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My Fantasy Baseball Teams: Update 4/21/18

Okay, so after a rough two weeks of fantasy baseball (ending 4/15), all four of my teams are playing bad sub-.500 baseball. Obviously, I’ve got a lot of work to do if I want my teams to finish with a respectable win-loss record in the standings. Here’s a more detailed look at how my teams are doing:

So Cal All Stars H2H
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My Diamond Kings team (highlighted above) is down in last place in the All-Stars division after a 8-3 opening week loss to Noah Patterson and a 8-3 loss to Mark C’s Swag Team. Losing Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton to the disabled list does not help. I did drop RP Blake Parker and added SP Chad Bettis and 2B Cesar Hernandez. Hopefully they will help me improve against my next two opponents, ThE tHrOwBaCks and SlappinDDs.

Trading Card Database Rotisserie Baseball

As seen above, my one rotisserie baseball team (BBCARDZ) is tied for eight place. A week earlier, I was hovering around second place for a few days but dropped down since then. My strengths in this league (so far) are Runs, Stolen Bases and Saves. My weaknesses are Batting Avg., ERA and WHIP. We’ll see if I can make some improvement in these categories over the course of the season.

 Yahoo H2H Money League

Ugh! 11th place again…this is not good. I lost to SF Giants 6-3-1 in the first week and lost to BluffingtonCrapShoot 6-4 in the second week. Since the season started I’ve dropped RP Brad Ziegler and SS Elvis Andrus (on the DL for 6-8 weeks). I also lost SP Rich Hill and 3B Jake Lamb temporarily to the DL. But I’ve added SPs Reynaldo Lopez, Andrew Triggs, Chad Bettis and utility man Asdrubal Cabrera. My opponents for Weeks 3 and 4 are BARTOLO! and Crush City.

MLB REAL ROSTERS (Los Angeles Dodgers, of course!)

I had not mentioned this fourth fantasy baseball league that I’m in before this post, but it has a pretty fascinating (for me) concept. As you can probably tell from the league name above, each fantasy team consists only of players from a selected MLB team. This is my third year in this league and I’ve done fairly well in this 20-team H2H league. Last year I took third place, and second place the year before that. Of course it helps when your MLB team consistently posts a very good won-loss record.

Through the MLB Dodgers first 14 games, they have a 5-9 record. Through the same period, my fantasy Dodgers team has a 10-16-6 record. I lost 8-6 to the Chicago White Sox in the first week and then lost 9-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second week. I think it’s fair to say, as the MLB Dodgers go, so go my fantasy Dodgers (as long as I keep up with lineup and roster changes). My next two opponents in this league are San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels.

Coming Soon…

Look for my next post featuring the next installment of Los Angeles Dodgers 60th Anniversary cards sporting the 1977 Topps design. Stay tuned…

My $50 Fantasy Baseball Team: Stadium Fantasium

Wednesday (March 27) was the last of my three drafts for the 2018 fantasy baseball season. This league is a Yahoo 12-team head-to-head public money league. My team in this league is Stadium Fantasium. The entry fee for this league was $50 and the top three teams will win $300, $180 or $70. In this draft, I had the sixth pick.

Stadium Fantasium Draft
1. (6) Mookie Betts (Bos – OF)
2. (19) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B,2B)
3. (30) Cody Bellinger (LAD – 1B,OF)
4. (43) Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
5. (54) Buster Posey (SF – C,1B)
6. (67) Edwin Encarnacion (Cle – 1B)
7. (78) Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
8. (91) Miguel Sanó (Min – 1B,3B)
9. (102) DJ LeMahieu (Col – 2B)
10. (115) Joey Gallo (Tex – 1B,3B,OF)
11. (126) Rich Hill (LAD – SP)

12. (139) Trevor Bauer (Cle – SP)
13. (150) Ian Desmond (Col – 1B,OF)
14. (163) Eduardo Núñez (Bos – 2B,3B,SS,OF)
15. (174) Jake Lamb (Ari – 3B)
16. (187) Evan Gattis (Hou – C)
17. (198) Dylan Bundy (Bal – SP)
18. (211) Kevin Gausman (Bal – SP)
19. (222) Jake Faria (TB – SP)
20. (235) Félix Hernández (Sea – SP)
21. (246) Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD – SP)
22. (259) Michael Wacha (StL – SP)
23. (270) Brad Ziegler (Mia – RP)

This league has the usual five pitching categories (Wins, Saves Strikeouts, ERA and WHIP). We also have the usual five hitting categories (Runs, Home Runs, RBIs, Stolen Bases and Batting Average).

I hope I did alright in this draft. I may have drafted a reliever (Kenley Jansen) too early (fourth round) but he was the best player available at the time. It also looks like my starting pitchers may be weak compared to other teams because I didn’t start drafting SPs until the 11th round. Perhaps I can trade one or two of my seven(!) players who can play 1B for another SP. Like every other fantasy team manager, I have a lot of optimism and high hopes for my team. Stay tuned…

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