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.
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.
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