Week 6 is about the point that we can stop saying, “it’s early” and it’s about the time I assess and start cutting bait on underperformers.  I’m not saying this is the right way to do things, it could be way too late on some guys, but it’s what I do. This week I dropped Joey Lucchesi in most of my Razzball Commenter League teams.  He’d been pretty bad and was starting in Coors this week where I wasn’t starting him. Naturally, he went out and pitched a gem. This will most likely be his turnaround and he’ll be a top 20 pitcher from here on out.  Your welcome. Jose Peraza is officially gone as is Yuli Gurriel. I ditched Eric Hosmer right before he hit three homers in five games. Fortunately, he’s gone back to being terrible, but doesn’t that figure? Have you raged dropped anyone yet?  Is there an underperformer you just keep hoping will turn it around (Vlad Jr.)? Let’s commiserate in the comments, misery loves company and with any luck our complaining will jump start some of these guys. Now, for the rest of the week that was, week 6 in the RCLs:

‘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 really shook off the cobwebs this week.  It must have been all that heat he was getting on Twitter that woke his squad up.  Ralph moved up three spots this week and now sits in third place after starting the year in tenth.  Ralph’s 7.5 points weren’t the most gained this week though. That honor goes to Malamoney who gained 9 points and moved up two spots to eighth place.

Grey lost a point this week, but Roto-Wan lost three so Grey still has a 16 point lead on his closest competition.  Speaking of losing, Tehol was the biggest loser this week, dropping 10.5 points and falling three spots, down to seventh.  He’s still beating me though, so I can’t really talk.

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 Licketty Splits RCL 2019 (#52) 117.7 112 107 111.3
2 Fat Fuckin’ Babies RCL 2019 (#57) 109.7 109 102 107.7
3 Backdoor Splitters ECFBL 108.6 108 103 104.2
4 MattTruss223 DFSers Anonymous 108.5 101.5 106 106
5 Team mcafeeeee RCL 2019 (#17) 108 105.5 102 107.7
6 Backdoor Cutters Night of the Living Zombinos 103.5 97.5 108 97.6
7 BEZOBRAZIE 1 Cougs R Us 103.1 102 101 102.7
8 Two Hole Hitter RCL 2019 (#66) 102.3 96 106 100
9 UpNorth RCL 2019 (#65) 101.9 99.5 103 100.3
10 Operation Shutdown RCL 2019 (#36) 100.8 102.5 98 101.6

Licketty Splits remains the overall leader for the third straight week.  They’ve got 112 league points in a league with a 107 LCI. That 107 is second only to Night of The Living Zombinos, a perennial league powerhouse.  Impressive stuff.

Fat Fuckin’ Babies and Backdoor Splitters each move up this week and my squad remains in fourth.

Team mcafeeeee falls a few to fifth and Backdoor Cutters hops back into the top ten this week into sixth, up from 18th last week.

BEZOBRAZIE 1 and Two Hole Hitter stay in seventh and eighth for another week and UpNorth jumps up to ninth.

Rounding things out we have Operation Shutdown who makes a big move from 28th last week to join the top ten.

TRADES

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

DATE LEAGUE DETAILS
5/7/2019 RCL #66
Mr Big and Bud Goode traded Wade Davis & Ronald Acuna Jr. to Honey Bunches of Sadness for Adalberto Mondesi & Scooter Gennett
5/7/2019 RCL #66
The Sneetches traded Hector Neris to Honey Bunches of Sadness for Miguel Andujar
5/9/2019 RCL #7
Team TrophyHusband traded Mychal Givens & Christian Yelich to Northside Nihilists for Mookie Betts
5/10/2019 COUGS R US
BEZOBRAZIE 1 traded Tim Anderson to Isotopes for Justin Turner
5/10/2019 RCL #27
Team Domme62480 traded Carlos Correa to Sleepless in Seattle for Corey Seager
5/11/2019 RCL #60
The Pyongyang Ping Pongs traded Brandon Lowe to The Brown Horse for Shane Greene
5/11/2019 RCL #57
Diamond Archers traded Shane Bieber & Noah Syndergaard to Balking Dead for Marcell Ozuna
5/12/2019 Original Recipe
The Colonol’s (Julio) Gotay traded Byron Buxton to The Crying Wolves for Shane Greene

A flurry of trade activity this week as eight trades were accepted in the RCLs.  Nothing too crazy here. I traded a semi-closer in Hector Neris for returning Miguel Andujar, allowing me to drop Yuli Gurriel.  That made me happy. Shane Greene was dealt twice and honestly, I think I’d rather have Greene in both those deals. I’m not sure I’d be dealing Yelich at this point, but that could work out if Mookie ballgame gets scorching come summer.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 67 – Jet9 (RCL 2019 (#43))

