Archive for May, 2017

Drinking And Trading, Memorial Day

Memorial Day!

You’ll have to forgive me for keeping this brief, but having spent all day at the beach in the sun, and having the sun set on my fantasy world with the Mike Trout news, I’m not exactly feeling up to a big long post.

But I would like to say that if you know anyone in the military, a neighbor, a friend, a family member, anything along those lines, please take a moment to thank them for their service. Our military members sacrifice so much for us daily, so that we can do things like play fantasy baseball and live the kind of lives that we want to live. We owe every single one of them for our freedom and our very way of life. Mere words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation to these brave men and women.

Time for some power rankings!

 

Week Eight Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– It’s gonna take more than one loss to knock Allan off the top of the mountain. Have you looked at his offense? Think about this, Andrew Benintendi was his 6th option in his utility and outfield mix. How many teams in our league would he be a no-brainer start in their lineup? He may need one more pitcher, but so far Allan has been brilliant at managing his team and picking the correct lineups. We’ll see if he can keep up the magic.

2) sportsmanMike– The train keeps moving along. Mike is now the top scorer in the league and on a four game winning streak after dispatching a tough Love Boat Captains team. This team has become notorious for ripping off win streaks in recent seasons, he won seven straight in his championship season of 2015. The offense is elite and the pitching has held up so far. Mike is gonna be around for the long haul.

3) Yankeehaters– From 0-3 to third in the power rankings, the rise continues for our defending champion. After struggling to score points early in the season, Dave has now ripped off two straight weeks of being the top scorer and blowing out his opponents, and he’s rapidly climbing both the standings and the scoring lists. The Charlie Blackmon trade could go down as one of the most lopsided in our league’s long history, and reinforcements are still to come in Corey Kluber and Yoenis Cespedes. The arrow is pointing sky high for this Yankeehating bunch.

4) Roger Dorn– This team knows how to win games when it counts. Sadly there’s no tiebreaker for division record, because Dylan is 5-0 and has absolutely steamrolled the entire beer division. I’ll never understand why he traded Charlie Blackmon for Jason Vargas, but it’s hard to question him when the results keep coming. A big game with the surging Yankeehaters should give us a better indication of where this teams at. I’m not sure if Dylan yet believes if he’s a contender.

5) WillisBeTheYear– Help is on the way! Josh Donaldson and David Price both return to the lineup in week eight. Price didn’t look that amazing in his start against the White Sox today, but you have to think it will take some time for his to regain his form. The Donaldson return cannot be overstated. Just go take a look at how much more impressive his lineup looks with Donaldson at the hot corner. The difference is night and day. Willis is off to a roaring start with an 85 point total on Monday and looks well on his way to another win.

6) Love Boat Captains– There’s no way around it, the once mighty Love Boat Captains are struggling. Johnny Cueto and the rest of her pitching staff are really letting her down. Ginger builds her team the same way every year, draft an entire elite offense, and stock up on solid pitchers to form a good enough pitching staff. But what if the pitchers she selected aren’t any good for a change? What happens then? I don’t believe this is the case, this is just a rough patch. Ginger will bounce back. She always has, she always does.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– I was feeling really great. I had won two games in a row against Allan and Ginger, two of the toughest teams in our league. I had just made a trade to bring in Andrew Benintendi, an outfielder that I absolutely love, and I had even climbed to second place in the season scoring race. All these good feelings of course changed when I saw the Mike Trout bombshell flash across my phone. All the work I’ve done to try to get back into this thing just feels somewhat insignificant now.

8) RedRays– The good news: Dallas Keuchel came off the DL and looked pretty good. The bad news: His losing streak continues. The worse news: Willis came out today and absolutely stomped him, and he’s down 75 points before the week even really begins.

9) The October Boys– This team needs Manny Machado to get going in the worst possible way. A .220 batting average just ain’t gonna cut it. I still think this team is better than it’s record. Machado, Betts, Judge, Abreu, Bellinger, there’s some serious studs on this team. You have to think better days are ahead at some point.

