If you’ve been living under Antonio Brown’s helmet for the last two months and are just hearing about the RazzBowl for the first time, welcome to the party! 39 fans are competing against 141 of the top fantasy football industry analysts in Razzball’s unique take on The NFFC’s Cutline Championship format: The RazzBowl (apply for RazzBowl 2020 here). It’s the biggest thing to happen to the fantasy football world since the invention of Rudy Gamble’s mind-blowing subscription tools, which can be tested out on a free one week trial right now!

What makes the RazzBowl especially unique compared to other best ball formats and industry leagues is our addition of a $10 FAAB budget for the entire season with a minimum of $1 bids. This allows teams to cycle out dead roster spots (e.g. Andrew Luck, Lamar Miller, etc) but it also means each team will only be allowed a maximum of ten moves for the entire season. Every dollar of each competitor’s free agent budget is just as precious as a Bill Belichik smile.

When teams choose to pony up their FAAB, it’s worthwhile to take a look and see why. There could be a goldmine of speculative adds buried in the RazzBowl transactions this season.  Fortunately for us, there was a preseason FAAB run on Wednesday. Here are the players who were purchased in more than one of the 15 prestigious RazzBowl leagues (for reference, these are 12 team PPR leagues with deep 20 player rosters):

 

Dare Ogunbowale RB Buccaneers [$4, $4, $3, $3, $3, $2, $2, $1, $1] – Holy Ogunbowale! The RazzBowlers are opening up their pocket books early for a shot at the newly anointed Tampa Bay 3rd down back and special teams captain. The undrafted second year Wisconsin product impressed during preseason, gaining much praise from head coach Bruce Arians. It’s not out of the question for Ogunbowale to stun the world with a Phillip Lindsay type season. He’s a great speculative add in all PPR leagues, as well as standard leagues with any sort of depth.  

 

Jacoby Brissett QB Colts [$6, $4, $2, $2, $1] – Little explanation needed here, the Andrew Luck owners were a bit desperate. In related news, I will say the Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton pessimism seems way overblown to me. There’s a chance Brissett surprises people this season, I’d be buying Mack and Hilton at a discount if possible.

 

Frank Gore RB Bills [$2, $2, $1] – It’s the year 2080: Antonio Brown Helmet Corporation just purchased half the NFL and Frank Gore is the starting running back for the 61 time defending Super Bowl Champion  New England Patriots. The ageless wonder has a legitimate chance to be the most productive running back in Buffalo this season. While rookie Devin Singletary garners all the late draft hype in the wake of Shady McCoy’s departure, I’m not a fan of the youngster and elaborated on my Singletary thoughts on our podcast back in June. As a result, I welcomed Frank Gore to my RazzBowl squad with a $1 purchase after my $2 bid on Prince Dare was tragically trumped. Gore was my only purchase, I plan to be stingy with my BowlBucks.

 

Ty Montgomery RB Jets [$3, $1, $1] – The clear Le’Veon Bell handcuff may have capitalized on his preseason opportunity with Bell resting up. There’s talk Montgomery, a former wide receiver and versatile weapon, could be used creativity in this offense. On top of spelling L-Bell from time to time, Montgomery may split out in the passing game early and often. Take a chance on Monty if you have the roster space, especially in PPR formats.

 

Demaryius Thomas WR Patriots [$1, $1] – I really liked the Demaryius flier until around 5pm Saturday evening when the Patriots shocked no one by signing Antonio Brown. Well, some were shocked, but they shouldn’t have been because…Patriots. Barring injuries I don’t see much opportunity for DT in NE this year.

 

Rashard Higgins WR Browns [$1, $1] – Hollywood Higgins is the beneficiary of knucklehead second year receiver Antonio Callaway’s off the field antics. There was hype for Higgins after a strong preseason in 2018 and he’s built on that with an even stronger training camp in 2019. At this point, I’ll be surprised if Callaway is able to wrestle the #3 WR gig away from Hollywood once he returns from his 4 game suspension for smoking the reefer. If OBJ or Landry miss time, Higgins’ stock will soar in what should be a high powered Browns offense piloted by the Busty Baker.

 

Case Keenum QB Redskins [$1, $1] & Ryan Fitzpatrick QB Dolphins [$1, $1] – Did I mention Andrew Luck owners were desperate? 

