CCO Fantasy Baseball League – Week 12

What a week! Three games decided by less than 10 points and many decided by 30 some points. Seven wins is still where the playoffs are, but now we have one 7-5 team sitting on the outside looking in at ninth. We also have three 6-6 teams sitting one game back and four teams sitting two games out at 5-7. We also have wins for every team now. That means we have 16 teams within two games of the playoffs with nine weeks to go. Another sign of a competitive league is what teams lose with for points. We have seen 335, 336, 343, and 350 and now 354 points and a loss.

What’s in a Name?

Have you ever had a player that you just didn’t like? We all have. But what happens when that player performs so well, yet you either have said they were bad or not as good as everyone says, or just made sure to never take them, even when they were the best player available. We all have. So I went through each offensive position and listed one of my players….that I was wrong about.

Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy – Now I actually own him in my CBS league. But first I would love to tell you I had him as a guy to take, but I picked him up in the 15th round of a 10 team league because I waited on catchers. But I have never really cared for him, maybe just because he is a Brewer. But 248 points so far this season, 1st for catchers, proves I was wrong about Jonathan Lucroy.

First Base – Edwin Encarnacion – For some reason I have always pasted on Encarnacion. Never believed he was worth taking where everyone took him. But here he is 1st in points in our league for position players with 315 points and once again, proves I was wrong about Edwin Encarnacion.

Second Base – Jose Altuve – I thought he would never keep putting up numbers and because of that has avoided him every time. But here is 3rd in points at 2B, proving once again, that I was wrong about Jose Altuve.

Shortstop – Ian Desmond – I have owned Desmond before, but thought he was over rated. This year I had him crossed off for someone I did not want no matter how far he fell (a little extreme) but he is 5th in points for SS and shows that I was wrong about Ian Desmond.

Third Base – Josh Donaldson – It must be the ex-Cub factor on this one, where I just don’t want to admit that he is really this good. I enjoyed watching all 5 innings that Rich Harden threw each time out and didn’t want to have Donaldson on my team to remind what we gave up. He is the top 3B at 289 points and proves I was wrong about Josh Donaldson.

Outfield – Jose Bautista – I admit he is and has been a great fantasy player. But I have never been willing to use the pick needed to pick him up. I guess after his break out year in 2010, I have always thought the bottom would drop out for him. He is the top OF at 314 points and proves I was wrong about Jose Bautista.

So why did I say I was wrong at the end of each player? Sometimes it just helps to say it out loud.  But I would say all of us get this image of a player in our head and no matter what they do in the future, we keep that image going….and that is wrong and unfair to that player.  Just think of the team I could have had on offense, if I had taken these players when I had the chance.

So who are your players that you have been or are right now, wrong about?

Hatfield and McCoy’s!

We have bragging rights now as the Hatfield’s (Waveland) won this week 6-4 over the McCoy’s (Sheffield).  Last week was a tie (a tie, this isn’t soccer!) so after two weeks the record is 11-9.

#1 Kentucky Ripsnorters (10-2) 357 over #14 CubfaninSeattle John (5-7) 326

Seattle John tried to come back over the weekend, making up 44 pts. on Saturday and Sunday with some big pitching performances, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the top seed.

Kentucky Ripsnorters: Masahiro Tanaka 40 pts. (13 IP, 16 K, 11 H, 3 BB, 4 ER, W)

CubfaninSeattle John: Roenis Elias 50 pts. (13.2 IP, 11 K, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 W) Hyun-Jin Ryu 43 pts. (12 IP, 8 K, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 W)

#2 The Calicubs (10-2) 317 over #17 Team Gramps (4-8) 251

Calicubs cruised to victory this week to stay in 1st place in the Sheffield division.

The Calicubs: Victor Martinez 28 pts. (2 HR, 7 R, 5 RBI) Fernando Rodney 28 pts. (3 Saves, 4 IP, 5 K)

Team Gramps: Julio Teheran 42 pts. (15 IP, 16 K, 11 H, 2 BB, 4 ER)

#6 07Greydigger’s Crushers (8-4) 321 over #3 Runnin’ Bredstiks (7-5) 284

In a big match this week, #6 Crushers defeated the 3 seed Runnin’ Bredstiks by pulling away starting on Friday.  With the victory Crushers moves up to the 4 seed and Bredstiks held on to the 8th seed, the last playoff spot.

