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So let me preface this piece with my first hipster moment in history: I’ve been doing Razzball Writer’s Leagues since last year and by that I mean we had one on the Football side of Razzball.  Don’t believe me, click the link!  We’re still writing over there.  If for some reason in all this baseball you’ve got a little hankering for fantasy football off-season news, well we’ve got you covered.  Alright, I’m done whoring for the morning so I’ll get you back to your regularly scheduled fantasy sport you came to read.  Let me hit you with the straight facts: this league is RCL style.  That means all the info about how we do this thing we do you can learn from the original sign-up page for the 2013 Razzball Commenter Leagues so I don’t have to repeat it.  Date of the draft: Sunday, March 24th at 9:45 Eastern Standard Time.  Why is that important?  Because we tried to change the date for the EST’ers of the league and got stuck having to vote.  When did fantasy baseball start to require chads?  Didn’t we designate a Commish for a reason?  Many of us fantasy baseballers suffer through this democracy in America every day but secretly yearn for the iron fist of a dictatorship and usually this is one way we get it.  And before I let this go I want to announce one other thing.  Referenda, ESPN?  I’m not gonna lie, had to google that and it was a menu item in our league.  Google told me it was ‘The submission of a proposed public measure or actual statute to a direct popular vote’.  Ok… or you could’ve just called it ‘vote’.  ESPN, you give me Chris Berman and his ‘ZIP! WHOOP!’ combo special and then throw legalese at me like I’m on trial?  I’m not the father, ESPN, and I already proved that on Maury!  Did you not see my sweet dance moves!?!  Oh, got a little personal there.  But enough about that, let’s take a look at the draft results here and below I’ll list all the players of the game:

1) All Hail Beddict – Tehol Beddict aka LT Murray, contributor for Razzball Basketball, Razzball Football, Razzball Baseball and Razzball RedTube… which I just googled and is a link of a post by Grey from Sept 30th of 2010.  You better explain yourself to the future Mrs. Albright there, Grey!

2) Smokey McPots – Smokey who is a contributor for Razzball Baseball and is the local medical marijuana card holder for the office.

3) Boxed Wine Smokers – That would be myself, Sky, main writer & editor for Razzball Football and contritubor for Razzball Baseball.  If you’d like to look over my previous work, you can catch up with all my work when I was Oregon Nut Cups… don’t ask…

4) Lincec*m In Your Pujols – That would be Andrew Nordmeier, main editor and writer for Razzball Hockey, contributor for Razzball Football and clearly a man whose not right in the head.

5) Jersey Exits – ChrisV, contributor for Razzball Basketball and someone who doesn’t mind being associated with Snooki.

6) Erin Andrus – Slim Smitty who is a contributor for Razzball Baseball and is Elvis Andrus’ sister.  If you wanna know what that looks like, put lipstick on this.  We’re not on TV for a reason here, folks.

7) CTRL + F ing Tehol’s Mom – JB Gilpin, main writer and editor for Razzball Basketball and contributor for Razzball Football and Razzball Baseball.  Oh and as you can tell from his team name, someone who cares about all the mothers around the world.

8) Podcast Kings – The maple syrupy sweet drippings of the voice of the podcast, Nick Capozzi of course.

9) 710 All Stars – Joe Morris… eh, Joe Morris?  I think he crept in under our surveillance.  I keed, he’s a behind the scenes contributor for Razzball… I think.  Or maybe he’s just Grey & Rudy’s bodyguard.  I wonder if he looks like Kevin Costner.

10) Lights And Music – Our very own Scott Evans, prospect extraordinaire contributor for Razzball Baseball.  Anything you want to know about minors, he’ll tell you/aid you in eluding the police about.  Wait, what?  Nobody f@#$s with the Jesus!

11) Jaywrong’s Yu Mad, Bro? – Well, it’s Jaywrong of course, who is a contributor to Razzball Baseball, Razzball Football and is a cunning linguist.

12) Grey’s Semen – Trevor, contributor for Razzball Baseball as the War Room spreadsheet technician.  Also a clear sign that Grey has blessed at least one woman’s womb with his seed in this world.

Unfortunately with it being a 12 team league we couldn’t squeeze in two other vital writers.  VinWins, who contributes to both football and baseball and is an RCL stats magician and Tom Jacks who is a contributor to the baseball side and keeps you up on all things OPS.  With that said, peruse around and have a look at the teams.  Lambast anyone and everyone except me because I wrote this and I will just delete your comment if you say one bad word about me.  I’m joking, of course.  I’ll simply edit it into a comment about your mom in bed with someone.  Probably JB.  In either case, it promises to be a fun year full of highs and lows with most of the highs contributed by Smokey and most of the lows contributed by our actual Fantasy Baseball prowess.  Wish us all luck and by that I mean me!

