Well, that’s a wrap everyone.  Twenty-Six weeks down and now we have 26 more until the start of next year’s fantasy baseball season.  It’s perfect symmetry, because fantasy baseball is the perfect fantasy sport. The Fighting Hams weren’t perfect, but they were good enough to squeak out an overall Razzball Commenter League Championship over 1-800-BETTSOFF.  The Fighting Hams won by just 0.2 RCL points, the closest mark since 2014 when Colicky Fuddruckers won by just 0.05 RCL points. The Fighting Hams hung around the top 20 most of the season, entering the top 10 in week 14, but falling back out the following week.  The Hams re-entered the top 10 in week 19 in 4th place overall and wouldn’t fall below 5th for the remainder of the season. In week 23 they took the overall lead and held it for the final 3 weeks to win the title. The Fighting Hams really rake it in, winning themselves a $250 Best Buy gift card!  More importantly though, the Hams get 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 The Fighting Hams have checked in via comments at all this year, but I could be wrong. Now would be a fine time to do so either way. It’s time to heap on the praise and accept your congratulations.  The Hams fended off some very tough competitors this year to claim the RCL crown. I gave it a run, LauraHolt was pushing for a top spot for awhile there and Backdoor Cutters and STL Squat Cobblers are some of the best RCL players I’ve played with in my time. This is The Fighting Hams’ 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.

We can make it official, congratulations to Ralph Lifshitz aka Vanguard aka Prospect Jesus!  If you haven’t heard the news, Ralph is moving on to a new venture over at ProspectsLive.  He’ll still be around these parts and I think he’ll be back in the ‘Perts League next year, but if not, what a way to go out.  It was a pretty dominate season for Ralph who took the lead week 3 and never let it up. Grey and I tried, but failed to make a run at the top.  Ralph was a worthy victor with 54 of 60 possible hitting points and nearly winning the pitching as well with 46 points to Lance’s 46.5. Ralph finished the year with the third most IP (1391.1) but led the way in Wins (101) and strikeouts (1,520).  Impressive stuff. The even 100 league points combined with the ‘Perts League LCI of 103 helped Ralph finish at number 23 in the overall RCL Standings. Once again, nice work Ralph!

I’m pretty happy with my second place finish considering this team was autodrafted (I did set my rankings though) and I started the season with a slew of pitchers that were not great, but not bad enough to drop and exactly zero closers.

Grey ended the season in third after coming oh so close to first back in week 23.  He just peaked a little too early.

Finally, all’s right with the ‘Perts League world once again as Tehol ended the year in 12th place.

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 Fighting Hams RCL 2018 (#10) 112.4 112 103 108.2
2 1-800-BETTSOFF RCL 2018 (#66) 112.2 112.5 100 112.4
3 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 110.7 113 100 108.1
4 LauraHolt Razzball Writers League 110 110 101 108.2
5 MCC RCL 2018 (#39) 109 108 102 106.3
6 Backdoor Cutters Night of the Living Zombinos 108.9 105 106 103.8
7 Lickety Splits RCL 2018 (#44) 107.7 106 103 104.3
8 Turd Fergusons RCL 2018 (#8) 107.7 110 99 107.6
9 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 106.8 101 107 102.6
10 OldNavy 2 RCL 2018 (#34) 106.8 107 103 102.3
11 Big Blue RCL 2018 (#37) 106.6 106 102 103.4
12 Chippers Lovechild RCL 2018 (#37) 106.5 107 102 102.1
13 Some Salvy For My Knee Cougs R Us 106.3 96 108 104.7
14 Fantasy Baseball Chuck Norris Crab Army 106.1 103 103 105.3
15 OldNavy 3 RCL 2018 (#7) 105.7 111.5 96 106.7
16 Im in a Ditch RCL 2018 (#44) 105.7 103.5 103 102.8
17 The Cat’s Ass Crab Army #2 105.6 106 101 104.2
18 Team Mattheb9 RCL 2018 (#33) 105.3 103 105 100.1
19 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#59) 105 99.5 104 104.5
20 The Brown Horse RCL 2018 (#60) 104.9 104 103 101.2

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.

More on 1-800-BETTSOFF comes below, but let’s just say, they had quite a final week jumping up from tenth to second overall.  Nicely done, despite stealing the spot from my Starfish & Coffee squad who finished the year in third overall.

LauraHolt gave it a ride but came up just short.  Still, a VERY impressive season from Razzball’s deep league star.  She’s clearly more than a one trick pony and I can’t wait to face off with her next year in the ‘Perts League!

MCC gained 7.5 league points in the final week to jump from 30th to fifth!  There were some big final week jumps.

Backdoor Cutters moved up one spot to sixth while Lickety Splits moved up four from eleventh to seventh.

