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Hitter Streamers (Week 15): Head-to-Head Leagues

Midseason Rankings and Tiers: First Base (1B)

With the first half of the season in the books, it’s time for one last RotoBaller rankings update. As with our May edition, these rest-of-season rankings come from myself and the ever-so-suave Kyle Bishop. We’ll tackle each position individually, with one column from each of us today through Sunday. Alongside the catcher breakdown, Day One bears... Read More

2 years ago

Sell High Candidates for the Second Half

The All-Star break gives fantasy owners the opportunity to reflect on their roster and gear up for the second half. Knowing which players to sell high on and which players to to hang on to can be the difference between first place in your league and falling short of the championship. Savvy fantasy owners can recognize when one... Read More

2 years ago

Champ or Chump: Cody Bellinger & Carlos Martinez

It's All-Star Week, forcing weekly formats to get a little funky. Some leagues will have an extremely short three-day scoring period, in which case you should bench any starters not scheduled to pitch and platoon guys who may not see a lot of playing time. The alternative is to combine this week and the next... Read More

2 years ago

2017 Prospects: Top 30 Impact Rookies for Fantasy Leagues (Week 15)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my weekly Top-30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies! In this series, I will be going over the top prospects in baseball and discussing which ones figure to have an impact for the rest of this fantasy baseball season. I hope you all enjoyed All-Star weekend. I don’t know about you,... Read More

2 years ago

Week 15 Waiver Wire - Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

With the natural break of the All-Star Game, we’re going to take a slightly different approach with this column. For the first half of the season, it was a list of six or seven players that appeared week after week, with three new names getting a deeper dive each week. That was a fine format... Read More

2 years ago

Week 15 Waiver Wire - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

As we head to the All-Star break, fantasy managers have a couple of days to stop managing lineups and start scouring the waiver wire for ways to fix any holes in the roster. It could be a good time to take a chance on some young, unproven players that have a chance to contribute down... Read More

2 years ago

Champ or Chump: Mike Clevinger and Rich Hill

It is time to start making fantasy baseball moves based on your league's standings page, not absolute value. If your situation dictates that you need to hunt Wins, you're in for a difficult task. They are notoriously unpredictable, forcing you to rely on quantity over quality (if possible) or otherwise seek arms on strong clubs.... Read More

2 years ago

2017 Prospects: Top 30 Impact Rookies for Fantasy Leagues (Week 14)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my weekly Top-30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies! In this series, I will be going over the top prospects in baseball and discussing which ones figure to have an impact for the rest of this fantasy baseball season. One week away from the All-Star Break, we have already seen several... Read More

2 years ago

Week 14 Waiver Wire - Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

Welcome to week 14 of the fantasy baseball season. We’re continuing our mission to find you the best and brightest players with second base and shortstop eligibility. As noted last week, the own percentage of players are beginning to settle in, so this list may begin to have a bit less turnover, allowing us to... Read More

2 years ago

Streaming Wars: Waiver Wire Targets for July 6

Welcome to Streaming Wars, your one-stop shop for streaming the waiver wire. Use this column to improve upon your neediest categories. Below are your pitcher and hitter streaming targets for Thursday, July 6th. Let's get to it.   Agenda Just Watch Today's Weather and Updates Tomorrow's Picks   1. Just Watch Just watch. It's effortless.   2. Today's Weather and Updates... Read More

2 years ago

Week 14 Waiver Wire - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Believe it or not, the first half is almost over and All-Stars have officially been selected. If you're lucky enough to have a few of them on your fantasy squad, you're probably in good shape. If you're reading this article, chances are you have a glaring hole at either (or both) corner positions and need... Read More

2 years ago

Week 14 Waiver Wire Watch List

Welcome to Week 14 of The Watch List. We have had a few iterations already, but here’s a friendly reminder for those who forgot: Each week we’ll be updating this list full of players who you maybe aren’t quite ready to pick up (depending on league size, of course), but who need to be on... Read More

2 years ago

Streaming Wars: Waiver Wire Targets for July 4

Welcome to Streaming Wars, your one-stop shop for streaming the waiver wire. Use this column to improve upon your neediest categories. Below are your pitcher and hitter streaming targets for Tuesday, July 4th. Let's get to it.   Agenda Are You Mad? Today's Weather and Updates Tomorrow's Picks   1. Are You Mad? Justin Turner was left off the All Star... Read More

2 years ago

Strikeout Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 13: Buy or Sell?

