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We are almost there folks. Where is there? Draft time. BUT EVERYONE JUST HOLD UP FOR A SECOND. Remember that one time when I set 75 RCL’s as my personal goal, and therefore, by mitosis, or photosynthesis, or osmosis, or dry-humping, it became your personal goal? Yeah. In this regard, we are not almost there. I mean, technically we are, only two more leagues… but drafts are right around the corner. It’s gonna be close. WE’RE TOO CLOSE MAN. Just two more commissioners… look, how about this… if you go commish a league right now (yes, we can totally have more than 75, in fact, I prefer it), I promise to go over some of the leagues that are drafting this week, including the 2014 Razzball Writers League. And guess what? One RCL league has actually drafted (WOOO!) and, as a bonus, we’ll take a look at their first round. Free shipping and handling too! Because boy do I know how to handle it. Whatever that means. Sure, even if you don’t commish a league, you can still continue reading after the jump… I *can’t* stop you per say. But I promise you there will be guilt. I WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A CATHOLIC. If you’re already Catholic, well, you have enough guilt to deal with, so yeah. Take that, I guess.

So… thanks for jumping. If you want to be a commissioner or join a league, just scroll down to the bottom. Because we got some drafts to talk about around here. As promised, let’s take a look at the first round of the first RCL draft first. Lotta first’s, that’s for sure. This first round is brought to you by the Bad News Bears RCL. Here’s how it went down. (You can view the entire draft here.)

Pk. Player Team
1 Mike Trout, OF LAA Team L
2 Miguel Cabrera, 3B DET Team Griffis
3 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B ARI Brooklyn 99
4 Andrew McCutchen, OF PIT Olde England ex-Patriots
5 Carlos Gonzalez, OF COL Team Rogers
6 David Wright, 3B NYM NYC Captain*America
7 Ryan Braun, OF MIL Mom’s Basement Cellar Dwellers
8 Adam Jones, OF BAL boston anarchy burger
9 Chris Davis, 1B BAL Crazy SOB’s Crazy
10 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF NYY Carry on My Heyward Son
11 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B TOR Winterfell Direwolves
12 Robinson Cano, 2B SEA Kellys Heroes

The first thing that comes to mind is… guys, when you have a team name that goes ‘Team X’, change that. You don’t have to be creative or original with it, but don’t make me think that you just joined a league and went auto-pilot on us. Etiquette. Your mother taught you better. Just like she taught me how to do that one thing better. ICE BURN.

The second thing that comes to mind is, David Wright? Really? CarGo, you can sorta of make a case for in a redraft, but I’m not even sure Wright is the best third basemen overall, much less a first round player. Also, Winterfell Direwolves… you read my mind. But the Starks man! They suck at this game, amiright?

Oh, and if you were curious, Clayton Kershaw went at pick 13 in round 2. Which I love, just for the mere fact that I can, once again, bring out my great creation…

greySTkershawHeadExplosionsmall

I promise to bring it out anytime Kershaw goes in the first or second round of any draft I’m focusing on. Hey, so you guys know that he pitched 259.0 innings last season, including play-offs, right? That may not scare you off in of itself, but it should be yet another reason in a gluttony of reasons why you should not waste a first or second round pick on any pitcher. Call it reason #4,689: Pitchers get injured. ALL OF THEM.

Regardless, good luck to these leagues- Razzball’s In Her Mouth 3GREYco Inc.Yeah Jeets!Razzball (RCL)They Call Me Au Shizz!, and Bayside High Fantasy Ballers who all draft before the next RCL Update. And yes, if you were wondering, that was me going over them for you. What did you expect? Some kind of analysis on the xBABIP values of Razzball’s In Her Mouth (3) and how it correlates with Yeah Jeets contact%? Actually, that does sound kind of interesting… RUDY! Make it happen bro.

Oh, and that’s right. The Razzball Writer’s RCL launches our season with a draft set for March 6th at 9:15 PM EST. (You can tune in here for the greatest of all circle-jerks.) We don’t know the draft order yet, but whatever it is, I’m pretty sure Tehol will select Domonic Brown in the first round… right after I select Chase Headley. Other contributors will include Sky, Smokey, Tom Jacks, Mike, The Guru, Nick the Podcast Host, Dan Pants, Scott Evans, and J-FOH. Should be fun. Or, at the very least, exotic.

