Scott Pianowski

  • Monday Fantasy Freak Show: Rob Gronkowski down, Jimmy Graham out, C.J. Anderson back

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 hrs ago

    The final two games of Sunday were instant classics -- Seattle over Pittsburgh, Denver over New England -- but there was carnage, too. Jimmy Graham, done for the year. Rob Gronkowski, could miss time with a knee bruise

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    Who can we trust and not trust around the league? Are you ready to ride with Philip Rivers and Ryan Fitzpatrick going forward? Are Drew Brees and Matt Ryan out of the Circle of Trust? Is Minnesota's offense going to ruin Stefon Diggs? What's with some of these home/away variance teams, like the Redskins, Saints and 49ers? Is C.J. Anderson finally back in 2014 form? How about Jeremy Hill? 

  • Week 12 Booms and Busts: Flat tires for Drew Brees, Matt Ryan

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago


     It’s Week 12. The fantasy playoffs are closing in. Do you know where your passing game is at?

    Every NFL Sunday is weird in its own way; the passing games took the strange tag on this slate. A slew of big names and good matchups went awry, while some afterthoughts produced like crazy.

    Did you need Drew Brees at Houston? Say hello to 228 yards, one pick, zero touchdowns (for New Orleans, it snapped a 155-game TD streak). Yuck.

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    Counting on Matt Ryan against Minnesota? Two picks, one garbage-time touchdown, 230 piddly yards. You could call it a fantasy hangover from the Thanksgiving slate, when the Philadelphia, Dallas and Green Bay passing games all hit a flat tire at the worst possible time.

  • Hot-Stove Helper: Jordan Zimmermann cashes in with Tigers, loses some fantasy value

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    The Detroit Tigers paid a boatload of cash to free agent Jordan Zimmermann, content to land an innings-eater. 

    In the fantasy world, we need our pitchers to dominate innings, not merely accumulate them. So we’re looking at a clear case where fantasy and reality do not connect. 

    It doesn’t mean the Tigers are wrong, mind you. Perhaps they’ll get a reasonable return on their five years and $110 million. An average 162-game season for Zimmermann looks this way: 13-10 record, 209 IP, 3.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 172 Ks. 

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    Ah, but it’s good to have some hot stove to discuss, isn’t it? We’ll be with you all winter long, amigos. Pitchers and catchers, about 10 weeks away. 

  • Throwing Darts Week 12: Can Pittsburgh hang in Seattle?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    As always, we use the line from Yahoo Pro Football Pick’Em. Feels good to get one win out of the way early. Let’s jump into it...

    Pittsburgh +4 at Seattle: Name brand is coming off the Seahawks defense, and teams aren’t as afraid of the home-field edge anymore. Steelers are going to get their points, no matter what Richard Sherman does — simply too many options. 

    Denver +3 vs. New England: Getting Pats at right time, on a short week and before there’s too much tape on Brock Osweiler. New England’s 2015 frame similar to 2007 — unbeatable early, then down a level. You can’t keep losing key offensive pieces and not feel it; even Amendola is hurt now. 

    Houston -3 vs. New Orleans: Fire any coaches you want, New Orleans. You can’t fix that defense in a week or two. DeAndre Hopkins goes off with any quarterback, but Brian Hoyer has actually been pretty good this year. 

    This Week: 1-0

    Season: 32-23-1

    Fantasy vs. Reality 

    Denver +3

    Pittsburgh +4

  • Week 12 Injury Wrap: New running backs for Chiefs, Falcons

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Fantasy football leagues have 2-3 more weeks of the regular season to go, so the games are critical. Let’s take a look around the injury report.

    • Charcandrick West (hamstring) missed the full practice week, and although the Chiefs are listing him as questionable, it would be a shock if he played against Buffalo. Spencer Ware looks like a reasonable Week 12 play. 

    • Travis Kelce tweaked his ankle in Friday’s practice, and he’s also dealing with a sore groin. The Chiefs list him as questionable. Kelce was able to practice the two previous days. 

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    • The Falcons beat the traffic with their injury disclosures, telling us early on that Devonta Freeman (concussion), Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) and Matt Bryant (quad) will not play against Minnesota. Tevin Coleman steps into the backfield void. With Hankerson out, TE Jacob Tamme could be relevant again. 

  • Shuffle Up: Everything collapses on Philip Rivers

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Okay, here are the Shuffle Up rules.

