You know what would be really cool? If you could join a fantasy baseball league that was against, like, 1000 other fantasy baseball teams. But not a 1000-person league, where people are trying to figure out who the back-up third baseman is on the Single-A Astros affiliate, the Corpus Christi Amscrayers.  No, this is a 12-person league designed so you compete against eleven other people in your league, then 90 other leagues of twelve.  That would be cool.  Oh, wait, we’ve done that. It’s called the Razzball Commenter Leagues, and they’re back, and you don’t even have to be a commenter to join it!  For a limited time only, get your loved one a fantasy baseball league!  That’s right, your hearts go pitter-patter or you’re dead on the inside (my condolences).  Since back in June when you abandoned your fantasy baseball team because it was totally sucking and you returned to your cubbyhole of leftover Chinese food and Teddy Grahams, you’ve longed for this day.  As Bob Marley sang, this is your redemption song, mon.  Or womon, for our four girl readers.  It’s time again to join some fantasy baseball leagues. Before you close all of your extraneous porn windows and rush to sign up, let’s explain how these fantasy baseball leagues are going to work.  We’re going to have a bunch of leagues and crown a winner from each, then we’re going to crown ONE winner from all of the winners.  We will be crowning the winner by taking each team’s points and multiplying it against a ‘league competitiveness factor.’  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. Like last year, we will again be going with TWO DL SLOTS. The only things you need to change from the default settings 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.

We’re going to start with twenty-five leagues of 12 and see how we do from there. To join a league… Sorry, again for the people in the back of the room:

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.  You can join as many leagues as you like.

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. (Here’s a video Jay made to help some noobs.  Is noobs spelled with zeroes or oh’s?  Hmm…)  You can start as many leagues as you like.

THE BIG PRIZE

You win bragging rights.  Not just any bragging rights, but the bragging rights that you beat a thousand or so other people, and you can emphasize the “or so” as emphatically as you’d like.  What?  Not enough?  Okay, for this year’s prize we’re taking the bull out of bulloney.  We are upping the ante.  “Hey, Olympic high jumper, can you jump over this ante?”  No, you can’t, it’s been upped too high.  LOOK, it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s our ante!  “Excuse me, astronomer, is that a satellite orbiting earth?”  No, son, it’s Razzball’s ante.  They upped it.  This year we are giving away an autographed baseball of the player who is my avatar.  That’s right, an autographed baseball of… Well, you have to win to find out who the player is.  Next, we’re giving an autographed baseball of the one, the only Oscar Gamble!  That’s right, Rudy’s 3rd cousin, once-removed, Oscar motheffin’ Gamble!  Finally, the winner will receive a brand new hoodie.  Not just any hoodie, but one that tells the world, “I only care about fantasy sports.  No, I don’t even care about deodorant.”  A hoodie so spectacular it forced me to look up the proper spelling of spectacular just so I could describe it.  A hoodie that makes men want to be your friend and women want to sleep with you.  Or vice versa if you’re one of our four female readers.  This hoodie is one-of-a-kind (except for the same hoodie we’ve given away in past years to the winner).  A hoodie that Snoop Dogg would be proud to rock.  And that man has forgotten more about hoodies than you’ll ever know!  Wear it to weddings, funerals or into the shower and tell people you are the 2015 Razzball Commenter League Champion.  Okay, now sign up…

 
  1. MasterofGrond says:
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    Last year I sought out serious competition after cruising in 2012, and I got rocked in both leagues.

    So this year I joined Tehol’s league.

    • Nico says:
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      @MasterofGrond: Ha! Was gonna make a joke about that, but felt bad to talk about him while he wasn’t around.

    • Pantsman says:
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      @MasterofGrond:

      He also set the draft for 8AM instead of 8PM

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    Ugh so espn is doing some sort of maintenance right now…

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Around 3 am eastern time, whenever I tried to click a link, it came up with a default ESPN page saying they were doing maintenance. I kept trying and eventually I was able to get in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    AWESOME,ready to get it on

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Just sent Original Recipe invite.

    • Happy Vegans says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Got to get it on!

  4. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Maintenance again…..PSYCH!!

  5. Awesome! Except for the maintenance.

  6. Nico says:
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    Missed my shot to face off against the Fantasy Overlord himself! Dang! Jay might have to be the suitable replacement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Maybe not

      • Frank Grimes says:
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        @Grey:
        hmm you saying my idea of you playing vs us peasants
        might come to fruition ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I might do a little contest…

          • Frank Grimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Cool!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Any good vape flavors recently?

