3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #17

Josh Donaldson(TOR) may have tossed his bat, but he scooped up some points as he scored 56.458pts in Week #17
Josh Donaldson(TOR) may have tossed his bat, but he scooped up some points as he scored 56.458pts in Week #17

 

A little mid-week reprieve as I throw in a Hump Day 3 Stars article.  The weekend edition has been a bit sluggish lately, so I thought I’d mix things up and throw the readers a curve ball (did you all catch the Pun of the Week?) with an early article.  Being the Dog Days of August, I thought a Wednesday surprise would alleviate the summer time blues.  Never mind the fact that I’ll be out of town this weekend and I’m not sure if I’ll be around to post a new article.  It has nothing to do with me.  It’s all about the subscribers!

Week #17: The AL East still holds the team with the best Real Deal record with the Tampa Bay Rays at the top. They went a perfect 4-0 this past week and improved their record to 62-14. The Boston Red Sox are still sitting in 2nd place with a 58-18 record. Even though they are in 2nd place, they have the third best record and one of those other teams is a division leader. The second best record is in the NL Central and belongs to the mighty Chicaco Cubs. They are sitting at 60-16, but only have a slim 2 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers and their 58-18 record. In the AL West, the Houston Astros remain supreme with a 58-18 record. Their lead is slightly larger as they have a 6 game lead over the Texas Rangers at 52-24. In the NL East, the New York Mets are still atop the division with a 52-24 record. The Miami Marlins are in 2nd place with a 47-29 record and are 5 games back. The Washington Nationals are at .500 with a 38-38. The NL West has the Colorado Rockies in 1st place with a 52-24 record. Tied for 2nd place are the San Francisco Giants & Arizona Diamondbacks at 46-30 as they are 6 games back. The AL Central is in a dead-heat tie with the Kansas City Royals & Minnesota Twins. Both teams have identical 47-29 records. Only 4 games back are the 3rd place Detroit Tigers at 43-33.

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B There were only two 1B to crack 40pts this week and they were led by Edwin Encarnacion(MIL) as he scored 42.190pts. It was the first time this season he broke the 40pt mark as his previous best was 39.837pts in Week #7. He has 359.854pts on the season and is ranked 10th for 1B. Chris Davis(TBR) has been hot lately as he has scored over 30pts three weeks in a row. This week, he scored 41.06pts. It was the second time over 40pts for Davis as he did it in Week #8 also, and it raised his season point total to 359.349pts. He is ranked just outside the Top 10 as he’s 11th among 1B.

2B Ian Kinsler(TEX) was the only 2B to break 40pts as he scored 41.551pts. That was his third 40pt week of the season and he has scored over 122pts in the last three weeks. He now has 385.042pts and he has vaulted up to #4 among all 2B. Asdrubal Cabrera(TBR) had the next highest score at the position with 36.116pts. Things have been a little rough for him, but he has scored over 67pts in the last 2 weeks. Before that, he only had 49pts the 6 weeks before. He now has 205.067pts on the season and is ranked 24th among 2B.

3B Josh Donaldson(TOR) had his best week of the season and his first 50pt week as he scored 56.458pts. This is his 5th week in a row over 20pts and his 3rd in a row over 30pts. He became the 2nd player in the Real Deal Dynasty League to reach 500pts as he has 515.361pts. Ryan Zimmermann(WAS) is back in the lineup for only the second in the past 7 weeks as he missed Weeks 11-15. He scored 47.863pts and had the second highest score for 3B. It was the first time he scored over 30pts this season and only the third time over 20pts. He has 159.8pts this season.

SS Carlos Correa(HOU) didn’t make his Real Deal debut until Week #10. Since then, he’s rattled off five weeks of 30 plus points out of eight weeks played. This week, he was the only SS to break 30pts as he scored 36.129pts. He already had 242.626pts on the season and is ranked 13 among SS. Ian Desmond(ARI) has been up & down recently with less than a point last week. 44Pts in Week #15. -7pts in Week #13. But this week was a positive one as he scored 29.091pts. He now has 222.056pts and is ranked 21st among all SS.

