That Championship Fantasy Baseball Season, Part 1

We’ve already informed you about Phil Dussault’s 2021 Nationwide Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) fundamental occasion total championship. How he drafted that crew was an enormous a part of his success, however the subsequent step in reviewing precisely how he did it’s taking a look at his in-season crew administration (weekly lineup choices and free-agent additions). The Nationwide Baseball Championship is a non-trading format, which forces a crew proprietor to compete in all 10 Roto classes (batting common, runs, residence runs, RBIs, stolen bases, wins, saves, ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts) to take residence the highest prize. A profitable draft plan is critical, however most key gamers want to remain wholesome and carry out as much as expectations.

Heading into every season within the NFBC, fantasy homeowners have the info of previous seasons, serving to set goal targets for every class. Right here’s a have a look at the ultimate stats targets from 2021:

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To win an total title, a fantasy crew within the NFBC fundamental occasion (15-team leagues) must rank within the prime 20% in as many classes as doable, plus personal a better edge in three or extra areas. The graph above exhibits the highest 10% and 20% targets from 2021.


Dussault completed within the prime 10 in six classes. Steals had been an issue early within the yr, however his edges within the different offensive classes allowed him to make use of extra roster spots for stolen bases over the ultimate two months:

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As soon as the season begins, every week fantasy homeowners can use the class targets as checkpoints to see if they’re on tempo with earlier outcomes.

Sometimes, a baseball season lasts 26 weeks, together with two brief weeks (opening weekend and the All-Star break). Based mostly on the highest 20% targets, a fantasy crew should hit .261 with 42 runs, 12 residence runs, 40 RBI and 5 steals every week. In case your crew beats any of those stats, you might be forward of tempo.


On the pitching aspect, 4 wins are the best objective every week. Nonetheless, the highest 20% in 2021 completed with 3.6 wins per week resulting from groups utilizing their bullpens extra. The objective in ERA (3.648) and WHIP (1.165) will at all times appear increased early within the yr resulting from many pitchers getting off to good begins. A fantasy crew wants 2.1 saves and 53 strikeouts every week to hit its class targets.


 Out of the gate, Dussault’s crew performed effectively (.304 with 23 runs, six residence runs and 23 RBI) offensively, apart from no steals.

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His crew had 4 begins and one nearer over his first roster set. Fielding a complete pitching workers over the primary brief week tends to be difficult until a fantasy proprietor needs to surf the damaging waiver wire on the expense of his draft-day choices.

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Dussault swapped his Thirtieth-round draft choice for 3B Yandy Diaz ($1) within the first waiver interval earlier than the season.

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The catcher place was quiet once more in Week 2 (6-for-25 with three runs). He rode scorching weeks from Bo Bichette (.320/2/7/1) and Ryan McMahon (.320/4/6/1) to a gentle week of total manufacturing.

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 By the second week of the season, Dussault’s pitching workers had 4 double begins. He completed with an enormous edge in strikeouts (89) whereas pushing up the standing in wins (4), ERA (2.80) and WHIP (0.96). Regardless of his success, Dussault did miss out on one other win by Charlie Morton (one run over six innings with seven strikeouts).

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The primary substitute got here at catcher with the addition of Luis Torrens ($26). He didn’t get into the bidding frenzy for Lou Trivino ($246) and Yimi Garcia ($228).

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The most effective a part of his stats in Week 3 was his quantity of at-bats (321). Manny Machado and Bo Bichette mixed for six stolen bases, setting the stage for a bump up the standing in velocity. Nonetheless, he misplaced some floor in residence runs (8) and RBIs (33).

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Dussault took a zero out of Drew Smyly whereas failing to safe a save. General, his pitching workers added one other robust week in strikeouts (64), ERA (3.21) and WHIP (1.07).

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Over the primary three weeks of the season, Cesar Hernandez hit .161 with 5 runs, one residence run and two RBI over 56 at-bats. His gradual begin led to a different proprietor dumping him into the free-agent pool. Dussault outbid one other crew $85 to $57, giving him a full-time possibility at center infield. He additionally appeared to have an improve at catcher (Alejandro Kirk – $57), however he landed on the injured listing for nearly two months in early Might.

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His offense was an issue in Week 4, highlighted by a regression in at-bats (321 in Week 3 – 257 this week). His two catches went 2-for-19 with one run and one RBI. Regardless of 5 at-bats and no hits, Chris Taylor stole half of his bases for the week. Yuli Gurriel led the way in which with three residence runs and 10 RBI. Randal Grichuk delivered a pair of residence runs and 4 RBI over his 10 at-bats. Dussault misplaced floor on the sphere in batting common, runs, residence runs and RBI for the week.

