In a total squeaker, Rotobuzzguy Howard Bender slipped past Derek Carty to take Cycle III, Period 5 with 138.9 points to Carty's 138.25 on the strength of Dallas Keuchel (23.35), Zack Godley (17.4), and Jose Altuve (22) to take weekly honors as we head into the final league match-up in anticipation of the final September contest which will determine the champ.
Carty was able to exploit Matt Moore (20.9) along with the surprising Nicky Delmonico (32) in addition to Keuchel to drive his squad while Derek Van Riper took the bronze for the week with 135.25 points, also rostering Keuchel, Moore and Delmonico.
That puts Carty, who already has one ticket to the finals, in the lead going into the closing week with 374.3 points, followed by Van Riper with 369.15 while Tim Heaney holds down third with 345 points.
As far as the overall points champ, who also receives a ticket to the finals, Carty holds a slim lead with 2250.4 points over Lord Zola who logs in with 2238.65, making the dominant duo the favorites to take said honors, with Bender (2157.85) and Andrea Lamont (2106.95) hoping for a late boost to take the overall title. Note that all four--Carty, Zola, Bender and Lamont--have tickets to the finals thanks to their savvy and consistent play this season.
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