Real quick want to bring up Sunday tinkering. In a league where I have Patrick Mahomes, Davante Adams and Alvin Kamara (I promise I won’t talk about my team for long, but it’s my column, so bear down with me) I knew it was a loss after Mahomes went down Thursday night with seven points. I had no good flex, so I put Chase Edmonds in. Great call, right?

Well Sunday morning I get to tinkering. It’s a ten-team league and Latavius Murray was on waivers, so I added him. Then as I flipped through morning NFL shows I convinced myself that Murray was the guy to start over Edmonds. Ten minutes into the games on Sunday, and Edmonds has two TDs and I’ve turned off the TV.

So I set down my phone and went for a walk to clear my head of the direct anger. I read a piece years ago talking about how clear it is with fantasy football when you’ve made a mistake, versus in life (a lot more gray areas there, amirite?). It felt too true right then. But what happened? Murray had a huge second half and wound up only scoring six less points. I still got creamed but felt a little better about my last second fill-in. Every time I do a late Sunday lineup change I usually regret it. How do you all handle Sunday changes?

Anyhoo, by this time you should’ve spent some FAAB money so we’re updating the amount we have at this point to $50; if you have more by all means add it to the dollar amounts listed here and get your guy!

*All ownership as of October 21st

Running Backs:

$37 – Chase Edmonds, ARI (48% Y!, 32% ESPN) My pick of last week, and he was cheaper then. Spend all your money if you own DJ; spend half your money if you don’t.  QUick aside, backup RBs thrust into starting roles are who are going to garnish the most FAAB dollars from this week to the end of the season. Well them and $1 Defenses. The worthy WRs have usually made themselves known by now, and QBs are on a strict need basis, bye weeks or injuries or both! Best to find that stud backup RB on the waiver wire the week before the starter goes down. Aaaaaand then tell me the Mega Millions winning numbers next drawing, ok?

$27 – Ty Johnson, DET (2% Y!, 2% ESPN) Took over Sunday for Kerryon, and split time with JD McKissic, who is boring. Don’t be boring, add up Ty! (Furthermore if Kerryon is out for a while raise this up).

$5 – Mark Walton, MIA (20% Y! 5% ESPN) I mean, he should be owned, but Peterson has been available in most leagues thus far and I’d rather have him.  Same with Gore. It’s funny, Gore is still owned in less leagues than Singletary, and Singletary hasn’t done much of anything besides be hurt for four weeks.

$4 – Darrell Henderson, LAR (31% Y!, 26% ESPN) He’s getting more carries each week. yay.

$3 – Alex Mattison, MIN (25% Y!, 18% ESPN) For the Cook owner only, or if the Cook owner in your league is your sworn enemy.

$2 – Jamaal Williams, GB (60% Y!, 56% ESPN) Not a fan, if you can’t tell.

$1 – Derrius Guice, WAS (30% Y!, 30% ESPN) Peterson is (probably) out once Guice comes back, so this is more as heads up, if you have the room to add him. (Not the same with Kareem Hunt, as Chubb is really good, so add Hunt, just know I’m not going to).

Streamer-worthy Tight Ends for $1: Vance McDonald, Dawson Knox, Darren Fells, Chris Herndon, Eric Ebron

Wide Receivers: This is not the week to be looking for pass catchers, btw.

$7 – Auden Tate, CIN (38% Y!, 42% ESPN) If he’s still out there and you need the bye week help, by all means. Outside of that, let him slide.

$3 – AJ Brown, TEN (17% Y!, 11% ESPN) I hope he continues to provide games like this past week (6 catches for 64 yards) because then he will be on all my teams next year when he busts out.

$2 – Preston Williams, MIA (12% Y!, 8% ESPN) The number one in Miami, so not great, but serviceable.

$2 – Allen Lazard, GB (37% Y!, 16% ESPN) Not paying more than $2 for him(obvs) since if he can’t have a killer day with what Rodgers did this past Sunday, then he’s not going to on any type of consistent basis.

Streamer-worthy Tight Ends for $1: Vance McDonald, Dawson Knox, Darren Fells, Chris Herndon, Eric Ebron

 

Quarterbacks:

$5 – Matt Stafford, DET (58% Y!, 49% ESPN) If you dropped him this week cause of Minny; I feel ya, I dropped him for Allen (who did fine, but not 364 and 4 TDs fine). But I’m getting back on the Stafford train, as he faces the Giants at home then a trip out to Oaktown next week.

$5 – Jacoby Brissett, IND (48% Y!, 49% ESPN) Another guy with a big game Sunday, I keep saying he’s worth it. Maybe this week he’ll get that ownership over 50%, with a sweet upcoming schedule of DEN, @PIT, MIA, JAX.

$3 – Kirk Cousins, MIN (64% Y!, 39% ESPN) Thursday Night vs Washington? Then at KC the next week? Yes, please and thank you.

 

Dollar Defenses: BAL @ MIA, SEA v CIN, DAL v NYG and if you must: IND @ LAC, DET @ ARI

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

$22 Left to spend; need an upgrade to D, so I’m going to put my adds in as BAL, SEA then DAL, all for $1.  Also finally going to grab Mattison as a Cook owner and I have an empty IR spot for Guice.

