Everyone knows the Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016. Not everyone knows that yours truly did as well. And no, I did not follow the team to LA. I’m no Rams fan; for that matter neither were most of my friends and associates in St. Louis, and even if they were, it wasn’t like the love they showed for the Cardinals. The Rams didn’t have a good setup in the Lou; no tailgating, crappy stadium, bad location, terrible team. I’m not at all surprised they moved, and I doubt many have noticed in that baseball town.

Not surprisingly an embarrassing first season in LA led to poor fan support at games however things are looking up this season. Funnily enough, in either market, if the Rams put a good product out on the field people will go, and people are going now, to see the Goff and Gurley show. But before we get to the fun let’s just reiterate the rules: This is Free Agent Auction Bidding. Or FAAB for the faabulous ones, and we started the season with $100. By now we should have less. How much? I have an average of $25…

Jared Goff ($9) – The Rams QB leads the adds this week. Quick aside, it’s a pretty piss poor pot to piss in week for adds, and that’s not my fault, that’s the NFL’s, so blame them. If you’ve been a faithful reader, it’s all bronze everything.

Now back to Goff. He’s been mentioned here before due to his upside and his schedule the rest of the way; he gets the Giants this week and has favorable matchups except Weeks 11 @MIN and 15 @SEA. It is interesting to note that Wentz and Goff appear to be taking the [fantasy] step forward before Mariota and Winston, who were drafted based on the breakthrough and they’ve shown only flashes of follow through this season. Give me Wentz and Goff going forward.

JuJu Smith-Schuster ($7) – same problem that Martavius eventually ran into he’ll figure out; AB gets his, and scraps are left. Let’s not go crazy here.

Alex Collins ($7) – He’s a starter at least until West is back and looked good on Sunday and…Running Back is barren wasteland.

Marlon Mack ($7) – He’s mentioned here I mention him every week but if you’re still waiting now may really be the last chance. Seriously. Probably.

Paul Richardson ($6) – What a game on Sunday, He’s (apparently) passed Lockett but he’s still behind Baldwin.

Jimmy Garoppolo ($5) – The 49ers are not very good. The Patriots just traded him so now Tom Brady (fortysomething QB) has no backup and my question is how much did New England really trust Jimmy G? Answer: enough to trade him for a 2nd round pick.

Jack Doyle ($4) – Maybe he has a game near as good as 12 receptions, 121 yards and a TD again this season, but I’m not betting on it.

Cooper Kupp ($3) – Goff’s favorite target is still out there in many leagues. He’s great for depth and you may be starting him come fantasy playoffs (but probably not week 15).

Austin Ekeler ($3) – Melvin Gordon’s backup can be valuable indeed.

Dede Westbrook ($3) – He’s on the Jags, coming off IR, and is a lottery ticket. You feeling lucky?

Robby Anderson ($2) – To fill out a bench. Really if you’re going to spend $2 on a guy, maybe wait and see if he clears waivers.

$2 Defenses: Rams @ Giants, Baltimore @ Texans vs Colts

Lastly: Being a relatively new resident to LA, I went to Venice Beach for the first time this past weekend…and it was all I thought it would be; which I find to be rare. How often are we under or over whelmed by a place we’ve built up in our minds? I didn’t have great expectations for it even though it was entertaining. I heard it described as a third world street in a first world country. I’d say second world, but still. If you’re in the area, and have some time to kill, I’d say go to Santa Monica, but if you’ve been there already, and want to get a little scummy, take a trip down Venice Beach.

  1. Baids

    Baids says:
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    Thoughts on the Ajayi situation? Zeke Elliott? Who are the primary pickups here?

    • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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      @Baids: morris/mcfadden, drake/d.will that order.

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Baids: I thought about mentioning the cowboys again, but if they were dropped after last week in your league then that league sucks. If either aren’t owned, I’d pay $11 for either, but who knows which one starts, and neither are Zeke.

      Ajayi hasn’t been good, and maybe they give Drake a chance. I’d pay $4 to find out, but I’d wager Ajayi is starter rest of season.

      • Baids

        Baids says:
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        @Phil B.: They traded Ajayi to the Eagles my dude!

        • Phil B.

