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Raining Champion

Rain.

I feel like I could just use that as my intro to the recap, and just move onto some power rankings. It was an absolutely miserable week all across Major League Baseball, continuing a trend of a miserable season. We’ve had 26 rainouts up to this point, the most in baseball in a decade. Hitters all across the league are hitting .241 collectively, the lowest average on April 17th in 27 years. It’s been absolutely awful.

It’s time to get to some power rankings, before they’re rained out.

 

Week Three Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters– 3-0, top scorer. You mix all that in a big bowl, and the recipe comes out first in the power rankings. Verlander has carried over his Astros brilliance from last year, and for some reason Gerrit Cole is the new Bob Gibson. You know Dave isn’t done making changes, and he’ll do some of his tweaking to bring in more superstars. Expect the Yankeehaters to hang around the top of the power rankings for most of the season.

2) Beni and the Betts– Winners of two straight, and has the only 300 point performance of the season! Dylan has put together a solid start to the year. Have you seen this teams outfield? When Tommy Pham is your third best OF, you’re in a really really good shape. Injuries have left this team’s infield in absolute tatters, and if he could get his players healthy, and find a first baseman and some pitching depth, this team could go places this year.

3) The October Boys– Dennis could’ve had a bigger point total than he had, but rainouts took a lot of his offense down and he only had 140 ABs on the week. Max Scherzer will haunt my dreams forever, putting up a 72 point smackdown that will go into thefoulline.com history books. If Yu Darvish could ever get it going, this could be a dangerous team.

4) Rays Those Cowbells– By far the most perplexing team I’ve ever had. I can’t decide if I love this roster, or wanna blow it to pieces. One day they look amazing and put up a ton of points, and the next my offense is in a coma and goes 2-27 on the day with 16 strikeouts. Still, I have a lot of good pitching to play with and in a season where it’s hard to come by, I shouldn’t have a problem finding the big bat I seek on the trade market.

5) RedRays– A solid team. Once Rizzo comes back healthy, this team will be even better. Stephen Strasburg is a great ace to have on your staff, until he gets injured. But that day isn’t here yet, and Strasburg is doing wonders and carrying this pitching staff. If Arenado could actually learn how to fight, this team could go even further.

6) sportsmanMike– This is a good team. An offense loaded with stars, and a solid good enough pitching staff. Once Corey Seager and Jose Ramirez come out of their offensive slumber, things will get ever better. And just FYI, don’t ask me how I know this, but Mike is looking to make a big splash on the trade market this week. Check your inboxes!

7) WillisBeTheYear– The bad news, he’s lost two straight and sits at 1-2. The good news, he’s facing Rays Those Cowbells! Team RTC is the personal punching bag of team Willis, having won 9 straight against them and 11-3 overall. Expect Willis to get back into the win column this week and move up in the rankings.

8) Love Boat Captains– Injuries are hitting team LBC hard, as the three time champion sits in last place in her division. Nobody on this planet deserves to have to roster Chris Archer. He’s absolutely awful, yet he’s too good to cut. Off the top of my head, he’s one of the most frustrating fantasy players to own I can remember in the last decade.

9) Believe The Hype– He doesn’t want too, but Allan really needs to make a deal for some pitching. I have plenty available and I’m looking for a big bat! We match up. Let’s deal Allan.

10) Stogies– Things aren’t as bad as they seem. He’s run into the top scorer of the week on two different occasions. Expect this team to find the win column shortly. Even as soon as this week.

 

Game of the Week

Beni and the Betts vs Yankeehaters

The top two teams meet yet again. Can Dylan make a big statement win?

 

Good luck to everyone in week four. And please, no more rain!

Ray of Nope

The Tampa Bay Rays are a full on disgrace.

Chances are, you already knew this.

I’ve been a Rays fan for a LONG time. Since the very beginning. I have seen almost everything. I watched the “hit show”. I watched Albie Lopez and Tanyon Sturtze start opening day and pretend to be aces. I watched Josh Hamilton, Bobby Abreu, Trea Turner, Jose Bautista, and countless others be given away by the team, and become superstars and World Series Champions elsewhere. I watched Quinton McCracken, Danny Clyburn, Mike Kelly, Kevin Stocker and Paul Sorrento masquerade as a real major league lineup. I’ve been to Tropicana Field for a noon game on a Monday against the Kansas City Royals, where the announced attendance was 9,687, and I can tell you that there was 200 people in the stands. I have seen absolutely everything that the glory days of the Devil Rays has had to offer.

I can tell you with 100% certainty that this is the worst team in franchise history, and I’m absolutely disgusted with them. They have three starting pitchers, the bullpen is awful, and the lineup can’t hit a lick. Did I leave anything out?

I mean just look at the lineup for gods sake. CJ Cron is hitting 3rd for this team. CJ Freaking Cron. Let’s just go ahead and take a look at the #3 hitters around the AL East.

Giancarlo Stanton

Andrew Benintendi

Adam Jones

Josh Donaldson

CJ Cron

See what I mean?

What exactly are people expecting? Everyday I look at the Rays social media websites, and people are outraged. They’re surprised, they’re upset. It’s astonishing to me that the reactions have come off this way, like they expected this team to make a run at a Wild Card spot. Although judging by the attendance at the Trop over the last 20 years, not a lot of them really care anyway.

The worst part about this team, the fact that separates them from the old Devil Rays teams, is those teams had a future. Those teams had stars. They would lose 100 games, but you could tune in and watch Carl Crawford. You could watch Rocco Baldelli, Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Delmon Young, and other exciting players that you felt really good about. You could watch them lose a game, but know that better days were ahead. The core was in place.

