Dethroning Allan, Week Twelve


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

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

 

Week Twelve Power Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs RedRays

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

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 13!

Dethroning Allan, Week Eleven


Well, that was exciting.

Our game of the week more than lived up to the expectations, as the Yankeehaters and Love Boat Captains came into Sunday Night Baseball separated by only a single point, with Dave out of players and Ginger having Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Unfortunately for the LBC’s, the Dodgers won 10-2 and Jansen never got onto the mound. Tough break.

Elsewhere around the league, team sportsmanMike extended his winning streak to five games, WillisBeTheYear pulled out a low scoring battle with team Stogies, and in one of the most shocking twists ever in our league, Believe The Hype and Rays Those Cowbells both won. On the same week. Unbelievable. Maybe there’s some life in both these sad sack teams after all.

This was a really tough week to rank, because teams 4-8 in the power rankings all lost. Let’s try some rankings.

 

Week Eleven Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Two not so great weeks in a row for our #1 ranked team. But he’s still got the best record in the league and the most points scored. Clayton Kershaw starts twice for him this week. Be on alert Dennis, you get that fun matchup.

2) Yankeehaters- So Dave won the showdown with his wife by a single point. Sounds like a fun household for the next few days. Team Yankeehaters made the splash of the season so far, putting together a 7 player blockbuster and bringing in #1 overall pick Mike Trout. But he gave up alot of pitching to do so. We’ll see what counter moves he’ll put together from here.

3) sportsmanMike- Bit of an unlucky break for Mike, whose 5 game winning streak has tied him for the best record in the league, yet still only 3rd place in his division. Some good waiver wire maneuvering got him 48 points from Yankeehaters castoff Mookie Betts, and the Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Sale express keeps running people over. If he could just grab another decent starter or two, he’d have the pitching depth to contend for a championship.

4) RedRays- Probably knew he had a tough week when he saw he was facing Mike’s unstoppable squad. I thought he had a good chance to be the one to knock Mike off. Not to be, as the rest of his pitching besides the great Max Scherzer, and most of his offense, was just mediocre this week. But we all know the drill by now. This is a team that will have some great weeks and some not so great weeks. We may go all the way into September before we know if this team is a true contender for the title.

5) Love Boat Captains- Hard to downgrade this team for it’s performance this week. Put up 327 points and only lost because some guy that Dave picked up off the waiver wire just happened to hit 3 HRs that day. Still, it’s a 6-5 record after a 5-0 start. Ginger can’t be happy with the way things are going right now. But one thing I know she won’t do is panic and much a bunch of ill-advised trades. That is something that I would do. She’s much to clever to panic like that. I am not.

6) The October Boys- Led most of the week, just ran into a team that had a 100 point Sunday and snatched a victory away from him. It’s always tough to see Mike Trout leave your lineup, but when you add pitchers like Madison Bumgarner and Michael Wacha both at once, you might just be okay.

7) Panda the Hammer- Had a nice 300 point week, but a real tough pill to swallow is watching David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmerman COMBINE for only 32 points. You aren’t gonna win most weeks when that happens. Can we take a second though to talk about Todd Frazier? This is the best player in baseball that nobody talks about. He’s like Paul Goldschmidt before Paul Goldschmidt broke out completely and became Paul Goldschmidt.

8) Stogies- Nightmare week for team Stogies. Nothing clicked, his offense was mostly mediocre and all his pitchers got smacked around. We all have weeks like this. I wouldn’t wanna play this team this coming week.

9) Rays Those Cowbells- Well what do you know…. There’s life in the old gal after all. A 100 point Sunday gives me my first win since the 2011 season, and I feel pretty good about it. I think I might be able to go on a little bit of a run here…. I really hope this team is ready to play up to it’s potential. God I hope so.

10) Believe The Hype- We did it Allan, we powered through and both got wins this week. I’ll see you in the finals bro, meet me there! But on a more serious note, for some reason I can’t quite explain, this team has a player go on the DL on Monday every week. Seriously go check it out, it’s every week.

 

Game of the Week

The October Boys vs WillisBeTheYear

I really like this matchup. Dennis was on a roll before this week and brought in some really good pitchers, and Willis is ready to break out after two mediocre weeks in a row. I think we could have a game where both teams score 325+

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 12!

