The fantasy baseball season has officially kicked off 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 first week 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 sixteen leagues draft already, so there’s plenty of numbers to look at. The first week wasn’t always smooth with a few RCLs not filling to the required twelve managers, but drafting anyway. We even had one draft start with ten managers and finish with eleven! The managers, they’re multiplying! As with any changes in life, bumps and hiccups are to be expected. If you are in one of the leagues with too few managers, you are welcome to play the league out, that’s your call, however the stats unfortunately will not count towards to the RCL Master Standings. In the future, if you notice your league is close to drafting but someone has dropped out, leaving you short a manager 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…Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the season starting early this year, it seems like everything is a bit crunched. This includes preparing for the Razzball Commenter Leagues drafts. March is already upon us and it’s time to get drafting! Hopefully, you’re not caught unprepared. This week I just wanted to drop some additional strategy notes I couldn’t cram into last weeks posts. This time next week we’ll have an assortment of draft data to wade through, which will be much more exciting and make it seem like real fantasy baseball season! As of now one league has drafted, the Writers League jumped in first with a draft this past Saturday evening. There were a few autodrafters (raises hand in shame), but an overall good looking draft (just don’t look at my lack of pitching staff, wow, that’s ugly). There will be a Q&A style recap of that in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for that if you’re interested but in the meantime, let’s cover the last few tips you need before tackling your own drafts in the weeks to come.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Once again, you spoke and we listened. Razzball really is the fantasy baseball site of the people, for the people. Thanks to commenter “howtathor” who said he would much rather join a league called “Tehol is a Sexual Panther” than one titled, “RCL #27”, or something along those lines. We’ve now added a “Play With” column to the Razzball Commenter Leagues sign-up sheet. Now, when perusing for an RCL to join, you can scan for your favorite writer (Dreamy Lance perhaps?) or your favorite easy target (Tehol perhaps?) or maybe your favorite angry commenter (Cram It). Either way, hopefully it drives you to sign up for another league or two. Go ahead and skip to the end of this post to check it out, pitching strategy will be here when you get back.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Last week we covered why you should join a Razzball Commenter League, so this week let’s start covering what to do once you’re in there. To be honest, most all of this has been covered somewhere on the site over the years, most often by Rudy. If you haven’t been playing in Razzball Commenter Leagues though, I could see how some of this has been glossed over, so I’ll try to consolidate some info for the newbies. Even with the recent rule changes, I don’t think the strategy is going to change a ton. We’ll all be learning and adapting to the new format together though, so even RCL rookies will be on an even playing field to start. If you disagree, or think my strategy is whack, let’s talk about it in the comments. Like I said, we’ll all be trying out the new format for the first year together, so let’s see what we dig up.Please, blog, may I have some more?
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. I love these things. Really, they play to my strengths and offer ample opportunity to test strategy and ideas. Weekly lineups/moves have their place, I just don’t find them as fun. The daily moves, the League Competitive Index competition, battling hundreds of other managers for the top of the overall standings and of course, the non stop action make this a unique and fun challenge. It’s kind of like pounding a pot of coffee every hour, on the hour for six straight months. Even with the changes this season (IP vs. GS and a 500 move limit) I still think it will be the fantasy baseball equivalent of snorting Red Bull. I’m also a huge nerd for all the numbers and data that gets collected from running so many leagues under the Razzball umbrella. The move to FanTrax should make data collection much better which means it I will be even easier to share these numbers with you along the way and try to glean some info from all that data. In order to make the data pool even larger though, we need you, and you, and you too. You see, what makes RCLs great is all of you. Man that sounds mushy, but it’s true. In an ideal world, every Razzball reader would head on over to the RCL sign-ups, pick a league and all would be right with the world. It’s funny to see how many frequent commenters have never played an RCL. What’s wrong with you? I was there once upon a time, so for those of you that aren’t so eager, let’s sit down and chat it out.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Greetings, RCLers! Razzball has decided to move the Razzball Commenter Leagues from ESPN to Fantrax this season, and I’m here to show you around the place. I’m Nathan Dokken and I not only write for Fantrax, I have been playing on Fantrax for many years. It’s definitely a little different than ESPN, but once you know your way around I think you’ll find it to be a great platform for fantasy. So come on in, take off your shoes (and those JNCO jeans…you’re embarrassing yourself), put on your adventure cap, and let’s take the tour!