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Well, that’s a wrap on the Razzball Commenter Leagues everyone.  Twenty-six weeks down and now we have twenty-six more until the start of next year’s fantasy baseball season.  It’s perfect symmetry, because fantasy baseball is the perfect fantasy sport.  Speaking of perfect, Returning Champ went near perfect on us in route to an overall Championship.  This ties for the second highest finish in RCL history with Rank Railheads of 2012 Championship fame.  Returning Champ really rakes it in, winning themselves a $250 Best Buy gift card!  More importantly though, Returning Champ gets a Razzball T-Shirt and RCL glory.  Who can put a price on that?  Oh, it’s $25, well then, moving on.  I don’t believe Returning Champ has checked in via comments at all this year, but now would be the time.  It’s time to heap on the praise and accept your congratulations.  Personally, I’ve been curious all year where the Champ has returned from.  Is this a previous RCL winner or were they just lost at sea?  I have questions!  Either way, Returning Champ fended off some very tough competitors this year to claim the RCL crown.  Cram It gave it a run, Grey was pushing for a top spot for awhile there and an army of RCL robots invaded the standings as well.  This is Returning Champ’s moment though, so hopefully they show up, take a bow and soak it up, they earned it.  Here’s what else what happened this year and this final week of 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.

Seven.  That is the number of weeks that Grey finished the week not in first place.  That’s pretty darn close to a wire to wire run.  Once he hit the 90s in week six, he would never fall below 94.5 league points.  All of that is a long-winded way to say, Grey owned the ‘Perts League this year.  After finishing runner-up last year, Grey left nothing to chance, finishing with an 8.5 point lead.  It could have been an even bigger gap, but Grey played it safe to finish things out, leaving an easy 2.5 points on the table in Ks and Wins in order to preserve his ratios.  Grey only used 146 GS and still finished with 50.5 of a possible 60 pitching points.  It should also be noted that Grey drafted Rougned Odor in the second round and Johnny Cueto in the seventh.  Of course, Corey Kluber in the fourth round didn’t hurt any.  Either way, it’s an impressive victory in a league that finished with an LCI of 108.  Nice work ‘Perts on keeping that LCI high.  The 108 LCI was enough to push Grey and his 102 league points into 4th place in the Master Standings.  Grey finished 8th overall back in 2015, so this format clearly suits his style.  Nice work Fantasy Master Lothario.

Ralph made things interesting at times, but in the end, came up short.  That’s nothing to scoff at though, it was still a heck of a season for the Prospector.  Ralph’s the best of the worst!

Nice work by Cram It making Ralph sweat a little at the end there.  Cram moved from 78.5 points in week 19 up to 91.5 to close things out.  Talk about finishing strong.

Rudy displayed the power of his rankings with a 4th place finish despite auto-drafting this squad.  Well played.

Finally, we all bust on Tehol plenty, but I have to give props where they’re do.  Tehol actually played this season out and beat me in the process.  I now have some serious soul-searching to do this winter.  Nice work playing it out this year Tehol, no more Tehol jokes from me until I can actually finish ahead of him in league.  I’m a humbled hippo.

TOP 20

For those too lazy to check the MASTER STANDINGS, I present to you, the current top 20

RK TEAM LEAGUE RCL PTS LG PTS LG INDEX MASTER PTS
1 Returning Champ The Giant and the Jew 110.1 119 101 99.9
2 Team Studer It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! 104.3 113 101 94
3 Gomes’ Gnomes Johnson’s Ornithology E.O.D. 103.6 110 103 92.9
4 Team Albright Razzball ‘Perty ‘Perts 102.5 102 108 91.3
5 Grey is Bae Sons of Beddict 102.3 110 100 94.5
6 Cram It Sponge-worthy Anti-Dentites 102 109 102 92.5
7 Vottoman Empire DFSers Anonymous 101.9 99.5 107 93.4
8 Rudy is Snooty Take On [email protected] 3 101.8 104.5 105 91.1
9 SWALLOW MY NUT Take on the Jay 3 101.4 116 98 90.9
10 MattTruss 223 DFSers Anonymous 101.2 101 107 90.2
11 Team Bromelia Night of the Living Zombinos 100.8 100 106 92.2
12 J FOH Rio Ruiz Super League 99.7 101 106 89.5
13 Lindor Truffle Shuffle Take on the Jay 98.7 107 99 92.1
14 50 Shades of Jon Gray Master Batters 98.6 105 100 92.2
15 Donkeycorns Unlimited BigThreeSports + Razzball = Love 98.5 106 101 89
16 The Hippos ECFBL 98.2 95.5 111 84.6
17 South Side Hitmen Von Hayes and Confused 98 104 99 93.5
18 Backdoor Sliders Frequent Commenters League 98 99 107 86.9
19 Team AL KOHOLIC Original Recipe 2017 97.9 100 104 89.7
20 Hollywood Knights My Nightly Fantasy 97.7 106 99 91.1
21 Breakin’ Balls DeadPool 97.6 102.5 103 88.1

