Alright, I admit, my title doesn’t quite have the same pomp as some of the other pitcher-named days, but that is not to discount Framber Valdez ($9,100) and what he could potentially do tonight.  The biggest reason for this is his opponent.  I mean, the title could have been “Happy Pitcher Who Is Facing The Rangers Day”, but that’s a mouthful.  Just look at what Jose Urquidy (7 IP, 7Ks, 1 ER, 3 Hits) did to them the other day.  Sure, Bieber will likely dominate, but I’d prefer to take a discount and roll with Framber.  His near 9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 are more than enough to pay the bills.  Framber has also been a tad unlucky as suggested by his 3.34 FIP vs. 4.08 ERA.  Add in the Rangers second to last team OPS and we have a recipe for success, be it in GPPs or a pivot in cash games.  Save some money with Framber and load up on juicy offense to win the day.

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It’s pretty jarring to me that in two weeks from today our Razzball Commenter Leagues season will be over.  I expect to see a lot of movement in the overall standings during that time frame, despite the fact that the top spot has remained unchanged for three straight weeks.  Considering this is week seven, a time where, in a normal season, the league standings are just starting to level out, plenty of gains can still be made.  We’ve only had two teams hit the 525 IP limit so far, that alone will really shake up some league standings.  If you are not yet above 400 IP, what are you waiting for?  Make some noise on the waiver wire and get streaming!  We’ve also had two teams hit the max moves limit of 185 already.  Several more teams are into the single digits with two weeks to go.  I know we said to max out your moves, but yikes.  I feel like I’ve been extra active with late scratches and streaming like a mad man, and I’m pretty comfortable with moves in every league with around 50-60 remaining.  Next week will be a total bleep show with star players getting dropped left and right if they aren’t in the lineup.  These aren’t keeper leagues and you don’t get extra points for hanging onto Nolan Arenado if he’s out of the lineup for a rest day with three days left in the season.  Go ahead and make it a wacky finish to a wacky season!

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I know I am only talking to the most hardcore of hardcore MLB DFS players today.  Why?  The NFL kicks things off with their first DFS day of the year and the degens will be hitting the NFL en force.  That means that only the strongest and most dedicated MLB DFS players will be playing today.  Expect sites to have slightly reduced MLB slates today as everyone turns their eyes to football.  So, let’s up our game today and make sure we can take down those sharks.  We’re going to need to roll the dice a bit in GPPs and that’s why I’m looking at Frankie Montas ($6,800).  Montas has been all over the map lately, but in his defense, three of his last five contests have been against the Astros.  I wouldn’t like anyone’s chances with those odds.  Today, he gets to face the Texas Rangers and their second to last team OPS.  The Rangers and Pirates are in a fight for the bottom and it’s not really close.  I love Montas for a bounce back here and I think a lot of people will be avoiding him due to his recent hiccups.  Reap those rewards my friends.

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The Razzball Commenter League trade deadline went out with a bang, we have nine trades to go over today and another few to cover next week that just squeaked in at the deadline Sunday.  With the Labor Day holiday, Rudy’s robots took the day off as well, so we have one extra day of data included in the weekly stats.  It’s crazy that we only have three weeks to go in this strange season.  Hopefully you made some trades that will make a difference down the stretch.  I don’t know about you, but it seemed weird to trade for a starter knowing they’d only have 4-5 more starts to come.  Everything about this season feels weird honestly, but we’re making due.  Things are still in so much flux in the league standings that big swings are still happening all over.  I kicked my teams in the rear this week and pounded the innings pitched, which had me gaining points in strikeouts and wins across my many leagues.  I don’t want to be caught that final week of the season needing to stream 100+ innings, because who knows what in the world that week will look like.  Keep an eye on your own IP and stream accordingly.

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It’s another Sunday filled with studs on the mound.  We’ve got Biebers and deGroms and Nolas, oh my!  However, when it comes to picking a pitcher for my GPP lineups today, I’m going to be rocking Tyler Glasnow ($10,100).  First off, he’s more than a grand cheaper than the big dogs on the slate.  Second of all, he’s at home.  C) Yes, there’s a C) He’s facing the Marlins, who just passed the Diamondbacks to move all the way to the fourth worst team OPS.  Finally, he’s been an absolute strikeout fiend this season, dishing out a 15.1 K/9.  FIFTEEN POINT ONE!  Sorry, strikeouts get my DFS juices flowing!  If you feel the same, than hop on the Glasnow bandwagon and win yourself some cash.

