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2020 Closer / Relief Pitcher Offseason Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues


It's never too early to start looking ahead to the next baseball season, so here we deliver our 2020 rankings to those of you looking to scratch your fantasy itch. Whether you're searching for a reprieve from a long fantasy football season or you're getting a head start on next year's keeper selections, RotoBaller has got you covered. We've assembled a collection of stout minds, including the #1 ranked expert from 2018, Nick Mariano, to help you get a jump start on your competition for the upcoming season.

With the Winter Meetings over and free-agency underway, there will be plenty of movement with these rankings before the draft season gets into full swing. Be sure to check in frequently during the offseason as we'll have updated rankings as soon as big names begin to change places.

Today, we're making a call to the bullpen. It's easy to reduce this position to "saves or nothing," but we know better than that here. While the closer's role is important, some managers are moving their best arm into a flexible role while shuffling who gets the ninth. Maddening for us, but rewarding for those paying attention. With early ADP data coming in, let's see if we can score early for 2020.

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Relief Pitcher Ranks - 5x5 Mixed Leagues (December)

In case you missed it, our very own "Big Pick Nick" Mariano was named the #1 overall most accurate industry expert ranker for the 2018 season.

Ranking Tier Player Pos Nick
Mariano
Nicklaus Gaut Riley
Mrack
1 1 Josh Hader RP 56 55 51
2 1 Kirby Yates RP 68 72 44
3 1 Aroldis Chapman RP 71 69 57
4 2 Liam Hendriks RP 77 102 74
5 2 Roberto Osuna RP 84 91 91
6 2 Kenley Jansen RP 89 106 95
7 2 Brad Hand RP 79 146 83
8 3 Ken Giles RP 119 142 113
9 3 Edwin Diaz RP 134 123 142
10 3 Taylor Rogers RP 135 118 147
11 3 Emilio Pagan RP 139 138 134
12 3 Craig Kimbrel RP 136 158 118
13 3 Raisel Iglesias RP 160 132 158
14 3 Hector Neris RP 147 151 210
15 4 Jose Leclerc RP 183 161 174
16 4 Julio Urias SP/RP 182 165 175
17 4 Carlos Martinez SP/RP 188 190 149
18 4 Brandon Workman RP 199 148 184
19 4 Hansel Robles RP 189 179 167
20 4 Sean Doolittle RP 158 237 164
21 4 Alex Colome RP 174 205 185
22 4 Kenta Maeda SP/RP 192 176 203
23 4 Will Smith RP 198 170 221
24 4 Archie Bradley RP 177 168 251
25 4 Ian Kennedy RP 176 193 242
26 5 Keone Kela RP 210 188 223
27 5 Joe Jimenez RP 209 211 213
28 5 Nick Anderson RP 211 177 272
29 5 Giovanny Gallegos RP 226 171 266
30 5 Mark Melancon RP 232 201 256
31 6 Scott Oberg RP 255 246 276
32 6 Seth Lugo SP/RP 249 241 295
33 6 Josh James RP 272 #N/A 259
34 6 Mychal Givens RP 274 270 294
35 6 Andres Munoz RP 279 291 #N/A
36 6 Adam Ottavino RP 292 #N/A 286
37 6 Ryan Pressly RP 308 282 300
38 7 Diego Castillo SP/RP 298 #N/A #N/A
39 7 Colin Poché RP 300 #N/A #N/A
40 7 Dellin Betances RP 305 #N/A 310
41 7 Matt Barnes RP 313 #N/A #N/A
42 7 Tommy Kahnle RP 318 #N/A #N/A
43 7 James Karinchak RP 355 298 #N/A
44 7 Chad Green SP/RP 319 #N/A 355
45 7 Zack Britton RP 331 #N/A 344
46 8 Ty Buttrey RP 341 #N/A #N/A
47 8 Daniel Hudson RP 476 #N/A 218
48 8 Ryne Stanek RP 443 262 #N/A
49 8 Nick Wittgren RP 354 #N/A #N/A
50 8 Blake Treinen RP 340 #N/A 371
51 8 Emmanuel Clase RP 356 #N/A #N/A
52 8 Matt Magill RP 359 #N/A #N/A
53 8 Jose Alvarado RP 360 #N/A #N/A
54 8 Shane Greene RP 545 #N/A 195
55 8 Luke Jackson RP 478 #N/A 282
56 8 Drew Pomeranz SP/RP 383 #N/A #N/A
57 8 Wade Davis RP 404 #N/A 364
58 8 Matt Strahm SP/RP 433 #N/A 345
59 9 Michael Lorenzen RP 452 #N/A 329
60 9 Freddy Peralta SP/RP 399 #N/A #N/A
61 9 Pedro Baez RP 401 #N/A #N/A
62 9 Trevor Richards SP/RP 440 #N/A 363
63 9 Andrew Miller RP 407 #N/A #N/A
64 9 Tony Watson RP 411 #N/A #N/A
65 9 John Gant RP 423 #N/A #N/A
66 9 Randy Dobnak SP/RP 427 #N/A #N/A
67 9 Amir Garrett RP 428 #N/A #N/A
68 9 Yusmeiro Petit RP 431 #N/A #N/A
69 9 Sergio Romo RP 432 #N/A #N/A
70 9 Alex Reyes SP/RP 547 #N/A 339
71 9 Joe Kelly RP 451 #N/A #N/A
72 9 Will Harris RP 455 #N/A #N/A
73 9 Jordan Hicks RP 456 #N/A #N/A
74 9 Jeremy Jeffress RP 458 #N/A #N/A
75 10 Brad Peacock SP/RP 461 #N/A #N/A
76 10 Anthony Bass RP 542 #N/A 382
77 10 Pedro Strop RP 580 #N/A 346
78 10 Jairo Diaz RP 471 #N/A #N/A
79 10 Seranthony Dominguez RP 480 #N/A #N/A
80 10 Oliver Drake RP 496 #N/A #N/A
81 10 Collin McHugh SP/RP 498 #N/A #N/A
82 10 Chris Martin RP 502 #N/A #N/A
83 10 Andrew Cashner RP/SP 504 #N/A #N/A
84 10 Shawn Armstrong RP 507 #N/A #N/A
85 10 Steve Cishek RP 515 #N/A #N/A
86 10 Trevor May RP 521 #N/A #N/A
87 10 Kyle Crick RP 524 #N/A #N/A
88 10 Andrew Kittredge RP 525 #N/A #N/A
89 10 Corbin Burnes SP/RP 534 #N/A #N/A
90 10 Adam Conley RP 546 #N/A #N/A
91 10 Chris Devenski RP 549 #N/A #N/A
92 10 Austin Adams RP 555 #N/A #N/A
93 10 Yoshihisa Hirano RP 560 #N/A #N/A
94 10 Roenis Elias RP 561 #N/A #N/A
95 10 Felix Pena RP/SP 577 #N/A #N/A
96 10 Craig Stammen RP 578 #N/A #N/A

