Defend The Title, Week One

I had it all figured out.

As I said in my last post, I was hell bent on building dominating pitching this year. I was going to draft ace after ace, and watch them strike hitters out and pile up the wins. Every owner in the league was going to count down my PSR’s like every single one of them was a nuclear bomb waiting to go off and drop 30+ points of mayhem and carnage. It was the perfect plan.

Until it wasn’t.

Let’s go ahead and get to some rankings before another Rays Those Cowbells pitcher walks in a run shall we?

Week One Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear– The big bats carried the load for our highest scoring team of week one, as Paul Goldschmidt, Javy Baez and JD Martinez combined for 80 points and mashed 8 HRs between them. That kind of production will be par the course for this elite trio, but it was the surprise elite pitching of guys like Kyle Freeland and Brad Keller that really brought this performance all together. If one these mid-rotation guys can develop into a legit ace, this might be the team to beat.

2) RedRays– Just an absolutely BRUTAL loss. Anytime you score the second most points in a week and lose, it’s a devastating blow that can leave you reeling for a few weeks. He shouldn’t feel too badly though, Christian Yelich at #8 might end up being the steal of the draft, and his OF is easily the deepest and best in the entire league. It’ll carry him to quite a few victories this year.

3) sportsmanMike– A really impressive showing for the CBS draft recaps pick to win the championship, as he put up 200 points and dominated in a game where Andrew Bennintendi, Jose Ramirez and Blake Snell combined for like 9 points. You know those guys are going to be MUCH better going forward. But Mike, I love you, but for gods sake you gotta address your first base position. Sooner than later.

4) Love Boat Captains– A typical LBC performance, led by elite hitting. Cody Bellinger was the player of the week and if he gets back to rookie form, getting him in round 6 is going to be grand larceny. Speaking of draft steals, how did we all let Trea Turner fall to 30th overall? He’s going to have a prime Carl Crawford type season. I fully expect Ginger to rise up the rankings in the coming weeks, this is a really good team.

5) Yankeehaters– I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time on Dave’s week one. His team didn’t play well and is much better than it showed and will obviously improve going forward, but the bottom line is, if his opponent set his lineup, he probably would’ve lost.

6) The October Boys– Got a solid start from Jake Arrieta and snuck by Allan at the last possible breath of Sunday Night Baseball. A one-two punch of Corey Kluber and Noah Syndergaard could be quite dangerous, and Aaron Judge will mash with the best of them. But per usual, this team still has too many Yankees on it.

7) Lou Brown– I like this team. Any lineup with Rizzo, Merrifield, Mookie and Tommy Pham is going to put up points, and Gerrit Cole is as good as anybody. Add in the best team name in our league, and you have a solid recipe for a good season.

8) Believe The Hype– The bats were BAD for Allan in week one, as this was the only team that didn’t hit a single home run. Things can’t be this bad going forward, but first base could become an issue as Miguel Cabrera looks like he’s 50 years old and is surrounded by an absolutely horrific Tigers lineup.

9) Rays Those Cowbells– Simply put, this was bad. Some hitters I was really banking on for great seasons did nothing, and most of the elite pitching I drafted got utterly pounded. Still, I’d hate to overreact. There’s simply no way that Chris Sale and Yu Darvish can be that bad going forward, right?

10) Stogies– I was going to put myself last in the power rankings, I deserve it. But when you lose by 15 points and start players on the DL and pitchers who didn’t have a start scheduled, you deserve the 10th spot just on principle. Gotta do better going forward.

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs RedRays

The RedRays are off to a solid start tonight in trying to bounce back from a tough loss.

Thanks for reading, good luck in Week two!


2 Responses to “Defend The Title, Week One”

  1. Willis Says:

    Great recap! The top spot after a short week 1 where my team scored the most points but I was still sweating it until Sunday night just doesn’t make me feel so confident. But my squad will take it and use it to intimidate my week 2 foe!

    Starting a new survey!

    Name the one person you wish you would have taken and name the “instead” of person as well!

    Me: All spring I was Drafting MVP from the Brew Crew. Wish I would have stuck with my gut and drafted Yelich at 9 instead of JD Martinez. Am I crazy!?

  2. 2018 thefoulline.com fantasy baseball champion Says:

    Willis

    Thanks for reading! Your team looked great in week one and deserved the #1 spot. Scoring 225 points in a four day week is damn impressive.

    I still dont really have a whole lot of regrets on my draft, but if Trea Turner keeps on balling like this, I may regret not taking him in round three when I had already drafted Scherzer and Sale. I strongly considered it…. but I wanted Trevor Bauer really badly, I think he’ll the CY Young.

    JD is elite. I would’nt worry about him being your first round pick at all. All the dude does is mash.

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