Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago
With just a couple weeks left before the fantasy playoffs begin, poor lineup decisions could prove detrimental to your postseason aspirations. To help you avoid some potential Week 11 pitfalls (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse than usual on Sunday/Monday.
Week 11 byes: Cleveland, NY Giants, New Orleans, Pittsburgh
QB - Tony Romo, Dal at Mia (NA in DFS) - This week, Romo returns from a broken collarbone that has sidelined him since Week 2. If he was returning from, say, a knee, back or shoulder injury, I might be more concerned with his ability to find his groove right out of the gates. But with a fully healed collarbone, I expect a full-go Romo against a Miami defense that has been the 10th-most charitable defense to opposing fantasy QBs this season. With Dez Bryant also back to full health, Romo has a set-up conducive to a top 10 finish in Week 11.
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 6 days ago
The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board.
(Note: This will be the last update for the '15 season. Check back in late December for a first look at the top 50 for '16)
Dropped Out: Stefon Diggs, Min, WR; Emmanuel Sanders, Den, WR; Randall Cobb, GB, WR; Tyler Eifert, Cin, TE; Eddie Lacy, GB, RB; Julian Edelman, NE, WR (foot)
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 6 days ago
Is it time to boost Pittsburgh receiver Martvais Bryant into the big boy club fantasy receiver, past the likes of name brands like Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin, who have been wildly inconsistent this season? In a word, absolutely.
The Steelers sophomore wideout has now played the equivalent of one full NFL season (16 games, counting last year's playoff contest). In those 16 games, he's amassed 1,050 receiving yards and, the stat to underscore here, 14 touchdowns. He's basically been a WR version of Rob Gronkowski.
Under the guidance of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers have amassed the fifth-most fantasy points per game at the WR position, this despite Michael Vick and Landry Jones having thrown the ball 117 times (to this point) in relief of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. With Big Ben back behind center when Pittsburgh comes out of its bye in Week 12, Bryant is sitting pretty for the stretch run as a top 15-20 fantasy wideout, with the main drawback being one of the toughest rest-of-season schedules at the position. That said, I'd still prefer him to the roller-coaster rides that are Cobb and Maclin.
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 9 days ago
1. When the Saints come marching in, you play everyone
New Orleans is a great place to party, especially if you are an opposing quarterback. The most generous fantasy pass defense in the league proved on Sunday that no QB can be ignored when facing the Saints, not even one (Kirk Cousins) ranked outside the top 25 QBs (min 5 games played) in fantasy points per game.
Hosting the Saints on Sunday, Cousins opened up the contest like a kid in a candy store, striking for three touchdown passes within the first 21 minutes of the game. His fourth TD pass came in the third quarter, making him the third straight signal caller to reach that number against this Saints defense, following in the footsteps (airwaves?) of Eli Manning (6) and Marcus Mariota (4).
As for the most important takeaway here, it's Brian Hoyer, the QB of the Houston Texans (next up for New Orleans after its bye). Hoyer enters Monday night producing at a QB1 level since Week 4, throwing 12 TD passes in that five-game stretch. If you're in need of a plug-n-play QB in Week 12, there won't be a more attractive option.
2. Where have you gone, Jordy Nelson?
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago
As we hit the stretch run of the '15 season, poor lineup decisions begin to take on more dire consequences. To help you avoid some potential Week 10 pitfalls (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse than usual on Sunday/Monday.
Week 10 byes: Indianapolis, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco
QB - Landry Jones, Pit vs Cle ($27 in DFS) - Jones has been more than serviceable filling in for Ben Roethlisberger (and Michael Vick) this season. In fact, among QBs that have attempted at least 40 passes, Jones ranks third in the league in fantasy points per attempt (behind Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton, and just ahead of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady). Just like this Todd Haley-guided system has made DeAngelo Williams a fill-in star, Jones is also in a great spot to succeed this week against a Cleveland defense that has allowed 7 TD passes over its past two games. Of course, Big Ben needs to be officially declared out (foot) for this Jones narrative to matter, but it would be fairly shocking if Roethlisberger does end up playing this week.
