Entering June, it’s becoming a two-horse race between Hannibal Montana (Csifu) and Razzball’s own J-FOH in our dynasty league – the Razznasty. There’s a group duking it out behind them, but both teams have pretty much dominated the league so far. Since our last update, J-FOH has pulled away from R’azbahl Al Ghul and closed the gap on Csifu’s first-place lead. Csifu’s squad continues to pitch incredibly well with an absurd 2.56 team ERA. J-FOH leads the league in homers (by 18), and has gone toe to toe with Csifu in wins and saves. His 3.04 team ERA is good for second in the league while his WHIP is sitting third. Somehow these two teams managed to avoid the starterpocalypse and forgot to invite the rest of us into their bunker. Read on for a look at the full standings, this month’s trades, and our league’s FAAB report.
|2015 RAZZNASTY STANDINGS||Hitting||Pitching|
|3||101||0.5||Ra’zbahl Al Ghul||854||303||74||313||40||.267||34||470||19||3.82||1.213|
Classic win-now trade for Montana, who uses a solid pitching spec to fill a need on his major league roster.
This one went down the same day I posted my Alen Hanson fantasy. Hanson was recently named the International League player of the month for May.
I won’t overanalyze it even though it’s a trade I was involved in. My outfield is shaky and YesCheese needed an arm. This was about as painless as a trade negotiation gets, especially since both players are about the same age.
Carson Smith ($15) and Blake Snell ($0) – I missed out on Smith the first time he was available, so I wasn’t about to let him slip by me again. He’s a nice young arm with a chance to close as soon as this year. Snell has been fantastic so far this season, so he was an easy pickup to fill a farm slot.
Lance McCullers ($3), Carter Capps ($4), and Chase Utley ($0) – Baezaworldseries landed McCullers and turned him into Hanson, who in my humble opinion is the better bet. Capps is a smart play for potential saves and Utley is the type of boring vet who should bring a nice return for a zero bid. Three solid players for $7.
Eddie Rosario ($18) and Brent Honeywell ($0) – Rosario is hitting close to .300 even if there aren’t a ton of counting stats to go along with it. That has value in a deep league like this one. Honeywell is a pitching prospect whose stock should be on the rise as the season progresses and a smart pickup for Cobra Kai’s prospect-heavy squad.
J.A. Happ ($2) – For two bucks, the Cuban Bandits get a solid arm in a pitching-friendly home park.
Preston Tucker ($1) – MauledbyPandas picked up Tucker in early May. Both Big Magoo and Dave went over their Tucker fantasies recently. Let’s just say this $1 bid could be a steal, but you should read their posts to see what I mean.
Anthony Alford ($0) – The former football player is rocking a .454 OBP in the Midwest League and should see his stock rise in the Blue Jays organization this summer. Hannibal doesn’t need any more good players, but he got one here.
Tsuyoshi Wada ($15) – Similar to the Happ pickup, Kid A gets his hands on a nice arm that slipped through the cracks in April.
Carlos Frias ($5), Mike Wright ($3), and Jose Ramirez ($5) – Nightpandas did some work on the wire this month, and for under $15 he got three serviceable players…even if Lindor is breathing down Ramirez’s neck.
Wilin Rosario ($12) – Rosario was one of the bigger claims for Ghul this month, and it’s hard to argue with a power hitter who calls Coors Field his home. Also, I think Ghul is a Rockies fan so he might have some inside info on them.
Shawn Tolleson ($10) and Mike Bolsinger ($1) – Tolleson has been money since taking over as the Rangers’ closer, so in hindsight ten bucks looks like a small price for Ralph to pay. For more info on Bolsinger, check out JB’s pitcher profile.
Eduardo Escobar ($2), Roenis Elias ($4), and Logan Forsythe ($3) – I love the position flexibility Hippos gets with both Escobar and Forsythe. In a league where free agent pickings are slim, it’s nice to be able to slide your players around within your lineup.
Justin Bour ($2), Will Venable ($3), and Ivan Nova ($1) – Bour is the new black! But seriously, it was a nice pickup by YesCheese. No sense in letting the guy sit on waivers while he’s this hot. The Nova stash was a good use of an open DL slot.