Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Sorry about missing last week.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the Tout Wars winning bids for the two 15-team mixed leagues.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:32
Guest: You sure Roansy has two starts? Razzball thinks so, but Yahoo! doesn’t. Im fighting for first in both innings and saves, and either starting him or Fairbanks depending on how I project his innings. Yikes.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: It looks like just one start according to Rotowire

7:33
Down to the (Waiver) Wire!: Hey! Thanks for still coming out for these. They’ve been very helpful.

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: You are welcome

7:33
Sampson: Looks like Adrian Sampson wins the Monday-Saturday Cubs lottery this week. Interested in points H2H over Webb @ COL? Montgomery @ LAD?  Or Fool’s Gold?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe, they might be 6-man with Wesneski and Assad. Also, it seems like Miley is scheduled for tomorrow.

7:34
Down to the (Waiver) Wire!: Oswaldo Cabrera or Sam Haggerty? OBP most important, speed #2. Thanks!

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Since you don’t need any of the counting stats, Haggerty

7:35
Lane: Are there any teams with a lot more games or less games than average this week?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: All between six and eight. ARI and LAD have the eight

7:36
Win Vulture: Wins obviously crucial right now. Do you think Hunter Brown has a chance to vulture some from the pen? Or am I better off with a less good arm that’s starting (Voth, Bello, Joey “Real Player” Wentz)?

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: You have to move on from Brown if needing Wins. Go with one of the others. Voth would be my choice

7:37
Olivares: Olivares is back, baby! Where would he rank in your ww list? OBP league. I assume he’s ahead of Myles Straw (who is suddenly getting on base again)?

7:37
Olivares: (Roster Resource thinks he’s a platoon bat, though he played vs. a righty today)

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sold on Olivares but might be a must roster for those needing speed in deeper leagues.

7:38
Wicks Cherrycoke: Anything to Miles Straw’s better play recently.  Looking for some SBs this week and Berti hasn’t been great lately.  Just lost O’Neill.

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Straw has a .373 BABIP in Sept, so the options to steal have popped up. Has just a .034 ISO this month. Even with the extra times on base, he only has 2 SB this month.

7:40
Baseball guy: vaughn Grissom or O’Neil Cruz for just this week? Points league

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Grissom

7:40
Percy Miracles: Hi Jeff, would you load up on Rockies this week at home? Villar move up your board with 4 games in COL?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s tough to go all in with Rockies since their playing time is all over the place. I’m not sold on Villar

7:42
Matt L: Cutting Willson Contreras in an OC? Took the zero last week unfortunately. Only have $3 FAAB left, best options are; Diaz (COL), Grandal, Narvaez, or Trevino (DTD)

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: Diaz for sure … on the sneaky side. Matt Thaiss should be catcher qualified after today’s game.

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: Wong in Boston is a decent option with Pawlecki getting demoted.

7:43
Streamer: Bello got a decent bid in your league, but @CIN and then NYY seems scary. Him or Voth (DET), Wentz (@BAL), or Cody Morris (@TEX) for the week? (FWIW, I could sit Bello vs. NYY)

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: I like Voth and Wentz more. Also, Wentz might line up for two starts the next week.

7:44
Rennie Stennett: Darvish is rolling but he’s at COL next weekend.  Would you roll with Yu or go with Stroman or even Wesneski @ Pittsburgh instead?  14 team points league- weekly lock. Thanks for doing these chats Jeff!

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: In a points league, I’d start in COL

7:45
Farmer Ted (not a farmer): this is for Lane: https://baseballmonster.com/ScheduleGrid.aspx

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks Ted

7:46
Carlos: Jeff, thanks for the playoff advice – best pts league OF pick up for this wk?  Carlson, Aquino, Friedl, Daza, Grossman, Myers, Grisham, D. Peralta, H. Ramirez…..

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: Points … Daza or Ramirez

7:46
yinyang: Thanks, Jeff! Should I start Andrus in my 5×5 (OBP) weekly H2H playoff match up? Anderson seems likely to return this week so I’m worried about Andrus’ playing time.   Waiver wire options are  Stott, Urshela, & Farmer.

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d probably go with Urshela or Farmer

7:47
Lying Lyles: How desperate do I need to be to start Jordan Lyles vs. Detroit this week?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: I will be starting him in several draft-and-holds

7:47
Kyle: Would you be holding onto Stanton at this point? Favorable schedule but has shown practically nothing since coming off IL

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: I am

7:48
Jon: Maxing ABs with daily moves, what do you prioritize this week for pickups: guys who play Monday (Giants, Rockies) or guys who’ve been hot but no Monday (Aquino, Castro)

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Play Monday and it’s not close

7:48
Jeff: Which 2 start pitcher would you start this week: Cortes (vs. PIT, vs. BOS); or Lodolo (vs. BOS, vs. MIL)?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Cortes might not be two starts, Severino might push him back

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: So Lodolo in this case

7:49
Jg: nees to start one of Jung Miranda or McCarthy this week . Appreciate your help

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: With no other info, McCarthy

7:49
Gregor: Any love for Emmanuel Rivera v all those Dodgers lefties or pitcher quality too good?

