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Way Too Deep League FAAB: Weeks 15-16

For an explanation of league rules, see the introductory post.

The Way Too Deep League FAAB is a little quiet at the moment, so we group weeks 15 and 16 together. It will likely remain slow until September’s roster expansion brings in new blood to the major leagues. However, there are still a few notable players in these lists to explore.

WEEK 9 FAAB RESULTS ($100 BUDGET FOR THE SEASON, NO ZERO BIDS)

PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $10 OR MORE

None.

PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $5 OR MORE

Viloria, Meibrys C | KC: $7
Wojciechowski, Asher RP | BAL: $7
Barria, Jaime SP | LAA: $7
Dyson, Sam RP | SF: $5

Meibrys Viloria was called up to the Royals from Double-A, and so was available in a league where catchers are prized. Voloria rose pretty quickly through the minor leagues for a catcher, but if you squint hard you will see a little bit of Austin Barnes in his batting line. Scouting reports suggest there might be some latent power in his bat, although we haven’t seen it in the minor leagues above rookie ball. Good stash option.

Is Sam Dyson going to be traded to a contender Inherit the closer job after a Will Smith trade? Continue in a setup role after the Giants buy rather than sell at the deadline? I have no idea. However, he’s been a solid relief option for the better part of the past two seasons, and the Giants are winning. He should be owned.

Barria and Wojciechowski both seem to me like mediocre starters whose inexperience gives them the illusion of upside. Wojciechowski has had a strong few weeks for Baltimore since being recalled to the majors, but I’m skeptical that his 3.93 FIP represents a breakout at 30 years-old, rather than just a hot streak. Barria is younger at 23, but owns an ERA over 7.00 between Triple-A and the major leagues this season.

PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR LESS THAN $5

Martin, Chris RP | TEX: $4
Pina, Manny C | MIL: $3
Menez, Conner SP | SF: $3
Smyly, Drew SP | PHI: $2
Tauchman, Mike CF | NYY: $2
Petit, Yusmeiro RP | OAK: $2
Suero, Wander RP | WAS: $1
Garcia, Greg 2B | SD: $1
Reyes, Victor LF | DET: $2
Culberson, Charlie LF | ATL: $1

Let’s talk about Mike Tauchman. The Yankees are revisiting the injury bug, with Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list. Tauchman has been playing nearly every day, and has been excellent on both offense and defense. His bWAR is 1.9 in under 200 plate appearances. If he receives full playing time, it’s not hard to imagine Tauchman putting up an Aaron Hicks-y batting line. The problem is that the Yankee outfield is stacked for the foreseeable future, so he might never gain enough playing time to be useful in fantasy except when filling in for injured Yankees.

I’m always amazed that Yusmeiro Petit is available on waivers about this time every year. The control artist is one of the most underrated relief pitchers of his generation. He pitches a monster workload, and always does a good job limiting runs. On a good team, he accumulates a decent number of holds or wins. The owner then promptly drops Petit, and we all wait for his stats to accumulate before picking him up.

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