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hello again Razzball Commenter Leagues friends. As the title indicates, there are changes afoot in the RCLs for 2018. No, Grey will not be changing your socks for you, but that hole in your toe is pretty big, you should throw those out. Instead we are moving our host site from ESPN to Fantrax. That change is 100% happening and we here at Razzball HQ are pretty excited about it. Where ESPN had no shizzes (shizzi?) to give, Fantrax has plenty of shizz to give. Fantrax is first and foremost a fantasy site, not a cable company owned by a mega-corporation that happens to host some fantasy leagues. This means better service for the players and a better experience all-around. If if there was a problem, yo, they’ll solve it, check out the hook while my customer support rep revolves it. I’ve been in touch with Tim Wagner of Fantrax plenty since the announcement and he welcomes any and all feedback you all might have. In fact, the worse the better. These guys are really looking to make this a great experience for everyone, so let’s hear it. Along with this move comes the chance to shake things up in the RCLs a bit. Click below and you’ll see a survey magically appear in the article space. There you can vote on such RCL issues as the number of DL spots, a moves limit or the hotly debated GS vs. IP limits. You can also pipe up if you’d like to play the RCLs for cash. Vote now or forever hold your gripes. We don’t want anyone to be blindsided when RCL sign-ups begin so do us a favor and tell your friends. Thanks for taking the time to make your voices heard.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Welcome Razzball Commenter Leagues friends to the preseason edition of the RCL update. I can’t wait to get leagues kicked off in 2018. Football just doesn’t satiate me the way fantasy baseball does and we have lots of excitement around the RCLs this year, as you’ll see in a moment. I’m not sure if this makes me sound like a total old fart or not, but in 2017 I discovered there’s a lot of great content on YouTube. Pre 2017 I would only jump on YouTube to figure out how to do something on my vehicle, my lawnmower, my generator or some other small motor around my house that needed fixing. One of my favorite finds of 2017 was/is the VlogBrothers YouTube channel, specifically the videos posted by John Green. I’m a big fan of his books and discovered the channel while searching out a pre-order of his latest work. A recent post of his was about a concept presented to him by his therapist. The idea was to write a letter to yourself at the New Year stating what you will be leaving behind in the previous year and what you will be bringing to the coming year. That inspired me to do something similar with this first RCL post. There are some big changes coming to the RCLs this year and Razzball is looking for your input. So, click below and see what we’re leaving in 2017 and what we’re bringing to 2018. Make sure to cast a vote as we’ll be catering the RCLs to your wants and needs. How cool is that? Very!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Well, that’s a wrap on the Razzball Commenter Leagues everyone. Twenty-six weeks down and now we have twenty-six more until the start of next year’s fantasy baseball season. It’s perfect symmetry, because fantasy baseball is the perfect fantasy sport. Speaking of perfect, Returning Champ went near perfect on us in route to an overall Championship. This ties for the second highest finish in RCL history with Rank Railheads of 2012 Championship fame. Returning Champ really rakes it in, winning themselves a $250 Best Buy gift card! More importantly though, Returning Champ gets 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 Returning Champ has checked in via comments at all this year, but now would be the time. It’s time to heap on the praise and accept your congratulations. Personally, I’ve been curious all year where the Champ has returned from. Is this a previous RCL winner or were they just lost at sea? I have questions! Either way, Returning Champ fended off some very tough competitors this year to claim the RCL crown. Cram It gave it a run, Grey was pushing for a top spot for awhile there and an army of RCL robots invaded the standings as well. This is Returning Champ’s 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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s hard to believe there’s only one week to go in the Razzball Commenter Leagues. This marathon of a season has seen us torture ourselves for 25 long weeks, agonizing over batty calls, dipping into the streamers with mixed results, cursing players and praising others. We’ve ignored our families, our jobs and our personal hygiene and now it all comes down to the final week. You may smell like stale Funyuns, but dagummit, that virtual fantasy trophy is all yours! Speaking of trophies, Returning Champ all but sealed is overall championship this week. When you’re already the #1 team in the Master Standings and then you go out and win Team of the Week honors in the second to last week of the season. Well, that is just the clutchiest of the clutch moves right there. Last week Returning Champ held a 2.9 point lead over Cram It, this week that lead is up to 5.7 points. Those numbers don’t even take into account that as of Monday morning, Returning Champ hit 119 league points. Last year saw the first perfect score in the RCLs when Team Levy hit 120. Until that time the highest league score had been 119, set by the Rank Railheads back in 2012. Both Team Levy and Rank Railheads were in leagues with an LCI of 98, so Returning Champ has his league’s 101 LCI working for him. Unfortunately, Returning Champ will have no shot at a perfect score since one of the teams in The Giant and the Jew has hit all the home runs. Hot Ham Water currently has 390 HRs to Returning Champ’s 329. 329 is good enough for 2nd in the category, but unless Giancarlo wallops 60 dingers this week, 119 will be the best Returning Champ can muster. That should still be plenty good enough to take home the overall championship. Come along, there’s plenty more about Returning Champ and the rest of the week that was, week 25:Please, blog, may I have some more?