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Points League Hitters: Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - Week 19

Dan Vogelbach - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Welcome to Week 19 and our fantasy baseball waiver wire hitters. We'll be doing this roundup of points leagues every week here at RotoBaller, with waiver wire targets and streaming pitchers being evaluated in terms of the different scoring systems of ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, and Fantrax.

Player values can vary wildly from platform to platform, so we'll make sure to highlight where players are the best and worst fits. We know points league players get neglected and we're here to help.

These fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups are for the week of August 15th - August 21st, looking at players below ~50% rostered for ESPN, Yahoo!, or Fantrax. Position eligibility is taken from Fantrax and players are grouped by their most valuable fantasy position, using a hierarchy of: C > 2B > OF > 3B > 1B > SS. Stats and rankings for charts are calculated using games through Friday, August 12th.

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Know Your Scoring System

You know what I'm going to say, right?  You must account for, as precisely as possible, how a player performs under your particular scoring system. Don't be fooled into believing you can just make rough adjustments in your head, bumping up guys with high on-base percentages and low strikeout rates. Every point, in every category, counts.

For example, ESPN and Fantrax are virtually identical in their scoring for hitters and roster size. The only difference is that stolen bases are worth one more point on Fantrax and ESPN subtracts one point per strikeout. That's the difference between Trea Turner being a top-five hitter versus a top-25 hitter.

If your league uses standard settings, then great! Turn to page 94 and you can skip ahead to the leaderboards. If you play with custom settings, it'll still be fine. Go back to page 43 and look below at the scoring systems of the four major platforms. I bet there's a chance that you'll find that your league's scoring is very similar to one of the four (well, not Yahoo!'s), even if it's not the platform you actually play on.

You'll likely find a suitable mirror to your own system if you look above. While every point counts, as long as they aren't seismic changes, you can get away with some "close enough" calls. IE. You're probably fine if everything is the same except for HBP (or something similar).

 

Week 19: Waiver Wire Leaderboards

All charts are updated prior to Saturday's games, on stats and ownerships, and clicking on a chart will open a new page with a magnified version. Players on overall leaderboards are ordered according to their current Roster% on Yahoo.

*APR = Average Platform Ranking - the average platform ranking between ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, and Fantrax (standard point settings)

The 14-Day Leaderboard, Presented by Hansel

These players are so hot right now. Here are the players on the wire who are running inside the top-100 of APR over the past two weeks:

Overall Leaderboards

 

First Base Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

Dan Vogelbach, NYM (Yahoo: 4%, ESPN: 3%) - He still doesn't start vs LHP but Big Salad is still returning big value, even in his part-time role. Vogelbach has a 59 APR over the past two weeks and since joining the Mets on July 24th, is slashing .333/.464/.556, with a .442 wOBA and 193 wRC+. Big fella gotta eat and he might do so again in Week 19 - the Mets have eight games but are only scheduled to face two LHP.

Vinnie Pasquantino, KC (Yahoo: 17%, ESPN: 7%) - The Italian Breakfast has finally woken up hungry, with three home runs in his past five games. Since the start of August, Pasquantino is now slashing .317/.356/.610, with a .405 wOBA and 167 wRC+.

Next Choices

Eric Hosmer, BOS (Yahoo: 27%, ESPN: 47%) -Hosmer has had a bad start to his Boston career, but a .285 wOBA over the past two weeks is backed by a more than respectable .434 xwOBA. Nothing exciting but if your league penalizes strikeouts, Hosmer (15.1% K%) might just be viable.

Darick Hall, PHI (Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 5%) - Hall has terrific per-PA scoring rates, both for the season and over the past two weeks, but will be continued to be hampered by no starts against lefties and sporadic days off vs righties. The Phillies play seven games this week and are scheduled to face three LHP.

Luke Voit, SD (Yahoo: 40%, ESPN: 33%) - What whiffs will always whiff. After spending a few weeks rising in APR, Voit is back to a 33.3% K% and back to an also-ran for points.