          Phil B. says:
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          @Baids: yeah, Halloween messed me up on keeping track of trades.I was stunned by that deal. I love that trade for the eagles, and ajayi

  2. Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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    2 QB half PPR dynasty.

    smallwood’s off to the glue factory. i was able to snag lynch though for nearly free, with only $5 left in FAAB (spent fairly large last week on m.moore, thinking he’d be better than the cutlet). other than my impossible $5 drake bid who else should i attempt to win. 12 team 2 QB league from above. due to butker’s crazy kicks i won by the smallest margin i’ve ever won by and am being luck trolled into 7-1 with 5th most points, and clearly that’ll trend downward. unless i keep getting really lucky scheduling for the next 8 weeks. gotten sick lucky (unlucky really as it’s hurting my draft picks for next year) since rodgers went out. even won WHILE benching brissett for moore in week 8.
    QB (2) brissett/tyrod/lynch/mahomes
    RB (2) kamara/ingram/darkwa/kelley/smallwood
    WR (3) lee/jordy/d-jax/allen/theilen
    TE (1) ertz
    2 flexes
    K butker
    team D DEN
    IR rodgers/edleman
    IDP flexes (4) t.smith/ogletree/burfict/collins/r.jones/amos

    already using a $1 or 0 to get VD (never cheaper than that, usually it costs more) or another TE, but what’s best order for smallwood dropping other than drake: d.williams/ivory/woodhead/stewart/

    • Phil B.

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      @Alfred E. Naujocks: I’ll take that luck over points every time, though for me it seems to always go the other way, last year I had a team named most points that made the playoffs as the 6 seed. Anyway, that butker kicking was nuts last night, good call to start him.

      For smallwood id go Drake, ivory, Stewart, dwill, then Woodhead. I don’t see Woodhead coming back the same, and dwill or Drake even have such a bad team.

      • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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        @Phil B.: different league. 14 teamer PPR. have BY FAR the top team with this:
        QB (1) RW3
        RB (2) hunt/j.allen/mack/crowell/stewart/kelley
        WR (3) a.brown/fitz/parker/fuller/lockett
        TE (1) ASJ
        1 flex
        IR olsen
        have an extra IDP slot before ASJ’s bye to grab a TE with. with these other guys being won for these amounts (at differing times)
        jjss $10 (last week)
        j.brown $8 (right after he came back, did good once, and palmer still healthy)
        mack $16 (to me, surprisingly nobody else bid anything 2 zero bids few weeks ago)
        lat murray $20 (and a 15 for 2nd place, right when cook when out)
        smallwood $43 (many weeks ago to a RB desparate team, my 22 lost)
        higgins $40 (and a 15 2nd place)
        cohen $70 (right after he blew up)
        mack $21 (earlier in year, dropped later)
        k.will ARI $40 (when dj got hurt)
        c.johnson $9 (when it was clear k.will wasn’t the guy at ARI, and a 2nd 9)

        i have 36/100 left. thinking to do $22 on morris (dropping stewart) and $16 for drake (dropping stewart). those look good?

        • Phil B.

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          @Alfred E. Naujocks: I’d be good with Morris, less with Drake. The dolphins line is terrible, so I think it’s less Ajayi’s fault, but he’s the scapegoat(not the coach). I world bid on Drake, but lower the amount, say $6-8.

          Those early week bids look so bad the farther we progress, I’m saying that more for me as I was right there with you in bidding. It’s been a weird season for adds.

          I don’t understand the lack of love for Mack, but I hope it continues into next season.

          • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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            @Phil B.: surprisingly drake cost more than morris, but i got morris.

  3. Blaster says:
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    Need to drop one to pick up a fill in for Gronk at TE.

    Mike Gillislee
    Alex Collins
    Darren McFadden
    JuJu Smith Schuster

    • Phil B.

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      @Blaster: sorry for delay, Halloween caught me up last night. If u have WR depth I’d dump juju, i just don’t have faith in Big Ben getting him the ball consistently, if RB I’d let Collins go, since he may only have another week or so of relevance, with west back soon and Woodhead a bit after that.

  4. anonubous99 says:
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    I have a flex W/T spot that I am desperate to fill. I recently picked up snead in hopes of him being more involved with the NO offense soon but it’s not looking too promising atm. I also have Kenny Golladay but I am wanting to drop him for J Doctson or Delanie Walker. I can grab Dwalker right now without spending any FAAB but I have a risk of not getting J Doctson if I don’t bid high enough (FYI: $23 FAAB left). Any suggestions?

    As always, thanks for the help!

    • Phil B.

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      @anonubous99: I don’t see any reason to hold Golladay for Josh, and I’d go 11 on doctson. Walker is a fine cheap change, but if it’s me I don’t drop Golladay for him, not a clear enough upgrade.

      • anonybos99 says:
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        @Phil B.: Great thanks! I also noticed Greg Olsen getting healthy now…should I drop Golladay for him as a stash?

        • Phil B.

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          @anonybos99: funny you ask, cause that’s what I just did in a league. So absolutely, Olsen may be back by week 11

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