Articles by Isaac Buttke

Isaac is an avid baseball fan/writer, the shortstop for the Medulla Oblongata Gators slow-pitch softball team, and a Nyjer Morgan aficionado. In all seriousness, though, he's a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and contributing writer for Rotowire.

Beat Todd Zola League Draft Recap

To be the best, you have to beat the best. That’s a major philosophy that drives what I do in life, so I thought I should also apply that to my fantasy baseball portfolio. Just before the new year turned, I joined a “Beat Todd Zola” league that slow drafted over the course of roughly two weeks. With 15 teams, 50 rounds and no trades or drops during the season, this was certainly going to be a change from other drafts I had done before.

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Stock Update for Traded Prospects

Naturally, most people only talk about the headliners of the offseason trades (and with good reason). Giancarlo Stanton pairing up with Aaron Judge could threaten Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle for the greatest slugging duo in Yankees history. Dee Gordon adds a whole new dimension to an already potent Mariners lineup. However, the prospects who round out these deals are frequently just as intriguing. With that in mind, it’s time to investigate how the prospects traded to the Marlins in the past week will be affected by their change in scenery.

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Endgame Streamers

With just one weekend left in the regular season, many fantasy teams are closing in on a league championship. However, pitching options are becoming scarcer now that teams have less to play for. As such, one way to overcome this obstacle and win a championship can be to grab a pitcher off waivers and stream him to close out the season. With that in mind, here are some inexpensive pickups for the final weekend of the year.

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Residual Trade Deadline Beneficiaries

As is the nature of trades, there are usually winners and losers in each transaction, whether one side’s return completely flops or if there’s an unexpected uptick in production following the deal. However, most people forget that every action has a reaction associated to it. In the case of trades, one player’s departure frequently opens up newfound opportunities for another player. Here are a few players who will land increased roles thanks to a few trade deadline deals.

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One-Category Contributors

With the trade deadline looming in most fantasy leagues, most leagues have been divided into buyers and sellers already. It’s also likely that each team has definite strengths and weaknesses, whether it be a lack of power or an absence of strikeouts. In some instances, one player can make a huge difference in making up ground in a single category, even if it comes at the slight detriment of another category. With this in mind, here are a few under-the-radar players whose contribution in a single rotisserie category can be the difference between a league championship and a second-place pat on the back:

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