CCO Fantasy Baseball: Week Seventeen
Most fantasy leagues are down to the last 4-5 weeks of the regular season and trade deadlines are coming fast. Let’s review the last week and see which players had big weeks and helped your team pick up the win.
MLB Best of Last Week
- Max Kepler: 50 pts (4 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R, 2 SB)
- Joe Mauer: 47 pts (HR, 3B, 6 2B, 9 RBI, 8 R)
- Brian Dozier: 42 pts (3 HR, 2 3B, 2 2B, 9 RBI, 6 R)
- Jonathan Villar: 41 pts (HR, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 7 R, 5 SB)
Twinkies can hit! Top three bats are in Minnesota with 23-year old Max Kepler leading the way with four home runs and a 50-point week. Kepler is quickly becoming the face of the franchise in Minnesota. But his teammates had good weeks as well. Elder statesman Joe Mauer showed the kids he can still swing the bat with a home run, a triple and six doubles on his way to a 47-point week. Brian Dozier has always been streaky, but he launched three home runs to go with a pair of triples and doubles, good for a 42-point week. Somehow a Brewer snuck in to the top bats by stealing five bases during the week to put up a 41-point week. Keep in mind that if Miguel Sano would have gotten hot earlier, he may have ended up with the best numbers of them all. Sano turned it on once rumors of him possibly being sent to Triple-A at the end of the week surfaced. Sano hit a home run on Friday night to quiet the talk of a Triple-A demotion. He then slugged two more on Sunday for a 25-point weekend. Sano was not sent down when Trevor Plouffe was activated Monday. The Twins are going to be a team to deal with in the AL Central sooner than later.
Top Two Start Pitchers
- Danny Duffy: 65 pts (2 GS, 14.2 IP, 22 K, 2 W)
- James Paxton: 56 pts (2 GS, 16.1 IP, 12 K, W)
- Dylan Bundy: 56 pts (2 GS, 13 IP, 16 K, 2 W)
- Kyle Hendricks: 55 pts (2 GS, 16.1 IP, 9 K, 2 W)
Not exactly a list of high draft picks this year in fantasy drafts. Danny Duffy won his seventh straight decision and now has an 8-1 record to go with a 2.97 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. James Paxton tried to finish it off but left with an arm contusion. It was his best start of the year. Dylan Bundy is really looking good in the rotation and showing the promise he has had since being the fourth overall pick in 2011. Kyle Hendricks is on a hot streak that we hope continues through October. A complete game to start the week and then a very good road start on Sunday.
Top One Start Pitchers
- Joe Musgrove: 40 pts (1 GS, 11. 1 IP, 14 K)
- Steven Wright: 38 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 9 K, W)
- Jaime Garcia: 37 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 11 K, W)
- Dallas Keuchel: 35 pts (1 GS, 9 IP, 7 K, W)
The Astros just keep on bringing up young players that are ready for the majors and Joe Musgrove is no different. To be fair, he only started one game but pitched 4.1 innings in relief of Lance McCullers to get to his 40 points. But he followed that up with a 21-point outing to give him his 40-point week. His ceiling is more of a number three and more likely to be a BOR (bottom of the rotation) arm. Steven Wright keeps throwing those knuckle balls and putting up great point totals, while Jaime Garcia is all about feel and his 37-point start may have turned the corner for him on the season. Dallas Keuchel dominant shutout stuns Rangers in the series opener. He struck out seven on his way to a complete game victory.
- Edwin Diaz: 34 pts (4 IP, 7 K, 4 Saves)
- Kenley Jansen: 32 pts (3 IP, 8 K, 3 Saves)
- Kelvin Herrera: 27 pts (4 IP, 6 K, 3 Saves)
- Jim Johnson: 24 pts (3 IP, 5 K, 2 Saves)
- Tony Watson: 23 pts (3 IP, 3 K, 2 Saves)
So, you didn’t take my advice and spent a good pick on a closer and now they have been traded and are a set-up guy. Don’t worry, it created openings for more closers and a few are here. Edwin Diaz went from getting holds to saves in Seattle, four in one week to lead the way this week. Diaz is bringing the heat in Seattle as their new closer. Kenley Jansen keeps putting up good weeks as he is not going anywhere for sure. Kelvin Herrera took over the closer job in Kansas City due to injury, but he still picked up three saves in his first week. Jim Johnson is getting the save opportunities in Atlanta and made the most of it for a 24-point week. Tony Watson took over in Pittsburgh and picked up two saves this week.
