Fantasy Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m going to focus on answering WW and FAAB question and then go back through and answer general fantasy questions.

7:33
Cameron: In a 10 team h2h 6×6 with ops and k/9, what % should I be bidding on Kike Hernandez and Corbin Burnes?

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: 3% to 5% each

7:33
Kyle Hendricks: top 3 waiver wire adds?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Way too vague

7:34
tWins : Jay Bruce, Kole Calhoun or Scott Schebler going forward?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Schebler, Calhoun …… Bruce.

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Calhoun and Bruce could swap depending on matchups

7:35
Connor: Is Loaisiaga going to have enough security in the rotation to warrant adding him?

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: No, but he could be worth adding for just a week or two. In most leagues, 2-3 spots should be available for weekly matchups

7:36
Joey: Kennedy or swarzak for save speculation

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: I think Swarzak, he could keep the job all year. Kennedy seems to be in a time share

7:37
Mike: Stash kela or Hirano

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Hirano. I put a few bids on him in various leagues.

7:37
Jeff: Did you watch Corbin Burnes start today? He’s available and I’m trying to decide if he’s really gonna last as a starter. The K’s were amazing, but then the contact was hard.

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Grab Burnes and find out. It’s better to be a week early than a week late on speculations.

7:38
John: Will Jose Martinez or Tyler O’Neill get the chance should the Cards punt on Fowler?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: I think it is Martinez.

7:39
Scott TINSTAAPP: Can you estimate % FAAB we need to lay on the closing specs (Gearrin, Swarzak, Kennedy, Zimmer, others?) this week in Main Event?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: I wrote about some of these guys: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/week-2-mixed-league-faab-estimates/

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: The deal is that none have a job, so it’s still speculation. I’d put bids on them all, $25 to $50, hope for one.

7:40
Alex : Parker is on the wire. Do you see him being the closer for the twins over the long haul of the season?

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s worth an add but he might not have the job. It’s best to by now before his cost increases by a factor of 10

7:41
Saves Needer: I know that Seattle’s pen is a crapshoot for saves right now, but who would you give a shot on to get saves? Swarzak?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea here. I really think they will go with a mix until someone stands out and others fail.

7:42
Zion: I’m now entirely focused on fantasy baseball. That said, you think Giolito worth taking a chance on? He looked great today.

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: I guess. I’ve never been a fan and I need to find out if he’s dumped his curve and throwing his fastball less

7:43
Wes: Is adding A. Barnes or Narvaez over waiting on Mejia an easy call in 1C 12-teamer? That the right order?

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes. You can pretty much stream C in a 1C 12-team league.

7:44
Kyle: Nfbc 12 team. I could drop Heaney, May. Need saves. What’s your bid on Kennedy, Gearrin 1k faab

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m around $50 on these guys.

7:45
Bud: How much would you bid for the following players in NFBC main
Odorizzi
Cozart
Loaisiga
Wong

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: If only I had written an article on the exact topic: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/week-2-mixed-league-faab-estimates/

7:46
gregorio: Favorite Scooter replacements in 12-tm? Frazier, Wilmer, B. Lowe sort of class

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: The order you have them.

7:46
Drew: Swarzak, buttrey, or Bradford for saves? How would you rank them?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: You did it, but Bradford would be way below the other two

7:47
Guest: Is joc pederson breaking out or is his upside too limited in a platoon?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s great when he can platoon but the Dodgers are facing …

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: three lefty starters next week

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: No, four

7:49
KD: What’s the deal in Seattle with the closer position?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea, sorry. I’ve looked over it and just putting a few dozen dollars on each option. I really don’t like any of them.

7:49
Jon S: Any potential breakout pitchers that we’ve seen this opening weekend that you’d recommend picking up? Also, what do u think of Sandy Alcantara?

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Most of the ones I liked are owned in my leagues. I guess Zimmermann intrigues me some and widely available

7:51
Chris: Chris Taylor droppable in 10 team leagues?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, It’s just not enough PT for now.

7:51
BigTuna: How would you prioritize the following RP on waivers? Zimmer, T. Rodgers, Jeffress.

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Jeffress, Rodgers, Zimmer

7:51
Jay: Is Astudillo the Twins best C?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: Best hitting, sure. But overall game, probably not

7:52
Peter Alonso Soriano: If Soler is available with a 200 FAAB, how much are you allocating for him?

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: $10 but depends on league depth

7:53
Dave: 16 team mixed 6X6 redraft using K/9, QS, IP.  Pls rank: German (NYY), Pomeranz (SF), Keller (KC), DeSclafani (CIN)

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Keller, German ….. Disco …. Pomeranz

7:53
Craig: Mark Melancon or Yoshihisa Hirano? Standard 5 x 5 league. Either have a chance at picking up a save any time soon?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: Soon, not in a week or two. But Hirano could hold the job if/when Holland fails

7:55
Kelly: Merrill Kelly or Brad Keller  for 2 starts? How much faab on Gearrin?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: Keller but I need to watch Kelly. I think 5% on Gearrin but bid on all the darts.

