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Rounding Third: Week 9 Primer

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

Week 9 Primer

Because it's Memorial Day weekend, we're going to keep this barebones and lay out the schedules and FAAB moves, dispensing with the commentary and preamble this week.

Week 9 Noteworthy Schedules

There are no dreaded five-game schedules this week, and in fact, every team is playing Monday for Memorial Day. To that end, make sure to set your lineups early - there are a ton of day games.

The following teams play seven games this week: Angels, Braves, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Red Sox, Reds, Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers, Twins, Mets, A's, Phillies, Pirates, Mariners, Giants, Cardinals, Rangers and Blue Jays. One takeaway from all of this is that the marginal playing time guys have a lot less value this week, as your opponents are getting a lot more bites out of the apple for counting stats.

Here are the interleague matchups, with the home team listed first.

- Braves-Red Sox (Mon-Thur) - Atlanta hosts the first two games, then they go to Boston for two. Will the slumping Red Sox dare bench David Ortiz for two games in Atlanta?
- White Sox-Padres (Fri-Sun) - Carlos Quentin gets to be the DH for three days, unless he's too banged up to begin with.
- Indians-Rockies (Fri-Sun) - With Michael Cuddyer back the Rockies have a big logjam in the outfield, but that will be alleviated for three days.
- Brewers-Orioles (Mon-Wed) - The O's will have to play Nelson Cruz in the outfield all three games without the DH available. Chris Davis is on paternity leave for Monday's game.
- Cardinals-Yankees (Mon-Wed) - The Yankees will feel the crunch in the outfield for three days, even with Carlos Beltran on the DL.
- Nats-Rangers (Fri-Sun) - The Rangers finish off their 11-game road trip in DC, and will work without the DH against Strasburg, Fister and Roark.

For more on the pitching matchups, please check out our indispensable Projected Starters Grid. I use that frequently to aid my free agent bidding and my lineups, both for two-start starters and for matchups. And then refer to Paul Sporer's excellent Pitcher Value Meter to settle any ties in your starting pitching matchups.


In this section I'll try to list as many of the free agent results as I can from my Sunday deadline leagues. Due to time constraints, the commentary will frequently be short.

NFBC - RotoWire Online Championship

Team Player Bid Runner-Up
High Hopes Mitch Moreland (RF) 89
TraylorDukes Collin McHugh (SP) 50
TraylorDukes Matt Shoemaker (MR) 50
Glenneration X Ronald Belisario (MR) 44 20
Tiger Slappy OC2 Daniel Webb (MR) 43 22
Banged Up Bravos Ryan Vogelsong (SP) 37 16
Banged Up Bravos Juan Nicasio (SP) 37
Banged Up Bravos Ike Davis (1B) 27
ChrisLiss4President John Jaso (C) 25
Belmont Ave Bombers Brandon McCarthy (SP) 16 10
ChrisLiss4President David Freese (3B) 15
Belmont Ave Bombers Lorenzo Cain (CF) 12
TraylorDukes David Phelps (MR) 10 10
ChrisLiss4President Erik Bedard (SP) 5
Belmont Ave Bombers Carlos Martinez (MR) 1
ChrisLiss4President Alex Guerrero (2B) 1

NFBC Main Event

Team Player Bid Runner-Up
Oakland Eh's Sean Doolittle (MR) 311 256
Metsmerizers-2 Oswaldo Arcia (RF) 88 44
Valar Morghulis Daniel Webb (MR) 76 18
TeamSS Ronald Belisario (MR) 41 18
Spartacus Nick Castellanos (3B) 41 26
BN Bears David Phelps (MR) 40 38
Spartacus David Freese (3B) 31 18
Metsmerizers-2 Stephen Drew (SS) 28 8
VF's FusterCluck Rougned Odor (2B) 23 12
Diamondking Nick Hundley (C) 22
Team Simonian Brandon Workman (MR) 18
movers Mike Aviles (3B) 16 8
El Scorchos Brandon Cumpton (SP) 15
El Scorchos Brayan Pena (C) 4
Team Taylor David Carpenter (MR) 3
Metsmerizers-2 Cody Ross (RF) 2
Spartacus Ichiro Suzuki (RF) 2
TeamSS Robinson Chirinos (C) 1
Diamondking Robbie Grossman (LF) 1
Oakland Eh's Daniel Nava (RF) 1
El Scorchos Chase Whitley (SP) 1

RotoWire Staff Keeper League

Browns: Pick up Ronald Belisario ($17), drop Robbie Ross Jr.
(Schin Kickers: $11)
(Casale Industries: $9)
(Anderson: $4)
(High-A West Madison: $1)
Erickson: Pick up Charlie Culberson ($3), drop Johnny Giavotella
Jakarta Raiders: Pick up Josh Fields ($5), drop Jordan Walden
Casale Industries: Pick up Josh Harrison ($5), drop Lucas Duda
(Casale Industries: $5)
(Erickson: $3)
(Jakarta Raiders: $3)
Don Baylor's All-Stars: Pick up Nick Hundley ($7), drop Tony Sanchez
High-A West Madison: Pick up Nick Martinez ($3), drop Kyle Farnsworth
Anderson: Pick up Jake McGee ($2), drop Chris Withrow
(Browns: $2)
(Browns: $2)
Liss and Shoe's Dynasty: Pick up Jason Motte ($3), drop Bud Norris
Casale Industries: Pick up Adam Ottavino ($4), drop Kevin Siegrist
Browns: Pick up Juan Carlos Oviedo ($3), drop Matt Harrison
(Browns: $3)
Erickson: Pick up Yusmeiro Petit ($3), drop Marcus Semien
Don Baylor's All-Stars: Pick up David Phelps ($5), drop Jose Lobaton
(Erickson: $3)
Frozen Ropes: Pick up Justin Turner ($6), drop Brett Cecil
(Frozen Ropes: $5)
Liss and Shoe's Dynasty: Pick up Danny Valencia ($1), drop Brock Holt

Mixed LABR

Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Trevor Bauer awarded to for $10.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Failed bids for Trevor Bauer: $7, $9, $1.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Rougned Odor awarded to for $7.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Jean Machi awarded to RotoExperts for $6.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Wilmer Flores awarded to Rotowire-Colton for $5.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Ronald Belisario awarded to Baseball HQ for $5.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Failed bids for Ronald Belisario: $2.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Danny Valencia awarded to Razzball for $2.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Mike Carp awarded to for $2.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Vidal Nuno awarded to Razzball for $1.
Mon May 26 12:01 AM ET: Paul Konerko awarded to Bloomberg Sports for $1.

AL Tout

Andy Behrens: pur CGimenez Tex 1
Andy Behrens: pur ESogard Oak 5
Andy Behrens: pur STolleson Tor 1
Steve Moyer: pur NHundley Bal 19
Mike Podhorzer: pur CWhitley NYY 5
Mike Podhorzer: pur AMiller Bos 0
Ron Shandler: pur LHendriks Tor 1
Rob Leibowitz: pur BOberholtzer Hou 1
Larry Schechter: pur KPillar Tor 1
Steve Moyer: pur JPetricka CWS 2
Rob Leibowitz: pur BCecil Tor 1
Jeff Erickson: pur JOviedo TB 0
Jeff Erickson: pur MKohn LAA 0
Lawr Michaels: pur DOtero Oak 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton: pur BGuyer TB 0
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton: pur JMurphy NYY 0