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Back by popular demand in 2017... RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB season our Ultimate 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List. 

Our team of MLB enthusiasts and fantasy baseball analysts follow baseball all day, during the offseason and especially during the season. We recommend players for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire - every single day of the fantasy baseball preseason and season.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers by MLB Position

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Neftali Feliz (RP, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 233

ANALYSIS: Neftali Feliz has had an up-and-down career since 2014, so he will look for consistency in 2017 as the best candidate to close out wins for the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering the season in a rebuilding phase, the Brewers may trade Feliz if he becomes desired by other teams over the course of the season. Feliz is a reliable pick for a third closer as long as he stays on the Brewers.

Brandon Kintzler (RP, MIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~240

CURRENT ADP: 270

ANALYSIS: Brandon Kintzler pitched to a 3.15 ERA with just 17 saves, but his job appears to be secure. Former closer Glen Perkins is recovering from a significant injury so his likelihood of being ready for the start of the season is slim. Until Perkins proves he's healthy and capable of progressing to high-leverage situations, Kintzler is the go-to closer for the Twins. Kintzler is being drafted after several setup men, and

Jim Johnson (RP, ATL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~220

CURRENT ADP: 251

ANALYSIS: Last year, Jim Johnson showed that he may have turned back to a better time in his 11-year career. Having recorded 20 saves on a 3.06 ERA while striking out just over a batter per inning, Johnson appears to have found success as closer of the Atlanta Braves. Is he a top-10 closer? No, but his recent success paired with the inexperienced relievers he shares the bullpen with provide stability for the 33-year-old veteran

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~110

CURRENT ADP: 133

ANALYSIS: While Addison Russell didn’t have the huge breakout many were projecting for him last year, he was still pretty darn good, hitting 21 home runs with 67 runs scored and 95 RBI while mostly batting seventh in the lineup. We saw big improvements in his plate discipline here 2016, and there’s no reason to believe the 23-year-old won’t continue to ascend. Given his talent, the ceiling is higher on Russell at this draft price

Travis Shaw (3B, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~275

CURRENT ADP: 311

ANALYSIS: Travis Shaw’s first full season in the majors got off to a good start, but he wasn’t able to keep the momentum going and ended up as the clear weak link in a stacked Red Sox lineup. Now in Milwaukee, he’ll get to play half his games in Miller Park, where left-handed power plays way up. Shaw hit 16 homers last season, and it’s easy to see him pushing that total into the 20–25 range.

Jung Ho Kang (3B, PIT) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 242

ANALYSIS: The gruesome knee injury that cut Jung Ho Kang’s rookie season short also took a chunk out of his second year in the majors. When he was on the field, though, he produced. Kang hit 21 homers in just 370 plate appearances and added nearly four percentage points to his walk rate while holding his strikeout rate steady. So why is he languishing until the late rounds in most drafts? Unfortunately, it’s not just

Nick Castellanos (3B, DET) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180

CURRENT ADP: 203

ANALYSIS: Nick Castellanos was in the midst of a breakout last season before injury decommissioned him for most of the second half. Despite a steady upward trend in his production since breaking into the big leagues, Castellanos has yet to improve on his plate approach or contact issues. If he’d made enough plate appearances, Castellanos would have tied for the 11th-worst swinging strike rate and 19th-worst contact rate among qualified hitters. You can make that

Mike Moustakas (3B, KC) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170

CURRENT ADP: 195

ANALYSIS: Mike Moustakas enjoyed a long-awaited breakthrough in 2015, hitting .284 with 22 home runs. Through the first month of last season, he looked well on his way to an even better follow-up. Unfortunately, a torn ACL ended his season prematurely, but he’s expected to be 100 percent before the start of the upcoming season. It’s understandable that he’s something of a forgotten man given the crazy depth at the hot corner this season, but Moustakas

Ryon Healy (3B, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170

CURRENT ADP: 190

ANALYSIS: Ryon Healy was lightly regarded as a minor leaguer, barely mentioned by prospect mavens when they reviewed Oakland’s decidedly unspectacular farm system. Despite always being on the old side for his level, Healy hadn’t distinguished himself in his first three minor league seasons. In 2016, however, he began raking at Double-A, and didn’t stop even as he was promoted to the majors midseason.  Healy totaled 27 homers – half of them in the majors

