Crumpets, tea, overt politeness – the NFL returns to Wimbley Stadium for its third across-the-pond tilt of the season. Different from previous British battles, this week's brutally early (6:30 AM PT) Lions/Falcons matchup is full of intrique. Even if Calvin Johnson suits up, will he be effective? Can Matt Ryan actually perform like a QB1 outdoors? What lame excuses will Mike Smith make up this time?
On this week's energetic program, Melanie Collins will guide our knights of the round table (Brandon Funston, Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Shaun King) through the Week 8 muck. On the agenda: LeSean McCoy's prospects in the desert, rookie wide receivers not named Kelvin Benjamin and Sammy Watkins with shocker special potential, Percy predictions and, of course, your pressing questions. Here's how you can join the circus:
Straight cash homie! In his never-ending quest to pay off his kids' college education early, Brad Evans unveils his FanDuel picks for the upcoming week and explains his reasoning behind them. Make that money, #TeamHuevos.
FAKE BUDGET: $60,000
Carson Palmer, Ari, QB (FanDuel Price: $7,400) – When in uniform this season, the crafty veteran has impressed. He's thrown two touchdowns in each of his first three starts amassing a top-10 per game average at the QB position. He should again live among QB1s this week vs. Philly. Because of the Eagles' fast-paced nature, high-volume situations are inevitable for opposing passers. With Eli Manning the lone exception, every signal-caller has tossed at least two TDs against the Eagles this year. Palmer adds to that list en route to a 300-yard, 2-3 TD day.
Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names who he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 8 Lames in the comments section below.
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- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 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 over/unders for Week 8.
LeSean McCoy, fresh off the bye and his first 100-yard game of the season, combined yards against a stingy Arizona D 84.5.
Dalton – OVER. McCoy is off to a horrible start to the year by his standards, as he’s averaged 3.6 YPC (0.5 worse than his next lowest mark that he set during his rookie campaign) to go along with a career-low 4.6 yards-per-catch. Despite that, he’s still averaged 82.7 yards from scrimmage. Arizona is tough against the run, but Philly is coming off a bye, and McCoy is bound to improve moving forward.
Scott – OVER. A bye week doesn't cure everyone's ailments, but I like that McCoy and the Philly offensive line come into this matchup refreshed, and I have faith in Chip Kelly's scheming and preparation. I'm not ready to give up the ghost with McCoy.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Each week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 8 Flames in the comments section below.
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
This week, Brad Evans has identified eight intriguing fantasy football players, and a defense, likely to be available on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.
Ryan Tannehill (QB) Miami Dolphins The South Beach slinger, once believed to be on the outs with Joe Philbin only weeks ago, is not only back in his coach’s good graces but also the fantasy community’s. The poor man’s Cam Newton is an underrated dual threat. He’s not only blemished defenses with his arm, but also with his legs. Over the past three games, he’s notched 266.3 passing yards and 44 rushing yards per game. He also found the end zone six times during that stretch, ranking No. 6 among quarterbacks in per game average. With a matchup against intrastate opponent Jacksonville looming, he’s a strong QB to consider. The Jags have allowed the most passing yards (299.7 yds/gm) to the position this year. Miami Nice.
FAAB Bid: $8 ($100 budget)Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTMiami at JacksonvillePreview Game
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute4 days ago
In his illustrious career, one that someday may feature his bronze bust in Canton, Larry Fitzgerald has made eight Pro Bowl appearances, logged six 1,000-yard seasons and scored 88 touchdowns. Still a relatively youthful 31-years-old, most would believe he’s destined to pad those stats over the next few seasons. However, his impatient fantasy owners would vehemently disagree, yours truly included. Fitzgerald is expendable in 12-team leagues. Barely registering a blip on the wide receiver radar, he’s found the end zone only once this season, ranking No. 64 in per-game average at the position. That’s behind the likes of Travis Benjamin, Kenny Stills and Miles Austin. Sure, go ahead and blame Carson Palmer’s extended absence, but even with the veteran passer at the controls, he’s posted WR2 worthy numbers just one time (Week 6). With upstarts Allen Robinson, Doug Baldwin and Andre Holmes still widely available in Yahoo leagues, the time has come to throw Larry to the fishes.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade7 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 over/unders for Week 7.
Eddie Lacy, mired in a legitimate 50-50 snap split with James Starks, standard fantasy points in a generous matchup against Carolina 9.9.
Brandon – OVER. Carolina has allowed seven running backs to reach at least 9.5 fantasy points over its past four games, so clearly there's enough meat on the bone in this matchup to feed both Lacy and Starks. And although the snap count has been even the past couple weeks, the Packers are still calling Lacy's number more often (27 carries to 20 over the past two games). I think Lacy goes for at least 75 YFS and a touchdown against a Panthers defense allowing 5.5 YPC to opposing backs.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade7 days ago
With the landscape at running back in a perpetual state of change, owners not fortunate enough to have rights to DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster or Matt Forte, are being forced to debate full-blown committee backs on a week-in, week-out basis.
On this week’s highly educational program, Melanie Collins will guide our motley crew (Brandon Funston, Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Shaun King) through the RB muck in an attempt to pinpoint the Week 7 values of part-timers James Starks, Jeremy Hill, Isaiah Crowell and Jerick McKinnon. Plus, our on-site physician, Dr. Gregory Horner, will detail what Calvin Johnson’s ‘lingering’ ankle pain means for his rest of season prognosis. As always, we’ll also tend to your pressing fantasy needs.
Here’s how you can join the circus:
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade8 days ago
Straight cash homie! In his never-ending quest to pay off his kids' college education early, Brad Evans unveils his FanDuel picks for the upcoming week and explains his reasoning behind them. Make that money, #TeamHuevos. [ ] FAKE BUDGET: $60,000
Cam Newton, Car, QB (FanDuel Price: $8,400) – He's got legs. And he knows how to use them. Back to his old, versatile ways, Newton, who had slumped his way to 42 rushing yards in his first four games, found the spring in his step last week in Cincinnati. The QB, showing vintage open-field burst, sprinted his way to a season-best 107 rushing yards. Sam Shields and Co. have grounded many aerial attacks this year, but Green Bay's ineffectiveness up front could make Cam quite the opportunistic runner. Only Cincinnati and Washington have conceded more rushing yards to QBs than the Packers. Something along the lines of 280-300 combined yards and three touchdowns (one rush) is in my fearless forecast.