 

Tier One

If you had to guess, how many relievers were top-100 players in 2019 5x5 leagues? The answer is 14, with another 16 appearing between 100-150. This expands to roughly 25% of the top-200 being RP-eligible arms.

Josh Hader was electric in 2018, and many metrics improved in 2019 but were overshadowed by an issue with homers. His swinging-strike rate soared, from 19% to 22.7%, which yielded a 47.8% strikeout rate -- over six percentage points higher than the next-best qualified RP, Nick Anderson. He did this while trimming his walk rate to 6.9% from 9.8% and his .232 BABIP was close to the career .228 mark, but homers don’t factor into that. His 21.4% HR/FB rate and 1.78 HR/9 did all it could to inflate his 2.62 ERA. Strikeouts and homers, the 2019 way. Still, his 1.78 SIERA made him the only qualified RP with a mark south of 2.00 and I’m here for his being the first off the board.

Riley has Kirby Yates above Hader, which I’m not going to argue with. Yates’ 2.05 SIERA was second to Hader’s rate, while his 41.6% strikeout rate was third-best, just behind Nick Anderson. While Milwaukee had to turn to Matt Albers or Jeremy Jeffress in years past to ease Hader’s workload, Yates owned the closer role.

Then there’s Chapman, who will be 32 next year as he tries to rebound from a “down year” in which his 36.2% strikeout rate wasn’t among the league leaders. He somehow failed to capitalize on the strikeout surge of ‘19, yet his 0.47 HR/9 mark was also unharmed by the longball trend. He continues to lose bite on his fastball, averaging 98.4 MPH on his heater (down from 98.9 MPH in ‘18 and 100.1 MPH in ‘17,) which led to a reliance on the slidepiece. He threw it a career-high 31.1% in ‘19, up from 25.4% in ‘18 and 19.7% in ‘17. You can see how the scales stay balanced -- he’s navigating the aging curve well.

