As the air starts to turn a bit cooler, the calendar flips to September and a large group of fantasy baseballers turn their attention to fantasy football.  There are only five weeks left in the fantasy baseball season but what an important five weeks they are. As the rest of your league checks out to go play the fantasy sport that requires only one day per week of roster setting (or as I like to refer to it, chess vs. checkers) the true competitors remain to grind it out for Razzball Commenter Leagues glory.  Right now only 0.2 RCL Points separate first from fourth in the Master Standings, so we should be in for a heck of a finish. We’ll take a look this week at the year long RCL records and what teams have a shot at setting new ones. Does your team have a shot at the RCL record books? Find out this and more in the week that was, week 21:

‘PERTY ‘PERTS

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.

Ralph lost 0.5 points this week and Grey gained 3.5 but there’s still a fairly sizable gap there of 8.5 points.  Grey put up a Team of the Week worthy performance this week though (he finished runner up) as he led the ‘Perts League in Games Played, Innings Pitched, Runs, strikeouts and had stellar ratios (2.24 ERA & 1.072 WHIP in 92.1 IP).  Despite this, Ralph also managed a pitcher week to write home about putting up a 2.10 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and equaling Grey’s 6 wins in 68.2 IP. It was a solid pitching week in general with Lance (2.61 / 1.032 in 62 IP) and myself (2.96 / 1.079 in 54.2 IP) also putting in good weeks.  That makes it tough to pick up many points. Grey still has plenty of room to gain points in the ratios, so we’ll see if he can keep up the fine pitching performances.

TOP 10

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

RK TEAM LEAGUE RCL PTS LG PTS LG INDEX MASTER PTS
1 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#59) 94.5 104 103 79.7
2 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 94.4 101.5 106 77.6
3 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 94.3 109 99 80.8
4 Chippers Lovechild RCL 2018 (#37) 94.3 106.5 102 78.2
5 Fighting Hams RCL 2018 (#10) 93.8 107 102 77.5
6 SmoakNCron RCL 2018 (#52) 93.5 104.5 103 78.2
7 Turd Fergusons RCL 2018 (#8) 92.5 105 101 78.3
8 Frost Cougs R Us 91.9 98 107 74.6
9 The Brown Horse RCL 2018 (#60) 91.4 102 103 75.8
10 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#80) 91.2 108 99 76.4

Another week, another new overall leader.  This time it’s Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns turn to hold the top spot in the RCLs.  I’ve spotlighted BSWDSOG before, but it’s worth calling attention to again. BSWDSOG currently has two teams in the top 10 overall.  That’s no easy feat, so bravo.

The STL Squat Cobblers have been back on a tear in the ECFBL and put themselves back over 100 league points.  That, coupled with the high LCI has them back into contention for #1 overall.

My Starfish & Coffee squad hit 109 league points, but that wasn’t enough to keep me at numero uno, I fall to third this week.

We had a snafu with the Master Standings this week where anyone over 1,000 Runs or RBIs only got credit for 1.  That will be sorted out next week, but I feel as though I need to mention it since LauraHolt hit 1,000 runs this week and should most likely still be sitting in the top 10 overall.  Instead, despite only having credit for 1 run, she’s still in 23rd overall. Ha! I’m pretty sure she’s still top four despite losing 0.5 league points this week.

Chippers Lovechild leapfrogs the Fighting Hams this week and SmoakNCron also moves up a spot to sixth.

Turd Fergusons moves from tenth last week to seventh this week, passing Frost who moves from ninth to eighth, swapping places with The Brown Horse.

BSWDSOG’s second team rounds out the top 10 overall, but let’s also remember Laura should be somewhere in this mix too.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 53 – Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns (RCL 2018 (#59))

HR –22 – Japanese Slap Titter (RCL 2018 (#75))

RBIs – 56 – Israel WBC 2021 (RCL 2018 (#66))

SB – 16 – Alternative Stats (RCL 2018 (#43))

AVG – .327 – Whipping Boys (RCL 2018 (#4))

K – 108 – Johnny Utahs (DFSers Anonymous)

W – 10 – foul balls (RCL 2018 (#21))

SV –  11 – A really old team (RCL 2018 (#34)) & Lyons Den (RCL 2018 (#73))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.75 – Team cheesesteaks (RCL 2018 (#68)) (in 48 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.722 – Team SPORTS (RCL 2018 (#16)) (in 54 IP)

No new records were set this week, but you are reading that correctly, that’s the #1 overall team in the RCLs leading the way in Runs scored this week.  Nice work BSWDSOG!

YEARLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the year that has been.

