Fantasy Advice from Mom!

Since we just celebrated Mother's Day, I want readers to understand that the helpful advice Mom gave you is also highly applicable to improving your fantasy baseball team. For example:

1. Mom says, "Silence is golden - unless you have kids; then silence is suspicious." - just when you think your team is doing fine and all is quiet and serene, you should stay vigilant regarding your team’s weaker categories that still need improvement.

2. Mom says, "My kids told me they wanted more options in their dinner menu so I gave them two choices: Take it or leave it." - sometimes the choices in fantasy baseball are quite simple – with the exception of injuries, just don't bench your best players even if they're slumping.

3. Mom says, "Boys are less drama than girls but harder to keep alive." - you need to understand that even if your team looks currently healthy you ALWAYS need a backup plan in case – like many boys - they just don't make it through the week.

4. Mom says, "My kids call it yelling. I call it motivational speaking." – there are moments as a fantasy owner when you need to provide strong motivation through the television when it appears they need direction; for example when your closer comes in and walks the bases loaded with a one-run lead. (“C’mon you ##$%$##@#!”)

5. Mom says, "I don't want to sleep like a baby; I just want to sleep like my husband." - sometimes you just need to relax - it's a long season and a rested fantasy owner usually makes better decisions than one that is stressed out (I am perfectly relaxed myself in case anyone was wondering).

Through Sunday, there have been 39 days of baseball since the Major League Baseball opened on April 1st - that’s about 21% of the season or approximately one-fifth of the way through (there are 186 days of baseball in the regular season). Main Event fantasy owners are balancing the original $1000 of FAAB they were given while bearing in mind that only 26% of FAAB periods have been completed (7 of the 27 FAAB periods). Here are the Main Event FAAB totals across 645 teams after adding in the winning bids from the May 9th FAAB run:

For all seven FAAB runs thus far, the average Main Event team has won 12.7 bids this season (roughly 2 per week) and spent $431.51. This is higher than $1000 FAAB dollars divided by 27 FAAB periods ($37 per week which would equal $259), but the average team has $568 of FAAB so the average weekly budget has dropped from $37 to $28.

In the seventh FAAB period of the season held on May 9th, 11 players were picked up in 22 or more leagues (see below) with William Contreras targeted in 42 leagues as he is filling in for Travis d’Arnaud. Trevor Larnach, who was called up to the Twins last week, was added in 41 leagues, and Pete Fairbanks, who might fill in for Diego Castillo in Tampa Bay, was added in 32 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 $188 bid for Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was available in 2 Main Event Leagues. This $188 winning bid beat a runner-up amount of $36, so with hindsight, the bid was more than necessary. However, Cain may provide speed and power if he can stay healthy even at this higher price.

The Century Club has 22 Members This Week

There were just 27 SUCCESSFUL bids over $100 of FAAB during this FAAB run – significantly lower than the last three weeks (91, 81, and 83) and way down from the first two weeks of the season (139 and 135). In addition, there were ZERO free agents that attracted bids of over $200 for the first time this season. so Main Event fantasy owners are ratcheting down their bids as they show concern for their remaining FAAB dollars.

Instead of showing the ten players 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. These players might draw bids next week from other league members, and many of these players were bid on aggressively a couple of weeks back (i.e. Michael Fulmer, David Peterson, and Phillip Evans).

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

We’ll keep tabs on the 4 most added players from 4 weeks ago to see how some of the biggest free-agent acquisitions have been doing for their fantasy owners.

· Tyler Naquin - .286; 1 HR; 1 SB – hasn’t produced as anticipated

· Lou Trivino - 4.2 IP; 3 Saves; 11.57 ERA due to 1 bad outing

· Corey Knebel – never pitched after acquisition; 60-day IL

· Huascar Ynoa – 18.1 IP; 3 Wins; 0.49 ERA – wow

So once again we’ll say two up and two down for the biggest acquisitions from April 26th – making it 4 up and 4 down so far this year.

Mad About You

Congratulations to Abdul Madani, the Main Event winner for 2019, looking to repeat as he is leading the 2021 Main Event with one of his eight Main Event entries – with a margin of 133.5 by earning 5439.5 points. His Contest-Leading roster was built from the #3 draft position as he selected Ronald Acuna in the 1st round. He followed that by grabbing Bo Bichette and then a couple of Milwaukee aces – Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes – in the 3rd and 4th before covering saves with Aroldis Chapman. Other fine picks were Kolten Wong in the 13th; Dylan Cease in the 19th; Emmanuel Clase in the 24th; and Carlos Rodon in the 28th. When asked by reporters gathered outside his home how he knew to take Cease and Rodon, Mr. Madani would only say “I trust Tony LaRussa to manage the game beautifully, so I figured let’s take any White Sox starting pitcher that is lucky enough to pitch for him as he is a master tactician.” Interesting approach, Abdul, extremely interesting!

Let’s check in on our previous leaders – are they still in the top 20? Brian Slack (4/5) is in 18th place and is looking for a new legal team as he firmly believes the season should have ended after one week; Tyler Jung (4/12) is out of the top 20 at 32nd but vows revenge against all who doubt him; John Pausma (4/19) is solidly in contention at 6th place overall, and two-time leader Chris Uram (4/26 & 5/3) sits in a good position at 9th. Kudos also go out to Samuel Horton, the tag team of Jeff Zimmerman and Fred Zinkie, Gregg Martin, and Scott Kotchek for their top five early-season positions. It’s still been just 39 days of baseball, but it’s great to be at the top.

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