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Nick's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

What's up RotoBallers. The MLB season is right around the corner, and this is the home stretch for our fantasy baseball drafts.  There has been a lot of recent news around MLB, so I thought I'd take a few minutes and give you our updated 2015 starting pitcher rankings for your fantasy baseball drafts. These... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 4% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Rule 5 pick is slated to open the season as the Phillies everyday center fielder and bat second in their lineup. He’s had a whirlwind offseason, winning the MVP of the Venezuelan Winter League, to now starting in Philadelphia.... Read More

The term sleeper is overused and commonly confused in fantasy sports. Too many people confuse the concept of a player being undervalued (i.e. a player getting drafted in the seventh round that is going to return fifth round value) versus a player being a true sleeper. When I think sleeper, I think Rip Van Winkle.... Read More

Don't Get Caught Watching The last installment of my four part series on auction strategy is all about the money. Specifically, you should spend all of it. Your plan and budget are set, and now it is time to start drafting. You set a lovely, structured plan. Now you're immediately challenged by other owners spending... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 43% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: With veteran Denard Span sidelined for the first month of the season, Taylor will get a chance to show if last season's impressive Double-A campaign, in which he slashed .313/.396/.539 with 22 home runs and 34 stolen bases, carries over... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 7% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: One of the hottest prospects in baseball, Micah Johnson’s sterling spring training has him positioned to open the season as the White Sox starting second baseman. His .455 batting average was trailing only Mike Trout’s .486 mark as of... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper 2 Catcher Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The O’s fascinating ability to turn replacement-level waiver wire flotsam into key contributors is unparalleled. In the wake of Matt Wieters setback with his elbow, coming off Tommy John surgery, Joseph could be ticketed for a solid amount of... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Acquired from Detroit in exchange for Anthony Gose this offseason, Travis arrived north of the border as one of the best contact hitters in the minor leagues, hot off the heels of a stellar campaign in which he batted .298/.358/.460... Read More

We’re entering the final weeks of the NBA season but that does not mean you have to quit fantasy basketball. We have provided our daily picks throughout the year and we will continue to push hard during these last regular season games. Below are our favorite FanDuel DFS picks for Saturday April 4th, 2015. Keep in... Read More

ADP: 13.3 RANKING STATUS: Overvalued ANALYSIS: Last season, Jose Altuve took both the real and fantasy baseball worlds by storm. He was the big story for the Houston Astros as he led the majors with a .341 batting average and paced the American League with 56 stolen bases With Altuve entering his age-25 season, many... Read More

The Magical Top 10 Today we bring you the ten pitching prospects most likely to make a fantasy impact this season. Previously we covered 50-41, 41-30, 30-21, and 20-11. Keep in mind that there are plenty of stud future MLBers in the lower levels of the minors that won’t crack even the top 50 –... Read More

In order to stay relevant and competitive in MLB baseball, a team must have a constant flow of rising young pitching. Without this key element a team might as well yell over their PA system to their fans, "Expect fireworks before, during and after tonight's game. Direct your eyes upwards at all costs."   The... Read More

Ace? Pseudo Ace? Damaged Goods? Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays has tendinitis in his forearm and is slated to miss his Opening Day start, which for some reason has resulted in his draft stock falling fairly significantly. His average draft pick was 70.3 prior to the news of this minor injury, and is now at... Read More

The Yankees Future? First base is one of the deepest positions for dynasty purposes. However, the average age of my top 20 at the position is 29 years old. Additionally, only four of my top ten are under the age of 30. While it's easy to remain fantasy relevant into your mid-30's at first base,... Read More

Fantasy owners are constantly trying to find something that will give them an edge, and one strategy that has been employed is to intentionally disregard a stat during the draft. The logic is simple enough: If all teams have the same number of auction dollars or draft picks, intentionally disregarding one stat provides an advantage... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Very Deep Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 0% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: A Rule 5 selection this offseason, Mark Canha will platoon with Ike Davis at first base in Oakland. While it’s not ideal, being on the short-side of the platoon where he will get fewer at-bats, it gives fantasy owners,... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 13% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Pompey’s meteoric rise from High-A to the Majors last season was capped off with a majestic blast off “The King”, Felix Hernandez, in late September. The Ontario native could end up being the biggest thing to hit Toronto since bacon... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues / Draft Target Late OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Sometimes you just get a good vibe about a pitcher. If you’ve paid attention to the sound bytes coming out of A’s camp, they are extremely high on Graveman, who they acquired from Toronto in the controversial Josh Donaldson trade... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only Leagues / Dynasty Leagues ANALYSIS: The New York Mets are notoriously known as being one of the most indecisive franchises in the history of sports. However, you as a fantasy owner do not have the luxury of patience. This is where the acquisition of Rafael Montero comes into play. After Zack... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Draft in Later Rounds / Stash in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Wieters had finally turned the corner to his bright career hitting a cool .308 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 26 games during the 2014 season. Then he was shut down for the season opting for Tommy John surgery on his... Read More

Current ADP: 207.2 Rankings Status: Overvalued Analysis: The Metropolitan backstop is high on many sleeper lists this season due to a "power breakout" in the second half of the 2014 season. However, his rate stats indicate that while the second half was a change for Travis d'Arnaud, it is not one likely to lead to... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Draft Target in Mid-to-Late Rounds in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton has had his struggles when it comes to staying healthy over the course of his young career, but there is no doubt he possesses the natural ability to dominate should he avoid the injury bug in 2015. With a current ADP around... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Draft Target Mid-Late Rounds in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Right-handed pitcher Wily Peralta is entering his third full season in the big leagues with the Brewers and currently has an ADP of 266. His low draft day price can return a nice fantasy baseball profit, and makes him an undervalued starting pitcher. Peralta, 25, is coming off... Read More

Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect Archie Bradley will be taking Trevor Cahill's spot in the rotation, following his trade to the Atlanta Braves. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweeted: "I'm told that the Cahill trade does, as expected, open a spot in Dbacks rotation for top prospect Archie Bradley." Bradley will be joining a rotation with Josh Collmenter, Rubby... Read More

Shortly before opening day, the Boston Red Sox decided to option Jackie Bradley Jr. and Cuban defector Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Reuters. Boston looks to bounce back from finishing last in the AL East a season ago. The Red Sox will start the season without two players that were expected to contribute right away.... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues / NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: A lot of the attention in the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation towards the end of Spring Training was geared towards Archie Bradley. This is a completely warranted opinion given the state of the rotation as a whole. However, an overlooked potential starter with... Read More

The specifics of the contract have yet to be confirmed but the Houston Texans did indeed acquire free agent wide receiver Nate Washington. Washington should come in as the number three receiver behind clear number one DeAndre Hopkins with recent signee Cecil Shorts being the number two. Washington had a decent enough tenure as part of... Read More

We're entering the final weeks of the NBA season but that does not mean you have to quit fantasy basketball. We have provided our daily picks throughout the year and we will continue to push hard during these last regular season games. Below are our favorite FanDuel DFS picks for Friday April 3rd, 2015. Keep... Read More

Position scarcity and depth are topics of great debate every draft season. Where the talent pool is deep, you can afford to wait. Where it is scarce, an early pick is often in order. During the work on my series of draft value articles using RotoBaller's ADP Draft Sleepers Tool, I examined the depth of... Read More

Many hitters have great years that seem to come out of nowhere. Players like Todd Frazier and Dee Gordon who perform at a high level, creating the expectation that they can repeat that level of productivity. The difficult part of every hitter's breakout season is the follow up season. Was that breakout year a fluke?... Read More