This week we can see what a difference there is in the bidding between 15-team and 12-team mixed leagues, not to mention the difference between mixed leagues and mono leagues. In the NFBC the obvious attention was paid to Yordan Alvarez, and there typically was a pretty big gap between him and the next highest purchase. But one of my 12-team leagues also had some pretty big names available, which led to some interesting results.
This week was the calm before the Yordan Alvarez storm, at least in NFBC leagues, where we weren’t allowed to stash him in advance nor were we allowed to bid on him because hadn’t yet played before Sunday. In leagues where he was already stashed, the waiver wire was mostly picked over, at least with perceived big difference makers, though there were a few leagues where Jay Bruce had been dropped the week before and thus was the subject of bidding wars.
We’ve spent a lot time and bandwidth telling you the players to pick up, but let’s give it some context by breaking down everything going on in one of my leagues. You don’t need to do this each week or with each FAAB period, but it’s also easy to overlook what’s going on with your team on a macro scale, and what individual players on your team are doing. I’ll take a look at my first FAAB league drafted this season, the FSTA League that we drafted in January. It’s a 14-team mixed league with standard 5×5 scoring, $1,000 FAAB budget.
This is an exercise that Scott Jenstad wrote about two weeks ago in Oak’s Corner (you should be reading Scott every weekend here at RotoWire), and I thought I’d flesh that idea out here a little bit. I figure that the writing process will help me manage my teams better.
You can read my write-up of the first 10 rounds of the draft here. The full draft grid is after the jump:
After last week’s FAAB-a-palooza, this was a calmer week, but each week important players reveal themselves. It’s an obvious point, but so often it’s the under-the-radar pickups that really pan out and not the high-dollar guys. Witness anyone that’s picked up Tommy La Stella or Jarrod Dyson so far this season. So who’s going to be this week’s Dyson or La Stella? Or this week’s Erick Fedde, a two-step starter that provides a win and good ratios? Let’s take a look at who was added in each of my FAAB leagues this week.
FAAB-a-geddon, FAAB-a-ganza, whatever you want to call it, has passed, and the results have been breathtaking. I was super aggressive in one of my leagues – only the Main Event in the NFBC. I’ll do my best to explain my thinking with the results, and dispense with the preamble otherwise.
Dalton Del Don and I spent a good chunk of time previewing this weekend’s insane slate of possible pickups for the week on the Thursday RotoWire podcast. For full details on the players involved, please listen. But here’s a look at quick rankings so far, in terms of my priorities in picking them up. If you want me to add a player, just let me know.