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 teamwonderful fiancé 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.