We have crowned our Champions in the CCO Leagues and both games were very close to the end. What is more amazing with an eight team field in a single elimination format that both No. 1 seeds were crowned Champions.
CCO League Champion Daverj’s Batsmen defeated Whats Optimism? Vivid Reality 314-308. This game came down to seeing if Anthony Rizzo could have a big night needing seven points to tie and eight points to win. Rizzo picked up an early walk and then came up to the plate with two men on and a home run would have won it for Whats Optimism, but it wasn’t to be.
Daverj’s was led by Hisashi Iwakuma and his 43 points in two starts. Offensively, Joey Votto led the way with 23 points as the Batsmen were led and carried by pitching this year.
CCO Fans League Champion Dock Ellis D defeated The Calicubs 351-349. This game also came down to the Cubs game on Sunday Night Baseball but Calicubs had Jake Arrieta on the mound. Hard to not feel confident with Arrieta pitching but Calicubs needed 37 points to tie and 38 to win and even for Arrieta that is a big night. But as Arrieta kept being perfect and striking out Pirates, it started to look like Arrieta would pitch Calicubs to the championship. But once Arrieta gave up a single in the seventh, that was his last inning and Calicubs fell two points short.
Dock Ellis D was led by David Price and his 43 points in two starts and offensively Dock was led by A.J. Pollock and his 33 points in a very balanced attack.
Three styles of leagues to choose:
1) Similar to this year’s with daily lineups and pitching limits. Seven games starts per week and new pitching rules that will limit the number of pitchers to seven on the roster with no rules on SP or RP, mix them how you like.
2) Weekly league with no additional roster rules. For those that don’t want to make daily lineups but wants to participate in the CCO Leagues. I do a weekly league every year as they are lots of fun as well and don’t require as much time. Set your lineup before the start of Monday’s games and sit back and what your team win.
3) Going in the other direction, a daily league with an auction draft and keepers! The ultimate in fantasy leagues where you can build your team anyway you want to by bidding on the players you want and the ability to keep some players every year so you can build your own core group of players.
These leagues will have up to 20 teams and be on ESPN. I am going to start taking requests for leagues now and current players get first dibs and can enter all three leagues if they choose (we could have two leagues of the same style if we get more than 20 that want to do a certain style). Final details and rules will be ironed out in February and March next year before the drafts.
MLB Best of the Season
This week we will review the best performances of the season in all of MLB to see how the points predict the MVP and Cy Young races.
Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson are the MVP favorites and the fantasy points back this up. I think both will win the MVP award easily.
Not surprisingly Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta and Zack Greinke are the top 3 in fantasy points as well with Dallas Keuchel following just behind. The voting is going to be very close in the NL Cy Young and when you look at this by per game average Arrieta is at 23.4 versus Greinke’s 22.4. I think Arrieta has caught Greinke as Kershaw could steal a few votes from Greinke. Arrieta has been absolutely incredible in the second half of this season and led many a fantasy team to the playoffs.
In the AL Cy Young race Dallas Keuchel has been the favorite but it wouldn’t surprise me if David Price pulls this one off. On a Cubs note, I would love to see Price, Arrieta, Lester as our top three starters.
CCO Fantasy Reports
Time to take a break from fantasy baseball and watch the Cubs run in the playoffs that I hope is a full month of games into November (November baseball is just wrong) Fantasy reports will be back and we will spend some time reviewing the 2015 season and then previewing the 2016. If you have an idea for a review or preview or just an idea of what you would like to see, let me know.