Sunday Evening FAAB & Waiver Wire Chat

7:27
Jeff Zimmerman: Sorry about no chat last week. I’m back to answer as many questions as possible.

7:28
Jeff Zimmerman: As always, I’ll select all the FAAB and waiver questions first and then go back for general fantasy questions.

7:28
Jeff Zimmerman: Here’s this week’sFAAB bids in the two 15-team Tout Wars leagues

7:28
Jeff Zimmerman: Auction

7:28
Jeff Zimmerman: RLopez: 111
FReyes: 57
ADiaz: 57
SAlexander: 55
THildenberger: 54
MGivens: 47
RMadson: 45
JNix: 42
CMullins: 39
BJohnson: 37
CIannetta: 31
JJeffress: 26
MMinor: 22
JGant: 22
AFrazier: 21
RErlin: 18
SReidFoley: 17
JIglesias: 17
GAllen: 17
TWhite: 13
PLopez: 11
DTravis: 7
TToussaint: 6
TMay: 6
CFerguson: 4
BKennedy: 4
WCastillo: 2
MBarnes: 2
TWard: 1
EDiaz: 0
AGordon: 0
YPetit: 0

7:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Draft:

7:29
Jeff Zimmerman: SAlexander: 104
RMadson: 73
AOttavino: 27
WAdames: 22
TBeckham: 22
JBarria: 18
JCandelario: 12
JGant: 11
DJansen: 7
HFillmyer: 6
PLopez: 6
ALewicki: 2
DPalka: 2
BHolt: 1
AWynns: 0
AReed: 0

7:29
Parts + Gleyber: Bummed by Cahill’s unevenness. AL Only: better to hold him or stream a Borucki (@KC), Giolito (Det), or Odorizzi (PIT/Det) type? (Cahill gets Houston next.) Thanks!

7:30
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d stick with Cahill but possibly roll the dice on the Odorizzi two-start week

7:30
Jon: 12 team H2H 6×6 (w/ OPS & K/9… Wily Adames, Avisail Garcia, or Brad Peacock

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: I’ll probably sound like a broken record but needs are more important right now than the best player in Roto leagues. Each of these three provides a unique skill set

7:32
RockAugust: Head  2 head 12 team 5×5, 4 weeks to the playoffs and my bullpen is a mess. Knebel, osuna, Giles, Parker, Doolittle on dl. Twins, dodgers, marlins situation worth bidding on to cut one of these guys? Low man elsewhere is t Cahill and Max muncy

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d drop Parker for Alexander

7:32
Jake Junis Priest: Hi. Can I get a 1a/1b corner bat call (Al only, OBP): Tyler White, Logan Forsythe, Yandy Diaz, Neil Walker, David Fletcher. Thank you!

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: Fletcher and Forsythe based completely on playing time.

7:33
Maturin: Thoughts on the readiness of Danny Jansen’s bat?  In an AL-only 2 catcher redraft league is he potentially an upgrade over Austin Romine or Isiah Kiner-Falefa the rest of the way?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s a good bat and should be owned in AL 2-catcher but you have decent options. I drop Romine for him though

7:35
Jake Junis Priest: With LoMo done, is Tyler Austin gonna be something?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Probably not

7:35
Hannah Hochevar: What do we do with the Twins pen?

7:35
Jeff Zimmerman: Pray

7:36
Matt: Points league. 2 start Hardy, Minor, Elfin…need 2 for my rp spots. Thanks!

7:36
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m not sure of these week’s matchups but I like Minor and Eflin over the whole season

7:37
Hannah Hochevar: Is Kyle Seager going to be playable going forward? The numbers are unpleasant to look at.

7:37
Jeff Zimmerman: Let me go look

7:38
Jeff Zimmerman: Might not be. The one item which concerns me is the BB/K getting cut in half

7:39
Tim: In what formats, if any, would you add Jacob Nix?

7:39
Jeff Zimmerman: All as a bench arm to see what he does next

7:39
jpearce37: Hi Jeff, I’m in 1st place, but lost trout and Springer. I need 2 outfield replacements. All cats are pretty important. Just looking for production for the next week or 2 (hopefully). My options are dietrich, Palka, nimmo, Avisail, teoscar, Bader, Souza, grichuk, Nick Williams, cave. Any 2 of these stand out? Thank you kindly in advance

7:40
Jeff Zimmerman: Williams is #1

7:41
Jeff Zimmerman: Some many of these guys are close. You may need to look at matchups. I’d pass on Cave for sure and I’m not sure if Souza is healthy.

