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The Baller Ranks: Top 200 Hitters Weekly Rankings (Week 6)


The Baller Ranks have a new player at number two, and his name is not Tatis, Yellich, or Acuna. While all three of those players have their claims to the second spot, the change is primarily based on volume. With that hint, can you guess which superstar has more remaining games than any other player in the top 10?

As we turned the halfway point in the baseball season, we've been exposed to a slew of postponed games. That change is wreaking havoc with the projected values. Players with extra games are getting meaningful bumps, and players with fewer are seeing their values decline by comparison.

That means that players for teams like the Cardinals, Phillies, Marlins, and Pirates are seeing a boost in their value. I started documenting this two weeks ago with the dramatic changes to the Cardinals' schedule and how that caused the fantasy value for their players to skyrocket. In the interim, several other teams have seen their schedules changed. Here are the teams with the most games remaining in the season. Last night's cancellations will impact this some, but it captures the most notable teams.

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Team Games Remaining
Cardinals 41
Phillies 35
Marlins 35
Pirates 34
Yankees 33
Nationals 33
Tigers 32
Reds 32
Mets 32
Brewers 32
Blue Jays 32
Rangers 31
Orioles 31
Cubs 31

 

Schedule Shenanigans

While most teams have only 28 or 29 games remaining, there are many with 32 or more. For players on those teams, we're seeing value increases from 5% to 25%. The simple reality is that five or six games can mean another two or three home runs, four or five runs and RBI, extra weight for a player with a strong batting average, and another steal or two.

The answer to the question about which superstar has the most remaining games probably depends on whether you consider Bryce Harper to be a superstar. Harper does have more remaining games than anyone else in the top ten, but I don't think he's quite earned honorary of "superstar." Our new number two in the rankings is none other than Juan Soto.

The schedule anomalies I referenced above are particularly significant for players like Harper, Soto, and Goldschmidt, who are not only offensive heavyweights with excellent production per game, but also players who hit at the top of their team's order every single day.

That said, working from the list above, here are the players from those teams with the highest plate shares.

Player Team Plate Share
Jonathan Villar Marlins 108.9%
Trea Turner Nationals 108.1%
Cavan Biggio Blue Jays 106.7%
Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 105.4%
Keston Hiura Brewers 105.1%
Anthony Santander Orioles 103.3%
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 101.9%
Anthony Rizzo Cubs 101.7%
Christian Yelich Brewers 100.9%
Brandon Nimmo Mets 100.8%
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Blue Jays 100.0%
Jonathan Schoop Tigers 100.0%
Michael Conforto Mets 99.2%
Eugenio Suarez Reds 99.1%
Renato Nunez Orioles 98.4%
Pete Alonso Mets 98.3%
Javier Baez Cubs 98.3%
Bryce Harper Phillies 97.1%
Josh Bell Pirates 97.1%
Jesus Aguilar Marlins 97.0%
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 96.6%
Brian Anderson Marlins 96.0%
Nick Solak Rangers 95.8%
Niko Goodrum Tigers 95.6%
Joey Gallo Rangers 94.9%
Joey Votto Reds 94.6%
Adam Eaton Nationals 94.6%
Didi Gregorius Phillies 94.2%
Ian Happ Cubs 94.1%
Asdrubal Cabrera Nationals 93.7%
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 93.3%
J.T. Realmuto Phillies 93.3%
Kolten Wong Cardinals 93.2%
Bryan Reynolds Pirates 93.1%
Andrew McCutchen Phillies 92.3%

Soto is conspicuously absent from that list because his quarantine period cost him eight games.

For Soto, the bonus games are bumping his value by about $5. He's earned the rest of his increase with his performance. Over the last two weeks, he's hit six home runs, 13 R, 13 RBI, and hit .380.

The spike in Soto's projected value is not merely based on the increase in his counting stats, but his ability to contribute a high average. That's not an expectation that he'll hit .380 all year long, but if he just manages his career average of .293, it will have significant value relative to the .242 league-wide batting average this season.

As I said, Harper is a similar case. The Phillies have even more games remaining than the Nationals, and Harper has had a superlative season in his own right. His barrel rate (17.5%), wOBA (.448), and xwOBA (.463) are all in the top 5% of the league right now. Given an extra five or six relative games, there's an argument for pushing Harper's value up to Acuna's at $43.

