A hand injury has taken Marlon Mack from us too soon and now we’re left to choose between three backups. Oh joy. It’s like this the rest of the way as I said last week; the big add will usually be injury-related so it was advisable to begin adding solid backups…but 0% owned Jonathan Williams? Did not seem him there.  Brian Hill was in a similar position last week, cost a lot and then he gave us 15 carries for 30 yards. It happens and I’m not out on Hill yet. Same rule applies to JWill as Brian Hill last week; if you want him he’s going to cost you.

$19 – Jonathan Williams, IND RB (4% Y!, 0% ESPN)  As a Mack owner, Williams has to be the add of the week. Mack’s hand fracture will keep him out a couple weeks minimum, so dive in. Williams had a real nice 13 carries for 116 yards and a 31 yard catch on Sunday though I think that says more about the Jags run D than Williams ability.

$19 – Deebo Samuel, SF WR (54% Y!, 33% ESPN) A frequent mention in this column, Deebo can longer be ignored as he’s had 2 great weeks in a row. However, his schedule the rest of the way is not easy and Emmanuel Saunders should return to form once he heals up. Expectations should be tempered but what’s the fun in that?

$18 – Derrius Guice, WAS RB (48% Y!, 47% ESPN) He scored a TD on Sunday and things are looking up both opportunity and schedule-wise. If he’s still out there in your league it’s the last week he will be.

$13 – Bo Scarbrough, DET RB (2% Y!, 0% ESPN) So is he the guy in Detroit? If you’re bidding on him better hope so (Ty Johnson where you at?). A 14/55/1 TD line is serviceable as a fill-in flex; I wouldn’t count on him for many better ones the rest of the way.

$9 – Baker Mayfield, CLE QB (54% Y!, 45% ESPN) Hard to price him as he should already be owned in way more leagues. But if not, the upcoming schedule of MIA, @PIT, CIN, @ARI, BAL & @CIN will carry a lot of teams deep in the playoffs (just be ready with another QB week 15 but you have time to worry about that).

$3 – Jordan Wilkins, IND RB (1% Y!, 1% ESPN) & Nyheim Hines ( 29% ESPN) Wilkins was hurt last week and unsure for Thursday’s game vs Houston. Adding either is zigging when everyone else zags for Williams. Hines has more potential as a pass catcher, for what it’s worth.

$2 – Tim Patrick, DEN WR (0% Y!, 0% ESPN) Could be the #2 WR on Denver; that’s worth about $2.

Tight end is such a roller-coaster, I’ve thought of just telling you who I’m going to start this week so you can avoid them, since it seems I can’t pick them the week they do well. Anyone who can is either lucky or…very lucky.

Rough Week out there for Defenses; CLE vs MIA, OAK @ NYJ are the only two (of the lesser owned D’s) that I’m looking at.

 

Exercise Time! Starting with $100 week one, these are the guys I’ve already won this season:

Week 2: Terry McLaurin ($26), Josh Allen ($3) and Golden Tate ($4)

Week 3: Demarcus Robinson for $19, Deebo Samuel for $7 and Ten D for $1

Week 4: Jamaal Williams for $12, Parris Campbell for $2

Week 5: Nada

Week 6: Vance McDonald for $3

Week 7: New Orleans D for $1

Week 8: Seattle D for $1, Alex Mattison for $3, Derrius Guice $1

Week 9: Auden Tate for $4

Week 10: Baltimore D for $3

Week 11: Nada, as no league I’m in Brian Hill went for less than $10.

Only $10 left; I’ll put in a max bid of $10 for Williams as well as $3 bid on Wilkins.

As we’re nearing the playoffs its about time that all your money is spent; even if you have a lot, spend more than you would on the guys above, if for no other reason than to keep them from your opponent. One of my favorite parts of utilizing FAAB bids is spending a little more a leaguemate to get a guy I know they wanted. You know your league, and if there are a bunch of guys with money left that you know they’ll spend, then don’t bid big. But if there’s only a couple teams with a lot of FAAB money left (and you’re one of them) why not spend it this week? Can’t take it with you. As always, if there is a guy I missed bring them up in the comments and I’ll give them a price. Enjoy the games Razzballers and Razzballettes!

