Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:30
Jeff Zimmerman: Hello. One last week.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the Tout Wars 15-team mixed league FAAB bids

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Auction

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: NLowe: $162
JrgLopez: $130
KBubic: $82
KHayes: $39
JTomlin: $35
ADeSclafani: $30
JGyorko: $30
GCooper: $14
KAkin: $6
THouck: $5
TONeill: $3
BCrawford: $1
MGarver: $1
TNaquin: $1
HNeris: $0

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Draft

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: YHirano: $178
NLowe: $87
AVoth: $82
KAkin: $82
RLopez: $64
TPham: $36
HCastro: $25
LTorrens: $19
YGomes: $17
AMills: $13
ZBritton: $3
SHuff: $0

7:32
Jake: Rank these closers for this week: Crichton, Neris, B. Garcia, Hirano

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Right now, I’d go Hirano, Neris, Crichton, Garcia

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: I could be talked into swapping Neris and Crichton

7:32
Jake: Wilmer Flores droppable in 12 teamers?

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: For what. I’m having to start him in all my 12 teamers.

7:33
Guest: What do you think of the CWS decision to take Cease out of a game where he was pitching a no-hitter?

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: All teams need to have to talk with a pitcher before any game based on the pitches thrown.

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Also, the CWS have a decent shot to go far in the playoffs

7:34
Jake: I won my semi-final matchup because I picked up Yoshihisa Hirano Saturday morning and later that night he got a save

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Congrats.

7:34
Guest: In an NL only 12 team roto I’m in competition for first. Is it worth  benching Carpenter for Locastro and try to get a couple stolen bases next week? Likewise with benching a guy like Tomlin for taking a shot on Suero for saves?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: If you need steals, go with Locastro

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure Suero is good for Saves.

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: I’ve taken shots on the Cards (and Tigers) for their extra games

7:36
Donnie Big Hairs: Which two 2-start pitchers for the last week finals: Keegan Akin, Drew Smyly or Brady Singer? Thanks for the help.

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: You brought the big three who are available

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: For me: Akin, Singer, Smyly. I’m just not sure Smyly will go 5 innings

7:37
Bobo: Hey. Need a Yogi for the finals next week. Mitch Garver or James McGann?

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Gamble on Garver

7:37
The Gyorko Store Called: Which streamer this week has the best chance of racking up, let me see, 23 Ks?

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Akin or Singer. Maybe Gibson

7:38
$11 Worth of Taco Bell: Which one of your “my guys” are you most proud of?  which one was the biggest disaster (for performance reasons, not injury)?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Ozuna, I have him everywhere. I had him valued in the top-60 and was going much later

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Kris Bryant. I thought his price dropped to a level I liked.

7:39
David: Desperate for playoff catching since it doesn’t look like Realmuto will make it back.  Please rank Kiner-F, Varsho or Stassi for the final week Thanks for the great Sunday evening chats?

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Kiner and it’s not close in a roto league

7:40
DW: What’s your level of confidence in Dustin May?  Choice between May and Kim.  Also, is Judge worth the risk this week?  Thanks for the crunch time assistance.

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: Go with May and why not use Judge? What are the other options?

7:41
Philly Phantasmic: Triston McKenzie vs CHW or Brad Keller vs DET?  (W, K, and WHIP categories are equally precarious).

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: Keller

7:41
Dan: Jeff’s Sunday night chats, a bright spot in a dismal season! Thank you. Please rank the following streamers for playoffs: Smyly, Fleming, Kremer, and Turnbull.

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: You have them in order. Fleming will hopefully make a late week appearance out of the bullpen

7:42
Mark: Could use some help in ERA/WHIP this final week. Best strategy to bank on some your suggested relievers or go for a guy like Akin and hope for some generally positive but nothing spectacular? Basically would take some #s that being overall mediocre era/whip down than rolling dice on guy/guys who could implode or be lights out…

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s impossible to manage these in a week. I’d go with as many closers as possible without cutting into Wins and Ks

7:45
Malone: I have a free pickup for Monday in a points league.  I need a pitcher to get some innings and Ks, but the options suck: Huascar Ynao, Trevor Rogers, Matt Shoemaker with a pitch count vs NYY, Pete Fairbanks as an opener and I think Josh Fleming as a follower. Shot in the dark, who is preferable in that group?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Fleming

7:45
JD: Need some playoff pop. Drop Solano and DeJong for B Anderson and DeJong? (OBP league). Have a great “off-season.”

