As a much younger donkey I tried out for the highschool basketball team. I was galloping all over the court at tryouts, nobody could defend me. Really thought I had a spot locked up on the team but when the dreaded cut day came around, they gave me the axe. I guess donkey kicking defenders is “frowned upon.” Pssssh. 

Fast forward to present day. RazzBowl cuts are only days away and I’m having flashbacks to basketball tryouts. Half our impressive field of 180 industry competitors, with a handful of fans mixed in, will be eliminated come Monday evening. The night terrors are unbearable!

One person who doesn’t have to worry about the first RazzBowl cut is Pat Fitzmaurice of The Football Girl. Fitzmaurice has now held the lead for three consecutive weeks and has been top 3 in the overall standings for the entire season except for one week when he fell down to 6th place. Pat’s performance to this point has been so dominant that the RazzBowl Committee is considering rebranding the contest as the FitzBowl next year. But the RazzBowl Committee is very corrupt so the CloroxBleachBowl is the front runner.

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 way 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 Belichick 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.

Here were the top FAAB buys in the final week of RazzBowl FAAB bidding:

Darren Fells ($4, $1, $1, $1) – This is the third time I’ve written about Fells in the last two weeks. If Deshaun Watson likes him, who am I to argue? If you need a tight end, grab the 33 year old late blooming giant with 2 two touchdown games in the past four weeks. 

Danny Amendola ($4, $2, $1) – I wrote about Amendola in my RazzBowl Week 1 Revelations where I said, “There’s a reason no RazzBowl competitor spent more than $1 on Amendola despite his 13 targets in week one: he’s even more fragile than Donkey Teeth’s ego. Over the past two seasons Amendola has only played in *checks notes five times*, 30 games! Mind blown. Turns out he’s less fragile than Donkey Teeth’s ego and maybe I’ve be completely underrating him,” and that’s me quoting me. Of course Amendola saw only 6 total targets in week 2 and 3 before missing week 4 with a chest injury. Well he’s back on the radar now after hauling in 16 of 19 targets over the past two weeks for 200 yards.  

Mark Walton ($2, $1, $1) – We talked up Marky Mark on this week’s Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast: Waiver Wire Edition. Actually, B_Don talked him up, I said he’ll be getting plenty of carries on the worst team in football if you’re into that kind of thing. I don’t see a ton of upside here, but if you’re desperate there could be a couple solid games in the pipeline.

Chris Conley ($1, $1, $1) – It seems like Conley was a bit overlooked this past week. He’s seen 15 targets in the last two weeks and went for 103 yards and a touchdown last week. Conley has quickly become the Minstache’s second favorite target behind Charknado. If Minshew holds off Foles and keeps the job, Conley could be in for a nice second half. Heck, even if Foles retakes the job there might be hope.

Darius Slayton ($1, $1, $1) – I once spent way too high of a draft pick on Steve Slaton. He sucked and ruined all future players named Slaton or Slayton for me. Fortunately, Darius Slayton is free, so ten years later I’m cautiously dipping a toe back in. Danny Dimes seems to have a thing for him and he caught two touchdowns last week. Come on in, the water’s warm.

Ryquell Armstead ($3, $1) Leonard Fournette’s injury history is more extensive than Antonio Brown’s crop dusting records. Armstead is the man who stands to benefit most from Fournette’s annual injury. If you can spare the roster spot then add him up. I have Armstead as a top handcuff stash right behind Mattison and Pollard. 

 

Other players purchased in only one RazzBowl league this week: Tra Carson 2x, J.D. McKissic 2x, Jason Witten, Cameron Brate, Jonnu Smith, Jeff Wilson, Matt Schaub, Allen Lazard, Benny Snell

 

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  1. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    20 team dynasty where i have to have at least 10 WAS players at all times. IR counts towards this. rushing yards worth half more than receiving, but it is PPR. for the IDP’s i’ll just list their ROS ranking from idp guru, the best idp site existent (youse guys should see about teaming up with him similar to how grey found you 2 almost a year and a half ago, as razzball hasn’t had any IDP stuff in about 3-4 years and the last time they did their guy was also a top 2 ranker for IDP for 2 consecutive years, but even that guy’s content paled in comparison to IDP guru’s stuff at his site (in season is free, super deep preseason rankings are like 8 bucks for the predraft kit). return yards here are worth as much as rushing yards, so cord patt is actually better than pretty much any of my WR the last 3 weeks.