Is there anyone you want to watch on the 2018 Rays? Do you wanna buy anyone’s jersey? Is there ANY player on this roster, that you look at and say to yourself “this kid is gonna be a really good player someday”. I can’t think of a single player I care about on this team.

They don’t call me “The #1 Rays Fan” for no reason. I love this team and have spent countless childhood nights sitting in front of the TV, watching good baseball and bad baseball alike. The Rays are ALWAYS going to be a huge part of my life.

But I can’t honestly tell you the next time I’m going to tune in for a game. I just don’t wanna watch this team. My time is too valuable to spend it watching CJ Cron be the best hitter on the team.

I’ve completely given up on this team. I’ve lost all faith, and it makes me really sad. I still love them, but right now, I just don’t want any part of them.

 

Dan’s Fantasy Quick Hits

-My team has had 368 ABs this season, and my players have 66 hits. That’s a .218 batting average, for anyone keeping track at home.

-Mike Trout is hitting .212. Francisco Lindor is hitting .143.

-My team is 2-0.

-Mike is the fourth highest scoring team in the league.

-His team is 0-2.

-Dave talked about how much he loved Masahiro Tanaka in the preseason.

-Tanaka has started one game for team Yankeehaters.

-Corey Kluber has claimed the title of best pitcher in baseball. Try to find a reason I’m wrong.

-Did Ginger set a lineup this week?

-The state of starting pitching is BAD. If you’ve got good pitching, hang onto it!

-Allan has easily the best OF in the league.

-Yes, I know Willis has Stanton and JD Martinez. I stand by what I said. Hoskins and Ozuna are absolutely mashing, and there’s all kinds of good vibes around the Mets right now. You just get the feeling Cespedes is going to stay healthy.

-The full on fantasy review returns next week.

-Rays Those Cowbells is going to drop some spots in the power rankings with this awful performance.

-How long before Dave trades Manny Machado?

 

Good luck to everyone the rest of the week!

 

 

 

The Days Of Summer, Week One

I guess momentum is real after all.

2018 started the same way 2017 ended, with all four of the playoffs team playing well and racing off to 1-0 starts. The short week and cold weather really hurt starting pitching, as getting six innings from your starting pitcher this weekend was like pulling teeth. As with every week one, you can’t get too excited or too down on your team, because after four games of baseball, you know almost nothing about the season. I don’t think Jose Ramirez is going to go without a hit for much longer, do you?

I have a tee time scheduled for later today, so let’s get going on some power rankings and get this season’s fantasy reviews off with a bang shall we?

 

Week One Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Like almost all of last season, Allan finds himself back on top of the power rankings after having the leading point total for week one. Superstars won the day for Believe The Hype, as Jose Altuve, Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa all dominated and carried the offense, and young breakout candidate Jose Berrios pitched the gem of the weekend and threw a complete game shutout. Allan looks ready to roll again after finishing in 2nd place last year and looks primed to make another run.

2) WillisBeTheYear– The champ is here! Willis puts up 214 points and his offense rapped out 35 hits. David Price and Shohei Ohtani dominated, and Giancarlo Stanton didn’t wait long to make an impact in his Yankees debut, slamming two home runs. Take a look at this roster, it’s absolutely stacked. Willis wants to go back to back and has firmly established himself as one of the most dominate owners in our league.

3) Yankeehaters– A solid start for Dave, who mixed some duds offensively with some dominating starting pitching from Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Bryce Harper hit two jacks on Sunday, and you know as long as he can stay healthy he’s going to be just fine. I didn’t notice until now, but has anyone else realized that Dave drafted the entire Houston Astros starting rotation?

4) RedRays– Hung tough and pulled out a nailbiter against the Love Boat Captains. Alex Wood and Stephen Strasburg (barf) were the standouts for this squad, and when I look up and down this roster I see a really solid mix of youth and veterans. The last few seasons team RedRays has kind of just hung around the middle pack, not being awful and not truly challenging for a playoff spot. This year could be much different. He had a really nice draft and this is a team I’ll be keeping my eye on.

5) Rays Those Cowbells– Eh. Not the greatest week one, but my team hung in there and found a way to win. My pitchers all pitched well but weren’t allowed to go very deep into games. I’m 79% sure that Gabe Kapler may become my new mortal enemy with the way he handles Aaron Nola. I accomplished my mission to improve my OF, picking up Jose Martinez off the waiver wire and bringing in Rays Those Cowbells fan favorite Michael Conforto in a deal with Mike. Things will improve from here.

6) Stogies– This sucked. Dave V put up one of the highest point totals of the week and still lost. This is a squad that doesn’t deserve to be 0-1 and a lot of good things are gonna happen for this squad going forward. I know I sure wish I’d drafted Noah Sydergaard. He looked absolutely electric in week one.

7) Love Boat Captains– Lost a heartbreaker to the RedRays that could’ve went either way. You know Ginger is gonna be fine, she always is.  Luis Castillo is much much better than he pitched this weekend is gonna help this team win games.

8) Beni and the Betts– Team leader Andrew Benintendi went 0-11 and didn’t record a hit in week one. Not the best omen to start the season for Dylan. There’s still a lot of players I like on this offense. Tommy Pham is going to be a star.

9) sportsmanMike– Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Ramirez and Corey Seager combined for five points. Five. Add in the fact that Mike swung a deal for a really good young pitcher over the weekend, and this team is going to be just fine. He won’t be down here very long.

10) The October Boys– With the exception of Max Scherzer, this teams pitching was absolutely awful in week one. Please please please stop drafting all Yankees players. It’s a strategy that just isn’t working for you.