Jarrod Dyson (OF, SEA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~240

CURRENT ADP: 262

ANALYSIS: Jarrod Dyson was an excellent fourth outfielder with the Royals for most of this decade, his speed and defense making up for a lack of punch at the plate. He’s sixth in the majors in stolen bases since 2012, despite averaging fewer than 300 plate appearances per season during that time. He’s reportedly set to begin the seasons as the Mariners’ primary left fielder and leadoff man, making his current draft price a potentially major

Matt Holliday (OF, NYY) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~225

CURRENT ADP: 257

ANALYSIS: Matt Holliday is long one of the most bankable assets in baseball, but recent times haven’t been kind to him. Injuries have limited him to just 700 total plate appearances in the last two seasons. In 2015, he managed just four home runs after averaging 26 over the previous nine seasons. Last year, he hit a career-worst .246 and posted a walk rate below 10 percent for the first time since 2007. Now he’s

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 231

ANALYSIS: Max Kepler exploded onto fantasy owners’ radar with a three-homer game on Aug. 1, but hit just three homers over the remainder of the season. That late-season swoon is the likely culprit for his current ADP, but there’s a lot to like here. Kepler is still just 23 (he was in rookie ball at age 17 after signing out of Germany) and has always shown good plate discipline. Over the last couple of years,

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170

CURRENT ADP: 188

ANALYSIS: Kevin Kiermaier is widely known for his ridiculous defense in center field, but he’s also been a slightly above-average hitter in his career. Before a hand injury derailed things, he was pacing toward a 20-HR/30-SB season in 2016. Plus, he nearly doubled his walk rate. His .246 batting average left a bit to be desired, but he hit .263 in each of his first two MLB seasons. If he can get back to that

Kole Calhoun (OF, LAA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~160

CURRENT ADP: 184

ANALYSIS: Kole Calhoun seems pretty under-appreciated for a guy who ranks 16th among outfielders in FanGraphs WAR over the last three years. He has averaged 20 homers and just under 90 runs scored over that span to go along with a passable average. Last season, Calhoun managed to chop over six points off his K% while also posting a career best walk rate of 10 percent. In an Angels lineup that should outperform

Third Base Draft Values and Sleepers for 2017

RotoBaller's draft values and sleepers series rolls on! Today, we'll discuss some early third base draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. The quality and depth of the pool at the hot corner this season is astonishing. The top four players at the position are first-rounders, and at least a dozen more are worthy options to be your primary third baseman. Even beyond that, there are several intriguing names. Let's look at a few of them, shall we? Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our

Jurickson Profar (2B, TEX) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350

CURRENT ADP: 376

ANALYSIS: The dust has settled on Jurickson Profar's hype and he is now being valued well outside the top 20 at second base. You may recall Profar got off to a sizzling start, hitting .343 at the onset of July. It was all downhill from there, however, and he finished with a disappointing .239 average with five homers and two steals to his name over 272 at-bats. Profar played all over the field in 2016, making him a

Jose Peraza (2B, CIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~120

CURRENT ADP: 138

ANALYSIS: Jose Peraza had the kind of post-deadline production that makes you salivate about his potential over a full season. He spent the early part of the season bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the big-league club, hitting .250 with the occasional stolen base. After his last call-up on Aug. 20, Peraza hit .366 with 11 steals in 156 at-bats to close the season. The former Braves prospect now has a .301 career mark across all levels. He

Joe Panik (2B, SF) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~275

CURRENT ADP: 323

ANALYSIS: Joe Panik is a former first-round pick who hasn't quite panned out yet, but the potential is there. After hitting .305 and .312 in his first two major league seasons, which included an All-Star appearance in 2015, he dropped to .239 last year. Panik’s injuries, although seemingly minor, may have played a big part in his decline. Consider too that his BABIP plummeted nearly 100 points from two years ago, down to .245. His plate discipline

Devon Travis (2B, TOR) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180

CURRENT ADP: 207

ANALYSIS: Devon Travis was a valuable streamer for many fantasy owners at times last season, but inconsistency has held him back from being a full-fledged fantasy starter. He hit .321 in the second half of the year to finish with an even .300 batting average. Travis took the majority of his at-bats in the leadoff spot, giving him a great chance to score runs atop a powerful lineup. He only posted a .323 OBP when hitting first,

Brandon Crawford (SS, SF) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 243

