Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 day ago
To be clear, no one is promising you a fantasy feast on Thursday night — well, not unless you own DeAndre Hopkins. Andrew Luck is reportedly not going to start, which means Indianapolis will again roll with 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who's been battling an illness this week.
It's not an ideal fantasy situation, really. There's no obvious need to acquire additional shares of this game for fantasy purposes. But still, I'm expected to identify someone as a low-dollar, low-ownership flier. I wish it weren't a fifth-round rookie receiver tied to a sketchy quarterback, but, well ... here we are.
Keith Mumphery, WR, Houston Texans (1 percent owned, $10 in Yahoo daily)
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago
Every week, we'll identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned team defense. Each of these fantasy assets is available in a majority of Yahoo leagues.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos, 33% owned
Let's just make this as simple as possible: Hillman has gained 199 scrimmage yards on 41 touches so far this season, crossing the goal line twice and averaging 4.9 yards per carry; C.J. Anderson has gained 174 yards on 50 touches, he hasn't scored and he's averaging 2.7 yards per tote.
No question, Hillman has been the better back. The committee arrangement in Denver suits him well. He needs to be owned everywhere and flexed liberally. Denver's upcoming matchups are extremely RB-friendly: at Oakland, at Cleveland, bye, Green Bay, at Indianapolis, Kansas City, at Chicago.
Naturally, Anderson loyalists will argue that it's somehow a bad thing that Hillman's numbers are boosted by a 72-yard score. As if long game-changing touchdowns weren't desirable, nor an intended outcome. Just know that Ronnie's head coach is plenty happy with him these days...
FAAB bid: $26
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns, 30%
FAAB bid: $24
FAAB bid: $5
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 4 days ago
1. Thank you for your interest in Jeremy Hill, but the buy-low window has closed.
The bad news for Jeremy Hill's fantasy owners is that he only carried the ball nine times in Sunday's win over Kansas City — in fact, he was out-touched by Giovani Bernard, 13 to 9. But here's the good news: Hill found the end-zone three times on those nine carries, plus he added a two-point conversion in the second-half. He's a committee back, sure, but this is an uncommonly productive committee. Hill and Bernard have combined for seven spikes through four games and the Bengals have averaged 30.3 points per game. Sunday's usage should make it perfectly clear that Hill remains a trusted inside-the-5 ball carrier. Let's hope you didn't make a panic deal, flipping Hill for scraps.
Cincinnati will face a pair of quality Ds in the coming weeks (Seattle and Buffalo), but the team's schedule takes a friendly turn after the bye. Hill was built for November-December AFC North football. He'll earn his top-of-draft price tag.
2. With apologies to Gronk, the best tight end in fantasy is whoever faces the Oakland Raiders.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 7 days ago
Final Friday of the season, gamers. Let's make good choices. As always, we encourage you to check the MLB weather reports before finalizing lineups.
Kyle Schwarber, OF, at Mil (Pena), $14: Even during his September slump, he continued to draw walks and his outs were often loud. Schwarber has reached base six times over his last three games, and he's been crushing right-handed pitching pretty much all year (171 AB, .281/.395/.567, 14 HR, 30 BB). Terrific price, great hitter, favorable matchup. I'm in.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, at Ari (De La Rosa), $50: We have a few aces on the mound on Friday — Arrieta, Sale, Liriano, Syndergaard — and Keuchel is actually the least expensive. Clearly, the Astros have a lot on the line in this one, so you shouldn't be too concerned about an early exit for Keuchel.
You'll need a few $10-$12 bats if, like me, you're going to spend over half your budget on pitching...
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago
If you're hoping for a classic defensive battle between AFC North rivals on Thursday night ... well, maybe you should just find an archived game from 2005. So far this season, the Ds in Pittsburgh and Baltimore have been something less than stellar. These teams rank No. 19 and 29 against the pass, allowing the tenth-most and fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. If we get a 16-13 final score tonight, it will probably have more to do with offensive incompetence than with defensive dominance.
Still, if you feel compelled to make a small fantasy investment in this game, we have a pair of lightly owned options...
