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RotoAuthority League Update: Quarter Pole Update

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 4 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 isn't one of them.

It feels like Opening Day was just a week ago, but we've already reached the quarter pole of the season. Let's see what the standings currently look like in the RotoAuthority League.

E-Z Sliders 90

Men With Wood 82

Pulling Brzenk 77

Spirit of St. Louis 75

Guitar Masahiro 73

The Bombers 71.5

Smell the Glove 59

Cobra Kai 57.5

A Century of Misery 57

Gramma Nutt Crushers 51

The Jewru 48.5

Brewsterville Bruins 38.5

Led by several players who were undervalued this spring like Alexei Ramirez and Neil Walker, E-Z Sliders continue to lead the pack atop the RotoAuthority League. At this point the only glaring weakness on this roster is the bullpen. In fact, this squad ranks among the top half in every category except saves.

Right behind E-Z Sliders are the teams with the most offensive points in the league, Men With Wood and Pulling Brzenk. The offenses on both of these rosters are scary good, and I don't see either team falling much in the hitting categories. If either of these owners can turn around their pitching staffs, E-Z Sliders's lead will trim in short order.

Rounding out the top six we have a couple of new owners in Spirit of St. Louis and the Bombers. While it may be the first year in the league for each owner, there's no denying that each squad looks to have some staying power. Experience isn't everything in this game. Meanwhile, Guitar Masahiro is also right in the thick of things, seeking to cash for the first time.

After the top six there's a pretty clear schism between the haves and the have-nots at this stage in the season. While the top six have their eyes on prize, the rest of us in the bottom half simply don't want to get booted from the league.

After a strong start, Commissioner Tim Dierkes's Smell the Glove has struggled recently. Newbies Cobra Kai and the Jewru aren't enjoying the same early success as Spirit of St. Louis and the Bombers. Meanwhile, veterans like the Gramma Nutt Crushers, the Brewsterville Bruins, and my own squad may have our work cut out if we wish to receive an invitation back next year.

Upon closer examination of the standings, one interesting revelation sticks out to me. The three teams atop the power categories of HR and RBI are the very same three teams atop the standings as a whole. It seems that in today's depressed run environment, the ability to find power just might be the secret to success in fantasy baseball.

As home run rate continues to decline in this post-steroids era, it's become more and more challenging to find consistent producers in the power categories. Oddly enough, I actually had this in mind as I planned for my drafts this spring. I even thought I had begun to execute my plan when I drafted Chris Davis and Edwin Encarnacion at the turn in this league.

So where do I currently lie in HR and RBI? Well... dead last in each. I guess it's only a good strategy if you pick the right players.



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