I’m expanding the top 10 to the top 20 for the final standings.  Stand up and give a hearty pat on the rear end to your end of season top 20.  Most of these teams made an appearance in the top 10 at some point this year and it takes some serious effort to make the top 20 at season’s end.

Team Studer held firm while others faltered and was left standing in second overall.

Gomes’ Gnomes and Grey both jumped up two spots to take third and fourth respectively.

In Fifth we have our highest ranking robo-manager, Grey is Bae.  Only four humans bested the machine.  Well played bot, well played.

Cram It dropped two league points the final week to fall to sixth overall.

Vottoman Empire and myself had an epic battle in DFSers Anonymous.  While I won the league and the glory there, Vottoman gets some solace in finishing ahead of me in the Master Standings despite the 1.5 point gap in the league standings.  Either way, we both made the top 10, which is pretty awesome.

Rudy is Snooty is our second place robot, but is technically disqualified due to league settings.  Take on [email protected] 3 was set-up to have 200 GS instead of the RCL mandated 180.  Tough break for RiS, but at least it didn’t cost them an overall championship.  Gotta check those settings commishes!

SWALLOW MY NUT picked a good week to debut in the top 10, peaking at number nine when it matters most.  They were 24th just three weeks ago.  Clutch.

The rest of the top 20 features some familiar Razzballers including Nick the Dick (J FOH) in 12th, my ECFBL team (16th), The Big Yabu (Backdoor Sliders) in 18th and Team AL KOHLIC (19th).  Take your victory lap fellas.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 58 – J FOH (Rio Ruiz Super League) & NO PEPPER (The Prospect Podcast League)

HR –25 – Build a great great wall (Great Knocks 2)

RBIs – 66 – Prague Defenestrators (BATTAMANIA )

SB – 14 – # Sozo (Cougs R Us) & Lamb Chop Suey! (Viz Versus The Commenters)

AVG – .372 – The People’s Champ (DFSers Anonymous)

K – 175 – Beni’s Chainz Bind Me (Benintendi Erection Club)

W – 15 – Ralph Ruiz (Rio Ruiz Super League)

SV –  15 – The Sneetches (Razzers Not Brazzers)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.64 – Portland Zoo Keepers (Gasoline Suits Standings) (in 42 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.79 – DAPL Protesters (Show Me The malamoney) (in 40.1 IP)

The final week saw a few records fall, some in spectacular fashion.

Always nice to see J FOH make an RCL Update appearance.  Nice work Nick!

The real story here is Ralph’s big week of pitching stats.  Just last week Ralph’s Beni’s Chainz squad took over co-ownership of the weekly wins record with Johnny Utahs, each scoring 13 wins.  This week the Beni squad obliterated the previous weekly high in Ks of 153, held by Calgary Cannons.  With 175 in the final week, Ralph takes the weekly record as you’ll see in the next section.

Not finished there, Ralph’s Rio Ruiz Super League team stole the weekly wins record from his own Beni’s Chainz team, upping the win record to 15.  Impressive finish Ralph!

The Portland Zoo Keepers snuck in under the gun this week to snake the ERA record from Team Burakoff by 0.02.

WEEKLY RECORDS

The best of the best from the weeks that were.

R – 74 – Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects (Frequent Commenters League)

HR –28 – florida illini (High Desert Baseball), Talk Dirty Thome (Make RCL Grey Again), Emperor Beddict (Sons of Beddict), Florida IBWIP (Prospector Ralph’s Cavern), Lindor Truffle Shuffle (Take on the Jay) & Team foul balls (Daniel Murphy’s Porn Stash)

RBIs – 79 – Milo the Cat (Night of the Living Zombinos)

SB – 21 – Seager Brothers On This Team (Make RCL Grey Again)

AVG – .383 – Gang Gang (Take On [email protected] 1) & Team Sullivan (Great Knocks 2)

K – 175 – Beni’s Chainz Bind Me (Benintendi Erection Club)

W – 15 – Ralph Ruiz (Rio Ruiz Super League)

SV –  19 – Florida IBWIP (Prospector Ralph’s Cavern)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.64 – Portland Zoo Keepers (Gasoline Suits Standings) (in 42 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.64 – Sleeper Waives (Great Knocks) (in 48.1 IP)

These are the best weekly outputs in each category from the year that was.  If you would all stand up to receive a round of applause, that would be lovely.

