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The Cut List - Time to Let Go? Week 7

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Welcome back to The Cut List. This is our weekly article looking at players who fantasy managers might be considering cutting from their teams and struggling players who need a closer look. We'll look at players who are worthy of a drop, players who are worth monitoring for replacing, and someone on the hot seat who is worth holding on to... for now.

We're now at a point where season-to-date samples tell more significant stories about players and we have a better idea of what is causing their struggles. We still need to remember that every situation is different both in real-life and in fantasy so there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for your rosters. But we can start formulating better plans on what to do with those struggling stars.

I'm a strong advocate for not making knee-jerk reactions. A bad week or two shouldn't be a reason to push the panic button and dump someone. As the season progresses, there will be stronger cases to drop underperforming players. If there's ever someone you want me to take a look at, drop their name on Reddit or reach out to me on Twitter (@Baseball_Jimbo), and maybe you'll see them included next week. All stats and rostered rates (taken from Yahoo!) are reflective of when this piece was written.

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Worth Dropping and Replacing?

Gavin Lux - 2B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers - 53% rostered

Lux was something of a trendy sleeper in drafts, given the tag of a "post-hype prospect". And he hasn't been bad in fantasy or real life but it appears as though expectations may have been set a little too high.

So far, Lux is hitting .262/.344/.346 with one homer, 12 RBI, 22 runs and two steals in 33 games. He ranks tied-33rd in all of baseball for runs scored, somewhat remarkable given Lux has hit exclusively eighth or ninth for the Dodgers. But the Dodgers do lead the league in runs scored (214) which will help in that regard.

The positional flexibility is nice but in shallower leagues, isn't as valuable. And the lack of any other significant counting stats doesn't really lend itself to being a viable fantasy option in anything but deep leagues.

Verdict - Lux is still only 24 years old with just 178 MLB games under his belt. So I'm not looking to drop him in dynasty leagues. But shallow redraft leagues, he lacks the counting stats you will find from others on waivers. If you're in need of runs, he's a solid option but it's hard to imagine he'll continue on a 100+ runs pace over a full season hitting eighth or ninth, even on the Dodgers.

Anthony Bender - RP, Miami Marlins - 42% rostered

Anthony Bender was expected to be the Marlins closer to start the year, with Dylan Floro starting the season on the IL. Well, Floro is back but is yet to pick up a save in six outings (5.1 IP) with a 8.44 ERA. And Bender has six saves, but none since April 30th and is sporting a 4.50 ERA (14.0 IP).

This week, Bender was called upon in the fifth inning on Tuesday and then gave up a run in the eighth inning of a tied game on Wednesday. Yet, only three other pitchers on the Marlins roster have a save this year; Louis Head, Cole Sulser and Tanner Scott.

Sulser had 13 career saves prior to this season, while Scott had one and Head none, so it's not like the bullpen is brimming with experienced closers. Floro entered yesterday's game in the sixth inning with the Marlins trailing by two runs so believing Don Mattingly wants Floro to be the exclusive closer doesn't appear very realistic.

Despite Floro's ugly 8.44 ERA from his 5.1 IP, all five runs came in his first two outings after returning from the IL. Since then, he has had 3.1 IP without allowing an earned run, allowing one walk and three hits. One of the hits allowed an inherited runner to make it 3-0 in last night's game, however.

Verdict - It feels like it's only a matter of time before Bender stops seeing any save opportunities. The Marlins haven't been winning enough games to have a fantasy worthy closer this month and if Floro continues to build on the last seven days, Bender could be relegated to lower leverage work permanently moving forward. He's still rosterable if you're in need of saves, but prepare to drop him pretty soon.

Spencer Torkelson - 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers - 36% rostered

The Tigers no.1 prospect heading into the season has struggled in his rookie year, hitting .179/.290/.321 with four homers, 11 RBI, eight runs and no steals. In truth, the Tigers as a whole have been pretty putrid offensively, scoring the fewest runs in the Majors (106).

