Your lungs are burning as you bend over to catch your breath. Snot trickles to your upper lip and the icy wind whips around causing it to freeze almost instantly. We’ve been hiking for 2 weeks but it already feels like an eternity. As the blood rushes to your forehead, you wonder how this seemed like a good idea 6 months ago while surfing the internet in your posh apartment in the city.

Of course, you know it’s too far to turn back, but the end is nowhere in sight. All that can be done is to make the best of the journey and put one foot in front of the other. The crunch of the snow betrays me as I saunter over and remind you “The next checkpoint is getting close where we can add some RBs for the week ahead.” Blinking, you stand up and look over the trail where the ridge meets the sun and feel a glimmer of hope. There’s fight left in you.

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The sun rises over the majestic mountain range, illuminating the frost into countless diamonds. The air is crisp and clean and there is motion all around your tent. The energy is palpable and you take a deep breath, stepping into the cold morning. The warm scent of freshly brewed coffee drifts into your nostrils as I jam a loaded backpack in your gut and tell you you’re the last one up. “Breakfast is over, make sure you wear double socks” I say, strapping a ladder to a sleeping bag.

Don’t worry, this is how week 1 feels for most of us. All the anticipation, planning, and training doesn’t mean a thing once you head out on the trail. Week 1 was full of rookie WRs making a statement despite limited preseason buzz. Conversely, exciting rookie running backs flopped and split time, leaving managers rattled as we look forward to week 2. There was expected carnage, although congrats to the half of you that walked away 1-0.

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I hope you all had a nice offseason reading your sleeper lists and day dreaming about finally going #ZeroRB this year. The preseason has come to a close and now we are out in the elements, far from the safety of your Buffalo Wild Wings draft. This is when it gets tough, this is where titles are forged. Championship treks are filled with dead ends and pitfalls, but also heroic decisions and steadfast perseverance. My pledge is to be your Waiver Sherpa this season. I have seen the mountaintop and it is glorious, friends. Tonight we will plan and rest, as the long climb awaits.

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It’s the final match-up, that is, unless you play into week 17 — in which case next week should be a wild one for you with benchings galore! But if you’re still here and you’re still reading — good luck my friends! Also, if you’re still here and you’re still reading you probably won’t be needing too much waiver help. Your team is one of the two best in your league (or one of the two luckiest — fantasy football is weird sometimes!) 

As always, if you’ve got a league specific question — drop it down below in the comments!

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If you’re reading this, congrats! You’re still playing meaningful games! Either you’re winning that consolation bracket to have your league’s #1 pick next year (who will it be? Todd Gurley? Saquon Barkley? New York Jet Le’Veon Bell?!) Or, since you’re a Razzball reader, you’re on the march towards ANOTHER championship title over your chump friends. Take a long look at your bench — are there any guys on there who have 0 starts for you, but you’re just remembering years past when they were productive? Stop trying to make fetch happen — cut ties and grab one of these guys below who are more likely than the name value players you’ve been holding on to and hoping they’ll perform.

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For some of you, (me included) this is your last chance to make the playoffs. Some smart decisions and a big week here could lead you to fantasy glory. You know what doesn’t help? Melvin Gordon tearing up his knees. You know what else doesn’t help? Leonard Fournette watching Creed 2 before his games. Take a look at my recommendations and your waivers to see who is available to replace them this week. If you have any questions — as always — post a comment below and I’ll get back to you. Let’s get this chip!

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Keke Coutee, 14.3%, vs TEN: Missing the past two weeks has helped Coutee’s ownership tumble to an affordable level for you. However, expect it to go back up after his 5 catch, 77 yard game against the Redskins in week 11. The injury to Will Fuller and the ineptitude of Demaryius Thomas has lead Coutee to become Deshaun Watson’s WR2. His week 12 opponent the Titans have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to WRs. They also helped T.Y. Hilton have the best game of his season catching 9 passes for 155 yards and 2 TDs. Imagine how much damage the Texans could do since they have two great WR weapons in Coutee and DeAndre Hopkins. His playoff weeks are pretty nice too. Week 14 maybe not so much — the Colts have been pretty solid against defending the pass. But week 15 he’ll face the Jets who’ve allowed the 4th most receiving yards to WRs and week 16 he gets the Eagles who’ve allowed the 2nd most receiving yards to WRs. Only one word for that…

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I have to admit the pickings are slim on the waiver wire this week. There are a lot of guys coming off solid performances in week 10 who just have bye weeks in week 11 that I think you should keep an eye on. Former 2nd round pick Zay Jones for example had the best game of his career putting up 23 fantasy points in week 10 now that he finally has a real quarterback in — wait a minute — Matt Barkley?! Frank Gore had himself another double-digit rushing attempt game and actually did something with it putting up 12 fantasy points, but he’s resting in week 11 too. Baker Mayfield had his best fantasy game of the year with 22 fantasy points in week 10 — but again, bye week. For these bye week players, you’re welcome to add them now, but just know they’ll be filling up your bench for the week.

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Adam Humphries, 2.7%, vs WSH: I told you to grab him after week 9 — you only have yourself to blame! This is now the third week in a row where Humphries was second to Mike Evans in targets, however Evans and Humphries couldn’t have had two different days. Humphries was the second-highest scoring WR in the league while Evans only hauled in 1 of his 10 targets for 16 yards…

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Chris Godwin (vs CLE): All Chris Godwin has done is catch a TD in 4 of his 5 games this season and netted 13 points or more in all 4 of those games. There are a lot of hungry mouths in the Bucs receiving game, but with Jameis Winston back in the fold I can see all those baby birds getting fed by mama Winston especially against a Browns team that has surrendered the 5th most receiving yards.

O.J. Howard (vs CLE): Another mouth to feed in Tampa Bay? Yea, but Howard was well fed even before Winston’s return. In his last three games played he’s had 18 fantasy points, 13 fantasy points and 16 fantasy points respectively. Howard will continue to gobble up a decent amount of targets even against a Browns secondary that has been a little stingy to opposing TEs. Should I end this eating analogy now? OM NOM NOM!

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