Fantasy Baseball Articles of Configuration: NL Tout Wars FAAB Spending 2010-2012

by MastersBall.com on April 29, 2013 @ 12:00:00 PDT

 

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NL Tout
#Players
Avg $
%Total
#Players
2012
Spend
Non-$0
per player
money
$0
April
$173
41
$4
12.7%
24
May
$283
45
$6
20.8%
16
June
$187
33
$6
13.8%
27
July
$116
23
$5
8.5%
21
August
$327
38
$9
24.1%
21
Sept/Oct
$167
23
$7
12.3%
33
Total
$1,253
203
$6
92.3%
142
Unused
$105
7.7%
 
NL Tout
#Players
Avg $
%Total
#Players
2011
Spend
Non-$0
per player
money
$0
Mar/April
$171
49
$3
13.7%
34
May
$151
40
$4
12.1%
28
June
$220
23
$10
17.6%
21
July
$100
17
$6
8.0%
18
August
$409
38
$11
32.7%
20
Sept/Oct
$114
23
$5
9.1%
20
Total
$1,165
190
$6
93.1%
141
Unused
$86
6.9%
 
NL Tout
#Players
Avg $
%Total
#Players
2010
Spend
Non-$0
per player
money
$0
Mar/April
$132
34
$4
10.6%
26
May
$195
44
$4
15.7%
25
June
$145
29
$5
11.6%
17
July
$169
27
$6
13.6%
12
August
$354
40
$9
28.4%
21
Sept/Oct
$87
21
$4
7.0%
14
Total
$1,082
195
$6
86.8%
115
Unused
$164
13.2%

A few observations:

Getting off to a fast start is the case in terms of raw numbers of players FAABed: 43 percent of all non-$0 players were purchased during April and May. However, less than 29 percent of the total FAAB was spent on them.

In June and July, the number of players acquired dropped significantly, to about 25 percent of the players bought with about 25 percent of the money.

The non-waiver and waiver trade deadlines lead to a handful of players changing leagues each year. As one might expect, August spending ramped up the most of any month -- over 28 percent of full-year spending. The sheer number of players bought in August was about the same as April and May.

September numbers should be taken with a grain of salt. Some owners, realizing they have cash with diminishing options upon which to spend it, spend anyway. The September spend total increased each year.

After all, it is better to get something rather than nothing. Yet, almost 10 percent of FAAB money over the last three NL Tout seasons went unused, roughly the same amount spent on average during the final month.

Of course, your league's mileage may vary. Spending your money according to this formula would make no sense. Nor should you worry if you are spending faster than this historical distribution.

On the other hand, holding your cash for trade deadline players coming into your single-league format could be a risky proposition. I will have more on that next time.

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