    QB (1, max from at most 2 real life teams, but as many as you want from one of those 2 teams you can have guys from, so here i could have multiple LAR or WAS QB’s): goff, haskins (WAS 1)

    RB (1): ekeler, c.thompson (WAS 2), b.love (W 3), and i can add bonnafon or wilkins again when VD gets his out tag for this week (or drop sprinkle if he is active)

    WR (2): t-will, m-will, richardson (W 4), cord patterson, aj brown

    TE (1): irv smith, sprinkle (W 5), VD (W 6)
    1 flex
    IR (5): d.johnson, j.reed (W 7), guice (W 7)
    K (1): WAS kicker (W 8)

    LB (3): r.evans (18), kwon A (33), l.david (25), used to have e.kendricks but i dropped him after having him for his whole career since he was trending down for the last 2 years, and then THIS year he goes off for a 15th ROS guy now (in preseason he was far lower, middle 40’s), d.ford (backup LB and DE here)), and i can add morrow (OAK, 50) or q.williams (JAX, was ranked higher till injured, 62nd)

    DE (2): c.campbell (DE 8), houston (15), d.ford (DE 27)
    DT (2): AAron (DT 1), j.allen (W 9, counts as a DT which is awesome since he plays DE and they score more, 19), j.phillips (BUF, technically a split starter with star lat but has done better than him, the 3rd DT can be thrown away after byes by LAR/WAS, ranked DT 10 this week)

    S (2): b.baker (S 9), simmons (16), r.harrison (i got the 2 waiver and he’s coming off tonight, 8), nicholson (W 10), so i’ll be too deep at S (rather be this deep at LB), shame i traded away l.collins about 3 years ago for a WR when i needed one (it was a fair smart trade at the time)

    CB (2): norman (W 10, CB 31, could go away from him he’s not good and doesn’t get full snaps anymore, could drop him for moreau, getting more snaps than him at WAS lately), j.joseph (CB 8)
    IR: a.phillips S LAC (this guy was awesome last year used somewhat as a LB, hurt all this year so far, ROS S 35)

    got a trade offer of:
    my aj brown + 3rd rounder (these have some value unless you keep so many that you only draft rounds 1-2)
    for
    AP + keenum + mclaurin + worthless pick

    keenum and probably AP i have little use for (certainly keenum has no long term value and i only don’t start goff on his this week bye anyway, and keenum doesn’t sound like he’s playing over haskins this week as is, i have 1 IR slot left). i could drop some guys if i did this (one of the WAS TE’s probably). probably should try to trade away one of the S for LB here after i obtain r.harrison tonight. but is aj brown that much better than mclaurin long term anyway? clearly i’d love to have a base player on WAS long term (have guice, possibly b.love, haskins, j.allen, the kicker, one of the TE’s already, m.ioanndis DE is quite good all of a sudden but likely want to be held onto by his owner). if i did this i’d probably drop keenum right away. it’s been a hard road trying to both compete and have this many WAS players for this many years, but i did 3 peat once not long ago here. miscount above i do have 11 WAS players

    • Donkey Teeth

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      All things equal I’d rather have AJ Brown but it’s really a coin flip for me right now. In your situation I’d just take Terry. Is that a straight up possibility?

      We’ll work on finding an IDP expert for next season. Agree we need some coverage.

  2. Snacks Zillion says:
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    DT, have a fantasy 911. Playing my idiot brother in law (that I smoked thanks to RazzBall) in fantasy baseball this season, you and Grey were a huge help all year long. So here are two line up questions.

    1. Minshew mania in a great match up or Lamar J against that buzz saw NE D?
    2. Need 2 out of 3 for a 1/2 ppr flex spots, Hunter Henry, J Samuels (if Conner sits) and M Mack.

    As always, Thank You, please tell my spirit animal, Grandpa Donks hello for me, hope he wasn’t bothered by the ticker treaters….

  3. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    12 team super flex PPR keep 4 (no round costs nor escalations)
    QB: wentz, trubisky, rudolph
    RB (2): AAron, mack, lindsay, burkhead, wilkins, d-wash (OAK)
    WR (3): d.adams, j.brown, c.davis, dede, p-will, pascal, harry
    TE (1): hock, kelce
    2 regular flexes
    1 super flex
    D: PHI (streamer)
    IR (3): fuller
    1. easy drop of pascal for deebo on wed, but what about dropping somebody else or pascal for herndon (could IR stash since he’s missing this week to add another RB in case of injury to somebody such as: gallman, bonnafon, d-will part 2 (KC), gus the bus)

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      scratch the pascal drop, i just saw the hilton news. he’s now the top guy and i’ll probably be starting him (likely over dede). all these others could be obtained in about 12 hours though.

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