Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:30

Jeff Zimmerman: Welcome this week. I didn’t have time to run the FAAB reports from Tout Wars

7:30

Rob: Whos the guy to grab if Chapman is injured:  Robertson or Betances?

7:31

Jeff Zimmerman: Betances

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: and follow our bullpen report for the latest news: https://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bullpen-report-july-8-2018/

7:32

Jake Junis Priest: Even without a lot of K’s, Frankie Montas has a solid FIP. Should I keep holding/playing match-ups in AL Only? Thanks!

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: Sure in AL-only. He might be a must own in that format

7:33

Parts + Gleyber: Can I get choice 1 (and maybe 1a) among these AL OBP waiver names? G. Heredia, Brock Holt, Greg Allen, Neil Walker, Jake Cave… Thank you muchly!

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: Holt, but watch the playing times closely.

7:34

Hannah Hochevar: Would you rather have a Jose LeClerc or a Jake Diekman? (ie, the RP who is pitching better or the one currently in the 8th inning role but not all that likely to get saves ayways?)

7:34

Jeff Zimmerman: Go for talent if not Save hunting

7:34

Vegan Man!: Would you drop Luis Castillo for Tucker in a 12 team h2h – my SP is my strength. Thanks!

7:34

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes if you have pitching depth. You might be able to trade Tucker

7:35

OVI: Please rank…Zimmermann, Suarez, T. Anderson thanks!

7:35

Jeff Zimmerman: This order

7:35

Vegan Man!: Have to activate Lorenzo Cain and Tanaka this week – which 2 are you dropping in a 12 team roto (QS) with a 180 start limit – Dietrich, Villar, Matt Chapman, Price, and/or Fulmer? Thank you!

7:36

Jeff Zimmerman: Villar (could be on the short side of a platoon) and Fulmer

7:37

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes but you need to understand Boxberger could lose his job any day

7:37

rg: got pivetta, domingo german, freddy peralta with suarez, zimmerman, and guerra sitting on wire. switch any out?

7:38

Jeff Zimmerman: Possibly German or Zimmermann. I’m worried German may lose a rotation spot if the NYY add pitching

7:38

Big Tuna: Open roster spot in a 12 tm daily moves. Who would you add between D. Duffy, Eovaldi, Estrada, D. Rodriguez or Minor?

7:39

Jeff Zimmerman: DRod

7:39

Hannah Hochevar: Thoughts on Aaron Slegers starting vs. KC and TB this week?

7:39

Jeff Zimmerman: I stayed away. He might be worth it in a points league

7:39

Big Tuna: Mark Reynolds is available in my 12 tm OPS. You adding? It’s daily moves league

7:40

Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on who you drop

7:40

Big Tuna: Any low owned guys you’re stashing ahead of the trade deadline in case they come into a new role?

7:41

Jeff Zimmerman: Urias, but not from trade, just health. Not really. I’m gambling a bit on some closer situations, DET, SD, OAK

7:41

Vegan Man!: Would you drop Grichuk for Ahmed for your last bench spot in a 14 team dynasty points league? Thanks!

7:41

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d stick with Grichuck

7:42

Big Tuna: JBJ, Canha or Bader in 12 tm OPS? Don’t need SB. Need RBI

7:42

Jeff Zimmerman: I think it’s Bader. Canha just doesn’t seem to play enough

7:42

Vegan Man!: Who do you like more ROS in a 12 team roto – Dietrich or Yonder? Thanks!

7:42

Jeff Zimmerman: Yonder

7:43

Vegan Man!: Reason for optimism with Andrus? No power or speed since coming off the DL… Thanks!

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: He’s likely still hurt and will eventually ramp up. We just don’t know when

7:43

Dave: Drop David Price in a 12 team?

7:44

Jeff Zimmerman: Comes down to his replacement

7:44

Jake: I’ve held onto Quintana because of the years of good performance. Projections seem to think he will do well rest of season. My biggest concern is the 2 pitch pitcher he seems to have become and the walk rate not falling. I have him in a 12 team and a 14 team league. Both teams rank fifth. Should I hold in both, drop in one?

7:45

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d hold in both. Who’s better on the wire?

7:45

Keep: Which of the following 3 would you keep: Snell, Knebell, Jack Flarety, and Jesus Aguilar?

7:46

Jeff Zimmerman: Whoa, shallow league. Flarety or Aguila depending if you need pitching or hitting

7:46

Seth: Do you think any all stars get moved before the game? Is that something teams actively delay a trade for?

