We are here today to point out the difference between the Razzball rankings and those that ESPN has released to the masses. The first difference you’ll probably notice is that there is no Mathew Berry in our rankings. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’ll let you decide. Because, hey, I’m just that kind of guy. Beyond that, well, ESPN certainly likes the color of red. RED EVERYWHERE. Well, touché, we also like a color. And that color is mustache, which is totally a color. Just ask Razzball founder Grey Albright. Sure, you could say that I’ve added some yellow to the palette, but then you’d be raycess. Now that the main differences have been established, we’ll move on to things that are more fantasy relevant, well, depending on the type of fantasy that is. Hey now. So after you clear your internet history, we’ll be comparing our rankings to that of ESPN’s. Get yer knives ready!

 

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady (QB6, +6) — While I don’t really have any affection for Dream Boat or his Ugs, I will say that last season doesn’t scare me away from ranking him inside the top-10. Yes, he threw for about 500 yards less and 9 touchdowns went missing from the stat sheet, but I’m willing to bet that had more to do with throwing to the likes of Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, and sinus reliever Zach Sudfeld PE®. Granted, if Shane Vereen, Rob Gronkowski, or Danny Amendola all put in 14-16 games, I’ll faint, but I’ll bet they show up more than they did last year. And for a QB that only needed 37 more points (depending on format) to finish in the top-5 last season, I don’t think I’m taking crazy pills here.

Philip Rivers (QB10, +4) — You could argue homerism, but I would probably recommend saving that for the Ryan Mathews blurb. I think my ranking here says more about the depth at QB this season more than anything. We’re essentially looking at the same system Rivers had last year, in which he thrived, and he didn’t lose any weapons at all. And while Malcom Floyd will be good for his usual season-ending injury by week 5, the o-line is improved, and Ladarius Green will see more targets. Barring injury, 4,000 yards and at least 30 touchdowns seem automatic at this point.

Colin Kaepernick (QB14, -5) and Russell Wilson (QB15, -5)  — Kaepernick and Wilson get lumped together because it’s just too easy. They are both on run-heavy, defense-minded teams, and are both mobile to boot. Why we are bringing boots into this is anyone’s guess though. I get the argument of why they are ranked higher than where I have them, but the added rushing points don’t make up the fact that their passing numbers are pedestrian and both players can still be terribly inconsistent. No amount of boots or lumps can assist with that.

 

Running Backs

Ahmad Bradshaw (RB46, +27) — I don’t understand why everyone is so low on Bradshaw. Before he got injured, he was averaging 4.5 yards a carry and already had 7 receptions for 42 yards in just 3 games. Sure, you could say that Trent Richardson might rebound, but I’m just fine assuming he’s going to keep doing what he did last year, and that’s run two yards and then do nothing.

Ryan Mathews (RB7, +10) — Yeah, I guess I should explain myself. Don’t worry, I came prepared as I have already explained myself. Still, I’m pretty nuts. I’m okay with that, just as long as we’re talking pistachios.

Christine Michael (RB68, -22) — Ah yes, the hype is strong with this one. There are circumstances where I could see him being fantasy relevant, but I’ll stop believing in Marshawn Lynch when he stops producing.

Tre Mason (RB61, -19) — As has been established, I’m not ready to believe in Tre Mason quite yet. Free Masons? Now that’s another story. Just take a look at this compelling evidence:

Super-Bowl-Peyton-Manning-Illuminati

Donald Brown (RB66, -19) — I’m of the belief that the only way that Brown will be fantasy relevant is if there is an injury to Ryan Mathews. And while that usually only happens some of the time all of the time, my ranking of Mathews doesn’t allow for such a thing to happen. So it has been said, so it has been done. Maybe.

 

Wide Receivers

Kendall Wright (WR14, +19) — In PPR leagues, Wright is already knocking on the WR1 door, but in standard leagues, all he needs to see is an uptick in touchdowns. As you can read here, I think that happens.

Steve Johnson (WR80, -29) and Anquan Boldin (WR53, -15) — While I consider Johnson to be a talented receiver, and Boldin not a talented receiver, both are in an offense that provides roughly 2 targets on average to all their receivers not named Vernon Davis. Well, okay, maybe 3 targets.

