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Velocity Gain: How Does It Affect Starting Pitchers?

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MLB Closers and Saves Update for May 20th

Your Latest News from the Back End of the Bullpen We keep a close look on all the bullpen news and analysis twice a week so you can focus on the rest of your fantasy baseball team.  Find all the information you need on the back end of bullpens right here at, and be... Read More

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Getting A Grip: Waiver Wire Pickups for Holds

Navigating The Holds Category Is Not Always Easy While the holds statistic is hard to determine and prepare for, since you never know if a player will enter a game in the right situation, you will notice that the players featured in this article include some power arms and some pitchers that might seem like... Read More

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Velocity Loss: How Does It Affect Starting Pitchers?

C.C. Sabathia isn't the pitcher he used to be. A former workhorse who was as good a lock as any player in the game for 200+ innings a year, has now been shut down by the Yankees and sent to the DL with what team doctors are calling a 'degenerative knee condition.' Even before his... Read More

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Top 4 Hitter Streamers For Week 8: Waiver Wire Targets

  Week 8 Lineup Tools: Hitter Streamers It's been a sad week for baseball. Losing Jose Fernandez to what's looking like season ending Tommy John surgery isn't just a blow for fantasy owners, it's a body blow to baseball as a whole. Fernandez is one of those few players who makes you want to drop... Read More

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Eye on the Minors: May Call-Ups & More

  MLB Prospects Who Got The Call-Up We are getting to the point of the season where teams are calling up MLB prospects from the minors faster than I can include them in my weekly reports.  I’ll start this week with two prospects that are already seeing major league action now.   Kevin Gausman, (SP,... Read More

5 years ago

Buy & Sell Hitter Targets for Fantasy Baseball

Hitter Trade Targets for Your Fantasy Baseball Team Finally, some of the usual stars are making their way to the top of the fantasy totem pole.   The Jose Reyes’s and Troy Tulowitzki’s are really starting to hit stride and pay off for fantasy owners who chose those valuable top picks.  Even Adrian Beltre hit his... Read More

5 years ago

Buy Low and Sell High: Starting Pitchers for Week 7

Knowing when to pull the trigger on a trade is tough. You might get agitated when you offer a trade and it gets rejected. On the opposite part of the spectrum you question yourself when an offer you’ve made gets accepted too quickly. Have you given up too much? In order to help you make... Read More

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Top Four Waiver Wire Pickups For Strikeouts

Strikeout Totals Are Going Crazy Strikeouts are at an all-time high in baseball, with all 30 teams combining for 36,700 in 2013 to set the record.  The total strikeouts in baseball have climbed each year since 2006, which is crazy in itself.   With so many Ks available, if your fantasy pitching staff needs more, they... Read More

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Buy Low and Sell High Hitters for Week 6

  Hitters to Buy and Sell for Your Fantasy Baseball Team Week 6 is upon us and don’t we all wish we had drafted Dee Gordon. It’s not like the guy came out of nowhere, but no one could have expected him to be hitting .344 with 19 SB already. Yes, you read that right.... Read More

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Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 6

  Five Fantasy Diamonds In The Rough Who May Become Your Best Friends I think I've found some fantasy gold for you in this edition of Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups.  Three of the five players featured in this article are ones that I would consider picking up right now.  Personally, my team has already... Read More

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Starting Pitcher Streamers For Week 6 (Part 1)

This is the first article in what will be a weekly two-part series highlighting some of the best starting pitcher streamers for the week. Part 1 each week will focus on Monday to Wednesday games.  Part 2 (to be published Thursday) will focus on Thursday to Sunday games. From late January to early March this... Read More

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Buy and Sell: Five Hitters Who've Been Breaking Bad

These Guys Have Been Just Plain Stone Cold  April is behind us, Spring is here, even though it might not feel like spring where you live. The 2014 baseball season is in full swing and some well known fantasy baseball players that you drafted and had lofty expectations for are still as cold as ice... Read More

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Buy Low and Sell High High Hitters for Week 5

  Sleeper Hitters & Overachieving Hitters Our fantasy baseball seasons are in full swing at this point and like most of you (except that guy who drafted Jose Abreu in the 12th round), my team needs some work.  I have lived on the waiver wire to try and replace my draft picks that haven’t quite... Read More

5 years ago

Your Guide to Winning on Fanduel: RotoBaller's Expert Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) Picks

Looking for An Edge Over Your Competition? Each week, we will open up the new week by giving you a brief recap of some of our best picks from the previous week's RotoBaller Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) Lineup Picks newsletters. With your exclusive subscription, you will be entitled to three (3) weekly newsletters that give you a minimum... Read More

5 years ago

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Buy Low and Sell High Position Players

  Buy Low / Sell High Candidates for Fantasy Baseball The season may still be young, but it's never too early to start scoping out your opponents' teams for a nice buy low candidate or shipping off one of your own over-performing players for a good return. I've found the early season to be the... Read More

