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Collette Calls: Struggling, Not Sizzling
Collette Calls: Struggling, Not Sizzling
Danny Salazar's early-season struggles have many owners wondering what has changed since his dominant stretch upon arrival in 2013. Jason Collette breaks it down.
House of Shlain: On the Cusp?
House of Shlain: On the Cusp?
Nick Slain discusses the status of some of baseball's top prospects, including the call-up of George Springer and an injury to Oscar Taveras.
Wednesday Lineup Card: Tommy John On Tap For Nova
Wednesday Lineup Card: Tommy John On Tap For Nova
The Yankees' Ivan Nova appears to be the next pitcher in line for Tommy John surgery, after the procedure was recommended following an evaluation Tuesday.
Diamond Cuts: Can CarGo Go?
Diamond Cuts: Can CarGo Go?
Jeff Stotts opens this week's column talking about the knee tendinitis troubling the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez.
The Daily Duel: Astros' Youngsters Worth A Look
The Daily Duel: Astros' Youngsters Worth A Look
Kevin Payne discusses some of his best options for good value plays for FanDuel's daily fantasy games, including a couple of Astros' youngsters
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: DraftKings Exclusive Thursday Contest
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: DraftKings Exclusive Thursday Contest
DraftKings.com is hosting an exclusive daily games contest for RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast listeners for Thursday's games. Reserve your spot now.
In Some Depth: The Duda Abides
In Some Depth: The Duda Abides
The recent departure of Ike Davis has opened up the door for Lucas Duda at first base in New York.
MLB Barometer: Sad Panda
MLB Barometer: Sad Panda
Pablo Sandoval is off to a slow start and is on Vlad Sedler's list of fallers in this week's Barometer.
Rounding Third: Week 4 Primer
Rounding Third: Week 4 Primer
Bryce Harper's benching, Patriots Day game issues and FAAB results.
FAAB Factor - AL: Springer Came Early in Houston
FAAB Factor - AL: Springer Came Early in Houston
George Springer was called up this week. He's the first elite prospect to earn a promotion, and fantasy players should be willing to spend big to get him.
FAAB Factor-NL: Change of Scenery
FAAB Factor-NL: Change of Scenery
Ike Davis gets a fresh start in Pittsburgh - how much does Jan Levine think you should bid on him?
NFBC Trends: Saved By the Beltran
NFBC Trends: Saved By the Beltran
Scott Jenstad finished third overall in the NFBC Main Event last year. By a small measure of fortune, he missed out on Josh Hamilton this year, instead getting Carlos Beltran. See the rest of his team with his article.
Charging the Mound: Liss and Erickson Talk Baseball
Charging the Mound: Liss and Erickson Talk Baseball
What starting pitchers can we trust no matter what happened in their last outing?
Pitching Value Meter: Discounted Darvish Paying Off
Pitching Value Meter: Discounted Darvish Paying Off
Two starts in pitcher-friendly parks makes Yu Darvish this week's top hurler, giving owners who ignored the draft-day panic a nice profit.
Saturday Lineup Card: New Digs For Davis
Saturday Lineup Card: New Digs For Davis
Ike Davis has a new home in Pittsburgh, but is he worth an add?
Dominate Your Duel: FanDuel Strategy
Patrick Kaiser previews FanDuel's big baseball tournaments for the 2014 season.
Fantasy 101: How to Win Using Advanced Data
Fantasy 101: How to Win Using Advanced Data
Michael Rathburn discusses how to use advanced data to come out on top in your daily fantasy games on DraftKings, FanDuel, and DraftStreet
Friday Lineup Card: Underrated Davis
Friday Lineup Card: Underrated Davis
Rajai Davis has a path to plenty of at-bats with the Tigers, giving him an opportunity to rack up plenty of steals.
DraftKings MLB: Value Plays For The Week
DraftKings MLB: Value Plays For The Week
Jerry Donabedian offers up his best value plays of DraftKings for the third weekend of the season, including some bigger names with lower price tags
Mound Musings: Swing and a Miss
Mound Musings: Swing and a Miss
Brad "Bogfella" Johnson talks about why strikeout potential is an important part in evaluating fantasy relevance of starting pitchers
Minor League Barometer: Springer Forward and Other Notes
Minor League Barometer: Springer Forward and Other Notes
RotoWire's prospect expert Jesse Siegel takes his weekly look at the minors and highlights the biggest stories to track for value changes.
Short Hops Podcast: Widespread Panic
Short Hops Podcast: Widespread Panic
DVR & Bernie discuss owners’ tendencies to panic, the latest pitching causalities, their failed attempt to work out a Ryan Braun-Yasiel Puig trade in the Steak League, and more!