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Oh Thursdays, how I loathe thee on short slate days.  Somehow, in a season where everyone needs to cram games in, we’ve got a four game main slate tonight.  That doesn’t leave us with a ton of options and sometimes it feels like we’d be better off picking names out of a hat.  Fear not though, we have something way cooler than a hat, we have the Rudy-bots!  The Stream-o-nator in particular has some feelings about Andrew Heaney ($8,500) tonight and I’m not one to argue with a bot.  Heaney is at home, always a plus for us when picking our DFS pitcher and the opposing pitcher is Adrian Morejon for the Padres, so perhaps the SON is predicting a win tonight.  Heaney did look phenomenal last time out, going 7.2 innings, striking out 10 while only giving up one run and he was due for some regression on his ERA.  However, the Padres own the league’s top team OPS.  All I know is the options are limited and Heaney is a top option at an affordable price according to the robots.  Trust the bots.

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There you have it, we’ve passed the halfway point of our Razzball Commenter League season.  The next milestone is the trading deadline, which takes place this coming Sunday night at midnight EST.  The MLB trade deadline has been pretty awesome so far with major names all going to the Padres.  Between that and teams changing closers like underwear, there should be plenty to get you in the trading mood for the RCLs.  Normally, this is the time of season where you can understand some overpaying for players, but with the shortened season and so much still up in the air, I’m not sure things will be quite as crazy as previous seasons.  Still, take a look at the overall standings in your league and see where teams are bunched together.  If there’s an opportunity to leap over multiple teams by taking a category by storm, make your move now.  If you’re in second place right now, make that move for first, play to win, go out and make it happen.  Release your inner AJ Preller!  We managed seven trades this past week, which we’ll break down below, let’s see if we can top that this week.

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Sundays are my favorite MLB DFS day of the week.  It’s a day where you are guaranteed (provided there are no COVID outbreaks or team protests of course) a large slate of games.  On FanDuel, you even have the choice of including the Sunday Night Baseball game in the slate if you so desire.  I always prefer large slates to small ones since I feel like more options give inexperienced players more opportunity to mess things up and it allows me to dive deep.  With that said, I’m going to suggest something completely crazy here and recommend you build AT LEAST one GPP lineup today with starting pitcher Dane Dunning ($5,500).  I mean, just look at that price tag and then imagine all the Coors exposure you can have as a result.  You can have all the Tatis, all the Machado, all the Arenado!  With Coors playing down a bit so far, at least according to recency bias, people could even be crazy enough to fade Coors!  Imagine!  Alright, enough exclamation points, you get the picture.  Have fun with it, throw it a $1 GPP and see what happens, live a little, then make a more sane lineup, which I’ll talk about below:

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By about the time you read this, we’ll be halfway through our interesting fantasy baseball season.  We’ll have completed four and a half weeks of Razzball Commenter League action and have four and a half weeks left to go.  That means, if you’re planning on maxing out your pitching innings, you should be sitting at about 260 IP right now, or be planning on streaming your buns off the final month of the season.  Our IP leader as of right now is Team WahooFan76 of RCL #47 with 342 IP.  Bringing up the rear is the Master Batters of RCL #1 with 40 IP (not including one of Park Barkley’s 20 teams that were drafted and abandoned, including one with an illegal roster which has zero IP).  That league drafted all the way back on march 1st, so chances are, the Batters have been abandoned as well.  In addition to innings, we need quality innings, including a high K/9.  Fortunately for you, and especially those that are bad at math, we’re tracking your K/9 for you on the Master Standings page.  There, you can see that among teams with at least 40 IP/week we have Team CobraKaiMeansNoMercy with an impressive 12.2 K/9.  The worst K/9 offender is Team SeniorBootyFace with 6.3 K/9 in 217 IP.  That’s almost impressively bad.  There’s still time to correct though, so fear not!  Just snag a high K/9 reliever here and there if your current roster allows it.  Something I like to do is sort players by K/9.  You can do this by hitting “Extra” on the player page when viewing pitchers.  Then just sort by K/9 and make sure you’re looking for players with a substantial amount of IP.  It’s also going to be important to monitor your innings usage.  You can click “MIN/MAX” on your team page to see your innings used and your pace.  I like to keep my pace pretty close to right on the money, but your mileage may vary.  Just don’t leave innings on the table if you can help it.  Let’s take a look at the rest of the week that was, week 4 in the RCLs:

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I write this every season during at least one DFS article, it’s a song as old as time, it’s attacking the Rockies on the road.  Today we have Dustin May ($7,000) benefitting from the largest home/road OPS in the game.  This season the Rockies have the third highest home OPS (.870) and are DFL on the road (.609).  It’s incredible and it almost never fails.  May isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher (7.1 K/9 this season) but he has done other things well, like keeping the ball in the yard and keeping his walks down.  His K/9 last year was 8.3, so strikeouts aren’t out of the question.  Either way, it’s a very safe pick, and is priced cheap enough to help win some GPPs.

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