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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 NFBC FAAB Run

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There are not many exciting options in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 NFBC FAAB run. At this point of the year, we are basically plugging gaps caused by injury or waiting for an exciting prospect that might give up a big boost.

Navigating injuries has been a daunting task this year and it continues to get worse. This week we saw Nick Madrigal and Ian Kennedy go down.

The good news is many fantasy-relevant players on the Injured List are about to or already have returned.  Trent Grisham, Byron Buxton, Dylan Moore, Mike Yastrzemski, and Paul DeJong will offer a big boost to patient owners.

This could result in fewer FAAB dollars used this week than normal. So let’s jump in and see where we should spend, if at all.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 NFBC FAAB Run

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Jose Cisnero, RP, Detroit Tigers (12% owned)

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Michael Fulmer went down with a shoulder issue, so the chase for saves continues. Jose Cisnero has earned and converted the last two save opportunities for the Tigers, getting the call over Gregory Soto.

Cisnero has been sneaky good this year, with a 30 percent strikeout rate and a hard-hit rate of 30 percent which ranks him among the league’s best. His ERA is a bit high for a reliever a 3.71, mostly due to a below average 56 percent strand rate. Perhaps the opportunity to have the ninth inning will result in more clean innings for Cisnero, bringing the ERA down to match his predictive metrics.

Unfortunately, it has been nearly a week since the Tigers last had a save opportunity. In the NFBC, where your pitchers lock for the entire week, this could lead to some frustration. You will not be guaranteed even one save per week, so don’t overpay.

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, Oakland Athletics (7% owned)

Trevor Rosenthal is said to be progressing “rapidly” in his rehab from thoracic outlet syndrome. The Athletics are said to expect him back in August. Lou Trivino has been adequate in his absence, so there is not a guarantee Rosenthal will come back to save opportunities when he does. But a player with a 42 percent strikeout rate last year could be useful for fantasy in any role.

There are some NFBC teams out there with a bench full of red suitcases. If you have been hit hard by the injury bug, this stash is not for you. But if you do have the room, this could be a very helpful stash that you can get for just a dollar right now. There will be about six weeks of very helpful stats to close out the season if you can hold.

Sammy Long, P, San Francisco Giants (unowned)

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Sammy Long was absolutely killing it at Triple-A before getting the call last week. He had struck out 37 in 22 innings while walking only five. He picked up right where he left off. In a planned outing following an opener, Long held the Rangers to one hit over four innings. He struck out seven in the outing.

Long has never thrown more than 97 innings in a professional season. This is his first year with a strikeout rate of over 25 percent. There appears to be some fool’s gold here. I’m only taking him in spots where I can stash and watch, as the Giants do have a soft spot coming up in their schedule.

Zach Davies, P, Chicago Cubs (71% owned)

On the surface, Zach Davies is about as unusable for fantasy as a starting pitcher can get. With a 6.17 ERA and 13.6 percent strikeout rate, Davies has been far below replacement level.

If you do some old-school box score analysis, Davies has given up one run or fewer in six of his last fight starts.  The most recent of which was six shutout innings against the Padres, his former team.

Davies is certainly worth a few-dollar bid for a team that is lacking in wins. His ratio cannot be trusted just yet, and the strikeout upside just doesn’t exist.

Ji Man Choi, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays (7% owned)

Choi is expected back today and figures to hold the strong part of a platoon. The Rays face three lefties this week, so his return may be slow.

Choi does not provide the power you expect from a corner infielder, and his .243 career batting average does not have me running to the FAAB ATM. What he does provide is one to two runs per week and three or four RBi with an occasional home run. Times are getting hard, my friends.

Luis Arraez, OF, 2B, 3B, Minnesota Twins (63% owned)

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Luis Arraez is set to return from his rehab assignment early next week. He could not come at a better time, as Minnesota Twins have been dropping like flies. Max Kepler and Byron Buxton are still out and Alex Kiriloff seems to always be banged up. Arraez’s useful versatile is certain to come into play.

Arraez does not have a starting position of his own, but he can play anywhere on the diamond. Similar to Choi, he does not hit for much power, nor does he run. His value in fantasy is his hit tool. With a career .318 batting average, he is the perfect replacement for owners who lost Madrigal this week. He can be a real category difference-maker for you.

Miguel Rojas, SS, Miami Marlins (61% owned)

Miguel Rojas is one of the most feared and respected hitters in the National League. That does not necessarily translate to fantasy owners, however. He doesn’t really stuff the stat sheets but does a little bit of everything. before the finger injury, he had been hitting .275 with a small handful of stolen bases and home runs across 48 games. He will probably end up maintaining that average while offering about 6-7 home runs and perhaps ten stolen bases. Nothing exciting, but a leadoff hitter is useful nonetheless.

Yonathan Daza, OF, Colorado Rockies (56% owned)

Yonathan Daza does not have much power and one of the lowest hard-hit rates in the Major Leagues. But he plays almost every day, half of which are at Coors Field. His batting average is a crisp .318 thanks to the gigantic outfield in Denver.

He has not shown much speed this year with only two home runs. Daza does, however, have a 31 steal season in the minors under his belt, so he can turn it on at any time. He is a player very similar to Arraez for fantasy, without multi-position flexibility.

Jake Fraley, OF, Seattle Mariners (20% owned)

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Everyone’s favorite prospect Jared Kelenic could not cut the mustard in his first go-around at the show. This opened the door for Jake Fraley, who has not disappointed. Through his first 44 at-bats, Fraley has hit three home runs and stolen four bases behind a .250 batting average.

This is the third tour of duty for Fraley with the big club, and the first two went similar to how Kelenic suffered. He batted well below .200 in two stops in the last two years.

When we last saw Fraley put together a full season in the minors in pre-Covid 2019, he was outstanding. In 99 games he hit .298 with 19 home runs and 22 stolen bases.

The Kyle Lewis injury probably means Fraley can hold the regular playing time as long as he earns it. We can probably expect about ten home runs and ten stolen bases the rest of the way. He is a better option than someone like Adam Eaton right now.



For any questions related to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 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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About Jeff Trela

Jeff has been succeeding in fantasy sports for nearly 30 years. As a baseball and football expert, he focuses on DFS, NFBC, redraft, and dynasty formats. His talents can be seen in #TGFBI and #SFB11 this year. He also hosts the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast every Wednesday at 9:00 pm EST on the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube Channel.

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