Through the first month of the first year of our new dynasty league here at Razzball, team Hannibal Montana (owned by commenter Csifu) has jumped out to an early lead. Thanks in part to a ridiculously good 2.22 team ERA and top 5 performances in all but two of our ten categories, Csifu is sitting on 132.5 points in the early going. Razzball’s own JFOH (119.5) is hot on his tail, with Ra’zbahl Al Ghul (113) rounding out the top three. It’s a 16-team, 40-man roster dynasty league with weekly FAAB pickups and no restrictions on how long players can be kept (we keep 30). I love this format, and the league has been active in both trades and pickups. Considering how many players were owned coming out of our 40-round draft, there has been a lot of activity on the waiver wire. Here’s a peek at our league’s standings, as well as the trades and major free agent acquisitions that have gone down so far…

2015 Razznasty League Hitting Pitching
Rk Pts Team R HR RBI SB Avg W K Sv ERA WHIP
1 132.5 Hannibal Montana 175 44 186 19 0.264 21 265 19 2.22 1.022
2 119.5 Clusterfoh 180 54 180 21 0.259 17 266 23 3.67 1.182
3 113 Ra’zbahl Al Ghul 178 47 177 22 0.271 18 278 10 3.70 1.236
4 102.5 Mike 164 38 145 32 0.261 15 330 16 3.52 1.248
5 102 Ralph’s Lo-Life Founders 164 34 163 17 0.259 20 269 12 3.26 1.103
6 96 The Hippos 153 30 145 29 0.266 18 308 11 3.46 1.237
7 90 Kid A 172 39 164 32 0.266 16 238 10 4.33 1.280
8 88.5 Mentok 180 33 154 33 0.268 16 211 10 3.72 1.329
9 83.5 Nightpandas 163 32 156 30 0.273 12 252 13 4.25 1.318
10 81 DayPandas Will Maul You 138 34 136 13 0.249 21 203 11 2.96 1.047
11 75.5 Yes Cheese 166 38 167 31 0.26 16 211 3 4.49 1.368
12 74.5 Cuban Bandits 132 25 123 23 0.258 16 148 18 3.25 1.199
13 57.5 Baezaworldseries 152 22 134 18 0.243 15 224 14 4.12 1.265
14 53 Brooklyn Garbage Men 110 24 99 15 0.236 11 139 11 2.80 1.079
15 51 Georgia Peach 135 47 141 16 0.228 9 154 13 4.17 1.380
16 40 Cobra Kai 57 16 65 7 0.269 3 52 1 3.63 1.226

Trades

– Clusterfoh trades Javier Baez, Jose Fernandez, Marco Gonzales to Cobra Kai for Corey Kluber, Lance Lynn, Brian Dozier

Here’s a classic dynasty trade between a team trying to win now and one willing to wait on some younger players to develop AKA “win later”. JFOH could win a ring with an arm like Kluber, while Kai could be set up for the long haul.

– Nightpandas trade Eric Hosmer, Miguel Sano, Mark Appel to Cobra Kai for Paul Goldschmidt

I think we were all surprised to see Goldschmidt moved so quickly, but Kai is building a lot of depth on his roster even if it doesn’t bear fruit until a year or two from now.

– Brooklyn Garbage Men trade Jake Thompson to Cobra Kai for Danny Duffy

– Brooklyn Garbage Men trade Manuel Margot to Ra’zbahl Al Ghul for Jon Gray, 2016 2nd round pick

Our league’s first straight up prospect swap. BGM banks on Gray’s talent trumping his crappy home park situation. Ghul may have something special in Margot but he’ll have to wait a couple of years to find out. 

– Ra’zbahl Al Ghul trades Alen Hanson, Homer Bailey to YesCheese for Forrest Wall

Ghul got out from under Bailey before the injury news got worse, but he also had to give up Hanson, who could contribute in homers and steals at middle infield as soon as next year. YesCheese lands Wall, who’s a bit further away but also possesses plenty of upside up the middle.

FAAB Report

Jason Grilli ($22), Jesse Chavez ($17), Gilbert Lara ($5), Roberto Osuna ($8) – Yours truly dropped some coin in the first month by adding Grilli for saves help and Chavez for rotation depth. The two cost me nearly 40% of my FAAB budget though.

Odubel Herrera ($2) – It cost Baezaworldseries just two bucks to take Doobie for a spin and so far it’s been money well spent.

Jeurys Familia ($30) – Early on it looked like Parnell would take the closer gig when he returned, but with 11 saves already Brooklyn’s big bid on Familia looks like a stroke of genius.

Yunel Escobar ($1), Carson Smith ($0) – JFOH has made two of my favorite pickups so far in Escobar and Smith, spending a grand total of $1 on the pair.

Nick Martinez ($10), Zack Cozart ($5) – I have no idea what to make of their hot starts, but so far it’s been smart money for the Cuban Bandits.

