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Nick and Jay (Wrong) go over what to do before and after your draft.

Everything I touch on can be found in Razzball’s 2014 Draft Kit.  (Specifically, I mentioned the use of the War Room and our Sleepers section.)  Everything Jay (Wrong) touches on is probably illegal, so don’t go there.

So, why a video?  Remember, I’m a talker, not a writer, and this is just a taste, not even a very good taste, like a pre-pre-pre taste of the types of things we’ll be doing from here on out on Razzball Radio.  What’s Razzball Radio? So glad you asked…

The Razzball Podcast is now Razzball Radio and we’re going daily AND we’re going mobile. 

You read that right, folks.  Razzball Radio is having a Grand Opening.  The sexy details:

  • I’ve bought a 2014 Mercedes Benz High Roof Sprinter Van and I’m outfitting it with a digital audio/video production studio.
  • The show’s backbone is absolutely fantasy, but it’s also sports, food, travel, fun, and it’ll be three segments a day to start.
  • It’ll be a mix of audio AND video.  Mainly baseball and football, sometimes with a touch of basketball and hockey, including a bonus segment called ‘Overtime’ where we’ll talk about everything and anything.  (Maybe Grey and I talk movies.  Maybe we’ll take listener phone calls.  Maybe we’ll give Rudy some calculus problems.  Or ask Jay why we call him JayWrong.)
  • You want Razzball television?  You got it.  The very fine people at FNTSY (Fantasy Sports Network) have been gracious enough to put our daily show on TV.
  • And guests?  Check!  As in I need to check, but, yes, I believe we will have guests.  (We’ve already had Corbin Bernsen, Steve Garvey, Betsy Brandt, Peter King, Jimmy Pardo, and Steve Byrne on the Pod.  That was just the beginning.)
  • Oh, and in case you thought I forgot, I didn’t.  There’s a reason why Razzball Radio will be mobile.  Razzball is going on tour…

This August, Razzball is hosting 32 fantasy football drafts, in 32 straight days, in 32 pro football cities across America.  AND YOU’RE INVITED.

That’s right.  We’re kicking it off on 8/4 in Seattle and we wrap up on 9/4 in Denver.  We’re calling it 32in32in32 (because spacing is so 90?s).  10,000 miles.  One van.  All Razzball.  All over the country.

We’re going to roll up to sports bars, pull out the pop-up set, and do the show.  That’s right, we’re doing the show with you.  Again for people who need things capped, WE’RE DOING THE SHOW WITH YOU!  You are the most important part of Razzball.  We’re going to drink with you, we’re going to draft with you, we’re going to bring Razzball right to you.

(Before I break this down I want to mention how much support DraftKings has given to this crazy idea.  We’re also really excited to start working with SportsVault.net, which you and your league commissioner needs to get on ASAP.  They collect and distribute your league fees and money prizes for FREE.  No catch.  No joke.  No more hassle.)

There’s initially going to be 100 spots available in each NFL city to start and we’ll be doing our prime-time events at specific microbreweries and national chains.  (Most locations are TBD at the moment, but that will change quickly as I finish ironing out all the great plans with the specific sponsors.)

Introducing the VIR (Very Important Razzballer) Program 

It’s going to be $15 to get into the 1st annual 32in32in32, and you can buy those tickets here.

When you purchase a ticket, you’ll also become a member of our special VIR (Very Important Razzballer) program.  Along with that snazzy title, you’ll be entering in at the ground floor of something special.  There will be plenty of swag, plenty of prizes, and, of course, beer.  And that’s just the beginning.  This tour will become yearly, both for baseball and football.  As a VIR, you’ll always get first-in-line privileges to these tours and other exciting, yet-to-be announced Razzball events.

And I’m not the only one on this trip.  Grey and his mustache will be making some appearances, sometimes separately.  (Don’t ask me how.  Science, I guess.)  Sky will be around, hopefully wearing pants.  JB Gilpin might even tell us how much milk he drank to become so tall.  Some of our main contributors like Tehol, Smokey, Prospector Scott, and others will show their faces.  Or in Tehol’s case, his bathing suit areas.  And it wouldn’t be a true NFL road trip without the new Chief Editor of Razzball’s Football site, JayWrong, joining me for the entire trip.  HIDE YO WOMEN.  AND ALCOHOL.  Actually, hide everything to be safe.

Be a part of the 32in32in32 Pre-Tour, uh, Tour.

