If you’re like me most days, you’re sitting in your car beneath an underpass and writing ALF fan fiction, but today we have a different type of fantasy for you to engage in. No, not your fantasy where it’s you and that girl from high school in a tub of Alphabet Soup and you write her a love letter on her back in noodles! This is a fantasy baseball fantasy! Because 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 75 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 five 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 positional eligibility, 1400 innings max, 1000 IP minimum with 3 DL slots with a 500 moves per year cap, which I think maybe two people reached last year. So, that move limit isn’t inhibitive for even those who rosterbate until they are blind.

The leagues will be again at Fantrax.

We’re going to start with 40 leagues and see how we do from there. There are a few pay leagues, neither Razzball or Fantrax keeps any money. If people want more pay leagues, fill these up and we’ll open more. If we need more free leagues, we’ll do the same. 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) for the time you want and YOU’RE IN.  Damn, that’s too easy.  Oh, I guess I should also mention make sure you’re joining a league for free or for money, depending on your preference.  If you want a league for money, then 1) Click the link. 2) Pay the money.  That’s it!  No pesky third requirement!  Again, Fantrax and Razzball take no money.  You can join as many free or paid leagues as you like.  To quit a league, go to OTHER –> All Options –> Quit League (located at the bottom).  Now go join some leagues!

THE BIG PRIZE

All leagues (paid and free) will play for the big prize. So, what do you win? 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 a $250 Best Buy Gift card, which can buy just about anything (up to $250). I recently bought a TV that sits underneath my toilet seat so when I whizz I can watch TV. Granted, I bought this in a dream I had and I was married to Sofia Vergara in said dream, but this must exist, right? Also, for s’s and g’s, I’ll throw in a Razzball t-shirt because I have 14,000 of these and I’ve already outfitted all the homeless people in my neighborhood with SAGNOF t-shirts. But, most importantly, you will be crowned the 2020 Razzball Commenter League Champion. Okay, now sign up…

 
  1. Ryan says:
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    In my 14 team h2h dynasty league I was offered tatis lamet for bichette kepler and my 1.7 2.7 pick in our rookie/fa draft. Do I take this deal for tatis or stick with what I have?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends who you think you can get with the picks but most likely want Tatis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tatis

      • Ryan says:
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        Nvm the other manager got cold feet and backed out. Smh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Ryan says:
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            Although that same manager did offer Lamet straight up for Kepler. My OF still consists of acuna , soto and meadows. I do desperately need sp help. Should aim for a better sp or go take Lamet?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Lamet, but can try for more if you like

  2. LaRockakis says:
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    But half the fun is beating up on people who listen to the CBS podcast. I was gonna mention ESPN too, but I honestly don’t think I even know anyone anymore who goes there for sports, much less fantasy baseball advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini isn’t in the player pool at CBS

  3. Crazy J says:
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    Thanks for having these. I came in 2nd last year after a poor draft. It’s a much different draft than Yahoo, so a little practice and maybe I can hit pay dirt!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now you’re ramped up and ready!

  4. Greg says:
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    Thanks, my 20 year league just ended last week and I’ve been wondering how to satiate my fantasy fix this season. I’m rudderless and hopefully being part of this will keep me going until next year when I can join a new league with friends.

    So thanks, I now have a year to find some friends.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      You’ll be playing with about 700 of your closest friends in the RCLs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greg, join ten leagues and you’re instantly friends with 110 other people (120 if you count yourself)

  5. Old School Brother says:
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    Whats the Crab Army thing?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      It’s one of our legacy leagues, a bunch of managers from the old Razz30 league way back in the day. Those ones at the bottom are legacy leagues and commisioners will post if there are openings there.

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Just sent out FCL invites FYI, look for it and get on in there!

        • J-FOH says:
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          FCL! My baby lives on

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      OSB!

      How ya been?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        Good! Looking forward to the 2020 fantasy season and sage like advice from the fantasy lothario

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good to see you, OSB!

  6. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    LFG Grey……L…F…G

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      LFG SKIP!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LFG!