Rafael Soriano ($1) – DayPandas rolled the dice on Soriano for a buck, and if the veteran finds himself getting saves this summer it’s going to be a steal in a league this deep.

CC Sabathia ($0), Aaron Harang ($0), Jomar Reyes ($0) – Sometimes vets get no love in leagues like this, but for no money down Georgia Peach got two warm bodies and a teenage prospect that could be a stud for the Orioles.

Nathan Karns ($4), Brett Anderson ($1), Michael Lorenzen ($2) – Without spending much, Hannibal has added depth to his already strong rotation.

Tom Koehler ($0), Jimmy Paredes ($8) – Paredes is a hot add right now so he’s well worth the eight bucks, and I kind of love the Koehler pickup. I’m not just saying that because Kid A exchanged friendship bracelets with me.

A.J. Ramos ($6), Miguel Castro ($0) – Saves are hard to come by in this league, so getting two spec plays for six bucks was smart money on Mentok’s part.

Josh Hamilton ($1) – Nightpandas took an early-season gamble on Hambone and it looks like it will pay off with the Rangers signing.

Cody Martin ($5) – More fun with saves speculation. Pay five bucks now or twenty later if he actually closes. Meanwhile he helps out with ratios and strikeouts.

Johnny Giavotella ($1), Travis Wood ($1) – Two real nice pickups by our very own Ralph Lifshitz!

Kelly Johnson ($11), Chase Anderson ($2) – MattTruss (Hippos) swooped in on Anderson after he slipped through the draft. More recently, he picked up the red-hot Kelly Johnson who has four homers and 14 RBI in his last ten games.

Bartolo Colon ($5), Alfredo Simon ($4), Jose Iglesias ($2) – YesCheese has been one of the most active owners on the wire so far, and it has paid off with adds like these.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the season.

 
  1. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Seldom mentioned bit of glory – Hannibal Montana finished 27th overall in the 2014 RCL standings… dude’s a professional

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! I forgot to mention in the post that he was drafting at 3AM in Europe too

    • Csifu says:
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      @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: Won’t happem this year, that’s for sure. (Looking at you, Anthony Rendon.)

  2. Baezaworldseries says:
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    I am completely overmatched on the FAAB. I’ve no idea how to value guys. Next viable FA I’ll probably over bid.
    Coming out of the draft, I expected to be at least in the top half of the league at this point. Not 20pts behind 12th. Got some work to do for sure.
    Thanks for letting me in the league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s great to have you! Every league is different…I went too far the other way with my early bids and spent too much based on what others were throwing out there. It’ll be touch and go for a while until we get to know each other better.

  3. MattTruss

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    Remember that time I bought Bartolo Colon for $3 week 1 for his 2 start week and then dropped him the next FAAB period? Good times, good times. I kinda hope he chokes on a cheeseburger.

    I thought there would be some pitching on the wire in this league with what was out there post-draft. I was planning on a rotating pitching spot based on match-ups. Then you look out there and it’s a whole lotta nothin, no offense Jerome Williams. Kinda love my Chris Heston $1 grab right now too. Might not in another month, month and a half, but he looks good so far.

    Fun so far though, as long as I remember to set my lineup.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Oh, and nice work with the recap, good read.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! yeah, the pitching has been pretty thin.

      Nice Heston grab! Don’t let Bartolo get you down brother

  4. mauledbypandas says:
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    Feeling a bit overmatched myself, but have been saddled with some slow starts. Still sucks to be pretty much a win now team and not even in the picture. Congrats to you guys up at the top, how is the weather?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s stilll so early, but yeah I feel ya.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Mike: I hear ya Day brother…our bamboo has become stale….

  5. Baezaworldseries says:
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    I was really hoping for Cruz type starts from Bautista and EE. Oh well. At least their averages finally out of the .100’s. SMH

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…Cruz is pretty much out of this world right now

  6. Cram It says:
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    Hey Mike. Any insight into Justin Bour? Been playing over Morse recently. All I know is that he’s a rule 5 guy and he’s the son of my coworkers father’s best friend. True story.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Cram It: I was a fan when he was with the Cubs(before Rizzo). Not a lot of power and his bat was borderline MLB. Of course we didn’t have a lot of options back then but he was the guy I wanted at 1st(I think Shoulders,Vogelbach.No thanks). No idea what he’s done since then.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Baezaworldseries: Most likely he’s just a guy. But he’s 27 and he’s raking right now. Could be one of those out of nowhere guys who’s seasoned enough to contribute in fantasy this year.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Cram It: Maybe a 2010 Gaby Sanchez type? I wouldn’t be surprised. He had some success in the Cubs’ system

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t know much about him to be honest, but it’s cool that you have a connection. Looks like average power based on his MiLB numbers…15-18 homers might be doable with it skewing closer to 15 thanks to the home park.

