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RotoDerby Update: Edwin Encarnacion Crushing it

June 7, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments Comments Off
Coco Crisp has been productive when healthy for the Oakland Athletics.
Coco Crisp and his skull-tipped dreads slipped in May thanks to injuries. (en.wikipedia.org)

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After laying a big fat zero for us in April, Edwin Encarnacion exploded in May with 16 homers, 34 RBI and just 15 strikeouts. Interestingly enough, his BABIP went from .312 in April to .195 in May, so basically it was an all-or-nothing month. In fact, half of EE’s hits were homers in May (97 points).

Thanks to bevy of injuries Coco Crisp failed to match the respectable dozen points he accumulated in April. His zero long balls and four RBI (one of which was on a bases-loaded walk — see video below) were made even worse by 19 strikeouts. (-8 points).

We did have a better month thanks to Encarnacion, improving from 276th place in April to 74th place in May. At this rate, we’ll be in the money this month!

Our Lineup

Hanley Ramirez: Ramirez’s power was better in May as he smoked six dingers compared to just three in April. He also drove in 21 runs, which counters his 19 strikeouts nicely. (32 points)

Ian Kinlser: Kinsler’s 40 May hits was 12 more than hs April output. Unfortunately, he only went yard twice and his nine RBI were more than negated by 10 strikeouts. (nine points)

Buster Posey: Posey managed just one homer in May after tying a career with six in April. (seven points)

Pablo Sandoval: After a dismal April in which Sandoval hit just two jacks, he made some major adjustments. His six homers and 19 RBI were a nice surge, washing away 15 strikeouts. (34 points)

Adrian Beltre: An April DL stint cost Beltre owners a lot. He is now back and his five homers and 15 RBI covered up his 20 strikeouts. (20 points)

Jose Bautista: Bautista didn’t match his April total of eight jacks, but we will take his steady total of six. He drove in 22 runs and only struck out 17 times, both totals besting his April effort. (35 points)

Matt Holliday: Normally consistent slugger Holliday hit just one homer in May. His 11 RBI were masked by 23 strikeouts. (Minus 7 points)

Bryce Harper: Last May, Harper also spent some time on the DL, but he did hit three homers with five RBI and 14 strikeouts. That would good for three points in RotoDerby. Since he didn’t play at all in May 2014, he scored zero, which actually beat his April total of minus seven points.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below how your RotoDerby team is doing.

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RotoDerby Update: April Showers

May 6, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments (0)
In the first month of 2014 he had two homers and 25 strikeouts. With the Jays struggling, Double-E could find himself on the trade market later this season and a move anywhere will hurt his homer numbers given that he already plays in the major’s top dinger ballpark (so far this season, anyway).
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RotoRob Tries RotoDerby: The Drafts

March 24, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments (0)
This team is full of notable names. Our angle was to get players with a proven power history or that are peaking. We met the home run cap (220) on the nose.
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Product Review: RotoDerby Offers a New Spin on Fantasy Baseball

March 12, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
You pick a 10-player starting roster (six infielders and four outfielders) with a home run cap (which varies annually), and compete against the rest of the pack to achieve the highest fantasy points for the season based on three stats: home runs (five points), runs batted in (one point) and strikeouts (minus one point).
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Fantasy Football Draft Report

September 7, 2013 | by Josh Johnson | Comments Comments Off
Like all Fantasy experts, I have a long-standing home league that is essentially my baby. We drafted Tuesday evening, and going that late before the season starts rules — it is definitely preferred over drafting early.
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