7:41
Tim: Speculating on saves, in what order would you prioritize Alexander, Madson, Hildenberger Trevor Rogers and Trevor May?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: Alexander, Hild, Madson,  Rodgers, May

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: Madson and Hild are really close. Madson is the closer but only for a week, maybe two. Hild may not be it but could hold it over the ROS

7:43
jpearce37: Please rank ros hand, cody allen, madson, Alexander, giles

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: Giles, Alexander, Allen, Madson, Hand

7:43
HappyFunBall: So the Maeda, Stripling news …. sucks. I guess Maeda might get a few saves, but should I be carrying either one any longer? Best SPs on my wife are Buchholz, Cahill, and Guerra

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: TMI

7:44
Will: Chances Vlad gets called up this year?

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Sept 1st to control his service clock

7:45
Sean: Better bet ROS – Darvish or E-Rod?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Tough. E-Rod, barely

7:45
Nick: Is Lester a drop or just bench in 13 team mixed?

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman: Bench

7:46
HappyFunBall: Autocorrect miscues are always funny, sure. 😂 But have you any advice?

7:46
Jeff Zimmerman: They are always funny but that one was classic

7:47
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d go with Cahill instead

7:47
Drew: Do I try and trade Knebel? Bench? Think he regains the closer spot in MKE before the end of the year?

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Bench for now. Give it a week

7:48
Higgins: H2H points 12 team….. Minor or Barria (2 start)

7:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Minor but close

7:48
NCKLM: Reynaldo Lopez for $111 in 15tm Tout above?  What do you make of him?

7:50
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s a great two-start week vs KC and Det. I’m not super high but I did also bid on him. The owner was needing some pitching. They got Alexander and Madson

7:50
Hank: F. Reyes or W. Calhoun ROS?

7:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Reyes. I think he’ll play more. I could be wrong, especially if Texas can move a piece

7:51
Ron: Will Tucker produce this time around in HOU?

7:52
Jeff Zimmerman: No one knows. Houston can’t wait to find out as they push to the playoffs

7:52
jimmytheguy: 14tm h2h 5×5.  Down a lot of starts.  Rank these 2 start guys. P. Lopez, Reid-Foley or B. Kennedy.

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: Lopez ………. Kennedy, Reid Foley

7:53
Amazing Larry: I’m in desperate need of RBIs.  Drop Matt Olson or Kyle Seager for Ryan Zimmerman?

7:53
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think so.

7:54
Parts + Gleyber: Greg Allen or Byron “September, I Promise” Buxton?

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: Mullins

7:54
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d take Allen for now but I don’t like either.

7:54
Parts + Gleyber: Thanks for all the help! I love these chats.

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: You’re welcome

7:55
Parts + Gleyber: Re: Twins Pen – beyond prayer, do you have a 1,2,3 rank?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Hild, Reed, May

7:55
jimmytheguy: Will they ever #freeEloy?

7:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Sept 1st

7:55
Slurve: Have you ever has a September call-up significantly impact a fantasy season? if so, who was the player?

7:56
Jeff Zimmerman: No, not off the top of my head.

7:56
SporerFan69: Drop knebel for Scott Alexander? Roto

7:57
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, I think so knowing that Alexander may need to be replaced later on. I take the for sure Saves deal with the void later

7:58
Amazing Larry: Can you rank these guys on general 2 catcher league usability ROS: Ianetta, Wieters, Garver, Flowers, Russel Martin, Alfaro

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Such a mess. Flowers, Garver, Ianetta …. flip a coin. Again, it might be best to play the matchups each week

7:59
FredInCali: Drop or hold Lance McCullers.

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: Hold depending on who you would add

7:59
jimmytheguy: Thanks Jeff.  It is great that you do this.

7:59
Jeff Zimmerman: You’re welcome

7:59
SporerFan69: Is Quintana a drop 12 team roto?

8:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on his replacement but he could be replaced with better arm

8:00
TheTinDoor: Tons of iffy closers available for pickup this week…

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: Correct

8:01
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s a minefield. The answer is out there but it’s tough to know the right choices

8:01
TheTinDoor: Tons of iffy closers available for pickup… how would you rank Jeffress, Givens, W.Peralta, Steckenrider, May/Hild, Alexander, Madson, Gsellman?

8:02
Jeff Zimmerman: Alexander, Givens, Peralta, Steck, Gsellman, May/Hild, Madson, Jeffress

8:02
Can of corn : Joe ross or drew smyly for ros and next year

8:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Next year, use a middle reliever

8:03
Greg: Any thoughts on the Mets closing situation?

8:04
Jeff Zimmerman: No idea. I’m betting on Gsellman (most talented) but it could go in four or five different directions.

8:04
Rocco: Thoughts on Kyle Freeland?  He’s been impressing, right?

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: He’s good and highly rosterable.

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: A nice sneaky value this year

8:05
Pat’s Bat: Would you be comfortable rolling with Jed Lowrie as your 2B next year in a 10 team points dynasty league (SBs much less valuable than roto)?

8:05
Jeff Zimmerman: 10 team? No, I’d try to upgrade at some point

8:06
Deez nutz : You sold on Bader getting enough at bats to be 12 team relevant the rest of the way?

