Scott Pianowski

  • Monday Fantasy Freak Show: Jamaal Charles fallout, Devonta Freeman love, is Peyton Manning droppable?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Another exhilirating and absurd NFL Sunday is in the books. Time for Kansas City fallout, Devonta Freeman amazement, a Josh McCown breakdown and plenty of Peyton Manning concern (with some Eddie Lacy concern on the side). Come spend Columbus Day with us.

    We're five weeks into this dance, we need some definition, some answers, some baselines and some predictions, too. Look back, look ahead. We're super freaky, yeow. 

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  • Jamaal Charles suffers potentially season-ending knee injury

    Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 days ago

    We all have our fantasy favorites and our preferred NFL teams, but when a star like Jamaal Charles gets hurt, there are no winners. Everybody loses.  

    Charles suffered a right-knee injury in the second half of Sunday’s shocking home loss to the Bears. It was the dreaded non-contact injury, and it immediately looked like something that could be significant. There’s already speculation that his season might be over. Here’s a tweet from NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport:  

    The immediate fear is that #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, source says, based on initial tests. He'll have an MRI to learn more.

    Andy Reid later confirmed that the preliminary diagnosis was a torn ACL.

    It feels cruel to pivot this into a fantasy story, but that's what we have to do. And it’s a case of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

  • Booms and Busts: Chip Kelly and the Eagles, back in business

    Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 days ago

    It’s felt like a season on the brink for the Eagles since mid-September. But for one game at least, the Chip Kelly believers can sit back and relax.

    And anyone willing to toss the fantasy dice on Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray, you’re feeling pretty good, too.

    Philadelphia rolled to a blowout 39-17 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, and it was Kelly’s snappy offense that told most of the story. Hand-picked quarterback Bradford threw for 333 yards and a couple of scores, hitting on 32-of-45 passes. He wasn’t sacked, and his numbers were dinged by some receiver drops. Bradford also threw a couple of interceptions (both in the end zone), but at least he’s starting to look like a viable QB1 again.

    Must be the Silver Linings Playbook.

    Murray finally got the heavy workload he’s been pleading for, racking up 120 total yards and a score on 27 touches (20 carries, seven catches). He wasn’t a boom from a per-play standpoint - a modest 4.2 per carry, a mere 5.3 per catch - but it’s certainly a healthy step in the right direction. Understudy Ryan Mathews was also terrific, collecting eight carries for 73 yards and a score (Darren Sproles was limited to six touches, 37 yards). 

  • Throwing Darts: Traveling with Pittsburgh in Week 5

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Five picks against the number every week, that’s how we roll. All selections use the Yahoo Pick’em Spread.

    Play along, share your five best picks in the comments. (If you need your results from Week 4, click here.)

    Steelers +3 at Chargers: Three things I don’t like about San Diego right now: a crummy rushing defense, a banged-up offensive line, and no home-field advantage. The Chargers do have a major edge at quarterback, of course, and that makes up for a lot, but Michael Vick could be notably improved after a week and a half to prepare. Or maybe the Steelers will do the simplest thing, what they should have done a week ago: let Le’Veon Bell win the game for them.

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    Last Week: 3-2 Season: 14-6

  • Injury Wrap: Marshawn Lynch out, along with several Bills

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    It’s not the ugliest injury report, that’s for sure. Let’s have a quick look around the Week 5 landscape.

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    • With Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) ruled out and Fred Jackson battling a bad ankle, it looks like Thomas Rawls will be Seattle’s feature back at Cincinnati.

    • Buffalo is down all sorts of skill players for its trip to Tennessee. Running backs LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) have already been ruled out, and it’s not looking too good for receiver Sammy Watkins, though he’s holding the questionable tag. Watkins did some limited work Friday after missing two two prior days. Anthony Dixon and Dan Herron are two running back candidates in the absence of McCoy and Williams.

    • Andre Ellington (knee) is expected to return this week, though he’ll have to share with Chris Johnson. Rookie David Johnson drops to third string, and he’s in the Bruce Arians doghouse after a couple of costly mistakes (kickoff fumble, dropped touchdown pass) in Week 4.

  • Yahoo Fantasy Freak Show Podcast

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Friday's episiode is bursting with fruit flavor, as the team of Loza, Del Don and Pianowski mark the debut of #CallMeCrazy. You want bold predictions, you'll hear plenty of them – fresh, actionable takes. There's also a deep dive into Indy's win over Houston, a challenge bet between two of the scribes, and plenty of usable nuggets into the full weekend. Topics include DeMarco Murray, Willie Snead, Jimmy Graham, the Buffalo and Seattle backfields, and much, much more. 

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  • Shuffle Up: New England backfield not so scary right now

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 6 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 5 rankings, click over here.

    Today, we do running backs, just running backs. Next week, new position. Eventually I will start batching them in groups of two (probably backs with the tight ends, and quarterbacks with the wideouts.)

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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.

    And now we shuffle, shufflers.


  • Booms and Busts: Devonta Freeman, a star is born?

    Scott Pianowski at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 9 days ago

    When offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan touched down in Atlanta this year, the expectation was that he’d turn Julio Jones into an unstoppable offensive weapon (and he's done that).

    Maybe the same goes for second-year running back Devonta Freeman.

    Freeman was slow off the mark in the first two weeks of the year (after a so-so rookie season), but he’s been nothing short of spectacular over the last two weeks, rolling up six touchdowns and a truckload of fantasy points. The latest effort came in Sunday’s romp over Houston, with Freeman collecting 149 total yards and three rushing touchdowns (covering 16, 23 and six yards). Fantasy royalty. DFS nirvana. 

    Freeman could have done even more against the Texans, but the Falcons put a quick hook on their starters - life when you lead 42-0 by the end of the third period. Unheralded backup RB Terron Ward picked up 19 carries for 72 yards and a score, most of it coming in garbage time.

    Now for a look around the NFL landscape through the opening eight games . . . 

  • Throwing Darts: Everyone (at Yahoo) likes the Giants

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Five picks against the number every week, that’s how we roll. All selections use the Yahoo Pick’em Spread. The Dallas-New Orleans game is ruled off the board for our purposes.

    Play along, share your five best picks in the comments. (If you need your results from Week 3, click here.) 

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    Browns +7.5 at Chargers: It’s nice to have the hook, of course, and the defenses appear close to even. The Chargers have the big edge at quarterback, but some of that is mitigated by the significant injuries on the San Diego offensive line. Just hoping Josh McCown doesn’t give the game away.

    Cardinals -6.5 vs. Rams: Okay, Arizona hasn’t beaten a good team yet. Is St. Louis a good team? Can you imagine Nick Foles playing well in this stadium, or against this defense?

    Fantasy Versus Reality

  • Daliy Dime: One more Shelby Miller fade; welcome back, Justin Verlander

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    Typical last Saturday of the season, a complete mess (the weather and the doubleheaders do not help). Make sure you double check the lineups and the forecasts.

    And if you want to beat my score, you're invited to jump in over here (free to play). 

    John Lackey ($52, -137) has to be one of my picks, at Atlanta. Apparently Shelby Miller was born under a bad sign or something.

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    Justin Verlander’s ten-start comeback is fueled by some batted-ball luck: a 2.05 ERA isn’t supported by a .243 BABIP, or a modest 64 strikeouts against 19 walks. But he’s still a -123 favorite despite the road assignment, and the White Sox are just 25th in weighted on-base average against right-handed pitching. Welcome back, JV.