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2016 Fantasy Baseball Midseason Awards

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 07.13.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Welcome, welcome, welcome to RotoBaller's Midseason Fantasy Baseball Awards Show. I'm your host, Nick Mariano, and today we're honoring some of fine baseball players who have had outstanding (for better or worse) first halves to the 2016 season.

How To Effectively Trade In Your Fantasy League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 06.23.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Trading is a very old practice. Offering X for Y and bartering is in our DNA, and can even be observed in animals. While we often write about how to have the best draft, which players to add and drop, and even who to trade for, we rarely get into how to be an effective trader.

Using Pitch Velocity And Usage Patterns To Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 06.15.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

We've discussed several metrics before, and now we're back to talk about additional ways to analyze pitchers, emphasizing tools that are particularly helpful once the season is underway.

How Cognitive Biases Affect Your Fantasy Baseball Experience

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.31.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

This isn't going to be easy to hear, but someone you trust is leading you astray in your quest for fantasy baseball glory. Don't look now, but it's that big ol' brain of yours. In a horrible stroke of luck, it's hardwired for survival and not for winning fantasy leagues.

Using Hard Hit Data and Splits to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.24.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Welcome to this little discussion on batters who are really putting a charge into the ball. I wrote a similar column a few weeks ago, and thought it w...

Using K-BB Rates to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.19.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Pitching's cryptic nature has caused many headaches over the years, with fantasy owners representing a large portion of sufferers. We're here today to investigate how K-BB rates can alleviate the pain.

Using Plate Discipline Metrics to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League (Part 2)

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.13.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

The quest to become the most informed fantasy owners in the universe continues. As always, no one number or set can tell the whole story.

Using Plate Discipline Metrics to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League (Part 1)

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.06.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

Instead of just looking at how often a player's at-bat ends in a strikeout, we can now see how frequently they swing and miss. Why limit ourselves to evaluating the player solely by the end result when there are many data points from within the at-bats?

Using SIERA to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 04.27.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

You're probably familiar with ERA (Earned Run Average). SIERA takes that further, standing for "Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average". It was created to quantify how well a pitcher has truly performed based on, well, their skills. That's ambiguous, so let's wade in a little with a case study.

Using Hard Hit Rates to Win Your Fantasy Baseball League

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 04.18.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

If a player is hitting the ball hard, you should be paying attention. If poor surface statistics mask a strong batted ball profile, or vice versa, then there is a large profit margin to be capitalized upon.

How to Use Advanced Stats to Win Your Fanatsy Baseball League

Alex Roberts | Posted 04.03.2016 | Sports
Alex Roberts

Advanced baseball stats, or sabermetrics, are an integral tool for fantasy baseball managers. You don't need multiple advanced degrees in applied mathematics to use advanced baseball stats effectively, and this article will be strict a "no math zone."

'The Daily Show' Bros Out With Some Fantasy Sports Brotestors

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.19.2015 | Comedy

On Wednesday, after State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's Nov. 10 ruling that banned fantasy sports companies from accepting bids from New Yor...

Deconstructing DFS: Separating the Game From the Gambling

Ron Shandler | Posted 10.19.2016 | Sports
Ron Shandler

The core issue: is fantasy sports a game of chance or a game of skill? The UIGEA definition says, Skill. The problem is that, when it comes to daily fantasy sports (DFS), a skill versus chance argument is a gross generalization of the issue.

How Fantasy Baseball Can Grow Beyond the Diehards

Ron Shandler | Posted 05.30.2015 | Sports
Ron Shandler

When fantasy football players think about making the leap to baseball, there is one common response: "Oh. My. God. I have to do this for 162 games?" They conclude that fantasy baseball is for diehards only and then they go find something else to do.

In Fantasy Football, Kickers Make a Difference

Larry Schechter | Posted 10.29.2014 | Sports
Larry Schechter

The conventional wisdom is that "kickers don't really matter"..."they are too unpredictable"...and "just get anyone from a pretty good offense, especially if they play in a dome or a warm weather city." I couldn't disagree more.

David Price's Honest Answer To Fantasy Baseball Question

Posted 02.13.2014 | Sports

Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price understands fantasy baseball and wasn't afraid to tell someone on Twitter to choose another pitcher instead of him on T...

Fantasy Leaguers Can Save the Hall of Fame

Ron Shandler | Posted 03.09.2014 | Sports
Ron Shandler

From a fantasy perspective, it doesn't matter if a player was a steroids user or if he never merited serious consideration for Cooperstown. All that matters is whether his statistical performances helped his fantasy teams during his career.

Daniel Okrent Talks 'Old Jews Telling Jokes' on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 12.21.2013 | Comedy
Mark Bazer

Maybe you know Daniel Okrent as the creator of fantasy baseball. Maybe you know him as the first public editor for The New York Times, or the author o...

10 Bold Fantasy Predictions

FanGraphs | Blake Murphy | Posted 03.28.2013 | Sports

Batting towards the end of the week with 10 Bold Predictions is a tough spot – I don’t want to duplicate what’s been said already, but I also do...

What The Body Of Christ Can Learn From Fantasy Sports

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

As I have jumped into fantasy sports this year for the first time, I found myself watching the game differently. I wonder what would happen if we applied this same kind of lens to those things that we church folks so easily demonized every day.

What Are the Fantasy Baseball Implications of Melky Cabrera's and Bartolo Colon's Steroid Suspensions?

Lisa Swan | Posted 11.07.2012 | Sports
Lisa Swan

If you see that an MLB player in fantasy baseball is showing numbers that are significantly better than they have done in their career, or seem too good for their age, you should brace yourself for the possibility that the numbers could be chemically enhanced.

Going Deep: Top Five 2012 MLB Home Run Leaders

Posted 03.19.2012 | Sports

BY Rob Shaw (@RobShawSports), Bloomberg Sports Chicks are the only ones who did the long ball, fantasy baseball managers also have an appreciation ...

Last Gasp: Q&A With Osama bin Laden

John Bobey | Posted 07.11.2011 | Comedy
John Bobey

Osama... Osama bin Laden -- is that you? Yes, yes it is -- who is this? It's me, John Bobey.

Bloomberg Sports Releases Second Season of "Front Office"

Peter Robert Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Peter Robert Casey

The second season of Bloomberg's "Front Office" has launched --with a new look and a better, more streamlined offering of tools.

Plea to Buck Showalter: Please Play Ty Wigginton at Second Base One More Time This Year UPDATED: Thanks Buck

Stephen Kaus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Stephen Kaus