Let’s spend those FAAB bucks! We’re working with $100 and that has to get us through the whole season. It already looks to me like 25% of ESPN and Yahoo! Leagues are abandoned, so cut-offs are 50% owned (except for a couple).

*All ownership as of Monday 9/9

Wide Receivers: Well another NFL season, another week 1 of solid performances by undrafted/under-drafted Wide Receivers. You know that saying the more things change the more they stay the same? Yeah, that’s what is happening here. The top two could slide into a WR2 with luck, but I’d rather have them as a WR3.  The rest are WR3 at best.

$26 – Terry McLaurin, WAS (4% Y!, 8% ESPN) Very solid week 1; if he’s the guy for Keenum, then he’s worth it. Can’t wait another week to find out, so he’s the guy I’m targeting. Him and the next guy.  Also, Haskins was his college teammate and they did quite will together at Ohio State, so there’s that too.

$26 – Marquise Brown, BAL (31% Y!, 28% ESPN) See above, just swap Jackson for Keenum. 

$8 – John Ross, CIN (10% Y!, 4% ESPN) He had a real good week. So did Tyler Boyd. AJ Green will return in the not too distant future, and that likely bumps Ross to #3 status. But that hasn’t happened yet, and if you need a #3 WR you could do worse. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it is an endorsement.

$6 – AJ Brown, TEN (3% Y!, 6% ESPN) Brown made the most of his catches, but there are talented guys ahead of him on the depth chart, so he’s not on the McLaurin & Marquise level. But he could be, so worth a bench spot.

$5 – DK Metcalf, SEA (37% Y!, 64% ESPN)  Had a good week 1 with Lockett not doing much. I don’t foresee that continuing. 

$4 – Jamison Crowder, NYJ (46% Y!, 70% ESPN) Now he’s good? Yeah, no. You want him on your bench, really? Next week Robby Anderson could be huge and Crowder gets 2-25. Better to add upside, but you do you.

$4 – Golden Tate, NYG (38% Y!, 54% ESPN) When he returns in a few weeks he’s the #1 WR in New York and the targets that come with it. If you have the room, Tate’s worth it.

$2 Adds: DJ Chark, John Brown, Chris Conley, Mecole Hardman, Kenny Stills

Running Backs:

$31 – Carlos Hyde, HOU (31% Y!, 39% ESPN) It pains me to add Hyde, and I feel much better about the teams of mine that he is already on. No matter, he’s the starter in Houston, and if you liked Lamar Miller, Hyde’s not going to be that much different. Double that amount if you need a flex or RB2; go a bit lower if he’s an end of your bench guy.

$11 – Malcolm Brown, LAR (12% Y!, 7% ESPN) Did I draft him on multiple teams and drop him for guys like Devin Singletary, Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde? You know I did. I’m holding those guys over him, but if you’re a Gurley owner you should’ve already owned him, and he’s going to be in the mix until the team signs some guy like CJ Anderson again. Also you have to hold Darrell Henderson, but I’m not expecting much this season.

$4 Ronald Jones, TB (28% Y!, 40% ESPN) and $2 Dare Ogunbowale, TB (9% Y!, 6% ESPN) Tampa looks to stink it up again this year, so since both these guys can catch the ball, they should be rostered before Peyton Barber. Don’t break the bank on bench or deficit-dependent guys, which these two most certainly are.

$4 – Justin Jackson, LAC (42% Y!, 40% ESPN) He’s part of the RBBC for the Chargers, but the weaker end and not playing on passing downs limits his upside, and if/when Gordon returns his value is non-existent. I’m not spending my funds on him.

$3 – Mike Davis, CHI (14% Y!, 4% ESPN) Whatever game plan the Bears had on Thursday night it wasn’t a winning one, that’s for sure. Not really sure how it will shake out, though I know how it should, and that one shouldn’t involve Mike Davis

$2 Adds (as necessary/depth): Raheem Mostert, Gio Bernard, Chris Thompson, Ito Smith

Tight End:

$16 – TJ Hockenson, DET (52% Y!, 30% ESPN) He looks to be a big part of the offense, and possibly top 12 ranking every week from TE with upside? Yes, please. This is the amount to pay if you don’t have a top 8 or so TE; if you do, don’t bid since what do you need two TEs for?

$6 – Darren Waller,OAK (27% ESPN) A sleeper coming in, if you didn’t like him then do you really like him now? Seven catches is a nice start, just feels TD dependent, like so many TEs.

$4 – Jimmie Graham, GB (48% Y!, 48% ESPN) Same ownership in both? That’s nuts. You know what else is nuts? Thinking that Graham is going to return to his Saints days. So while he has name value, he needs TDs every week to be valuable, and that’s not happening. He’d be my second bid if I don’t get TJ. Same rule applies as above, if you already have a decent TE, don’t add Graham to your bench.

$1 Adds: Mark Andrews, Jason Witten, Tyler Eifert

Quarterbacks:  You should have a decent starting QB (unless you had drafted Luck), so these adds are need based only.

$3 – Josh Allen, BUF (32% Y!, 21% ESPN) He had an alright week 1, and he’s a fine fantasy backup. He also shouldn’t cost much. So if you don’t have a decent backup and have the roster space to add him, go for it.