Desperate Choices

Carlos Santana, SEA (Yahoo: 5%, ESPN: 44%) - Nothing changed (Part 157) - Santana is severely limited but has a K/BB ratio that will let him compile his way to startable for some point formats.

Jesus Aguilar, MIA (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 33%) - What can we say about Aguilar that hasn't already been said by "currently in a platoon with Lewan Diaz"?

On the IL

  • Edwin Rios, LAD (strained hamstring - on rehab assignment)

 

Second Base Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

Jose Iglesias, COL, 2B/SS (Yahoo: 18%, ESPN: 12%) - We hyped him last week as a "Best Choice" and our guy Jose didn't disappoint, going 7-for-18 over his last four games, slashing .438/.389/.500. Sure, that was during a Coors homestand but Iglesias continues to hit, regardless of venue, posting a wOBA on the road that is 70-points higher than at home.

Nico Hoerner, CHC, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 48%, ESPN: 34%) - His dropping Roster% says the crowd has cooled on Hoerner but I don't see why. Hoerner has a 109 APR for the year and is currently on a nice hot streak, slashing .343/.378/.429 over his past 10 games, with a .356 wOBA and 128 wRC+.

Aledmys Diaz, HOU, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 40%, ESPN: 21%) - The super utility star with a 17.2% K% should continue to get regular at-bats with the news that Micheal Brantley is officially done for the season. Diaz has a 54 APR over the past two weeks and is eligible at every position besides catcher, batting in the middle of a really good offense. He probably shouldn't be on the wire.

Bryson Stott, PHI, 2B/SS (Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 4%) - Stott has now started 11 of Philly's last 12 games (including one against a left-handed starter), slashing .357/.386/.452 over 44 PA, with a .367 wOBA and 135 wRC+. If he's going to continue nearly every day, Stott's profile makes him a borderline must-add if you're in need up the middle.

Next Choices

Adam Frazier, SEA, 2B/OF (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 41%) - Frazier keeps doing Frazier things (IE: a boring but great points profile) but got booted from his leadoff spot the moment that Julio Rodriguez returned from the IL on Friday.

Nick Gordon, MIN, 2B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 25%, ESPN: 7%) - Gordon is slashing .405/.455/.649 over his past 12 games and has now started nine of the Twins' last 10 games. But more importantly, for points purposes, he's knocked his strikeout rate down to a 15.4% K% over the past two weeks, with a 10.3 BB%. Playing every day while cutting 10 points from your strikeout rate and doubling your walk rate is a quick way to earn value in point leagues.

Christopher Morel, CHC, 2B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 41%, ESPN: 19%) - Morel rejoins the ranks of the sub-50% club and deserves it after running ice cold for the past month plus. Since July 1st, Morel is slashing .219/.306/.385 and has started losing some playing time, sitting against RHP in three of the Cubs' past 10 games.

David Fletcher, LAA, 2B/SS (Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 40%) - Fletcher has previously run a really strong per-PA scoring profile and that has immediately shown back up since his return from the IL, starting the Angels last six games and batting leadoff in the last four. However, while he has a 67 APR over the past two weeks, his value is significantly higher in leagues with a strikeout penalty.

Ha-Seong Kim, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 13%, ESPN: 10%) - Kim has been putting together a solid points campaign but now gets a new lease on his playing-time life following the news of Fernando Tatis's 80-game suspension for PED use.

Desperate Choices

Luis Rengifo, LAA, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 5%) - Clearly, Rengifo has been listening to all of the jokes I make about the Angels offense and is none too pleased, running a 49 APR over the past two weeks. But bad news, Luis. You're still Luis Rengifo; I know it, you know it.

Christian Arroyo, BOS, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 4%, ESPN: 2%) - Since returning from the IL on July 30th, Arroyo is slashing .400/.426/.600 over 47 PA, with a .440 wOBA and 189 wRC+. Umm, what? I'm sure it has nothing to do with a .459 BABIP over that period. Nope, nothing at all. But hey, playing every day with a 15% K% can take you surprisingly far in some point leagues.

