Welcome to week 1! The coffee and takes are hot here at Razzball headquarters. Yes, Grey let’s us have coffee in his basement, but only when it’s the regular season. We need caffeine for this hamster wheel and he knows it. But AHHHH, it’s great to have real football back! You know, real football to add up scores for our fake football teams. 

I’ll be writing a buy/sell this season. It may be weekly, it may be bi-weekly. I’ll leave it up to a basis of necessity. I’m also going to be writing the Sunday Primer, putting out weekly rankings, and writing the start/sit column this year. 

Before your season starts, you might be interested in a trade to sure up your roster. This is the sharpest week to get a lot of value. Not everyone in your league may be privy to the upside of the players that they drafted. Your league mates might also be thirsty for early carries while you are playing the long game with your bench spots. Vacation is over! The markets are open! TRADE TRADE TRADE!

Stealin’

Terry McLaurin

If you’re just joining us this week, Razzball loves Scary Terry. Rudy has him ranked obscenely high. I wrote a love letter gushing over him in June as well. Terry was the king of the contested catch in 2019 and he has insane upside in 2020. Easy WR1 upside. McLaurin and Haskins should make magic together. I expect Haskins to be better, I also expect Rivera to to run an offense that is worth watching. Some attractive names that could get the deal done for you may be T.Y. Hilton, Keenan Allen, Devin Singletary, or A.J. Brown. It depends on your league.

Preston Williams

It’s time to buy Preston Williams now before he is a household name. Williams is coming off of a torn ACL which has a stigma attached to it. He was also an undrafted free agent in 2019 which can also be a stigma. Williams is lightning in a bottle. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start week 1 and the Patriots are without a handful of starters on their defense from 2019. DeVante Parker will suit up week 1 and will draw Stefon Gilmore which means Williams should get a lot of looks right away. That’s why I’m emphasizing that the time to buy is now. Williams is going outside of the first 10 rounds of drafts so price shouldn’t be that steep. A handcuff like Pollard to the Zeke owner or Mattison to the Cook owner could get it done. Low end starting RBs like Sony Michel could be attractive trade bait as well. 

Nick Chubb

Kareem Hunt is worrying a lot of people. He is just as if not more of a talented back than Chubb. And you know what? That’s okay. There is plenty of work to go around in a Kevin Stefanski offense. The goal for the Browns will likely be taking as much pressure off of Baker Mayfield as they can. It will likely take a package of a couple pretty good players to get this done, but I recommend taking a chance on Chubb if your roster comes with some solid depth.

Dealin’

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

You bought into the hype and your league mates said, “awww man, I wanted him!” You might even be getting offers for him already. You have already won! You got the pats on the back (probably virtual). Now it’s time to come to the realization that spending a first round pick on CEH has taken away all of his upside. He’s not as good as Dalvin Cook, Ezekiel Elliott, or Alvin Kamara. Sure, he is the lead back in a dynamic offense, but room for error with a team that has back-to-back Super Bowl aspirations will be thin. I’d be gunning for Miles Sanders, Austin Ekeler, or Kenyan Drake + a high upside late round WR or QB. 

Jacksonville Jaguars Backfield

This backfield is a jumbled mess. UDFA James Robinson is at the top of the depth chart for running backs, but that really doesn’t mean anything. He could get 8 carries and Ozigbo could be get 7 or 10. WHO CARES?! This isn’t doing anything for your fantasy team. The Jags are going to be playing from behind a ton which means they will be passing or teams will be running the clock down on them after short Jaguars possessions. Get anything you can, if you can. Robinson, Ozigbo, Armstead: I don’t like any of them. Fournette is a better player than all three and was hung out to dry quite a bit during his Jacksonville stint. 

  1. toolshed says:
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    Would you trade Melvin Gordon for mcluerin? .5 ppr. Mcluerin would be my #3 wr whereas Gordon is q flex for me. I hate to mess with my rb depth but I think the guy will accept based on his roster. Thanks

    • Go bills says:
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      Williams is on the wire in my 10 team league. We have 3 starting wr (hop, dj Moore, and TY just offered for Mclaurin).
      Deep bench is
      Rothliesberger
      Breida
      Kirk
      John Brown
      Jordan Howard
      Hurst
      Kerryonn Johnson

      Who would u drop for Williams or just stand pat?

      • MB

        MB says:
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        I’d just stay put, hope you get McLaurin

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep. Fair value and love Terry’s upside more

  2. Water boy says:
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    Hey MB drafted last night thoughts on insight Full ppr

    QB Brady

    RB1: Dalvin Cook
    RB2: Clyde Edwards Helaire

    WR1: DeAndre Hopkins
    WR2: Calvin Ridley
    WR3: Terry McLaurin

    Flex: Will fuller

    TE: Jonnou Smith

    Bench: Edelman, Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins, mattison, Darrell Williams, Joe burrow , Zach moss, nkeal Harry , Blake Jarwin, Randall Cobb.

