Andy Behrens

  • Early fantasy pickups for Week 4: Terrelle Pryor tops list

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 hrs ago

    If only Hue Jackson would have allowed Terrelle Pryor to handle kicking duties at Miami, things might have ended differently for the Browns. We’ll never know. Pryor did pretty much everything for Cleveland on Sunday. He spent time behind center as a rotational QB, completing three passes for 35 yards, plus he led his team in receiving, snagging eight balls for 144. Naturally, Pryor also ran the ball four times for 21 yards, delivering Cleveland’s only rushing score. Of course he did.

    Pryor is the clear top option in his team’s receiving corps at the moment, with Corey Coleman injured and Josh Gordon suspended for another week. He’s also a wide receiver getting snaps at quarterback, which makes him an almost unfair fantasy weapon. He’s a priority add.

    Washington’s Jamison Crowder found the end-zone for a second straight week, so keep him in your waiver plans, too. On Sunday, Crowder hauled in four balls for 78 yards on seven targets, with a 55-yard TD included. He’s up to 16 receptions and 25 targets on the year, yet he’s available in 80 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Crowder has an appealing matchup with Cleveland on deck. Add as needed.

  • Pickups of the Week: Waiver wire adds to patch your broken roster

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    Each week, we identify six players to target on waiver wires, plus a lightly owned D/ST. These fantasy assets are all available in a majority of Yahoo leagues. Add as needed.

    Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, RBs, Minnesota Vikings, 1% and 23% owned

    If you’d asked a Minnesota fan to write the script for the regular season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium, they would have authored something close to what actually went down on Sunday night, when the team edged division rival Green Bay — except of course for the part where Adrian Peterson was in terrible pain, unable to put weight on his right leg. Peterson’s injury was a frightening lowlight for the Vikings during an otherwise impressive win. The early reports on AP’s right knee are far from worst-case, but a torn meniscus could certainly be a multi-week issue. Fantasy owners need to develop a short-term replacement plan, however.

    FAAB bid: $18 and $15

    Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina Panthers, 3%

    FAAB bid: $12

    Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens, 8%

    FAAB bid: $11

  • Fantasy Pickups of the Week: Riddick, Coleman and three WRs

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    Each week, we identify six players to target on waiver wires, plus a lightly owned D/ST. These fantasy assets are all available in a majority of Yahoo leagues. Add as needed.

    Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions, 34% owned

    We expected an epic opening week shootout from Detroit and Indianapolis, and both teams delivered. Defense was barely a rumor, as the Lions and Colts combined for 898 total net yards and 74 points. Detroit’s backfield combo of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick accounted for 228 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry against an unimpressive run defense. (C.J. Anderson gets the Colts next week, in case you were wondering.) Riddick isn’t guaranteed to deliver another multi-TD game this season, of course, but he does have a series of appealing matchups ahead. The Lions’ early-season schedule is squeezably soft. Assuming Riddick continues to see a dozen-or-so touches each week as he did in the opener, he’ll remain an appealing fantasy option in any format.

    FAAB bid: $15

     

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    FAAB bid: $16

  • Fantasy Takeaways, Week 1: Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman in committee

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    1. Confirmed: Atlanta’s backfield is stuck in committee.

    Sorry, Devonta Freeman owners. But you can’t say the Falcons didn’t warn us this was coming. The team talked up Tevin Coleman in a big way during the off-season, and, as promised, he split touches evenly with Freeman in Atlanta’s season-opening loss to Tampa Bay. Let’s check Sunday’s stats:

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    Coleman – 8 carries, 5 receptions, 117 scrimmage yards Freeman – 11 carries, 4 receptions, 40 scrimmage yards

    Bottom line, this situation is exactly the committee we feared. Adjust those Devonta expectations accordingly.

    2. Also confirmed: New York’s running game is all Matt Forte, all the time.

    3. OK, perhaps Carson Wentz can support a viable fantasy receiver or two.

    Carson Wentz says “I dont get nervous.” #Eagles pic.twitter.com/Gxnh9sxGb8

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 1: The Pittsburgh Steelers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 18 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.