Chicago Cubs Batters
- Dexter Fowler: 29 pts (HR, 3B, 4 RBI, 7 R, SB)
- Anthony Rizzo: 24 pts (3B, 3 2B, RBI, 5 R)
- Jorge Soler: 19 pts (2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R)
- Kris Bryant: 15 pts (HR, RBI, R)
- Wilson Contreras: 14 pts (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB)
- Ben Zobrist: 13 pts (2 2B, 3 RBI, R)
- Addison Russell: 12 pts (3 RBI, 2 R, SB)
- Matt Szczur: 10 pts (2B, 2 R, SB)
- Jason Heyward: 8 pts (2B, RBI, R)
- Javier Baez: 8 pts (2B, 3 RBI, R)
- Miguel Montero: 3 pts (2B, R)
- Chris Coghlan: 2 pts (R)
- David Ross: 0 pts
The good take away from this week was a 6-0 record. But the bats didn’t slug the way to victory as much as did what was needed and scored four or more runs (the magic number) in four of the games. Dexter Fowler led the way with 29 points and Anthony Rizzo had a 24-point week but that is it for good full weeks. Jorge Soler made a nice showing in Oakland and is looking like the Soler we all know he can be, if he can stay healthy and in the lineup. It was nice to see Kris Bryant hit a home run on Sunday as he hasn’t seemed to have many hard hit balls lately.
- Kyle Hendricks: 55 pts (2 GS, 16.1 IP, 9 K, 2 W)
- Jake Arrieta: 30 pts (1 GS, 8 IP, 4 K, W)
- Jon Lester: 25 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 8 K, W)
- Jason Hammel: 21 pts (1 GS, 6 IP, 3 K, W)
- John Lackey: 17 pts (1 GS, 7 IP, 8 K)
The rotation led the way to a perfect 6-0 record this week. When your lowest point total starter is 17 points, you have had a good week.
I was a supporter of Kyle Hendricks when he was coming up through the minors after the Cubs picked him up in the Ryan Dempster trade. But because I don’t view him as the second coming of Greg Maddux (he is not even close, compare their careers if you must) some think I don’t like Kyle. I do like him and think he is a great BOR pitcher who is pitching well above that level this year. He is obviously pitching great and doing far better than I ever expected him to pitch (results). I hope this continues, but just can’t say that I think it will to this level (see Jake Arrieta for how hard it is to keep it going when you go beyond what you have ever done). I would want him to start in the playoffs over Jason Hammel right now, but would really prefer it is at home versus on the road and we are so far away from the playoff rotation at this time, it is kind of silly to even debate at this time. With that said, I was very impressed with his start in Oakland and am looking forward to seeing how he handles being on a 200-inning pace right now. One thing to keep in mind with Kyle is that his FIP has been the same all three years in the majors. 3.32/3.36/3.32. His WHIP has been about the same as well 1.083/1.161/1.058. It is just his ERA that has fluctuated 2.46/3.95/2.22. And his best xFip was last year when he had his highest ERA.
- Aroldis Chapman: 17 pts (2 IP, 2 K, 2 Saves)
- Justin Grimm: 8 pts (1 IP, 2 K, W)
- Carl Edwards: 7 pts (1.1 IP, 3 K)
- Travis Wood: 4 pts (1.1 IP, K)
- Hector Rondon: 2 pts (1 IP, K)
- Pedro Strop: 2 pts (1.1 IP, 3 K)
- Joe Smith: -1 pt (1.2 IP)
The bullpen has been turned over and we are now looking at what looks like a very good bullpen for the stretch run.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
Four weeks left in the regular season, the trade deadline is coming fast – Friday August 19th 11 am CST
CCO Fans Trades Last Week
• Clark and Addison traded Corey Kluber to This is Next Year! For Ian Desmond
CCO Trades Last Week
• Runnin Bredsticks traded Jose Quintana and Coco Crisp to Bullpen MacGyvers for Starling Marte and Jake Odorizzi
CCO Auction Keeper Trades Last Week
• Oregon Coastal Cubbies traded Addison Russell to Hunt’s Hosers for Starling Marte
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