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Wow, teaser… I thought that’ was only Nick’s thing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahahahahahahaha… Wow, nice call…

  7. Jvslyke says:
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    Are you going to do the first and second rd pairings article this yr? No pressure but that was the best article since the Sports Illustrated for kids piece on the Bash Brothers in May of ’88

    In the meantime, better pairing
    Mcutchen and Rendon
    Or
    Mcutchen and Donaldson

    Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jvslyke: I’ll be doing it tomorrow

  8. Lightblack says:
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    Got into Ghuls league. First timer here(giggles)

  9. Joeg414 says:
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    I hope Espn is fixing the pitching eligibility issues.

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Just two examples I found :
        Aaron Sanchez pitched in 24 games last year all in relief and ESPN has him listed as a SP .
        and
        Carlos Martinez pitched in 7 games as a SP and 50 games a RP last year, and ESPN has him listed only a SP this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          RCLs don’t use SP and RP designations…

  10. Geezus Shuttlesworth says:
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    Clicked on the link and got the ESPN “site down” message again. WTF. How incompetent can ESPN be? Is there a reason you use ESPN over like Yahoo or CBS? They blow.

  11. Come on baseball... says:
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    Grey and anyone with solid advice,

    Just getting into a new, very deep dynasty. Draft starts tonight and I was fortunate to get the 1st overall pick. There’s 15 teams, snake draft, 7×7 roto, 50 man rosters including minors. Do I keep the pick and of course take Trout, or do I get as much as I can in trade since my next pick wont be until 30th overall. I’ve already been offered overall 25th and 36th for my 1st and overall 60th. If I were trading I’d try to counter that and get a little more or give a little less with the 2nd pick. How much should I expect or want? Or sit pat and enjoy Trout for the next 6 or 7 years? Thanks for the help!!

  12. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I’m in! Hope to be able to provide lots of statistical info this season.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      @VinWins: Nice! Love having you back in the fold Vin, I’ll have to hit you up for spreadsheet links once the season gets going. Will you be running numbers through your website again?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @MattTruss: Thanks! I will probably be posting on my website, if everything goes as planned.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @VinWins: welcome back Vin!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @J-FOH: Thank you!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vin! (Hearts to you my friend)

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @VinWins: this is awesome news

    • Wake Up says:
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      @VinWins: Welcome back!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Wake Up: Thanks! I was anonymously in your RCL last year. Did not do well.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @VinWins: Send me your email if you want back in. Like to have you back!

  13. VinWins

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    ESPN rocks!

  14. El Famous Burrito says:
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    ESPN down for maintenance this morning.

    Then comes online for about an hour. They’ve added Yasmany Tomas and Carlos Rodon. That’s it.

    Now, down for maintenance again.

    They had 8 days to fix things, and still screwed it up.

    Is Yahoo any better? I tried it many years ago and it was by far the worse of the two.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Jay: dear god yes, it is terrible. ESPN has some flaws but compared to Yahoo it is amazing

  15. Vacation says:
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    Yahoo!>>>>>>>ESPN

  16. Tony Two Bags says:
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    Can someone make a draft thats not on a weekend night??

    • Frank Grimes says:
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      @Tony Two Bags: create your own!

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Frank Grimes: Grimey!

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Tony Two Bags:

      Big, if true league is Tuesday night March 31st at 8pmET

    • malamoney

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      @Tony Two Bags: I’ve got a league that isn’t on a weekend night. April 2nd at 9pm EST.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony Two Bags: Yeah, start your own league, we need more

  17. gordon shumway says:
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    Hey Grey- will you guys be doing the podcast again this year? Is Nick still alive? I hope you guys start it up again. It was alot of fun!

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @Grey: Great- looking forward to it!

  18. Random Collmenter says:
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    Get to keep 4 players for a 12 team, 5×5 roto league with OPS and QS instead of AVG and W.

    Stanton and Bautista are no-brainers. Who are the other two I should keep you think? Thanks! (The round I get to keep them in in parentheses).

    Stanton (1)
    MadBum (2)
    Bautista (3)
    Dee Gordon (9)
    Gregory Polanco (10)
    Gerrit Cole (13)
    Tyson Ross (14)
    Jorge Soler (22)

  19. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Off the RCL topic, still like the Rudy draft. Pitching looks really strong. Hitting looks like it’ll need some tinkering but can come together. My Wednesday morning QBing is I would have looked at Kolten Wong in the 9th instead of Rosenthal. With Kimbrel already in the fold and an emphasis on pitching it was too high to pay the premium for high K rate closer. Then swap out the Kendrick pick for Belt or Arcia makes the offense look a bit nicer and then chase closers a bit later on.