Until next time!

 

How to save the world and be a commissioner. OR how to be a champ and join a league:

(With me quoting Grey. Because he quotes himself way too much. Don’t be such a Grey-hog!)

If you want to see how it worked last year, go here.  So we’re going to fill up as many fantasy leagues as we can for the next seven weeks.  Each fantasy baseball league will be a mixed league, 12 team, snake draft, roto, 5×5, 5 OFs, one Middle Infielder, one Corner Infielder, one Utility, 9 pitchers, 20 game eligibility, 180 Games Started max, 1000 IP minimum.  Unlike previous years, we will be going with TWO DL SLOTS.  The only things you need to change from the default is the 180 Games Started and the TWO DL SLOTS.  Please be vigilant about having the exact same league rules and setup as everyone else.  The lineup is also known as:  C/1B/2B/SS/3B/CI/MI/5 OF/UTIL/9 P/3 BENCH/2 DL with 180 Games Started and 1000 IP minimum.  The fantasy leagues will be played in ESPN and they will be free to join.

TO JOIN A LEAGUE
Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) and enter the PASSWORD at ESPN.  Emails are there for some leagues, but you shouldn’t need to email anyone.

TO START A LEAGUE
Please create a league in ESPN based on the league rules reference above.  Step by step:  Hit Create.  Then Create ESPN Custom (middle option), Name League, Change to 12 Teams, Restriction Type: None, Open to All Users, Access: change to Private, create Password, leave as Roto and Snake, Make Draft Date and Time, Create.  From Default settings all you have to do is change to TWO DL SLOTS and 180 Starts by pitchers.  So, you go to ROSTERS and Click “Edit Roster Settings.”  There, change to 2 DL Slots and 180 Starts (the counter will change to 20.0 per slot).  Then SUBMIT Roster Settings.  Finally, Create Your League!  (Important Note: Make sure league is viewable to public but requiring a password to avoid non-Razzballers joining.)   When that’s finished, click here. You will be permissioned shortly so you can add your league info to the Google Doc (the below grid cannot be edited from this page).  On that Google Doc, you will need to enter your name, league link, password and please UPDATE the number of openings as your league fills up.   That’s it.  Oh, and don’t use your bank account password.

  1. Maxi says:
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    Hey thanks for posting this mock draft…what do you think about my options for the top pick in a 12 team keeper league snake draft (6×6, no BA, but with OBP, SLG):

    Tulo, Braun, Cano, Beltre, Fielder, Votto, Stanton, Longoria.

    My goal is to avoid a 1st round flop (i.e. Braun last year)…. I was on the Braun train until the suspension, but once again he’s reared his ugly head and is garnering my interest. Draft is this Saturday.

    I already have Cespedes and Avisail Garcia as keepers. much obliged.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Maxi: where’s the mock?

      I’m fine with Braun. I like Cano and Tulo out of that list ad well.

      • Maxi says:
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        @Jay: haha I was referring to the actual draft recap you linked to espn. i blame all dem damn trees for making me say silly things

        I think all 3 are going to put up comparable numbers for Rs and RBIs, with Braun having the highest ceiling for HRs. Who do you like for putting up the highest OBP/SLG?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Maxi: stanton, but the counting stats won’t be there.

    • matt says:
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      This wasnt a mock foo! Felt like it at times since the kershaw drafter only drafted Kershaw and like 10 relievers!!!

  2. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I’d be curious to know if the manager that got Wright was actually at the draft. Looking at his team I’m not sure what was going on. Wright in the first, 4 pitchers in the first 5 picks, drafted Lucroy, Wieters, and VMart.

    So many questions. I’m not sure what seems more unlikely, picking that team as an auto-draft, or picking it in person.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: yeah, maybe someone from that league can shed some light.

