Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: The focus of the chat will be FAAB and Waiver Wire questions. If I get through them, I’ll answer other questions.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the winning bits from the two 15-team Tout Wars leagues from 30 minutes ago.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:32
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7:33
KK: Hmmm…Crichton or Ginkel or someone else in AZ (Soria update?) Thx.

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: What a mess. Seems like Grinkel but I’d hedge with all three

7:33
George: Please rank these 2Bs for ROS roto: Chisholm, Rojas, and Arraez.

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Chisholm, Rojas, Arraez

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: That said, they are three different players. Arraez is going to end up with 3 positions and might be the best when in a full-time role

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Rojas has the most upside, and showing his downside

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Chisholm probably has the longest leash

7:35
Closer carousel: Merryweather or Romano as closer for Jays? Reyes for Cards? Castillo in TB? Who in Det and Bal  and Oak?

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: This question saves me a ton of time with the others being asked.

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: Tor: I think it’s Romano’s right now and if he does the job, Merryweather sets up. Comparable to Hader and Williams last year

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Cards: Sounds like Reyes until the teams deems Hicks ready

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: TB: I don’t even think they know

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Det: Tough to care about this one. Dutch Oven?

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Balt: I think it will be Scott. It’s tough to see a 85 mph flamethrower keep the job.

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Oak: Diekman or Romo, not sure

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: And all that can change tomorrow

7:39
George: Please rank these CF for ROS. Reynolds, Margot, Isbel, Straw.

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Reynolds, Isbel, Margot, Straw

7:40
Shane: Any worthy 2 start pitchers this week?

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s a loaded week. I mentions several in: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/waiver-wire-targets-week-1-2/

7:41
Mikey V: do You believe in Isbel or Mercedes? How much Faab if so?

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes on both

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: Isbel’s defense is MLB ready and he has a line drive swing with 25 SB potential. He’s hit a ball 110 MPH, so he’s not devoid of power. Think Whit Merrifield but a lower batting average. Victor Robles but fewer steals.

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Mercedes can hit and always has, but he’s a DH only. Vaughn is in the OF because of him.

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: He’ll not move off the DH only designation.

7:44
Roundabout: Holds league, Chris Martin or Chad Green?

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Green for now with Martin hurt

7:44
OFers: Tyler O’Neill or Michael A.Taylor (5×5)?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Taylor for now. With his reworked swing, he could be a 20/20 threat

7:45
Guest: Pomeranz worth rostering in a 12-team if Melancon is main saves? Or better to use roster flex for breakout lotto tix early?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Move on right now. You’ll be able to find a replacement

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: I keep seeing Mercedes is catcher eligible, in what format? Guessing Yahoo

7:47
Jaro: Knebel the handcuff in LA?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s looking good, it might be.

7:47
Oddball Herrera: ESPN for mercedes

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Add him in all formats he’s C elligible.

7:47
Booth: Clint Fraizer or Tommy Pham for ROS?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Pham while he’s health and it’s not close

7:48
Ryan: Is it too early to drop Dolis? Looks like he’s at minimum third in the Dave’s pecking order now

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m moving on. He’s a significant step below the other two

7:49
LFC Mike: Ohtani just hit 101 mph..this is going to be fun….

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Nice

7:49
Stick to Sporertz-ball: Thanks for your help.  Very thin at 1B with Vaughn as my only option.  Yuli and Evan White and Garret Cooper my only options on the waiver.  Which direction would you go until/if Vaughn gets more playing time from TLR?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d stash Yuli. Better lineup

7:50
Pete Rose: My team is decimated by injuries.  Need some replacement bats in OBP league.   Like any of these guys on the wire: Segura, N Lowe, Aguilar, Grossman, Mullins, Riley, J Polanco, J Rojas.

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: They’d all be added in my leagues. I’d just stay away frm Rojas until he starts hitting

7:51
froglegs_jackson: Drop Soria for Devenski in Arizona?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hold Soria for this week to find out the extent of the injury. he could be the closer in 3 days.

7:51
Scott: NL ONLY, if your needing SP what would be your max bid on T Widener?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: He looked good. 10% to 25%. So few guys pop up IMO. It sucks he threw today so he’s in everyone’s mind

7:52
Quarantino Martinez: Sunday night FAABchat is back! SOOOO happy

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks. I hated the Tuesday one.

7:53
Quarantino Martinez: How aggressive should we be on Merryweather in AL only? Skills look great, and today’s usage seemed straightforward.

