Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Hello everyone

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the FAAB results from the two 15-team mixed leagues.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Auction

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: HBader: $158
AlexReyes: $66
RDolis: $56
JUrena: $40
DStewart: $38
TAntone: $31
MRojas: $21
BSinger: $21
TPham: $19
JWalsh: $13
TWatson: $2
DPeralta: $1
VVelasquez: $1

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Draft

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: JRojas: $147
CMullins: $139
BSinger: $38
SBarlow: $32
MMinor: $32
SAkiyama: $32
LGarcia: $31
RJeffers: $21
JWalsh: $16
AniSanchez: $15
TClarke: $15
EOlivares: $15
HHarvey: $14
WCalhoun: $11
KCalhoun: $11
KBubic: $11
SCrichton: $6
TFlowers: $4
JMarmolejos: $4
RGuzman: $3
AKirk: $2

7:32
Wes: Paddack, Wheeler, Odorizzi make starts this week? Least to most confident they start?

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: Paddack, Odorizzi, Wheeler

7:33
Jake: Why do people like Daulton Varsho… he’s so beyond pathetic its ridiculous

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s been bad but he’s catcher qualified and has stolen bases in the minors.

7:34
Jake: If Realmuto ends up going IL would I be better off just running without a catcher and streaming extra

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: I think there could be options. Wolters has the next week at home. Huff got promoted.

7:35
Jake: Can Mondesi sustain his production

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: The .249 OBP, I hope so.  With the Royals out of the playoff picture, at least he won’t get demoted. A .580 OPS can’t get it.

7:37
Jake: So I’m playing against Mondesi in the playoffs this week so that means I badly need speed… what are some options? Worth it to drop Dalbec for Tapia? Are Wendle and Leody Tavares legit? Anyone else you can think of?

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Why not ignore SB and dominate the other categories.

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: BRB … loose dog issues right now and I may have to yell at the neighbor.

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Back … sorry

7:39
Quarantino Martinez: Looking at AL only starters. Could you rank: Kremer, Bubic, Luis Garcia (HOU), Josh Flemming, Allard? Thank you!

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: This is one of the worst weeks for starters. A mess every where.

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: Flemming, Garcia, Kremer (I think 2 starts the last week), Bubic, Allard.

7:41
Jake: Confidence in Taylor Clarke this week?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: None and I think he lost his two-step

7:42
Jake: Do you trust LJay Newsome?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: If the season wasn’t ending in two weeks and Newsome had only one start each week … I’d target him in all leagues. So far the skill set looks legit.

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: He’ll end up on some 2021 sleeper lists.

7:43
Don’t call me Chuck: Been enjoying Daniel Norris as multi inning follower in al only. How would you rank him vs the starters in your waiver wire piece? +/- Bubic?

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: Under Bubic … one sec on WW article.

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Right there at Bubic

7:44
Jake: Are you ok streaming Brubaker against Cincy on Wednesday?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Not so far but not all my FAAB as run. He’s on some bid lists.

7:45
Sam Adams: Dobnak and Gallen both exploded last two times out. Is Dob a streamer now? Holding Gallen tho.

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m rolling both out right now in most leagues. I’m at least holding Dob for his 2 starts in the last week.

7:46
Jake: How long will it take for Bregman to get back into form?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Good question and from quotes this short preseason, it’s probably 60 PA at the top end. I don’t know how many he did in prep.

7:47
Tex: I need some power this week. Starting G Cooper and his 9 games, or O’Neill and his 10?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Both?

7:47
O’s my!: Need power…Do you like DJ Stewart ROS more than Encarnacion, Dozier, or Andujar?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: I take Stewart over Andujar. I not sure of his playing time with several Yankees coming off the IL

7:49
Maestro: Hearing Austin Hays might be back soon. He had a great end to the 2019 season, do you think he can do that again this year?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: I wouldn’t count on it.

7:49
dave in slc: would you pick up junior guerra in nl only if you need saves?

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, also the Miami setup men can be added with all the games coming up.

7:50
John: So you believe in Jared Walsh, both for remainder of this year and into next year?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes for 2020. I’m worried Pujols and Ohtani will steal at bats from him next year.

7:52
Sir Farts A Lot: Do I drop Kevin Gausman?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: For who?

