Real Deal Report: Moneyball – American League East Preview

2017 Real Deal Moneyball Preview & Predictions: American League East

Ah, Opening Week of Baseball! This is arguably my favorite time of year. This marks the true start of Spring and the realization of our last four months of drafting, trading and overbidding for free agents. I’m going to attempt to provide some interesting reading this season as long as my time permits. At least to start the season, I wanted to take a few weeks to preview the season and make some predictions. So during the month of April, I will be breaking down one division at a time and offering some predictions for the season. Should this have been done in the off-season? Probably, but I was too damn busy and now that the season has started, I figured I’d give us some things to argue about. I won’t be using early season results to impact my previews, but past season stats and off-season trends to hopefully spark some lively debate on the chat boards and perhaps generate a trading frenzy.

 

 

Best of the American League East

Best Lineup – Boston Red Sox

 

This was a tough call. It was difficult not to put a lineup with Edwin Encarnacion, Joey Bats, Josh Donaldson and Tulo as the best in the division. TOR won over 100 games last season and their offense had much to do with that. I give the nod to BOS because their lineup is

Killer B’s look to carry the Moneyball Red Sox in 2017 and beyond

longer, overall younger and deeper with productive reserves.

There is not much production expected from the catching position, but the infield can hang with anyone. At 1B, Hanley Ramirez had a resurgence last season and reached the 30 HR, 100 RBI plateau after two tough seasons. At age 33, he won’t be running like he did for the Marlins, but he can still hit and now a full time DH in real life, he should rake again this year. 2B is a solid Logan Forsythe who should see a boost hitting in that Dodgers lineup IRL compared to Tampa. At 3B is Eduardo Nunez who broke out as a full time player after being cast off by the Yankees a few years back. Now and All-star caliber player that can hit and could pitch in on the wSB category. Finally at SS is young stud Xander Bogaerts. The 24-year-old will contribute in all offensive categories except ISO. Infield depth include Mark Reynolds, Jimmy Paredes, Justin Smoak, Scooter Gennett and Luis Valbuena. All these guys can fill in for short injury stints, but will be exposed in some categories if active every day.

Starting outfield features two of the best young players in ALL of baseball. Mookie Betts  should be an MVP candidate and Andrew Benintendi likely wins the AL Rookie of the Year. Both should be Sabremetric monsters. Betts had an incredible 4.7 RC27 with a K/9 of only .11. Benintendi has all the tools to contribute in every category as well. Mark Trumbo should provide power production and was a better Moneyball performer than I expected. He could meet or exceed .350 wOBP, .850 OPS, .250 ISO, and 3.50 RC27. That’s pretty damn productive. Rounding out the OF corp are usually part-timers Matt Joyce and Jarrod Dyson. Both these guys are expected to see higher At Bats that usual but will still sit somewhat regularly against southpaws. 

It is important to note that BOS also has uber prospect Yoan Moncada and Top 20 spec, Bradley Zimmer waiting in the wings. Both should be in the Majors by the All-Star break.

The scariest thing about this lineup, is that other than old guys HanRam and Trumbo, all the rest of their sluggers make under $2M and under club control for several years.

 

Best Rotation – Toronto Blue Jays

 

The defending AL East Champs weren’t just carried by offense, they had a decent rotation for this league. Looking at the teams in this division, they pretty much all have strong #1 and # 2

Not quite these guys, but TOR has the best rotation in the division

starters and most have a decent #3. After that the SP depth dries up with the exception of two teams. I nearly but the NYY here but there are way too many question marks regarding health and productivity to give them the nod. Toronto actually has a legitimate five man rotation which is quite feat in a league this deep. 

 

  1. Marcus Stroman
  2. Aaron Sanchez
  3. R.A. Dickey
  4. Ivan Nova
  5. Brandon McCarthy

 

McCarthy is always an injury risk but the other four should be able to go 175+ innings and give some consistency to the rotation. There isn’t any SP depth on this team and there isn’t any prospects close to the Majors on his Farm. Perhaps the TOR owner will flip some of his highly regarded hitting prospects to sure give depth to the best starting five in the division.

 

Best Bullpen – Boston Red Sox

 

We head back to Fenway for the AL East top ‘pen. It is built in the image of a true MLB ‘pen and will be the strength of the best pitching staff this season.