Runnin’ Bredstiks: Zach Wheeler 37 pts. (9 IP, 8 K, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, W) Johnny Cueto 34 pts. (14 IP, 10 K, 14 H, 5 BB, 3 ER, W) Jonathan Lucroy 32 pts. (2 HR, 2B, 6 R, 7 RBI)

07Greydigger’s Crushers: Wily Peralta 34 pts. (14.2 IP, 8 K, 17 H, 1 BB, 6 ER, 2 W) Madison Bumgarner 33 pts. (8 IP, 7 K, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, W)

#4 FL JimBoC (8-4) 359 over #5 Clark n Addison Tony_H (7-5) 354

354 points and a loss!  I was on the other end of this a few weeks ago where I beat Vivid Reality when he had 343 points.  That week was more fun.  This was a great game all week long but JimBoC balanced attack was too much for me to overcome, even with a 48 point start from a no hitter from Kershaw. JimBoC took over the 3 seed with the victory.

FL JimBoC: Jered Weaver 31 pts. (14 IP, 9 K, 9 H, 3 BB, 5 ER) Jake Arrieta 30 pts. (7 IP, 11 K, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, W)

Clark n Addison: Clayton Kershaw 48 pts. (9 IP, 15 K, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, W) Anthony Rendon 37 pts. (2 HR, 4 2B, 5 R, 8 RBI, 2 SB)

#7 BigJonLilJon’s Lehair of the Dog (8-4) 332 over #12 Waiting on Bryant (5-7) 290

Waiting on Bryant would like to use Kris Bryant’s Sunday 3 HR day to try and make up some of this ground he lost over the weekend as BigJon picked up 58 points on Saturday and Sunday to get the victory and move up to the 5th seed.

BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog: Ian Kinsler 30 pts. (2 HR, 2 2B, 5 R, 4 RBI, SB)

Waiting on Bryant: Aramis Ramirez 47 pts. (3 HR, 4 2B, 9 R, 10 RBI) Edwin Encarnacion 36 pts. (4 HR, 6 R, 9 RBI) Corey Dickerson 34 pts. (2 HR, 3B, 2 2B, 5 R, 6 RBI, SB)

#8 Bullpen MacGyvers (8-4) 283 over #9 Northside Bleacher Bums (6-6) 243

Big match this week that sent Bullpen MacGyvers up to the 6th seed with the victory and dropped Northside Bleacher Bums to 11th with the loss. Bullpen MacGyvers used a huge 93 point Saturday to pull away.

Bullpen MacGyvers: Josh Beckett 29 pts. (7 IP, 8 K, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, W)

Northside Bleacher Bums: Jon Lester 42 pts. (14 IP, 10 K, 8 H, 3 BB, 3 ER, W) Jay Bruce 34 pts. (2 HR, 2 2B, 10 R, 5 RBI, SB)

#10 The Wrong Team (7-5) 283 over #13 Baywatch Buttspanx (5-7) 282

One point!  One lousy point! Wrong Team put up 69 points on Sunday with only 2 XBH’s and picking up one W and one save. Team effort. But Baywatch just needed 1 point to tie and 2 points to win and Josh Hamilton was in the lineup last night. In the 1st he struck out.  The 3rd inning he flew out to LF.  5th inning he struck out.  7th inning he struck out with the bat on his shoulder and didn’t get up in the 9th.  Game over!  One lousy point!

The Wrong Team: Ryan Howard 31 pts. (2 HR, 2B, 4 R, 7 RBI) Tanner Roark 30 pts. (10.1 IP, 7 K, 11 H, 5 BB, 2 ER, 2 W)

Baywatch Buttspanx: John Lackey 33 pts. (9 IP, 9 K, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 ER) Jason Vargas 33 pts. (15.2 IP, 6 K, 17 H, 2 BB, 4 ER, W)

#11 What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality (6-6)383 over #16 JasonOfTheBurbs (5-7) 275

The reality of this one is that this was not one of the close games this week.  What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality ran away with a 108 point victory.

What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality: Chris Young 43 pts. (13 IP, 8 K, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, W)

Team JasonOfTheBurbs: Mike Trout 30 pts. (2 HR, 2 2B, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 SB)

#15 Aguas de Marco Billy (6-6) 255 over #19 Slammin Steven Petty (1-11) 210

Aguas de Marco cruised to victory with 255 points, while resting his starters this week to prepare for the dog days of summer.

Aguas de Marco Billy: Cole Hamels 38 pts. (14.1 IP, 14 K, 10 H, 7 BB, 2 ER)

Slammin Steven Petty: David Wright 34 pts. (2 HR, 4 2B, 5 R, 6 RBI)

#20 Team Scared Hitless (1-11) 220 over #18 Balls Deep in the Ivy (3-9) 216

I thought for sure that Balls Deep in the Ivy would be 4-8 and keep some ray of hope for the playoffs. If only he had more than 2 starts this week, he would have won. But Starlin Castro is doing well.

