“Dream on.” — Steven Tyler. “Keep dreamin.” — Freddy Krueger. 

I love dreaming — it’s where my fantasy teams aren’t complete garbaggio due to massive injuries. Right now, there is a team that had an awesome draft by going Jonathan Taylor/Justin Jefferson/Cordarrelle Patterson/Pat Freiermuth/Lenny. OK, maybe your team didn’t draft like that — Pat Freiermuth in the 4th round? How was that possible? But for the rest of us that were drafting sensibly, we’re entering the Nightmare on 13th Week, a spine-tingling time where our teams that are held together by the warriors named Boston Scott and Kendrick Bourne try to make the playoffs. Can we here at Razzball do anything to save your season? Let’s find out after the jump!

Quarterbacks

Kirk CousinsOh come on, Kirk Cousins has a revenge game narrative, no Dalvin Cook (probably) and he’s facing off against Detroit in a game that has massive wild card consequences and will likely save Mike Zimmer’s career…and he’s 72% rostered? Every single format of fantasy football: you’re riding with Captain Kirk this week. 

Taysom HillThe Saints are basically the Walking Dead at this point, which explains why Zombie Owner signed 31-year old Taysom Hill to a contract extension that makes him one of the higher-paid QBs in the NFL should he keep the job. So, point is…there’s 5 weeks left for the Saints to figure out if Taysom is gonna be the guy for 2022 or whether they’re gonna go get some elite QB like Colt McCoy. Taysom is available in all leagues and has top 10 QB potential on a per-game basis, but he’s also extremely run-dependent. Last year, 30% of Hill’s total yards came by foot, and his rushing TDs doubled his passing TDs. Let me recap my essay On the Fecklessness of Rushing QBs for you: Rushing QBs are tough to project. We love it when they succeed. But cha’ know what? Lamar Jackson is QB8 on the year. You coulda’ had Tom Brady — QB3 on the year — like 10 rounds later in the draft. Rushing QBs are so fun when they’re healthy, and Taysom is a few weeks removed from a concussion. You know who else was a rushing QB and had a concussion? Daniel Jones, who’s getting benched for elite backup Mike Glennon this week. So, roll the dice with Taysom this week, but don’t blame me if he turns into a pumpkin. 

Running Backs

Alexander MattisonAgain, duba tee eff…80% rostered and an important game against the Lions. Just go add him. 

Kene NwangwuHe has returned 8 kickoffs on the year for the Vikings, and 2 of those went for touchdowns. Nwangwu steps into Mattison’s role as the spelling RB, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the young utilityback find himself in a couple of Deebo Samuel-esque plays. 1% rostered, but it’s such a thin RB wire week, I wouldn’t be opposed to trying some gadget players this week. 

Receivers

Hunter RenfrowI’m just gonna save this guy a seat every week. He’s WR20 on the year, just pulled off a WR5 finish, and he’s still available in 20% of leagues. Clearly, 20% of people in the world don’t read this article every week because I’ve been asking you to add Renfrow since that fabled time when Chris Carson still played football. 

Kendrick BourneWR24 on the season and WR12 since week 3 (thanks to John Paulsen from 4for4 for that tidbit). Available in 80% of leagues. Do 80% of people play in worst ball leagues? 

Zach ErtzHe’s a top 10 TE and available in 40% of leagues. Wha? How? Literally, all my blurbs are just me being puzzled at why fantasy footballers just don’t want to roster good players. Are y’all that committed to Jonnu Smith or something? 

Thursday Night Football

Saints vs Cowboys! Again, another game that seemed logically exciting in June and is now just a bore-fest. OK, maybe Alvin Kamara shows up and my teams have hope again, (Monday morning editor note: Sounds like Kamara isn’t playing…sigh) and maybe Amari Cooper didn’t cough over everybody and spread Covid (true story: Cooper came off the Covid-19 list and showed up to work sick). The Saints are in the hands of Taysom Hill, which could make for an exciting game or a complete Cowboys blowout, which basically no median outcome in-between. The books have the Cowboys as the solid -200 favorite at the time of writing and the Saints at a not-unreasonable +185. I can easily imagine a gameplan where Taysom has his feet under him and is dinking-and-dunking around the field and Trayvon Diggs is helpless to stop him. I can also envision a game outcome where Hill can’t throw anything deep anyway (4.6 completed air yards per attempt in 2020) so the Cowboys just crash the line and they win by 3 TDs with Tony Pollard working the entire 4th quarter. This is honestly a pretty boring game for fantasy football: start the whole Cowboys team, and sit the whole Saints team unless you’re desperate. 

Let me know if you have any questions down in the comments, and have an awesome week!

 

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Mike
Mike
1 year ago

What’s up man? Question is PPR. Please choose 1 RB , 1WR and 1 Flex from…. -Najee Harris, Eli Mitchell
-McLaurin, Chase
– Goedert, Logan Thomas
Thanks man

Eddie The Mush
Eddie The Mush
1 year ago

Trying to prepare for Week 14 help because I will be without J. Taylor and have no idea if D. Swift will be back then. My other RB is J. Jacobs and I have K. Drake on my bench. I don’t want to start both Drake and Jacobs week 14 unless I have to. What is the best option below for a week 14 start? Thanks.

