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Dethroning Allan, Week Twenty One

Week 20 brought with it our first official clinching of a spot in the playoffs. Team Yankeehaters did what they needed to do and gutted out a victory and will now be playing late September baseball. Congratulations to you.

Elsewhere around the league, losses by team sportsmanMike and the Love Boat Captains continue to tighten things up. The race for the final two playoff spots is getting really really tight. It’s looking like this thing won’t be completely settled until the final week of the season. Let’s get to some rankings.

 

Week Twenty One Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters- His spot in the final four now assured, Dave can relax and focus on the upcoming fantasy football draft until the playoffs start. I’ve been there before myself, nothing like having a few stress free weeks when you clinch early.

2) WillisBeTheYear- Is the dominance back? A complete waxing of sportsmanMike. He looks like he’s gearing up for another hot streak, but this one could end in a league championship.

3) sportsmanMike- Still okay… For now. If he wins two of his last three, he’ll get in. I know for a fact that Mike wants his first ever playoff appearance so badly. No team is under more pressure in these final three weeks. A Rays Those Cowbells victory over Panda the Hammer this week would help his cause exponentially.

4) Love Boat Captains- I mean what can you really say, she put up 360 and lost. Is Zack Greinke and Jake Arrieta the best pitching combo ever in our league? The two guys just never give up runs. It’s kind of absurd honestly. Still has the easiest schedule of all the contenders but can’t be feeling comfortable anymore.

5) Rays Those Cowbells- Still going 100 MPH in my desperate late season charge. I’m now only one game back, but I’ve been playing with zero margin of error for two months now. What happens when you burn a candle at both ends for too long? I hope I don’t find out until the season ends.

6) Panda the Hammer- Another team that has been on a mega hot streak and gotten himself back into it. He has even less margin of error than I do. Has one of the toughest remaining schedules of all the contenders. Could really help himself by closing the points scored gap on Mike in the final three weeks. He could still catch him in total points and steal a tiebreaker.

7) Stogies- The longest of long shots. His low point total kills him because he can’t win any tiebreakers. Would need to win out and have the Love Boat Captains and Rays Those Cowbells both lose at least twice. But hey, hope is hope, right?

8) RedRays- Not mathematically eliminated yet, but I’m not sure of the scenario it would take to get him in. Max Scherzer’s stunning decline took him right out of it. It reminds me of the infamous Tim Lincecum meltdown in August of 2010 that sunk my season. Dave still reminds me of that to this day.

9) The October Boys- That dismal performance officially closes the book on the October Boys. I think I said this before, but having three guys in the Yankees crappy rotation on your team is what did you in. Next year, go with your head over your heart a little bit more and you’ll be in great shape.

10) Believe The Hype- Honestly hope he still cares enough to set a great lineup and try to beat Ginger in Week 24. That’s all I got. It’s been a nightmare season for Allan.

 

Game of the Week

Panda the Hammer vs Rays Those Cowbells

The #5 and #6 teams in the standings face off in what is basically an elimination game.

 

The Final Four

-Yankeehaters

 

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 22.

Dethroning Allan, Week Twenty

This could be shaping up as one of the most exciting finishes we’ve ever had. Has there ever been a season in which we’ve had NINE teams within striking distance heading into the final four weeks? It’s crazy how things are shaping up. Let’s not waste anymore time, let’s get to these rankings!

 

Week Twenty Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters- A new clear favorite for the title? His opponent scored 350+ and he still won. This was Dave’s best week of the season and he appears to be rounding into form heading into the final weeks. Dave becomes the first team to officially clinch a playoff spot with a victory.

2) sportsmanMike- Would’ve blown out his opponent by a lot more if all his pitchers hadn’t inexplicably had terrible performances from Wednesday on. He’s weathered that tough stretch and is regaining a stranglehold on his path to the playoffs. AJ Pollock is the most underrated player in baseball. He’s the new Carlos Gomez with a better batting average and way fewer strikeouts.

