NFBC FAAB Report: Week 3

Continuing to build on our NFBC Market Report series, Fighting Chance Fantasy will highlight weekly NFBC Main Event FAAB results to help you find some free-agent gems for your lineups. If you're unfamiliar with NFBC, it's where the sharpest minds in the fantasy baseball community compete for grand prizes upward of $250K. For us, mere mortal fantasy players, analyzing NFBC market trends can be a useful tool to stay ahead of your competition. The following players were added Sunday, April 7th. 

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Blaze Alexander ARI  SS 53 $129 $2
Oliver Dunn MIL  2B 50 $81 $15
Will Brennan CLE OF 43  $71 $1
Ivan Herrera STL C 42  $81 $2
Cody Bradford TEX SP 40 $125 $5
Reese McGuire BOS C 40 $44 $1
Paul Blackburn OAK SP 38 $81 $3
Jake McCarthy ARI OF 38 $47 $1
Javier Assad  CHC  SP 34  $115 $18
Josh Smith  TEX  3B 33  $102 $1
  • Steady playing time for Alexander? 

Blaze Alexander

Arizona prospect Blaze Alexander surprised even the most seasoned fantasy managers when the Diamondbacks announced he was in the Opening Day lineup. Once believed a long shot to make the big club, Alexander played his way into the team and now could be in line for an expanded role with starter Geraldo Perdomo sidelined for at least a month. Perdomo, an All-Star last year, started at shortstop on Opening Day but tore the meniscus in his right knee. The Diamondbacks announced the injury will require surgery and should shelve Perdomo until he's cleared for baseball activities sometime in May. The 24-year-old was officially placed on the 10-day injured list last Sunday which led proactive NFBC Main Event managers to snag Alexander with the increased playing time potential. Arizona seemed to be set on giving Perdomo everyday at-bats without much veteran depth besides backup infielders Kevin Newman and Jace Peterson in spring training. Newman opted out of his contract with Arizona before the start of the season but re-signed shortly after Perdomo's injury was announced. Peterson and Ketel Marte can play shortstop but neither appeared there throughout spring training and only Peterson has started one game at shortstop in the first week of the season. Arizona traded infielder Emmanuel Rivera to the Miami Marlins before the start of the season after the 27-year-old was designated for assignment. Top prospect Jordan Lawlar could have given the Diamondbacks depth but he is currently sidelined for two months recovering from thumb surgery.

Alexander began his career primarily facing left-handed pitching with four starts and 11-of-14 plate appearances against lefties. Newman and Peterson could split time against right-handed pitching but Alexander could garner more playing time if he continues his productive start. Alexander started two games at shortstop over the weekend and has gone 6-for-21 with three runs, three RBIs, and a stolen base this season. Alexander impressed with his first big league home run off veteran Carlos Rodon with a 110-mph shot into the Arizona night. Alexander and the Diamondbacks are set up for a favorable week with three games in Colorado and a homestand against St. Louis pitching over the weekend. Alexander could solidify his role and take advantage of the inherited playing time. Fantasy managers looking for injury replacements after an awful start to the season should check if Alexander is still floating on the waiver wire. 

  • Will Dunn continue to leadoff for Milwaukee?

Oliver Dunn

There's only one thing better than a feel-good perseverance story - and that's a feel-good perseverance story that also rakes for your fantasy team. If you play in 12-teamers, Milwaukee's Oliver Dunn may be on the periphery of your free-agent radar but for veteran fantasy managers playing in NFBC Main Events, he was the second-most popular pickup heading into Week 3 action Monday. The 26-year-old prospect was preparing to begin a new tenure with his third organization and was en route to Tennessee to join his teammates in Triple-A Nashville. That was when he received the call to head to New York instead and join the big club in time for his inaugural Opening Day. What a way to earn the final roster spot for Milwaukee and if that's not what dreams are made of, then I don't want them at all. It was quite a turnaround for a player who appeared in 119 games in Double-A last year to earn the final roster spot with the Brewers.

Dunn showed why he deserved his opportunity and he's caught the eye of prospective NFBC managers by going 7-for-22 with four RBIs, two steals, and an absolute no-doubter off Seattle's Logan Gilbert that flew 413 feet - a home run in all major league parks. Dunn has been lighting up his Statcast page with an eye-popping 94.5 average exit velocity and a 60 percent hard-hit rate after Week 2 action finished up over the weekend. Manager Pat Murphy moved Dunn to the leadoff spot late in the week and it'll be interesting to see how things shake out in Milwaukee. Dunn should be on your watchlist as long as he keeps raking and middle infielders keep missing time this year.

  • Brennan Crushing RHP for Cleveland

Will Brennan

Not too many times can we say a player who is hitting .296 is playing better than his batting average. If you scroll over to the Cleveland Guardians Statcast page you will see Will Brennan has a xBA of .336. That's mainly because Seattle's Julio Rodriguez has robbed him of a couple of hits in the opening week of play. Brennen is off to a great start to his season and is getting steady playing time in Cleveland. Seasoned NFBC managers took advantage of the five right-handed starters the Guardians will face this week and made Brennan the third most added player this week. Brennan has recorded at least one hit in five of the seven games he started this young season and had two multi-hit games in the Mariners series. Brennan will continue to hit fifth or sixth and would be a nice option to stream with more right-handed starters on Cleveland's schedule in the future. 

  • Is Herrera deserving of more playing time?

Ivan Herrera

Ivan Herrera is taking advantage of some increased playing time due to starter Willson Contreras missing time after being hit on the hand last week. Herrera stepped in and recorded three multi-hit games including a home run while batting clean-up in the Cardinals lackluster lineup. With the hot start manager Oliver Marmol kept Herrera's bat in the lineup as a DH when Contreras returned over the weekend. It doesn't take much for NFBC managers to grab a second catcher with some upside but if he continues to play could we see more of Herrera in the future? Marmol could give Contreras more days off in the future while increasing Herrera's role in St. Louis. The Cardinals should be getting outfielder Lars Nootbaar back soon off the injured list so it might complicate the DH duties but Herrera's arrow is pointing up and should be in the Cardinals' plans all season long. 

  • Bradford shines against tough lineups 

Cody Bradford

Once the Texas Rangers signed Michael Lorenzen to join its rotation many believed it was the end of Cody Bradford's days as a starter. Someone forgot to tell Bradford that plan as he impressed in his two starts and currently has a 2.13 ERA, 0.47 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings. What's more impressive is it came against a Chicago Cubs offense that's been a Top 10 offense this year and Bradford dominated a potent Houston offense over 7 2/3 frames last Friday. The 26-year-old has a favorable matchup against a bottom-10 offense in Oakland this week and could make his case to remain in the rotation even when Lorenzen is built up to make his Rangers debut. The Rangers announced Lorenzen will need another minor league start before he joins Texas so look for Bradford to make the decision hard for manager Bruce Bochy. NFBC managers were willing to take a chance at least for one more week and made him the fifth most popular addition this week.  


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