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The Ding Dong Challenge: Only Mitch Haniger did anything good last week

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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 19 report card

Name Week 19 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 19 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Feslenraster 7 Paul Goldschmidt (2) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Mitch Haniger (3) 60
Heath Capps 5 Khris Davis (3) Eddie Rosario (0) Travis Shaw (2) 28
Pete Rogers 4 J.D. Martinez (0) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Travis Shaw (2) 57
Salti Cracker 4 Nolan Arenado (1) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Michael Conforto (1) 55
Mark Abell 2 Rhys Hoskins (1) Mark Trumbo (0) Justin Smoak (1) 77
Sixtus74 2 Mookie Betts (0) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) DJ LeMahieu (0) 69
The Real Slim Shaney 0 -- -- -- 59
Brian Creagh 0 -- -- -- 9
Wallstreet1975 0 -- -- -- 7

Feslenraster has been on a roll these last two weeks! He won last week and now won again this week thanks to his boy Ronald Acuna, but even bigger thanks to Mitch Haniger who knocked the most dongs out of everyone picked with three. Well done Mitch. And Fes.

I expertly took Acuna this week and the mayor of Ding Dong city helped me out with two himself so I could’ve had a really REALLY nice week had Just Dingers Martinez lived up to his name sake and went yard just once this week. Mookie Betts also put up a donut for Sixtus this week. Man the Red Sox suck am I right you guys???????

Finally, shoutout to Mark for his candy themed picks last week, the highlight being Mark Trumbo who didn’t play at all this week. Nailed it Mark.

Here’s the perfect lineup for this week:

Elite: Javier Baez (3)
Everyone Else 1: Kendrys Morales (7)
Everyone Else 2: Christian Yelich (4)

Sweet Brady image having Morales as an everyone else this week. GAH WHY DO I NEVER PICK THE RIGHT GUYS? Probably because I’m still learning the MLB...


Week 20 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 124 538 38 96 0.320
Jose Ramirez Indians 128 566 37 88 0.316
Mike Trout Angels 112 494 30 84 0.311
Khris Davis Athletics 121 528 39 74 0.307
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 126 546 34 87 0.306
Mookie Betts Red Sox 112 510 27 104 0.292
Joey Gallo Rangers 124 493 34 73 0.292
Javier Baez Cubs 127 510 28 79 0.279
Jesus Aguilar Brewers 119 446 29 65 0.279
Nelson Cruz Mariners 114 466 31 54 0.269
Nolan Arenado Rockies 124 533 31 83 0.268
Aaron Judge Yankees 99 447 26 70 0.263
Eugenio Suarez Reds 113 490 29 69 0.261
Bryce Harper Nationals 128 555 30 82 0.258
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 128 570 30 82 0.257
Trevor Story Rockies 129 542 26 67 0.251
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 129 576 32 84 0.248
Gregory Polanco Pirates 120 494 21 71 0.248
Francisco Lindor Indians 128 600 29 106 0.244
Manny Machado Dodgers 131 574 31 67 0.244
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 121 525 26 75 0.243
Edwin Encarnacion Indians 109 462 28 60 0.243
Matt Chapman Athletics 115 486 20 80 0.242
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 110 474 19 62 0.240
Brandon Nimmo Mets 110 413 15 65 0.238

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).