What is the good thing about fantasy week 3? No more .500 records. Last week eight out of the ten teams boasted a 1-1 record. This week four teams are 2-1 and four teams are 1-2. Team “Niese’s Nose” managed by our very own Connor O’Brien is showing the Wu Tang sign and letting people know that Niese’s Nose “aint nuthing ta %@*& wit”! Connor below is a link just in case you have no idea what I am talking about.
What I hate about head to head leagues:
There are two specific styles of fantasy. Rotisserie style where your season’s stats are accumulated together and whoever is the best at the end wins, or a head-to-head league where you face off against another team each week and your weekly record is what propels you to the playoffs. The head-to-head style is great for keeping owners interested in a long season. The style can help mask a bad week or month by a team and still give them a chance to compete or be spoiler at the end. Where it can make a team BIZONKERS is the “strength of schedule”.
The award for the team that should be the most bizonkers for this week goes to “Texas I’m Stuck In”. Tex has scored the third most points (1166.5) so far this season but has had the most points scored against him which is 1266. This point differential has landed him a 1-2 record so far. The team that has the least amount of points scored against is Wu Tang member “Neise’s Nose” with 930. Since the Nose also has the second most points scored so far, he is putting on his best “Billy Dee Williams” impression.
Statistical Meat-Bags and You!
The last couple weeks I’ve been highlighting the better acquisitions that teams have made, but due to one move, I am changing it up this week and highlighting a player that was dropped by team “Reconsider Baby”, and that player is Josh Johnson (oh the irony). So, as you are reading this, throw a little Lowell Fulson on and let’s talk about making some tough decisions.
As soon as I saw the drop last night, I thought “uh oh, it’s time”. It’s that time of year when teams need to stop looking at a player’s name and look at them for the statistical meat-bags that they are. So I started to dig to see if other teams were following suit and so far ESPN shows that he’s still owned in 100% of the leagues. Meaning they probably only update that information once every couple of days, or it only registers once the player gets passed the waiver process.
Does that mean I feel it was too early for team “Reconsider Baby” to drop him? Absolutely not, in 5 starts Josh posted these totals: 0, -17.5, 11.5, 21.5, -7. That 21.5 point start came against the feared offense of the Mets, so it’s fair that week can be considered a outlier. This is what ESPN’s Matthew Berry (Mr. Roto) had to say about JJ last week: “Heart believes: That Josh Johnson’s Tuesday night start was the beginning of a great, healthy season. Head knows: That ain’t happening”. Sunday, JJ proved MR’s Roto was correct as he gave up five runs with the loss.
Does this mean teams should think about dropping Jose Reyes? Please do, I would love to pick him up, just like some owner will love picking up JJ and giving him another shot. What it does mean is stop looking at just their name and look at the whole picture. For JJ he has been hurt for a while and he either may not recover to that peak form or it may take another month. There are many players that fit the same mold. Is it worth holding on to them and hoping for a breakout at the expense of getting more points by picking up someone else? Chris Capuano is available right now and has put up these five weeks: 1, 16.5, 11, 21.5, 29.5. Those last two weeks were against Atlanta and Washington which are no slouches. If you hide the names, any owner would take Capuano over JJ anytime based on this year.
So there are plenty of points to be had, sometimes it just takes tough decisions to get them.
Wu Tang Reference (for you working folks be careful there is strong language):