OF There were only 2 OF’s that broke the 50pt mark this week. The leader was Nelson Cruz(COL) as he scored 53.055pts. He had the 2nd highest output this week. He’s no stranger to 50pts as it’s the third time this season and the second time in the last three weeks. He’s also scored over 150pts in the last three weeks. He now has 462.09pts and is ranked 3rd among OF’s, behind only Trout & Harper. Andrew McCutchen(TBR) was the other OF to reach 50pts as he scored 50.273pts. It was his first 50pt week of the season. He has been on a hot streak lately scoring over 20pts for the last 6 weeks in a row. He has 424.372pts and is ranked 6th for OF’s.

C Kyle Schwarber(CHC) has really only been around the Real Deal for three weeks (he made a brief .6pts appearance in Week #11), but he’s made quite a splash. That includes his second 30+pt week in 3 weeks as he scored 36.403pts. He was the only catcher to score over 30pts. With 94.297pts on the season, he’s already climbed up to 24th among catchers. It appears offensive catchers are a premium in the Real Deal League. A.J. Pierzynski(HOU) had the 2nd best score with 29.047pts. It was only the 6th appearance of the season for Pierzynski and the best week of the season for him. He has 57.199pts on the season.

SP David Price(BOS) had a rough week last week as he scored -1.5pts. Like a true Ace, he rebounded nicely with a 33.25pt week. It was his best week of the season and the second time in three weeks he scored over 30pts. He has 256.75pts and is ranked 8th for SP’s. Chris Bassitt(TEX) made his Real Deal debut in Week #13. He’s been in single digits every week until now. He broke out with 31.25pts and was the only other SP over 30pts. He only had 26pts in the previous four weeks.

RP Ken Giles(SEA) was just given the closer duties with the Phillies, and it didn’t take him long to find his place on the 3 Stars board. He only had double-digits twice coming into this week but he led all RP’s with 27.25pts. He has 143.5pts and is ranked 26th for RP’s. Look for him to start climbing the ladder now. Hector Rondon(ARI) has made back to back 3 Star appearances as he had another 20pt week. This was his 2nd 20pt week of the season as he scored 20.75pts. He has 166.25pts and is just outside the Top 10 for RP’s. He is currently ranked 11th.

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Edwin Encarnacion……..Brewers…………….42.190

Chris Davis…………………Rays…………………41.060

David Ortiz…………………Braves………………39.673

SECOND BASE:

Ian Kinsler………………….Rangers…………….41.551

Asdrubal Cabrera………..Rays………………….36.116

Matt Duffy………………….Mets………………….32.851

THIRD BASE:

Josh Donaldson…………..Blue Jays…………..56.458

Ryan Zimmermann………Nationals…………..47.863

Matt Carpenter……………Brewers……………..42.890

SHORTSTOP:

Carlos Correa……………..Astros………………..36.129

Ian Desmond………………D-Backs…………….29.091

Brandon Crawford……….Angels………………28.980

OUTFIELDER:

Nelson Cruz………………..Rockies………………53.055

Andrew McCutchen……..Rays…………………..50.273

Hunter Pence……………….Giants………………..41.163

CATCHER:

Kyle Schwarber……………Cubs…………………..36.403

A.J. Pierzynski…………….Astros…………………29.047

Buster Posey……………….Giants………………….28.040

STARTING PITCHER:

David Price………………….Red Sox……………..33.250

Chris Bassitt…………………Rangers……………..31.250

Jake Arrieta………………….Rangers………………28.000

RELIEF PITCHER:

Ken Giles…………………….Mariners……………..27.250

Hector Rondon…………….D-Backs………………20.750

Carson Smith……………….Cubs……………………19.750

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