 
He has flashed some of the power he displayed in the Minors last year when he hit 30 home runs in 121 games across three levels. But Wednesday's home run was his first since April 23rd and he's only on pace for 15-18 homers by season's end.

Given how bad the Tigers have been, I don't expect them to demote Torkelson, but rather let him adapt and work through his struggles in the Majors. It shouldn't come as a surprise he has a 29.8% K% (11th percentile) but his excellent walk rate in the Minors has been on display with a 12.1% BB% so far (81st percentile).

Verdict - Torkelson is 100% worth holding onto in dynasty and is actually a nice "buy-low" option long-term if his fantasy manager has concerns or is competing now and needs a short-term upgrade. But in redraft, Torkelson doesn't look like providing anywhere near what you want from a corner infielder so is only rosterable in the deepest leagues.

 

Hold For Now

Matt Chapman - 3B, Toronto Blue Jays - 81% rostered

After hitting 36 homers in 2019 and then 10 in 2020 (37 games), last year was a disappointment for Chapman. He ended the year hitting .210/.314/.403 with 27 homers,  72 RBI, 75 runs and three steals.

Chapman's struggles were put down to his recovery from offseason hip surgery and he was drafted this year with the expectation that one year removed from the surgery should see him return to the 2019 version of himself. Then came the trade to the Blue Jays and Chapman moved up draft boards given the potency of their lineup.

But Chapman is only hitting .191/.275/.368 with six homers, 16 RBI, 14 runs and no stolen bases. And the expectations of the lineup he's now a part of have not materialized either with Toronto ranking 24th in runs scored (145).

But a comparison of Chapman's underlying numbers last year to this year offers hope things will turn around and he'll end the season nearer his 2019 numbers than 2021.

This year, Chapman is making more consistent hard contact, striking out less and has good expected numbers. That shouldn't be surprising given he's healthy this year. The walk rate is down but that's likely due to him being more passive at the plate in 2021 given his hip issue.

I don't see how the Blue Jays offense doesn't get things going in the coming weeks and Chapman will likely be a big part of it. He's still hit six homers (tied-9th among third basemen) so that HardHit% is translating into home runs and I expect him to reach 28-30 home runs with good counting stats by the end of the year.

Eduardo Escobar - 1B/2B/3B, New York Mets - 53% rostered

Escobar hasn't hit the heights in New York that he did last year in Arizona and Milwaukee. So far in 2022, he's hitting .203/.307/.336 with two homers, nine RBI, 17 runs and no steals (39 games). The RBI count is a particular disappointment given Escobar has mainly hit fifth in a Mets lineup that ranks fifth in runs scored (1892).

Being able to plug Escobar into any of three infield positions on your fantasy roster is a benefit. But he still needs to hit to justify a spot and in shallower leagues where the waiver wires tend to have solid hitters at any position, the lack of production can become a black hole in your lineups, regardless of where you start him.

Escobar's underlying numbers aren't supportive of much improvement, ranking in the 14th percentile for xBA, 11th percentile for xSLG and 23rd percentile for xwOBA. His 5.1% Barrel% is his lowest since 2016 and ranks in the 23rd percentile.

Other than in deep leagues where his versatility is useful and waivers are thinner, Escobar is someone I'd have no problems dropping as I'm not optimistic for anything other than league average stats for the remainder of the season, assuming he finds some form at the plate.

Adam Duvall - OF, Atlanta Braves - 43% rostered

Duvall had career highs in home runs (38) and RBI (113) last year between Atlanta and Miami. This year, he's hit two homers, 16 RBI, 15 runs and no steals (39 games) with a .203/.263/.297 slash line. He continues to strike out a lot, with a 32.2% K% ranking in the fifth percentile.

Duvall has career lows in Barrel% (7.9%) and Z-Contact% (79.9%). The Z-Contact% is the rate at which a batter makes contact when swinging at pitches in the strike zone. Hiz Z-Contact% is down almost 5% on his career mark (84.5%).

