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There have been 19 days of baseball since the Major League Baseball opened on April 7th and fantasy owners are starting to hit their stride. Many of the 705 NFBC Main Event owners, like many fantasy baseball owners in all leagues, are noticing the reduced power stats from their teams. Because they are less than fully satisfied with home run totals, it reminded me of an incident in a middle school home economics class that I witnessed:

Home Economics Teacher to Student Caught with a Comic Book at the Beginning of Class

Teacher: What ARE you doing?

Student: Um, well, I’m preparing for class.

Teacher: That’s not preparation, that’s a comic book! Give me that! (rips it out of student’s hands)

Student: Hey!

Teacher (with great finality): You’ll get this back at the end of the semester!

Student: Why, it’ll take you that long to read it?

  1. This was a funny comeback
  2. This resulted in detention

Through Sunday 4/25, hitters have truly been in detention themselves. MLB has played 9.8% of the season and runs per game, which were already sharply down in 2021 to 4.53, are now amazingly MUCH lower than that to 4.02 – down another 11.3% even from that reduced baseline. In addition:

  • Batting average is down 5.0% to .232 (from .244 last season).
  • More importantly, homers are off a remarkable 27.1% from 2021 – from 1.22 per game to only 0.89 per game (and the 1.22 level was already much lower than the 2019 high-water mark of 1.39 per game).

Until and unless this changes, we may have to think in terms of reaching for a lower bar for our hitting targets this season. And on the other side of the coin, you might think that your pitching stats are great, but they may not be good enough in this new environment. We’ll follow along to see if this changes and report back, but this new .232 batting average era may not be as short-lived as that student’s home economics class that day.

MLB STATS RUNS/GAME HOME RUNS BATTING AVERAGE
2022 YTD 4.02 0.89 0.232
2021 4.53 1.22 0.244
2020 4.65 1.28 0.245
2019 4.83 1.39 0.252
2018 4.65 1.15 0.248
2017 4.65 1.26 0.255

Dany’s Song

In the fourth FAAB period held on Sunday, April 25th, ten players were picked up in 29 or more leagues (see below) with Dany Jimenez targeted in 38 leagues as he picked up his third save for Oakland this week. The question remains – what will the Athletics do with Lou Trivino, who was out on the COVID-IL? These owners are certainly hoping that Jimenez factors into the save mix. Kendall Graveman, Daniel Vogelbach, and Glenn Otto were each added in 36 leagues, as fantasy owners worry about Liam Hendriks back problem; see Vogelbach emerge as the classic small, quick, and pesky leadoff man for the Pirates; and hope for improvement from Otto in the Texas rotation.

Others in the top ten widest pickups that also attracted at least one winning bid over $100 were Bruce Zimmermann – who has been pitching extremely well for the Orioles, and Sheldon Neuse, who is hitting a ton for the new-look Athletics.

ADDED IN MOST MAIN EVENT LEAGUES Leagues Added Reason Highest Winning Bid Lowest Winning Bid
Dany Jimenez 38 Three saves for OAK 324 21
Kendall Graveman 36 Is Liam Hendriks hurt? 89 5
Daniel Vogelbach 36 Pesky PIT leadoff man 55 1
Glenn Otto 36 New TEX SP 54 3
Michael King 34 Long man for NYY 89 3
Bruce Zimmermann 33 BAL Ace 131 7
Gavin Sheets 32 Regular PT for CHW 78 13
Sheldon Neuse 29 Hitting well for OAK 125 1
Josh Fleming 29 Regular in TB rotation 54 1
Jakob Junis 28 In SF rotation? 38 6

The Wow Bid of the Week

One of our favorite features – the Main Event Wow Bid of the Week – is back and goes to the largest bid of each FAAB period. This week that honor goes to a $508 bid for Seattle outfielder Jesse Winker, who was available in just one Main Event league. Interestingly, the runner-up bid of $377 WOULD have been the Wow Bid of the Week if it had been successful, as no other winning bid was higher – other than the winning bid on Winker of course!

