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Team pitching

This variety of fantasy wiffleball always presents a challenge to fantasy owners who are not blessed with the fortune of a top three pick. The staffs of Eagan West, the Reds, Indians and Royals, were the first three names off the board and none of them disappointed in carrying their respective fantasy squads in the pitching column. After the top three the waters got a little murkier, as the Twins, Red Sox and Tigers staffs dropped below their expected output. To be fair, the Twins and Sox had solid fantasy seasons but the Tigers missed the usual innings workhorses of two time Cy Wiffler, Doc, and the uber consistent Seibs, dropping the staff all the way to fifteenth in the fantasy wiffle rater. The top three staffs did not actually lead their fantasy squads to victory in 2008. Rather, it was Tugboat’s “Robot Ninjas” hijacking of the Braves staff in the fifth round, the fourth best staff in fantasy, that propelled the team to fantasy gold. Truck’s “All Up in Your Tub” was kept afloat despite some less than stellar offensive support, by drafting the Padres in round 5, who ended up tying the Bravos as the fourth best fantasy hurling squad in the HRL. The biggest surprise was the A’s, lead by the fresh arm of Santi, who went from being a bottom three staff in ’07 to the tenth best staff in the league in ’08.

As for the hitters, J-Ski reclaimed his throne as the dominant fantasy slugger in the league and provided a solid return on the first round pick Dr. Seuss’s “Underground Network” spent on him. Two third round picks provided huge pay-offs to their respective owners, as Tugboat and Molgs ended up in the top ten of all fantasy sluggers, far ahead of where their draft slots have indicated they would fall. The steal of the draft was easily Starting Goalie’s “Big Os” nabbing Monsoon, the fourth best hitter in fantasy, with the 26th pick. The surprise of the year was the undrafted Madman taking Eagan by storm and joining the fantasy elite in the top ten. Honorable mention for the surprise award goes to Daubs who slugged his way into the top ten. Don’t expect either of these guys to go undrafted again. And the biggest bust of 2008 was… Spaz, a first round pick who ended up playing in only three games (where the hell was that guy anyway?)

The Fantasy Wiffle Rater explained: The top twelve fantasy pitching staffs are ranked, as are the top thirty fantasy sluggers. The system is less than scientific, but takes into account where each player ranked in each category for ’08 (i.e. J-Ski had the second best average, so he gets two points for that category. He was first in homers so he gets one point in dingers.) The four categories are added together and then divided by four to give each player/team a Fantasy Wiffle Rater Score. Since their values are drastically different, the pitching staffs and batters are scored and listed separately below:

FANTASY WIFFLE RATER 2008: HITTERS

Player AVG HR RBI R Score
1.) J-Ski 2 1 5 2 2.50
2.) Tugboat 9 2 1 3 3.75
3.) Chops 6 9 1 1 4.25
4.)Monsoon 1 5 7 7 5.00
5t.)Sanchez 16 3 1 5 6.25
5t.)Spoon 3 12 4 6 6.25
7.)Molgs 4 4 9 10 6.75
8.)DJ 5 9 12 10 9.00
9t.)Edgar 17 11 6 4 9.50
9t.)Madman 10 5 16 7 9.50
11.)The Man 21 7 8 12 12.00
12.)Doc 8 12 23 24 16.75
13t.)Daubs 24 15 13 17 17.25
13t.) Yo 15 8 11 35 17.25
15.)Al 7 16 18 29 17.50
16.)K-Mart 18 23 15 19 18.75
17.)Hendi 39 16 10 13 19.50
18.)J-Zilla 32 12 17 24 21.25
19.)BenBox 33 46 13 9 25.25
20.)T-Bag 14 23 35 31 25.75
21.)Balls 49 16 18 21 26.00
22t.)Alex 28 23 21 35 26.75
22t.)The Kid 29 31 18 29 26.75
24.)Dr. Seuss 31 36 26 15 27.00
25.)Rocket 12 31 52 14 27.25
26.)Truck 20 20 23 51 28.50
27t.)Joe 40 33 27 15 28.75
27t.)Fitz 42 16 33 24 28.75
29.)CX 27 27 42 21 29.25
30.)The Deuce 38 36 26 15 27.00

FANTASY WIFFLE RATER 2008: PITCHING STAFFS

TEAM ERA K WHIP W Score
1.)Reds 1 2 1 1 1.25
2.)Royals 2 4 2 3 2.75
3.)Indians 5 1 5 4 3.75
4t.)Braves 4 9 3 1 4.25
4t.)PADRES! 3 3 4 7 4.25
6t.)Brewers 6 5 9 8 7.00
6t.)Red Sox 9 6 8 5 7.00
6t.)Twins 7 7 6 8 7.00
9.)Pirates 8 12 7 11 9.50
10.)A’s 12 8 12 12 11.00
11.)X 14 10 15 6 11.25
12.)Mets 10 17 10 10 11.75

