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The National Fantasy Baseball Championship live events kicked off last Thursday at the Midtown Hilton in New York City and continued on through late Saturday night.

This was a wonderful weekend of auctions and drafts with an awesome atmosphere highlighted by intense competition.

I competed in five live events, which was an excruciating and exhausting mental exercise, yet exhilarating.

I’ll provide a quick synopsis of each league I competed in the high stakes arena.

So let’s get to it!

Fantasy Baseball NFBC Weekend

Thursday Night Auction Championship

My game plan entering this league stacked with SiriusXM personalities was to build my team around Miguel Cabrera and George Springer, but I audibled quickly after purchasing Clayton Kershaw for $42.

I secured Giancarlo Stanton for $34 but was outbid on Springer who was bid up to $37.

I regretted not going to the extra dollar on Cabrera who went for $33 but the steal of the weekend occurred in this auction with Paul Goldschmidt being sold for $38.

Friday Afternoon Super Auction Championship

This auction offered a different dynamic as I partnered with veteran NFFC and NFBC player Andy Saxton, coming off a successful fantasy football partnership we joined forces for the first time in baseball.

We spent fast and furious on Bryce Harper for $43 and Manny Machado $34 but waiting on aces proved costly.

The starting pitcher market opened with bargains, Kershaw at $38, Sale $28 and Arrieta for $26 but as the high-end names came off the board other pitchers went for premiums, Jon Lester sold for $28, we obtained Cole Hamels at $23 and Patrick Corbin’s cost climbed up to $14.

We secured the services of Colorado Rockies Shortstop and Spring Training sensation, Trevor Story for $6.

Friday Night MTM Super Draft

This high stakes event was broadcasted on SiriusXM Fantasy by the dynamic duo of Nando Di Fino and Tony Cincotta, Adam Ronis facilitated the draft.

I secured the 15th pick in “iron balls” selection process and couldn’t have been happier with the results, selecting Miguel Cabrera and George Springer on the turn.

The sweat was on as aces were flying off the board in third round but luckily Chris Archer was the last ace standing and without hesitation he was chosen.

1. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
2. George springer, OF
3. Chris Archer, SP
4. Miguel Sano, UT
5. Kenley Jansen, RP
6. Carlos Martinez, SP
7. Randal Grichuk, OF
8. Ken Giles, RP
9. Kolten Wong, 2B
10. Steven Matz, SP

At the conclusion of this draft we celebrated with steaks at Rosie O’Grady’s thankfully.

Saturday Afternoon Main Event

I entered this prestigous overall competition with the number four pick and the assumption that Clayton Kershaw would anchor my team.

Once this played out, I decided to go all in on starting pitching as I selected Jose Fernandez in round two and Noah Syndergaard in round three.

Is this an expensive experiment gone wrong? Or can it done?

1. Clayton Kershaw, SP
2. Jose Fernandez, SP
3. Noah Syndergaard, SP
4. Miguel Sano, UT
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Christian Yelich, OF
7. Randal Grichuk, OF
8. Corey Dickerson, OF
9. Lucas Duda, 1B
10. Addison Russell, 2B/SS

It will be very interesting to track this team throughout the 2016 season.

In the last event of the weekend and my final auction of the 2016 draft season, I decided to go big before going home.

I came out swinging securing the winning bids on both Bryce Harper $40 and Paul Goldschmidt $41, while Mike Trout was bought for $41 by the team of Chris Vaccaro and Nano Di Fino.

I didn’t stop there as I obtained two aces with Strasburg for $31 and Jose Fernandez at $30, once again waiting on aces was a fool’s errand, Arrieta went for $27 early on. I also purchased the enigma that is Yasiel Puig and his potential for $20.

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is now just days away, life is good again. Play ball!

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