Sunday FAAB & Waiver Wire Chat

7:31

Jeff Zimmerman: OK, it’s time to get the chat started. First, here are the Tout Wars FAAB reports for the two mixed leagues

7:31

Jeff Zimmerman: 15-team auction

7:31

Jeff Zimmerman: NWilliams: 67
YMunoz: 63
DDescalso: 55
HBader: 55
BHardy: 41
FMontas: 37
TMahle: 32
JJones: 23
MMontgomery: 22
GoHernandez: 21
JField: 18
KCrick: 4
CBuchholz: 4
JJimenez: 0
CMcHugh: 0
JKelly: 0

7:31

Jeff Zimmerman: 15-team draft

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: JJimenez: 173
RTepera: 98
ARosario: 32
MMuncy: 25
IKinerFalefa: 23
FMontas: 23
JUrena: 17
YMunoz: 17
MMontgomery: 16
DDietrich: 14
JMurphy: 13
SPiscotty: 12
NEovaldi: 12
BHolt: 7
WAdames: 6
BKeller: 5
CBuchholz: 5
JSoria: 2
BMcCarthy: 2

7:32

Neal : Nimmo is a top _____ OF rest of season?

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: 50

7:32

Ian W: Very deep league, please rank these SPs – Pomeranz, Hardy, LeBlanc,  Covey, Wright

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: Oh geez … Pomeranz, LeBlac …… any decent middle reliever.

7:33

Samuel L Chang: Bradley Zimmer and Adam Jones were both dropped in a 12-Team H2H redraft. How aggressively do you pursue? Drop Tepera?

7:34

Jeff Zimmerman: On dropping Tepera, depends if you need Saves. I be at 25% for Jones and less for Zimmer (playing time concerns)

7:35

Billy the Kid: Jeff, I like what I’m seeing out of Dustin Fowler and Muncy. In a deep 12-team mixed keeper league, would you drop Zimmer, Kingery or Alonso for either of them?

7:35

Jeff Zimmerman: You can drop Zimmer and Kingery for both. You both few spots have to be flexible.

7:36

Jeff Zimmerman: FYI, I am going through for Waiver Wire and FAAB questions. I will then go back for general fantasy questions.

7:36

John Oleruds Helmet: Mr Jeff!! Bless thee!! Oh grace thee with thy wisdom!! Drop Faria for Bieber?

7:36

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

7:36

Jon: In need of an OF & a P in my 6×6 (Std + OPS & K/9) H2H league. Could u rank these OF & P In terms of preference? OF: Muncy, Nimmo, Hicks, Braun, Desmond. P: Rodon, Hill, B. Parker, Barraclough, Tepera

7:37

Jeff Zimmerman: OF: Nimmo, Braun, Desmond, Muncy

7:38

Jeff Zimmerman: P: Rodon (move on quickly if his first start is rough) Hill, Tepera, Bearclaw, Parker

7:38

carter: Sitting a couple points back of first in a roto 350 main. Pitching has been awesome offense is coming  around. Have  Chapman, and a struggling Felipe as closers. Also have Edubray Ramos and recently dropped Holland+ Soria. Going to lose some ground likely in saves where I am already middle of pack. Whose a good guy or two to speculate on saves?

7:39

Jeff Zimmerman: Crick in Pitt and watch KC close, Herrera could be on the move. Jimenez in Det

7:39

Foxx Muldarr: Who are the top 3 RP’s to pickup for saves after the ASB?

7:40

Jeff Zimmerman: Yates, the KC situation, Jimenez (Det)

7:40

Ryan: 10 team roto league and I need to drop one outfielder. Current outfield is fairly balanced but a little low on speed. Would you keep Max Kepler or Manuel Margot?

7:41

Jeff Zimmerman: Kepler but both have been disappointments.

7:41

Big Tuna: Somebody dropped Manaea in my 12 tm. Are you confident he can still be valuable in that size? Better than Fulmer or Kingham?

7:41

Jeff Zimmerman: Stick with Kingham

7:41

Big Tuna: If I need HR and RBI, should I drop Camargo for Zobrist in a 12 tm?

7:42

Jeff Zimmerman: How deep are your benches? Stick with Camargo but look for other power sources.