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Some, but he’s a ways down my draft lists

7:50
Matt L: Wheeler isn’t startable this week, right? Hold for possible 2 start next week?

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes and yes

7:50
Rico: H2H playoffs are brutal. Was ahead all week until Judge went off today and ended up losing at last minute with second homer of the day. No advice needed, just bitching and wanting some commiseration! Thanks Jeff!

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: I understand

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Been there

7:51
Steve in NYC: 15 tm NFBC, prefer Jon Gray or H Greene for ROS? Thx

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: I think Gray. I have both down on my bid lists

7:51
Matt L: With a 7 save lead on 2nd place would you go with at least one closer? 2nd place has 2 closers

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe for one more week with one. Pay close attention to see if he loads up of them

7:52
Porcho Villa: Ok to move on from Seranthony in a do or die one week H2H playoff? Need to free up a spot to stream SPs. Was great all year but not getting save opps since he came off the IL and now coming off an implosion at ATL.

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure if you need the streaming options

7:52
Tubba Bhompson: If targeting hitting counting cats in H2H for the week, how do you weigh recent performance (hot/cold) vs total ABs?

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: 0% for both

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: I use weekly projections (available at several places like Razzball). Current talent level and expected AB’s

7:55
Ned Yost: Just started a painful deep dive of my team stat pages on NFBC and lordy did I mismanage a ton of my players. I need to drink now. Beer? Cocktail? or have I proven I will make the wrong decision and should just drink things neat tonight

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: Always compare to the “good” teams. They make a ton of mistakes also

7:56
Pinder: Is the guy who bid on pinder the same guy who woke up from the dead and started faabing recently?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: No, another one

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s near the bottom of the standings

7:57
Andrew: Hi, Jeff. Need SV in 15-team Roto. Drop J. Schreiber? I could grab an E. Phillips or similar type guy with 8 games. Or does Schreiber get 2 saves next week after I drop him?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go with Schreiber. Now, Acevedo is an option

7:58
Tyrone: Was thinking of up picking up Rodolfo Castro or David Villar to replace O’Neill, but then I noticed that Voit was out there.  Who do you like best of the 3 for next week only?  H2H championship week

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: Castro for me

7:58
Baseball guy: Miranda or Witt this week for all the marbles in points league?

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: Miranda

7:58
Baseball guy: Trust Robbie ray at Oakland or Dustin May vs dbacks?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure

7:59
OBP 5×5: How safe are “safe” ratios with 2.5 weeks left?  I’m leading a roto league by 7 points in OBP. This means can (continue to) unleash guys like Mateo and Aquino with reckless abandon now, can’t I?  Ratio cushions as a strategy for September — too hard to do on purpose or worth a shot?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I have been using them where I can. Use that cushion

8:00
Booth: Which Giants or Rockies player should I pickup for next week? Estrada, Flores, McMahon, Grichuk?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes on all

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Get the Rockies, they are there all week

8:00
Carlos: Hi Jeff – pts. league, best replacement for Hoerner (or wait out the triceps injury)?  KB Hayes, IKF, D. Villar, R. Castro, B. Crawford, Berti, A. Diaz, Biggio?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Castro

8:01
John: Hey Jeff. Thanks for everything this year. Looking for a final pitching push. Where do you rank greene Miley smiley detmers Jameson. Also Robertson is avail. Drop Diaz for him?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: Miley, Smyly, Detmers, Greene, Jameson. Sure on Robertson but I wouldn’t send anything to make the swap

8:02
Olivares: Olivares or Oswaldo Cabrera?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Cabrera

8:03
Rhaenera: Which jacknife you like best this week with daily moves? Chris Taylor (8 gms), Rodolfo (hot, but pirates), or Ha-Seong Kim (great sched)

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Rodolfo

8:03
Booth: Better two-start pitcher for next week? Miley or Stripling

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Stripling

8:03
Debbie: Is Yaz the best non-Joc Giant to add with Coors and only one lefty on tap?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, for sure

8:03
Joey D: Any interest in E-Rod for the stretch run?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: None at all

8:04
Grimes: [ducking] Carlos Santana this week?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: I could see it

8:05
Grissom: Is Grissom a cut in 12 teamers with Albies back?  How many games does he start this week?

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: So I guess you haven’t heard that Albies has a broken finger and out for the season?

8:06
T: What’s the absolute highest you’d draft Strider next year

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: He is probably top-15 SP for me. He might be around the 4th to 5th round

8:06
Guest: most likely to get saves this week: Barlow, Bautista, Fairbanks

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Time to break out the magik 8-ball and go with ….. Barlow

8:07
O-MEN: Voth or Bradish, ROS

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Voth

8:07
Guest: Are Carroll or Rojas startable in a shallow H2H league now? Seems like they just dont’ get the playing time.

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Not any more

8:07
B-Rodgers: If he misses the Coors week, who stands to gain?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably a couple of guys thereby making both irrelevant.

8:08
Guest: More K’s this week: Hunter Brown, Cody Morris, or Eduardo Rodriguez?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d look elsewhere for better pitchers.

