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.
Joey Votto and Harrison Bader have been some of the most productive players in fantasy recently, and they're still available in plenty of leagues. Several starting pitchers have also performed especially well in July and could be strong contributors heading into the final two months of the season. Closing duties are hard to predict with several relievers still involved in trade talks ahead of Friday's deadline, but Paul Sewald could take over ninth-inning duties for the Mariners, who could still make a postseason push after trading Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero.
Patrick Sandoval, Angels: Sandoval had lasted six innings in just two of his first 11 appearances, but he's now gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts. He settled for a 1-2 record during that time, but he posted a 2.78 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 28:4 K:BB in 22.2 innings. The southpaw carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning during Saturday's win over the Twins, recording a season-high 13 strikeouts in 8.2 innings. Sandoval has a career-low 3.95 FIP in 2021, and he'll attempt to continue his success throughout the second half. FAAB: $8