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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups - Catcher (C)

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy baseball catcher (C) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

We recommend MLB catchers for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts.

For more sleepers, also see our fantasy baseball rankings hub. The handy Rankings Assistant Tool combines all staff ranks in one area - tiers, points leagues, prospects, dynasty ranks and more.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

ALL - C - 1B - 2B - SS - 3B - OF - SP - RP

 

Robinson Chirinos (C, TEX) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Robinson Chirinos had outplayed Jonathan Lucroy for much of the season, but was still finding himself with limited playing time while Lucroy remained in a Rangers uniform. However, after Lucroy was dealt to the Rockies in late July, Chirinos has become the Rangers primary catcher. He has done quite well in that role, as over the past 30 days, he has been the fourth best fantasy catcher according to the ESPN Player Rater. Chirinos...continue reading

Tyler Flowers (C, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  35% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers started off like a house on fire, though he must have started feeling the heat in July, since his production fell off. He's still hitting above .300, though his power has been lacking. With the rash of injuries that have befallen a lot of the catching options, he's also someone to grab to just fill the lineup slot. Right now he's hitting .301/9/37, and while he lacks the basestealing speed to make him a threat like J.T. Realmuto,...continue reading

Tucker Barnhart (C, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN:  8% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tucker Barnhart is another one of those catchers who has seen a somewhat significant increase in ownership numbers. This time, though... it was a modest bump, from 1% to 8%. Not exactly an amount that you'd want to hang your hat on as a full-time catcher in a 12-team league. The situation hasn't gotten THAT dire yet... though if a few more catchers get hurt, you might want to reconsider that thinking and promote him to first-string. Barnhart is getting...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN:  18% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: James McCann has been a hot property lately, with thousands of leagues snapping him up like he's the next coming of Mike Piazza. Well, maybe that's a little bit of hyperbole, but the fact that he drove in five runs on Aug. 12 seems to have sent a lot of fantasy owners into a tizzy.  That and the fact that there seem to be more catchers on the disabled list than actually on the field. It's been so...continue reading

Wilson Ramos (C, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos did not make his Rays debut until June 24 after offseason knee surgery and his poor start has left him on the waiver wire in many leagues. Ramos only has a .204 batting average in July, and three hits over his last 10 games, but he had an .850 OPS in 131 games for the Nationals in 2016. His .307 batting average last season may not be sustainable, but his .496...continue reading

Wilson Ramos (C, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Wilson Ramos has gotten off to a relatively strong start in his return from a torn ACL. Lately, he has also battled a minor hamstring that sidelined him, though he now appears healthy given that he has started three consecutive games. Though he has played in just 13 games this season, it is notable that Ramos now has three home runs on the season. He has also been able to drive in 11 to due to the...continue reading

Wilson Ramos (C, TAM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% Yahoo ANALYSIS: After years of injury issues, Wilson Ramos finally logged a full season in 2015 and was one of the worst hitters in baseball. Last year, he bounced back for the best performance of his career, hitting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI. Naturally, just before the season ended, he tore his ACL. The Rays signed him as a free agent knowing full well he'd miss the first half of this season, and plenty of fantasy owners followed suit,...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're now close to the All-Star Game and the catching stats are pretty grim, as far as the waiver wire goes. Nearly all the backstops with double-digit homers are above 50 % ownership, with three exceptions. Who are they? You can probably guess. Hint: They all appear later in this column. Play the Jeopardy theme song, please.... In other catcher news: Apparently, Kyle Schwarber hit the cover off the ball in the Minors, and was recalled by the Cubs. He's already back on the upswing in terms of adds, though he never was...continue reading

Tyler Flowers - (C, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers has taken an improbable step forward in his age 31 season as he is batting .100 points over his career average. In addition, he is on pace to smash his career best run production thanks in large part to his .422 on-base percentage. His average is set to regress some due to a .395 BABIP, however, he has also cut his strikeout rate to below 20% for the first time in his career. That change...continue reading

Mike Zunino (C, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino had 31 RBI in June and his 10 home runs last month make him very interesting to fantasy owners. Zunino had a home run and four RBI in 100 at-bats coming into the month, but that all changed with the best month of his MLB career. He had eight multi-RBI games last month and two games with multiple home runs, seeing his batting average jump from .194 to .240. Zunino was...continue reading

