Major League Baseball kicked off its season on Thursday, April 7th and for a legion of fantasy baseball aficionados, the weeks and months of planning and strategizing finally started to turn into numeric outcomes.
The 705 Main Event teams began their campaigns for league and overall prizes as well, setting their lineups for the first four-day pitching period. Since hitters are permitted to have set their lineup twice per week on Mondays and Fridays, they also set their hitters just for Thursday only and then were able to reset their hitting lineup for the Friday through Sunday period.
We’ll be following the Main Event chase all season in this space, and showing the overall leader board as it shifts throughout the season. To kick things off, we’ll display the top 20 in the overall after the first four days of the season (April 7-10).
Phillippe Dussault Fails to Lead the Main Event
OK, this might SEEM like a mean sub-heading, but consider that Phil won just about everything he entered last year – and cashed in every league – and not only that, but one of them was an auction league which I was entered in. Of course, I’m TOTALLY cool with all of that, but I just felt like it was my DUTY to point out that Phil is NOT in first place overall. Just doing my job – no personal animus is at work at all. Just reporting facts…
|Overall Rank: Thru 4/10||Fantasy Owner||Overall Points||Points Behind||NFBC League Number #|
|Average Top 20 Overall Score||5442.8|
Lilly of the Valley
Congratulations to Tim Lilly for getting out to a quick early lead! Not only that, but Tim has just one Main Event entry, and apparently that’s the only one he needs! Kudos also go out to Andrew Sullivan, Brett Wemer, Jason Anthony and Scott Jenstad for their top five early-season positions. Certainly, none of the top 20 can feel secure about their position after just four days, but it is also true that it’s much more preferable to get off to a fast start than to stumble out of the gate. All of these 20 can feel good about posting a nice solid beginning.
In addition, we’ll follow 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 47 leagues listed in the chart below – along with the top three in the standings as of Monday morning.
|NFBC League Number||LEADER||League Points||2nd PLACE||League Points||3rd PLACE||League Points|
|#934||Doug Moe||116.0||Carter Gill||105.5||Lindy Hinkelman||101.0|
|#935||Dave Smith||112.0||Scott Waggener||106.0||Donald Warner||102.5|
|#943||Curt Hills||114.0||Danny Bronski||110.5||Stephen Goodwin||103.0|
|#1026||Errol Thompson||113.0||Jeff Erickson & Tim Schuler||101.5||Chris Hill||98.0|
|#1027||Jason Gill||100.5||TIE: Justin Salinger||100.0||TIE: Herb Eroh||100.0|
|#1028||Robert Geise||120.5||James Milkowski||104.5||Timothy Pamperin||90.5|
|#1029||Brian Slack||107.0||Donald Warner||104.5||Greg Lathrop||93.0|
|#1030||Daniel DaSilva||107.0||Ryan Faye||103.0||Rob Silver||100.0|
|#1031||Tim Lilly||136.5||Dustin Wagner||121.0||Jon Stadtmueller||107.0|
|#1032||Daniel Semsel||115.0||Keith Tonsager||102.0||Tony DiVincenzo||97.5|
|#1034||Eric Heberlig||103.0||Stephen Ruschak||97.0||Andrew Geller||95.5|
|#1132||Roland Pinto||114.0||Brian Teras||110.0||Jim Chun||98.5|
|#1143||Mathew Reese||109.5||Greg Lathrop||104.0||Curtis Jones||101.5|
|#1192||Mark Dillon||112.0||Mark Roberts||109.0||Michael Amarante||102.0|