No one answered my plea to hit 29 HRs in a week and so we ended with a six way tie.

Florida IBWIP is the only team to make it on the list twice, although Ralph managed to separate teams onto the list.  Nice work to you both.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Drago On the Treadmil

League: ECFBL

Stats:   H/AB: 72/270, AVG: .267, R: 48, HR: 14, RBI: 49, SB: 4

IP: 151, ERA: 2.98, WHIP: 1.14, K: 144, W: 10, SV: 1

Summary: Yes, this is a fourth Ralph-led team to make this RCL Update.  Ralph mentioned in a podcast earlier this year that he judges he self-worth based on RCL Update mentions, so his cup should overfloweth with self love this week.  Three of Ralph’s teams were in the top 5 of TOW scoring this week.  Interestingly enough, the other two teams in the top 5 this week were Nick the Dick led teams.  Nice showing by the Crab Army finishing the year strong.  Kudos.  This wasn’t just a pure volume based TOW win either, 151 IP and a sub 3.00 ERA is the stuff of legends.  So many things have to go your way to pull of numbers like this.  To make matters even more impressive, there were 3-4 other teams in ECFBL streaming their collective buns off to finish the season with 188 GS and as many Ks and Wins as possible while also not destroying their ratios.  Ralph finished with 176 GS and streamed right to the last day of the season where he managed 39 IP, 48 Ks and 5 Wins.  ECFBL was so tight in scoring that Ralph had fallen to 6th place to start the final week.  This barrage of pitching vaulted him up 10.5 points and into 3rd place.  Impressive finish Ralph.

TEAM OF THE WEEK OF THE YEAR

I thought it would be cool to look back at each TOW from this past season and see which week was the best week.  We didn’t have the stats-grab automated until week 3, so that’s where we start:

WEEK TEAM LEAGUE POINTS
3 Calgary Cannons My Nightly Fantasy 388.62
4 Grey is Bae Sons of Beddict 428.97
5 Team harvey Take On [email protected] 3 397.21
6 B.J. and The Bears We’re All Winners 384.52
7 Neon Keon Sons of Beddict 376.01
8 Calgary Cannons My Nightly Fantasy 466.93
9 Mount Fupa Squat Cobblers Smokey Joe’s Chamber of Death 421.22
10 Number One Stunna La Cheesearie 413.4
11 MattTruss 223 DFSers Anonymous 401.38
12 Prospector Ralph Razzball ‘Perty ‘Perts 395.74
13 florida illini High Desert Baseball 383.52
14 Victoria’s Siegrist The Camp Fire 385.89
15 Balking Dead Super League 229.94
16 Victoria’s Siegrist The Camp Fire 366.38
17 Rudy is Snooty Take On [email protected] 3 407.94
18 Bush Light 30 Pack Take on Jay 405.79
19 Team Frost Cougs R Us 400.98
20 Team Sheridan Cougs R Us 454.78
21 The Sneetches Razzers Not Brazzers 455.78
22 Grey is Bae Sons of Beddict 443.27
23 kumamoto quakers Take on Jay 399.75
24 The Sneetches Razzers Not Brazzers 422.3
25 Returning Champ The Giant and the Jew 434.71
26 Drago On the Treadmil ECFBL 451.7

As it turns out, Calgary Cannons had the best week of all the best weeks.  Nice work!  The Cannons also made the list twice, a feat duplicated by the bots (Grey is Bae), and Razzball’s own, VickyB (Victoria’s Siegrist) and myself (The Sneetches).

Ralph, the bots and I made the list with two unique teams.

Sons of Beddict and Cougs R Us each placed two teams in the TOW ring of honor.  Take On Jay is actually two separate leagues with the same league name, confusing I know, but I’ll help you through it.

YEARLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the year that was.

