The finish line of the fantasy baseball season is up ahead with this being our final FAAB period for the 2020 season. The standings and categories are tighter than ever, so don’t think you’re out of it just yet. Finish this last week strong and you could reap the benefits from other leaguemates being complacent. Volume will remain a factor per usual with all counting stats playing a huge factor in the standings. 

Be aware of your ratios, wins and saves this upcoming week. For example, you might not be able to make up ground in saves any longer. If so, you might roll nothing but starters this week. The free agency pool provides plenty of available options to help you in a specific category for this final week so doing the math on +/- points gained is a huge part of who you look to add. With this being the last FAAB period of the season, the majority of budgets remaining are very low. Use whatever amount you have left when placing your bids this week. 

Schedule

Note: the amount of games played can change due to COVID-19. MLB has been shuffling the schedule around.

Five games

  • Twins

Six games

  • Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Orioles, Padres, Rays, Reds, Red Sox, Tigers

Seven games

  • A’s, Astros, Blue Jays, Braves, Indians, Cubs, Mariners, Marlins, Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Royals, White Sox, Yankees

Eight games

  • Brewers, Cardinals, Giants, Nationals, Rockies

Players mentioned will have an NFBC ownership around 50% or less.

15-team (sub-50% TGFBI ownership)

Hitters

Austin Barnes, Austin Hays, Carter Kieboom, Cedric Mullins, Christian Arroyo, DJ Stewart, Jake Lamb, Jared Walsh, Jay Bruce, Joe Panik, Josh Fuentes, Josh Rojas, Luis Torrens, Miguel Rojas, Mitch Garver, Orlando Arcia, Niko Goodrum, Roman Quinn, Scott Kingery, Willi Castro, Willie Calhoun

Pitchers

Chase Anderson, Cole Hamels, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Drew Smyly, Johan Oviedo, Jordan Lyles, José Ureña, Josh Fleming, JT Brubaker, Keegan Akin, Kyle Gibson, Stefan Crichton

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

Hitters

Carson Kelly, DJ Stewart, Eric Hosmer, Jurickson Profar, Gregory Polanco, Mauricio Dubón, Shogo Akiyama, Tyler O'Neill, Yoshi Tsutsugo

Pitchers mentioned will have an NFBC ownership around 70% or less

Pitchers

J.A. Happ, Kyle Freeland, Lance McCullers Jr., Tarik Skubal

Two-start pitchers

Aaron Civale (vs. CWS, vs. PIT)
Aaron Nola (@WAS, @TB)
Adam Wainwright (@KC, vs. MIL)
Aníbal Sánchez (vs. PHI, vs. NYM)
Austin Voth (vs. PHI, vs. NYM)
Brady Singer (vs. STL, vs. DET)
Brandon Woodruff (@CIN, @STL)
Brett Anderson (@CIN, @STL)
Caleb Smith (vs. TEX, vs. COL)
Chase Anderson (vs. NYY, vs. BAL)
Cole Hamels (vs. MIA, vs. BOS)
Drew Smyly (vs. COL, vs. SD)
Dustin May (vs. A’s, vs. Angels)
Dylan Bundy (vs. TEX, @ LAD)
Framber Valdez (@SEA, @TEX)
Frankie Montas (@LAD, vs. SEA)
Germán Márquez (@SF, @ARI)
Keegan Akin (@BOS, @TOR)
Kyle Gibson (@LAA, vs. HOU)
Jacob deGrom (vs. TB, @WAS)
Johan Oviedo (@KC, vs. MIL)
Jon Lester (@PIT, @CWS)
Jordan Lyles (@ARI, vs. HOU)
José Ureña (@ATL, @NYY)
Josh Fleming (@NYM, vs. PHI)
JT Brubaker (vs. CHC, @CLE)
Kyle Freeland (@SF, @ARI)
Lance McCullers Jr. (@SEA, @TEX)
Lucas Giolito (@CLE, vs. CHC)
Marco Gonzales (vs. HOU, vs. A’s)
Nathan Eovaldi (vs. BAL, @ATL)
Nick Margevicius (vs. HOU, @OAK)
Reynaldo López @CLE, vs. CHC)
Seth Lugo (vs. TB, @WAS)
Shane Bieber (vs. CWS, vs. PIT)
Tarik Skubal (@MIN, @KC)
Touki Toussaint (vs. MIA, vs. BOS)
Trevor Rogers (@ATL, @NYY)
Zack Wheeler (@WAS, @TB)

The quality of pitching is tough to come by with the available two-start pitchers usually causing more harm than good. If your ratios are already cooked then loading up on volatile two-step pitchers for strikeouts and wins this week can help gain some late ground in standings.

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.