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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We have a rare, extra-large Thursday slate today with the main FanDuel slate featuring eight games and the all day featuring fourteen.  I guess MLB has realized that if they want this season to ever end, they may have to calm down on the off days.  We’ll just be focusing on the main slate here and for that slate, I’m loving me some Dinelson Lamet ($9,400,) as a pivot from Shane Bieber (more on him later).  Lament is the one pitcher on the board tonight I would peg to out-strikeout Bieber and he has the advantage of home field.  The Rangers have MLB’s fourth worst team OPS.  Them and the Marlins (who have played five fewer games) are tied for the fewest homers hit with just seventeen (Discounting the Cardinals of course, who have played eleven games and hit twelve homers and I think are still an MLB team?).  Lament has K’s for days, sporting an 11.4 K/9 and while the 1.59 ERA is a tad lucky compared to the 2.79 FIP, it’s nothing to shake a stick at and I think he’ll be just fine tonight.

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Welcome to week three of the Razzball Commenter Leagues!  We are now one third of the way through our season.  That’s just wild and I have the feeling there isn’t enough time to correct the ERA hole some of my teams have dug.  Yikes.  A huge thank you goes out this week to Rudy and his FanTrax data-mining robots who were able to snag all our RCL data.  That means, we have real, live standings.  Week one and two I simply had to take whichever teams had the most roto points, but this week to get to factor in League Competitive Index or LCI.  This system rewards players who are in harder leagues for eeking out those extra points.  We also get to factor in the Master Points.  Master Points are basically like you’re playing in a 924 team roto league.  If you have the most HRs in the RCL-universe, you get 924 points, if you have the fewest, you get 1 point.  Pretty cool, huh?  For more info, you can scroll to the bottom of the MASTER STANDINGS page and read all about the secret sauce that is the Master Standings.  This also means, we’ll have weekly leaders starting next week.  Of course, there will only be five weeks worth of weekly data, but hey, it’s better than nothing.  Hmm, that sounds like it has potential to be the new MLB slogan!

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I hope everyone had a fun second week in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  There was some good, like Fernando Tatis Jr.  going bonkers with six homers in six games.  There was also some bad, like Giancarlo getting hurt yet again.  Juan Soto returned and immediately hit a bomb.  Maybe he can give Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez a little pep talk.

It’s the silly season for our leagues at this point (who are we kidding this whole year is silly season), where we can have huge swings in the standings based on 2-3 good days of stats, or a week of Tatis-level production.  We had 23 leagues change leaders this week and I’m a little surprised it wasn’t more.  Four teams remain in the top 10 from last week and one of them just so happens to be the first place team.  Let’s take a look at the standings as well as some trades in the RCLs this week.

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The last few times of written my DFS articles the pitching has been atrocious, as seems to be the norm this season.  Today however, we have an abundance of aces to choose from.  Picking which one will produce the best value is the tricky part.  Jacob deGrom ($11,100) is the most expensive options, but given his opponent, is the one most likely to win you your cash games and even keep you in your GPPs.  The Marlins continue to be a team I am targeting whenever I can and deGrom should have a field day with them.  Can we expect 7+ innings and double digit strikeouts?  I believe we can!  DeGrom is also only $300 more than Sonny Gray, which seems wild to me, but I’m plugging and playing deGrom today.

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