Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Welcome

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: A busy week.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Those are the bids from the two 15-team Tout Wars mixed leagues.

7:32
Quad 8s: 12tm H2h pts. Pick 1: Springs vs MIL or 2x start Zach Thompson (@ARI,@SF)?

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Spring for me.

7:32
KCbbq: Mahle, Manning, Bradish and Ragans only SPs in our 12 team AL only keeper league. The latter two are streamers and bench for this week. Have $13 of 100 FAAB left. What would you bid for each and is Manning still a top end of the rotation arm at some point?

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: $10, $3, $1, no bid

7:33
KCbbq: In 12-team AL only what order would you put Vavra, Thompson, Massey, Siri, Isbel, Eaton? And are any of them better than my Josh Smith and Bolt?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d take all but Eaton over the pair.

7:34
Jake: Add Mitch Keller for one of Brubaker, Josiah Gray, or Berrios? Which?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: gRay

7:34
A.J. Kveller: In a H2H redraft points league, which would you drop: Votto, Luis Urias, J. Turner?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: context matters, for who?

7:34
Felix Millan: Correa has proven to be pretty useless.  Move on to DeJong or Segura, or sit tight?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d sit tight

7:35
Jake: better bullpen for save hunting A’s (Zach Jackson and Puk) or Reds (Diaz and Strickland)?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Puk and Strickland

7:35
Mac: For those of us out of FAAB, any advice? Shoot for low level trades?

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: You have to do Two for ones. Trade one of your starts for a couple of starters.

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: Also, you can work on trades ahead of time.

7:37
Guest: How good can MJ Melendez be ROS and next year? Seems like he’s taking off as of late.

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he should be rostered in all leagues

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Might not be yours, but he’s one of the top-10 to 12 catchers in the league right now

7:38
Jake: Are you still believing in Tommy Pham in 12 teamers

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

7:38
Johnny Ringo: Hi Jeff. Still chasing saves. Bautista ,Williams J,Hernandez , Wick, Kennedy, D Jimenez or Z Jackson i n that order?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Williams, Bautista, Hernandez, Wick, Kennedy, Jackson, Jimenez

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Also, Crowe is a nice play for a week or six

7:39
Jake: Pena or India ROS?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: India

7:39
Felix Millan: Expecting Suzuki to figure it out, or is Chris Taylor a sufficient upgrade?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Taylor is a find lateral move. The extra position helps

7:40
Guest: Are Patrick Sandoval and Jeffrey Springs rosterable in points leagues where efficiency matters (negative points for HR, BB and H allowed), or are they matchup based streamers?

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on the other options

7:40
Isaac: Any thoughts on Matt Manning today?

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Nope, didn’t watch, sorry

7:40
Felix Millan: Kershaw is done for a bit.  Kirby or Quintana ROS?

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: Kirby, and Quintana is unrosterable this week (@ COL)

7:41
Otis Amos: Stripling’s dual eligibility is helpful in our points format. How would you rank him compared to Stroman and Ashby ROS once he returns to the mound?

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: When he returns, Ashby, Stroman, Stripling

7:41
Jake: So my team really sucks, bad enough that I’m starting to think I might want a catcher for my utility spot even though they only play like half the time. Is it worth it to put Carson Kelly or Jose Trevino at utility over a Candelario or Victor Robles type player?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: No, that is a horrible idea

7:42
The 6ix: 5×5 Ultra Roto, IP not Ks, 12 team AL-only, $100 FAAB. How much would you bid on Jose Quijada of LAA? Top 5 get paid, places 4-8 are super tight, I am in that group and 6 saves behind snagging a point in that category.

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: $0, I doubt Quijada will be able to make up a 6 Save difference

7:43
Ryan: what’s more realistic in a basic 5×5 roto? making up a 10hr deficit or a 5 point .avg deficit?

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Not sure, might be average at this point. The key is to check the approach the people ahead of you are doing

7:44
Jake: Re: Josiah: he plays the cubs like twice in a row now, and Brubaker and Keller get the DBacks. Would that impact the decision?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: I think Gray is the worst pitcher, that is all I was given in the question. Now, do you want what to do over the next week or so?

7:45
Robo: Do you think Massey has ROS appeal in 12 team 6×6 ops league?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: No, but I could be wrong

7:45
Booth: J. Turner coming back Tuesday… Turner or Bohm for the next few weeks??

