Sunday Evening FAAB & Waiver Wire Chat

7:32

Jeff Zimmerman: Time to get started

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the FAAB reports from the 2 Tout Wars 15-team leagues:

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: Mixed Auction

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: Name: FAAB (out of $1000)
TJankowski: 154
ZWheeler: 128
KFreeland: 66
NAhmed: 45
JBarria: 41
DMesoraco: 39
AnSuarez: 38
PAlvarez: 35
DPalka: 34
MLeake: 34
JReyes: 26
JPirela: 24
RTepera: 24
HPerez: 13
LMaile: 11
AFrazier: 11
TomHunter: 0
JFry: 0
MStassi: 0

7:33

Jeff Zimmerman: I needed a SB boost and was the top bid on Jankowski. Potential 20 SB from someone hitting leadoff

7:34

Jeff Zimmerman: Mixed Draft

7:34

Jeff Zimmerman: Name: FAAB (out of $1000)
TClippard: 153
ZEflin: 39
AdGonzalez: 32
TJankowski: 23
TAnderson: 23
SRomano: 17
SOh: 13
WLeBlanc: 12
ABradley: 12
NWalker: 9
JJay: 7
LMaile: 7
KFreeland: 6
WDifo: 4
VGuerreroJr: 3
MStassi: 0
JBarria: 0

7:34

Seth: Brach a good replacement for Osuna?

7:36

Jeff Zimmerman: All the closer situations seemed locked in or a mess. Balt is no different. Brach isn’t a good replacement because no good ones exist.

7:36

Matt: With the Middleton injury, who is the add in the LAA bullpen?

7:36

Jeff Zimmerman: No idea. I’d bet on Johnson but I could be wrong

7:36

Seth: Robbie Ray for Dozier? Ray keepable for $11 next year, Dozier $25

7:37

Jeff Zimmerman: Seems reasonable. Really comes down to needing pitching or hitting

7:37

Vegan Man!: Have 4 DL spots and 7 guys on the DL in a 14 team dynasty points league – would you be comfortable dropping any of R. Zimmerman, Musgrove, or Cahill? Thanks!

7:38

Jeff Zimmerman: Zimmerman or Cahill

7:38

Burrito: Hi

7:38

Jeff Zimmerman: Hi

7:38

Jeff: Any signs of Encarnacion getting on track?

7:39

Jeff Zimmerman: Over the past 2 weeks he’s hitting; .279/.311/.512. Not horrible.

7:39

Vegan Man!: Underlying numbers say Matt Olson is due to start hitting soon, but he’s killing me in 2, 12 team leagues. Bench and wait for the hot streak, or cut bait? Thanks!

7:40

Jeff Zimmerman: It really depends on your replacement options.

7:40

Cory: Need to pick one up in a keeper league, F Romero or Caleb Smith?

7:40

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go with Smith. I love K’s

7:41

Burrito: Hi.  Orlando arcia sitting on the wire.  Would u drop dejong? Thanks.

7:41

Jeff Zimmerman: Seems like you are rearranging the deck chairs. Not an upgrade going to Aracia

7:42

Jon: 12 team, 6×6 (standard + OPS & K/9), 8 keepers… How much FAAB on Scooter Gennett, Aaron Hicks, & Scott Kingery? Also, do you think Kingery turns it around?

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d try to pull a coop and bid low on Kingery to have as a keeper

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: 1% on each

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: Not much

7:43

Cory: Need hitting, would you trade Chase Anderson for Justin Smoak?

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

7:43

Jeff Zimmerman: Not even close for me

7:44

Big Tuna: what do you make of the Phillies RP situation w Ramos getting the save today and Seranthony looking legit?

7:45

Jeff Zimmerman: I haven’t had a chance to dive in. I’d assume Neris still has the job but owners should dive in.

7:46

Jeff Zimmerman: Real life delay – back in a couple minutes

7:47

Jeff Zimmerman: Back

7:47

Chris Sabo knows Bo: Heaney or Boyd legit pick ups? Over D Duffy or Samardzija? 12 team mixed redraft

7:48

Jeff Zimmerman: Not Boyd, not a real upgrade. I could see picking up Heaney for Duffy. Duffy looks lost

7:49

timothy: speculative add in AL only league: who replaces Cano at 2b?

