Scott Pianowski

  • Injury Wrap: Julio Jones, Willie Snead hopeful for Monday

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 13 hrs ago

    There was a brief and welcome lull with the injury page, but things went a little haywire in the past week. Here’s your status check as we enter Week 3.

    • Julio Jones has a sore ankle and calf and the Falcons are taking it easy with him; he’s yet to practice this week. Saturday is a key day for Jones, in advance of Monday’s juice game at New Orleans, though context clues point to him playing. Keep in mind the Saints are down both of their starting cornerbacks.

    • Willie Snead (toe) is another key receiver who’s iffy for Monday, and like Jones, he’s yet to practice this week. We’ll see if he does anything Saturday. Michael Thomas is an interesting caddy stash if you have it available to you.

    • The Jets consider Brandon Marshall (knee, foot) a game-time decision for Sunday’s late start at Kansas City. Marshall did some work at Friday’s practice after missing the two previous days. Marshall does have a history of pushing through aches and pains, so you get the idea he’ll give it a go. But be sure to have a contingency plan ready.

    • The Chiefs continue to use Jamaal Charles (knee) on the scout team, so don’t look for him against the Jets.

  • Ranking Fantasy Hockey's top 50 players in preseason Big Board

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day 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 Hockey 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 Hockey default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board.

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  • Fantasy Freak Show Pod: Sorting through the running back quicksand

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    The second Sunday of the NFL season wasn’t about winning so much, it was about surviving. Injuries are everywhere. Short term, long term, big name, medium name. It’s a cruel and wicked game we play.

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    On Monday’s critical and mandatory Yahoo Fantasy Freak Show, Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski are here to sort through the wreckage and get ready for a vital FAAB week. How will Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata replace Adrian Peterson in Minnesota? Is anyone worth a fantasy bid in Miami? Is the Cleveland offense a full-fledged shipwreck without Josh McCown? Can the Patriots perform another miracle, this time with a third-string quarterback?

    Settle in, settlers. We’ll get through this together.

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  • Booms and Busts: Giants and Saints put fantasy owners on tilt

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Last November in the Superdome, the Saints and Giants played a game of pinball, 101 total points. Sunday in New Jersey, the machine went tilt.

    While the Giants will surely take their 16-13 victory, it was a shocker to see New York fail to score an offensive touchdown against a maligned Saints defense, playing without its best cornerback. Eli Manning’s 32-41-368 line looks good, but he failed to make connections in the red zone. And the Giants rushing game didn’t go anywhere — Rashad Jennings was stuffed for 27 yards on 13 carries, while Shane Vereen had 14 totes for 42 yards.

    Turnovers kept the Giants at bay — Manning, Vereen, and Victor Cruz each lost a fumble. Manning did funnel 20 connections to his three main receivers, so it wasn’t a total loss for Odell Beckham (8-86-0), Sterling Shepard (8-117-0) and Cruz (4-91-0) in seasonal leagues. But if you played the high-priced Beckham in DFS, it was a pesky afternoon. Beckham let a sure touchdown slip through his hands in the fourth quarter.

    In other early-action Booms and Busts . . .

  • Throwing Darts: Can Josh McCown fix the Browns offense?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    We’ve thrown darts for six years and giving you a winning season in five of those years. Let’s see how it goes this time along.

    As always, we’ll be using the line from Yahoo Football Pick’Em. We won’t use games if they move off the board. Share your picks in the comments, play along. Five weekly picks, that’s all we ask.

    Browns +6 vs. Ravens: With Josh McCown in, and Bob Griffin mercifully out, the Browns offense actually has a chance. I’m still not convinced the Ravens are anything special — a home win over Buffalo doesn’t jack up my confidence. And for the survivor players, be careful with Baltimore — it’s a rivalry game, a division game, and a road game. Too many red flags there.

    Titans +5.5 at Lions: Tennessee was sneaky-competitive last week, but two defensive touchdowns produced a misleading final score. Detroit’s become a trendy little team since Jim Bob Cooter fixed the offense, but this isn’t a team I’m comfortable laying a big number with.

    Dolphins +6.5 at Patriots: Miami typically plays well in this spot, and New England is likely an eyelash overpriced after last week’s surprising victory.

    Last Week: 3-2

    Miami +6.5

  • Week 2 Injury Wrap: Game-time call for Demaryius Thomas

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    It’s a moderate injury report for us to navigate in Week 2, but let’s be sure to do our diligence. Here’s a look around.

