2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
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The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 NFBC FAAB Run walks us through a week where you should be spending conservatively. Regardless if you have several injuries, or perhaps lost Trevor Bauer, most of this week’s options are more stop-gap types or good one-week streamers, some with possible long-term upside.

Regardless, you should not approach this week trying to find regular starters for your squad. Particularly if you need hitting as viable options are few and far between. when we are on pace for the lowest league-wide batting average across three centuries, this tends to happen.

Keep in mind also that next Sunday is a holiday, which means many people set their FAAB bids the day before or forget completely as they are consumed with family, often leaving lots of value on the wire. Let’s get to it.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 NFBC FAAB Run

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15-Team Options

Daniel Lynch, SP, Kansas City Royals, (35% owned)

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If you read this column last week, you already roster Daniel Lynch as I recommended him as my top two-step pitcher for this week. He completes that mission later today against the Yankees. Lynch will have to get completely blown up for it to not be a successful add, as he threw a gem against the White Sox in his last start. He blanked them to the tune of two hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in six innings.

His next two starts look to line up against Texas and Baltimore, possibly avoiding a turn in the series at Coors Field. Even if his start against the Yankees today is mediocre, the arrow is pointing up on the 25-year-old former first-rounder.

Dakota Hudson, SP, St Louis Cardinals (85%)

Dakota Hudson is highly owned in 15 team setups but widely available in 12-team leagues. If you are among the lucky 15% he is available to, now is the time to pounce. Hudson is coming off of two straight quality starts and lines up against Kansas City and in San Francisco this week.  He should be among the top-scoring pitchers in the league this week and be a serviceable fifth or sixth starting pitcher moving forward.

Jake Odorizzi, SP, Houston Astros, (40%)

Last week everyone ran to pick up Christian Javier, as Jake Odorizzi looked to be the next dumpster fire veteran starter with little chance to keep his job. Odorizzi answered by giving up only one run in six innings behind only one walk to the Rangers. He is in a make-or-break scenario this week, with two starts against the Tigers and Mariners. I am willing to bet on him one time with favorable matchups.

Michael Fulmer, RP, Detroit Tigers, (88%)

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I danced with Michael Fulmer all of last year. It was a roller coaster ride, to say the least. The alternative is Gregory Soto, which is a train I by no means will get on. Soto’s WHIP is higher than his ERA and it is just a matter of time before a switch will be needed. If you can snag Fulmer for a single-digit bid it is a smart stash.

Chas McCormick, OF, Houston Astros, (63%)

Chas McCormick has been leading off against left-handed pitching in the absence of Jose Altuve and been a DFS darling. He even led off yesterday against right-hander Jose Berrios. With Altuve set to return tomorrow, this is probably a scenario where we are a week late. He will, however, maintain his regular spot as the starting centerfielder. With all of the injuries and Covid IL trips popping up early this season, I’m more than happy to see if McCormick can build on the 14 home runs, four stolen bases, and .257 average he put up in limited duty last year.

Odubel Herrera, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (15%)

Listen, I don’t necessarily like rooting for terrible people either, but opportunity and stats pace your fantasy team, not morals. Odubel Herrera has settled in at least as the strong side platoon in center field for the Phils. While he has not seen regular playing time since 2018, he is still only 30 years old and has his legs under him. He should be good for 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases the rest of the way.

Ross Stripling, SP, Toronto Blue Jays (15%)

The back of the Toronto rotation has been a disaster thus far. Hyun Jin Ryu has taken his regular spot on the IL, while Yusei Kikuchi seems like he can only keep the bases clear by giving up home runs. Ross Stripling has always been a good swingman, juggling from long relief to spot starts, even back to his days as a Dodger.

He lines up for two starts this week, at home versus the Yankees and a road tilt in Cleveland. He has pitched well in three starts, with a 3.60 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. I look for him to potentially hold the spot over Kikuchi once Ryu returns.

Didi Gregorious, SS, Philadelphia Phillies, (48%)

With Bryson Stott sent to Lehigh Valley and Alec Bohm settling in at third base, Didi Gregorious is settling back in as the regular shortstop.