7:50

Jeff Zimmerman: None right now. It seems everyone’s lips are sealed. I like Gordon going there but Servias says no.

7:50

Kyle: Do you think Flaherty is only up for this start on Tuesday or will he get a chance to stick?

7:50

Mark: Is Flaherty going to stay up?

7:51

Jeff Zimmerman: If history is any lesson, I’d guess no. And Reyes clouds the situation even more.

7:51

Mitch Moreland: Am I worth keeping over Bruce or LoMo in an OBP league?

7:51

Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe LoMo but you have to be in the lineup everyday

7:51

Vegan Man!: RE: Olson replacement options – Cron, Villanueva, Carpenter, Jankowski, Moran, Michael Taylor…? Thanks!

7:52

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d just stay with Olson unless you need steals and pick up Jank.

7:52

Mark: Is this markakis sustainable?

7:53

Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe to an extent. The lineup is improved and he has the chance for a decent number of counting stats

7:53

Rick Renteria: Last 2 save opps I’ve given to Jones and Rondon. Will I give Soria another save opportunity?

7:54

Jeff Zimmerman: Another mess. I like Soria of the three but owners have to go with the hot hand for now

7:54

dave in slc: al only 100 faab money for all season how much do you bid on dustin fowler? prefer him to gamel right?

7:55

Jeff Zimmerman: I bet it will at least take $100 but could go for a lot more. It’ll be tough to find such a SB threat at any time.

7:55

Sum: you buying Eflin or F Romero more? 10-team H2H points

7:55

Jeff Zimmerman: Not in a 10-teamer

7:55

Kiermier’s Ingrown Toenail: Hi Jeff..Is there a player or two really struggling you think can turn it around and really get going? Kole Calhoun and JBJ are KILLING me with their sub .200 batting averages and all the joy that goes with that.

7:57

Jeff Zimmerman: Calhoun is one. I’m not sure on another. Edwin E? C Santana? Billy Hamilton?

7:57

Jake: 10 team AL only. Your thoughts on keeping Estrada, Stroman and Pomerantz rest of year. Please rate order in which you would drop them

7:58

Jeff Zimmerman: Pomeranz, Estrada, Stroman. I liked Stroman but he seemed off.

7:58

This is Lude-i-cris: Help! I need a Cano replacement and the wire isn’t kind. Yolmer Sanchez Jose Peraza Daniel Robertson Eduardo Nunez Daniel Descalso Derek Dietrich are the best available. 12 teamer with weekly lineups so I can’t really stream… Aghhhh!!

7:59

Jeff Zimmerman: If you are counting on Cano like stats, Sanchez is the best. Peraza could be nice for SB

7:59

Amateur: Paxton to acquire Goldschmidt?

7:59

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes if you can. I think the owner would say no

7:59

Catcher Issues: OPS league Gattis or Beef Castillo on the WW?

8:00

Jeff Zimmerman: Castillo … as a Gattis fan, he is just not getting the PA’s to be relevant.

8:00

Big Tuna: Drop Dustin Fowler to add Mancini in an OPS league?

8:00

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes unless you really need SB

8:01

Vegan Man!: Any middle relievers you like in 12 team roto leagues to help with K’s and ratios? Joe Kelly, Alvarado, Hirano, Barnes, Jared Hughes are a few options… Thanks!

8:01

Jeff Zimmerman: I wouldn’t rush out for these guys.

8:01

Stan the man: Someone in my league dropped Brantley Friday night. Worth a waiver claim on him if it costs me Belt or Cesar Hernandez? No worry on position eligibility

8:02

Jeff Zimmerman: This close … time to poll it up

8:03

Jeff Zimmerman:

Who do you prefer?

Michael Brantley (58.4% | 62 votes)
Cesar Hernandez (20.7% | 22 votes)
Brandon Belt (20.7% | 22 votes)

Total Votes: 106
8:03

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d cut Belt

8:04

Chet: German Marquez worth a flier this week @SD?

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: Yea

8:04

Bartolo Colon: People forget I did two stints with the White Sox. I follow them closely and wondered about Bruce Rondon’s save today. If I’m last in saves in AL-Only, I probably need to bid, but what’s your outlook and how heavy should I bid?

