Tue Sep 10 4:30pm ET
AxeElf for the win in RTFFC Purple
Greetings from RTFFC Headquarters and the desk of Commissioner Toe. We're traveling through the RTFFC leagues this year covering and highlighting a different league color each week, this week we're highlighting the infamous RTFFC Purple. For those not familiar, RTFFC is the RealTime Fantasy Football Championship. Each RTFFC color includes 12 leagues, each league competes individually for prizes, and at the end of the season the top 16 teams from those 12 leagues compete for an overall $10,000 prize. This season there are 9 RTFFC colors.
So lets address the big purple elephant in the room right up front. There has been considerable whining, complaining, griping, and publicity concerning the draft of R.Yost (aka AxeElf ) in the infamous Purple 3 (P3©) draft (click to view). Fortunately for us in the league office, his players out-performed their owner and actually secured a win in Week 1. Not only that but they have the third most points in P3© and are 33rd/144 in all of Purple. Additionally, the top Purple 3 team in the overall standings is in 18th place and not sniffing any overall winnings currently. RTSports and the RTFFC League Headquarters have canceled their vacation plans prior to the end of the season and Defcon 5 has been lowered to Defcon 2.
This week's top Purple league team is R.Offerson's Bobo's Monkeys 1 team with a 195.2, highlighted by great showings from Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins. They also rolled out Le'Veon Bell, Dalvin Cook, Courtland Sutton, and have Desean Jackson sitting on their bench, so this team could be for real.
The top team across all the RTFFC colors is B.Roberson's team from Black 4, which put up 198.9 points in Week 1. They were led by Watkins, Evan Engram, David Johnson, and Josh Jacobs, with Jamison Crowder sitting on their bench. There's quite a few teams in the 190+ point range that look pretty solid after Week 1. If your team has 150+ points, you're in the top 20 of your RTFFC and doing great. Under 75 points and you need to hit the waiver wire a bit harder this week.
And if you're feeling down about your team(s), just be happy you don't have the all-disappointment team that only scored 9 more points than Sammy Watkins in Week 1. Things have to get better, but the team of Garoppolo, Jones III, Michel, Adams, Diggs, Hill, Kittle, Badgley, Chargers put up stinkers across the board.
Waiver Gems and Gaffs
We had some interesting waiver activity in Week 1. The highest priced get in the Purple leagues was by a perennial shoot-my-wad-early bidder who shall not be named, but who spent $397 for Dare Ogunbowale (seven points) in Purple 7 and 8. Adding insult to that injury is the fact that Ogunbowale was picked up in 10 other RTFFC leagues for under $20. Whoops.
Other top dollar waiver gets across all leagues were $550 for Jakobi Meyers (two points), $511 Josh Gordon (16 points), $407 Darren Waller, also by mr. shoot-my-wad (14 points), $403 Justin Jackson (seven points), $300 Mark Andrews (25 points), $300 Ty Montgomery (no points), $300 Giovani Bernard (eight points).
Top waiver gems by value would have to be these guys all picked up for $1: John Ross (35 points), Marquise Brown (31 points), Phillip Dorsett (26 points), Jamison Crowder (24 points), and Malcolm Brown (24 points).
Current League Leaders
|RTFFC Silver||197.30||Assassins RT SILVER-7||S.Fleming|
|RTFFC Green||196.55||Code Green Rain||A.Curry|
|RTFFC Purple||195.20||Bobos Monkeys 1||R.Offerson|
|RTFFC Gold||187.40||From Li By Way of Brooklyn||T.Edwards|
|RTFFC Red||185.85||Ribeye Express RTFFC 8.24||R.Lucas|
|RTFFC Platinum||185.70||Wiggly Worm||B.Eiler|
|RTFFC White||177.70||Rivershark 303||C.Samora|
|RTFFC Blue||177.20||Bippidi Boppidi Broke||A.Klein|
Good luck and don't forget to get those waiver claims in before Wednesday and Friday night waivers this week.
