CCO Fantasy Baseball: Week Thirteen
Who is the next great prospect to grab (if he is still available?) Here comes the Judge? The five on the verge are Tyler Glasnow, Trea Turner (Danny Espinosa has been on fire), Alex Bregman, Jose Berrios and Hunter Renfroe. Ian Happ is in the five on the periphery, but I just can’t see him getting the call (I also wasn’t expecting all the injuries that led to Jeimer Candelario getting the call) and at most a September call-up. But I am not sure they can afford to use a 40-man roster spot on him this winter, lots of Rule 5 guys to consider adding before December.
Slumping players continues and this week Chris Towers looks at Andrew McCutchen, Adrian Gonzalez, Nomar Mazara, Ryan Zimmerman and Alex Rodriguez in what to do with five slumping stars? What about players that just had a bad June? Or was it a sign of things to come? June regression alert
This one is hard to say, time to trust Michael Pineda? I believe many of us who played for years have trusted Michael Pineda on a team, and benefit from some great runs. But we have also been burned by the ugly stretches he can go on. I never thought that when he was traded to the Yankees that he was going to be the better player, but that is how disappointing of a career Jesus Montero has had. I owned Pineda as a rookie and benefitted greatly from him that year. Not sure I have the stomach to try him again.
FIP … xFIP, it’s all the rage for seeing what a pitcher should have produced. But is it perfect, of course not as it tries to simulate what would happen if we could control the impact of defense and good old fashioned luck. It is like using BABIP and then comparing a weak hitting batter to guy who crushed the ball. They won’t have the same baseline for BABIP and not all pitchers have the same baseline for FIP. But What xFIP doesn’t tell us about Teheran, Wright? Julio Teheran is one that gets analyzed a lot as some think he is a future ace, while others wouldn’t touch him with a 10-foot pole.
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. This comes out mid-week and before the awful weekend in New York, but Jon Lester was moved into the Top 25 players.
The debate is who is more valuable, pitchers or hitters. And no we are not talking about average players but the better players. Why hitters are taking over in fantasy points league I believe pitching is so hard to find in almost any fantasy format that pitchers are more valuable, but many believe hitters play every day and in the summer put up monster numbers. All true, but as I have shown with some of my teams this year, you can find bats easier than pitchers. One team I am still trying to fill my sixth rotation spot.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
- Danny Espinosa: 58 pts (5 HR, 2 2B, 17 RBI, 8 R, SB)
- Josh Donaldson: 52 pts (3 HR, 3B, 2B, 9 RBI, 11 R, SB)
- Kris Bryant: 51 pts (5 HR, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 9 R, SB)
- Kendry Morales: 48 pts (4 HR, 3 2B, 10 RBI, 6 R)
- Edwin Encarnacion: 45 pts (3 HR, 3 2B, 10 RBI, 9 R)
People have been casting Danny Espinosa aside all season to make room for Trea Turner. Many fantasy owners have owned Turner all year, because he would be taking over by mid-May, early June. Well it did seem that way early as Espinosa was struggling, but after a 58-point week, Espinosa is 11th in total points for shortstops and is averaging 3.0 points/game. Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion showed that they are still big bats even outside of Colorado with 52 and 45 point week respectively. Our own Kris Bryant slugged his way to a 51 point week and Kendry Morales showing why you don’t drop guys like him after slow starts. He is only owned in 52.8% of leagues and that is just too low for a guy averaging 3.1 pts/game and 15 home runs a week before the All-Star break.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Danny Duffy: 57 pts (2 GS, 16.2 IP, 16 K, 2 W)
- Kyle Gibson: 49 pts (2 GS, 13.2 IP, 13 K, 2 W)
- Vince Velasquez: 43 pts (2 GS, 11 IP, 14 K, 2 W)
- Scott Kazmir: 40 pts (2 GS, 11 IP, 14 K, 2 W)
- Jose Quintana: 40 pts (2 GS, 14 IP, 12 K, W)
No studs in this list this week and let’s face it, some who might not be owned even in 20 team leagues. Danny Duffy has only made 10 starts this season as he has been in the bullpen as well, but over the last 30 days he has been averaging 20.3 pts/game. Kyle Gibson has also only made nine starts on the season and is averaging 8.9 pts/game, which might explain his 3.0% ownership. Vince Velasquez started the year like a stud, but has since leveled off and is still averaging 15.0 pts/game and had a good week after coming back from the DL. Who is Scott Kazmir? Is he the guy who only got nine points in a win at the beginning of the week of the guy who struck out 10 and picked up 31 points in his second start? All of his owners would love an answer to that question. Jose Quintana is the biggest name on this list and a 40 point week in two starts is just a slightly better week than is expected of him.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Max Scherzer: 35 pts (1 GS, 7.1 IP, 10 K, W)
- Carlos Carrasco: 35 pts (1 GS, 7.1 IP, 14 K, W)
- Trevor Bauer: 35 pts (1 GS, 11 IP, 8 K, 2 W)
- Michael Fulmer: 34 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 10 K, W)
- Junior Guerra: 33 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 7 K, W)
Max Scherzer is ascending to the top of the pitching ranks for the season. Another great start with 35 points puts him second behind Clayton Kershaw who, if he misses a month will surrender the lead. Cleveland pitchers had another good week and Carlos Carrasco had a great start with 14 strikeouts. Trevor Bauer was to be a two-start pitcher and really shouldn’t be on this list as he ended up throwing five innings in relief in the marathon 19-inning game and picking up the win, versus starting the next day. I sure do wish I would have been on the Michael Fulmer bandwagon when he was available. 10 strikeouts, seven innings, just two hits and only one walk for a 34 point game. Junior Guerra is another young arm that is looking really good after being on the two start list last week, he backs it up with a 33 point start. No earned runs in his last two starts and going deeper into games has to make some think he could throw a shutout soon.