10) Stogies– I have no idea how many games Bryce Harper is going to be suspended for, but I can’t be the only person who’s tired of this guys act. He’s an entitled punk who thinks the world owes him something. Yes, Hunter Strickland is a douchebag and plunking somebody because they took you deep in a playoff game is a really bush league thing to do, but still, that’s no excuse to act like a clown. Baseball fights are stupid and ridiculous. Just play ball.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Believe The Hype

Once again, the top two teams in the power rankings square off. Winner gets #1 next week.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 9!

Drinking And Trading, Week Seven

It’s moving time!

Fantasy baseball is a very long and very difficult six month war of attrition. It’s obviously important to finish strong, and get off to a great start. But by far the most important part of the season is the middle months. The hot April starts have long since faded, and we have a pretty good idea by now of who’s legit and who’s a bust going forward. Now is the time to make your move, and the owners of thefoulline.com have taken that message to heart.

This was a week of blockbuster trades, as big names like Chris Sale, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Blackmon all found themselves on the trade block and switching teams. It was the most active week that we’ve had so far, and I would expect more fireworks going forward. May and June are always the most active months of the season for big time trades, and with trigger happy owners like Dave and Allan rising to the top of the power rankings, I think you should probably check your inbox right now. Chances are, you have a trade offer waiting for you.

 

Week Seven Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– The curse is over! For the first time all year, the first team in the rankings did not suffer a humiliating defeat and lives to see another week at the number one spot. Allan made a great trade this week, bringing in Anthony Rizzo and Jose Ramirez to fortify his offense, but I seriously wanna get in on whatever voodoo ritual Allan has pulled off, because an ace got injured right after he traded him for the second time this season. Allan has proven to be legit and is going to be around for the long haul, which is great news for the league. Any season Allan is a contender has always proven to be more active and have a lot more deals in it.

2) sportsmanMike– Boy was I off the mark on this team. Mike has done a complete 180 since becoming 1-3, going on a three game winning streak and climbing to the top of the season scoring list. This team has offensive studs all over the diamond, and now adds Kris Bryant in a fleecing of Rays Those Cowbells to bring even more thunder to his lineup. Mike might be the most underappreciated owner in the league. In the last two years he’s won a championship and made a playoff appearance, and he could be well on his way again.

3) Love Boat Captains– Yep that’s right, the top three teams in the power rankings are all from the same division. Ginger still has a great roster that is ready to take off a winning streak anytime now, but I’m sure the inconsistency is beginning to irritate her. This is simply too talented a team to continue to be so up and down. Trea Turner has been a huge bust so far. Outside of four games at Coors Field, he’s hitting .196. He’ll have to get it going for this team going forward.

4) Roger Dorn– Dylan had a great week offensively but was really let down by his pitching staff. I had a sneaky feeling this team may make a trade for an ace, I just didn’t expect that ace to be Jason Vargas (barf).  Still in a tie for the division lead, but he’s going to have to fend off a surging Yankeehaters and a solid WillisBeTheYear to stay up top. It could be difficult going forward. It’s time to see what this team is made of. Can Dylan be around for the long haul?

5) Yankeehaters– It only took six weeks, but Dave finally had a great week and paced the field in total scoring. Dave actually had a really mediocre week offensively and his pitching staff saved the day, putting up 8 wins and 7 quality starts. Losing Freddie Freeman is devastating, but he made a great deal and brought in Charlie Blackmon without dealing from the core of his team. It appears the struggles could be over for Dave, as his 0-3 start looks like a distant memory and he’s officially surging. Things don’t appear to be too scary on the horizon either, as the combined record of his next three opponents is 8-13. It’s a good time to be Dave, and it kinda makes me sick a little bit.

6) WillisBeTheYear– This is a team that may not be as good as I thought. Having three stud starters on the DL hurts, but I’m just not as impressed with this roster as I was earlier this season. Has he always had Jedd Gyorko in his lineup? As weird as it is for me to say, this may be the team that falls out of the race in the beer division. He’s 1-3 in his last four games, and I’m starting to think that may be a better indicator of this team’s talent than the 3-0 start that he had. Sorry Willis.