    So here’s a situation last night 10 min prior to the draft my brother in law texted my wife (his sister) saying he thought he kept zeke Elliot & DeAndre Hopkins but he has Elliot & Jacobs. To be nice my wife & I agreed if Hopkins Is there I’d deal him for Jacobs . He said sure sounds good .
    Almost 12 hours & no trade from him

    Now looking at my roster I’m stuck , since I was essentially doing him a favor should I ask for a WR in return with Jacobs ? He has mike Evans , Allen Robinson, Keenan Allen & Hilton as his top 4

    If he doesn’t honor this trade would you look to move Hopkins for another WR?

    Thanks man!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Give him the rest of the day and make sure you don’t cause turmoil before you do that

      • Water boy says:
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        Lol I’m not causing turmoil, I’ll give him to the end of the week. However if no deal & i still have Hopkins would you like my team? Flip side if the trade conversation happens would I be too greedy to ask for one of mike Evans , Allen Robinson , Keenan Allen or Hilton with Jacobs ?

        Besides that i like my squad , got Brady after round 10 & got Edelman late too as I feel he may be something with cam

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Hopkins for Jacobs straight up is very fair so yeah that would be greedy. But yeah I like Hopkins for your team of the trade doesn’t go through

  3. JakeDaSnake says:
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    Williams over Jeudy and it’s not close?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mike? Eh don’t love either. Gun to my head, Williams

      • JakeDaSnake says:
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        Preston vs Jeudy. Sorry should’ve clarified

        • JakeDaSnake says:
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          PPR league.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          My bad, yes Preston over Jeudy easily

  4. chris says:
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    Hi MB,

    good morning.

    Just finished my Draft. 12 team league. i pciked 9th… Not PPR

    1. (9) Joe Mixon (Cin – RB)
    2. (16) Josh Jacobs (LV – RB)
    3. (33) Amari Cooper (Dal – WR)
    4. (40) Mark Ingram II (Bal – RB)
    5. (57) Robert Woods (LAR – WR)
    6. (64) Deshaun Watson (Hou – QB)
    7. (81) Darren Waller (LV – TE)
    8. (88) Brandin Cooks (Hou – WR)
    9. (105) Darius Slayton (NYG – WR)
    10. (112) Sony Michel (NE – RB)
    11. (129) Justin Jefferson (Min – WR)
    12. (136) Tony Pollard (Dal – RB)
    13. (153) Devine Ozigbo (Jax – RB)
    14. (160) Philadelphia (Phi – DEF)
    15. (177) Younghoe Koo (Atl – K)

    I feel my WR is risky with health of Cooper and Cooks.

    Thanks for your input.

    regards,
    Chris

    • MB

      MB says:
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      The chances you took in health equals high upside. I like it a lot

    • Dustin says:
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      woods and slayton were the perfect picks with your cooper and cooks selections in mind.

    • AP says:
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      Looking for input on draft…i think im light at wr…

      And starting help
      10 team/ full ppr /picked 10th

      Ekeler 1
      Jackobs 2
      Godwin 3
      Mel gordon 4
      Hunt 5
      Mclaurin 6
      M Ryan 7
      Will Fuller 8. Love the upside here
      Z moss 9
      Ravens 10
      J White 11 huge vakue ?
      Zuelrin
      Fant

      I think fuller at flex for today…

      Your thoughts?

  5. AP says:
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    Yeah, if you use Rudy’s numbers its almost impossible not to come away with TMcL at some point. I believe Rudy has him as the #28 flex player, I got him last night in a 12 team draft at pick 5.12. Hoping for a nice year from him, as I have him on a few of my teams now.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep, we’re basically a McL cult here now

      • AP says:
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        Well, I’ve got the $2.50 worth of change in my pocket and I’m ready to drink the Kool Aid.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Haha lets goooo

  6. MrBigDraws says:
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    Any interest in Chris Thompson out of that Jax backfield? As you said, the Jags will most likely be playing from behind quite a bit in 2020 and Thompson feels like the back for those situations. When healthy (rarely, I get it) he has been productive. Interested in your opinion.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah he’s be the one outlier to watch. That’s a very good point.

