Brad Evans

  • Ezekiel Elliott heads rookie class set to make 2016 fantasy impact

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 16 hrs ago

    The joy of newness is interwoven into the consciousness of all Americans. We love that new car smell, fresh pair of Jordans feel and refreshing swig off a just cracked beer.

    It’s so good when it hits the lips.

    When it comes to fantasy football, this psychology permeates into the typical owner’s mindset.

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    For many, high-profiled, much-hyped rookies are seducing, the sirens of the virtual game. They posted obscene numbers at the college level, were drafted into favorable "good fit" situations and are destined to produce. That’s what eternal optimists, admittedly me included, often believe. 

    Why?

    Call it the Veruca Salt Effect. We want it all NOW! 

    Thanks social media. 

    So, will the 2016 class pay immediate dividends? 

    Fearless Forecast: 67 receptions, 1,044 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns 

  • DeMarco Murray's fantasy value dips as Titans take Derrick Henry

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    In a move that triggered more tears than the ending to “Field of Dreams,” the Tennessee Titans crushed DeMarco Murray supporter hopes by selecting Heisman winner Derrick Henry in Round 2 of the NFL Draft.

    Thanks a million, Jon Robinson.

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    The move adds yet another maddening timeshare to a league overpopulated with them.

    Henry is a see hole, smash hole type of rusher, a player who hearkens back to the days of Brandon Jacobs. Frankenstein-like on early downs, he uses his muscular frame to brutalize would-be tacklers. He's terrific in short-yardage, intimidating on the second level and possesses surprising wheels off the edge for a player of his size (six-foot-three, 247 pounds).

    Both Titans are still very rosterable, though Murray is now more mid-level RB2 than resurrected RB1 in 12-team formats. At this juncture, he's locked into the Jonathan Stewart, C.J. Anderson tier.

    How deflating.

  • First rounders Elliott, Doctson, Lynch big fantasy winners

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Ear-to-ear grins. Mom tears of joy. Goodell bear hugs. ... Round 1 of the NFL Draft was filled with the usual enthusiasm. 

    For fantasy purposes, though, the excitement level climbed to stratospheric heights for only a very select few as a pair of highly though of college stars including Corey Coleman (Cleveland) and Laquon Treadwell (Minnesota) landed in undesirable locales. 

    But enough about Thursday's biggest losers, here are the clear-cut fantasy winners from Day of the NFL Draft: 

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  • 3-Point Stance: Addressing Elliott, WRs and Goff/Wentz debate

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Leading up to the NFL Draft April 28, Brad Evans and Liz Loza will crouch down, explode off the snap and tackle pressing questions about some of this year's most prominent prospects. Wednesday's topic: Everyone in the pool...

    Imagine you're in LA Rams' GM Les Snead's shoes. You've just mortgaged your NFL Draft future for, presumably, a quarterback set to be the face of the franchise for the next decade. No pressure. Who are you casting a vote for: Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. Whoever you pick, what fantasy expectations are realistic in Year 1?

    Liz – JARED GOFF. Carson Wentz may look the part, but Goff has had the better audition. A three-year starter at Cal, he's the more polished prospect. From his accuracy to his decision-making skills, Goff is the more pro-ready option. His lack of weapons and the Rams’ run-heavy approach, however, will keep the Cali kid from making an immediate fantasy impact in redraft leagues. He could be worth a look in DFS come mid-season, after the team’s Week 8 bye.

    [Expert preseason Fantasy Football rankings]

  • Fantasy Freak Show: Impact of the never-ending Tom Brady saga

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    On today's well-groomed episode, Brad Evans and Liz Loza discuss the fantasy fallout from Tom Brady's reinstated four-game suspension. If upheld, where should he be drafted? Who are a few lower-tiered QBs that could thrive in his place Weeks 1-4?

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    Our fearless forecasters also discussed the QB drama in Philadelphia and detailed the pluses and minuses of NFL Draft prospects Paxton Lynch, Leonte Carroo and Kenyan Drake.

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  • Spin Doctors: Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    GM Les Snead and the LA Rams have a monumental decision to make, one that could define the club's course for the next several years. In this edition of the Docs, Liz Loza and Brad Evans go toe-to-toe on exactly who should be the face of the franchise as it enters a new era. 

