CCO Fantasy Baseball: Week Eleven
I was out of town all weekend for a coaching conference that was a lot of fun, except for it being in Green Bay and I was staying one block from Lambeau Field. I was tempted to bring some Chicago Bears gear and walk around the area in it and thought twice about it. I deal with enough grief from fellow Cubs fans, can you imagine what would happen from Green Bay Packer fans?!?!
I was looking at the top bats in fantasy points and as great as the Cubs bats are, Anthony Rizzo is 13th and Kris Bryant is 14th in points. Just imagine in a few years, maybe even next year that these guys could keep getting better and be Top 10 in points. Now imagine, if you will, Kyle Schwarber right there with them. Give Addison Russell’s bat two-three more years to develop (you know when he will be 24 or 25) and could he be a top bat at shortstop, in baseball? What is Javier Baez’s ceiling? If he keeps it going (he is just 23) his bat could develop into an elite level (at some to be determined position) as well. What about Willson Contreras? His bat has the potential to be one of the top bats at catcher. I know his numbers are there right now, but Jayson Heyward is just 26 and is going to have some of his best offensive seasons over the next few years. It is not hard to envision a lineup that is even better than what we are seeing today. This team was built to be really good for a long time and this may not even be close to the best we will see.
Second base has had its good years and its bad, but this year the top of the position is looking really good as we are having the year of the second baseman: good luck on the All-Star ballot.
Instant fantasy analysis: Wilson Contreras not your first stop for catching help. Please, say it ain’t so, but this is talking about 10 or 12 team leagues, not larger leagues.
White Sox fans are wondering this, but is James Shields done?
25 things that should happen … One of them is Javier Baez playing every day as the Cubs third baseman.
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 on ESPN. In it they ask how to value young pitchers on an innings limit.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
- Josh Donaldson: 54 pts (3 HR, 3B, 4 2B, 9 RBI, 11 R, SB)
- Freddie Freeman: 49 pts (3 HR, 3B, 5 2B, 8 RBI, 6 R, SB)
- Edwin Encarnacion: 42 pts (3 HR, 2B, 7 RBI, 9 R, SB)
- Justin Turner: 42 pts (4 HR, 2B, 9 RBI, 5 R)
- Salvador Perez: 41 pts (3 HR, 2 2B, 8 RBI, 7 R)
Last week I suggested this was the beginning of Edwin Encarnacion making his contract push and now back to back weeks in the Top Five for points. He now has his OPS up to .865 and looks like he will get it back over .900 we are more accustomed to seeing from him. In the last two weeks his line is pretty impressive .326/.474/.814/1.288 and over the last 28 days .292/.414/.663/1.077. Stud!
Encarnacion wasn’t even the top Blue Jay this week, that would be Josh Donaldson who has also been hot over the last 14 days (.388/.500/.857/1.357) and last 28 days (.319/.447/.648/1.096). Donaldson’s hot streak has propelled him to the top spot in points with 305 points on the season.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Julio Teheran: 59 pts (2 GS, 16 IP, 15 K, W)
- Max Scherzer: 57 pts (2 GS, 13 IP, 21 K, W)
- David Price: 52 pts (2 GS, 16 IP, 18 K, W)
- Zack Greinke: 50 pts (2 GS, 15 IP, 12 K, 2 W)
- Tom Koehler: 43 pts (2 GS, 12 IP, 14 K, 2 W)
Maybe I have been wrong about Julio Teheran? 59 point weeks don’t leave much room for argument from me and keep in mind I did draft him in one league (just didn’t like the pick) and am enjoying the success he is having. Still not sure I trust him to the point I want the Cubs to trade for him, but I would definitely take this year’s version on the Cubs.
Max Scherzer, David Price and Zack Greinke were all expected to be Top 10 pitchers this year. Scherzer’s has finally turned the corner and is sitting third now in points after a slow start, but Greinke is 13th (still very good) and Price is 15th (still very good) and sitting just over 17 points per game average. Tom Koehler had back-to-back good starts and maybe is starting to turn it around. But he only threw 48 strikes in 92 pitches, which might explain his 1.49 WHIP on just a 3.92 ERA. He has very good stuff, but maybe needs a change of teams to get his potential out of him.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Noah Syndergaard: 35 pts (1 GS, 8.1 IP, 11 K, 2 W)
- Colby Lewis: 32 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 4 K, W)
- Tyler Wilson: 32 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 6 K, W)
- Jeff Samardzija: 31 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 4 K, W)
- Jake Arrieta: 30 pts (1 GS, 6 IP, 11 K, W)
Noah Syndergaard is a stud. Seriously this is what one looks like, hard throwing, makes it hard to get comfortable in the batter’s box. I think he is going to keep getting better and will be around the Top 10 or Top 5 pitchers for many years. Colby Lewis has pitched very well this year (2.81 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) and had a shut out through eight innings and was sent out to get the shut-out and gave up his only run while finishing the game. Tyler Wilson had his best start of the season going eight strong while picking up the W. His WHIP is 1.18 and in the American League, that is pretty good and may mean that his 4.16 ERA has room to go down.
