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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 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 is glad he wasn't one of them.

Final Standings

1. E-Z Sliders 102

2. Men With Wood 95

3. Guitar Masahiro 81

4. Smell the Glove 79.5

5. A Century of Misery 72.5

6. Pulling Brzenk 63.5

7. Bewsterville Bruins 62

8. The Jewru 56

9.  Spirit of St. Louis 51

10. The Bombers 45

11. Gramma Nutt Crushers 37.5

12. Cobra Kai 35

Well, it turns out I wasn't premature when I declared E-Z Sliders the inevitable champion a week ago. While Men With Wood put up a valiant effort all season long, ultimately the roster for E-Z Sliders was simply too good. When I analyzed the draft way back in the spring, I immediately identified the pitching on this squad as potentially electric. That proved to be the case, as the E-Z Sliders led the league with 47 pitching points. In the end, though, that only tells half the story. After all, the offense on this squad was even more dominant, accruing 55 out of a maximum possible total of 60 offensive points.

While the lead was slim at times during the season, it was a rather dominant performance by the E-Z Sliders. Way back in April, I broke down the draft for this club, as this owner had already emerged from the pack. It's hard to believe now, but Jose Altuve was viewed as a mid-level second baseman this spring. Well, this owner made arguably the top pick of the draft in grabbing the Astros breakout star in Round 8. There were few other excptional picks, but there were hardly any misses either. In short, this owner put together a solid game plan from beginning to end this season.

Men With Wood deserves some attention for finishing runner-up and in the money. After barely avoiding the bottom four last year, this club enjoyed a tremendous bounceback season, cashing for a third time. Meanwhile, Guitar Masahiro eked past Commissioner Dierkes in the season's final weekend to finish in the money for the first time.

With the thrill of victory, of course, also comes the agony of defeat. Newcomers Spirit of St. Louis, the Bombers, and Cobra Kai could only last one season. Finally, previous champion Gramma Nutt Crushers unfortunately got the boot from the league. It's always sad when one of the veterans is forced to say goodbye.

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