Five weeks are now in the books.  With twenty to go, quick math tells us we are ? of the way through our season.  To those ahead in your Razzball Commenter Leagues, that might be exciting, but to those at the bottom of the barrel, that could be unwelcome news.  Is it possible you’ve already accumulated ? of your final stats for the season?  As someone with a lot of Mets on their teams, this doesn’t feel right.  This is the time of year when I like to take a peak at what players are killing your Razzball Commenter League teams and what players are boosting your team up the standings.  Our previous RCL Updater, VinWins has already done this work for me, because us Updaters stick together.  After the jump will be a fancy table showing every player drafted in the first round of the Razzball Commenter Leagues (yes, even J.T. Realmuto) and where they rank currently on the Razzball Player Rater.  Spoiler: Drafting Ronald Acuna Jr. has been pretty great.  Let’s take a look at which first rounders are tanking your teams, a flurry of trade activity and all kinds of numbers for the week that was, week 5:

PLAYER RANK AS OF APRIL 23
RANK AS OF MAY 10
Ronald Acuna Jr. 1 1
Bo Bichette 5 5
Mike Trout 4 10
Jacob deGrom 44 12
Gerrit Cole 42 16
Jose Ramirez 79 18
Fernando Tatis Jr. 483 20
Trea Turner 24 26
Trevor Story 279 39
Trevor Bauer 40 44
Yu Darvish 101 64
Freddie Freeman 63 67
Bryce Harper 20 69
Shane Bieber 50 75
J.T. Realmuto 183 80
Manny Machado 34 96
Mookie Betts 127 103
Juan Soto 78 254
Lucas Giolito 335 288
Francisco Lindor 480 499
Christian Yelich 266 541
Cody Bellinger 743 903

For the most part, the first round hasn’t been too bad.  Mike Trout is scoffing at all of us for drafting him as the near-consensus fifth overall pick and drafting Yelich and Bellinger has been brutal.  Congrats if you’re hanging on while drafting either of those two.  Acuna is just doing what he does, being the best player in baseball.  Something important this chart shows us though, is just how fast a player can return value.  Take a look at Tatis; ranked 483 at the end of April, he’s now a top 20, just like that.  Bo Bichette is the biggest surprise to me on this list, I didn’t expect him to rake like this already.  What surprises you here?  Maybe Mookie and Lindor getting comfy with those fat contracts?  Once again, big thanks to VinWins for creating the chart and having fun crunching numbers, even in his retirement.

‘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.

Son held onto the top spot for another week despite losing 8.5 points and Coolwhip charging up the standings with a 14 point gain.  Coolwhip had a heck of week and made the biggest points gain of anyone in the league, bringing it within 3 points for the lead.  Could we see a new leader next week?  Coolwhip led the league in Runs, RBIs and strikeouts, we’ll see if his team can stay hot.

Laura made the biggest leap in the standings this week, jumping up four places to fifth.  Laura led the league in HRs, SBs and Wins.  It’s a huge cluster in the middle right now with only 10 points separating third from ninth.  We’re all just fighting over the crumbs left by Son and Coolwhip.

On the negative side of things we had Grey and Blair.  Grey dropped the most in the standings this week, slipping three places to ninth, despite only losing a half a point on the week.  See: cluster.  Meanwhile, Blair was our biggest points loser with a 15.5 point drop.  I think Coolwhip stole all Blair’s points, that’s not very nice.

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.

There’s a new leader in the clubhouse as Nicholas Mariano takes over first place in the RazzSlam.  Last week’s leader, Sammy Reid fell to third as Joseph Bond continued their steady climb up the standings, landing in second.

Our week three leader, Brian Seymour sits in fourth this week and Yatta has moved into fifth overall.

Coolwhip is still doing his part, holding down sixth overall for #TeamRazzball.

Ryan Owen and Joseph Asher made their debuts in the top ten this week while Ellis Canady hangs around the top ten as they have for the past three weeks.  Yancy Eaton rounds things out for us in week five.

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 Son PERTS LEAGUE 108 102.5 107 103.3
2 Johnny Utahs DFSers Anonymous 104.7 98.5 105 103.5
3 Coolwhip PERTS LEAGUE 104.3 99.5 107 99.2
4 Laura Holt RCL 2021 (#9) 104.1 106.5 101 100.4
5 Team mpaltrow RCL 2021 (#1) 103.6 100 103 102.1
6 Mo Mohicans RCL 2021 (#19) 102.8 103.5 101 101.3
7 Disgustipated RCL 2021 (#27) 101.9 97 105 98.9
8 VottomanEmpire RCL 2021 (#25) 100.7 99.5 103 98.1
9 Son Writers League 100.6 99.5 102 99.2
10 EvilEvies ECFBL 100.3 102 102 95

Son is still holding onto that top spot, but two new challengers have entered the area.  Johnny Utahs continued their hot streak, moving from tenth last week to second overall as they take DFSers by storm.  Coolwhip’s strong week in ‘Perts now has two team from that league in the top three overall.  We don’t call it ‘Perts for nothing!  These two pushed Laura down to fourth overall this week, but any of these teams can take a run at a suddenly vulnerable Son.