Nicky Lopez, KC, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 8%, ESPN: 7%) - He's a low-budget compiler that accumulates points by playing every day. Nothing exciting but useful if you're in a pinch.

Nolan Gorman, STL, 2B/3B (Yahoo: 40%, ESPN: 16%) - Gorman has no problems going yard but his playing time continues to be limited (and not just against LHP), starting just three of St. Louis's last eight games.

 

On the IL

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Pickups

Things are really, really ugly among players with 3B as their MVP position. Die. Err.

Best Choices

Nico Hoerner, CHC, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 49%, ESPN: 35%) - Covered at second base.

Aledmys Diaz, HOU, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 40%, ESPN: 21%) - Covered at second base.

Next Choices

Ha-Seong Kim, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 13%, ESPN: 10%) - Covered at second base.

Luis Rengifo, LAA, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 5%) - Covered at second base.

Desperate Choices

Gio Urshela, MIN, 3B/SS (Yahoo: 31%, ESPN: 21%) - Do you need a fill-in that won't really do much but also probably won't be a complete drain? Then Gio Urshela could be for you!

Elehuris Montero, COL, 3B (Yahoo: 19%, ESPN: 2%) - The rookie has started 11 straight for the Rockies since getting called up, slashing .278/.297/.417 over 74 PA, with 1 HR. The playing time is nice but a 32.4% K% and 1.4% BB% ain't going to cut it in points. Check back the next time the Rockies are at home.

On the IL

  • Miguel Sano, MIN (knee inflammation - unlikely to return in 2022)
  • Mike Moustakas, CIN (strained calf - no timetable for return)

 

Shortstop Waiver Wire Pickups

Shortstop continues to be a dumpster among players with it as their MVP position and I'd still rather use the players below that were covered earlier.

Best Choices

Paul DeJong, STL, SS (Yahoo: 15%, ESPN: 7%) - He's...He's...He's ALIVE! Back from his Triple-A exile, DeJong has now started 12 games in a row at shortstop for the Redbirds, slashing .300/.396/.725 over 48 PA, with a .460 wOBA and four HR. Until he cools down, DeJong must be added. But, more importantly, somewhere there are two burned-out husks that had their life force drained out by the combined voodoo of DeJong and Matt Carpenter. Cardinal devil magic, indeed.

Jose Iglesias, COL, 2B/SS (Yahoo: 18%, ESPN: 12%) - Covered at second base.

Aledmys Diaz, HOU, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 40%, ESPN: 21%) - Covered at second base.

Next Choices

Bryson Stott, PHI, 2B/SS (Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 4%) - Covered at second base.

Nick Gordon, MIN, 2B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 25%, ESPN: 7%) - Covered at second base.

Ha-Seong Kim, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 13%, ESPN: 10%) - Covered at second base.

Desperate Choices

Luis Rengifo, LAA, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 5%) - Covered at second base.

Nicky Lopez, KC, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 8%, ESPN: 7%) - Covered at second base.

On the IL

  • None

 

Catcher Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

What, do you want me to lie to you?

Next Choices

William Contreras, ATL (Yahoo: 47%, ESPN: 30%) - Contreras has a 54 APR over the past two weeks but will go back to being a part-timer once Travis d'Arnaud returns soon after missing the past four games with injury.

Jose Trevino, NYY (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 11%) - He (still) doesn't walk but also (still) rarely strikes out and has a 107 APR over the past two weeks.

Carson Kelly, ARI (Yahoo: 19%, ESPN: 13%) - After returning on fire, Kelly has cooled way down, with just a 221 APR for the past two weeks. But his playing time is also slowly ticking up, starting four games in a row before getting sat down on Friday.

Desperate Choices

All catcher adds are desperate adds. Now and forever.

Joey Bart, SF (Yahoo: 11%, ESPN: 4%) - Bart started off with a hot August, slashing .391/.417/.652 over 24 PA but has now missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

Danny Jansen, TOR (Yahoo: 15%, ESPN: 6%) - Jansen's per-PA scoring rates are still great but the playing time continues to be minuscule. Until that changes, he can't be started.