 

Young Superstars

The shift to Soto's value is tied to another, larger conversation about whether we are being too slow to accept young superstars as the value equivalents of older, more established players. Baseball's aging curves have shifted, and I can't remember any other time when three of the ten best players in baseball were 22 years old or younger. I am, of course, referring to Ronald Acuna, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Juan Soto.

That list omits many other excellent young players who are either on the cusp of ascending to a new level or who did not arrive in the majors until they were older because their teams deemed it financially beneficial to hold them back.

To that end, I'd love to hear more about how to weigh the performances of young players. While I have no intention of discarding what we know about small sample sizes and data stabilization, baseball is doing better at helping young ballplayers reach their ceilings at younger and younger ages.

Having wandered into that quagmire, here are the Meta Report for week 6 and the Baller Ranks Top-200 hitters. If you're unfamiliar with the Meta Report, here's a quick guide on how to read it. And if you missed Nick Mariano's pitcher rankings yesterday, here are his top 101 relievers and his top 101 starters.

 

Week 6 Hitter Rankings

Rank $ Player Pos Trend
1 47.0 Mike Trout OF 0 ▬
2 46.0 Juan Soto OF 1 ▲
3 44.0 Christian Yelich OF -1 ▼
4 43.0 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF 38 ▲
5 38.0 Mookie Betts OF 0 ▬
6 37.0 Bryce Harper OF 4 ▲
7 36.0 Nolan Arenado 3B -3 ▼
8 35.0 Trevor Story SS 0 ▬
9 35.0 Cody Bellinger OF -2 ▼
10 34.0 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS 1 ▲
11 32.0 Francisco Lindor SS -2 ▼
12 31.0 Jose Ramirez 3B -6 ▼
13 29.0 Trea Turner SS 3 ▲
14 29.0 Freddie Freeman 1B -1 ▼
15 28.0 Nelson Cruz DH -1 ▼
16 28.0 J.T. Realmuto C/1B/DH 1 ▲
17 27.0 J.D. Martinez DH -2 ▼
18 25.0 Rafael Devers 3B 0 ▬
19 24.0 Paul Goldschmidt 1B/DH 21 ▲
20 23.0 Manny Machado 3B 4 ▲
21 23.0 Eloy Jimenez OF 1 ▲
22 23.0 Javier Baez SS -3 ▼
23 22.0 Marcell Ozuna OF/DH 4 ▲
24 22.0 Xander Bogaerts SS -1 ▼
25 22.0 Anthony Rendon 3B 5 ▲
26 22.0 Pete Alonso 1B 2 ▲
27 21.0 Luis Robert OF 5 ▲
28 21.0 Nick Castellanos OF 1 ▲
29 20.0 Charlie Blackmon OF -3 ▼
30 19.5 Starling Marte OF 3 ▲
31 19.5 Keston Hiura 2B 17 ▲
32 19.0 Joey Gallo OF 4 ▲
33 19.0 Jose Altuve 2B -12 ▼
34 19.0 George Springer OF -3 ▼
35 18.5 Anthony Rizzo 1B 4 ▲
36 18.0 Whit Merrifield OF 14 ▲
37 18.0 Eddie Rosario OF 0 ▬
38 18.0 Matt Chapman 3B 0 ▬
39 18.0 Ketel Marte 2B -5 ▼
40 17.0 Carlos Correa SS 4 ▲