  1. Cram It says:
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    You like JWill over JWilkins rest of the way? Or are these bids for just this week? Maybe I’m zagging, but Wilkins seems like the better all around back, at least career stats wise. And others seem to think he’s ahead of Williams in the pecking order at full health.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      I agree that Wilkins is the better long term. I just think that this week everyone’s going to go big with JWill as he had the big game last week; but the sly play is Wilkins.

      • Cram It says:
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        Word, glad you agree. Let the animals overpay for Williams. I just need some playoff insurance.

  2. Wide Right says:
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    Ppr.. rest of year:

    Hooper, Brate, Griffin, Fells?

    Any of these TE’s worth a grab.. could use a starter this week and in playoffs.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Hooper, Griffin, Fells, Brate.

      Hooper should be back by next week (and maybe this one) if you believe what the Falcons are saying about his injury. Now that Herndon is on IR, Griffin should be the main TE there, though the other TE Daniel Brown caught a TD last week, so that muddied the waters a bit. Fells I like and has some good opponents for the fantasy playoffs. Brate is bleh.

      • Wide Right says:
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        Njoku is also available.. where would he fall on the list

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          He’s intriguing but he is scheduled to start pratciing tomorrow, so I wouldn’t expect him to do much until after this week. Also, CLE has not been kind to their TEs that have been filling in, 22 total receptions so far. So he’d be behind Fells for me

  3. toneDEAF! says:
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    So glad I dropped HOOPER after the blurb of him being out a month. Now apparently he’s day to day???? Wtf….

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      The Falcons are a dumpster fire of a franchise at the moment. At least feel better that the playoffs look bad for Hooper

  4. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    I have Mack, Kelce on the Bye and Gould maybe out this week. I need a TE for sure do you think gould is going to play? Mack isn’t that great anyway is he worth hanging onto?

    who would you drop given i probably need to pickup two?

    Starting Wentz
    RB D. Johnson, T Cohen
    WR J JOnes, C Kupp, T Kelce, D. Moore
    K R Gould
    DEF Steelers
    bench G Tate, A. Rodgerrs, Sammy Watkins, M Mack 49s Def

    thanks!

    • Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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      don’t start wentz over rodgers. get more RB depth for dropping somebody (probably a D). DJ isn’t playing (injured but ARI are ignoring it as far as telling us about it). you’d need RB depth even if DJ was playing though. dropping the backup D is probably first idea. find another kicker somewhere. can wait till later in the week to see if gould is playing on that.

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        I’d hold Mack as he may be back for the fantasy playoffs but 3 weeks is a long time to wait; but if you cut him I wouldn’t hold it against you, but without any other RB depth I’d hold him.

        Also agree with Eric on starting Rodgers over Wentz.

        Watkins can go, especially since you have much better WRs. How deep is D? I’d drop 49ers. Vs GB, @BAL, @NO are their next 3 opponents, so you wouldn’t start them there anyway. Week 15 vs ARI is nice, but enough of a reason to hold for 3 weeks? I’d say no

        • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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          Thanks Guys great replies……Thats what i was thinking Drop Sammy W and the 49ers……This is the first week that I have been indecisive on what moves to make.

          • Phil B.

            Phil B. says:
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            I hear ya. I feel like that (almost) every tuesday night

            • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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              plus i keep getting cock blocked on the waiver wire ….lol

              ended up picking up Matt Gay for kicker Ryan Griffin TE hopefully he has another week in him….put in waiver claim drop Gould for jamall williams GB. hopefully it will work out. Pickings are slim at RB and TE

              • Phil B.

                Phil B. says:
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                You have to do that for Jamal. Freaking TEs this year have pissed me off so much more than prior seasons. I feel next year its Kelce and set it and forget it

                • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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                  Yeah i was fortunate enough to have Kelce but it is the bye week. I think next year will be a different store some of the younger TE”s will emerge.

                  I’m glad I logged in here, Razz ball is my go to for baseball but the Football side is good too.

