Review: Fanball & Sirius Show League
For those of you who haven't been following my work for years, and shame on you if you haven't, I used to work at Fanball. When the company was closed I took up my mantle as a Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio employee, something that I will discuss further when we get to the next section. For now, all you need to know is that I was in a league with 11 other fellow Fanball employees in a 12 team mixed league.
Matt Wieters and Kurt Suzuki, the same tale as every league. One strong catcher and one Kurt Suzuki. On Kurt, my pathetic muse...
Mark Reynolds – sensing a theme here? Yes, I had Reynolds on all my clubs, and yes, he underperformed.
Robinson Cano was nails this year, an MVP candidate thanks to his extraordinary efforts that included a .313 average, a career best 33 homers, 94 RBIs and a career best 105 runs, a 4th straight effort of triple digits.
David Wright wasn't at his best, but he was very, very good (.306-21-93-91-15). So much for his bat being washed up.
Ian Desmond come on down. What an excellent season (.292-25-73-72-21) for a cheap draft day add (18th round). Amazing.
Ben Zobrist did it all – yet again (.270-20-74-88-14), and he now qualifies at shortstop too. Martin Prado (.301-10-70-81-17) was a wonderful corner infield option who played all over the field like Zobrist. A great MI/CI duo. Oh, and I had Daniel Murphy (.291-6-65-62-10) in reserve at both spots.
A solid outfield, but not extremely deep. Michael Bourn, B.J. Upton, Adam Jones and Dexter Fowler did it all (as did Zobrist). Vernon Wells – yet another disappointing season. I should have known better.
Chris Davis went deep 33 times with 85 RBIs. It happened.
James Shields, Jered Weaver and Max Scherzer anchored this impressive staff. Brandon Morrow would have given me a dynamic foursome if he hadn't missed two months with injury. Beyond those four, a cast of my “normal” characters – Wandy Rodriguez, Ricky Nolasco, Francisco Liriano. None of them panned out.
My bullpen, as in so many leagues this year, was nails thanks to Kenley Jansen, Tyler Clippard and Sergio Romo for that.
CONGRATS: David Honecker.
FINAL RESULT: 2/12. So close.
THE DRIVE SHOW LEAGUE
Each year on The Drive, my SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Show (Sirius 210, XM 87, M-Th 7 PM EDT, Friday 9 PM EDT), we do a league with the listeners and producers of our show. Here is how the season went.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and his 25 homers were nice, but Kurt Suzuki and his six weren't. Boy did I miss on Suzuki.
Adam Dunn blasted tons of homers (41) and produced runs (96 RBIs, 87 runs scored). Too bad he hit .204.
Ian Kinsler was a steal from 20/20.
Derek Jeter... like on every other team I had, was great.
Mike Aviles was a solid MI/CI option (.250-13-60-57-14).
My boy Chase Headley, taken in the 20th round, was fantabulistic (.286-31-115-95-17). Given his draft day cost, he was one of the 10 best players in fantasy baseball this year.
Ryan Braun was a superstar (.319-41-112-108-30). Matt Holliday was pretty darn good (.295-27-102-95). Desmond Jennings had a solid season (13 HRs, 85 runs, 31 steals). I parlayed him into Andrew McCutchen early in the year. Yeah, that worked out well.
B.J. Upton was two homers from a 30/30 season. Alex Rios was two steals from 25/25 Carl Crawford. Shame on me.
Braun-Holliday-McCutchen-Upton-Rios = the best outfield ever assembled. Ever.
Matt Cain dominated. Matt Moore wasn't as good, but he still had 175 Ks. Tommy Hanson wasn't even league average. Ditto Josh Beckett. Ryan Dempster was solid (12 wins, 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP).
Tyler Clippard turned in 32 saves. Huston Street was dynamic when on the hill (1.85 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 23/24 on saves). Sergio Romo, dominating again. Brett Myers racked up 19 saves before he was dealt to the White Sox. Brian Wilson blew out his arm. Scott Baker blew out his arm.
How did I save this staff? The additions of Chris Capuano (12-12, 3.72 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 162 Ks) certainly helped. Jarrod Parker also was on the club to add depth (13-8, 3.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 140 Ks).
CONGRATS: To Me. Finally.
FINAL RESULT: 1/12.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 5-8 PM EDT and Sunday 7-10 PM EDT), Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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