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There's only three FAAB periods left and we're going to have to make every dollar count. In my NFBC Main Event, I'm still holding a healthy lead in the league but still have some ground to gain if I want to have a shot at the overall title (currently in 14th out of 480 teams). With $36 left and needing mostly strikeouts and batting average, I bid a little over one-third of my budget for Jose Reyes ($7), Matt Holliday ($5) and Rafael Montero ($4). I nabbed Reyes unopposed and he's already rewarded me with a Monday morning dinger. I tied on my Holliday bid, so he was awarded to the team ranked lower in the standings. Montero went for $12 so I never really had a shot, but after a 3-K, 5-ER performance on Monday, it looks like I may have dodged a bullet. Instead, I got two conditionals: Yandy Diaz and Marlins rookie starter Dillon Peters, each for two bucks. Peters is more of a stash as I have five two-start pitchers going this week (Keuchel, Strasburg, Teheran, Bauer, Berrios and possibly Ryu).
I'm currently about 400 points behind the overall leader and am really going to need all of my two-step starters to load up on strikeouts this week. Getting Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa back couldn't have come at a more opportune time, as is the case with Byron Buxton's recent surge. I'll need Gerardo Parra to flash that BA upside he showed in