Missing bats is the #1 way a pitcher can control his own fate. If hitters make contact, the pitcher is largely at the mercy of the atmosphere, the weather, the ball park, the ability/work ethic of his fielders, and sometimes just sheer luck. This is ultimately why strikeouts are so important. By looking at pitchers... Read More

2 years ago

Streaming Wars: Waiver Wire Targets for July 3

Welcome to Streaming Wars, your one-stop shop for streaming the waiver wire. Use this column to improve upon your neediest categories. Below are your pitcher and hitter streaming targets for Monday, July 3rd. Let's get to it.   Agenda The Best Way to Cool Off Today's Weather and Updates Tomorrow's Picks   1. The Best Way to Cool Off A little... Read More

2 years ago

MLB Closers and Saves Report - Week 13

Another rather busy week in bullpens this week, as the Angels stayed confusing, the Giants made a strange decision, and the Rays and Cardinals showed a possible changing of the guard. While all of baseball takes a moment to spare a thought for Bartolo Colon, whose career might be over after nine teams and two... Read More

2 years ago

Champ or Chump: Jimmy Nelson & Jordan Montgomery

Regular readers will know that this column makes extensive use of PITCHf/x data to determine the value of a given arm's repertoire. Starting with this edition, Pitch Info will be used instead. We'll have the same information to work with, but Pitch Info is more sensitive. For example, if a pitcher throws both a straight... Read More

2 years ago

2017 Prospects: Top 30 Impact Rookies for Fantasy Leagues (Week 13)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my weekly Top-30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies! In this series, I will be going over the top prospects in baseball and discussing which ones figure to have an impact for the rest of this fantasy baseball season. With the All-Star Break nearing, the prospect scene should start to heat... Read More

2 years ago

Week 13 Waiver Wire - Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

Welcome to Week 13 of the fantasy baseball season. We’re continuing our mission to find you the best and brightest players with second base and shortstop eligibility. As noted last week, the own percentage of players are beginning to settle in, so this list may begin to have a bit less turnover, allowing us to... Read More

2 years ago

Week 13 Waiver Wire - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Sometimes numbers can be deceiving, but in the fantasy writing world our job is to parse each statistic for its true worth and translate that into actionable advice. Simply put, I'm finally buying into Scooter Gennett this week because the man won't stop going deep. On the other hand, a man like Maikel Franco has... Read More

2 years ago

Week 13 Waiver Wire Watch List

Welcome to Week 13 of The Watch List. We have had a few iterations already, but here’s a friendly reminder for those who forgot: Each week we’ll be updating this list full of players who you maybe aren’t quite ready to pick up (depending on league size, of course), but who need to be on... Read More

2 years ago

Week 13 Cut List: Players on the Chopping Block

Welcome back to the Cut List. Each weekend from now until the end of the season, I’ll be offering my thoughts on players who don’t deserve to keep drawing a nonexistent salary on your fake baseball teams. As we go deeper into the season, expect this list to become more ruthless, but also note the... Read More

2 years ago

Champ or Chump: Rick Porcello & Miguel Cabrera

Nothing is more frustrating in fantasy than an absolute stud you paid up for deciding to decline as soon as you roster him. You don't want to get rid of last year's Cy Young award winner or the most recent man to win a Triple Crown, yet the clock is ticking on your fantasy season.... Read More

2 years ago

Hitter Streamers (Week 13): Head-to-Head Leagues

Welcome back, RotoBallers! As a reminder, in this piece we're looking for weekly streamers in head-to-head leagues, which means players who are 50% owned or less in Yahoo! leagues and who have seven or more games in the week. These players could provide great value off the waiver wire, particularly in head-to-head leagues, for week... Read More

2 years ago

MLB Closers and Saves Report - Week 12

After a few relatively quiet weeks in bullpens across the league, week 11 gave us a little more to talk about, with some relievers heading to the disabled list while others came back from it. Giants closer Mark Melancon earned his first save in what likely seemed like a few decades for his fantasy owners. There... Read More

2 years ago

Champ or Chump: Kyle Scwarber & Jonathan Lucroy

There are two viable approaches to the catcher position in fantasy. The first is to accept mediocrity, secure in the knowledge that most of your competitors will not be getting much from the position either. The second is to pay a premium for one of the few catchers who can actually hit, likely hurting your... Read More

2 years ago

2017 Prospects: Top 30 Impact Rookies for Fantasy Leagues (Week 12)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my weekly Top-30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies! In this series, I will be going over the top prospects in baseball and discussing which ones figure to have an impact for the rest of this fantasy baseball season. We begin today’s weekly update with disappointing news regarding one of the... Read More

2 years ago

Week 12 Waiver Wire - Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

Welcome to week 12 of the fantasy baseball season. We’re continuing our mission to find you the best and brightest players with second base and shortstop eligibility. As noted last week, the own percentage of players are beginning to settle in, so this list may begin to have a bit less turnover, allowing us to... Read More

2 years ago

Week 12 Waiver Wire - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

This week brings about two new names and two retreads from previous weeks. Not because we're being lazy, mind you. Some people just won't take sage advice when they see it! Ironically, both repeat customers are named Matt. I briefly considered putting Matt Chapman on the list so it could resemble a Monty Python skit,... Read More

2 years ago