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Drinking And Trading, Week Eighteen

As we reach the official three-quarter mark of the fantasy baseball regular season, it’s becoming increasingly clear who the contenders are.

Believe The Hype and Rays Those Cowbells have separated themselves from the rest of the pack and are the two clear favorites to meet up in the championship game. The remaining two playoff spots are left to be fought over by a group of four teams. WillisBeTheYear, sportsmanMike, the Love Boat Captains and the Yankeehaters.

Speaking of the Yankeehaters, Dave somehow pulled out a victory against the LBCs and kept his playoff hopes alive, leaving Ginger steamed. Meanwhile, Roger Dorn got smacked around by the RTCs and might finally have put his playoff hopes on ice once and for all. It hasn’t been a good stretch for Dylan, who went from strong playoff contender to barely hanging around in a mere matter of weeks. I suppose the lesson to be learned here is “never ever deal with Dave”. Wise words to live by.

These races will all come down to the last week and there’s some huge games with big playoff implications this week. Let’s get to some power rankings.

 

Week Eighteen Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– What does it say about the season Allan is having that I’ve lost one game since mid-may and I’m still a second place team? Allan has put together the best team he’s ever had, winning every conceivable way imaginable, whether it’s a big time blowout or a low-scoring squeaker, no matter what, Believe The Hype has more points than it’s opponent at the end of the week. This team has more than enough to win the championship right now, but I know Allan, and he’ll be going full-on Brad Pitt in Moneyball in the final hours leading up to the deadline and blowing up the phones looking for that one final piece to put him over the top for good.

2) Rays Those Cowbells– 1-5 feels like seven years ago. This team is blasting every single opponent put in it’s way and at times, looks unstoppable. I just put up 350 points in a week where Chris Sale and Jacob DeGrom combined for 4 points. Now that’s domination! I would love to add one more pitcher, but at some point you may just have to let it ride. I’ll poke around, but I may be done dealing. If this is the team I go into the stretch drive with, that’s just fine with me. This season is a great opportunity to cement my legacy and become a multiple time champion. It’s not an opportunity I take lightly either. When the playoffs come, I’ll be ready.

3) WillisBeTheYear– This may be the streakiest good team in the league. Every single time I think he’s going on a long win streak to completely separate himself, he loses two or three in a row and gives the rest of his division a chance to catch up. The David Price injury really hurt. He was rounding into form and giving this team the ace it really needed. I still think this team makes it’s way into the final four, but he has a really big game against the defending champion this week and a loss will open up a whole lot of windows to him missing the playoffs.

4) sportsmanMike– You can look at this roster and say this team is overachieving, but Mike has made the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, has won a championship, and knows how to get into the final four. One thing that may be working against this team is a brutal end of the season schedule. Of his remaining six games, four of them are against Believe The Hype, Rays Those Cowbells, Love Boat Captains and Yankeehaters. Ouch. That’s a fatal four way of pain awaiting.

5) Yankeehaters– Dave stole a huge win against the LBCs this past week and kept his playoff hopes alive in doing so. This team has the most pedigree and postseason experience of all the teams on the outside looking in, but injuries to his pitching staff have ravaged this once mighty roster. Dave has a mini playoff game already starting this week, as a loss to Willis could leave his playoff hopes up in flames. But we know that Dave rises to occasions like these over the years, and if anyone will be ready to grind his way into stealing a playoff spot, it’s Dave. One advantage for Dave is that schedule really softens up after this week.

6) Love Boat Captains– Lost a crusher against the Yankeehaters and hasn’t won two games in a row since week 10. This just feels like a season where the LBCs are on the outside looking in come playoff time. The good news is back to back games against the worst teams record wise are coming up. The bad news is if she doesn’t win both, she could be in a lot of trouble.

7) Roger Dorn– Dylan is still only two games back of a playoff spot, but it would take a miracle at this point. He would have to jump three teams in front of him and probably will lose point tiebreakers to the Yankeehaters and Love Boat Captains both. Dylan had a really nice run this year and was competitive all season long, but it just feels like the end of the road at this point.

8) RedRays– A mediocre draft and injuries decimating his pitching staff doomed this team from the start. Still three games out of a playoff spot, but if Dylan needs a miracle, then this team needs to walk on water.

9) The October Boys– Out of it, but good offense still and big time spoiler potential down the stretch.

10) Stogies– Absolutely nothing went right this year. It happens to everyone at least once.