41 17.0 Yoan Moncada 3B 4 ▲
42 16.5 Tim Anderson SS 11 ▲
43 16.0 Yuli Gurriel 1B 17 ▲
44 16.0 Eugenio Suarez 3B -3 ▼
45 15.5 Jose Abreu 1B 19 ▲
46 15.5 Jonathan Villar 2B/SS/OF 15 ▲
47 15.5 Marcus Semien SS 0 ▬
48 15.5 Ramon Laureano OF 4 ▲
49 15.5 Gary Sanchez C 7 ▲
50 15.5 Austin Meadows OF/DH 1 ▲
51 15.0 Michael Conforto OF 7 ▲
52 15.0 Ozzie Albies 2B 13 ▲
53 14.5 Max Kepler OF 4 ▲
54 14.0 Corey Seager SS/DH 23 ▲
55 14.0 Matt Olson 1B -6 ▼
56 14.0 Jorge Soler DH 6 ▲
57 14.0 Shohei Ohtani DH -11 ▼
58 14.0 Kyle Schwarber OF -4 ▼
59 14.0 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B/DH -4 ▼
60 13.0 Giancarlo Stanton DH 9 ▲
61 12.5 Brandon Lowe 2B 28 ▲
62 12.5 Gio Urshela 3B 16 ▲
63 12.5 Willson Contreras C 7 ▲
64 12.0 Aaron Judge OF/DH -39 ▼
65 12.0 Miguel Sano 1B 9 ▲
66 12.0 Mike Moustakas 2B/DH 5 ▲
67 12.0 Yasmani Grandal C/1B/DH -4 ▼
68 11.5 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B/DH 0 ▬
69 11.0 Franmil Reyes DH 3 ▲
70 11.0 Didi Gregorius SS 11 ▲
71 11.0 Alex Bregman 3B -59 ▼
72 10.5 Luke Voit 1B 20 ▲
73 10.0 Wil Myers OF 10 ▲
74 10.0 Bo Bichette SS -39 ▼
75 10.0 David Peralta OF 1 ▲
76 10.0 Eduardo Escobar 3B -1 ▼
77 10.0 Victor Robles OF -4 ▼
78 9.5 Kyle Tucker OF 12 ▲
79 9.5 J.D. Davis 3B/OF/DH 17 ▲
80 9.5 Adalberto Mondesi SS -14 ▼
81 9.0 Trent Grisham OF 13 ▲
82 9.0 Andrew McCutchen OF/DH 0 ▬
83 9.0 Jorge Polanco SS -16 ▼
84 9.0 Rhys Hoskins 1B 1 ▲
85 9.0 Gleyber Torres SS -65 ▼
86 9.0 Josh Donaldson 3B -2 ▼
87 8.5 Alex Verdugo OF 4 ▲
88 8.5 Adam Eaton OF -1 ▼
89 8.0 Byron Buxton OF -9 ▼
90 8.0 Josh Bell 1B/DH -11 ▼
91 7.5 Mike Yastrzemski OF 20 ▲
92 7.5 Teoscar Hernandez OF 9 ▲
93 7.5 Avisail Garcia OF -5 ▼
94 7.0 Anthony Santander OF 13 ▲
95 7.0 Renato Nunez 1B/3B/DH 13 ▲
96 7.0 Jonathan Schoop 2B 9 ▲
97 7.0 Justin Turner 3B -38 ▼
98 7.0 Brian Anderson 3B -1 ▼
99 7.0 Christian Vazquez C -13 ▼
100 6.5 Dominic Smith 1B/OF/DH 20 ▲
101 6.5 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF/DH -8 ▼
102 6.0 Dansby Swanson SS 1 ▲
103 6.0 Cavan Biggio 2B 11 ▲
104 6.0 Kyle Seager 3B 21 ▲
105 6.0 Mitch Moreland 1B 12 ▲
106 6.0 Corey Dickerson OF/DH -2 ▼
107 5.5 Randal Grichuk OF -1 ▼
108 5.5 Eric Hosmer 1B 39 ▲
109 5.5 Ian Happ OF 10 ▲
110 5.5 Yadier Molina C 28 ▲
111 5.5 Howie Kendrick 1B/DH -12 ▼
112 5.5 David Dahl OF/DH -12 ▼
113 5.0 A.J. Pollock OF 8 ▲
114 5.0 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. OF 4 ▲
115 5.0 Joey Votto 1B -5 ▼
116 5.0 Will Smith C 12 ▲
117 4.5 Pedro Severino C/DH 34 ▲
118 4.5 Jesse Winker OF/DH -3 ▼
119 4.5 Carlos Santana 1B -21 ▼
120 4.5 Paul DeJong SS -8 ▼
121 4.5 Kolten Wong 2B 3 ▲
