CCO Fantasy Baseball – Some are thinking of playoffs while others are thinking of next year’s draft
The playoffs are coming in fantasy baseball with some leagues (our CCO ones) starting them next week. When the playoffs start has to do with how many weeks and whether the league uses the final week of the season when many playoff teams start resting their regulars.
I have always been against using the last week of the regular season. Yes, teams like the Cubs could clinch the week before and start resting players, but let’s face it, Joe Maddon has been resting players all year but all playoff clinched teams will rest players the final week of the season. To me, the fairest way to crown your champion is the week before. This makes large leagues that need three weeks for the playoffs start the playoffs around Labor Day. Compare this to small leagues with only four teams in the playoffs and using the final two weeks and you have a two-week difference in when the playoffs start.
Any way you do it, the playoffs are fun for as long as you keep playing and as soon as you our eliminated you start thinking about the next year or your fantasy football team (I have three drafts on Labor Day, two that will overlap, ugh).
Clayton Kershaw is excited to pitch a simulated game and could be back in time to help his teams win a fantasy championship.
September call-ups can change a fantasy race, so who should you be targeting? September call-ups
Bold predictions for 2017 … Addison Russell catches up to his contemporaries.
Who is the first pick of 2017? Mike Trout? Mookie Betts? Jose Altuve? Josh Donaldson? Bryce Harper? Clayton Kershaw? Plus as many five other potential options for that top pick. We will be debating this up until draft time next year.
It is very hard to keep up with all 30 teams in fantasy baseball. A.J. Mass does his best to give you some info on every team in one spot. John Lackey’s return, Gerardo Parra’s opportunity
Try to keep up with who is the closers for the final month by using the Closer depth chart.
Let’s take a look at the Cubs hitters over the last 30 days, 27 games.
- Kris Bryant: 147 pts (10 HR, 3B, 7 2B, 23 1B, 22 RBI, 29 R, 15 BB, SB)
- Addison Russell: 91 pts (7 HR, 3 2B, 12 1B, 21 RBI, 14 R, 8 BB, 2 SB)
- Anthony Rizzo: 88 pts (2 HR, 3B, 7 2B, 23 1B, 14 RBI, 15 R)
- Ben Zobrist: 77 pts (HR, 3B, 7 2B, 15 1B, 13 RBI, 14 R, 14 BB)
- Dexter Fowler: 77 pts (2 HR, 2 3B, 2 2B, 19 1B, 6 RBI, 18 R, 15 BB, SB)
- Jorge Soler: 67 pts (5 HR, 4 2B, 10 1B, 14 RBI, 8 R, 7 BB)
- Willson Contreras: 63 pts (4 HR, 3 2B, 13 1B, 12 RBI, 10 R, 5 BB, SB)
- Javier Baez: 45 pts (2 HR, 3B, 2 2B, 13 1B, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 SB)
- Jason Heyward: 40 pts (HR, 4 2B, 14 1B, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB)
- Matt Szczur: 33 pts (2 HR, 3 2B, 5 1B, 3 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB)
- David Ross: 18 pts (HR, 2B, 3 1B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 5 BB)
- Miguel Montero: 17 pts (2B, 6 1B, 5 RBI, 1 R, 3 BB)
- Chris Coghlan: 13 pts (2 2B, 2 1B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB)
Kris Bryant for MVP!! That was an MVP stretch and let’s hope that he can continue this through October. But don’t overlook the numbers by the next six guys. All the way down through Willson Contreras averaged over three points a game, Addison Russell averaged 3.6/game and Anthony Rizzo was 3.4/game. That gives us seven very good fantasy players with Javier Baez worth owning and starting against left-handed pitchers and as a back-up against right handers. Jason Heyward is starting to produce ever since his weekend pass.
Player Raters and Rankings
Here is the ESPN Player Rater that does use just the stats from this season. It is based on the ESPN standard league point system.
Mike Trout is still the best player in fantasy based on the updated Top 250 Rankings, but Kris Bryant is moving up and is now fourth while Anthony Rizzo has dropped out of the Top 10 to 11th. Tristan Cockcroft also reviews September schedules and talks about the most/least favorable pitching and batting schedules for the final month of the season.
- 4th – Kris Bryant
- 11th – Anthony Rizzo
- 29th – Jon Lester
- 31st – Jake Arrieta
- 59th – Kyle Hendricks
- 68th – Aroldis Chapman
- 113th – Ben Zobrist
- 141st – John Lackey
- 143rd – Addison Russell
- 148th – Dexter Fowler
- 160th – Willson Contreras
- 168th – Jason Hammel
- 193rd – Javier Baez
Still impressive but we have dropped from eight to seven in the Top 100. It is kind of ironic on the heels of a great August (22-6), but that is team and the rankings are individual moving forward.
Scoreboards and Standings
- CCO Scoreboard
- CCO Fans Scoreboard
- CCO Auction Keeper Scoreboard
- CCO Standings
- CCO Fans Standings
- CCO Auction Keeper Standings