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There’s a certain grind to the baseball schedule that someone with a slight case of OCD like myself can fully get behind.  Day in and day out over six months.  You make a small move to offset another move and it may not show up in the standings for three months.  By July, you wanna strangle some slow starters (Jimmy Rollins, you bastard!) and you’ve fallen in love with some out of nowhere sleepers (Mark Reynolds is a God!). Yet, to some, this sounds about exciting as a Dinner With Andre/Biodome double bill.  On the other hand, fantasy football is relentlessly exciting for some.  This rush matters for that, that pass matters for this… You prep a bit for one big day of the week (most times) and it’s over.  There’s no day to day management.  Frank Deford once said, “Fantasy baseball is like marriage, and fantasy football is like sex.” I guess I’m the marrying type.  And like Julie from the The Real World: New Orleans, I’m a fantasy football virgin.  When I first heard of Brandon Jacobs, I thought it was A-Rod’s pet name for Bronson Arroyo.  That I never played fantasy football might sound crazy to some, but what’s crazier is I’ve never even wanted to play fantasy football.  So it makes sense that I would never write about it.  I have nothing to say about it.  But Razzball does.  With that lengthy blah blah blah, I’m proud to announce Razzball’s own Fantasy Football.

Razzball’s take on fantasy football should be as light and airy as its fantasy baseball take. I’ve assembled writers who I respect and, most importantly, have a sense of humor.  Some of the commenters that you’ve come to know here at Razzball will be writing their fantasy football takes on all the going-ons.  They’re going to have pregame and postgame analysis, stats, features and rankings.  I really have no idea anything about fantasy football, so if you want to talk football, go to our Fantasy Football blog. If you want to talk fantasy baseball or any other nonsense I know, you’re in the right place.

181 Responses

  1. Xar says:
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    Sweet.

  2. vinko says:
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    Looking forward to spending more time at this site, not that I ever leave anyway!

  3. Doc says:
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    Hope to see ya’ll over there!

  4. Doug Ault says:
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    Great addition Grey!

    I enjoy sex and marriage,though not always under the same roof ;-)

  5. Dingo says:
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    Can we expect to see a Razzball Football Glossary soon? Oh boy, oh boy!

  6. Frank Rizzo says:
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    This should be interesting. I admit to liking sex much more than marriage in this case.

    Speaking of, I’m married with kids so fantasy football is a heck of a lot more justifiable than baseball. It doesn’t consume you.

    I’m interested to see what razzball ff is like. I’ve been doing it for so long and enjoying some financial success the past few years, that I take most site’s info with a grain of salt because I trust myself more. Unlike baseball where I’m almost totally dependant on Razzball.

  7. Doug Ault says:
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    John McDonald hitting a hr is a sign of the apocolypse

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ah yes,sex in the desert,leave the wife with the winter cottage.Im in on the football also,looking forward to it

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Xar: @vinko: @Doug Ault: @Dingo: Cool… Great!… Nice…. Potentially… Gotta ask those guys if they’re going to do a glossary.

    @Frank Rizzo: Cool, yeah, I don’t know football at all.

    @Doug Ault: Ha!

  10. Bob from Germany says:
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    Dude, no joke. Last couple of days i was searchin the whole web for a razzballian football site. Don’t need to mention it was hopeless.

    If i had paypal, now i really would offer you a few daiquiris! Maybe i should send you a package with german beers, so you will never ever call löwenbräu a tasty beer (as you did a few weeks ago)!

  11. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Grey: FF allows you to have a life outside of ‘fantasy’ because it’s not nearly involved.

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: make sure they have a stache,thats where the wisdom is

  13. ScoutAbout says:
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    Oh God, Grey, you’ve made my day! I played fantasy football long before I played fantasy baseball and have always loved it–fantasy football draft day was like a holiday for me, my favorite day of the year. But I guess I’m more the marrying type because each year once I started playing fantasy baseball (okay, I just started last year, but still) I’ve had a harder and harder time generating the same kind of excitement about fantasy baseball. I guess I just lost that lovin’ feeling, but it’s gone, gone, gone no more. I too have been scouring the web looking for a razzballian fantasy football site. So glad to know I’ve found it now. Suddenly that old excitement for football season has returned. Thanks Grey and Razzball! Oh, and my favorite fantasy baseball/fantasy football comparison is that fantasy baseball is to fantasy football what crack is to cocaine.

