Drinking And Trading, Week Seven


It’s moving time!

Fantasy baseball is a very long and very difficult six month war of attrition. It’s obviously important to finish strong, and get off to a great start. But by far the most important part of the season is the middle months. The hot April starts have long since faded, and we have a pretty good idea by now of who’s legit and who’s a bust going forward. Now is the time to make your move, and the owners of thefoulline.com have taken that message to heart.

This was a week of blockbuster trades, as big names like Chris Sale, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Blackmon all found themselves on the trade block and switching teams. It was the most active week that we’ve had so far, and I would expect more fireworks going forward. May and June are always the most active months of the season for big time trades, and with trigger happy owners like Dave and Allan rising to the top of the power rankings, I think you should probably check your inbox right now. Chances are, you have a trade offer waiting for you.

 

Week Seven Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– The curse is over! For the first time all year, the first team in the rankings did not suffer a humiliating defeat and lives to see another week at the number one spot. Allan made a great trade this week, bringing in Anthony Rizzo and Jose Ramirez to fortify his offense, but I seriously wanna get in on whatever voodoo ritual Allan has pulled off, because an ace got injured right after he traded him for the second time this season. Allan has proven to be legit and is going to be around for the long haul, which is great news for the league. Any season Allan is a contender has always proven to be more active and have a lot more deals in it.

2) sportsmanMike– Boy was I off the mark on this team. Mike has done a complete 180 since becoming 1-3, going on a three game winning streak and climbing to the top of the season scoring list. This team has offensive studs all over the diamond, and now adds Kris Bryant in a fleecing of Rays Those Cowbells to bring even more thunder to his lineup. Mike might be the most underappreciated owner in the league. In the last two years he’s won a championship and made a playoff appearance, and he could be well on his way again.

3) Love Boat Captains– Yep that’s right, the top three teams in the power rankings are all from the same division. Ginger still has a great roster that is ready to take off a winning streak anytime now, but I’m sure the inconsistency is beginning to irritate her. This is simply too talented a team to continue to be so up and down. Trea Turner has been a huge bust so far. Outside of four games at Coors Field, he’s hitting .196. He’ll have to get it going for this team going forward.

4) Roger Dorn– Dylan had a great week offensively but was really let down by his pitching staff. I had a sneaky feeling this team may make a trade for an ace, I just didn’t expect that ace to be Jason Vargas (barf).  Still in a tie for the division lead, but he’s going to have to fend off a surging Yankeehaters and a solid WillisBeTheYear to stay up top. It could be difficult going forward. It’s time to see what this team is made of. Can Dylan be around for the long haul?

5) Yankeehaters– It only took six weeks, but Dave finally had a great week and paced the field in total scoring. Dave actually had a really mediocre week offensively and his pitching staff saved the day, putting up 8 wins and 7 quality starts. Losing Freddie Freeman is devastating, but he made a great deal and brought in Charlie Blackmon without dealing from the core of his team. It appears the struggles could be over for Dave, as his 0-3 start looks like a distant memory and he’s officially surging. Things don’t appear to be too scary on the horizon either, as the combined record of his next three opponents is 8-13. It’s a good time to be Dave, and it kinda makes me sick a little bit.

6) WillisBeTheYear– This is a team that may not be as good as I thought. Having three stud starters on the DL hurts, but I’m just not as impressed with this roster as I was earlier this season. Has he always had Jedd Gyorko in his lineup? As weird as it is for me to say, this may be the team that falls out of the race in the beer division. He’s 1-3 in his last four games, and I’m starting to think that may be a better indicator of this team’s talent than the 3-0 start that he had. Sorry Willis.

7) RedRays– Is there a more snakebit team in the league? Trades two of his best bats for an ace because he had no choice, and that ace instantly goes on the DL. Then looks on the schedule and sees that every single one of his opponents pitchers are starting twice against him this week. It’s a really crappy time to be the RedRays right now.

8) Rays Those Cowbells– My god, it’s a win! I woke up this morning and for the first time in weeks, I didn’t hate my fantasy life. The sun was shining a little brighter, and the dark circles under my eyes were a little less pronounced. With a season point total near the top of the leader board, I still think this team has even more potential going forward. Bringing in the best pitcher in baseball, Chris Sale, was a move I’d been working toward for weeks, and I was even willing to overpay to do so. I think in a season where the pitching is so horrible, it’s guys like Sale that are going to be the difference makers in the end. I had to get him.

9) The October Boys– It’s a two game winning streak! That must feel great after starting 0-5. I know for a fact that Dennis has the baseball brain to get back into this race, but for the love of god, stop starting Masahiro Tanaka. Please. You’ll feel so much better if you do.

10) Stogies– Cause I’m free!! Free falling!! Horrible Tom Petty references aside, This team is tanking fast. I know the feeling, trust me. What confuses me about this team is it’s loaded with stars and I truly believe this is just a bad stretch, and not a sign of things to come. The problem with that is you can play great ball for 75% of the season, but it’s that one 25% stretch  can end your season and leave you saying to yourself “If I could’ve won just ONE of those games”….. Still, any team with Miggy, Cano, Harper and Scherzer is gonna have better days ahead. Trust me.

