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  • Homer History: Dave Kingman nearly hits one out of Chicago

    Andy Behrens at Big League Stew 4 days ago

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    In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Fantasy Sports writer Andy Behrens describes Dave Kingman's monstrous home run on a wild afternoon at Wrigley Field. 

    Dave Kingman was, without question, a one-tool player throughout his 16-year major league career. Kong didn't hit for average, he didn't run, he didn't competently field any position, and his on-base skills were poor. But when his violent right-handed uppercut swing connected with a baseball ... well, that baseball usually died.

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    When Kingman exited baseball, the man had 442 career home runs to his credit and no reasonable case for inclusion in the Hall of Fame. I will make no effort to argue that he was anything more than a one-dimensional player, a liability in almost every way. But that single dimension was pretty [profane] spectacular.

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  • Pickups of the Week: DeVante Parker among top adds for final push

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

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

    Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles, 35 percent owned

    Bradford ownership has not been a pleasant experience at all times — or at any time in his career, you might argue. But over his last six games, he's been tolerable-to-good, tossing eight touchdown passes and only three interceptions while averaging 273.2 yard per game. He's topped 300 passing yards in back-to-back weeks (361, then 380), finally feeding the receivers we'd expected him to feed all season (Matthews and Ertz). Philly will close its season against the Giants in New York, facing a pass defense that ranks dead-last in terms of yards allowed. Expect another 300-plus from Bradford, with a top-12 positional finish.

    FAAB bid: It's Week 17, you guys. Empty the wallet. There is no Week 18. Spend what you've got.

    DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins, 33 percent owned

    Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills, 10 percent owned

    Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears, 37 percent owned

    Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seattle Seahawks, 15 percent owned

  • Is Lamar Miller a fantasy championship option?

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 mth ago

    If you made it to Championship Week with Lamar Miller on your fantasy roster ... well, wow. Amazing achievement, buddy. It's pretty much down to you and Ron Rivera for Coach of the Year honors. Miller had a stellar matchup against San Diego in Week 15, yet he received only nine carries and was out-snapped by rookie Jay Ajayi. For reasons known only to the Dolphins coaching staff, Miller has seen single-digit carries in three of his last five games. He's averaging 4.9 YPC on the season, so the workload issues certainly aren't related to poor performance. Miami is actually 5-0 this season when he receives 13 or more carries and winless when he sees 12 or less, so perhaps this is some sort of stealthy tanking plan. Not sure.

    [Yahoo Daily Fantasy: $10 could win you $25K in our $250K contest for Week 16]

    (Miami legitimately makes me hate real dolphins. What an incredible disappointment that team has been, both in the fake game and real life.)

  • Pickups of the Week: C-Mike, Karlos and other familiar adds

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

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

    Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks, 9% owned

    Yup, we're really doing this again. All those other times you added Christine Michael to fantasy rosters (only to drop him the following week after a four-carry performance) were preparation for THIS MOMENT, right now, in which we find C-Mike on the threshold of fantasy domination. It's all happening, C-Mike zealots! This time, it's different. This time, he cannot miss.


    Um ...  ahem.

    OK, maybe that's a bit strong.

    Wilson on Christine Michael: "to get a talent like that this late in the season is a big deal."

    C-Mike is a ludicrously talented athlete — check the combine performance in case you'd forgotten — and he's in line for a significant workload a vulnerable D. Add as needed. Or add simply to keep him away from an opponent.


  • Fantasy takeaways, Week 15: Kirk Cousins is suddenly unstoppable

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    1. Kirk Cousins, MVP of the fantasy playoffs? It's possible.

    No, seriously. It's in play.

    Cousins was a machine against the Bills on Sunday, completing 22 of 28 attempts for 319 yards and four passing scores — yes, four . Kirk entered the week having thrown exactly one TD pass in 11 of 13 games, so any multi-touchdown performance is notable. Cousins also ran for a score against Buffalo, his fifth rushing TD of the season and third in the last four weeks. As of this writing he's the week's second highest-scoring fantasy QB. Cousins shamed the Bills defense throughout the afternoon, basically. He connected with tight end Jordan Reed for a pair of scores and he found DeSean Jackson six times for 153 yards and a highlight-quality deep-strike TD. He avoided head-scratching misfires (which doesn't always happen), and generally looked like a reliable passer for fantasy purposes.

