At Razzball, we pride ourselves in the quality of our readers, because it sure takes a wise fantasy manager to dodge some of the hot taeks that we dish out. Lamar Jackson as QB1? What the hell were you thinking, Blair? Certainly, what I meant to write in the preseason QB article was that JUSTIN HERBERT WOULD BE QB7 BY WEEK 6! Yes! That’s what I meant! 

And why does it matter that we have smart readers? Glad you asked! Some of you know that I, EverywhereBlair, was a Razzball originalist dating back to 2009. And look where I am now! In Grey’s basement with a Capri Sun and a bag of Cheetos writing fantasy football articles. From fan to fantasy analyst, you could do it too! 

Why am I hyping our fans’ intelligence so much? Because one of our fans, Curtis Jones, has taken the #1 spot on the Razzbowl leaderboard. Congrats, Curtis! 

Week 1 Highlights

We pride the Razzbowl as the premier better-ball league that pits fans against industry analysts, and for the most part, the industry analysts have claimed the top spots since 2019. Earlier this month, we saw Joey Wright claim the top spot for a week (and he currently sits at #5 in the competition). Meanwhile, Curtis, who is a frequent Razzball commenter over on the baseball side, took the #1 spot in the Razzbowl this week following a strong performance from his — wait for it — Robust RB squad that benefitted from Chase Claypool’s amazing 4TD performance in Week 5. Let’s take a look at Curtis’ squad. 

Curtis Jones’ full squad

I know I’m a broken record on this by now, but almost all of the top squads in the Razzbowl have been Robust RB constructions. This is a big deal because I dug through all the 2019 Razzbowl data, as well as the NFFC Cutline Championships data, and discovered that almost all of the top tier teams were Robust RB constructs. Curtis’ team features Nick Chubb (currently injured), Aaron Jones, Mike Davis, and Chris Carson as his main RBs, which has given him a great upside and floor despite constant injuries at the position. Of course, Curtis’ situation may change soon when Christian McCaffrey returns, but he’s got Mark Ingram and Joshua Kelley to fill in his ranks should Davis disappear from the fantasy radar. 

In the top 5 of the Razzbowl standings, we have two former #1 ranked teams — that of Joey Wright and also Mick Ciallela. Razzball’s own Roto-Wan continues to be the highest ranked Razzballer in the competition, and with a rank of 14, he’s about 70 points off the lead. Unfortunately, that’s nearly 2 Chase Claypool Week 5 performances of ground to make up. 

FAAB-ulous Finds

The FAAB targets this week went to, surprisingly, Travis Fulgham, who tied with Andy Dalton as the most FAAB’d players. Dalton will take over the helm of the offensive juggernaut that is the Dallas Cowboys, and it’s easy to see how a mediocre QB could produce a high fantasy value in that system. Fulgham, however, went nuts in one game, and 17 Razzbowl owners decided that they would snag him on the hopes that he continues to get playing time in the crowded Eagles receiver corps. Chase Claypool, Robert Tonyan, and Jimmy Graham rounded out the top 5 pickups in Week 5. 

Justin Herbert was still around in 3 leagues, which was pretty astounding. There were no wild bids off the board this week. 

Cutline Looming

The Razzbowl has a cutline, meaning after Week 9, the format cuts the bottom half of each league. The top 3 scoring teams go to the Main Event championships, the next quarter of the league goes to the wild card program, and everybody else has a nice seat and enjoys the ride. 

With about 4 weeks remaining until the cut, it’s important to ensure you’ve got your FAAB bids in to stay active in the main event. Although some bottom-dwelling teams have had big weeks recently, it’s important to have an active roster to make it through to the next round. Certainly, last year’s Razzbowl winner Mike Beers didn’t use any FAAB, but his team remained healthy from start to finish. But for many other managers, unused FAAB is like leaving money on the table. 

Good luck in Week 6!

  1. Scott says:
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    thanks for the great content! 0.5 ppr league, which side for each of the below potential deals?

    deal 1
    Side A: Kamara/Boyd
    Side B: CEH/Aaron Jones

    deal 2
    Side A: Kamara/ARob
    Side B: Aaron Jones/Chris Carson

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Hey Scott!

      I like side A in each of these trades.

      Thanks for checking in!

  2. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    i didn’t know you were here in 2009 (i wasn’t till a bit later myself) did you take a bunch of years off after 2009 till fairly lately maybe?

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Thanks for checking in Surrender Monkey!

      I was a lurker. Never commented, never joined an RCL, but read everyday. Well, not everyday, but you know, 10 years of coming in and going out. I was living in Japan at the time and had no internet at work, so I would load up all of Grey’s articles at home at read them at work during off-periods.

      Bought “Who is Grey Albright” back in the day. Met Sky and the team during the fantasy football tour of America spiel. Played in leagues with him, played in Razzbowl last year, Razzslam earlier this year. Still, lurker.

      Coolwhip brought me out of the shadows this year, finally. And that’s what the Razzslam/Razzbowl is all about. Really, it’s about building the community. I stayed in the shadows far too long.

      I know I’m not the only one who lurked, so if anybody’s reading through the comments, come on out and join the community!

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        yep, that’s why i didn’t know you. i also met sky and tv on the radio nick on their tour (actually twice on that). i got grey’s 1st book years ago too (the 2nd one more recently too). the first time through it was only nick and a non razzball friend of his, the 2nd time it was sky and nick. guru had already put himself in the hospital by the 2nd time.

        • everywhereblair

          everywhereblair says:
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          Yeah I heard about the Guru situation too! I met Nick and Sky in MPLS and it was just me basically. Nick bought my beer and then we went out to the van and he signed a Green Bay Packers cheese head for me. There’s a picture of all of us out there on the internet with it. Still have it in the basement on my bookcase. Tried to fit in in the background on the one video podcast DT let me do!

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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            yeah the first time nick and non razzball friend came out before the main tour (i think they did like 3-5 pretour stops) and it was literally ONLY me that showed up, the 2nd time on the actual tour with sky and nick in the van it was roughly 12ish people that showed up (i was like 35 minutes late and missed the free league draft they did to start it), but then the 11 other people barely hung out with nick and sky AT ALL (i couldn’t believe this), after that draft; i hung out drinking with them for about 1.5 hours after then left when they left at the sports bar it was at (i had to cab my ass to the breeders show to get to it in time after that, same night).

            • everywhereblair

              everywhereblair says:
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              [stares like Abed from Community]

              I hope you mean by Breeders you’re talking about Kim Deal’s band and not something else. I mean, it’s a fantasy site. But I’m more prepared for some kinds of fantasy than others.

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