Brad Evans

  • First Down: David Johnson must be first fantasy RB drafted

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    The Buzz: There's dissension in the ranks. After a year in which 58.3 percent of RB1s and RB2s failed to measure up (finishing within three spots of their respective tiers), an increasing number of drafters are abandoning the running theory for ZeroRB. Some stubborn fantasy strategists, though divided on which RB is deserving of top honors, continue to cling to traditional tactics. Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson and David Johnson are candidates for the distinction. The Desert Bird, however, is the one who should fall off draft boards first as an overall top-five pick.

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    Why the sophomore rusher is an oasis in the desert

    Pump up the volume. The "v" word is the most seductive expression in fantasy. The mere thought of a player getting his mitts on the ball some 300-plus times is e nthralling . Johnson is clearly that guy.

    In other words, Johnson is a true unicorn. 

    Trust him. 

  • Freak Show Pod: Spindly Sammy, climbing Jones, falling Freeman

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    On today's pedal-to-the-metal program, Brad Evans and Liz Loza discuss the hot fantasy football headliens from around the NFL – fallout from Sammy Watkins' latest setback, Doug Baldwin's "run more" comments and Matt Jones' ringing endorsement. 

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    Additionally, our pigskin prognosticators played a game of overvalued/undervalued deciding what side of the fence Tyrod Taylor, Devonta Freeman, Ameer Abdullah, Randall Cobb and Gary Barnidge are on. Plus, we answered your pressing Twitter questions. 

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  • Spin Doctors: Randall Cobb vs. Kelvin Benjamin

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    For all intents and purposes, wide receivers Randall Cobb (42.1 ADP, WR21) and Kelvin Benjamin (31.6 ADP, WR17) were on semi-permanent vacations in 2015. The lanky Panthers target missed the entire season due to a knee injury. Meanwhile, his contemporary, like the Packers offense as a whole, did backstrokes in a statistical cesspool. Which wideout will bounce back biggest this fall? Liz Loza and Brad Evans exchange pleasantries.

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    Loza butters up Cobb: More melty than sharp, 2015 proved to be a year most Cheddar Heads would rather not relive. Falling from the sixth most prolific squad in 2014 to the twenty-sixth ranked offense this past year, the Packer’s found themselves uncharacteristically shredded on more than a few occasions. From Jordy Nelson’s season-long absence to Eddie Lacy’s ballooning waistline, Green Bay’s obstacles were many. Unfortunately, they also contributed to Cobb’s dip in production.

    Wrong.

  • First Down: Ezekiel Elliott's fantasy critics don't like winning

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    The Buzz: After the Dallas Cowboys selected Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick, the fantasy community became instantly divided. Zeke zealots contend he's a legitimate first-round pick, a presumed high-volume rusher placed in an ideal situation. Naysayers, however, argue he's an unproven product destined to ruin your fake franchise as a committee rusher. Yours truly, like most industry folks, unequivocally sides with the former group. 

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    Why sinking a first-rounder in the rookie isn't Looney Tunes  

    Bottom Line: It's virtually impossible not to like Elliott. Naturally those who fly the #TeamRaisins flag will express their fears of the unknown, but 18 first-year running backs have finished inside the RB top-12 since 2000. Spectacular showings during a rusher's inaugural campaign are far from atypical. 

  • Fantasy NFL Over/Unders: Is Baldwin trustworthy post-breakout?

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 13 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 a six-pack of intriguing over/unders for 2016. Wednesday's theme: Post-Breakout Stars. 

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    Doug Baldwin, who was crowned king of consistency Weeks 12-16 after scoring 11 touchdowns over five games, final WR rank this fall WR 20.5 (In other words, will he be a top-20 WR?).  

    Brad  – OVER. What Baldwin accomplished from Weeks 12-16 was nothing short of stunning, but that level of production is entirely unsustainable. The 'Hawks' RB heavy draft is an indicator they want to return to their power run-game, ball-control roots. Michael Crabtree was the 20th-best WR last year with an 85-922-9 line. Baldwin will come close to that output, but expect him to finish in the WR23-26 range. 

