As Major League Baseball reaches its midway point of the year, so does the New York Mets fantasy baseball league of Rising Apple writers.
As the New York Mets get ready to enjoy a much-needed All-Star Break, the Rising Apple Fantasy League is also at its midway point. When we last posted an update on the league, a few teams were starting to break away from the pack in their respective divisions after six weeks of play.
Disclosure: I manage “Weird Flexen, But OK.”
Now that there is a greater sample size of head-to-head match-ups, it’s time to check back in to see how the league is shaping up as it hurtles toward the postseason. And, more importantly, find out which managers had the best preseason draft in terms of how many of their players found their way into this year’s All-Star Game.
Without further delay, here is how the RAFL stacks up going into the break:
1. A Cespedes for the Rest of Us (9-4)
1. Weird Flexen, But OK. (9-4)
3. Jerry Seinfeld (7-6)
3. Meet deMets (7-6)
5. Chase for 28 (6-7)
6. Treez in the Rainforest (5-8)
1. BringBack BigSexy (9-4)
2. Bartolo’s Belly (8-5)
3. deGrom’s Barber (6-7)
3. The Van-Wagon (6-7)
5. Dr. Andrews’ Waiting Room (4-9)
6. Thor’s Hammer (2-11)
Unlike the real-life Mets, quite a few teams in the league had a strong month in June. Weird Flexen, But OK. had a perfect month, winning all five games that ended on Sundays in June. A Cespedes for the Rest of Us is on a four-game winning streak to keep pace in the East Division, while BringBack BigSexy has won the last two to open a one-game lead in the West Division.
As we’ve seen over the first half of the year there has been real parity in this fantasy league, which is to be expected when you have a 12-team league with an equal opportunity to draft high-quality players. But which managers have had the most drafted players produce this season? The answer may surprise you.
Dr. Andrews’ Waiting Room, sitting in fifth in the division and 11th out of 12 overall, drafted eight players that made the All-Star team this season: Freddie Freeman, Nolan Arenado, Josh Bell, Zack Greinke, Joey Gallo, Lucas Giolito, Marcus Stroman and Charlie Morton. The Van-Wagon drafted seven, while seven All-Stars are also found on Chase for 28’s roster, although two were added via free agency.
League-leader A Cespedes for the Rest of Us added quality players in a different way with Kirby Yates as the only drafted All-Star out of six on the roster. Trades brought Mets All-Star Jeff McNeil and Trevor Story into town and Ketel Marte, James McCann, and Mike Minor were free agents.
Every team in the league has at least two All-Stars on the current roster, while Sandy Alcantara is the only real-life All-Star not on a team at the moment. We’ll have to see if he plays a role in the second half of the Rising Apple Fantasy League or if managers will stick to what has worked thus far.
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