CCO Fantasy Baseball League – Week 15

Most weeks are full of good close games. This week our closest games were 29, 38 and 39 points. This could have been expected as the top eight teams didn’t have one match-up against each other and the best match-up of the week was #6 vs #9 and then #3 vs #11.

Nine wins is where the playoffs are at with three 9-6 teams tied for the eighth spot. Just one team sits one game back at 8-7 and three more teams sit two games back at 7-8. The separation is real now with six teams that are three games or more back. With just six weeks left in the regular season we are in the stretch run for the playoff berths. We also have three teams that have been officially eliminated from the playoffs.

All-Star Teams

There was no fan voting, no managers filling out a ballot and no players were asked their opinions.  There is also no rule of every team being represented. The best of the best. In fantasy baseball, it is all about points. While the sabermetric community keeps trying to find the perfect stat, we already have one, points. Points rule and are the end all of any fantasy baseball league. Now point systems vary and can make one player great in one league and not so great in another. But we have our system and here are the All-Star Teams. A starting lineup with three bench players and five starting pitchers and three relief pitchers make up the team.

PrintThe Waveland team was made up of nine teams’ players, led by Clark n Addison Tony_H with five players and Kentucky Ripsnorters with three players.  The Sheffield team was made up of all 10 teams and was led by BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog with four players and Runnin’ Bredstiks and FL JimBoC with three players.

2014 Waveland Division All-Star Team

PositionPlayerTeamPoints
CCarlos SantanaAquas de Marco Billy257
1BPaul Goldschmidt07Greydigger's Crushers386
2BAnthony RendonClark n Addison Tony_H335
SSHanley RamirezWhat's Optimism? Vivid Reality282
3BTodd FrazierKentucky Ripsnorters337
LFBrandon MossWhat's Optimism? Vivid Reality317
CFAndrew McCutchenAquas de Marco Billy395
RFGiancarlo Stanton07Greydigger's Crushers378
UtilityEdwin EncarnacionWaiting on Bryant368
SPDavid PriceClark n Addison Tony_H408
SPMasahiro TanakaKentucky Ripsnorters399
SPGarrett RichardsClark n Addison Tony_H370
SPClayton KershawClark n Addison Tony_H366
SPJulio TeheranTeam Gramps366
RPFrancisco RodriguezKentucky Ripsnorters271
RPCraig KimbrelTeam Gramps271
RPKoji UeharaThe Wrong Team254
BenchFreddie FreemanTeam Scared Hitless347
BenchAnthony RizzoClark n Addison Tony_H338
BenchAlbert PujolsWaiting on Bryant334

2014 Sheffield Division All-Star Team

PositionPlayerTeamPoints
CJonathan LucroyRunnin' Bredstiks299
1BJose AbreuBaywatch Buttspanx348
2BBrian DozierSlammin Steven Petty339
SSTroy TulowitzkiBaywatch Buttspanx362
3BMiguel CabreraBigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog350
LFMichael BrantleyRunnin' Bredstiks348
CFMike TroutTeam JasonOfTheBurbs410
RFNelson CruzFL JimBoC372
UtilityJose BautistaBigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog338
SPFelix HernandezCubsfaninSeattle John464
SPJohnny CuetoRunnin' Bredstiks446
SPAdam WainwrightFL JimBoC426
SPMax ScherzerThe Calicubs357
SPJason HammelBigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog310
RPDelin BetancesBullpen MacGyvers254
RPFernando RodneyThe Calicubs234
RPMark MelanconFL JimBoC229
BenchCarlos GomezBalls Deep in The Ivy327
BenchIan KinslerBigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog321
BenchDavid OrtizSlammin Steven Petty317
Hatfield’s and McCoy’s

We have had 5 weeks of interleague play. This week the Hatfield (Waveland) pulled out another weekly victory 6-4.  That leaves the bragging rights with the Hatfield’s (Waveland) with a record 22-18 over the McCoy’s (Sheffield) and a weekly record of 3-0-2.

