This week of thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league is in the books, and it played out like a summer blockbuster movie, with underdogs upsetting league powerhouses, epic contests going to the last at-bat, and an old power returning to prominence. Lady and gentlemen, I present to you the week nine power rankings.
#1 Yankeehaters (7-2)
This team finally played to its potential, and it showed with the highest weekly point total of the year (458.33). Solid pitching + timely hitting = best record in the league. I’m still hoping to make one more trade to solidify my team.
#2 Boston Braves (6-3)
The Braves play good ball every week. Now tied for the second best record in the league, this team is officially one of the elite. Playing the slumping Love Boat Captains this week, this game could be what separates the men from the girl.
#3 SarasotaRedRays (5-4)
Even though SRR lost to one of the worst teams in the league this week, they are still worthy of a high ranking. I think they’ll bounce back in a big way against the sometimes dangerous Chickenheads in week 10.
#4 Love Boat Captains (6-3)
The once-dominant LBCs have suffered their second consecutive loss. This can be attributed to two things: First of all, she has been getting bad starts from her quality pitchers. With the caliber of pitchers on her roster, this is a fluke. Secondly, she was the recipient of thefoulline.com power rankings jinx, after being ranked #1. The good news is LBCs have added the 2008 version of Roy Hobbs to the lineup with the addition of Jay Bruce. Playing the Boston Braves, this is going to be a really important week for the Captains if she hopes to climb back up the rankings.
#5 My Best Efforts (4-5)
MBE is thefoulline.com climber of the week. After a disappointing power ranking last week, MBE came out and sank the Love Boat Captains. This was a big win for this team, but the road to #1 remains tough with a match-up this week against the Yankeehaters.
#6 Lessthanzero (4-5)
LTZ had the second highest point total of the week and still lost. This is still a solid team that plays every team tough regardless of their record. These guys will bounce back with a win this week against Roger’s Syringe.
#7 The Showstoppers (4-5)
The Showstoppers have been beating up on the weaker teams of the league pretty consistently. It’s when they play someone with a winning record they have some problems. There are four teams in the league with 4-5 records. Showstoppers are going to have to separate themselves from the others if they hope to make the playoffs.
#8 Bostonbad boys (4-5)
The bad boys lost Dice K to an injury and were still able to knock off one the top teams this week. Was this a fluke, or are the BBB finally ready to live up to their name? This week’s game against The Showstoppers is going to be a fun one to watch.
#9 Chickenheads (3-6)
These birds have been consistently inconsistent all year. One week they’re beating the Love Boat Captains, the next week they can’t even put up 300 points. Has this team flown the coop, or are they ready to soar like an eagle? Who knows?
#10 Roger’s Syringe (2-7)
Roger’s Syringe is officially on life support. Bad pitching and up-and-down hitting have plagued these guys all year. I hope Dylan can look away from the NBA finals long enough to try and improve this team this week.
How’d I do? Let me know where you think your team ranks.