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: I guess … not a huge upgrade

7:45
dave in slc: where would you rank kyle gibson in your weekly pickup ranks? ahead or behind akin, fleming, bubic, houck etc.?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: After Bubic … but Gibson has two starts so if a manager really needs Wins and Ks, go Gibson over Bubic

7:47
Rake: Forced a final this week based on your pickup suggestions this week. Thanks!

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: You are welcome

7:47
Bubic Plague: Best advice you gave this year? Worst?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Stay away from shitty players

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: i.e. don’t chase Steals from bad players

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Worst: I was fading Tatis hard …oops

7:48
au3rupy3: Do you believe Wander Franco’s “generational talent”? I have to cut one between Franco or Harper in my 15 team roto,
(keep forever with some rules),should I let Harper go? thx!

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Whoa

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Keep Harper but damn that is tough. Possibly try a trade to upgrade

7:49
Jake: Which Rockie do you like better, Fuentes or Tapia?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Fuentes: power, Tapia: speed

7:49
Jake: Garrett Cooper or Ty France?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Cooper

7:50
Rob: For those truly desperate for Ws & Ks, how would you rank: Lyles, Roark, Gomber, Tomlin, Hamels?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Lyles ….. Gomber, Roark, Tomlin …. Hamels

7:51
Snacks: Is hope for Superstar Vlad dead?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: I think so. Maybe he’ll be Prince Fielder at some point.

7:52
MN: AL Only Jorge Bonfiacio or Ed Olivares? Chasing RBIs, Runs, HRs and can’t dump too much BA

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: Olivares

7:52
Jake: Jordan Montgomery or Spencer Turnbull or Josh Fleming or Griffin Canning?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: Monty, Fleming, Turnbull, Canning

7:53
Jake: Which middle of the week stream are you most confident in: Martin Perez vs BAL, David Peterson vs WSH, or Jaime Barria vs SD?

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Barria by a landslide

7:53
Moses: All things beings equal, you just want a guy to woba more for the next week do you go with the crazy OBP of Nimmo or HR capability of Duvall?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: OBP if ahead, steadier. HR if needing to catch up

7:54
Jake: Is Mitch Keller legit, or was last start a fluke

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: He might be … there have been signs. He just needs to pull it all together.

7:55
Jake: Getting Soler back from IL this week, drop Cronenworth, Urshela, or Wilmer? (League is getting much shallower bc everyone who didn’t make the playoffs stopped checking)

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: Croneworth, his performance is dropping

7:56
Guest: Can you rank Genesis Cabrera, Wander Suero, Nick Vincent, Chris Martin, Tyler Webb in order of likelihood of getting a save next week?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea this deep, per darts. The only one who sticks out is Cabrera with all the Cardinal games.

7:57
Rake: Luis Garcia worth blowing out remaining faab for MI depth?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Not really. See if Rojas or Taylor are still out there.

7:57
dave in slc: at this point does stripling have any value or drop him for almost anyone?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: Ignore him for now

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he’s hurt

7:58
Guest: Dolis vs. B. Garcia for a critical save?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: Dolis

7:59
Cut man: Did Jorge Lopez with the o’s really go #2 in your faab?!

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes but owners where spending all they had left

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I pulled off a heist getting Garver, Akin, and Neris for $7

8:00
C: Been enjoying jeffers, but worried with garver back. Take torrens, Kirk, or hishi instead? Al only.

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Wow, lots of AL options. Jeffers has only 5 games which is enough to rest Garver

8:01
Ryan: Singer or Dunning?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: Dunning

8:01
Gibson Girls: Where does Kyle Gibson rank in your 2 start options this last week?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he’s separate for each owner. The blowup potential is huge but he’s had decent starts …

8:03
MN: up one in saves and fending off a few in Whip. Drop M Barnes? If so for: Diekman, Cal Quantrill, Sledgers, or Trivino? AL Only. Thanks for doing these every Sunday. Hanging on to first!

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Grab Diekman

8:03
Cut man: Moncada or Walsh for last week?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Moncada unless there is an injury I missed

8:04
Quarantino Martinez: With Minnesota only going 5, is it silly to cut red hot (but sitting today?) Buxton in al only for Walsh or a starter?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: They could also sit guys on Sat or Sunday. I’m staying away

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: If you can add Walsh, do it.

8:05
Jake: Where are you drafting Wil Myers next year?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea right now and a lot will depend on if the NL brings back the DH

8:06
Jake: Leody Tavares, Tyler ONeill, or Ryan Braun?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: ONeill, Tavares, Braun. All these are based on playing time.

