This week’s edition of FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets profiles a trio of starters in their mid-twenties finally receiving an extended rotation look, a future closer, and one of the minor’s top pitching prospects. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. If former FAAB top prospects turned post hype sleepers Neil Ramirez, Jake McGee and Jake Arrieta are any indication, one former top-100 prospect on this week’s list is primed for a big breakout.
Last week’s FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets highlighted pitchers benefiting from trade deadline deals. This week’s column will profile three more pitchers whose situation has improved due to deadline deals to new teams. We’ll also profile two fast-moving recent draftees poised to make an impact next season. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget.
Aces Jon Lester and David Price were both moved in one of the most active trade deadline days in recent memory. But a number of other starters saw their fortunes change. This week’s FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets will focus on a handful of them. Since Boston was the epicenter of the 2014 deadline, three starters are profiled. One of the most intriguing aspects of the Boston Red Sox rotation purge is Henry Owens (profiled here in early June) is well positioned to make his Fenway Park debut early next year. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget.
The second half of the season is in full swing and fantasy owners are analyzing whether to go for the flag or restock for next year. This week’s FAAB fantasy baseball targets will satisfy both groups as we feature two top prospects, two veterans who could provide end of roster impact down the stretch, and a starter who should be high on every owner’s list regardless of current standing. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget.
FAAB Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher Auction ValuesThree pitchers profiled in last week’s FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets continued to dominate this week. Jake Arrieta, Jake Odorizzi, and Danny Duffy combined to surrender three earned runs in 20 innings. This week’s FAAB targets include a top prospect closing in on a return to game action, a potential future closer, and three pitchers thrust into prominent roles due to injury. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget.
The biggest FAAB fantasy baseball target last week was Andrew Heaney [FULL SCOUTING REPORT] profiled in this space twice during May. Earlier this month, proactive owners still had a chance to beat the hype and secure his services for a single-digit bid. After a stellar major league debut, Heaney is on his way to being universally owned. Owners who missed out still need to spend those resources somewhere else to reinforce their rotation. This week’s FAAB targets include a pitching prospect whose debut is on the horizon and four, post-hype sleepers having under the radar success. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across the three major fantasy platforms.
Last week, FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets focused on prospects waiting to receive the call. Eddie Butler did receive the call, but hit the disabled list after his first MLB start. It’s an example of why striking cheap and early is important. When a worst case scenario occurs, money saved from being the early bird can be re-allocated elsewhere. This week’s column will examine under-owned and under appreciated arms already on major league rosters. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across the three major fantasy platforms.
As the Super Two deadline passes, top prospects have one less obstacle to the Show. And as the quality of available pitchers on the fantasy market dwindles, spending remaining FAAB dollars on speculative plays becomes vital. So even though arms profiled in FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets may need an injury or ineffectiveness to break into a major league rotation, astute fantasy owners will be ahead of the curve. This week features a top prospect making his debut tonight, a trio of top-100 prospects on the verge of graduating to MLB, and a pitcher producing historic numbers who’s still available in most fantasy leagues. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across the three major fantasy platforms.
Last week, FAAB Top Targets urged owners to invest in Trevor Bauer, Drew Pomeranz, and Drew Hutchinson. All pitched extremely well in their ensuing starts. This week five other names will be put under the microscope. They include two prospects on the cusp of making their season debuts, a former top prospect resurrecting his career in the midwest, a promising young starter about to return from the DL, and a hitter turned pitcher who’s now closing for a first place team. In general, all pitchers mentioned in this column are unowned in the majority of CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo fantasy leagues.
The Year of Tommy John claimed another victim earlier this week when Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was diagnosed with a torn UCL. Two weeks ago in this column, Joe Pytleski identified a potential replacement for Fernandez in the Marlins organization. But FAAB Top Targets has a few other options. This week’s pitchers include two former top prospects that have regained their helium, a Cuban import impacting his team from the mound instead of the plate, a starter who just returned from Tommy John surgery, and a recently recalled Top 100 prospect. In general, all pitchers mentioned in this column are unowned in the majority of CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo fantasy leagues.
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