Tyler Flowers (C, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flower has scored a run in four consecutive games, has reached base in nine of his last 10 games, and has a .329 batting average this season. Flowers only has a .269 batting average this month, but has scored 14 runs and has six extra-base hits this month. He has three multi-hit games in his last 10 and has a home run in two of his last four games. While Flowers is putting up results in...continue reading

Welington Castillo (C, BAL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Welington Castillo isn’t a flashy catcher but he posts consistent numbers, which is something to note for a position as thin as catcher. Much of Castillo’s profile has remained the same this season compared to seasons past, including his HR/FB rate, ISO, and flyball rate. With seven home runs on the season, he is on pace to hit around 15 home runs, which is in line with preseason expectations. One thing that has changed is Castillo’s average...continue reading

Russell Martin (C/3B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: An amazing week for Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin led to him finishing 8-for-16 over the last seven days and once again becoming relevant in most fantasy leagues. Martin hit two home runs, scored four times, drove in four runs, and even walked three times, finishing with a .619 OBP for the week. He has played only 12 games over the last 30 days, but has a .916 OPS, posting a .429 OBP and scoring...continue reading

Alex Avila (C/1B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers first baseman/catcher Alex Avila has garnered even more fantasy value with his increase in playing time with James McCann out. Avila has excelled at the catcher position with a .910 OPS over the last 14 days and has a 1.029 OPS this season, including seven home runs in 99 at-bats. He only has a .114 batting average over the last seven days, striking out nine times, but does have a...continue reading

Alex Avila (C/1B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team, Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Alex Avila's return to the Detroit Tigers has been a triumphant one so far. After one year in exile with the White Sox, Avila has not only reclaimed the starting catcher job, he's earning himself a spot on many fantasy rosters too. Avila is hitting a shockingly high .337 over 86 at-bats, but with a .469 BABIP that is 126 points above his career average, it's not going to last too much longer. This is...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp displayed solid power numbers for the Phillies last season, smacking 16 home runs over 105 games with a .195 ISO. This season through 32 games he’s hit four HR, carrying a .187 ISO. He has been especially useful over the past month. During that span, he has hit .283/.377/.500 with three HR and 10 RBI, occupying the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup. He has risen his walk rate by 7% this...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges has put together a fairly respectable run of late. The Padres' backstop had a six-game hit streak before Wednesday's game and has an .870 OPS over the last 14 days. He's also got the lead for most homers among catchers with eight and is third in RBI with 20. Not bad for a guy who initially looked like he might never get a hit this season. This push has also...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS:  Rupp was a popular sleeper heading into the season, but thanks to a slow start, he is very low-owned. However, since April 27, his average has risen from .170 to .263 and he has been a season-long standout for those in OBP leagues with a .362 OBP. That same patience has worked against him as well, however, as he has been less aggressive at the plate leading to lower counting stat numbers and more strikeouts. Most of his power peripherals...continue reading

Jett Bandy (C, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team and Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: When the Brewers dealt Jonathan Lucroy last season, they chose not to fill that void with another free agent. That seems to have been a wise choice, as Jett Bandy has delivered surprising results on offense this April. Bandy is slashing an impressive .327/.377/.633 with four homers, eight RBI and nine runs over 49 at-bats. Bandy did show modest power last year with the Angels (eight HR in 70 games), but only hit .234....continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Catcher is an offensively starved position, so much so that a catcher with a .188 batting average, Austin Hedges, is seen as a solid option going forward. While his batting average is poor, and he has 21 strikeouts in 76 plate appearances, he also six home runs this season, all within a nine game period between April 15 and April 24. Hedges hit 21 home runs with Triple-A El Paso last season and can be relied on for...continue reading

Power Risers and Fallers: Week Four

Welcome back to this investigative piece where we examine players who have seen some notable changes in their power profiles -- for better or for worse -- in 2017. As usual, you don’t need me to tell you that Miguel Sano or Aaron Judge are strong or that Jarrod Dyson and Billy Hamilton are toward the bottom in average exit velocity. And as with every April analysis article, the standard “it’s really early so read with heaping grains of salt”...continue reading