3) Love Boat Captains- Not a bad performance, but ran into a really hot Rays Those Cowbells team. Her once huge division lead is really tightening up, but she probably has the easiest schedule down the stretch of all the contenders.

4) WillisBeTheYear- No team this season had put up 350 and lost until now. A three game losing streak can’t be fun, but this team appears to have gotten back on track. Unfortunately a really tough game with team sportsmanMike awaits.

5) Rays Those Cowbells- If not for this team’s record, I’d have them ranked 2nd. Some really bad luck allowed me to pile on the losses earlier in the season, but make no mistake, this team is one of the best in the league, regardless of if they make the final four or not. My confidence in myself has returned after a really shaky 2014.

6) Panda the Hammer-Laid a complete egg in the biggest game of the season. This loss doesn’t officially close the door, but he’s two games back with four to play and wouldn’t win ANY of the tiebreakers with the teams in front of him. So in reality, he’s three games back with four to play. Needs to win out to have any kind of shot.

7) The October Boys- Quietly on a three game winning streak and is among a gaggle of teams at 9-11. I’ve thought this team was better than it’s record all year long. Maybe I’ll be proven right in the end.

8) RedRays- The return of Miguel Cabrera has boosted the lineup, but the slump of Max Scherzer was the official death blow to this team. Not officially out of it, anything can happen, but I don’t think this is the team to make that run.

9) Stogies- This team has the lowest “point total to talent” ratio I’ve ever seen in my life. Look at his offensive roster, look at Felix and Hamels. Why is this the 2nd lowest scoring team in the league? I don’t get it.

10) Believe The Hype- Just a nightmare. If I told Allan before the season that nine teams would be within striking distance heading into September, and he was the only that wasn’t, he would’ve laughed at me and called me crazy. Just been one of those years.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs sportsmanMike

A hugely important game for playoff positioning. Winner might all but lock up a spot.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 21.

Dethroning Allan, Week Nineteen

The wheels continue to turn as we get closer to the playoffs. Mike got the biggest win of his career here in thefoulline.com league, ending the four game winning streak of the Love Boat Captains and staying a game ahead of the suddenly surging Panda the Hammer squad. Rays Those Cowbells waxed another opponent and took the lead in the season scoring race, and Dave put a stamp on his trade deadline victory by getting amazing performances by all his acquisitions.

It’s getting late, and no more trades can be made. This is crunch time in the fantasy season, it’s all about mastering the waiver wire and setting the right lineup. Now what do you say we get to some rankings?

 

Week Nineteen Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters- Another week, another new number one. I think I can say with certainty that if Dave were still writing the fantasy reviews, it wouldn’t have taken 19 weeks for the Yankeehaters to reach the #1 spot for the first time. But this new #1 team might have some staying power. He really did get a lot better at the deadline. But I can’t have this post be all positive, so I’ll say on record that I still don’t trust your pitching.

2) Love Boat Captains- All is still well in the LBC camp, just lost to a sportsmanMike team that needed the victory a lot more than she did. Can pretty much end my playoff hopes with a victory this week, and don’t think she doesn’t know that. I’ll get her best game this week. Count on it.

3) sportsmanMike- I really do love it when a trade works out for both teams. Team sportsmanMike got like 75 points combined from the three pitchers I sent him and added to his depth, and Chris Sale carried my squad this week with a 60 point performance and we both got victories. That’s how trading should be done. Fair and balanced, not with an eye to milk as much as possible out of your trade partner (Dave).

4) WillisBeTheYear- It’s crazy to me that three weeks ago this was looking like one of the best teams this league had ever seen. He better hope he has another run in him and didn’t peak too early. It doesn’t get any easier as he’s got a hugely tough game with the Yankeehaters this week. I don’t know who Raisel Iglesias is, but I hope it works out for you.

5) Panda the Hammer- I’ve never met Sam in person before, but I’m pretty sure if I do, he gets to punch me in the face. For most of the season I was ragging on his team and saying that he was out of it. Now he looks like the team on the outside in most likely to grab a playoff spot. Good on you, I’ll probably never doubt you again.