 

Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs WillisBeTheYear

Massive massive massive game. Playoff implications everywhere. If Willis wins, he’ll have a three game division lead with five to play and a spot in the final four almost assured. If Dave wins, that division is wide open and anything can happen down the stretch.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Nineteen!

Drinking And Trading, The Deadline

The MLB trade deadline came and went yesterday, with plenty of fireworks to go around. Sonny Gray is a Yankee, and the Dodgers traded for Yu Darvish in a last second stunner. Those deals, among countless others, helped make this one of the most exciting trade deadlines in history.

I absolutely love the trade deadline. The anticipation, the constant refreshing of your phone to check mlbtraderumors, watching the MLB Network special and listening to Harold Reynolds somehow suggest that 11 teams in baseball should trade for the same ace, and the crashing disappointment when the Rays do absolutely nothing yet again. Deadline day is my favorite day of the year next to opening day.

But it got me thinking, with our own fantasy baseball league’s deadline fast approaching, what deals could separate the logjam of contenders from one another? What is the final piece your team needs to get over the top?

This has never happened before on thefoulline.com. It’s the first annual contenders trading wish list!

 

Believe The Hype trades for….. Madison Bumgarner.

Allan has the surefire offense needed to hold down his position atop the power rankings, but does he have the pitching needed? Cole Hamels, Michael Fulmer and Carlos Martinez feel like really solid #2 and #3 pitchers, but this is a team that seems to just be missing that lockdown dominant ace that can put up 60 points in a playoff game during a two start week. Bringing in Bumgarner, who’s starting to get back into form at just the right time, could solidify Allan’s position as the clear title favorite. Allan and the RedRays have a rapport, having made plenty of deals over the years. Is it time for one more?

 

Rays Those Cowbells trades for….. Max Scherzer

I took a big step in upgrading my pitching staff today, grabbing up and coming ace Jimmy Nelson in a deal with Allan, but it’s not enough. I want lock down pitching heading into the postseason, that’s going to be the difference this year. Similar to Allan and the RedRays, I have made many deals with Dave V over the years and we usually have no problems coming together for a good deal. If he would make Scherzer and Marwin Gonzalez available in a package, also fixing my second base problem, I would pay an astronomically high price to get that deal completed.

 

WillisBeTheYear trades for….. Manny Machado

Shortstop is a big hole for the leader of the Beer Division, and has been for much of the season. Paul DeJong is a decent player, but he’s nothing special and his hot streak is fast coming to an end. Willis has two second baseman. I know Dave loves Machado, but if Altuve was dangled at Dave in a potential blockbuster, I know that would get his attention. Having Brian Dozier at 2nd base and Manny Machado at SS doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me does it?

 

sportsmanMike trades for….. Joey Votto

Wil Myers has been decent this season, but in a year where offense has exploded and seemingly everyone has a stud first baseman, “solid” isn’t going to get it done. Votto is the elite of the elite and Dylan has shown he’s willing to move superstars if he thinks it will better his team. Adding a Votto type to his lineup could be just what this overachieving team needs to steal the final playoff spot.

 

Love Boat Captains trades for….. Anyone

Ginger trades once every two or three seasons or so, and that strategy works for her. It’s hard to find too much fault in it, but sitting in the 5th seed and having an inconsistent team for much of the season, some new blood could be just what the doctor ordered to get into the final four.

 

Yankeehaters trade for….. Mike Trout

I have it on good authority that Trout’s owner is willing to move him if a slam dunk package came along. Dave lost Charlie Blackmon Monday and his outfield could use some more punch. JD Martinez won’t hit 534 homers every week. Dave is reeling a bit right now, but if anyone is creative enough and has enough moxy to pull a deal for a guy like Trout, it’s Dave. The defending champion’s ship is sinking and taking on water. Grab the Trout and let him swim you to the surface.

 

Roger Dorn trades for….. Charlie Blackmon

This trade was completed earlier on Monday afternoon, Bravo! Dylan’s outfield was a mess and he’s sitting in the 7th seed, barely hanging around. This is just the kind of trade he needed to get some positive momentum going again. Blackmon is a top three hitter in fantasy and a lock for 25-30 fantasy points every week. Great trade!

 

Please keep in mind, I’m not suggesting anyone go into “seller” mode and give up their good players for mediocre packages. I simply looked at the standings and if you were more than two games back of a playoff spot, you didn’t make the list. Sorry!

Get those offers out there! The deadline is the 8th! Good luck to everyone this week!