 

  • CL – Seung Hwa Oh

    The Moneyball Red Sox don’t have this problem
  • 8th – Koji Uehara
  • 7th – Hector Neris
  • LHS – Brett Cecil
  • MID – *Carson Smith
  • MID – Antonio Bastardo
  • MID – Heath Hembree
  • LR – Bryan Mitchell

 

In a league were meeting the five minimum RP requirement is a struggle for some owners, BOS breaks out a bullpen staff with eight productive pitchers. Carson Smith is projected to return in June and will solidify and already deep bullpen that could feature 5-6 guys with 10+ K/9. 

 

Best Farm System – New York Yankees

 

TOR has definitely build up the farm on the offensive side but most of their top prospects are far away from impact in the Majors. NYY on the other hand, was three rookies on their 25 Man roster now (Swanson, Judge, Montas) with another handful of the fifteen Top 100 prospects in AA or higher. You could list an entire lineup and rotation with the top prospects in this organization.

 

  • C – Tom Murphy, Zack Collins
  • 1B – Chris Shaw, Rowdy Tellez
  • 2B – Jorge Mateo
  • SS – Dansby Swanson, Gleyber Torres
  • 3B – Jeimer Candelario
  • OF – Aaron Judge, Blake Rutherford, Kyle Lewis
  • SP – Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes, Triston McKenzie, Justus Sheffield, Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka

 

Final Standing Predictions

 

  1. *Toronto Blue Jays 90 – 48
  2. New York Yankees 78 – 60 
  3. Tampa Bay Rays 73 – 65
  4. Boston Red Sox 70 – 68
  5. Baltimore Orioles 66 – 72

 

I peg TOR to repeat easily with approximately the same winning percentage as last year. The projected records are based on the new 138 game schedule. They will likely be the only team to represent the AL East despite an overall strong division. NYY takes a huge stride as their moves throughout last season already begin paying off with a jump from last to 2nd. They have enough offense to be competitive in hitting categories and they could have seven SP if everything breaks right during the season which keeps them competitive in pitching categories. It likely won’t be enough to earn a playoff spot, but gets them close. TB has another decent season, but they don’t have enough pitching or hitting depth this season. If DeLeon and Honeywell reach the Majors and stick, that could give them a boost. BOS has the best lineup AND the best bullpen so why are the just over .500? They likely will be penalized every week for failing to reach pitching GS minimums, otherwise they would contend for the devision with TOR. There are a few nice pieces in BAL, but the core hitters outside of Machado are getting older and the rotation is short. They can compete with many teams but will split too many weeks to make up for the weeks they get clobbered by the top teams in the league. 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Should be a fun year in this division where the 2nd thru 5th teams cannibalize one another to ensure only the top team makes the post-season. Hopefully there is significant wheeling and dealing to totally screw up these predictions. Who really cares what I think…let’s hear your thoughts on the Moneyball AL East this season!!!

 


Bryan Luhrs

Real Deal Dynasty Sports
Owner, League Developer & Executive Commissioner
 
Major League Fantasy Sports
Writer & Contributor
 
 

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One Team Available in Real Deal Dynasty Basketball!!!

As baseball is wrapping up and football kicks off this week, dynasty basketball off-season activities begin in September. Our unique 30 team full dynasty league features salaries, contracts, extensions, amnesty clause and many other NBA-like features. We are entering our 3rd season and about to begin our free agency period this month and our 2 round Rookie draft in October. You can get all the extensive details about our league by reading our Constitution. We need one replacement owner to take over a rebuilding Philadelphia Sixers team that has two 1st round picks including #3 overall. Here is what the team looks like and keep in mind it is a 30 team league…

 

