2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB

The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 NFBC FAAB Run is here to guide you through the plethora of exciting prospects who got the September 1st call-ups.

Keep your eye out next week for two prospects I love that will not be eligible for NFBC bidding tonight but will be next week. The Red Sox are expected to call up first baseman Triston Casas today, while a little birdie tells me Jordan Groshans' promotion to the Marlins is imminent. Both are players I have heavy dynasty investments in. Based on their pedigree and team standing, they should be given a long, hard look for the rest of the month.

Additionally, double-check your free agent list for Josh Hader. He had an epic meltdown throughout the month of August and was dropped by many frustrated Fantasy managers. However, on the 31st he converted a clean save, hopefully righting the ship. He is worth your last dollar if he is available.

Likewise, Jack Flaherty is back and available in a spatter of leagues. He lines up with a two-step to salivate over, with Pittsburgh and Washington on the schedule.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 NFBC FAAB Run

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Gunnar Henderson, SS, Baltimore Orioles (unrostered)

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Gunnar Henderson is the MLBPipeline.com #2 overall prospect. He appears to be playing every day, and four days into his career he is simply raking. As the Orioles make a playoff push despite trading away their two best players, they have a responsibility to their fans to put the lineup with the best chance to win each day. That appears to include Henderson.

The 2019 second-round pick is the complete package. Many 20 home run, 20 stolen base, .300 average, .900 OPS seasons are in his future. He is already doing all of the above while sneakily adding dual-position eligibility to his resume. The NFBC lists him as a shortstop, but he already has games played at third base and second base as well. Feel free to push the chips in.

Keston Hiura, 1B/2B, Milwaukee Brewers (63% rostered)

Keston Hiura is a post-post-post hype sleeper. I have written articles on why not to draft him for a reason. There is just too much swing and miss here for a competent career in the majors for a player who cannot play defense. But you cannot deny a hot streak, and Hiura is on a heater. In the last 10 days, he has poked four home runs and 8 RBI. He is a cheaper alternative to the exciting rookies mentioned.

Michael Toglia, 1B, Colorado Rockies (unrostered)

Rockies prospects tend to be slow at developing, but Michael Toglia might be an exception. The 2019 first-rounder has hit 31 home runs this year across three levels this year, including one this week for the big club. He is your typical low average, high SLUG power hitter that doesn't run. Being a switch hitter keeps him in the lineup, and the Rockies have six games at Coors Field in the upcoming period.

Corbin Carroll, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (unrostered)

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Three of those contests are against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Corbin Carroll, the #3 prospect, one step behind Henderson. Like Henderson, Carroll has a future filling up five categories in the majors. There is a potential top-three-round pick here. But unlike Henderson, there is less confidence in Carroll's at-bats for the balance of this season. The Diamondbacks have young exciting players in Daulton Varsho, Stone Garrett, Jake McCarthy, and Alek Thomas all juggling four spots with Carroll.

As of now, Carroll has played in five straight games, hitting safely in four. I would not be surprised to see Arizona suppress his at-bats in an attempt to keep him in AAA to start 2023. But with those three games scheduled in Colorado and his current form, I'm pushing the chips in.

Garrett Mitchell, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (13%)

While all of the above-mentioned are capable of swiping a bag a week (save from Toglia), Garrett Mitchell has the speed to swipe a bag a day. The former first-round pick out of UCLA  has struggled at the plate a bit through his first week but has a steal and round tripper on his ledger.

At the very least, the left-handed Mitchell has the better end of a platoon with Tyrone Taylor. While he is struggling, his defense is certainly an improvement over sending Andrew McCutchen back into the outfield. With the Brewers fighting for their playoff lives, Mitchell will have to perform to stay in the lineup. The stolen base potential alone is enough to bid on at this point, though.

Luis Patino, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (28%)

There are whispers that Luis Patino may be next up for the Rays' rotation. A live arm in a pennant race with a penchant for strikeouts? With Shane McClanahan and Shane Baz both on the shelf, the Rays need some upside to put their season on life support. For a dollar? Yes, please.

Ken Waldichuk, SP, Oakland Athletics (unrostered)

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Ken Waldichuk was a key piece of the Frankie Montas trade and was given an opportunity this week to strut his stuff. he struggled with command but showed the electricity with six strikeouts in less than five innings while giving up only one run. He generated fifteen swings and misses en route to a 26.9% CSW rate.

Unfortunately, his next start likely comes against fantasy hero Spencer Strider and the Atlanta Braves, so you should bid with caution for this week. But the opportunity for about 25 innings and as many as 30 strikeouts is a possibility for the 24-year-old left-hander.

Jimmy Herget, RP, Los Angeles Angels (5%)

Jimmy Herget appears to be the closer du jour for the Angels. While that sounds delicious, the Angels' lack of save opportunities may leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Herget has been quietly spectacular this year. With a 25% strikeout rate, 2.70 ERA, and 0.94 WHIP, it is no surprise to see him log three saves this week. While the organization has not named him the "closer", the results speak for themselves of late.

For more discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 NFBC FAAB Run, I am always available on Twitter @JTrela20.


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