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James "Thunder" Anderson is an editor, radio host and scribe at Rotowire, primarily focused on basketball and baseball. In 2013 he was a FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He is a proud University of Minnesota alum, with allegiances to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks (sigh) and Gophers (double sigh).

Fantasy sports articles written by James Anderson

Farm Futures: Tomorrow's Roto Stars

James Anderson dives into the top players currently in the minors who could be big roto contributors in the future, including the Rangers' Joey Gallo and his immense power.

Farm Futures: The Best of What's Left, Vol. 2.0

RotoWire's prospect analyst James Anderson dives into the best players still left in the minors who can help fantasy owners in single-season and dynasty leagues.

Farm Futures: Florida State League Hitters

James Anderson reviews some of the top hitters in the Florida State League, including the Reds' Phillip Ervin, who already has 11 home runs and stolen 15 bases.

Farm Futures: International League Hitters

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top hitters in the International League, a place where many players have plateaued or regressed.

Farm Futures: International League Pitchers

The Yankees' Luis Severino has been tearing up the International League and James Anderson thinks his time with the big club should be coming soon.

The Prospect Post: NBA Mock Draft 4.0

James Anderson's latest mock draft has a new player in the No. 1 spot thanks to a lot of similar qualities to this year's MVP, Stephen Curry.

Farm Futures: The Best of Who's Left

A number of elite prospects have been called up to the majors this season, but there are still a number of big-time players left in the minors who could get promoted soon.

Farm Futures: MLB Draft Review

James Anderson highlights the top prospects from the 2015 first-year player draft, highlighted by No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson.

Farm Futures: California League Pitchers

James Anderson spotlights pitchers in the California League, including Angles prospect Sean Newcomb, who could be the best pitcher in the league.

Farm Futures: California League Hitters

James Anderson puts the spotlight on hitters in the California League, including the Astros' Brett Phillips, who could be the top prospect in the organization not named Carlos Correa.

The Prospect Post: Mock Lottery 3.0

The Minnesota Timberwolves won this year's lottery and James Anderson thinks Duke's Jahlil Okafor will be heading north.

Farm Futures: Top 200 Update and Carolina League Pitchers

Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber has been swinging a hot bat, but James Anderson says it's unclear if his career path is behind the plate.

Farm Futures: Carolina League Hitters

RotoWire's James Anderson reviews the top hitters in the Carolina League, including Billy McKinney, who seems primed for a promotion to Double-A.

Farm Futures: Southern League Pitchers

RotoWire's James Anderson reviews the top pitchers in the Southern League, including Blake Snell, the Rays' top pitching prospect.

Farm Futures: Southern League Roundup

RotoWire's James Anderson checks in on the Southern League, while reminding fantasy owners that Miguel Sano's .182 BABIP is nothing to worry about right now.

Farm Futures: Spring in Springdale

James Anderson breaks down his trip to Springdale, Ark., to catch a number of prospects who could be in the majors sooner rather than later.

Farm Futures: Pacific Coast League Roundup

James Anderson checks in on Byron Buxton's early-season success, as well as some notable players in the Pacific Coast League like Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant.

Farm Futures: 2017 World Series Champions

The Cubs are the most intriguing team in baseball and James Anderson shares how they'll win the 2017 World Series.

The Prospect Post: Does Winning In The Tournament Matter?

How much can we learn about potential fantasy success from players who went deep in the NCAA tournament? James Anderson breaks it down.

Farm Futures: Catching Tomorrow's Stars

James Anderson breaks down the must-see minor league teams throughout the country and which players to base your trips on.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 23

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire like shot-blocker Alex Len.

The Prospect Post: Mock Lottery 2.0

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns moves up in James Anderson's latest mock draft, but is it enough to supplant Duke's Jahlil Okafor for the top pick?

RotoWire Roundtable: Top 200 Prospects

Kris Bryant leads the way in the new RotoWire Roundtable prospects rankings.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 22

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire like rebounding maven Zaza Pachulia.

The Prospect Post: The Elite Eight Basketball Factories

Kentucky has produced more NBA talent in recent years than any other school, led by superstar Anthony Davis.

Fantasy 101: Super Two Status & Arbitration

James Anderson explains the details of Super Two status, and how service time considerations will likely impact the arrival of Kris Bryant in 2015.

Farm Futures: Tiering Prospects for 2015

James Anderson tiers this year's crop of prospects based on their expected contributions in one-year formats, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard, who is now one step closer to the big league rotation.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 21

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire, including the emerging Dante Exum.