7) RedRays– Is there a more snakebit team in the league? Trades two of his best bats for an ace because he had no choice, and that ace instantly goes on the DL. Then looks on the schedule and sees that every single one of his opponents pitchers are starting twice against him this week. It’s a really crappy time to be the RedRays right now.

8) Rays Those Cowbells– My god, it’s a win! I woke up this morning and for the first time in weeks, I didn’t hate my fantasy life. The sun was shining a little brighter, and the dark circles under my eyes were a little less pronounced. With a season point total near the top of the leader board, I still think this team has even more potential going forward. Bringing in the best pitcher in baseball, Chris Sale, was a move I’d been working toward for weeks, and I was even willing to overpay to do so. I think in a season where the pitching is so horrible, it’s guys like Sale that are going to be the difference makers in the end. I had to get him.

9) The October Boys– It’s a two game winning streak! That must feel great after starting 0-5. I know for a fact that Dennis has the baseball brain to get back into this race, but for the love of god, stop starting Masahiro Tanaka. Please. You’ll feel so much better if you do.

10) Stogies– Cause I’m free!! Free falling!! Horrible Tom Petty references aside, This team is tanking fast. I know the feeling, trust me. What confuses me about this team is it’s loaded with stars and I truly believe this is just a bad stretch, and not a sign of things to come. The problem with that is you can play great ball for 75% of the season, but it’s that one 25% stretch  can end your season and leave you saying to yourself “If I could’ve won just ONE of those games”….. Still, any team with Miggy, Cano, Harper and Scherzer is gonna have better days ahead. Trust me.

 

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs sportsmanMike

Two 4-3 teams lock horns for second place in the Fried Chicken Division.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Eight!

Drinking And Trading, Week Six

Finding the strength to write this post was very difficult.

I went into week five incredibly confident that things were going to turn around for me. I had a 9-5 PSR advantage, and all my best pitchers were starting twice. I knew that this game was going to be the springboard that led me to turning this horrible start around, and that my team was finally ready to break out and live up to it’s potential.

Well I lost, badly, and this season has officially become a full on nightmare. Yay me.

Believe it or not, there actually are things that go on around the league besides my own pool of misery. Dave will eat his lunch shoe free as he lived up to his promise and defeated WillisBeTheYear in a grudge match that lived up to the hype. Speaking of living up to the hype, Allan utterly obliterated Dylan in yet another “Game of the Week” which did not live up to expectations, and the Love Boat Captains crushed another opponent and have another week as the high scorer. Time for some rankings!

 

Week Six Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Allan’s climb is officially complete as he reaches the number one spot for the very first time. Standout performances from Carlos Correa and Carlos Martinez were enough to dispatch Dylan, and if Allan wants to feel even better about himself, Kris Bryant missed three games and had 10 fantasy points this week. That trade is what has propelled Allan to the best record through six weeks, and he deserves a lot of credit for following his gut and taking a risk, despite catching a lot of flack for doing so from around the league. Allan is never afraid to make a bold decision, and you have to respect him for it.

2) Love Boat Captains– Ginger has alternated good weeks with bad weeks for about a month now, and if the trend continues, she’s due for a bad week. Please for the love of god let that be the case. She’s playing Rays Those Cowbells this week, and I need a win more than anything in the world. The good news for the Love Boat Captains, other than her cake walk opponent, is that Trea Turner and Kyle Seager have to be close to busting out. They’re simply too talented to be scuffling for much longer.

3) WillisBeTheYear– I know Willis has got to be disappointed. He felt pretty strongly that he was going to crush Dave, and he came up short and is surely hearing about it today. This team needs Josh Donaldson back in the worst way. He’s gotten almost nothing out his 3rd base position, and his infield in general is a little on the weak side. He’s still 4-2 and is a threat to crush his opponent every single week, but maybe a deal coming in the near future to shake things up?

4) Roger Dorn– I cannot for the life of me figure this team out. Dylan either puts up 340 points and absolutely crushes whoever he’s playing, or he limps to 175 points and looks like the worst team in the league. It’s hard for me to say a whole lot about this squad, because through six weeks, I can’t figure out if this is a great team or not. It changes every week! A little more consistency should be the #1 goal going forward for Dylan.

