Scott Rowland

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 8

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 8

Another week in the books. The White Sox have struggled dropping 11 of their last 14 games. The Royals and Giants have won 10 of their last 13 contests. And while the Red Sox continue to score a ton of runs (73), the Pirates have scored more over the past two weeks with 78. Over […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 7

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 7

The Giants have had an outstanding two-week stretch, winning 11 of 13 games: highlights including sweeping the Diamondbacks and Padres, and winning 2 out of 3 from the Cubs. The Reds have weathered the other side of that coin losing 11 of their last 12 games. Clayton Kershaw sits atop the ESPN player rater through […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 5

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 5

This is starting to sound like a broken record: another week down, and another big week from the Cubs and White Sox. Bryce Harper had 20 walks in his last 14 games, Cory Kluber pitched a complete game shutout, Altuve still sits atop the player rater, Robinson Cano, Nick Castellanos, and Jackie Bradley Jr are […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 4

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 4

Each week at The Roto Exchange Scott Rowland analyzes players stocks;
which players are paying a profit and which ones are costing owners a bundle.
On tap for this week are Rubby De La Rosa, Neil Walker, Yasiel Puig, Ian Desmond, Matt Moore and Randal Grichuk

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 3

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 3

Week 3 is all wrapped up. Things are looking good in Chicago with the White Sox leading the AL in wins, and the Cubs are tied with the Nationals in the NL with Wins. So far the Astros are the big disappointments, managing only 6 wins – this team should be much better. Ryan Braun […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 2

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 2

We’re two weeks into the season, and so far not everything has gone according to plan – in real life and fantasy wise. The Nationals can Cubs are leading the way with 9 and 10 wins respectively. On the flip side the Twins, Marlins and Braves have managed a combined 10 wins. Bryce Harper, Starling […]

Ball Street: the Roto Exchange – Week 1

Ball Street: the Roto Exchange – Week 1

Welcome to week one of The Roto Exchange. Just like in past seasons: each week we will take a look at players who are either trending up or down, and from that try to determine if fantasy owners should be buying into these performances or if they should be selling (or dropping) these player. We’ll […]

The Yankees Bullpen

The Yankees Bullpen

We aren’t here to discuss the moral implications of the allegations against Chapman, whether or not the suspension was fair, too short, or too long. We’re going to discuss the fantasy implications of the Yankees acquisition of Aroldis Chapman and what type of numbers and seasons we can expect from him, Miller and Betances. In […]

Player spotlight: Taijuan Walker

Player spotlight: Taijuan Walker

Taijuan Walker came into the league in 2015 with some excitement around a potential breakout. He throws an above average speed fastball, an extremely hard splitter, a below average speed curveball, and had gaudy strikeout numbers in the minor leagues. As is the case with so many young prospects he struggled with command, and in […]

Player spotlight: Jeff Samardzija

Player spotlight: Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija was well-regarded coming into 2015. He was coming off consecutive seasons with 200+ innings pitched, good strikeout rates, improving ground ball ratios, and in 2014 an ERA below 3.0. While it was true he had lost more games than he had won for three years in a row, it was mostly while playing […]

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

If you ask fantasy baseball players who the biggest disappointment in the 2015 season was, a number of players would come up. one of those players would be Ian Desmond who I discussed a few weeks ago; another name that you would be likely to hear is Carlos Gomez. Unlike Desmond, however, Gomez more than […]

Player spotlight: David Peralta

Player spotlight: David Peralta

David Peralta started his career in 2006 with the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher. After moving to the Indy league for several years, the Diamondbacks took a chance on him as a converted outfielder. He spent 2013 and 2014 in A+ and AA ball before getting called up to the big league team for […]

Player spotlight: Ian Desmond

Player spotlight: Ian Desmond

Prior to the 2016 season, Ian Desmond had three consecutive seasons of 20 home runs and 20 stolen. On average he was taken as the 28th overall pick and third shortstop off the board in 2015. He ended the season as one of the bigger disappointments, finishing as the 16th shortstop and 213th overall on […]

Player spotlight: Maikel Franco

Player spotlight: Maikel Franco

Maikel Franco was one of the few bright spots for the Phillies in 2015. After being called up in May he posted a solid 280/343/497 with 14 home runs, 50 RBI and 45 runs, finishing the season as the 32 ranked third baseman on the ESPN player rater. What should we expect from him in […]

Player spotlight: Robinson Cano

Player spotlight: Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano has long performed and been taken as a top second base option in fantasy. After a disappointing overall performance in 2015 (by Cano standards) how should fantasy owners proceed with his selection? Until 2014 this aligned nicely with his performance amongst second baseman across the league:   ADP Ranking Overall 2B Overall 2B 2012 […]

Player spotlight: Freddie Freeman

Player spotlight: Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman has been drafted as a top 10 1B since 2013, and was drafted at #11 in 2012. Has his production warranted a top 10 draft position, and will it continue to do so in 2016? We’ll examine his performance and his team to determine if you should draft him where he’s being ranked. […]

Player spotlight: Kyle Schwarber

Player spotlight: Kyle Schwarber

When Kyle Schwarber got called up halfway through the season, we knew he had big time power. The questions were does he have the plate discipline to stick and a position to play every day. He finished the second half of the season as the number three catcher behind Buster Posey and Francisco Cervelli. Currently […]

Player spotlight: Curtis Granderson

Player spotlight: Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson had a very good 2015 season, finishing as a top 30 outfielder. He hit .259/.364/.457, with 26 HR, 70 RBI, 98 Runs and 11 SB. After an injury plagued him in 2013, and a down year in 2014, what can Granderson’s 2015 stats tell us to expect in 2016? In 2015 Granderson had […]

Player Spotlight: Julio Teheran

Player Spotlight: Julio Teheran

Julio Teheran had one of the more disappointing seasons for a pitcher last year. After two years of  solid performance, he came into 2015 as a top 20 starting pitcher for fantasy purposes. He didn’t live up to expectations, finishing outside the top 50 starting pitchers. Can we expect a bounceback for 2016? A deep […]