Welcome back to the best coverage of reader-sponsored leagues on the net. Seriously, do any other sites devote this much time and analysis to commenter-sponsored leagues? Do any other sites answer the quantity of questions like we do? Here we are, two weeks in, and we have our first master standings to peep at, gloat about, and use to either hate or love ourselves. Who am I kidding… we play fantasy baseball, we all hate ourselves to some degree. If you don’t, then play tougher opponents. I’m known as a hater in here, and this is true, but I’m also good at giving out love when love is due. It’s the duality of J-FOH. All I ask is don’t mind the hate, just stick it out with me til the end. This week, I get to sprinkle love on or first overall top-10, weekly leaders, and the mustached master of disaster as he takes over first in the RCL ‘Perts league. It’s Grey Day! As a bonus, Rudy dropped me a cut a paste portion of the update, breaking down the new scoring system for this year. Enough of me yammering, lets get to the meat and potatoes of this…

 

Category Leaders, Week 2

As I look at this list, I feel like a proud papa because I have not one, but two teams in leagues I host making the list. Nice job kicking a** during Week 2 Sexy Andino and Melvin. Looks like Jay’s league mates are doing their best to take down the wrongness of Jay. Is it me or does that sound like a book title? In case any of you missed this last week, I will be posting the weekly leaders to give plenty of credit for great performances.

RUNS 59 Mighty Bombers Take on Jay #7
HR 21 Sexy Andino It JFOH Hearts Tristan
RBI 64 Sexy Andino It JFOH Hearts Tristan
SB 14 Team reason Blues Odyssey
AVG .346 Semien Sale Take on Jay #3
K 118 Crimson Fratellis Take on Jay #5
W 11 Rainier Razorbacks HA!
SV 15 The Dynasty V Dropped Third Strike
ERA 0.74 Melvin’s Kids Skunk Beard
WHIP 0.59 Kid A Jawns

Note: ERA and WHIP are based off 40 innings pitched minimum.

 

The RCL Top 10, Week 2

This is the best around!… For the season… so far. Do you want to be Daniel Larusso? Then you got to beat all the Cobra Kai’s and win the All Valleys RCL Championship. Word around the office is that the grand prize is Sky jumping out of a cake in your living room and doing a strip tease to the the tune of Moment of Truth by Survivor. The table below contains the rank, team name, league name, RCL points, and League Index.

1 Team Montesanto The Filthy Spawn of Beddict 107.44  104
2 St Louis Browns Don’t even remember last year  105.63  99
3 Mighty Bombers Take on Jay #7  105.38  100
4 Team Lehmans In The Danger Zone  104.50  100
5 **** CARNAC FCL  104.31  109
6 Team Hahn Cougs R Us  104.31  104
7 Orange Snacks Skunk Beard  103.28  100
8 I Love Poppin Your Moms Mitt Northern Exposure  102.64  100
9 Team Smith Spiders and Snakes  102.11  100
10 Green Eggs and Hamm RCL FG Caught Looking  101.20  103

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Congrats to all of you for making the first list. Its nice to see so many high index leagues represented and even the highest of them all, the FCL! Now you all have targets on your back and only have to hold everyone else off for the next 5 1/2 months. Should be easy.

 

From the Mind of Rudy Gamble…

We have made a change to the ‘RCL PTS’ calculation to better reward teams in competitive leagues. Last year, the calculation averaged a team’s league points (as seen in their standings) with ranking points (how they performed against all other RCL teams) and then multiplied by a league competitive index. This year, the results are then multiplied by the league competitive index again.
Below is a snapshot of the top 16 teams in the final standings and how their ranks would change with the new methodology. Don Mattingly’s Sideburns shoots to #1 after achieving a 109 in a league that was 6% more competitive than average (106 index). Big Magoo – the winner of the RCL Champions League – would go from #11 to #2 thanks to an amazing 109 league index. (FWIW, my team finished 3rd with both methodologies). While Colicky’s 117 is an amazing accomplishment (overshadowed by his two top-10 finishes!), I think this new methodology will ensure that amazing results (e.g., 100+ standings points) in extremely competitive leagues will have a much better shot at reaching #1 in the RCL Standings.”
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I’m really looking forward to the changes Rudy made. I hope this motivates you all to keep up a high index in your leagues. If you have any questions just address them to Rudy in the comments and he will appear like a genie.

