Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Welcome everyone. We’ll see how long we can go tonight as numbers are way down

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Those were the few bids in the two Tout Wars leagues

7:32
Oddball Herrera: Happ just on a hot streak or does this change your keeper eval for him?

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: I thought this is how he’d perform

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: He’ll hook me back in next season.

7:33
Points League Playoff: Many thanks for your time tonight and all season. How would you rank the following OFs this week for a weekly points league: Santander, Lane Thomas, Grossman and Mancini?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Grossman, Thomas, Mancini, Santander

7:34
Howie: Would you rather have Ottavino, Chafin, or Steckenrider in a saves only league?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Chafin

7:34
Percy Miracles: hi Jeff, what are your thoughts on Seth Beer in the final few weeks? He’s started the past couple of games and has a couple of extra base hits

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he’s up for the DH. For next week, he will be in another AL park on the weekend

7:37
Three Finger Brown: Hi Jeff!  Long time listener, first time caller.  In a weekly points H2H with Wins 8 pt, Saves and QS 6 pt, I have lost Sale and Snell for first half of championship fortnight!  Meh-ish Dylan Floro with six tasty matchups, Carrasco v Phillies, or Carlos Hernandez v A’s?  Thanks for the time today and all season!

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Floro

7:38
Money Mike: It’s playoff time. Are McMahon, Pearson and/or Walsh droppable in a 10-team H2H categories dynasty keeper league?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: I might keep Walsh in a keeper league.

7:40
Al Gone Quinn: Do you take any solace in a second place finish in non money leagues? About to finish 2nd for the 3rd time in 5 years of playing in Ottoneu with my single team. Thought this was the year but my bombers have been fading down the stretch and another team has caught me and will likely beat me with a large innings available advantage.

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: Some, but it sucks to always be second. Maybe add a couple of leagues.

7:42
Ethan: What’s the deal with Eloy Jimenez? His hard hit rate is the lowest since the beginning of his rookie career, and he’s been a mess for nearly a month. I need him to hit for the playoffs – or I need to cut him. Roster space is at a premium in this league (weird rules).

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he’s hurt

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s just tanking

7:44
Ryan: Safe to assume Whitlock gets 3 saves until the end of the season? Or Ottavino/Taylor a better bet?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe on Whitlock. Boston will face the east.

7:47
Hank: I’ve got Schwarber and Verdugo this week facing 5 lefties. Should i leave them in expecting them to beat up on the Mariners and Orioles relievers or should I start someone like Odubel, Mccutcchen or Kepler (h2h 16 team OBP league)?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Go with Mcc and Odubel

7:48
Guest: Help me Jeff Zimmerman, you’re my only hope! How do you rank for a two-week matchup: Houser, Cortes, Lauer, Ryan, Marquez.

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure those are for this week. Is that for the next week?

7:49
Jays: Deep al league. Just blue jays middle relievers. Trevor Richards or Nate Pearson?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Pearson

7:49
Al Gone Quinn: I’m of the mind that reaching 1st place when playing 2, 3, 5 leagues is a big whoop te do. I’m sort of a purist that way. One shot each year. Kinda like DeNiro in the Deer Hunter.

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: I like it in that if one or two guys go down, you have something else to play for. Now, if it is a keeper league, you can at least prep for the next season.

7:50
Ot-NO: Last week you totally saved my ass from a bunch of too-high Otto bids. Thank you Jeff! XO

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: You’re welcome

7:51
Wander Franco: Am I coming back for 1.5 weeks or am I toast for 2021?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Toast, I’m dropping every where

7:51
Muddy Meadows: In a roto league and needing every cat but average, is Austin Meadows droppable at this point for Austin Hays or Lane Thomas?  The platooning is rough and he has not been good for at least a month.

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: I might for Lane Thomas. Thomas is providing in all categories

7:52
Vic.: Thx for doing these.  Do you like  Pavin Smith or C. Santana the ROS?   If either a viable pickup in 15 team mixed

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Both should probably be rostered but have stunk recently

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Smith if I had to pick on

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: pick one

7:53
Breaking Barrias: Jaime Barria had 6 k’s in 4 vs Houston (4 bbs and 4 hits, though). Where would you slot him in ranks (gets Oakland next)?

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d rather have any middle reliever.

7:54
Joey B: Would you rather have Chafin, Kittredge, or D. Castillo? Looking for saves

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: Chafin

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: Either are fine

7:55
Never be Royals: Relative interest in the 3 Royals vs Seattle: Lynch, Singer, Bubic. Thanks!