R – 1278 – Grey is Bae (Sons of Beddict)

HR – 414 – New York Dahls (Keepin It Real) – A NEW RCL RECORD (Beating Vinyl Ross (2016 Shades of Grey) 2016 record of 377 Home Runs)

RBIs – 1239 – The Sneetches (Razzers Not Brazzers) – A NEW RCL RECORD (Beating Vinyl Ross (2016 Shades of Grey) 2016 record of 1213 RBIs)

SB – 232 – The Iron Horse 2 (EuroRazzball2017)

AVG – .293 – Team Longfellow (Take On Jay)

K – 1690 – Cram It (Sponge-worthy Anti-Dentites)

W – 121 –  Drago On the Treadmil (ECFBL)

SV –  258 – Rudy is Booty (We’re All Winners) – A NEW RCL RECORD (Beating Colicky Fuddruckers (The Razzies Challenge) 2015 record of 250 Saves)

ERA (Min. 1040 IP) – 2.95 – Rudy is Booty (We’re All Winners) (in 1336 IP)

WHIP (Min. 1040 IP) – 1.12 – Gomes’ Gnomes (Johnson’s Ornithology E.O.D.) (in 1349 IP)

AB – Malibu Deadbeats (Cougs R Us) – 8360

IP – Cram It (Sponge-worthy Anti-Dentites) – 1576

K/9 (Min. 1040 IP) – WarDam Fantasy (Razzers Not Brazzers) – 10.8

K/GS (Min. 1040 IP) – ABQ Roadrunners (High Desert Baseball) – 11.69

K/GS (Min. 160 GS) – Weird Balls (The Prospect Podcast League) – 9.47

MOVES – Grey is Fey (Take On Jay) – 3246

Worst Place – The Big Hurt (The Pete Rose Integrity Society) – 16.9 RCL Points, 18.5 League Points with a League Index of 95

Do you suppose offense was up this year?  The RCLs set new records in Homers and RBIs.   I would have suspected that Strikeouts would have a new record as well, but alas.

Rudy is Snooty did finish the year with 1851 Ks, however, due to their league rules being set for 200 GS, they were disqualified, giving Cram It the RCL lead for the season.

The bots still made an impact though, with Grey is Bae pacing everyone in Runs.  They still came up 5 runs short of Backdoor Sliders’ record from last season.

I thought Tehol and I were battling it out for the HR crown, but New York Dahls snuck in there and beat me by one dinger.  At least they’ve got a good team name.  My Sneetches still pulled out the RBI record, so it’s all good.

Look at Jay making it into the record books!

Ralph had the top three teams in wins this year, so see him next year about what middle relievers to stream.  Still, Ralph came up 1 win shy of tying the RCL record set last year by MauledByPandas.

Last year’s robo-manager came up 10 saves shy of the all-time record, this year, they blew it away.

Malibu Deadbeats led all RCLers in ABs.  Maximizing ABs is paramount to succeeding in the RCLs but even that wasn’t good enough to win the competitive, Cougs R Us.  Congrats to Team Frost on that achievement.

We all know how active Cram It is and he led the way in IP, streaming every last middle reliever he could.  Nice job Cram!

I harped on K/GS back in the preseason as a stat that I felt was more important than simply K/9.  I feel like K/GS is a much better indicator of where you stand within your league since the RCLs have a GS limit, not an IP limit.  ABQ Roadrunners  topped the RCLs in the stat but only used 112 GS.  Still, they met the minimum for IP to qualify with 1142 IP.  If you want to look at those teams that did maximize their GS, Weird Balls and their 172 GS managed a 9.47 K/GS.  I typically shoot for right around a 9, so these managers really nailed it this year.

Finally, a quick shout out to The Big Hurt who managed the feat of finishing DFL in the Master Standings.  

TOP LEAGUES

I’ve mentioned in the past that I have a bias for high LCI Leagues.  I’ve played in several and commish one of the best, so naturally I want to give them their due.  Here are the top 10 leagues in order of LCI:

ECFBL – 111

Cougs R Us – 109

Razzball ‘Perty Perts – 108

DFSers Anonymous – 107

FCL – 107

Night of the Living Zombinos – 106

Rio Ruiz Super League – 106

Razzball Writers League – 105

Original Recipe – 104

South Side Titans – 104

Tater Time – 104

There you have it, the top 11 when you include ties.  Well done leagues!  I love seeing the ‘Perts League up there, nice job ‘Perts!  ECFBL is once again at the top of the heap in LCI.  ECFBL led the leagues in every offensive category except for steals, where Cougs R Us won by 22 (ECFBL was 2nd).  On the pitching side they led in IPs, Ks, and Wins (‘Perts League won the Saves crown).  The ECFBL is one tough cookie, so it feels pretty awesome to have won that for the second time in four years.  The winners of all these leagues deserve major kudos.  It’s not easy winning an RCL and certainly not one with an LCI north of 102.  Take note of the league names and maybe reach out next year when the time comes if you want to play in one of the top leagues.  I played in seven of the top eleven this year and it was a total blast, each and every one.  