8:04

Jeff Zimmerman: 10%

8:04

Big Tuna: Would you trade Cain and Gausman for E-Rod and M. Ozuna in an OPS league?

8:05

Jeff Zimmerman: No, I like Cain better than Ozuna and Gausman better than E-Rod

8:05

Bryan74: Add Jim Johnson or Bruce Rindon for saves?

8:06

Jeff Zimmerman: You can add them in the hope to get Saves.

8:06

Chet: Carlos Santana vs Matty Adams ROS? Weekly league so can’t sit Adams against lefties like the Nats

8:06

Jeff Zimmerman: Santana if weekly league.

8:06

Rg: Looks like Jack Flaherty has his opening to rest of season relevance with Wainwright’s injury

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: Could be

8:07

Joe B: Oh, Clippard or ? as Jays closer while Osuna is on

8:07

Jeff Zimmerman: Looks like the Jays are going with Clippard.

8:08

Chet: This Freddy peralta character is worth a claim right? Him or Eflin ROS?

8:09

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes if there is space on your bench. Doing some stat line scouting, it looks like he has some major control issues.

8:09

Vegan Man!: Nimmo or Jacoby Jones in a 14 team dynasty points league (no negative points for K’s) ? Have to move 1 down to my minors Thanks!

8:09

Jeff Zimmerman: Jones

8:09

Vegan Man!: Greg Bird will be the a top _____ 1B from the point he is activated? Thank you!

8:10

Jeff Zimmerman: 20th

8:10

Jeff Zimmerman: It comes down to where he hits in the Yankees lineup

8:10

Whirly: Not a waiver wire question, sorry, but I was offered Jose Altuve for Ozzie Albies in a dynasty H2H points league? Why am I stalling??

8:10

Jeff Zimmerman: Not sure

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: Best case, Albies turns into Altuve. Everything else is worse case.

8:11

Vegan Man!: Castillo all the way back? Thanks!

8:11

Jeff Zimmerman: np

8:11

Sanity: Bruce Rondon with the surprise save for the ChiSox today, after several strong outings. Chances of him being a full-time closer at some point this year?

8:12

Jeff Zimmerman: Good chance

8:13

Vegan Man!: Jose Martinez or Matt Olson in a 12 team h2h? Thanks!

8:13

Jeff Zimmerman: Olson

8:13

Jim: Is Dexter Fowler a buy low?  13 team mixed

8:13

Jeff Zimmerman: Yea, he is probably WW fodder.

8:13

Gimpy: Chances Gohara gets a shot at the rotation in the next month?

8:14

Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe, I really want to see how he is used, multi vs single innings

8:14

Tony: Do you expect TOR to trade Donaldson to make room for Vlad?  If so, when might this happen?  Is it too early to stash Vlad in redrafts?

8:15

Jeff Zimmerman: I do expect Donaldson to be traded. It’s will still be a couple months on Dolandson. I’ve already seen experts stash Vlad.

8:15

Billy the Kid: Jeff, thanks for chatting. Would you drop Zimmer, JaCoby Jones or Solarte for Moreland, Schebler or Moran?

8:16

Jeff Zimmerman: Probably not. It might come down to team needs

8:16

cold: Would you trade Springer + Albies for Harper + Cesar Hernandez in a 12 team redraft league using OBP?

8:16

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes I would

8:16

nathanDrake: Is Morton a sell high because of his injury history? Or should I hold onto a top 20 starter?

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: Without any other context, I’d keep him

8:17

Buffalo: 6X6 H2H: IP, K, QS, SV, ERA, WHIP. 7 SP start max per week. Give Cole Hamels get Kenta Maeda. I want to do it because strength of schedule, K/9, and xFIP suggests positive regression for Maeda. Worried about Hamels burning me as he just had his largest month to month jump in velocity over last few years. I also expect his 15% hr/fb to drop. Thoughts?

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d always try to have Cole Hamels not on my team

8:17

Gert Von Gert: KSeager or Ozuna RoS?

8:17

Jeff Zimmerman: Ozuna

8:18

TH: when do you expect luis urias up? do you have player comps for him?

8:18

Jeff Zimmerman: I haven’t looked to see if his stock has gone up but I’m not a fan. Too much value in the glove

8:19

Frank: Am falling behind in saves. In a AL only  I have Day who is back this week, though should I cut bait and bid on Jimenez, Oh, or Jim Johnson – or timmsit tight and save my FAAB.