 

Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs Believe The Hype

A grudge match between two bitter rivals and 1-0 teams.

 

Good luck to everyone in week two!

Is It Over Yet?

Well, that was certainly an experience.

Draft day got started down in Port Charlotte, with the crew from St Petersburg heading down to meet up with Dave for a Rays/Yankees game and discuss LeBron James legacy and how he compares to Michael Jordan.

Well that’s not the reason we really went, but that did seem to be the main topic of conversation that prevailed throughout the day. Other topics brought up were draft picks, the Rays ineptitude, career choices, and whether or not the delicious cheesesteaks of Charlotte Sports Park can begin to compare to the out of body experience of the Dan Philly.  In the meantime, a hardly noticed baseball game was being played, with the Rays hitting 843 home runs against Yankees scrubs and slaughtering them 11-1. It was a fun time, and with the game flying by, before we knew it it was already time to leave.

What did not fly by was the draft itself. Dear god.

That was one of the biggest grinds I’ve ever been a part of and without question our longest draft. I was tired of drafting by round ten. I was on fumes by round fifteen. By round twenty I was nearly in tears.

I feel like it’s only fitting, for the longest draft in league history, we have the longest post in league history. Welcome to the draft recap of the 11th season of thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league!

The Rise Of Altuve

Allan once again passes on the best player in the world with the #1 pick and takes AL MVP and stud Jose Altuve. It’s kind of amazing that a 5’6 grinder can be considered one of the best players in fantasy baseball. Sometimes I think we take Altuve for granted.

Mike Trout makes his triumphant return to Rays Those Cowbells! They’ve moved the fences in at Angels stadium, he’s struck out once in Spring Training and the Angels improved the lineup around him. Trout at #2 was the steal of the draft.

The pre draft rumors were heavily focused on the wild card of the first round being the RedRays. What was he going to do? Sale? Kershaw? Harper? He ends up boring everybody and taking the best player available, Nolan Arenado. Amazing pick.

Ginger believes Trea Turner will stay healthy and makes him the choice at #4. But if he doesn’t steal 70 bases, isn’t this a bad pick? There were a lot of good players available here who are much safer.

Speaking of safety, Mike chooses production over upside and makes Paul Goldschmidt the anchor of team sportsmanMike. The concerns about the humidor are overblown.

The first pitcher comes off the board as Max Scherzer makes his way onto Dennis’ team.

Fresh with a new team name, Benni and The Betts selects Chris Sale, and Mike silently weeps in the corner.

Team Stogies seems to be having computer issues, as I heard after the draft he wanted to take Harper with this selection. It’s unfortunate, but at least Corey Kluber is a great pick and can anchor your team.

First time champion Willis grabs Clayton Kershaw at #9, and just like that all four of the top aces are gone.

Dave jumps all over Bryce Harper at #10, and I have some fun numbers for him. 393, 1, 93, 50. Those are the places in fantasy points Harper has finished over the last four seasons. But sure, pass on elite stud Mookie Betts and keep chasing the 2015 Harper dream. By all means.

Round Two

Dave quickly recovers and redeems himself by taking Manny Machado at #11. The first half last year was a fluke, he’ll be a top five player this season.

Willis steals Giancarlo Stanton right out from under the Valentino brothers noses at #12.

Computer issues remain for Dave V, but again, Charlie Blackmon is not a bad consolation prize.

Dylan won’t repeat Dave’s mistake and jumps all over Mookie Betts at #14. He should’ve been taken eight picks ago.

I breathe a sigh of relief as Dennis reaches for Aaron Judge at pick #15. I can see the light to my player!

Mike grabs World Series Champion and mortal enemy of Rays Those Cowbells, George Springer.

Ginger stuns the draft room and takes Joey Votto 17th overall. Who in the world saw this pick coming??

I’m one pick away now, and I’m sweating, trying to keep my cool. My concerns are unfounded as the RedRays grab first base stud and lineup anchor, Anthony Rizzo.

I take nine seconds to select Luis Severino at 19th overall. Only Dave knew this pick was coming. I’ve researched all the advanced metrics on him, and not only is he going to win the AL CY Young this year, he’s going to challenge for the title of best pitcher in baseball.

Allan wraps up the second round by absolutely stealing Freddie Freeman.

Is it just me, or was this easily the best two rounds we’ve ever had, in terms of player talent? I feel like there was at least 25 slam dunk elite players this year.

Round Three

I know Allan really really well, and I knew that either Carlos Correa or Francisco Lindor were being selected here. Allan prefers Correa, and I’m not exactly sure he’s wrong. 2018 AL MVP?

I want Jacob DeGrom with this pick. I really really want Jacob DeGrom with this pick. I swerve and take Francisco Lindor with this pick. So much for the best laid plans?

The RedRays take Stephen Strasburg at 23rd overall. I wouldn’t have taken this bum at 123rd overall.

Kris Bryant at 24th overall? See what I was talking about, how stacked the early rounds are? Ginger gets a mega steal here.

Mikes takes mega star Jose Ramirez at 25th overall, and chatter throughout the St Pete war room is about what an amazing pick this is.

Dennis gets another Yankee as the pick is Gary Sanchez, and the first catcher is off the board.

Dylan jumps on Andrew Benintendi at #27, and I’m curious, is his team name Beni and The Betts because he was planning on drafting them? Or was he planning on drafting them because his team name is Beni and The Betts?

Dave V grabs one of my man crush’s and takes Noah Syndergaard. He could win the CY Young. Or he could only make eight starts. This is the ultimate boom or bust pick.

Willis takes new Red Sox JD Martinez, and his OF might combine for 100 home runs this season.