    We are talking rest-of-season value. Everything to this point is an audition. If you want leaders to this point, you’ll find them elsewhere. If you want Week 12 rankings, click over here.

    Today, we do quarterbacks, just quarterbacks. Next week, new position. 

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    You’ll disagree with stuff because that’s why we have a game. Try to stay grounded and rational with your players, it’s one of the most important skills in your fantasy toolbox.

    The prices are unscientific and just a way to compare the players. When players are at the same price, it means they are considered even. I do not compare prices with other shuffles, and I do every shuffle from scratch.

    I will eventually add comment on many (perhaps most) players, but I do not promise a comment on everyone. For now, consider the prices. 

    And now we shuffle, shufflers...

  • Monday Fantasy Freak Show: Thomas Rawls, Javorius Allen get their shot

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Another Sunday, another day of NFL carnage — and of understudies stepping up. How excited should we be about Seattle running back Thomas Rawls? What do we make of Javorius Allen taking over the Baltimore backfield, or Spencer Ware getting a shot in KC? Is that all you got for us, Tevin Coleman? Have Eddie Lacy and the Packers finally turned the corner? Have things completely fallen apart in Philadelphia and San Diego? Is Brock Osweiler the long-term answer for the Broncos? 

    Thanksgiving is closing in and the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner. We have many key things to discuss. Come spend 90 minutes with Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski, they won’t let you down. Bring your playbook and your notebook, please. 

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  • Week 11 Booms and Busts: Jameis Winston makes the leap

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Week 11 at Philadelphia, we saw Winston 3.0, a star in the making. I guess this is growing up.

    Winston filled the box score early and often during Sunday’s 45-17 blitz at Philadelphia, throwing for 246 yards and five touchdowns in the signature game of his brief career. He completed 19-of-29 attempts, took just one sack, and finished the day with a 131.6 rating. Okay, the Eagles might have dropped a couple of possible interceptions here and there, but that’s nitpicking. Winston made good decisions for the majority of the day, threw with poise and anticipation, and kept the offense on schedule.

    It's not that unusual to see a rookie quarterback throwing a bunch of touchdown passes, but five in one game is the magic number. Winston's just the third freshman QB to get to five, joining Matthew Stafford, Class of 2009, and Ray Buivid, Class of 1937

    (A handful of quarterbacks have pulled off the four-bagger in their first NFL season, including Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota, Robert Griffin III, and Dieter Brock. Come on, you loved Dieter Brock.)

  • Throwing Darts, Week 11: Don't fear the new quarterback

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Last week’s bagel stung, and not just for the obvious reason. My baseline mindset for NFL handicapping is to take the points whenever in doubt, and the Week 10 results were as dog-driven as any I can remember. And yet, the picks were lousy, and I can’t even blame a bad beat — they were beat-the-traffic specials, results decided early. 

    At least the ATS seasonal record is still respectable. Let’s trudge onward. All games use the spread from Yahoo Pro Football Pick’Em. Share your five best picks in the comments. 

    -- Broncos +1 at Bears: While we have no idea who Brock Osweiler will be, can he be any worse than the 2015 version of Peyton Manning? I dare him to be that lousy. Time to buy low on Denver and sell a little high on Chicago. 

    -- Packers +1 at Vikings: I’d hate to disappoint all of Minnesota and start backing your team now. You want me on the other side. Keep the tweets coming. 

    Last Week: 0-5

    Season: 28-21-1

    Fantasy Versus Reality

    Denver +1

    Miami E

    Tampa Bay +6

    Arizona -4

  • Week 11 Injury Wrap: Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Marshawn Lynch

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Your fantasy football preparation isn’t complete without a look at the injury report. Let’s see what we learned this week 

    • Matt Forte (knee) had two days of limited practice, along with a break on Thursday. He’s highly questionable for the home date with Denver, and given how Jeremy Langford has looked the last two weeks, I don’t see any need to rush him back. Keep in mind the Bears have a quick turnaround for Week 12, with a Thanksgiving game in play. 

    Forte is officially listed as questionable, along with WR Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder). Jeffery played last week at St. Louis but clearly looked compromised. We do know that Eddie Royal (knee) won’t play. Perhaps Marquess Wilson will step up, though he’s been quiet for several weeks.

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    • With Philly Brown (shoulder) expected to miss Week 11, look for Devin Funchess to potentially start against Washington.