The trading deadline for the Razzball Commenter Leagues went out with a bang on Friday with 15 trades being completed.  Remember back in the day when we used ESPN and they had that crazy noon trade deadline time? Thank goodness for FanTrax making that right!  Speaking of, how are people liking the new add/drop and trade screens? I think that’s a pretty nice mid-season upgrade. Trades seemed to be down across the board this year, I wonder if the early-season trade screen (or lack thereof) contributed to that.  I only counted 60 or so trades this year, but I’m sure I missed a few. By comparison, we had 232 last season. I’m hoping to make a couple changes to the RCL data next year so I don’t have to manually find all the trades, that should help our accuracy quite a bit.  We didn’t have everything set up quite right with the move to FanTrax this season. No matter, the trade deadline might be gone, but don’t fret, there are still plenty of closers losing jobs and September call-ups are right around the corner. Maybe we get some Eloy Jimenez love?  I’m stashing Vladdy Jr. in my 15 teamer hoping for a power surge down the stretch. Check out Ralph’s work for a handy chart.  Not much has changed in a month, Jo Adell is still the man.  Earlier today I took this and sorted by 2018 and 2019 to see who I should try to snag in keeper leagues and who might see some action at the end of this season.  Ralph puts his blood, sweat and white Monster energy drinks into those rankings, don’t let them go wasted! Jump below for more about the trades this week and all the other happenings in the week that was, week 19:


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’s time for some more Ralph talk as Ralph continues to lead the pack in the ‘Perts league.  Rudy keeps trying to push it up to Ralph’s level and just a week after saying he wasn’t sure he’d be able to hit 90+ points, Rudy finishes the week with 89, just 7 behind Ralph who added 1 point this week.  Son added 2.5 points this week, Grey added 2 and I added 1.5 to keep second through fifth all in the 80s. Tehol lost 9 points this week as he moves on to football for the year.

TOP 10

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

1 Frost Cougs R Us 93.8 101.5 107 75.4
2 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#59) 93.8 103.5 103 79.2
3 SmoakNCron RCL 2018 (#52) 93.5 104.5 103 78.3
4 Fighting Hams RCL 2018 (#10) 92.8 105.5 102 77.5
5 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 92.5 107 99 79.2
6 Some Salvy For My Knee Cougs R Us 91.7 99 107 74
7 LauraHolt Razzball Writers League 91.5 104 101 77.7
8 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 91.1 97 106 76.7
9 Turd Fergusons RCL 2018 (#8) 91 103 101 77.6
10 The Road Warrior RCL 2018 (#6) 91 107 96 81.7

We had a small hiccup in the Master Standings last week, which has been sorted out for this week, but led to some wonky shake-ups in the top 10.  Things are all good now, so we’ll use this week as a barometer for the rest of the season.

Frost takes a turn in the top spot this week as they and Some Salvy For My Knee continue to battle it out in Cougs R Us.  Salvy sits in 6th, falling below 100 league points.

A bump in LCI and a gain in league points has Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns in the second overall spot.  It should be noted that Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns has two teams in the top 20 right now as well.  Kudos.

SmoakNCron and Fighting Hams have both seen big jumps in league points over the past few weeks and now sit in third and fourth respectivly.

My Starfish & Coffee squad is doing it’s best to overcome RCL #23’s 99 LCI.  It’s going to take reaching 110+ for this team to crack into the top spot.

LauraHolt continues to hang out in her usual spot inside the top 10 as she obliterates the Writers League.

Stl Squat Cobblers are the soul representative from ECFBL in the top 10 this week.  EvilEvies continues to pressure for the league lead though.

Turd Fergusons sit in ninth place this week and The Road Warrior rounds things out.  The Road Warrior has it even worse than me as RCL#6 has a 96 LCI. That’s pretty rough.


