CCO Fantasy Baseball League – Week 11

As we cross half way through the season it is now taking a 3 over 7-4 record to make the playoffs and now only 2 teams are one game back at 5-5, but we have 6 more teams @ 5-6, two games back. We are starting to see some separation, but only 2 teams are buried and out of it and that is only because they went AWOL and 2 more teams that are falling behind and need to have a winning streak.

We are now in interleague play and in the first week we went 5-5 with Waveland vs Sheffield. Not quite the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s but should be fun to watch anyway.

Big Trade

This week we had what I would call a good fantasy baseball trade.

Bullpen MacGyvers traded Ian Desmond (SS) – Dan Haren (SP) – Jake Peavy (SP)

Northside Bleacher Bums traded Evan Longoria (3B) – Alfonso Soriano (LF) – Josh Beckett (SP).

I think we all know how difficult trades are to pull off in fantasy baseball. Even in a keepers league where you can use future value a little, but it is all about this season, but especially in a league without keepers, nothing else matters except what you can do the rest of the season.

Bullpen MacGyvers received a 100% ownership guy in Longoria (199 pts.) to take over 3B. Also received a resurgent Josh Beckett (205 pts.) who is at 99.9% ownership to take over as the ACE of his staff. He now has our beloved Alfonso Soriano (128 pts.) and his $18M contract….I mean and his 46.6% ownership to be a backup OF. Total of 532 pts. and ownership of 246.5%.

Northside Bleacher Bums received Ian Desmond (207 pts.) and his 100% ownership to take over SS. Plus 2 SP’s to help out his rotation in Dan Haren (188 pts.) 97.3% ownership and Jake Peavy (134 pts.) and 51.2% ownership. Total of 529 pts. and ownership of 248.5%.

I love this trade as I think both teams improved and from a point’s perspective, an ownership perspective, a need perspective it is all around fair. Great job guys!

Close Matches … Again!

7 of the 10 games this week were separated by 29 points or less going into Sunday with 4 of them 10 points or less. On to this week’s recap!

#1 Kentucky Ripsnorters (9-2) 323 over #19 Slammin Steven Petty (1-10) 263

A tie match going into Saturday, Slammin Steven Petty hung with the #1 seed all week, but couldn’t hold on over the weekend.  Ripsnorters put up 140 pts. on Saturday and Sunday to pull away and hold onto their 1st seed.

Kentucky Ripsnorters: Bronson Arroyo 36 pts. (12 IP, 6 K, 2 ER, W) Masahiro Tanaka 33 pts. (9 IP, 11 K, 2 ER, 1 BB, W) Todd Frazier 31 pts. (2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R)

Slammin Steven Petty: Adam Eaton 27 pts. (3 3B, 4 R, 6 BB)

#2 The Calicubs (9-2) 358 over #14 Aguas de Marco Billy (5-6) 350

One point separated this contest going into Sunday and a good outing by Hisashi Iwakuma (8 IP, 6 H’s, 6 K’s, 0 BB, 1 ER, W – 28 pts.) pulled Calicubs to victory over Aguas. This match had some big individual performances.

The Calicubs: Hisashi Iwakuma 41 pts. (15.1 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, W) Max Scherzer 35 pts. (9 IP, 8 K, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, W) Victor Martinez pts. (3 HR, 3 2B, 4 R, 6 RBI)

Aguas de Marco Billy: Andrew McCutchen 55 pts. (4 HR, 4 2B, 13 RBI, 5 R) Lonnie Chisenhall 37 pts. (3 HR, 2 2B, 9 RBI, 4 R) Trevor Rosenthal 33 pts. (3.2 IP, 6K, 4 Saves) Cole Hamels 30 pts. (8 IP, 11 K, 5 H, 1BB, 0 ER)

#13 Northside Bleacher Bums (6-5) 329 over #3 Runnin’ Bredstiks (7-4) 303

9 points separated these teams going into Sunday and as much as the 35 points they scored helped Bleacher Bums to win the game, the 13 points that Vidal Nuno (who?) lost in just 3 innings lost the game for Bredstiks.  Vidal Nuno’s line 8 hits, 8 ER 1 BB, 2 K in just 3 innings.

