With three full months of baseball left to be played, a third horse may be emerging in the race for the first Razznasty dynasty league crown. R’azbahl Al Ghul has made solid win-now pickups and finds himself gaining some ground on the two frontrunners – Hannibal Montana and J-FOH. This month saw a group of about five or six teams ping-ponging around behind the leaders, but it’s been Ghul who has come out of June with sole possession of third place. Here is what else is happening around the league – including full standings, trades, and our league’s FAAB report…

2015 Razznasty Standings

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Trades

Mike trades Jose Reyes to J-FOH for Brandon Belt

I have plenty of steals, so moving Reyes for Belt helps me get a little younger, while J-FOH stays in the hunt for a ring.

Ralph trades Jordan Zimmermann to YesCheese for Yasmani Grandal and Jhonny Peralta

Ralph gets two win-now pieces and the Grandal breakout seems legit. Cheese lands another nice young arm.

Mentok trades Pablo Sandoval to YesCheese for Ivan Nova and Brett Lawrie

Cheese cashed in his Nova stash for a proven third baseman. Nice little move for both sides.

FAAB Report

Derek Dietrich ($2), Scooter Gennett ($10), and Franklyn Kilome ($0) – I’ve had a hole at second base since the draft when I made a blunder taking Arismendy Alcantara too high. Gennett has been a decent patch, though, and DeShields should be back soon.

Danny Santana ($0) and Keury Mella ($0) – First, I was surprised both of these guys were still out there, but good on Baezaworldseries for snagging them.

Joe Ross ($0) and Robbie Ray ($0) – J-FOH has made great use of his claims all season and both Ross and Ray provided value for him immediately.

Cody Anderson ($21) – It’ll be worth the large bid if Cody keeps pitching like he did on Monday. Wow! Good pickup by Cobra Kai.

Tony Kemp ($0), Jesse Biddle ($0), and Michael Lorenzen ($1) – Cuban Bandits went after a couple of prospects close to the majors in Kemp and Biddle. Lorenzen is a solid arm that fits their window for competing as well.

Ben Paulsen ($10) – We had a debate in the league chat about his mustache. Is it cop or pedophile? I said it was more muppet-esque. Great pickup by Pandas.

Max Kepler ($2), Mason Williams ($8), and Wei Chih Hu ($0) – Jay’s favorite German spec…Max Kepler! Williams played well before he was injured and Hu is a lottery ticket in Triple-A.

Ichiro Suzuki ($1) and Francellis Montas ($0) – Suzuki”s playing time will benefit from the Stanton injury. Montas is a White Sox prospect who is pretty close to the majors and could have value in the rotation or as a setup man/closer.

Will Smith ($6) and Mike Leake ($2) – Kid A won a mini bidding war for Smith, while Leake provides his rotation with some nice depth.

Mike Montgomery ($5) and Bobby Parnell ($1) – Montgomery has been another surprise, while Parnell is a decent saves spec in the Mets bullpen.

Michael Morse ($1), Michael Saunders ($0), Alejandro De Aza ($2), and Marco Estrada ($2) – Solid pickups across the board here for Ghul. Two good DL stashes (Morse should return soon) and both De Aza and Estrada have been pleasant surprises.

Marlon Byrd ($2) and Rafael Soriano ($13) – Byrd is the word for Ralph, and apparently his wrists are made from adamantium. Soriano is a saves spec which is a necessary evil in this league.

Odubel Herrera ($2) and Brandon Barnes ($4) – I have a soft spot for Doobie, and Barnes is a great pickup with Corey Dickerson temporarily out of the picture. Good plays by Hippos, but I wouldn’t expect anything different.

Aaron Hicks ($0), Manny Banuelos ($4), and Eugenio Suarez ($2) – Both Hicks and Suarez will see increased value with Buxton and Cozart out, while Banuelos has found success with his new club and should see the majors at some point this year. YesCheese made good use of his FAAB here.

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I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
7 years ago

