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!

5 Responses to “Drinking And Trading, Week Seven”

  1. Allan Says:

    The owner’s that have traded Kris Bryant have gone on to win those trades twice this year. lol

  2. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dave did not win the Bryant trade lol Salazar has been awful and Sano has already started his regression.

  3. Allan Says:

    That deal only turned one team around. Lol

  4. Roger Dorn Says:

    This week hurt a bit. My guys scored well but I went up against a freight train. A pitcher deal needs to happen, Any takers?

  5. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Are you talking trading for a pitcher or dealing a pitcher?