  14. SRM says:
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    @Grey: Last year was my first year in football. As a casual NFL fan, I must say that fantasy makes hungover Sunday’s much interesting. Look forward to the Razzball take on it.

    Also, is my A Soriano+Haren too much for Pujols?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ScoutAbout: Cool, glad you’re excited. And nice comparison.

    @SRM: Not too much.

  16. cws05nuts says:
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    Best wishes to the new venture!

  17. ScoutAbout says:
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    @ScoutAbout: Oops, harder to get excited about fantasy football.

  18. Vince says:
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    I was looking for a Razzball-like Fantasy Football blog last week-end, so that’s awesome news! Will there be a Fantasy Hockey one? :P

  19. Anthony G says:
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    Thats what Im talking about! Maybe you can get like a stepchild to run a basketball. If you do a hockey site Im going to jump off of a bridge.

  20. Doc says:
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    @Dingo: For sure! Will take suggestions in the comments!

  21. Doug Ault says:
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    @Vince: Fantasy Hockey?

    Sure,I’ll be the stereotypical Canadian and say yes

  22. cws05nuts says:
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    Fantasy congress!

  23. Doc says:
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    How about a fantasy birding site? I’ll head it up, Razzbird!

  24. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Quick Question for Grey and anyone else. I was offered M. Buehrle for Matt Kemp today. After I immediately rejected it I received an email from the offering team owner who said it was “crazy” for me to reject that trade because it was “ridiculously fair.” I tell him Kemp is a top 10 OF and 5 cat stud and that Buerhle is top 10 in one thing….”sell high” candidates. He replies that Kemp is not much better than his M. Cuddyer and says he’s offering me a Cy Young candidate in Buehrle. Who’s the crazy one?

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doc: Ha!

    @mc serch: I’d take Kemp by a lot over Buehrle.

  26. SRM says:
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    @Grey: This should do wonders for your page views!! Good luck with it and thanks for the quality info day after day. Even if you’re not writing about fantasy football, does this mean you’ll try playing this year?

    Sorry for the multiple questions, but I’ve been out for a while: is my Hanson for Hamels a wise buy-low, sell-high or should I just stay away from Hamels? 6×6 non-keeper w/ QS.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SRM: I’m not playing fantasy football. I don’t watch it.

    I’d take Hamels there.

  28. Sneauxman says:
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    I’m shopping Soto in a 16 team H2H keeper league. I’ve been offered Reimold or Gamel straight up. Is either of those fair value for Soto?

  29. Corey says:
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    I also can’t get excited about fantasy football like I do baseball. I never find a good fantasy football league full of die-hards like my baseball league.

  30. Corey says:
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    Ok, Uggla is becoming dead-weight on my team. I’m looking to shop him around, what type of player should I expect in return?

  31. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, I didn’t think it was even close either. Anyone else have an opinion on that sitch?
    Also G, FWIW I’m not the fantasy football type either but I will def check it out once its up and running. Congrats!

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Corey: Depends what you need. Maybe a 3rd tier outfielder? 2nd to 3rd tier starter?

    @mc serch: Football is up and running.

  33. Corey says:
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    Would Kendry Morales be about right?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Corey: I’d want more than Morales. What about Ludwick?

  35. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Well, the Yankee/Jays game could only have gone better for me if Romero were pulled right after 6. Still got the W, QS, some K’s and Cano went 2/5 with 2 r’s while my opponent had Arod. ha.

    That Arod/Tex duo sure was formidable today. ha and ha.

  36. Paulie Allnuts

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    @AL KOHOLIC: With Doc, the wisdom’s in the hat.

    @Grey: Can’t believe you never heard of Brandon Jacobs! That’s like a football fan thinking that Ryan Howard is the son of Ron Howard, abd currently dating some hot model.