$2 – Marcus Mariota, TEN (8% Y!, 7% ESPN) He has the Colts next week, and a good week 4 matchup at Atlanta and week 5 at Buffalo if you’re looking ahead.

$1 – Matt Stafford, DET (26% Y!, 16% ESPN) He had a good week 1. Wouldn’t see starting Stafford until Week 4 vs KC though. 

$1 Defenses

I like to stream Defenses so every week I’ll usually look for a $1 defense to add. Try not to do this every week, but even if you added a different D for a buck every week, $16 isn’t going to destroy your FAAB budget by the end of the year. Later in the season I’m apt to run with two defenses or making a preemptive D add if they have a promising matchup the next week. In any case, don’t bid more than $1 for a D; don’t make me beg.

NE @ Mia

Hou vs Jax

Den vs Chi

Car vs TB

KC @ Oak

Ten vs Ind

Also mentioned last week was keeping track of adds I would make in a theoretical league, so we’ll see how much the guys go for in my leagues, and determine if I got them or not next week. I’m in on McLaurin, Marquise Brown, Josh Allen, and Golden Tate with my money this week. 

Lastly, just a friendly reminder not to give up on your team after week 1. Maybe I’m telling myself that since I started Cam against the Rams (which, you know what? I knew was a bad call. But all the pundits had him rated higher than my backup Stafford, who I knew was going to have a decent game versus a crappy Arizona D, and he did). Moral of that story? Go with your gut, which, by the way I did on Sunday and had a sweet pre-game watching brunch of Carnitas Pancakes, which were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Sounds like it wouldn’t work, but it did. Oh yes it did.

If there’s a guy available in your league not on my list, drop his name and your team in the comments and I’ll give him a value. Good luck on the wire Razzballers and Razzballettes!

  1. allstoked13 says:
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    How much for LeSean McCoy?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      If he’s for your bench, I’d go $14. I don’t like him much and don’t expect a Kareem Hunt-lite even. Williams will cut in. However, if you need him to start, I’d go $31. But hopefully he’s a flex at best.

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Would you drop Darrell Henderson for most of the players listed above? Thanks!

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      yup

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        CMUTIMMAH is right; Henderson is out until further notice. Don’t see how the Rams would use him anyway if Gurley is healthy, he’s not the return man either.

  3. Mark says:
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    How would you value Hockenson and McLaurin in a keeper league? Only can keep 2 players but Hock would be a 15th rounder next year and McLaurin 11th.

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      Hock all day every day. McLaurin has no path to being an only keep 2 keeper, even if he’s the WR1 in Washington. The starting WR in Washington is always a WR3 in fantasy which isn’t a huge return for a (13th with 2 keepers) round guy.

      Hock could be a top 5 TE next year, getting that in the 15th (17th with 2 keepers) round is a steal.

      McLauren caught 5 of 7 targets, we don’t know he’s getting 10 targets week in week out in the future, and Washington likely drafts or brings a FA WR in after this season.

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        Agree with CMUTIMMAH. Unless you have one of the top 3 TEs, Hock is the next one to join that group (hopefully). The draft pick round is a sweetner.

      • The Harrow says:
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        yeah WAS hasn’t held onto a WR for a long time that was actually useful in fantasy for a long while. haskins could help that but we have no idea and even if/when that happens it’ll be a while probably.

        • The Harrow says:
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          re: WAS WR point, CONSISTENTLY useful, d-jax was useful when healthy numerous times while at WAS, that just never lasted all that long mostly.

  4. QBsadness says:
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    I’m in a 10-team 2QB league and have Winston and Cousins (also Adams and Diggs, so needless to say I did not win this week). Would you hold those two, or drop and start any of the below instead?

    Keenum, Stafford, Mariota, Dalton, Minshew, Brisset, Carr

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Have to hold Winston at least another week; it would suck to drop him once he figures out the offense. I like both your two guys better than that group, though come week 3 if Winston still hasn’t figured it out look at Mariota or Stafford.

  5. Chillin with Mahomes says:
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    Courtland Sutton is on the ww and I’m weak at receiver. You like him over McLaurin? How much would you bid with $100FAAB?

    Nice call on Tate, I’m going to try and grab him too.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Yep, Sutton is the #1 in Denver, so a bit better than McLaurin. I’d bid $36 on Sutton

  6. Chillin with Mahomes says:
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    I’ve also got a dynasty league where I’m weak at RB. Rosters are really deep so there’s close to nothing on the ww. Mostert happens to be there – what would you bid for him? $100FAAB.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      If its shallow, you probably need to bid $11-15. He has a chance, but wasn’t Hyde the last good 49ers back? Its been a while, so expectations should be low.

      • The Harrow says:
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        when not injured last year both mostert and breida were pretty good.

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          Fair enough…I just don’t want any of the 49ers right now, except Kittle. Too messy

  7. Paul says:
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    Hey Guys,

    Looking to move on from Winston.

