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Christopher Olson covers the Angels for RotoWire and writes the weekly Draftster MLB and Dominate Your Duel daily games articles for RotoWire.

Fantasy sports articles written by Christopher Olson

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olsen looks over Saturday's two-game slate and considers a Blue Jays stack against homer-prone Josh Tomlin, headlined by Josh Donaldson.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson offers some strategy tips for playing short slates such as Saturday's, and thinks Daniel Murphy's likely low ownership makes him an intriguing option against Rich Hill.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson checks out the regular season's final Saturday slate and expects Charlie Blackmon to deliver as he puts the finishing touches on a breakout campaign.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

The Padres' Edwin Jackson has struggled on the road, and that's where he'll have to face Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb, who has hit righties well this year.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Zach McAllister has been hit hard by righties this season, which sets up nicely for Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler on Wednesday.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Stephen Vogt is always worth a look when facing a right-handed pitcher, and he has a solid matchup Monday against the Angels' Jered Weaver.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson looks to exploit some flyball hitter versus groundball pitcher matchups Saturday and recommends finding room on your roster for Brandon Belt.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Adam Duvall is always worth consideration against a ground-ball pitcher, and he'll have just that matchup Friday against the Brewers.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

The Twins will have youngster Jose Berrios on the mound Wednesday, which means RotoWire's Chris Olson will have some Tigers bats in his lineup, including outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson expects some big games Saturday from some big-time hitters, including Rougned Odor as he faces off against A's rookie Raul Alcantara.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

While he has had more success against left-handed pitchers this season, Carlos Beltran is worth serious fantasy consideration Friday against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Reds starter Tim Adleman has struggled keeping the ball in the yard this season, and Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar will look to take advantage Wednesday.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Sandy Leon's numbers against left-handed pitching are excellent this season, and RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why they should continue through Monday.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson looks for platoon advantages Saturday, making Brandon Belt an enticing choice in the Arizona desert against the vulnerable Archie Bradley.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Todd Frazier has hit 35 home runs this season despite a .214 batting average, and RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why the White Sox third baseman is a solid play Friday against the Royals.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Carlos Beltran has hit lefties very well this season, and he has an excellent matchup Wednesday against the Mariners to keep it going.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Evan Longoria's price is simply too low to ignore, according to RotoWire's Chris Olson, especially with a Monday matchup against the Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson can't pass up the chance to roster a Rockies hitter at home against Braden Shipley, despite the price tag, and Charlie Blackmon's strength against the curve makes him an ideal fit.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Franklin Gutierrez is always under consideration when the Mariners face a lefty, and Chris Olson explains why he has an especially good matchup Friday against the Angels.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Bartolo Colon's style of pounding the strike zone should serve him well Wednesday against the Marlins, who hit the fewest fly balls in the majors.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Mike Napoli continues to hit lefties well, which sets up nicely Monday against the Twins' Hector Santiago, who has allowed 23 earned runs, including seven homers, in his last four starts.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson hitches his wagon to Noah Syndergaard on Saturday as the right-hander looks set to dominate an overmatched Phillies lineup.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Nolan Arenado has understandably been excellent at home this season, but RotoWire's Chris Olson says the Rockies third baseman shouldn't be ignored on the road Friday against the Nationals.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Jacob deGrom doesn't appear to have an ideal matchup Wednesday, but RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why the righty is a solid option against the Cardinals.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Xander Bogaerts hasn't displayed a ton of power this season, but RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why the Red Sox shortstop is a solid play Monday against the Rays.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Chris Bennett makes sure to get a piece of the Colorado offense at home against Mike Montgomery on Saturday, and there's no bigger piece than Nolan Arenado.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Mike Napoli has shown tremendous power against lefties this season, and his matchup against the Blue Jays' Francisco Liriano should continue that trend, according to RotoWire's Chris Olson.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Despite a .210 batting average, Todd Frazier has still put up a .250 ISO and hit 31 home runs, and RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why Wednesday against the Indians is an ideal time to use him.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Jayson Werth has hit lefties very well this season and now gets to take on Jorge De La Rosa at Coors Field.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson finds some great matchups on Saturday's slate, including Jacob deGrom facing one of the league's worst offense against right-handed pitchers in the Padres.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

With the A's up against a right-handed pitcher Wednesday, catcher Stephen Vogt will be getting plenty of fantasy attention from RotoWire's Chris Olson.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Jose Bautista has struggled since returning from the disabled list, but a matchup Monday against the Rays could help him bust out.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson surveys Saturday's slate and targets Adam Duvall, who seems tailor-made to exploit the holes in Ivan Nova's game.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

With Tim Lincecum on the hill Friday, Chris Olson is ready to unleash Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz and his .209 ISO against right-handed pitching.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

The Yankees have one of the worst wOBAs against left-handed pitching this season, and that was before they traded away Carlos Beltran, setting up nicely for Steven Matz on Wednesday.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Chris Archer gets to face an opponent outside the AL East on Monday, and while the Royals are the defending champs, Chris Olson explains why the Rays ace is worth fantasy consideration.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Christopher Olson picks the Saturday Yahoo baseball slate and finds a good value at catcher with Kansas City's Salvador Perez in an excellent matchup.