Turd Fergusons and Stl Squat Cobblers each dropped four spots to finish up in eighth and ninth.

Rounding out the top ten is Old Navy 2, who moved up from 17th to pass their other squad, Old Navy 3.  That gave them two teams in the top 20, an impressive feat. I managed to get two teams in the top 20 as well with a big final couple weeks from my Fantasy Baseball Chuck Norris squad.  Thanks to Kenny at Rotowear for that nickname.  Go buy yourself some sweet gear with all your end of season winnings!

The rest of the top 20 features several familiar names from the top 10 updates throughout the year.  Congrats to all on a heck of a year!

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 65 – A really old team (RCL 2018 (#34))

HR –25 – Free Shoeless Joe (RCL 2018 (#68))

RBIs – 73 – Free Shoeless Joe (RCL 2018 (#68))

SB – 18 – 4 Teams Tied

AVG – .346 – Old Mate (RCL 2018 (#5))

K – 139 – Lyons Den (RCL 2018 (#73))

W – 11 – 1-800-BETTSOFF (RCL 2018 (#66))

SV –  10 – Croix de Candlestick (Crab Army #2)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.85 – Brooklyn Bullet Dodgers (Night of the Living Zombinos) (in 42.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.811 – Loose Cannon (RCL 2018 (#68)) (in 49.1 IP)

With a lot of folks running up their IP the final week I thought we might see the strikeouts or wins weekly record fall, but we came up just short.  Actually, all of the outputs were great the final week. 4 Teams nearly took down the SB record, the HR record almost fell and the Runs record was only 4 runs from falling.  In the end though, the current records stood. Speaking of…

WEEKLY RECORDS

The best of the best from the weeks that were.

R – 69 – BJ Miketron (Crab Army)

HR –26 – Team namelessNsilent (RCL 2018 (#73))

RBIs – 80 – The Iron Horse (Crab Army #2)

SB – 19 – Backdoor Sliders (Frequent Commenters League)

AVG – .386 – Turd Fergusons (RCL 2018 (#8))

K – 148 – Clobber Clan (RCL 2018 (#59))

W – 14 – Vin (DFSers Anonymous)

SV –  16 – Chicago Mark (RCL 2018 (#71))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.41 – FANTASY WIZARDS (RCL 2018 (#71)) (in 43.2 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.567 – Smoke (‘Perty Perts) (in 42.1 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.

Crab Army is well represented in the weekly records, as is RCL #71.  Nice work to everyone that made the list, these are some impressive marks.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: 1-800-BETTSOFF

League: RCL 2018 (#66)

Stats:   AVG: .271, R: 42, HR: 13, RBI: 45, SB: 10

IP: 137, ERA: 2.50, WHIP: 1.175, K: 137, W: 11, SV: 2

Summary: When you’re already in the top 10 and you have the best final week of any team in the RCLs, good things will happen.  Had BETTSOFF been a hair better on offense this week, they may have won the overall championship. They finished just 4 HRs behind the league leader.  Five more HRs would have given them 2 more league points and given how close things were at the top, I think 114.5 league points would have done the job.  You play all season and it comes down to 5 HRs. Still, it was a pretty awesome week for BETTSOFF. Throwing 137 IP and staying under a 3 ERA is really difficult, but BETTSOFF did it with ease, with a nice, even 2.50.  It was all good enough to whoop RCL #66 and almost enough whoop everyone. Nice work BETTSOFF!

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.

WEEK TEAM LEAGUE POINTS
3 Clobber Clan RCL 2018 (#59) 320
4 Team Peninsula Oilers RCL 2018 (#33) 276
5 Growling Bootlickers RCL 2018 (#3) 301
6 Kerry Kloog Razzball Writers League 309
7 Weird Balls RCL 2018 (#4) 270.52
8 One Ping Only RCL 2018 (#3) 326.47
9 The Schmohawks Original Recipe 2018 276
10 SmoakNCron RCL 2018 (#52) 280
11 Vin DFSers Anonymous 268
12 Chattanooga Crackers RCL 2018 (#39) 288.4
13 Prospect Jesus Crab Army 309.02
14 Operation Shutdown RCL 2018 (#64) 283.47
15 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#59) 300.96
16 VottomanEmpire RCL 2018 (#67) 194.68 *3 Day Week
17 **Rudy on Vacation
18 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#45) 527.41 **2 Weeks
19 Cruz Missiles RCL 2018 (#60) 292.03
20 Rmuzz55 RCL 2018 (#7) 326.61
21 Johnny Utahs DFSers Anonymous 313.35
22 Whipping Boys RCL 2018 (#4) 332.89
23 Munson Mobsters RCL 2018 (#3) 271.04
24 Hawaiian Punks RCL 2018 (#71) 319.96
25 MattTruss223 DFSers Anonymous 317.91
26 1-800-BETTSOFF RCL 2018 (#66) 373.91

As it turns out, 1-800-BETTSOFF had the best week of all the best weeks.  Nice work! Nothing like saving the best for last!

