Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Hello everyone

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the Tout Wars FAAB results from the 15 team leagues

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: CStratton Pit 80   SBieber Cle 40   GTorres NYY 56   MFulmer Det 16   EFedde Was 56   LGarcia CWS 16   YHernandez Tex 12   DPeters Pit 10

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: and from the other

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: NGordon Min 7   CCulberson Tex 4   YTsutsugo Pit 10   RGonzalez CWS 10   CStratton Pit 15   YHernandez Tex 10   JRogers Was 33   LDiaz Mia 3   TyAnderson Sea 3   DLeone SF 11   DPeters Pit 4   EFedde Was 3   PBlackburn Oak 0   MManning Det 0

7:34
Ohtani the Musical!: Random AL reliever who might back into a save or two over the last two weeks?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Anyone in the TB bullpen

7:34
Going for it: Getting down to the wire… In the semi-finals of a 10tm H2H points league, dare I drop Kyle Tucker with his possible shoulder issue to stream the likes of Luke Weaver, Dakota Hudson, Edward Cabrera, and/or Josiah Gray? Add Otto to that mix and rank if you’re feeling particularly generous. Thanks for all the content and chats this season.

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: If you are worried about Tucker’s injury, go with Weaver.

7:35
Going for it: Extra streamer slot, or roll the dice on a guy like Stratton in the final two weeks?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: That so dependent on the league standings

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: From my own, I going with both approaches

7:36
Hank: Zunino or Kirk this week? Can’t decide.

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: Kirk for AVG, Zunino for power. It’s probably close in a points league

7:36
Guest: Hey sir! What’s your ROS outlook for Kelenic? Is this weekend a sign of things to come for these next two weeks or a bit of a mirage?

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: A mirage for me. I can’t buy in

7:37
Alex: The catcher who gives me the best chance at a H2H championship this week is : Kirk. Vasquez, Molina or E. Diaz?

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Diaz – Six home games

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Kirk is a close 2nd

7:38
Alex: Thanks Jeff for a great, great season of info, insights and a few laughs!

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks.

7:38
MonoStereo: Which 3 of these Top 100 players would you keep in a 10 team H2H league? India…Mullins…Acuna…Burnes…Hader ( I’m thinking Acuna & Burnes are locks )? Thanks!!!!

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Mullins as the third

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: I try not to keep closers

7:39
Alex: Not sure if I sent this: E. Diaz a better choice over KIrk (who flew the missing man formation last week) for H2H championship match?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks

7:39
AL Only 5×5: Rank for this week Grichuk, C. Dickerson, or Arraez?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: What a mess.

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Dickerson, Arraez, Grichuck

7:40
Hank: Manaea starting two games (one against Houston) or Fedde’s two step? Manaea is so tumultuous…and that Houston start scares me.

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: I would go with Manaea, now Houston might be near their hangover day (for clinching) so he could have an easy game

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: The White Sox are likely to have their hangover day this week also

7:41
AL Only 5×5: Trust E-Rod in a 2-start week vs NYM & NYY?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on the other options. I know I’m dropping him in one league and having to go with him in another.

7:42
Tim Whatley: With Vaughn set to come off the DL, does Gavin Sheets get enough pt down the stretch to warrant a spot on a AL only league contender chasing HRS and RBIs?

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s probably worth it in an AL-only. Also check out TEX for more playing time for Culberson with all the lefties coming up

7:43
AL Only 5×5: Any top ratio MR plays ROS in the AL?

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Staumont, Crochett, Anyone from Cleveland with those 8 games

7:44
Siri-ously: Hi Jeff! DEEP question. Which of these MRs should I go for (wins a plus): Trevor Richards, Nate Pearson, Casey Sadler, L Luetege, Mike Mayers.

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably Mayers, but I usually don’t go this deep

7:45
Maestro: Percent chance Reynaldo Lopez pulls out a W on road @DET?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: 25% to 33%

7:46
Siri-ously: Starting B. Singer vs. CLE tomorrow? Short Covid stint, bad start last week, 7-inning game…

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: I couldn’t

7:47
Rooker: Does he play enough to start for 2 weeks?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Not sure who is playing when. There are so many parts. Maybe he starts 50% of the time

7:47
AL Only 5×5: Tyler Wells, Cole Sulser, or Garrett Richards ROS? AL Only looking for ratio help and saves

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Sulser is the easy #1, then Wells and finally Richards

7:48
Ohtani the Musical!: Who was your biggest miss this year (excluding any catastrophic injury guys)?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Story and Bellinger on the turn tanked a team

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: I had enough Ian Happ that he finally got good after I dropped him.