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

Yankees starter Ivan Nova has thrown the ball better of late, but Chris Olson explains why he's still rolling with the Rays' Corey Dickerson on Friday.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Despite a seemingly tough matchup against the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright, RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why Yoenis Cespedes is worthy of fantasy consideration Wednesday.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Dallas Keuchel seems to be finally turning it around, and he has an excellent matchup Monday against the Yankees, who have struggled with left-handed pitching this year.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

RotoWire's Chris Olson likes the idea of stacking Orioles against Yankees starter Ivan Nova on Monday, with first baseman Chris Davis leading the way.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

While he won't come cheap, RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why Johnny Cueto is such a strong pick Wednesday against the Rockies.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

The Astros boast a number of solid options Monday against the Mariners' Wade Miley, with George Springer possibly the top option, according to RotoWire's Chris Olson.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Lonnie Chisenhall has shown some good power this month, and he has a solid matchup Wednesday against the Braves to keep it going.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Tommy Joseph has hammered left-handed pitching this season, and Chris Olson explains why the Phillies' rookie is a solid fantasy option Monday against the Diamondbacks.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Brian Dozier has struggled overall this season, but he has hit lefties well and has a solid matchup Wednesday against the Phillies.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

The Rockies are away from Coors Field on Monday, but RotoWire's Chris Olson still likes Carlos Gonzalez against opposing starter Paul Clemens.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Joey Votto has struggled quite a bit this season, but RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why he makes for a solid fantasy pick Wednesday against the Braves.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

James Shields' White Sox debut was a disaster, and RotoWire's Chris Olson is going back to the well with Nick Castellanos against Shields at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Jason Kipnis' success against right-handed pitchers this season makes him a solid option Wednesday against the Mariners, according to RotoWire's Chris Olson.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Chris Archer's struggles this season have made fantasy players shy away, but Chris Olson explains why the Rays' ace should be considered Monday against the Diamondbacks.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

RotoWire's Chris Olson likes the Rockies against Reds starter John Lamb in the main slate, including third baseman Nolan Arenado.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Ben Zobrist has a solid 1.044 OPS against left-handed pitching this season, which lines up well for facing the Dodgers' Alex Wood on Monday.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Chris Davis is showing his usual penchant for hitting home runs and striking out, but RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why he's a stronger bet for the former Wednesday against the Astros.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Nick Tropeano is coming off his best start of the season, but RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why fantasy players should still be considering Rougned Odor for their rosters.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why Bartolo Colon has a better-than-expected matchup Wednesday against the Nationals, making him a solid fantasy option.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Edwin Encarnacion hasn't been as dominant this season, but he still crushes left-handed pitching and gets a good matchup Monday against the Rays.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Jay Bruce continues to hit righties well, and he has a solid matchup Wednesday against the Pirates to keep it going.

FanDuel MLB: Wednesday Value Plays

Christopher Olson surveys Wednesday's slate and likes Hanley Ramirez's chances of doing damage in a home matchup against A's left-hander Eric Surkamp.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

RotoWire's Chris Olson explains why targeting Giants starter Jake Peavy is a prudent play, putting Edwin Encarnacion in the fantasy spotlight.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Giants starter Jake Peavy has struggled against both sides of the platoon this season, and Chris Olson is looking for Joey Votto to keep that going Wednesday.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Dallas Keuchel has struggled to start the season, but RotoWire's Christopher Olson explains why the Astros' ace has an ideal matchup Monday to bounce back.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Daniel Murphy continues to hit right-handed pitching well, and he's got a solid matchup Wednesday against the Phillies' Jeremy Hellickson.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Chris Davis has solid history against Monday starter Chris Archer, who has struggled fairly significantly to start the season.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Chris Archer's early-season struggles could have people fading him Wednesday, but Chris Olson explains why he's worth serious fantasy consideration.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

Nolan Arenado hit very well against right-handers last season, and he's got a nice matchup Monday to show he can still do it.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Joc Pederson's power could be on full display Wednesday against Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed nearly two home runs per nine innings to lefties last year.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

With a relatively small slate, the Mariners' Nelson Cruz sticks out as an outfielder to target thanks to opposing pitcher Colby Lewis' tendencies to give up fly balls, which could turns into home runs.

