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:
1. Identify FAAB targets for fantasy managers in leagues with Thursday FAAB.
2. Offer a preview of FAAB targets ahead of Sunday's columns.
Several starting pitchers have outperformed expectations recently, while Matt Manning is slated to make his major-league debut Thursday. The Marlins called up Jesus Sanchez on Tuesday after a hot start to the season with Triple-A Jacksonville, and there are plenty of position players whose recent performances have garnered waiver consideration.
Zach Davies, Cubs: Davies had a tumultuous start to the season and posted a 9.47 ERA across five starts in April, but he's turned things around recently and has allowed no more than one run in four of his last five outings. Although the right-hander gave up four runs to the Giants on June 3, he's posted a 1.67 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 27 innings across his last five starts. Davies has earned wins in each of his last two appearances and has been an asset in the Cubs' banged-up rotation. FAAB: $7
Matt Manning, Tigers: Manning posted a lackluster 8.07 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 32.1 innings across seven starts with Triple-A Toledo, but he'll be called up to make his major-league debut as the starter in Thursday's game against the Angels. Despite his slow start to the