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

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

NBA Skill Set Scarcity: Where Are the Efficient Bigs?


I'm a huge fan of Jrue Holiday. I truly believe he might be the most underrated point guard of our generation in both real life and for many years, in fantasy too. He's an elite defender who has finished better than the 90th percentile in on/off opponents' point per possession numbers in his career, with a 97th percentile finish last season in which Philly allowed 9.6 (!) less points per possession with Jrue on the court than off. In fantasy, he possesses one of the most unique spreads in the game with his out of position field goal % you can't find from a point guard not named Curry or Simmons to go with elite assist and steal marks. I boost Jrue all the time--I think he's a top 20 player this season and was thrilled to have him fall to me at #30 this year in a 12-man snake draft.

Then I went and traded Jrue Holiday down for LaMarcus Aldridge before the season even started.

This is not a negative endorsement of Jrue at all, I think he is a top-20 player and worth a top 20 pick. I think he is pound for pound a better fantasy player than LaMarcus Aldridge in a vacuum, and this is not a trade made off of misguided injury concerns for a guy who's hopefully shed that hastily placed label by now. It's just that I realized that the way my team shaped up during and after this draft, my team got better from trading down - and make no mistake, I traded down - and it's something I've begun to notice in almost all my drafts this year. Efficient big men have become an even more valuable resource than usual, and by skipping out on them in the early rounds, it's really easy to find your team missing exactly what these guys sell.

Editor's Note: Love the strategy of season-long fantasy sports? Live for the short term gratification of DFS? Try Weekly Fantasy Sports on OwnersBox - a new weekly DFS platform. Sign up today for a FREE $50 Deposit Match. Offer expires Thursday night! Sign Up Now!

 

What's different this year?

Anyone who's played fantasy football or fantasy baseball this year knows how much of a crap shoot tight end and catcher are in those respective games. Aside from the first 5 or so guys, you can almost throw a dart at a board of tight ends blindfolded and have a better shot at who is going to return TE1 value in a given week. And I've seen fantasy teams literally start nothing in their catcher spot weekly in deeper baseball leagues, since it was almost impossible to find a guy who wouldn't project to kill your ratios in any given week with a meager chance at some counting stats.

The way basketball is structured doesn't lend itself to the same kind of wasteland scenario that those positions present in the other sports. But this year there is a distinct lack of efficient bigs and it's becoming evidently more important to address the issue early, or find yourself scrambling to fix a team that is lacking in what they provide. There are a few reasons why this year has been worse, so let's take a look at them.

Unicorns Can Bleed

One reason we have reached a tipping point on this issue is that two early round bigs who were perfect big pivots for a number of punt builds suffered significant injuries last year, taking them off draft boards for this season. Kristaps Porzingis is one of very few center eligible players who combines elite block rates with a positive FT% contribution, and the ripple effects of his injury can be felt up and down the draft board. Punt FG% builds saw him as a cornerstone for blocks coverage and now have to rely even heavier on guys like Marc Gasol and even look at LaMarcus Aldridge to fill that role. Both those guys don't provide nearly as many blocks as Porzingis did, so teams have to look for coverage elsewhere, and it's leading to a lot more big selections or selections of out of position block contributors like Josh Richardson or Jonathan Isaac later on in the draft to cover that deficiency.

DeMarcus Cousins might not be a beacon of efficiency in real life, but he has percentages that won't absolutely murder you either way and slotted quite nicely as a pivot for a punt in either % stat and was still reasonable if you punted something like steals or assists. With him off the board other than as a late IL stash, that's another missing piece for those builds that's causing some fights later down the draft board. While losing 2 players might not seem like a lot, the domino effect that their absence has caused has created a stronger demand for the guys still standing that reverberates up and down the rankings.

The Burden of Improvement

On the other hand, the very best efficient bigs just got too good. Karl-Anthony Towns has ascended to a top 3 pick, which was expected by this point in his career, but he's now joined by Nikola Jokic as well in the top 8. Joel Embiid has shaken off a lot of his injury concerns last season and is now being taken off the board in the top 12 pretty consistently, and Kevin Love has also now moved into a fairly solid second round valuation in his new starring role as the tank commander in Cleveland.

With the cost of these guys increasing, coverage is becoming increasingly hard to get without changing up your draft boards early on, and it is leading to a lot of teams fighting over guys like Marc Gasol, Nikola Vucevic, and LaMarcus Aldridge. All 3 of these guys have their flaws, but you need to reach a bit higher than their ADP in most leagues to get them. The same can be said about Deandre Ayton, who has been going as high as the 2nd to 3rd round in a lot of leagues now, further underscoring the demand for this skillset. You can also add guys like John Collins and Jarrett Allen to this list, as they are being taken in the 4th round as well despite a short track record and some question marks surrounding them.