 

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs sportsmanMike

Two 4-3 teams lock horns for second place in the Fried Chicken Division.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Eight!

Drinking And Trading, Week Six


Finding the strength to write this post was very difficult.

I went into week five incredibly confident that things were going to turn around for me. I had a 9-5 PSR advantage, and all my best pitchers were starting twice. I knew that this game was going to be the springboard that led me to turning this horrible start around, and that my team was finally ready to break out and live up to it’s potential.

Well I lost, badly, and this season has officially become a full on nightmare. Yay me.

Believe it or not, there actually are things that go on around the league besides my own pool of misery. Dave will eat his lunch shoe free as he lived up to his promise and defeated WillisBeTheYear in a grudge match that lived up to the hype. Speaking of living up to the hype, Allan utterly obliterated Dylan in yet another “Game of the Week” which did not live up to expectations, and the Love Boat Captains crushed another opponent and have another week as the high scorer. Time for some rankings!

 

Week Six Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Allan’s climb is officially complete as he reaches the number one spot for the very first time. Standout performances from Carlos Correa and Carlos Martinez were enough to dispatch Dylan, and if Allan wants to feel even better about himself, Kris Bryant missed three games and had 10 fantasy points this week. That trade is what has propelled Allan to the best record through six weeks, and he deserves a lot of credit for following his gut and taking a risk, despite catching a lot of flack for doing so from around the league. Allan is never afraid to make a bold decision, and you have to respect him for it.

2) Love Boat Captains– Ginger has alternated good weeks with bad weeks for about a month now, and if the trend continues, she’s due for a bad week. Please for the love of god let that be the case. She’s playing Rays Those Cowbells this week, and I need a win more than anything in the world. The good news for the Love Boat Captains, other than her cake walk opponent, is that Trea Turner and Kyle Seager have to be close to busting out. They’re simply too talented to be scuffling for much longer.

3) WillisBeTheYear– I know Willis has got to be disappointed. He felt pretty strongly that he was going to crush Dave, and he came up short and is surely hearing about it today. This team needs Josh Donaldson back in the worst way. He’s gotten almost nothing out his 3rd base position, and his infield in general is a little on the weak side. He’s still 4-2 and is a threat to crush his opponent every single week, but maybe a deal coming in the near future to shake things up?

4) Roger Dorn– I cannot for the life of me figure this team out. Dylan either puts up 340 points and absolutely crushes whoever he’s playing, or he limps to 175 points and looks like the worst team in the league. It’s hard for me to say a whole lot about this squad, because through six weeks, I can’t figure out if this is a great team or not. It changes every week! A little more consistency should be the #1 goal going forward for Dylan.

5) sportsmanMike– This is a team on the rise. Two straight impressive performances and a two game win streak get Mike back to a .500 record. Chris Sale is the best pitcher in baseball, and if Jose Bautista can continue his return to form, this could be a dangerous offense going forward. Mike is never one to be very vocal or make big splashes, but he’s got a solid team that’s a threat to win every week.

6) Yankeehaters– Dave promised a victory and came through, though he fell short of his 300 point guarantee. 3-3 is obviously a perfect scenario when you started 0-3, and this team has potential to get even better when Corey Kluber returns from the DL. But I can’t do a fantasy review and say all nice things about Dave, so I’ll just go on record as saying I think your offense outside of Freddie Freeman is blah. I feel a lot better now.

7) RedRays– Unlike team sportsmanMike, this is a team heading in the wrong direction. Injuries have absolutely ravaged his pitching staff, and it’s hard to feel too confident when your rotation has Hector Santiago and Miguel Gonzalez in it. This team may have to do something drastic, like trading Anthony Rizzo for pitching, just to have a shot at staying in the race.

8) Stogies– What on earth happened? Three weeks ago this team absolutely wollywhopped the Love Boat Captains and was sitting near the top of the power rankings. Fast forward to now, and it’s a three game losing streak and only a game out of last place. It hasn’t struck me until now just how old this team is. Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Matt Kemp Eric Thames and Max Scherzer. These are all guys on the wrong side of 30 and little injures add up. That could be a big factor going forward. I will say that it wasn’t all bad for Dave V, as I have it on good authority that he was live and in person at Derek Jeter night on Sunday. So at least he had a good weekend.

9) The October Boys– Sometimes you just need a little luck. Dennis had another horrible week, but gets into the win column as the RedRays were even worse in what was the worst game of the season so far. I look at this team and I don’t think his team is as bad as his record, but man, Arrieta and Tanaka have to get going, like now, or it’s gonna continue to be a long season for Dennis.

10) Rays Those Cowbells– I am completely out of answers. I’m lost and I don’t know what to do.

 

Game of the Week

RedRays vs Yankeehaters

A couple of 3-3 teams heading opposite directions. The RedRays are limping into this matchup and you know Dave smells blood in the water.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Seven!

Drinking And Trading, Week Five


It’s settle down time.

In the past, I’ve always looked to week five as the week where things start to return to normal. April is over, the slow starters usually pick it up, and the fast starters who carried teams through April tank back to mediocrity and return to the waiver wire. Naturally, that’s not the case in 2017.

