Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 4 days ago
There's byes and a showdown in London to consider this weekend. To help your Week 4 cause (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse than usual on Sunday.
QB - Derek Carr, Oak at Chi ($37 in DFS) - Carr currently holds the 13th-highest starting percentage among QBs in Yahoo leagues this week. I like him much more than that. He's averaged 332.5 passing yards and has thrown 5 TD passes (with just 1 INT) in his past two games. And this week he faces a Bears defense that has allowed the highest QB Rating (123.8) and the second-most TD passes (8) in the league. As a rookie, Carr didn't have much to work with. But that's changed this season. He's got a legit go-to wideout in Amari Cooper, better secondary options in Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts (who I actually like more than Crabtree) and there's reason for the defense to pay attention to what's going on in the backfield with the game-breaking threat of Latavius Murray. Armed now with playmakers, I see Carr as a top 7 QB play this week.
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 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.
Dropped Out: Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB; Doug Martin, TB, RB; Brandin Cooks, NO, WR; Ameer Abdullah, Det, RB; Davante Adams, GB, WR; Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB (Knee);
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 9 days ago
1. Andrew Luck's struggles becoming a concerning trend
Perhaps because he blew away the fantasy QB competition in overall scoring in '14 it caused us to overlook some of Andrew Luck's late-season struggles - for instance, 9 INTs in his final seven games, including the postseason. Counting the two picks he gave up to the Titans on Sunday, Luck now has 7 INTs in three games in '15, making it 16 aerial giveaways in his past 10 games. We might be able to overlook this generosity if this were merely a product of some serious gunslinging that rewarded owners with 300-400 passing yards and 3-4 TD passes on a regular basis. But looking back on those past 10 games, Luck is averaging a mere 235 passing yards and has thrown just 14 TD passes, not to mention that his Completion Rate sits at a lowly mid-50 percentile range.
2. With Tony Romo out, Dallas treats backfield like a Snuggie
What do you do when you have the best offensive line in the league and are forced to play a backup QB that scares you to death in the passing game? You sell out to your running backs, which is exactly what the Cowboys did on Sunday with Brandon Weeden behind center against Atlanta.
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 11 days ago
To help your Week 3 cause (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to look better/worse this coming weekend. Best of luck!
QB - Marcus Mariota, Ten vs Ind ($34 in DFS) - Through two weeks, Mariota stands as the No. 3 fantasy QB in the Yahoo game (default scoring). He leads all starters in QB Rating and has yet to throw an INT. This week, he'll face an Indy defense that has injury issues with its starting corners (Vontae Davis, Greg Toler). The Colts have allowed the 9th-highest QB Rating to opposing signal callers, so far, and that was against Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Mariota has a great shot at delivering back-end QB1 results this week, especially if he finally flashes some of that mobility that he has kept under wraps to this point (5 carries, 25 yards).
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 18 days ago
To help your Week 2 cause (full season or daily), here's a few players I expect to be better or worse than expected. Best of luck this weekend!
QB - Carson Palmer, Ari at Chi ($34 in DFS) - I'm doubling down on Palmer after listing him here last week. After a top 3 fantasy QB outing vs. New Orleans in the opener, Palmer now has the pleasure of facing a Bears defense that allowed a 140.5 QB Rating (third-highest in the NFL) to Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. There are 15 more expensive signal callers in the Yahoo DFS game, yet he's ranked seventh in our Week 2 rankings. Jump all over that market oversight.
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 25 days ago
Alas, Week 1 has arrived. It's "rubber meets the road" time. Time to make those tough roster decisions that could ultimately be the difference between opening the season with a win or a loss (which is such a tough pill to swallow). To help your cause, here's a few players I expect to be better or worse than expected in Week 1. Enjoy opening weekend, folks!
QB - Carson Palmer, Ari vs. NO (64 percent owned) - The Saints allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs last season, and without top CB Keenan Lewis (hip surgery), it's a stretch to think New Orleans will be any better at aerial defense to open the '15 campaign. Expect Palmer, who opened last season with 304 passing yards and 2 TD passes in Week 1 before hurting his shoulder, to get vertical early and often (the way HC Bruce Arians likes it) against the Saints.
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3. Alfred Morris - Doesn't catch the ball, has seen his YPC drop every year in the league and loses the benefit of a QB with a rushing threat now that RG3 has been demoted. No thanks
5. Jarvis Landry - Got 6.8 YPT and averaged 47.4 YPG while seeing one target inside the five yard line last season. I don't get the Landry hype
1. Marshawn Lynch - His safe floor made him No. 1 on my board, but I've been able to get him as late as No. 6 overall
1. Julio Jones - Everything's in place for a career year, and his injury risk has been overstated
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago
With preseason play nearing its end, I've asked the Yahoo fanalysts to identify which players did the most to sway their opinions (positively and negatively) from where they were initially valued before training camps got underway. I will kick this exercise off with a player that, while he seriously damaged his value in the fantasy court of public opinion, I can't help but keep moving up my WR draft board.
Brandon Marshall, NYJ, WR: Leading the Jets’ receiving corps in targets throughout the preseason, Marshall looks rejuvenated and ready to bounce back from a down year. He’s a fantastic value in the fifth round. (Liz Loza)
Bishop Sankey, Ten, RB: Sankey remains in line to receive a healthy share of the workload in a not-totally-zombified offense, so he's not such a bad late-round dice roll. I don't trust him, obviously, but I can tolerate him after Pick No. 100. (Andy Behrens)
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3. Latavius Murray - Murray's ceiling is tremendous . Just silly. Assuming good health in 2015, he can force his way into the first round of 2016 drafts.
1. Chris Polk - I think he's more talented than Alfred Blue, and if Arian Foster misses a sizeable chunk of games, I expect that Polk will bubble to the top
1. Brandon Coleman - He's been a stand out in camp and has surpassed Nick Toon as the team's third receiver. He'd likely take over Colston's role were the vet to go down.
5. Andrew Luck - You don't get to 40 (or 50) TDs without throwing a few picks.
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3. Ameer Abdullah - Juke-button moves, acceleration and versatility on display. Expensive in drafts (ADP around 40.0), but should be a 14-15 tch/g back from the get go.
1. Robert Griffin III - Still can't stay healthy, still can't say the right things in the media ...
1. Joseph Randle - The offensive line is wonderful, but that doesn't mean just anyone can star in front of it. Randle hasn't proven much this summer.
5. Julio Jones - Dots are connecting for a career year (scheme, ordinary cast, contract push, etc).