On the IL

  • Elias Diaz, COL (sprained wrist - no timetable for return)
  • Omar Narvaez, MIL (strained quad - no timetable for return)
  • James McCann, NYM (strained oblique - on rehab assignment)
  • Ryan Jeffers, MIN (fractured thumb - out 6-8 weeks)

 

Outfielder Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

Tyler Naquin, NYM (Yahoo: 17%, ESPN: 9%) - Even with great per-PA scoring rates, Naquin is generally only viable in a league with daily moves, as he'll never start vs LHP, and has now started only two of New York's past six games. However, the Mets have eight games in Week 19 and are only scheduled to face two left-handers, so with a likelihood of getting at least five starts, Naquin is one of my favorite adds this week. As a reminder, since joining the Mets (and facing only RHP), Naquin is slashing .333/.333/.788 over 34 PA, with a .475 wOBA and 215 wRC+.

Ramon Laureano, OAK (Yahoo: 45%, ESPN: 14%) - He can go through cold spots in points because his strikeout and walk rates are both below average and he's on a bad team but the accumulation from his playing time helps level it out. In a just world, Laureano would only be available in the shallowest of leagues.

Seth Brown, 1B/OF (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 23%) - Since being named one of PLH*'s Best Choices for two weeks in a row following his return from the paternity list, Brown is slashing .306/.419/.750, with 5 HR and a .485 wOBA, absolutely not coincidentally. Clearly, we've inspired him. More importantly, for his long-term value, is that he's not an automatic sit when scheduled to face a left-hander. Though, if he keeps going 0-fer as he did on Monday, he might be again soon.

*Point League Hitters - don't mind me, just doing a little workshopping

Next Choices

Trent Grisham, SD (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 49%) - Grisham has dropped back below our Roster% threshold but why? Oh...he was sat in center field in favor of Wil Myers for three straight starts with a lefty starter? That makes more sense. But Grisham has been decent lately and the Padres are scheduled to face right-handed starters in all seven games this week, so this might be a good week to snag him if dropped.

Lars Nootbaar, STL (Yahoo: 5%, ESPN: 1%) - The man with a Hall of Fame name has now posted a 44 APR over the past two weeks, hitting for no power but chipping in a little of everything else and slashing .333/.438/.500. And having now started the past 19 games, the playing time is secure, at least for the time being.

Oscar Gonzalez, CLE (Yahoo: 3%, ESPN: 2%) - I'm going to be so annoyed if Gonzalez is just some neo-Yandy Diaz, sent here to crush balls but only at launch angles sub-optimal for power. Only one home run in his 35 PA since returning but Gonzalez is still slashing .371/.371/.543, with three doubles and a .394 wOBA. He only has a 148 APR over the past two weeks but that's more to do with having fewer games than most, as his per-PA scoring rates are well above-average. If he continues to play most days, Gonzalez should have a pretty high floor but with plenty of ceiling if those damn homers from the minors ever come knocking around the big leagues.

Desperate Choices

Eddie Rosario, ATL (Yahoo: 19%, ESPN: 44%) - Even with the addition of Robbie Grossman, Rosario had left field mostly to himself but was still sitting versus most left-handers. With Grossman now getting the nod for the past two vs LHP, this platoon seems to be settling in. The good news is that Atlanta isn't scheduled to face a left-hander in any of their six games in Week 19. But the bad news is that two of the starters are Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, so will they really count?

Alek Thomas, ARI (Yahoo: 18%, ESPN: 9%) - Thomas has settled into a very mundane rookie groove, with 119 APR over the past two weeks. But as we often preach, everyday PAs and a low strikeout rate can take you far under many scoring systems. Just don't expect that high of a ceiling.

