Last week I joined a league called The Devil’s Rejects. You’ve probably seen posts on this league over at FanGraphs recently. In fact, it must have subconciously rubbed off on me because that is a very FanGraphsy title. Rejects is a 20-team dynasty with 45-man rosters where we keep 28 forever. It’s full of industry talent from sites like FG and Baseball Prospectus. Razzball’s own J-FOH has a team and we’ve already made our first trade with no blood, sweat, or tears spilled. The squad I took over was one that had cycled through a couple of owners in the previous two or three years. So yeah, it’s a bit of a project. But the point of this post is that there’s one name on this roster I have absolutely no idea what to do with, and I’m wondering if other dynasty geeks out there are faced with the same problem. It’s Shohei Otani, the Japanese pitcher who’s tearing it up in the NPB.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So much of life comes down to perspective. There are super successful people that are filled with bitterness and anger while others scrape by and are happy. I constantly have to remind myself how lucky I am – great wife & kids, healthy, have money in bank, love where I live – to avoid getting sucked into the craphole of the daily grind.
It is easy for people that do not play fantasy sports to dismiss our joy or anger at our fantasy baseball teams by saying ‘it is just a game.’ You can reduce just about everything people get passionate about with ‘it is just _____’. But that isn’t productive. Reveling in your successes and dismissing your failures only means you ensure less success because you do not fully learn from your failures. And it takes a healthy perspective to isolate the ‘fault’ from the ‘bad luck’ in one’s failures.
I write all this because my first year in Tout Wars was an excrutiating test to keep perspective. Let’s see how good a job I can do….Please, blog, may I have some more?
Things can start simply and end up a classic. Or at the very least, well remembered…ok, just remembered. I don’t know, it’s Beck, you view him as you see him. I liked him but never thought he was going to be a superstar. How does a guy win a Grammy when the first lyrics people heard from him contain, ‘With the plastic eyeballs, spray paint the vegetables, dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose?’ Even people tripping on acid would say he’s too far gone with that kind of writing. Either way, here we are over 20 years after his break into the industry and he has some hardware on his mantle for his 12th studio album. I’m sure some would say the industry was just saying ‘We didn’t get it 20 years ago’ by giving him the prize now and by ‘some’ I mean ‘Kanye.’ Regardless, we’re not here to talk about Beck but in keeping with the Grammy theme, I just won myself Best New Artist of the NFBC $150 Draft Champions league I was in. Yup, you can put me up there with the big names now like Hootie & The Blowfish, Paula Cole, Esperanza Spalding…ok, maybe/hopefully this isn’t a trend as I’d love to win more than one in my currently illustrious NFBC career. It was an interesting league to be a part of and I will break down how I done won it below. Join me, will you? (BTW, you might know me as the DFS guy on the site. You might also know DFS is getting hit hard by people (legislators) trying to get FanDuel and DraftKings to cut states into their kitty. I’m all about putting hands in the kitty, but not this way. To offer support, fill out this petition.) Anyway, here’s a recap of how I came out a champion in my 15 team NFBC league for 2015 Fantasy Baseball…Please, blog, may I have some more?
I had a dream the other night. I was riding a Donkeycorn through the clouds going to Cram’s house to deliver his radiantly white championship hoodie. My beard was flowing in the wind and I wasn’t wearing any pants, when I had a thought. Why waste a day with a flying Donkeycorn to do what the post office could accomplish in 5 to 7 business days? So I landed at the local post office, shipped it and took off for the Greek Isles to get drunk on ouzo and do some island hopping. When you’re not wearing pants, you may as well go somewhere tropical. Any the hoo, I woke up, sent Cram an email, and went back to bed. Cram’s prize is after the jump (talk about anticipation!):Please, blog, may I have some more?