6) Rays Those Cowbells- I have a slim outside shot at the playoffs, but that’s not really what’s important to me. I want to win the season scoring title, so I have an excuse and a comeback when everyone makes fun of me next spring for having a lousy season.

7) RedRays- Have a great week, get back in it. Have a bad week, fall back out of it. Rinse, Repeat.

8) The October Boys- To be fair, he does have a two game winning streak going. When was it that Eric Hosmer became the best first baseman in baseball? I must have missed that party.

9) Stogies- What is going on with King Felix this season? Only 16 quality starts? An ERA over 3.60? This is not the king we know. And it’s a shame too, because this team traded Bryce Harper to get him.

10) Believe The Hype- His brother keeping Adrian Peterson really complicates things with his first overall pick. Eddie Lacy is a safe choice, but does he have enough of a “wow” factor to be first overall?

 

Game of the Week

Panda the Hammer vs sportsmanMike

The Yankeehaters and WillisBeTheYear showdown is huge, but this game might decide who gets the fourth playoff spot. Probably the most important game of the season up to this point.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 20.

Dethroning Allan, Week Eighteen

This week was all about change in fantasy land. The trade deadline was chaotic and several teams made big changes to their roster hoping to fortify their standing in the playoff push. It was a hetic day for sure.

Not to mention the changes we’ve had in the standings. For two months now, the four playoff teams looked to be set in stone. WillisBeTheYear, Yankeehaters, Love Boat Captains and sportsmanMike. Well slumps by teams at the top and winning streaks from teams at the bottom have thrown everything upside down, and now as many as nine teams have at least a chance at a playoff spot. It’s getting crazy. Let’s get to some rankings.

 

Week Eighteen Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- That’s right, we have our first change at the top since week eight. Everything is coming up LBC’s right now, as a four game winning streak has put a choke hold on the beer division. Carlos Gonzalez might end up being the waiver claim of the year.

2) WillisBeTheYear- Yikes. As recently as two weeks ago, this team was looking unbeatable. Injuries and trades have left this rotation in tatters. Jose Fernandez and Corey Kluber are gone, and the rest of the rotation outside of Kershaw and Kuechel? There’s just nothing there. This is still a good team, but nobody in the league is going to regret standing pat at the trade deadline more than Willis.

3) Yankeehaters- The bad news? This team hasn’t cracked 300 points since early July and was just waxed by his arch-rival. The good news? Nobody at the trade deadline improved their team more than Dave. He turned Mike Trout and Noah Syndergaard into Madison Bumgarner, Chris Davis, Kyle Schwarber and Carlos Correa.

4) sportsmanMike- Mayday! This team is in free fall mode. Once a near lock for the playoffs, he’s now only a game up with six to play. The difference between this year and years past? Mike is making moves to do something about it. Pitching depth has been this team’s downfall all year, so Mike traded Chris Sale and turned one great pitcher into three really good ones. That trade could make all the difference for this team.

5) Panda the Hammer- Remember a few weeks ago when I declared this team all but dead? A recent surge has Sam only one game back of a playoff spot, and has plenty of games against the contenders down the stretch. Good on you for not giving up when a lot of people would have. This team can control it’s own destiny with a strong finish.

6) RedRays- Eighteen weeks into the season and I still can’t figure out if this team is a contender or not. Just when I’m ready to write him off and bury him, he has a great performance and gets a big win to put himself into the conversation. I think he’ll ultimately fall short, but he’s gonna scratch and claw until the very end. I expect nothing less from the RedRays.

7) Stogies- Had just an awful week and got blown out by Panda the Hammer by 160 points in a huge game for playoff positioning. This rookie has a lot of talent and will do great things in this league, but it’s not going to be this season.

8) Rays Those Cowbells- It’s been a really crappy season so far, but I can take comfort in two things. Beating the Yankeehaters by 150 points, and knowing that NOBODY in this league wants to see me on their schedule down the stretch. I have an outside chance at the playoffs, but there’s a lot of teams in front of me. I’m going to fight until the end though, I always do.