Ben Gamel, PIT (Yahoo: 2%, ESPN: 2%) - Gamel SZN, anyone? Ok, probably not (because is it ever, really?) but Gamel is on an August heater, slashing .306/.390/.556 over 41 PA, with a .397 wOBA, and numbers that aren't being inflated by a .313 BABIP. And you could do worse than someone playing every day in the middle of the lineup. Ok, it's just Pittsburgh's lineup, but still!

AJ Pollock, CHW (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 19%) - Pollock has been such a dumpster for most of 2022, with just 5 HR in 338 PA. But with Luis Robert likely to miss some time after spraining his wrist on Friday, he'll at least play more...I guess? Honestly, the White Sox are such a mess that I try my best to just completely avoid the whole situation.

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Welcome to Week 26 and our fantasy baseball waiver wire pitchers. We'll be doing this roundup of points leagues every week here at RotoBaller, with waiver wire targets and streaming pitchers being evaluated in terms of the different scoring systems of ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, and Fantrax. Player values can vary wildly from platform to platform,... Read More


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Free MLB Betting Picks - Today's Best Bets, Expert Predictions, Odds (10/2/22)

Happy Sunday, and happy October RotoBallers! We're back for another day of MLB betting picks! Make sure you're following my Twitter, as I can't guarantee that I'll always be able to get the added plays written here in the article, but I will typically add whatever else I'm playing throughout the day. The entire RotoBaller... Read More


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DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/2/22): Today's Top MLB DFS Lineups

Today's MLB slates are split up as is the norm for late-season baseball. Half the guys I think will play will not, so you have to be as flexible as Gumby to play MLB DFS in September and October, but that also means that there is a lot of money out there should you dare... Read More


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Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 2nd, 2022

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 2nd, 2022. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Points League Hitters: Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - Week 26

Welcome to Week 26 and our fantasy baseball waiver wire hitters. We'll be doing this roundup of points leagues every week here at RotoBaller, with waiver wire targets and streaming pitchers being evaluated in terms of the different scoring systems of ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, and Fantrax. Player values can vary wildly from platform to platform,... Read More


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Free MLB Betting Picks - Today's Best Bets, Expert Predictions, Odds (10/1/22)

Happy Saturday, and happy October RotoBallers! We're back for another weekend of MLB betting picks! Make sure you're following my Twitter, as I can't guarantee that I'll always be able to get the added plays written here in the article, but I will typically add whatever else I'm playing throughout the day. The entire RotoBaller... Read More


DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/1/22): Today's Top MLB DFS Lineups

Today's MLB slates are split up as is the norm for late-season baseball. Half the guys I think will play will not, so you have to be as flexible as Gumby to play MLB DFS in September and October, but that also means that there is a lot of money out there should you dare... Read More


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Starts & Sits for MLB Week 25 - All Starting Pitcher Matchups for Fantasy Baseball

We made it to the end. Week 25 is the final 10 days of the season. I am pleased to bring you this chart one more time, and I appreciate all the readership and the feedback (good and bad). I have given a score to 4,860 probable starters this year (with some help from automation).... Read More


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MLB Closers and Saves: Fantasy Baseball Depth Charts

Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. In addition to closers and saves, relief... Read More


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Week 5 Waiver Wire Rankings - Fantasy Football Pickups Include Tyler Allgeier, Mike Boone, Isiah Pacheco, George Pickens

Welcome to Week 5 RotoBallers, and another round of waiver wire pickups! We have seen new injuries emerge for fantasy football, and players who may be breaking out. As you consider who to pickup for your rosters, as always we're here to help you sift through it. Each week our NFL team puts out a... Read More


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Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups and Free Agent Adds - All Positions

It was just a matter of time before the injuries to big-name players hit, especially at the running back position. Those who spent a top pick on Jonathan Taylor seem to have dodged a bullet while those invested in Javonte Williams must now move ahead without him. Let's see what the best options are. Below,... Read More


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FAAB Waiver Wire Bidding - Fantasy Football Pickups to Target for Week 5

