- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Ups and downs characterize the short careers of Ryan Mathews and Doug Martin. Both have penetrated the RB1 class. Both have triggered massive migraines. In this cage-match to the death, Brad Evans and Andy Behrens beat one another to a bloddy pulp over who you should draft.
Sound the bell ...
The Noise, naturally, professes his renewed love for Mathews:
Well, well, well … our fearless leader, Brandon Funston, gave yours truly an open, unfiltered forum to discuss the merits of the greatest running back in human history, but only in 250 words? Brevity, obviously, will not be honored.
This is Ryan Mathews, my ultimate man-crush/mantasy/baby boo/Tenderoni/honey bunny/love muffin, a man who’s repeatedly broken hearts but regained a fair level of respectability last year.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days ago
There are many things in this world I truly don’t understand. Dudes in flip-flops who lift weights at the gym, the popularity of Chihuahuas, why people find listening to Rush enjoyable and satellite TV commercials that insinuate humans copulate with marionettes top the list.
So does the baseless hatred toward Giants RB Rashad Jennings.
The running back’s projected value and where he should be drafted has created a great schism in the ‘expert’ community. Just read my Twitter timeline. Supporters believe Jennings’ fourth-to-fifth round ADP in standard or 12-team PPR leagues is a bargain. He’s a legitimate top-15 candidate who could turn a massive profit. Doubters, meanwhile, are convinced he’s an overpriced, generally unproven dinosaur on a mediocre team that has no business being drafted as an RB2 even in the deepest of leagues.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Almost universally fantasy ‘experts,' both actual and self-proclaimed, have crammed the same, tired strategy down your throat when approaching quarterbacks this season:
WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!
A mountain of supportive evidence and the seemingly endless supply of useful QBs, they say, proves the strategy’s validity. By simply streaming the position, an exercise that sounds great in theory but in reality is more difficult to successfully execute especially in leagues where resources are scarce, one can stockpile talent at more volatile positions on draft day such as running back and wide receiver while maximizing passer matchups in-season. Staunch believers say it’s practically a foolproof plan. Hawk the wire, play the odds and, Voila!, a celebratory Drake-kicks-beats-on-stage-while-Johnny Manziel-rolls-twenties-in-the-bathroom victory party ensues. Last season, the emergence of Nick Foles and Josh McCown and even the occasional serviceability of guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Cassel and, during the fantasy playoffs, Geno Smith were testaments.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade10 days ago
When it comes to NFL wide receivers Andre Johnson is a bit of a wallflower. Despite wallowing in mediocrity for the better part of 11years – the Texans have just two playoff berths to speak of during that time – he’s been punctual for mandatory practices and camps, kept to himself and churned out consistent production. Unlike so many egotistical WR divas that throw repeated temper tantrums or insist on conceited requests, he remained selfless, a consummate employee, a consummate professional.
However, like anyone who grows tired of the same old (expletive) at work, Johnson has reached a breaking point.
Road meet fork.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade15 days ago
Every walk of 21 st century life is tracked, dissected and analyzed by computers. Weather observations banking transactions, twitter reactions, sporting events, tooth fairy payments, the alcohol content scrawled on your beer can – everything, everywhere has a number attached to it providing consumers with multiple angles on a particular subject.
This, after all, is the age of advanced understanding, though some Neanderthals, namely your antiquated mother-in-law and the backwards thinker who penned this column, fail to grasp the importance.
Naturally, fantasy sports, and those who feverishly play them, have certainly benefited.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade18 days ago
Beef, pork, mechanically separated turkey, water, corn syrup cubes, hydrolyzed beef stock, sodium phosphates, questionable "flavorings," bat shards, broken dreams and extractives of suck — these are ingredients that comprise baseball's biggest wieners. Just ask the poor bastard who's choked on Justin Verlander.
Coming off savory 2013 campaigns, this year's soured group of tubed meats were expected to exceed or at least meet last year's totals. Acquire them, experts and seasoned owners professed in March, and investors were sure to relish consistent production. As the old saying goes, players, in terms of statistical contribution, are supposed to get plumper when you draft 'em.
However, these Lil Smokies have shriveled in the Crock-Pot.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade19 days ago
Decisions, decisions. Fantasy owners are constantly faced with them. In Rounds 3-4 of most 12-team drafts, owners interested in acquiring an RB2 will have to make a tough choice. In today's royal rumble, Scott Pianowski, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston go toe-to-toe over rushing curiosities C.J. Spiller, Andre Ellington and Bishop Sankey.
Ding. Ding. Ding. Let the body slams begin ...
Scotty snacks on some Buffalo wings: The first thing to recognize with Spiller is that we're chasing an established upside, not a theoretical one. He was fantasy's No. 7 back in 2012, averaging a ridiculous 6.0 yards a carry. We've seen how good he can be at his best. And entering his Age-27 season (and a contract year, if that matters to you), I'd like to be invested again.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade22 days ago
When Jamaal Charles emasculated would-be Oakland tacklers to the tune of 215 combined yards and five touchdowns nearly six months ago your championship dreams went spiraling down the drain. You thought, "If only the Raiders still had Ted Hendricks or were armed with bazookas …"
Since then, to keep the events of that fateful day off your mind, you've drowned in adult beverages, dabbled in other fantasy sports and even exercised. Sadly, the pain lingers.
Pick your chin up, gamer. Your chance at redemption is just around the corner.
Are you prepared?
Prospective owners are returning to the virtual game in droves and again consuming information in large quantities. As a result, several newsy items jumping off RSS feeds have already begun to sway public opinion, an annual seduction that, in some cases, artificially inflates/deflates draft day prices.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade24 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 at the QB position for the upcoming season.
Matthew Stafford, who has ironed out mechanical kinks while learning OC Joe Lombardi’s playbook, passing yards this season 4,999.5
Scott – UNDER. Even with Calvin Johnson and pass-first Scott Linehan the last three years, Stafford only has season past that number. I also think the Lions threw at times because they had to, not because they definitely wanted to. If the defense shows any kind of improvement, volume likely takes a modest hit.
Dalton – UNDER. I respect the volume in which Detroit attempts passes, and it sure helps having the best WR in the NFL to throw to. But Stafford has surpassed this mark once in his career, when he threw for the eighth most yards in a season in NFL history. Going under here is a very safe bet.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade29 days ago
There is no word more divisive, misunderstood and misused in the entire fantasy vernacular.
The majority defines it as a generic-named player with considerable upside going anywhere in the mid-to-late rounds of drafts. These 'under-the-radar' commodities are, supposedly, relative unknowns which, if selected, will lead owners to a land of $100 bills, champagne showers, Steven Segal-themed trophies (Yes, they do exist) and, most importantly, bragging rights.
If that’s really what it means, beer is an unheralded adult beverage.