For the second straight week, we have a new Razzball Commenter League overall leader. MasterofGrond’s Waco Night Terrors (Imposing Sea Creatures) moved up from 5th place as they had their best week of the season in steals (13) and saves (9), as well as a fine 2.05 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. They were also among the league-leaders in runs with 54. Norichika Aoki (7 Runs/4 SB) and Rajai Davis (6 SB) were key, along with Max Scherzer, Justin Masterson, Madison Bumgarner, and A.J. Burnett.
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
|#||RAZZBALL HANDLE||TEAM NAME||PTS.||Last|
|1||MasterofGrond||Waco Night Terrors||106.4||5|
|3||That’s a Shame||104.8||2|
|4||A Hill O’ Beans||My Mustache Has a Mustache||103.2||1|
|5||Cali The Naysayers||102.6||7|
|10||mauledbypandas||Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache||100.8||15|
Movers and Shakers: Tehol’s team in Night of the Living Zombinos (up 147 spots to 277th) and Smokey’s team in Smoke Em If Ya Got Em (up 130 places to 166th) made the biggest gains this week. Rutledge Of Glory (Fantasy Champions) gained 100 positions to reach the top 100, ending the week in 76th place.
Free Agents: Jose Cisnero was picked up in 56 leagues following the trade of Jose Veras to Detroit, leaving him available in just 5. Ryan Cook, Joakim Soria, Pedro Strop, and Luke Gregerson were also being added as trade speculation heated up. Here are some other players whose ownership numbers changed in the last week.
There are now 617 different players rostered in the RCL, including 172 that are owned in all 64 leagues. Fifteen players are available in just one league, and will probably soon be added in the 64th, like Carl Crawford and Tehol-favorite Domonic Brown. 68 players are owned in only one league, 24 of which were added this week (such as Andre Rienzo, Boone Logan, Brandon Kintzler, Charlie Culberson, and Todd Helton).
League News: The ECFBL is now alone at the top with a League Competitive Index of 105, followed by Cougars Welcomed and Humm Baby at 104. They are tops in Runs, RBI, Steals, Saves, ERA, and WHIP, as well as being tied with Cougars Welcomed for the home run lead. Three leagues have 4 teams in the Top 100 overall – Beef SAGNOF!, Greybies, and Original Recipe. Five more have 3 teams in the Top 60, led by Epic Beardmen Division, who have 3 in the first 35. The others are International Razzball, Cracking The WHIP, No Guts No Glory, and, of course, the ECFBL. Some tight races are shaping up around the RCL. In Smokey’s Harem, 3 teams are within one-and-a-half points of the leader, Fightin’ Shardana. In Hu Are Yu, 2.5 points separate the top 4. Six teams are battling in You Say Potato.
|You Say Potato, I Say Schmotato|
|Wood Street Wonders||77.5|
|Myrtle Beach Mermen||74|
EXPERTS: There was no change in the positions this week, but things did tighten up. Just 6-and-a-half points separate the top 5 teams. Dr. Roto was last in batting average (.230) and WHIP (1.34) to allow Rudy to narrow the gap. Rudy had nice pitching numbers, including a 1.95 ERA and league-best 0.98 WHIP. They only translated to 2 wins, though. Derek Carty gained 2-and-a-half points, leading the league with 49 runs and 47 RBI. Bret Sayre led in batting average (.302) and home runs (14). Ray Guillfoyle added 3.5 points with the best ERA (1.55) while throwing the most innings at 75.2. Grey hit .247 and had an ERA of 4.85 to drop a couple of points, but remained in 6th place. He did record 8 saves. You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 17 stats here.
Writers: Tehol Beddict continued to roll over the competition, stretching his lead to 13 points. His pitching was especially strong, garnering 7 wins and 9 saves with an ERA of 1.85 and 0.92 WHIP. Andrew Nordmeier had even better pitching ratios (0.97/0.91). Jaywrong topped the league with 52 runs and 11 saves and gained 3 points in the standings. Scott and Sky also added points this week. Check out all the writers’ week 17 stats.
