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RotoAuthority League Update: 3 Weeks to Go

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.

The Race for First Place

1. Yu at the Animal Zoo 105

2. Smell the Glove 103

Another week of play, another week of this pair of teams going back and forth atop the standings. We also continue to see similar waiver wire strategies from each owner. Tim Dierkes made just a lone acquisition, grabbing the improving Ivan Nova for the struggling Lance Lynn. Meanwhile, the manager for Yu at the Animal Zoo has exhibited a consistent pattern of picking up a spot starter and a hitter on a daily basis. In fact, Yu at the Animal Zoo now has made over 100 transactions more than Smell the Glove has made. It seems like these two teams alternate as the league leader literally everyday, so clearly, one point could make the difference. Upon closer examination, the league champion actually could be decided by whose closers are able to get more saves over the final three weeks. Yu at the Animal Zoo has a slight edge in that regard with five closers compared to three for Smell the Glove.

The Race for Third Place

3. Gramma Nutt Crushers 76

4. Say It Ain't So Cano 69

I considered placing the Gramma Nutt Crushers all alone in this tier, as this team had separated itself from the rest of the pack by 15 points earlier in the week. With the Brewsterville Bruins losing a dozen points in the standings, there's a new squad trying to catch the Crushers, Say It Ain't So Cano. Like Yu at the Animal Zoo, Say It Ain't So Cano has been very active on the waiver wire each day during the stretch run. In particular, this owner has prioritized catching up on the innings pace by grabbing countless spot starters. This stands to reason, as Say It Ain't So Cano is last in the league in WHIP but could accumulate several points in the closely stratified categories of wins and ERA.

The Race to Avoid the Bottom Four

5. A Century of Misery 63.5

6. Brewsterville Bruins 61.5

7. E-Z Sliders 61

8. Philly Cheez 59

9. Men With Wood 58

10. UP 50.5

11. Reedy 49.5

12. Forty 2 Twenty 4 24

It's a shame this league doesn't have incrementally decreasing payouts across the entire league standings, a policy some leagues employ to maintain interest among owners until the very end. After all, we see changes in who occupies this region of the standings seemingly everyday. Given that I spent the majority of this season hovering in 11th or 12th place, I'd consider it a victory of sorts if I'm able to finish in 5th. Like everyone else in this tier, though, I really just hope to avoid the bottom four. Just a week ago, it looked like the Brewsterville Bruins could finish in the money; however, after a disastrous week in the standings they suddenly have to worry about getting booted from the league. A week after dropping Justin Verlander, UP again made a couple interesting moves, releasing Domonic Brown and Patrick Corbin. While Brown is currently hurt, Corbin is healthy and still producing. Perhaps the manager for UP had the schedule in mind when making the move, as the southpaw must face the Dodgers twice in a row and then go to Coors Field.

Standings as of Sunday, September 8th.

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