As we creep up on the All-Star Break, one team has separated themselves from the rest of the Razzball Commenter Leagues pack.  It’s a bit unprecedented for a team in a league with a very high League Competitive Index to win in the Master Standings. Typically a league with a high LCI is filled with active managers that makes the league race very tight, which limits how far out in front a team can get.  Teams have done it before, Cram It comes to mind in 2015 when the FCL had an LCI of 112. Other than that, the highest LCI of a #1 team was Josh Hamiltons Fake Stache in 2013 when League: Cracking the WHIP had an LCI of 105. Every other #1 team has been in a league with an LCI of 100-102.  That brings us to the STL Squat Cobblers who currently sit with 108 league points in ECFBL with it’s 106 LCI. That’s enough to create a 5.4 RCL Point cushion over the second place team. If the Cobblers keep this up they’ll be looking at reaching rare waters indeed. Granted, it’s only a little over halfway through the season, a lot can happen, but it’s still fun to extrapolate.  Let’s look at the rest of the Master Standings and the week that was, week 14 in the RCLs:

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I feel a bit, a bit, a bit, a bit, like a broken record here but these Saturday slates are killing me.  Once again we have four whole games in prime time on a Saturday night. I’m pretty much all set with four game slates.  I’ve voiced my opinions on slate size before, but in case you’ve missed it, I prefer a bigger slate. More choices means the worse DFS players are more likely to slip up.  It also means there are more choices for digging up some value. In small slates, good plays are more obvious, so everyone has them. We’re better DFSers than the herd here at Razzball, so we want more ways to separate ourselves from the pack.  For this reason, I’ll be focusing on the “early” slate, locking at 2 PM ET where we have eleven games to choose from, which is much better for us. For that eleven game slate I’m going with ol’ reliable, “Rockies on the road” and the benefactor of that, James Paxton ($23,900).  Pax is tossing video game numbers this year with an 11.7 K/9 and only 2.7 BB/9.  That’s a difference of 9 or in other words, a total stud. The FIP (2.91) lower than his ERA (3.39) is encouraging as well.  Toss in the Rockies bats turning to limp noodles away from Coors and you’ve got yourself a stud pitcher for the day.

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I hope everyone enjoyed themselves on America’s Holiday.  Everyone kept their fingers intact I presume. Unlike the past few Thursdays we actually have ourselves a pretty awesome slate tonight.  However, I still find us having but one pitcher worth starting, especially in cash games, which means you’ll have to beat the field with your bats.  In GPPs, things get a little dicey, but I’d probably still roll with the high-priced favorite, Justin Verlander there too.  Verlander checks in at a whopping $12,200 today, $3,900 more than the next starter, Johnny Cueto.  Verlander is at home against the two man offense that is the Chicago White Sox. Their .708 team OPS and current league leading 820 strikeouts (tied with the Texas Rangers) means Verlander should go for 40+ FanDuel points easy.  Lock him in and let’s dig for some value bats!

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Happy 4th of July Razzball Commenter Leaguers!  This week not only marks the birthday of our fine U.S. of A., but more importantly, marks the halfway point of the fantasy baseball season!  We just finished ~13 weeks and there are ~13 weeks remaining. While we typically use the All Star Break to mark the halfway point, this week is the real deal.  If you were exactly on pace with your innings pitched, you would have 700 on the button. You can use that as a nice gauge to see if you need to be streaming your buns off the next 13 weeks or if you can chill out a bit and wait for the choice match-ups.  This week, in addition to the weekly leaders we will take a look at our halfway point leaders. It will be a quick shoutout to those teams that have started hot in each of the roto categories. Obviously, our team of the halfway point is the leader of our Master Standings.  Who might that be you ask? Let’s take a look at that and the rest of the week that was week 13 in the Razzball Commenter Leagues:

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I know it’s bandied about plenty in our DFS articles to target the Rockies on the road.  They are simply two different teams at Coors and away from it. Bear with me while I go down this road again and name Kenta Maeda ($21,200) my top pitcher for the main slate.  The Rockies team OPS at home: 804 (4th best in the majors!), on the road: .684 (22nd in the majors).  The Rockies go from a top 5 team to a bottom 10 team, that’s pretty drastic. Maeda was straight studly in his last start, finally getting stretched out and hitting 84 pitches in 7 clean innings.  Overall, his 2.98 FIP says he’s actually gotten a bit unlucky so far this season (3.44 ERA). He should be good for 90+ pitches this time around and should have no trouble at Dodger stadium vs. the Rockies.