7:43

Big Tuna: If I’m 1st in Steals but need HR and RBI, is it fair to trade Cain for Moose in a 12 tm OPS? Donaldson and Devers are killing me

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: Probably not but the move will make your team better so do it.

7:44

Jason: I own Josh Hader in every league I’m in, but he has become almost worthless in my h2h points league now that Knebel is back. Giles and Vizcaino available. I’m salty even considering dropping someone like Hader but pick up one and drop Hader? Again, h2h points league. Thanks!

7:44

Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe trade Hader but his value may be completely different in points leagues

7:45

John: Need an extra reliever in a 14 team dynasty with saves and holds and 15 minors league spots. Any lesser known potential studs on your radar for either category?

7:46

Jeff Zimmerman: Just keep checking our Bullpen Report. It’s what I do: https://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bullpen-report-june-3-2018/

7:46

Vegan Man!: I’ve punted saves in a 12 team h2h and have moved up 5 spots since deciding to do so. Better strategy moving forward – own high quality RP like Devenski, Betances, Robertson, Winkler, etc. to help with k’s and ratios, or stream a few SP per week? Thanks!

7:47

Jeff Zimmerman: It’s a balancing act and good like. I’d keep the good ratios and then destroy them later if you need the K’s and W’s

7:47

Vegan Man!: Are any of the following must holds in a 12 team h2h – Bird, Mallex, Candelario? Thanks!

7:48

Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on scoring format

7:48

Vegan Man!: What are you doing with Jon Gray and Luis Castillo in 12 teamers? Thanks!

7:48

Jeff Zimmerman: Bench and start

7:48

JJ: I need a 6th OF in an OPS league. M Taylor, Muncy, or Dexter Fowler?

7:49

Jeff Zimmerman: Taylor

7:49

Big League: So, no way can start this at maybe 4:30 in the future? Love the discussion but runs awful close or past waiver deadlines…

7:50

Jeff Zimmerman: Nope … my family takes up my weekend afternoons … Sorry

7:50

Pine Needles: Is it time to give up on relying on Daniel Murphy to be my starting 2B ROS?

7:51

Jeff Zimmerman: Possibly and I own him everywhere. I think non-Murphy owners could try to get Murphy for cheap as his owner get frustrated.

7:52

Vegan Man!: Last bench spot in a 14 team dynasty points league – Jose Iglesias, Jon Jay, or Jordan Lyles? Thanks!

7:52

Jeff Zimmerman: Lyles

7:52

Kd: AL obp league.  Joyce, Morales and Grossman are available.  How do rank them?

7:52

Jeff Zimmerman: How you have them.

7:53

John: Aaron Hicks or Chris Taylor ROS in a OBP league?

7:53

Jeff Zimmerman: I think it is Hicks

7:53

LOOGY Down Productions: Good evening, Jeff, thanks for these chats, they are the best. In a 12-team mixed 6×6 (OBP + QS) keep 3, I have a pitching staff of: Weaver, Wood, Ohtani, Gray, Bundy, Carrasco, Newcomb, Diaz, Vizcaino and Nelson on the DL. I sit 6/12 and dead last in W and QS. Should I give up hope on this league or are their some guys to work with here? Sorry if this is annoying question, but I am just trying to get a baseline for moving forward. Thanks!!!

7:55

Jeff Zimmerman: You have to hope go all out with 2-start guys and hope to make up ground. Owners can rarely win with 0’s in two categories

7:55

Trip: Trying to replace the loss of Rhys and Donaldson with Daniel Palka, Yuli, or Kendrys…blech. Palka seems like he may be the most interesting?

7:56

Jeff Zimmerman: Agree 100%. I think Palka is really underrated. Also, check out Yairo Munoz. Just 23 and having a breakout season.

7:56

robbob: Is this version of Candelario sustainable? A quick glance at his table and nothing immediately strikes me as due for regression.

7:57

Jeff Zimmerman: Agree, enjoy the ride

7:57

kuff6: Churning shortstops in NL 5×5 (obp instead of avg) redraft.  Feeling like I’ve gotten what I can get out of Miguel Rojas.  Drop him for Yairo Munoz or Ketel Marte?  Thanks!

7:57

Jeff Zimmerman: move on with Yairo

7:57

Jimmy: What percent of your budget do you allocate to Bieber? Logic says he should be back soon but Plutko just threw a no-hitter in the minors and has been OK in the Indians rotation

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: 5% max. We just don’t know when he’ll return. And when he does, he may be sent down again.

