Tragic news this week folks. No, I’m not talking about the Saquon Barkley injury which will sideline him for 4-8 weeks. I’m talking about Days of Antonio Brown’s Life being cancelled until further notice. Rumor has it AB let one rip right in the producer’s face, then grabbed the director’s dong before punting his helmet into the stands. I can neither confirm nor deny these rumors (they’re true), but what I can confirm is that Days of Antonio Brown’s Life is on hiatus, maybe permanently. We can cross our fingers for Lifetime to swoop in and pick the show up, but don’t hold your breath. On second thought, do hold your breath if Antonio Brown happens to be anywhere in your vicinity.
The RazzBowl on the other hand is far from cancelled. We finally have a little shake up at the top of the standings with Danny Kelly of The Ringer giving up the top spot after dominating weeks one and two. Our new leader is Michael Stepney of The Fantasy Authority, on the heels of massive weeks from Alvin Kamara, Phillip Lindsay, Dalvin Cook, Amari Cooper and Marvin Jones. A meager 24 points separate the top 5 teams, with ya boy Donkey Teeth biding his time back in 67th place—out of 180.
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 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 are the players purchased in at least three of the 15 RazzBowl leagues this week:
Wayne Gallman [$6, $6, $4, $4, $4, $4, $4, $3, $3, $3, $3, $2, $2] – Wayno is pretty much a clone of Saquon. I mean, minus the freak athleticism, speed, a little size and the cool name. Still he’s a must add in all leagues of depth with the chance he’s a backend RB2 based on volume alone. We also discussed Gallman on the Razzball Waiver Wire Podcast earlier this week.
Daniel Jones [$10, $4, $3, $3, $2, $2, $1, $1, $1] – One of several repeat appearances from last week’s list, Danny Dimes was money in his debut and looks like the full package with the legs to match the arm, and the carpet to match the drapes. How do I know that? Don’t worry about it! Unfortunately, the Giants have a weak offensive line and you may have heard they just lost their star running back for a bit. Regardless, I grabbed Jones for $1 in my RazzBowl league and think he might put up QB1 numbers the rest of the way.
Phillip Dorsett [$3, $3, $3, $2, $2, $1, $1, $1] – Antonio Brown is a fart in the wind, Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman are banged up but it sounds like they’ll play this week. But if either of those two were to suffer a setback, Dorsett is immediately on the WR2 radar.
Darrel Williams [$3, $2, $2, $2, $1, $1, $1, $1] – I expected Darwin Thompson to be the natural selection in the event of Damien Williams and Shady McCoy injuries. Much to my dismay, Darwin seems to have devolved to Andy Reid’s doghouse leaving Darrel with one “L” to fill the void if needed. And it may well be needed.
Diontae Johnson [$2, $1, $1, $1, $1, $1, $1] – I wrote this in my round up of Sunday afternoon’s games this past week, “I ranked the 3rd round rookie #16 in my Top 20 Rookies for Redraft a few weeks back when I wrote, ‘Diontae was reportedly one of the most impressive players in Steelers camp before missing time with leg and hip issues. There were actually whispers of him shooting up to #2 on the depth chart. I don’t trust Donte Moncrief to stay healthy himself, so I expect Johnson to get some run at some point this season. Once he gets his chance, there’s nice upside.’ ” And that’s me quoting me, quoting me! I’ve actually rostered him in my RazzBowl league since day one when I drafted him in round 18.
Kyle Allen [$3, $3, $1, $1] – Who knows how long Superman will be grounded with his Lisfranc sprain? Allen is a decent option in the interim with nice weapons at his disposal.
Dawson Knox [$1, $1, $1, $1] – Another 3rd round rookie, Knox seems to be quickly developing a rapport with Josh Allen. We chatted about him in early August on our rookie tight end profile podcast, he’s still just a TE2 for the time being.
Will Dissly [$3, $2, $2] – These last three names were all featured in last week’s RazzBowl post, here’s what I said about Dissly, “The 4th round pick out of Washington also caught two touchdowns in only four games during his rookie season last year. There’s a chance he blossoms into a top 10 tight end this season.” This scenario feels like it’s playing out and I ponied up $3 for Willy D this week in my RazzBowl league. My budget is now down to a sad looking $3 which is coincidentally the same amount of money in my bank account over at Donk Financial.
Preston Williams [$1, $1, $1] – Here’s the gist of my blurb on him last week, “Williams is an ideal best ball play; he’s a large athletic target on a team that will play from behind almost every week.” He saw 12 targets this past week in Josh Rosen’s Dolphin debut and seems to be the young QB’s favorite target. If you’re in need of an upside wide-out, Preston Williams might just be your huckleberry.
Jason Witten [$1, $1, $1] – I still think Booger may actually be worse than Witten up in the Monday Night Football booth. Please get than man back in the Booger-mobile blocking people’s views!
Others players purchased this week: Paul Richardson (x2), Jacoby Brissett (x2), Gardner Minshew (x2), Rex Burkhead (x2), Cole Beasley (x2), Vernon Davis, Mason Rudolph, Taylor Gabriel, Frank Gore, Demetrius Harris, Jordan Akins, Hunter Renfrow, Ronald Jones, JJ Nelson, Jamaal Williams, Chris Conley, Geronimo Allison, Devin Smith, Jeff Wilson
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