Wednesday, March 21, 2007

5 Tips for a Successful FAB

5 Tips for a Successful FAB

1. Set Up a Budget-Generally speaking most teams wants to end up with about 25 players on their roster once the FAB ends. Since every team has a $100 million budget and especially in a new keeper league there will be no inflation. So you generally want to spend $4 million per player. You know more than likely you will spend a little less on catchers or backup 2nd baseman sp some of the big names are going to go over what you planned on spending.
2. Look at the Position Depth. Depending on your league the depth of position changes base on the participants. Every year that depth chances based on players retiring, young players on the upside etc. Even in a rather deep 16 team league you can find depth and certain positions since most teams will fill the infield positions with two or three players. For example, 2007 2nd base at this point is not very deep and once you get past the Utley there are a bunch of ok/decent guys. So if you do not get Barfield, Weeks, Roberts, etc. do not over pay to get #6 on the list because you might be able to get the same value at a cheaper price later in the draft. On the flip side maybe it is worthwhile spending the extra dollar or use a NT on one of the blue chippers.
3. Set up your First offer Que (“FOQ”) with players that most people would not plan on submitting. Why? Because the key is to build up your GM Rating. More than likely most teams will be adding the likes of Pujols, Santana and ARod with crazy offers. More than likely at best you will end up with a “Yellow 1” meaning you only receive 1 more bid to make on that player and only 1 point added to your GM Rating. If you offer a Michael Barrett a decent offer more than likely you will get the “Green 2.” Now I am not saying FOQing Kaz Matsui but a solid player that you would not mind on your roster. If you read your GDR Manuel you know that the higher GM Rating the better and more perks you get.
4. Do not get discouraged if you get a bunch of “Red 0”. This is my 2nd “real” FAB and after going through one I learned that especially in the first wave the big names go for more than I would want to pay. That is not saying that Pujols is not worth $17 million and a NT but that is 17% of your budget and one of three no trade clauses. If you see 10 guys going for $10-$20 million you know that is $100-$200 million of your opponents budgets spent, so that means there should be some guys going slightly undervalued.
5. Use your NT clauses effectively. The NT clause is a great tool to grab a player for less than you are willing to pay. It makes no sense to give Mark Teixeria a $15 contract and a NT clause. Why, it is a lot of money for one player so if you do not get him then grab the next guy since 1B is a deep position.

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