CCO Fantasy Baseball: Week Ten
I am starting to think I am never going to have time again. I thought a few weeks ago I was turning the corner on being able to watch games live and spend more time on baseball and chatting on the Talkin’ Live’s, but never realized every weekend was going to be graduation party after graduation party. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world. It is so much fun celebrating with these young men and women moving on to the next stage in life, especially the ones that I have known since they were little and the ones I have coached in baseball and bowling.
I had one that actually switched high schools for his senior year that I coached in baseball for many years. As we started doing travel teams, he would be with us sometimes and go to another team another year. He stopped playing baseball at the new school and concentrated on playing golf, which he is going to do in college. His dad told me I was his favorite coach he ever had, and he then came up to me and told me this as well. I was very surprised to hear that as I was tough on him at times (Dad and I are friends) and expected a lot out of him. His reasoning was that I had taught him about baseball more than any other coach and made playing the game fun, but that I also taught him life lessons that he knows will help him more so than any baseball tip could ever do. I have to say that is one of the nicest things I have ever been told and made all the hours of working with kids well worth it, when you hear how you have impacted these young men and women.
On to fantasy baseball and the great Cubs week!
Remember how the Astros were ahead of the Cubs in the rebuilding process and at one point last year were thought to be the better team. Not so much anymore. But they have some more bats getting closer.
How is it possible to keep up with all 30 teams? AJ Mass is doing his Fantasy 30. It is almost a week old, but might be one to keep checking back on as he updates it.
What to make of aging pitchers? A tale of two Adam Wainwright starts.
Position flexibility is huge in daily leagues, not just this year but next year as well. Here are some players we hope earn extra positional eligibility, this year and next. Great read.
Small sample sizes make people do crazy things in fantasy baseball. But how do you look for power regression to slow sluggers who had good starts.
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 is another article that is well worth your time each week.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
- Chris Davis: 42 pts (5 HR, 2B, 10 RBI, 5 R)
- Carlos Beltran: 40 pts (3 HR, 2 2B, 11 RBI, 6 R)
- Edwin Encarnacion: 38 pts (3 HR, 2 2B, 8 RBI, 7 R, 1 SB)
- Xander Bogaerts: 37 pts (2 HR, 2B, 11 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB)
Old and young made the top batters this week. Chris Davis and his five home runs while driving in 10 runs on the week for a 42-point week, enough to lead this week. Davis got paid in the off-season, yet has put up another Chris Davis type season, low average, lots of power. Carlos Beltran just keeps hitting. At age 39, to still be playing and being at least league average would be a good thing, but Beltran is having his best season as a Yankee with a line of .281/.314/.561/.875. This week he put up 40 points.
Maybe this is the beginning of Edwin Encarnacion going on a tear to make his contract push. Encarnacion has had an OPS over .900 for four years in a row. This year he is at .808. He is going to be looking for a huge contract in the off-season and if he can get hot, and get his OPS closer to .900, he could break the bank for sure.
Xander Bogaerts is having his coming out party this year. It is all coming together for the 23-year old with a line of .358/.405/.529/.934. The talent has been there, but to use my old timetable, the third season is when things start to click for players. Yes he had 50 at-bats in 2013, but this is his third season and his numbers have gone up each year.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Jon Lester: 64 pts (2 GS, 15 IP, 16 K, 2 W)
- Zach Davies: 50 pts (2 GS, 13 IP, 12 K, 2 W)
- Danny Duffy: 48 pts (2 GS, 12.1 IP, 19 K, W)
- Matt Shoemaker: 46 pts (2 GS, 15.2 IP, 17 K)
- Michael Fulmer: 46 pts (2 GS, 12 IP, 8 K, 2 W)
Jon Lester led the way this week with 64 points on the week after leading the way for the one start pitchers last week (Davies and Fulmer were both in the top five one-start guys last week as well). The rest on this list are all guys I just couldn’t add in my weekly league (with no pitching limits, stream away … ). I guess I should have as I lost by less than 20 points this week. These guys are all likely to be available again in 10- or 12-team leagues, in our 20-team CCO leagues this week will likely keep them a job for a while now.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Taijuan Walker: 38 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 11 K, W)
- Clayton Kershaw: 34 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 13 K, W)
- Corey Kluber: 33 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 8 K, W)
- John Lackey: 32 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 8 K, W)
- Zack Greinke: 30 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 2 K, W)
One of the great young arms is Taijuan Walker, if he can put it all together. Bouncing back from back to back negative starts, Walker puts up 38 points in one start with 11 strikeouts. The best pitcher on the planet is a regular on these lists, has another 13 strikeout, 34 point week. Corey Kluber seems to have made most forget his slow start with another big start. That is four of his last five starts over 20 points with this one being 33 points. John Lackey and Zack Greinke were the old guys in free agency last year and even though both had good weeks, hard to believe we are all happy that the Cubs got Lackey instead of Greinke in free agency.