Last year 4 managers made the list multiple times, but this year no team managed the feat.  We did have at least one manager make the list with two unique teams though. Nice work to Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns.

DFSers Anonymous and RCL #3 each placed three teams in the TOW ring of honor while RCL #4 had two teams make the list.  Nice work everyone!

YEARLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the year that was.

R – 1241 – Moneyball (Night of the Living Zombinos)

HR –374 – Fantasy Baseball Chuck Norris (Crab Army)

RBIs – 1218 – Backdoor Sliders (Frequent Commenters League)

SB – 219 – MattTruss223 (DFSers Anonymous)

AVG – .284 – RAC/RIZZO (RCL 2018 (#41))

K – 1679 – Texas Aardwolves (RCL 2018 (#67))

W – 112 – Im in a Ditch (RCL 2018 (#44))

SV –  209 – The Sneetches (RCL 2018 (#51))

ERA (Min. 1000 IP) – 2.72 – Old School Brother (Frequent Commenters League) (in 1088.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 1000 IP) – 1.06 – On Tapia Mom (RCL 2018 (#75)) (in 1031.1 IP)

IP – Lickety Splits (RCL 2018 (#44)) – 1444.1

K/9 (Min. 1000 IP) – Texas Aardwolves (RCL 2018 (#67)) – 11.3

MOVES – 500 – Kris Kross (Cougs R Us), Moneyball (Night of the Living Zombinos) & NYC Sturgeon King (RCL 2018 (#40))

Worst Place – Team BigDaddyWhite (RCL 2018 (#51)) & Team delux269 (RCL 2018 (#61)) – 11.1 RCL Points, 11.0 League Points with a League Index of 93 and 90 respectively.

With the new RCL rules I expected numbers to be down across the board and they were.  The IP limit obviously limits pitching numbers and the moves limit handicaps the uber active teams that stream offense daily.  Despite no new records being set, we weren’t that far off the old numbers. We came up 42 Runs, 40 HRs, 21 RBIs and 51 SBs short of new offensive records and 122 Ks, 10 Wins, and 49 saves short of new pitching marks.  That’s not as bad as I thought they might be.

The legacy leagues are well represented here with the FCL placing two teams in the yearly record book.

I managed to make the list three times, leading the way in Slams and Legs as well as flexing my SAGNOF muscles with the Sneetches.

Three teams maxed out on the 500 moves, but a couple more were right there with 499 and 491.

Finally, a quick shout out to Team BigDaddyWhite and Team delux269 who managed the feat of finishing DFL in the Master Standings.  BigDaddy was in one of my leagues, he made two moves in the preseason before we got our FanTrax things sorted out and had an illegal roster for the entire season, collecting no stats.  I have no excuse for delux269.

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:

Cougs R Us – 108

ECFBL – 107

Night of the Living Zombinos – 106

RCL 2018 (#33) – 105

RCL 2018 (#62) – 105

RCL 2018 (#59) – 104

FCL – 104

RCL 2018 (#64) – 104

There you have it, the top 8 most competitive leagues.  Tenth place was an 11-way tie, so they didn’t get listed.  Well done leagues! It’s the usual suspects in the top 3. Cougs, ECFBL and NOTLZ are perennial top LCI leagues and this year is no different.  This is only the second time since 2011 that ECFBL hasn’t finished first in LCI, so major props to Cougs R Us for taking the throne as toughest league.  Cougs were dominate too, they led in every offensive counting category, plus strikeouts, IP and Moves. ECFBL was the co-leader in Saves and finished top 3 in every other counting category.  RCL #62 led all leagues in Wins with 1034.

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 103.  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 two of the top eight this year and each one is a total blast.  

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 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 it 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 700+ 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 Rudy’s 3rd cousin, once-removed, Oscar Gamble, 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. VinWins

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    Nice final update, Truss. Thanks for doing these. And congrats for another top 10 finish!

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks Vin! 33 isn’t too shabby either!

  2. P says:
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    I won RCL #17, yet my overall ranking in the last week went from 90th to 377th and now to 55th overall. How is that possible? Is it because some of the last place teams in RCL #17 did not fulfill the 1,000 innings limit?

    • MattTruss

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      If you checked earlier this week, there was a screw up when FanTrax adjusted everything for missing IP limits. Back on ESPN it would just drive the team’s score to 1 for those categories but keep the numbers the same. FanTrax changes all ratios to 99.999 or whatever which pooched the LCI formula. We made adjustments the next day. So, not really sure when you looked or whatever, but that could be why. Congrats on the win!

