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Two things before I get into this week’s FAAB acquisitions, which include The Terrelle Pryor Show and Wendell Smallwood’s supremacy over Ryan Tinytwig (err, Mathews). Firstly, a thank you to all the readers and commenters. Every week there are more FAAB (Free Agent Auction Bidding) specific questions in the comment section and it makes my day to see that. I love FAAB and I think Razzball can be ahead of the curve in addressing the FAAB needs for all of you. Now onto some general FAAB considerations. Specifically, the difference between 10-team leagues and 12-team leagues. Its the quality of player available on benches of 10-team. A much higher percentage of would be stars are available in 10-team leagues. Jordan Howard, Jerick McKinnon and Theo Riddick were all out there in some leagues and that just wasn’t the case for most 12-team leagues. Players like Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis Payne were often still there on the first Sunday morning after the Jonathan Stewart injury. Kenyan Drake was sometimes not acquired even after the news he would start. This latter group of players is nothing really special, but they are decent stopgaps for desperate teams. These type of players are quickly snatched up in 12-team leagues but can linger around the waiver wire in shallower leagues. Now, onto the FAAB recommendations…

Terrelle Pryor ($12) I have no idea what to make of Terrelle Pryor but a WR who is playing at QB (Joe Webb, anyone?) needs to be owned. Now, to be clear, he still played most of his snaps at wide receiver in Week 3. But the fact that he’s perhaps a Cody Kessler injury away from being the Browns QB makes him too intriguing not to own. He’s possibly a WR4 as it stands right now, with Kessler healthy and Josh McCown injured, due to the opportunity to be the goal line QB and score rushing or passing TDs. It’s possible that Josh Gordon’s return will greatly reduce his opportunity at wide receiver.

Kenneth Dixon ($10) Time to stash in case he’s going to be the brightest star in the Ravens backfield. Which he should be.

Brandon Coleman ($6) He’s somewhat heavily involved tonight as I write this during Monday Night Football. Michael Thomas should be owned first where he’s available, I’d go $15 or more on Thomas depending on any Willie Snead injury updates. I don’t actually expect any updates on that front, however.

Wendell Smallwood ($5) Ryan Mathews has some sort of ankle injury. I’m not sure if that’s why he was missing time in week two as well, but he hardly played at all in Week 3. Smallwood is a fairly clear handcuff right now or someone to own until the Mathews injury sorts itself out. They have a bye in Week 4.

Jaron Brown ($5) He just had a meaningful value spike with Michael Floyd suffering a concussion. Good pickup for suffering Floyd, Moncrief, Snead and Watkins’ owners.

Orleans Darkwa ($1) Pay more if Rashad Jennings is expected to miss more time. At the time of this writing it looks like Rashad will be back soon.

FAAB recommendations for 10 team leagues…

Jordan Howard ($30) This week’s prize acquisition. Jeremy Langford will miss at least few games with an ankle injury and it’s very possible that Langford’s job will not be the same when he comes back, meaning we might have a Jordan Howard time share, at the very least.

Michael Thomas ($10) He’s in WR3 or WR4 territory with Willie Snead sidelined.

Coby Fleener ($4) He’s just a mess, but what does that matter if Drew Brees continues to throw passes to him? I told people to drop him two weeks ago which looks like bad advice now, in part due to the Snead injury. This recommendation is not solely based on last night’s game but based on how he’s been used this season.

Darren Sproles ($2) I can’t recommend spending more because I’m fairly sure that he leads the league in huge games from the the bench of fantasy teams. Too unpredictable.

Obviously all the 10-team league recommendations are good for 12-team as well. I’d bid about 1.4 times the recommended 10-team price for 12-team leagues. The higher priced 12-team acquisitions are worthy of being owned in shallower leagues.

 

 

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  1. Eifert Tower says:
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    Can you rank these RB in the order your would prefer to own? Thanks ahead of time.

    McKinnon, Dwayne Washington, Jordan Howard, Crowell, Gore.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Eifert Tower: Gore, McKinnon, Crowell, Howard, Washington. The three in the middle are the closest in my opinion. Ask me next week and I might change my mind.

