It is better to be lucky than good. It is best to be lucky and good.

That is how I would describe the charmed 4-year run I have had in the 15-team ToutWars Mixed league where I have finished 2nd/2nd/1st/1st. I take a lot of pride in those finishes but it is not faux modesty that stresses the ‘charmed’ and ‘lucky’ aspect. All it takes is one or two big injuries to torpedo an otherwise strong draft – ESPECIALLY in a competitive league with weekly vs daily lineup format where there are less ‘grind’ points to gain by using Streamonator or Hittertron. I would feel even more special/lucky about it if the Nadal to my Federer (Adam Ronis) hadn’t gone 1st/1st/5th/2nd in those same years. At least I know I will have good company when the fantasy devil takes my soul and forces me to play in a 4 catcher 13 category H2H NL-only league for the rest of eternity.

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Well, that’s a wrap everyone.  Twenty-Six weeks down and now we have 26 more until the start of next year’s fantasy baseball season.  It’s perfect symmetry, because fantasy baseball is the perfect fantasy sport. The Fighting Hams weren’t perfect, but they were good enough to squeak out an overall Razzball Commenter League Championship over 1-800-BETTSOFF.  The Fighting Hams won by just 0.2 RCL points, the closest mark since 2014 when Colicky Fuddruckers won by just 0.05 RCL points. The Fighting Hams hung around the top 20 most of the season, entering the top 10 in week 14, but falling back out the following week.  The Hams re-entered the top 10 in week 19 in 4th place overall and wouldn’t fall below 5th for the remainder of the season. In week 23 they took the overall lead and held it for the final 3 weeks to win the title. The Fighting Hams really rake it in, winning themselves a $250 Best Buy gift card!  More importantly though, the Hams get a Razzball T-Shirt and RCL glory. Who can put a price on that? Oh, it’s $25, well then, moving on. I don’t believe The Fighting Hams have checked in via comments at all this year, but I could be wrong. Now would be a fine time to do so either way. It’s time to heap on the praise and accept your congratulations.  The Hams fended off some very tough competitors this year to claim the RCL crown. I gave it a run, LauraHolt was pushing for a top spot for awhile there and Backdoor Cutters and STL Squat Cobblers are some of the best RCL players I’ve played with in my time. This is The Fighting Hams’ moment though, so hopefully they show up, take a bow and soak it up, they earned it.  

Here’s what else what happened this year and this final week of the RCLs:

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For Harry Potter fans, the Lightning Struck Tower chapter is the end of an era.  For us, it’s the final day of the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Season.  A moment of silence for an incredible season of ups and downs, heroes and goats, legends in the making and fading into the distance….And let us now embark on our final day on the shoulders of the god of lightning himself: Noah Syndergaard.  Thor is striking today against the lowly Miami Marlins, and thanks to his incredible teammate the deGrominator , the Norse Noah will be motivated to put his own indelible stamp on the MLB season.  Not only do the Marlins hit him to a weak .686 OPS, but it’s a day game, and during the warm glow of daytime Syndergaard shines even brighter: 4-1 with a 2.61 ERA.  Other big names are playing for teams that are locked into playoff position so will be on low pitch counts, like Charlie Morton and Carlos Carrasco, or rookies pushing themselves beyond what they’ve ever done, like Walker Buehler.  It’s Noah Syndergaard with a lightening struck bullet as the number one pick today.  Now let’s look at a few more early-, middle- and late-round picks for your Draft…drafts!

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I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile. It’s sat around in my head, trying to think of a dynamic opening. I guess it never came. Today will be my last post as prospector at Razzball. I won’t be leaving altogether however, I’m sticking around for the Razzball Podcast with Grey and rest assured the Prospect Podcast with Lance isn’t going anywhere. My efforts for 2019 and beyond as far as writing go, will be on my new site Prospectslive.com. This adventure over the last five seasons has been a blast. This was my first and only writing gig, and for that opportunity I’m forever grateful to all those involved. So while I’m leaving in one form I’m not gone altogether. Before I step aside there’s a few characters in this play I’d like to thank.

