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, 500 other fantasy baseball teams.  But not a 500-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 50 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 and 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 in the history of the RCLs. 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 25 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 hundreds 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 2021 Razzball Commenter League Champion. Okay, now sign up…

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Dr Easy
Dr Easy
1 year ago

Is the Original Recipe League going again this year? I was allowed to join last year and wasn’t too awful.

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Hi GREY…when it comes time to pick,are you taking Victor Reyes or Taveras?

Also,Austin Riley projections look like a top 100 overall. What are the odds he hits .275? Ozuna assures he hits 5th or 6th in lineup I think.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

I received two trade offers in my keeper/salary cap league and needed your input

Trade 1:
I give up: Luke Voit ($18) and Tanner Rainey ($6)
I get: Syndergaard ($21) and minor league prospect Freudis Nova (MIA)

Trade 2:
I give up: Kyle Tucker ($9) and Bo Bichette ($8)
I get: Miguel Rojas ($8) and Mike Trout ($40)

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

I received two trade offers in my keeper/salary cap league and needed your thoughts on them

Trade 1:
I give up: Franmil Reyes ($14) and Emilio Pagan ($6) andminor league prospect Ben Hernandez (RHP/KC)
I get: Syndergaard ($21) and minor league prospect George Kirby(RHP/KC)

Trade 2:
I give up: Kyle Tucker ($9) and Bo Bichette ($8)
I get: Miguel Rojas ($8) and Mike Trout ($40)

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago

Is Rudy drafting tonight? You in TouT right?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nice!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Which first five you like better?

Acuna Bregman Machoman Torres Burnes

OR

Soto Flaherty Devers Arozarena Gray??

Tbone
Tbone
1 year ago

Lamet, Nick Anderson, and Pomeranez for Blake Snell

What do you got?

5 x 5, Head to Head, Dynasty

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

15 team roto auction dynasty (well not quite, we can only keep 18 predraft, but close) with these cats: 5×5 stuff with QS/OPS added and net saves + holds over saves. shallow starting rosters. players are on 3 year contract cycles (prospects clocks don’t start till the season they hit 130/50 and that year is their year 1), but no penalty for cutting contract, anybody kept or drafted keep their price and term, anybody obtained off FA that wasn’t kept/drafted cost 10 and when you obtain them is their year 1, unless pros elig. no in season budget, budget only applies to preseason like now. budget this year is 360 (goes up 5% a year), predraft max budget is 270 (and 18 players max). after the 3rd year of a contract cycle player can be bid on, owner has right to match or not (gets nothing if no match), if no bids owner can restart new 3 year deal at same price. max DL and NA slots.
likely kept players for sure:
C
1B
2B hiura 10 (3, will get 1B shortly too so could easily move to that, my weak hitting position, which is nice, i’ve been running c.cron types out there the last 2 years)
SS j.baez 25 (year 3)
3B bregman 30 (3)
LF y.alvarez 10 (3)
CF teoSCAR (all OF) 10 (2)
RF judge 30 (2)
util (2): mcneil (2B/3B/LF/RF) 4 (3), lux 10 (2)

prospects: abrams 4 (0), brujan 10 (0), n.marte 10 (0)
SP: gausman 10 (2), luzardo 10 (2), pab lop 10 (2), ryu 10 (biddable by others to a max of 30 in his price range), maeda 9 (3),
RP: (room for 5): hand 11 (2), pressly 10 (2)

that’s 18 and 243 (assuming ryu gets bid up to 30 and i match) easily within the max of 270, so i’d have 7 spots left to draft and 117 for a 16.71 average per drafted player.

other options:
DTD arnaud 10 (2)
santander 10 (2)
l.matos 10 (0)
laureano 10 CF/RF (can be bid up to max 30, which i doubt happens)
duvall 10 (2)
aguilar 10 (2)
lastella 10 (2)
mancini 25 (2)
plesac 10 (2)
t.rainey 10 (2)
b.davis (CUBS, 10 (0)
i left out the other obv cuts.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