Guys like Ryan Zimmerman, Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge, Eric Thames, Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano and countless others are dominating the fantasy landscape in 2017. Was Allan right? He said in the comment section weeks ago that mastering the waiver wire was the new key to fantasy baseball. That a great draft was irrelevant, and that too many things change throughout the year and that the waiver wire was the end all and be all.

Well after Allan beat me and got to 4-1, who am I to argue? I may just call next years recaps “Fantasy Baseball, The Race to the Waiver Wire”. Sounds catchy right?

Let’s hurry up and get to the power rankings before there’s another stud on free agency that I ignore.

 

Week Five Power Rankings

1) Roger Dorn– Has Dylan finally bought into his own team? Is he finally ready to admit there may be something special here? You can hate on his roster all you like, but he’s 4-1, has won three in a row, is undefeated in his division, and is the highest scoring team in the league. Where’s the argument against him? For now, Dylan is 100% legit. Although he may still argue with you that he’s not.

2) Believe The Hype– Allan’s team wasn’t at it’s best this past week, but when you face a horrible team like Rays Those Cowbells, you can afford to take the week off. That’s what the soft spots on your schedule are for right? His OF is elite, Ryan Zimmerman is Babe Ruth, and Dallas Keuchel is the AL CY Young winner. Now what I’m waiting for is Allan’s next big blockbuster trade. If history has taught us anything, it’s that Allan hates standing pat whether he’s winning or not. Trust me, it’s coming. Check your inboxes.

3) WillisBeTheYear– I’d say that’s a nice rebound from your first loss, wouldn’t you? In our game of the week (which strangely have not lived up to the billing this year) he absolutely demolished the RedRays, scoring 346 points and winning be nearly 150 points. He improved his depth and brought in Michael Brantley and Dylan Bundy in a deal with RTC, and then immediately lost Brantley to an ankle injury. I’m sorry about that buddy. (side note, why is every single trade being tainted by players getting hurt right after the deal is made?) Even with that loss, Willis will be near the top of the rankings all year long.

4) Love Boat Captains– Inconsistency has shackled this team in recent weeks, alternating bad weeks with good. She’s gonna need more consistency going forward from her pitching, and losing James Paxton to the DL is going to hurt. Hopefully he only misses a few starts. I still think going forward this is the best roster in the league, but this team is going to have to stay healthy. Ginger’s refusal to trade and bring in fresh players has never hurt her before, but a rash of injuries could deplete this team real quick.

5) RedRays– There might not be a team that’s been screwed over worse than the RedRays. I mean take a look, he’s lost almost his entire pitching staff to injuries. Find me any team that could lose Madison Bumgarner and Cole Hamels and just keep cruising along like nothing’s wrong. This is a team that needs to make a deal, now. Bring in some pitching, or the bottom could fall off altogether.

6) Stogies– Much like the RedRays, this is another team that is fighting the injury bug. His entire bench is filled with injured players, and now Bryce Harper is nicked up. The next two months are going to be crucial for this team. If he can just tread water, hang around for awhile, stay near .500, I think this is a team that could make a run at the league title when all these injured players are back to full strength. This is a team to be on guard for in the second half of the season, but for now, it could be a bit of a struggle.

7) sportsmanMike– Chris Sale continues to do Chris Sale things as Mike gets his second win of the season. He’s the best pitcher in the American League and it’s not even close. Mike had a good week and held on late for a solid win over team Stogies, but Mike, as one friend to another, please for the love of god stop starting Carlos Gonzalez…. He is BAD. Although I suppose I’m playing you this week, so go ahead and give Cargo another week to figure things out. But knowing my luck, he’s gonna pop off for 40 points. You know what? Forget I said anything. Carry on. Good win.

8) Yankeehaters– After winning two straight games and beating the #1 team in the power rankings, Dave will probably think he should be higher on this list, but I refuse to give him that satisfaction. The bottom line is this team hasn’t cracked the 260 point barrier once this year and should be 0-5. I actually like this team a lot more than it’s point totals, and I think there’s going to be a lot of improvement going forward, but to this point, it’s been the worst Yankeehaters season that he’s ever had. Losing Corey Kluber hurt, and I still think a “Dave deal” is coming that is going to make everything okay.

9) Rays Those Cowbells– This team makes me very sad. It would be different if I didn’t think this was a great roster, and that they were just garbage, but I look up and down this team and love 90% of the players on it. Maybe I’m just crazy, maybe I just don’t know anything about baseball, but I’m staying the course. This is a final four team, I know in my heart that it is. No big scale changes are coming to Rays Those Cowbells.

10) The October Boys– These kind of weeks are horrible. Trust me, I know the feeling. You have a great week, crack the 300 point barrier, and take yet another loss to drop to 0-5. It looks like it could be one of those years for the boys from October. Hang in there man.

 

Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs Roger Dorn

The two division leaders square off in an early season huge game. The winner is the #1 team in the power rankings next week.

 

Good luck to everyone in week six!

Drinking and Trading, Week Four


Now that’s more like it.