The Century Club Has 38 Members This Week

There were 38 players that attracted SUCCESSFUL bids over $100 during this FAAB run, and 5 of those players had at least one winning bid over $200 – Jesse Winker, Dany Jimenez, Matt Barnesl Alec Bohm, and Chris Stratton. Players attracting the most bids over $100 were Dany Jimenez with 14, Andres Munoz with 12, and Alec Bohm with 10. There were 82 successful bids over $100 and 7 successful bids over $200 (see below):

TEAM BIDS OVER $100 – MAIN EVENT Winning Bids over $100 Winning Bids over $200 Highest Winning Bid (FAAB $)
SEA Jesse Winker 1 1 508
OAK Dany Jimenez 14 1 324
BOS Matt Barnes 2 1 225
PHI Alec Bohm 10 3 222
PIT Chris Stratton 3 1 212
SEA Andres Munox 12 0 189
SF Thairo Estrada 2 0 189
MIN Chris Paddack 1 0 189
DET Michael Pineda 1 0 189
MIN Dylan Bundy 2 0 189
PIT Mitch Keller 1 0 181
TOR Zack Collins 2 0 175
MIN Emilio Pagan 2 0 162
FLA Joey Wendle 1 0 156
ATL Spencer Strider 1 0 145
PIT Yoshi Tsutsugo 1 0 144
AZ Christian Walker 1 0 138
CIN Nick Lodolo 1 0 138
DET Riley Greene 1 0 137
BOS Chris Sale 1 0 133
BAL Bruce Zimmermann 2 0 131
LAD Tyler Anderson 1 0 131
PIT Roansy Contreras 1 0 129
STL Miles Mikolas 2 0 129
OAK Paul Blackburn 1 0 129
NYM Taijuan Walker 1 0 126
OAK Sheldon Neuse 1 0 125
FLA Tanner Scott 2 0 123
CIN Nick Senzel 1 0 122
MIN Miguel Sano 1 0 121
MIN Alex Kirilloff 1 0 119
TEX Matt Bush 2 0 111
SEA Marco Gonzales 1 0 111
BOS Hansel Robles 1 0 109
TEX Kyle Gibson 1 0 109
KC Josh Staumont 1 0 108
CLE Josh Naylor 1 0 107
NYY Isiah Kiner-Falefa 1 0 101
82 7

For the three FAAB runs thus far, the average Main Event team has won 6.1 bids this season (roughly 1.5 per week) and spent $190.39 per team. This is lower than last year when about $251 was spent per team in the first four FAAB runs. This means that in 2022, the average team still has $810 of FAAB left, so expect bidding to continue to remain relatively strong over the next few weeks.

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 1035 $36,124 $34.90 $51.24
3 1445 $46,026 $31.85 $65.29
4 1431 $44,112 $30.83 $62.57
TOTAL 4314 $134,224 $31.11 $190.39

Final Colosseum Stats: Four Players from Three Weeks Ago…Results: 1 Good Add out of 4:

Again this season we’ll be keeping tabs on the 4 most added players from 3 weeks ago to see how some of the biggest free-agent acquisitions have been doing for their fantasy owners. These are the players acquired in the most leagues on the very first FAAB run this season – on 4/3 just before the season started (stats are from the start of the season on 4/7 through 4/24):

  • Dillon Tate: 9.1 IP; 7:1 K-BB; 0 WINS; 2.89 ERA; 0.75 WHIP but 0 SAVES – the stats are good, but he never got a save which was the main reason for adding him. He is a PUSH in our Roman Colosseum.
  • Greg Holland: 4.2 IP; 5:1 K-BB; 0 WINS; 7.71 ERA; 1.50 WHIP; 0 SAVES and was DFA’d by the Royals on 4.19 – LOSS
  • Steven Kwan: 15-for-44 .341 AVG; 0 HR; 0 SB – his batting average is great, but I don’t think he adds a lot in the other categories and I am not optimistic that he hits over .300 for the full season – he’s been good so far so I’m a little torn here – I’m going to give him the victory but state that I don’t think he’ll be remembered as an outstanding add by year-end. WIN.
  • Bryson Stott: 4-for-30 .133 AVG; 0 HR; 0 SB – this is a LOSS for sure – he might get sent down soon as he isn’t playing consistently any more.

2022 RECORD:

  • 1 thumbs up – 25% (full year 2021 24%)
  • 1 side thumbs – 25% (full year 2021 27%)
  • 2 thumbs down – 50% (full year 2021 49%)

This is about what we saw last year – but we will follow along to see if the widest pickups by the Main Event owners improve over the course of the season.

