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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By Brian Walton

In recent columns, I have expressed concern about the devaluation of FAAB, using National League Tout Wars to illustrate my points.

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I do not intend for this to be an all-or-nothing discussion. It is not as if there aren't going to be players to acquire. It is not as if I am not going to use my allocated cash in some misguided protest. I just do not feel that I am likely to get as many difference-makers as I might hope.

Some of this is due to my competitors wisely grabbing top prospects before they are called up to the major leagues. In fact, many were taken on draft day, either at auction or in reserve rounds.

Another way to make the same point is to note the dearth of solid players to purchase.

While we all probably know and understand the importance of spending early to get impact players, the reality is that does not often happen.

To illustrate that point, I combed through the weekly FAAB logs for NL Tout Wars for the last three full seasons, 2010-2012. I summarized the data by month, then averaged all three years into a single three-year period view. (The raw information is available through our excellent and highly-recommended stats provider, onRoto).

In a bit of explanation, Tout allows $0 bids. For that reason, I split those transactions off, listing them at the far right. I did no analysis here about those acquisitions other than to note them for completeness.

For those players costing $1 or more, I show the total FAAB spent across the (then 13-team) league, the number of players acquired and the average spent per player. (With the move of the Houston Astros to the American League, NL Tout dropped from 13 teams to 12 in 2013).

The full-year total (and the monthly percentage of it spent) was a bit of a moving target. FAAB can be reclaimed in Tout for players moved to the 60-day disabled list -- the full amount if prior to the All-Star Game and half afterward. For that reason, the total varied over time. The numbers here are based on year-end totals.

FAAB history -- National League Tout Wars, 2010-2012

Average
#Players
Avg $
%Total
#Players
2010-12
Spend
Non-$0
per player
money
$0
Mar/April
$159
41
$4
12.3%
28
May
$210
43
$5
16.3%
23
June
$184
28
$6
14.3%
22
July
$128
22
$6
10.0%
17
August
$363
39
$9
28.3%
21
Sept/Oct
$123
22
$5
9.5%
22
Total
$1,167
196
$6
90.8%
133
Unused
$118
9.2%

Next: Brian Walton makes a few observations.

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