|#1221||Jeff Mitseff||111.5||Andrew Pelaez||101.5||Bradley Libros||95.0|
|#1226||Michael Garcia||113.0||Graham Dawick||105.5||Patrick Longood||104.0|
|#1228||Jason Anthony||122.5||Mike Ballschmiede||96.5||Charles Sommer||94.5|
|#1233||Steve Heisman||108.0||TIE: Richard Talley||95.5||TIE: Gregg Martin||95.5|
|#1236||Sammy Reid||116.5||Joe McHugh||108.0||Michael O’Brien||98.0|
|#1244||Steven Metzler||103.0||Michael O’Brien||101.5||TIE: Scott Sakiyama & Jordan Epping||98.5|
|#1260||Christopher Cosley||120.0||John Gifford||117.0||Vince Clemente||102.0|
|#1263||Usman Ahmad||102.5||Ryan Welborn||100.0||Chris Uram||99.0|
|#1264||Brian Edwards||114.5||Lawrence Schechter||101.5||Ryan Rufe||96.5|
|#1265||Erik Sviggum||120.0||Scott Kotchek||109.0||Eric Heberlig||107.5|
|#1287||Aaron Lawson||112.0||Eric Heberlig||109.5||Glenn Schroter||104.5|
|#1292||Chris Fessler||118.0||Steven Heffernan||109.0||Kenneth Clark||101.0|
|#1294||Jarrett Greco||100.0||Scott Waggener||94.0||Chris Oliver||92.0|
|#1297||William Perry||103.0||2nd/3rd/4th TIE: Douglas Gruber||98.5||2nd/3rd/4th TIE: James O’Brien & Kevin Kirves||98.5|
|#1304||David Redgrave||100.0||TIE: Colin Cottrill||98.5||TIE: Herb Eroh||98.5|
|#1306||TIE: Scott Waggener||104.0||TIE: KC Cha||104.0||Eric Heberlig||103.5|
|#1318||Ryan Turner||114.0||Stephen Marshall||109.5||Abdulaziz Madani||100.0|
|#1319||Leonard Ringle||105.0||Jeremy La Tour||103.5||Michael Noakes||103.0|
|#1320||Richard Dimondo||115.0||Michael Fuchs||111.0||Gary Allen||107.0|
|#1321||Andrew Sullivan||121.5||Kyle Brinkmann||106.5||Chris Fessler||101.5|
|#1322||Jeff Mitseff||110.0||Kellen Arneson||106.5||Vlad Sedler||97.5|
|#1331||William McAleer||117.5||Dan Kenyon||110.5||P McD||104.5|
|#1332||Stephen Ruschak||108.5||Todd Whitestone||101.5||Leonard Ringle||100.5|
|#1363||Paul Hong||120.5||Scott Davis||119.0||Mike Duggan||102.5|
|#1364||Al Williams||116.0||Cory Tiley||103.0||Richard Temkin||98.0|
|#1365||Scott Jenstad||122.5||Lane McVey||107.5||Raymond Ventura||102.0|
|#1366||Ryan Bloomfield||99.5||Ron Kraus||94.5||Tony DiVincenzo||94.0|
|#1371||Colin Weatherwax||108.0||Brian Slack||103.5||Eric Heberlig||95.5|
|#1402||Matt McConnan||108.0||Chris Avey||102.5||John Pausma||98.5|
|#1405||Kevin Wiseberg||104.0||Elliott Pell||101.0||Matt Modica||99.5|
|#1408||Ronny Mor||105.5||Rob Silver||100.5||Mark Srebro||94.5|
|#1511||Scott Fleming||109.0||Beau Reid||107.0||Scott Schonewolf||102.0|
|#1524||Brett Wemer||125.0||Marc Perlmutter||111.0||Scott Waggener||90.5|
|Average 1st Place Score||111.9||Average 2nd Place Score||104.8||Average 3rd Place Score||99.4|
There are multiple NFBC players who are in the top three of not only one league, but two or more. Even at this early stage, that is impressive. Rob Silver, Scott Waggener, Greg Lathrop, Brian Slack (oh no!), Michael O’Brien, Eric Heberlig, Chris Fessler, Stephen Ruschak, and Tony DiVincenzo are all placing in multiple leagues (apologies if I missed a few names!) In addition to Rob Silver – there are some industry notables that are surging up to the top – crowd favorites Vlad Sedler, Matt Modica, Justin Salinger, the tag team of Jeff Erickson and Tim Schuler, Jon Stadtmueller, Lawrence Schechter, KC Cha (what did you expect), Ryan Bloomfield, Andrew Geller, Ryan Rufe, Mark Srebro, Dustin Wagner, Lindy Hinkelman and newly-inducted Hall-of-Famer John Pausma!