HR –25 – Jet9 (RCL 2019 (#43))

RBIs – 67 – Team Chad_MachoKC (RCL 2019 (#26))

SB – 11 – #6org (RCL 2019 (#62))

AVG – .359 – dammitjim30 (RCL 2019 (#2))

K – 109 – Rusty Shackleford (RCL 2019 (#22)) & Team johnnyhobbes (RCL 2019 (#5))

W – 9 – 7 Teams Tied

SV –  10 – Winter Is Coming (Bend the knee) (RCL 2019 (#48)) & Bezobrazie 2 (RCL 2019 (#65))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.00 – PASTE (RCL 2019 (#56)) (in 41.2 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.456 – PASTE (RCL 2019 (#56))

Well, it finally happened.  I always wondered if we’d see the day when we had a zero ERA for the week in the minimum number of innings.  PASTE just squeaks in with 41.2 IP, but that zero looks pretty awesome. It was Jose Berrios, Zach Eflin, Chris Paddack and Justin Verlander making starts and a slew of relievers all tossing zeros.  That’s a record that can only be tied, so congrats to PASTE for making the RCL record books.

The weekly strikeout record fell this week as well and seven teams tied the wins record.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Fortnite Flame Throwers

League: RCL 2019 (#16)

Stats:   AVG: .282, R: 49, HR: 19, RBI: 46, SB: 1

IP: 83.2, ERA: 2.80, WHIP: 1.135, K: 105, W: 7, SV: 1

Summary: A common theme with TOW contenders this week is Justin Turner and the Flame Throwers are no exception.  Turner’s five dongs and ten ribbies go a long way to having a great week. What stood out to me with FFT is the 105 Ks in 83.2 IP.  I was even more surprised to see it was Lucas Giolito and Tyler Mahle that did a majority of that damage, each tossing 16 Ks this week.  Who knew!? The stellar week was good enough for FFT to gain 14 league points and move up to seventh. See, you just need one good week to get right back in the thick of things!  Congrats to the Flame Throwers and good luck to everyone in week seven.

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  1. MattH says:
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    it’s so hard to give up on Yuli when he’s hitting like .400 the past 10 games. Albeit no counting stats. I finally dropped Jose Martinez in half my leagues and the very next day he gets the starting gig moving forward. Son of a…!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Yea, doesn’t that always seem to be the way it works…And those 2 HRs for Yuli are just so blah

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I need Trea Turner and Aaron Judge back badly, anyone know any voodoo?

    • Cram It says:
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      Grey, it doesn’t look like you NEED anything. Maybe Judge gets you 1 more point in HRs? Trea, a couple in SBs?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I need SBs and runs, just let them return

        • Cram It says:
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          Ok, but just Trea, because I own him too. And ironically enough, I’m in first place in that league as well.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I need Trea in a few leagues, like bad

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Man, that team is going to be silly good when they get back!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That’s the plan!

  3. Matty says:
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    I finally moved on from Mazara in my RCL this morning.
    Your list of underperformers really resonated unfortunately for some of my other leagues- Yuli and Hosmer and Odor and Peraza all on the same dynasty roster along with Bader and Bryant and Harper who are also disappointing in their own special ways- I have no idea how that team is still in the mix.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Yea, I haven’t cut bait on Mazara yet, but I could see it in shallow leagues. Wow, you must have some other studs on that dynasty team!

  4. Rick Brown says:
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    Hey Matt,
    Isn’t Andujar on the IL again?
    RICK

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ugh, yes he is, that news broke yesterday, after I’d written this article already. Such a bummer

  5. PASTE says:
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    Thanks Truss, literally didn’t even realize I had a 0.00 ERA last week, hot damn!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Right!? That’s so crazy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holy crap! In 40+ IP?!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        41.2!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s crazy — If someone throws 42 or more IP tho, that beats him, does it not?

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            I suppose it would, I’d probably just note it as a tie though, because it’s damn impressive

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, plus never happen, that’s insane!

              • PASTE says:
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                I’d like to thank Grandpa Joe, who gave me a few tips while on his drive to and from Jersey.

              • PASTE says:
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                The crazier thing is, if I had started Corbin vs. the Dodgers I still would have had 0.00!

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  Yea, I didn’t even mention the fact you benched a zero ERA as well!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  The craziest thing is you benched Corbin… Why?

                  • PASTE says:
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                    Cuz of innings limits and a matchup against the dodgers yo!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah

  6. BENJAMIN KUPERSMIT says:
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    I did the same exact shizz with lucchesi. Next week I’ll drop inciarte prolly so he can come back and go top 20 OF.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Yup, sucks man

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