There’s an old African expression that I just made up, it goes “A hippo in the Bush is more dangerous than a pack of lions”. Whether anyone in an actual African country has ever whispered that phrase I don’t know. What I do know is, that in the Razznasty a Hippo is more dangerous than all the other Lions combined. After leading by the slimmest of margins entering August, the Matt Truss led Hippos has put his foot on the gas, switched on the nitrous, and left the rest of the league in the dust. In the past 30 days he’s gone from 121 points and a half point lead over Raskals, to 137.5 points and an 11.5 point lead over his rival. With good across the board production, and a slight edge in pitching, Hippos is doing it all. Seriously he’s top 5 in every category but RBIs, where he ranks 6th. Way to come on Matt, you’re both a Czar, a scholar, and a Maine resident. That means you’re Russian royalty, know how to spell deductible, and love a good Skowhegan whoopie pie. What, you don’t understand why whoopie pies and Maine, particularly Skow-Vegas, are synonymous? What can I say there are just mysteries that can’t be explained. This isn’t one of those, I just don’t feel like uncovering why the two are related. The whoopie’s are amazing though….Hey it’s the final Razznasty Update for 2016!Please, blog, may I have some more?
I hope everyone had a great long weekend and you’re all freshened up for the final four weeks. I’m just barely recovered from a weekend of Fantasy Football drafts. These are teams that will be mostly ignored for the first 4 weeks of the season until baseball is over. That’s why I went ahead and drafted Tom Brady, Le’Veon Bell and Josh Gordon on every team. See, I’m a thinker! This is where things get a little crazy for those that are two sport fantasy stars. Some RCL teams that were hanging on by a thread could be completely forgotten as owners turn their longing eyes to Fantasy Baseball’s more popular, but I think, less skillful cousin. I maintain the opinion that my grandmother could sit down with a random set of rankings and draft a Fantasy Football team that could win a championship. I’ve seen teams that drafted 3 kickers take down a league championship before. That’s not to say I don’t love it, I really do, but baseball has a much bigger place in my heart. It takes a special type of sadist to login everyday for 26 straight weeks, set a roster, make appropriate add/drops and not lose interest by May though. If you’re reading this, you’re clearly one of those sadist, and I applaud you. Let’s finish strong and then get back to those football teams we’ve been ignoring and beat the snot out of grandmama and the dude with three kickers, shall we? But first, let’s take a look at what happened in the RCLs in the week that was, week 22:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Five weeks to go now and we’ve got some stability in the top 10 overall. Team Levy is now even closer to perfection as they gained 3 points this week to bring their season total to 117. Team Levy has a perfect offense and only has to catch a pair of teams that have maxed out their GS in order to have a perfect pitching score as well. The 120 is a real possibility. There was some grumbling in the comments last week about Team Levy playing in a weak league with no competition. It can be frustrating, but the 100 LCI for All Hail Beddict Tha God technically means this is an average league. It will be a test to Rudy’s system as we finish out the season to see how a perfect score in a mediocre league compares to a great score (anything above 100) in one of the uber competitive leagues (LCI’s around 110). With teams already maxed out on GS and other dead teams (Tehol) All Hail’s LCI is likely to stay right at 100 or even fall below as other leagues catch up on GS and remain competitive. Last year’s most competitive RCL, the FCL finished with an LCI of 112. They have a 106 at the moment, which will only continue to grow. Be patient RCLers, the cream will rise to the top soon enough, but a perfect score is going to make things very, very interesting. Let’s check out the other RCL news from the week that was, Week 21:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Another week at the top of the heap for Team Levy. Levy put a little distance between themselves and second overall this week with a gain of 7.5 points. Team Levy now sits with an impressive 114 points in their league, All Hail Beddict Tha God. A quick glance at the league standings shows that a perfect score isn’t out of the realm of possibility for Levy. With six weeks left to go, there’s only 15 runs and a tie breaking homer separating Levy from a perfect 60 in the hitting categories. On the pitching side, thanks to a studly stable of relievers, Levy has only used 118 Games Started and the two teams they are chasing in Ks and wins have used almost all their starts. Levy has a ridiculous 2.99 ERA, the closest competition there is at 3.573. That leaves plenty of wiggle room for the streaming that will be needed down the stretch to chase down those Ks and Ws. With the lack of a high LCI (thanks for showing up Tehol!) it might take a perfect score to claim the #1 spot in the Master Standings. Wouldn’t that be something? Good luck, we’ll be watching! Here’s what other excitement went on in the RCLS in the week that was, Week 20.
