Sunday Night FAAB & Waiver Wire Chat

7:29

Jeff Zimmerman: Hello everyone.

7:31

Jeff Zimmerman: Just for reference, I’m going to try to answer all the FAAB and waiver questions first and then possibly go back for trade talk or player analysis.

7:31

Jeff Zimmerman: First, here are the bids from the two 15-team mixed Tout Wars leagues.

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: Auction

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: JProfar: 112
JSoria: 81
ACobb: 71
HRondon: 66
RGsellman: 46
JBauers: 39
SGaviglio: 36
BHolt: 28
AnSuarez: 27
SWright: 26
JusMiller: 25
KMarte: 22
BMcCarthy: 22
LBrinson: 19
AniSanchez: 16
JHicks: 13
JKang: 6
JPirela: 4
TKemp: 3
KMcCarthy: 2
DCovey: 1
SMiller: 1
JIglesias: 0
GAllen: 0

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: Draft

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: HRondon: 38
RGsellman: 35
DCovey: 21
GoHernandez: 4
JBauers: 2
LBrinson: 2
AAltherr: 1
DGerman: 1
MLeake: 1

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: Mainly owners looking to fill holes or add potential closers.

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: I wrote up the auction analysis: http://www.toutwars.com/?p=6215

7:34

Pete: Is max Muncy worth rostering in ten team obp leagues?

7:35

Jeff Zimmerman: It’s close for a ten teamer …. probably not but should be in larger leagues

7:35

Son of Sam Gaviglio: Am I for real?  Should fantasy owners pick me up in this upcoming 2 start week?

7:36

Jeff Zimmerman: He was the best option two-start option I had in several leagues. I really comes down to your other options.

7:36

borksadork: Who to add in the KC bully when Herrera gets dealt?

7:37

Jeff Zimmerman: Adam but I’m not 100% sure. I’m following this situation closely for those few Saves.

7:37

Joe B: Hector Rondon looks really good in the closer role.  What do you think?  Will he run with it or will there be a rotation among Giles, Devinski, Rodon and perhaps others?

7:38

Jeff Zimmerman: He does but who knows. It seems like the Astros just can’t quit Giles

7:38

Drew: in what order are you bidding on gsellman, Rondon, and Hicks if you are looking for most Saves ROS?

7:39

Jeff Zimmerman: ROS, Rondon, Gsellman, Hicks but I’d not be surprised if Gsellman gets more over the next few weeks.

7:39

Chewbacca : Start Steven Wright 2 starts or 1 start Newcomb against Padres?

7:40

Jeff Zimmerman: Weekly projection systems hate Wright this week, go with Newcomb. Might be different if a points league

7:40

Tony: I’m looking for a potential closer this season. Please rank: J. Jimenez, AJ Minter, Yates

7:40

Jeff Zimmerman: Jimenez …… Yates …………………….Minter

7:41

Jeff Zimmerman: Yates ended up fairly high on MLBTR list of players to be traded. He could get moved.

7:41

Andrew Triggskaidekaphobia : 12 tm 5×5 H2H. Staff of Severino/Happ/Price/Taillon/Heaney/Gibson/C.Smith/Cahill/Kingham/Barria/Desclafani. (I like rostering a lot of SP).  Drop any of them for Manaea?

7:42

Jeff Zimmerman: Disco but that’s it

7:42

Drew: Does Choi going to Tampa change your bidding on Bauers? Is he worth 10-15% of budget?

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sold on Bauers at all. I’d do 5% max and passed on him in some leagues.

7:43

Jon: In a 12 team H2H 6×6 (Std categories + K/9 & OPS) league and am in need of SV. How would u rank Parker, Tepera, or Soria ROS? Also, I have Braun as my 3rd OF. Should I pick up Thames or keep C. Santana / A. Hicks?

7:44

Jeff Zimmerman: Parker, Soria, Tepera

7:44

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d pass on Thames for now

7:44

Brandini: 13 team 5×5 old school league – can I give up on Aaron Sanchez in favour of speculative saves (Hicks, Steckenrider, Castillo)?

