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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 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’s not one of them.

The Race for First Place

1. E-Z Sliders 102

2. Men With Wood 92

Is it still premature to declare a champion? I'd hate to jinx the E-Z Sliders, but it sure looks like this club will be drinking Yoo-hoo in a couple of weeks. Led by stellar weeks from Carl Crawford and J.D. Martinez in hitting as well as Mike Fiers and Jacob deGrom in pitching, this squad has all but locked up first place. Team MVP Jose Altuve continues to pave the way offensively, as he picks up multi-hit games seemingly everyday. Meanwhile, Tigers aces Max Scherzer and David Price have once again put in strong campaigns to help lead a strong staff. Given the stratification of the categories in the standings, this double-digit lead with two weeks to play is nearly - but not quite - insurmountable. I'm sure I'll have more kind words to say about the excellent job this owner has done managing once the league championship is officially decided.

Men With Wood isn't going down without a fight, but this squad is simply running out of time at this point. Mike Trout has changed his game this year, but he's still the best in the business. In addition, Carlos Santana and Shelby Miller have begun to turn around their disappointing seasons. Where this owner has really shined, however, has been on the waiver wire. Chris Young has been very productive in pinstripes while Carlos Carrasco has been lights-out down the stretch. As usual, this diligent owner has found a good number of gems from the free agent pool this season. It looks like there's too much ground to make up for this owner to take home the trophy, but that doesn't take anything away from another successful season for Men With Wood. This will be the third time in the past five seasons this club has finished in the money, a truly impressive performance.

The Race for Third Place

3. Smell the Glove 83.5

4. Guitar Masahiro 80

5. A Century of Misery 74

6. Pulling Brzenk 63

Little by little, Guitar Masahiro continues to cut into Commissioner Dierkes's lead in the race for the final spot that receives a payout. While I feel confident declaring E-Z Sliders the inevitable league champion this season, this race is still too early to call. These two clubs are neck and neck in innings, but it's worth noting that Guitar Masahiro is next-to-last in strikeouts. Accordingly, this owner could pass up some teams simply by volume if other bottom-dwelling clubs fail to reach the innings maximum. We have a race on our hands then, but I still view Smell the Glove as the more likely to finish in third place. Like Men With Wood, that would prove to be Dierkes's third finish in the money in the league's seven-year history.

The Race to Avoid the Bottom Four

7. Brewsterville Bruins 56.5

8. The Jewru 56

9. Spirit of St. Louis 47

10. The Bombers 46

11. Cobra Kai 40.5

12. Gramma Nutt Crushers 39.5

I'd hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's now a clear line between eighth place and ninth place at this point. It looks like the veteran owner of Brewsterville Bruins will live to see another day after spending much of the season in last place. First-time participant, the Jewru, also would be safe if the season ended today, but it sure hasn't been a kind year for the other newbies to the league. After all, Spirit of St. Louis, the Bombers, and Cobra Kai may all be one-and-done as owners in this league. Finally, one of the league's most successful owners, the Gramma Nutt Crushers, will unfortunately have to say goodbye in a couple of weeks.

 Standings as of Saturday, September 13th




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