3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #3

Mark Teixeira(COL) watches his season point total explode as he scored 54pts in Week #3.
Mark Teixeira(COL) watches his season point total explode as he scored nearly 54pts in Week #3.

 

With Game #3 completed, a few of the numbers went up in some positions. Once again, 1B is the top scoring position. At 35 years old, Mark Teixiera still has something left in the tank as he was the top scorer for the week with 53.929pts and he led the Colorado Rockies to a perfect 5-0 week. Coming into the week, Mark had 41pts. Anthony Rizzo(CHC) had the 2nd highest total with 49.374pts. That was also good for a 5-0 week as the Cubs were the only team in the NL Central to go undefeated.

2B was led by Neil Walker(MIN) as he scored 33.412pts. He came into the week with 25pts and his outburst led the Twins to a 3-2 week. Some may say that is barely over .500 but the Twins are looking at the glass being half full. Their contention is the fact that they were the only team to crack the .500 mark in the AL Central this week as the other 4 teams in the division were 2-3 or worse. At 9-5, that pulled the Twins to within 1 game of the Detroit Tigers.

3B was led by Manny Machado(LAD) with 38.773pts. That was the 4th highest total of the week in the Real Deal League. Manny came into the week with 25pts scored. Manny was the only Dodger player to be listed for 3 Stars this week, but their balanced team attack still led them to a 5-0 week. At 12-1, they are also tied with the best record with the Mets & Brewers. Cubs rookie, Kris Bryant didn’t take long to familiarize himself with the 3 Stars column. He was the 3rd highest scoring 3B and after 9pts in his debut last week, he came in with 32.941pts this week.

SS Hanley Ramirez(MIL) led his position with 37.529pts. That was the Brewers lone player in the 3 Stars category and led the team to a 4-1 week. The Brewers did suffer their first loss of the season to the NY Mets. Ramirez is off to a hot start and has 95pts on the season. That’s almost 30pts more then the next closest shortstop.

OF ended up with the 3rd highest score of the week and that was for Gregory Polanco(TOR). He scored 42.170pts as there were only 3 players to score over 40pts this week. Polanco was the only Blue Jay on the 3 Stars list and Toronto came away with a 4-1 record. Their only loss was to the Minnesota Twins and that was by less than 3pts.

Even though this is the 3 Stars column, the Catcher position had really 1 star and then the rest of the guys. Derek Norris(SDP) scored an impressive 36.6pts from behind the dish. It’s impressive considering that he doubled the score of the 2nd highest scoring catcher. Norris was the lone Padre offensive player listed in the 3 Stars and he helped push SD over the .500 mark. They came into the week at 3-5 but went a perfect 5-0 this past week.

On the mound, the King is back. Felix Hernandez(TB) led all SP’s with 28.75pts. However, it wasn’t nearly a big a gap as some of the other positions. He outscored Chris Archer(LAA) be a mere .25pts as Chris had 28.5pts. Hernandez helped the Rays to a 5-0 week. Sitting at 4-4 coming into the week, this pushed the Rays to 2nd place in the AL East to 9-4 and 2 games behind the Boston Red Sox.

The Bullpen totals weren’t nearly as high as the previous 2 weeks as no RP reached the 20pt mark. Trevor Rosenthal(STL) was the top scorer with 18.25pts. Rosenthal has been solid all season as he now has 44pts and is ranked 3rd for RP’s in points scored this season. With the 4-1 week for the Cardinals, that pushed them over the .500 mark on the season, to 7-6.

You can check out all the 3 Stars for each position below:

 

FIRST BASE:

Mark Teixeira………………..Rockies……………53.929

Anthony Rizzo………………Cubs………………..49.374

Jose Abreu…………………….White Sox………..34.873

SECOND BASE:

Neil Walker…………………..Twins……………….33.412

Jose Altuve……………………Astros………………31.923

Kolten Wong…………………Cardinals…………..29.954

THIRD BASE:

Manny Machado……………Dodgers…………….38.773

Todd Frazier………………….Astros……………….36.992

Kris Bryant……………………Cubs…………………32.941

SHORTSTOP:

Hanley Ramirez…………….Brewers……………..37.529

Jed Lowrie……………………Phillies……………….33.773

Jhonny Peralta………………Orioles……………….24.220

OUTFIELDER:

