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.
The fantasy baseball season is winding down, but there are plenty of players who have become late-season options given their success in recent weeks. A pair of starting pitchers for the Rangers have impressed early in their major-league careers, while several closers on struggling teams have provided value recently. Among position players, several players who have largely underwhelmed in 2021 are strong options down the stretch given their recent production at the plate.
Eric Lauer, Brewers: Lauer had lasted longer than six innings just once across his first 18 appearances of the season, but he's lasted seven innings in each of his last two starts. During that time, the southpaw posted a 0.64 ERA and 0.64 WHIP in 14 innings. Lauer has been effective at limiting run production for most of the season with a 3.18 ERA in 2021, but his 8.50 K/9 hasn't turned many heads. However, his recent ability to go deep into games makes him worth a pickup for the final few weeks of the season. FAAB: $8
Rich Hill, Mets: Although Hill hasn't earned a win since June 23, he's been quite productive across his last