Balls Deep in the Ivy: Starlin Castro 31 pts. (2 HR, 3 2B, 4 R, 8 RBI) Khris Davis 31 pts. (2 HR, 3B, 2B, 5 R, 9 RBI)

Team Scared Hitless: Rafael Soriano 39 pts. (4 Saves, 5 IP, 6 K) Yoenis Cespedes 32 pts. (2 HR, 2B, 6 R, 6 RBI) Freddie Freeman 31 pts. (HR, 3B, 4 2B, 7 R) Devin Mesoraco 30 pts. (3 HR, 2 2B, 5 R, 6 RBI)

Top Player Performances - Week 12

PlayerPointsTeam
Roenis Elias50CubsfaninSeattle John
Clayton Kershaw48Clark n Addison Tony_H
Aramis Ramirez47Waiting on Bryant
Chris Young43What's Optimism? Vivid Reality
Hyun-Jin Ryu43CubsfaninSeattle John

Top 10 Batters - 2014 Season

PlayerPointsTeam
Edwin Encarnacion323Waiting on Bryant
Giancarlo Stanton32207 Greydigger's Crushers
Paul Goldschmidt31907 Greydigger's Crushers
Mike Trout313Team JasonOfTheBurbs
Jose Bautista308BigJonLilJon's Lehair of the Dog
Troy Tulowitzki304Baywatch Buttspanx
Nelson Cruz301Baywatch Buttspanx
Josh Donaldson292What's Optimism? Vivid Reality
Andrew McCutchen289Aquas de Marco Billy
Miguel Cabrera284BigJonLilJon's Lehair of the Dog

Top 10 Pitchers - 2014 Season

PlayerPointsTeam
Johnny Cueto372Runnin Bredstiks
Masahiro Tanaka357Kentucky Ripsnorters
Felix Hernandez354CubsfaninSeattle John
Adam Wainwright339FL JimBoC
Julio Teheran309Team Gramps
Madison Bumgarner30307 Greydigger's Crushers
David Price294Clark n Addison Tony_H
Scott Kazmir291What's Optimism? Vivid Reality
Yu Darvish282Team Gramps
Jon Lester281Northside Bleacher Bums
Current Playoff Match-ups
  • #1 Kentucky Ripsnorters vs #8 Runnin’ Bredstiks
  • #2 The Calicubs vs #7 Clark n Addison Tony_H
  • #3 FL JimBoC vs #6 Bullpen MacGyvers
  • #4 07 Greydigger’s Crushers vs #5 BigJonLilJon’s Lehair of the Dog

Sheffield Division - Week 12 Standings

RecordTeamPoints
10-2The Calicubs3901
8-4FL JimBoC3751
8-4BigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog3514
8-4Bullpen MacGyvers3378
7-5Runnin Bredstiks3680
5-7CubsfaninSeattle John3378
5-7Baywatch Buttspanx3342
5-7Team JasonOfTheBurbs3282
3-9Balls Deep in The Ivy2873
1-11Slammin Steven Petty2717

Waveland Division - Week 12 Standings

RecordTeamPoints
10-2Kentucky Ripsnorters3956
8-407 Greydigger's Crushers3639
7-5Clark n Addison Tony_H3693
7-5The Wrong Team3400
6-6What's Optimism? Vivid Reality3602
6-6Northside Bleacher Bums3211
6-6Aquas de Marco Billy3270
5-7Waiting on Bryant3354
4-8Team Gramps3279
1-11Team Scared Hitless2428
Transactions

The transaction wire held steady this week with 34 free agent pick-ups again this week. Welington Castillo got picked up as soon as he came off the DL and Justin Ruggiano got picked up by a team, who I believe has always disliked these type of players on the Cubs, yet he is now good enough to roster in a 20 team league.  I think this larger fantasy league makes it easier to see how hard it is to find players as a GM.  Two teams have hit 40+ transactions and are closing in on the limit, and 4 teams are in the 30+ range.

Notes

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.

The league is for public viewing. Here are two shortcuts to take you to the league site on ESPN.

Game recaps include top scorer from each team and any other players who score 30+ points.

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  • Tony_H

    This week’s big games.

    #1 Kentucky Ripsnorters vs #5 BigJonLilJon’s Lehair of the Dog

    #4 07Greydigger’s Crushers vs #6 Bullpen MacGyvers

    #8 Runnin’ Bredstiks vs #10 Whats Optimism? Vivid Reality

    #12 Aguas de Marco Billy vs #13 CubfaninSeattle John

    • BigJonLilJon

      I’m not liking my match up here!!!! gonna need a little hair of the dog!!!