Here is a list of the Yearly RCL Records, so we all know who we’re chasing:

CATEGORY STATS TEAM LEAGUE YEAR
RUNS 1283 Backdoor Sliders 1 FCL 2016
HOME RUNS 414 New York Dahls Keepin It Real 2017
RBI 1239 The Sneetches Razzers Not Brazzers 2017
STEALS 270 MaxPlanck 1 RCL European Division 2014
AVERAGE 0.297 Team Thompson Razzball Roto League 2012
STRIKEOUTS 1801 Rudy is Booty Baba Booey 2016
WINS 122 Samuel Colt Debate Team DFSers Anonymous 2016
SAVES 258 Rudy is Booty We’re All Winners 2017
ERA 2.57 John Boccabellas The Downward Spiral 2015
WHIP 1.001 Anabolic Agents Dr. Bosch’s Anti-Agers 2015

And here are how each category currently stands for 2018 along with the pace:

CATEGORY STATS TEAM LEAGUE PACE
RUNS 990 LDK RCL 2018 (#19) 1226
HOME RUNS 299 SmoakNCron RCL 2018 (#52) 370
RBI 993 Eamus Catuli RCL 2018 (#19) 1229
STEALS 165 MattTruss223 DFSers Anonymous 204
Brycey McBryce Face RCL 2018 (#68)
AVERAGE 0.285 Lickety Splits RCL 2018 (#44) 0.285
STRIKEOUTS 1249 milothecat Night of the Living Zombinos 1722
WINS 103 Team kj_holland23 RCL 2018 (#72) 109
SAVES 176 The Sneetches RCL 2018 (#51) 218
ERA (MIN 840 IP) 2.72 Team KOechslin RCL 2018 (#27) 2.72
WHIP (MIN 840 IP) 1.039 On Tapia Mom RCL 2018 (#75) 1.039

Obviously, things are a little different this year with an IP limit instead of a GS limit.  I would expect strikeouts to be greatly reduced, ditto with saves and wins. However, things are a bit closer than I anticipated.  Milothecat has an insane K/9 of 11.1 right now. I used that to calculate their strikeout pace and things get pretty close. If Milothecat were to say, hit 1435 IP, things could get close for strikeout record, something I wouldn’t have guessed at the start of the season.

Runs and HRs could get close, but I think those records are safe.  My RBI record from last season could be in jeopardy though.

No one is touching that steals record.

Wins could get interesting and I can’t believe I’m even remotely close to last year’s robo team’s saves record.  I doubt I hit it, since I need to get some starters going to make my IP limit, but it’s fun to dream.

The ratios both have a shot to set records with a couple good final weeks.

Chase those records RCLers!

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Johnny Utahs

League: DFSers Anonymous

Stats:   AVG: .269, R: 47, HR: 18, RBI: 47, SB: 4

IP: 89.2, ERA: 1.81, WHIP: 1.026, K: 108, W: 5, SV: 2

Summary: I’m pretty excited about this TOW honor.  I play with Johnny Utahs in a few leagues including this one, ECFBL and FCL in years past, all of which are some of the top LCI leagues year to year.  Johnny Utahs is one of the best competitors out there, always grinding, always fighting until the end and boy is that paying off right now in DFSers Anonymous.  The Utahs parlayed some amazing ratios in a ton of innings into taking over first place in the league. The Utahs overtook Vottoman Empire, who is another one of the best managers I’ve had the pleasure of playing with, so no easy feat there.  Nice work Utahs, keep it up!

Want to be Matt’s Twitter pal?  That’s kinda creepy, but you can follow him here: @MattTruss

 
  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    My foot’s on the pedal and all I see is Lifshitz!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      ENDORPHIN GREY!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I spiked my own drink with Red Bull!

  2. VinWins

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    If I wasn’t concentrating so hard on lowering my ERA (now 4.59!), I’d probably beat your RBI record easily.

    Also, I felt bad all week about asking for a top 25 last week. That was just rude. A top 15 seems more reasonable.

    • MattTruss

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      Ooo, that’s right, you should be the pace setter, not Eamus Catuli! I forgot because of the standings glitch. That’s a pace of 1241, which does beat me! Go for it Vin!

  3. The Great Knoche says:
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    Come on man! 21 RBIs in a day yesterday! On a short schedule. I’d like to keep my batting title in FCL at least since my pitching has been shit. Go easy.

    • MattTruss

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      Nice! Early running for next week’s weekly RBI leader!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @MattTruss: That was your team he was talking about!

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          OH! Haha, I clearly have too many teams that I can’t even check the previous day’s stats in all of them. That’s bananas! Tyler White and Trey Mancini batty calls, not too shabby!

  4. MattH says:
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    Well, holy shitballs! Finally got team of the week. I can officially retire now. Thank-you, Truss. You’re the man! Appreciate the kind words. Not sure if I can hold that lead for 5 more weeks, but I will try. Nice job this year on the RCL write-ups! It certainly makes things a lot more enjoyable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • VictoriaB

      VictoriaB says:
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      @MattH: Yes, please retire, I say as a floundering member of DFSers Anonymous :-D just kidding — way to go, Utahs!

      • MattTruss

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        Ha! You need to focus on your battle of the household with Dr. Easy anyway!

        • VictoriaB

          VictoriaB says:
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          @MattTruss: Haha! It’s cut-throat, let me tell you! That’s the same league where I stole Touki Toussaint from under his nose, because I am a heartless wench.

      • MattH says:
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        @VictoriaB: Ha. Thanks! I’m floundering in ECFBL league so I feel your pain.

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks man and good luck! Kendrys Morales for Utahs MVP!

  5. Laura Holt

    Laura Holt says:
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    So my team is so good that it actually broke the system? I’m looking forward to discussing that when I’m finally invited on the Razzball podcast.

    • Grey

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      Don’t break stuff please Laura thank you.

    • MattTruss

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      It’s true! You fried Rudy’s circuits!

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