2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 NFBC FAAB


I generally keep the recommendations for the NFBC FAAB run to players under 80 percent owned, so you won't see this week's no-hit pitcher Wade Miley here. Check your waiver wire though, just in case. Does it almost feel like we should expect a no-hitter every week at this point?

In this week's FAAB run we have hitters both young and old, a few save opportunists, and probably the last true stash and pray rookie. Last week we gave you Kyle Higashioka, Cole Irvin, and Shane McClanahan who were big contributors right away. I am a little more interested in adding multiple players than I was last week. Let's get it!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 NFBC FAAB Run

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Trevor Larnach, OF, Minnesota Twins (unowned)

It would be horribly off-brand for me not to mention Larnach in today's NFBC Faab run article. I've been following him since his days as a national champion at Oregon State University. Larnach has all of the tools to be a .300 hitter at the major league level and has developed the power to compliment it.

Larnach laid a goose egg in his debut on Saturday night, going 0-for-4 with six runners left on base. I wouldn't expect him to be in the lineup today with lefty Matt Boyd scheduled to start for the Tigers. He should be able to be acquired for about five percent of your remaining FAAB budget.

He should provide you with an average over .260 while hitting a home run at least once per week. Larnach figures to play every day while Byron Buxton and Alex Kiriloff are both sidelined. I've learned not to hold my breath waiting for Buxton, and I've gone on record as saying Larnach is a better dynasty buy than Kiriloff. Head coach Rocco Baldelli mentioned the option of surgery for Kiriloff, so we may be looking at a massive boost here.

Tyler Rogers, P, San Francisco Giants (46 percent owned)

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Gabe Kapler can be a tough pill to swallow as a manager, especially for fantasy owners. From not allowing starters to go three times through a lineup, to refusing to name a designated closer.

He was at it again this week, saying that Rogers would begin to see save opportunities alongside incumbent Jake McGee. To date, Rogers is sporting both a WHIP and ERA below 1.00. His funky submarine delivery brings a unique look to the back end of the Giants bullpen. Meanwhile, McGee had given up eight earned runs over his last three outings.

Of course, the very next save opportunity after that statement went to McGee, who struck out the side in a clean ninth against the Padres on Friday night. I would tread lightly, but the search for saves is a real struggle and anyone with an opportunity for even a handful is useful in deep formats such as the NFBC.

MacKenzie Gore, P, San Diego Padres (76 percent owned)

Gore is available in 24 percent of NFBC leagues. There is a good chance that he was waived in such leagues and thus available. The Padres have had all kinds of issues at the back end of the rotation and Gore's time may be coming soon.

There are rumors that he has caught a case of the yips at the alternate training site. Thankfully, he has been assigned to Triple-A El Paso, so we'll get to see if he has his control in a competitive environment. Hopefully, the top pitching prospect in the minors doesn't pull a full-blown Rick Ankiel on us.

Either way, if he is available you can get him for a mere few dollars this week. If he can show consistency, the majors won't be far behind. He will be an "all-in" type free agent in a future Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB run article.

Daniel Lynch, P, Kansas City Royals (unowned)

Lynch was completely waxed by the White Sox on Saturday and may be sent down to the minors by the time you read this. He had never pitched above high-A before making his major league debut earlier this week, and now has an 18.76 ERA pasted next to his name.

Lynch is immensely talented and will certainly improve upon these results, whether it be later next week against the White Sox again or further down the road. Either way, with Saturday's results you can get him for a song, provided you have an extra spot to stash. Keep an eye out in a later post for Jackson Kowar, who is the Royals prospect that will make the higher impact for 2021 Fantasy Baseball.

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Justin Dunn, P, Seattle Mariners (34 percent owned)

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Dunn turned fantasy owners off after walking eight batters in his season debut. Since then, he has only walked over two batters in a contest once, while never giving up more than three runs.

The xERA is still over five, and the xwOBA of .364 is pretty bad, but there have been a few quality outings in a row for Dunn. Manager Scott Servais has developed a pretty quick hook with him, which is a good thing for us, as he has a 8.65 ERA after the fourth inning.

Dunn continues to make Mets fans resent the infamous Jarred Kelenic trade, as they could certainly use his arm these days. His next start is mid-week against Cleveland at home, which figures to be a good spot for fantasy. He's worth a couple of bucks if you need a pitcher for the week.

Pete Fairbanks, P, Tampa Bay Rays (32 percent owned)

Diego Castillo was actually working as a conventional closer for the Tampa Bay Rays, leading the team with seven saves. Of course, he then pulled a groin muscle and is out indefinitely. As fate would have it, Fairbanks returned from the IL the same day.

Fairbanks figured to have a chance at the job from spring training behind a devastating slider. However, fellow reliever Jeffrey Springs has shown to be worthy of the role as well. In fact, it was Springs who received and converted the save opportunity this week.

I would rather invest in Tyler Rogers, who I feel has more staying power. But, again, the struggle is real.

Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants  (12 percent owned)

I started typing Crawford's name last week, then I stopped. Guess this is where we are at now. Crawford smacked his seventh home run of the year last night, bringing his OPS on the season to .855. This is clearly the high point of production in his entire career. In today's environment, where batting average doesn't seem to matter anymore, boring players like Crawford take a bump up.

The Giants are playing exciting baseball, surprisingly pacing the National League West thus far in 2021. Crawford has long been one of their main catalysts and is surprisingly good against left-handed pitching. He should only cost a few bucks and makes for a decent utility player. I would still prioritize Andrelton Simmons over Crawford though. We mentioned Simmons in last week's NFBC FAAB run article, and he remains available in 32 percent of leagues.

Nomar Mazara, OF, Detroit Tigers  (5 percent owned)

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Mazara returned from an abdominal strain on Saturday and tripled and walked while scoring two runs. The fact that Victor Reyes was sent to the minors leads us to believe there will be at-bats for Mazara.

Mazara started his career with three straight seasons with twenty home runs, but the growth seems to have stopped there. Most fantasy owners who were on the hype train have long jumped off, leaving him there for you to pick up for pennies on the dollar. It's a pure stash and pray situation, but Larnach will be a much better investment if you need an outfielder.

Taylor Ward, OF, Los Angeles Angels (unowned)

Another sneaky outfielder is Taylor Ward. He got a cup of coffee in 2020 and hit .277. He was called up this week in conjunction with the Albert Pujols release.

Young star Jared Walsh will now be the regular first baseman for the Angels for the next decade, opening up an outfield spot, which Ward will get the first crack to claim. He was involved in every rally during the Angels come back on Saturday, racking up a few RBI, after hitting his first home run of the year the night before.

With Dexter Fowler out for the season and Justin Upton banged up, he figures to have a short-term spot in the lineup. Ward will have to hit enough to stave off Jo Adell, who is currently at Triple-A Salt Lake City. If he does, great. If he doesn't,  we can just cut him when Adell gets the call.

As always, I'm available on Twitter @JTrela20 if you have more specific questions before placing bids in this week's NFBC FAAB run.

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