After three scrappy, dog fight weeks of low scoring, fantasy points actually made a return to thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league. All the winners except one were well over the 300 point mark, and most of the hitters we spent our early picks on have finally decided to start hitting. What a novel idea!

It’s been brought to my attention that the number one team in the power rankings has lost every single week after climbing to the mountain top. Could it be true? Is the most coveted ranking spot in the world outside of college football really cursed?

I need a bigger sample size to decide, so let’s get to the power rankings!

 

Week Four Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains– Ginger makes her return to the dreaded number one spot after getting 320 points combined from Trea Turner, Daniel Murphy and Paul Goldschmidt and completely obliterating Rays Those Cowbells. Her offense put up 65 hits, had 53 RBI and her pitching staff didn’t take a single loss. Not much else to say here, she may lose from time to time, but this is clearly the team to beat in the early going.

2) RedRays– Don’t look now, but this team is on a three game winning streak and has scored well over 300 points in consecutive weeks to take the lead in the season scoring race. I still think losing Madison Bumgarner is going to hurt him at some point, but he’s getting great production from a lot of late draft picks and sleepers, guys like Chris Owings and Ivan Nova. Pretty soon I’m gonna owe him an apology for my bashing of his draft during thefoulline.com draft day diary.

3) Believe The Hype– If there was ever an award for “waiver wire master of the week” Allan would’ve taken it in spades. He plucked guys like Ryan Zimmerman, Patrick Corbin and Andrew Triggs from the free agency pool, plugged them into his lineup, and somehow got like 150 points from them combined and put up easily his best week of the season. His trade of a broken down Noah Syndergaard for AJ Pollock was an absolute steal, and veterans Nelson Cruz and Todd Frazier are mashing. Allan has returned to fantasy baseball relevance and has plans to make a run at the final four after consecutive horrible seasons.

4) Roger Dorn– Even after doubting himself in the comment section in recent weeks, Dylan got solid production from most of his lineup and laid the smackdown on the former number one team WillisBeTheYear. Dylan has had some luck on his side, his 950 points scored against are easily the lowest in the league, but the fact is he’s 3-0 in his division and has blown out opponents in half of his games this year. Roger Dorn isn’t the useless bench warmer he was in Major League 2, he’s come out of the gates raking.

5) WillisBeTheYear– It was a rough week for Willis. He got absolutely blown out, dropped to 3rd place in his division, and all the way to 5th place in the power rankings. His offense put up only 45 hits and everybody seems to be slumping at the same time. You still get the feeling that this was a small lapse and not a sign of things to come. There’s a lot of good players on this team who are going to perform a lot better than they did in week four. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this team put up the high point total in week 5 and blow out whoever he’s playing.

6) Stogies– The air comes out of the balloon a little bit after getting blown out by Allan. But have you taken a look at his roster? The key to this team is going to be getting them all on the field at the same time. If he could ever get healthy, he’d have an offense of Bryce Harper, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Robinson Cano and Eric Thames, and a pitching staff led by Max Scherzer, Noah Syndergaard and Gerrit Cole. This is the sleeping giant of the league. You don’t wanna play him when all these guys are off the DL.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– I just wanna have a week where my opponent doesn’t have the greatest week they’ve ever had. Is that really too much to ask? And will somebody offer me some pitching already? I haven’t gotten a random trade offer all year!

8) sportsmanMike– This team has one blowout win and three really bad losses. He made a nice trading bringing in Danny Salazar to address his pitching depth issue, and there’s some good players here, but it just doesn’t look like the roster of a playoff contender. Unless he does something soon, I have feeling Mike may hang around this spot in the power rankings all year.

9) Yankeehaters– Looks like there may be some life in the old gal after all, kind of. Once again had a mediocre week but this time found himself on the winning side of things! That’s exciting stuff, and Dave is making all kinds of changes to turn this thing around. That includes talking numerous blockbuster deals, and flipping first round pick Manny Machado for ace Corey Kluber. You know Dave has a plan, and whether he improves his record or not, the attempts to do so are going to be wildly entertaining. I can’t say if the Yankeehaters are going to jump back into contention, but it’s sure going to be fun to watch him try.

10) The October Boys– Somebody had to lose the winless showdown, and unfortunately Dennis finds himself 0-4 through the season’s first month. Bringing in Manny Machado should add some juice, and even if things don’t get better, at least the Yankees are in the first place right? You may have a fun summer even if your fantasy team doesn’t get any better.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs RedRays

An early season showdown of 3-1 teams.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Five!

Drinking And Trading, Week 0-3


Three seems to be the magic number of the week.

As in 0-3.

The big story of week three in thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league was obviously the defending champion Yankeehaters finding a way to somehow gag away a 3-0 PSR advantage on Sunday afternoon and choke away a horribly winnable game against Dylan to start the season with the magical 0-3 label.

Yikes.

I’ve been doing some research in the hours leading up to this post, and it seems that no team in the 10 year history of thefoulline.com has ever started 0-3 and went on to make the playoffs. But if you want a silver lining, FIVE teams have started 0-3 and made the NFL playoffs since 1970. Isn’t that great? I’m trying to give you some hope and confidence here, since you seem to have lost yours and keep starting Kevin Gausman over and over.

