Week 1 was packed full of surprises, just like usual. I’ve been saying that weird things happen in September and it’s no cause for overreaction. At the same time, certain things become more clear and so do the roles of the players that we drafted. We find out which wide receivers young quarterbacks tend to target more. We also get an idea of what the work load is going to be for certain backfields when it was unclear before. Everything changes from week to week but we put in the work and research to make sure that we are as accurate as possible here at Razzball. Let’s get to a few highlighted players for week to before you view the rankings in full.

  • Sam Darnold really liked targeting Quincy Enunwa on Monday night. The average depth of target left a lot to be desired but the volume seems to be there.
  • The Dolphins want to use Kenny Stills on deep and intermediate routes. This sky rockets his value in all formats. He is a borderline WR2 in 12 team leagues.
  • With Kenneth Dixon out, it should be business as usual for Alex Collins as long as he doesn’t put the ball on the ground. Javorius Allen will be in the mix, but the touches should be plentiful for Collins.
  • Alex Smith is a QB1 play in a favorable match-up against the Colts. Last week was a good and efficient start for Smith and this week looks even better on paper. I have Andrew Luck right behind him and they are playing in the same game. I expect both teams to find the end zone a few times. Andrew Luck looked great this past Sunday in his return.
  • I loved what I saw from Jay Ajayi on Thursday night, but I loved what I heard out of Doug Pederson’s mouth even more. The Eagles want to use Ajayi as a volume back. He already seems to have strong lead in the competition for red zone touches, so this is even better news.
  • I like Isaiah Crowell this week as a borderline RB2. Miami let Dion Lewis make plays all over the field and if it weren’t for a long touchdown run that ended up as a holding call, Derrick Henry would have had a very nice day himself.
  • I left Sony Michel outside of the top 40 this week because he hasn’t stepped on the field yet. I think that there is a good chance that he could outperform my projected ranking for him. With Jeremy Hill out for the season, Michel could take a nice share of the backfield and he has big play ability.
  • I love George Kittle and Ricky Seals-Jones at the tight end positions. As Reid wrote yesterday, the Rams really struggled against Jared Cook on Monday night and RSJ is their next matchup. George Kittle already seems like a favorite target of Jimmy Garappolo. I think that he will see plenty of volume against Detroit.
  • It looks like there is a decent chance that Desean Jackson doesn’t clear concussion protocol in time to suit up against the Eagles. This makes Chris Godwin a very intriguing flex play on Sunday. He will see more than the 4 targets that he saw this past Sunday and I think it’s pretty well known how good Godwin can play on intermediate and deep routes. He always is able to find a way to come down with the ball.

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  1. Afro_the says:
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    MB – Do I use my No 1 Waiver Priority for Phillip Lindsay? Is there any waiver wire pick up this week worth the No 1 priority?

    • Afro_the says:
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      @Afro_the: 10 Team Standard League btw.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Afro_the: no, I don’t think there is besides George Kittle if he’s available.

      • AFRO_the says:
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        @MB: thanks! Holding strong! 1st Priority is a good but also too much responsibility! Hah

        • MB

          MB says:
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          @AFRO_the: yep, better not miss! Haha

  2. Brian says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Alf Morris ROS ? I’m trying to decide if I should drop him for Godwin or Galloday in a ,5 ppr league where I need WR help .

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Brian: I think he will eventually be the lead back and I think he’s already the red zone back so I wouldn’t drop him just yet

  3. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    i love how completely ridiculous it sounds to have to actually say that a team
    “wants to use Ajayi as a volume back.” (i don’t mean YOU are ridiculous for having to say that, i mean the teams themselves). dude was an all pro, isn’t old or hurt, trade dumped with the exact kind of trade that had it been done in a fantasy league the owner that traded him away would be kicked out for collusion, and for some reason it’s taken like 9-10 months for PHI to rub off the stink of MIA’s RB idiocy (goes back at least to l.miller), which somehow got transferred to them during the trade.