8:09
This guy: People who listened to you have O-Gonz & McCarthy in their OFs and marching up the roto standings. Take a bow.

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: I can’t believe how long both took to get rostered.

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: Gonzalez was still under 40% at CBS last week

8:10
Wily Mo Pena: Worth still holding onto Josh Bell? Did not start 2/3 last games. Better to stream a giants hitter this week?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: I could see it but make sure it is an upgrade

8:10
Matt: Sampson worth streaming one of my last remaining precious FAAB dollars? Or hold for next week? Looking to upgrade Heaney (vs STL)

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d roll with Heaney and save that dollar if someone gets hurt

8:11
Rennie Stennett: You’d start Darvish in COL?

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: In a points league, yes

8:11
Jg: Last one Grissom or Escobar this week . Thanks again

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Grissom

8:12
Tony-on-the-Mic: I have both Yaz & L. Wade on my reserve list & one spot open for the coming week (begins Tuesday in the league).  Which one should I activate?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Yaz

8:12
Bruce in 2023: Is Bader a good add for these two weeks?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s an add. I’d bet that he’s going to struggle for a bit

8:13
Dan: Championship week. Aquino tanked on me. Thinking of picking up Haggerty or Wendle. Speed/OBP important. Who do you like? And thanks for a season’s worth of great insights…and patience with the rest of us!

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: If you need the other other categories, add Haggerty or Wendle

8:13
DubsIn6: Given Berti has fallen off in steals, do I no longer keep him in hopes he does again, or simply drop for Gleyber and go for other stats?

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: I moved on a few weeks ago. He was being a drain

8:14
Matt: Thanks for all your help Jeff! Good luck taking down some league titles these next couple of weeks!

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks.

8:15
FMK: F Jung, M Carroll, K Steer

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Jung

8:15
Travis: Hi Jeff — always appreciate the insight.  I’m in 6th place in 13 team league.  Real shot at 2nd/3rd — need one of Chad Pinder, Christopher Morel or Connor Joe.  Thank you in advance

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Congrats and sorry those are your best choices … Morel but I don’t like it.

8:16
jim: thairo or oscar gonzalez in an obp league h2h elimination match

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Thairo

8:16
Winder: Josh Winder hasn’t looked great in 2 starts since coming back (and wasn’t looking great before going down). Him vs. KC or Bello for this week?

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

8:17
Todd Gak: Think Leodys Taveras will eventually start running (1 sb in last 30 days) or not worth the drag on avg? Both categories tight

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: I was worried the change in manager might cut down the steals.

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d consider moving on

8:18
El Zoid: How concerning is Julio Rodriguez? Worth starting Oscar Gonzales in his place?

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: It might be worth starting Gonzalez. Wait on the latest new tomorrow

8:18
Rich: Fairbanks seems to be getting a lot of save ops. Worth starting in shallow H2H?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:19
Andrew: Thanks for all your advice this year. Your weekly Waiver add and chats were a must each week prior to FAAB.

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks,

8:19
Rennie Stennett: Who do you like this week among 2B in points- Drury, Muncy (8) or Cronenworth (6/3 @ Coors)?

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Muncy

8:19
Oswaldo Cabrera: Oswaldo hasn’t been so good, but has looked alright the last few games. Is he finished when Bader comes back? Cut this week in AL only?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe … probably

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s such a tough situation to evaluate.

8:20
Cw: Need a catcher in 12 team H2H just for this week. Haase, Kirk off an injury, or Diaz at home?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Diaz. Haase, Kirk

8:21
OBP/S+H: When will everyone admit this is the best 5×5 format?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Never, no one wants to change

8:21
Wily Mo Pena: Thoughts on Wesneski as a stream against the pirates this week?

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s a fine option

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: I missed him in my column because I wasn’t sure of the Cubs rotation

8:22
Rush: Is Frankie Montas droppable in 12 tm?

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:22
Rennie Stennett: Looks like Wesneski may now be the odd man out? What have you heard about Thursday?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: I mentioned it earlier that the Cubs might be six man

8:23
WD40: 5×5 NL-only League.  Please rank the following:  M. Ozuna, V. Robles, N. Cruz, F. Reyes.  Thanks for the Sunday night chats and roto help you gave me all season.

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: Reyes ….. Ozuna ……….Cruz…………..Robles

8:24
El Zoid: Standard H2H, how would you order the best bet between Merrill Kelly, Lodolo, Webb, or May?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Lodolo, Webb, May, Kelly

8:24
Owen: Trust Nola against the Braves for a second start in a row after they got him last time? My ratio battles are still very close right now.

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: I probably would but I’m a heavy gambler

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m going to call it for tonight and good luck to everyone over these last few weeks.





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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montrealmember
16 days ago

Good chat Jeff. I think will run because every player has pride in leading MLB in a category. Of course he has to get on base but if a team needs steals I would keep him in the lineup. As for Leody Tavares maybe it is the Manager but if he does not run then his offence is not adding much.

montrealmember
16 days ago
Reply to  montreal

OOPS I meant Jon Berti will run so keep him in if you need steals.