Dave finishes off round three by taking young Dodgers stud Cody Bellinger, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Dave stick him into his OF and take full advantage of his position flexibility.

Round Four

Dave roasted Mike to no end all of last year, and yesterday at the ballpark, for trading for Justin Verlander. Dave then takes Justin Verlander.

Somehow every year, one way or another, Willis ends up with Carlos Carrasco. This year is no different and “Cookie” is the pick at #32.

There’s probably a lot to like about Brian Dozier, I just can never seem to get behind him. Team Stogies doesn’t have that issue and chooses him as his second base anchor.

Dylan takes Josh Donaldson at #34 overall, and it’s a great pick. I gotta admit, I completely forgot about him.

Dennis takes the Cubs new shiny toy, Yu Darvish, and now has a Scherzer and Darvish combo to lead his rotation.

Mike doesn’t hesitate and takes Corey Seager to be his SS. Warm fuzzy feelings and thoughts of a dramatic grand slam start rushing back to my head.

It’s hard to doubt Ginger, but Christian Yelich at #37 overall was easily the worst pick of the first four rounds. In my opinion.

Kenley Jansen goes to the RedRays, and I may have to go into thefoulline.com archives for this one, but I’m pretty sure he takes the first closer every single season.

I’m literally laughing out loud as Jacob DeGrom makes it all the way back to me. Having Severino and DeGrom, and Lindor as well, was a scenario I never imagined was even possible.

Allan loves his young players. This year is no different and Phillies young stud Rhys Hoskins joins team Believe The Hype.

This was the best first four rounds we’ve ever had. The players were elite, and the owners seemed locked in and there was very few silly choices made.

Round Five

Allan loves him some Marcell Ozuna. I knew one way or another he’d end up with him. It’s a good pick.

My Aaron Nola love might be the worst kept secret in the league, and it’s enough for me to take him more than 30 picks before his ADP.

The RedRays hop all over Alex Bregman in a mere seven seconds, and it’s a home run pick. I think everyone in the league wanted this guy.

The humidor at Chase Field can work the opposite effect as well, and Ginger think Robbie Ray will be even better than the year before.

Mike finally takes Dallas Keuchel and grabs his first pitcher. All five of Mike’s picks were from playoff teams the year before. Mike wants winners.

Dennis selects Jose Abreu, and has now gone two straight rounds without selecting a Yankee. Surprise!

One of these years Carlos Martinez is going to completely put it all together and win the NL CY Young. Dylan thinks it might be this year and grabs a second pitcher to team with Chris Sale.

Team Stogies chooses Buster Posey, and am I crazy for thinking that this is the 13th year in a row that Posey is selected in the first five rounds? He’s had an unbelievable career.

Willis grabs Edwin Encarnacion, and fun fact, he’s the only player in MLB to have 30 home runs for six consecutive seasons. Consistency matters.

Dave wants Anthony Rendon to be his third baseman, even though he already drafted one in the second round. Oops.

Rounds 6-10: Where Championships Are Won

Believe The Hype: Jake Lamb, Ronald Acuna, Lucas Giolito, Jose Berrios, Yoenis Cespedes

I’m glad Allan ended this run with Cespedes, because I was convinced that he was purely selecting players who aren’t old enough to drink. Was there any doubt at all who was going to be the one to select Acuna? I had him targeted, but knew there was no way I’d ever be able to steal him away from Allan. Obviously, whether or not Allan has a successful season, and whether or not these run of picks are good, all depends on how many of these young players pan out. Nobody has better stuff than Berrios and Giolito, but they’re young arms and young arms are always a big gamble. I’m not a big Jake Lamb fan, he doesn’t hit lefties well and could sit against some of them, but Allan seemed pretty confident with that pick and made it quickly. There’s a lot of potential here, and a lot of risk. This is a typical Allan run of picks.

Rays Those Cowbells: Willson Contreras, James Paxton, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Turner, Madison Bumgarner

Wow. Money, Money, Money, Money and more money. Five All Stars, all in the middle rounds. Contreras is going to breakout and become the best catcher in baseball, and hits cleanup for an elite team. James Paxton is a huge injury risk, but when he’s on the mound he’s elite and one of the six or seven best arms in baseball, and since he’s my fourth starter I don’t have to count on him to carry my staff. Miggy is hitting over .350 this spring and says he feels good. For some of the season, he’s going to give me elite production at first base. Justin Turner and Madison Bumgarner are both hurt and will need to be stashed for awhile, but fantasy baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. When they return, I have two of the top five players at their positions. This run of picks was like something out of a dream, and might’ve won me the championship.

RedRays: Alex Wood, Justin Upton, Starling Marte, Kyle Hendricks, Cole Hamels

Solid. This is a solid run of veteran players. Alex Wood is one of my favorite players in baseball and I tried to trade for him multiple times from Dave last year. Justin Upton now gets to hit behind Mike Trout, and in a full season Starling Marte should make a run at 40 stolen bases. Hendricks and Hamels are solid pitchers who gobble up quality innings and help carry a pitching staff. These are the type of runs that aren’t special or flashy, but put teams in the playoffs every year. The RedRays had a down season last year, and this is a good start to returning to form.