ANALYSIS: Despite a substantial drop in his HR total (from 21 to 12), Brandon Crawford deserves more attention than his current ADP would indicate. His contact quality and plate discipline have improved with regularity since he broke into the majors as a glove-only shortstop. Even last season, the loss of power was somewhat offset by a 20-point increase in batting average. Like every other player who calls AT&T Park home, Crawford’s production will be somewhat depressed,

Jedd Gyorko (2B/3B/SS, STL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~215

CURRENT ADP: 240

ANALYSIS: Jedd Gyorko’s first season in St. Louis couldn’t have gone much better. He took advantage of Kolten Wong’s early struggles and Jhonny Peralta’s injury, turning himself into a versatile and indispensable member of the Cardinals’ infield. Gyorko launched 30 home runs in just 438 plate appearances, and has a chance to emerge as the primary third baseman this year. For fantasy purposes, however, he retains eligibility at both

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180

CURRENT ADP: 202

ANALYSIS: The adjustments Marcus Semien made at the plate last season led to greater power at the expense of average. Given the power surge across the sport recently, that’s not ideal for fantasy purposes. However, the improvement in his contact quality was encouraging, and there may yet be more pop in his bat. Semien is only 26, after all, and he’s shown the ability to recognize and improve weaknesses in his game already (cf. his

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~140

CURRENT ADP: 160

ANALYSIS: Acquired in the Shelby Miller trade last season, Dansby Swanson jumped from High-A to the majors and immediately set about making that deal look even more like a complete fleecing for the Braves.  The 2015 top overall pick hit .302/.361/.442 with three homers, three stolen bases and 37 R+RBI in 38 games after being promoted to the big leagues. His .383 BABIP was a touch on the high side, but

Tim Anderson (SS, CHW) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~150

CURRENT ADP: 164

ANALYSIS: Known more for his speed than his bat as a prospect, Tim Anderson had a surprisingly robust debut. He hit .283 with nine homers and 10 steals and scored 57 runs in just 99 games as a rookie. While his plate discipline left much to be desired (111 strikeouts against just 13 walks), the 23-year-old showed he had the chops to hack it in the majors. With the White Sox in rebuild mode, Anderson

2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: Hunter Renfroe

Those who follow prospects in any way at all should be familiar with Hunter Renfroe. He is a former first-round pick and a top 100 overall prospect the last two years. He was also MVP of the Pacific Coast League last season, mashing to the tune of an .893 OPS with 30 HR and 105 RBI. It marked the third out of four minor league seasons in which he totaled at least 20 HR and 75 RBI. This hardly seems like sleeper material, but the fact is that Renfroe's

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

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

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

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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Early ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: Third Base

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Early ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: NL Outfielders

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Five Catcher Draft Values and Sleepers For 2017

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Dylan Bundy - Breakout Candidate

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Champ or Chump: Kendrys Morales and Jose Bautista

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Champ or Chump: Nate Karns and Jose Quintana

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Champ or Chump: Sonny Gray and Jason Hammel

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Champ or Chump: Danny Espinosa

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2016 In Review: Outfield (OF) Breakouts

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2016 in Review: Catcher (C) Breakouts

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2016 in Review: Values at Second Base

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2016 in Review: Values at Shortstop

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the best values at shortstop. Value Shortstops in 2016 Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz wasn’t expected to be more than a bench bat going into this season, but an injury to Jhonny Peralta gave him an opportunity. Fantasy owners took note of his breakout campaign. Though the initially low expectations led to him being undrafted in many leagues, owners who snatched him up on waivers at the beginning of the season were rewarded with

2016 In Review: Starting Pitcher (SP) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout  performances by starting pitchers. Breakout Starting Pitchers in 2016 Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs “Hendricks could be one of the few fantasy bargains to be found in Wrigleyville this year,” is a thing I wrote back in February. As justification for this assertion, I pointed to Hendricks’ drastic improvement in K% from his rookie year. He maintained that gain, and actually boosted his swinging strike rate by nearly two percentage points. That, along with a

2016 in Review: Relief Pitcher (RP) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the top breakout relievers. Relief Pitcher Breakouts - 2016 Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays The Rays entered the season unsure of their closer. Brad Boxberger saved an AL-high 41 games in 2015, but was unavailable for the first two months of the year due to an abductor injury. Some speculated Danny Farquhar would get the nod since he had more game experience on his resume. Instead it was Colome who took the reins, and he didn't