Dethroning Allan, Week Ten


I lost again.

Now that we’ve moved on from that unpleasantness, we can get to the scores of games that actually you know, matter. Team sportsmanMike continued his unstoppable ways, the RedRays got a nice win over WillisBeTheYear, and team Stogies crawled his way back to  .500 with a big win over the suddenly ice cold Love Boat Captains.

It was a fun week for sure with some close games sprinkled in. Let’s get to some rankings.

 

Week Ten Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Gets the benefit of the doubt after a bad loss because there has to be some kind of letdown after a 425 point week. I still think this could be the team to beat. Especially when Jose Fernandez returns.

2) Yankeehaters- His bye week against Rays Those Cowbells was closer than he would’ve liked, but still got through it, and that’s what counts. What’s it say about me that he can have a bad week and still come out on top?

3) sportsmanMike- Four straight wins, 300 points in each of the last three. This team is on the warpath and cannot be stopped right now. I had to check the schedule and see when I’m playing this juggernaut. Sure enough, it’s not far off. If I’m really going to be this bad this season and out of contention, this is the team I hope wins. He’s paid his dues and never quit. He deserves a great season and a deep playoff run.

4) RedRays- Got a big win over Willis and took over the lead in the Beer division. Is this finally the consistency that this team has been lacking? Officially on a winning streak. The arrow is pointing up. Chris Archer is amazing! Got him in like the 16th round. Great drafting.

5) Love Boat Captains- Easily the lowest this team has been in the rankings all season. This team is ice cold. Losers of two straight and three of four, that 5-0 start looks like a distant memory. But lets not kid ourselves, she’ll be winning again, soon. And the people who doubted her will suffer along the way. This is still a really good team.

6) The October Boys- Remember a few weeks ago when I said this team was lying in the weeds and would go on a big run soon? Well here we go. Managed to still get a win even in a week where Felix Hernandez got blasted for a -19 score. This team is on a roll, and gets Rays Those Cowbells in Week 11. Expect the winning streak to reach three.

7) Stogies- As mentioned, got a huge win and got back to .500 with one of his best performances of the season. This team has been hitting all the right buttons as a manager, picking up guys like Lance McCullers and Mike Bolsinger and getting big performances from waiver wire pickups. I think this team could strengthen it’s rotation by picking up another closer and moving Carlos Martinez to the rotation.

8) Panda the Hammer- The good news is that Ryan Zimmerman went on the DL, and he won’t have to start him for awhile. I still think this team needs another bat. But I’m honestly not even sure if Sam is still around. Is he on autodraft this season? Where’s he at?

9) Believe The Hype- Switched up me and Allan to hopefully get a different vibe for our teams. That’s all I got. It’s been an awful season, but hey at least we’re in it together. Misery loves company.

10) Rays Those Cowbells- It’s kind of remarkable to me. This team is one of the best I’ve ever seen at just finding a way to have less points than it’s opponent at the end of the week. This week it was Rizzo and Harvey playing like garbage. Another week it could be Donaldson and Cole. Or maybe it’s an injury, or running into a team scoring 350 points that week. I’m out of answers. I need help.

 

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs Yankeehaters

This marital showdown is always interesting. I think the Love Boat Captains break out in a big way this week.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 11!

Dethroning Allan, Week Nine


I lost by a point after leading all week long, literally until the final pitch of Sunday Night Baseball. So I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I keep this write up very brief and very bitter.

Let’s get to the rankings.

 

Week Nine Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- Easily vaults back up to number one after putting a whopping 425 points on poor Allan. Remember when everyone thought Clayton Kershaw wasn’t having as good a season as in years past? Ah, good times.

2) Love Boat Captains- No real red flags here, just ran into the suddenly unstoppable team sportsmanMike. The best thing going for this team is that eventually, Matt Holliday is going to start hitting for power. Way too great a hitter to finish the season with like 11 homers or whatever he’s on pace for.