Love Boat Captains: Chris Archer, Zack Godley, Whit Merrfield, Andrew McCutchen, Johnny Cueto

If anyone in the league was going to take Whit Merrfield, I knew it was going to be Ginger. He’s a great player who is being overlooked, the perfect kind of player that the LBCs pounce all over. Zack Godley is going to ball out this year. He’s one of my favorite pitchers and was a heavy RTC target. I can’t say the same about Chris Archer, I think he absolutely sucks. But he will strike out 225 guys and that has value in H2H leagues. I’m not big fans of McCutchen and Cueto anymore, but both are good bounce back candidates and are good value in round nine and ten. Ginger knows what she’s doing.

sportsmanMike: Zack Greinke, Rick Porcello, AJ Pollock, Miguel Sano, Dylan Bundy

Nobody seemed to want Zack Greinke. I’m not a big fan, at all, but he fell a little too far this year and was good value in round six. But then unfortunately, it happened. Mike barfs all over his keyboard and takes Rick Porcello in round seven. This was easily the worst pick of the draft. He absolutely sucks, and Mike could’ve probably gotten him in round thirteen. I have absolutely no idea what he was thinking here. He recovers a bit and finishes this run of picks with AJ Pollock, Miguel Sano and Dylan Bundy, three solid players who can help this team win some games. In fact, I may try and trade for AJ Pollock before this post even goes up. Stand by.

The October Boys: Sonny Gray, Rafael Devers, Didi Gregorius, Dee Gordon, Eddie Rosario

More Yankees! Dennis takes Sonny Gray and Didi Gregorius in this run of picks, and took four Yankees in his first seven picks. His love of all things Yankees are becoming some of the most predictable stuff on draft day. In his non Yankee news, Rafael Devers can be one of the most fun picks of the draft. He’s got crazy potential and could emerge as a top five third baseman as soon as this year. Dee Gordon bores me to tears, but he’s got a new change of scenery and should still steal some bases at the minimum. Eddie Rosario was another big target of mine and is going to be a top 15 OF this year. He’s got a lot of potential. This is a good run of picks, and Dennis mixed youth and veterans well.

Beni and the Betts: Tommy Pham, Gio Gonzalez, Xander Bogaerts, Trevor Bauer, Khris Davis

I’m so upset with Dylan. Tommy Pham should’ve been on my team! He’s one of my absolute favorites this year, and I think he may even be a sleeper NL MVP candidate. The rest of this run of picks are a nice mix of production and upside. Gio Gonzalez and Khris Davis are solid veterans where you know what you’re going to get, and Trevor Bauer and Xander Bogaerts are good young players who could take that next step forward at any time and breakout into true superstars. This was a really great run of picks and Dylan has almost reached his goal of drafting every single relevant Red Sox player.

Stogies: Jean Segura, Craig Kimbrel, Travis Shaw, Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Braun

I know team Stogies had a good run here based on the reactions of my fellow war room drafters. When Craig Kimbrel was picked, Mike uttered a rather awful obscenity under his breath, and when Travis Shaw came off the board, Allan loudly exclaimed “he took Travis Shaw?!”. Even I myself would’ve been pretty upset with his Aaron Sanchez selection if I wasn’t so naturally calm and composed. Like Tommy Pham, Sanchez was a heavy RTC target and somebody I wanted for myself. Add in solid contributions from Braun and Segura, and clearly you have a run of picks that made the other league members bitter and upset. Great job.

WillisBeTheYear: Elvin Andrus, David Price, Daniel Murphy, Aroldis Chapman, Jon Lester

Whoa! Does the champion want to go back to back or what? This is a really great run of picks. I’m not huge fans of Andrus or Price, but that’s more a personal bias then any real baseball reason. If healthy, they’re two good players who will add a lot of this team. Daniel Murphy is money in the bank when he gets over his minor injury, and Aroldis Chapman is going to rack up a ton of saves playing for an elite team. Watching Jon Lester tumble down the boards was one of the most fascinating developments of the entire draft. He went about 30 picks too late. This was a really really good run of picks for Willis and probably puts him back into the playoffs, ready to defend his championship.

Yankeehaters: Jose Quintana, Jonathan Schoop, Masahiro Tanaka, Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers

Dave is gonna be amused with this, but I’m not a fan of this run of picks. At all. I think Quintana is as solid as it gets and moves over to a good team, but he’s boring and what you see is what you get. There was a lot of players with a lot more upside available at that spot. All of the advanced metrics point to a regression from Schoop, and Tanaka and Cole are two of my least favorite pitchers in all of MLB and weren’t even on my board. I do like some Lance McCullers, but he’s injury prone like crazy and is going to be hard to count on when the other pitchers Dave drafted start to stink it up. Dave will make adjustments, and probably trade his way into the final four, but I really wasn’t too impressed with his draft. A real surprise.

Picks I Really Love, Rounds 11-21

Round 11: Matt Carpenter by RTC. Health permitting, he’s going to finish as a top 20 overall player. Book it. Jake Arrieta by Willis. Did everyone forget about him like the free agency market did? He’s still a good player.

Round 12: Luis Castillo by LBC. She does it once every year. Steals a player I was going to take with my very next pick. Chase Anderson by RedRays. He’s boarderline elite. Seriously, check the metrics. Michael Fulmer by BTH. Elite stuff. He’ll take a step forward.

Round 13: Luke Weaver by RTC. Elite young arm. He’s going to breakout this season. Rich Hill by Stogies. Yes, he’s gonna get hurt. But he’s gonna be a boarderline ace in the innings he actually pitches.

Round 14: Garrett Richards by YH. I was gonna take him this round. I absolutely love me some Garrett Richards, just stay healthy! Felipe Rivero by LBC. I feel shame. I completely forgot about him. He can be a top three closer.

Round 15: Ender Inciarte by Willis. Underrated player. Does nothing but hit, the perfect 3rd OF type.

Round 16: Steven Matz by Stogies. Just stay healthy….. Just stay healthy…. Just stay healthy…..

Round 17: This round kinda sucked. I don’t think anyone did well.

