Andy Behrens

  • Exit Interview, RB: DeMarco and Le'Veon make the leap, rookies were curiously quiet

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    The running back position was a minefield of injuries, suspensions and disappointments in 2014. So, basically, it was a typical year. If you were one of the Zero RB zealots back in August, let's hope you drafted Jeremy Hill late and snagged C.J. Anderson off the wire. Otherwise, you were probably pummeled by Le'Veon, DeMarco or Marshawn at some point, just like the rest of us .

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    More Exit Interviews: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends

    OK, expert, which running back is set to make the greatest value-leap from this year to next? That is, who's going to be the Mark Ingram of 2015?

  • Priority Pickups: Hardaway Jr., D-Mo, Middleton and more

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Perhaps you, like me, now find yourself staring at a lineup mess like this ...

    ... and you're just hoping to limit the damage in the weeks ahead, waiting out injuries that have no timetables. If that's the case, then you're surely using all available weekly transactions, churning roster spots, working feverishly to prevent the 3-6 loss.

    [Join's $2M Week 16 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid]

    For those of you with multiple broken roster pieces, here are five dudes I've added in a league or three over the past few days:

    SF/PF Donatas Montiejunas, HOU (32 percent owned) - In the month of December, D-Mo has been giving us the following stat line: 17.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 55.6 FG%, 0.9 3PM. Can you use numbers like that? Well, I can. Montiejunas has been playing 30-plus minutes per night, starting and mostly thriving in the absence of Terrence Jones (leg/nerve). Houston plays three games next week, then the team has four straight four-gamers.

  • These Week 15 fantasy duds could be fantasy studs in championship week

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 9 days ago

    Look, dud performances are gonna happen, even with the game's best players. You can't write off a proven fantasy asset just because he's coming off a quiet week. Here are three guys who struggled in the fantasy semis, poised to turn it around in title week...

    [Join's $2M Week 16 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid]

    Matthew Stafford – The last time Stafford faced the Bears defense, he passed for eleven zillion 390 yards and a pair of scores. The December version of Chicago's D is far less engaged than the group he already torched. Start Stafford with confidence.

    Tre Mason – If you somehow squeaked into the championship matchup with Mason in your fantasy backfield, you cannot sit him now — not against a Giants defense that ranks 30th against the run. Let's remember that Mason had respectable weeks against a few of the league's best run Ds, including the Seahawks, Broncos and Niners.

    And if you need a flex play for trophy week...

    Then Fred Jackson

  • DeMarco Murray suffered fractured hand, Sunday status unclear

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    First, the frightening news: DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, is undergoing surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his left hand. His status for Dallas' Week 16 home matchup with Indianapolis is not yet known. The injury occurred late in Sunday night's win at Philly, and postgame X-rays revealed a broken fourth metacarpal.

    [Join's $2M Week 16 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid]

    Now, the less frightening news: Recovery time for this surgery is not long at all — days, potentially, not weeks. So when we say that Murray's status for Sunday is not yet known, that's another way of saying he might play . The injury is to his non-dominant hand, which has to help. (Of course he still has to use the left hand in the normal course of business, catching passes and holding off defenders. But the right hand would presumably be worse.)

  • Sunday Scene, Week 15: Jeremy Hill buries the Browns

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    Only one man in a Cleveland jersey had any success stopping Jeremy Hill on Sunday, and he wasn't actually an employee of the Browns.

    Hill seized the lead role in the Cincinnati backfield this week, then feasted on the road, in a division matchup. The rookie rushed for 148 yards and two scores on 25 carries, adding four receiving yards on one reception. Giovani Bernard was invited to the party, too, gaining 103 scrimmage yards on 18 touches. But Hill absolutely dominated the rushing workload in the first-half, when the game was still competitive. He needed only two quarters of play to reach the 100-yard plateau.

    (If you need more details on Rodgers' no-good fantasy day, Scott Pianowski has you covered.)

    Michael Bennett said of San Francisco losing top two running backs: "I don't even know who No. 38 is.'' For the record, Alfonso Smith.


  • Thursday Fantasy Fliers, Week 15: Kerwynn Williams and Jared Cook

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    Please remember, friends, that the players we discuss in this feature are FLIERS. Hail Marys. Emergency options for desperate owners. No one is claiming these guys are must-add, must-start fantasy assets. They don't get the green light in 8 and 10-team leagues. Here, we try to assist deep league managers with dire needs.

