Of course Ronald Jones II is not rushing for 2,000 yards this season…but could he next season? Magic Eight Ball says ‘Not bloody likely’ (I have the British version). That’s a lot to put on a guy who looked like hot garbage (which smells way worse than cold garbage, hence its greater usage?) his rookie season, and now that he’s had 3 out 4 productive games this season, anything is possible. He’s the top add this week.

RJ2K would be based on CJ2K, or Chris Johnson 2,000 yards rushing, which seems like it happened a lifetime ago but was really only ten years ago. Furthermore, CJ2K was such a lazy nickname. Nothing is lamer than easy nicknames, like ARod and any variation on it. As sport consumers we should all demand better nicknames.

There should be a Office of Sports Nicknames and their Board of Directors should determine things like, how soon after a player retires can we re-use his nickname (How there hasn’t been another Night Train, or Oil Can, is beyond me) and how many nicknames max can a player have (looking at Shaq first). There would be a draft of some kind, endless debates, blog posts, tweets, court cases where two guys sue each other over a nickname, an agreement to swap nicknames between two guys, a dancing competition to determine who gets a nickname, and so many things making it perfectly suited for our time.

*All ownership as of September 30th

Running Backs:

$51 – Ronald Jones II, TB (43% Y!, 41% ESPN) If you have a lot of money left and this guy is still available, spend it on him. His carries total continues to rise, he scored his first TD of the season and should be the clear starter in TB. Let’s hope Arians finally agrees and limits Barber’s carries.

$22 – Frank Gore, BUF (58% Y!, 57% ESPN) Have(hope) to assume he’s owned in your league but if not he has double digit points for the last three weeks. Singletary may return this week, so be aware (and add him for much cheaper). 

$17 – Darrel Williams, KC (52% Y!, 44% ESPN) Two TDs on eight carries makes me looooove him. Even better, he’s definitely a part of running and catching on the best offense in football. Why we can’t be together forever: McCoy is there and Damien Williams will return from injury; as a fill-in guy until McCoy gets hurt (again) and/or Damien Williams return Darrel with one l deserves a spot on your bench.

$11 – Jaylen Samuels, PIT (30% Y!, 19% ESPN) Bringing the wildcat back! Should be owned in PPR leagues already.

$1 – If you like these guys go ahead and pay more than one dollar: Raheem Mostert, Ito Smith, Rex Burkhead, Alex Mattison, Tony Pollard, Jamaal Williams, Gus Edwards 

 

Wide Receivers:

$37 – Courtland Sutton, DEN (54% Y!, 69% ESPN) Two TD week and he’s looking like a very solid 1B to Emmanuel Saunders. A WR3 for the rest of the season.

$17 – AJ Brown, TEN (10% Y!, 6% ESPN) Two TD day; he’s a big play guy, and let’s hope Mariota continues to give him the chance to make those big plays. His first TD is worth watching as four Falcon defenders fail to keep up with his acceleration. Could be a difference maker down the stretch.

$13 – Golden Tate, NYG (49% Y!, 52% ESPN) He’s finally back, to take on a good MIN team. Add him up if you need WR help.

$7 – Corey Davis, TEN (47% Y!, 46% ESPN) It was AJ Brown’s show this past Sunday but Mr. Davis scored too and had 91 yards. 

$6 – Diontae Johnson, PIT (6% Y!, 6% ESPN) Solid Monday night game which followed a good week three makes me think there is something to this speedster.

$3 – Preston Williams, MIA (9% Y!, 6% ESPN) Big dude has been targeting a lot (5, 6, 12, 7 the first four weeks). A bye week fill-in with the possibility for more as the season progresses.

$2 – Parris Campbell, IND (5% Y!, 4% ESPN) 5 catches on 8 targets yielded only 25 yards, but the positive is the 8 targets. Let’s hope he gets more vs KC this week.

$1Deebo Samuel, Geronimo Allison, Paul Richardson, Dontrelle Inman, Cole Beasley, Randall Cobb Marquise Goodwin, James Washington

 

Quarterbacks: These are all bye week fill-ins, so their upcoming schedule matters most. If really needed, go $6-9; if not $1-2, for any of the following (listed in order):

Jacoby Brissett, IND (35% Y!, 32% ESPN) This week @KC, then Bye, vs HOU, vs DEN, @PIT, vs MIA, vs JAX. 

Kyle Allen, CAR (17% Y!, 12% ESPN) vs JAX, @TB, Bye, @SF, vs TEN. He’s usable this week and next.

Mason Rudolph, PIT (10% Y!, 12% ESPN) Look ahead to week 8 vs MIA, then vs IND in week 9.

Gardner Minshew II, JAX (15% Y!, 14% ESPN) Week 7 & 8 are his weeks, @CIN and home vs NYJ.

Andy Dalton, CIN (36% Y!, 16% ESPN) No bye until week nine; @PIT, vs ARI, @BAL, vs JAX, @LAR. I like his home games only.

Sam Darnold, NYJ (13% Y!, 7% ESPN) Week 8 through 12 look like when he should hit his stride, facing @JAX, @MIA, vs NYG, @WAS.

$1 Defenses

PHI vs NYJ, BUF @ TEN, SF vs CLE, CAR vs JAX, SF vs CLE

No tight ends this week but if you’re down TJ Hockenson (like I am) look at guys like Dawson Knox, Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham, Jack Doyle, Vernon Davis, Tyler Eifert, and Eric Ebron. Though none will make you (and me) happy and as such I wouldn’t waste a buck on any. Add one after waivers clear, and fingers crossed for a TD this week.

