2013 RCL FootballUgh…  RCL needs a new definition.  “Ridiculously Callous Leagues”.  “Random Chance Leagues”.  “Really wanna Choke myself Leagues”.  My teams are tanking worse than M. Night Shyamalan’s directorial career.  My Writer’s League squad has dropped three straight, my RCL team which was decent is looking god awful; it’s just been a rough few weeks on virtually all my teams.  Stupid Nick’s 1-9 team starting Michael Floyd.  Fantasy football is all luck [drops mic].  You can check out the full interactive 2013-2014 RCL Standings tab up under “Leagues” that shows you how you’re stacking up against your Razzball competitors in your journey to RCL glory.

RCL Top ScorerTOP SCORER: May the world sing your praises, Puttin on the Fitz, for topping the RCL scoreboard in week 11 and becoming a legend amongst RCL teams.  Fitz stomped all over the Rancho Rajneesh league for 191.52 points led by Bobby Rainey in an astute gamble (started in only 3% of Yahoo leagues), LeSean McCoy and the huge Antonio Brown game.  Conrgats to the Fitz!  Unfortunately that only moves him to 6-5, while the two top RCL teams heading into week 11, Mega Gronk SMASH! and ReadOptionForDummies, both got wins moving to 10-1 and solidify top spots on the RCL leader board.

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The Razzball Podcast returns, and appropriately for a week of no-shows from several fantasy studs, it’s only me manning the podcast with super producer Kyle turning the knobs.  We would survive a zombie invasion, Kyle!  I recap all the action from week 11 including the Bobby Rainey breakout, why I’m still in love with Kris Durham and my DraftKings picks in my quest for a ticket into the Week 17 Millionaire Finale.  I also go into why Nick’s Writers League team is a piece of hot garbage.  If your game hinges on tonight’s game, good luck and be rooting for my Panthers!

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So I finally got to watching Flight last night, and I love the way it made me think of fantasy.  Mostly because most of my teams make me want to go on one of those Denzel benders.  But seriously, I loved the tie in of flight or flight.  The majority of owners with bad teams flight it away and don’t check their teams, however some of us fight it out, invert the plane and try to save our dignity.  As much as I tried to skirt past with the lies and manipulation (“my team sucks because everyone got hurt!”), I finally fessed up, got a lot of courage and purported “I drafted bad, I managed bad week one, I managed bad week two, I’m managing bad now!”  And with a little bit of good fortune and waiver wire moves, I turned a 14-teamer where I drafted in order (and this is no joke) Ray Rice, Stephen Jackson, Randall Cobb, Marques Colston, Ryan Mathews, Daryl Richardson, T.Y. Hilton (that one worked!), Kenbrell Thompkins and Michael Vick into an actual playoff contending team.  None of those guys I was particularly high on – just how the draft played out – and through a series of moves and pickups I’m 4-6 and a game out of the playoffs.  Fight!  This is a pivotal week for me and I’m sure a lot of teams in Razzball Nation as we start getting into the playoff push crunch time.

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The Razzball Podcast is back!  And since we taped on Tuesday whilst remembering our American and Canadian heroes, we’re previewing week 11 this week instead of recapping the past week – traveling to the future instead of the past!  We’re Back to the Future Part II instead of the original.  It’s a jam packed episode with Nick’s new hand-picked intern #8 (oh wait, that’s right, he has a name it’s Kyle) going over AFC matchups, Nick I preview the NFC including my raging Panthers while also hitting up DraftKings, Sky calls in with wire pickups for the home stretch and Murph recaps the past week’s injuries.  So much going on that we had to stay professional throughout!

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2013 RCL Football Welllllllll, my run at RCL glory took a horrible turn this week, as both my squads are looking terrible and suffered tough losses.  Why, A-Rod’s collarbone, WHY?!  And while my formerly undefeated team has now dropped two straight, at least no one is perfect as Yeshcheese fell this week as the last undefeated.  No 10-0 teams this year!  The parity is astounding.  You can check out the full interactive 2013-2014 RCL Standings tab up under “Leagues” that shows you how you’re stacking up against your Razzball competitors in your journey to RCL glory.

RCL Top ScorerTOP SCORER: Jack Full of Hate is full of fantasy points lately, posting 188.30 points and moving to 6-4 in JB’s Random Commenter League (my league duh!) and topping the RCLs in scoring.  How are you only 6-4 when you own the entire Broncos roster?  Big weeks from Peyton, Demaryius, and Riley, then 20-point games from Andre Johnson and T.Y. rounded out the winning week and got Jack top honors in a very down week of RCL scoring.  The Hannover Hotspurs eked out a win over The Green Bastards making a logjam at 7-3 for the top of the league standings, with RotoZak moving into first place in the league with his points.