 

Tier Two

Here, we start to really disagree about the order. Riley and I have Liam Hendriks first, but then Riley and I have Brad Hand second while Nick G would put Hand in the midst of Tier Three. I'll have to chase him down and ask what that's about! Nick G has Roberto Osuna as his top RP in this tier, with the low WHIP likelihood probably fueling that fire. We each have Osuna over Kenley Jansen.

Osuna locked down 38 saves in 65 innings with a hearty 2.63 ERA/0.88 WHIP and 73 strikeouts. The age-24 closer has yet to log a WHIP above 1.00 after five big-league seasons. He worked around a career-high 12.3% HR/FB rate with a career-best 16.9% swinging-strike rate and yet another year with a sub-5% walk rate (that’s four straight now.) The scandals are there on a personal and team level, but Osuna’s effective on the bump and Houston enters the ninth with leads quite often.

Meanwhile, Jansen had to miss a few games at altitude due to a heart condition, but his overall 3.71 ERA/1.06 WHIP and 80 K’s in 63 frames remained strong. He’s always been a fly-ball pitcher and as such, 2018’s and 2019’s “higher” (for him) ERAs with a low WHIP add up with homers and fly outs. The last two seasons have also seen him post mortal 6% walk rates after that incredible 2.7% clip in ‘17 -- just small things worth noting. He remains a top-10 option, but he’s no longer in the upper echelon.

Hendriks’ stock gets more comfortable with Treinen going to LAD. His average fastball velocity went from 94-95 MPH to 96.5 MPH, his curveball rose from 82 MPH to 84 MPH and the rate at which he threw it soared, from 1.8% in ‘18 to 7.8%. The added heat helped, as hitters pulled a career-low 26.5% of batted balls off of him, which eased the damage done by the 49.5% fly-ball rate.

 

Tier Three

Minnesota allowed a budding star in Taylor Rogers to take the ninth after he posted a 2.63 ERA/0.95 WHIP in 2018, which he followed up with an eerily similar 2.61 ERA/1.00 WHIP in ‘19. But 30 saves last season compared to two in ‘18 makes for quite the fantasy jump, let alone going from a 28.9% strikeout rate to 32.4% while posting a 50.6% groundball rate and 4% walk rate. Seriously, it’s a sabermetric dream come true.

I want to believe in Edwin Diaz enjoying better luck, but my philosophy on “luck” when it comes to 2019’s stats has to be different. The bar has to be moved and expectations reset, because hitters’ approaches differed and the ball was altered. After posting an elite 1.96 ERA/0.79 WHIP with an absurd 1.49 SIERA, reasonable .281 BABIP, and solid 0.61 HR/9 in 2018, Diaz cratered in ‘19.

The 2.63 SIERA would have you think, “it can’t be that bad,” but it was. The 5.59 ERA/1.38 WHIP rose with a ballooned .377 BABIP and 2.33 HR/9.  A high BABIP won’t necessarily come back down just like that. Still, I would be happy to get Diaz near the 11th or 12th round of 12-team drafts as a discount RP1/2. The Dellin Betances signing does shorten the leash a bit, but Betances has his own game-action rust to deal with first.

Following the rebound theme, Craig Kimbrel faltered after joining the Cubs in the middle of the season. A lack of preseason prep and normal routine didn’t pan out, but he may have been tipping pitches. There’s a lot to unpack, but he’s a top-five closer when on. I wouldn’t draft both Diaz AND Kimbrel, but they both offer discounted pricing for a high ceiling.

When viewing the K-BB% leaderboard, you’ll see Hader, Yates, Anderson, Felipe Vazquez (who can be erased,) Hendriks, and then Ken Giles. The 1.87 ERA was his best mark since 2015, as he was another who allowed fewer homers while enjoying the strikeout spike. Interestingly enough, the 42.1% fly-ball rate was a career-high, but he survived. I wouldn't blink if he finished as a top-three closer.

Originally, I was the highest on Raisel Iglesias, but I recently dropped him. The 12 losses cut deep, but the 3.22 SIERA is consistent with his 3.31 career mark and the 31.9% strikeout rate was a career-best alongside a slight drop in walks (8.6% to 7.5%.) His HR/9 has been 1.50 and 1.61 in the past two seasons, but he couldn’t dance around it again. After surrendering an average 35.2% fly-ball rate in ‘18, he was crushed by a 43.9% mark in ‘19. Soft contact went up, but so did hard contact. The all-or-nothing swings smacked him around, and I felt I needed to drop him a bit until he proves otherwise.

