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June 18, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

A Deeper Look at FAAB in Deeper Leagues

by Mike Gianella


Last week in Tout Wars (NL-only) I made a trade, flipping hot prospect Kris Bryant (yes, it is a non-keeper league, why do you ask?) for Tony Cruz and $50 in free agent acquisition budget (FAAB). I needed space on my reserve list and wasn’t going to deal Bryant (I had planned on cutting John Mayberry or a middle reliever) but the $50 FAAB was too good to pass up so I made the deal.

The trade left me with the most FAAB to spend by far; I had $141 compared to the next-highest team’s $96. I wasn’t going to cut Bryant, so I can’t quite look at the trade like it was something for nothing, but with Bryant’s ETA an open question I didn’t have a big problem making the move. The gamble is that 1) Bryant won’t be up until at least August, and 2) the best free agent who comes over from the American League is better than Bryant.

This is one wrinkle only leagues have that mixed leagues don’t. Since every player in the MLB pool is available in mixed leagues, there isn’t a FAAB feeding frenzy due to multiple players getting shipped over at the deadline. But in NL- and AL-only, players from the “other” league join the player population, leaving fantasy owners trying to decide how much to bid.

Is holding onto your FAAB—or trading for FAAB to spend later in the season—a good idea?

To answer this question, I decided the first thing I needed to do is establish a baseline. I culled through four and a half years of expert league data (going back to 2010) in NL and AL only leagues to see how much bang for your buck you could get from the best free agents. Tables 1-4 below look at the Top 10 hitters this year with their prorated earnings to date and compare these players’ earnings to comparable earners from prior years.

Table 1: Top Fantasy 2014 NL Free Agent Hitters

Comparable Top Earners 2010-2013

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