  7. Jake says:
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    Noticed you have Bryce Love ranked higher than most just wondering why ? Do you believe that he is a better option than Gibson ?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’m starting to lean Gipson the more that I read. I don’t like the backfield in general

  8. Michael Villani says:
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    Hey MB, thanks for the great content. Just had my draft on Sunday 14 team half PPR h2h 2 WR and a flex. Yahoo gave me a C- draft grade

    QB Josh Allen
    QB Ryan Tannehill

    RB Austin Ekeler
    RB Kenyan Drake
    RB Le’Veon Bell
    RB Joshua Kelley

    WR DJ Moore
    WR Terry McLaurin
    WR Will Fuller
    WR Golden Tate
    WR Preston Williams
    WR Justin Jefferson

    TE Hayden Hurst

    D Colts

    K Ryan Succop

    What do you think?

  9. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Yo MB!

    Am I the only one hoping on the dart throw train for Arcega-Whiteside in PHI?

    Looks like he’s gonna get the starting nod out of the gate due to injury and he’s got the pedigree to be a solid player. I really haven’t seen him getting any hype, what are your thoughts on him?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I have some of him in best balls. I like him and agree on the pedigree. Wentz can fling it, he makes JJAW interesting. So yeah, snag him up

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        I snagged him in the last round of both of my deepest leagues in hopes of a week 1 or 2 breakout. How would you compare him to Bryan Edwards in terms of a late round WR flyer? Similar?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          I like Edwards a tad more but yep around there

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    yeah JAX RB’s are only ownable likely in like 16’ers as your (hopefully) worst RB. hell in one spot where i got a bunch of guys stashable (anybody that might not play in fantrax can be) and lost d.will (the good one) to opt out i might have 2 of them.

    12 teamer here with 1 keeper (barkley me). full PPR, 6 pt TD throws, 6 pt bonus for 300 yards passing, or 100 caught/rushed. also return yards worth the SAME as from scrimmage, so getting PR is good, KR is great, and both is maybe like an extra 50-100 pts a year (and that doesn’t even count the return TD’s possible). lockett is routinely like a late 2nd rounder here. back in the day getting sproles (before the league messed with where the ball is kicked by 10 or 15 yards, resulting in far more touchbacks) he’d average about 25-28 pts per game and IF you got him, you could lead the entire league in points. drafted out of the 11th slot (keepers in round 1)

    QB AAron (i watched way too much brady last year to believe any of this “TB is now a super bowl favorite” b.s., i watched him NOT being rushed and throwing the ball at somebody’s (usually edelman’s) feet at least 3-4 times a game. plus rudy has him and brady back to back, could’ve went j.allen too (and back when he wasn’t being ranked top 10 i had him everywhere), but i’m worried about his stability and current awful accuracy (and he might run less now? anyway 9th round, right at his yahoo listed ADP), mayfield (12th

    RB (2): barkley (K), AAron (2nd), d-mont (7th, missed singletary and dobbins by the guy at the turn, but i stole his AAron in 2nd round, we think similarly usually and i know him quite well, we’d often taunt each other to see if we could guess who we were stealing from each other, probably should’ve not gone parker just before here and got one of singletary/dobbins, could’ve gotten either parker or p-will going back anyway), hines (both KR/PR, huge boost, 8th), KJ (11th, keeps falling), b.scott (14th, could’ve gone dillon here, still can)

    WR: (2): hardman (4th, both KR/PR), woods (5th), parker (6th), sims (10th, both KR/PR), perriman (13th, 10 IR’s here),
    TE( 1): kelce (3rd)
    1 flex
    K: SEA kicker (@ ATL week 1, 16th)
    DEF: NE (vs MIA week 1, 15th)

    only negative (if this really is a negative) is weekly lineup setting is WAY harder than in pretty much any other league. LOTS of times you don’t put in sims or hines or hardman and they go off for 120 return yards each and had you put them all in you crush your opp into dust and lead the entire league in points. but then other times it’s all touchbacks (years ago this mostly wasn’t true before that rule change). while yahoo does give you a preseason projections for return yards, they do NOT do this weekly. this roster will very likely routinely beat whatever yahoo says it’ll do if/when i play any of hardman/hines/sims. so what becomes important, is finding out which kickers most often kick touchbacks (2nd most important is which teams just allow the most return yards of course).

    – pretty sure i can find last year’s return yardage against leader board and rank those from just espn, but do you know best spot to find kicker touchbacks?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        obviously i’d have to adjust for kicker changes but teams that bring back the same kicker from 2019 are scary to have returners assuming yardage that game. notice HOU returns fairbairn, who must be DAMN good distance kicker. (74% touchbacks, that’s insane). meanwhile butker is horrible at distance (KC the lowest)

        thanks, that will be useful

        • goodfold2 says:
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          so i’ll merge that one (after adjusting for kicker movement) with return yardage against from espn (obviously the kicker’s touchback % informs the overall team return yardage against, BUT return yardage against also on it’s own says something about how good the special teams are at limiting yardage against independent of the kickers too (or at least also adds in the punter’s skills)

          • goodfold2 says:
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            the only real issue in football is that soooo many players move teams year to year that somebody who was great in special teams yardage against might now NOT be that great, and the reverse. that along with the season itself being so short (small sample) and fantasy schedule being even shorter hard to know when to take this year’s stats as being worth more than last year or last 3 year even’s stats.