that’s why i’m asking. on the 1B thing, hiura opens year as 1B to make space for wong (plus hiura wasn’t good at defense at all if i remember right at 2B, this is yahoo so 5 games in), so yeah i’ll draft one but shortly it won’t matter, mcneil to 2B or lux (assuming i keep lux over santander and/or laureano). could cut a prospect for laureano/santander too. ok, so you have plesac over gausman, haven’t checked rankings extensively yet, do remember the absolute gausman love last year. the 1B player pool in most seasons isn’t great (thus my starting c.cron or the like the last 2ish years here). i’m not sure which 1B are out there yet and won’t know till everybody has input keepers.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

ok, yeah checked your rankings from top 500 yesterday, really it’s gausman/pab lop slightly lower than plesac (and it’s very close on all 3). i should check on rudy’s QS rater on those too. this decision doesn’t have to be made for weeks too.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

but opps, probably shouldn’t just vacuum look at this year’s rankings, forgot gausman has been around for a while (longer than plesac for sure anyway).

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

while it certainly is dangerous to assume playing time on LAD, they did get rid of kike (seems odd to move for his part from LA to BOS, historically anyway), but yuck, they seriously want to play c.taylor over him, just yuck. laureano’s steals for sure would be a thing on this roster specifically too.

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

Forgot to mention, I also enjoyed The Patriot. As for the music, if it’s not classic country, it does it really belong in a show?

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
1 year ago

Oops. Ignore one “it.” The first one preferably. Otherwise, my point is lost.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Haha. Also, as for cold, we just had 10 days of 20 to 25 below Fahrenheit – before the wind was factored in.

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

I’ve been offered Bregman for Paddack and Torkelson in a H2H 10 team keeper. I have Devers at 3B already, but we do have 4 UT spots where Bregman could play. My other starters are Castillo, Plesac, Glasnow, Gallen, and Framber. Do I move Paddack and Torkelson? I’m excited for Torkelson’s potential, but it will probably be a couple years at least. Will Bregman bounce back enough to make up for it? Thanks!

leon
leon
1 year ago

Maeda for casey mize and edwin rios. 16 man dynasty

speill
speill
1 year ago

Hey Grey aren’t you a lucky man missing out on this lovely weather back East. I made a trade getting JRam at $12 for Cole at $22. I think I came out on top there but it left me with only Buehler as a pitcher keeper. I’m all set with my other 7 offensive keepers except the possibility of trading Eloy at $15 for either Flaherty $7 or Nola $20 to give me two pitching keepers. Other option is to go with only Buehler and draft another quality starter and keep Eloy. 8 team keeper auction league. Thanks

speill
speill
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I thought that also at that salary give him huge upside and Probably draft Nola close to that anyway. Thanks again

Hernan
Hernan
1 year ago

Are there going to be more Razz DC leagues??, vs RazzPerts???, would love to take a shot at Rudy, since already in a league with FML, plus tired of abusing Donkey Teeth., in the past…, in multiple leagues….Go Burritos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,

goodfold2
goodfold2
1 year ago

any chance of razzball leagues coming back this year yet? i don’t mean the types above, i mean the old school reverse scoring (i.e. worst players are best, razz like 7 card stud razz, i.e. worst hand wins) i just missed getting into when i first came in here. rudy’s tools would be VERY useful for those (look for worst $/G but with most innings/at bats, think c.davis the last few years, he’d be trout in that up till lately on the playing time). i think a few times across the last 3ish years i might’ve gotten up to maybe 3 people that wanted to play in those. but far more people in here would probably be likely to want to do this than looking elsewhere.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

oh shit yeah, i saw a bit back that he didn’t play last year at all, no internet or the like (i’m about 21ish pages behind from hockey and football, but making up ground.), but back now.

Dr Easy
Dr Easy
Reply to  goodfold2
1 year ago

I won one once (stutterer!)! Guess I’m good at being bad. Those leagues were really fun indeed.

I deviled my dog
I deviled my dog
1 year ago

CJ Cron as a Rockie, does he move up the 200 draft spots I want to move him from his current ADP? I now want to put him between Dominic Smith and Moustakis at around pick 120. I could see 35/.265 as reasonable. Thanks.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  I deviled my dog
1 year ago

he’s currently listed as lefty only side batter (obv that can change) so i doubt 200+ slots is in order till we have some reason to think he’s at least a righty side guy. otherwise his upside might be best bad side platoon bat in the league type.
https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/rockies

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  I deviled my dog
1 year ago

Considering the Rockies past history …

C.J. Cron will start out like gangbusters in April and May, which will impress the Rox “brain trust”.

