CCO Fantasy Baseball: Week Eighteen – Playoff Races
We have three weeks left in the regular season in the CCO leagues and we are starting to see some close races for the playoff seeding, but only the CCO League has a tight race for the playoffs as the CCO Fans and CCO Auction Keeper leagues have a two game separation with three weeks to go from eighth to the next teams.
- 8th Place – Team Theo 9-7-2
- 9th Place – Team Gramps 9-8-1
- 10th Place – A trip on LSD 9-9
- Three teams tied at 8-10
CCO Fans League
- 8th Place – Jake and the Batmen 12-6
- 9th Place – Stu’s Studs 10-8
- Two teams tied at 9-9
CCO Auction Keeper League
- 8th Place – 3 Sons Closing 11-7
- Four teams tied at 9-9
MLB Best of Last Week
- Charlie Blackmon: 67 pts (7 HR, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 13 R, SB)
- Freddie Freeman: 49 pts (4 HR, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 8 R)
- Jose Ramirez: 45 pts (2 HR, 4 2B, 7 RBI, 9 R, 6 SB)
- Carlos Correa: 44 pts (3 HR, 3 2B, 12 RBI, 6 R)
- Ryan Braun: 41 pts (4 HR, 2 2B, 9 RBI, 6 R)
Seven! Seven home runs in one week will make you lead the week for all players and that is what Charlie Blackmon did this week on his way to a 67 point week. WOW! But before you say that Colorado air, he played five games outside of Colorado. Now three were in Philly and two in Texas, but still not Colorado. Freddie Freeman’s bat is officially back in business, while Jose Ramirez has been the Cleveland Indians stabilizer. Carlos Correa hit a Home Run that we’re still not sure has landed, worth watching for sure. And last but certainly least, Ryan Braun launched two bombs to lead the Brewers past the Reds.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Michael Fulmer: 56 pts (2 GS, 16 IP, 15 K, W)
- John Lackey: 51 pts (2 GS, 14.2 IP, 11 K, W)
- Steven Matz: 51 pts (2 GS, 13.1 IP, 17 K, W)
- Rick Porcello: 50 pts (2 GS, 15 IP, 10 K, 2 W)
- Tyler Duffey: 47 pts (2 GS, 13 IP, 14 K, 2 W)
Michael Fulmer is a legitimate Cy Young candidate and had a great week to lead the way. The Tigers revel in Michael Fulmer’s first shutout, but are keeping a wary eye on his workload. John Lackey was great in his two starts, but only one led to a Cubs win. Steven Matz’s no-hit bid is broken up, to Terry Collins’s relief in not having to make a very hard to decision. Rick Porcello tosses gem as his second season has been much better than his first in Boston. Tyler Duffey had two very good outings. He pitched seven strong innings to defeat the Royals.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Homer Bailey: 31 pts (1 GS, 6 IP, 11 K, W)
- Danny Duffy: 30 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 6 K, W)
- Braden Shipley: 30 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 7 K, W)
- Edwin Jackson: 29 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 7 K, W)
- Madison Bumgarner: 29 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 8 K, W)
- Jameson Taillon: 29 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 4 K, W)
- Matt Boyd: 29 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 4 K, W)
If you drafted Homer Bailey and waited him out all year, he is paying off well for you as he has returned to form. Yes he had a negative start mixed in, but he has two very good starts surrounding it. Talk out of Kansas City wonders if Danny Duffy has a chance at the Cy Young award. This is fun to talk about, but in reality, baring a Jake Arrieta finish to the season, Duffy is just not in the conversation. He may get votes if it was voted on today, but there are just too many guys ahead of him from missing the first six weeks of the season.
Braden Shipley helped the D-Backs complete the sweep of the Mets with a gem. The Diamondbacks will benefit from a long look at Braden Shipley to finish out the season. Shipley was the Diamondbacks No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft (15th overall).
Edwin Jackson had a good day, yes it can happen while Madison Bumgarner beat the Orioles. Jameson Taillon is beginning to blossom into a star, even if he has had some bad outings, using those to judge a young arm like this is not very smart. And last but not least, Matt Boyd’s new delivery adds zing to his fastball as he shuts down the Rangers.