  37. Chase says:
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    Grey this is awesome news, are you and Rudy hoping to expand your site someday into all fantasy sports? Imagine it…Razzball the centre of all that is fantasy sports advice. Karablah and Andy Behrens would have no choice but to become your interns at your main offices in LA.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: It’s actually sadder than that. That line was written by Rudy because he knows football. I still don’t know who Brandon Jacobs is. After baseball, reality TV and movies, my brain partially shuts off.

  39. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Frank Rizzo: Can’t believe that you had the cajones to start Romero. He stayed on my bench. Tex hasn’t hit a dinger in almost 90 at bats, Jetstream and all. Romero did get more then a bit lucky, as there were some great catches made on some Yankie bombs.

  40. Corey says:
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    Grey, you say Ludwick, what’s up with his sucktitude this year?

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Chase: Hehe… We’ll see how football goes.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Corey: He’s been better of late.

  43. @grey: “Derrek Lee – HR yesterday. Now has his average up to .253. I know, big whoop! But, and I might be alone on this island, I think he’s got a month or two hot streak in him. Not an insane .400/40 homer-type streak, but a hot one nevertheless.”

    Thats me quoting you june 3rd….thanks again for the trade advice yday…turned lots of heads

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matthole: Yeah, I figured Lee wasn’t done.

  45. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Gotta be room for a book or two, no?

  46. royce! says:
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    @mc serch: Kemp over Buehrle in a landslide. Buehrle k’s like 5 per 9 and has a .260 BABIP. Kemp is worth at least a second, if not a first tier starter. Did I mention Buehrle K’s 5 per 9? Know who K’s .5 less batters per 9 and walks even less batters per 9 than Buehrle? Josh Freakin Geer.

  47. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: Football Primer 101 – Jacobs is the Earth in Earth, Wind and Fire (not the R&B band; you will have to ask Rudy or Doc for help on this one.) He is a huge, powerful running back. Picture a buff, muscular Prince Fielder bowling over a bunch of Sparky Anklebiters, and you will get the picture.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Print out the last two years of Razzball and bind them. (Insert winking emoticon)

    @Paulie Allnuts: See, the thought of Prince Fielder running over David Eckstein is appealing to me.

  49. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Glad to hear I’m not the only one who hasn’t heard of Brandon Jacobs. But he sounds like he’d really kill your AVG.

  50. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hehe. I meant you reading ‘em, not writing ‘em.

    Everyone has one in them, they say. Pity mine was a rather dry university thesis.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Honestly, before Paulie pointed out the Jacobs line in the post. I forgot about it and still have no idea who he is.

    @Steve: I actually had a great idea for one yesterday. Just no time.

  52. royce! says:
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    @mc serch: Oh, also, Buehrle’s FIP is 4.09. Know who else has a FIP around 4.09? Bergesen, Correia, Bannister, Pelfrey and Duke, to name a few.

  53. Joel says:
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    mmm..

    my team is in ~2nd place (constantly switching between 2/3rd)

    C McCann
    1B Fielder
    2B Kinsler
    3B Reynolds
    SS Rollins
    IF Berkman
    OF Cruz
    OF Werth
    OF Kemp
    OF Bruce
    Util Guerrero
    BENCH Stewart
    DL Quentin, Doumit

    SPs Vazquez, Beckett, Wandy, Jackson, Chumperlain, Wells, Hammel
    RPs Qualls, Meyer, Nunez, Lindstrom (DL)

    I’m cruising in HR and SB, ranked high in R/RBI and dead last in AVG
    I’m middling in ERA/WHIP with a huge gap between the top 3 and everyone else (I lead the “everyone else” pack). In the middle of a huge pack in W and middling in SV.

    I would like to improve my average certainly and possible acquire another closer. Most of the teams in my league don’t do trades.

    When Doumit and Quentin come back, I’m thinking of DL-ing Lindstrom (first) and then dropping Chumperlain, because he sucks and I hate him. Any thoughts?

  54. anoraxx says:
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    That´s a great addition to the Razzball family, well, at least for those following football. Since I am not one of them I campaign for Fantasy Basketball Razzball blog.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joel: Since you’ve held Lindstrom this long, I guess continue to hold him. Though I would’ve said drop him two weeks ago when he first hit the DL. You don’t need Doumit either, or Quentin really. Is there any way to flip them both for Ichiro? Maybe flip them for Wainwright and a 2nd rate closer. Think Qualls.