      • matt says:
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        I have no idea, I own Brooklyn99 and yes I believe he was in the draft

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Beddict is coming….. All over the competition

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: you are going to feel very foolish if you get your ass handed to yourself….wait check that, when you get your ass handed to you.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @J-FOH: I’m going to give you an honest answer,
        J-LO, I usually put my main focus on one league. With all of these daily leagues it’s just not possible for me to compete with the same tenacity in each and every single league. I don’t like having more than 2 leagues, now I have 6-7. 1) you can’t win every time obviously 2) Im already a legend in the eyes of the Gods. 3) Looking foolish is sometimes good for us mortals. 4) We can’t all sit on our bean bag chairs sipping Natty Ice and eating twinkles all day, watching MLB TV with 3 computers up with player news coming in. You’re a lucky guy.

        I’ve thought about making fantasy baseball a career. Im that good. but thats when I’m focusing on one league. I like money leagues. I made a point to throttle the writers league last year but this year I have bigger fish to fry. I may settle for a top 3 finish, just to add to the resume.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Tehol Beddict: was that an excuse about why you’re going to lose before you even compete? Do you tell women they aren’t going to be satisfied but I’m gonna get my nut right before having sex with them. ?

  4. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    O MY GODS!!!!!! JAY!!!!!!!

    YOU!!! YOU!!! You ARE an Artist!!!

    Sky and I were teasing about it yesterday. How silly and unenlightened, we as small men were.

    I now prostrate or prostate (never can remember which one) myself before your greatness in awe of Star of the Show’s ART…

    You held nothing back today. EEEEEEEEEEEE GGGAAADDDDDSSS!!!!

    Today’s work is a simply beyond the beyond – A whole new paradigm in the concept of what art can be and for the first time is.

    Words will fail, when you try and describe this RB show to others.

    Sky said, you were a Andy Warhol clone… Warhol > Schmor-hol…. Bullpucky to that! The above is a whole new frontier of Art – unlike anything that had come before it. Especially, over sized Campbell’s Soup cans

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oooopps …. ooooppppps …… OOOOooooppps

    Sorry, I can’t say more right now. But, I have to go #2… I’m not that regular anymore. So, I never miss a chance when nature finally calls – Even GREAT ART has to wait in my golden ghost years.

    It may be your art broke the dam… oooooopppps OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPssss

    DAMN IT…. I didn’t make it, again…

    Thank goodness, I bought myself and was wearing one of those industrial strength RAZZBALL” Don’t Miss A Pitch” Adult GameDay Diapers. They ain’t cheap – But, they quickly can be filled to their weight’s worth in gold. And I just proved it

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ghost of the Disappeared: an artist follows the three I’s. Invent, instigate, and eat ice cream. I concentrate on the third one a lot.

      But it’s all for you.

  5. J-FOH says:
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    Hey Jay, i forgot to update it but the FCL (Frequent Commenter League) is drafting this saturday 3/8 at 7:30 EST. Should be a really really..uh there is no word in the english language to describe what this will be. If it was in person there would be not one person leaving that room without blood on them. It’s some of the best of the frequent commenters with Oaktown Steve, Big Magoo, Steve NZ, Kid A, Prezii, WAKE UP, Cram, Mauled by Pandas, some guy named Nacho Cheese ( he snuck in) and two writers with Sky and Jeremy oh and myself the resident driveler and intern J-FOH. I extended an invite to Jeremy to give him a real Razzball welcome. I’ve enjoyed his work and he has already been lighting up the message board in the 12 hours he has been in the league. I think were around 400-500 postings so far.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: I just go by what’s in the google doc yo.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: I know, wanted to update you

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @J-FOH: you should update the doc. BURN

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jay: I did before my first post …SICK BURN

  6. matt says:
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    Take a guess who owns Brooklyn 99? Yours truly. peep my team and tell me what you think. I just traded Cruz for Desmond Jennings also. I don’t know why Kershaw went 13th??? No idea, Grey? HAHA!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @matt: Robbery.

      • matt says:
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        Hey, I didn’t offer it it was served to my inbox

      • matt says:
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        What’s the strategy in taking one SP and 9-10 relievers? Seriously I have no clue!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @matt: If most of them are closers, I can see it. I’m going to randomly pick one of my RCL’s and try that strat to see what happens.