Week 4 Waiver Wire: Catchers

Although the temperatures and the rain haven't been indicative, the calendar is, indeed, flipping to May. The grace period for players and teams off to a slow start is beginning to wind down. "It's early" will soon not be a valid excuse anymore. It's still tough out there in catcher-land. Trying to sift through these backstops to determine which ones to recommend has us like: It's like staring into a void. Gary Sanchez can't come back fast enough, though it's anyone's guess as to whether he'll regain the form...continue reading

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers: Week 4

Welcome back, RotoBallers! We now have a decent enough sample size in the early MLB season to look at some key offensive trends. Among those trends we will follow each week is contact rate. A sudden increase or decrease in contact rate could signal the beginning of an extended hot or cold streak. Each week we will look at a few players on each side and compare their previous week's contact rate with their actual performance. We do this because we care about you, the fantasy player. Top contact rate risers and...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SDP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Austin Hedges got some sleeper buzz heading into 2017 after lighting up the minors last year. Even adjusting for the offensive environment of the Pacific Coast League, Hedges' breakout was impressive. He hit .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs, 20 doubles, and 82 RBI in just 82 games. The outburst was all the more surprising given his prior performance, which suggested that only his work behind the plate would sustain him as a viable major league catcher. With the scarcity of...continue reading

Hitter Streamers (Week 2): Head-to-Head Leagues

Welcome back to my hitting streamers column for Week 2, taking a look at hitters to add or stream off the waiver wire for this week's scheduled games. To keep things simple, I pick from players who are less than 50% owned and who play at least seven games in the week.  If someone jumps off the page at me as a less than seven game player, I may make an exception, but otherwise the advantage in number of games dictates my choices. With that said, let’s dive right in. Bats to Stream...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cameron Rupp is mainly keeping the seat warm for prospect Jorge Alfaro, but he did flash some pop last season. He hit 16 homers with a passable .252 batting average and 80 R+RBI. Rupp likely isn't a long-term solution for owners in single-catcher leagues, but he's a viable second catcher in deeper formats.

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 0-25% Owned Pickups

Baseball is finally back. In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Here are the best players who are owned in 0-25% of Yahoo leagues. You can see our column on 25-50% owned players as well. These are your deeper Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already been completed. Deep League Waiver Wire Adds Catcher: Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies (16% owned) Rupp is mainly keeping...continue reading

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 25-50% Owned Pickups

Wow, we're really here. After all this time, baseball is truly back. Happy Opening Day RotoBallers! In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Today, we'll look at players who are owned in 25-50% of Yahoo leagues and see who stands out. You can see our deeper leagues list of 0-25% owned players as well. These are your Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already...continue reading

Draft Values: The 2017 All-Bargain Team

This article first appeared on the Metro news publication. Our long national nightmare is nearly over. No, not that one…here we’re referring to the lack of baseball. Opening Day is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon. After last week’s look at the busts, let’s end draft season on a happy note with the 2017 All-Bargain team. Best Draft Values in 2017 Catcher: Brian McCann, Houston Astros McCann has hit at least 20 home runs in nine straight seasons, and has averaged 135 games played over the...continue reading

Mike Zunino (C, SEA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~265 CURRENT ADP: 280 ANALYSIS: The Mariners aggressively promoted Mike Zunino, whom they drafted in the first round in 2012, pushing him to the bigs by 2013 after just 96 minor league games. He has been taking the trial-by-fire path to fantasy relevance, and it really hasn’t been pretty most of the time. Fantasy owners have shuddered at his batting average, which was as low as .174 in 2015, but he’s always held some intrigue as a home run hitter and is still only 25 years...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~225 CURRENT ADP: 243 ANALYSIS: Cameron Rupp has been around the big leagues for a while, muddling through the last few years on last place Phillies teams. Last year, however, as the team got an infusion of young talent and didn’t finish in the N.L. East cellar for the first time in three seasons, Rupp had himself a mini breakout, hitting .252/.303/.447 with 16 homers and 54 RBI in 419 plate appearances. There is reason to believe we haven’t seen Rupp’s ceiling as far as counting stats,...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~270 CURRENT ADP: 295 ANALYSIS: Austin Hedges has long been regarded as an elite defensive catcher, but he didn’t really reach top prospect status until he started tearing up the high minors at the plate in 2015. In two seasons at Triple-A in 2015 and 2016, he slashed .326/.361/.583 in 413 plate appearances, after hitting just .225/.272/.314 in 532 plate appearances in Double-A from 2013 to 2014. His ISO went from .112 before 2016 to .255 in 2016, and he started driving the ball more, with...continue reading

