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As the air starts to turn a bit cooler, the calendar flips to September and a large group of fantasy baseballers turn their attention to fantasy football.  There are only five weeks left in the fantasy baseball season but what an important five weeks they are.  As the rest of your league checks out to go play the fantasy sport that requires only one day of roster setting (or as I like to refer to it, chess vs. checkers) the true competitors remain to grind it out for Razzball Commenter Leagues glory.  Cram It remains atop the Master Standings, but his lead got a little slimmer this week, down to 1 point from 1.5 last week.  Returning Champ is making their presence felt.  A couple of Cram’s biggest competitors took a tumble this week, but a lone bot has picked up the slack.  We’ll take a look this week at the year long RCL records and what teams have a shot at setting new ones.  Does your team have a shot at the RCL record books?  Find out this and more in the week that was, week 21:

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‘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.

The Master Standings show Grey and Ralph in a dead heat with 100 points each.  However, that data pull was before Sunday night’s events transpired and Grey took a 3 point loss.  Things sit at 99.5 to 97 in favor of Ralph at the moment.  It should be noted that Ralph will be getting Kershaw back this week as well.  There are an easy 2 points to be gained in WHIP for Ralph that could create some more space between him and Grey.  Don’t sleep on Cram It here either.  After gaining 4.5 points last week, Cram added 7.5 this week to pull into the 90s, 90.5 to be exact.  Cram’s been on fire the past few weeks thanks in large part to Byron Buxton, who’s tires I would enjoy slashing.  I held Byron for 2.5 months, I believed in Byron and this is how he repays me?  In the 2.5 months I owned Buxton I got 2 HRs, 9 SBs, and a sub .200 batting average.  In the 7 weeks Cram has owned Buxton he’s provided 8 HRs, 8 SBs and a .300+ batting average.  I hope he sits on a tack, or better yet, steps on a LEGO in the middle of the night!  He’s dead to me.  Good for Cram though, really (#notbitter).

Cram was tied with [email protected] for the biggest point gain in the ‘Perts League this week.  Jay, who has most definitely moved on to football (BTW – Go sign up for a Football RCL, or better yet, sign up to be a commish.  Us RCLers need to stick together.  Besides, Jay is giving away Tees like his name is Kenneth Cashman over there. [Promo Code: SAGNOF or RAZZBLITZ] /endshill) had the biggest drop of the week with 5 points, followed by me with 4.5.  Bryce Harper cannot get healthy fast enough.

TOP 10

For those too lazy to check the MASTER STANDINGS, I present to you, the current top 10

RK TEAM LEAGUE RCL PTS LG PTS LG INDEX MASTER PTS
1 Cram It Sponge-worthy Anti-Dentites 106 113 102 95.7
2 Returning Champ The Giant and the Jew 105 111 101 97.5
3 Team Studer It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! 102.1 112 100 91.7
4 Rudy is Snooty Take On [email protected] 3 101.2 104.5 104 92.3
5 Team Albright Razzball ‘Perty ‘Perts 100.6 100 107 90.6
6 Prospector Ralph Razzball ‘Perty ‘Perts 99.7 100 107 88.9
7 Gomes’ Gnomes Johnson’s Ornithology E.O.D. 98.6 103 103 89.9
8 Mount Fupa Squat Cobblers Smokey Joe’s Chamber of Death 97 107 98 89.5
9 MattTruss 223 DFSers Anonymous 97 98 106 87.6
10 Hollywood Knights My Nightly Fantasy 96.9 105 100 89.5

As mentioned in the opening it’s Cram and Returning Champ once again on the 1s and 2s.  

Jumping up from 6th this week is Team Studer in 3rd place and moving from 5th to 4th is Rudy is Snooty.  Each team jumped over last week’s 3rd and 4th place teams, Team Albright (5th) and Vottoman Empire (13th).  Grey and Vottoman each stumbled this week and each fell to second in their respective leagues.

Prospector Ralph moves up one spot from 7th to 6th and is right on Grey’s heels (though he’s actually ahead of him at the moment).

Gomes’ Gnomes moves from 10th to 7th this week and the Mount Fupa Squat Cobblers move back into the top 10 after a three week hiatus and into 8th place overall.

It’s been my goal all season to get a team in the top 10 and I finally made it.  My previous high water mark was 13th.  I’ll look to stick around and hold off Vottoman Empire as we battle it out in DFSers Anonymous.  I have a feeling that league is coming down to the final week.