  4. Fizz says:
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    Should I drop Chubb for Marcus Murphy?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Fizz: no. I wouldn’t. Both are back ups and Chubb is more talented. Better O line too.

  5. Jake says:
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    I have tried unloading Amari Cooper for little in return and nobody is biting. I feel like he is droppable at this point I believed the Gruden hype but while watching the game it didn’t look like Cooper knew what was going on or where to be . If I dropped him I would pick up your boy Godwin and honestly I think my team would be better off do you agree ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Jake: yeah after what we saw last year AND week 1 that move is justifiable. I’m glad I stayed away from the Gruden stink everywhere.

  6. Steve says:
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    Thanks for the rankings! Always look forward to them.
    Question: Is it worth holding on to Olson, or just roll with streaming TEs and maybe pickup a wr like Allison or John Brown? Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Steve: I’m holding onto Olsen. He wants to play within a month. Thanks for checking them out!

      • Steve says:
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        @MB:
        Ok, thanks. Who should I go with until Olson is ready? Watson, McDonald, seals-jones, Howard or j. Smith?

        Thanks!

        • MB

          MB says:
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          @Steve: 1 Seals-Jones 2. Jonnu

  7. Pat says:
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    Jamaal Williams just hit the waivers in my league this morning. How much out of a $100 faab would you bid on him?

    My RBs are currently Joe Mixon, Rex Burkhead, Tarik Cohen, Kerryon Johnson, James White and Buck Allen. I’d most likely drop Allen for him.

    I know Aaron Jones comes back after week 2 so do we think Williams will still be involved a lot even with Jones back?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Pat: it’s worth holding over j.allen to find out. of course i still have montgomery in case in some spots. turning into the NE “tundra version” with these.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Pat: for the time being, he is the starter. It’s not like Aaron Jones is going to come off of suspension and walk into the starting job. However, because of lack of long term job security I wouldn’t put more than $15 on him.

  8. Chew Ball says:
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    Would you do Odell for Hunt and Drake?

    12 team 1 pt ppr

    Odell
    Green
    Hilton
    Golladay
    M.Williams

    Henry
    R Freeman
    Burkhead
    A. Jones
    Crowell
    P. Barber
    Carson

  9. Pat says:
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    True, thanks! Still trying to patchwork my RBs corps after keeping Mckinnon in my league the day before his injury.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Pat: that’s really rough. I liked him this year too

  10. Chew Ball says:
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    Would you do Odell for Hunt and Drake?

    12 team 1ppr
    Odell
    Green
    Hilton
    Golladay
    M. Williams

    Henry
    R. Freeman
    Burkhead
    Carson
    A. Jones
    Crowell
    P. Barber

  11. Beef jerky says:
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    Would you do Odell for Hunt and Drake?

    12 team 1ppr
    Odell
    Green
    Hilton
    Golladay
    M. Williams

    Henry
    R. Freeman
    Burkhead
    Carson
    A. Jones
    Crowell
    P. Barber

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I like the hunt and Drake side a lot

  12. Justin says:
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    Half PPR. Kenny Golladay or Sammy’ Watkins?

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: Godwin also available.

    • Justin says:
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      @Justin: also getting offers for my Mahomes. My other QB is luck. What should I expect in return for Mahomes? The guy can offer Le’veon bell or Cobb.

  13. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I have the following team in an ESPN 10-team h2h redraft league:

    QB – Wilson
    RB – Barkley, D.Lewis, Freeman, Lindsey, Powell, A.Jones (susp.)
    WR – Thomas, Evans, Stills, Enunwa, Fuller
    TE – Ertz
    DST – CHI, HOU
    K – Elliot

    My question is whether I should drop anyone for Dorsett. I’m not sure I need another WR, nor am I sure Dorsett will be anything more than a flash in a pan once Edelman is back, though I suppose stranger things have happened than Brady falling in love with a shiny new toy. Thing is I’m also not yet comfortable dropping Powell (because I don’t believe in Crowell just yet), A.Jones (because J.Williams sucks), or one of my defenses (one or the other should have a solid match up most weeks). Am I thinking about this wrong, and is there someone I should clearly drop for Dorsett?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I wouldn’t drop anyone on your team for Dorsett. Edelman will be back in 3 games and I expect Hogan to be more involved this week

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @MB:

        Thanks!

