Ottoneu Arbitration Results (2016)

The growing game of Ottoneu has a ton of great features that set the fantasy platform apart from the masses, but few are more unique than the annual arbitration process.  Now concluded across all leagues, arbitration (a 30 day process) unofficially launches what is a very busy off-season for Ottoneu owners.

As a quick reminder, Ottoneu arbitration enables each league owner to “correct” the market value of players whose salaries appear too low.  It’s an economic counter-balance to traditional dynasty rules that often let owners dominate a league for years if they amass the right players at the right prices.  Here is the actual arbitration rule:

The allocation system gives a $25 budget to each team in the league. The team can allocate this budget towards players on other teams. Each team must allocate at least one dollar to every other team, and no team can allocate more than $3 to any other team. At the end of the allocation period, all players have their salary increased by the amount allocated towards them. Allocations take place after the initial offseason salary increase, so any allocations will be in addition to the $1 or $2 increase each player gets at the end of the season.

By allowing owners to allocate limited salary increases to players they choose across the league, Ottoneu uses the arbitration process to effectively become the perfect blend between redraft and dynasty.

So which players see the greatest arbitration increases? Unsurprisingly, it is usually the players whose production most rapidly exceeds their salary.  In other words, those players whose perceived surplus value is high.

Carlos Correa was the arbitration “winner” of 2015, and in 2016 another rookie shortstop is in the running for the hardest hit target.  But this year I’ve changed the review method slightly, pulling arbitration results by average salary increase instead of raw arbitration dollars, per format.  As an example, Mookie Betts is the hardest hit player of 2016 across all leagues, increasing an average of $9 per league (many leagues will see Betts increase far greater than $9).

What follows are the Top 25 average arbitration increases by player, by format.  Any surprises? Any misses? You can find the full arbitration list here.

Where did you get hit the hardest? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Ottoneu Top 25 Arbitration Targets – Old School (5 x 5)
Rank Player POS AVG Salary PRE Salary Increase $ Increase % MIN MAX
1 Mookie Betts OF $31 $22 $9 42% $12 $57
2 Kris Bryant 1B/3B/OF $38 $30 $7 24% $7 $60
3 Corey Seager SS $20 $14 $6 47% $8 $38
4 Trea Turner 2B/OF/SS $14 $8 $6 78% $5 $22
5 Nolan Arenado 3B $34 $28 $6 22% $10 $59
6 Noah Syndergaard SP $23 $18 $5 31% $7 $43
7 Francisco Lindor SS $18 $13 $5 37% $7 $33
8 Manny Machado 3B/SS $37 $32 $5 14% $17 $63
9 Jose Altuve 2B $38 $34 $4 12% $23 $61
10 Gary Sanchez C $9 $5 $4 81% $3 $19
11 Trevor Story SS $12 $8 $4 53% $4 $20
12 Jonathan Villar 2B/3B/SS $9 $5 $4 86% $3 $18
13 Carlos Correa SS $30 $26 $4 14% $7 $65
14 Daniel Murphy 1B/2B $15 $12 $4 32% $7 $24
15 Josh Donaldson 3B $36 $32 $4 11% $10 $51
16 Charles Blackmon OF $19 $16 $3 21% $8 $38
17 Jake Arrieta SP $26 $23 $3 14% $11 $47
18 Rougned Odor 2B $15 $12 $3 27% $8 $28
19 Xander Bogaerts SS $26 $23 $3 13% $11 $42
20 Kyle Hendricks SP $10 $8 $3 38% $3 $20
21 Brian Dozier 2B $18 $15 $3 19% $9 $29
22 Anthony Rizzo 1B $39 $36 $3 8% $15 $70
23 Zachary Britton RP $16 $13 $3 20% $9 $28
24 Aaron Sanchez SP $10 $7 $2 33% $3 $18
25 Corey Kluber SP $27 $25 $2 9% $9 $45
Average salary represents the average salary of all players in 5 x 5 scoring formats following 2016 arbitration.

