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The Ding Dong Challenge: Nolan Arenado is a home run God

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Welcome to the Ding Dong Challenge, a game were we try and correctly predict who will hit the most home runs in a given week, keep score throughout the entire season and win a free, awesome t-shirt. Here’s last week’s report card and this week’s list of “elites”. If you want to play, just pick one player from the “elites” and two players from the “everyone else” category (which is just everyone who’s not elite), then list your team in the comments. The sooner you create your team, the better as you only get the homers from when your team is posted till the end of the week.

Week 10 report card

Name Week 10 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 10 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
The Real Slim Shaney 9 Aaron Judge (1) Kyle Schwarber (3) Nolan Arenado (5) 47
Sixtus74 7 Aaron Judge (1) Giancarlo Stanton (3) Matt Carpenter (3) 44
Salti Cracker 6 Mike Trout (0) Nolan Arenado (5) Charlie Blackmon (1) 38
Brian Creagh 4 Jose Ramirez (2) Alex Bregman (1) Joey Votto (1) 9
Feslenraster 4 Paul Goldschmidt (3) David Peralta (1) Eddie Rosario (0) 18
Mark Abell 3 Ozzie Albies (0) Brandon Nimmo (2) Charlie Blackmon (1) 39
Pete Rogers 0 Mike Trout (0) Ozzie Albies (0) Xander Bogaerts (0) 31
Heath Capps 0 -- -- -- 11
Wallstreet1975 0 -- -- -- 7

I just want to point out how unfair life is. May I for a sec? I pick Mike Trout for the first time to “right the ship” because who doesn’t hit more homers than Trout? The answer is literally everyone this week as Trout went bagel just in time for me to waste an elite on him. Goddamnit Trout. How dare you. I know you care about this game and my opinions of you.

I also want to go on record as scoring the first bagel on a week when picking a roster. Not a single dinger from anyone. I am falling down the standings.

Meanwhile, The Real Slim Shaney had another filthy week thanks to Nolan Arenado who suddenly decided that knocking homers was easy and he’d like to do it more often. Plus, three dingers from Kyle Schwarber certainly helped. Sixtus is doing his best to keep up with Shaney but if Shaney keeps picking his batters like he did last week, he’ll be running away with the Ding Dong champ title in no time.

Mark Abell is just a big week away from joining Shaney and Sixtus atop the game while Salti Cracker is chomping at their heels again thanks to a MASSIVE WEEK FROM ARENADO.

Heath hasn’t played in forever. Come on Heath.

For those who love to play the what if game, here’s last week’s best lineup:

Elite: Francisco Lindor (3)
Everyone Else 1: Nolan Arenado (5)
Everyone Else 2: Yadier Molina (5)


Week 11 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Mookie Betts Red Sox 59 266 19 58 0.342
Mike Trout Angels 78 344 23 62 0.336
Jose Ramirez Indians 75 336 23 55 0.320
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 75 321 23 53 0.311
Nelson Cruz Mariners 65 274 20 33 0.299
Brandon Nimmo Mets 66 238 12 40 0.288
Eugenio Suarez Reds 60 261 16 35 0.281
Khris Davis Athletics 68 294 20 42 0.278
Nolan Arenado Rockies 72 318 18 52 0.277
Aaron Judge Yankees 74 333 19 50 0.274
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 59 260 13 35 0.273
Eduardo Escobar Twins 71 295 12 35 0.270
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 75 330 17 54 0.264
Eddie Rosario Twins 73 309 17 54 0.261
Javier Baez Cubs 73 283 14 43 0.261
Francisco Lindor Indians 75 354 19 63 0.260
Bryce Harper Nationals 75 331 19 44 0.260
Manny Machado Orioles 75 329 19 36 0.257
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 74 328 19 46 0.255
Trevor Story Rockies 78 334 16 41 0.254
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 67 266 15 34 0.251
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 75 307 15 46 0.250
Edwin Encarnacion Indians 68 290 18 39 0.245
Joey Gallo Rangers 76 303 18 37 0.244
Matt Davidson White Sox 60 245 13 26 0.243

Anyone not on this list is an Everyone Else. Reminder: you pick one Elite and two Everyone Else each week so choose wisely! Leave your team in the comments if you want to play this week (and feel free to leave your twitter handle as we’ll give a shoutout each week to the previous week’s winner).