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I was bouncing a few ideas around for this week's missive, but nothing seemed meaty enough for a standalone topic. No problem, I'll just touch on each and call it a column.
NFBC Memorial Day Online Championship
After debuting in 2019, this is the is the second year the NFBC is running the second-chance format. In full disclosure, I will not be participating, but that hasn't stopped me from thinking about it. The format is the same as the Main Event with individual 15-team leagues lumped together for the overall championship.
There is a lot of strategy being discussed on Twitter, with drafting pitchers to the extreme the most popular narrative. Some suggest going the other way and pounding bats early. While I fancy myself a thinker, my gut feels like both sides are overdoing it. If I were putting together a squad, balance would still be key. Regardless of what happens with injuries over the next four months, I'll be shocked if a team with an extreme approach takes down the overall.
For fun, here is my first round, with some commentary. It's important to note I would treat this draft as "trying to win the whole thing" as opposed to winning my league and seeing what happens. The lower entry fee than the Main Event drives that philosophy. It doesn't change much, other than a greater willingness to draft a steals guy early, something I wouldn't normally do.
1.01 Fernando Tatis: Ignoring the potential for injury on