Andy Behrens

  • Pickups of the Week: Rawls, Funchess, Allen and other season-saving adds

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Each week, we identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned team defense. These fantasy assets are all available in a majority of Yahoo leagues.

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    Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks, 32 percent owned

    If you've patiently held Rawls all season, either as a handcuff or a lottery ticket, we salute you. Go ahead and take an early victory lap. You've earned it. Talk whatever smack needs to be talked. We should maybe create a special Toyota fantasy medal for all the Rawls stashers, too. The kid was tremendous in Sunday's home win over the Niners, accounting for 255 yards from scrimmage on a whopping 33 touches. Check the highlights here. Rawls was a terror, running uncommon power and aggression, like a Beast Mode replicant. He's clearly a candidate to remain Seattle's featured runner beyond 2015.

    FAAB bid: All of it.

    FAAB bid: $33 ($100 budget).

  • Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 11: Dexter McCluster and Dorial Green-Beckham

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Let's be very clear, right here at the top: We do not recommend a multi-Titan fantasy lineup. Not this week, not any week. Doesn't seem ideal. As much as we all like rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, he's directing an offense that ranks No. 30 in the league in total yardage (321.6 YPG) and No. 27 in scoring (18.8). You can only own so many shares of a team like this.

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    However, we have four teams on bye this week and, by this point in the season, injuries have hit everyone's fantasy roster. So there's a decent chance you're looking to the free agent pool for assistance in Week 11. Here are two names approved for use in deeper formats, in case of emergency...

    RB Dexter McCluster, 21 percent owned, $14 in Yahoo daily

    WR Dorial Green-Beckham, 22 percent owned, $13 in Yahoo daily

  • Pickups of the Week: Danny Amendola and Brock Osweiler, suddenly fantasy relevant

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    Each week, we identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned team defense. These fantasy assets are all available in a majority of Yahoo leagues.

    Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots, 29%

    Amendola is a near lock to deliver top-20 numbers at his position over the final six weeks of the fantasy season — and possibly top-10 in PPR formats — which makes him, without question, your priority pick-up. Julian Edelman suffered a Jones fracture to his left foot on Sunday, an injury likely to sideline him for the remainder of the regular season, though perhaps not in playoffs. Edelman will undergo surgery on Monday. Not surprisingly, Amendola was peppered with short-range targets in Sunday's win over the Giants, hauling in 10 of 11 for 79 yards (a classically Edelman-ish stat line). Let's also remember that all those Dion Lewis targets are up for grabs as well. When waiver claims clear this week, Amendola and Brandon LaFell really should be universally owned. Danny isn't exactly Edelman, but he can deliver a decent impression of No. 11 over the next two months.

    FAAB bid: $19 ($100 budget).

    Chris Givens, WR, Baltimore Ravens, 10%

    FAAB bid: $12

  • Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 10: Ryan Fitzpatrick, still available everywhere

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    Generally speaking, we expect a certain level of week-to-week variance in every player's fantasy production. Ryan Fitzpatrick, however, has been a notable exception.

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    Fitz has been weirdly and hypnotically consistent for the Jets over the season's first half. He's thrown exactly two touchdown passes in six of his eight starts. If we disregard Week 8, when he was sidelined by an injury to his non-throwing hand, Fitzpatrick's lowest passing output in any of his last six games is 218 yards while his best is 295. Few players, regardless of position, have been as oddly predictable as Fitz. His floor and ceiling are nearly the same in any given week.

    And yet for whatever reason, Fitzpatrick is only 23 percent owned in Yahoo leagues and 12 percent started. No one's buying — even with Luck, Ryan, Rivers, Romo and possibly Roethlisberger unavailable this week.

  • Are Cam Newton and Greg Olsen a solid daily fantasy stack in Week 10?

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 13 days ago

    OK, so the game's best QB-TE combo is still, without question, Tom Bradyand Rob Gronkowski. No argument there. And so far this season, Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert have been awfully good, too.

    But if you're looking for an affordable, high-ceiling stack for DFS purposes in Week 10 (or any week), your best play is Cam Newton and Greg Olsen. Newton is currently on pace to throw 28 touchdown passes and rush for 10, so he's basically delivering the numbers of a QB2 AND an RB2. Olsen, meanwhile, is on pace for the best statistical season of his excellent career. If his second-half looks like the first, he'll finish with a career-high 1168 receiving yards and 10 scores. In Yahoo's daily game this week, you can pair Cam and Olsen for a mere $59, a ridiculous steal.