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: I need Jeff McNeil to hit for AVG

7:50
JC: Chasing playoff saves: Chafin over Sewald, right?

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes and don’t forget about Fulmer in DET and Rogers in SF

7:50
Maris: I picked up Ynoa, McClanahan and Taylor Rogers this year –and all for a buck. Put these guys in order of preference for next season. Thanks

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: The order you have them. I might swap the first two

7:51
Bad Closer Alert: Chafin has a couple saves but tough WHIP; Tyler Wells (BAL) is up for saves but blew 2 vs. Yankees. Which do you cut first?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Wells

7:51
Cobb Salad: Worth holding Cobb through the Houston start to get him vs. Texas next week?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Cobb might even end up with two starts in the last week if Ohtani gets shutdown

7:52
Ohtani the Musical!: Who was your best sleeper who hit it big?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: Robbie Grossman: He talked about changes he made last season and they stuck. Also, I bought into the Rodon spring training improvements

7:53
Cold as ice: Drop Moran for CI wanted poster guys who are hitting like H Dozier and C Walker at this point?

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes … I think he’s in a platoon. Bobby Bradley is also an option since the Gaurdians have 106 games this week.

7:54
Maris: Straight points league. Which one of these OF would you keep in 2022: Austin Meadows or Dylan Carlson?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: Carlson … maybe. Both have issues with Meadows in a platoon.

7:55
Kappa: Kaprellian was supposed to get SEA but Fangraphs thinks he’ll face Houston. Should I cut him for a middle reliever? (AL only)

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: It all depends on when/if Bassitt comes back

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe roll with a MR

7:56
Dave: Drop Skubal or Kikuchi for Fedde? Need a two-start pitcher for playoffs. What’s your off-season gig look like?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Add Fedde for those two.

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: For the offseason, I need to update The Process and get it out around Thanksgiving. I plan on doing a comparison of projections. And at some point 2022 prep starts

7:58
frank: Need AVG. for the week. Lane Thomas (3mia 4 cinci), Odubel (3bal 4pitt) or leury (3 det 5 cle)

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: For just this week: Odubel but Thomas is a fine options

7:58
Guest: Yonny Hernandez good source of steals this week?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: NOOOOOOO… he’s been sitting vs LHP and the Rangers face five. Hernandez might only have 2 starts

8:00
brad: saves rest of year kyle finnegan, diego or Tyler Rogers

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Rogers

8:00
High5Ghost: Hi Jeff! Thanks for all the help this year! I’m in a 6×6 12 team mixed that counts BB. I have Gallo & K Tucker both DTD. Right now my OF / UT situation is those two and Schwarber, Dalbec and Jesus Sanchez. I’m looking at Hampson, Siri, Kelenic and Wade Jr on waivers. Stand pat or start churning this sucker? Thanks again!

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: Hampson has been leading off (I didn’t check today) and has 3 of the last 4 at home

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: And SF has all righties this week, so Wade is also a great option

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: At least drop Dalbec (limited starts) and probably Sanchez for those two

8:02
AL Only 5×5: Mercado batting 2nd for CLE, with 9 games this week, any optimism? Pick over C. Dickerson?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: I like both.

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m guessing Mercado sits at least twice, possibly in four of the games.

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Dickerson is safe, Mercado is an upside gamble

8:03
Grisham: What’s your strategy for H2H pitching in playoffs: tight riens on ratios or let the pitchers pitch (I’m playing for a consolation prize: next year’s #1 draft pick)? Have an insightful off-season. We need you back next year.

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: I just left my guys go, I hold back.

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t know if it’s the right strategy, but roll out a ton of suspect plays

8:05
AL Only 5×5: Thanks for taking the time each week to answer questions. Keep up the great work on FG & RW!

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks

8:05
Chris: How would you rank the following hitters this week? Alonso, Rizzo, Dalbec, Happ, Candalerio grossman and E Jimenez. Thanks!

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: We are in the 25th week and you haven’t figured out a way to rank them? Or haven’t found a service that helps (e.g. Razzball or Rotowire). Also, it helps to know the format.

8:06
Matt: Thoughts on Dillon Peters tomorrow versus the Reds?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m going to use him in Tout Wars (that was my bid and we have to start added players) and just staying away in others. Fedde and him are the top available two-start pitcher IMO

8:08
Can’t catch a break…: Single catcher 12 teamer…G.Sanchez, A.Kirk, E.Diaz?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Diaz

8:08
Nils: Sunday at its best right here. Time to drop Trivino ? Options to pick up are Joe Barlow, Stratton, Chafin, Givens. Thoughts and in what order (if drop) . Thx for doing what you do Jeff

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: It was time about 3 weeks ago

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Caflin, Givens, Barlow and Stratton

8:08
Bob: AL only…should i pick up jordan lyles against baltimore? or go with a MR?…ryu and odorrizi both in the IL

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: AL only – Lyles is the worst

8:09
stu: Very deep AL only, standard roto categories. Who are the most likely to be valuable in 2022. Baz, Cortes, Cobb, Rasmussen, or Stripling?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Cobb, Cortes …Baz, Ras, Stripling. I don’t feel good about the last three

8:10
Marjinwalker: Gavin Lux usable this week?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe for the first half. I was looking into when Pollock returns and it sounds like mid-week.

