If the Seahawks-Niners game had been on Monday night, the title to this post might have been “Monday Night Rawl“. There was no way I was going to deny Thomas Rawls of his duly earned honors and bury the lede on this one. I had every intention of taking a page out of my own book and replaying what I said back in week 6 when I was fired up about Rawls. Unfortunately it seems that fellow writer Doug had the same idea when he titled his Through The Wire post. Allow myself to plagiarize myself. I guess it’s not really plagiarism if I am repurposing my own words. Here is what I said back in week 6. “The fact that he is only 47% owned is a little baffling. With Lynch out for the second straight week, Rawls should have been picked up everywhere. Especially by Lynch owners. Those that picked him up (like me) and started him (like me) were rewarded with 169 yards rushing and a score. He now has two 100+ yard rushing games. Lynch has none. Keep rawlin, rawlin, rawlin, rawlin…” And that’s me quoting me. I’m going to give Doug the benefit of the doubt and assume that he didn’t read that post. Besides, we’re one big happy family here at Razzball.

Speaking of which, did I mention that I am currently 10-1 in the Razzball Writer’s League and, as of last week, sixth overall in the RCL standings. And with two of the five teams ahead of me losing this week, I have a decent chance of moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. George Jefferson style!

Week after week I have managed to piecemeal a team together using the scraps I am able to find on the majority of waiver wires in Yahoo! fantasy leagues that is strong enough to beat just about any team, any week. Obviously with the benefit of hindsight, cherry picking these needles in the haystack is not much of an impressive feat. The intent of this exercise is to prove that Waldo can be found.

This week’s lineup combined for 191.3 fantasy points and contains only one player owned in at least 40% of leagues.

POS Name Points Owned
QB Brock Osweiler 18.4 17%
RB Thomas Rawls 39 31%
RB Spencer Ware 22.6 5%
WR J.J. Nelson 22.2 0%
WR Tyler Lockett 19.3 15%
TE Kyle Rudolph 19.6 40%
FL Ahmad Bradshaw 19.2 5%
K Jason Myers 13 2%
DST Tampa 18 8%

Brock Osweiler – When Brock Lesnar bulldozed his way into the WWE, he was nicknamed “The Next Big Thing”. Last week another Brock introduced himself to the world. Osweiler threw for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns as he helped the Denver Broncos stop a two game losing skid in the first start of his NFL career. The guy he replaced was a quarterback named Peyton Manning. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. Hopefully you don’t own him, as he is having the worst season of his career and at this point can be safely dropped. Is Osweiler the next big thing? I would temper expectations. At least for this season. With bye weeks out of the way, I don’t think Brock is a player that needs to be rostered. Is it me or does he remind you of Jason Street from the Dillon Panthers?

Thomas RawlsIt’s time to rawl out the red carpet. With Marshawn Lynch expected to miss at least a month, Rawls could quite possibly prove to be one of the most valuable waiver wire picks this season as he is just the dose of “rawl power” teams need for that extra push to the finish line. Back in week 6 I said that he needed to be owned. Those that ignored the writing on the wall, shame on you. I own him in every one of my leagues. I do not own Lynch anywhere. On 30 carries Rawls had 209 yards and a touchdown. Keep the ball rawling! He also had 3 catches for another 46 yards and a score. Do I smell an endorsement deal with Rawlings? Perhaps a little Coolio music. Rawling with my homies. Or as they say in Alabama, Rawl Tide!

Spencer Ware – This guy’s name sounds like clothing that you can buy at the Spencer’s in your local mall. Just when Charcandrick West had us saying Jamaal Charles who, he pulls up lame with a bad hammy. While he is listed as day-to-day, hamstring issues have a habit of lingering, and considering the explosiveness required by the running back position, I am a little concerned. As a West owner, I am ever more concerned. When West left the game on Sunday, Ware stepped in. How’d he do? He ran for 96 yards on 11 carries and 2 touchdowns. Pretty good, huh? Sure, except when you consider that the Chargers defense was allowing 115 yards per game to opposing running backs, it seems a bit par for the course. We have very little NFL data to go on here. If you own West, I’d try and pick him up.

