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Okay, so it’s not really new, that’s a lie. Really it’s a re-brand of a league that existed last year that you probably know as REL2. That’s right, Razz30 is the bastard son of JB’s REL, with a Macy’s makeover, from those dolled up chubby former homecoming queens that work the makeup counter. BTW, I can hear your inner-monologue because I have telepathic powers, and I know you’re asking “why did you rebrand a fantasy league?”. Well to put it bluntly last year was akin to pooping yourself while simultaneously driving head on into a tractor trailer truck, surviving only to find out your wife is now sleeping with your high school bully, and he doesn’t have a job, so he’s going to sleep in your spot in the bed going forward. Now you’re covered in poop, laid up in the hospital with more broken bones than Evil Kenevil, and you’re emasculated as well. Seem dramatic? Maybe, maybe not. Just talk to the guys that lost their best players from forced real life trades. I could go on and on, but why look back? We’re moving forward with a new and improved format, and I’m proud to announce we’re embarking on the first 30 team league in Razzball history. When this job was bestowed upon me, by my predecessor the Notorious M.I.K.E, I promised him I would take Razzball to places they’ve never been before. That place is a 30 team league where people are spending half their FAAB adding Raul Alcantara. It’s real out here!

 

League Setup

Okay, so it’s really simple, we ditched all the complex rules for something more straight forward. Putting the onus on the owners to reshape their organizations as they see fit. Though I suppose that depends on your definition of simple, mine includes 30 teams, and a jug of Carlo Rossi. For those of you not familiar, the REL setup is based around the concept of you taking over an actual MLB 40 man roster, and then making the decisions on who stays and goes. So every team in the league is an actual MLB franchise (I’m the Mets), and the league was broken into an AL only and NL only league. All of that remains the same only we combined the AL and NL, and did away with separate league pages. Now it’s a single 30 team with two leagues and 6 divisions, just like the real thing.

Now back to the lecture at hand; following the inaugural season around half the owners dropped out. So we had to add between 12-17 owners, the exact figure escapes me. Regardless, we replaced a lot. So while a total restart would have been viable, it seemed unfair to the dedicated owners, who had made good trades and wavier grabs to just blow the whole thing up. These guys stuck it out, and were totally supportive of the transition of commissioner duties from fellow Razzball writer [email protected], to myself. I felt I owed it to them. So I devised a plan. BTW [email protected] did a great job getting this league setup in the first place and has been instrumental in helping me with the day to day. RazzSalute [email protected]!

  1. We allowed all owners to keep 25 total players from last year’s rosters. The 25 would be made up of Major Leaguers and Minor Leagues. You would pick your 25 from a sliding scale of majors and minors, depending upon your team’s strength, and direction. Owners were obligated to keep at least 8 players from their real life organization (minors or majors), and the keeper limits were as follows, no more than 18 Major or 13 Minor League players may be kept, and no less than 12 major leaguers or 7 minor leaguers may be kept. Are you confused yet? Good!
  2. Each team was required to roster 15 minor league players, and 23 major league players. In order to get each team to their MiLB and MLB limits we had a prospect draft, and a major league auction. Each team was awarded a draft pick in our MiLB draft for each spot they needed to fill, and each team was awarded $10 at auction for each MLB spot that needed filling.
  3. Only players with major league experience, or those under contract with an MLB organization could be drafted. So no Luis Robert or Shohei Otani.

Rosters and Scoring

  1. The scoring is very simple and straight forward, it’s a 6×6 roto league with the following categories for hitting (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP) and pitching (W, SV+HLD, ERA, WHIP, K, QS). 
  2. The intent of the league was to model MLB, with the ultimate goal of it being the closest thing there is to taking over a real life organization as the GM. So we broke the teams into two leagues (AL and NL), and 3 divisions mirroring those of MLB.
  3. The MLB rosters were as follows: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util – SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P – bn, bn, bn, bn.
  4. Trades can be made between both leagues, and there so no restriction on adding AL or NL players for AL and NL teams.
  5. The trade deadline is the MLB trade deadline each year.

Playoffs

You’re going to see the theme here… Just like MLB our playoffs are made up of the 3 division winners from each league, and one at large wild card bid awarded to the team with best record in each league that didn’t win their respective division.

The MiLB Draft

My boss Mr. Albright hates when I do this, but I’m listing 177 picks in my post, so if you’re interested in what the minors looked like click here.

The MLB Auction

I liken it to our free agency, only all the good players get kept. So it’s like free agency, if free agency was last call at your local meat market. Everyone was given a budget of $10 per empty MLB roster spot and were tasked with filling their roster. You can view the auction results here.

 

I’ll be providing monthly updates on FAAB, trades, and standings once a month. Next week, we’ll dive into the offseason of the 3rd season of the Razznasty. 

 

Follow me on Twitter @ralphlifshitzbb and check out my Live Show every Tuesday @ 9pm on Fantrax Youtube channel.

