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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 #
1 Tim Lilly 6195.0 0.0 1031
2 Andrew Sullivan 5671.5 523.5 1321
3 Brett Wemer 5643.0 552.0 1524
4 Jason Anthony 5585.0 610.0 1228
5 Scott Jenstad 5544.0 651.0 1365
6 Richard Dimondo 5500.5 694.5 1320
7 John Gifford 5470.5 724.5 1260
8 Christopher Cosley 5432.0 763.0 1260
9 William McAleer 5425.5 769.5 1331
10 Paul Hong 5375.5 819.5 1363
11 Erik Sviggum 5374.5 820.5 1265
12 Scott Davis 5366.0 829.0 1363
13 Ryan Turner 5349.0 846.0 1318
14 Dustin Wagner 5346.5 848.5 1031
15 Robert Geise 5298.0 897.0 1028
16 Aaron Lawson 5292.5 902.5 1287
17 Chris Fessler 5290.5 904.5 1292
18 Errol Thompson 5275.5 919.5 1026
19 Sammy Reid 5236.0 959.0 1236
20 Al Williams 5184.0 1011.0 1364
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.

Duran Duran

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
1 403 $7,962 $19.76 $11.29
2 188 $8,310 $44.20 $11.79
TOTAL 591 $16,272 $27.53 $23.08

 

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 $)
TB Josh Lowe 19 19 613
CLE Steven Kwan 3 3 404
COL Daniel Bard 12 1 300
COL Connor Joe 1 1 226
CHW Andrew Vaughn 1 1 218
CHW Lance Lynn 1 0 188
MIN Tyler Duffey 5 0 160
MIN Chris Paddack 1 0 159
MIN Jorge Alcala 7 0 156
ATL Kyle Wright 7 0 152
MIN Jhoan Duran 1 0 141
SEA Diego Castillo 1 0 139
AZ Merrill Kelly 1 0 139
PHI Kyle Gibson 1 0 133
BOS Hansel Robles 2 0 132
SD Eric Hosmer 1 0 132
STL Dakota Hudson 1 0 129
TEX Brad Miller 1 0 126
SD Jurickson Profar 2 0 123
68 25

 

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.”

Todd Whitestone

Todd Whitestone

Writer for SPstreamer.com focusing on the NFBC Main Event

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