Between the All-Star break and the 10-day week after it, it seems like a long stretch of time to only have one W or L on the board. But now we sprint! Six to seven weeks left in most leagues and every week that goes by, it gets harder and harder to catch up or stay ahead of the cut for the playoffs. In our CCO leagues we have six weeks left and it is looking like 12 wins is going to be the cut and maybe even 13 wins in the CCO Fans league. For some teams this is unreachable, yet mathematically they are still in it. For others being just a game or two back will mean that you need to go 5-1 or 6-0 to gain on teams that just break even at 3-3. But that is the interesting part. Some team will go 1-5 or 2-4 and open up a spot for a team to go 4-2.
Most leagues have trade deadlines and they are usually in August. I think MLB needs to take this as an example of what they need to do, as July 31 is just too early for the trade deadline anymore in MLB. But in fantasy mid-to-late August works well. In the CCO leagues we use Friday August 28 at 12:00pm ET as a trade deadline. I expect we will see a flurry of trade activity leading up to the deadline. Just a reminder, teams that are officially eliminated are not allowed to make trades.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• Joe and Joe traded Cameron Maybin to Old Style for Pedro Alvarez
• Team Doughty traded Jose Reyes and Shelby Miller Old Style for Joey Votto, Andre Ethier and Brett Anderson
• Team Doughty traded Trevor Bauer to Dock Ellis D for Jose Iglesias
CCO Trades Last Week
• Ronnies Good Hairpiece traded Alcides Escobar to Whats Optimism? for Adam Lind
• Chris K’s Crushers traded David Freese, Wilmer Flores, and Raisel Iglesias to Riders on the Board for Trevor Plouffe, Erick Aybar, Matt Harrison and Wily Peralta
• Ronnies Good Hairpiece traded Matt Duffy and Jon Lester to since 2015 Castleworld for Starling Marte, Michael Pineda and Bryan Shaw
• Runnin Bredstiks traded Khris Davis and Andrew Cashner to since 2015 Castleworld for Marcus Semien and Edinson Volquez
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
Carlos Gonzalez was hot last week hitting five home runs and as we have seen so far this week, he hasn’t cooled off. Still a tough guy to trust in a normal 10 or 12 team league, but in larger leagues you are loving his resurgence that you are receiving. Ian Desmond has not had the season that anyone who drafted him expected, but this was a big week and could be a sign he is going to have a good second half. Mike Trout showed why he is the best player in the game again this week. He had a two homer game in which he rolled his wrist in the outfield, then hit a grand slam. Nelson Cruz is trying to prove to me and many others that he can keep it going into the second half. I hope he does!
Young arms and one vet that we saw up close and personal. Cole Hamels in just one start made the leaderboard this week and that is a rare thing to see, not quite as rare as no hitting the Cubs. I would love to see a young stud arm like a Jacob deGrom or Gerrit Cole on the Cubs staff. I had to pick up Rubby De La Rosa in a league as I waited for a player to get from a DL stint, and was happy with the results, yet still cut him. Can’t trust him at this point.
Chicago Cubs Batters
Not all that good to look at stat sheets after a week like that. But, many Cubs players who had good fantasy weeks. Kyle Schwarber in only 20 at bats put up 28 points, thanks to one game mainly where he hit two home runs. But he even stole a base this week, so from a fantasy perspective, slot him in whenever he starts. Three of our best on base guys are next in Dexter Fowler, Chris Coghlan and Addison Russell. Starting to think we may need Fowler and Coghlan at the top of the order with Russell still batting second leadoff. Kris Bryant only had four hits all week and just two walks but still put up 20 points. Not that much the rest of the way that could have helped you win this past week.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
The pitching fell apart this past week and posted a 5.67 ERA. Combined with a lack of consistent offense led to a 2-5 week and you have to wonder how we won the two games we did. Hector Rondon had a good week putting up 18 points in a set-up role and Jon Lester had a good start along with Jason Motte getting a win and a save to make his week look good as well. The rest were not going to help you and some could have hurt your team this past week.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
The extended week seems to just keep going but we are past it and now we have just six weeks to go!
CCO League Current Playoff Seedings
- Daverj’s Batsmen 12-3
- Since 2015 Castlesworld 10-5
- CubfaninSeattle John 10-5
- Varmit Cnty Ninji Walkers 10-5
- What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality 9-6
- FL JimBoC 9-6
- Kentucky Ripsnorter 8-7
- Soler Flares 8-7
A little tightening of the standings happened in the extended week and the fight for the last spots is going to go down to the wire again this year. Eight wins is needed to make the playoffs with two more eight win teams on the outside looking in right now and there are three more seven win teams right behind them. I think it will take a 12-10 record to make the playoffs, so even a team like mine that is at seven wins, I really need to go 5-1 and hope I am ahead of the tiebreakers to have a shot.
CCO Fans League Current Playoff Seedings
- Dock Ellis D 12-3
- Team Doughty 9-5-1
- The Calicubs 12-3
- Joe and Joe 10-5
- Old Style 9-6
- Team Vaughn 9-6
- Woody’s Way 9-6
- Oregon Coastal Cubbies 9-6
Most of the time when a team has a change in managers they are not only having a bad season, but are likely out of the race. Well Team Doughty received new leadership earlier in the year and not sit on top of the Eastern Division with a 9-5-1 record. Awesome job!!
Nine wins is needed to be in the playoff bracket now and there are two eight win teams and three seven win teams trying to get in. Using my team as an example, I have seven wins, if I win out I will have 13 wins. Short of doing that I believe I will have to hope for a tiebreaker at 12 wins to get in. Long shot indeed.