 

Other players who were purchased by only one RazzBowl owner: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Ty Johnson, Hunter Renfrow, DJ Chark, Rex Burkhead, Nick Foles, Tyler Eifert, Ben Watson, Jason Witten, & Jordan Akins

 

That’s a wrap for the first FAAB edition of RazzBowl Revelations. I’ll be back weekly with more FAAB fun and updates on the RazzBowl standings.

 

Happy Game-day!

 

Find Donkey Teeth on Twitter. Subscribe to his podcast: The Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast on Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

 

  1. web says:
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    So as a Josh Gordon owner should I be worried now? Would you do this trade?

    I get
    Aaron Rodgers
    Chris Godwin
    Miles Sanders

    I give
    Mahomes
    Josh Gordon
    Dare Ogunbawale

    Passing tds are 4pts

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      It’s a more than fair but I’d pass as a Mahomes fanboy. I do think there’s reason for concern as a Josh Gordon owner, I’d just want a king’s ransom for Mahomes no matter the format. I’m in the minority that thinks he could actually continue to get better this year…

      Any chance of a Gordon for Sanders type deal? Maybe you can kick something else in?

      • web says:
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        Hmm, the problem is im not so sure Sanders is usable atm, where as Gordon is..

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I hear ya. Also depends on needs. Any other way for you to upgrade Gordon into Godwin by adding another piece?

          • web says:
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            Believe me ive tried lol..I offered Gordon and Dare for Godwin before the AB news to deaf ears..So Just trying to decide if I need to do anything..Gordon is a flex for me so its not disaster but definately a downer

            • Donkey Teeth

              Donkey Teeth says:
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              I prefer Sanders over Gordon for a flex spot fwiw

              • web says:
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                I appreciate your time, Any wrs in a ppr format you can think of off the top of your head that might be realistic and worth offering Gordon 1:1 for?

                • Donkey Teeth

                  Donkey Teeth says:
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                  In order: Dede Westbrook, Will Fuller, Curtis Samuel, and Christian Kirk would be my targets.

                  No problem, anytime.

  2. Allan says:
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    Hey DT Kupp or Ingram in the flex? Full ppr.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey Allan, I’d go Ingram there.

  3. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    12 team full PPR with return yards worth scrimmage yards. had i just gone with my gut over FP’s top 30 rankers i’d have played mack over samuel and maybe won (had a chance at least). have to input waivers before tuesday night since aj green probably won’t be ruled out that quickly and i’d have to take him out of IR slot (unless the claims are put in before he loses his “out”)
    QB (1) goff, allen
    RB (2): k.johnson, barkley, gore (he’s an easy drop here), mack, CJA (handcuff), ogun, armstead
    WR (2): samuel, fitz, marv jones (really fun starting 2 DET guys today), edelman
    TE (1) henry
    IR (1): aj green

    best order for these claims, all dropping gore here (waivers weekly indexed by record, and i’m going to lose with a pretty ugly score, so good waiver claim i should have this week to start)
    m.brown, mclaurin, ross, renfrow, parker, chark, MVS (he was a drop in a different 12 teamer where all the others are available)

    2. 2. also hold ogun/armstead or attempt nabbing mostert, mal brown. ogun finally got in on the catches late in the game, but no rushes (esp bad for him if RJ2 actually did well), armstead only has value if fournette gets hurt, which he can easily be at any time.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      MVS, Brown, McLaurin, Ross, Parker, Chark…lets see how Renfrow is used tonight.

      I’d hold Ogun just to see if his role expands week 2. Mostert and Brown over Armstead for me in that order. RJ actually did look pretty good but it’s only one week.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        for the league above MVS is gone, assuming that still too early to drop marv jones for a 2nd of this WR list?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I thinks so but McLaurin is tempting. I’ve moved him ahead of Brown in my priorities due to the usage numbers.

          • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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            ok, so mclaurin, mal brown, ross, parker, chark, (renfrow unknown for a few hours, but could probably moved ahead of parker at least if he gets tons of targets). gore is the clear drop for at least one of those. damn shame i played samuel (FP consensus for the top rankers ahead of fitz and mack) ahead of mack/fitz this week here. either way wouldn’t have ended up with a great score, but would’ve almost certainly won with either.

            • Donkey Teeth

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              Yep I like that.

              Samuel strung me too.

              • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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                going forward i doubt he’ll be ranked higher (was only BARELY higher than fitz this week, and i’m sure the murray fears of 1st game were cooked into that). till the 4th QT samuel was ahead of fitz who had done about nothing till that time. mack too, but somewhere in the 3rd QT.

