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Top 8 Fantasy Baseball FAAB Waiver Wire Pickups: High-Stakes Leagues (Week 12)

Top 8 Fantasy Baseball FAAB Waiver Wire Pickups: High-Stakes Leagues (Week 12)

The best players in the world play on NFBC and the most popular high-stakes contest is the NFBC Main Event, which has a $1,750 buy-in with a $7,000 league prize and a $200,000 overall prize. Thankfully, for everyone, NFBC allows us to see what each team is doing with their FAAB pickups on Sunday night.

Each week, I look at the most popular fantasy baseball waiver wire and FAAB pickups in the NFBC Main Event to see who the best players in the world are picking up and whether we should add them.

Fantasy Baseball FAAB Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 12

Jack Suwinski (OF – PIT)

Jack Suwinski was picked up in 47 Main Event leagues with a max bid of $30 and a minimum bid of $1. Suwinski had struggled early in the season leading to a demotion, however, he made a change to his hand positioning while in the minors that allowed him to get into the zone quicker with his swing. If this is a sustainable change for him, it might be great for his ability to make more consistent contact.

Cade Povich (SP – BAL)

Cade Povich was picked up in 46 Main Event leagues with a max bid of $189 and a minimum bid of $3. Povich was the big pickup of the week after debuting for the Orioles. He is a top-100 prospect. While he struggled in his Major League debut, he showed great stuff despite struggles with command and control. If he can improve upon that, there is a lot of win potential and a great park to protect him in Baltimore.

Spencer Horwitz (1B, DH – TOR)

Spencer Horwitz was another call-up this week that got people excited for fantasy. He was picked up in 40 leagues with a max bid of $72 and a minimum bid of $1. Horwitz doesn’t have a ton of power, but he does walk a ton and his on-base skills could have him high up in the lineup sooner rather than later.

Justyn-Henry Malloy (3B, OF – DET)

Justyn-Henry Malloy was another call-up this week that got people excited. Malloy is playing regularly in Detroit, but while he has a ton of power and the ability to walk, he struggles defensively and with contact. If Malloy can make consistent contact, then he could be really valuable for fantasy, but if he can’t, he will be back in the minors.

Wilmer Flores (1B, 3B, DH – SF)

Wilmer Flores was a popular pickup due to the massive weekend where he hit three home runs throughout two games versus the Rangers. He was picked up in 32 leagues with a max bid of $38 and a minimum bid of $1. He is playing every day with LaMonte Wade Jr. out and is eligible at first base and third, which has value, but he is best suited for deeper formats due to the lack of upside.

Connor Norby (2B, OF – BAL)

Connor Norby was another prospect who made his debut this week. I was honestly a little surprised he was only picked up in 25 leagues. His max bid was just $53 and his minimum bid was $1. Norby is a top-100 prospect. While there has been some fanfare around his arrival, he profiles as an accumulator who needs full-time at-bats. He has them right now with Jorge Mateo on the injured list (IL) with a concussion. If Norby doesn’t hit he will likely get sent back down.

Tyler Kinley (RP – COL)

Oh, look, another Rockies closing option. Tyler Kinley was picked up in 29 leagues with a max bid of $45 and a minimum bid of $1. Kinley seems to be the main closer right now, but if you go back and look at my last two articles in this series you will see me say the same thing about Jalen Beeks previously. In a few weeks, I will likely be talking about someone else.

Tobias Myers (SP – MIL)

Tobias Myers was picked up in 30 Main Event leagues with a max bid of $37 and a minimum bid of $1. Myers is a pitching prospect for the Brewers who has been pretty good this season, throwing 34.2 innings with a 4.15 ERA and 32 strikeouts. He doesn’t necessarily have overwhelming stuff, but he has a complete arsenal and good control. His command will be the big thing for him. If he can limit the home runs, then he will be valuable. If he cannot limit the homers, then he will not be in the rotation long. He faces the Blue Jays next, who have struggled offensively. He then has a two-start week versus the Angels and the Padres.

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