The rookies are coming, the rookies are coming!  That’s Ralph Lifshitz aka Prospect Jesus on his way to the waiver wire to hog all the Juan Soto goodness for himself.  Also making an appearance this past week was Austin Meadows. Nick the Dick seemed to grab him in just about every league I’m in with him.  I think I might play with the same managers in too many leagues. Hopefully, you don’t have the same problem and you were able to grab some sweet rookie nookie in an Razzball Commenter League or two.  It’s pretty exciting when a fresh rookie makes the jump. Meadows has gotten out to a hot start, it will be fun to see what Soto can do at 19. Now, if only Vladito would get the call. Vlad Jr. is being stashed in most leagues, but if he hasn’t been scooped up yet, now would be the time.  Grey already told you to hit the add button and he’s a man of his word, currently stashing him in the ‘Perts League.  Could Vladito be the key to Grey overtaking Ralph for the top spot in the league? Wouldn’t that be ironic?  Prospector Ralph done in by his own true love. Let’s see how far Grey has to go to catch Ralph and all the other goodness from week 7 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 held onto his lead and even worked to increase it this week.  Ralph gained 3 points this week while I lost 3.5 and Grey lost 4. Ralph is some kind of force right now, leading the ‘Perts league in Runs, HRs, Wins and Saves this week.  That sure will help matters. Ralph now has a 14 point lead over myself and Son, who are tied for second.

Smokey had the best week of the bunch, gaining 7 points this week and moving into 6th place.  Rudy gained 4 points this week and combined with Grey losing 4 points, now only sits 6.5 points behind Grey in 5th place.  The worst performance this week belongs to Lance, who dropped 6.5 points and fell two places, down to 8th.

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 DHARMA Initiative RCL 2018 (#20) 94.8 109.5 100 80.7
2 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 94.4 111 101 76.5
3 Los Beisbolcats RCL 2018 (#37) 91.8 102.5 102 77.4
4 LauraHolt Razzball Writers League 90.6 105 100 76.4
5 The Road Warrior RCL 2018 (#6) 90.4 105 97 80.8
6 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 90.1 97.5 104 76.5
7 OldNavy 3 RCL 2018 (#7) 89.9 105.5 96 80.5
8 Ralph Lifshitz ‘Perty Perts 89.8 101.5 102 74.5
9 Templeton Shoots The Bird RCL 2018 (#43) 89.7 101.5 101 76.3
10 Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects Frequent Commenters League 89.6 96 104 77

We have a new team in the top spot this week as DHARMA Initiative, who had been as high as 2nd previously jumped from 9th to 1st thanks in part to leading the RCLs in HRs this week.  Your humble RCL update host falls to 2nd this week with DHARMA’s jump.

Look at Laura Holt go!  Not only is she one of the best in the biz at deep leagues, she’s got shallow mixed league chops as well!  I knew She was going to be trouble when I invited her to the Writer’s League and she actually posted questions about the rules.  That means she read the rules! People that read the rules are always trouble in any league. That attention to detail goes a long way.  See: Tehol in the ‘Perts League for further proof of this theory. (Tehol didn’t know the rules until 2 weeks ago and I still don’t think he knows there’s a move limit this year).

Los Beisbolcats makes a return to the top 10 this week, coming in at 3rd overall.  The Beisbolcats fell to 12th last week.  The rest of the top 10 teams are all holdovers from last week with Some Salvy For My Knee dropping out this week (10th last week) to 12th.  Things appear to be starting to level off a bit.

TRADES

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

No trades to report this week.  Is it just me, or are trades down this year?  Get out there and wheel and deal RCLers!

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 58 – Weird Balls (RCL 2018 (#4))

HR –23 – DHARMA Initiative (RCL 2018 (#20))

RBIs – 58 – Vin The Old (Frequent Commenters League)

SB – 14 – I am the Walrus (RCL 2018 (#50))

AVG – .330 – Team rfenner (Night of the Living Zombinos)

K – 105 – Vin (DFSers Anonymous)

W – 8 – The Cardinals (RCL 2018 (#19)) & Jensen Beach Gators (RCL 2018 (#33))

SV –  12 – Prospect Jesus (Crab Army)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.18 – Los Beisbolcats (RCL 2018 (#37)) (in 53.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.72 – Prague Defenestrators (RCL 2018 (#40)) (in 50 IP)

The rich got richer this week as a couple of top performing RCL teams made the Weekly Leaderboard.  

Former RCL Update legend, VinWins, made the leaderboard with two different teams.  Vin did me a solid and took over a dead team in my legacy RCL, DFSers Anonymous. That team is way under the IP limits, so expect a lot of streaming and Ks from Vin the next few weeks as he plays catch-up.  We won’t talk about the ratios of said from this past week.

