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!
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.
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.
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.
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.