5 years ago

Top 4 Two-Start (SP) Streaming Options: Week 5 Waiver Wire

This will be a season-long, weekly piece on under-the-radar, two-start pitchers whom you should consider picking up for the following week of play.  In weekly leagues, we know your attention turns to the next week as soon as lineups lock on Monday – this post will always be published well enough in advance to give you... Read More

5 years ago

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Fantasy Baseball Q&A Session on Reddit

Yesterday RotoBaller participated in an awesome Q&A session on Reddit.  Over 250 questions were posted by readers, and each one was answered by the RotoBaller team. We talked about recent MLB news, waiver wire pickups, sleepers and even a Stanley Cup prediction or two. You can click here to read a full transcript on Reddit... Read More

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Waiver Wire Strategy: How to Play the Waiver Wire

Following up my article on how not to play the waiver wire, which you can see here, today I have more tips, this time on how to properly play the fantasy baseball waiver wire. We are now in Week 3, and there have been tons of injuries, with Adrian Beltre, Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Latos, and Jose Reyes... Read More

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How NOT To Play The Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire

If drafting a team is where you build your army for the fantasy season, then consider the waiver wire that army's greatest weapon. No team ever goes through a season without needing to replace players due to injury, lost playing time or just plain sucking. In smaller leagues, it’s a bit easier to find quality... Read More

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Early Season Waiver Wire and Trade Targets: Players to Pickup & Ignore

  Early Season Fast Starts: Who's For Real? It’s always a fun exercise to extrapolate 5 or 6 games of stats across 162: I loved Trumbo coming into the season, but 80 homers seems a little aggressive, and fresh off a season in Japan, I’ll take the under on 270 RBI from Casey McGehee. The... Read More

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MLB Fantasy Baseball DFS Fanduel Lineup Picks for 4/7

Editor's Note: For those of you hardcore fantasy baseball gamers, Fanduel has an exclusive offer for RotoBaller members. Register through this link and you will be given a free 100% bonus on your first deposit up to $5,000! Put in up to $5K, and you'll get another $5K for free to play on Fanduel. You'll also be invited to FREE contests with... Read More

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Draft Value Picks for AL-Only Leagues

Bargain Bin: AL-Only Sleepers & Value Picks Everybody is looking to find that guy during the draft who might provide you with the unexpected production that will help you win your fantasy baseball league. This is what makes the final six or seven rounds of the draft, and then waiver wire prowling, so much fun.... Read More

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Which Positions Are Deepest in 2014?

  Deepest Positions for 2014 Positional scarcity, or the lack thereof, is one of the most hotly discussed topics during draft season. It makes sense why because after all if a position is deep, then you can afford to wait on it a bit longer during your draft. Conversely a position where talent is very... Read More

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RotoBaller Interview With Larry Schechter: Winning Fantasy Baseball

I am gracious to have had the unique opportunity recently to interview the legendary Larry Schechter, one of the most successful fantasy baseball champions ever.  He is a two-time champion of the CDM Sports national challenge, a six-time champion of the renowned Tout Wars experts league, and a one-time champion of the League of Alternative... Read More

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4 Overhyped Players For The 2014 Season

  Overhyped Sleepers in Fantasy Baseball As we get into the heart of MLB fantasy draft season, I thought it would be appropriate to address an increasingly important topic that can have a deep and often very adverse effect on a manger’s draft: the overhyped sleeper. I remember when I drafted Dee Gordon (2B, LAD)... Read More

6 years ago

3B Draft Strategy: Tiered Rankings & What to Look For

Drafting a Third Baseman in 2014 Each position that you need to fill is very important to the overall outcome of your fantasy team, but when drafting your team, you must consider prioritizing which positions are deepest and most shallow talent wise. I’m not saying to draft Jason Kipnis in the second round over Carlos... Read More

6 years ago

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1B Draft Strategy: What To Look For At The First Base Position

Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy for First Base As most Fantasy Baseball Owners are well aware, there is plenty of depth at the first base position. With Miguel Cabrera, arguably the best fantasy baseball player alive, moving over to first base after playing the hot corner for the past few seasons, the position has gotten even... Read More

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Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Which Positions Are Shallowest

  Shallowest Positions for 2014 & Draft Strategy I'll be covering the topic of position scarcity today, but more importantly I'll discussing at some length how to handle position scarcity with your draft day strategy. The concept of depth is easy to deal with: if there are five good players, then you don't need to... Read More

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Draft Strategy: Age 27 Hitters Primed for a Breakout Season

  Age 27 Hitters Primed for a Breakout Season Any seasoned fantasy baseball owner is familiar with the legend behind the 27-year-old baseball player. It seems that many major leaguers enter their prime once they turn 27 years old, and magically reach the potential that made baseball scouts swoon over them during their minor league... Read More

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