Northside Bleacher Bums: Evan Gattis 38 pts. (3 HR, 7 R, 8 RBI) B.J. Upton 32 pts. (1 HR, 2 3B, 6 R, 6 RBI, 2 SB)

Runnin’ Bredstiks: Michael Brantley 39 pts (2 HR, 3 2B, 9 R) Johnny Cueto 33 pts. (6 IP, 12 K, 3 H, W) Danny Duffy 30 pts. (7 IP, 9 K, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, W)

#7 Clark n Addison Tony_H (7-4) 324 over #4 BigJonLilJon’s (7-4) 268

Another close match all week and just 20 points separating the teams on Sunday morning, in what could be a playoff match-up had Clark n Addison pull away on Sunday.  BigJon won the offensive side of the ball 166-153 but couldn’t overcome Price and Richard’s 97 pts.

Clark N Addison: David Price 50 pts. (16 IP, 20 K, 12 H, 1 BB, W) Garrett Richards 47 pts. (13 IP, 14 K, 8 H, 3 BB, 1 ER, W) Anthony Rizzo 30 pts. (2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R)

BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog: Gavin Floyd 31 pts. (13 IP, 8 K’s, W)

#5 FL JimBoC (7-4) 344 over #8 The Wrong Team (6-5) 267

Monday got off to a big bang and in theory this should have been the highest scoring game of the week, but FLJimBoC pulled way on Friday to cruise to victory over the weekend on the huge performances of Norris, Morton, and Arrieta (131 pts. in 5 starts).

FL JimBoC: Bud Norris 51 pts. (14.2 IP, 11 K, 10 H, 4 BB, 1 ER, 2 W) Charlie Morton 47 pts. (14 IP, 13 K, 11 H, 3 BB, 3 ER, 2 W) Jake Arrieta 33 pts. (7 IP, 9 K, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, W)

The Wrong Team: Stephen Strasburg 37 pts. (12.2 IP, 12 K, 11 H, 1 BB, W) Jarred Cozart 32 pts. (13 IP, 10 K, 14 H, 3 BB, 2 W)

#6 07Greydigger’s Crushers (7-4) 298 over #12 Team JasonOfTheBurbs (5-6) 267

Only 14 points separated these 2 teams going into Sunday, but big days by Paul Goldschmidt and Kyle Seager propel Greydigger over JOTB.

07Greydigger’s Crushers: Paul Goldschmidt 38 pts. (3 HR, 4 2B, 5 R, 5 RBI)

Team JasonOfTheBurbs: Mike Trout 41 pts. (2 HR, 5 2B, 6 R, 7 RBI)

#9 Bullpen MacGyvers (7-4) 281 over #16 Team Gramps (4-7) 261

Only 6 points separated this match going into Sunday and good outings by newly acquired Josh Beckett and Jaime Garcia led MacGyvers to victory over Gramps.

Bullpen MacGyvers: Jon Singleton 26 pts. (2 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI) Jonathan Papelbon 26 pts. (3 IP, 4 K, 1 W, 2 S)

Team Gramps: Craig Kimbrel 39 pts. (4.2 IP, 10 K, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 S) Yu Darvish 34 pts. (9 IP, 10 K, 6 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, W) Justin Morneau 30 pts. (1 HR, 2 2B, 4 R, 10 RBI)

#18 Balls Deep in the Ivy (3-8)242 over #10 What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality (5-6)226

Balls Deep in the Ivy keeps working and it pays off with an upset victory a very good team in Vivid Reality. In what was a 10 point game going into Sunday, Ivy used a very balanced approach to outscore Vivid 27-21 and pull out the W this week.

