Hello everyone, and welcome to Wednesday, Rankings Day! Get ready for another jam-packed day in which myself and Matt will be sharing with you all our rankings! Just a quick note, before I begin, I’m going to be switching up the format this week. I’m going to keep my blurbs short and sweet, like the other guys do, with more emphasis on the “Tool Time” series, where not only will we have more updated information regarding who’s healthy or not, but also a clearer look at match-ups, and a chance to give you guys more information regarding our Razzball-certified picks for the week ahead.

Enough chatter, let’s get to it!

 

 

Players That I’m High On

Alex Smith – He has such a high floor every single week due to his primary weapons of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt, and it has shown immediately, as Smith is already the #3 QB in most scoring formats. I expect him to do well once again against Houston this week.

Dak Prescott Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams already seem to have some positive matchups, and at home against Green Bay, Prescott should light it up after a disappointing loss last week to Los Angeles.

Christian McCaffrey – Like last week, this Panthers-Lions game is destined to be a shootout, which is music to the ears of McCaffrey, as he should once again get a lot of work in the passing game.

Javorius Allen – I actually like him quite a bit against the Raiders this week. You may wonder why I’m not high on Alex Collins, and that’s simply due to the fact that the young runner can’t seem to hold onto the ball. Allen is a fine flex play this week.

Chris Hogan – He’s been terrific so far, and I expect him and the rest of the Pats offense to be firing on all cylinders in this matchup against the injury-riddled Bucs defense.

Davante Adams – He may actually play, and if he does, I think you should really consider him for your flex. This Cowboys secondary isn’t a very good one, and it showed with their performance against Cooper Kupp . Aside from Adams, Cobb is a good play, as is Jordy.

Jason Witten – The Packers linebackers aren’t good enough to stop Witten, and aside from his disappointing performance last week, he’s still been effective and one of Prescott’s favorite options.

 

Players That I’m Not High On

Deshaun Watson – Look, I like him just as much as the next guy does, but I don’t think he should be a Top-5 QB this week. There’s bound to be some regression after last Sunday’s performance, and we shouldn’t overreact after one week.

Jay Ajayi – His knee and the rest of this offense is some cause for concern. Sure, it’s a good match up, but that’s what we said about New York and New Orleans.

Martavis Bryant – They are at home, which is great, but he’ll likely draw A.J. Bouye, which is not good. I think you can find someone else for this week.

Delanie Walker – No Mariota is some cause for serious concern. Is he the worst TE you could possibly start in Week 5? No. Could you definitely find someone else? Yes.

Alright guys, that about does it for me. As always, leave your questions and comments below and I will answer them in a timely manner. Once again, stay tuned for Saturday as I’ll be giving out some Razzball-certified plays for Week 5! Take it easy.

 

 

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  1. Wu Tanguay Clan says:
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    you’re real low on Smallwood, I was thinking of starting him in the flex over Funchess… care to explain?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Wu Tanguay Clan: Yeah he’s too low but it is a little bit of a split between Smallwood, Blount and Clement. It’s not like Smallwood is the bell cow runner. I’ll still move him up though

  2. Scott P says:
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    Why is Mixon so highly ranked? My understanding is that the Buffalo defense is pretty solid. Is it based on the number of touches he’s gotten since the OC switch?

    • Scott P says:
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      @Scott P: Who is your current QB and who would you have to drop?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Scott P: Mixon is highly ranked because I expect the Bengals offense to have to operate on the ground instead of the air against their tough secondary, and yes, also because his workload is increasing now with the new OC

      • Scott P says:
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        @Zach: Thanks!

  3. SDub88 says:
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    Standard league, I’m curently 4-0 and leading league in points. Was offered Dak, OBJ, and Ajayi for Fournette and Tyreek. It’s a fair deal, but I’m hesitant to pull the trigger given the injury concerns with Ajayi and maybe OBJ. And the fact Fournette has been so consistent. I think I’m going to stand pat, do you agree?

    • Scott P says:
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      @SDub88: This was supposed to go here and not with my question above.

      Who is your current QB and who would you have to drop?

      • SDub88 says:
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        @Scott P:

        I have Mariota and Rivers. Would likely drop Rivers or Jacquizz.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @SDub88: I think you should stay put. Ajayi’s knee is worrisome, and I don’t think you should give up Tyreek or Fournette.

      • SDub88 says:
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        @Zach:

        Thanks

  4. Allan says:
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    Hey zach my RB core is in dire straights. Lost Johnson and Cook to IR. Got Ingram Smallwood Cohen and Bernard remaining in a full point PPR. Pick up lacy gallman McKinnon McGuire Perkins breida? Not much available. It is a dynasty if that matters.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Allan: I think you should pickk up McKinnon as the PPR ‘cuff to Cook. Either him or Lacy as the potential RB1 in Seattle.

      • SDub88 says:
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        @Zach:

        full PPR do you like McKinnon more than Riddick ROS?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @SDub88: No I still would prefer Riddick as of now

  5. RicoSuave says:
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    Great stuff man!

    14 team PPR + IDP league…

    I need to fill up two spots in my roster (1 RB and Flex (RB/WR/te) for this week… which two do you recommend?

    Aaron Jones RB- [email protected];
    Humphries WR – TB vs NE;
    D. Martin RB – TB vs NE;
    C. Prosise RB – [email protected];
    J. Rodgers RB- TB vs NE;
    J. Williams RB – [email protected]

    Thanks in advance…

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks Rico! Doug Martin and Aaron Jones

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Zach: Thank you… I just read that Williams and Montgomery are practicing today, Is Jones still my best bet if they play?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @RicoSuave: I would be really shocked if Montgomery plays this week. If he does, I wouldn’t start Jones.

