Under normal circumstances, the only thing more painful than writing about one's own fantasy team is reading about someone else's. We get it...honestly. But the participants in the Roto Arcade Pro-Am are a clever group, capable of making a notional league full of imaginary teams almost interesting. And since "almost interesting" is what we shoot for around here, we've asked everyone to provide a status report.
Did everyone actually respond to the request? No. There are deadbeats. When we get to those owners, you'll find alternative programming.
Let's begin at the top of the standings, with a manager who named his team after Matt Wieters(notes), then avoided him like very old lunch meat...
By far my best draft decision was selecting Twins' catcher Joe Mauer(notes) instead of Orioles' catcher Matt Wieters. At the Memorial Day turn, Mauer is hitting .417/.500/.819 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIS while Matt Wieters is hitting in Triple-A Norfolk.
[Ed.'s note: Eric wrote this prior to the call-up. He feels terrible now. Blubbers like a ninny. Wishes he could take back everything he said, and everything he's about to say...]
Can Wieters overcome that kind of head start with just four months of the season left? If he can, then I get what I deserve for my draft day heresy. If he can't, then I am glad to expose the false god.
I have to say I'm pretty happy with my performance so far. I've been solidly in the top two or three for most of the season. I've got some guys who will undoubtedly slow down (like Lind), but others who should pick it way up (Bossman Junior, Beltre, Hardy). I think I'll be in the mix all the way to the end. But it's a fun league. There's next to nothing in the FA pool, so there's almost always a deal pending. I'm just interested to see how it all will play out. I have the feeling that somebody is going to hit on a great pickup or make a sweet deal that's going to make a world of difference.
Much like Mark Teixeira(notes), Razzball's entry in the Roto Arcade league waited until May before getting going. We were 16th place at some point in April but have clawed back to third place as Fielder started hitting, McCann started seeing, and our pitchers starting winning. We have no allegiance to the last couple spots on our roster and have made a number of innocuous and/or self-defeating (see Ho Chi Var). Picking up Randy Wolf(notes) and LaTroy Hawkins(notes) are probably our best moves so far - hopefully the Andrus/Hawkins for Lugo/Ian Stewart(notes) trade eventually pans out. Not sure if one trade stands out as the best/worst but we're waiting for Carlor to offer us half his team for Frank Francisco(notes) (aka the best Texas Ranger not already on his team).