The Prospect Post: The Next Great Chicago Bull

Nikola Mirotic has displayed skills this season that could lead to him becoming a great NBA player.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: NL West

In the final installment of his spring organizational rankings, James Anderson looks at Archie Bradley and the other top prospects of the National League West.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 20

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire, including the ageless Andrea Bargnani.

The Prospect Post: The Next Dirk?

James Anderson gives his floor and ceiling NBA comparisons for Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: NL Central

A loaded Cubs system leads the pack in the NL Central, while the pending arrival of Kris Bryant should provide an immediate power boost to the heart of the lineup.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 19

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire, including forward Ersan Ilyasova.

The Prospect Post: Mock Lottery 1.0

James Anderson takes an early look at which players could be lottery picks in this year's draft.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: NL East

James Anderson looks at the top prospects in the NL East, including Mets farmhand Noah Syndergaard.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 18

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire, including center Alex Len.

The Prospect Post: Young Guards on the Move

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the young point guards that moved before the trade deadline who have the best upside going forward.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: AL West

In the third installment of his preseason Top 10 Prospects series, James Anderson looks at Houston's Carlos Correa and the AL West.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 17

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire, including man-among-boys Rudy Gobert.

The Prospect Post: Leaping Okafor

James Anderson reveals the one player who could pass Jahlil Okafor as the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: AL Central

James Anderson shifts his focus to the AL Central as he continues his six-part series looking at each organization's top-10 prospects heading into the 2015 season.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 16

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with recommendations off the waiver wire, including Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and his rebounding prowess.

The Prospect Post: Grading the Rising Stars Rosters - Team USA

With the Rising Stars Challenge changing their format this season, James Anderson takes a look at how Team USA stacks up.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: AL East

James Anderson kicks off the 2015 prospect coverage by sharing his top-10 rankings and looking at the most impactful prospects on the brink in the AL East.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 15

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Grading the Rising Stars Rosters - World Team

With the Rising Stars Challenge changing their format this season, James Anderson is taking a look at how the rosters stack up. First, taking a look at the World Team.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 14

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Freshmen On The Rise

Prior to the start of the season, D'Angelo Russell and Kevon Looney were considered likely first rounders, and potential lottery picks if they really produced. But neither was mentioned in the same breath as Jahlil Okafor, Karl Towns and Stanley Johnson.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 13

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Sleeping Giants

While the NBA is largely regarded as a point-guard driven league, there are several big men stepping into the limelight. Are the tides changing?

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 12

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: It Takes Three To Tank

The 76ers, Knicks and Timberwolves are all in tank mode, and James Anderson checks in on each team's progress in their effort to tank for the future.

Category Strategy: Categorical Pick-Ups for Week 11

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Andrew Wiggins Best or Worst?

Everyone wants to proclaim who Andrew Wiggins will be for his whole career when he's still just 19 years old. We don't know who he's going to be, but we can talk about who he is.

Week 10 Categorical Pick-Ups:

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

Category Strategy: Week 9

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: The Two Best Players in College Basketball

Who wins the Player of the Year Award in college basketball won't necessarily be the No. 1 overall pick. So, looking outside the draft, who is simply the best college basketball player?

Category Strategy: Week 8

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: How Did Everyone Miss On K.J. McDaniels?

K.J. McDaniels was the 32nd pick of June's draft, but he's played like a potential rookie of the year candidate. How did everyone miss on him?

Category Strategy: Week 7 Categorical Pick-Ups

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Duke and Wisconsin's Lottery Picks

Five projected lottery picks played in Wednesday's Duke Blue Devils and Wisconsin Badgers game. James Anderson has the breakdown on how they played.

Category Strategy: Week 6 Categorical Pick-Ups

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: 2013 NBA Re-Draft

James Anderson goes through the entire first round of the 2013 NBA Draft and looks at where players would go if the draft happened today.

Category Strategy: Week 5 Pickups

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Duke's Future Lottery Picks

Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and Justise Winslow played Michigan State on Tuesday. James Anderson has the breakdown on how they looked and where they are on the NBA fantasy radar.

Category Strategy: Week 4 Pickups

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Is Zach LaVine Ready to Start?

The Timberwolves are throwing rookie guard Zach LaVine into the fire to man the starting point guard job while Ricky Rubio is out for the next 7-8 weeks. Is LaVine ready?

Category Strategy: Week 3 Opportunity

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson has you covered with several recommendations to grab off the waiver wire.