      • Tony_H

        Rip has been one tough cookie so far. Give him a run for his money, he is going to be talking big at the Cougars @ Beloit game this week.

        • calicub

          Knock him down a notch for me ;)

          • BigJonLilJon

            Had a good start today!!!!

  • Vivid_Reality

    I am 40% of those losses :/

    • Tony_H

      Which ones, the largest point total losses? They are tough to swallow.

      • Vivid_Reality

        336 and 343 are me in back to back weeks no less.

        • Tony_H

          Sorry man, I beat you the week you had 343. Hopefully you have had a win or two on your off weeks to help offset.

          • Vivid_Reality

            Week after my two beatings I put up a dud and lost to a dead team, haha. It was a rough stretch.

          • Tony_H

            I thought your record seemed worse than it should. 6-6 with those 3 losses is pretty good.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Vivid was ridiculous this week…led in points every single day, and each SP of his seemed to get at least 20 points.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Yeah, I pick up Ruggiano. I have so many injuries, I had to have a CF, and he was the best of the available ones not already on the DL.

    Still…I pride myself in that I haven’t picked up Schierholtz, Couglan, John Baker, and Shawn Camp….LOL

    I passed on Encarcion, and of course, now I regret it. And there are several that I passed on the waiver wire that I would have been better off to take. But injuries force you to do things you would not normally do. One simply has to have a body on the roster to play somewhere.

    • Tony_H

      Exactly!

    • Tony_H

      Sorry, had to make dinner. Injuries, especially ones where they miss a week, but no DL makes it really tough on the roster. I have a good mix of players who can be moved around to usually fill a full lineup. Rendon has been huge as a 2B/3B for me and if Ethier would just play more often would be great being eligible for all 3 OF spots.

      How about Chisenhall? I had him on my roster and dropped him because he wasn’t playing everyday and I needed a short term filler for Machado to start the year. That was a big mistake that I made, that Billy is benefiting from now.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Chisenhall: after you dropped him, I wanted to pick him up but he wasn’t an everyday guy, and I needed the flexibility of a (ahem) Valbuena, so I passed on him.

        Oh, my achin’ head!

        • Vivid_Reality

          Poor Roster Management.

        • Tony_H

          Isn’t this a blast! Remember I already bought the site KentuckyRipsnortersOnline.com and it has been very critical of your decisions, #1 seed or not :)

    • BigJonLilJon

      I have a bit of a log jam at CF and RF. I could use a starting pitcher… Feel free to make me an offer. Coco Crisp, as well as any of them are available for the right pitcher

      • Ripsnorter1

        Who do you want> Send me an email via the league.

        • BigJonLilJon

          Just looked at your roster… doesn’t appear to match up well for what I need…. I got a feeling your not letting lose of the decent SP’s???

          • Ripsnorter1

            You are correct.

  • Chris K.

    Anyone interested in Derek Norris or Yan Gomes?

  • calicub

    I’ve never really liked Fernando Rodney mostly because his dumb bow and arrow routine and his sideways cap but hawt dang he’s having a solid year in the Pacific Northwest.

    • Tony_H

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Funny how you hate a player until he is on your team then love all the antics. Best example is Dennis Rodman. Hated him as a Piston, loved him as a Bull, hate him since he was done with the Bulls. But boy could he rebound!

  • calicub

    Lucky win for me this week. Wacha went down and was forced to start Mat Latos who brought my negative pitching total to -27 for the week. No bueno.

    • Vivid_Reality

      I wouldn’t want you to be forced to start Latos again. I’ll take him off your hands for you.

      • BigJonLilJon

        As would I!!!

      • calicub

        Woe is me i have too many solid starters to pick from in a given week. haha talk about Champagne Problems.

    • Tony_H

      Yeah, I don’t like the negative points, might have to re-look at the pitchers points to see if we can keep the negatives from being so big.

      • BigJonLilJon

        The beauty of starting pitching… could be big points or big negative in points.

        • calicub

          Yeah I don’t mind it, its just devistating when it happens to you.

      • calicub

        Idk how you could limit anyway. maybe reduce earned runs from 2 to 1?

        • Tony_H

          Not sure. Would have to look at all the points for pitchers and make adjustments and see how it changes the projections. Hard to do, I just didn’t expect the double digit negatives we have seen this year.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I am not complaining about it.

          • Tony_H

            The result could be do nothing, but at some point in the off-season, it will be worth reviewing.

