Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:30
Jeff Zimmerman: Hello and here are the FAAB bids in the two 15-team Tout Wars leagues.

7:30
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:31
Raj: Is Corey Kluber worth adding in 12-team-pts league?

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: I’ve been passing him up. Let me check something

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman:

Kluber walks a run home with the bases loaded, and his night is over.

45 pitches/20 strikes.

Current line w/bases loaded and one out: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K.

Fastball command just was not there tonight. He popped a few 90’s on the gun in the second w/FB.

12 Aug 2021
7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s not good when he’s barely toughing 90 mph but was averaging ~91 mph before getting hurt

7:33
Catcher: Would you rather have D’Arnaud over E. Diaz ROS in OBP roto? Projections are close.  Out of 12 series left, Rockies have 5 at home (1 vs Dodgers), and are away the next 3 in a row. Thanks

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: d’Arnaud and might look to stream Diaz when possible

7:34
Mike: Roll with Belli or switch to Joe, Miggy or Schwindel? Points league.

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Go with Belli for this week.

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Joe is a decent option when he has any home games

7:35
Mike: With Bergman coming back this week, what’s the consensus on Diaz?

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s tough to know especially with Tucker expected later in the week.

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t mind holding Diaz but he spent weeks on the bench and he’s likely headed back to it

7:37
Pops: Add Jake Meyers and drop Bader?  Harrison has done little in the last month.

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Meyers might only be a 3-4 day rental. I’d keep Bader or look for a more permanent solution.

7:37
Alex: Would you drop Fulmer for either Bednar, Patton, Sulser, Clippard or Floro? Chasing saves and Fulmer hasn’t gotten save ops since coming off the DL.

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: For Bednar, Clippard and Floro

7:38
Vader: Hi Jeff! Thx as always for the chat! I need some pitching help in H2H and Suarez has two starts this week and qualifies of course as a reliever. His walks scare me, so would I be better off in the long run grabbing Lorenzen or Gutierrez (don’t necessarily need a reliever)?

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s such a tough call with him. Since being a starter, he has just one more strikeout than walk

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: That matchups are great, but it could really blowup

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m hoping to be able to roster and bench

7:39
Pete: Who gets bounced from CHW rotation when Rodon comes back? Assume Lopez?

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: I think it’s Lopez but the team could go with a 6-man to keep everyone fresh.

7:40
Vader: Some decent MI offense still available in H2H…pls rank arreaz, n Lopez, e Hernandez, a Rosario

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: EHernan, Rosario, Lopez, Arreaz

7:41
Jeff: Givens or Lorenzen as Reds closer ROY?

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: You tell me. I have no idea

7:42
KCBbq: Am hanging on to last playoff spot by my fingernails. 12 team AL only 5×5 keeper using W/QS and S/H. Due to injuries down to 4 SPs, swingman (Fleming) and 2 RPs. Only $2 of 100 FAAB left. Playing top team this week who has 5 starts, I have 4 starts currently. Would you bid $1 on SPs Flexen or Eli Morgan (2 starts but one is against Bos)…..or go RP route of Tepera and Brentz to limit ratio damage from Heaney?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go for the multiple starts. Play to win

7:42
Guest: Good evening.  Zavala or Torrens for catcher?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: Torrens for now

7:43
Jeff: Cal Quantrill keeps on producing on an upward trajectory. Can he keep this up the rest of the year? Is he starting to make moves up the board for next year?

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe. Pitcher List wrote a great profile on him recently.

7:44
Al Gone Quinn: Is Tsutsugo just effin with us or has he found his 2020 stroke?

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t buy it yet and he doesn’t seem to be a full-time player

7:44
Seanold: Hi Jeff, Thanks again for the last minute insights. Rank ROS: C. Hernandez, T. Megill, D. Lynch

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Megill, Lynch, Hernandez

7:45
Greg: Is it finally time to drop deGrom in 15 team NFBC? Best option out there is either Mikolas or Corbin.

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: I have been. At best he might throw a half dozen MLB innings IMO

7:46
Guest: j Montgomery or ynoa rest of season? Points league

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: Ynoa

7:46
Al Gone Quinn: 60 day guys coming off  the list, who you got among Mikolas, Archer or Weaver, assuming Archer’s hip thingie today isn’t serious?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: You have them in the order if Archer is healthy

7:46
Mike: what are you expectations for Mateo (BLT) the ROS?  will be get some SBs?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Nothing different than his projections

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s at least getting playing time.