  7. PhilOssieB says:
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    Hey Mike, apologies for crossing streams … [wonders if the all-female Ghostbusters will cross the streams] … but I have a prospect Q:

    I have guys jonesin’ for Giolito in my dynasty — been offered Kluber for Giolito.. I want to hold, but all this Stausburg disappointment has me worried. Do you think Giolito will be able to fulfill the hype?

    • PhilOssieB says:
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      … just realized this is a dynasty league post; and that I need more coffee.

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        Pretty sure crossing the streams is okay on all posts.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @PhilOssieB: Get Kluber.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha this is totally the right place! I’d take Kluber

  8. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey Mike – who do you like rest of season – Heyward or Rusney?

    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Heyward looks terrible, but I’d still take him over Rusney

  9. Baezaworldseries says:
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    I would say Heyward there.

  10. J-FOH says:
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    I miss my horns!

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @J-FOH: I had to get a pacemaker implanted because of those airhorns.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha me too!

  11. J-FOH says:
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    I think you write these posts just to jinx us

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Well duh….

  12. Yescheese says:
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    My pitching staff has been abominable. Truly a horror show in a traveling circus of shitbags. My wire moves are a continued adjustment for this embarrassment. Like Ghul, I assumed pitching would be available on the wire. It’s a 16 team 40 man roster… I was wrong. Horribly wrong. Now I’m starting Mark Buehrle…he’s my ace.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: like MattTruss, rather

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      “Truly a horror show in a traveling circus of shitbags” Ha!

  13. Nightpandas says:
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    Could use about 5 more DL spots…though not sure who would fill those spots…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      True story…might be a worthwhile thing to vote on this offseason

  14. Kid A says:
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    Great job putting the update together.

    It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a colonoscopy – and so much more!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! You should be able to sit comfortably again in about three days.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Mike:

        Serious question:

        When is Correa coming up, and who should I drop for him?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          This is a great question and kudos to you for being one of the first to ask about it. The answer will surprise you!

          • Kid A says:
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            @Mike:

            *Grabs friction lighter and blowtorch*

            All this pain will go away if you’ll just go on the record once and for all.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              okay, jusst don’t hurt me. My guess would be between July 1 – 15

  15. Kid A says:
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    MIKE!!!

    What do you make of this Preston Tucker squirt?

    And don’t you link me to one of your other goddamn articles.

    I demand fresh copy.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Average power and hit, but looks like both have played up recently in the minors and he started this year hot. Should be worth an add in deeper formats as long as Springer is shelved, but there’s really nowhere for him to play once he’s back.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Mike: Worth a prospective grab in RCL format?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I don’t think so, no.

          • Kid A says:
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            @Mike:

            How high of a confidence level should one have with a person who was not only rostering, but starting Pompey and Alky until yesterday?

            Low
            Medium
            High

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              High, because said person would rather write and give you good advice than win all of their RCLs.

              • Kid A says:
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                @Mike:

                Lies and Propaganda!!!

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  haha…your green beams of light see right through me and my horseshit

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: yeah, that was cute and all but when the F**K is Correa coming up!

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      ha!

  16. Luvdarooks says:
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    Who gets most saves this year. Ramos osuna C Martin soriano

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      great question…I’ll go with Soriano

    • Luvdarooks says:
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      Add Ziegler to the list too thx

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        no problem, I would still go with Rafi

  17. Jasper says:
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    Hey mike!

    I know you are the one to go to for the prospects ; I have room on my team who would you add & part two when do you expect each of the following to be called first? I heard Carlos correa may be up real soon but didn’t know if it’s true.

    Here’s who I’m thinking on stashing ; Noah syndergaard, Carlos correa, maikel Franco, Francisco lindor. From what I hear syndergaard could be legit , if that happens Dillion gee would prob be traded or sent down?
    Just read that the Mets may bring Noah up for a spot start.

    This is the article

    “Syndergaard, according to Lennon’s source, has an edge on fellow prospect Steven Matz due to his Triple-A experience. Once the Mets start Syndergaard’s clock they may choose to just keep him in the major league rotation, so it’s certainly worth monitoring. With guys like Dillon Gee making a start every five days, the club could choose to promote the top prospect at any point.”

    This was written 5/6/15

    Thanks mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Jasper!

      In terms of talent, I’d rank them Correa, Franco/Syndergaard, and Lindor.

      As far as when they are promoted, I’d say Franco/Syndergaard late May/early June, Lindor and Correa July.

      Best one to stash right now? Probably Thor if you need an arm. Franco if you need a bat.

      • Jasper says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks Mike! I always like to be ahead of my league mates in terms of stashing that one player ; in 2013 I stashed puig , last season I stashed polanco this season may come to a flip of the coin on my team needs/ bat or arm .

        This player is owned but for baseball wise, & sox fan wise do you see Rusney Castillo having an impact this season?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime…I do. of all of these guys, I think Castillo could be up first.

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