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MasterofGrond’s Waco Night Terrors (Imposing Sea Creatures) held on to first place behind a strong pitching week, including an RCL-best 0.68 ERA.  Max Scherzer, Homer Bailey, Madison Bumgarner, and A.J. Burnett all pitched well. They missed Miguel Cabrera this week, and now the Night Terrors must deal with the loss of Nelson Cruz. They did already get 27 home runs from him, though.

Check out the Master Standings (you can also access them via the Leagues menu up top) to see where your team ranks in comparison to the other 767 teams through Sunday. The page now includes sortable stats.

The Top 10

1 MasterofGrond Waco Night Terrors 107.4 1
2 Eh Team 105.6 7
3 bughouse squares 105.3 2
4 A Hill O’ Beans My Mustache Has a Mustache 105.2 4
5 Cali The Naysayers 103.7 5
6  mauledbypandas Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache 103.2 10
7 Colicky Fuddruckers 102.3 9
8  RV Retro Vertigo 102.1 18
9  thefaketom Pink Highlighter 101.0 12
10 Yellow Fever 100.9 5

Movers and Shakers: Calvin Shiraldi (Humm Baby) gained 88 positions to reach the top 100 for the first time since June 3rd. In the league featuring 2012 Razzball Commenter League champions, Big Magoo moved up in the standings for the fifth straight week and now sits in 104th.

Free Agents: Danny Farquhar was picked up in 62 leagues after grabbing a couple of saves for the Mariners. And, of course, suspended players Everth Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and Antonio Bastardo were being dropped by everyone who was paying attention. Here are some other players whose ownership numbers changed in the last week.

Lgs Chg
Stephen Drew 48 +43
Xander Bogaerts 44 +34
Bud Norris 39 +30
LaTroy Hawkins 25 +25
Alex Avila 26 +24
Ryan Raburn 30 +24
Jon Jay 44 +22
Mike Moustakas 51 +22
Cody Ross 35 +21
Matt Dominguez 25 +21
Joakim Soria 1 -20
Derek Jeter 27 -21
Melky Cabrera 37 -22
Nate Schierholtz 32 -24
Carlos Quentin 36 -26
Jose Cisnero 33 -26
Pedro Strop 18 -29


EXPERTS: Dr. Roto has the lead for the sixth week in a row, with Rudy two-and-a-half back in second. The defending champion, Ryan Carey (Mastersball), added 3.5 points and moved up a spot to 7th. His team hit .286 with 52 runs, 14 home runs, and 41 RBI. Grey hit .222 with just 28 runs and 30 RBI, but impressed on the pitching side with an ERA of 2.15 and 0.90 WHIP. Those numbers were good enough to lower his ERA from 3.88 to 3.77 and his WHIP from 1.25 to 1.23. You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 18 stats here.

Writers: Tehol Beddict lost 3 points this week, but second place Andrew dropped 4 points, so Tehol actually increased his lead to 14. His pitching staff let him down, finishing with an ERA of 4.29 and 1.37 WHIP. TB was also involved in a trade, sending Wil Myers and Glen Perkins to Slim Smitty for Yasiel Puig. Andrew had an ERA under 1.00 for the second straight week, lowering his season ERA to 2.63. Despite mostly ignoring this league, Nick improved three-and-a-half points on the strength of a .309 average and 2.37 ERA. He is in danger of failing to meet the 1000 innings pitched minimum, though. Sky led the league in runs (63) and RBI (54). Check out all the writers’ week 18 stats.

Trades: The deadline has now passed after 379 trades involving 1175 players were completed. This week a package of Nate McLouth, Joaquin Benoit, and Koji Uehara brought back Stephen Strasburg. David Price was dealt for Yasiel Puig. Adrian Beltre, Joey Votto, and Bryce Harper were each traded for a pair of players. Beltre was given up for Jacoby Ellsbury and Jake Peavy. Votto was moved for Max Scherzer and Jered Weaver. And Harper was traded for Raul Ibanez and Clayton Kershaw. You can check out all the trades in the Fantasy Baseball Forums. Look for the RCL under the heading “Everything Else.”

