With just over a month and a half left to play, it’s still a tight two-horse race between Razzball’s J-FOH and Hannibal Montana for the first Razznasty championship. The big story right now though is MattTruss (The Hippos). Truss has gained nearly 20 points in the standings since our last league update in early July and now sits comfortably in third place. How has he done it? Basically he’s dominated the rest of us since July 1st – leading the league in RBIs, wins, and strikeouts over that span. But that’s not all. The Hippos have also been top five in four other categories, including hitting the second most homers and posting the second best ERA since the beginning of last month. In other words, it’s been a balanced attack on the standings, and I am now officially scared of hippos. There is still a lot of ground between Truss and our two leaders, but anything can happen when you’re a 2-ton animal on the move.

Our league’s trade deadline is Sunday, and there have been a ton of trades since the last update. I’ll list them all here, but I’ll save my comments for the trades I was involved in. A quick note on trading in dynasty leagues: in my experience it’s typical to see a lot of trade action, since a dynasty owner is somewhat limited in how he or she can acquire new talent. Since you are keeping the majority of your roster (in our case 30 of 40), the smaller supplemental drafts end up being leftovers (cuts) and new signees that are usually prospects. Dynasties also tend to be deep (we’re a 16-teamer) and this thins out the free agency pool pretty quickly. For these reasons, trading becomes one of the best ways to really improve or “change” your team in a dynasty league. Whether you’re utilizing small moves like a pair of pruning shears on a bonsai tree or you’re taking a hacksaw to an entire limb that you either don’t need or want anymore, a trade can bring in the talent that free agency and supplemental drafts just can’t provide. Here are the current league standings as well as all of our league’s trades from the last month…

2015 Razznasty Standings (8/10/15)

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Trades

– J-FOH trades Randal Grichuk and Grant Holmes to Cuban Bandits for Adrian Beltre

– Hannibal trades Erik Fedde to Cuban Bandits for Gerardo Parra

– J-FOH trades Carlos Santana, Alex Guerrero, Brandon Moss, and a 1st round pick to Mike for Craig Kimbrel and Francisco Liriano

– Ralph trades Avisail Garcia and Michael Cuddyer to Cuban Bandits for Tony Kemp, Tommy Pham, Dan Haren, and Adam LaRoche

– Georgia Peach trades Jung-ho Kang and Hisashi Iwakuma to J-FOH for Joe Ross, Matt Chapman, and Michael Feliz

– Mike trades Curtis Granderson to Hannibal for Wei-Yin Chen

– Cuban Bandits trade Trevor Story and Gary Sanchez to Cobra Kai for Javier Baez

– Hannibal trades Zack GrienkeAaron Judge, and a 1st round pick to Ralph for Giancarlo Stanton

– Ralph trades Colin Moran to Cuban Bandits for Matt Moore, Ervin Santana, and an 8th round pick

– Cobra Kai trades Eddie Rosario to Ra’zbahl Al Ghul for a 1st round pick

– Ralph trades Ender Inciarte to Ra’zbahl Al Ghul for Nelson Cruz

– J-FOH trades Michael Pineda and a 6th round pick to Mike for Jose Quintana

– Mike trades Carson Smith and a 3rd round pick to Ra’zbahl Al Ghul for Manuel Margot

– Mike trades Alex Guerrero and Roberto Osuna to Hippos for Patrick Corbin

– Mike trades Blake Snell to Hippos for Odubel Herrera and Adrian Rondon

– Cobra Kai trades Yordano Ventura and 2nd round pick to Mike for two 1st round picks

– YesCheese trades Orlando Arcia and a 6th round pick to Ra’zbahl Al Ghul for Ian Kinsler

– YesCheese trades Rougned Odor and Rowdy Tellez to Ra’zbahl Al Ghul for Albert Pujols, Josh Harrison, and Forrest Wall

– Cuban Bandits trade Huston Street and Hunter Harvey to YesCheese for Lance McCullersPablo Sandoval, and a 5th round pick

