May the Fourth Be With You!

Look, if you guys think I will be deterred from using a cliché like this just because this article drops on May 3rd instead of May 4th, all I can say is you don’t know me very well. It’s close enough to May 4th as far as I’m concerned! As a special service to Main Event participants, I have painstakingly divided the Main Event teams into five groups – which category is your Main Event team in?

1. First, Second or Third:“Great Kid. Don’t Get Cocky.” – Han Solo (said in response to Luke Skywalker when he blows up his first TIE fighter and says “Got him! I got him!”)

2. Fourth, Fifth or Sixth:“Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo (said to C-3PO who states “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!”)

3. Seventh, Eighth or Ninth:“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader (said when a disdainful Empire admiral sneers at the old Jedi ways, Vader uses the Force to strangle him from across the room.)

4. Tenth, Eleventh or Twelfth:Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”Princess Leia (I think you guys know this one)

5. Thirteenth, Fourteenth or Fifteenth:“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” – Virtually every Star Wars character

Through Sunday, there have been 32 days of baseball since the Major League Baseball opened on April 1st - that’s a little over 17% of the season or approximately one-sixth of the way through (there are 186 days of baseball in the regular season). Main Event fantasy owners are spending their $1000 FAAB while bearing in mind that almost 80% of FAAB periods remain in the season (21 of the 27 FAAB periods). Here are the Main Event FAAB totals across 645 teams after adding in the winning bids from the May 2nd FAAB run:

For all six FAAB runs thus far, the average Main Event team has won 10.63 bids this season (roughly 2 per week) and spent $384.34. While this is higher than $1000 FAAB dollars divided by 27 FAAB periods ($37 per week which would equal $222), the average team still has $616 of FAAB so there still will be larger bids for key free agents.

In the sixth FAAB period of the season held on May 2nd, 11 players were picked up in 21 or more leagues (see below) with Shane McClanahan targeted the most based on his initial outing for Tampa Bay and his seemingly sky-high potential. Mike Tauchman, who was traded to the Giants last week, was added in 41 leagues, and Harrison Bader, who was activated off the IL for St. Louis, was added in 34 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 $355 bid for Minnesota Twins’ reliever Taylor Rogers, who was available in 1 Main Event League. This $355 winning bid beat a runner-up amount of $201, so it turned out to be a bit of an overpay. However, Mr. Rogers may have the inside track on saves in Minnesota, so he may provide value even at this higher price.

The Century Club has 35 Members This Week

There were 91 SUCCESSFUL bids over $100 of FAAB during this FAAB run – about the same as the last couple of weeks (81 and 83) but down from over 130 in the first two weeks of the season (139 and 135). In addition, there were 12 free agents that attracted 23 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 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. Lucas Sims and Phillip Evans), plus Griffin Canning and Aaron Sanchez remain potentially valuable starters.

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. However, since your author jumped the gun last week and incorrectly looked at the four most added players from three weeks ago, we’ll take today off and get back on schedule next week.

Chris Ur-a-marvel

Congratulations AGAIN to Chris Uram for leading the Main Event with his only Main Event entry for the second straight week – although the margin is definitely tight – as he is currently earning 5943.5 points. His Contest-Leading roster was built from the #8 draft position as he selected Trea Turner in the 1st round. He followed that by grabbing an ace – Brandon Woodruff – in the 2nd before covering steals (Whit Merrifield), power (Aaron Judge) and an SP2 (Jose Berrios) in rounds three through five. Other fine picks were Will Smith (P) in the 7th; Julio Urias in the 8th; Tommy Edman in the 9th; Jesse Winker in the 14th; and Buster Posey in the 19th. When asked how he managed to make so many excellent choices, he would only say “As a person of principle who doesn’t like articles built upon cheap clichés and puns, I really won’t give you any comment,” so I have to wonder who he’s talking about.

Previous leaders are still doing well – Brian Slack (4/4 leader) is in 15th place but still despondent over his lost appeal to end the season after one week; Tyler Jung (4/11) is currently 9th, and John Pausma (4/18) remains in the upper tier and holding down 4th place overall. Kudos also go out to Gregg Martin, Abdul Madani, and Samuel Horton for their top five early-season positions. It’s still been just 32 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 the top three in each league earn a cash prize and deserve recognition. You can see the 43 leagues listed in the chart below (with those in the top 20 positions highlighted in blue) – 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.

Nine 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 4 ½ weeks are listed below (only included are those with at least one Main Event league-leading team) – these 11 fantasy players occupy 14 of the first place positions; 10 of the second place positions; and 4 of the third-place spots, or 26 of the 129 top three placements.

And remember: “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

1. TWO 1st; ONE 2nd; ONE 3rd – Clark Olson

2. TWO 1st & ONE 2nd – Douglas Gruber; Brian Slack

3. TWO 1st – Tyler Jung; Matthew Shepherd; Richard Dimondo

4. ONE 1st & TWO 2nd – Matthew Davis; Abdul Madani

5. ONE 1st; ONE 2nd; ONE 3rd – Samuel Horton

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

7. ONE 1st; TWO 3rd - John Pausma