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Game on! Major League Baseball is back and the 2016 season kicked off with a terrific trifecta of games on Sunday, April 3.

All that draft preparation and focus is now transferred into in-season management called Free Agent Acquisition Budget, otherwise known as FAAB.

Sunday’s in the National Fantasy Championship Baseball are agonizing, grueling and torturous feats of mental strength.

No matter how well your auction or draft worked out, succeeding with your FAAB is a necessity if you want to win your league.

Let’s recap some of the popular players purchased in the NFBC during Week 1 of the FAAB process.




Joey Rickard, OF, Baltimore Orioles


The rule 5 draft pick made the Orioles roster after a terrific Spring Training and secured a spot in the Orioles Opening Day lineup.

2016 Spring Training stats

• .397 BA
• .472 OBP
• .571 SLG
• 1 HR
• 8 RBI
• 5 SB

Can he succeed as an everyday player or will he inevitability be exposed?


Socrates Brito, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

On name value alone, he’s worth a pickup but with A.J. Pollock shelved for an uncertain period of time after fracturing his right elbow, Socrates is worth speculating on in the desert.

Brito and Chris Owings seem to be in a timeshare in CF, but much uncertainty remains in Arizona’s outfield.

2015 Double-A stats

• 522 PA
• .303 BA
• 9 HR
• 70 R
• 57 RBI
• 20 SB


Cody Anderson, SP, Cleveland Indians


Cody pitched admirably over his 15 game starts for the Tribe last season but his lack of swing and miss stuff combined with an unsustainable .237 BABIP plus an extremely high 78.3 LOB% have him off our radar for 2016.

I wrote that back in late October for the Starting Pitcher Preview over at Cody won a rotation spot with the Indians and saw an uptick in velocity this Spring, keeping him on the radar in deep leagues.

2016 Spring Training stats

• 4.38 ERA
• 24.2 IP
• 19 K
• 5 BB

I’m still skeptical on Anderson but when considering other options, he compares favorably.


Shane Greene, SP, Detroit Tigers

I wrote on Shane last week in the Starting Pitchers; Spring Training Speculation blog. When Daniel Norris was placed on the disabled list, Greene got the gig but he did earn it.

2016 Spring Training stats

• 1.86 ERA
• 19.1 IP
• 23 K
• 4 BB

In leagues where applicable, I bid on Shane over Cody as both were sought after commodities this week.


Dalier Hinojosa, RP, Philadelphia Phillies


Is Dalier the presumed closer in Philadelphia? Hinojosa is at least the lead dog in this competition. The David Hernandez experience ended before it ever began.

2015 MLB stats

• 0.78 ERA
• 23.0 IP
• 21 K
• 8 BB

Not all saves are created equal. Yes, a save is a save but ratios have been wrecked when slumming for saves, so buyer beware.

The hope is that one of these reserve level players produces a profit in your quest for a championship.


Check back next week to see what players are being purchased in the high stakes arena that is the NFBC FAAB.

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