2016 In Review: Outfield (OF) Values

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the best values in the outfield. Value Outfielders in 2016 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics Davis was the 54th outfielder off the board in 2016 drafts by FantasyPros’ ADP. He significantly outperformed that modest position, walloping 42 homers, scoring 85 runs, and driving in 102 – all career bests. This production was even more impressive when you consider that Oakland Coliseum is one of the worst parks in the league for right-handed power and the lineup around him

2016 in Review: Third Base (3B) Values

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the best values at third base. Third Base Values of 2016 Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers If there is one player to whom the Dodgers can attribute their second half success, it has to be Justin Turner. While their pitching staff resembled an ER unit and Yasiel Puig was posting selfies in Triple-A, Turner single-handedly carried the Dodger offense. He got off to a slow start in 2016, hitting .247 and going homerless in April. May

2016 In Review: Outfield (OF) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout performances in the outfield. Breakout Outfielders in 2016 Trea Turner, Washington Nationals Turner was an absolute stud in his rookie year, hitting .342/.370/.567 with 13 homers, 53 runs, and 33 steals in just 73 games. As always, it’s important to resist the urge to simply extrapolate those numbers to a full season and assume that’s what Turner will produce in 2017. There are plenty of reasons to expect regression. Turner’s power surge looks like a fluke.

2016 In Review: Third Base (3B) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout performances at third base. Breakout Third Basemen in 2016 Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks Last winter, the RotoBaller staff compiled its 2016 rankings. I had Lamb 16th among third basemen, higher than any of the half-dozen colleagues who participated. His solid minor league performances were backed up by some impressive MLB peripherals, even if the results to that point had been underwhelming. Ultimately, I pegged him as a solid CI option in deeper mixers, while his

2016 in Review: Values at First Base

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the top value performances at first base. 2016 First Base Values Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians Since arriving in the big leagues in 2010, the Carlos Santana has bounced around a few different positions, coming up as a catcher and also spending time at first and third base. In 2016, however, he seemed to finally settle on first base and DH, not spending one inning behind the plate for the first time in his major league career. The stability

2016 In Review: Shortstop (SS) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout performances at shortstop. Breakout Shortstops in 2016 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers Seager was an obvious preseason candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2016. He’ll win that going away, of course. What most didn’t expect was that he’d put up an MVP-caliber campaign at the tender age of 22. After all, despite hitting .337/.425/.561 after a late-season callup in 2015, he’d been more good than great at Triple-A earlier that summer. Seager

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

2016 In Review: Second Base (2B) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season begins with a look at some of the breakout performances at second base. Rest assured that I did not forget about Trea Turner. He’ll be covered in the outfield breakouts piece for two reasons: 1) That was his primary position in 2016 and 2) There were too many other guys at the keystone who deserved a write-up. Breakout Second Basemen in 2016 Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals Through 2015, his age-30 season, Murphy had established himself as a solid regular for the Mets.

Reviewing Harris Yudin's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m continuing the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. 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 NFL Premium and 

Reviewing Bill Dubiel's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m continuing the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. 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 NFL Premium and 

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

Reviewing Kyle Bishop's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m kicking off the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. 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 NFL Premium and 

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 26: 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

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

Week 26 Waiver Wire: Starting Pitchers

Well, here we are. Congratulations to you who are still reading, as you've made it this far. We’ve officially reached the final week of the fantasy baseball season, and there is no more critical time of the year outside of the draft. Championships are won and lost here, with those battling for a spot on the podium also dealing with their own battle plans. We’re going to check in on some lower-owned options now, and then bid adieu to this action until next season. I just want to tell you

Top 5 Two-Start Pitcher Streamers For Week 26

A wise fantasy baseball manager never rests. He is never satisfied with his team and is always on the hunt for the player that can help in both the present and future. For this article, we’ll focus on the present, as we present the top pitcher streamers who’ll be making two outings this week. We do this every week, because deep down we all know those last two or three guys taken in drafts won’t be with us the whole way through. Mix and match is the name of the game and maximizing these players’

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

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 25 (National League)

This is the end... my only friend, the end... For some fantasy baseball owners, the season was a brutal mix of frustration and disappointment. If you're reading this, however, you're still grinding and looking for a chance to pull out a late-season victory. Good luck the rest of the way! 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