A couple of years ago Bret Sayre invited me to participate in his dynasty league – The Dynasty Guru Expert League, or TDGX. At the time I was writing for him at his site, and while I don’t anymore, I’ve been allowed to remain in the league as a representative of Razzball. I’d like to say my team has been killing it, but that hasn’t been the case in the first two years. The league is a lot of fun, and there are representatives from sites like Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Baseball HQ, and CBS. It’s deep and it’s challenging. Tim McLeod and Ian Khan took the championship in each of the first two years, so major kudos to them.Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you’ve been following along all season, you already know that this was the first year of Razzball’s very own dynasty league – the Razznasty – made up entirely of Razzball writers and commenters. It was an absolute blast, and I was glad to have the opportunity to commish this one. It’s a 16-team, 40-man roster, keep 30 dynasty format. This year was a battle for first place between Razzball’s own J-FOH and commenter Csifu (Hannibal Montana). It was a tight race all year and at times the difference was a mere point or two. But J-FOH put his foot on the gas down the stretch and pulled away. The Hateful One did it with style by racking up top five finishes in eight of the ten categories in September, including 32 wins and 367 strikeouts over the final month. When it was all said and done, J-FOH came within four points of a clean sweep 160 for the year. Impressive stuff, and so with this final post I’m handing him the microphone so he can share a bit of his strategy and how things played out for his squad.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I usually talk about the top-10 below, but I had to make it the lede today. This week it’s about Winning, and the High Index leagues smoking everyone in the standings. That includes our FML Grey… who will be in here to gloat in 3… 2… go. You are the champ of the perts and to be honest, it’s been one of the hardest stretch run battle I’ve played in a long time. I tip my cap to you tough. Enough about Grey, this is about you. Six of the top-ten come from leagues with an index of 109 or higher, including three from the FCL, two from the ECFBL, and one from the Champions League. Way to go guys. Hey, has anyone caught Narcos on Netflix? I watch that show with the anticipation of a kid for Christmas. *feels tap on shoulder* Hey, what’s up Octavio? Sorry guys, Octavio is my new intern I got from the local adult night school. I don’t care if it looks weird to just change topics like that. I’ve written enough about these guys all year and I want to squeeze in my love of Narcos before my last post. If you do anything this off-season, besides read Razzball everyday, you should watch Narcos on Netflix. [Jay’s Note: It stars Oberyn Martell for Godsakes!] If a well done in depth dramatization about the rise of Pablo Escobar strikes your fancy then I suggest you check it out. Until then, let us get to the update…Please, blog, may I have some more?
I won’t be winning any RCL’s this year so I need a stiff drink of something to remind me that fantasy reality is a bitter tasting b*tch. I might take two second place finishes falling short to the Big Magoo and Grey, and to be honest I can live with that *screams into pillow*. They are both great competitors… but really, who was questioning that? On a good note, unless something crazy happens, I should win Mike’s RazzNasty Dynasty league. The one and only Razzball roto dynasty league! To be fair, I played for this year (go figure) and not 2018. But enough about me winning and let’s talk about me losing. I drafted Miggy this year in the ‘perts league and regret it every sleepless night. Speaking of Miggy, did anyone know how much he likes messing with other players? He’s a little comedian, and speaking of little, watch it until the end when he picks up Altuve. Stupid YouTube rabbit hole, I ended up on this baseball clip and I’m wondering why I haven’t seen this before… maybe I did and I forgot. I even chopped it for you. Okay, enough of all this, lets get to the update and the old schoo gangsta rap I got in here today.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Tehol has Game of Thrones, Grey has reality shows, Jay has Star Trek, Sky has Netflix, and Mike has… I have no idea if Mike even owns a T.V.. I have The Walking Dead (best scene ever!). I was one of those viewers that didn’t jump in until Season 4 after power-watching the first three seasons on Netflix. The geniuses who created TWD have now given us a new perspective on the zombie apocalypse in Fear The Walking Dead. The show takes us through the zombie apocalypse in a large urban area, Los Angeles, from day one. Each episode building on the other as people discover and deal with their quickly changing world. Fighting to grasp this new reality while wanting normalcy to return. You might be wondering what this has to do with the RCL Update? It has plenty… looking back on the season ,we leave draft day with all the hope and confidence in our fortune telling skills. When injury or poor play strikes, we think it will be fixed quickly and everything will be okay. Then tragedy keeps hitting us in the face and things unravel pretty quickly as our DL gets filled up and by the end we can barely recognize our teams. Right now, your team better be more Walking Dead and less Fear the Walking Dead, with a hodgepodge of “where did that guy come from” and “I thought this streamer retired” (I’m talking about Eduardo Escobar and Jake Peavy). Anythehoo, I love the shows and can turn them into an analogy for any struggle in life and if you ain’t ever struggled through a fantasy season then get a tougher league.Please, blog, may I have some more?
What does the new spin-off of the Walking Dead have to do with the update? Very little. I just wanted to be topical and I also feel like a zombie as we are within a month of the finish. I have been told that roto is too long and gets boring. I have always disagreed with that thinking. I like the marathon, even though it’s probably shaving years off my life. This week, I go a little big with the charts and a little low on the words. I was covering for Magoo and spent my Labor Day working on two posts, but it’s cool, I’ve heard less of me and more of you is what’s preferred in the update. To stay on the topic of you, how you doin? Getting those game starts caught up? Batty calling on the regs? Let me know what strategy you’re using. Seriously, you got to finish strong. Before I go, if anyone was wondering, I do watch Fear the Walking Dead and have probably watched every episode of the Walking Dead at least twice… some three, maybe four times. I like the new show. You?Please, blog, may I have some more?