7:56
Sam: will Jeffress become closer in MIL – assuming no Kimbrel

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: I think so. Hader can’t go 2 innings everynight

7:56
BigTuna: 12 tm OPS league, how would you rank Beckham, Bruce, Mancini as waiver adds?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Mancini is a distant third right now. I’d go Bruce then Beckham (tim), but that could change based on the weekly matchup

7:58
StroShow: Do you think the Rays will consistently use Chirinos as a traditional starter this season? And would you prioritize him over the likes of Giolito, Alcantara and Bryse Wilson for FAAB bids in a deep mixed league? Thank you!

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: I like Chirinos and wish I had more shares

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d definitely take him for now especially with his upcoming schedule

7:59
BigTuna: Which SP would you prefer to add in 12 tm: Pineda, Shark, Alcantara, Odorizzi, McHuge, Nelson.

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Pineda or McHugh. I might upside Pineda

7:59
Hoosurdady: Lost Murphy. Would you rather pick up Schoop or Wong in a points league?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Wong for now

8:01
Pablo Lopez: Yo mah boy Sandy A legit? 0 BB’s. % of FAAB or $ out of 1000?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: 10%, I’m surprised he’s not owned.

8:01
Cubs bullpen: I own Strop/Morrow in a NL-only. Cishek & Edwards Jr. are avail. Worth throwing FAAB on them given Strop’s early struggles?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: If you are really worred, go with Edwards

8:02
Sanders2020: Cut Andrew Miller for Kennedy or Steckenrider? In need of saves.

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: For Steck but I wouldn’t feel good about it

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: My Tout Wars bid just came through

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Scott Engel: dis EDiaz Pit, pur YDiaz TB 39
Scott Engel: dis AHeaney LAA, pur TThornton Tor 24
Al Melchior: dis MOlson Oak, pur TBeckham Sea 76
Michael Rathburn: dis HStrickland Sea, pur TRogers Min 228
Scott Pianowski: res WAdames TB, pur ENunez Bos 0
Tim Heaney: res SGray Cin, pur ASwarzak Sea 56
Tim Heaney: res MHarvey LAA, pur JOdorizzi Min 52
Ray Flowers: dis YCespedes NYM, pur BGoodwin LAA 69
Gene McCaffrey: res DMurphy Col, pur IKinsler SD 37
Scott Swanay: dis RHill LAD, pur MFried Atl 28
Bret Sayre: res MPerez Min, pur IKennedy KC 31
Bret Sayre: res JFamilia NYM, pur RYarbrough TB 47
Bret Sayre: res RStanek TB, pur LGiolito CWS 47
Jeff Zimmerman: res BParker Min, pur JVargas NYM 13
Jeff Zimmerman: res KWong StL, pur SSchebler Cin 63
Ron Shandler: res CSisco Bal, pur CVazquez Bos 3
Ron Shandler: dis CKnebel Mil, pur BreAnderson Oak 27
Ron Shandler: dis RBorucki Tor, pur WLeBlanc Sea 1
Eric Karabell: res TSkaggs LAA, pur ZDavies Mil 3

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Scott Engel: rel SRomo Mia, pur MWright Bal 11
Al Melchior: rel MMelancon SF, pur CGearrin Sea 38
Al Melchior: dis LSeverino NYY, pur JZimmermann Det 7
Al Melchior: dis FLindor Cle, pur JRickard Bal 0
Michael Rathburn: rel JLoaisiga NYY, pur NMargevicius SD 26
Scott Pianowski: res AMiller StL, pur RMoronta SF 1
Scott Pianowski: res CAnderson Mil, pur LTrivino Oak 1
Scott Pianowski: res YMolina StL, pur AAvila Ari 0
Ray Flowers: rel JLuzardo Oak, pur VVelasquez Phi 23
Gene McCaffrey: rel MTrumbo Bal, pur CGranderson Mia 37
Scott Swanay: dis AHicks NYY, pur AAlmora ChC 13
Zach Steinhorn: res HRenfroe SD, pur NWalker Mia 8

8:06
John: Yandy hit leadoff today and has shown a bit more power. Is available in 20 team. Thoughts over A Frazier?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Both in a 20-teamer

8:07
YayBaseball: Jeff, your early season articles have been amazing so far. Thank you! Keep them coming!

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks

8:07
Mike: Need a3B in a 12 team 5×5 roto…..%FAAB for Reanato Nunez, Yandy Diaz, Tim Beckham and Eduardo Escobar….Thanks

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: I think you can go 5% on Escobar, Beckham, and Diaz and be fine with anyone of the three

8:08
Ronald: Alcantara or Chirinos in a 10 team k/9 league?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Steam the matchups

8:08
Jay: Pick 2: Freddy peralta, pablo lopez, caleb smith, mike pineda, kyle wright, julio urias

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: Without any other context: Urias and Pineda

8:09
Tydawg: Think Soler or DeShields could break out this year?