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A big “Thank You” to VinWins for stepping in last week, what a guy! Vin’s post are what I strive for each and every week, so I hope you enjoyed him last week, because it’s back to mediocre drivel this week! The trading deadline has now come and gone in the RCLs and it went out with a bit of a whimper. A couple of our top teams made some moves, but it wasn’t the 30 trade onslaught I was anticipating. If you weren’t able to find a dance partner, fear not. We are about to enter the silly season of fantasy baseball, where everything is needs based. Travis Jankowski won’t help you any if you’re already leading your leagues in steals and Aaron Judge is on the wire. Ditto for those teams that have used all or most of their Games Started limit. Starting pitchers should start dropping like flies in the next few weeks, making for a streamers paradise. Kudos to you if you’ve paced yourself well, now good luck avoiding the Cleveland Streamer. A new overall leader emerged from the fray this week, it took having the highest league score to do it, but it shows someone from a, “not so competitive RCL”, has shot at the title if they put up huge league numbers. With seven weeks left, expect some big changes to the overall standings as teams use up those GS or teams that have used all their GS get caught. There’s still plenty of time to make some noise, so get rowdy. But first, check out the rest of the week that was, Week 19:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s substitute time! Anything goes! It’s not exactly the way Matt does it, but, hey, I do what I want. I’m VinWins!
The MLB trade deadline day left some RCL teams short on closers, so teams are looking to deal. Friday at noon ET is the RCL trade deadline, so not much time to negotiate. Just remember, Saves is just one category! Ah, who am I kidding? Saves are GOLD!! Also, you may want to check out your league standings page to see who has used up all or most of their 180 starts. Maybe you can get a good deal on an ace! Of course, it can be tough to find a willing trade partner at the deadline with many owners already having checked out. I’ve been trying to acquire an ace from a team who has used all their starts, but negotiations have stalled. I can’t afford to give up too much, and the other owner doesn’t want to be underpaid. And, that’s the way it often goes. I don’t really need another ace, so I’m probably lucky he didn’t accept my offer of Charlie Blackmon. Anyway, good luck to all.
Or maybe you can make some moves to make a run at an RCL record. Here are the season leaders in each category with the record in brackets:Please, blog, may I have some more?
As the season begins to wind down, and the grind of the first four months feeds into the stretch run of the final two months. The contenders begin to rise to the top in Razzball’s own dynasty league the Razznasty. We got a serious race going, with the top spot changing hands multiple times over the last few days. RCL Czar Matt Truss sits atop the mountain, for the next few hours at least. BTW Matt you are a Czar, watch out for Commies old friend. Look at that a Russian history lesson mixed with fantasy baseball. I’m gunning for a Smithsonian gig one day. In the meantime I’ll keep providing you with gushing articles about prospects, dynasty strategy, and PROSPECT PODCASTS!!! I hope everyone is ready for our first episode coming tomorrow!!! We’ll be talking the prospect side of the trade deadline, and some of the recent weeks callups. Benintendi anyone? Yes, I have to mention him twice a post.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Frequent commenter, The Big Yabu backdoored his way into the top spot in the Master Standings this week after threatening to do so for the past several updates. This wasn’t a case of Cram It slacking off either, has he put up a very strong week himself. In fact, when looking for this week’s Team of the Week, Cram It checked in at 18th overall and Backdoor Sliders 1 came in at 29th. The TOW leaderboard was a who’s who of big names and top RCL performers this week, but more on that in a bit. The biggest difference I can see in this battle at the top of the Master Standings is the slightly higher LCI in the FCL compared to DFSers Anonymous. That LCI can really have a big impact down the stretch, but at the same time, the competition in FCL should be stronger and odds are someone will start cutting into the Slider’s lead. Interestingly, Cram It is also in the FCL and is one of the teams trying to chase down Backdoor Sliders. He could really help his own cause two-fold if he was able to even take a nibble out of the Slider’s FCL tally. It will be fun to watch these two duke it out as we head towards the finish line. Here’s what else went down in the RCLs in the week that was, Week 17.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The prospects are coming, the prospects are coming! What fun the end of week 16 brought. I, for one, was so excited that I happened to catch the news on Twitter of Manuel Margot being pulled in the 4th inning of his game that I totally whiffed on the David Dahl news. Turns out Manny Margot just had a bum foot…awesome. Now these Hippos are almost entirely Dahl-less in the RCLs. That makes me sad. As of this writing Dahl is owned in 75% of leagues and if he stays with the club through this week and makes it back to Coors still on the roster, I could see that number growing pretty quickly. Alex Bregman also got the call, but he was already stashed in most leagues. In fact, he’s only available in three leagues as of now. Those three leagues are clearly asleep at the wheel. Trea Turner is doing his thing and all his owners are happy to see he’s not getting Dusty’d…yet. With Nomar Mazara, Wilson Contreras, Tim Anderson and Max Kepler also out there making an impact, it’s been quite the season for the rookies so far. Let’s see who out there is putting these rooks to good use and what else transpired in the week that was, Week 16:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Despite it only being a three day work week for us fantasy baseballers, there’s no rest for the weary here at RCL HQ. We’re still here, crunching the numbers and cranking out standings for you all. Many of you took advantage of the time with no games to do some self-reflecting. Looking inward you identified your team’s weaknesses and set about addressing them. Like any good rehabilitation process, you’ve come to terms with your team’s issues and now it’s time to fix them. After only eight trades last week there were eighteen this week. Looks like you all are gearing up for that second half run. Let’s take a look at those trades and what else happened in RCLs in the shortened week that was, week 15.Please, blog, may I have some more?