- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
OK, this week's fliers are definitely not for the shallow leaguers among you. Perhaps your fantasy roster is so loaded that you can simply ignore all Texans and Jags, but not everyone is in such a favorable situation.
With the opening week of the fantasy playoffs at last upon us (in many leagues), I'm rolling with both of these guys, somewhere...
TE Garrett Graham, Hou (36 percent owned)
Sure, there are better Grahams to start at tight end, but at least Garrett has a friendly matchup. Jacksonville's defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the tight end position this season, yielding 69 catches for 773 yards and eight spikes. The Jags have given up useful fantasy lines to such luminaries as Zach Miller (2 TDs), Coby Fleener (77 yards, TD), Delanie Walker (62 yards, TD) and Rob Housler (70 yards). Graham has seen 33 targets over his last three games, so you can't argue that he's lacked opportunities. During that three-game stretch, he's hauled in 15 balls for 204 yards and one score. Owen Daniels isn't quite ready to return for Houston, so Graham's workload should be safe for another week.
WR Ace Sanders, Jac (2 percent owned)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Just in case you were wondering what it looks like when a 5-foot-11 rookie DB gets stuck on Josh Gordon in single-coverage, here's a clip for you. That matchup was completely unfair.
Of course it can be argued that almost any one-on-one matchup with Gordon is unfair, because No. 12 is an impossible cover. The man has size, speed, strength, and a quarterback who (for all his faults) isn't afraid to lob jump-balls downfield.
Gordon finished his afternoon with 10 catches for 261 yards and two scores, which is just silly. He checked out briefly in the second half following a helmet-to-helmet pop, but returned to haul in this 95-yard go-ahead touchdown, shedding multiple defenders on his way to the end zone. Again, silly.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade12 days ago
Adrian Peterson already holds the all-time NFL single-game rushing record (296 yards), and there's a non-trivial chance he'll break the mark — if not obliterate it — when he faces Chicago next Sunday. Peterson versus the Bears D is like an irresistible force versus an easily moved object. It's gonna get ugly. It seems fundamentally unfair.
Peterson was of course terrific this week at Green Bay, gaining 146 yards on 32 carries, crossing the goal line once. But that shouldn't surprise anyone. Also not surprising: The Bears defense was horrid. They were exceptionally generous on Sunday, even by their own sad standards.
Chicago allowed 87 rushing yards to Zac Stacy on just 12 carries, then — after Stacy was concussed — they gave up another 109 to Benny Cunningham on 13 totes. Rookie wideout Tavon Austin took an end-around on the Rams' possession, and the result was this way-too-easy 65-yard touchdown. Untouched, unbothered. Sure.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade16 days ago
WARNING: This week's fantasy recommendation expires at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, firm. The author does not — repeat: DOES NOT — endorse the use of Mark Ingram beyond Week 12. His schedule takes a brutal turn. In Weeks 13-16, Ingram will face Seattle once (on the road) and Carolina twice. Thus, Ingram is simply a single-serving fantasy add. There is zero value here beyond the current week.
But for one night only, this kid can help...
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade19 days ago
Bucs running back Bobby Rainey was started in only three percent of Yahoo leagues in Week 11. Three . And it was totally understandable. He was a committee back (or so we thought), tied to a low-yield offense.
So while he was dominating Atlanta on Sunday afternoon, lots of us found ourselves staring at something like this...
...and the numbers just kept getting bigger.
Brutal. I'm not even gonna mention who I played as a flex in that league; the shame is too great. We shall speak no more of it. Instead, let's simply talk about Rainey's breakout day, with expectations moving forward.
Brian Leonard actually handled rushing responsibilities on Tampa's first series, the only Bucs' first-half possession that ended with a punt. Rainey took over on the team's second series, breaking off an 11-yard gain on his first touch and a 10-yarder on his second. And then he really started doin' work.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade22 days ago
Last week, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was removed from Yahoo's can't-cut list, and it can be reasonably argued that his removal was overdue.
It's crazy that a consensus first-round fantasy pick has fallen so far, but, well ... here we are. Rice has rushed for fewer than 50 yards in seven of his eight games this season, he's averaging just 2.5 yards per carry (career 4.4), and he's gaining only 4.9 yards per catch (career 8.4). He's really done nothing well this season — nothing at all.
Recently, his head coach has talked up the possibility of a hot-hand backfield:
“Both of those guys [Rice and Bernard Pierce] are going to get a large number of carries, and I think whichever guy is playing better should get more carries as we go forward,” Harbaugh said.
So there's yet another thing for Rice's owners to fret about. A Pierce takeover is a definite possibility (not that he's been so great: 3.9 YPC career, 2.8 in 2013).
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade23 days ago
OK, no messing around. Today you're getting a double-scoop of sweet, sweet victory. This week, failure is not an option. Four touches for 14 yards is not an option. I NEED both of these guys to make some noise.
Let us celebrate these great fliers, in advance of their binges...
RB Donald Brown, Ind (20 percent owned) - In Tennessee's last four games, the defense has been absolutely assaulted by running backs. The Titans have allowed 595 total yards and eight touchdowns to the position since Week 6. Indy's backfield has become a two-man show due to the never-ending struggles of Trent Richardson (2.8 YPC), so Brown should see plenty of opportunities. (Fun fact: Brown has carried the ball 47 fewer times than Richardson for the Colts this season, yet he's only seven rushing yards behind T-Rich.) If DB sees double-digit touches against Tennessee — and that seems like a decent bet — he's likely to deliver a useful fantasy line. (Another fun fact: Richardson has just two runs of 20-plus yards on his 386 career carries; Brown has two such runs on 41 carries this season.)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade26 days ago
Just as no battle plan survives contact with the enemy, no NFL gameplan survives a reliance on Peyton Hillis.
New York didn't exactly ease Andre Brown back into the mix on Sunday. Instead, the Giants gave him all the work he could handle. Brown carried a whopping 30 times for 115 yards against Oakland, in his first regular season action of 2013. He punched in a 1-yard score in the third quarter to give his team a lead it never relinquished. All things considered, the veteran back had an excellent day in his return from the IR.
Hillis finished with only 21 rushing yards on five carries, and he was barely a rumor after losing a fumble in the first quarter. If you were still hoping for a Hillis revival ... well, no. Ain't happenin'. Brown is the only Giants back we need to consider at this point, now that David Wilson's season has officially ended.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
This week, we're dealing with four teams on bye and a fractured Aaron Rodgers, so there's work to be done. Fortunately, the Thursday game features a pair of uncommonly user-friendly defenses. Minnesota and Washington currently rank 30th and 31st in the NFL in points-allowed, and 29th and 30th in yardage. The 'Skins have given up 110 points over their past three games, which is crazy, while the Vikes have yielded 94.
So if you're looking for playable options for Week 10, widely available in Yahoo leagues, then maybe look to the north...
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
Welp, the Aaron Rodgers new is bad — perhaps not worst-case-scenario bad, but it's bad.
As CBS Radio's Zach Zaidman reported on Monday night (and various others confirmed on Tuesday morning), Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone on the opening drive of his team's Week 9 loss to Chicago. We don't yet have a definitive recovery timeline for Rodgers; this could be a three-week issue, or it could be something worse.
Clearly, this injury has the potential to radically alter the landscape in the NFC. And you shouldn't need a fantasy expert's assistance to figure out that every Packers receiver just took a substantial value hit, for an as-yet-unknown period of time. Seneca Wallace won't pay the fantasy bills, in all likelihood. Brutal timing, because Green Bay's schedule is incredibly friendly in the weeks ahead: Philly, at NYG, Minnesota, at Detriot, Atlanta, at Dallas.