 

RCL ‘PERTS

The ‘Perts league is Grey and Rudy’s annual Friends and Family RCL. I’ll be honest, I had to look up what a pert was, because at first I thought it was a perp league, which makes me a perfect candidate since I had a felony arrest and a handful of questionable life decisions before I ended up here. After correcting my error, I looked up Pert and found that it can mean attractively lively or cheeky, jaunty, saucy, impudent, or forward. Cheeky? Saucy? Jaunty? There’s got to be a portmanteau in there. Either way it sounds like us. Along with Grey and Rudy, the league consists of Sky, Jay, JB, Mike, Tehol, Dalton Del Don from Yahoo, Tim McLeod from RotoRob, Mike Gianella from Baseball Prospectus, Ryan Carey from Mastersball and your RCL host, myself, Mr. J-FOH. I’ll be your man on the street Brian Fantana covering all the comings and goings of this league while I make all the local kitties purr with my sex panther scent.

week 3

  • My time at the top was more short lived than LaTroy Hawkins closer gig this season. Owning Cody Allen and Steve Cishek is not helping me. I need a hug from Tristan right about now.
  • Sky has made two of the greatest adds this past week ever in the history of any week ever. Okay, it’s not that big, but it feels that way. I can’t believe I missed that Suavecito Steven Souza got dropped in this league. He also grabbed Danny Salazar. Damn you and your condescending unibrow.
  • I’m contractually obligated to talk about Rudy every week being that he is the chocolate to Grey’s vanilla. His four headed K/9 monster of Scherzer, Harvey, Bauer, and McCarthy brings tears to my eyes. Now about that offense?
  • Jay, still holding the Dickey are we? His K/BB is worst than your pool game. Let it go my man. Streaming is gleaming.
  • I feel its important to save the best for last. As you can see, the Fantasy Master Lothario is back on top and has a lead bigger than his mustache. I’ve selected a cut for him to celebrate to and it’s also happens to be the song I’ve heard him sing a few times in my car when it comes on. I need to record him one of these days. If I could see him right now I imagine it would look like this:

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  1. LT Murray IV

    Tehol Beddict says:
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    MY GUY IN FIRST OVERALL!!!!! THE FILTHY SPAWN OF BEDDICT. THATS MY SON RIGHT THERE. WE CANT BE STOPPED!!!!!

    anyway, J-Foh, how are things?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I assume half our readers are the spawn of Tehol with that sprinkler system you have below the waist. You would make Wilt Chamberlain blush.

      Things are good, work on my stuff trying to get into mid season form. The downside is I’m crazy behind all my TV viewing so I avoid the net for spoilers

      • Carnac says:
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        Finished Bloodline (Netflix) the other night. Pretty good. Queue it up, Jack.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Carnac: whats that one about?

  2. Crimson Fratellis says:
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    I would like to thank my parents, and the Academy.

    And of course, the Fratellis

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Crimson Fratellis: the Fratellis know how to motivate their children

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I’d like a formal apology for your first week update when you said I had no closers

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: *puts on prom dress* I’m sorry

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Better be putting out too!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: we partied before you know I’m good to go…unless Tristan is there and then I get distracted

    • Carnac says:
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      I still don’t have any closers :-(

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Carnac: I still dont have any power

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bloodline was awesome, btw

        • Carnac says:
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          Yeah, pretty strong writing. Very good performances.

          In addition to my observation about how Kyle Chandler is def not an “email guy” – he/his characters have lived in TX and/or Southern FL their entire lives… and don’t speak a single word of Spanish.

          • Grey

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            HA, yeah, not the most cultured man

  4. Scott says:
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    Grey and Tom Selleck. Separated at birth?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: I think he has a hidden DeLorean and they are one in the same

  5. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Hope you noticed I grabbed Addison Russell yesterday as well. Just to add to your acute angina.

    • Carnac says:
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      Not sure I ever heard someone describe Jack’s angina as acute.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Carnac: Roomed with him in Phoenix for ST. ‘Accidental’ towel slip and now I know more than I ever wanted to know.

