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Around here at Razzball we are one big family that is some freakish hybrid of the Brady Bunch meets the Addams Family. Honestly, I’m not really sure what to make of all this. First we have our father Grey, the dad who works all day, comes home every night to a daiquiri, and goes out on the weekend and buys us the $100 high tops we want, but mom won’t let us have. He does this to make up for all the little league games he missed because he was bringing home the bacon. Now, Rudy is our mother, and I mean this in the nicest, most masculine way possible. He’s there to keep everything sensible, clean, and in order. Jay and Sky are the older brothers we come to for advice when we get in trouble, or to teach us how to undo a bra with one hand. Guru is Grey’s illegitimate child from a high school girlfriend that is re-connecting with us, and getting to know his dad. Jeremy and I are the younger brothers just glad to get scraps and a hand me down that isn’t filled with holes. Mike is our reliable uncle, who taught us how to properly swing a bat and to drive our shoulder to the plate when we pitched. Smokey is our cool uncle, who gives us beer and taught us all how to roll a doobie so we’ll be ready for high school. Tehol is our creepy uncle, who wears ridiculous clothes that border on illegal, and who our parents never want to leave us alone with since the “incident”. Nick is our neighbor that takes too many pictures and video of the family, even when we aren’t aware of it. Scott is our bachelor neighbor, who drives a kick ass Iroc-Z and dates a different 20-year-old every week. Our cousins Pete, Josh, Dano, and Tom are always hanging out because their mother, Paulie, and father, Dan, are either drinking or drinking. It’s a family over here, I’ll cut any mother f***er who tries to mess with these guys, and have no problem doing a couple a months in county to protect them. That’s why when Jay called upon me to help him out and cover the RCL recap this week I was ready to step up to the plate and help a brother out.

With the real Opening Day in the books, we have finally arrived at what all this reading, writing, counting numbers type-stuff, and drafting were all for. It is now time to step into the ring and find out if you will leave with a championship or walk away filled with regret, self loathing and violently self destructive tendencies. I won’t do any player re-caps, because that is Grey’s thunder, and I will not steal from him, but I will say one thing….WOW! I did not see some of the things happening yesterday, and how much I love some of the starting pitchers I took high. I love you guys……..and you readers too.

Before we move to the first standings recap, which will be out next week, we need to cover the late drafts this past week and see who were the winners (golden child) and the losers (red headed step child). I might come off a bit harsh at times, but I have my own way of looking at a draft. I like to do a couple of things that I think are key to draft day success. First, you need to get a read on the room. It’s okay to have a plan, but identifying what type of drafter you are dealing with can make a world of difference when it comes to getting value. Second, understand value. And just because someone else is willing to jump too far ahead to ensure they get Brad Miller or Billy Hamilton doesn’t mean you need to draft Kole Calhoun in the 8th round. When those other guys over-draft, they just leave better options for you to take when it’s your turn . Look, I get we all have our crushes, I wanted Sonny Gray more than anything this year and was unable to draft him anywhere because it never fit into what the draft was giving me. I know I made mistakes here and there, but I will have to wait ’til next year when he’s a higher tier-two SP. Third, don’t draft a catcher before the 10th round unless he has 30 HR potential in his bat. Speaking of 30 HR power in a catcher, I want to say how much I love Wilin Roasrio this year. You so sexy Wilin, I’d be willing to do anything for my Wilin! Ok, enough of my creepy crush, here’s the recaps

League of Extraordinary Gentiles

The last RCL formed, and I chose this one because I  wanted to show how much I appreciate Rotisserie Jedi for doing this last league. I also believe newbie frequent commenter Principal Blackman was able to join this league and that makes me happy. As I go through the draft, I like what I see in the first round, especially the last pick of Bryce Harper by Yoda’s Big Stick. But, right after that, he takes Carlos Gomez… that’s a red headed step-child pick. You passed on Edwin Encarnacion, Joey Votto, Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki, and Hanley Ramirez for a third rounder. You’re going to stay at Uncle Tehols later. I like seeing my crushes Wil Myers (4.40 by BJ “no thank you” Upton) and Eric Hosmer (4.47 by Team Fart in a Jar) moving up drafts as the season got closer. I guess my “reach” for them in the writers draft (3.35 and 4.38) doesn’t seem so silly anymore. Grubers Mullet pulled a red headed step child by taking Buster Posey at pick 5.56 but in the same round Team LS1 (5.53 Chris Sale) and Beltre Sniper (5.54 Justin Verlander) each made nice SP1 grabs after all the other top arms were gone. I know pitching is deep, but after injuries to so many good arms, I think the values have changed. These two guys were able to each get a stud arm after their first four hitters, well done you two. Stanton Ovation started drafting by positions and I know Grey loves him some Cody Asche but I have not seen him go this high (11.127) and then two rounds later takes Jimmy Rollins (13.151), I don’t want  to be too hard on him, he did snake J.J. Hoover at 22.258 and took his catcher late. To end this, I want to pass out some golden child awards– I liked Kole Calhoun at 17.193 by Jose’s Jeros, Adam Eaton at 17.203 by Cross Bend Clusterbangs and Christian Yellich at 19.217 by Jose Jeros again.  Good looking offense Jose!