Byron Buxton (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Top prospect Byron Buxton's final 2016 numbers will tell the story of a disappointing rookie season filled with high expectations that weren't met. A .218/.271/.402 slash line with seven HR, 31 RBI and nine steals are a far cry from the talks of a 20/20 season and a Rookie of the Year award. The final chapter of that story has shown promise for next season, however, as he is gradually

Luke Weaver (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Luke Weaver is missing bats at an increasingly impressive rate as his rookie year comes to a close. In seven big league starts, Weaver has struck out 43 batters in 33.2 IP. In the past month, his 12.4 K/9 places him behind just Robbie Ray and Danny Salazar in that

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: It's hard to believe Tyler Anderson never approached even a 50% ownership level this season, considering the year he's had. Despite the stigma of pitching in Colorado, Anderson never saw his ERA rise above 4.00. That includes 18 starts since early June, 12 of which came in Coors Field. He is actually far better at home, posting a 3.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in Mile High country. With a solid

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Last year's top pick has held down the shortstop spot nicely since his surprise call-up. Dansby Swanson will be a hot commodity entering drafts in 2017, but he is still paying dividends for those who took a chance this year. He is hitting .305/.358/.421 with a pair of homers and steals, but has gone on a mini-tear driving in runs lately, with 10 RBI in his last 12 games. Given the way

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

Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups: Outfield

It's Week 25, also known as the final week of the season for the two teams contending for the championship. The waiver wire is sparse with talent that will truly push a team over the final hill. After all, you're going up against the best team in your league (aside from your own, of course). However, there are a few key players that have become must add assets for teams owners on the final leg of their journey. At this point, the previous four and a half months of the season

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 25 (American League)

The Athletics may have one of the worst records in the Majors this year at 66-84 going into Tuesday, and they may be 22.5 games behind the first place Rangers. But with the team striking gold multiple times this year with inexperienced and rookie players during the second half--including third baseman Ryon Healy, starting pitcher Sean Manaea and relief pitcher

Top 5 Two-Start Pitcher Streamers For Week 25

A wise fantasy baseball manager never rests. He is never satisfied with his team and is always on the hunt for the player that can help in both the present and future. For this article, we’ll focus on the present, as we present the top pitcher streamers who’ll be making two outings this week. We do this every week, because deep down we all know those last two or three guys taken in drafts won’t be with us the whole way through. Mix and match is the name of the game and maximizing these players’

Top Hitter Waiver Wire Streamers for Week 25

Whether it’s because of an injury or poor performance, there are always opportunities to stream players off the waiver wire. The best players to stream are those who are under-owned and face appealing match-ups for the upcoming week. Here are five players who are readily available in Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive match-ups during the 25th week of the season. 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

Tyler Thornburg (RP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Baller Move: Add in All Leagues Owned in: 58% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: Tyler Thornburg was riding a hot streak from the mound well before Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress were traded away, leaving a lot of high-leverage innings vacant. August 1st is a distant memory now, and Thornburg has been a lights-out closer for Milwaukee. He is still having trouble finding ample takers for some reason. Let's start with the obvious:

Yulieski Gurriel (3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Baller Move: Add in All Leagues Owned in: 21% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: The 28-33 range seems to be a fashionable time for veteran stars from South Korea, Japan, and Cuba to finally grace the MLB with their presence. 32-year old Yulieski Gurriel has debuted with a bang in the talented Houston infield. Gurriel was a 15-year veteran of the Cuban and Japanese leagues and throughout that span he produced a slash line of .335/.417/.580, 250 HR, 121 SB, an XBH rate of 11.3%, a walk rate of 11.1%, and a fantastic K

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Baller Move: Add in All Leagues Owned in: 13% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: Between young standouts like Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Tim Anderson, and Alex Bregman; it would seem like the MLB has been given the unusual gift

Cameron Maybin (OF, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Baller Move: Add in 12+ Team Leagues Owned in: 24% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: Cameron Maybin can run fast, and make contact with the ball. That has given him plenty of value manning the outfield for the Tigers this season. First off, Maybin is weirdly good when playing at home. In 124 away AB this season he has a slash line of just .242/.312/.290, but when playing at home he is slashing .370/.436/.481. Maybin's season started off