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Defending the Cafe: Mid-Season Update - 2 comments

By R.J. White

Warning: If you don’t care about any fantasy teams other than your own, skip this article. I’m currently taking part in three different baseball leagues representing the Fantasy Baseball Cafe, and I wanted to give the readers an update as to how each one is going. One is Andy Behrens’ Roto Arcade Pro-Am, featuring not only myself but Cafe veterans WaCougMBS and Aquaman2342. In addition, I’m participating in a Razzball style league with various bloggers as well as Rudy Gamble of the wildly popular blog Razzball. Finally, I was invited to an 11-team AL-only league hosted by the Trade Bashers website, a great place to get your trade questions answered. Here’s how the Cafe representatives in each league are currently doing:

Roto Arcade Pro-Am

My team The Rob Roys, headlined by Robinson Cano and Roy Halladay, currently sits in third place behind Sons of Roto’s Andrew Holm aka Million Dollar Sleeper (second) and MFL’s Geoffrey Stein (first). If you read the preview, you’ll see I gambled on some injured guys in the auction. My Kendrys Morales buy obviously didn’t work out, while the jury is still out on Grady Sizemore and Jake Peavy. Losing Buster Posey and Brett Anderson certainly didn’t help at all. The team has been able to stay afloat thanks to a solid pitching staff headlined by Halladay, Jon Lester, C.J. Wilson and Scott Baker.

WaCougs’ Wayward Heywards are suffering the loss of Josh Johnson, Roy Oswalt and Carl Crawford. If I tell you his team is in 10th, it might not sound all that great, but the league is packed pretty tightly together, and WaCoug is just 11 games out of first and five games out of the top six. Aquaman is having a season to forget, sitting at the bottom of the league. It’s not like he doesn’t have some great players — Curtis Granderson, Miguel Cabrera and Felix Hernandez highlight his squad. Maybe the return of Joe Mauer will help pull him back to the pack.

Razzball Blogger League

In Razzball, teams compete to make the worst lineup possible, earning positive points for negative plays such as serving up home runs (pitchers) and striking out (batters). I’ve done pretty well in this format over the last few years, and I’m staying true to form, sitting about 150 points ahead of Razzball Rudy, who’s in second place. My studs include first-round pick Chone Figgins (no positive points for steals make speedsters with secure lineup spots studs in this format), Ian Desmond, Brad Hawpe, Brandon Inge, J.A. Happ, Chris Volstad, Bronson Arroyo and several others.

TradeBashers AL-Only

Kevin Jebens of Roto Savants has been running away with this league for the better part of the season. I currently sit in sixth place of this 11-team league but just completed a trade to shake things up and hopefully make a move. With top-three numbers in HRs and RBIs but middle-of-the-road rankings across the rest of my offense, I sent Robinson Cano, Mark Reynolds, Nick Swisher and Vernon Wells away and received Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer and Chris Getz. This should help my steals and average immensely while sacrificing a little bit of power. I’m hoping for a top-three finish when all is said and done.

Fear not, Cafe users. We’re doing you proud so far.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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2 Responses to “Defending the Cafe: Mid-Season Update”

  1. User avatar AquaMan2342 says:

    My team is better than last place on paper. Uggla and Mauer are absolutely killing me. Same with Scherzer and Liriano….all four of those picks looked really good at the prices I got them and they have all blown up in my face.

  2. User avatar AquaMan2342 says:

    Not to mention I’m only 20 games out….there’s a huge logjam in that league. Blowing a 10-0 lead going into yesterday didn’t help.


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