        • Carnac says:
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          The Milton Berle of Fantasy Baseball

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Carnac: more like Milton Bradley of fantasy

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: that wasn’t accidental

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Those quotation marks weren’t either

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: Since we are on the truth kick, I shaved a section of your back when you were sleeping…and kept the hair

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: I didn’t want to pile on myself anymore than I already did. The reboot of the Paul Blart series is painful enough

      • Carnac says:
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        Haha

  6. Clint says:
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    Need some trade advice guys. Been offered this deal in my 8 team h2h 12 keeper league:

    His K. Bryant/Bumgarner
    My Altuve/Bautista

    My roster looks like this so I think I’d have to drop a bat to grab a 2B and the best ones available are Odor, Gyorko, Travis, LeMahieu, Semien (also currently riding w/out a Catcher to use more SP’s which has worked well so far):
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Altuve
    3B: Machado
    SS: Segura
    OF: Puig, Harper, Bruce
    Util: Chris Davis, Bautista, Seager
    SP’s: Shark, Fiers
    RP’s: Shoemaker, Carrasco
    P’s: Liriano, Greene, Pomeranz, Salazar
    Bench: Niese (streaming this spot), Arrieta, Pineda, Shelby, Latos, Hughes, Hutchison

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Clint: I dont love it, Id hold

  7. Simply Fred

    Fred Barker says:
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    Kinda deflating when 1st in one’s league nets 136th overall… :-(

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fred Barker: like a beach ball caught by security

    • Scott says:
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      @Fred Barker: Put in some filters. It will make you feel better. :-)

  8. Simply Fred

    Fred Barker says:
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    Just remembered we have 100+ leagues this year. All is well. Fully support the heightened weighting for competitive index. Tip o’ the cap to sterling group of RCL managers!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fred Barker: Rudy listened to our cries this year

      • VinWins

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        @J-FOH: Just means anybody in a regular commenter league has no reason to strive for more points.

        • A Hill O' Beans says:
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          @VinWins: Yeah as someone who played in the Champions League last year and is now playing in a regular league I don’t think I’m gonna like this new weighting.

          I’m first in my league with 96 points, which puts me in 20th overall for league points. In master points I’m even better at 17th overall. Which gets me just barely inside the top 50 overall after the weighting.

          Call me crazy but I think I’ve got pretty close to no shot at winning with this new weighting. On the plus side I’m second among teams with my competitive index, so there’s that….

  9. nick the dick says:
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    Brag! Boast! Gloat! Verb! FCL team 18th overall! And another RCL 112th. You be you, i’ll be damned.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: the high index is nice and drafting nelson Cruz is even nicer for you

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: don’t forget my rugged good looks and sexual prowess

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: I’ve never seen a full body pic so I can’t be commenting on that but you can call me so I can hear your phone voice.

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: Anytime man, just dial 1-900-get-at-me. Then press 6 for Paco the Cabana Boy when you hear the prompt. Have your credit card ready, no Amex obv.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: I’ll just stick to email, speaking of which you havent been answering back nor have you been in the FCL message board.

  10. The Great Knoche says:
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    50th overall. All down hill from here. Of course in the league with you I’m hot garbage.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Great Knoche: nice, what league is that? I’m in too many to count and basically play them bi-weekly

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @J-FOH: Ha. Skunk Beard.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @The Great Knoche: then you are sleeping at the wheel my friend. I was able to grab Rodon and Russell in there…plus Travis earlier. Get on it my man…damn I just grabbed Gose in there too.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @J-FOH: yeah could have used an MI. Set at pitcher and OF…..for now.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @The Great Knoche: I would of taken Rodon over some of those MR’s

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @J-FOH: Probably true, not too worried about the pitching coming around though, need the hitting Gods to decide some of my bats are allowed to….. hit.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @The Great Knoche: you need to work on your roster construction a bit, the speed will be frustrating for you. Have you thought of flipping one of those elite arms and an OF for an OF upgrade?

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @J-FOH: Offered Strasburg a few different times already. Certainly will keep trying.

  11. SteveNZ says:
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    I’m hiding in the weeds of the FCL. I’ll be jumping out to say Boo! soon enough…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: I’m hiding in the weeds too but that is because i can’t show my face….worst zigs ever

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: Its funny I try to get mad at you but that damn picture of us is still on my desktop and it cryptonites me. Why didn’t I take a photo with Tristan?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @J-FOH: Mad at moi? Surely not!