This has had a ripple effect lower down the draft board as guys like Enes Kanter, Brook Lopez, Al Horford and Paul Millsap are being snatched up at above ADP despite various risks and deficiencies as anyone who missed out earlier scrambles for that coverage.

Something is Missing

Another cause behind this problem is that the influx of strong bigs in the last few years has delivered some pretty build-specific players. Their lack of flexibility to slot in a multitude of builds has caused them to only be options for a small section of teams in drafts. We all know about Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan, but in recent years we've also added Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Steven Adams to the top 70 as bigs who restrict you to punt FT% or 3s builds.

Most of the players in the middle rounds mentioned in the previous part have their own deficiencies as well that lead to certain team building restrictions and other risk factors. Marc Gasol has seen his FG% drop a lot in recent years since he started taking 3s, and now is a much stronger punt FG% option than any other build. Aldridge has a distinct lack of 3s. Kanter lacks 3s as well as defensive stats. Ayton, Collins and Allen have short track records and are being drafted that highly based on projection. Horford and Millsap have some decline risk due to their age and situations. Brook Lopez has had injury issues and question marks surrounding his fit in a new system.

Also with guys like Pau Gasol and Cody Zeller all but fading from fantasy relevance, there's just not as high of a volume of efficient bigs as usual. Some of the guys who many expected to make bigger strides by now just haven't. Myles Turner took a huge step back last season and there's no guarantee he turns into the mini-KAT people expected him to become this year presenting a pretty big risk as his ADP. Jonas Valanciunas has seen his role ebb and flow over the years and has combined stretches of fantasy brilliance with frustrating slumps where he barely sees the court. Willy Hernangomez got kind of messed around with in New York and hasn't really had a chance to develop much at all. Hopefully he gets that chance in Charlotte, but it's hard to count on that for your team. That's why we're all so high on John Collins and Jarrett Allen this year, and I'm in on taking a chance on them hoping we don't get another Myles Turner situation.

 

What Does This Mean?

From a strategy point of view, what this means is paying attention to stat coverage early in the draft even if it means reaching a little. As draft boards adjust and people start to realize this effect, it may not be a bad idea to trade "down" in order to round out your team. For anyone who's read Moneyball, the biggest lesson in that book isn't "fat guys that get on base are valuable." It's learning to recognize inefficiencies and adapting to them, using them to your advantage. A lack of efficient bigs is an inefficiency in our game right now, and covering your bases early means you can grab value late while your league-mates scramble. Do a little bit of planning then sit back and enjoy the chaos.

More Fantasy Basketball Analysis




eSports Premium Tools

NHL Premium Tools

RotoBaller Player News

Jakob Poeltl8 months ago

Jakob Poeltl Records Second Double-Double In Three Games
José Altuve8 months ago

Jose Altuve Will Be Absent From Wednesday’s Lineup Amid Slump
Pablo Sandoval8 months ago

Donovan Solano, Pablo Sandoval Out Of Tuesday’s Lineup
Ronald Acuña Jr.8 months ago

Ronald Acuna Jr. Scratched From Lineup Due To Injury
Blake Snell8 months ago

Blake Snell Plans To Ramp Up To Five IP Wednesday
Joe Musgrove8 months ago

Joe Musgrove Placed On Injured List With Triceps Ailment
George Springer8 months ago

George Springer Absent From Lineup For Fifth Straight Game
Ryan Braun8 months ago