7:52
Mike: What’s the deal with Walsh from the Angels. Worth a pickup in 12 team mixed. What % of FAAB? Thanks

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: 50% if he’s needed. What are teams saving the FAAB for?

7:53
David: My opponent last week had 15 starts, got 3 wins. A better approach to look for middle relievers with good Ks and ratios and let the wins take care of themselves?

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t know what is the right approach. I have a feeling IP need to replace Wins

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: Wins are fickle with relievers also.

7:54
Chip Chipperson: Is Jake the only person asking questions tonight?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t even look at the names. I’ve been “disciplined” for some of the names that I’ve allowed.

7:55
Lou: If so, an you rank Mondesi, McNeil, Moustakas, and Segura for next week?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: League type?

7:55
Chip Chipperson: D. Smyly, T. Antone, and T. Clarke are all available in an NL-only 5×5 league.   Rank them please, this season only.

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: Antone, Smyly, and Clarke but the order could change based on need.

7:56
Salty: Hi Jeff – there’s word Teoscar might come back mid-week.  Expecting a return to his value pre-injury might be ambitious – I’m afraid he’s trying to get back into a playoff race at less than full strength.  What do you think?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: I passed on him but am throwing a few darts at Pham.

7:57
Jake: Harrison Bader for $158… why

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Didn’t spend the FAAB and a 10 game week.

7:57
Mark: Worth picking up Andriese (asks a Pena and Buttery owner thru tears)?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d gamble in Detroit, Miami, and Arizona instead

7:58
New to Roto: I’m barely clinging to first. Need to improve WHIP quick. Should I pick up best SPs available (L.Garcia, T.Rogers…) or grab relievers, watch usage, and pray?   Daily league. 2 transaction limit weekly. no faab

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Best available and really get picky on the BB/9 rates

7:59
Chip Chipperson: Jeff.  My Uncle Paul told me the other day that he thinks Vince Coleman was a better baserunner for the Cardinals than the recently departed Lou Brock.  I think Brock was better and has the numbers to prove he was the best all-time Cardinals baserunner.  What say you?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: Coleman was a bad stealer. I think McGee was better. It was just that Coleman went all the time.

8:01
KAREN: I’ve been holding Karinchak for weeks now, hoping he would get the closer gig. I still really need saves, but could use the roster spot. 2 weeks left. Likely droppable – right?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: I did. I’d hold if we had months left but not two weeks.

8:02
Guest: Austin Slater Platooning?  Garrett Cooper is available on waivers in my league. Should I pick up Cooper?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: Slater is unownable right. I had to drop in a bunch of leagues.

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Pat Valaika is a sneaky SB source and qualified everywhere but C

8:03
Jake: Of course I got 7 inning shutouts from Cole, Nola, Lamet, and Ian Anderson on my bye week

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: With that staff, that’s why you got the bye

8:04
Dan: Cat hit the keyboard. Not sure this went thru. Drop Grichuck and Y. Guriel for Cooper and Aquilar to advantage Miami’s 9 home games. Or leagues playoffs start tomorrow (OBP not BA). Advice please!

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe. See how much each played in the other double-headers. I think Aguilar only played one game.

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hope you have room to bench Grichuck or Gurriel

8:05
Streamers next week…: Need 2 Steamers next week.Duffy, L.Garcia (Hou), C. Smith, or Kukuchi

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Garcia, Kukuchi, Smith

8:06
No Football: John Gant a good bet for saves and holds with Gallegos out?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea. I was hoping the game today would shed some light, but no luck

8:06
Tex: I need power. Can you help me choose 2 of… Polanco, Moncada, Belt (5 games), B Miller (10 games!), or Dalbec.

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Miller and Dalbec for home runs. It could be ugly with Dalbec

8:09
Jake: @tex is that a 4 team league

8:09
Bobby Valentine: Who let the dogs out!

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s more like who can’t build a decent fence. My neighbors don’t mess around. That dog will disappear soon. The crappy fence builders don’t believe me.

8:11
Guest: 5×5 league, would you bench a 5 game Ian Happ for any or all of these:  Adam Eaton, Brad Miller, KeBryan Hayes?