Brucely, This is the Best RCL

I’m not  a fan of the league name here, it’s not the FCL, which in in my opinion is the best RCL ever. Viva Los FCL! On the flip side, it does have two of our FCL members and our resident house cat Gareth, so this should be an interesting one. Running down round one, it’s looking real good and then comes the fateful last pick, numero 12, a place I have been a few times this year in drafts, a place I have grown to love in the first round. So I would assume that the pick would be easy….right? Wrong! Team Mock goes all red headed step child by taking Jacoby Ellsbury with his first pick. Maybe he’s a Yankee fan, as he took Robinson Cano, a golden child selection right after, but c’mon, Ells is not first round and not even 2nd round talent. Oh, the duality of Team Mock. If this was last week you would be in the Sarlacc Pit. Brucely, round 7 and 8 had some of my favorite values with Hunter Pence (7.75 by Gareth 8774 gryff), Carlos Beltran (7.78 by Team Adams), Jason Werth (8.87 by Kid A) Jose Abreu (8.89 by Canader Layte) and of course Wilin Rosario (8.95 by Tennessee Achilles). Damn those are all golden children for me over here. Chupacabraj Samsquanch scored a huge golden child award with me by taking Billy Butler 11.124 and also gets a gold star for Coco Crisp at 12.141.  Kid A gets another golden child pick for Jason Castro at 17.202, a top 5 catcher in my book, and honestly has the best offensive team in this league….I heart it! His starting pitching will be a work in progress but he should be capable of handling as I see he’s on the stream first ask questions later approach. I can’t end this post on a loving note so I must pass out some red headed step children awards to Madeas Fantasy Stache (Oscar Taveras, 22.264 & Ike Davis, 23.265), Miggs Boson (Ivan Nova, 16.186) and Girl Number Four (Bartolo Colon, 19.225). Overall a good solid draft by this league, it’s up there.

Lastly, I want to take a moment to make a shout out to Nick Capozzi and his all new Razzball radio. We are pushing hard to get everyone here to subscribe to our You Tube channel where you can go anytime to catch up on the Razzball Radio video’s. Subscribe or Die!

From Around The Web

  1. ML says:
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    Carlos Gomez a third rounder???…your nuts

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ML: my nuts? That’s personal

      • ML says:
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        @J-FOH: that’s the type of educated response that’ll keep you both here and in your moms basement for life. Solid.

    • Yoda's Big Stick says:
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      @ML:

      It held some risk for sure but when ya want a player and you are at the ass end of a draft and you can’t pick again for an hour then damn it you take the player. Haters gonna hate.

      • ML says:
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        @Yoda’s Big Stick: agreed. His floor is probably 260 20 hrs and 30 sbs. That’s not 3rd rd value. I guess you have to take into consideration who the comment is coming from though.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Yoda’s Big Stick: don’t take it as hate Yoda, I just didn’t like the pick. The pairing with Harper is something I didn’t care for. I liked your other options a lot better because I prefer to get more solid stats early. One thing always consider is what stat is the hardest to find later? I like SAGNOF for steals and don’t pay for high BABIP years. Personally I would of paired him with Encarnacion or Longo to create a stronger foundation. Good luck this year I hope your right in your gamble and it works out for you

        • Yoda's Big Stick says:
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          @J-FOH: I was just busting your balls. I know you were just giving your perspective not hating and I appreciate it because no draft is perfect and it might help me in the next draft. You very well be correct when it’s all said and done but as long as I do my thing in season I’m certain I can overcome any damage caused.

          The issue I faced was I have a stupid (sometimes) predisposition to stay away from the big names with injury concerns (longoria/tulo). I like gomez over encarnacion but that’s a personal preference. It was between votto and gomez. Votto provides less risk to be sure but I was comfortable with the 1b depth and was banking on abreu sliding because he is ranked outrageously low on the Espn draft tool. High risk high reward. If it doesn’t work I will have to dig out of the hole. That’s the fun part.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Yoda’s Big Stick: we all have our fantasy shovels…mines a backhoe

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @ML: do you mean he’s even lower?