Finally, rounding out the top 10 is Hollywood Knights.  The knights took two weeks off, but are back in the top 10 this week.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 64 – Rudy is Snooty (Take on [email protected] 3)

HR –28 – Lindor Truffle Shuffle (Take on the Jay)

RBIs – 73 – Up North (Take on the Jay 5)

SB – 14 – 3 Teams Tied

AVG – .383 – Gang Gang (Take On [email protected] 1)

K – 112 – Grey is Bae (Sons of Beddict)

W – 10 – El Macho Borracho (ECFBL)

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

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.99 – Team jones (Insert League Name Here) (in 54.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.75 – Gomes’ Gnomes (Johnson’s Ornithology E.O.D.) (in 62.2 IP)

Rudy is Snooty did the Bots proud this week, racking up the most runs thanks in part to maximizing those ABs.

Another week, another team hits 28 HRs.  We now have a 5 way tie for the weekly record.  Someone please hit 29 this week.  Sell out, go for the HR glory!

We have a new weekly record in batting average thanks to Gang Gang.  The Gang knocks out Team McClintock and their .374.

One week after adding their name to the weekly record book via the HR, Florida IBWIP rips the saves record away from the duo of robot teams, Grey is Fey and Grey is Bae.  All it took was a closer stable of Osuna, Knebel, Ramos, Rodney, Rivero, Greene and Treinen to get the job done.

YEARLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the year that has been.

Here is a list of the Yearly RCL Records, so we all know who we’re chasing:

CATEGORY STATS TEAM LEAGUE YEAR
R 1283 Backdoor Sliders 1 FCL 2016
HR 377 Vinyl Ross 2016 Shades of Grey 2016
RBI 1213 Vinyl Ross 2016 Shades of Grey 2016
SB 270 MaxPlanck 1 RCL European Division 2014
AVG 0.297 Team Thompson Razzball Roto League 2012
K 1801 Rudy is Booty Baba Booey 2016
W 122 Samuel Colt Debate Team DFSers Anonymous 2016
SV 250 Colicky Fuddruckers The Razzies Challenge 2015
ERA 2.57 John Boccabellas The Downward Spiral 2015
WHIP 1.001 Anabolic Agents Dr. Bosch’s Anti-Agers 2015

And here are how each category currently stands for 2017 along with the pace:

CATEGORY STATS TEAM LEAGUE PACE
R 1022 Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects Frequent Commenters League 1265
HR 349 Emperor Beddict Sons of Beddict 432
RBI 1031 Emperor Beddict Sons of Beddict 1276
SB 188
2 Teams Tied
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AVG 0.294 Team Longfellow Take On Jay 0.294
K 1423 Rudy is Snooty Take on [email protected] 3 1762
W 100 MattTruss223 DFSers Anonymous 124
SV 209 Grey is Bae Sons of Beddict 259
ERA (MIN 840 IP) 2.98 Returning Champ The Giant and the Jew 2.98
WHIP (MIN 840 IP) 1.123 Sin City Sinners Von Hayes and Confused 1.123

From the looks of things we are going to blow away the previous power records and Tehol is going to be in the RCL record books not once, but twice.

Rudy is Snooty is chasing last year’s bot’s strikeout record and looks to be coming in just short while another bot is chasing the saves record.  Collicky Fuddruckers is 100% human by the way.  Crazy how many saves he had despite that.

Something that may be interesting to only me, but there’s something in the water in regards to chasing Wins in DFSers Anonymous.  I’m currently trying to run down MauledByPanda’s record that he set in DFSers just last year.  Perhaps us DFS players know a thing or two about sniffing out those valuable Wins.  Or maybe it’s just pure luck.

We aren’t even coming close to touching the ERA and WHIP records.  Which makes sense when you think about ERAs in general this year.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: The Sneetches

League: Razzers Not Brazzers

Stats:   H/AB: 96/364, AVG: .264, R: 52, HR: 21, RBI: 62, SB: 10

IP: 94.1, ERA: 2.48, WHIP: 0.93, K: 84, W: 6, SV: 14

Summary: I almost feel guilty about this one.  This league is almost entirely dead.  I’m pretty sure I’m the only one that’s made a move in a month.  I was able to add Rhys Hoskins back when he only had 8 HRs and there’s a plethora of offensive options in the free agent pool.  I am able to regularly stream the likes of Jeff Samardzija, Colin McHugh and Charlie Morton.  The only starter I actually own is Danny Salazar.  There are closers just floating out on the wire so when I’m not streaming starters, I can swap in for some saves.  It’s really a drag.  Even with 108 league points the LCI is so low I have no shot at the top 20 overall, so I’ll just ride this one out and accept a little TOW love from myself.  Self love baby!

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

   
  1. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    What the hell time did you pull results? I was beating him from Friday until like 9:30 last night.

    FAKE NEWS!

    • MattTruss

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      Yea, I gotta talk to Rudy about the data pull next season. It’s not matching up with the Sunday results for some reason. I usually remind him to run it at noon on Monday, but it seems to pull from some obscure moment. It’s weird and I hope the final, final standings don’t have an issue. it’s weird too, because the weekly data gets grabbed Sunday night and that always looks fine, so I’m not sure what the discrepancy is with the Master Standings. Not sure, maybe the RCL Bot needs a chug of 5W-20.

      • VinWins

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        @MattTruss: The data gets set back to the previous day on ESPN sometime after the games end (maybe midnight), and then updated sometime after 3:30am.

        • VinWins

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          @VinWins: Actually, that was 3:30 my time, which would be 5:30 ET.

        • Grey

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          @VinWins: How does this guy say Fake News when the standings have me in first above him?

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: Must be an East-coaster.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              This is a diversionary move, what he did, I think

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Serious question: Is there east coast bias in Canada also?

              • VinWins

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                @MattTruss: Definitely an Eastern bias (speaking as a westerner) with Ontario and Quebec being the more populated provinces.

                East Coast would be the small Maritime provinces.

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  The more you know!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: I’m taking the league, the podcast, I’m taking over razzball!!

            I have ice dragons Grey! How are you going to beat ice dragons?

            Simple, you can’t they’re ice dragons.

            • Grey

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              R+L=Grey

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @MattTruss: Hahaha Get that bot some lube! Tehol’s gotta be good for something.

        No big deal, I just wanted everyone to know that I ruled this weekend. Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh my God, I was waiting for this post since Sunday because I was going to say Fake News if you were ahead of me!

  2. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Aw, come on. I set those power records back when it was tough to hit home runs. You know, last year.

    Also, somebody made a move in your league back on August 5, so no need to feel guilty about your TOW honor. You earned it!

    • MattTruss

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      AKA: The Non-CapriSun Strawed Ball Era

      That’s 24 days ago! It’s sad really, but at least I’m not losing to a bunch of abandoned teams!

      • VinWins

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        @MattTruss: Yeah, I almost lost in a league last year to a team that had never been touched.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @VinWins: Something is fishy about that Tehol league….

      • VinWins

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I demand an investigation!

      • MattTruss

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        There are two leagues that will not be in contention for final Master Standings actually. One Tehol, one Jay. Each was set-up with a 200 GS limit (and I STILL have more wins than those teams, BAM!)

        Speaking of Wins, even though I have 100 right now, I still think your ECFBL team has the best shot at the record with 89 wins in 124 GS. That’s a ridiculous pace. Interested to see how that pace fares as you stream more to finish the year.

        My team with 100 has 159 GS.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @MattTruss: We’ll see I’m getting back Kershaw and got back Ray. Need some breaks in that league we were 1-2-3 with Fred for a while, but I fell off the pace a little over a week ago.

  3. Cram It says:
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    Man, if only my average wasn’t so shitty in ‘Perts, I’d be in the mix for first. Ah well, I’m proud of the work I did this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m proud of the work I did without any ridiculous trades

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Ha! Fat lotta good that trade did me!

        • Grey

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          That’s karma, Truss, I’m hoping it catches up to PR too… My conscience is clean, I never stole anyone else’s 1st rounder

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Canada has a log cabin snobbery…. People in log cabins think they’re above those other nouveau rich!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey:CYA…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ha. Shots fired!

        • Grey

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          Bam bam!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Cram It: You’re still int he mix.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Eh, I’m pretty maxed out on pitching points and could get caught on that side. I’d have to net 15 HR’s and 25 RBI’s more than you over the next 5 weeks just to pick up 2 points. I’d maybe max out at 95 while you guys would probably still be teetering around 100. But I stink at math, so I’ll just keep my head down and keep plugging away.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Cram It: I thought I saw a path to victory last night, but I was stoned and thought 8×12 =150 last week so it’s possible my math is worse.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Hahaha. Been there! Let’s just not do any math and see what happens.

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