3) Yankeehaters- Worst week of the season easily, but luckily here comes the perfect medicine. A match-up with the mediocre Rays Those Cowbells squad. Dave went full on blow-up mode this past week, dealing stud players like Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez and Nolan Arenado. But the returns he got has the potential to be even better. This is the biggest blowout of the week. Team Yankeehaters introduces his new squad in style and wins by at least 100 points.

4) sportsmanMike- Well what do we have here? Mike has been the talk of the league over the past month or so, putting together a three game winning streak and putting up impressive point totals. What’s even more remarkable is this was during one of his toughest stretches of the schedule all year, knocking off league standouts like WillisBeTheYear and the Love Boat Captains. If Mike can bring some health back to his outfield and grab a little more pitching depth, you might see team SM in the final four come September.

5) RedRays- Great comeback win over Rays Those Cowbells this week. Chris Archer is just pitching on another level right now, and Jason Hammel has 8 quality starts in a row. Came back to win a game where Max Scherzer only had 3 points, so that’s impressive. Could you hear the salt in my voice in that paragraph? I could.

6) Panda the Hammer- If this team could somehow get some more offense, it would be a real contender. If I owned this team, my number one priority would be to get Ryan Zimmerman out of my lineup as quickly as possible. He’s just awful. Still, elite pitching continue to carry the load for this squad. We haven’t heard a peep from Sam all year, is something big coming?

7) The October Boys- Came out on top in the family grudge match with team Stogies. This team made alot of waves this week, bringing Felix Hernandez and Nolan Arenado into the fold in two seperate blockbusters with team Yankeehaters. I really wish I had drafted Joc Pederson. He does nothing but crush dingers and he walks a ton. Tanaka looked great in his first start back. The arrow is pointing up.

8) Stogies- Where would this team be if it could get any kind of real production from Edwin Encarnacion? He continues to be one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy baseball this year. Made a big splash to bring in Robinson Cano this week, but gave up Dee Gordon to get him. He better hope Shelby Miller continues his great pitching, or the drop-off from Gordon to Cano this year might be hard to overcome.

9) Rays Those Cowbells- Where to begin… This group of mediocre losers somehow found a way to lose a game that it led on Friday by 50 points, with a 7-3 PSR advantage. I’m so disappointed in this team. In theory, Yasiel Puig and Carlos Correa should give this team a boost. But as proven over the first 9 weeks, this group will find spectacular ways to blow a game.

10) Believe The Hype- When you’re struggling, it only seems natural a team will put 425 points on you. That’s just an absurdly tough break.

 

Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs Rays Those Cowbells

Only because I know how much joy Dave will get out of beating me into submission. Before this week is over, I may cry.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 10!

Dethroning Allan, Week Eight


Bit of a low scoring week in thefoulline.com fantasy land. Only three teams cracked the 300 point barrier. Luckily for our #1 team in the power rankings, he was one of these teams. Unfortunately for him however,  he was facing one of these such teams. Team sportsmanMike got a great week from his team, and scored one of the biggest wins of his career, getting back to .500 in the process.

Elsewhere around the league, the Love Boat Captains bounced back, the Yankeehaters romped Believe The Hype in a matchup of bitter rivals, and the “bad” RedRays showed up again as that teams trend of frustrating inconsistency continued.

Side note: Kyle Lohse sucks.

So lets get to the rankings!

 

Week Eight Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- A solid win vaults Ginger back into the #1 spot. You have to figure that Anthony Rendon will return at some point right? She’s essentially played the entire year without a 3rd round pick. I know the feeling.

2) Yankeehaters- A complete beatdown. Allan was never in this game, at any point. Dave grabs the lead in the season scoring title race and retakes first place in the Fried Chicken Division. If he can just get through this week, he has a easy cupcake matchup with Rays Those Cowbells waiting for him in week 10.

3) WillisBeTheYear- Not much you can say here. Willis had a great week, just ran into someone who had a really great week. This is still easily one of the best teams in the league.

4) RedRays- The bad news is that the bad RedRays showed up this week and took a bad loss. The good news is that probably means the RedRays will score 350 this week. The best news is that he’s playing Rays Those Cowbells this week. Expect the RedRays to easily get back into the win column this week.

