FAAB Waiver Goals for Week 2 and Beyond

Over the past few weeks, we’ve spent some time discussing FAAB and waivers in Dynasty Leagues, and how to navigate them.

This week we begin our semi-regular review of names you should consider adding in a variety of formats each week. We’ll cover some redraft pools, shallow dynasty additions, and additions in leagues of 16 or more. Remember that you know the rules and the market of your league better than me or any expert. The best utility is to use it to inform yourself weekly to make more decisive additions to your team.

Nolan Gorman, Cardinals 2B (Triple-A)

League Type: Redraft Stash

At the moment, few hitters are hotter than Nolan Gorman. He’s homered in four straight games and is building on his bat-to-ball approach and improvements from 2021. Gorman took a few years to fully gel, but he’s starting to take shape as a dangerous hitter with the trio of contact, power and approach. Right now, there’s not really a place for Gorman in the Cardinals’ roster, but an injury to an everyday player could push Gorman to the majors immediately (and he could play second or third). If you have bench space to stow in your redraft league and Gorman is available, he is a worthy pilot.

Grayson Rodriguez, RHP Orioles (Triple-A)

League Type: Redraft Stash

I understand the Orioles have no real reason to push Rodriguez. I also understand that Rodriguez and Adley will likely be promoted during a similar window. Despite these very real factors, I would add Grayson now in a revamped league. It could be three weeks before he gets promoted, and if you’re in a daily league with unlimited moves, he’s probably not for you. However, if you have the ability to hide an arm, Rodriguez should probably be your go-to. It’s reasonable that he could be a Top 30 starter from day one. The only thing that could keep him from producing at this value is the Orioles’ conservative height count. In terms of skill, Grayson is easily one of the top 30 pitchers in the world right now. He throws five pitches, a few of which rank 60 or more, and he knows how to attack hitters with his movement patterns.

George Kirby, RHP Mariners (Double-A)

League Type: Redraft Stash

Many people were disappointed with Kirby’s assignment to Double-A. While I understand the concern that Kirby didn’t start at Triple-A, there are a few factors to consider. Double-A Arkansas pitching coach Sean McGrath is Kirby’s former pitching coach to Elon, and has been described by those around Elon during Kirby and McGrath’s time on campus as a “whisperer of Kirby”. The other factor is that the Pacific Coast League is a poor environment for a pitcher working to improve the sharpness and control of his secondaries. That’s exactly why Kirby is listed here, while he may be six weeks or more away from a promotion, Kirby took a significant leap forward with his ability to command his change at the start of this week. He threw 13 substitutions, 10 for strikes and he lived around the zone with it.

Bobby Miller, RHP Dodgers (Double-A)

League Type: Redraft Stash

Miller looked terrific last week, sitting at 99-100 mph on his fastball and mixing up his change, slider and curveball. Miller looked like he was taking his final step towards transforming into a forward-rotation type arm. His fastball often fluctuated between the two-seam and four-seam shape last year and, despite the speed, it led to mixed results. The Miller we saw on Tuesday night was a different pitcher. His fastball was rolling with a flat vertical approach angle and he was commanding it with plus-plus speed. All of his secondaries also played better off the pitch. There were a few scuttlebuts late in camp that Miller could make his Dodgers debut at some point this summer. In the event that happens, in the first half of the season, I will add Miller as a reserve or at the very least watch him in deeper leagues.

Ryan Fitzgerald, UTIL Red Sox (Triple-A)

League type: deeper redraft pool: 20 teams

Fitzgerald is an unusual profile as this is his 28-year-old season, and he was considered organizational depth heading into the season. Fitzgerald is a former undrafted player who spent time paying his freelance ball dues. He has been re-swinging and adding strength in recent years and reports this spring from reviewers who have seen him have been solid. He has also played five different positions already in 2022 and has time in every position except receiver during his professional career. Fitzgerald’s power surged in the spring, and it showed at the start of the regular season. There’s a good chance Fitzgerald will earn a major league promotion within weeks.

Emmanuel RodriguezOF Twins (Low-A)

League type: Dynasty League with over 150 registered prospects

There are few players who make as much noise as Rodriguez at the start of the season, as the 19-year-old outfielder has four homers in just eight games and has reduced his momentum and misses significantly. He has easier power and rises as much as any hitter in the minors. If the changes to his approach hold, he could become a top 100 fantasy prospect by mid-season.

Ty Madden, RHP Tigers (High A)

League type: Dynasty League with over 150 registered prospects

Earlier this week we wrote about the substantial changes to Madden’s arm lunge and fastball movement, and it’s an exciting development. The power was still there in Madden’s right arm, but the questions lingered around his upper arm slot and his inability to miss bats with his ’90s upper heater. That seems to be a thing of the past, as Madden launched a new operation and his fastball metrics increased significantly.

Alex Ramirez, OF Mets (Low-A)

League type: Dynasty League with more than 150 registered prospects.

Shrinking .517/.563/.759 in the first week of Florida State League play, Ramirez is a player to acquire now. He stood out in minor league spring training and the opposing scouts were complementary to the young outfielder. There’s still a lot of physical projection and some questions surrounding his long-term power projection, but the hitting feel is unquestionable. It’s a line-driving-focused swing right now, but Ramirez should continue to grow as an athlete.

Masyn Winn, SS Cardinals (High-A)

League type: Dynasty League with over 150 registered prospects

The 20-year-old former two-way talent was transferred to the field full-time ahead of the season and the extra focus appears to be paying off early. His swing seemed much more in sync in spring training and he continued to swing a hot bat early this season. Although he has yet to homer this season, he has just two strikeouts to five walks and has cut .478/.533/.695 while showing discipline and skill. improved contact skills. Already blessed with the best inside arm in baseball, if Winn can maintain his current improvement at home plate, he has a chance to explode this summer.

Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B/OF Red Sox (High-A)

League type: Dynasty League with over 250 registered prospects

A classic utility-type player, Rafaela has always struck but questions around his future impact persist. Going into 2022, he appears to be answering those questions, with five homers in nine games. While he certainly didn’t maintain that home run pace, it turned out to be an added element to his game and put him on my dynasty league radar.

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