Round 18: Kyle Schwarber by BTH. Lost a bunch of weight and still has crazy talent. He can’t be as bad as last year.

Round 19: Michael Conforto by SM. One of my favorite players in MLB. I’ll probably try and trade for him when he gets healthy.

Round 20: Yoan Moncada by BTH. Why exactly was he still on the board?

Round 21: I think everybody was asleep at this point.

Picks I Really Hate, Rounds 11-21

Round 11: Yasiel Puig by TOB. At what point do we just give up on this guy?

Round 12: Luis Castillo by LBC. Again, love the player. I just hate the fact that she picked him! Shohei Ohtani by Willis. This guy absolutely sucks. At least for now.

Round 13: Everyone picked a good player here. Good job!

Round 14: Danny Salazar by SM. Give it up already Mike, Salazar isn’t gonna happen like we thought it would.

Round 15: Joc Pederson by TOB. Isn’t he a part time player?

Round 16: Felix Hernandez by SM. It’s not 2012 anymore. Felix in finished. I learned the hard way last year.

Round 17: Adam Jones by RTC. He bores me, but I didn’t have a whole lot of choices in my OF.

Round 18: Kevin Gausman by YH. This guy really sucks and for some reason people always think he doesn’t.

Round 19: A solid round. Everyone is hanging in there.

Round 20: Ozzie Albies by BATB. Only because Dylan as five reserve hitters on his bench and no pitchers.

Round 21: Adrian Beltre by YH. Apparently, Dave is going for a new strategy this year where he drafts six people to play third base.

If anyone is still reading at this point, I want to go on record, as I do every year, asking people to please not get too offended if I made some disparaging remarks on some of your draft picks. This entire recap is just one mans opinion, and I’m sure most of you think my draft went horribly and I’m destined for the basement. It’s just how these things go. But if you do still care, it’s time for my final four!

The Final Four

Rays Those Cowbells

WillisBeTheYear

Love Boat Captains

Believe The Hype

 

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone! I want to conclude by saying this is the best fantasy baseball league in the world, and I look forward to making a lot of new memories with everyone this year. Memories like these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing The Unmanageable

Allan gives his thoughts on the draft, and ponders a Walmart for Westshore Pizza employee swap. Thanks for reading and commenting! Hope you enjoyed Dan’s, Dave’s and Allan’s posts on the draft!


 

Here we go again guys! Draft day eve is here, the day where we all start to question whether or not we really know what the hell we are really going to do when that draft clock starts. Is my first selection going to get hurt, is he going to get caught up in a PED scandal or am I going to regret not selecting the golden boy of Major League Baseball?

This is a scary time for all of us who truly take this thing seriously. As much fun as it is,we all want to win. The competitive juices begin to flow, the adrenaline rush you start to get when your pick is coming and you know in your mind that you are going to get your guy, then POOF, he’s gone. Your mind starts to scramble like when your child decides to change the channel during the pivotal moments in a game and just ran into the next room with your controller. Yep fatherhood is a gift and a curse. As you get older you don’t have many opportunities to get those types of adrenaline rushes as much as you once had in your younger years.

Drafting a team and managing them is a lot like managing at work. You select your team, give them the pregame speech, believe in them and pray for the best outcome. You can’t control what a player is going to do day by day, just like you can’t control a person. Sometime you get lucky and find that gem. You plug them into the lineup and you can sit back with your feet up and relax. Then there are those that you have to monitor every damn moment of your day and eventually cut them. Just like at work. Only real difference is I can’t call Dan and offer him my worst worker, a Walmart gift card and guaranteed open spot at a checkout lane for life for his best worker and a slice of pizza. Life would be so much easier that way.

So instead we work with what we are given. Years of our own thoughts and knowledge ,a couple of magazines, a podcast from some of the best minds in baseball and stolen ideas from conversations with league members. We may not all communicate with one another, but for those who do we take a little from each other or try to pick the brains of those who we feel have a good idea of who’s hot and who’s not. Then there are some who will point you into the wrong direction purposely and loves getting into people heads (Dave Ingalls) and I believe he gets a kick out of it. But strategy is strategy.

The early injuries suck, but I kind of like it. It will definitely impact the draft a little bit and will possibly change the mind of the decisions we make early on. But we have 10 members of guys/gal who can turn a negative into a positive. So I look forward to what I believe will be our best season. I also look forward to seeing some of you guys at the ball park.

Let’s do this!!!

Maniac

Not to be a total copycat from Dan the #1 Rays fan most recent post…but, I too feel that Draft day is the most exciting day of the year. The moment Ginger sets the league up, and hits the magic draft order randomizer, my thoughts become consumed with drafting the perfect team, from whichever spot i’m stuck with. I absolutely love the rush of finding out my draft spot. Regardless if it’s the tenth pick,… or the tenth pick. (screw you “randomizer”)
There’s always an immediate backlash of who is getting which pick, and who’s going where. Text messages fly between league members, and the speculation of what the order of players is going to be. Every year, I make a list of the predictive first round picks, based on rumors, hearsay, gut feelings, as well as knowing each members of the leagues tendencies. I share this prediction with anyone that will listen, and some that don’t. With this insider information, I’m locked and loaded to make the perfect pick(s). The interesting thing is, I never get these predictions right, which leads to me panic picking my first round selection.
Is this the year that I break tradition, and take a starting pitcher? Probably not.

The first two rounds of this draft is going to be wild. I think we see four pitchers taken in the first ten picks. I see elite bats to be had in the 3rd and 4th rounds. I anticipate that ten, knowledgeable fantasy players, with a hint of competitiveness, and a dash of stubbornness, are going to make the perfect recipe for this, our tenth and most exciting season of fantasy baseball!