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

8/5/2018 RCL #48
Finkelstein Ballers traded Clayton Kershaw to Team HoosierBoss for Brian Dozier & Dee Gordon
8/5/2018 RCL #10
Delta House traded Tommy Pham to Ted’s Splendid Splinters for Miles Mikolas
8/6/2018 Cougs R Us
Frost traded Jose Leclerc to Rookie Monsters for Jose Peraza
8/7/2018 NOTLZ
Backdoor Cutters traded Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Jose Leclerc, Robert Gsellman & Sergio Romo to DonSlaughtOnslaught for Chris Sale
8/7/2018 FCL
Kid Ungar traded Trevor Bauer to The Great Knoche for Ozzie Albies
8/7/2018 Cougs R Us
Knocks Harrington traded Steven Souza Jr. & Dan Winkler to Kris Kross for Kenta Maeda & Kyle Barraclough
8/8/2018 NOTLZ
Brewhahas traded Charlie Blackmon & Aroldis Chapman to Moneyball for Juan Soto
8/8/2018 Cougs R Us
Jose traded Jose Quintana & Manny Machado to Tokyo Temaki for Gerrit Cole & Bud Norris
8/9/2018 NOTLZ
8/10/2018 RCL #37
Chippers Lovechild traded Corey Kluber to Drunc Orks for Paul Goldschmidt
8/10/2018 RCL #50
Johnny Utahs traded Aroldis Chapman to Two Hearted Sale for Brian Dozier
8/10/2018 RCL #39
BBums2 traded Corey Knebel & Matt Kemp to Team hsclegend for Gerrit Cole & Jonathan Villar
8/11/2018 RCL #73
Lyons Den traded Trea Turner to Team Shoopy for Gerrit Cole & Craig Kimbrel
8/12/2018 RCL #71
Fear and Ignorance traded Starling Marte to hothot Ballapenos for Corey Kluber
8/13/2018 RCL #71
FANTASY WIZARDS traded Nick Markakis to Fear and Ignorance for Odubel Herrera & Pedro Strop

Now for the real bread and butter of this week’s update, the trade extravaganza!  It’s always fun to see how people value needs this time of year.

Miles Mikolas seems like a lot to give for an injured Pham, but to each their own.

How about that Chris Sale trade!?  I mean, if you can gain a shizz ton of points in saves and don’t need the innings, I can totally see this making sense.  I love bold moves like this, but it appears to have ruffled some feathers in NOTLZ as we have a pretty rough trade go through next in Chapman and Blackmon for Juan Soto.  Soto is good and all, but that seems like a “screw you” trade to me. I’ll let the court of public opinion weigh in on all that though. For what it’s worth the Trade Analyzer has the Sale deal at $40.60 to $19.40 in favor of Sale and the second deal $55.90 to $12.10 in favor of Chapman and Blackmon.  So the second one was a way bigger hose job. The ROS rankings are tough on interim closers as well, so your mileage may vary.

Gerrit Cole was traded 3 times this week, I guess folks are done with him.  If you only get back a broken closer (Knebel) and Matt Kemp for him though, I think you got ripped off.


The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 64 – Breaker of Chains (RCL 2018 (#39))

HR –24 – Smoked Trout Every Day (RCL 2018 (#40))

RBIs – 67 – Smoked Trout Every Day (RCL 2018 (#40))

SB – 19 – Backdoor Sliders (Frequent Commenters League)

AVG – .333 – Old School Brother (Frequent Commenters League)

K – 109 – Ralph (Crab Army #2)

W – 9 – foul balls (RCL 2018 (#21))

SV –  11 – Fear and Ignorance (RCL 2018 (#71))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.43 – Team ianmaxwell11 (RCL 2018 (#59)) (in 42.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.709 – Team ianmaxwell11 (RCL 2018 (#59))

Backdoor Sliders set a new stolen base weekly record this week with his 19.  That topped Sons of Pitches 18 set back in week 14.

Team ianmaxwell11 came within 0.02 ERA points of setting a new mark there on a record I thought was untouchable.


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

Team: Cruz Missiles

League: RCL 2018 (#60)

Stats:   AVG: .309, R: 52, HR: 21, RBI: 59, SB: 4

IP: 64, ERA: 1.55, WHIP: 0.891, K: 79, W: 5, SV: 4

Summary: If you’re ever feeling down about your RCL team, you can always come here each week to feel even worse.  It’s always comforting to know someone else is putting up a truly spectacular week while your team is languishing.  Cruz Missiles were launching this week as they almost led the RCLs in a handful of categories. JD Martinez, Ronald Acuna and Miguel Andujar led the charge on offense while Trevor Bauer and LANCE LYNN(!?) paced the pitching.  Some people can turn anything they touch into gold, Cruz Missles can turn Lance Lynn into fantasy relevant again apparently. Nice work Missiles!

