2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB

The Fantasy Baseball waiver wire tends to get quite disgusting as we pass the 100-game mark. The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 NFBC FAAB Run is certainly no exception. I cannot tell what hurts more, my eyes after reading the names in my notes, or my hand with seven stitches in it trying to type those names.

The trade deadline figures to be an exciting one, with many insiders saying it will be one of the craziest in a long time. This certainly should give us some more exciting names next week, as many roles will change and, of course, fantasy values.

For now, I feel pretty confident in speculating on some bad teams that will have new closers by this time next week. It certainly will give you an edge on your competition to score one or more of these guys now for a few bucks on a speculative bid, rather than overpaying next week.

There are a few schedule quirks to pay attention to when setting your lineups and bids this week. The Padres, Mets, and Rockies all play eight games. But pump the breaks, as none of those games are in Coors Field. Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics only play five games.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 NFBC FAAB Run

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Scott Effross, RP, Chicago Cubs (10%)

David Robertson is as good as gone, leaving Scott Efross as the best remaining option for the few saves the Cubs will get the rest of the way. We have already seen the soft-tossing sidearmer convert a  save opportunity this week.

Effross' 28% strikeout rate and .234 xWOBA easily pace the Cubs bullpen, making him the most deserving candidate for a shot at the role. It is criminal that Rowan Wick hasn't taken this job.

Nick Martinez, RP, San Diego Padres (58%)

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Taylor Rogers has been removed from the ninth inning, at least for the short term. This opens the door for a committee approach, which Nick Martinez should capitalize on.

Martinez has shuffled back and forth between the bullpen and rotation for the Friars this year, most recently collecting a clean save against the Tigers this week. He should come at a discount, as the paternity list label in bright red on the NFBC platform will frighten some bidders away.

Dany Jimenez, RP, Oakland Athletics (65%)

Dany Jimenez was quite effective earlier this year in the ninth inning for the A's before hitting the shelf with a shoulder injury. That setback opened the door for Lou Trivino to try to take his role back, a task he clearly was not up to as he sits with a WHIP higher than his weight.

Jimenez pitched a perfect ninth with three strikeouts in a rehab outing on Friday and appears ready for a return. He may reclaim the role from Trivino solely on merit, if not a potential trade.

Felix Bautista, RP, Baltimore Orioles (68%)

Felix Bautista has been lights out at times for the surprising Orioles this year. However, Jorge Lopez has been a top five closer in all of baseball this year.

The Orioles sit only three back in the AL Wild Card race and are over .500 this late in the season for the first time in five years. While Lopez has been one of the most sought-after relievers on the trade market, Baltimore may just be a Sunday afternoon win away from choosing to stand pat, dare I say even be a buyer, at Tuesday's deadline.

Bautista will still give you ratio help and an excellent strikeout rate even with Lopez around, but a trade could make him a league winner.

Janson Junk, SP, LA Angels (unowned)

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Janson Junk is available across the board and is coming off of a stellar first Major League start. On Wednesday, he blanked the Royals for five innings, striking out eight and walking only one. He faces the weak-hitting Oakland lineup this week. The negative for the 26-year-old is that the Angels employ a six-man rotation.  I still like the upside of the younger Chase Silseth, but Junk shouldn't live up to his namesake for just the few dollars he will cost you.

Domingo German, SP, NY Yankees (63%)

Meanwhile, Domingo German appears to be slotting right back into the Yankees rotation, and might require a stronger bid tonight. . He is still stretching out, with only eight innings on his resume thus far in 2022. This week he lines up twice, with tilts against Seattle and St. Louis. While this has some blowup potential, the opportunity for a win and ten strikeouts his quite high. If you win his services, he will likely be in your lineup more often than not moving forward.

David Fletcher, 2B/SS, LA Angels (15%)

There is very little to be excited about in terms of hitters on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 NFBC FAAB Run. In fact, they are basically a heap of trash.

David Fletcher should see some extended run for the MASH unit Angels. The multi-position eligibility is enticing, as are the 15 stolen bases from just last year.

Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago White Sox (30%)

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Then there is Josh Harrison. He basically does absolutely nothing exciting for fantasy. But as they say, sometimes the best ability is availability. Harrison does just that as he plays every day for the middling South Siders.

Harold Castro, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Detroit Tigers (10%)

Of the multi-position options this week, Harlod Castro probably offers the most upside. With a .289 career average in nearly a thousand at-bats, the hit tool is certainly a piece that we could find useful in fantasy. He offers little pop, but bats in a prime lineup spot daily and is always in position to produce runs on any given day the Tigers might hit. Being eligible at every infield position is a cherry on top.

Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Detroit Tigers (48%)

His teammate Jeimer Candelario is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now. In the last week, he has had three multi-hit games, three home runs, and eight RBI. We always like to jump on a hot hitter. But last year Candelario's OPS was 160 points higher in the second half, so perhaps an encore is developing.

Kyle Isbel, OF, Kansas City Royals (8%)

With Andrew Benintendi shipped off to the Bronx, it appears as if Royals prospect Kyle Isbel figures to be the biggest beneficiary of his vacated at-bats.
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Isbel offers an intriguing balance of speed and power, having combined across AAA and the majors last year for 16 home runs and 21 stolen bases. The Royals are in the top 10 in the league in stolen base attempts, so we could see Isbel run fairly often. He probably is the top riser in fantasy value going into tonight's FAAB Run.

Nick Fortes, C, Miami Marlins (43%)

If you are in need of a backstop, 25-year-old Nick Fortes has been a sneaky fantasy performer this year. With four home runs and four stolen bases, he has returned as much 5x5 value as Adley Rutschman. He is still available in more than half of 15 team leagues, and most of your league mates have probably never heard of him. Fellow receiver Jacob Stallings is purely a defensive option, with Fortes giving them the best lineup option each day.

For more discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 NFBC FAAB Run, you can always reach out to me on Twitter @JTrela20. Otherwise, you can catch me on the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast.

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