The Top Five bats are Jose Altuve, David Ortiz, Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Robinson Cano. Please raise your hand if you had those five bats in the Top Five as we enter June. No one, not surprising.
Let’s take a look at what it took to have these guys on your team on draft day in the CCO leagues.
- Jose Altuve – 219 points – CCO League (10th Pick) CCO Fans (9th Pick), CCO Auction ($67)
- David Ortiz – 217 points – CCO League (64th Pick), CCO Fans (72nd Pick), CCO Auction ($23)
- Mike Trout – 215 points – CCO League (3rd Pick), CCO Fans (2nd Pick), CCO Auction ($83)
- Manny Machado – 211 points – CC0 League (12th Pick), CCO Fans (14th Pick), CCO Auction ($57)
- Robinson Cano – 210 points – CCO League (45th Pick), CCO Fans (5oth Pick), CCO Auction ($36)
If you were the lucky ones that drafted David Ortiz or Robinson Cano, you have received great value for your picks. Jose Alutve and Manny Machado picks have exceeded your slots for sure and if you drafted Mike Trout, you have chosen wisely with your top pick to get the value needed from your high pick slot. But one question, what would the first round look like if we re-drafted it today.
This is the list from the article linked above with my thoughts on each player:
1st – Clayton Kershaw – Best pitcher on the planet, most sure thing in fantasy baseball
2nd – Mike Trout – Best player on the planet
3rd – Manny Machado – Shortstop eligibility pushes him up the list
4th – Jose Altuve – Top in points and second base, good combination
5th – Bryce Harper – You have to be happy if you can get Harper with this pick
6th – Nolan Arenado – Best third baseman in the game and plays in Coors Field 81 times a year
7th – Paul Goldschmidt – Best first baseman in the game, would be higher if A.J. Pollock was not injured
8th – Mookie Betts – Good for you if you were on him at the real draft
9th – Anthony Rizzo – .212 BABIP says his numbers should go up even more
10th – Josh Donaldson – Sixth in points for batters, yet seems like he is down this year
11th – Miguel Cabrera – I started writing him off last year, still say this is too high for the risk
12th – Yoenis Cespedes – No thanks at 12 for me
MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com has an updated list of top prospects that can help your fantasy team this year. Keep in mind that LHP Julio Urias has been one and his debut left a little to be desired. Plus with Urias on an innings limit, he will only start so many games before going to the bullpen or being shut-down all together for the season.
He has been written off already as done, but are we seeing something in CC Sabathia that makes him a good pick-up this year.
Tell me about it, but the Cardinals rotation is falling apart. I bought in to four of the five guys in the Cardinals rotation on one of my teams.
Being Cubs fans we have debated the slow start of Jayson Heyward and compared it to his normal slow start. The hardest part is looking at and believing these warning signs.
Pitching is such a huge part of fantasy baseball. The hardest part is the wait between starts and looking at a couple bad outings in a row. What about if they struggled last year and are performing well this year? Do you sell high on them or do you buy into the bouncebacks. Julio Teheran, Jeff Samardzija, Justin Verlander, Chris Tillman and Nathan Eovaldi are all looked at to help you determine whether to buy or sell.
On the other side is the batters and whether you can make sense of Mookie and other power oddities. I have to admit, I missed on Mookie Betts as I have never bought into him being an elite player and thought he was due to regress from last year’s numbers, thus making him a poor value based on where he would be taken in drafts. I think I was wrong on him. They also discuss the power of Khris Davis, Leonys Martin and Nick Castellanos and whether their power surges are sustainable or not.
An updated Closer Depth Chart is always useful and a place to check for the next great closer.