Chris Herrmann (C, ARI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 378 ANALYSIS: Chris Herrmann took a big step forward in production last season in his first year with the Diamondbacks, posting a career high 118 OPS+. The problem is he did it in only 166 plate appearances, as his season ended prematurely when he fractured his hand. Also, a .364 BABIP has left fantasy owners skeptical. The skepticism is certainly warranted, but the Diamondbacks still non-tendered Welington Castillo, effectively handing Herrmann the starting job heading into 2017. He’ll have some...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~250 CURRENT ADP: 318 ANALYSIS: James McCann had a nice year for the Tigers in 2015, slashing .264/.297/.387 as a rookie, but last year he appeared to take a step back, as his OPS was down (.629) while strikeouts were up (109). The one thing he did to generate some optimism in the Motor City was hit 12 bombs in 373 plate appearances. It’s too bad that had to come at the cost of more strikeouts and a dismal .221 average and .272 OBP. However, a...continue reading

Tom Murphy (C, COL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210 CURRENT ADP: 221 ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners have to be licking their chops at the idea of Tom Murphy getting at least 200 plate appearances at Coors Field this season, as the 25-year-old catcher hit five bombs in just 49 PA during his September call-up last season and flashed some big-time power in the minors. It’s a small sample size, but Murphy has put up an OPS+ of 133 in 32 games as a big leaguer, so it’s easy to dream of 20-25 homers from this...continue reading

Jett Bandy (C, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~370 CURRENT ADP: 403 ANALYSIS: Jett Bandy was dealt to Milwaukee this offseason, and the move could provide him with a nice sleeper opportunity. He took over as the Angels’ main catcher midway through last season, and will now be competing for playing time with Andrew Susac and Manny Pina. The 26-year-old is regarded as an excellent defender and was sixth-best in MLB at throwing out would-be base-stealers last year, gunning down 39.6 percent of runners. He also showed some nice...continue reading

Francisco Cervelli (C, PIT) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~260

CURRENT ADP: 272.3

ANALYSIS: Francisco Cervelli's .264 batting average despite an otherwise down 2016 campaign proved that he is a guy who won’t hurt you. His 1.6% HR/FB has nowhere to go but up, and his .329 BABIP may seem inflated for a catcher, but he can run a little and avoids popping the ball up. The combination of a 24.1% FB% and 1.6% IFFB% is difficult to top in the pop-up avoidance category.

His average may actually have room to

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Travis d'Arnaud (C, NYM) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~ 250

CURRENT ADP: 281.7

ANALYSIS: Travis d’Arnaud was a popular sleeper pick heading into 2016, as his .268/.340/.485 line with 12 dingers in 268 plate appearances had fantasy owners interested. A shoulder injury bit into his playing time and limited him to a .247/.307/.323 line with four homers, however, removing him from the fantasy radar. He is expected to be fully healthy by Spring Training, giving him some post-hype sleeper appeal.

A mechanical flaw in d'Arnaud's batting stance has also been cited

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Stephen Vogt (C, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~220

CURRENT ADP: 240.7

ANALYSIS: Stephen Vogt's .251/.305/.406 line with 14 HR wasn't sexy, but the bar for catchers is pretty low. He is a little better than his surface stats suggest, too. His BABIP on ground balls was just .153 last year against a career average of .218. The shift was not the issue, as Vogt hit .287 against it. A few more singles are all it would take to bring his average to respectability, as his 15.6% K% is already

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Wilson Ramos (C, TB) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~230

CURRENT ADP: 253

ANALYSIS: Wilson Ramos had one of the better 2016 seasons for a catcher, as he hit .307/.354/.496 with 22 bombs in a breakout campaign. He also tore his ACL, preventing him from playing until May 2017 at the earliest. He seems to be recovering nicely from the knee injury by all accounts, and Tampa intends to use him as a DH while he gets healthy enough to go back behind the plate.

