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Dethroning Allan, Week Twenty One

Week 20 brought with it our first official clinching of a spot in the playoffs. Team Yankeehaters did what they needed to do and gutted out a victory and will now be playing late September baseball. Congratulations to you.

Elsewhere around the league, losses by team sportsmanMike and the Love Boat Captains continue to tighten things up. The race for the final two playoff spots is getting really really tight. It’s looking like this thing won’t be completely settled until the final week of the season. Let’s get to some rankings.

 

Week Twenty One Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters- His spot in the final four now assured, Dave can relax and focus on the upcoming fantasy football draft until the playoffs start. I’ve been there before myself, nothing like having a few stress free weeks when you clinch early.

2) WillisBeTheYear- Is the dominance back? A complete waxing of sportsmanMike. He looks like he’s gearing up for another hot streak, but this one could end in a league championship.

3) sportsmanMike- Still okay… For now. If he wins two of his last three, he’ll get in. I know for a fact that Mike wants his first ever playoff appearance so badly. No team is under more pressure in these final three weeks. A Rays Those Cowbells victory over Panda the Hammer this week would help his cause exponentially.

4) Love Boat Captains- I mean what can you really say, she put up 360 and lost. Is Zack Greinke and Jake Arrieta the best pitching combo ever in our league? The two guys just never give up runs. It’s kind of absurd honestly. Still has the easiest schedule of all the contenders but can’t be feeling comfortable anymore.

5) Rays Those Cowbells- Still going 100 MPH in my desperate late season charge. I’m now only one game back, but I’ve been playing with zero margin of error for two months now. What happens when you burn a candle at both ends for too long? I hope I don’t find out until the season ends.

6) Panda the Hammer- Another team that has been on a mega hot streak and gotten himself back into it. He has even less margin of error than I do. Has one of the toughest remaining schedules of all the contenders. Could really help himself by closing the points scored gap on Mike in the final three weeks. He could still catch him in total points and steal a tiebreaker.

7) Stogies- The longest of long shots. His low point total kills him because he can’t win any tiebreakers. Would need to win out and have the Love Boat Captains and Rays Those Cowbells both lose at least twice. But hey, hope is hope, right?

8) RedRays- Not mathematically eliminated yet, but I’m not sure of the scenario it would take to get him in. Max Scherzer’s stunning decline took him right out of it. It reminds me of the infamous Tim Lincecum meltdown in August of 2010 that sunk my season. Dave still reminds me of that to this day.

9) The October Boys- That dismal performance officially closes the book on the October Boys. I think I said this before, but having three guys in the Yankees crappy rotation on your team is what did you in. Next year, go with your head over your heart a little bit more and you’ll be in great shape.

10) Believe The Hype- Honestly hope he still cares enough to set a great lineup and try to beat Ginger in Week 24. That’s all I got. It’s been a nightmare season for Allan.

 

Game of the Week

Panda the Hammer vs Rays Those Cowbells

The #5 and #6 teams in the standings face off in what is basically an elimination game.

 

The Final Four

-Yankeehaters

 

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 22.

Dethroning Allan, Week Twenty

This could be shaping up as one of the most exciting finishes we’ve ever had. Has there ever been a season in which we’ve had NINE teams within striking distance heading into the final four weeks? It’s crazy how things are shaping up. Let’s not waste anymore time, let’s get to these rankings!

 

Week Twenty Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters- A new clear favorite for the title? His opponent scored 350+ and he still won. This was Dave’s best week of the season and he appears to be rounding into form heading into the final weeks. Dave becomes the first team to officially clinch a playoff spot with a victory.

2) sportsmanMike- Would’ve blown out his opponent by a lot more if all his pitchers hadn’t inexplicably had terrible performances from Wednesday on. He’s weathered that tough stretch and is regaining a stranglehold on his path to the playoffs. AJ Pollock is the most underrated player in baseball. He’s the new Carlos Gomez with a better batting average and way fewer strikeouts.

3) Love Boat Captains- Not a bad performance, but ran into a really hot Rays Those Cowbells team. Her once huge division lead is really tightening up, but she probably has the easiest schedule down the stretch of all the contenders.

4) WillisBeTheYear- No team this season had put up 350 and lost until now. A three game losing streak can’t be fun, but this team appears to have gotten back on track. Unfortunately a really tough game with team sportsmanMike awaits.

5) Rays Those Cowbells- If not for this team’s record, I’d have them ranked 2nd. Some really bad luck allowed me to pile on the losses earlier in the season, but make no mistake, this team is one of the best in the league, regardless of if they make the final four or not. My confidence in myself has returned after a really shaky 2014.

6) Panda the Hammer-Laid a complete egg in the biggest game of the season. This loss doesn’t officially close the door, but he’s two games back with four to play and wouldn’t win ANY of the tiebreakers with the teams in front of him. So in reality, he’s three games back with four to play. Needs to win out to have any kind of shot.

7) The October Boys- Quietly on a three game winning streak and is among a gaggle of teams at 9-11. I’ve thought this team was better than it’s record all year long. Maybe I’ll be proven right in the end.