7:47

Jeff Zimmerman: They could trade early if a deal is in place. Now, I could see Balt. wait on Machado to have him as their All-Star

7:47

Marco: Is Gurriel 10 team relevant?

7:47

Jeff Zimmerman: Which one?

7:47

Jon: Drop K. Hendricks and/or Pivetta for Gausman, Weaver, J. Zimmerman, Harvey, and/or Wheeler? (12 team H2H 6×6 w/ K/9)

7:48

Jeff Zimmerman: With these decent arms on the waiver wire, I’d turn on pitching slot into a streamer and keep going with the best matchups.

7:49

Steve P: Absolutely desperate for a 3b in 12-teamer (OBP) w/Gallo starting to sit regularly vs. lefties. For context, Brian Anderson is highest ranked 3b avail. Any decent dart throws out there? Should I just platoon?

7:49

Jeff Zimmerman: Miller of the Brewers may be worth a shot. Anderson is a decent option

7:49

Big Tuna: Is Jordan Zimmerman’s recent performance for real? In what leagues are you adding?

7:50

Jeff Zimmerman: 12 or larger leagues but to the bench. I don’t believe the recent results.

7:50

Big Tuna: As waiver adds, how would you rank: Suarez, Kingham, Eovaldi, Weaver?

7:51

Jeff Zimmerman: Eovaldi, Kingham, Weaver, Suarez

7:51

Steve P: Cervelli or John Hicks ROS (OBP league)?

7:51

Jeff Zimmerman: Cerveilli but Hicks should be owned in every format. Try for a trade

7:52

Michelle: Out of it in an NL only keeper. Looking for mid-tier minor leaguers that could make an impact next year and would be good to stash. Assume the top 50 or so in AA or AAA are retained.

7:53

Jeff Zimmerman: There is no way to know beyond the obvious choices. Too many variables. I’d just comb the top 100 lists

7:54

Brad Penny: How much are we spending on Kyle Tucker?

7:55

Jeff Zimmerman: It’s probably going to take $100 of $1000 FAAB. Not much FAAB is left but owners will need to pony up for him.

7:55

Lost Season: Speaking of trading Tucker, if I’ve got him for $1 in dynasty, what tier of SP do you think I ought to target for him?

7:56

Jeff Zimmerman: jump now and aim for a guy in the 5 to 20 range

7:56

Sanity: For all the love Willans Astudillo is getting, he doesn’t really have a path to playing time, right? Should he be a FAAB priority in deep 2-catcher leagues?

7:56

Jeff Zimmerman: $1 at best

7:56

randy lahey: Tucker or Vlad in Ottoneu 5×5?  Contending this year.  Thanks!

7:56

Jeff Zimmerman: Tucker, get the guy in the majors

7:57

Vegan Man!: Would you drop Dietrich or Yonder for Gardner in a 12 team roto? Thanks!

7:57

Jeff Zimmerman: No

7:57

goforitgoforit: Looking to trade keepers to sellers for talent to win this year. Is $3 flaherty for $16 story even, or you think need to add something to one side. 5×5 ottoneu dynasty.

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: I think you need a little more. Have him throw in FAAB

7:58

Joe B: Is Heaney a legit #2 next year.

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: No, but possibly a #3

7:58

GUS: Freeman(2yr keeper after this year) for his Goldschmidt(5yr Keeper)? He has to trade him this year. Thoughts.

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: Sure, looks fine

7:59

Greg: 15 team NFBC. $586 guarantees I get Kyle Tucker.  Too much?  Be left with about $200 for rest of season.  Need HRs, AVG, & SBs.

7:59

Jeff Zimmerman: Who else may come up? Get him now.

7:59

Ombudsman: Would you drop Greg Bird for Eduardo Escobar in 10tm h2h? Been waiting for Bird to heat up but it’s been frustrating

7:59

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:00

Jeff Zimmerman: make the swap

8:00

jon: Errr… just two bad starts for Tyson Ross or is he Top-75 now rather than Top-50?

8:01

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not as high as others on this website. He’s going to struggle with the two pitches.

8:01

Sammi Meatballs knows nothing : Between Crick, Hildenberger and Diego Castillo, who ends the year with the most saves and potential to keep the job into next year?

