According to NSYNC: It’s Gonna be May

There have been twenty-five days of baseball since the Major League Baseball opened on April 1st - that’s a little over 13% of the season (there are 186 days of baseball in the regular season). Main Event fantasy owners are still trying to conserve some of their 1000 FAAB dollars (with no $0 bids), but the siren call of free agents is strong. Only five of the 22 FAAB periods have been processed, so there is still over 80% of FAAB periods remaining.

We can get an idea of the Main Event FAAB totals across 645 teams by looking at the winning bids and FAAB dollars each week:

For all five FAAB runs thus far, the average Main Event team has won 8.57 bids this season (roughly 2 per week) and $317.95 per team. While this is higher than $1000 FAAB dollars divided by 27 FAAB periods ($37 per week), the average team still has $684 of FAAB so there is still enough to expect more high bids for key free agents.

In the fifth FAAB period of the season held on April 25th, 11 players were picked up in 21 or more leagues (see below) with Alex Wood targeted the most based on his strong pitching for San Francisco. Nico Hoerner, who was recalled by the Cubs and went 4-for-13 last week, was added in 38 leagues, and Josh Staumont, who may be the new closer in Kansas City, was added in 30 leagues.

The Wow Bid of the Week

The Main Event Wow Bid of the Week – going to the largest bid of each FAAB period – is awarded to a $434 bid for injured New York Met starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the one Main Event League where he was available. The runner-up bid in this case was very competitive - $414 – so it was a very efficient (if expensive) winning bid.

The Century Club has 30 Members This Week

There were 83 SUCCESSFUL bids over $100 of FAAB during this FAAB run – about the same as last week (81) but down from over 130 in both of the previous two weeks (139 and 135). In addition, there were 12 free agents that attracted 16 bids of over $200 (see highlighting below). Owners are still spending on the players they want – but it seems there is a little more concern about their FAAB budget for the season.

Instead of showing the ten players who were dropped the most – you can see below some of the most INTERESTING drops. These are the players dropped who were most likely difficult decisions – either prompted by a run of injuries to a fantasy team or driven by a need for a replacement at a particular position. Some of these players might draw bids next week from other league members as well. Many of these players were bid on aggressively a couple of weeks back (i.e. Zach McKinistry) and some of the starting pitchers only had one or two disappointing outings.

Where Are They Now? Four Players from Four Weeks Ago…

We’ll keep tabs on the four most added players from four weeks ago to see how some of the biggest free-agent acquisitions have been doing for their fantasy owners. These were the four biggest adds on 3/28 and their stats in the past four weeks:

· Julian Merryweather: 4.1 IP; 0 ER; 7 K; 2 SV – out indefinitely

· Chris Devenski: 2 IP; 2 ER; 1 K; 1 SV – restricted list (inactive)

· Cesar Valdez; 9.1 IP; 1 ER; 10 K; 4 SV – a good buy

· Ted Williams – sorry - Yermin Mercedes: .424 BA; 8 R; 4 HR; 15 RBI; 0 SB – Wow, will he keep it up (or close to it?)

So we’ll say two up and two down so far for big free-agent additions – and will follow this over the course of the season…

Chris Uram-azing

Congratulations to Chris Uram for leading the Main Event with his only Main Event entry – by a rather wide margin in fact – as he is currently earning 5720 points. The April 4th leader Brian Slack is still in solid contention in 8th place; our April 11th 1st place holder Tyler Jung is 9th and 15th and last week’s leader John Pausma is in the upper tier and holding down 4th place overall. Kudos also go to Samuel Horton, Jon Stadtmueller, and Kyle Brinkmann for their top five early-season positions. It’s still been just 25 days of baseball (13.3% of the season), but it’s great to be at the top. In an exclusive interview with several major networks, Chris Uram said that he’s “just here to help the ballclub,” and is taking this season “one game at a time.”

In addition, we’re following the individual league races this season. It is no small feat to win a league championship in the Main Event regardless of a fantasy owner’s overall place, and the top three in each league earn a cash prize and deserve recognition. You can see the 43 leagues listed in the chart below – if you are a Main Event participant, you can find your assigned league number for the purposes of this article number by referring to the chart at the end of my first article of the season (use this link https://www.spstreamer.com/post/and-they-re-off) – which displays the league draft location, draft date and time, and Official NFBC League Number.

Fourteen Main Event Stars

There are multiple NFBC players who are in the top three places of two or more Main Event Leagues. Even at this early stage, that is impressive. The most notable players after two and a half weeks are listed below (only included are those with at least one Main Event league-leading team) – these 14 fantasy players occupy 20 of the first place positions; five of the second place positions; and seven of the third-place spots, or 32 of the 129 top three placements. Very impressive! Good luck to all the competitors in the coming week!

1. THREE 1st – Brian Slack

2. TWO 1st & ONE 2nd - Tyler Jung

3. TWO 1st – Abdul Madani; Matthew Shepherd; Phillippe Dussault

4. ONE 1st & TWO 2nd – Matthew Davis

5. ONE 1st; ONE 2nd; ONE 3rd - Douglas Gruber

6. ONE 1st; ONE 2nd - Kyle Brinkmann

7. ONE 1st; ONE 3rd - Samuel Horton; Clark Olson; Thomas Warner; Jon Stadtmueller; Richard Dimondo; Rian Lange