8:19

Jeff Zimmerman: Day and Jimenez are decent bets. I have Jimenez in a couple places.

8:20

Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not spend more than $1 and sit tight with as many options as you can

8:20

GoCubsGo: Following are all reserves right now but which one would you drop Piscotty, M. Taylor, or M. Andujar

8:20

Jeff Zimmerman: Piscotty

8:20

Sam: 3B question. I have Lamb on the DL. I also have Maikel Franco, Colin Moran, and Matt Chapman. Keeper league. who is the drop when lamb finally returns?

8:20

Jeff Zimmerman: Moran

8:20

TH: machado tearing the cover off the ball for a contract/trade, or will he keep it up for the rest of the season?

8:21

Jeff Zimmerman: This is who he is when healthy. I had him as a top-10 pick coming into th season.

8:21

Ben: Stash Elvis Andrus in a 12 team H2H with an extra bench spot?

8:21

Jeff Zimmerman: Sure depending on your other choices

8:22

Wm.: 10-team NL, 4 by 4. Thinking about dropping McCarthy. Leading wire options are Hellickson, Eflin, Matz, Freeland, and Koch.  Any reason to do this, either as streaming or ROS?

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: Drop him and Freeland is a decent choice for this week as he his not in Colorado

8:22

Vlad Sr: Dynasty League. Need catching depth. Maille, Severino or Stassi. Thanks.

8:22

Jeff Zimmerman: bet on Maille for now

8:23

Frank: How long do you think Clippard will hold onto the closer role?

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: Not long

8:23

Chris: Was offered Mengden for B Zimmer Thought about it for a minute, but figure Zimmer’s upside is worth waiting on. Think he can still get 10/20 this year?

8:23

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go with the Zimmer side and not close

8:23

Holds: In a holds league, drop steckenrider or peacock for Winkler?

8:24

Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think so but I don’t stay up-to-date on Hold candidates.

8:24

Marco: Motter at 2nf for the M’s?

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: He could. I’d also not be surprised if a trade happens

8:25

Big League: How much for Robbie Ray in FAAB? (12 team, 30 round)

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: 15%’

8:25

Mash adams: Top 15 guy at 1b now? I’ve got Olson manning first now.

8:25

Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on options

8:25

KB: Jeff – thoughts on Freddie Peralta? Must add?

8:26

Jeff Zimmerman: I’ll do a Quick Look on him tomorrow as long as the camera angle is decent’

8:26

Big Bopper: Billy Hamilton dropped in standard 10 team league, worth dropping a pitcher like Ross or Lucchesi for him if my pitching is deep?

8:26

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, those potential SB are Gold

8:27

Big League: Rank the following for the rest of the year (overall value): Hanson, Odor, McCutchen, Desmond

8:27

Jeff Zimmerman: What a pile of doo-doo

8:27

Jeff Zimmerman: I like that order

8:27

dave in slc: nl only slim pickins who do you prefer of Mark Reynolds, Jose Ozuna or Martin Prado?

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: These are actually decent NL options. I think Reynolds for now

8:28

pure conjecture: Jason Kipnis or Daniel Robertson, rest of season?

8:28

Jeff Zimmerman: Kipnis but I wouldn’t fault an owner if they went with Robertson

8:29

Kelly: Godley or j Gray next week?

8:29

Jeff Zimmerman: Godley

8:29

Mark: Trade marte for dozier and deshields? I have kipnis/kinsler so I need help at 2nd

8:29

Jeff Zimmerman: Yes

8:29

BSBL Fan: Cisco or Barnhart for C2 ???

8:29

Jeff Zimmerman: Barnhart, his AVG helps

8:30

Loc: Archer or Darvis ROS? ERA, WHIP, K, QS

8:30

Jeff Zimmerman: Darvish

8:30

ChunkNChino: Hi Jeff, Great Stuff!  Thoughts on adding Lyles in Deep leagues?

8:30

Jeff Zimmerman: I’d pass, what’s the upside?

8:30

Cole: Teoscar or Franchy rest of season?

8:30

Jeff Zimmerman: Teoscar

8:31

Jeff Zimmerman: And this week’s chat has run its course. Talk to you next week. –Jeff



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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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