5) sportsmanMike– This is a team on the rise. Two straight impressive performances and a two game win streak get Mike back to a .500 record. Chris Sale is the best pitcher in baseball, and if Jose Bautista can continue his return to form, this could be a dangerous offense going forward. Mike is never one to be very vocal or make big splashes, but he’s got a solid team that’s a threat to win every week.

6) Yankeehaters– Dave promised a victory and came through, though he fell short of his 300 point guarantee. 3-3 is obviously a perfect scenario when you started 0-3, and this team has potential to get even better when Corey Kluber returns from the DL. But I can’t do a fantasy review and say all nice things about Dave, so I’ll just go on record as saying I think your offense outside of Freddie Freeman is blah. I feel a lot better now.

7) RedRays– Unlike team sportsmanMike, this is a team heading in the wrong direction. Injuries have absolutely ravaged his pitching staff, and it’s hard to feel too confident when your rotation has Hector Santiago and Miguel Gonzalez in it. This team may have to do something drastic, like trading Anthony Rizzo for pitching, just to have a shot at staying in the race.

8) Stogies– What on earth happened? Three weeks ago this team absolutely wollywhopped the Love Boat Captains and was sitting near the top of the power rankings. Fast forward to now, and it’s a three game losing streak and only a game out of last place. It hasn’t struck me until now just how old this team is. Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Matt Kemp Eric Thames and Max Scherzer. These are all guys on the wrong side of 30 and little injures add up. That could be a big factor going forward. I will say that it wasn’t all bad for Dave V, as I have it on good authority that he was live and in person at Derek Jeter night on Sunday. So at least he had a good weekend.

9) The October Boys– Sometimes you just need a little luck. Dennis had another horrible week, but gets into the win column as the RedRays were even worse in what was the worst game of the season so far. I look at this team and I don’t think his team is as bad as his record, but man, Arrieta and Tanaka have to get going, like now, or it’s gonna continue to be a long season for Dennis.

10) Rays Those Cowbells– I am completely out of answers. I’m lost and I don’t know what to do.

 

Game of the Week

RedRays vs Yankeehaters

A couple of 3-3 teams heading opposite directions. The RedRays are limping into this matchup and you know Dave smells blood in the water.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Seven!

Drinking And Trading, Week Five

It’s settle down time.

In the past, I’ve always looked to week five as the week where things start to return to normal. April is over, the slow starters usually pick it up, and the fast starters who carried teams through April tank back to mediocrity and return to the waiver wire. Naturally, that’s not the case in 2017.

Guys like Ryan Zimmerman, Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge, Eric Thames, Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano and countless others are dominating the fantasy landscape in 2017. Was Allan right? He said in the comment section weeks ago that mastering the waiver wire was the new key to fantasy baseball. That a great draft was irrelevant, and that too many things change throughout the year and that the waiver wire was the end all and be all.

Well after Allan beat me and got to 4-1, who am I to argue? I may just call next years recaps “Fantasy Baseball, The Race to the Waiver Wire”. Sounds catchy right?

Let’s hurry up and get to the power rankings before there’s another stud on free agency that I ignore.

 

Week Five Power Rankings

1) Roger Dorn– Has Dylan finally bought into his own team? Is he finally ready to admit there may be something special here? You can hate on his roster all you like, but he’s 4-1, has won three in a row, is undefeated in his division, and is the highest scoring team in the league. Where’s the argument against him? For now, Dylan is 100% legit. Although he may still argue with you that he’s not.

2) Believe The Hype– Allan’s team wasn’t at it’s best this past week, but when you face a horrible team like Rays Those Cowbells, you can afford to take the week off. That’s what the soft spots on your schedule are for right? His OF is elite, Ryan Zimmerman is Babe Ruth, and Dallas Keuchel is the AL CY Young winner. Now what I’m waiting for is Allan’s next big blockbuster trade. If history has taught us anything, it’s that Allan hates standing pat whether he’s winning or not. Trust me, it’s coming. Check your inboxes.

