Reviewing Close Ottoneu Races

There are just six days left in the baseball season, and ottoneu owners are officially in crunch time in their quest for a title. As these final days play out, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the closest races across ottoneu FanGraphs points leagues as of this morning using the same standings pull that I run when creating the power rankings.

Closest Two Team Races

These are the leagues with the smallest difference between first and second place as of this morning (across all FGPTS leagues the first place team has an average lead of 577 points).

Closest Ottoneu FGPts Races (1st to 2nd)
LgNum LgName 1st 2nd Delta
240 For God and Country Breakfast 18,340.6 18,335.4 5.2
652 Dozen Eggheads of Fantasy 18,158.4 18,149.0 9.4
772 World Series of Tubes 18,424.3 18,406.9 17.4
236 Viva el otto 19,052.2 19,033.4 18.8
160 Anyone but the Cubs in ’17 18,349.8 18,330.5 19.3
288 Black Dog Baseball 18,411.9 18,390.2 21.7
220 STS Readers League 20,151.8 20,127.1 24.7
334 Hall of Fame 17,933.3 17,903.9 29.4
774 Pesapallo 17,864.5 17,822.6 41.9
400 Sure, We Could Be GMs 18,788.2 18,733.8 54.4

It’s pretty obvious that these ten leagues are still up for grabs, as all of them have less than 55 points separating the current leader and second place.

In 240 Madam, I’m Matt Adams is looking to win his third title after winning in ’14 and ’15, while Miguel’s Caballeros are trying to defend their ’16 championship.

The Get Downs currently lead in league 772 and are seeking their first win, as is the current runner up Colonic Groupon (no thanks!).

League 236 has been experiencing some intense gamesmanship this week, as both teams scramble to max out their IP with SP luminaries such as Matt Boyd (won for $72), Robert Stephenson ($39), and Erasmo Ramirez ($86). Yes, those are the actual amounts each player was won for.

In league 160 the Trea Huggers are seeking back to back titles, but Kluber Lang and the Pitied Fools have IP in hand and have an excellent chance of winning their first pennant.

Another league, another team trying to add to their trophy case, as Actually Doug, I knew her well attempts to capture their third championship in 288.

Closest Three Team Races

First, a quick note- across all FGPTS leagues the average gap between first place and third place is 1,148 points. These leagues all feature three teams within 200 points of each other, which makes for an exciting multi-team finish.

LgNum LgName 1st 3rd Delta
652 Dozen Eggheads of Fantasy 18,158.4 18,133.1 25.3
774 Pesapallo 17,864.5 17,759.0 105.5
324 SABRTastic 18,792.2 18,663.8 128.4
380 Just a Bit Outside 18,745.4 18,616.8 128.6
726 When It Was A Game 18,341.7 18,157.0 184.7

League 774 features an incredible race, as there are actually four teams within 124 points of each other at the top, and all four teams would be first time winners in this league. Montreal Royals holds a narrow lead at the moment, but they have by far the least innings thrown so in theory they should be able to stack more SP starts over the next six days.

Closest Four Team Races

Closest Ottoneu FGPts Races (1st to 4th)
LgNum LgName 1st 4th Delta
652 Dozen Eggheads of Fantasy 18,158.4 18,120.1 38.3
774 Pesapallo 17,864.5 17,740.9 123.6
752 Fantasy Field of Dreams 17,729.8 17,388.8 341.0

Even though they’ve appeared on every table so far, I’ve saved Dozen Eggheads of Fantasy for last because their race puts all others to shame. There are a ridiculous FIVE teams within 100 points of each other at the top of the standings. To put that in perspective, only 18 out of 137 total FGPts leagues feature a less than 100 point gap between first and second, but 652 has a 92.1 point gap between first and fifth.

Biggest Lead

Just for giggles, here is the flip side of the coin. These are the leagues where the gap from first to second is the largest.

LgNum LgName 1st 2nd Delta
81 Big Ray King 19,945.8 17,315.5 2,630.3
120 Fourteenth Inning Stretch 19,241.7 17,039.8 2,201.9
90 UZR Friendly 19,722.1 18,031.9 1,690.2
226 Dynasty Minds 19,504.2 17,852.5 1,651.7
617 RNCs Bastard Mixed Offspring 19,997.3 18,393.3 1,604.0

Good luck to all of you fighting for a title in these leagues!

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Justin is a life long Cubs fan who has been playing fantasy baseball for 20+ years, and an ottoneu addict since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @justinvibber.

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tehzachatak
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tehzachatak

> League 236 has been experiencing some intense gamesmanship this week, as both teams scramble to max out their IP with SP luminaries such as Matt Boyd (won for $72), Robert Stephenson ($39), and Erasmo Ramirez ($86). Yes, those are the actual amounts each player was won for.

Probably the last we see of this. One of the two commissioners of this league has mostly put a stop to this by enforcing the fairly vague “at no time shall a team intentionally exceed the salary cap” rule. Too bad… it was fun.

Blue Shoes
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Blue Shoes

So one cannot bid above one’s free space then, even if the owner can get under the cap by cutting a player? Because by the letter of the law, that would be “intentionally exceeding the salary cap.” Seems like an overreaction IMO.