– Hippos trade Gregory Polanco and a 3rd round pick to Georgia Peach for Ryan Braun and a 5th round pick

– YesCheese trades Forrest Wall and a 3rd round pick to Georgia Peach for Jonathan Papelbon and a 7th round pick

– Ra’zbahl Al Ghul trade a 6th round pick to Cuban Bandits for Jesus Montero

– Georgia Peach trade Jeff Samardzija to Hannibal for Jorge Polanco

I made several trades here, partly because I’m sitting in the middle of the pack without a realistic chance to win the whole thing. I’m happy with my team, but I felt like it could stand some pruning before the deadline to get set for next year. My goals were to improve my offense, get younger pitching, and land a prospect or two without tearing my big league roster apart. I generally look at closers as trade chips and not long term solutions, so I was happy to get some pieces in return for players like Carson Smith and Roberto Osuna. Brandon Moss and Carlos Santana aren’t much to get excited about, but they’ll serve as utility bats on my team, and both Craig Kimbrel and Francisco Liriano were players I was prepared to sell. Yordano Ventura and Patrick Corbin helped me get a bit younger on the pitching side of things. I landed a second pitching prospect in Franklyn Kilome earlier in the year, which made it easier to part with Blake Snell for two players I have a soft spot for – Adrian Rondon and Odubel Herrera. This wasn’t a trade I actually sought out, but rather one that came to me and just made sense. Should Chase Utley approve a trade away from Philly, Doobie might get some reps at second base again, which would obviously help his value and make him more of a keepable asset in this league. We’ll see.

Putting my own team aside for a second, I want to say that this league has been a blast all year. As you can see, it’s very active, and that’s what makes it fun. So thanks to everybody in the league for making it what it is. If you’ve never played dynasty, give it a try. If your league ends up being anything like this crew we have here with Razznasty, you’ll love it.

  1. J-FOH says:
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    Why didn’t you screen shot the league on August 1st when I had a two point league.

    You have done a hell of a job running this thing and I’m glad to have been a part of it. I hope we can turn this into a few more dynasty leagues we can organize with some readers running the show and updating us.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, I couldn’t bring myself to post a two week old screenshot

      thanks J-FOH! that would be awesome

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: the only draw back is everyone wants to play with you

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol..thanks! don’t forget that it was you who got this whole thing going, so give yourself some credit!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: Im like a project manager that comes in, gets everything up and running and then moves on to a new project. I will take full credit for the name. I did the same thing on the football side with the IDP guy. Oh, wait, you know nothing about football, nevermind.

            One of my goals next year is to help get regular commenters together for RCL’s and create more higher index leagues to step up the game. When we were at the Angel game I was very impressed with Teddy Heaters grasping of the RCL’s even though this was his first year in roto.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              nice! yeah absolutely…good stuff

              What’s football? That’s awesome about Teddy! Glad he’s doing well

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Teddy’s great! …Wait, are you talking to Cougs?

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  ha! no sir

                • J-FOH says:
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                  should I clarify when i write teddy and say teddy heater for the commenter and teddy awesome for your dog?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Mike: should i just call you Akeem

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  lol yes! that’s totally me, including the unbridled enthusiasm…god I love that movie

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: what is that, velvet?

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It is now! What?

  2. Kid A says:
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    By god, I’ll wrangle that Hippo before season’s end, shit-propeller be damned.

    If only every league could be overseen by such a swell guy like yourself, Mike.

    Been fun kicking around with everyone this year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…you’re creeping up on him!

      thanks for the kind words

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Kid A: so you don’t like my laissez faire running of the champion’s league? I am hurt sir

  3. Boston Mike says:
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    ROS… Hosmer/Harvey or Bautista?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Bautista for me

  4. Big Mike says:
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    Since I picked him up, Rougned Odor has put up a .344/.379/.594 over about 200 PA for my keeper-league team (which counts avg/obp/slg as separate categories). And he’s only 21. So, does he crack into my 8-person keeper list which currently includes the following 11 possible keepers: posey, belt, odor, arenado, bautista, betts, dickerson, kluber, pineda, robertson, papelbon?