J.J. Nelson – How many good wide receivers do the Cardinals have? Do they grow on trees in Arizona? It almost seems unfair. This week J.J. Nelson put his name on that list catching 4 of 6 targets for 142 yards and a touchdown. The week before he was 3 of 4 for 70. He looked good on Sunday night. But even so, I don’t know that can be trusted to produce on a weekly basis given the quality of receivers in Arizona ahead of him.

Tyler Lockett – From one rookie to the next. Not to be confused with teammate Ricardo Lockette, Tyler posted 4 catches for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns against the 49ers. He had one other reasonable fantasy game back in week 7. His opponent that week? The Niners! I think I’m going to have take a pass on this one.

Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph the purple nosed Viking had a very shiny 47-yard touchdown. And if you ever saw it. You would even say it glows. It was actually a pretty nice pass from Bridgewater. After the first two weeks of the season, I was convinced that this was the year that Rudolph was going to break out. But once week 3 kicked in, Rudolph basically disappeared. Last week, however, he caught 6 of 8 targets for 106 yards and a score. I view Rudolph as a fringe starter. More of a bye week fill-in with big play potential. Unfortunately bye weeks are complete, rendering Rudolph incapable of guiding your sled tonight.

Ahmad Bradshaw – Guess who’s back! Bradshaw’s back. Bradshaw’s back. Bradshaw’s back. In my opinion Ahmad should have been owned already. He’s Gore’s clear handcuff and now looks to perhaps be a bit more than a handcuff. In PPR leagues, he close to a must own. Last week he had 4 catches for 20 yards and 2 touchdowns. Remember, before getting hurt last season he had 38 receptions with 6 touchdowns in 10 games. This year he has 3 in 5. The stats say he’s in line for 3 more before the season ends. That is, of course, unless he gets hurt.

Jason Myers – I don’t usually write about kickers, but when your name sounds like you might be the offspring of two famous big screen horror villains, I take notice…

Enjoy your turkey. Gobble gobble!

  1. Wacha wacha says:
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    After adding some ww players yesterday my running backs are Forte, DMC, Rawls, Hyde, T Coleman, Turbin, A Bradshaw

    Would you prefer any of these players still available?

    Cj Anderson, B Powell, A Blue, M Gordon, k williams, J white, C sims, s draughn

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Wacha wacha: Is it a PPR league?

      • Wacha wacha says:
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        @malamoney:

        10 team 2 QB standard with big bench. I’ve clinched a 1st round bye of playoffs (week 14) so I guess I’m more concerned with upside than with who could be useful this week.

        • malamoney

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          @Wacha wacha: In a standard league I’m not sure I’d want Bradshaw. Unless I owned Gore. Hyde is a real pain in the ass with this foot injury. After Forte, DMC and Rawls, everyone is really a crapshoot. I was and still am a bit skeptical of White, but I like him in PPR leagues. I expect Freeman to be back out there by the playoffs rendering Coleman useless. I might consider dumping two fo Coleman, Bradshaw and Turbin for CJ and Gordon…

  2. Retired Man says:
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    Used a late round running back strategy during the draft and ended up (as of today) with Julio, Hopkins, Megatron, Ingram And free agent adds for running backs: Thomas Rawls, Deangelo Williams, and C. West!

    • malamoney

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      @Retired Man: I love it when a plan comes together. I have West and Rawls. I had Dion Lewis too, but we know how that ended up. There is always value to be found on the wire…

  3. Scooter G says:
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    Looking at making a trade but I want the QB that will perform best during fantasy playoffs. Who you got?

    Rivers vs MIA and @OAK
    M Ryan @ Jax and vs Panthers ( maybe Carolina is resting players in week 16?). Thanks for the advice!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scooter G: Leaning towards Ryan. Atlanta at least has a chance at the playoffs…

  4. FrankGrimes says:
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    Ta ta turkey

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Ga ga gooble!

  5. Benny says:
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    Would you go with Tamme or Celek this week? I have Bennett and need a fill in since he’s out. With Ertz being out, I was leaning toward Celek, but don’t want to over think things either..

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Benny: Celek. Even if Ertz wasn’t out. Sanchez loves Celek.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Benny: Tom Celek…

  6. Tim says:
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    Trying to squeeze into the playoffs in a non-ppr. Pick two of the four this week: Ware, Forte, Langford, and Gore.

