Week one of Days of Antonio Brown’s Life has now aired and the show featured more plot twists than all the seasons of Game of Thrones combined. Will AB emerge from the flames on a dragon, ready to torch the non-believers? Tune in next week to find out!
In other news, Danny Kelly of The Ringer sits atop the RazzBowl standings after one week, led by monster games from Dak Prescott, Christian McCaffrey, Sammy Watkins, T.J. Hockenson, Terry McLaurin, and John Ross. Speaking of John Da Boss Ross, he was a priority add for many in this week’s RazzBowl FAAB run ($8, $5, $5, $3, $2, $1) after grabbing 7 catches for 158 yards and 2 TDs. While Ross only totaled 210 receiving yards in all of 2018, he did post a whopping 7 touchdowns on his meager 21 receptions. He’s more boom or bust than Antonio Brown’s fantasy stock which makes him a particularly nice addition for the first 9 best ball weeks of the RazzBowl, but I wouldn’t be all that excited to run him out there in a standard league where you have to set a lineup each week.
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.
Here are the players purchased in at least three of the 15 RazzBowl leagues this week:
Raheem Mostert RB 49ers [$3, $2, $2, $2, $2, $1, $1, $1, $1, $1, $1] – For fantasy owners to get the most of Mostert it’ll take an extended absence from Tevin Coleman who suffered a high ankle sprain in week one. Either way Mostert will have a few weeks to audition beside Matt Made of Glass Breida after running for 40 yards on 9 carries against a tough Buccaneers defense that just held CMC to 37 yards on 16 carries Thursday night. Mostert is worth owning in most leagues.
Terry McLaurin WR Redskins [$3, $3, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $1] – Scary Terry has the acceleration of a McLaren F1 and he showed it off in week one going for 125 yards and a touchdown while playing an incredible 96% of snaps in his NFL debut. He was also missed by Keenum for a 2nd TD. Due to his early rapport with Keenum and the lack of other options in Washington, McLaurin’s worth a roster spot in all but the shallowest of leagues.
DJ Chark WR Jaguars [$5, $1, $1, $1, $1, $1, $1] – Charknado plowed thru the Chiefs secondary like an F5 twister in week one. He made the most of his 4 targets, catching every one of them as he compiled 146 yards and a touchdown. Uncle Rico Minshew looked surprisingly decent in relief of the injured Nick Foles, and we really shouldn’t be surprised, Uncle Rico did toss a pigskin over a quarter mile back in ’82. If you’re WR needy, you could do worse than hooking the Charkman.
Danny Amendola WR Lions [$1 ,$1, $1, $1, $1, $1] – 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. But Amendola will still have to compete for targets with Golladay, Kerryon, Marv Jones, and rookie phenom T.J. Hock.
Darren Sproles RB Eagles [$2, $1, $1] – It’s the year 2090 and Antonio Brown Helmet Corporation now owns every single NFL team in addition to Amazon and Google. The Patriots have now won 71 straight Super Bowl’s behind their core trio of Tom Brady, Frank Gore, and Darren Sproles. As impressive as Sproles is at age 36, I have no interest in owning him in a crowded Eagles backfield where Miles Sanders seems inevitable.
Jacoby Brissett QB Colts [$7, $4, $2, $1, $1] – Last week I said, “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.” All three of the Colts were impressive in week one on the road against a solid Chargers defense. There’s an outside chance Brissett posts back end QB1 numbers this year.
Others players purchased this week: Case Keenum (x3), Randall Cobb (x2), Malcolm Brown (x2), Ted Ginn (x2), Dare Ogunbowale (x2), Demarcus Robinson (x2), Willie Snead, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Dion Cain, Cole Beasley, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rashard Higgins, TJ Yeldon, Breshard Perriman, Eli Manning, Ty Montgomery, Hunter Renfrow, Eli Manning, Tyler Higbee, Phillip Dorsett, Preston Williams, Chris Conley, Ito Smith, AJ Brown, Rex Burkhead
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