Week 9 fantasy baseball FAAB check-in


There are only a couple of FAAB weeks remaining this fantasy baseball season. The majority of fantasy teams don’t have much left in their remaining budget so digging deep and adding multiple contingency bids becomes more important down the stretch.

All of the categories are much closer than you’re accustomed to with only two weeks left in the season. Usually the stats have been accumulated for nearly six months. This time it has been less than two months. Don’t think you’re out of it even if you’re stuck in the middle of the pack. Two strong weeks and you could make significant gains in the standings. 


Note: The amount of games played can change due to COVID-19. MLB has been shuffling the schedule around. The San Francisco Giants had a positive test Friday, resulting in some weekend postponements and possibly a weird schedule for them and the San Diego Padres this week.

Five games

  • Cubs, Giants, Royals

Six games

  • Angels, Astros, Braves, Diamondbacks, Indians, Mets, Padres Tigers, Rangers, Red Sox, Rockies, Yankees

Seven games

  • A’s, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, Nationals, Rays, Reds, Twins, White Sox

Eight games

  • Brewers, Orioles, Phillies

Nine games

  • Marlins, Pirates

Ten games

  • Cardinals

Now, let’s take a look at the waiver wire options to target this week. Ownership percentages come from NFBC — players mentioned will all have an NFBC ownership around 50% or lower.

15-team (sub-50% TGFBI ownership)


Andrelton Simmons, Bobby Dalbec, Brian Goodwin, Cam Gallagher, Cedric Mullins, Colin Moran, Daulton Varsho, DJ Stewart, Edward Olivares, Garrett Cooper, Harrison Bader, Jared Walsh, Jedd Gyorko, Jose Garcia, José Iglesias, Josh Naylor, Josh Rojas, Leody Taveras, Miguel Andújar, Miguel Rojas, Nick Markakis, Pat Valaika, Rio Ruiz, Shogo Akiyama, Tim Locastro, Travis Shaw, Tucker Barnhart, Rougned Odor, Vimael Machín, Willi Castro, Yan Gomes


Alex Wood, Cole Hamels, Diego Castillo, Hunter Harvey, Rafael Dolis, Reynaldo López, Touki Toussaint, Yohan Ramirez

12-team (sub-50% NFBC RotoWire Online Championship ownership)


Jeimer Candelario, Jurickson Profar, Manuel Margot, Ty France, Tyler O'Neill Yoshi Tsutsugo,  


Deivi García, Freddy Peralta, Joe Musgrove, John Means, Nathan Eovaldi, Devin Williams

Two-start pitchers

Aníbal Sánchez (@TB, @MIA)
Austin Voth (@TB, @MIA)
Carlos Carrasco (@CHC, @DET)
Clayton Kershaw (@SD, @COL)
Corbin Burnes (vs. STL, vs. KC)
Dane Dunning (vs. MIN, @CIN)
Deivi García (vs. TOR, @BOS)
Jack Flaherty (@MIL, @PIT)
Jake Arrieta (vs. NYM, vs. TOR)
Jesús Luzardo (@SEA, vs. SF)
Joe Musgrove (@CIN, vs. STL)
Jorge López (vs. ATL, vs. TB)
José Berríos (@CWS, @CHC)
José Ureña (vs. BOS, vs. WAS)
JT Brubaker (@CIN, vs. STL)
Julio Teheran (vs. ARI, vs. TEX)
Matthew Boyd (vs. KC, vs. CLE)
Michael Wacha (@PHI, vs. ATL)
Mike Minor (@SEA, vs. SF)
Marco Gonzales (vs. OAK, vs. SD)
Pablo López (vs. PHI, vs. WAS)
Ryan Yarbrough (vs. WAS, @BAL)
Sandy Alcantara (vs. BOS, vs. WAS)
Taijuan Walker (@NYY, @PHI)
Taylor Clarke (@LAA, @HOU)
Trevor Bauer (vs. PIT, vs. CWS)
Zach Davies (vs. LAD, @SEA)
Yu Darvish (vs. CLE, vs. MIN)
Dylan Cease (vs. MIN, @CIN)
Jose Urquidy (vs. TEX, vs. ARI)
Chase Anderson (@NYY, @PHI)
Vince Velasquez (@MIA, vs. TOR)
Kyle Cody (@HOU, @LAA)
Chris Mazza (@MIA, vs. NYY)
Chi Chi González (vs. OAK, vs. LAD)

Pitching is tough to come by this time of year and the two-start pitchers available continue to destroy ratios, causing much more harm than good. If you’re stuck in a hard place, just add a solid middle reliever or setup man pitching in a doubleheader. That has been a successful way to land a cheap save or two throughout the week. 

Please feel free to tweet or DM me on Twitter (@_mattywood_) if you ever have any questions about the current FAAB week or any specific player.

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