In addition, 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. First, here are the top 20 in the overall standings after the morning of April 12th.

Overall Rank: Thru 4/17 Fantasy Owner Overall Points Points Behind NFBC League Number #
1 Chris Read 6191.5 0.0 1332
2 Abdulaziz Madani 5738.5 453.0 1402
3 Douglas Gruber 5593.0 598.5 1244
4 Scott Fleming 5569.5 622.0 1511
5 Beau Reid 5546.0 645.5 1511
6 Brian Slack 5490.0 701.5 1371
7 Tyler Jung 5469.0 722.5 1265
8 Chris Fessler 5419.5 772.0 1292
9 Daniel Prepas 5409.0 782.5 1031
10 Ken Magner 5376.5 815.0 1029
11 Robert DiPietro 5357.5 834.0 1331
12 Michael Lins 5355.5 836.0 1405
13 Douglas Gruber 5324.5 867.0 1318
14 Philippe Dussault 5297.5 894.0 1320
15 Ryan Rufe 5275.5 916.0 1264
16 Michael Govier 5272.0 919.5 1027
17 Zach Bettencourt 5208.5 983.0 1297
18 Doug Moe 5193.0 998.5 934
19 Kellen Arneson 5123.0 1068.5 1322
20 Jason Gill 5118.5 1073.0 1027
Average Top 20 Overall Score 5416.4

Read it and Weep

Congratulations to Chris Read for taking hold of the Number One position! Not only that, but Chris has just two Main Event entries, and apparently that’s enough! Kudos also go out to Abdulaziz Madani (the 2019 overall champ), Douglas Gruber, last week’s overall leader Scott Fleming, and Beau Reid 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.

Philippe Dussault in 14th Place!

This is happening, folks. Philippe is back in the top 20 and moving up fast. Can anyone stop him? Can anyone slow him down? I mean, I know the man is short on cash but winning two years in a row would seem a little greedy if you ask me…

Where are our 2022 Previous Overall Leaders?

Tim Lilly (4/11): Tim is in 96th place which is still more than respectable, and says that he is just giving others a chance to shine. He’s not greedy like some other contestants.

Scott Fleming (4/18): Right in the thick of the race at the number 4 overall position, Scott has traveled to Belgium to be with his Flemish family roots. He plans to be back soon according to news reports.