    For fantasy purposes, Thursday's game between the Cardinals and Rams could be a deep well of sadness. It certainly doesn't have a shootout vibe.

    [Join's $2M Week 15 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid]

    Arizona has allowed just 18.3 points per game on the season, the third lowest number in the league. St. Louis stopped giving up points two weeks ago, pitching back-to-back shutouts against Oakland and Washington (winning by a combined score of 76-0). These defenses have each forced 23 takeaways on the year, tied for seventh-most in the NFL. The Cards rank sixth at defending the run, the Rams tenth. Both Ds have had success hunting quarterbacks, combining for 66 sacks on the season (31 for Arizona, 35 for the Rams).

    TE Jared Cook, STL (30 percent owned, 13 percent started)

  • Report: Cleveland likely to turn to Johnny Manziel in Week 15

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    Only a small number of people within the Cleveland Browns organization have a good read on Johnny Manziel's readiness to start, his practice habits, and his viability as an NFL passer. And an even smaller number of people within the organization actually have a say regarding the team's Week 15 starter.

    [Join's $2M Week 15 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid]

    But you certainly don't need to be a team or league insider to know that Sunday's quarterback, Brian Hoyer, was kind of a mess. He was brutally inaccurate against the Colts, going 14-for-31 with just 140 passing yards, zero TDs and two picks. Hoyer has thrown one touchdown pass and eight interceptions over his past four games, losing three times.

    If Cleveland won't turn to Manziel now , with the quality of the team's quarterback play at a ruinous level, then it's tough to imagine it happening this season.

    According to at least one national reporter, the Browns are in fact prepared to make a switch:

    Had a source connected to the Browns QB decision estimate there is a 99% chance Manziel starts Sun. Maybe even 99.5%

  • Priority Pickups: Greivis, Nikola and another push for K.J. McDaniels

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 21 days ago

    If, like me, you assembled a fantasy portfolio that left you unusually vulnerable to a DeMar DeRozan injury, then you've no doubt already scooped up this first dude...

    [Join's $2.25M Week 14 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 20,675 teams paid]

    PG/SG Greivis Vasquez, Tor (33 percent owned)

    Vasquez has started three straight for the Raps, with impressive enough results. He's averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 assists and 2.0 threes per night, with a steal in each game. At 30-plus minutes per, you'll enjoy Vasquez. His numbers may not quite reach 2012-13 levels, but he'll be plenty useful across multiple categories. DeRozan is likely down for 4-5 weeks, so Vasquez is something better than a short-range pickup. He has a pair of four-game weeks upcoming, too.

    SG/SF K.J. McDaniels, Phi (43 percent owned)

    OK, it's a little weird that McDaniels remains so widely available. We've written him up before, as has pretty much everyone else. It's tough to argue with his recent production:

    SF/PF Nikola Mirotic, Chi (28 percent owned)

    SG Ben McLemore, Sac (31 percent owned)

  • Thursday Fantasy Preview, Week 14: Bears, down

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

    In 2013, the Chicago Bears ranked second in the NFL in scoring, averaging 27.8 points per game. This year, in the same system with the same head coach and the same skill players and many of the same faces on the O-line, Chicago has averaged just 21.1 points per game. The team has not yet topped 28 points in any week . The Bears currently rank No.18 in the NFL in yards per play (5.3).

    [Join's $2.25M Week 14 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 20,675 teams paid]

    Chicago's starting offense is the second-most expensive unit in the league, so its performance to date has to be considered a colossal disappointment. (For comparison's sake, the cap total for Denver's starting offense is roughly $6 million lower than Chicago's.) The team's defense has been hilariously bad as well, so it's not as if only one phase is a problem. But in a salary cap league, you just can't whiff so miserably on your biggest investments. The Bears have fielded a not-quite-league-average offense at a staggering price.

  • Start your Cowboys on Thursday night, Fantasy owners!

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 23 days ago

    If the Dallas Cowboys are any sort of serious Super Bowl contender, they'll put up 50-plus points against the Bears. Because that's what legit offenses do.

    Chicago's defense is heavily damaged at the moment, and it's a unit that struggled even when operating at full strength. The Bears allow the most standard fantasy points to opposing QBs, the second-most to tight ends and the eighth-most to wide receivers. Thursday's game could get ugly — perhaps as ugly as last year's contest at Soldier Field, a decisive win for Chicago. In this matchup, even the fringy Cowboys like Jason Witten and Terrance Williams deserve a long look.