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That’s a Shame (Bold Predictions) held on to the lead, though Slocemb If You Got Em did cut into it. In their own league, That’s a Shame is sailing along with a 21-point advantage, having earned 57 points from the hitting categories. 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 That’s a Shame 106.4 1
2 Slocemb If You Got Em 105.1 4
3 Pokey Reese 102.3 3
4  mauledbypandas Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache 102.2 2
5 MasterofGrond Waco Night Terrors 101.0 19
6 Your face ain’t got no saves 100.6 11
7 Charlie Bee 99.7 9
8  ichirosan Insert Catchy Player Pun 99.0 5
9 The BallBusters 98.7 13
10 Retro Vertigo 97.7 7
10  MStark Ian’s Army 97.7 22

Movers and Shakers: A Hill O’ Beans (My Mustache Has a Mustache – Grey’s a Biter) gained 10 points to jump from 89th to 15th this week. Amazingly, Mr. Hill O’Beans also manages the 13th-ranked team in the RCL, Smuttynose Winter (Dubbels, Tripels and Bocks). Well done!

Free Agents: Carter Capps (owned in 30 leagues) and Oliver Perez (43) were grabbed this week as Tom Wilhelmsen struggled. J.J. Putz is now owned in 60 leagues as his return nears. Ty Colvin’s return to the Mile High City saw his ownership jump to 78%. On the other hand, Tony Cingrani’s fell from 97% to 52% as he was relegated to the bullpen. Mike Carp (15 – 49) was added in 34 leagues, while DJ LeMahieu (7 – 21),  Erasmo Ramirez (0 – 19) , Jose Iglesias (30 – 46), and Mike Zunino (0 – 27) also saw a boost in their ownership.

League News: The ECFBL and Cougars Welcomed continue to lead with a League Competitive Index of 105. The ECFBL lead in 7 categories, including runs, where they have scored an incredible 107 runs more than any other league. They now have 4 teams in the top 100, including 3 in the first 43. Ones are GOOD right? have 4 in the top 61. International Razzball also has 4 teams ranking in the top 100.

Team News: The overall ERA in the RCL is 3.63, but 39 teams have marks below 3.00, lead by 2.43 for The BallBusters (Something Something Mustache), which has helped them to 9th place in the Master Standings. 138 teams have an ERA of 4 or worse. The BBs drafted Stephen Strasburg in the second round (79.1 IP/2.50), Adam Wainwright in the 5th (103 IP/2.18), Hyun-Jin Ryu in the 21st (85.1 IP/2.85), and Shelby Miller in the 23rd (81.1 IP/2.21). They also acquired Clayton Kershaw (107.1 IP/1.84) before the season in a deal that included their 12th round pick, Jeff Samardzija. Patrick Corbin (60.1 IP/2.50) and Andy Pettitte (6 IP/3.00) are the only other starters they have used.

EXPERTS: After nine weeks at the top, Mike Podhorzer (RotoGraphs) fell to third as Rudy blasted to the lead and into the top 40 overall. Offense was the key for Rudy as Sir Hitter-Tron guided him to Juan Pierre, Justin Ruggiano, Mike Carp, John Mayberry Jr, Jeff Baker, Steve Pearce, Leonys Martin, and Carlos Quentin while Ryan Braun hit the DL. That group was 25-for-69 (.362) in 20 games with 16 runs, 4 home runs, 11 RBI, and 5 stolen bases. Dr Roto slipped into second place on the strength of a .298 average, 2.67 ERA, and an amazing 0.78 WHIP in 54 innings. Check out the Doctor on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio every morning from 9-11 ET and follow him @DrRoto on twitter. Bret Sayre – Baseball Prospectus, made a big move, gaining 9 points to move ahead of Grey into 5th place, finishing the week with a 2.20 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Grey’s league-leading 7 wins helped him earn back 2-and-a-half of the 3-and-a-half he lost last week. You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 11 stats here.

Top 6

Writers: Andrew Nordmeier finished in first place for the seventh straight week, though his lead was cut to 7.5 points. He led the league with an ERA of 1.99 and 0.84 WHIP. Tehol moved back into second with excellent pitching numbers as well, including 6 wins and 7 saves, a 2.69 ERA, and 0.99 WHIP. Joe Morris put up the best offensive numbers, hitting .318 with 55 runs, 14 home runs, 55 RBI, and 9 stolen bases. Check out all the writers’ week 11 stats. In the league’s 7th trade, JB acquired Desmond Jennings, Matt Moore, and Justin Masterson from Tehol for  Jacoby Ellsbury.

Trades: 21 trades (of 60 players) since the last update for a total of 225 on the year involving 712 players. Jeff Samardzija was traded three times, bringing back Ben Zobrist and Everth Cabrera in separate 1-for-1 deals, and youngsters Yasiel Puig and Jurickson Profar in the other. Matt Cain was exchanged for Adam Jones. Starling Marte and Freddie Freeman were packaged for Prince Fielder. Jose Bautista and Greg Holland brought back Giancarlo Stanton and Madison Bumgarner in one of the biggest deals of the week. In another league, Bautista was dealt with Hunter Pence and Kevin Gregg for Mike Trout and Tom Wilhelmsen. One lucky owner traded Troy Tulowitzki right before his injury for Everth Cabrera and Rafael Soriano. 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.