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Bohm

7:45
Kelenicked: We are not being fooled by Jarred K again, right?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: He continues to not hit … at all.

7:46
Isaac: Why aren’t the reds giving Diaz save opportunities?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: $$$$

7:46
Benji: Looking to drop 1-2 “closers” from my team. How would you rank the following. JLopez, JHernandez, JDuran, RIglesias

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: You have them in the right order

7:47
Jake: So a guy in my league started streaming hitters based on platoon splits and matchups, and the whole league got rly mad bc we’re all busy ppl and we don’t have an hour a day to look at all that stuff… so he’s killing us with by switching out Vogelbach and Naquin with Ruf and Tyrone Taylor… even though his team is horrible. Do we have a right to be upset? What rule changes can we make to close this loophole but still reward smart claims?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: You’ll are being whiny punks. He’s playing by the rules and they can’t be changed mid-season. Just go to weekly lineups to stop that from happening

7:48
kevinthecomic: Is there anything Brendan Donovan can do to back into the starting lineup?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Hit

7:48
A.J. Kveller: Re the votto, Urias, Turner Q — Turner is coming back from the IL and I only have room for two of the three.

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Votto and Urias

7:48
pablo: Jeimer or H Castro as CI for a 15-teamer?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Castro for me. The four positions helps

7:49
Yuli: I don’t understand Jake’s question. If the guy is not breaking any rules WTF? Sorry but come on bro!

7:49
Profar and Away: J Hernandez holds the Texas closer spot ROS?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m worried Barlow slips back into the job

7:50
EZ Duran: E. Duran still playing every day in Texas. Where does he fit your WW list?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: I think he’s about even with Candelario

7:51
Felix Millan: In a weekly league, are Seth Brown and Joc worthy starters over mediocre everyday players like Happ?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Most of the time no. Keep up on the schedule for the platoon bats

7:51
Guest: Miguel Vargas going back to AAA when Justin Turner comes back?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: possibly

7:52
KCbbq: Would you drop Jon Gray $14 in a 12 team AL only keeper league and replace with one of Mahle, Manning or Bradish via FAAB? I had thought of keeping for next year (SP has been getting bid up last 3 seasons since we switched to W+QS and SP getting pulled after 5 innings). I also thought of just dropping him and trying to pick him back up for less since he’s out for another 3-5 weeks.

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d keep him and you still need to add Mahle

7:52
Profar and Away: Ride out Taveras as last OF where I just need playing time for counting stats?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure

7:53
Mike: Are you starting Brady Singer (home vs CWS and LAD) or Braxton Garrett (away vs PHI and home vs ATL) this week?  I’m worried about ratio implosion and would start a RP in their place.

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: It comes down to the league. In some, both will start as I need W and K. In others, they might head to the bench

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: I lean yes

7:54
Quad 8’s: Are you rolling with Kikuchi 2x start @CLE, BAL or a single stream for someone like Heaney @KC or Cobb @SD?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: This is another needs-based decision. I know I’m going to do all three.

7:55
Ryan: would you drop garrett for ashby?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: God no

7:55
Tony-on-the-Mic: Please rank the following NL OFers for ROS:  Canha, Robles, B. Marsh, Ruf, Gallo.  Thanks Man!

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: Robles ………….Canha, Marsh, Gallo, ………..Ruf

7:56
Dan: I’d be surprised to see Trout play very much if any this season. In a 14-team keeper, is he still worth a keeper spot or is it time to try to trade him and move on?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: If you are playing for this year … trade him to win this year.

7:56
Archery: Is Chris Archer a good stream this week (@LAA)? Where does he rank on your list?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: No, I’m not interested in starting Archer. Use a reliever

7:57
Mound: How would you rank Joe Ryan, Pablo Lopez, and Martin Perez ROS?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Perez, Ryan, Lopez

7:57
Poche: Just when I think I”m cutting Poche, he gets another save or win. Him or Quijada (LAA) for saves?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Quijada for Saves

7:57
Billy: Pepiot worth a spot in a 12 team 5×5 mixed? How much FAAB? Thanks

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: No, spend elsewhere

7:58
Va Va Va Vavra: Vavra keeps batting high. Worth a chance over Rengifo or Massey given the O’s play 7 this week?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: I could see it. I know the projections love him

