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Registration slowed down a bit last week, but we still gained 29 teams. Several leagues had dropouts, but most have been refilled and we are left with just 3 leagues with a single opening. Check it out to see if there is a league to suit you. We also reached the magic 60-league mark, hitting our goal with almost 3 weeks to spare. I’m now setting up a waiting list for future leagues. Contact me if you are interested in getting in on the 700-team Razzball Commenter League action! Once we’ve collected enough names, a new RCL will be set up. Feel free to include preferred draft times, though I can’t guarantee you will be accommodated, we will do our best.

Everyone has their favorite draft slot, but does it really matter? The last 2 seasons in the RCL have proven you can win from any slot. Well, almost. Quirkily, no team drafting 11th won a league in either 2011 or 2012. In 2011, over 61% of first place teams drafted in the last 6 slots, while last year about 71% of the winners came from the first 6 slots. #1 was the best draft slot in 2012, producing 10 champions.

Also, while it is common around these parts to hear, “Don’t draft pitchers early,” especially in the RCL with a 180-game start limit, it is not necessarily a death sentence to grab an ace. And in most leagues there will be players happy to grab starters in the first few rounds. While only 6 pitchers were selected in round 1 in all leagues last year, round 2 saw an average of just over 2 SP selected, while the next 4 rounds averaged 3.5 to 4 starters per round. Ten teams won their league after drafting a pitcher in the second round (including a couple that took Roy Halladay), plus a few more that went the SP route early in the third. Hit Bull (Bull City Bombers- RCL #22) auto-drafted Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Dan Haren, and Craig Kimbrel in rounds 2 through 6, and still finished first. It’s a long season, and with hard work and some breaks, anything can happen.

So, check out the registration page, or email me to get on the waiting list, and join the fun.

BREAKING NEWS: The first trade of the season has just been accepted! In Trick Dad’s league, Fantasy Champions, Brew Crew dealt Joe Mauer (6th round selection) and Will Middlebrooks (14th) to the Jacksonville DeepFriedOreos for Matt Holliday (4th) and Josh Reddick (16th).

***** Don’t forget the Fantasy Razzball teams, where you try for the worst possible numbers. Last year, Danny Espinosa, Brendan Ryan, and Drew Stubbs were the top-scoring hitters, while the Blue Jay duo of Henderson Alvarez and Ricky Romero led all pitchers. There are 9 openings in 2 leagues. One is drafting Thursday (ID: 110249/Password: tennessee), while Wallpaper Patterson has a league set to go on the 29th or 30th (ID: 120851/Password:  mustache lice). Lineups are set for the week on Sunday, so not too time-consuming. Join now! (Under Accept Invite, fill in ID and Password.) *****

 

  1. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Be sure to have a space between mustache and lice just as VinWins has it above. This is a bizarro league, hence the password. We all know Grey keeps his mustache properly groomed. No lice or mites or pgymy frogs can be found in it or so I have heard.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: is it mustache time for you… all of the time?

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @jaywrong: only on Tuesdays

  2. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    Just joined Wallpaper Patterson, if anyone wants to take on one of Grey’s minions.

  3. Buffalo Runner says:
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    I can’t wait to start vetoing trades :)

  4. Trini says:
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    We have 1 team opening up soon. Someone has to bail. I’ll post it as soon as he deletes his team.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @VinWins: OK, Trini’s league is full again.

  5. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    2 openings:

    RCL 48 BOOM

    Draft: Tuesday, March 19 at 8:00 PM ET

    Password: razzboom

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: OK, another league refilled. Only 1 spot left in Tony’s $50 buy-in league.

  6. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Now 3 openings in the Fantasy Razzball league planning to draft tonight at 9 ET/6 PT.

    Join here.

    (ID: 110249/Password: tennessee)

  7. VinWins

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    1 opening in a hateful RCL drafting Sunday afternoon (of course, up here we refer to the organizer by his given name, Jack Full of Donuts).

    Double Platinum Haters

    Password: grey

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: And, full again.

      Anyone still wanting to get in on the action, email me to get on the waiting list. If we get enough we’ll start another league, and in the meantime I’ll contact you when leagues have openings. Had 8 sign on, and 4 have filled spots in various leagues, so 4 left on the waiting list.

  8. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    2 openings in blairtch’s league:

    Noon ET, Saturday, March 16.

    RCL FIPping the Bird

    Password: dangerzone

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: And filled.

  9. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Need some help Vin

    Some guy posted in the RCL I’m commishing that he won’t be able to draft and play, but he hasn’t dropped out of the league. What do I do about this? Oh, and we draft today at 3:30

    • VinWins

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      @Jack Full of Hate: There would be nothing you could do about that. But if you are talking about that March 13 message, he did drop out, and I refilled it from the waiting list.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @VinWins: thanks a lot, I missed that… I misplaced my taxes from last year, can you help me find them.

  10. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    3 leagues that were full this morning now have openings.

  11. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Go Big or Go Home

    Password: grey

    Saturday, March 23, Noon ET

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: Filled

  12. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Wily Young Delmons

    Password: funfunfun

    (edited incorrect password)

    Sunday, March 24 at 9:00 PM ET

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: Filled.

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