2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB

 

Quite an exciting group of players to discuss in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 NFBC FAAB Run.

It has been a while since we discussed over a dozen potentially impact players available in a given week, but here we are.

If you are coming down the stretch with a shot at a championship or cash, this may be the week to spend quite a bit to bolster your bench, as there is at least one relevant player in every category you might need in your 5x5 rotisserie league.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 NFBC FAAB Run

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Vaughn Grissom, 2B, Atlanta Braves (unowned)

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21-year-old Vaughn Grissom has started his career with 2 home runs, one stolen base, and five hits in his first four Major League games. It is quite reminiscent of Ozzie Albies, the very player he is filling in for.

After ripping apart high-A over 300 at-bats, Grissom took no prisoners in AA hitting .363 with three home runs and seven steals over 22 games before earning the callup. One does not have to look very far to gain confidence in Atlanta rolling out a 21-year-old in the middle of a pennant race. Teammate Michael Harris has put together a Rookie of the Year worthy season despite being actually months younger than Grissom.

There are only six short weeks left in the fantasy baseball season. A pick-up like Grissom can be the difference maker in your season at this point. Bid aggressively if you need a five-category jolt at a thin position.

Nick Madrigal, 2B, Chicago Cubs (20%)

I just wanted to write Nick Madrigal's name to help me feel better. He is one of those players which certainly define my "brand", which unfortunately has been no-frills.

Madrigal's game is simple. He has elite ball-to-bat skill, doesn't strike out much, has elite speed but hasn't used it, zero power, and above-average defense. I truly believe he will win a batting title when he finally puts together a season that isn't marred by injury.

If you missed out on Grissom, you can jump on the bandwagon with me on my boy for only $1. Trust me, there is plenty of room on this wagon.

Paul DeJong, SS, St Louis Cardinals (73%)

Writing up Paul DeJong just feels gross. But, he has legitimate power and has proven to be a clutch playoff contributor to the Cardinals, who are in a battle for both the Wild Card and NL Central. Since his recall two weeks ago, DeJong is hitting .317 with two home runs, mostly through the help of a monster series in Coors Field.

You will be able to acquire him tonight for just a few dollars and expect that much in return. But Edmundo Sosa being traded to Philadelphia should give him a chance at close to 20 plate appearances per week. He makes for a suitable pick-up for disappointed Tim Anderson owners.

Elehuris Montero, 3B, Colorado Rockies (48%)

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Meanwhile, rookie Elehuris Montero gets to hit in Coors every day. Following a .310 clip in AAA, Montero has earned a shot to play third base for the Rockies every day for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old hit .279 with 28 home runs across two levels of the minors, making him a nice fit for Coors. He is the best available third base option this week, but I would temper my expectations.

Joey Meneses, 1B, Washington Nationals (unowned)

The Nats roster is simply stripped down to the sheetrock. With Josh Bell and Juan Soto shipped out of town, the Nats are willing to throw every noodle against the wall and see what sticks. Queue 30-year-old rookie Joey Meneses.

He certainly has stuck, with five home runs in his first nine career Major League games. He is the definition of a journeyman, with stints in Mexico and Japan since his early days as a Braves middling prospect. This probably ends poorly for those who claim him tonight, but why not give it a shot? That's what the Nats did.

Franmil Reyes, OF, Chicago Cubs (63%)

Franmil Reyes has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy baseball this year. Entering his 27-year-old season, expectations were sky high for the former Guardian. Instead of another 30 homerun season, we got a .175 point drop in OPS and a league-worst 37% strikeout rate.

Getting DFA'ed seems to have been the best thing that could happen to him. He landed in the perfect spot in Wrigley Field. The Cubs are expected to finally move on from Jason Heyward this year, making Reyes a perfect long-term DH option for them.

He has hit safely in his first three games with his new club, capped by a two-run home run yesterday. His home run potential for the rest of the season is right on par with everyone south of Aaron Judge. You can bid aggressively if you are in the one out of three leagues that had given up on him.

Manuel Margot, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (9%)

If you need a more well-rounded outfielder, Manny Margot is scheduled to return from the IL this week. He was having a very good season before missing over two months after crashing into a wall. If he can replicate the .302 average, three home runs, and five stolen bases he began the season with, he could be a real difference maker for you down the stretch.

Lance McCullers, SP, Houston Astros (83%)

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Lance McCullers made his season debut yesterday and went 81 pitches strong against the Athletics. He tallied six scoreless innings, scattering four walks around only two hits while striking out five.