Individual pitching

Team Chops dominated individual pitching fantasy in 2008, snagging DJ, Tugboat, Al, Joe and Benbox with his first five picks, all of whom contributed significantly to all eight categories, and absolutely dominating the hitting stats. Team Cheezy and Team Rocket each boasted strong pitching staffs but could not keep up with Chops and his Ruthian dominance of slugging. Two Bat and Sanchez, while solid, were the only first rounders who did not provide the 8-cat dominance their respective owners expected. The second round was filled with either tremendous value or dream-shattering disappointment (see Team Pitching section on Spaz) with two of the top four fantasy wiffles coming off the board. Round three provided good value for fantasy owners as well, producing six top twenty fantasy wifflers, including two in the top ten. The highlight of round four was Team Rocket snagging Hal, who delivered a top fifteen season and looks poised to rise into pure, unadulterated fantasy stardom in ‘09. Benbox was a steal at the end of the fifth, while Monsoon secured his place as the individual pitching fantasy steal of the season, going 37th overall and riding a solid season on the hill to compliment his league leading OPS all the way to 11th place on the Fantasy Wiffle Rater.

Figuring out the rating system for individual pitching was a bit more complex, as it does not take into account the number of innings pitched when calculating ERA and WHIP value. T-Bag, who threw only fifteen innings but boasted a top ten ERA, did not provide nearly as much help to his fantasy team as Tugboat, whose ERA fell just below T-Bag’s, but whose 50 more innings gave his owner a much more positive effect on his overall team ERA. T-bag is unique in that his minimal innings pitched were extremely positive for his team, so the Rater has weighted his scored slightly differently. Players who did not pitch a significant number of innings are for the most part not included in the ’08 Fantasy Wiffler Rater, unless their hitting stats were enough to carry their minimal pitching output (see Daubs, T-Bag, etc.)

FANTASY WIFFLE RATER 2008: INDIVIDUAL PITCHING

Player AVG HR RBI R W ERA K WHIP Score
1.)Tugboat 9 2 1 3 15 10 13 10 7.88
2.)Spoon 3 12 4 6 15 6 19 4 8.63
3.)Chops 6 9 1 1 6 13 32 8 9.50
4.)Edgar 17 11 6 4 15 1 31 6 11.38
5.)J-Ski 2 1 5 2 6 30 28 25 12.38
6t.)The Man 21 7 8 12 6 29 10 23 14.50
6t.)Dr Seuss 31 36 26 15 1 3 2 2 14.50
8.)Doc 8 12 23 24 27 2 42 1 17.38
9.)Al 7 16 18 29 15 15 20 24 18.00
10.)The Kid 29 31 18 29 4 14 6 14 18.13
11.)Monsoon 1 5 7 7 31 17 46 32 18.25
12.)DJ 5 9 12 10 31 37 16 28 18.50
13.)Hal9K 66 20 29 21 11 5 3 5 20.00
14.)Hendi 39 16 10 13 27 20 5 37 20.88
15.)Torpedo 57 23 29 19 11 12 16 12 22.37
16.)Molgs 4 4 9 10 43 38 39 36 22.88
17.)Rocket 12 31 52 14 11 11 24 9 23.00
18.)K-Mart 18 23 15 19 22 40 10 38 23.12
19t.)BenBox 33 46 13 9 16 28 25 22 24.00
19t.)Yo 15 8 11 35 15 42 25 41 24.00
21t.)AC 51 41 35 42 1 7 4 11 24.13
21t.)Joe 40 33 27 15 6 31 15 26 24.13
23.)Sanchez 16 3 1 5 22 43 52 53 24.38
24.)CX 27 27 42 21 27 26 26 20 28.25
25.)CJ 71 41 48 51 1 8 1 7 28.50
26.)Two-Bat 41 36 23 35 36 33 6 31 30.13
27.)Steve 1 26 33 42 50 27 25 27 21 31.38
28t.)Rondell 34 27 40 31 36 24 32 35 32.38
28t.)Daubs 24 15 13 17 43 56 44 47 32.38
30.)T-Bag 14 23 35 31 56 9* 48 13* 32.50*
31.)Nine 75 37 35 31 11 22 9 43 32.88
32.)The Legend 59 27 31 17 22 31 32 45 33.00
33.)Madman 10 5 16 7 56 63 53 60 33.75
34.)Fitz 42 16 33 24 36 36 51 33 33.88
35.)Alex 28 23 21 35 43 53 32 49 35.50
36.)Shirls 30 62 59 51 31 21 14 19 35.88
37.)Palpatine 80 79 80 60 4 4 8 3 39.75
38.)Scarecrow 44 27 35 44 43 44 40 42 39.88
39.)The Deuce 38 20 22 39 43 50 50 58 40.00
40.)Dr. Hate 25 41 50 40 43 49 23 50 40.13
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