    @anoraxx: Maybe on basketball. Have to see how football goes.

  56. Steve says:
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    What would you say to Haren + A-Ram for Wright + Danks?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’d take Wright there, but it’s real close.

  58. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. Does that factor in a possible second-half slide for Haren? It’s just that the guy with Wright will never do Haren straight up and I already have A-Ram, so…

  59. Im with you on this, just got into fantasy BB 2 years ago and can’t get enough but tried fantasy FB and didn’t enjoy it at all.

    Found your site last week – killin me with the 1 liners Grey

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Haren’s career numbers say a slide will come. Wright has been good, minus power and A-Ram is a bit of an unknown at this point. I’d probably hold A-Ram and trade Haren straight up for a different piece.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Isaac: Cool, thanks!

  62. Martin says:
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    @grey- blanton or morrow?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Martin: Blanton has a better next matchup. Might be Morrow going forward though as of next week.

  64. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hmmm. How about Haren for Kemp? Not many chronic mastertraders in the ol’ H2H so might struggle to get something done.

    On a different subject, what’s your prognosis for J-Up? He’s been awesome in the first half but awesomely awful for the last week or so. Just one of those slumps, or something more sinister?

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’d take Kemp there. Upton was terrible for long stretches last year. Frankly, I’m worried.

  66. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Double-hmmmm. Hart is my only other RF option. Not very appealing.

    Would Markakis be selling Haren a bit low?

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No, Markakis is fair. Just know that he’s not going to give you much speed.

  68. cleaver596 says:
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    I love the fantasy football idea. And I think the analogy is spot on. Most leagues in baseball, people seem to slack off near the end, at least the bottom half of the league. Everyone stays excited and active in football all season long it seems like. But I’m like Grey, checking your team multiple times every day for months at a time may seem insane to some people, but I find it fun as hell. I really enjoy football, but you have to wait a week to see any results. All though my wife really prefers football season to baseball season. (I don’t spend so much time checking my teams). Any married guys out there that have wives that dread the time when baseball overlaps with football? I don’t think I’ve ever spent more time on a computer than that 2 month stretch from August to October.

  69. DrEasy says:
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    I know nothing about football either. But if one day you were to run a Vintage Formula 1 Razzball site (yeah, very likely), you could hire me! Ascari + Hawthorne for Fangio? I’d want Fangio. Oh, and Farina is a Sell.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cleaver596: Cool, make sure to go over there and give those guys some love.

    @DrEasy: Wow, you really lost me there.

  71. Steve says:
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    @Grey: This is going over something from yesterday, but you’d take Kemp or Markakis over Hamilton for Haren?

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Sure, but they’re all real close. About needs. Kemp – more steals. Markakis steady production. Hamilton – upside.

  73. Greg says:
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    Who’s side: Howard ($25), J-Upton ($9) or Alexi ($21), Votto ($8), and Ellsbury ($7)?

  74. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Greg: Votto side.

  75. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: FYI,brandon jacpbs is the linebacker looking rb for the giants,6 foot 4 265 pounds and fast,from s.i.u,nice lttle college town

  76. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The guy with Hamilton ain’t dealing, but he does have Ludwick on the block. You like him better going forward than J-Up?

    Offer up Lowe or Wandy?

  77. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You’re not interested in Cain, are you?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’d take Upton over Ludwick.

  79. Clodbuster says:
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    Can I trade Carl Crawford for Zack Greinke? 10 team league, trying to sell high on CC before his pace drops off even further.

  80. Greg says:
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    It was only a matter of time before Cueto’s ERA went up… looks like today is one of those times.

  81. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Clodbuster: Sure, that’s fair. I wouldn’t do it though unless I was in dire need for a starter.

    @Greg: Ouch

  82. chuck says:
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    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. RIP Harry says:
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    Ichiro or Hunter in a trade?

