Week 1 rankings are tough. You are predicting outcomes against defenses that you haven’t seen yet. It all seems to be based on last year’s performance and off season moves. We don’t have a good gauge of what is going on in the locker room yet and how the new players will mesh with the old. Was the coach of the team A showing his hand in the preseason with RB snaps? Who knows. Beat writers are hit or miss. A running back can be named a starter but might not see a second series until the second quarter. We’ve seen it all before. All we can do is try. That doesn’t stop me from trying to read into every little thing to predict the closest outcome that I possibly can. Here are some players that I like and don’t like before you view my rankings in full.

*Rankings will be updated periodically throughout the rest of the week.

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We made it! Well, almost. I hope everyone had an incredible or incredibly inebriated Labor Day weekend. There are still drafts to be done for some people (I still have 3 drafts over the next two days). But, it’s time for us as a site to get into our regularly scheduled programming. Let me tell introduce you to what we have going on during the season here at Razzball.

First, Rudy has some amazing tools and projections to help you win your fantasy football leagues. The NFL Depth Charts tool is regularly updated with all of the snap count predictions and roster information that you need for fantasy football. Rudy has also introduced the trade analyzer which was a big hit over on the baseball side of the site. You can also sign up for Rudy’s premium content and that includes a seven day FREE trial.

I’ve got you covered for everything else that you will need on Sundays. In the morning, I will be putting up the introduction post for the day. This will include quick hits on my thoughts for the week, an injury report, and maybe even some weather conditions. I do this so you have a thread where you all can leave comments with lineup questions, my thoughts on foreign policy, or the occasional f*ck, marry, kill. I’ll answer them all. I follow this up with a review of Sunday’s action that is posted on Monday morning so you have something to do while ignoring work emails.

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We want to thank everyone for their participation in the RCL leagues to this point. We hope everyone is having fun with their drafts with their favorite writers. Great news! We have four leagues that need filled and we need your help! You can play against me, Son, Kerry, or our new writer, Nic. The drafts start on Sunday and go through Wednesday. That’s Sunday until the season starts! The rest of this is copied and pasted. You all know that I’m not very wordy.

Do you want to play in more than one league? Go right ahead! You can play against all of the Razzball writers that you want until their leagues are full. You can start your own league and invite all of your buddies. RCLs went through some big changes last season by switching to IDP and the Fantrax platform. In the respect of full transparency, it could have went a lot smoother. I honestly feel like we have made a lot of improvements by switching to PPR and returning to standard rosters.

Fantrax as a platform has definitely made improvements as well. I think they are getting better and better every season. Last year was a struggle for me on Fantrax. I was having trouble figuring out the regular functions that I was used to with the other big sites that I play on. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the interface either. This baseball season, I had to give Fantrax another shot to play in a couple of industry leagues. I was very impressed with the new and improved interface for baseball and it didn’t take me that long to get used to it this time around. Early on in this fantasy football draft season, I’m enjoying the Fantrax slow draft that I am in. If the switch from Yahoo to Fantrax, kept you away last season, give it a shot this year. If you didn’t enjoy our format last year, maybe you’ll like that we are going back to regular rosters. As always, we’ve got prizes!

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Not every pre-conceived notion is accurate or needs to be stuck by. I wrote in my ‘Undraftables’ series that training camp can change my opinion on player usage and team role. That has happened in a few cases. In the interest of being an open book to the readers that give me a job, I’m going to call myself out on some of my ideas earlier in the preseason. I like a lot of what I wrote in the early summer months. I’m still fading Mike Evans, I don’t want any Lamar Miller or Michael Crabtree, so on, so forth. On the bright side, there are only three players that I have flip-flopped on!

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Week 3 of the preseason is a wrap! We got to see some starters in a more extended role unless you are the Bears and didn’t play them at all. Week 3 of the preseason is known as the dress rehearsal before all of the starters rest for the final week and let the guys on the verge of making the roster battle it out. We’ve lost some big names like Derrius Guice and Marqise Lee but our first couple of rounds seem to be intact. I didn’t hear as much complaining about the helmet rule this week so maybe we are going to get off to a better start in the NFL than initially thought. Here is what I saw in week 3 of the preseason.

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All things must come to an end as is the case with this series. We went through the first roundrounds two and threerounds four and five, and the middle rounds. Now, it is time to close out with with late round values. We will define late rounds as anything in the 9th round or later. Depending on roster size, this will be for your flex spot or later. There are many different kinds of scoring and preferences so I’m just going to go by the names that I like and have already been targeting.

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August breeds injuries and surprising roster changes so I have to do a rankings update every now and again. I’ll keep it really, really short and let you get right into the updates, but before, I’ll let you know my biggest risers and fallers.

Risers: Saquon Barkley, Peyton Barber, Samaje Perine, Jordan Wilkins, Dez Bryant, Chris Carson, Anthony Miller, Kerryon Johnson, Chris Godwin.

Fallers: Ronald Jones II, Sony Michel, Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, Rashaad Penny, Trey Burton, Kenny Golladay.

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The middle rounds seem to be the place where a lot of fantasy owners “make up ground” on positions that they ignored in the first half of the draft. Whether it happened on purpose or it was a part of a bigger strategy, there is a lot of value in the middle rounds this season. If you are a person who likes the “zero RB” strategy, there will be some volume still out there in the 6th round and later. If you are like me and you are a fan of getting a couple of elite running backs in the first three rounds, wide receiver happens to be really deep this year in a league where the air game is always growing. This is also a season where it might be a good idea to grab up one of the better tight ends in the first five rounds because of the value to be had in the middle rounds at other positions. While others are taking quarterbacks and forgetting how close quarterback scoring ends up being at the end of the season, here are some guys who can help you win your league.

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All of our leagues are set up, organized, and updated. All that they are missing is you! Today is the perfect day to sign up to play against your favorite Razzball writer. So far, Stan Son and Rotowan have filled up their leagues but some Razzball favorites still remain. Jay just opened up a league late last week and he has spots available. Have you checked out the boys from the Ditka Sausage podcast? B-Don and Donkey Teeth have plenty of spots if you are looking to play with them. Staff writers Reid and Zach both have plenty of spots available. Last and…. yeah probably least compared to these guys, I still have 6 spots left in my RCL.

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