Short Hops Podcast: A Farewell to More Arms
Short Hops Podcast: A Farewell to More Arms
DVR & Bernie discuss Jackie Robinson Day, the latest wrinkle in the Ryan Braun Problem, the importance of early-season velocity, and more!
The Metric System: Predicting Batting Average
The Metric System: Predicting Batting Average
Few metrics have stabilized to this point in the season, but there is enough data to put the pieces together for expected batting averages. Jeff Zimmerman explains...
Diamond Cuts: Two For the Thumb
Diamond Cuts: Two For the Thumb
Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Hamilton went down with significant thumb injuries in the last week. Jeff Stotts describes the difference between the two injuries and subsequent consequences in this week's article.
Behind the Numbers: Learning From Small Sample Sizes
Behind the Numbers: Learning From Small Sample Sizes
The sample size is small, but can Dee Gordon reach 65 stolen bases and a .300 batting average this year?
Wednesday Lineup Card: Prepare for the Summer of George
Wednesday Lineup Card: Prepare for the Summer of George
He may not be in the majors quite yet, but Astros prospect George Springer's continued dominance at Triple-A could mean a promotion may soon be looming.
Collette Calls: Empty Columns
Collette Calls: Empty Columns
There are plenty of surprising zeroes on the leaderboard through two weeks, including the lack of a home run from Edwin Encarnacion.
The Daily Duel: Mesoraco Hits The Ground Running
The Daily Duel: Mesoraco Hits The Ground Running
Kevin Payne give his good value players to use in FanDuel's salary cap contests, including the Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco
Fantasy 101: How To Win On Sports Tradex
Fantasy 101: How To Win On Sports Tradex
Michael Rathburn tells you everything you need to know in order to come out on top in fantasy daily games on Sports Tradex
Rounding Third: Difficult Cuts
Rounding Third: Difficult Cuts
Even though Jake Odorizzi has newfound job security in the Rays' rotation, Jeff Erickson cut him on his NFBC Main Event team.
In Some Depth: Senior Captain
In Some Depth: Senior Captain
Derek Jeter owners will likely be frustrated by the frequent rest The Captain requires during his final season.
Painting the Black: Closing Epidemic
Painting the Black: Closing Epidemic
Jensen Lewis wonders why teams are pulling the plug so early on their closers this season, particularly in Milwaukee and Oakland.
MLB Barometer: Ventura Two-Step
MLB Barometer: Ventura Two-Step
Velocity hounds love Yordano Ventura, and that love intensified after a great first start against the Rays. He gets two starts this week. See who else Vlad Sedler gave a thumbs up or thumbs down to this week.
Charging the Mound: Erickson and Liss Talk Baseball
Charging the Mound: Erickson and Liss Talk Baseball
Daily Fantasy vs. Season Long, plus Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and other needle-movers two weeks in.
FAAB Factor-AL: Injuries Creating Opportunities
FAAB Factor-AL: Injuries Creating Opportunities
Koji Uehara has been unavailable to pitch the last two games - Andrew Martinez suggests possible replacement options for him and Adrian Beltre, among others.
FAAB Factor-NL: Closer Speculation
FAAB Factor-NL: Closer Speculation
Jose Valverde blew the save Saturday night against the Angels. Who might be next in line to close if the Mets look for a change? Jason Collette suggests that Gonzalez Germen might be worth a look.
LABR Look: Early Injuries Wreaking Havoc
LABR Look: Early Injuries Wreaking Havoc
Bobby Colton takes a survey of the early injuries' impact in the Mixed LABR league that he's playing in.
Pitching Value Meter: Sonny Days in Oakland
Pitching Value Meter: Sonny Days in Oakland
Sonny Gray, who has a friendly start this week in Houston, is becoming a more complete pitcher this year.
The Long Game: The Closer Carousel
The Long Game: The Closer Carousel
Aroldis Chapman is one of many closers already down. Erik Siegrist offers some alternatives to investing full price on current closers.
Saturday Lineup Card: Josmil Ticket
Saturday Lineup Card: Josmil Ticket
Josmil Pinto went deep again Friday, in his second start of the season at DH.
Friday Lineup Card: Considering Kelly Johnson
Friday Lineup Card: Considering Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson could be a nice, cheap source of power, at least while Mark Teixeira (hamstring) remains on the DL.
Painting the Black: Bust a Move? Not These Four
Painting the Black: Bust a Move? Not These Four
Evan Gattis has a great opportunity to be the Braves' everyday starting catcher, but Jensen Lewis is skeptical that it will work out.
Mound Musings: How to Find the Next Closer
Mound Musings: How to Find the Next Closer
Jim Johnson is already out in Oakland, but what should owners look for in closers-in-waiting?
