- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute12 hrs ago
At present, Tom Brady ranks among the most-dropped players in Yahoo fantasy leagues. We'd love to build a case to keep him on your roster — he's an all-time quarterback, after all — but it's tough to find a ray of hope right now. Brady himself is playing poorly, averaging less that 200 passing yards per game. His receiving corps, aside from Gronk, isn't exactly loaded with talent, and his O-line is hardly dominant. His matchups to this point in the season have been outstanding — Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, KC — yet he's done nothing with 'em. This week, he gets Cincinnati, a much tougher test.
Basically, you can't start him and you can't trade him, because he's unwanted. So if you're playing in a 10-team league and you can't afford to stash a struggling former star ... well, do what you've gotta do.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Minnesota Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater was mostly excellent on Sunday in his first regular season NFL start. He lit up Atlanta's defense for 317 passing yards on just 30 attempts, and he rushed for 27 yards and one score.
Bridgewater rarely put the ball at risk, he attacked at multiple levels, and he was decisive, accurate and generally unflappable. It helped, of course, that his offensive line decisively won almost every battle.
With Bridgewater at the controls, Minnesota's offense gained 558 total yards and averaged 7.5 yards per play.
Unfortunately, Bridgewater also exited late in the Vikes' 41-28 win, not long after rolling his left ankle. He downplayed the severity of the injury in postgame comments, as did head coach Mike Zimmer.
Still, when a guy gets carted to the locker room, we worry — it's only natural.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Steve Smith Sr. had promised a reckoning.
"Blood and guts everywhere," he said back in March.
During Baltimore's season opener, when cameras found Smith on the sideline, he let us all know — in the clearest possible terms — that he was looking forward to seeing Carolina in Week 4.
Predictably, Smith roasted his former employer on Sunday, hauling in seven passes on 10 targets, finishing with 139 yards and two touchdowns. If anyone actually doubted whether Smith was amped for a fight this week, his first reception settled the issue. After the catch, he stiff-armed Roman Harper to the turf — almost needlessly, since he had the safety beat.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 days ago
So when you landed that top-five pick in your fantasy draft this year, you were probably pretty stoked.
Maybe you talked a bit. Or you placed a few side bets. Or suggested to your commish that the league go winner-take-all.
I mean, you were perfectly positioned. Jamaal Charles or Adrian Peterson in the first, then maybe Aaron Rodgers in the second. That's a title winner right there. Boom. CHAMPIONSHIP.
Time to get yourself fitted for one of these:
But here we are entering Week 4, and things have not quite gone according to script.
Through the first three weeks of the 2014 season, across the full universe of Yahoo leagues, teams that drafted at the back half of the first round are outperforming the early pickers by a non-trivial margin. Clearly, the ugly, unforeseeable Peterson situation is a significant factor, as are the slow starts by Charles, Matt Forte and Eddie Lacy.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 days ago
The last time Kirk Cousins faced the Giants, things did not go well.
It was the 2013 regular season finale, a game that Washington would lose 20-6. Cousins went just 19-for-49, averaging 3.45 yards per attempt and tossing a pair of interceptions.
The following day, Mike Shanahan was fired.
But here we are nine months later and Cousins is a franchise savior. He's coming off a 427-yard passing performance at Philly, and he's widely considered the best possible fit to direct Jay Gruden's offense. Cousins is clicking with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Niles Paul. With Kirk at the controls, Washington is suddenly full of hope. At least for now.
Of course if the team loses at home to Eli Manning and the Giants on Thursday night, Cousins will be the quarterback who piles up stats yet can't close the deal. We've all seen this script before.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute6 days ago
When the bye-weeks begin, trade season is officially open. Let's consider three buy-low opportunities heading into Week 4...
QB Cam Newton – OK, so Cam hasn't been everything you hoped for, and he's clearly playing at something slightly less than 100 percent. His line isn't great, and he's still getting to know most of his receivers. But that's why he's a buy-low. We know this is a talented player, and guy who's ranked among the scoring leaders at his position every year of his career. Down the road, when the calendar flips to November, Newton will feast on a steady diet of soft division opponents, with a few other user-friendly Ds thrown in (Philly, Minnesota, Cleveland). You'll love the ride in the second-half. Buy him at a discount now, use him as part of a platoon until his schedule eases up.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 days ago
Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel was startlingly bad in his team's 22-10 loss to San Diego on Sunday. Let's begin with that observation.
Manuel was just unreasonably bad by NFL standards. Weapons-grade bad. Destroy-the-evidence bad.
Before watching the full Bills-Chargers replay, I'd been primarily interested in Sammy Watkins' performance, or lack thereof. Watkins was coming off an excellent game against Miami (117 yards, TD), but he followed it up by catching only two passes on eight targets against San Diego, gaining just 19 yards.
After viewing Bills-Bolts in its entirety ... well, yeah, the film should be destroyed. Burned, maybe. Or sealed forever in an abandoned mine.
Nobody should be made to watch it, is what I'm saying.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade9 days ago
On Sunday afternoon at the Linc, Washington and Philadelphia combined for 71 points, 752 passing yards, 19 penalties, one brawl and two ejections. So that was an eventful game. The Eagles managed to escape with a win (narrowly), but Kirk Cousins was clearly the fantasy story. He piled up silly numbers, completing 30 of 48 throws for 427 yards, three TDs and one pick.
It would be an overreach to say that Cousins was flawless — his final attempt was an ugly misfire, and the interception was a bad ball intended for a well-covered receiver. But Cousins also completed tough throws into tight windows throughout the day, and ... well, c'mon: 427 yards. That ain't bad.
Scott Pianowski offered a Cousins endorsement earlier in the day, and I'll happily co-sign. The third-year QB was awfully good. Jay Gruden's offense paid the fantasy bills in Cincinnati last year, and Washington has enough talent at the skill spots to do the same this season.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade11 days ago
Back in May, when the Minnesota Vikings used a third-round pick to select Jerick McKinnon, the team surely viewed the Georgia Southern rookie as a developmental prospect. McKinnon had opened his collegiate career at defensive back, then later became a triple-option QB and tailback. The Vikings viewed him as a change-of-pace runner and potential third-down back, though he only caught three balls in his senior season and he had little meaningful experience in pass protection.
But suddenly, given the uncertainty surrounding Adrian Peterson's NFL future, McKinnon is a player of interest for the fantasy community — and not simply as a dynasty league lottery ticket. The kid played 23 snaps in Week 2 for the Vikings, per Pro Football Focus, while Matt Asiata saw 47. McKinnon's explosiveness and athleticism are many levels beyond Asiata's, so it's really not difficult to imagine him seizing a greater share of the backfield work.Thu, Oct 25:25 PM PDTMinnesota at Green BayPreview Game
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade12 days ago
Under normal circumstances, you don't necessarily want to stack a fantasy lineup with players tied to the Thursday game. But this week — finally — we have a matchup with significant shootout potential. The defenses involved in the opening game of Week 3 have offered little resistance to this point.
Somehow, despite having faced a pair of sketchy backup QBs to begin the season (Derek Anderson and Austin Davis), Tampa Bay's defense is still looking for its first interception. Atlanta is the only team in the league that has not yet recorded a sack, and the team's defense is allowing a league-worst 472.0 total yards per game.
So tonight, points and yards should be plentiful. We've got a pair of widely available fantasy assets for your consideration...