  84. penpen says:
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    @Greg: but wow, what a way to go

  85. ScoutAbout says:
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    Effing ticker tease already with the Phillies game. Phillies up 7-0 in the first inning and I’ve got Howard and Utley with nada!

  86. ScoutAbout says:
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    Nevermind.

  87. RIP Harry says:
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    @ScoutAbout: Check again

  88. DrEasy says:
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    @Greg: No kidding! Really glad I decided to sit him after asking Grey’s opinion. Thanks, Grey!

  89. penpen says:
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    @ScoutAbout: hah! there you go

  90. DrEasy says:
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    @ScoutAbout: Ticker tease no more! Utley with a 3-run jack against Cueto’s replacement!

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @RIP Harry: Depends how badly you need average. Ichiro if you do. Power/speed for Hunter. I’d take Hunter.

    @DrEasy: Yup, I’m glad I sat him too.

  92. Greg says:
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    10 run inning and Howard is 0-2! He hit the ball very well in his first AB but the 2nd was some bad strike calls. Oh well!

  93. Ham says:
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    Just traded Cueto, Street, Beckham for Carlos Lee, Howell, and Hairston at the end of last week. The guy I traded with, I am going against this week. I feel like I just sent in Benedict Cueto to destroy his entire pitching week.

    In other news Cueto just lost me the H2H pitching in 3 other leagues.

  94. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ham: Benedict Cueto — ha!

  95. Greg says:
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    @Ham: That makes me believe the more FB leagues you are in the more unhappy you will be each day.

  96. penpen says:
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    @Greg: haha too true! your opportunity costs are multiplied. The decision goes from “Should I trade Cueto?” simple in its options and attendant rewards, to “how many leagues should I trade Cueto in?” with extra opportunities to grab a piece of the pain and know you could have avoided it. Yikes!

  97. Philly ticker tease: Cueto, 9ER .2IP (own him) and no damage from howard, werth (own them)….and dlee socked one (traded him)….and the Mets are pathetic

  98. Dumbmutt says:
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    @Greg: Totally true I really have no idea who to root for only playing with 3 teams. Although D.Lee can still stick a finger up his butt. And Cain. Please Cain pull a Cueto tonight!

  99. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: just could be,give ya jaba and ?

  100. Mr Baseball says:
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    J. Cueto – Dr. Zachary Smith on J Cueto pitching performance – Oh, the pain…the pain!

  101. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @matthole: yeah howards been doing that a lot lately,but as grey says,that what he do,then hits 10 next month

  102. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: A-Gonz. Actually, A-Gonz on his own would be fine.

  103. Ham says:
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    @Greg: Haha yeah multiple leagues is definately a pain when it comes to rooting concerns. For the most part I get a lot of the same guys I am high on so if they work out, my teams usually fair well unless my early rounders are terrible. Like this year I have Broxton, Bell, Weaver Jr, Harang, Cueto, and Posada on just about every team.

    I can’t imagine only being in one league. If I was only in one, I would without a doubt be spending an inordinate amount of time looking at split stats of potential garbage free agent pickups.

  104. Mr Baseball says:
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    My ERA with Cueto 121.50 – My ERA without Cueto 000.00

  105. Greg says:
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    @Ham: I’m a 1-leaguer and proud of it! I couldn’t handle multiple leagues with my OCD.

  106. BSA says:
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    As to people playing the, “Do I start him tonight?” game – referring to earlier comments regarding the Red Sox and rookie pitchers.

    The cannot touch rookie left handers. Check tonight’s box score.

  107. BSA says:
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    ugh – typing and watching TV

    “They cannot touch rookie lefties.”

  108. Stephen says:
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    @Ham: I am in one 20 team league that is uber competitive. So that is exactly what I do, and of course write the weekly StU. But it does get a bit frustrating when your team does poorly, and you have no backup option to try and boost your morale. Needless to say, fantasy baseball is way more challenging and time consuming than fantasy football. Matter of fact I lost two championship games last year and spend a grand total of 15 hours plus the draft between those two leagues, and one of them was highly competitive. Praise Jesus fantasy baseball is 6 months long.

  109. Greg says:
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    Shew! No ticker tease for Howard.

  110. BSA says:
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    I hope everyone played their Phillies tonight.

    The problem with a batting practice night like this is tomorrow night there will be a bunch of 0′fers.