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: I saw him going for 20% to 40% in Mixed leagues. It might be nuts in AL-only. That said, I’d not go too much. I limit myself to 10% on closers. The investment in them rarely pay off

7:54
Choices: Rank these waiver wire choices for the rest-of-the-season : Logan Webb, Logan Allen, Robbie Ray, Anthony DeSciafani

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Ray, Webb, Allen, Disco

7:55
Guest: You mention in your column that Alzolay has top 30 upside.  What are you seeing that I’m missing?  Because I see a guy with severe walk issues who will struggle to get to or through 5 innings.  Honestly asking, because my finger is hovering over the add button

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s those last few starts of ST and 2020. He was just lights out. I’m getting some Snell vibes.

7:56
We’ll Never Be Royals: Hey! Excited about the hot starts/Exit Velos from Isbel and Michael Taylor. Can you rank these OFs for AL/OBP? Isbel, Taylor, Naylor, Mazara. Thank you!

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: That is the order

7:56
MG: Thoughts on winning bid for Merryweather in NFBC and if it’s worth it? Currently holding Romano and I’ve been burned way too much in the past going hard on hot new closers at the beginning of the season

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: I think it might be in the 20% to 50% range and as I’ve said early, that’s not for me. It’s so early. Wait

7:58
Guest: Miggy Cabrera bid? $1k faab?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: 1%, 2%. That’s it. He may not be playable each week and only Util elligible

7:58
Yusei I only hear what I want to: Lining up a starter for next week and beyond. Who are your 1/2 of Rodon, Pivetta, Strippling, Luis Garcia, Flexen? Thank you!

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Rodon and…. no others. I don’t like their starts next week. If I had to pick, Pivetta but bench him. It’s two starts to evaluate if you want to keep or dump him

8:01
Guest: Kyle Isbel bid, how much?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: He seems like ~10%

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: There is the chance he gets demoted.

8:03
Chip: Haniger or Tapia for my last bench bat in a 12-tm H2H?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s Hanigar and it’s not close

8:03
Chip: Drop Antone for Merryweather? SVs + HLDs league.

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:03
Jim: Any interest in Jon Gray (assuming cramps not an issue)? Looked impressive against LA and velo was back.

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: I’ll stream COL pitchers on the road, but I don’t want them clogging my bench. If I miss out, oh well.

8:04
Get vaccinated: Closer advice on KC and CLE? Do I stick with Holland? Handcuffs available on the wire. Drop Wittgren or hold? (Drop to get Barlow or WDavis?)

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hold Whittgren for the week. It has been 3 games

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: As for KC, I’d stick with Holland but grab a handcuff for now.

8:05
Sir Farts A Lot: Yermin Mercedes needs five starts at catcher to gain eligibility there in Yahoo!, do you think it’ll happen soonish or is that a pipe dream?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Pipe dream

8:06
Sir Farts A Lot: I cut Elieser Hernandez for Jordan Montgomery, did I make the right decision or did I blow it?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:06
Guest: Are you guys doing the bullpen report this season?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Someone is supposed to, not sure who

8:06
DH Only: Hi Jeff. I’ve got 2 UTIL only guys on my AL only squad (Stanton and Ohtani) so there’s no chance of playing both as bats. How aggressive do I need to be dealing one of them?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Farely but don’t act desperate. Also, don’t be afraid to move the “hot” one. The goal is to get a decent return for one of them

8:08
cg: Weekly waivers H2H and need holds this week. Drop Chris Martin for Keone Kela based on this “finger buzzing” issue?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Hopefully you can find someone better than Kela out there

8:08
Bruce: 15 team Mixed league FAAB thoughts on pop up closers, Merryweather and Valdez?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Merryweather I’ve discussed. As for Valdez, he had a ton of early hype and was added in more leagues than Valdez. I’m guessing Valdez will go in the 5% to 20% range, but I’d bet on the low end.

8:10
Q: Pls rank SP/RPs Suter, Antone, Merryweather, Wisler, Loaisiga for ratios + holds.

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: MW, Antone, Suter, Wisler, Loaisiga

8:11
Mike: 15 team league, 5 IL spots. $1,000 FAAB. How much are you spending on Eloy?

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: For maybe one month of time 1% at most

8:11
Ramie Shalabi: Who would you rather have as a third closer in near term and long term, G. Soto, T. Scott, C. Valdez, or S. Romo?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go Scott, but it’s like picking a favorite pile of dog poop.

8:12
Kevin Weis: Prioritize Clase or Devenski in standard 12-teamers?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Clase, better pitcher

8:12
Guest: Prefer Tony Disco or A Morejon for this week (both have 2 starts) and for season?  5×5 non-keeper. Thanks!