Gregory Polanco…………..Blue Jays…………….42.170

Corey Dickerson…………..Rockies……………….36.496

Giancarlo Stanton…………Marlins………………..35.864

CATCHER:

Derek Norris…………………Padres…………………36.600

Russell Martin………………Tigers………………….17.903

Stephen Vogt…………………Mets…………………..16.020

STARTING PITCHER:

Felix Hernandez……………Rays……………………28.750

Chris Archer………………….Angels………………..28.500

Jake Arrieta…………………..Padres…………………22.750

RELIEF PITCHER:

Trevor Rosenthal………….Cardinals………………18.250

Andrew Miller……………..Red Sox……………….17.750

Glen Perkins………………..Twins……………………17.500

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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3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #2

 

Howie Kendrick(ARI) was all smiles as he led the league with 45.942pts in Week #2
Howie Kendrick(ARI) was all smiles as he led the league with 45.942pts in Week #2

 

Game #2 is now in the books and it didn’t have the point explosion like Week #1 with Adrian Gonzalez. One thing I do have to note is that there were 4 Real Deal teams that scored 0pts. Because of that, none of the players on those team rosters showed any of their points on the box scores. Unfortunately when that happens, I have no points to track for those guys. Remember, I only track the points for players that are in starting lineups. Have I mentioned that before? I highly doubt it.

As for players that did have a big game, 2B Howie Kendirck(ARI) was the top scorer of the week as he came in with 45.942pts. Last week, the outfielders were very quiet. This week, they ended up making some noise as they were the next 3 top scorers. Nelson Cruz(COL) had 45.657pts, Lorenzo Cain(BOS), came in with 45.56pts, & Adam Jones(BAL) chipped in with 44.98pts. There were actually 7 players that scored over 40pts. Paul Goldschmidt(ARI) was the top 1B with 41.233pts. Eric Hosmer(NYM) came alive after only scoring .008pts in Week #1 as he came back with a 27.383 performance, ranking him 5th for 1B. At 2B, Chase Utley(PHI) had a big improvement as he had 1.91pts in Week #1 and scored 29.39pts in Week #2. That ranked him 5th for 2B. The top catcher was down 13pts from Week #1, but Cory Joseph(BAL) did lead the way with 31.817pts. How about the top shortstops? Ian Desmond(ARI) led the way with 36.318pts after only scoring 7.497pts last week and Adeiny Hechavarria(MIA) scored 33.442pts after a 2.4pt Week #1.

Being new to the Real Deal Dynasty Baseball League, I don’t want to ruffle any feathers. So, if I step across any lines, please let me know immediately. But since this is an fantasy article, I figured I should be covered under Freedom of Speech. Now, I have also read over the league constitution several times and have not seen any league stance on PED’s. Therefore, I expect that I am free to mention Alex Rodriguez’s name without any fall-out or repercussions. To be journalistically fair, Alex Rodriguez(TEX) has risen from the dead and scored the third highest points at 3B this week with a 39.415pt performance.

On the mound, there were no 30pt players in Week #2. Andrew Cashner(SFG) led the way with 29pts. A huge improvement after scoring -.25pts in Week #1. Jacob DeGrom(NYM) only had 9.5pts last week, but he came in with a solid 27pts this week. How about a rookie in the #3 slot? Chris Heston(SFG) came in with 24pts. For the relievers, new Mets closer, Jeurys Familia(NYM) showed his worth as he had a 26.75pt week. The only other RP to score over 20pts was Andrew Miller(BOS) as he had 24pts. For the rest of the report, here are the 3 Stars for each position for Week #2:

 

FIRST BASE:

Paul Goldschmidt…………..D-Backs…………..41.233

Adrian Gonzalez…………….Dodgers…………..35.956

Anthony Rizzo………………Cubs………………..35.864

SECOND BASE:

Howie Kendrick……………D-Backs……………45.942

Devon Travis………………..Blue Jays…………..36.593

Odubel Herrera…………….Mariners………….34.631

THIRD BASE:

Josh Donaldson…………….Blue Jays……………43.438

Matt Carpenter……………..Brewers……………..41.233

Alex Rodriguez…………….Rangers………………39.415

SHORTSTOP:

Ian Desmond………………..D-Backs……………..36.318

Adeiny Hechavarria………Marlins……………….33.442

Jose Iglesias………………….Dodgers……………..23.838

OUTFIELDER:

Nelson Cruz………………….Rockies……………….45.657

Lorenzo Cain………………..Red Sox………………45.560

Adam Jones………………….Orioles………………..44.980

CATCHER:

Cory Joseph………………….Orioles……………….31.817

Travis D’Arnaud……………Mets…………………..30.181

Stephen Vogt…………………Mets………………….29.380

STARTING PITCHER:

Andrew Cashner……………Giants…………………29.000

Jacob DeGrom………………Mets……………………27.000

Chris Heston…………………Giants………………….24.000

RELIEF PITCHER:

Jeurys Familia………………Mets……………………26.750

Andrew Miller……………..Red Sox……………….24.000

Jordan Walden……………..Pirates………………..18.500

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #1

Andrian Gonzalez scores over 73pts in Week #1
Adrian Gonzalez scores over 73pts in Week #1

 

Week 1 is now in the books in the Real Deal Dynasty Baseball League.  With the basketball season now over, I just couldn’t help not tracking the baseball stats.  So, I opened up a new spreadsheet and spent the last couple of days entering rosters and the stats from Week 1.  I want to remind you all that I only track the stats of players that are actually in the starting lineup.  If your sluggers hits a Grand Slam while on the bench, that’s Zero points on my spreadsheet.  Throw a no-hitter while riding the pine?  Don’t expect any recognition from this Stat Guy.

So what’s the plan for the Real Deal Stats?  I’ve thought about going with a weekly article showing the stats for the 3 Stars at each position for each week.  Let’s see if I can keep up with it.  For Week #1, Adrian Gonzalez (LA DODGERS) blew up as he seemed to hit a HR or two everyday in the first week and came out of the gate with 73.294pts.  Another 1B was quietly scoring points right behind him as Miguel Cabrera (DET TIGERS) had a huge week with a 57.268pt performance.  One of the surprise top performances had to go to catcher, Salvador Perez (WASH NATIONALS).  He came in with 44.510pts and out-scored all Real Deal second basemen, shortstops, and even outfielders.  I’d consider that a solid week from behind the dish.  The top pitching performance for the week came from SP Max Scherzer (DET TIGERS) as he led all pitchers with 30.25pts.  For the RP’s, there was a bit of a surprise as Steven Wright (BOS REDSOX) led them all with 23.942pts.  The RedSox & Yankees nearly 20 inning game earlier in the week may have had something to do with that.  Otherwise, here are the 3 Stars for each position after Week #1:

 

FIRST BASE:

Adrian Gonzalez…………….Dodgers…………..73.294

Miguel Cabrera………………Tigers………………57.268

Joe Votto………………………..Red Sox…………..44.523

SECOND BASE:

Ian Kinsler…………………….Rangers…………….41.561

Dee Gordon…………………..Brewers…………….33.243

D.J. LeMahieu……………….Orioles……………..28.030

THIRD BASE:

Nolan Arenado………………Padres……………….46.008

Mike Moustakas……………Royals……………….36.970

Todd Frazier………………….Astros……………….33.615

SHORTSTOP:

Xander Bogaerts……………Red Sox……………..38.077

Jose Iglesias………………….Dodgers……………..31.494

Ben Zobrist…………………..Mariners…………….30.902

OUTFIELDER:

Adam Jones………………….Orioles………………..42.825

Billy Hamilton………………Reds……………………41.528

Lorenzo Cain………………..Red Sox………………37.272

CATCHER:

Salvador Perez……………..Nationals…………….44.510

Buster Posey…………………Giants………………..34.050

Alex Avila……………………Orioles……………….21.571

STARTING PITCHER:

Max Scherzer………………..Tigers………………..30.250

Johnny Cueto………………..D-Backs…………….28.500

Corey Kluber…………………Twins………………..25.250

RELIEF PITCHER:

Steven Wright……………….Red Sox……………..23.942

Adam Ottavino……………..Dodgers……………..19.250

Jim Johnson………………….Rangers………………19.250

 

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 (Basketball) Report: The Finals

Well, well, well. Here we are. End of the line. Two teams left standing, and only one will be crowned champion.