I’m driving from Toronto to Phoenix from 4/2 – 4/8 to scout locations (i.e. bars) for the tour.  If you’re in any of the following places, come hang out and get to experience the “pre-season” part of the tour.  No tickets required, just a rolling party that wants you along for the ride.

4/2 BUF — Lunch, CLE — Evening.  4/3 CHI — Evening.  4/4 IND — lunch, STL — Evening.  4/5 KC — Lunch.  4/6 DEN — all day baby!  4/7 Durango, CO.  (Durango WTF?  Originally, I was going to go through Albuquerque until I found out that regular commenter Shake ‘N Bacon is based in Durango.  Do you see how well organized this is?!)  4/8 Phoenix — Evening.

Help out Razzball Radio and the Tour by checking out our Indiegogo.

If you reside in a city that doesn’t have an NFL team, but still want to support the Razzball product (attention Los Angeles, Portland, Great Britain, Mars, etc.), check out our Indiegogopage for your chance to get unique Razzball swag and support our journey. We’d rather you buy a ticket and come have a drink with us, but we want to make sure there are other ways you can show your love for us.  Everything we raise, we’ll be investing back into the tour and to create content just for you.

You have been advised…

  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Beddict was created by the Elder Gods for television. And he’s a fantasy sports expert. And he’s an expert on film, fashion, and hot women. And he has by far the most entertaining twitter feed in the websites history. and he dominates draft kings. This is whats called “Not utilizing a born star who is already on the roster.” Its also know as a #DISGRACE

  2. Josh O.

    Josh O. says:
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    Nice singular fantasy championship trophy, Jay

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Josh O.: maybe an artistic point…

      • Josh O.

        Josh O. says:
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        @Jay: Or maybe not.. we will never know

  3. Principal Blackman says:
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    If anybody has any unexpected openings in an RCL that has yet to draft, hit me up. I find myself craving another team.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Keep an eye on the RCL post’s, sometimes spots open up randomly because someone quits.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The draft is soon…please tell me you didn’t already pack away the laptop.

  4. Kid A says:
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    I’ve never seen a T-rex do sign language interpretation. Lucky dinosaurs.

    Who the hell is this Mike Troooot guy? SLEEPER ALERT!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kid A: eh? Maybe he’s fishing on a boot.

  5. Nico says:
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    Yo Nick, I’m not sure if you can stress the War Room point enough. That this is a treasure wrapped in a little excel spreadsheet (I prefer the spreadsheet over the website in case internet cuts out during my live drafts). Even if you just have enough time to fill in your players, you can see where you stand in comparison to the category averages for your league size. Also, I customized my players page to include the average ADP from the 5 major websites, and I subtracted the total player ranking from the ADP to find value, i.e. Pujols is ranked 33 spots higher by Grey than his average ADP. It gives me an idea of where I can take players in relation to the mainstream public’s thoughts on players… you know, the people who DON’T read Razzball. It also helps me stay away from players that I forgot Grey hated because of the discrepancy in his rankings as compared to ADP. That assists those of us who have a bad memory and can’t remember that Grey said DON’T DRAFT MATT CARPENTER IN THE 5TH!! The versatility of the war room is ENDLESS!

    So what I’m saying is, good stuff.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nico: Thanks!

  6. Jacks says:
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    Nick, how do I contact you about advertising/sponsorship stuff?

  7. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    This is the strangest hostage video ever. #FreeNick

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Guru: I’m for keeping him captive.

  8. I’m in a 12 team league 5×5 roto head to head with additional stats ops, BB, and a Total bases . with corner infielders. Pitching has a few extra stats also QS, losses and BB. Would you guys give up Jose Abreu for Verlander. It seems like a know brainer but the waiver wire is then at that position. My hitting is stacked. I have Tehran, Latos, S.Gray,Cashner, Samardjzia, And Masterson as my starters

      • @Nick the Podcast Host: I’m in a 12 team league 5×5 roto head to head with additional stats ops, BB, and a Total bases . with corner infielders. Pitching has a few extra stats also QS, losses and BB. Would you guys give up Jose Abreu for Verlander. It seems like a know brainer but the waiver wire is then at that position. My hitting is stacked. I have Tehran, Latos, S.Gray,Cashner, Samardjzia, And Masterson as my starters

        • @Dnut eastwood: thanks Nick apparently the Pussys in my league thought it was to good also. They vetoed it real quick. The thing is the other person went pitcher heavy, I went hitter heavy. Oh well thanks anyways.

