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FAAB Pickups Week of 5.31.21

Well, here we go again: the Memorial Day FAAB period begins anew.


You have probably spent a considerable amount of time looking at your teams and looking for areas to improve upon with one-third of the season gone already as the calendar flips to June. We hope that your teams are near the top, but the reality for most fantasy players is that we are all likely a mix: doing well in some leagues, staying afloat in some whole waiting for health, and sinking like a stone in others.


Here at SP Streamer, we are taking a look at players owned in less than 20% of leagues that might be able to provide a boost to your teams. Let's jump in as you set your FAAB before this afternoon's family barbecues and neighborhood get-togethers. Let's always remember what Memorial Day really is: a day to honor those men and women who have sacrificed for us to be able to express our freedoms in this country. Thank you all who have served us.


Hitters:

Victor Reyes: This is not exactly a ringing endorsement, but here's the rub: the Tigers sent down Jacoby Jones and brought Reyes back up from AAA. While he has not been good so far, this seems to indicate they plan to give Reyes an everyday opportunity to try and win an outfield job. That alone makes him worth a speculative add. Let's not forget what he did last year: in 202 at-bats, he gave you four home runs, eight stolen bases, and hit .277. Why not speculate especially if you are looking for cheap speed?


Wilmer Flores: Very quietly came off the IL this weekend and got three hits off the nasty Julio Urias. This guy can hit when healthy and could be a cheap source of power for you, rostered in only 3% of leagues. Let's not forget that Flores has both CI and MI eligibility.


Taylor Ward: See the note on Reyes above. Ward is a former first-round pick who is getting an expanded opportunity due to the Mike Trout injury. Not likely to help you much in batting average, but Ward has quietly hit a home run each week in May. He's owned on only 4% of leagues and should get a solid chance for the next 3-4 weeks. A small bid could net you some short-term gain.


Pitchers:

Alek Manoah: Duh.


Brad Keller: I drafted him to be my fifth/sixth starter in NFBC, and looked foolish right away for doing that when my beloved White Sox annihilated him in his first start. He's been pitching deeper into games and in his last start, notched seven strikeouts against a good Tampa Bay Rays team. If you pick him up expecting ace stuff, you will be disappointed, and the surface stats still look lousy based on a couple of shellackings. You need to watch for walks with him, but he might be worth a $1 FAAB bid this week.


Kris Bubic: Keller's teammate in Kansas City, Bubic has quietly been very good for the Royals. He's had two very good starts in the last two weeks against Detroit and Minnesota, with an ERA of 1.52, a win, and eight strikeouts in 11 innings. Plus, it looks like he will be in the rotation for a spell. He's owned in only 11% of Online Champions leagues, so a small bid might yield some help for you in your rotation.


Cody Poteet: Yes, he got drilled in his last outing. But his previous two had been excellent. He's 2-1 with a nice 2.95 ERA and 19 Ks in 21.2 innings. These are very usable stats, and he is owned in only 8% of leagues. And he gets to pitch against the Pirates, a team that doesn't seem to always knows how many outs there are. That is an attractive matchup.