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RotoAuthority League Update: Final Standings

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 is glad he wasn't one of them.

Final Standings

1. Yu at the Animal Zoo 104

2. Smell the Glove 100

3. Gramma Nutt Crushers 86

4. Brewsterville Bruins 65.5

5. E-Z Sliders 64

6. Say It Ain't So Cano 63

7. A Century of Misery 62

8. Men With Wood 59.5


9. Philly Cheez 58.5

10. Reedy 49

11. UP 41.5

12. Forty 2 Twenty 4 27

Well, it turns out I wasn't premature when I projected Yu at the Animal Zoo to be the champion a week ago. While Tim Dierkes and his Smell the Glove put up a valiant effort all season long, ultimately the roster for Yu at the Animal Zoo was simply too good. When I analyzed the draft way back in the spring, I immediately identified this pitching on this squad as potentially electric. In the end, though, I was actually underselling this staff. Yu at the Animal Zoo came within 0.02 in WHIP of posting a perfect score in pitching points. An offense led by a certain Tigers third baseman was certainly strong in its own right, too.

I can't say enough about the quality of management by this owner. As I pointed out last week, it's an understatement to say this owner was active. In fact, the manager for Yu at the Animal Zoo made a grand total of 286 moves. For reference, my team was next at 221. Sure, a solid draft put this squad in a good position to win the league. In-season management, however, proved to be the deciding factor in this owner taking home the title. 

Commissioner Tim Dierkes deserves some attention for finishing runner-up and in the money. After landing in the cellar in 2011 and then next-to-last in 2012, Smell the Glove enjoyed a tremendous bounceback season. On a personal level, it's a pleasure to play in a league with such a respectable commissioner. Like Smell the Glove, the Gramma Nutt Crushers cashed for a second time. The fact they're both previous champions is Exhibit A to those like me who feel this is mostly a game of skill over time.

With the thrill of victory, of course, also comes the agony of defeat. Last year's champion, UP, unfortunately got the boot from the league. Newcomers Reedy and Forty 2 Twenty 4 could only last one season. Finally, one of the league's original members, Philly Cheez, will have to say goodbye to the league. With two cashes during his time, this owner surely deserves some credit for avoiding the bottom four for so many years. We're now left with Men With Wood as the lone original member aside from Commissioner Dierkes. 

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