9) The October Boys- Had a really good week, but it’s probably too little too late for my preseason pick to win it all. He’s brought Bryce Harper and Mike Trout into the fold again, but re-trading for players you drafted in the first place probably isn’t a recipe for success. This team has traded Madison Bumgarner like nine times this season.

10) Believe The Hype- It’s just so tough to trust Adrian Peterson with your first overall pick after he had an entire year off from football. Is it safer to take Eddie Lacy? Or maybe go with a WR? At least he has options.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Love Boat Captains

The most important game Mike has ever played in this league. He has got to bear down and find a way to beat the hottest team in the league. It’s gut check time in the sportsmanMike camp.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 19.

 

 

Dethroning Allan, Week Seventeen

Where are all the points?

Only two teams were able to crack the magical 300 point barrier this week, and unfortunately for Allan, they both came in the same game. Equally as strange was that our “Game of the Weak” was a scoring onslaught that produced the highest combined point total of the season. Fantasy Baseball is a strange game isn’t it?

Forgive me for being brief, but it just recently stopped raining for the first time in 45 days and I have things I need to get done before it starts back up again, starting with these rankings! So let’s get to it.

 

Week Seventeen Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Escaped with a one point win in a game that nearly led to him having a nervous breakdown on Sunday afternoon. Some chinks in the armor for our #1 team? Two performances in a row below his lofty standards.

2) Yankeehaters- Added another win, but it wasn’t pretty. That’s two wins in a row with under 285 points scored. That kind of luck can’t last forever, and he’ll need to crack 300 points if he wants to beat a team that can score like Rays Those Cowbells.

3) Love Boat Captains- With the Beer Division securely in hand at the moment, this team can focus on getting healthy before entering the playoffs. Stanton and Rendon will be needed down the stretch.

4) sportsmanMike- Things aren’t going as swimmingly as they were in the past few months, but this team will be okay. I don’t think there will be a lot of weeks where Chris Sale is the worst player in his lineup.

5) Stogies- Now we come to the gaggle of teams with under .500 records. This is probably the most talented of the 8-9 teams. He still hasn’t had Felix Hernandez and Cole Hamels gel in the same week. You have to think that will change going forward.

6) RedRays- Snapped a losing streak, but wasn’t very impressive in doing so. Losing Miguel Cabrera sent this team into a nosedive it just never recovered from. Tough break.

7) Panda the Hammer- Had a winning streak derailed by mediocre offense, but when you have Mike Moustakas, Torii Hunter and Ben Revere in your lineup, what can you expect? The piling up on early pitching and leaving your offense to chance strategy has run it’s course.

8) Rays Those Cowbells- Bar none the best 6-11 team in our league’s history. It’s a real shame this team will miss the playoffs, because I think this roster could win it all if it got there.

9) The October Boys- Took a really tough loss this week to pile on to a frustrating season. This team’s heart destroyed it, not it’s head. Relying so much on his beloved Yankees starting pitchers derailed him. Pineda and Tanaka have been inconsistent disappointments all year long, and he traded Bryce Harper to get Tanaka. Ouch.

10) Believe The Hype- It’s almost over Allan. Then football starts.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Love Boat Captains

Our division leaders square off for playoff positioning.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 18.

Dethroning Allan, Week Sixteen

We’re now officially 2/3 of the way through the regular season, and things are becoming quite clear. Rays Those Cowbells and Believe The Hype are done. The October Boys are on life support, and team Stogies and Panda the Hammer are on the outside looking in and will need help to get in the final four.

If you weren’t named in that paragraph, congratulations! You’re officially a contender and are in great shape heading into the stretch drive. Must be a nice feeling, I wouldn’t know.

Let’s get to some rankings.

 

Week Sixteen Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- What do you know, a loss. I guess he is human after all. Dealt from his absurdly good pitching staff and brought in Todd Frazier to boost his lineup. The rich get richer.

