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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