From that, we can surmise that Duvall is swinging and missing at more pitches in the strike zone and not making as good contact as in previous years. But there are reasons for hope (more so than optimism) that Duvall can turn things around.

Last year, after 39 games, Duvall was hitting .218/.255/.444 with eight homers and 29 RBI, having just had back-to-back three-run homer games. He ended the year with a .228/.281/.491 slash line as the power improved as the season went on.

Duvall is one of the streakier hitters in the league, as many high strikeout hitters are. He could still end the year with 30 home runs but there's little to suggest he will apart from last year's trends so there may be better outfielders available on waivers, especially in shallow leagues.

 

On the Hot Seat

Marcus Semien - 2B/SS, Texas Rangers - 93% rostered

I'm going to try and keep this as simple as possible. If you drafted Semien, you're likely not dropping Semien, but you're not starting Semien.

The non-statistical reasoning for his struggles is the weight of a new multi-million dollar contract with a new team in a new city causing him to push too much and ultimately not hit anywhere near his capabilities. While I believe there to be merit in that argument, there's no numerical evidence to back it up.

Now for a bit of analysis.

Semien came third in the AL MVP voting last year while with the Blue Jays. He hit .265/.334/.538 with 45 homers, 102 RBI, 115 runs and 15 stolen bases. Through 38 games this year, Semien is hitting .180/.242/.233 with no homers, nine RBI, 13 runs and 3 stolen bases.

To give you an idea of how bad he's been so far, of the 170 qualified hitters in MLB, Semien ranks 169th in wRC+ (43) with only Jonathan Schoop ranking lower (32). He ranks 170th in xwOBA (.241) and 164th in ISO (.053). If you compare his Statcast profiles from the last two years, you'd be forgiven for thinking they're from two different hitters.

You'd also be forgiven for thinking Semien was a little lucky to have had such a big year in 2021. And you'd be partly right as his expected stats were better than his actual numbers but not by much. Even his expected home run total was 41 so it's not like he was a 25-homer hitter that got all the luck.

But Semien did benefit from playing in more hitter-friendly ballparks last year. Below is a comparison of how the ballparks in Toronto, Dunedin (where Toronto started the season) and Arlington ranked for hitting in 2021. The numbers are taken from ESPN's Ballpark Factors where first is the most hitter-friendly.

Team ballpark Runs rank HR rank Hits rank
Rogers Centre (Toronto) 9th 12th 10th
TD Ballpark (Dunedin) 1st 2nd 2nd
Globe Life Field (Arlington) 21st 22nd 15th

I don't think you can base all of last year's success and this year's struggles on the ballparks. But it's certainly another wrinkle into his struggles.

I spoke to Jon Anderson (@JonPgh) on his podcast earlier this week about Semien (Another Fantasy Baseball Podcast which you can find clicking here) and we came to the same conclusion.

He's doing nothing with the bat but is still running with elite speed. However, that's neutralized if he can't get on base. But you can't really drop him in May after using a second or third round pick on him. And you can't really start him right now so he's just someone you stick on the bench and wait for a recovery.

The saving grace is he's not striking out much with a 17.6% K%, which is lower than last year (20.2% K%). And given the Rangers aren't likely to be in the postseason hunt the way things are going, they won't be benching him any time soon. Maybe a drop down the lineup but that's as far as they'll go.

I'll go back to what I said ad nauseam last year about Cody Bellinger. Given we've seen what Semien can do, will you be happier with him sitting on your roster and continuing as he has been, or dropping him and seeing him on another team's roster putting up similar numbers to 2021? It comes down to personal tolerance.

 

The Reddit Requests

Here are some names from the readers following last weekend's post on Reddit. If there is anyone who you want to include here on next week's Cut List, drop their names on the Reddit thread and there's a good chance they will feature.