Balls Deep in the Ivy: Starlin Castro 31 pts. (2 HR, 2 2B, 4 R, 6 RBI) Eric Hosmer 30 pts. (2 HR, 4 R, 8 RBI)

What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality: Starling Marte 35 pts (1 HR, 4 2B, 4 R, 6 RBI)

#17 Waiting on Bryant (5-6) 341 over #11 CubfaninSeattle John (5-6) 198

A week of 2 teams that was on opposite ends of the standings back in May, end up the week tied one game under 500.  Waiting on Bryant has now won 3 weeks in a row to pull him up from his 2-6 record and was on the brink of being eliminated in the 1st half of the season. Waiting on Bryant is now the #12 seed and in shouting distance of the playoffs.  Seattle was 4-1 but has now gone 1-5 the last 6 weeks to drop to the #14 seed.

Waiting on Bryant: Travis Wood 41 pts. (14.2 IP, 8 K, 12 H, 5 BB, 3 ER, 2 W) Lance Lynn 36 pts. (8 IP, 8 K, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, W) Wei-Yin Chen 30 pts. (7 IP, 7 K, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, W) Corey Dickerson 30 pts. (1 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B, 5 R, 5 RBI)

CubfaninSeattle John: David Phelps 25 pts. (6.2 IP, 4 K, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, W)

#15 Baywatch Buttspanx (5-6) 253 over #20 Team Scared Hitless (0-11) 163

Baywatch had a week at the beach as he cruised to an easy victory.

Baywatch Buttspanx: Jason Kipnis 27 pts. (1 2B, 4 R, 8 RBI)

Team Scared Hitless: Phil Hughes 29 pts. (7 IP, 9 K, 7 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, W)

Top Player Performances - Week 11

Andrew McCutchen55Aquas de Marco Billy
Bud Norris51FL JimBoC
David Price50Clark n Addison Tony_H
Garrett Richards47Clark n Addison Tony_H
Charlie Morton47FL JimBoC

Sheffield Division - Week 11 Standings

9-2The Calicubs3585
7-4Runnin Bredstiks3396
7-4FL JimBoC3392
7-4BigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog3181
7-4Bullpen Macgyvers3095
5-6Baywatch Buttspanx3060
5-6CubfaninSeattle John3052
5-6Team JasonOfTheBurbs3007
3-8Balls Deep in The Ivy2657
1-10Slammin Steven Petty2507

Waveland Division - Week 11 Standings

9-2Kentucky Ripsnorters3599
7-4Clark n Addison Tony_H3339
7-407Greydigger's Crushers3318
6-5Northside Bleacher Bums2968
6-5The Wrong Team3117
5-6What's Optimism? Vivid Reality3214
5-6Waiting on Bryant3074
5-6Aguas de Marco Billy3015
4-7Team Gramps3028
0-10Team Scared Hitless2208

The transaction wire held steady this week with 32 free agent pick-ups again this week. We also had a big trade that I outlined above.  Justin Grimm found a new home along with former Cub Robinson Chirinos. But as Chirinos is being added current Cub Welington Castillo was cut along with Nate Schierholtz. Of course Chirinos stay on a roster didn’t last long as 2 days later he was cut. And the normal trying to maximize this week’s points with late in the week roster moves, but they don’t always work out as Nuno, was a no-no and cost a team a victory.

Hard Luck Good Luck

Hard luck teams (Teams that should be in the Top 8 based on points). What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality lost again yet is holding on to the Top 8 in points (7th) with 3214 is now two full games behind in the standings.

Good luck teams (Currently in the playoffs, but not in the Top 8 in points). Bullpen MacGyvers  victory this week moved him into the 8th seed and now makes him a good luck team as he sits in 10th place in points with 3095 points.


Weeks 10 and 20 are the same match-up.
Weeks 11 and 21 are the same match-up.

So in weeks 10 and 21 we will be doing a position round. 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4, etc down to 19 vs 20.

One other note, the league is for public viewing. Here are two shortcuts to take you to the league site on ESPN.