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There’s a new sheriff in town atop the Razzball Commenter Leagues Master Standings.  The STL Squat Cobblers are riding their 103 league points in ECFBL with it’s 105 LCI to Master Standings glory.  You can really see the importance of LCI on the Master Standings when you look below the Cobblers at my RCL #23 team with 108.5 league points but just a 100 LCI.  This led me down a rabbit hole of top LCIs and how the LCI correlates with total league moves. It would make sense that a league making the most moves would be a league full of attentive managers, racking up counting stats and thus have a high LCI.  There are four leagues with a LCI of 105 or greater. Cougs R Us has the highest with a 106. ECFBL, Night of the Living Zombinos and RCL #62 all have an LCI of 105. There are two teams (RCL #51 and #61) with an LCI of 91, the lowest of any league. RCL #51 has a team with an illegal roster since day 1 and has collected no stats on the year.  RCL #61 has a team that was trying to make terrible trades, got them denied and has since benched their entire team and seemingly quit the league. So, it takes some extreme examples to get an LCI that low. Click below and you’ll be magically transported to the rest of the week that was, week 12 in the RCLs as well as a table showing which leagues have made the most moves so far this season:

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It would appear that the MLB Saturday schedule is being made by an 85 year old that must be in bed by 7pm ET.  What other excuse could there be for putting a whopping FOUR games in prime time on Saturday night? Instead, we have ten games on in the afternoon when everyone is out and about on a Saturday afternoon.  Makes sense. With the majority of games on the early slate (FantasyDraft is going with a 4 o’clock start and 7 game slate), I’ll focus mainly on that today. The early slate is where all the fun is and Sonny Gray ($13,700) should have some fun with the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays are bottom third in the league in team OPS (.705) and in the upper half of the league in team strikeouts.  The Yankees are also one of the biggest favorites on the day sitting at -164. Gray has been a little rough this season, but seems to have settled down in June with a 2.63 ERA and 22 Ks in 24 IP.  Most importantly, he’s only walked 5 in those 24 IP. Enjoy some Sonny delight this afternoon while out and about and probably not watching any of these games!

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Happy Friday Razzballers and welcome to FanDuel Friday.  It’s looking like we could have some potential rain issues on this full slate, but we’ll do our best to monitor and adjust closer to lineup lock.  If the rain holds off in Hotlanta tonight I’m all over Sean Newcomb ($8,900) as my top pitching play.  First of all, the O’s are in an NL park, which means Alex Cobb will have a bat in his hands.  Secondly, the O’s have been dreadful. They have the third worst team OPS and are 11th in team strikeouts.  As long as Newcomb can be efficient with his pitches, he should have no trouble mowing down O’s. The 9+ k-rate is juicy and the 3.23 FIP shows that the 2.70 ERA isn’t that fluky.  Oh, and just for good measure, Alex Cobb and his 7.14 ERA are in town, so the Braves bats should have a field day. Now, let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates with our money-making plans.

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Last year in the Razzball Commenter Leagues, ERAs were up across the board.  A 3.50 may have led your league. I’m not sure if the change in format has had an effect on the way managers are attacking their pitching or if this is a baseball result, but the ERAs seem better this season.  Last year we had the juiced balls, maybe this year they toned it down a bit, who knows, but let’s compare the past few seasons of RCLs with this year. Last year the average ERA for the RCLs was 3.87. The year before that the average ERA was 3.71.  That’s a pretty significant bump. This year, we’re heading in the other direction with a 3.60 average ERA thus far. Now, we still have the hot, humid summer months left to go, but early trends show a decrease in offense. It tickles me a little that everyone is hot and heavy for launch angle and exit velocity only to see offense decrease.  I’ll be curious to see if this trend continues and if it leads to hitters returning to the old notion of hitting line drives and manufacturing runs. Maybe this is just pitchers combatting launch angle with elevated fastballs and other strategies. It’s interesting nonetheless, and facts you should know for RCL success. Let’s check out more RCL facts from the week that was, week 11:

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Alright, maybe Ross Stripling ($9,100) isn’t that cheap, but I still think he should be a bit more expensive.  Sure, his Points Per Game aren’t as high as the others on the slate, but he’s got five straight starts of 42+ FanDuel points.  Your options tonight are a super-expensive Corey Kluber, a middling Charlie Morton ($9,600) or Ross Stripling. Paxton is facing the Red Sox, no thank you and I just can’t get behind Gio Gonzalez in Toronto.  Stripling is at home against he rival Giants who will be without Evan Longoria after the broke his hand. San Fran is currently the third most strikeout prone team in MLB and Stripling with his 10.8 K/9 should take full advantage of that.  Save a few bucks and take some shots on offense with Stripling.

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