Pitchers and catchers have reported and the Razzball Commenter Leagues are open, it’s beginning to feel a lot like baseball!  I can’t wait to be half as productive at work and start losing countless hours of sleep staying up to watch the end of the Marlins@Padres game, just in case there is a closer injury.  Football was a fine diversion, but I always feel a little empty without baseball.  I’m happy to be back for another season as your RCL tour guide.  Last season just never felt quite right.  I don’t know about you, but I found myself just going through the motions in leagues.  That’s no fun and I’m crossing my fingers for a normal season this year.  I mean, this isn’t a surprise anymore, MLB has had an entire year to plan for this very moment, so I’m sure they have the most well thought out plan possible and are ready to give it their all.  Everyone must be on the same page, right?  Right?  Hello?  Well, we’ll carry on through March and hope for the best.  What more can we do?  The RCLs are a different beast than most of your 12 team mixed leagues, so let’s go over a little of what you can expect and also why you should join.  If you’re on the fence about joining an RCL, you really shouldn’t be sitting on fences, that sounds terribly uncomfortable, but we’re here to help guide you in your decision making.  So, grab an energy drink of your choosing and let’s get into things.

I love these leagues.  I will be completely honest with you, these are my favorite leagues to play in. They play to my strengths and offer ample opportunity to test strategy and ideas.  Weekly lineups/moves have their place, I just don’t find them as fun.  The daily moves, the League Competitive Index competition, battling hundreds of other managers for the top of the overall standings and of course, the non stop action make this a unique and fun challenge.  It’s kind of like pounding a pot of coffee every hour, on the hour for six straight months.  It’s the fantasy baseball equivalent of snorting Red Bull.  I’m also a huge nerd for all the numbers and data that gets collected from running so many leagues under the Razzball umbrella.  We are back for another season partnering with FanTrax.  FanTrax makes data collection much better which means it will be even easier to share these numbers with you along the way and try to glean some info from all that data.  In order to make the data pool even larger though, we need you, and you, and you too.  You see, what makes RCLs great is all of you.  Man that sounds mushy, but it’s true.  In an ideal world, every Razzball reader would head on over to the RCL sign-ups, pick a league and all would be right with the world.  It’s funny to see how many frequent commenters have never played an RCL.  What’s wrong with you?  I was there once upon a time, so for those of you that aren’t so eager, let’s sit down and chat it out.

First of all, I get it, I was you once.  Back in the late aughts, when I first started lurking around Razzball I too was reluctant to join an RCL.  I kick myself now for not joining in the fun sooner.  I’ll give you the reasons I was staying away and then explain why it was complete bunk.  Maybe I can sway another 2-3 of you to come join the masses.  If you have other reasons for keeping away, by all means, lay them on me in the comments.  I love talking RCLs and if we can be doing something better, I’ll be your voice to the big wigs.  So, here we go:

1) I don’t know anyone in these leagues, that’s no fun.

Well, this one is only sort of true.  Sure you don’t know anyone, but I’m sure you’ve at least seen one or two in the comments.  While you may not know anyone in the league to start, I’ve found that Razzball attracts some real grade A folks.  I e-mail and text regularly with managers I’ve played in RCLs with over the years.  I’ve “met” poets, professors, and even a fella that worked for the SEC.  Mostly, everyone here at Razzball is a good egg and if you put a little time into the league message boards, you may be surprised at what you’ll find.  Plus, the Razzball writers are sprinkled through these leagues as well, you never know who you might end up playing with.  With EVERYTHING last season, many home leagues have shriveled up, so why not replace them with an RCL and find a couple new online buddies.

2) I’ve never played on FanTrax and don’t like trying new things.

My number one reason for not joining an RCL back in the day was ESPN.  Once I gave it a try though, it wasn’t that terrible.  I’ve played on FanTrax the past four seasons now and I can say, they blow everyone else out of the water.  They put in effort to be the best possible site for hosting your league.  If there’s something you don’t like or miss from another site, let me know and I can pass it along.  FanTrax has been super responsive with feedback and many of our suggestions have been implemented permanently.  So lay it on them and get it fixed.  I promise it won’t get lost to the feedback abyss like it did on ESPN or get stuck in the voting/message board style/take two years to make a change feedback system Yahoo! implements.  

3) It’s a free league…what’s the point?

This was a common complaint.  Now, we offer $10 and $20 leagues for you to join!  You spoke, we listened, imagine that!  Sign up fast though, paid league spots are limited.

4) Why would I want to play in a league with 11 Grey clones? 

This one couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Trust me, someone will always draft deGrom in the first round…always.  Despite the fact that (almost) everyone in the leagues reads Razzball, not everyone follows every suggestion to a “T”.  To be perfectly honest, there’s a lot of value in zigging when others are zagging in these drafts and you can use that to your advantage.  Finally, (and I know, this one is hard to believe, but it’s true) there are actually folks that join these leagues that think they are smarter than Grey!  These people will draft according to their own philosophy and play the game the way they want to play it.  In short, this really shouldn’t be the reason you don’t join an RCL league.