3) WillisBeTheYear– I’d say that’s a nice rebound from your first loss, wouldn’t you? In our game of the week (which strangely have not lived up to the billing this year) he absolutely demolished the RedRays, scoring 346 points and winning be nearly 150 points. He improved his depth and brought in Michael Brantley and Dylan Bundy in a deal with RTC, and then immediately lost Brantley to an ankle injury. I’m sorry about that buddy. (side note, why is every single trade being tainted by players getting hurt right after the deal is made?) Even with that loss, Willis will be near the top of the rankings all year long.

4) Love Boat Captains– Inconsistency has shackled this team in recent weeks, alternating bad weeks with good. She’s gonna need more consistency going forward from her pitching, and losing James Paxton to the DL is going to hurt. Hopefully he only misses a few starts. I still think going forward this is the best roster in the league, but this team is going to have to stay healthy. Ginger’s refusal to trade and bring in fresh players has never hurt her before, but a rash of injuries could deplete this team real quick.

5) RedRays– There might not be a team that’s been screwed over worse than the RedRays. I mean take a look, he’s lost almost his entire pitching staff to injuries. Find me any team that could lose Madison Bumgarner and Cole Hamels and just keep cruising along like nothing’s wrong. This is a team that needs to make a deal, now. Bring in some pitching, or the bottom could fall off altogether.

6) Stogies– Much like the RedRays, this is another team that is fighting the injury bug. His entire bench is filled with injured players, and now Bryce Harper is nicked up. The next two months are going to be crucial for this team. If he can just tread water, hang around for awhile, stay near .500, I think this is a team that could make a run at the league title when all these injured players are back to full strength. This is a team to be on guard for in the second half of the season, but for now, it could be a bit of a struggle.

7) sportsmanMike– Chris Sale continues to do Chris Sale things as Mike gets his second win of the season. He’s the best pitcher in the American League and it’s not even close. Mike had a good week and held on late for a solid win over team Stogies, but Mike, as one friend to another, please for the love of god stop starting Carlos Gonzalez…. He is BAD. Although I suppose I’m playing you this week, so go ahead and give Cargo another week to figure things out. But knowing my luck, he’s gonna pop off for 40 points. You know what? Forget I said anything. Carry on. Good win.

8) Yankeehaters– After winning two straight games and beating the #1 team in the power rankings, Dave will probably think he should be higher on this list, but I refuse to give him that satisfaction. The bottom line is this team hasn’t cracked the 260 point barrier once this year and should be 0-5. I actually like this team a lot more than it’s point totals, and I think there’s going to be a lot of improvement going forward, but to this point, it’s been the worst Yankeehaters season that he’s ever had. Losing Corey Kluber hurt, and I still think a “Dave deal” is coming that is going to make everything okay.

9) Rays Those Cowbells– This team makes me very sad. It would be different if I didn’t think this was a great roster, and that they were just garbage, but I look up and down this team and love 90% of the players on it. Maybe I’m just crazy, maybe I just don’t know anything about baseball, but I’m staying the course. This is a final four team, I know in my heart that it is. No big scale changes are coming to Rays Those Cowbells.

10) The October Boys– These kind of weeks are horrible. Trust me, I know the feeling. You have a great week, crack the 300 point barrier, and take yet another loss to drop to 0-5. It looks like it could be one of those years for the boys from October. Hang in there man.

 

Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs Roger Dorn

The two division leaders square off in an early season huge game. The winner is the #1 team in the power rankings next week.

 

Good luck to everyone in week six!

Drinking and Trading, Week Four

Now that’s more like it.

After three scrappy, dog fight weeks of low scoring, fantasy points actually made a return to thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league. All the winners except one were well over the 300 point mark, and most of the hitters we spent our early picks on have finally decided to start hitting. What a novel idea!

It’s been brought to my attention that the number one team in the power rankings has lost every single week after climbing to the mountain top. Could it be true? Is the most coveted ranking spot in the world outside of college football really cursed?

I need a bigger sample size to decide, so let’s get to the power rankings!