  7. D Fresh says:
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    All is right with the world again! I’ll be in the way too early March 1st draft again. I just gotta get my draft fix. ~*Y’all got any more of them RCL drafts*~ I would love to get an invite to a more competitive league. Any takers?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      D Fresh – I’ve played with you the past couple seasons in the money RCLs I believe, if there’s a spot open in any of the legacy leagues I can shoot you an invite. Some of them are money leagues, some are just very competitive free leagues, but I’ll keep you in the loop. E-mail me: truss at razzball dot com so I have your info.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stay connected with Truss, he can help

    • D Fresh says:
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      Thank you Perts! You are correct Truss. We’ve played in some money leagues in years past. I was locked out from money leagues last year because, well, Iowa. Looks like it will have to be a free legacy league for me. I need that high league index! I’ll shoot you an email. Razz on

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t use caucus app to log into Fantrax

        • DonnieB says:
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          Process was rigged by Dem establishment to take the wInd out of Bernie’s sales. Guarantee it.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn, Bernie Bros unite!

            • D Fresh says:
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              Fantrax phone lines are busy too. Grey 2020 gets my vote!

  8. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    16 team roto. keep 4 per year at last year’s end of season ADP’s. rosters:
    1 of each hitting spot + a CI, MI, 4th OF, 3 utils, 5 SP, 5 RP, 1 P (max innings 1800, max starts 170)
    scoring: 5×5 stuff with OBP over AVG, slugging, OPS, total bases, hits, steals % for hitters, and holds, K/BB, K/9, QS, holds and net saves + holds.
    possible keepers:
    bregman (1)
    mookie (1, so can’t keep both of him and bregman)
    soto (2)
    gallo (7)
    hiura (28)
    laureano (14)
    otani (hitter, 11)
    mostsuckass (9)
    hampson (13)
    h.dozier (28)
    degrom (1)
    bieber (10)
    corbin (3)
    ed rod (10)
    gallen (28)

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      2. same keeper settings, but NL only and only keep 3 and it’s 10 team h2h.
      rosters: 1 of each + a CI a MI, 4th OF, 1 util, 5 SP, 4 RP
      scoring: 5×5 except OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added for hitters, QS over wins, holds added for pitchers
      possible keepers:
      edman (25)
      freeman (2)
      harper (1)
      hoskins (3)
      stressbird (4)
      lux (25)
      conforto (7)
      mcneil (16)
      l.castillo (8)
      j.urias (15)
      lucchesi (11)

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Freeman, Strasburg, Castillo…tough throwing Lux back though

        • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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          yeah in NL only freeman was for sure, then i’d think some mix of the castillo/stressbird/lux/edman/mcneil guys for the other 2. such savings on mcneil/lux/edman (plus in general i don’t keep more than 1 pitcher if even one pitcher in a shortish keepers). harper at best is a break even on the pick i’d use anyway, similar for hoskins. the 16 teamer was easier for sure with decisions. my pick in the 1st round of the NL only will almost certainly be right in the middle (we pick our draft slots after keepers, so if you keep a 1st rounder you nearly always would want the latest pick in odd rounds). and since i got 1st i don’t actually pick a draft slot, i get what’s left. those with no 1st round keeper want best odd round pick, those with 1st round keeper want latest odd round pick, those of us that got 1st/2nd get what’s left, so 5th or 6th likely. mookie might determine who the worst team even keeps, as that owner is guaranteed mookie if he wants the 1.1)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agree with DT

            • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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              even with the double pitcher keepers in NL only? interestingly rare for you. clearly stressbird ace in the 4th is good value. l.castillo’s value is also good of course (and these 2 are trustworthy, whereas i’m guessing the expectation with mcneil is regression back, and lux/edman might have playing time concerns (probably not edman though. didn’t mention but there is 1 NA slot (in case lux is sent down for a bit))

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Why, who are you thinking? Edman or McNeil?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes, they have those issues — I like Edman, but not as high as the other guys

                  • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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                    yeah one of edman, lux, mcneil at least over l.castillo. but of course all of them have more risk. it’s just so rare that in keepers less than say 7 or maybe 6 i’m keeping 2 pitchers. here though the value might be right for exactly that.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, they’re not great options otherwise

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Mookie, Soto, Bieber, Hiura

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        3. same exact settings as NL only, but AL only.
        options:
        antana (tons of positions, 25)
        gallo (5)
        vlad (3)
        k.davis (2, nope)
        mercado (25)
        altuve (1, last year i had the 1.2 and wanted judge, but went altuve when judge was gone)
        odor (6, probably nope)
        s.murphy (25)
        ed rod (7)
        yarbrough (15)
        minor (14)
        paxton (3, nope)
        pressly (14)

        thinking vlad, gallo, antana here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vlad is easy choice, then…Antana and Mercado

          • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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            yeah truthfully even if i spend more than a 5th on gallo in the draft the mercado value bump is probably worth it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t trust Gallo this year, and if you do, just redraft him

  9. Jeff says:
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    12 teams, 7×7 cats Dynasty format: h, runs, rbis, hr, tb, avg, and obp. era, whip, k/9, saves, holds, wins and ks

    *We have 5 NA spots for prospects.