Weekly Leaders

SF SadTrombones (Fear the Moustache) hit .300 with 5 stolen bases, 60 runs, 13 home runs, and an RCL-best 67 RBI to take hitting honors this week. Brian McCann led the RBI onslaught with 9, while Chris Johnson (.433) and Freddie Freeman (.375) added 8 each. Jason Heyward knocked in 7 more, and also scored 12 runs. Shane Victorino contributed 6 RBI and 7 runs, while hitting .400.

Average: .358 (Dusty Two Sacks – Modesto Nuts)
Runs: 64 (Razz Girl – Daily Bases)
HR: 17 (Penriff Panfers – You Say Potato I Say Schmotato,  centerfield ballhawk – Mustachioed Commenters)
RBI: 67 (SF SadTrombones – Fear the Moustache)
SB: 14 (Project Mayhem – Ones are GOOD right?, Got  The Runs – BOOM)

Boom Bam Slam! (Sultans of Swat) had 8 wins, 6 saves, an ERA of 1.60, and a WHIP of 1.02 with 83 strikeouts in 84.1 innings for the best pitching line this week. Francisco Liriano (2 Wins/14 K) and A.J. Burnett (Win/18 K) each had 2 excellent outings, while Bartolo Colon, Jordan Zimmermann, Homer Bailey, Cole Hamels, and Matt Cain gave up a total of 2 runs in 36.1 innings. Kenley Jansen was superb, striking out 10 in 4 scoreless innings while recording a win and 3 saves.

Ks: 101 (Eh Team – No Go Romo, Team BALLS – Fear the Moustache)
Wins: 9 (Zonsius Desiderate – Champions League, Foot’s Cold Sweat – Myrtle’s Acres, Rutledge Of Glory – Fantasy Champions)
Saves: 10 (CarGo and CarGo LLP – Remember Matt Bush, Old Milwaukee – You Say Potato, Superstorm Jack – You down with PEDs?, Jup Jup and JHey – FIPping the Bird, Slim Smitty – Razzball Elites)
ERA: 0.68 (40 IP min) (Waco Night Terrors – Imposing Sea Creatures)
WHIP: 0.70 (40 IP min) (Team Big Fun – It’s Raining On Braun Night)

Daily and full season stats are available, and in the RCL forum there are team and league of the day threads, as well as the top batting and pitching lines.

Operation Shutdown
93/307 (.303)
50 R/7 HR/50 RBI/12 SB
51.2 IP
44 K/8 W/1.74/0.85/9 S
Operation Shutdown (Myrtle’s Acres) moved up 121 spots and into the top half of the field overall with a great week. Kendrys Morales hit .577 with 5 RBI and Andrew McCutchen hit .379 with 7 RBI and 2 stolen bases to pace the offense. Josh Hamilton added 8 RBI while Ian Desmond chipped in 4 steals. Francisco Liriano (14 K/0.64/0.93) and Ervin Santana (13 K/2.08/1.00) each won 2 games to lead the pitching staff. Mike Minor added a sparkling 7 shutout innings for another win. Chris Perez also won 2 games, and added 3 saves. Jim Johnson pitched 3 scoreless innings for another 3 saves.

From Around The Web

  1. Josh says:

    10-team H2H keeper My team is weak in pitching, Strong in Hitting. Can you rate/comment on these two trades:
    1) My Braun/Wright/Cobb for His Sale/Kuroda/Lohse/Rivera
    2) My Braun/Wright/Rizzo/Cobb for His Kershaw/HanRam/Latos (he might not go for)
    3) My Braun/Wright/Cobb for His Kershaw/Latos

  2. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Personally, I wouldn’t trade Braun and Wright for pitching, but I’m not an expert.

  3. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Movin’ and Shakin’ baby! The Champions League has been insanely tight all year long. Should come down to the wire.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @Big Magoo: I see you’re on top today. Congratulations! Yeah, that’s still anybody’s league. Good luck!

