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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 NFBC FAAB Run

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The 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 NFBC FAAB Run will focus on replacing injuries.

We recently lost Tyler Glasnow, Nick Madrigal, Adam Eaton, Adam Benintendi, Cody Bellinger, and several more players to the Injured List. We have a few rookies to consider, but it might be the one you did not expect that I will be bidding on today.

This time of year streaming starting pitching becomes a lifestyle, and Week 13 does not look to disappoint. Best of luck bidding tonight!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 NFBC FAAB Run

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Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins (unowned)

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Jesus Sanchez is not the prospect we are holding out our FAAB dump for, but he is the shiny new toy. Now 23 years old, Sanchez still lacks the plate discipline and launch angle we would like to see from such a physical specimen. Despite the now advanced age, Sanchez hasn’t shown he is quite ready for the big stage.

He earned the recent promotion due to a torrid start at Triple-A, in which he was hitting .349 with nine home runs. But through his first three games in the show, he had reminded us of what we saw last year when he went 1-for-25 in his MLB debut. Thanks to his first career home run last night, the leash may grow a little longer. There is no clarity on the extent of Corey Dickerson‘s foot injury, so for now we can use Sanchez’s performance as the measuring stick for playing time. A trade of Starling Marte would also extend his welcome.

I don’t advocate spending more than 5% of your remaining FAAB on Sanchez. His ceiling for 2021 is probably what Trevor Larnach is already doing for you, .250-.260 with maybe a home run per week and 3-4 RBI per week.

Danny Mendick, 2B, SS, OF, Chicago White Sox (2% owned)

Danny Mendick’s primary value to the fantasy game is position eligibility and at-bats. He has taken over as the White Sox every day second baseman in the shadow of Nick Madrigal having season-ending surgery.

Mendick is capable of hitting the longball and stealing a few bases. In 2018 and 2019 in the minors, he combined for 33 home runs and 39 stolen bases.  If he were able to harness that pace and play at a 10/10 level rest of the way, it would be a winning lottery ticket for fantasy owners. The more likely scenario is the White Sox trade to upgrade the spot. But I still believe he is worth a few-dollar bid to get us through an injury right now.

Steven Duggar, OF, San Francisco Giants (37% owned)

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We have highlighted Steven Duggar in this space before, and all he has done since then is hit. But it appears fantasy players did not take notice. Duggar is 7-for-13 in his last five games with two home runs and two stolen bases. He caught fire just at the right time, as Alex Dickerson should be reinstated from the Injured List as soon as today.

Now sporting a .315 average, six home runs, and four stolen bases, Duggar is a solid fill-in who does not need to be in the lineup every day to contribute to your NFBC team. If you are trying to win an overall, Sanchez is the better risk for you. But if you are competing for a league title or trying to claw into a money spot, Duggar is a nice addition for just a few bucks.

Guillermo Heredia, OF, Atlanta Braves (2% owned)

Heredia has been quietly excellent this year. He has basically rendered Ender Inciarte to a bench role, rather than commanding the better half of a platoon. His .276 batting average and three home runs are barely serviceable, but we are getting pretty thin with all of the injuries this week. Heredia offers regular at-bats and doesn’t do much to hurt your lineup.  He is 8-for-his-last-16 with a home run over five games, so he offers a one-week opportunity to ride a hot streak.

Jake Odorizzi, P, Houston Astros (83% owned)

At this time of year, streaming often becomes a necessity rather than a strategy. If you lost Tyler Glasnow, there just is not a pitcher out there that will duplicate the production lost. You can make up some of it with volume, though.

Jake Odorizzi has been very far from what we expected this year. But he comes into the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 NFBC FAAB Run with two juicy matchups. He projects to face the Orioles and Tigers this week. With the strength of the Astros offense at his back, he should guarantee us at least one win with an opportunity for double-digit strikeouts.

Ross Stripling, P, Toronto Blue Jays (68% owned)

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Ross Stripling is another alternative to Odorizzi this week. Stripling will also face the Orioles, but trade the Tigers matchup for the Marlins.

He comes into this week a bit more accomplished on the year versus Odorizzi and is a touch more available in NFBC leagues. He has only had one start in his last five in which he gave u more than two earned runs. The Blue Jays offense offers as much firepower as the Astros. Likewise, you should be confident to get at least one win and double-digit strikeouts from Stripling on the week.

Matt Manning, P, Detroit Tigers (7% owned)

With Matt Boyd and Spencer Turnbull both on the shelf, the Tigers have turned to Matt Manning to complete the prospect trifecta. Considered one of the top pitching prospects in the game, he should be given an extensive look despite a poor early showing at Triple-A.

Fantasy owners have been burned several times this year by rookie pitchers, most notably Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch. Manning at least gave us a successful first outing, navigating through five innings. He held the Angels to only two runs.

He is not a prospect I am running to the wire to pick up personally. The Tigers are far from a team that can support a young pitcher in the win column. My concern with young pitchers on bad teams is that there is no reason to pull them when they struggle. Take one for the team, kid. But there is upside, and if you can get him for about 5% of your remaining FAAB dollars he is certainly worth a stash.

Bailey Ober, P, Minnesota Twins (15% owned)

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I am personally more excited about Bailey Ober than I am Manning, and he comes with much less fanfare. Ober is off to a fantastic start to his Major League career, with 21 strikeouts through 17 relatively clean innings.

When we last saw Ober as a professional in 2019, he was absolutely dominating hitters. Across three levels, Ober struck out a ridiculous 11.5 batters per nine innings with a sub-1 WHIP and ERA.

Known for pinpoint control, Ober can do wonders for your ratio the rest of the season. He may be held to short stints of four to five innings per outing. With the rest of the Twins rotation basically pitching them out of contention, I would expect Ober to stick around for a bit. An aggressive bid would be about 10% of your remaining FAAB dollars.



For any questions related to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 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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