2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 NFBC FAAB Run

by Jeff Trela
2022 Fantasy Baseball NFBC FAAB

Generally, Memorial Day weekend is when stats start to matter, and your fantasy baseball team is basically what it is. In the NFBC, where trading is not allowed, if you are struggling in a particular category or stuck toward the bottom of the standings, there is no point in holding on to your FAAB dollars. Make the move that is right for you as soon as it presents itself. We have a few young future stars to talk about again this week, as has become the norm this year. The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 NFBC FAAB Run is here to help you identify those moves.

We have a unique schedule quirk this week as there are several doubleheaders on the schedule, giving us a plethora of two-start pitchers and plenty of bats that get a boost up.

The Cubs play nine games this week, while the Cardinals, Twins, Brewers, and Tigers each play eight.

Any player with the opportunity for the extra 6-8 plate appearances should always win the tiebreaker when considering what players to bid on.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 NFBC FAAB Run

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William Contreras, C, Atlanta Braves (42% 12 teams)

William Contreras has been hitting out of his face this year. the seven home runs he already has are two short of his entire AAA season total in 2021. He hits the ball extremely hard, with a 47% hard-hit rate and a 113 maximum exit velocity. He has found his way into just enough regular playing time to warrant ownership in two catcher formats such as the NFBC. The position has been terrible this year, so ride the hot hand.

Nico Hoerner, 2B/SS, Chicago Cubs (45%)

We may see Nick Madrigal come back this week which would lower the ceiling, but Nico Hoerner is the best way to take advantage of that nine-game schedule. The 25-year-old middle infielder is 5 for 9 with a home run since his own return from the IL. With two-position eligibility, he is the perfect plug and play this week as he should get at least 30 plate appearances.

Joc Pederson, OF, San Francisco Giants (67% 12 teams)

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The story of the confrontation between Joc Pederson and Tommy Pham is just legendary. We have all been in Pham's shoes and wanted to slap a friend over fantasy football. But Pederson's interview sounded like every one of us talking about a fantasy football feud. If that didn't make Joc an instant hero of yours, the four home run week should have. Pederson is well on his way to a 30-home run season. In this year where .240 is a solid batting average, Joc is a fantasy All-Star.

Trevor Larnach, OF, Minnesota Twins (40%)

I have always thought Trevor Larnach would one day contend for multiple batting titles. He is very much cut from the Alex Verdugo mold. Good bat control with some power. We got his second round-tripper of the year yesterday.

He is up to .284 on the season and seems to have a stronghold on the left-field job. He is heating up, and could be a much-welcomed source of average the rest of the way and will only cost you a few bucks.  The Twins have a favorable schedule this week with five games against Detroit and three with Toronto.

Riley Greene, OF, Detroit Tigers (70%)

Riley Greene has begun his rehab assignment at Single-A Lakeland as he mends his fractured right foot. There was wide speculation a week before Opening Day that he would break camp in the bigs, before the unfortunate injury. Many in the fantasy industry are calling that he will be up fairly quickly, barring a setback.

While that is fresh in many fantasy owners' minds, we should pump the breaks on the timeline just a bit. There is hardly the excitement surrounding the Tigers that there was in the preseason, as they now sit 12 games under .500 early on.  Fellow rookie Spencer Torkelson has hardly lived up to the hype. It would behoove Detroit to take their time with Greene, ensuring he is set up to succeed, and likely manipulating a little service time along the way. While I would speculate that his call-up will not come until July, now is the time to stash him regardless. It will cost a pretty penny in a few weeks.

Michael Harris, OF, Atlanta Braves (unowned)

With Eddie Rosario missing time with eye problems, Ronald Acuna Jr.nursing a leg injury, and Marcell Ozuna struggling with a cranky abdomen,  the Braves turned to top prospect Michael Harris and inserted him into the lineup on Saturday. The 21-year-old was having an outstanding season for AAA Gwinnett, hitting .305 with an .878 OPS and 11 stolen bases to complement 5 home runs. He will have to hit close to that level to gain staying power in this veteran lineup in 2022, but he certainly has the talent to do so. I wouldn't go much more than 10% of budget at this point for Harris for fear that this may be just a cup of coffee.

Tyrone Taylor, OF Milwaukee Brewers (20%)

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Tyrone Taylor may be the sneaky pick of the week and my top priority. He was a draft season sleeper that fizzled out after the window of opportunity closed upon the signing of Andrew McCutchen. Now with Hunter Renfroe on the IL, Taylor is getting the opportunity for regular playing time. We have even seen him bat as high as cleanup this week.

Taylor offers very good bat-to-ball skills, along with enough power and speed to be a five-category contributor. The Brewers' outfield is quite long in the tooth, so there should be plenty of at bats available even after Renfroe returns.

Matthew Liberatore, SP, St Louis Cardinals (48%)

I wrote up Liberatore in this space last week and he was immediately optioned to AAA after pressing send, only to get called up the next day when Steven Matz took his rightful place on the shelf.  He was picked up in NFBC leagues to the tune of 43%, and those who were disappointed ended up catching some luck.  Taking the turn in the rotation yesterday, Liberatore made a much better second impression than the first. He pitched around two hits and three walks en route to five shutout innings and six strikeouts. He should be rewarded with at least one more turn in the rotation, which would come this week against the Cubs.

I would be confident going slightly under $100 in FAAB tonight to add him to the squad.

Roansy Contreras, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (52% 12 teams)

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Roansy Contreras is stretched out and pitching outstanding for the Pittsburgh Pirates. With a plus slider and a four-seamer topping off at 98, Contreras has electric stuff with elite control. He should be able to hold up your ratios and stay around nine k/9, while the Win category should lack.  With the Pirates season going nowhere, he will have a long leash. You will want to pick your spots with him, but he is at least a very good streamer if not a back-end weekly starter moving forward.

Rich Hill, SP, Boston Red Sox (65%)

He's Rich Hill. He has been bad this year, and your league mates will laugh at you. But you may just get the last laugh as he has a two-step with Baltimore and Oakland this week. I'd bid a few bucks for that win potential for a one-week streamer.

Dylan Bundy, SP, Minnesota Twins (63%)

I touted Dylan Bundy earlier in the year based on the change in his pitch mix, and it paid off handsomely until it didn't. After three outstanding starts,  he then gave up 15 earned runs in two games and then went on the Covid IL. The absence seems to have refocused his approach, as he has now given up only one earned run in eight-plus innings since returning. He gets a two-start week with Detroit and Toronto this week. There is upside both this week and moving forward, but it is not for the faint of heart.

Other two-start pitchers to consider: Nick Martinez, Greg Otto, Eric Fedde, Trevor Williams

Paul Sewald, RP, Seattle Mariners (83%)

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It appears that Paul Sewald is the reliever to own if you covet saves right now. Drew Steckenrider has been farmed out and Andres Munoz may not be far behind. Sewald has received the last two save opportunities and has been effective. Last year, Sewald was one of the best relievers in the game with an unimaginable 39.4% strikeout rate.  While Ken Giles and Diego Castillo still may be options down the road, Sewald has all the tools to be one of the top relievers in the game for the rest of the year. If he happens to be available in your league, bid heavily with confidence.

For additional options or deeper discussion on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 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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