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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will look to rebound this week after he recorded his first two-interception outing since Week 11 of the 2018 year against Kansas City in Week 6. Despite the picks, Watson completed a season-high 30 passes en route to tossing for 280 yards. The Colts Defense that he squares off with this week has been right in the center of the pack as it pertains to yielding yards through the air on average, but is simultaneously coming off having stifled Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, in addition to having had their bye week. Indianapolis kept Watson under wraps during the postseason last year, forcing 20 incompletions and holding him to 235 yards passing in their most recent meeting. Houstons signal caller remains a must-play in all traditional formats, but his high DFS price tag might be worth backing away from in Week 7.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard hasn't done much in 2019, with that trend expected to continue in Week 7. The veteran has rushed for just 49 yards off of 23 attempts while racking up a subpar 108 receiving yards on 14 receptions so far this season. Joe Mixon continues to retain a firm grasp as the No. 1 option out of the backfield, so Bernard likely won't produce in all aspects until that changes, even with the team down A.J. Green (ankle) and John Ross (shoulder). For those fantasy managers who have Bernard on their roster for some reason, keep him benched against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate will remain as the team's No. 2 option for Sunday's matchup against Jacksonville. With A.J. Green (ankle) still not ready to return, Tate will continue to receive a favorable amount of looks from quarterback Andy Dalton in Week 7. The 22-year-old was targeted 11 times against the Ravens in Week 6, and despite Dalton playing behind a horrendous offensive line, expect Boyd to produce something against a Jaguars Defense that no longer has Jalen Ramsey. The upside is there, especially in deeper formats.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert has had a disappointing 2019. With just 15 receptions for 108 yards and a score, many were expecting the veteran to regain some traction this season after injuries plagued the team on the offensive end. However, Eifert remains a bust despite remaining healthy this season after spending a massive amount of time on injured reserve throughout the years. The upside is there against the Jaguars, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd will remain the No. 1 option on Sunday against the Jaguars. With A.J. Green (ankle) still not ready to return, Boyd should continue to get his looks from quarterback Andy Dalton. The 24-year-old has played relatively well, considering that the team has arguably the worst offensive line in football, and without Jalen Ramsey in the mix for Jacksonville after he was traded, the door is open for some solid production from Boyd. The upside is there for those plagued with injuries or looking to get through a bye.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will look to get on track in Week 7 against the Jaguars. The 23-year-old has been a colossal disappointment this season, rushing for only 252 yards on 74 attempts in addition to 97 yards off of 14 catches, with his only touchdown of the season coming through the air during the Week 3 matchup against Buffalo. With a weak offensive line along with limited options on the receiving end, opposing defenses continue to keep Mixon in check. Don't expect anything different on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have his hands full against Jacksonville. After throwing for 262 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals in Week 5, Dalton took a few steps back against Baltimore by logging a subpar 53.8 completion percentage to go along with an interception. With the Jaguars Defense getting to the quarterback often this season, expect Dalton to feel the pressure on Sunday behind arguably the worst offensive line in the league. Keep the veteran benched on Sunday.
The New York Jets Defense is getting star middle linebacker C.J. Mosley back for a tough Monday night matchup vs the Patriots. Mosley was a monster in the one game he played this season forcing two turnovers and scoring a touchdown in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo. The Jets defense hasn't looked the same without him so adding Mosley to a defense that already has safety Jamal Adams gives the Jets defense sleeper appeal in the second half against a soft schedule. Despite the good news, the Jets defense shouldn't be started this week against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.