  9. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Jay, throw some art up on those walls, that might be the most depressing room I have ever seen.

  10. Jason says:
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    Thanks Nick-Jay good stuff here.

    so ready for SuperLIga.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jason: Totally. Although, Nick just gave us an algebra formula to calculate trades… so that should be fun.

      • @Jay: It’s be based on player rater so it should be pretty simple to follow.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’ll be there. Didn’t you say this was a keeper league…er liga? How many can/do we keep, Commish?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Sky: I wish we went back to a time before he told us the details.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Jay: I’m starting to wonder if that details time ever existed. Its been a while if he did fill us in.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            (that’s what she said)

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              And of course I see I missed the email earlier. Now I’m curled up in the fetal position under my desk.

  11. Swfcdan says:
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    Jay looks like even more of a stoner than I expected!

  12. eye for talent says:
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    your avatar is stunningly true to life

  13. gianardo says:
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    How late would you say someone could wait to pickup “sexy” names like Salazar. In both leagues I play this year, I got him in round 14, which was the earliest I was gonna take him.

    Some of us who read this blog are not complete idiots. I’m someone who has a vast knowledge of baseball. I eat and breathe baseball. So I don’t come to your blog to get advice so much as I’m wanting a different perspective.

    As such, I don’t worry about “sexy” names so long as the skills and the category help supports the “sexiness” of the name. True, some players are “over-rated” , but I don’t see anything wrong with what you called “sexy” players in so much as you don’t over-rate their skills potential.

    And it’s also important to view a younger player with upside in the context of their situation and the team on which they play. We know Jose Fernandez is awesome, and he’s gonna be good even on a mediocre Miami team. Danny Salazar is a good pitcher, but he still hasn’t played a full year, so their is some risk. In these cases, I look at the situation. The Indians are an average team defensively, but their bullpen is pretty good. Terry Francona is a good manager, and Cleveland is a pitchers park, so I’d say his situation plays slightly more than neutral. They’ve also been careful with his innings.

    I think Salazar will be the equivalent of what you can get out of Alex Cobb, and is probably gonna be better than Jeff Samardjiza. I’d pick Alex Cobb before Salazar, but not before Samardjiza, and in both leagues, Alex Cobb was already picked when round 14 showed up. In one league the guy before me picked Cobb, then I picked Salazar, and then next guy grabbed Samardjiza, which is how I’d rank them (I don’t like the Cubs this year).

    • Jay

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      @gianardo: It was a macro look at drafts in general. You’re going micro, which is great, but I’m not sure that’s what Nick was going for.

      • @Jay: Yup. You’re both right. I was trying to help the unprepared drafter who doesn’t eat/breath baseball. Also I’m no ‘pert. I’m a (barely qualified) host.

        We’re just working out logistical kinks of taping… remember the first podcast? Oi. Also once we’re up daily May 1. There’ll be a ‘just’ fantasy baseball pod. Where I host. And don’t analyze.

        • gianardo says:
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          @Nick the Podcast Host: It’s all good dawg. I enjoy the effort. Keep it up, yo.

          • @gianardo: Lots of new stuff happening. Trying to get my bearings! We should discuss it over a (insert sponsor) brew.

      • gianardo says:
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        @Jay: It’s all good dawg. I enjoy the effort. Keep it up, yo.

  14. PREz says:
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    Nick with the awkward chest slap on lance bass…

  15. Kandeepan says:
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    Hello,

    Here is my draft result – standard 12 team yahoo league. Appreciate any suggestions..Thanks!!

    Hitters
    c – jason castro
    1b – Albert Pujols
    2b – Jose Altuve
    3b – Ryan Zimmerman
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    OF- Mike Trout
    OF – Yasiel Puig
    OF – Jayson Werth
    util – Jyed Gyorko
    util – Will Middlebrooks
    Bench – Corey Hart
    Bench – Adam Lind

    Pitchers:
    Anibal sanchez
    Alex Cobb
    Justin Masterson
    Matt Moore

    Casey Janssen
    Ernesto Frieri
    John Axford
    Neftali Felix

    Tyler Clippard
    Mark Melancon

    DL – Derek Holland

    • Grey

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      I don’t like Moore, and your relievers are a little wonky, Feliz isn’t the closer anymore… Your hitting is a lot better than your pitching, which is what I’d prefer if I had to have one be weaker

  16. Seano says:
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    Is it just my screen? But he seems to have a hitler mustache when he looks directly into the camera.

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