This Season’s Final Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Welcome, everyone.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the Tout Wars bids with one manager showing up to drop the hammer on the rest of us.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Two notes.

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: First this Wednesday, at least Paul and I will be hosting a chat during the last set of games if you want to join us.

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Second, I will not be hosting any more Sunday night chats until the first FAAB run of the 2023 season. I’m not sure of my new time slot.

7:34
JoeG: Thanks for all of your input.

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: You are welcome. I’m ready for a break

7:34
JoeG: Need Wins; Added Elder & Wesneski . What do you think ?

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Just Wins, Elder

7:34
Triples Alley: Thanks for everything this season Jeff! Jake McCarthy and everyone else

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: And a steal today

7:35
Brian: I’m in 1st by 2.5 points, but need to preserve my place in Ks. I have $2 left.  Rank these potential FA starters: Cueto, German, Gonsolin, JoJo Gray, Keller, Lauer, Manaea, Eduardo Rodriguez, Winder

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: Manaea … I don’t see another that sticks out. Maybe Gonsolin

7:37
Triples Alley: For the M-W, any hitters you would pick over Bryan Reynolds or Tommy Pham? Maybe Brendan Donovan or Olivares? Seeking power.

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Reynolds for sure. Not sold on the other two being any better

7:37
Frank: If you need wins and Ks are you playing any of Springs, Gilbert or Rasmussen

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Gilbert. I like the Mariners since they will be playing for home field

7:38
Manuel Rodriguez: Am I the Cubs closer this week and the favorite to start the 2023 season?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes for this week, no for next season. I see the team starting with a “proven” cheap guy

7:39
Mets fan: Do you see Tylor Megill back as  one of the starting five for the Mets next year?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: Who is he going to replace? I think he might be worth a 35th or later D&H pick

7:40
Skippy: 12 team 5X5 AL only league.  SV+HO/2 category. Barren free agent pool, tight race but I could slip into 3rd place with a few holds in the next few days. Anyone interest you from this list:  Aaron Loup, Jose Quijida, David Phelps, Hentges (thought they are resting him), Schmidt, Murfee, Wantz, Iggy Pop…help

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: No one sticks out … Quijida is number one

7:41
Otto: Too cute starting Glenn Otto in hopes of a scrub NYY lineup game 162?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think the Yankees will play all scrubs (maybe no injured guys). They have at least three days to rest. I think they will want their best getting a few reps

7:42
Not Evan: Does Shohei get a full start this week, or do the Angels pull him pretty early to protect the arm? I can never remember how eliminated teams handle their aces at the end of the season.

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: I think Ohtani will go for at least a Win and if more (e.g. CG shutout). It’s the last time for MVP voters to see him.

7:43
Sean Murphy: Am I playing next week? Or should I be turned into Stassi for $1?

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: I hate bottom feeding for catchers because of these choices. I think I might go with Murphy.

7:44
The Batman: In a QS league where my top needs are no meltdowns and getting a win, who would you pick: A. Sampson or Lauer?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Sampson

7:45
Matt: Rotowire OC, up 4 saves on 2nd (he has 2 closers), roll with one or two closers and the rest SPs? Wins are close…

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: I might go with one or none. Add players to do both. A guy last week who was 3 behind dropped all his closers and went for wins. It was safe for me to go just Wins and K’s . I moved into 3rd place (and the $2K payday).

7:47
Other SP: Someone dropped Eovaldi and Civale. Over Elder? Over Ober? Need W without ruining WHIP

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: With WHIP being a concern, Ober is the easy #1

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: Elder or Civale for me

7:48
Fan: I’m out of the playoffs, but am looking for keeper prospects for 2023. Do you have any off the radar names, or just players that didn’t begin this season squarely on the radar, who will be big in fantasy 2023?

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: No, I had to make my call and just took the top-3 guys on James Anderson’s top-400 prospects.

7:49
Richard: Thanks for all your help this season, Jeff. 3 FAAB teams, and 2 are in first, the other 3rd. Your help each week has been invaluable. Even helped in an overall! No questions this week. Just appreciation!

7:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Congrats. You’re welcome and glad I could help.

7:49
stars and scrubby stars: Thanks for the help Jeff.  How’d you do this season?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: My season is far from over. I could be +/- $10K depending on the next three days. I have 11 playing leagues that aren’t settled.

7:51
Cody Morris: Am I done for the the reg. season?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: There was a note at MLBTR that you are in the bullpen

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: So done as a starter

7:52
Matt: Need W’s…Giolito, Gray, Keller, Heaney, Flaherty…how would you rank for this week (most likely to get W’s). Heaney and Flaherty not starting but could piggyback which might be better

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: I like Gray and agree with you on Heaney and Flaherty.

7:53
Rush: Haven’t seen anything announced yet, but do you think Muller starts on Tuesday against Miami? Worth adding speculatively anyways just for the potential matchup?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: I think it comes down to the division. ATL is going to want that bye and will keep throwing their studs. We probably won’t know the staffs when lineups lock on Monday

7:55
Rush: You think any teams rest their stars?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: The teams set in the Wildcard round. Cleveland and St Louis.