Rev up those wallets because Week 4 supplied loads of mayhem for us to react to. I hesitate to say we suddenly have any slam-dunk waiver adds even after a slow FAAB start to the year, but the injuries are piling up. Let's be honest with our team's needs and allocate resources appropriately with roughly... Read More


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NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 5) - Targets and Avoids

New England was a first down away in overtime from lining up to kick a field goal that would have decimated survivor pools. Most pools saw Green Bay get picked by about half of entrants remaining. Had they lost, more than 90-95 percent of preexisting entrants from Week 1 would have been gone. That would... Read More


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Waiver Wire Express - Week 5 Lightning Round Including Tyler Allgeier, George Pickens, Brian Robinson, Kenny Pickett, Taysom Hill

October is here and I hope you all didn't have scary fantasy football weekends. Unfortunately, Week 4 saw key injuries hit superstars in Jonathan Taylor, and Javonte Williams, with others such as Tua Tagovailoa, Daniel Jones, Treylon Burks, Isaiah McKenzie, and Jahan Dotson exiting early as well. We'll see how those situations shake out through... Read More


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Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5: Top Free Agent Adds Include Mike Boone, Nyheim Hines, Tyler Allgeier, Brian Robinson

As you now read this week’s recommendations from the waiver wire, the planning process for your Week 5 roster construction has already begun. The matchups of Week 4 included a whopping nine different 100-yard performances from running backs, while the injuries that have been sustained by Jonathan Taylor, Javonte Williams, and Alvin Kamara have become... Read More


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Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5: Top Free Agent Adds Include Romeo Doubs, George Pickens, Jahan Dotson, Corey Davis

Week 4 was a fun week in the NFL. We got to see Bailey Zappe almost lead the Patriots to a win over the Packers, which is cool for me, a long-time Zappe fan dating back to his time at Houston Baptist University. We also got to see some big wide receiver performances, including DK... Read More


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Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5: Top Free Agent Adds Include Tyler Conklin, Mo Alie-Cox, Taysom Hill, Robert Tonyan

2022 has not exactly been the Year of the Tight End in fantasy football. Atlanta’s Kyle Pitts has no touchdowns and three games of 25 receiving yards or less. San Francisco’s George Kittle has all of 28 yards thanks to an early injury. Dallas’ Dalton Schultz has 80 yards on the season and has done... Read More


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Top Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers for Week 5: Jared Goff, Ryan Tannehill, Zach Wilson, Kenny Pickett

Week 4 is coming to a close and teams are continuing their struggles on offense. Just 10 teams scored over 25 points in Week 4. A lot of that comes from another underwhelming passing week as teams struggle to navigate a higher volume of two-deep coverages. Just four quarterbacks (Jared Goff, Matt Ryan, Justin Herbert,... Read More


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Week 5 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2022 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Week 4 was rough for us, landing on just four of the top 10 defenses. It's only one week, so we don't want to overreact, but we do want to examine the process a bit. I've always been a proponent of not elevating a bad defense too high just because of a good matchup. A... Read More


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Week 5 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2022 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

A month of the NFL season is in the books, but the streamer game at the kicker position in fantasy football will continue all season. Even though we have four games of data for each team, kicker projections are very elastic week-to-week and it's too early to draw definitive conclusions. That said, four weeks of... Read More


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Deeper-League Waiver Wire Adds for Week 5: Zach Wilson, Caleb Huntley, Chuba Hubbard, Skyy Moore, Mack Hollins, Mo Alie-Cox

We're almost a quarter way through the NFL season, but it's never time to stop searching for deep league stashes for short or long-term upside. These fantasy football waiver wire pickup suggestions are geared toward leagues with deep benches or 14-plus teams, so obvious pickups like Mike Boone and Tyler Allgeier won't be featured. Instead,... Read More


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IDP Leagues Waiver Wire - Fantasy Football Pickups (Week 5): Rookie CBs Making A Splash

