The top arms averaging over 20 pts per game are Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jose Fernandez, Noah Syndergaard and John Lackey. Most of these names were expected to have great seasons and one snuck in somehow.
Let’s take a look at what it took to have these guys on your team on draft day in the CCO leagues.
- Clayton Kershaw – 29.5 pts/game – CCO League (1st Pick) CCO Fans (6th Pick), CCO Auction ($80)
- Jake Arrieta – 23.9 pts/game – CCO League (13th Pick), CCO Fans (23rd Pick), CCO Auction ($56)
- Chris Sale – 23.5 pts/game – CCO League (16th Pick), CCO Fans (25th Pick), CCO Auction ($47)
- Stephen Strasburg – 22.1 pts/game – CC0 League (39th Pick), CCO Fans (59th Pick), CCO Auction ($30)
- Madison Bumgarner – 21.7 pts/game – CCO League (17th Pick), CCO Fans (26th Pick), CCO Auction ($47)
- Johnny Cueto – 21.6 pts/game – CCO League (44th Pick), CCO Fans (64th Pick), CCO Auction ($25)
- Jose Fernandez – 21.5 pts/game – CCO League (42nd Pick), CCO Fans (56th Pick), CCO Auction ($29)
- Noah Syndergaard – 20.4 pts/game – CCO League (38th Pick), CCO Fans (57th Pick), CCO Auction ($30)
- John Lackey – 20.1 pts/game – CCO League (112th Pick), CCO Fans (128th Pick), CCO Auction ($13)
I was surprised how differently the two snake draft leagues value pitching. There were some good values for pitching in the CCO Fans League and the variance in the auction values for these guys is also surprising. The best pitcher on the planet is pulling away from the pack of the best of the best. But the best overall value was John Lackey by far, but then again, almost all of the Cubs pitchers were good picks this year (unlike the Cardinals rotation, which I learned the hard way).
The Rest of the Cubs Rotation
- Jon Lester – 19.5 pts/game – CCO League (40th Pick), CCO Fans (62nd Pick), CCO Auction ($30)
- Kyle Hendricks – 17.3 pts/game – CCO League (183th Pick), CCO Fans (163rd Pick), CCO Auction ($14)
- Jason Hammel – 16.7 pts/game –CCO League (196th Pick), CCO Fans (187th Pick), CCO Auction ($6)
Just for reference on my good and bad picks for my rotations.
Max Scherzer (9th), Cole Hamels (89th), John Lackey (112th), Julio Teheran (129th), James Shields (169th), Kris Medlen (369th)
CCO Fans League
Max Scherzer (1st), Corey Kluber (33rd), Chris Archer (48th), Jordan Zimmermann (113th), John Lackey (128th), Alex Cobb (408th)
Jake Arrieta ($56), Francisco Liriano ($18), Jaime Garcia ($9), Michael Wacha ($12), Aaron Nola ($3), Kevin Gausman ($4), Vince Velasquez ($1)
Most of the picks have been fine and fair value, but I did have some really good picks in Lackey, Nola, Gausman and Velasquez, yet I cut Velasquez for Brandon Finnegan and traded Aaron Nola for A.J. Ramos. But I also had some picks that haven’t worked out so well. Max Scherzer is coming around and I believe will be a Top 10 starting pitcher by the end of the season, Chris Archer has not been good this year and Francisco Liriano is looking like he is done. The Cardinals pitchers I have drafted haven’t been all that good and I am glad I traded James Shields and didn’t endure his negative 22-point outing.
Starting Pitching is something we spend all season trying to find and keep healthy enough to get the most of each and every rotation spot. Tough to do when starting pitchers can be lights out one game and lose you points the next.
What to do when an above average player struggles through the first two months. Will they bounce back, will they play the next four months to allow for their numbers to reach their normal level? Either way, you can’t give up on these players. Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, Adam Jones, Justin Upton, Jayson Heyward, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright.
I know the Cubs have Kris Bryant as the main third baseman, and he is a great, but he is not alone at the hot corner and at this time, we might be seeing the golden age of third baseman, as today’s crop of third basemen are as good as it gets. My two cents, Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado are the two best third basemen in MLB, but still not sure I wouldn’t put them in the same tier as Kris Bryant and Josh Donaldson still.
It was thought before the season that Carlos Correa was not only the number one shortstop, but that he would be worthy of a very high pick. Now Manny Machado has shortstop eligibility and Xander Bogaerts is having a great season. So are there now rumblings at the top of the shortstop rankings.
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. 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.
- Mookie Betts; 53 pts (5 HR, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 9 R, SB)
- Evan Longoria: 50 pts (5 HR, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 7 R)
- Jay Bruce: 49 pts (4 HR, 2 3B, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 8 R)
- Carlos Gonzalez: 48 pts (5 HR, 2 2B, 11 RBI, 7 R)
- Corey Seager: 48 pts (6 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R)
Carlos Gonzalez is in the top five again hitting five home runs on the week. Five home runs were also hit by Mookie Betts, who led the week with 53 points and by Evan Longoria with five home runs. Nice to see Longoria have a good week. He was the big stud hitter who came onto the fantasy scene in 2008 as the next great player.
Longoria was between 842 and 896 OPS for his first six seasons. Then back to back sub-.800 OPS seasons (.724 and .764) started to make Longoria lose his elite status. But after last week he is climbing back to his previous range with an .831 OPS on the season.
Jay Bruce is working on getting traded out of Cincinnati with another big week putting up 49 points. Bruce his four home runs, two triples and three doubles while driving in nine runs and scoring eight times. Bruce is having the best season of his career with a line of .279/.325/.579/.904 far exceeding his best season’s power numbers with a line of .281/.353/.493/.846.