The DH thing is huge.

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Five Catcher Draft Values and Sleepers For 2017

The 2017 MLB season, like the vast majority of campaigns that have come before it, figures to feature a weak catcher position. Not to worry - today I'm here to help identify some early catcher draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. Catchers who can hit at all require you to take a hit elsewhere on your roster, as they are taken where the game's best players leave the board. The scrubs you can take later on are worse than leaving the spot blank. Add in how...continue reading

2016 in Review: Catcher (C) Breakouts

Some time has passed since Anthony Rizzo caught Kris Bryant's throw to put an end to the 2016 season. Like Rizzo, I put baseball in my back pocket and just mellowed out - the season is a grind for all those involved, including baseball writers. Enough time's elapsed for me to look back. As far as catchers go, this was not the best year for those who wear the tools of ignorance. No one absolutely dominated - no ridiculous Mike Piazza-type years. In fact, only one catcher broke...continue reading

2016 in Review: Catcher (C) Values

Good value adds were essential when it came to catchers in fantasy baseball in the 2016 season, as the year saw several highly drafted catchers, like Kyle Schwarber and Travis d’Arnaud, go down early with big injuries. Here are three backstops who saved your fantasy seasons by exceeding expectations in 2016. Catcher Values in 2016 Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos began the 2016 season with an average fantasy draft position of 21st among catchers. He was one of the best when all was said and done. The seven-year big leaguer blew...continue reading

Reviewing Nick Mariano's Bold Predictions for 2016

Hello you beautiful RotoBallers, and welcome to this little retrospective ditty where I look back at my 10 Bold Predictions from before the 2016 baseball season started. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my fellow writers doing the same lately, but obviously there is only one Nick Mariano. Let’s see how ya boy did. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our...continue reading

Champ or Chump: What to Make of Tillman, Hanley, and Gary Sanchez

As we head toward the season's final week, chances are your fantasy fate has been decided. Even if it hasn't, adding players for this year only holds so much potential value. Your process may be flawless, but the tiny sample size remaining can ruin the best laid plans. My favorite story to that effect is from my cousin, who stood to win a money league a few seasons ago if he could get one homer out of an outfielder slot. He had streamed the spot all season, and made the intelligent...continue reading

Week 25 Waiver Wire: Catchers

Whew. Another fantasy baseball season is almost in the books. 2016 was definitely a weird one for catchers, since many of the big names either struggled to hit like they had in the past or started off red-hot and then fell off a cliff (Francisco Cervelli, I'm looking at YOU). All through this season, we saw people leave this waiver wire list - I'd like to bid farewell to Evan...continue reading

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 25: Start or Sit?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in contact rate over the last seven days. The tool can be found here. Keep in mind, any statistic being viewed in such a small sample size will never be incredibly predictive on a granular level. But if any stat can be looked at over seven days, it's contact rate which stabilizes very quickly. What this tool provides is a quick indicator...continue reading

Week 24 Waiver Wire: Catchers

The baseball season is winding down. Scary, isn't it? It felt like I was just writing up Spring Training sleeper picks. Now I'm trying to help you possibly win a championship or at least first place in your roto league. Sadly, I can't come up with as gripping material as the division/ wild card chases in both the American and National Leagues. Don't fret, though. After I finish these final 2016 columns, the winter will fly by and we'll be back to this in 2017. Good luck until then. As...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 24 (National League)

Football season is officially underway, but us die-hard baseball fans are still dedicated to the grind all the way to the bitter end. Whether you're in a crucial playoff battle or just hoping to stay out of the cellar, there are still waiver wire options that can improve your squad. This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout...continue reading

Dynasty Review: Deep Fantasy League Advice for Week 24

Last week's column included several new(ish) pitchers. Unsurprisingly, Jose De Leon was the most impressive. Sure, he allowed three runs over his six frames, but he also recorded nine strikeouts with a superb 18.6 percent swinging strike rate. He made his second big league start last night (it's still in the future from my perspective). Brock Stewart and Jharel...continue reading