Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:30
Jeff Zimmerman: Welcome.

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

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:31
Walt: Who are some prospects to keep an eye on that might be called up in the next couple weeks?

7:31
Austin: Hey Jeff – thanks as always for these. Desperate for steals. Any potential upcoming call-ups that could rack em up?

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Kelenic

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t see anyone in particular. What we may see is what happened with the Reds needing to promote Phillips with several guys on the IL.

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: Oh, one place to attack is the Dodgers rotation with Pepiot a major target

7:33
Guest: Can you see Oviedo becoming an all star level pitcher?

7:33
BTinVT: Can you see Oviedo becoming a 1 or 2?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: He needs to find some consistency. Maybe put together three good starts

7:34
Mike: Are you trusting Jordan Walker, DJLM, Zack Gelof, Sal Frelick, or Tork in H2H playoffs and, if any of them, what order do you rank the level of trust?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Sure on all of them depending on the other options. Rank of Tork, Gelof, DJLM, Frelick, and Walker

7:36
Mike: Is Kerry Carpenter a source of speed after three steals in two weeks?

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: 71st percentile Sprint Speed should mean he gets about 10 SB a season

7:37
Bruce & E Street: For this week : Start Harrison at  home vs Rockies or start Zack Thompson at Reds ? I need to drop one to activate Josh Naylor

7:37
Bruce & E Street: Hello Jeff, I streamed Zack Thompson today on your endorsement.

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Thompson is fine today but I have him as a drop in a couple leagues because I’m not going to start him in his next two starts @CIN, vs PHI.

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: In 15-teamers, there are no better options, but would go with Harrison

7:40
Tough Spot: Jeff, I’m in a tough spot: Weekly H2H lineup locks tomorrow. Do I start H. Greene, who’s eligible to come off the COVID list Friday vs. STL, or start a much worse pitcher who’s guaranteed to take the ball?

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go with the sure thing. Also, Greene hasn’t been great so the dropoff might not be that much

7:42
Ess Peas: Taj Bradley over everyone in your article? Specifically bidding on him vs. Canning & Wicks/Thompson

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: These guys are all so close and we are working on small samples. I’d focus on the opponent right now.

7:42
Bob: Is Hunter Renfroe worthless in a 14 team league?

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably. In my 15-teamers, there are several guys I’m bidding on I’d want over Renfroe

7:43
Jeff = Awesome: Jeff, have you heard anything regarding J. Soler? Trying to figure out if i can lock him into my lineup for the week or find a replacement

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: No and let me know if you do.

7:44
Canzone: Hi, Jeff! Not sure whether D. Canzone qualified for your WW Report. Any thoughts on him? He faces seven RHPs this week.

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: He should be added by some team in 12-team, 5 OF leagues

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: I know his Razzball projection was encouraging.

7:45
Guest: Jeff, I appreciate you doing these all season.

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Thanks.

7:46
Tommy: Standard 5 x 5 who you have next week, casas, pham, or Mauricio?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: Casas

7:46
Chas McCormick: Chas has been on the bench 3 times in the last 5 games. Start him or McNeil in a UT spot in a H2H points league playoff week? McNeil has just 5 games on the sked next week including vs 2 lefty starters but he still has the edge, right?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go with Chas or possibly find a replacement

7:46
Nate: ROS – Jasson Dominguez or Mauricio?

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: For me it’s Mauricio … I found in my bidding the position mattered the most

7:47
Guest: Do you like Jorge Polanco or Zach Gelof better for next week and rest of season in roto?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Gelof for the combo. I don’t want to bet on Polanco’s injury histroy

7:48
Hi: C Sale has better ERA estimators than actual stats, but appears to have a tough road ahead. He’s also really been laboring to get through innings since coming off the IL. Counting every 5th game, his remaining starts would be: BAL, NYY, @TEX, TB, @BAL. Do you see more value in holding him or streaming that slot in a 12T mixed w/30 man rosters? Thanks.

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: It all comes down to the replacement. I know the best available option in some of my leagues was Zach Davies. Sale >>>>>>>Davies

7:49
Elmeg: “long may you run, long may you run” – will Willi Castro get playing time to be relevant in speed category ROS?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think so, especially with Buxton about to return.

7:50
Seanold: Thanks for the last minute advice Jeff. How would you rank these Cs? O’Hoppe, Bailey, Endy, Wong. 15 team 2C roto, currently have O’Hoppe

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: The key with C’s is what you need. I know I’ve moved to Wong in several leagues because he can steal a base. See what you need and then check their projections.

7:51
NFBC OC: Bader worth rostering in 12s? Seems like he might be platooned now

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think so anymore. The Reds OF needs another week to sort itself out

7:52
Selvaggio: Thank you in advance for these, Jeff!  I’m in 4th place and have a legit chance for 2nd place by this time next week.  I have a UTIL spot available: Sal Frelick, Carlos Santana or Nolan Schanuel.

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s another example of what are your needs to move up. I know I’ve added or adding Schanuel where I need AVG. Frelick for speed. Santana for power

7:53
gadawg57: Does Reynaldo Lopez hold much value for holds in 12-team points league ROS?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s so tough to know after 3 games with his new team. I’d find another option for this week.

7:54
TriplesAlley: Where would Littell be relative to Harrison, Sanchez from the WW article?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: He’d be right there with them

7:55
Let’s play Two: Hey Jeff- For this week in a weekly points format:                             Start Pfaadt two step (vs COL, @ Cubs) while also starting Kikuchi (KC) in a RP slot OR steer clear of Pfaadt and use Fairbanks as an RP instead in a 7 game week at home (BOS/SEA)?                                                                    Scoring format:  W (10) L (-5) SV (8) K (2) IP (2)

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m rolling with Pfaadt

7:55
Jasson D: Which is the real me?  The one who just hit another HR and is getting $400 bids, or the one projected to wOBA under .300 by every system?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably somewhere in-between, but those max bids will be coming

7:56
Whatever: What reasons(s) for Goodman not being higher on your WW list? Is it more than just the lack of speed?

