2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB

The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 NFBC FAAB Run closes out the dog days of summer, as we head into the last five weeks of the Fantasy Baseball season.

As I have said previously, there is no reason to hold back your FAAB dollars anymore, as Dustin May was really the last truly impactful piece to expect for the rest of the season.

Jack Flaherty may return this week or next, but he is over 90% owned and unlikely to be available to you.

If any of these options speak to your categorical needs, you should feel comfortable bidding 90% of your remaining FAAB to acquire them. Of course, always leave a few dollars for the last few weeks in case of an injury.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 NFBC FAAB Run

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Trevor Rogers, SP,  Miami Marlins (88% rostered)

He is still widely owned despite a very disappointing season and having been on the shelf for over a month. But Trevor Rogers looked awful good in his last rehab start and looks poised for a return this upcoming week.

I have speculated since April with my amateur eye that there were issues with Roger's arm angle versus last year, causing his fall from grace. Perhaps it was injury-related, but it appears to be fixed as he mowed down 12 batters in only six innings in Jacksonville on Thursday. One can hope, anyway.

Brayan Bello, SP, Boston Red Sox (3%)

Brayan Bello was not good at all in his first stint with the Red Sox, but with Boston miles out of contention, he gets another shot. In his return start against Toronto on Wednesday, he was quite effective, striking out seven in five innings.

Next week he now lines up with two starts, against Minnesota and Texas. He is a high-risk/high-reward pickup tonight. The bidding will likely be higher than I am comfortable with considering the circumstance.

Clarke Schmidt, SP, New York Yankees (15%)

If you read this article regularly you already have Clarke Schmidt on your roster. I speculated a few weeks ago that he would be called up and pitch effective innings for you in a swing role. Now, with Nestor Cortes on the Injured List that opportunity shifts to the starting rotation.

He starts against the Athletics later today, and the results will determine the cost. His last outing was only 60 pitches, so he may be hard-pressed to expand far beyond that. Consider him more of a three-category pitcher. If you are searching for wins, you are better off streaming a two-stepper like Bello.

Cade Cavalli, SP, Washington Nationals (unrostered)

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It was American philosophers Bell Biv DeVoe who once said "never trust a big butt and a smile". It just does not make sense to utilize a rookie pitcher on a very bad team in his first career start on your rotisserie team. While it was tempting as the former first-round pick has been incredible in the minors this year and has a ceiling through the clouds, the risk was simply too high. Cavalli did as I expected and blew up your ratios if you used him. He gave up seven earned runs and hit three batters in his Major League debut against the Reds on Friday.

If he is given another chance this week, it will be against either the Athletics or the Mets, depending on how the Nats line things up. Either way, he shouldn't be in your lineup. Save this one for 2023 dynasty stashes.

Rafael Montero, RP, Houston Astros (25%)

The leader of the Astros' incredible bullpen, Ryan Pressly, is out with neck spasms. He may only require a minimum of 15 days on the shelf, but it has opened up plenty of save opportunities on the top team in the American League.

Raphael Montero was given the first opportunity on Thursday and slammed the door en route to his eighth save of the year. The Astros may mix and match the ninth inning for now, but it is easiest to speculate on Montero as the main beneficiary. Keep in mind while bidding that this boost may only be for one NFBC period.

Albert Pujols, 1B, St Louis Cardinals (35%)

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I am a sucker for nostalgia, so my interest is peaked when Albert Pujols turns it back to 2010. He is now a mere seven home runs away from becoming only the fourth player in history to reach the 700 plateaux. He has said that he is retiring after the year regardless, which the Cardinals certainly will want him to do. So both parties are making every effort to get him to this historic milestone in September, all while trying to clamp down a division title.

Pujols has hit seven bombs in August with 49 at-bats, a feat he will need to duplicate to accomplish this amazing feat.  I am willing to ride this hot streak on a week-to-week basis in leagues where I need home runs, as you should.

Rodolfo Castro, 2B/SS/3B, Pittsburgh Pirates (5%)

We have a few multi-position players available again this week and Rodolfo Castro heads the list. Castro has a nice mix of speed and pop, with 4 home runs and 4 stolen bases in limited action this year. He is playing every day right now and has seven multi-hit games in the last two weeks.

Emmanuel Rivera, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks (50%)

Emmanuel Rivera has never hit for much power or average at any level, but the five home runs out of the two hole in August for the Diamondbacks will bring all of the bidders to the yard. There is not much to be excited about here, but the at-bats look to be safe for the rest of the season.

Luis Garcia, 2B/SS, Washington Nationals (43%)

Luis Garcia is a batting average wizard that doesn't offer much else, in the mold of a Steven Kwan. Many times one-hundredth of a tick in average could be the difference of a point in rotisserie leagues. If you are fighting for a point in the category, Garcia is your guy. He will be batting second and getting five at-bats most days so he can be highly impactful.

David Fletcher, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Angels (40%)

If you need help in average but can't ignore the other categories, David Fletcher may be your best bet. He has a career average of .281 with 29 stolen basis and a handful of home runs. Fletcher bats leadoff in front of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and has scored 14 runs in the last two weeks while also knocking in 13 runs. He is in a position to accumulate and make a big impact with dual position-eligibility.

Drew Waters, OF, Kansas City Royals (unrostered)

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Drew Waters is your lightning in a bottle stolen base source for this week. He had 18 in the minors and 28 last year. His debut week with the Royals is not off to a great start, with three hits and a .466 OPS and no steals for the week. Bid on him if you are desperate for steals, and expect only one category of help.

Ben Gamel, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (38%)

Ben Gamel has been accumulating RBI over the last few weeks as the Pirates play out the string. He has 16 RBI in August, 14 in the last fifteen days, while hitting .277 out of the cleanup spot. The Pirates face six right-handed pitchers this week. He is in a position to continue this streak with a high volume of at-bats.

For more discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 NFBC FAAB Run, I am always available on Twitter @JTrela20.


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