Since we have shifted the main focus of this article to the individual Main Event Leagues, we’re increasing the frequency to provide short reviews of all 43 Main Event Leagues. The mid-week updates obviously won’t include the normal features of FAAB review and Updates From the Colosseum that everyone loves (some people love?), but we’ve nevertheless decided to plow forward and provide content whether or not it’s truly needed…
As a reminder, these league analyses include sophisticated estimations of the likelihood of victory for the fantasy owners in contention (according to the current odds posted by the Las Vegas sportsbooks) via a secret – highly accurate - formula known only to me and approved by Darik Buchar at NFBC.
For today’s article, we’ll examine the five leagues drafted on 3/24 and 3/25: Three of these leagues were drafted online (#1390, #1429 and #1430); and the other two were drafted in the friendly confines of Las Vegas, Nevada (#1431 and #1432). (Remember, as they said in “The Hangover,” some people just can’t handle Vegas…)
All standings information is as of Friday 8/20 (AM).
MAIN EVENT #1390: 3/24 ONLINE – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Ø Who led this league? Tyler Jung (4/4-5/2; 5/23-8/20) Stephen Ruschak (5/9-5/16)
Ø League Summary: Mr. Jung has almost led wire-to-wire except for a two-week aberration in early May, and now it looks like his only challengers might be the impressive Rotowire duo of Link and Anderson. Jung may have lost deGrom, but he still has a solid lead with excellent pitching stats except for saves (1st or 2nd in the other four categories) and is also leading the league in RBIs and SB. And this is the weakest of his Main Event teams. Yikes.
MAIN EVENT #1429: 3/25 ONLINE –THE GILDED AGE
Ø Who led this league? Steven Metzler (4/4); Tanner Bell (4/11-4/25); Jeff Erickson & Tim Schuler (5/2; 5/16-5/30); Andrew Geller (5/9; 6/6-8/20)
Ø League Summary: Andrew Geller (known as Da Gildz) lurked in the shadows for most of April and May, but then took over in June and hasn’t looked back. He’s got a sizeable cushion that his closest competitors – the tag Rotowire team of Jeff Erickson and Tim Schuler (hey, where have we seen a Rotowire team before?) plus Tanner Bell (who’s so good he’s written a BOOK on how to play in fantasy leagues – “The Process” with Jeff Zimmerman) – are struggling to close the gap. Geller is 1st in four of the five offensive categories (except for SB) plus ERA, which are carrying him to the lead. Erickson and Schuler are bringing the entire Rotowire website’s power to try to catch up though, and rumor has it Bell is considering a new chapter for the book titled “How to pick up 20 points in 6½ weeks” which I find kind of catchy!
MAIN EVENT #1430: 3/25 ONLINE – THE FARMER IN THE DEL DON
Ø Who led this league? Anthony Ciaccio (4/4); Zachary Waxman (4/11; 5/2; 5/30-6/6); Abdul Madani (4/18); Dalton Del Don (4/25; 6/20-7/18; 8/20); Patrick Gallagher (5/9-5/23); Clark Olson (7/25-8/15
Ø League Summary: We’ve had no fewer than 6 leaders in this league, but every time someone moves in front Dalton Del Don – like a bad penny – keeps turning up. On August 1st Olson surged to an 11-point lead but Del Don (who writes about fantasy sports for Yahoo, which is kinda unfair…) slowly and methodically reeled him back in. Del Don has real strength in Ks, Saves, ERA and WHIP, which have carried him thus far. Waxman and Olson are not out of this yet, though, and have threatened to leave a negative comment on one of Del Don’s upcoming fantasy football articles unless this turns around.
MAIN EVENT #1431: 3/25 LAS VEGAS – DON’T PAUSMA, SOMEONE MIGHT BE GAINING ON YOU
Ø Who led this league? Eric Christenson (4/4); John Pausma (4/11-4/18; 5/2; 5/16-8/20); Kyle Brinkmann (4/25; 5/9);