Trust the Gut: Fantasy Baseball FAAB Guide (Week 12)


Welcome to FTN’s weekly free agent bidding (FAAB) strategy column, Trust the Gut.

This article will be published every Saturday during the fantasy baseball season. The addendum to Trust the Gut is released Sundays, at least two hours before NFBC’s 10 p.m. ET deadline.

The goal of this article is to supplement our lineups with the best available hitters and pitchers each week. This weekly study is conducted through an NFBC lens but is helpful for folks playing on all sites.

Roster% refers to the percentage in which players are currently rostered within 15-team (NFBC Main Event) and 12-team (Online Championship) leagues. These are mostly competitive national contests with overall prize components.

This column will reference a FAAB budget of $1000 to start the season. Divide by 10 for projected bid amounts if your league starts with a $100 budget (a $90 bid = $9). The by-position list is segmented into 15-team and 12-team formats for SP, RP, CI (1B, 3B), MI (2B, SS), OF, C and UT-only when applicable.

There are generally two types of purposes for a free agent acquired via FAAB. One type is a player with upside and staying power – a player who represents a significant improvement to our rosters we hope can be a steadying and profitable presence in our lineups all season. The other is a streamer – players we rent for a week or two, hoping for an immediate statistical impact based on their advantageous upcoming schedule or a positive recent shift in their value.

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