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The Ding Dong Challenge: All hail Christian Yelich

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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 20 report card

Name Week 20 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 20 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Pete Rogers 6 Khris Davis (1) Christian Yelich (4) Travis Shaw (1) 64
Mark Abell 6 Eugenio Suarez (2) Alex Bregman (3) Derek Dietrich (1) 83
Salti Cracker 4 Mike Trout (1) Freddie Freeman (0) -- 59
Feslenraster 3 Khris Davis (1) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Kendrys Morales (0) 63
Sixtus74 2 Mike Trout (1) Freddie Freeman (0) Daniel Murphy (1) 71
Heath Capps 0 -- -- -- 28
The Real Slim Shaney 0 -- -- -- 59
Brian Creagh 0 -- -- -- 9
Wallstreet1975 0 -- -- -- 7

ALL HAIL CHRISTIAN YELICH! I added him on a whim this week and he panned out beautifully! Khrush Davis decided to take the week off knocking only one dinger this week and the Mayor decided since it was a long weekend, he didn’t need to work either. Well Yelich is the one true king, he cares about your Ding Dong squad and he’ll knock dingers until you’ve got what it takes to take home the win! (Or tie in this case, DAMN YOU MARK!)

I feel like there’s a massive Mike Trout week coming but it was not this one. Worry not Trouters, I think the week will soon be upon us where Trout goes yard five times and everyone is politely reminded that he’s really good at baseball. Meanwhile, when was the last time Freddie Freeman did anything dong worthy? I feel like he’s been a popular Everyone Else but I’m not so sure when the last time he actually did anything was.

Here’s your perfect lineup for this week:

Elite: Mookie Betts (2)
Everyone Else 1: Christian Yelich (4)
Everyone Else 2: Jake Cave (4)

Not a great week for the Elites...


Week 21 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 130 565 39 100 0.311
Jose Ramirez Indians 134 591 37 92 0.305
Mike Trout Angels 118 521 31 88 0.303
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 132 571 35 90 0.300
Khris Davis Athletics 128 559 40 78 0.297
Mookie Betts Red Sox 118 537 29 110 0.296
Joey Gallo Rangers 128 506 34 74 0.285
Javier Baez Cubs 133 539 30 85 0.281
Jesus Aguilar Brewers 124 466 31 68 0.280
Nelson Cruz Mariners 120 491 33 60 0.268
Eugenio Suarez Reds 118 515 31 72 0.266
Aaron Judge Yankees 99 447 26 70 0.263
Nolan Arenado Rockies 130 561 31 85 0.256
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 135 599 31 84 0.252
Bryce Harper Nationals 134 577 30 86 0.249
Manny Machado Dodgers 137 599 33 70 0.246
Alex Bregman Astros 134 604 27 92 0.245
Trevor Story Rockies 135 569 26 72 0.245
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 135 601 33 87 0.245
Matt Chapman Athletics 122 517 22 85 0.244
Edwin Encarnacion Indians 114 481 29 63 0.244
Christian Yelich Brewers 122 544 27 96 0.243
Gregory Polanco Pirates 126 519 22 73 0.242
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 127 550 27 76 0.240
Travis Shaw Brewers 129 512 27 63 0.236

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).