 

But before we look at that, let’s take a look at how we got here.

 

5 Washington def. 6 Atlanta

Not gonna lie, this was an astounding disappointment. Congrats to Washington, but at the risk of sounding bitter, the Wizards truly had a golden path to the finals paved for them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team with as little resistance in the postseason as this one. Getting past a fairly weak Detroit roster was easy enough, but taking down the Eastern conference regular season champions Orlando was not something I think they could have done without the benefit of having a freaking ELEVEN-game advantage. Similarly, Atlanta was down a significant number of players.

 

But none of this is to say that the Wizards aren’t a good team and don’t deserve to be here. They were one of only a handful of teams to post 1,000 points in round one and outscored everyone in the conference finals. Schedule advantage or no, that’s impressive.

 

1 Houston def. 6 Golden State

Houston was the best team all year long and flexed its muscles again in the conference finals, though this match was really a nail-biter. The Warriors put up a valiant effort but James Harden is just in another galaxy right now. Another 250-plus-point effort from the regular season MVP (at least in Real Deal).

 

The one caveat about Houston, though, is that Harden has truly carried the rest of the team through the previous two rounds. The Rockets just barely snuck this one out and nobody even came close to his production in the conference semifinals.

 

CONFERENCE FINALS MVP(s): Wesley Johnson and Luis Scola. These guys were unbelievable. They killed me. These two were the first- and third-highest scoring players for the Wizards last week. Let that sink in for a bit, and let it serve as a reminder that, in fantasy, it’s sometimes more about when you’re good rather than how good you are. Would Washington have won if these two scrubs turned in average performances? Probably, yeah. But any time you can get a combined 280 points from guys who are afterthoughts on your roster, people notice.

 

So congratulations to these two teams, who are both at least $200 richer. Atlanta and Golden State will head back to their respective coats with their hands in their pockets, plotting their merciless revenge for 2016.

 

Let’s take a look at the guys left standing. For this time, I’m going to compare each position for these two teams and pick my winner that way. Let’s begin:

 

PG: Mo Williams (HOU) vs. John Wall (WAS)

Mo Willy has been crazy productive over the last couple of months and is probably the Rockets’ best player right now after Harden. But John Wall has had an unforgettable fantasy season – especially in these playoffs – and has the clear edge here.

EDGE: Washington.

 

SG: James Harden (HOU) vs. Dwyane Wade (WAS)

Wade is having himself an underrated season with very nice production, but this is no contest.

EDGE: Houston.

 

G: Mario Chalmers (HOU) vs. Bradley Beal (WAS)

I don’t think much can be expected from Chalmers – never have – and Beal is a talented guy who’s having a good season. Definite edge here.

EDGE: Washington.

 

SF: Harrison Barnes (HOU) vs. Wesley Johnson (WAS)

Wes absolutely and inexplicably slaughtered me in the conference finals, but there’s no way he can repeat. Barnes is a guy who needs to step up, too, after a few lackluster weeks.

EDGE: Houston.

 

PF: Joakim Noah (HOU) vs. Luis Scola (WAS)

Scola was another nobody who killed me last week. Noah is clearly the better player, but a lot of this will depend on how much JoNo plays.

EDGE: Houston.

 

F: Alan Anderson (HOU) vs. Jeff Green (WAS)

As a Nets fan, I can attest that Anderson is a total bum. No contest.

EDGE: Washington.

 

C: Boris Diaw (HOU) vs. Tyson Chandler (WAS)

Bobo is having himself a pretty nice, under-the-radar postseason. But if Tyson plays, he wins.

EDGE: Washington.

 

FLX: Tossup (HOU) vs. OJ Mayo (WAS)

Could this decide the winner? Houston has options here: Mozgov, Augustin, Ingles and Copeland. All have three games. Washington has Mayo (another loser who beat me up last week) and not much else. Mayo is pretty much the only choice here, but Houston has some flexibility.

EDGE: Houston.

 

So that leaves us with a 4-4- tie.

 

But I’m picking Houston here because of James Harden.

 

And that’s it! This will probably be my last Real Deal Report of the season, but I will likely be back for some offseason/draft stuff later on. Good luck to both of these lucky teams and thank you all for reading! It’s been a lot of fun. See you in the gym next season!