5) sportsmanMike- If we had a fantasy “MVP”, it would without a doubt be Paul Goldschmidt. It’s not that he’s the “best” player, but does anyone mean more to their team this year than he does? He is absolutely carrying Mike this year. Team SM sits at .500 and is on a roll. The possibilities are endless from here.

6) Panda the Hammer- Sam got zero points from a banged up Johnny Cueto and was still able to squeeze out a tough win that came down to late Sunday afternoon. It hasn’t been pretty at times, but Sam is in a position to grab a share of first place in the Fried Chicken division if he can beat the Yankeehaters this week.

7) Stogies- Did you ever think you’d see a week where Edwin Encarnacion put up zero points? Did you ever think his owner would win by 50 points in said week? Alfredo Simon didn’t even start a game and he still won. I’ve said it every week and i’ll say it again. Still the best offense in the league.

8) The October Boys- I think this team is going to go on a big winning streak soon. He’s getting Tanaka back, Tulowitzki is beginning to break out a little bit, Lester and Bumgarner have been dominating lately…. This is a team that you’re going to underestimate, and then you’ll look up and he’s won 5 in a row.

9) Rays Those Cowbells- Stephen Strasburg went on the DL! Eliminating a huge hole in my rotation. Believe it or not, I still actually really like my team. They just keep losing for some reason. Maybe this is a good collection of talent that just can’t win together? Maybe I should make a bunch of deals? Maybe I should trade Matt Harvey to the Yankeehaters for Phil Hughes? I’m open to suggestions.

10) Believe The Hype- Not much to say here unfortunately. The good news is there is so much parity in our league, that Allan is still only two games back of a playoff spot. Sometimes you just gotta hang in there and grind until your luck turns. I started 4-9 in 2013 and made the playoffs. Never give up.

 

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs sportsmanMike

Can Mike take down the #1 team in the power rankings for the second week in a row? I’m really curious to see how this matchup goes. Confidence is really high in the sportsmanMike camp.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 9!

 

Dethroning Allan, Week Seven


What a crazy week! And more specifically, what a crazy weekend. At least it was for me. I apologize for the weekly power rankings being late, so if you don’t mind, lets just get right into it before we waste any more time!

 

Week Seven Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- For the first time all year, we have a change at the top. Willis gets a huge win in our game of the week and takes over the lead in the Fried Chicken division. Now take a second and consider facing this team when Jose Fernandez returns. Scared yet?

2) Love Boat Captains- Ginger had her worst week of the season, by far. But this is just a blip. I feel badly for whoever has to play her this week. Indeed, she’s already up 15 over The October Boys.

3) RedRays- Another week where the “good” RedRays show up and destroy their opponent. This week it just happened to be the #1 team in the league. I’m going to be keeping a close eye on his matchup this week with team Stogies. I still wanna see this team put together two great weeks in a row.

4) Yankeehaters- Another close loss for team Yankeehaters. Dave worked his usual magic this past week and brought Felix Hernandez into the fold. Although I seem to remember a post from thefoulline.com past where Dave expressed his desire to never have King Felix on one of his fantasy teams. Hmm

5) Panda the Hammer- This was a tough week to rank, because all the teams sitting 5-7 lost. Sam had a tough 3 point loss to sportsmanMike this week, and Johnny Cueto appears to be at a crossroads with his arm. This will be a really telling next few weeks for Sam.

6) The October Boys- Outside of Mike Trout, The October Boys lineup was pretty awful this week. I’m not crazy about this teams infield, with guys like Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick, but it doesn’t help that Troy Tulowitzki has fallen short of being his elite usual self all season long. With a tough game against the Love Boat Captains looming, it could be a rough few weeks for Dennis.

7) sportsmanMike- Mike returned from Greece to find that he had toughed out a close three point victory over Panda the Hammer. The Goldschmidt, Kipnis, and Sale triumvirate continues to be money in the bank. The injuries to his outfield are significant right now. We’ll see Mike’s skill as an owner over the next few weeks as he navigates this rough injury patch.

8) Rays Those Cowbells- Should I send Carlos Frias a thank you card? His -17 debacle put me in position to steal a victory I desperately needed. Stephen Strasburg continues to rip my season to shreds with every outing. I finally benched him, so the Nationals will enjoy his best start of the year I’m sure.