Elsewhere, a lot of exciting developments transpired around the league this week, so let’s get to the power rankings quickly before Dave loses another game.

 

Week Three Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear– The last undefeated team and a new number one. Willis put together a really impressive week and fought off a really game Rays Those Cowbells squad. Keep in mind, this team is 3-0 with Josh Donaldson and David Price both on the disabled list. Waiver wire addition Joey Gallo has helped fill the void for Donaldson, but can somebody please explain to me how a player can have a 30 point week with only 5 hits? Regardless, the arrow is pointing up for Willis in what appears to be the weaker division.

2) Stogies– The big mover of the week. Team Stogies put together his most impressive performance since he joined our league and absolutely crushed the formidable Love Boat Captains by 220 points. NL MVP Bryce Harper is the steal of the draft and his OF might be the best this league has seen since my infamous “Braun, Trout, McCutchen” OF of 2012. This team needs little tweaks, a stronger third baseman and one more good pitcher, but the foundation is clearly in place for a run at the league title. Dave V just put this league on notice.

3) Love Boat Captains– Yikes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ginger have a week like this. Hell I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team in our league’s history have a week like this! The LBCs were struggling to crack the 100 point barrier deep into Saturday afternoon. That’s not a typo. It was obviously very ugly, but with this team, you know it’s just a speed bump and not a flat tire. I feel very badly for whoever she gets to take her revenge out on in week four. (Spoiler alert, it’s me).

4) RedRays– A team that appears to be back on track. Put up his best week of the season behind a suddenly surging Anthony Rizzo and the Pirates latest reclamation project Ivan Nova, but tough times may be ahead. Losing Madison Bumgarner the way that he did is a devastating blow. He’s one of the best pitchers in fantasy baseball and was the clear leader of this pitching staff. Could a trade be in the works for the suddenly always silent RedRays?

5) Believe The Hype– This is a tough team to figure out. Allan just had his worst week of the season but got a win anyway because Mike’s team was even worse. I say he’s hard to figure out because it changes every week. Allan has made like 908 add/drops already and I never know who he’s going to start week to week. This team could be first in the power rankings next week or it could be last. It just depends on whatever lineup Allan trots out this week. The most trigger happy owner in the league.

6) Roger Dorn– This team got to 2-1… somehow. Week one is a distant memory for Dylan, as it took a massive collapse from the Yankeehaters to save him in week three and his team isn’t looking good. This team needs more pitching. Four bench hitters aren’t doing you any good, and another solid starter would do you wonders. Clayton Kershaw is going to start twice this week though, so I’ll be watching to see if Dylan can get back some of his week one magic. I will say that the whole league thanks you for beating Dave though.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– A team better than it’s record. I’ve yet to put up less than 280 points in a week and it’s taken great performances from my opponents to get me to 1-2. Eventually, this team is going to have a week where all it’s offensive superstars click and combine for 20 bombs. Not much to say here, better days are ahead.

8) sportsmanMike– So far Mike has sandwiched a great week around two really crappy weeks. Yet another team that needs to add another pitcher, as the injuries are starting to really pile up. 2nd base won’t be the huge black hole it has been though, as Mike grabbed Jason Kipnis off the waiver wire and will slide him into the lineup. Still, you get the feeling this could be one of the dreaded “tweener” teams that alternate wins and loses and jump around the power rankings all year without actually getting anywhere.

9) The October Boys– Lost in the shuffle of the Yankeehaters fall from grace is the 0-3 start of the boys from October. This team needs a serious shot in the arm (Not the one he dropped Starling Marte for) as things obviously aren’t going well early. But seriously though, has anyone heard from Dennis? Is he still in Europe? I’d hate to come back from an amazing vacation like that to a winless record.

10) Yankeehaters– Dave’s fall to the basement is complete. I know I’ve been having some fun with him during this post, but I figure we might as well do it while we can, because you know he’s not going to be down here long. Allan and I keep waiting for the infamous “Dave trade”, in which he fleeces somebody and gets a superstar pitcher for Kendall Graveman and Kevin Gausman, then claims that “they’re the one that offered it to him”. It’s like clockwork, and it’s how he’ll fix his team. It sickens me, but we all know it’s coming. You can’t shock me anymore Dave, you cannot!

 

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs Rays Those Cowbells

Ginger looks to rebound from her week three beatdown and takes on a Rays Those Cowbells team better than it’s record.

 

Game of the Weak

The October Boys vs Yankeehaters

I mean somebody has to win, right?

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Four!

 

Drinking And Trading, Week Two


That was pretty much what I expected.

After an upside-down week one, several teams that found themselves atop the power rankings got smacked around in week two, while some of the slow starters bore down and got important wins to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.

The Yankeehaters were not one of these teams, as his team once again laid an egg and lost to a RedRays team that didn’t have a great week in his own right. Some good news for Dave? The last time he started 0-2 was 2010, when he proceeded to rebound and make the finals. Some bad news for Dave? Neither of his opponents were able to clear the 285 point barrier in defeating him. What’s going to happen when his luck changes and teams actually start having good weeks against him? Some panic setting in at team Yankeehater headquarters?