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  1. royce! says:
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    Wow, did you pick and OF with each of your first 4 picks? Was this a strategy or did you just not care for anyone else on the board?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @royce!: Yup, it was a strategy. Should’ve taken Goldy in the 2nd but I really don’t like MI this year. Don’t feel there’s much value prior to the first 10 rounds of a snake so I ignored it. I say I should’ve taken Goldy because I wanted to leave the first 10 rounds with minimum 3 OF and 2 1B and only got Freeman. Not my favorite team because 3B started getting gobbled up much earlier than I wanted, especially for a position that’s not really thin on talent. Hoping Arenado stays up with the big club and gives me a .280 average and 15 to 20 HRs so I don’t have to count on him. Corey Hart needs to come back healthy and go on with a 30 HR pace when he does or I’m gonna struggle.

      • royce! says:
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        @Sky: I like that strategy…seems the difference between flyer OF and top guys is actually greater than that for other positions, and I’m just not as hyped about OF flyers as I am about IF ones. That said, I still ended up with Pedroia on my h2h team. I have a hard time following through on these plans…maybe it’s because I’m deliberating sober and drafting drunk, the opposite of how the ancients advised

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! I would’ve veered and had no problem doing it if a guy like Kinsler or Pedroia ever fell outside of the top 3 rounds. 2B/SS is so bleh I didn’t feel a need to compete for 15/15 when I could target 5/25 or 20/20 after the 10th like I got with Alcides and Espinosa. I do it because I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to the positional scarcity argument. Been doing it for forever with catcher and now that 2B/SS has such little to offer, it was easy to hold my breath on it. Obviously with my 4 OF, I’m hoping for almost 90 SB and well over 100 HRs with decent counting stats. Just didn’t think I had that upside at OF outside of the top rounds.

          Guys went a lot higher or just right before I was gonna take them past a certain round. Moustakas was my target at 3B and he went in the 8th which left me scratching my head. Draft was very CI heavy to start and pretty much to the detriment that did it. Frazier goes in the 7th, Mous goes in the 8th…it was just silly. Pedro was my last ‘want’ and he went in the 12th. Here’s to Arenado starting at the hot corner for the Rockies cuz I’m really not looking forward to a year of Seager.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I was reading if he does stick then he will be batting in the 8th spot….sucks for NL…..I’m talking about Arenado

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: Yeah, talent will always win out in those arguments, though. I think that’s where they slated Wilin Rosario to start the year when he was playing. Finished the year batting 4th/5th in the order. Too early to worry about lineups, I just worry about if the guy is on the team or not.

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @royce!: In my 10-team keeper league I went OF with four of my first five picks (Stanton, McCutchen, Harper, Cespedes). I think good MIs can be found later. The dropoff from elite OF to mediocre OF is greater than the dropoff at most other positions.

  2. The Jewru says:
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    How did Bryce Harper last til 26th? Big miss boys!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He’s had a lot of range with where he’s gone from tail end first round all the way down to the late 3rd from what I’ve seen. I was targeting him with the 28th pick but settled for Jay Bruce.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @The Jewru: I took Harper with pick 25 in a startup keeper league where a few players can be kept forever. I don’t recall where he went in my RCL league.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: Yeah, was tempted; like Jason Heyward this year though and really wish I had a shot at him there at 28th. And I’m really kicking myself that I didn’t go Goldy there either.

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Sky: In one of my leagues Heyward went around pick 13. Have to look that up. Both my drafts on Sunday had some odd early picks zi thought. Somebody went pitcher-pitcher with the first two picks in an RCL league. In my keeper league Kimbrel went in round 1.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Wallpaper Paterson: At least with keepers the round itself usually doesn’t mean as much. Probably meant it was like the 6th round, right? But back to back pitchers…yikes. I look at my arms and I didn’t draft one until the 5th. I’m happy.

              I think Heyward still has breakout potential and I believe everyone has given up on that aspect. Dude’s only23. ‘Settling’ for 25/20 with 85+ runs/RBIs and a decent average is pretty decent when it carries upside to it.

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                @Sky: No, Kimbrel went in 1st round as in 1st round. I know- crazy! It is a pay league too with regular type settings except OPS and holds are in it. The addition of those two categories causes closers to be less valuable.