Here is the ESPN Player Rater that does use just the stats from this season. It is based on the ESPN standard league point system. And going forward rankings from Week 6. This also includes a good report each week on fantasy baseball. This week talks about injuries and how they affect your fantasy team, based on your league style.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
- Marcell Ozuna: 41 pts (2 HR, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 8 R)
- Joe Mauer: 40 pts (4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R)
- Mike Napoli: 40 pts (3 HR, 3B, 9 RBI, 7 R, 2 SB)
- Jonathan Villar: 40 pts (HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 8 R, 4 SB)
- Carlos Gonzalez: 38 pts (3 HR, 3B, 5 RBI, 8 R)
Yes that is correct, Marcell Ozuna led all batters this week with a good all-around week. Ozuna is a good example of prospects development not being linear. Last year was tough year for Ozuna, to the point he was sent back to Triple-A. Yet this year, he is having a break-out year with a line of .341/.387/.584/.971. Joe Mauer had a power surge this week with four home runs and that it a correct line for Mike Napoli, who not only hit three home runs, but stole two bases. Luckily we missed Jonathan Villar’s hot streak as he just went 10-for-22 last week with four stolen bases to have a 40 point week. And Carlos Gonzalez just keeps putting up the points with a 38-point week powered by three home runs.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Clayton Kershaw: 63 pts (2 GS, 16.2 IP, 17 K, W)
- Johnny Cueto: 56 pts (2 GS, 15 IP, 11 K, 2 W)
- Rich Hill: 50 pts (2 GS, 14.1 IP, 15 K, 2 W)
- Stephen Strasburg: 45 pts (2 GS, 12.2 IP, 15 K, 2 W)
- Nathan Eovaldi: 45 pts (2 GS, 12 IP, 12 K, 2 W)
- Jake Odorizzi: 45 pts (2 GS, 12 IP, 13 K, W)
I have said this before, but Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on the planet. By saying this I am not taking anything away from how great Jake Arrieta has been over the last 20-plus starts, he has been on likely the best streak ever. But Kershaw is still the king of the hill and he showed it again this week with a 63-point week. But he did walk one batter this week, which sounds really good, but most weeks, he has zero walks as that is just his fifth walk of the season over 10 starts.
On to the rest of the top five, Johnny Cueto continued his great season in the Bay, with a 56-point week, raising his average game to 22.1 points. He is currently third in points for pitchers behind Kershaw and Chris Sale. Still pitching great on the other side of the Bay is Rich Hill. Hill put up a 50-point week and is eighth in pitcher points on the season. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game during an at-bat, after appearing to pull a groin muscle on his plant leg on a pitch the previous inning. Stephen Strasburg must still be putting in his work and not counting his money as he had good week, picking up two wins on his way to a 45-point week and running his record to 9-0. These last two, Nathan Eovaldi and Jake Odorizzi, I have always confused with each other and this week they both put up 45 points.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Justin Verlander: 35 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 10 K, W)
- Kyle Hendricks: 33 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 7 K, W)
- Steven Matz: 32 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 7 K, W)
- Matt Shoemaker: 31 pts (1 GS, 8.1 IP, 11 K, W)
- Jose Fernandez: 30 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 12 K, W)
Justin Verlander was one of my sleepers last year and he had a good season when he could take the mound. This year he has made all of his starts and just put up one that brings back memories of when he was dominant with a 35-point game. This is the Kyle Hendricks that makes people think he can be much more than a great number five and it is hard to argue when he pitches like this. Just missed a shutout but still pitched a complete game and allowed only five hits and no walks. The Mets rotation is not quite as dominant as originally thought, but Steven Matz has been with another great week. If you are a Matt Shoemaker fan, you have been loving his last two starts. 32 and now 31 points with double digit strikeouts, yet only one win. Not knocking it, but even after these two great starts he lowered his ERA to 5.96 ERA and his WHIP to 1.43. Jose Fernandez has been on a roll with six straight wins to run his record to 7-2 on the season.