The Prospect Post: Dante Exum

Rookie expert James Anderson breaks down the early returns on point guard Dante Exum and runs through all of the exciting plays he's already made that point to Exum being a huge talent in the NBA someday.

Category Strategy: The Perry Jones Show

With the Thunder desperate for healthy players, Perry Jones has stepped up to become the Thunder's defacto go-to scorer, and it's given him great fantasy value.

The Prospect Post: What Could Go Wrong

RotoWire's resident rookie expert, James Anderson, breaks down our current expectations for the top rookies going in fantasy drafts.

Coaching Tiers 2014: Where Popovich Finishes Last

If minutes are the most important stat in fantasy, then it's important to know which coaches run the most fantasy-friendly rotations and whether last year's trends will continue.

Category Strategy: Great Production at a Discount

In his final Category Strategy of the season, RotoWire's James Anderson takes a look back on the season to appreciate those players who produced far beyond their draft-day price tag.

Category Strategy: Tracking Injuries

As we approach the end of the season, teams will be using injury replacements with abandon. It's important to track rotations to find new value.

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!

Category Strategy: While They're Looking the Other Way

Between fantasy baseball drafts and March Madness, there aren't a lot of people paying attention to the NBA this weekend.

Category Strategy: To The Point

RotoWire's James Anderson points out productive options, such as Darren Collison, that are available in numerous formats.

Category Strategy: The One

Andrew Wiggins went from the projected No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft to being merely a name in the discussion, but his recent play may have put him beyond his peers.

Category Strategy: Carmelo's Dilemma

Should he stay, or should he go?

Category Strategy: What Did/Didn't Happen

RotoWire's James Anderson hits on a few things about what happened/didn’t happen at the trade deadline and offers perspective on pickups.

Category Strategy: Dunk-a-Bomb

Although the conclusion of Saturday's Slam Dunk Contest left fans wanting more, one of the event's participants, Terrence Ross, continues to knock down an ample number of treys.

Category Strategy: Overdue

Jared Sullinger's recent production is legit. Pick him up or trade for him.

Category Strategy: Injuries and Opportunities

If you're looking for help in a specific category, RotoWire's James Anderson has some pickups to consider.

Category Strategy: Underappreciated

Players like Alec Burks and Andray Blatche have seen their value fluctuate this season, but they should be owned in most leagues.

Clowney Comeback: First Round Mock

Jadeveon Clowney was largely written off as a potential first overall pick after a disappointing junior year, but mounting questions on the QBs could push him back to the top

Category Strategy: Picking Through the Scraps

Need help in a specific category? James Anderson offers some options off the waiver wire.

Category Strategy: Shumpert Blooming

Iman Shumpert should have been doing a lot more this season based on the dearth of talent surrounding him in New York’s backcourt, and he may finally be ready to offer real fantasy value.

Category Strategy: Help on the Wire

There are several top-tier options on the waiver wire right now who can help in most categories. Stay active, and grab some of these recommendations.

Category Strategy: Getting Freaky

Should the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, be owned in all leagues?

Category Strategy: Farmar Flier

The Lakers have had their point guard corps so decimated that the injured Jordan Farmar could be a savvy pickup before he's actually healthy and playing.

Category Strategy: Fishing with Leuer

If you're lacking in production in any one category, James Anderson has some players to target on waivers who can help.

Category Strategy: Corbin's Jazz

Tyrone Corbin either needs to start playing his young players without restrictions, or the Jazz need to get someone in the coaching seat who will.

Category Strategy: Go Get Gordon

Gordon Hayward is by far the best option for you to get assists this week, and the alternatives after him aren't very pretty.

Category Strategy: Every Rose Has Its Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich should be a decent source of assists with Derrick Rose at risk of missing the rest of the season. Need help in another category? Read within to find great waiver targets.

Category Strategy: Love Outlet Passes

Are Kevin Love's outlet passes the best thing since sliced bread? Yes. Yes they are.

Category Strategy: Hot Waiver Targets

Need help in a specific category or just looking for some great waiver targets, read about all the players gaining value over the last few games.

Category Strategy: In Memorium SSOL

With Mike D'Antoni trying desperately to turn mediocre talent and over-the-hill veterans into a competitive team. That's not good for most fantasy teams.

Category Strategy: My Favors-ite Opportunity

Did you take Derrick Favors in your draft? He's poised for a big season, and RotoWire's James Anderson is loving Favors' value in drafts.

