rcl-basketball-logoRCL Playoffs, baby!  Slim and I have mentioned several times on the Pod that the RCL difficulty level is sky high.  Slim had an easier time in a $250 league than the RCLs!  And we’re not saying this just to pump up your egos, Razzball Nation bee smawrt!

In our final regular season week, boy did I get a chance to play spoiler!  I faced off against #1 overall RCL team Heat Apologist in the JB’s surprise RCL, and you’re welcome alligno, Nick is Razzy, Smokin’ Fine Cubans and Big-O-Miller!  Shocked Mr. Apologist with a 6-2-1 victory bringing him down to tied-4th overall.  Of course all playoff teams are still alive in the quest for the overall RCL title, as the crown goes to the team that won their fantasy playoffs and had the best regular season record amongst the winners.  Best of luck to everyone in the playoffs, and my 4 RCL playoff teams hope to do some more spoilin’ these next 3 weeks!

Check out how your teams stacked up through the final week of the 2015-16 RCL Master Standings Table table which is now finalized, and here’s how the action went down in the nineteenth regular season week across our 22 RCL Leagues:

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A matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers is Candyland for talented opposition and on Tuesday night it was Thaddeus Young‘s turn to feast. The injury-depleted Sixers couldn’t keep Thad off the glass as he collected a season-high 16 rebounds (four offensive). In addition to the board-fest, Young scored 14 points on 5-9 from the field and a perfect 4-4 mark from the foul line. He handed out a team-high four assists (with no turnovers), swiped the ball twice and rejected three Philly shots for an eight-category gem. The only disappointment for Thad’s owners on this night is that he fouled out, holding him to 33 minutes, or the line could have been even sweeter.

Thad has been a fourth round value on the season so big lines have popped up here and there, but monster outings like Tuesday’s illustrate just how favorable a matchup with Philadelphia can be. All told, the Nets hung 131 points on ’em (in regulation) and with the 76ers having now given up more than 110 points in twelve of their last fifteen games, it’s worth a look ahead to see who else might have an opportunity to post a season-best line at the expense of Philadelphia pride in the near future…

  • Thursday, March 17th vs Wizards – Look for Otto Porter to go big, especially if Bradley Beal can’t go.
  • Friday, March 18th vs Thunder – If you’ve ever wondered if Russell Westbrook can post a triple-double in less than 20 minutes, this might be the night we find out.
  • Sunday, March 20th vs Boston – Avery Bradley is due for a scoring outburst as he hasn’t had a 20+ point performance since February 22nd. Maybe he busts loose against the “defense” of Isaiah Canaan and Nik Stauskas.

Beyond that the ‘6ers head out on a four-game road trip with the last of those contests taking place at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors…yikes.

Let’s take a game-by-game look at the studs, duds and noteworthy performers from a six-game Tuesday night.

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This is the part in your fantasy run where, if you were in Independence Day, Bill Pullman would give you that inspiring speech about not going quietly into the night, that we will fight to the last man, etc, etc. In fantasy terms, simply put, it’s The Final Countdown, which ironically as it relates to Independence Day, was performed by a band called Europe. Perhaps you are inspired by Rocky, maybe you like Rudy.  Whatever floats your boat. You are in the win or go home stage, I would gather, if you’re reading this article, and very likely not going swimmingly, if you’re looking to add a desperation piece. So clearly my advice is not really possible in the traditional sense, as trades are no longer possible in leagues. This is more of a Add/Drop waiver kinda thing; we’re trying to polish a turd, essentially. So, before I don my Randy Quaid hat and fly my jet up an alien’s exhaust pipe, let’s try to glean some usable quality off the waiver for streaming or injury replacement, shall we?

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Playoffs Edition! The Razzball Basketball Podcast is back, and on today’s show we discuss March Madness (join our Razzball Bracket Challenge!) and the fantasy postseason including the mess in Memphis. We then play another edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, and preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks.

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The tournament is finally here!

It’s time to make our NCAA Tourney Bracket picks and join the 4th annual Razzball Basketball Bracket Pool, which through the power of hyperlinks, can be joined by clicking it right there! Yours truly put together a 2nd out of 27 finish in last year’s Razzball Bracket, so take that everyone that probably follows college basketball more than me! Hah, I keed, I’ve been pretty invested this season with Chapel Hill looking so good. And look at my alma mater making it! UNCW getting a ridiculous draw playing same-state opponent Duke in a 4 vs. 13 matchup… Duke seems to choke when they’re not a #1 seed though, Gus Ayonin’! Although I dunno, I went to a UNCW game this year and watched a handful of their other games… It’s gonna be near impossible for them to keep up unless Duke misses all their 3s, since that’s all Duke can ever do on a basketball court…

So come one, come all, and the winner of the pool will get a spot in the Commenters REL League plus lots of notoriety on the Pod. Phrases like “___ is so much smarter than us!” and “____ will pick my lotto numbers next time!” How is that not the coolest prize ever, Hurley?!

Join the pool and set up your bracket today!

