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RotoAuthority League Update: Standings Movers

The RotoAuthority League is a highly competitive 12-team fantasy baseball league run by Tim Dierkes. The settings consist of standard 5 X 5 Rotisserie scoring and 23-man lineups along with 3 bench spots. In an effort to keep owners interested as well as to infuse new blood into the league, the teams that finish below 8th place are kicked out of the league each year. The author of this column just hopes he’s not one of them.

We're nearly done with the second month of the fantasy baseball season. Let's take a look at the current standings in the RotoAuthority League and see how they compare to the standings at the outset of the month. In this way, we can see which teams have risen or fallen the most in May. Changes in standings over the past month are provided in parentheses.

1. Yu at the Animal Zoo 96 (+9.5)

2. Smell the Glove 89.5 (-11)

3. Gramma Nutt Crushers 79.5 (+3.5)

4. Men With Wood 78.5 (-6)

5. Say It Ain't So Cano 71.5 (+17)

6. Reedy 68 (-2)

7. Brewsterville Bruins 66 (+24)

8. UP 61 (0)

9. E-Z Sliders 46 (-1.5)

10. Forty 2 Twenty 4 44.5 (-8.5)

11. A Century of Misery 40 (-19)

12. Philly Cheez 39.5 (-6)

The Brewsterville Bruins and Say It Ain't So Cano are the greatest climbers over the past month. First of all, the Bruins skyrocketed all the way from dead last in the standings to a current seventh place standing. If we take a look at the ESPN Player Rater over the past 30 days, it's easy to see just how this squad has shot up in the standings. For one,  Everth Cabrera has been nothing short of a fantasy monster this season, especially over the past month. Despite hitting just .258 in May, Cabrera has been a top-10 player this month thanks in large part to 12 stolen bases. The Bruins have also received superstar-level production from Adam Jones and Jose Bautista. Jones has clearly established himself as an elite fantasy outfielder following last season's breakout campaign. Joey Bats, meanwhile, has overcome some BABIP misfortune in April to post a ridiculous line of .383 / .490 / . 593 in May. To the surprise of most fantasy owners, Josh Donaldson has continued to hit in May,batting .341 with 5 HR. Lastly, it never hurts to have a closer who seemingly gets a save everyday without giving up a baserunner. Edward Mujica has been phenomenal since taking over the closer role for the Cardinals, and the rise of his fantasy stock has gone hand-in-hand with Brewsterville's storm up the standings. 

Say It Ain't So Cano has similarly benefited from stellar May performances to move up from eighth place a month ago to fifth place currently. When he's healthy, Carlos Gonzalez may very well be the best player in the National League from a fantasy perspective. Sorry, Ryan Braun fans. CarGo is once again displaying his rare combination of tools in hitter-friendly Colorado this season. Oddly enough, his May statistics are nearly identical to those from April, albeit with some added power. Plain and simple, CarGo is the complete package in this game we play. Next, while he may not get the attention of Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, and Ian Kinsler,  Jason Kipnis has narrowed the gap between that triumvirate and himself. Kipnis did get off to a slow start in April, hitting .200 with a lone home run. In May, however, only superhero Miguel Cabrera has been a better fantasy infielder than Kipnis. The stud second baseman has filled up the box score with 7 HR and 5 SB to go along with superb counting statistics of 19 runs and 21 RBI. Finally, Patrick Corbin continues to be one of the season's top pitching surprises. If it seems like all he does is win, well it's because that's what he's done in every May outing. The remarkable thing about Corbin is that his peripherals in 2013 are quite similar to those in 2012. In fact, his SIERA has actually slightly increased from 3.71 to 3.75. Here we have a player who's witnessed a complete reversal in the batted ball department. It remains to be seen just how much of this is luck or skill.

On the flip side, I'm ashamed to admit that my squad has fallen the most in May. After sitting in the middle of the pack at the beginning of the month, A Century of Misery is now looking above just one team in the standings. There are all sorts of reasons why my team has plummeted down the standings, but it all starts with B.J. Upton. Arguably this season's most disappointing player, Upton has followed up an awful April with a miserable May. I'm usually reluctant to draft hitters with poor contact rates in the first few rounds of straight drafts, but thoughts of a 30-30 season alongside his brother in Atlanta got the best of me. It's no surprise that Upton has been the most negatively impactful hitter in the BA category. I continue to try to be patient, benching Upton and hoping that he'll get going soon. At some point, though, I may be roster-crunched and have to drop a player I took in Round 3. Excuse me while I go vomit.

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