Happy trade deadline week RCLers.  This is the final week you have to trade for some steals, saves, power or help out those pitching ratios with a big time name.  It’s at this point in the season that you can really see some overpaying going on. Giancarlo for Edwin Diaz? Possibly. Aaron Judge for Billy Hamilton?  It all depends on team needs and where the most points can be gained. Remember, there are no extra points for winning a category by 50. Take a look at the overall standings in your league and see where teams are bunched together.  If there’s an opportunity to leap over multiple teams by taking a category by storm, make your move now. If you’re in second place right now, make that move for first, play to win, go out and make it happen. The Razzball Commenter League trading deadline is Friday, August 10, at midnight (well, 11:59 PM EST technically).  I expect there will be a flurry of activity to break down for next week’s update. For this week however, we have three trades to look at as well as a new overall leader. There were some big shake-ups in the top 10 and we have two weeks worth of data to sift through. Come read about all of this and more in the week that was, week 18 in the Razzball Commenter Leagues:


Each week we’ll peek in at our resident ‘perts to see who is laying claim to best “expert” RCLer in the land.  We’ll take notes, check the standings and generally stalk them.  The heading is also hyperlink, so feel free to follow along as we go.

It would appear that me saying Grey was falling out of it last week lit a fire under our fearless leader.  MattTruss: Motivational Writer. Grey moved from fifth place to second thanks to gaining 11 points this past week.  That’s a huge gain at this point in the season and just like that, Grey is right back in the mix. Grey led the ‘Perts League in Runs, Wins, Saves, Strikeouts and WHIP this week.  Not a bad week. All Rudy, Son and I could do was watch as we all idled right around 80 league points. Ralph continued his slow climb back up towards triple digits. Since falling to a season low 92 points three weeks ago Ralph has gained a little each week and now sits at 95 points, 12 ahead of Mr. Albright.  I’m very curious if one of the four of us can make a run to catch Ralph before the season is out.

TOP 10

For those too lazy to check the MASTER STANDINGS, I present to you, the current top 10

1 1-800-BETTSOFF RCL 2018 (#66) 93.6 105 101 80
2 The Road Warrior RCL 2018 (#6) 92.5 106.5 97 84.1
3 EvilEvies ECFBL 2018 92.3 95 109 76
4 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 91.9 98 109 71.8
5 Frost Cougs R Us 91.9 101 108 71
6 Lickety Splits RCL 2018 (#44) 90.6 94.5 108 75.7
7 Some Salvy For My Knee Cougs R Us 90.3 99.5 108 69.4
8 Team Mattheb9 RCL 2018 (#33) 90.3 104.5 104 69.4
9 Team KOechslin RCL 2018 (#27) 90.2 97.5 105 75.4
10 Living the Dream RCL 2018 (#46) 90.1 104 101 75.4

There were some huge shake-ups this week in the top.  You’ll remember we didn’t really have a top 10 last week, but things seemed to be status quo.  Well, not this week. There appears to have been a shift in some of the League Competitive Indexes (LCIs) as some leagues falter thanks to waning interest in baseball (Be sure to check out all the Football goodness going on right now by the way!) and the cream of the crop raises to the top.  ECFBL and FCL jumped up to a 109 LCI this week, passing Cougs R Us and their 108. Several leagues dipped below 100 this week, hurting those that are leading those leagues.

1-800-BETTSOFF gained 4.5 league points this week to take over the top spot.  Keeping that 101 LCI will be big for BETTS.

The Road Warrior is taking advantage of a sub-par league with a 97 LCI, but 106.5 league points is nothing to sneeze at.

Next we have two ECFBLers back to back.  I heaped praise on Cougs R Us a few weeks back having two managers in the top 10 overall, and now we have a second set of leaguemates.  The 109 LCI in ECFBL is pushing these two up and interesting that the Cobblers is leading ECFBL but EvilEvies is leading in the Master Standings.

I’m not sure what got into RCL #44 these past few weeks, but they have bumped up to a 108 LCI and Lickety Splits is taking advantage, debuting in the top 10 at number six.

In fifth and seventh we have our Cougs R Us leaguemates putting on a show.  These high LCI leagues with close finishes are going to be fun to watch.

Team Mattheb9 had 95.5 league points two weeks ago, now sitting with 104.5 has them in eight overall.

Team KOechslin falls just one spot from two weeks ago to stick in the top 10 and Living the Dream rounds things out.


All the trades that have gone down in the past week.  Public ridicule is not only allowed, but encouraged.

7/27/2018 DFSers Anonymous
Cleveland Spiders traded Rhys Hoskins to Victoria’s Siegrist for Whit Merrifield
8/2/2018 Crab Army
Bricks traded Mike Clevinger to BloodyMouthFingers for Corey Knebel
8/4/2018 DFSers Anonymous
MattTruss223 traded Jean Segura to 50 feet of Crap for Matt Carpenter

Not much doing for trades this week, but if I missed one in your league, do tell.

Hoskins for Merrifield is all about team needs, but I’m a sucker for power.

Good on NtD for getting out on Knebel while he still had some value.

I told you I was a sucker for power.  I’m falling behind in HRs in DFSers and have SBs to burn.  Go Carpenter go!