7:58

TS: Need to clear some space in my 6×6 (OPS) lineup. I’m in decent shape in all offensive categories. Which one do I drop of Andrelton Simmons, Justin Bour, Cesar Hernandez, and Ryan Braun?

7:59

Jeff Zimmerman: Simmons for me

7:59

Mr. G: Betances dropped in my league. SVs and HLDS (separate) categories in 12 tm H2H. Drop Minter for him?

7:59

Jeff Zimmerman: I think so

7:59

Nate Eovaldi: Should Eovaldi be owned in 12-team leagues? Thoughts on his return/what he’ll do ROS?

8:00

Jeff Zimmerman: No, and I am probably the low man on him. I expect no positive production.

8:01

Matthew: Which curremt minor leaguers do see making an impact rest of season?

8:01

Matthew: Willy Adames worth a stash in a deep, 14 team league?

8:02

Jeff Zimmerman: Adames is for sure one. Kopech and Jimenez for the WS.

8:02

kuff6: 5×5 obp instead of avg, play Jankowski or G Polanco this week?  What about Luis Castillo (vs STL) or J Gray (@CIN)?  Thanks!

8:02

Jeff Zimmerman: Jankowski and Castillo

8:03

Dr. Want: 10 team Dynasty League. I need organizational depth . Stassi and JR Murphy at catcher and Muncy and Franmill Reyes. Any have legit upside or just marginal players to hold spots until the next upgrade? I know its your job but thanks.

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: I like Reyes’s upside of the four. I think the others will be replacement  players.

8:04

Desmundo: Ian Desmond showing some signs of life at the plate. On the waiver wire in a 12-team league, is he worth pursuing?

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: Probably

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: I need to check in on his GB%

8:06

$11 Worth of Taco Bell: Which Royals prospect should I stash in AL keeper leagues?

8:06

Jeff Zimmerman: Jorge Bonifacio. He and Polanco will be coming off suspensions soon and are decent adds

8:06

Guest: In a shallow points league do you prefer Andujar or Villanueva ros for mi?

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: Andujar

8:07

Mike: How viable of an add would Kyle Crick actually be?

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m taking a chance on him as Rivero has been a mess.

8:07

Cory: Would you give up on Grichuk after keeping him for three years for Nimmo?

8:08

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, move on

8:08

$11 Worth of Taco Bell: Looking at booking a family spring break trip with a stop in Sedona. Where should I stay?

8:08

Jeff Zimmerman: Camp

8:08

S: Trade my Boxberger + Garret Richards for Dee Gordon? Got Britton back soon and could use steals.

8:08

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:08

Derek: Jeff, would you cut Grichuk for Williamson or wait awhile on Grichuk since I drafted him and he’s been hurt.  Limited moves Btw

8:09

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m worried Grichuk won’t play everyday and Williamson will. Get Grichuk

8:09

Hapless : A.L. only, head to head. Are any of my starters set it and forget it. Berrios, M. Fulmer, Skaggs, Bundy, Gibson, Romero.

8:09

Jeff Zimmerman: Berrios and Skaggs

8:09

S: Drop Josh Bell for Andujar in an OBP/Doubles?

8:10

Jeff Zimmerman: yes

8:10

Brian: Drop Gohara for Eovaldi/Stratton/Cobb?? 15 tm NFBC.

8:10

Jeff Zimmerman: I would not

8:10

hscer: Wacha’s xFIP now 3.77 – o/u that mark for his ROS ERA

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: Over but I am not a Wacha fan

8:11

Brian: How much FAAB for Seranthony Dominguez? 15 tm

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: 5%

8:11

Overman : Do you see Brendan Rodgers breaking into the bigs and having an impact this season?

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: I wish. I don’t have a clue what CO is doing

8:12

Jake Junis Priest: Who among them (OBP, AL)? Hunter Dozier, R. Grossman, Devon Travis, JD Davis, Charlie Tilson… Thanks!

8:12

Jeff Zimmerman: Dozier off playing time

8:13

Miles from somewhere: which SS should I aim for with Rosario or Brantley as my piece? I’m trotting Cozart out there and have Trout, Judge, Nimmo, gardener and Cespedes,

8:13

Jeff Zimmerman: Didi

8:13

Overman : Oh, and also should we be interested in Kang in a 12-team mixed OBP league?

