Brad Evans

  • Preseason Week 3 Lames: Cowboy RB complications push Randle outside RB2s

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    There's a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they're nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top-five Lames from Preseason Week 3. 

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  • Preseason Week 3 Flames: Muscle up! Doug Martin's fantasy resurrection well underway

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    There's a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they're nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top-five Flames from Preseason Week 3. 

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  • Martavis Bryant’s suspension shouldn’t scare fantasy owners

    Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 6 days ago

    The hits keep coming at the wide receiver position in fantasy football.

    First Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL, then Jordy Nelson did the same. Now ESPN’s Adam Schefter has some tough news for Pittsburgh Steelers and fantasy fans:

    Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is facing 4-game suspension for violating Substance Abuse Policy, per league sources. Suspension under appeal.

    Many fantasy experts - including yours truly - were expecting a breakthrough year for the former Clemson Tiger. If the NFL upholds the suspension - Bryant is appealing - I think he'll slide from his current 5th round ADP to the 8th or 9th round. However, that's still a remarkable value.

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    This will (rightfully so) send Markus Wheaton soaring up draft boards – from the WR40 to WR30-35 range -- but I expect Bryant to outperform his receiving partner in the long run. Remember, Bryant scored the most fantasy points per snap among wideouts last season – yes, even more than Odell Beckham, Jr.

  • Preseason Week 2 Lames: Chip's RBBC script damning to DeMarco

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    There's a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they're nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top-five Lames from Preseason Week 2. 

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  • Preseason Week 2 Flames: Chris Ivory may rumble into RB2 ranks

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    There's a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they're nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top-five Flames from Preseason Week 2. 

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  • Fantasy value: Jordy Nelson likely tears ACL, Davante Adams' stock spikes

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    When Jordy Nelson crumbled to the ground after a non-contact injury Sunday in Pittsburgh, the fantasy community held its collective breath. Still reeling from Kelvin Benjamin’s knee setback earlier in the week, most hoped a little dirt-rubbing would cure Nelson’s ailment. 

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    Though he limped off the field unassisted, the worst possible scenario came to fruition. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport , the initial diagnosis for the popular fantasy WR1 is a torn ACL. The tear is expected to be confirmed by an MRI. His 2015 season is now lost.

    The injury imp strikes again.

    Obviously the news is devastating, but in a next-man up league, Nelson’s departure swings open the door of opportunity for several of Green Bay’s young, talented receivers.

    Second-year weapon Davante Adams stands to benefit most. 

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  • WR/TE Primer 2015: Should you get down with Brown in Round 1? Plus, Gronk, busts and deep sleepers

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    FIRING BULLETS – WR QUICK TIPS, TRENDS AND TAKES TO KNOW ENTERING THE SEASON

    • Over the past six seasons the bust rate of WR1s (Players drafted inside the position's top-12 who finished outside the top-15) is 33.3 percent. Last year, Brandon Marshall, Keenan Allen and Pierre Garcon kicked owners where it counts.

    • The biggest positive gainer at the WR position over the past month is Eddie Royal. Thanks to enormous buzz generated during OTAs/minicamp and now training camp, plus Kevin White's shin stress fracture, his value has increased from an ADP of 164.1 to 116.6. Muy caliente!

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    • On the downside, a bucket of ice has been thrown on Martavis Bryant. Ben Roethlisberger's glowing words about Markus Wheaton two weeks ago and Bryant's brief elbow setback crushed the hype. Since mid-July his draft day price tag has dipped from 43.5 to 53.1. Rough. However, his splash preseason debut (3-55-1) against Jacksonville may reverse the course.

  • ADP Progress Report: A pair of CJs, Gordon, Wilson feeling the chill

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    Each week the ADP Progress Report highlights the movers and shakers over the past several days from data compiled by Fantasy Football Calculator. Satisfactory check-pluses in courteousness, self-control and neatness are not required. Today's topic: Fastest fallers. 

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    ADDITIONAL FREE FALLERS 

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  • ADP Progress Report: Abdullah, Royal, Rudolph heating up

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    Each week the Average Draft Position (ADP) Progress Report highlights the movers and shakers over the past several days from data compiled by Fantasy Football Calculator . Satisfactory check-pluses in courteousness, self-control and neatness are not required.

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    ADDITIONAL LADDER CLIMBERS

    Sam Bradford, QB, Phi (113.2, +15.5 since July 15) – Though he didn’t see action in the Eagles’ first preseason matchup and countless words have been penned about His Holiness, Tim Tebow, over the past couple days, the former No. 1 pick is the fastest upward mover at QB. In a frenetic system that registered the fifth-most pass attempts, he undoubtedly has 4,200-yards, 30-TD appeal. Remember, Philly QBs combined for the ninth-most valuable line in fantasy last year (4,581 pass yards, 27 TDs). If you play the patience game at QB, Bradford needs to be the primary target, despite the injury risk.

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  • Spin Doctors: What running back would you rather invest in for fantasy, Matt Forte or Justin Forsett?

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    Offensive architect Marc Trestman switched hats this offseason going from Chicago to Baltimore. What affiliated running back will churn out more fantasy production: The former, Matt Forte (10.1 ADP), or the current, Justin Forsett (21.5)? Fanalysts Brad Evans and Liz Loza disagree completely. Read. Ponder. And insult the loser in the comments section below. 

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    Liz sings "Sweet Home Chicago:" Don't fall victim to simplistic plug-and-play analysis... 

    Forte caught more balls than any other RB in the league last year.

    He did that in Trestman’s offense.

    Trestman is now the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.

    Forsett is the Ravens lead back.

    Whoah! Forsett is going to catch over 100 balls too!

    To be fair, I like Forsett. And I think he could put up RB2 numbers. But to rank him above a Pro-Bowl talent like Forte is shortsighted.

    Perhaps not the PPR dynamo he was under Trestman, Forte is a proven commodity who will continue to pay dividends.  

    He’s bound to break down.