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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run

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In the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run, I will sort out the MLB Trade Deadline fireworks and help you reach for some gems to help your fantasy teams. It was the most exciting deadline ever, with every MLB team making a trade and twenty All-Stars swapping addresses!

We saw more than 25% of the league move their closer, changing the landscape of saves dramatically.

The Chicago Cubs purged their entire infield, opening up several new low-end players to fantasy values.

In this space, we are focused more on the players left behind in new roles over those players that were traded.

With the NFBC being primarily a 15-team setup with a seven-man bench, you have to dig deep into these gems. Most other waiver wire/FAAB columns are telling you to pick up Myles Straw or Cesar Hernandez or Akil Baddoo. Well, those players have all been 100% rostered in the NFBC for weeks! I did the homework for you, reach out if you have any team-specific needs that this doesn’t answer. Let’s get it!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run

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David Bote, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs (2% owned)

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The Cubs flushed their entire infield via trade in one day. They literally do not have a shortstop on their active roster. David Bote will be the everyday third baseman for the rest of the season and bat in the middle of the lineup.

A longtime favorite of fantasy players, the Bote breakout has been anticipated for several years. Now that his chance is here, I cannot be too excited about it based on the supporting cast. He has the ability to steal a base or two and put a few long balls over the ivy. Perhaps his best fantasy asset is being eligible at two positions.

Many fantasy analysts and players are much higher on Bote than I am. While I do have a need in my TGFBI second base slot, I am very likely to have the FAAB bid I am willing to make on Bote fall short.

Andres Gimenez, 2B/3B/SS, Cleveland Indians (44% owned)

Cesar Hernandez was traded and the future Guardians recalled Owen Miller to take over at second base rather than Andres Gimenez. As of this moment, Gimenez is still in the minor leagues.

While Gimenez was bad in an early stint with the big club, Miller has been ten-fold worse at the highest level with only a ..118 batting average and .182 OBP. He cannot be long for this job, and the Cleveland brass owes it to the fans to let them see one of the key pieces of the Francisco Lindor trade.

I would speculate a few dollars on a callup to come soon and enjoy the discount. The positional flexibility and speed/power skills may be very valuable to us very soon.

Carter Kieboom, 3B, Washington Nationals (10% owned)

It is not often I quit on a 23-year-old prospect, but I am done with Carter Kieboom. I will not be bidding on him in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run.

He does appear to have been thrust back into semi-regular playing time with the exodus of Trea Turner. Perhaps we can see better than the .179 career Batting Average and .224 Slugging Percentage, but I am not counting on it. A hard pass for me.

Rodolfo Castro, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates (unowned)

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Rodolfo Castro has seven career hits. One single, one double, and five home runs. His first five big league hits were all home runs!

We have seen other pedestrian players come up from the minors this year and light it up. While I’m not suggesting he is the next Patrick Wisdom or Adolis Garcia, I also do not think he is the next Yermin Mercedes. It is always fun to ride a hot hand. I would rather speculate on Castro than reach for Bote.

Abraham Toro, 3B, Seattle Mariners (39% owned)

Abraham Toro may be the biggest winner of the deadline from a fantasy perspective. Acquired from Houston for clubhouse leader Kendall Graveman, Toro will be given a chance to earn everyday at-bats mostly from second base. He should earn second base eligibility in about a week and a half.

He seems to have won over his new teammates, as he has six hits in his first four games, including two home runs and a stolen base. Toro has the skillset to be a true impact player for fantasy. He offers double-digit home run and stolen base potential at premium positions. He is definitely worth a 10% bid.

Rafael Ortega, OF, Chicago Cubs (5% owned)

Rafael Ortega appears to be the new Cubs leadoff hitter. The 30-year-old has amassed 566 career plate appearances since 2012, gracing us with 6 home runs and 21 stolen bases across that span. He is batting .294 with a 42% hard-hit rate and .414 XWOBACON, but I think I will let the last nine years tell me the story more than a short sample of analytics.

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Brad Keller, SP, Kansas City Royals (46% owned)

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I like pain and I am prepared to die on this mountain. Brad Keller has settled down, having only given up seven earned runs in his last 27 plus innings. He was a preseason favorite as mine, as his slider profiles as one of my favorite pitches in the league. However, the spin rate and movement on it are way down.

