We’re finally starting to settle into the season!  The Opening Week jitters are gone, and while we still say “small sample size” on everything – it’s not the size of the data but how you use it!

With starting pitching, most guys have only made their first start on the year – a few top-of-the-rotation guys have made two – so unless you see something drastic, you’re not panicking.  And full disclosure, I wrote this intro before Joe Ross‘s first start, so admittedly I am a little nervous…  I have several shares of Ross – on all my redrafts teams, I ranked him crazy high, he’s going to have my first born child…  But whatever happens, it’s still only one start!  This is one of the most nerve-racking Pitcher Profiles I’ve done!

My heavy investment in Ross made him an easy choice to break down for the first Profile on the young season, so here’s how he looked on Sunday afternoon hosting the Marlins, after having his start Saturday night postponed:

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REL baseball logo newThe season is here!  The quest for deep dynasty league immortality is abreast, which is a word that is not used nearly enough…

If you missed the league launch giving in slight detail what the league is all about, you can check it out here, plus read our draft recaps in one of the sparsest talent pools you could ever draft in an inaugural league’s draft.  Max bid on Pedro Alvarez!

We’ll be checking in every week with updates from our 30 REL GMs, but I know what you’re thinking, “what’s the intrinsic value of looking into your deep league, JB?!”  Sorry, that commenter sounded too much like Frasier.  The comment would usually be, “BORING!”  Well, I think there’s a big value here – seeing pickups on FAAB in a 30er could give you some ideas for guys to watch on your wires in deep leagues as well.  Plus this is a Razzball Community league, and giving another outlet for readers to be on the site I think is awesome.  We don’t do enough of it.  You hear that Grey?!  We need to have a “be Grey for a day!” contest and have someone be you and write the daily notes!  Man I’d have fun with that…  “I interviewed Delino DeShields last night from my Motel 6 bed, and he said he’s gonna have a great year!” Here’s how things are going through the first few games in the 2016 REL League (with pickups stretching more like 2 weeks since the draft for this edition, but ya know, schwatev):

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The season is here, the season is here! Man, it’s great having baseball back, and on today’s show Grey and I chat about some of the first goings ons including some great opening day K performances and how I’m officially calling his Robinson Cano hatred wrong. Small sample my ass! Grey talks about how he likes friggin’ Zack Cozart after one game! We then check in with Rudy and talk his Yahoo Friends & Family draft (I of course ask what Grey said in the chat room when he got Albert Pujols in the 9th round) and the Razzball Tools to help you win your season-long leagues and some DFS skrillah. Cash money babay, cash money! I really am the whitest person you’ll ever meet… Then Grey and I talk about our RCL ‘Perty ‘Perts league, where Grey gets mad at J-FOH for all his sniping. Nice work, Jack full of Awesomesauce! That sounded weird… And finally we go through our 2016 predictions and Razzball Staff Picks, where somehow, without any consultation, we found out J-FOH and I made the exact same AL/NL Cy Young and MVP picks. We’re long lost twins! Except, ya know, other than being tall we’re years apart and never met in person… It’s time for a parent trap! Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The season is here baby! Boy what an awesome opening day… The Cardinals are in dead last in the NL Central! So beautiful…

Hard to believe we’re going into year 4 of the Pitcher Profiles. So much profiling! And it’s the 3rd year of the weekly re-ranks. I’m doing so much SP heavy-lifting that I might have a UCL injury!

Speaking of injuries, a lot has changed since I put out my initial ranks exactly a month ago, but it feels like this Spring was a little more injury-free than last year. In fact, the biggest elbow injury wasn’t even a pitcher! Take that, pitching detractors! It’s mostly been some surprise risers (my K:BB obsession gave me a Juan NicasiO-face looking at his stats!) and some guys losing their opening day rotation spot (wahhhh Paxton, whyyyyy?!). As always, green for ascenders and red for The Descenderists, who as a band should be marked in red. I haven’t heard anything about them for years!

We’ll be getting into the Profiling next week (everyone watched those first 3 games, seems silly to profile any of those Opening Day guys), so get ready for some GIFfing magic! Here’s my updated top 100 SP for the first week of the fantasy baseball season:

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Less than a week away!  I’m more excited than that feeling in Grey’s pants when he drafts Delino DeShields…  I think I shaved it down to 3 references today!  I bet if you were reading quickly and saw “in Grey’s pants” and “shaved”, you mighta thought something different was happening!  On today’s show we break down my anti-SP RCL draft from a week-and-a-half ago, and also chat Grey’s draft in the Yahoo F&F (which you can follow along and read more in-depth here).  If you didn’t pick it up from the description, Grey was super pumped about someone who fell in the draft!  We also go over some notables from Spring Training, including a starting OF Grey hit on in his Spring analysis (in that he got it right, not that he shouted catcalls at him!) and a new starter in Seattle.  Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

Be sure to check out the first Podcast of the Fantasy Football season here! (With a Game of Thrones special Pod coming this Thursday!)