9) Stogies- Had a great week thrown into the garbage by one pitcher. Probably deserved a better fate. Yordano Ventura might end up being a steal off the waiver wire. I still say he has the best offense in the league.

10) Believe The Hype- Is Allan finally ready to get on a roll? Big game with team Yankeehaters coming. Lets see if our champion can get his first winning streak of the season. He filled several holes with trades this week, and in a typical Allan fashion, traded Danny Salazar to me only hours after trading for him himself. Maybe that’s how he gets his swagger back.

 

Game of the Week

The October Boys vs Love Boat Captains

Both these teams are coming off bad losses with low point totals. I expect a ton of points and a really close game in this one.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 8!

 

Side note: If you’ve never been to Turner Field in Atlanta, please go before they tear it down in a few years. It’s a stunning ballpark and is well worth the trip.

Dethroning Allan, Week Six


Well so much for that.

My big “statement” game with the Love Boat Captains? It was pretty much over by Tuesday. I got a 70 point whitewashing that felt alot more lopsided than that. This week showed me just how big the gap is between myself and the LBC’s, and how much work I truly have to do. It was a rude wake-up call that’s for sure.

I feel like I’ve said this a lot this year, but again, there was much more excitement around the league than Rays Those Cowbells being blown out. WillisBeTheYear dominated and won a high scoring game over Panda the Hammer in a game of the week that finally lived up to it’s billing. Corey Kluber has finally righted the ship. I’m officially really scared of this team. Aren’t you?

Can we just take a minute though to mention Bryce Harper? Back to back 50 point weeks? Has that ever happened before? Will it ever happen again? Team Yankeehaters must be a complete wreck right now. He was first in line at the station for three years, goes to the bathroom for five minutes, comes back and he’s missed the Harper train. That really sucks. Guess who gets the fun task of facing Harper this week?

Week Six Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- Has anyone ever reached the #1 spot in week one before and then never let it go? Could it happen this year? Her destruction of Rays Those Cowbells was never a contest. Jake Arrieta looks like a dark horse CY Young contender.

2) WillisBeTheYear- Looks like the buy-low period on Corey Kluber is officially over. There’s going to be a week here soon when Corey Kluber and Clayton Kershaw both have two-starts. And they’re going to put 60 points each on you. It’s gonna happen. It will probably be against me.

3) Yankeehaters- Solid no-nonsense win for the Yankeehaters. He seems to have mastered getting the right pitchers into the right matchups, and puts up solid point totals every week. This team will be a factor in the playoff race after sitting out last year, that’s for sure. Plus he has Prince Fielder, in one of the most lopsided trades in our league’s history.

4) RedRays- Looks like the good RedRays are back for a week. I’ve nicknamed this team the elevator, because nobody has more ups and downs. He’s already led the league in weekly scoring three times, and always follows them up with low scoring 200 point duds. If this team can find some consistency, look out.

5) Panda the Hammer- Sam holds steady at #5 after having a good week but still managing to get the loss. Strangely enough his offense carried the load for a change, and it was his normally stout pitching staff that had a few duds that led to his defeat. I think this is a solid, if unspectacular team that will hang around mid-pack in the power rankings for most of the season.

6) The October Boys- Two words, Harper for Tanaka. This has the makings of a trade that Dennis will regret for years to come. If he still had Harper in an OF with Mike Trout and Matt Kemp? Man…. Even still, this team is better than it’s performance this week. He’ll bounce back.

7) Stogies- Edwin Encarnacion. Dee Gordon. Kris Bryant. Hanley Ramirez. Andrew McCutchen. Bryce Harper. If Dave V can somehow get some consistent pitching, he’s gonna win it all. That offense is ridiculous kinds of scary. It’s only a mediocre pitching staff holding him back.

8) sportsmanMike- As much as I hate to admit this, it looks like Alex Rodriguez is going to be a good pick up off the waiver wire. Eww. One thing that doesn’t surprise me is Chris Sale’s return to form, or even Jason Kipnis for that matter. This is a good roster that just can’t seem to put it all together for a single week. Mike goes to Greece for vacation this week, will he have a win waiting for him when he returns?

