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:
The 2017 baseball season is off to a blazing start for some while it’s limping along if you have had the myriad of players that have been placed on the new vaunted 10-day disabled list.
But for the daily folks who are currently enjoying another installment of the RotoWire/FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship, you don’t have to worry about that 10-day disabled list.
The RotoWire/FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship tournament will run from April 5 through June 14, giving you six chances to qualify for the final round, which takes place on June 28. If you finish in the top-25 on the overall leader board, you are as good as in. Inquiring minds can learn more by clicking here.
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):
It’s easy to dismiss what Yasiel Puig and Ryan Zimmerman have done early in the 2017 fantasy baseball season.
“Oh, Puig homered off Padres pitching, including Jered Weaver twice.” “We’ve seen Zimmerman do this in short stretches, and he’s going to fade.”
Both of those statements? Valid. But also certain is that these may not be the same players we’re used to.
On Sunday, April 2, I drafted my $100k grand prize, NFBC RotoWire Online Championship team. It’s a 12-team mixed league, standard 5×5 scoring rules, with no trades allowed. It’s the same format as the “Beat Jeff Erickson” and “Beat Chris Liss” leagues that you’ve read about, so as I do every year, I’ve unofficially dubbed this the “Beat Ryan Rufe” league. Among the other participants were Wim Miree (11th pick), who finished 2nd in the overall contest last season, and Eric Heberlig (5th pick) who won the Online Championship overall prize in 2013.
After tossing four hitless innings with seven strikeouts in Wednesday’s season debut, taking a speculative flier on Chris Devenski could reward.
The 26-year-old righty was in the rotation conversation this spring, but it appears his best fit is to pitch in the middle innings and high-leverage situations. Many would view it as fantasy downer, but with his duel eligibility as a starter and reliever, there are plenty of formats where he can provide significant value.