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure

8:09
Harpers Bizarre: Dynasty points league. Merrifield and Dejong for Hoskins. Which side do you favor?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Hoskins

8:10
The Nard Dogg: Choose one to pick up for potential saves ROS: Swarzak or Jeffress

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Jeffress. Knebel is not coming back, Strickland should

8:10
Dave: Any of these for real? Matt Moore, Matt Shoemaker, Frankie Montas? Thanks.

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Shoemaker, he was pretty decent late last season

8:11
Mat: I was told Jeff Zimmerman works for the Rays now. How did FG find a new Jeff Zimmerman so quickly?

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Jeff Sullivan was the one the Rays hired

8:12
TheTinDoor: What’s a good baseline bid for a single-week streaming pitcher (NFBC)? Say, Shoemaker (home Orioles) this week

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Or even Vargas vs Miami

8:12
Eddie Harris: Almora run way with Cubs CF job?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: If he hits at all, the job is his with his D

8:13
Mat: Would you rather have McMahon or Hampson now?

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: McMahon unless I really needed to speculate on steals. He’s the better hitter than Hampson

8:13
The Final Boss: Is Renfroe a safe drop? 12 team 4 OF league.

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes unless he starts getting regular at bats

8:14
Phil: Is Zach Davies a better roster choice than Lance Lynn?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: I figured this was an -only question but it can’t be

8:15
John: Drop Cervelli for Barnes?

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes.

8:15
Kevin: Is Marco Gonzales someone that should be streamed in a 12 team H2H categories league or is his floor consistent enough to roster?

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m using him as a streamer

8:16
Matt: Jeff, great article. One name that wasn’t on there was Odorizzi. What would you recommend on him?

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: 2-5%. I just don’t like him but he’ll have some nice matchups

8:17
Vader: I need some offense and I love e. Hernandez, but Calhoun and goodrum also available….who do u like

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: The order you have them

8:17
Redbull: Cozart or Goodrum in OPS league?

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: Goodrun but it’ll really depend on the matchup

8:18
Steve: Joe Musgrove going to be a starter soon?

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: Not this next week, I need to read up to know exactly what is going on with him

8:18
Jeff: Rogers of the Twins worth a claim?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:19
Drew: Chirinos or shoemaker?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Shoe

8:19
Nels: Ramon Laureano a 5 OF hold in 10-team, or too shallow?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s a bench for now but my patience is wearing thin already with him

8:20
Franz: Daniel Murphy:  argh, hold or cut in 10-team?  I’ve already got Kershaw occupying my IL slot.

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: He may be a cut. Possibly a trade to team with an open IL slot

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s got to be one of the top IL options

8:20
TheTinDoor: NFBC, how much do you bid on strong weekly streamers? Say a Shoemaker this week (home Orioles sstart)

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: 1% to 3%. The deal with Shoe is that he may be worth keeping past just this week

8:22
Billy: Should I consider brett Anderson,Alcantara, or the padres latest rookie over my  last 2 spots (lynn, minor), 14 team, roster 28,  qs+1/2 win h2h weekly category

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: Get “that Padres rookie” and Alcantara over Lynn and Minor

8:23
Hans: Matt Strahm:  hold or stream in 10-team?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: Hold for now

8:23
Biff: Yu Darvish droppable in shallow 10-team with plenty of streamables on the wire?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: It would be tough for me to do it but I understand if a team needs to.

8:24
Fred: Unsure of my Utility. Whose upside do you like most between Josh Bell, Eduardo Escobar, Ryan McMahon, and Kolten Wong?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: McMahon, Escobar, Bell, Wong

8:25
Sean : Did something happen to straham that he might be droppable

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: 10-team is pretty shallow so I could see him be near the bottom

8:25
Clint: Thoughts on Caleb Smith?  I’m afraid of missing out on the young guy movement but afraid of a Phillies/Braves week too.

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s going to see a lot of the Phillies and Braves. If you don’t feel good about starting him, just go ahead and let him stay on the wire

8:27
Guest: Mikel Franco. Anything to see here? Thanks in advance Jeff! So happy baseball is back

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: Not sure at all. I think he needs new scenery.

8:27
KD: Did MLB deaden the baseballs (except in Seattle)?  Lots of guys have pitched fantastic already that you would not have anticipated.

8:28
Jeff Zimmerman: I think pitchers are way ahead of hitters is so many aspects of the game that hitters are still fighting a losing battle

8:28
Bill: Dump W.Castillo for A.Barnes?

8:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure

8:29
Daro: H2H OPS Keepers league: Moncada or C Hernandez? C Hernandez is my 2b.

8:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Since a keeper league , grab Moncada and see if he finally breaks out

8:32
Jeff Zimmerman: That’s it for this week. I’ll have an article out early in the week on players dropped in the NFBC Main Event.

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Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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rustydude

Why are you so high on Austin Barnes?

EDIT: Okay, I see in C rankings he’s #12 behind Wellington #10 and Cervelli #11, but I don’t see why those 2 above him would be natural drops after Barnes hit 1 HR.