   
  1. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    RALPH!!! Adalberto Mejia won the 5th spot…Thoughts on him? 20 team dynasty…Thanks homie

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: For sure, he’s a useable option in deep formats, I really hoped he got a shot in SF last year. Solid back of the rotation flier.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: He will be my last pick in the draft coming up shortly…thanks bro.

    • Cram It says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Sweet! He’s on my NFBC team. This is the best news of the day.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Just want to see you smile boo

          • Bill says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Ralph, I’m interested if , when you have an opening for a team. Thanks.

  2. James Bishop says:
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    Thanks, Ralph! I love these really deep leagues, although this means that somebody actually took Tim Tebow? Really??

    Just curious: somebody just dropped Isan Diaz in my dynasty league. I could drop Harrison Bader to pick him up. I have a very deep outfield at the major league level and am thinking of prospects more as long-term growth assets rather than players I need this year. I drop Bader to grab Diaz, right?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @James Bishop: Hahaha that’s Motown Mauler, he’s a jokester but a serious player. Kills the DFS game.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: pretty clear he’s not THAT serious.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @James Bishop: I could see doing it, but it’s one of those sideways type moves I hate making.

      • James Bishop says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Fair enough. I’m a bit of a rosterbater.

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @James Bishop: In regards to Tebow, I’ll quote the great Shaggy “it wasnt me”

  3. Steve says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Who do you like as the better stash, Meadows or Torreyes for timeline and impact in 2016?

    Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Steve: You got a time machine?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Steve: Hmmm 2016 was a good year. Torreyes, but he doesn’t give you much. Try Jonathan Villar, breakout coming.

      I think it’s Meadows in 2017.

      • Steve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: derp, I meant Torres…

        Looking back through your posts it doesn’t look like he’ll be a factor until next year. Thanks for humoring my poor question.

  4. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    It’s really not that different than REL. I’m glad you took your own name though and kinda made it your own with the same pseudo-principles. REL has been going swimmingly from year 1 to 2, of course some hurdles and questions a few replacements, but overall it’s been really fun and no one has been covered in poop. REL FA LIFE

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Hahaha the whole time I’m writing this I’m thinking “JB is going to be so pissed”.

      Anyone get cucked by their HS bully, while in a tractor trailer induced coma?

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Next year we should create a league that pits you against the other REL’s parent team. Think bizarro Superman. I think I could take down the Rangers squal in REL1

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @Ralph Lifshitz: @Old School Brother: Well you kinda say it too, so issue was all about management and how the rules didn’t translate from Yahoo to Fantrax. Just because REL2 was a shitshow doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. We had the world series come down to a blown save on the final sunday, giving thornburg a win and swinging the matchup for the Nats, it was awesome.

        I’d probably stuggle against the Brewers, but I’m rebuilding like a mad man

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Go REL! I’m gonna dominate in a few years.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I know it works, though I’m not totally sure I could deal with your rules. One minute you get lucky and land Aroldis Chapman for Adam Warren, and the next you’re trading him for a bag of used rubbers, and a loofah, just to do someone a solid. I think that caps the quality of competition.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: whether it “works” or not, why intentionally play something like that. i mean it’s cool to screw around on a wheelchair here and there when you legs work but nobody’d want to do it for years.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Old School Brother: In. I would’ve smoked the REL/”fake news” Red Sox last year.

        People gave me shit for Beltran at $17… Now they’re all covered in poop…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Totes, and Cubs is the greatest team ever assembled.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @JB Gilpin: he actually refers to that abortion of any idea of real life trades F’ing people in the ass as “baller”

  5. Landisimo3 says:
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    Hey Ralph! Was just offered his Gausman for my Glasnow… 12 team roto… keep 10 + 10 farm… I’m torn whether to just keep Glas on my farm and hold … or Get gausman to round out my staff and grab Buehler for my last farm spot… What’ya think??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Landisimo3: Do it and add Buehler. I like that move.

  6. GC says:
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    Any thoughts/intel on Domingo Acevedo?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @GC: Throws serious heat, probably a pen guy long term, and he’s most likely a year away.

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    14 teamer roto dynasty with OBP over AVG and Slugging over HRs. QS added

    C gattis
    1B goldy
    2B forsythe
    SS villar
    3B frazier
    OF (3) stanton/cespedes/ozuna
    util c.davis
    BN orlando arcia/renfroe/margot
    NA brinson
    SP darvish/carrasco/salazar/hill/cotton/smyly/pineda/odorizzi/j.guerra (stream slot) 1500 max innings so 9 is MORE than enough SP. 3 DL’s.
    RP (3 slots) watson/e.diaz and i’m attempt to wavier either capps or bush.

    this is one of those silly yahoo leagues where supposedly players don’t show up till they hit the majors, yet somehow all of adames/rosario (NYM)/mejia/barreto/alford/mateo are all available but not other big name prospects (tapia/margot/brinson also). mazara was in this system to start last year even though he hadn’t hit MLB yet either, this was utter garbage as the previous season before that i held a waiver all year for him, only to waste it. this year instead of prospects going it was all closers, so i got both of brinson/margot, at 13th pick i seriously though i might get neither.