Just for fun, I dusted off the crystal ball and have come up with my first round predictions:
1. Believe the Hype – Altuve
2. Rays those cowbells – Trout
3. RedRays – Arenado
4. Love Boat Captains- Betts
5. SportsmanMike – Harper
6. The October Boys – Scherzer
7. Roger Dorn- Sale
8. Stogies – Kershaw
9. Willisbetheyear – Goldschmidt
10. Yankeehaters – Turner, Kluber, Bryant, Rizzo, Machado, ??? Pick 2!

I honestly have no clue. I do have a phone call into Ms. Cleo. Here’s hoping she’s better at this then I am.

Happy drafting!

Draft Eve

Twas the night before drafting, and all through the house, Dan’s brain was stirring, trying to figure it out”.

Draft day is tomorrow! It’s easily my favorite day of the year.

Sadly, it’s preceded by my least favorite day of the year, the dreaded draft day eve. Allow me to explain.

I have a ritual every year. I get my draft position, and spend the next two weeks formulating the absolute perfect strategy. I choose my first round target, I select the 2nd or 3rd rounder that I “must have” no matter what, and I identify all my sleepers and breakouts. I create a plan, I practice and work on it, and I spend all of early to mid-march relaxing and enjoying the spring.

Then, every single year without fail, about 24 to 36 hours before the draft, I start completely blowing up my perfect foolproof plan and starting from scratch.

Suddenly my “must have” doesn’t feel so essential anymore. My first rounder doesn’t look as good as somebody else I could have at that spot. My favorite sleeper has a 7.76 spring ERA and my breakout is hitting .198 with 27 strikeouts.

With my foolproof plan out the window, I proceed to scramble, start from the beginning and try to pull things together at the last minute. Then I realize how stupid that is and try to go back to my original plan. What ends up happening is a mixed up combination of my original strategy and my new nonsense, leaving my team in shambles and my draft a sloppy mess, looking like something that an 11 year old who’s had too much red bull and candy would put together.

Don’t allow yourself to be sucked in every year like I do. Trust yourself, stick to your original strategy and don’t fall for the last minute tinkering temptations of “draft eve”.

 

Dan’s Spring Quick Hits

-I just watched Chris Sale leave the game in the first inning after taking a line drive off the knee, eerily similar to watching Madison Bumgarner leave the game last night. I’m not dealing with this pitching crap again this year, I’m taking arms with my first five picks.

-I’m really excited to be heading down to Charlotte Sports Park for the first time in three seasons tomorrow.  I hope to see a lot of you foulliners out there.

-I still don’t believe Allan isn’t taking Mike Trout.

-And I still don’t believe Dave is considering a pitcher with his first two picks at all.

-This is going to be the most wild and crazy draft we’ve ever had. I legit think 15 players are worth first round consideration.

-The Rays “four man rotation” nonsense is going to be a disaster. They might lose 100 games.

-I have honest to god concerns about my new kittens jumping on my laptop and making me autodraft Zack Greinke.

-The two best records in the grapefruit league are Boston and Houston. Stop saying spring training doesn’t matter.

-Please remember to get with Ginger and get the league fee over to her. She does a great job setting up our league every single year.

 

Good luck tomorrow night, and I hope to see a lot of you tomorrow afternoon!

I’m #1…… Kind Of

The first of many posts this year from 2014 Fantasy Champion and back to back #1 overall pick king, Allan. Thanks for reading and commenting!

 


 

Well here we go again, back at it for another fantastic season of fantasy baseball. Although last year didn’t end exactly how I intended, losing in the Championship game to Willisbetheyear. The fantasy God’s took a vote and have spoken!!! I have EARNED the right to be this year’s #1 overall pick in the upcoming fantasy draft. I would much rather have won the championship and been picking #6 or #7, but what are you gonna do?

I am a little excited about having this opportunity to pick #1, because it gives me a chance to lock down one of the best players in baseball. Then again I won’t be picking again until #20. That worries me a little bit. These are the types of thing that will be running through my mind up until draft day. Who will I take #1? Who will be left at #20? Will I be sober enough to make the right decisions by the time my second pick comes back around? You know, those types of things. So I am nervous and excited at the same time.

I am extra excited though, because I get a chance to meet up with some of the guys at a spring training game earlier that day before the draft. It’s always a fun time. We get a chance to talk about fantasy strategies, life, the game of baseball, how much we hate each other’s team and my absolute favorite part, drinking beer with some buddies. Yea I may sound like a drunk, but hell, I’m okay with that. I like beer and so do you. I just pray to God that it isn’t hot out that day especially with all of this nice weather we have been having. Because I sweat like a sinner in church and I like to look good for the ladies.

I have told a few of the guys already that I plan on taking Jose Altuve with the #1 pick in the draft. He is the best 2nd baseman in the game and also one of the best players in the game as well. I know I tend to lie about who I am taking, alot. But this year I plan to be honest and fair.Why not take the reigning AL MVP and World Series Champion? He hits for high average, his power numbers have increased over the last 2 years, he steals a lot of bags and plays in the best young lineup in baseball. Picking at #1 you want the best player in the game, but then again why not have only one of the best players, but a player who plays a position of value. 2nd base is tough to find elite play at. So that’s it…..He’s my pick…..Maybe. lol

Well that’s about all I have at the moment. So Good luck to nobody but me and see you guys at the park/draft.

Everything Has A Return

It’s that time of year again.

Spring training games have kicked off, the draft order has been set, and the prep work has begun. Which also means that it’s officially “writing season” on thefoulline.com.