  3. Grey

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    Awesome final update, Truss! And congrats again to Ralph, now when he loses next year it will be even more bewildering! I know this, because it just happened to me.

    • MattTruss

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      You mean when we all lose to Laura next year?

      • Grey

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        @MattTruss: Yeah, I’m expecting her to not only beat us but win the overall title in our league

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Grey: Yeah Laura is NEO

        • Laura Holt

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          @Grey: Don’t worry; I’ll probably do something really dumb like stay completely sober for the draft and screw the whole thing up. And I can’t believe I didn’t win the Razzball t-shirt — SO close!!

          • Grey

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            Your modesty is unbelievable because I know how good you are at this craziness

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Grey: Yeah, I’m not buying coy Laura.

              • MattTruss

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                Ditto

  4. P says:
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    Also, thanks for all the updates, I enjoy seeing how other teams across various leagues are doing.

    • MattTruss

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      My pleasure man, thanks for reading!

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Oh, and an incredible year by the Fighting Hams! Big hearty congrats! Thank you for beating out Laura, she’s been beating me in my keeper for a decade plus and I can’t stand the thought if she won this too!

    Fighting Hams, comment on this post with your email address and I’ll connect with you about the prizes! You did all those non-fighting hams very proud!

    • MattTruss

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      Pacifist Hams…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Dalai Hama’s — Obviously Dalai Hamas is something totally different

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Grey: Dalai Hama did the foreword on my last book with Keith Rinari.

          • Grey

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            I’m branded with the initials RL, any ideas what these stand for?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Grey: Real Love? Were you in a pledge in Kappa J. Blige?

  6. Simply Fred

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    Let’s take a look at the leagues that amassed the most total stats for the season. We will call them the Power Leagues.
    (Lg Index –The points formula is: 1.5*HR + 2*SB + R/3 + RBI/3 + H*4 – AB*3 + 3.5*W + 3 * SV + K / 4 + IP*1.45 – ER-(H+BB)/2.)
    #1: 108, Cougs R Us
    #2: 107, ECFBL 2018
    #3: 106, Night of the Living Zombinos
    #?: 103, RCL 2018 (#10): League of the #1 overall RCL team, Fighting Hams
    The AVG of the top 3 productive leagues vs. the Fighting Hams league:
    Top3: 3538 HR/1555 SB/12862 R/12283 RBI
    Fhams: 3361 HR/1474 SB/12058 R/11570 RBI

    Top3: 1024 W/1011 SV/16639 K/15927 IP/…
    Fhams’: 1005 W/ 958 SV/16196 K/15531 IP/…
    Fighting Hams no where near the hard earned top teams.

    If one sorts by Lg Pts, Fighting Hams ranks 3rd overall of all teams– with 112 points.
    The highest ranked team out of the top 3 power leagues is Backdoor Cutters (Night of the Living Zombinos), 22nd overall with 105 points. HMMM…the highest league points from the 3 leagues with by far the most stats accumulated was ranked 22nd.

    The power leagues are built on tenacious battles by nearly every manager for every point. They don’t just check in once a day. They stream pitchers. They stream hitters. They monitor potential minor league call ups, multiple times daily. The list goes on and on. (Yes, a few managers make fewer moves, but at least they are competing against the best.)

    The average of the total league moves for the top 3 power teams is 2462 moves per league, 205 moves per team.
    The total number of moves for Fighting Ham’s league is 1180, 69 per team.
    Essentially, ‘Fighting’ Hams gets a walk in the park…without a ‘fight’.

    ‘Fighting’ Hams is not deserving of the #1 fantasy team this year. The manager MAY be potentially worthy. However, until he competes against the best, we do not know.
    Unless/until you have ever played in a power league, it is easy to take a walk in the park.
    In the future, sort leagues into 2 divisions:
    Fighters: leagues that make at least ½ of the moves of the ‘average of the top 3 power leagues’.
    Lighters: those that don’t qualify as Fighters.

    For emphasis (again):
    Power ranking: Total League Moves
    108:2690
    107: 2497
    106: 2199
    105 (2 leagues): 1700
    104 (3 leagues): 1688
    103 (9 leagues): 1011
    103 (Fighting Hams, one of the 9 above): 1180.
    Yes, clearly and emphatically, the fewer the moves, the weaker the league—WITHOUT QUESTION!

