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“Oh baby I like it raw. Yeah baby I like it raw.”

We play a fantasy game that tabulates stats from the performances of human beings playing the real game of football. To win, one must devoid emotion from the process and select the players that project to score the most points. It’s a very cold and robotic process, something the NFL (No Fun League) is probably ecstatic about. Yet, we are human. Antonio Brown scores two touchdowns and starts twerking in the endzone? We are on cloud 9 and put Antonio on the short list of baby names. C.J. Anderson fumbles at the goal line, costing countless owners a win, and people flock to Twitter and send death threats and racial slurs. One of the excuses I see thrown around to explain this behavior is that fans are passionate (but that’s not an excuse for stupidity, but that’s another discussion for another day). Okay. But you know what? Football players are humans too!!! And they have just as much passion, if not more than you or I. How else could you explain the willingness to consciously get into multiple car crashes a day?

I’ve seen so much silliness the past week regarding Odell Beckham Jr.

I’ve also seen countless questions on Twitter asking about trading ODB for _____? Seriously? Is Beckham injured? Is he about to get suspended?  My favorite is the negative connotation associated with Beckham’s quote of “I’m not having fun anymore.” We as fans always want our athletes to be “raw.” Except when they actually do it, then we berate them for some reason. Put yourself in Beckham’s situation. The media is all over him, the fans are turning on him, he hasn’t scored a touchdown all year, the Giants just lost their last two games, and he just got shut down by one of the best defenses in the NFL.

I want my star player to be angry. I want my star player being pissed. As a Raiders’ fan, I saw what apathy did to a superstar. The Raiders had Randy Moss, arguably one of the greatest receivers of all-time, from 2005-2006 and the life was sucked out of him because the situation was so bleak. I didn’t blame him, but it was heart-breaking to watch an all-time great be a zombie.

Much of the world viewed the play of Beckham Monday Night as a whining, immature baby. I viewed it as a player that cared. Ref doesn’t call a late hit out of bounds? Okay. It’s like that huh? Alright. It’s playground hoops rules then. There ain’t no fouls. You push me, I’m gonna push you. What did Beckham do the next time he got the ball? Instead of going out of bounds, he bopped Xavier Rhodes on the sideline. I loved that! He didn’t whimper away from the contact and challenge. He met it head-on. Unfortunately, the Vikings’ defense is amazing and the Gomer Pyle that quarterbacks the Giants wasn’t able to match what ODB was bringing to the table.

R-E-L-A-X. This is Beckham’s third season in the NFL. In each of his first two seasons, he’s eclipsed the 90 reception mark, 130 targets, 1,300 receiving yards, and 10+ touchdowns. Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz may siphon off some targets, but Beckham still leads the team in targets with 39 and that should continue to be the case going forward. The opportunity to acquire a superstar below market cost doesn’t happen often. Here’s your chance. Sift through all the noise and see the situation for what it is – a chance to get a league winner onto your squad.

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  1. omar says:
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    12 team 1pt PPR….

    Drop Tyrell Williams or Devante Parker for Quincy Enunwa?

    Thougts for this week and ROS. Lot of guys on bye, so I’m almost conceding the loss….

    • Son says:
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      @omar: I like Enunwa a lot in all contexts

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @omar: Omar , how could you do this to me

  2. omar says:
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    Thanks. Leaning that way as well. That said, who do you like more long-term, Williams or Parker?

    • Son says:
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      @omar: Pretty close, but I prefer Williams by a whisker. Better quarterback and situation

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Stan Son the Younger!

    • Son says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: My wife would beg to differ! I’m pretty sure I’m older than you Tehol, but I’m new to the Razzball crew so I humbly accept your compliment.

  4. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Who do you like most as a TE streamer this week in a 14 team PPR with my starter on bye:

    Tye @ GB (assuming Donnell sits), V.Green vs. Atl (assuming he plays) or Doyle vs. Chi

    Thanks!

  5. m1chael says:
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    Who would you flex this week? Matt Jones or DeVante Parker?

    • Son says:
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      @m1chael: DeVante Parker. Hope Gase can match him up against Perrish Cox

  6. DR says:
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    Got a guy that is looking to dump OBJ.
    Try an steal him for Marvin Jones and Ryan Mathews? It might not be enough, though. Is it too much to throw in Steve Smith?

    14 team, PPR league.
    Current RBs and WRs
    RB CJ Anderson
    RB Melvin Gordon
    RB Ryan Mathews
    RB Wendell Smallwood
    WR Antonio Brown
    WR Amari Cooper
    WR Marvin Jones Jr
    WR Steve Smith

    Thanks!

    • Son says:
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      @DR: Is he a no-nonsense owner or does he like to talk? If so, try to glean as much information as you can in your negotiations. Also, be cognizant of league dynamics, as you can bet there will be plenty of offers floating around. What are the strengths and weaknesses of his squad? In a vacuum, I don’t think low-balling will work because there’s going to be a ton of competition. Strong, yet fair should put you in the best position. With that said, I don’t think Mathews/Jones will work but you have more knowledge of the owner and league than me. As for the Smith part, you have to understand that he would have to drop two other players to consummate that trade. Are the two players you are offering better than what he has on his roster?

  7. Who am I? says:
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    In a 12 team 0.5 PPR yahoo league, would you rather have Odell Beckman or Mike Evans + Pryor/J.Howard/E.Sanders/W.Fuller/Pryor? I’m just trying to see which combinations I should try first hahaha or would you rather have Mike Evans straight up?

    • Who am I? says:
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      @Who am I?:
      As a follow up, would you rather have Demarco Murray + Moncrief or Forte + J.Howard?

      • Son says:
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        @Who am I?: Really depends. Do you need WR or RB help? Murray is the best player in the group, but I’ve been very high on Howard

    • Son says:
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      @Who am I?: If I needed RB help, I’d do Evans/Howard. If I wanted another receiver, Evans/Sanders or Pryor would work. I wouldn’t do ODB for Evans straight up though

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