  • Freak Show Pod: Gordon's tender knee and mock swings/misses

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    On today's enthusiastic episode, fantasy trumpeters Brad Evans and Liz Loza discuss the fallout from Melvin Gordon's post-microfracture news. Will the disappointing rookie strive for respectability in Year 2? Where does he stack up in average drafts? Should you consider him over similarly ranked RBs Jay Ajayi, Chris Ivory and Jeremy Hill? 

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    Our loudmouths also offered their reaches and steals in the recent Yahoo Mock Draft and answered your pressing Twitter questions. 

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  • Spin Doctors: Ryan Mathews vs. C.J. Anderson

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    In this episode of the Docs, Brad Evans and Liz Loza offer their diagnoses on projected RB2s Ryan Mathews and C.J. Anderson. Who will churn out the better numbers this season? Read their arguments and declare a winner in the comments section below.

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    Brad unfurls his tongue, naturally, for Ryan Mathews : Admittedly, my adoration for Mathews is unapologetic. Ever since he entered the league in 2010, I've been enamored with his potential. He's flashy, explosive and versatile. Recall in 2011 and 2013 he tucked inside the RB top-12 in overall fantasy production. If not for his highly consumable flesh – DAMN YOU INJURY IMP! – he would have lived up to my mammoth expectations.  

    Speaking as objectively as possible, Mathews is the more 'money' RB2. 

    While both backs come with their share of concerns the safer bet is Anderson.

  • Fantasy Football Mock '16, RDs 9-10: Romo sparks late-RD QB wave

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    Fantasy football drafting in May? Heck ya! Are you itching to mock? Deep down you are. And we are too. With the NFL Draft in the books, we recently participated in a 12-team, .5 PPR, with a FLEX, exercise to whet your whistle. Wake up from your pigskin coma, fantasy freaks. The 2016 fantasy football season is officially underway. Let the "expert" derision begin.

    SEE ROUNDS 1-2 HERE; ROUNDS 3-4 HERE; ROUNDS 5-6 HERE; ROUNDS 7-8 HERE

    ROUND 9

    Pick 97: Zach Ertz, Phi, TE10 – In an offense that heavily features the TE position, Ertz should carry the momentum that began in Week 13 of last season into 2016. ( Liz Loza 1 )

    ROUND 10

  • Fantasy Football Mock '16, RDs 7-8: Dixon sparks rookie RB run

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    Fantasy football drafting in May? Heck ya! Are you itching to mock? Deep down you are. And we are too. With the NFL Draft in the books, we recently participated in a 12-team, .5 PPR, with a FLEX, exercise to whet your whistle. Wake up from your pigskin coma, fantasy freaks. The 2016 fantasy football season is officially underway. Let the "expert" derision begin.

    SEE ROUNDS 1-2 HERE; ROUNDS 3-4 HERE; ROUNDS 5-6 HERE

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    ROUND 7

    ROUND 8

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  • Fantasy Football Mock '16, RDs 5-6: Luck, Big Ben join the party

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 20 days ago

    Fantasy football drafting in May? Heck ya! Are you itching to mock? Deep down you are. And we are too. With the NFL Draft in the books, we recently participated in a 12-team, .5 PPR, with a FLEX, exercise to whet your whistle. Wake up from your pigskin coma, fantasy freaks. The 2016 fantasy football season is officially underway. Let the "expert" derision begin.

    SEE ROUNDS 1-2 HERE; ROUNDS 3-4 HERE

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    ROUND 5

    Pick 49: Jordan Matthews, Phi, WR25 – A top-twenty fantasy WR in 2015, and now moving from the slot to the outside in Doug Pederson's West Coast offense, Matthews is primed to take the next step in his maturation. ( Liz Loza 1 )

    ROUND 6