Team mpaltrow jumps up two spots this week as Mo Mohicans makes a move into the top ten, up from 13th last week.

Disgustipated and Vottoman Empire each moved up one spot this week, while Son snuck his second team back into the top ten, after falling to 11th last week.

Rounding us out is EvilEvies, who takes a tumble from third overall last week, to hang on to tenth.

TRADES

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

DATE LEAGUE DETAILS
5/3/2021 RCL #23
TBD traded Colin Moran to Methuen Meatballs for DJ LeMahieu
5/3/2021 NOTLZ
Creative Chaos traded Zach Eflin to DonSlaughtOnslaught for Jesus Aguilar
5/4/2021 RCL #29
Team StlPerfectos traded Jose Urquidy & Trea Turner to Athletically Unathletic for J.D. Martinez & Eddie Rosario
5/4/2021 RCL #9
Dusty_Bagtagger traded Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to Primanti Bros for Dylan Bundy
5/6/2021 RCL #13
WahooFan traded & Tyler Glasnow to Bend the Knee for Pete Alonso
5/6/2021 RCL #18
Auto-21 traded Gregory Soto & Zack Greinke to JKJ for Mike Moustakas
5/6/2021 RCL #18
Auto-21 traded Kyle Seager & Teoscar Hernandez to Team DanJNZ for Mark Canha
5/6/2021 Perts League
Grey traded Jake Diekman to JKJ for Yoan Moncada
5/7/2021 RCL #21
Nothing Going trades away Edwin Diaz, Cedric Mullins & Eduardo Escobar to The Imp for Akil Baddoo, Brandon Nimmo & Jazz Chisholm Jr.
5/7/2021 DFSers Anonymous
Vegans traded Tommy Edman to Vottoman Empire for Kenta Maeda
5/7/2021 RCL #14
Lucky Bucky traded Nelson Cruz to Diamond Ringers for Aroldis Chapman
5/7/2021 RCL #16
Team BillyAngel traded Aaron Civale to NotPennysBoat for Eugenio Suarez
5/7/2021 RCL #26
Team BillyAngel traded Sean Manaea to platano_power for Jorge Soler
5/8/2021 RCL #25
Hot Corner traded Aroldis Chapman to Trussell Shuffle for Franmil Reyes
5/8/2021 RCL #33
Team Draft Difficulties traded Stefan Crichton to Rocky for Andrew Benintendi
5/9/2021 NOTLZ
Creative Chaos traded Richard Rodriguez & Nick Solak to Beastman for Miguel Sano & Zack Wheeler

Holy moly, the RCLs got busy with some trades this week!  Everyone must be getting antsy.

Tyler Glasnow continues to get moved around, this time for Pete Alonso, I like that move.  Plenty of closers got shuffled around and even some…maybe closers?  I already hinted at this in the comments yesterday, but Grey robbed JKJ here.  Diekman is maybe not even the guy in a weird committee of closer-chaos and he just landed a big bat, that’s robbery.  By contrast, I traded a top bat for a closer this week and landed myself Aroldis Chapman, at least Chapman is THE GUY.  It looks like someone moved Franmil’s dad for Aroldis Chapman in another league too.  I’m not saying Moncada would land you Chapman, but I’d at least be starting in that range and see what bites.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 63 – Disgustipated (RCL 2021 (#27))

HR –20 – Team Bartilotta (RCL 2021 (#22)) & VottomanEmpire (DFSers Anonymous)

RBIs – 62 – Trussell Shuffle (RCL 2021 (#25))

SB – 12 – Tbd (RCL 2021 (#23))

AVG – .314 – Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects (Frequent Commenters League)

K – 107 – Diamond Ringers (RCL 2021 (#14))

W – 9 – Accordion (RCL 2021 (#22))

SV –  12 – Vin Halen (RCL 2021 (#5))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.90 – GasDoc (Writers League) (in 50 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.637 – Green Monster Mashers (RCL 2021 (#11)) (in 59.2 IP)

We set new weekly marks in runs, strikeouts, saves and ERA this week.  Gotta love the sub 1.00 ERA in 50 IP, nice work GasDoc!  Vin loves his closers and while I didn’t set any high marks, it was still nice to make the list twice.  We now have a four-way tie for the wins record.  Next week, our goal is to get a team to 10 wins, deal?