 

Tight Ends

Greg Olsen (TE2, +5) — I find this ranking to be the easiest to defend. I just use him as a vehicle to post Elizabeth Olsen pics…

Elizabeth-Olsen-Bra-October-GQ-Pictures

YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.

Dwayne Allen (TE13, +7) and Coby Fleener (TE35, -18) — I’m probably in the minority here, but Coby Fleener just is not very good. Allen should be the only Colts tight end you draft as he has size, good hands, is mobile, and a decent blocker. Fleener is the type of guy you find when searching the waiver wire for an inevitable week 5 Gronk injury.

  1. 50in07 says:
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    Jay, why are you so high on Cam Newton and Greg Olsen this year? Why do you think they would improve from last year?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Newton has never finished outside the top-5 in QB scoring, and with an entire new receiving core, there’s a solid chance Olsen is leaned on heavily simply out of familiarity. I think the teams demise is being overstated.

  2. JeF With 1 F says:
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    HELL IN AN RCL…Join it…DO IT!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Totally this folks. Keep on fighting the good fight!

  3. Jimmy says:
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    I’m keeping Eddie Lacy and Alfred Morris in a three keeper league.

    I got offered a second round pick for Zac Stacy and Ryan Mathews. I’m trying to get him to include Cam Newton in the deal since he’s keeping Antonio Brown.

    I also have Desean Jackson.

    Make this trade and keep either Cam or Desean or keep Stacy?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’m fine with a Lacy, Morris, Jackson list.

  4. The Program says:
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    In a keeper league H2H 0.5 PPR would you consider keeping Eddie Lacy over AP? How many more good seasons do you think AP has left in him?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      In a keeper, yeah, I would lean slightly to Lacy. But I’m still a big Peterson believer. Maybe two-three.

  5. Michael says:
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    What happened to Sky?

  6. TJ says:
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    PPR league, keep 3, lose a pick in whatever round you keep the guy.

    Keeping Andrew Luck for a round 9 pick, and Le’Veon Bell for a round 15 pick.

    Who is my third keeper:
    Brandon Marshall for a round 1
    Vincent Jackson for a round 2
    Danny Woodhead for a round 5
    Jordan Reed for a round 5

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Woodhead.

  7. Joe says:
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    Keeper league where everyone keeps three and only three, I have the first pick in round 4. 10 teams, non ppr.

    I need three: AP (obvious), spiller, matthews, foster, cobb, k allen, d jax.

    Probable players availabe in round 4, Demarco, Dez, Ellington, Cruz, Julio Jones

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Spiller and Cobb.

  8. KK says:
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    Any reason you seem to be lower on AJ green than ESPN and other sites

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Hue Jackson offense. I think he’s still a WR1, but it’ll run heavy, run often.

  9. Ron says:
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    I must admit…you have me “this” close to following you into the Ryan Mathews pool.

    After many a mock drafts, which starting 6 do you fancy most in 12 team .5PPR and why so?

    QB: Rivers
    RB: Gio
    WR: Megatron
    WR: Cobb
    WR/RB: Stacy
    WR/TE: Crabtree

    OR

    QB: Cutler
    RB: Forte
    WR: Cobb
    WR: Wright
    WR/RB: Stacy
    WR/TE: Floyd/Patterson

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      The second team seems more balanced. I do love me some Megatron, but not a huge Crabtree or Gio fan. The pool is very sharky btw. Be careful.

      • Ron says:
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        @Jay: Okay. Then how would this team stack up for your taste.? Better than the other two?

        QB: Rivers/Cutler
        RB: Mathews
        WR: Megatron
        WR: Wright
        WR/RB: Floyd
        WR/TE: Cobb/Graham

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Yeah, that’s pretty much the best of both worlds.

          • Ron says:
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            @Jay: I miss typed that last squad. This is more like it. Instead of Floyd its Stacy. Is this still the best of both worlds for you?

            QB: Rivers/Cutler
            RB: Mathews
            WR: Megatron
            WR: Wright
            WR/RB: Stacy
            WR/TE: Cobb/Graham

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Ron: I may like it even more.

