2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB

Another exciting week for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run. We see no less than five qualified rookies get the call this week. Adley Rutschman is the jewel of that, getting the call on Saturday and making an immediate impact with a triple in his debut. Unfortunately, he is scarcely available in NFBC formats.

While there is no shortage of available youth again this week, it seems almost clockwork that NFBC owners are overbidding on these young stars and not getting the results to match the price. Let the buyer beware. Although these are some very exciting names this week, redraft is not the spot to be banking on these players. Tread lightly, but keep some honesty bids in and hopefully land someone you can sit on and pray with.

We do however have an option in stolen bases available this week in Eli White that could be a league winner for some.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run

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Nolan Gorman, 2B, St Louis Cardinals (10%)

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Nolan Gorman has been absolutely smashing the ball for the Memphis Redbirds with 15 home runs in only 34 games. With Tyler O'Neill headed to the IL, it was an easy and deserved fit for Gorman to get the promotion.

Unfortunately, Gorman has fully embraced the "three true outcomes" approach that O'Neill took, as he also has a strikeout rate north of 30%. We have been getting burned week after week by the sexy new prospect getting the callup, and Gorman should continue the trend. I expect him to hit for power, possibly at a prolific rate. I also expect him to struggle with the strikeout and plate discipline. My expectation if he holds the position is about 15 homers with an average below .230 and little to nothing on the basepaths the rest of the way. He certainly is exciting, he has hit safely in each of his first two games in the show. I still wouldn't drop much more than $100 FAAB to acquire him.

Matthew Liberatore, SP, St Louis Cardinals (unowned)

Perhaps the most exciting part of the Gorman callup is that he gets to share the field with his childhood best friend Matthew Liberatore two days later.  Liberatore is a former first-round pick o the Tampa Bay Rays, who was acquired by St Louis in exchange for Randy Arozarena in 2020.

Liberatore has shown flashes of stardom and could be an ace in the making. Noone develops young pitchers like the Cardinals organization, and the park and environment are a perfect fit for the lefty 22-year-old. It is not quite known if this is a spot start or an opportunity to build on something. The Cardinals rotation has been anchored by Adam Wainright and Miles Mikolas, while Jordan Hicks can't seem to stretch out to be more than a four-inning pitcher.  Steven Matz has a 6.00 ERA and Dakota Hudson seems one pitch away from joining him.

Liberatore's debut did not go particularly great. He was cruising through with a lead through two turns of the Pirates lineup. The third time through blew up and a Brian Reynolds inside the park home run tainted his debut. We are yet to see if he will get another turn or any thereafter, so I would temper the bidding a bit. Heed the lessons we learned from Matt Brash with these rookie pitchers.

Chase Silseth, SP, Anaheim Angels (70%)

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Chase Silseth has earned the distinction as the first player from the 2021 Draft to make it to the majors. The Angels are making a habit of promoting college pitchers quickly through the system in an attempt to maximize success while Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout have peak years left.

We saw 2020 First Round pick Reid Detmers throw a no-hitter two weeks back, and now the eleventh round selection out of Arizona Silseth has gotten the call as well.

There are several concerns with Silseth. Firstly, he has only 31 minor league innings on his resume. Certainly, there will be an innings cap, regardless of what level he is pitching at. Additionally, the Angels work with a six-man rotation. A rookie pickup such as this you want to stream in and out of your lineup, based on matchups. With a six-man rotation, two-start weeks are few and far between, so his weeks for optimal use will be limited.

Silseth was brilliant in his debut against Oakland, striking out four while allowing only one hit and two walks through six innings en route to a Quality Start.  He followed that up a week later with a bit of a stinker against the same opponent. He increased his strikeouts to six, but got hit around and took a loss after allowing three earned runs.

I want as much Silseth in my life as I can get, but I am saving my highest bids for keeper and dynasty leagues. IN NFBC formats, I just don't think he will be very useful for the entire season to warrant a hefty bid.

Eli White, OF, Texas Rangers (48%)

With the universal DH in play this year, stolen bases are virtually non-existent. Queue White, whose eight steals find him in the top 10 in the league, despite nearly 100 fewer at-bats than the other league leaders in the category. He has 100th percentile sprint speed, so as long as he finds his way on base, he should compete for the league title in steals.

