CCO Fantasy Baseball
As we see who wins this year’s CCO fantasy leagues, let’s look forward to our leagues for 2016.
Three styles of leagues to choose
• 1) Similar to this year’s with daily lineups and pitching limits. 7 games starts per week and new pitching rules that will limit the number of pitchers to 7 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.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
We are down to two teams in each league with the top two seeded teams advancing in the CCO League and two of the three advancing in the CCO Fans League. Good luck to everyone.
CCO League Playoffs
#2 What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality defeated #3 Varmit Cnty Ninji Walkers 270-245
CCO World Series
#1 Daverj’s Batsmen vs #2 What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality
CCO Fans League Playoffs
#1 Dock Ellis defeated #4 Team Vaughn 371-351
#3 The Calicubs defeated #7 Joe and Joe 346-268
CCO Fans World Series
#1 Dock Ellis D vs #3 The Calicubs
MLB Best of Last Month
This week we will review the best performances of the last 30 days in all of MLB.
Some pretty amazing months right there led by Bryce Harper who has turned into the player everyone thought he would be, it just takes time when you enter the league so young. Yoenis Cespedes is pricing himself out of most teams budget this off-season as we are hearing about him wanting seven or eight years on a contract at huge money. The Blue Jays have quite the lineup and even if these two guys slow down, they have others that could replace them on these lists. Never would have thought Kyle Seager would have a stretch like this, but he is right there with the big boys.
What a year for pitching. If how a pitcher finishes a season while being in a playoff push matters to Cy Young voters, then Jake Arrieta has a chance to take home the hardware. Take a look at the next five guys and how dominate they were, yet Jake’s numbers are well above those guys even if you take their average per game. Interesting that David Price is hanging with them as he makes his own contract drive (would love him on the Cubs) and the Dodgers duo are finishing strong as well but two pitchers who you wouldn’t think of at this level are having strong finishes to the season in Josh Tomlin and J.A. Happ.
Chicago Cubs Batters – Last 30 Days
The offense has had its ups and downs over the last month but Kris Bryant led the way along with Anthony Rizzo as both put up over 100 points. But the surprise has been Starlin Castro as he is having a huge second half after being removed as the starting shortstop and getting a break from even playing. Now he is in the lineup almost every day at second base. Joe Maddon has to keep starting him with production like that.
Three bats that were hot have slowed down but still doing things to help the team. Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell numbers are down and that is likely why they are not in the lineup everyday lately, but with Schwarber and Russell we are talking about two players who no one was counting on this season as anything more than a September call-up.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers – Last 30 Days
A team ERA of 3.39 the last 30 days is pretty good, led by Jake Arrieta who led all of baseball with a 0.37 ERA. Jon Lester comes in second and his numbers are good, don’t let Jake’s numbers cast a shadow on Lester who had a 3.02 ERA for the last 30 days. There really haven’t been any other Cubs pitchers who would have helped your fantasy team. Hector Rondon would have been an okay option with 61 points and Travis Wood ended up with 53 thanks to 23 strikeouts in just 14 innings. The rest probably hurt your team if you were using them.