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Let’s be honest, the final week of the regular season can be a total crap shoot.  This is the reason you don’t have H2H finals the final week of the year. Oh, you do?  Well, you should give your commish a firm kick in the arse and tell them to get their head out of there ‘cuz that’s crummy with crackers.  It’s for this same reason that cash games in DFS the final week of the season are a no-no. GPPs though, go for it. I’m basing my calls this week on pure narrative.  The narrative for James Paxton ($19,600) is finishing the season on a high note and not finishing on the DL for once.  The Rangers have been coasting the final month of the season, ranking 22nd in team OPS the final month.  I’ve been picking on them plenty with pitchers of much less talent than Paxton. Paxton is my top choice over Kluber, who will likely only see a few innings and Nola, who is facing the Braves who still have something to play for.  If you like a different narrative though, by all means, I’ll meet up with you in Narrative City.

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And so the offseason truly begins this week on the Razzball Prospect Podcast, as Lance Brozdowski and yours truly, revisit the July edition of my First Year Player draft rankings. We talk Gorman, Bohm, India, and others at the top. Get a hot take on Xavier Edwards value, and talk some of the other risers in this year’s draft class, as we begin to prepare for our offseason drafts. We open the show with some brief discussion of the Padres vs Rangers On Deck Game, discussing some of the top performers from both squads. As always make sure you stop by Rotowear.com, and support our sponsor by picking up some of the freshest T-shirts out there.

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Well, here we are. The last weekend of the regular season, which means withdrawal kicks in approximately 5 days from now.  <flash to me curled up in a ball rocking back and forth muttering things like wOBA and reverse splits>  I want to thank everyone who took the time to read my work.  This is actually my first foray into writing and it’s been a blast!  FanDuel has us set up for a 13 game slate, and by now, you’ve heard it 600 times; play guys who still have a reason to play.  For me, that encompasses 2 categories; playoff teams fighting and youngsters playing their hearts out, trying to make an impression for next year.  Tyler Glasnow ($6,900) checks the latter box for me.  Glasnow was a top prospect in the Pirates farm system, but always seemed to struggle with his control.  In 56 IP with the Pirates this year, Glasnow sported a 14.0% BB% (league average is around 8%); however, since his trade to the Rays, he’s lowered that to 8.0% over 50 IP, all while keeping his K% at a healthy 27.5%.  Let’s explore the rest of this slate and see if we can discover some more value.

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This is it! The last baseball article (for me) of the year, which means the end of the baseball regular season is near. I want to thank you, loyal readers for taking time out of your day to read this article every week and hopefully helping you win some contests. There are going to be a lot of players who wind up sitting and there’s going to be a lot of value opening up throughout the day so you must pay attention to all the released lineups. Additionally, many teams, both those with nothing to play for, and those who playoff-bound but are entirely set in terms of playoff positioning, will look to pull their players (both pitchers and position players) at the earliest opportunity. In short, there will be a lot of randomness and it won’t be easy to predict. To be quite honest, you shouldn’t be playing cash games on this slate with all the randomness. But, as I’ve stressed throughout the year, I’m a professional at cash game picks columns. If some of those ridiculous three or four game slates earlier in the year on Thursdays didn’t stop me, then the randomness of one of the final days of the season can’t stop me either. One general piece of advice I can give is to focus on the teams that still have something to play for – and while there are still a bunch of teams that have something to play for, most of them are either not playing today or playing in the early slate. There is exactly one team on the main slate that has something to play for – the Chicago Cubs. And while Trevor Williams is not the juiciest of matchups, the fact that the Cubs have something to play and no other team has anything to play for means I would target them first and foremost in cash games. Period. Then fill out with the values that will open up because teams are playing some of their rookies and call-ups at this point. Or just don’t play cash. On to the picks…

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