Hello, readers of this blog post. That is you. I joined eleven other fantasy baseball experts for a draft the other day. These experts came from all walks of life and all countries (mainly US and Canada) and were united on one front: the love of pretending they are more gifted in this fantasy baseball shizz than all others. It takes certain sized brass balls to anoint oneself a fantasy baseball expert. Did they attend the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston with yours truly? Some did, others did not. I believe Scott Q. Pianowski from Yahoo was home schooled by Brandon Funston. Whatever the case, we all share a knowledge of fantasy baseball to make you marvel…until it’s June and Marco Estrada has a 1.50 WHIP and has been bumped from the rotation and you want to kill one of us. That is then, young squire. No rush to judge now. Rudy broke down who was in this ‘pert draft that I’m about to have my own looksie. Here’s my team and some thoughts on this 12 team, mixed league for 2013 fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
So let me preface this piece with my first hipster moment in history: I’ve been doing Razzball Writer’s Leagues since last year and by that I mean we had one on the Football side of Razzball. Don’t believe me, click the link! We’re still writing over there. If for some reason in all this baseball you’ve got a little hankering for fantasy football off-season news, well we’ve got you covered. Alright, I’m done whoring for the morning so I’ll get you back to your regularly scheduled fantasy sport you came to read. Let’s me hit you with the straight facts: this league is RCL style. That means all the info about how we do this thing we do you can learn from the original sign-up page for the 2013 Razzball Commenter Leagues so I don’t have to repeat it. Date of the draft: Sunday, March 24th at 9:45 Eastern Standard Time. Why is that important? Because we tried to change the date for the EST’ers of the league and got stuck having to vote. When did fantasy baseball start to require chads? Didn’t we designate a Commish for a reason? Many of us fantasy baseballers suffer through this democracy in America every day but secretly yearn for the iron fist of a dictatorship and usually this is one way we get it. And before I let this go I want to announce one other thing. Referenda, ESPN? I’m not gonna lie, had to google that and it was a menu item in our league. Google told me it was ‘The submission of a proposed public measure or actual statute to a direct popular vote’. Ok…or you could’ve just called it ‘vote’. ESPN, you give me Chris Berman and his ‘ZIP! WHOOP!’ combo special and then throw legalese at me like I’m on trial? I’m not the father, ESPN, and I already proved that on Maury! Did you not see my sweet dance moves!?! Oh, got a little personal there. But enough about that, let’s take a look at the draft results here and below I’ll list all the players of the game:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Please, blog, may I have some more?
We now have 62 full leagues! 51 leagues have already drafted. 447 different players have been drafted so far. Next week I’ll have all the numbers in the draft recap. We’re down to desperation time. I’m now trying to fill a LAST CHANCE RCL, drafting Saturday at 2 pm ET. Contact me if you are interested in getting in on that league. Or to be put on the waiting list in case any league has a late dropout.
We had our 2nd annual Razzball Expert League (aka RCL Expert League) on Tuesday night with Grey and I facing off against a field so formidable that I’ll use the term ‘experts’ in single quotes instead of double quotes.
Here are the participants (in draft order) and a link to last year’s standings:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re currently at sixty completely full leagues. I now have a waiting list for future leagues. Contact me if you are interested in getting on the list, which has already proven very helpful after unexpected dropouts. Three leagues lost owners yesterday, but all were refilled in short order. And, if we collect enough names, a new free RCL will be set up. Feel free to include your preferred draft times. I can’t guarantee you will be accommodated, but we will do our best. There is also a league with a $25 buy-in that has 9 openings. Check out the Signup sheet if you need the thrill of money on the line, and send the league organizer, Dave, a note.
Tout Wars – one of the two most prestigious fantasy baseball expert leagues (along with LABR) – invited Razzball to participate in its inaugural 15-team mixed league online draft (they also have AL-only, NL-only, and 15-team mixed auctions).Please, blog, may I have some more?
Please, blog, may I have some more?
Registration slowed down a bit last week, but we still gained 29 teams. Several leagues had dropouts, but most have been refilled and we are left with just 3 leagues with a single opening. Check it out to see if there is a league to suit you. We also reached the magic 60-league mark, hitting our goal with almost 3 weeks to spare. I’m now setting up a waiting list for future leagues. Contact me if you are interested in getting in on the 700-team Razzball Commenter League action! Once we’ve collected enough names, a new RCL will be set up. Feel free to include preferred draft times, though I can’t guarantee you will be accommodated, we will do our best.
After giving it serious thought last year, I finally took the plunge and signed up for an NFBC league. I figure the worst case is we have someone here at Razzball who is experienced in the format for reader questions. Better case, I really like the format and we consider sponsoring a league or two next year as a complement to the Razzball Commenter Leagues. Best case I win some money and get to brag about it on the site.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We added another 65 teams in the last week, and now have 688 teams. Some of the Razzball experts have formed the 58th league, Razzball Elites, to compete in the RCL. There are currently only openings in a $50 buy-in league, so, you know what that means. Please head over to the RCL Registration post to see how you can become a commissioner, or just add a team to one of the leagues. (For a step-by-step guide to creating a new league, see this post in the fantasy baseball forums.) Next week we’ll cap the leagues and start a waiting list so we will have managers to fill late openings and create complete 12-team leagues when we have enough signed up.Please, blog, may I have some more?
To sorta quote Dead Poets Society, “The players for this league aren’t that different from you. Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. The only difference is they suck at baseball.” This is the league where you don’t even want the cream of the crap. You want the crap. These are the guys that wake up in the morning and say, “Today is gonna be different. Today, I’m going to amount to something.” Then fail miserably. They go 0-for-4 with a hit by pitch and call it a success. They only throw five innings when the bullpen is too taxed from the night before. They’re constantly looking over their shoulder, wondering if they’re going to be released. Maybe I can make it as a real estate agent, that’s what they tell themselves. Or they tell themselves, maybe if I stand behind Broxton’s ass, Dusty won’t see me. Or they call Brian L. Hunter for hitting tips. This is the league where you want a catcher in your utility spot and are damn sure glad Juan Rivera has 1st base eligibility. In this league, you want the entire Rockies starting staff and wish they played at home for every game. This is our 6th annual Fantasy Razzball tourney, where the goal is to manage the WORST FANTASY BASEBALL TEAM. (If you want our regular fantasy baseball leagues, their sign-ups are here.)Please, blog, may I have some more?