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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run


For the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run, we are looking at a few multi-positional options. Keep in mind, most NFBC leagues are fifteen teams and thus deeper, so this “waiver” article will tend to run quite a bit deeper.

We once again have a rookie phenom infused into the Fantasy Baseball season in Logan Gilbert. If you do not need the pitcher but crave the next rookie phenom, save your FAAB dollars this week.

Vidal Brujan profiles as exactly what is missing in the Tampa Bay Rays offense. I project he will be up within the next two weeks to ignite an otherwise anemic offense.

As always, we have a potential closer in this space. But the real theme this week is inexpensive multi-positional players.

Not necessarily a week to spend heavily unless covering an injury or going all-in on Gilbert. Good luck and let’s get it!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run

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Logan Gilbert, P, Seattle Mariners (unowned)

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Logan Gilbert is where the FAAB dump will go this week, as he was recalled alongside fellow prospect Jarred Kelenic on Thursday and was immediately inserted into the rotation. Gilbert follows in the footsteps of Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber as alumni of the Stetson University baseball program.

Gilbert offers four pitches, with his fastball sitting mid-90s with movement. In his first professional season in 2019, he struck out a total of 165 batters in 135 innings. He brings this pedigree to the major leagues and should be in the rotation from today for the next ten years. This shouldn’t be a repeat of Daniel Lynch, who failed in his first attempt and was sent down this weekend.

Considering that the Mariners are competitive, we should see a solid 18-20 rotation turns from Gilbert going forward. This should yield a sub 4.00 ERA and 100+ strikeouts. If you missed out on Shane McClanahan, this is your chance to make up for it. Feel safe bidding aggressively if you need starting pitching help.

Michael Fulmer, P, Detroit Tigers (34 percent owned)

Michael Fulmer appears to have squirmed his way into a high-leverage late-inning role if that actually exists in Detroit. Last night he got a win in an extra-inning game in which Gregory Soto was not called on to pitch in.

On Thursday night, Soto was unable to close out a 4-1 lead in the ninth, and it was Fulmer who had to pick up the pieces. Fulmer has improved his control and is striking out batters at the highest pace of his career at 23 percent.

Fulmer seems to have completely revamped his pitch mix, leaning heavily on a very effective slider, so the newfound success does not appear to be by chance. In this new environment where relievers are more and more important in rotisserie formats, Fulmer is the next to step up. He does not need to become the defacto closer to hold value in fifteen team leagues, but Soto isn’t exactly lighting it up.

Matt Beaty, OF/1B, Los Angeles Dodgers (10 percent owned)

Matt Beaty may end up being the biggest loser of the Albert Pujols signing. With Pujols clogging a bench spot and Cody Bellinger returning in a few weeks, Beaty likely will be without much playing time.

But in the meantime, he has been quite effective, hitting for a .304 average. He makes for a decent multi-position one-dollar stopgap for a week or two more, but I probably prefer the next guy.

Michael Chavis, 1B/2B/OF, Boston Red Sox (27 percent owned)

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Michael Chavis was recalled to replace the injured Enrique Hernandez and has been given an opportunity to play almost every day at 2B. Do not forget that he hit 19 home runs as a rookie in 2019 in only half a season. The power potential along with the three-position eligibility makes him a valuable asset in NFBC formats worthy of five percent of your FAAB budget.

Spencer Howard, P, Philadelphia, Phillies (44 percent owned)

We have had success stashing prospects that were drafted and waived in the NFBC, and this is yet another one. Howard was sent to the “alternate training site” on April 26 to stretch out to be a starter for the rest of the season.

If you have room to stash, my guess is he will make two more turns for the Iron Pigs before being coming up to the show. Chase Anderson is not a competent major league pitcher anymore. I’m willing to bet his starts today at Toronto and later this week against the Red Sox should seal the deal.  Two turns from now, the spot will be Howard’s and we should see Anderson designated for assignment.

He is not on the level of Gilbert but is likely the next hotshot rookie pitcher to get the call. If you want to get a head start and he is eligible in your particular NFBC league, now is the time to jump in.

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (73 percent owned)

The quality of contract metrics for Gregory Polanco are all trending above his career averages. We are seeing a hard-hit rate at 46 percent and barrel rate at 9.7 percent. His maximum exit velocity of 116 mph is basically the best in the game. If you are in a situation where you can absorb or have punted batting average then Polanco should be on your shortlist.

With the league batting average at .234, is Polanco’s XBA of .219 that bad? Perhaps the power, speed, and run-producing skills are worth the risk. Again, this move only works if you don’t care about your average.

Nick Maton, 2B/SS, Philadelphia Phillies (7 percent owned)

Nick Maton is just a good ballplayer that no one has heard of. He is a gritty player out of the Chase Utley mold. Throughout his minor league career, he showed an ability to take a walk and avoid the strikeout, which hasn’t quite translated to the major leagues yet. However, he has shown more promise than Scott Kingery. So much so that they are trying Maton in centerfield in front of Kingery. The position flexibility will be helpful as we get to the dog days of summer. Don’t expect much, but you won’t have to bid much.

Vincent Velasquez, P, Philadelphia Phillies (5 percent owned)

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It seems like Vinnie Velo is back. Well, at least the strikeout rate is, at 28 percent. The walk rate is not good, among the worst in the league. Somehow, he has managed to outperform his 4.65 xERA by nearly a full run. Stranding the base runners you walk by striking out the next will do that.

Since being inserted into the rotation, Velasquez has allowed more than two runs only ones in five tries. This includes a current string of three straight starts with only one run allowed and six or more strikeouts. He heads into next week with a start against the Miami Marlins.

Andrew Young, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks (unowned)

Andrew Young absolutely raked in a brief stint earlier this year, to the tune of three home runs and 6 RBI through his first nine at-bats. With Christian Walker and now Asdrubal Cabrera on the shelf, he was recalled and immediately homered. The 27-year-old is forcing his way into the everyday lineup, and the results are outstanding. This might be an opportunity to hop on a heater for just a buck or two.

For any questions or additional options, you can reach me on Twitter @jtrela20. Otherwise, check me out streaming LIVE every Wednesday at 9 pm 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 Sunday at 7:30 pm EST on the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube Channel.

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