Top 10 for 2016
An all too early look at the Top 10 players for 2016. This week we will take a shot at the Top 10 Batters.
- Mike Trout
- Paul Goldschmidt
- Bryce Harper
- Josh Donaldson
- Anthony Rizzo
- Giancarlo Stanton
- Andrew McCutchen
- Manny Machado
- Kris Bryant
- Kyle Schwarber
Don’t get too caught up in the order or even who is missing (Miguel Cabrera, Jose Bautista, etc.) or even in the exact order, though I did spend about 30 seconds once I had the 10 for the list to adjust the order. Some may call it homer picks with three Cubs in the Top 10, but honestly, which one gets removed?
Anthony Rizzo is easily a Top 10 pick even if you add in the pitchers. But Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber have the added benefit of being at a position that isn’t as deep as first base. The only reason I have Bryant and Schwarber at the end of the Top 10 is just a little uncertainty of year two. Even great players can take a step back in their second season and these are both great players. I don’t see it happening with them but it Schwarber keeps up his pace and catches enough to maintain his catcher eligibility; he will be the number one pick by 2017.
I know that Mike Trout had a down year (for him), but hard to pass up the elite Top Five bat in center field with the first pick. Paul Goldschmidt could end up the top pick in many drafts and hard to argue with the numbers he has put up. But if you start looking around at other options than Trout, how do you not say that Josh Donaldson and his third base eligibility or Bryce Harper and his left and right field eligibility are not better picks than Goldschmidt. I may already be redoing my list!
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Two weeks to go and the playoff hunt is heating up. My season is over after going 2-7 since injuries took almost half of my starting lineup in the CCO League. In the CCO Fans League I took over a 0-6 team and went 9-4 since, but that is not enough either as I am done there as well. This is the last week of the round robin schedule, with Week 21 a final position round.
CCO League Current Playoff Seedings
- Daverj’s Batsmen 16-3
- What Optimism? Vivid Reality 11-8
- CubfaninSeattle John 13-6
- Varmit Cnty Ninji Walkers 13-6
- FL JimBoC 11-8
- Ronnie’s Good Hairpiece 10-9
- Soler Flares 10-9
- Since 2015 Castleworld 10-9
- The Wrong Team 10-9
- Myrtle Beach Mermen 10-9
- Team JasonOfTheBurbs 10-9
- Chris K’s Crushers 9-9-1
- Kentucky Ripsnorters 9-10
A little tightening up of the standings as it takes 10 wins to make the playoffs with SIX teams at 10 wins, with three of them on the outside looking in. There is one team with nine wins and a tie and one team with nine wins that are still not eliminated, but have a lot of teams to pass.
Big Week 20 games
• Daverj’s Batsmen (16-3) vs since 2015 Castlesworld (10-9)
• Team JasonOfTheBurbs (10-9) vs Chris K’s Crushers (9-9-1)
• Varmit Cnty Ninji Walkers (13-6) vs What Optimism? Vivid Reality (11-8)
• Myrtle Beach Mermen (10-9) vs Soler Flares (10-9)
• FL JimBoC (11-8) vs The Wrong Team (10-9)
Eliminated teams: BigJonLilJon’s LehairoftheDog (5), Riders on the Board (6), Team Gramps (6), Northside Bleacher Bums (7), Waiting on Bryant (7), Runnin’ Bredstiks (8), Clark n Addison (8)
CCO Fans League Current Playoff Seedings
- Dock Ellis D 15-4
- Team Doughty 12-6-1
- The Calicubs 14-5
- Team Vaughn 12-7
- Stu’s Studs 11-8
- Old Style 11-8
- Joe and Joe 11-8
- Woody’s Way 11-8
- Oregon Coastal Cubbies 11-8
- Iowa Hackman 9-8-2
Eleven wins is it in this league as well, but there is one 11-win team on the outside looking in. A nine win/two tie team is still hanging on sitting one game back.
Big Week 20 games
• Dock Ellis D (15-4) vs Team Doughty (12-6-1)
• Joe and Joe (11-8) vs Woody’s Way (11-8)
Eliminated teams: Mac Daddy (3), Hunt’s Hoser’s (6), Wrigley Field (6), Team Petty (6), New Jersey Hawks (6), Team Bahr (8), Team Gt8000 (9), This Is Next Year! (9), Widespread HisPanic (9), Clark and Addison (9)
CCO League Trades
Trade Deadline 2 Days Away
In the CCO leagues we use Friday August 28 at 12:00pm ET as a trade deadline. All trades must be proposed and accepted by the deadline. I expect we will see a flurry of trade activity leading up to the deadline. But not much going on right now. Just a reminder, teams that are officially eliminated are not allowed to make trades.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• No trades this week.
CCO Trades Last Week
• CubfaninSeattle traded Andrew Chafin to The Wrong Guy for Roberto Osuna
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
Third baseman dominated this past week. Josh Donaldson just keeps on hitting, as he hit three more home runs this week and drove in 13 runs on his way to a 49 point week. A couple of young phenom third basemen had good weeks. Our own Kris Bryant had three home runs, along with a triple and two doubles while driving in and scoring eight runs. His 40 point week was tied for third with A.J. Pollock. The other young third baseman was Miguel Sano who hit four home runs this week on his way to a 44 point week. Elder statesman of the third baseman group is Edwin Encarnacion who hit three home runs as he scored 39 points this week.
A little different looking leaderboard this week as the point totals are much lower this week and much younger. The leader this week is Raisel Iglesias who put up two good outings, didn’t pick up a win in either game, and yet had 48 points for the week. Clayton Kershaw is expected to make these lists when he has two starts, but once again, no wins on the board but he still had a 46 point week. The next two guys are an anomaly for the leaderboard as they only had one start. It took a down week for the leaderboard for this to happen but Chris Archer actually outscored Mike Fiers and his no-hitter with a 42 point outing by giving up just one hit and only one walk to go with his 11 strikeouts. Fiers had a no-hitter, only three walks, and 10 strikeouts for a 40 point week. Rookie Aaron Nola put it together again and picked up one win on his way to a 38 point week.
Chicago Cubs Batters
The bats are hot! 17 home runs. Let me repeat that, 17 home runs in one week. The eight main starters all hit one and actually all but Soler hit two or three. Incredible display of power and what we have been dreaming about during this rebuild. But it is real and happening now at Clark and Addison. Three players over 20 points, three players over 30 points and that hit 40. That is an incredible fantasy week for one team.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
The pitching staff took the brunt of the increased scoring with a 5.08 team ERA for the week. Only one good line and that is Jake Arrieta and his 26 point start. Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm had decent weeks out of the bullpen with 16 and 15 points. But the rest were just not useful or even cost your team a win. I will give the arms a pass as they have propped up the offense for long stretches this year and our offensive explosion was part of taking advantage of the scoring conditions at Wrigley.