Player

Pos Move Name Status Sal Con FPts FP/G
PG
Williams, Lou PG,SG,GLAL Active 5,225,000 2017 1960.84 29.27
SG
Green, Danny SG,G,SF,FSA  Active 3,762,500 2018 1854.21 23.47
G
Morrow, Anthony SG,G,SF,FOKC Active 1,027,424 2017 717.3 10.55
SF
Muhammad, Shabazz SG,G,SF,FMIN  Active 1,887,120 2016 1654.25 20.17
PF
Kaminsky, Frank PF,F,CCHA  Active 1,742,400 2018 1694.45 20.92
F
Robinson, Thomas PF,F,C(N/A)   Active 3,526,440 2017 1270.56 17.9
C
Biyombo, Bismack PF,F,CORL  Active 3,049,920 2016 2176.99 26.55
Flx
Grant, Jerami SF,PF,FPHI  Active 9,222,000 2018 2202.29 28.6
Tokoto, J.P. SF,F(N/A)  Reserve 750,000 2016 0 0
Chandler, Wilson SG,G,SF,FDEN   Reserve 6,344,164 2019 0 0
Sacre, Robert C(N/A)   Reserve 788,872 2016 299.01 11.96
Early, Cleanthony SF,FNY  Reserve 893,500 2017 109.23 6.43
Looney, Kevon PF,FGS   Reserve 750,000 2016 28.57 5.71
McGary, Mitch PF,F,COKC   Reserve 1,082,200 2017 72.06 3.6
Reserve spot(s) available: Limited by Max Players on Team
Inj Res spot(s) available: 2
Minors spot(s) available: 2
Totals 14039.76 20.83 674 13642:06 457 5,110 719 1,919 2,638 713 343 449 607 21
Active:  8     Reserve:  6

Draft Picks

Year Picks (for current season, after draft order is finalized, picks are shown as Round-Pick, Round-Pick, …)
2016 1-3, 1-25, 2-3, 2-13
2017 1, 2, 2 (ORL)
2018 1, 2
Salary   Used: $40,051,540     Remaining: $51,091,460      Cap: $91,143,000
      Free Agent Budget Remaining: $91,143,000

 

 

 

If you are interested in taking over the team, please fill out this short application and we will reach out to you shortly after.

Openings in Real Deal Dynasty Basketball

We are opening up our off-season activities on September 1st and there are a few open teams for this extremely deep and advanced 30 Team NBA franchise league. If interested, please take time to read the League Constitution and fill out the owner application to be considered for one of the open teams.

 

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Two Openings in Real Deal Dynasty Basketball for 2015-16 Season

We are accepting applications to join our 30 Team dynasty basketball league. We currently have two open teams that we are looking to fill before our off-season activities begin on August 1st.

 

League Highlights

 

  1. $50 Franchise Fees
  2. All 30 NBA Teams
  3. 15 Man rosters
  4. Salaries/Contracts
  5. Full 82-Game schedule
  6. Extensive Off-Season roster management

 

If you are interested in joining our league, please review the League Constitution and fill out an Owner Application.

 

The open teams are the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks…

 

Brooklyn Nets Roster

Pos Move Name Status Sal Con FPts FP/G Type GP Min 3Pt Pts OReb DReb Reb Ast St Blk TO 2D+3D Action
PG
Williams, Deron PG,GBKN  Active 18,466,130 2019 2384.25 35.06 68 2114:02 87 886 29 208 237 448 64 17 154 11
SG
Evans, Tyreke PG,SG,GNO  Active 11,796,247 2019 3403.73 43.09 79 2689:50 69 1,313 82 336 418 520 100 38 246 20
G
Shumpert, Iman SG,G,SF,FCLE Active 1,703,760 2018 1455.08 23.47 62 1544:39 67 496 55 169 224 135 81 16 91 2
SF
Hairston, P.J. SG,G,SF,FCHA  Active 1,419,200 2017 613.41 13.63 45 687:15 49 254 22 70 92 21 21 13 22 1
PF
Davis, Ed PF,F,CPOR Active 3,153,860 2017 2386.51 30.21 79 1840:05 0 656 230 370 600 94 49 98 57 6
F
Vonleh, Noah PF,FPOR   Active 1,419,200 2017 296.81 11.87 25 258:30 5 83 28 58 86 4 4 9 11 1
C
Adams, Steven COKC Active 2,090,880 2018 2027.33 28.96 70 1770:37 0 537 199 323 522 65 38 85 99 10
Flx
Lopez, Brook CBKN Active 14,693,906 2019 2917.54 40.52 72 2100:18 1 1,236 214 321 535 50 43 126 104 17
Watson, C.J. PG,GORL  Reserve 2,016,000 2016 1434.74 25.17 57 1421:57 70 570 18 145 163 208 57 9 100 0
Jenkins, John SG,G,SF,F(N/A)  Reserve 1,258,800 2015 277.64 11.57 24 297:06 21 135 2 37 39 13 10 0 8 0
Smith, Ish PG,G(N/A)  Reserve 951,463 2016 926.45 16.84 55 831:37 18 338 15 85 100 180 36 6 78 0
Kelly, Ryan SF,PF,FLAL Reserve 490,180 2017 971.66 18.69 52 1233:16 45 332 13 133 146 92 29 24 37 0
Robinson, Thomas PF,FBKN Reserve 3,526,440 2017 1065.72 19.74 54 797:43 0 308 95 208 303 33 33 20 59 4
Reserve spot(s) available: Limited by Max Players on Team
Inj Res spot(s) available: 2
Ennis, Tyler PG,GMIL  Minors 880,600 2017 371.43 11.26 33 411:26 12 121 7 28 35 73 18 5 42 0
Minors spot(s) available: 1
Totals 20532.31 26.49 775 17998:26 444 7,265 1,009 2,491 3,500 1,936 583 466 1,108 72
Active:  8     Reserve:  5     Minors:  1

