It’s been a ride, folx. Some of you, you’re here because of completionism. You stopped by every other week and ya just gotta finish out the season, even though you’re out of the playoffs now. Others — you’re still fighting for the championship. What can I say — if you show up, I’m here to help. So let’s jump in and see what we can do to help you bring home the trophy. 

Friends — this is my last article for the 2021 fantasy football season. For those that are regulars, you know that I’m heading over to Razzball Baseball to talk pitchers, and my first article on Shohei Ohtani is already in the hopper, just ready for that 2nd week in January debut. Razzball Football will continue with off-season content, so please do hang around and chat with us about the players you like and all the stats you want to see in 2022. 

Much like last week, I’m going to simply be present here to answer comments. Donkey Teeth will take the last Game Day of the year to help you with those championship teams, and to be honest, that’s probably for the best. I think he’s being kind of mum about it, but DT’s going head-to-head with a legend on NFC right now and — I don’t want to jinx anything — but DT’s in the lead. Hopefully, he can help your teams claim that championship as well. 

I suppose it’s time for my own industry league wrap-up: Blah. Most of my teams were destroyed in the first half of the season due to injuries. I’m sitting in 8th place with an outside chance at 6th place in the DataForce Charity League, and I’m hoping to bury Jake Ciely this week if I can somehow summon a massive game from AJ Brown. I checked out of the RazzBowl after the first round of the playoffs thanks to having zero RB remaining on my roster. My FTN team finished about .500 with — again — no healthy RBs remaining on the roster. Another .500 finish in a league comprised mostly of QBList/RotoBaller members. Can you guess what happened there? In an eliminator with Andy Behrens of Yahoo, I managed to hang on until I was the fifth team from the end. Lastly, a bottom-third overall finish in DFS Wars, although I was playing more for big days than playing an overall cash method. I did claim some top weekly finishes in DFS Wars, which is what I wanted. I’d rather claim a victory than finish 4th overall every week but without a win. 

Part of my concern for my meh performance in 2021 was that I often resorted to Hero RB builds; I abandoned my own suggestions to focus on Robust RB, and this year that particularly hurt me. Next year — maybe next year — I’ll follow my advice. 

Thanks so much for following along this season, and I look forward to chatting with you in 2022! 

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Another Dan
Another Dan
1 year ago

Thanks for your efforts.

It has been a strange season and my situation has meant that I am now regretting cutting some players through the season because of the bye weeks.

Anyway, I (11-4) am in the championship game against the commish (10-5). And have lost both James Robinson and Henderson.

My roster
Brady
A Jones, Michel
Adams, Moore (Car)
Andrews
Flex – McLaurin
Folk
Dallas
IDP x 3

BN :-Dillon, Edmonds, Scott, D Williams, Valdes-Scantling

FA’s :- Burkhead, Ogunbowale
Mckenzie, Beasley, Boyd
Gould, Crosby
Bears, Dolphins

Would you make any changes to my starting roster or even pick up any FA’s?

Best wishes and thanks again for your help,

Another Dan

Ben W
Ben W
1 year ago

Thank you for a great column season! Honestly I wish you’d share more here about players and trends.

I’m in two championship games this week. Here are my dilemmas.
0.5 PPR

TE: Gerald Everett, Cole Kmet or Pat Friermuth
D: New Orleans or Indy

RB. (Choose 2): Najee, Ekler, Sony

Other championship
D: Dallas or NE

Ben W
Ben W
1 year ago

Thank you!!

See over on the baseball side next year!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

I feel your pain EWB, losing RB’s killed me in 4 leagues and Waller killed me in 2. Great effort from you though, top notch!

I have 1 lonely team left in a championship. Give me one last helpful piece of advice and have yourself a Happy New Year!

PPR Gabriel Davis, Zay Jones or Gallup?

May sound crazy but could you see my reasoning for thinking Gronk (with little work) lays an egg again? Bench him at my flex for one of the guys above or Burkhead?

Matthew Cestaro
Matthew Cestaro
1 year ago

At TE , should I start geiski, Noah fant, or Cole Kmet?

When do donkey teeth ratings come out?
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Seth
Seth
1 year ago

Thanks for the work all season. I’ve been ready for baseball for a while, but since I stumbled into the championship game I guess it’s football for 1 more week.

16 team league, 6 pt pass TD -2 INT

Struggling with starting Kyler at QB and Dallas D against each other. I ravaged the wire and added QB and Defense.

QB: Kyler, Taysom, Fields, Wentz
DEF: Dallas, Bears

Which combo will give me the fewest headaches?