          • calicub

            i think part of it is, as Neil pointed out in his recap of the Sandberg game, that pitchers arent allowed recover/salvage their outtings the way they once were. so now you have a guy struugle through 4 innings and 70 pitches and hes yanked right away.

          • Tony_H

            That is very true. Didn’t think about that.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I have had a few 1-2 innings outings by Tillman and others as SP that have killed me. Totally agree, the leash is short these days.

          • BigJonLilJon

            Has a lot to do with with the lack of strong pitching options in such a deep league I would think

          • TheWrongGuy

            It’s hard to adjust in such a large league, I would guess as this is my 1st time playing fantasy baseball.
            I thought about the adjustment as well but I like how the points are set for and against pitching. We have spoke of this before limiting to 6 SP and 7 GS per week. Yet in thinking of this you would theoretically put a higher price on bats. so maybe to off-set this limit the roster to 21 or 20 players. Just a thought.
            As for negative points -2 for ER, -1 for BB and H. I think is fair and very realistic. As these will tell the tale for a starter in any baseball game.

          • Cubbiemacg

            This is my first league as well. Happy to keep getting these scrappy wins but I can’t get lucky all the time.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I got killed the week prior by negatives…my SP have had Samardzija-June-like consistency. Ugh.

  • calicub

    Anyone looking for outfield help?
    I have a glut of LF/RF with serious SB potential as well as washington lead off man Denard Span.

  • JimBo_C

    Picking Will Venable in any round of this draft would be classified as a clunker. I had the pleasure of taking him in the 7th round.

    • calicub

      Ouch. In a round that saw Pablo Sandoval, Wacha, Hamels chase utley, and Jose abreu go, I’d have to say that was one of the worst.

      • calicub

        Of course I dropped Seam Doolittle in the first week in favor of Al Albaquerque. Definitely one of my dumber moves.

  • JimBo_C

    I am open to trading one of my one of my two versatile RF/LF/IB (Craig or Morse) for the “right” SP upgrade.

    • Vivid_Reality

      I sent out way too many Henderson Alvarez trades to remember who I sent them two. He is available if you’re interested.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        of course he is…

    • Tony_H

      Sent you an offer. Not sure what you are looking for back but did a SP/SP and batter/batter. Open to adjustments.

  • TheWrongGuys

    “One point! One lousy point!” (I guess you don’t like me tying you at 7-5.(I am joking))
    I hope you know Tony yesterday, me leading in overall points at the end of the day was the first time in 2 weeks. I was rooting for Yu Darvish and Team Gramps all the way. I can only say a win is a win, is a win, is a win. Go Team Gramps!

    • Tony_H

      Actually didn’t even put 2 and 2 together, still can’t believe Hamilton couldn’t get one lousy point!

      I was hoping for 8 points from Choo and hoping Soria would get a save chance and in my optimistic mind, didn’t think 8 points was going to be to tough. Darvish made sure there was no save chance.

      • TheWrongGuy

        I agree. I was in shock about Hamilton. I couldn’t even watch. I stopped watching when Koji blew the save in the 9th for Boston. I was in shock when I looked later and saw that they had left him in and Koji picked up the W and I was up by a point, my eye balls almost fell out of my head. Then I noticed that J. Hamilton was up against Yu Darvish. And the rest as they say is history.

        And now I am sitting in wait for B. Harper to return, as the injury bug hits my team again. Lost B. Lawrie yet again. I am one of those teams you mentioned with 40 moves. :(

  • Cubbiemacg

    I’m dangerously close to my transaction limit, partly due to a horrible computer aided Draft. I missed the Draft and got stuck with a mess of a team. I have reassembled from near scratch with only 6 players from my original roster . Just have to hope my reinforcements in the form of top prospects meyer and nelson get called up soon. If that happens I should be able to coast into the playoffs just got to watch out for the big injury. And baby my last few transactions

    • BigJonLilJon

      You look light on Catcher and OF… If your willing to trade a SP I could help you with that. Take a look at my roster and make an offer if you see something you like.

      • Cubbiemacg

        Don’t really have bench space and don’t really run on back up catchers but ill inquire

      • Cubbiemacg

        After looking you don’t have anything in outfield except Bautista or gordon . So make an offer of you want just know that any outfielders you send my way will be replaced with fonzi

        • BigJonLilJon

          You clicked seconds faster on me for Vogt this morning!!! I’ll stick with what I have since you don’t care for any of My OF’s and you picked up a catcher I guess

  • Tony_H

    What was I saying about not liking double digit negatives? Karma comes back and gives me a negative 13 for Rondon last night!

  • Chris K.

    I drafted Jedd Gyorko in the 4th round. Woof. Quite the swing and miss much like Gyorko’s year so far.