 

Week Two Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains– Don’t let the final score of her game with Allan fool you, this was a dogfight all week long in which she trailed most of the week before pulling away Sunday afternoon. Having said that, if she’s drafting an all-world offense in the first eight rounds, then drafting AL CY Young winner James Paxton in round 12 to form an elite pitching staff, what are the rest of us supposed to do?

2) WillisBeTheYear– Not his best week, but took advantage of an October Boys team that has yet to figure it out and joins the LBCs at 2-0. The Josh Donaldson injury is going to hurt, and Willis has been fairly quiet so far this year despite a preseason promise to make more trades. I’d be on the lookout for a deal from this team in the coming days.

3) sportsmanMike– This week’s big mover. Mike absolutely destroyed Rays Those Cowbells in a game that was over sometime Monday afternoon, setting the high point total in the early going and having the season’s most impressive week so far. The problem with this team is that the injuries have already started to mount, as he’s currently got only five healthy starting pitchers. That can’t be a good recipe going forward.

4) Believe The Hype– Put a scare into the Love Boat Captains and moves up a spot despite losing our game of the week. Allan’s team looks good in the early going. I am curious to see how many times he can add/drop Yasiel Puig and Zack Wheeler this season, and I really wish he’d trade for a second baseman, but Nelson Cruz is a blockbuster addition that should help this team a lot in the coming weeks.

5) Roger Dorn– This was the toughest call of the week, where to rank Dylan. Which was the fluke, his amazing performance in week one where he looked unstoppable? Or his horrible performance in week two where he couldn’t even scrape 200 points? This might be the biggest wild card in the league right now, which Dylan is going to show up week to week? Losing a game where your opponent scored 226 points is a wasted opportunity and a tough pill to swallow.

6) Rays Those Cowbells– Hard to be too critical, as I ran into the buzz saw that was sportsmanMike and there really wasn’t anything I could’ve done. My offense is still horribly lethargic, hitting only 3 HRs all week despite being loaded with superstars. I’m hoping that bringing in NL MVP Kris Bryant in a blockbuster deal with Dave will give this offense a shot in the arm, and Edwin Encarnacion doing, you know, anything at all would be a welcome sight as well.

7) Stogies– It’s not often that you move down in the power rankings after winning a game, but when you scored 226 points and would’ve lost to every other team but the one you played, it’s hard to argue. Having said that, I still like this team a lot. It’s not often that an outfield of Bryce Harper, AJ Pollock and Matt Kemp will combine for only 40 points. He’s fortunate that he was able to scrape that win, because a game with the powerhouse LBC’s is next on the schedule.

8) RedRays– Anytime you beat the defending champions, it’s noteworthy. I feel like I may have been wrong on Jose Ramirez. I’m starting to really like him. He never strikes out, and I’m pretty sure he’s eligible at every position in fantasy. The injury bug has started to nip at this team early, and Madison Bumgarner hasn’t quite gotten it going yet. He’ll need MadBum to be at his best going forward.

9) Yankeehaters– Knowing Dave, I’m sure I’ll get a comment saying that his team is god-awful and should be ranked 11th, but I may be a little more optimistic than he is. His pitching was absolutely horrible in week two, wasting a 14 HR performance from his offense, but he went a long way in addressing that with his trade with Rays Those Cowbells that took six years of negotiating to get done. We all know Dave will do whatever it takes to win and won’t be down here for very long, so let’s all enjoy it while it lasts.

10) The October Boys– It’s always surprising to me when Dennis is struggling to win. He’s one of the smartest baseball minds in our league, and he’s always ready to make a deal and get better. It’s been a horrific start to the season for him, but much like Dave, you have to think that he won’t be down here at #10 for very long.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Believe The Hype

My two best friends in this world face off in an epic duel to get to 2-1. There will be blood, there will be pain, there will only be one winner.

 

Good luck to everyone in week three!

Drinking And Trading, Week One


Not exactly what we had in mind huh?

A pretty mediocre opening week to our 10th annual fantasy baseball season. Only two teams scored over 300 points, and it seemed like it was a week where studs all over the landscape either got rocked or couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag. (I’m looking at you Nelson Cruz).

This weeks list of power rankings might be the most volatile that we’ve ever had. I’m expecting major bouncebacks from several key teams and players, and it wouldn’t surprise me if by Wednesday, this post won’t be worth the paper it’s written on (not literally paper). So let’s have it, the week one power rankings!

 

Week One Power Rankings

1) Roger Dorn– Where in the world did that come from? Dylan gives me and my draft recap the big middle finger and puts up 350 points and absolutely smokes the RedRays. Is this the first of many weeks at #1 for Dylan? Is the Roger Dorn express off and running? I don’t have the answers to those questions, but what I do know is that for week one, Dylan is the best team in the league and it’s not even close.

2) Love Boat Captains– Serious question, has Ginger ever lost in week one? Like honestly, I can’t ever remember her being 0-1. Paul Goldschmidt and Francisco Lindor may have done most of the heavy lifting, but she’s going to need to hope that the Trea Turner injury isn’t serious. He’s the leader of her outfield. She’s gonna need him to be elite going forward for this team to reach it’s full potential.