  • Fantasy Takeaways, Week 9: If you own Derek Carr, no need to carry a backup QB

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    1. Derek Carr is well inside the circle of fantasy trust.

    At Derek Carr's current pace, he'll break the Raiders' single-season franchise record for passing touchdowns (34) at some point in Week 16, when Oakland hosts the Chargers. Carr has a clear shot at reaching Rich Gannon's single-season yardage record, too. Not bad for a second-year pro who was occasionally a punchline as a rookie.

    Oakland has only one stay-away match-up remaining on the schedule — at Denver in Week 14 — so there's a clear path for Carr to close the season as a top-10 fantasy QB. If his binge at Pittsburgh didn't win you over (or the similar binge against the Jets in Week 8), then it's possible your standards are unreasonably high. He gets Minnesota next week, then Detroit's defense in Week 11. The Lions rank dead-last in the league completion percentage allowed (73.1) and yards per attempt (8.7).

    2. Karlos Williams needs to be owned everywhere.

    3. Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams were spectacular on Sunday. And it might be time to trade 'em both.

    But here's the (very) bad news...

  • Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 9: Johnny Manziel is starting so you want the Bengals D, obviously

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    Johnny Manziel will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday against the undefeated Bengals, creating an obvious fantasy opportunity for anyone who can still get their hands on the Cincinnati defense.

    Manziel has appeared in nine games so far in his NFL career, starting three, and the numbers have been ugly: 46-for-85 (54.1%), 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 6.7 Y/A, 19 carries for 71 yards (3.7 YPC), rush TD, 5 fumbles.

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    Whatever you once thought Johnny Football might become, or hoped he might become ... well, c'mon. We've seen almost no evidence that he's an NFL-caliber passer. He's pathologiclaly reckless with the football and way too willing to drift off-script. 

    The Bengals aren't quite a bargain-bin defense in daily ($15), but they can still deliver a profit. 




  • Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 8: Danny Amendola, and other under-owned receivers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 26 days ago

    We've been conditioned to expect less-than-stellar games on Thursday nights, but this week's match-up is loaded with promise. New England enters the week averaging 410.8 total yards per game, plus the Pats currently lead the NFL in scoring (35.5 PPG) by a wide margin. Miami, of course, was reborn during its bye, when Dan Campbell replaced Joe Philbin as head coach. The Dolphins have gained 937 yards and put up a ridiculous 82 points over their past two games.

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    And then there's this guy, who's been a target-magnet over the last two weeks...

    Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots (39 percent owned, $16 in Yahoo daily)

  • Fantasy Takeaways, Week 6: DeAndre Hopkins is giving us an all-time season

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 mth ago

    1. DeAndre Hopkins is gonna rewrite the record book.

    After delivering yet another massive fantasy line on Sunday (10-148-2), Hopkins is now on pace to finish his season with 139 catches for 1,936 yards. He's topped 100 yards in four of his six games, plus he reached 98 in another. Hopkins has been unfair, basically. He's dragging Brian Hoyer to fantasy relevance, which is no minor achievement. Hopkins' 148-yard effort this week was somehow only his third-best total of the year. That's absurd.

    And while we're discussing members of the 2012 Clemson Tigers...

    2. Martavis Bryant was worth the wait.

    I mean, just look at this silliness. And this. That's a bad dude right there. 

    3. If you drafted Ameer Abdullah on my recommendation, you have my sincere apologies. I'll try to be better.

  • Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 6: Jacob Tamme, low-cost solution to your TE dilemma

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    If you're a fan of yards and points and other sources of fantasy goodness, then you'll likely be satisfied by tonight's match-up between Atlanta and New Orleans. These teams currently rank fourth and seventh in total offense, combining for 793.6 yards per game. The Saints have averaged over 300 yards per game through the air, and the Falcons aren't far behind (280.2).

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    Meanwhile, these two defenses have combined to allow 561.2 passing yards per game, and both rank in the bottom-third of the league. New Orleans has somehow allowed 9.1 yards per attempt , which is ... well, wow. Not good.

    So fantasy points should be plentiful on Thursday night. NFL teams have an annoying habit of not following our script, of course, but it's tough to imagine this particular game as a low-wattage dud. With that in mind, we offer a lightly owned Bird for your consideration...

    Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons (6 percent owned, $12 in Yahoo daily)