2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB

The trade deadline has passed and the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run is here to pick up the pieces.

As was expected, we have more than a dozen players who have gone from irrelevant for fantasy to having an extended role and being worth a look now. I am highlighting seven players that were unowned just a week ago.

As predicted, four closer roles changed on bad teams, leaving us with options today in a very difficult category. None of them are exciting, or even safe, but a save is a save.

This is not a week to stream pitchers. Among the available two start pitchers, Kyle Bradish, Jordan Lyles, and James Kaprielian all have difficult matchups and are more likely to blow up your ratios than help you with double-digit strikeouts. I recommend using relievers this week if you have holes in your pitching and stashing for next week instead.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run

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JP Sears, SP, Oakland Athletics (unowned)

It warms my heart that one of my favorite dynasty stashes takes the lead in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run article. JP Sears was the key piece going to Oakland in the Frankie Montas trade. He figures to be in the big league rotation before long and will be a mainstay for the rest of the year.

Sears has been outstanding this year between the minors and in spot starts/long relief for the Yankees. He has only 12 walks with 75 strikeouts across 70 combined innings.

Because he isn't even in the majors right now but is eligible to be selected in NFBC contests, he should be yours for a mere buck or two. I'm willing to speculate he will be called up within the week, making an immediate impact on your fantasy team.

Ryan Pepiot, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (unowned)

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With Clayton Kershaw on the shelf again, the Dodgers rotation looks like a MASH unit. Mind you, they could probably run out a bullpen game every day for the rest of the year and still easily clinch the top seed in the National League. Fortunately,  Tony Gonsolin pitched like a Cy Young contender again yesterday after several consecutive poor starts. But after him and Julio Urias, a rotation of Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney isn't exactly screaming World Series.

Similar to Sears, it is easy to speculate that Ryan Pepiot should get the call quite soon and have an opportunity to continue his quality season in the show. He has 112 strikeouts in 96 innings combined. He will come with much higher win equity than Sears, at the same $1-$2 price.

Rowan Wick, RP, Chicago Cubs (28%)

I speculated that David Robertson would be traded out of Chicago last week, yielding the save opportunities to Scott Effross. I also went so far as to speak my disappointment in Rowan Wick not being in a position to take the job due to poor performance.

Well, not only did Robertson get shipped out of town but so did Effross and Mychal Givens. The Cubs basically cleared out their entire depth chart, opening up the role for Wick by default.

He has been a ratio killer this year, and likely will continue to be. But saves are saves. The role looks to be pretty solid, it's just a matter of the results.

Felix Bautista, RP, Baltimore Orioles (40%, 12-team)

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It is disappointing that the Orioles dumped out at the deadline despite a winning record. Jorge Lopez was shipped to Minnesota, opening up the closer's role for Felix Bautista. This was the easiest speculative pickup this year, as Bautista has been lights out himself.

While he is barely available in 15-team formats, he is available in more than half of 12-team formats. In such a case, Bautista is the pitcher to target. He is likely to step right in as a top 15 closer for the rest of the season.

Ian Kennedy, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks (13%)

Ian Kennedy is old as dirt, but Mark Melancon has completely folded. Kennedy is in the role and has converted two straight save opportunities. The strikeout rate and ratios won't be very good, but there will be a good chance for 10 saves over the last two months of the season.

Jose Quijada, Jimmy Herget, RP, Los Angeles Angels (unowned)

I just gave you three viable options for saves. If you are dumpster diving in the aftermath of Raisel Iglesias being traded looking to bolster the category, it means you only have a few FAAB dollars left. Godspeed.

Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, New York Mets (73%)

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Daniel Vogelbach fits beautifully into the Mets lineup as a left-handed DH option. Dominic Smith is on the Injured List and has been relatively ineffective regardless. He has immense power and is red hot. In the last four days, he has had two home runs and six RBI. He has the potential to give your power categories a big boost the rest of the way.

Keston Hiura, 1B/2B, Milwaukee Brewers (28%)

Keston Hiura is back and hitting home runs again, launching his ninth last night. Next week the Brewers have three games against left-handed starters. He is a nice streamer for the week with multi-position eligibility. If he continues to hit to a .826 OPS, he could have some staying power.

Michael Massey, 2B, Kansas City Royals (unowned)

With Whit Merrifield shipped out, Michael Massey figures to have the opportunity to play every day. We have seen him in the lineup three straight days since the deadline, in which he has gone 3 for 12 with a stolen base. He had been hitting .312 with 16 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 87 games across two levels of the minors. The stolen base potential alone makes him worthy of a bench spot on your fantasy team.

Tucupita Marcano, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (unowned)

Tucupita Marcano has a similar skillset to Massey, without the hit tool upside. He seems to have a leg up over Kevin Newman for the starting 2B position, and can also play the outfield. He is a $1 flier with a fun name to add to your bench.

Nick Gordon, SS/OF, Minnesota Twins (8%)

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Another option with dual eligibility and some legs is Nick Gordon. He is playing every day and hitting over .400 with two home runs and two stolen bases over the last two weeks.

Oscar Gonzalez, OF, Cleveland Guardians (33%)

If nothing else, Oscar Gonzalez fits the eye test. His body type and swing look that of a star, and perhaps the Guardians see what I do. Gonzalez is getting regular at-bats at the expense of Franmil Reyes, who recently was sent down. There is great potential here, as Gonzalez had 31 home runs and a .293 average across two levels of the minors last year.

Bubba Thompson, OF, Texas Rangers (unowned)

A former first-round pick, Bubba Thompson is the next man up in this episode of Cheap Steals from the Rangers. He has. stolen 52 bases in 83 games this year. Bubba has started three consecutive games in the majors since making his debut and stolen two bases. He figures to be exactly what Eli White was for us earlier in the year, running every time he touches first base. It is only one category, but he could be impactful at that.

Kevin Plawecki, C, Boston Red Sox (unowned)

Cristian Vazquez was shipped out of town and Kevin Plawecki now finds himself in a platoon with Reese McGuire. The former first-round pick has the ability to push a few over the Green Monster if he is getting regular at-bats. Not sure if McGuire is, but I'm pulling for him.

For more discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 NFBC FAAB Run, I am always available on Twitter @JTrela20.

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