Neris had a tumultuous 2018 that saw him sent to the minors, but 2019 saw him unfurl that premier splitter all season long. The 2.93 ERA/1.02 WHIP with 89 K’s in 67 ⅔ IP had him ranked 100th overall, as he cut his fly-ball rate by nearly 10 percentage points while simultaneously enjoying a 114-point drop in BABIP. Those don’t particularly jive, so I’m anticipating some give in the WHIP category for 2020.

 

Tier Four

You’ll notice I have Sean Doolittle up at 158 alongside Riley's 164 and an ice-cold 237 for Nick G. I buy his talent when not overused and I believe Davey Martinez learned his lesson in ‘19. Doolittle had a 2.72 ERA with a 51/11 K/BB ratio over 43 winnings through July 24, when he notched the save in each game of a doubleheader. That speaks to his heavy usage, and 10 appearances later he’d be placed on the 10-day Injured List with diminished velocity. He worked low-leverage spots in September and was strong throughout the playoffs, allowing two runs over 10 ⅓ IP while only walking one.

Did you know that Brandon Workman was one of eight relievers with at least 100 strikeouts, and just one of three to meet that mark while posting an ERA below 2.00? The other two are Hendriks and Yates, so I’m all for buying Workman here until other competition enters the fray.

 

Tier Five

I want to believe in Joe Jimenez over the long term, but the 3.14 SIERA in 2018 was tied to a 4.31 ERA and his 3.41 SIERA last season hid behind a 4.37 ERA. At some point, the results have to be there. After a rough July 17 outing, Jimenez posted a 2.55 ERA with 31 strikeouts to seven walks over 24 ⅔ IP. Of the seven runs allowed, five of them came on solo homers. He didn’t issue a walk over his final eight appearances of the season, so there are hints of greatness, but we must keep our heads on straight.

I already alluded to Nick Anderson’s greatness, but it’s worth highlighting. Even without a set closer’s role, he’s a stud worth starting in any format. 2019 was his first MLB season, and Anderson was inconsistent in Miami, throwing more breaking balls instead of ripping into hitters with his elite heat. Then he was traded to Tampa Bay at the deadline and proceeded to log a whopping 41/2 K/BB rate and 2.11 ERA (1.03 SIERA!) across 21 ⅓ IP.

I’m hard-pressed to see Mark Melancon holding off Will Smith for any extended period of time for closing duties, but I can’t pay up to bet against it either. We each have Smith about 30 spots ahead of where we listed Melancon. I respect taking on Melancon as your RP3 if you feel comfortable otherwise, but I wouldn't project him for 30 saves this year. I prefer Giovanny Gallegos to have more days as closer in '20 than Melancon, and certainly put up better numbers in the end. Still, until concrete word comes down then we must bake in the chance Melancon holds down the ninth all year, sigh.

 

Tier Six

Seth Lugo made the leap to fantasy-relevant elite middle reliever in 2019. Despite pitching 21 fewer innings, he struck out one more hitter compared to 2018. His 28% K-BB rate was nearly 10 percentage points above his ‘18 clip, and he largely avoided the homer boom. We can thank Citi Field for some of that friendliness. The Mets bringing on Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha bode well for Lugo’s staying in the bullpen, where he shines. Ryan Pressly is another relief arm without the closer’s job who is worth our attention.

Mychal Givens remains the Orioles' most intriguing bullpen arm -- his 86 strikeouts, 11 saves and 1.19 WHIP over 63 innings offered promise, but the 4.57 ERA and four other pitchers siphoning multiple saves left Givens outside the top-300 in 5x5 scoring. I’d prefer aiming for upside SP flyers or position players in tenuous playing-time scenarios than go with low-ceiling closers, but Givens may fill a need for those who punted saves while they await waiver-wire finds.

I don’t hold as much hope for Adam Ottavino, whose 1.31 WHIP was more indicative of his season than the 1.90 ERA. The 24.6% K-BB rate that made him so special in '18 fell to 17% in '19, with more walks leading to quicker hooks from Aaron Boone. I much prefer speculating on Andres Munoz and his 80-grade fastball as a hedge to Yates, and Scott Oberg, who may straight up edge Wade Davis before April. Munoz does need to get that 11.3% walk rate in check, though his minor league marks orbited the 15% mark so I’m not holding my breath. If Yates goes down, Munoz’s powerful 15.6% swinging-strike rate would offer top-12 RP stuff.