7:47
Shanell: Piggybacking off greg, what do you think of deGrom long term. Will he always have arm troubles or is he safe for 2022?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s far from safe. 2021 injury. Over 30. Had TJS in the past. Throws hard as hell.

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: He was an injury risk coming into 2021 but his upside is insane

7:48
Tim: Is Polanco just finally healthy, and we should expect this as the new baseline?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Healthy. I have several mining the news links on this. Just go to his FG page

7:49
Janet: Trust Rodon this week?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Why not?

7:49
Seanold: Would you drop Joe Barlow for any of Givens, Scott Barlow or Sewald?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes on all three

7:50
Bobby: play Lopez over Frazier this week? Thx!!!!

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe, 7 vs 6 games.

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Frazier has struggled since joining the Dodgers

7:51
MagicLougie: Thoughts on Mitch White ROS.  Coming off a real nice outing as a bulk guy.

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he’s good, I just don’t know when/if he’ll start

7:51
Mike: Any reason to hold on to Bieber? Points league. I stream pitchers each week trying to make a run at the playoffs. Trying to decide if he’s worth dropping.

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: I dropped him about a month ago. He might be getting to the point of adding. One option might be to add Civale who is already on a rehab assignment

7:53
Guest: Esobar likely IL need a 3B, NL only. Best options on wire are I. Diaz (will Anderson play?), Bote and Duffy.

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Horrible options. Diaz. You could gamble on SF’s Flores with Longoria on the IL for a few days

7:54
Al Gone Quinn: All these injuries are causing me to lean toward dropping Tony Disco. Am I mad?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure you need to be mad, but if he’s not going to contribute this season, move on.

7:54
Shanell: With that said, piggybacking of my question. Which 2 would you keep. deGrom, Burnes, Cole

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Cole

7:55
King Donko of Punchstania: Higher ceiling between Josiah Gray and Luis Patino?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Right now, Gray but I’d try to find a way to roster both

7:55
DH: Does Yelich’s big Saturday give any confidence that he could turn it around ROS?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s just one game. how about 2 weeks of improved production.

7:56
Fred: How have we arrived in a spot where Wade Miley is a set it and forget it?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: He has been for about 3 months.

7:56
Alex: Does Gil have a rotation spot ROS?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: What a mess with the off day. It looks like a couple guys could get skipped (or piggyback) to keep Cole on schedule

7:57
AL Only: AL Only – Haasa & Grandal both on my IL and both projected to be back for the weekend series. Prefer 2 games of one of them or pick up Yohel Pozo for the week?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Pozo for the week. 7 games and he continues to DH every day

7:57
Johnny5Alive: A couple weeks ago you thought that polanco was maybe coming out of it and getting healthy. Surprised that the pirates dumped him? Change of scenery candidate? Or is he cooked?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I thought he was better but it seems the Pirates are ready to move on. I expect someone like SF or TB to add him to see if they can fix him.

7:59
Guest: Is Willi Castro worth picking up for the stretch run, hoping he heats up with some SBs and maybe a few HRs?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: No, not really, There are better SB options.

7:59
Doug: Rank Mikolas, C Hernandez, Tyler Anderson and E Morgan this coming week

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Mikolas, Anderson, Hernandez, Morgan

8:00
Randy: Is Mondesi going to be up in September?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe, he’s trying another rehab stint.

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: What a lost season.

8:01
J: what you think of aaron ashby?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m biased against him. He played locally in Juco and was a mess as a hitter. I never got the hype, but he turned into a good pitcher.

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s streamer against weak opponents

8:02
LenFuego: You heard anything on the rumor mill about Jose Miranda being called up for September?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: I doubt it. Each team only gets two adds and at least one will be a bullpen arm, maybe both.

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: September callups are going suck

8:03
Mike E P: Is Touki SP droppable now with Ian Anderson SP coming off IL?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: No, not yet. See how the rotation shakes out

8:04
Baker: Hoskins bug day off IL, must start at Utility over Frazier and renfroe right?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:04
Mike E P: Is Trevor Rogers MIA SP worth a FAAB bid?  How much?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Min. He might not pitch this season. I’m ignoring where available.