2018 marks the ten year anniversary of thefoulline.com, and the once great website has fallen on hard times. Gone are the steady stream of posts, the constant comments and visitors, and the regularly flowing trash talk and baseball commentary of our former regulars. For many months out of the year the site remains dark, no comments, no posts, only a list of old fantasy posts, an archive of former great memories long since forgotten.

Nobody is to blame for this. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. I myself recently have been given the keys to manage and run my own pizza shop. It’s a taxing position, and working 60 hour weeks quickly puts your priorities in order and forces you to focus on what’s truly important in your life. Sometimes, baseball just doesn’t take center stage.

But that doesn’t mean I have to like it, or even accept it.

I miss writing. I miss the jabs and trash talk we take at other, and I miss playing fantasy baseball. I miss trading and picking up free agents, and I miss the daily battle of wits that only the best fantasy baseball league in the world can offer. But most of all, I miss baseball. The real game of baseball.

This year, there’s going to be some changes here on the website. Over the last several seasons, it’s been nothing but fantasy baseball posts, and only fantasy baseball posts. While they’re a blast to write, they’re really only relevant to the ten members of our fantasy baseball league. In the glory days of this website, there was a constant flow of not just fantasy baseball posts, but real, hard hitting, well thought out baseball content. That’s my plan. In 2018, real life baseball returns to thefoulline.com.

I have big plans upcoming in the near and distant future, and I’ve already begun to calculate what some of them are.

-The draft day diary will be written.

-The weekly fantasy review returns.

-Monthly power rankings of MLB teams.

-A trade deadline special, multiple posts and thoughts on July 31st.

-Posts written from Tropicana Field during live baseball games.

 

There’s going to be a whole lot more content coming, the ideas are rushing to me so quickly it’s a little overwhelming right now to be honest with you. I’ll be writing a post every single Monday, rain or shine, and I’ll be squeezing in quick, short hitter posts throughout the week about the happenings in baseball and fantasy alike.

Things are moving forward on this website in 2018, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to convince the creator and father of thefoulline.com, Dave himself, to assist me going forward. I understand managing a full time career and children leaves blog writing a bit on the back burner, but I know Dave misses writing and his love of baseball is unmatched. I’d take a guess that we’ll see some posts from Mrfoulline going forward. Also invited to the party is Allan, our 2017 runner up and one of the most knowledgeable sports fans I’ve ever met. His guest post last year was brilliantly written and well informed, and I’d love to involve him going forward in what I’m trying to do here. Which also includes “marketing”, using the Yaysports Facebook page to involve countless members of our Yaysports group who love the game of baseball and would add great points and counter points to our established regulars.

Good luck to everyone in their draft prep, and I know I’ll here from you guys soon. Baseball is back, and so is thefoulline.com.

Everything has a return.

 

Drinking And Trading, The Playoffs

Real life sometimes gets in the way of baseball. It’s an unfortunate lesson I’ve had to learn over the past six weeks.

Between getting a new promotion at work, and dealing with the chaos that was Hurricane Irma, I had to suspend the weekly thefoulline.com fantasy baseball reviews. I simply just didn’t have the time to write them the way I wanted too. I could’ve taken 10 minutes and put a 150 word paragraph together and really phone it in just to keep the posts coming, but that’s not something I like to do. If I’m going to bother to write, I want it to be great stuff worth reading. I have a very high standard for myself.

Having said all that, there was NO WAY that I was going to let the playoffs come and go without writing posts. It’s the most exciting time of the fantasy baseball season, and my first playoff appearance since 2013. It’s been a long road to get back here, and I’m incredibly proud of the way my team played this season.  Bouncing back from a 1-5 start to finish 16-8 is one of my favorite things I’ve ever accomplished in my 10 years of playing fantasy baseball.

But enough rambling about myself, we’ve got four owners determined to bring home the gold this year. Let’s see how these matchups will play out.

 

Believe The Hype Vs Yankeehaters

It’s the game that neither man wanted. Allan didn’t want to play the Yankeehaters during their hot streak, and Dave didn’t wanna play clearly the best team in the league. For weeks now all that we’ve heard from Dave is that he’s “getting hot at the right time” and that “nobody wants to play him” and all the other boring cliches that mediocre teams use to justify that they deserve to sneak into the playoffs. But having said that, this really is a great matchup. A two start Clayton Kershaw is going to be hard to take down, and at this point you really do have to pencil Corey Kluber in for 30 points. He’s been on the best pitching run I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching baseball. Last weeks game will play a big role. Dave had his best possible week and put up 390, and Allan struggled to a finish near 270. That trend reverses this week. Allan’s team is the best in the league, and has been all season long. He deserves to win this game, and he deserves to win the title. Period.

Prediction: Believe The Hype by 50+

 

WillisBeTheYear vs Rays Those Cowbells

It’s the by far less sexy of the two playoff matches, but these are two great teams that have known they were going to be in the playoffs since July. Willis fought hard to grab a win in the final game of the regular season, and as a reward gets to avoid playing Allan in the first round. It really could pay off for him, as this is the week you want to play Rays Those Cowbells. None of my pitchers are starting twice, the schedule just didn’t line up for me the way it needed to, and I head into this game on a bit of a downturn, as my team is nowhere near as powerful as it was earlier this season. Willis and I usually always play a closely contested game, and I think the difference here could be that Jose Altuve and George Springer didn’t play that well last week. They’re too good to struggle for long, and they’ll make the difference in a close game.

Prediction: WillisBeTheYear wins by 20 points

 

It’s the playoffs! Get excited! Good luck to our final four this week!