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REL Basketball1The quest for the golden jersey starts here!  I’m now going to use that term to describe winning the REL title, just look at how sexy that graphic at the bottom is!  I want to be on there!  With the playoffs now set, we had some crazy jostling between teams #2-#5, with Slim sneaking in to second for a first-week bye.  Damn that sneaky Slim!  We also had a few high-priced waiver adds as we wind down the season and NBA opportunities are created.  Here’s how week 19 wrapped up the regular season in the REL:

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It’s hard going into the fantasy playoffs without thinking of that cliche soundbit over and over… I feel like the dude from Pi trying to write an open to this, the drill is plugged in!

But seriously, if you’re still reading at this point in the season, there’s a 95% chance you’re in the fantasy playoffs or in the running to win your Roto league. The other 5% of you… I love you. Thanks for reading until the bitter end!

As with the advice you’ll see anywhere, now is the time to move on from anything that isn’t nailed down, no more stashing unless you have a bye, and it’s week-to-week, all-hands-on-deck (can-I-come-up-with-any-more-linked-together-phrases?!) here on out. I’m all over the place with emotions right now, I can’t focus on a succinct open! I shocked the world by winning the reg. season of the Slim vs. JB RCL, got another playoff berth in the REL, UNCW (my alma mater) is playing in-state rival and a buncha-crooks Duke, just had my first epic fantasy baseball draft… There’s so much going on! And with March Madness obviously cutting into our basketball time, don’t sleep on your fantasy hoops postseason and start partyin’ it up like James Harden when your season is on the line. I don’t care about getting my 14 over 3 upset, I need to get to the semis! So stay locked and loaded, don’t let the NCAA Cinderellas these first 2 rounds distract you, and let’s go out and bring home the bacon. Here’s what went down over the weekend in fantasy hoops action, plus The 7 Ahead for Week 20 – the first week of the playoffs for standard H2H leagues:

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Ya know, Brandon Knight and The Dark Knight metaphor work pretty well as a parallel to my time here on Razzball Hoops.  In 13-14, Knight was one of my first bolder calls that panned out (hey, it’s easier for me to forget the bad ones OK!  …cough, MCW, cough…), exploding onto the scene as the Bucks PG like Batman Begins.  I guess that implies I exploded onto the scene, let’s just say I feel like I was better than Batman & Robin, so that’s a plus…  Then he was somehow even better for most of 14-15; the rare sequel that’s better than the original in The Dark Knight.  In my second season, I was the only ‘pert to have #OccupyDraymondGreen top 100!  Take that, Christopher Nolan!  Then he was traded to the Suns, and thus far this season, we’ve only seen flashes of the former brilliance.  Exactly like The Dark Knight Rises.  He got a bigger budget with his max deal, and also got a longer run time.  And while Anne Hathaway is hot and all, there’s a lot of things that just didn’t make sense.  Only time will tell if Knight can break this analogy, because the next stop for Batman is this horrific looking dawn of justice movie hooblah.  Whatever the hell it’s called…  Why in the hell is Affleck going from Oscar-winning director to star of a CGI clusterF$*#?!?!?!  Not like he needs the money!  Knight returned last night (hah!) for 10/2/5/0/1 in 25 minutes off the bench after nearly 2 months out due to a groin.  He looked pretty good out there, even though he shot only 2-9.  Was cutting hard and ran into a mess of big men to scuffle for a board, so he’s not just coasting until the end of the season.  Good timing before the fantasy playoffs!  Hopefully you were able to hold; while I think he’s gonna be ho-hum compared to his numbers pre-injury with the Suns tanking, I do think he’ll be must-own.  So here’s to hoping he’s finally healthy, and buck the trend of both the Batman franchise, or movies by Christopher Nolan.  I have to buck the trend of this analogy too!  Now THERE’S some pressure for 16-17 ranks!  Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

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Wassup Razzballians!!

We’ve finally hit the stretch run in fantasy basketball!  This is the point where you need every player on your team to be productive.  Now, I promised the key to winning, in the title, so I suppose I should give some kind of helpful advice…

The key to all fantasy sports is to not be attached to your players.  You can build a juggernaut with this philosophy: Everyone is available for the right price.  When it comes to playoff time, it is important to cut injured and unproductive players.  I don’t care who they are or how high you drafted them.  At this point, it’s all about minutes and production.  Sure, you may get unlucky, and the player breaks out of his slump as soon as you drop him.  Thankfully, this isn’t that likely.

If you’re in a competitive league, cruising to a title is highly unlikely.  I’ve learned this through years of experience.  Even if your team appears to be stacked, it is very important to not take anything for granted.  If you can cut a player to guarantee yourself a win in the current round, then do it. It’s time to put the pedal to the metal and make the ballsy move.

With that in mind, this week’s edition of RazzWired will feature players who are poised for big minutes and solid roles down the stretch.

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We’re back with our final fantasy regular season Razzball Basketball Podcast, and on today’s show we talk Grizzlies PG injuries, Jrue Holiday and LaMarcus Aldridge’s draft stock for 16-17, and some mutual love for JaMychal Green. We then play another edition of Higher/Lower, preview tonight’s games with our 30-Point Challenge picks, then wrap up with a Fantasy Movie League (Join now! http://fantasymovieleague.com/group/4257 Password “rball”!) update and what we’ve been watching.

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