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Correct, not a balanced profile compared to the other guys. Now some teams just need HR and he’s a great options. Stewart also.

7:57
Eric: Quintana worth the pick up for the 2start week

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure his Sunday start will happen with only 5 games this week. It seems like a 2-step the next week against ARI and CIN

7:59
Oddball Herrera: Which of these streaky catchers would you ride next week?  Gary Sanchez (3 phil 3 at Hou) Keibert Ruiz (2 vs NYM 3 vs LAD) or MJ Melendez (3 vs CWS 3 at TOR)?  Thanks Jeff.

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Melendez

7:59
Mick: Thanks in advance, Jeff, what low-rostered starting pitchers should I be watching?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: There are so few. Two I didn’t write about but could be useful are SD’s Avila and STL’s Rom. Again keep an eye on the Dodgers and Braves who each have an open slot

8:01
Guest: Did Kutter Crawford’s recent blowup shake your faith in him at all?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: No

8:01
El Guapo: Why do some Tout owners have SO MUCH FAAB $ left with a month to go?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: We can get some money back for IL guys done for the season based on their auction costs. Trout and Ohtani (pitcher) were both recent pay days

8:02
ryan: time to drop mccormick and y. diaz since pt will be inconsistent moving forward?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, depending on the options.

8:02
Guest: Any idea who will come up for the Braves for the start on Tuesday?  Dodd?  Soroka?  Are either  of them worth rolling the dice on?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea, I’ve been looking myself

8:03
royal pains: is Carlos hernandez droppable even if I’m chasing saves?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably if there any other options

8:03
Dave in slc: Taj bradley or reese Olson ros? Are either better than a middle reliever for al only?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: I like both and would go Bradley if you need Wins

8:04
Maris9: Why Oakland not playing Ruiz. You’d think a talent like this could put some fannies in the stadium. Dumb dumb.

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s not a major league hitter, never really has been. Joey Gathright 2.0

8:05
Toolsy: Do you think cle can fix or make a tweak with giolito to be more effective this year? Park is better.  Are you starting him tomorrow in 12 team roto?

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Start … sure. I have no idea on a fix

8:06
Toolsy: Any hope for story ros? Would you cut him in 12 team leagues?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think he’s healthy and it’s tough to know when he will be OK

8:06
Maris9: Julien a no-brainer 2024 keeper for the Twins?

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably

8:06
NFBC OC: would you rather add kelenic or mauricio

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Oh … Mauricio because I think there is a chance Kelenic gets platooned.

8:07
Jon: Any love for Gabriel Arias? Big Ks but PT and stats are there

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Some where I only need power or a bench bat

8:08
Chris: I am getting short on Faab in an 11-team 6×6 roto (avg+obp). Do I need Rengifo on my bench? (Right now it’s Tommy Pham & Brandon Lowe)

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: No, hold tight

8:08
Harry: Throwing a dart on a possible pitcher stash for 2024, NL only dynasty: Which Cubs SP, Taillon or Wicks?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Wicks

8:09
Guest: Is Alek Thomas a good streamer next week? Seems to be hitting higher in the lineup

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: Five righties, close depending on options.

8:09
ryan: any offenses you are targeting with regards to streaming SPs for Ks?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: I focus on the pitcher and his team and then use the opposing team as a tie breaker.

8:10
Vic: Are the stars aligning for Edward Olivares to actually play everyday?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: They are just messing with us.

8:11
TriplesAlley: Will Smith or Helsley down the stretch for saves?

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably Helsley

8:11
First World Issues: Adolis walked it off today but it’s been a rough few weeks. Ride him into the h2h playoffs for 6 at home vs HOU/OAK or go with Arozarena in a 7 gamer at home against BOS/SEA?  Have to start one or the other in a weekly h2h points matchup.

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: What are in, a two-team league where the option is either Garcia or Arozarena. The pair would be the best two outfielders on most of my teams. Of the pair, I like Arozarena.

8:13
gadawg57: I mean Eovaldi going to start without a rehab?

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: I just read something about this on MLBTR …

8:15
8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Calhoun likely to lose time with Naylor back. I like Meadows then Canzone

8:16
Thistleweezy: Would you churn Travis d’Arnaud for a replacement level C (e.g. Jeffers, Endy, Fermin, Campusano) in 15-team NFBC with limited funds or just let him roll?

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d churn and go with Jeffers

8:17
Guest: Rotoworld sy Eovaldi Tuesday

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: Rotowire his him pencilled in (not confirmed)

8:18
Whatever: In a 12-teamer, you like Canning or Silseth better this year and next? Hard to know?

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t have a preference right now

8:19
Bruce & E Street: Brett Rooker , Max Kapler  or Alex Kirilloff. Pick two for a daily mixed roto.   Thanks again

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: Rooker and Kepler. I hope there isn’t another Kapler

8:19
McClain SS replacement: Lewis / Mauricio / Crawford in that order of bidding?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: That seems right

8:20
Pitching in the post season: H2h points. Lynn or Lugo? Lugo is solid, Lynn has a tentative two step first week of the playoffs, Lugo has his next match against Houston

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go Lynn, but I play to Win

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: Well, that’s it for this week. Talk to everyone in seven days.





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 twice, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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Trevor May Care Attitude
6 months ago

My advice, FWIW (not a damn thing): Jeff Zimmerman is a legit dude; take the best advice you can (here and
Grey at Razz), then own your own shizz. As the experts always point out, only you know your wants and needs.