          • matt says:
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            I think its a split between MR and closers.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @matt: Yeah, he or she will probably rely on streamers.

            • A Hill O' Beans says:
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              @matt: Thats what I did last year with my team and it worked pretty well. I think I did 3 starters and immediately traded one, but the rest CL and MR, then streamed away.

  7. jake says:
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    so how long after i click the google docs link until i can add the league? i demand your answer in seconds, sir

    • jake says:
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      @jake:
      also i’m just kidding don’t hate me.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @jake: I hate you already.

        Anyhow, try it now, see if it works.

        • jake says:
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          @Jay:

          you’re a middling hero among noobs. my league is way down at the bottom though. do i pull it to the top or do you spiffy admin types do that?

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @jake: I’ll take care of it.

            • jake says:
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              @Jay: Level up!

              or….something way more manly, whatever you prefer.

              • Jay

                Jay says:
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                @jake: Any is fine.

  8. matt says:
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    And team “L was on auto pilot JS. I hate that 4-5 ppl don’t bother showing up because it screwed up my draft. Among other things :/

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @matt: Yeah, par for the course.

      • matt says:
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        I hated trying to adjust on the fly. I had a strategy for all 12 showing up by then the dormie teams get the top ranked ones left so I had to reach a lil outside the rankings and grab some upside. Hopefully Jennings has his “breakout” year that we’ve been waiting on for the last 5 or so years!!! LOL

  9. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Jay: Is there a way of telling if some were on auto draft???…

    The influence of the ESPN rankings are there to see.. It leads me to feel, I’ve had a decent handle on RB influence and my rating are where they should be based on the player’s my projected movement UP and DOWN on the board

    Kemp movement up was later, than I thought he would be, here… Nailed Segura and Gyorko They won’t be on my teams… A couple my other guys are in my must draft there ranges too.

    This is GREAT Keep the links coming…

    Thanks again, Keep these coming again…

    This is why you are and always will be my STAR OF THE SHOW

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ghost of the Disappeared: I think ESPN puts them on auto pilot after the pick is missed… not sure though. But yeah, it should be obvious if they select the highest ranked player via ESPN rankings every time they’re on the clock.

      Yeah, any rankings are going to have a wild affect on the draft. Most people just default to that view, and even if you don’t follow the rankings, you assume other people are staring at the same thing you are, and you draft accordingly… so yeah, it’s going to influence everything.

      • matt says:
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        Exactly!

    • matt says:
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      Team 1 , team 4-7 I think. Im not for sure. You’ll have dig in. I just know #1 for sure.

  10. matt says:
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    Where is Starlin ranked? He’s not in the top 400. Much Higher than de aza correct?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @matt: Should be. Might be a list error. Check with Grey or Rudy.

      • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        @Jay:

        Jay: This guy Tehol (your model for this Show according to Sky) fits at RazzBall… Another strange FFB ranger, that one.

        • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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          @Ghost of the Disappeared:

          Looks like A Garcia CWS OF traveled about the farthest in a non-perusal view of the draft.

          Cross him off my list of fellas to target late.

  11. Cram It says:
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    Personally, I like the “Team ‘x’” team name. Team Suckadick…Team Screwyourteam…Team Awesome. I like the creativity in the lack of effort.

  12. Bombo Rivera says:
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    OK, before you start new leagues, join the ones that need owners and are drafting this weekend!

  13. Simply Fred

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    Thanks for sharing the draft. I was curious to see the impact on Hamels and Iwakuma (both I think projected to start the season on the DL?). Didn’t seem to be much drop in value..which surprised me…?

  14. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Jay: Seeing how Sky is tired of talking about Billy Burns, I give you a chance

    The kid is so far the story of the A’s camp if not the entire Cactus League so far this spring.

    Today he has scored 3 runs – leading off again, 1 for 3 stole / 2 SBs – he’s hitting 316 – with 7 SBs in 18 ABs

    His a last run today was a infield hit to the pitcher!!! He went to 2nd on a mistake (error, he forces them Ala Ricky of old) moved to 3rd… And scored on a FC ground ball out.