122 4.5 Dylan Carlson OF -9 ▼
123 4.0 Kyle Lewis OF 13 ▲
124 4.0 Mark Canha 1B/OF/DH 17 ▲
125 4.0 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B 9 ▲
126 4.0 Travis d'Arnaud C/DH 36 ▲
127 4.0 Shin-Soo Choo OF/DH 22 ▲
128 3.5 David Fletcher SS 12 ▲
129 3.5 Isiah Kiner-Falefa 3B -6 ▼
130 3.5 Amed Rosario SS -4 ▼
131 3.5 Joc Pederson OF -9 ▼
132 3.5 Jo Adell OF -5 ▼
133 3.0 Willy Adames SS 0 ▬
134 3.0 Christian Walker 1B -25 ▼
135 3.0 Maikel Franco 3B -4 ▼
136 3.0 Wilson Ramos C/DH -20 ▼
137 3.0 Luis Urias 2B/3B/SS 65 ▲
138 3.0 Brett Gardner OF -1 ▼
139 2.5 Ryan McMahon 1B/2B/3B 28 ▲
140 2.5 J.P. Crawford SS 4 ▲
141 2.5 Ryan Braun OF/DH -2 ▼
142 2.5 Alec Bohm 3B 57 ▲
143 2.5 Michael Brantley OF/DH 57 ▲
144 2.5 Khris Davis DH -9 ▼
145 2.5 Travis Shaw 1B/3B/DH -3 ▼
146 2.0 Dylan Moore 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF -3 ▼
147 2.0 Asdrubal Cabrera 1B/3B/DH -2 ▼
148 2.0 Nick Solak OF 18 ▲
149 2.0 Rio Ruiz 3B -20 ▼
150 2.0 Kris Bryant 3B/OF/DH -107 ▼
151 2.0 Hunter Renfroe OF -21 ▼
152 1.5 Jake Cronenworth 1B/2B/3B/SS 27 ▲
153 1.5 Tommy La Stella 1B/2B/DH 23 ▲
154 1.5 Kevin Pillar OF 46 ▲
155 1.5 Aaron Hicks OF -7 ▼
156 1.5 Ryan Mountcastle OF 44 ▲
157 1.5 Joey Bart C 43 ▲
158 1.0 Austin Slater OF/DH -3 ▼
159 1.0 JaCoby Jones OF 16 ▲
160 1.0 Nick Ahmed SS -3 ▼
161 1.0 Jesus Aguilar 1B/DH -8 ▼
162 1.0 Brandon Nimmo OF 16 ▲
163 1.0 Salvador Perez C/1B/DH -68 ▼
164 1.0 Niko Goodrum SS -4 ▼
165 1.0 Cesar Hernandez 2B -2 ▼
166 1.0 Yandy Diaz 3B 11 ▲
167 1.0 Jean Segura 2B/3B/SS -9 ▼
168 1.0 Bryan Reynolds OF -7 ▼
169 1.0 Victor Caratini C/1B/DH -19 ▼
170 1.0 Nick Senzel OF -11 ▼
171 1.0 Daniel Murphy 1B -69 ▼
172 1.0 Kevin Newman 2B/SS -4 ▼
173 1.0 Edwin Encarnacion DH 0 ▬
174 1.0 Danny Santana 1B/OF/DH 12 ▲
175 1.0 Chance Sisco C/DH 25 ▲
176 1.0 Luis Arraez 2B -2 ▼
177 1.0 Kurt Suzuki C/DH 10 ▲
178 1.0 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo 3B/OF/DH -9 ▼
179 1.0 Mitch Garver C/1B -47 ▼
180 1.0 Elvis Andrus SS -28 ▼
181 1.0 Willie Calhoun OF/DH -10 ▼
182 1.0 Max Stassi C 8 ▲
183 1.0 Evan White 1B 17 ▲
184 1.0 Donovan Solano 2B/3B/SS -30 ▼
185 1.0 Evan Longoria 3B 15 ▲
186 1.0 Justin Smoak 1B -4 ▼
187 1.0 Tommy Edman 2B/3B/SS -41 ▼
188 1.0 Sean Murphy C 12 ▲
189 1.0 Miguel Cabrera DH -8 ▼
190 1.0 Daulton Varsho C/OF/DH -7 ▼
191 1.0 Austin Romine C -11 ▼
192 1.0 Andrelton Simmons SS -3 ▼
193 1.0 Danny Jansen C -29 ▼
194 1.0 Omar Narvaez C -24 ▼
195 1.0 Austin Riley 1B/3B/OF 5 ▲
196 1.0 Shogo Akiyama OF -12 ▼
197 1.0 Rowdy Tellez 1B/DH -12 ▼
198 1.0 Carson Kelly P/C -10 ▼
199 1.0 Garrett Hampson 2B/SS/OF/DH -8 ▼
200 1.0 Carter Kieboom 3B/DH 1 ▲