    Leagues with fewer than 1236 moves would not have qualified this year. Hmmm, Fighting Hams barely misses. Likely, the bar should be raised to 2/3 of the top 3 average…?
    If you are a winner this year in a non-challenging league, get in line for the one or two spots that usually open up in the power leagues. OR, form a challenging league of all walk in the park winners from this year. Challenge yourselves. Make an effort to go against the best.
    This comment likely will reach just a few eyes. I hope that Grey sees the merit of the discussion and elevates it to it’s own post.
    Readers, weigh in. Do you see the merit that managers who pour their lives into managing their teams truly do deserve reward and recognition above and beyond the casual manager?

    Note: There should not be a limit on moves. Presumably the 500 was put in to eliminate BOTS (the managers that program in automated moves). These can be eliminated in other ways.
    The average number of team moves dropped from 93 moves per team last year to 59 per team this year. The 500 limit had some impact. Did FANTRAX contribute to the decline? Return to ESPN? (If revenues are up for RAZZ due to the move to FANTRAX, then I don’t begrudge the move.)
    Hand entered moves should be ENCOURAGED and REWARDED!!!

    • Grey

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      Razzball didn’t get anything from Fantrax for bringing leagues there

      • Simply Fred

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        @Grey: No comment on a division for Fighters and another for Lighters?

        • Grey

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          I like the idea, Fred! As with everything, we’ll take a vote to start the year and if others like it, I’m fine with it… Merely a conduit…

          • Simply Fred

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            @Grey: Yay! Thank you!!
            I have one more suggestion for the site. I won’t belabor it with a pile of facts. Similar to Streaming Pitchers was a plus, I suggest you get one/more of the best at Streaming Hitters to post their secrets so that the razz community can do their best to enhance their skills even more.
            Now, I will go back to grandkids, and napping.

            • Grey

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              Any time anyone wants to step up I’m all ears

      • Simply Fred

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        @Grey: If you don’t like the division based on moves, just triple the weight of the league index?

        • Grey

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          Don’t dislike, it’s a democracy…If majority votes for it, I’m fine with it… I also want to vote on moving back to ESPN

    • MattH says:
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      @Fred Barker: Wow, great post, Fred. You were missed this year! All I can say is the power leagues are tough sledding. I only want to play in those. If you won an RCL this year listen to Fred and join one of the power leagues when those spots open up.

      • Simply Fred

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        @MattH: Thanks, Matt. I want to be clear. Not looking for recognition myself. Only, a just reward for effort spent!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fred Barker: Never change Fred.

      • Simply Fred

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: The power managers will be following you on your new digs.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Fred Barker: I love the power managers.

    • MattTruss

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      It’s never going to be a perfect balance I don’t think, but I think the formula Rudy has now does a pretty damn good job. On the same token, Backdoor Cutters is 6th overall in the Master Standings for those 105 points. So it’s not like he wasn’t rewarded. He could have won the whole thing with probably 108 compared to 112 for the Hams, so there’s an advantage to being in a better league. Comparing Hams to Cutters directly, Hams had a better season, more HRs, more RBIs, more SBs, more Wins, more Ks, better ERA and WHIP, so there’s that too. My Starfish & Coffee squad had a heck of a season and the most league points of any team with 113, but the league was half dead and had an LCI of just 100, so I wasn’t rewarded for that and didn’t win the whole thing either. I like the system we have right now, if the managers in the power leagues want to win the whole thing, be better! A great team in a league where someone quits shouldn’t be eliminated from contention because their league didn’t qualify for an arbitrary moves amount. In fact, my best team this season, Starfish & Coffee made the fewest moves (239) of all my RCL teams this year. I killed the draft and didn’t need to make a ton, maybe I could have been better if I had, but I didn’t want to drop a large majority of my players there because they were doing well. I don’t know, I can see both sides and I don’t think you can ever please everyone and you’re insane if you try, but this system works pretty well in my opinion.

      • Simply Fred

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        @MattTruss: Thanks for weighing in. ‘Liking the system we have now’ doesn’t seem to match your info. Hams was able to amass more stats not because he ‘had a better sesason’. It is because he had little competition and amassed stats that few were fighting for. If he were in one of the top power leagues, there is no way he amasses those stats.
        Shoot, you go on to prove the point. Your Starfish & Coffee amassed 113 against a ‘league that was half dead.’ What am I missing?
        Who gets hurt by having TWO WINNERS: one for the Fighters, one for the others?

        • MattTruss

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          Liking the system we have now matches my info in that I’m not complaining about it. I play in both types of leagues and I think LCI is properly accounted for. Again, if power league managers want to win, do better. It takes less league points to move up the rankings due to the high LCI, what am I missing? Trust me, I love my ECFBL but I don’t think Squat Cobblers got cheated out of anything in the overall standings. The other part of the RCL PTS is how you compared to the other managers in the RCLs. If the Cobblers had 1 more closer or picked Billy Hamilton up off the waiver wire for a few more SBs, they might have won the whole thing. It just seems like you’re blindly rewarding teams for being in a tough league if you over value LCI too much. One year we factored it in once, one year twice, now we’re at 1.5 times and I think that’s pretty solid.