  4. jason batteiger says:
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    12 team half PPR 2 QB dynasty. have these:
    QB: mahomes, rodgers, rosen (sounds like he’ll be playing quicker than i thought), haskins
    RB (2, 2 flexes as well, i have 6 good WR’s): michel, kamara, ekeler (might lose from playing boyd over him in one of the flexes), hyde, ingram, d.harris

    daily FAAB, but only 3 moves max a week, somebody tonight’ll be spending big on JAX’s new half year QB i’m certain, meanwhile do i drop hyde for: c.thompson, mal brown, burkhead (who i dropped expecting eventually d.harris is the backup long term to michel)

    only crowder and dola were FAAB’d just now today. possibly because you can’t drop anybody you started once they are locked, only open slots or BN guys. hyde is clearly a bench guy for me. the costs went crowder (15), dola (10). crowder is who i dropped a couple weeks ago or so during slow draft as he was my 7th WR (kept watkins though). those are very large bids for these guys in this league. QB’s WILL go for more, including the JAX guy shortly.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yep I’d lose Hyde for Thompson or Malcolm Brown in that order…unless he looks great tonight which I definitely don’t expect.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        so far so good, 4/40 and a catch, near end of 1st half. hopkins doing stuff he never does, drop balls.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yep better than I expected! Was hoping to see some Buddy Howell…

          • jason batteiger says:
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            looks about exactly like what l.miller would be doing

  5. What's A Drexl? says:
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    guessing you don’t do deep IDP stuff (it’s been about 3-4 years since razzball had an IDP guy, when they last did he was a top 2 overall IDP ranker for the 2 years he was here), but just in case….

    20 team dynasty with these starting lineup slots (5 IR’s in yahoo if a guy misses time can go there)

    LB (3) david, kwon, r.evans, a.walker, d.ford (counts as DE and LB here)
    DE (2) houston, c.campbell, d.ford
    DT (2) j.allen (will be going to IR slot shortly), donald, t.davison (ATL, had highest score of guys in FA this week, added him, no waivers except for drops here, knew i’d need a DT with allen out)
    S (2) a.phllips, simmons, baker
    CB (2) norman, k.fuller (KC)

    1. 1. drop a.walker (losing playing time) for any/which of eguaoven (MIA rookie that started all the snaps and that team will be on field all the damn time), bostic (100% of snaps but sucks), either GB smith, burks (can IR stash till back, burks should steal time from the smiths when back), d.wilson (KC, started over ragland, got 80% of the snaps and a big fumble)

    2. 2. stick with davison at DT 2 or go with one of: (these from the preseason DL list) m.hunt, d.tomlinson (these latter 2 were the highest ranked at probably the best IDP site in preseason, albeit we’re so deep here these guys were the bottom DT’s left not owned) with j.allen about to be out.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      No sorry, I used to play deeper IDP but only have one league left now and it’s pretty shallow

      • What's A Drexl? says:
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        outside of IDP guru there is very little for deep stuff.

  6. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    14 team super flex standard (SUPER standard actually as rushing/receiving yards are only 15 per point, while QB throwing yards are normal). my 13th waiver (our waivers follow our last year reverse standings) will NOT get the new JAX QB here shortly (dropping tannehill, who was probably the best QB that might possibly get time this year, if mariota is yet again hurt or sucks yet again).
    QB goff, j.allen, tannehill
    RB (2) guice, coleman (only 2 IR slots here, i may shortly have 4 and d.walker starting again in regular flex), breida (good thing i already had him), gurley, mal brown, ballage
    WR (2) cooks, m-will, pettis, a.wilson, aj brown (glad to see him immediately doing well, i had drafted him off your guys’ lists but didn’t think he’d be doing much this early)
    TE (1) oj howard, d.walker
    1 regular flex
    1 super flex
    IR (2) aj green, n.harry (got him in late 1st round over metcalf for long term value)
    K: NO kicker
    DEF: MIN

    drop pettis for any of: mclaurin, parker, dola, chark, t.quinn (had him till i dropped for aj brown), boykin, k.johnson, snead

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      2. drop ballage for mostert/gio B? it’d seem longer term ballage is already in the same spot mostert is in shorter term though.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        I’d hold Pettis for another week or two, he pretty much didn’t play and I’m hoping its just because he wasn’t 100%.

        Could be a long season for Dolphins RBs, I’m alright moving on from Ballage. Mostert then Gio would be my priority.

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