This article is part of our MLB FAAB Factor series.
This FAAB article is in addition to the AL and NL FAAB articles that run Sunday. Bids are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Throughout the season, this column will have two goals:
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2. Offer a preview of FAAB targets ahead of Sunday's columns.
Several pitchers have taken on more closing duties recently, while Tony Gonsolin also made his 2021 debut as a starter Wednesday and should have a rotation spot going forward. At the plate, several position players available in plenty of fantasy leagues have also had power surges recently and could become long-term contributors.
Tony Gonsolin, Dodgers: Gonsolin made his 2021 debut Wednesday after he missed the start of the season with a shoulder injury. The righty only threw 66 pitches in 1.2 innings, but he allowed just one run and struck out four against the Pirates. He could remain on a pitch count in the near future while he builds back up, but he posted a 2.31 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 46.2 innings across nine appearances (eight starts) last year and will attempt to remain effective as a full-time starter in 2021. FAAB: $8
Austin Gomber, Rockies: Gomber was quite inconsistent early in the season, but he's settled down recently and hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts. His fantasy potential is somewhat limited while playing for the Rockies since he has