Fielkow's Law: Drew and Morales Still Looking for New Teams
Fielkow's Law: Drew and Morales Still Looking for New Teams
Interest Could Increase as Injuries Mount
Minor League Barometer: Jay Takes Flight
Minor League Barometer: Jay Takes Flight
If Blue Jays pitching prospect Aaron Sanches can fine tune his control, he could be up sooner than later.
DraftKings MLB: Value Plays For The Week
DraftKings MLB: Value Plays For The Week
Jerry Donabedian breaks down the top value plays on DraftKings for the third week of the season
The Daily Duel: Harper To Heat Up
The Daily Duel: Harper To Heat Up
Kevin Payne offers up some veterans that are off to slow starts that are likely to heat up soon, as well as a couple of younger players who seem to be figuring things out at the big league level
Thursday Lineup Card: Solarte Sizzles
Thursday Lineup Card: Solarte Sizzles
Yangervis Solarte has been a very pleasant surprise early on for the Yankees.
Behind the Numbers: Is Brandon Belt's Power for Real?
Behind the Numbers: Is Brandon Belt's Power for Real?
The answer to that and more as this week's edition tackles some early season observations.
Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftStreet (Basic Strategy)
Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftStreet (Basic Strategy)
Michael Rathburn dishes out everything you need to know to come out on top of fantasy daily games on DraftStreet.
Wednesday Lineup Card: Moore Trouble Ahead?
Wednesday Lineup Card: Moore Trouble Ahead?
The news surfacing late Tuesday that Matt Moore is reportedly dealing a torn UCL and may need Tommy John surgery could spell doom for the Rays.
Diamond Cuts: Strain vs. Sprain
Diamond Cuts: Strain vs. Sprain
Yasiel Puig's thumb injury inspired Jeff Stotts' annual lecture on the difference between a sprain and a strain.
Collette Calls: Moore Has Been Less
Collette Calls: Moore Has Been Less
The Rays placed Matt Moore on the disabled list Tuesday, but there have been underlying concerns simmering with his velocity. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
Minor League Barometer: Ready to Shine
Minor League Barometer: Ready to Shine
Dominate in the minors, Jake Odorizzi is the No. 5 starter for the Rays, seizing the opportunity due to the injury to Jeremy Hellickson.
Tuesday Lineup Card: Open Pandora's Brox
Tuesday Lineup Card: Open Pandora's Brox
Jonathan Broxton is expected to be activated Tuesday and assume the Reds' closing role in the absence of Aroldis Chapman.
In Some Depth: It's Getting Ugly
In Some Depth: It's Getting Ugly
After an impressive spring, Dan Uggla's first week of 2014 looked more like his 2013 campaign. Ryan Eisner takes a look in the return of In Some Depth.
Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftKings (Basic Strategy)
Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftKings (Basic Strategy)
Michael Rathburn provides you with everything you need to know in order to come out ahead playing daily fantasy games on DraftKings.
Rounding Third: Week 2 Primer, FAAB Results
Rounding Third: Week 2 Primer, FAAB Results
Matt Kemp had a huge game Sunday night, but he and the Dodgers have only five games this week. See what else is noteworthy on the schedule, and the results from bidding in the NFBC and major expert leagues this week.
MLB Barometer: Patience Is a Virtue
MLB Barometer: Patience Is a Virtue
Vlad Sedler debuts on RotoWire. He discusses Giancarlo Stanton's hot start, the need to be patient and to avoid some of the early season Fool's Gold that's out there.
Charging the Mound: Liss and Erickson Talk Baseball
Charging the Mound: Liss and Erickson Talk Baseball
Whose value has changed in the season's first week?
FAAB Factor-AL: On the Right Foot
FAAB Factor-AL: On the Right Foot
Abraham Almonte got the Mariners' season started right and hasn't let up yet. Andrew Martinez suggests how much you should bid on him in this week's article.
FAAB Factor-NL: NL Closer Chaos
FAAB Factor-NL: NL Closer Chaos
How much should you bid on K-Rod and the other newly minted closers in the NL? Jan Levine gives you the scoop in this week's article.
Pitching Value Meter: Maximum Strength
Pitching Value Meter: Maximum Strength
Max Scherzer hit the trifecta this week -- two starts in pitchers' parks against the National League.
Saturday Lineup Card: Bearing Down
Saturday Lineup Card: Bearing Down
Cliff Lee will try to get back on track Saturday after disappointing Opening Day start in Texas.
Fantasy 101: How To Win On FanDuel (Basic Strategy)
Fantasy 101: How To Win On FanDuel (Basic Strategy)
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn gives his basic strategy for winning daily fantasy baseball games on FanDuel
Friday Lineup Card: All Eyes On Kemp
Friday Lineup Card: All Eyes On Kemp
Matt Kemp is set to make his much-anticipated 2014 debut Friday against the Giants after a lengthy recovery from offseason ankle surgery.