    2. I don't own Andrew Luck anywhere, but I miss him desperately.

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  • Pickups of the Week: Denard Robinson, A.J. McCarron, many Seahawks

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

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

    Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars, 3% owned

    FAAB bid: You really have FAAB remaining? Good job. Spend all of it. ($100 budget)

    Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints, 41%

    FAAB bid: All. Of. It. Every dollar. It's Week 15, people.

    DuJuan Harris Bryce Brown & Fred Jackson, RBs, Seattle Seahawks, 1% and 5%

    FAAB bids: $16 and $9

    Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks, 37% owned

    FAAB bid: $16

    Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears, 30%

    FAAB bid: $8

    A.J. McCarron, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, 1%

    To be clear, we are not — repeat: NOT — suggesting that you start McCarron over an upper-tier QB, nor over any of this season's waiver gems (Tyrod, Fitz, Bortles, et al). But if you're a deep league owner who just lost Andy Dalton (thumb) to injury, there's a very good chance that McCarron is your best bet for a big stat-line in the fantasy semi-finals. You can't be too eager to start, say, Johnny Manziel at Seattle, or Case Keenum anywhere.

    FAAB bid: $8

    Minnesota Vikings, 19%

    FAAB bid: $1

  • Why fantasy owners should put Matt Ryan on ice for the playoffs

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 mths ago

    It seems highly unlikely that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has led anyone into the fantasy playoffs, but, if you're still holding out hope, it's time to cut him loose — yup, we're telling you to drop Matty Ice like a burning coal. Ryan's transition to Kyle Shanahan's offense has been mostly horrendous. He's tossed as many interceptions as touchdown passes over the past six weeks (9), and he's delivered only one game all season with more than two TDs. For comparison's sake, Tyrod Taylor has four games with at least three TDs, as does Marcus Mariota.

    Bottom line: You won't be starting Matt Ryan in the fantasy postseason, except perhaps in a two-QB league — and ideally you can avoid him in that format, too. Drop him and don't look back. Quarterbacks like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith, Jameis Winston, Taylor and Mariota all remain available in a majority of Yahoo leagues, and all are better options in the money weeks.

  • Thursday Fantasy Flier, Week 14: J.J. Nelson, if you're going deep

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    OK, look, we can't promise to find you a 20-point fantasy performance every week in this feature. It's nice when it happens, but that's not the norm. Not a reasonable expectation. It happened, it was kind of magical, and now we move on. Richard Rodgers isn't walking through that door this Thursday . 

    [Yahoo Daily Fantasy: $10 could win you $30K in our $300K contest for Week 14]

    This week, the Thursday game is fairly simple for fantasy owners. You're starting pretty much all your healthy Cardinals, from Carson to the kicker, and none of your Vikings except AP. Minnesota is coming off a non-competitive loss to the Seahawks, traveling to Arizona on a short week and leaving a big chunk of the defense behind... 

    J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals (6 percent owned, $10 minimum price in Yahoo daily)

  • Pickups of the Week: Tyrod Taylor, rookie WRs and various Bucs

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    Each week, we identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned team defense. These fantasy assets are all available in a majority of Yahoo leagues.

    Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills, 36 percent owned

    Hey, if you can't possibly find a spot for a dual-threat quarterback who does stuff like this and like this, then please feel free to scroll down. We've got a few rookie receivers and committee backs for you to consider today. But if by chance you might have a need for a QB who's delivered seven touchdowns over his last two games (six passing, one rushing), then stick with this blurb.

    [Yahoo Daily Fantasy: $10 could win you $30K in our $300K contest for Week 14]

    FAAB bid: $16 ($100 budget)

    James White, RB, New England Patriots, 26 percent

  • Fantasy Takeaways, Week 13: Mariota, Bortles combine for nine TDs, so much fantasy goodness

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    Tennessee and Jacksonville delivered an epic and unexpected statistical feast. At least one of these teams should continue to binge in the fantasy playoffs, too.

    If we can direct your attention to the "Who's Hot" page for Week 13, you'll notice that the list is loaded with Titans and Jaguars. The players who currently rank second, fifth and sixth in weekly scoring were all involved in the ridiculous fantasy carnival that took place at Nissan Stadium. Blake Bortles passed for 322 yards and five TDs, yet he wasn't even the game's highest-scoring quarterback. Marcus Mariota went 20-for-29 for 268 yards and three scores, plus he finally flashed his rare escapability and 4.5-speed. Check the clip of Mariota's 87-yard rushing score (and please stick with the highlight through the 0:32 mark, for a glimpse of Earth's ripest pineapple greatest fan. He's glorious. A hero).

    Yup, Matt Schaub is still a pick-sixing machine.