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Achilles (Tennessee Mash – RCL 25) held on to the lead in the overall standings with 108 points, but things have tightened up. Big Magoo (Matthew Berry is a Tool) moved up a couple of spots to 2nd, just 1 point back. Trini (Psychic Friends Network – RCL 22) holds down 3rd with 105, while Playin’ The Field (Beef SAGNOF!) and Team Birdis (RCL 3) round out the top 5 with 104 points each. Got Heem (RCL 9) made the biggest move this week, gaining 17 points and jumping from 384th to 159th place in the standings. RCL 9 and the ECFBL have the top competitive index of 104.

There was mention this week in RCL 40 of Josh Hamilton or Adam Jones possibly being “steal of the draft.” Number 1 ranked Hamilton had an average draft position of 35.2 while Jones was at 71.8. Then there’s #2 Carlos Beltran (122.4) and #5 Edwin Encarnacion (207.4). How about Lance Lynn, who was drafted in just 6 leagues and is now ranked #7?  According to the Razzball Player Rater, Hamilton has gained over $44 in value, and is now worth $24 more than anyone else. Lynn has gained over $33, followed by Beltran ($32.4) and undrafted Fernando Rodney ($30.3). Since Lynn and Rodney were valued at $1 in the preseason, that probably makes them the top pick and pickup, respectively, so far.

Expert League: Mastersball Carey (Ryan Carey) bounced back and retook first place from RotoWire Del Don. Meanwhile Rudy and Grey went in opposite directions. Even Grey’s pitching let him down this week, finishing with just 1 win and ratios of 4.25 and 1.30. On the other hand, Rudy’s team moved up to 3rd place with 84 points and just missed earning top pitching honors, collecting 7 wins and 8 saves, with an ERA of 1.86 and 0.97 WHIP.

Trades: After last week’s 19 trades, the wheeler-dealers rested. Just 6 exchanges involving 18 players this week, highlighted by Uncle Robbies Daffiness Boys dumping the slumping Howie Kendrick in the ECFBL for the excitement of Eric Hosmer! In Ones are GOOD, right?, the Amazing Ocelots traded Felix Hernandez and Mike Adams to NYC Matthole for Brandon Morrow and Jake Peavy. Krispie Young and Yu Darvish were also among the players changing teams. You can find all the trades in the fantasy baseball forums. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”

Weekly Leaders

Fastballs At Ridgemont High (Schmohawk in Training) was the top hitting team this week. They hit .298 with 18 home runs and 59 RBI, 55 runs, and 14 steals. Jonathan Lucroy (.375/8 RBI/2 SB), Ryan Braun (.444/7 RBI/3 SB), Mike Trout (.444/2 HR/4 SB), and Ian Desmond (.344/2 HR/6 RBI/2 SB) all provided speed and power.

Average: .329 (Afghani Buzkashi – Fausto or Roberto?)
Runs: 61 (Thunder Muscle – Fantasy Master Lotharios)
HR: 18 (Fastballs At Ridgemont High, Big Magoo, Votto-erotic Asphyxiation, We’ve got the runs, Barking Basset Hounds, Coach McGuirk, Juicin Aint EZ- The A-Rod Story)
RBI: 59 (Sclerotic Whips – Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt, Fastballs At Ridgemont High)
SB: 20 (Super Tecmo Magic Rabbits – Myrtle’s Acres)

Urine  Sample (RCL 44) took pitching honors with an ERA of 3.39 and 1.17 WHIP with 80 Ks, 6 wins, and 13 saves. Jim Johnson (4 Saves/2.25/1.00), J.J. Putz (3 Saves/0.00/1.25), and Alfredo Aceves (2 Saves/0.00/1.07) led their relief corps, while Yovani Gallardo and Gio Gonzalez anchored the starting rotation.

