CCO Fantasy Baseball: Week Twelve
Slumping studs is a tough one for your fantasy team. You likely spent a top pick to add these great players and they are underperforming the rest of your team. But you can’t cut them, not in June. You can’t trade them and get any value, unless you do a trade for another slumping stud and just hope you get the better end of the deal.
No you have to stick with them. I see some people cut these guys only to be kicking themselves when they have their hot streak. It is a really tough position, but one that most teams in fantasy baseball have to deal with most every year. This article talks about 10 studs who are either starting to turn it around or are about to do so. Slumping studs get back on track.
This one is crazy, but shows why you can’t use just season stats to add pitching. Five starting pitchers over 5.00 to buy! Buy low if you can handle the stat line.
I traded Aaron Nola in the keeper league because my closers were pretty weak and I needed to trade value to get value (boy do I wish all trade offers had this concept). I didn’t want to trade him and had him down as a possible keeper. A few weeks ago, I was really not liking how well he had pitched. Not anymore. He has exploded into James Shields territory with four negative outings in a row to lose 26 points on his season total and raise his ERA to 4.45 and his WHIP to 1.27. He was just available in that keeper league and I didn’t even put a claim on him as I had no one I would cut to add him and I have plenty of slumping studs in my rotation. But the real question is, can Aaron Nola pull out of his tailspin?
The next wave of call-ups are on their way soon, now that Super 2 is safely behind us, so who are these reinforcements and when are they coming?
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. Clayton Kershaw is number one by a good 15% over second place Jose Altuve. The next pitcher is Jake Arrieta at sixth, who Kershaw is almost 40% ahead.
This is a weekly must read, going forward rankings on ESPN. I have stated (and had to deal with those that think I am dissing Jake Arrieta) that Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on the planet, the undisputable number one pitcher in the game. Well now he is ranked number one for all fantasy players and as he is listed in the article, he is the “blank check” player.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
- Charlie Blackmon: 51 pts (5 HR, 2B, 9 RBI, 9 R)
- Mark Reynolds: 40 pts (4 HR, 2B, 8 RBI, 8 R)
- Jean Segura: 40 pts (3 2B, 3 RBI, 11 R, 5 SB)
- Adam Jones: 39 pts (2 HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 9 R)
- Carlos Correa: 39 pts (3 HR, 4 2B, 9 RBI, 6 R)
Games in Colorado have a way of affecting fantasy points. Four of the Top 5 this week played in Colorado, just sayin’. It is almost must start status when you have the opportunity and this week was no different. Charlie Blackmon had a good beginning of the week in Miami and New York but finished his week with home runs on Saturday and Sunday. Good to see Adam Jones have a big week, he was having a not so great season so far, but he is the type of bat that can fix that and fix it in a hurry.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Jose Fernandez: 57 pts (2 GS, 14 IP, 20 K, W)
- Chris Sale: 55 pts (2 GS, 15 IP, 16 K, 2 W)
- Anthony DeSclafani: 53 pts (2 GS, 15 IP, 11 K, 2 W)
- Jeff Locke: 47 pts (2 GS, 13.2 IP, 6 K, 2 W)
We saw Jose Fernandez up close and personal on Sunday with 13 of those strikeouts. He is an incredibly talented pitcher, who needs to get drilled a time or two next time. He has also moved ahead of our own Jake Arrieta into fourth place in points for the season. Second place is Chris Sale who also put up two wins last week and struck out 16 of his own.
What is impressive about Anthony DeSclafani’s week is that he had one game in Texas, the other at home in Cincinnati. That made me pass on him in my weekly league that is all about streaming pitchers. That was a mistake (I still put up a 417 point week). I have a few ballparks I try to avoid marginal pitchers pitching in and Texas and Cincinnati are on that list. I am not buying that this is the real Anthony DeSclafani, but he had a very good week. Jeff Locke is trying to keep his rotation spot and he may do so for a while pitching like this. But his previous two outings were a total 27 negative and his ERA is 5.12 with 1.37 WHIP.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Corey Kluber: 37 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 9 K, W)
- Trevor Bauer: 37 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 10 K, W)
- Carlos Carrasco: 35 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 7 K, W)
- Drew Pomeranz: 29 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 6 K, W)
- Adam Conley: 27 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 4 K, W)
There is a theme here … can you see it? Cleveland was to have a loaded rotation, but it didn’t really work out that way this year. Corey Kluber has been trying to catch up to the numbers he was expected to put up and games like this sure do help. Complete game shutouts with nine strikeouts lead to big point days. But he was almost one upped by two of his teammates. Trevor Bauer is loaded with talent, but has not been able to put it all together. Don’t look now, but he may be doing just that. His ERA is 3.20 and his WHIP is 1.16. One of the Cubs targets in trade rumors has been Carlos Carrasco and he had a great start to the season, went on the DL and came back not quite the same. But this outing was also a complete game shut-out and is a good sign to him being back. Just think, all of this great pitching for Cleveland and we didn’t even mention their best pitcher this year.