Then the Rockies will sign the wrong-side-of-30 Cron to a 3-year extension (probably with player options for a 4th and 5th year) …

Thereby AGAIN gumming up their damn roster/1st base … and AGAIN blocking any chance to play younger guys that are coming like Colton Welker, Ryan Vilade, or even the nimble 8-foot tall giant wing spanned Sam Hilliard (he’d make a nice target 1B, eh?).

Philip
Philip
1 year ago

Gray, I just received a big trade offer. Not sure what to do. It’s a 20 team Roto League where we keep 30 players. No salaries. I am rebuilding, probably 2-3 full years away from realistic contention. No one on my team is over 28 years old except Sonny Gray

I have been offered Derrick May, Casey Mize, Alex Kirillof, and Joey Bart for Sonny Gray, Christian Javier, Devon Williams, and James Karinchak.

Relievers have fairly high value in this league. Devon Williams was the 20th overall player last year. That said, it seems like a lot of pitching and hitting talent in return for two dominant relievers, In a gene stud pitcher and an enigma.

It is worth noting this trade will make him the single most dominant force in the league. However, I’m not a real threat for quite some time so it doesn’t affect me much.

What do you think?

Thanks Homie!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Philip
1 year ago

I’d definitely take that trade. Relievers are unpredictable year to year.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Derrick May is in his 50s, but maybe making a comeback?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

What has been the the general pitching strategy in RCL these days?

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Mirror + Nose = Breathing

The Great Knoche
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Same as always. One-three solid starters. Get some saves. Ratios and stream

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

the PPP! awesome, always a good time of year when the PPP comes out.

Peter guigli
1 year ago

Soto, always take the best player in the trade. Well not always.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

Which side? Ketel Marte/P Alonso OR J Soto/ Y Gurriel

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Michael
1 year ago

Who in the multi-dimensional universes would ever trade Juan Soto? You don’t trade Juan Soto. The glass filled with Sexy Dr. Pepper is always full to the brim.

Michael
Michael
Reply to  Michael
1 year ago

Was offered this trade receiving Soto and accepted but was vetoed. Is this really that egregious? I mean it’s not even a money league lol

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Michael
1 year ago

Soto

Racehorse
Racehorse
1 year ago

Grey –

I’ve been checking out Razzball since late 2009/early 2010 …

And I’ve finally, Finally, FINALLY, signed up for some RCL leagues (4 of’em).

Did I mention the word “finally”?

My extent of fantasy knowledge = get Rockies hitters and Padres pitchers (kidding, well, we’ll see)

Thanks, Grey!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
1 year ago

Grey!!!!

Again the Magna Carta re-born!! I think this is the post we look forward to the most (well, I shouldn’t speak for others!)!

a. Signed up for 2 RCLs! The one at 12h PM EST (that’s 6 PM here so good, am awake) and the other at 3h PM EST (that’s 9PM here so also good, awake!). Stoked!

b. MLB quote of the day for February 16, 2021

1. Jerry Hairston, born February 16, 1952

‘It was a psychological thing for me. I figured the pitcher was tired and that he would float something right over the plate. Not necessarily that he would do that, but it was a psychological edge for me. In my opinion, you have to trick yourself a lot. I would put the pressure on the pitcher. The only reason I was hitting was because my team had momentum, so the pressure was on the other club to stop us.’

Jerry Hairston in Baseball Digest (Ed McGregor, “Major League Pinch Hitters: They Live on the Edge”, May 1991)

2. Dwayne Henry, born February 16, 1962

‘Greg Harris, one of the league’s better late-inning firemen, is expected to be used in middle relief this season, giving way to Dwayne Henry, a hard-thrower. A 6-foot, 3-inch right-hander, Henry joined the club in mid-season last year and struck out 20 in 21 innings; management is convinced he has the potential to be another Gossage.’

Historian Jerome Holtzman in Baseball Digest(April 1986, ‘How 1986 Major League Pennant Races Shape Up’, Page 35)

3. Eric Byrnes, born February 16, 1976

‘It’s hard to describe the feeling that went through my body at that point (completing the cycle / Box Score). I just kind of got the chills, especially when I got the ovation.’