New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has a rough matchup Monday against a Patriots Defense that allows the fewest fantasy points against to opposing wide receivers. Thomas got five targets last week, so he's been getting more involved in the offense, but is still not seeing the type of target share to warrant consideration in standard-size fantasy leagues. Thomas got five targets last week but is the clear third option behind Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder and won't carry much fantasy appeal as long as those other two are healthy.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder will face a tough test Monday when the Patriots No. 1 ranked pass defense comes to town. New England allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and shut down Crowder in Week 3 when they held him to only 25 yards on two catches. Third-string quarterback Luke Falk started that game, so Crowder should have more success with Sam Darnold back under center. In two games with Darnold, Crowder has 20 catches for 197 yards, so he has major fantasy upside moving forward, especially as the Jets' schedule gets softer. In Week 7, however, Crowder is only a borderline WR3 who has more appeal in PPR formats.
New York Jets Le'Veon Bell will face a tough matchup Monday night when the Patriots elite defense heads to MetLife Stadium. New England allows the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs so it's a tough matchup for Bell, but he should put up RB2 numbers based on volume. Bell has played 92.2 percent of the team's offensive snaps so far and has the second-most targets on the team. Bell should see his usual 20-25 touches and fantasy owners should start him with confidence he can put up a decent day even if he doesn't score a touchdown.
Free-agent RB Samaje Perine (Bengals) passed through waivers and was re-signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and assigned to their practice squad Friday, Oct. 18.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will look to change his fortunes against the Patriots in a tough matchup Monday. In seven career games against New England, Anderson hasn't scored a touchdown and his 39.5 percent catch rate is by far his lowest mark against any team he's faced more than once. This season, the Patriots are as daunting a matchup as there is in the NFL allowing the fewest fantasy points against to wide receivers. There is always the chance Anderson grabs a long touchdown, like the 92-yard score he had last week, so he has some appeal as a flex in deeper leagues. However, where possible, owners should look to steer clear of Anderson in this matchup.
Washington Redskins WR Wendell Smallwood has the ability to handle RB Chris Thompson's (toe) duties on passing downs against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, according to offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell.
Fantasy Spin: With Thompson sidelined, Smallwood could be headed for the handful of catches and 50-plus total yards typically reserved for Thompson, but he's still just a DFS lottery ticket for fantasy purposes.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will face a tough challenge Monday night against the Patriots, the team that has given up the fewest fantasy points this season to opposing quarterbacks. Darnold, who missed three games with mono, had a strong showing in his return to the field Sunday when he put up 338 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect that type of performance Monday against arguably the best defense in the NFL, especially with two starters on the offensive line unlikely to play. Darnold is best left on the bench this week, however, the Jets schedule gets very soft after the game vs New England so Darnold is a good bench stash for those matchups.
New Orleans Saints RB Dwayne Washington will be 'invited into the offensive mix' against the Chicago Bears in Week 7 with RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) ruled out, according to Larry Holder of The Athletic.
Fantasy Spin: While Washington will likely see some touches, Latavius Murray is the back to target if you are looking for a replacement for Kamara. However, a matchup with a tough Chicago defense limits Murray to flex consideration.
Oakland Raiders WR Trevor Davis is expected to see an expanded role in the passing attack against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 because of the injury to WR Tyrell Williams (foot), according to Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Fantasy Spin: Davis caught four passes for 42 yards against Chicago in Week 5 in his second game with Oakland after being acquired from Green Bay. He could be worth a flier in DFS contests when faces off against his former team.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant (hamstring) and cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) were limited in practice this week and are questionable for Week 7 against the Bills. Even if Grant plays this weekend, he's nowhere close to being fantasy relevant behind Devante Parker, Preston Williams and Albert Wilson on the depth chart. Grant has only nine catches (19 targets) for 52 scoreless yards in four games this year. Howard is the team's best cornerback, but the Dolphins Defense/special teams is also well off the fantasy radar. If Howard sits, it'll be good news for Bills wideout John Brown.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring) practiced in full the last two days and isn't on the Week 7 injury report against the Bengals. Oliver has yet to play in his rookie season, but this weekend would be good timing for him to make his debut with Geoff Swaim out and James O'Shaughnessy on Injured Reserve. There's no guarantee that Oliver is heavily involved in the offense in his first game, but he's one to watch for those that are desperate at the position.