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Butterscotch

League: RCL 2021 (#22)

Stats:   AVG: .276, R: 50, HR: 15, RBI: 46, SB: 5

IP: 79, ERA: 2.28, WHIP: 0.873, K: 72, W: 8, SV: 2

Summary: Butterscotch was a real RCL redemption story this week.  Heading into week 5, they were in dead last in RCL #22, a mere 36.5 points to their name.  Then the bats of Miguel Rojas, Cedric Mullins, Adam Duvall and some fellas named Tatis came alive.  Pair that with the arms of Dallas Keuchel, Zack Wheeler, Dane Dunning and the illustrious Wade Miley and you have yourself a WEEK!  Butterscotch went sub 1.00 on the WHIP in 79 IP and nabbed eight wins.  That’s almost as many wins as some of my teams have on the year.  All this earned Butterscotch 22 league points and moved them into seventh place.  Back from the dead and ready to compete.  Nice work Butterscotch, keep it up!

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Awesome update, and thanks, Vin!

    Still can’t believe I got Moncada for Diekman, feels like a dream, and being in 9th feels like a nightmare…What’s a nightmare-dream called? That’s what’s going on this fantasy season

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      A scream, that is called a scream, which is what I feel like doing most days this season.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, same, tbh

  2. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Nice job, Truss. And congrats on a .314 week!. My teams are hitting from .236 to a high of .260!

    And, I only have 10 saves for the whole season in Original Recipe. Unlike you, I cannot see myself trading a bat for a closer. My usual course of action is to package 2 or 3 closers for a top SP.

    And, no one needs to panic. A little more quick math shows there are really still 21 weeks to go, so keep calm.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Batting average on the whole is a wasteland on my teams too. I’ve traded for a couple closers so far this year, Hendricks and Chapman, so top closers only. Trading 2-3 mid range ones for a bat or starter is definitely the way to go.

      *shakes fist* ….math…you’re right, 26 weeks, doh

  3. MattH says:
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    Great write up Truss and with an assist from Vin. I like it. So I guess drafting Trea and Bo was better than drafting Betts and Harper thus far. Interesting. I didn’t realize Betts was so far down the list. What’s up with ECFBL league Index?? Never seen it that low before. Keep up the good work!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks Matt! I think ECFBL usually starts slow and finishes strong. We draft the fewest starters of just about any league, so we’ll be behind in IP until other leagues hit their maxes and we catch-up.

  4. VinWins

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    I drafted Bellinger and Lindor with my 1st 2 picks in RCL 2, and I’m doing just fine (8th). In RCL 5 I switched it up and went Lindor – Bellinger, which was obviously much smarter as I’m battling with Darth DILinator at the top.

    In RCL 8, Team cubbiebluez also grabbed Bellinger and Lindor and is currently in 1st place.

    In RCL 23, The Sneetches drafted Lindor – Bellinger, and … oh, we don’t need to mention that. But in the ECFBL, The Hippos took Lindor and Bellinger, uh, never mind.

    JKJ is on top in RCL 18 despite taking Bellinger and Yelich.

    RCL 24: Gunk Squad is battling for the lead after taking Yelich and Bellinger.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      So, I think what you’re saying here Vin is that you and I drafted too much Lindor and Bellinger?

  5. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    IT WILL PAY OFF IN THE END!!!!

  6. hot corner says:
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    I didn’t really want to trade you Chapman, but when I am sitting at the bottom of all offensive categories, Franmil is as good as anyone to dig out of at least one hole.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      For sure, I don’t know that either of us “wins” that trade, it’s totally fair for both our needs. Franimal is awesome!

  7. Cram It says:
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    What stands out to me is that Son has the most game played AND the most innings pitched. He’s either doing a fantastic job of maximizing his roster or being ultra fortunate with injuries. Or both, he’s made the most moves.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      He is putting the MAX in maximizing, add/dropping like a crazy man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or he’s maxing now and will be out of IP in Sept.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        Definitely, if he doesn’t slow down, he’ll hit 1400 IP 37 days from the end of the season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Son’s losing this thing!

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            Haha. Or he could trade Darvish and Nola in July and improve.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ugh, don’t help him!

              • Son

                Son says:
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                Ha! That was the plan but now no one will trade with me!! Gaaaaaa

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Take down Son!

  8. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I have 2 of the top 10 teams in the Saves category for the season, but you have a team tied for the most with 40, Truss.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ooo, nice! I haven’t checked out season leaders yet, maybe that’ll be on tap for next week.

  9. Rick Brown says:
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    Thanks a lot Matt and Vin for this-love hearin’ about other teams trials and tribulations.
    RICK

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Our pleasure Rick!

  10. frankgrimes says:
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    What dope took Bo in the first?

    Oh wait it was me… too bad I took Eloy at 13 ha

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ooof

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    Tried trading Whit for Chapman. No dice. Drafts were not good to me this year. Digging out everywhere in RCLs

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