Brad Evans

  • Rookie Shocker Specials: Miami's Jay Ajayi one of five deep fantasy sleepers

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 19 hrs ago

    In the fantasy football vernacular no word is misunderstood, misidentified or misused more than ‘sleeper.’

    Similar to the grossly miswritten ‘ironic’ in the English language (Example: If a fan wearing a Josh Gordon jersey bumped into the Cleveland receiver at a 4/20 gathering, that isn't ironic.), the term is thrown around too loosely, often attached to players drafted as starters in 10-team leagues.

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    Generally speaking, self-described aficionados claim a ‘sleeper’ references generic players unbeknownst to the general gaming community. Throw PLAYER X out during your draft and someone is bound to blurt out, “WHO THE HELL IS THAT GUY?!”

    The above definition is fair. However, in an age where information is readily available at the touch of a screen, any fantasy player with the tiniest ounce of gumption can uncover pertinent player information spewed by scouts, coaches and insiders. In the classic sense, the controversial word no longer applies.

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  • Ten for Fantasy Wins: Gurley, Gordon lead promising 2015 rookie class

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Entering the 2014 NFL season, workhorse running backs, similar to compact discs, flip phones, folding maps and, presumably sometime very soon, Burger King’s not-so-delectable Chicken Fries, were on the verge of extinction.

    Clydesdales like Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy were rare breeds, 300-carry rushers who demanded a draft day premium from fantasy investors. Extreme volatility, after all, was the name of the game at RB, especially in an era of rotational backfields. To those who stubbornly clung to supposedly antiquated RB-RB methods last August, shelling out exorbitant sums for proven rushers was a necessary evil, no matter the risks attached (43.8 bust percentage of all projected RB1s/RB2s picked in fantasy drafts since 2009).

    DeMarco Murray only substantiated that belief.  

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    However, with more teams expected to employ a smash-mouth style this fall (e.g. Buffalo and New Orleans), the running back could again become en vogue.

    Just look at this year’s NFL Draft.

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Green-Beckham is Josh Gordon revisited, hopefully sans baggage

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Wednesday's profile: Missouri/Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

    College Highlights: Played only sparingly due to off-the-field problems and incurred suspensions. In 25 games with the Tigers he totaled 87 receptions for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 12 receiving scores in 2013 led the SEC. He tallied three 100-yard and three multi-TD games in 14 contests two seasons ago. Was widely considered the No. 1 overall prospect out of high school earning National Player of the Year honors. Recruiting guru Tom Lemming tabbed him the best WR prospect since Randy Moss. Accomplished sprinter and long jumper. 

    Pro Comp(s): Alshon Jeffery, Kelvin Benjamin, Josh Gordon, Mike Evans

    Team Fits: Kansas City, Chicago, San Francisco, New England, New Orleans, St. Louis, Tennessee, Houston, Cincinnati 

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Tevin Coleman has skills to surprise

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Monday's profile: Indiana running back Tevin Coleman.

    College Highlights: The consensus All-American and Doak Walker finalist made tsunami-sized waves his junior year with the Hoosiers. He averaged 169.7 rushing yards per game – a mark higher than 70 of 125 FBS teams – en route to a school record 2,036 rushing yards, the third back in Big Ten history to cross the 2,000-yard threshold. He was the fourth-fastest player in D-1 history to reach the milestone, achieving it on 264 attempts. His absurd 7.54 yards per carry was the fifth-best mark last year. Incredibly, his average TD distance (15 scores) was 40.3 yards. 

    Pro Comp(s): DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson 

    Team Fits: Baltimore, Arizona, Dallas, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Detroit 

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Draftniks divided on talented DeVante Parker

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Wednesday's profile: Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker.

    College Highlights: Only played in seven games last fall due to a foot injury, but racked a dynamite 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns over his final six contests (142.5 yards per game). His 33 career scores, in 43 games, tied a school record. He logged 10 100-yard games over his four seasons with the Cardinals. A big play receiver, he finished collegiate play with 17.8 yards per catch. 