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:

    Was just scoping the overall rankings on TGFBI, you’re doing well still, any chance of winning overall? (Didn’t look at your team)

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      I totally have a shot. I have room to gain points in HRs and RBIs, made a trade for Cron (although his playing time seems to be dried up ala the Sciosciapath) and added Aledmys. I’ve also got Vladdy Jr. stashed, so hoping for a big month of September. Muncy losing PT doesn’t help. I can gain a couple points in steals too, so I grabbed Mondesi this past FAAB period.
      Getting Ryu back this week and hoping Kenley a speedy recovery. I’m eyeing the overall, but like with anything, it’ll take some good luck down the stretch.

      • Grey

        Grey says:

        Sweet! Cron’s been meh, but the rest of those moves should pan out… I like Ryu a lot for final stretch run, and Kenley sounds like closer (pun?) to 2 weeks vs. 4-6

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:

          I’m drooling for Vlad’s call-up obviously.

          • Grey

            Grey says:

            I’d be shocked if he’s not up at midnight on Sept 1st, but teams have shocked me before

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:

        If Ozuna could stop pretending to be Josh Reddick, that’d be great too! His missing 20 HRs are really killing me in the power department.

        • Grey

          Grey says:

          Yeah, Ozuna killed me in our RCL too…I actually benched him last week for Brett Gardner

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:


  2. regan says:

    Damn, I really want to see #1 just once. SmoakNCron got some more work to do. Puttin in work…cough cough

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Haha, get after it!

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    Thanks for the love Matt! White Monster emoji to this post sir!

    BTW a few week’s ago someone came in here talking some junk about Crab Army 2, I caught him last night. Made up like 13-14 points in a month.

    Hands down my worst team is ECFBL this year. I missed every closer. One of those weird teams that’s just fundamentally flawed.

    Looking good in TGFBI. You were in second in the overall last I looked. We got three in the top 30 from Razz, I hit 22nd last night. Highest I’ve been since early June. Rudy is around 28-30. Keep it up!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      My pleasure man!

      En fuego! That’s a crazy late season gain!

      Yea, sometimes those teams just happen, I’ve got a couple I’d rather not talk about.

      Thanks man, hoping I can keep it going in TGFBI, just lost Bauer though…ugh. Gained Ryu at least, but damn, can’t catch a break! Pitching is my strength at least. Need bad Vladdy Jr. to come up and start raking September 1st!

      BTW – I have so many eggplant emojis for Acuna right now!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:

        @MattTruss: I’m so close to laying some money in the Braves 15 to 1 World Series odds. They have so much talent they could callup if need be. It’s nuts what they could have in September.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:

          Good call, too bad (for you) they’d likely have to beat the Sawx to do it though. Sawx are looking pretty amazing themselves right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      All hail Razz, eff those other suckas!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:

        Hear! Hear!

  4. Turd Fergusons says:

    START THE PARADE! My Turd Fergusons finally cracked the top 10! hallelujah! In RCL # 8, all those batty calls are paying off.

    Am I worried about Bauer and Severino? Nope! German Marquez & the Biebs to the rescue.

    Am I worried about Morrow and Vizcaino for saves? Nope! White Will Smith & co have my back. But we’ll see if Strickland’s fists find a human target…

    My Innings projections are sitting at a cool 1396.1 & I’m feeling like a smooth operator

    Thanks for the update Mr Truss!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Excellent work Turd! Keep it up, only a month and a half to go!

  5. Ryan says:

    Love these write ups every every week, good work.

    That Sale trade is crazy, but can’t knock someone for trying to gain ground. My #2 team (Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealn Son Of A Guns) Is a baron wasteland for closers. I probably should have done something similar with my pitching staff

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Nice man, thanks for stopping in and dropping the kind words. I shouted you out last week too, but nice job so far this year. Looks like you’re killing those money leagues and two teams in the top 20 is no joke.

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