- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade22 hrs ago
If Baltimore Ravens kicker Tucker is not now your favorite athlete human, I can only assume it's because you lost to a Tucker-led fantasy team in Week 15. The man booted six field goals on Monday night, accounting for all points scored by the Ravens, extending his streak of successful kicks to 33.
The highlight kick, without question, was this go-ahead 61-yarder, nailed with 43 seconds on the clock. That's badass. (Awesome call by Tirico, too.) Tucker's other five kicks were from 53, 49, 32, 29 and 24 yards — relative layups, compared to the game-winner.
Was Tucker thrilled to play such a vital role in Baltimore's win? Well, sure. But he was extra happy to have .
"I was getting hit up, actually, quite a bit on the Twittershpere leading up to the game for a couple days, people in their fantasy playoff matchups. And, you know, those are very important. So I'm glad to have come through, of course, for my team here — for my reality-team. But also my fantasy owners, a big thank you for picking me up. It means a lot to me."
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Welp, that's settled.
If you had any doubts about which name belonged atop draft boards in 2014, Jamaal Charles resolved the issue on Sunday, emphatically — in the first half.
By intermission in Oakland, the Chiefs led the Raiders 35-17, and Charles had already visited the end zone for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th times this season. Jamaal would finish his day with 215 total yards, eight catches and five scores. Five . Add it all up and you get 51.5 standard league fantasy points, the highest total we've seen this season (and one of the best all-time. It wasn't Billy Cannon in '61, but it was great). Charles now leads the NFL in touchdowns, he's second in all-purpose yards, and he leads his position in fantasy scoring by a wide margin.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 days ago
The fantasy playoffs are upon us, and losing is not an option.
At times like this, I rarely like to roll with a flavor-of-week pickup, unless it's out of necessity. I'm not benching Frank Gore for Toby Gerhart, I'm not sitting Matt Ryan in favor of Kirk Cousins, and I'm not demoting Vincent Jackson for Cordarrelle Patterson. Maybe that makes my Week 15 ranks a little boring, but I tend to worry about the substantial downside of unproven and/or lower-tier talents.
But hey, it's your team. You made it this far. Manage as you see fit. If you're part of the Ogbonnaya Army, I wish you well.
The point of this preamble — which obviously has little to do with Thursday night's matchup — is that I don't really think you should be looking for many fliers this time of year. Clearly your lineup was good enough to get you to December. This is no time to bail on your stars.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade9 days ago
Even if you wanted to avoid the bad weather games this week, it was hardly possible. We had wintry conditions all over the map. Philadelphia basically looked like Hoth (see above). Snow covered the fields in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington and Green Bay, too.
And in the end, league-wide statistical production didn't exactly suffer. Here's a look at total points and yards from Sunday's snow games:
DET-PHI – 54 points, 706 total net yards MIA-PIT – 62 points, 772 yards KC-WAS – 55 points, 607 yards MIN-BAL – 55 points, 703 yards ATL-GB – 43 points, 619 yards
Not exactly a fantasy snowpocalypse.
Matthew Stafford's owners might be whining about weather tonight, sure, but we should note that Nick Foles delivered 20.46 points on the same field. Ryan Tannehill had never previously played a game in the snow, and he'll finish as a top-10 QB.
Honestly, there are not many things that fantasy owners overrate more than the impact of snow — maybe Jared Cook, but that's it.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade12 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 Arcade16 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 Arcade23 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 Arcade26 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 Arcade1 mth 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 Arcade1 mth 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).