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