7:45

Jeff Zimmerman: It’d come down to needs and the need may be getting Sanchez off your team for a dependable middle reliever.

7:46

Anders: Who are you taking ROS, Candelario or Bauers? Need to drop one when Donaldson comes back. Considering keeping Candy just as Donaldson injury insurance.

7:46

Jeff Zimmerman: Candy since he plays. I’m not sure what is going on with Bauers

7:46

NotMinty: Why is the waiver wire chat at 7:30 and my waivers are at 8?

7:47

Jeff Zimmerman: Sorry, I have a weekly obligation that gets over at 7 so it’s the earliest for me. I could go later

7:47

Maris: Jeff. I can pick up Juan Soto in the second of our four Free Agent drafts tomorrow. But will have to drop G. Polanco. Both priced close to same in keeper league. Would you?

7:48

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, do it

7:48

OVI: Deep league SP pickup how would you rank the following? Buccholz, Wright, Kuhl, Eflin, Shelby Miller. Thanks!

7:49

Jeff Zimmerman: Miller, Buchholz, …… find a middle reliever

7:49

Swung on Belted: Hey Jeff- in a 14 team wkly pts lg would you rather have any of Muncy, Adames, or Buxton over Aguilar rest of season? It’s a keeper lg so the young guys could serve as a potential trade chip for me come deadline time.

7:50

Jeff Zimmerman: Keeper …. Adames or Buxton but you may not win. Aguilar is a potential trade chip

7:50

JayA: 6X6 OPS league. Who do you like between Mazara and Eddie Rosario: 1. ROS? and 2. As a keeper for the next 5 years?

7:50

Jeff Zimmerman: Rosario ROS

7:50

Jeff Zimmerman: Mazara for next 5

7:51

Jim: In 2nd in roto main in my league w 51pts pitching and 33 offense. Outfield been very meh rostering Brantley, Schwarber, Franmil, Delino, Taylor, Braun. Looking to add outfielder. Rank Joc, Bauers, Dietrich, Thames. I also have Braun and Aguilar so maybe some sort of platoon w roster locking twice a week.

7:51

Jeff Zimmerman: Brauns weird in that it’s not a true platoon with him. It’s like he is taking a break.

7:52

Jeff Zimmerman: This is a gamble on upside: Bauers, Joc, Thames, Dietrich.

7:55

Jeff Zimmerman: Another bat to watch is Jose Fernandez with the Angels. Depending on the league rules he could qualify at 1B, 2B, and 3B

7:55

Dynasty shmynasty: How would you rank order of priority for dynasty16 team league ops; Nimmo, Muncy, Reyes and Beltre?

7:55

Jeff Zimmerman: Not sure which Reyes, but I like the order you have them in.

7:55

Slapshot: Reynaldo Lopez worth a speculative add in a 5×5 dynasty format?  10 team league if league size matters.

7:56

Jeff Zimmerman: No, I don’t think there isn’t much talent to keep

7:56

Travioli: Does Bauers stick around with Tampa once Cron comes back or is this an Adames situation?

7:57

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure but it could be. That is why I didn’t jump in.

7:57

Jeffe: Good time to pick up Nick Senzel?

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes and Jimenez

7:58

Josh: Dylan Covey thoughts?  14 team mixed with deep benches, got Lyles, Mengden, and Desclafani as the staff dregs.

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m intrigued enough to drop Mengden for him

7:58

Steveo: When do we think Eloy will get called up?

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: I better around the ASG

7:59

Mark: Disco vs pirates, or Cahill vs Angels this week?

7:59

Jeff Zimmerman: Cahill but the injury may cause him to miss the start

8:00

Chet: Steven wright worth the 2 starts? Other options are kuechel, junis, Ross, Domingo German. I know ross is ranked the best…just hate starting righties st suntrust.

8:00

Jeff Zimmerman: It’s Ross. The other ones could be so much worse.

8:00

TommyL: Would you drop Polanco or Teoscar to pick up Leonys Martin? OBP league. Thanks!

8:00

Jeff Zimmerman: Polanco, sure.