3) Rays Those Cowbells– Dug really deep and pulled out a dogfight win with a really good Stogies team. My offense has to be better. 43 hits this week was the second lowest total among teams. I need to improve my RP spot. Maybe a trade this week is in the cards for team RTC? Either way, 1-0 feels good.

4) WillisBeTheYear– Jose Altuve was easily the worst player on his team this week. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of us going forward. Emerging ace Jameson Taillon and a David Price return from injury will give his pitching staff needed reinforcements. There might not be a team in the league that scares me going forward more than Willis. This team is loaded.

5) Believe The Hype– Only 258 points in a win, but a lot of that has to do with Sam Dyson going out and becoming a full-time magician, making fantasy points disappear. It’s good to see Allan in the win column early, and a breakout from Yasiel Puig (barf) and a returning JD Martinez could team up to leave Allan with a loaded offense going forward. Maybe this is the year we all start believing the hype again. (Side note, great job on the post you wrote! I hope you write more going forward).

6) Stogies– Could very easily be higher up on this list. His game with Rays Those Cowbells could’ve gone either way, and losing a game like that is always a tough way to start a season. This team has the best outfield in the league. It’s seriously not even close. But he’s going to need a much better 3rd baseman going forward. Anthony Rendon just isn’t going to cut it long term. But having said that, I still anticipate this team moving up in the power rankings very shortly.

7) sportsmanMike– A good team that underachieved badly in week one. Stud performers like Xander Bogaerts, Jose Bautista, Carlos Gonzalez and Jon Lester weren’t very good, and he was still in contention to beat a good LBC’s team all the way up until Sunday afternoon. With Lester and Chris Sale both starting twice in week two, he’s one of the strongest bets to get to 1-1.

8) RedRays– I mean what can you do? Ran straight into the Dylan express and never had a shot to win. Anthony Rizzo must be, and will be, better going forward. A tough game with the defending champion looms in week two, he’ll have to dig deep if he wants to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.

9) Yankeehaters– It’s not often that I’ll get to write Dave this low in the power rankings, so forgive me if I savor this one a little bit. With only three quality starts all week, Dave has made it clear that improving his rotation is a priority going forward. Team Yankeehaters is going to have to shake off his self-proclaimed “horrible trade” with Allan and get his swagger and confidence back going forward. His next trade will be a crucial one, he needs to win it, or we may have to hear more stories about the pitfalls of “drinking and trading”.

10) The October Boys– Not much to say here, a simply atrocious performance. Not even 50 points from Jake Arrieta could save Dennis this week. I feel bad for whoever plays Dennis in week two, this team should bounce back with a full week of games from Mookie Betts and Andrew McCutchen remembering that he’s a good baseball player.

 

Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs Love Boat Captains

A big test for Allan in week two. Can he double down on his winning ways in week one? Playing the Love Boat Captains is always a great measuring stick.

 

Good luck to everyone in week two!

 

 

 

Believe It or Not


In this guest post, Believe the Hype’s Allan shares his thoughts on Opening Day, analyzes a trade, and wishes a chicken pox epidemic on unsuspecting MLB players.


 

Well, the wait is finally over… for some. I have finally decided to go out of my way and write a post, on the clock of course, because I refuse to do this for free. I’m not much of a writer, so please bare with me as you get through what is about to look like an essay written by a 4th grader. That might be giving myself a little too much credit.

I like baseball, I really do. I may not love it is as much as the rest of you guys do, but there is some passion towards the game. I really do enjoy opening day though. Sitting there, wishing you were off work, trying to figure out if the team you drafted is going to live up to the expectation that your trash talk has given out to your friends. Hell, to even know that your team is so far away from even being considered a playoff contender, but inside you get to at least think about what it would be like to win, until your starter leaves in the 6th inning and your bullpen gets a lights-out prison surprise.

I think my favorite part about this year’s opening day was when I decided to trade Kris Bryant to my good buddy Dave for Carlos Martinez and Carlos “my step son” Correa. Of course when Dan found out I was talking to Dave about trading Bryant he gave me a bunch of crap about how “you never trade the #1 pick,” then went ahead and asked me what I’d like for him. Once the deal was in place with Dave he gave me the usual “I have to think about this so I can suck more out of you” talk. I was a little surprised he only gave me crap for about an hour. It usually lasts a few days. But with the season getting ready to start and us wanting these deals to go through before Sunday’s opener, we made it official.

I must say though, when I made the deal, this was the first time I never thought about whether I just flushed my season down the toilet. I was 100% sure I actually beat Dave on this deal. Carlos Martinez pretty much won me the day when he was blowing 99-100 mph pitches past Bryant and his neck was snapping with those swings like he was watching a bee fly past his face.

This is all I pretty much got for the moment and I need to get back to work before I find myself feeling as bad as Dave did Sunday night. Thank you for reading this, and I hope everyone’s team has an epic meltdown this week and the injury bug spreads like chicken pox.

