I will be honest with you, I’m still not sure how to approach this season strategy-wise.  I was pretty certain we were heading to no baseball, then Manfred dropped 60 games on us and even said we were never going to play more than that anyway.  What exactly was the point of dragging your league through the mud for two months of negotiations then?  This makes no sense to me.  Couldn’t we have just announced a 60 game season back in April?  Oh baseball, why are you so screwy?  Now I’m scrambling trying to figure out how to approach this season all while keeping tabs on who has tested positive, who is asymptomatic and who isn’t and also who has opted out and if I’ve already drafted them.  This is bonkers with a side of crazy.  I do have some thoughts on how I’ll be approaching this crazy Razzball Commenter League season though, so let’s dive in.

First things first, use your moves!  We’ve reduced the total moves allowed to reflect the percentage of the season to be played (37%) which leaves us with 185 moves.  I strongly encourage you to use them…all of them.  This is typically strategy for a regular, 162 game season as well, however, over the long haul if you use 400 vs 500 moves it’s not a huge deal, you can still win without burning every move.  With the shorter season, everything will be amplified since we have such a short period to make a stand.  Borderline players who start cold will have a zero tolerance policy since we don’t have a month for them to heat up.  Your roster will need to be full as many days as possible.

Middle relievers will only be a luxury.  The benefit of having Dellin Betances over the course of the season is netting those extra 120 strikeouts across 70 innings.  Well, Betances isn’t getting that many innings this time around so owning him is only a luxury.  Usually I draft these types of players in the final few rounds of my drafts, but this season, I’m not even going to bother.  I would rather be using that spot to make sure my offense is full for the day, stream a pitcher with a choice match-up and finally, if my roster is full and there is no one worth streaming, then I’ll snag a middle reliever, but only if there are ZERO options for a vulture save out there on the wire.  That’s where the money will be this year I think.  So, put on your save vulture hat and speculate away, but I fear the strikeouts and long term ratio help are not worth it in a shortened season.  Speaking of ratios, in case you were unaware, the runner starting on second in extras is considered to have reached on an error, so no earned run is in play there.

Take some risks this season.  With things so funky, this is the perfect season to try something different.  Zig while others zag.  If you botched a draft, don’t even sweat it, because who knows what we’ll run into.  Maybe you auto-drafted 16 starters.  Run ‘em out there until you hit your pitching limits then stream offense like an absolute fiend.  Anything goes!  I’m not even kidding that I think this year will be the most forgiving to those that screwed up their draft, because everything is screwed up anyway.  So, go nuts!  In fact, go draft a team right now and try something crazy, we have six new leagues opened up with the first one drafting Thursday night provided it fills.  Scroll to the bottom of the spreadsheet and pick one that works for you.

TO JOIN A LEAGUE

Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) for the time you want and YOU’RE IN.  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.  If you want a league for money, then 1) Click the link. 2) Pay the money.  That’s it!  No pesky third requirement!  Again, Fantrax and Razzball take no money.  You can join as many free or paid leagues as you like.  To quit a league, go to OTHER –> All Options –> Quit League (located at the bottom).  Now go join some leagues!

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