8) RedRays- The return of Miguel Cabrera has boosted the lineup, but the slump of Max Scherzer was the official death blow to this team. Not officially out of it, anything can happen, but I don’t think this is the team to make that run.

9) Stogies- This team has the lowest “point total to talent” ratio I’ve ever seen in my life. Look at his offensive roster, look at Felix and Hamels. Why is this the 2nd lowest scoring team in the league? I don’t get it.

10) Believe The Hype- Just a nightmare. If I told Allan before the season that nine teams would be within striking distance heading into September, and he was the only that wasn’t, he would’ve laughed at me and called me crazy. Just been one of those years.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs sportsmanMike

A hugely important game for playoff positioning. Winner might all but lock up a spot.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 21.

Dethroning Allan, Week Nineteen

The wheels continue to turn as we get closer to the playoffs. Mike got the biggest win of his career here in thefoulline.com league, ending the four game winning streak of the Love Boat Captains and staying a game ahead of the suddenly surging Panda the Hammer squad. Rays Those Cowbells waxed another opponent and took the lead in the season scoring race, and Dave put a stamp on his trade deadline victory by getting amazing performances by all his acquisitions.

It’s getting late, and no more trades can be made. This is crunch time in the fantasy season, it’s all about mastering the waiver wire and setting the right lineup. Now what do you say we get to some rankings?

 

Week Nineteen Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters- Another week, another new number one. I think I can say with certainty that if Dave were still writing the fantasy reviews, it wouldn’t have taken 19 weeks for the Yankeehaters to reach the #1 spot for the first time. But this new #1 team might have some staying power. He really did get a lot better at the deadline. But I can’t have this post be all positive, so I’ll say on record that I still don’t trust your pitching.

2) Love Boat Captains- All is still well in the LBC camp, just lost to a sportsmanMike team that needed the victory a lot more than she did. Can pretty much end my playoff hopes with a victory this week, and don’t think she doesn’t know that. I’ll get her best game this week. Count on it.

3) sportsmanMike- I really do love it when a trade works out for both teams. Team sportsmanMike got like 75 points combined from the three pitchers I sent him and added to his depth, and Chris Sale carried my squad this week with a 60 point performance and we both got victories. That’s how trading should be done. Fair and balanced, not with an eye to milk as much as possible out of your trade partner (Dave).

4) WillisBeTheYear- It’s crazy to me that three weeks ago this was looking like one of the best teams this league had ever seen. He better hope he has another run in him and didn’t peak too early. It doesn’t get any easier as he’s got a hugely tough game with the Yankeehaters this week. I don’t know who Raisel Iglesias is, but I hope it works out for you.

5) Panda the Hammer- I’ve never met Sam in person before, but I’m pretty sure if I do, he gets to punch me in the face. For most of the season I was ragging on his team and saying that he was out of it. Now he looks like the team on the outside in most likely to grab a playoff spot. Good on you, I’ll probably never doubt you again.

6) Rays Those Cowbells- I have a slim outside shot at the playoffs, but that’s not really what’s important to me. I want to win the season scoring title, so I have an excuse and a comeback when everyone makes fun of me next spring for having a lousy season.

7) RedRays- Have a great week, get back in it. Have a bad week, fall back out of it. Rinse, Repeat.

8) The October Boys- To be fair, he does have a two game winning streak going. When was it that Eric Hosmer became the best first baseman in baseball? I must have missed that party.

9) Stogies- What is going on with King Felix this season? Only 16 quality starts? An ERA over 3.60? This is not the king we know. And it’s a shame too, because this team traded Bryce Harper to get him.

10) Believe The Hype- His brother keeping Adrian Peterson really complicates things with his first overall pick. Eddie Lacy is a safe choice, but does he have enough of a “wow” factor to be first overall?

 

Game of the Week

Panda the Hammer vs sportsmanMike

The Yankeehaters and WillisBeTheYear showdown is huge, but this game might decide who gets the fourth playoff spot. Probably the most important game of the season up to this point.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 20.

Dethroning Allan, Week Eighteen

This week was all about change in fantasy land. The trade deadline was chaotic and several teams made big changes to their roster hoping to fortify their standing in the playoff push. It was a hetic day for sure.

Not to mention the changes we’ve had in the standings. For two months now, the four playoff teams looked to be set in stone. WillisBeTheYear, Yankeehaters, Love Boat Captains and sportsmanMike. Well slumps by teams at the top and winning streaks from teams at the bottom have thrown everything upside down, and now as many as nine teams have at least a chance at a playoff spot. It’s getting crazy. Let’s get to some rankings.

 

Week Eighteen Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- That’s right, we have our first change at the top since week eight. Everything is coming up LBC’s right now, as a four game winning streak has put a choke hold on the beer division. Carlos Gonzalez might end up being the waiver claim of the year.

2) WillisBeTheYear- Yikes. As recently as two weeks ago, this team was looking unbeatable. Injuries and trades have left this rotation in tatters. Jose Fernandez and Corey Kluber are gone, and the rest of the rotation outside of Kershaw and Kuechel? There’s just nothing there. This is still a good team, but nobody in the league is going to regret standing pat at the trade deadline more than Willis.