Draft Picks

Year Picks (for current season, after draft order is finalized, picks are shown as Round-Pick, Round-Pick, …)
2015 1-7, 2-7
2016 1, 2
2017 1, 2
Salary   Used: $62,986,066     Remaining: $18,613,934      Cap: $81,600,000

 

 

Dallas Mavericks Roster

Pos Move Name Status Sal Con FPts FP/G Type GP Min 3Pt Pts OReb DReb Reb Ast St Blk TO 2D+3D Action
PG
Ellis, Monta PG,SG,G(N/A)   Active 8,000,000 2019 2960.91 37.01 80 2699:16 81 1,513 34 156 190 329 148 25 198 3
SG
Vasquez, Greivis PG,SG,GMIL Active 2,150,188 2018 1937.84 23.63 82 1990:41 133 775 23 194 217 302 46 10 119 0
G
Stauskas, Nik SG,GPHI   Active 2,210,900 2017 784.32 10.74 73 1126:32 48 319 11 77 88 67 20 17 40 0
SF
Parsons, Chandler SF,PF,FDAL  Active 3,000,000 2019 2288.27 34.67 66 2186:11 132 1,037 64 259 323 162 69 19 96 3
PF
Gordon, Aaron PF,FORL  Active 2,643,600 2017 758.12 16.13 47 796:56 13 243 46 123 169 33 21 22 38 1
F
Stephenson, Lance SG,G,SF,FLAC  Active 930,000 2019 1541.65 25.27 61 1573:13 18 501 38 238 276 240 38 8 128 2
C
Hansbrough, Tyler PF,F,C(N/A)  Active 3,183,000 2015 980.7 13.25 74 1057:35 1 270 106 158 264 21 30 15 20 2
Flx
Parker, Tony PG,GSA Active 12,500,000 2018 1967.58 28.94 68 1952:38 38 976 15 114 129 335 44 2 146 1
Datome, Luigi SG,G,SF,FBOS Reserve 1,750,000 2015 215.65 10.27 21 209:13 18 105 3 26 29 9 2 7 9 0
Larkin, Shane PG,GBKN Reserve 1,536,960 2017 1510.07 19.87 76 1864:34 35 470 29 147 176 226 93 9 83 1
Varejao, Anderson PF,F,CCLE  Reserve 9,036,364 2018 742.45 28.56 26 635:35 0 255 57 113 170 36 19 16 35 2
Reserve spot(s) available: Limited by Max Players on Team
Inj Res spot(s) available: 2
Minors spot(s) available: 2
Totals 15687.57 23.28 674 16092:31 517 6,464 426 1,605 2,031 1,760 530 150 912 15
Active:  8     Reserve:  3

Draft Picks

Year Picks (for current season, after draft order is finalized, picks are shown as Round-Pick, Round-Pick, …)
2015 1-6, 2-6
2016 1, 2
2017 1, 2
Salary   Used: $46,941,012     Remaining: $34,658,988      Cap: $81,600,000

 

 

Feel free to contact me for more information.