#1 Kentucky Ripsnorters (11-4) 354 over #16 Baywatch Buttspanx (5-10) 316

Baywatch Buttspanx gave Ripsnorters a close game as they tried to comeback over the weekend.

Kentucky Ripsnorters: Cody Allen 33 pts (4 IP, 8 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 Saves)

Baywatch Buttspanx: Jacob deGrom 57 pts (14 IP, 19 K, 12 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 W) Jose Abreu 33 pts (2 HR, 3 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI, SB)

#2 The Calicubs (11-4) 326 over #12 What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality 251

Calicubs took charge over the weekend after Vivid Reality took the lead on Thursday with an 80-14 day.

The Calicubs: Hisashi Iwakuma 64 pts (15.2 IP, 18 K, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 W)

What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality: Scott Kazmir 32 pts (7 IP, 9 K, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, W)

#11 Aguas de Marco Billy (9-6) 355 over #3 FL JimBoC (10-5) 316

In the best game of the week Aguas de Marco pulled out the upset of #3 seed FL JimBoC.

Aguas de Marco Billy: Andrew McCutchen 45 pts (4 HR, 3B, 2 2B, 9 R, 7 RBI, and 2 SB)

FL JimBoC: Adam Wainwright 39 pts (14 IP, 9 K, 12 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, W) Jimmy Rollins 34 pts (3 HR, 6 R, 7 RBI, 3 SB) Chris Johnson 33 pts (3 HR, 2B, 6 R, 8 RBI) Brock Holt 31 pts (HR, 2 3B, 2 2B, 5 R, 3 RBI) Charlie Morton 31 pts (13 IP, 11 K, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB) Neil Walker 30 pts (2 HR, 3B, 2 2B, 4 R, 5 RBI)

#4 07 Greydigger’s Crushers (11-4) 353 over #19 Slammin Steven Petty (2-13) 174

Greydigger’s took care of business and crushed Slammin.

07 Greydigger’s Crushers: Joe Smith 45 pts (5 IP, 5 K, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 Saves) Tyson Ross 37 pts (13 IP, 15 K, 12 H, 3 ER, BB) J.D. Martinez 30 pts (HR, 3B, 2B, 6 R, 5 RBI)

#5 Clark n Addison Tony_H (10-5) 411 over #13 JasonOfTheBurbs (7-8) 348

A new high weekly high score of 411 dooms JasonOfTheBurbs to defeat.

Clark n Addison Tony H: Ian Kennedy 54 pts (15 IP, 17 K, 7 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, W) Clayton Kershaw 38 pts (9 IP, 11 K, 3 H, ER, BB, W) Anthony Rizzo 33 pts (3 HR, 2 2B, 6 R, 4 RBI)

JasonOfTheBurbs: Clay Buchholz 57 pts (16 IP, 19 K, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, W) R.A. Dickey 39 pts (13 IP, 10 K, 9 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, W) Mike Trout 38 pts (2 HR, 3 2B, 7 R, 10 RBI)

#6 Runnin’ Bredstiks (10-5) 370 over #9 The Wrong Team (8-7) 239

Bredstiks ran over The Wrong Team this week.

Runnin’ Bredstiks: Johnny Cueto 36 pts (12.1 IP, 11 K, 11 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 W) Charlie Blackmon 31 pts (2 HR, 2B, 5 R, 5 RBI, 2 SB) Michael Brantley 30 pts (2 HR, 2 2B, 5 R, 6 RBI)

The Wrong Team: Conor Gillaspie 38 pts (3 HR, 4 2B, 8 R, 5 RBI) Stephen Strasburg 37 pts (12.2 IP, 18 K, 11 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, W)

#7 BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog Dog (10-5) 265 over #17 Team Gramps (4-11) 204

Big Jon picked a good week to have an off week, winning with the lowest winning score of the week.

BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog: John Danks 24 pts (12.2 IP, 8 K, 15 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, W)

Team Gramps: Arismendy Alcantara 30 pts (HR, 3B, 3 2B, 6 R, 5 RBI, SB)

#8 Bullpen MacGyvers (9-6) 305 over #20 Team Scared Hitless (1-14) 171

Another snoozer, where the winner was well known on Monday as MacGyvers didn’t need any duct tape to pull out this wire to wire win.

Bullpen MacGyvers: Jonathan Papelbon 29 pts (4 IP, 3 K, H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 Saves)

Team Scared Hitless: Phil Hughes 35 pts (12.1 IP, 14 K, 18 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 W)

#10 Northside Bleacher Bums (9-6) 324 over #14 CubfaninSeattle John (6-9) 269

I would have picked this to be a much closer game this week, but the Bleacher Bums took care of business and held onto their playoff hopes.

Northside Bleacher Bums: Aroldis Chapman 45 pts (5 IP, 13 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 Saves) Chris Carter 32 pts (4 HR, 6 R, 5 RBI)

CubfaninSeattle John: Robinson Cano 29 pts (HR, 2 2B, 2 R, 6 RBI)

#15 Waiting on Bryant (7-8) 293 over #18 Balls Deep in the Ivy (3-12) 264

In the closest game of the week, Waiting on Bryant kept it’s ever so slim playoff chance open, with a 29 point victory over Balls Deep in the Ivy.

Waiting on Bryant: James Shields 52 pts (14 IP, 18 K, 10 H, 2 ER, BB, W) Chase Utley 31 pts (2 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI, 2 SB) Albert Pujols 30 pts (HR, 2B, 7 R, 7 RBI)

Balls Deep in the Ivy: Jayson Werth 41 pts (4 HR, 2B, 8 R, 10 RBI) Eric Hosmer 38 pts (2 HR, 4 2B, 7 R, 5 RBI) Adrian Beltre 31 pts (2 HR, 3B, 2B, 8 R, 10 RBI)

Top Player Performances - Week 15

PlayerPointsTeam
Hisashi Iwakuma64The Calicubs
Jacob de Grom57Baywatch Buttspanx
Clay Buchholtz57Team JasonOfTheBurbs
Ian Kennedy54Clark n Addison Tony_H
James Shields52Waiting on Bryant
Current Playoff Match-ups

A little reshuffling of the deck, but the same 8 teams as last week – CCO Fantasy Bsaeball League Standings

  • #1 Kentucky Ripsnorters vs #8 Bullpen MacGyvers
  • #2 The Calicubs vs #7 BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog
  • #3 07 Greydigger’s Crushers vs #6 Runnin’ Bredstiks
  • #4 Clark n Addison Tony_H vs #5 FL JimBoC

Sheffield Division - Week 15 Standings

RecordTeamPoints
11-4The Calicubs4872
10-5FLJimBoC4745
10-5Runnin Bredstiks4568
10-5BigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog4417
9-6Bullpen MacGyvers4316
7-8Team JasonOfTheBurbs4302
6-9CubsfaninSeattle John4174
5-10Baywatch Buttspanx4133
3-12Balls Deep in The Ivy3643
2-13Slammin Steven Petty3337

Waveland Division - Week 15 Standings

RecordTeamPoints
11-4Kentucky Ripsnorters4924
11-407Greydigger's Crushers4691
10-5Clark n Addison Tony_H4814
9-6Northside Bleacher Bums4209
9-6Aquas de Marco Billy4196
8-7The Wrong Team4144
7-8What's Optimism? Vivid Reality4442
7-8Waiting on Bryant4209
4-11Team Gramps3986
1-14Team Scared Hitless2918
Transactions

The transaction wire stayed slow down this week with 23 free agent pick-ups. Even with some call-ups getting added, the waiver wire is still tough to find players that can help teams out. Of course, if it weren’t for players with ties to Cubs the waiver wire might be real slow. Tsuyoshi Wada, Sam Fuld, Nate Schierholtz, Chris Coghlan, Edwin Jackson and Dallas Beeler were all added this week.

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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