Scott Pianowski

  • Yahoo Freak Show Podcast: Ranking Terrelle Pryor, many others

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 13 hrs ago

    Every fantasy week is precious, critical, monumentally important. With that in mind, Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski are here to give you a bushel of player ranks, ideas, and concepts. It’s not just about the takeaways, it’s about the fantasy themes that you can apply to your benefit, this week and in future weeks.

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    Is Jordan Howard ready to run with the gig in Chicago? Is Kyle Rudolph in the Circle of Trust again? What do we make of Terrelle Pryor after his monster game? Is Jamison Crowder the real deal or fool’s gold? Will Matt Ryan keep producing now that Atlanta’s schedule begins to toughen up? What running back and wide receiver, widely unowned in Yahoo, make the Behrens look-ahead list for pickup today?

    We’re here to help. Spend an hour with the Yahoo Fantasy Freak Show.

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  • Shuffle Up: Positive regression for Matt Ryan

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 19 hrs ago

    Shuffle Up season is here, my friends. Here’s the idea — how would we rank fantasy players if the season were starting right now?

    A few caveats up front. The prices are unscientific in nature, merely used as a way to compare players within their position. I do not compare prices outside of position — a price of a quarterback is only meant to be considered within his positional class. I am generally far less expectant with injury-returning players, so don’t be surprised when I like them less than you do.

    Every Shuffle Up is done from scratch. I think it’s counterproductive to justify an old, dated list. I want my current opinions. I considered a modified PPR scoring system for the field players.

    And of course, you’ll disagree with plenty on this list — that’s why we have a game in the first place.

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    Comments will follow later in the day. For now, here are your prices. I reserve the right to edit this list as the day goes along; win the debate, you might win the rank.


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  • Booms and Busts: Aaron Rodgers early, Matthew Stafford late

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    When Aaron Rodgers says relax, we relax. And the Packers might just be a fantasy carnival again — because of their offense and their defense.

    Rodgers was just about perfect in Sunday’s 34-27 victory over the Lions, rolling up four first-half touchdown passes and a 129.3 rating for the day. The early efficiency cost him some fantasy stats — Green Bay was conservative in the second half, and Rodgers finished with just 24 pass attempts. But this was nonetheless the game his fantasy owners were looking for. Rodgers also broke Detroit’s back in the second half with a couple of well-timed scrambles.

    Rodgers and Jordy Nelson are copacetic again, that much is clear. Nelson caught two of the TD passes, logging a 6-101-2 day on just seven targets. Nelson’s scored in every game this year, though his best foot showed in the Lambeau Field opener. Unfortunately for the fantasy chase, the other two touchdown passes went to the unstartable Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams. Meanwhile, Randall Cobb and Jared Cook combined for two catches on six targets.

    In other Week 3 Booms & Busts: 

  • Throwing Darts: Can the Lions run with the Pack?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 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.

    Scott Pianowski

    — Detroit   +7.5: Fully expect Lions will move the ball at Green Bay, and I can’t trust Packers offense to spot this much lumber until they show something.

    — Buffalo +4.5: Going ugly with a team no one wants to back right now. Sometimes it’s about holding your nose and taking an ugly home dog.

    — Cincinnati -3: Let’s see what Trevor Siemian is ready to do in his first road start. Cincinnati still a very sound team A to Z.

    — New Orleans -3: They’re obviously more fun at home and the Falcons defense can still be pushed around.

    — Washington +4.5: I love taking underdogs in this division; no one is scared of anyone else’s home field.

    Eric Edholm

    — Arizona -4.5

    — Denver +3

    — Pittsburgh -3,5

    — Dallas -7

    — Green Bay -7.5

    Last Week: 2-3

    Season: 6-4

    Last Year: 50-33

    Frank Schwab

    — Pittsburgh -3.5

    — Miami -10

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

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 days 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 5 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 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 9 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 10 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 10 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