YFSF Fantasy Update I

Each week on Monday ("But this is Wednesday!" you might protest. To which I say: "Shut up."), we’ll be posting an update on the YFSF fantasy league, which is being hosted at ESPN.com. If you’re any kind of a fantasy baller (even a bad kind, as I am), you’ll have noticed ESPN has had some issues that I’m sorry to say did not at all hurt all the other players in the league enough to get me out of the near-basement. Anyway, frequent and longtime commenter Brad will do the honors of updating everyone on the league each week. Without further ado …

Thanks to everyone who opted to stick it out through ESPN lapse of ability; only one (of 14) members decided to not participate any longer. ESPN’s reasoning behind their problems was that "due to the enormous popularity of our gaming system, we did not have the foresight to recognize the potential…" blah, blah, blah. The draft reset was not that big of a deal to most of us, but it had real ramifications for a few, and for that, they were awarded a higher waiver selection, which was about all I could do to help them out.

Both teams that dropped out of the race (one being a fake team) dropped all players to waivers for the rest of the league to pick up.  Some of these players, like Ryan Howard and Johan Santana, are real difference makers and should help out those teams who were slightly, ummm, flawed.
Anyhow, most of the players you can probably recognize by name, but a few are not regular posters.

  • Girl Power is my farm team wonderful fiancĂ© who opted to play and is now kicking most of our tails. 
  • Uni-Tower Whalers is the best-man in my wedding, and a die hard Sox fan. 
  • I’m the Franchise, and we all know Trisk’s nickname.

In parentheses beside the team name, you’ll find the name of the player, and here are the standings up through Sunday, and after nearly three weeks of play: 

Place Team Points Change Name
1 Uni Towers Whalers 103 +3 Randy
2 The Franchise 98 -9 Brad
3 Team Townend 97 -1 Rod
4 Manchester Maurauders 96 +2 Josh
5 Nippon Ham Fighters 96 -4 John
6 Girl Power 92 +11 Christine
7 Tampa Bay Tornadoes 86.5 -1 Stephen
8 Rocky Mountain Oysters 85.5 +2 mike
9 Global Bombers 77 -2 Sam
10 Boston Massacre 76.5 +1 Jeff aka. YFIB
11 Fear of Number Thirteen 75 +0.5 Trisk
12 West Texas Tornadoes 66 -8 Paul
13 Team Leinung 58.5 +8.5 Andrew
14 Kazzia God Kings – dropped out Kazz

The very early key players are exactly whom we’d expect, and with the exception of BJ Ryan imploding every chance he has (yeah, that’s me), we’ve not seen any real surprises yet. Of course, injuries to many key pitchers thus far (ahem, Yankees!), have really hurt some of our pitching staffs, and the slow start to a few certain sluggers (going unnamed) residing in Boston, St. Louis, New York, and the other New York has not helped either; A-Rod has carried a team on his own thus far, and in the early goings, is definitely the man to have picked.

I’ll being keeping everyone updated to the standings and what’s going on every Monday morning.  Maybe — and I’m going to go out on a limb here — the winners of this whole thing might be able to get a free Soxfan or Yanksfan T-shirt. If we’re not careful, it could very well end up being the extra small pink one! Then what? We spend all this time talking and watching, blogging, and playing baseball to be bested by my girlfriend? Now that would be funny.

Again, thanks for playing.

9 comments… add one
  • Look out for 10, 11 and 12….here we come!!!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 18, 2007, 10:54 am
  • glad ESPN in its wisdom kept bonderman on the bench for me for the first two weeks. There is no way i could have used his two amazing starts during this time…
    Hopefully we can watch some more info about the NFL during sportscenter in april to make up for it.

    sam YF April 18, 2007, 12:18 pm
  • That turned out nice. Thanks for this, Mike and Paul.
    Of course, for me, it’s not going to be so nice next week!
    As an aside, my fiance is in third only a couple points out, which she continues to remind me of…

    Brad April 18, 2007, 12:39 pm
  • Oh,
    Thanks for Glaus, Josh!
    I’m such an ass sometimes.

    Brad April 18, 2007, 12:40 pm
  • Well I can’t say I mind having traded you BJ Ryan for Halliday. Having said that, although he’s been pitching well, they keep talking about a possible injury …
    It might just turn out that J.D. Drew will be the most useful fantasy player in that trade. Off course as a SF, I have to hope he is.

    John Grimes April 18, 2007, 1:01 pm
  • “glad ESPN in its wisdom kept bonderman on the bench for me for the first two weeks. There is no way i could have used his two amazing starts during this time…”
    I missed Ted Lilly and his like 17 K’s and 1.something ERA. But my staff still seems to be doing pretty well…:-) (Pride cometh before the fall…)
    Yeah Brad, I felt pretty bad about that. But at least Haren and Dempster are useful pieces, and I’m sure Glaus’ll be back soon enough to be a factor. That does suck though…

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • well…i’ve taken over the top spot (again), and plan on keeping it that way till seasons end. but the battle for second ought to be fun. the rest of you guy’s look so small from way up here on this pedestal.

    sf rod April 18, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • hahahaha. One bad day, rod, one bad day!

    Brad April 18, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • Hmm…that didn’t last long, eh rod?
    Hehe, the view from up here is spectacular.

    desturbd1 April 19, 2007, 12:33 pm

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