It took Jeff Samardzija nine innings to pick up one more point that former teammate Jake Arrieta put up in six innings. I know that many Cubs fans turned on Samardzija, but as long as he is facing us, I still root for him and am glad to see him having success in San Francisco, which was a great landing spot for him and his bank account.
- Kenley Jansen: 34 pts (4 IP, 8 K, W, 2 Saves)
- Craig Kimbrel: 28 pts (4 IP, 6 K, 2 Saves)
- A.J. Ramos: 28 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 3 Saves)
- Shawn Kelley: 26 pts (4 IP, 5 K, 2 Saves)
- Sam Dyson: 25 pts (3.2 IP, K, 3 Saves)
Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel were a couple of the top closers before the season started, A.J. Ramos was a solid second (or even third tier) closer. But Shawn Kelley and Sam Dyson have taken over during the season and Dyson is here to stay, Kelley is covering short term, but good examples how you can find closers during the season.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Anthony Rizzo: 33 pts (3 HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 5 R)
- Addison Russell: 25 pts (2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R)
- Ben Zobrist: 19 pts (HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB)
- Kris Bryant: 19 pts (2 HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R)
- Javier Baez: 17 pts (HR, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R, SB)
- Albert Almora Jr: 14 pts (3 2B, 3 RBI, R)
- David Ross: 12 pts (HR, 3 RBI, R)
- Dexter Fowler: 9 pts (2B, 3 R)
- Jason Heyward: 9 pts (2B, 2 RBI, R)
- Matt Szczur: 9 pts (HR, 2 RBI, R)
- Willson Contreras: 7 pts (HR, 2 RBI, R)
- Chris Coghlan: 6 pts (2B, 2 R)
- Miguel Montero: 2 pts
It is pretty amazing when a team hits five Home runs in one game, even better when they all come from your young core. Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Addison Russell all went deep with Willson stealing the show with his first at bat ending up with a curtain call!
Overall Anthony Rizzo led the week with 33 points hitting three home runs on the week. Addison Russell was second with 25 points yet hit only .222 for the week, while third in points was Ben Zobrist with 19 points and he hit only 182 on the week. If not for the Sunday night outburst the offense would have had a below average week.
- Kyle Hendricks: 32 pts (2 GS, 11.1 IP, 16 K, W)
- Jake Arrieta: 30 pts (1 GS, 6 IP, 11 K, W)
- Jason Hammel: 19 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 4 K)
- John Lackey: 16 pts (1 GS, 6 IP, 7 K)
- Jon Lester: 15 pts (1 GS, 6 IP, 7 K, W)
It is a pretty good week when the rotation’s worst pitcher has 15 points. But that wasn’t the worst start. This week was a good example of Kyle Hendricks. In his first start he picked up the loss, went 5 1/3 innings gave up three earned runs, struck out four while walking four for a five point start. Nothing wrong with that start, if the offense had a better night, he would have gotten a no decision or even a win with this team. His next start was on the big stage and Hendricks struck out 12 batters over six innings while giving up only one run and picking up the win for a 27-point night. Great start for sure and one that brings out the comments about how great he is and he is an All-Star, Top 10, doesn’t get his due. Sunday night he was on the verge of giving up a big inning, his stuff was starting to flatten out and was more hittable. But that is Kyle Hendricks and Joe Maddon has done a great job of putting him in position to succeed and limiting his exposure. This use to happen at 75-80 pitch range and he is now getting to 85-90 before you see this happening, which is a very good thing. But this week’s numbers are Kyle Hendricks. Not one start or the other but the total of his two starts. 3.17 ERA. (his WHIP was high at 1.50 WHIP). That is the ERA range I would expect from Hendricks moving forward and that is very good for the Cubs fifth starter.
Jake Arrieta had the best start of the week and in just six innings for 30 points. Jason Hammel, John Lackey and Jon Lester all had solid starts this week scoring between 15 and 19 points. I will take those starts anytime, as we are seeing it is harder to average over 15 points per game for starting pitchers as there is only enough for about two per team in the CCO leagues.
- Hector Rondon: 21 pts (4 IP, 4 K, W, Save)
- Pedro Strop: 14 pts (4 IP, 6 K)
- Justin Grimm: 6 pts (3.1 IP, 3 K)
- Trevor Cahill: 4 pts (2.1 IP, 2 K)
- Travis Wood: 3 pts (2.1 IP, K)
- Adam Warren: -2 pts (2.1 IP, K)
- Clayton Richard: -4 pts (1 IP)
I like when the bullpen doesn’t have a lot of points and what points come from the closer and set-up guy. Hector Rondon has been solid, even if he did have two blown saves this week which led to him picking up his win for the week. The middle relievers are as expected and Clayton Richard has to be just keeping a spot warm until they decide someone is ready or make a trade.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Position round week is over and we are into the second half of the fantasy season. It will be interesting to see the difference in activity from the keeper league and the non-keeper leagues.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• Woody’s Way traded Adam Jones to Dock Ellis D for Ender Inciarte and Wilson Contreras.
CCO Trades Last Week
• No trades this week.
CCO Auction Keeper Trades Last Week
• No trades.
Scoreboards and Standings
- CCO Scoreboard
- CCO Fans Scoreboard
- CCO Auction Keeper Scoreboard
- CCO Standings
- CCO Fans Standings
- CCO Auction Keeper Standings