- Kenley Jansen: 30 pts (3.1 IP, 7 K, 3 Saves)
- Steve Cishek: 27 pts (3.1 IP, 5 K, 3 Saves)
- Jeanmar Gomez: 25 pts (4.1 IP, K, W, 2 Saves)
- David Robertson: 24 pts (3 IP, 6 K, 3 Saves)
- Francisco Rodriquez: 23 pts (3 IP, K, 3 Saves)
The other hard part about closers is mid-season trades. Fernando Rodney is no longer a closer in Miami and he was replaced in San Diego by Brandon Maurer.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Kris Bryant: 51 pts (5 HR, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 9 R, SB)
- Anthony Rizzo: 35 pts (3 HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 4 R)
- Javier Baez: 31 pts (2 HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 4 R, SB)
- Ben Zobrist: 28 pts (2 HR, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 6 R)
- Wilson Contreras: 19 pts (HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R)
- Addison Russell: 14 pts (HR, 2 RBI, R)
- Albert Almora Jr.: 14 pts (HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R)
- Jason Heyward: 12 pts (2B, RBI, 3 R)
- Matt Szczur: 9 pts (2B, RBI, 2 R)
- Miguel Montero: 5 pts (RBI)
- Chris Coghlan: 2 pts (R)
- David Ross: 1 pts
- Jeimer Candelario: 1 pt
A tale of two series: We had big points in Cincinnati and not so much in New York as the bats cooled off. Kris Bryant had a huge week with five home runs, 10 RBI and nine runs scored for a 51 point week. His partner in the Bryzzo Souvenir Co., Anthony Rizzo also had a good week and launched three home runs on his way to a 35 point week. Javier Baez had a good all-around week with two home runs and doubles, seven RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base and as is becoming normal, more highlight reel plays.
- Kyle Hendricks: 17 pts (1 GS, 6.2 IP, 5 K, W)
- John Lackey: 14 pts (1 GS, 6.1 IP, 5 K)
- Jake Arrieta: 9 pts (2 GS, 10.1 IP, 8 K, W)
- Jon Lester: 3 pts (2 GS, 9 IP, 6 K)
- Jason Hammel: -15 pts (1 GS, 4 IP, 3 K)
Not pretty here again. What is amazing is how bad the rotation has been over the last two weeks and yet they lead MLB still with a 3.11 ERA. They need to get this straightened out soon and hopefully this week is better and the All-Star break will have them all back to normal for the second half.
- Carl Edwards Jr.: 18 pts (4.1 IP, 6 K)
- Trevor Cahill: 13 pts (6 IP, 6 K)
- Travis Wood: 9 pts (3.1 IP, 3 K)
- Spencer Patton: 9 pts (5.1 IP, 4 K, W)
- Pedro Strop: 8 pts (2.1 IP, K)
- Justin Grimm: 3 pts (1.1 IP, 2 K)
- Hector Rondon: 2 pts (1.2 IP, K)
- Joel Peralta: -1 pt (3 IP, 4 K)
There is one good thing about the pitching numbers, Carl Edwards Jr. He is sure looking like a late inning reliever and the type that shore up a bullpen early in his career by being a really good set-up option.
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 while others are planning for keepers in the auction/keeper league. Trades are difficult to complete and always bring out some opinions of fair value.
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• No trades this week.
CCO Trades Last Week
• No trades this week.
CCO Auction Keeper Trades Last Week
• Oregon Coastal Cubbies traded Javier Baez, Chris Carter and Marcus Stroman to The Wrong Boys for Brandon Moss, Victor Martinez and Corey Kluber.
• The Calicubs traded Wilson Ramos, Nomar Mazara and Brandon Kintzler to Hunt’s Hosers for Todd Frazier, Bryce Harper and Tony Cingrani.
Scoreboards and Standings
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