  2. Mitch says:
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    just got a trade offer: i get fielder and laurie. i give up ortiz and kinsler. currently have pujols at 1b, but anytime i get a chance to get a top 10 player i usually pull the trigger. thoughts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mitch: take fielder

  3. costaricanchata says:
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    from frequent commenter
    to keeper-of-arms
    all in one year !
    you’ve come a long way , baby .

    whatever happened to jack full of ruppert ?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: thanks a lot…..he was the underground sensation

  4. Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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    Wooooooo, im not a red head ! Ive avoided gingerness!

  5. Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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    P.s. Dont know who medea was but he was definitely falling victim to our bashing in the draft.. He took it in stride tho.. With a little bit of cockiness too..

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Preziiiiiiiiiiii: all good drafts deserve good ribbing and links if you recall sky in the fcl. Honestly I thought you would take offense to my fcl is the best remarks

      • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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        @J-FOH: naw i agree.. Our fcl is prolly by far the best rcl.

          • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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            @J-FOH: crazyy, i know!

    • Madae's Fantasy Stache says:
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      @Preziiiiiiiiiiii:

      I’m a fan of the website and tried to wake up the draft by yapping . You can clown the Ike Davis pick but i want to state that I already had Miggy Puig and Bruce aka GAME OVER. Ike Davis is already dropped for Bonifacio but Taveras is legit. As Jose Guillen responded when asked if the Angels were ready for the 2002 playoffs; “I’ve got one word, be careful.”

      And how do I not get any love as I probably waited longer than anyone to draft a pitcher – that’s gotta be Razzball 101.

      • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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        @Madae’s Fantasy Stache: you kept us alive homie! Gonna be a great season of me and you battling for the top spot..

        Shots at kid A!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Madae’s Fantasy Stache: It’s good to yap it up in the draft, it makes it more fun. I didn’t like the pick of Davis and I’m glad you scored Boneface and moved on from the pick. Good luck this year and I hope you guys take the smack talk from the draft to the message board….it makes it that much more fun.

      • Brillz says:
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        @Madae’s Fantasy Stache: Jose Guillen was a fan of the Angels in ’02? He didn’t play for them until ’04

        • Madae's Fantasy Stache says:
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          @Brillz:

          fair enough, i’ll have to trust you on that. I know he said it in an Angels uniform as they were about to enter the playoffs. I guess it was 2004. I dont know if i’m impressed that you know that or feel bad for you that you know that

          razzball stat checker?

    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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      @gareth: you should be craw since your use to boobling balls off the chin…

      Zinggg!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: ha!

  6. Doc says:
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    Long time reader of the site, but infrequent commenter. Just gotta say. That was some solid writing and a great intro to the site/”the family” for any noobies who were busy smokin doobies. Well done bruthaman.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Doc: thanks Doc, glad you enjoyed it

  7. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’ve already churned half my roster in the FCL. I’ll be surprised if I end the season with more than 8 guys I drafted.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: the over/under says no!

  8. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Quiet hands and keep your eye on the ball. ;)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: Thanks Uncle Mike!

  9. BKK says:
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    Thanks for the props J-FOH. I had an itch to do another draft and thought I’d give it go when Jedi started this league. The plan was to draft the “all Jose” team but when Jedi took Bautista late in RD 2 we went to plan B. Then I chickened out when faced with the dilemma of drafting the oft-injured Jose Reyes and then again with my end of draft pick of Jose Valverde. I didn’t think I could handle the violation he inflicts.

    RCL Teams Jose Jeros and Moose Braunooski

    • J-FOH says:
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      @BKK: you’re welcome, you did well. Keep us posted with how you’re doing. Is this your first year in the RCL’s?

      • Kid A says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Jack Full of Happiness?

        Who ARE you…?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: I not always hateful….I’ve been on my meds lately

      • BKK says:
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        @J-FOH: no, I been lurking here since P0rkBurn won back in the inaugural RCL. Played one year with Paulie..actually won that year (I think it was that yr). Been playing with Tony in Ones are Good the last few years (also play in a H2H league with him). Just too busy to hang in the comments here everyday plus the comments get so long, its hard to keep up. The site has just blown-up over the years.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @BKK: its a great place to be for FBB and then some

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    pence at 74th and castro at 202nd are great lucky value. I tried to wait that long on castro in 10 teamer (with deep benches) and a guy grabbed him as his 2nd catcher. I had just gotten done grabbing Baez for the one NA slot. I ended up with Pierz.

  11. RotisserieJedi says:
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    Nice write-up Jack. I like the familiy analogy; very colorful.

    As for our RCL, I started The League of Extraordinary Gentiles (RCL 85) because I just missed out on RCL 84 run by Principal Blackman. Turned out to be an unexpectedly brutal draft. I’ve done RCL’s before, but these vultures wouldn’t let me get any of my favorites. I’ll be curious to see how our league ranks in terms of competitiveness over the season.

    I almost want to do another one to see if I can get a better team!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @RotisserieJedi: I’m in 6 and it’s still not enough

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