                In my RCL, Kershaw went #8 and that same person took some other pitcher in round 2. Maybe that person has a unique strategy. In 2010, I did see a commissioner acquire two middling pitchers for Matt Kemp in July and then blast off in the standings. I saw that and said no more roto for me. In the past decade I only played in three roto leagues and they were all in 2010. I am back on board this year because of the RCL action.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Wallpaper Paterson: Well that’s officially ridiculous even without the unique parts you’re talking about…

                  My thinking: if your strategy requires a trade, it’s not a good strategy. Can’t ever draft saying ‘I’ll hoard saves/pitchers and they’ll come flocking to me for them later!’ Just too much can happen in the interim.

                  My first ever league was an H2H and is my keeper. It’s fun but at the same time, roto really does state the best team when it’s all said and done. H2H does keep everyone involved the whole way through, though, because almost no one is really out until very near the end.

                  • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                    @Sky: Roto does produce a legit winner all the time. H2H only sometimes does it.

  3. Vacation says:
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    AuSchizz lasted until pick 75? Grey has him 19th. Wow. Looking back now to see where Rutledge and Fraizer were taken.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Goldy was taken 31st…

      Frazier was taken way too early: 78th. Rut was a little lower than I expected: 192nd.

  4. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Tehol was solid on the podcast, but Scherzer, Wieters, Moore, Frazier, and Brown in rounds 4-8? Yikes! Weeks in round 9 wasn’t bad though.

    Team looks solid, ONC (I mean, Sky). Just think if you grabbed Cano to go with your next three OF picks and grabbed an OF (say Reddick, Aoki, etc.) with your Espinosa pick – that’s nitpicking though. Good job.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, I really wanted to leave the first 4 rounds with 3 OF and a 1B. I have a hard time taking Cano so high, 4th pick was almost Fielder. Almost…

      Yeah, I didn’t understand Tehol’s strategy in the first 8 rounds. I question whether there was one. Tulo with the 6th pick? Confusing to say the least. Slim Smitty drafted 3 catcher eligible guys…not really sure what the mindset was there.

      Overall, I was trying to stay neutral with this article and just to get it out there and let people peck at it but you started it!

      • Big Magoo

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        @Sky: I like Prince this year too, but Cano gives you elite 1B numbers at 2B. So there’s that. I just mentioned the alternative above cause I’m not a big Espinosa fan, but your team looks good.

        Tehol must’ve been admiring himself in various fruit of the looms rather than strategizing, no?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Oh I know, it’s one of those things. Never been a Cano guy, I think I’m just stubborn.

          Your idea about what happened to Tehol is as good as any. Although the flipside argument is he really boned my draft strategy. Frazier was one of my guys for 3rd. Didn’t expect missing him in the 8th! Oh well, he nabbed Hanley and Tulo. Trade that helps me is eminent.

    • LT

      Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Big Magoo: Guys guys guys. When encarnacion, frasier, alvarez, lind, chris davis and SIR dominic brown all hit 30 home runs this year it wont really look like a stretch. Please inform my of my master’s predictions for Frasier this year. My master is Grey and I completely bought into Frasier so if I lose it’s his fault. Weiters hits 30 this year guys mark it down.

  5. Jah says:
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    Live (snake) draft coming up. Hoping someone has a good draft strategy idea for my situation: I keep (indefinitely, no restrictions) five players (G Stanton, CarGo, J Reyes, Pujols and Votto) and one guy (Allen Craig OF/1B) from the 20th+ round in last year’s draft .
    The 10-team league is a H2H points league. Daily lineup changes, with a roster of C, 1B, 2B, SS, MI, CI, OF x 4, UTIL and a maximum 8 SP starts/week with RP’s carrying little value (2 roster spots to fill/day). about 5 bench spots for offense.
    After keeper selections, I have the 2nd pick in the “7th” (first) round. Should I get a 2B like Kipnis (526 pts espn projects) or Phillips (516 pts) or pull from the thinning pool at 3B and grab Prado (526), or maybe sexify and complete my OF with A Jackson (572), Alex Gordon (564) or Des Jennings (530)?
    In the past I had success drafting 5 or 6 SP’s over the next 7 or 8 rounds, all ranked between #9 to #30, practically cornering the SP market. Available SP’s, at the top, are Weaver and Shields (600), Cain (596), Wainwright, (595), Cliff Lee (575).

    Thanks for reading, how would you approach rounds #7 through #13?

