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First off, the Master Standings should be up next week, so it’s time to quit fooling around. You don’t want to be trailing a Yahoo! expert, do you? Secondly, isn’t it frustrating when your top pick struggles early?

According to the Razzball Player Rater, of the 20 players we selected at least once in round 1, only Matt Kemp (Congrats Boesch Hog, Blue Heaven, 7 Js and 2 Jeys, and AZ Kush Mafia for making Matt the first overall selection!) and Roy Halladay have put up 1st round numbers. Justin Verlander (16) and Hanley Ramirez (20) are close enough, but where’s everbody else? Miguel Cabrera (93), Adrian Gonzalez (132), Joey Votto (137), and Albert Pujols (346) are all under-performing badly. How about Ryan Braun (272) and Jose Bautista (292)? Oh, well, it’s early. Don’t panic. They’ll start hitting eventually. And, of course, there are always other players who are outperforming their draft position to keep you competitive. Like Josh Hamilton (2, ADP: 35) and Krispie Young (6, ADP: 95.)

Expert League: As was expected, some of the experts have other leagues they are more worried about, so their teams here are neglected. Worst is Team Emack (Eric Mack), whose only moves came on April 1, when Michael Pineda was placed on the DL and Chipper Jones added. 3 minutes later came his final move, replacing Chipper with Bryce Harper. Currently the team features 8 injured players, including 6 in the starting lineup. Rudy and Grey are following different strategies, as Grey leads the league with 29 moves, while Rudy is giving his drafted players a chance to prove themselves, having added just 3 players. Mastersball Carey (Ryan Carey) is setting the pace with 99 points, followed by Secret Treasure Loaf (Andy Behrens) at 79.5.

Trades: A busy week, with 18 trades consummated. That includes one in the ECFBL where the Silver Bullet Bandits and Copales Charros undid an earlier trade when one of the traded players, Brett Gardner, was injured. Copales Charros also traded Matt Holliday to Uncle Robbies Daffiness Boys for Felix Hernandez. There were some surprising trades for saves. In Ones are GOOD right, NYC Matthole traded Drew Stubbs to Unlucky Llamas for Fernando Rodney. Army of Llamas sent Matt Wieters to Bushwood Varmint Cong for Grant Balfour in the Epic Beardmen Division. Probably the biggest name traded was Roy Halladay, in RCL 22, who was sent by Manitoba Manwhores with Coco Crisp to FWG Herders for James Shields and Mariano Rivera. You can find all the trades in the fantasy baseball forums.

League Leaders

Broth’s  Baseball Stars (Fausto or Roberto?) was the top hitting team this week. They hit .360 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI, 50 runs, and 6 steals. Matt Kemp was their 5th best hitter! Ahead of him were Freddie Freeman (.478/14 RBI), Josh Hamilton (.462/11 RBI), Mike Napoli (.440/10 RBI), and Derek Jeter (.407/6 RBI).

Average: .360 (Broth’s  Baseball Stars – Fausto or Roberto?)

Runs: 58 (Army Of Llamas – Epic Beardmen Division)

HR: 20 (AZ Kush Mafia – RCL 29)

RBI: 72 (Broth’s  Baseball Stars – Fausto or Roberto?)

SB: 17 (Team Everett – Beef SAGNOF!)

CROP DUSTIN (RCL 46) had some top pitching numbers with 5 wins, 6 saves, and an ERA of 1.11 and 0.99 WHIP. Their lineup features Clayton Kershaw (9 K/0.00/0.71), Matt Cain (0.00/0.33), and Brandon Beachy (0.00/0.68).

Ks: 97 (Navin Johnson’s Puke Diamomds – Magnificent Mustachioed Men)

Wins: 11 (Navin Johnson’s Puke Diamomds – Magnificent Mustachioed Men)

Saves: 12 (Baltimore Scorioles – RCL 20)

ERA: 1.05 (Dixie Rebels    – Fantasy Master Lotharios)

WHIP: 0.69 (Poorjays – Beef SAGNOF!)

 

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TEAM OF THE WEEK –  April 16 – 22
The Fredsies (ECFBL)
83/287 (.289)
45 R/18 HR/44 RBI/3 SB
72.1 IP
70K/8 W/1.62/1.09/11 S
The Fredsies strong pitching won them the weekly honors over some tough competition. They had 8 different pitchers record wins, while 6 added saves. Vance Worley tossed 7 scoreless innings with 11 Ks. Rafael Betancourt and Henry Rodriguez each contributed 3 saves. On the offensive side, Mike Napoli (.440/7 R/5 HR/10 RBI) and Matt Kemp (.381/4 Runs/3 HR/6 RBI) were once again dominant.