Trevor Story - 2B/SS, Boston Red Sox - 97% rostered

Let me take you back in time to last Sunday, when Story was hitting .196/.276/.286 with one homer, 15 RBI, 11 runs and 3 steals (29 games). That was a 162-game pace of six homers, 84 RBI, 61 runs and 17 stolen bases. That would be his worse full season in the Majors.

Fast forward to this Sunday and Story is hitting .226/.307/.421 with six homers, 28 RBI, 20 runs and five steals (35 games). He's now got a 162-game pace of 28 homers, 130 RBI, 93 runs and 23 stolen bases. That's better than last year and would make him a top-3 shortstop in fantasy at the end of the year.

Story has become a poster boy for why you should hold your studs for as long as possible and not just discard them to waivers because of a slow start, especially when they're on a new team. He won't have many three-homer games but he's begun to reward fantasy managers' patience.

Jose Abreu - 1B, Chicago White Sox - 96% rostered

We've already gone back in time one week, so let's go back two weeks this time. Back then, people were worried about Rhys Hoskins and asking if he should be dropped. Before I dug into his numbers, a quick glance at his Statcast profile told me Hoskins will come good. And he did. The same can be said about Abreu.

Of course, looking at this alone doesn't tell us the full story, but the fact Abreu is hitting the ball hard, not striking out much, taking plenty of walks and his expected numbers are better than his .207/.296/.343 slash line leads me to believe he should still be rostered in all fantasy leagues.

His four homers, 17 RBI and 17 runs are disappointing but the White Sox have struggled offensively (in part due to injuries) and rank 25th in runs scored (140). The only difference in Abreu's hit profile is fewer line drives with more flyballs and groundballs.

With a lack of speed and a deadened ball, that probably won't translate into 30+ homers if it maintains. But his .274 xBA, a career-low 17.6% K% and a career-high 10.7% BB% make me confident that Abreu's numbers will start to resemble his career season average and he'll get back to hitting fewer groundballs.

Javier Baez - 2B/SS, Detroit Tigers - 93% rostered

The third and final middle infielder struggling after signing a big contract with a new team this offseason. Baez is hitting just .205/.244/.308 with two homers, 11 RBI, nine runs and no steals (30 games). He did miss a little more than a week in April due to a thumb injury but there haven't been any stories about a lingering problem.

The lack of any stolen base attempts is troublesome after he tallied 18 steals last year as he ranks in the 64th percentile for sprint speed. His 27.6 ft/s is a career-low, however. The Tigers have only totaled 11 stolen base attempts (30th in MLB) so don't seem to be interested in running much.

And the Tigers offense has been collectively dreadful, ranking last in runs scored (105), 29th in wOBA (273) and 29th in wRC+ (79). It's unlikely Baez reaches 80+ RBI or runs this year, which will be the first time he's failed to do so in a full season since 2017 unless the Tigers can somehow get going at the plate.

On the positive side, Baez's 25.2% K% is the lowest he's had since 2016 despite being in the 31st percentile. But I think we need to adjust our expectations for Baez, especially if he's not running.

I'm still not prepared to drop Baez but I don't foresee him putting up numbers similar to what we know he can do. His upside is too much that he's simply droppable and his stock is so low, trading him won't get you much in return. Baez is someone I'm riding out the struggles with for now.

Bryan Reynolds - OF, Pittsburgh Pirates - 88% rostered

Reynolds must've heard he's going to feature on this week's Cut List as he's gone 7-for-18 this week, raising his season slash line to .231/.322/.388. He's got five homers, nine RBI, 13 runs and one stolen base in 36 games. That's a 162-game pace of 23 homers, 41 RBI, 59 runs and five steals. If Reynolds hits 23 homers, I'm 99% certain he'll have more than 50 RBI!