8:07
Guest: Any rookies to stash on the last waiver wire of the year? Some guys avail are R Lewis, Witt Jr, CJ Abrams, N Gorman, G Rodriguez, B Marquez, B Marsh

8:07
Guest: What’s your favorite end of season dynasty baseball adds For next year I have 3 open spots looking for something for next year that’s on waivers talking deep …

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: I just quit play dynasty so you are going to need to ask someone else. Sorry.

8:08
dave in slc: of the rangers youngsters do you like taveras or tejeda?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: They are both good but I like the chance of Taveras sticking in center.

8:09
Swami: Got 3 underperformers that are scaring me: Luis Robert, & Eugenio Suarez. I know they are quality. But it’s the finals week! Is the hot Bohm, Kole Calhoun, or Braun a sub for 1 or both?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d just sit tight … but that’s me. I rarely chase the hot hand.

8:10
rick: Do you think Realmuto actually plays this week?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Some

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe several games at DH

8:11
Jake: Where are you drafting Kyle Lewis next year? What about Teoscar?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Like I stated earlier, no idea. First I’ll look into why they broke out and if it’s sustainable.

8:12
Montas: Scared about frankie montas @ lad this week. It’s 2 starts, but would I be better off with akin/gibson/etc?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: I feel I’ll give you the wrong answer either way. Gibson is not the answer here

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: Stick with Montas

8:13
Arroyo Secco: Worried about Christian Arroyo’s back. Dump for Tyler Wade in al and hope nyy rests some guys?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Stick with Arroyo or swap him out before lineups lock if there is any new news

8:14
Montas: Thanks! Knowing this year he’ll probably kill v Dodgers and tank at Seattle.

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: So true

8:14
Sharky: Head to head championship this week. I’m fine on offense….big underdog on the pitching side. 8 pickups only. Do I stream and get volume k’s and maybe a qs and win? Take take the L with era and ratio. Thanks Jeff

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: You have the season stats for the opponent. You should be able to see how the pair matches up and your chances.

8:16
Quarantino Martinez: Last chance for saves. Please rank yohan Ramirez, Cesar Valdez, dolis, mayers (laa), andriese? Thank you!

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: I think Dolis might get one. The rest will likely have none by week’s end. Go with the one with the best ratios

8:19
Nils: 16 team , 5×5, 23 man traditional mixed league. Brad Miller … droppable at 1st now and try and pick up one of Jared Walsh, Jake Lamb, Pujols, Lowe, Gyorko, or Edwin Rios ?  and in that order or take my chances with Miller .. thx

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: you can drop Miller for Walsh or Lowe. They are the only two playing every day.

8:20
Guest: Do I drop Moustakas for the like/combo of Urshela, Dalbec or Berti?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Not I

8:20
Ryan: Rank: Frazier, C. Taylor, B. Anderson for the last week

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s that order if Frazier keeps playing everyday. If not, he’s last.

8:21
Renaldo Stennett: Choose 2 OF 3 please for final week in points format-  Alcantara at Yanks, Mahle vs MIL, or Pomeranz in a five game week—  W (10) IP (2) K(2) QS (5) SV (8) HD (4) L (-5) BB (-1)

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: I think it’s Mahle, but Pomeranz could throw 3 times and be great

8:22
C: Re: jeffers: are you saying I should cut him for one of those other c’s? (Torrens, Kirk, hishi best available)

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: Cut him for Torrens.

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: Speaking of Torrens, add him your catcher is junk. He’s having a pretty good season.

8:23
Geo: Hirano or Barnes. Does either (both) get a save opportunity this week?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: yes on Hirano

8:23
Fred: vogelbach or O’Neill final week?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: O’Neill especially with the potential 2 games on Monday

8:23
Manny Sanguillen: Jeff- do you have more confidence in a slumping Grichuk or a slumping Swanson in final week of weekly points league h2h playoff finale?  Bench options who are even colder are Pham and Laureano.  Jared Walsh is on the wire but he has only 6 games and may face Kershaw Friday.

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: I might go with Walsh over the rest.

8:25
LenFuego: For Ws &Ks … my FAAB ranking for my league’s available 2 start pitchers is Singer, Caleb Smith, Skubal and Akin … disagree anywhere there?

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: I like Akin after Singer

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: That’s it for tonight. I need to check the news one last time and my NFBC bids.

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: The chat will be moving to a weekday. I need go find out from Meg where are the openings

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: Bye.





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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Thank you for running these FAAB articles all season. I’ve found them helpful and enjoyed the discussions. Have a great off-season Jeff Z.