- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade3 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 Arcade6 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 Arcade7 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 Arcade10 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 Arcade12 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 Arcade17 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.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade19 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 WR position for the upcoming season.
Fill in the blank. __________ is the WR going after pick No. 75 overall in early drafts with the best shot at impersonating Josh Gordon '13.
Brandon – MIKE WALLACE. Wallace, like DeSean Jackson prior to last season, has pretty much been a one-trick pony in his career - go deep! But D-Jax's blazing speed was exploited in a variety ways in Chip Kelly's system last season, resulting in a career year (1,300-plus yards, 9 TDs). With Kelly disciple Billy Lazor running the offense in Miami, Wallace is already gaining preseason buzz for he's looked while being employed in a similar fashion in preseason workouts.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade24 days ago
Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois. Joe Flacco, Delaware. Marques Colston, Hofstra. Victor Cruz, Massachusetts. Julius Thomas, Portland State. Rashad Jennings, Liberty.
Despite playing in dinky venues smaller than most Texas high school stadiums, each of the above former-FCS standouts has shined under the bright lights of the NFL, following in the footsteps of small-college-prospects-turned-professional legends Steve McNair (Alcorn St.), Walter Payton (Jackson State), Brian Westbrook (Villanova), Terrell Owens (Chattanooga) and, of course, Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), to name a few.
The next big thing at RB in fantasy, Terrance West, may come from a similar unlikely location.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade26 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 RB position for the upcoming season.
Andre Ellington, who Bruce Arians revealed, likely sarcastically, the young rusher would receive 25-30 touches per game, total touches this season 299.5
Andy – UNDER, but not by much. We're talking about a number that only 8-10 running backs are likely to reach, so it's hardly a big deal if Ellington doesn't get there. The kid was a highlight machine as a rookie, averaging 5.5 YPC and 9.5 yards per catch. You'll love the returns in 2014, even if he "only" sees 275-280 touches.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
They say seeing is believing, but in the case of coach quotables and reporter observations from June minicamps and OTAs , it can also be downright deceiving.
This time each year, those watching or calling the shots often spout off ridiculous claims. This running back is destined for great things. That receiver has the look of an All-Pro. The new system is sure to elevate Player X’s production to stratospheric heights.
Though rare, some of the propaganda does materialize. Those that bought into the Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron puffery last year didn’t feel the need to wear pants until January.
Needless to say, others didn't pan out. Last year, fantasy players were seduced by wild declarations regarding David Wilson, Montee Ball and C.J. Spiller, the latter whose offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett boasted would touch the ball “until he throws up.” If 235 grips is the puke-induction level, 18 other rushers called “Earl” a season ago, a full-blown epidemic.
Preseason, those who gazed at the rushing trio’s glowing potential were left completely smitten. Sadly, though, none finished inside the RB top-24. And the threesome wasn't the only horror story …