2021 Fantasy Baseball NFBC Week 14 FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2021 Fantasy Baseball NFBC Week 14 FAAB Run

The 2021 Fantasy Baseball NFBC Week 14 FAAB Run looks to build on the success we had in Week 13.

Jesus Sanchez looks like he has moved past his stage freight and is ready to be the next Bobby Bradley for us. Ross Stripling and Jake Odorizzi shined in two start weeks, and look to have some staying power for at least the short term, if not the rest of the season.

Again, I am not going to recommend spending heavily this week. There is not a true impact player available, but there may be someone that fits a need for you.

Keston Hiura is capable of a big fantasy impact, especially if you don't have concern for your team's batting average. Danny Duffy is worth an investment and has a good two start week this week.

By this time next week, we will be at the halfway point for the season. You should be looking at your categories, not the names on the back of the jerseys. Assess what you need to move up and what categories you need to stabilize to not lose points. Let's get at it for week 14!

2021 Fantasy Baseball NFBC Week 14 FAAB Run

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Akil Baddoo, OF, Detroit Tigers (78% owned)

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Here we go again. After being the darling waiver wire pick up of the first month of the season, Akil Baddoo is back to hitting and helping fantasy teams at a low investment. At only 22 years old, Baddoo is showing a propensity to take a walk, steal a base, and hit for occasional power. In today's three true outcome environment, this is the recipe for fantasy success.

Baddoo is batting .358 in the month of June with a .923 OPS despite not having gone yard. He continues to run, with a stolen base in each of the last three weeks. He brings a bit of everything to the plate and is beginning to remind me of Curtis Granderson. He appears to have hit his way back into everyday at-bats. If he is available in your league, Baddoo is worth more than 20% of your remaining FAAB budget.

Abraham Toro, 3B, Houston Astros (56% owned)

With Alex Bregman still multiple weeks from returning, it appears Abraham Toro will be the top beneficiary of at-bats. In his last five games, Toro is hitting .348 with a home run and six RBI. He has a .327 batting average in the minor leagues over the past three years and has shown signs of this hit tool in his current brief MLB stint.

I wouldn't bid more than a few dollars, possibly doubling it if you are waiting for Bregman's return or are frustrated with the injury situation surrounding Josh Donaldson.

Tony Kemp, 2B, OF, Oakland Athletics (46% owned)

Tony Kemp has outperformed Jed Lowrie for the majority of this season and figures to continue playing almost every day moving forward. Kemp is one of the rare breeds in fantasy baseball that walks more than he strikes out.

Despite a very limited power profile, Kemp offers an elite .380 wOBA for NFBC players still shuffling to replace Nick Madrigal. He will probably only hit five home runs and steal five bases the rest of the way, but the potential to approach a .300 batting average keeps him an interesting fantasy option, specifically with dual position eligibility.

Keston Hiura, 1B, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers (59% owned)

Listen, I am not a Hiura guy. That is well documented, and you would be hard-pressed to find him on one of my fantasy teams. But, at this point in the season, there aren't many fantasy players available on NFBC waiver wires that are capable of twenty home runs and twenty stolen bases, especially with two-position eligibility.  Hiura is available in almost half of the leagues in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball NFBC Week 14 FAAB Run.

Hiura has an above-average quality of contact profile. His 44.9% hard-hit rate and 13.7% barrel rate are among the elite. It is the 33.4% strikeout rate and negative Outs Above Average that stop him from being an everyday Major League regular.

I personally am saving FAAB dollars for Vidal Brujan. But if you have Hiura available in your NFBC league, he should offer similar production at a slightly lesser cost.  If you can absorb some poor batting average, feel free to bid over 20% of your remaining FAAB budget if Hiura is available to you.

Joe Ross, SP, Washington Nationals (34% owned)

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In his last four starts, Joe Ross has a 1.73 ERA and .083 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 26 innings. The Nationals are red hot, so his win equity is as high as ever.

Despite the inconsistency, Ross is on course to have the best season of his career. With the Tampa Bay Rays on next week's schedule, Ross figures to get us at least seven strikeouts in the upcoming week. Pick him up, start him this week, and ride the hot streak until it cools off. It is a strong possibility he is the best starting pitcher on the waiver wire for the rest of the season.

Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals (76% owned)

Duffy is likely already owned in your NFBC league. If not, take a look at his profile and place an aggressive bid. Duffy is having possibly his best year yet despite an extended trip to the Injured List, with a 3.53 k/bb ratio and minuscule 1.81 ERA.

This week Duffy has two starts, against Boston and Minnesota. While they aren't exactly the juiciest of matchups, the 1.12 WHIP and 10.8 k/9 will allow you to start him with confidence in 15 team leagues this week.

Bailey Ober, SP, Minnesota Twins (71% owned)

We discussed Ober last week in this space and he disappointed in an abbreviated start against the Reds. This week, the control specialist has two starts against the White Sox and Royals, respectively.

While not the most attractive start against Chicago, they have been struggling lately. The Twins have an upcoming eight straight games across the next two weeks against Detroit, against which Ober should toe the rubber twice. He figures to be a quality streamer add for the next three weeks.

Jose Alvarado, RP, Philadelphia Phillies (29% owned)

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Joe Girardi has gone so far as to say Jose Alvarado would be the next man up in line to close out games for Philadelphia. In just two days since then, we have seen Alvarado blow a save behind a comedy of errors. We have seen Archie Bradley meltdown for a blown save only to be bailed out by Hector Neris. Neris, of course, blew another save the very next day.

If you sort through it all, it appears we are right back where we started, a mere two days ago. The three top options in Girardi's bullpen are all firecrackers, with Alvarado being the most talented of the trio.

It is safe to say that Alvarado was put in a bad situation on Friday. There was no reason to pitch to Francisco Lindor, especially after 31 pitches with Ranger Suarez ready in the bullpen and southpaw Michael Conforto on deck. Girardi has to have come to terms with how he mismanaged the situation by now.

When he is on, Alvarado is one of the nastiest left-handed relievers in the game. His sinker sits at 99 mph with movement that defies the laws of physics. Unfortunately, he rarely knows where it is going. His 19.4% walk rate is basically the worst in the game. We have a modern-day "Wild Thing" on our hands.

If truly given the first opportunity to close for Philadelphia, Alvarado figures to get at least 12-15 saves over the rest of the year. Regardless, the 12.2 k/9 will play onto your fantasy team in some way, shape, or form.

Brad Brach, RP, Cincinnati Reds (unowned)

In his last two outings, Brad Brach has recorded both a save and hold. The game he held was saved by Amir Garrett, he of the 7.71 ERA. With Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone both on the shelf, Brach should easily find himself in at least half of the Reds' save opportunities in the upcoming two weeks. He offers just about the same short-term upside as Alvarado, but for only a buck or two.

For any questions related to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 NFBC FAAB Run, or for additional options, you can reach me on Twitter @jtrela20. Otherwise, check me out streaming LIVE every Sunday at 7:30 PM EST on the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast, now part of the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube network of podcasts.


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