 

Bryan Luhrs
League Developer & Executive League Commissioner
bluhrs@realdealdynasty.com

Real Deal (Ultimate) Report: Week #2 Ultimate Baseball Power Rankings

Rank Team W L T Win% Div FPtsF FPtsA Streak
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 534 210.167 2 (W)
2 Toronto Blue Jays 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 345.833 194.167 2 (W)
3 Atlanta Braves 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 344.333 289 2 (W)
4 New York Yankees 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 306 157.833 2 (W)
5 Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 289.5 251.667 2 (W)
6 Memphis Redbirds 2 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 266.667 162.667 2 (W)
7 Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 317 412.833 1 (L)
8 Cincinnati Reds 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 317 273.667 1 (L)
9 Seattle Mariners 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 206.333 372.167 1 (W)
10 Charlotte Knights 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 344.667 247.333 1 (W)
11 Indianapolis Pirates 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 344.333 409.333 1 (W)
12 Washington Nationals 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 294.667 322.333 1 (W)
13 Cleveland Indians 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 269.333 212.167 1 (W)
14 Texas Rangers 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 196 270.333 1 (L)
15 Boston Red Sox 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 178.833 190 1 (L)
16 Detroit Tigers 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 452.667 378.5 1 (L)
17 Colorado Rockies 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 327 281.833 1 (L)
18 San Diego Padres 1 1 0 .500 1-1-0 240.5 180 1 (W)
19 Houston Astros 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 250.667 278.167 2 (L)
20 New York Mets 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 234.5 346.667 2 (L)
21 Chicago Cubs 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 230.5 378 2 (L)
22 San Francisco Giants 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 148.667 316.5 2 (L)
23 New Orleans Zephyrs 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 147.833 302.667 2 (L)
24 Philadelphia Phillies 0 2 0 .000 0-2-0 89.833 238.667 2 (L)

 

Top Hitter

Nelson Cruz (SEA)

FPts FP/G Con GP AB H HR SO NSB TB+BB+HBP GIDP RP2 LOB
48 8 2017 6 24 12 6 6 0 33 0 17 10

 

The stats say it all. Cruz dominated the league last week averaging one HR, 5 1/2 TB andimages just under 3 RP per game played. This outburst gave Seattle the offense they needed to bounce back after a tough opening week. We knew he could hit home runs after a career high of 40 in 2014. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to sustain the production for the season, especially in a pitcher’s park in Seattle.  For now, Seattle Owner, Tim Watson, will take the win and look for another big week coming up.

 

Top Pitcher

Jacob deGrom (NYM)

FPts FP/G Con GP GS QS IP H ER BB K NS+H ERA IRS BRA
33.67 16.83 2017 2 2 2 13.1 13 0 1 11 0 0.00 0 14

 

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year has his work cut out for him in 2014. Team Ace, Mattimages-1 Harvey is returning from TJ surgery, Zach Wheeler goes down in Spring Training for the year and Bartolo Colon can’t possible be effective another year at the age of…old! Well, deGrom responds by dominating his first few starts. Week 2 featured a 11:1 K-BB Ration and Zero ER over two starts. With this production, along with the Dark Knight’s return, NY Mets Owner, Steve Peterson has as good a 1-2 punch in the rotation as any team in the league. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have enough Major League hitters on his roster to compliment the pitching.

 

Hottest/Coolest Teams

Not sure we need to spend a lot of time here. The LA Dodgers have opened up a significant lead for the top spot in the Power Rankings. The have scored a staggering 215 Fpts more than the 2nd highest team, Toronto Blue Jays. At the bottom end, the “Fighting” Phillies have another forgettable week. This might be a rebuilding year in the City of Brotherly Love.

 

Matchup of the Week

#4 New York Yankees vs. #2 Toronto Blue Jays

Two Undefeated teams square off this week with Divisional bragging rights on the line in this early season tilt. Will the heavy hitting Jays overcome the balanced Yankees? Jays Owner, Michael Seraphim, has some important decisions to make as his teams is projected to have 9 starts this week. Which two pitchers will he sit? Will he live to regret his decision? We can hope…er…I mean…We shall see as the week unfolds.

