I have never been part of a fantasy season like this. We have one owner who is running away with it. Nine team league, 10 cats ---- he is currently at 82 points! That is sick. Has anyone been part of a league where a team has such a big lead?? This guy may be off to the greatest fantasy start ever. We've been telling him that it's a long season and he will come crashing to earth eventually, but now I am starting to wonder.
He already leads the 2nd place team by 10 RBI, and 12 SB. He has Johan Santana AND Jake Peavy (NL only league)... I'm not sure he's coming back to the pack. It may be a very boring fantasy season.
youd have to post his team before anything. but having peavy and johan in an nl only league is sick. i assume those were his first 2 picks of the draft. please post his team and im sure the cafe will break him down for you. i can gaurantee though, that his team comes back to earth. theres too many studs slumping, and theres always your 'chris sheltons' fluking for the first month or so. maybe his team is legit, but wenwont know till u post it
10-Team 8x8 h2h
C VMart 1B MCab 2B Stewart 3B Zimmerman SS Ramirez OF Manny,BJUpton,Braun Ut Rios Ut Pierre BN Quentin,Snider,Berkman,Bruce
SP Kershaw,Gallardo,Hanson,Liriano,Holland,JGarcia,Romero RP KRod,Marmol,Feliz,Wagner,Dotel DL BAnderson
I'm currently "running away" with my 10-team league, posting a completely sick total right now of 90.5 points (out of a max. possible of 100). The nearest guy to me is at 76, and after that it drops all the way down to 59.
My lineup frankly isn't all that great either...
C - Towles (killing me in average) 1B - Tiexiera (again, killing my average) 2B - Figgins (saving my average) SS - Tejada 3B - Braun OF - Holliday (who has just turned it on), Francouer, Hart UT - Pena (Carlos) BN - Butler, Hamilton, Hernandez (killing my average)
SP - Webb, Dice-K, Lincecum, McGowan, Wainwright, Cueto RP - Soria, Corpas, Gregg, Capps, Broxton, Bell
To this point it's just been a hot start and knowing how to manage my starting pitchers for matchups while getting as many RP-innings as I can. I know I'll come crashing back down at some point. I certainly don't expect to go wire-to-wire with the league, although it would be nice.
On the plus side though, my hot start has caused a panic among other owners, prompting many strange drops and quite a few desperation trades. For example, I've got one trade currently awaiting veto which would give me Carl Crawford and Tony Pena for Carlos Pena, Dustin McGowan, and Kevin Gregg.
Believe me... I know it's not going to last. But I'm definitely enjoying it for the time being.
The only real "steals" were Linc in the 9th and Franc in the 10th... it's not like I've fleeced a bunch of the dumb owners in my league with bad trades or anything (yet).
Really I've just gotten crazy lucky by avoiding the injury bug *knock on wood*. Any number of those picks could have been an equivalent player who has gotten off to either no start or a horrible start (Sabathia, Granderson, etc, etc, etc). I'm sure there will be some point in the season where I'm scrambling for a player or two while my stud(s) are out for an extended period of time.
Baseball, and fantasy baseball, ESPECIALLY for hitters, is all about one thing....STREAKS.
The thing is, 9/10 times, if you draft the top pitchers with your early picks and get some hot hitters that are really not supposed to be doing what they are, you will be on top of the league.
This makes perfect sense for this guy, as he took Peavy and Johan, and both are doing very well. Normally pitchers always have the edge in the early goings due to weather, and just the overall consistency of pitching vs. cold weather and streaky hitters.
With that said, hitting in baseball is ALL ABOUT who is hot. For example, if you drafted Miggy and Teix with your first 2 picks, the stats you have gotten from them are borderline useless. You could have started Jacobs and Reynolds instead and had 3x the production. The point is more so then any sport by far, hitters in baseball tend to get all their stats in bunches. There are exceptions like a guy like Vlad who is just a hitting robot and tends to never slump, but on average most hitters are VERY streaky, and on top of that many hitters do not hit as well in cold weather. Do you really believe Teix and Ortiz will be terrible this year, or do you think they will blow by Reynolds in hrs?? I play many fantasy sports for many years now, and baseball is the one sport out of all of them, that you really REALLY need to be patience, AND you have to give it AT LEAST a month before standings mean ANYTHING.
So right now you have guys like Reynolds, Jacobs, Crede etc. pulling their hot streaks at the start and making them more valuable then the top hitters drafted. The point is that first, these guys not only will not continue this level of production, but do not have the same amount of streaks in them as Teix, Miggy, Holliday, Ortiz, etc.
So will that guy stay in first all year? Maybe, or maybe not. That is quite a nice staff to have in a NL only, but that does not mean he is running away with anything. Wait til the top hitters get hot, and these scrubs are standing still with their stats, and you will have a much much better idea of how good his team is.
I don't think his hitting looks great at all for a 9 team league to be honest. there are way too many guys who aren't as established. Berkman, Holliday legit and ill grant tejada for sake of argument. Feliz is a detriment at 3rd in a 9 team league, Votto isn't helping at CI, because of the opportunity cost, im sure there are teams with much better 1b/CI combos, mclouth, keppinger, bourn, fokudome doing well, but I'm not ready to say I would be depending on all of them, and not in a 9 team league.
great gretzky wrote:I don't think his hitting looks great at all for a 9 team league to be honest. there are way too many guys who aren't as established. Berkman, Holliday legit and ill grant tejada for sake of argument. Feliz is a detriment at 3rd in a 9 team league, Votto isn't helping at CI, because of the opportunity cost, im sure there are teams with much better 1b/CI combos, mclouth, keppinger, bourn, fokudome doing well, but I'm not ready to say I would be depending on all of them, and not in a 9 team league.
I'm no expert in AL/NL only leagues, but his team doesn't look that bad at the moment.