9) Rays Those Cowbells- Oh boy where to begin. The outfield is mediocre, the pitching is awful, and all my trades in 2015 have turned out to be duds so far. Strasburg is the bust of the season up to this point. I still (kind of?) like my team, but things need to change in a hurry or it won’t matter.

10) Believe The Hype- The season as the defending champion is the hardest season you’ll ever have. Both Dave and myself told him this before the season. I still hold out hope, only because I know for a fact that Allan has too much pride to just let a season fall down the drain. He’s going to do something big, soon.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Yankeehaters

First place in the Fried Chicken division is on the line. Equal number of PSRs. This is going to be a really good game.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Six!

 

Dethroning Allan, Week Five


Is that a record breaker?

My pitching staff this week was a complete abomination, combining to go 0-7 and not getting a single win all week long. Just for comparisons sake, October Boys standout Michael Pineda scored 63 points by himself. My entire pitching staff, including my relievers, combined for 63.5 points. My pitching was so bad, I’ll have to go through thefoulline.com record books to see if there has ever been a week where a team didn’t record a single pitching win. It was ugly!

Much less ugly however were some of the other exciting games around the league this week. WillisBeTheYear dug down deep and knocked off the unbeaten and and imposing Love Boat Captains, Panda the Hammer and Alex Gordon nearly gave team Yankeehaters a nervous breakdown, and team sportsmanMike has returned to the winners column after getting a big win over our defending champion. Things are really shaping up nicely for the rest of May!

But seriously my pitching was really really bad.

Week Five Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- It will take more than one loss to knock this team off the top of the mountain. Rare trade acquisition Matt Holliday will make this offense even scarier going forward.

2) WillisBeTheYear- When you hand the unbeaten and #1 ranked team in the power rankings their first loss, you get a big boost up the rankings. This team is winning games with Corey Kluber and Clayton Kershaw pitching like mediocre scrubs. Just think about that for a minute. What will actually happen when they get going?

3) Yankeehaters- 308 points will win you a game most weeks. Although I have to admit, I found your Alex Gordon hatred amusing. Why on earth didn’t I pick up Danny Salazar off the waiver wire? I feel like a fool.

4) The October Boys- When this team lost Tanaka, I thought they were in for rough times ahead. But little did I know that Michael Pineda was the best pitcher in baseball. Now if I could just figure out why this team refuses to start Jon Lester, we’d be getting somewhere.

5) Panda the Hammer- Two straight really bad weeks followed by two straight really good weeks. Sam seems to have righted the ship in a hurry. The scary part is that David Price isn’t pitching that well. Is it just me or are alot of aces struggling around the game right now?

6) RedRays- What happened to this team? A few weeks into the season they looked like world-beaters. Now they’re struggling to score and piling up the losses. The good news is that Evan Longoria seems to have finally broken out of (two-year?) slump. The bad news is that Chris Archer looks awful right now. This team needs a rebound. And quickly.

7) Rays Those Cowbells- As mentioned, my pitching was awful. The Yasiel Puig setback really hurts. I’m hoping that new stud arm Carlos Carrasco can make a big difference. Huge game with the Love Boat Captains this week. I can’t afford to fall to 2-4.

8) sportsmanMike- Are you enjoying Garrett Richards, Mike? You’re welcome. Jason Kipnis seems to be back to 2013 form. Although Chris Sale is really struggling recently. Again, I may sound like a broken record here, but what is the deal with all these aces pitching badly?

9) Stogies- Back into the win column! It must be a great feeling. I have a sneaky feeling Dave V will grab this momentum and really get this thing moving in the right direction again. He’s way to knowledgeable about baseball to continue to pile up losses like that.

10) Believe The Hype- Where are the trades? I know Allan isn’t happy with his team. How long will he let it go on like this? Any day now I expect full-scale changes for BTH.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Panda the Hammer

These two teams are trending up the power rankings. I’m anxious to see how Kershaw and Price pitch in this matchup. The one that pitches the better game might decide who wins this showdown.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Six!

Dethroning Allan, Week Four


Now that we are officially into May, I feel like things are really starting to shake out. Most of the players with hot starts are fading, and most of the slow-starters are rounding into form. This is the time of the year where the contenders begin to separate themselves from the pretenders.