          • Simply Fred

            Fred Barker says:
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            @MattTruss: Ha! If the manager who made 488 moves had only made a couple more… :-)

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Or made smarter ones :) Not all moves are created equal

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @MattTruss: Tehol ran out of moves in July. Does that benefit my LCI? Shouldn’t. While moves are important, I feel the move to an innings limit also changed the strategy a little. I was much more willing to hold 4+ starters than I ever was before. It became more about balancing quality innings with K/9. In Perts I did that with my pitching, in Crab Army, I ran most of the offensive categories, but still lagged behind in pitching counting stats, despite hitting my max. That’s on me. I made the wrong moves, and blew a lead to Truss.

                It’s not how much you do, as much as it’s how much did you do right.

          • Simply Fred

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            @MattTruss: hmmm, the ‘1.5 times’ creates a situation where the best managers in the toughest leagues cannot get above 22nd in a vital, counting category. Doesn’t seem fair at all to me. Calculate a factor that would put Backdoor Sliders into the #1 spot…now that sounds like a stab at fair. Try it. See what you get.
            Matt, you are capable of putting your thinking cap to remedying this. Get beyond this unfair, status quo.

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              What’s stopping them from getting above 22nd?

              • Simply Fred

                Fred Barker says:
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                @MattTruss: A league full of active managers who preclude one manager from piling up league points. Go ahead, play dumb…I know better.

              • Simply Fred

                Fred Barker says:
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                @MattTruss: Your half dead league allowed you to pile up 113. What is the highest you got in a league where the Lg Index is over 103? Come on. Answer this.

              • Simply Fred

                Fred Barker says:
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                @MattTruss: Which is a better measure of your fanatasy skills, the half dead league or one of high league index?
                Your really believe that your performance in the half dead league should be measured equally to the power leagues?

                • MattTruss

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                  It’s not measured equally though, I get a higher LCI added to my score in ECFBL, that’s the point! It’s exactly NOT EQUAL. My highest score is 101 in a 107 LCI or a 95.5 in a 111 LCI league. Cram It posted a 110 in a 107 though. There’s nothing stopping a manager from hitting 110+ in a high LCI league, they just have to play a little better. Also, it might not take that much to win it all. Backdoor Cutters could have won it all with a 110 in NOTLZ. Nothing was stopping him from reaching that score. Adjusting things just so he wins is cheap. Win the thing under the rules constructed, don’t look for handouts because your league was tougher. Play harder and WIN, earn that shizz, that’s my opinion. It’s not impossible to win from a high LCI league, it might be a little tougher, but it’s not impossible. I guess splitting things up would be an option, but I don’t love it. We can agree to disagree.

                  • Simply Fred

                    Fred Barker says:
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                    @MattTruss: So, you stand by your overall #3 ranking of Starfish and Coffee, your half-dead league where 7 managers made 42 or fewer moves) as being worthy of that lofty rank. Whereas, your lower overall rankings of all your other teams, some of which were truly power leagues, deserved their lesser value.

                    I do respect you.

                    We do agree to disagree.

      • Simply Fred

        Fred Barker says:
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        @MattTruss: Would you welcome me back if a spot opened up in ECFBL?

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Of course! You know that! I’m not one of those people that can’t handle a difference of opinion from another human being. You’re completely entitled to your opinion and me of mine. That doesn’t make us enemies or anything, just makes us different. You’re always on the list if you want back in my friend. Just let me know.

          • Simply Fred

            Fred Barker says:
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            @MattTruss: Expected that from your great heart! I had been a little rude, so …

            Please put me on the list. Finally, have to admit that I am not needed for too much at my lofty age, and do have the time.

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Will do!

  7. MattH says:
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    Great season ending post, Truss. Well done all year! Until next season.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks Matt! Always a pleasure! Way to give it a ride in DFSers too, so close. Aaron’s a top notch manager, tough to beat.

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Tremendous job this season Matt. You’re the best player on Razzball. DON’T @ ME Y’ALL!

    Well, actually, maybe it’s Laura.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We have a few that would win any ‘pert league out there

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ha! Appreciate the kind words my man. Agree with Grey though, we’ve got some tremendous talent around these parts, Laura certainly included. I’d roll with Razzball’s crew over anyone else’s any damn day.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @MattTruss: We need bigger numbers in the top 25 in TGFBI next year. HQ and Rotowire has us beat, and that ain’t right.

        WE’RE THE WU-TANG OF FANTASY

  9. Turd Fergusons says:
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    If Hams doesn’t chime in, the Turd Fergusons will take that shirt hehe. I’d be good advertisement walking around San Diego! JK I’m just happy to finish in the top 10 despite the poor league index.