That's still a far cry from his 2021 season, in which Reynolds had 24 home runs, 90 RBI, 93 runs and five steals while hitting .302/.390/.354. The Pirates rank 29th in runs scored (129) and 27th in wRC+ (85) so you shouldn't be shocked that the runs and RBI have been lacking. But the Pirates ranked 30th in both categories last year and Reynolds still managed a combined 183 runs scored and batted in.

Given Reynolds had an ADP of ~92, more was expected and it's understandable that fantasy managers are wondering what to do with him. And while his expected stats are better than his actual numbers, they are all lower than the 50th percentile.

I can't put this down to Reynolds being a slow starter, given he was hitting .286/.387/.489 at the end of May last year. Nor has there been any news or details or a possible injury attributing to his struggles. This just looks like the makings of being a down year after a sluggish start.

Reynolds does have a career-high 33.2% O-Swing% (swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone) while his 50.8% O-Contact% (contact on pitches outside of the strike zone) is a career-low. Despite that, he has an 11.2% BB% which is in the 78th percentile and only marginally lower than last year's 11.6% BB%.

Reynolds' career numbers prior to this season aren't something I'm willing to ignore and I'm not going to cast him off to waivers based on six weeks of struggles. But we should be lowering our expectations of Reynolds for 2022 and just hope he picks things up in the coming weeks so we can still get 75% of his 2021 numbers.

Eugenio Suarez - 3B/SS, Seattle Mariners - 70% rostered

Suarez is hitting .224/.317/.442 with seven homers, 20 RBI, 23 runs and no steals. Ordinarily, that's nothing much to warrant rostering in anything but shallower leagues given the perceived batting average drain he gives your teams.

But in a year when offensive numbers are down across baseball, comparatively, Suarez is actually still one of the best fantasy options at both of his eligible positions.

Position rank HR RBI R SB AVG*
Third base Tied-7th 14th Tied-3rd Tied-44th 27th
Shortstop Tied-3rd Tied-8th Tied-3rd Tied-58th 26th

* Batting average is ranked for those with 100+ at-bats.

In terms of homers, RBI and runs, Suarez is a starter at either position. He offers little to no speed but the same can be said for so many other hitters. The league-wide batting average is a historically low .236 so hitting .224 is barely below league average right now.

Suarez ranks in the 93rd percentile for Barrel% (15.4%) which is a career-high and I'm still looking at Suarez as a rosterable at least as a corner or middle infielder. You should be able to offset his lack of stolen bases and his batting average isn't the drain on your team it once would have been.



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Welcome back! It's Week 19 of our fantasy baseball Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Pickups series! We went through a tough stretch there where there was really nobody on waivers inspiring any confidence. We are really seeing this week how soft the ownership levels have gotten as the season gets closer to its end. Plenty of... Read More


Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - Week 19

We have completed another week of MLB action, making it time to make more waiver wire moves as we head into Week 18. With more and more injuries and players slumping, it is time to start changing our rosters. I want to emphasize that it is still not time to panic about your core players.... Read More


The Cut List - Time to Let Go? Week 19

Welcome back to The Cut List. This is our weekly article looking at players who fantasy managers might be considering cutting from their teams and struggling players who need a closer look. We'll look at players who are worthy of a drop, players who are worth monitoring for replacing, and someone on the hot seat... Read More


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

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

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,... Read More


Aroldis Chapman - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Relief Pitchers, Draft Sleepers, MLB Injury News Updates

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


2B/SS Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - Week 19

When looking at the waiver wire every week, it can get easy to get tunnel vision on the same options. Players like Brendan Rodgers (78% rostered) and Jorge Mateo (66%) made their fair share of appearances in this space before clearing the maximum rostered percentage threshold to be included. Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner has been... Read More


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Fantasy Baseball Prospects Report - MLB Rookie Risers and Fallers for Week 18

It has been a few weeks since my last edition of RotoBaller’s Recently Promoted Prospects series for fantasy baseball prospects thanks to a trip to the Caribbean where I enjoyed watching MLB trade deadline madness from a beach with a drink (or two) in my hand. A number of big prospects have since been promoted... Read More