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I’m looking across my lineups this week, and I’m feeling like my teams’ narratives  are like The Other Guys.  My Samuel L. and the Rock who were guns blazin’ and taking care of business have gone down to ridiculous injuries, and I’ve got to go with the wild card play of the cop who shot Derek Jeter, then the lanky cop with the crazy Gator past (no not Aaron Hernandez!) to try and fill in.  Marlon Brown last week got me my first desk pop!  Those TDs were nice.  So I’m hoping to be your Michael Keaton and get the police unit to work together, while also trying to keep my Bed Bath & Beyond profitable and my employees from chasing waterfalls.

Going back to last week’s picks, Marlon Brown actually won me a league last week!  I liked that one.  Terrelle Pryor and Josh McCown gave you solid games as deep QB plays, and Le’Veon Bell also was very solid.  My very deep Myles White call was more for James Jones behind hypothetically out, then the Aaron Rodgers injury made things worse, but a loss nonetheless.  For my benchers, Matt Ryan was awful and I indeed got the Vincent Jackson bench right!  I feel like I’ve missed on VJax 4-5 times over the past 2 years.  Fred Jackson was a wash, but Tom Brady and Danny Amendola had huge games.  My bad on that one, I knew the Steelers D was bad, but didn’t think the Pats O would get it together.  Here’s who I like in week 10 and their % started in ESPN and Yahoo, respectively (NOTE – these are not always recommendations for 1-for-1 swaps, just guys I like who are understarted and guys I hate overstarted):

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As Nick and I discussed on this week’s Podcast, we’re jones-ing for a ticket into the huge Million Dollar Week 17 Finale DraftKings is hosting, where hopefully one of us can be crowned a millionaire.  You’d think entry into a contest where you can win a million bucks would be expensive.  You’d think you’d have to wear an expensive suede bathrobe and eat caviar whilst setting up your DraftKings lineup.  But no!  There’s all sorts of satellites you can enter, like the one Nick and I will be playing this Sunday that’s only $2 measly bucks!  The winner of the $2 Qualifier gets an automatic entry into the Millionaire Grand Finale, a whopping $1,500 value!  So I am pumped for this week at DraftKings and hoping to hippity-skippity like Charlie Bucket and get that Golden Ticket.

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2013 RCL Football Well… All good things come to an end.  And if you were cheering for me to lose, then shame on you!  Because I had a legit shot at an upset before Aaron Rodgers got hurt last night.  But alas I fall to 8-1 and shockingly 4 of the 5 8-0 teams suffered their first loss this week.  That means, yes, Yes, YES, YESCHEESE (!!! sorry, RCLgasm) is the last undefeated team in RCL land, and will be atop the standings at 9-0.  You can check out the full interactive 2013-2014 RCL Standings tab up under “Leagues” that shows you how you’re stacking up against your Razzball competitors in your journey to RCL glory.

RCL Top ScorerTOP SCORER: Tons of big scoring this week in the RCLs with more teams surpassing 200 than ever before, and topping all of those teams was the Naysayer’s in the Monday Morning QB’s league, dropping knowledge and 216.68 points all over the RCL stratosphere.  Riley Cooper and T.Y. Hilton led the charge at WR with Keenan Allen also in the mix, then big games from Jason Campbell filling in for Kaepernick on the bye and Stevan Ridley has the Naysayer’s immortalized in RCL glory.  Even with Knowshon Moreno on a bye too!  Naysayer’s is still climbing out of a hole at 4-5, while the very tough kitchen stinks barely edged out Stick’m by 4 points to move to 8-1 and near the top of the RCL standings.

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Well Nick tried to work some Podcast Hosting mojo, and pumped up a special guest that never showed.  That’s how to promo Nick!  Maybe I’m just bitter because at the end he fired everyone. What is this, the Podcast Apprentice?  You need a haircut Nick.  Or maybe us regulars are all supposed to feel special…  Despite our Podcast Czar running the show like, well, a Czar, Nick and I talk NFC notes including the historic Nick Foles game, Jay calls in and goes over AFC news including his terrible Chargers losing in OT, and Sky lets us know who to grab off the wire.  Nick then relives his college days from the 1930s and pulls a G.O.B. at the Bluth company Christmas party.  I’ll accept Nick dressed in a banana suit next week as an apology…  Good this week and in your push to the playoffs!

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