I hope everyone had a great long weekend and you’re all freshened up for the final four weeks.  I’m just barely recovered from a weekend of Fantasy Football drafts.  These are teams that will be mostly ignored for the first 4 weeks of the season until baseball is over.  That’s why I went ahead and drafted Tom Brady, Le’Veon Bell and Josh Gordon on every team.  See, I’m a thinker!  This is where things get a little crazy for those that are two sport fantasy stars.  Some RCL teams that were hanging on by a thread could be completely forgotten as owners turn their longing eyes to Fantasy Baseball’s more popular, but I think, less skillful cousin.  I maintain the opinion that my grandmother could sit down with a random set of rankings and draft a Fantasy Football team that could win a championship.  I’ve seen teams that drafted 3 kickers take down a league championship before.  That’s not to say I don’t love it, I really do, but baseball has a much bigger place in my heart.  It takes a special type of sadist to login everyday for 26 straight weeks, set a roster, make appropriate add/drops and not lose interest by May though.  If you’re reading this, you’re clearly one of those sadist, and I applaud you.  Let’s finish strong and then get back to those football teams we’ve been ignoring and beat the snot out of grandmama and the dude with three kickers, shall we?  But first, let’s take a look at what happened in the RCLs in the week that was, week 22:

‘PERTY ‘PERTS

Each week we’ll peek in at our resident ‘perts & other industry names to see who is laying claim to best “expert” RCLer in the land.  We’ll take notes, check the standings and generally stalk them.  Click the heading above to check out the ‘Perts League home page and follow along.

Despite losing 1.5 points this week, J-FOH maintained his first place position in the ‘Perts League.  Things are really gearing up for a fun finish though, and I can’t wait to watch this league unfold down the stretch.  What was a 0.5 point lead on Team McLeod is now a 2.5 point lead as Team McLeod lost 3.5 points this week, the second most of any team.  Don’t look now, but gaining those 3.5 points was Mr. Fantasy Master Lothario himself, Grey Albright.  Grey passed Big Magoo and is only 1.5 points out of 2nd place and just 4 points behind J-FOH.  Think any trash talking rights are on the line?

Don’t count out Prospector Ralph just yet either.  With minor league updates in the rear view (I saved a rib for ya Ralph!), he’ll have plenty of time to join in the ‘Perts League race.  Ralph was in contention for TOW honors this week and in doing so gained the most points in the league with 6.5.  That put some distance between him and 6th place (JB), but there’s still 6.5 points to go to catch Big Magoo.

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 Team Levy All Hail Beddict Tha God 116.6 119 100 114.8
2 Cram It DFSers Anonymous 110.9 108 105 105
3 Backdoor Sliders 1 FCL 109.6 105 106 104.8
4 Big Magoo Razzballero1 108.6 109 101 106.1
5 Simply Fred ECFBL 108.2 104 107 100.9
6 Team Lion South Side Titans 105.4 105 101 104.3
7 ExtremeMakeover Ploop Edition Great Knocks 105.2 104 101 104.6
8 Fatuous Jeffreys Cougs R Us 103.5 99.5 105 99.6
9 Team Son Straight BESTBUY Homie 103.2 107.5 100 99.6
10 Samuel Colt Debate Team DFSers Anonymous 102.8 98.5 105 98.9

Team Levy gained 2 more points this week, bringing their league total to 119.  It’s only a matter of when, not if they hit the perfect 120.  But, those 2 points only translated to 1 point in the Master Standings, so they seem to be about capped there.

Cram It gained 4 points this week, which translated to about 3 points in the Master Standings as he took over 2nd place, 6 points behind Team Levy.  Cram’s going to have to pull double duty and hope that DFSers Anonymous can pull that LCI up for him.

The rest of the top 10 is all familiar faces, except for that ever changing 10th position.  This week it’s Samuel Colt Debate Team’s turn in the 10th spot.  MauledByPanda’s squad gained 2.5 points this week in DFSers Anonymous as he continues his tireless task of chasing down Cram.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 64 – Nine Pound Hammer (ECFBL)

HR –23 – Marte Parte (The Heat Is On)

RBIs – 73 – Vin Reich (Riverboat Fantasy)

SB – 15 – The Grand Dudapest Hotel (Cougs R Us), Cooperstown Dreams (Nico Sux Dico), Vin Spins (Saskatchewan), Team Rogers (Stream or die!) & Wiffleball Al (The Greatest)

AVG – .368 – Team james (Enemies of Beddict)

K – 115 – Vin Lose or Draw (The Viz vs. The Commenters)

W – 11 – Random Druncs (Summer of 69)

SV –  13 – Vin Rockies (Razzball Riverboat)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.29 – The BallBusters (The Greatest) (in 49 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.75 – I Was Saying Booher (Hey Ladies! Get Funky) (in 57 IP)

There was no record-breaking performances this week, but plenty of familiar faces.  MauledByPandas gets his second mention of the post with his ECFBL team taking down the Run category this week.  Vin Wins makes an appearance four times, taking RBIs, Ks, Saves and being part of the five team cluster for Steals.  Finally, it’s Royce! that leads the RCLs in WHIP this week.  Congrats fellas!

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

 

Team: Team harris

League: The Third Greatest

Stats:   H/AB: 95/310, AVG: .307, R: 61, HR: 22, RBI: 59, SB: 10

IP: 96, ERA: 3.28, WHIP: 1.36, K: 98, W: 9, SV: 6

Summary: Team harris is no stranger to the weekly leaderboards, yet this is the first time they’ve put it all together for TOW honors.  There was stiff competition this week, with a few of VinWins’ teams in the mix along with a couple of Ralph’s and even Grey’s team right there.  Team harris is currently running away with The Third Greatest and with weeks like this, it’s easy to see why.  Team harris owns a 55/60 in the hitting categories and leads the league in saves by a healthy margin and should lead in wins before long as well.  It’s been a great year for Team harris, who pushed up to 32 overall this week.  With the 100 LCI in The Third Greatest, it will be tough sledding to move up much more, but I’m sure harris will finish strong.

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  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Nice post, Matt!

    On August 15th Gareth (Team harris) was in 2nd place, 3 points out of first and only 3.5 ahead of me. 3 weeks later he’s 18 points ahead. Not bad.

    This Vin guy has way too many teams. He should be banned from the RCL in 2017!

    • MattTruss

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      Ah, I forgot that was Gareth! Thanks for the reminder Vin!

      For real, who is that guy?

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    mmmmmhmmmm these ribs are delicious!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Maine might be known for lobsters, but we can do some ribs too!

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Funny how my remarkable comeback is barely mentioned, I’m playing against everyone… I get it, no one wants to root for the favorite!

    • MattTruss

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      If you’re not first, you’re last!

      In all honesty though, you and J-FOH have gained almost the exact same amount of points since week 15 (14.5 vs. 15). Pretty crazy, but it’s still his name at the top for right now. You make your way into first place and we’ll release the confetti and balloons! At least get by McLeod!

      • Grey

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        I’m waiting to move into first for the last day of the season, I think my fans will enjoy that the most

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Grey: As a fan, I would love that the most, winning on the last day is always so special!! Best of luck, man!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Grey: Grey is pulling the old Patriots routine of playing the underrated good team and using it as fire. Imagine how good his last week would have been if he still had Abreu…..

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I needed to give you Abreu to level the playing field

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Grey: Makes sense! Then again you got Frazier’s last super week’s right after I traded him.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ywah that wasn’t a great trade by me

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Grey: I hang my hat on getting you twice. Though I wonder how my season would have gone had I accepted your Tolleson for Mazara offer, and then turned around and flipped Wade Davis to JB for Car-Go or whatever hitter he would have sent me on a platter. Major miss by me.

                  I also hate myself for not holding Trea Turner an extra few days.

                  • Grey

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                    Yeah, I dropped Trea too… And only barely plattered JB

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Grey: I may still have the most days with Turner on my team and I owned him for that one 3/3 callup lol

    • The Hack says:
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      @Grey: Let’s take a moment to massage your ego. . . its so amazing and a real testament to your massive skills at playing fantasy that you are near the top. It is only luck that holds you down. There is a thrown with your name on it and someone else is trying to sit in it. How dare they. The rest of us are a bunch of morons who can only hope to one day be as good as you. Wait, we can never be as good as you, maybe 50% of you

      • Grey

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        50% feels charitable

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Weekly reader, first time commentator…Good stuff Matt..I am rooting for Cram for the 2 – peat in the master standings and for Grey & Ralph to finish 1 & 2 in the Perty’s!

    cheers,
    MP

    • MattTruss

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      Welcome in MP, are you in any RCLs this year?

      I agree, a Crammy repeat would be pretty cool, though he’d be completely unbearable after :)

      J-FOH was my preseason ‘Perts League pick to win it, so I have a small rooting interest. Mostly just hope someone from Razzball wins it.

      Thanks for stopping in!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @MattTruss: Hey Matt, no time for RCL’s. I barely have the time to run the one dynasty league I am in. Maybe next year.

        Ah Cram is ok, he has done a great job the last couple years..

        J-Foh is solid, great knowledge of the game, really miss his write-ups! Agreed on someone winning from Razzball!!

        Cheers mate!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Malicious Phenoms: I have zero chance of finishing 2nd, I’ll take 4th as a major victory. Truthfully a high 70’s point total and 5th place is okay by me. Those top 4 players are just better than I am…..right now.

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: You have done a good job and have had a solid season..

      • Cram It says:
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        @MattTruss: Hey now! I would let my play speak for itself…and change my avatar to beltless. Other than that, I’m just trying to get invited to an “experts” league.

        • The Hack says:
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          @Cram It: Ive been telling Grey for years now to invite high finishers to perts instead of some of our deadbeat writers

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Hack: It makes sense. It would also give those top whatever finishers some sort of reward to keep coming back and keep fighting even though the may not win the overall championship.

        • MattTruss

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          It’d be well deserved

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: And thank you. It won’t happen, but thank you.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Cram It: You are very welcome mate..Best of luck down the stretch!

  5. The Hack says:
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    I kinda want Ralphto have a strong finish after my off season tutoring on the format and a few in season suggestions. I told him a month ago to dump the dead weight and go moves crazy and ever since he’s climbed….cust kayin

    I would like to make a futures request and I think you can help Matty. Since this is my final RCL (YES!!!!!)that in the future you lobby grey to stop inviting the Razzball dead weight. Smokey, Jay and Tehol are a waste of RCL time in there. They rarely play and bring the league down. Imagine if this league had more people actually playing. It might actually get difficult. I get the argument against guys from other sites but that is part of the perts league format. Remember the old writers league. 2-3 guys playing all set on cruise control for 3/4 of the season. Rid the Razzball dead weight in the perts, invite you, invite Vin, and if someone doesnt play they dont get invited back

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @The Hack: I would love to play in the perts league..I have a 19 point lead (86 points) in my 10 team dynasty roto league…This will be my 23rd championship, if that helps to get me in the perts…And yes Matt I am a sadist!! Just look at my gravatar!!

      • The Hack says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: It would be for people who support the RCL’s by playing them and finishing well every year. There is an actual formula for success in the RCL’s. A 10 team league is not difficult

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @The Hack: Yeah, not having played in an RCL before I would not understand how they are played. So I guess if wanna play with the big boys, I would need to start at the bottom and win my way up to get in a position to play with the best..

          Thanks for the feedback..

          cheers

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Hack: Thanks Jack but my off-season tutoring is showing up in my other leagues. Bag Boy’s 47th overall and Monsters of Butt Rock is 61st. I’ve had two teams make the top 10 this year, and Bag Boy has a shot of sneaking in if I finish strong.

      I agree on Perts it’s not a shot at anybody, but with the amount of good RCL players at our disposal I think it would be advantageous to add some of the top RCL players next year. After all aren’t they the true experts in the format?

      • MattTruss

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        We invited Grey and Rudy to play in ECFBL a couple years back. The competition for top league has only gotten more intense since then as more and more better players have searched out tougher leagues. ECFBL, FCL, and a few others have some choice managers.

        • The Hack says:
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          @MattTruss: you need to identify the strong players from the top 100 and get them all in leagues together next year. Get people like vin, cram ralph and yourself and push them to commish these leagues. Or any of the top guys. It would be cool for you to have a dozen high index leagues

          • MattTruss

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            Yea, that would be easier if the Razz handles were included in the rankings. Also, some of what drives the higher index leagues is $$. ECFBL, Night of the Living Zombinos and DFSers Anonymous are all money leagues. That tends to keep people engaged longer. FCL is just a bunch of sick freaks :)

            • The Hack says:
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              @MattTruss: FCL lost its way without Oaktown, never better than season 1….like Lost

      • The Hack says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: this my sound corny or hokey but I do enjoy seeing someone listen and get better. I’m your creepy uncle jack that taught you the wipe out slider…and how to identify predators

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @The Hack: I just thought you told me how to wipe

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: that too, you were a fucking mess

  6. Gareth says:
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    Yay – I made team of the week!

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