Of the notable rookie performances that I didn’t see coming in week 1, Terry McLaurin sits near or at the top of the list. Not somebody I was overly high on after reviewing his college film, but showed up for the Redskins who have limited options at the wide receiver position.

Still not sure where to take this column on a weekly basis. Maybe I’ll start looking ahead to 2020 rookies at some point, but for week 1, here are some thoughts on what we saw from the most notable performers.

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Rudy Gamble is back on the Razzball Fantasy Football Pod this week to discuss some of the big surprises from week one, including John Ross’s explosion, Lamar Jackson’s trouncing of the hapless Dolphins, and the poop flavor cake Baker served up against the Titans. Rudy also explains the weekly method of dialing in his projections and why you should put more weight in his numbers later in the week.

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Roto-Wan aka Mike Alexander joins B_Don and Donkey on this week’s fantasy football pod. Off the top they discuss the podcast superflex auction league which drafted earlier this week. Then they dive in on Roto-Wan’s RazzBowl draft, discussing his strategy coming in, as well as some of his draft picks including Todd Gurley, David Montgomery, Kyler Murray, and Parris Campbell.

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2019 was not the most spectacular class of rookies to enter the NFL. In fact, multiple times, I’ve said that the running back class is the weakest we’ve seen in the last decade with the possible exception of 2010. As history shows us with rookies, it is not always the first ones drafted that make the biggest impact in fantasy. While Saquon obviously ran away with the 2018 rookie class MVP, the 2nd leading rusher of the group was the undrafted Phillip Lindsay.

When evaluating rookies, every analyst uses some combination of talent and opportunity, and I tend to lean more toward the talent side of those. Situation can change, and while players can improve, I tend to trust my evaluations in their skills.

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Donkey Teeth and B_Don are joined on the Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast this week by high stakes fantasy specialist Vlad Sedler (@RotoGut) from FantasyGuru.com. As an experienced NFFC Cutline Championship player, Vlad explains his approach to the inaugural RazzBowl draft which was modeled after the Cutline Championship. We also discuss the thinking behind his picks of Tony Pollard, Darwin Thompson, TJ Hockenson, Andy Isabella, Rashaad Penny, Dante Pettis, and Joe Mixon.

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It’s the inaugural episode of The Razzball Football Podcast formerly known as The Ditka, Sausage, and Fantasy Football Podcast also known as Two Dudes Talking about Football who may or may not be recording the conversation. It’s still a sausage fest as Rudy Gamble joins B_Don and Donkey Teeth to celebrate the podcast re-branding/re-launch with an intimate conversation about football projection methodics.

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Donkey Teeth and B_Don are joined by a special guest on this week’s podcast, Ryan McDowell of Dynasty League Football (DLF).

While B_Don fights technical difficulties, DT and Ryan discuss the Scott Fish Bowl draft. They talk about some of the more convoluted situations including the NE and SF running back situations along with expectations for top tight ends this season. Once the whole crew is together, the guys look at B_Don’s approach to super flex/OP drafting, and then get into some rookie rankings with the dynasty guru.

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B_Don and Donk Teeth are back talking football and sausage on the Ditka Pod this week. Digging in on the 2019 rookie wide receiver class, the sausage stuffers profile each of the wide outs taken in the first two rounds of this year’s NFL draft. It’s a deep class with lots of speed and deep threats.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was the first WR off the board this year, mainly because he’s Antonio Brown’s cousin…and he’s good at football too. N’Keal Harry was the only other receiver taken in the first round of the NFL draft, but the second round saw a whopping seven receivers go off the board: Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown, Mecole Hardman, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Parris Campbell, Andy Isabella, and D.K. Metcalf. Find out which of these studs to target in your dynasty rookie drafts, who has the most redraft potential, and who to invite over to your house for stimulating conversation over a juicy bratwurst.
 
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