5) Why not just stick to dominating my home league every year?

Sure, you could do that, be the biggest fish in your little pond.  OR, you could see how you stack up against like-minded competition.  You’ve seen the commenters dishing out advice, maybe find out if their advice is worth a darn by joining a league with them.  Maybe you’ll find out your instincts are amazing and you really are as good as you think you are.  Then you won’t need to ask Crammy for advice on which of your 3 catchers you should drop.  Or, maybe you’ll find you can improve your game even more and beat Suzy Secretary in your office league by 40 roto points.  You’ll never know unless you try.

Those were my biggest reasons for not joining, but now I see how silly they were.  So, now you have the WHY you should join.  Next week we’ll go over what to do once you’re in there.  As a sneak peak into what it takes to challenge for a top spot in these leagues, go ahead and kiss your spouse and family members goodbye now.  You’ll see them again in October.

If you’ve made it this far you’re either my mom (Hi Mom!) or as big an RCL nerd as I am.  Either way, I think we’ll be friends this season and I’m really looking forward to providing your RCL content.

A final note to league members out there, as your draft date approaches, check to see that your league is filled.  If it’s not, post the league info in the comments section and we’ll try to help you out and get it filled.  Usually a quick Tweet will get the spot filled in no time.  We’ll try to stay on top of things, but it’s hard to follow all the joining/removing of teams.

A final, final note: VinWins has created a couple of original Razz Leagues for your Razzing pleasure.  For those who weren’t around the site back in it’s creation, the Razz Leagues are leagues where it’s good to be bad!  The exact scoring can be found in the leagues, but the TLDR of the rules, is you want players who get plenty of ABs with as few counting stats as possible, strikeouts are encouraged.  These are 10 team leagues, drafting this Thursday, so jump on in if you’re looking for something different:

7 PM ET: CLICK HERE

10 PM ET: CLICK HERE

Now, back to our regular scheduled RCL programming…

TO JOIN A LEAGUE

Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) for the time you want and voila, you’re in.  If you’re not signed up at Fantrax, you need to do that too (it’s free).  Damn, that’s too easy.  Oh, I guess I should also mention make sure you’re joining a league for free or for money, depending on your preference.  That’s it!  You can join as many leagues as you like.  If you accidentally join a league, you can quit a league by going to OTHER –> All Options –> Quit League (located at the bottom).  Now go join some leagues!

Want to be my Twitter pal?  That’s kinda creepy, but you can follow me here: @MattTruss

 
  1. OaktownSteve says:
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    Sunday March 21st is going to be an epic league. Spots still available. Let’s fill it up, Razzers.

  2. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Thanks for the league mention! And also for all the RCL work you do! I don’t remember, are these slow drafts? As I expected, I don’t like those.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Nope, like everything to do with the RCLs, these drafts are fast! Well, as fast as can be with a 1 minute 30 second clock.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Hey Matt, we gotta get that $20 league filled.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Oh, it will fill, I’m not very worried about that.

    • Raider says:
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      Any spots still available in the 10pm razz league? Both links direct to the 7pm league

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Can’t believe 11 people decided to take on Laura and get slayed — wait, we did that too, didn’t we?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Haha, gluttons for punishment around here apparently. Her league filled so fast! ….And yes, yes we did…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, voluntarily like a bunch of loons!

  4. greg says:
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    On a side note, have invites gone out for the NFBC and RazzSlam leagues? I’m hoping not because I haven’t heard anything.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Hmm, that would be a question for Donkey Teeth on the RazzSlam, I know some of the invites have gone out, but maybe not all of them? As for NFBC Leagues, signups for those were just the other day, so you won’t hear anything on that until the league is full I believe.

      • Cody c says:
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        Joined up for the first time. Looking forward to it!

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Welcome in!

  5. NCPhilly says:
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    I’m joining for the first time, but no thanks to your persuasive efforts. Sorry. I play in a couple friends-and-their-friends points leagues, one of which I worry may be petering out though it is still competitive. Join me in the Fri, March 26 $20 league and take advantage of me.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Haha, fair enough, glad to have you in either way.

  6. Bterry says:
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    Ready for the FCL draft baby!!!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      FCL filled up quick, I like it!

  7. The Great Knoche says:
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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year….

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      HYPE!

  8. DanVanDamme says:
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    Just signed up for my first RCL. I hope March 14 league fills!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Sweet! Is that the one with me?

      • DanVanDamme says:
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        yes indeed! I’m pushing a cpl friends to join it too.

  9. Uncle Razzkai says:
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    Are there plans to open more leagues drafting later in March? I prefer to draft closer to the start of the season. Right now, there doesn’t seem to be any openings for a late drafting league (free or $$$)

    Thanks for all the work!

    • MattTruss

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      Yes, as we fill these ones, we’ll open up some later drafts. Or, if a few of these don’t fill in time for the draft, I’ll move the draft to later in the draft season instead. Keep an eye on the spreadsheet for updates.

      • Uncle Razzkai says:
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        Thanks! I figure as much but wanted to be sure.

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