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Champ or Chump: Yangervis Solarte and Mitch Moreland

What’s up RotoBallers. Welcome to Opening Day. We've waited patiently, and will finally be rewarded with some sweet, sweet MLB action. Since you're a smart and savvy RotoBaller reader, and have been using all our awesome preseason tools and content, you've surely drafted some outstanding fantasy teams that are ready to dominate. And as always, we'll be... Read More

Today is one of those days that if you'd like to take advantage of the full suite of players to pick from for your roster, you better get after it the minute you sit at your desk this morning. Now, I'm not advocating that you neglect your day job, but I'm also not not saying... Read More

Trevor Story, Robbie Cano, and Carlos Correa are making this season exciting right out of the gate! But there have been some solid pitching performances mixed in too from newcomers and studs alike. Man I'm glad MLB is back. Today's slate features nine games, but you may find yourself avoiding the first one at 12:35.... Read More

After the Draft: Waiver Wire Pickups and Targets Hey everybody (Hey Dr. Nick!) and welcome to the special pre-Opening Day Waiver Wire analysis. Your team is drafted. You’ve already fallen in love with all of them. You may or may not have gotten a tattoo. Okay that’s all well and good but we all know... Read More

To see our tiered staff rankings for starting pitchers, head over to our fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. You can easily filter and export all sorts of rankings and tiers - mixed leagues, points leagues, top prospects, and more! Starting pitchers get you 40% of the key stats in 5x5 leagues, and are sometimes even more important in H2H and points... Read More

Opening Day, Part III! Thanks to Mother Nature, the celebration that normally is spread over two days has been stretched to three. I, for one, have no complaints. I would, however, have lots of them had I played the afternoon slate yesterday, which was not light on rainouts. Here at Rotoballer we will have picks and... Read More

The 2016 season is finally underway. This piece would have been published last week, but technical problems led to delay. Here the final set of bold predictions for the new fantasy season.   Bold Predictions for 2016 1. Jake Arrieta finishes outside the top 20 starting pitchers There’s a good chance I’m very wrong here.... Read More

Baseball is finally underway! There are a few great stacks on the board tonight, along with some solid 50/50 and tournament pitching options. Read on to find out who to play today and tonight. In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball MLB lineup picks for DraftKings on 4/5/16. The... Read More

Come one, come all. Welcome to the 2016 MLB season and our first edition of DFS Patrol! Yesterday was the official start, but today is our first day with a full slate. This will be a daily article focusing on the best pitchers to stream in DFS formats. The information applies for regular season formats,... Read More

It is finally here. Full slates of Major League Baseball to fulfill our DFS cravings. Here at Rotoballer we will have daily picks and analysis for both DraftKings and FanDuel to help you build that tourney-winning lineup. This edition will focus on FanDuel. We have 10 games to choose from today, with aces abound as... Read More

You will have to forgive me if I come off a bit out of touch with baseball today. Sunday night’s episode of The Walking Dead is still on my mind. Who did Negan kill!? Was it Glenn, Abraham, Darryll? We won’t even know for a few months. Looks like I will have to rely on... Read More

With so much athleticism in the game today, you wouldn't immediately think that stolen bases would be a hard statistic to come by when trying to fill your roster. The ongoing problem with the stolen base category is that many players that can steal bases tend to be one trick ponies. It is a hefty... Read More

In general, starting pitchers are more volatile than hitters. Pitchers are more injury prone, and Tommy John surgery is seemingly more common than ever. Furthermore, one or two bad outings can bloat a starting pitcher’s statistics beyond repair for that season. In some cases, starters suddenly lose fastball velocity and subsequently become shells of their former selves.... Read More

Rotoballer is always one step ahead of the competition, and with our premium ADP Draft Sleepers Tool we've done it again. Our premium tool allows you to choose a player and discover players who will provide similar production but cost you less. Rotoballer's premium users get the edge over the competition by using our tools... Read More

As Opening Day rapidly approaches, we close the preseason version of Champ or Chump by looking at a trio of pitchers. Pitchers have a unique set of data points to consider. Stats like BABIP and SwStr% continue to matter, but we want our pitchers to have low BABIPs and high whiff rates whereas with hitters... Read More