  6. Timbo tooth says:
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    Greetings man! .5 PPR league would you deal my mcaffery to acquire Cooks? Or would you rather deal my Parker + either Smallwood, or Abdullah for Cooks?

    My RBs Gordon, hunt, mcaffery, Abdullah, Smallwood, jerrick mckininon, chark west & Aaron jones.
    Lost Carson who I dropped & got Aaron jones. DJ is on my IR

    My WRs we start 3 could be 4 w/ flex: Keenan Allen, Alshon, Baldwin, hogan, fuller, Tyler Lockett , Parker

    — I just don’t know about having 2 WRs from the same team if I do this I’d have hogan & Cooks, he might want hogan but hogan has been the better WR that’s why I would buy low, the same owner has theilen would you offer McKinnon or Smallwood for theilen?

    — another owner has Diggs would you offer alshon Jeffery straight up for Diggs?

    — lastly seems tyreek hill is of course talented but very boom or bust but would you offer alshon for hill?

    — waiver Q, I have Winston he gets pats at home on Thursday but TNF has been wacky, dak Prescott was dropped and he gets packers would you aim to claim Prescott off waivers

    Gracias

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Timbo tooth: I would stay put with your current receivers and running backs. I would also keep Hill. I would also stay with Winston in a great matchup against the Pats secondary

      • Timbo tooth says:
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        @Zach:

        I don’t own hill, so do you mean go out & get hill?

  7. Ryan says:
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    In my 14 team ppr I was just offered Diggs for Deshaun Watson and Wil Fuller. Is this a good sell high on Watson or is this too much depth to give up?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Ryan: No I love Diggs ROS

  8. Los Putos says:
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    Where do you have sefarian-jenkins ranked?

    Dont see him listed

    Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Los Putos: He should have been in there but I think there was an FP error. Adding him shortly…

  9. Christian herman says:
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    Standard: Was offered Tate & Engram for M Bennett & Tate. Thoughts? I’m worried about dealling Bryant for Tate. My TEs are Clay & Engram. My WRs are Baldwin Bryant Snead.

    • Christian herman says:
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      @Christian herman: he also mentioned he would swap Engram with D Foreman.

      • Christian herman says:
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        @Zach: golden Tate.

        • Christian herman says:
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          @Christian herman: ohhhh I see. My bad. Engram/Foreman AND Martavis Bryant for M Bennett & Golden Tate. Standard.

          • Zach

            Zach says:
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            @Christian herman: I would stay put with Tate. You already have fine TE’s.

  10. Eagle man fly eagle says:
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    Happy day to you! .5 PPR league I have Melvin Gordon would you trade him for shady McCoy? Who do you like better ROS?

  11. Noam Levenson says:
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    Thanks Zach for the rankings.

    Who would you go with for one RB and one flex? Between: Thielen, Abdullah, J. Howard?

    Thanks!

      • Noam Levenson says:
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        @Noam Levenson: Or I could start James White

        • Noam Levenson says:
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          @Noam Levenson: Or Javorius Allen..

          Last comment! Thanks

          • Zach

            Zach says:
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            @Noam Levenson: Thank YOU Noam!

            Thielen and Allen, though it’s close at RB

  12. James says:
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    I’m trying to find the confidence to start Wentz this week, so this is nice to see. What’s your rationale for having him 6th?

    • Zach

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      @James: I like the matchup at home, and this team, while recently getting some production out of the backfield, is still a pass-heavy offense. I may be too high on him, and might readjust, but I still think you should start him. This Cardinals defense has struggled MIGHTILY on the road this season.

      • James says:
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        @Zach: Thanks. I think I’m going to go Wentz over Newton/Watson, given the matchups, though I’m accepting the fact that I’m likely leaving the upside on my bench.

  13. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    Zach, good sir. How are you? I appreciated your advice last week. My team won. I am in a 0.5 PPR ten team league. Could you please help me with my line up for week 5? I appreciate it.

    QB1- Winston or Mariota? or Watson
    RB1-Freeman? Miller? Coleman? C. Thompson?
    RB2-Elliott? Miller? Coleman? C.Thompson?
    WR- C. Hogan? Hopkins? or S. Shepard?
    WR2-Hopkins or Hogan or S.Shepard?
    F-L. Miller? T. Coleman? D. C.Thompson? S.Shepard?
    TE- D. Walker
    K-Catanzaro or Bailey?
    D-AZ? or LAR? or MIN?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @William Trill Cauley-Stein: What’s up Willie!!!! Winston, Freeman, Elliott, Hogan, Hopkins, Miller, Bailey, MIN (agianst Trubisky). Good luck my dude!

  14. TTRA1N says:
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    Trade McCaffrey for D.Parker 12tm PPR?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @TTRA1N: No I would hold onto McCaffrey for now. Miami’s offense is just bad right now

  15. Nick says:
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    Hey Zach – 10 team standard league. Do you prefer McKinnon or Mckissic on your bench over say Maclin or J Allen, both of which are clogging my bench with a ton of week 10 byes already on my team…

    • Zach

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      @Nick: No I would have Allen and Maclin. McKinnon and Kissic aren’t guaranteed options by any stretch of the imagination

  16. fudgemybudge says:
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    Kamara or Thompson ROS for half ppr

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