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Here we go… final lineup for all the chips… I have no idea how I made it here with no RBs left on my roster, especially with CMC being useless for most of the year

QB – Stafford
WR – Jefferson, Deebo
RB – Penny, ???
TE – Goedert???
FLEX – Waddle???
K – Prater???
D – Da Bears

So here are my questions:
1. In my 2nd RB spot: Dare Ogunbowale, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, Rhamondre, or Justin Jackson?
2. Goedert or Knox?
3. Flex spot: Do I go Waddle, Diontae, or my leeg winner Amon St. Brown? I am so tempted to go Amon St. Brown, but if the Dolphins are going to force feed Waddle to break Anquan Bolden’s record, then I gotta go Waddle
4. Any word if Prater will get Andy Lee back as holder? If not, I’m thinking going with McPherson…

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

I need some team to give me a Justin Jackson type guy due to Covid protocols to bail me out of that 2nd RB spot

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago
Reply to  William Hung

i’ve been going back and forth for weeks on mcpherson/gould (out on gould with lance in this week, and out if jimmer g plays while hurt), should’ve just stuck with mcpherson for his last 3-4 as CIN’s offense has been running well. i’m starting ogun in many flex spots (mostly deep leagues) but his downsides could be really bad:

1. JAX has almost no offensive output could easily happen (could be said every week really of course, but for sure even j-rob’s had horrible outings even when healthy)
2. JAX gives more snaps to somebody else that doesn’t seem to make any sense or couldn’t have been foreseen in advance that isn’t ogun (could easily happen, and those players wouldn’t even have to be t.austin or somebody who’s gotten reps this year yet, we’ve seen that from other teams, see MIA’s duke johnson blow up week just lately, then back to 3 headed timeshare the week after, that’s just one example)

was about to say i’d think it crazy to have ARSB (if goff doesn’t play for sure) over waddle, but then i just looked up as of now’s top 30 only indexed WR PPR FP rankers (rudy’s for this week not yet input to there) and ARSB is 16th to waddle’s 14th, so they don’t think it’s too crazy. my guess is most of those rankers DO think goff is playing. it’s tricky in these spots, as even if you go back right before sunday’s games start and index only to those top guys that also updated their rankings as of sunday, you can’t be completely sure that all of the rankers updated knowing it’s boyle or goff when they did their final rankings (obviously the farther away from sunday you look this gets worse), nor do we know right now how many of them assumed goff/boyle is playing, nor if/how much they might’ve baked the “is it goff or boyle QB’ing” into that ranking. it’s entirely possible that they did and ARSB gets ahead of waddle by sunday (esp if goff is playing) by their consensus rankings.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

right i do that too, when the median’s come in close it goes to something else subjective, like assumptions of certain game narratives and such. the boring rankers trying to win ECR actually can be FAR less worse than somebody throwing some name +45 or -35 though, trying to be different is great if you are playing against 1000 other people trying to get top 10% (or whatever the % is), but regular h2h (i.e. fantasy football leagues) floor is a real thing. we can use an example here, DT’s great win this year was being highest on JT (if we forgot that we’d hear about it again in 2 weeks or less i’m certain), but what happened to people that took k.johnson over ADP from following that (2 years and 1 year ago pretty sure)? reaches can be great, or horrible. obv mixing upside and floor is the goal the shallower the league is (as in those the replacement player level is much higher).

yeah being 25% a good bit of the time out of 180+ rankers is quite good. being top 50 all the time is good too.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

the deeper the league is the more i’m going rudy though, the snaps/metrics hold more sway. if you go just upside in 16-20 teamers with bad playing time you’ll likely sometimes be top 3 and most of the time worse than 10th. i’m in that group that always gets at least say 5th and then it’s all about who’s healthy who goes off, who gets lucky in the playoffs. but like real life (esp baseball with it’s goofy short “series”), anybody that makes the playoffs might win (seriously look at baseball the last 10 years, all it takes is decent or better pitching (esp if it’s great pitching) and bats to get hot for like somewhere around 2 weeks), but obv not making the playoffs you sure can’t. obviously if you are playing 1000+ DFS (or deep field poker tournaments, same thing) getting 15th percentile ain’t worth anything (or close to not worth anything), getting a lot of 855ths (or so) along with a couple top 5 finishes you are winning, huge. the guys that barely cash often (including in some instances those that cash the most) in poker tourneys often lose money overall, but the guys that go out on day 1 most of the time but when they get deep get top finishes are the big winners as the money is all up top.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

when i say at least 5th i’m referencing 16-20 teamers, getting 5th in a 12’er if routinely that sucks (but is better than worse). i do my fair share of winning not JUST 5th.