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 19 days ago
As we gear up for the stretch run of the '15 season, poor lineup decisions begin to take on more dire consequences. To help you avoid some potential Week 9 pitfalls (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse than usual on Sunday/Monday.
Week 9 byes: Houston, Kansas City, Seattle, Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit
QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buf vs. Mia ($34 in DFS) - After missing a couple games with a knee injury, Taylor returns this week in time to face a Miami defense that he lit up in Week 3 to the tune of 277 passing yards (21-of-29) and 3 TDs (0 INTs). The Dolphins have allowed a combined 7 TD passes and an average of 314.5 passing yards to Brian Hoyer and Tom Brady over its past two games. And it will travel to Buffalo sans its best pass rusher, as Cameron Wake, who had 7 sacks in his past three games, was lost for the season (Achilles) in Week 8. Count on Taylor getting his usual 40-60 rushing yards (and maybe a rush TD) to go with some decent passing numbers. He's a back-end QB1 this week.
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 26 days ago
As we near the midpoint of the '15 season, poor lineup decisions begin to take on more dire consequences. To help you avoid some potential Week 8 pitfalls (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse than usual on Sunday/Monday.
Week 8 byes: Washington, Philly, Jacksonville, Buffalo
QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ at Oak ($35 in DFS) - As he's only 35 percent owned despite heading into Week 8 as a top 12 fantasy QB, I'm going back to the Fitzpatrick well this week after advocating for him in this spot last week. He's facing a Raiders defense that ranks among the top 10 most generous in fantasy to the QB position. And, Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for two touchdowns in five of his six games, is playing his best football at the moment, sitting among the top five fantasy QBs over the past two weeks. With talent like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker to work with, and a strong running game to keep defenses honest, Fitzpatrick has a great setup for success, especially in this matchup.
1. Arian Foster suffers reported torn Achilles' injury
It was yet another gut punch for Arian Foster owners on Sunday. The oft-injured Texans veteran was reportedly lost for the season late in the fourth quarter on Sunday in a blowout loss to the Dolphins. Foster was lined up as a receiver on the play in which he went down, crumpling to the turf as he was starting into his route - a non-contact injury. As Foster owners, you could question why he was even in the game in a can't-win situation. But, really, there's a feeling of inevitability here. If not this week, then maybe the next, or the next ... At this point in his career, you have to wonder if, assuming reports of the Achilles injury are true, if he'll ever play again. His body certainly seems to be calling it quits
2. This is the Dolphins we thought they were
3. Diggs, Ebron are waiver gold
There's plenty of "juice" sitting out on bye this week (Denver, Green Bay, Cincinnati, Chicago). With some of the top fantasy weapons taking the week off, you're likely going to have to dig deep with your fantasy lineups . To help your Week 7 cause (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse than usual on Sunday/Monday.
QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ at NE ($35 in DFS) - The thinking on "The Lorax" this week is that, of the quarterbacks that will take the field in Week 7, he has the 11th-best fantasy PPG clip of that group. He has talented (and towering) aerial options in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker that should easily outmatch the undersized (and underwhelming) Patriots corners. The Pats have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the QB position, so it's easy to envision Fitzpatrick finishing among at ledast the top 10 fantasy signal callers this week.
Can you trust Jeremy Hill for the remainder of the season? Certainly it's been a rocky road for the big Bengals' back to this point, but as rough as it has been for Hill's fantasy owners, can you really belly-ache about the No. 15 fantasy running back through the first six weeks of the season?
Obviously, Hill's six touchdowns are the major reason why he has delivered mid-level RB2 value, and as the goal-line guy for one of the top offenses in the league, you should trust that end zone dances will remain a consistent part of the Hill experience going forward. But his inconsistency in terms of touches and yards has been the biggest detriment to his fantasy upside, as he's averaged just 2.9 fantasy points in the three games in which he didn't manage to hit pay dirt.