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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 NFBC FAAB Run

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 NFBC FAAB Run article.

Fantasy Baseball Leagues are won with three initiatives.

  1. A solid draft
  2. Due diligence on the Waiver Wire
  3. Hard work

I’m here to get you those final two. I’ve used the picks given in this article weekly to rise up to fifth overall in TGFBI as I write this.

Not to take an early victory lap, but just want to show how important it is to get it right in your FAAB runs, especially in the NFBC. That said, this is not a week with a player to go all-in on. But there are a few useful stash players, a good streaming starter, some potential power, and as always, some desperation saves.

With that said, let’s get it!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 NFBC FAAB

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Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs, 2B/SS (46 percent owned)

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The former first-rounder was considered a possible starter, even leadoff hitter, going into this season. It didn’t work out for him, being sent back down to the dreaded “alternate site”.

On Friday, he was recalled in light of Joc Pederson landing on the IL and wasted no time. Hoerner went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI on Friday. For his curtain call on Saturday, he went 1 for 2 while walking twice and knocking in two runs.

Hoerner is already eligible at second base and shortstop in NFBC formats. He should also gain outfield eligibility as well, as he continues to fill in for Pederson. This flexibility may be Nico’s primary asset.

Through about 200 career at-bats, we’ve seen a mere three home runs and three stolen bases around a pedestrian .257 AVG. He is a decent plug-in utility player if you are struggling with injuries, not someone to invest more than 5% of your remaining FAAB on.

Pavin Smith, Arizona Diamondbacks, 1B/OF (5 percent owned)

With Cristian Walker (oblique) and Ketel Marte (hamstring) both dealing with injuries that can linger, Smith has seen regular playing time at both 1B and OF for the Diamondbacks. With Josh Rojas looking overmatched in the big leagues, there may be some staying power for Smith.

His primary skill is his penchant to get on base, as he has posted an OBP of at least .340 every year as a professional. Because of this, we have seen Smith leading off regularly as of late.

Available in over 95 percent of NFBC contests, Smith should be readily available in your league for just a few bucks. Similar to Hoerner, his versatility may end up being his best fantasy asset. If you are struggling to fill out a lineup, you can get Smith for a buck or two. He will run into a home run here and there, and not hurt your average at all. If he can hold the leadoff spot, maybe we can see 75 runs for him this season.

Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers  (29 percent owned)

Garcia is the next man up in the series of players out of nowhere that most people never heard of to light up the scoreboard. I publicly have advocated against adding Yermin Mercedes, which feels like episode two.

Garcia has lit the world on fire this past two weeks, homering five times in his first eleven games. He has shown some power in the minors in the past, but his 37 percent K rate as a professional is certain to catch up with him soon. The ridiculous 22 percent Barrell rate is regressing as we speak.

With Ronald Guzman out for the year, some additional at-bats become available at Designated Hitter. Meanwhile, only Joey Gallo has proven to deserve an everyday spot in the outfield. There is certainly a path for Garcia to continue to hit his way into the lineup every day. Perhaps the most impressive thing about his recent home run tear is the spray across the back wall, with all five home runs to a different area in the bleachers.

With the massive raw power he has shown, and the sneaky stolen bases he keeps in his pocket, Garcia could turn out to pay off a FAAB bid around 10% of your budget over the long term. I’m probably going to take a stab to avoid a FOMO repeat performance that I had with Mercedes.

Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays, OF  (15 percent owned)

Kiermaier is an elite defensive outfielder with a high 90 percentile sprint speed. He gets on base at about a 30% clip crossed his career and is a threat to steal at any moment.

His $11.7 million salary is by far the highest on the Rays, accounting for nearly 17% of the team’s total payroll. They are highly motivated to trade him, which keeps him in the lineup more often than not. in today’s game, we are all looking for steals. Kiermaier should offer one or two per week for just a few dollars of your FAAB budget. You just have to eat a likely bad batting average.

Bobby Witt, Jr, Kansas City Royals, UT (56 percent owned)

In NFBC formats, minor leaguers cannot be picked up until they get called up to the Major Leagues. The one exception is if they were initially drafted and subsequently dropped in your league. In this scenario, they are eligible to be bid on during the FAAB run. check your league, if Witt was dropped in your league, snatch him up now.

 


The Super Two day is approaching, if it hasn’t already passed. Witt is your best shot at adding a superstar, with Jarred Kelenic remaining 100% owned. It should only cost you a few dollars today, while you will be looking at hundreds in a few weeks.