  10. Matt says:
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    When do auction values come out (or am I just missing them)? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’m hoping later this week, but it’s looking like perhaps Monday.

      • Matt says:
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        Nooooo!!!

        …or…

        OK – thanks.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Until then, most of the piece is done, it’s just code work at this point. If you need a specific player(s) value, let me know.

  11. Jangles says:
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    IN A 10 team, 6 point per TD league, would you automatically try to get Brees/Rodgers/Manning in round one or stick to the usual rankings?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’ll have a post on this tomorrow, stay tuned!

  12. Dr. Sauce says:
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    4 man keeper (standard scoring);
    My for sure keeps – Manning and Lacy
    Given my 2 keepers, choose 2 from the following group; Antonio Brown, Toby Gerhart and Julius Thomas
    Just as a point of reference; I have offers of 2nd round picks on the table for either Brown or Gerhart. Thinking this makes Thomas a little more attractive … Thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’d want Brown and Thomas there.

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Jay:
        That was my first instinct as well! In your opinion, how much of an upgrade is Brown over Gerhart? Maybe I’m overthinking but I’m leary of going into draft with only one RB especially when I’m dropping/trading what looks to be a 3 down workhorse! Thoughts …

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Dr. Sauce: In this case, I just want the best player overall. If you do it right, I’m sure you could find a RB that could do what Gerhart can do later in the draft.

          • Dr. Sauce says:
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            @Jay:
            Agreed, thanks for validating my first instinct. Another quick one for you; same league; I also own Vereen and Crabtree. If this team was yours would you consider trading both Gehart and Antonio Brown for 2nd round picks and keeping Vereen or Crabtree? If so, who do you like better? Essentially those 2nd round picks are like 6th round picks in a re-draft. I noticed in your projections The counting stats for Brown and Vereen are pretty similar. Brown 200 or so more yards but same number of TD’s. Thoughts …

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              I’d probably go Vereen out of those too, I don’t like the SF offense for receiving targets.

  13. Bryan says:
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    I have the 7th pick in a 12 team non ppr. Our league is 1 Qb
    1 Rb
    2 Wr
    2 flex (Wr or Rb)
    Te
    K
    D
    Under these settings would you go Wr/Wr early? Assuming I can get two of the elite and look for a solid Rb in 3rd or 4th or later?

    I’ve always been a rb drafter early

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, I’m certainly fine going WR/WR.

  14. mcBlunty says:
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    I asked you this question once before, but i left out some details that may make a difference. Long term keeper league, keeping 4, very QB friendly in where you get .75 points for every completion, it also is a full point PPR and for running backs you get .25 for every running attempt, so it tends to be high scoring to say the least, i am trying to chose 4 out of these 5 options

    Brady
    Gronk
    Jimmy Graham
    Arian Foster
    Alfred Morris

    one other big factor is last year i traded my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks (first and second to get Brady/Gronk and my 3rd to get Desean)

    You had told me to throw Brady back into the draft pool, would that still be your recommendation being very QB friendly league? Most managers keep their QB so the availability to get one, especially drafting in the 4th round to start, isn’t great

    I appreciate the feed back

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      That would probably change things, yeah. I’d go Brady, Gronk, Graham and Morris there.

  15. Acid Head says:
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    Hey guys, so anyone who does dynasty what do you guys think of this offer for Forte and Julio Jones.. It’s a 16 team league .5 PPR

    Lamar Miller/Khiry Robinson/Jace Amaro/Da’Rick Rogers/Colston/1st and 2nd round draft picks in 2015. It’s a lot of stuff but I’m not sure its enough. The draft picks for next year are intriguing since it’s supposed to be a good RB class next year. What do you guys think?

    • Dr. Sauce says:
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      @Acid Head:
      Not a big fan of that deal for you. You are giving up 2 top tier studs in their prime for what guys in our leagues refer to as a “poo-poo platter”. In other words, the guy trying to trade for Forte and Jones is trying to distract you with a bunch of ‘crap’. The picks are intriguing but I think u can do better. Just my opinion for whatever that’s worth

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Acid Head: I would hold. The picks are nice, but then it’s a bunch of ehhh.

  16. J-FOH says:
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    With all the NFL dramas going on me need a TMZ segment

    Marshawn in trouble?