Would you rather: Drake vs KC, Burkhead vs SEA, L. Murray vs CLE, or S. Michel vs ARI.

Misformookie
Misformookie
1 year ago

Who of my team do I start in these positions (std league)? I am not happy with a lot of these players…

Wr1, wr2, rb2, flex

Available wr: marquise brown, metcalf, Elijah Moore, van Jefferson, Cooper if not sick, I think Bourne is on waivers:

Available rb: Montgomery, Harris, Ingram, Mitchell

I was leaning toward brown, Moore, Montgomery, and Mitchell…I’m afraid of metcalf with current Seahawks.

Misformookie
Misformookie
1 year ago

Ok thanks, that makes sense. I’m essentially then looking at

Qb: Murray, or carr if Murray still out
Wr: metcalf, brown
Rb: Taylor, Monty
Te: andrews
Flex: Mitchell

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

Start taysum hill tonight or hope Jalen hurts plays this weekend and start him? Also if Alvin kamara plays him or Tony pollard? 10 team NON PPR 10 bonus points at 100 rushing yards or receiving yards 300 passing yards

I have already clinched currently in second place hoping to get a bye but dealing with a ton of injuries. Deebo samuel, AJ brown, DeAndre Swift, Daryl Henderson, kamara , hurts, toney,Allen Robinson(Luckily I own Jamal Williams and was able to grab Sony Michel) I also own Brandon aiyuk but very thin at receiver my only other healthy receiver is Jerry jeudy

What is your take
What is your take
1 year ago

What is your take on AP being signed to the practice squad?

Would you pick him up over Jeff Wilson jr or Breida? What % of faab would you allocate if so.
Thanks

Toolshed
Toolshed
1 year ago

Monty really disappointed last week vs Detroit. Bears offense is terrible. Would you play gronk over Montgomery at flex?

I need to pick 1 out of 2 disappointing wr. Jueudy at kc or mike Williams? .5 ppr. I really thought juedy was on the verge of a breakout and then he got hurt. Still no td for him. Williams too was a breakout guy and then we get 5 weeks of nothing expect the pit game where he needed a long td at the end of the game to put a good stat line. Thanks

dennis
dennis
1 year ago

I can only start 3 in a 1/2 point PPR, I am going back and forth help.

Ekeler
A Gibson
D Henderson
J Conner

Toolshed
Toolshed
1 year ago

League 2

So it looks like Kamara is out.. are you using ingram or wouod you rather start boston scott? Saints will be without QB1, RB1, WR1, TE1, RT1, LG1 and LT1 on offense tonight. Unfortunately these are my best options for one of my rb spots and that assumes henderson plays. Thanks

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

Thanks Blair!

Hoping for some lineup advice ahead of tonight, need to bench one this week in a standard league (wasn’t really an issue before today since I expected Kamara to play): Ingram vs. Dallas, CEH vs. Denver, Aiyuk @ Seattle, Terry @ Las Vegas

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

Thanks again!

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

What’s up man? So I posted a question earlier and messed it up. New PPR question is Please choose 1 RB , 1WR , 1 TE and 1 FLEX from…. -Najee Harris, Eli Mitchell
-McLaurin, Chase
– Goedert, Logan Thomas
Thanks man and sorry for the F-up

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

yeah that’s probably far more against the rules than anything the GB guys (rodgers mostly from “reports”) to show up to team facilities while having corona WITH symptoms still (cooper/DAL allowing that). i mean, why else even have corona rules at all? (assuming you want that).

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago
Reply to  The Harrow

oh well there’s the one worse thing you can do on corona front i suppose: (AB), federal (believe felony, certainly is ruled that way elsewhere) fraud with fake card, and such an assclown you ONLY get caught (so the league doesn’t REALLY check those, clearly, or this’d have been caught earlier) because you don’t pay the guy you bought it from (plus other stuff i’d think, 10 dimes a bit much for a fake card i’d hope/assume), so double douchebag him.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
1 year ago

and the next 2 attempts after being allowed to run (and well) hill’s last year throwing finally shows up to the game.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
1 year ago

at least only the last 2 picks were really hill’s fault. his parents might be blamed for the 2nd (he’s short so stuff will get tipped)

Chisoxx22
Chisoxx22
1 year ago

10 team dynasty, 1 qb, 1pt ppr, 2 flex.

I give 22 1st/Mattison/Boyd

I get: DHop/Patterson.

Trying to go hard in playoffs, what do you think?

Chisoxx22
Chisoxx22
1 year ago

Appreciate the input! I will hold.

Ralph
Ralph
1 year ago

I have D Henderson, C Hubbard, A Abdullah, D Foreman, M Breida and D Williams. Who do I drop to add Sony and wich 2 RB do I start this week? Thanks man!