    I’d love to find my way into a more competitive league next year & really test my shizz. Not sure if I can be anchored by as good a rotation as Severino, Nola, Bauer, & second half German Marquez. We’ll see!

    Thanks so much for all your work, these leagues are a blast!

    • Simply Fred

      Fred Barker says:
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      @Turd Fergusons: YESSS! Power Leagues take note…find a spot for Turd Fergusons!!!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Congrats on the top 10 finish Turd, I was rooting for you! When RCL’s open up next year, just poke around in the comment sections, there’s almost always openings for the competitive leagues. NOTLZ is a $100 league that has a couple openings every year, ditto with Cougs. I recruited like heck for the FCL in the preseason and actually had trouble filling it until the very end. In year’s past we’ve had a “Champions League” too, made up of previous season league winners. We didn’t have anyone to head that up this year, but next year you could volunteer ;)

      • Turd Fergusons says:
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        Thanks, and good advice! I’ll def be on the lookout after getting my feet wet this year in RCLs. A champs league would be tight. I’ll be active preseason unless I get hit by a bus over the long offseason.

        So we having an RCLers afterparty in LA or what? I’ll bring the San Diego craft beer that Jim Gaffigan hates so much lol

        • MattTruss

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          Nice! Sure! Everyone to Grey’s place!

  10. The Big Yabu says:
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    Great last post, Truss — and great work all year!

    So according to Fred Barker, I won the whole thing. Yeehaw! Gift card and t-shirt can be sent to…

    Okay, maybe not.

    One last question: what am I supposed to do 17 hours each day, now that I’m not constantly rosterbating? Any off-season advice?

    E-see you in the spring!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks man, appreciate it! Haha, I hear ya…I sat at my computer today…and actually WORKED! Can you believe that!? Haha, take it easy man and congrats on another FCL Championship, thought I might get a shot at that belt, but no cigar. Heck of a year as always!

  11. jose says:
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    Thanks to everyone that puts in the work to make Razzball and the RCLs possible. This was my first year in an RCL and first year in any type of ROTO league. I now understand why the Tim Anderson’s of the fantasy baseball world can be ranked so high at the beginning of a season. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot!

    I missed the dang top 20 by one slot. Had a ghost team not accidentally slipped to 1007.2 innings pitched on the last day of the season, I would have been top 20! Still, I won RCL #71 and set or tied a couple weekly SAGNOF records along the way (which were promptly beaten the following week on both occasions) and had a great time keeping up with other league mates and commentators.

    Thank you Grey for the Blake Snell sleeper that I turned into a mid season trade for Starling Marte, that I then moved for a trade deadline Kluber!

    Thanks again for all the work,

    -jose (Fear and Ignorance)

    • MattTruss

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      Oh man, that’s awesome! Roto is near and dear to my heart, it warms my cockles when someone tries it for the first time and enjoys it. It’s the best form of fantasy sport in my opinion. Congrats on a heck of a season man, hope to see you back next year!

      • jose says:
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        @MattTruss: Truss, I would have to agree with you about Roto.

        I hope to be back next year. I got an email from the second place team in my league (who really pushed me and was great to play against) asking if I was playing again next year. I spent way too much time on it in year one and don’t know that I’ll have the time to devote to it next year, but I sure intend to be back.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Nice! Was that the Hawaiian Punks? He seemed like a good dude. Sounds like you two should start up a league next year together for a rematch!

          • jose says:
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            @MattTruss: It was the Hawaiian Punks and I think we’ll have to do the rematch.

            Grey and Ralph talked briefly in the podcast about the inevitable cycle that is the honor of defending your title and trying to win the title next year if you don’t! Before you know it, you’ve been at it for 10 years and can’t figure out how your gray sweatpants turned Doritos orange…

            Enjoy the off season Truss!

    • Simply Fred

      Fred Barker says:
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      @jose: Ha! Only 2 managers in #71 over 100 moves…sad. Congrats on a good start.
      Move up next year!

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        @Fred Barker: Yeah, what can you do when you’re signing up for a random league with 500+ other strangers. You make the best of what it is. Glad I had the RCL index to play against. It kept it challenging and enjoyable. Thankful for all that Grey, Rudy, and the rest of the gang do to keep us engaged.

        Sorry you didn’t find the same satisfaction. Best of luck next year!

        • Simply Fred

          Fred Barker says:
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          @jose: My ‘lack of satisfaction’ really came down to the fact that I had finished #1 atop the #1 power league. Didn’t feel like I had anything left to prove. Grand kids are filling in nicely!
          May you reach nirvana too!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! You did well! Congrats!

