2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 NFBC FAAB

While the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 NFBC FAAB Run is geared toward NFBC formats, it is easily used for just about any 12 and 15-team rotisserie leagues. While the ownership percentages and position eligibility listed are from the NFBC, the information easily translates to Yahoo, ESPN, or any other service provider. Because NFBC players are generally among the sharpest in the world, focusing on the players available in such leagues will help you to make sharper FAAB or waiver wire pickups in your home leagues.

For NFBC players, before placing your bids tonight, you should be looking back at the bid history of your league. With this the fourth run of FAAB, there may be some trends and habits from your opponents that you could capitalize on. The availability of league-winning type free agents gets less and less as each week passes, so as the weeks go on, bids tend to decrease and teams do not necessarily participate every Sunday night. Especially, this week with several opportunities to acquire saves, you should be looking at past runs and see what they went for there. Andres Munoz should garner about the same bid as Jhoan Duran did a few weeks ago, so use that as a guideline.

Any opportunity to learn how to bid more efficiently within the context of your league is important.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 NFBC FAAB Run

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15 Team Options

Josh Staumont, RP, Kansas City Royals (85% owned)

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Josh Staumont's last four outings have been a microcosm of the closer landscape this year.

Friday, April 15: Clean eighth inning in a one-run loss. Scott Barlow shows severely decreased velocity in the ninth in a non save situation.

Saturday, April 16th: The very next day he comes back with a clean ninth inning with two punchouts, earning his first save of the season. The fantasy baseball community flocks to the waiver wire and picks him up universally.

Tuesday, April 19th: Because of a rainout and scheduled off day, the Royals' next game is three days later. Barlow pitches the eighth inning, setting up for Staumont, who looks shaky en route to a second consecutive save.

Wednesday, April 20th: Staumont again pitches a clean inning with two strikeouts, but this time in the eight to set up Barlow for his first save of the season. Noteworthy is that the top of the order was due in the eighth, and Staumont made short order of them.

How do I interpret this? Expect to see more of the same for the rest of the way. Barlow was 100% drafted, but Staumont is widely available in 12 team formats with a handful of 15 team availability. They both should get 1-2 save opportunities per week moving forward. Bid on Staumont's services with the expectation of 10-15 saves for the season.

Andres Munoz, RP, Seattle Mariners (35%)

On Friday night youth was on display in Seattle as Julio Rodriguez and Jared Kelenic sparked a fourth-inning rally, being the first teammates under the age of 23 to have back-to-back RBI doubles. But it was later in the evening that Andres Munoz added to the youthful success of the team, nailing down the ninth inning for his first career save.

Munoz has an electric arm and due to his increased usage of his slider, and a four-seamer that peppers 101 mph, is seeing amazing results with a 50% strikeout rate early on.

He has the arm to run away with the job and the opportunity to pitch in at least a high-leverage role for the time being. Will he be successful enough to hold off veteran Drew Steckenrider and the eventual returns of Paul Sewald and Ken Giles? The Mariners appear poised for a playoff run, so this is another situation that will remain fluid, similar to that in Minnesota. It will cost you in sharper leagues such as the NFBC, but you can probably sneak this speculative pick through in most home leagues for a few bucks.

Jorge Lopez, RP, Baltimore Orioles( 80%)

Sometimes you have to do unspeakable things in the never-ending chase for saves.  That is basically what we are looking at here with Jorge Lopez.

He is off to a great start with a 1.60 ERA, 16.7% hard-hit rate, three saves, and a win through his first eleven innings. One should proceed with caution as the career 41.6% hard-hit rate and 1.54 WHIP are likely precursors to disaster to come for the 29-year-old.  This is a desperation play on a hot streak, we're hoping to grab five quick saves and get out quickly.

Thairo Estrada, 2B/SS, San Francisco Giants (55%)

Thairo Estrada has taken advantage of the unexpected playing time to the tune of a .255 average with two home runs and two stolen bases. Perhaps is best attribute is the multi-position eligibility. The opportunity will only last as long as it takes Tommy LaStella, Lamonte Wade, Jr, and Evan Longoria to heal, but he makes for an acceptable stop-gap injury replacement on 15-team leagues.

Ji-Man Choi, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays (60%)

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A quick look at Ji-Man Choi's Statcast data looks a bit like Juan Soto's. His hard-hit rate, average exit velocity, and walk rate are among the top handful in the league thus far. Surprisingly, it is a result of the lowest launch angle of his career at 7.3 degrees. This is nearly half of his career-high.

Perhaps Choi has decided to reinvent himself from a below-average power hitter into a disciplined line-drive hitter (his line drive rate is also well off his career average at 31.6%). Despite playing a premium power position, Choi could serve useful if he could hit .280 for the rest of the season with 15 home runs.

Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (80%)

Already an eventful season in the field, Alec Bohm is now having an eventful season on offense. But, boy, is that positive. Manager Joe Girardi has now called him the starting third baseman, with red hot Johan Camargo being used every day as a super utilityman. Rookie Bryson Stott appears another o for 3 performance away from Lehigh Valley at this point.

Bohm is absolutely raking, hitting .440 with a 1.09 OPS and only two strikeouts. He has started six consecutive games, with hits in four of them. The downside is with Camargo on the roster, Bohm will be replaced for defense late in games quite often. Already batting down in the lineup, the low at-bats will limit his ability to do much damage.

David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks (83%)

David Peralta is 34 years old, on a terrible team, and a free agent after this season. It is pretty safe to say that he is trying to capitalize on the universal DH, and has changed his approach significantly. A 22-degree launch angle for a player who had never been over nine degrees prior is an obvious swing change with purpose.

A career .285 hitter with 99 home runs, Peralta is struggling to get the result thus far as he has produced only one dinger and .238 xBA. I expect him to figure it out soon. He represents a great buy-low opportunity.

Gavin Sheets, UT, Chicago White Sox (23%)

Gavin Sheets was a pre-season hype favorite for many of us in early draft season. We haven't quite seen the results, but thanks to an IL stint by Luis Robert, AJ Pollock being made of glass, and now Eloy Jimenez getting carted off this afternoon, the opportunity has not yet passed him by. Sheets is widely available in 15 team setups, so stash away.

Christian Bethancourt, C, Oakland Athletics (unowned)

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Christian Bethancourt is eligible at catcher in NFBC formats. The former star of the NC Dinos of the KBO has been seen in the starting lineup for Oakland in 7 of 8 games, with appearances in the cleanup spot. In two catcher, 15-team leagues, I am sure you have a second catcher that sucks the life out of your team unless you followed me onto team Jonah Heim. I'm always a sucker for former KBO players, so why not?

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 NFBC FAAB Run

12 Team Options

Tyler Wade, 2B/SS/3B/OF, Los Angeles Angels (23%)

Fun fact, Tyler Wade led the Yankees in stolen bases last year with 17. He is eligible at four(!) positions. While he doesn't play every day, the 27-year-old is hitting a cool .319 with two stolen bases. He is the perfect player to stream in and out of your utility spot or to replace an injury and grab 1-2 stolen bases per week.

Brandon Marsh, OF, Los Angeles Angels (78%)

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Brandon Marsh seems to have figured it all out and is poised for a 15 home run, 20 stolen base, and .280 season. His hard-hit rate and walk rate are up, and his strikeout rate is down. There is an opportunity for him to run away with the job as Jo Adell continues to strike out at a historic rate.

Brad Keller, SP, Kansas City Royals (44%)

Brad Keller was not nearly as sharp on Friday as his first two starts, bringing his ERA up to 2.55 on the season.

Still only 26 years old, Keller's slider, when right, is among the very best pitches in all of baseball. Thus far the slider has yielded only one soft hit in 13 batted ball events with a 29% swing and miss rate.

His next start is against the White Sox, who are in the bottom ten in runs scored and team ISO so far this year. He may have been dropped, or if available will see a price reduction after giving up four runs to the Mariners.

Dylan Bundy, SP, Minnesota Twins (10%)

Last year Dylan Bundy increased his sinker usage and was nothing short of a dumpster fire. It is obvious that the Twins' pitching coach Wes Johnson recognized the pitch mix issues the 29-year-old former first-rounder was having. They have basically abandoned the sinker this year and increased the use of the 4-seam fastball, leading to a great 2.6% walk rate in 2022.

After two starts he has given up one run through ten innings with eight strikeouts.  He could see a return to his 2020 form when he finished ninth in the American League Cy Young vote. As this goes to print, Bundy has added 5 scoreless right on top. He appears to be fixed.

Jordan Hicks, SP, St Louis Cardinals (34%)

Jordan Hicks may never get stretched out more than five innings, but he is now a member of the Cardinals' starting rotation. It will be fun to watch how it plays out. He has always had the unique mix of a high strikeout rate with very soft contact allowed. Now in a starting role, we will not see the max-effort 100 mph gas, so we will see how it develops as he learns to pitch. Pick him up now before the results are there.

He lines up for two home starts this week, so he will be immediately useable. If he gets close to nine innings, the 12 to 15 strikeouts that accompany it will make him the red hot pick up next Sunday.

Lucas Sims, RP, Cincinnati Reds (81%)

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The Reds bullpen has been a headache, so Lucas Sims is a sight for sore eyes. Even if Tony Santellan remains in the mix for saves, Sims' 39% strike-out rate from a year ago will easily play for fantasy, even in 12-team leagues. I would expect him to approach 15 saves if he can find a way to stay on the mound.

For more options or deeper conversations on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 NFBC FAAB Run, I am always available on Twitter @JTrela20. Or, you can check me out streaming LIVE this Wednesday at 9 pm EST on YouTube on the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast.

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