    drop who to get a backup catcher (rupp) as gattis doesn’t sound like he’ll be playing much at all. but his at bats will likely be good enough to own. ozuna probably? i need speed so gotta hold margot. renfroe’s awful OBP (and my team in general weak at it already with frazier/c.davis) might make it him. brinson is awesome get in this league. grey went with dropping renfroe (i do have a lot of renfroe types already in frazier/c.davis/to lesser extent stanton, low OBP, high slugging guys)

    i thought it possible i’d get either a SS prospect i’d either hold or trade away (i’ve got guys banging on door about arcia, but less than last year when he was my 1st rounder) or even winker for OBP safety.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: grey says renfroe is the drop.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @goodfold2: Agree with Grey

  8. Tony says:
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    Pretty cool concept up until the h2h part… I Imagine thats why some of the owners failed to re-up, gave it a try, then realized why the gave up H2h in the first place

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tony: It’s a roto league…… The playoffs are head to head.

  9. malamoney says:
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    How do you see Alex Reyes in 2018? More specifically, will he start 2018 in the minors? On the DL? How does that work. Can they even send him to the minors? Thanks man.

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @malamoney: he was only called up once, so he should be able to be optioned to work on stuff till probably around midseason or so.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @malamoney: Yeah I bet he isn’t ready until May, takes a few weeks in the minors, and maybe we see him in June. Even this is optimistic.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: So this makes him an excellent candidate as a ML stash. I can shove him on the DL for this season. We have enough bench spots to do this. Then next year before the season starts, when we announce our keepers, we also have to pick a minor league eligible player (if we have any) to keep in our ML spot. The question is will he be on the DL come end of March time or reassigned to the ML so that he is eligible for the ML spot. For example Yoan Moncada was the perfect player for this this season. Right now someone got to keep Moncada in their ML spot because he was sent down. It’s almost like getting another keeper. I did this with Wil Myers, Kris Bryant and Carlos Rodon in recent years.

        Some jackhole drafted Gleyber in the 14th round. Turns out it was an accidental auto-draft pick. He went to the bathroom and his turn swung around and the way he had the players in his queue was not actually in order of importance and since he was on the swing it grabbed the top two. I’m hoping he drops him, but I doubt it since he clearly wanted him at some point in the draft.

        I’m also considering just grabbing Maitan and holding him for a few years, but I might be able to do that next year instead of right now.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @malamoney: Yeah I totally would go w/ Reyes and take advantage of the situation. Gleyber might be up this season, but it still remains to be seen.

          Maitan could be great but he’s so far away for a league like that. At least IMO.

  10. henncoop says:
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    I just got an offer of O’Neil & Zimmer for my Myers. I am the reigning champ in a modified yahoo format (no CI or MI with 2 Utility slots) dynasty league where we have 30 man roster with 5 additional NA slots. I currently have Hadler, D Fisher, Giolito & Calhoun, as NAs. My current 1B situation is Goldy & Joseph ( & Myers)
    I think my main issue is “only” 25 keepers & having a solid team as it sits …how do I keep “just” 25 & hold on to 2 budding stars like O’Neil & Zimmer? Although I suspect Zimmer is MLB ready & would be on the Indians out of Spring for next year.
    Bottom line what do you think of the offer? ( I could offer Giolito who many have soured on a bit as part of a bigger pkg.
    Are O’Neil & Zimmer enticing enough to give him Myers (who might be expendable)??

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop: & I also picked up Buehler (THANKS to you) for a NA slot so I’d need to drop 2 guys or use one of the 25 MLB roster spots for Zimmer or drop Fisher & try to move Giolito in this deal.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @henncoop: I’d hold on Fisher and see if I can deal Giolito.

        • henncoop says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: What about my original question ..in a modified dynasty league with 30 roster spots plus 5 NA spots where you can only keep 25 keepers each year would a trade of Myers for O’Neil & Zimmer be a consideration??
          I currently have Goldy @ 1st & added Joseph to the mix. Or is Myers too good of an asset to deal? Main concern would be finding a way to keep both Zimmer & O’Neil with “only” the 25 keepers
          Thanks for your prospect expertise

  11. Miketron says:
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    Well you did make me slightly freak out and check how much I spent on Alcantara. I almost thought I put in $110 instead of $11…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Miketron: Hahahaha! I just needed an example, and in this league it makes sense to bid high on a pitcher.

  12. Luvdarooks says:
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    Morning!
    Who will get the MOST VALUE on their 1million price tag on a 22 man roster 12 team 25 million cap 12 team mixed league?
    6×6 OBP and 2b/3b are two of the categories and losses count on the P side:
    Out of
    C HAMELS
    K BROXTON
    Fulmer
    Dom. Santana ( mil)
    Buxton
    Dahl(hurt)
    R hill
    Yelich is 2.2 million
    Jus Upton
    Lamb

  13. Schwab says:
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    Hey Ralph,
    H2H 8 team points based league. We keep 15 every year. Was offered Stanton and Manaea for Aaron Sanchez. Thoughts? Thanks.

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