    • Demaryius Thomas (hip) had a limited week of practice and will be a game-time decision before Sunday’s home date against Indianapolis. It’s the wrong time to have an injury, given how injury-ravaged (and otherwise mediocre) the Colts secondary is — this has “exploitable matchup” written all over it. At least the Week 2 slate is more balanced than usual, with seven starts after the 1 pm ET wave. As usual, Denver is set for a 4:25 pm ET home game.

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    • Although Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) did some limited work this week, context clues point to him sitting out the home opener against Miami. At least the Patriots have an early start for Sunday, which gives fantasy owners time for their pivot. Gronkowski is officially listed as questionable. Gronk’s absence may or may not be a boon for Martellus Bennett; Bennett was primarily a blocker in New England’s victory at Arizona.

  • Fantasy Freak Show Pod: Ranking Broncos, Bennett, Barnidge in Week 2

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    It’s only been one week of the NFL season, but there is already much to discuss. Player movement is constantly fluid in our fantasy world. Who can we trust, and who’s likely to bust, in Week 2?

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    Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski spend a solid hour of podcast time on Wednesday, giving you a first look at Week 2 starts and sits, DFS options, and broader fantasy values at play. Can Josh McCown bail out the Browns? Should Todd Gurley owners be in panic mode? Is C.J. Anderson the only Bronco we can trust? What slow-starting tight ends will quickly turn it around? Will Andrew Luck’s pinball game travel to Denver?

    Spend your Wednesday with us, Humpty Hump. Your Week 2 victory starts here.

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  • Week 1 Booms and Busts: A.J. Green lights up Revis Island

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    On the NFL schedule, it read “Bengals at Jets.” What it turned into was an A.J. Green football clinic.

    The No. 4 pick in fantasy football drafts this summer was a tricky one, but Green might turn out to be the right answer all along. Green was marvelous in Cincinnati’s 23-22 victory at New York on Sunday, posting a 12-180-1 line on 13 targets.

    That’s a monster game against anyone, but it goes up in value when you consider the presence of Jets CB Darrelle Revis on the other side. Revis was in coverage on Green for most of the day, to little avail. To be fair, it looked like Revis expected safety help on Green’s 54-yard touchdown. But it’s probably time for fantasy owners to stop treating Revis Island as a thing. If you like your receiver against an ordinary matchup, he should be just fine against the Jets.

    Green, to his credit, took his matchup domination in stride. “(Revis) has nothing left to prove, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer,’ he told Kimberly Jones of NFL Network. “I’m trying to get where he is.”

    Other Booms from the early games: 

  • Throwing Darts: Arizona in prime time

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    We’ve thrown darts for six years and giving you a winning season in five of those years. Let’s see how it goes this time along.

    As always, we’ll be using the line from Yahoo Football Pick’Em. We won’t use games if they move off the board. Share your picks in the comments, play along. Five weekly picks, that’s all we ask.

    — Cardinals -6 vs. Patriots: I don’t trust Jimmy Garoppolo’s pocket awareness and the Pats are missing too many key players. The number is higher in other spots, and I’d still be laying it. Arizona rolls.

    — Chargers +7 at Chiefs: Divisional game, high number, San Diego primed for positive regression after so many things going wrong last year. Philip Rivers and Ken Whisenhunt know how to work together, and this passing game has a slew of weapons. I’m expecting a competitive game for three hours.

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    Detroit +3.5

    Houston -6.5

    Oakland E

    KC -7

    TB +3

    Frank Schwab

    Arizona -7

    Jags +4.5

    Ravens -3

    Giants E

    Lions +3.5

    2015: 48-36

  • Injury Wrap: Replacing Rob Gronkowski

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    We’re not even into the first Sunday of the NFL season and already we have a big-name injury to deal with. Rob Gronkowski, come on down.

    Gronkowski’s hamstring injury is going to keep him out of the opener. He didn’t travel to Arizona with the rest of the Patriots on Friday, and later it was confirmed (as expected) that Gronk won’t be playing. It’s another hit for a depleted Patriots team, which is also missing Tom Brady, Dion Lewis, defensive end Rob Ninkovich and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, among others. Arizona has moved up to a seven-point favorite.

    Martellus Bennett becomes a Top 10 fantasy tight end with Gronkowski’s absence, but I’m not going to slide him into my Top 5 for the opener. Jimmy Garoppolo is still an untested, green quarterback. It’s a road game against a menacing Arizona defense. Bennett’s new to the Pats, and he might be more important as a blocker than a receiver in this game. It’s not that I don’t like him — I’m glad you drafted him, and I have shares, too. But I’m not over the moon for him here.