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: Might be a 50% chance.  I’d take the chance and move on later.

8:07
El Duque: Jonathan Villar worth holding on to? He’s been pretty underwhelming since the trade

8:07
Jeff Zimmerman: No, unless you really need steals.

8:08
Jesse: I have Miguel Sano and Hosmer as my two first basemen. Who do you think is stronger ROS?

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Sano for power, Hosmer for AVG.

8:08
SporerFan69: Ok would you rather do knebel or Quintana for S Alexander? Thank ‘s for the multiple Q’s

8:08
Jeff Zimmerman: Can you clear up this question

8:09
FredInCali: Drop McCullers for Glassnow, Derek Holland, Roark, or Trevor Richards?

8:09
Jeff Zimmerman: Man …

8:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Sorry, I was reading up on McCullers. I’d go with him for now. Injury doesn’t seem major

8:11
NCKLM: I’m hanging on for life with Nimmo and Avisail.  Worth dropping either for Franmil, Mullins, Bader, Renfroe?  OBP/HR/RBI needed…

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d stick with your two. If anyone, I’d pickup Franmil

8:12
Can of corn : Domingo German worth stashing for upside this year?

8:12
Jeff Zimmerman: I don’t think he pitches much this year

8:13
SporerFan69: I mean would you rather drop knebel of Quintana for Alexander? I have Kershaw, syndergaard, Trevor Bauer Carlos Carrasco Dallas keuchel Blake Snell Chris Archer for starters along with Brad Boxberger Hector Rondon Pedro strop with Brandon Morrow stashed on the DL and knebel.

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: I’m hoping of = or

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: If so, Quintana

8:13
54: Has Austin Hedges quietly gotten more adequate with the stick, or is this a small sample size and a fortunate streak? Prefer him or Zunino going forward?

8:13
Jeff Zimmerman: I still like Zunino for power

8:14
Deez nutz : My playoffs start September 1. I’ve held on to Donaldson this whole time. I’m beginning to think he’s not going to play at all the rest of the year. Is picking up Vlad the easy solution? I’m afraid they won’t call him up.

8:14
Jeff Zimmerman: I’d roll the dice with Vlad, maybe even Jimenez

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: News is starting to come out of the Donaldson camp, so maybe hold him for the week.

8:15
Maris: Your opinion of Shane Bieber? Mainly for next year and beyond. Got him cheap! thanks

8:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Hold and see how the rest of his season goes.

8:17
Jeff Zimmerman: Peralta … yes for Chirinos. Maybe Bundy for Nix. It’s really tough to evaluate the rookies on a start or two

8:17
Amazing Larry: Tyler O’Neill started a rehab assignment yesterday.  Wheres he fit in the Franmil/Renfroe/Bader/Mullins convo.  Gotta be the best power option of the bunch, right?

8:18
Jeff Zimmerman: Best power for sure. Really comes down to playing time.

8:18
Guest: Freeman/Lindor and Carassco/Paxton for Trout to much. Standard 5×5. keeper for five years.

8:19
Jeff Zimmerman: I think any of the two trades would be fine. I could see the Trout owner wanting more. I would

8:19
54: Ketel Marte’s been sorta nifty- see him as a fantasy asset in a daily points league, or not until he starts using those elite wheels for larceny purposes?

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: He seems to be a bench bat to me

8:20
Amazing Larry: Thinking Renfroe and Franmil will be battling for abs when Myers comes back.

8:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, along with several others. It’s a fantasy nightmare

8:20
TheTinDoor: Any thoughts on Eovaldi? Been great, except when getting absolutely hammered (two 8-R games in last 5).

8:21
Jeff Zimmerman: He needs to only see the lineup twice not more.

8:22
Will: 12 team, OBP, 1 catcher lg; trying to grab a 2nd C to fill in on off days or slot at Util (power is biggest need) – ROS Jansen, Garver, Lucroy, Barnhart, Alfaro… Caleb Joseph?

8:22
Jeff Zimmerman: Jansen to see how he does but I Barnhart next. He’s always playing

8:23
billsaints: Thoughts on Brandon Lowe for the Rays?

8:23
Jeff Zimmerman: He could be OK but he’s really struggled out of the gate

8:23
SporerFan69: Chirinos or zunino until Ramos gets back?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Chirinos

8:24
EG: Thoughts on trading a keepable mookie (8, 30, 35, 40 etc) in a 12 team 5×5 keeper/dynasty if it gives me 4 other upgrades that will make me the clear favorite to win the league (and keep those guys out of the hands of my #1 competitor)?

8:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Flags fly forever. Make the trade

8:24
SporerFan69: You’re the man, Zimmerman. Thank you for doing this.

8:25
Jeff Zimmerman: You’re welcome

8:26
Jeff Zimmerman: That’s it for tonight’s chat. Happy fishing.



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