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Each week, Matthew Modica looks through the FAAB results to share with you some interesting tidbits on the players picked up.

As the first half of this season draws to a conclusion, let’s look back and see what has transpired in high stakes world of fantasy baseball.

We have witnessed a prospect palooza and with it the depletion of numerous free agent acquisition bidding bankrolls.

Th 2015 season has provided the free agency pool with premium young talent but which of these electriifying young players will yield the return on investment that their high-end price tag  commanded.

It is worth noting that some of these commodities were selected in the late rounds of numerous drafts but with the stringent roster constraints in the National Baseball Fantasy Championship prospects often return to the free agency market.

Winter is coming and with it fantasy football, so for you hardline baseball aficionados lets proceed.

NFBC FAAB Pickups for the 2015 season:

This week’s big ticket item was the Minnesota Twins uber prospect Byron Buxton where available.

I have placed the highest winning bids in both of the NFBC’s prestigious overall competitions for each player, the MainEvent and Primetime leagues respectively.

Catcher Blake Swihart, Boston Red Sox

.239  16 R  1 HR  10 RBI  1 SB

The black hole position of free agency in two catcher leagues. Rookie catchers are a frightening proposition and nothing has changed this season.

  • $289 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $265 Primetime (12 Team)

First Base: Jon Singleton, Houston Astros

2015  306 PA  .280 AVG  54 R  15 HR  62 RBI  2 SB  19.9 K%  *(Triple-A)

2014  362 PA  .168 AVG  42 R  13 HR  44 RBI  2 SB  37.0 K%  *(MLB)

The question here is when will big Jon get the call and what are realistic expectations upon his arrival.

The power is real but the contact rate is a major concern.

Second Base: Addison Russell, 2B/SS, Chicago Cubs

2015  210 PA  .250 AVG  23 R  5 HR  20 RBI  1 SB

This baby Cub has yet to set the world on fire but has held his own.

Addison does offer dual position eligibility at a tenuous position and I’m excited for his second half.

  • $757 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $407 Primetime (12 Team)

Third Base: Franco, Maikel, 3B, Philadelphia  

2015  155 PA  23 R  10 HR  29 RBI  1 SB

Mister Franco did not receive the fanfare as some of the other prospects on this list.

After slumping upon his arrival, Maikel has consistently hit over the last month and went next level earlier this week at Yankee Stadium.

Interesting side note, Kris Bryant 10 HR/272 PA versus Maikel Franco 10 HR/155 PA

  • $425 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $197 Primetime (12 Team)

Shortstop: Carlos Correa, Houston Astros

2015  68 PA  10 R  4 HR  11 RBI 4 SB

Houston we have lift off!

The Stros have surprised and continue to surge.

The Franchise has arrived and fantasy owners are drooling.

  • $601 (15 Team)
  • $601 (12 Team)

Outfield: Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

2015  268 PA  .283 AVG  44 R  6 HR  37 RBI  20 SB *(Double-A)

2015  35 PA  .212 AVG  5 R  0 HR  0 RBI  1 SB  *(MLB)

The wait is over!

A consensus top three prospect in all of baseball the past couple of seasons is here.

Can this dynamic prospect propel the Twins to the playoffs?

  • $435 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $337 Primetime (12 Team)

Middle Infield: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

2015  261 PA .281  AVG 26 R  2 HR  22 RBI  9 SB *(Triple-A)

2015  36 PA  .206 AVG  2 R  0 HR  3 RBI  1 SB *(MLB)

  • $88 Main Event (15 Team) * only 3 bids
  • $19 Primetime (12 Team) * only 1 bid

Fantasy owners were not enthused by Lindor’s landing in Cleveland.

Corner Infield: Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers

2015  146 PA .314 AVG  21 R  9 HR  31 RBI  1 SB  33.6 K% *(Triple-A)

2015   77 PA  .221 AVG  11 R  5 HR  10 RBI  2 SB  40.3 K% *(MLB)

  • $411 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $250 Primetime (12 Team)

Prodigious power versus contact rate, which will win out?

Utility: Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs

2015  243 PA  .320 AVG  39 R  13 HR  39 RBI  1 SB *(Double-A)

2015   23 PA  .364 AVG  6 R  1 HR  6 RBI  0 SB *(MLB)

  • $238 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $197 Primetime (12 Team)

The fourth overall pick in the 2014 June Amateur Draft, impressed in his brief stint and fantasy owners are banking on his return.

Starting Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

2015   2-4  44.2 IP  4.03 ERA  2.93 FIP  3.12 xFIP  24.9 K%  19.7 K-BB%

Thor and his hammer have left Asgard for Citi Field.

  • $601 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $575 Primetime (12 Team)

Starting Pitcher: Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston

2015   3-1  31.2 IP  3.13 ERA  3.45 FIP  3.88 xFIP  21.3 K%  12.6 K-BB

That Andrew Miller trade from last season has worked out very well for Boston, unfortunately the rest of their rotation has not.

  • $373 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $300 Primetime (12 Team)

Starting Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr., Houston Astros

2015   3-2  40.1 IP  2.45 ERA  2.34 FIP  3.20 xFIP  28.1 K%  20.1 K-BB

The Astros have been aggressive this season and McCullers promotion defines this mindset.

  • $307 Main Event (15 Team)
  • $157 Primetime (12 Team)

Who is on deck? Here are three minor leaguers possibly on the horizon?

Starting Pitcher: Steven Matz, New York Mets

7-4  90.1 IP  2.19 ERA  3.43 FIP  26.2 K%  17.5 K-BB% *(Triple-A)

Third Base: Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins  

262 PA  .249 AVG  48 R  13 HR  41 RBI  5 SB *(Double-A)

Shortstop: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

86 PA  .375 AVG  17 R  5 HR  15 RBI  1 SB *(Double-A)

197 PA  .282 AVG  28 R  4 HR  21 RBI  0 SB *(Triple-A)

Life in the high stakes arena is never easy and Sunday night FAAB constantly demonstrates to be an onerous task.

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