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    This was never much of a contest, you guys. When we focus strictly on the fantasy potential of each NFL team, Pittsburgh quickly separates from the rest of the league.

    Pittsburgh’s quarterback? Yeah, he’s OK. Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 317.5 passing yards per game over the past two seasons while completing 67.5 percent of his throws, an obscene rate. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if he topped all QBs in standard fantasy scoring this year, really. He extends plays with a recklessness that’s both admirable and occasionally destructive, and his receiving weapons are of the highest quality.

  • Pickups of the Week: Can't-miss adds before start of NFL season

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    Each week throughout the fantasy season, we identify six players to target on waiver wires, plus a lightly owned team defense. (But for opening week, we dug a little deeper.) These fantasy assets are all available in a majority of Yahoo leagues. Add as needed.

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    Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans, 28%

    And no, we’re not finished adding Texans. Read on…

    FAAB bid: $9

    Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, WRs, Houston Texans, 45% and 5%

    Houston snagged Fuller and Miller in the first and second rounds of the 2016 draft, and both players are ticketed for significant roles in their first pro seasons. Fuller, as most of you know, is a burner out of Notre Dame, a terrific vertical threat with crab-claw hands. His season could very well become a Ted Ginn Jr.-style carnival ride, full of field-flipping plays and appalling drops. But in the end, the numbers should be useful. He’ll never see a double-team while Nuk is on the field, and Chicago has no one in its secondary who can check this kid.

    FAAB bid: $11 and $4

    Eli Rogers, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers, 5%

    FAAB bid: $5

    FAAB bid: $8

    FAAB bid: $9

    FAAB bid: $3

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 2: The Arizona Cardinals

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 19 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.

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    At the risk of oversimplifying, all the Arizona Cardinals really need to do is keep Carson Palmer clean this season. That’s it. Keep him upright, keep him healthy, keep him fully operational. If Palmer can navigate his age-36 season successfully, then Arizona is going to win at least a dozen games and, in all likelihood, make a deep playoff run. This is simply a damn good team.

    2015 Offensive Stats & Ranks Points per game – 30.6 (2) Pass YPG – 288.5 (2) Rush YPG – 119.8 (8) Yards per play – 6.2 (2) Plays per game – 64.7 (15)

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 3: The Green Bay Packers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 20 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.

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    Aaron Rodgers is coming off arguably his worst season as Green Bay’s starting quarterback, as both his completion percentage (60.7) and yards-per-attempt (6.7) dipped well below his career averages. His passer rating fell below 100.0 for the first time since 2008. The fact that Rodgers still threw 31 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions in his worst professional season is a testament to his position among the all-time greats. He remains the NFL’s career leader in passer rating (104.1) and interception percentage (1.6), and he ranks fifth in Y/A (8.0). Among pure passers, he’s as good as it gets — as good as anyone has ever been.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 4: The Carolina Panthers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 22 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.

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    Cam Newton finished second in the NFL in passing touchdowns last season and fifth in rushing scores. That seems like a thing players might have done routinely in the league’s distant past — back when teams ran the single-wing and tailbacks kicked extra-points — but it’s a little crazy that it’s happening now . These days, it feels almost unfair.

    On rushing stats alone, Newton scored more fantasy points last year than C.J. Anderson, Thomas Rawls and Jeremy Langford. On pure passing stats, he beat Matt Ryan, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Tannehill. Essentially, when you own Cam in fantasy, you’re filling a single roster spot with a combination QB2/RB2.

    Again: unfair.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 5: The Seattle Seahawks

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 23 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.

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    Within the fantasy expert community, few subjects have received more attention and analysis than Doug Baldwin’s second-half surge in 2015. Baldwin was available for free in a majority of fantasy leagues last November following Seattle’s bye, and there were no obvious signs that a breakout was imminent. Over the first eight weeks, he’d caught just 31 passes for 345 yards and two scores. For fantasy purposes, he was basically Kendall Wright (28-343-3). Or Jamison Crowder (38-342-0). Or Jermaine Kearse (21-338-1).

    And then, with no warning, Baldwin went supernova.