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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 NFBC FAAB Run


In the Week 4 2021 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB run we have a little bit for everyone. Some saves, some starters, and some home runs.

This is not a high-profile player week, it is certainly not a time to spend a big chunk of your FAAB budget.

There are, however, a few diamonds in the rough to get you for the week and a few two-start streamers.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 NFBC FAAB Run

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Zach McKinstry, LA, 2B/OF (54% owned)

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The heartbreaking news for fantasy owners is that Cody Bellinger has a hairline fracture in his leg. His timetable looks to be two months or more on the shelf. He will not be easily replaced, but at least the situation opens up an opportunity for McKinstry.

McKinstry is not of the highest pedigree, he was the fifteenth ranked prospect in the Dodgers system this year by However, he does bring some level of stability and excitement to your fantasy lineup.

First brought up to cover a short-term injury to Mookie Betts, McKinstry now figures to have some staying power with Bellinger sidelined. He has maximized the opportunity thus far, with a .304 AVG and .949 OPS through fourteen games.

Eligible at both second base and outfield, he also brings the position flexibility we all love in Fantasy Baseball. There should be enough batting average and counting stats here to warrant a roster spot in NFBC leagues.

Alex Cobb, LAA, SP (54% owned)

Through two starts, Cobb has really looked outstanding, despite the pedestrian ratios. In each of his contests thus far, he has been excellent two times through the order only to lose it in turn three. Still, his 4.63 ERA and 1.20 WHIP should be just about what you should expect from Cobb.

What is exciting is the 17:2 K: bb ratio. His split-finger fastball has been incredible, and he is rightfully using it more than he ever had in his career, to the tune of a 45% pitch mix.

Cobb has two starts this week (assuming no more COVID postponements), vs. Texas and at Houston. He is usable in NFBC formats where you aren’t clamoring to fix your ERA.

Huascar Ynoa, ATL, SP (44% owned)

The beneficiary of Mike Soroka‘s extended absence, Ynoa has looked quite good and has a chance to hold a rotation spot for an extended time frame.

Despite giving up six earned runs to the Cubs yesterday, he still paces the Braves staff with a 3.94 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Ynoa offers basically the same statistical profile as Cobb. Good strikeouts, decent control, but an ERA that cannot necessarily be trusted.

Next weekend he will face the Diamondbacks, a lineup that does not scare me at all. We figure to get a few weeks of quality starts from Ynoa before he takes a spot in the bullpen later in the year.

Brad Keller, KC, SP (61% owned)

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Keller seems like he will be in my NFBC FAAB run article every week. He was widely dropped in Fantasy Baseball after his two terrible starts, only to rebound nicely against the Angels this week.

Oddly wild in his first two tilts, Keller showed excellent control, walking only one while striking out five across five-plus innings. He is certainly worthy of a roster spot in NFBC formats, as he was one of the more consistent starters in the American League last year. His next start is Tuesday against the Rays, a contest I am just risk-tollerant enough to roll the dice on.

Adam Duvall, MIA, OF (81% owned)

Duvall will be 100% owned in NFBC leagues come Monday morning. If you need home runs, check your wire.  Maybe you are lucky enough to be in one of the 19% of leagues that haven’t been paying attention.

After a slow start to the season, Duvall broke out in a big way this Tuesday to the tune of seven RBI in one game.

He has always had a history of hitting in bunches, s it is time to jump on. With an opportunity for 500+ at-bats, we could see 30 home runs and 90 RBI for the Miami cleanup hitter. Just don’t expect much of a batting average, as his current .239 mark is right in line with his .233 career average.

Danny Duffy, KC, SP (20%owned)

Duffy has been an outstanding streamer so far with a 2-0 record, 0.75 ERA, and 1.17 WHIP through his first twelve innings. While we should not expect this success over the full season, there is reason to expect it to continue for the short term.

This week Duffy is my favorite two-start Fantasy Baseball streamer. A Monday start versus Tampa Bay and a weekend start at Detroit is the recipe for a solid Week 4 NFBC FAAB run gem. Duffy will be worthy of a roster spot going forward but is only usable in the right matchups.

Kendall Graveman, SEA, RP (49% owned)

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Graveman has been effective this year, having not allowed a run through his first five appearances in 2021. That said, he has been given the last two save opportunities for the Mariners and converted them both. It is unclear at this time if this an official role change or just a circumstance.

Rafael Montero came into the season as the closer but has been unable to handle it. Montero leads the league with three blown saves. My guess is it is likely he will get a second chance at the spot soon and the Mariners are just trying to work through it.

In the meantime, Graveman has been effective and should get at least a few more save opportunities. Seattle plays the Dodgers this week and then travels to Fenway Park.  I am not quite sure those opportunities will be immediate. Obviously, if you are bidding on Graveman you have a high desperation level for saves, but don’t bid that way. Keep it conservative.

Yandy Diaz, TB, 3B (34% owned)

Yandy is a Fantasy Baseball enigma. He isn’t technically an everyday player for the rays, but somehow every day he is in the lineup. Depending on the matchup, you will find him either leading off or in the four-hole.

Still only 29 years old, Diaz has never put it all together and had that true breakout season. I have always viewed him as one of the better all-around right-handed hitters in the league, but the results haven’t always matched it.

Diaz is getting a lot of playing time due to the absence of Ji-Man Choi and the poor performance of Yoshi Tsutsugo. He is eligible both at 3B and 1B which is always an added plus. if nothing else, Diaz’s .280 career batting average should help you stabilize a difficult category.

Ryan Weathers, SD, SP (32% owned)

After three outstanding bullpen appearances, Weathers was given an opportunity to start on the heels of the Adrian Morejon injury. The 21-year-old made the most of the opportunity.  He yielded one hit around two walks while striking out three in three-plus innings.

Weathers was expected to fill a swing/bullpen role this year, so it may take some time for him to stretch out if he does stick in the rotation. Short stints figure to be the norm, limiting the upside for now. But in the long term, the sky is the limit for the former #7 overall pick.

The Padres rotation is so deep and talented that they can be patient in giving Weathers the opportunity, just as they were doing with Morejon. In NFBC formats he is a great stash and pray, but you probably will not be using him often at first. The low inning totals will give you very little win equity for now.

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About Jeff Trela

Jeff is a 30 year veteran of fantasy sports as both a commissioner and player. He specializes in redraft, dynasty, and DFS. He plays in several NFBC Leagues and will be providing the DFS Pitching Primer this season. In 2021, Jeff will be taking his analytical and "game theory" approach to League 9 of the TGFBI. he is always available on Twitter @Jtrela20

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