- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade8 hrs 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 Arcade2 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 Arcade3 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 Minute4 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 Arcade4 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 14New Orleans24 - 26ClevelandGame Recap
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 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.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 days ago
Back in the day, 3-4 years ago, Isaiah Crowell was a pretty big deal.
Crowell was a five-star high school recruit, the top-ranked running back in the nation according various scouting services. He was a track star, widely regarded as the best prep football player in the state of Georgia, headed to UGA. In his first collegiate season, Crowell made seven starts for the Bulldogs, ultimately carrying the ball 185 times for 850 yards and five TDs. (Highlights here.) He was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year, and various outlets (including Yahoo) named him a first-team freshman All-American, alongside Teddy Bridgewater, Sammy Watkins, Giovani Bernard and Jadeveon Clowney.
Cordarrelle Patterson caught only three balls for 26 yards against the Rams on Sunday, which seems like a relatively quiet day for an early-round receiver.
Under normal circumstances, with a normal player, maybe you'd be doubting the genius of that pick.
But Cordarrelle is clearly something beyond normal. He augmented his modest receiving performance with 102 rushing yards — one-zero-two. He outgained Adrian Peterson by 27 yards on 18 fewer carries. Patterson's 67-yard third quarter rushing score was filthy , loaded with broken tackles and beaten Rams. Cordarrelle dragged E.J. Gaines over the goal-line at the end, basically wearing the corner like an accessory.
We're now 17 games into Patterson's NFL career, and he's up to 10 touchdowns — four receiving, four rushing, two in the return game. In each of his last three games, dating back to last December, the man has a rushing score of at least 35 yards.
OK, so not every NFL game was an offensive clinic in Week 1. The Chiefs and Rams and Raiders were, um ... regrettable. And nobody needs to see Joe Flacco throw 62 passes ever again. And Tony Romo has been exceptionally not-good.
But thankfully, Atlanta and New Orleans delivered an all-you-can-eat fantasy feast. The NFC South rivals combed for 71 points and 1,040 total yards, with the Falcons winning 37-34 in OT. Matt Ryan was just obscenely good, going 31-for-43 with three touchdown passes and no picks, finishing with a franchise-record 448 yards.
If you're among the less-than-one-percent of Yahoo fantasy managers who started Jacksonville receiver Allen Hurns in Week 1 ... well, wow. Maybe send us a resumé. Well done.
That's some Jedi-level fantasy management right there.
Hurns is an undrafted rookie out of Miami who didn't necessarily wow anyone with his pre-draft measurables (4.55 speed, 31-inch vert), but the kid had a massive preseason for the Jaguars (14-232-1). He's not a blazer, but he seems to have no problem separating from NFL defensive backs. Hurns has size (6-foot-3) and quality hands, plus he's shown a nice ability to adjust to imperfect throws (a necessity for a Jags receiver). He was plenty productive as a collegiate receiver, catching 62 balls for 1162 yards in 2013.