AP
AP
1 year ago

lets get down to it!!!
Survived last weeks 24points combined from Stafford,T HIll,A JOnes, J Robinson

Need 2 rb/2 wr 1 flex

QB -Stafford
RB -A Jones/ R Jones/Sony Michel/R Penny/(lost CEH/J Rob)
WR-Deebo/T hill/Cee Dee/T Mcl/
TE M Andrews
K Fold
D Dallas or Bills

Am I overthinking
thinking r jones/sony /penny playing Crappy McCrappinton Ds

BTW the team im playing is loaded..
burrows/ekeler/najai/k allen/jut jeff/cupp

AP
AP
1 year ago
Reply to  AP

Am I worried about jimmy gs injury, for deebi?
I have both ceedee and t hill also looks like Mike will s out of covid.

Churrbadurr
Churrbadurr
1 year ago

8 Team League so I’m always faced with the issue of WDIS:

QB: Justin Herbert
WR: Davante Adams
WR: Deebo Samuel
WR: Ceedee Lamb
RB: Sony Michel
RB: David Montgomery
TE: George Kittle
FLEX: Tee Higgins
BN: Josh Jacobs
BN: Antonio Gibson
BN: Darrel Williams

I’m worried Tee (or Ceedee) in my flex is a lower floor than one of my bench RBs, but I get the feeling I should gun for higher ceiling (even though I’m projected 25 pts above my opponent….if that even means anything)

Thanks for your insight this season!

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
1 year ago

Hello again!

What DEF do you like for this week?

PHI
SF
MIA
CHI
IND

Also… Daulton Schultz vs Gronk… ?

Van Jefferson vs DJ Moore?

Thank you as always!

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
1 year ago

Thanks brother!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Yo Blair first off thanks for all your help this season. Between the articles and responding to all of my questions you played a part of me getting to the chip so thanks again and I will be bothering you next year for sure. Now to the important stuff. Please choose 1 RB and 1FLEX for PPR from Najee Harris, Ronald Jones, Edmonds, Darrel Williams, Eli Mitchell and Jamar Chase. I know a lot can change from now to Sunday so hopefully I can ask you again Saturday night or Sunday morning. But who you got right now?

Courtney
Courtney
1 year ago

Who should I pick for my WR2
Renfrow, mike Williams, or MVS?
Thanks!

Courtney
Courtney
1 year ago

Thank you!!

Dane R
Dane R
1 year ago

1: Half PPR. Pick 2 RB & 2 flex

– Najee Harris
– Aaron Jones
– Sony Michel
– Darrell Williams
– Javonte Williams
– Rashad Penny
– Aiyuk
– St Brown

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

What’s up man? I asked you this question earlier in the week but like I said things have changed with guys being out. Question is PPR. Please choose 1RB and 1 Flex from Najee Harris, Ronald Jones, Chase Edmonds, Eli Mitchell ,Darrel Williams and Jamar Chase?

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

This is what my lineup up currently looks like would you do anything different with the flex? If Antonio brown doesn’t play Who would you start? Non ppr 10 bonus points at 100 Rushing or receiving or 300 passing yd. Would you do anything different with defense. In this league dolphins are #2 defenseand colts #3. Points allowed only matters For defense if it is 10 or under There are no negatives. So doesn’t really matter how much points your defense gives up Mostly about getting sacks, interceptions, etc. Patriots and saints defense are also available But both of the Defense is that I own are ranked higher in this league I’m leaning Miami because they lead to league in sacks and the titans have allowed 4 sacks in each other last 3 games

Qb-Hurts
Wr- D.Samuel
Wr- A.j. Brown
Rb- Kamara
RB- Michel
TE- Kelce
2 Flex -Swift,Antonio Brown
K-McPherson
D-Miami
Bench- Conner,Scott, Ogunbowale, Burkhead,Pollard, Aiyuk, Taysum hill, Colts Defense

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago
Reply to  Russowl

Didn’t mean to put That points allowed only Matter for 10 and under You get 10 points if you’re defense allow 0. 3 if it allows 1-6 and that’s all As far as points allowed

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago
Reply to  Russowl

Jordan Howard is also available

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

Thanks for all the advise this year greatly appreciated

Dan B
Dan B
1 year ago

Which two would you play in flex in half ppr?

Brandon Aiyuk
D’Onta Foreman
Courtland Sutton