Corey Seager isn’t putting up the .986 OPS he did in his call up last year. Of course that was an SSS (small sample size) but he is still having a very good season with a line of .279/.336/.505/.841. This week he had six home runs, doubling his home run total on the season in one week.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Jose Fernandez: 67 pts (2 GS, 14 IP, 20 K, 2 W)
- Marco Estrada: 56 pts (2 GS, 16 IP, 11 K, 2 W)
- Carlos Martinez: 51 pts (2 GS, 14 IP, 15 K, 2 W)
- Matt Harvey: 49 pts (2 GS, 14 IP, 9 K, W)
- Jeff Locke: 47 pts (2 GS, 16 IP, 3 K, 2 W)
Talk about different lines. Jose Fernandez led the pitching ranks this week with 20 strikeouts in 14 innings on his way to picking up two wins. Carlos Martinez struck out 15 batters in 14 innings on his way to picking up his two wins. On the other end of the spectrum was Jeff Locke, he picked up two wins and pitched 16 innings, but he only struck out three batters along the way. Either way, Locke is hearing the young guns a coming and needs to keep pitching well to hold off their imminent call-up.
Matt Harvey owners had to be enjoying a couple of good starts as he has been really bad this year. One of the dangers of using starting pitchers as keepers is you just never know when a pitcher will have a bad run or bad season like Harvey’s April and May. Hopefully Harvey is turning the corner and he will at least be a usable starting pitcher again.
I thought Marco Estrada was an overpay in the off-season by the Blue Jays, but so far he has been looking like a bargain. After his big 56 point week, his numbers look pretty good: 2.43 ERA 1.02 WHIP.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Jon Lester: 37 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 10 K, W)
- Zach Davies: 36 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 9 K, W)
- Zack Greinke: 34 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 11 K, W)
- Madison Bumgarner: 34 pts (1 GS, 7.2 IP, 11 K, W)
- Michael Fulmer: 33 pts (1 GS, 7.2 IP, 8 K, W)
Jon Lester led the one start pitchers this week with a very good performance. Zach Davies made us all smile while he shut down the Cardinals. Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner both struck out 11 batters on their way to 34 points week. Is Michael Fulmer for real? This is three very good starts in a row. Fulmer has a 0.40 ERA over these three starts and has struck out 22 batters over the 22.2 IP.
- Francisco Rodriguez: 25 pts (2.2 IP, 3 K, 3 Saves)
- Zach Britton: 24 pts (3.1 IP, 2 K, 3 Saves)
- Alex Colome: 24 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 3 Saves)
- Jeremy Jeffress: 22 pts (3 IP, 3 K, 3 Saves)
- A.J. Ramos: 21 pts (3 IP, 3 K, 3 Saves)
I thought Francisco Rodriguez was done years ago. But he keeps pitching and racking up saves and this past week he picked up three more saves on his way to being the top closer. He now has 17 saves on the season. Alex Colome was on the verge of losing his closer job with Brad Boxberger coming back off the DL. They were going to ease in Boxberger, but he got hurt again before that could happen and Colome keeps his job he has now earned. Another three saves for him as well.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Anthony Rizzo: 26 pts (2 HR, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 4 R)
- Javier Baez: 22 pts (2 HR, 2B, 6 RBI, 3 R, SB)
- Kris Bryant: 18 pts (2 HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R)
- Jason Heyward: 15 pts (HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB)
- Dexter Fowler: 12 pts (HR, RBI, 2 R)
- Ben Zobrist: 10 pts (3 R)
- Jorge Soler: 10 pts (2B, RBI, 3 R)
- Addison Russell: 9 pts (2B, 2 RBI, R)
- Miguel Montero: 7 pts (RBI, 2 R)
- David Ross: 3 pts
- Matt Szczur: 2 pts
- Tommy La Stella: 2 pts (2B)
- Tim Federowicz: 0 pts
The offense did enough this week to win games, but not much here as far as great weeks. Anthony Rizzo has a 26 point week and that is good, but that was the only starter to put up more than 20 points. But we did have one more player break the 20 point barrier, Javier Baez. Two home runs powered Javy’s way to a 22 point week.
- Jon Lester: 37 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 10 K, W)
- Jake Arrieta: 36 pts (2 GS, 12 IP, 20 K)
- Jason Hammel: 34 pts (2 GS, 9 IP, 9 K, W)
- John Lackey: 28 pts (1 GS, 6.2 IP, 9 K, W)
- Kyle Hendricks: 28 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 6 K, W)
Jon Lester had the best week for the Cubs and I doubt many of us would have bet on anyone but Jake Arrieta being that guy when he would be taking the bump for two games. But Arrieta not only didn’t pick up a win this week, his starts were the only games the Cubs lost all week. I had to triple check that as it just doesn’t make sense after what we have seen from Jake over the last 30 starts.
Jason Hammel came in third this week with a 34 point week. That is normally good to lead most teams, but not this team, this week. John Lackey put up 28 points picking up his win and Kyle Hendricks had another good outing for 28 points yet sits at the bottom of this list. Good week for the starters.
- Travis Wood: 28 pts (6.2 IP, 6 K, W)
- Hector Rondon: 17 pts (2 IP, 1 K, 2 Saves)
- Justin Grimm: 9 pts (2.1 IP, 3 K)
- Trevor Cahill: 7 pts (2.2 IP, 5 K)
- Pedro Strop: 7 pts (2.2 IP, 4 K)
- Adam Warren: -2 pts (2 IP)
- Clayton Richard: -7 pts (0 IP)
Travis Wood looks like a line of a starter, but that was over four appearances this week. Rondon had a decent week with two saves. The rest was uneventful, except for Clayton Richard getting closer to being waived than the Cy Young.
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 no trades in any of the leagues this week.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• No trades.
CCO Trades Last Week
• No trades.
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