        Yeah, I like looking at that pic every now and again. Good times.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @SteveNZ: Mostly it reminds me of what a large mammal I am

  12. slew says:
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    Team Smith’s (Spiders and Snakes) REAL name is, Astros to Mouth.
    I really want my fifteen minutes of fame – and now I have it.
    thanks

    Will you post the FCL’s web address??

    • Wake Up says:
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      @slew: If only you could read the message board too…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: the pupil burn isnt worth it

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: Did you just see what happened over there?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: There has to be a breaking point coming soon

    • VinWins

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      @slew: Yeah, name changes are a hassle. I’ll try and keep up.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @VinWins: so changing the name of our league is a bad thing?

        • VinWins

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          @J-FOH: Just some extra work for me.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @VinWins: we wanted to change the FCL, our league is done in League Manager so we can do that.

  13. pbmax says:
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    whoa as St Louis Browns owner I am shocked. I liked my draft and all but a hot start to put it mildly. Truth be told I had to screenshot it. But if its 10 weeks from now and I’m there I might have to print that out

    • J-FOH says:
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      @pbmax: Id print it out

  14. JMonte says:
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    Wow I am ranked #1, pretty cool…. Would be much cooler on the last day of the season tho.

    I would like to thank the Academy, Grey, Rudy, Big Daddy Tehol!

  15. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I’ve got two questions for Rudy.

    First, remind me again how the league competitive index is determined?

    Second, let’s say Goose Snausage had managed to get a perfect score of 120 in his league last year. And let’s say his Master Points were 115. Would he have won the overall with this new weighting? I’m guessing no. The better question is probably would he have even made the top 10 with this new weighting?

    I’m a little worried you’ve essentially priced the average RCL right out of the hunt for the title with this new weighting. While guys playing in those ultra competitive leagues like the Champions League and the FCL will likely love it, the average less vocal player may not. When a team scores 117 in a competitive league and would have come in 4th overall, almost 3 points back of the leader who scored 21 points less (in a league I was in I’ll add), then I’ve gotta question things.

    Just two cents from someone who’s played in both average leagues and a 109 index league.

    • The competitive index is calculated as follows:
      1) Calculate the below for each league
      SUM(a.R)/3+SUM(a.RBI)/3+SUM(a.HR)+1.2*SUM(a.SB)+1.5*SUM(a.SV)+2*SUM(a.W)+SUM(a.K)/5+SUM(a.IP)-(SUM(a.ERA*a.IP/9)+SUM(a.WHIP*a.IP))/2
      2) Divide each team’s points into the average points and multiply by 100.

      I don’t know what the right or wrong answer is here. I think the index alone isn’t strong enough. If there is a league that manages a 110 index, getting north of 100 standings points is a monumental achievement. So in the old model, let’s say your 117.5 team ((120+115)/2) would beat them 117.5 to 110. In the new model, the 100 standings points team would win 121 to 117.5.

      I think the results shared in this post are fairer than last year’s model. I am confident I wouldn’t make a larger adjustment but it is possible that this adjustment is a bit too large. But if the worst case is that the victor comes from one of the most competitive leagues, I’m at peace w/ that.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Thanks Rudy, I appreciate the explanation. I agree that perhaps a slight adjustment may have been required on last years calculation, but I think this may go too far.

        Just my opinion though, and maybe we’ll know more after this season and another adjustment will be made next year. I guess we’ll see.

  16. TJ says:
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    I took HR and RBI this week with some absurd hitting… This will be the last time you ever see any of my teams on any of these RCL updates so I will just take in this breath of fresh air… Ah….

    • J-FOH says:
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      @TJ: enjoy the tip of the cap and keep bringing it.

  17. Funketown says:
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    @J-Foh (aka Mr Todd Hoffman) pert shampoo from the 80’s …. i would be more inclined to think it’s short for ex”perts” league.

  18. Anthony says:
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    @J-FOH: Whats with the RCL standings ? Last year we use to be able to click on on teams from 1 to whatever and see which players were on what team… now this year we cant do so ? what gives

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I noticed this too, JFOH ask Rudy about it

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: last week he said he still needs to do the hyperlinks. Didn’t give me a timetable

        • Grey

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          Oh, gotcha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I just pinged him too

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