The Z Files: Trade Deadline FAAB Strategies
The Z Files: Trade Deadline FAAB Strategies

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

The trade deadline has come and gone but because of the odd timing, most fantasy leagues have a week to stew on their FAAB bids. In addition, there have been a slew of bullpen scenarios that may avail new closers as well as a few top minor league prospects that have been promoted, all of which will be lumped in with the crossover players in single-league formats. You don't need me to tell you to go all-in on Jonathan Lucroy in American League only, or that Matt Moore and Rich Hill are in favorable situations in the senior circuit. However, I do have some unique philosophies with respect to bidding as well as some under-the-radar players to keep in mind come your next FAAB cycle.

Let's begin with some big-picture approaches to FAAB bidding. The biggest mistake made is setting bids based on rest-of-season rankings or projections. With a little less than two months left in the season, your focus should be one of these three lines of thinking.

1. Specific Category Management

This is straightforward. If you need steals, you bid on Raul Mondesi, Hernan Perez or maybe even Billy Burns if he was dropped. Don't get hung up on how many steals. Decide who'll get the most and bid. The same goes for power. Identify the players most likely to hit the ball out of the yard. Maybe it's Scott Schebler or Jabari Blash in deep leagues. Don't get married to a number. Who do you think

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only MLB Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire MLB fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
FanDuel MLB: Saturday ALCS Breakdown
FanDuel MLB: Saturday ALCS Breakdown
DraftKings MLB: Saturday Showdown Picks
DraftKings MLB: Saturday Showdown Picks
DraftKings MLB: Friday Showdown Picks
DraftKings MLB: Friday Showdown Picks
DraftKings MLB: Thursday Showdown Picks
DraftKings MLB: Thursday Showdown Picks