                  • Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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                    it’s better TE year than last year i’d think for a top type guy who has been solid we have:
                    kittle (missed 2 weeks but was fine before and likely back this week)
                    henry (missed LARGE chunk of time and cost a lot but you probably could’ve gotten him way later for cheap)
                    ertz (down year but still valuable, albeit not worth his draft price)
                    kelce (yep)
                    hooper (really cheap and huge value till injured lately)
                    dissly (didn’t last long but if you got 1 of his big weeks that was nice)
                    hollister (seems to have picked up right where dissly left off and has the better draft grades anyway longer term)
                    waller (best value, cost very little and in shallows might not even have been drafted)
                    andrews (great value too)
                    griffin (obv not valuable till lately but appears to have that herndon role now and cost nothing)
                    fells (since he cost absolutely nothing his lucky TD per catch rate could’ve helped if you needed him).

                    there are the huge busts like oj howard (but we all should’ve known arians nation TE’s don’t exist, they never have), herndon, ebron (but if you drafted him without luck around you should’ve known better).

                    • Phil B.

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                      Your breakdown makes me feel slightly better; however that’s still only 7ish guys you could start per week on avg this season. In a 10 teamer that could work, but 12 or greater is tough. A lot of my 12 team leagues guys took 2 TEs, so even further diluted the pool.

  5. Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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    there’s others i could go over i just went over the big names, the big values found late in draft or FA and some busts. j.smith for some of the weeks walker was out is another. walker counts as a bust from draft price/injuries.

    12 team PPR super flex. have this, just dropped harry, but now sanu is out.

    QB: wentz (him falling from a topish QB to much lower is why i’m only 4th in points overall (honestly i’d believe i was even lower till i checked), trubisky, rudolph (wish i’d have blown less fab by the time tannehill got his job instead of this guy earlier in season, esp as i had dropped mariota just before his lost his job for this guy)
    RB (2): j.will, wilkins (already had wilkins all year, was able to get j-will for cheaper than scarbrough went for this week now out of FAAB, started week with 16/100), lindsay, AAron, mostert, burkhead, edmunds (PIT)
    WR (3): d.adams, j.brown, dede, pascal, c.davis, reynolds (cooks sounds back this week)
    TE (1): kelce, hollister (just dropped hock for him, very surprised he was available AND nobody bid more than my short amount of money left on him)
    2 regular flexes
    1 super flex
    DEF (1) OAK
    IR (3): fuller (sounds back this week, i’ll know that answer shortly), mack

    1. drop i’d guess edmunds (PIT) if fuller is back this week, or maybe reynolds (cooks back), or pascal (hilton probably back, plus he hasn’t done much even as the WR 1 at IND while hilton was out except one good week), m.johnson, snell (if he’s back edmunds value tanks completely probably), griffin

    2. drop anybody else for harry again, or any of these: m.johnson, snell (if he’s back edmunds value tanks completely probably), griffin

  6. Phil B.

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    Tannehill is nice to see, but no way to know he’d be so much better; he’s still on waivers in most of my leagues. I liked JWill over Scarbrough too.

    With you on sending Edmunds packing and Reynolds subsequently. NE looks way off passing-wise, but Harry is worth it as its an upside play, and your RB depth is good.

    • Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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      RB depth: it was horrible if i knew mack was going down last week but i added mostert as soon as breida ruled out. edmunds just this week for free only since i had an open roster spot till fuller/wilkins is back and j-will basically with most of my case money. wilkins already is back. super flex here all possible QB starters owned (actually haskins wasn’t till just now, i had him for a minute earlier). i arguably could’ve added haskins over rudolph or trubisky, but i’m sure it’s a flip and i didn’t have money left to worry about that anyway.

      one other thing, this is a keep 4 league, clearly kelce, AAron, d.adams are clearly kept, who’d be the last guy?

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        That 4th is as tough a call as easy as the first 3 are. Lindsay over Wentz appears to be the play; but with the superflex makes me pause on not keeping Wentz. He started so strong, but yeah since week 7 he’s been awful. Hard to imagine that continues, and weeks 13-15 @MIA,vs NYG and @WAS should bring him back into good graces, and thus keepable. But I wouldn’t argue with Lindsay over him.

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