Eric Byrnes (Post Game Press Conference. ESPN News Network. June 29, 2003.)

4. Gary Carter, died February 16, 2012

RIP Gary ‘The Kid’ Carter

‘As (Gary) Carter’s game improved, so did the fortunes of the (Montreal) Expos. Led by ‘The Kid,’ a nickname Carter acquired as a result of his youthful exuberance and ever-present smile, the team steadily improved from 107 losses in 1976 to back-to-back second place finishes in 1979 and 1980.’

The National Baseball Hall of Fame (2003) [Gary Carter Quotes]

c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for February 16, 2021

‘I feel the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.’

Cheers,
Ante

Smitty
Reply to  Ante GALIC
1 year ago

Gary “The Kid” Carter, one of the very best.
1984 – 596 AB – 75/27/106/.294 (Montreal)
1985 – 555 AB – 83/32/100/.281 (NY Mets)
1986 – World Champions!
Died at 57, brain cancer. Kinda puts things in perspective.
Thanks Ante

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Fantasy baseball?! What wizardry is this?

Good to be back. Let’s hope every player ends up looking like the needle pit scene in SAW II, with vaccines poking out every which way, because last year blew goats. Except like, without the satisfied goats part.

Figures the year I start my draft Acuna/Tatis/Albies/Alonzo and then get Olsen after a couple SP we have a pandemic.

:::shakes fist in the general direction of the fantasy gods:::

:::stops shaking fist for fear of being smited verily in 2021 by same fantasy gods:::

Good to see ya, Grey.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh you mean literally? Absolutely. – barbacoa has a special sauce just for it in this one spot in Cabo San Lucas. Mmmmmm, goat.

Speaking of the goat, I hope you’re doing well my friend.

Better times ahead!

Member Berries
Member Berries
1 year ago

Member Berries foolishly signed up to face the mighty Laura Holt

I’ve got so many excuses ready like, ugh, fantrax. Or damn autodraft. Pandemic season doesn’t count. Grey said something about drafting two SPs in the first two rounds…

Laura Holt
Reply to  Member Berries
1 year ago

Hey M.B., I’m going to personally hold you responsible and look back to this comment as a jinx if my season comes crashing down this year ;) Seriously though, looking forward to competing with you!

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

I have so many questions I don’t know where to start. Did a practice draft yesterday. Tough. Pitchers disappear quickly. I was able to get Ryu at pick 63. Found only 8 players from your Top 300 with multi-position eligibility, and 12 with Utility only. Need more practice.

Thanks for doing this again!

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  VinWins
1 year ago

VIN!!! Holy smokes, haven’t heard from you in forever it seems like! Hope all is well my friend!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  MattTruss
1 year ago

Hey MT! Yeah, all is fine. Today marks 11 months alone in my bubble, and the end is not yet in sight. But, been well. Hope you are as well. See you are still involved in this sweet mess that Grey has dropped on the world. Here’s to another great season!

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  VinWins
1 year ago

I hear ya man, our bubble is pretty small, but I feel for people living alone. Glad you’re hanging in there. You know I can’t quit these ridiculous leagues, I’d have withdrawals if I tried!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks, Grey!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, I was happy with that. And I was able to round out my staff with players from tiers you like – Urias, Gausman, Means, and Yarbrough. My outfield is a bit suspect though. I also finally took Stanton at 178. Utility players were not popular. Your 39th -ranked Yordan Alvarez was great value at 94.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  VinWins
1 year ago

hey o, i see youse back in business. grey, below, mentions that you might still do the old school type razzball leagues (i.e. like 7 card stud razz, worst hand wins), if true you got enough people and/or need anybody? i’ve been interested in doing one of those for years and usually with league filling/restarting/slow drafts/prep and the like forget till it’s far too late. i don’t care what platform (i play all of fantrax/yahoo/espn, obv prefer fantrax but it doesn’t matter if you are running it). also as far as trying to make one up myself over the years i think the most i got on my own without pushing for people here is like 3 (albeit i probably waited too long to start trying the years i did).

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  goodfold2
1 year ago

Yeah, I’ll be setting 1 up on Fantrax. I’m sure there will be a spot for you. And if it turns out there is extra interest, I’ll set up 2.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  VinWins
1 year ago

sweet, sounds good, thanks.