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Rank Railheads have an amazing 113 points and a 5-point lead over The Fugs (Epic Beardmen Division) and panthers_freak (We’ve Got the Runs — Baseball Reasons) in the overall standings after another impressive week. The Railheads are well ahead of the pace for Games Started, but so are their nearest competitors in RCL 40, so they may hold on to the 56 points they are currently counting from the pitching categories. captainpyper (RCL 3) and Beardcrabs (The Gaylords — Conshellation Prize) are next with 106 points, followed by the Fantasy Razzball commissioner, Higgins (Gobias Industries  —  Cust Kayin’) at 105. Rounding out the top 10 are MattTruss223 (Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men), Chris (Retro Vertigo – ECFBL), NYC Matthole (Ones are GOOD, right?), and Joba’s Trampoline (RCL 41), who skyrocketed from 62nd into a tie for 9th with a 14-point gain.

The 180 Games Started limit was reached Friday by Cellar Dwellers, who are actually sitting in 4th place in Matthew Berry is a Tool. With 4 starts, their total hit 183. They have recorded no saves for the season, so may be open to acquiring closers for their starting pitchers, who include Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, and Justin Verlander. They are also in a tight stolen base fight, with 4 points to be gained by picking up 9 steals. There are more than 2 dozen teams that have already used at least 150 starts, so check your league standings page to possibly find a team with starting pitching to spare. The trade deadline is in 18 days (Noon ET, Friday, August 10), so get those offers in the mail.

On the other side of the ledger, there are 8 teams below the pace to reach the 1000 IP minimum. Any team that fails to reach 1000 innings pitched will be pushed to the bottom of the ERA and WHIP categories and score 1 point.

Expert League: Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) has a 16.5 point lead despite a 5.76 ERA and 1.39 WHIP for the week. Matt Kemp, Mark Teixeira, Mike Trout, and Melky Cabrera were MMMM Good, combining to hit .375 with 8 home runs and 20 RBI for Ryan, who scores 56 of his 96 points on the hitting side. Rudy dropped to 4th, behind Dalton Del Don (RotoWire Del Don) and Dash Davidson (Steamer Dome), after a second straight week with an ERA over 5. Grey hit .295 for the week and recorded an ERA of 2.82, but still languishes in 7th place.

Trades: There were 9 deals completed this week, and most involved a first place team. In Ones are GOOD, right?, leaders NYC Matthole were gifted Roy Halladay for Aroldis Chapman by Chicago Ashman. The Ashman has used 179 starts, so he should soon be done with his starters. In Epstein We Trust, 1st in RCL 39, picked up Miguel Cabrera and C.J. Wilson for Shin-Soo Choo, Freddie Freeman, Pedro Alvarez, and Glen Perkins. Joba’s Trampoline, the top team in RCL 41, is hoping R.A. Dickey can come close to matching his first half after acquiring him for Rafael Soriano. In a trade not involving a league leader, Speed Merchants traded Michael Morse and the struggling Jon Lester to Killa Beez for Carlos Beltran and James McDonald in Magnificent Mustachioed Men. You can find all the trades in the fantasy baseball forums. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”

Weekly Leaders

One of Manny (RCL 39) hit .340 with 20 home runs, 62 RBI, 59 runs, and 5 steals to take top hitting honors. Ryan Zimmerman (.500/9 Runs/5 HR/8 RBI) and Buster Posey (.480/9 RBI) led the team while Trout (.429/10 Runs), and Adrian Gonzalez (.417/8 RBI) made big contributions.

Average: .350 (Team Thompson — RAZZBALL ROTO LEAGUE, Widespread Panic — RCL 22 )
Runs: 72 (Bull City Bombers – RCL 22)
HR: 26 (Team gilbert – RCL 43)
RBI: 64 (Morse McCutchen Morrison Moore — Hotel, Dotel, Halladay Inge)
SB: 16 (Frankfort Fireballers — RCL 4)

Fec Mode Squad (Toads n Wet Rocks) won 2 and added 12 saves, while striking out 55 and recording an ERA of 1.58 and 0.98 WHIP. Lance Lynn picked up a win while striking out 15 in 13 innings. He had an ERA of 0.69 and WHIP of 1.00.  Aroldis Chapman struck out 7 in 3.1 scoreless innings for 4 saves, and Tom Wilhelmsen added 3 saves.

Ks: 91 (Ali’s Beard — Myrtle’s Acres)
Wins: 10 (Joba’s Trampoline — RCL 41)
Saves: 15 (Lajka Bejka — The Dread Pirate Returns)
ERA: 1.25 (40 IP min) (Highly Questionable — RCL 44)
WHIP: 0.77 (40 IP min) (Kemp Keep Me Down — Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt, Sweet Caroline — Soylent green is Allbright….)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK — July 16 — July 22
Joba’s Trampoline (RCL 41)
83/307 (.270)
50 R/13 HR/47 RBI/8 SB
77.1 IP
67K/10 W/2.33/1.05/8 S
Joba’s Trampoline is the top team for the 2nd time in the last 4 weeks as they worked their way into the top 10 overall. Mike Trout (.429/10 Runs/3 HR/6 RBI/1 SB) was the offensive star, but pitching sealed the deal. 8 different starters won games, along with closer Ryan Cook, who grabbed 2 victories. Edinson Volquez pitched a complete game shutout, while Max Scherzer, Ian Kennedy, Jered Weaver, and Zack McAllister each gave up 1 run, combining for 25 Ks in 28 IP. Tom Wilhelmsen notched 3 saves, while Rafael Soriano added 2 before being traded..