3) Yankeehaters- The bad news? This team hasn’t cracked 300 points since early July and was just waxed by his arch-rival. The good news? Nobody at the trade deadline improved their team more than Dave. He turned Mike Trout and Noah Syndergaard into Madison Bumgarner, Chris Davis, Kyle Schwarber and Carlos Correa.

4) sportsmanMike- Mayday! This team is in free fall mode. Once a near lock for the playoffs, he’s now only a game up with six to play. The difference between this year and years past? Mike is making moves to do something about it. Pitching depth has been this team’s downfall all year, so Mike traded Chris Sale and turned one great pitcher into three really good ones. That trade could make all the difference for this team.

5) Panda the Hammer- Remember a few weeks ago when I declared this team all but dead? A recent surge has Sam only one game back of a playoff spot, and has plenty of games against the contenders down the stretch. Good on you for not giving up when a lot of people would have. This team can control it’s own destiny with a strong finish.

6) RedRays- Eighteen weeks into the season and I still can’t figure out if this team is a contender or not. Just when I’m ready to write him off and bury him, he has a great performance and gets a big win to put himself into the conversation. I think he’ll ultimately fall short, but he’s gonna scratch and claw until the very end. I expect nothing less from the RedRays.

7) Stogies- Had just an awful week and got blown out by Panda the Hammer by 160 points in a huge game for playoff positioning. This rookie has a lot of talent and will do great things in this league, but it’s not going to be this season.

8) Rays Those Cowbells- It’s been a really crappy season so far, but I can take comfort in two things. Beating the Yankeehaters by 150 points, and knowing that NOBODY in this league wants to see me on their schedule down the stretch. I have an outside chance at the playoffs, but there’s a lot of teams in front of me. I’m going to fight until the end though, I always do.

9) The October Boys- Had a really good week, but it’s probably too little too late for my preseason pick to win it all. He’s brought Bryce Harper and Mike Trout into the fold again, but re-trading for players you drafted in the first place probably isn’t a recipe for success. This team has traded Madison Bumgarner like nine times this season.

10) Believe The Hype- It’s just so tough to trust Adrian Peterson with your first overall pick after he had an entire year off from football. Is it safer to take Eddie Lacy? Or maybe go with a WR? At least he has options.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Love Boat Captains

The most important game Mike has ever played in this league. He has got to bear down and find a way to beat the hottest team in the league. It’s gut check time in the sportsmanMike camp.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 19.

 

 

Dethroning Allan, Week Seventeen

Where are all the points?

Only two teams were able to crack the magical 300 point barrier this week, and unfortunately for Allan, they both came in the same game. Equally as strange was that our “Game of the Weak” was a scoring onslaught that produced the highest combined point total of the season. Fantasy Baseball is a strange game isn’t it?

Forgive me for being brief, but it just recently stopped raining for the first time in 45 days and I have things I need to get done before it starts back up again, starting with these rankings! So let’s get to it.

 

Week Seventeen Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Escaped with a one point win in a game that nearly led to him having a nervous breakdown on Sunday afternoon. Some chinks in the armor for our #1 team? Two performances in a row below his lofty standards.

2) Yankeehaters- Added another win, but it wasn’t pretty. That’s two wins in a row with under 285 points scored. That kind of luck can’t last forever, and he’ll need to crack 300 points if he wants to beat a team that can score like Rays Those Cowbells.

3) Love Boat Captains- With the Beer Division securely in hand at the moment, this team can focus on getting healthy before entering the playoffs. Stanton and Rendon will be needed down the stretch.

4) sportsmanMike- Things aren’t going as swimmingly as they were in the past few months, but this team will be okay. I don’t think there will be a lot of weeks where Chris Sale is the worst player in his lineup.

5) Stogies- Now we come to the gaggle of teams with under .500 records. This is probably the most talented of the 8-9 teams. He still hasn’t had Felix Hernandez and Cole Hamels gel in the same week. You have to think that will change going forward.

6) RedRays- Snapped a losing streak, but wasn’t very impressive in doing so. Losing Miguel Cabrera sent this team into a nosedive it just never recovered from. Tough break.

7) Panda the Hammer- Had a winning streak derailed by mediocre offense, but when you have Mike Moustakas, Torii Hunter and Ben Revere in your lineup, what can you expect? The piling up on early pitching and leaving your offense to chance strategy has run it’s course.

8) Rays Those Cowbells- Bar none the best 6-11 team in our league’s history. It’s a real shame this team will miss the playoffs, because I think this roster could win it all if it got there.

9) The October Boys- Took a really tough loss this week to pile on to a frustrating season. This team’s heart destroyed it, not it’s head. Relying so much on his beloved Yankees starting pitchers derailed him. Pineda and Tanaka have been inconsistent disappointments all year long, and he traded Bryce Harper to get Tanaka. Ouch.

10) Believe The Hype- It’s almost over Allan. Then football starts.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Love Boat Captains

Our division leaders square off for playoff positioning.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 18.