- Luke Gregerson: 26 pts (4 IP, 7 K, 3 Saves)
- Wade Davis: 25 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 3 Saves)
- Carlos Torres: 25 pts (4 IP, 4 K, 2 Saves)
- Robert Osuna: 23 pts (3.2 IP, 4 K, 2 Saves)
- Zach Britton: 22 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 2 Saves)
Three guys who weren’t drafted as closers on draft day and two who projected to be in the Top 10. I still say closers are like kickers in football. Everyone needs to have them, but let someone else spend higher draft picks trying to pick which one is going to have the best season.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Ben Zobrist: 32 pts (HR, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R)
- Kris Bryant: 32 pts (2 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R)
- Dexter Fowler: 25 pts (HR, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R)
- Jorge Soler: 22 pts (2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R)
- Addison Russell: 17 pts (2 RBI, 6 R, SB)
- Miguel Montero: 16 pts (HR, 4 RBI, 2 R)
- Jason Heyward: 16 pts (3 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB)
- David Ross: 14 pts (HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R)
- Anthony Rizzo: 10 pts (2 RBI, R)
- Matt Szczur: 9 pts (3B, 2 RBI, 2 R)
- Javier Baez: 5 pts (2 R)
- Tim Federowicz: 3 pts (RBI, R)
- Tommy La Stella: 2 pts
Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler repeated as the top four batters this week for the Cubs. Zobrist just keeps hitting, .351/.451/.542/.993 is an incredible line so far this season at age 35. But the highlight of the week was David Ross hitting his 100th home run. So happy that Ross has had a much better year at the plate and more and more fans are realizing how good he is behind the plate and may be the best all-around defensive catcher in the game right now at age 39.
- John Lackey: 43 pts (2 GS, 14 IP, 15 K, W)
- Kyle Hendricks: 33 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 7 K, W)
- Jason Hammel: 23 pts (1 GS, 7.1 IP, 4 K, W)
- Jon Lester: 22 pts (1 GS, 6.1 IP, 7 K, W)
- Jake Arrieta: 9 pts (1 GS, 5 IP, 4 K, W)
I love watching John Lackey compete. To me, that is what I see when he is on the mound, a competitor who wants to win. Due to his age 37, we can now start calling him crafty as well. Either way he led the Cubs this week with 43 points on the mound and the team to a 5-1 record that hopefully has the fans who were crowing about a bad stretch (you know, 4-5 stretches are terrible) a little bit of faith that this team is for real.
But the best start of the week for the Cubs was Kyle Hendricks. He pitched great. The best part is this is all gravy as all the Cubs need from their fifth starter is to give up five or six innings each time out and give the team a chance to win.
- Hector Rondon: 10 pts (2 IP, 2 K, 1 Save)
- Trevor Cahill: 7 pts (2 IP, 4 K)
- Justin Grimm: 6 pts (2.2 IP, 1 K)
- Adam Warren: 5 pts (2.2 IP, 1 K)
- Pedro Strop: 4 pts (1.1 IP, 1 K)
- Travis Wood: -1 pt (0.2 IP)
- Clayton Richard: -3 pts (0.2 IP)
Now, that’s more like it for the bullpen. 12 innings, no extended outings and nothing much to write home about after last weeks, bullpen dominant week.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
The leagues are off and running. This year with three leagues it will be harder for me to watch all teams to see if someone isn’t playing. If you see a team that didn’t make any moves all week during your match-up, let me know. Sometimes teams just need a reminder or life happens and they can no longer keep up with a team. On the other side of that, if you would like to take over a team to get your foot in the door to these leagues, send Neil an email to forward to me or comment below. There are always openings as the season goes in leagues of this size.
CCO Leagues Trades
There were some big names on the move this week in the CCO leagues. Jose Alutve, Josh Donaldson and Jose Fernandez all have new teams.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• Vemillionvile Varmits traded Salvador Perez to Dock Ellis D for Yasmani Grandal and J.A. Happ
CCO Trades Last Week
• No trades
CCO Auction Keeper Trades Last Week
• Clark Addison traded Derek Dietrich, J.T. Realmuto, Michael Conforto and Shin-Soo Choo to Eamus Catuli for Mark Melancon, Brian Dozier, Matt Holliday and Kevin Pillar
Scoreboards and Standings
- CCO Scoreboard
- CCO Fans Scoreboard
- CCO Auction Keeper Scoreboard
- CCO Standings
- CCO Fans Standings
- CCO Auction Keeper Standings