  2. justin says:
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    my WR: hopkins, crabtree, cobb, michael floyd
    RB: lamar miller, jerick mckinnon, jeremy hill, langford, rashad jennings.

    i have the first waiver this week. gona be dropping langford. but should i pick up pryor, howard, or crowder?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @justin: Thanks for reading. I wrote about Crowder last week, I’m not sure how sustainable his production is. He’s good though, just not at the level he’s been at, obviously. I would probably rank them Howard, Pryor, Crowder for your team.

  3. RonnieMatt says:
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    How do you like the trade Carlos Hyde for Doug Baldwin? I have laveon, lamar miller,Hyde, and christine michael but my WRs are kind rough with Desean Jackson, WIll Fuller, Edelman, and John Brown. Its a PPR league.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @RonnieMatt: Yes, Yes, YES!!!! Baldwin side wins especially given your team circumstances.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @RonnieMatt: Umm if that wasn’t clear I think Baldwin wins by a freaking landslide. I think even if it wasn’t PPR I might prefer Baldwin. We’ve seen enough of him usage wise to be over any fear we had of him regressing too far.

  4. Nick says:
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    So I’m in a 10team standard with 93$ FAAB. Based on my team below, what are you bidding for Pryor, Howard &/or Crowder?

    QB-Big Ben
    WR-Marshall/Maclin/T Benjamin
    RB-David Johnson & Freeman
    Flex-Lat Murray
    TE-Pitta
    Bench: Snead, John Brown, Forsett, Barnidge, Taylor & Vereen

    Obvious drops are Vereen & Taylor but not sure if I should continue to chip away at my FAAB or try to hold as much as possible for a big pickup later…

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: Howard taken, scratch him

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:
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        @Nick: Yeah interesting considerations. I think maybe Pryor and Crowder have enough value to put a little bid in and see what happens. It’s a close call between both of them, maybe like $8 on each and if you end up saving your money that’s ok. The deeper the pool of WRs available in your league the easier it will be to acquire someone on the cheap. I guess I’m ranking them Pryor > Crowder but it’s close.

  5. Brendan says:
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    I’m in a ten man standard scoring league and I’m kinda think at receiver: Hopkins, Snead, Maclin, Sharpe. Diggs just had a disappointing week after an amazing one the week before. Do I Trade Crowell and Maclin for Diggs? Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I wouldn’t, that seems a little too much. You could try Crowell for Diggs and see what happens.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Brendan: I love me some Diggs but Maclin has to still be considered comparable to him in value. Nope.I take it there’s no way he’ll take Crowell and Sharpe?

  6. Benny says:
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    Would you trade Fuller and Josh Gordon for TY Hilton? Below is my current receiving corp and I start 4 (because I don’t have any RBs).

    Antonio Brown
    Alshon Jeffery
    Travis Benjamin
    Devante Parker
    Will Fuller
    Josh Gordon
    Chris Hogan

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Benny: Yep, I think I would. The Moncrief injury is going to help Hilton’s value a bit. It’s like trading a WR2/3 (Gordon), a WR3 (Fuller) for a high end WR2 (Hilton). I actually think Josh Gordon might only be a WR3. Who knows.

  7. Josh says:
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    Drop ajayi, funchess, dorsett for Pryor, Dixon, Smallwood half point Ppr

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Josh: I like Dorsett with Moncrief out.

      Ajayi and Funchess are looking super drop-able right now. Smallwood is a bit of a reach. I think maybe my $5 recommendation was a bit too high. He might turn out to be nothing and we won’t know until week 5 because they are on bye this week. I suspect it’s mostly about Mathews’ health with him unless Mathews is in the dog house. I actually haven’t looked into that much.

      I’d go Pryor and Dixon over Smallwood. But if it comes down to it, yeah I would generally rather own Smallwood than Ajayi or Funchess right now.

  8. Georgiabulldog says:
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    David Johnson, Golden tate or Devonta freeman, isiaah crowell, john brown..

    heres my team: (i’m trying to get D. Johnson and Golden tate).
    derek carr
    forte
    michael
    antonio
    alshon
    dwyanne allen
    sammy watkins
    d. parker
    i crowell
    d freeman
    dwayne washington

    • Georgiabulldog says:
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      @Georgiabulldog: kenneth dixon and john brown as well.