We have never seen White run at such a prolific rate, as his minor league total is only 59 in 446 games. He offers absolutely nothing else fantasy-wise, but he has been playing every day. He appears to have won the leadoff position in the lineup against left-handed pitching. With the Major League batting average below .240, how much could it hurt? If Adalberto Mondesi was 100% drafted, White should be 100% picked up tonight.

Kole Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers (33%)

If you like to ride the hot hand, look no further than Kole Calhoun. In the last week, he has hit five home runs and knocked in nine runners. Consistency and availability have always been a struggle for Calhoun. But he now has 167 home runs and over 500 RBI on his career resume. With power down so much in the early season, Calhoun could be a nice add going into the summer. Just don't bid as if those five dongs from last week count for you.

Alexis Diaz, RP, Cincinatti Reds (15%)

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Alexis Diaz is tough to figure out. The 25-year-old rookie gives up practically no hard contact as a result of a 2700+ RPM fastball. This is among the league's best. Unfortunately, the command has been an issue. A 14.9% walk rate is hardly acceptable from a late-inning reliever.

The brother of Mets star closer Edwin Diaz, he recorded his first career save on Tuesday, striking out All-Star Jose Ramirez to end the tenth inning. Of course, he walked the bases loaded before striking out the side in relief of Art Warren. Warren had just blown the save the inning prior.

Two days later, Manager David Bell called on Diaz to pitch the eighth inning with a lead, and he laid an egg, only recording one out. He was bailed out by Tony Santillan who came on for his second save. If you remember, Santillan came out of nowhere on Opening Day to close out the game, putting Warren drafters on tilt and flocking fantasy players to the waiver wire. Here seven weeks later, he records his second.

This bullpen is steaming hot trash. Lucas Sims is the obvious best option for the few save opportunities they get, but he cannot stay off of the IL.  If you are desperate for saves and have a bench spot to burn, I could argue dropping a few dollars to watch the situation develop. As the Reds close in on the first pick in next year's draft, it wouldn't hurt to give Diaz's live arm a look in high leverage situations in hopes he finds the control.

David Peterson (28%), Trevor Williams (unowned), SP, New York Mets

The Mets' pitching rotation has simply been snake bitten. This week we saw Max Scherzer go to the IL with an oblique injury. He is expected to miss up to two months. Tylor Magill, who has been a revelation this year,  is out with biceps tendinitis.

While the Mets have not announced their projected rotation after today as of yet, it would make sense for David Peterson to get the call. He last pitched for Syracuse over a week ago. In that contest he held opponents scorelessly across his last 11 innings with 16 strikeouts. Peterson was very effective in the Mets rotation earlier this year with a 1.89 ERA through three starts. If my speculation is correct, Peterson could set up nicely for two starts this week, with a trip to San Francisco and a home tilt with the Phillies.

Meanwhile, Trevor Williams took the Coors Field treatment so should be price-depressed going into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run. This may be a spot start en route to a return to long relief, or it may be an opportunity to buy a serviceable starter on a good team quite cheaply.

We have seen Williams be a useful fantasy asset in this past, mostly because of his elite 2.4% walk rate. He has generally been unlucky this year as his 5.21 ERA does not quite match up with the 2.90 xERA. If he does get another shot next week, it will come against Philadelphia. We should be bidding only single digits on Williams, while Peterson may warrant a bid up to 5% of your remaining FAAB.

Martin Perez, SP, Texas Rangers (88%)

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I never recommend "chasing" stats. Picking up Martin Perez after he twirled a complete-game shutout Friday night against Houston on the road may be just that. However, he has ripped off six straight-quality starts and sits pretty with a 1.64 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. If not for the sub 20% strikeout rate, Perez might be challenging Nestor Cortes for the AL All-Star Game starting nod. (How did we possibly get here?)

Perez faces off next week against Oakland in what feels like the ultimate trap game. In the first game of the quality start streak, he shut down the Athletics for six innings, allowing only two hits while striking out five.

The key to Perez's success is a change in approach. He has greatly increased the use of his sinker this year. This sets up an almost unhittable changeup and cut fastball. Last year, he led with the cutter and it was hit quite hard. He has obviously kept hitters uncomfortable, as his 28% CSW rate represents the best of his career.

Perez is more available in 12 team setups than 15, but we are now at the point he should be owned and started in every format. A far cry from the DFS punching back he has been the last two years.

For additional options or deeper discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 NFBC FAAB Run, you can check me out streaming live tonight at 8pm on the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast! Or, I am always available on Twitter @JTrela20.


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