Turn on the lights and cue up the intro music. With 18 of the 36 weeks now complete on the Spreadsheet Fantasy schedule, it’s time to take a look back at what has happened, what is to come, and some fun stats I came up with.
First we find James. Although he still has a semi-comfortable 230 point lead, concern may be creeping into the mind of our bold and not-so-beautiful commissioner. Lest we forget that his lead was nearly 400 points before the Masters began, just six weeks ago. Still, the defending champion still has to be the favorite to bring home the 2011 title, with Nick Watney and Phil Mickelson leading his team. Throw in the two Martin’s and young guns Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler, and this is a team no one wants to mess with. And kudos have to go the owner for his acquisition of Aaron Baddeley. Baddeley has given the team an extra 90 points, which is the most of any player not drafted.
There may be no ‘I’ in team, but there is a ‘2’ in the word vic’to’ry. And it because of two players that Brent has catapulted from the cellar to being stellar in the span of two months. Enter Luke Donald and KJ Choi. The two have combined to score (including Osicki’s) 820 of the entire team’s 1300 points. Luke Donald, with 495 of those, is on pace to shatter the all-time mark for most points by a golfer in one year, set by Phil Mickelson last year at 840. He has also registered a top 10 in seven straight tournaments. Choi meantime, is coming off his first win in three years, and has picked top 10’s in four straight events. As for the rest of the team? Well, if they can ever find their stride, this team could be very, very dangerous. The stats below show the big tourneys are where this squad has made its hay.
Next comes the Beast. What makes this team so good is the fact that he seems ALWAYS have five superb players in every event, and this week is a prime example, with 9 of his ten players teeing it up. His 595 points in Tier 1 events are second, but the consistency his big dogs play in them, I would be shocked if he doesn’t end the year with the most Tier 1 points. Jason Day has come out of nowhere to post three consecutive top 10’s, while Rory Sabbatini has been played astoundingly well (when he isn’t fuming mad) too. One concern for this chap is that Matt Kuchar has faded a bit of late, having posted just one top 10 since the Cadillac Championship. It will be tough for the Beast to continue to be known as a ‘big boy’, if the Kuch can’t get his game back.
Team Fuchs is pretty much a spitten image of team Beast (and I’m not just talking about golf here!) Like the team we just featured, Andrew is always sending out five players who are legitimate threats of contending. Aside from Ernie Els and Jeff Overton, everyone this team would have to be deemed a success to the midpoint of the season. However, as the stats below show, the big tourneys have not been kind to the bottom three in the league, and Fuchs is no exception, as his big guns have not been good with big points available. Luckily, there are still 8 tier 3/4 tourneys to come, and if Fuchs boys can come out and play, he may still have a shot.
Dave’s entire season was well illustrated in the final round of the Players. Dave had such a promising outlook at the start of the season, with many of the game’s best global stars. Graeme McDowell entered the final round at Sawgrass in first place. When the dust settled, McDowell finished tied for 33rd. Dave won’t get 33rd in the SSF league, but a bottom half finish looks likely, and all of the optimism at the start of the year has left. In fact, with only 9 top 10s, he is on pace to set a new record for fewest top 10s in the league. Even Bubba Watson – who is tied for the tour lead with 2 wins – has been abysmal when he isn’t in the winner’s circle, showing no consistency. 500 points is able to be made up, but with separate combatants between himself and the top, an inaugural season win looks very unlikely.
The phrase ‘double B’ stands for a lot of things in our final team. Everyone’s favorite traffic reporter, Brian Barkley, the team’s owner, Bryce Bergman, and the way the team has performed, Brutally Bad. When you see Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson at the top of a roster, you figure the team should be in good stead. Not this year. The gents have been terrible, with Dustin finishing in the top 25 just twice in ten starts this year, while Tiger has been injured (or so he claims). One bright spot for the future could be Ian-Baker Finch’s go to man ‘Billy’ Haas, but it’s too late for Haas to bring Double B a league win this year. And I think it’s time to drop Tim Clark. Apparently not even a broken clock is right twice a day in his case. (remember, ‘Time’ Clark from the first tourney haha)
Okay. The crack research team here at SSF has put in some long hours to come with these stats. It shows Brent needs to improve in Tier 1’s, Fuchs and Dave need to improve at the big events, and that James has been solid right through. Note, there have been eleven tier 1’s, three tier 2’s, and four tier 3/4’s.
Owner T 1 T 2 T 3/4 Total
James 640 240 650 1530
Brent 470 75 785 1300
Beast 595 210 455 1260
Fuchs 575 220 320 1115
Dave 565 135 300 1000
Bryce 445 75 290 810