2) Yankeehaters- A four game winning streak is always nice. Dave will mostly just be doing some fine tuning from here out. He’ll be in the final four.

3) sportsmanMike- Had a strong week and took a tough loss. Has a two game lead on a playoff spot with eight games remaining. Barring a total collapse, this team is good enough to get in and be a factor when he does.

4) Love Boat Captains- Had an amazing week and dispatched a really strong sportsmanMike team. As predicted, the Fried Chicken division will soon be in her grasp.

5) Stogies- Had a great week and took down the #1 team in the power rankings. Does this team have enough to steal the Fried Chicken division?

6) Panda the Hammer- A three game win streak has vaulted this team back into the race. Made a really nice trade today and brought in Carlos Gomez to strengthen the offense. Still needs alot of help to get past the teams in front of him.

7) RedRays- Taking on water faster than the Titanic. A four game skid is coming at the worst possible time, and if he doesn’t turn things around in a hurry, there won’t be meaningful September games for team RedRays.

8) The October Boys- Scored only 234 points in a victory this week. This years version of the October Boys just doesn’t seem to have what it takes.

9) Rays Those Cowbells- Fantasy Football draft is Sunday, September 6th.

10) Believe The Hype- Is Adrian Peterson worth the #1 overall pick coming off an entire year off? That’s the question facing Allan as he preps for Fantasy Football.

 

Game of the Week

Stogies vs Yankeehaters

The Dave’s square off. A game team Stogies really can’t afford to lose.

Game of the Weak

Rays Those Cowbells vs Believe The Hype

Could it possibly get any more mediocre than this? It’s the battle for who sucks a little bit less! Yay?

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 17.

 

Dethroning Allan, Week Fifteen

The short week in fantasy is always a huge wild card. Anything can happen in a three day week, as hitters can be cold from days off and PSR’s get all jacked up. It’s the worst week of the season.

Fortunately for most of our contenders, they were able to grind through and pull out big wins. When you can grab a victory in the short week, it almost feels like a “cheap win” because you didn’t have to go through the long seven day grind to earn it. It can be a real boost to your playoff chances.

Let’s get to some rankings

 

Week Fifteen Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Scored 232 points in a three day week. Are you serious? Willis is now my arch-enemy.

2) sportsmanMike- Didn’t set his lineup and still somehow won. It really just might be his year.

3) Yankeehaters- Had four players score 0 points and still managed to scrape a five point win. I still think Dave needs another pitcher.

4) Love Boat Captains- Is Zack Grienke and Jake Arrieta the best dynamic duo in the league? These guys are lights out every single time they take they mound. Grienke has to be the front-runner for the CY Young right now.

5) RedRays- Another team that fell victim to not setting a lineup. Can we just petition to have the short week eliminated and call it a bye week?

6) Panda the Hammer- A two-game winning streak is threatening to get him back in it. Does Sam have a great run in him in the 2nd half? Cueto being traded to a contender could boost his value and get him more victories in the 2nd half.

7) Stogies- Terrible week for team Stogies. Faced a team that basically punted and gave up on the week, starting only 2 PSRs, and yet still couldn’t find a way to get a win. Please cut Justin Verlander. He’s utterly useless.

8) Rays Those Cowbells- Scored the 2nd-highest points in the league and lost, again. Whatever

9) The October Boys- Can trading for Bryce Harper boost this team? Even at 5-10, the mediocre Beer division isn’t out of reach. This team needs a real first baseman.

10) Believe The Hype- True to form, Allan is still fighting hard. Could’ve won this week, just ran into Zack Grienke.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Love Boat Captains

Two strong contenders face off. Mike needs to keep pace in the Fried Chicken division and Ginger needs to maintain her lead in the Beer division. An intriguing match-up.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 16.

Dethroning Allan, All Star Break

We’ve reached the unofficial “half-way point” of the fantasy season, and to me, it’s getting pretty clear who’s a contender and who’s a pretender. So I figured in honor of the All Star break shortened week that we all love so much, I’d change up the fantasy review this week and take a page from thefoulline.com fantasy reviews past and write a contenders and pretenders list.  So let’s get to it!

