- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
Under normal circumstances, you don't necessarily want to stack a fantasy lineup with players tied to the Thursday game. But this week — finally — we have a matchup with significant shootout potential. The defenses involved in the opening game of Week 3 have offered little resistance to this point.
Somehow, despite having faced a pair of sketchy backup QBs to begin the season (Derek Anderson and Austin Davis), Tampa Bay's defense is still looking for its first interception. Atlanta is the only team in the league that has not yet recorded a sack, and the team's defense is allowing a league-worst 472.0 total yards per game.
So tonight, points and yards should be plentiful. We've got a pair of widely available fantasy assets for your consideration...
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute1 day ago
You drafted 'em in the early rounds, and they're dragging your team into a fantasy abyss. Let's reconsider the potential of three September duds...
Tom Brady — As of this moment, he's the No. 28 quarterback in fantasy. Twenty-eight . That's definitely not the level of production you expected, no matter his draft price. Brady has an alarming lack of big-play receivers at his disposal, which helps explain why he's opened the season going 1-for-12 on pass attempts of 20 yards or more. Throw in a damaged Gronk, and we've got ongoing concerns. Brady is more of a platoon QB this season than an every-week starter. Start him against Oakland, but find a quality backup. Or simply hope for a big Week 3, then trade him to your league's obnoxious Pats apologist. (All leagues have at least one.)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Oh, you thought the flood of terrible injury news would abate on Monday? Well, no. That ain't happenin'.
Saints running back Mark Ingram reportedly suffered a hand injury in Week 2 — during yet another productive game for the fourth-year back — and he's expected to miss the next month.
Brutal news not only for 0-2 New Orleans, but also for those of us who'd been planning to use Ingram as a potential multi-week fantasy replacement for Jamaal Charles or Knowshon Moreno or Ryan Mathews. Ingram was a high-buzz player throughout the preseason, and he'd done nothing in the opening weeks to dim anyone's enthusiasm. So far, he's carried 24 times for 143 yards (6.0 YPC) and three TDs, plus he's hauled in four passes. (No, that's not exactly a huge number of receptions, but it actually puts him more than halfway to last year's total.)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
In Green Bay's season opening loss at Seattle, rookie receiver Davante Adams played only nine snaps, saw no targets, and thus didn't get his name in the box score. Jarrett Boykin served as the Packers' No. 3 receiver against the Seahawks, seeing the field for 49 snaps (also drawing zero throws, because Richard Sherman).
But Boykin had an early drop in Week 2, while things weren't going well against the Jets, and the door opened for Adams ...
I wouldn't doubt if that Jarrett Boykin drop in the red zone is the moment that leads to Davante Adams becoming #Packers permanent No. 3 WR.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Forty-five minutes into the early games on Sunday, four high-impact skill players had already been lost to injury. This day is unfolding in nightmare fashion.
Robert Griffin III was the first star to go down, suffering a non-contact left leg injury on a jump-pass following a scramble. Griffin was in immediate, obvious, and substantial pain. He was eventually carted to the locker room, his leg in an air cast, after being treated by the team's training staff.
RG3 was quickly ruled out for the afternoon. We have to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Griffin had a stunned expression while leaving the field. Not good. Kirk Cousins took over at QB for Washington.
A few moments later, Cousins lost one of the NFL's elite deep threats, as DeSean Jackson landed hard on his left shoulder following an incompletion. He, too, was soon ruled out for the day. Brutal. There's really no replacing a receive with D-Jax's speed and big-play ability. That dimension simply leaves the Washington offense.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 days ago
According to multiple reports — like this one from ESPN's Adam Schefter, and this one from Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo — Josh Gordon will have his suspension reduced upon approval of revisions to the league's drug policies.
Early reports suggested eight games, but, on Friday afternoon, the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reported the suspension would be 10 games:
So that's where we're at. If you're a Gordon owner, Friday's news is ... well, it's OK but not great.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade7 days ago
We're going to dispense with the usual Thursday Fliers gimmick this week, for the following reasons:
1) It's only the second week of the season and the byes haven't yet begun, so very few fantasy owners are actually in need of a one-week flier.
2) The ground rules we've established for this feature require me to discuss players owned in less than one-third of Yahoo leagues, and this week's combatants (Pittsburgh and Baltimore) don't necessarily offer the most appealing options. You don't want to read a blog post on Shaun Suisham, right? Didn't think so.
3) At least half of the sit/start questions I've fielded this week involve Baltimore running backs — usually Forsett or Pierce, but occasionally some misspelled variant of "Taliaferro."
Therefore, I think the best use of this Thursday's post is to review the options in the Ravens backfield, beginning with the one player I'm actually using in a pair of leagues...
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute8 days ago
These three players broke out in opening week, and all three have a shot to double-down in Week 2...
QB Jake Locker (TEN) -- Not only is Locker coming off a terrific preseason and a great Week 1, but the matchup ahead is as good as it gets. The Titans face the Cowboys, a defense that's bad at all levels, in all phases. Tennessee's receiving corps is clearly legit, led by Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright. It should surprise no one if Locker again finishes as a top-8 fantasy QB.
WR Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) -- If you like No. 1 receivers with ridiculous size and uncommon wingspans, then you're gonna love Benjamin. He's clearly at the top of the receiving hierarchy for Carolina, a tremendous red zone weapon who could easily finish with double-digit TDs. Drops have been an issue for him in the past, but, at 6-foot-5, he'll be a threat to find the end zone each week. Park him in a WR or Flex spot and enjoy the returns.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade8 days ago
The Cleveland Browns were silent about the state of Ben Tate's tweaked knee in the hours following the team's opening week loss to Pittsburgh. Tate exited after carrying six times for 41 yards, leaving the rushing workload to rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. In Tate's absence, the first-year backs feasted on the Steelers, combining for 132 yards and two TDs on 21 carries. (No catches, which was odd.) West claimed most of the yardage (100); Crowell handled the scoring.
Finally, we have (vague) word on the nature of Tate's injury, as well as a preliminary recovery estimate:
What is the timeline for injured #Browns RB Ben Tate? I’m told likely out 2-4 weeks, depending on how he heals. You’ll see West & Crowell
So that's not the worst-case scenario, obviously, but it's not the best, either.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTBaltimore at ClevelandPreview Game
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade10 days ago
Each Sunday in the NFL is full of crazy stats — things you never expected to see, and hope to never see again. Without question, the most ridiculous numbers from opening week came from the Tennessee-Kansas City boxscore. Check the workload data for the Chiefs:
Jamaal Charles – 7 carries, 19 rush yards, 4 receptions on 4 targets, 15 receiving yards Donnie Avery – 7 receptions on 13 targets, 84 receiving yards
Yup, that's 13 opportunities to touch the football for Avery, and 11 for Charles. Eleven . Avery is a 30-year-old journeyman receiver playing for his fourth NFL team. Charles is a three-time All-Pro, the centerpiece of Kansas City's offense, a back who led the league in touchdowns last season and who ranks among the all-time greats in terms of rushing efficiency.