Meanwhile, Oberg carried an unsettling 13/11 K/BB ratio into the middle of May, but a .196 BABIP masked the 5.12 xFIP with a 1.77 ERA. This left me cold on his prospects as closer when Wade Davis hit the injured list on May 22, only for Oberg to post a 41/10 K/BB mark with a 2.95 xFIP, 2.37 FIP and 1.47 ERA between May 24 and July 31. August saw him placed on the injured list himself with blood clots in his right arm, ending his season. Davis needs to rebound from an awful 8.65 ERA/1.88 WHIP over 42 ⅔ IP in ‘19, far from a given. Our ranks jive with early NFBC ADP of 283.

 

Tier Seven

When you continue to dig down the ranks, you’ll find 100 RP-eligible arms within the top 315 players. Early NFBC ADP data has 150 total pitchers within the top-400, and I understand the latter being more useful for draft purposes. That shouldn’t dictate exactly how we play our game or construct our teams, but it’s worth noting and led me to try to make my relief ranks more robust at the back-end. Unfortunately, it opens the door for lots of volatility as the offseason plays out, opinions about bullpen usage changes, and so on. 

Folks like Chad Green, Matt Barnes, Colin Poché and Tommy Kahnle offer strikeout upside, all ranking in the top 30 of strikeout rate (and K-BB%) from relievers with at least 20 frames under their belt. This is particularly helpful if you have someone like Kyle Hendricks or Miles Mikolas.

Cleveland may be hiding 2020’s Nick Anderson in James Karinchak, who was straight up masterful across the minors in 2019. Between Rookie Ball, Double-A and Triple-A, Karinchak struck out 74 in just 30 ⅓ IP. Read that again, let it sink in. He had a cup of coffee with five MLB appearances in September, striking out eight while walking one over 5 ⅓ IP. The tools are there.

 

Tier Eight

At this point, you’re targeting talent and letting the chips fall, especially in the early offseason. We originally put these out before Blake Treinen signed with the Dodgers, but I like that landing spot for him behind Jansen. Of course, this hurts the chances of Joe Kelly or Pedro Baez being a consistent option should something happen to Jansen.

We should note that Emmanuel Clase wasn't in the first run of ranks, but he's in there now and should be considered towards the last rounds of your draft if you want to hedge Brad Hand or simply require unheralded ratio relief.

I believe Matt Magill is Seattle’s best option with Austin Adams out, though other resources like Roster Resource show Sam Tuivailala as Seattle’s closer. While Tuivailala’s 30.2% strikeout rate edges Magill by one percentage point, Magill’s 5.2% walk rate is half of Tuivailala's 10.5% rate. I'd prefer a more complete package for the ninth inning, though Seattle may see it differently. Still, I'll target the better K-BB% rates if I can help it.

 

Tiers Nine and Lower

Here’s where the fun begins, with lottery tickets abound! The bulk of the upside is wrapped into talented arms who may capitalize on a starting gig, such as Matt Strahm, Freddy Peralta, Randy Dobnak, Collin McHugh, Corbin Burnes and Elieser Hernandez. If you want a boring handful of saves, consider Steve Cishek, who always seems to find the occasional ninth inning thanks to his “Proven Closer” tag.

Jordan Hicks is recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in late June 2019, and may be a factor in the second half with his flamethrower of an arm. I prefer my late-round picks going to guys who are either going to pan out or bust in the early going so that I can have that spot for waiver-wire speculating should they fail, but I understand the allure of Hicks' cannon.

One who may experience a significant rise is Pittsburgh’s Kyle Crick, who could emerge should the rebuilding Pirates deal Keone Kela. Crick has reported no setbacks in recovery from tendon repair surgery on his right index finger, an injury suffered during a fight with Felipe Vazquez. Shocking that someone would fight Vazquez, I know. Crick’s command left him in ‘19, with an awful 15.5% walk rate and 1.84 HR/9 mark, but he’d posted a 2.39 ERA/1.13 WHIP in ‘18. Just keep an eye out on his spring command.

