Rank Railheads continue to set the pace with 113 points and a 4-point lead over The Fugs (Epic Beardmen Division). panthers_freak (We’ve Got the Runs — Baseball Reasons) is another 2 points back, followed by MattTruss223 (Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men) and captainpyper (RCL 3) with 104. AdamH (Sleeve of Wizard — RCL 43), Schmo Hawks — Beef SAGNOF! and Pliny the Elder — Myrtle’s Acres all made jumps this week, joining Beardcrabs (The Gaylords — Conshellation Prize) and Higgins (Gobias Industries — Cust Kayin’) in the 2nd half of the top 10. Check out the Master Standings to see how your team compares to the other 575 teams.
La Flama Blanca (RCL 4), who had dropped far down the standings in recent weeks, rebounded with a 19-point gain, moving up 211 spots to 136th. Royce’s Original Recipe team, That’s Not Very Maybin, and Team bjorklund (The Dread Pirate Returns) made nice gains into the top 20, at 15th and 18th respectively.
The ECFBL continues to hold a 2-point lead over everyone else in the League Competitive Index. But, being champion of the toughest league may have to be its own reward, as it is difficult to score enough points to match some of the other league leaders. Current pacesetter Chris (Retro Vertigo) is in 17th, 13 points back.
Expert League: Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) held on to first for another week, a mere 2 points ahead of Dalton Del Don (RotoWire Del Don), who rode the top pitching staff of the week to knock 14.5 points off Ryan’s lead. DDD finished the week with 7 wins, 9 saves, and 74 strikeouts, with an ERA of 1.45 and 0.79 WHIP. Stephen Strasburg, Matt Moore, Jordan Zimmermann, Derek Holland, A.J. Burnett, Jeff Samardzija, and Kyle Lohse all had WHIPs of 1.00 or better, while Aroldis Chapman added 4 saves and 8 Ks in 4 scoreless innings. Rudy had a nice offensive week and moved back into third place. His team hit .304 with 54 runs, 8 steals, 19 home runs and 51 RBI. Grey’s most impressive stat this week was a 2.59 ERA thanks to Ryan Vogelsong, Ben Sheets, and the benching of Anibal Sanchez in his AL debut..
Trades: There were 14 trades completed this week, bringing the RCL total to 233. As has been the case all season, people were willing to pay for closers. Josh Willingham was dealt for Craig Kimbrel, Joel Hanrahan netted Brett Lawrie, Emilio Bonifacio and CC Sabathia were traded for Chris Perez and Ernesto Frieri (along with Lance Berkman), and Alex Rios was exchanged for Aroldis Chapman. Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Curtis Granderson, Andrew McCutchen, Justin Verlander, and Miguel Cabrera were also sent packing this week. You can find all the trades in the fantasy baseball forums. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”
San Pedro Guitarristas (Hotel, Dotel, Halladay Inge) were the top offensive team, hitting .306 with 66 runs, 15 home runs, 54 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Drew Stubbs (.370/9 Runs/3 HR/10 RBI/3 SB) ended a long slump, and Billy Butler (.458/6 RBI) continued his career season to pace Wake Up’s team. Hanley (.320/8 RBI) and Aramis Ramirez (.417/6 RBI) also had fine weeks.
Average: .330 (The Otters — RCL 24)
Runs: 66 (San Pedro Guitarristas Hotel, Dotel, Halladay Inge)
HR: 25 (Bay Bombers — Razz Roto 2)
RBI: 62 (Team Beardown — Epic Beardmen Division)
SB: 16 (Sid Bream’s Cream — Magnificent Mustachioed Men)
Lajka Bejka (The Dread Pirate Returns) picked up 18 saves to run their season total to 157. Tom Wilhelmsen and Tyler Clippard each recorded 4 saves, with Joel Hanrahan (3), Craig Kimbrel (2), Kenley Jansen (2), Rafael Soriano (2), and Bobby Parnell (1) adding the other 10. LB have used only 77 starts, and are hoping to trade some closers for starters to join Justin Verlander and Ben Sheets for the stretch run. Cellar Dwellers (Matthew Berry is a Tool), who reached the Games Started limit last week, have not yet acquired any RPs, and finished the week with 0 IP.
Ks: 99 (MOUNTAIN 9 — Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt)
Wins: 8 (5 teams)
Saves: 18 (Lajka Bejka — The Dread Pirate Returns)
ERA: 1.45 (40 IP min) (RotoWire Del Don — RCL Experts)
WHIP: 0.79 (40 IP min) (RotoWire Del Don — RCL Experts)
|TEAM OF THE WEEK — July 23 — July 29
|Schmo Hawks (Beef SAGNOF!)
66 R/15 HR/54 RBI/8 SB
72 K/5 W/3.45/1.07/13 S
|5th-round pick Shane Victorino (.400/3 SB), 9th-rounder Corey Hart (.379/2 HR/2 SB), and 21st choice Adam Dunn (.375/9 Runs/3 HR/8 RBI/1 SB) helped keep the Schmo Hawks in first place in their league. Their pitching was also paced by players they drafted, with Nationals Stephen Strasburg (6th round) and Gio Gonzalez (10th round) having impressive wins. 2nd-rounder Cliff Lee was less than impressive, allowing 6 runs in 7 innings. Tyler Clippard had 4 saves, while Joel Hanrahan contributed 3.|