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:
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        @Georgiabulldog: I’m all for you getting David Johnson. I think there is a very real chance with Golden Tate that he will continue to disappoint, but whatever. David Johnson FTW.

  9. northbynortwest says:
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    give away dwayne washington , Dwyane allen and isiaah crowell for TY Hilton and Eric Ebron back?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @northbynortwest: Yep, I think so. Hilton side wins in my opinion.

  10. Principal Blackman says:
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    Thanks, Lance. Good read as always. I’m in a 16-team, 1/2 PPR, FAAB league, and I have $95 left of my $100 budget. I missed out on Jordan Howard (he went for $8 last week), Quincy Enunwa ($16), and Tyrell Williams ($21 in week 2). Antonio Gates is my starting TE and I started Jordan Cameron in his place last week. That was a huge mistake, but I still eked out a win. How much should I put down on Hunter Henry and Orleans Darkwa? My other RBs are Latavius Murry, Gio Bernard, DeAndre Washington, Chris Thompson, Ronnie Hillman, and Kenneth Dixon. But I wouldn’t necessarily have to drop any of them.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Wow Ronnie Hillman is owned, that is a deep league :)

      Hamstring injuries are tricky. Last year DeSean Jackson ended up missing like 6 weeks with his. If Hunter Henry is the guy you believe in to put up some decent numbers, do what it takes to acquire him. $12-$15 should do it, but I think you know your league better than I do.

      Darkwa looks like a decent acquisition but it’s not like he’ll change your team so I think you can put in a fairly conservative bid. You definitely need help at RB although if your WRs are exceptional you can win with that alone in a league this deep. So I don’t know, $10ish on Darkwa seems reasonable. I think he needs to be considered a backup at this point, he won’t get much work with Rashad healthy.

      I hope Kenneth Dixon will help you soon. Good luck.

  11. Eg says:
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    Jonathan Stewart was dropped in our 14 team league…. We have a $100 budget for waiver claims… What do you think is an appropriate bid? Thanks

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Eg: That’s just insane. J-Stew’s value over what you can typically find on the waiver wire of a 14 team league is enormous. I think at least a few people in your league will determine that he will be worth bidding a lot for. Which is risky because we don’t know if he’ll miss 1,2,3..6 more weeks and if he’ll stay healthy after that.

      Still, I think at least half that budget is reasonable.I guess it depends on how badly you need a RB. I mean, I could see a team spending all their budget on this one, and I wouldn’t say that’s a bad move either. But I also liked Stewart going into the season. I was higher than most.

      Every week I’ve had a question like this, I’m surprised people are so impatient with their potential stars. Like, I’d definitely drop Dez Bryant right now before I’d drop J-Stew. Not that I’d drop either one, but Id’ much rather own Stewart right now.

      So all that rambling to say 50 or so if you have moderate need. 80 or so if you have high need. But do get the latest info on him before the waiver deadline, which is not to say to expect an update. I actually think he could play in early to mid October. Anyway the worst that can happen is you waste most of your budget. Which might be all that bad. The best thing that can happen is he’s a low end RB1 when he comes back, averaging 10-12 standard points per game is almost to be expected from him. I think it’s worth the risk to pay up.

  12. ryanoger says:
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    .5 ppr keeper league

    Someone just dropped Sammy Watkins. We have a FAAB waiver ($100). I still have my full 100. How much you think I should throw down to claim Watkins?

    thanks man!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @ryanoger: It depends on large part on if he can be kept / the price for keeping him. That’s what you’re really paying for here, anything you got from him this year would be “gravy”. If you weren’t able to keep him I’d suggest a very low bid. $3-$5, assuming you really like him.

      But assuming he can be kept under your rules, which I imagine is your thinking here.. gosh. $40 or so maybe? More if you are really playing for next year.

      It’s hard for me to say really but if things go as expected I think he’s worth a 4th round pick next year. So that’s got to be worth quite a bit if you can keep that for free.

      • ryanoger says:
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        @RotoLance:

        Thanks man that’s a big help. I have a pretty loaded team and we can keep as many as 7, which I’ve ended up and done the past few seasons. Since my team is solid/young. I would like to possibly squeeze Watkins into my roster for next year if I can get him for a decent price. Thanks again!

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