"Wins" is the "runs scored" of pitching stats - overshadowed, grammatically awkward and often an afterthought on draft day. Most owners figure that drafting good pitchers will automatically translate into more wins. Well, that's partially true, but it's just one piece of the puzzle. Similar to runs scored, there are many external factors that contribute... Read More

Opening day is almost here, and with drafts nearly complete, many (including myself) are already itching to get into the nitty gritty details of the season. That means crafty trade proposals and sneaky waiver wire pickups. If some of you are drafting late, you may even still be looking at grabbing potential late round steals.... Read More

"Don't let them bury me... I'm not dead yet!" A classic line from the criminally underrated Serpent and the Rainbow but it's also the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Albert Pujols. Many fantasy managers focus on youth even in non-keeper leagues, and for good reason. The next generation of stars has... Read More

Hi, all. New guy here. Well, kind of -- new to RotoBaller, not new to fantasy baseball analysis. Maybe you have read my stuff at RotoGraphs (of the FanGraphs.com family). Maybe you haven't. It's all good either way. The RotoBaller staff has charitably offered me a slot on their MLB writing staff, which I graciously... Read More

I like to look at the outfield as the department store of fantasy baseball. Sluggers, speedsters, batting average and all around players are all available in abundance. Most leagues compensate for this by starting five OFers per team, but even then the OF-5 is better than a lot of shortstops or catchers. While you don't... Read More

Back in 2013, Myers looked like he would be the next big thing in baseball. In just 88 games, he hit .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI on his way to AL Rookie of the Year. He seemed destined for stardom, but then he hit the sophomore wall in 2014. The outfielder struggled... Read More

My recent article on over-hyped prospects advised fantasy owners against buying too high for relatively small or non-existent sample sizes. Baseball trumps every other sport, except possibly international soccer, in terms of labeling minor leaguers as future legends before they have proven their worth on the big stage. On the other side of the coin are players who... Read More

Ah yes, the ol' catcher slot. A treacherous minefield where most people seem to be playing for the "friendliest loss" with who they settle for at the position. Well fear not, as here are three players who are set to breakout in 2016. When I say breakout, I don't mean going from 0-to-100 just like... Read More

Finally Saturday happened. The Dynasty Grinders Auction is a 16-team, H2H dynasty league with a $500 budget. We geared up for a 480 pick auction draft. We set out to do it in one day, broken into 2-hour sessions with 20-minute breaks squeezed in to make sure nobody died. The picks went fast and furious. And all... Read More

Same players, but new environments. It happens every year. For any number of reasons - including trades, free agency, new team directions, or just plain old chemistry issues -  MLB players switch to new teams in the offseason. Over the years, we’ve seen these moves work out in all sorts of different ways. Now I'm here to predict how some of... Read More

There's not much to say here as far as a fancy intro, as we know why we're here. Let's look at some second basemen who are poised to breakout in 2016. They may not be "breakouts" in the traditional sense of the word, but I believe they are valid players to reach levels that either... Read More

I may not be right, but I'll be bold. And if I shoot for the moon, maybe I'll hit the stars. That being said, let's dive right in. Editor's note: Be sure to check out our fantasy baseball rankings assistant. We recently launched this handy new rankings tool - you can easily filter, sort, and export all sorts of... Read More

2015 in Review It was looking like the Rangers were going to have to look elsewhere for a second baseman during Jurickson Profar’s convalescence, as Rougned Odor followed up a mediocre showing in 2014 with a .144 batting average in April and May before being sent to Triple-A Round Rock. The time spent in the... Read More

First base is the perennial powerhouse for baseball teams, real and fantasy alike. You want to get bombs out of the 1B slot. There are plenty of established options heading into 2016, with one of these names already creeping towards that territory but with room for more growth. The other two should see their first... Read More

Bold (adj.) ˈbōld Definition: fearless before danger Prediction (noun) pri-ˈdik-shən Definition: a statement about what will happen or might happen in the future Together, these words form the perfect recipe for making me look like an idiot at the conclusion of the 2016 MLB season. Our beloved Kyle Bishop asked the RotoBaller crew if we... Read More