Brad Evans

  • First Down: Steve Smith one of several WR seniors with gas-in-tank

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 6 hrs ago

    Welcome to the research season.

    Soon some 50 million fantasy maniacs will thumb through volumes of scouting reports, stats and trends to put themselves in a position to CRUSH the competition. Questions, some rhetorical and some not, will be bandied about in an attempt to separate the loved from the loathed. Can C.J. Anderson thrive in Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking scheme? Is Tevin Coleman, battling Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith for the Falcons’ starting gig, worth the dice roll in the middle rounds? Was Martavis Bryant’s spectacular rookie stretch a mirage? Is it possible for Geno Smith to not royally suck?

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    Dilemmas …

    However, of all the characteristics weighed, none is more divisive than date-of-birth.

    Fearless Forecast: 73 receptions, 1,011 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns 

    Fearless Forecast: 80 receptions, 1,006 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns  

    Fearless Forecast: 69 receptions, 917 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns 

    OTHER AGED WRs FAR FROM A LIFE OF RASCAL RACES AND SPONGE BATHS

  • NFL Over/Under: Are early drafters overreaching for Randle?

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing rookie over/unders for the upcoming season.

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    In a recent full-point, 12-team industry draft, Joseph Randle was plucked in Round 3 (No. 32 overall). Equally mind-blowing, according to Fantasy Football Calculator his draft stock has spiked a full five rounds since late May (40.4 ADP, RB20), leaving potential investors wondering if there is enough 'meat on the bone.' With that in mind, Randle finishes among fantasy RBs this fall 24.5.

    Andy – OVER. C'mon. He carried the ball just 51 times last season. You can't reasonably assume that his per-touch production would be the same (or close) at a much larger workload. And anyway, this backfield reeks of RBBC. Picking him in the third round is the sort of "LOOK AT ME!" thing that sometimes happens in industry leagues, but it's silly.

  • Overlooked Arian Foster could prove to be a bargain come fantasy draft time

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    Despite four top-five running back finishes in his past five seasons, Arian Foster is quite possibly the most dissed fantasy RB in early drafts. A high-odometer reading, past injuries and Houston's uncertainty at quarterback has owners cool on the former rush king. Though some trepidation is warranted, his average second-round price tag (15.5 ADP)  in Yahoo exercises isn't. Coach Bill O'Brien's recent words explain why:

    "You can rest assured that as long as [Arian] is healthy and he’s out there, we will run the ball. I can tell you that."

    Ask yourself, why spend a high pick on Le'Veon Bell, knowing he's going to miss three games, when you could pair an ultra-reliable Andrew Luck with Foster?

    Score the duo and you'll surely dance awkwardly like Tom Brady come year's end.

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  • First Down: Peterson deserves top spot, Big Ben's deception and sophomore WR sensations

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    Before I load up the family truckster and head to Illinois for a two-week preseason battery charge, below are fantasy spins on recent whispers from mini-camp, random thoughts and easy-to-read lists, several of them. For those who relish berating accessible writers, please throw your verbal barbs in the comments section.

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    • The Purple Jesus’ resurrection is well underway. After a season-long suspension and lengthy standoff with Minnesota’s front office, Adrian Peterson is not only back in action, he’s extremely motivated to extend his career beyond 2015. Suffice it to say, he’s angry, a frightening prospect for defenses (65.5 career yards-after-contact percentage). It’s no wonder why many in the "expert" realm are pushing owners to invest a No. 1 overall pick in him, even in PPR formats.

    Consider me one of them.

    Purple reign. Purple reign.

    Take, for instance, Ben Roethlisberger.

    ***To be fair, Hill and Anderson didn’t start until midseason.

    QUICK HITTERS

  • First Down: Latavius Murray, bright fantasy light in the Black Hole

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    Why sinking coin in an Oakland RB is actually a good thing:

    Murray isn't without flaws. At times he runs too upright, which explains the underwhelming yards-after-contact production. A lower pad level and meaner streak would provide protection from lower-body injuries and assist him in generating tough yards. Though he has imperfections, the 25-year-old is an intoxicating product who stimulates the senses. Rewatch his highlight reel from last year, including his 90-yard TD sprint against KC, and you'll completely agree.

  • Andre Ellington primed for fantasy bounce back

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 25 days ago

    At this point last season, Andre Ellington was the object of fantasy owner affection. He was an exciting young back off an impressive rookie season entrenched behind an improved offensive line. His versatility, limited competition and general electricity convinced many to confidently invest an early-round pick in his services. Bruce Arians, after all, was committed to making his running back the focal point of the offense, potentially riding him some 25-plus times per game.  However, before the regular season could get underway, things got a bit prickly in the desert. In Arizona’s final exhibition tune-up, Ellington suffered a split tendon in his foot, an injury Arians later admitted ‘set [the Cardinals] way back.’ Originally expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the ailment, the rusher powered through only to meet his demise Week 13 after undergoing hernia surgery.  If only Ryan Mathews possessed similar toughness... Still, considering the circumstances, Ellington achieved remarkable success. His 3.28 yards per carry was appalling, but, thanks to a rigorous workload (20.6 touches/game), he averaged 87.9 total yards per contest. He also dove into the end-zone five times...

  • First Down: Sophomore slump be damned! Bryant buzz completely warranted

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 26 days ago

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    Why taking up a second job delivering pizzas to afford Bryant will be completely worth it:

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  • First Down: Chip Kelly's split personality a knock against Murray

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 29 days ago

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    Why throwing dollars at DeMarco is a profitless endeavor:

    Kelly's unpredictability. Mike Shanahan, once the most devilish, most deceitful coach in football, has passed the torch. For fantasy purposes, Chip is the new "Lucifer." As LeSean McCoy owners can attest, it's impossible to pinpoint exactly what the treacherous play-caller is thinking, especially near the goal-line. The randomness is great for real-life football as it keeps defenses guessing, but for the stats-driven community every Sproles or Chris Polk red-zone touch was a crane kick to the crotch.

  • First Down: Point break, Spiller, others, to lead PPR charge at RB

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    Trends always come and go. Slap bracelets, shag carpet, Jheri curls, Zubaz and whatever jersey faux pas the Chicago Bears wore in 1994 are just a few. However, one flavor is and will forever be fashionable in the virtual pigskin world, PPR leagues.

    Get used to it scoring traditionalists ...

    Over the past two years, consumers have strayed from mundane, antiquated formats, choosing instead to enhance their overall fantasy experience. Two years ago 29.2 percent of Yahoo leagues featured some PPR element. Last year, that number rose to 31.8 percent.

  • First Down: Ryan Tannehill set to sizzle on South Beach

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.

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    The Buzz: A few weeks back, Miami upstart Ryan Tannehill became a very wealthy man as he inked a six-year, $96 million contract extension with $45 million guaranteed. To protect their investment the Dolphins stockpiled the cabinet this offseason adding Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Greg Jennings, Jordan Cameron and Jay Ajayi. Off a breakthrough campaign in which he finished No. 10 in total fantasy points at QB, some anticipate the Dolphin's clicks to grow louder this fall.

    Why snapping tendons for Tannehill is smart:

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