It’s hard to stomach recommending a starting pitcher on a losing team with a 1.67 WHIP, but I’m guessing that most owners are not paying attention to the game log to see the turnaround. The NFBC offers the luxury of a bench. You can pick up Keller for $1 and watch to see if I am right.

Reid Detmers, SP, Los Angeles Angels (unowned)

You cannot bid on Reid Detmers this week, as his start was pushed back to today and is thus not eligible in the NFBC, but I want you all to have the name on top of your mind and save some FAAB for him. He will be at the top of next week’s article.

Kyle Finnegan, RP, Washington Nationals (unowned)

With Brad Hand out of town, Daniel Hudson figured to be the favorite for saves in Washington, D.C. Well, he was shipped out to San Diego yielding the save opportunities to Kyle Finnegan.

Finnegan is your typical sinker/slider two-pitch reliever. He does not really profile as a closer long-term for me, but he does have the job now. If you are desperate, he is probably attainable with just a few bucks.

Anthony Bender, RP, Miami Marlins (49% owned)

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We talked about Air Bender last week, but he was not fully added. We have to repeat him in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run article in case the other 51% of you fell asleep at the wheel.

This is one of the better arms in baseball that no one has heard of. The only concern is that Bender is valuable in multiple roles. Right after I recommended him last week on the heels of two saves, the Marlins used him as an opener the very next day. His next outing was a two-inning stint in which he entered in the fifth inning and earned a Win.

If Bender is owned in your league, or if you were sharp enough to pick him up already, the hedge play is to pick up Dylan Floro. Only 2% owned, the 30-year-old brings a lot of experience to the back end of the bullpen. He played a key role in the playoffs for the World Champion Dodgers. I like his arm almost as much as Bender’s and would not be surprised if he is Don Mattingly‘s choice for saves.

Andrew Kittredge, RP, Tampa Bay Rays (2% owned)

The Rays cannot be trusted with their bullpen. The team with the best record in the American League traded away their closer at the deadline. It appeared as if Andrew Kittredge was poised to settle into the role. With a .233 WOBA, one of the best in all of baseball, the results have been incredible this year. The American League All-Star has 7 wins, 2 saves, 1.40 ERA, and 0.90 WHIP.

So in typical Rays fashion, in the first game after the deadline on Saturday, Kittredge was called on to pitch the sixth inning. He struck out three in a rocky inning on the way to earning the Win.

Jeffrey Springs, who also may be in the mix for saves, left that same game with a knee injury, which resuscitates Kittredge’s chances at claiming the role. But he will also have to deal with the eventual returns of Peter Fairbanks and Nick Anderson.

While this seems to be a situation to avoid, it is an opportunity to buy low. No one has crowned Kittredge, or anyone in the bullpen for that matter, as closer. You can probably acquire him for just a few FAAB dollars. He will have fantasy value regardless of the save count.

David Bednar, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates (63% owned)

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David Bednar is the “new” closer that has the most staying power. He is 63% owned already because the Rich Rodriguez trade might have been the most inevitable of them all. Bednar had stand-alone value before this new role. He allows very little hard contact and thus is a strong contributor to your ratios. A 30.5% strikeout rate puts a cherry on top.

Closers on bad teams tend to get a lot of opportunities. The Pirates are dead last in MLB at scoring runs, and thus the few wins that they do get over the rest of the season are likely to be close games. Bednar is the safest bet to get one or two saves a week moving forward.

Of course, in typical closer fashion, Bednar pitched the eighth inning last night and added a blown save to his ledger. This may give you a slight discount, I am not going to overreact to one outing. I feel good about Bednar.

Demarcus Evans, RP, Texas Rangers (unowned)

It is highly unlikely that you will get this far down in your search for saves this week, but Demarcus Evans has some simply electric stuff and a very bright future. With Ian Kennedy out of town, the Rangers may give Evans a save chance or two. He’s struggled with control early on, but when it comes together, watch out. This is not so much an NFBC or redraft play as a dynasty or keeper league pickup.



For any questions related to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run, or for additional options, you can reach me on Twitter @jtrela20. Otherwise, check me out streaming LIVE TODAY, Sunday, August 1 at 5:00 PM EST on the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast, now part of the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube network of podcasts. We welcome Legend Lenny Melnick as we make sense of how the incredible Trade Deadline will impact your fantasy team!

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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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