7:56
Watching football: “my top needs are no meltdowns and getting a win”  +1

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: I need a .300 AVG 30 HR guy who could steal some bases. Are there any on the wire?

7:57
Joe: how would you handle this?  a team out of the playoffs drops F. Valdez, T. McKenzie and a host of others for players currently no longer playing in the MLB (E. Encarnacion, R. Goins, etc.)…McKenzie and Valdez both waivered by playoff teams while still competing for money…commissioner does nothing…thoughts??  and thank you for all the chats this season …:)

7:58
Jeff Zimmerman: That is straight-up bullshit. They need to be removed and if not, get out of the league because the commish is likely behind the drops.

7:59
Tom: One more move left in my H2H finals: Lauer or Elder? Thanks for everything this season!

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Elder

7:59
stars and scrubby stars: Should I Falter?

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: I might, he is on some of my bid lists

7:59
JoeG: I know he’s on the “strong” side of the platoon, but Will Brennan is a hot hitter. Maybe the power will develop. Should start 2/3. Thoughts ?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: The power ain’t happening in two days. It all depends on the other options.

8:00
Steve: I’m in a tight battle for wins and Ks. Who’s the best out of R. Hill, Eovaldi, D. Martin, Lorenzen and Muller?

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: Martin, Eovaldi, Lorenzen, Hill, Muller

8:01
Scottie B: Hey, Jeff. This is my last year playing fantasy baseball. Been a long time, had a ton of fun along the way. Thanks to you and the community of fantasy writers for keeping me entertained and keeping me thinking.

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: I can’t wait until I can type those words. Once I hustle my kids through college, I’m off to see the world

8:02
Maverick: I’ve got the need for speed in this short week. Best bets?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: Moore in Seatle, Eaton in KC, Bae in Pit

8:03
DanD: Last chat of the year! What’s the most fun league you’ve ever played in?

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Head-to-head tout. The smack talking in that league was off the charts

8:03
Lauer: You seem to not like Lauer this week.  Arizona bats deter you?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Lauer deters me.

8:04
HappyFunBall: Is this where I come to complain about the Oakland As late season burst of offensive competency?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: Scott Jenstad

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: His podcast should be starting soon.

8:05
Joe: re: the Valdez/McKenzie drops…Commissioner quit in June because his team sucked and then he just stops paying attention to anything, commissions when it’s convenient to him I guess and these transactions were brought to the entire league’s attention, still no changes…800 dollars available in the pool and I finished second to a team that won his semifinal by the difference of a McKenzie start…if he doesn’t have McKenzie, I beat that other team!   such bullshit is right…thanks again for your help this season…

8:06
Jeff Zimmerman: One item I’d recommend is a second person with commish abilities. Real life can get in the way and league should suffer becuase of that

8:06
Watching football: How many teams are likely to place bids for M-W in a 12 team roto league?  I’m thinking about 3-4 teams max per league with the rest checked out.

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: It depends on how close the teams are to placing or cash. One item is that in some leagues I’m doing a major turnover to get arms going and I have 8 moves myself. The number of people doing it might be low with the same number of moves

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: One thing you might check on mid-week move leagues is to see who made moves on Friday. If they didn’t, they might be checked out.

8:09
Tout: How many weeks was the manager who dropped hammer not paying attention prior to his reappearance?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: It was a competitive team who is in reach of second place. I’m not sure why they sandbagged.

8:10
Drew: Are you trusting Glasnow if you need ratio help/protection?

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t trust anyone. I just throw out the best arms and hope for the best.

8:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Chase Anderson like blowups just suck

8:11
Guest: How would you rank these guys for next year in a keeper league?
Darick Hall, Yonathan Daza, Cal Mitchell, TJ Friedl, Cal Mitchell, Miguel Andujar, Ji Hwan Bae, Esteban Quiroz.

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Depending on the league depth, I would just throw them into the pool and use the extra draft picks

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: They were all waiver wire adds this season.

8:12
WHIP Pets: Close with the next guy on WHIP & don’t need Ks. He’s starting a lot of RP.  Gotta bench Hunter Greene right?

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably. Those moves suck.

8:13
Guest: Clarification on that list… I’m looking to add someone in the last week, that’s who I’ve come up with.  12 team NL only.

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Friedl, I love me some Reds at home.

8:14
Chris: Thanks for all the chats, Jeff. I wonder why the razzball projections seem to be consistently high on Jon Berti? Is it because of the steals potential, i.e. if I don’t need steals specifically I should subtract a little from his $value?

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably steals, AVG, and Runs. If you aren’t in a Roto league, they have various settings.

8:16
Jeff Zimmerman: The queue is empty so that’s for this year. Good luck to those who have their last FAAB run soon.





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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Summember
1 month ago

Jeff, I don’t play in a FAAB league (H2H points w/ waiver order pickups, daily transactions), but this is easily still the most valuable fantasy chat I’ve come across. propers to you, will miss you when you finally get to see the world. see you next season!