It’s with great sadness that I write this weekly RazzBowl update. Team Donkey Teeth has just lost one of it’s finest less than 48 hours ago. The wound is still fresh. Fortunately, although my Mahomey is down, it seems he may not be out for the count. My emergency Mahomes prayer hexagon assembled yesterday and has succeeded in saving the top QB’s season, at least for now.
The joy of football Sunday’s won’t be quite the same for the next couple weeks, but rest assured my team will persevere. I’ll be taking the rest of the guys apple picking today to lift their spirits and next week I’ve arranged for a nude body painting class—team morale will soon be at all-time highs. Things are pointing up, if you know what I mean.
Shifting our attention over to the RazzBowl overall standings, Pat Fitzmaurice of The Football Girl has reclaimed the top spot in the standings once again with a 13 point lead over Adam Ronis of Fulltime Fantasy and Sirius XM. Michael Stepney of The Fantasy Authority hangs onto 3rd place as our top 3 have separated themselves from the pack with a 37 point drop off to Danny Kelly of The Ringer down in 4th place. With only 3 weeks remaining until the bottom half of each RazzBowl league is eliminated and the playoffs commence; it’s time to buckle down RazzBowlers!
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 buys from the FAAB-poor RazzBowlers this week, along with some donkey thoughts:
Darren Fells [$5, $1, $1, $1, $1] – Just your prototypical 33 year old breakout tight end candidate, nothing to see here. If you ever watched a prime-time Chargers game at any point during Antonio Gates’ 16 year career, then you know he was a formidable college basketball player. The 6′ 7″ mountain of a man, Darren Fells, also forewent college football in favor of basketball but now seems to be developing a real pigskin connection with Deshaun Watson. Fells caught two touchdowns in week 5 and then brought in 6 passes for 69 yards in week 6. Nice.
Auden Tate [$1, $1, $1, $1, $1] – A popular add each of the last three RazzBowl FAAB cycles, this will be the final wave of Tate pick ups as he’s now owned in all leagues. He’ll likely lose all value when A.J. Green returns in another week or two, but there’s still an outside chance Green is shipped off by the winless Bungles.
Mark Walton [$3, $1, $1, $1] – Mark Walburg has seen an increased workload recently getting 6 carries each of the last two weeks, and even catching 5 of 6 targets for 43 yards in week 6. The Kenyan Drake trade rumors continue to gain steam and I expect he’ll be moved leaving the Miami backfield open for Walton and Ballage. Just don’t expect consistent production, it’s a funky bunch the Dolphins have manning the offensive line—and every other position.
Benny Snell Jr. [$1, $1, $1, $1] – We went over our Benny Snell Fantasy on the Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast, waiver wire edition, this past week. Jaylen Samuels will miss at least a couple more weeks and Snell looked to be Conner’s equal in week 6 as he rumbled for an impressive 75 yards on 7 carries. Can you Snell what Benny’s cookin’?
Allen Lazard [$2, $1, $1] – The Packers wide receiver core is in such tatters that they’ve asked the Brewers if they could borrow Christian Yelich for the weekend. Unfortunately Yelich’s parents did not approve, he has a lot of homework and football is “too dangerous”. The Lizard and MVS should see loads of targets this week against a putrid Raiders secondary.
Ricky Seals-Jones [$1, $1] – The Browns offense still looks messier than Antonio Brown’s underwear after a Taco Tuesday visit to the doctor’s office. But Baker seems to be developing a culinary companion in Seals-Jones, giving him 6 targets last week including his 2nd touchdown grab in the last 3 weeks. Call him a TE2 for now.
Derrius Guice [$1] – With Jay Gruden impeached from Washington, interim coach Bill Callahan has vowed to recommit to the run. It sounds like Guice should be back when first eligible week 11, so now’s the time to snatch him up if he was dropped in your league. Note: the skins offense does stink, but a healthy Guice boarders on elite talent.
Other players purchased this week: Darius Slayton, Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Allen, Gardner Minshew, Dawson Knox, Brandon Bolden, Byron Pringle, Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, Jaylen Samuels, Luke Willson