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RotoAuthority League Update: The Final Month

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 99.5

2. Men With Wood 94

This two-horse race was separated by double digits as recently as a week ago. Well, don't look now, but Men With Wood made up half that deficit over the past week, thanks in part to a nice week by recent Cubs call-up Jorge Soler. Upon closer examination, though, this club been able to stay near the top of the standings through good, old-fashioned hard work. One of the most underappreciated elements of Rotisserie fantasy baseball is simply reaching games played maximums. Most squads in contention for a title have no problem making it near 162 games at the majority of offensive positions, and it isn't too challenging for those in the hunt to reach the innings pitched maximum.

There's one position in fantasy baseball, however, for which it's a rather daunting task to even approach the games played cap: the catcher slot. Unlike any other team in the league, Men With Wood will approach the games played limit at this position. As I noted last week, this owner has made far and away the most transactions in the RotoAuthority League, and nowhere is that diligence more evident than in the total offensive games played category. Entering the weekend, Men With Wood had accrued 1874 games played among offensive players, 44 games more than any other team in the league. Given that there are 14 offensive rosters slots in this league, that's the equivalent of three extra days of baseball compared to any other team. While that may not sound like much, that can add up to an additional 150 at-bats, potentially the difference between winning and losing.

The Race for Third Place

3. Smell the Glove 80.5

4. Guitar Masahiro 74.5

5. A Century of Misery 72

Commissioner Dierkes continues to be the favorite to finish in the money among this group, but now it looks like we might actually have a race here. My squad, A Century of Misery, finally had a stellar week and was able to make up eight points, no small feat this late in the season. Having said that, most fantasy owners typically have realistic outlooks about the ceiling of their clubs at this pointin the year, and for me it's no different. I've just about locked up my invitation to the league next season by avoiding the bottom four, but I still don't see my team making it to third place. The fact that I'm dead last in both SB and saves will ultimately prove to be my Achilles' heel.

The Race to Avoid the Bottom Four

6. Pulling Brzenk 65.5

7. The Jewru 61

8. Brewsterville Bruins 57

9. The Bombers 50

10. Spirit of St. Louis 50

11. Cobra Kai 43.5

12. Gramma Nutt Crushers 36.5

 

I've relegated Pulling Brzenk to this tier of teams, although I still think that club will be around next year. The Jewru climbed out of the bottom four over the past week while the Bombers fell a half-dozen points into that cluster of teams at risk of losing their spots. There's now a seven-point gap between eighth place and ninth place, so the bottom four certainly have their work cut out at this point. The Bombers and the Gramma Nutt Crushers are well below the innings pitched pace, so they should be able to make up a few points by simply plugging in spot starters each day. It remains to be seen if that will prove to be enough, though.
 
Standings as of September 30th



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