    Julio Rodriguez and Ian Anderson or Jesus Luzardo and Andrew Vaughn?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luzardo

  10. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Yo Grey & DT

    I’m having a tough time deciding to who keep. 12 team, 6×6 (QS & OBP), H2H league. I can keep 5 from this group for as long as I want, no restrictions:

    Acuña
    Bellinger
    Betts
    Lindor
    Trea
    Yordan
    Alonso

    The first 3, maybe 4 are obvious, I’m struggling with Trea or Yordan given that I have speed. What do you all think? I could always try to package Trea and the bottom 2 to get a Yelich or Trout, though.

    Thank, Homies!

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d probably cut Trea and Alonso. You don’t need that much speed in H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram on Trea, but Yordan would be 2nd

  11. Matty says:
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    Awesome. Last year was my first foray into an RCL after many years lurking here, [also my first foray into Roto- all my long running leagues are H2H for better or worse]. Roto was cool, though strategically I haven’t quite wrapped my head around it, and the RCL was awesome. Particularly the weekly RCL write-up where I got to hope each week that I’d done well enough to warrant mention.
    Only complaint was that my league had a sluggish trade market, so hopefully RCL #3 is more active this year.
    So for any Razzball lurkers, definitely jump in. It was a lot of fun.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Glad you’re back for more fun and thanks for the kind words about the write-ups! That’s what I’m hoping for when I write them every week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Good to see you Matty!

      Wait a second, Matty…Truss? Related?

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Just an RCL brother from another mother!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Matty says:
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            I guess the only downside is everyone is looking for the same players.
            Maybe this year I’ll zag- all early round starters, catchers, and slow throwing relievers.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just don’t zig when everyone’s zigging

              • Matty says:
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                Zag right into the warm embrace of Cole, Scherzer, Kershaw, Gary Sanchez, and JT Realmuto. And Miguel Sano for speed.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  NOOOOOO — you’ve out-zagged yourself!

  12. Parker says:
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    10-team H2H keeper league. My current keepers on offense are:

    Rizzo, Olson, Tatis, Semien, Betts, and Meadows.

    I’ve been offered Eloy Jimenez and Keston Hiura for Betts. Am I better off keeping Betts or acquiring the depth in the form of two young keepers? Is the offer at least close? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d want Betts. Depth isn’t that much of a factor in 10-teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  13. Jeff says:
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    12 teams, 7×7 cats Dynasty format: h, runs, rbis, hr, tb, avg, and obp. era, whip, k/9, saves, holds, wins and ks

    *We have 5 NA spots for prospects.

    Julio Rodriguez and Ian Anderson or Jesus Luzardo and Andrew Vaughn?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luzardo

      • Jeff says:
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        Is it still Luz side in dynasty?

        Luzardo & CJ Abrams or Julio Rodriguez (Drop will be Kintzler)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go with Rodriguez

  14. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am trying to decide on my last few players to protect as keepers and need your help. These are the players I am on the fence about with their salary to keep them based on a $1300 salary cap

    1) Nick Markakis/OF/ATL/$19
    2) James Paxton/SP/NYY/$34
    3) Jordan Hicks/RP/STL/$25
    4) Corey Knebel/RP/$26
    5) Adam Ottavino/RP/$30
    6) Yusmeiro Petit/RP/$6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can likely lose them all, but know nothing of your league

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        its a keeper league, 45 man roster, $1300 SALARY CAP. 10 team league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These guys don’t sound like anything worth holding

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            If I am understanding this correct. This guy is offering me Liam Hendricks (RP/OAK/$50, he eats the entire salary), and Nate Anderson ($6), and in return he wants one of these prospects from me(Austin Vaughan, Jo Adell, Nick Madrigal, Alec Bohm, Luis Robert, or Royce Lewis). Would you make that deal and which prospect would you give up?