GBFBS 2024: Week 2 Great British Fantasy Baseball Superleague review

Last year’s Champions League champion, Adam Nicholson, is already looking ominously good with a 2-0 start to the defence of his title. He is joined by Michael Garmston, Mark Finbow, and Bat Flips & Nerds as the only unbeaten teams in the top division.

However, it is last season’s highest points scorer, Richard Davidson, who is again setting the bar high with a whopping 605 points over the first two matchups. Richard is one of only two players among the 150 entrants to break the 600-point barrier, but bizarrely, he has started the season with two losses, so sits in ninth place on 0-2.

If you think Head-to-head matchups are unfair compared to roto, then take a look at the current MLB standings. The San Diego Padres are the (joint) highest run-scorer, yet they have a .500 win/loss record.

The GBFBS scoring system rewards runs, RBI, stolen bases, and total bases, so it is not surprising to see that Cincinnati Reds phenom, Elly De La Cruz was the top scoring hitter last week. However, few people would have predicted William Contreras and Colton Cowser would be the next highest.

There were no surprises among the leading pitchers, with Tyler Glasnow top-scoring for starters and Pete Fairbanks for relievers, but no one (except maybe obscure-relief-pitcher expert Darius Austin) would have guessed Thyago Viera would be the second-highest-scoring reliever, thanks to seven strikeouts over five innings with one save.

In the Great British Fantasy Baseball Superleague’s second division (the confusingly named Premier League), Nick Wright, Jason Toms, and James Poppleton are unbeaten after two weeks.

Across the other divisions, also off to immaculate starts are Daniel Woodrow, Michael Annison, Ian Flux, Nathanael Garfield, Lucian Merdar, Peter Farr, James Oakley, Sam Devereux, Jacob Slade, Stuart Cullen, Liam Tumelty, Robert Kermode, Joel Bailey, Martin Osbourne, Paul Plunkett, Matt Lomas, Paul Dearnley, Matt Sutton, Mark Lowry, Raymond Walker, Mark Johnson, and Baseball Brit himself, Joey Mellows.

This week, the accolade for defeating the Jonny Gould/James Holden dream team goes to Matt Pumfrey for an incredible tally of 314 points.

This week’s top scorers

  • 314 points: Matt Pumfrey
  • 314 points: Joel Bailey
  • 312 points: David Runciman
  • 308 points: Martin Osbourne
  • 302 points: Joshua Slack

The unluckiest team was Kevin Orchard, who lost to Jamie Wyman by a single point.

Although, this was an impressive comeback by Yankees fan Jaime, who had suffered Hunter Brown‘s record-setting -19 point appearance thanks to 11 hits and nine earned runs in the first-inning implosion against Texas.

One final note in this week’s round-up. Despite Adam Nicholson taking a 2-0 lead into Week Three of his defence of the GBFBS Champions League title, he has committed a rookie error of misreading a player’s eligibility and will now face Mark Blakemore (last year’s runner-up) with only two of his three relief pitcher slots filled. It just shows that these things can happen to even the best.

Featured image of Elly De La Cruz by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

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