    Andre Brown cut?

    Nick’s favorite Giant retires?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: NEVER!

  17. Hans says:
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    Jay,

    In a nutshell, would you rather pick 9, 20, 38 or 13, 20, 31 for your first three in a 14 team redraft?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Hans: In a 14 team league, I’ll try to get as close to the middle as I can. 9,20,38 would be the one I choose.

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    jay wrong, were there any young players i was missing on STL/WAS that i should save if/when i pick one of those teams. not having finished the value based drafting on deeper IDP’s (i.e. is it worth the offensive fall off and picks needed to shore that up taking STL over WAS or not) i seem to be coming around on taking WAS (much better offense, get #1 pick). but want to make sure i keep every useful future player (since we have 12 bench spots, and i’ll only need to likely have 1 extra QB/TE/1 each at LB/DE/DT, and stash a bunch of RB/WR after that) for whichever team i choose.
    also
    2. in that situation of WAS (having morris/helu and only starting 1 RB with 1 flex), are we so shallow at RB’s (20 teams with only 1 RB starter), that i should trade the #1 pick (peterson) to ensure i get patterson (return beast) and 1 top notch something else (DE?)
    thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: I think you should be okay. And the Morris/Helu situation should actually help you. Gruden will be using Helu more as a passing threat and change of pace back than Shanahan did.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: i agree that having both morris and helu is good, but since we only start at most 2 RB’s (that’s if flex is used as RB) there’s probably better options to draft and start, like peterson/
        patterson (return yardage, including bonuses)/j.jones/stacy/mathews/martin/bell/brown/ellington/wright/cruz etc (plus dozens more) are all available to be drafted.
        also, that league is dynasty, so other than mason/helu there’s no other big upside backups/prospects on WAS/STL i should be saving?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @goodfold2: Well, Tre Mason, of course, but he’s the biggest name. WAS’s draft was pretty meh.

  19. bomb.com says:
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    keeper league, we can keep 3.

    would you trade a $12 le’veon bell and $10 T.Y. hilton for a $10 Demeryius Thomas?
    how about a $17 doug martin and $10 T.Y. hilton for Demeryius.

    I think it’s Demeryius both sides by a decent amount, wanted someone else’s input though. also, if you’d do both, which would you ship away first? leveon or doug?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @bomb.com: I’d want to keep Bell here. I’d do Martin and Hilton for Thomas though.

  20. bomb.com says:
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    also, i see STL D/ST in the top 5 a lot on sports. I dont follow fball enough to know things like this, but are they a top D target along with seattle/49ers/etc?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @bomb.com: Not up to Seattle, but yeah, they are in the mix of top-5.

  21. Tehol Beddict says:
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    this was awesome. truly enjoyed it. nice work

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I was able to tap into the power of the Elder Gods for just a moment.

  22. DiRo says:
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    Came in here going to ask you why you rank K Wright so high, thanks for the answer. Also, keep the Olsen pictures coming, really mention him every week this year!

    Best RB pick for dynasty leagues; Weat, Hyde or Hill?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Will do. I’d like to say it’s for you guys, but it’s more for me.

      It’s between Hyde and Hill… tough. I’ll go with Hyde here since I think his redzone touches are fantasy relevant this year.

  23. Lambeau Leap says:
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    10 team, 2 QB, PPR league – Already keeping AP as my 2nd round pick. Should I keep Gio as my 6th pick or Foles as my 12th?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’d go Foles here. Great value for a 2 QB league.

  24. Mike says:
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    Hey Jay,

    4 Keeper (1pt PPR) league: Which four do I keep? Thanks.

    AJ Green
    Andre Ellington
    Demarco Murray
    T Rich
    Welker
    RG3

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Green, Ellington, Murray, Welker. Unless you don’t see many QB’s getting thrown back, then go RG3.

      • Mike says:
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        @Jay: Thanks man — was leaning toward those four.

  25. Annie's Boobs says:
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    Hey Jay are you planning on doing one of these for Yahoo and CBS? Drafting in those leagues the next 2 days and would love to know your thoughts. Thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, for Yahoo. I’ll write that one up tomorrow night for Wednesday.

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