  11. hitzone says:
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    10 team ppr

    Trade my Golladay/Miles Sanders/Beckham for CMC/Bryan Edwards/Hunter Henry

    Starters
    QB Stafford
    RB CMC, Bell
    WR Moore, AJ Brown
    Flex (3starters) Akers, Swift, Dobbins, Montgomery, Lamb, Edwards, Henry

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah, get CMC if you can especially in friendlier waivers like 10 tm leagues

  12. IammeTC says:
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    12 team .5 PPR

    I’m being offered OBJ for McLaurin, what do you think?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I have little to no interest in OBJ. I wouldn’t accept

      • goodfold2 says:
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        over/under till the next time he goes out in public (possibly while playing a game) and says “somebody get me out of CLE” but then backtracks and either him or the coach/other players claim he still wants to be here. cause i’m pretty sure that’s happened at least 3 times already

        • MB

          MB says:
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          -1 games

          • goodfold2 says:
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            i’m saying AFTER right now. i guess that could be if he does it from now till sunday (assuming CLE plays sunday).quite possible.

  13. Djdelman says:
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    H2h ppr league. For qb, Matt ryan v hawks or cam newton vs dolphins. Flex: jt dobbins v browns or cedee lamB vs rams. Matt Ryan is the better qb but liking Newton’s matchup and rushing ability.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I wouldn’t get cute. I’d roll with Ryan and Dobbins

  14. mrhightower says:
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    Half PPR, Superflex, 10-team league (6th pick), no DEF.

    Hey man – got a few options on the waiver right now. Would you grab any of these?

    – Preston Williams
    – Christian Kirk
    – Tyrod Taylor (I don’t have a 3rd QB)
    – Jonnu Smith
    – Mike Gesicki

    My team is below:

    QB: Josh Allen
    RB: Alvin Kamara
    RB: James Connor
    WR: Julio Jones
    WR: Amari Cooper
    TE: Hayden Hurst
    Flex 1: David Johnson
    Flex 2: DeSean Jackson
    Superflex: Jared Goff
    K: Younghoe Koo

    Bench
    – Antonio Gibson
    – Michael Gallup
    – Cam Akers
    – Julian Edelman
    – Jamison Crowder

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Love Preston, but there’s no one I would drop

  15. mrhightower says:
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    Half PPR, Superflex, 10-team league (6th pick), no DEF.

    Hey man – got a few options on the waiver right now. Would you grab any of these?

    – Preston Williams
    – Christian Kirk
    – Tyrod Taylor (I don’t have a 3rd QB)
    – Jonnu Smith
    – Mike Gesicki

    My team is below:

    QB: Josh Allen
    RB: Alvin Kamara
    RB: James Connor
    WR: Julio Jones
    WR: Amari Cooper
    TE: Hayden Hurst
    Flex 1: David Johnson
    Flex 2: DeSean Jackson
    Superflex: Jared Goff
    K: Younghoe Koo

    Bench
    – Antonio Gibson
    – Michael Gallup
    – Cam Akers
    – Julian Edelman
    – Jamison Crowder

  16. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    how’s this one look, redraft 20 teamer with medium IDP depth (for a 20). PPR. drafted out of the 14th slot in odds:
    QB (1): AAron (5th, right around ADP), fitzmagic (AAron’s bye early week 5 so i only need fitz to keep job that long, 13)
    RB: (2): chubb (1), d-mont (max IR’s, 4), duke (7), mattison (8), gio B (17)
    WR (3): golladay (2), mclaurin (3), shenault (9), renfrow (10), arcegawhiteside (19)
    TE (1): hurst (6), everett (20)
    1 flex
    kicker: (1): slow-man (24)
    LB (2): d.bush (12), j.baker (18), pratt (22)
    DE (1): hunter (11)
    DT (1): heyward (14)
    S (1): neal (16), m.jenkins (21)
    CB (1): t.flowers (23)
    1 IDP flex

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Very strong for such a deep league, good work

  17. Brye says:
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    How do you think my roster is looking, and any moves you’d recommend pulling?

    QB: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Rothlisberger
    RB: Zeke Elliott, James Connor, Raheem Mostert, Darrell Henderson, Darrell Williams
    WR: Kenny Golloday, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Terry Mclauren, AJ Green, Mecole Hardman
    TE: Hunter Henry, Chris Herndon
    D/ST: 49’ers
    K: Rodrigo Blankenship

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