7:58
Shut the front door: Would you take Devin Williams or Taylor Rogers as Brewers closer rest of season?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: Williams and it’s not close

7:59
Need4Speed: Is Bubba T better than Myles Straw at this point? Straw’s AVG went up in July but he wasn’t running which is sort of the point

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

7:59
Bd: Start Detmers vs Min or Giolito vs Det this week? (Hard to believe im asking that, but….). And do you favor Doval or Munoz in a saves plus holds league?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d still go with Gio and I like Munoz

8:00
Jake: Believing in Taylor ward in 10 teamers ROS?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t have a feel for the 10-team pool but Ward might be a streaming option in it

8:00
Jake: which fresh off the IL player will have a bigger impact, Thairo or Haniger?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Thario

8:00
Killer Fleas: What kind of FAAB value for “Thor” in Philly in an NL 5×5 league?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: All of it for some team. I’d prioritize Montgomery or Thor

8:01
Kutr: I like your Kutter enthusiasm. Are you worried about his KC results today and NYY matchup this week?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on the replacement but he can be streamed in 12-teamers for the next few weeks

8:02
Stream: Better Stream: Kaprellian vs LAA or J. Suarez @OAK?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Reliever

8:03
Guest: What is a reasonable expectation for Bubba Thompson?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: He struggles in the majors and is demoted in 10 days

8:03
Jimmy Meatballz: Jorge Mateo has been flashing some power recently. You buying into this version of Mateo?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, but he’s still barely has a .650 OPS

8:04
Guest: 12 team points league drop one Paul sewald tanner houck Ryan helsley

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Houck

8:04
Seanold: 12 team roto league, Franmil Reyes worth holding? Had a weird week, curious to see where he ends up

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: No, move on

8:04
Guest: India w dropped in my league. Would you drop segura or Edman for him?

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Edman for sure, he has struggled and moved down the batting order

8:05
Suzuki: What happened to the bat? Gotta start thinking about a drop in shallow leagues. I watched today and he didn’t seem like he was almost getting hits.

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: No sure. I might need to dig in this week

8:06
Thanos: Rank for this week: Montero (COL), Muncy, Darick Hall

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: That’s the order … for this week

8:06
Scott TINSTAAPP: Dropping Jon Gray in 15-team NFBC?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Oh yes. He’ll be back for just a week or two. It’s the home stretch.

8:07
What HAPPened last 30 days?: Drop Happ for mancini in an OBP league?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: No

8:07
Holmes, Chad Holmes: I am nervous about this dude. How much leash does he have left?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Not a whole lot

8:08
Lars freakin nootbar: What kind of FAAB on Mitch Haniger in 12tm oc with $360 left

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Damn … $360. Rich boy

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: That much, at least $60

8:08
AJ: Is Nestor Cortes out of gas or are the Yanks just limiting his innings as a precaution?  Start him in SEA over Berrios (@BAL) this week?

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: Don’t know but I would still use him

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m ignoring a ton of closer questions. I did a long rank earlier in the chat

8:10
Guest: Odorizzi worth a faab bid in a 10 team NL only? wire is thin on pitching, could use some depth

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: NL, maybe. Ynoa is now an option also

8:10
McCullers: Will he return and add wins or destroy WHIPs?

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure he will throw enough to get a Win. I see him as an add and bench

8:11
A.: Elehuris Montero seems to be starting for the Rockies. He plays in Coors and had good minor league stats. Anything there?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, it’s a nice home week to give him a spin

8:12
Quad 8s: Kikuchi has pitched better since he returned from IL and has tempting 2x start this week (@BAL, CLE). Are you rolling with him or a single stert

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: The walks are down. They’ve been down before and they always go back up.

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Tough call

8:12
Boris: Mountcastle or Taylor Ward RoS, 5×5 league

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Mount

8:13
Dave: Lodolo (vs. CHC) or B. Garrett (@PHI/vs. ATL)  this week? Only need one start

8:13
kevinthecomic: Since he was called up from AAA, Paul DeJong has 3 HR and 6 BB in 8 games.  We always knew the power was there, but does DeJong now have the ability to tell whether or not a pitch is in or out of the strike zone?

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: My computer locked up

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: On Dave’s question: Lodolo for one start.

