- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute9 hrs ago
With six teams on the bye (including the talented offenses of Denver, Cincinnati and Seattle), the fantasy player pool is thinner than usual heading into Week 4. But here are three players that you can hang your hat on this weekend: At quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger has top 6 at the position facing a Tampa Bay defense that looked lost in a Week 3 blowout at Atlanta. The Bucs have allowed a league-high 117.2 QB Rating, to this point. Expect Big Ben, still available in a quarter of Yahoo leagues, to take full advantage of his Week 4 situation. At running back, Lamar Miller is coming off the second 100-yard rushing day of his career. His workload has been elevated with Knowshon Moreno out, and that will continue to pay healthy dividends this week in England, facing an Oakland defense that has allowed more rushing yards to the RB position than any other NFL team. A running back has emerged with at least 18 fantasy points (standard scoring) in each of the past five tilts in London, and Miller has a good shot to make it six-for-six in that regard, as another 100-yard game, including a long TD run, is very possible against the inept run defense of the Raiders. Finally, Tennessee's Delanie Walker is about as safe as they come at the tight end position this week, facing a Colts defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Walker, the only Titans receiving option to show consistent chemistry with quarterback Jake Locker, produced a 10/91/1 line in one of his meetings with Indy last season. You can't expect him to match that lofty line this time around, but he may not finish too far off that mark.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade6 days ago
Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanantion. So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 3 rankings that our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:
Love him: Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB - Funston RB rank No. 20 (Y! rank No. 38)
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade7 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 an 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, which is updated on a regular basis during the season.
DROPPED OUT: Vincent Jackson, TB, WR; Adrian Peterson, Min, RB (leave of absence); Shane Vereen, NE, RB; Joique Bell, Det, RB
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade13 days ago
Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F ****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanantion. So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 2 rankings that our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:
Love him: Pierre Garcon, Was, WR - Funston WR rank No. 14 (Y! rank No. 25)
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute14 days ago
Consensus top 100 fantasy draft-day picks Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson are already in hot water after just one week of the '14 regular season. QB Robert Griffin III (WAS) - In Washington, RGIII was a check-down fanatic at Houston, throwing for 267 yards on 37 attempts. In the process, he failed to engineer a touchdown drive for the Redskins offense, and he also kept mostly to the pocket, racking up just two rushing yards – a very disconcerting development if you are a RGIII owner. Following the game, head coach Jay Gruden admitted the team should have run the ball more. This won't help squelch rumors that Gruden's confidence in RGIII is waning. Owners of the Washington QB should look to see if he can be packaged with a bench player to upgrade at QB – perhaps a safer back-end QB1 like Jay Cutler, Russell Wilson or Nick Foles, for example. If no deal is to be had, at least find another QB from the waiver wire (e.g., Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco, Jake Locker) to pair with Griffin, who is looking more and more like a matchup play rather than a weekly staple.
- Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute21 days ago
Is Knowshon Moreno, who charged up the Denver Broncos backfield depth chart just before the ‘13 season opened and carried that momentum into a top 5 fantasy RB finish, about to make another late push in his new Miami home?
Rumors are that, although 'Fins' incumbent back Lamar Miller is still listed atop the team's depth chart, it may be a tenuous appointment. Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has intimated that Miller needs to show more than what he has already this preseason. And the assumption is that Moreno, regardless of Miller's depth chart status, will be, at least, the passing down back, and perhaps get the goal line calls, as well.Sun, Sep 21Kansas City34 - 15MiamiGame Recap
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade29 days ago
So here's how this works. Each week, the Yahoo fantasy crew jumps on a conference call to discuss the week that was/will be. As part of this process, we've decided to include a short mock draft - roughly, one-eighth the size of a normal draft, I shall call it mini mock. This week's mini mock draft (four rounds) consists solely of the pool of players currently owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo leagues — each expert was required to draft a QB, RB, WR, and a TE.
Round 1 Pick 1 — Lance Dunbar, Dal, RB (Brandon Funston)
Funston says – Backup RB Joique Bell thrived in OC Scott Linehan's backfield platoon system in Detroit, and now Linehan has similar designs for the versatile Dunbar in Big D.
Round 1 Pick 2 — Knile Davis, KC, RB (Scott Pianowski)
For the 11th time, the Yahoo fantasy football experts, along with some of our closest friends in the industry, came together for a draft, which took place Aug. 19. This year, the league consisted of 14 members, drafting in the traditional snake-style fashion for a modified PPR league (.75 points per reception).
For those who care to scour the entire draft results, you can click here.
For those looking for a more in-depth look at how things played out, you can peruse my comments on each pick of the first three rounds below, as well as some commentary about picks from the subsequent rounds. As you'll soon learn, this draft didn't take a conventional route to the finish line:
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1. LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB – Jeff Erickson
In the words of Ricky Ricardo, the Yahoo fantasy football experts have "some 'splainin' to do." I'm talking about our '14 fantasy football rankings, which we have been updating throughout the summer. Among these lists, certain Yahoos stick out like a sore thumb as it pertains to their rankings of certain players. And, with the bulk of the fantasy industry preparing for drafts over the next couple of weeks, it's high time that we defend our outlier rankings.
Below you'll find arguments from each of our experts, as we attempt to explain why we love/hate a player more than the rest of our colleagues. I'll start things off with a closer look at a bull and a bear from my wide receiver rankings. (Note that the number in parentheses indicates how much higher or lower the player is ranked by the expert compared to the consensus of the remaining Yahoo experts):
Cordarrelle Patterson, Min, WR - Funston WR rank No. 13 (+7)
Russell Wilson became the first member of the vaunted '12 QB draft class to win reality's ultimate prize, a Super Bowl title. But in the fantasy arena, he finds himself behind three others from that class in the Yahoo rankings heading into the '14 campaign. Robert Griffin III clocks in the highest, but Andrew Luck and '13 upstart Nick Foles aren't too far behind. Of course, those rankings are only a consensus. Personally, I'd take Foles first among them. Meanwhile, Scott Pianowski picks Luck as his favorite horse in the race. And Andy Behrens believes that neither can compare to RGIII.
Alright, with the obligatory preamble out of the way, it's time to fire up the Spin machine and let the doctors debate the merits of this trio ...