  12. Douglas Johnson says:
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    Thanks for the updates! It was a great year, just needed those 5hrs! Happy to finish 2nd overall and having two TOWs (Cruz Missiles, and 1-800-BETTSOFF) Thanks to the whole Razzcrew for the stellar advise and top notch tools!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Awesome work man! Thanks for stopping in and congrats!

      • Douglas Johnson says:
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        @MattTruss: Thanks Matt! It was fun competing in the leagues were we in together. Mous Drool vs Starfish in #23 and Triple Crown Royal vs The Sneetches in #51. I’ll be looking to get into some “power leagues” next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome job, DJ!

      • Douglas Johnson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Going to miss the daily posts. Always good for some laughs and the best insight in the biz!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  13. Fighting Hams says:
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    Fighting Hams here finally checking in.

    It feels pretty good to finally take down the RCL overall after a 10th place finish in 2016 and getting a taste of the top spot for a few weeks last year.

    Had a lot of good players in RCL 10. Thanks to everyone who stuck it out to the end with me.

    I’ve been quiet in the comments so far this year but Razzball is still the first thing I read every morning from February through October. Grey, Rudy, and the crew have helped me win all sorts of leagues over the years. Seriously, you all are the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! I will email you at the email you used to comment with for your prize…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And of course Congrats!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Nice! Congrats Hams! Heck of a final month to take the lead and hold it. Pretty cool that you’ve had some close calls, I feel you there. Enjoy your big win!

  14. Strolg says:
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    Thanks guys for everything. Kinda cool to see the league I started a few years ago finally claw its way to the top. You guys rock!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Those Cougs are tough!

  15. Miketron says:
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    Give it another year and the Crabs will take over this thing!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Claws up baby!

  16. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey Matt, thanks for organizing everything. I won one of the leagues that had a buy in. What is happening with payouts? Does Fantrax handle it? Thanks!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Congrats! Looks like FanTrax waits until everything is finalized on 10/5. Then the money will move into your FanTrax account where you can withdraw it to PayPal or whatever.

      • Art Vandelay says:
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        @MattTruss: thanks Matt. I ended up just outside the top 20 and all the glory that entails (Joey Gallo Is Dead!). Blast. Clearly need to try a little harder next year.

        • MattTruss

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          Ah! I was chasing you all year in that league. I autodrafted that league and never really recovered. That was my lowest ranked RCL team. Oh well, can’t win them all! Nice work!

  17. Regan says:
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    I just wanted to beat Grey and win my RCL. Check… check. Now it’s time to get paid. How does that work?

    • MattTruss

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      Congrats! See above about payments

  18. Ryan says:
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    You did a PHENOMENAL job this year with the write ups.

    My teams (Bag Stealin, Wheeling Dealing Son of a Guns) did really well thanks to the help of the Razz Ball content, and articles like yours helped give a little more incentive each week on top of the prize at the end of a LONG baseball season.

    Ive been a season long NBA/NFL guy for awhile and play DFS MLB, but this was literally the 1st time I’ve ever played competitive/money season long MLB and somehow I won 3/5 RCL leagues, (RCL 45/59/80) and finished 2nd and 3rd in the others…..KUDOS and hope to play with you next season!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks for the kind words man! Glad you had fun! That’s cool you’re a DFS guy. I run one of the RCLs that is full of DFS folks, writers, players, etc. I usually have 3-4 openings every year and it’s a pretty competitive league (103 LCI this year). Keep an eye out during sign-ups next year, I’d love to have you join!

  19. Tweak says:
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    Could only play in two RCLs this year (#21, #25), but had my best finishes yet, with one win (#21) and one third-place (#25).

    Wish I could have done more and gotten closer to the top with teams anchored by Jose Ramirez, Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuna and Gleyber Torres, but I’m always a wreck in my rotation. There’s always next year!

    Looking forward to another great season next year. Thanks for your work in putting this together.

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks for stopping in and congrats on the win! Hope it was a money league so you’re rewarded for you time put in!

  20. slew says:
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    Two teams top 20?! That’s BADASS.
    Congrats MattTruss. Really enjoyed your post.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Haha, thanks Slew! Glad you enjoyed!

  21. Douglas Johnson says:
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    Hey Matt. I won a money league that was only 6 teams but we confirmed we could still play it out before the season started. It was RCL#26 with VictoriaB. Would you be able to check with fantrax on the status of the payout for that league? I was paid out in my other money leagues today. Thanks!

    https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/standings.go?leagueId=asmjk8sjjdi9dgdp

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Sorry, that one got taken off my list since it wasn’t part of the RCL universe. All good now though, thanks for the reminder!

      • Douglas Johnson says:
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        @MattTruss: Yeah buddy! Thanks again!

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