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It's Week 7 and we are officially halfway through the fantasy regular season. With fingers crossed that the season continues to operate with minimal disruption, we can allow football to the forefront of our minds as it appears all games will be played as scheduled this week. Assuming that's the case, fantasy GMs rostering Ravens,... Read More


Booms and Busts - Starts and Sits for Week 7 Lineups

Week 6 in the NFL brought what may be one of the cleanest weeks of action to begin the season. With no catastrophic injuries affecting teams for the remainder of the year, the play on the field seemed to settle in as the more well-known players performed up to par. With big weeks from Derrick... Read More


Updated Week 7 PPR Rankings (Top 400)

Welcome to Week 7 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 7 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: DeSean Jackson Helped Off The Field Thursday Night K.J. Hamler Could Make His Return In Week 7 Devonta Freeman Questionable To Return Monday Night Michael Thomas Officially... Read More


Wide Receiver Snap Counts and Target Trends - Week 6 Analysis

Your wide receivers remain essential components toward your primary goal of securing league championships. As this unique regular season continues to unfold, an expanding assortment of tools is available that can provide you with an extensive level of knowledge regarding this critical position. Those results are contained in this weekly statistical breakdown of multiple categories,... Read More


Week 7 IDP Rankings, Streamers, and Notes

The big IDP news of the week happened just this Thursday morning, as our rankings were being finalized. It was pretty big news, too. Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Baltimore Ravens! Let’s discuss just how big this news is, and whether it’s good or bad for his short and long term fantasy prospects, shall... Read More


Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings, tiers, player news and stats for Week 7 of the 2020 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  ... Read More


Fantasy Football Trade Targets - Week 7

The fantasy trade market is always a fun one to evaluate. Articles like this are essentially glorified "Who's Hot and Who's Not" pieces but the tables are turned to where sometimes, you want to trade for those that are cold and trade away those hot. Now, six weeks into the season, we have several big-name players underperforming... Read More


Re-Evaluating the Rookie Running Back Class of 2020

We're six weeks into the 2020 NFL season and are starting to get some good ideas of what usage patterns are looking like. Which means we probably have enough data now to start to re-evaluate where certain players stand in relation to other players. For example, we've got a better idea of how this year's... Read More


WR/CB Matchups to Target and Avoid - Week 7

The CB Matchup Chart has been a helpful resource all season, specifically in Week 6. Last week's article was predictive in forecasting boom games for Julio Jones, Justin Jefferson, and Christian Kirk. It also predicted let-downs from Robby Anderson, Cooper Kupp, and Mike Evans. This week's chart will give the most accurate landscape of CB matchups yet,... Read More


Pivot Plays and Post-Waiver Pickups - Week 7

Things are starting to get difficult for fantasy football managers. Indianapolis, Minnesota, Miami and Baltimore all have the week off, so fantasy managers are already playing shorthanded. Fielding a full lineup is going to be tough as it is if you have a few injuries. If one of your key guys is listed as questionable... Read More


Week 7 Stream Team - Shallow and Deep-League Pickups

Welcome to Week 7 of the NFL season. Each week we will be providing streamer advice for all of those who need it, which is pretty much anyone and everyone. Streaming players with the best matchups each week as well as during your stud's bye weeks is an integral part of winning a fantasy championship... Read More


Lies, Damned Lies, and Fantasy Football Statistics (Week 7)

The more data we get as the season goes on, the better equipped we are to interpret matchups and make informed decisions. Then Week 6 comes along and blows it all to hell. The unpredictability of sports is what keeps us intrigued, as frustrating as it may be at times. Numbers are supposedly to be... Read More


Top 10 Fantasy Football Busts for Week 7

It's Week 7 and we are officially halfway through the fantasy regular season. With fingers crossed that the season continues to operate with minimal disruption, we can allow football to the forefront of our minds as it appears all games will be played as scheduled this week. Assuming that's the case, fantasy GMs rostering Ravens,... Read More


Booms and Busts - Starts and Sits for Week 7 Lineups

Week 6 in the NFL brought what may be one of the cleanest weeks of action to begin the season. With no catastrophic injuries affecting teams for the remainder of the year, the play on the field seemed to settle in as the more well-known players performed up to par. With big weeks from Derrick... Read More


Updated Week 7 PPR Rankings (Top 400)

Welcome to Week 7 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 7 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: DeSean Jackson Helped Off The Field Thursday Night K.J. Hamler Could Make His Return In Week 7 Devonta Freeman Questionable To Return Monday Night Michael Thomas Officially... Read More