- Jeurys Familia: 26 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 3 Saves)
- Sam Dyson: 26 pts (4 IP, 4 K, W, 3 Saves)
- Andrew Miller: 23 pts (3 IP, 6 K, W, 1 Save)
- Mark Melancon: 22 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 2 Saves)
- Alex Colome: 21 pts (3 IP, 3 K, 3 Saves)
Interesting list again, as Sam Dyson wasn’t the closer until recently, Andrew Miller was and now is the set-up guy. Alex Colome has been waiting for their closer to come back and has been one of the best this year.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Kris Bryant: 34 pts (2 HR, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 7 R, SB)
- Jason Heyward: 31 pts (2 HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 7 R)
- Anthony Rizzo: 25 pts (HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 4 R)
- Ben Zobrist: 20 pts (HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R)
- Javier Baez: 19 pts (HR, 2B, 6 RBI, 2 R)
- Dexter Fowler: 14 pts (3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R)
- Miguel Montero: 12 pts (HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)
- Albert Almora Jr: 9 pts (2B, 2 RBI, 3 R)
- Chris Coghlan: 8 pts (2B, 3 R)
- David Ross: 5 pts (2 RBI)
- Addison Russell: 4 pts (2B)
- Matt Szczur: 2 pts (RBI, R)
- Tommy LaStella: 2 pts
- Jorge Soler: 2 pts
- Tim Federowicz: 0 pts
Not sure when meatloaf became bad, but the Cubs do it back-to-back on the road against teams they should beat and go 4-2 on the week. Yep, would rather see 5-1, but I will never complain about my team winning two out of three.
Kris Bryant is good. Captain Obvious here, but he is going to keep getting better. The best thing to see this past week was Jayson Heyward rewarding fantasy owners (and Cub fans) with a 31-point week that included a couple of long balls. Anthony Rizzo missed a game and still had a 25-point week while I can’t help but think that Javier Baez is going to turn into a star once he puts it all together. It will likely be 2018 before he really is hitting on all cylinders, but he can do it all.
- Jon Lester: 64 pts (2 GS, 15 IP, 16 K, 2 W)
- John Lackey: 32 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 8 K, W)
- Jake Arrieta: 20 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 3 K, W)
- Kyle Hendricks: 12 pts (1 GS, 5 IP, 6 K)
- Jason Hammel: 8 pts (1 GS, 5.2 IP, 4 K)
Jon Lester is throwing the ball really well, unless he has to throw it to first base. Sorry, but yeah that is hard to explain, but no player is perfect and you have to look at the results and Lester’s results are really good. 64 points in one week is a huge week. John Lackey is officially part of the BIG 3 in the Cubs rotation. Sorry to all the Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel fans out there, they are good BOR (back of the rotation) guys, but the BIG 3 is clear and it is as good as any the Cubs can match up with in the playoffs.
- Hector Rondon: 9 pts (2 IP, 2 K, 1 Save)
- Pedro Strop: 6 pts (1 IP, 3 K)
- Trevor Cahill: 5 pts (2 IP, 1 K)
- Travis Wood: 5 pts (2 IP, K)
- Clayton Richard: 3 pts (2 IP, K)
- Adam Warren: 1 pt (3 IP, K)
- Justin Grimm: -15 pts (0.1 IP)
Nice to see the bullpen once again not having huge weeks in innings pitched and points. That means the rotation is doing their job. We have three guys not doing so well lately in Clayton Richard, Adam Warren and Justin Grimm. Richard’s time has to be coming to an end, Warren I am not worried about and Grimm has only given up runs in three of his last 10 outings, but did so in two of his last three to make for a bad week. Except for the closer and the main set-up guy, relievers only get attention on their bad outings. It is unfortunate, but part of the job.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Some “interesting” trades this week to say the least.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• Team Vaughn traded Raisel Iglesias to Dock Ellis D for Michael Brantley
CCO Trades Last Week
• Waiting on Bryant traded Carlos Gonzalez to FL JimBoC for Avisail Garcia and Josh Tomlin
• Varmit Cnty Ninji Walkers traded Jacob deGrom to Daverj’s Batsmen for Adam Jones and Trevor Bauer
• Varmit Cnty Ninji Walkers traded Travis Shaw, Hisashi Iwakuma and Kyle Hendricks to Tribbett’s JARHEADS for Albert Pujols, Chad Bettis and Chris Rusin.
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