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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!