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RotoAuthority League Update: Last Mile of the Marathon

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 90

Every fantasy league is different. In some of my leagues, there are as many as three owners who could still very easily take home the title this season. Well, things won't be as exciting this week in the RotoAuthority League. With just a week to play, some may still view it as premature to announce the 2014 RotoAuthority League champion. I feel rather confident, however, in stating that E-Z Sliders will take home the title this season. 

If that proves to be the case, it would certainly make for a worthy champion. For my money, no owner acquired more value on Draft Day. Oddly enough, during the season this owner made the second-fewest acquisitions in the league and just a pair of trades. Contrast that with likely runner-up Men With Wood. This owner has showed up and then some throughout the daily grind of the MLB season. All told, he's made over 230 moves, 60 more than any other team in the league. There are many ways to skin a cat, and there are many ways to be successful in fantasy baseball.

The Race for Third Place

3. Smell the Glove 86

4. Guitar Masahiro 82.5

Commissioner Dierkes has been fighting off Guitar Masahiro for weeks now, but he only needs to hold him off for one more week to get his money back with a third place finish. Both owners are close in innings pitched, so there's no advantage on either side there. I still don't see the order here changing over the next seven days, but stranger things have happened.

The Race to Avoid the Bottom Four

5. A Century of Misery 76

6. Pulling Brzenk 65.5

7. The Jewru 56

8. Brewsterville Bruins 55.5

9. Spirit of St. Louis 48

10. The Bombers 45

11. Gramma Nutt Crushers 38

12. Cobra Kai 36.5

While some may feel safer than others, at this point the majority of the league only cares about avoiding the bottom four and a boot from the league. I've opted to place my squad in this group because my chances of third place are all for naught at this point. Pulling Brzenk too is languishing in the middle of the standings but at least will be back next season. Likewise, next year's invitations for the Brewsterville Bruins and the Jewru look relatively safe now, but I'm sure those owners will breathe a tad easier once the standings are finalized in a week. The clock is ticking for newbies Spirit of St. Louis, the Bombers, and Cobra Kai as well as a veteran in the Gramma Nutt Crushers. I'd like to wish good luck to all of these owners fighting for their fantasy lives over the randomness that is one week's worth of games.

Standings as of Sunday, September 20th

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