    • OaktownSteve says:

      @Big Magoo:

      I told you I like your chances in that league.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:

        @OaktownSteve: Thanks man. The power categories on offense and ratios and wins on the pitching side feature quite a logjam at the moment, with realistic possibilities to gain or lose points for several teams. Long way to go.

        On a related note, I’m currently in 11th place with a 3.575 ERA. No wonder so many position players are willing to risk being suspended over PEDs.

        • OaktownSteve says:

          @Big Magoo:

          You’re still on the wrong side of k/GS vs RIV though. That’s a two point swing if/when he goes past.

          I am a distant 3rd with a 3.13 era. I think I am going to lose my RCL wit 103 or 104. Going to be real tight. Other guy has played strong.

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:

            @OaktownSteve: True on the Ks, but I’m 3 runs behind him. Five teams are within five HRs of one another. Seven teams are within thirteen RBIs of one another. I’m in 11th place with a 3.575 ERA – the 4th place team in that category has a 3.451 ERA. Lots of movement potential in multiple categories.

            That would be tough luck for you in your RCL. It’s similar to my situation in a different RCL. I’m in second by a fairly comfortable margin but miles away from first. Sometimes another owner just has the midas touch.

            • OaktownSteve says:

              @Big Magoo:

              Mine is a little different. I’m in first and have been for awhile at 102. I can get to 104 downside isn’t below 100. Other guy is at 96 but he’s got a chance to go up in a few categories. It’s going to be close. I was saying on the league message board I could beat him in the overall, finish in the top 10 overall (currently 11) and still not win that league. There’s a guy in that league that got a new job and kind of dropped out so he’s not going to make all his starts and I think it’s going to cost me the league right at the end. That’s the way it goes though.

              There’s definitely more fluidity on the offensive side in your champions league but there’s also not as much you can do about it by managing. Just have to hope the guys you have perform. But you could make a roster construction adjustment on the pitching side that might get you that two point swing. Hard to argue with where you are right now though and the SPs you’re running out are real good so you might be able to get it done.

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:

                @OaktownSteve: Some leagues are more top heavy like that. Two or three owners dominate and leave scraps for the others. The Champions League is just the opposite. The winner will probably end up in the 83-85 point range. Very balanced league that should be close til the end. Good luck in yours – sounds like it’ll be the same way.

  4. OaktownSteve says:

    This could very well be the dorkiest thing I’ve ever said but I’m gonna say it anyway. I’ve enjoyed peering in on the expert league. It’s going to come down to Rudy and Grey, which makes it fun for friends of razzball

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      If I come back it’s gonna have to one of the bigger comebacks of the year for any RCL…

      • OaktownSteve says:


        It’s always a little misleading because of the GS limit and burn rate

  5. MasterofGrond says:

    Seems like my team has been on a Three True Outcomes kick since the beginning of July. Doing fine on homers, RBIs and SBs since then, but my average and runs scored have been tanking harder than the Penguins in ’84.

    Also, RIP Nellie Cruz, you will be missed (especially since I’m starting Jarrod Dyson in his place tonight). Thank you for cranking so many home runs in the leadup to your suspension, I really do appreciate it.

    • MasterofGrond says:

      @MasterofGrond: Also, apparently I’m not starting Dyson, lol. JUAN FRANCISCO HERE WE GO

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:

    thanks for the work guys

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for reading, Al.

  7. A Hill O' Beans says:

    You know I peered in on Waco Night Terrors on like Saturday I think, and he was down to around 106 points. I thought, I’m moving back into first place since the second and third place teams both dropped a little too. Then I looked back on Sunday and he was actually up to 110. Aye aye aye…

    It’s going to be tough to climb back on top but I’m working on it with 109 points now. I’m gunning for you Waco!

    Thanks Vin!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @A Hill O’ Beans: It’s going to be a battle to the end!

  8. Tehol Beddict says:

    Lets do full article on Tehol

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @Tehol Beddict: You’re probably better equipped to write that story than I am.

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