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Aside from Matt Shoemaker (7.27 ERA and 1.73 WHIP), his pitching had one other sensational week in wins (5) and strikeouts (74) whereas posting energy in his ERA (2.67) and WHIP (1.08). Dussault continues to roll with eight starters and one nearer. Kevin Gausman, Jacob deGrom and Logan Webb mixed for 3 wins and 43 strikeouts whereas permitting 5 runs over 34 innings (1.32 ERA).

Sometimes, within the NFBC, a pitching workers will line up for a number of double begins as soon as over a three-week span. The objective is to realize floor in a type of weeks, maintain serve in one other, and probably lose floor within the third cycle. By rostering a deep beginning workers, it permits a fantasy proprietor to sprinkle in some further begins with out going to the free-agent pool. Finally, the standard of arms from week to week on the waiver wire brings extra danger than reward in most scoring durations.

In Week 4, Dussault had 4 hitters (Teoscar Hernandez was on the injured listing) and three pitchers (Robbie Ray, Dinelson Lamet and Drew Smyly) on his bench.

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 Regardless of a fantastic push up the pitching standings, Dussault could not resist one other intriguing upside arm with the addition of Alex Wooden. Consequently, he received his bid, $35 to $27, whereas dumping certainly one of his further bench bats. Pitching in San Francisco ought to push Wooden effectively above Matt Shoemaker on his roster. His solely different transfer was to reacquire Jose Trevino ($7) at catcher.

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The bounce in Dussault’s offensive step began to emerge in Week 5. Eleven gamers hit residence runs, and even his catchers (7-for-23 with 9 runs, three residence runs and 6 RBI) had a pulse. Isiah Kiner-Falefa led the way in which with six runs, three residence runs, 4 RBI and one steal over 26 at-bats. Chris Taylor was the impression participant in runs (10).

General, his crew jumped up the standings in runs (64) with enchancment in residence runs (16), RBI (45) and batting common (.279).

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 Solely certainly one of his pitchers lined up for double begins in Week 5. Carlos Rodon turned in a dominating outing (one run over six innings with 12 strikeouts and a win). He received 5 of his 9 begins, resulting in a slight push in wins (5) and strikeouts (58). His ERA (3.74) was harm by Charlie Morton (9 runs over 10.2 innings) and Steven Matz (14.73 ERA).

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His first try to choose up saves within the free-agent pool got here after Week 5. He threw a dart at Mychal Givens for $12 with no different homeowners trying his means.

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Regardless of taking a zero from Alejandro Kirk, his crew completed with 303 at-bats. Residence runs (7) had been robust to come back by, however runs (51), RBI (46) and stolen bases (7) all moved in a optimistic route. His three different Blue Jay bats mixed for 23 hits in 84 at-bats with 14 runs, three residence runs, 21 RBI and 4 steals.

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 Charlie Morton took one other beating, however all six of his runs allowed over two-thirds of an inning had been unearned. The one different beginning pitcher with danger was Steven Matz (7.20 ERA and 1.60 WHIP), however he did earn a win with 10 strikeouts. Dussault saved tempo in wins (4), strikeouts (51) and ERA (3.28), with a slight challenge in WHIP (1.24). Pablo Lopez solely allowed one run over his earlier 24 innings, however he nonetheless doesn’t have a win on the yr over seven begins.

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After dropping Alejandro Kirk to an damage, Dussault pushed arduous for William Contreras ($55 to $41) whereas additionally dumping his different catcher for Austin Hedges ($7). The closing stash of Mychal Givens lasted just one week. He traded him in for Caleb Thielbar ($

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His crew turned in a strong five-category week, highlighted by Bo Bichette, Manny Machado, Teoscar Hernandez and Kyle Schwarber (30-for-92 with 17 runs, six residence runs, 25 RBI and 4 stolen bases). His new toy at catcher (William Contreras) had 5 hits in 16 at-bats with two residence runs and three RBI). Sadly, his second catcher appears to be a one-week participant after delivering no manufacturing.

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His crew had three double starters, resulting in extra beneficial properties in wins (6) and strikeouts (81). The bullpen flier on Caleb Thielbar changed into a foul concept after he allowed 5 runs over 3.1 innings. His wrestle paired with a poor week from Pablo Lopez (7.71 ERA and 1.93 WHIP), led to a weaker ERA (3.94) and WHIP (1.93). Dussault was with out Jacob deGrom for this scoring interval.

After six-and-a-half weeks, his crew has 28 wins, six saves and 442 strikeouts. He appeared to be forward of tempo by 87 strikeouts and 4 wins. Dussault solely has six saves, placing him behind the highest 20 % by about eight saves.