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. Salami says:
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    Kenny Stills?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      He’d slot in between Brown and Tate I guess, though I’m not a fan. He’s the number 3 on a good offense, but Keke is there too. I’d pay $6 if I really wanted him.

  2. Cram It says:
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    Do those defenses hold true if you’re using the right teams they play this week? ;) Dallas is on bye, Detroit is vs NYG, Indy vs Denver, etc.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      whoops, I was writing this too late last night, and got ahead of myself (or I am just from the future? the world may never know). So let’s update:

      SEA @ ATL (Obvs)
      LAR vs CIN (If LAR were dropped)
      TEN vs TB
      DET vs NYG (if necessary)

      • Yes says:
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        Also Baltimore is on a bye, you’re looking at PIT facing miami

        • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          PIT vs MIA is a top 2 overall play this week from FP’s rankings.

  3. toolshed says:
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    Dorsett, crowder, corey davis. .5 ppr. Please rank ros. Thanks

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Davis, Dorsett, Crowder. With the notice that I am very down on Crowder.

  4. Beastman says:
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    Mighty slim pickings this time o’ the year!

    Looking to bolster my squad for a playoff run in a keeper league.

    Give $11 Kerryon and $6 Ridley for non-keepers Mike Evans and Rex Burkhead?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Few thoughts. Love Evans in the playoffs this year; actually week 10 and on he should hit a lot more than miss.

      The prices on Johnson and Ridley are really good though; and that’s the rub. Johnson isn’t anything special, but he is the featured back, though he’s hurt now. Also, if you dare, take a look at his injury history in college and HS. Its, how do you say, really bad. So I’m good with moving Johnson, and is a Johnson for Evans straight up deal an option? Cause I like that best.

      Ridley is sneaky good and I wouldn’t want to move him in this deal. Burkhead is blah, should be a better player if they want Ridley.

      • Beastman says:
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        Ugh talk about bad timing–Kerryon to IR, having surgery on knee.

        I directly blame you for mentioning his injury history!

        : )

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          Dang it! to the IR? Oof…on the bright side, no Sanu to take catches from Ridley! (but no Ryan, so poop)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I doubt you can with the Kerryon news. Im sure youve heard by now.

  5. schnapps says:
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    10 team FAAB dynasty league. here’s this weeks lineup so far
    QB1 Jackson
    QB2 Brady
    RB1 Edmonds
    RB2 Jones
    WR1 Beckham
    WR2 Godwin
    WR3 Woods
    TE1 Hooper
    Flex1 Sutton
    Flex2 John Brown

    Bench: David Johnson, Mariota, Haskins, McLaurin, Gore, DeM Rob, Delanie

    1. Besides going after Moore this week, if I get him that leaves me w/ $34 to evaluate who I should pick up or whether to hold still. My targets this week are Ty & Stills as priorities. Seeing how i’m pretty deep (knock on wood) at WR and my issues are at RB depth, considering my roster, is Ty such a priority? I’m prepared to bid $20 on him. Keryon’s owner has $15 left but have to anticipate beating out other players. I think I have room to add only one of these guys. I’d prob be dropping Robinson. Gore is too valuable as a backup to drop.

    2. There are other perhaps cheaper options, Walton, Pascale, MVS, Parker, Preston. Maybe better to save my money for the stretch and get Walton. Ty would be a rental considering Keryon will return which is the indication. The Lions do have a favorable short term schedule, MIA has a very favorable playoff schedule.

    3. Goedert over Delanie?

    How would you play this?

    • Phil B.

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      At this point Ty is Def worth 20, if not 21. Kerryon will be back next year, but what if Ty really shows? Kerryon injury history is long.

      I’m not a big Stills guy, even long term, so less interested in the need to add him. The other WRs you mention aren’t that much worse, and stills isn’t a better longterm play over Robinson. Walker for now, Goedert for later, so I’d hold walker for this season.

      I don’t see the need for walton, unless over Gore, which isnt an upgrade. The dolphins RB situation is crap. Hold on delanie

      So I’d bid 22 on Kerryon and that’s it.

  6. Russowl says:
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    Which tight end would you rather pick up Chris Herndon or Delanie Walker?

    • Russowl says:
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      or just trust Gerald Everett and add Kenny Stills?

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        Option 2 fo sho. I’m sticking with Everett and those two guys are available in 2 of my leagues that I have Everett.

  7. Chillin with Mahomes says:
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    It’s been a revolving door at my TE slot this year. Do you prefer one of these guys over the others?

    Fells, Knox, McDonald, Ebron, Seals-Jones, Rudolph

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      You’re telling me. I got lucky with adding Everett a couple weeks ago, but still streaming in others. My order: McDonald, Knox, Fells, Seals-Jones, Ebron, Rudolph. What happened with Rudolph, I thought he was supposed to be great (Ertz, Kittle level). I’m also really liking Knox and hope Allen keeps looking his way.

  8. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    nobody in their right mind would’ve started edmonds over lat murray with the news we had, unless somebody knew kingsbury was decoying DJ in advance. this isn’t a “close decision” that you chose wrong on.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      unless of course you were omniscient or telepathic.

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        I was definitely in my right mind I think…you’re right tho, it was just one of those things where I kept debating, since I was hurting in that league and was more for the possible upside of Edmonds vs Murray against the Bears. I figured go big or go home, and then I went the safe way. Still worked out, but that first 10 minutes of the games was so brutal

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