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RotoAuthority League Update: A Fortnight 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 100.5

Once again, this duo stayed within a couple points of one another throughout most of the week; however, a superb Saturday night propelled Yu at the Animal Zoo to a lead of 4.5 points. With just a fortnight to play, it's relatively simple to see which categories matter, so let's try to figure out who's more likely to take home the title. Yu at the Animal Zoo is unlikely to gain or lose a point in any of the following categories: R, SB, K, and ERA. On the other hand, this manager could move up or down by a point in HR, AVG, and WHIP. The most pivotal offensive category at this point is clearly RBI, as just a single RBI separates a cluster of teams. Not surprisingly, Yu at the Animal Zoo has wisely been adding hitters on Mondays and Thursdays to maximize this crucial counting stat. For Tim Dierkes, the only offensive category of note is AVG, in which Smell the Glove could lose a point. It's worth noting the Wins and WHIP categories are both tightly packed, so Dierkes could move up or down by a couple points in each of those, too. Above all else, the saves category is key, as Yu at the Animal Zoo has just four more than Smell the Glove. Dierkes still has 50 fewer innings pitched, so that should play out as a two-point swing that could effectively decide the league. All told then, each owner can still move about five points in either direction, so it's still premature to project a champion.

The Race for Third Place

3. Gramma Nutt Crushers 81.5

4. A Century of Misery 66

5. Brewsterville Bruins 63.5 

6. Say It Ain't So Cano 63

It's somewhat of a snoozefest in this part of the standings. I probably could have placed the Gramma Nutt Crushers in a tier by themselves, as they've all but locked up third place and a finish in the money. Meanwhile, we have a few teams here (including mine) that can probably breathe a sigh of relief, as we're unlikely to be booted from the league. Then again, self-motivation is the only real impetus to fight for every point at this stage in the game. I know I'll make an effort to finish as high as possible, but it's tough to blame any owner who sees little difference between fourth place and seventh place. This is the equivalent of limbo when it comes to fantasy baseball standings, but it's always good practice for future seasons to assess the standings and try to squeeze out as many points as possible.

The Race to Avoid the Bottom Four

7. E-Z Sliders 61

8. Men With Wood 59

9. Philly Cheez 54

10. Reedy 50.5

11. UP 44

12. Forty 2 Twenty 4 32

It's officially crunch time for this group of teams at the bottom of the standings. With only two weeks remaining, some of these teams are resorting to any means necessary to avoid the boot. Carlos Gonzalez will be a consensus top-five pick next spring, but the E-Z Sliders made the right move and dropped the fantasy monster yesterday. Men With Wood is making a pickup just about everyday to avoid falling of the cliff that is the drop from eight to ninth place. It's interesting that Men With Wood and Philly Cheez occupy those positions in the standings, as those are the only original owners aside from Tim Dierkes. With only a few moves recently, the three teams currently lowest in the standings may be resigned to their unfortunate fates. 

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