Through one-quarter of the football season, rookie cornerbacks have been performing exceptionally well. Sauce Gardner, for one, shut down Ja'Marr Chase in Week 3, keeping the ball away from him and visibly frustrating him. It’s not just the early-round draft picks who are doing well. There are many inspiring and unexpected stories behind the names... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball Risers, Rookies and Draft Sleepers (Southeast Division) - LaMelo Ball, Dejounte Murray, Paolo Banchero, Kristaps Porzingis, Bam Adebayo

The regular season is inching closer by the day, and most offseason moves have already been completed – barring a surprising Russell Westbrook trade, or the pending Jae Crowder deal when/if Phoenix finds a proper partner before tip-off day. Each team's depth chart is mostly complete, so it makes sense to start analyzing how it... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball Breakouts, Busts, And Locks - Boston Celtics 2022 Outlook

Welcome to a new series that we are debuting here at RotoBaller in order to start getting you ready for the 2022-2023 fantasy basketball season! If you play fantasy football, you'll probably recognize the format here as we had a series of preseason NFL articles that followed the same outline. The idea here is to... Read More


Daily NBA Injury Roundup for October 4th, 2022

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily NBA injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy basketball (DFS) lineups, every day of the NBA season. Below is our updated list of injured NBA players for October 4th, 2022. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


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NBA DFS is back! Yes, we still have two weeks until the season officially tips off, but that doesn't mean we can't get ahead of the field by playing some NBA Preseason DFS! Is it risky? Absolutely! Can it be fun and possibly lucrative? Also, yes! Preseason rotations are never easy to figure out and... Read More


Third-Year Fantasy Basketball Breakouts: The Time Is Now

Not every player can set the world on fire as a rookie. Or as a second-year player. Sometimes, young players take time to develop. A lot of star players take a leap in year three, but there are also players who aren't stars but become solid role players in that third season. Anthony Edwards is... Read More


Thunder Dan's 2023 Draft Rankings: Fantasy Basketball

I am quite possibly more excited for this NBA season than I have been for any previous season since I was a kid. I grew up watching the golden age of the NBA in the '80s and '90s and have been an NBA fan ever since. But this season is hopefully going to be like... Read More


Alex Burns' 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Rankings and Draft Analysis

I know what you're probably thinking."Fantasy basketball rankings in September? We haven't even begun training camp. Does he have nothing better to do with his time?" While I do find myself suffering from significant boredom during the NBA offseason, I want to clarify one thing: It is NEVER too early to begin discussing fantasy hoops.... Read More


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NBA Draft Room 101: Keys to Building a Contending Fantasy Basketball Roster

Ask anybody that plays a fantasy sport what the best part of the season really is, and most of them will say it's the draft itself. Almost all of us know why too. Not unlike when you were a kid and got to be a captain for dodgeball on the playground, picking your own team... Read More


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Five Players With Fantasy Basketball Bust Potential

The NBA season is just around the corner. You're probably doing a bunch of fantasy basketball prep right now, so here's something to help you with that: a piece about potential busts. For the purposes of this piece, I'm basically talking about two kinds of busts. There are players who are being drafted too high... Read More


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Enough Already: Third-year Players To Give Up On In Fantasy Basketball

Not every player can set the world on fire as a rookie. Or as a second-year player. Sometimes, young players take time to develop. But other times, those struggles in years one and two can be signs that those players are on their way to washing out of the NBA. Below are five third-year NBA... Read More


Fantasy Basketball Forgotten Players Worth Tracking for 2022-23 (Part 1)

Whether it is because of injuries, because of a perceived lack of talent, or because of any other reason you can think of, some professional athletes find themselves on the outside looking in at some point in their careers. They get forgotten, they become part of their sport's past, and they have to make a... Read More


Fantasy Basketball Forgotten Players Worth Tracking for 2022-23 (Part 3)

This is the thirdpart of the ongoing series about "forgotten" NBA players I decided to write this preseason to bring some names back to the fantasy basketball forefront. I wanted to bring some players whose names have already (or could soon) entered the "forgotten" realm in the NBA, so that's why I'm highlighting them in... Read More