8:01

JDD: 12 team 6×6 league (OPS and hits allowed 6th cats). FAAB $500 real money. Spent $150 and in dead last. That said I still think we can make a run. About to spend $39 $28 $27 $11 respectively on CJ Cron (very strangely dropped) J Soria Tepera Hector Rondon. Just traded for Treinen and now trying to plug the Shane Green Nate Jones hole. Am I crazy here? On total Tilt? Would love your thoughts on these 4 guys. Thanks a lot!

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: First, I’d try to talk your team away from the deal FAAB $$$ and just add $250 to start the season to the pool. In my league, teams quit making moves, even $1 moves, once they felt they were out of it. Teams will remain more active and we found by only charging for half the potential pool, move money ended up in the pot

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: Go for it with the pickups. Without the $$$ costs, I’d probably spend more.

8:05

LFC Mike: Joey Votto: .310 BA .433 OBP. Both Votto-esque. 6 Home runs. 6! …What is up with that? We are almost halfway through June. It is not early.

8:05

Jeff Zimmerman: He’s got a bad back and it’s sapping his power … I should write him up tomorrow.

8:06

AJ go Puk yourself: Trying to reahape my team. Mopkie Betts and hader enough to land sale, Cesar Hernandez and cueto

8:06

Jeff Zimmerman: Probably. I just traded Hernandez straight up for Hader

8:06

Virus: Sell high on Goldschmidt?

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: I guess, if you can.

8:07

Dead and Gone: Ohtani is for sure droppable, right?

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d wait a week but yes as a pitcher. I have some hope he may come back as a hitter. Just follow for another week if possible

8:08

Porcho Villa: In a roster crunch with Rodon and Eaton back and Andrus looming. Who’s the drop: Seranthony, M. Chapman, M. Gonzales, Pivetta

8:08

Jeff Zimmerman: Seranthony unless you really need Saves, then Gonzales

8:09

Mike: When do you think Jamie Barria is back in the majors?

8:09

Jeff Zimmerman: It’s an interesting situation I haven’t read up on. Are they sticking with a 6 man rotation? Going with 5 now?

8:09

need for speed: Best minor-league SB threat to keep an eye on for 2018 production?

8:10

Jeff Zimmerman: Adames

8:10

Garth Iorg’s Boat Shoes: 12 team, 5×5 plus OPS, keep 5 forever – I’m far out of it and rebuilding. Any reason to take a flyer on Ketel Marte since he’s heating back up? Have Beni, Bellinger, Eloy Jimenez, Vlad Jr, Hoskins and Thor already…

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: No but he might be tradable to a contender. Always try to get the most talent on your team.

8:11

TommyL: Hi Jeff, are Polanco and Teoscar Hernandez dropable in 11 team OBP league?

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:11

Vegan Man!: Grichuk worth an add in a 14 team dynasty points league? Could drop Jose Iglesias or Ryan Zimmerman. Thanks!

8:12

Jeff Zimmerman: Drop Iglesias

8:12

Bret: Safe to drop Osuna for this year?  I am in a keeper league but I need the salary cap relief and dont care if someone picks him up for cheap for next year.

8:12

Jeff Zimmerman: Go ahead. He’s not going to pitch this season in the majors. He might do time at some point.

8:13

Jim: I took a look at Jose but he’s so old and minors were blah. Thoughts on Palka? Statcast darling and some nice minor seasons

8:14

Jeff Zimmerman: Palka is a better option for sure. The age does bother since he is a Cuban defector.

8:15

June: 12 tm holds and saves league, doing well in both looking for ratio help.  Drop any of Melancon, Boxberger or Kela for Betances, Hicks, Yates, Rodon, Bearclaw?

8:15

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d drop Boxberger for Yates

8:15

Vegan Man!: Would you drop any of Gsellman, Jon Gray, Castillo, or Devenski for Cron in a 12 team h2h standard? Thanks!

8:15

Jeff Zimmerman: Devinski or Gray

8:16

Vegan Man!: Had 0 closers to start the week in a 12 team h2h, now have Soria, Rondon, Tepera, Gsellman all from FA. Think I’ll be ok long term? Thanks!

