We’re now three weeks into the fantasy baseball season, and my team is languishing in eighth place. My perceived strengths have turned out to be my weaknesses, and what I thought were post-draft deficiencies have scored me more points than I could have hoped for.
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With the season now well underway, I thought it would be a great time to have a look at how things have shaken out.
Tom Silliman’s Redbird Explorers continue to lead the way at the top of the standings for the second straight week with 101.5 points, while Tim Randle’s Intangibles have jumped up a place to second.
The Mudville 9, who came into Week Three 28.5 points behind the leader and in seventh place has moved up to third, while Ken’s Dogpounders have slipped from second to fourth.
Better than Cashman and Larry Wayne Jones Jr. have each dropped one place in the rankings to fifth and sixth respectively, while Fantasy Geeks falls from No. 6 to No. 7.
My team Walk-Off Walk and Diamond Cutters exchanged places at the eight and nine spots, Here We Go Now Len remains in 10th, and Vegas Unwrapped climbed off the bottom rung of the ladder at the expense of Raucous Roque Statz.
So, what has been going on over the last seven days?
Well, the Redbird Explorers has maintained its balanced attack of pitching and hitting. Six wins, 53 strikeouts, and a team 1.04 WHIP keeps him in first place in each of those three categories, and Adrian Gonzalez’s big four-home run week helped keep him inside the top three in the homers and RBI categories.
His 12.5-point lead is up nine points from last Monday, mainly due to Ken’s Dogpounders hitting a miserable .194 over the alst seven days. Francisco Rodriguez finally started racking up the saves (three last week), but it wasn’t enough to maintain his spot at No. 2.
That honor goes to the Intangibles who batted .294 and made significant ground in the RBI category with 43. He can thank Mark Reynolds for that, since he contributed three home runs, 11 RBI, five runs, and a .421 batting average. He had an OBP of .500 for the week, and he slugged 1.000.
Towards the bottom of the table, Richard Marsh’s Vegas Unwrapped had a good week to lift him off the foot of the table. His 36 RBI and 1.10 ERA moved him up one spot, and if Jose Reyes and Jason Bay start producing for the Mets, expect his team to start moving up the rankings.
• First baseman Justin Morneau helped keep the Diamond Cutter’s offense afloat this week, going 10-for-21 (.476) with two home runs, six runs scored, seven RBI, and seven walks.
• Phil Hughes turned in a sparkling performance for Fantasy Geeks, allowing just one hit and two walks in 7.1 innings of shutout ball. He has a two-start week coming up, so expect him to build on his strong performance.
• Ryan Braun’s strong week wasn’t enough to stop Here We Go Now Len slipping further behind the leaders. Braun had a pair of home runs, eight RBI, and three stolen bases. His team ranks inside the bottom four in all five Roto pitching categories though, and last time I checked Braun didn’t also pitch.
• John Danks was stellar for The Mudville 9, hurling 16 innings of three-run ball. He struck out nine in eight innings against the hot Rays, and followed it up with eight more solid innings to pick up the win against Seattle.
• Mark Reynolds’ three home runs and 11 RBI highlighted the Intangibles’ batters last week, negating some of the damage caused by Scott Podsednik and Rajai Davis
• Rick Porcello got knocked around last week, managing just 8.1 innings across his two starts. He allowed 18 combined hits, losing both games. The Intangibles offset the Tigers’ meltdown with strong performances by King Felix, Andy Pettitte, and Fernando Rodney.
• Just imagine how far ahead the Redbird Explorers would be if Jason Kubel didn’t find himself in a 1-for-19 slump. He struck out eight times in the last week.
• Cody Ross isn’t helping Vegas Unwrapped right now, batting a mediocre .056 with two RBI over the last seven days.
• Aramis Ramirez is killing my infield right now. While Kelly Johnson has been all I could have hoped for, Ramirez is in a 2-for-25 (.080) slump with one RBI and seven whiffs.
• Curtis Granderson came back down to earth last week with a distinctly below-par 1-for-16 performance. He was putting the ball in play, but everything was hit at a fielder.
Redbird Explorers 101.5
The Mudville 9 78
Ken’s Dogpounders 72
Better Than Cashman 69.5
Larry Wayne Jones Jr. 69
Fantasy Geeks 62.5
Walk-Off Walk 58.5
Diamond Cutters 53.5
Here We Go Now Len 46.5
Vegas Unwrapped 46.5
Raucous Roque Statz 33.5