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!):

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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?

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It’s time once again to check in with our dynasty league…the Razznasty. J-FOH has put some distance between first and second place this month and now sits on a seven point lead heading into the home stretch. Hippos has held strong in the third spot, and – hey wait a minute! That’s Kid A kissing 110! Kid put up top five numbers in all but one hitting category in August, while at the same time posting the second-most strikeouts on the pitching side. Just when it looked like the Hippos might be getting comfortable in their pond, Kid put together an August run that has got to be making Truss sweat just a little. Our league’s trade deadline has come and gone, so at this point we’ve got to dance with the girls we brought or press our luck on the wire. Spoiler alert – it’s basically been picked clean at this point. Like…it’s kinda fugly. Here are the updated standings, recent trades and FAAB acquisitions for the month of August…

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For those of you here, I applaud you for not giving into that dirty-dirty fantasy football. And if you did give in, then you should sign up for an RCL or RazzDP (our FFB IDP leagues). No judgements here, I play too. I made Sky the lede today because he possess a particular set of skills to rescue you from falling flat on your face in September. You see, playing DFS and the RCL’s are more akin to each other than comparing RCL’s to the soul crushing turd: the Yahoo format. Every day our DFS writers are giving you good one day calls that may contain players available in your league to stream or batty call. I know, I know, we have Rudy’s tools here, and as much as I love the Bots, sometimes I have to dig deeper to find what I’m looking for. If you have no time to dig, then you should be jumping into the DFS posts and peppering them with questions. Last year, when I wrote DFS, I was constantly looking for the low budget plays which is essentially what a batty call is. Same goes for the arms too. To be honest, last year, I was a better batty caller and streaming fool when I was constantly looking at match-ups from every angle imaginable. Please, I implore you, hit up Sky (he’s the master of this domain) and the rest of the DFS crew on the daily for some batty call options. I feel obligated to tell you to visit Sky in his comments. He literally makes you smarter by just being in his space. Unless its with him drunk on the streets of Phoenix, but that’s a story for another time. Now onto you…

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Our fantasy master lothario is a reality show junkie. He’s got me hooked on Master Chef, as it has become a religion this season. Shark Tank is the best background noise for me when I’m doing work, real or fantasy. But there is one show that he has never watched called Naked and Afraid on Discovery. In case you are not familiar with the premise: two people, one man and one woman, are dropped in a remote location and must survive 21 days with only their birthday suit and one survival item. Most take a machete or a fire starter… or that one guy that brought duct tape. Funny side note, I was peeking on Wikipedia and they pointed out that even though most struggle with the bare feet, that no one has taken a pair of shoes yet [Jay’s Note: Probably because you can’t do much with one shoe.]. It was a good show that sometimes had great episodes. Well, this year, they went big with Naked and Afraid XL. At first I thought it was going to be fat people surviving and losing weight, but it turned out that it was four teams of three previous contestants dumped into Colombia and surviving 40 days. The show is f***ing awesome. Anythehoo, is that enough filler Jay? Kidding, I bring up this show because we are at about day 17 in our 21 day journey, and have stripped ourselves of all that we were on draft day and are surviving on strategy, schmotatos, streamers and a little good old fashioned luck/voodoo/prayer circles. Before I go, I got a little football plug from the football side about Football RCL’s, which by the way, I’ll be writing this year. I can’t leave Brotha Jay hangin’ like that… Want to expand your RCL prowess? Our Fantasy Football Commenter Leagues are now open, and we have some really sweet prizes for you this season…

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