8:01

Jeff Zimmerman: Hilderberger

8:03

Vegan Man!: Have a great offense and SP in a 12 team h2h with Doolittle, Soria, and Rondon as my closers. I’m worried both Soria and Rondon aren’t long for the roles. Would you look to punt saves, trade the closers while they have value, and maximize offense / SP for the playoffs in this situation? Thanks!

8:03

Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think you can punt Saves as you’ve already invested in them. Jobs will open up as trades go down. Be ready to pounce and aim for three closers.

8:03

Sammi Meatballs knows nothing : Trust Montas v. Astros tomorrow?

8:03

Jeff Zimmerman: No

8:03

Joe B: Drop Heaney for Jordan Zimmerman?

8:03

Jeff Zimmerman: No

8:04

TStan: BEst to worst ROS value for Tyler Mahle, Zach Wheeler, Shelby Miller, Andrew Suarez, & Shane Bieber. Thanks!

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: Bieber, Miller (most volatile), Wheeler, Mahle, Suarez

8:05

Sammi Meatballs knows nothing : Why do you suppose the Dodgers have passed on Banuelos when it came to spot start thus far this year?  Is it a 40-man thing?

8:05

Jeff Zimmerman: No sure. Maybe they think he is not ready

8:05

Garret Hampson: Think Garret Hampson gets a legit shot in Colorado? This year if DJ is traded. Next year to begin the year before Rodgers is ready.

8:05

Jeff Zimmerman: Sadly no. He might make a decent trade chip for pitching

8:06

Sammi Meatballs knows nothing : People have been on the Camargo bandwagon.  Thoughts on sustainability and/or do you think, being in contention, They bring up Riley?

8:06

Jeff Zimmerman: Camargo is fine

8:06

Salty : Is Tucker up for good?

8:06

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes unless he really struggles. They need OF help

8:06

Neymar: Pick up collin mchugh? doubt he gets any saves

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: No Saves and he might be worth streaming for starters with bad matchups

8:07

Hapless : Any reason to be worried about Willie Calhoun’s IFF rate.

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m more worried about his defense

8:07

Big Tuna: Does Reddick get enough ABs moving forward to be usable in daily moves leagues?

8:08

Jeff Zimmerman: It really comes down to the bench spots

8:08

Vegan Man!: 14 team points league, who you starting for the week: Stroman (2 starts ATL, BOS), Price (1 Start vs. TOR), Musgrove (2 starts WAS, MIL)? Thanks!

8:08

Jeff Zimmerman: Stroman

8:09

Sammi Meatballs knows nothing : Manaea is a top 20 SP and Leake is a top 40….am I right?

8:09

Jeff Zimmerman: I think you’ve been drinking

8:09

Seth: Unkeepable Blackmon for $7 Eloy (keepable next 2 years) a reasonable trade? 15 team 5×5 $260 budget

8:10

Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on where you lie in the win curve. One will help with this year and the other for the future.

8:11

Astudillo in La Studio: Long term keeper closer – Jordan Hicks or Seranthony?

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: Sir Anthony

8:11

Freddy Peralta: Can Freddy Peralta keep fooling these hitters after they see him once?

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure. I hope so

8:11

Vegan Man!: Would you trade Archer and Robles for Strasburg in a 14 team dynasty points league (points favor power/obp hitters and SP Aces) if you’re trying to win this year? Thank you!

8:12

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure Strasburg is much of an improvement over Archer

8:12

HappyFunBall: Is this where we come to complain about All Star selections?

8:12

Jeff Zimmerman: NO !

8:12

robbob: It is The Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Eighteen and Nick Markakis is a first-time All-Star!

8:13

Jeff Zimmerman: Compiler

8:13

National: I’m hearin comps on Victor Robles to be in the Lo Cain mold…pretty accurate or do you have any further thoughts on comps?

8:14

Jeff Zimmerman: Robles is faster. More in the Trey Turner mold. I saw him in the Fall League and his tools just stand out

8:14

Need a Break: Currently in 1st place 10 team H2H Keeper.  Got Kyle Tucker (bench) and Juan Soto. Vlad Jr is on the wire. Do you drop Inciarte to stash Vlad or is it too many lottery tickets?

8:15

Jeff Zimmerman: Grab Vlad, he could be special. Possibly try for a trade as team may want Vlad or Tucker

8:15

Guest: His trout for my lindor and freeman. 5×5 keeper league.

8:16

Jeff Zimmerman: As I usually recommend getting the best player, I’d keep the pair. They are top-15 talents

8:16

National: Thanks for answering my questions.  Family dinner time.  Have a great Sundya night, Jeff!

