High Cheese Tops Week 1 Power Rankings

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Bryce Harper ended the first week of the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League as the top-rated player.

Behind the pitching of Gerrit Cole and Sean Manea and the hitting of Freddie Freeman, High Cheese won eight categories to defeat Las Estellas Rojas in Week 1 and earn the top spot in the season’s first Power Rankings.

High Cheese is the league’s top-ranked team in pitching after pitching 95.1 innings with seven quality starts, eight net saves/holds, a 2.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. The team leads the league in ERA and WHIP.

David Price pitched a pair of quality start shutouts to lift Warning Track Power to the No. 2 spot in this week’s Power Rankings. Price pitched 14 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts while allowing just 10 baserunners.

Here is a look at this week’s complete FantasyPros Power Rankings.

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High Cheese leads the league standings with a 8-3-1 record after the first week of the season. Hapamon, the Midtown Marsupials, and Warning Track Power are all 8-4.

The defending league champions, Let’s Play 2, Stadium Mustard, and A-Rod’s Mirrors all stand at 7-5.

It’s a slow start for Las Estellas Rojas, who sits in last place at 3-8-1 while the Pittsburgh Xplosion and Marin Menhunes are both 4-8.

HITTING

Hapamon didn’t dominate any one statistical category but was solid across the board in the season’s first week. Outfielder Charlie Blackmon led the way, hitting .278 with a 1.033 OPS over his first nine games. He finished Week 1 with six RBI and five runs scored.

The Marsupials were equally strong at the plate and rank second in hitting after Week 1. In seven games, Brian Dozier hit .290 with a 1.063 OPS with eight runs scored and four RBI. The team finished opening week second in runs scored, third in RBI and second in OPS.

The Mirrors finished with the league’s top hitter in Week 1. Outfielder Bryce Harper went 10-for-28 with a 1.535 OPS, a net stolen base, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored. He was also the league’s top-rated player for the week.

Here are the first week’s offensive statistics courtesy of Yahoo!

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PITCHING

While Cole was the league’s top-rated pitcher in Week 1, Jameson Taillon and Patrick Corbin weren’t far behind. In a pair of quality starts, Taillon struck out 16 batters over 14.1 innings while allowing just two earned runs. Taillon was the top-rated player for Pittsburgh Xplosion. Corbin also earned a pair of quality starts for the Mirrors while striking out 20 batters over 13 innings and finishing the week with a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP.

Archie Bradley was Fireman of the Week to start the season, tallying five net saves/holds in six appearances for Bacon at Mile 11. Bradley, the league’s highest-rated reliever, struck out eight and allowed four hits over 6.2 innings while giving up just one run.

Edwin Diaz was nearly perfect in relief for High Cheese. Diaz struck out eight of the nine batters he faced without giving up a walk or a hit as he earned three saves.

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SLOW STARTERS

Several players struggled to open the season and left their teams digging out of a hole. First baseman Chris Davis went 3-for-30 with seven strikeouts and a .450 OPS for Las Estellas Rojas…Second baseman Jason Kipnis was 4-for-34 with seven strikeouts and a .358 OPS for Stadium Mustard…Reliever Blake Parker gave up four earned runs in 4.2 innings for Hapamon while walking three batters.

If you are looking for daily updates, join the league’s Facebook Group. It’s a great place for back-and-forth conversation as the league unfolds.

Good luck in Week 2!

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