Wide Receiver Snap Counts and Target Trends - Week 6 Analysis

Your wide receivers remain essential components toward your primary goal of securing league championships. As this unique regular season continues to unfold, an expanding assortment of tools is available that can provide you with an extensive level of knowledge regarding this critical position. Those results are contained in this weekly statistical breakdown of multiple categories,... Read More


Week 7 IDP Rankings, Streamers, and Notes

The big IDP news of the week happened just this Thursday morning, as our rankings were being finalized. It was pretty big news, too. Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Baltimore Ravens! Let’s discuss just how big this news is, and whether it’s good or bad for his short and long term fantasy prospects, shall... Read More


Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings, tiers, player news and stats for Week 7 of the 2020 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  ... Read More


Fantasy Football Trade Targets - Week 7

The fantasy trade market is always a fun one to evaluate. Articles like this are essentially glorified "Who's Hot and Who's Not" pieces but the tables are turned to where sometimes, you want to trade for those that are cold and trade away those hot. Now, six weeks into the season, we have several big-name players underperforming... Read More


Re-Evaluating the Rookie Running Back Class of 2020

We're six weeks into the 2020 NFL season and are starting to get some good ideas of what usage patterns are looking like. Which means we probably have enough data now to start to re-evaluate where certain players stand in relation to other players. For example, we've got a better idea of how this year's... Read More


WR/CB Matchups to Target and Avoid - Week 7

The CB Matchup Chart has been a helpful resource all season, specifically in Week 6. Last week's article was predictive in forecasting boom games for Julio Jones, Justin Jefferson, and Christian Kirk. It also predicted let-downs from Robby Anderson, Cooper Kupp, and Mike Evans. This week's chart will give the most accurate landscape of CB matchups yet,... Read More


Pivot Plays and Post-Waiver Pickups - Week 7

Things are starting to get difficult for fantasy football managers. Indianapolis, Minnesota, Miami and Baltimore all have the week off, so fantasy managers are already playing shorthanded. Fielding a full lineup is going to be tough as it is if you have a few injuries. If one of your key guys is listed as questionable... Read More


Week 7 Stream Team - Shallow and Deep-League Pickups

Welcome to Week 7 of the NFL season. Each week we will be providing streamer advice for all of those who need it, which is pretty much anyone and everyone. Streaming players with the best matchups each week as well as during your stud's bye weeks is an integral part of winning a fantasy championship... Read More


Lies, Damned Lies, and Fantasy Football Statistics (Week 7)

The more data we get as the season goes on, the better equipped we are to interpret matchups and make informed decisions. Then Week 6 comes along and blows it all to hell. The unpredictability of sports is what keeps us intrigued, as frustrating as it may be at times. Numbers are supposedly to be... Read More


The King's Week 7 Fantasy Football Lineup Rankings (Premium Content)

Welcome back, RotoBallers!  Below you will find my Week 7 fantasy football lineup rankings. The ranks are available in PPR, Half PPR and Standard formats. They will be updated as needed, so make sure to check back for the latest versions. Skill Position analysis is primarily based on the PPR ranks. The rankings are powered by... Read More


Slow Starters Ready to Break Out in Fantasy?

We are now more than a third of the way into the fantasy football season and a seemingly clearer picture is available across the landscape. After a pandemic-shortened offseason and lack of preseason exposure, there were plenty of worries headed into the first month specifically. Thus far, one of the most prevalent topics with regards... Read More


Fantasy Football Warning Signals for Week 7

The warning signals get brighter by the week since we have more data to work from. The larger the sample size the easier it is for us to connect the dots from the latest trends. Football is a game of small samples and many variables, making it one of the hardest sports to predict. How... Read More


How to Value Clyde Edwards-Helaire with Le'Veon Bell in KC

Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jonathan Taylor? Coming into the season this was the biggest question for fantasy GMs, both dynasty managers who were thinking long-term and redraft managers who wanted to know who would be better for this season. There were many different theories and believe me when I say, both sides thought they were 100%... Read More


NextGen Stats - Quarterback Breakdowns and Takeaways

It's been a month since the last time we took a look at our beloved quarterbacks. Numbers are numbers, and numbers don't lie. You can twist them, but looking at them objectively, numbers say that no matter what, rushing the ball is almost always a worse option than passing it in today's game. That's why... Read More


Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Week 7

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More


Coaching Matters: Offenses That Will Improve From Week 6

This series continues into its sixth week of where I dive into offensive areas that will improve or decline based on coaching in order to glean insight as to fantasy football value. In Week 6, we saw performances such as Ryan Tannehill throwing for 364 passing yards, the Houston Texans running backs combining for 66 rushing yards, and the New... Read More


Tape Tells All: D'Andre Swift's Week 6 Performance

Welcome to another edition of Tape Tells All. I've been thinking of rebranding as just TAPE. All-Caps like that. Probably wouldn't be a good idea for SEO purposes, right? Anyways, this week we'll be discussing Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift. Swift set a lot of career highs this week, with bests in carries... Read More


Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

Week 6 was like the 2020 of fantasy football weeks. All those great matchups meant nothing, those studs let you down, and your bench likely went crazy. The good news is that we didn't have any season-ending injuries to running backs or games canceled due to COVID, so in retrospect maybe we shouldn't complain. The... Read More


FAB Bidding - Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets

Whether it's injuries, bye-week blues, or simply poor performance, we've got the waiver-wire cure...but it just might cost you! Alongside our famous waiver wire pickups list and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Budget (FAB). In... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

Week 6 was relatively healthy and had no coronavirus delays, so let's just take a moment to bask in that. That said, we still saw Miles Sanders (knee) and Zach Ertz (ankle) go down, while Mark Ingram (ankle) has a bye to get healthy. Week 7 byes are Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, and Minnesota. Let's get... Read More


Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 7

Fantasy GMs are to be commended for rising to the unique challenges that have unfolded during this regular season. Injuries to critical players is an unwelcome reality that occurs every year. This is also the case for backs that were expected to operate as RB1s, but have been relegated to committees. However, this season has... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 7

Six weeks of NFL football are behind us, aside from a pair of Monday games, including a late afternoon game between the Bills and the Chiefs. In terms of wide receiver production this week, we didn't have the huge breakouts like we had in Week 5. Chase Claypool didn't score four touchdowns. In fact, only... Read More


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Dissecting Contact Quality In Search Of Fantasy Bargains

Of the 1,015 hitters sampled(1) between 2015 and 2019, there were only 14 instances of hitters making more productive contact against pitches outside of the strike zone than against pitches inside of the strike zone based on xwOBAcon. Based on the same sample, the average hitter was a whopping .116 points better against pitches inside... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 23rd, 2020

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 23rd, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Lineup Order Risers and Fallers: AL West 2020 Review

It’s the offseason and there are about to be a bunch of moving parts. This allows for speculation in terms of players gaining or losing playing time, moving up or down a batting order and much more. The idea here is to highlight some lineup situations for each team and some potential winners or losers... Read More


2021 1st & 2nd Year Players with James Anderson - Benched with Bubba (Episode 317)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) on episode 317. The guys will go over 30+ first and second-year players. They will discuss their current ADP's in the 2 Early Mocks, what to expect of the players in 2021, and much more. They also go over some listener questions, compare Juan Soto to Mike... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 21st, 2020

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 21st, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 20th, 2020

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 20th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Bubba and Bat Flip 54: 2 Early Mocks APD Player Debates - Benched with Bubba (Episode 316)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to take a deeper look at the 2 Early Mocks ADP. They go over some of the positions and look at players with similar ADPs and debate. Going around the diamond discussing some players people are high on and some they are down on with a... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 18th, 2020

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 18th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 17th, 2020

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 17th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


2021 Early Mock ADP Values & Reaches: WPC+ Videocast

Pierre Camus and Nicklaus Gaut prepare for the 2021 fantasy baseball season with a look at early mock draft results from the RotoBaller Expert mock. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well! Be sure to also tune into RotoBaller... Read More


Statcast Season Review: 2020 Barrel Leaders (Hitters)

The 2020 MLB season will always be one for the record books, even if everything that took place will have multiple asterisks attached to it. Evaluating Statcast numbers is a nice way to find hot and cold hitters, as well as underachievers and overachievers. Now that the regular season is over, let's reflect on the... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 16th, 2020

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 16th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 15th, 2020

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 15th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 14th, 2020

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 14th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Bubba and Bat Flip 53: 2 Early Mocks APD Trends & More - Benched with Bubba (Episode 315)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to take a deeper look at the 2 Early Mocks ADP. They dig into trends, some interesting risers/fallers, and much more. They also go over some listener questions at the end to keep the Fantasy Baseball information coming even in the offseason. Be sure to subscribe... Read More