This week in FAAB ended up being more eventful than I originally anticipated, though when you think about it that’s the normal evolution. Players get hurt and other players lose their fantasy-significant roles, creating value in our free agent pool, though we don’t always see it coming. In this case, Zac Gallen was an obvious free agent target and it was only a matter of when he’d get the call, not if. But then we had turmoil with three closer spots as well, plus a few other key drops that went sideways quickly. Aside from one of those key drops, the headliners this week were pitchers.
This week we can see what a difference there is in the bidding between 15-team and 12-team mixed leagues, not to mention the difference between mixed leagues and mono leagues. In the NFBC the obvious attention was paid to Yordan Alvarez, and there typically was a pretty big gap between him and the next highest purchase. But one of my 12-team leagues also had some pretty big names available, which led to some interesting results.
- It all started Jan. 7 for Jordan Binnington and the Blues when the 25-year-old rookie made 25 saves in a 3-0 win over Philly. What an ending. And he saved his best for last. Absolutely dominating.
- Ryan O’Reilly became the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1985 to score in four straight games in the Final. The Conn Smythe is well deserved.
This week was the calm before the Yordan Alvarez storm, at least in NFBC leagues, where we weren’t allowed to stash him in advance nor were we allowed to bid on him because hadn’t yet played before Sunday. In leagues where he was already stashed, the waiver wire was mostly picked over, at least with perceived big difference makers, though there were a few leagues where Jay Bruce had been dropped the week before and thus was the subject of bidding wars.
We’ve spent a lot time and bandwidth telling you the players to pick up, but let’s give it some context by breaking down everything going on in one of my leagues. You don’t need to do this each week or with each FAAB period, but it’s also easy to overlook what’s going on with your team on a macro scale, and what individual players on your team are doing. I’ll take a look at my first FAAB league drafted this season, the FSTA League that we drafted in January. It’s a 14-team mixed league with standard 5×5 scoring, $1,000 FAAB budget.
This is an exercise that Scott Jenstad wrote about two weeks ago in Oak’s Corner (you should be reading Scott every weekend here at RotoWire), and I thought I’d flesh that idea out here a little bit. I figure that the writing process will help me manage my teams better.
You can read my write-up of the first 10 rounds of the draft here. The full draft grid is after the jump:
- What happens now if both Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk can’t play in games five, six and if needed, seven? The Blues wore down the Sharks, leaving them toothless. Are they taking the claws out of the Bruins?
- Ryan O’Reilly is a big-game player. That was his first-ever two-goal playoff game. It came at just the right time. He’d had one in his previous 17 playoff games.