DraftKings MLB: Wednesday Picks

Sonny Gray draws a solid opponent in his first start of the season, as the White Sox had the sixth-lowest wOBA against righties last season.

DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

There are eight outfielders more expensive than Bryce Harper for Monday's slate of games onDraftKings, and RotoWire's Christopher Olson is taking full advantage.

DFS Baseball 101: Gaining an Edge with Umpire Data

Christopher Olson explains how analyzing umpire data can help daily fantasy players make better picks and gain a competitive advantage.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson breaks down the umpire matchups for this week and settles on Jason Kipnis as a play of the week.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson breaks down the umpire matchups this week, and Clayton Kershaw has a great one Thursday that could make him even tougher.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson looks at this week's umpire matchups, which includes a good opportunity for Jay Bruce in daily leagues.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Derek Holland has looked sharp in his last two starts, but Christopher Olson doesn't trust him with umpire behind the plate who ranks among the leaders in runs allowed.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson breaks down this week's umpire matchups, including an inviting matchup for Edwin Encarnacion.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson breaks down this week's umpire matchups, including a great opportunity for Jason Heyward with Jim Joyce behind the plate.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson analyzes this week's umpire matchups and finds a winner in Chicago's Jose Quintana.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson breaks down the umpire matchups this week, and Jeff Nelson is again the gift that keeps on giving to fantasy owners.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson looks at this week's umpire matchups and finds a handful that should lend themselves to DFS gold.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson checks out the umpire matchups this week and pegs Michael Brantley for a big day with Tom Woodring behind the plate.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson analyzes umpire matchups, including Jeff Nelson, who has seen 17 walks and 16 runs over his last two games.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson likes Adam Jones against the Twins this week with Jeff Nelson and his mediocre K:BB rate behind the plate.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson likes Corey Kluber this week even more than usual because of who is behind the plate in Thursday's Indians-Rays game.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson breaks down the mid-week umpiring and finds that Kris Bryant could get some help from behind the plate.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

RotoWire's Christopher Olson has found a few players who could break out this week thanks to the men calling balls and strikes.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

RotoWire's Christopher Olson is targeting Yonder Alonso this week based on who will be calling the balls and strikes.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

RotoWire's Christopher Olson thinks Evan Longoria is a great play Wednesday based on who will be calling the balls and strikes.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Noah Syndergaard looks like a solid play this week thanks to the umpire who will be calling the balls and strikes in Wednesday's game.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

RotoWire's Christopher Olson explains which games should be targeted this week based on who is calling balls and strikes.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Based on who will be behind the plate, RotoWire's Christopher Olsen thinks Jacoby Ellsbury could be in for a big game Wednesday.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

RotoWire's Christopher Olson returns to review his best umpires to target for DFS games this week.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson reviews this week's umpire matchups and finds a pitcher-friendly play in Jeff Nelson, who can't bring himself to issue walks.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

RotoWire's Christopher Olson takes a look at which umpires to target in daily games this week.

Umpire Analysis: Umpire Analysis

Christopher Olson breaks down the umpire situation for a few series and highlights his top values on FanDuel.

Umpire Analysis: Better Know an Umpire

RotoWire's Christopher Olson returns with his popular DFS strategy series that breaks down an umpire's impact on the game.

Angels Team Preview: Uphill Battle?

The Angels ran away with the AL West last year before running into the Royals' buzzsaw in the playoffs. This year they're already dealing with injuries to Garrett Richards and Josh Hamilton, and adjusting to the Howie Kendrick trade.

Umpire Analysis: The All-DYD Team

RotoWire's Chris Olson uses the strategic approaches highlighted throughout the season to construct a FanDuel lineup for Wednesday night.

Draftster MLB: Pricey Returns and Weekly Picks

Masahiro Tanaka will be back on the mound Sunday, but will he be worth the hefty price tag?

Umpire Analysis: Constructing An Efficient Lineup

RotoWire's Christopher Olson examines the benefits of targeting certain spots in the lineup.

Draftster MLB: Fresh Opportunities and Weekly Picks

Edinson Volquez will face the Cubs and their 84 wRC+ against right-handed pitching Sunday, which makes him an attractive option for those that don't want to spend for Jon Lester or Clayton Kershaw.

Umpire Analysis: Answering Fundamental Questions

RotoWire's Christopher Olson takes a look at two of the most pressing questions in daily fantasy baseball.

Draftster MLB: Unexpected Value and Weekly Picks

Scott Feldman isn't an exciting pitcher, but he does enough to get the job done in daily games, giving players an opportunity to use more of their salary cap on hitting.

Umpire Analysis: Effectively Utilizing Splits

RotoWire's Christopher Olson takes an in-depth look at the value of batter and pitcher splits.