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Saves had been the highest order of enterprise this week on the waiver wire. Dussault received Michael Fulmer ($66 to $47). He pushed arduous to unravel his second catcher challenge with the addition of Pedro Severino ($44). Vince Velasquez ($22) drew his consideration after throwing the ball effectively over three begins (three runs over 17 innings with 19 strikeouts).

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Week 8 ended along with his greatest manufacturing in RBI (54), thanks to 5 gamers having 5 RBI or extra. His crew completed robust in at-bats (319) with a slight edge in residence runs (15). Kyle Schwarber completed with a team-high three residence runs, whereas Isiah Kiner-Falefa was the one participant to steal any bases (3).

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A late scratch by Jacob deGrom led to an empty pitching line for Dussault’s crew. Nonetheless, the remainder of his workers responded with a wonderful week (1.36 ERA and 0.73 WHIP). His closing flier with Michael Fulmer led to a pair of saves and his first week with a couple of save. He fell wanting his targets in wins (3) and strikeouts (47) as a result of deGrom challenge.

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In early Might, a damaged left thumb led to Joey Votto getting dumped into the free-agent pool by Staff Seals. No crew bid on him the subsequent week, leaving the door open for Dussault to scoop him up this week for $28 after dropping Jeff McNeil with a hamstring challenge. I’m undecided if he wins the general with out choosing up Votto. After getting back from the injured listing within the second week of June, he hit .278 over his last 342 at-bats with 64 runs, 31 residence runs, and 82 RBI. Dussault had him in his lineup for 282 at-bats, resulting in 55 runs, 28 residence runs and 76 RBI.

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At-bats had been an issue at catcher and first base in Week 9. Manny Machado additionally missed half of per week with a minor challenge. As well as, Nick Solak got here up brief for the fourth straight week (hit .200 in Might with 17 runs, one residence run, and 10 RBI over 110 at-bats). Teoscar Hernandez led his crew (.308 with 5 runs, two residence runs, 5 RBI and two steals). General, he misplaced floor in runs (37), RBI (34) and batting common (.229).

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Raisel Iglesias had his first two-save week of the yr, whereas Michael Fulmer chipped in with a vulture win. Steven Matz pitched effectively in a double-start week (2.31 ERA with a win and 14 strikeouts). Kevin Gausman tossed 11 shutout innings, resulting in a pair of wins and 16 strikeouts. His crew turned in one other dominating week in pitching (5 wins, 75 strikeouts, 1.70 ERA and 0.886 WHIP).

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Dussault’s success in beginning pitching permits him extra flexibility to chase saves over the ultimate 4 months of the yr. Nonetheless, after this waiver interval, he solely has 11 saves. His subsequent flier for his bullpen was Paul Fry ($28).

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Ryan Mountcastle and Bryan Reynolds mixed to hit .375 over 48 at-bats with 12 runs, six residence runs and 16 RBI. Mountcastle solely hit .225 over his first 173 at-bats with 4 residence runs, 20 RBI and three steals. Sadly for Dussault, his catchers are fading once more and Nick Solak has turn out to be an issue. For the week, Dussault misplaced floor in stolen bases whereas the remainder of the classes got here in a good space.

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Dussault went with three relievers and 6 starters for the primary time all season. Sadly for him, Michael Fulmer didn’t pitch, however his crew did get two saves. Amazingly, the Mets scored sufficient runs for Jacob deGrom to choose up a pair of wins whereas pitching 13 shutout innings with 19 strikeouts. Sadly, Vince Velasquez changed into a wooden tick after permitting 9 runs in seven innings, probably resulting in a visit again into the free-agent pool. Alex Wooden struggled as effectively (seven runs over 3.2 innings). Nonetheless, his crew ended up on the optimistic aspect in wins (5) and strikeouts (65), with a slight dent in his ERA (4.73).

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 As has been the theme for a lot of the first two months, Dussault was on the lookout for saves and bettering his catching on the waiver wire. I’m certain he debated all weekend on his bid quantity for Graveman. Ultimately, Dussault received him $94 to $17. Every week a fantasy proprietor within the high-stakes market must have a really feel for a participant’s worth within the free-agent pool, which falls into three classes – must-have, market worth, and token bid. Graveman was essential for this crew at this level within the yr. Dussault additionally pushed arduous for Ryan Jeffers ($19 to $3).

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The Joey Votto experiment didn’t take lengthy to shine. His success (two residence runs and 9 RBI) helped Dussault to his greatest energy week (22 residence runs and 64 RBI) of the yr. 13 gamers hit a ball over the fence whereas Isiah Kiner-Falefa carried him in steals (5). Bo Bichette completed with the perfect total hitting week (.444 with 10 runs, two residence runs, 5 RBI and one steal). Dussault hit on each ends of his solely hitting determination on the week. Bryan Reynolds and Ryan McMahon mixed for 5 runs, 4 residence runs and 7 RBI. General, his crew gained floor in all 5 classes.