- Seung Hwan Oh: 30 pts (4.2 IP, 9 K, 2 Saves)
- Ryan Madson: 25 pts (3 IP, 3 K, 3 Saves)
- Dellin Betances: 25 pts (3 IP, 8 K, 2 Saves)
- Zach Britton: 23 pts (3.1 IP, 4 K, 3 Saves)
Seung Hwan Oh picked up two saves against the Cubs over the weekend to lead the way for the closers. Oh, you say he wasn’t drafted in fantasy leagues, well Ryan Madson and Dellin Betances were both available as free agents recently in most every league. It is very hard to keep up with all the changes with the closers this year, but I may try to lay it out later this year, team by team.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Anthony Rizzo: 28 pts (HR, 3B, 2 2B, 4 R, 5 RBI)
- Kris Bryant: 27 pts (HR, 3B, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 7 R)
- Addison Russell: 26 pts (2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R)
- Wilson Contreras: 21 pts (2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R)
- Matt Szczur: 17 pts (2 HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R)
- Ben Zobrist: 14 pts (2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R)
- Jorge Soler: 13 pts (HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)
- Javier Baez: 11 pts (HR, 3 RBI, R)
- Dexter Fowler: 9 pts (2B, RBI, R)
- Chris Coghlan: 7 pts (2B, 2 RBI, R)
- Jayson Heyward: 5 pts (R)
- David Ross: 4 pts (2B, RBI)
- Miguel Montero: 1 pt (BB)
Bryzzo led the way this week, but with just two home runs combined. Addison Russell hit two home runs on the week along with Willson Contreras and Matt Szczur. Of course Szczur did it in just eight at-bats. We all talk about what happens if Dexter Fowler doesn’t come back next year, but I always felt last off-season that the fall back option was Matt Szczur and I think it is more than a fall back option for next year. If Albert Almora Jr. isn’t ready to take over center field to start next year, a combo of Szczur and Heyward could cover center until he is ready. On a side note, just imagine if Fowler wouldn’t have signed and Heyward was the Cubs’ centerfielder. So many would be saying he was struggling offensively, because we moved him to center field (you know they would).
All in all, the offense had a good week. Very rare to see this team lose back-to-back games when they score four runs or more.
- John Lackey: 51 pts (2 GS, 14.2 IP, 11 K, W)
- Jason Hammel: 27 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 6 K, W)
- Kyle Hendricks: 25 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 12 K)
- Jake Arrieta: 21 pts (1 GS, 5.2 IP, 6 K, W)
- Jon Lester: 15 pts (1 GS, 6 IP, 6 K)
I will take a 4-2 week the rest of the way for sure. John Lackey looked good in his two start week, good for best on the Cubs and second best in the league. What is good to see is that all five guys are pitching well right now.
- Aroldis Chapman: 19 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 1 Save)
- Mike Montgomery: 15 pts (3 IP, 5 K, W)
- Justin Grimm: 11 pts (2.2 IP, 3 K)
- Pedro Strop: 1 pt (1 IP, 1 K)
- Joe Smith: -2 pts (1.2 IP, K)
- Travis Wood: -5 pts (2.1 IP, K)
- Carl Edwards: -8 pts (1.2 IP, 2 K)
- Hector Rondon: -11 pts (0.1 IP)
The bullpen looked good last week, but the roller coaster ride that is MLB bullpens had a rough stretch this week. Aroldis Chapman was dominant but only picked up one save on the week. Mike Montgomery was very good after an extended break from game action, showing why he was added to the team in trade. Justin Grimm began the week with the Iowa Cubs, ended the week on Sunday Night Baseball. Grimm did not give up any hits or walks while striking out three in 2 2/3 innings.
We waited for Hector Rondon to be back and now instead of hearing complaints about why he wasn’t pitching when we need him, we hear complaints about why was he out there, he obviously wasn’t ready. Fickle fans.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Three weeks left in the regular season, the trade deadline is coming fast – Friday Aug. 19 11:00am CDT.
Scoreboards and Standings
- CCO Scoreboard
- CCO Fans Scoreboard
- CCO Auction Keeper Scoreboard
- CCO Standings
- CCO Fans Standings
- CCO Auction Keeper Standings