Andy Behrens

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 11: The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 hrs ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    So here we are in late August, and the defending Super Bowl champs still have not yet named a starting quarterback for the regular season opener against Carolina. No rush, though. When Mark Sanchez is among the candidates, it makes sense to explore all possible options.

    “Virgil’s been a warrior,” Kubiak said. “He’s stayed in there. He’s been battling. This is an opportunity in Virgil’s career to become a starter and he’s obviously taking advantage of it.”

    Anderson – 23 carries, 90 rushing yards, TD, 4 receptions, 10 yards Hillman – 5 carries, 0 yards, 0 receptions

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 12: The Houston Texans

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    As a general rule, year-to-year continuity is a big deal in the NFL. It’s not reasonable to expect a team to execute flawlessly in September if it underwent a massive overhaul in March. Without overstating pro football’s complexity, hopefully we can all agree that repetition, rapport and scheme familiarity are not small things. Building a great real-life team is somewhat more complicated than assembling a great fantasy roster.

    2015 Offensive Stats & Ranks Points per game – 21.2 (22) Pass YPG – 239.6 (18) Rush YPG – 108.2 (15) Yards per play – 4.9 (32) Plays per game – 69.9 (1)

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 13: The Jacksonville Jaguars

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    Blake Bortles is either the NFL’s best bad quarterback, or he’s the worst of the good QBs. Not sure. Either way, fantasy owners appreciated his gloriously sloppy 2015 season.

    Bortles led the league in fumbles (14), sacks (51) and interceptions (18) last year, a triple crown of despair. He also completed just 58.6 percent of his throws, which of course is terrible. But despite all the giveaways and misfires, Bortles still threw for 4428 yards and 35 touchdowns, ranking as a top-five fantasy quarterback in any scoring system. For our purposes, he was fantastic. In reality, he was something less than stellar.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 14: The Indianapolis Colts

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    Entering 2015, we all expected big things from the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, this team delivered hilarious personnel decisions, hideous injuries, endless turnovers, and the single worst decision in the history of football organized human activity.

    2015 Offensive Stats & Ranks Points per game – 20.8 (24) Pass YPG – 231.5 (22) Rush YPG – 89.9 (29) Yards per play – 4.9 (31) Plays per game – 65.8 (11)

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 15: The New York Giants

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    Watching Tom Coughlin display the full and unfiltered range of human emotions over the course of a single NFL game was, without question, an absolute delight. But all eras must end, and so it is with Coughlin’s long, successful reign in New York.

    Just ridiculous. Draft him early, then gloat. He’s exceptional. And in case you were worried about Josh Norman’s presence in the division, you’ll note that A) Odell delivered a 6-76-1 stat line against him last season, and B) the second New York-Washington matchup takes place in Week 17 this year, when most fantasy championships are already settled.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 16: The Oakland Raiders

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season]

    Oakland quarterback Derek Carr undeniably made gains in his second pro season, improving in all meaningful statistical categories. He emerged as a fantasy asset somewhat unexpectedly, tossing 32 touchdown passes and finishing just shy of 4000 passing yards. But Carr presents a rankings dilemma, because the non-fantasy indicators are something less than stellar. He completed only 61.1 percent of his throws last season, gaining just 6.96 yards per attempt; those rates don’t suggest we’re dealing with an uncommonly gifted passer. He averaged less than 6.0 yards per attempt in each of his final five games last year, throwing seven picks. So that was horrible.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 17: The Kansas City Chiefs

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    During the Andy Reid era, the Chiefs have been a wonderfully uncomplicated team for fantasy purposes. All the good stuff goes to Jamaal Charles — all the yards, all the red-zone chances, all the fantasy goodness. Every other skill player is like a decoration on a cake.

    Charles is currently on the PUP list (no surprise), but the widespread expectation is that he’ll be ready for opening week:

    GM John Dorsey said he’s confident Eric Berry will return in time for season opener. Also optimistic Jamaal Charles will be ready Week 1.

    — Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) August 10, 2016

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 18: The Buffalo Bills

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    No team in the NFL ran the ball as successfully as Buffalo last season, and only Carolina ran as often. The Bills led the league in rushing by a comfortable margin, averaging 152.0 yards per game and 4.8 per attempt. They also tied for the lead in rushing touchdowns with 19. So the ground game clearly wasn’t Buffalo’s problem.

    And then this happened:

    — Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) June 14, 2016

    And then THIS happened:

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 19: Washington

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    Sure, it’s fair to point out that Cousins piled up numbers in matchups against the league’s worst defenses — he eviscerated Philly and New Orleans, for example — but I’m not going to penalize anyone for destroying soft opponents. After all, that’s what we expect from quality players.

    2015 Offensive Stats & Ranks Points per game – 24.3 (10) Pass YPG – 255.9 (11) Rush YPG – 97.9 (20) Yards per play – 5.6 (11) Plays per game – 63.6 (19)

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 20: The Atlanta Falcons

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    Let’s talk about how good Matt Ryan isn’t. Ryan posted the lowest touchdown percentage of his eight-year career in 2015 (3.4), throwing for just 21 scores on 614 attempts while being picked 16 times. His passer-rating dipped to 89.0, which ranked No. 20 in the league — behind guys like Cutler and Hoyer, narrowly ahead of Bridgewater and Tannehill. He’s tossed 47 interceptions over the past three years.