Maxx Williams, TE, Baltimore Ravens (7 percent owned, $10 in Yahoo daily)
Mike Vick, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (17 percent owned, $30 in Yahoo daily)
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 days ago
We're searching for profit potential in the Friday slate, per the usual protocol. As always, we encourage you to review the MLB weather reports before finalizing lineups.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, at Cin (DeSclafani), $16: Murphy has been a multi-hit machine in recent days, plus he's enjoyed his limited experience facing DeSclafani (2-for-3, HR). Eleven of the 15 homers allowed by DeSclafani this season have been hit by left-handed batters.
Aaron Hicks, OF, at Det (Boyd), $10: Hicks has been a monster against southpaws this year, slashing .315/.382/.522 with six homers in 92 at-bats. Boyd isn't exactly a lights-out lefty (1.60 WHIP, 14 HR in 48.2 IP). At $10, I'm in.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, vs. LAD (Bolsinger), $18: Sure, I'll take a 37-homer bat for $18, playing in a park where he's hitting .285/.343/.592. LHBs are reaching base at a .361 clip against Bolsinger.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 15 days ago
To be clear, Matt Jones doesn't even come close to qualifying as a "flier," not by the definition we try to use around here (in the neighborhood of 35 percent owned, or less). He blew up in Week 2, rushing for 123 yards and two scores. He was thus added in over 395,000 Yahoo leagues on Wednesday. Jones was, at least in my mind, the obvious No. 1 priority pick-up this week, a plausible fantasy starter on Thursday night. We shouldn't need to talk you into starting a breakout back you just claimed off the wire. But if you need a pep talk, here goes...
When things go according to script for Washington, Jones will see plenty of work. He's available at a friendly price in Yahoo's daily game ($17) and facing a Giants defense that allowed the eighth most fantasy points to RBs last season. Don't be surprised if Jones sees 12-15 touches (or more), delivering another spike. If you added him this week, flex him.
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 16 days ago
Bet you thought that Tony Romo-Dez Bryant pairing was a pretty smart draft day move, didn't you? Yeah, well ... so did many of us. Sigh .
If you find yourself in the unenviable position of actually owning both the Cowboys' QB and their No. 1 receiver, then, realistically, you're going to have to cut one of 'em loose. You don't play in a league with 10 bench spots, do you? No, of course you don't.
If you need to kick one of these guys to the discard pile, we recommend that you drop Romo (out for 8 weeks) and stream the quarterback position. Let's take this thing a week at a time. Here's a look at a few widely available QBs with favorable matchups in the weeks ahead...
QBs to stream: W3: Foles v PIT, Bortles v NE, Fitz v PHI W4: Tyrod v NYG, Carr v CHI, Weeden v NO W5: Smith v CHI, Bortles v TB, Tyrod v TEN
There's really no replacing a receiver of Dez's caliber from the free agent pool, but you might just be able to piece together a decent string of quarterback performances, playing matchups. Drop Romo and play the wire.
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 17 days ago
"We didn't mean to auto-draft,” Justin C. Cliburn said. “But the Internet in Baghdad wasn't the most reliable."
It was August of 2006. Cliburn was a specialist stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, part of a security force (SECFOR) of Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery regiment. His squad’s role was to escort civilian training contractors to Iraqi police stations, Cliburn serving as a Humvee gunner. He also served, reluctantly and incongruously, as a first-year fantasy commissioner.
“That season the guy who was supposed to run our league was stationed down in Diwaniyah [at Camp Echo],” Cliburn recalled. “He had next-to-no internet access, so I took over.”
And still the league began with technical difficulties.
“Yeah, internet cut out right before our draft began,” said Kevin Pyle, a founding member of the OklahomIraqis League. “Every team was auto-picked. Not Yahoo’s fault. That was Iraq.”
“I really lucked out, though,” said Cliburn. “Got LaDainian Tomlinson at No. 3.”
[For more info on post-traumatic stress disorder, visit the National Center for PTSD]
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 22 days ago
Just so we're clear, no one is promising you a smorgasbord of fantasy treats on Thursday night, when Denver travels to Kansas City. We're dealing with a pair of talented defenses here, and the teams are playing on short rest. Alex Smith is on one side of this thing, and an alarmingly diminished version of Peyton Manning is on the other. Many issues, many questions.
If you're not looking to buy any additional fantasy shares in this tilt, we get it. Understood. But if you have a dire need for flex help — or let's say you've got less than $15 remaining in your daily budget — then give this guy a look...
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos (36 percent owned, $14 in Yahoo Daily Fantasy)