    • malamoney

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      @Tim: If West is out I’d play Ware and then one of Forte/Langford. I really don’t know how things are going to shake out in Chicago with the playing time split. But if he plays, I’m starting Forte. If West plays, then probably Forte and Gore.

  7. Nick says:
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    Hey bud, struggling with my WR starters this week…pick 3;

    A Cooper, Ty Hilton, Davante Adams, Stevie Johnson, Jordan Matthews & DeSean Jax…I’m plugging Spencer in at flex & AP/DeMarco locked in at RB spots

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: Leaning towards Jackson, Matthews and then either Johnson or Cooper…

  8. martellusbennet says:
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    whad does your predictive analytics say about martellus bennet for the future? i’ve got alshon and hate having 2 players tied to cutler… the floor is essentially 0

    that said, would you DROP martellus bennet to play celek today? i could drop other players (bradshaw, vernon davis, etc) but i just have such a bad taste in my mouth from this guy the last 4-5 weeks.

    otherwise i might just roll with vernon despite celek having the better matchup.

  9. Cheese says:
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    So I’m in a tough spot, and this may be a little long winded so bare with me :). I’m in a 14 team keeper league, $200 draft cap, 4pt passing TD, 0.5PPR. I’m 6-5, sitting in 9th place, 8 teams make the playoffs. Teams ranked 6 through 9 are 6-5, and the team in 10th is 5-6. I clearly have low points overall on the season, and the team in 10th has more points than me with an easy end of season finish so they will likely finish 7-6.

    I face 2 tough opponents, including the first place team next week. I will likely need to win out and finish 8-5 if I wanted to make the playoffs, because if I finish 7-6 I think I will finish 9th – not certain, but a gut feeling. I have 2 offers in front of me, one makes me a keeper team, one makes me a contender this year. I’m stubborn and hate giving up on the season (I was 2-5 at one point but didn’t throw in the towel) but I’m wondering if it’s my best bet based on the situation I am in. Here are the two deals and my roster (I will put keeper prices in parentheses for potential keepers)

    I give: Todd Gurley ($13)
    I get: Julio Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, Alfred Blue

    I give: Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Brandon Marshall ($25), Alshon Jeffery, Charcandrick West, and Ronnie Hillman ($15)
    I get: Devonta Freeman ($7), Tyler Lockett ($5), Jonathan Stewart ($11), Julian Edelman ($26)

    My roster:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger
    WR – Brandon Marshall
    WR – Alshon Jeffery
    WR – Dontrelle Inman
    RB – Todd Gurley
    RB – Charcandrick West
    TE – Jason Witten
    W/R/T – Ronnie Hillman
    Q/W/R/T – Andrew Luck
    BEN – Matt Hasselbeck, Marquess Wilson, CJ Anderson, Reuben Randle, Peyton Manning

    Which direction should I head in?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Cheese: If you make the first trade, you will be crippled at RB. And, well, the second trade just blows your team apart…

      • Cheese says:
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        @malamoney: the 2nd deal is throwing in the towel this year to get the keeper pieces

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Cheese: Which are the keeper pieces? After Freeman, who would you keep of those players?

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Cheese: drop peyton for a RB with some next year value. could be an injured guy like forsett or one of the many many others.

  10. Zach

    Zach says:
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    Well, much to your chagrin, I will not ask you about my Dynasty IDP League, even though you don’t cover that. Obviously. Who does?

    Anyway I wanted to simply point out how much of a family we are at Razzball. So much of a family that I can guarantee you looked up my name to see if I actually do write for Razz. I do, I cover Daily Fantasy Football, which should be outlawed in another state in…… what time is it now?

    Anyway, is there any player that you mentioned above that you think holds some DFS signficance? I really do like Rawls, but Kyle Rudolph sure is interesting….

    Alright, peace brother,
    -Z

    • malamoney

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      @Zach: Depending on matchup, Rudolph is certainly and good option as he generally comes at a discount.

      If West is out, I’ve got to assume Ware will be cheap.

      Speaking of DFS being banned, I’m glad I live in MA. But I just found out that even though I live in MA, when I am visiting NY (as I am this weekend), I cannot use my account. Ain’t that some shit. I’ll have to grab my cell and use my Verizon Wireless unlimited data.

      And for what it’s worth. I knew you were part of the team…

      • Zach

        Zach says:
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        @malamoney: Yeah that sucks dude. Hahaha no problem dude

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