Category Strategy: Points League Strategy

Though often overlooked by fantasy experts, points leagues demand some strategy discussion. James Anderson points out some points leagues values and players to avoid.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Points League Strategy and the Weekend's News

Monday's Fantasy Basketball Podcast from RotoWire. Kyle McKeown and James Anderson take a look at Points League Strategy and the weekend's news.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Tuesday

Tuesday's Fantasy Basketball Podcast from RotoWire. Kyle McKeown and James Anderson take a look at Monday's news.<

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Preseason Opening Weekend

The first weekend of preseason action is over and Kyle McKeown and James Anderson have the breakdown on all the important news.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Media Day Notes

In Tuesday's podcast, James and Kyle discuss the biggest stories coming out of the team media days and talk a little H-2-H playoffs schedule strategy.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Wednesday's News and Notes

Kyle McKeown (@RotoWireKyleNBA) and James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) break down Tuesday's training camp news.

NBA Draft Kit: Head-to-Head Team Playoff Rankings

Plan ahead. We've ranked all 30 teams based on their fantasy basketball playoff schedule. Use this to dominate your draft.

NBA Draft Kit: Coaching Tiers

If minutes are the most important stat in fantasy, than it's important to know which coaches run the most fantasy-friendly rotations and whether last year's trends will continue.

Category Strategy: Replacement's Value

James Anders (@RealJRAnderson) says Wilson Chandler is the guy who can help win a championship this week. Go grab him.

Category Strategy: Injuries Open Opportunities

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) points out some under-owned players who could help your team in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Play Through

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) is annoyed with coaches' management of players in foul trouble and has some pickups in mind to help in the playoffs.

Category Strategy: Player B

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) reminds us that fantasy is supposed to be fun, but he still wants to win. So, Reggie Evans.

Category Strategy: Weekly Schedules

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) helps you set your lineup for the playoffs and points out players to target in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Obvious MVP

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) gives his two cents on the MVP race and offers up category-specific advice.

Category Strategy: Post-Deadline Pickups

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) discusses some players to consider following the trade deadline.

Category Strategy: Trade Deadline Targets

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) offers some players to target in trades before the deadline.

Category Strategy: Reserve Bledsoe

James Anderson (@realjranderson) believes Eric Bledsoe's recent play has been equivalent to that of Russell Westbrook's.

Category Strategy: Motown Calderon

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) gives his perspective on the Rudy Gay trade and points out some category-specific waiver adds.

Category Strategy: Category All-Stars

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) runs down his fantasy Category All-Stars for the first half.

Category Strategy: Interim Coaching Tiers

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) revisits his coaching tiers to examine the new interim coaches and breaks down some good roto pickups.

Category Strategy: Value Carousel

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) features players who are under owned and points out guys to help close the distance in roto.

Category Strategy: Not Always Fun, But Functional

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) offers up players who are available in most leagues but can be of help in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Amar'e Off the Bench

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) wonders if Amar'e can be of use as a seventh man, and he points out some good waiver grabs.

Category Strategy: The Trade Scene

James Anderson (@RealJrAnderson) talks the trade scene and breaks down some players to target on waivers.

Category Strategy: Scoring Rookie

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) details why you should have traded Jeremy Lin this week and points out some great buys on the wire.

Category Strategy: A Plan for Pau Gasol

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) says Pau Gasol is buy-low candidate at the right price. Need help in specific categories? Look no further. The answer to your need is within.

Category Strategy: When Minutes Aren't Everything

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) thinks Russell Westbrook should be targeted in trades and breaks down category specific help.

Category Strategy: Assists are Hard to Find

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) points out some under-owned players who could help your team in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Under-Owned Players

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) features players who are under owned and points out guys to help close the distance in roto.

Category Strategy: Parsons Family Time

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) talks trade targets and points out players who can help in specific categories.

Category Strategy: Wizards Hit A Wall

James Anderson breaks down Tuesday's games.

Category Strategy: Early-Round Complements

James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) talks up complementary players to pair with first-round picks.

NBA Mock Draft: RotoWire Staff Mock Draft

James Anderson breaks down a recent mock draft with the RotoWire NBA experts.

Category Strategy: The All-Drainer Team

Players getting drafted in most leagues who are a drain to certain stat categories.

NBA Team Previews: Los Angeles Lakers 2012-13

Category Strategy: Bobcats' Biyombo Becoming Blocking Beast

Struggling in a specific scoring category? Check out some of these players.

Category Strategy: Coaching Tiers

Which coaches have the best rotations for fantasy? RotoWire's James Anderson breaks it down.

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