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Real Deal (Ultimate) Report: Week 1 Ultimate Baseball Power Rankings

Standings

Rank Team W L T Win% Div FPtsF FPtsA Streak
1 Detroit Tigers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 270 164.667 1 (W)
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 247.833 78.333 1 (W)
3 Cincinnati Reds 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 205 141.5 1 (W)
4 Colorado Rockies 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 198.167 116.833 1 (W)
5 Atlanta Braves 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 189.167 160.333 1 (W)
6 Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 185.167 126.667 1 (W)
7 Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 175.333 137.333 1 (W)
8 New York Yankees 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 161.833 81.5 1 (W)
9 Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 157.333 139.667 1 (W)
10 Texas Rangers 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 124 114.167 1 (W)
11 Boston Red Sox 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 122 19.5 1 (W)
12 Memphis Redbirds 1 0 0 1.000 1-0-0 110.5 90.667 1 (W)
13 Charlotte Knights 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 167.833 192 1 (L)
14 Chicago Cubs 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 165.667 248.667 1 (L)
15 Washington Nationals 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 143.333 197 1 (L)
16 Cleveland Indians 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 140 147.333 1 (L)
17 Indianapolis Pirates 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 130.5 226.667 1 (L)
18 Houston Astros 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 122 123 1 (L)
19 San Francisco Giants 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 115 186.167 1 (L)
20 San Diego Padres 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 110.167 146.333 1 (L)
21 New York Mets 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 109.167 195.333 1 (L)
22 New Orleans Zephyrs 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 92.5 125.833 1 (L)
23 Seattle Mariners 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 41.333 243.333 1 (L)
24 Philadelphia Phillies 0 1 0 .000 0-1-0 13.5 94.5 1 (L)

 

Week #1 Top Team Offense

Real Deal Rookie, Chris England, starts off with a “bang.” His Colorado Rockies lead the league in hitting points this week by taking 1st in HRs and 2nd in Total Bases (TB) and Runs Produced (RP). He narrowly beat out fellow rookie, Kyle Snyder, and his Detroit imagesTigers club. The Tigers actually slightly edged out the Rockies in the TB and RP categories, but stranded 21 more players on base (LOB) which proved to be difference. The Tigers were led by perennial MVP candidate, Miggy Cabrera with his staggering 25 TB and 2 HRs. Ian Kinsler also had a strong start with 17 RP. The Rockies had several players get off to a hot start but were led by a resurgent, Joey Votto (3 HRs, 21 TB, 17 RP), and my pick to by the top scoring fantasy 3B in 2015, Nolan Arenado (2 HRs, 21 TB, 17 RP). There were strong performances from Corey Dickerson and CarGo, but Votto and Arenado set themselves apart by limiting the guys on LOB. The next highest offensive output was more than 30 points less, so these two have set the bar pretty high going forward.

 

Week #1 Top Team Pitching

Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner, Matt Minelli, is either a genius or extremely lucky. It’s a little too early in the season to determine which, but his team provided a balanced images-1performance across the board to take home the top team pitching ranking for Week 1. This team overcame two duds (-2.333 Fantasy Points) by reigning NL Cy Young and MVP, Clayton Kershaw, and brutal debut by Kendal Graveman (-23.333 Fpts) to take 2nd Place in the initial Ultimate Baseball Power Rankings. The Dodgers were led by craft veteran Aaron Harang, two superb starts by Zach Greinke and an impressively deep bullpen. Not sure what is up with Kershaw up his putrid 22 Base Runners Allowed (BRA) accounted for 37% of the entire teams penalty in that category.

 

Longest Road Ahead

Looking up at everybody after Week 1 is original Real Deal owner, Pedro Canteiro, andimages his Philadelphia Phillies. Not unlike the real life Phillies, his team let him down with the bats. Overall, he had some bright spots in the pitching staff. Unfortunately, a few bad outings by Bud Norris, Jake Diekman and David Buchanan negated any of the positive performances. There is definitely something to build on in the pitching staff, but Real Deal Phillies fans are already chanting for Maikel Franco and JP Crawford to be promoted.

 

Pitching Penalties

Only two teams were assessed penalties in Week #1 for failure to adhere to the pitching component of the Constitution. Seattle decided not to pull their last 4 starters and exceeded 7 maximum Games Started (GS) by a staggering 4 GS. Fortunately forimages-1 owner, Tim Watson, his team was never in contention this week as he ran into the LA Dodgers juggernaut. Unfortunately, the Cleveland Indians and owner, Gary Megibben, took a loss because Corey Kluber took the mound Saturday night and thus cost the team 10 Fpts. The other 22 teams were within the 5-7 GS criteria which is an excellent start. I would imagine it may get more difficult to reach those 5 GS as the injuries pile up over the course of the season. This should lead to more trading and part of the fabric of what makes Real Deal Dynasty leagues so great. In fact, Seattle already shipped off one of his extra Starters for a 1st round pick next year.