8:16

Jeff Zimmerman: One reason I try not to overpay for Saves

8:16

Slappy: Saw Pomeranz on the wavier.  Is he done?  Pick him over Odorozzi or C.Smith?

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: I like Pom better than Odor but neither seems startable at this point.

8:17

EG: Rolling the dice on a gray 2 start week? @Phi, @tex…12 team 5×5 roto IP

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: Yep, I’m doing it in two leagues

8:18

Vegan Man!: Which side do you prefer in a 14 team dynasty points league – Yu and Pham, or Olson and Nimmo? For reference, Olson has outscored Pham by 5 points so far this year (no negative for K’s). Thanks!

8:18

Jeff Zimmerman: Olson and Nimmo unless you are in contention this year or next

8:19

Skippy.: In a forever dynasty league, I have Margot and is dumpable or is there light at the end of his pitch black tunnel?

8:19

Jeff Zimmerman: Hold for a bit longer

8:19

OF: Are you bidding on either Leonys Martin or Joc in 10 team 5 OF leagues?

8:19

Jeff Zimmerman: Not Joc, possibly Martin depending on who has to go

8:20

Jason: H2HPoints League:  1B Olson or Martinez?  ROS

8:20

Jeff Zimmerman: Martinez

8:20

Mr. G: Dropped Luis Castillo for Jon Gray. Smart move or should I try to reclaim ?

8:21

Jeff Zimmerman: Take Castillo over Gray

8:21

Kd: Need an AL catcher.  OBP league.  Martin, Lucroy, Hicks?

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: Hicks but you may need to drop him later depending on his playing time.

8:22

Billy the Kid: Hi Jeff, should I drop Soria or Cahill for Carlos Rodon or Hector Rondon?

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d drop Cahill for chance Rodon is good

8:22

Nimmo Baby: With rumors that conforto May go down when Cespedes returns is Nimmo a must add in all leagues?

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: Nimmo has been a must add in leagues for a while

8:23

Mike: Who’s the odd man out in my NL-only weekly league? Musgrove (vs ARI and CIN @PNC), Buehler (Either vs SFG or no start), Disco (vs PIT @PNC), Marquez (@ PHI), and Castillo (@PIT).

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: Marquez or Disco

8:23

Steveo: Time to drop Giolito in a keeper league?

8:24

Jeff Zimmerman: yes

8:25

Jimbo: Is Gary Sanchez no longer the top catcher rest-of-season? He’s not on his 2nd large slump of the season. Is there another catcher you’d rather have?

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: No, Sanchez is still #1

8:26

Phil: How would you rank Avisail Garcia, Kiermaier and Grichuk for rest of the year and how much to bid with 1000 budget?

8:26

Jeff Zimmerman: Kier, Grichuk (depends on playing time), Garcia. 10%, 3%, 3%

8:26

Jimbo: Is it time to drop Vlad Jr? Toronto has no incentive to bring him up and the injury gives them an excuse not to. What depth of league would you keep him?

8:27

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hold everywhere. He’s one of the few possible rookie difference makers.

8:27

Evil Fantasy Baseball Oprah: There’s no league where I should hold Hanley, right? Except a league for people out of a job…

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: He should get a job. Hold for one more week and then move on.

8:28

Dr. Want: Franmill Reyes worth a roster spot in dynasty league

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: For now, yes. The power is real but the rest of his game might not be

8:29

Scott: Hi Jeff, I need to pick up a closer and am low on waiver picks so job stability is important. Which of these has the best combo of performance and stability: Norris, Herrera, Strickland? Worried about Herrera getting traded at the deadline and being used as a non-closer. Thanks!

8:30

Jeff Zimmerman: Norris, Strickland, Herrera. Herrera is likely to be traded but he could go to the Angels and be the closer

8:30

Bill: 11 teamer ROS: drop Soto or Nimmo for Desmond, Schebler, or Eaton?  Thanks

8:31

Jeff Zimmerman: Possibly Nimmo for Eaton. I’d pass though

8:32

Jeff Zimmerman: Sorry about not getting everyone’s questions but I have to call it quits tonight. I’ll be back next week.

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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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