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  • Tony_H

    We have some good games this week.

    Playoff teams
    #3 Runnin Bredstiks (7-4) vs #6 07Gredigger’s Crushers(7-4)
    #4 FL JimBoC (7-4) vs #5 Clark n Addison Tony_H (7-4)
    #8 Bullpen MacGyvers (7-4) vs #9 Northside Bleacher Bums (6-5)
    #7 BigJonLilJon’s Lehair of the Dog (7-4) vs #12 Waiting on Bryant (5-6)

    Fighting to stay alive
    #10 The Wrong Team (6-5) vs #13 Baywatch Buttspanx (5-6)
    #11 Whats Optimism? Vivid Reality (5-6) vs #16 TEam JasonOfTheBurbs (5-6)

    • calicub

      A lot of tough match-ups in there. Bredstiks v. Greydigger & Jimbo v. Tony are the ones i’ll be watching the most.

  • Cubbiemacg

    Was nervous about the trade but when it came down to numbers it was a good fit. But I will miss Ian desmond he was just getting hot. But beckett essentially won it for me so I’m happy.

    • calicub

      I like the trade for you. You gave up two back-end starters for a guy who has been dominant, and some serious slugging power (which these days is at an even greater premium). For your sake, I hope Beckett doesn’t fall into the same rut most guys do after throwing no-no’s though.

      • Cubbiemacg

        Be looked real good Tues and Sunday. But Peavy was turning my hair Grey so kinda don’t mind about losing two backend pitchers but not sure about desmond/Longoria. Fonzi is just a stop gap until cudyear comes off the dl

    • Tony_H

      There is risk in every trade including this one, but I think both teams improved and that is the sign of a good trade.

  • Cubbiemacg

    By the way still open to trades. 1B jon singleton or Matt Adams. Would trade one of them with Brandon Phillips for a good 2B/SS, C, or SP/RP

  • calicub

    Once again I had a close match up going into Sunday. At one point, Billy was 30+ points ahead of me and I was sure I was losing. But, the baseball gods smiled upon me and miraculously I pulled ahead.

    Tough loss for Billy as his offense kept him in the lead a majority of the week and would have won in almost any other match-up.

    • Tony_H

      So many close games all week and especially on Sunday. Some really good teams are sitting around 500.

      • Cubbiemacg

        How do I subscribe to these posts btw

        • Tony_H

          Scroll to the bottom and click on subscribe.

  • calicub

    Very hard matching up trades in FBL, especially when most of the people wanting to trade with are strong competitors you’d prefer not to help too much only for it to bite you in the butt when they sneak back up the rankings. [cough] BigJonLittleJon [cough].

    • BigJonLilJon

      lmao…. I promise… no biting!!!

  • Bredstik

    I’m not quite sure how my Nuno pickup cost me the win. He lost 13 points yesterday but I lost by 26.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Because a normal starter would net you at least 13 points, so that’s a 26 point spread. (That’s what Theo told me).

      • Bredstik

        Theo also knows that there were only 3 guys starting on Sunday to pick up, and none of them ended up netting 13 points.

        • calicub

          Vance Worley and he netted 22, but the early bird got the worm on that one..

    • Tony_H

      Maybe not lost it for you, but made sure you couldn’t win. And Rip is right about the concept that the average starter should net you at least 13 points and therefore if you had 8 starts without grabbing a waiver wire guy on Sunday or grabbed Worley as Cali did, you might have won.
      Either way, I worded that poorly, sorry.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Another great write-up, Tony. And another exciting week. I was watching CaliCubs fight off Billy Sunday night. In fact Billy was ahead when I tuned in. It was a fun match to watch. My wife still roots for you, Tony.

    • Tony_H

      Thanks Rip! The competitiveness of this league is so much higher than I was expecting. Not from a manager standpoint as I knew we would have many people who would be into playing, but that so many teams can be competitive with the amount of teams and the talent pool stretched to the limit. It has been a lot of fun.