 

Key Rankings Movers

Eric Hosmer (1B, Padres)

No batter has surprised me more than Eric Hosmer this season. For years, Hosmer has been a fantasy afterthought: a stable but unappealing player whose ceiling was barely rosterable in many leagues.

Hosmer may be a year late to the party, but he's become a devout follower of the church of Latter-Day Launch Angles. Hosmer's launch angle this season is 11.9°, almost double his previous career-high of 6.0° in 2015. That change has improved Hosmer's barrel rate from the 5.8% he maintained from 2015 to 2019 to the 13.3% that he has this year.

That launch angle change seems to be driving Hosmer's entire improvement. His exit velocity is almost identical, and most of his plate discipline numbers are remarkably similar. One key difference in Hosmer's plate discipline is that his contact rate has improved. With that, his swinging-strike rate has dropped from 13.4% to 7.3%, and his contact rate has jumped up from 73.0% to 84.7%. Meaningfully, Hosmer has seen more first-pitch strikes. It's possible that change is related to the improved Padres' lineup, but we know that lineup protection has very little evidence behind it.

Regardless, we have a certified swing change with enough data behind it to indicate that fantasy managers can bank on Hosmer's power surge as being real. Whether he ends up as a player with 30 HR power remains to be seen, but his previous pace of 25 HR/162 games seems a very safe projection.

Jonathan Schoop (2B, Tigers)

Schoop has had a few weeks of climbing projections, but unlike Hosmer, there hasn't been an evident change in his game that has improved his value. Instead, Schoop's move to Motor City and its supply of unlimited at-bats is helping to bolster his value.

Despite being an eight-year veteran, Schoop has only gotten full playing time twice in his career. In 2016, he had 647 plate appearances and hit 25 home runs. In 2017, he had 675 plate appearances and hit 32 home runs. Keep in mind those seasons were in the pre-rabbit-ball era, so the power output is even more impressive.

Granted, other factors have hurt the second baseman's value since then. In particular, Schoop's profile shows years with spikes in ground-ball and infield-fly rates, hard-hit rates that plummeted, and walk rates that have been in the bottom tenth of the league. Despite that, Schoop has managed to put it all together in Detroit this year. The consistent playing time and some modest improvements to his plate discipline are allowing Schoop to maintain a pace that would equal his 2017 season.

He's been around so long that it's easy to assume that Schoop is 30 or older, but this is only his age-28 season. While Hosmer, JD Martinez, and Lance Lynn are reminders that a player will sometimes develop dramatically in their later careers, that's not exactly what Schoop has shown. So far, it seems to be more a case of the player we knew, but finally in a situation where he can put his talents to their best use.

Adalberto Mondesi (SS, Royals

When managers drafted Adalberto Mondesi this summer, they were probably taking him as a top-50 player. Mondesi has fallen to 80th in this update, and there are probably many managers who feel he should be lower than that.

Believe it or not, the projection systems have barely changed their outlook on Mondesi since the start of the season. I'm not sure what part of Mondesi's dataset keeps his projection so stable, but the machines have real confidence that he will rebound.

It's not clear to me that he deserves all of that confidence. The $9.5 tag on him isn't a total collapse of Mondesi's projected value. However, it is a definite correction that accounts for his inability to barrel the ball this season and the fact that critical numbers like his barrel rate (5.3%), walk rate (1.8%), and hard-hit rate (30.7%) have started to stabilize.

I worried in the spring that Mondesi would struggle this season because of the combination of his high-strikeout tendencies and his recovery from shoulder surgery. I also thought that the delayed start would give him time to recover, but that's not what he's shown so far this season.

Free-swingers like Mondesi are always prone to bouts of extreme streakiness, and the frantic nature of this season is distorting our ability to regard players like him with the perspective they deserve. However, it's hard to dismiss a 31-game, 115 PA period with a .199 xwOBA as a negative indicator of his status.



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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