Ks: 99 (Dueling Beaver Traps – RCL 44)
Wins: 9 (Rank Railheads – RCL #40)
Saves: 13 (Pliny the Elder – Myrtle’s Acres, NYC Matthole – Ones are GOOD right?, Urine  Sample – RCL 44)
ERA: 0.95 (Worldwide Suicide – Ones are GOOD right?)
WHIP: 0.89 (Worldwide Suicide – Ones are GOOD right?)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK – May 14 – 20
Rank Railheads (RCL #40)
101/333 (.303)
50 R/17 HR/52 RBI/9 SB
108.2 IP
84 K/9 W/2.98/1.25/4 S
Andrew McCutchen and Martin Prado paced the Railheads’ offense this week. McCutchen hit 4 home runs and drove in 7, scored 6, and stole a base. Prado added a homer while hitting .519. Buster Posey (.381/5 RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (.476/6 Runs/1 HR/7 RBI/2 SB) made carrying 2 catchers seem like a good idea. Josh Reddick had only 4 hits, but 3 were dingers. 9 different pitchers picked up wins, with Ervin Santana putting up the best numbers: 15 strikeouts/1.32 ERA/1.10 WHIP. David Price (Win/13 K), Jason Motte (1 Win/1 Save), and Joel Hanrahan (3 Saves) were also key contributors.

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  1. Big Magoo

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    Hey Vin, just wanted to say thanks for all of the work you do concerning the RCLs. I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I always look forward to your posts and updates in the forums. Great job!

  2. VinWins

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    Thanks! Nice to know people are reading them.

  3. Dave says:
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    What can I do to try to help me league index better? I’m winning my league, but it’s indexed the worst and it’s actually costing me points in the overall standings? Any ideas?

    • VinWins

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      @Dave, Yeah, that’s tough. I was just trying to figure out why my league had a low index. Part of it is IP. Your league has the lowest total of innings while RCL 9 has the most. Some of this will even out as some teams reach the Games Started limit early, but also some teams in your league will have to pick up the pace. You really need at least 10 teams working hard at grabbing free agents to increase league stats as a whole.

      Unfortunately, by luck of the draw, some leagues will be lagging and not have managers willing to do what is necessary. Of course, my league seems to be working at it. Maybe we’re just making bad decisions.

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @VinWins, do you know what the current number of starts we’re at thus far in the season…

        • VinWins

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          @beardcrabs, 46 starts would be right on pace for 180 at the end of the year. Not important to stay right there, as long as you know where you are and don’t fall too far behind.

          • beardcrabs says:
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            @VinWins, thanks… good to know for strategic purposes…

  4. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Urine Sample WOOO That is crazy that has to include the Friedrich and Chen starts.

    • VinWins

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      @MJD Took A Knee, Yeah, it doesn’t take much to drive up your ERA.

  5. ThE sHiT says:
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    Thanks for the updates Vin!

    • VinWins

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      @ThE sHiT, You’re welcome!

  6. dave says:
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    good roundup! appreciated as always.

    • VinWins

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      @dave, Thanks!

  7. Charley says:
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    Thanks for profiling our team! My co-manager and I are tickled! Really appreciate the feature!

    • JungleMike says:
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      @Charley, Yeah! I think I’m going to print this page and frame it for us..

    • VinWins

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      @Charley, Congratulations! Great week!

  8. Mike says:
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    Trying to trade Hamilton high as I need a top starter
    Is getting verlander straight up enough?
    Standard league
    It do I need more as hitters r more valuable
    Thanks!!

    • VinWins

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      @Mike, I would want more.

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Vin, sorry it took so long for me to make a comment, but I have been a bit behind in my Razzball reading.

    First of all, another great job. However….

    After last week’s 19 trades, the wheeler-dealers rested. Just 6 exchanges involving 18 players this week, highlighted by Uncle Robbies Daffiness Boys dumping the slumping Howie Kendrick in the ECFBL for the excitement of Eric Hosmer!

    That happens to be a trade between my lovely wife and myself:) She pestered me to allow her to drop Hosmer, but I wouldn’t let her, after reading the SI article on him portraying him as the stud of the century, or something like that. So we worked out a deal. When “The Hos” starts rolling, you will sing a different tale! Actually, I am in 11th place, ranking 522 in the current update, so I am frankly desparate.

    And no kudoos for the ECFBL, which ONCE AGAIN RESIDES IN FIRST PLACE AMONGST THE LEAGUES!

    • VinWins

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      @Paulie Allnuts,Thanks. I hope you’re right about Hosmer; I own him in a keeper league. As for the ECFBL, I guess I just took it for granted that you would be the top league. Congratulations!

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