Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


RotoBeast's Week 1 Fantasy Baseball Recap

It's 1 am and the kids are tucked in and snoozing, as I should be, but visions of nasty off-speed offerings and mashed baseballs are dancing through my head. Naturally my instinct is to write about it. Week one of the fantasy season is coming to a close and there has been no shortage of fantasy relevant news. Closer conundrums, injury woes, instant replay, cold starts and moonshots a plenty; thank you baseball, we've missed you.

Let's start off by tossing out some National League "BOLD predictions/reactions." Because an old fashioned overreaction is better than gettin' no satisfaction.


National League BOLD Predictions

Jose Fernandez will win the NL Cy Young Award. The ridiculously talented Marlins ace is off to a blistering start with a 0.71 ERA and 17K's through his first two starts. His signature curveball, dubbed "the defector", has batters swinging and missing more than a drunk freshman at a frat party. His demeanor on the mound is Nolan Ryan-esque. He's a bulldog with the stuff to back it up.

Carlos Gonzalez will play 140+ games and top Mike Trout in fantasy production. CarGo has all the tools, always has, and with a full season of at bats he will win the NL MVP award. Hitting .368 (7-19) through the first 5 games with 17 total bases and a 1.349 OPS he's primed to explode for a 2010 type campaign where he hit .336 with 34 HR, 117 RBI and 26 SB.

Kris Bryant will be the NL Rookie of the Year. Bryant is marinating nicely in the minors with 2 HR already in 7 AB. He will arrive in Chicago before Javier Baez and hit exactly 20 HR. His ability to drive the ball is incredible and he has a much more complete approach at the plate. With very little blocking his way he could be up very shortly.  He definitely deserves a stash in all formats.


What I liked from Week 1: 

By Cathy T from Washington, DC area (2ND Uploaded by Muboshgu) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsGiancarlo Stanton is absolutely locked in and the lineup around him is also hitting which will force opposing teams to give him more pitches to hit. The artist formerly known as Mike is leading the Majors in RBI with 11 and looks like a ringer for an immensely productive season.

Johnny Cueto has been terrific over his first two starts. His velocity is back and as his 17 K through 14 IP suggests, he is making hitters miss. Unfortunately the bullpen is in disarray and he has an 0-1 record to show for it thus far. That will turn around once Chapman returns.

Chase Utley suddenly seems to have rediscovered his health. The Phillies veteran second baseman is punching the ball outta the park in the early going and his sweet short stroke [chuckle] is back in action.

Mark Trumbo is enjoying his new uniform as he has absolutley tattooed the baseball in the early going. Already with 4 Trumbombs; he could reach a new career high this season.

Felix Hernandez is still amazing. Leading the MLB in Ks is a great thing to see from King Felix.

Josh Hamilton is continuing his red hot end to 2013 with a scorching start to 2014. He's 9-for-18 with 2 HR through 5 games.

Brandon Belt is doing the damn thing! Finally! Belt has buckled down and jacked 3 bombs already.

Grady Sizemore has finally made his way back into fantasy relevance. This makes me happy. Hopefully he stays healthy.

I love, love, love Jenrry Mejia...and his hair.


What I Didn't like from Week 1:

Clayton Kershaw's lat issue holding him out a month is worrisome. That could be an issue that lingers like a bad Cranberries song.

To stay on the Dodgers...Yasiel Puig's circus act is becoming a distraction no matter what Donnie Baseball says. Having to bench a star in the opening week who has had issues with discipline is bad for business. His boneheaded head-first slide into first base on Saturday shows that his head is somewhere out there lost with that Malaysian flight.

Ryan Zimmerman's shoulder woes are plaguing him yet again. Zimm is off to a great start, but after being pulled Saturday he is scheduled for an MRI this week. Hope it's nothing, but plan for it being something. Snag Danny Espinosa if you have room.

I disliked Aroldis Chapman nearly losing his eye on that come-backer. I know it is part of the game but man...that was scary. At some point they have to do something to protect the pitchers no matter how dumb it looks, a helmet has to help some there.

Jim Johnson blew his first two save chances in convincingly unsettling fashion. Furthermore, he pitched the 8th inning with the A's down by 2 runs on Saturday. Ryan Cook is due back after another rehab start and Sean Doolittle has been very good thus far. A change could be brewing with the Athletics.