- David Robertson: 35 pts (5.1 IP, 6 K, 4 Saves)
- Jeurys Familia: 33 pts (4.1 IP, 4 K, 4 Saves)
- Aroldis Chapman: 29 pts (3 IP, 6 K, W, 2 Saves)
- Fernando Rodney: 25 pts (3.1 IP, 6 K, 3 Saves)
- Brad Ziegler: 25 pts (3.2 IP, 3 K, W, 2 Saves)
- Arodys Vizcaino: 25 pts (3.1 IP, 4 K, 3 Saves)
There are some big names on the list this week. Every time I see Fernando Rodney succeeding this year it reminds why I get so riled up when people complain about bullpens and relievers. There was nothing we saw last year that said elite stud closer. Many thought he would be nothing more than a middle reliever, but here he is an elite stud closer again. We didn’t have a real shot to keep him and many on here (I am sure you can think of a few) would have complained if we had kept him around. But he sure would look good in the eighth inning right now and as a proven closer if something happens to Hector Rondon.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Wilson Contreras: 29 pts (2 HR, 2B, 7 RBI, 4 R)
- Kris Bryant: 21 pts (HR, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 4 R)
- Addison Russell: 20 pts (HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R)
- Chris Coghlan: 13 pts (3B, 3 R)
- Anthony Rizzo: 12 pts (2 2B, RBI)
- Jason Heyward: 11 pts (2B, RBI, R)
- Ben Zobrist: 9 pts (2 R)
- Miguel Montero: 8 pts (HR, RBI, R)
- Javier Baez: 8 pts (2B, RBI, R)
- David Ross: 7 pts (HR, RBI, R)
- Albert Almora Jr: 5 pts (2B)
- Matt Szczur: 0 pts
WILSON!! That is all, nothing else to look at around here. A bad week and it shows in the bats and the arms this week.
- Jason Hammel: 18 pts (2 GS, 11.2 IP, 6 K)
- Jon Lester: 17 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 7 K)
- Kyle Hendricks: 16 pts (1 GS, 5 IP, 5 K)
- Jake Arrieta: 12 pts (1 GS, 5 IP, 6 K)
- John Lackey: 4 pts (2 GS, 10.1 IP, 11 K)
Not pretty here either. Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks had decent enough starts, but overall nothing too good going on here either.
- Trevor Cahill: 13 pts (2 IP, 3 K, W)
- Travis Wood: 12 pts (4 IP, 3 K)
- Hector Rondon: 10 pts (1.1 IP, K, Save)
- Carl Edwards: 8 pts (2.2 IP, 4 K)
- Spencer Patton: 7 pts (4 IP, 3 K)
- Gerardo Concepcion: 4 pts (2.1 IP, 2 K)
- Pedro Strop: 2 pts (2 IP, 3 K)
- Clayton Richard: 0 pts (0.1 IP)
- Justin Grimm: -6 pts (2. 1 IP, 3 K)
This is just what you don’t want to see, lots of innings and points and the only W in the bullpen.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Summer is heating up and we are starting to see some amazing pitching point totals and huge batting weeks. It is time for most fantasy teams to make a hard push to upgrade their roster, before it is season over, while some teams are looking to grab some elite players to make their daily lineup stronger for the playoffs.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• No trades this week.
CCO Trades Last Week
• No trades this week.
CCO Auction Keeper Trades Last Week
• Bull Pen MacGyvers traded Trayce Thompson to California Penal League for Mallex Smith and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Scoreboards and Standings
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