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: On Kevin’s, DeJong continues with power but the AVG will be a drain. Nothing has changed

8:14
Jake: Does Whitlock have any value in 12 teamers rest of year?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: No

8:14
Jake: luis urias, Iglesias, or Nicky lopez short term, for obp league?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Iglesias for the home series

8:15
KCbbq: Bader is available via FAAB. His plantar fasciitis is a concern as it can easily become chronic (I know this first hand). Is he worth bidding on mainly for 2023?

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Not for me, I need the spots for these final few weeks

8:16
KCbbq: Suarez (LAA) has a good matchup this week. Is he too volatile to even bid on?

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d pass.

8:16
Booth: Need a SP. McCullers getting crushed tonight in AAA and that’s who I was going to get. Detmers available but has a tough schedule starting middle of August… which one would you go with between now and 1st week in September??

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Detmers and it’s not close

8:16
Mick: Hi Jeff, thanks for doing this…what do you think of Matt Manning vs. Alex Wood, and also Elehuris Montero vs. Luis Rengifo, thanks.

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: Wood. As for the other two: Montero for the week, Rengifo for the season

8:17
Nils: CBS 5×5, 16 team, Mixed, keeper. Currently 2nd place (22 pts back) Like the Vikings of old I’ve torched the longboats and have gone all in to win. Of the following who would you drop .. Have 2 spots open… Oscar Gonzalez, Nick Pratto, Aledmys Diaz, Renigfo … also Berti … Take a chance and activate him for the week ? He has a SB tonight in Jax..

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: Diaz and Rengifo

8:18
Rake Arrieta: Having both Kirk and Melendez seems like a luxury in a one C dynasty league but if you had to trade one of them, which of the two would you put on the market? Any additional context about why would be helpful too.  Thanks Jeff!

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d put Kirk out there

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: I like that Melendez can move around the field

8:18
Greg: Ros for saves, Wick or Jiminez?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Wick

8:19
zwibi37: What do you think Baders offensive profile will be like playing in Yankee stadium and the other hitters parks of the AL East. Has to be a significant improvement, no?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Irrelevant when he enters for one week in the 8th inning.

8:19
Jake: Jose barrero from the reds worth a flyer if your middle infield is absolute crap?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure, check in on Vavra in BAL

8:20
Joe: Arcia, Nick Gordon, DeJong, Massey, E. Montero  in 15 team mixers, not as full time starters but fill ins, like any?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:20
larry: Are you bidding on A. Chapman encase he goes into a save share with Holmes. Also who do you prefer-A. Diaz, Jiménez or  Wick. Thank you

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Chapman is on some of my bid list and he could steal the job back. I like Wick by a mile

8:21
Rico: Is Nelson Cruz a drop in an NFBC 15 team high stakes league?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: I’ve already done it

8:21
Cliffy: Would you drop Eovaldi or Kopech for Kutter? Or to stream Kikuchi for his 2 start week ?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Kopech for Kutter

8:22
mike: For this week. Need SB’s 12 team 5x5mixed. Jake McCarthy or Victor Robles. Thanks

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: Robles

8:22
Whiny Punks: I was kinda surprised that the Nats sent down C.J. Abrams after the monster Soto trade.   Do you expect Abrams to be called up in ’22?

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: There was a great article on it. I think they have him working on other positions …

8:23
KCbbq: Do you think Magneuris Sierra will be a good source of SB ros?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: No

8:23
Rush: How much to bid on Alek Thomas in 12 TM? 7 games all righties next week

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: And in COL, 1% to 2%

8:24
Jon: Should I drop Raisel Iglesias or Fairbanks for Tanner Scott? It’s a K/9 and saves league however I don’t love Scott bc he’s a drain on the ratios

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes on both. Scott is the closer

8:24
Bill: Estrada (SF) or Rodgers (COL) ROS?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Estrada and not close

8:24
Steve: Kris Bryant a drop in a 12 with good cover at 3rd (playing in the OF more on the rare occasion he plays)

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: I think so. I only have him in draft and holds and he’s been fustrating

8:25
Bud: Drury playing everyday for SD.  How much will he be affected by Tatis coming back?

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe a quarter of his time if Tatis has to DH. I think Grisham and Kim take most of the hit

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: And that’s it for this week. I’m off to give me teams a quick look over.





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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