Trades: There were 30 trades in the past week as the deadline looms. All trading ends at NOON (Eastern time) FRIDAY. 9 am on the West Coast. 6 am in Hawaii. 10 am in Saskatchewan. 5 pm in London. 7 am Saturday in Auckland. Teams are starting to reach the 180-game limit on pitching starts, so some aces may be available. Check the standings page for your league to see who is running out of starts and may be willing to deal. Team Web (Razzball League) reached 180 on Thursday and traded Justin Verlander for Mariano Rivera on the weekend. Verlander was also packaged with Rafael Soriano in a deal for Curtis Granderson. Jose Bautista was traded twice, yielding Everth Cabrera in one league and Cliff Lee and Antonio Bastardo in another. Ryan Zimmerman was also dealt twice, once for Glen Perkins and once for Jered Weaver and Francisco Rodriguez. Yasiel Puig was dealt for Edward Mujica, and was also part of 2 multi-player deals. In a 10-player swap, he was traded with Billy Butler, Nolan Arenado, Jordan Zimmermann, and Erasmo Ramirez for Pedro Alvarez, Dexter Fowler, Joaquin Benoit, Drew Smyly, and Brad Ziegler. Starling Marte and Eric Young Jr. were acquired for Puig, Jayson Werth, and Jake Peavy. You can check out all the trades in the Fantasy Baseball Forums. Look for the RCL under the heading “Everything Else.” Also, be sure to check the player rater for “Rest of Season” projections when you’re considering a trade.
PSYCHO DAD 2 (Daily Bases) hit .334 with 53 runs, 17 home runs, 51 RBI, and 15 stolen bases to take hitting honors this week. Four outfielders put up outstanding numbers, with Wil Myers, Jason Werth, Torii Hunter, and Bryce Harper combining to hit .394 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI. Todd Frazier added another 6 RBI.
Average: .364 (Smokey McPots – Smoke’ Em If Ya Got Em’)
Runs: 57 (Don Drappers – Champions League)
HR: 20 (Albuquerque Rhinos – The Art of Fielding)
RBI: 63 (Cooperstown Schmohawks – Razz balls)
SB: 19 (Team blairtch – FIPping the Bird)
Superstorm Jack (You down with PEDs?) moved up 108 positions to 235th with a great pitching line to give Curt something to cheer about. The team recorded 18 decisions (8 Wins/10 Saves) with 76 strikeouts in 77.2 innings and sparkling ratios (1.27/0.86). Jose Fernandez (21 K/2.40/0.80),and Jon Lester (16 K/1.35/0.98) each won 2 games, while Hiroki Kuroda, Jered Weaver and Doug Fister allowed no runs in victories. Craig Kimbrel pitched 4 shutout innings for 4 saves, and Greg Holland added 3 more.
Ks: 125 (The Fredsies – ECFBL)
Wins: 13 (Kudzu Hilltoppers – MDK Razzball League)
Saves: 17 (CAPTAIN PYPERS PIRATES – Champions League)
ERA: 0.65 (40 IP min) (CAPTAIN PYPERS PIRATES – Champions League)
WHIP: 0.64 (40 IP min) (Big Sky Billy Goats – Chicks Dig The Long Ball)
39 R/12 HR/38 RBI/13 SB
73 K/5 W/1.26/0.98/14 S
|Thefaketom’s team in Razzball4Life moved up to 12th overall while earning top team honors. Carlos Gomez (.522/6 Runs/2 HR/5 RBI/5 SB) and Wil Myers (.429/5 Runs/3 HR/8 RBI/1 SB) led the offense, with Mike Napoli (.350) and Jose Bautista (2 HR/6 RBI) also contributing. Jose Altuve chipped in 4 steals. Patrick Corbin and Yu Darvish each threw 2 stellar games, while David Price, Madison Bumgarner, Francisco Liriano, and Hishashi Iwakuma, each pitched a solid game, with just 1 earned run total in 30.2 innings between them. Only Dan Straily had a poor outing for the team. Steve Cishek (5 Saves), Kevin Gregg (4), and Kenley Jansen (3), led the stellar relief corps.|