Just like last season, we’ll also be including a weekly recap of the Main Event Free Agent Acquisition Bidding (FAAB). This can provide insight for all sorts of leagues because Main Event participants are highly knowledgeable and generally very savvy about assigning value to players not previously rostered. As such, fantasy owners in all types of leagues can see names of players to consider as their role or circumstances change.
This is the second FAAB period – (the first FAAB period was held on 4/3 for the Main Event leagues that drafted before that date. In the second FAAB run on 4/10 ten players were picked up in 23 or more leagues (see below) with Jhoan Duran targeted the most as he profiles as a potential closer in Minnesota. Tyler Duffey was also added in 37 leagues, as he might be – wait a minute – the closer in Minnesota? What is going on? Now we’ve gotta check the third guy! It was Jurickson Profar, who just might be the closer in Minnesota (just kidding – he’s getting more playing time in San Diego!).
|ADDED IN MOST MAIN EVENT LEAGUES||Leagues Added||Reason||Highest Winning Bid||Lowest Winning Bid|
|Jhoan Duran||39||Possible MIN Closer||141||5|
|Tyler Duffey||37||Possible MIN Closer||160||5|
|Jurickson Profar||37||Regular PT in SD||123||5|
|Tony Santillan||36||Possible CIN Closer||77||1|
|Robinson Cano||31||Regular PT for NYM||67||1|
|Brad Keller||27||Impressive first start||57||1|
|Chad Pinder||25||Regular PT for OAK||33||2|
|Hansel Robles||24||Closing for BOS?||132||2|
|Jose Siri||24||SB threat for HOU||88||1|
|Daniel Lynch||23||Two starts for KC||56||1|
We can get an idea of the Main Event FAAB totals across 705 teams by looking at the winning bids and FAAB dollars each week:
|2022||TOTAL NUMBER OF MAIN EVENT WINNING BIDS||TOTAL FAAB DOLLARS SPENT MAIN EVENT||AVERAGE WINNING BID MAIN EVENT||AVERAGE AMOUNTS SPENT PER ME TEAM|
For the two FAAB runs thus far, the average Main Event team has won 0.84 bids this season (roughly 0.4 per week) and spent $23.08 per team. This is MUCH lower than last year when about $96 was spent per team in the first two FAAB runs. In 2022, the average team still has $977 of FAAB left so there is a lot of firepower available for future key free agents.
The Wow Bid of the Week
We’re bringing back one of our favorite features – the Main Event Wow Bid of the Week – going to the largest bid of each FAAB period. This week that honor goes to a $613 bid for rookie Josh Lowe, in one of the 19 Main Event Leagues where he was available. The runner-up bid, in this case, was pretty solid – $519 – but no match for the heavy price paid by our winner. All 19 winning bids for Lowe not only exceeded $200, but the lowest winning bid was $221 to acquire his services.
The Century Club has 19 Members This Week
Even though spending was down a little, there were 68 SUCCESSFUL bids over $100 of FAAB during this FAAB run. In addition, 25 players had winning bids over $200 (see highlighting below). The players attracting the most $100-plus bids in addition to Lowe this week were Daniel Bard (12), Jorge Alcala – who might be the – wait for it – Minnesota closer (7)! Kyle Wright (7), and Tyler Duffey (5) – who is maybe the new – um – er – OK forget it.
|TEAM||BIDS OVER $100 – MAIN EVENT||Winning Bids over $100||Winning Bids over $200||Highest Winning Bid (FAAB $)|
As we head into the first full week of the MLB season, I just want to mention to all the Main Event owners NOT in first place in their leagues, “Remember, you just gotta play these games one day at a time,” and please tell any reporter that interviews you: “I’m just here to help the ball club.”