 

Final Thoughts…

It’s been an exciting first week as we finally breathe after a break-neck pace in building our initial rosters. There are still 21 Weeks left so any can and probably will happen. In order to make sure you don’t miss out of the Real Deal Report and other Real Deal Dynasty Sports happenings, take a moment and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Real Deal Ultimate Dynasty: City Draft Recap

It’s been a crazy two days. Real Deal Ultimate Dynasty has started out with some drama out of the gates as owners often saw two cities come off the board in one pick. Owners agonized over this selection as the ramifications span all three sports. Here are the highlights…

 

Pre-Season Favorite — This would have to be Seattle. It’s good to have the first pick and owner, Tim Watson, felt Seattle was worthy of that pick. Strong Franchise Keepers in NBA and NFL and solid enough baseball pitching staff and middle of the order to set up a competitive franchise in all sports.

 

Biggest Homer Pick — The Commish was a finalist, but owner, John Keniley, taking Boston with the fifth pick has to be the winner. Franchise keepers for fantasy are not as strong as the actual teams in baseball and football. Basketball is just a mess anyway you look at it. Red Sox rotation has had a complete makeover. Outside of Brady, Gronk and Chandler Jones, there isn’t much to get excited about. At five this was a reach, but sometimes you have to go with your “boys.”

 

Best Value Pick — Picking 22 out 24 is a daunting task. Fortunately, for owner, Matt Minelli, Los Angeles slipped to him at the bottom of the draft. Once you come to grips with punting basketball, the Dodgers have a strong prospect pipeline with arguably three of the top 10 prospects (Urias, Seager, Pederson) and top line pitching staff. Puig and AGone along with a top 3 pick in the roster draft, should give the Dodgers a great present and future. With the recent upgrades to the Rams roster, they should have a scary defense and a respectful enough offense to go with a Top 3 pick in the roster draft.

 

Best Drama — A strong Toronto city surprising dropped to 16. Of course our two resident Canadians sat at 16 and 17 respectfully. After an hour of so of what we can only imagine was intense wheelin’ and dealin’, owner, Mike Seraphim, takes Toronto at 16. I guess you had to be there to appreciate it. Tony Cavezza had a pretty decent consolidation prize with Chicago as a great value at 17.

 

Unclaimed Teams (All players available in Roster draft)

 

MLB — Orioles, Rays, Royals, Twins, Angels, Athletics

NFL — Eagles, Ravens, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Chiefs, Vikings, Raiders,

NBA — Jazz, Heat, Magic, Mavericks, Timberwolves, Trailblazers

 

We are officially off and running…Up next MLB roster draft!!!

Real Deal Ultimate Dynasty — New Three-Sport League Launching

Real Deal Dynasty Sports is excited to launch our brand new league that features MLB, NFL and NBA all in one league. Over a year in the making, we are now taking applications to be the Owner of one of the 24 Cities/Metro areas in this league. As an owner, you are entitled to GM all three sports associated with your city. Not strong in one of these sports? An owner can “hire” a GM to run one of the sports to give them a better chance of taking home the title.

 

We offer payouts in each individual sport as well as bonus payouts to the top overall cities in the Three Sport performance. The buy-in for the entire year is $200 and that covers all three sports. You can pay in two payments of $100 or pay in full up front. We have partnered with Sports Vault to create a custom payment page for this league where the funds will be secure yet still flexible to fit our specialized buy-in and payout schedule. We payout winnings at the conclusion of each sport’s season. There is truly NO OFF-SEASON in this league.

 

Please read our extensive League Constitution for all the details. If you are interested in becoming an owner in this new start up dynasty league, you MUST fill out this application for consideration. You still must fill it out even if you are in other leagues within the Real Deal Community. Once we receive your application, we will review it and contact you with next steps to joining.

 

We expect to fill up quickly, so don’t delay or you may have to settle for the waiting list. Baseball is upon us, so we will begin the lottery for the city selection as soon as we have 24 owners committed with at least $100 paid deposit.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further info…

 

Bryan Luhrs

Real Deal Dynasty Sports
League Developer & Executive League Commissioner

www.realdealdynasty.com

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