Known for his dead-pull power, Gregorious is currently without a round-tripper yet this season. Curiously, his .298 average sets the pace for what would be the highest of his career. This lack of power and increased hit tool is likely due to his lowest pull rate this decade. There is a reason that a starting infielder went undrafted and survived four weeks of waivers without being picked up, but I could see Gregorious start swinging for the fence as he prepares for free agency in his 32-year-old season.

12-Team Options

Tyler Anderson, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (15%)

Tyler Anderson has a five-pitch arsenal that couldn’t break a pane of glass. He finds his success through an elite chase rate and by limiting hard contact. The lefty junkballer does not have a great strikeout rate, at 20% for his career. But he manages to eat innings and win games, especially with the backing of the Dodgers offense. My concern is that we saw the same hot start for Pittsburgh last year. His April 3.38 ERA was not able to hold and he finished well over 4 for the season.

Drew Rasmussen, P, Tampa Bay Rays (81%)

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What would you call a dream scenario for a pitcher picked up in FAAB? Coming off a nine-strikeout game with a two-start week against Oakland and Seattle? Bingo! My favorite part of it was the 84 pitches, showing that the converted reliever is near fully stretched out, or at least Tampa Bay-stretched out.

Rasmussen has three swing and miss pitches and a 29.2 CSW%. Invest with confidence, but stay grounded that Tampa will likely keep him to two turns through the lineup on most nights.

Matt Barnes, RP, Boston Red Sox (84%)

Alex Cora has been publicly clamoring for Matt Barnes to take the ninth inning. Meanwhile, his bullpen usage has told another story. Ten days later, Barnes has but one save on one attempt, and it was a one-out appearance after Jake Diekman walked the bases loaded.

At the very least, he should be in the mix for saves with Diekman and Hansel Robles. At the most, he takes over the primary closer’s role for one of the better teams in baseball with a chance at 20 saves.  He is not widely available in any format and should take about 20% of your FAAB budget to reel in.

Taijuan Walker, SP, New York Mets (47%)

Taijuan Walker returned last night from right shoulder bursitis and navigated around two hits and two walks en route to five scoreless innings. The 73 pitch outing was quite encouraging. While it has been quite a few years since Walker was an effective ratio contributor in fantasy, playing for the Mets gives quite a bit of win equity this year. His next outing will be against the Phillies once again.

Dany Jimenez, RP, Oakland Athletics (54%)

We have a potential Wally Pipp situation on our hands. The novice fantasy player expects Lou Trivino to take back the ninth inning upon his return from the Covid IL list, while the sharp player already rostered him two weeks ago.

The argument for Trivino is that Oakland is clearly rebuilding and the best chance at a solid trade return on him is if he is in the closer’s role and pitching effectively (this is also an argument to stash Jimenez). The fact that Trivino was sent out on a rehab assignment after a positive Covid test speaks volumes about his current form.

Despite the business end of the game, it makes much more sense to send out the best option to close out games. While Jimenez did not help my argument after coughing up his first save attempt last night, I believe there is still some string out there for him.

Paul Sewald, RP, Seattle Mariners (54%)

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Paul Sewald returns after a ten-day absence on the Covid IL to make the Seattle bullpen a big murky mess. They have four talented pitchers capable of handling the ninth inning, before adding Ken Giles to the mix later on.

Sewald was absolutely filthy last year. His 39% strikeout rate was virtually unheard of. He does this with a low velocity, high spin rate fastball which sets up a swing and miss slider. The former New York Met recorded 11 saves last year, a number I would expect him to settle around again this year.

When considering how many teams this year are not using a conventional closer, I would easily speculate on the one with the ability to get me 100 strikeouts, regardless of the saves.

Bruce Zimmermann, SP, Baltimore Orioles (22%)

While I was all-in on lefty John Means this year after the fences were moved in at Camden Yards, I did not have the guts to take the plunge on 27-year-old Bruce Zimmermann. He has answered the bell so far with authority. In three of his four starts he has not given up a run, and he has struck out 21 batters in 19 innings. While this is exciting on the surface, the fact that his xERA is nearly three runs higher than his actual performance screams negative regression. However, a two-start week with Minnesota and Kansas City this week is quite enticing. I’m taking the plunge, but getting the heck out at the first sign of trouble.

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