League of Legends

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 118.5 Daniel Semsel 108.5 Jason Anthony 99.0
#935 Mark Srebro 108.5 Dave Shovein 101.0 Dave Smith 98.5
#943 Daniel DaSilva 110.5 Andrew Kopicz 101.0 Eric Heberlig 100.5
#1026 Jody Ryan 109.0 Scott Davis 108.5 Jeff Erickson & Tim Schulee 105.5
#1027 Michael Govier 112.5 Jason Gill 112.0 Justin Salinger 104.5
#1028 Jacob Halusker 116.0 James Milkowski 103.5 Zachary Waxman 97.5
#1029 Ken Magner 124.0 Scott Waggener 105.5 Matt Modica 100.5
#1030 Daniel DaSilva 106.0 Zach Bettencourt 102.5 Douglas Roth 97.5
#1031 Daniel Prepas 124.5 Tim Lilly 98.0 Stephen Marshall 95.0
#1032 Keith Tonsager 106.0 Dave McDonald & Tony DiVincenzo 101.5 Ronny Mor 97.5
#1034 Ned Donohue 108.0 Rian Lange 100.0 Andrew Geller 97.5
#1132 Eric Heberlig 108.5 Jon Engstrom 105.5 Jin Chun 102.5
#1143 Greg Lathrop 114.5 Curtis Jones 94.0 Markus Sultan 92.0
#1192 Marc Fleisher 104.0 Christopher Vaccaro 100.0 Lopi Asch 86.5
#1221 TIE: Mike Duggan 103.5 TIE: Marc Fleisher 103.5 Eric Heberlig 102.0
#1226 Michael Garcia 105.5 Mike Massotto 104.0 Brian Jenner 99.5
#1228 John Pausma 106.5 Charles Sommer 102.0 Jason Anthony 94.5
#1233 Steve Heisman 102.0 Stephen Jupinka 97.0 Jon Stadtmueller 95.0
#1236 TIE: Joe McHugh 107.0 TIE: Dalton Del Don 107.0 Sammy Reid 92.0
#1244 Douglas Gruber 119.0 Andrew Geller 98.5 Jordan Epping 98.0
#1260 Vince Clemente 106.0 Jason Aberli 97.0 Christopher Cosley 93.0
#1263 Ryan Welborn 106.5 Chris Uram 103.0 Eric Heberlig 98.5
#1264 Ryan Rufe 113.5 Brian Edwards 109.0 Bill Macey 104.0
#1265 Tyler Jung 123.5 Aaron Jones 100.0 Wayne Edwards 98.5
#1287 Bob Catsiroumpas 106.5 Eric Price 104.0 Chris Read 100.0
#1292 Chris Fessler 118.0 Steve Gregovich 105.5 Uttam Rath 84.5
#1294 Eric Karlovic 113.0 Carl Kunda 108.0 Stephen Fiore 96.0
#1297 Richard Briskin 110.5 Zach Bettencourt 110.0 Beau Reid 102.0
#1304 Herb Eroh 104.5 Abdulaziz Madani 102.5 Jeff Campbell 101.0
#1306 David Miller 101.5 KC Cha 98.0 Dave Petroziello 96.0
#1318 Douglas Gruber 116.5 Dan Kenyon 96.0 JimJ Ferrari 95.5
#1319 Bob Casale 107.5 Abdulaziz Madani 104.5 Jon Stadtmueller 103.0
#1320 Philippe Dussault 116.0 Gary Allen 108.0 Michael Fuchs 105.0
#1321 Bradley Beckman 113.0 Gary Allen 106.0 Chris Fessler 98.5
#1322 Kellen Arneson 118.5 John Lymberis 100.0 Vlad Sedler 98.5
#1331 Robert DiPietro 115.0 P McD 107.5 TIE: William McAleer & Bob Catsiroumpas 101.5
#1332 Chris Read 136.5 Leonard Ringle 107.0 Kenneth Clark 87.0
#1363 Matthew McDonough 111.0 Scott Davis 104.5 Paul Hong 102.5
#1364 Al Williams 105.5 Geoffrey Stein 102.0 Chris Fessler 95.5
#1365 Raymond Ventura 103.0 Scott Waggener 102.0 Craig Clarke 98.0
#1366 Les Travis 109.5 Christopher Hahn 105.5 TIE: KC Cha & Jeff Mitseff 96.0
#1371 Brian Slack 118.5 P McD 105.0 KC Cha 102.5
#1402 Abdulaziz Madani 125.5 Shawn Childs 106.5 Ray Butler 99.0
#1405 Michael Lins 115.0 William McAleer 102.5 Michael Secor 96.5
#1408 Les Travis 104.0 Charles Kieta 97.5 Ronny Mor 96.0
#1511 Beau Reid 120.5 Scott Fleming 119.0 Mike Ballscmiede 107.0
#1524 Marc Perlmutter 105.5 Alan Gellin 102.0 Chet Kresge 99.5
Average 1st Place Score 111.9 Average 2nd Place Score 103.5 Average 3rd Place Score 98.1

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. A special shout-out goes to my podcast partner Robert DiPietro, who sits comfortably in 11th place overall! Also, notable names (at least to me) are – crowd favorites Vlad Sedler, Matt Modica, Justin Salinger, Brian Slack, Tyler Jung, Michael Govier, 2017 Main Event Champ Chris Fessler, Zach Bettencourt, Ryan Rufe (in his first-ever Main Event contest!), Doug Moe, Greg Lathrop, the tag team of Jeff Erickson and Tim Schuler, Jon Stadtmueller, Andrew Geller, Mark Srebro and newly-inducted Hall-of-Famer (and 2018 Main Event Champ) John Pausma!

As we head into the first full week of the MLB season, I STRONGLY URGE all fantasy baseball owners to consider their situation carefully before popping off that funny one-liner. The consequences just may not be worth it!

Todd Whitestone

Todd Whitestone

Writer for SPstreamer.com focusing on the NFBC Main Event

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