It has been an absolute pleasure bringing you these updates every week.  Thanks to everyone who read, lurked, commented and/or gave a kind word.  A million thanks go out to Rudy and Malamoney for collecting data behind the scenes and making my job easy!   I love these crazy, time-consuming leagues, I love the daily moves and the competition it creates and I hope that was evident in my weekly reports.  Is the format perfect?  Nah, but darnit, it’s fun as hell.  I like to think of it as the daily fantasy of season long.  I also love the community it brings together, pitting commenter against commenter, ‘Pert against random lurker.  Is there another place on the interwebs where you can play against 800+ other people all with weekly Master Standings updated as well as a weekly report on the goings-ons?  I think not.  Thank you to Grey and Rudy for creating this beautiful monster known as the RCLs.  Let’s dedicate this season to Yordano Ventura, RIP and enjoy our winter of hibernation.  See you all you crazies next year.

Want to be Matt’s Twitter pal?  That’s kinda creepy, but you can follow him here: @MattTruss

   
  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Congrats to Returning Champ! If you comment here with your email, I’ll reach out to you about sending your gift card and prizes…

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    On a separate note, thanks for the praise, how high would I have finished if I streamed the final week all the guys I left benched? Any idea? I think I would’ve gained three points total…

    • MattTruss

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      Tough call, more of a Rudy question probably since he knows the methodology better, but I’d guess with a 105 you’d have been closer to 2nd overall.

      • Grey

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        Oh well, I can take that with a grain of salt since I wouldn’t have won overall… I’d challenge any expert from any site to get higher than top 5, this shizz is tough

        • MattTruss

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          Nah, Returning Champ owned that #1 spot. Agreed, it’s totally legit. I think my analogy of the Daily Fantasy of Season long is spot on. If you don’t keep up every day, you get left behind.

          • Grey

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            Yes, you can’t sit still, but what makes it really challenging is you also need to know when to hold a player

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              On that note, EFF BYRON BUXTON!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, the struggle is real to figure out who to drop

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Oh, and last note, Tehol gave me a run for my money literally… I was chasing him for Runs all season, a category that takes a lot of churn to capture from me…

    • MattTruss

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      Agreed, it’s great to see him actually play one out.

      • Grey

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        Yup, and runs is like crazy tough to keep up with against me, because it’s pretty much what I aim for on every short schedule day (extra at-bats at top of lineups)

  4. Cram It says:
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    Good job Truss. Congrats to the once removed champ, and Grey for the ‘Perts win. I’ll look forward to the ‘Perts league next year.

    • Grey

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      You made a solid push in the 2nd half with a lot going against you

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I had a shitty offensive draft in hindsight. I can fix that.

        Do you know how we get paid out for NFBC? I’ve gotten no notification on how to redeem.

        • Grey

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          Where’d you finish in NFBC? What place?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: 2nd. The guy who won hit big on late picks of Hoskins, Judge, Bellinger and Albies. Ballsy!

            • Grey

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              Nice! What does 2nd place get?

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: $375

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice! That’s awesome, I wonder how much I get…. Where you get this info?

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: You get 1000! From your team, got to League > League Rules > $150 Draft Champions.

                    • Grey

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                      Nice! Wasn’t sure what to expect…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Wait never mind. I overlooked the email from them.

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks man, you too. I can’t wait for the rematch either!

  5. Simply Fred

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    Look at all these stats Matt Truss just ‘rolls out’. He definitely knows everything to know about getting a winning edge.

    Congrats Matt for winning the league with the toughest competitive league index (ECFBL).

    You have truly proven that you are the best of the best!

    • MattTruss

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      I take my job title of “Keeper of All Things RCL Data Since VinWins Retired” very seriously. It’s a long title, so it must be important, right?

      Thanks though Fred, means a lot. ECFBL is my most cherished of fantasy baseball championships, love that league!

      FWIW – Our 111 LCI was the highest we’ve had since our 111 back in 2014. Still, the one year we lost the LCI crown, in 2015, FCL posted a 112. We have a target of 113 next year!

  6. Douglas Johnson says:
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    Fun year! 3 TOWs and a top 20 overall has me dancing! I feel like I played spoiler for Cram It in the Sponge-worthy league. Good year Cram!

    • MattTruss

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      Awesome man! Thanks for stopping by, which teams were yours btw?

