With two weeks left in the season we have plenty of sample size with which to make analytical decisions.  However, it doesn’t take that analysis to determine that the Miami Marlins are bad. The Marlins are far and away the worst team in OPS and they rank top ten in total team strikeouts.  This makes Madison Bumgarner ($9,900) my top option tonight.  We’ve got a massive 11 game slate, which I love on a Saturday night.  deGrom, Clevinger and Greinke could all make a case for top pitcher on the slate, but Bumgarner has the cushiest match-up while also pitching at home.  I like the double digit strikeout upside here and love MadBum to get the Win. Lock him in and let’s get some bats to go along with him tonight.

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Only three weeks remain in this grueling season, twenty-three down three to go.  It remains a two horse race as we come down the stretch. It’s a new horse leading the pack this week though as Backdoor Splitters were able to gain two points in the ultra-competitive ECFBL and FFB lost one point in RCL #57. That was enough to give the Splitters a 1.8 point lead in RCL Points.  This is really going to come down to the wire for these two. Can FFB get back to 118 or more? Can the Splitters hold on to the 115 mark? This is typically how the Master Standings shake out with two teams really separating themselves. Last year was the aberration when we had eight different leaders in the final 10 weeks.  This year it’s all about these two and who holds on the final week. More on who had a great week, the remainder of the top 10 and an update on the ‘Perts League below in the week that was, week 23:

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I hope everyone has recovered from their Labor Day festivities.  The unofficial end of summer means we’re into the nitty gritty of Razzball Commenter League action.  It’s looking like a two horse race for the RCL overall title right now. Maybe even more impressive than those two seasons is the fact that the Squat Cobblers have three teams in the top 12 overall right now.  One of the three, we’ll talk more about later, rocketed up the standings this past week. Having three teams in the top 50 is really something, but three in the top 12 is just incredible. We’ll have to wait and see if all three can hang on, but as hot as they’re running right now, I wouldn’t bet against it.  It will take a real herculean effort to catch the two teams up top though as they really seem to be running away with things. More on the top 10 and the rest of the week that was, week 22 below:

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Happy Labor Day weekend DFSers!  I hope you’re all enjoying the unofficial last weekend of summer.  Let’s score some dough and put our labor to good use. To do so, I’m recommending Joey Lucchesi ($7,800) and his match-up with the Giants.  I’ll fully admit, I’ve had a tough time pegging Joey.  I benched him everywhere against the Red Sox, only to see a decent game on the bench.  Starting him away from Petco might take some pants coconuts, but he did fine in Philly and Oracle Park is no Citizen Bank Park.  The Giants have been somewhat hot, but are still bottom five in team OPS on the year and even during August, they are ranked 19th.  That’s still not great. Joey struck out eight in six innings against the Giants the last time he faced them and I’d expect similar results this time out.  At this price, that’s not just good, it’s good enough.

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As the air starts to turn a bit cooler, the calendar flips to September and a large group of fantasy baseballers turn their attention to fantasy football.  There are only five weeks left in the fantasy baseball season but what an important five weeks they are. As the rest of your league checks out to go play the fantasy sport that requires only one day per week of roster setting (or as I like to refer to it, chess vs. checkers) the true competitors remain to grind it out for Razzball Commenter League glory.  Right now only 1 RCL Point separates the top teams in the Master Standings, so we should be in for a heck of a finish. This week, we’ll take a look at the year long RCL records and what teams have a shot at setting new ones. Does your team have a shot at the RCL record books? Find out this and more in the week that was, week 21:

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The hits just keep on coming, quite literally in fact.  One week after clobbering our Razzball Commenter Leagues weekly records we came very close to doing so again.  We did crush the weekly batting average record as we had a team hit nearly .400 for the week!  There were actually three teams with an average over .393 this week, all of which would have been a new record.  We’re just cranking out the hits these days. The Fat Fruckin’ Babies cracked the weekly leaders yet again and nearly set a new Runs record.  They gained another point in RCL #57 and another point in the overall standings as well. We’ve had one perfect season in the history of the RCLs, Team levy back in 2016.  That season ran away with the RCL overall title and we’ll all be watching to see if FFB can pull off the feat. FFB is only lacking in batting average right now, a tough spot to make gains in this time of year but they are only looking for 3 points, moving from .274 to .277 would be enough.  More on the weekly stats and the rest of the week that was, week 20 below:

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It’s a hot, sunny Tuesday and thanks to a double header we have day baseball as well as a 15 game DFS slate.  It doesn’t really get much better than this.  For pitching today I’ll be looking mostly at two plays, one of which is much, much safer in Shane Bieber ($11,000).  Beebs has been outstanding this year, rocking an 11 K/9 a sub-2 BB/9 and a FIP that matches his ERA almost perfectly.  The Mets haven’t really been awful, but they haven’t been anything special either, posting a team OPS right about middle of the pack and striking out right around average as well.  I’m betting on Bieber making them look silly today though and you get a nice discount from Kershaw.  I don’t love my cash game pitcher on the road but despite this, Vegas stills pegs the Tribe as a decent sized favorite today.  Take heed!

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Happy Saturday DFSers!  With any luck we can make your weekend a little better by landing you some cash.  We’ve got a nine game main slate tonight and it’ll take some pants cantaloupes to go with my top pitching recommendation, German Marquez ($7,600).  I hear you, I even cut bait with Marquez in a couple of shallow redrafts after his 11 run debacle against the Giants.  Since then though, he’s rocked a 3.27 ERA, which is like a 1.57 ERA in today’s juiced ball era, and struck out 35 in 33.  That included shutting down the Dodgers in Coors. Follow my logic here, if he can go 6 IP, 0 ER, 10 Ks vs. LA, the Mehlins should net him 9 IP, 0 ER and 30 Ks…yup, that math checks out!  In all seriousness, the Marlins have the lowest team OPS in the bigs by a long shot and I don’t even think Coors can help them. They are middle of the pack in team strikeouts but I think Marquez should be able to realistically hit 8+ here tonight.  Plus, the price is fantastic!  So, let’s go fishing and haul in some winning GPP lineups, shall we?

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This juiced ball is getting a bit out of hand.  We once again obliterated our weekly records on offense this week and this year’s numbers compared to last year’s are a joke.  Our Team of the Week this week put up the highest scoring single week total of the season and had their way with the Master Standings.  There were gaudy numbers galore and with the trade deadline now come and gone we can only hope to scoop up the next Aristides Aquino from the waiver wire.  You can bet your bag of Flamin Hot Cheetos he was part of the TOW squad. At least if you’re going to get beat in August it will be by a guy with an 80 grade name,  That helps ease the pain. We’ll dive into all the weekly numbers and take a look at the top ten overall in the week that was, week 19.

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Well kids, we made it.  The Razzball Commenter Leagues trade deadline has come and gone and it went out with a bang!  RCLers completed twenty-two trades this past week as everyone was looking to make one final push.  It was interesting having the MLB trade deadline basically at the same time as our fantasy baseball trade deadline.  Those that traded for Luke Jackson might not have enjoyed that very much (although the way Shane Greene has pitched to start his Braves career, maybe he’ll get another shot) but I think it was exciting for everyone else.  There were plenty of closers exchanging hands this week with Felipe Vazquez seeming to get the most attention. Maybe because he had the fewest trade rumors swirling around him for a fairly reliable closer. Either way, we’ll break down a few of these trades and catch-up on two weeks worth of RCL data in the week that was, week 18.

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