8:13

Jeff Zimmerman: Not yet

8:14

Saul: Need power from the waiver wire. 12 team mixed redraft. Could you rank Bour, Desmond, Healy, Champman, Austin ROS? Thanks!

8:14

Jeff Zimmerman: Bour, Healy, Chapman, Austin, Desmond

8:14

Guest: Hola Jeff, do you like Soler or Kepler in a 10 team points league?

8:14

Jeff Zimmerman: Soler

8:15

mike: is Shelby miller worth a spot in 12 teamer?

8:15

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, take a chance he ends up fine

8:15

Smokey: With Kinsler starting to hit finally, is he worth scooping up if in need of a 2B? Obviously, his last few games won’t be the norm going forward but is there signs of Kinsler 2016?

8:16

Jeff Zimmerman: Go with the hot hand in leagues as shallow as 12 teams

8:16

Cody: Drop Semien or Escobar for Britton in 12tm Roto Cat? Got Kimbrel and Doolittle, have been holding up decently, but wondering if Britton is worth a stash.

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes on Semien. tough call but owner are going to need to jump on Britton now or he’ll be gone,

8:17

frank: Have Greg Bird but Cozart and Candelario are available in FAAB.  How would you rank them ROS?

8:18

Jeff Zimmerman: Bird, Cand, Cozart

8:18

Guest: Drop Minter for Joe Jimenez (I have Shane Greene), or keep the faith?

8:18

Jeff Zimmerman: Get Jimenez as I think Greene may get traded

8:19

jpearce37: In my league, minor leaguers cannot be picked up until they are officially called up. It’s a 3yr keeper league. I’m waiting on vlad. We have the most faab. Is this the correct course of action?

8:19

Jeff Zimmerman: yes, keep the hammer under all circumstances.

8:19

Steve: Need ss help, Semien, Munoz, Swanson or Camargo? Thx

8:20

Jeff Zimmerman: Swanson, Semien, Camargo, Munoz

8:20

Guest: Do you find these chats tedious?

8:20

Jeff Zimmerman: The worst part is the same person asking the same irrelevant question 6 times. It’s helpful for me to get ideas for the upcoming week.

8:21

hscer: my team put up a .185 OPS tonight, should any decent 1/12 team ever have that bad a day?

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure but I had an H2H team tied up going into the championship final weekend and they went 6 for 60. Brutal.

8:22

Seth: Shelby miller or desclafani?

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: Disco, we’ll know his talent level sooner

8:23

hscer: lucchesi or miller a better dl stash

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: Miller

8:23

BULL Pen: Whats your best guess as to Z Britton traded as a closer or setup guy?

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: The one playoff team I’m following closely is the Phillies [originally I said Nationals]. Their closers suck and could use a real closer. All the rest of the closers going to a new team will no close.

8:27

Jeff Zimmerman: MLBTradeRumors usually has a list of trade possiblities but it is not out yet. Here a list from someone else: https://baseballanalyzed.com/2018/05/30/early-look-at-the-trading-dead…

8:27

TheTinDoor: Votto: should we expect Votto-like pace ROS (30/100/.320) or is the power outage a thing?

8:27

Jeff Zimmerman: His back is an issue

8:27

Jake Junis Priest: I love these chats, btw. Especially digging into the deeper league stuff. Thanks for the work!

8:27

Jeff Zimmerman: You’re welcome

8:27

Adam: Rank Rodon, jimmy Nelson and Shelby miller rest of season

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: Rodon, Miller, Nelson … based off return time

8:28

Jay: Follow up: Wouldn’t Britton close in HOU?

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think so.

8:28

Dr. Want: Elvis Costello wrote I used to be disgusted now i try to be amused. Has he rostered David Dahl for three years too?

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: Possibly

8:28

Amazing Larry: Drop Margot for Nimmo in a 12 team and if so how much faab?

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, 3%

8:29

Joe B: Drop Godley for a good middle reliever.  NL only league.  Obviously give up a half dozen wins but save ratios.  Or does Godley have a chance to turn things around?

8:30

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m fine with benching Godley to see if he figures it out. As for dropping him, the MR needs to be elite to make the move.

8:31

Jeff Zimmerman: That’s it for the evening. Good luck on tonight’s bids

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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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