Ryan Braun Returns To Lineup Tuesday Batting Fifth
Leury García8 months ago

Leury Garcia Placed On Injured List
Edwin Encarnación8 months ago

Edwin Encarnacion Returns To Lineup Tuesday
DeMar DeRozan8 months ago

DeMar DeRozan Scores Efficient 23 Points
Keldon Johnson8 months ago

Keldon Johnson Has Best Game Of Career
Seth Curry8 months ago

Seth Curry Listed As Out For Tuesday
Giannis Antetokounmpo8 months ago

Giannis Antetokounmpo Listed As Questionable
Eric Bledsoe8 months ago

Eric Bledsoe, Donte DiVincenzo Sidelined Tuesday
Wesley Matthews8 months ago

Wesley Matthews Sitting Out Versus Washington
Daniel Theis8 months ago

Daniel Theis Will Play Tuesday
Tobias Harris8 months ago

Tobias Harris Out On Tuesday
PGA8 months ago

Sungjae Im Looks To Find Form At Wyndham
Kevin Kisner8 months ago

Kevin Kisner Heads To Carolina In Sharp Form
Paul Casey8 months ago

Paul Casey Riding Positive Momentum Into Wyndham
Russell Henley8 months ago

Russell Henley Brings Hot Irons To Wyndham
Webb Simpson8 months ago

Webb Simpson An Elite Option At Wyndham
Alex Smith8 months ago

Alex Smith Could Compete For Starting Job
Travis Fulgham8 months ago

Packers Claim Travis Fulgham
Sony Michel8 months ago

Sony Michel's Status Still Uncertain
Lamar Miller8 months ago

Patriots Sign Lamar Miller
Alvin Kamara8 months ago

Alvin Kamara Dealt With Torn Knee In 2019
Nasrat Haqparast8 months ago

Nasrat Haqparast Gets Back On Track With Win
Andrew Sanchez8 months ago

Andrew Sanchez Scores Big First-Round Knockout
Justin Jaynes8 months ago

Justin Jaynes Submitted In Third Round
Gavin Tucker8 months ago

Gavin Tucker Wins Via Rear-Naked Choke
Ryan Blaney8 months ago

Ryan Blaney Wrecked Out By Teammate, Finishes 38th
Erik Jones8 months ago

Erik Jones Fades Late, Finishes 27th At Michigan
Denny Hamlin8 months ago

Denny Hamlin Comes Up Just Short In Race Two At Michigan
Kevin Harvick8 months ago

Kevin Harvick Sweeps Michigan
8 months ago

Andreas Johnsson Activated from IR, Will Play in Game 5
8 months ago

Joonas Korpisalo Back in Net for Blue Jackets
8 months ago

Zach Werenski and Ryan Murray Both in Lineup for Game 5
8 months ago

Victor Hedman Awaiting Injury News
Austin Dillon8 months ago

Austin Dillon Crashes Late, Finishes 31st In Race One At Michigan
Aric Almirola8 months ago

Aric Almirola Struggles In Race One At Michigan
NASCAR8 months ago

Bubba Wallace Nabs Top-10 Finish At Michigan
Brad Keselowski8 months ago

Brad Keselowski Runner-Up Again At Michigan
A.J. Green8 months ago

A.J. Green Looking Explosive In Practices
T.J. Hockenson8 months ago

T.J. Hockenson Activated From COVID List
NFL8 months ago

Miami Dolphins Sign Chester Rogers
Peter Barrett8 months ago

Peter Barrett Unable To Get His First Octagon Win
Erik Jones8 months ago

Erik Jones Ends Up In 11th At Michigan
Youssef Zalal8 months ago

Youssef Zalal Wins Third Bout Of 2020
MMA8 months ago

Ali Al Qaisi Drops Debut In Very Close Contest
Irwin Rivera8 months ago

Irwin Rivera Earns Hard-Fought Decision In Opener
Jarvis Landry8 months ago

Jarvis Landry Activated From PUP List
8 months ago

Carey Price Blanks Penguins In Series Clinching Game 4
8 months ago

Anthony Beauvillier Scores Twice As Islanders Advance To Round One
8 months ago

Auston Matthews Keeps Toronto Alive With Overtime Winner
8 months ago

Oliver Ekman-Larsson Quietly Adds to Growing Point Total
8 months ago

Darcy Kuemper Shuts the Door on Nashville, Makes 49 Saves
Peter Barrett8 months ago

Peter Barrett Looks To Build From Contender Series Win
Jason Day8 months ago

Is Jason Day Back?
Brooks Koepka8 months ago

Brooks Koepka Will Try To Three-Peat The PGA Championship
Jordan Spieth8 months ago

Can Jordan Spieth Keep It Within The Trees?
Rory McIlroy8 months ago

Rory McIlroy Hopes To Overcome Recent Woes

Today’s Most Read Articles


Warning: file_get_contents(/var/www/rotoballer.com/api/trending/trending.data): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /var/www/rotoballer.com/wp-content/plugins/php-code-for-posts/Classes/Shortcode.php(91) : eval()'d code on line 3

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/rotoballer.com/wp-content/plugins/php-code-for-posts/Classes/Shortcode.php(91) : eval()'d code on line 6

More Recent Articles

 

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


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


More Recent Articles

 

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