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Morejon

8:12
Guest: Are those Tout bids based on a $1000 FAAB budget?

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes and we have the rule that players bid on this week have to be started this week. It’s tough to go for two-start guys two weeks out or injured players

8:13
Guest: Keep S Hilliard on bench to see if COL ever plays him, or move on to Solano, A Frazier, or K Newman. 5×5 with obp instead of avg.  thanks!

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Keep for the week but be ready to move on.

8:14
JGolich: $421 for Merryweather – was runner up bid even close to that?!?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Let me look. That league has the most intense bidding I’ve ever seen. It’s go big or go home.

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: 223, 177, 144, 122, 78, 77, 55, 47, 11

8:17
LFC Mike: Hi Jeff saw your comment on Houck earlier today. Any more clarity later in the day? I did pick him up in FA last night. Stashable since the Red Sox rotation is sort of a mess? Thank You.

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: I read some more and the Red Sox want ERod to make the start. That is the best I have right now.

8:17
Natinals: When do you think we see Kieboom and the Nats put Harrison back into the utility role?

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: ASG, he need to have a month of successful hitting against minor leaguers.

8:18
MI heavy: Please rank Rojas, C.Hernandez, Hampton, Solano for FAAB priority.

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: Hernandez, Rojas, Hampson, Solano

8:19
Kevin Weis: Similar to Pomeranz, is Pagan even worth rostering in 12-teamers? Would you rather keep him or take a shot in the dark on someone like Devenski

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s getting close to dropping him. In a 12, I might drop but could be wrong.

8:19
Ramie Shalabi: Should I be dropping McCutchen for Isbel?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: No, Isbel could produce like McCutchen

8:20
Ramie Shalabi: So I’m terms of waiver priority, would you put a perhaps safer but less sexy option like G. Soto behind dart throws like Romo, Valdez and Scott?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure, as long as you don’t have to start him

8:20
Brian Daubach to the Future: Garrett Richards … not so good. Go for another spin or park him in the garage?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s tough. Same opponent, smaller park

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d skip a week

8:21
Steve: Is it too soon to drop Logan Webb after Saturday’s outing or worth holding out for one more start? 12 team league

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hold on to him for another start

8:21
Booth: Everyone’s question after today: Stick with Domingo German a little longer or just let him go?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Wait one more start, but that was ugly

8:22
Ryan: Tim Anderson just yanked after top of the first. Pulled up running to first.

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: FML

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: You guys are so helpful

8:22
Steve Nebraska: Ohtani, wow, 115 mph on that homer…

8:23
Paul: Is M Franco worth 8% of FAAB?  Lost Donaldson. Thanks

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: I think it depends on league depth. Arraez might be cheaper to add

8:23
Novice Bidder: How much FAAB (out of $1,000) should I bid for Devenski in an NL Only Roto League?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: 2 to 4%

8:24
Kevin: My first AL Only league. 12 team Weekly roto old school 4×4. 23 man rosters, player everyone on your roster. Drop Chad Pinder (replacement options Nicky Lopez, Tony Kemp) or wait a week because he will be put on IL past add/drop window

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Add Kemp or Lopez. It’s just Chad Pinder

8:24
Kevin: Logan Allen is a _ SP option with his 2 starts this week?

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: Must add in all formats

8:25
Buff Dickman: My wife is going to leave me if I don’t win my fantasy league. Pick up Isbel or Trammel? Need my OF to show some sack out there…

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: Isbel

8:25
Feddy: top streams in my 12 team league for tmrw (daily waivers) are L Allen, C Rodon, A Morejon, D Ponce De Leon, M Shoemaker, M Moore. what’s your top 3 of those?

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: Nice

8:26
8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: Morejon, Allen, Rodon

8:26
Cito’s Mustache: Do you think India sticks and gets regular playing time? Prefer him ROS or Nolan Jones once he’s called up?

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t have a read on India, I’ve been focusing on SP’s

8:27
David: Singer, Minor & Matz – which 2 should I roster?

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: Minor and Matz

8:27
Bob: how much FAAB (out of $100) should i bid for Merryweather and Allen in AL only League

8:28
Jeff Zimmerman: Me. MW 10%, Allen 15%  My expectations: MW: 50%, Allen 25%

8:28
Pete: Pump brakes on Diekman b/c Rosenthal injury not serious? (medication only so far)

8:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes and I think people have but he’ll still get some love.

8:29
Jeff Zimmerman: That’s it for this week. I have to go over the news one last time and check my NFBC bids. Talk to everyone next week





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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This really makes waiver day more enjoyable. I appreciate the help and the info. Thank you!