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The beginning pitching freight practice continues to ship wins (5) and strikeouts (75), highlighted by a monster week by Robbie Ray (one win with a 2.92 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 12.1 innings). Three different arms had double-digit strikeouts. Raisel Iglesias has been up and down over the primary two-and-a-half months (4.15 ERA), however he does have 4 wins and 11 saves. Charlie Morton and Alex Wooden struggled of their begins (eight runs over 9.1 innings).

Dussault doesn’t add any participant on this waiver interval.

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Dussault had an enormous displaying from his offense for the second week in a row. Kyle Schwarber changed into a beast (.385 with seven runs, six residence runs, 11 RBI), whereas Ryan Mountcastle and Bryan Reynolds mixed to hit .449 with 10 runs, six residence runs, and 13 RBI. Twelve batters hit a ball over the fence. His crew completed with a ton of at-bats (319), resulting in beneficial properties in 4 classes (runs – 54, residence runs – 22, RBI – 70, and batting common – 0.307) within the total standings.

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 The hunt to make up floor in saves was evident in Week 12. Dussault used 4 relievers and 5 starters. The sort of roster construction goals to carry serve in wins and strikeouts whereas shifting up the standings in saves. 4 of his begins failed to achieve 5 innings, however he did safe three wins. Three pitchers on his bench mixed for 2 wins, a 0.416 ERA, and 22 strikeouts over 21.2 innings. His 4 closers mixed for a 7.36 ERA with 14 strikeouts and three saves over 11 innings. If Dussault wished to win the general, he wanted to commit extra pitching slots to saves. This week, the plan fell wanting expectations, however total time, he ought to slowly decide up total factors within the save class.

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Over his final 5 begins, Alex Wooden allowed 21 runs, 35 baserunners, and 6 residence runs over 24 innings with 23 strikeouts, resulting in him getting dropped for Miguel Rojas ($13). He performed effectively over the primary three weeks in June (.344), however his stats fell brief within the counting classes (two runs, one residence run, 4 RBI, and two steals). His surge in energy led to Dussault on the lookout for somebody that might chip in with some stolen bases. The struggles of Paul Fry pushed him away from the closing job in Baltimore. Drew Steckenrider ($17) pitched himself within the closing dialog in Seattle after a poor week by Kendall Graveman (three runs, 5 baserunners, and two residence runs over 4 innings). He was additionally shopping for handcuff insurance coverage.

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 This scoring interval fell into the “maintain tempo” class. A superb portion of Dussault’s offense got here from Manny Machado, Bryan Reynolds, and Kyle Schwarber. They mixed for 26 hits in 70 at-bats (0.371) with 14 runs, seven residence runs, 21 RBI, and two steals. His at-bat whole (313) remained robust whereas William Contreras and Nick Solak are near incomes a one-way ticket off the roster.

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Dinelson Lamet and Michael Fulmer pitched poorly, however the core of his pitching workers turned in one other strong week. Dussault went again to a regular construction of seven starters and two closers. His solely weak spot got here in saves (1). Kendall Graveman did decide up a pair of saves on his bench.

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The chase for saves went 4 deep on the expense of the struggling Nick Solak and the injured Michael Fulmer and Dinelson Lamet. Jose Cisnero ($22) was a canopy for Fulmer, whereas Paul Sewald ($3) labored as one other doable closing handcuff in Seattle. Dussault took a second tour with Paul Fry ($7) in Baltimore’s bullpen. Daulton Varsho ($14) matches his crew completely if he can safe near beginning at-bats resulting from his doable assist in velocity.

Archie Bradley ($25) comes with closing expertise, however he missed a part of April and Might resulting from an indirect challenge. The wheels fell off the Hector Neris bus over the ultimate three weeks of June (seven runs, 15 baserunners, and two residence runs over 7.0 innings), opening a window for one more arm to shut in Philly.

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The catcher place completed with solely two hits over 24 at-bats, resulting in just one run and two RBI. Joey Votto and Bo Bichette hit 0.400 over 50 at-bats with 10 runs, 4 residence runs, and 9 RBI. The facility surge of Kyle Schwarber (three solo residence runs) prolonged one other week. Steals (4) stay flat whereas making some beneficial properties in runs (48) and residential runs (17).

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Regardless of utilizing 4 relievers, Dussault saved tempo in wins (4), due to a wonderful week from Raisel Iglesias (two wins, three saves, and eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings). Kendall Graveman added a 3rd win from his bullpen with a save. His entrance three starters mixed for 44 strikeouts over 31.1 innings, however they posted 4.31 ERA and just one win. General, Dussault had a pleasant four-category week for his pitcher with a season-high 5 saves.


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