just took over this one, meaning i’ll have at least 2 espn leagues next year. it’s 9 keepers, but comish thinks to ensure some teams aren’t a lot better than others the keepers go like this, 2 SP, 2 RP, 5 hitters and at most 2 of those can be OF, and you can’t repeat the same position, except, if you want you can have a prospect (150/50 regular cut off point) from any position as your 5th hitter keeper. 14 team league H2H (one win, from many categories, so having a balanced team not as necessary as standard H2H). total bases, caught stealing, K’s and OPS extra hitting categories, and BB’s, QS, losses, and holds added for pitchers. I used 6 of my 7 weekly adds adding lowe/capps/de aza/dave peralta/aramis/mauer (those latter two very good lately)
zunino
rizzo
dozier
carpenter
mercer
MI scooter
CI aramis
LF kemp
CF pollock
RF calhoun
OF de aza
util d.peralta
BN desmond/le mehieu/mauer
DL stanton/bitch tits fatt adams
SP peavy/erv santana/haren/kuechel/fiers/hahn/kazmir/teheran
RP kenley/perkins/boxberger
P capps/lowe
1. my keepers are certainly perkins/kenley/keuchel/rizzo/stanon/dozier/pollock (or calhoun), but i’m think the 2nd SP is pretty damn weak, and 5th hitter isn’t good options either (carpenter/desmond don’t seem great as keepers). Idea would be to grab Schwarber (he could count as prospect or catcher, either way works). CUBS probably don’t recall him till AUG 14th when they go to WSOX and would need a DH, but probably good idea, or could grab some other prospect later. All the big names are gone of course. Probably gotta trade desmond + pitcher for better SP somewhere. Also could wait to see if a guy like crawford/mazara came up this year and go with him as 5th hitter keeper. i could waste a roster spot and stash dahl/moncada or another longer way off guy, but we have no NA slot. seager is gone, along with other likely up coming guys.

what’s best order to trade for out of these for 2nd keeper SP: hammel/mccullers/thor/walker/pineda, those are all on somebody’s trade block. stras/kershaw are too, but i’m not paying for those.

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
Mike

Thor, Walker, Pineda, Matz, McCullers, Hammel, but they are all relatively close right now. Sorry for the delay, just emerging now from some shoddy internet at a hotel.

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: no problem, i know the feeling, i was at a 3 day wedding when buxton came up (and some other big name that weekend) so i missed him in redrafts that i didn’t already have him in NA slot (which was a few). One owner in this league has all of pineda/walker/matz. And he responded first too.

Sternal
Sternal
7 years ago

Hey Mike. I’ve got a guy looking to dump Braun in a keeper league. How high do you value Braun as a keeper? He needs a catcher, so I was considering offering up Salvy Perez. I’ve also got Hanley that I’d like to move since he loses SS eligibility next year. I’m not sure about giving up Hanley for Braun though.

Sternal
Sternal
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

Thanks. Who are come good outfield targets for Salvy in a keeper? Looking to pair Salvy with Ozuna and or Tyson Ross for an outfielder. @Mike:

Mick
7 years ago

Hey Mike, 20 team 6×6 H2H dynasty league with 25 man rosters and 3 na slots. I have Conforto, Schwarber, J.P Crawford, and Gallo all with the na task I have to drop one. I am actually thinking Gallo. He has enormous power but the swing and miss is just as enormous. Long term what do you think? Thanks for any input and razzball rocks!

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
7 years ago

hey Mike – drop Shoemaker for Estrada, Erasmo or Bolsinger? Could keep the latter 3 in the 25th rd next year. Looking for K’s mostly

thanks!

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

Hey mike , any thoughts on Trevor Story? Seems like an underrated prospect.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

Hey Mike! thx for this as always!

I’ve got a prospect question for ya.

if you had to rank the top 5 guys in the MILB, based on future impact (not factoring in when they will be called up) what would that look like?

…and would Javier Baez be on that list?

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: sweet! thx!

WalleyWorld
WalleyWorld
7 years ago

mike, dynasty trade question for ya. trying to land arenado. his value may not get much higher but owner has sano and contacted me asking for Matt Harvey + more. I offered him harvey and hosmer for arenado and gausman. fair deal? what kind of upside does gausman have? thank you sir

Milarky
Milarky
7 years ago

Hey Mike, I haven’t looked at the stats – does Marte’s power surge this year look for real, or is it lucky? I’m trying to figure out what to expect in the second half (and for next year for that matter).

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Milarky
7 years ago

@Milarky: find magoo’s post that was recent (last 2 weeks). search big magoo.

David
David
7 years ago

I meant to ask, keeper league, Kluber Stanton, Granderson or Price, Puig, C. Davis. Which side would you prefer? Thanks again.

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

14 team redraft H2H with hits/OBP over AVG/total bases, losses added.

chirinos (stream catcher)
E5
dozier
bogaerts
franco
OF -marte/bautista/burns
Util v-mart/panda
BN souza/holt/soler (active slot he’s back soon)
DL d’arnaud/buxton
NA sano
SP burnett/liriano/price/hammel/c.anderson/hendricks/thor/hahn/matz/wood/fiers
RP axford/familia/perkins/osuna

1. Drop somebody (holt probably) for sano now, or just wait and see?
2. one reason to not wait and see is i won’t have to drop anybody else to get new NA stash. yr rankings say stash 1 of peraza/d.norris/nola/o’brien. Norris i simply don’t trust do to BB rate. With my lineup better off with peraza/nola/o’brien? or maybe somebody not ranked. schwarber is being stashed still. Other than Buxton (dropped Heyward to keep him) i’ve done quite well grabbing guys off your list Franco/Matz/Thor all solid adds.