Ramon Urias - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Top Hitter Streamers and Starts for Fantasy Baseball - Week 19

The NFL preseason may be starting, but let's not lose sight of what should be a fantastic end to the MLB season! Multiple division races are up for grabs, the wildcard races are as wide open as it gets, and it's anyone's guess who wins the major awards. I mean, what else could you want?... Read More


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Deeper Hitter Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - NFBC Waiver Wire Report for Week 19

We have completed another week of MLB action, making it time to make more waiver wire moves heading into Week 19. However, things will be slightly different for our weekly look into the high-stakes NFBC landscape. For those who do not know, in the NFBC, there are no IL spots and trades, making waiver moves... Read More


Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Fantasy Baseball - Week 19

What's up what's up! It's Jon Anderson filling in this week to recommend some two-start streaming options for Week 19 of the fantasy baseball season. Week 19!? Holy cow, the season is flying by. This weekly fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups column aims to identify starting pitchers expected to make two starts in the upcoming... Read More


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D.J. Moore - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

7 Bold Predictions for the 2022 Fantasy Football Season

Everyone likes bold predictions. Whether that’s because they like glancing at unexpected, but technically possible outcomes or because they like getting worked up over the absurdity of the bold predictions, I have no idea. If I were a betting man, which I am, I lean towards the latter. With that mindset, I fully embrace the... Read More


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NFL Teams With Favorable Late-Season Schedules: Stack 'Em

Predicting what will happen from one season to the next is hard. But we know what defenses looked vulnerable and could still be vulnerable. So here are what could be favorable matchups when fantasy football crunch time happens.Featured Promo: Join the FFPC Main Event with a $1 million dollar grand prize and $5.9 million dollar... Read More


Aaron Rodgers - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Targets, NFL Injury News

2022 Fantasy Sleeper: Aaron Rodgers

If you want to win your fantasy league, you have to hit on the right sleepers. Every year, players get identified as mid/late round picks that you HAVE to draft. You've probably seen 15 different Twitter threads just today about sleepers. But some of these sleepers wind up being bad. You have to make sure... Read More


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Who Is Standing Out In NFL Training Camps? Fantasy Football Sleepers To Draft

As NFL training camps rage on and preseason games get underway, keen fantasy managers are looking to find the best players for their roster this upcoming season. Sometimes, all it takes is some solid detective work during camp to find the most impactful, up-and-coming players. Understanding workloads, training camp reps, and positional battles could give... Read More


Treylon Burks - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Rookies, Draft Sleepers

Preseason NFL Depth Charts Analysis: Interesting Trends for Fantasy Football

Now that we've reached the point in the year where NFL teams are playing preseason games, we've also reached the point where teams are putting out their unofficial preseason depth charts. On one hand, these are unofficial. But on the other hand, it can be fun to read into things. So, let's do examine some... Read More


Derrick Henry - Fantasy Football Rankings NFL Injury News, DFS Picks

Updated Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

    Fantasy Football Rankings by NFL Position ALL - QB - RB - WR - TE - DEF Above you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings, tiers, player news and stats for your 2022 fantasy football leagues. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's fantasy football rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Fantasy Football PPR... Read More


Jakeem Grant Sr. Is Out For The Season, Who Will Replace Grant?

The Cleveland Browns signed All-Pro return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. to a three-year, $10 million contract in the offseason in an attempt to improve their return game. Based on the contract, the Cleveland front office obviously prioritized upgrading the return game heading into 2022. Unfortunately, Cleveland got bad news when Grant went down during Tuesday's... Read More


Is Christian McCaffrey Healthy? Is McCaffrey Worth Drafting Early for Fantasy Football

After an incredible 2019 season, Christian McCaffrey has dealt with injuries both of the past two seasons. This was further amplified by the draft capital fantasy managers spent on him, which was in many cases the No. 1 overall pick. The disappointment these injuries created is hard to forgive and forget but 2022 is a... Read More