  111. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: @Steve: steve,i will not draft pitchers in the top 7 or 8 rounds,nor trade a top hitting 1st baseman for one,scared cain will regress and ive already got nolasco,lilly,vazquez gallardo,romero,zimmerman and dont forgett jaba

  112. Corey says:
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    Brett Anderson! Sonovabench!

  113. Mr Baseball says:
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    In Cincinnati the Reds were wearing their furry throwback uniforms tonight and Bronson Arroyo was really pitching for the Reds today not J Cueto

  114. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: I didn’t think you would. I’m shopping him around but no takers.

  115. MattA says:
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    Sweet! I’m stoked about the FFB page. Thanks Grey!!

  116. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Mr Baseball: mr bruce hasnt helped with his golden glove either

  117. Steve says:
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    Murphy the odd one out for the Rangers tonight. Byrd getting a start.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @MattA: Thanks go to the FFB contributors.

    @Steve: Blech.

  119. vinko says:
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    Needing me some SB. Is Buehrle for Bourn a fair trade in a 14 teamer?

  120. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @vinko: Yeah, that’s fair.

  121. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Is Byrd a better bet for PT going forward?

  122. Tom_Emanski says:
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    I just got ticker tortured by Ryan Howard. I propose that as a new corollary term of ticker tease for scores above 15 runs for your player’s team.

  123. Steve says:
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    Looks like J-Roll is starting to get on A-Roll.

  124. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @matthole: That’s Thurston Lee III, to all of you.
    And yeah, you’re right about the Mets. They are awful. Comment of the week: Yesterday, Manuel had Tatis bat for Murphy with men on base in a crucial situation. Tatis grounded out into a double play. When asked why he made the move, Manuel said: I’ve got Tatis sitting there with power, a professional hitter, to some degree.” i think that Manuel is reading excerpts of Casey’s old quotes. The best was “I have three catchers; one of them can hit and can’t field, the second can field and can’t hit, and the third, well, he can’t do either.”

    @Ham:Last year I was in only one league. The temptation to tinker was too much to handle. With multiple teams, you often will watch games where a pitcher from one team goes against hitters from another. Instead of trying to figure out permutations of what could occur, I just sit and enjoy. Or try to.

  125. Nick says:
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    Sweet deal… I was looking for this last season.

  126. penpen says:
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    this is off-fantasy topic but did you guys see the NL HR Derby-ers? Pujols, Howard, AGonz and Prince (!!!)

    Uhhhh that’s certifiably awesome.

  127. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey, whats your thoughts on Buchholz? will he be up this year, and if so can he be an impact this year?

  128. Grey

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    @Steve: Tomato-tomahto.

    @Tom_Emanski: Hehe

    @penpen: Yeah, should make for some good grimace-inducing Berman calls.

    @Nick: Cool

    @Carl Spackler: I think he can be a solid addition with big upside fro August/September, but I haven’t anything about him getting a call yet.

  129. penpen says:
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    @Grey: a plethora to be sure; it’s nice to see some A-list bombers too

    I guess we’ll see about the AL, but I feel like every year there’s some head scratchers; allstar newcomers or guys who must have said yes after the first choices said no (ie Zobrist, Adam Jones or Granderson this year)

  130. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    that a boy josh,basehit

  131. jerkstore says:
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    my tori hunter and edwin jackson for his verlander and casey blake

    which side do you like? Should i try to get rios or bourn instead of blake? any thoughts are much appreciated.

  132. penpen says:
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    drop Cantu for Blalock?

  133. I can’t seem to pawn off Carpenter in a deal for a viable keeper next year (keeper league). Everyone is afraid he’s an injury risk, and they have their reasons to be, but let’s say he stays healthy all year, how much would the “risk factor” affect him in drafts/rankings next year? Am I better off trying to still sell him now and maybe at best get a decent deal, or waiting till the offseason where if I’m lucky he’ll look more appealing for my team as a last keeper or for another. If he’s 12-6 at the end of the year with a 2.8 era, 1.1 whip and 100ks in 130 innings, that would that be considered roughly top 20 starters for 2010?