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  1. panthers_freak says:
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    Does Cellar Dwellers know the rules? He is still trying to use starters and has not picked up any relievers yet.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @panthers_freak, Maybe not. I have found a lot of people never look at the settings, and (believe it or not) don’t read my updates. Somebody trying to make a deal might be able to explain the situation and end up with an ace.

  2. Chris says:
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    Once you reach 180 starts, your entire pitching lineup is locked, relievers included. So Cellar Dwellers has just about doomed his chances of finishing well. 2 more months of no pitching stats…

    As for Zimmerman, I’m very happy I acquired him when I did. His stats the last 30 days have been unreal, especially given how useless he was for most of the 1st half.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Chris, RP stats continue to count after you reach 180 starts. Only stats from starting pitchers are not added.

      • Chris says:
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        @VinWins,

        Hmm, I’ll be interested to look into this further when another team that hits 180 GS actually has a RP on their roster. From what I recall the last few seasons, all pitchers and their stats lock from the day after you reach the GS limit.

        That’s why everyone in my league waits til the final week to load up on 9 SPs for that last push. But maybe we’ve had it wrong…

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Chris, Yeah, I noticed that about the ECFBL last year. But I definitely watched last year and people were still getting saves. after the 180. When I mentioned this in April, Fred didn’t believe it either, so he asked ESPN:

          I posed the question to ESPN. They validated that you were spot on!

          “Relief pitchers’ statistics are not affected by the Games Started Limit. If a pitcher who is traditionally a starter appears in relief, it is considered a relief appearance, and is not restricted by the Games Started Limit.”

          • VinWins

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            @VinWins, If Cellar Dwellers would get some RPs, we could watch right now!

            Now the ECFBL will be piling up even more stats, I suppose.

            • Paulie Allnuts

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              @VinWins, If that is the case, ESPN must have changed its rules in the last several years. Four years ago, when i was a new-be to the RCL, I finished up about 5 days early, if I recall, and planned on working on my peripherals and K’s utilizing MR’s. But ESPN shut down my pitching, to my surprise, and that may have cost me a championship.

              • VinWins

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                @Paulie Allnuts, I’m pretty sure they changed the rule right after that, because they felt bad for you.

                Chicago Ashman was credited with the Aroldis Chapman save last night after using their 180th start on Monday.

          • thefaketom says:
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            @VinWins, I was curious myself about this. I had the sinking feeling that it might be locked, but nothing really says either way.

            So your pitching is locked in but if you have RPs in there they continue getting stats? Or can you still trade/drop starters and replace with relief?

            • VinWins

              VinWins says:
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              @thefaketom, You can still make any moves you want. Nothing is “locked.” Just any time a pitcher starts, no stats will be counted.

          • Chris says:
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            @VinWins,

            Interesting….

            Fred’s been going through his GS at an accelerated pace this season, but I just assumed he’d be stopping at 179 when he gets there in mid-August. Maybe that isn’t the case anymore though.

            Will keep an eye out on this. Please do let us know when another team hits 180.

            • VinWins

              VinWins says:
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              @Chris, Chicago Ashman is using his last start tonight, and has Aroldis Chapman.

              • Chris says:
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                @VinWins,

                Very nice. Which league is Chicago Ashman in?

                  • Chris says:
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                    @VinWins,

                    Alright, he should serve as a nice 1st hand example… Chicago Ashman has reached his 180 GS limit after his final 7/23 start, and has 870 Ks, 3.714 ERA, and 1.260 WHIP.

                    At this point, I assume you’re correct about RP stats continuing to accrue, but it’s just reassuring to be able to see it for myself. Thanks for the work as always!

                  • Chris says:
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                    @VinWins,

                    Well you were definitely right about the RP stats continuing to accrue. Chicago Ashman now has 4 more Ks than he did after 7/23, which equals what Chapman’s stats these last couple days. And he didn’t get credit for Lohse’s start last night (those stats were wiped away when the ESPN database updated overnight). I’m happy to have this info.

                    The last question I have is whether or not you’re sure that lineups can still be edited after the 180 start “lineup lock”? That would add a bit of a wrinkle to this whole process. If you want to start 9 SPs on your final SP day, but can’t ever re-edit your lineup, that might make you want to scale it back a bit and maybe only start 6 SPs and your 3 closers. That way your closers can still rack up their SVs etc for the remainder of the season.

                    • VinWins

                      VinWins says:
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                      @Chris, Cellar Dwellers reached the limit on Friday, and picked up Clayton Richard on Sunday, replacing Beckett in the starting lineup.

  3. Charley says:
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    As co-owner of the Railheads, I’ll admit we’re ahead of the pace but we’ve stopped streaming our starters. We’re hoping to slow that down and buck up on relievers to bolster our WHIP/Saves and even some vulture wins with some long relievers/middle relievers. It’s a new strategy for us, so we’ll see!

    • VinWins

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      @Charley, Yeah, you’re in good shape, good ERA and WHIP, and now you can just use your best pitchers if you want. Plus, as I said, the teams closest to you in the counting stats are also well ahead of the pace, so it shouldn’t cause you problems.

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