This week, I want to bring up a topic before it blows up my comment section as it seems to every season.  This is something veteran RCLers will recall (and likely will be utilizing) and you’ll also be familiar with this concept if you’ve ever played a Yahoo league with an IP limit.  The idea is that you can maximize your pitching counting stats by manipulating the day you go over your 1400 IP.  In the ESPN days, this was manipulating the day you went over the 180 GS limit by getting to 179 GS and then loading up 9 starters and hitting 188 GS.  The same thing applies here with the IP limit (and also in Yahoo leagues) in that on the day you go over the 1400 IP limit all of your pitching stats count for that day.  So, let’s say you work it so you get to 1398 IP, then you load up 9 starters the next day.  If all 9 starters last 5 IP, you’d hit 1443 IP and thus gain an extra 43 IP of strikeouts and possibly earn an extra win or two along the way.  The risk is obvious.  It’s hard enough pulling one streamer out of the free-agent pool that won’t obliterate your ratios, never mind nine!  Unless you are holding a slim lead in the ratios that you don’t want getting ruined, there’s not much to lose in maxing out your stats though.  So far I haven’t seen any teams who have utilized this to the max, two teams had five starters go on their limit day with each getting over 1420 IP.  Vin and I will be keeping an eye out these final weeks as I’m sure a handful of teams will make the move.  I’ll be trying to pull it off with a few teams provided I can stream 50 IP per week to finish things off.  Best of luck to anyone who pulls this strategy off!

 

‘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.

Laura and B_Don each dropped a spot this week as Cram It and Grey made some last-ditch moves in the standings.  Grey had a nice week of offense to tie him with Son for the most points gained this week (3).  I had a fantastic pitching week but have no standings points to show for it.  Son and CA are too far ahead in WHIP to catch and CA is killing the ERA game.  I may have a shot to pass Laura in ERA if she melts down the final weeks, but I don’t think I’m getting any higher than 113 in this league.  Still, a ‘Perts League win is something I have yet to achieve in my RCL career and it would be a nice feather in the cap to finish this thing off.

 

RAZZSLAM STANDINGS UPDATE

Each week we’ll also take a look at the top ten overall standings in our other Razzball sponsored league, the RazzSlam.  This is our NFBC Best Ball league with managers from all across the industry, from content providers to fans and readers just like you.

Speaking of finishing it off.  Our top ten in the Razzslam are looking to finish strong.  Francisco Maldonado had 200 more points scored than the nearest competitor this week as they rocketed into second place with 2+ weeks to go.

 

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 Wake Up RCL 2022 (#6) 115.3 119 96 119
2 MattTruss223 DFSers Anonymous 113.4 105.5 107 110.7
3 MattTruss PERTS LEAGUE 112.5 111.5 100 113.6
4 stechsjj RCL 2022 (#35) 107.8 106 101 107.5
5 Fred Garvin MP Cougs R Us 106.6 94.5 110 104.1
6 AllRice RCL 2022 (#42) 106 108 99 105.1
7 Young Guns RCL 2022 (#26) 105.3 99 104 105.2
8 Jersey Pine 5 Crab Army 105.2 105 101 104.5
9 Asynda Boil Crab Army 103.2 103 101 102.5
10 Mr Big & Bud Goode RCL 2022 (#40) 102 99.5 103 100.4

Wake’s lead…it grows.  Wake is streaming his buns off and gaining Master Standings points like a boss while my DFSers team rides the roller coaster of the final weeks and ended up down a half point.  I was up to 107 at one point this weekend, but couldn’t finish it off.  What I thought might be a close battle could end up a runaway for Wake if I can’t pick it up.  Otherwise, the top three remains unchanged with my Perts League team chilling comfortably in third.

Stechsjj & Fred Garvin MP swapped spots this week in fourth and fifth, respectively.

AllRice remains in sixth for another week while Young Guns climbs back into seventh after a one week dip.

Jersey Pine 5 leap-frogged fellow Crab Army team, Asynda Boil to move into eighth as Boil remains in ninth.

Rounding us out this week is a newcomer to the top ten, Mr Big & Bud Goode.