 

Week Four Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains– Ginger makes her return to the dreaded number one spot after getting 320 points combined from Trea Turner, Daniel Murphy and Paul Goldschmidt and completely obliterating Rays Those Cowbells. Her offense put up 65 hits, had 53 RBI and her pitching staff didn’t take a single loss. Not much else to say here, she may lose from time to time, but this is clearly the team to beat in the early going.

2) RedRays– Don’t look now, but this team is on a three game winning streak and has scored well over 300 points in consecutive weeks to take the lead in the season scoring race. I still think losing Madison Bumgarner is going to hurt him at some point, but he’s getting great production from a lot of late draft picks and sleepers, guys like Chris Owings and Ivan Nova. Pretty soon I’m gonna owe him an apology for my bashing of his draft during thefoulline.com draft day diary.

3) Believe The Hype– If there was ever an award for “waiver wire master of the week” Allan would’ve taken it in spades. He plucked guys like Ryan Zimmerman, Patrick Corbin and Andrew Triggs from the free agency pool, plugged them into his lineup, and somehow got like 150 points from them combined and put up easily his best week of the season. His trade of a broken down Noah Syndergaard for AJ Pollock was an absolute steal, and veterans Nelson Cruz and Todd Frazier are mashing. Allan has returned to fantasy baseball relevance and has plans to make a run at the final four after consecutive horrible seasons.

4) Roger Dorn– Even after doubting himself in the comment section in recent weeks, Dylan got solid production from most of his lineup and laid the smackdown on the former number one team WillisBeTheYear. Dylan has had some luck on his side, his 950 points scored against are easily the lowest in the league, but the fact is he’s 3-0 in his division and has blown out opponents in half of his games this year. Roger Dorn isn’t the useless bench warmer he was in Major League 2, he’s come out of the gates raking.

5) WillisBeTheYear– It was a rough week for Willis. He got absolutely blown out, dropped to 3rd place in his division, and all the way to 5th place in the power rankings. His offense put up only 45 hits and everybody seems to be slumping at the same time. You still get the feeling that this was a small lapse and not a sign of things to come. There’s a lot of good players on this team who are going to perform a lot better than they did in week four. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this team put up the high point total in week 5 and blow out whoever he’s playing.

6) Stogies– The air comes out of the balloon a little bit after getting blown out by Allan. But have you taken a look at his roster? The key to this team is going to be getting them all on the field at the same time. If he could ever get healthy, he’d have an offense of Bryce Harper, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Robinson Cano and Eric Thames, and a pitching staff led by Max Scherzer, Noah Syndergaard and Gerrit Cole. This is the sleeping giant of the league. You don’t wanna play him when all these guys are off the DL.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– I just wanna have a week where my opponent doesn’t have the greatest week they’ve ever had. Is that really too much to ask? And will somebody offer me some pitching already? I haven’t gotten a random trade offer all year!

8) sportsmanMike– This team has one blowout win and three really bad losses. He made a nice trading bringing in Danny Salazar to address his pitching depth issue, and there’s some good players here, but it just doesn’t look like the roster of a playoff contender. Unless he does something soon, I have feeling Mike may hang around this spot in the power rankings all year.

9) Yankeehaters– Looks like there may be some life in the old gal after all, kind of. Once again had a mediocre week but this time found himself on the winning side of things! That’s exciting stuff, and Dave is making all kinds of changes to turn this thing around. That includes talking numerous blockbuster deals, and flipping first round pick Manny Machado for ace Corey Kluber. You know Dave has a plan, and whether he improves his record or not, the attempts to do so are going to be wildly entertaining. I can’t say if the Yankeehaters are going to jump back into contention, but it’s sure going to be fun to watch him try.

10) The October Boys– Somebody had to lose the winless showdown, and unfortunately Dennis finds himself 0-4 through the season’s first month. Bringing in Manny Machado should add some juice, and even if things don’t get better, at least the Yankees are in the first place right? You may have a fun summer even if your fantasy team doesn’t get any better.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs RedRays

An early season showdown of 3-1 teams.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Five!