8:05
LenFuego: Top 3 of:  Zimmer, WCastro, Solak, Mateo, Fraley, CJoe, ADiaz, JMeyers, Schwindel?

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Fraley, Schwidel, Mateo

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: ranking based heavily on playing time.

8:06
Gleyber: I’m out of it in a 10 team h2h dynasty. Gleyber Torres is available and can probably be had for $1. Worth a pickup or do you think better MIF options will be there at auction time in such a shallow league?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Add him for $1. And someone will likely trade for him

8:06
Chucky: Drop Yaz for Odubel?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Two major disappointments, especially with Yaz in a platoon

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure if it’s an upgrade.

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Just check on the weekly matchups

8:08
Chazz: Love this chat.

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks

8:08
Chi: What about your outlook on Belt?

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: I was high on him with the new park, but he’s now in a platoon. He’s fine where there are no better options.

8:09
Rachel: Do you expect Antone to take over the closer role in Cinci when he returns this week?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Not at all. I expect him to fill in when the team needs 2+ IP

8:10
Jim: In an AL Points League, I’m replacing Patrick Sandoval. Could you rank Brad Keller, Eli Morgan, and Tyler Alexander?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Keller than Morgan

8:11
Rachel: Hi Jeff, your thoughts on Frank Schwindel rest of the season? Im hurting at 1b. Thanks!

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s going to play every day and that more than a lot of guys will get

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: brb in 2 minuts

8:14
Bill: Would you roll with Sanchez, Gomes or Varsho the rest of the way?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Just some weeks it might be worth streaming

8:15
Bart: Sanchez (MIA) seems to be getting more comfortable at plate.  Do you see decent power rest of season?

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s looking good. If the price is right, I could see myself adding him as a 5th OF in drafts next season

8:16
Marnell: Will Wick be called on in the 9th for saves anytime soon?

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: That would require the offense to score enough to have the lead

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d gamble on Saves elsewhere

8:18
King Donko of Punchstania: Frankie Montas looked good today even as he got a bit squeezed later in the game. Do you feel he’ll develop into a reliable SP2/3?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: No, not really. It’s going to take more than one start for him to be relied on

8:19
dave in slc: ros outlook for framber valdez? still on him in keeper leagues?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: He has a great profile

8:20
Chris: Hi. I have a similar question with Escobar possibly headed to IL. Playoff matchup next week. My options are Toro, Candalerio, Gosselin, Arraez,Dalbec or Dozier?  Thanks for your input.

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Candelario, Toro, Arraez, Dalbec, Dozier, Gosselin

8:21
Broken Bat: Why wouldn’t Rangers promote Taveras now? I mean isn’t now the time to get another and maybe final look?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: I think they want to get him at bats every day and he can do that in the minors

8:21
ryan: what’s your greatest roto comeback story? did you maximize IP to get the win?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: The only one that comes to mind was an NFBC 2nd chance league that the team only led on the 3rd to last and last day. We need a ton of Wins and K’s and threw the kitchen sink including pitcher against each other in Colorado

8:23
jimmytheguy: Any interest in Zach Eflin this week or for ROS?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: He needs to be added now to see if he can pull it together

8:24
Broken Bat: No argument on Taveras comment, but they could if they wanted give him the At bats in mlb as well. Why not?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Because he’s not good

8:24
Vic: I appreciate you doing this all season!!

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks

8:24
dave in slc: wilson ramos or torrens ros?

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: I think it’s Torrens but also consider Pozo

8:25
dave in slc: al only keeper would you drop kopech for lynch? need innings and ks and thought kopech might crack the rotation at some point but seeming less likely now. also dont want to destroy my ratios though. which is the better option?

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go with Lynch as a keeper and maybe just not start him

8:26
Drew: In a 16-team keeper that counts NSVH, who do you like: Ashby or Merryweather?

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: Really, they are the best keeper options? Ashby, but I’d immediately be looking for an upgrade

8:26
frank: With Tucker coming back this week, is Meyers still a viable start?

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: Not really for the whole week

8:27
Kevin: How sure is it that Bregman comes back this week  I read conflicting reports?

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: Pretty sure. I go with MLBTR

8:29
King of the Hill: Need speed and obp. Dump Derek Hill for Zimmer, Wade or Meyers? (Hill leading off since dl, but might not against righties)

8:29
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d prioritize Zimmer

8:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks for showing up and I’ll be back 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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