Mound Musings: The Time to Sell High
Mound Musings: The Time to Sell High
Is it too early to sell a pitcher like Justin Masterson? How soon should you considering selling high?
DraftKings MLB: Value Plays For The Week
DraftKings MLB: Value Plays For The Week
Jerry Donabedian dissects the best DraftKings value plays for Week 2.
The Daily Duel: Bargain Bin Backstop
The Daily Duel: Bargain Bin Backstop
The discount on Mike Zunino opens up a lot of intriguing possibilities for your roster. Kevin Payne shares his thoughts on the Mariners' young catcher.
Short Hops Podcast: Open for Business
Short Hops Podcast: Open for Business
DVR & Bernie discuss their post-draft regrets, recap the injuries of the past week, and discuss their spring and early-season surprises.
Behind the Numbers: Closer Roulette
Behind the Numbers: Closer Roulette
With four new closers already crowned, where will the closer wheel land next? Colorado's Rex Brothers might be a good bet.
Diamond Cuts: Teres Major Heartache
Diamond Cuts: Teres Major Heartache
Dodgers fans and fantasy owners alike are wincing with the news that Clayton Kershaw is suffering from a teres major injury. Jeff Stotts goes into more detail about the nature of the injury this week.
Wednesday Lineup Card: Unfortunate Setback For Kershaw
Wednesday Lineup Card: Unfortunate Setback For Kershaw
The Dodgers announced Tuesday ace Clayton Kershaw (back inflammation) would begin a two-to-three week rehab program, putting fantasy owners in a hole early on.
Behind the Backstop: 2014 Predictions - AL East
Behind the Backstop: 2014 Predictions - AL East
David Ortiz and the Red Sox are still on top of the AL East in Tory Hernandez's division predictions.
Collette Calls: Red Light, Green Light?
Collette Calls: Red Light, Green Light?
The Tigers didn't run much under former manager Jim Leyland, but could Austin Jackson and company see significant gains in stolen bases with Brad Ausmus at the helm?
Tuesday Lineup Card: K-Rod Rises Again
Tuesday Lineup Card: K-Rod Rises Again
Francisco Rodriguez is the Brewers' closer again -- for now -- leaving Jim Henderson's fantasy owners in a bad spot.
MLB Barometer: Happy Real Opening Day
MLB Barometer: Happy Real Opening Day
Clayton Kershaw's back inflammation has Howard Bender really concerned. See who else has caught his eye heading into the start of the season.
FAAB Factor - AL: Go Crazy for Grady?
FAAB Factor - AL: Go Crazy for Grady?
If Grady Sizemore resides on the wire, post-draft, Andrew Martinez points out the formats in which he should be scooped up.
FAAB Factor - NL: Big Bid on Dee Gordon?
FAAB Factor - NL: Big Bid on Dee Gordon?
Does Dee Gordon merit a big bid this week after he won the Dodgers' starting second base job? Jan Levine breaks it down for us in his initial column of the season.
Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2014 Season
Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2014 Season
Justin Verlander looks poised this year to reclaim his former position as the top pitcher in the AL, but does that mean he is the top pitcher in this week's season debut of the Value Meter?
Minor League Barometer: All In on Hamilton
Minor League Barometer: All In on Hamilton
The Reds are all in on prospet Billy Hamilton, and so should fantasy owners this season.
The Long Game: Slaying the Inflation Monster
The Long Game: Slaying the Inflation Monster
Heading into the final draft weekend, Erik Siegrist tackles the annual inflation problem, and discusses a few volatile players in new places.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Monopoly Money for Miggy
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Monopoly Money for Miggy
Adam Wolf (@WolfmanTweets) & James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) discuss the Tigers' long-term deal with Miguel Cabrera, second-base situations around the league, and more!
RotoWire Roundtable: Late March Update
RotoWire Roundtable: Late March Update
Aroldis Chapman has obviously fallen in our composite rankings. Who else saw major movement?
The Daily Duel: Can Slim CC Fatten Your Wallet?
The Daily Duel: Can Slim CC Fatten Your Wallet?
Kevin Payne takes a look at good values to use in FanDuel's salary cap contests, including the slimmed down C.C. Sabathia
Spring Training Job Battles: Final Decisions
Spring Training Job Battles: Final Decisions
As teams near their season openers, the final cuts are being made and job battles have been decided. Brian Pelowski takes one last look around the league as spring training comes to an end.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Spring Cleaning
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Spring Cleaning
Clay Link (@ClayWLink) & Adam Wolf (@WolfmanTweets) discuss the latest ailment that has sidelined Doug Fister, Mike Olt's place on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, closers that have struggled this spring, and more!
The Wheelhouse: A Simple Plan
The Wheelhouse: A Simple Plan
With the pre-determined strategy of buying Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, did DVR find enough talent to fill out the bottom of the roster for his Tout Wars squad?