    Been offered Mack and Dak for Conner and Pats D. I kind of think Mack has more upside than Conner. Am i crazy to accept this?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      That’s a really interesting offer. What are your waiver options at QB? I assume not much, like Carr, etc. I said above we should give Winston at least another week or two, but I assume if you drop him no one is picking him up.

      Connor looked bad, but so did Steelers. I worry about selling low on Connor and buying high on Mack, who looked great.

      Thirdly, Dak is going to put up numbers this year, so acquiring him is solid. All in all, a fair trade, but if its me, I’m hoping I can add a QB off waivers and keep Connor.

  8. Kyle says:
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    I drafted luck 10 minutes before he retired. I ended up starting Winston last week and regret it. I also have Cam but Dak is available. What should I pay for him?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Sorry I missed this comment. I’d pay $15 for Dak, since you really don’t need him. I’d pay $30+ if you did. What wound up happening?

  9. tigersharkz says:
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    Rudy has Waller ranked about 10 spots higher than Hockensen ROS in both 1/2 PPR and full PPR. Should I listen to you, or ask Rudy for my money back?…half serious…because I really only listen to myself, of course.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Rudy is the man and has been doing this for a while, so if I’m you, defer to him.

      However, Hock is a beast and has a higher ceiling, a better QB and is an overall better player. Waller, with his 7 catches is a possible security blanket for Carr and has a higher floor. I’m a risk taker with my Tight End spot (that sounds wrong) so I like Hock ROS

      • tigersharkz says:
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        Aren’t Wide Receivers the real risk takers? Tight End seems like the safer position. (you started it) Btw, fyi, Waller was in on 100% of the snaps in last night’s game.

        • tigersharkz says:
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          The real point is imo, there should be a lot clearer separation in interest between Waller and Graham. Graham would not interest me at all except as a reserve TE. That TD he caught against CHI was a jump ball that was arguably thrown at the other GB receiver.

          • Phil B.

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            That’s a fair point. I was trying to gauge Waller late last night after the game. If I had a do-over, I’d raise Waller a few bucks, to $9 at least, maybe $11 even. If Graham was your target (which I know he isn’t) someone else in your league might go more than a couple bucks, hence the $4.

  10. toolshed says:
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    If you needed more rb depth would you add malcolm brown or get waller who seems like a focal point on the offense. My tight end is Henry and he is injury prone. I have claim #1 so I will get one for sure. .5ppr. I own gordon, mattison, r jones on my bench. I have 2 starting rb now. I use a wr at flex or even Weller if I add him if he is going to be targeted a lot. Thanks

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Brown is definitely better than Mattison and R Jones, and his usage should be decent each week. I hesitate to own two TEs, even if one is injury prone, and in that case, why not bounce Henry? You don’t need two TEs. But if its my team, I’d go Brown.

  11. Clokwerc says:
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    Who should i pick Mostert or C.Thompson or Giovani? Theyre all availble in 3 of my leagues… I have an open roster spot on all 3 of my teams.

    • The Harrow says:
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      might mention how likely he is to start (i.e. your roster being shown for reference). mostert might only have value for 1-3 weeks, or far more depending on injuries. gio will probably have the middle floor and ceiling of these 3 (mixon doesn’t sound out long). c.thompson will probably have the highest floor all year (assuming PPR)

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        Bernard then Thompson for me, but both are just bench guys; unless Mixon is out for a while. Thompson over Bernard if its PPR, as he’s def going to play on passing downs.

  12. Kevin says:
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    0.5 PPR. Would you trade your courtland Sutton and Jimmy Graham for David Montgomery?

    Already have Kittle but trying to leverage another owner who struggles with TE. Do you think Sutton makes the jump this season? How long do you think D Mont would take over with that backfield? Thanks!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Yes, I would, especially as you don’t need Graham. Davis isn’t better, and Nagy will realize or be fired (so hopefully at worst by week 4). Sutton I like, but with Sanders there I don’t think he makes the leap to upper echelon until Sanders is gone.

  13. Connor Fowler says:
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    I got waiver claim #1, get McLauren or Hock? (my TE is Vance Mcdonald)

    McLauren would likely be my WR 3/4 behind Davante, Thielen and Shepherd.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Hock for sure, as McLauren is only better than Shepard, and that’s iffy right now.

  14. Blaster says:
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    An impatient owner dropped Tevin Coleman and Latavius Murray. Like them over Justin Jackson and how much to bid out of a fresh $100?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      I go $31 on Murray and $21 on Coleman, with the injury a minor worry. Agree both over Jackson.

  15. RicoSuave says:
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    12 team PPR

    I have Nick Chubb and someone dropped Kareem Hunt. How much should I bid for him out of $100 FAAB?
    or should I not worry about him?

    thanks

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      I’m not worrying about Hunt, and I feel you should be able to add him for free after waiver period, if you have a deep enough bench. I just don’t know what to think about Hunt. Chubb may be just as good if not better; feels like Browns added him for depth only. He’s so far from returning I dropped him in the league I drafted him late in.

  16. Gus says:
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    Miles Sanders was dropped in my league. Would you add him over Justin Jackson ROS?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Absolutely, whatever you have to pay. He’s going to be starter eventually, this season.

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        Furthermore, sooner than later.

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