    The kid is a wonder..

    A’s lose… Bummer!!!

    But the Billy Burns spring saga goes on.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ghost of the Disappeared: I don’t watch spring training. I’m too busy with True Detective, House of Cards, and drinking.

      Oh, I guess writing too.

  15. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    He’s scored 7 runs in 18 ABs too

  16. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    If you insist, I could create a league. It will have a weird name.

  17. Kid A says:
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    That GIF should be what we, as a species, transmit out into space to make first contact with alien lifeforms.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kid A: Honestly… I can get on board with this idea. Completely.

        • Kid A says:
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          @Sky: FAKE! Everyone knows River Phoenix is dead.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I thought it was Christian Slater. Am I the only one who confused those two growin up?

            • Kid A says:
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              @Sky: I “learned” to skateboard because of Gleaming the Cube. I broke my wrist. I am very stupid.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                That’s cool. I learned to get an erection over girls with short hair with The Legend of Billy Jean and broke my wrist too. But for different reasons.

  18. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Jay: Your poor Paddies …

    MAYBIN out till June – surgery on torn shoulder muscles YIKES — I had him down for a BO season too bummer

    Street hurt again = may miss season start – what a training room queen he is… Beniot signing is looking wise and good early if there are enough Pads left to finish 9 imnings, that is

    Headley may miss most of ST and Opening days

    What will go wrong next.

    Forgot to get back to on your Sacto lass loss… Don’t feel bad… She’s probably a 250# crank freak covered by scabs and has few teeth left now… You did better finding RB and Tuhol to love.

  19. YouKnowMeAldo says:
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    For what it’s worth, Chicago Mark’s league has also drafted.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @YouKnowMeAldo: I go by what’s in the google doc. That spot was left blank.

      • YouKnowMeAldo says:
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        @Jay: Hey Jay, didn’t mean it as a criticism, just an FYI for the next recap. Looking forward to this season!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @YouKnowMeAldo: didn’t take it as such. Just giving the reason.

  20. OGRE says:
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    OK, OK FINE you bullied me into it you guiltier….er? What? Im going to commish a shallow league and snake draft for the first time in 3 years? The things you entertaining bastards can convince me to do.
    I will create a league when I get home from work in the morning. Yes I’m on break, I swear! Someone has to nap er…. work the night shift. Yes i really will. No crossies I promise.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @OGRE: Haha, thanks!

      • OGRE says:
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        @Jay:
        Done. Just need permission for the doc.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @OGRE: Done and done.

  21. Clint says:
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    Jay, have you done any statistical analysis of age in fantasy baseball teams’ success as far as where oldies are goodies vs just plain oldies to avoid? It appears Razzball as a whole, in particular Grey’s rankings, seem to promote youth over vets, staying away from guys like Texiera, Rollins, or others which makes sense to me, I’m just wondering if there’s any statistics showing that’s bonifide or has limits to it. My tendency is to scratch most 35yo’s or so off my draft lists but that’s likely an overreach and me hating me for my own age ;)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I haven’t. That being said, I’m personally more concerned about value. If I see an AARP member fall in value, I have no problem picking him up in redrafts. It’s easier to go with the young guys because you can dream on them, but don’t forget guys like Matt Holliday or Alex Gordon if you see someone grabbing Billy Hamilton.

  22. Yager says:
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    Hey Jay can you help me out? I created a league, but for the life of me I am not able to edit the document to add it. My name is obviously Yager, the league name: Shizz Happens, the password: Giancarlo, and the link is:
    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/join?leagueId=93129

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Yager: sure thing. On the road though, I’ll fix it later tonight.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Yager: Try it now.

  23. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    ellsbury,cano,wright really make this not look like a razzball league, or at least those 3 picks were made by people who either don’t read or don’t follow site. esp ellsbury.

  24. jake says:
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    We gotta finish filling up these leagues. Also, 80 would be great. 79 looks like we tried but not hard enough.

    i’m a first time Razzballer, and I am extremely excited

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