MLB Week 26 FAAB Insights

Let's take down some fantasy baseball championships!

Welcome back to another FAABulous Sunday! We’re down to the 10 final days of roto leagues, championship week in many head-to-head leagues, and the second to last FAAB run of the 2022 fantasy baseball season. For those in daily-change leagues, only eight teams play Monday. For those in NFBC leagues, only four teams play four games for the first half of the week and four play just two. Four teams play four games next week while all others play three. Keep these schedules in mind for the final week and a half. Let’s get to some names!


First Base


Dermis Garcia (4% ME, 2% OC, 0% Yahoo) – If you’re in need of help in the homerun and RBI categories Garcia has 5 HR and 20 RBI in just 95 PA and has taken on a near-everyday spot in Oakland’s lineup. He’s a three true outcome guy with a 43.3 K%, so he won’t help in batting average.


Second Base


Whit Merrifield (62% ME, 77% OC, 67% Yahoo) – OF – With Santiago Espinal hitting the IL, Merrifield has been in Toronto’s lineup the past four games and five of six. He has responded with six hits over those past four including 3 HR and two doubles. It would be nice if he’d swipe a couple of bags over the past few games, but don’t count on it — he’s had only two attempts since joining the Blue Jays and was last successful on August 6.


Third Base


Nate Eaton (6% ME, 3% OC, 8% Yahoo) – OF – Adding third base eligibility this weekend gives us more ways to get Eaton into our lineups this week. He’s stolen at least one base in six consecutive scoring periods and has multiple in three straight weeks. He’ll continue to get the plying time at third base as the Royals are getting Bobby Witt Jr. reps at shortstop for the rest of the season.




Kevin Newman (23% ME, 2% OC, 1% Yahoo) – 2B – Another speed option as a couple of stolen bases can help a lot of teams this time of year, we can’t count on Newman being in the lineup everyday, but he has hit in eight straight games with three stolen bases in that time. Pittsburgh has some guys nursing minor injuries and they do face a couple of lefthanded starters this week, so he should get enough plate appearances.




Edward Olivares (70%, 20%, 2%) – Olivares returned from the IL on September 17, and it really appears the Royals are looking to get him plate appearances the rest of the way as he started six straight games prior to a day off (he did pinch hit) Saturday. Four of his six hits since returning have gone for extra bases including his fourth home run of the season (134 PA).




Tyler Glasnow (28% Yahoo) – Glasnow is set to make his season debut on Wednesday at Cleveland and will face Boston next week. It’s highly unlikely he qualifies for a win this week as he’s only built up to 2.1 IP in his most recent rehab start, but he’ll give us nice ratios and a few strikeouts. Five innings may be in the cards vs the Red Sox next week as it will be his final spot to get stretched out a bit for the postseason.

Luis Severino (98% ME, 84% OC, 74% Yahoo) – Just double check his availability as it appears he’s slipped through the cracks in a few spots. He’s set up to face the Blue Jays in Toronto and the Orioles back home in Ney York this week after throwing five innings in his return vs. the Pirates on Wednesday.

Bailey Ober (100% ME, 46% OC, 19% Yahoo) – Ober has went five innings in each of his two starts since returning and gets the White Sox in Minnesota and the Tigers in Detroit this week.


Good luck tonight and the rest of the way! Enjoy the games!


Feature image by Michael Packard (@CollectingPack on Twitter) / Photography by Cliff Welch / Icon Sportswire

Kevin Hasting

Kevin is a life-long KC Royals fan who resides with his amazing wife and daughter in Keaau, HI. He has been playing fantasy baseball for over 20 years, cohosts the On the Wire weekly FAAB podcast with Adam Howe on the PitcherList Podcast Network, and was the 2020 TGFBI overall champion.

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