Ralph stole the title of weekly saves leader for the year from another member of the Crab Army RCL, Nick the Dick.  Nick’s 11 couldn’t hold up to Ralph’s big 12” record.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Weird Balls

League: RCL 2018 (#4)

Stats:   AVG: .256, R: 58, HR: 22, RBI: 46, SB: 7

IP: 53.2, ERA: 2.68, WHIP: 0.839, K: 60, W: 7, SV: 7

Summary: This is one of the best looking weeks from a TOW yet this season.  Usually a team runs wild in one stat or another (HRs or Ks) and it boosts them up, but this right here is all around gold.  Weird Balls led the RCLs in Runs and was one off the HR lead. Sevens were wild for the Balls as well, logging 7 SBs, 7 Wins and 7 Saves.  Tossing in the micro ratios and this is just dominance. Weird Balls didn’t quite crack the top 10 this week, but another week like this and they will.  This week alone had them jump up 64 spots in the overall standings from 85th last week to 21st this week. Well done, Weird Balls, well done.

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  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Hey, no one told me RCLs use ERA and WHIP. There should be a page of rules a person could peruse.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      If only!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  2. Regan Sayer says:
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    I hate how there is no innings tracker to tell you what pace your on. And you have to go to the standings page just to find your innings count. And they for some reason include innings as a stat???? Fantrax!

    • MattTruss

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      If you click Min/Max on your team page it shows you your innings and your pace, FYI.

      IP was added to the standings page so you could easily see all the teams IP without clicking on each team and viewing their Min/Max stats. Also, it was added for the Master Standings.

      • Turd Fergusons says:
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        Yes I check the min/max page daily – I’m keeping my innings just under the 1400 pace for now (-20 right now I think). Some teams in my league are killing me in Ks but they’re at like +100 or something. I’m glad it shows IP in standings page cuz I like tracking the league’s K/9 that way.

        I am Laura and this dude is Tehol hehehe jk

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Ha! Them’s fightin words!

  3. VinWins

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    Cubs lineup listed already…no Happ. Looks like he will be my most added/dropped player this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn it!

  4. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    My 12″ nice!

    Whenever I feel bad about myself I read this Perts writeup, I then check the ECFBL standings and realize I have a long way to go. In the latter I’m banking on soon to be ace, Alex Reyes.

    • MattTruss

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      Haha, slipped that in there for ya.

      I’m pissed I didn’t stash Reyes anywhere, that could be huge.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @MattTruss: I was watching the start and thought sheeeeeeeiiiittt I need to add him now.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          So nasty, also Willy Adames now! Holy smokes, everyone is getting the call! WE NEED VLADITO! I added him in TGFBI the Sunday before Grey had him in his buy column, hoping that pays off big.

  5. The Padre says:
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    No trades this week?!

    How about this one in RCL #43:

    Processed on May 21, 2018, 8:00:00 AM

    Gonzalez, Gio, P – WAS
    from Team nick_durango to The Padre’s Pirates

    Bour, Justin, 1B,CI,U
    – MIA
    from The Padre’s Pirates to Team nick_durango

    • VinWins

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      @The Padre: This covers Monday the 14th to Sunday the 20th, so this trade should be listed next update.

      • The Padre says:
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        @VinWins: OK, my mistake, apologies

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      *JUST* missed the cutoff. Even still, thanks for the heads up, Rudy didn’t email me this one, so I’ve noted it for next week. Thanks!

      • The Padre says:
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        @MattTruss: No worries. Early days, but Gio’s already picked up a win for me, so looking good so far!

  6. Laura Holt

    Laura Holt says:
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    Well, I did indeed read the rules, but still made some ridiculous mistakes — I mean, 2 of the 4 starters I drafted were Quintana and Jon Gray! But I’m determined to keep things going so that I’ll finally be able to crash through the fantasy baseball glass ceiling and get invited to an experts league or make it on to a podcast ; ) Thanks for all the RCL work and great updates, Matt — I wasn’t sure if I’d be into the RCL format but turns out it’s fun as hell!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Your heard the woman Grey! Make it happen!

      Glad you’re enjoying yourself. The RCLs are a nice ying to a deep league’s yang. I love the format myself, but it’s not for everyone.

      Keep up the great work and thanks for the kind words!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Laura Holt: You want onto the podcast you got it.

  7. nick the smooth dick says:
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    Hey my wife says my 11 is more than enough! I blame Middletons injury for Ralph’s big swinging 12 piece….suprised I got to Meadows, Soto, O’neill and stashed Vlad in FCL. C’mon youngins, make my team not suck! So many injuries. I got Vlad everywhere but ECFBL

    • MattTruss

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      Haha, yea, Middleton’s injury sucked. The rooks are tough. Meadows wasn’t great in limited time last year if I recall and I was worried O’Neill wouldn’t see the field. Hit or miss, but they seem to be hitting right now. Hope Vlad comes up and goes bonkers, that would be fun!

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