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

Should not have gone with Williams, though as of now I’m holding him. That leaves $26 left. With that, I’m going to hold for this week. Closing caveat as always, if there is a guy I missed, bring them up in the comments and I’ll give them a price.  Be good this week Razzballers and Razzballettes!

 

  1. Cram It says:
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    Hockenson owner here too. All those guys you listed are available, and I agree they won’t make me happy, BUT Dawson’s Creek is the only one with potential upside, and I’m splashing down $2 for that!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Can’t disagree and on 2nd thought, I’d even go $3! I also recommend checking out his photo on Yahoo or ESPN; that is a solid head of hair going everywhere

  2. Chris F. says:
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    Any thoughts on Jordan Howard?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      You know, I thought about adding him after his big game Sunday because his ownership is low enough (56% in ESPN & Y!) for my threshold. Buuuut the timeshare in Philly sucks and I say this as a guy who owns Miles in multiple leagues. If he’s available, and you can use him this weekend, is the only way I’d bid on him.
      After the Jets this weekend, the Eagles play: @MIN, @DAL, @BUF, home vs CHI, Bye. That schedule just sucks, and while he may get a vulture TD or two, I wouldn’t count on it. So I’d bid $16 if I had most of my money and need him this weekend, cause he’s going to be a cut after a couple weeks.

  3. Wacha Wacha says:
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    I play in a standard redraft league but with big benches so waiver wire plays less of a role. I own 10 running backs but need to drop 2. Which 2 would you recommend dropping? Connor, Ingram, K Johnson, D. Singleterry, Darrel Williams, Pollard, Mattinson, Coen, and Malcom Brown, J Samuels.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      That’s a really solid group and tough choices. Samuels and Cohen are the guys I’d lose.

      I like keeping backups for the top RBs; and you do have Conner, but Samuels is a PPR guy, same with Cohen. The Rams just don’t seem to want to use Brown (at least by the past 3 weeks) but Henderson hasn’t played at all, and Gurley is the most fragile, so hard to cut Brown. I almost said Singletary but I see Buffalo working him in a lot more when he gets healthy.

  4. Nightpandas says:
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    1. Thoughts on Crowder? 4 team std

    Would drop Mostert for him

    2. Drop Vernon for Watson, RSJ, Fant or Doyle? Slim pickings at TE

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      I am not a crowder fan, and would not drop mostert for him. I added Watson this week, he’s the only one of that group I’d want

  5. Johnny Hammershanks says:
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    Trade Advice – 12 team full PPR league:

    I trade away: Godwin, Chris Thompson and Delanie Walker
    I get Melvin Gordon, Michael Thomas

    My team:
    -Josh Allen (going to try for winston in waivers)
    -Ekeler, Gallman, Aaron Jones, burkhead, darrel Williams. Brieda, chris thompson
    -OBJ, Godwin, Davante Adams, dorsett
    -Waller, Walker

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Yes. I like it. Feels like Thomas vs Godwin is a wash; and I’d take Gordon for the other two 100% of the time, especially since you have Waller

  6. Zaps says:
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    10 team ppr league
    QB1 Brady
    QB2 Jackson
    RB1 DJ
    RB2 Aaron Jones
    WR1 Beckham
    WR2 Godwin
    WR3 Woods
    Flex John Brown
    Flex Sutton
    TE Hooper
    Bench: Haskins, Mariota, Edmonds, Jamaal Williams, Delanie, McLaurin, Demarcus Robinson

    I’m obviously lacking in RB depth but own both handcuffs. Any merit in dropping edmonds or williams for Howard, Gore, Darrel Williams? I have $65 left in FAAB

    I like Williams’ upside at this point and think he’s worth the risk being on a superior offense. I dropped Howard for Robinson 2 weeks ago.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      I’d drop both edmonds and Williams for gore and Darrel first. Then edmonds for Howard. Though I don’t love Howard as you can see, he’s still a more viable play than edmonds.

      • Zaps says:
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        Yeah I balked at any pickups. Maybe putting too much value on handcuffs. Was ready to pay $15 for Williams. He was snatched up at $4. Gore was gotten for free. Bright side is I retain buying power. See how this week goes.

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          People just never like Gore, myself included, and a 10team ppr league is a league type where he would have the least value but free? Not bad at all.
          As for the backups, It’s a long season, and by week 12 one of those guys is going to be a starter, just no way to know which one.

  7. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    .2 PPR 12 teamer. can only have 6 WR at any time. dk metcalf or aj brown, i have metcalf and c.davis as my worst WR’s.

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      scratch the above, but
      2. scratch that one. have these 6 WR: metcalf, c.davis, JJSS, julio, j.brown, sutton drop any/which for any of: r.anderson, p.williams (these 2 just dropped), tate, pettis?

      3. PPR league 14 teamer, gio B or wilkins for worst RB spot?

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        I like tate for metcalf

        Wilkins just cause Mack hasn’t been the healthiest, and even if Gio starts for an injured Mixon is he getting that many points?

        • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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          sorry, that’s a.tate, not g.tate (he was drafted). same answer still?

          • Phil B.

            Phil B. says:
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            I’d rather have Metcalf in that case.

  8. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    same .2 PPR league as above, same rule for RB’s (max 6), have all 3 SF guys (not j.wilson) and singletary/michel/d.will2 (the 3rd stringer),
    drop mostert (gotta think d.will part 2 has more value in case of mccoy or d-will1 injuries) for which of: mattison, wilkins, armstead, the other d-will (GB)?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Agree on Dwill pt 2(i like that name). I think Wilkins has most possibility of value this season.

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