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: You are welcome

8:17

Bill: drop newcomb for j. Zimmerman?

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: Probably

8:17

Vegan Man!: Appreciate all the help tonight! Great chat as always

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: thanks

8:18

Andrew: Deep two catcher 12 team league. I have Martin and Alfaro. Any under-the-radar catchers that you see have a chance to perform in the 2nd half of the year?

8:18

Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe Mejia for the Indians. He could make a great trade chip to improve the team

8:18

Music CIty: Worth trading Vlad for Urias? Have the DL spots and have Andujar at 3rd

8:19

Jeff Zimmerman: Redraft, make the trade, keeper, hell no

8:19

Scott: I have $165 left in my FAAB budget.  How much should I bid on Tucker?  Could be losing A. Garcia in OF.

8:20

Jeff Zimmerman: You need to look at everyone else when going this high. See what it would take to beat most owners.

8:21

Guest: In an AL only H2H 5×5 keeper league using $100 FAAB and without knowing our league’s dynamics, how much can one expect Tucker to go for today?

8:21

Jeff Zimmerman: $50 or more

8:21

Matt N: My deGrom for his Mikolas and Grienke

8:21

Jeff Zimmerman: Possibly.

8:21

Marvin: Drop kinsler for brad miller?

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: yes

8:22

Guest: Rizzo, Hand, Ray for Harper a fair offer?

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: yes

8:22

Rake Bauers: 1st Month in the Show and I’m a top 30 bat in OBP leagues. Where’s the love?

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: You play for Rays

8:22

Need a Break: Percent chance Vlad Jr makes his MLB debut this year? over / under 50%?

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: Over but it will be in Sept

8:23

Guest: Who puts up better stats ros, Lourie Gurriel, Devon Travis, Alex Gordon, Cave, Mahtook, Neil Walker?

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: Do you hate me? these are horrible

8:24

Jeff Zimmerman: One source people can use for long list like these is our auction calculator

8:24

Jeff Zimmerman: I “like” Travis out of the group

8:24

Paul: Has Jose Peraza started to figure things out?  Tough month in May but looks like he has more walks at the half now as he did all of last season…2nd half breakout maybe?

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: We’ll see. I’d like to see a few good months

8:25

Jh3: 10 team NL only keeper league. Is Brendan Rodgers enough for Grienke?

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: Should be

8:25

Mad Max: Drop J.A.  Happ or Newcombe for wheeler?  Also, just got alert de los santos starting tues.  worth a spec start vs Mets?  Thanks Jeff.

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: Whoa …. really?

8:26

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d sit for now with your starters.

8:27

Jeff Zimmerman: For those who didn’t know, I wrote about Santos earlier this week: https://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/top-75-stats-based-pitching-prospect…

8:28

CubFan: No Jeff I don’t hate you. On that long list of FA pickups I sent under Guest, we have a very deep 12 team league. That’s the best of what’s out there. I need to replace Tilson so looking for the best of the bad.

8:29

Jeff Zimmerman: He may be owned but Palka is an option

8:29

Ant : Robles and Lester for his Verlander? It’s a, dynasty LG.. And I’m in contention

8:29

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes. Flags fly forever

8:29

Philly Panic: You keeping the faith with Pivetta or see a move to stream guys like Eovaldi/Rich Hill in a 10 tm?

8:30

Jeff Zimmerman: Stream if Hill and Eovaldi are on your waiver wire

8:30

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d take the three arms

8:30

Matt N: very conflicted on this trade: degrom, rendon and Tanaka for his Mikolas L Cain and Greinke. Pull the trigger?

8:31

Jeff Zimmerman: Seems fair but also what is the point. Seems like the players are too similar

8:31

EG: Yu darvish makes his next start before or after August 1?

8:31

Jeff Zimmerman: easy after

8:32

CubFan: For context on your $50 Tucker in a 12 team AL only 5×5 H2H keeper league using $100 FAAB, when Trout first came up I got him for $32. We also have a $310 in-season salary cap. Do you think it’ll take more than $25 to land him. BTW, Palka has been owned since he was called up.

8:33

Jeff Zimmerman: I think it will take more but you can play the low side. Also, why have $100 in FAAB with only a $50 increase? Why not just have $50 in FAAB?

8:34

Jeff Zimmerman: Whoa, that’s it for this week. Talk to everyone next week … maybe. I’m in Vegas so it might be skipped.

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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 three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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