The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 110 – kumamoto gesticulators (RCL 2018 (#27)) & Team GaryAce (RCL 2018 (#6))

HR –44 – this ain’t no disco (RCL 2018 (#66)) & PhilB (Razzball Writers League)

RBIs – 113 – Team Shoopy (RCL 2018 (#73))

SB – 23 – Busan Benchwarmers (RCL 2018 (#5))

AVG – .331 – Texas Aardwolves (RCL 2018 (#67))

K – 152 – Knucks (Frequent Commenters League)

W – 13 – 4 Teams Tied

SV –  17 – 4 Teams Tied

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.50 – Extra Crispy (Original Recipe 2018) (in 84 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.857– Extra Crispy (Original Recipe 2018)

Weekly leaders this week are a combination of the past two weeks of data.  These won’t count towards the weekly records for the year, but are still noteworthy.  

Interesting that 2 weeks of Wins and Saves are so close to the weekly records of 14 Wins and 16 Saves.  

Extra Crispy had a heck of a couple weeks worth of pitching!


Our weekly shout out to the team that killed it the previous week.

Team: Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns

League: RCL 2018 (#45)

Stats:   AVG: .310, R: 105, HR: 37, RBI: 102, SB: 7

IP: 126.1, ERA: 3.13, WHIP: 1.148, K: 139, W: 11, SV: 12

Summary:  This name might look familiar, that’s because this manager has 5 RCL teams, each with the same team name and a different one was TOW 2 updates ago.  That’s pretty awesome. Of the SOGs 5 teams, 3 are currently leading their leagues and another is in 4th. We won’t talk too much about the other, we all have a team like that.  I’ll point out these appear to all be money leagues as well, so the SOGs should be looking pretty good come October. Perhaps a boba is in order!? Nicely done friend and keep up the good work!

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:

    When I catch Ralph this year it will be my greatest triumph! (Or a loss I never mention again)

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      I figured you’re just focusing on beating Rudy at this point…

      • Grey

        Grey says:

        “The ten point leap in September is a move rarely attempted, and never accomplished, but if one person can do it, I have faith in Grey.” — Grey Albright in a comment on Matt Truss’ post in August.

      • @MattTruss: looking at the standings….i don’t see much of a realistic path for me to get to 90+ points (Gordon and Marte going off on SBs would help) . Need Ralph’s team to fall a bit. I think pitching will decide it – lot of points in play.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:

          Agreed, I need a saves binge to have shot myself, SAGNOF!

  2. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    No mention of Mallex Smith?

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      What a shame

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Fair point

  3. The Big Yabu says:

    There were three trades this past week in Night of the Living Zombinos:

    Tue 7/31 —
    Backdoor Cutters receive David Price & Kyle Schwarber
    Brewhahas receive Aroldis Chapman

    Wed 8/1 —
    Best Management Team in Baseball receive Trea Turner, Joey Votto, & Wade Davis
    DonSlaughtOnSlaught receive Nolan Arenado, Brian Dozier, & Dallas Keuchel

    Fri 8/3 —
    Brewhahas receive Evan Gattis & Dereck Rodriguez
    Brooklyn Bullet Dodgers receive Jorge Alfaro & Edwin Diaz

    In that league, I now have 52 more saves than the next team in the category (!!), and so I’m trying to trade all of my remaining closers: Strop, Rondon, Romo, Leclerc, and Gsellman. Hopefully, I’ll be able to work something(s) out!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Whoa, you guys were busy! Lots of solid needs-based trades there.

  4. vincent says:

    Cron or Braun rest of season?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:


  5. jose says:

    Thanks for the update MattTruss! It’s nice to have a full rundown!

    My league went from a 98, I believe to a 102! Big time jump for RCL pts. However, while I finally took over the #1 spot in RCL #71, I’m still listed behind the Hawaiian Punks in the Master Standings. I have 94 league points and he has 93.5 league points, while he has 83.9 RCL points and I only have 83.5. Our league obviously has the same league index, so how does he end up ahead of me? Not that it really matters, but of course it matters! haha

    Thanks to whoever can give me an explanation

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Thanks for stopping in. I’ve gone over this a few times, and the big description of the Master Standings methodology can be found at the bottom of the Master Standings page. Here’s the cliff notes version:

      Master PTS – Think of this as playing in a 744 team roto leagues. So if Hawaiian Punks is leading the entire RCLs in HRs, he’d have 744 in the Master Points for that. Now, in the league, that only gets him 12 points, no matter how big his lead is. So, he could be leading you there say 12 to 11, but in the Master Standings he could be leading you 744 to 550 or something. That would give him a boost in the Master Standings. The Master Standings are half league standing and half master standings. Make sense? Rudy breaks it down at the bottom of the Master Standings page too.

  6. The Road Warrior says:

    How do I get in a better league? I have been dominating crappy leagues for a few years now, but I am an infrequent commenter.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      You could start one I suppose. That’s what I’ve done in the past. It was easier to do when we were on ESPN. I thought the money leagues on FanTrax would help, but even those are a barren wasteland. Your best bet is to comment more and join the FCL with me next year! Or start playing DFS and join my DFSers league. Or you could join one of our $100 leagues, Night of the Living Zombinos and Cougs R Us, those are both very competitive and recruit a few new members each year. There are a few options.

  7. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    How do I get out of the better leagues? They’re killing me.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:


    • Grey

      Grey says:


  8. knucks says:

    I finally found a way into the RCL Writeup!

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