Drinking And Trading, Week Two

That was pretty much what I expected.

After an upside-down week one, several teams that found themselves atop the power rankings got smacked around in week two, while some of the slow starters bore down and got important wins to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.

The Yankeehaters were not one of these teams, as his team once again laid an egg and lost to a RedRays team that didn’t have a great week in his own right. Some good news for Dave? The last time he started 0-2 was 2010, when he proceeded to rebound and make the finals. Some bad news for Dave? Neither of his opponents were able to clear the 285 point barrier in defeating him. What’s going to happen when his luck changes and teams actually start having good weeks against him? Some panic setting in at team Yankeehater headquarters?

 

Week Two Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains– Don’t let the final score of her game with Allan fool you, this was a dogfight all week long in which she trailed most of the week before pulling away Sunday afternoon. Having said that, if she’s drafting an all-world offense in the first eight rounds, then drafting AL CY Young winner James Paxton in round 12 to form an elite pitching staff, what are the rest of us supposed to do?

2) WillisBeTheYear– Not his best week, but took advantage of an October Boys team that has yet to figure it out and joins the LBCs at 2-0. The Josh Donaldson injury is going to hurt, and Willis has been fairly quiet so far this year despite a preseason promise to make more trades. I’d be on the lookout for a deal from this team in the coming days.

3) sportsmanMike– This week’s big mover. Mike absolutely destroyed Rays Those Cowbells in a game that was over sometime Monday afternoon, setting the high point total in the early going and having the season’s most impressive week so far. The problem with this team is that the injuries have already started to mount, as he’s currently got only five healthy starting pitchers. That can’t be a good recipe going forward.

4) Believe The Hype– Put a scare into the Love Boat Captains and moves up a spot despite losing our game of the week. Allan’s team looks good in the early going. I am curious to see how many times he can add/drop Yasiel Puig and Zack Wheeler this season, and I really wish he’d trade for a second baseman, but Nelson Cruz is a blockbuster addition that should help this team a lot in the coming weeks.

5) Roger Dorn– This was the toughest call of the week, where to rank Dylan. Which was the fluke, his amazing performance in week one where he looked unstoppable? Or his horrible performance in week two where he couldn’t even scrape 200 points? This might be the biggest wild card in the league right now, which Dylan is going to show up week to week? Losing a game where your opponent scored 226 points is a wasted opportunity and a tough pill to swallow.

6) Rays Those Cowbells– Hard to be too critical, as I ran into the buzz saw that was sportsmanMike and there really wasn’t anything I could’ve done. My offense is still horribly lethargic, hitting only 3 HRs all week despite being loaded with superstars. I’m hoping that bringing in NL MVP Kris Bryant in a blockbuster deal with Dave will give this offense a shot in the arm, and Edwin Encarnacion doing, you know, anything at all would be a welcome sight as well.

7) Stogies– It’s not often that you move down in the power rankings after winning a game, but when you scored 226 points and would’ve lost to every other team but the one you played, it’s hard to argue. Having said that, I still like this team a lot. It’s not often that an outfield of Bryce Harper, AJ Pollock and Matt Kemp will combine for only 40 points. He’s fortunate that he was able to scrape that win, because a game with the powerhouse LBC’s is next on the schedule.

8) RedRays– Anytime you beat the defending champions, it’s noteworthy. I feel like I may have been wrong on Jose Ramirez. I’m starting to really like him. He never strikes out, and I’m pretty sure he’s eligible at every position in fantasy. The injury bug has started to nip at this team early, and Madison Bumgarner hasn’t quite gotten it going yet. He’ll need MadBum to be at his best going forward.

9) Yankeehaters– Knowing Dave, I’m sure I’ll get a comment saying that his team is god-awful and should be ranked 11th, but I may be a little more optimistic than he is. His pitching was absolutely horrible in week two, wasting a 14 HR performance from his offense, but he went a long way in addressing that with his trade with Rays Those Cowbells that took six years of negotiating to get done. We all know Dave will do whatever it takes to win and won’t be down here for very long, so let’s all enjoy it while it lasts.

10) The October Boys– It’s always surprising to me when Dennis is struggling to win. He’s one of the smartest baseball minds in our league, and he’s always ready to make a deal and get better. It’s been a horrific start to the season for him, but much like Dave, you have to think that he won’t be down here at #10 for very long.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Believe The Hype

My two best friends in this world face off in an epic duel to get to 2-1. There will be blood, there will be pain, there will only be one winner.

 

Good luck to everyone in week three!

13 Responses to “Drinking And Trading, Week Two”

  1. Foul line Dave Says:

    Another great write up Dan! I can’t argue with any of your rankings. Personally, my team has stunk the joint up. But, the league is active, trades are being made, and owners are doing add/drops at a dizzying pace. This feels like it’s going to be a special season.

    Side note:I’m having way too much fun for a team that’s winless.

  2. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I too have been impressed with the activity level of the league in the early going. People seem more engaged and more willing to make moves in order to improve their teams. I just think the really early draft last year destroyed the build up and momentum that we usually have in spring training.

    After looking at the match-up this week, I’m willing to suggest that the Yankeehaters won’t be winless for much longer. Going into a week with only 5 PSRs always hurts. But, maybe Dylan can bounce back and bury the Yankeehaters even further?

  3. Allan Says:

    I’m not about being apart of this game of the week crap. Lol

  4. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Being apart of the game of the week is an honor and a compliment. Teams that aren’t good, teams that aren’t relevant, don’t get put in the game of the week.

  5. Allan Says:

    I actually think RTC and Roger Dorn should swap spots. When you fail to cross the 200 mark you take a hit.

  6. Allan Says:

    The game of the week ends back for me.

  7. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Allan

    I considered the switch you suggested. Dylan had one great week at 350 points and one horrible week at 190 points. While I’ve had weeks at 293 and 281. Consistency is good, but I put myself at #6 because my offense is still sleep walking and I have yet to crack 300 points on the season. I felt I didn’t wanna judge Dylan too harshly on what could just be an off week, you know what I mean?

    Thank you for commenting and your input. It’s greatly valued, and makes me want to keep writing.

  8. SportsmanMike Says:

    Ide put the highest scorer of the week 3rd in the power rankings too if I lost to him

  9. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You had a great week…. I got wrecked. There’s no doubt about that. Nice job….

  10. Foul line Dave Says:

    Not so fun fact: This morning is the first time I have awoken with a lead this season.
    Is this a small sign that the Yankeehaters are back????

  11. Allan Says:

    Great job, Dave. We’re all proud of you.

  12. Roger Dorn Says:

    As I said at the end of week 1, I’m being chased by Lions with a moderate head start. Week 1 had my top pitchers all with two starts and random dudes hit the cover off the ball. I’d put myself a bullish 8-10 right now. The fluke was week 1.

  13. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Everyone is so hard on Dylan except me…. I think his ranking is well deserved. Week one was outstanding, week two was horrible, sticking him right in the middle at #5 seemed like the right thing to do.