  134. Steve says:
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    @Grey: J-Up!

  135. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @penpen: id hate to drop cantu,but i would play blaylock over him

  136. Greg says:
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    Kinsler cannot hit a righty to save his life!

  137. penpen says:
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    @Greg: nor can he outside of Arlington. a LHP at Anaheim; it’s the perfect storm of Kinsler-craptitude!

  138. penpen says:
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    @penpen: RHP that is

  139. Grey

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    @jerkstore: I’d try and get Rios or Bourn instead.

    @bpasinko: I’d wait for a better deal.

  140. Mr Baseball says:
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    “I’m ready for my closeup Mr. Demille.”

    Mike Hampton

  141. Will there be a fantasy football commenters league?

  142. Mr Baseball says:
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    Carlos Quentin – made the most wanted list – everyone seems to want him

    The official FBI Most Wanted Fugitives list

    Edward Eugene Harper
    Usama Bin Laden
    Jason Derek Brown
    James J. Bulger
    Emigdio Preciado Jr
    Robert William Fisher
    Carlos Quentin

  143. Lines says:
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    Hamels or Cueto, the rest of the way? Or is it a toss-up at this point?

  144. Grey, are you still selling Hawpe? Do you think the odds of him getting traded have lessened over the past few weeks of Rockies success? Finally, what tier of SPs do you think he evenly matches up with in a trade?

  145. Paulie Allnuts

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    Millwood implodes. Well, it had to happen sooner or later. You keep rolling the dice, sooner or later you are gonna crap out. Just like my ERA in the RCL. Lost 3 points on this craptastic display.

    Well, the good news is – I don’t own Cueto in any league. As ma always said, be thankful for small things.

    @Turnip: Yes – look at Grey’s post, and click on the Fantasy Football Blog. Note – the password is Brandon Jacobs.

  146. Prince says:
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    Sorry for the noobish question, but I’ve never had bench players and too many to fill one position. I have Hamilton, Crawford, Pence, Bruce, Hart, and Rivera, but only 5 can play. Do I check batter vs. pitcher match-ups everyday? This seems tedious. Do I bench those in a slump? I’m not sure who I’d choose, but I guess Bruce or Hart. Thanks..

  147. Prince says:
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    Grrr, I always miss something. I have Manny too, and I include the UTIL slot for these guys.

  148. Grey—I use Razzball as the holy grail for my fantasy team, draft through current. I have a stellar team and have made it even better thanks to your tips and draft rankings. Your advice is 99.9% of the time spot-on.

    I am going to quit swinging from your sack and get to the point—is your fantasy football staff for Razzball as knowledgeable in football as you are in baseball? I don’t want to base my draft on their predictions if they are just beginning writing fantasy football columns. Do they have experience and how long have they been playing.
    Thanks

  149. Grey

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    @Turnip: There will. Details will be forthcoming on Football.Razzball.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @Lines: Hamels

    @VanHammersly: I’d sell him for a 2nd tier starter, think Wainwright.

    @Prince: You should try and avoid bench hitters if you can, which means you might need to trade someone. Otherwise, you have to play matchups.

  150. Grey

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    @kR Express: Thanks for the kind words! You should head over there and ask them their qualifications.

  151. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Prince: Including Manny, I would say that you have a plethora of outfielders. Perhaps package one or two of them and try to trade for a front line pitcher, or some other position that you may be weak in. As for your present dilemna, I would play Crawford, Pence, Hamilton, and Manny every day, and whoever else out of the three who is hot. I would only play Bruce against righthanders.

  152. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the quick reply. Trades are a hopeless proposition in my league, so I’ll probably drop one of the guys I mentioned and pick up a stellar ratio MR to play daily. I know none of these is “droppable,” really, but if you had to, which would go — Pence, Rivera, Bruce, Hart? BTW, congrats on the football extension! Makes me want to give FFB a try.

  153. Prince says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks! I was in the middle of writing my reply when you posted yours, or I wouldn’t have asked the very question you answered. I’ll try to think of and complete a trade, but my league-mates so inactive or lazy it’s ridiculous. No trades are ever initiated and ones I make are always denied.

