It seems like every team is calling up their top prospects this year, and especially our beloved Cubs. We have Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber as elite prospects that made their debut this year. Of course the hardest part in fantasy is which guys to add to your roster and do you draft them or wait and hope you can get them via a free agent pick-up. Let’s look at some of the top hitting prospects and how they were acquired in the CCO leagues.
Kris Bryant was of course the main attraction in a league full of Cubs fans. Not hard to believe he was taken by the 24th pick in each league. CCO league he was taken in the first round with 16th pick. In the CCO Fans league he was taken in the second round with the 24th overall pick. Simply put, if you wanted Kris Bryant on your team with a league of 20 Cubs fans you had to overpay for him in the draft. The return to date is 232 points on the season good for 30th for position players, but on a per game basis, he is averaging 3.9 points per game and that is tied for 10th place. Really can’t find fault in either pick but the second round pick is looking like pretty good value, especially if your team won week one or two without him.
Joc Pederson is ahead for some experts on the Rookie of the Year race. Pederson is ahead of Bryant for the year in points with 257, but that is only because of Bryant spending the beginning of the season playing for Iowa. Pederson wasn’t nearly as expensive and has been very good for the teams that drafted him. In the CCO League he lasted until the 12th round and 233rd pick and in the CCO Fans League he went in the ninth round with the 169th pick. Most every team in both leagues wished they took a chance on him before these picks.
Addison Russell was not expected to be up to the majors even at this point in the season. That was reflected in him going undrafted in the CCO Fans League and a late draft pick being used in the CCO League in the 21st round and 412th pick. Russell has 137 points and is averaging 2.6 points per game. This is good value for both leagues, but the value is better because he has SS and 2B eligibility.
Maikel Franco might be the best overall deal of this group. He was added as a free agent on April 28 in the CCO Fans League and taken in the 22nd round in the CCO League, only to be cut and picked back up on April 26. He has 138 points so far, but he is averaging 3.8 points per game. That is Kris Bryant territory and at the cost of a free agent pick-up. Really good value!!
The last player I want to look at is Yasmany Tomas. In the CCO Fans League he was taken in the 12th round and 237th pick and in the CCO League he was taken in the 13th round and 244th pick. He has 133 points so far and is averaging 2.5 points per game. This is overall not bad production but not a lot of excess value with using a mid-round pick. He is 3B and RF eligible which helps.
Now the question I have is which player do you think was the best overall value?
CCO Fans Trades last week
• Hunt’s Hoser’s traded Ben Zobrist to Team Vaughn for Charlie Morton
• Dock Ellis D traded Wade Davis to Hunt’s Hoser’s for Dee Gordon
• Dock Ellis D traded Marcus Semien to Oregon Coastal Cubbies for Kevin Siegrist
CCO Trades last week
• Clark n Addison traded Justin Verlander to Team Jasonoftheburbs for Mark Trumbo.
Talk about bad timing! Charlie Morton puts up a -23 on Sunday with his new team and Ben Zobrist has a 41 point week. Ouch that one hurts!
Wade Davis for Dee Gordon seems good but I would much prefer Dee Gordon than a relief pitcher. Of course anyone who reads this every week should now that.
Semien for Siegrist is a 20 team league kind of trade.
I traded Verlander coming off the DL for Trumbo. Buying low on Trumbo and hoping he takes off but he is filling in for Matt Holliday right now. I had to cut a starting pitcher (actually two as Latos was coming off the DL at the same time) so the next loss of Verlander versus my new sixth starting pitcher is not that much to add a power bat like Trumbo with positional flexibility. He will be a nice bench player when Holliday comes back.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
What a list of players, especially having a three-way tie for fifth. Manny Machado on top is a sign of what he could be if he can stay healthy. But look at the guy who is tied with him and the guy in third. Two Red Sox players that have not got it going yet, but had a great week with 48 points for Mookie Betts and 45 points for Brock Holt. Two old vets are next with Jose Bautista and Ben Zobrist. Zobrist needed this week and to get going to get his trade value back after being injured. Justin Turner has a career week and Todd Frazier just keeps plugging along on his way to a likely All-Star appearance and current Top Five fantasy player status.
Not in the Top 5 for the week (when does or can a pitcher make the Top Five with only one start) but Max Scherzer had a great line. 9 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K W but no perfect game as he hit the 27th batter on a curve ball that slipped and hung inside where Jose Tabata was able to lower his elbow onto it. Some are upset over Tabata moving down to get hit, but to me, the issue is the elbow guard which allowed him to use his elbow like a glove. Inside curve balls are fair game for not getting out of the way and even moving in to get hit. But would he have done that if he had a bare elbow. Of course not!
Taijuan Walker gave his fantasy owners a week to make up for some pretty awful weeks. But you had to start him to get the points. Hope you did!! John Lackey had a great week (I just picked him up in the CCO Fans league on Monday! Not sure why he was cut, but that team must have a good rotation). Matt Harvey eased some of his owners concerns over some bad outings and fear of another arm injury. And Jesse Hahn picked up two W’s on his way to 46 points.
Chicago Cubs Batters
The offense had a good week led by Anthony Rizzo with his four home runs six runs scored and driven in for a 36 point week. But it was the kid who had the second best week for the Cubs that got all the attention this week. Kyle Schwarber started his hitting with a triple (who would have ever guessed that!!) and went on to get a lot of “firsts” out of the way this week. I can’t wait until this kid is part of our core and batting in the middle of the order on a daily basis. Another, younger kid came in next as Addison Russell just seems to get more comfortable every week. Dexter Fowler had an off week all the way until he hit a Grand Slam on Sunday to put the game out of reach. Chris Denorfia has been starting almost every day and that is not the best way to use him. We really need Jorge Soler back so that Denorfia can go back to his back-up role that he is very good in. Ironman Coghlan had a good week and made some good plays in the outfield, all while watching Schwarber come up and be talked about as his replacement in LF until his glove is ready to catch. I think Chris handled himself well this week.
And in the he is human category, Kris Bryant only had 13 points this week, with just one home run.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
The pitching staff had a good week posting a 2.72 ERA, but only a 3-3 record to show for it has to make you wonder how. Jake Arrieta picked up one W after a not so good outing followed by a very good outing with a complete game shutout. Tsuyoshi Wada had a good long outing, going seven innings of shutout ball. The seven innings was the best part as Wada has struggled to go deep into games very often. Jon Lester had a good outing on Saturday pitching into the seventh inning with just one run given up. Jason Hammel had a rain shorten his outing and only get him four innings this week. And our final start was one to forget as Kyle Hendricks was off and gave up six runs (his defense had a little to say about this) in just five innings.
The bullpen was really good this week, picking up one of the W’s and going 16.2 innings and giving up just three runs for a 1.62 ERA.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Three teams are tied with eight wins with Castleworld and CubfaninSeattle leading their respective divisions. Three more teams at seven wins and four teams at six wins put the playoffs at six wins with two teams on the outside looking in. Six more teams have five wins and are just one game out. That leaves four teams with four wins or less and needing a long winning streak to have any shot at the playoffs.
CCO Fans League
There is one team with nine wins and sitting on top of the league in the number one seed, Dock Ellis D. Two teams with eight wins including the East division leader, Team Vaughn. Three teams with seven wins and five teams with six wins. That puts the playoffs at six wins with three teams having six wins on the outside looking in. One game back sits four more teams. That leaves five teams with three wins or less and needing a very long winning streak to have any shot of the playoffs.