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!

3 Responses to “Drinking And Trading, Week Eighteen”

  1. Foul line Dave Says:

    Gotta take down Willis… team is locked and loaded.
    Prediction: Bundy & Suter get a visit from the Regression fairies this week….I have to win this week!!!

  2. WillsBeTheYear Says:

    So excited to take The Champs down!

  3. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    This has the makings of one of the biggest games in the history of our league.

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