The 2018 fantasy season is under way. Which teams are off to flying starts and which are in extended spring training?
|Norwich No II||53||16||49||5||.258||.844||4||7||104||3||3.20||1.14||11|
We begin with the biggest winners of the week, as Norwich got off to a hot start with an 11-1 win against the Slugs. Bryce Harper launched six homers, scoring 10 times and knocking in 12 while batting .357 while Freeman also hit double digits in runs and RBIs.
The decision to pick Corbin is paying dividends too, as the Arizona pitcher won twice, striking out 20 and helping to take ERA and WHIP. Osuna and Rivera combined for seven saves and Hader had two holds. Hoskins stole two bases for the Slugs while batting .440, Miguel Cabrera drove in nine and Donaldson scored nine times.
The Sox are second in the standings after defeating the Knights 9-2. Polanco scored eight runs, knocked in 12 and hit .364 while the pitchers impressed. Ohtani won twice, as did deGrom, while Kershaw struck out 19 and Cole helped take ERA and WHIP. Nine different Knights hitters went deep in a matchup full of power, including three from Encarnacion. Trea Turner stole five bases and Pollock swiped three. The Knights also pounced to pick up Greg Holland after he joined St Louis, which could prove to be a very wise addition.
The Isotopes begin 2018 with an 8-4 win against Batteries Essential. Sano and Upton, who knocked in nine runs, each homered three times and scored seven runs while Lindor swiped three bases. Devenski and Lyons had a hold each while Morton won twice and Greinke struck out 14. Cano hit .440 for Batteries Essential and Sale helped take ERA and WHIP. Batteries Essential also have some injured players who haven’t been put on the DL, so are playing short-handed.
The RBIs slugged their way to a 7-4 win against the Riverkings. Gregorius scored 10 runs, hit three homers, knocked in 10 and batted .375 for the week. Eaton also scored 10 runs and Gallo launched three homers against the shift. Severino won twice while Clevinger and Price helped take ERA. Inciarte stole two bases for the Riverkings while Boxberger had four saves, Edwards Jr collected a pair of holds and Kluber made the difference in WHIP.
|The Bath Bombers||44||15||46||8||.232||.725||5||2||92||1||5.17||1.42||7|
The Bombers picked up a 7-5 win against the Maltsters, with Trout leading the hitters win nine runs, three homers and two steals. Bogaerts knocked in nine runs. Ray won twice and was one of three starters with 17 strikeouts, although Hamels led the staff with 23. Devers helped the Maltsters take average while Kimbrel had three saves, Madson picked up two holds and Bundy helped take ERA and WHIP.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||42||10||38||4||.262||.801||5||5||69||5||4.46||1.27||5|
|The Cheddar Chasers||34||10||33||11||.226||.707||5||6||82||0||2.73||1.20||5|
Finally, the A&E Dept and Chasers could not be separated, finishing 5-5. Smoak was the star Beckenham batter, scoring eight runs, homering twice, knocking in 10 and batting .351. Bradley notched five holds on an injury-ravaged pitching staff. In fact, Beckenham are living up to their name, with six players currently on the DL. The Chasers had four homers from Dozier and Cain and Dee Gordon stole three bases each. Taillon won twice, striking out 16 and helping to take ERA and WHIP, while Treinen and Brach had two saves each.
Which means the standings look like this:
|1||Norwich No II||11-1-0||.917||–||11-1-0||6||5|
|5||The Bath Bombers||7-5-0||.583||4||7-5-0||11||1|
|6||Beckenham A&E Dept||5-5-2||.500||5||5-5-2||9||4|
|7||The Cheddar Chasers||5-5-2||.500||5||5-5-2||1||–|
Week Two match-ups
Norwich v Knights
Sox v Batteries Essential
Isotopes v A&E Dept
RBIs v Slugs
Bombers v Riverkings
Chasers v Maltsters
Remember to make full use of your DL spots and scour the waiver wire for free agents. Alternatively, if you have a need and/or a surplus, you can always talk trade.