Yeah right… This is thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league, where parity rules.

Five teams with 2-2 records. The highest scoring team and the lowest scoring team are separated by only 200 points. You win a big game one week, then get slaughtered the next. It’s maddening sometimes, but I’ll say it again, this is why this is the best fantasy baseball league in the world!

Week Four Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- The Love Boat continues to sail along in calm waters. I remember there was a time when I thought Jose Altuve was going to regress this year. That seems hilarious now. Maybe there’s a reason that she’s won three titles and I only have one.

2) Yankeehaters- Dave didn’t have the greatest of weeks, winning a low-scoring duel with Dennis. Even still, team Yankeehaters still leads the league in scoring and is the only team above .500 in the Fried Chicken division. I have a sneaky feeling that some big changes are coming to team YH this week, it’s been awhile since Dave made a deal.

3) RedRays- So apparently the RedRays either obliterate their opponent and score 330+ points, or struggles to crack 250 and gets smacked around. This team will need to find some consistency going forward to be a true title contender.

4) Rays Those Cowbells- My team is really starting to come together. I have the most points scored over the last three weeks since my week one abomination, and Yasiel Puig should be returning in the very near future. I like where things are heading.

5) WillisBeTheYear- Grinded out a nice win against a division opponent. Evan Gattis and Jose Bautista are starting to get things going, but what on earth is wrong with Corey Kluber?

6) The October Boys- Not a great week for Dennis. Losing Tanaka is really going to hurt this pitching staff. But with Jon Lester seemingly returning to form, he’ll add a much needed boost and can hopefully fill the void.

7) Panda The Hammer- Now that’s more like it! After two really awful weeks, Sam’s team brought out the whooping sticks and put up the highest point total of the week, by far. Price, Zimmerman and Cueto carried the load and should continue to do so going forward.

8) Believe The Hype- The tough times continue for Allan. He had a really good week, got a ton of points from George Springer, Nelson Cruz and Justin Upton, and still lost by 50 points. But if this offense really is this good and can continue this hot streak, the wins will eventually come in bunches.

9) sportsmanMike- Two straight bad losses for Mike, but there are some positive signs. His offense absolutely crushed it this week, and new addition Garrett Richards goes right into the lineup as a two-start pitcher. There’s no way his pitching can be this bad again. Chris Sale for -13? No chance. I predict Mike’s team will break out this week.

10) Stogies- Three straight losses after starting the season 1-0, things aren’t looking great for our newcomer. This pitching staff continues to lay eggs, and allowed me to blow open our closely contested game. I think a trade for an ace may be coming soon. This team could really use it.

 

Game of the Week:

Love Boat Captains vs WillisBeTheYear

Is this finally the week that the LBC’s go down?

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Five!

 

 

Celebrate Nothing


The inevitable happened last night.

I was waiting for it, dreading it, hating it, and disgusted by it. But it finally happened.

Alex Rodriguez hit number 660 last night.

Ugh.

Let me not mince words here, this makes me sick. Just because I knew it was coming, doesn’t lessen the blow at all. The biggest cheater and piece of garbage in the history of our game just passed one of the all-time legends in career home runs, Willie Mays.

Let that sink in. You grew up hearing about Mays. You’ve seen highlights of the catch, you’ve heard your father and your grandfather talk about him being the greatest baseball player there ever was. And now you get a front row seat to watch A-Rod disgrace his legacy.

Was 660 already tainted because of Barry Bonds? Probably. But that was his godson. Mays more or less accepted that Bonds was going to pass his career HR total, and made it easier for the rest of us to accept it because he seemed more or less okay with it.

But have you heard a word from Mays about Rodriguez? Any congratulations? Anything? Yeah, neither have I. Silence speaks volumes.

I’ve actually heard people suggest that we should celebrate this. That his achievements are still noteworthy, even with the steroids mixed in. That’s absurd. Every record he breaks means absolutely nothing and will be forever tainted. I actually saw a few people giving him a standing ovation last night.

The only standing ovation I’m going to give is for the next pitcher who throws a fastball at this guy’s face.