    Pro Comp(s): A.J. Green, Martavis Bryant, Michael Floyd, Mike Evans 

    Team Fits: Minnesota, Cleveland, Miami, Chicago, Kansas City

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 110-130 (WR43)/$3-$6

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  • Rapid React: Fantasy reactions to the 2015 NFL schedule

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    With this season's schedule released, fantasy football owners are already plotting which commodities have the friendliest/unfriendliest slates. Yes, no two years are ever the same, but much can be gleaned from the path of opponents. Our group of analysts, ever insightful and strongly opinionated, provide their gut reactions. Who should you target? Who should you avoid? What "expert" hyped player should you fade? Read our takes below: 

    Brandon: "Past performance does not guarantee future returns." This is a mantra we preach over and over again when it comes to fantasy football SOS. But, that said, are we really going to ignore the juicy release of the 2015 NFL schedule? Of course not. So here's my first sleeper-ish offering for the upcoming season: Jonathan Stewart.

    Andy:   I sincerely wish I could share your excitement over the release of the schedule, you guys. But I've got Bears problems over here. Metaphorically, the NFL drew me in close on Tuesday night, and then it kneed me in the groin. Stole my phone, my keys. Left me whimpering in the dark.

    First, this piece of news leaked in the afternoon:

     

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Ameer Abdullah demands your attention

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Wednesday's profile: Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah.

    College Highlights: The second-team All-America and Doak Walker finalist had a splendid run in his four years with the Cornhuskers. He's the only player in school history to rush for three-consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Over his collegiate career, he amassed 4,588 rushing yards, second only to Mike Rozier all-time at Nebraska. His 174.8 all-purpose yards per game was the fourth-highest in college football last year. He also found the end zone 22 times in 13 games. Over his 813 career carries, he netted a sensational 5.64 yards per carry. No dummy, the history major was academic All-Big Ten in 2013 and 2014. 

    Pro Comp(s): Justin Forsett, Andre Ellington, Giovani Bernard, Pierre Thomas, Ahmad Bradshaw

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Maxx Williams has All-Pro promise

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Monday's profile: Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams.

    College Highlights: The Mackey Award finalist and second team All-American arguably owns the most long-term upside of any tight end in this year's class. In 25 career games with Minnesota he grabbed 61 passes for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging an impressive 16.2 yards per catch. His eight receiving TDs as a sophomore were the most ever by a Golden Gopher tight end in a single season. Was Academic All-Big Ten in 2012. 

    Pro Comp(s): Jason Witten, Heath Miller, Dwayne Allen

    Team Fits: Cleveland, Buffalo, New Orleans, Baltimore, Atlanta

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 200+/$1-$3

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  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Kevin White may be next Beckham

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Friday's profile: West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White.

    College Highlights: Exploded onto the national scene during his senior season. White stormed out of the gates last fall, tallying seven consecutive 100-yard games, a West Virginia first. He also established a new single-game catch mark grabbing 16 passes against Texas in November. In his swan song with the Mountaineers he totaled 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. That massive output is why he was a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, the top honor for a collegiate wide receiver. 

    Pro Comp(s): DeAndre Hopkins, Terrell Owens, Larry Fitzgerald

    Team Fits: Oakland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, Cleveland

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 60-70 (WR30)/$11-$16

  • 2015 NFL Rookie Predictions: Team match is crucial for Amari Cooper

    Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Friday's profile: Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.

    College Highlights: The SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Heisman finalist and Biletnikoff Award winner  set the pace nationally in receptions (124) and finished second in yards (1,727) and touchdown receptions (16) last year. A touchdown scoring machine, he found the end zone 31 times in 40 career games. In 2012, as a freshman, broke numerous receiving records owned previously by Julio Jones. In three years with 'Bama he recorded 13 100-yard and nine multi-TD efforts. 

    Pro Comp(s): Roddy White, Sammy Watkins

    Team Fits: Oakland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota

    Projected ADP/Auction Value ($200 cap): 65-75 (WR32)/$10-$15 

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