    • Big Mike says:
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      @Big Mike: oh, and wacha. I have him too.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would keep him, yeah. I think the two closers and probably one of Belt/Pineda are borderline guys.

  5. Birdmann says:
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    The trades in this league blow my mind, thanks for all the work Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup it’s been a whirlwind this month! anytime man, thanks for playing with us!

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Mike: I like my chances next year, I hope all the trade offers I turned down for Trea don’t bite me in the ass.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          oh word, yeah I like Turner…should be solid

        • Birdmann says:
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          @Birdmann: the only offers I get, have been for Rizzo, Wong, Hamilton, Yelich and Trea

          • Birdmann says:
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            @Birdmann: oh and one for Sal Perez

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            bummer, the offseason should be active as well, especially when teams start consolidating their 30 keepers

            • Birdmann says:
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              @Mike: you still on summer break?

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                2 more weeks!

                • Birdmann says:
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                  @Mike: me too, enjoy

                  • Mike

                    Mike says:
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                    you too!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Birdmann: Truer words have never been spoken. I swear I get 5 emails a day about something from this league. It’s just a pity my team is so bad I don’t know where to start trading to try to get better.

  6. The Talent Show says:
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    Keep 25 of 36, 12 tm h2h 5×5 weekly.
    Would u trade grichuk for a 2nd round pick? I’d roster peralta until springer heals up. Thx Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm, I’d stick with Grichuk there unless you have nowhere to put him and need to consolidate

  7. Happyharry says:
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    Good luck the rest of the way Mike!
    12 team H2H, 6X6, no Bench. I’m struggling with this one-Who to drop when Mookie is activated, Eaton, Polanco or Parra? Also, would you drop Aybar for Asdrubel ROS? Thanks,

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks…you too!

      I’d lose Parra, hold Aybar

  8. Malicious Phenom says:
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    I would love to play in a razz Dynasty league next year..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice! stay in touch for next year bud

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: first rule of the Razznasty is to call it by its proper name.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          this is a good point

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: the 2nd rule is be prepared to read and write multiple volumes of chat that make disertations look like sticky notes

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @J-FOH: And the second rule, is don’t forget the first rule.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: if you want to start one then I suggest you start recruiting as many players as you can and then mike can lay out the rules and how to commish in fantrax. I know it may seem crazy but I started recruiting RCL’s the year prior.

            • Yescheese says:
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              @J-FOH: TDGX is pretty popular, so you might have something here.

  9. PhilOssieB says:
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    Hey Mike, put me on the wait list for Razznasty, too. Already spending 1/2 my life on a deep dynasty league, so what’s one more?!

    Q: Was offered Trey Ball and either Brian Johnson for Amir Garrett for my Severino. Ball seems bleh, but was considering countering with Johnson and Garrett for Seve. How would you rate that trade?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

      I think the Sev side has more upside, so I’d stick with hiim

  10. Yescheese says:
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    So many trades… Can we talk about the Absurd price of Saves in a dynasty? Look at some of those transactions. A future 5 tool OF in Margot for a part time closer!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      but the league will disband by the time he reaches his ceiling ;)

  11. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I was offered Felix Hernandez for Adam Jones. My pitching could use a boost, but the league is deep and I’d hate to give up a bat that I can’t really replace. My pitching isn’t horrible and I feel like I can always stream or pick up a hot pitcher. King Felix has been good, but not as great. Jones hasn’t been as good this year, but he’s still an every day player and can produce. Am I crazy to reject it?