 

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 56 – Horse-Faced Whips (RCL 2022 (#26))

HR –20 – 4 Teams Tied

RBIs – 58 – Seamheads (RCL 2022 (#19)) & Horse-Faced Whips (RCL 2022 (#26))

SB – 14 – Fart Butt (RCL 2022 (#42))

AVG – .328 – Legalize Steroids (RCL 2022 (#17))

K – 99 – Lake Titicaca Bungholes* (RCL 2022 (#1))

W – 9 – Fat Fuckin’ Babies (Cougs R Us) & He may be gone, but he will be forgotten (RCL 2022 (#35))

SV –  9 – 5 Teams Tied

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.64 – Trussell Shuffle (Cougs R Us) (in 66.2 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.656 – Finkelstein Ballers (RCL 2022 (#22)) (in 64 IP)

No new records this week, but it’s always fun when the weekly ERA is lower than the weekly WHIP.  Speaking of WHIP, Vin noted a nice stat this week, team RBV lowered their WHIP from 0.993 to 0.983 as they try to be the first team to finish a season under 1.  That would be quite impressive to pull off!

 

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: foulballs

League: RCL 2022 (#46)

Stats:   AVG: .281, R: 55, HR: 20, RBI: 46, SB: 3

IP: 75, ERA: 2.16, WHIP: 0.96, K: 78, W: 4, SV: 9

Summary: I could have given this to Wake for another week, but he’s won enough and will probably end up winning enough, so I decided to go with foulballs this week who had better ratios and slightly better offensive numbers.  Wake had more IP and more strikeouts/wins, but I think foulballs were more well-rounded.  Plus, let’s lift some other teams up, so, foulballs had a heck of a week and is running away with RCL #46.  The rich get richer.  The stellar week also boosted the balls from 41st overall to 20th!  Bash bros, Aaron Judge and Yordan Alvarez led the way on offense while Jose Quintana and Michael Wacha had nice pitching performances, just like we drew it up back in March.  Nice work, foulballs.

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Nitro
Nitro
12 days ago

I have 8 starters going today. I am tied for 1st at the moment. EESSHHH League #14

Nitro
Nitro
Reply to  MattTruss
11 days ago

My 8 starters from yesterday pushing me to 1450 IP

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The Boricualizers
The Boricualizers
13 days ago

Los Boricualizers are coming for the Razzslam title!! If I win this thing while relying on Austin Nola as my second catcher i get bonus points for 2023 razzslam

winkerstan
winkerstan
13 days ago

Yes!

Last edited 13 days ago by winkerstan
foul balls
foul balls
13 days ago

Thanks for the nice write up, appreciate it

Grey
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Reply to  MattTruss
13 days ago

Nicely done, foul balls!

foul balls
foul balls
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Thanks

Grey
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Reply to  foul balls
13 days ago

No problem

VinWins
VinWins
13 days ago

With the appearance of Mr Big & Bud Goode in the top 10, I decided to look back at the July trade which caused some minor angst. 

MB&BG traded Ketel Marte, Nick Pivetta & Matt Olson to Legion Of Barry for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. & Kevin Gausman.

Marte hit .236 with 3 HR, 14 RBI, and 13 Runs before LOB dropped him after 1 month.
Olson: .211/36 Runs/13 HR/39 RBI.
Pivetta was immediately dropped.

Vladdy has hit .301 with 9 HR, 29 RBI, 36 Runs, and 8 SB.
Gausmann: 6 Wins/86 Ks/4.16/1.206

Grey
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Reply to  VinWins
13 days ago

Ha, that is a pretty bad trade, but *shrugs* people have to play their game

VinWins
VinWins
13 days ago

Oops. Sorry, I had a typo in my tip to you. RBV lowered his WHIP from .993 to .983.

Grey
Admin
13 days ago

Hell yeah, Wake! Get that title!

My ‘perts team has been like someone putting a hand on my head while I swing my arms wildly unable to reach them

Grey
Admin
Reply to  MattTruss
13 days ago

Haha, that is bonkers…What a year

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  MattTruss
13 days ago

I asked Wake for $5 to bench some players, but he wouldn’t go over $3.

Grey
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Reply to  VinWins
13 days ago

Hahaha

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  MattTruss
13 days ago

Yeah, there’s a couple

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Grey, so glad to see you in the top half of the ‘Perts League. ‘Cuz if you weren’t, I’m afraid relegation rules would require someone else to do the Daily Notes next season … Dan Pants?

All kidding aside, appreciate everyone in the Razzball team that help make RCLs happen (special hat tip to MattTruss and VinWins)

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Uncle Razzkai
13 days ago

Thanks!