Wan'Dale Robinson - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Rookies, Draft Sleepers

Wan'Dale Robinson - 2022 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper and Undervalued Wide Receiver

It can sometimes be tricky trying to decipher whether or not a certain rookie player is going to be worth taking in fantasy football drafts. There aren't numbers to go off from a previous season in the NFL and some teams choose to deploy rookies differently than others. Amid all the uncertainty, Wan'Dale Robinson of... Read More


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NFL DFS Lineup Picks for DraftKings, FanDuel - Preseason Week 1 (8/13/22)

The NFL 2022 season is here. That means it is time for your season-long fantasy football drafts. But more important, right now, it is time to get back into our daily fantasy groove. In this article, I will be providing you with daily fantasy football picks on DraftKings and FanDuel for the slate on Saturday,... Read More


Chris Olave - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Rookies, Draft Sleepers

Fantasy Football Breakouts, Busts, and Locks - New Orleans Saints 2022 Outlook

Welcome to our fantasy football Breakouts, Busts, and Locks, a series on RotoBaller where our writers look at three key players on each NFL team. Today, we're talking about the New Orleans Saints. With a new head coach for the first time in years and with a (presumably) healthy Jameis Winston under center, what can... Read More


Jahan Dotson - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Rookies, Draft Sleepers

Is Jahan Dotson Worth Drafting? Fantasy Football Rookie Outlook

The Washington Commanders used their first-round pick (No. 16 overall) in the 2022 NFL draft to select Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson. Dotson stands 5'11" and weighs 183 pounds and will team with Terry McLaurin to give new Washington quarterback Carson Wentz two talented receivers to target. Dotson was the RotoBaller consensus rookie WR8... Read More


Najee Harris - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

Fantasy Football Injury Report For NFL RBs: Preseason Updates On Najee Harris, Antonio Gibson, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, James Robinson and Kenneth Gainwell

Below you will find our updated fantasy football injuries report for running backs in the 2022 NFL preseason as of Friday August 12th. The injury statuses for various NFL running backs are up in the air during training camp, including Najee Harris, Antonio Gibson, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, James Robinson, and Kenneth Gainwell. With peak draft... Read More


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Real or Not? Legitimate Stats from Forwards- 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Pascal Siakam, Brandon Ingram, Kristaps Porzingis

We're still weeks away from the regular-season tip-off, and while there is a ton of hype about the incoming rookies, we still need to reflect on the 2021-2022 campaign and what happened just a few weeks and months ago. Things have finally settled when it comes to the NBA offseason timeline so it's time to... Read More


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Real or Not? Misleading Stats from Forwards - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Kyle Kuzma, Saddiq Bey, Devin Vassell

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Real or Not? Legitimate Stats from Centers - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Steven Adams, Mitchell Robinson, Jakob Poeltl

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Real or Not? Misleading Stats from Centers - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Robert Williams, Mo Bamba, Bobby Portis

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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Losers (Part 2): Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez, Otto Porter Jr.

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some veterans that entered Unrestricted Free... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Losers (Part 1): P.J. Tucker, Danilo Gallinari, Gary Payton II

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some veterans that entered Unrestricted Free... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Winners (Part 2): James Harden, T.J. Warren, JaVale McGee

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some veterans that entered Unrestricted Free... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Winners (Part 1): Patty Mills, John Wall, Ricky Rubio

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NBA Summer League Losers - Forwards: Nikola Jovic, Trevelin Queen, Caleb Houstan

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NBA Summer League Winners - Forwards: Keegan Murray, Quentin Grimes, Moses Moody

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some potential busts and sleepers that... Read More


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NBA Summer League Winners - Centers: Chet Holmgren, Day'Ron Sharpe, James Wiseman

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NBA Summer League Losers - Centers: Charles Bassey, Luka Garza, Santi Aldama

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