    • Jah says:
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      @Jah: the points system is pretty basic on offense and on pitching it favors high-K SP’s with W’s counting as 10 points, L(-2), Saves (5), Holds (2)

    • Sky

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      @Jah: Depends on if there are any 2B/3B late round fliers out there that are of interest. I wouldn’t want Prado at all. I’d personally go OF (prefer Austin there).

      Then next I’d go after a pitcher. I’d rank them Lee/Wainwright/Cain/Shields/Weaver even with those projections.

      Really depends who’s actually available on how you should approach. I think 2B is weak overall, don’t think chasing 15/15 or 18/12 early helps you if there are some late round fliers available. Is 3B really that thin so as Prado is the most worthy 3B out there? Seems strange to me.

      • Jah says:
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        @Sky: thanks for the reply! Maybe I should mention that K’s from offense do not affect scoring.

        With the injuries to H Ram, Headley, Lawrie, Sandoval and Freese, I am concerned who I choose from once Prado’s gone. With all the injuries, I agree that waiting on 3B might be the best bet, maybe one or two of these guys fall.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Jah: I assumed that regarding the K’s and no problem.

          Yeah, zig when others zag is my motto. I don’t like racing everyone for blah. Prado is blah. I’d rather hold my breath for any of those except for Hanley. Worried about him. Any chance Matt Carpenter is eligible? Think you get Prado type stats for way less of a price in Freese’s stead and he’ll move to 2B as long as things go well so you don’t lose your 3B when it’s all done.

  6. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Rick Porcello just won the 5th Starter job for el Tigres. He has a 21/0 K/BB ratio this spring. WTF? Thoughts?

    Nice write up on the teams in your league. Made me laugh…out loud, quite literally.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, glad to hear!

      He’s intriguing but not someone I’m gonna go flying after. Right now, if he can turn into Doug Fister I’d be happy but I think that’s his upside. He’s still really just a groundball pitcher. I’ll personally be keeping my eye on Smyly.

  7. I like Corey Hart this year. He should be over 30 hrs.

    • Sky

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      @Ball Four: Well, I don’t know if he’ll clear 30 HRs but he should definitely be on a 30 HR pace when he comes back. I’ll take that with how thin 1B is.

  8. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    besides shields, i like your staff a lot. And I think Freeman is a wildcard at first, he could be huge this year. If Cuddyear stays healthy, you can have a nice year.

    In regards to our football conversation on the other site, This was originally going to be my avatar, but i didn’t want to promote smoking for our young readers

    http://cf.drafthouse.com/_uploads/galleries/2075/american-the-bill-hicks-story-01-800-75.jpg

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I agree but Shields as an SP3? I know his history isn’t amazing but in reality, wins will go down but his competition does too in terms of bad parks to pitch in. AL Central > AL East for pitchers. Cuddy is a placeholder until Hart comes back. Then Hart/Freeman is a decent 1B combo. Not the one I wanted but not a bad one either. Considering the lineup around Freeman, I might get big counting stats even if the 30 HR season doesn’t materialize.

      I just responded on the football side. That would’ve been a sweet avatar. Screw the kids, we say bad words around here all the time!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: I changed it, feels more me, even though hey now hank will make appearances

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, awesome!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: watch when you have time, its really long

  9. Eric R. says:
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    Who gets the better side of this deal:
    Wright/Goldschmidt/Cueto/Teheren

    Encarnacion/Dickey/Freese/Homer Bailey

    • Adam says:
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      @Eric R.:

      Wright/Goldy side, by a good bit.

    • EB says:
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      @Eric R.:

      Aside from Dickey over Tehran, team one wins at all positions … and by a significant margin too.

  10. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey how are you!! So in 2 days I have my draft and this is the 1st time ever doing fantasy baseball. IO got some info off the Internet like Top player count in each position and mock drafts from sports writers.. Do you think I should somewhat Imitate the guy that has my draft position or do it on my own? Also I have no idea on what positions to pick 1st or later in the draft? Any advice? Oh and I’m in a H2H points league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sorry about not getting back to you quickly. I see from todays post you got steered in the right direction, though. Let me know if you have any follow up questions.

  11. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    C’mon man, this shoulda’ been a 16-teamer and included everyone… even that ass clown who cracks wise on the Razzball Twitter all season long

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah I know. I didn’t run the league and it was RCL built. Sorry my man, next year we should break from the system and do an auction. Show the world our FBB chops

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Sky: Now that’s what I’m talking ’bout!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Next year, we will get more organized pre-season and get this shizz right. I’m fine with a writers league RCL but a drag’um out beat’um up big league for writers should be good

          • Awesomus Maximus

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            @Sky: Count me in, fo’ sho’.

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