  154. Grey

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    @Prince: I’d lose Rivera, though Bruce will probably be less valuable, if that makes sense.

  155. Prince says:
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    @Grey: Yup, I got it, thanks.

  156. Corey says:
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    @ Grey: I’m not doubting your expertise, because think about it, why would so many fanatics listen to you if you were a schmuck, but I’m curious about your qualifications also. How long have you played and how many leagues have you won?

  157. VOTE MINI DONKEY IN 09!

  158. @Grey: Oh, you are doing football now? Let me know if you want a hand.

  159. Oh and Reynolds isnt exactly ‘outta nowhere’, the kid hit 28 HR’s last year. Yah yah, since he had those 2 hideous records that made everyone think sucked but… I dunno you can see this kid really cares about his game and gives 100% every time. Theres a reason he has 14 steals: Effort. People think steals are speed-based and sure, speed affects your success and overall attempts but it takes determination to steal bases. Its a messy job that wears on your body and more often than not shortens your career. But the great ones always try…

  160. Doc says:
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    @kR Express: I’m not going to call myself a fantasy “expert” because I don’t know how you qualify for that! I’ve played and won a lot of h2h fantasy football leagues, but don’t know the numbers. I did win 10 grand in the salary cap game over at Sporting News, which of course is different than your draft and trade leagues, but does rely on player evaluation. Hope that answers your question. Nobody is perfect, but we’ll have fun over at the football headquarters of Razzball and we’ll do our best not to suck.

  161. Grey

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    @Corey: I’ve been playing since the 80s. 1880s. Flappy Johnson carried me to title that year. With the winnings, I bought a butter churner. The more I tell you my credentials, the more pathetic I’d sound.

    @Elijah: Don’t vote for him, we want him hungry!

  162. Fragu – “He’s raised his seasonal average to .293 with the hot streak, and figures to remain in the middle of the lineup as long as he keeps RAPING.”

    from rotoworld….

  163. Prince says:
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    @Grey: That was freaking hilarious.

  164. chisox says:
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    Start Harang tomorrow against the Phils?

  165. Prince says:
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    @matthole: Didn’t take them long to fix that.

  166. Doc says:
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    @matthole: Now that is priceless. Raping must add like 50 points to your average.

  167. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Grey: That makes a great deal of sense! That is exactly why it was so hard for me to unload Maggs Ordonez; it’s much easier to drop a Reimold or Rivera, then dump someone who is still owned by 90% of fantasy players, even though the rational part of me realizes that Maggs is toast. It’s interesting that no one was willing to trade anything for Maggs, yet I would bet that if they owned him, they would hold on to him. For dropping him is admitting that I was a chump for drafting him low in the 5th round.

    @Corey: Grey graduated Summa Cum Laude from the BJSU (Bill James Sabermetrics University) He wrote his doctoral thesis on the Droppleganger Effect on Fantasy Blahtoons. It is now considered a classic, and must read in Razzball circles

  168. john says:
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    for Wednesday: Contreras vs Cle, Volstad @SF, Gaudin @Ari, or D:none of the above?

    I’m thinkin Contreras is a good spot start.

  169. Grey

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    @john: Contretras seems fine there. I’ll be starting Gaudin on some teams, as well.

  170. john says:
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    @Grey: as always, thanks for the quick response

  171. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: drafting a proven 300-20-100 guy isnt a bad draft,i wanted him,i believe i offered you hanson early this year for mags

  172. Andy says:
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    Sweet deal Grey. Bring your ‘stache over tot he football world!

  173. SamYo says:
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    This is awesome Grey. First timer at baseball this year and I found your site. So far I’ve been good. I might try fantasy football too. Oh and your credentials are razztastic. hehe.

  174. Cotton says:
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    Quoting Grey: “See, the thought of Prince Fielder running over David Eckstein is appealing to me.”

    You’ve uncovered the key to enjoying football. You’re on your way, my friend. I prefer college FB, but NFL Fantasy makes Sunday and Monday like thick icing on the cake of fall weekends… wait, don’t tell me you don’t like icing either.

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