 

Contenders

 

WillisBeTheYear

The easy favorite for the league title. Think about this, Willis has Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, and Jose Fernandez on his team. And it’s Dallas Keuchel who is starting the All Star game for the AL, who by the way, is also on this team as well. Add in an offense led by Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, Adrian Gonzalez and the suddenly unstoppable Brett Gardner, and you have a team that is hard to beat. After years of almost and not quite, Willis has untapped his full potential as a GM this year and is coming hard for that elusive championship. Great job this year.

Yankeehaters

Another year, another Yankeehaters team in contention. This season has been no different than any other for Dave, lots of wins and lots of trades. The injury bug has begun to hit this team, as Scott Kazmir, Stephen Strasburg and Dee Gordon have all gone down recently. I’m sure this just means that more trades are on the way, right? There’s really not much to say about this team. Dave will find his way into the playoffs as usual and be a threat when he gets there.

sportsmanMike

Has anyone taken a minute to actually look at this team? He’s won 8 of 9 games, and is scoring 315+ nearly every week. The dynamic duo of Chris Sale and Jacob deGrom put up monster points every week, and this offense might be the most consistent in the league. Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Mookie Betts, AJ Pollock, the returning Jacoby Ellsbury, the resurgent Alex Rodriguez (vomit). Mike has put it all together this year and with a three game lead on a playoff spot, it looks like the playoff drought finally ends. Good for you Mike.

Love Boat Captains

This team still can’t quite get over the skids. Ginger soared out of the gate to a 5-0 start, but is just 2-5 since. I still say health is a big factor for this team. Show me the team that can win consistently when Anthony Rendon, Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Holliday and Jake Odorizzi are out of your lineup. Things haven’t been pretty over the last two months, but you just get the feeling that’s it will only be a matter of time before the LBC’s put the strangle hold on the weaker Beer division.

RedRays

Even with a two-game losing streak, this team is managing to hold on to contention. Losing Miguel Cabrera really hurts, and any team starting Kelly Johnson in their OF is really hurting right now. This team has put up some good point totals this season, but you get the feeling that this is the dreaded “tweener” team. Good enough to hang around until the final weeks, but will ultimately just fall short.

 

Pretenders

 

Stogies

I know I know… This team is tied for it’s division lead. Why on the pretenders list? With probably the best collection of offensive talent in the league, this team should be a threat to win it all right? Eh… This team’s awful pitching staff is going to do him in. A trade of one of your many offensive studs for a dominant ace might be the best course of action from here.

Rays Those Cowbells

Not to sound like a broken record, but I really feel like I should be on the other list. I won’t go too much into it, I know people must be weary of my complaining, but I feel I have a much better team than my record. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Panda the Hammer

Had a great week and led the league in scoring, but unfortunately plays in the Fried Chicken division and is behind three teams with at least 9-5 records. Even if this team went on a huge run, he’s not going to catch the teams in front of him.

The October Boys

Much like Rays Those Cowbells, this team is still in it because the teams leading his division are only at 7-7. If any team could go on a surprise run and get themselves back in it, it could be this team. I still like this roster and again, much like the RTC’s, it’s very surprising to see him at 5-9. I mean he’s got Felix and MadBum leading his rotation. Why does he keep losing?

Believe The Hype

Playing much better lately, but is in the same situation as Sam. Playing in the stronger division is going to be the death of this team. It may be a tough break, but I like to think it’s karma for sneaking into the playoffs in the awful division last year and running away with the league championship. Still, Allan will NEVER quit. Don’t count this is as an easy win if you see him coming up on your schedule.

 

Good luck to everyone in the short week. Enjoy the All Star break!

 

Dethroning Allan, Week Thirteen

Points!