Ottoneu Top 25 Arbitration Targets – Classic (4 x 4)
Rank Player POS AVG Salary PRE Salary Increase $ Increase % MIN MAX
1 Mookie Betts OF $27 $18 $9 49% $7 $48
2 Corey Seager SS $23 $15 $8 56% $7 $40
3 Noah Syndergaard SP $27 $19 $8 39% $17 $45
4 Gary Sanchez C $12 $6 $6 91% $4 $23
5 Trevor Story SS $13 $8 $5 69% $4 $22
6 Kris Bryant 1B/3B/OF $39 $34 $5 16% $20 $57
7 Nolan Arenado 3B $29 $25 $5 18% $11 $43
8 Jose Altuve 2B $26 $22 $5 21% $15 $40
9 Daniel Murphy 1B/2B $17 $12 $4 36% $4 $26
10 Carlos Correa SS $33 $29 $4 14% $18 $53
11 Trea Turner 2B/OF/SS $12 $8 $4 52% $3 $23
12 Manny Machado 3B/SS $38 $35 $4 11% $21 $52
13 Francisco Lindor SS $16 $13 $3 27% $9 $26
14 Alex Bregman 3B/SS $9 $6 $3 52% $3 $19
15 Josh Donaldson 3B $40 $37 $3 8% $24 $60
16 Kyle Hendricks SP $10 $7 $3 40% $3 $15
17 Xander Bogaerts SS $23 $20 $3 13% $10 $34
18 Brian Dozier 2B $18 $15 $3 17% $9 $35
19 Charles Blackmon OF $13 $11 $3 24% $6 $24
20 Andrew Benintendi OF $8 $6 $2 39% $3 $15
21 Mike Trout OF $67 $64 $2 4% $53 $80
22 Clayton Kershaw SP $62 $60 $2 4% $41 $94
23 Kyle Seager 3B $19 $17 $2 12% $5 $30
24 Aaron Sanchez SP $10 $8 $2 28% $3 $17
25 Kyle Schwarber Util $20 $18 $2 12% $6 $42
Average salary represents the average salary of all players in 4 x 4 formats following 2016 arbitration.

Ottoneu Top 25 Arbitration Targets – SABR
Rank Player POS AVG Salary PRE Salary Increase $ Increase % MIN MAX
1 Corey Seager SS $24 $15 $8 55% $5 $41
2 Mookie Betts OF $29 $21 $8 36% $10 $53
3 Kris Bryant 1B/3B/OF $35 $29 $6 21% $6 $56
4 Nolan Arenado 3B $34 $29 $6 19% $7 $62
5 Manny Machado 3B/SS $40 $35 $5 16% $9 $57
6 Jose Altuve 2B $33 $28 $5 20% $9 $43
7 Noah Syndergaard SP $23 $18 $5 28% $7 $45
8 Trea Turner 2B/OF/SS $11 $7 $4 58% $3 $19
9 Francisco Lindor SS $17 $13 $4 30% $5 $35
10 Carlos Correa SS $30 $26 $4 15% $6 $67
11 Daniel Murphy 1B/2B $16 $12 $4 32% $5 $24
12 Gary Sanchez C $8 $5 $3 70% $3 $16
13 Trevor Story SS $11 $8 $3 41% $5 $20
14 Charles Blackmon OF $17 $14 $3 20% $6 $31
15 DJ LeMahieu 2B $9 $7 $3 42% $3 $17
16 Alex Bregman 3B/SS $7 $5 $3 58% $3 $13
17 Josh Donaldson 3B $38 $35 $3 7% $17 $51
18 Brian Dozier 2B $17 $15 $3 17% $9 $28
19 Xander Bogaerts SS $25 $22 $3 12% $14 $35
20 Kyle Hendricks SP $10 $8 $2 32% $5 $14
21 Jean Segura 2B/SS $9 $6 $2 36% $3 $26
22 Anthony Rizzo 1B $40 $38 $2 6% $19 $57
23 Freddie Freeman 1B $31 $29 $2 7% $19 $44
24 George Springer OF $21 $19 $2 10% $7 $39
25 Aaron Sanchez SP $9 $7 $2 28% $3 $17
Average salary represents the average salary of all players in SABR scoring formats following 2016 arbitration.