    • Mike

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      not crazy…I’d rather have Jones

  12. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    OBP over AVG, with total bases added and net steals over steals, along with net saves and holds over saves, and QS, K/BB added. 16 team roto dynasty. i had added maybin right before he became useful when ellsbury was out.
    salvy perez
    rizzo
    streamer (with kipnis out)= jose ram
    bryant
    alcides
    LF jew don
    CF ellsbury (what a waste of a draft pick, made with idea that he’d at least get OBP and net steals, i seriously could’ve gotten a much more long term useful player here)
    RF d.peralta
    util lind/coghlan
    BN maybin/gose/kipnis
    DL souza
    NA tapia/dahl/j.p. crawford
    SP cole/liriano/nola/fiers/volquez/chavez
    RP watson/romo/britton/giles/a.miller/j.smith
    DL buchholez/ryu/pineda/wheeler
    NA velasquez (actually got lucky he got sent down, even though when i waivered him i was worried about it)/stephenson

    Keep up to 25. Looking at this roster keeping somewhere between 21-25 (at best for next year i’ll have pick 13 overall, so not great player), maybin is on edge i suppose of being kept or not. I got an offer of Maybin for B.Anderson. I’d almost certainly not keep B.Anderson, but the way Chavez (and really my whole pitching staff, which had been the best back through early july, now injured or all doing worse) is going I’m possibly best off just dropping him, and grabbing another BN bat (catcher for off days likely). Not great options in free agency for
    SP: a.brooks (who i just had, but benched), wright, marty perez,locke, morton
    hitters: saladino/realmuto/venable/krispy young. this team could badly use some net steals.
    what you think about that deal?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t mind the deal, but I think you’ll get just as much out of a guy like Marty Perez

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Mike: i was wondering that myself, he’s been getting better lately, hell chavez was fine last time out (i didn’t start today of course @ TOR), and really, since he wasn’t even supposed to go today it could’ve been a lot worse, except for one bad inning. in a deeper dynasty (can only have 5 or 6 SP though) i’m having to pick from my own d.holland (soon), perez and lglesias.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I like Perez and Iglesias the best of the three

  13. Hakuna Machado says:
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    Mike – what are you thoughts on Wisler and DeSclafani for 2016? Do either of them have breakout potential that soon or are they more like 3-4 year projects? Basically, I have farm rights to these guys, so I can burn my last pick on them, but I’m not sure if they’ll even be worth it (14 team, H2H, keeper league). Should I hang on or let go? Thanks as always!

    • Mike

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      I don’t mind either with your last pick in a 14-teamer. I might lean Wisler since his park situation is better. I don’t think either are studs, but as a #4/#5 guy in your fantasy rotation they’re solid.

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    don’t you have rondon over snell at TB anyway? so you’d have gotten a player you liked more with odubel thrown in too? nice

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, although Snell has taken a big step forward since preseason and would easily be top five if I rewrote today

  15. James says:
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    Do you think now is a good time to buy low on joc in a keeper league or is he going to be this average? Thoughts on mccullers/nola next season? Are there any players in the minors right now that are worthy of a keep forever stash over sano, buxton, soler, arrenado, franco, and blackmon?
    Appreciate your posts!

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @James: def.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks James! yeah he’s not a .220 guy IMO, prolly more .250/.260 when he’s done playing the adjustment game. Give him a full 600 PAs in the majors, be patient, and I think the power and speed combo will still come with a good enough average. Always going to be strikeouts in his game though, which could lead to some elongated slumps along the way

      Nope not better than those six that I can think of.

      McCullers and Nolaa I could actually see being pretty simila value next year.

  16. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    in dynasty with K/BB, QS over wins, i’d rather have j.ross + heaney vs my nola, right? this seems too easy. i could drop chavez or volquez or gose (3rd bench bat but hoped he’d help with net steals, as maybin/ellsbury aren’t doing much there)

  17. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    oh my jesus, yahoo is such a F’ing joke, they still have nick williams as TEX player. wasn’t that like 3 weeks ago?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      lol

  18. Kid A says:
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    *Up Periscope*

    HEY MIKE, YOUR TEAM SUCKS!

    *Down Periscope*

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      *places stick of dynamite in periscope*

      *watches explosion on horizon*

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