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The Ding Dong Challenge: Ronald Acuna finally comes back to Earth

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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 22 report card

Name Week 22 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 22 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Feslenraster 2 Francisco Lindor (1) Ronald Acuna Jr (0) Shohei Ohtani (1) 70
Salti Cracker 2 Giancarlo Stanton (1) Ronald Acuna Jr (0) Marcell Ozuna (1) 66
Mark Abell 1 Matt Chapman (1) Rowdy Tellez (0) Anthony Rizzo (0) 89
Pete Rogers 1 J.D. Martinez (1) Ronald Acuna Jr (0) Xander Bogaerts (0) 67
Sixtus74 0 Mookie Betts (0) Ronald Acuna Jr (0) Billy McKinney (0) 75
Heath Capps 0 -- -- -- 28
The Real Slim Shaney 0 -- -- -- 59
Brian Creagh 0 -- -- -- 9
Wallstreet1975 0 -- -- -- 7

Oh wow what a bad week this was for everyone. Yikes. Ronald Acuna finally came back down to earth, much to the shagrin of literally everyone who built a lineup this week and not a single player picked knocked more than one dinger this past week. Gross. Just all around not a good week for the Challenge. It’s ok, we have one week left! That’s right, only one week for someone to just have a MVP week and take down Mark and win the t-shirt of all t-shirts!

I’m looking at you Sixtus, much like Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope.

Let’s see how badly we all drafted last week and check out the perfect lineup:

Elite: Nelson Cruz (2)
Everyone Else 1: Yasiel Puig (5)
Everyone Else 2: Juan Soto (4)


Week 23 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Mike Trout Angels 129 567 34 94 0.307
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 140 610 41 106 0.300
Jose Ramirez Indians 145 642 38 101 0.295
Khris Davis Athletics 140 608 43 87 0.295
Joey Gallo Rangers 138 545 37 79 0.290
Mookie Betts Red Sox 129 583 29 118 0.282
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 144 625 35 101 0.278
Jesus Aguilar Brewers 136 513 32 72 0.270
Javier Baez Cubs 146 586 31 93 0.269
Nelson Cruz Mariners 131 538 36 67 0.269
Nolan Arenado Rockies 142 613 34 96 0.262
Trevor Story Rockies 148 622 33 81 0.262
Alex Bregman Astros 146 658 30 101 0.256
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 148 654 33 94 0.256
Bryce Harper Nationals 147 639 34 97 0.256
Eugenio Suarez Reds 131 564 32 76 0.250
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 139 601 31 84 0.250
Gregory Polanco Pirates 130 534 23 75 0.245
Francisco Lindor Indians 146 685 35 120 0.243
Manny Machado Dodgers 149 654 35 77 0.243
Christian Yelich Brewers 134 593 30 101 0.243
Matt Chapman Athletics 134 569 23 93 0.241
Travis Shaw Brewers 140 545 29 67 0.237
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 147 654 34 93 0.236
Edwin Encarnacion Indians 126 532 31 70 0.234

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).