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Anytime!

  14. attgig says:
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    PPR for flex…
    Collins, Stills, Kupp, or Burkhead?

  15. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10-tm dynasty, std scoring. Weird pickup system means there’s no reason to hold off on making waiver claims. I have an early priority this week and, while my team is more WR-needy, RB rule in this format. Would you prioritize Lindsay or Godwin? (note: by the second round waiver run, no worthwhile RB will be available while there may be a Lockett/Dorsett type there at WR).

    Also, same league, I have Burton starting at TE but a roster spot for a backup. In what order would you put in claims for Reed, RSJ and Cook?

  16. William Hung says:
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    .5 PPR – roll Philip Lindsay over Duke Jr. as a bench player?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @William Hung: not yet. Weather could’ve been a factor in Dukes lack of usage

  17. B says:
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    What do you suggest for a Derrick Henry owner? Hold? Sell? Keep an eye on waivers for a more intriguing option?

    • B says:
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      @B: also I apologize for the double post, don’t know what happened there lol

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @B: sell if you can. Dion Lewis looks good. I’m not dropping Henry for free just yet

  18. B says:
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    What is a Derrick Henry owner to do? Hold? Sell Sell Sell? Check waivers for a more intriguing option?

  19. T Cole Anderson says:
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    12 team H2H standard scoring no PPR.
    Positions have to carry exact amount
    2 QB’s start 1
    3 RB’s start 2
    4 WR’s start 3
    1 IR (extra bench player)

    WR Davonte Adams, Corey Davis, Baldwin and Alshon.

    Rank below in order and are all better than above hurt players?

    GAlladay, Enunwa, Stills, Brandon Marshall or Lockett

  20. T Cole Anderson says:
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    12 team H2H standard scoring no PPR.
    Positions have to carry exact amount
    2 QB’s start 1
    3 RB’s start 2
    4 WR’s start 3
    1 IR (extra bench player)

    Current RB’s Conner, Bell, Mixon, Penny

    AVailable
    Perterson, Yeldon, Ekeler, Lindsey, Arron Jones

    Who to add for Penny?

  21. Justin says:
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    i currently own andrew luck and mahomes both. who should i be looking to keep? and who should i start this week? also have an offer for mahomes on the table, someone is willing to give me randall cobb. what you think?

    in half PPR, would u take watkins or kenny golladay

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d accept the trade and roll with Andrew Luck

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Golladay

  22. William Hung says:
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    @MB: Here’s my craptastic team as I head into Week 2 – 10 team .5 PPR

    QB- Luck
    WR- Diggs, Cooks, John Brown
    RB- Fournette, McCaffrey
    TE- Eifert
    FLEX- Barber
    Bench
    WR- Baldwin, Woods
    RB- Duke Jr., Henry, Yeldon

    Do I bench John Brown cause he plays Thurs Night and pick up a WR off the wire once I can slide Baldwin into my IR slot? I have my eyes on Chris Godwin, Geronimo Allison, Cole Beasley, or Philip Dorsett

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @William Hung: yeah I’d do that and grab Godwin. Good Chance Desean Jackson doesn’t play this week.

  23. friar says:
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    How would you rank Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery, and C.J. Anderson in terms of the chance they become a reliable RB2 option in a 12-team 0.5 ppr league? My current starters are Henry and Hyde, so I’m very much on the lookout for players who might turn into consistent (even if not spectacular) starting options.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @friar: Jamaal Williams is really the only one that I think has a chance

  24. Brian says:
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    Would you trade Dion Lewis, Barber and Doyle for Ertz and Burkhead ?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Brian: no, absolutely not.

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