Ottoneu Top 25 Arbitration Targets – FGPTS
Rank Player POS AVG Salary PRE Salary Increase $ Increase % MIN MAX
1 Corey Seager SS $24 $15 $9 58% $6 $57
2 Mookie Betts OF $31 $22 $9 38% $7 $55
3 Kris Bryant 1B/3B/OF $40 $32 $8 26% $11 $59
4 Noah Syndergaard SP $26 $19 $7 39% $6 $51
5 Nolan Arenado 3B $35 $28 $7 24% $8 $56
6 Jose Altuve 2B $35 $30 $6 20% $13 $52
7 Manny Machado 3B/SS $40 $34 $6 17% $14 $103
8 Trea Turner 2B/OF/SS $13 $7 $6 74% $5 $24
9 Francisco Lindor SS $18 $13 $5 40% $5 $30
10 Carlos Correa SS $32 $27 $5 16% $8 $102
11 Daniel Murphy 1B/2B $17 $13 $4 33% $5 $27
12 Trevor Story SS $11 $7 $4 55% $4 $28
13 Gary Sanchez C $9 $5 $4 74% $3 $20
14 Josh Donaldson 3B $39 $36 $4 11% $21 $72
15 Kyle Hendricks SP $11 $7 $4 51% $3 $22
16 Xander Bogaerts SS $26 $22 $4 17% $10 $44
17 Brian Dozier 2B $19 $15 $4 23% $7 $30
18 Charles Blackmon OF $17 $14 $3 23% $8 $31
19 Alex Bregman 3B/SS $9 $6 $3 56% $3 $20
20 Jonathan Villar 2B/3B/SS $7 $4 $3 66% $3 $17
21 Anthony Rizzo 1B $41 $38 $3 7% $24 $58
22 George Springer OF $24 $21 $3 12% $9 $44
23 Aaron Sanchez SP $10 $7 $2 34% $3 $25
24 Freddie Freeman 1B $32 $30 $2 8% $6 $51
25 DJ LeMahieu 2B $9 $6 $2 38% $2 $17
Average salary represents the average salary of all players in FGPTS scoring formats following 2016 arbitration.

Ottoneu Top 25 Arbitration Targets – All Formats
Rank Player POS AVG Salary PRE Salary Increase $ Increase % MIN MAX
1 Mookie Betts OF $30 $22 $9 40% $7 $57
2 Corey Seager SS $23 $15 $8 55% $5 $57
3 Kris Bryant 1B/3B/OF $39 $31 $8 24% $6 $60
4 Noah Syndergaard SP $25 $18 $7 36% $6 $51
5 Nolan Arenado 3B $34 $28 $6 23% $7 $62
6 Trea Turner 2B/OF/SS $13 $8 $5 71% $3 $24
7 Jose Altuve 2B $35 $30 $5 18% $9 $61
8 Manny Machado 3B/SS $39 $34 $5 16% $9 $103
9 Francisco Lindor SS $18 $13 $5 37% $5 $35
10 Carlos Correa SS $31 $27 $4 16% $6 $102
11 Daniel Murphy 1B/2B $17 $12 $4 33% $4 $27
12 Trevor Story SS $12 $8 $4 54% $4 $28
13 Gary Sanchez C $9 $5 $4 77% $3 $23
14 Josh Donaldson 3B $39 $35 $4 10% $10 $72
15 Xander Bogaerts SS $25 $22 $3 15% $10 $44
16 Kyle Hendricks SP $11 $7 $3 45% $3 $22
17 Brian Dozier 2B $18 $15 $3 21% $7 $35
18 Charles Blackmon OF $17 $14 $3 22% $6 $38
19 Alex Bregman 3B/SS $8 $5 $3 52% $3 $20
20 Jonathan Villar 2B/3B/SS $7 $4 $3 63% $3 $18
21 Anthony Rizzo 1B $40 $38 $2 6% $15 $70
22 Aaron Sanchez SP $10 $7 $2 33% $3 $25
23 Jake Arrieta SP $28 $26 $2 9% $7 $58
24 Corey Kluber SP $31 $28 $2 8% $9 $51
25 Clayton Kershaw SP $61 $59 $2 4% $37 $94
Average salary represents the average salary of all players in all scoring formats following 2016 arbitration.

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Trey is a 20 year fantasy veteran and a five time Ottoneu champion, including the 2015 winner of the Ottoneu Champions League. He currently administers the Ottoneu community, a network of ~1,000 fantasy baseball and football fans. More resources here: http://community.ottoneu.com

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What is the max increase – like did anyone get hit with 20$ on 1 individual player?