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        @MattTruss:

        Lindor Truffle Shuffle – 13th overall – tied for 28HR/1week – 1st/12
        Neon Keon – TOW7 – 64th overall – 2nd/12
        Number One Sunna – TOW10 – 96th overall – 3rd/12
        Bush Light 30 Pack – TOW18 – 27th overall – 1st/12 over BOT ‘Grey is Fey’
        Tommy (HR) Knockers – 84th overall – 2nd to Cram It/12
        Lamb Chop Suey! – 24th overall – 1st/12
        Triple Crown Royal – 41st overall – 1st/12
        2 Legit 2 Quit – 46th overall – 1st/12
        Russell’s Muscle Car – 106th overall – 2nd/12
        Four Loko No Joko – 111th overall – 1st/12
        Greyt Success! High Five! – 152nd overall – 4th/12
        Smoked Trout Every Day – 411th overall – 7th/12

        I owe it all to Grey & Co. with the daily nuggets of fantasy gold, Rudy with the projections (Q: Did Biff hook you up with “Grays Sports Almanac 2000-2050!?!), and to my work for not blocking sports websites. LTC ftw! On to fantasy football and the long wait for next year’s RCL drafts. SPRING IS COMING!!!

    • Grey

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      Congrats!

      • @Grey: Thank you, your Greyness!

        • Grey

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          No problem

    • Cram It says:
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      @Douglas Johnson: Thank you sir. You definitely threw a cog in the works. Thanks for joining!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Cram It: Or a wrench in the cog…or whatever that expression is.

  7. NO PEPPER says:
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    Great work all year Truss!
    I did not win my league but finished in the top 100 (70)
    Fist time doing this format plus I beat Halp and Ralph.
    Not too shabby.
    Thanks again!

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks man, appreciate it and nice work in your rookie season. Next year I expect a top 50!

  8. MattH says:
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    Great job all year Truss.

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks man, appreciate the kind words and the fight you put in all season.

  9. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Just out of curiosity, why did 26 teams have 189 or more GS? I’m guessing that three leagues had the wrong GS limit?

    • MattTruss

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      Bingo, we had serious commish issues with the settings this year. Technically, they should have been excluded from the Master Standings, but whatever. Next year I’ll try to babysit leagues better in the early going

  10. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Wow I’m overcome with emotion, I’d like to thank all the people along the way. J-Foh stand up, Grey take a bow, I see you Nick the Dick.

    In all seriousness thanks Truss for all you do. I’m coming for you in ECFBL, I just need to eliminate about 12 leagues from my plate first hahaha

    • Grey

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      What are you thanking people for? You lost by ten-ish points to me

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: But I managed several teams to stellar performances while raising three children and holding down a full time job. Not sure if you noticed but I had 4 teams mentioned in this post. I play in 5 of the top 10 leagues. I am RCL.

        I didn’t play roto three years ago. I’ll beat you next year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What was this year? Warm up? Let me know when you’re fully toasty, so I can fire emoji you!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: This was the first year I knew what i was doing. I played head to head for 10 years.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, but you’re setting yourself up for me screenshot’ing this convo for next year… Go in with low expectations!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: I like the pressure. But really I’ve taken a beating of late, LET ME HAVE THIS!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Honestly, I’d put preseason odds on Cram, beating both of us… I feel like he’s really the master of this format, and I’m surprised when he doesn’t win the entire thing every year

                  • MattTruss

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                    Truth, RCL Machine

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Don’t let me in there G. I will, I repeat I WILL come in 4th place

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And push Truss down to fifth? Aw sookie!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      I hear that. Now that I’m officially sworn into the Crab Army I’ve got to cut bait on a few too

  11. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Great job on the updates all year, Truss! And congrats on a very successful season managing your teams. A top 10 team, and 3 more in the top 43! (at least, maybe I missed some).

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks Vin! I did my best Vin impression with Rudy & Malamoney’s help, it turned out alright I think. You got all the good ones, one top 10 (was hoping for a little better to top my previous high, but I guess I’m just a 10th place guy) and 4 in the top 43.

      Hope to have you back in the mix next year, at least playing in a couple leagues.

  12. nick the dick says:
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    Rioooooo!!!!

  13. The Big Yabu says:
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    Great job on the write-ups all year, Matt!

    I’ve been really fidgety for the past few days, not knowing what to do with all of the hours I’ve spent rosterbating every day for the past 6 months.

    Already looking forward to next year!

    • MattTruss

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      I hear ya, it’s like I’ve lost a family member.