From Around The Web

  1. thebroth says:
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    hey-oooo

  2. OaktownSteve says:
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    Can’t talk about 1st round disappointments without mentioning Justin Upton.

    • VinWins

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      @OaktownSteve, Yeah, he was so far down I couldn’t find him.

  3. Simply Fred

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    Vin, thanks for the shout-out. Much luck went my way. Had ticker shock seeing a grand slam in the first against one of my streamers. No earned because the potential third out was an error. :-)

    • VinWins

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      @Simply fred, Hey, everybody needs some luck along the way.

  4. Good roundup. My team is suckin’ it so far in the RCL Expert league but I feel the resurgence coming….

    • VinWins

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      @Rudy Gamble, Thanks! Sure, you have to expect things will change soon. Your team has the 4th most RBI, but the fewest home runs. In fact, there are only 2 teams in the whole RCL with fewer HRs than you.

      • @VinWins, Wow, that’s crazy on how bad my HR total ranks overall. I tend to value pitching more than most but it’s not like I’m rocking an ’85 Cards lineup – Arencibia, Votto, Alexei-Ram, Longoria, Pence, Choo, LaRoche, Stubbs, Rasmus, Frenchy, JD Martinez….I think I am in first in terms of % of Sonovabench HRs…I have 2 this year despite only have 13 HRs total and never having more than one hitter on the bench….

  5. Way to throw a little shame E Mack’s way : ) Too be fair his team has been RAVAGED by injuries.

    I am very happy that the great Lawr Michaels allowed me to pinch-hit for him in the Experts league this year. While I knew all of the names in the league, I am sure my competitors were saying “Okay – who’s this guy Lawr is sending into battle?” Well, I guess you could call me a member of the Rookie class of writers for 2012. Obviously hungry to showcase my skills as a player, I have been pretty locked in on this league, had a solid draft and have been mostly injury free so far. (Did lose Fister – turned into Peavy now). My lack of injuries has allowed me to sit on both Mike Trout and Trevor Bauer for now.

    These leagues are a great testament to the great community Grey, Rudy and all of you have created here. THIS is what fantasy is all about! As a Forum rat myself, I think I’ve found a new place to come and visit when I’m not hanging out at my home address!

    • VinWins

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      @Ryan Carey, Yeah, that’s a wicked amount of injuries. Brett Gardner last week was my first real injury, so that makes a big difference. But “Experts’ are there to be picked on!

      With that lead you have, I think you can coast the rest of the way. Especially with the weight of the whole Razzball community on the backs of Grey and Rudy!

    • @Ryan Carey, Thanks Ryan. Great start so far. Kemp + Adam Jones + Castro = Sick. Jones at pick 75 looks like a massive steal right now. We took him at 57 in the Yahoo F&F draft and I’m kicking myself I let him slide this far in this draft.

  6. Wes says:
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    Talk about injuries. I lost Chris Young, Bret Gardner and Clif Lee within 3 days in my Yahoo league.

    My RCL team is the above mentioned Manitoba Manwhores. I had to trade Roy to get a closer. I missed the draft and was given Joakim Soria, Drew Storen, and Ryan Madson.

    I also rocking a Double A infield of Daniel Murphy, Willie Bloomquist, and Chase Headley.

    And after all that…. I went from last place, to leading for two days this week.

    • VinWins

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      @Wes, Looked like a pretty good lineup of closers for a minute. Still have a nice front 3 for your rotation with Sabathia, Romero, and Shields.

  7. Mike says:
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    Been offered Halliday and Adam jones for Miguel Cabrera and billinglsey
    What do u think ???!!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Mike, I would never trade Miggy unless its for Kemp

  8. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I’d stick with Miggy.

  9. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    As a long time Yahoo player I must say that the E$PN format blows. Too many holes in it. This being my first shot at commentors league its obvious who has and has not played in the format. Does E$PN make everything worst?

    • VinWins

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      @Jack Full of Hate, Talkin’ to the wrong guy. I like everything about the ESPN game more than Yahoo.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @VinWins, I guess I need to start drinkin again, it’s going to be along season

  10. mike says:
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    would u then trade AROD straight up for Grienke?
    do u like ADAM Jones bettter then Alex Rodriguez ROS?
    Thanks!!!

    • VinWins

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      @mike, I think it’s fair if you need pitching. I like AROD over Jones because of 3B eligibility. You should really get other opinions though. I’m just a reporter, not an expert.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    congrats fredsies,great week

  12. jg23 says:
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    i offered adrian gonzalez and rickie weeks for dustin pedroia. i already have teixeira and konerko to occupy my 1B and utility spots. how much am i overpaying?

  13. Gweilo says:
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    “Drivin’ the Delorean” to explain Carlos Beltran’s year.

    You wanted suggestions, Grey, and I borrowed one of your references from last year.

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