These polarizing players leave no room for middle ground. They are the catalyst for Twitter debates, articles, videos, podcasts, and by the end of it you are forced to chose a side: are you in or are you out? For those of you thinking, surely there... Read More


Second Basemen Set to Breakout in 2020

The purpose of this article, as the title suggests, is to identify second basemen who have shown the potential to have a breakout season heading into 2020. These will be players that were likely on waivers at some point in your league during 2019 and may or may not have been added down the stretch.... Read More


Elite Starters and Pitching Trends Revisited

Last year I wrote a series [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3] on whether we were properly valuing elite starting pitchers. The basic premise was that we were likely to see fantasy-relevant starters (not openers) throw fewer innings again in 2019. I hypothesized that if there were fewer and fewer starting pitchers providing 200 innings... Read More


ADP Cost Analysis: Gleyber Torres vs Max Muncy

Fantasy baseball is a great game, and there may not be a better time of the season than draft prep. The numbers are flying around, and the group texts are saying that it's Acuna's year to be No. 1 while others take the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach with Mike Trout. The... Read More


Announcing RotoBaller's New Live Draft Tool

Last season at RotoBaller, we released a set of interactive cheat sheets to help fantasy players prepare for their drafts and the upcoming season. This preseason we have updated these cheat sheets and have also added a brand new Live Draft Tool to give you an edge while drafting in real-time!  In addition to the Live... Read More


Evaluating OAA for Pitchers Changing Teams (12-Team Leagues)

Last week, I looked at Statcast’s new Outs Above Average (OAA) leaderboard, which they’ve used to identify the best defensive infielders in the league. My initial exploration of the metric was designed to identify pitchers who might have been lucky or unlucky last year as a way of mining for bounceback value or avoiding potential... Read More


Engel's Angles: ADP Insights, Perspectives on Aaron Judge and Ketel Marte (Premium Content)

Spring training exhibition play has just opened and expert draft season is here. The trends are being firmly established on how to draft, and where to draft certain players. We all know pure ace top starters are going to be taken very early, and there will be a high emphasis on garnering top speed merchants.... Read More


RotoBaller Friends & Family Industry Mock Draft: What the Experts Were Thinking

The RotoBaller Friends & Family Mock Draft has become an annual tradition where we gather some of the biggest names from the fantasy baseball world and put together a mock draft just as spring training has commenced. Thanks to RT Sports for once again hosting and providing a custom draft site where readers could follow... Read More


H2H Points League Draft Strategy

Points leagues are essentially the rawest version of fantasy baseball. These are not players, these are stat-lines and you want to put up as many points per week as possible. Do not get too attached to underperforming players who have name-value and potential. There is a stark difference in draft strategy when it comes to... Read More


2020 Catcher Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Leagues

Spring Training is upon us! Pitchers and catchers have reported and we finally have some box scores to desperately over-analyze. The catcher position can really be a headache for dynasty owners trying to plan for the future. Needless to say, it is not a position that many MLB teams count on for offense, leaving fantasy players... Read More


Questionable Closers: An Early Look at Some Unsettled Bullpens

As anyone who has played fantasy baseball for even five minutes knows, bullpens around the league are always in flux. There are fewer and fewer closers who are no doubt, always in for the ninth inning, always healthy, never slumping, and always celebrating wins for their team. We're seeing more and more teams go with... Read More


2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – Aaron Civale

With Mike Clevinger sidelined to start the year and Corey Kluber off to Texas, the Indians will rely on the emergence of Aaron Civale to bolster their typically-formidable rotation. Civale impressed in his rookie season with 10 starts, 57.2 innings pitched (IP), a 3-4 win-loss record, 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 46 Ks. Due to the... Read More


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You've Heard About Volatility, It's Time to Learn About It

High-variance, volatile football players. The risky bets. We all know who those players are and, most of all, we all know about what they can do--for the good and for the bad. When was the last time you trusted someone like Will Fuller or Amari Cooper to go off the charts and they let you down? You... Read More


XFL DFS Lineup Picks For Week 4: The Checkdown

Check out this week's XFL fantasy football preview including game breakdowns, player analysis, DFS lineup picks and more for week four of the 2020 XFL season. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well! Be sure to also tune... Read More


Dynasty Price Check: JuJu Smith-Schuster

What a difference a year can make. This time last season, JuJu Smith-Schuster was a first-round dynasty draft pick. Antonio Brown was gone and he was going to be the next great receiver developed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a season of disappointment, it is time to take a look at the new reality. Is... Read More


XFL Week 3 - Quarterback Risers and Fallers

We previously looked at target and opportunity risers and fallers, based on the first three weeks of XFL data. Now, it's time to evaluate the quarterbacks, for better or worse. With three weeks already in the rearview mirror and plenty of numbers stored from players showcasing their talent all around the country, it makes sense... Read More


NFL Scouting Combine Preview - Woo Fantasy Podcast

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Mike Williams - Dynasty Buy or Sell?

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano discuss the dynasty value of Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams. Will he be as effective without Philip Rivers at quarterback in 2020 or is he a player to sell now? Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us... Read More


XFL Week 3 - Opportunity Risers and Fallers

I'm afraid some folks out there won't like this because they never wanted the XFL to establish itself, but we're already at a point when we can't count the number of games players with the fingers of our hands! That's right, it's been three weeks and 12 matches already. We previously looked at target risers... Read More


NFL Draft Combine Preview: Wide Receivers

The diva position of the NFL has seen an influx of playmakers enter the league in recent years. With so many teams moving to spread offenses, gone are the days of the third year breakout formula that many fantasy owners were used to. Opportunities are growing in these passing attacks each season, meaning we see... Read More


XFL Week 3 - Target Risers and Fallers

I'm afraid some folks out there won't like this because they never wanted the XFL to establish itself, but we're already at a point when we can't count the number of games players with the fingers of our hands! That's right, it's been three weeks and 12 games already. With three weeks already in the... Read More


Biggest Surprises of 2019 - Quarterback

The quarterback position in fantasy football is always one that either gets seriously overvalued, or seriously underrated. We all saw just how much of a difference maker someone like Lamar Jackson could be this year, or Patrick Mahomes last year. This year, we saw Mahomes get drafted extremely early, and while he was still good,... Read More


What Went Wrong with Odell Beckham Jr?

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NFL Draft Combine Preview: Running Backs

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