Welcome back to another FAABulous Sunday! We’re already on our tenth FAAB run of the season! I like some players this week that are widely available, especially in 12-team and shallower leagues. Let’s get to some names!
Jose Trevino (23% ME, 1% OC, 3% Yahoo) – Trevino and Kyle Higashioka each have 89 PA this season; however, over the past five weeks Trevino has taken over as the primary backstop in New York outpacing Higashioka 63 PA to 39. In that time Trevino has hit .322 with 4 HR, 13 RBI, and 4 R, and for the season he’s the 11th ranked catcher in terms of 5×5 roto earnings. Only William Contreras in Atlanta has outearned Trevino with less than 130 PA. An even larger share of the catching duties for the Yankees could be coming.
Seth Brown (89% ME, 13% OC, 4% Yahoo) – OF – As I mentioned on this morning’s episode of @OnTheWirePod with @EightyGrade and @TorresTakes, Brown is a guy I’m looking at in leagues where I’m lacking in the stolen base category. He has 5 SB on the season and one in each of the past three scoring periods. Each of the next three series for Oakland are vs teams ranked in the bottom half of the league in terms of SB allowed.
Matt Carpenter (2% ME, 1% OC, 5% Yahoo) – This seems crazy to even be a consideration, especially with the return of Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson to the Yankees’ lineup, and it is contradictory to what I said on this morning’s On the Wire; however, it would be neglectful to ignore four homeruns in the first seven games from a guy on a team that has had Joey Gallo with his 38.8 K% and .173 BA in their lineup 44 times this season. I don’t think I’d start him, at least the first half of the week in NFBC formats, but he’ll be much less expensive this week while it appears he’s heading to a bench role.
Ramón Urías (40% ME, 3% OC, 6% Yahoo) – 2B, SS – Take a look at the replays of Urías’s recent homeruns. They have not been sneaky – they’ve been monster shots. He ranks 19th in all of baseball in HC% (95+ mph EV/ PA) on the season indicating a rise in BA and more HR may be coming. The Bat X projections agree with a .248 BA and 9 HR projected the rest of the way.
Nicky Lopez (87% ME, 34% OC, 4% Yahoo) – 2B – Since Terry Bradshaw was let go as the Royals’ hitting coach three weeks ago Lopez has heated up hitting .270 with all four of his season’s stolen bases coming since May 11. The Royals have a seven-game week, and his defense keeps him in the lineup daily. You have to be doing well in HR and RBI as he will not contribute at all there, but BA, SB, and R should be coming.
Odúbel Herrera (36% ME, 2% OC, 2% Yahoo) – Herrera is not doing anything spectacular this season with just 3 HR and 2 SB in 102 PA, but he’s a nice fallback option in deep leagues when the schedule is favorable. In fact he may see more playing time going forward with Bryce Harper locked into a DH roll due to his UCL injury – he’s hit for the same BA vs lefties and right handed starters throughout his career, but his moderate power has been more predominant vs righties.
Albert Almora Jr./strong> (2% ME, 0% OC, 1% Yahoo) – The Cincinnati Reds‘ lineup has been much better than it was for the first month of the season, the weather is heating up, and 10 of their 19 games are at Great American Smallpark over the next three scoring periods. With the injury to Tyler Naquin, Almora has been in the lineup in each of the past nine games hitting .343 with 2 HR and 11 RBI.
Edward Cabrera (19% ME, 1% OC, 33% Yahoo) – Pay close attention to what Miami decides to do with their rotation this week! With the off day Monday, it’s possible Cabrera gets skipped this time through and his next start would line up at Houston next weekend. It will be much nicer if he gets the Nationals earlier in the week. Either way, he’s an add where available, but I may not start him if his start this week is visiting the Astros.
José Quintana (81% ME, 11% OC, 18% Yahoo) – Quintana is having a really nice season with a 2.32 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 41 K in 50 1/3 IP. It’s the Pirates, so the wins have not been there, but he gets Detroit to begin the week and will either get a second start next weekend or line up for two starts the following week.
A reminder for those in NFBC Cutline leagues, including RazzSlam, that the second and final FAAB run is Tuesday evening. So, have a FAABulous Tuesday this week as well, and as always good luck tonight (and Tuesday) and enjoy the games!
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