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We’re back with the Razzball Pod, and on today’s show we talk about the Top Chef finale and Grey’s NL-only Tout Wars team – one of those things went really well! You’ll have to listen to find out which – that’s called a tease! After breaking down Grey’s auction-drafted squad (which you can follow along and read more in-depth here) we delve into some Spring Training news including Brad Boxberger‘s injury, Juan Nicasio‘s crazy run his past two preseason starts, and a deep sleeper for OBP/Pts leagues. Today’s Podcast brought to you by Grey’s undergarments! Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Mmmmmm, look at dem sexy graphics!

The inaugural draft of the Team-Based Razzball Elite League concluded this Sunday, full of mystery, intrigue and MURDER! As in, I’m gonna murder the Phillies for sniping Amir Garrett at the end there, stupid rebuilding NL teams!

REL teams in the initial season began with keeping 17 players on their active roster, leaving 8 remaining spots to be filled with a $100 auction budget. Scrubs going for mad cash! It was a draft we’re likely never going to see anything quite like again, as every following season is a 3-round supplemental snake… I’m going to always cherish the inaugural REL auction draft!

As with the REL Hoops League, yearly winners will get their pennant retired on the footer graphic and is my new primary goal every fantasy baseball season. Get that Brewers ink up on the rafters! Unfortunately it’s going to take a season or two of rebuilding to even be in the conversation, but I’ve never done a full rebuild in a dynasty before! Should be fun…

We’ll be posting updates once a week during the regular season, giving the other 29 REL GMs and myself a chance to recap their past week and explain their decisions. We’ve already gotten some big trades in the NL! Here’s how the draft went down and what the REL owners think about their year one teams:

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Bringin’ in da star powah! Today on the Razzball Baseball Pod we discuss sleeper hitters who could vault into the second round by 2017, which Grey of course uses as yet another platform to talk about Delino DeShields. We get it already! This has become madness… (Speaking of madness, come and join the Razzball Basketball Tourney Pool!) We then interview Top Chef Season 1 Winner Harold Dieterle and get a behind-the-scenes look at the show and a more in-depth explanation of why you can’t make “faux gras” in 3 hours. Grey is so multi-lingual with his French! Then we wrap up with some news and notes since our last show, including some early standouts through the first few weeks of Spring Training. Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Grey and the crew are back from the desert, and ready to give us the lowdown on Spring Training performances! Unfortunately, it sounds like Grey didn’t see anyone too good, except we do get a nice under-the-radar sleeper at OF. We then talk the Brett Anderson injury and the impact on the Dodgers rotation, Aroldis Chapman‘s suspension, and some sneaky speed that was just signed in ChiTown. We did too much agreeing on this podcast, I need to get Grey fired up again next show! Commenters – let me know if Grey ever got irked at any of your comments to him, and I’m going to fuel the fire! Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Oh man, baseball is almost back!

This has been an epicly tough offseason…  Mainly because it took me like 3 weeks and countless hours to try and get these rankings done…  How the hell does Grey do it?!  Probably by not watching any TV or movies; he STILL refuses to catch up and watch The Fifth Element!

Then again, I went from 6700 words in my yearly magnum opus in 2015 to 9500+ this time!  JB-Full-Of-Words!  I dunno if J-FOW is a new acronym I want though, I sound like the nerdy, fantasy baseball brah from Jersey Shore.

I’m absolutely pumped for another season of Pitcher Profiles, a full season with my new computer for the sexier new pitcher GIFs, flashing around my very own, spiffy Gamescore+ stat, and a season to hopefully forget the epic Greek tragedy of Shane Greene.  Super Greene!

If you missed the wrap up at the end of last year, you can check out how my 2015 pre-ranks fared against Grey and ESPN.

Let’s get down-n-dirty into it!  Especially since we’re nearing 9600 words with this open now…  Sheesh!  Someone get this guy an editor!  As always, please shoot your comments below on what ya think, and happy pitching to us all in 2016!

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