  14. Jim says:
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    Returning Champ here! I won JB’s league last year too, so that’s where the name came from.

    MattTruss – appreciate the blog posts over the weeks. I’ve been lurking for a little bit; once I noticed I had a chance to get near the top of the standings. Great analysis and always interesting to see what trends you can find,

    Grey- thank you to you for your preseason rankings, daily write-ups, and sage wisdom. I dug up this gem which was your preseason review of my team: “you look weak on AVG, power and SBs, and you’re gonna love the end of your hitting for about three days into the season… Your pitching is a mess after Kershaw”. Thanks for the motivation to work the waiver wire!

    Most of all, thanks to Rudy. I used his rankings during the draft and the Hittertron and Streamanator tools throughout the season. Would be lost without those.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, awesome! Shows you want I know! Congrats again, I’m out right now but will email you later today… best!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Mystery solved! Thanks for checking in man and thanks for the kind words.

      Word – Rudy’s tools are the best in the biz man, so good.

      Ha – Grey’s comment, that’s classic.

      It’s a funny little game.

      Congrats on a great season, next year you can be Returning OVERALL Champ!

    • Grey

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      Just heard someone used Rudy’s rankings to win $125,000 in NFBC — Was a good year to go with Rudy’s rankings… (I used them for Tout too)

      • MattTruss

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        No way! That’s amazeballs! It wasn’t Magoo was it?

        I thought the $800 I won in my home AL-Only league was decent using them, haha. I also have killed it on the regular in DFS using them, so yea, they are the shizz. Hot damn, 125K is no joke!

        • Grey

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          Nah, it wasn’t Magoo… Eric Kesselman, seeing if he’ll write a guest post

          • MattTruss

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            Kesselman’s been around the game awhile, didn’t know he was a Razzball guy though. He’s a poker pro (Owns a WSOP braclet) and was hanging around the DFS site DraftDay back in the day. That’s cool, good for him.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I was in a league with him in the past… He lurks on Razzball and buys the tools

              • MattTruss

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                Smart man!

  15. Old School Brother says:
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    How the hell did Tehol place 5th? Everyone under him should quit fantasy baseball, SAD!

    • MattTruss

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      I am ashamed….

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Old School Brother: I challenged his manhood publicly and this was the outcome, an inspired effort.

  16. Jim says:
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    Did anyone beat one of the bots within their league? Is it even possible or is that a dominant strategy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jim, what size shirt are you, forgot to ask…

      • Jim says:
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        @Grey: man-sized, or large, depending on which scale you’re using.

        • Grey

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          Ha, okay, will send large…

    • MattTruss

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      Aw shizz! I totally forgot to congratulate Bush Light 30 Pack for taking #TeamHuman to the promise land:

      http://games.espn.com/flb/standings?leagueId=102913&seasonId=2017

      He won by two points!

      Two other bots won and one entire league (We’re All Winners) quit when they found out they were playing a bot. I wrote that incident up and how disappointed I was in my fellow humans afterwards. But, yes, it is a very good strategy and one that is tough to beat, so congrats BL30 Pack!

      • Simply Fred

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        @MattTruss: What is a bot (in RCL)?

        • MattTruss

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          I had mentioned this once last year and quite a bit this year, but there was (is) a manager that has written a script that runs his team for him. It utilizes Rudy’s tools to make add/drops for each given day. That’s why there are 4 teams with 3,000+ moves. He tried a couple different strategies, two drafting all closers with Kershaw/Scherzer and cycling out offense everyday and the others drafting some offense and doing more streaming with the stream-o-nator. He basically does what we do everyday, but on an automated scale. It’s not a perfect process though, he definitely drops players that you should keep, like random closers in the middle of the year. His script malfunctioned during the ASB I think and it dropped a bunch of guys, stuff like that. But overall, it’s pretty cool I think. I don’t get bent out of shape about it, even though it is kinda unfair. I still think I could take him :)

          • Simply Fred

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            @MattTruss: Surprised it is allowed.
            I had spotted the eighth place overall finish for the team drafting pitchers in the first twelve slots. Was impressed with the success. Don’t think I can keep up with 3,000+ moves.

            • MattTruss

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              Yea, this is the first year it’s been a big deal. He did it with one team last year with so-so results. This year with 4 teams it became a bigger thing. I have mixed feelings on it I guess. I think it’s cool that it can be done though, would love to learn how to do something like myself. On the other hand, it is kinda unfair. Maybe we’ll chat about it in the offseason.