Domingo German, New York Yankees, P  (63 percent owned)

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German was removed from the rotation for a week and a half, and it looks like the message was received. He scattered seven hits across six innings on Thursday against Cleveland while striking out six. He only gave up two earned runs en route to his first Quality Start since 2019.

German may not stay in the rotation long if the inconsistency continues. He does face the Orioles in his next start, so his owners are likely to be rewarded right away if they add him in this week’s NFBC FAAB run.

German figures to take your ratios on a roller coaster ride while approaching a 10 K/9 with potential for a significant win total. In NFBC formats where you can pick your spot, he’s a great add this week for about five percent of your budget.

Kohei Arihara, Texas Rangers, P (46 percent owned)

If you are doing well in strikeouts but need some help with your ratios, Arihara is exactly what you need. After four starts, he is sporting a 2.21 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.

However, his predictive metrics say he has been lucky and basically pitching in a minefield. His average Exit Velocity Against, Barrel Rate, xERA, and Hard Hit Rate are among the worst in the league.

By the time you read this, it may get blown up, as he faces the White Sox today. If he performs well, we will see some strong bidding and a 100 percent owned player by end of the night. I’m going to stay out of this one myself, especially if he pitches well. But if you stash and hold, and the ratios stay intact, you could potentially pair him with German and get two quality starters.

Ryan Weathers, SD, P (56 percent owned)

We gave you Weathers in this very NFBC Fantasy Baseball FAAB run article last week. Based on him still being available in nearly half of leagues, you didn’t listen!

Weathers went on to strike out six batters across five-plus scoreless innings and thus raising his price for this week. It may be start-to-start right now for Weathers, but he appears to have earned a continued look in the San Diego rotation.

With Dinelson Lamet taking his annual spot on the IL and Adrian Morejon out for the season, Weathers will continue to go out every five days until he proves he can’t.

Weathers has found his success behind a 47 percent ground ball rate and 30 percent strikeout rate. He has outperformed his xERA by nearly three runs, so there is some obvious regression from the microscopic 0.59 ERA and 0.59 WHIP coming.

However, if he settles into a sub 4.00 ERA and can continue to go five innings or more per turn, he figures to be quite valuable. Bid aggressively where available.

Austin Gomber. Colorado Rockies, P (29 percent owned)

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This is the only time you will find Gomber in my Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB run article this year. He is off to a great start this year, a 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts across 20 innings are more than adequate from a Rockies starter.

The reason we are recommending him here is as a one-week streamer. This week,  he will pitch at San Francisco and at Arizona. If he maintains these ratios and gets us ten or more strikeouts, possibly a win, it will be a few dollars well spent while your opponents aren’t paying attention.

Jake Diekman, Oakland Athletics, RP (73 percent owned)

The never-ending search for desperate saves continues. Lou Trivino seems to have a leg up on Diekman in the pecking order for saves, but we did see Diekman convert an opportunity this weekend. Even in a 75/25 split against Diekman, he figures to be a decent source of at least 5-10 saves moving forward. Bid to the level of your desperation.

Josh Staumont, Kansas City Royals, RP (42 percent owned)

I picked him up for $1 in TGFBI last week, where the saves are as scarce as any league I have ever seen. On Saturday, Staumont was called upon with closer Greg Holland unavailable due to Covid protocols. He converted the opportunity into a save while striking out two.

Holland is expected to miss minimal time. He may be back as soon as Sunday. I have always shied away from young “potential closers” on bad teams because saves equal arbitration dollars. Most bad teams will keep a young pitcher out of such a role as long as possible and remain with a middling veteran, a part played perfectly by Holland. But the arm is electric and warrants a bench stash.

Sean Doolittle, CIN, RP,  (7 percent owned)

My Fantasy Baseball “puke in your mouth” suggestion of this week’s NFBC FAAB article. Lucas Sims and Amir Garrett can’t seem to get out of each other’s way in the race to blow more save opportunities. The bullpen in Cincinnati is a straight dumpster fire. Tejay Antone may emerge as the next man up, but it is certainly plausible that the Reds may eventually just give the role to the veteran and be done with it.



If you have the spot, pick him up for $1 and stash him on your bench. Do NOT put him in your lineup!!! I don’t want you coming at me with a pitchfork when your ERA blows up. This is a speculative addition that maybe if the role develops, we could get fifteen saves or so despite the high 4.00 ERA for $1.


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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 Sunday at 7:30 pm EST on the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube Channel.

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