Skeezix
Skeezix
7 years ago

Hey Mike, great stuff as always. In light of today’s call-up, do you prefer Sano or Maikel Franco when just considering the rest of this season?

I b Teheran it up!
I b Teheran it up!
Reply to  Skeezix
7 years ago

@Skeezix:see 5 comments up

David
David
7 years ago

Keeper league, which side: Kluber, Stanton, Granderson for Price, Puig and Granderson? Thanks.

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
7 years ago

news is sano being called up

Yescheese
Yescheese
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: not much left to rank!

Kid A
Kid A
7 years ago

Of course you take a standings screenshot right before my 5 point bounce into 5th place – Bogey on your Six, Mike.

It should also be noted that your $10 Scooter bid was an uncontested bully play.

P.S. Don’t think for a second I’m not hawking your climb out of the gutter in our RCL.

P.P.S. Any news on Sano or Seager? The streets are talking, what are they saying?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: oh come on boys I mentioned it like 8 comments up. Just kidding!

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
7 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I didn’t know if you were referring to some soccerballing nancy. Besides, I refuse to believe any prospect news until I get confirmation from Mr. Minor. Mike is the David Wooderson of FBB.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: I’m offended by all of this

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

Hey wait I thought this column was only dedicated to myself and my favorite Hungarian fantasy baseballer. You guys are playing too. Sheez. What is a guy to do and what is this ring you speak of? Are we talking decoder, mood or a class ring from university of phoenix?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: you still didn’t answer the ring question?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: I will take nothing less than a calamari ring

Grey
Admin
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

Hey, who’s doing rings of calamari?!

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
7 years ago

hey Mike do u see deshields getting plenty of abs going forward if so at the expense of martin most likely if hamilton stays healthy,,any thoughts?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  AL KOHOLIC
7 years ago

@AL KOHOLIC: Hamilton stays healthy……. We both know the answer there Al

I b Teheran it up!
I b Teheran it up!
7 years ago

Franco has been a great addition to my team, but who has more upside between him and Sano in points league? Great stuff Mike!

Baezaworldseries
Baezaworldseries
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: What if Sano played for the Phils? Still Franco?

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: this surprises me a bit. Do you lean toward Sano having more power upside? I guess to state the obvious Sano walks more but he K’s a bunch more too. I think Franco has the better hit tool personally. Sano strikes me as a Trumbo kinda guy, hit .230 in the bigs. Maikel strikes me as a lil sumthin sumthin more

tals23
tals23
7 years ago

Is Rafael soriano worth a stash…. Weekly points redraft… I have Ramos and Robertson but always like to have an extra closer

Yescheese
Yescheese
7 years ago

Hey buddy, you can blast our moves too. You’re always so nice

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
7 years ago

yeah this is a great recap,thanks for the work

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
7 years ago

I can’t believe those Ross and Ray pickups by FOH. Serious moves. The Anderson one was also brilliant.

I totally gave up of Danny Santana when he was demoted. I have feeling that one could come back to bite me.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: Agreed, I’m not as active in the chat but I’m always lurking.

BTW Sano coming up!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: Keeping you in business and busy!

Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

FYI : Banuelos is starting for the ATL tomorrow..

Who Dat Ninja!
Who Dat Ninja!
Reply to  Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

@Malicious Phenom: Think its a good idea to start? I’m contemplating picking him up

Nat David
Nat David
7 years ago

Weird trade here,

I get: Mike Moustakas and the injured Jake Odorizzi
I give: Chris Davis and the nearly cleared Patrick Corbin

Davis/Moustakas would both fill the single utility spot in my line-up

Milarky
Milarky
7 years ago

Hey Mike, thoughts on Springer for ROS and as a keeper? I have a chance to get him and more in a deal for Stanton to help me win my league this year and I’m trying to decide whether to go get him. Other options are good starting points (Marte, Jones, Upton, Bautista, but I think Springer is another level.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Milarky
7 years ago

@Milarky: springer now appears at least as hurt as stanton, and it might be longer.

Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

Cool updates, I love this stuff, trades and FA report and so on, thanks Mike!

I would love to get in a league like this..If you have any openings let me know..

cheers

Yescheese
Yescheese
7 years ago

ALL YOUR TRADES ARE BELONG TO ME

Csifu
Csifu
7 years ago

Dropped Montas already for Richie Shaffer. Looks like Shaffer finally figured it out and I think he has bigger upside than Montas, who’ll probably end up as a reliever.

Tyler
Tyler
7 years ago

Nice updates for this league. It would be cool if the other razzball dynasty league had updates like this.