You know I think with baseball being on the verge of naming the 2015 All-Star teams, it seems only fitting to me that every game around the league was decided by All-Star playes putting up big point totals. Whether it was Gerrit Cole, Jose Bautista, Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kipnis or Bryce Harper, every team that won this week was carried by great players seemingly putting up 25+ points. It seems we’ve reached that point in the season where everyone is settled in, the weather has heated up, and hitters can go on long hot streaks and pitchers can carve through mediocre lineups using their best stuff.

Hopefully this means my writing has settled in and can now perform to the best of it’s abilities. Let’s get to some rankings.

 

Week Thirteen Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Faced the second highest scoring team of the week and still won. Pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this team. The clear favorite for the championship at this point.

2) sportsmanMike- Gutted out a tough win when the PSR’s weren’t in his favor. This isn’t like the teams Mike has built in the past. This years version has the talent, toughness and the staying power to compete for a championship. Has won six out seven games and continues to get stronger.

3) Yankeehaters- Completely blew out a good team in the RedRays. Dave gets the clear “manager of the week” award this week, as three guys he picked up off the waiver wire, JD Martinez, Eduardo Rodriguez and CJ Wilson, combined for over 115 points. This team appears to be finding it’s legs for a championship drive, but if I can be honest for a moment, I wasn’t that sad to see Stephen Strasburg go on the DL. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but it’s comforting to me to know that he doesn’t just hate me, but will screw over anyone. Is there any bigger talent tease in baseball? I’ll never roster that guy again.

4) RedRays- It wasn’t a great week for the RedRays. Got blown out in a big game against the Yankeehaters, and lost superstar Miguel Cabrera for six weeks. But he was really aggressive on the trade market, bringing in Prince Fielder immediately after to fill the void in a trade with Rays Those Cowbells. The next month is going to be crucial for this team. The schedule gets really tough and he’ll be without his best hitter. We’ll see what this team is made of this week.

5) Love Boat Captains- What on earth happened to Ian Desmond? It’s like he literally forgot how to play baseball. Ginger finally got fed up today, sending him off the waiver wire, and I don’t blame her one bit. It could be a rough stretch for the three-time champion, injuries are piling up and the schedule is getting tougher. But we’ve seen this movie before. She’ll come through it strong.

6) Stogies- Another week, another win. Team Stogies sends the beer division to a three-way tie at the top. The big guns in his offense led the way this week, with Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant all posting 25+ point totals. I still like this roster,  but I think it’s pretty clear who has the golden horseshoe this year. This team just won it’s 6th game of the season scoring under 300 points. That can work for a little while, but this team will really need to improve it’s performance if it wants to hang with the standouts of the league.

7) Rays Those Cowbells- Scored 336 points, second highest total of the week, lost. Sitting at 5-8 leading my division in points scored by nearly 200 points over every other team and is currently the second highest scoring team in the league, sitting in 7th place. If this sounds like sour grapes, that’s because it is. I’m upset and I’m complaining. I figure it’s the only thing I haven’t tried yet. At some point, my good performances and high point totals HAVE to get rewarded right?

8) The October Boys- Had a really good shot to win, wasn’t down by that much and had Madison Bumgarner and Felix Hernandez both pitching over the weekend. Sadly they both let him down and led to another tough loss. It just seems like this is one of the more talented rosters in the league but they never all just click together at the same time. It can be a deadly combo. Your roster is talented, so you don’t make changes, but you keep losing and fall further and further back. Then you look up and it’s too late.

9) Panda the Hammer- Why is this team still rostering Aaron Harang? Why is Aroldis Chapman on his bench for another closer when the Reds play a full seven game slate this week? I don’t know what’s going on with this team this year.

10) Believe The Hype- Tell me the secret Allan. I tried to use Kendall Graveman against the Love Boat Captains in week three and got -5 points. You did the exact same thing and got 50 points. This was a really great week for Allan. He lost TWO Sonny Gray starts, and still managed to pull out a win against a really good team. Is that Allan run back to contention finally starting?

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs RedRays

The two division leaders square off. Can team RedRays rebound from scoring under 200 points and knock off the league #1? I’m interested to find out.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 14!