8:10
Vic: Thanks so much for doing this every week.   Much appreciated

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: You are welcome

8:11
Drew: Drop Wil Myers and Voit for Sheets, Jesus Sanchez, Wade Jr? 12 team 6×6 cat head-to-head (Strikeouts for hitters)

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Of the five, my top two are Myers and Wade

8:12
Steve: Cobb (Houston) orJon Gray (SF) next week?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Cobb

8:12
Ohtani the Musical!: Who closes for SEA next spring?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Someone not on the team

8:13
Jeff: Time to drop Springer ?  Austin Hays or  Lane Thomas are available

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe and for Thomas this week. No lefties for Hays

8:13
pitcher issues: Can I trust any of Ober, Wood, Desclafini, or Flexen this week?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t want to and hope I add some players I don’t have to use them.

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Flexen is the top chose vs OAK and a possible two-step the final week vs OAK and ANA

8:15
Brendan: HR’s, RBI, SB’s, and Saves are razor thin.  top 2 teams in 12 team AL roto only are within 1 of all of those categories…  Matt Chapman was unexpectedly dropped and we have preference to pick him up.  But there’s also DJ Peters (Tex facing 5 lefties next week), Jose Siri (the SB component), Sergio Romo (saves?) available.   I have my pick.  Who would you take???? this could win or lose the league!!!!  so no pressure 🙂

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Chapman and don’t look back

8:16
Ohtani the Musical!: What top 100 player will you not draft next year no matter what?

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably about half will be on my do not draft list but Trout for sure

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: I have certain requirements for each round and some players don’t make the cut, mainly for no steals or low AVG

8:17
Yinyang: Tommy Pham seems to be heating up and playing. Is there anything you see?  I’m thinking of picking up and starting in my weekly OBP H2H playoffs. My regular hitters have been slumping.

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s fine, but isn’t a great source of power

8:18
Greg J: Can I trust Joe Ryan this week again CHC after that nasty comebacker last week?

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not. I need the start

8:18
Slumping Hitters: Would you recommend picking any of Hampson, L. Thomas, or J. Sanchez to start over Mancini, Schwarber, Voit or Candelario?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Drop Voit, he doesn’t play enough to matter

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: I like adding Hampson and Thomas

8:19
Steve: What happened to Cole today?  Should I be worried going forward?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea but I’ll dive in tomorrow

8:20
Seanold: How do you like Tyler Anderson as a 2 start option this week?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Yep, where he’s available. I tried to roster him last week

8:20
Ohtani the Musical!: How will you celebrate winning your league?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: By getting Yahoo dumped on my

8:22
Wily Peralta: Wily Peralta is disliked by the computers but keeps producing. Is there something the computers are missing? 7 inning shut out vs Rays!

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: The groundballs are nice.

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: I just check my projections and I have him as a 4.49 ERA talent

8:23
Dan: Longoria follow-up: start him over Candelario or LeMahieu next week(playoff round)?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: I would with the at COL games

8:24
Brendan: After the game tying HR, and the injury (?) to Tucker, and the fact that Houston is in playoffs, how much is Jose Siri playing the next two weeks?

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: He might be good for a bit until Brantley comes back and then he can share time with Meyers and McCormick

8:25
Dave: Trout on your do not draft list? Suggest trading him before 2022 season (14 team H2H keeper league)?

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: The issue with Trout is that is value is probably at an all-time low. I’d hope he’s healthy in ST and get a better value

8:27
Matt: 12 team league with 15 keepers per team, standard 5×5 roto. Is Brendan Rodgers a keeper in your estimation? Other choices will be Matt Chapman or Jake McGee or Trevor Rogers or Amed Rosario . . . players in that range.

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go Chapman first then Rodgers and then Rosario

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t keep closers

8:27
Guest: Drop Trevor Rogers for John Means?

8:27
Jeff Zimmerman: Why?

8:28
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m close this down and will see everyone for one last Sunday chat until next season.





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 four FSWA Awards including on for his Mining the News series. He's won Tout Wars three times, LABR once, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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