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Miller

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: 10>5

8:12
Bobo: Best chance for saves: Crichton, Neris, Richard Rodriguez, Bryan Garcia, Hunter Harvey, Andrew Miller?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: I spent over an hour talking with Fred Zinkie (we have several leagues together) and we couldn’t get a read on any situation. I like Rodriquez of the list

8:12
Chip Chipperson: I need a few SB’s rest of season.  Tim Locastro and Jazz Chisholm are the best runners left on my league’s FA list.  Prefer one over the other for SB potential?

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: Locastro. When he starts, he leads off

8:13
clh: Kirilloff , Kelenic, Vaughn and Rutchman…are any of them on major league rosters next April?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Determining minor league talent is going to be a mess for next season. No one knows right now. Complete black hole and that means a chance for some to get ahead

8:14
Wilshire: Did the Jays call up A. Kirk to start or platoon?

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea, ask their beat reports on Twitter.

8:15
Joe: France or Rojas down the stretch? Either worth a spot in 2021?

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: France and both would be if they play

8:15
Pat: Holland or Watson for saves this week?

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: No, I meant Holland

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Watson seems to be sharing Save chances.

8:17
Travis Fryman: Drop KeBryan Hayes in a 9 game week to pick up Bohm (surprised he got dropped) or Moustakis?

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: Go with Hayes …. I think. I don’t trust Moose will play every day (still hurt). I like Bohm though

8:18
Jazzy J: NL Only -Stefan Crichton vs Yimi Garcia:  Which one better for cheap saves over rest of this season and is either one a potential closer for next year?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Garcia for this week so therefore the season. No on 2021

8:19
Frank: I’ve almost given up on my closer situation. Stay with a guy like Y Ramirez in Seattle or speculate on Nick Vincent and the 10-game Miamis this week?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: I am in one league. Go with Vincent

8:20
Sir Farts A Lot: Drop J.D. Martinez for either Tommy Pham or Gio Urshela?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, but it could backfire. I think Urshela will hit better but Pham could steal a few bases.

8:21
Nils: Have to drop one … Sean Murphy or Stallings .. 5×5 keeper .. thx

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Looks like Murphy

8:22
Subtly Obscene Name: What are you making of the latest CMart? Working 92/93, touching 94, still struck out 8 today, was victimized by a dropped fly ball. How decent a keeper for 2021? Can I hope for a 3.80/1.25 third starter? Or will he be setting up Hicks?

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: I

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: ‘m not going to spend any resources on him

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d rather gamble on Lance McCullers.

8:23
mike: Hello Jeff, is Lance Mcullars JR a keeper in Dynasty

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:23
PG-13: I have Realmuto. Pick up Sean Murphy or punt catcher and pick up Edman for bulk?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: The zeros are rough to swallow.

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Take a shot on Huff.

8:24
Jimi: Who’s closing for the Cards this week?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Everyone

8:24
Jake: What the heck type of league allows 2 transactions per week

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: I’ve seen them. Usually, I’ve seen some with 50 max per season

8:25
Sir Farts A Lot: Do I drop Gausman because he missed today’s start due to “right elbow tightness” and will have an MRI? Or would you wait on the MRI results?

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: Hell yea. He’s likely done for 2020

8:26
Joe: Who do I pick up Canning, Luis Garcia, Bassit or Singer this week?

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: Not Canning

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure of your needs but I like Bassit as a pitcher most

8:28
Cito: In a points league two week final, start Pablo Lopez over Dakota Hudson?

8:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Good one. Both lineup for three starts but everything has to go right for Hudson to make his last one. Go with Lopez

8:29
Moonlight Graham: In a 15 team redraft (mixed, 5×5) Dean Kremer, Cole Hamels, John Means, and Touki Toussaint on the waiver wire. Please rank the rest of the way. Thanks.

8:30
Jeff Zimmerman: Hamels,…..Kremer ….. Toussaint, Means.

8:30
Sir Farts A Lot: Would you gamble on Vince Velasquez tomorrow?

8:31
Jeff Zimmerman: The $1 “win” in the Tout Wars mixed auction league was mine. I need volume in that league.

8:32
Jeff Zimmerman: That’s it for this week. I need to go over my NFBC leagues before FAAB runs in about 30 minutes.

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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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