I'm proving myself to be about as good in the Fantasy League as I was at real Baseball back in the day. I could catch anything hit or thrown. I could have given Rickey Henderson some lessons on base stealing. But, I couldn't hit Zack Hample's ego with a Dump Truck. And apparently he has a big ego.
All of that being said, Prince Fielder is officially dead to me. Now, Prince is having a decent year in my opinion. He's 87-327, averaging 6 hits every 22 At-Bats. Based on the point scheme of the League, he's averaging 20 points per week which isn't bad. I've started him 8 weeks out of 15 and based on those numbers and the times started/benched I should have 160 points with him and I should have lost 140 points without him.
But, I assure you, that's not the case. Here's a recap of our love/hate relationship:
Week 2 – PLAYS - Bit of a rough week 2-23, 6 points. Let's not take any chances this early in the season. Mike Jacobs, you're up.
Week 3 – SITS - Prince hits 4-18 with 25 points. Good points but 4-18? Let's let him ride the pine another week. Maybe 2007 was a fluke.
Week 4 – SITS - 7-23. 35 points. Crap.
Week 6 – PLAYS - Nope. He's a fluke. Prince goes 4-20 with 10 points. Go grab some sunflower seeds and catch up on the latest Grisham novel, Prince. I start Adrian Gonzalez over Fielder.
Weeeeeeeek 7 – SITS - Come on! Are you serious?!? 9-24. 26 Points. Grab your glove.
Week 8 – PLAYS - You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind.
(One of these guys is Billy Shatner, but I'm not telling you which one.)
You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas, you've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. 7-26. 10 points. Frank Thomas, your turn.
Week 9 – SITS - I bench him but at least I'm seeing the trend now. Lava one week, Produce Section the next. Or is it... Prince goes 7-24 with 27 points. Regardless, so far this season, this is what ALWAYS happens. Week 10, he should start even though Week 9 was good.
Week 11 – SITS – This was supposed to be a bad week right? Nope. 8-24. 22 points. Now I'm even more confused. That's three great weeks in a row. There's no way he can make it last for 4 weeks! Have a seat, Mr. Fielder. Keep your glove on, Mr. Mustache.
Week 12 – SITS – WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOUR KID, CECIL?!??!?! 8-22, 2 Doubles, 5 Home Runs, 9 Runs Scored, 8 RBIs, 3 Walks!! 44 P O I N T S ! ! ! !
Weak 13 – PLAYS – Prince Fielder is a Baseball God!! He is a man among mice. He is a ... what the crap! 1-24 with 3 points! I give up...
Week 14 – PLAYS – Who cares. 6-26. 15 points.
Week 15 – SITS – At this point, It's a toss up. Through Wednesday Prince is 1-6 with 11 points. Add in the 1 point he's scored in tonight's game (Top of the 7th) and he's 4 points from outdoing last week.
Instead of having 160 points with him (the average) I have 109. And instead of having lost 140 without him, I've lost 190. But considering that he's “undroppable” in my league I guess I'll start him Week 16...
That's supposed to be his good week anyways...