Dethroning Allan, Week Twelve

Things are really starting to get interesting in fantasy land as we reach the official halfway point of the regular season. And by interesting, I mean tight.

Have you taken a look at the standings recently? NINE teams currently sit within two games of a spot in the all important final four. It’s going to be a mad race to the finish line and I couldn’t be more excited. Well that’s not true. I could be more excited if I wasn’t 5-7, but hey, baby steps. Let’s get to some rankings shall we?

 

Week Twelve Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Remember what I’ve been beating into the ground in almost every recap? That when Jose Fernandez returns and joins a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber and Dallas Kuechel that we’re all done for? Well hooray for us, that wonderful time is officially here.

2) sportsmanMike- 3rd place in his division, 2nd in the power rankings? You bet. Mike’s team put up 332 points, good for the second highest total of the week and should’ve extended his winning streak to six games. Don’t let this “loss” fool you, Mike is on a mission this year. This is one of the most dangerous teams in the league.

3) RedRays- I think we can all stop waiting for Chris Archer to come back to earth now, he seems to have taken that leap into fantasy ace status. When you can team Archer with the best pitcher in baseball in Max Scherzer, you’re going to be in most games. Team RedRays has won 3 out of 4 and seems to be heating up at the right time as we enter the 2nd half of the season.

4) Yankeehaters- It always hurts to lose a game when your opponent only scores 260 points, but it wasn’t a great week for team Yankeehaters. His pitching let him down badly in his first week post Bumgarner and Wacha, but as only Dave can do, he quickly fixes the situation by pulling off a blockbuster with Rays Those Cowbells and bringing in Scott Kazmir and Stephen Strasburg. We’ll see if the new look Yankeehaters can rebound in a big game against the RedRays.

5) Love Boat Captains- I can promise you, this team would be ranked a lot higher if health would cooperate. It really sucks that Anthony Rendon has gone down again, he was just starting to get into his stride at the plate. Ginger bit the bullet and cut ties with Matt Holliday today. I can’t say I disagree with the decision. With the Cardinals running away with it, they can basically shut him down until the postseason if they wanted too. He wasn’t gonna help her team anymore this year.

6) Stogies- I’m not entirely sure if this team deserves this ranking, but as the only 6-6 team sitting in front of a collection of 5-7 squads, he has the leg on a potential run to the playoffs for now. At this point, I would be pretty much done with Hanley Ramirez. This guy misses games at a time every single week for one reason or another. I’ll say this though, this team needs to start scoring some more points, because as we know in this league, to make the playoffs you’re going to have win a few tiebreakers. And his low season point total is really going to hurt him down the stretch unless he gets it going, and soon.

7) Rays Those Cowbells- In what might be the game of the year so far, I stunned Mike with a 135 point barrage on Sunday to steal a win I desperately needed.  I’m starting to like the position I’m in. Sit back and watch the teams at the top beat each other up, and then swoop in late in the season with my high point total and steal some tiebreakers. My 5-7 record might not look very sexy, but being the second highest scoring team in the league is going to pay dividends later in the season. You watch.

8) The October Boys- This team is still the biggest sleeper in the league. Look at the roster. It’s LOADED with young superstars like Nolan Arenado, Joc Pederson, Felix Hernandez, Madison Bumgarner and Michael Pineda. This team is going to go on a big run soon. I can just feel it. I’m kind of at a loss why this team is in last place in it’s division. The roster is too talented.

9) Panda the Hammer- I’m running out of things to say about this team. It stays the same every week, no trades, minimal pickups, Sam seems to be on auto-draft this year. I think it’s going to lead to a slow decent out of contention for Sam, this league is just too good and owners are too savvy to just sit back and let things take their course.

10) Believe The Hype- Allan follows a nice win last week with another awful dud this week. Things just aren’t going his way this year. Is Allan already looking forward to football?

 

Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs RedRays

A big duel between 7-5 teams. Winner gets some breathing room, loser is sitting 7-6 and on the outside looking in.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 13!