Way Too Deep League FAAB: Week 3
For an explanation of league rules, see the introductory post.
After a quiet week 2, the Way Too Deep league had a busy FAAB this weekend. There were no real big-money picks, but owners made a number of interesting mid-sized bets, and a ton of low-cost picks. I’m dealing with a little wrist injury right now, so these write-ups will be a little shorter than normal.
WEEK 1 WAIVER RESULTS ($100 BUDGET FOR THE SEASON, NO ZERO BIDS)
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $10 OR MORE
None this week.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $5 OR MORE
La Stella, Tommy 3B | LAA – $7
Martin, Jason CF | PIT – $7
Brennan, Brandon SP | SEA – $6
Lovelady, Richard RP | KC – $6
Straily, Dan SP | BAL – $5
Hildenberger, Trevor RP | MIN – $5
Guerrero, Tayron RP | MIA – $5
The list starts off with two hitters. Tommy La Stella has a .184/.311/.447 batting line on the season. He started off the week with three bombs between Monday and Tuesday, and for the first time in his career is playing close to every day. When his .125 BABIP regresses back to normal range, La Stella might end up being a valuable hitter in a league where 72 middle infielders are rostered. Even in a 24-team league without a middle infield spot, La Stella has the talent to play pretty well under the best circumstances. $7 is a little steep, but La Stella probably should have been owned before this week.
Jason Martin is a fun stash pick. The rookie outfielder has only started three games this season for the Pirates. However, his .325/.392/.522 line at Double-A last year suggests that he could break out should playing time open up in Pittsburgh’s outfield. The owner can move him to the minor leagues as long as he does not accrue 140 PAs.
We then have four speculative relief pitching bets. Brennan is off to a great start in Seattle, and is as good a bet as anyone to nail down the closer role long-term. Ditto for Lovelady, although he was just called up. Guerrero was a popular relief bet last year (I feel like we all owned him at one point), and his combination of power and poor control remains unchanged. Hildenberger is probably not going to get saves for Minnesota, but could accrue a decent number of holds this season.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR LESS THAN $5
Sampson, Adrian SP | TEX – $3
Kolarek, Adam RP | TB – $3
Neris, Hector RP | PHI – $3
Ross, Joe SP | WAS -$3
Rodriguez, Jefry SP | CLE -$3
Elias, Roenis RP | SEA – $3
Morgan, Adam RP | PHI – $2
Wallach, Chad C | MIA – $2
Stephenson, Robert SP | CIN -$2
Moore, Dylan SS | SEA – $2
Fillmyer, Heath SP | KC – $2
Forsythe, Logan 2B | TEX – $1
Alberto, Hanser SS | BAL – $1
Rickard, Joey RF | BAL – $1
Workman, Brandon RP | BOS – $1
Lots of players here and my typing ability is limited at the moment, so I’ll focus on the closers. Hector Neris looks like he has a shot at the closer role again in Philadelphia, and might have earn job security given how poorly the rest of the bullpen has pitched. Roenis Elias earned his second save this week for Seattle, but has less of a track record and more competition than Neris.
Finally. Hanser Alberto is another classic mega-deep league pick. He is playing every day for Baltimore between 3rd and 2nd, and is shortstop eligible. He isn’t very good, but a full time MI is valuable in this league.