Two weeks to go and teams are creeping up on that 1400 IP limit. 47 teams have now reached the magic number with 209 more on pace to hit it. You would want about 1300 IP right now and need 50 each week to nail the 1400 mark. A note to everyone, 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. I typically try to pull it off with a few teams and this year will be no different. Best of luck to anyone who pulls this strategy off!
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.
A cackle could be heard throughout the halls of Razzball HQ Sunday night as Grey took over the Perts league lead. Unlike those who believe Grey peaked in high school, we know he’s peaking at just the right time to swoop in and steal the virtual trophy from Son’s mantle. Son was so distraught by the news that Cram It was able to sneak by him on a tiebreaker. For those who aren’t aware, the first tiebreaker in RCLs between two teams is who is ahead in more scoring categories, if that is a tie, it goes to first place in the most scoring categories. So, if you are neck and neck with someone, it pays to take a look at which categories you might be close to them in and make sure you keep ahead or move ahead. But, back to Grey, all hail our fearless leader. Grey led the league in IP (87.1) this week and finally scored some wins, with seven (co-leading the league), and brought in 84 strikeouts. Cram It meanwhile, led the league in every offensive category but batting average. Looks like a heck of a race down the stretch!
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.
Aaaaaand, that’s a wrap! Honestly, I thought we had one week left, but apparently, the RazzSlam stops after 25 weeks, so here we are, and congrats to Euan Leith (@EuanOrYouOut), who scored the most points of anyone left in the Championship Tier this week and took a slim lead on Ryan Beck to steal the big win. What a finish! Here’s a look at how the top ten finished up:
Congrats to Euan!
Huge shoutout to the rest of the Top 10 in the final round. It was a crazy few weeks! ???? pic.twitter.com/3ejZmmVPeE
— Euan Leith (@EuanOrYouOut) September 19, 2023
Better luck next year to MarmosDad.
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||Stolen Vortex||RCL 6||111.7||111.5||102||108.8|
|2||FANTASY ICON 5.0||RCL 17||109||112||101||104.5|
|3||Deb, The Toast of Iceland||RCL 31||107.2||110.5||100||104.2|
|4||Tuck It In||RCL 29||105.2||102||104||101.7|
|5||Analyzing Unathletic Success||RCL 21||105.1||103||102||104.6|
|6||Save the World||RCL 13||105.1||109||98||104.5|
|7||Bayou Bombers||RCL 26||104.8||110||100||99|
|8||Orlando Calrissians||Original Recipe||104.8||108.5||100||100.7|
|10||Dunphy`s Joint Venture||RCL 36||102.5||98.5||105||99.5|
All the same teams remained in the top ten this week but a few changed spots. Stolen Vortex and Fantasy Icon held the top two places, but Deb pushed into third overall and has a very real chance of taking second by next week. Stolen Vortex has quite a substantial lead and could be running away with this with two weeks to go.
The best of the best from the week that was.
R – 61 – LauraHolt (NOTLZ) & The Lineup Builder (DFSers Anonymous)
HR –23 – Vegans (ECFBL)
RBIs – 65 – Chronosaurus (RCL 31)
SB – 17 – Vin 10 (RCL 10) & Sho me 2 Ohtani’s (RCL 30)
AVG – .327 – cjsullivan3 (RCL 17)
K – 117 – KumaDevilL (RCL 29)
W – 9 – STL Squat Cobblers (ECFBL)
SV – 10 – Longballers (RCL 29) & FakeTeams824 (RCL 6)
ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.55 – jacknapier26 (RCL 1) (in 52.1 IP)
WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.689 – NoUseForAName (FCL) (in 49.1 IP)
No new records this week, but ECFBL is well-represented as 10 points separates first from sixth there. I wish I had done better there this year and could join in the race, but alas.
Also, the RCL stolen base record has been officially shattered and now it’s just a race to see who finishes with the top spot:
STOLEN BASES [OLD Record: 270]
276 EarlThePearl#17 (RCL 17)
275 Elly’s Jelly Bellies (RCL 15)
275 Vin 10 (RCL 10)
273 Tuck It In (RCL 29)
Vin’s 17 steals this week inserted himself into the thick of the hunt. Good luck to everyone chasing immortality.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Our weekly shout out to the team that killed it the previous week.
League: COUGS R US
Stats: AVG: .285, R: 51, HR: 14, RBI: 54, SB: 7
IP: 88.2, ERA: 3.45, WHIP: 1.263, K: 108, W: 7, SV: 5
Summary: COUGS R US, our champion’s league, is very difficult to make up ground in. Every team is fighting til the bitter end for that sweet glory of being the best of last year’s best. The big week from stechsjj was good for a 5.5 point gain and moved them from seventh to sixth, pushing me down to seventh. Maybe stechsjj gets TOW to help soothe my broken ego, but honestly, it was a heck of a week. Aside from a little HR dip and an oddly high WHIP, everything else, especially that K/9 is drool-worthy. Gunnar Henderson and Mark Canha had big weeks on offense and Carlos Rodon led the pitching staff. Stechsjj now sits just one point out of fifth and unfortunately, that’s about as high as I think they can get with two weeks remaining. Still, every spot counts. Nice work, stechsjj.
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