Every so often on-air or in a column, we preach it’s not just who you pick up, it’s who you decide to cut becomes a critical decision. Often the decision is easy – you have an injured player and no DL slots, or a player is sent to the minors, etc… But in tighter leagues, especially the NFBC where there are no DL slots, who you cut becomes important as well. So if we’re going to list pickups in our various leagues, why not list the drops as well?
After a few quiet weeks, we had a decent inventory of players to bid on this week.
The highlights included Mallex Smith, who replaces the injured Kevin Kiermaier in Tampa Bay and perhaps could be the biggest source of stolen bases in our free agent pools all season, Felipe Rivero as the Pirates’ closer, and Pat Neshek who appears to be closing on those scarce occasions when the Phillies have a save opportunity.
For the first time this season, I landed my top bid (though not the highest bid player) in my NFBC Main Event. Though I’m still reeling from two major blows (losing Madison Bumgarner to injury, not getting a competitive bid on Cody Bellinger), my feel for the FAAB process in my respective leagues has improved. At least, that’s my line and I’m sticking to it.
Without further ado, here are my results for the week:
For the second consecutive week, bidding in my NFBC leagues was fervent, as some viable options presented themselves after a tepid first week of bidding. Unlike last week, I “won” some of my options, though I still came up short on my top priorities once again. Bid results after the jump:
With the early games today (remember to set your lineups early!), I’m going to post quick FAAB results now and hope to jump in after the fact with some commentary. A pair of A’s, Santiago Casilla and Kendall Graveman, were the two most frequent targets in my leagues.
Mixed LABR (15 teams, standard 5×5 scoring, draft in February, had one FAAB period last week):
Saturday was my Main Event NFBC draft, live from Las Vegas and the Bellagio. I arrived mid-day Friday, luckily avoiding the apparent Mad Max-like dystopian landscape left in the wake of a massive windstorm in the desert Thursday. RotoWire colleagues and friends Scott Jenstad, Vlad Sedler, Ronny Mor and Russ Prentice encountered overturned semis and terrible visibility issues on their drive Thursday. Scott and I prepped for the draft on the golf course Friday, playing Vegas National for the first time. Because of the wind storm the day before and the still-high but not quite as bad winds on Friday, the course was nearly empty. It was perfect to play a quick yet leisurely round, discussing strategy most of the way. Scott had the 13-spot in his Main draft, as did Vlad, I had the 14-spot in mine, alas right next to Ronny and Russ sitting at 15. That proved to be critical later – we spent a good portion of the draft taking players from each other.
There’s one more draft weekend remaining, and I still have four drafts left, but I thought now would be a good time to take inventory and share who I have *not* selected in any of my various leagues. Sometimes it’s more educational to identify who you are avoiding and why than to illustrate who you are taking.
I play in a lot of leagues – too many leagues, really. But doing so helps me learn various formats, which helps me learn the player pool and help more customers do well in their leagues. It also provides a lot of content for my SiriusXM show and the RotoWire podcast. I get to represent RotoWire in many of these leagues within the industry, and stay in contact with my friends in others. Most importantly, it’s a load of fun. Here are my leagues this year: