We’re winding down on draft season now, with official games starting on Thursday.  I am giddy for baseball after being pretty “meh” on the whole thing last year.  This is the last Tuesday without baseball for some time (I hope!) and I’m here for it.  We’re sitting at 46 Razzball Commenter Leagues right now (less than last year, but draft SZN is about two months shorter too) and all but four of those have drafted as of this writing.  ECFBL, one of our longest running legacy leagues, is drafting late Wednesday night.  Nothing like waiting until the last moment. If you didn’t get in on the fun, well, there’s always next year, don’t procrastinate so much next season!  Speaking of fun, I had fun going over the ADP data by taking a look at the ADPs of all Grey’s Sleepers.  Even though the ADP Sheet is Razzball-centric, it can still give you some interesting tidbits of information.  So, let’s do some last second cramming for those final drafts and see what we can see.

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We have another week’s worth of draft data to work with and only about one week left of the Razzball Commenters League draft season.  All public drafts wrap up on Tuesday, March 30th, so if you’ve been waiting to join a league, wait no more!  We have plenty of spots to fill, including a league drafting tonight.  We have a couple $20 leagues with spots to fill this weekend.  Go get that money!  You can even draft while you work on Tuesday at 2 ET.  The sign-up sheet is linked at the end of this article, just scroll down and you’ll see all the open leagues.  While you’re here, we can dive into our RCL ADP and see what Razzball Commenters are drafting so far; handy info for these upcoming drafts.

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We are in the thick of draft season now and we have real, live draft data to sift through.  Numbers nerds, assemble!  We have spreadsheets, charts and ADP, oh my!  It was a busy couple of weeks here at Razzball Commenter Leagues HQ but I’ve gone through each league that has drafted and added their drafts to a master spreadsheet in order to calculate RCL ADP.  We’ve had twenty leagues draft already, so there’s plenty of numbers to look at.  All leagues have gone off without a hitch and we have plenty more to fill up, including a couple spots in some of the legacy RCLs.  There are two spots in Original Recipe, the longest running RCL, two spots in the $100 NOTLZ RCL, on of the most competitive leagues every year and five spots in Crab Army which drafts tonight and features a few regular Razzball Commenters.  Join or post in the comments and we’ll get you taken care of.  PSA: We don’t want to have any leagues get axed, so if you notice your league is not full the day of or day before the draft, hit us up on Twitter: @Razzball or @MattTruss and let us know.  You can also leave a comment in Grey’s most recent post and/or invite a friend to join.  I know, sacrilege to tell your fantasy baseball friends you read Razzball, but sharing is caring.  Speaking of sharing, jump below and I’ll share with you a fancy RCL ADP spreadsheet for your perusing pleasure.

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Razzball Commenter League drafts are going off in full force!  It’s officially DRAFT SZN.  Don’t let the chance to play with your favorite writers and commenters in free leagues for an overall top prize pass you by!  Almost every spot is taken in our first round of drafts, but we’ve added more!  Based on comments from you all we’ve added another draft for our European friends and a few more money leagues.  With the drafting of leagues comes the return of the RCL ADP spreadsheet!  Now we can really dive into the data and over-analyze to our hearts content.  From the spreadsheet you can see all the RCL ADP data, the ADP over time as well as a breakdown of round 1 data.  Ronald Acuna is dominating the number one draft pick so far (10 of 11 leagues) and 15 different players have made a first round appearance.  Granted, we only have 11 leagues worth of data to comb through, but it’s a start.  Go sign up for a league drafting in the next couple weeks and contribute to our data pool.  The more data, the better I always say.  It’s so easy to sign-up, it’s really just one click!  Use it as a mock draft that is actually useful.  We drafted the Writer’s League this weekend and will be covering it in the coming weeks.  Today, we’ll be going over how to approach your pitching in the RCL format, hopefully to get you prepped for the first draft of the year.

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Last week we covered why you should join an RCL, so this week let’s start covering what to do once you’re in there.  To be honest, this has all been covered somewhere on the site over the years, most often by Rudy. If you haven’t been playing in RCLs though, I could see how some of this has been glossed over, so I’ll try to consolidate some info for the newbies.  Grizzled RCL vets can feel free to skip this and just go sign up for leagues at the end of the post.  We’ll just be covering the basics for anyone still timid about jumping in the RCL waters.  

QUICK NOTE: With Drafts going off daily now, we’re trying our best to get every league filled, but if you are in a league where someone bails late or it looks like it won’t fill, let us know.  Jump in the comments or let us know on Twitter: @Razzball and/or @MattTruss and we’ll try to work some magic.  

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Pitchers and catchers have reported and the Razzball Commenter Leagues are open, it’s beginning to feel a lot like baseball!  I can’t wait to be half as productive at work and start losing countless hours of sleep staying up to watch the end of the [email protected] game, just in case there is a closer injury.  Football was a fine diversion, but I always feel a little empty without baseball.  I’m happy to be back for another season as your RCL tour guide.  Last season just never felt quite right.  I don’t know about you, but I found myself just going through the motions in leagues.  That’s no fun and I’m crossing my fingers for a normal season this year.  I mean, this isn’t a surprise anymore, MLB has had an entire year to plan for this very moment, so I’m sure they have the most well thought out plan possible and are ready to give it their all.  Everyone must be on the same page, right?  Right?  Hello?  Well, we’ll carry on through March and hope for the best.  What more can we do?  The RCLs are a different beast than most of your 12 team mixed leagues, so let’s go over a little of what you can expect and also why you should join.  If you’re on the fence about joining an RCL, you really shouldn’t be sitting on fences, that sounds terribly uncomfortable, but we’re here to help guide you in your decision making.  So, grab an energy drink of your choosing and let’s get into things.

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All nine wild and crazy weeks are in the books and they sure did feel like a year.  I’ve said it many times, but I never expected us to get to this point.  Call me a cynic, but I obviously underestimated the power of the almighty dollar.  Things looked pretty rocky when we didn’t even make it two weeks before the Marlins were on hiatus, and look at us now, the Marlins are a playoff team!  *Eyeroll*  As wonky as this season was, we still have a Razzball Commenter League champion to crown.  It’s not who you might think either…without further ado, I present to you, our 2020 Razzball Commenter Leagues Champion…Team DFresh!  I may have jinxed Team Tokyo last week, but I really thought they had this thing wrapped up.  I should have known, with this only being week nine, that huge swings could still happen and they did.  DFresh got hot at the right time, jumping from 21st to 2nd last week and taking the top spot this final week thanks to another five league points gained, bringing their total to 116.  That’s a hard total to top, especially combined with a LCI of 114.  With that, Team Tokyo ends up with a hard-luck second overall.  DFresh really rakes it in, winning themselves a $250 Best Buy gift card!  More importantly though, DFresh gets a Razzball T-Shirt and RCL glory.  Who can put a price on that?  Oh, it’s $25, well then, moving on.  DFresh comments around the site from time to time, so the next time you see a comment (likely in this post) be sure to heap on the praise and congratulations.  They fended off some very tough competitors this year to claim the RCL crown including last year’s top finishers, Backdoor Cutters and Fat Fuckin Babies.  This is DFresh’s moment though, so hopefully they pop in, 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:

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We have just one week remaining in our Razzball Commenter League season now.  This funny little sprint of a season is winding down and this is the week when shizz gets whacky.  Every hot schmotato is in play and any big name missing any amount of time is hitting the waiver wire.  Top starters with no remaining starts, they’re out too.  Use those moves, max out those ABs this week and do what you can to max out your innings while holding onto those ratios.  The top ten overall had some shake-ups this week, but the top team remains the same.  We’ll dive into those shake-ups and we’ll also get historical this week.  Someone in the comments last week asked me about historical weekly records, which I didn’t have.  This question sent me down the rabbit hole of historical data and now I have the best RCL weekly records since I started collecting the data way back in 2016.  All that, plus the rest of the week that was, week eight is waiting for you below.

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It’s pretty jarring to me that in two weeks from today our Razzball Commenter Leagues season will be over.  I expect to see a lot of movement in the overall standings during that time frame, despite the fact that the top spot has remained unchanged for three straight weeks.  Considering this is week seven, a time where, in a normal season, the league standings are just starting to level out, plenty of gains can still be made.  We’ve only had two teams hit the 525 IP limit so far, that alone will really shake up some league standings.  If you are not yet above 400 IP, what are you waiting for?  Make some noise on the waiver wire and get streaming!  We’ve also had two teams hit the max moves limit of 185 already.  Several more teams are into the single digits with two weeks to go.  I know we said to max out your moves, but yikes.  I feel like I’ve been extra active with late scratches and streaming like a mad man, and I’m pretty comfortable with moves in every league with around 50-60 remaining.  Next week will be a total bleep show with star players getting dropped left and right if they aren’t in the lineup.  These aren’t keeper leagues and you don’t get extra points for hanging onto Nolan Arenado if he’s out of the lineup for a rest day with three days left in the season.  Go ahead and make it a wacky finish to a wacky season!

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The Razzball Commenter League trade deadline went out with a bang, we have nine trades to go over today and another few to cover next week that just squeaked in at the deadline Sunday.  With the Labor Day holiday, Rudy’s robots took the day off as well, so we have one extra day of data included in the weekly stats.  It’s crazy that we only have three weeks to go in this strange season.  Hopefully you made some trades that will make a difference down the stretch.  I don’t know about you, but it seemed weird to trade for a starter knowing they’d only have 4-5 more starts to come.  Everything about this season feels weird honestly, but we’re making due.  Things are still in so much flux in the league standings that big swings are still happening all over.  I kicked my teams in the rear this week and pounded the innings pitched, which had me gaining points in strikeouts and wins across my many leagues.  I don’t want to be caught that final week of the season needing to stream 100+ innings, because who knows what in the world that week will look like.  Keep an eye on your own IP and stream accordingly.

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