Weekly Leaders

Bushwood Varmint Cong (Epic Beardmen Division) hit .296 with 46 runs scored, 12 home runs, 58 RBI, and 14 steals to record the top hitting numbers this week. Chris Davis (3 HR/8 RBI) and Buster Posey (.423/6 RBI) continued their strong play for BVC.  Brandon Phillips hit just .194, but drove in 10 runs. Jose Bautista, Allen Craig, and Hunter Pence each added 7 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury contributed 7 steals. Starlin Castro and Starling Marte (in just 11 ABs) each had 3 stolen bases.

Average: .360 (Drunk Synergy – International Razzball)
Runs: 59 (Big Red Machine – Cougars Welcomed)
HR: 18 (Plantar Fascists – Razzball4Life)
RBI: 64 (Balls Deep – in Trout We Trust)
SB: 17 (Si’s Beaver Rebellion – You down with PEDs?)

MasterofGrond (Waco Night Terrors – Imposing Sea Creatures) used the top pitching line this week to vault into the top 5 overall. In 62 innings he had 65 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.76 and 0.95 WHIP, along with 7 wins and 8 saves. Madison Bumgarner and Justin Masterson each threw 10-K gems and Max Scherzer, Tony Cingrani, Michael Wacha, and Homer Bailey had nice outings. Jose Veras recorded 3 saves, while Greg Holland had a win and 2 saves and Craig Kimbrel added a win and a save.

Ks: 86 (Sask Stealers – You down with PEDs?)
Wins: 8 (Team cockyphoenix – Original Recipe, Todd Hoffman – Humm Baby, Da Wayza Bwade – Cougars Welcomed)
Saves: 10 (Big Sky Billy Goats – Chicks Dig The Long Ball, The Full Monty – RCL on PEDs, Team Dalmore – Beef SAGNOF!, Tennessee Jed – Real fake sports, The  Beastman – Night of the Living Zombinos)
ERA: 0.75 (40 IP min) (Myrtle Beach Mermen – You Say Potato, I Say Schmotato)
WHIP: 0.67 (40 IP min) (Smell The Glove – Smokey’s Harem)

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.

Chalk It Up
80/300 (.267)
35 R/12 HR/46 RBI/6 SB
54 IP
44 K/6 W/2.00/0.85/8 S
Chalk It Up (International Razzball) have been struggling at the bottom of the RCL this season, but things fell into place for them as they earned the top team honors in Week 11. Pitching was their strength as Jhoulys Chacin and Madison Bumgarner led the way. Chacin earned two victories, while Bum threw 7 shutout innings and struck out 10 in a win. Mark Buehrle, Ian Kennedy, and Johnny Cueto also had impressive outings. Jim Johnson picked up 4 saves, while Steve Cishek added 3 more.  On the offensive side, Jose Bautista (3HR/7 RBI), Jose Altuve (4 RBI/3 SB), and Salvador Perez (6 RBI) set the pace. The owner of this team also manages the second place team in Grey’s a BITER. That team was stellar this week as well, finishing with a .294 average, 42 runs, 11 HR, 40 RBI, and 15 steals. Their pitching numbers were 50 strikeouts, 4 wins, and 7 saves, with an ERA of 2.93 and 1.07 WHIP.
  1. MasterofGrond says:
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    I’ve done it. I’ve gotten a top 10 RCL ranking and a write-up mention and now I can watch my team collapse, satisfied.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @MasterofGrond: Nice. You might as well stay in the top 10 for a couple weeks.

      • MasterofGrond says:
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        @VinWins: We’ll see. Don’t think anyone will pass me in RBIs or Ks in my league, but R, HR and especially AVG have gotten much closer over the past couple weeks and I’m going to lose Bell soon so saves might not be safe. Still have plenty of room for improvement in ERA, though.

        The real issue is I have to keep destroying my league to hang in the top 10 because our competitive index is garbage and I’m only top tier RCL-wide in a couple categories.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @MasterofGrond: Yeah, all you can do is work your league and hope the rest works out. Good luck!

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Maybe we should do a 2000 word special on my team

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I don’t think we are worthy of such a gift.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @VinWins: you might be right

  3. brett says:
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    Let’s add my handle to the tables now that I’m finally on the rise.
    Team Poison Control in league Razzballed. Great work as always Vin!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @brett: Thanks! The new Master Standings with all the stats don’t really have room for the handles, but I keep them on file and try to use them in my posts.

  4. Dave says:
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    Pretty stoked my league (Cougars Welcomed) is the most active Razzball League out there. Going to have to keep these guys together.

    • VinWins

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      @Dave: It’s Trader Dave! I see you made a couple more. Must be about 17 now for your 2 teams.

      Yeah, that looks like a good league. Might look even better in a couple months when some leagues will have managers drop out.

  5. Dan says:
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    Wow,

    Made the top 100. Looks like I need to do some more work – next aim is top 50.

    An English Dan

    • VinWins

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      @Dan: Nice. 4 straight weeks moving up the standings. Congratulations. Top 100 is impressive.

  6. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Thanks Vin!

    That’s pretty sweet that both my teams are in the top 15 now! The other nice thing is that as of Sunday my 13th ranked team is FINALLY in first place in my league too. I think it was in second to a team that was in the top 10 overall for most of the year so far.

    Next up is to get both teams into the top 10 overall. One step at a time Vin, one step at a time!

    • VinWins

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: If you weren’t dividing your time between 2 teams, you’d probably be doing better.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @VinWins: Yeah, it would appear that I’m my own worst enemy Vin. That 13th place team only gets about 20% of my RCL attention too since the other one is my team where I’m streaming starting pitchers, relievers and travel day bats. There’s not much time left for the other one.

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