              • Simply Fred

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                @MattTruss: I have no intention of playing war games against Falcon. If he joins our league, I will be forced to sabotage Rudy’s tables…daily.

                • MattTruss

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                  Haha, I like it! Protect this house Fred!

            • DrEasy says:
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              @simply fred: Yeah, it’s a pain playing a league with a bot. Hard to keep up on who’s dropped and who’s available. The league page gets flooded with the moves the bot made.

              The 200 IP limit thing issue is a pity, especially since there was another issue with the setting, as we only had one DL slot. I had to carry injured guys like Donaldson and/or Rich Hill on my bench for long stretches. So I feel that the DL issue more than made up for the IP limit problem. Anyway, I don’t care, I didn’t do well in that league anyway…

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                @DrEasy: By the way, it’s funny how in that league I tied for 4th with someone, but they ended up 50 spots ahead of me in the master rankings. Will have to pay attention to that RCL Pts factor next time around.

                • MattTruss

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                  Yea, that can be tough to wrap your head around. For example, I beat Vottoman Empire in DFSers Anonymous, but he finished 7th overall, and I finished 10th. The thing is, even though he was first in WHIP (12 pts) and I was 2nd (11 pts) his ERA and WHIP were so much better than mine, it boosted him up in the overall standings when compared to everyone else. So, what might be just a 1 pt difference in league points can equal out to more in the overall standings. Fun stuff, I like how the methodology has been worked out, I think it’s great right now.

                  • DrEasy says:
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                    @MattTruss: So in retrospect I should not have traded Giancarlo for Sale in that league. I didn’t lose any ranking in HR in ERA (I was way ahead of the pack, including the robot, in those categories), and some of the gains made in Wins or K helped me catch up to the 4th place team, but Giancarlo’s value during that last stretch was way higher than Sale’s.

                    • MattTruss

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                      Not necessarily, I think maybe your pitching was just so bad that it brought you down. Surprised those big power numbers didn’t boost you up more though. Rudy would probably be able to give you a better explanation since he’s the creator of the methodology.

              • MattTruss

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                No, you won the battle of the household though I see! VictoriaB taking that alright? Haha, nice win there.

                • DrEasy says:
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                  @MattTruss: Yeah, but was it worth the divorce I’m expecting any time now?

                  But funny how winning that league still leaves me out of the top 100. I must be the lowest overall-ranked league winner.

                  • MattTruss

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                    HA!

                    That sounds like the kind of challenge I’m up for, give me 10 and I’ll find out who the lowest ranked winner was…

                    • MattTruss

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                      Charles Gas of “Mega League” won the league with a 98, but with a 92 LCI he finished 206th.

                    • DrEasy says:
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                      @MattTruss: Yay, I’m not the biggest loser among the winners! Thanks for doing the research!

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Great write up Matt thank you and all razzballera for another great year.

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks AL! Congrats on your Original Recipe win and top 20 appearance!

  18. DG says:
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    Hey there Matt, thanks for all your hard work– and the nice pat on the rear end (south side hitmen, #17). This was my first RCL– damn good fun.

    Thanks too to Grey, and all the writers, commenters and commissioners. Your efforts appreciated.

    Now when do pitchers and catchers report– I’m antsy already!

    • MattTruss

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      Right? Me too! Thanks for the kind words and damn fine job finishing 17th your first go! Impressive!

  19. Gomes says:
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    What a year! Taking a bow on behalf of my Gnomes, but what a performance by Returning Champ. Awesome stuff.

    Huge thanks to Grey, Matt for these updates and all the Razzball writers.

    • MattTruss

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      Nice! Thanks for checking in, the Gnomes were a fun team to track throughout the year, nice work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  20. Pat says:
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    Thank you Matt for all the great analysis and write ups. Proud to win Cougs R Us and finish #23 overall

    Thank you Grey for the advice but more importantly for the daily entertainment. I don’t think I’ve missed a post in 5 years. Congrats on all the big wins this year. Tout champ and you won our nfbc league. Now get some rest!

    • MattTruss

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      My pleasure and congrats on winning the 2nd most competitive league! That league had it’s fair share of errr, uhm, ….issues, but way to persevere! See you next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, man! No problem!

  21. Miles says:
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    wow! I made the weekly leaderboard (for WHIP), had no idea.
    to help my pride I wish you would list me as tied for 48 overall instead of 51.
    hope I can get a better group of competitors next year. host malamoney basically quit a month in. pretty disappointing when the league is judged by how good everyone else is.

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