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d rather play with a bad of broken glass

7:55
Kelly: You like Megill or Patino this week?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Both are fine with their expected matchups

7:56
George: Deep AL only.  Rengifo, Y. Pozo, or DJ Stewart?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: Stewart

7:56
frank: Kirk or Narvarez for the week. avg and homers

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Kirk

7:57
Rollie Fingers: Who would you rather have as a closer between Wick and Floro? Big thanks for this website the whole season. Amazing stuff and extremely helpful.

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks. Floro for this week. Miami has some decent matchups for Wins and Saves.

7:58
Howie: Do you think Chris Bassitt returns as a starter, reliever, or not at all?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: He’ll work up to be a starter

7:58
Jacob deGrom: Am I worth holding on to with 3 weeks left in fantasy playoffs?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I let him go over a month ago and haven’t regretted it one bit.

7:59
Shep: Thoughts about Houser @ CHI as a streamer SP this week? Every start counts… Thanks!

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: I would if he was available.

8:00
Joe Blow: who would you rather roll out next week for 2 starts? Gil (vs. Min, vs. CLE) or R. Hill (vs. STL, vs. PHI)? Thanks.

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Gil over Dick Mountain.

8:00
Seth: Eric Hosmer has been so meh for me lately, and now he’s in a platoon. Swap him out tonight for Brad Miller, who even if also in a platoon, seems to be outperforming Eric?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hold Hosmer

8:02
Arm: Tough match ups for streaming arms in al only. Maybe rank a couple of:  kowar v OAK, Alexy @HOU, Otto@HOU, Jax v CLE, T. Anderson v BOS. (I know you had Kowar lower, but he has better match up)

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: Anderson and Otto

8:03
Arm: With bad al only streamers this week (kowar, otto, alexy, etc) would an rp be better? Maybe Pearson or Chafin?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: A middle might be best

8:03
frank: sewald, finnegan chafin or barlow (KC)

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Barlow, Seward, Finnegan, Chafin

8:03
Taxi squad: In a draft and hold, I have 2 internal options I can use to replace someone on my active roster. Do you like either Anthony Alford or Daniel Vogelbach ROS vs. any of Patrick Wisdom, Rafael Ortega, or Carter Kieboom? All three have been drags on my BA the last few weeks, but I have no other options to replace them. Thanks!

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hold … it sucks watching that AVG tank

8:04
frank: Thanks for doing this all year – its a big help

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks.

8:04
Jon Gray: Good 2 SP next week in points or mirage that will lose you the playoffs?

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s fine since he’s on the road.

8:06
Pedro: IL forces me to cut a catcher — keep Willson Contreras or Travis D’Arnaud ROS?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Contreras

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: You can put them in the FG calculator with the ROS stats

8:07
Guest: Is Edward Cabrera worth holding onto or drop for whatever middle reliever I can find?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he’s a drop especially with the new injury

8:07
Jeff: Schoop or Belt as a Cronenworth replacement?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Belt for this week, vs 6 RHP

8:08
Awesome-O: Shout out to all the fellow chatters. We’re obviously still in the running so therefore all geniuses. Cheers!

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Or hate football

8:09
Yonny Bonny: Chasing speed and obp. Crazy to dump someone like Carlos Santana for Yonny Hernandez (tx)? He is getting on and running. 7 games this week too.

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Drop players to help you out. I’ve got a unique situation that will have me going to an extreme setup. It’s my only chance  to Win

8:12
Joe Blow: Who are some good middle relievers to target that might pick up a win and help with ratios/K’s. Thanks!

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure on the league’s depth, but Treinen, Lugo, and Greene are options.

8:12
Pops: We’re geniuses *because* we hate football

8:12
Cito: Points league: start Sonny Gray vs LAD or Lester @ NYM this week?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Gray. I always go with the better pitcher even though they have a tougher matchup

8:14
Feel the Hearn: The pitch mix changes have me curious on Hearn but he gets CWS this week. Him or RP in al only?

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Hearn is my sleeper but his recent matchups have been rough

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: It comes down to if you are protecting ratios or needing K’s and Wins.

8:16
Hank: Tyler Wells worth starting this week?

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe. I’m not sure he’s the closer

8:17
Rachel: Aaron Civale looked terrible yesterday. Drop him in a 12 teamer or hang on?

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: Not sure, let me look

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: That was not good with the walks and home runs.

8:18
Overall Roto: Do you ever play roto with an overall (league of leagues) component?  How do you think it changes strategy?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, I’m in two NFBC overalls and may cash in the Online Championship

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: The one thing is to take as many stats that you can while you can.

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m ending the chat a bit early to look over my leagues one last time before FAAB runs. Good luck in the playoffs. -Jeff





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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