He is more available in 12-team setups, but in 15-teamers where he is still around, he's an all-in type of player. His next start will be against the Atlanta Braves, which might temper your bids just a bit. McCullers is a 26.6% career strikeout guy with inconsistent control. This is exactly what we saw last night and should expect moving forward, with obvious high win potential daily on one of the best teams in the league.

DL Hall, SP, Baltimore Orioles (unowned)

Quite an exciting prospect, DL Hall made his Major League debut yesterday. Unfortunately, he looked more Like DL Hughley. But he did show a glimpse of what makes him exciting, with six strikeouts in just three-plus innings.

He was sent down to AAA immediately after the game, and the team announced they will transition him to the bullpen for load management purposes. Baltimore is a mere half game out of a Wild Card spot right now. It is entirely possible Hall could be up pitching meaningful innings in three or four weeks. If you have room for a stash, spend a dollar and hope for a nice strikeout bump in late September.

Aaron Civale, SP, Cleveland Guardians (58%)

Confession: I am a mark for Aaron Civale. In 2021 he was leading MLB in wins when he went down for several months with a now ironic middle finger injury. He made a comeback late in the year which basically went gem-blowup-gem-blowup-gem and so on, and so forth.

Coming into this year, I drafted him to nearly 80% of my fantasy teams. With an ADP of 265, it was basically a risk-free move.

A 6.05 ERA and several IL trips later, I've basically cut him everywhere that I was allowed to. It is apropos that one of his injuries was a glute strain, as he has often left me butt-hurt.

Next week, we look to save some face on this season as Civale has two home starts against the Tigers and White Sox. It is a perfect recipe to build some momentum going into the last quarter of the season.  The Guardians are one of the best stories of the year, a surprise first-place standing in the AL Central, and Civale will have to step up this week if he wants to continue taking the hill for them.

JP Sears, SP, Oakland Athletics (20%)

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I gave you JP Sears right here one week ago as a speculative pickup, and it did not take long to pay off. A mere three days after last week's FAAB Run, Sears was recalled by the Athletics to make his Oakland debut. He spread three hits and no walks around five-plus innings with three strikeouts. The two earned runs allowed are the first given up as a starter in the big leagues.

With Paul Blackburn on the Injured List, Sears should have the opportunity to hold down a rotation turn for the rest of the season.

This week he lines up with two starts. The first at Texas and the second at home against Seattle. While the win equity is low, he should approach 10 strikeouts on the week with little chance at a ratio-damaging blowup.

Clarke Schmidt, SP, New York Yankees (13%)

Another speculative pickup in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 NFBC FAAB Run, Clarke Schmidt was sent down on August 1st after pitching three innings. He likely is serving his ten mandatory days at Wilkes-Barre before being recalled. On Friday night, he struck out 11 batters, all swinging, en route to six perfect innings.

The Yankees haven't won a series in over three weeks. They certainly need a spark. Schmidt could provide just that with his versatility. Whether it be in a starting capacity, or to help bolster the struggling bullpen.

Alexis Diaz, RP, Cincinatti Reds (83%)

I have been on the Alexis Diaz train for months, as he has been mentioned here nearly half a dozen times. Still, 1 out of 7 of you hasn't added him to your bench yet.

While the 12.7% walk rate is his downfall, the microscopic .226 wOBA will certainly negate it. His 32.4% strikeout rate is among the best in the league, as he has 56 punchouts in only 43 innings.

The only explanation for Hunter Strickland to continue getting save opportunities on a bad team is to suppress Diaz's future arbitration dollars. Strickland has now given up seven runs in his last seven innings. Meanwhile, the younger brother of Mets' superstar closer Edwin Diaz is pacing the Cincinnati bullpen. Since the All-Star Break, Diaz has a 0.96 ERA and 0.54 WHIP. Talent always prevails. It is just a matter of days before Diaz is installed into the ninth inning by his lonesome.

Scott Effross, RP, New York Yankees (20%)

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With recently ineffective Clay Holmes seemingly unavailable after a 20-pitch outing the day before, Scott Effross was called on to close out the Red Sox on Saturday night. He managed to shut the door, despite giving up two hits and making it a nail-biter. Lou Trivino and resurging Aroldis Chapman had already pitched in the game, creating the save opportunity for Effross.

The Yankees bullpen has been quite a roller coaster ride. Holmes has been both lights out and terrible at times, yet I believe he will get one more chance to retain the roll. But I would expect if Chapman continues to throw well that his experience in the role will be the deciding factor as to who closes out games for the Yankees in October.

Taking a flier on Effross is just that, a flier. Don't react to Saturday's results.

For more discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 NFBC FAAB Run, you can reach me on Twitter @JTrela20.


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