Draftster MLB: Fresh Faces and Weekly Picks

With Daniel Murphy expected to miss significant time, Dilson Herrera should have the opportunity to get a bevy of at-bats for the time being.

Umpire Analysis: Pounding The Zone

RotoWire's Christopher Olson takes a look at the benefits of throwing first-pitch strikes.

Draftster MLB: Promising Prospects and Weekly Picks

While we are unlikely to have a powerhouse on our hands, Rymer Liriano could be a nice option in the final weeks of the season for owners looking for a player who has a chance to put up a few multi-point outings.

Umpire Analysis: Incorporating Catcher Framing Statistics into DFS Strategy

RotoWire's Chris Olson explores ways to incorporate catcher framing into your FanDuel strategy.

Draftster MLB: Standout Performances and Weekly Picks

Mike Fiers struck out 14 batters in a six-inning performance against the Cubs on Thursday. Is he a legit option in daily games or a flash in the pan?

Umpire Analysis: Combining Skill Sets

RotoWire's Christopher Olson examines how to target matchups based upon two vital categories: power and speed.

Draftster MLB: Baez Mania and Weekly Picks

Javier Baez came up mashing, forcing his price in daily games to rise quickly, but his strikeout rate makes him a volatile play that might not be worth the risk.

Umpire Analysis: Looking at Home Run Data

RotoWire's Chris Olson explores home run data and how it can be applied when selecting your FanDuel roster.

Draftster MLB: Trade Deadline Fallout and Weekly Picks

With trades shaking up the landscape a little, RotoWire's Chris Olson breaks down situations to take advantage of.

Umpire Analysis: Using Predictive Metrics

RotoWire's Christopher Olson takes a look at two unorthodox metrics that can help you predict player production down the stretch.

Draftster MLB: Trade Talk and Player Picks

With trades shaking up the landscape a little, will Jake Peavy be a good play against the Dodgers in his first start as a member of the Giants?

Umpire Analysis: Considering Weather Conditions

With FanDuel recently debuting a weather tracking feature, RotoWire's Christopher Olson examines the impact of weather factors when selecting a daily lineup.

Umpire Analysis: Examining Conventional Wisdom

RotoWire's Christopher Olson examines some of the most common daily fantasy advice, helping you build the most profitable lineup each day.

Draftster MLB: The Return of Weekly Picks

There's plenty of offensive value this week on Draftster with struggling pitchers going up against potent lineups, but Boston's Clay Buchholz is one of the exceptions.

Umpire Analysis: Finding Low-Cost Producers

Chris Olson explores some of the key factors to consider when hunting for bargains on FanDuel.

Draftster MLB: The Importance of Peripherals and This Week's Picks

Matt Kemp was too pricey earlier in the season, but his poor numbers against southpaws has finally brought his price down to $3,300, making him worth a flier Sunday.

Umpire Analysis: Survive or Revive

Christopher Olson takes a look at FanDuel's new Survive or Revive tournament and offers up advice on the new format.

Draftster MLB: New Developments and Picks for the Week

RotoWire's Christopher Olson runs down his strategy for playing on Draftster this week and offers value picks to consider using in your lineups.

Umpire Analysis: Follow the Headlines

Christopher Olson delves into the recent struggles of Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma and offers up advice how to avoid similar issues in your FanDuel lineups.

Draftster MLB: Weather Notes and Weekly Picks

Don't just aimlessly stack Matt Kemp with the rest of the Dodgers against Eric Stults on Sunday. Kemp only has a .564 OPS against lefties this season and costs $10,600.

Umpire Analysis: Delving into Pitch Value Statistics

Chris Olson examines how pitch type data can aid in your selection of pitchers and hitters.

Draftster MLB: Strategic Musings and Weekly Picks

Draftster is one of the few sites that allows you to edit your lineup right up until first pitch of each game. Such great features are just one reason why you should use or strategy to win there today.

Umpire Analysis: Maximum Win Potential

Chris Olson offers up tips to maximize your win potential on FanDuel while dealing with the constant grind of daily fantasy baseball

Draftster MLB: Strategy for this Week

With Draftster still offering freerolls for new customers, now is the time to get in there and learn how to play on their site. Use our strategy and win.

Umpire Analysis: Know Your Umpires

Chris Olson explains how the umpire behind home plate should impact your Daily Fantasy Baseball decisions.

Draftster MLB: Primer and Picks

In our inaugural Draftster.com article, RotoWire's Christopher Olson breaks down what makes Draftster's games unique and offers strategy and picks so you can play today.

2014 Angels Team Preview: Old And New Uncertainty

The Angels had one of the most disappointing seasons in 2013 following record-setting spending on free agency. With the budget stretched thin, can their offseason moves turn into a return to the postseason?