This article is part of our AL FAAB Factor series.
Normally on Sundays, I'd be writing and posting the AL FAAB article, highlighting and analyzing players who are worth picking up (or occasionally, trying to talk you out of throwing too much of your budget at a player likely to draw high bids). However, with the MLB season held in suspended animation like a bug in amber, there are no FAAB or waiver periods to worry about. At least I hope not – there's probably a couple of leagues out there that drafted early and might be plowing ahead anyway, but spending any portion of your budget right now would just be silly, when things as fundamental as the number of games that will be played and the size of big-league rosters are still up in the air.
That doesn't mean, however, that there aren't players and roster situations worth discussing in the meantime. Each week until the season is finally ready to begin, we'll take a look at players gaining or losing value, to prepare you for that eventual first FAAB period.
Dylan Cease, White Sox: The ascent of Lucas Giolito and the presence of Michael Kopech have made Cease something of a forgotten man in the White Sox rotation. Of course, his own control issues likely contribute to him being an afterthought as well. The 24-year-old has the stuff to be a future ace, but until he learns to harness it better, he's a ratio risk for fantasy purposes. Cease knows what he needs