Ryan Braun once again is struggling with the same thumb issue which hampered him last season before giving way to the PED suspension. Given his not-so-optimistic comments this week regarding the thumb, it doesn't seem like a rosy path back to fantasy stardom for the Hebrew Hammer in 2014.


3 DFS Picks to Click for Sunday April 6th: Gone Fishin'

SP: Nathan Eovaldi, MIA: I gave you a golden nugget with Jenrry Mejia this week. Eovaldi could spell similar value. Erasmo Ramirez could also be nice versus the swing-happy Athletics. Was that a two-fer? YUP!

OF: Giancarlo Stanton MIA: Stanton is locked in like the Terminator on John Connor. He's going up against Ian Kennedy Sunday, off of whom Stanton boasts a .375 BA and 2 HR in 8 ABs. Yeah, you could say he sees him well. He's worth the price tag no matter the cost.

OF: Charlie Blackmon, COL: Blackmon is sizzling right now hitting .600 (12-for-20) with 6 RBI, 5 Runs and 2 SB. He will come on the cheap and allow you to stack your lineup.

That's all for now...I must sleep or I will be one grumpy Padre in the AM.


More Recent Articles


Week 12 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Almost out of time to make that last push for the playoffs--no time like the present to squeak out a win because you picked the right defense. Below are RotoBaller's Week 12 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 12 of the NFL and... Read More

Week 11 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Welcome back to Mexico City. Last season, the Chiefs were supposed to take on the Rams in this game before field conditions moved the game to Los Angeles. Even though the game was moved, the fantasy output was amazing as both teams scored over 50 points and there was not an unhappy fan among us.... Read More

Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 11 Marlon Mack has been diagnosed with a broken hand and may be out several weeks. Emmanuel Sanders (ribs)... Read More

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

This could be the most exciting installment of waiver wire adds in a while. Not that any of these choices are necessarily league-winners but at least we have a bunch of new names to ponder. Bye weeks are nearly over but this one will be particularly tough with the high-scoring Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, and Cardinals... Read More

Waiver Wire Express - Week 12 Lightning Round

We're onto Week 12, which means the last of the bye weeks approaches. The Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings hit the hammocks as we can finally start to look at players without worrying about future offweeks. To help you look towards those precious playoff weeks, here is the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week... Read More

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered the planning process for Week 12. Some of you are concentrating on building lineups that will commandeer a spot in the fantasy playoffs, while others are making slight adjustments to teams that have already secured their place in the postseason.... Read More

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

Week 11 is behind us and we're getting closer and closer to the end of the fantasy regular season. For some of us, Week 12 represents the final chance to get into the postseason, while for others we have another week or two left. Here, to help you get ready for the playoffs, is a... Read More

Week 12 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

With fantasy football leagues only a couple weeks away from their playoffs, this is not the time for teams to be short a tight end. Not only do fantasy footballers have no Travis Kelce or Hunter Henry during this crucial week in their fantasy seasons, they do not get to take advantage of using a... Read More

Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 12

We saw some monster weeks at the quarterbacks position, with four quarterbacks topping 37 points, and ten scoring over 25 points. These weren't all big names putting up these points either, as low-owned quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and even Jeff Driskel had some big numbers in Week 11. That means we've got plenty... Read More

Week 11 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More

NFL Matchup Ratings Tool - Weekly Player Projections

  If you see the red "Upgrade" button below, then you are not a Premium subscriber, or have not yet logged in. Learn more about our NFL Matchup Ratings and projections system. Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive In-Season Lineup Tools, Lineup Optimizer and over 150 days of... Read More

Week 11 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 11... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More

Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 11

Welcome to our Week 11 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More

Wide Receiver / Cornerback Matchups To Target in Week 11

In Week 10, the Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals in a game that featured a whopping 57 points scored between the two teams. Christian Kirk was expected to exploit the Buccaneers weak secondary, and he exceeded all expectations by catching three touchdowns, finishing as the No. 1 wide receiver on the week. On the other side... Read More

Holiday Shopping - Who To Buy For The Playoffs Run

As the fantasy football season nears the home stretch, most owners should begin turning their eyes towards the remaining six weeks of the fantasy schedule. Either you're comfortably in the playoffs and need to see who you should be rostering in order to get the best matchups or you need that extra boost to qualify... Read More