    Loza loves her some Jared Goff: After picking up, moving halfway across the country, and trading away a boatload of picks, the Rams need an immediate starter to open the season. The organization, much like redrafters, are living in the now. Which is why Jared Goff is likely to be the first player selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

    While he doesn’t have Wentz’s idyllic size, charming bravado, or tantalizing upside, he is the more polished prospect. Boasting solid arm strength and the ability to zip the ball into tight windows, Goff displayed poise and reliance in the pocket. His ability to recognize and react quickly is evidence of a high football IQ and an advanced understanding of the game. A smart, accurate, and mobile-enough QB, Goff’s experience has afforded him the savvy to lead the Rams in their Week 1 debut.

  • 3-Point Stance: Can Derrick Henry deliver starter-worthy stats?

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Leading up to the NFL Draft April 28, Brad Evans and Liz Loza will crouch down, explode off the snap and tackle pressing questions about some of this year's most prominent prospects. Wednesday's topic: Alabama RB Derrick Henry.

    Frankenstein in nature, Henry is a physically imposing specimen (6-foot-3, 247-pounds) similar in style and substance as former Giant Brandon Jacobs. A classic downhill runner with excellent speed for his size (4.54 40-yard) and intimidating power (60.2 YAC% in '15), he has game-breaking appeal despite underwhelming lateral agility and questionable hands. Projected to land anywhere from Round 2 to Round 4 in the NFL Draft, the much-debated rusher is essentially an early-70s, metal-fortress Buick in an era dominated by multifunctional vehicles. What team(s) do you see as best fits?

    Fill in the blank. Henry will land in the Round __-__ range in 12-team drafts and finish around No. ___ among fantasy running backs this fall.

    Fearless Forecast. Predict a stat line for Henry in his rookie season (ATTS-RSHYDS-REC-RECYDS-TDs).

    Liz – 158 attempts, 612 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 33 receiving yards, 6 total touchdowns

     

  • Fantasy Freak Show: Just how high will Zeke Elliott climb in 2016?

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    On today's steamy program, Brad Evans and Liz Loza get all hot and bothered about various NFL Draftees. Our tandem poked, prodded and pricked marquee names Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry and Corey Coleman discussing their overall pluses and minuses. Additionally, Brad and Liz explained who they would take if in Les Snead's shoes – Jared Goff or Carson Wentz? Finally, our fearless forecasters revealed their top rookie sleeper, answered your pressing Twitter questions and detailed what infectious diseases could be festering in a pool of plastic balls. 

    With the NFL Draft just around the corner, it's time to scratch that football itch ...  

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  • 2016 NFL Rookie Predictions: Kenneth Dixon

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    Bench presses counted. Cone drills clocked. And tape reviewed. While NFL scouts have been scribbling in their notebooks for months, fantasy owners are just now examining this year’s incoming class. In order to keep fans of the virtual game fully informed and a step ahead of the competition, the Roto Arcade crew is here to provide you with the necessary goods. Today’s college stud under the microscope is LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon.

    College Highlights : Overlooked by many while at Louisiana Tech, Dixon was the definition of 'consistency king.' He notched at least 5.1 yards per carry and 1,000 combined yards in each of his four years with the Bulldogs. Last season, he surpassed the century mark in total yardage in eight of 13 games, including a stellar 102 rush yards, 113 receiving yards and four total touchdowns logged against Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl. His 87 collegiate touchdowns rank second all-time in FBS history. 

    Pro-Comp(s): Smaller version of Matt Forte 

    Team Fits: Denver, Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, New England, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Seattle

  • 3-Point Stance: How fantasy rich will Laquon Treadwell be Year 1?

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    Leading up to the NFL Draft April 28, Brad Evans and Liz Loza will crouch down, explode off the snap and tackle pressing questions about some of this year's most prominent prospects. Wednesday's topic: Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell.

    Despite a lackluster 4.63 40-yard at his Pro Day, Treadwell is widely perceived as the top prospect among this year's WR class, drawing comparisons to fantasy mainstays DeAndre Hopkins, Alshon Jeffery and Dez Bryant. His ball-tracking skills, clean routes, fearlessness and intelligence are highly touted. What team(s) do you see as best fits?

    Fill in the blank. Treadwell will land in the Round __-__ range in 12-team drafts and finish around No. ___ among fantasy wide receivers this fall.

    Liz – According to current ADP data, Treadwell is being drafted at the end of the eleventh round. I suspect he'll get a bit hotter as the spring and summer pass, ultimately going off the board somewhere between rounds 9 - 10. Overall, I see him closing out his rookie campaign as the WR38 in fantasy.

    Fearless Forecast. Provide a statistical prediction for Treadwell in his rookie season (REC-YDS-TDs).

    Liz – 58-763-6

    Brad – 64-807-6 (As a Saint)