Lucky Man


Unlike Dan the #1 Rays fan, and his last post, I’m going to tell you why I think Opening Day is the greatest day of the year. Without trying to sound too cliche, Opening Day should be a national holiday. Kids should be free from going to school. No work for the adults. It should be mandatory to watch Major League Baseball either live or on television on the first day of the season. I don’t care if this sounds like some state mandated Kim Jong-Il nonsense. If you truly want to make “America Great Again”, watch some damn baseball.

Baseball has the gift of bringing people together. Father’s teaching their children the game at an early age. Brother’s bonding over the support of their favorite team. Or sometimes, if you’re lucky, you have a couple of great friends that take you to a Yankee/ Rays Opening Day game, and have one of the best days of your baseball watching life.

I had the pleasure of attending Opening Day yesterday, with a couple of the greatest people I know. These guys are fantastic husbands, caring fathers, pillars of the community, loyal friends, and did I mention- Stinking Yankee Fans??  Of course, I’m talking about Dennis and Dave. Also known as The October Boys and Team Stogies.

Although I always have a great time hanging out with these two, I was a tad skeptical that I would fully enjoy a Yankees vs. Rays game. Here I am, watching the two teams that I dislike the most in the baseball. Long story short, Dennis got us great seats, right behind home plate. We were close enough to get most of the called balls and strikes right. The crowd was electric. There was all kinds of baseball talk, laughing, foot long hotdogs, and overpriced beers.

I had the time of my life. The game had it’s fair share of drama and excitement. And rumor has it, the Yankees had the chance to tie it up in the 9th inning.

It was the perfect way to begin a season

I’ve been to a handful of Opening Days in my lifetime.

This one was my favorite.

 

Here’s a few quick hits for you:

  • The red, white & blue bunting really adds to the atmosphere at the game. It felt like a playoff game!
  • The Yankees have a very likable team. It’s a nice mix of young guys and veterans. I tried my best to come up with something bad to say about them. I must be losing my edge.
  • Joe Girardi is a tiny man. He’s a borderline little person. ( I feel better now)
  • There are a few Rays fans out there that now think that the Rays may go 162-0.
  • There are a few Rays fans out there, literally.
  • Stogies Dave is on the DL with a busted foot. I’d advise not picking him up off waivers.
  • I have a soft spot in my heart for baseball fans that keep score at the game. I’m going to go to a game and do that this year.
  • Evan Longoria needs a new walk-up song. Tantric’s “Down and Out” sucks.
  • Brad Miller comes out to “Crossroad” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. That doesn’t suck.
  • I’ve spent way too much time thinking what my walk-up song would be, in the event that a team needs a 42 year old, light-hitting, good clubhouse guy, weak armed left fielder.
  • I came up with “Rearview Mirror” by Pearl Jam, or “Wind beneath my Wings” by Bette Midler.
  • I’m 100% sure that Dan the #1 Rays fan doesn’t have a better arm than Brett Gardner
  • If you’re in the mood for a fantastic meal. Check out PRIME Serious Steak. Two locations. 19655 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte & in Sarasota at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall. Try the pork belly appetizer. You won’t be disappointed!

The Wait Is Over


Opening day!

I’m not gonna waste your time going on and on about how awesome opening day is. You know it, I know it. There’s no reason to go into that. But I will say that my absolute favorite part of opening day? The opening of the fantasy baseball season!

A lot has happened since we concluded our draft nearly two weeks ago. I mean a LOT. Is it normal for a fantasy baseball league to go through widespread changes before a single game is played? This is why our league is the best in the world. Ten owners trying to gain an edge, even before they know what they have. That’s how winners get an early jump.

So naturally, I haven’t made a single trade since draft day. What can I say, I like my team!

 

Dan’s Opening Day Quick Hits

-Only Allan could get the #1 overall pick, have his choice of any player in all of MLB, and then turn right around and trade that player before a single pitch is thrown.

-Speaking of the trade heard round the world, I really like Carlos Martinez. Bold prediction, he’s a better player for Allan than Carlos Correa this year.

-Dave preached to me this off-season about the importance of gathering the best pitching staff possible this year, because pitching was shallow. Then immediately proceeds to trade Johnny Cueto and Carlos Martinez.

-Dave and Allan make a trade before opening day every year. Seriously, go check the records. You can set your watch to it.

-Ginger and Dave made a deal where they swapped Cueto and Strasburg. Nice to see Ginger trading, but I’m not sure what Dave is thinking here. Strasburg is untrustworthy as it gets and aren’t Trumbo and Cespedes comparable?

-Big time Rays Those Cowbells sleeper Dylan Bundy finished spring training with an ERA over 10.00

-Rays Those Cowbells MVP pick and lineup cornerstone Edwin Encarnacion led the grapefruit league in strikeouts.

-I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Masahiro Tanaka is the most overrated pitcher in baseball.

-Watching the Rays crush the Yankees is always good for my soul, but I can’t help but think these two teams will be battling for the AL East basement.

-I’m 77% certain that I have a better throwing arm than Brett Gardner.

-I’m 100% certain that Rays Those Cowbells will have a better season than 2016.

 

Baseball is back! The first fantasy review will be up on Monday. Thanks for reading!